Post NaNo Life

Every year after NaNo life goes back to normal. Exams show up and I scramble to do all the readings I pushed aside during November. This year has been no exception, but I feel bad about not blogging. So, here it is – my post NaNo life until today!

December 1st 2012: TGIO!

December 1st 2012: TGIO!

The Guilt Monkeys won our regional challenge!

The Guilt Monkeys won our regional challenge!

My Sonic Screwdriver, a fez, and a paper crown.  Can you guess where this was taken?

My Sonic Screwdriver, a fez, and a paper crown.
Can you guess where this was taken?

Studying for Political Theory. Sigh.

Studying for Political Theory. Sigh.

Textbooks for Next Semester: 1st Haul = $100+

Textbooks for Next Semester: 1st Haul = $100+

Shopping for Gifts for Seniors with Circle K

Shopping for Gifts for Seniors with Circle K

Textbooks for Next Semester: 2nd Haul = Approx $190

Textbooks for Next Semester: 2nd Haul = Approx $190

My New Little Red Ukulele, Moonpie!

My New Little Red Ukulele, Moonpie!

Writing 500 words/day!

Writing 500 words/day!

Yup! I’ve been busy, but my political theory exam was this morning so that’s a load off my shoulders.

Also, you should vote for the Office of Letters and Light for Project for Awesome! They run NaNoWriMo every year and they could really use the money to support their amazing programs. You don’t have to sign up for anything, you just have to CLICK HERE and vote for them. You don’t have to watch the video, but it’s highly entertaining so I highly recommend doing so.

That’s all for now!

– Kali

PS: Don’t forget to go VOTE!

Voters get CAKE!

Voters get CAKE!

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All the Things

Hey y’all!

So, my NaNo is going well – I’m ahead of the game at 44,558, but I’ve gotten a bit behind in my schoolwork. Sigh.

I didn’t actually miss any deadlines. I have two papers due on December 3rd though and I haven’t started either one. One of them I wrote a paper proposal for though so that should help. I think it’s totally do-able, but it means I’ve made a new rule about only working on my NaNo  when I’m at write-ins. I kinda maybe already broke that rule yesterday, but I only wrote 500 words and I was busy manning a table for our Circle K bake sale so it’s not like I was ignoring class…

Yes, I do know those are weak excuses.

In other news, Rachel is no longer here. I’ll let her tell you the details, but I definitely miss her. On the bright side though, we did Christmas in November. I got gloves that I can text while wearing, a plushie companion cube, and a Big Bang Theory calendar. So, that was kind of awesome.

I’m working less, which has left me more time for writing and procrastinating on my homework – which is both a positive and a negative. I’m appreciating the break from work, but at the same time I’m making less money and I am doing the aforementioned procrastinating. Oh well.

Also, textbooks for next semester go up on the 1st, but I shan’t bore y’all with more. That’s a snapshot of my life at the moment.

-Kali

Textbooks Textbooks Textbooks!

That’s right, the lists are up. As much as I love shopping for textbooks though, I hate the actual act of paying for textbooks. I’m pretty sure everyone does to be honest. I’ve considered just buying them on Amazon instead of paying the slightly ridiculous fees you have to pay at the bookstore on campus, but that would just take the joy of doing the actual shopping away. I wouldn’t get to wander the isles of the bookstore looking at all the other books for other classes (and trying to find higher price tags than my own in order to make myself feel better), and I wouldn’t get to take them home right away and crack them open or pick out the book in the best condition.

I just realized how… less than sane that last little bit made me sound. So, onwards with notes on textbooks. For my political theory class I have 5 required texts (YUCK!). These are: Political Writings (by Immanuel Kant), Karl Marx: Selected Writings (by Karl Marx obviously), essential Writings (by Gandhi), On Liberty (by John Stuart Mill), and Mutual Aid (by Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin – can you say that 10 times fast?). The Gandhi sounds kind of cool and it was unexpected, and I’m kind of intrigued by the Marx even if it is the most expensive of the bunch. For my European government class there are two required books – Representative Government in Modern Europe (by Michael Gallagher), and European Democracies (by Markus Crepaz). And my Medieval Studies class also has a haul of books. These are: Saga of the Volsungs (translated by Jesse Byock), Arabian Nights (translated by Husain Haddawy), Beowulf (the Roy Liuzza translation), Celtic Heroic Age (John Toch), and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (W.S. Merwin). Fortunately it seems my religious studies course doesn’t have any textbooks because I already have quite the load.

My main annoyance is: HAVING TO READ THE LIUZZA TRANSLATION OF BEOWULF AGAIN! I HATE THE LIUZZA TRANSLATION!

I’m glad I got that out of my system. On the plus side though, at least I don’t have to buy it again because I already own it from when I had to read it for an English class I took in first year. Sigh. I don’t mind Beowulf, but I don’t like that translation. I’m going to try and go into it with an open mind though. Who knows, maybe I’ll like it better this time.

– Kali

PS: The August session of Camp NaNoWriMo is off to a start and I’m already enjoying it more than June.

Registration Trials

Well, registration is now complete for me. I did run into a little snag when doing so though. The sociology class I wanted to take (Sociology 310: Religion in Society) had prerequisites that it did not warn me about on the UVic website.Unfortunately I do not have time to take the prerequisites so it means I can’t take the class. It’s too bad too because I really wanted to take it. It sounded really interesting and Dr. W (who taught the inter-religious history class I took last semester) was teaching it and I was looking forward to having him as a prof again.

I did manage to find another class to take though. It’s an Art History class in Byzantine Art. It sounds like it should actually be pretty cool and according to Rate My Prof the prof is pretty awesome too. Also, it will be my first class in the Hickman Building. I’ve only been in there a couple of times – once for an exam prep session and once just this last semester for a talk that was going on about the Arab Spring.

Even if it’s not exactly what I had planned on I’m still looking forward to next year. It looks like they’ve switched around a few things though. First semester reading break is a Monday-Wednesday instead of a Wednesday-Friday. I’m not particularly fond of that, I preferred it the other way around even though it’s not a difference in days or anything. Also, second semester seems to start on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday which is just strange. I had finally gotten used to it starting on Wednesday instead of Tuesday like all my other schooling until that point and now they’re changing it. Not cool.

In other news though, I caught up in my Camp NaNoWriMo word count. I’m still not sure how it happened, but I’m even 1000 words ahead. The plan is to finish on Thursday. I still love my characters, but I’m getting tired of this story. It will be good to have the month off in between too. I already have the basics of an idea for my August NaNo too. Hopefully August will be better.

Now I just have to wait for textbook lists to be up on August 1st!

– Kali

I’m Kelly?

My new job is going well. I spend most of my time doing cash and although it feels like I have to ask a lot of questions about prices I think it’s going okay. Weirdly, I’m already no longer the new girl. They hired a few other people the same day they hired me and I think there are one or two people who started after I did. I really like my coworkers too, they’ve all been super nice so far.

Even more strangely they think my name is Kelly. Originally I was going by my legal name (the name that shall not be named), but since my friend Stephanie works with me she was calling me Kali. One of my bosses heard and thought she called me Kelly. When she asked me about it I thought she said Kali because sometimes her accent isn’t the clearest and explained that that’s the name I go by in everyday life.A few hours later I had a new name tag and was christened Kelly.

I couldn’t bring myself to tell her that it was actually Kali so I just go by Kelly now. After all, it’s close enough and much better than the other name. I guess that’s one way to try out a different name.

In other good news, Stephanie and I share a day off – Monday. So, tomorrow we’re going to get her textbooks for her summer classes, and I’m meeting my History 388 prof from last semester (Dr. W) to get my paper back from that class.

It should be a busy day off.

– Kali

First Day of Classes

The first day of classes is always a mix of boring and interesting. It’s boring because it tends to be almost completely devoted to going over the syllabus, but it’s interesting because it’s a whole host of new classes and often new professors.

Today I had the first of 3 of my 4 second semester classes – I won’t have my first History of the Modern Middle East class until tomorrow, but I can wait. So far my classes seem pretty interesting.

My International Relations class is with one of my friends from political science and is being taught by the same professor we both had last semester for our EU politics class. We both really like her so this is a plus. Another of my friends is also in the class, she was considering dropping it, but has decided to stick it out for at least a couple of weeks to give it a chance. Like most introductory courses it seems like it will probably have it’s boring parts, but you have to understand the boring basics before you can move onto the interesting stuff. The paper for that class is on the shorter side – only 2000-2500 words, but that’s a-ok with me. I don’t know what I’m going to write on yet, but she said she’ll give us sample topics later on.

The next class I had today was my Greek and Roman Mythology class (or as our prof calls it, Classical Mythology). The class was massive (it has over 200 people in it). Our professor seems like she’s pretty funny. Her expertise falls into the Greek mythology side of things whereas she said most of the profs in the department who teach the class are more interested in the Roman mythology side. I don’t really know which one I prefer so I don’t mind either way. The thing that, to me, stood out, was the fact that the class has no final exam. It has 4 in class quizzes worth 17% each and an in class essay worth 32%. It seems odd to not have a final exam, but can’t say I’m heartbroken. One thing I’m not particularly pleased with is the fact that out textbook is STILL NOT HERE. Our prof seems pretty frustrated with this too – apparently they’re actually making a new textbook for us, a custom edition just for our university/her class, but it’s not here yet. Fortunately they sent her the PDF of chapter one so she just uploaded that since we need to read it by for our Friday class.

My third and final class of the day was the class that I’ve taken to calling History of Religion in Europe. It has a longer name, but I’m definitely not going to write it out all the time. Our prof for that class is actually a political science AND history prof (which explains why we’re reading Hannah Arendt). I was warned that he talk really loud and the people who warned me were not wrong. He is a very loud and very emphatic speaker. He’s obviously really passionate about his subject (and it does sound interesting), but I have to say I’m glad I only have to listen to him for 50 minutes at a time. I was in for another shock when I found out that this class is also without a final exam. We do have a paper worth 45% of our mark though (which makes me really nervous). The paper is also longer than any other one I’ve written so far as it’s supposed to be 3750-4500 words. At the very least that’s 1000 words longer than any paper I’ve ever written. Yikes!

I also have someone to sit with in all of my classes except my Classical Mythology one. To be honest I’ll be surprised if I make friends with someone to sit with in that one just because it’s such a large class. You would think that would make it easier to make friends, but it doesn’t seem to (at least for me anyways). I was surprised to see someone I recognized in my History of Religion in Europe class. I have no idea where I’ve seen her before, but apparently we both do NaNo, which is awesome. I would say I probably met her there, but she wasn’t at any of the events this year. Oh well, maybe she was in one of my larger classes.

Despite my worries about my History of Religion in Europe class I’m excited for what this new semester will bring. I hope all of you are having a new year as good as mine has been so far.

-Kali

Winter Break

Wow, it’s certainly been a hectic week or so. All my exams are over now and I’m just awaiting results to come in. I’ve gotten my mark for my EU class and I got an A. I’m really happy about that. I even think my theory exam went alright, but I haven’t gotten my mark for that class yet. I’m expecting it any time now though.

My dress for the Yule Ball arrived from ModCloth. It’s really pretty and I’m so excited for Yule Ball now (not that I wasn’t before). I think I’m more excited for that than for Christmas oddly enough.

Fortunately for me Rachel’s aunt is letting us stay with her when we’re in Vancouver so that takes some of the cost out of the trip. Currently the plan is to go over on the Thursday and come home on the Friday, but if Rachel isn’t working it’s been suggested that we go over on the Wednesday and spend some time in the city. You certainly won’t hear me complaining, I love cities. Unfortunately my job ends after boxing day which means I’ll be on the job hunt… again. On the plus side though, that means I don’t have to worry about taking the time off for the ball.

I really do hate job hunting though so that’s going to be a pain. Plus it will be after Christmas so nobody will be hiring. I guess I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best. At least I’ll have plenty of time to study until I find a job (if I manage to).

It’s also weird to think that two weeks today (at this time actually) I’ll be sitting in a classroom as the first class of my second semester (International Relations) will just be starting. I’m really excited though. Plus, now that I’ve gotten all my student loan stuff sorted out I have a load off my shoulders.

Now I just need to finish buying Christmas presents and finish buying textbooks. I think with Christmas with Rachel and attending the Yule Ball this is going to be the best winter break ever!

– Kali