i can say with all earnestness that i survived my first two days of the semester
with nothing more than a sore throat, a list of reading assignments already a mile long,
and a mild case of homesickness.
as far as schooling goes, the next five months will consist of:
the history of nature, miracle, and magic of the late middle ages
a pro-seminar on the history of u.s. religion in the 20th century
beginning sculpture, that which i am completely intimidated by
a publicity and promotions internship with an on-campus art gallery
and my very very favorite, a class entitled:
"the hand printed book in its historical context"
(insert your "ooohs" and "aaahhhs" here).
we hand-sewed together mini pamphlets,
looked at various types of paper used throughout history,
toured the antique printing presses (that we will actually use!),
and distributed little iron letters to their proper little homes.
i learned where the phrase "mind your p's and q's" comes from,
and also where we get the term "upper case" and "lower case".
this may not be exciting to most people,
but for this girl, this is absolutely the greatest class on the planet.