There is no conceivable way to recap since my last entry. I should blog more, but other things take priority. I can only spend so much time in front of my computer.
Overall, Thanksgiving break was okay. It was weird being at home. I’ve gotten used to being around my peers all the time. Just Monday, Jenny, Hana, Becca, Sara, and I had a random conversation in the hallway. I always wondered how those got started. Now I know. It just kind of happens.
Registration sucked. BEGIN RANT> I thought I was confused, but when I went to see my Letters and Sciences advisor last Tuesday, she laid it all out really simply. So, I headed home and got ready to register (online) the next morning. By getting ready, I mean second-guessing myself, being confused, and wearing out Venus, the virtual schedule planner. I was so frazzled, I barely got to register on time. And I forgot to add one class, so by the time I got to it, it had filled up. That means I’m currently on two waitlists. I need my honors seminar, but I’m fifth out of six on that waitlist. The other class is an English class to help me get to my degree faster, whether I choose elementary or secondary education. I’m second of five on that one, so I’m way more likely to actually get in, but it’s still up in the air. Then, all the classes I want equal 17 credits. The max is 16 until the first day of classes. If I get off both waitlists before the first day of classes (unlikely, but possible), the latter will bounce. You need permission to register for 17+ credits before classes start, which I could get if I wanted, since the last credit is my required HH seminar. If I get off one waitlist before classes start, I’ll have to wait until classes start to get the second. And if I don’t get off either waitlist, I only have 11 credits, which means I’m not full-time, which will probably affect my charges for next semester. END RANT>
Later on Wednesday, I took my last math exam. Yay for easy probability — I totally aced it. Regressing in math levels was not as terrible as it seemed at first. I also learned the ASL signs for Hanukkah and Christmas. I taught them to Annie in the bathroom last night. The Hannukkah sign is so cute: four fingers on each hand, like a menorah. The Christmas sign is just “tree” with a C handshape. Boring.
I watched Pirates of the Caribbean in Age and Dan’s room on Thursday night. (That’s Adrienne and Danielle, not “Asian Dan”, like it sounds when you say it.) Great fun. A friend of a friend of theirs showed up; he was introduced at “Big Asian Rob.” Dori, who was sitting next to me, said, “Hi, Big Asian Rob. I’m Small Jewish Dori.” Then, he asked who the rest of us were. I was sitting next to Dori; I just said, “Lindsay.” And Dori goes, “No, you have to say ‘Medium Black Lindsay’.” I cracked up. Which reminds me: If you check my AIM profile every now and then, I change the “crazy quote of the moment.” People say the craziest things here. A sample:
- “They’re two feuding drag families.” — Sara, my across-the-hall neighbor
- “It’s like a cherry-flavored ear infection.” — Andy, on his Diner milkshake
- “Remind me never to get arrested in Russia, the prisons there are rampant with tuberculosis microbes.” — the lovely Rajni
- “Love is forever, but beach nourishment is not.” — my crazy geography professor
… I started writing this entry Monday evening, so I’m trying to remember what I meant to say and still say what I want to add from the rest of the week. Bear with me.
I did another psychology experiment last Friday, brining my grand total to three. I’m going to see if I can still volunteer next semester, even though I won’t get extra credit. They take about a half-hour each, and I like contributing to science without, like, donating my corpse. Greg and I went to see Shaun of the Dead at the Hoff. They canceled Garden State (because they “couldn’t” show it… hmm…), and he kind of had to talk his way in. Turns out you need UMD ID to get into the free movies. Jenny and I didn’t have to show ID for Kinsey, so I’m not sure what that was about. It was such a fun movie. Like the tag line said, “A romantic comedy. With zombies.” Seriously, if the living dead hadn’t been wandering around England, it would have been a regular old movie, but the “zed-words” wandering around made it worth the watch.
On Saturday, I did a training session for C-SAVE. If any of you read Rajni’s journal, it’s the same thing she’s doing. For those that don’t, I’ll be supervising standardized test administration for third-graders. C-SAVE is doing a study within the normal testing to see if giving children word-picture lists or counters will help them show what they really know. You could say they’re making the test easier, but that’s debatable. I’m doing it for the money. I was hoping to get 2-3 days, but I only got one. It’s during finals week (next week!), so I suppose that’s a good thing, though.
I did homework on Sunday. This whole week has been mostly homework. I finished my psychology paper at about 9:00 last night, but only because I started on Monday instead of yesterday. It’s such a fascinating subject. I’ll write more about it sometime. I aced the math test I took last week. We’ve been reviewing all week, so I think I’ll be fine for the final. At least I will if psychology doesn’t kill me — that final’s at 8 a.m.! On Monday morning! My other final is on Friday (also at 8!), and the take-home final for my Honors seminar is due Friday at noon. We met in my Honors seminar for the last time today. It was great; Dean (the teacher/professor) read us one of his stories. And he got us Papa John’s.
That’s really all I have to say. I have a massive geography quiz tomorrow and a practice math final exam. I may do movie night tonight. I’ve supplied the movies a few times. I don’t mind at all; I like watching with other people a lot more than I do watching alone. Since I’m home early, I should study.
Random fact: I found this incredible grammar site last night (where’d I put my Nerd Club card…?) and discovered that there are, in fact, Multiplication Rock cartoons for eleven and twelve, and a Grammar Rock for prepositions! I’m so excited, but now I want to see them. Too bad I can’t afford anything right now. Presents for my family, my mom’s birthday, my roommate, and Greg are stretching my finances right now.
New pattern for my layout. Felt like I needed a change. I will close this by saying that winter sucks because of cold, rain, and dry skin.