Friday, September 10, 2010

A few... interesting... items from my life recently.

Hm. I don't make it online as often as I would like for leisure purposes these days. I have been swamped with homework and reading and I have not been able to do much else since school started. Sheesh.

But here are a few items of news from the past few weeks:

1. We were given an excessive number of tomatoes by our neighbors and ward members, so last week we made a fantastic salsa. (It really was quite delicious!)

2. We have been meeting with a school gaming group on Thursdays. Last night, I won a Ticket to Ride game with a score of 262! And that was a five player game. Those familiar with the game will understand the greatness of the victory.

3. My little nephew Caleb was born just two or three days after we came back from California. He was born so fast that his face was black with bruises when he came out. He is doing very well from what we hear.

4. We got some episodes of the original series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Netflix and have been watching them. They are so funny! When I was little, I pretty much worshiped the Ninja Turtles, so it is really fun to see what the show is like as an adult. It's a lot better than I expected it to be.

5. After almost a full month, I actually did laundry on Wednesday... It cost almost twenty dollars and used up almost a full jar of my mom's homemade laundry detergent! It was nice this morning to have clothes to choose from for a change rather than having to wear the one odd thing that I happened to have left...

As fascinating as all this is... I have got to go. Just think, if I had made each one of these items its own post... you could have been even MORE bored than you already are. :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The library is a nice place to live.

I wish that there were private apartments within the library here on campus. I bet the rent would be quite reasonable, even if the accommodations were a bit... academic. It would be convenient to actually move into the library, since that is where I am going to have to be every day all semester long. I am already eating, drinking, and sleeping my research. What could I have been thinking, signing up for four English classes and a history writing class?

You would think that if I would be allowed to choose my own topics for my research, I would be intelligent enough to pick topics that would be reasonably easy to research.

Ha, ha.

I am simply too passionate, too interested in the quirky, and too whimsically-minded to research regular, solid, uninteresting topics. If I am going to spend hundreds of hours studying and writing about something, I want it to be freakin' cool. Otherwise I will bored and hate my [English, writing concentration] life.

So... I am writing about food. I want to see how the American diet changed in the last century, why it changed, and what those changes mean about our society. For another class, I am coming up with a feasible solution to the problem of starvation in countries that have taken loans from the World Bank. (I think countries need to pull out of world economics and first feed themselves; I theorize that only through self-sufficiency will the starvation problem be solved.) I'm sure my solutions will be earth-shattering and all that, but it's hard to find sources for basic research. And this is not even mentioning literature research for my other classes...!

Maybe I should keep blankets, pillows and copious amounts of snack foods in the car just in case a corner of the library opens up for habitation. Then I can just move in permanently and save myself the trouble and driving back and forth from home. It would be so much easier that way.