I guess my decision about whether or not I'll be doing an independent guard is answered for now, though I still have the desire. I just don't think it'll be worth it; it's a lot of time and effort to do an independent guard.
This year's just.. been too much.
edit: I don't have the energy to get through what I need to of A Tale of Two Cities. It's sad; I used to always get through my books, no matter how much I didn't like them. I've liked some of the books that I've read this year - I'd like to finish this one - but I just don't have the time and energy to do so. Yet another one I'll have to sparknotes this year.
It's such a waste.