I know I’m a little late, but it’s still the new year, so the fact that it isn’t the first day of said new year doesn’t matter, right?
Anyway, I have noticed a definite uptick in my blog reader of people who have apparently made it their new year’s resolution to remember their blogs. And I suppose I could be counted among those. But at least I have a legit excuse for not writing here more often: I was writing a thesis! Which is finished! When I last left you lovely readers, I was still busy working on it, but I can now tell you that, at 41 pages (not counting my epic bibliography), my opus is finished!
In other news, it is a new year, and a scary one at that: graduation is on the horizon! And on that note, I have started a new blog, which I plan to make available to potential employers to show how amazing I am with social media type things in case I end up wanting to go into that field at some potential point in time. I mean, I don’t think I’d mind them reading this blog, but it’s not exactly professional…
And I am oddly hype currently, for no explicable reason, so I’m just going to keep jumping from topic to topic, if you don’t mind:
My family and I watched Julie and Julia tonight. It was cute, but definitely not a great movie. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are definitely two of my favorite actresses, and they were the only things keeping the movie watchable. So watch it if you’re in the mood (and either not hungry or in the process of eating dinner – delicious food is at the heart of this movie!), but don’t have too high of expectations.
In other news, music from the ’40s and ’50s is amazing.
And school starts in a mere three days. Can’t decide if I’m excited or not. As a comparison, last semester, I had a grand total of 5 books for all 4 classes I was taking. This semester, I have at least 20. Fun times!
And I’m running out of steam. So a bientot! No promises of writing here anymore often than last year, but I do promise to maybe possibly update this blog at least one more time in the coming 357 days!
So I haven’t posted in here since, what, August? Geez. Sorry bout that. But I have written about 40 pages of my thesis, plus dozens of pages for other classes, so I have been writing rather diligently, I promise!
Anyway, it’s November 1, meaning it’s the start of both NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, where people attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month) and NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month, where bloggers attempt to post at least once everyday), so I was inspired to come back to my old haunt.
I’m thinking it’s kind of a cool idea to make a huge goal for oneself for just one month, rather than New Year’s resolutions for the whole year that no one keeps.
I’ve actually been thinking a good deal recently about setting personal goals, and how to keep them when you have no one to answer to but yourself, or even if you do have someone else to answer to, you don’t care if you fail. I guess it never works the same for any two people, but how do you figure out what works for you? How do you develop some sort of system that works for yourself? Particularly when you know that it’s simply a goal for you to set up a system, yet because you don’t have a system, you have no way or motivation or self responsibility to set one up? If that makes sense….
I know this is more… existential, if you will, than most of my posts. But I’ve been thinking, so I thought I’d post and see if teh interwebs had any thoughts…
I can’t believe my summer is already over! Somehow, this was definitely the shortest summer I have had in a long time!
Anyway, Nickel and I left MA on Friday, arriving at my grandparents’ about 9 hours later – there was some ridiculous construction going on in PA that made the traffic crazy. Then, yesterday, I took off for school on my own. And guess what? There was traffic. My 3-hour journey turned into a 5.5 hour journey. Not going to be making that again anytime soon!
Oh, and did I mention that it was approximately 80-some degrees yesterday evening when I unpacked the entire car by myself and hauled it all up to our room on the third floor? So much fun. But at least the room is nice and large – and the bathroom is nice – with a fabulous shower and even a window!
But I’m here! And it’s a bit lonely – I’m ready for el boyo and roomie to come join me on campus.
It turns out that my job is very very limited, actually. There’s an intro thing this afternoon that I’m going to, and then have dinner with some of the freshmen, then help out with the scavenger hunt. Then tomorrow and Tuesday, I just have to check in on my two classes and make sure everyone is there. Oh, and take attendance for another event Tuesday night. But that’s it. And of course, be there for any students that might be having problems, since the RAs and OAs are still in training for most of the time.
So yea, not much going on.
In other news, I went out with my grandfather yesterday morning before I left and got more memory and a new – bigger! – hard drive for my laptop! So now I’m just hoping that the tech people here at school can help me install them and transfer everything over… But they’re not open until tomorrow…
I’ve been so terrible at updating this this summer – tsk tsk! So here’s a quick overview of my life in the past few weeks:
- Had a fabulous lunch and a wonderful little restaurant the next town over with a woman from church – it was wonderful! Love chatting with her, really reaffirms my faith!
- Been attending Photoshop Elements workshops at the library, and having a blast! Now, if only I had a computer with enough room for Photoshop and Dreamweaver… Scratch that – if only I had a computer that started up in less than 15 minutes…
- Had a surprise party for my mom’s 50th this past weekend. My whole mom’s side of the family came into town, without her knowing, and surprised her (she cried)! It was a really nice weekend with everyone – super busy, though, and thus exhausting
- Finished my research for the summer, sent in a 16 page outline to my advisor, and returned all of my books to the library! Such a sense of accomplishment!
- Sorta, kinda, maybe haven’t really started packing for school, despite the fact that I leave on Friday…
- Found a scholar that I think I would absolutely adore working with in grad school (as in, got a book of his out from the library on a whim, and am thinking of actually buying that one to have forever and ever and a few others from a store as soon as possible), except he doesn’t teach at any one school, and appears to do a lecture circuit in Europe and Canada… Story of my life…
- Meanwhile, on the mundane side, I’ve been watching the new series ‘Merlin‘ on NBC, and, as long as you don’t ask it to actually stick to the legends in any way, shape, or form, except for the names and the most BASIC plot points, is actually pretty good escapist fun!
- Got my hair cut – trying out layers for the first time…
- Just beat my brother and two of his friends at Settlers – I don’t think they were very happy…
And that, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, is that. Probably a heck of a lot more to report, but I fear I can’t think of a thing at the moment, so this shall have to suffice.
How is your summer winding down?
This morning I answered the phone to hear a recorded message from my town, telling me that during the week of August 3, they will be doing some sort of repair work “in your neighborhood”. Starting at 5 a.m. in order to “minimize traffic interruptions.”
I can’t tell you how pleased I was to receive this message, because it’s not like sleep is dear to me or anything.
On the bright side, though, at least they told us! I can’t count the number of times I composed an angry letter to the editor in my head, soundly chastising the administration at school for not informing the residents of my dorm of the construction and what not that took place in our courtyard during the last year.
Anyway, if I’m cranky during the next week, now you know why!
When my parents informed me this morning that we would all be working outside today, I promptly took a Claritin. And yet I am still suffering from allergies. Granted, it’s not as bad as normal, but still. I hate allergies.
And on that note, I think I’m allergic to the fabulous wool blanket we have in our living room. Allergic as in it not only makes me sneeze and have watery eyes, but it also gives me a rash on my legs. Seriously. Next thing you know, I won’t be able to do anything without doping myself up with multiple allergy medications! Not. Cool.
There is an accordion player playing outside my house right now. I’m guessing they’re looking to hitchhike, but there’s a cop right there directing traffic because some repairs are going on on the wires right now, so I’m not sure how successful s/he’s going to be. But the music is nice.
My sister and I are watching Phantom of the Opera, and during the Masquerade scene, we’re commenting on Raoul’s hair, and how we like it back with the ribbon. I indicate the hair on the side of his face, saying how he needs to shave them to be more attractive, and Sarah says, “Oh, his steak tips?” I, of course, thinking she’s making a witty comment about how there isn’t enough hair for it to be called a mutton chop, start laughing.
And then we realize that she thought that they were actually called steak tips, not mutton chops.
I love my sister.
Update: Sarah’s favorite Raoul hair is when he’s fighting the phantom in the graveyard
So my favorite spot at the library was stolen today, so I actually had to venture into the reference room to get a nice quiet spot to do some research. And guess what? Every other person in this room is a middle-to-old-aged man in a suit and tie. Except for the one old guy in a polo shirt and jeans. And me.
Is it just me, or wouldn’t you expect some different characters to inhabit the library reference room? Or do I just have unrealistic expectations from college and the BPL?
But this is so much fun! A flash mob to the Sound of Music: