I remember, about two years ago, I posted every day; if not on lj, then on myspace or some other blog service. Now, I can hardly be $#@! to even get on myspace, so I have to ask myself, "What has changed?" If I'm honest, I have to admit a lot of it is me. Fifty percent of my problem is I'm too lazy to take the time and energy that is needed to do those things; and fifty percent of the problem is that I know I should be doing something else more productive to my future. I've spent months trying to pull my future together and tie up loose ends.
Here is a short list:
- I finally took my GRE a few months ago and finished up my Graduate School Application. I still haven't had a response to it yet, and I'm trying to deal with the possibility that I may not be accepted. I'm working on plan B, to be revealed at a later date. (What to do when grad school falls through.)
- I've sorted out a lot of my financial woes. ($@# economy) Although things aren't perfect, I'm seeing the light and I'm actually saving money. (My trip abroad is looking promising again, but not set in stone yet.)
- I've made a lot of progress with finishing the novel I've been working on for ages. I'm so close to the end, I feel a little guilty typing here instead of there. I've had a few people make suggestions for how to proceed next. (some say get an agent, some say look for a publisher directly, & some say self publish.) I'm not a big fan of self-publishing so I'm rejecting that idea, for now at least.
- I'm currently working for the US Census Bureau. It's a temporary job, but I like it. It's allowing me to sort out a few things and save $$ so even if I hated it, I would still like it. (It turns out the job is a bigger deal than I thought. I had to swear oath to protect the privacy and rights of US citizens.--If I violate Title 13 of the US Privacy Act, I could face a 250,000 fine and imprisonment...Needless to say, I'll not be sharing any work stories with you.
(Tue.) Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
Enjoy some time in the wonderful town of Lucerne
(Sun.) Enjoy a comfortable drive past Fontainebleau Forest and the vineyards of Burgundy. Turn east towards the Swiss Alps and arrive in picture-book Lucerne. (B,D)
(Mon.) During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT
(Tue.) Leave Switzerland and stop for a short visit of Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, before entering the Austrian Alps on your way to Tyrol. In Innsbruck, walk through the Old Town and take pictures of Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF before continuing to Sound of Music Salzburg. (B,D), the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, and the monumental Domplatz. Take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming
before you leave this charming town. Next, a spectacular drive through the Alps to Italy and to Venice, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. (B)
(Fri.) During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, the magnificent CATHEDRAL, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded
(Sat.) Sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with a visit to
the Vatican Museum." and
Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA.