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Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Apartment managers are jackasses. That is all.

Monday, February 14, 2011

10:19PM - stages of late-night paper writing

7 P.M.: I've got lots of time. Five whole hours before midnight, whee!

7:15 P.M.: Checking e-mail.

9 P.M.: Crap, well, I'll do a bit of writing.

9:23 P.M.: Distracted by web comic.

11 P.M.: I'll just take a break from my break to fool my brain into getting back to work.

12 A.M.: Cunning trick didn't work; staring hopelessly at Microsoft Word and the accursed blinking line.

12:30 A.M.: Have hashed together a couple of semi-coherent paragraphs.

1 A.M.: In a grevious error, I reward myself with a "brief" break over at livejournal.

1:30 A.M.: Sudden, painful realization that feminist blogs don't really apply to library and information studies papers...

2 A.M.: Desperately combing databases for any and all relevant materials.

2:30 A.M.: Exhaustion setting in; reduced to scanning topic sentences of papers in a pathetic effort to support my semi-coherent paragraphs.

3:00 A.M.: Hopelessness. Give up and go back to the cozy, predictable world of gossip blogs.

3:30 A.M.: Fueled by iced tea, get a second wind and bravely charge back into the scary article databases and the scarier depths of my paper.

4:00 A.M.: An epiphany! I am actually a brilliant writer, the queen of transitions, a goddess of the well-turned phrase. To my addled brain, my paper is a thing of beauty and will receive accolades.

4:15 A.M.: Actually, I'm getting a Pulitzer for this shit.

4:30 A.M.: Caffeine wearing off, slightly less sure of paper's brilliance. Slightly more sure that I might have quoted foreign-language sources in my delirium.

5 A.M.: Completely wiped out and totally confused about paper's coherence, spelling. Pretty fuzzy on the original question I was trying to answer, too. Stumble to bed.

You'd think I would learn, but...no. Good thing I'll (probably) be done with school forever in about four months.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


It's snowing! Merry Christmas, everybody.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

11:56PM - nooooo

Must go to the DMV tomorrow. Shoot me, please.

ETA: Wow. Did they fire all their horrible employees or something? It actually wasn't that bad.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

10:28PM - nyquil

NyQuil is my new best friend. I only wish I'd discovered this wondrous concoction before I'd taken two-thirds of my finals...except then I would've fallen asleep in the middle of them...oh, well, you can't win them all.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Not much to report. I turned in the paper on Mary Queen of Scots, which was the last assignment before finals start next week. This evening there was a short film on honor killings on campus, followed by a discussion with the director. It was pretty good, in a scary and "I-wish-this-wasn't-real" sort of way. Anyway, it's a small film so I'm not sure how you would get ahold of it, but you can google In the Morning, plus honor killings and short film, and find stuff on it.

Also, on honor killings:

...sorry if you already know about this/don't care, but I'm all worked up and indignant at the moment. It's so hard to believe that people can condone this.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

10:17AM - rather pointless entry

Wouldn't you know, the moment my boss takes her vacation the phone starts ringing off the hook. Clearly, fate/Imminent Reason/God/whatever has it in for me. Anyway, at least the library's internet is back up, so I don't have to do any more homework for the moment.

Anyone else read Sam Shepard, and think he's not all he's cracked up to be? Just curious.

Also: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/42198494/
(funny comic about Marysues in the potterverse)

Saturday, November 4, 2006


Hm. They are scheduling entirely too many cool classes next quarter, including a Fiat Lux one on William Hogarth. How great is that? I can't really do 5 classes, though, because that would probably kill me (my GPA isn't high enough anyway, heh). There are way too many things I want to do before I graduate, so I'm thinking about doing a summer session this year - maybe I can get the French minor finished in time that way.

For some reason my boss planned to have four people covering the office on Friday afternoon, with the result that there are four of us sitting around for a couple of hours doing absolutely nothing. Mia and Mike and I were joking about how our jobs are basically sinecures, since they could easily be done by two full-time people, or the regular staff in the different libraries (instead of five part-time lazy students). UCLA is so terribly efficient.

Vicky is being horribly selfish and wants her laptop back now, so I have to go. Good night.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Just got out of a Latin quiz which went less-than-brilliantly, but I think they drop the lowest grade, so that should be all right. Here I thought that in abandoning French I'd get away from annoying conjugation-type things, but of course they've been replaced by annoying declension-type things. I've taken to wandering around muttering the endings to myself, which probably concerns my roommates, but I'm still more or less sane. Really. Anyway, Latin itself is fun, of course, but the quizzes just make me panic.

Also, to whom it may concern, I know that "salve" means "hello". Honest. I was just really frazzled last night.

What else...things at work are kind of chaotic since we're getting all these new copiers, and no one knows where the keys to said copiers are. So we're having all sorts of fun.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Friday, October 6, 2006

4:09PM - I have no shame

So, Barghest will be on uclaradio.com tonight at 7:00 PM (Pacific standard time...something like that). Yay. If you're at all interested in Irish music or folk, please tune in! It should be a lot of fun.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


It's been three weeks, I think, since an update, so here I am out of some weird sense of obligation to lj, even though I don't have a whole lot to say. Is it odd to feel responsible towards a site? Anyway.

I'm currently reading "Ender's Game" (which is not as bad as some people would have me believe...I'm really liking it, actually), and "Swordspoint". The latter is okay, but I'm having trouble bringing myself to care about the nobles in the story. I'm very much looking forward to any Alec/Richard scenes, however, if that pans out as I think it will.

Am currently visiting my relatives in Portland. Medessa is doing well and the kids, of course, are doing one impossibly cute thing after another. Don't worry, I won't torment you with anecdotes or anything. except for one involving Nathaniel composing a cheer in honor of tofu...but anyway.

Fall should be a lot of fun, between all the fun classes and having an apartment. I'm afraid it'll also be awfully busy, with work and some very reading-heavy classes, but what can you do.

Thus concludes my lame entry. Good night, everyone.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Uh-oh. I think I like Keane...what's next, Coldplay? How my standards have fallen.

Friday, June 30, 2006

1:05AM - new york

Just some photos from my trip to New York. Well, okay, lots of (mainly pointless) photos. So you've been warned.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006


I wound up getting about five hours of sleep last night, but on the bright side, my paper proposal didn't totally bomb, so I'm actually pretty content. Inger and the grad students made lots of suggestions, but that's a far cry from hysterical laughter over my ideas. So that's nice. Also, Naomi (one of the students) gave a long presentation on the Society for the Reformation of Manners in late 17th/early 18th century England, which was actually fun. Believe me, it's much more interesting than I'm making it out to be.

After class I tramped around North Campus for awhile doing meter reads for the different copiers for work. The excitement never stops, I know. At least doing repetitive jobs like that allows you to zone out and think about other stuff. I'll be off work in a little bit so maybe I can get some sleep then.

Vicky will be eighteen in a few days...how weird is that? I still think of her as a kid most of the time. She'll be off for a ballet workshop in New York the day after her birthday. She's really excited about that. Still need to figure out what to get her for a present.

Getting out of the dorms next year will be nice. No more having idiot freshman run through the study room while they try and tackle their friend for some random reason. Well, hopefully that doesn't happen in the apartments...if so I might as well just move into the library. There are worse fates.

Current mood: accomplished

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

3:46PM - random fact

I was reading this book for my Civil War class and came across a guy called Jubal Early. Seriously. I had to read it over a couple of times because I kind of thought I'd gone crazy for a moment there. So, I don't know if all Firefly fans know this already and I'm just out of the loop, but apparently he was a noted Confederate general...he didn't really have anything in common with Whedon's Jubal Early, but that's still kinda cool. Oh, and apparently Nathan Fillion is a distant relative of the historical JE (thank you, Wikipedia).

...this is why you should know your history. It'll make you better appreciate random science fiction shows. *nods*

Monday, May 1, 2006


This weekend was pretty good. On Saturday I went to Griffith Park with Medessa and the kids. They have a bunch of old trains on exhibit there, so we basically followed Nathaniel around while he "fixed" them. The scary thing is, he's three, and yet knows more about trains than I ever will (he can identify the boiler, for example. Jeez). O.K., I'm done with the annoying anecdotes about my nephews, I promise.

That night Paula and Andrew and I went to the Three Musketeers dance in L.A. As usual there was a pretty skewed girl-guy ratio. Dancing with other girls isn't so bad, except that it's awkward when you're arguing over who should do the guy's part. Anyway, after they finished teaching the seventeenth century stuff the three of us tried out some swing and other modern dances. Also, this one semi-obnoxious guy that I know from Regency dances was there. I think he was going for a musketeer look, but he wound up resembling Zorro. i know, i'm a bitch.
I really, really wish I'd brought a camera.

Oh, and Adriana and I looked at another apartment last week. She wasn't very impressed, mainly because the outside of the building was kind of old-looking, but it's not like we'll be there permanently. So hopefully I can talk her into it, especially since it's relatively cheap. And more importantly, it's right by a grocery store. Yay.

Current mood: caffeinated

Friday, April 28, 2006


So. Very. Bored. Too bad the other guy in the office is just about as talkative as I am (that's to say, not talkative at all). I can never tell if it's better to leave people that you don't know very well alone, or try and talk to them and most likely weird them out. Especially with guys, since they just look blank most of the time.

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Sunday, March 5, 2006


Phew. P&P didn't win anything. There's still hope for the world.

...oh, and Jon Stewart is pretty much God. That is all.

Sunday, January 1, 2006


Finally have my flute back, yay. I've been practicing various stuff with Paula and by myself; luckily I haven't forgotten quite everything. Besides that, I've just been visiting family and various high school people (which is, sadly, kinda awkward...oh, well). On Friday, Stephanie and Paula and I drove around looking at a bunch of vintage stores (following a great episode in which the car wouldn't start, but then worked fine as soon as the Triple A guy showed up. Go figure). Tonight we had vague plans to go stay overnight on Colorado Blvd and watch the parade tomorrow, but seeing as how it's rainy and miserable, that didn't work out.

On a random note, does anyone know of a good novelized version of Tristan and Isolde (Iseult, whatever)?

Hope everyone is having a nice New Year's (and last few days of vacation, for some of us).

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Friday, December 16, 2005


Yay, I'm done with finals. Oceanography went pretty well, considering the fact that I didn't study as much as I should have. Thank goodness they recycled questions from the midterms, that's all I have to say.

Kinda stuck here until this evening when my mom picks me up, but that's OK. Gives me time to pack and maybe get into AFFC again (I know, it's sad that I'm still working on it, but I haven't really had time to touch it since Thanksgiving Break. Paula's probably ready to kill me, seeing as how I borrowed her copy. Yep.)

I can't wait to get home...over break we'll probably be visiting Portland again. Also seeing people from high school and seeing lots of movies, I hope. How come there're long stretches with no good movies out, and then suddenly there are half a dozen you want to see? Sorry I'm rambling, but that's what sleep deprivation does to you. Anyway, Merry Christmas and all that to everyone.

Oh, and this makes me happy.

Current mood: cheerful

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