I had forgotten that my pre-sleeping time used to be taken by my brain processing the day's events. But, now that I'm going to bed closer to 11 than 10, I seem to take about an hour doing that, then sleep. Which is way better than taking two hours to fall asleep!
I think I'm starting to adjust back to this sleep schedule, although the fact that I've taken anti-migraine meds the past couple mornings - which include caffeine - make it harder to be sure if that's the case.
Unfortunately, there were a couple of things I wanted to write down right before sleeping last night, but refused to get up and do so. And now I can't remember. Ah, well, they'll come back. I think. :)
It's funny that chatting with the receptionist on a regular basis means that I just got half her blueberry muffin, which was very tasty. Dunno; that just seems like such a lonely (and often boring) job, especially at a company full of introverts!
Car goes to regular maintenance tomorrow. I love that the place I go, recommended forever ago by catya
, is about a 10-15 minute walk, at max. So on days I WFH, I can drive there, drop it off, and walk home.
Starting work on essays; I'm having a difficult time remembering that it doesn't matter if I necessarily have what I think of as required experience in Psychololgy - since my undergrad was not Psychology - it's still worth applying. Especially to programs that are precisely what I'm looking for. Will be hard to not sell myself short, as I hate selling myself in the first place even when I _do_ feel qualified.
Still highly uncertain about the HCI program, since it _will_ involve at least some programming. But, it's the one I'm most confident about making it into, since my undergrad was in CS and all my experience from the last almost 10 years is in computers. It's also the most likely option with which I would be able to find a relevant position after getting the PhD, since psych research would tend to mean academia, and those are not easy positions to get. Will apply, mind you, but... programming. And also a distinct lack of a break from CS, although it will still be a break from QA.
GRE in early October. Taking a break from studying to give my brain a rest. I'm fairly sure that I'm not going to do as well as I did when I was still in college, which is somewhat frustrating, but a fair amount of the math on the GRE involves things I have trouble with - word problems, visual representations of anything at all, and such. So it's frustrating to think that it will not actually reflect my math ability (consider that I had a TA in college try quite hard to convince me to change majors to math from CS). Ah, well. The verbal stuff I don't think I've worstened on, although anything additional gains in points will be difficult as I'm down to words that I'm having trouble memorizing. And I always have some trouble with the questions involving interpretation of the reading passages, since their wording is often perplexing.