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Thieved from Kath

Feeling:  relaxed, honestly
Wearing:  Jeans and a tshirt, as usual.
Wishing:  this wasn't a dry campus
Missing: being abroad, taking history classes
Thinking:  about my final paper for King Arthur class
Wondering:  What I should really do next year.
Raving About: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Ranting About:  Library re-training, dance paper
Fangirling(or fanboying)/Drooling Over:  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  It's all downhill from here on out.
Thankful For:  My dad, for listening to me be confused.
Planning: MY LIFE
Looking Forward To:  Spring Break, Graduation
Dreading:  Spring Break (hello, GRE!), Graduation.
Wanting:  Someone to tell me what to do.
Hoping:  That I'm not as crazy as I sound, and that I finish my homework for tomorrow.

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SYNONYMS?  I am not thinking about THAT many things...
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Third week into the new semester and already I feel like things are out of hand.  I'm in a world cinema class (which I actually think is pretty cool, most of the time), and we have small groups to focus on one particular part of filmmaking.  We're supposed to meet outside of class and put up guides to our topics and then put up one post a week talking about our topic with regards to the movie we watched that week.  However, our groups consist of 10 people.  10 people with vastly different schedules, who have a million other things on their plates.  I understand that they want to create "smaller learning communities" in a massive class, but I just don't think this works out very well, and just loads extra work onto already busy people. 

Also, I was supposed to have watched the Marriage of Maria Braun for today, but it isn't getting along with my computer, so I'm going to skip the second half, at least for now.  I'm kind of sad, because I was enjoying it.

This is the first time this class has been offered, so they're trying out all kinds of new things just to see what works.  I understand, but it's annoying.  I'm pretty much only in this class because I needed another .25 credits outside the English department, I didn't like any of the history classes offered, and this class is led by my study abroad adviser/English prof, who I really like and wanted to have a class with before I graduated.  I just wish I didn't have to be the guinea pig...

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Interim is over now, and I have a week off!  I'm just hanging out at St. Olaf.  I was home a month ago--I have no pressing need to hang out with my parents.  They're busy watching HBO's Rome on DVD, and while I want to see that, I don't really want to watch it with them...

I've been knitting a lot, seeing as I have three scarves on the needles as well as a pair of socks, not even including the scarf I started last year and have long since abandoned.  I just want all of my projects to be done now!  I want to wear them!  Also, I have no patience, apparently.

I got my grades back from last semester, and I did very well. (I made the dean's list.  I'm shocked.)  I'm hoping I'll do well in my interim class, too.  I got 9.5 points out of 10 on every response paper, so I think I'll be fine.

I still have to figure out what I'm doing next year.  It's terrifying.  But I'm going to try to sort things out this week, because I have spare time for once.  And I no longer have health insurance at the end of February, because I turn 22 and am kicked off my dad's insurance.  And this is the government's program, too, because my dad's a federal employee.  I need to get something figured out, because I've just started medication for headaches, and it actually works.  Yay, America!
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I have to go to the CEL (basically, our career center) and talk to them about my future.  I am scared.  I also don't have my response paper done for today yet....eek!

Back Again

I meant to post over break, but I never got around to it.  Oh well.  I'll put up a quick post before I head off to lunch.

 I pretty much did nothing other than knit, watch TV, and play video games for three weeks.  It was lovely.  The first week was almost entirely knitting and watching HGTV.  I also cut off most of my hair, which hadn't been cut since Sept. 2007.  I finally just got so annoyed with it that I had to chop it all off.  It's much easier to deal with now.  Also:  less static!  I went to the doctor a lot too.  I'd been having daily headaches starting at the beginning of last semester, which wasn't normal, even though I tend to have frequent headaches.  I had to get an MRI and get my eyes checked, but nothing turned up as a cause.  I'm now on medication, but am supposed to wait three or four weeks to see if it really works.  I sure hope so--my headaches got much worse over break (convincing me once and for all that they are not from stress).

Christmas was nice, I suppose.  My mom's whole family came over for two straight days, which is an awful lot when there are two small boys who like nothing more than to beat on each other.  It was kind of annoying, too, because no one needs anything anymore, so no one knows what to get people, and then everyone (especially my mom) starts to stress out about it.  I wish we'd just stop doing presents all together or start drawing names or something. 

But in any event, I'm back at school now, for Interim.  I'm taking a history class on women in medieval Europe.  It'll be interesting, though I think it will generally trend toward social history, which isn't really that interesting to me except in a contextual sense for individual stories.  I'm also working at the library for 12 hours a week.  It's kind of a lot, but I need the money.  Also, since I work 5-8 three nights a week, I have an excuse to go to dinner at 4:30 and avoid people.  I've also taken to going to lunch alone.  Basically, this month is my opportunity to indulge my reclusive tendencies.

I'm still working on figuring out what I'm going to do after graduation.  I have 5 months left.  Hopefully I will use this month to get a few plans laid out.  We shall see...

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I'm so close to being done I can taste it.  Next Monday at 11:00 (possibly sooner!), I am done with this semester. 

I'm going to miss it, too, in some ways.  This semester was really hard for me, because I had to get back into the swing of St. Olaf academics, plus try to fit back into my social circle, both of which were much harder than I thought they would be.  Last year, I got to slack off, a lot.  I didn't have to do much work to get good marks, and if I didn't do well, it didn't count in my GPA anyway.  I don't think I remembered how to do work again until last week, really.  I really liked most of my classes, though.  I loved my Milton class.  I love that professor and we had a really good group of people in the class.  Even though I'm not the hugest Milton fan, I always looked forward to that class.  And I really liked my history class, too.  I don't know much about history after 1066, and certainly know nothing about English history after 1284, and I absolutely adore medieval history anyway.  I'll even miss my Intro to American Politics class, even though my classmates drove me up the wall with their stupid comments.

Socially this semester has been much more difficult for me.  I'm not going to go too much into that, mostly because I already complain about it to my roommate all the time, but suffice it to say I think we all need a break.  We'll all go away for Christmas, and a lot of us will be gone over Interim (not me, sadly), so we'll have at least 3 weeks to be away from St. Olaf.  It will do us all a world of good.

One more week, two more papers, and two more exams, then I'm done!
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Happy (somewhat belated) Thanksgiving, everyone!  It's really nice to have spent this one at home.  Also, my uncles and grandfather came to Thanksgiving at home for the first time in 35 years!  Deer season falls over Thanksgiving, so they're always up at deer camp at this time.  This year, they came down for the day.  It was also the first time I'd seen one of my uncles since I'd gotten back from being abroad.  I hadn't seen him or his family in well over a year.

Yesterday, Mom, Weston and I went out shopping.  That was a bad idea.  I only went because there were good deals on yarn and my mom refused to pick up any if I didn't come.  Firstly, my mom doesn't like to plan out what she wants to get at each store, so she just ambles around, in everyone's way.  Secondly, my brother likes to whine.  A lot.  And he doesn't like making stops for anyone else, so if we go somewhere where he doesn't want to be, he pitches a fit.  Thirdly, there were WAY too many people for my taste.  I like shopping in the middle of the day during the week, when there's no one around.  But, it was the first time I had ever gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, and now I have experiences one of our more repulsive traditions, and I got yarn, so, whatever.  We survived.  Plus, we went to Kroll's for hamburgers, which is a Green Bay classic.

Today, I'm going to finish up my paper and then put up the Christmas tree.  Thanksgiving's over, so Christmas can begin in all its tacky glory!
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I think I've solidified what I feel.  I am glad, inexpressibly glad, that we will no longer have Bush in office.  I am glad that we have (hopefully) put an end to the conservative hegemony that has slowly been destroying my country for the past 40 years.  I am glad that we (white folks, that is) have gotten over ourselves enough to elect our first black president.

I will stop there for tonight.  Tonight is for celebration.