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Earthquake, Volcano, etc. [Mar. 31st, 2004|08:06 pm]
Catherine Fischer
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |American Beauty Soundtrack -- beautifully melancholy.]

Apparently there was an earthquake in the Leeward Islands, yesterday -- a 5.0. 5.0 is usually enough to get my attention. I must have been running up stairs or something; I never felt a thing. (I ran up and down a lot of stairs, yesterday, trying to get the paper out.) Another student mentioned that the Montserrat volcano has been increasingly active this month...always interesting to watch. (For those interested, the website is http://www.mvo.ms/ -- this volcano is very, very close to where I live.) I wonder if it will "snow" again?

If yesterday was hot and still, today was swept clear of cloud -- the sea like blue suede, this morning, and the morning light clarion. This afternoon, after hours of reading, I stood on the deck on campus and watched the afternoon light paint the landscape golden, sweetly melancholy; a 5-masted ship sailed gilded out of Basseterre's harbor, bound westward, toward the sun.

"I'll set sails of silver and sail toward the sun
And my false love shall weep for me after I'm gone."

Kevin has been gone 3 and a half weeks, and I'm starting to notice the world around me again. Perhaps I was so tightly wrapped around my misery and his discontent that I could find no joy in life or living. Breathing is coming easier, and dreams have given me a reprieve.

Night follows day
The ache subsides
By some greater pattern
And farther tides.

Today I finally got the news that the PAVE Qualifying Exam will be offered via the internet on campus this year (PAVE is one of two programs I must choose between and enter in order to qualify to practice medicine in the U.S. -- Ross is considered a "foreign" school, because it's offshore) -- I've only been pestering them for MONTHS to hear if I'd be able to take the exam during my August break or not. The good news: I won't have to spend hundreds of dollars to fly to the States to take this 6-hour exam (used to be 8 hours!) at a Prometric Testing Center. Even more good news: I won't have to do this DURING MY FINALS (for some reason, they had it scheduled during our finals week). Better news: they're trying to set the date for September -- when I won't be traveling with friends. Hurray! Best news: I won't have to take this frickin' awful exam IN THE MIDDLE OF MOVING TO MINNESOTA FROM OVERSEAS, in December, with my cats! Hurray! I get to find out the date next Tuesday!
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