Senior Seminar Strikes Again!

Yesterday (well, actually two days ago, since it’s now past midnight), my senior seminar went on a field trip. I miss field trips. They were always so awesome in high school. Why can’t we have more of them?

Anyway, my class went on a field trip to a rival university. Apparently, they don’t know that we’re rivals. Which is good, cause no one attacked us while we were there. But we went to look at their manuscripts and rare books. They have an amazing rare books room. We were told a lot of the history of making these types of books, and shown a bunch of them. They were amazing. These books were so old! One of the books was a volume of Dante. Only two copies exist in the whole world. And we got to hold it. And turn the pages. HOW COOL IS THAT? Some of the books were bound in wood, others in leather, some in vellum (animal skin, and kinda sticky feeling). Some books were in Latin, some in Greek, and one was in English. They were all ancient, and smelled wonderful. I love that old book smell!!

After we saw the books, we wandered through the philosophy department building. They had some plaster casts of frieze reliefs that were hanging up on the wall, and we looked at them for a bit while our professor talked to us about them. I zoned out. I was very tired.

Then we started heading out. But as we were walking down this one hallway, our professor stopped us and went into some door and down the stairs. Everyone just stood awkwardly in the hallway for a minute. Then I realized that it was the Dendrochronology lab. And I was like, dendrochronology? That’s trees!! So I went in. Sure enough, dendrochronology is the study of tree rings. You can date a piece of wood to the very year in which it was cut down by measuring and counting its growth rings. Outside the lab they had a few samples hung up. One was a redwood, which was about 3000 years old. It started growing in 1015 BC (or BCE, if you prefer). All along the wood were pins noting important events, like the building of the Parthenon and the eruption of Vesuvius. It was so cool.

Our professor brought us down into the lab and the old director (actually retired, but still works there) showed us around quickly. And by quickly I mean that our professor cut him off after about five minutes. But I thought it was amazing. Apparently I was the only one. Everyone else was tired and hungry and couldn’t wait to leave.

We had dinner at a deli that had authentic Greek food, and then drove back home. I was riding shotgun, so I got to chat with my professor the whole way. Everyone was kinda shocked that I would be willing to do so, but I actually enjoy chatting with my professors.

In a way, I was really upset about the field trip. We were gone for eight hours, on a Friday, meaning I could get literally no work done. I also had a friend from out of town, who graduated last year, who was staying with me, so I ended up doing no work today, either, which is rather upsetting, because I have a lot of work to do. On the other hand, I really rather enjoyed the trip. I could have done without the wandering through the academic building, but the manuscripts were awesome, and I absolutely LOVED the dendrochronology lab. (That is really annoying to keep spelling out)

It’s sad to realize that most of the people in my class hate the seminar. True, most of the classes are boring as hell. But this field trip was really fun, but most people couldn’t care less about it. I mean, how could you not enjoy looking at a dendrochronology lab? It’s so cool!! How many people have ever even heard of dendrochronology, let alone heard from one of the experts about it? I think it’s awesome. But on the other hand, I guess I can understand why some people might not. As one girl in my class said, “Why would you ever want to stare at a tree and count rings all day?”

Well, I certainly wouldn’t mind trying for a bit. It would be a change from my daily translations. Which I should be getting back to …

*sigh. Back to work!

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Published in: on October 24, 2010 at 12:21 am  Comments (1)  
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Carefully planned TV time…

Myriad and I have been watching a lot of TV and movies lately. We have a few TV shows on DVD, and I have almost a hundred movies here (that is no exaggeration), and we have Netflix. So we try to watch something pretty often. And our movie choices usually revolve around one thing:

Sexy, sexy men.

Take, for example, Primeval. It’s a BBC show, with disappointingly short seasons … but just filled with sexiness. Just look at this sexy beast.

and the guy's not bad, either...

Oh, Andrew Lee Potts.

Our upstairs neighbors are very loud, and they’ll run around or jump or play rugby or something up there, and we’ve started calling them dinosaurs. We keep telling ourselves that it’s ok, because any minute now Andrew Lee Potts will be showing up.

You know there is something very strange when you’re not lusting after the designated sexy eye candy in the show, and instead you’re in love with the geek.

Because trust me, there is certainly sexy eye candy in this show.

Pure Sexy

Pure Sexy, aka Stephen Hart

Pure Sexy, as we like to call him, is … well … sexy. And his job seems to consist of running around in a tight t-shirt with a very large gun.

It's super effective!

Pure Sexy chooses harpoon!

  We are okay with this. We also like to watch Stargate Atlantis.

John Sheppard (Joe Flannigan)

And of course, we couldn’t forget Castle…

He really is ruggedly handsome

Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle

And when we watch movies, we like to watch chick flicks … like the Jane Austin Book Club. Which had a super cute guy in it.

And I just finished watching Princess Diaries 2, which isn’t a very good movie, but hey, it’s got Chris Pine in it.

He’s also one of my favorite parts of the new Star Trek movie. Love those eyes.

And just yesterday we ended up watching a million (possibly exaggerated) YouTube videos, which degenerated into funny clips of Doctor Who. And John Barrowman. Who is very attractive. (and gay, but hey, I can still look at him)

I personally loved him in Producers when he was blond (he was the lead tenor), but Myriad disagrees with me. CRAZY.

Anyway, so that is the hot man recap of the past weekend. Well, Castle is on Mondays, but the rest was over the weekend. Which really makes it seem like we have no life …. which might be true … If it makes things worse, I also saw RED and Despicable Me, which were both awesome. And RED did have Karl Urban in it ….

Aaaaaaaaand I think I’m done!

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm  Comments (2)  

FISHY FISHY FISHY

So a couple of weeks ago, my sister sent me an email, saying that she had gotten me something. She asked me whether I wanted it for Christmas or randomness, and I obviously said randomness because I wanted my present NOW!! 🙂 But when I tried to give her my address, she said that she’d probably just wait and give it to me next time she saw it. Which is … Christmas.

So thankfully, about a week later, I got a call from her saying that she wanted my address so that she could mail it to me. Yay!! I waited all week, but hadn’t gotten it yet, and was really upset that today was a holiday, because I figured that it probably came on Saturday, when I didn’t check my mailbox, and I wouldn’t be able to get it until tomorrow.  So I was nicely surprised when I walked past the mailroom today and saw that it was actually open! I checked my box, and sure enough I had a package slip, so I picked up this cute little silver box and went to where Myriad was working to open it.

(I’m not at home, so I don’t have a camera, but I will post photos ASAP)

When I first opened the box, all I saw was orange and stripes, and I kinda thought it was a bee, but when I pulled it out of the box, I realized that it was a FISH!! He’s a webkins, and sooo cute!!

(picture forthcoming)

And he’s smiling!!!

Anyway, I then spent the next half an hour sitting with the fish on my shoulder, grinning like a maniac, and saying all sorts of intelligent things like “I have a fish” to which Myriad would calmy and sanely reply “yes, yes you do.”

When we went to get food, the fish came too, and I kinda walked around petting him for a bit. He’s got beanies in his belly, but stuffing in his back, so I was kinda squishing him when I found this out and Myriad just gave me a look as though she was contemplating buying me a new brain off ebay or something. Then the fish sat in the hood of her sweater for a while. He seemed to be quite enjoying himself.

So thank you, Dea, I like my fishy!!!!

Teehee! His smile is lopsided!!!

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm  Comments (2)  

Vacation!

It’s fall break right now, which means that we don’t have class on Monday or Tuesday. (Not for Columbus Day, I’m sure, as our school loves to make us go to class on national holidays) But every time we have a break, I always tell myself that I’ll get all my work done early, maybe even get ahead in some of my classes!  Does that happen? Of course not.

Since I got out of class on Friday, I have read one book, one story, and hundreds of pages of a webcomic (literally 4 years of it so far), and watched four episodes of Firefly, three episodes of Primeval, and two movies. And I took a nap yesterday. So far today, I have … gotten up. I just got dressed, and it’s 12:25. I am being very productive.

So what do I have to do? Well, I have a lot of readings for my seminar that I need to do, even though I don’t have that class this coming week. I have to get through 8 sections of Greek, and four sections of Latin. The Latin I’m eventually going to have to present to the class, so I need to do well on it. And I have a lot of work for a professor that I need to do. Oh, and then there’s the fact that I’m taking the GRE on Friday and should maybe think about studying for it …

I would love to be able to get ahead of all of my homework, and just keep up with it so that I stay ahead of the class, so that I can do basically nothing in November. I have every intention of trying Nanowrimo again this year, and I will need all the time I can get.

Last November, I wrote a Barbara Cartland novel. For those of you who don’t know who Barbara Cartland is … she wrote hundreds (like over 600) romance novels, that were all the same. Like, literally. The guy was a Duke/Earl/Marquis/Lord who was tall and strong and handsome and usually arrogant, and the girl was usually poor and blond and blue eyed with a heart shaped face, and she always managed to get into some sort of dire straits, and the Duke/Earl/Marquis/Lord helped her out, they fell in love and got married. The end. And unlike most romance novels today, there were no steamy sex scenes. The most they did was kiss, and if they did have sex, they were already married, and Barbara never actually wrote it out in the book. World’s most innocent romance novels ever.

They’re awful. And I love them.

So last year I wrote my own version, and made it sound as though Barbara herself had written it, if I do say so myself. I was quite proud of it, and I hit 50K words in Novemeber. Yay!

This year, however, I’m writing the story of Persephone and Hades as a romance novel, and I think it will take a lot longer to write than my little Barbara novel did. So I’d like to get ahead of my work before November, so that I have as much time as possible to write my novel, but I know it’s not going to work, and I’m going to spend all my time trying to work on it and ignoring my homework, or I’ll actually do my homework and never finish the novel. (Plan A sounds like more fun)

In any case, November will be a busy month. Until then, I’ve still got about 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis and one and a half seasons of Primeval to watch before class on Wednesday. I am optimistic about this.

Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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Next myth?

For my senior seminar, since we finished with the section about coins, we are now learning about Philology. So yesterday in class, we spent two and a half hours learning about the alphabet. And we all almost died.

To be fair, it wasn’t just the alphabet. We learned about how the Greek language has evolved and changed throughout history, and we learned how you can use spelling mistakes in manuscripts to learn about the ancient way of pronouncing the words. For example, is a word is spelled with an “ei”, but is often writted just with an “i”, then you know that “ei” and “i” must sound alike.

Which, in theory, is an interesting topic to learn about. But not for two and a half hours when everyone is falling asleep already, and most people in the class don’t know any Greek at all (sadly, I am not one of them).

The project for this section, is to take a poem, in Greek or Latin (mine should be Greek because I know it) and write out a translation and a commentary about it. But we get to pick any poem that we want! That’s kinda exciting, and extremely daunting. There are so many poems to choose from! How do I pick which one?

So I decided that since I like mythology and don’t really know enough of it, I would pick a particular myth, look it up to find a poem that talks about that myth, and then work on that poem. That way, I would be learning the mythology better, and I would hopefully have an interesting poem to write my commentary on.

Now which myth do I chose? I kinda want to pick one that I have vaguely heard of but really know nothing about. Unfortunately, that is a lot of myths. Since I’m going to be likely posting the results of my research on this blog, I’ve decided that if anyone wants to learn about a myth, let me know in the comments, and I can look into it! This goes for in general, as well, because I would like to put more mythology in here.

So let me know if there are any myths that you would be interested in learning about!

Published in: on October 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm  Comments (3)  

Dinnertime!

A few times a week, my roommate and I make dinner together. We have a very limited menu: breaded chicken, BBQ chicken, and chicken with some kind of seasoning on it, either Montreal Chicken seasoning or Bearmans Tummy Rub. To go with our chicken, we usually have some kind of starch (rice, pasta side, or stuffing) and a veggie (usually the frozen kind that we can stick in the microwave).

Today was tummy rub chicken and a sweet potato, which took forever to cook and didn’t come out so great. Still better than the squash we tried last week.

Anyway, every time we eat dinner, we joke about how much we eat. Basically, Myriad eats 3/4 of a meal, and I eat 2. Or 3. In less time than it takes her to finish her 3/4. It was exceptionally clear the other day when Myriad wasn’t feeling well, and she ate even less than she normally does. So she had about 1/4 of a dinner, and I ate 2 full plates in the same amount of time, and then went back later for more rice.

So today we were in the grocery store, and Myriad and I both bought some apples. I think it pretty much sums up our respective diets.

It's Billy Fucillo huge!

My apple is the one on the right. It looked even bigger when it had been cut open:

The apple was delicious!! Surprisingly enough. It was some kind of hybrid, Crispburn or something like that. And apparently the crazy mutation made it amazingly tasty. Much better than any of Myriad’s itty bitty apples.

Published in: on October 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm  Comments (3)  

Thanks, Professor …

I met with one of my professors today, and he did the unthinkable: he asked me about grad school. Noooooo! He said that he assumed I wasn’t planning on going, because it is getting late, and since I hadn’t mentioned anything about it yet (at least, not since this summer when I talked to him about it) he just assumed I wasn’t applying this year.

So then we had that discussion. Should I go to grad school, or should I take a year off? And his advice, which naturally makes perfect sense and I knew that but was just not thinking about it, was that if I don’t absolutely want to go to grad school, then I shouldn’t go to grad school. At least, not yet. After all, the decision needs to be mine.

Soo … maybe I need to take a year off. Just to figure out what I want to do. Because at the moment, I am really confused.

Do I want to go to grad school? Maybe, maybe not. I feel like I have to. Not because I am worried about letting other people down, but because I can’t think of anything that I can do with a BA in the Classics. I could teach Latin in a private school. But I do not want to teach anything. I hate teaching, hate giving presentations, really should try my best to avoid academia with every fiber of my being. Therefore, I will not teach Latin.

Beyond that, I can’t think of anything that the BA in Classics makes me more qualified for. So if for that reason alone, I feel that I need to go back to grad school, just to find something that can actually help me get a job.

So I’ve decided to go. But what do I go for? I am really interested in archaeology, and would like to actually go into archaeology, but that would require majoring in anthropology, which I have never taken. What if I hate it? What then?

I also think I would like to major in Museum studies, so that I could work in a museum. I think I would do well in that field. But then I really wouldn’t be able to focus on the archaeology. And learning the Maya glyphs, which I really want to do.

I think it might be better for me to take a year off before grad school, just to settle down and figure out what it is I really want to do. But then what would I do during that year? Get a job, obviously. But a job doing what? Where would I go?

I think it would be better to just plow on into grad school so that I don’t have to go looking for a job. And then, when I finally do need to join the job search, I would be even more qualified, in whatever field I decide to go in.

The problem is really that I need to figure out NOW. I need to start working on my applications, figuring out which schools I want to go to … and I can’t do that if I don’t even know what program I want to go in, or if I want to go into a program at all.

Sigh. Someday I will figure out what I want to do with my life. Hopefully that someday will be soon.

Published in: on October 1, 2010 at 12:14 am  Comments (3)