I posted the video above for 2 reasons: first off, my new laptop has a built in webcam, and I wanted to play with it (you can expect more videos in the future); second, it sort of ties in to this post. I would have played with Garageband instead, but my little MAudio USB box that I use for recording instruments is safely packed away.

I am heading out for Evanston tomorrow morning, and I should arrive by Sunday night. I am extremely anxious for school to get underway so that I can finally determine how much, if any, free time I can expect to have during the semester. I’ve had a few friends express interest in coming out to visit, but I’ve been hesitant to make any commitments due to the big question of free time. On top of that, there are a number of hobbies/things that I’d like to continue doing throughout grad school, but again, I don’t know if I’ll have the time.

  • Playing Guitar - This is one of my favorite ways of relaxing. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to maintain a regular practice schedule, so I’ve seen myself touch the skill level of “average” only to then lose a lot of ground due to extended breaks. When I first started working at IBM, I was devoting a substantial amount of time every day to practicing, and I made some significant progress. I’m hoping that I can practice regularly when school starts.
  • Exercising - I’ve never really had a problem making time to exercise, whether by weightlifting, jogging, boxing, yogaing, swimming, etc, so I anticipate that I’ll be able to keep up with it. I may end up switching from swimming to something else, since I don’t know how eager I’ll be to jump in the pool when the weather gets chilly.
  • Reading - I love reading as much as possible, and I’m sure that my classes will oblige me.
  • Writing - This covers the blog, my personal journal, emails, poems, etc. I wrote a lot more back in undergrad, especially when I was bored in class, and I think my imagination was all the more fertile for it.

Those are the “Han Solo” activities that I am going to try and fit in. Of course, I also want to do all of the school and social activities that you would expect from a student going to a school renowned for “soft” skills.