Last year was a busy year. I struggled to keep up in school and keep myself motivated, and even though I had plenty to keep me busy, I was insanely jealous when Labor Day weekend came around and my husband went to PAX without me. I spent the weekend working on a final paper for my Intercultural Communication class (one of my favorite classes so far), but I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I was missing out on at PAX.
School comes first though, and I promised myself that even though I was due to be working on my final for my last class when PAX 2010 came I would accept one more PAX-less year, graduate in mid-September, and enjoy PAX when my time came in 2011.
Things change though.
Toward the end of 2009 I became extremely burnt out. Work had been a non-stop implementation mode year, and I was completing my sixth straight half-time school quarter. I was pushing so hard to be able to graduate at the end of summer that I wasn’t enjoying school, my work, or even my family and friends. I decided it was time to take a quarter off.
It has been a relaxing quarter off. I’ve visited family a couple of times, not stressed about staying out too late on D&D game nights, and generally done what I wanted when I wanted.
Last week, when @Official_PAX announced via twitter that preregistration for PAX was open, it was suddenly clear. I would not be working on the final for my capstone class on labor day weekend. I would be finishing in December instead. I would still have a final due in early September, but I could work ahead and still go to PAX!
I emailed my boss within minutes asking for extra time off around labor day weekend, then emailed my husband and told him to do the same. My husband had apparently already been on the phone with a friend who was ordering our tickets.
As of Monday, I have a hotel room booked at a very close by hotel, plenty of time before the weekend reserved for getting ahead in school, and something to really look forward to.
Now I just have to wait 148 days 14 hours and 29 minutes.