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I wish my mom still did my homework.
I wish I still did your mom.
I wish your mom still did me.
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Oh, I am done with finals and it feels so nice. I feel so happy right now! I even finished my last final an hour early, so I was able to eat dinner with Antoine, and drop him off at the bus station before he left.

After that, I drove out to Gretchen's house, which is out a ways, in the country-ish. There was some really heavy fog tonight, so dense that I could only see about 30 feet in front of my car. Of course, this meant that I missed my turn (in fact, I missed an entire cemetery that was supposed to be my landmark!) by about 8 miles, but eventually I found Gretchen's house. It's so pretty! I wish that it hadn't been foggy about, because it's surrounded by woods and hills. The inside of the house is beautiful, too! And of course, her room is full of good books. There was a bonfire outside, and hot cider on the stove, and Gretchen's cute dog. I haven't been by a bonfire in a long time, and of course, the company was good as well. As a bonus, I have more Angel to watch when I finish season 1, and the first volume of Brian K. Vaughan's "Y: The Last Man."

And now I am home, and smell pleasantly of bonfire, a smell I haven't smelled in quite some time.

For the interested, Rightstuf.com is having a relatively nice sale on various anime titles. If I don't receive the Fullmetal Alchemist package before Christmas (we open most of our presents on Christmas Eve), I might just buy it for myself. Maybe. At the moment, I'd rather have Princess Tutu and Black Lagoon. Must bide my time and open Christmas presents first!

Anyway, it's off to bed now, so that I can wake up and pack, clean, and leave. I'll be driving with my friend Angela, and hoping that the roads will not be icy. Everyone keeps saying that they will be, but it's 1am and it's still 35 degrees outside....it is supposed to rain tomorrow, but no snow until night, I don't think.

Also! Provided that the person in question lives on the same side of the highway as my parents, I intend to walk when visiting friends, when possible. I easily walk the mile between campus and the Capitol four times a week, not to mention all of the other walking on campus, between bus stops, and to stores. Why is it that once I reach the suburbs, I feel the need to drive everywhere, even if it's only blocks away? Exercise is good for me anyway. So, that's my resolution for break. Walk when possible, and no, I won't accept a ride from you, my high school friends.
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1:53pm: I'm pretty sure I pwned that final like no final has ever been pwned before. The essay that I really wanted to be on there....was. I have now lunched. Now I have time to like, do things. It's pretty sweet. Still have two finals to go, but am surprisingly cheerful.

1:59pm: The display screen on my cell phone is glowing. I threaten it with a violent gesture and a stern face. It stops glowing. I cackle.

6:30pm: OMG, I had a good dinner, and watched another episode of Angel. OMF, I get to go to Antoine's house and exchange Christmas presents soon! I hope he likes what I got him! I swiffered my floor today, and it feels amazing. What would life be like if I dusted and cleared the floor, and vacuumed?! I can't imagine!

11:25pm: So, I went to a branch of the Madison library system that is not the one right by Capitol square today, and holy crap, they have a nice graphic novel section! I thought that all of their stuff was in the teen section, but I was wrong.

Anyway, because I definitely meed more to add to my "to read over break" pile (actually, I don't), I picked up some graphic novels:
Legend of Chun Hyang - CLAMP
Scott Pilgrim, vol. 1-3 - Bryan Lee O'Malley
FRAY - Joss Whedon (etc.) (So excited to read this! In fact, I already read two chapters, and they were good!)
Castle Waiting - Linda Medley (This is actually quite long, literally novel-length, but oh well)

ALSO, Antoine is the nicest and cutest boyfriend ever, and he gave me the hardcover collection of the graphic novel based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower: "The Gunslinger Born." I swear, I don't think that there is a more beautifully drawn/painted comic out there. At least, I've never seen one. Reading this will be like watching a movie. I'm so excited for it!

It'll be nice to read some graphic novels that aren't manga, for a change.

12:13am: AND THUS.....I'll do the take-home exam in the morning. It'll be hokai. After that....I'll be studying for the Women's Studies final at 5:00. I'm not studying much for that one not because I think it'll be a breeze, but because I suck at multiple choice exams no matter what I do.
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1:20ishpm: I notice that today's Wikipedia article of the day is the Heian Palace. My first thought is, "Dude, it looks just like it did in the Otogi Zoshi anime!"

3:10pm: So, I complain to Steph about how I'm done with one final, and have apparently stopped caring about the rest. She advises me: "Well, enjoy the satiating defeat of one class, jackles. Feel its blood dripping from your mouth and watch its children cry tears of indomitable anguish." ADVICE ACCEPTED.

3:12pm: If anyone tries to convince me to go to law school ever again, I'm going to say, "Yeah, I lived with a 1L for one year. Not gonna happen." I remember "Senior Night" towards the end of our high school career. All of the seniors got together for dinner and an award ceremony with our parents. We voted to give each other stupid award like "Most Likely to Succeed" and "Best Writer" and whatever. So, it is announced that Chad won "Most Organized." Although we were sitting at the same table (I think? It's hard to remember these things), I start laughing, very hard and quite loudly. Most parents are clapping and saying, "Ohhhh, that Chad." My mother is saying, "STOP IT, JACQUELINE." Well, it was amusing to me because Chad? Is like, the least organized person I've ever met. Every time I went to his house so that we could leave for school together, from second grade through sophomore year of high school, he'd always be freaking out, looking for a shirt and his homework, and whatever else he needed to get through the day. Chad was a good student and "student leader," and all that other BS that students are supposed to be, but organized? SO LOL.

And this is why law school scares me. Because last night, Chad came upstairs to show me the outline that he would use on the 4-hour final exam this morning. This outline? Is organized. With tabs. The text IS COLOR-CODED. An entire semester's worth of cases and theories, crisply organized in a binder. I give him my Who the hell are you and what did you do with Chad? face, and he taps the open page, which happens to be a color-coded flow-chart with computer-generated arrows. "I made that!" he says. I quietly close the binder and hand it back to him, not sure what to say.

Law school is scary. Just.....WTF.

7:21pm: I'm pretty damn tired.

9:56am: Blahhhhh. So, last night I went to Antoine's because reading for class is better when cuddling on his couch. I received an unexpected Christmas gift from his roommate, The Hammer! The Hammer and his girlfriend are always cooking and baking delicious food, from which Antoine and I shamelessly mooch (well, I lie. I do feel a bit ashamed.). But, The Hammer gave me this really nice cookbook that he says is his favorite. It's very nice, with explanations of how and why things work the way they do, and recommendations for "the supermarket's best" version of mayonnaise, bacon, etc. I'm pretty excited about it, and I know that I could handle some of the things in it: like cookies, or eggs. When I get my own apartment, I expect to be cooking a lot more frequently. I wish I had time to do it now! Maybe over break, I can cook a few new things. I'm sure my mom and sister will go into cardiac arrest upon this discovery.

It even has suggestions on how to make the perfect batch of white rice, which is definitely something I'll be eating before I leave for break. Also, I have a couple of more eggs!

Anyway..I should be productive now. I want to finish (and start) my take-home Medieval Literature final, tidy my room, prepare for a meeting with the Career Advisor, and start studying for my English Lit final, all before two of my cousins come to town and meet me for dinner.

Oh yeah, there was sad news, too. It turns out that Antoine is going to be leaving for Milwaukee (from where he will fly out for Florida, where he's spending Christmas with family) right after my last final on Friday, so I probably won't be able to see him after Thursday, :(
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My sincere attempt to not spam my blog like I did yesterday will involve me keeping the write-a-post window open all day (from yesterday through mid-day today). I think that we will all appreciate it more this way!

10:29am: I've felt sick to my stomach today and yesterday. I'm hoping that it's stress. If I actually get sick...well, not really sure what I'd do. FREAK OUT, that's for sure. Today, my goal is to *not* watch 3 episodes of Angel and 2 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, like I did yesterday. Possibly, only one of each. Maybe I shouldn't watch Angel at all. Let's see how this goes. Right. Studying. Reminder to self: Your Genocide midterm is tomorrow. Okay. Am scared now. Off to study.

2:30pm:
Spoilers for Avatar: The Last Airbender, Day of Black Sun episodes and The Western Air Temple )

5:20pm: Chad decides he shouldn't take the time to go grocery shopping today. I hesitate, but then agree. My final is tomorrow morning, and I can go for groceries later in the day and not feel so badly about it.

I retrieved my Women's Studies paper from campus today. The grade was lower than I had hoped, but about what I expected (maybe even higher than I had expected). I also picked up my resume from Career Services, which now has suggestions written all over it (so much for my Uber Secret Plan for Job-Getting, which I've decided was unnecessarily secr
et). Step 2 = fixing the resume, and then going to a meeting with a Career Advisor on Wednesday.


6:22pm: Regarding the latest episode of Angel.....OMGDOYLE!
Must study now. I feel like I'm about to be violently ill. This better not keep up. I spent my entire senior year of high school feeling sick after every time I ate, but I thought that I had figured out why. Stooooopppp, please.


6:51pm: A REVELATION. I had thought that the grade I received on the paper I picked up this afternoon was a BC, but then I looked over the critique sheet, and noticed that in every category, "Excellent" was circled. Well, what the shit is this? I thought, and then I realized that my grade was an A, and my TA's initials were BC. IT'S A WIN.


9:25pm: Why would I read old diary entries from my journal? That was really stupid. The last thing I need is memories bothering me, and falling into a pit of angst. I tend to fall into pits of angst all on my own, thank you. I don't need to remember all of the people who have made my life suck more.


10:12pm: I am such a snot. In discussion sections, it's generally hard for me to think of things to say because I find most thoughts that enter my head painfully obvious. Unlike many of my classmates, I opt not to share the obvious things. But, in reviewing the notes for tomorrow's midterm, I keep reading tallies in the the margin recording how many times I participate, so that I'm sure to do it at least once every week. Usually, there are one or two tallies - occasionally, there are three. But there was one very active participant (there always is), and because I'm a jerk like that, I decided to keep a tally for him as well. His tallies are more like 11, 13, 8, 10, and one particularly special week, which was 20. Sometimes, I wish that we were allowed to write reviews of our more vocal classmates, in addition to our professors and TAs.


8:40am: Am feeling very ill again, after eating. In fact, this morning I felt ill while I was eating, and had to stop and take a break.
Oh, well. I'll leave on a bus soon, for my 10:05am final. Because I am that kid, the one who gets to the lecture hall 40 minutes early just because she knows that's one part of the exam that she can handle - showing up.


12:35pm: Well, I'm done with one of my classes. I really need to eat something. Probably ramen.
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Class is done, work is done, Anime Club is done. It's a weird point in the semester, where I feel ready to move on to the next thing, but I am held back by these exams that I must prepare for and take. While I do just fine at writing papers (although, as I learned this semester, not when I have to write them all in a row and have no preparation time), I am not good at taking tests. So finals week is always a battle of how much studying (and what kind) will be effective. Not to mention a battle of self-esteem.

But. Life has been good for the last couple of days. On Thursday evening, I went with Antoine and a bunch of guys to go see "Blade Runner" at a theater, for its new director's edition cut. Shockingly, the movie makes a lot more sense when a person is awake for the the whole thing.

Friday night, Antoine and I had a good dinner at Vientianne Palace with our friends Creighton and Carolyn, and then spent a good amount of time perusing Borders. I purchased a few Christmas presents, and drooled over things, like this gorgeous new edition of Gone With the Wind. Yes, it is one of my favorite books.

Holy crap, I am so excited for when finals are done. Immediately after my last final, I'll be saying goodbye to Antoine, who's leaving so that he can fly out to Florida the next morning (OMF, I could have spent Christmas in Florida with him and his family, but I decided to go home instead. I expect to regret this decision? We'll see!). After that, I'll go to Gretchen's for a holiday party....with a certain Hugo-award winning author and her Tor editor husband! Bwahahaha, I'm sorry, I just think that that's the coolest thing ever.

Plus, you know, being home and not working for 2 weeks, and then being in Madison but not having class for 2 weeks. At some point, I'll make a list of things I intend to watch (movies, anime, TV) while in GB, so that interested parties can vocalize their wishes.

I found this NY Times article hilarious. It gives sci-fi novel suggestions for all of the presidential candidates. Please note that it is hilarious even if you don't like sci-fi.

Anyway, I'm off to study for a while now. But I will keep this in mind. And it's true.
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Why yes, reader, my blog entry titles will now be taken from "Wizard People" for the next indefinite amount of time (see "crying into your pillow" two entries ago.) Do you not know what Wizard People is? Go! Laugh! (My favorite is here) I find it's best watched in small doses.

Me: Why did I get candy on my steps?
Chad: It's from my mom.
Me: Why?
Chad: St. Nick came.
Me: .....My mom sucks.

I wrote 1.5 pages of a paper before trudging to class, and wrote another 1.5 pages during class and at work. I had hoped to get more done at work today, but holy hell, we were busy. (Remember that I need 8. I'm also thinking that it would be prudent to have like, in-text parenthetical citations, and maybe, I don't know, a coherent flow to the paper.)

I HAVE NOW EATEN A PEANUT BUTTER SANTA CLAUS COATED IN CHOCOLATE! I AM THE ULTIMATE. I WILL PWN THE EARTH.

Today, I got dumplings from Pel'meni. On the way to work, the sauce stuff spilled on my mitten, my coat, and my pants leg. Luckily, I had other pants in my backpack so that I would arrive at work not!crusted in snow. Getting the stains out will have to wait at least until tomorrow or Friday, though, which might mean that they never come out? That's unfortunate.

Today, I discovered I've been doing alternate-side street parking all wrong. Luckily, this means that I don't have to move my car tonight.

THE END.
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I feel like I shouldn't write without recapping the last day or two here....I don't even know what to write about the party yesterday, though. It was awesome. I have awesome friends, and a lot of them were here, gathered in the same place, and it was so good to see them all. This short paragraph doesn't do it justice, but I think we're all aware of how much I suck at explaining how much people mean to me, and can only explain emotion when it's related to books, movies, TV shows, anime, what have you (Speaking of which, the death in episode 16 of Heroes? OMG!).

Today was kind of like summer. I sat around all day and worked on my paper, but I also watched the first disc of the new Jane Eyre, started to try and catch up on Heroes (there's going to be a panel on it at WisCon, and I want to go, but don't want to be spoiled!), started a new book, and cooked food tonight for my lunch tomorrow. I talked with Kristen about WisCon excitement, and we determined that OMF, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN WILL BE THERE! Holy crap! I am so freaking excited for WisCon. And summer! And everything!

I'm glad I have WisCon to keep my excited during the transition, at least. Paul is already gone, and Chad is working on moving out; Steph and Gordon have left, and now I'll be working 8-5 five days a week (I still haven't quite worked out what's going on on Mondays and Fridays in terms of specific hours).

So, my final paper is finally handed and in and I feel like I should run around the house squealing, but instead I'm going to sleep so I can wake up and work from 8:00 'til 5:00. BUT, during my lunch break I am totally going to the library, and afterward, Antoine and I are totally hanging out and catching up on the anime series Lovely Complex.

LIFE IS GOOD.
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Holy crap am I glad that I turned in my 19th Century Scandinavian Lit final. It made the last day and a half thoroughly wretched. The end is in sight! Now, all that's left is my sci-fi paper! My sci-fi paper which is on feminism! I can do that! I can do that and enjoy it! Mostly.

When will it be handed in? That's a good question! The original due date was this Friday the 18th, but my professor said we can hand it in up until Tuesday, the 22nd.
I'll haul ass tomorrow and see what happens. Really, though, I won't have much time to work on it between Friday and Tuesday anyway, although cool people like Gretchen and Kristen will be able to edit it for me!

And what now? What now?

Tomorrow through May 28th is so packed with plans that I can scarcely believe it. And even then, I'll be here during the week and then probably go to visit my family the first weekend in June.

IT'S A FULL LIFE and now I must sleep so that I can be conscious while it happens!
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Thanks to Ryan, Chad, and Kristen for reading my Anne Frank paper for me! And to Gretchen and Kristen: Possibly I'll be emailing you guys my feminist sci-fi paper on Thursday or something? Life is kind of omgwtf right now.

I've been awake for a long time now, so I think I should follow boyfriend Antoine's advice and go to sleep soon. Antoine is such a good boyfriend! Or, at least, he is very understanding of finals time and my whiny-ness. Although, I whine a lot outside of finals too, so I guess that he has practice. Poor Antoine. Let us pity him for all that he puts up with.

My Shakespeare final was this morning at 7:45am, so I have now reached the point at which I am finished with more classes than I am not (3:2). And I'll be done with another one tomorrow night whether I'm ready or not: my 19th Century Scandinavian Writers final is due tomorrow at midnight. Sooooo I should hurry up and write so that I can wake up and write all morning before work.

During finals week, you get linkspam. It's just the way it is.

Speaking of work! Wisconsin Eye, Wisconsin's own version of C-SPAN is premiering this week. Watch your state senators at work! More importantly, watch me in the background! The Senate is in session tomorrow, so I think I might end up being recorded at some point. I usually sit between the Majority and Minority Leaders when we're all in the chambers, so I'll probably get on. In typical OMG LOOK AT ME!!!11eleventy fashion, I'm sure I'll give you all a link and tell you at which place you should drag your mouse to. For now, you can watch today's Joint Finance Committee session.

The Grey's Anatomy spin-off is apparently a go. I haven't had time to catch up for the last couple weeks, so I have yet to see what counted as Addison's "pilot," episode, but if they made her into some doll falling into men's arms and lost without a sexual partner instead of the strong, independent woman she is on Grey's, so help me God.....

Ann Althouse, UW Law professor and writer of the only political blog I regularly read, has made a post about the new Sundance theater that has recently opened up in Madison. I found the Zen garden to be the most hilarious.

Tanja has a 3-page comic on how not to be an ass when someone tells you that they are in an open relationship.

Neil Gaiman posts pictures from Alan Moore's wedding in his blog. OMG HIS BOWLER HAT IS SO BADASS!

Lastly....you didn't think I wouldn't make at least some comment about this, did you? Jerry Falwell is dead. Supposedly, it's bad to speak ill of the dead. So, I won't. Instead, here is my tribute to Jerry Falwell and his politics, in his own words:
"AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."
"It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening."
"Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them."
"If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being."
"The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country."
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I think I wrote an entire blog post last night, but I'm too lazy to go and edit it.

Today sucked. Tomorrow, for sure, the Shakespeare exam will pass - one way or another. I hope that it isn't so damn hot that I sweat at 10pm at night, just sitting on my bed doing nothing, feeling air from the outside getting blown in through the fan.

I hope that I can write the two useless papers that I have left to write. Or at least, work on them a lot.

I hope I can not get bad news tomorrow about why I suck at life again.

Gee, I'm cynical tonight. I've been browsing through old diary entries before falling asleep at night, and it's not a good idea.

Finals kill me. I don't know why.
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Bah. Two of my professors have pushed due dates back, and while I hadn't wanted to take advantage of that, I'm going to end up doing it anyway. Ugghhh, I just want this crap to all be done.


Every semester during finals week, all I can think about is why I am so excited for school to be over with. So, I will write these things down so that I will not think about them so much.

* I am excited for my birthday (the 19th!) the day after my last final. Not only will I get presents (Mom mentioned possibly getting me an iPod, holy crap!!), but I will also be 21. I can go to bars! I can go to bars with Antoine and his friends (all of whom are 24+, I think)! I can go to bars with my friends! I could go and sit in a bar! I'm not huge on the party scene, but for some reason, I like sitting at bars. It probably stems from me spending 15 summers going Up North with my parents, aunt, and uncle and reading at the bar while they gossiped.

* I will work more! I am such a geek, but I love my job. Also, the state senators are getting deeper into the budget, which means that they fight more. Which is more badass. I have a mental list of which senators are badass and which are not.

* I will (hopefully!) be doing an internship with a badass book publishing company in town. I have an interview tomorrow afternoon!

* OMG, MAY 24ISH-27 IS WISCON! Gretchen and Kristen are going! And so are cool people whose LiveJournals I read!

* I can plow through at least some of the stack of books I have by Kelly Link and Laurie J. Marks, both of whom are the guests of honor at WisCon.

* I WILL HAVE TIME TO READ MANGA.

* I will have a clean room. All the time.

* I will have time to learn how to cook new things.

* I will have time catch up on the new anime series I want to continue: Romeo x Juliet, Lovely Complex, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet, Darker than Black, and Seirei no Moribito. (WTF, I used to hate watching series as they came out)

* I will have time to watch other anime! For no reason!

* I can listen to music again. I'm not good at writing papers while listening to music.

* I can write things on the Internet that will be very long, like: Who my heroes are and why, How Shakeseare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is present in Final Fantasy IX, What DID happen at the Wisconsin Book Festival last OCTOBER (I know; I suck) and why was it so awesome?!, and what were my classes like this past semester?

* I will have time to walk around campus and the Capitol, taking pictures of things so that I can show the world why I love it here.

* I will have the campus libraries TO MYSELF, *CACKLE* I am going to check out so many books. I will also pillage the Madison public library's manga section.

* I can finally read the Senate Page handbook and see if there really are Secret Things about my job that I don't know yet.

* I can sell/put up on BookMooch all the books from this semester that I don't want to keep....AND HAVE MORE SPACE ON MY BOOKSHELVES.

* I'll have time to buy another booksehlf(ves).



BONUS SECTION: A Conversation with my sister which took place this evening:
"Hey. Are you upset that Mom isn't coming down for your birthday party and Chad's graduation party?"
"No."
"Kevin thought you were. Are you sure?"
"Yeah. I just thought it was weird that she thought it would be awkward that she would be there because I'm turning 21....I'm not going to get wasted - Chad's parents and other adults will be there too."
"Ohhhhhhh. Right. So did you say that Antoine's parents are coming to visit that weekend, too?"
"Yeah."
"Because he's graduating?"
"Yeah."
"ARE YOU UPSET MOM ISN'T COMING BECAUSE YOU WANT HER AND DAD TO MEET HIS PARENTS BECAUSE YOU'RE ENGAGED TO ANTOINE?!"
".......No."
"Oh. Well, all right then."


Current Music: The fan, which only brings in cool air at night. Luckily, I'm gone all day!
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I would write a lot right now, because I am full of many emotions, but I am simply too exhausted. I look forward very much to getting home and curling up with some good books. Jenny has taken refuge in my house, and will return home with me tomorrow, so I won't have to talk to myself to stay awake during the 2.5 hour drive.

My American Lit final was today, and I felt okay about it. Unfortunately, I got my paper back immediately afterward, and hadn't done as well as I would have liked. Also, a torrential downpour began as soon as I walked outside. Still, though, I somehow returned the stack of libraries books I had accumulated, went to the post office to have my mail forwarded to me, purchased some manga (either with free money from Borders/gift cards, or for really cheap at Half-Price Books!), had dinner with Antoine, picked up Jenny, went to Borders again, and packed most of my stuff up while also spending time with Antoine. I don't know how I managed to be so productive in spite of my lethargy, but somehow it worked.

Anyway, I should sleep now so that I can be conscious tomorrow morning. I don't know how it got to be so late already, ;_;
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Harry Potter and the Blog Posts I Dream About
OMF, the title of the 7th (and final) Harry Potter book has been released on JKRowling.com!! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows MMMMM, Gordric's Hollow, perhaps?! (Antoine informed me that the title is spelt 'Hallows,' expressly killing my theory. ;_;) Have there been any other hollows mentioned in the books thus far? I don't think so, and as I remember, that's where Harry was headed at the end of the last book. I STILL have that Harry Potter post that I started last time I reread the last 3 books....I can't even remember when it was. Because I caught lots of things! A couple of days ago, I gathered all of the posts that I've started and need to complete: the Harry Potter one, the Wisconsin Book Festival, one on how awesome the anime Rose of Versailles is (I've just finished episode 22 out of 40), and a page detailing my heroes. Just for fun. Oh, Winter Break, why are you not here yet?!

WOE
Chad and Louise have already left the house. Paul leaves tomorrow. I'll leave some time Saturday morning. That way I'll have time to like, clean, pack, and spend some time with Antoine on Friday. I won't be able to see him for a while, :( He's going to Florida to visit family, and then home to Michigan. I think that by the time he gets back here to Madison, I'll almost come back (I'll be here probably one week-ish before classes start up again on the 22nd?).

Actually, finals haven't been TOO terrible yet....Yesterday really sucked because I was typing my Elections & Voting Behavior take-home final all day long until 5:00. But, aside from Monday when I had 2 finals on the same day, everything has been rather spaced out this semester and I've had time to really take a break and de-stress after each "Hell Day." Now, I only have my American Lit final left, and....if I can ever bring myself to study today....I think it'll go just fine. Today, I will actually shower before 4:00 pm! This is a miracle, considering my schedule of the last two days. The days themselves are crawling by impossibly slowly. I haven't been on campus since Monday, as I've had no reason to be, and yeah. I just keep checking the computer, asking myself things like, "Is it really Wednesday? It didn't suddenly become Thursday without anyone telling me?"

It's Almost Christmas! And Christmas Break! And yay!
It's finally time that I can allow myself to think about what I'd like to do over Winter Break, aside from working at ShopKo ( :/ ) and seeing my friends ( :D ). Life-related things, such as "get a hair-cut" and "find out whether or not you got the internship you applied for, and if not, somehow find something to DO next semester!" are on my list.

But what of leisure?! Maybe I'll just bring back Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords for my laptop, and finally finish it. Wow, I played that during the second half of the summer and now I can scarcely remember it. I think I was just about to hit the "OMF Climax, Everything You Thought Was Real Was Actually a Lie!" part of the game. Oh, video games!

As for movies and TV series....my Netflix subscription should keep me satisfied....along with the piles of CDs full of anime that I've downloaded but haven't had time to watch yet. At the top of my queue are some Miyazaki movies, the Utena movie, the first season of Buffy, the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender (I want to see if it lives up to its hype....and if nothing else, my nephew will be very pleased), and lots of anime series like Gankutsuou, Princess Tutu, and Full Metal Panic! Actually, there's no way in hell I'll watch all of those over break; the mail doesn't move that fast! Heeheehee.

I definitely want to bring home my Cowboy Bebop DVDs and watch all of the episodes I haven't seen yet. I OWN this series and still haven't finished it! There is no excuse! I think that I just love it so much that I don't want it to end.....
Also, I think I might bring back the VHS fansub tapes I have of the first season of Sailor Moon, courtesy of Creighton and Carolyn. *cackles*
I fully intend to burn through as much media as possible, and keep a list of my conquests, similar to Spring Break 2006. Just think, Blog Readers! If that is what I can accomplish in just one week, then imagine the possibilities for December 22 - January 21! Reheheheheheheeeeee!

Lastly....I wasn't going to do this, but my result was so accurate that I couldn't resist.
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Honourable Lady Jacqueline the Reticent of Withering Glance
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title


And now, I will actually be productive! I will shower! I will make and eat lunch! And then I will STUDY American Literature for a long time because I like it and I want to do well! And THEN I will meet Steph and be awesome on campus with an exchange of Christmas presents and glee. That rapist bastard was caught a few days ago, so I feel safer. But I think the pepper spray will remain in my coat pocket, ;)

;_;

Dec. 20th, 2006 02:09 am
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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO BE PRODUCTIVE? Do I have a take-home final due tomorrow at 5:00 that I can't bring myself to work on let alone start ? Maybe. I know, I'm so bad. ;_;

What happened the last few nights? On Friday night we watched "Leon the Professional" and it was good. Saturday night, Antoine and I watched some Revolutionary Girl Utena. Sunday, I spent all day on campus. Monday I had two finals and in the evening we all went and got gelato and it was delicious! And then I died at Antoine's place. And then I spent all of today being unable to work on my final at all. Sunday and Monday really burnt me out. My goal after this post is done is to get 1/3 of this final done, and then I'll do the rest tomorrow.

And the rest of this post was written....Monday, I think. I can't remember any more.

Every time I use a computer that is not my own laptop, I realize that the image resolution on my laptop sucks. :(

Speaking of using computers that aren't my own....I spent Sunday on campus from about 1:00 until 10:00. I had a meeting at 2, and mass at 9, but other than that, I was in Memorial Library. All day. I guess I hadn't been too stressed out about things because living in a house has made finals seem less imminent or something....but being in the Library was ridiculous. First of all, it (actually, they - our campus has many libraries) is suddenly infested with people who are unaware of proper library etiquette. No, you cannot play music on your laptop in the middle of a row of silent studiers! No, you cannot have 10-minute loud-whisper conversations every hour, on the hour. No, you do not make exclamations such as, "Holy shit!" or "Dude!" when you realize how much studying you have to do, or when you finally solve a problem you've been working on for 3 hours. Nobody cares. And everybody wants you to die.

There is a sense of solidarity among us, though. By this, I refer to the graffiti often left on the walls next to, and inside of, study cubicles, or cages (OMG my friend Jack told me that a man was murdered in one of the cages in Memorial Library back when they used to keep axes around....I COULD BE STUDYING WHERE A MAN DIED FROM AN AX WOUND.). People write things like, "I want your mom." Someone will reply, "I already did yours." Sometimes, people liken our shared experience to prison. They will write their initials and the year. "BG, 2001." "MF, 2006 4 YEARS, AND I'M FINALLY FREE!" I guess they want people to remember that others have gone before them. Or maybe just that others are free, while the rest of us are still here, suffering. My favorite is when people taint the meanings of advisory signs. "Ho Guard your valuables." I won't provide any more examples because, 9.9 times out of 10, these messages take on a sudden perverse meaning. Oh, college.

Yesterday morning at 7:45 am, I took my Shakespeare final. It was an ungodly hour, true, but I was so tired that I wasn't nervous at all. That was pretty neat. After I had left the building in which I had the final, and was heading toward College Library, I was struck that something felt very, very wrong. I considered, thoughtfully, and then realized that I had just enjoyed taking a 2-hour Shakespeare final. That's right! I liked it! So hopefully, if nothing else, I will never doubt my decision to be an English major, :)
The Weather & Climate final? ....Not so much.

:/

Dec. 18th, 2006 12:19 am
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I had like, 8 posts that I was ready to write, but right now I'm so tired, stressed out, and upset that I can't even write them.

I feel horrible about tomorrow's finals, despite looking at stuff for like, 7 hours today.

An online romance quiz thingy classifies me as "The Sonnet," which means something like I'm "romantic, hopeful, and composed." What the hell.

I'll be so glad when tomorrow's 2 finals are done, but I really wish that I could feel optimistic about them. I feel especially bad about Shakespeare, because I learned so much in that class. Oh, well. It's only school and if nothing else, I'll feel better after they're over with.

Precipice

Dec. 15th, 2006 03:55 pm
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My mind is all over the place, and it is clear to me that I'm not going to get any work done for at least the next 20 minutes anyway, so....I will blog.

Last night, Antoine and I had dinner at Noodles, which was nice. After that, the hour-long Christmas special of The Office was on TV (it was so good!). Unfortunately, after I came upstairs to my room for the rest of the night, my stomach made me feel like crap all night long. I even tried to stop working on studying and instead read books, but it didn't matter. When I woke up this morning, it was still kind of there. :/ I hope it isn't stress, because then I'll have to deal with it for a few days.

So, I sort of felt like I had a handle on my finals, but then our Shakespeare professor announced that the big essay (not the IDs, thank God) on our final will be cumulative. He mentioned this for the first time today, our last day of class. And the final is at 7:45 am Monday. :( I'm hoping that I will have a very productive Saturday and Sunday, because in addition to the Shakespeare final being Monday, Weather & Climate is, too!
Hopefully, though, after that things will be better. My Elections & Voting Behavior final is due Wednesday, but it's a take-home final, which I'm better at. I'm kind of upset with that class, because I only know what 25% of my grade is right now! Not knowing how well I'm doing is pretty upsetting for me. My American Lit final is my last final, which will be Friday the 22nd, but I know what's going to be on that one, so I'm not too concerned.

Normally I would be planning on spending a lot of evenings at Memorial Library studying, but I don't think that will be the case this semester, due to the sexual assaults taking place on campus. I may spend mornings/afternoons there, but not nights. I intend to spend a lot of time at Borders, :) I have a Weather & Climate review session tonight from 6-8pm on campus, and I'm making Chad come and get me in my car.

Anyway. Finals Fear is kicking in, so maybe I can actually get some things done before I have to leave for my review session!

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