Post-Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

November 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Concord, Family, Holidays, Vacation)

I’ve been up since 5am and am tired and still have a bit of work to do, so this shall be short.

Tuesday – I went to Latin and handed in my paper that I had been up until 3am finishing.  Got back to my room, started packing, checked to see if there was an earlier train, there was one ticket available, so I grabbed it.  Met Ryan and his dad and uncle for lunch, went to the library to find some good pleasure reading for the train while Ryan went to class, then got a ride from them to the train station.  Ended up waiting at the train station for an extra hour before getting on the train.  Ended up sitting next to a friend from school.  Additional issues in DC meant the train was over an hour and a half late – but still earlier than my original train!

Wednesday – Tried on my cotillion dress to make sure it still fit for Ring Dance in February, which it did perfectly.  It actually might fit better, because I can actually take a deep breath in it, and I can’t remember if I was able to do that before, but I bet I was.  Anyway, it made me really excited to wear it again.  Went to the airport early with my bro to see if we could get on standby for the earlier flight that my grandparents were on, but since it was the day before Thanksgiving, that was a no-go.  Got to ogle all the midshipmen from the Naval Academy for a few hours though 😛  Also had the pleasure of making awkward conversation with my brother for about an hour while we grabbed something to eat before our plane.  Got home safe and sound, very happy.

Thursday – Thanksgiving, of course!  Slept in, didn’t go to the high school traditional football game (we lost horribly, btw).  Instead, set up my firewood supply for the weekend and started a fire that I kept going all day.  Finished the book I got out of the UR library (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – I HIGHLY recommend it!!!).  Started and finished Twilight again.  Ate a delicious Thanksgiving dinner around 5pm (Dad wanted it at 1, but we turned off the oven to sabotage this break in his sanity).

Friday – Slept in again, got up, started a fire, went to Twilight with Sarah, who loved it (and I think I enjoyed it more the second time around, for the record).  Basically veged all day in front of the fire otherwise.

Saturday – Same as Friday except Sarah and I went to High School Musical 3 instead of Twilight.  Nickel and Sarah both had friends over for dinner (my friend bailed *cough cough* 😉 ).  Yummy food.  I had been sneezing a lot earlier with watery eyes, and when even a shower didn’t stop it, I took some Benedryl, so I was super sleepy in the evening, and ended up going to bed early, though with the party going on downstairs, I didn’t actually get to sleep for a while.  Turned out to be good that I went to bed early, since I rescheduled my return trip, taking out the plane + train, and replacing it with just a plane.  At 7am.  Meaning I had to get up at 5 am.

Sunday – Got up at 5am.  Made it into the city just as the rain was starting, which meant all the subsequent flights were delayed of course.  Made it back to school by noon, where I have been happily procrastinating all day, and now really want to go to bed, but still have some journal entries to write.  I’ll probably write one tonight, and the rest tomorrow morning, since I’ll be waking early since I’ll be bedding early.  As in, before midnight.

Quick note: Sarah found out today that she didn’t get accepted into her early decision school, Elon.  Fingers crossed for the 3 others she applied to early action!  Hopefully, I’ll actually be home with her when those decisions come in, since I know she was devastated by this first one, even though she knew there wasn’t too much of a chance.

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Adventures in the Twilight Zone

November 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm (Movies)

Sorry, Olivia, this isn’t that Twilight Zone, but rather the Twilight zone.

On Friday, Twilight came out in theaters.  My professor in my Victorian Fantasy class had mentioned to us earlier in the semester that she was writing a paper to present at a conference about the Twilight books, so of course someone brought up the movie.  And then we proceeded to spend the first 20 minutes or so of class discussing Twilight the books vs the movie and who had plans to see it and whatnot.  And at the end of the discussion, my fabulous professor said that if we could figure out a way to connect Twilight and what we have been reading in this whole semester, not just this past week, then that can be our topic for our weekly response paper!  I have found my people!

As a result of this discussion, I was invited to go see the movie that afternoon, which I of course accepted.  I had an art history test until 3:30 (which I bombed), and the movie was set to play at 4:10, so we rushed out and arrived after the 4:10 deadline, but were still able to get tickets and found seats in time to watch the last trailer.

The theater was packed!  We had anticipated that even though it was opening day, since it was still the afternoon, there wouldn’t be that many people there.  Boy, were we wrong!  We were lucky to get 3 seats together in the last row though.

The movie itself was enjoyable, though many times laughably ridiculous.  It was a lot of fun to see it with such a large audience of swooning teenage girls who would shout “Oh my god!” when a hot guy/vampire would come on the screen and other such fun comments.  There was also a little girl who, during certain scenes that were so serious as to be funny, and the whole theater would be laughing, would say, “It’s not funny!” But, in fact, it was quite funny.

I don’t want to give too much of the movie away, so I’ll stick with saying this: I wasn’t sure how much I liked it when I was leaving the theater, but in the intervening hours I have thought it over and decided that I think I liked it and might need to see it again to really decide.  So maybe I’ll take all you study-abroaders to the theater over Christmas…

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Lingua Latina

November 20, 2008 at 9:09 pm (School)

I did my Latin presentation today that I have spent essentially the last two full days on.  I was the last person to go on the last day, which was fun.  Ish.  I was kinda shaky physically and almost forgot some of my biggest points that I had spent the most time figuring out!  But in the end, I think it worked out fairly well.  My professor wants me to do something with some of the discussions we were having at the end of class, but I was so nervous, I have completely forgotten them!  Plus, I think that they didn’t make much sense when I was listening to them in class, and so kinda dismissed them in my mind, and thus felt I had no reason to remember them.  So now I either have to try to include something that sounds approximately right, or suck it up and go to my professor and admit that I have absolutely no recollection of what happpened from the time I opened my mouth halfway through class until I went to lunch with el boyo.

Oh, and did I mention that even with all the work that I have done, I still don’t have a cohesive/comprehensive paper outline, even though I have enough material for a 10 page paper?  And the absolute maximum is 7 pages?  Though the professor only specified a 12pt font, so maybe I can find a really tiny font for which the 12pt size looks like a Times New Roman 8?  Suggestions, anyone?

The upside to this all is that I got the highest grade on the peer grading sheets (everyone in the class had to grade each others’ presentations on scales of 1-10 on 3 criteria, with 1 being the best).  Of course, with my Latin professor being the amazing man that he is, sent out the following email:

Well the judges have totted up the results and Kathleen has won the extra credit points for best score in presentation.  She has graciously donated her points to the excellent charity Save the Frat BoysTM.  Each of 4 frat boys failing in Latin 201 will get a full grade bounce on their next quiz in the name of Kathleen and Latin 398.

Somehow, I can’t quite manage to properly express my delight at helping out one of my favorite groups of people in the whole wide world!  The perfect end to a hectic day…

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Feral Cats and Other Observations

November 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm (Blogs, Friends, Holidays, Rants, School, UR)

  • There are feral cats on campus, and one ran across my path the other night when I was walking back from the library, scaring me half to death!  For those of you who are superstitious, no, it was not a black cat.  I had seen them on the R side of campus, but not the W side before.  It makes me want an apartment with my own kitties even more.  And Olivia is not helping in that regard 😉
  • Tonight was Thanksgiving at d-hall!  All the tables had yellow and green tablecloths with carnations in vases on some of them.  It looked very nice.  And they totally went all-out with the food.  The stuffing and mashed potatoes were so much better than they normally are!  And they had the proper cranberry jelly – straight out of the can, none of that stuff with real cranberries!
  • Now that I have my old computer back with its new hard drive and have taken all my music from my ipod and put it on the new hard drive, I am now faced with the overwhelming task of recreating my playlists to my best ability, which will take months!  Not to mention building up my play counts, so my Top 25 Played playlist accurately represents the music that I listen to the most.  With 4,198 songs, making sure the playcounts are semi-accurate will take at least a year of listening to music as much as possible, which I do anyway, but still.  Did I mention this is the third time I’ve had to endure my play counts being reset?  Imagine what the playcounts for certain songs would be if they were completely accurate!
  • Yesterday, while crossing the commons to go to the Writing Center for work, I noticed people taping pieces of paper to the floor and doors.  Being the nosy/inquisitive person that I am, I took note of what they were advertising for, and made sure to write down the URL written on the papers.  It turns out that there is a new UR blog out there all about our special coordinate system.  The blog is called Mind the Gap, which I think is a perfectly lovely title!  I’m interested to see what people say if/when more people discover it and feel like inputing their thoughts.  I’m still pondering some of the questions myself.  It’s an interesting endeavour that I look forward to following.  Any thoughts from my fellow compatriots abroad (or domestic), either now or always without a coordinate system?
  • A certain study-abroader-who-shall-not-be-named has introduced me to Zilch, a slightly-addicting dice game, sort of like a twisted Yahtzee.  Addicting, that is, until you get so annoyed that you almost throw your computer across the room in frustration…
  • I keep wanting to change the layout of my room, but it’s never clean enough and el boyo isn’t around enough to actually do anything with it.  And some of my plans make it simply too symmetric.  The room just doesn’t accomodate too many changes.  Though I am considering bunking beds.  Though then I would need to get some sort of armchair/loveseat in here to sit on when I don’t want to be sitting at my desk or in bed…  Thoughts, roomie?
  • I got a key to the DSL today!  Which means that I can actually do work when they’re not there/have accidentally locked me out when they go to a big lunch meeting without telling me.  It’s amazing how powerful you feel when you have just one more key on your ring!
  • Oh, and next week is Thanksgiving, which means 2 days of classes next week + one week of classes after the break + a week and a half of exams = Christmas break!  AHHHHHHH

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Today’s Sign of the Apocalypse

November 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm (Holidays, Rants)

Hallmark has new gift bags called the “Peek-Busters”.  Why “Peek-Busters” you ask?  Well, these bags have motion activated sounds of police sirens.  And flashing lights!!!  On a bag.  In which you place someone’s present.  Seriously???

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Still No Computer

November 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm (Rants)

Three weeks ago, I had to take my computer to the help desk because I was getting the blue screen of death and then my computer would turn off.  They fixed it in about an hour!

Two weeks ago, the backlight to my computer died, so I took it back to the help desk, who then told me that because it was a hardware issue, I had to take it across the hall to the other people who deal with that stuff.  So I did, and they had my new backlight installed in a few days.

A week ago, when I tried to turn on my computer, I was told that a certain file was either corrupt or missing, and thus my computer could not start.  So I took it to the help desk, where they recognized me.  They said it would probably be ready the next day.  Except then I get a call later telling me that they weren’t able to reinstall the file and my hard drive was making grinding sounds and I needed to get it replaced, which again meant taking it across the hall to Attronica.  Where it had been for over a week.  The dude there and I have become good friends, considering the number of times that I have been there checking on my computer.  Which he said would be ready on Thursday.  Then Friday morning.  Then Friday afternoon.  Then Friday night.  But I never got the call saying to come and pick it up.  So now I have to wait for them to open on Monday.  Grrr.

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The Girls Next Door…

November 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm (Happy)

…have moved out!

Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music!!!

I have absolutely no idea why, but for some reason, 2 of the 3 girls who live next door to me and are obnoxiously loud on the weekends at the worst possible times have officially moved out.  The one who is left is the nice one who would always apologize to me for her roommates and their general loudness.

I would really love to know why 2 of them moved out, but was afraid to ask when I had the opportunity for fear of seeming like a bitch who was glorying in their removal.  I mean, it seems like it was an amicable separation, so that scratches a few things off the list.  So now it’s your turn to propose reasons.  The person with the best reason gets… um… a high five!  Across oceans/continents, since most of you are abroad…

So have at it!  😀

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If Your Life Were a Movie, What Would the Soundtrack Be?

November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm (Friends)

Having been tagged by Britt, here goes nothing (with a few grammar issues resolved)…
So, here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool…
7. When you’re finished tag some other people to do it!

Opening Credits:
“My Girl Back Home” – South Pacific

Waking Up:
“Between the Lines” – Sara Bareilles

First Day at School:
“Mister Snow” – Bernadette Peters

Falling in Love:
“Walking on the Sun” – Smash Mouth

Fight Song:
“Alright” – Mission: Impossible Soundtrack

Breaking Up:
“Maybe Katie” – Barenaked Ladies

Prom:
“Captain Jack” – Billy Joel

Prom night (if you know what I mean):
“What I’ve Been Looking For” – High School Musical

Mental Breakdown:
“Help Me, Rhonda” – Beach Boys

Driving:
“Other Side of the World” – KT Tunstall

Flashback:
“Sunday” – Sunday in the Park with George

Getting Back Together:
“Walking Man” – James Taylor

Wedding:
“Going Out Of My Head” – Little Anthony & The Imperials

Birth of Child:
“Blood Ritual” – Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack

Final Battle:
“Please Come to Boston” – Kenny Chesney

Death Scene:
“One by One” – Lion King (Broadway soundtrack, not the movie)

Funeral Song:
“Feel It Comin’ Out” – Sara Evans

End Credits:
“I Go Back” – Kenny Chesney

Hmmm. I’m not sure quite what to think about some of these… Thoughts?

Your turn, Grace!

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Curses

November 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm (Death, Family, Friends)

They say bad things come in threes:

  1. El boyo’s grandmother died on Sunday.
  2. My great-grandmother, with whom I was actually quite close, died this morning.
  3. Obama was just announced president.  Granted, this isn’t terrible.  I actually like Obama as a person, I just don’t agree with most of his politics.

Forgive me if I don’t feel particularly verbose right now.

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Guerilla Knitting

November 3, 2008 at 10:07 pm (Happy, Knitting) (, )

I know some people think that I subscribe to too many blogs, but if I didn’t then how else would I find such gems as an article on “urban knitting: the world’s most inoffensive graffiti“?  I love it!  I mean, check this out:

I particularly like the ones that simply cover a section of a larger piece, like the chain link above.

I’m not quite sure I see the point of covering entire trees with knitted material, though.

And check out the names of some of those groups!  “knitta please” just made me laugh out loud 😀

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