Friday, August 21, 2009

First week of graduate school

It's Friday of my first week of graduate school, and I'm excited and scared! Not only do I have 3 major papers (15+ pages) to write this semester (one for each of my classes), but the type of research I'm supposed to produce is different than the kind I did in undergrad classes (I'm expected to come up with my own original idea after finding out what criticism already exists for my topic). Of course, with these three major papers I have other smaller ones (small means under 10 pages) and lots of reading with all of my classes. Whew! Well, can't really complain yet because I've just gotten started. I hope I can do well!
Ryan and I are exhausted after just one week! Our routine revolves around school and work, homework, and cooking and washing dishes. We have to prepare all our meals in advance (especially for Monday and Wednesday when we practically live on campus from 8a-8p). This of course creates a lot of dirty dishes which we don't have much time to clean up. On top of all this, Ryan gets to drive to Cleveland for work 3 days a week and doesn't get home till 9:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.
It's probably a good thing no one reads this blog. You'd just be bored!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What women should know about men

Or, rather, what men should be telling their wives! I just finished the book For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn, and I feel like I understand what makes Ryan tick a little better. I guess I can't blame him for not telling me some of the things I read; I suppose they could make for an awkward conversation. I really appreciate what the author did in this book. She interviewed over a hundred men, and took a survey of over 1000 other men, as well. Since she got some pretty overwhelming answers, I suppose she was right to be able to make some generalizations. Also, the fact that her mission in writing the book was to encourage women to love their men the way they need to be loved really made an impression on me to try to understand how to love Ryan better, or rather, how to show him better. I don't want to go into details about the book here, but I think every woman should read it. It's important to know how your husband ticks in order to be the best wife you can be. And I think that is what God wants us to do.