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What to write about this week? My dislike of cold weather? I feel like it has been so cold this week, even though it really isn’t, 50 and raining feels cold though.  I am sitting here at my computer shivering with socks a sweat shirt and a blanket on, I guess I could make hot chocolate, but that would be too much work. But back to something more interesting than my coldness.
Last weekend was crazy, my roommate and a friend and I went to a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday. I had never been before and must say I was really confused about all the random shouting at the screen. I can’t say that I am a big fan, but maybe if I watched the movie first I would have actually known what was going on. On Saturday I went to see Half Blood Prince which was playing on campus and I was really excited. It brought back all the happy memories of the Harry Ginny relationship and how much fun it was (and still is) to dissect every part of Harry Potter. Even if you don’t like HarMore LeavesrThe Grape Arbor by the Tennis Courtsy Potter it would be a good idea to read it, every one seems to have read it and it makes a good icebreaker during New Student Orientation so you don’t just end up watching TV instead of talking to your roommate.  Of course my friends and I ended up in the endless discussion of how unsatisfactory the climactic moment was, but oh well, it was nice to get to something other than write papers.
Speaking of papers, last week I was freaking out because I thought I had three papers due. One on TueFall!sday, one on Friday and then one next Monday. Well silly me, I thought that October was over already and then I realized on Saturday morning that in fact I only had one paper due! Yeah, so all of this panic and stress over nothing. OF course now that I have turned in my Plato paper I have to work on the others, but I had a much better weekend then I thought I was going to.
This week isn’t really looking up unfortunately. My huge Historical Materials project is looming on the horizon. I am working on editing a series of letters between US and Mexico before the Texas Revolution (Remember the Alamo!). It is interesting but a lot of work. This week I am having a little trouble matching my blog title (if the rest of you are not as big of fans of Gilmore Girls as I am, that’s were the titles are from), but I guess I just think it is fun!

28 October 2009

Last Week Fights This Week Tights

Hey everyone, I am back after a very busy week. This has been such a crazy week, studying for my Historical Materials midterm and starting to write 3 papers! A piece of very important advice, do not take four classes that all require massive amounts of writing and reading. I am starting to regret my schedule even though I love all of my classes. This was a really exciting weekend though, a couple of friends and I went to see Oregon Ballet Theatre perform Balanchine’s Emeralds and a bunch of other short numbers for their twentieth anniversary. I love ballet so I convinced my roommate and some friends to buy season tickets to the ballet and we got tickets for 56$ for four performances. Now, mind you we did get seats that were second row as far right as you can be, but it was still awesome. Being that close I could see what brand of pointe shoes some of the ballerinas were wearing and see the sweat on their arms.  I am also in the midst of intense jealousy of how wonderfully they articulate their arms and feet! (not that any of you really care).

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After we got done at the Ballet we went to Chipotle, a Mexican restaurant downtown. My roommate always makes fun of it and tells me how bad it is, but yet she still eats there. Anyway, I am sure most of you do not care about ballet, but there are lots of other kinds of performances downtown. The Oregon Symphony performs (and next month Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull is coming to play with them, I haven’t decided if I will be able to go or not but it would be amazing!), the Opera, and also various musicals and other traveling groups. There is also a pretty big Indie music scene in Portland but I am not really up on that kind of stuff.

This week is also homecoming week. At LC sports are not a huge deal but we do have lots of fun events going on this weekend. Today they had donuts for free in the Social Science building, Friday they are doing a performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Saturday is the Homecoming Game, a band performance and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince showing. I am excited to get to see Half Blood Prince when I am actually awake. I am not a night owl and by the end of the midnight showing I went to I was starting to nod off. Everything from the Harry/Ginny kiss onwards is a little fuzzy. Other than homecoming events I am continuing to write papers and do my reading. I just read Oedipus at Colonus and had a funny High School flash back to two of my friends ‘rapping’ Oedipus the King (one of my friends was “Papa Tier” a.k.a. Tiresias), an image that is forever burned into my brain. Well, off to hang out with some friends and study for my midterm! And for all you early action applicants, good luck and hope you do not wait until the last minute to turn in your app (those common app servers get pretty jammed—especially if you live in the stone age and have dial up at your house [i.e. me]).

21 October 2009

I Solemnly Swear

So, I decided last weeks post was a little boring…sorry, I was in a rush trying to get everything settled for my adventure home for fall break (mostly frantically trying to do homework). One of the best parts about living close to home is getting to go home for short breaks, and drag friends home to show them around. I would like to say that my roommate and I did something really exciting. But, mostly we just hung out and watched TV. Although I did take her to the small town of Sisters to walk around and admire the small town charm.  It was also nice to get to see the stars (the ones in the sky, I don’t live in LA). L&C is a good place to look at stars too, we have an observatory complete with telescope! We are far enough away from the city that the lights are not too bright. The observatory also had an open house in the beginning of the semester and we got to make s’mores and look at Jupiter (I think), through the telescope. I also got to see my friend tripping herself on flat surfaces. My roommate was joking today that my middle name was “grace” and my friend Eleanor said “It’s my first name”. We have fun teasing her about her lack of walking ability.
Everyone on campus seems to be sick. I had two classes canceled today because the professors were sick and it seems like half of the guys in my ballroom class have been sick.  Every day I seem to hear about the swine flu pandemic, it is turning me into a hand sanitizer fiend. My roommate was teasing me because my boyfriend said he was feeling sick and I automatically jumped sideways away from him. Yes, that’s a little mean, but I have a midterm and two papers to write.  It would be very inconvenient to get sick right now. I had my first midterm today and it went okay.  I told my professor that I did not feel like crying afterwards so that means it went well. But seriously, midterms are kind of scary, but after you do them a couple of times they are not too bad. You also get to compare how much of a bluebook you filled with your friends. Or maybe that’s just me. My E&D professor last year told us he once had a girl fill three blue books in a final exam, like I really needed to know that. Something else interesting about blue books, they really are blue (or sometimes green to connote recycled paper of course). But I kind of hate blue books because they are a weird size and have wide ruled pages so I feel like I am in 2nd grade again practicing my handwriting.  Other than doing homework I have become obsessed with the show “Glee.”  I love how happy it is, it is nice to listen to after a long day of reading Plato.  I have also been trying to finish reading Dracula. I know it is cliché to read it, but all of this vampire talk (well the show “True Blood”) made me want to read the ‘original.’ As usual I have to remind myself that thinking about Plato, Dracula, and generally nerdy things all the time does not make you a cool party guest. Although my English teacher did tell me I know the secret passcode to get into English department evedscn0055.JPGnts since I have had to memorize the beginning of the Canterbury Tales. Well I really should get back to writing my paper right now, but it igreen-books.JPGs so dreary out I am having a hard time concentrating. I swear that right this minute I will go back to writing my Political Theory Paper (really!).

14 October 2009

Ballroom and Biscotti

Okay, so I totally stole my blog title from one of my favorite episodes of Gilmore Girls, and funnily enough, its the episode right before she goes off to college! So, life in college, fun? hard? crazy? I guess I would say that it is all of those things, except so much more. But before I get into philosophizing about the nature of college life, (I can hear Plato’s thoughts on the virtue of Philosopher Kings in my sleep, thank you Political Theory!)  I thought I would give you an introduction to my  typical college day (well Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

I tend to get up at 8 every day, last year it was 7 three days a week because I was crazy and took 8 am Spanish, but I returned to my senses this year and do not have class until 9:10. My first class is Early English Literature, which I was totally afraid to take. The Canterbury Tales are definitely not light reading, but I survived and we have moved on to 16th century love sonnets which I adore. Did you know that Shakespeare wrote his first 100 sonnets to a boy? I’m not sure if that means anything, but you read it in a different way with that knowledge! After English I go to Research Methods for Political Science, which is kind of dull. Not the professors fault, but how interesting is it that good theories must be falisifiable? It is a Major requirement and I am sure it will come in useful later, fingers crossed.

After that I get to my favorite part of the day Ballroom Dance class (and the namesake of my title)! My roommate and I planned our schedules so we could take this class together and it is so fun. We get to spend an hour dancing around and there are even some really good dancers in the class. Right now we are learning Foxtrot, Swing and Rumba. Currently Swing is my favorite, but some of the turns in the Foxtrot are really fun when you get going. I love it when the teacher brings her husband to class because we get to watch them dance, it is inspiring. I like getting to dance with the teacher because she can make me do steps I did not even know I could do!  I always come out of ballroom feeling extremely happy. Portland also has a lot of dance clubs that allow under 21 which I hear is really fun. They have blues dancing, swing dancing and salsa dancing, my roommate went blues dancing last night and said it was amazing, they even offer beginners lessons. After Ballroom I eat lunch and then I go to work at the Admissions Office. I love working in the Admissions Office (and not just because you get cupcakes and candy during the winter!). While it’s a lot of filing I think it is way more interesting than sitting in the Library or watching the printer (yes that is a job on campus!).  After classes and work I like to relax and watch TV a little bit before starting my homework. Meal times tend to be the best time to see all of your friends during the day as every one heads over to the “Bon” at about 5:15.
–A note about college slang–Every college seems to have a lot of slang and some of it is annoying, so just so you know
L&C= Lewis & Clark (the place where you want to go!) and as a side note, you are only supposed to use the & sign and not spell ‘and’ out (who knew!) but hardly anyone knows this
Campo=Campus Police (standard on most campuses)
Pio= short for pioneers (our mascot) used in reference in everything to our shuttle, the mascot and our school newspaper the Pio Log
The Bon= AKA Fields Dining room, named the Bon after the catering company and it is the place where we eat 3 times a day
The Raz/Pio Express=The shuttle that takes us to Fred Meyer (the grocery store) and downtown all day
South Campus= The graduate school located up the hill from Forest and Hartzfeld Halls
Lower Campus=The prettiest part of L&C (and my favorite) which is the original grounds of the Frank Estate with the reflecting pool, swimming pool, grass, and rose gardens
Okay, that’s the short edition of L&C slang, more to come I am sure
Anyway, after dinner and hanging out I start my homework, or if its Tuesday I head off to Band. That’s a pretty typical day for me, except some are way more exciting! Oh yeah and for the last part of my title, I really have no idea. I don’t really like coffee, but biscotti is good, I wish they would serve it in the Bon! Hope this is informative and if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me,

P.S. The pictures are of my roommate and the mountain on our drive to my house in Bend for fall break.

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7 October 2009