I love my parents. They’re gonna mail me my door decoratey stuff. Also, from my dad:
And the way I ate at Lamont and you two ate at Miss Florence and nobody begrudged it even though it was kind of weird. Maybe that's why your queerness wasn't a bit deal to us. Just one more out-of-the-ordinary set of preferences to add to the mix.After my last entry i pulled susiebabylon away from Rolling Stone to come over with her big butch staple gun so i could put posters up.
*looks up* Damn, the Magritte “Clairvoyance” is kinda crooked but more than that, now that i’m using the desk shelf thing the books block part of it -- the egg, which is kind of a big deal. My Ani poster (which i had hoped would stay up on the wall with just duck tape because the poster is made of such light material) also fell down, so maybe i’ll make Sarah come back with her staple gun.
After she went home i went down the hall to introduce myself to the firsties living in my old room. Met Kate diadeloro first. The whole first-talking is weird, but we persevered and later Laura moxiemuse came and then Rachel paper_crystals (who lives across the hall) joined in and we were talking about kink and slash and movies and being dorky and it was wonderful. Yay for positive reinforcement of the “Let’s get to go get to know people” behavior :)
Around quarter of six we left for the all-college barbecue because i thought it started at 6. In fact it was 5:15-6:30. Oops. We had time to eat, though, and even sat with some Lamonsters. (I’ve actually been remembering the names of the new people i’ve been meeting, which is very much of the good. Oh, immortalavalamp is the Cat i met tonight; cool. Not to be confused with catling42, of course.) Also saw Allie briefly and have now met Delia(h?).
Dude, no one tells me anything. Aside from dinner, i didn’t know when Convocation was. Thought it was 8, was hearing 7:30 and 7. It was in fact 7:30. Why don’t any of us returning students get memos?
From the moment we drove up on Sunday and i read the banner saying Lamobsters i was excited ‘cause i knew i would have a really cool Convocation outfit -- my hot black knee boots, my little black dress, and my red silk dressing gown. Going through my jewelry i also found this black choker with a crystal pendant, so i added that to the outfit. I was very pleased. And i looked so hot. And my black cowboy hat fedora thing (Smith tradition: seniors wear hats to Convocation and other such events) even looked cool with the outfit. When i was first talking to Kate, she asked me what year i was and i said i was a junior and then quickly corrected myself. Wearing a hat to Convocation i felt more senior-y. And in the house foyer there was lots of picture-taking and then there was the traditional senior-photo and i of course felt very senior-y to be in that. Back at the house after Convocation Ruhi took a picture of me and Kate and Laura, so hopefully i’ll be able to procure a picture from her or somebody else.
Re: our house theme and dressing for Convocation, Kate and Laura were joking that they should go as Vietnamese people and see if anyone would get it. A couple people went it street clothes, white makeup, and trash bags -- i.e., people in bodybags. I was a big fan.
Convocation was, as Laura put it, “festive.”
Lamont is R-E-D red H-O-T hot; you can’t beat this house we’ve got.
Carol Christ talked about respectful discourse and the importance of talking about not just what we agree on but what we disagree on and learning from each other and so on and so forth. I was very happy. (Balance and community were her other two themes. Doe one year need three themes?) I liked the faculty speaker -- David Cohen, Math Department. Welcome to Smith, but not Welcome Back, because you have never been here before, not in this exact moment in space-time. And so on. It was more fun and less pretentious than it sounds. Props to happymartian for sweeping the Classics awards. And mad props to sarrin. By the time we got to Smith Crew in the Athletic Achievements i was getting teary. (And the other night susiebabylon said she actually liked Nemesis and i should see it and i would probably cry even though i don’t seem like the type to cry at much. I don’t seem like the type? Okay, i don’t exactly come off like a marshmallow in everyday interaction, but i still boggled a bit.) Subconscious reaction to the fact that it’s my last Convocation? I have never seen Amelia Kegan that fired up; did someone like coke her up or something? We “do school,” uh huh. So odd after all this screaming and chanting and pounding to hear 2500 female voices singing “Gaudeamus Igitur” in a soft tone, though then of course we get noisy for the third and final verse.
I walked back from Convocation with Laura and ended up walking her to her room and then hung out there until about 11.
Should sleep now. Will catch up on the f’list in the (post-sunrise) morning.