The first day of Shakespeare class, Bill Oram put The Great Chain of Being up on the blackboard (diagram, not phrase) as well as the spheres and i flashed back to Mr. Peterson’s class. I learned that inanimate matter was itself divided, with earth being lowest, then water, then air, then fire. (I started singing the Captain Planet song -- “earth, fire, wind, water...” -- in my head.)
I keep singing Bob Franke’s “Israelite” in my head in my religion classes. I’ve been clearing out some of my mp3s and have been reminded of how much i enjoy listening to string music and how hott Bernadette Peters is. Anyone wanna send me an mp3 of Leonard Cohen’s “Take This Waltz”? I have a Spike/Dru vid, but it seems much more efficient to just have an mp3 rather than a .wmv
"I want you to build an ark."
"Right ... What's an ark?"
Because we’re doing the flood story in my Intro Bible class i feel compelled to share the Bill Cosby skit :)
Anyway, the list of plays we’re reading:
The Scottish Play - One of my two favorite Shakespeare plays.
As You Like It - The one play on the syllabus i haven’t been previously exposed to even though it’s a biggie, so i’ll be glad to have finally read it.
I Henry IV - Have studied this twice, love it.
King Lear - Am much looking forward to actually studying this. (In my elective high school Shakespeare class, i was one of 2 students actually into the play, so partway through Quinn gave up and we watched Ran instead.)
Measure for Measure - Oh, the problem play. Am looking forward to real study of this. (Saw weird RSC production at Oxford.)
Coriolanus - Saw in Oxford. Not something i would put on a Shakespeare syllabus.
The Tempest - Have studied and seen.
Looking at the Spring Shakespeare i’m not entirely sure i wanna subject myself to it. I’ll see what it conflicts with and decide come registration.
Romeo and Juliet - Some beautiful language, but the main plot makes me want to bang my head against a desk.
Richard II - Is this a typo for Richard III?
Hamlet - Not particularly a fan.
Twelfth Night - Love this play.
Troilus and Cressida - Not one of the major plays. Have never read.
Othello - *shrugs* Been there, done that.
Antony and Cleopatra - Ditto.
The Winter’s Tale - Have been wanting to see/read this play since high school.
Anyway, after Shakespeare i went to the library to read before my next class and Rebecca came in and we chatted. Then Sarah came in, wholly unsurprised to see me there, “holding court” as she said (i was sprawled in one of those nice armchairs). I spend minimal time in Neilson, but yeah, i’m at home in the book places.
I had lunch at Hubbard (sat with Leah from jterm and met Glenn an Albright 06J who remembered me from the English Dept. tea, which impressed me). Rice, yummy fake burger, it was good times. Hella crowded, though. (Ditto the next day when i ate at Lamont the next day.) And i hear some places actually ran out of food at times last week. (Rather hope they’ve remedied that by now.) I rather suspect the whole 700 firsties thing is contributing (my class is about 600), but of course the whole consolidation thing is flawed. Themes and consolidation work when you have separate buildings for eating, but when you’re cramming everyone into houses designed to only serve a few....
Weren’t they gonna extend the dining hours to offset this obvious problem? *pulls out that piece of paper i got at Central Check-In*
Brunch, previously 11-1, is still that at some houses but 11-2 at some and 9-1 at others
Lunch, previously 11:45-1, now 11:30–2, though grab&go at Chapin is 11-1
Dinner, still 5:45-7 except 5:45-9 at Tyler Mon-Thurs
I started work on Wednesday. Everyone was very happy to see me, and i got more hugs than i had been expecting. Nan joked about chaining me to the desk. I pointed out that i wouldn’t be able to do the filing that way :)
A while back, Sharon said:
it's weird. for the supposed best time of our lives, you run into a lot of sad people at this stage.I was reminded of this recently. Not so much me but some of my friends.
it's a weird sad place, sometimes
However, last week i was just so weary. Jumping through other peoples’ academic hoops.... One wonders perhaps why i wanna pursue graduate study. The weariness also meant i didn’t wanna engage with any of the extracurricular stuff i was so psyched about last semester. I must be feeling better, though, because i actually feel up for attending meetings this week, and i e-mailed various people this weekend.
Hi, the schedule is fucked up this year. Emma confirmed for me that last year we started classes on a Thursday; i wasn’t just conflating it with 12 years of NHS.
This year? Tuesday Dec. 14 = last day of classes. Exams begin Saturday Dec. 18. Break begins Wednesday Dec. 22. Christmas on a Saturday throws this all off.
Big surprise, the Pop Culture class is full with an informal waitlist to boot. E-mailed the UMmass prof and i’m in. It occurred to me that i have to take the 12:10 bus which, having a class ending at 11:50, means i’ll have about 10 minutes to eat lunch, which is no good both because the trend is hella lines what with the consolidated dining and also because it severely cuts down on my Allie time. Chapin grab&go may be a blessing, but the lack of Allie time is sad. (Though once i get my act together there will be an assortment of video viewings.)
I miss people, but i don’t have time. I want to spend more time with the people i like, renew friendships with the non-Smith people i like, get to know new Smith people, but i really don’t have the time. Hopefully once i settle into the semester more i’ll feel more balanced and in control and will be able to socialize more.
In that vein, i am not making a list of all the fic ideas/WIPs [works-in-progress] i have. At least, not yet.
I really need to force myself to buckle down and do grad school stuff. December 15 i will be done until the spring when i have to negotiate financial aid and start apartment-hunting and suchlike. I just need to be responsible and conscientious and everything for 3 months. I can do this. Right?
I was going to go shopping on Saturday but stayed in and did homework instead. This was a good decision.
I was going to go to church on Sunday but i overslept. I was less pleased about this, but it wasn’t exactly a conscious decision, and it did mean i got laundry done, and more homework. Beautiful day. All i had left was 45 pages of reading for Tuesday when i left for Liz Carr’s around 1:30. (I’m playing catchup from last week and trying to stay on top of the upcoming work because soon i’m gonna have to play serious catchup -- when i have an actual syllabus for my UMass class.)
Liz Carr had an open house in her apartment for Marlene Rye, Smithie (and Lamonster!) Class of 1993. Her son Reed is 3 and reminded me of willysunny’s Ethan. At one point he stated, in something of a hushed voice, that i had “boobies.” Clearly on the road to learning what one doesn’t talk about but not fully there yet. Anyway, she’ll be having a show at the Alumna House in March and Emily Cox (Lamonster ‘07) was there too and we’re definitely gonna get the house to go see the showing.
I stayed until about 4, socializing with various people, and i ate so much food. Carrot sticks, grapes, White Christmas punch, cashews, fancy cookies. Actually skipped dinner i was so full.
House meeting was more than 2 hours, so i opted out of attending the Tangent meeting i was already late for. During the intro part of house meeting we each said our guilty pleasure song, or some other guilty pleasure. I know i have guilty pleasure songs, i just honestly couldn’t think of any. A bunch of people were telling me to say Buffy so i said that it would be a guilty pleasure except that there isn’t any guilt involved. It was amusing that people would name songs/artists/TV shows and people would be all “That’s totally legit, no guilt.” Apparently bubble gum pop qualifies as guilty and not too much else.
Smith sells t-shirts that say "Smith College: A Century of Women on Top." I want the ones that say "Smith College: A Tradition of Women in Exciting Positions" but i can’t find them anywhere. Sadness.
I recently learned that you can view the Recent Comments left on your LJ. Nifty (especially when LJ holds your comments hostage).
I keep hearing the phrase “kitty-corner” (also “catty-corner”) recently. I’ve been figuring it means diagonal, but it’s definitely a phrase i was never exposed to until recently. Finally looked it up. Yay, i’m right (and now i know some linguistic trivia, too).
Hey, sarah_p: Mr. Gordo ficathon (sign-ups end September 22)
Can you tell porn stars from My Little Ponies by name alone?
Proof that i'm a nerd is that i not only added code to make this more personally accurate (though i did refrain from adding qualifications to everything) but i corrected the misspellings.
You Know You're Addicted to LiveJournal When...
If you can't access the site, you have a minor freak out
You found yourself composing journal entries during dates, movies, even sex!
When you're out, you suddenly think of a witty reply to a comment somebody made to you... several days ago.
You actually call it LJ and not Livejournal. Check.
You've downloaded some sort of LJ program which has only the purpose of making entries easier to write without going on the site manually. [I have it downloaded but don't actually use it. I do, however, write entries in WP documents offline.]
You consider it a great offense if someone deletes you off their friend's list.
The first thing you do every day when you go online is check your friends' journals - even before checking your email.
You actually paid money for a few extra pictures with a full account when you could actually just alternate pics when you want to for your screen icons.
When your friends ask what's new, you get mad at them because you already wrote it in your LJ and they didn't check it yet.
You have put more time into LJ than all your assignments for the semester.
You have more friends on LJ than in real life.
You can't seem to call your friends by their real names - only LJ names will do.
You've fallen in love with someone you met on LJ.
You have posted about a party or get together on your LJ... and random strangers showed up.
You are guilty of traveling more than an hour to meet someone with LiveJournal. (Extra points for traveling five hours or more)
You've written a protected entry about one of your LiveJournal friends. (Extra points if they eventually found out about it)
You have written posts to notify people you're going to sleep.
You talk about your LJ friends to your real life friends all the time... like they're a part of your group.
You've created a LJ community, and people actually post in it.
You've been recognized in real life by a fellow LJ'er.
You have "pity friends" on your list, who you would defriend if you could.
You've pimped one of your friends on journal, trying to get people to friend him / her.
Instead of doing research, you post difficult questions on your LiveJournal.
You know, right now, how many people have friended you (without peeking).
You've stopped being friends with someone in real life because of something they've said on LJ. [Does it count if the reverse has happened?]
You have consoled yourself after a horrible day thinking "At least this will make a great LJ post"
You're jealous of people who have more friends and / or comments than you.
You have written a really great, solid post - only to be disappointed by the lack of good comments.
You've deleted a post a few minutes (or hours) after you've written it, because it seemed lame in retrospect.
You give shout outs to all your LJ friends on their birthdays.
You have an additional, secret journal that hardly anyone knows about.
You've broken up with someone - or ended a friendship - solely via LiveJournal.
You have gotten mean anonymous comments (bonus points for figuring out who it was via their IP)
You've been featured on LJ Drama.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are LJ addicts.