The upside of this not sleepingness is that I have learned how to make some of the best cups of coffee ever.
So it's pretty much 95% for sure that I will be in New York City next quarter (hi, Heather!)
I had an awesome meeting with Michele Bitoun where she basically told me I was a good candidate for any of my top 4 choices. So I'm considerably more excited about the TM experience than I was when I first received the materials. I think wherever I go (any of my top 4) I'm going to be able to make an incredible 10 weeks out of, and learn TONS. I think I was especially satisfied to find that my lack of work for any on-campus publication did absolutely nothing to count against me, which has been a concern of mine since I came to NU. Moral is: follow your heart and you shall be rewarded.
My pleasure from the meeting carried on through the rest of the day. I was nearly giddy during ballroom comp practice; all the patterns were incredibly fun and exciting to me (even though we've been doing them since the beginning of the quarter). It's lovely, absolutely wonderful: everything I love about ballroom is back with me when I'm happy and in a good mood. I feel like any conflicts I've had with people over the past week are all worked out and gone.
Also I decided I'm going to visit my brother from the 25-27, and I'm superbly excited about that. It's about time I went down to see him; he's been here a lot more than I've been there. This coming weekend is the Chinese New Year parade in downtown Chicago, which I'll head down to see with a bunch of friends, and then the weekend after that is Jon Wong's tennis competition here in Chicago, followed by the Star of the North dance competition, which I won't be dancing it, but will certainly be going to to watch.
Anyway I'm in a great mood. I always marvel at how rapidly I move from loneliness to frustration and then back to energetic life. It seems to easy for me, but I don't question it. I'm happy, I'm completely in love; I'm satisfied; I'm in myself again: the future looks so shiny and beautiful and even this cloudy day makes me smile.