So yesterday I graduated!

BU is a really big university, so it'd be impossible to have all he graduates walk across the stage at commencement, it'd take much too long. So instead each school within he university has its own ceremony throughout Commencement Weekend; CAS, however, is so big that each department has its own ceremony. The political science department had its yesterday at 9AM.

So I got there early for lineup and met up with Mom and Dad and Billy and Billy's girlfriend and yay family! And I got my diploma and before the family left (the All-University Commencement wasn't until 1PM and they'd seen the most important thing, me walking across the stage to get my degree) they gave me my graduation present and OMFG Samsung Galaxy tablet!

Went back to my dorm for a few hours, giggling madly like a mad giggling thing, and changed from my slacks into a skirt because holy God it had gotten hot out. Drank some water, had a snack, and at a quarter to twelve went down to Nickerson for lineup; managed to find Nicole and some other friends and we were close to the head of the line which meant we had some damn good seats after processing in.

(Mother of God, I had no idea Nickerson could hold that many people.)

Ceremony was very good! Executive chairman Eric Schidmt of Google was our commencement speaker and he did a wonderful job! He had a good blend of humor and seriousness, and pretty much told us to go out into the world and be awesome. The real highlight though was definitely Leonard Nimoy, who was receiving an honorary degree (and had also spoke at CFA's ceremony, the lucky bastards). He threw us all the Vulcan salute, and I would have taken a picture, except I - and every other graduate on the field - was too busy returning it.

It warms the cockles of my black heart to know my fellow graduates are a bunch of nerds.

Afterward, I stumbled back to my room and drank three glasses of water and had a two hour nap. There had been a breeze during the ceremony, but the heat had been brutal. (I have a nasty-looking sunburn on my cheeks, nose, forearms, and the bit of my forehead not covered by my cap.) After my nap, I finally got around to setting up my new tablet.

Me: Wow, that was a really fast setup!
Tablet: I'm pretty cool like that.
Me: Will have to set up the Internet later, the university wireless- OH MY GOD THE BU WIRELESS WORKS ON YOU WHAT DEVILRY IS THIS?!
Tablet: I'm just that awesome! :D
Me: OMG Kindle! Netflix! Easy navigation! Clearly marked settings! I LOVE YOU.
Tablet: Aw, I love you, too! Wanna play a few games?
Me: *hugs tablet* I'm going to name you Tony* and I will love you forever and ever and ever.
Tony the Tablet: ♥

Later
Billy: *via text* How do you like your new tablet?
Me: ALL THE SHINY.

And now I'm just waiting for Mom to arrive so we can move me out. Guess what I wrote this entry on. *grin*

(*[livejournal.com profile] tinuvielchild will likely get my reasons for this name. *whistles innocently*)

:D

May. 20th, 2012 10:40 am
Guess who's got her degree and is now officially a college graduate?
I still have two finals to take, but I turned my last ever undergraduate paper yesterday (BOOYAH!) so that's a huge load off my shoulders.

I had to go to Mugar Library to return some books and to print out my paper before turning it in because my printer ran out of black ink and decided to be a bitch and not use the option that can mix the other remaining inks into something that's almost-but-quite-true-black. It was weird leaving Mugar because I knew I'd never go back again.

Almost free.

(Also, today is Derby Day, so, PONIES WOOHOO!)
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So I'm taking a quick break from paper writing just to get my feels out, because I have a lot of them right now.

End of college stress and start of law school - this past weekend was me and Mom running around getting paperwork together so I could mail it en mass Monday - and holy God, I am graduating on May 20. My last day of classes was yesterday, tomorrow is the Senior Breakfast, I turn in my last paper Friday, my last final is next Wednesday (only two, thank God), then Senior Week (I bought tickets for the whale watch and the Sox game), and then Commencement.

Mother of God.

I don't think it's quite hit me yet - too caught up in the stress of papers, I'm sure. But I'm also going to law school and Mom came up Saturday to drop some stuff off for me and I was just sitting in the car with her and chatting and I suddenly started shaking and crying and God. It's scary, in a way.

I got un-wait-listed by Brooklyn Law School (Dad was...not amused when he realized what its acronym is; admittedly Mom and I had been waiting for him to notice with amused trepidation), and I have to admit the place is kind of amazing. Expensive, yeah, but that's because they have guaranteed housing for first year law students. In Brooklyn Heights. Just a short walk from the law school itself, so I don't have to worry about transportation costs, and their new(ish, it opened in 2005) apartment building is fucking gorgeous and has furnished apartments. I freely admit that not having to worry about housing the first year is one of the school's biggest draws (something Mom admitted to, as well), but the program's damn awesome, and if the financial aid package is any good and I don't hear from BC Law about being taken off their wait list, it looks like I'll be living in Brooklyn this fall.

Excited and terrified, it's all I can say about that.

Trying to maintain my sanity by scrolling through silly Tumblr blogs (haven't gotten my own Tumblr, because like I need to fully immerse myself in that level of crack) and listening to music and writing out Mistwrought scribbles and playing WoW (yes, I fell off the wagon; no, I don't regret it, because I missed my guildmates something fierce) and following news about The Avengers because RDJ in all his snarky glory and the adorableness that is Tom Hiddleston just make me happy and I really need some happy right now.

I also need a hug.

And now I should probably bullshit the last hundred words for this damn religion paper so I can concentrate on the nine pages I need to churn out for my anthropology research paper.
Why do they suck? Because my schedule looks like this:

10AM-11AM: RN106 discussion section
11AM-12:30PM: Religion 106: Death and Immortality
2PM-3:30PM: Anthropology 101: Introduction to Anthropology
4PM-7PM: Political Science 342: Women and Politics

Seven fucking hours of class. I love them all, but goddamn do I crash hard once I stumble back to my apartment.

On the bright side, I have Fridays off, Thursdays aren't quite so bad since Women and Politics is only once a week, and Mondays and Wednesdays are light because my only class is a R.A.D. class held at FitRec. :D I am learning how to kick ass (or, more probably said, defend myself so I can run like hell and get help) and it is awesome.

(Also, I am updating this now because as much as I adore AN101 with Professor Barfield, who is totally awesome and made of much win, I can't concentrate worth a damn at all today.)

Would babble madly about SW:TOR and how much I love my Sith Assassin, but I don't quite have the focus to stay on topic. I also have Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning to play (IT'S MADE BY CURT SCHILLING'S STUDIO HOW COULD I NOT GET IT ohmgod Farther Curt you are so awesome if ever you come back to the Red Sox organization in some capacity I will die of joy I miss yoooooouuuuuu okay putting the baseball fanatic away now) so tomorrow afternoon I'll be having some awesome pretty traditional sword-and-sorcery to entertain me, yay.

Okay, uh, should probably go back to taking notes for class now...

Ho-hum.

Dec. 29th, 2011 06:44 pm
Figured I should post something before the end of the year. *shrug*

So, last few months have been rough. Lots of stress with papers and exams. Came to despise Rise of China something fierce, but Con Law and Presidential Leadership more than made up for it. (Response to 9/11 is iffy; when the lectures were given by Kriner, it was awesome. When it was given by Crawford, it was...less so. Trying to engage a class of nearly two hundred just ain't going to work.) Law school applications still need polishing, but that's just a matter of BSing the "optional" essay about what about my background and experience adds to the diversity of the schools and blah blah blah.

Never have I been so happy to be home, let me tell you.

Had a bit of scare in early December. On Monday the 5th I was in the Law Auditorium waiting for the evening 9/11 panel to start when my heart started racing a mile a minute - I could feel the vibrations throughout my chest and abdominal cavities and my shirt was quite literally vibrating my heart was going so fast. My breathing was fine, but after twenty minutes my heart had barely slowed, so right before the panel started my best friend Nicole hauled me out of the auditorium and flagged down a cab on Comm Ave so I could get to the ER at Brigham and Women's.

Well, when you've got concerns about your heart, the ER people tend to move fast. They hooked me up to an EKG to take some readings and then found me a bed. Nicole showed up a few hours later after I gave her a call to update her and kept me company the rest of the night. (I'm one of those stubborn people who will stoically suffer in silence, but shit, my mother was on the Cape and an hour and a half away and I needed a familiar face. We'd been texting back and forth and Nicole had been asking, "Are you SURE you don't want me to come over?" for the hundredth time before I finally had a minor freak moment and said yes.) I'd called Mom as soon as I'd gotten to the hospital and the doctors had given me the first check up, and she was worried was fuck, of course, but Brigham and Women's is an excellent hospital, so being there helped keep her calm, and I called her regularly throughout the night to update her.

Doctors had no damn idea what was wrong. My heart was undoubtedly beating too quickly - it had slowed from its initial frantic pace, but it was still fast - but it was perfectly regular. They stuck an IV in me and did blood and urine tests, and gave me a lot of water to drink and an anti-anxiety pill. They thought it might have been caused by some combination of dehydration and stress, but they were baffled when I told I'd had a perfectly normal day, drank as much water as I usually did, and wasn't dealing with any more stressful things than was usual for end-of-term; the next theory was hyperthyroidism, which just made me grumpy because every blood test I've ever had has turned up normal results regarding my thyroid. They did a few other tests to be sure, including a CT scan to check for any potential blood clots, which came back negative. (I had registered as on the "high side of normal" on a blood test for clots, which the doctors quickly explained didn't mean I had any once they saw all the blood drain from my face and the heart monitor I was hooked up to beeped frantically, but in order to be one hundred percent sure they had to do the scan. I think Nicole was ready to hit one of them for freaking me out like that.)

Still, it took most of the night, even though the ER wasn't all that busy. *eyeroll* They finally released me at about 1:20AM, and luckily Nicole and I found an empty cab idling right outside that we took back to StuVi2; made it back at 1:30. I passed out for a solid eight hours (doctors gave me letters to show my professors that I'd been in the hospital the night before and was specifically instructed to take it easy for a day or two) before Mom drove up to Boston and took me to see my primary care physician for an immediate follow-up. My doctor dismissed the hyperthyroidism theory right out because of my previous test results, but ordered a blood test to be sure anyway because it never hurts to be thorough. Current working theory is the whole thing likely was a combination of dehydration and stress, but we'll never be entirely sure.

We also discussed some different medication options for me. I've been on the pill for a good six or seven years now for my polycystic ovary syndrome, but I wanted to get off it, especially since I've never been sexually active (go-go virgin powers! *waves pom-poms*). My doctor suggested Metformin - it's used to help treat type 2 diabetes, and Mom takes it for that purpose, but it's also used in PCOS treatment, so we figured it couldn't hurt to try. Only been on it a few days so far (wanted to wait to finish my last pack of the pill), but so far so good.

On a brighter note, Christmas was good. Got the latest Professor Layton game (fuck yeah, puzzles), a Kindle (the book-lover in me is horrified, but some of my books are just not very portable), awesome comfy socks (POLKA DOTS! Muahahah!), a swanky new scarf (I love scarves), and a fantasitcally awesome double-breasted military coat. I loooooooooove that coat!

Also, Star Wars: The Old Republic is just as awesome as I had hoped and dreamed and I love it so. I play a Sith Inquisitor (Assassin advanced class, Deception-spec, 'cause sneaking and stabbing is FUN!) named Tryphaena and I love her! :3 She is so much fun. I have as much fun playing her as I did Lailya, which is the gold standard by which I judge MMOs now. Oh, BioWare, how I love you. <3

All right, I think that covers the important bits. See y'all in the New Year!
Well. Took the LSAT yesterday. Went about as well as could be expected and on the bright side I was in one of the nice 1L classrooms, with a comfy chair and lots of elbow and table room, and the temperature in the room was just perfect with excellent lighting. Was very relieved about my room assignment, I'd been dreading being stuck in the Law Auditorium - I've had classes in there before and my God does the auditorium suck.

So one less thing to worry about, especially since October is going to be the Month of Suck. Why? Let's take a look.

October 5: First Presidential Leadership midterm
October 12: Policy memo for America at War: The Response to 9/11 due
October 18: ConLaw midterm; Rise of China midterm
October 26: Response to 9/11 midterm
October 31: Second Presidential Leadership midterm

*HEADDESKHEADDESKHEADDESK*

Anyway.

Finally received my Pottermore e-mail on Tuesday, much to be everlasting glee; I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan, but do I enjoy the series and love the world Rowling built, so it was really exciting to think of myself as a Hogwarts student and reading all this extra information about the HP 'verse that's never been mentioned before really hits my love of world-building.

So, in the world of Harry Potter, I am:
-The owner of (or properly termed, owned by) a black cat (that I've named Senka);
-In possession of a yew wand with a unicorn hair core, ten and three quarter inches long, surprisingly swishy (and reading up on the lore associated with wand cores and wandwoods made me want to cartwheel with glee);
-A member of Hufflepuff House

I was, admittedly, a bit surprised at being sorted into Hufflepuff; I was hoping for Ravenclaw, honestly. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of being a Hufflepuff - loyalty and tenacity can serve you just as well as booksmarts, and there ain't anything that says I can't be a bit of a know-it-all Hufflepuff. Also, seriously, you just don't fuck with badgers if you want to keep your face intact. *nodnod*

Can't wait until they further expand the site. I'm looking forward to finding out what my Patronus would be, and possibly what my Animagus form could be if they give the option.
I actually had allowed myself to hope that the BU Shuttle wasn't going to suck too hard this year.

I mean, I had good reason. They'd gotten a completely new fleet that allowed for less sardine-can-like standing room, and now the shuttle route began and ended at Student Village 2, where I live, so I could wait under StuVi2's very generous overhang in inclement weather (which was very useful this week because of all the rain) and not have to trudge to the opposite end of the street. Good times!

But then today happened.

At 5PM, I left my dorm so I could get down to Central Campus and get something to eat before my LSAT prep class began at 6PM. I expected to catch the 5:10 shuttle and get to central at about 5:20. Plenty of time for me to eat and then stroll over to where the class is held.

Fifty minutes later, one the BU police finally comes over to tell a fuming group of college students that the shuttle wasn't stopping at StuVi2.

Y'see, StuVi2 is right behind Agganis Arena - this is where BU's basketball and hockey games are held, and where there are concerts, comedy shows, special performances, etc. The parking garage is around back. And the current big show is Cirque du Soliel's Quidam, which has been kind of obvious to everyone on West Campus since their trucks are parked in every available spot surrounding Agganis Arena and the Student Village areas.

So it would have been really freaking nice to let West residents know that the shuttle wasn't being allowed down the street on the nights the show was being held and was in fact on the other damn side of Commonwealth Avenue for pickup to the Central and Medical campuses! Nearly EVERYONE on campus has a smartphone and the BU app downloaded, and everyone regularly checks the Student Central website and BU Today AND SOME NOTIFICATION WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE. Even just a SIGN taped to the StuVi2 shuttle stop sign. SOMETHING.

As it was, at 6PM, I was practically throwing myself across Comm Ave during rush hour traffic (along with a sizable herd of fellow students) to get to the latest shuttle that finally showed up. I wrenched my right knee trying not to kill myself passing over the Green Line trolley tracks that run down the center of Comm Ave, and then I pulled my left calf when another student practically shoved me aside to get into the shuttle before I did.

I am not a happy camper right now, BU. Communication, damnit all.

P.S. That tiny rinky-dink little piece of paper on the shuttle stop sign I saw coming home at 9:30, after I told the group of miserable students clearing waiting for the shuttle that they needed to go up to Comm Ave and cross over to the Sullivan Tires where the shuttle's new temporary afternoon/evening/late-night stop is? Yeah. IT COULD BE BETTER.
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(Apologies to my beloved Sissy [livejournal.com profile] predikit who has already seen my spazzes on Facebook.)

First thing on the list!

Last night I was checking my university e-mail, and I saw that my Society and Law professor had sent out a general e-mail saying that the syllabus was up on Blackboard. Fantastic. I scurried right on over.

And then I read THIS:

"The other major piece of work in this class with is a substantial (15-22 pages), hands-on, applied, research paper that you will ideally do with one or two other people."

This paper is worth forty percent of my final grade.

...

I beg your fucking pardon.

I got lucky with my group project last semester. I worked with three other people who were also of the opinion that group papers and presentations were idiotic at best, but we've got an election to research and dissect, so let's buckle down and get to work. It's always a joy to work with people who are actually willing to do work. And, y'know, the entire project was only worth about twenty percent of our grade, so it wasn't a major problem.

But a huge fucking research paper that I have to DEPEND ON OTHER PEOPLE FOR and is worth FORTY FUCKING PERCENT OF MY FINAL FUCKING GRADE?!

No. Fuck no. No bueno. 很不好. Go die in a fire. I've already got a 500-level course I'll be busting my ass in for an A grade, and I'm not leaving myself to chance that I might work with some schmuck who knows what the fuck they're doing.

So, I immediately dropped PO300 and signed up for PO374: Rise of China.

I can totally work with that.

Second thing.

Today, I was browsing through Amazon, mostly looking for good-quality-but-cheap posters I can hang in my room. And then I clicked on the "we have recommendations for you" link to see if there was anything of interest on the rec list.

Normally I skip over the sample page they've got before I go straight to the list. They never have anything I care for on it. Except today.

Today, right there in the middle, in glorious color, was this:



DT's Inner Six-Year Old: OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD THEY'RE FINALLY PUBLISHING SAILOR V IN ENGLISH CLICKTHELINKCLICKTHELINKCLICKTHELINK!
DT: I'M CLICKING, I'M CLICKING!
DT's Inner Six-Year Old: SEPTEMBER 13 RELEASE DATE, PREORDERPREORDERPREORDER- oh my God.
DT: Oh my God.
DT's Inner Six-Year Old: Oh. My. God.
DT: There is a God and He loves us.
DT's Inner Six-Year Old: *bursts into tears* This is the greatest day of my life.
DT: *lower lip is trembling* Mine, too.

Because there, in the "Frequently Bought Together" section of the page, were these images:



They are finally reprinting Sailor Moon in America. Brand new cover illustrations. Proper right-to-left format. Faithful and accurate English translations.

There are no words to describe my joy right now. Well, unless you want to count the letter "E."

...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Ugh, driving two or three times a week up to Boston for three-and-a-half hours of LSAT prep is brutal. Yet another reason to look forward to being back in Boston for fall semester - I'll only be a half-mile away, and after class is over in the evenings I can hitch a ride back to StuVi2 on the BU Shuttle. (No, I have no intention of walking over the BU Bridge at 9:30, that's scary enough to cross in daylight.) Also, y'know, Boston, home sweet home. I hate Cape Cod, seriously.

Hoping for a good year during my senior year. (Oh my God, I'm a senior in college, when did that happen?) Fun classes this fall - full political science lineup with American Constitutional Law (with Silverstein! Fuck yeah!), Special Topics in American Politics: Law and Society, America at War: The Response to 9/11 (with Kriner (!!) and some other professor I don't remember the name of), and Presidential Leadership (also with Kriner!) - and I've got two of them with Nicole (the Kriner classes, and we're even in the same discussion section for Presidential Leadership) which is nothing short of awesome. She's also living on West campus this year, so I've finally got someone to eat dinner with at the dining hall, yay!

Writing's been going pretty slowly, unfortunately. LSAT prep is burning me out, but I've gotten a bit more of the next Downtime fic written over the past few days, which is something. Here's hoping I can at least continue writing bits and pieces.

And I should probably finish up my LSAT homework before I have to get ready to head to Boston. There's a day-night doubleheader at Fenway today, which means traffic in the Longwood Medical Area (where I usually drive through on the way to BU) is going to be at a literal STANDSTILL, so I need to either leave early or take the long way through Dorchester and Brookline once I finally get up there. Ugh. Can't wait for move-in day.
The semester is blessedly, finally over. Final grades for the semester:

HI370: The American Military Experience: A
LC212: Fourth-Semester Chinese: B
PO302: Campaigns and Elections around the World: A-
PO324: Media and Politics in the United States: A-

American Military Experience (which is listed for both history and international relations credit) with Professor Bacevich was easily one of the best classes I've ever had. His lectures were always engaging and entertaining - Bacevich had us in stitches on multiple occasions. He could also be terrifying so while I know we all pretty much worshipped him, we also lived in perpetual fear. Still easily my most favorite professor.

On the other end of the spectrum was Media and Politics. This course was...disappointing, to put it very, very mildly - my best friend and I were constantly bitching about it. We have no idea how the hell the professor even got a job at BU (young guy, his first year teaching at BU), his teaching style was terrible. The lecture slides basically parrotted the readings (giving us no incentive to actually do them), he never said anything that wasn't already on the slides, and there was a distinct lack of discussion about current events! Complete and utter waste of time and money. I spent my classes typing up the slides as they appeared and then going back to surfing the 'net.

Campaigns and Elections was all right; not something to gush about, but at least it was interesting and the professor (also in his first year teaching at BU) was better at engaging the class and keeping everyone focused. Chinese was Chinese, though it must be said that Woo laoshi is totally awesome AND I NEVER HAVE TO TAKE CHINESE AGAIN WOOHOO!

I must have kicked ass on my finals. I really hope I did - I ended up catching a cold last Tuesday (first day of finals and I had two) and then spent the rest of the week sick as a dog. Friday was somewhat manageable but Saturday was miserable, and that was the day I had the 3-5PM final. (Everyone was pissed about that - last timeslot on the last day? Christ, we were a seething mass of anger taking that final.) Mom came to pick me up after my final instead of Sunday morning because I was so sick, and it took another hour and a half to pack up.

Good thing I'd sent my video games, books, and PS3 home with Dad after his doctor's appointment the week before. Mom's car was stuffed.

I've spent the last week recovering from my cold and generally vegging out. Trying to catch up on all my backlogged pleasure reading - finally got around to reading A Hard Day's Knight and I'm finally going to finish Proven Guilty. Going to have to flip a coin on whether to read The Way of Kings (I've owned it for nearly a year which makes me want to cry) or White Night next. And then I'm going to be waiting impatiently for The Alloy of Law to come out - NEW MISTBORN BOOK OHMYGOD YAY!!!!!

*ahem*

...Crap, I need to get a job this summer. *groans* Probably going to end up working at Blue Water again, much as I hate the hospitality industry - it's either that or some retail job and there really aren't many pickings on the Cape. And once late July rolls around it's going to have to be part time because I'm going to be driving up to Boston three times a week for my LSAT prep course. God, kill me.

Meh. I'll head over to Blue Water tomorrow to see if they need more people to man the front desk. In the meantime, I'm going to read and plot out my characters for Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Eight more days and I am officially done with junior year.

A tentative schedule of events for the next week or so:

Tomorrow: Study session with Nicole, Nicole, and Jessica (yes, I know two Nicoles - you should see how many Megans I know) at the PAL Lounge in Mugar for Media & Politics. Study session will most likely be half studying, half bitching about how this turned out to be the useless, ill-taught class in the history of ever. (Yeah, we're kinda bitter.)

Sunday: Mix of studying for Media & Politics and Chinese. Likely going to be a lot of me sobbing and banging my head against the wall.

Monday: Review session for Chinese, because Woo Laoshi is awesome. Say fuck it about Media & Politics and attempt to memorize my Chinese dictionary yet again.

Tuesday: 9AM-11AM: Media & Politics in the United States final. Hour and a half break. 12:30PM-2:30PM: Fourth Semester Chinese final. 2:30PM: Run screaming from the CAS building, sobbing hysterically about, "I'm done, I'm done with it, never again, never again!"

Wednesday or Thursday: Study sessions with Nicole, Justin, and possibly a few others in either Mugar or the GSU for American Military Experience. Study session will likely be seventy-five percent studying, twenty-five percent gushing about how this was the most awesomest class ever and Professor Bacevich is the greatest professor ever even though he'a also really scary at times. Also begin packing up last of my stuff

Friday: 3PM: American Military Experience final.

Saturday: 3PM: Campaigns and Elections around the World final. Bitch with everyone else about how unfair it is for the university to schedule any finals at all for 3PM on a fucking Saturday, 9AM is bad enough. Finish packing.

Sunday: Strip the mattress and bug out before residences close at noon.

Right, I'm going to spend the rest of my day today reading fic, watching My Little Pony (it's craaaaaaack; pretty, pretty crack), and playing ME2.
Red Sox are 2-8 and we lost 16-5 to the (now) 2-8 Tampa Bay Rays last night.

The Sox fanatic in me is screaming something about committing ritual suicide to regain lost honor, but I'm trying to be optimistic. We started the season 0-6, and even though no team has won the World Series after starting 0-6, no team's come back from a 0-3 deficit in the ALCS with one out remaining in Game 4 to win the ALCS and the World Series, either.

I just really, really wish pitching could get its shit together now rather than later.

In other news, I've got one page done of a 5-6 page paper about party and electoral systems that is due at 12:30 tomorrow. *facepalm* If I can keep to a rate of one page every two hours like I've been doing (as in between typing I'm frantically pawing through my notes and the readings to find some information to help me bullshit this son of a bitch), I should hopefully be done by midnight. Hopefully.

At least I'm done with that thank you letter for the scholarship the political science department dropped in my lap. (I'm not actually getting any more money, they just retroactively added it to my grant award for this school year.) I hate kissing up to the donors, but a grant's a grant, especially when it makes the resume look nice.

All right, back to bullshitting. Once this is done I can pretty much relax for the rest of the week.

Lord, I can't wait for this semester to be over.
Mildly incoherent and exhausted right now.

Think my American Military Experience midterm went well. I wouldn't say it was easy, but there weren't any surprises; paying attention in lecture and doing all the readings assured that, of course. Well, that and the extensive and thorough study of the ID terms Nicole and I did at the GSU yesterday. Very productive study session, we managed to condense two hundred fifty important terms and names into short, quick sentences we could easily expand on. Said short, quick sentences have likely spawned a number of in-jokes, but hey, it kept the studying interesting!

(I also got to make a crack about pilots and ordinance delivery systems that sent Nicole howling. Considering how long I've wanted to make that joke and the fact that someone appreciated it made me very, very smug.)

Tore through Twilight's Dawn when it came in on Tuesday (four hours of pleasure reading - something I haven't been able to do in a long time), feel torn in my reaction to it, particularly the last novella in it. Might have to reread it this weekend. Heh.

One more week until Spring Break. Two more midterms in the meantime. Today's Chinese quiz was canceled so I can relax for a few more hours.

Better make that birthday card for Dad, then.
These next few weeks are going to suck, and suck hard.

Sunday 2/27: Chinese composition due at 11:59PM - hand in via e-mail.
Monday 2/28: Response paper (5-6 pages) for Campaigns and Elections around the World due; am woefully behind on the readings to begin with, never mind having started the paper
Thursday 3/3: Chinese oral quiz
Friday 3/4: American Military Experience midterm; Chinese quiz; DAD'S BIRTHDAY FUCK I HAVEN'T BOUGHT A PRESENT YET
Monday 3/7: Chinese quiz (whhhhyyyy, Woo Laoshi?! I thought you liked us!)
Thursday 3/10: Media and Politics in the United States midterm
Friday 3/11: Chinese midterm

Ffffff-

I have a plan for this weekend that involves no Dragon Age, I swear. Chinese composition will be BS'ed tonight and revised tomorrow or Sunday afternoon, backlog readings will be read tomorrow, paper will be written Sunday. It will GET DONE. I WILL survive midterms. I just really really wish I could fast forward to 2:59PM on March 11 when I run screaming out of the CAS building and throw myself into Mom's waiting car to take me home for break. And then I will sleep for a week.

At least I have good thoughts to comfort me right now, like how I totally aced the Chinese quiz today.

'Kay, quick nap now, then Chinese. Onward!
dt_maxwell: ([Misc] Coffee)
Having one of those "I don't think my head is screwed on correctly" days. Doesn't help that my internal clock is a bit screwed up from the Monday-schedule-on-Tuesday thing from yesterday that BU is so fond of employing.

Currently sitting in the GSU, waiting for the food court proper to open at 11AM for lunch. Am being somewhat productive despite my currently typing away in my journal, as I've got my Chinese textbook and notes spread out (and a Chinese-English dictionary open in another tab) to help translate a passage for class later today. Also have a vanilla latte so yay caffeine.

Played the Dragon Age 2 demo last night and it was AWESOME. Totally playing a rogue my first full playthrough of the game. Gonna try out the mage and warrior on the demo later when I get back to my room.

Ugh, I want a nap so badly right now. And food. Stupid screwed up Monday-and-Wednesday schedules...
dt_maxwell: ([Movies] L33tness)
Back in Boston again, le sigh. Once again did no work despite my best attempts, so I'll be kicking myself in the ass throughout the week while frantically trying to catch up on the readings for my "Campaigns and Elections around the World" class.

God, did it really snow a bit this morning? The sky's so damn blue. So pretty outside right now.

But before I stick my nose into my books and read about World War I and campaign consultants in other countries and start memorizing that passage for Chinese, I'm going to gobble up all the recent articles about spring training. :D YAY BASEBALL!

I still cackle madly every time I'm reminded the Red Sox now have Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. If the team can stay healthy this season, the Sox are going to kick so much ass.

TGIF

Feb. 18th, 2011 10:44 am
Poor Dad! He very rarely gets sick, but when he does, damn.

Dadman has apparently come down with a bad case of the flu. He's got a really bad cough with a lot of phlegm, had some trouble breathing, and he was running a fever of 103 so Mom took him to the emergency room really early this morning. He's doing all right now and is getting discharged about now according to Mom's last update, but geez, Dad doesn't do anything by halves.

I was planning on going home for the weekend (Monday's off, woohoo!), but Mom won't be able to pick me until tomorrow because she needs to keep an eye on Dad, which is fine by me. Poor, poor Dad.

Thank God I'm all caught up on my flu shots.

In happier news, today is disgustingly beautiful except for all the filthy snow melting. It's warm, the sun's shining, there's few clouds despite the meteorologists' claims about rain for today, and I'm wearing a damn t-shirt in February. Ai-ya. Still, it'll make running my errands a little more enjoyable.

Am in especially good mood, too, despite Dad being sick. No Chinese this afternoon, so my only class was my 9AM American Military Experience one, which is always awesome, but today was especially great! The professor briefly toyed with the idea of springing a pop quiz on us (he usually spaces them out more, and the last one was Monday) as the class has only 48 people and we're in a room that barely fits everyone - so the eleven people that weren't there were very conspicuous. I personally wasn't too worried (though I was frantically trying to recall the IDs the professor likes to use in his quizzes that were specific to last night's reading, as I probably hadn't read as thoroughly as I should have, heh), but it was pretty damn funny to watch the looks of rising panic on everyone's faces.

The professor opted not to give us the quiz, but made a few quips about finding out just who was fool enough to skip his class. He's also ex-military, and woe betide the idiot who comes into his class late. (This is the only class I have in which everyone is present and sitting when the professor walks in and starts lecturing at nine on the dot.) We had a few late stragglers today, though, and the professor turned his eye on them but he hadn't started the lecture yet and he said, "You're lucky we're just making jokes right now." We were all already giggling but that set the whole class off. He continued in a similar vein the whole lecture, which was great because it made what could have been an unenthusiastic discussion of the Root Reforms (at least on my classmates' part) vastly more entertaining.

Seriously, love that class. And next time we're starting World War I! Whee!

EDIT: Massachusetts Town Slogans as collected by Universal Hub. Rolling on floor, can't stop laughing. Favorites include "Boston: Lost if by car, late if by T"; "Dorchester: Home of the Wahlbergs!" (Dorchester pride, woo!); and "Amherst: We take pride in being ourselves, as long as that is borderline-offensive political-correctness." But the best is this: "Somerville: Like the US, we have three branches of government: 1/3 Mayor, 1/3 Aldermen, 1/3 Pat's Towing."
Boston hasn't been hit yet by the full brunt of the storm that's been making mincemeat out of the Mid-Atlantic coast for the past few days, but we're getting there. Alternating rain and snow right now, but the commute is supposed to be bad later this evening, approaching blizzard conditions, and so BU closed the Charles River campus at two o'clock.

This meant no 2 PM or 3 PM discussion sections today. Rock. On.

Unfortunately, since a possible Thursday cancellation of classes is still up in the air, I still have to study for that sociobiology exam I have tomorrow.

And then I have a calculus exam on Friday morning which is immediately followed by a quiz in my Chinese class.

...

Yeah, I'm really hoping they cancel tomorrow's classes.

All righty, time to go over my lecture notes and some of the recommended readings. Here's hoping that Murphy decides to take pity on me and the administration will decide classes tomorrow aren't worth it.
Vacation is nearly over; semester starts on Wednesday. Moved back into Warren today, unpacked, scurried down to City Convenience for ice cream and cookies, came back up to my room and napped after setting up Speirs on the BU network. (It was the fastest computer scan and network set-up I've ever seen. Clearly the BU network is afraid of my laptop. All is right with the world.)

Plan on polishing off a pint of Phish Food while I watch Castle tonight, then going to ponder if I should buy either the Star Wars original trilogy on DVD or the first season of Castle from Amazon. Yes, that is the most pressing issue in my life right now. I'd be spending my money on Rebuild of Evangelion, but for whatever fucked up reason, Funimation released the crappy-quality 1.01 version first, so I have to wait until March for the higher-quality 1.11 version. (Funimation, you suuuuuuuuck.)

Also, apparently there is a studio interested in making a Mistborn movie. ZOMGYAY!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem.

Plans for tomorrow:
1) Pick up textbooks at university bookstore.
2) Drop off textbooks in room, take T down to Babcock Street to Angora Cafe for paninis. (They use FRESH buffalo mozzarella in their panini sandwiches! Of course I adore the place!) Tomorrow is effin' cold and that's a bitch of a walk, don't make yourself any more miserable than you can help.
3) Return to room, enjoy a lovely lunch.
4) Nap.

Right. I have mint Milano cookies in my fridge that need eating.

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