Plus one research paper, one grant, and three take-home finals. I just emailed in my last final and I'm DONE!
All done! For my last week, we...
Moved out beds down and out.
Designed, printed, and prepped the Humanities summer postcards for sending.
Returned 5,969,284 books for four different libraries/lenders.
and had an intern party at Tamara's house.
Plus one research paper, one grant, and three take-home finals. I just emailed in my last final and I'm DONE!
I'm thinking about opening my own little library, with only three categories of books: books about writing, books about the Scientific Revolution (particularly religion and science), and books by local authors. RaeLea and I went down to UNL a few weeks ago to pick up some books for my research paper. Their library was huge, sprawled throughout five or six buildings. The nice library lady gave us a map and instructions to get to the Engineering Library, but we didn't make it that far. Anyway, I now have a dozen books about science, religion, and the scientific revolution. I'm writing about the development of the heliocentric system of the universe and how the scientists dealt with the religious and scientific aspects of the universe, and how the shift from geocentricism to heliocentricism affected people. It's like that one day when you were a teenager, and your mom, exasperated, says "The universe does not revolve around you!" Well, that's how they felt, and it was pretty troubling. So that's what I'm titling my paper. The good news is I'm nine pages down and the rough draft is due on Friday. The worst is over!
It's hard to believe we have only five weeks of school left! The next five weeks are going to go by so fast because I'm probable going to be busier than I've been all year. This weekend I started writing a final paper for my Renaissance and Reformation class about the Scientific Revolution. To prepare and get sources, I bribed RaeLea to go down to UNL with me to to giant library—with the promise that I'd buy her ice cream. I was really glad because it's a huge library (in six or seven buildings) and she was more helpful than any librarian I've ever encountered. So I ended up with 12 riveting books about the Scientific Revolution, religion and science, society and science, and everything in between. I wrote my bibliography right away for two reasons, a) because that's the kind of thing English majors don't mind and actually sort of like to do and b) because always at the end of a paper I just want to be done and not worrying about little technicalities.
It's full-on spring here, which means sun streaming through windows and creating greenhouses out of the dorms, ad building, and caf. RaeLea and I are quite lucky because we are on the wing of the dorm with individual AC units, and so far our room is the only place I've been able to cool off in the last 24 hours. I'm not complaining—this is twenty times better than trudging through the snow this time of year, which could happen in the midwest.
Every day since spring break, I've eaten one grapefruit, and every few days I've had a kiwi. I've never, ever been good about eating fruits and veggies but this nice weather just put me on a fruit kick. Most of the ones I've gotten from UC Market have been delicious!
Today I am giving a presentation on Research in Magazine Writing. It's only supposed to be four minutes. I think I'm at five, which I really hope is ok. I was planning on giving it last week, but much of the class disregarded the four minute rule and took ten or twelve, so that was a good warning for me to keep it short, sweet, and to the point. That class starts in 45 minutes.
Spring is coming to Lincoln at last. Tomorrow it is supposed to be 69º which is rare and amazing. Spring Break starts on Friday and I will be heading home—hallelujah!—for some much-needed Family Time. I actually look forward to the three-hour drive because I am going to be listening to my spanish podcasts to prepare for next year.
I've officially applied to spend a year abroad for the 12-13 school year. My cousin Justin has also applied and we can't wait to spend the year together. He goes to school in Washington (state) so we don't get to see each other very often at all. Anyway, we've been keeping up with each other in listening to Spanish podcasts. They are called Notes in Spanish and we are on the "Inspired Beginners" level. Even though I had two years in high school and a semester here, there's a ton I don't know. I highly recommend these podcasts because they are the best free ones I've found. It includes lots of vocab lessons and phrases that people actually use (not just textbook information) and then has two sets of dialog in spanish, which is afterwards explained. Justin and I both listen to each podcast at least twice to make sure we are getting all of the information given. It's no Rosetta Stone, but it's better than nothing! We also try to write short notes to each other in Spanish and have been trying to read Spanish articles online with a great deal of help from translate.google.com.
Yesterday RaeLea and I went to the mall on a mission to find wedding shoes for her. We were successful in our endeavors and she came home with two pairs to try on next week with her dress during spring break. I haven't been to the mall here, and even though I try to usually avoid malls, it was a fun day together without the stress of tons of homework to attend to. This is her last week of student teaching at public school so she's letting the teacher take over once again. We are both so excited for spring break and the chance to relax! When I come back, I'm bringing boxes and packing supplies because we'll be out of here before we know it.
I hope everyone is having an excellent spring day! ¡Hasta la vista!
Yesterday in church we sang "Reach Out to Jesus," a song which my dad heard a lot as a kid. He would always sing "walking by our side in His lovely hide," imagining Jesus wearing a lovely animal hide as all Bible characters do. One day as he sang it to himself, a family member overheard, laughed, and informed him that the real words were "walking by our side, in His love we hide." Kids seem to have a way to make up their own words for things and rationalize them. When I was little, I always thought it was Drastic Park, where the dinosaurs ruled the earth, which would in fact be pretty drastic. I didn't watch them till I was much older so for some time that's what I was convinced Jurassic Park was. When my roommate was little, she though it was "takin' care of biscuits" instead of "business." I know Logan had a few funnies too but I can't remember any right now. What did you hear differently when you were a kid?
Thursday nights are our date nights. Since this semester began, it's been so busy that usually Mikey and I don't get to see each other much outside of fast lunches and rushed dinners, so we invented Date Night. Last night we went to The Mill, a little coffee shop right on the corner of campus that Mikey had a gift card to. It's cute and not as overpriced as Starbucks or Scooters, but we never go because we try to limit ourselves to Places That Accept Union Caf Cards. So that limits us to, well, the caf. And Coopers where we buy candy. Anyway, we tried a few new drinks, one of which was Hubert's Strawberry Lemonade. We also got a biscotti and a bagel and I got an orange-green-tea concoction that was a sort of carbonated orange juice.
Oh- and hopefully an update for Mi Año en España coming soon!
Yes. College is all fun and games. Ok, it's all fun and educational games. In two of my classes, from now until spring break, we are playing giant class games. One is Renaissance and Reformation, where we are "ReActing" the aftermath of the Trial of Anne Hutchison. Lots of Puritan stuff, which reminds me of the snow Colonial House, fashioned after other PBS series Texas Ranch House, Pioneer House, and 1800s House. All of these are very good shows. But instead of volunteering to be put in a Colonial house, or church, with reality TV camera men following us around, we each assume a role (supports of Anne, supporters of John Winthrop, or immigrants) and must write our papers, speeches, and conversations as that character. I am Supporter of Winthrop Number One.
In my other class, Tech Writing and Grant Proposals, we are playing "Hypothetica" where we are each in teams of two, and each team rules a province in the Land of Hypothetica. We are all competing to have Foreign Mining Company join our area and must use our technical skills to write them letters and proposals.
As you can see, the last few weeks have been riveting and most of all, busy busy busy. Did I mention that my game manual for Anne Hutchison is 110 pages? Good thing I read it all yesterday.
The snow began on Friday night right before midnight. My Weather Channel App predicted five to eight inches, a prediction that was quickly passed as the snow continued to fall all day. Only second service was not cancelled yesterday, and the majority of those attending were college students and kids and families here for music fest.
After church we walked over to a friend's house for lunch, since none of us wanted to dig our cars out or attempt driving on the snow-covered roads. The slush soaked into my boots and Mikey had to carry me over most of the streets. We finally arrived to a warm welcome and a delicious lunch of casseroles, salad, and sheet cake.
Since it was Music Fest weekend, the 220-member choir was singing at a 4:00 concert, so we soon began trudging back to CVC.
The boys had a job shoveling snow all night, so RaeLea and I planned on a girls' night in. As we walked back to the dorm, the snow still falling, we decided we would start our evening with a snow adventure. All day we had been wanting to go sledding, so we decided to walk over the the lake dam and see if we could find any UC students who wanted to share their sleds.
We left the dorm around 6:00 and headed out to the parking lot. All but one of the academies visiting for the weekend decided to stay the night because of the weather. All over campus students were having snow ball fights, cleaning off their cars, and digging paths in the snow.
Sky glowing, we walked through the hushed streets of College View taking pictures and laughing and joking. Since it had rained all day friday, the trees were covered in snow to the very tiniest branch.
We finally made it to the dam and climbed all the way up the huge hill to the top. It's hard to believe that in August we would run up the dirt path in shorts and Nikes. Now, we trudged through knee-high snow wearing several pairs of leggings, jeans, three or four pairs of socks, coats, gloves, and hats. When we got to the top, the view was worth it. We could see the clocktower glowing through the snow, and kids sledding in the bright night all around. Upon reaching the top RaeLea declared that she was ready to conquer Everest.
After spending half an hour or so at the lake, we decided that hot coffee and a movie awaited us so we headed back down the slope and through the unplowed streets. We were still not freezing when we arrived back at campus, so we decided to check the student center for snacks. We ran into some academy kids (my cousin and his girlfriend) and as we chatted the sky lit up and the lights went out. We didn't want to go back to our dark room yet, so we walked around looking at all the trees that had fallen in the storm.
We walked over to the gas station for some snacks before heading back to the room. The dorm was pitch black and soaked boots lined the halls from what we could see with our tiny flashlight. We had been gone on our adventure nearly three hours. Our friend Savannah came by and we sat in the flashlight-lit room talking and before we knew it, after an hour and a half blackout, the power was back on. We popped in a movie and enjoyed the rest of our evening with popcorn and chips.