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Happy Christmas Eve!

It snowed here today (unexpectedly). The puppy had a blast in the snow. :)

ColbySnow1
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Stay safe, everyone!

We're as safe as we're getting here, surrounded by gigantic trees. Have supplies, a generator, charged electronics, a surplus of flameless candles, plenty of books, food, water, and blankets. We had clean gutters yesterday (because 3 hours on the roof can usually at least yeild that) but you'd never know it now. On the plus side, there shouldn't be any leaves left on the trees after this.
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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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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5.8 Earthquake on the East Coast. I could do with never having to be in an Earthquake ever again. And we're supposed to get a hurricane this weekend? Awesome.

This is as close to musically relevant/humorous that I could get:
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5.8 Earthquake on the East Coast. I could do with never having to be in an Earthquake ever again. And we're supposed to get a hurricane this weekend? Awesome.

This is as close to musically relevant/humorous that I could get:
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So, planned out schedule for next semester... I'm desperately holding onto all of these classes until Thursday when I can officially register because it will be a fucking awesome schedule.

M: 3:00P-4:15P - Experiential History (history role-play, anyone?)
6:00P-8:30P - Revolutionary America

T: 11:00A-12:15P - Animal Learning & Behavior (Hello, Psych minor)

W: 3:00P-4:15P - Experiential History
4:30P-5:45P - Music, Lyrics & Life (Bullshit Gen Ed course I might not actually need to take) (ETA: HAHA DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS!)

R: 11:00A-12:15P - Animal Learning & Behavior
6:00P-8:30P - History Capstone (30 page research paper class)

F: NOTHING AT ALL.

Just to clarify, I will never, ever have to wake up before 10 and I will have NOTHING to do on Fridays! YESSSS. Capstone is going to be brutal though. I need to, like, think of a topic soon and start researching for it. Any suggestions?

My Adviser is kind of clueless though. Apparently he didn't know that students can hold the courses they want before their actual registration date? He totally freaked the guy before me out when he said he had to wait til Friday. Managed to smooth that over for him, at least. My Adviser fucks up a lot of things, actually - one of my friends was supposed to Graduate this semester but now she has to take 3 credits over Summer because he messed up in telling her what she needed. Same with the Music Lyrics class I might have to take - he has no idea whether I need it or not so I have to go check with the Registrar. Oi, the Department Head should not be this crazy unorganized - or he shouldn't have a shit ton of Advisees.

Also, while it snowed/stormed/hailed here yesterday, today maxed out at 80 degrees. I was not prepared for that, at all. I am now unaccustomed to warm weather. And it's supposed to snow again tonight/tomorrow. It's Frostburg, so I shouldn't be surprised, but seriously WTF?
csi_sanders1129: (fuck it)
So, planned out schedule for next semester... I'm desperately holding onto all of these classes until Thursday when I can officially register because it will be a fucking awesome schedule.

M: 3:00P-4:15P - Experiential History (history role-play, anyone?)
6:00P-8:30P - Revolutionary America

T: 11:00A-12:15P - Animal Learning & Behavior (Hello, Psych minor)

W: 3:00P-4:15P - Experiential History
4:30P-5:45P - Music, Lyrics & Life (Bullshit Gen Ed course I might not actually need to take) (ETA: HAHA DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS!)

R: 11:00A-12:15P - Animal Learning & Behavior
6:00P-8:30P - History Capstone (30 page research paper class)

F: NOTHING AT ALL.

Just to clarify, I will never, ever have to wake up before 10 and I will have NOTHING to do on Fridays! YESSSS. Capstone is going to be brutal though. I need to, like, think of a topic soon and start researching for it. Any suggestions?

My Adviser is kind of clueless though. Apparently he didn't know that students can hold the courses they want before their actual registration date? He totally freaked the guy before me out when he said he had to wait til Friday. Managed to smooth that over for him, at least. My Adviser fucks up a lot of things, actually - one of my friends was supposed to Graduate this semester but now she has to take 3 credits over Summer because he messed up in telling her what she needed. Same with the Music Lyrics class I might have to take - he has no idea whether I need it or not so I have to go check with the Registrar. Oi, the Department Head should not be this crazy unorganized - or he shouldn't have a shit ton of Advisees.

Also, while it snowed/stormed/hailed here yesterday, today maxed out at 80 degrees. I was not prepared for that, at all. I am now unaccustomed to warm weather. And it's supposed to snow again tonight/tomorrow. It's Frostburg, so I shouldn't be surprised, but seriously WTF?
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So, my Spring Break is officially over. Got back out here around 3 or so. My room was 87 degrees when I returned for some reason, even though it was 37 outside. It's down to 80 now, with teh window open and a fan blasting. It sucks. Brick buildings are stupid.

Finally got my midterm grades for Greece & Rome and Renaissance & Reformation. Got A's on both, but I was really only worried about Ren/Ref. I've got a 700 word paper (which is like... nothing) to do before tomorrow night. And a couple of things to do before Tuesday. And an essay to write before Thursday. Stuff I probably should have done over break but I never actually do homework when I go home so I probably should have known better.

I started working on the paper earlier, but I got distracted by my nook. I started reading Rainbow Boys last night, mostly because Matt Bomer is on the cover of it, and picked it up again after dinner. It was pretty awesome. I want the second one, Rainbow High, but for some reason that one is not available for the nook, even though the Rainbow Road (the third one) is. And sadly Matt Bomer is not on any other covers.

ETA: Fuck it, bought the book in paperback. Will have on Tuesday/Wednesday. Yay! Now, I must stop randomly browsing the interwebs and type up another 600 words.




csi_sanders1129: (fckh8)
So, my Spring Break is officially over. Got back out here around 3 or so. My room was 87 degrees when I returned for some reason, even though it was 37 outside. It's down to 80 now, with teh window open and a fan blasting. It sucks. Brick buildings are stupid.

Finally got my midterm grades for Greece & Rome and Renaissance & Reformation. Got A's on both, but I was really only worried about Ren/Ref. I've got a 700 word paper (which is like... nothing) to do before tomorrow night. And a couple of things to do before Tuesday. And an essay to write before Thursday. Stuff I probably should have done over break but I never actually do homework when I go home so I probably should have known better.

I started working on the paper earlier, but I got distracted by my nook. I started reading Rainbow Boys last night, mostly because Matt Bomer is on the cover of it, and picked it up again after dinner. It was pretty awesome. I want the second one, Rainbow High, but for some reason that one is not available for the nook, even though the Rainbow Road (the third one) is. And sadly Matt Bomer is not on any other covers.

ETA: Fuck it, bought the book in paperback. Will have on Tuesday/Wednesday. Yay! Now, I must stop randomly browsing the interwebs and type up another 600 words.




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So, I was in DC most of yesterday with the History Club. It did involve getting up at 7am on a Saturday, a time of day which should not even exist. Walking to our meet-up spot was creeptastic, I saw one person on campus the whole way there. This palce is deserted on weekends as it is, but at 7am there is no one.

There were 15 of us total, split between 3 cars. Stopped long enough to get gas/McDonalds and then started the ~1.5 hour drive to the metro stop. Our car (five girls), spent the time blasting and singing along to awesome 90's tunes. All in all we got into DC around noon, right outside all the Smithsonian stuff. We all kind of split up from there. My self-assigned group of varying numbers of people looked around a few exhibits in the National American History Museum and then they all decided that we'd go see the Botanical Gardens (all the way at the other end of the National Mall, of course). From there we had plans to check out all the monuments and stuff and maybe the White House, but after the Gardens we were all starving so we got awesome (but expensive) sandwiches. Did take some pics in front of the Capitol Building and some other various statues around.

Groups kind of merged and redivided following lunch. Mine ended up giving up on the monuments/White House, and going to the Natural History Museum. Walked around there for like hours. (One thing that is cool about going to museums with fellow history majors is that we're all dorks and we all know random facts that we can share with each other). By that point we were all pretty dead on our feet and we were having communication issues with the rest of the group, so after some debate we decided it was time to go. Met up back at the Metro and (eventually) headed out. By 9:00 we were about an hour away from Frostburg and decided it was time for dinner. Ended up at TGI Fridays which entailed lots of awesomeness and picturing taking and yummy food. It was also someone's Birthday within our little group, so he got the humiliating serenade by the staff. What I got came with dessert which amounted to delicious cheescake that I just ate a little while ago. Nom nom nom.

We ended up not getting back to campus until like midnight. I was also in sleep!fail mode and left my phone in my friend's car when I zombie-walked back into my dorm, so I was awake and in panic mode for like an hour and a half before I finally gave up for the night and crashed. Got it back like 3 hours ago when I adventured on a ~2 mile walk through the snow to go fetch it from said friend's house. I took a loooooong way by accident. That trip also enabled me to get some space from the roommate who didn't even leave the room once today and my tolerance level was already at a low breaking point since I was in phone-withdrawal.

Now, though, I am content. And sorting through the bazillion and seven facebook picture tagging notifications I have been getting all day. O.o

There's like 3-4 inches of snow on the ground, but I think it's pretty much done now, so we probably won't be late tomorrow.
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So, I was in DC most of yesterday with the History Club. It did involve getting up at 7am on a Saturday, a time of day which should not even exist. Walking to our meet-up spot was creeptastic, I saw one person on campus the whole way there. This palce is deserted on weekends as it is, but at 7am there is no one.

There were 15 of us total, split between 3 cars. Stopped long enough to get gas/McDonalds and then started the ~1.5 hour drive to the metro stop. Our car (five girls), spent the time blasting and singing along to awesome 90's tunes. All in all we got into DC around noon, right outside all the Smithsonian stuff. We all kind of split up from there. My self-assigned group of varying numbers of people looked around a few exhibits in the National American History Museum and then they all decided that we'd go see the Botanical Gardens (all the way at the other end of the National Mall, of course). From there we had plans to check out all the monuments and stuff and maybe the White House, but after the Gardens we were all starving so we got awesome (but expensive) sandwiches. Did take some pics in front of the Capitol Building and some other various statues around.

Groups kind of merged and redivided following lunch. Mine ended up giving up on the monuments/White House, and going to the Natural History Museum. Walked around there for like hours. (One thing that is cool about going to museums with fellow history majors is that we're all dorks and we all know random facts that we can share with each other). By that point we were all pretty dead on our feet and we were having communication issues with the rest of the group, so after some debate we decided it was time to go. Met up back at the Metro and (eventually) headed out. By 9:00 we were about an hour away from Frostburg and decided it was time for dinner. Ended up at TGI Fridays which entailed lots of awesomeness and picturing taking and yummy food. It was also someone's Birthday within our little group, so he got the humiliating serenade by the staff. What I got came with dessert which amounted to delicious cheescake that I just ate a little while ago. Nom nom nom.

We ended up not getting back to campus until like midnight. I was also in sleep!fail mode and left my phone in my friend's car when I zombie-walked back into my dorm, so I was awake and in panic mode for like an hour and a half before I finally gave up for the night and crashed. Got it back like 3 hours ago when I adventured on a ~2 mile walk through the snow to go fetch it from said friend's house. I took a loooooong way by accident. That trip also enabled me to get some space from the roommate who didn't even leave the room once today and my tolerance level was already at a low breaking point since I was in phone-withdrawal.

Now, though, I am content. And sorting through the bazillion and seven facebook picture tagging notifications I have been getting all day. O.o

There's like 3-4 inches of snow on the ground, but I think it's pretty much done now, so we probably won't be late tomorrow.
csi_sanders1129: (winter)
SNOW ICE DAY!

So, just finished reading Utopia. Have to write out a quick response thing to it. Then I should probably start reading With Malice Towards None... Probably. Maybe. Either that or I'll write fic or do something useless.
csi_sanders1129: (winter)
SNOW ICE DAY!

So, just finished reading Utopia. Have to write out a quick response thing to it. Then I should probably start reading With Malice Towards None... Probably. Maybe. Either that or I'll write fic or do something useless.
csi_sanders1129: (winter)
SNOW DAY!


Trying to put more of a dent into the Uncle Tom's Cabin books. I'm just over half way through it now. And then I have some stuff to do for Ancient Greece/Rome and Renaissance/Reformation. Some reading and a short, little writing assignment for each.
csi_sanders1129: (winter)
SNOW DAY!


Trying to put more of a dent into the Uncle Tom's Cabin books. I'm just over half way through it now. And then I have some stuff to do for Ancient Greece/Rome and Renaissance/Reformation. Some reading and a short, little writing assignment for each.
csi_sanders1129: (writing)
So, first day of classes is done. I only had 2 today, which is nice. I have 2 tomorrow, too. And then just 1 on Wednesday. 2 on Thurs, and 1 on Friday and then (assuming the weather decides to be nice and not evil), I'm going home for a concert on Saturday.

As for today's classes, first was Early Modern Lit (Renaissance Era, essentially) and it's not that scary. Definitely less intimidating that Revolutionary Era last semester. Granted the Prof is less awesome when compared with the Professor from Revolution Era.

The other class, Civil War & Reconstruction, is significantly more awesome. The professor who teaches it taught the Awesome!Prof back when he went here - the same class, at that - and that should give you an idea of how long he's been teaching. But, in comparison to the guy who NEEDED to retire after teaching for 40+ years from last semester who fucked up my straight-A streak, I'm sad just knowing that this is this Professor's last semester. I'm pretty sure Awesome!Prof inherited a lot of his teaching style (and his sense of humor/lecturing skills) from this guy. I do, however, have to read a 500 page novel (Uncle Tom's Cabin) before next Monday. Which is totally doable, but I am clearly not going to get to read the other two Bay City Paranormal Investigation books for a while and that makes me sad.

Also, it snowed today. Glad to see Frostburg isn't disappointing. And it wasn't even terribly cold out today. :3

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