To Do

Oct. 29th, 2007 05:20 pm
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To Do Tonight:

1) Write 100-point test on Classicism and Romanticism for students to take on Wednesday.
2) Correct "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" worksheets. (Done for one class)
3) Knit and drink tea.
4) Call my husband, who is in California enjoying himself.
5) Take Tylenol PM.
6) Sleep.

I hate colds.
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Life is excellent, though busy. I took my ORELA test last Saturday, and I'm pretty sure I passed all the sections, including the math and science! Yay!

Tonight, I am teaching a class on medieval knitting. I believe that I am all prepared. Still, wish me luck! It should be interesting.

More updates later. I am not sufficiently caffeinated to be coherent.
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Lots has been going on, and I really hate being up at this time of the morning. Class seems like such an inconvenience right now, getting in the way of getting important stuff done. Ah, well. It's a small price to pay at the moment, and I do start teaching in the fall.

I'm taking my ORELA (middle-school general knowledge test, for you non-teachers) in mid-August. It'll be nice to have that over and done with.

The weekend before last, we had our SCA Arts and Sciences social at our house. It was fun, and it meant that the majority of the house is clean now. (Some of it needs to be neatened, however.) I taught my [livejournal.com profile] fearga's 12-year-old daughter, K, to knit. She picked it up right away and is now knitting a Harry Potter scarf in garter stitch. I am more pleased than I can possibly say. [livejournal.com profile] fearga tells me that K has now knitted about 6-8 inches on her scarf, and her grandmother has taught her how to purl. ^_^

That same day, Alex taught K how to use the lathe, and K turned a Harry Potter wand. I fully expect her to bring both to the Harry Potter celebration for the book this weekend.

Other people did other nifty crafts, and it was a good, relaxed time.

Scribal work continues apace. We still have charters to paint, and Alex and I are working on a rush project for Coronation. It's actually a lot of fun. We just have painting to do on those, as well, and then they're ready to send on their merry way.

I also went to my cousin's wedding last weekend. It was fun, and the two flower girls and the ringbearer were very entertaining as they emphasized all of the reasons why Alex and I did not have small children in our wedding. The ceremony was short and sweet, the bride and groom both looked lovely, and I have good feelings about their new life together. I also got to actually chat with my grandmother and grandfather on my father's side, who I almost never get to see. That was very pleasant. Grandpa talked a little bit about coming over to Oregon from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years when he was nine. I'd love to hear him tell more stories. I also saw many of my other relations on that side, as well as my "Uncle" Fred (Dad's best friend). It was really nice to be able to talk to all of these people and catch up with them.

[livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia is coming over this weekend! *SQUEE!*

Gotta go and try to get some homework done now--and get coffee. Coffee is vital at this juncture.
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It's odd to realize that updating LJ has been so low on my list of Things To Do. Lots has been going on in my life (as usual), and things have been busier than ever. "Lemme 'splain. No, that would take too long. Lemme sum up."

Egil's! )
Sixth-Graders! )

I think that's it for now. I had what I call "The Explody-Insides Disease" from Sunday night through Tuesday, and my tummy's feeling a bit unstable this morning. I probably just need breakfast. Next time: High School Observation, Summer Plans, and Socks!
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I have lots and lots to say about stuff in general, but I don't have the time just now. I hope to do some serious updating within the next couple of days. Right now, life is just plain crazy. I'm feeling a lot of pressure from several different directions. If I wasn't in grad school, I could handle the rest of the stuff easily. With grad school, however, I'm feeling a bit...smooshed. I know that things will work out, but I need about another week to fulfill both homework and SCA duties. It's hard when I'd rather be doing SCA stuff, and I feel like I'm just treading water here. However, I'm learning. I'm learning a lot about myself and my capabilities, as well as being a teacher and an SCA officer. More on that later, I think.

For now, here is Part I of the (not very) Top Secret Kitten Formula! In my next post, I hope to be able to post the pictures that are required to show how to assemble the little critters. For now, here's enough to get you knitting!

The Kitten Formula! )
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School is over! No more school until January 2, when I start grad school! Yay! And I got an A on my final paper! Double Yay!

I'm too exhausted to type much, but much has been done and much will be done. Projects are achievable, and I have ditched a couple of unnecessary projects in order to drop my stress level. All is good; all is fine.

I have an icon request. I need a good picture of Queen Elizabeth (preferably a portrait, but possibly someone portraying her) looking a bit grumpy. The text should say, "Queen Elizabeth Does Not Approve Of This!" I need it for when I'm feeling particularly pissy. "We are not amused" just doesn't push the envelope far enough these days.

I also really need to install Photoshop on this computer so that I, too, can make icons.

Life is coming together. I am feeling the bliss, but I think I still need some hot chocolate. Mmm. Chocolate.
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I would like to begin this entry by stating, clearly and unequivocably, that I detest Chekov. We went to The Seagull on Friday night, and it was the most depressing thing I have ever seen. It was well done, well acted, and, I think, could not have been a better performance. The depression was entirely Chekov's fault. It didn't help that part of the play was about depressed writers, and I've been feeling a bit down about my writing lately. (This has passed; Cassandra is speaking to me again! *SQUEE!*)

In any case, it was a fairly relaxed Thanksgiving weekend. I spent it with my husband and in-laws, and there was much good food and conversation. Alex and I finally gave his sister and brother-in-law their Christmas presents from last year. His sister's hand-knitted socks fit perfectly, but I forgot to take a picture of her wearing them. Ah, well. I should be able to have her send me a picture of her wearing the socks.

I didn't get to see any of my side of the family, however. Mom and Dad are down in California with Grandma, and Josh had to work all weekend long. (I really do think that all grocery and retail stores should close by 4:00 pm on Thanksgiving so that the employees can go home and spend time with their families. It's a crime how they keep them working until really late on Thanksgiving, especially considering how much things slow down in the late afternoon/early evening.) Dad is coming home on Tuesday, but Mom is staying on until who-knows-when. Grandma really isn't doing well, and the doctors are still trying to figure out how to help her. In the meantime, Grandma is practically bedridden. The pain is much better, but now severe nausea has set in and she still can't leave her bed for more than a few minutes at a time. Mom feels that she needs to be with Grandma right now, and I agree, even though I miss her a lot.

I woke up this morning to find snow on the ground and all over the trees, and still falling in that soft, powdered-sugar sort of way. I am probably still going to class this morning but, as my afternoon class is watching The Court Jester and I just found out that my final paper is due Wednesday afternoon, not Friday afternoon, I think I'm going to be home this afternoon finishing up the paper and watching The Court Jester while I work on finishing my cloak. The paper shouldn't take too much time--I'm already on page 2 out of 10 and I still need to add in some references for that section (clothes). Then I get to write about the other things that display status at a medieval feast.

My one disappointment about not going to school all day today is that I won't be able to walk down to the yarn store and talk to the yarn ladies about my dilemma. I am about one-third of the way through my feather and fan shawl (more on that in [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja), and I am almost out of yarn. Unfortunately, I bought this yarn about three years ago, so I doubt that they will have the same dye lot anymore. I shall have to ask the yarn ladies what to do. If it doesn't happen today, that's all right. I have other projects to finish.

More later. At the moment, I can't tell whether there's actual snow coming down, or if I'm just watching the wind blow snowflakes off the trees.
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Okay. So my morning class professor gave us all a lecture today on how she has received e-mails complaining about people with laptops surfing the 'net in class instead of taking notes, and how this is distracting. She even threatened to go around the classroom and check on us to make sure that we were taking notes.

I was rather irritated by this for several reasons. I use a laptop in class. I occasionally access the internet during class, but I still take extensive notes. We're talking, on average, 3-4 single-spaced, typed pages. My accessing the internet during class is perhaps not completely kosher, but I am still paying attention to the class that I paid good money to take. I don't mind not accessing the 'net in class if the teacher feels that strongly about it, but I do have some minor irritations about this whole scenario:

1. If a person in class has a problem with me or what I am doing or finds my computer distracting, he or she should approach me first. Not e-mail the teacher complaining about me. E-mailing the teacher smacks of elementary school tactics and not believing that either of us is adult enough to handle the problem in a reasonable manner. I am neither large nor intimidating, and it's not that hard to ask if you can talk to me after class.

2. What on earth are you doing staring at my computer screen, anyway?! It's not like it ever has flashing lights on it or anything that might draw your attention to it. I usually just have Word up, and I occasionally have www.dictionary.com up so that I can look up a word. (I also sometimes check my e-mail or LJ, but still! That's very occasional.) If you're copying my notes, I am irritated with you. Take your own damned notes. Also, if you find my screen that irresistable, reference #1. I can always go and sit in the back of the classroom so that my shiny screen will be less of a distraction for you.

3. We're all grownups. The professor does not need to be constantly monitoring what we're doing.

These are minor, but the situation is just really annoying. Also, I might not have been complained about--several people use laptops in this class, and I know that some of them use the 'net during class. The thing that annoys me the most is that nobody talked to me if they had a problem.

I think I'm going to sit in the back of the class from now on so that people won't be tempted to look at my screen.

In other news, I have a driving lesson today. I really need to drive more. It doesn't help that there are lots of areas around here that Alex isn't comfortable with me driving in, so he won't practice with me in those areas. That's a bit frustrating. It's also frustrating that I have to talk myself down from panic every time I'm planning to drive. *sigh* It's an uphill battle.

I am almost done with Paper #1, which is due on Wednesday. I just have to do a conclusion and a final edit to make sure that everything is formatted correctly and that I have included all of the information I want to include. Then I get to start on Paper #2, which should actually be easier. Yay!

Tomorrow is my interview for grad school. When we went out to dinner with my parents and brother last night (to see them before Mom and Dad leave for California to see Grandma), Mom asked me if I had been rehearsing for the questions they might ask me. I told her I hadn't; I feel pretty confident that just being myself will decide the question. If they don't like me, then I shouldn't be there. Mom started asking me some questions that she thought the interviewers might ask, including, "What gives you the moxie (yes, she said 'moxie') to think that you can handle teaching high school?" I answered, "Because I helped teach in a 9th-grade classroom and survived. And I want to do it again." She laughed. I'm actually really looking forward to the interview. I think it's going to be fun. I just have to remember to dress nicely tomorrow--no jeans. Luckily, my wool skirt and white button-down shirt are both clean. I just have to do a bit of ironing.

I still have many, many projects going. I hope I can get them all done in time.

I should probably finish my coffee and head out to my driving lesson pretty soon here. I hope that goes well.
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Today is my first day of school in the last term before I get my double Bachelor's in English and Medieval Studies. Whew! I have a four-hour break between my classes--long enough to get lots done, but not long enough to go home. But that's fine! I have enough time to finally update about Summits Coronet Tourney! Yaaay!

Coronet Report )

Life continues well. We had our first Scribal Class last Tuesday, and seven students showed up! I was incredibly happy! People seemed to have fun, despite my lack of preparation. I hope this trend continues. (That is, I hope that the student trend continues; I hope to be considerably more prepared next time.) Everyone was very nice and understanding, which is good, as I missed my driving lesson that day (it was at 9:00 am, and I could have sworn it was at 12:30 pm). I also had an informational meeting for grad school that went late. It was a very educational informational meeting, and I'm very glad I went, but we had to rush home in order to meet people arriving for Scribal Class.

Wednesday, I learned that I can lift a box of bamboo flooring and carry it upstairs! This only works three times before I am ready to fall over, but it's strength progress! Yay! Wednesday night was the Baroness Social, but we didn't stay for very long--it was wet and cold, and I started school today, and I was not going to catch a cold right before school started. Not happening. Her Excellency was very understanding. We did wind up staying for longer than we intended (we intended to just drop in and say hello) because we were chatting with people. I like the people in our Barony. We then went home, and Alex and Joe had an Autocrat meeting while I tried not to fall asleep.

*checks list* Okay, that takes care of Wednesday...Thursday, I picked up a book for the Praxis I and studied and took my practice test in math. I only got a 75% (see previous LJ entry). This displeased me. Alex sat down with me and we went over the problems that I missed, so I understand them better now, but I still need to study more. I still feel like I have a ton of stuff to do in order to apply for grad school, though I have my Praxis I scheduled now and two out of three of my letters of recommendation settled. I'm still trying to get ahold of one of my former employers (tutoring) to get her to do the third one.

Friday, I made it to my driving lesson, and I did okay. Afterward, I drove out to Target from our house, and I didn't freak Alex out! Yaaay! I freaked me out, but I'm always hyper-alert when I drive. Driving is scary. I feel shaky when I finish, but I'm getting better!

I've been keeping busy! Tonight, I get to clean, plus there's Council. Wednesday, I get to go to stay with my parents for a few days while Alex goes up to Washington. I need to figure out the bus schedule so I can get to class on time on Friday.

I'm over halfway done with my application essay for grad school. I'm doing okay. Breathe.

And now, I should get me some lunch. More updates later.
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Assignment I
Report On:
a) Summits Coronet Tourney
b) Crazy Tuesday (missed driving lesson, Grad School Information Meeting, Scribal Night)
c) Crazy Wednesday (Flooring, Baroness Social)
d) Today (Studying, Papers, Grad School)

Due: Today, though an extension might be made until tomorrow. Extra credit will be given for accurately depicting your own insanity.

Assignment II
Study for Praxis I test and take timed Math Practice Test.

Due: Today. Extra credit may be given for actually getting off your butt and doing this.

You scored a 75% on this test. This is unacceptable. Study math!

Assignment III
Write a rough draft of your two-page essay, to be turned in with your application.

Due: Today.

Assignment IV
Get things organized and packed in backpack. School starts next week!

Due: Monday.

Assignment V
Work on Cassandra's Codex. That won't write itself, you know!

Due: When other, less fun work is done.

PAPERS!

Jun. 12th, 2006 10:56 am
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Further Egil's Update later. Papers now. Just letting everyone know that I'm still alive, still kicking, still going (gone?)a little crazy. My professors are evil (EVIL, I TELL YOU!), so I have a lot to do by Friday. Here is my current Paper Page Tally:

Julian of Norwich Paper, due Wednesday at 3pm:
Pages Necessary: 15-20
Pages Done: 1 1/2 3 5, and I'm going to bed. It's almost 11:00!
The next day:8, and more M&Ms are needed.
That afternoon: 11, and you may envy me my delicious chicken egg roll!
At approximately 11:00 pm: 13, and I'm entering the home stretch! My egg roll is consumed, and it is time for a short walk to the potty. I probably won't have to pull an all-nighter! HUZZAH!
Midnight: 15! All I have left to do is check out Chicago Style to make sure that I did my citations right, and I can print this puppy and go to bed!
1:00 am: The paper is on the printer. Danged Chicago Style formatting.

Gender in Middle English Literature Paper, due Friday at Noon:
Pages Necessary: 10
Pages Done: 0

The professor who gave out the first paper isn't too horrible, as we were given the entire term to work on it and any ill effects from procrastination and too much espresso are entirely my fault. That's the one I'm working on now, and it's actually going relatively well. The professor who handed out the second paper is EVIL, for she only gave us a week to work on it. One week for a 10-page paper! During finals week! Is she INSANE?!?!

Also, go and see Over The Hedge and Cars. Watch Cars with hard-core car guys/gals, if at all possible. It's funnier that way. Over The Hedge has a squirrel. When you watch him dash around like a crazy thing, think of me.

Now, back to Julian. I will edit this entry as time goes on and I complete more pages.
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I am taking two classes this term: Classical and Medieval Literary Theory and Folklore and Myth of the British Isles. Both of my teachers are mildly spastic, but both are seriously fun. My Literary Theory professor can recite Homer in the original Greek, and he does so at the slightest provocation. Greek is a nifty language, but it doesn't send shivers down my spine the way Old English does. This professor has also decided that the class needs to memorize at least one line in Greek, so he has assigned one from The Odyssey. We have to memorize the beginning of the Sirens' Song. It's actually pretty nifty. The reasoning behind this move is so that we can understand the hypnotic rhythms of Homer's poetry and thus understand why Plato felt that it was so dangerous. More on the power of words later, I think.

I have had my other professor before. She is an expert in ballads of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and she also knows something of medieval history. She tends to use music and pictures along with the literature in her class, and that really opens things up for me. We listened to some Irish music yesterday, and she emphasized how the tune wound around a steady drone, much as the ancient Celtic thinking wound around and around with the cycles of the year.

Both classes should be fascinating. I really need to learn how to scan poetry, though. I haven't had a lot of literary theory, which seems odd to me as an English major. Shouldn't we have had some of this in our earlier classes? It makes me feel a bit behind, which means that I'll just have to pick up that skill on my own.

In other news, Alex and I are back to working on eating healthy. We're doing pretty well so far, but I have learned that I need to eat more carbs. Protein and vitamins are all very well, but it's the carbohydrates that provide the energy. If I don't get enough of something, I'm hungry an hour later. Balance seems to be the key. We have also set aside certain days in which dessert is acceptable: Valentine's Day, my birthday, his birthday, our anniversary, etcetera. Other than that, we're trying to avoid desserts and sweet snacks. On the other hand, we do allow one small sweet per day. This amounts to one chocolate, one small cookie, things like that. That way, we don't feel deprived, but we're not adding a lot to our calorie count.

Time to go and meet [livejournal.com profile] arianadream.

Addendum: EW! *does girly just-found-something-icky-by-surprise-ew-icky dance* I was sorting through my sweaters that need washing, and I found something furry-looking on the floor. I thought it was probably an odd dustbunny, so I picked it up to throw it away. It felt soft and fuzzy and very strange for a dustbunny, and as I glanced down I noticed that it was a dehydrated mouse body.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

I dropped it, washed my hands really well, then picked it up with some toilet paper and threw it away. On my way to the garbage can, I showed the deceased to Loki and scolded, "Do not leave these around where I can find them!" Loki just looked calmly at me as if to say, "What are you gibbering about, crazy human?"

Dead little mouses are not good things to find when you want to do laundry. Also, mousie fur is very soft. Poor mousie.

EW. *scrubs hands*

Urgh.

Dec. 4th, 2005 04:34 pm
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Yep, that's about all I have to say for the moment. Today, I have spent literally all day studying. All. Day. I am now (well, not now, obviously, but just before now) making flash cards for all the Bibles we've studied in Medieval Manuscripts class since midterms. After that, I'm going to make flash cards for all the church fathers and schisms that we've studied since midterms in my History of Christianity class. My Literature final is going to seem like a total piece of cake after this day of monstrosity.

Note to self: Go to bed early tonight. Finals start at 8:00 am, and you could use all the help you can get.

I keep having to remind myself that I'm not going to completely bomb these finals and, as long as I don't completely bomb them, I'm going to be fine. I just wish that they'd assign final projects or something and not make us do evil, evil final exams. I prefer final projects. There's craziness at the end of the term, but at least I know what I'm doing and I get to get it over with. No more of this steenking anticipation and nervousness.

Ah, well. I will be done soon. I had better have a latte tomorrow. Alex is doing the dishes tonight because he doesn't even start his finals until Monday evening and he'll have all day Monday to study and he doesn't have to go through the stress and crap of studying during the weekend and he's been playing video games all weekend and I am so jealous offered. I am grateful.

Now, time to make Alex stop playing video games so that we can get out of the house before I go completely insane.
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Unfortunately, I'm not Emperor of the Galaxy or whatever, so I can't do that. Poot.

Here's my Homework Update:

1) Paper: 3/4 of the way done. I did it backwards. I have to write the creative part, which is in my head. This is a good thing, because I already analyzed it and compared it to Daniel Defoe's "A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal, The next Day after Her Death; To One Mrs. Bargrave at Canterbury. The 8th of September, 1705." Defoe had a thing for long titles, I think. Admittedly, Robinson Crusoe is relatively short. Anyway. The creative part has to be 1-2 pages. I hope I can make it that short and include everything that's in my analysis.

2) Studying for History of Christianity: I'm not sure where I am on this one. I need to make flashcards.

3) Studying for Medieval Manuscripts: Bah. That shall happen tomorrow.

Back to the paper. I think I had something else to say about wanting more time to play video games, but that's wandered out of my head now.

EDIT: Paper's done. Studying tomorrow. Bah. I hate cramming.
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I hate the weekend before finals. Stress, papers, and studying when I'd rather play video games.

It's been snowing/raining on and off over the past couple of days, and it was coming down pretty heavily yesterday. It snowed last night, and there was actually still some left on the ground when I got up this morning. While I love snow, I really hope that it doesn't snow here on Christmas Eve. I'm all for a white Christmas, but we're hosting Christmas Eve here (I believe), and I would rather people not have to stress about driving in snow. I also hope that it doesn't snow this weekend--we have to get to finals next week!

Speaking of finals, here's my To Do List:


To Do:
1. Write paper in imitation of the writing style of Daniel Defoe, due Monday at 12:00 noon.
2. Study for difficult 8:00 am Monday Medieval Manuscripts final.
3. Study for slightly-less-difficult 10:15 am Monday History of Christianity Final.


These are the things I must do this weekend. I may also go to a review session on Sunday, if my paper is done by then. (It must be! I have to study sometime.)

I was a bad girl last night and played video games instead of working on my paper. On the upside: I finally defeated Hades in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories! Huzzah! Now, of course, I am being a good girl (aside from procrastination) and not playing video games. As soon as I'm done updating here, I shall go and make brunch and work on my paper. That must be done today. Luckily, it's a short paper--only six to eight pages, and two of those are going to be a creative short story in the style of Daniel Defoe's "A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal." The rest gets to be analysis of how my work is a close imitation of said piece, including terms that we studied during the term. I wish that my teacher would allow us to turn this paper in at the Wednesday final instead of by noon on Monday--that would let me work on the paper on Tuesday while I'm studying for the final for that class, rather than working on it and jeopardizing my study time. (Of course, I'm not actually using that study time at the moment, but that's beside the point!)

I would also like to mention that this is the season during which I have a very difficult time sticking to my diet. Last night, Alex and I made Wedding Chicken, which is based on the chicken we had at our wedding (wow!) and involves a cream sauce. Soooo yummy. We had no leftovers. We also watched Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which was severely cute and just what we needed.

Eventually, I shall write another entry reflecting on reading my past LJ, but not now. Now, it's time for eggs. More detailed updates will follow.
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So, I was up until midnight last night finishing that bloody paper. I still have to scan a couple of things and type "Figure 1" and "Figure 2" and so on under them, but, other than that, the paper is done. I will edit it, but not extensively--I just can't bear to look at it anymore, and I have another paper to write.

The point is that I didn't get to sleep last night until a little after 1:00 am. Subsequently, I had a horrible time waking up this morning. Alex got up, said something along the lines of, "TIme to get up!" and went into the living room. As far as I can remember, I said something like "Mrrmmmph" and went back to sleep. A little while later, I woke up again to the sound of, "Latte!" Alex had made lattes this morning, and he encouraged me to get up by saying, "Get up and drink it while it's hot!" Mmm. Caffeine makes me happy. It's nice to be loved. *snugs Alex*

My Medieval Manuscripts class continues to frustrate me, but that class will be over next Monday at 10:00 am. Yay! Of course, that means that I have to be there to take the final at 8:00 am. Yech. I may have mentioned that functioning at 8:00 am is not something that I do well.

I also wrote a ton of notes yesterday on Cassandra's Conundrum that will open the way for cheesy dialogue. Characters have been shifted around, and I actually think that the story will be better for it. Logic has invaded this magical tale, and I'm rather excited about that.

Time for clothes.
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Academic Update first:

I'm meeting with the Head of the Medieval Studies Department on Monday. It looks like, no matter what, I'm going to be finishing my double major. However, I'm going to go the Extremely Relaxed Route--graduate school (assuming I get in) starts in January. I'm not going this January, but next January. That would give me the time to take two classes next term, two class Spring term, and then two classes the term after that. In that way, I'd finish up in time for January (and there's always the chance that I'd take three classes Spring Term and only one Fall Term next year). In any case, I get an easy term next term, still graduate in time for graduate school, and still get my double major. Of course, this still depends on my meeting with the Department Head and a meeting with someone at the graduate school of my choice. I need more application information.

Evil Plan Update:

Well, it's actually not that evil. My dad's birthday is on November 28. I made him a Harry Potter scarf--he is a huge Harry Potter fan. I was hoping to get it to him by today so that he could wear it to see the movie...though, on second thought, I doubt he's going this weekend. In any case, I'm going to send him an e-mail that tells him that I received a package that I think belongs to him, and that I think that the owl got lost. Then I'll give it to him on Tuesday. I also wrote a letter that goes with it that's signed "Arthur Weasley." Hee. Dad will be the envy of all his coworkers. (They're all Harry Potter fans, too.)

Today, I get to go and do research. Yay. I'm looking forward to getting evil, evil final papers done.
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Holy...

I'm registering for next term. I just realized that, if I wish to, I can stop after taking two courses next term and graduate with a major in English Literature and a minor in Medieval Studies. I can just take my degree and walk away.

However, temptation beckons. If I take just four more classes in Medieval Studies (after taking into account the two that I'm definitely signed up for next term), we're talking double major, baby. BOO-YAH. However, that would mean taking two more full terms, which would mean no easy term for me and no early graduation. Dare I brave the senioritis that I know will attack come springtime? Dare I put my nose to the grindstone and condemn myself to more (possibly highly pleasant) work? Is it worth it?

I'm starting to think that it really is. I didn't think that I even had a chance at completing the double major this year. But now it looks like, providing that there are enough Medieval Studies courses being offered Spring Term, I can absolutely, totally finish the Medieval Studies major, graduate with that and English, and still graduate on time.

This will really depend on my talking to the Head of the Medieval Studies Department (hopefully tomorrow) and discussing my chances of actually having enough classes to choose from Spring Term to complete my second major.

Just taking the time to say, "Wow."

School!

Sep. 28th, 2005 11:18 pm
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So, I've been back to school for about three days now. My History of Christianity class is pretty cool. I like that it's being taught from a secular perspective--it gives me a new way of looking at things, and I'm getting a lot of information that I never had before. Medieval Manuscripts annoys me. The teacher is a bit airy-fairy and disorganized. Our readings are on a "however far we get" basis, which means that I don't have a set-in-stone syllabus. Call me kooky, but not having a list of readings and when they're due makes me nervy. At least she gave us the due dates for our papers. Further annoyance was caused by the fact that our teacher started us out with modern art. I realize that she's probably going to try to pull it all together, but I signed up for this class to study medieval manuscripts. I hope we get out of the modern era soon. Also, just to top things off, the final for that class is at 8:00 am on Monday of finals week. ERRRRGH.

My Restoration and 18th Century Literature class deserves special mention. My teacher is pretty nifty. I have no complaints as far as she's concerned. I do have a complaint with where the class is. It took me over half an hour to find it, as it is as far from my first class that day as it is possible to be. The classroom is in a converted house, on the third floor, practically off campus. I don't think that they should have any classes there. It is not a building with classrooms. The room we are in is small and crowded. In fact, all of my classes are crowded. That irritates me. It may be irrational, but I like to have more than six inches between me and the next person.

While I'm complaining, I hate those desks that are basically an armrest attached to a flimsy plastic chair. I take most of my notes on my computer (I type far more quickly than I write by hand), and it is impossible to set up my laptop on those stupid pseudo-desks. My favorite way of doing things is just having a room filled with tables and chairs. I mean, real tables. I mean, I'm grown up enough to be able to share a table and not jab my fellow students in the neck with my mechanical pencil. I can keep my hands, feet, and other objects to myself. Why can't I have a full writing/typing surface? And have you ever tried to balance both a textbook and a notebook on one of those little laminated armrests? Fuhgeddaboutit!

Other than these small annoyances, classes look like they're going to be interesting. I am, however, really looking forward to being completely done with school. My professors haven't hesitated about piling on the homework. So...much...reading!

And now, a Cat Update.

Mia has still not learned that she is not allowed on tables and counters. Today, she was caught on the dining room table. Alex scared her off, whereupon she dropped on Loki and scared the bejeebers out of him. Loki will recover. Mia has already forgotten all about the incident.

And now, bed. I'm sleepy, and I have a driving lesson tomorrow. Blargh.
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Thoughts that Mean Something:
I really don't know what to say about Hurricane Katrina, other than that I really hope that all of you are okay out there. Also, from everything I've read and heard, I am very upset with our president and the federal government right now. I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said, however. See [livejournal.com profile] milestogo13's and [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie's LJs for more details. They have more connections to Katrina's ground zero, and I think that their words at this time would mean more than anything that I could possibly think to say. All I know is that the photos and reports seem to get worse as time goes on, rather than better. Last I heard, it's going to take about two weeks to pump out New Orleans. Take care, everyone. I don't want to lose any of you.

I have, however, been impressed by how people have been pulling together to help those whose lives have been swept away by Katrina's wrath. Many, many groups have been offering ways for people to donate money and goods to those who need them. My faith in basic humanity keeps growing, even as my faith in government's care for that basic humanity keeps dropping.

Trivial Thoughts:
I have decided to take up origami. Alex has a ton of books, and I've been wanting to try folding some of the objects for a while now. Yesterday, I got together with my mother for tea (always a nice thing), and we wound up going to the local Asian market in search of Sezchuan Pepper Corns. Sezchuan Pepper Corns have been a banned import item for several years, as the "pepper corns" are actually the dried flowers of a citrus plant, and there was a fear of a blight or something spreading to Florida's citrus crop. Now, however, the pepper corns are irradiated before export, so we can import them again. Alex has been hunting everywhere for them, without success. Mom had heard that we might be able to buy them locally, so we Quested. We succeeded, so I brought a package home as a surprise for Alex. (He was thrilled.) At the same time, I bought a huge amount of plain origami paper, as well as a few sheets of fancy foil paper for when I'm actually semi-proficient. I am seduced by color and texture.

I have also been doing a good deal of writing lately. I have decided that, while I am in the habit of writing in a notebook and then typing my work into the computer, it might be more efficient (and less fatiguing) to try just doing the original work on the computer. This would also be good training for next term, when I will be writing zillions of essays, and efficiency is of the first importance. (I don't want to spend more time writing essays than I absolutely have to.)

I have entered into an agreement with a couple of my friends to bug each other about writing. This is good for me, and I'm sure it will be good for them. *bugs friends*

I am considering a major LJ overhaul, complete with graphics and new icons. In order to do that, however, I need to put Photoshop on this computer and do some sketches. Perhaps I will do a bit of that today.

Bulletins for Future Events:
I will be gone from Saturday through the next Sunday, as I will be headed to California. I will be staying with my grandmother, which means that I will have no internet access. (There is a possibility that I will be able to escape to a coffee shop with free wireless, but I'm not counting on it.)

School approaches swiftly. In some ways, I am more than ready to plunge in and finally graduate. In other ways, I feel like I have many more things to do before school begins. For instance, we haven't even been back to the old house this summer, and I am feeling a bit worried about the objects we left behind. We really need to get back there and get the rest of our stuff out of there, even if we just haul everything upstairs for the time being. I'd much rather just move things over and put them where they need to go, but necessity may decree a less neat solution at this time.

Conclusion:
I think that's about it for the moment. Everybody stay safe. I hereby bug all of you LJ friends who have asked me to bug you, especially about writing. I'll update again later.

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