So close to some sort of finish line

I had an assignment to write a 15 page paper. Originally she said 15-20, so I guess it’s okay that I wrote 21 pages. Eesh. Counting the cover, table of contents, graphs at the end, and works cited it is 38 pages long. I don’t think I’ve ever produced anything this long. At least not in one go.

So that’s what I’ve been doing all week. It was rough. There was a lot of sitting on the couch. The part where I had to add in the in-text citations was the worst, and halfway through I realized that I hadn’t been outside in 3 days, so I got up and went to the back yard and juggled for a bit. That helped.

Now I’m putting off studying chemistry, which is tomorrow afternoon. It’s not cumulative and the topics are fairly easy, but I just have no will to care anymore. Trying to summon enough to work through some problems tonight and put together a cheat sheet.

That’s pretty much it. In three days I’ll be done with this semester and I can go outside and enjoy it and and start freaking out about precalculus this summer and moving to Syracuse and starting all new awesome classes. So that’s a few things to look forward to at the end of this final push.

Sick.

Full blown summer cold. Complete with a heavy head of full sinuses. But! Two of my finals are done! I’m taking 5 classes and two of them had official lab tests, so it is nice to have the labs out of the way. The last three semesters it has somehow wound up that most of my finals are on the same day. Not this time! Finally, they’re spread out enough that I don’t have to study for them all at the same time. Today is about my Environmental Science Paper, and thursday is studying for that test. Friday is the test and then relaxing some. The weekend is for Chemistry and Statistics, which are on monday. Tuesday is for Anatomy and Physiology which happens wednesday morning, and then the rest of wednesday is studying for Ecology on thursday.. NOT THAT ANYONE ELSE NEEDS TO KNOW THE DETAILS. But I’m just so pleased at how it’s all paced out.

The weather is absolutely beautiful today. After the last week of sweltery and stormy, it’s nice to have a day of non humid warmness with sunshine. It’s too bad I have to bang out this paper today, and that I’m sick, but I can still enjoy it and I may take the cats on a field trip at some point.

And now it’s time to write another 8 pages and then edit t into something readable.

More procrastinating?

It has been far too long, and I’m going to make  a renewed effort to, you know, actually write here. So! News!

I got into a great school. It’s very exciting. I’m leaving New York in mid August and moving up to Syracuse. That part will be tough. I have heard terrible things about winter there, and I don’t do well with endless cold. Hopefully I will be too busy to notice. John and I drove up this week and I got an apartment. I think. I put in an application and a deposit check, so it’s fairly solid, but I haven’t heard the total final approval yet. But it’s great, 4 blocks from campus, a good price, an actual one bedroom with a front and back door and a dishwasher and laundry in the basement and they’re okay with the cats. And someone left behind a printer that I’ll inherit. It might even work! All good things.

In terms of the school itself, it should be great. I get to major in Conservation Biology, there are a ton of classes that sound really great, and they have a summer field station where I’ll take condensed classes that are 2 weeks long, 8-10 hours a day. I can’t wait. I just have to get through taking precalculus this summer. And, you know, finishing this semester first. I have a giant paper to write, and finals to study for, which of course means that I’ve some down with some sort of life-sucking illness. I’m slowly working through a couple of assignments today, and hopefully tomorrow my brain will be back up and running for real. Oog.

In between getting an apartment and getting sick, I finally went to the zoo again. This time I went to a bunch of things I’ve never seen before and nothing that I usually go to. I definitely missed the tigers and lions and the snow leopard and red panda and all of my other favorites to watch, but I finally saw the lemurs and butterflies and sea lions and all. Oh! And the okapi! I love them in all their odd zebrahorseness. Here are some of my pictures from the day-

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This guy was making the oddest little mooing sound

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Right after this, he fell in face first.

Spring cleaning usually leads to procrasticooking

What a lovely week off. It turned out differently than I planned, but still good. Unfortunately, the biggest difference has been the lack of outdoorsness, boooo. But the weather is still in that half-winter-but-maybe-I’ll-smell-like-spring-but-oh-wait-it’s-still-too-cold-to-leave-out-some-sort-of-heavy-jacket type thing. It fools me and then I go outside underdressed and shiver the whole time. I still have two days off, so perhaps an adventure will happen tomorrow.

What I did do with my free time- Cleaned! It may not really feel like spring yet, but the spring cleaning urge hit, and hit hard. I cleaned my room, a whole semester of not having enough time to find the laundry bag and not having a real trash can in my room and having two sheddy cats and letting my books pile up around me. It took all day. The big project that I finally got to was my books. My old room was much bigger and I had a whole wall of my four bookshelves, plus a half tall shelf in the living room. In my “new” (we’ve lived here about 20 months) apartment, I only have room for two full sized shelves in my room, and a half tall int he living room. When we moved in, I culled through and picked out the books I would want to read, reread, and refer to and shelved them. Everything else went into semi-orderly stacks next to my bed. I finally went through all of those, found about 50 that I didn’t feel the need to reread, or just didn’t like and didn’t want to keep, and bagged them to donate somewhere (probably Housing Works) and the rest I put in boxes and hauled up to John’s attic. I should write a post soon about the whole separate bedrooms and why and how that works for us. Perhaps tomorrow. After the adventure.

I also took all of my laundry to get washed. I know dropping off laundry is a luxury, and I’m tight on money right now, but I’ve been putting off laundry for SO LONG that between (almost all of) my clothes, two sets of sheets and duvet covers, blankets, towels, it was 67 pounds. I filled my laundry bag, my duffle bag that I use for laundry, and John’s laundry bag. This makes me feel extravagant and rich, having more laundry that I can carry (well. If it were in one container that wasn’t unwieldy I could do it. But three lumpy slippery ones was not happening). And while I do have more clothes than I need, a significant portion was towels and bedding. Still. American excess and luxury! Cue feelings of guilt and decadence!

Anyway. Because of the laundry, I still haven’t finished my room. I got the laundry all back and unpacked it into piles that need to be put in drawers (and probably I should do a clothing cull and donate things as well) and now that my desk is clear and usable I dragged all my school books in from the living room (which I also cleaned on another day) and now I need to do some more bookshelf rearranging. I’ve lost a little bit of steam on all this, though, so I think for the moment I am going to avoid it, and instead make this amazing-sounding spaghetti  as adapted by the always entertaining Lauren. Perhaps after that I’ll feel ready to face my room again. And the cats will be woken up enough that I won’t disturb them by making the bed, aka ruining their sleeping hollow.

Procrastination Central!

The more I have to do, the more I put it off. At least, that’s the theme this week. I am also burned out on school, and have had a week long break between class last thursday and my classes tomorrow. I should have been working on all kinds of papers and presentations during that time, but….

Fortunately the rest of what I have to do is due friday. Unfortunately it’s the main bulk. So, I’ll be buried under that and probably won’t pop back up here until saturday. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with my favorite new website- http://wtfevolution.tumblr.com/

It’s kind of the best thing ever, I think.

Also, random anatomy fact- that tiny little hole in the corner of your eye? Not your tear duct! Your tear ducts are on the upper outer edge of your eyelid, and wash across and down your eye, towards your nose, and that hole, which is actually the naso-lacrimal duct- it drains into your nose. That’s why your nose runs when you cry. Crazy, right?

Clearly, he’s walking on marbles

Fashion, it appears, is over. Hooray! Sort of. I need this next week off, but then I’d like to get back to having work, please. This year went out with a whimper for me. I had one last official thing that first got split into two separate days (yay, this means 2 four hour calls instead of one) and then the first half got moved to a time I couldn’t do, but they still paid me because the decision came so late (yay), and then the second half got changed to TBD, and I guess it was never D? At least, not that I heard. I could have spent the last two days at the shop deprepping and putting everything away, but I decided against it. Maybe a bad choice, but I’m still sick. I went from terrible sore throat and fever dreams (but no fever, odd) to very tired but maybe on the mend with a slight sore throat to lots of coughing and some sneezing and lots of nose blowing. That’s where I am now, and I just didn’t feel like being that at work.

So instead, yesterday John and I went on a few errands and on a whim went to B&N. He found some book or other, and I found a giant book of Audubon’s drawings, marked down to 20 bucks. Clearly, a must have. The prints are gorgeous, and I’m thinking I should have bought two because I just want to slice out pages and frame them. Our total sounded a little low, even with John’s employee discount, and sure enough when I checked, the bird book was 3 dollars. THREE. I should have taken all of the copies.

Perhaps this book will inspire me to expand and improve on my sketching repertoire. The other day while waiting for class to start I drew this on my desk (shhhhh, I know I’m too old for that, but come on. What else does one do when bored? They made the surface perfect for it)

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The problem/good thing about desk surfaces is that they’re hard to erase, so you have to stick with what you’ve done. I realized halfway through the body that the head was now too small, so I just gave it stilt legs. I’m also not sure what’s going on with its tail, but that is neither here nor there.

Popping up for a moment

Fashion week! It’s been interesting. A few kerfuffles, some scheduling botches, but overall not bad. Because of school I’m working a lot less than I usually do, so this past weekend was my only ridiculous shift (40 hours between friday morning and sunday night). I’m not done yet, but I do have the evening free, which is lovely.

The snowstorm! Was not really a storm, I think. But it was good! I got my wish, at least temporarily, of regular inch or so snow, with a foot or so every now and then. I was working for most of the storm, though I did walk from 37th and 10th to 40th and 5th in the middle of it. When I left the library at midnight, it was still going, and the lions were covered in snow.

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When I went back to work the next morning it had stopped, and I got to wade through all the unshoveled, unbroken snow. There’s something really satisfying, and really sacrilegious, about being the first person to walk on new snow. Then I stayed inside for the next 37 hours. Booo. Interestingly, on my walk to the train that morning, I passed my favorite house that has been empty for at least two years (and if I win the lottery I’m going to buy it) and its sidewalks had been shoveled. Neither of the adjoining houses had. Very odd.

Three more days of this mess, then a couple of finals, and then I’m free for a week! I plan on sleeping, walking in the park and mapping it with my gps app, and reading fiction. It’s going to be great. At the moment, it is time for bed. I had yesterday mostly free aside from school, and that relaxed me enough to get sick, so now I have the terrible sore throat and malaise. I’m eating cough drops by the bag and drinking tea by the liter (this is almost true, my boyfriend has a giant mug that holds 24oz, a liter is about 33) and hopefully I will beat this back.