new goals

New goal: no spending money on coffee and/or going out to eat for one week, beginning this morning and ending next Friday, 10 March. This will be challenging because (1) I have things going on every night between now and next Thursday, (2) I’m in the habit of buying coffee every day, and (3) I don’t have much food at my house. This will be addressed by (1) going grocery shopping on Sunday, (2) redeeming free coffee cards (I have at least three stockpiled), and (3) planning meals.

Today is Unofficial St Pat’s, and good god, the undergrads have a gorgeous day for it. I haven’t the first clue how this tradition got so entrenched into student life here, but there are hundreds of drunk kids out on Daniel and Green Streets, and I’m somewhat dreading the ride home – but glad I have my bike and so don’t have to wait for the bus at Sixth and Green, within projectile vomiting distance of Murphy’s, Brothers, and Legends.

It seems like there’s a lot of peripheral stress these days, and I’m not sure what to do about that. I’m mainly just stressed about my seeming state of inertia – I need to be moving forward on projects on which I’m just doing – nothing. Things will sort themselves out. They always do. In the meantime I have sunshine, fresh air, and Gjetost cheese to keep me happy.

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  1. This “tradition” is not a long-lived one. I first discovered this when I got in touch with a couple of friends I have who completed undergrad around 2001 and 2002. They were very involved with U of I campus life and had no idea what I was talking about. After discussion in class today, we discovered that the “tradition” was started by the owner of a few prominent campus bars who basically wanted to rake in as much cash as he could for St. Patty’s Day, since it’s frequently over spring break. According to the DI, it started ten years ago, so it must have just taken off bigtime in the past few years….Happy Unofficial, yo!


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