Friday, March 27, 2009

Sunshine on my mind

The thing about graduate school in clinical psychology is that it feels a little never ending. There is no school's out for summer, or look, it's the weekend, so I don't need to work, or woo-hoo, classes are done, that means there is nothing left to do but watch Iron Chef reruns. It is both all encompassing and totally scattered, in that you have to switch gears between the bazillion different specializations you are supposed to master. When class is out, you are running participants. When you're done running participants, you have to analyze data. Don't forget to go to your practicum, and squeeze your regular clients in there, as well as commute to the suburbs for meetings with your case supervisors. Oh yeah, and here's a pile of essays to mark when you have that break between the workshop on clinical challenges, the lab meeting, and the training you are running for the programming software. And what do you mean you haven't published anything yet this year?

It is a go-go-go kind of life, the one where you keep spare journal articles in your purse just in case you have a moment to read them. (Seriously. I do that. People make fun of me when I go to fish out a pen and pull out a jumble of stapled together papers instead.)

Sometimes, in the middle of this rushing about, I find myself wondering why I decided that it was really so important to get my PhD as quickly as possible. Would anyone really begrudge me not being Dr. Pointful until the ripe age of 30? Was it really necessary to spend the bulk of my 20s on a university campus? And why didn't I take the time to do that generic coming of age post-college backpacking trip across Europe or Southeast Asia?


So, finally, I decided to bite the proverbial bullet.

Visit Cuba??


Don't mind if I do!

After what seemed like years of paying lip service to the fact that we needed a real holiday, not an extra day tacked onto a conference excursion, and debating journeys across Chile and Ecuador that we both knew our temperamental theses would never allow, we decided to bite the proverbial bullet and escape for a week in Cuba.

(It is our duty as Canadians, after all.)

So, yes, from Monday through Monday, you can find me drinking at absurdly inappropriate times, splayed out on the beach. To cope with our odd sense of guilt over staying at a resort far classier than the likes of us, we are also taking a non-tour bus related expedition to Havana, where we are staying at a casa particular with a Cuban family and wandering the streets with delicious aimlessness. I am only bringing books with no practical bearing on my future profession, and am staying far, far away from the Internet. My purse will be full of sunscreen and pesos, not annotated journal articles.

Hijinks will not be utterly abandoned, though. I have lined up a number of wonderful guest posters during my absence, so be sure to stop by and show them plenty of love. 

Who knows? Maybe I will learn to write again while I'm gone, as it feels like stress is sapping the ease right out of my words lately. At the very least, I should be a little more tanned with some rum breath and knowing a few more words of Spanish.

12 comments:

Hope said...

You so deserve this break! Have a good trip!

Princess of the Universe said...

Hope took my thought- you really deserve it, have fun and don't think about school and/or work!
xo

EF said...

Yet another Canadian perk- able to visit Cuba.

Surfergrrl said...

Damn you Canadians! I'm jealous. Obviously for the time being we can't go...but once we do, you can rest assured we will over-americanize it just like everywhere else. muahahahaha! :))

Paula said...

I'm so jealous! Have a fabby time!!!

Alanna said...

Bon Voyage! I'm green with envy!

theoddduckling said...

Have fun, and good luck finding your voice again. Enjoy.

Katelin said...

aw how fun. have a great trip!

Mandy said...

Have a fantastic time and enjoy yourself!

Psychgrad said...

So nice! Good thinking - a week away will be a nice break. Enjoy your time there!

Psych Post Doc said...

Enjoy! I just got back from my first vacation in 8 years without any work (no journal articles, no computer), it was amazing!

closetsareforclothes said...

you deserve it fo sho, and i'm fo sho beyond jealous. but power to you, get a great tan for both of us!