October 13th, 2007

Covered in beeeees

When I turn out the light, you're out of sight, though I know that I'm not alone...

First off, I'm super cool. It's 1am on a Friday night and I'm writing a paper. (Lame.)

The good news is that I'm about 1/4 of the way through it and I've been heavily distracted this entire time. I can't wait to see how much I get done when I can actually concentrate. (Two of the roommies just left for a party, so its gotten considerably quieter. I might be able to bound out the next fourth...but probably not because I'm really tired.)


Second, I'm a big geek but I'm kinda digging the Chicago Manual style. It totally kicks MLA's ass. Endnotes are far superior to internal citations, plus you get to use ibid. Though I think "ibid." is a stupid abbreviation, because it only eliminates two letters. At least "etc." gets rid of 5 letters and a space.

Bottom line: endnotes are awesome.


Third, I am increasingly grateful for Facebook. It's so much easier to post a wall message than send an email, plus, if it's some sort of information that could benefit others, they can easily view it. I'm not entirely sure that made sense, but I Facebook'ed Candace about my proposed dates for Winter Break, and Amanda was able to respond to me that she would be overlapping. Sweet.

Additionally, it allows one to quickly access friends. I thought (foolishly) that after college it would be easier to keep in touch with people. However, I think we've spread out farther than before. It makes sense, I just didn't anticipate it.

Similarly, it's easier to keep up with people's lives by stalking their profile and wall. You can generally find any big news without even having to fish for it. Now, I still think writing legitimate emails is far superior to a Facebook message, and I certainly use that form of communication often. However, a wall message : email :: text message : phone call. (Yeah, you liked that.)


Fourth, why do we use the term "emails?" Theoretically, the plural form of email is "email." But it sounds odd to say, "I sent 7 email this morning."

And done.
Old Books

And I'd be inclinded to be yours for the taking and part of this terrible mess that you're making...

So far today, I've worked on my paper for about 7.5 out of the 10 hours I've been awake.

It's going very slowly.

You know those days when the words just don't come and every line you write is like pulling teeth?

Yeah. That's today.


But I'm pushing through. I just went on a dinner break to Panera and Starbucks. So now I have warm soup in my belly (and a half sandwich in the fridge for later) and an iced coffee on my side table. Plus, I got a chance to enjoy the beautiful night...it's 74 degrees currently (I had my windows down! The whole time I was in the car! It's the first time I didn't use my air conditioner at all in MONTHS!).


The good news is that I'm done with Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, and it's the perfect length (2 out of 4 single-spaced pages). So now I can move on to Mary Cassatt. Hopefully that will go a little quicker.
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Ginny!

I drank your poison 'cause you told me it's wine...

I've been listening to "My Top Rated" playlist on iTunes on shuffle for the past few days while working on my paper (or during downtime between...I often get too distracted by music).

Some of these songs I haven't heard in quite a long time, and it makes me really happy.

I forgot how much I love the following albums:
Guster - Keep It Together
Anna Nalick - Wreck of the Day
Jason Mraz - Mr. A-Z
Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball
Alanis - all of them. They rock, she rocks, I love her and she needs to come out with something new NOW!

Also, I've been listening to Corinne Bailey Rae in the car (which is really an excellent album), and I haven't done that since last winter-ish, so it puts me in a winter mood (my mind is big on song association). Not a regular winter mood, though...a Florida winter. When I can roll down the windows and get Starbucks hot coffee. But I can't wear scarves, because it's just too hot and your neck ends up sweating and you start to suffocate.


I think at some point, I'll make a list of my all-time, top 25(-ish), favorite/best songs. There are 67 songs that have 5-star ratings, though only about 1250 of my songs are loaded on this computer. I decided to only transfer the best-of-the-best, and the most recent albums...stuff I'd listen to on a regular basis. Not too many older albums made it on here, unless it's an artist I still listen to frequently (like Alanis or Barenaked Ladies).

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In other awesome news, Colleen brought home food from Don Pablo's (where she works) for me and Jane. It was so good.

And I was going to get back to work, because I had taken a pretty long break, but Anthony from next door is over, so I might be social for a little bit longer before I plunge into another couple hours of work before bed.