I cannot possibly study any more for atmospheric physics tonight, so now I listen to Mars Volta and chill.
I guess I can lay out my plans for the summer while I'm at it, so here goes:
In one week, I'll be in Washington, DC. I'm giving myself just enough time after finals to get my shit together, and then I'm gone. It is going to be so nice to get away, especially since I'll be with Jeremy.
God damn I miss that boy. More than anything, I just miss touching him. I need human contact after going without for so long, even when it's as simple as a hug, a back scratch, or a hand to hold. I never felt like I needed it when I was single, but I've developed an appreciation for it over the past year.
Anyway, back to the summer. I'll be in DC with Jeremy for three weeks until May 31st. We've already begun making plans for things to do. He saved all of his sightseeing of the area for when we're together, so we're trying to figure out when we want to do what. For May, I think we're going to explore northern and western Maryland a bit more. We're going to go camping (CAMPING!!! It's been years, so I'm stoked as hell) in the mountains somewhere where we can do a lot of hiking and exploring. I believe he has already reserved a campsite at one of the Chesapeake & Ohio Park sites. He also mentioned something in passing about heading east to the Chesapeake Bay and doing a little fossil hunting. I think most people would rather do more touristy stuff than that, but come on...I'm a geology minor! He knows how to appeal to my interests. :) He does still have to work during the week, so those are primarily weekend plans. Since he'll be gone during the day so much, I'm bringing my senior thesis research stuff so that I can get a jump start on it. I have a full load next fall, so I want to get as much out of the way as possible during the summer.
Once I get back to Iowa, I'll be participating in a research project just south of Ames. They're going to fly planes over a watershed and calculate soil moisture and whatnot from the air. They need a student to gather data on the ground, so that's possibly what I'll be doing through the first part of July. It's in the same watershed that my senior thesis focuses on, so I thought it was a good opportunity to have involvement with. Plus, it's paid experience, which is precious in my field of study. Most student work is volunteer-based.
By July 4th I'll be back in DC with Jeremy for a couple of weeks. I think at this point we're planning on heading out to the far western portions of Maryland (in the panhandle) to camp since it's supposed to be very scenic and beautiful out that way. Plus, I'm a sucker for mountains. What can I say....when you're from somewhere as flat as Kansas, mountains are fascinating. I also spent a lot of childhood family vacations in Colorado. Hopefully I'll see the ocean at some point, too, since I've never seen one before. Yes, I was in Connecticut a year and a half ago and never saw the ocean once. Long Island Sound, yes. Atlantic Ocean, no. And no, the Chesapeake Bay does not count in my book as ocean. I'm always on the wrong side of the plane when we land, so I never get a good look. I'm also told that DC is a hip place to be on the 4th of July by a native of the area, so we may have to catch the fireworks from the nation's capital for a cool memory and good photo-op.
I'll probably have to be back in Iowa by mid-July so that I can pack up my shit and be out of this apartment by the 31st. I'm hoping that my new apartment will open up early so that moving will be easier.
Anywho, that's my plan. It's not nearly as interesting as my sister spending the next six months in JAPAN, but meh. She better send me cool souvenirs or take pictures or SOMETHING. I'll get out of the US someday and see the world. It's just not happening anytime soon.