Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Summer in New Mexico

I spent the summer in New Mexico to attend the Pre-Law Summer Institute. I had a great experience and learned a lot, but I thought I'd share a few photos from my non-academic explorations from the Land of Enchantment.

I started the 11 1/2 hour drive yesterday around noon. Rather than drive straight through, I elected to spend the night in Vega, TX. After driving the last 255 miles this morning, I successfully located the law school...which proves that I can read a map. Who knew?

Registration for the Pre-Law Summer Insitute was completed today and Orientation is tomorrow. Actual classes begin on Monday. Judging by the weight of the books, I expect to have a hernia by Wednesday. It's all ok, though, because the people seem nice and this should really help prepare me to start law school in August.

Interestingly, I'm discovering some interesting details about my life. Apparently, before this week, I had never stayed in a hotel or ate at a restaurant alone. I've never really thought about it before, I assume because I have no regrets, but I've never lived alone. I moved out at 17, but had roommates in college. When I got married, I let my husband talk me into living with him, though I still question the wisdom of that decision. Honestly, I think adjacent houses would be a better plan for married couples. We were married for about a minute and a half before getting pregnant, and went on to add a couple more kids after that.

I've never really been alone. Not sure if that is good, bad or neutral. After all, I am a woman with my own identity and sense of self, so I'm not defined only by my role in my family. It's not a if I've been dying to escape to "find myself". I do wonder, though, now that I will have some time to myself, I wonder if I will truly find peace in the quiet. I sincerely doubt it, as I missed the kids even before I left the driveway.