My monitor - a 19" widescreen LCD - arrived two weeks ago. I love it. With that monitor and the addition of an ergonomic keyboard and the "I'm not a travel mouse!" mouse, my back and wrists don't yell at me after extended computer sessions.

On the downside, I spend a lot more time working in my room. As opposed to working in the lounges and being - well, social. Sure, I'm being hyperefficient. Out of dire need, too; a week of high fever sapped all the productivity out of me, so I'm catching up on 5 days' worth of backlog, a nontrivial task. On the other hand, I'm rapidly reaching my tolerance for isolation. Gotta get out more.

Just found out that my mom is flying up right before spring break to accompany me to the doctor's office. (My jaw's out of alignment, which is a nuisance to me and a Terror-Stricken Harbinger of Doom for her; Mom's an ex-dentist.) I told her that I was almost twenty and perfectly fine on my own and please save the money from the plane ticket, but it "makes her feel better" this way. I also don't know how long she's staying. Result: goodbye, spring break plans, hello, mom. Hopefully I'll be able to convince her someday that I'm actually an adult. Or close enough.

I also need to find a way to prove to places - namely, Study Abroad summer programs - that I'm a somewhat intelligent and responsible individual, despite not having (anywhere near) a 4.0 GPA. Ah well. I chose to deal with this problem when I decided to care about learning over grades. Things will work out.