November 24th, 2004

hermione by oatmilk

I should really be in bed right now.

I got up at 10 this morning, tempted to not go to my 10:30 Dead Sea Scrolls class. (It only takes me 20 minutes to be ready to go, so that wasn't the issue.) But Christine was bringing donuts, so i went. Apparently numbers are not the strong suit of Qumran scholars. "They published 7 volumes, and then 16 additional volumes, doubling the number of volumes, er, more than doubling." This lecture was from 1999, a good decade after the previous one, so there was actually information we hadn't entirely heard before, but he talked SO slow and repeated himself multiple times, and the new information was mostly "Most scholars don't think this is true, but i'm going to tell you about it and debunk it anyway." But i got two chocolate glazed donuts, so it was all good, especially since lunch was a lame make-your-own-sandwich-bar so i didn't end up actually eating lunch. Dinner included spanikopita, though, so i had actual food. And dessert. Did they buy triple sec in bulk or something? Tonight's gelato contained alcohol, as did recent crepes suzettes i think. Not that i'm complaining, 'cause it's yum.

The Registrar says they'll have the list of seminar students in January. Um, right. The "applications" were only due Friday, so i don't necessarily expect Nancy to have a list already, but it doesn't take that long, really. I have decided to just stop thinking about this.

Work was fine. I'm apparently in training to work as a gift-wrapper this holiday season, as my main task today was wrapping two large binders in bubble pack and brown paper to be sent out because we don't have boxes big enough. And i saw Megan, who's always such a sweetheart whenever she sees me, and i've learned not to necessarily believe people when they say "We should hang out," but i'll be calling her over j-term, since we'll both be here, so we'll see how that goes.

wisdomeagle informs me the oldest man in the world died. My father sent me a link about him around the time of the Series. (He was a Sox fan.)

Searching MLN for the Firefly DVD (yeah "14 holds on First Copy Returned"), i see Summary: "The future is nothing like you've imagined. Neither are its heroes."

Cat: So...who wants to watch my AWESOME (sex in a case) Evanescence "Anywhere But Home" DVD with me tonight?
Me: [expresses interest, queries about timing]
Cat: We could watch it after dinner, if that's ok with you. I think Amy Lee qualifies as dessert.

True to her word, when she returned from her post-dinner errands, she came to my room and just said "SEX." We went downstairs and mastered the DVD-player and watched it and then we mastered the VCR and i inflicted the Buffy musical on her (She's interested in watching S6 if i can get my hands on it.) and then we watched Judging Amy ("I like your chaos.") and then we snuggled platonically on the couch and chatted until about 1:15am. Yeah.

An LJ-er recently posted her Books to Read list and i commented on the ones i had read or heard about and was reminded of the recent conversations i've had with people about how i don't like anything. I'm not disputing the general statement that i dislike most literature/film/people/etc. (though then just for fun there's the fact that some stuff many people dislike i'm rather fond of) but i would like to point out that i don't hate everything. So here's a quick (and quite incomplete) list of novels i have really liked [or thought were really good/well-done as some are really emotionally intense and thus "like" is something of an inaccuracy].

American Gods - Neil Gaiman
White Oleander - Janet Fitch
The Translator - John Crowley
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Wicked - Gregory Maguire
The Snow Queen - Joan Vinge
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
His Dark Materials (trilogy) - Philip Pullman
Hood - Emma Donoghue
Tipping the Velvet - Sara Waters
Venus Envy - Rita Mae Brown
Lamb - Christopher Moore

The fam is coming to get me tomorrow (which is now today) around lunchtime. It occurs to me that i haven't packed yet. Though if i get up at a decent hour, this shouldn't be an issue.