February 23, 2009

ocd

I don't know where I'll be going to grad school, but now that I know I'll be going I've started focusing on the insignificant details that I actually have some control over. So when we move, we're going to box everything up, stick it in a storage space, go on a road trip for two months, and then I'll come back (by plane if necessary) and either load it on Amtrak (for a cross-country move) or a U-Haul (for an East Coast move).

I swear I have actually called Amtrak to get shipping rates to both places I might end up going. I still don't know when I'm going to choose or how I'll begin to decide between someplace pretty where I'll be happier and have more friends and someplace cold with crazy-awesome professional options, but I know how I'm going to get there.

This is what happens when you have to have control over something. You find the little tiny thing four months out that you can control, and obsess over it instead of the huge giant thing you need to figure out in the next six weeks.

Also? Boy does moving suck.

3 comments:

Stephen Byerley said...

Where are the options?

North said...

Berkeley and (unless my informal notification by professor is somehow rescinded before I get the real notice) Harvard.

I'm trying not to widely publicize the second one until I get official word, but that doesn't keep me from fussing about it.

THE FIRE BOSS (aka EFF BEE) said...

Actually, I don't think your approach is silly or OCD at all. You can plan the move in advance, so you are. But most of the information that's going to help you choose a program hasn't come to you yet...you still need to go visit and be wined and dined and see what your guts and your reason tell you.

The fact remains -- and I think this is the point -- that planning and hashing out as much as possible helps you feel good.

Thanks for your call, btw. I won't be on time, but I am getting my mornings back! Whoo!