No homework at SCMA today. Marketing is sending out another batch of membership renewals. A huge batch. The renewal slips are three to a page (perforated) and this stack of paper was taller than a ream of copy paper -- though granted it's heavier paper than copy paper. So i perforated and stacked them (gotta keep them in zip code order for the mailing) and that took about an hour and a quarter and then i stuffed them into window envelopes (retaining the zip code order) and that took approximately the same amount of time and then i did Stacey's copying and then i did the filing and then i did some copying for my actual boss and then it was quarter of Time to Go Home. Yeah. And Ann (aka Real Boss) said she was really glad that i'm gonna be here over j-term and willing to work.
Shakespeare papers still haven't been returned to us, but we did get a partial list of final paper topics. Yeah analysis of the role of Character X. Yeah Aufidius. (Caius Martius/Tullus Aufidius makes me all asquee -- omgtheirloveissowarlike.) Am so not into writing the Dead Sea Scrolls paper, though. Picked a relatively easy/straightforward topic for my UMass paper, which is good, though i'm debating asking for an extension because it's due the day after my DSS paper; i can totally write it in a few days, i'm just not sure i can squeeze it in while still writing a DSS paper that will get me a passing grade.
At RCFOS tonight, one of the things talked about was finding communities of faith that also share your politics, and e.koke talked about it being uncomfortable to be at Mass knowing that the people around you wouldn't like your politics if they knew them, and SNewby said that you won't know if you don't give people a chance and that if you have high expectations for people they often surprise you by living up to them. This got me thinking. So often i keep my mouth shut when people are saying things i find problematic/troubling because i think calling them on it will lead to badness. What if i had faith/hope that we could have respectful dialogue? Would i just be setting myself up to be shattered, or would i be pleasantly surprised? I should try it, huh? (I mean, i do try sometimes, but much less than i used to, and very rarely with people i don't know well, both because of my general weariness and because of jaded skittishness born of past experience. Which is not to say that i haven't had good experiences in the past which have reaffirmed my faith in humanity, because i have. /qualifiers )
Went down to house study break and consumed far too many carbs. Watched many rounds of a playing card version of MASH. Much fun.
I adore that my parents are getting the complete Buffy on DVD for my graduation, but i wish i had some of it now so that Emma could finish S3 (and start on the next season and a half) and so i could inflict S6 on Cat. I know, my life is so tragic, right?
New ats_nolimits tonight. I am now officially two episodes behind.
Got all my holiday ficathon assignments, and they're quite doable. Yayness.
Lessee, how much time tonight should i waste on LJ? Hmm. Though it's not exactly "wasting" since what i have left to catch up on is entries of substance. Except, of course, when i check out things like doyle_sb4's call for pretty pictures. *is dead of lust* Oh and then Cat came by and we talked about Buffy and she wants to watch the whole series. And so now i am back at my computer, deciding that i will do no schoolwork tonight. I have a good amount of time Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, so in theory i should be able to make myself work on the DSS paper and yeah, life will be breatheable.
In more somber news, my mother writes: "Ken McLean's sister died just after his funeral. Not a good year for them (his brother Bob died this summer)"
From the obit: "Alma has entered Heaven ahead of her loving husband Milton and her four Sons and their families: [...] She has gone to be with her Mother, Father and four of her brothers: Phillip, Gene, Robert, and Kenneth. "