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Well, this is going to be my last day of no school this week, I hope. We've been pretty much snowed in for the past two days and, while that's nice for a while, I'm very uncomfortable with the amount of school I'm missing. Especially since I'll need to do make-up work. And there's an event this weekend that we need to paint charters for. (Not too many, and most of them are already painted, but still.) The weatherman says that things are supposed to warm up and thaw later this week. As long as they don't freeze again, I'm happy. Alex and I may be going down to the valley tonight with overnight bags if things don't shape up--I need to be in school tomorrow.

I was highly amused--and mildly overwhelmed--by the response that The Slug received on the different communities where I posted him. The pattern is, thus far, still incredibly messy scratchings in my notebook. It will probably not even be typed up for at least three weeks--I just don't have time with everything else I'm trying to get done. It also feels a bit odd to me--I knit it up mostly as a joke with the idea of knitting more later, and now it seems like lots of people want one. Who knew that slugs would be so attractive? I will admit, it is a snuggly slug. (Say that three times fast.)

It snowed like mad and pelted us with freezing rain up here yesterday, and then it started to melt. Today, my world is a sheet of ice. Yesterday, we tried to get me to school, but the truck slipped off the driveway (in four-wheel drive, no less!). We walked back to the house (not a long walk; we didn't get far), and Alex went out later and got the truck back into the driveway. We're safe and warm, but we're not going anywhere this morning.

I need to do some homework, I'm sure. I have two papers due at the end of this month. They shouldn't be too bad, but I really should get to work on them. I also need to ponder Midwinter's garb. I'm thinking tunics. Nice, cozy warm, wool, full-length tunics. I have a feeling it's going to be chilly, but you couldn't drag me away from Midwinter's this year with wild horses. Or wildebeests. Or anything. Slugs, even.

Time for coffee.
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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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Have you ever put powdered sugar through a sifter and watched it fall?

That's what it looks like outside right now.

The snow isn't sticking, and it's quickly turning back into rain, but we've now had our first snow of the season. I wish I didn't have to go to school today. I'd much rather sit here in my bathrobe, sip my latte, and watch the weather. It doesn't help that the fact that there is snow tells me that it's freakin' cold.

It was so difficult to get out of bed this morning. I had a bad dream last night (I can't even remember it now, but it was scary), and I couldn't get back to sleep for about fifteen minutes. For some reason, this tiny break in my sleep schedule translated into fifteen minutes of napping after the alarm went off. I suppose that's a fair trade.

The term continues its inexorable march toward Winter Break, and I'm actually pretty pleased with where I am right now. I have a 7-8 page paper due this Thursday, and I wrote almost three pages within an hour last night. I figure that, if I spend about an hour or two on it tonight, I should have it done early. *SHOCK!* I never finish papers early, especially if they're research papers. I usually wait until the night before they're due and spend hours and hours agonizing over a paper that will, at best, get a C+. This paper will, at least, be off my mind before the due date, and I'll get a good night's sleep the night before for once.

After that, I have a 6-7 page paper due a week from today. That one should be more fun--I have to write something in imitation of one of the poets we've studied this term, then write an explanation of why my work successfully imitated the poet in question. I think I also have to read a few more articles critiquing my chosen poet, but I think that should be fine. Then I have three finals next week, two of which are at 8:00 am. *blehs* Why do my instructors not understand that I do not function at 8:00 am? Ah, well. With luck, such a thing will never happen again. I must study this weekend, in any case. My most difficult class (Medieval Manuscripts) has its final on Monday at 8:00 am. Yeeeeecccccchh.

A week from Wednesday, I'll be done. I've been looking at the Medieval Studies offerings for the next two terms, and I am highly encouraged. It looks like I'll easily be able to get the credits I need and have fun doing it. Right now, I'm looking at a class on "Medieval Holy Women" (rock!) and another one on "Men, Women and the Chivalric Ideal in Medieval Literature and Song." There are others that sound fascinating, but these sound most interesting.

And now, having babbled about the end of term (since that's what's most on my mind at the moment), I must go and dress myself so that I will be presentable for class. Further updates will come later.

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