aderam: (Classics Books)
From my Rome class notes while discussing the Column of Marcus Aurelius (which is after Trajan's and pretty damn similar except for the fact that nobody cares about the Column of MA because T did it first - and, incidentally, better):

• two later columns in the same type and category from Istanbul - one of Theodosius and the other of Arcadius- to show that Constantinople had just as big a column - as it were

I'm glad I write these things in my notes. It makes it less boring to study. (Penis!)

Comp re-write is tomorrow.


My brain is filled with weird numbers and bits of information and buzz-words for the concepts in Art History that I don't really get and probably never will.

I feel like the penguin on top of your television set. (ie about to explode.)

Did you know that there was a timber amphitheatre in Silchester, England before they built the Colosseum in Rome?


Wish me luck.
aderam: (Elizabeth Grin)
YAY!!!!!!!! And I actually feel pretty good about this one! UNEXPECTED RESULT IS UNEXPECTED!!!!

And that's it! That's everything done for my degree!

(provided I passed both of these - which is still a ?)

I am getting super drunk tonight!

A List

Apr. 19th, 2012 02:59 pm
aderam: (Aeryn)
Things that Are Good:
- I have finished my Roman Comp
- My Greek Comp is tomorrow so soon the stress will be over
- THE CANUCKS WON LAST NIGHT! (no sweep for you Kings!)
- Daniel Sedin is back from his concussion! (Never leave DANIEL!!!!)
- Twin powers activated last night!
- Tim Horton's
- Hockey hugs.
- This:

It gave me chills. (Although the beginning is kinda weird.)
- Plans for drunkenness tomorrow night. (G told me to drink 4-7 more beers than was appropriate. I try to listen to her as often as I can. *grin*)
- Eddie Lack, Swedish goaltender for the Canucks' farm team, makes Swedish Meatballs while wearing a t-shirt jersey for one of his teammates, an apron with the team logo on it, and an enormous chef's hat. (cue Swedish Chef jokes. Also the toothpick Swedish Flag is clearly the most important part!) *Swedish Bias* *Defensive Bias*
- Cat!Canucks in the Cup (by azirae)
It's a good thing that I can identify all but one of them right? - ADORABLE!

Things that Are Not So Good:
- My Greek Comp is tomorrow. I hates it.
- While I know that I did well on my Roman Comp, I need to get a B+ to pass. I'm confident that I got at least a B, but that might not be good enough. :s - normally I'm pretty chill post exams, because I know what doing fine feels like, but the bar is different for these ones, so my insides are churning.
- There are simultaneously not enough and too many things on the internet for procrastination.
- Canucks must do that another three times if we're going to continue our season.


Apr. 17th, 2012 07:47 am
aderam: (300)
My Roman Archaeology Comps are today.

Wish me Luck.

(Yes that's a Greek Hoplite in my icon. Honey Badger don't care!)
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
So Comps are fast approaching and I am alternately in denial and filled with fear and a certainty of failure.

The worst is that I'm not really sure what's going to be on them. And nothing I do will ever be enough. There are always going to be more things that I could read and study. And I won't know if I've done enough until I sit the exams and then hear about whether or not I pass.

Shit guys. I just want to pass. I don't care about whether my answers are excellent or not. Just pass me. Let the time and money I've spent on my education get me a Masters Degree. I promise I won't go on to a PhD and embarrass you (because I'm not going on to a PhD).

In response I've been obsessing over hockey. The Playoffs start tomorrow and the Canucks are playing the LA Kings. It should be a good, extremely defensive series. It's totally balls that the first round is starting the week before Comps. I'm going to watch all the Canucks games (natch), but there were a few other series' that I wanted to watch as well. The Flyers-Penguins series should be epic because of the hate they have for each other. And I really wanted to watch the Senators-Rangers, because I love the Sens and I've got a growing fondness for the Rangers (because Henrik Lundqvist is a god among men).

I was going to make an organized post about all of the reasons why I love the Canucks, but instead here are a few things that have been making me happy recently. Because EVERYTHING IS HOCKEY AND NOTHING HURTS.

The other Canucks players sabotaging an interview with Jannik Hansen. Oh Boys!

Henrik Lundqvist gives out bottles of wine to his teammates after getting shutouts. The Camera guy here is Marty Biron, his backup goalie.

Hugs are the best.

Even when you're on the opposite team, and people are fighting, what really matters is friendship. :D - This is from an old Sens-Sabres game. But I only recently found it and it is awesome. :D

Roberto Luongo supports his defence - in this case Keith Ballard, and literally.

Henrik Sedin: secret punk. Why you gotta harass Edler like that?

Higgy is adorable for more than just his abs.


Mar. 18th, 2012 06:48 pm
aderam: (Hat)
Today I woke up at 8 even though I'd already planned to sleep in.

I read fic on my kindle all morning instead of getting out of bed.

I made real breakfast, with fried eggs and a toasted bagel. And Tea.

I watched the Hockey Night in Canada After Hours segment with Chris Higgins (of the Canucks) who apparently demonstrated again last night that he has great abs when he was fixing his equipment (not a euphemism) on the bench.

I did not put on real pants (sweat pants totally don't count).

I cleaned out the fridge and cleaned the kitchen so that I could feel accomplished without doing any of my school work.

I knit a bunch.

I watched the Foo Fighters documentary "Back and Forth" which was really cool. I got it from a friend this summer and I've been meaning to watch it for ages.

I made dinner (pesto).

I did not regret taking a day off even a bit.

Things I have left to do for my degree:
- 1 max 5000 word paper on the Roman Port of London
- 2 Comprehensive exams on Greek and Roman Archaeology

Things that are not degree related but I still have to do:
- 1 more department meeting
- mark c. 60 papers for the Religious Studies course I'm TAing (check to see when I have to have them done - if the gods are favouring me they can wait until after comps)
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
- Breakfast
- Go to local coffee shop and work my ass off on Paper
- Buy Toilet Paper. And Conditioner.
- Home for lunch to avoid buying food.
- Laundry
- continue to work on Paper
- dinner (chunk o' Pork)
- more working on paper - either back at coffee shop or in the Reading Room (which will hopefully be empty)

The paper isn't due until the 30th. But I've got another paper due then too. And I was planning to have this one done by last Monday.

Also I'm in denial about my comprehensive exams. Comps are balls. And (lucky me) only my department seems to have them at the Masters level.


Feb. 27th, 2012 08:31 am
aderam: (Bones Eyebrow)
Today is my very last presentation of all of Grad School.

I think I'm even fairly well prepared for it.

Wish me luck!

In other news statistics haven't failed me yet: I got my sixth Roll Up the Rim to Win coffee from Timmy's this morning - and I've won a coffee! I'm now 1 and 5 which is exactly the same as the promised 1 in 6 chances to win.

I feel this is an auspicious omen for the day.
aderam: (Classics Books)
The text for my Rome class just described Agrippa as Augustus' "Henchman". It was in passing, so it doesn't mean too much. But I can't decide whether this is the best thing ever or the worst.

On the one hand I'm kinda offended on behalf of a guy who died over 2000 years ago. But on the other: henchman! It's such a wonderful description for their bizarre relationship. Also I'm trying to imagine what Agrippa would be like in the Henchmen's Union à la Dr. Horrible. ;)
aderam: (I Hate Everything)

I have so much work to do. And no motivation to do any of it.

I'm super tired - which I think is a combo of stress, and February (which is winter and therefore when I start hibernating), and stress.

I only have a few more months. I really don't want to be doing this.

I also really don't want to have wasted two years and thousands of dollars and not actually get my degree out of it.

In the end I'm still glad I did Grad School, because otherwise I would be stuck wondering if I would have liked it - but fuck I just want to get out of here.

I'm sick of the Bureaucracy.
I'm sick of the egos and the jerks.
I'm sick of writing papers and inter-library loan books that don't arrive until the day of your presentation.
And I think I might be getting sick.

Fuck I have a crap-ton of work to do today.

I can't wait for Reading Week. - I'll be heading to Edmonton to visit [personal profile] hobbitbabe, and I plan on doing very little (there's a warning for you, L).

Long day

Dec. 15th, 2011 08:48 pm
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
Today was a long day.

I had my Sanctuaries final this morning which is almost four hours of my life I'll never get back. It was pretty much exactly what I was expecting it to be, which doesn't mean that it was good. But it is was it is, and most importantly it's over.

So after that I rewarded myself with McDonalds for lunch and then headed to the bar with the crew to watch the Canucks-Hurricanes game, although I had to leave early to go and play my own hockey game.

Today was the last game before Christmas break for me (there's one next week too which I'll be missing), and it was a lot of fun. I ended up getting about 24 shots on net according to our score-keeper. Which is probably not counting all of them. For context this is on par with the number of shots which NHL goaltenders see in a typical game. Except that NHL games last much longer than ours do. The final score was 2-1 for them in the end (and the score-keeper said that we got 6 shots), but it was a good game. Needless to say I'm feeling tired. Also I got the Ice Bird which we hand out for player of the game every week!

Now I'm eating a whole box of Kraft Dinner from the pot with ketchup and hot dogs, because I'm classy like that. ;) And also watching the original Tron which is loads of fun. And soon there will be sleep.


Dec. 13th, 2011 01:40 pm
aderam: (Reality)
Just got the Tron and Inception soundtracks from one of my fellow Grad Students.

Studying for this damn exam just got that much more EPIC. ;)
aderam: (Henry and Big Guy)
Things I do not want:

1. To Write this paper - Delos is Boring! And French! And BORING!

2. To go to the Department Meeting.

3. To have to wait until May for the Avengers Movie.

4. The opposite of World Peace.

5. To ever stop playing Minesweeper.
aderam: (Classics Books)
I forgot my glasses at home when I went to school to do work, so that was a bit of a bust. But I did manage to read and take notes on a review in the JRA (Journal of Roman Archaeology) which is sadly not online (woe is me! Some of my sources are only in the Library! - at least it's in English).

So now I'm procrastinating a bit. - Knitting and watching some of the Eagle (which I bought yesterday).

I went shopping yesterday and managed to get a variety of items that were all on sale! Which is awesome.

Things I got:
- A watch (not the perfect watch which I'm still vaguely looking for, but a nice one)
- A Halloween candle (with a ghost on it)
- A hand mixer
- New headphones (my old ones broke - but the new ones are purple, so that's an improvement)
- Movies (the downtown HMV is closing so everything was on super sale - I didn't mean to get any movies, but they were so cheap!) - Casablanca, 10 Things I hate About You, the Eagle, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Highlander, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- A set of glasses with the heads of Marvel Superheroes - Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Spiderman

Also Nominations for Yuletide are up! Finally! I've already submitted mine. I nominated Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, The Valor's Series by Tanya Huff, and A Bear Named Winnie. Are any of you doing Yuletide this year? Have you/are you going to nominate anything?

Life is pretty good. - But that might be the denial talking...
aderam: (Peter and Neal)
So gaining an extra hour doesn't actually effect when I get up at all. I'm still getting ready to start my Sunday at noon. I'm not upset about that. Sleep is one of my favourite things, and I'm certain that I never really get enough of it.

I'm stuck in procrastination limbo. I really need to get some work done, but I also really don't want to. I think I'm going to aim to have the powerpoint for my Madia Wreck presentation (and most of the talking notes) done by Friday. It's not for another two weeks, but I've got another long presentation right afterwards so I'm trying to avoid death at all costs.

In other news I want to get a watch. But watches are hard. I want a nice one - but I really can't afford more than about $100. I wish there were tags for searching for watches like there are for fic etc. Because then I could just chick on a bunch of the tags that apply to what I want and sort things into what I'm looking for.
- leather strap
- medium big face (I have big hands and wrists, small ladies watches make them look enormous)
- analog with the numbers on it (otherwise it will take me a minute every time I look at my watch to figure out what time it is)
Alas they don't seem to do that anywhere. I'd be tempted to put a watch on my Christmas list, since it's definitely a good present, but it's also one of those things where I have an idea of what I'd like in a watch, so it probably wouldn't coincide with what I'd get given. Even if I receive a very nice watch. It's just not fair to ask for something when you're thinking about specifics, but can't really articulate what those specifics are.

Anyway, I kinda want a watch. There's a watch store on 4th. Maybe I'll go out there and take a look. If I'm going to be procrastinating from doing things anyway I might as well do something productive (ish)?

Do any of you know of good places to get watches?
aderam: (Default)
Life's been pretty busy, but generally good.

This weekend we had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner with seven of the usual crowd. I made cheesy mashed potatoes which is a family tradition (and even moreso - I'm always the one who makes it) - and they were a big hit.

Tonight I'm going to a poker game which is a tradition among some of the department. Buy in is $10, and it's reasonably competitive - but I'm resigned to loosing everything. As long as it's a fun time with the guys I'm cool with it. So that should be fun - I should make myself a poker hands cheat-sheet before I go.

The NHL hockey season has started up again and the Canucks are playing right now. I'm listening to the game. And it's currently 5-4 for Philidelphia in the 3rd period. I dislike the Flyers at the best of time, but this is not helping. Although I'm still not too worried about the game.

I bought a new knitting pattern and I think that I'm going to use it for a Christmas present. But I think that I need to get one more ball of yarn, since I might not have enough. I'm excited to start. ;)

Why are all of the books for my next two presentations in German and French? The French is okay - but Deutsch? Lame. I do not speak German. Oh well, I've got enough time to Google Translate what I need. My main text for the shipwreck I'm looking at is called "Das Wrack". Oh Germans - you're so ... German.

I get to make stone tools in my Anthro class. Partially that's awesome, but partially I'd rather just find some good stones and shape them to make a wall instead. Bifacial what? Although our TA did his Masters' Thesis on stone tools used in high-risk situations like hunting polar bears and sea lions. And that is wicked cool.

Anyway... dinner calls!


Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:26 am
aderam: (Henry and Big Guy)
I've got a dentist appointment today. It's just a cleaning, but knowing my luck I'll find out that I've got about ten billion more cavities that need to be filled. Think good thoughts for me please.

Also the bruise on my forehead is still there, and there is only so much that can be covered up by make-up. And there's no wearing of hats in the dentist chair.

Also Also I've got a meeting with library people this afternoon where I have to be all professional and represent the department. I'm the Reading Room TA this year and I'm talking to them about getting an electronic database of the books we have. I still think that this should be done by a prof rather than by me, but I'm still doing it. Here's hoping they take me seriously. I'm pretty sure that I know what we want at least.

And I'm super tired for no good reason. Well, I have one idea... and I'm hoping it just goes away. May talk about it later.

Lots of other things are happening as well which I want to write about - but I should go now to avoid being late for the dentist (*wibble*).

At least tonight is the season premier of Fringe!

Oh Really?

Sep. 14th, 2011 10:13 pm
aderam: (Bones Eyebrow)
[ profile] vermin_disciple keeps posting up choice tid-bits of academic writing. They're ridiculous, and I love them - although they also make me want to strangle the authors in the face (because everything is worse in the face. Except food - which is better).

I got one in my reading for my Anthro class in a chapter on Statistics and Measurement:

"We as archaeologists operate in a community of archaeologists who can agree about some things at some times."
- E. B. Banning, The Archaeologist's Laboratory, Ch 2, pg 8.

It's so true! And I love how it's basically saying that archaeologists bicker like small children, but using positive language.

At the same time - useless statements much?

We talked about "Materiality" and the meaning of "Function" today in class, and I was reminded of why I'm glad I didn't major in Anthropology. I can't handle those discussions about the meaning of "meaning". And whether or not culture deserves a capital 'C'. The buzz words kinda make me want to puke.


Sep. 12th, 2011 08:25 pm
aderam: (Elizabeth Grin)
Am now in possession of one Doctor Who patterned knitting needle case! (Thank you Etsy!) It arrived today and after I opened it M and I immediately looked to see if we could identify all eleven doctors. (We did, but it was mostly M because she's seen way more of the old Who than I have. - i.e. some.) It's adorable! And also useful. I really did need a new needle case, so on the whole I deem it money well spent.

Other things that are spent: Me.

Am super tired right now. This schooling business totally takes it out of you. I know I'm complaining about nothing so far because it's not like I'm in the midst of presentation and paper rush season, but after a whole day spent in the Reading Room and then at class I am wiped.

Am also considering getting the X-Men First Class DVD in order to have the special features. Did and of you get it? Or have you heard the scoop about whether or not they're worth it? I'm also influenced because I hear tell that part of the decision about whether or not to do another one will be based on DVD sales. But I waver.

But perhaps it is sleep time now.
aderam: (Classics Books)
Whine whine. Bitch Bitch. Moan Moan.

Why is it already 3pm and I still have a thousand words to write?

Paper, I hate you.

Celtic Scholars, please stop being so annoying.


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