Sunday, October 30, 2005
penance and syzygy
The penance is the hours of work I’ve put in this weekend so far. (Making up for my fun time during academic advising… sigh.) Syzygy is my new favorite vocab word. (It’s the time when the sun and moon line up with the Earth. Also called conjunction… expect high tides. And welcome to oceanography!)
I need to get better acquainted with syzygy and its friends before my next oceanography test on Thursday. (Okay, and it’s just fun to type.)
But despite my lack of productivity during academic advising last week, I think it still did some good, having that time off. Thursday was one of my best class days this semester (proof that I can be bribed)...
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
strength & honor: academic advising
Wow, so that went quickly! Our two days of advising recess are over?? Did I get anything done?? Not really. I did write a paper (the whole thing!! start to finish, don’t tell anyone!) on Tuesday, so that counts for something. Today I’ve thought about homework… but not much has happened in that area. Hmm. There’s always next weekend…
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Yes, the list is sitting on my desk. No… it’s not even halfway done. But that’s all right. I can catch up on homework over Academic Advising—though I can’t believe it’s time for that again!! I really don’t want to admit that the semester is half over (seriously??), or that I need to think about my last semester of classes at Calvin.
So, the reason that my infamous weekend list isn’t done? (Besides the obvious answer: the lists are always impossible to finish… that’s the point…) My wonderful suitemates (from freshman year) came to visit! I hadn’t really seen them since May, so it was a good excuse to set the list, the papers, the readings aside and have a blast. (Oh, and eat a lot. There is always food involved.)
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Every Thursday, it seems that I get struck by a warped optimism. It never fails. I start keeping a list of all the homework that I can do over the upcoming weekend, but somehow my brain decides it has about a week off… because there’s no way I can finish even half a list in two days! This weekend, I thought I could read about six hundred pages in various books, write a few papers, prepare for a test, and run a half-dozen errands.
No doubt, I should be able to do it all with poise and grace, and an unshakable sense of peace… Ha ha ha.
Friday, October 14, 2005
as promised: the oceanography photo album
These are so gorgeous… makes me want to go north again this weekend!! But no, I’ll be catching up on homework these days.
This is from the hike we took at Au Sable.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
coats and coasts
So this weekend was the fateful oceanography field trip. (Fateful? I don’t know where that came from. Maybe too much Dickens?)
Seriously, we had so much fun. I really liked getting to know a bunch of people outside my major—nothing against English majors, but it’s great to see a group get psyched about rocks. (I tend to think: “they’re rocks. So what. What do you think about Shakespeare?” But there are a lot of geology majors in that class who know what they’re talking about, and can say more about a rock than “it’s grey.” Fun conversations. Anyway.)
Thursday, October 06, 2005
oceanography part two
Tomorrow morning I set off with my oceanography class for our second field trip. (Is it weird that I’m looking at this like a mini-vacation??) We’re driving up to the Leelanau Peninsula, and staying overnight at the Au Sable Institute. All I have to do tomorrow is sit in a van… read David Copperfield (homework for a class)... and eat pizza after we arrive. (Well, and tour the institute. Which also sounds like fun.)
It’s been a hectic week (did not do so well on a test today!), and I’m looking forward to a break. Even if that break includes the study of coastal processes. Fine by me.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
So, it’s been sitting in my Calvin webmail inbox for a while now… and I’ve been avoiding it. Moving it to different boxes… marking it as unread, and then reading it again. Then I printed it off and let it sit on my desk for two weeks. Tonight I decided to finally deal with it.
It’s supposed to be a pretty painless procedure, and my roommate has already gone through it. Very simple, but I’m still dragging my feet.