Hi. My Name is Melanie, and I am Socially Awkward

Sometimes I wish I was less socially awkward.  I mean, put me up on front of people to speak about some issue or another, and I’m totally put together and fine.  Put me up there with a song to sing, and I’m even better.  But putting me in a small group of people is generally safe neither for me nor those around me. 

In happy news, The HEABlet has arrived!  I’m so happy for Heather and CD.  They are going to be completely awesome parents, I know it.

In other happy news, I HAVE A THESIS!  Finally!  Unfortunately, it involved me scrapping the idea of writing about Native American literature entirely, but it brought me back to my first love way back in undergrad:  Latin American literature.  Particuarly, I’m focusing on Cuban-American lit at this point.  We’ll see when/if I include other Latin-American sub-groups.  Now that I’ve got an idea of where I’m going, things are moving very quickly.  I’m glad.  I’ll be thrilled to finish this up and graduate…and then figure out where I go from there.

On a highly irritated and unpleasant note, I experienced a 30% tuition increase that was voted in shortly after the semester began by the general assembly and put into action last week.  The real kicker?  It’s retroactive, so I had a charge for an additional $500 bucks on my account.  Gotta love those who promise that they won’t put a greater fiscal burden on the lower classes and then jack up the price of education.  But “it’s for the children,” right?

I’ve been writing a lot in my physical journal lately, hence the dearth of substantive posts, but I think it’s a good thing.  I keep telling myself how badly I want to be a writer, and then I never write.  I’m toying with the idea of starting to wake up at 5 every morning and blogging so that it remains a priority.

I also need some knitting to work on.  And I need to figure out what I’m doing for everyone for Christmas.  ‘Tis a busy, busy world.