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In the Clamor and the Clangor

Hi all, I thought I would sit down and write my blog post instead of working on my English paper (at least for the moment).  I had probably the lamest Thanksgiving ever. I went home with two bags full of books and my computer (and laundry basket) filled with things to do. On the upside I got so much work done. Well, I practically finished my History project, all I have left to do is some editing. It made me feel good when I heard some people in my class saying they were less than half way done. The project is due on Tuesday and I would be crying if I had that much work to do. The one advantage to doing huge projects is that you always feel so accomplished when you are done. Especially when they are really long and you print them single sided (my project will total about 80 pages—but wait, I did not write 80 pages of material, its only about 6,000 words of my own writing (about 12 pages), the rest of it is pictures and the document I am working on).

My life has been pretty unexciting lately, its exactly one week until the last day of classes and I am terrified. I only have two three hour finals, one is a take home and the other is my history project (which thank goodness is due next Tuesday). But, I still have to finish writing a paper on Paradise Lost and this Marvell poem called “The Garden” and finish my paper on Machiavelli and Aristotle.  I am hoping that I will get a  chance to go out this weekend to the city and go Christmas shopping. I still have to decide what to get my best friend but the Saturday Market downtown always offers lots of things to choose from. My roommates favorite booth is this place where they make jewelry out of forks and spoons (and sometimes butter knives). They also have lots of hippie-ish booths and random things like duct tape wallets and dog/cat clothing.  No Lewis and Clark student has had a complete semester until they have visited the Saturday market at least once.
–oh yeah—the Saturday market is actually open on Sundays to from April to Christmas, so if you come visit during that time be sure to head down to the Burnside Bridge and check it out. I also want to go to the Art Museum, but I am thinking about doing that after my last final because all of my friends will be gone.
Other than studying (and getting my flu shot today) I have been trying to stay sane and enjoy the oddly sunny whether we have been having. The only problem with the sun is that it is cold, well it was 32 this morning, hopefully we will not have a repeat of last year. Last year it started snowing like crazy on Sunday after the first day of finals and finals got canceled on Monday and Wednesday from the snow. It was crazy, and very slippery especially on the bridge over the ravine. I thought I would tell you an inside secret about these bridges from Platt-Howard/Copeland dormitories. The sign (see picture) that says “please hold handrail” is not a joke. I thought it was pretty funny until I ended up on my butt one day. When it rains (or snows!) the bridges get very very slippery and it would be tragic to get all wet and then have to go and sit in your English class!!The BridgeStairs (where I have fallen up…)
Well, I had better get back to writing my paper, but I thought I would leave you with my favorite stanza from “The Garden” by Andrew Marvell.

What wondrous life in this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The lucious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;The Dance Studio in the PlatteauHummanities Building
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themsevles do reach;
Stumbling on melons as I pass
Ensnared with flowers, I fall one grass.

Hope you enjoy your last couple of weeks before break, don’t let finals get you down!!!

Libby

2 December 2009