swordmage: (Light In Hand)
So, I'm currently on the couch, watching Hustle (oh, how I love a good con), with Ryan playing WoW, and a furry body under my feet.

In other words - we got a dog!

Her name is Roxy, and she's a black and brown 7 year old shepherd mix of some ilk. (The rescue says Belgian Shepherd Tervuren, which is very likely utter BS. Of course, it doesn't matter in the least to us.) Utterly adorable and a complete sweetheart, we both fell in love with her when we met her on Saturday. Happily, she seemed to fall in love with us as well. Or at least our backyard and the smell of cooking pork in the oven.

We're still in that adjustment period - where we're figuring her out, and she's figuring us out. This isn't bad, as it means we're going to need to be more on top of things like dishes. She's just tall enough to nose around on the counters if she stands up. It's kind of amusing, but just requires more diligence from us. She's also quite fond of wandering along the back of the couch that is near the window.

Consequently, we've spent most of the rest of the weekend (ie - today) letting her get adjusted while I did schoolwork and Dom's been goofing off in other respects. We did a bunch of cleaning yesterday, which was a relief as well. Means this week I can concentrate on writing of papers. (Argh!)

There's a small album on Facebook and I'll get better photos up on Flickr soon.
swordmage: (zombie sheep)
Well, let's start with 50 Books, shall we? In no particular order:

1) Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper - I then lent it to my dad whose first comment was "I want to buy a cleaver now." I, already being in possession of a cleaver, bought two of her cookbooks, both for
specific regions. Land of Plenty, which is Sichuanese, and Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, which is Hunan. There's a bunch of really good stuff in them, and I'm really looking forward to cooking out of it.

2) The Fortune Cookie Chronicles - short, easy, read on take-out Chinese in the US. I'm fairly convinced it's related to an article in the Times a few years ago about the origins of fortune cookies, but damned if I totally know.

3) The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1 - Surprisingly good. I nabbed in on the cheap for the iPhone (Dark Horse is putting out a bunch of trades in such a format) and got sucked in. The James Jean cover art may or may not have been partially responsible.

4) Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief - I... don't know. I'll probably read the rest, but I don't think it was absolutely wonderful. The characters and the characteristics of their immortal parents were well-done, and the idea was good, but I felt it was... a bit lacking somehow.

The next books sitting on the to-read list are mostly partially-read. Likely, they'll get tossed aside in favor of a history of the Custer Battlefield since 1876 (work reading, title is Striken Field) and You Are Not A Gadget, which I think, based on some skimming, I will both love and hate. Expected reaction shouldn't be as violent as the one to Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which is one of the few books where I've wanted to kill the writer.

Other than that, I went out to fighter practice tonight. I'm not a newbie, I am uber!noob! But, on the bright side, I practiced some simple things with Bryan and am feeling a bit better with stuff overall. With luck, enough friends will be willing to put up with me poking at them for a bit of time once a week, and all shall be good. Did discover I need to retape my tip though - red on black... not so good for my sight. Definitely need to get in better shape, but this is a good reason.

Also working on cleaning the house, which is a slow process. Translation - getting the library and spare bedroom to actually *be* such things. It's working out though, which is a nice thing. It's also rather overdue. (If you can consider it a few months to be overdue.) In the end, jut happy to be getting the house together and everything settled. After Crown - and btw, we'll be there Saturday and a bit of Sunday - we're going to get the yard in order.

Tomorrow, between work and CSA pickup, my plans involve, quite simply, homework. I feel like I'm running a little behind, but really I know I'm ok. Need to finish something for last week, but I should be alright, I think, as it's kind of not too much.

About the only downside to all of this is that one of my eyes seems to be a bit sore/painful. I actually think it may be a stye, but that doesn't make things any less annoying. Combined with the fact that I spent all morning being very sniffly, it's not been a good day in Willa!health.
swordmage: (:P)
And, having just finished throwing together a pair of lesson plans for my Art Ed class, there's one finished.

Three to go...
swordmage: (devious willa)
It's always a nice surprise to find out one did better on a paper than expected. A B, albeit a low one, on that damned Photo paper was good. Nearly makes up for the fact that today and Tuesday in the class will be spent listening to Grad Students who don't know how to keep track of time.

Doing test-runs of A&S food this weekend. This should be good. I'm more concerned over the laser sauce than the tracta, but mainly because I"ve never used asafoetida. Ever. As an aside, Cato has directions on how to force-feed poultry. Interesting... Dom should be doing a sausage run, minus casings (which are ordered - for various and sundry reasons and research, went with ordering them online). Of course, now that I think about it, finding time for tests may be less than optimal. Hrmmm...

At any rate, next week have (two) lesson plans due for my ARE class, then that's done. Not many details are available for my Photo or Islamic Art/Architecture finals, and I've got the full list of questions for my Judaic studies class - he'll end up selecting three or four, and we pick two. Final grades seem to be shaping up as a mix of As and Bs. I figure I may as well at least give the illusion of continuing to care. *grin* This is, nonetheless, a nice weight off my shoulders.

And, for amusement - Do I Have Pig Flu?
swordmage: (Default)
First off - anyone on the flist who may be interested in giving CSA a (free) shot in a few weeks - leave a comment. Dom and I will be gone for a few weeks and while we've no qualms with our share being donated, if anyone in town wants to try it - tell me. The only request I'm making is be willing to give (almost) everything you get a shot.

Counting today, I have 3 days of class left. This is quite peculiar.

Final schedule is pretty straightforward: art education - presentation on Thursday and everything else due Tuesday, photo - sit-down final, Judaic studies and Islamic art and architecture - take home and likely submit on d2l. Then just make sure my diploma is posted and get a copy of my transcript to the Graduate College.

Also need to order the bloody cap and gown. *mutters*
swordmage: (For the future)
I do love Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea. They may not make the OMG!Best mochas in town, but I feel loved when the owner comes by and gives me extra for free. ("Here - I've got some more. Want it?")

And the food's pretty good as well.

Took yesterday off to finish up some schoolwork. Apart from the horrid writer's block, got a decent dent in stuff. One of the classes I had something due today in got cancelled, so it's now due Thursday. So I'll try and get half of it cleaned up tonight, and the other half tomorrow. Better medieval Jewish history than Mamluk architecture.

Dinner at Benihana was fun - we did the teppanyaki show/thingy. I've been to hibatchi before, but it was a place in Newport, and never to Benihana proper. Dad put forth a few places he wouldn't mind, and as [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I hadn't done Benihana, and it was close to dad, that was the verdict. As usual, had a good time with my dad. The tuna steak, by the way, really tasty. I didn't mooch any of dad's scallops, though [livejournal.com profile] domnall did and liked them. I had chicken, further proving I'm hopeless, or something. *grin* The boys talked iPhone apps, we all talked movies, jury duty, work, and so on, and I discussed my plans for graduation gift to myself.

Still arguing with Financial Aid. (no, really, that "graduate student" bit on my FAFSA is serious...) it's no longer quite as serious, what with the job situation and all, but if I can get some money to cover a bit of rent or books? I'd be happy.

[livejournal.com profile] raventhourne - I'm trying for the digital copy of that book today, though I put in an ILL request for a hard copy.

[livejournal.com profile] elinor_dear - when are you on campus/have a break? I really should pick up that movie from you and I'm usually free Tuesday/Thursday from 12:15 to 2.

Finally - I know several people on my friends list either have tattoos or know people who do. Where do you all suggest as good places in Tucson to get a tattoo? I've heard good stuff about Fast Lane (and seen nice work, as well), and [livejournal.com profile] ysabet recommended Enchanted Dragon, but there are so many, and as soon as I've got the stuff in hand, I'd like to start looking.
swordmage: (boobies! tits!)
IUD Stuf )

Work Bits and Further Details on Being an Archivist )

School )

Other )

For [livejournal.com profile] weavedancer: Small Japanese Car Hunting

Oh yes, and Want Want brand rice cakes are tasty.

This may get added to later - I feel like I'm forgetting something here...
swordmage: (Abomination)
I just happen to be fond of Alia...

At the least, stuff is going well. School starts tomorrow, though I don't have any classes until Thursday. I'm taking four classes, and I anticipate that they should be at least marginally interesting. I do need to make sure that I get my graduation stuff in order soon, the less I worry about it, the better.

Have cut out new stuff for [livejournal.com profile] domnall, it should be done by polling. With luck, I may be able to finish an underdress as well for myself. I anticipate good events the next two weekends, at any rate. Even if I'll likely be wearing the same stuff... *grin*

Bed sounds like a lovely concept right now. I think I'll be off.
swordmage: (Thoughtful)
Well, semester is over in all ways. It's quite nice actually.

My grad school app has been mailed. Still need to finish the financial aid part, but I figured that at the least, it would would take the thing off my mind. And that is good.

Ordered Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 - the 25% off coupon only comes once a year, and it was this or Absolute Watchmen. Sandman will complete the set, and besides, 4 will contain The Kindly Ones (which has some of my favorite art, including Cluracan and the stag) and The Wake (which may be my favorite arc - or may be tied with The Doll's House for that honor).

I have projects planned for Estrella. Mainly of the clothing variety. Hats, coats, shirts, and bag trousers for [livejournal.com profile] domnall.

This weekend - I plan on sleeping and doing nothing useful.

Except trying to track down a goose...
swordmage: (Whee!!)
So, I head to the review for my final on Thursday and the TAs tell us they're curving the grades. So from an *8 to a *7, that's the grade. 88-100=A, 78-87=B, 68-77=C, and so on.

My grade?

*9.42. Yeppers, that means I won't be taking the final.

Which means, plain and simple, that I am finished.

[livejournal.com profile] elinor_dear we're still on for dinner tomorrow. There shall be less chaos, and still good food.

now, if only i could have known this on monday - a meltdown would have been averted.
swordmage: (Absence of faith)
Well, after this morning's meltdown - day improved marginally.

The meltdown wasn't helped by the fact that the alarm didn't go off, even though I know I turned it on, and didn't notice until [livejournal.com profile] domnall did at about 7:45.

I've come to the conclusion I simply need to suck it all up and cope. Though, more importantly, I need to finish my paper for tomorrow - expansion mainly of stuff I've already got.

My final today was one of the worst written finals I have had the pleasure of taking. Some of the questions were interesting done (For example, how do four vague ideas relate to one of four thesis statements) but multiple of the answers fit equally well...

Honestly, thank god the class is over.
swordmage: (boobies! tits!)
I am exceedingly glad we went to today's event, even if we had to leave early - final tomorrow morning. *sigh* Now, if only Hasaki would post my mid-term grade so I can get my timesheet in... Need to know if I'm going to take the final.

However, I got the fox pelts cut up for hats. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] raventhourne's instructions - even if I did blank and think she meant a straight razor instead of electric shaver. *headdesk* I'd be clueless and they'd end up totally mangled otherwise. Instead, we shall have hats for Estrella!)

[livejournal.com profile] domnall's got his 40k army (as of now) base-coated, and is happily painting them. They look quite nice - not as good as [livejournal.com profile] dverning's, but he's just starting. *grin*

I don't think tomorrow's final will end up being all that miserable, answer 64 out of 70 questions multiple choice, and I've got a passable grasp of contemporary Chinese history/civilization. (What? I have had peculiar reading choices over the years.)

Honestly, I'm feeling cheerier than I have for several days. The semester's almost over, and nearly all our Christmas shopping is finished. Unfortunately, my father is exceedingly hard to shop for sometimes, and this was one of them - until I found Paul Theroux's new book Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, which is about taking the same trip he took in The Great Railway Bazaar 30 years ago.

Deciding factor? *skims* "Hrmmm... I think I may need to borrow this!"
swordmage: (Ease the Ache)
Signs your day isn't going well.

Despite bringing an umbrella - there is no rain.

The lock on your locker refuses to work. Bolt cutters are your friend.

You finish welding, notice it's already time for your next class (which you skip - not like anything interesting would be covered anyway), and still feel like your project's crap. Also, there is soot all over your nose. You are simply told to look in a mirror before your next class.

Upon getting to work, you're happily attaching images when you realize the entirety of the Texas Mission scans have been eaten. As in, I know I scanned them, but they're not there. At least it's only like 20 cards, but still. Annoying...

I've got Wired and The New Yorker to read, damn it...

Now, to finish at least a working-like copy of my letter of intent (I've given up on it not sounding pleading - but would anyone be willing to read it over).

Just fuck it all.
swordmage: (Ease the Ache)
For some reason - this week has dragged like a... screw it, I can't think of a good analogy.

At least after Tuesday, the immediate academic work was finished. But that doesn't mean that everything hasn't still been damned slow. The last two days it's felt like I'm dead on my feet. At least next brings little, and I'm only looking to sit one final. (If it's optional, and the only way to raise my grade by a letter is score something physically impossible: I'll save my sanity.)

I tend to happily forget about the Abbey's (my high school) Annual Fund until my class rep pesters me. I'll have to get back to her as it was someone I got along with and she seemed at least interested in what's going on.

Mmmm - [livejournal.com profile] domnall's cooking dinner.
swordmage: (Absence of faith)
One presentation down. (For the record, went mostly meh. Though I got some very good feedback that will be useful for finishing the paper.) Still a paper, plus finals and an art project.

Two official copies of my transcripts ordered for my grad school application. eta: and it tells me they're ready for pick-up. interesting...

Both profs contacted - have agreed to provide letters of rec.

Main UA grad application submitted. Will finish the SIRLS one in the next few days.

Finally - meme time! From both [livejournal.com profile] dqbunny and [livejournal.com profile] scribe_ari.

Put your MP3 player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first is the title.

Your body may be gone, I'm gonna carry you in. )
swordmage: (Approval!)
GRE is finally over, thank the gods.

The nice thing about taking it as a computer-based test was that I got my grades immediately. And the result was satisfying - not abysmal, but respectable. I am quite pleased.

Mind you, the cost of this was that we did not go to Coronation. While I am rather sad about this fact, at the same time, the call of getting stuff together for grad school was a wee bit more important.

As an aside - looking like it may be just [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I again this year at Southern. The other parties have all had things come up recently, in some cases very, very not good, and so there's a good chance they'll be unable to make it... *shrug* So be it.
swordmage: (Merlin the Happy Pig)
*deep breath*


So, apart from being unable to get any work on my sculpture done this morning (ggrrrrr), I am happy. Since I was on campus, I decided to stop by and see one of the professors I want a letter of rec for. She happily agreed (!) and we talked a little about grad school for me. Went well, I am happy. And a teensy bit less worried about it all.

The first order of fabric (linen, to be exact) has arrived. It's lovely - I'm looking forward to using it. This is mostly destined to be new SCA clothing for [livejournal.com profile] domnall, and I fully intend to actually take a little more time with it and make sure it's good. What I'm really looking forward to is getting the wool. Now, I'll need buttons... (any recommendations?)

It's nice overall, we've been working around the apartment. Actually, [livejournal.com profile] domnall is doing most of the cleaning, I've been doing school-work. It's been frustrating to try and live in a messy apartment - can't find things and all that fun stuff. That said, it's a slow process, but things are looking up.

Plans this weekend involve GRE and, well, baking. I need to bake... It's hitting that point where it's becoming a calling. *grin*

And possibly in the realm of TMI: This new BC had better adjust, and soon. I haven't been this miserable during the "off" week in a long while.
swordmage: (Ease the Ache)
Another Friday, another week (almost over). At least I was fairly productive, doing some stuff I needed to do including starting the senior-check process. I think the advisor thinks I'm nuts for doing it this early. I'm also constantly reminded I need to do at least some GRE studying soon...

Life, in that non-academic sense, has been plodding on. Stuff's just been going along. Have a decent fabric stash I really need to attack, but just can't bring myself to for some reason.


Hhmmm, Choke is playing this weekend.
swordmage: (Ease the Ache)
Weekend good. Hit Bookman's, ended up finding a few things - including a copy of Bright Young Things. Woot! Also picked up Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson, Heinlein's The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (a personal favorite), and a few other things. I need to expand my Heinlein collection, he's a favorite.

(Incidentally, I think I'm going to have to look for T.J. Bass' The God Whale. I stumbled across refernces recently, and it seemed an interesting premise.

I'm currently in the (slow) process of getting back into the academic grind. It's sort of weird, to tell the truth. This is my last year of undergrad, so maybe I'm just looking at things differently. I'll admit, in my capstone class, I feel like my goals are so... lowly. I don't have dreams of changing the art history world - I just want to help all those people do research.

swordmage: (Aware with Gun)
So, classes appear to be at least interesting. I think my sculpture class will be interesting and useful, to say the least. And my capstone class (Issues in Art History) very interesting.

I've been biking to school and then to work, which is great. Well, apart from yesterday, where I got half-soaked on the way to work, and then thoroughly between the bus stop and home. That was not pleasant. Combine that with the fact that [livejournal.com profile] domnall was feeling crummy (and had been all day), and we didn't hit Knight Light.

I swear, I think there's some global conspiracy going on now. Mind you, I am well aware that at least part of it is my own doing.

Sewing new garb is needed soon, I think...


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