Whoa free membership today! Which means I have to write a journal so I can have a pretty journal entry on my profile.
See, you totally feel like you're chilling in some treetops right now don't you? Treetops amid fucking mountains!
Anyway, I'm going to ramble on for a length about my life, my universe, and my everything...which really isn't much, but I can often be a chatty writer.
So, I've begun my last semester of my senior year of college (May term does not count) and I'm generally trying to make myself chill the fuck out. Last semester was kind of torturous as I had three writing intensive classes, two in my major and had to begin all kinds of new campaigns for work. Needless to say, I got the worst GPA I've ever received in college, but I'm dealing with it and moving on since most people don't consider B's a bad grade. This semester I only have two writing intensive courses, so hopefully I'll have a bit of breathing space in that regard...though I suspect whatever time I gained will be engulfed by my Detective Fiction class---which sounds awesome, but I don't like detective fiction. I only took the class because at my university you have to take two sets of two classes outside your major and I had taken Culture of Nature hoping to pair it with American Writing of Nature, but of course, American Writing of Nature was not offered and I must now read a book a week.
On that note: I've finished THREE books since classes started just over a week ago! Non of them required reading however. No, I was supposed to read some Poe, and it made me fall asleep, and I was supposed to read some Doyle, and it made me fall asleep (the movie and graphic novel of the book, however...made me less sleepy). But I finished Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire (after being on a waiting list for like 3 months), which was AMAZING! And having found the boxed set of Percy Jackson & the Olympians online for $14, I purchased that and have just finished the second book. I recommend them as well. Not as good as The Hunger Games or Harry Potter or what have you, but still a nice enjoyable read (particularly if you're as big of a mythology fan as I am). Chances are I could finish this series by next weekend, but I have to read Murder Must Advertise, and several sundry chapters from books in my other classes, which include: Environmental Science, Race Ethnicity & Social Class, Detective Fiction, & Beginning Karate. With the exception of Detective Fiction, during which I sit in the back of the class thinking over and over again "thick description, it's symbols it's just, arrrrgh, no STOP OVER-COMPLICATING LITERATURE, I don't think those things mean what you think they mean, nope they mean that because that is how your culture has conditioned you to interpret them" The professor seems like a really great guy, but I'm just annoyed I couldn't take American Writing of Nature and got stuck with JJ Gites. Anyway, with the exception of Detective Fiction I LOVE my classes so far. I'm kind of having issues with being one of the few people talking in class again, but I'm getting over it (that the best hing about karate, it's all instruction so there are no awkward silences as the freshmen draw circles in their notebooks while waiting for someone else to continue the conversation. Race, Ethnicity, & Social Class on the other hand is full of awkward silence. I love it because it's like DALT, but the key to making the class great is for people to actually converse...and people aren't conversing, they are waiting for the 5-6 people who talk in class to continue the conversation while they text people about trivialities. Aaaanyway, to wrap this up, Environmental Science is proving to be amazing. I mentioned wanting to attend I
Mountains Day [link]
to my boss, and she mentioned this to my professor who said I could attend this event in lieu of visiting the Toyota plant as long as I write about it.
Oh, last thing: I'm making interpretation signs for the rain garden and butterfly garden for work this semester, and I get to go up to Special Collections and research old botany medical journals and illustrations for the designs! I have my first appointment up there tomorrow and I'm super psyched because Special Collections is full of all kinds of awesome old things, like original Audubon illustrations, illuminated manuscripts, and a library of 1st edition books by Darwin. I just think it's so cool that my university has these resources and students can actually use them!
I don't remember if I mentioned it, but I made about $90 on my jewelry last semester! $70 was from an art sale, but still, I'm super stoked about this!