I left in a spontaneous moment of strength (2 weeks ago).
Of course there were reasons to stay.
I feel kind of bad just because I have some international friends that I won't be able to communicate with as easily, though otherwise life is better without Facebook. It's just a distraction I don't need. I mean, I'll admit that now my distractions manifest elsewhere, yet at least it's not by (harmlessly) stalking people or becoming morose from too much photo-reminiscing. It is not to be interpreted as a personal vindication towards anyone, I am simply better off without it!
And I also need to confess that my first week, studious vigilance is on the treacherous decline, and I must bring myself back to those ways! I'm just anxious because some of the papers and research that I'm writing this semester might determine things way ahead in the future.
Well, until that time comes, I'm going to continue writing my web page presentation for my travel enrichment grant that I did in France and wince in soreness. On Saturday I went to Ottawa, Canada with my friends for the Winterlude Festival, in which we skated almost 8 miles on the Rideau Canal that goes through the city! It was amazing, even though I fell 13 times!!! Fantastic exercise, intoxicatingly blue skies, lots of happy faces despite the freezing temperatures, adorable small children learning how to skate for the first time (and ones that were better than me) and oh yeah, maple syrup taffy. For the experience shared, ca vaut la peine. If you'd like to check out more about what Ottawa has to offer this winter, click here.
I hope you're all staying warm and keeping your cool :)