Tomorrow morning I have to take the EWP at Fullerton (read: English Writing Proficiency exam). So technically I should have gone to bed about 30 mins ago. Early to bed on a Friday night… this is so wrong!
Don’t want to prepare for my presentations tomorrow and Thursday. Would rather slum around on the internet and read up on celeb gossip instead. And possibly continue cleaning room, which is my favorite procrastinating activity.
Today taxes are due. Did you get yours in? I’m getting almost $400 back this year. And Mike had to pay $500. I know what I’m spending mine on…
- Car Registration
- Las Vegas
Did I mention that my sis wants to go to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party? haha I can’t seem to get away from that place. WE’re staying at the Monte Carlo, it has three pools, sweet! It’s going to be a nightmare there, we’re going Labor Day weekend. SO many people will be there. And it’s going to be fuckin hot.
OK time to work 😛
Now that Mike has started this quarter of class, we aren’t able to see each other on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So after church on Sunday the next time I am able to see him is Thursday. 🙁 I don’t like this arrangement. But with both of us having work and school, there isn’t time to see each other in between. This week it works out really well because I have a TON of stuff to do for school. But other weeks it sucks, especially if I’m feeling lazy.
Any of you have this kind of situation?
Bah, this past week and the upcoming weeks are getting a bit crazy. Today I had to recite a 25 line prose/poetry from memory (I chose Viola’s soliloquy at the end of Act II Scene 2 when, disguised as Cesario, she figures out that Olivia is in love with her from Twelfth Night) for my 211 class. I screwed up on “now, alas the day;” I said, “alas, now the day” lol. And then I had to be prompted for the next line because I blanked after my screw up.
Next week I have an essay due in my Advanced Writing class, and a portfolio due in my Bible Lit class (the last portfolio took me about 6 hours to complete, just to give you an idea).
In my Contemporary Novels class the students are teaching the next three books on our syllabus, The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie (by the way, have you seen his smokin’ hot wife, Padma Lakshmi? I guess she’s not the first chick that’s married a fugly dude). American Pastoral by Philip Roth, and Underworld by Don Delillo (which I don’t even plan on reading — I’ve heard it’s really good but, sweet lord, 1000 pages? I just don’t have time to read that much with four other English classes! Plus, I don’t really enjoy Delillo’s style so much. I read White Noise and getting through that was like running a triathalon). My group, American Pastoral goes on the 18th and apparently we’re expected to be able to fill up at least three class days? Help! That’s 3 hours and 45 minutes ugh. We just found this out today, by the way. We thought that we would only have to present for like 15 minutes, haha. OH WE WERE WRONG. Also, there are no Sparknotes, Cliff’s Notes, Pink Monkey Notes, NOTHING for it. I’m not saying that I’m a lazy student… well maybe. Also, the same day my group has to present we have an essay due. Thanks!
THEN that Thursday I have to do a presentation for my 211 class (again) on “epic features of Paradise Lost.” So if you know any good articles on that, send them this way haha.
So hopefully by the night of the 20th I’ll be able to breathe again 😀
OH APRIL! YOU ARE OUT TO KILL ME!
The professor for the only class I like this semester (Contemporary Novels) told us on Tues she was called in for Jury Duty the next day, and if she was picked then she would not be in class for the next 10 days. I sincerely hoped they wouldn’t pick her. She was going to post on BlackBoard whether or not she was picked last night.
She was. 🙁
So now not only do I NOT have the only class I actually like for the next 2 weeks (because after 10 days is our Spring Break) I still have to get to school at the same time, thanks to traffic and parking. If I leave even 10 minutes later it takes twice the time to get to Fullerton and the parking is full up to the top floor of the parking structure. So then I’ll have to do nothing for 2 hours just so I can go to classes I really dislike. Where is the justice?? 🙁
In good news, I’m slightly ahead in my classes so the last few nights I have rejoined my Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game. I don’t know if I’m almost done with it but I think so… according to the walkthrough I’m halfway through (at the part where you rescue Aryll at the forbidden fortress). So Mike plays WoW while I play Zelda haha. I can’t wait until the next one comes out.
Hope y’all are doing well!
Ugh I am so busy lately I have no time to do anything fun. During the day I’m in class, most of which is a complete joke (for example, we have been watching The Mission for the past 3 class sessions on my Anthropology class. Also, we are like 2 weeks behind because all the freshman in there are retarded at taking notes).
Also I have work 3 days a week, which I’m kind of worried about. The other day one of my bosses asked me to skip class to go on a kind of sales call with him? I made it very clear when I started that school is my number one priority and work is like 3rd or 4th down the line of my list of priorities. I got the feeling before but now I’m kind of positive that they are wanting me to take a bigger role in the company than I want. Like more of a sales role. Anyone who knows me knows I hate dealing with people, but that’s what they’re kind of pushing me into. I’m happy working behind the scenes and I know that this probably won’t pay me a lot, but that’s what I’m happy with. I don’t like all that salesy stuff and that is not I understood my role to be when I took the job. *sigh* But they’re REALLY good to me so I hate to be difficult. I like to help out whenever I can. But I am just not comfortable with sales-y type things.
And if I’m not working or schooling, I’m studying. Right now I need to be writing an essay and finishing reading about 40 different chapters of different books. I still have not read one item for my British lit up to 1760 class, it is so horribly boring. But this weekend I’m really going to make an effort to. One problem is that at night I am so tired by the time 7 rolls around because I’ve been up and going going going for the past 12 hours, all I want to do is settle down and watch some Law & Order for a while. Then American Idol. Then go home and sleep.
This week I’ll be praying for fortitude to complete my assignments and patience with my classes. :angel:
Now that my Winter Break is over, I’ve had a chance to reflect on it and appreciate that I actually got a LOT done which makes me immensely happy and satisfied. (Warning: the following is pretty uh, longer than I intended)
One of my goals was to read extensively over the break. So I asked for a lot of books over Christmas. The first book I read was The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s an incredibly moving story about a butler in England who spends his entire life serving Lord Darlington, sacrificing all personal relationships and enjoyment. It’s only at the end of his life does he start to regret some of his choices, particularly in connection with Ms. Kensington and his naivete towards Lord Darlington. We watched the film in my British Lit class so I wanted to read the book and I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t listen to Family Guy on this one. 😛
The second book was Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki, the woman that Arthur Golden supposedly based his book, Memoirs of a Geisha off of. After having read the two, I seriously cannot see how these were even supposed to be the same woman. Basically all that Sayuri and Mineko have in common is that they were both dancers. It’s no wonder Mineko was at all dissatisfied with Memoirs, it has nothing to do with her life and the two do not even take place in the same time period. I really like both books though, but after reading Geisha, Memoirs just seems so unrealistic.
Next I delved into the world of Jane Austen and read Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. I just love Austen and reading these was nothing short of fun. It’s weird for me to say it since a lot of people have such a hard time reading her work, but it was so easy for me to get into the sometimes silly worlds of Austen.
Persuasion was kind of sad, it’s about Anne Elliot whose mother has died, leaving her with a father and sister whose greatest admirers are themselves. She has a friend and mother figure in Lady Russell, who incidentally was also her mother’s best friend and loves Anne exceedingly. Anne was once in love with a young sailor named Wentworth but as he had no fortune or good connections to reccomend him, Lady Russell persuades Anne to reject his proposal. Years later Anne still regrets it, but once Anne visits her other sister Mary in a neighboring town, she meets the now Captain Wentworth again. OMG do they get back together?? Read it and see ;D I rented the movie a couple of days ago and they sure took some liberties! There were a few instances where things that characters did were so out of character it made me angry. Like when Anne was at the concert and she was practically begging Captain Wenworth to stay? Yeah, that would not have happened!
Next was Northanger Abbey. This one is about Catherine Morland, who falls in love with a man named Henry Tilney while in Bath with some friends. Although some of her “friends” and “family” seem determined to thwart her plans, she is eventually able to strike up a friendship with Henry’s sister and father and invited to stay at their home, Northanger Abbey. Will Catherine be able to win Henry’s heart while she’s staying so close to him?? (The answer is yes, obviously, this is an Austen novel. But just barely.) I guess there’s a TV movie about it. Don’t plan on seeing it. 😛
After Northanger Abbey came Mansfield Park. I think I liked this one the best out of the three. This is about poor Fanny Price, whose mother’s rich relations the Bertrams decide to take her in and give her a better life. However, she’s always treated as second rate by everyone except her good cousin, Edmund. Of course she eventually falls in love with him, although it’s against the family’s better wishes. Eventually the family pretty much disintegrates through a series of unfortunate events: the oldest son, Tom Bertram, falls extremely ill after several years of philandering and being pretty much useless; the oldest daughter Maria destroys her extremely fortunate marriage; the youngest daughter Julia elopes with one of her brother Tom’s friends; leaving poor Fanny and Edmund to pick up the peices. Throw in the good for nothing Crawford family, whose siblings are trying to woo Fanny and Edmund apart, and you have a nailbiting adventure that I couldn’t read fast enough, if only to GET IT OVER WITH AND END THE SUSPENSE. Also has a movie, maybe I’ll Netflix it. 😀
The last Austen book I read was Sense and Sensibility. The movie starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet is one of my favorite movies, so I was pretty acquainted with the storyline. After reading the book I appreciated some of the differences between the two and how the book had some supplementary material, but the movie did an EXCELLENT job of preserving and even enhancing the book’s storyline. Excellent. But I have to say, in the book (if possible), the Miss Dashwood’s brother and her wife, along with Lucy Steele are even more hateful than in the movie haha.
The last book I read over break was My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. At first I loved the premis and thought it was really thought provoking: thirteen-year-old Anna was conceived to be an organ donor for her sister Kate, who is dying of leukemia. Finally after years of donating blood and bonemarrow Kate seems to be on the last downward slide and she needs a new kidney. Anna disrupts the fabric of her family by challenging her very purpose in life and refuses to give the kidney, and files for medical emancipation. The first 7/8s of this book were really good. The ending just sucked though. I felt like all of a sudden it turned into a shitty soap opera and ducked out of dealing what would have been a really interesting issue. I hated hated HATED the ending, and unfortunately that caused me to hate the book. I’ll probably never read any Picoult again if this is how her books are going to turn out. Anger.
Now I’m in school, and aside from the normal tripe I have to read (ie: Beowulf) I am really enjoying it. Mostly I’m enjoying my contemporary novels class. We’re reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (by the way, I love that this class FINALLY taught me how to say those dutch names that end in “tje.” ON-DAH-CHEE. I love how his name does not sound like it looks, it fascinates me. Thank you Dutch people for your wonky spelling!) and I’m really enjoying it so far. I think what I like best is the part where I get to imagine Ralph Fiennes being all so fine when I read it. HOT. By the way, about the movie, am I the only one that thinks Kristin Scott Thomas was WAY too old to be playing Katharine? Katharine was supposed to be way younger than Almasy, but in the movie they look about the same age. And if I were Katharine, I would be torn, too. Who could choose between Ralph Fiennes and Colin Firth (who happens to be one of my true loves)? It’s cruel and unusual punishment to even think of choosing. Just have a menage-a-trois instead. 😀
Submitted my UCI application last month. I’m starting to worry if they got it or not since they haven’t charged me for it yet 😯 I should hear a reply in a couple months or so. So nervous. :faint:
I thought once the semester ended I would finally get around to the things I had been putting off: my laundry, the mess in my room that seems to be mating and spreading its seed, the clutter that is the bathroom, the trash in my car, sorting out the iPod mess, and wrapping Christmas presents. Although I have gotten a couple of those done, I find that I am so lazy these days. A month ago I would have done all of these in one day. But these days I’m lucky if I get half of one done. :faint: Tonight I think I’ll pray for motivation and activity.
So finals are finally over, thank you Jesus. I bombed my last final but the rest of them went pretty ok. I’m looking forward to sprucing up the domain over the break — my to do list is about 3 pages long!! Thank God for winter break. :star: