24 October

School closed today. This was not a holiday, it was a potential fire hazard day. Welcome to SoCal autumn.

On the one hand, it was good because I was struggling with the lab we were supposed to start today. It’s 22 pages and I don’t feel prepared in the least for it. My labmate and I were texting information back and forth when we received the notification.

On the other hand, this throws me off. I’m not the type of person who can just change plans on a dime without having it affect them. I tried to stay busy and get more laundry done and clean up the bath and scrub the kitchen sink, but I feel as if I mostly just wandered around trying to figure out what to do. And by wandering I mean I played Gardenscapes a lot.

I wish I could just go with the flow like people often do. But I’ve never liked it. Whether it’s my personality or it’s due to the chaos of my upbringing, I’m not sure. But changes in plans almost always discourage me.

This is one of the reasons I have to be very cautious at the beginning of each term. The change of classrooms and professors and classmates is completely disorienting to me.

To combat this, I spend my entire break organizing my room and my school stuff and my schedule as much as possible. I must have everything in order the first day so I have one less stress.

I realized today that I need to have an in-semester plan B. I need a back-up plan for those days when the professor is out or the mountain is burning. Without a plan, the most I can hope to accomplish is leveling up a few times in Gardenscapes. 😉

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