1. I have discovered my superpower. When I stumble into the bathroom in the morning for my morning ablutions, I can tell whether or not there is some sort of insect in the tub, even before I put my contacts in, when I can't actually see. There's not usually a bug in there, but it happens on occasion, and I always just sort of know when I enter the room. The other morning I could tell there was, but I didn't see anything after I'd put my contacts in -- but yep, when I turned on the water, a little buglet skittered down the drain from where it had been hiding on the inner side of the tub.

I promise to use my powers only for good.


2. In other magical news, my class this semester has been quite interesting. I'm taking a course on Greek and Roman Magic, which pretty much amounts to "Interesting Ways to Curse Your Neighbors for Fun and Profit." These people were all about the hexes, I'm telling you. And the things they did to various creatures furry and otherwise... eesh. And eeew.

I was quite taken last night by one spell that was supposed to be an infallible contraceptive spell. It seems like it would actually work pretty well. I have a feeling it has less to do with Ineffable Cosmic Powers, though, and more with the fact that it involved wearing a leather amulet filled with ox snot and earwax from a mule. Ain't no brother getting laid wearing one of those. You'd be lucky to get even a peck on the cheek.


3. There is no item three.
It's the weekend! Woohoo!

We don't have too much planned yet for this weekend; we've got dinner with the crazy Italian and Sicilian family-in-law on Sunday. I'm hoping the wine and lamb will suffice to make it a less-than-daunting experience this year. (Some years it's OK, other years it's infuriating.) We might or might not get together with [livejournal.com profile] dj_brimstone and his girlfriend (the LJ-less--I think--Colleen) if he gets back in touch with us. (hint hint...)

My weekend got off to a good if somewhat embarrassing start as I had a letter waiting for me from the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn when I got home. It was from the Associate Dean in charge of the College of General Studies saying that I'd been awarded the Linda Bowen Santoro Award for 2007. It's an award from the Alumni board for "extraordinary motivation and dedication in pursuit of an undergraduate degree." I'm going to have to "be honored" at the Commencement ceremony and reception which promises to be a blush-worthy time. I'm not so good at being singled out like that, but I guess it means I really should pick up some decent clothes before May so I don't look like a schlub.
omg Latin )
There, I've just finished writing the third and final paper for my class. I had to fudge the spacing a little because there was no way I could get it to fit in 6 pages if it was truly double-spaced, so I played with the settings and took it down from 7 1/2 pages to 6. Hopefully she won't notice because she'd said early in the class that going over 6 pages would probably result in getting lower marks -- but if she's going to ask us to evaluate current feminist developments in Judaism, Christianity, Islam AND Buddhism, and talk about the conflicts among feminists in each -- well, I'd like to see HER try to cover all that in 500 words or less for each religion. Puh-leeze.

Anyway, that's done. Whee!
A week has gone by with little to write, but I'm still kickin'.

We ("we" being [livejournal.com profile] bearon68, [livejournal.com profile] dreamingbear,[livejournal.com profile] chemicallcrow, [livejournal.com profile] phillyvixen, [livejournal.com profile] phillyfyre and I) went out for sushi last night with our friend Dave from Ontario (who is LJ-less as far as I know!) phillyvixen discovered the joy that is spicy temaki, and I ate just enough fish. I tried the eel and, while it's not as bad as the first time I tried it, I prefer the fishes over the sea-snakes. Aquatic creatures fear me yet!

This weekend I decided to punk out on the SCA event we were going to; I know that if I go I won't get my third and final paper written for class Monday, and that would be a huge blow to my grade. As it was, I got a B+ on last week's paper -- not because she didn't like it, but because I didn't rely enough on the readings she gave us in class. I'm a little annoyed at this; she never said we had to rely on those readings alone, and quite frankly, the readings we had last week weren't appropriate for the question I wanted to find out more about. I'm finishing up a bachelor's degree, not writing a freakin' third-grade book report, and if it's an A paper, give me an A. </rant> Anyway, Ron's going to Southern Region War Camp but I'll be home writing and then getting started on reading the four memoirs I have to read by the week after next. (Thank god next week is Movie Week and those memoirs are the only reading I'll have to do for class!)

Work: stressy. But fortunately I'm sensing some movement on my part towards getting the work done that I have looming over me. I've got two projects, both of which are creative projects, but I have been thoroughly uninspired and can't seem to get moving on them. I think I know what I'm doing now, though. I have requested four days off (Friday the 4th and the next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) to try to give myself a real mini-vacation; that weekend is the second Bears weekend up at the Woods campground, and we are going to see about going up Friday and coming back Tuesday, to get a little quiet time up there too.

OK, Illustrator beckons. Later gators!
The reply from my Hebrew prof:

>I really said that to deal with the problem of two of the guys who disappeared after the fall semester.
>But I made the offer and will stick to it. I have no problem rewarding my regulars for their commitment.
>I have a couple of incompletes, so I will wait and do all my changes in a week or two rather than piecemeal.


So woohoo! That will raise my GPA a tad...
This semester's grades:

Spring 2006 COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES
ANTH 003 INTRO. HUMAN EVOLUTION 1.00 CU B
HEBR 154 INTERMED BIBL HEBREW II 1.00 CU A-
Term Statistics: 2.00 CU GPA 3.35
Cumulative: 21.00 CU GPA 3.55

I'm not too upset about the B in Anthro, because I didn't do much more than C-level work in it. The A- in Hebrew I'm pleased with, though! I've emailed my professor to remind him of his promise about raising our fall grade to match our spring one if we improved (because both semesters combined make up Intermediate Hebrew II.)

The rest of my undergraduate career looks like this:

Summer 2006 COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES
RELS 106 MODERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT:
Existentialism (1.00) CU NR
RELS 210 AFRICAN RELIGIONS (1.00) CU NR
Term Statistics: 0.00 CU
Cumulative: 21.00 CU GPA 3.55

Fall 2006 COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES
DTCH 101 ELEMENTARY DUTCH I (1.00) CU NR
RELS 024 ARCHAEOLOGY & THE BIBLE (1.00) CU NR
Term Statistics: 0.00 CU
Cumulative: 21.00 CU GPA 3.55
Equivalent Credit: 7.00 CU
Total Credit: 28.00 CU

and then by Christmas, I'll finally be a gradumate! Woo!
I never thought I'd be happy about this, but:

I got a C+! I got a C+!!!

Spring 2005
JWST 050 ELEM BIBLICAL HEBREWI&II 1.00 CU B-
MUSC 070 THEORY/MUSICIANSHIP I 1.00 CU C+

Obviously the hell that is Theory and Musicianship brought my Hebrew scores down too, since I was struggling to keep my head above water... but I passed. *WHEW!* It dropped my GPA from 3.76 to 3.6 but now that the hell class is out of the way I should be able to bring that back up...

Woohoo!
It's over, it's over, Strong Bad says it's over!!

Hebrew final completed, semester done, I get a whole week off before Summer Session I!

Woooohoo!

Hebrew final was OK, my recitation went off without a hitch. Dramatic hand motions help with this! ("Vay-yishkhatu sa'eer izeem vay-yitbalu et kitonet ba-dam!*" :stabby motion stabby motion dip-dip-dippy motion:)

I was a bit annoyed at myself: last night when I was reviewing I decided I'd get a little reading practice, so I pulled out the chapters from Genesis we'd been working on and started reading at a random place. I didn't quite understand all of it, and thought "I should go get my bible and read it in translation so I can figure out what these words mean." But since all my bibles were in the other room and I was lazy, I didn't go get one. Whatever.

So what was the last part of the test? "Translate this section into English (25 points)." And wouldn't you know it was the exact same passage I read last night? I would have aced that section if I'd just gone and gotten a bible and read the translation. Oh well, I think I did pretty good anyway!

Let the happy dances commence!



*"And they slaughtered a ram and dipped the tunic in the blood."

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