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So, I only have a week left of school, then finals week and then graduation is the 19th. I went to pick up tickets for the grad ceremony today. It's so close. This is so weird. Can't I just stay in school forever? I don't want to go into the real world. I just want to stay here with my friends, but I can't.

However, all of us might be going to the beach over the summer, which will be a blast beyond words.

Anyhow, tonight was inductions for history club. Had to bring in a bunch of new people, but it was fun being on the other side of the ceremony this time. Then went to get ice cream because it was way too fucking hot in Frostburg today. For a town so used to cold, their is a distinct lack of air conditioning. The only time I was cool at all today was on the bus crossing campus. And sitting outside at midnight. My room is so warm. Ugh.

But, yeah, after ice cream coolness, we had our semesterly banquet wherein we all gather with a bunch of the history professors. We had a couple of the cool ones, but two of the three awesome ones couldn't come *sadface* Still had fun though, even if the food wasn't awesome and was slightly overpriced. We had a buffet set-up thing in a bar down the street but we had a good time talking to professors and hanging out. Alcohol was had by pretty much everyone over 21 and we stayed til 1030 or so A few of us were supposed to go to the midnight premier of the Avengers, but the guy who was supposed to be driving got drunk, the idiot that he is, and so that's not happening.

Still mostly a good night. Which my room would get cooler though.
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So, went out with friend tonight. They showed up here around 5:30 and we had to chill until like 7:30 when Ian, our ride, got off of work. Spent that time getting all dressed up (most Jenny, Dana, and Kayla, not so much much me.

Got on the road to Morgantown at like 8, got there a little after 9 and located the club - Vice Versa, which is a surprisingly awesome gay club next to an unsurprisingly awful regular club that was completely packed and neon and blacklighty and loud and required security checks. Vice doesn't even have a bouncer. Once we knew where we were going, we doubled back to grab some food from some place on the street and then at like 10:30 we went in. $5 Cover charge wasn't bad and I got a White Russian that tasted deceptively like a milkshake but had way more vodka in in than I realized at the time. Danced a bit, got a second drink, started feeling wonky for a while. Chilled at our table and played on my phone for a bit. Around midnight, they had a drag show. Reba McIntire impersonator was up first, covered a few songs and was awesome. Then some dude came out dressed like Justin Bieber with JB music playing and started stripping, which none of us were actually expecting. Might be the only time in my life that I enjoy JB songs. Reba came back out, did 'Fancy,' and then someone else came out to do a Nikki Minaj song. Then Reba came out dressed as Beyonce and then it was over. By then I was feeling awesome and so we danced until like 1:30 and then decided to get back home. Just got backa few minutes ago, almost 3.

Some of the people who went (Jenny and Kayla) are going to be miserable, because they are leaving for the Histry Club DC Trip in approximately 3 hours. I baile don that trip once this plan was established.

It was fun, though. QAF defintely skewed my expectations of all clubs. I kind of expected like wall to wall people and Babylon music and yeah, no. The last song they played was 'What Makes You Beautiful,' by One Direction, which is awesome, but not Babylon.

Hopefully we'll get to go back before the end of the semester.
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So, I just realized that the semester is more than halfway over and I never talked about my classes. This is my last semester, graduating on May 19th. This semester is laughably easy after last semesters hellishness. Oh! On that note - Capstone professor? Is apparently being let go. In part because of our Capstone reviews. Other professors in the history department have apologized to us over how that class went. His other classes weren't going to well, either, evidently.

Anyway. This semester. I'm taking 5 classes. Mostly because I need 15 credits to have enough credits here to qualify for Graduation, since most of mine were transferred in. One is a stupid online class. They're called IDIS (Identity and Difference) classes. 2 of them were required but I filled them both with stuff from my old school. But it was an easy option and an online one at that. So now I have to type of responses to song lyrics and write papers about Glee episodes. So very stressful. I did, however, get all caught up on Glee, though.

My other pointless class is Adolescent Lit. This is teh only class I have with anybody I know, so there's that. All we do is read books and kind of talk about them in class. Redwall, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (:D), Ender's Game, Fruits Basket (lol, hello anime phase!), Slam!, Dancing on the Edge (I'd never read this one before and it actually kind of sort of made me cry). We're on To Kill A Mockingbird now. And then there's two other books. And we have a project to do at some point between now and the end of the semester that we don't have much intel on yet.

Psych classes are the ones I actually need. Research Methods is with the same Prof as last semester's Animal Cognition & Behavior class. That class is pretty boring. Just how to set up experiments and such. We have to do a group project (HATE THEM) and write the first two sections (Intro and Methods) of an APA paper. I could do that in like 3 hours, but it's so much more involved with more people (T_T). Plus, half the class are idiots and are slowly driving the prof insane.

Child Development is cool. The prof is fun and we get to do fun things as a result. We got to color and do puzzles on day. We've learned how to keep babies quiet and signs of maltreatment and watched Super Nanny and yeah. Tests are easy and no papers!

Last is Drugs & Human Behavior. This is probably the best class this semester. The first day of class we went through the intro course stuff and then the prof told us to get up and make a circle and we played a giant game of 'Never Have I Ever...' which I had learned how to play like 2 days prior. I won? Which I guess is bad, but whatever. The prof likes telling stories (though sometimes he repeats them) but he gives crazy amounts of EC. Presently I have 130%? Got 10 EC points for our group winning a game about the ASAM levels of care, got another 20 from 'Name That Drug Tune' which was a bunch of 60's-70's-80's rock music interspersed with some country and rap. Tests are awesomely easy and only one more paper for that one!

As for outside of class stuff - I love my friends. I'm going to miss them. Some of them are moving to grad schools out of state (IL, TN), others are staying here and the rest are spread out across the state. Makes me sad. We've been doing a lot of stuff for history club. Making shirts and doing bakesales. We've done a conference already - I presented a paper on Revolution Era Anti-British Propaganda and I'm presenting it again in 2 weeks. We're going to a club in Morgantown on Friday and maybe to DC on Saturday. Maybe Gettysburg or Antietam at some point, too. Doing Relay 4 Life stuff, setting up banquet and graduation stuff and yeah.

It's all going so fast.
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So, today was eventful. Today was the Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) Conference at Towson University. Which, while being blissfully close to where I live, did not allow me to go home for a bit - but, whatever, I'm going home on Tuesday for Spring Break.

Got up at 5, left the house at like 5:40 - I never want to be walking across campus under the eerie light of an early morning full moon ever again unless I haven't been to bed yet (not that the 2 hours of sleep I managed should count as such) - and we planned to leave at 6. There was a minor set back in that we were given the crappiest van the school had available - it was short a row of seats, so the 8 of us all had to squash in, the radio was wonky, heat control was limited, there was no gas in it (it's supposed to be filled up before it's returned to the van lot) and the oil change light was on. Took ten minutes to try to argue for a van switch, to no avail, and then to resign ourselves to being cramped. Had to stop for gas, so got on the road about 6:20. I have no idea how he managed it, because I was convinced we were going to be late, but we got there by like 8:40 and got checked in easily.

The first panels were at 9. I was in one and Kyle, our PAT President was in another. His family showed up, so the gaggle of Frostburg-ians came to mine. First up was some dude talking about Pirate stuff. He actually used the phrase 'So why is the rum gone?' and his display pic was the POtC logo. I was next, and I was misinformed about the technology available and therefore didn't have fancy powerpoints like the others in mine. My paper was 'Anti-British Propaganda in the Era of Revolution' and it was basically just an off-shoot paper of my Capstone that was designed as a Primary Source Analysis for my stupid Revolution class last semester. I was pretty freaked out about presenting - I hate it, I would typically be more apt to claw out my own eyes than to willingly present - but it wasn't that bad. I had some of my long!quotes memorized so I could look up more often than I thought I would. The third paper in my section (which was entitled TOO MANY REVOLUTIONS! (which sounds kind of bitchy)) was something about Union sympathizers in the South during the Civil War? I don't know. I'm really tired. Anyway. There was supposed to be a fourth person, but she never showed. So then we had a Respondent, who'd read all of our papers (and considering Kyle sent out a rough version of mine because he's an idiot it went well). Pirate dude got criticized for using a lot of secondary sources and virtually know Primary Sources. This flowed nicely into mine, given that it was the complete opposite, though not as critique-able given that it was a Primary Source Analysis. Civil War dude's paper did well, too. Then audience questions. Pirate dude got one: "Is that what Blackbeard really looked like?" Civil War dude got a bunch, but it was all "Why didn't you focus on this area in the South? There were Union sympathizers there!" that were really just all over annoying. I got two questions: One was "Which of the forms of propaganda mentioned in your paper would you consider most effective?" and "Did you run across a lot of Pro-British propaganda?" I don't feel like answering them and I'd have to explain way too much of my paper for the first one, so I'm not going to. And then it was done.

I was the only one of the Frostburg gang to go to one of the Second Panel presentations. Everyone else went to explore the campus a bit, which was totally cool. Most of them have been to conferences before, but I haven't. I sat in on one I thought would be interesting but was really just woefully boring. First was something about Ireland, which interested me and prompted me to see it - turns out it was some boring thing about Home Rule and land stuff and all based on a bunch of bland periodicals. Second, which also sounded interesting, was something about World War II and the British Home Front, but it ended up being about art depictions of WWII Britain. Third was some dude talking about how Operation: Eagle Claw resulted in a specialized air force (I'm a little hazy on this, as I said, I'm tired, but it was the most interesting of the three).

Then was lunch which was unimpressive. Then the keynote address, which was pretty interesting. It was about the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals. Sadly, it wasn't terribly informative if you'd ever seen the play/movie 'Bent'. Which I have. Still, it was interesting.

Third panel was up last - my roommate, Jenny was in this one. The first girl in her panel was awful - she took goddamn forever to read her paper and she was damn quiet and boring and monotone and her paper was about Russian something or the others not really existing and I could not have cared less about the content of her paper. She also went over the time limit by like 10 minutes and clearly our moderator sucked (dude who keeps us on track). Jenny was up next. Her paper was on the Muslim Brotherhood and while I know nothing about that either, she made it entertaining and interesting. Last up was some dude with a paper equally as long as the first girls, but slightly more interesting. His was about gender roles in the Quaker population during the American Revolution. Their respondent sucked. His specialty is Russian stuff so he was fawning all over the Russian girl and asking these really in-depth questions. Moderator did he back on track for a bit and he offered quick stuff for Jenny and the Quaker dude. His comment to Jenny was pretty much 'So, can you please define the Muslim Brotherhood?' Apparently there were some awkward audience questions - some woman rephrased a bunch of stuff that Jenny said in her presentation bracketed by the word 'actually' to make it sound as if Jenny were wrong, even though she was saying the exact same thing.

Quick awards ceremony after that - the girl with the annoyingly long and boring paper was apparently a grad student and won first place. Ugh. Another grad student, who'd been in with Kyle's group, won second. 3 Undergrads won, too, but we didn't know any of them from the panels.

Got out of there just after 4, piled back into the van and stopped in Hagerstown for food (not as awesome as usual (typically we stop at a restaurant) as some people we were with didn't wanna wait around were like 'let's just get fastfood from the mall food court' so yeah). Got back to Frostburg just after 8 and fucking fuck I am so tired.
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Gilded Age:
Participation Journal 1: 50/50
Participation Journal 2: 50/50
Principles of Scientific Management Paper: 150/150
Manliness Paper: 180/200
Up From Slavery Paper: 200/200
Imperialism Paper: 114/125 + 3
The Jungle Paper: ???/225

Animal Psych:
Exam 1: 93/100
Exam 2: 96/100
Exam 3: 101.6/100
Final Exam: 100/100
Ethogram: 18.5/20
Journal Analysis: 98/100
Participation: 20/20

Revloution:
Quiz: 82/100
Midterm Exam: 170/200*
Primary Source Analysis: 95/100
Final Exam: 91/100
Attendance: 100/100
Participation: 80/100

*This is the class that gave me a panic attack the other night. That 170/200 grade? Yeah, when the professor first posted the grade, she graded out of 100 but didn't change the 200, so I kind of freaked out, thinking that I somehow ended up with less than 50% on a paper worth 25% of my grade for the class. I ended up crying at my roommate when I told her about it, and then sending a rather distraught email to the professor that went something like 'CAN WE TALK? HOW... I HAVEN'T FAILED ANYTHING IN YEARS AND 85/200 AND AND AND...' But, yeah. Took her 12 hours to answer that email and I was fairly certain I hadn't actually failed, but it was still not a fun night. Also, I have no idea how she intends to grade our 8-10 page PSA and our 6-8 page Final Exam between now and Monday, since it took her from Oct 28 to Sec 8 to grade the 6-8 page midterm.

Capstone:
Houses of History Theory Paper: 82/100
Thesis/Outline/Annotated Bibliography: 92/100
Critiques: 86/100**
First Draft: 94/100
Final Paper: 91/100
Presentation: 84/100
Attendance: 100/100

**I'm actually arguing this, as I lost points for not delving terribly deeply into corrections for a paper I was not actually required to read and the professor didn't catch two of my reviews. Also, this amounts of 89.95% and I want to be sure he's rounding. ETA: NEVERMIND, GOT AN A.

I finished the last Gilded Age Paper a little while ago and would prefer to get the Revolution Final done tonight, as well. Everything else is just waiting on grades. Going to Hagerstown as a last hurrah with friends on Friday, roommate's boyfriend's birthday is Monday, so both of those things should be fun. Then going home on the 20th.
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Gilded Age:
Participation Journal 1: 50/50
Participation Journal 2: 50/50
Principles of Scientific Management Paper: 150/150
Manliness Paper: 180/200
Up From Slavery Paper: 200/200
Imperialism Paper: 114/125 + 3
The Jungle Paper: ???/225

Animal Psych:
Exam 1: 93/100
Exam 2: 96/100
Exam 3: 101.6/100
Final Exam: ???/100
Ethogram: 18.5/20
Journal Analysis: 98/100
Participation: ??/20

Revloution:
Quiz: 82/100
Midterm Exam: 170/200*
Primary Source Analysis: ??
Final Exam: ??
Participation: 100/100

*This is the class that gave me a panic attack the other night. That 170/200 grade? Yeah, when the professor first posted the grade, she graded out of 100 but didn't change the 200, so I kind of freaked out, thinking that I somehow ended up with less than 50% on a paper worth 25% of my grade for the class. I ended up crying at my roommate when I told her about it, and then sending a rather distraught email to the professor that went something like 'CAN WE TALK? HOW... I HAVEN'T FAILED ANYTHING IN YEARS AND 85/200 AND AND AND...' But, yeah. Took her 12 hours to answer that email and I was fairly certain I hadn't actually failed, but it was still not a fun night. Also, I have no idea how she intends to grade our 8-10 page PSA and our 6-8 page Final Exam between now and Monday, since it took her from Oct 28 to Sec 8 to grade the 6-8 page midterm.

Capstone:
Houses of History Theory Paper: 82/100
Thesis/Outline/Annotated Bibliography: 92/100
Critiques: 86/100**
First Draft: 94/100
Final Paper: 91/100
Presentation: 84/100
Attendance: 100/100

**I'm actually arguing this, as I lost points for not delving terribly deeply into corrections for a paper I was not actually required to read and the professor didn't catch two of my reviews. Also, this amounts of 89.95% and I want to be sure he's rounding. ETA: NEVERMIND, GOT AN A.

I finished the last Gilded Age Paper a little while ago and would prefer to get the Revolution Final done tonight, as well. Everything else is just waiting on grades. Going to Hagerstown as a last hurrah with friends on Friday, roommate's boyfriend's birthday is Monday, so both of those things should be fun. Then going home on the 20th.
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Yesterday marked yet another three hour car ride. Left around 8 with most of Capstone class. A couple people bailed on us. I think we had like 10 of the 13, plus the professor. Our van was the cool van - five of us. We dubbed the van the Mystery (and /or History) Machine and dubbed ourselves as Mystery Inc people. I ended up as Scooby, Had fun and ridiculous sing-a-longs to classic rock songs. Got to the metro around 9 something, into DC just before 11. Got through the whole Registration process at Library of Congress, got our Reader ID's and headed into the main room. We stupidly had not requested our materials ahead of time, so we all went through and found a handful of potential sources and requested them. Said it would take like an hour, and it was close to 1 by then. We ended up walking like 2 miles to get food. Ended up at the same sandwich shop we went to when we were in DC during Spring semester. Decided to be blissfully lazy and take the Metro back to the LoC. By then, our stuff was ready (damn well better have been since we got back at like 3. I'd requested 6 books, only 1 showed up. The others all came back with Not On Shelf notifications, which sucked. Got some decent info from the book I did find and skimmed over that pretty well. Packed up just shy of 5 and headed out. Our van decreased to 4 people, the 5th opted to ride in the not as cool van once we got off the Metro. Stopped in Hagerstown for Panera Bread and Starbucks (YUM) and then headed back here. Ended up chilling at friends house and being slightly intoxicated and didn't come home until like 4AM. Fun, though. Might go back on Friday for more research.
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Yesterday marked yet another three hour car ride. Left around 8 with most of Capstone class. A couple people bailed on us. I think we had like 10 of the 13, plus the professor. Our van was the cool van - five of us. We dubbed the van the Mystery (and /or History) Machine and dubbed ourselves as Mystery Inc people. I ended up as Scooby, Had fun and ridiculous sing-a-longs to classic rock songs. Got to the metro around 9 something, into DC just before 11. Got through the whole Registration process at Library of Congress, got our Reader ID's and headed into the main room. We stupidly had not requested our materials ahead of time, so we all went through and found a handful of potential sources and requested them. Said it would take like an hour, and it was close to 1 by then. We ended up walking like 2 miles to get food. Ended up at the same sandwich shop we went to when we were in DC during Spring semester. Decided to be blissfully lazy and take the Metro back to the LoC. By then, our stuff was ready (damn well better have been since we got back at like 3. I'd requested 6 books, only 1 showed up. The others all came back with Not On Shelf notifications, which sucked. Got some decent info from the book I did find and skimmed over that pretty well. Packed up just shy of 5 and headed out. Our van decreased to 4 people, the 5th opted to ride in the not as cool van once we got off the Metro. Stopped in Hagerstown for Panera Bread and Starbucks (YUM) and then headed back here. Ended up chilling at friends house and being slightly intoxicated and didn't come home until like 4AM. Fun, though. Might go back on Friday for more research.
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So, Renaissance Fair was yesterday, It was fun, but in the end the weather kicked our asses. Woke up around 6:45, left the house at 7:30 with two friends who'd opted for parking there, and the four of us headed down to the police station to pick up the van we reserved for the trip. There were seven of us in total. We stopped for breakfast at Sheetz and got on the road about 8 or so. Stupidly, we forgot to like, print directions, so we relied heavily on the GPS built into my phone which completely kills my battery. It was roughly a 3 hour drive. We entertained ourselves with random conversations and silly sing a longs. We lacked the iPod hook up we'd used for the trip to DC, so we picked songs we could remember the words to. It entailed a lot of Disney music. Especially Mulan. I've had 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You' stuck in my head for upwards of 24 hours at this point. Stopped once on the way there for a break from the van and made it into the RenFair parking lot with a minimum of issues around 11.

We spent a while wandering around because half of us had never been there before. The awesome roommate's Dad and Sister were there, so we met up with them for a little while, along with the fellow-history club member who works there. We checked out the Unnatural History Museum which was silly and ridiculous, but worth the dollar it cost to get in. Realized soon after that everything for sale there is stupidly expensive and therefore I spent a whopping $6.50 there. $5.50 of which was on food sometime later. Wandered around pretty much everywhere, managed to lose one of the members of our group (she found other friends from Frostburg and chilled with them for a bit) while grabbing food. From there, we went to see the Joust. That was crowded. Yay, Maryland's State Sport (Lacrosse is the state team sport, but as far as I know, Jousting is still the state sport). The people behind us were absolutely baffled by the 'Huzzah' cheers that are used at RenFair. They were also confused by the fact that they did things other than fight each other, They had four tests prior to that, one with the little bronze rings, two with knocking a block of wood off a post - one fronthand, one backhand, with their swords - and then a combination of all three of those things. From there they did the jousting against each other. It was cool. And made me want to watch Merlin.

From there, we were trying to kill time until 4 when a show we wanted to see was set to state. We wandered around some more, with a rough goal of trying to find the lost friend. The roommate left us at some point to go hang out with her family before they left, and the 5 of us still in the group circled around a couple more times. By then it was like 40 degrees and quite chilly. It was like the Frostburg weather followed us across the state to fuck with us. Eventually, we got word that the roommate had found the lost friend and that she was smashingly drunk. We headed back to the stage where the show was going to be and indeed she was smashingly drunk. Macbeth was ending when we got there, we were there to see Shakespeare's Skum, which was a parody of Richard III. Twas quite amusing, but it started raining just after we got there and that just sucked. It was that icy cold rain and it was getting colder out and ughhhh. Sat through the show, and then sat through The Royal Chess Game. Wizard Chess would've been cooler, but then again, I spent most of the show staring at my shoes so my hood would stay up as we all slowly froze to death.By general consensus, we left after that. By the time we got out to the van in the far ends of teh parking lot, it was close to 5:15 or so. We didn't get off the lot and back onto the highway until like 6:15. By then we were mostly nice and warma nd dry again.

We intended to stop in Hagerstown (about an hour away from Frostburg) for dinner. After naps and some more singing and chatting, we got to the exit around 7:30. However, there was an accident that entirely fucked everything up. We sat there for an hour. The restaurant was literally 5 minutes away and it took us an hour. Finally got in and seated at Garfield's in the mall in Hagerstown around 9 or so. It was fun and tasty and delicious. You can draw on the tables and our waiter was like a ninja. Had steak and shrimp with a baked potato and a salad. The three of us at our table shared an apple crisp which was amazingly delicious and then headed out around 10:15 or so. More sleeping/chatting on the rest of the way back. Hit Frostburg around 11:30, was relieved not to see snow on the ground (there was a possibility!), gassed up the van and got dropped off at home.

Fun day, but fuck it was cold.
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So, Renaissance Fair was yesterday, It was fun, but in the end the weather kicked our asses. Woke up around 6:45, left the house at 7:30 with two friends who'd opted for parking there, and the four of us headed down to the police station to pick up the van we reserved for the trip. There were seven of us in total. We stopped for breakfast at Sheetz and got on the road about 8 or so. Stupidly, we forgot to like, print directions, so we relied heavily on the GPS built into my phone which completely kills my battery. It was roughly a 3 hour drive. We entertained ourselves with random conversations and silly sing a longs. We lacked the iPod hook up we'd used for the trip to DC, so we picked songs we could remember the words to. It entailed a lot of Disney music. Especially Mulan. I've had 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You' stuck in my head for upwards of 24 hours at this point. Stopped once on the way there for a break from the van and made it into the RenFair parking lot with a minimum of issues around 11.

We spent a while wandering around because half of us had never been there before. The awesome roommate's Dad and Sister were there, so we met up with them for a little while, along with the fellow-history club member who works there. We checked out the Unnatural History Museum which was silly and ridiculous, but worth the dollar it cost to get in. Realized soon after that everything for sale there is stupidly expensive and therefore I spent a whopping $6.50 there. $5.50 of which was on food sometime later. Wandered around pretty much everywhere, managed to lose one of the members of our group (she found other friends from Frostburg and chilled with them for a bit) while grabbing food. From there, we went to see the Joust. That was crowded. Yay, Maryland's State Sport (Lacrosse is the state team sport, but as far as I know, Jousting is still the state sport). The people behind us were absolutely baffled by the 'Huzzah' cheers that are used at RenFair. They were also confused by the fact that they did things other than fight each other, They had four tests prior to that, one with the little bronze rings, two with knocking a block of wood off a post - one fronthand, one backhand, with their swords - and then a combination of all three of those things. From there they did the jousting against each other. It was cool. And made me want to watch Merlin.

From there, we were trying to kill time until 4 when a show we wanted to see was set to state. We wandered around some more, with a rough goal of trying to find the lost friend. The roommate left us at some point to go hang out with her family before they left, and the 5 of us still in the group circled around a couple more times. By then it was like 40 degrees and quite chilly. It was like the Frostburg weather followed us across the state to fuck with us. Eventually, we got word that the roommate had found the lost friend and that she was smashingly drunk. We headed back to the stage where the show was going to be and indeed she was smashingly drunk. Macbeth was ending when we got there, we were there to see Shakespeare's Skum, which was a parody of Richard III. Twas quite amusing, but it started raining just after we got there and that just sucked. It was that icy cold rain and it was getting colder out and ughhhh. Sat through the show, and then sat through The Royal Chess Game. Wizard Chess would've been cooler, but then again, I spent most of the show staring at my shoes so my hood would stay up as we all slowly froze to death.By general consensus, we left after that. By the time we got out to the van in the far ends of teh parking lot, it was close to 5:15 or so. We didn't get off the lot and back onto the highway until like 6:15. By then we were mostly nice and warma nd dry again.

We intended to stop in Hagerstown (about an hour away from Frostburg) for dinner. After naps and some more singing and chatting, we got to the exit around 7:30. However, there was an accident that entirely fucked everything up. We sat there for an hour. The restaurant was literally 5 minutes away and it took us an hour. Finally got in and seated at Garfield's in the mall in Hagerstown around 9 or so. It was fun and tasty and delicious. You can draw on the tables and our waiter was like a ninja. Had steak and shrimp with a baked potato and a salad. The three of us at our table shared an apple crisp which was amazingly delicious and then headed out around 10:15 or so. More sleeping/chatting on the rest of the way back. Hit Frostburg around 11:30, was relieved not to see snow on the ground (there was a possibility!), gassed up the van and got dropped off at home.

Fun day, but fuck it was cold.
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So. That was (and still is) exhausting. I came home on Tuesday after I got out of class at 3:15 (also, yay for a perfect score on my Gilded Age paper!) and we got home around 6:30. Zach helped me get out of a level I'd been stuck on in Dragon Age II for forever and I managed to beat the game (Yay for a RUNAWAYWITHANDERS OPTION!) before [livejournal.com profile] kismekilmeluvme picked me up around 8 so we could go hang out. We had a tasty dinner and an amazing dessert and caught up and it was fun. Came back to my house and chilled for a while.

Woke up early yesterday so I could be productive for a little while, ended up running out for groceries and some books. Was hoping to find a Kent State thing I'd been looking for, but didn't. Chilled for a while at home, left around 4 and headed for DC for the concert. Got there maybe 5:30ish. Chilled til just after 6 when they let some of us in early. It was at the 9:30 Club, which is a weird and not terribly awesome venue. I miss Recher. So much. They let about 30-40 people in early and by let us in, I mean shuffled us into a dark, warm basement for 45 minutes. until 7 o'clock hit. We did get to go in before the people waiting outside and unlike Rams Head, they don't charge for that privilege, so that was admittedly nice. Got spots on the rain, but they were in teh center so that was less awesome because microphone stands are annoying, and then we had to wait until 8:30. It was a loooong wait. On the plus side, I beat the level of BubbleBuster I'd been stuck on on my phone for forever.

Vanessa Carlton was the opening act and I cared so little that I have no idea what she played, My camera was camera was being wonky as fuck so i didn't even have the distraction of playing with settings to keep me entertained. She played 8 songs, and was off by like 9:10.

Matt Nathanson started at 9:30, as the name of the venue helpfully suggested. This was his second night in a row playing there. He played: Mercy, Falling Apart, Modern Love, Still, Queen Of (K)nots/Tainted Love (Soft Cell Cover), Princess/Jesse’s Girl (Rick Springfield Cover), Laid, Bottom Of The Sea, Room @ The End Of The World, The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel Cover), Sad Songs, All We Are, Drop To Hold You, Car Crash, and Detroit Waves/Acrobat (U2 Cover). Encored with Faster, Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes Cover), and Come On Get Higher. Played til just after 11. It was a pretty fun concert, even if he wasn't quite as funny as he was at the other small venue shows I've seen him at (Recher, Towson). He made jokes and there was plenty of laughing, though. There was terrible, terrible lighting though. It was either too dark to take decent pictures (which has never ever ever been a problem for me from the front row) or I had a spotlight shinign straight into my eyes. So, didn't get any pictures, really. Afterward, there was a meet&greet if you'd bought any of his Merch and I'd gotten a shirt and a free poster, so I went to do that. Dad scored the set-list, too. Got to meet Matt again and got the poster signed and a picture with him. At first I thought he remembered me from one of the other shows, cause he was like "Hey, it's you!" but that was followed by "Front row, huh? Nice!" Anyway.

Got out before midnight and ended up home around 1:15 or so. Ended up crashing at like 2:30 after packing and showering and then got up at 5. I planned to sleep on the car ride back out to Frostburg, but I couldn't fall back asleep. Got back here around 8:30, got mostly unpacked and organized and took a nap from 9 to 10 but I have been so so so ridiculously tired all day long. My Psych class is always dark and room and it took considerable effort for me to a) get out of bed and go to class b) stay awake once I was there. Lunch helped, so I was awake for Gilded Age. Have to go back down for Capstone later. Joy. And then maybe possibly chilling with friends if I manage to remain conscious.

Z____Z
csi_sanders1129: (concert)
So. That was (and still is) exhausting. I came home on Tuesday after I got out of class at 3:15 (also, yay for a perfect score on my Gilded Age paper!) and we got home around 6:30. Zach helped me get out of a level I'd been stuck on in Dragon Age II for forever and I managed to beat the game (Yay for a RUNAWAYWITHANDERS OPTION!) before [livejournal.com profile] kismekilmeluvme picked me up around 8 so we could go hang out. We had a tasty dinner and an amazing dessert and caught up and it was fun. Came back to my house and chilled for a while.

Woke up early yesterday so I could be productive for a little while, ended up running out for groceries and some books. Was hoping to find a Kent State thing I'd been looking for, but didn't. Chilled for a while at home, left around 4 and headed for DC for the concert. Got there maybe 5:30ish. Chilled til just after 6 when they let some of us in early. It was at the 9:30 Club, which is a weird and not terribly awesome venue. I miss Recher. So much. They let about 30-40 people in early and by let us in, I mean shuffled us into a dark, warm basement for 45 minutes. until 7 o'clock hit. We did get to go in before the people waiting outside and unlike Rams Head, they don't charge for that privilege, so that was admittedly nice. Got spots on the rain, but they were in teh center so that was less awesome because microphone stands are annoying, and then we had to wait until 8:30. It was a loooong wait. On the plus side, I beat the level of BubbleBuster I'd been stuck on on my phone for forever.

Vanessa Carlton was the opening act and I cared so little that I have no idea what she played, My camera was camera was being wonky as fuck so i didn't even have the distraction of playing with settings to keep me entertained. She played 8 songs, and was off by like 9:10.

Matt Nathanson started at 9:30, as the name of the venue helpfully suggested. This was his second night in a row playing there. He played: Mercy, Falling Apart, Modern Love, Still, Queen Of (K)nots/Tainted Love (Soft Cell Cover), Princess/Jesse’s Girl (Rick Springfield Cover), Laid, Bottom Of The Sea, Room @ The End Of The World, The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel Cover), Sad Songs, All We Are, Drop To Hold You, Car Crash, and Detroit Waves/Acrobat (U2 Cover). Encored with Faster, Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes Cover), and Come On Get Higher. Played til just after 11. It was a pretty fun concert, even if he wasn't quite as funny as he was at the other small venue shows I've seen him at (Recher, Towson). He made jokes and there was plenty of laughing, though. There was terrible, terrible lighting though. It was either too dark to take decent pictures (which has never ever ever been a problem for me from the front row) or I had a spotlight shinign straight into my eyes. So, didn't get any pictures, really. Afterward, there was a meet&greet if you'd bought any of his Merch and I'd gotten a shirt and a free poster, so I went to do that. Dad scored the set-list, too. Got to meet Matt again and got the poster signed and a picture with him. At first I thought he remembered me from one of the other shows, cause he was like "Hey, it's you!" but that was followed by "Front row, huh? Nice!" Anyway.

Got out before midnight and ended up home around 1:15 or so. Ended up crashing at like 2:30 after packing and showering and then got up at 5. I planned to sleep on the car ride back out to Frostburg, but I couldn't fall back asleep. Got back here around 8:30, got mostly unpacked and organized and took a nap from 9 to 10 but I have been so so so ridiculously tired all day long. My Psych class is always dark and room and it took considerable effort for me to a) get out of bed and go to class b) stay awake once I was there. Lunch helped, so I was awake for Gilded Age. Have to go back down for Capstone later. Joy. And then maybe possibly chilling with friends if I manage to remain conscious.

Z____Z
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So, classes are going decently well.

Psych: Pretty fun and straightforward. The Prof is way too fond of monkeys and likes to limit her examples to them as opposed to including other animals. We did get to have fun on Thursday when we got to the cognition chapters - we got to train a couple classmates. We sent someone out into the hall, picked something we wanted them to do (i.e. sit on the floor, write on the board) and then brought them back in and clapped when they got close to doing the right thing. Eventually the both figured it out. The 'sit on the floor' guy was harder. There was a chair near where we had herded him and he kept trying to sit in that, so eventually we were like 'you know, I really don't like that chair. Chairs are overrated.' Twas fun.

Gilded Age: Probably the most interesting class. My opinion on that might change tomorrow when we get our first papers back, though. The Prof remains funny and cool and I'll probably end up asking for his help on Capstone so hopefully I didn't do horribly on my paper or anything.

Capstone: Finally got this one decently worked out. Thesis involves how the technique of dehumanization through labeling typically used in warfare and racial conflict is also used in terms of social conflict such as in the cases of the Haymarket Massacre in Boston in 1886 and at the shootings at Kent State University in 1970. So there's that. Approved, mostly researched...

Revolution: This class is both good and bad. Mostly awful. I feel like we're not actually learning anything. It's the Prof's first semester teaching (at least here) and ughhh. It doesn't help at all that she's replacing the best Prof in the history department. Despite the fact that American Revolution is her area of focus, she doesn't seem all that informed of it. She says things are complicated that are not, she makes really basic mistakes that we've been calling her on. She also is ridiculously fond of group work. It is a 400 level lecture course, the majority of a class period should be made up of lecture, not of group/individual busy work. Everything we 'discussed' in class tonight could have been covered in a 20 minute power point. She asks questions that I think are rhetorical, but are not. I answered 4 or 5 different questions for my group that did nothing but cite an example straight from the text. In one case, she read us a few sentences from the book and asked us a question that was literally in the next line of text. And then she rephrases whatever we answered with as if we were wrong and by slightly altering the sentence, she has better explained it. No. Ugh. This could have been an online class - the tests and quizzes are take home, most of the information we're getting (and by most, I mean like 98%) from the books we're reading. And this is the professor with the 'Most students will not get an A in this class because C is average and that is what most people are' attitude.

On other notes -- roommates are awesome, history club/friends are awesome (we're hanging out on Thursday night after Capstone to watch X-Men), and Saturday we're all going to the Renaissance Fair in Annapolis. Should be fun, I've never been before.

I'm going home tomorrow afternoon and hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] kismekilmeluvme and then going to see Matt Nathanson in DC on Wednesday and then coming back out here early Thursday morning. :)
csi_sanders1129: (Default)
So, classes are going decently well.

Psych: Pretty fun and straightforward. The Prof is way too fond of monkeys and likes to limit her examples to them as opposed to including other animals. We did get to have fun on Thursday when we got to the cognition chapters - we got to train a couple classmates. We sent someone out into the hall, picked something we wanted them to do (i.e. sit on the floor, write on the board) and then brought them back in and clapped when they got close to doing the right thing. Eventually the both figured it out. The 'sit on the floor' guy was harder. There was a chair near where we had herded him and he kept trying to sit in that, so eventually we were like 'you know, I really don't like that chair. Chairs are overrated.' Twas fun.

Gilded Age: Probably the most interesting class. My opinion on that might change tomorrow when we get our first papers back, though. The Prof remains funny and cool and I'll probably end up asking for his help on Capstone so hopefully I didn't do horribly on my paper or anything.

Capstone: Finally got this one decently worked out. Thesis involves how the technique of dehumanization through labeling typically used in warfare and racial conflict is also used in terms of social conflict such as in the cases of the Haymarket Massacre in Boston in 1886 and at the shootings at Kent State University in 1970. So there's that. Approved, mostly researched...

Revolution: This class is both good and bad. Mostly awful. I feel like we're not actually learning anything. It's the Prof's first semester teaching (at least here) and ughhh. It doesn't help at all that she's replacing the best Prof in the history department. Despite the fact that American Revolution is her area of focus, she doesn't seem all that informed of it. She says things are complicated that are not, she makes really basic mistakes that we've been calling her on. She also is ridiculously fond of group work. It is a 400 level lecture course, the majority of a class period should be made up of lecture, not of group/individual busy work. Everything we 'discussed' in class tonight could have been covered in a 20 minute power point. She asks questions that I think are rhetorical, but are not. I answered 4 or 5 different questions for my group that did nothing but cite an example straight from the text. In one case, she read us a few sentences from the book and asked us a question that was literally in the next line of text. And then she rephrases whatever we answered with as if we were wrong and by slightly altering the sentence, she has better explained it. No. Ugh. This could have been an online class - the tests and quizzes are take home, most of the information we're getting (and by most, I mean like 98%) from the books we're reading. And this is the professor with the 'Most students will not get an A in this class because C is average and that is what most people are' attitude.

On other notes -- roommates are awesome, history club/friends are awesome (we're hanging out on Thursday night after Capstone to watch X-Men), and Saturday we're all going to the Renaissance Fair in Annapolis. Should be fun, I've never been before.

I'm going home tomorrow afternoon and hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] kismekilmeluvme and then going to see Matt Nathanson in DC on Wednesday and then coming back out here early Thursday morning. :)
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So. Classes.

First up I had Animal Learning & Cognition which is kind of seriously awesome. Sounds fun and interesting and yay for no presentations. There's really only one paper for the entire semester (which oh thank god) and some tests (which, boo, multiple choice, but yay, mostly essay based). The prof is cool and laid back and not crazy. Should be relatively easy there. Of course it was fucking pouring when I walked to class. Frostburg weather is so crazy. And I had no idea where the building for that class was. I took a seriously scenic route in locating it. Lesson learned there.

Next up was Gilded Age. A little more daunting, because lots of reading and like 6 papers, but it should still be pretty easy and straightforward. Sadly a good bit of pressure is put on participation - which I usually do to a minimal degree - so I'll have to step up on that. The prof is cool and funny for that one, too, though. So.

The last class I had today was Capstone. Fucking fuck. I hate that class already. The idea is not a hard or terrifying one. One 20-25 page paper. Okay. Whatever. Can totally do that. But the professor is evidently convinced that every single one of us is going to get our paper published and 'So What?' about your topic and 'Why should I care?' And I get that, too, I do. But, when it comes down to it, no matter how interesting or well you can defend your topic, people aren't going to read it unless they a) have to or b) find it interesting. So being able to relate my topic to everything ever is kind of ridiculous. Then again, he thinks my topic is ridiculous because apparently, TONS OF PEOPLE have written books about Harry Houdini in relation to spiritualism. I don't know where these books are evidently hiding because I can't fucking find them. So I need to flesh out a better thesis (which, admittedly, mine wasn't fully sketched out yet, but it wasn't that bad!) before next Thursday. Argh.

My Revolution class I don't have until the 12th because of Labor Day.

Might be going home on the 27th for a concert, otherwise I'll be here until Thanksgiving unless the cousin decides to go home for a weekend or something.

Going well, though. :)

AND I HAVE INTERNET BACK AGAIN! FFFFFYES.
csi_sanders1129: (Default)
So. Classes.

First up I had Animal Learning & Cognition which is kind of seriously awesome. Sounds fun and interesting and yay for no presentations. There's really only one paper for the entire semester (which oh thank god) and some tests (which, boo, multiple choice, but yay, mostly essay based). The prof is cool and laid back and not crazy. Should be relatively easy there. Of course it was fucking pouring when I walked to class. Frostburg weather is so crazy. And I had no idea where the building for that class was. I took a seriously scenic route in locating it. Lesson learned there.

Next up was Gilded Age. A little more daunting, because lots of reading and like 6 papers, but it should still be pretty easy and straightforward. Sadly a good bit of pressure is put on participation - which I usually do to a minimal degree - so I'll have to step up on that. The prof is cool and funny for that one, too, though. So.

The last class I had today was Capstone. Fucking fuck. I hate that class already. The idea is not a hard or terrifying one. One 20-25 page paper. Okay. Whatever. Can totally do that. But the professor is evidently convinced that every single one of us is going to get our paper published and 'So What?' about your topic and 'Why should I care?' And I get that, too, I do. But, when it comes down to it, no matter how interesting or well you can defend your topic, people aren't going to read it unless they a) have to or b) find it interesting. So being able to relate my topic to everything ever is kind of ridiculous. Then again, he thinks my topic is ridiculous because apparently, TONS OF PEOPLE have written books about Harry Houdini in relation to spiritualism. I don't know where these books are evidently hiding because I can't fucking find them. So I need to flesh out a better thesis (which, admittedly, mine wasn't fully sketched out yet, but it wasn't that bad!) before next Thursday. Argh.

My Revolution class I don't have until the 12th because of Labor Day.

Might be going home on the 27th for a concert, otherwise I'll be here until Thanksgiving unless the cousin decides to go home for a weekend or something.

Going well, though. :)

AND I HAVE INTERNET BACK AGAIN! FFFFFYES.
csi_sanders1129: (Default)
So, the hurricane knocked out our power early on Sunday morning. Which meant we spent all of Sunday being bored and realizing how much of our lives revolved around glorious technology. My phone died like an hour after the power went out and so I didn't even have that tech. Finally got it partially charged when we went out to get food. God, Sunday sucked.

Monday, it was still out (finally came on yesterday afternoon, but it was no longer my problem since I've been in Frostburg since Monday afternoon).

Got my room all organized (mostly) and everything. My roommates are mostly awesome, which I pretty much knew already, especially [livejournal.com profile] paytofay. The only exception is that we don't have internet right now and that is driving me kind of insane. I'm chilling in the library with my laptop now, though. And I've made serious progress on Dragon Age II.

Classes start for me tomorrow, which I have mixed feelings of awesomeness and dread about.
csi_sanders1129: (Default)
So, the hurricane knocked out our power early on Sunday morning. Which meant we spent all of Sunday being bored and realizing how much of our lives revolved around glorious technology. My phone died like an hour after the power went out and so I didn't even have that tech. Finally got it partially charged when we went out to get food. God, Sunday sucked.

Monday, it was still out (finally came on yesterday afternoon, but it was no longer my problem since I've been in Frostburg since Monday afternoon).

Got my room all organized (mostly) and everything. My roommates are mostly awesome, which I pretty much knew already, especially [livejournal.com profile] paytofay. The only exception is that we don't have internet right now and that is driving me kind of insane. I'm chilling in the library with my laptop now, though. And I've made serious progress on Dragon Age II.

Classes start for me tomorrow, which I have mixed feelings of awesomeness and dread about.
csi_sanders1129: (writing)
1. X-Men: First Class. I am kind of late to this party, but that movie was fucking awesome. Mahor thanks to [livejournal.com profile] paytofay for telling me to see it. Also, seeing movies with fellow slashers makes them infinitely more awesome because at least I know I am not imagining that awesomeness happening on the screen.

On that note - Thoughts )

2. Cirque du Freak - Darren/Steve. I'm only on the 3rd book, but the movie alone is what grabbed me on this one. The hating on each other-mortal enemies thing could have been avoided, god damn it! "I did not want to be a vampire, Steve! I never wanted this! You were dying - because of that stupid, stupid, spider - and it was the only way to save you. I had to agree to get the anti-venom to save you." The end. Crisis avoided. Steve knew he was turned at the funeral, but he didn't know why and it was after that he started to go darkside. Gah. Boys. Why?

3. My Babysitter's A Vampire. Okay. I was bored. It was on TV. It was not what I expected. It was actually not horrible for a Disney movie. Ethan and Benny are pretty much Tommy and Merton. Only replace werewolf and goth sidekick with Seer and Spellcaster. Which, yay! Not a useless sidekick! Although, most of the situations they get into are Benny's fault. In the TV series that just started airing, it's usually over girls (also like BWoC), and involves purely ridiculous nonsense (raising pets form the dead who then go all zombified, dressing up as cheerleaders to defeat an evil cheerleader witch (and oh, god, the crossdressing is hilarious! (also, what is it with kid shows lately and boys dressing as girls, Big Time Rush does it all the fucking time!))). There is sadly, no fic at all for this. At least not that I have been able to find. This makes me sad.

4. Suits. I have not seen enough to form much of an opinion for Suits. Harvey/Mike seems obvious (also, why did USA name another main character Michael? Especially on a show that airs RIGHT AFTER Burn Notice???) We shall see.


Also, Big Time Rush is kind of ridiculously awesome.

I was kind of disappointed in both the White Collar and Burn Notice premiers. Leverage was okay, though.

Thoughts )
csi_sanders1129: (writing)
1. X-Men: First Class. I am kind of late to this party, but that movie was fucking awesome. Mahor thanks to [livejournal.com profile] paytofay for telling me to see it. Also, seeing movies with fellow slashers makes them infinitely more awesome because at least I know I am not imagining that awesomeness happening on the screen.

On that note - Thoughts )

2. Cirque du Freak - Darren/Steve. I'm only on the 3rd book, but the movie alone is what grabbed me on this one. The hating on each other-mortal enemies thing could have been avoided, god damn it! "I did not want to be a vampire, Steve! I never wanted this! You were dying - because of that stupid, stupid, spider - and it was the only way to save you. I had to agree to get the anti-venom to save you." The end. Crisis avoided. Steve knew he was turned at the funeral, but he didn't know why and it was after that he started to go darkside. Gah. Boys. Why?

3. My Babysitter's A Vampire. Okay. I was bored. It was on TV. It was not what I expected. It was actually not horrible for a Disney movie. Ethan and Benny are pretty much Tommy and Merton. Only replace werewolf and goth sidekick with Seer and Spellcaster. Which, yay! Not a useless sidekick! Although, most of the situations they get into are Benny's fault. In the TV series that just started airing, it's usually over girls (also like BWoC), and involves purely ridiculous nonsense (raising pets form the dead who then go all zombified, dressing up as cheerleaders to defeat an evil cheerleader witch (and oh, god, the crossdressing is hilarious! (also, what is it with kid shows lately and boys dressing as girls, Big Time Rush does it all the fucking time!))). There is sadly, no fic at all for this. At least not that I have been able to find. This makes me sad.

4. Suits. I have not seen enough to form much of an opinion for Suits. Harvey/Mike seems obvious (also, why did USA name another main character Michael? Especially on a show that airs RIGHT AFTER Burn Notice???) We shall see.


Also, Big Time Rush is kind of ridiculously awesome.

I was kind of disappointed in both the White Collar and Burn Notice premiers. Leverage was okay, though.

Thoughts )

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