Back at School!

August 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm (School)

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…

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End of the Summer…

August 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm (Church, Family, School, Summer, Thesis, TV)

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?

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Richard III

May 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm (Concord, Rants, School, Theater, UR)

Last night, I went to the high school’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Richard III, my sister’s last play in high school!  So sad!  The play was held outside, in much the same manner as Shakespeare on the Common, in that you brought your own chairs, and snacks and whatnot, along with plenty of bundling to stay warm!  The play started at 7:30 and lasted until a little after 10:30.  And this was the short version.

Overall, the play was quite well done.  The director (who is also leaving this year) chose to set it in medieval Japan, with accompanying taiko drums – which were amazing!  I definitely think the taiko drums were my favorite part of the show – and they really enhanced the experience.  I loved the way they worked with the battle scenes, as well as the choreography of the battles.  If I were ever to be in some sort of directoral capacity, it would certainly be something to file away for future use.  I would attempt to describe it here, but it would totally pale in comparison.

The actors, overall, did great!  It’s astonishing to think of the number of lines the lead had to memorize – and he did really well (we barely noticed the skips that S told us about later 😛 )!  They also had a 6(?) year old kid reciting Shakespeare!

Watching the shows at my high school is always kind of bittersweet for me.  I love the shows, and they are always so well done!  And then I start comparing it to my college.  And I am saddened.  My high school is half the size of my college – actually, not even half!  And yet we do half the shows they do – and not necessarily at the same level!  I mean, I don’t want to knock UR’s program, as it is wonderful, but I can’t help comparing.  I know I’m being a bit harsh, but I feel like there’s a disconnect here.  I feel like the theater dept should maybe do some more outreach and get more people involved in the shows, showing that you don’t have to be a theater major – or even minor – to participate.  And something else.  I don’t know.  I’m just kind of ranting right now.  But it seems a shame that even with the awesome people that we do have at UR, we aren’t using them to their full potential.  And I know that college has a lot of requirements that high school doesn’t, such as the level of academics, but I feel like something is missing.  And it’s such a shame.

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Beginning of the End

April 30, 2009 at 9:30 pm (School)

The packing has started.  I packed up four boxes of books and pillows and lamps and my printer.  My desk shelves look so empty!   Walking through the halls of the dorm, you can hear the dulcet sounds of packing tape being ripped off the roll, while tripping over people’s items that have been thoughtfully placed in the middle of the hallway.  Isn’t this a wonderful time of year?

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Spring!

March 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm (Happy, School, Summer, The Future, Vacation)

I have absolutely no idea when the last time I posted on here was.  I suppose I could actually visit my blog and figure that out, but really, who cares?  I’m back!  And it’s spring!

Spring break was fabulous with my roomie.  And I think it was the perfect length.  Except now I’m back at school and attempting to come to terms with the fact that there is approximately one month left of this semester.  And I don’t want it to be over!  I like my classes!  Well, I like one of them!  And I don’t want that to be over!  I’ve finally found a professor with whom I am comfortable talking after class on a regular basis!  Gah.

On the good news front, however, I got the summer research grant this summer!  And I think I’ll be able to do it from home.  Hello, cake.  I do believe I have you and get to eat you too.  And you’re chocolate.  Yum!

I did tell my mother, briefly, that I don’t really want to graduate early.  But I still need to talk to my father and my advisor about that.  Not really looking forward to that.

So that’s a brief overview of my life currently.  How be y’all?

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Lent

February 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm (School)

I haven’t given anything up for Lent in a few years, usually because I totally forget about it.  But this year, I am giving something up!  And I’m going to stick to it!  Promise!  Cross my heart and all that jazz!

So what, pray tell, am I giving up?

Well, as dear roomie may have noticed, I have actually cleared off space on my desk and placed my computer there, with all possible wires and such sticking out of it, all in an attempt to deter myself from sitting on my bed with my laptop.

Crazy, I know.

But…

I have noticed that I waste so much more time/sleep when I am on my bed with my computer.  It doesn’t matter if I have the time to waste or not, I’m just not actually accomplishing anything.  Also, my desk is facing the opposite wall from the TV, so I can’t comfortably be on it and watching TV at the same time, so this will either cut back on my TV time or my laptop time.  Thus, this promise.

We shall see if it is actually effective.

Though I may need to find a more comfortable desk chair than this plastic one…

Any one else giving something up for Lent?

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Post-Pillowman

February 16, 2009 at 11:21 pm (Friends, School)

As some of you may know, during this last week, I was ever-so-slightly busy working on The Pillowman, which was essentially the senior thesis for all of the theater majors, including el boyo.  Basically, they chose the play, designed the sets, lighting, costumes, etc, cast the parts, directed the scenes, stage managed, and so on and so forth, with very little help from faculty.  It was sink or swim.

And swim they did!  The show was fantastic!  It’s essentially a really dark comedy.  After watching it a few times, it is definitely much funnier than it first appears.  I really hope the video comes out well.

So what was my part, considering I am not a theater major?  Well, el boyo roped me into operating the sound board, which consisted of sitting in the booth and pushing the “GO!” button for each of the sound cues, as well as turning the main character’s mic on and off (before he had the chance to pull the plug and broadcast static!).  Loads of fun, not too much responsibility.

Which is why I’m sad it’s over.

Yes, it sucked up huge chunks of my time (i.e. 6 hours a night for rehearsal; 4-5 hours for shows) during which I was able to achieve many unproductive things (such as spend an unhealthy amount of time reading my blogs and using StumbleUpon).  Yes, I was completely unable to do any work in the dark booth with the show distracting me at every turn.  Yes, I only did it for a week and could have gone slightly bonkers if I had to work on it for too much longer.

Yet, at the same time….

It was a fabulous group of people to work with.  I didn’t have to deal with any scary faculty people (I love them in small doses, but sometimes…).  It was a fun play!  And fun people!  And it was just a good time!

Thus, I miss it already.

Though I certainly don’t miss the time that el boyo spent on it.

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New Year, New Semester, Etc

January 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm (Happy, School)

Well, it’s Week 2 of the Spring semester.  Classes are good.  Life in general is good.  Nothing really to complain about.  Except the cold.  I came south to escape the cold, and look!  It followed me back.  And we don’t even get snow or any of the fun stuff that comes with cold.  Just cold.  And wind.  Which makes it colder.  Ick.

I’m currently taking 3 classes plus an independent study, with 2 jobs to fill in all my free time (even though the Writing Center had to cut everyone’s hours back, which sucks).  It’s fun, really.  2 of the classes and of course the independent study go towards my major, so all I’ll have next year is my fabulous thesis.  My other class in biology.  Which I though I could handle.  Except, well, the professor has already marked me as someone who just doesn’t get science, and so asks me if I understand every step before she moves on.  Which is good, cause ofttimes I don’t, but it’s a bit humbling to be totally clueless in the 2nd week of class.

My apologies for not having more to report, but c’est la vie.  A boring life is a good life I suppose.

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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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