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You'll need just a bit of background information for this one. The elevator in one of my school's libraries has a strong gust of wind whenever the door opens. Yesterday, I was reading near the elevator. It dinged, and I heard a couple step out.

Girl: Wow, that's a lot of wind and noise. I feel like I'm in Doctor Who!
Guy: Yeah.

Sadly, I was too slow to tell them I agree before they walked away. So...elevator = TARDIS, yes?
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Looking ahead in the syllabus for one of my classes this semester, one week's topic is called "OTP Management." I don't yet know what the teacher means by the abbreviation, but my mind immediately went to "One True Pairing." That should keep me amused for the rest of the afternoon.
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Now that we're into the second week of school (in college world), I went online and checked out the campus newspaper from my undergrad. My favorite parts were always the police blotters: one from the on-campus police and one from the town police. With the town police, almost every write-up is due to open container violations (usually by the students under 21) or public urination (again, almost always the drunk underage students. Once in a while there's a marijuana bust). It's kind of disappointing that the students at my alma mater continue to court cirrhosis; on the other hand, at least they aren't doing anything that's worse. Ah, undergrad.
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Classes at my university begin this upcoming Monday. Even though I had been aware of this, I somehow forgot it meant that this would be (freshman) move-in weekend. I went to campus this morning to do some errands and noticed immediately. It's not too bad so far--the crowds aren't huge yet and there was still plenty of parking. I am very grateful that I didn't have to get in line for anything at the bookstore. You can bet that I'll avoid the campus like the plague this weekend. (On a related note, I've gotten a temp job at the bookstore in the textbook department, starting bright and early on Monday. It'll be insane but at least I know what I'm getting myself into and I won't have to be on a cash register.)

Ah, I remember the days of moving into dorms. My first two years, I lived on the third floor of buildings that didn't have elevators. Not exactly fun. The last two years, I lived on the first floor and we could pass smaller items in through the windows. There was practically no parking, of course. My school was really strict about moving out times, too--at the end of the school year, you had to be out within 24 hours after your last exam. This wasn't too bad for me because I lived nearby but I always felt sorry for the Long Island students who had to deal with that in the middle of the week instead of the weekend. Even when I graduated (on a Saturday), the school said you had to get all of your possessions out by noon that same day. The ceremony ended around 11 a.m.

College dorm buildings and regulations, I don't miss you at all.


Mar. 26th, 2010 07:30 pm
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I have a completely insane and infuriating professor this semester. You all know the "Would you rather" game? You have to choose between two options and they're both horrible. I played that with myself on one of my pages of lecture notes. Here are the best ones:

I'd rather ___________________ than be in this class.

--spend an entire morning cutting down plants covered in spider mites
--read Lord of the Flies
--read Gossip Girl
--watch National Treasure 2
--clean my grandmother's house [she was Queen of the Packrats]
--work on freshman move-in day at the college bookstore I used to work at
--be on a subway during the peak of rush hour
--pay bills
--go shoe shopping [I hate shoe shopping]
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I despite homework. I am sick to death of homework (particularly for my Cataloging class, which is tedious and dense. Pray you never have to study this). I want to cast it down and burn it up, and by the light of the flames work on my to-be-delightful fic for [ profile] help_haiti. If this homework were to throw itself into a black hole, I wouldn't bat an eye. I would just make a cup of tea and catch up on my writing.

YA lit

Jan. 6th, 2010 06:06 pm
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This coming semester I'm taking a class focusing on services for young adults/teens in libraries. All the books we're reading are YA novels. The good news is that we're not expected to buy any or get specific editions; we "just" have to read them. All the students in our classes will be looking for these books but most are common enough for there to be multiple copies, and I can use both the university library and the entire local library system. Although I know all the books we read will be relevant, I have to read the first book in the Gossip Girl series. Yuck.

Disclaimer for this paragraph: I drink alcohol in small amounts. If you know me in real life and we're at a party, you'll notice that I'm one of the people who drinks least. Still, I'm tempted to turn the book into a minor drinking game. I've only read the first couple pages so far and all I can think of at the moment is, "Take a drink each time somebody's wardrobe is mentioned."

At least the teacher isn't making us read Twilight.


Dec. 5th, 2009 08:37 pm
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Working on my end-of-the-semester projects again. I have my first-ever literature review due on Monday, a take-home exam (I have no idea how to find the information I need to get) and the final bits of a website project due on Tuesday, and an agonizing sit-down test on Thursday. I want to die. Or throw up, I'm not sure which. It'd be easier if I had my laptop at home and could just jump in and out of homework, instead of several-hour-long stretches in one of the computer labs. (Even a typewriter, for god's sake!)

My literature review is on censorship in public libraries. I'm diving it up by themes, one of which is on what is appropriate for children. I'm so far gone that I'm trying to find a legit way to include the line "Think of the children!"

As I'm writing the review, when I get stuck I write in and then erase lines like, "I'm running away to Canada now" and "I want to drink tea until I'm in my happy place." Seriously, I write much better when I have a cup of tea.

Edit: I've been in the computer lab a bit less than two hours. My brain is fried. I wanted to write at least 1,000 words on the lit review tonight. I wrote around 450. I am now going home to indeed drink tea until I'm in my happy place. Or I'll get out the liquor. I'd rather be working on yuletide.
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I'm a member of the student group of the American Library Association. Recently we had a fundraiser to raise money to buy books for this children's center that's working on starting a library. Informed that the student ALA would reimburse me for up to $15 if I spent it at the book sale at a nearby public library, I went off this morning to shop.

Let me tell you, you can get a lot of books for $15. I'd heard of all the books I bought for the kids and read about half of them. Included are The Day Jimmy's Boa Are the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. These kids have to start reading the good kinds of books early, after all!

(I also bought several books for myself because I have very little willpower. I also took several more out of the university library, even though I already have three others out. Like I said, little willpower. But I like it.)


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