aderam: (I Hate Everything)
Yo.

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).
aderam: (In Burke We Trust)
Warning - Spoilers for EVERYTHING. (But esp 2.03 the Reichenbach Fall.)



Mostly placed here so that I can find it again. Is pretty!

(Clearly I need some Sherlock icons...)

(Also - procrastinating from presentation tomorrow? Me? Never.)
aderam: (Henry and Big Guy)
I managed to get to campus by 10 am on a Sunday.

That's enough of an accomplishment for today right?

# reasons why this paper isn't finished yet.
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: (In Burke We Trust)
There are so many other things I should be doing right now. But instead I am trolling about on the internet and thoroughly enjoying myself. Perhaps I can afford one more day of procrastination - classes start tomorrow after all.

Things I've been enjoying that you should too:

[personal profile] kuwdora's vid for A Bear Named Winnie which is the cutest thing ever! Go look at the pretty! The vid is adorable and now I'm trying to download the movie because any movie in which Magneto Michael Fassbender and Nikola Tesla Jonathon Young hang out with an amorous bear is a GOOD THING. Also I have memories of seeing ads for this movie on CBC when it first came out - why didn't I watch it then? Foolish past!Aderam, you have let me down once again!

Also This:


Dear Sir Patrick,
Why are you so awesome? And how is your son so cool too? (Also why does your so look like one of my profs? That's kinda creepy actually.) Please continue to be amazing!
Love, Aderam

Part 2 under here )

Things I should be doing instead of this:

- My report. You're probably already tired of hearing about this. I was tired about that stupid report even before I started writing it. It's the main thing that I should be doing right now because I should get it done before classes start up and I have other work to do. If only I didn't have to do paperwork when I did archaeology, it would be so much more enjoyable.
aderam: (Penguin Mounties)
So it's been over a week since I got back from Italy, and I still haven't written up a good post about the dig and being back and all those other important things. ... And this isn't that either. This is a post about all the crazy things that are in my head at the moment.

First and foremost are James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender - because they are awesome and X-Men has eaten my brain. It's not so much that First Class was that great a movie (although I did really enjoy it) but their chemistry was fantastic and their obvious friendship in all their interviews is absolutely contagious. Their epic bromance is only equal to Sir Patrick and Sir Ian, or RDJ and Jude Law. It's epic. And also they totally weren't exaggerating when they mentioned the drag scene which was cut from the movie - HILARIOUS! I think I may have to buy the DVD if I'll get extras like these!

Evidence: The Japan DVD trailer, the Drag is at the 4 min mark!

I've also downloaded and started watching episodes of the Animated X-Men TV series which is a fond memory from my childhood. It is totally awesome too. I was not expecting it to still have such great characterization and messages and even the plots are pretty awesome. Even my roommate M is loving it and she didn't watch it as a child and therefore doesn't have nostalgia. - Also even in '90s Children's TV the Professor and Magneto are made for each other!

Let the brain-eating continue I say!

I've been procrastinating from writing my report for the dig. Partially because I've never written an archaeological report before and I'm worried that I'm going to screw it up, and partially because I've been sick and sleeping for most of this past week. In that light I've even ended up accomplishing other things - like organizing an orientation for the incoming grad students to our department (because our department would never do anything like that and also it needs to happen - but it's going to be super basic, I don't have the time or energy to do anything more official.) and getting my student loan documents in order (almost done!).

But today I will at very least start on that damn report, and I will at very least organize my laundry so that I can do it. And I will try not to be seduced by the internet and McAvoy-Fassbender interviews - I've seen most of them already anyway.

Also also - have you guys seen the new videos up on Peter Jackson's Facebook page for the Hobbit! There are 13 Dwarfs! And they are AMAZING! They are teasing each other and joking back and forth and it makes me squee like a squeeing thing! I can't wait for the Hobbit!



And on a more somber note, Jack Layton, Canada's Leader of the Opposition, died of cancer. It's really weird reading people say that they were expecting something like this because of how his health had taken a turn for the worse, because I've been on the other side of the world and paying even less attention to the news than I normally do. I vaguely remember hearing about him having some health problems, but the last I'd really heard of him was from the election when he was strong and energetic. So it's kind of shocking to me. He was a great man and a great politician, and the farewell letter he wrote to Canadians two days before his death is very moving. I don't agree with all his politics, and he was in no way perfect, but I'd been really looking forward to what he would accomplish as leader of the opposition and I had great hopes that he might've won the next election and become our Prime Minister. I'll miss his lovely moustache. See also: The Happy Jack Layton is Happy Tumblr for some awesome photos of Jack in action (via [livejournal.com profile] karenjeane).
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
Considering that I just finished and handed in a paper this morning (and one that's not due until hand-wavey time in the future - don't you just love profs that do that?) these might not work as well as all that - but here are some wicked awesome things to help you procrastinate at this very busy time in the academic year.

Procrastinating from my next paper totally counts, right?

1. The first video from Peter Jackson about the start of filming on the Hobbit! (Yes you read that right!)

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

It's from his Facebook page and it is ten minutes of pure joy. I am so excited for this movie now. It is going to be absolutely amazing. And once the DVDs come out the special features are going to be STUNNING! Maybe I'll re-read the Hobbit this summer... I mentioned this video to the guys at dinner and got some excellent reactions. This morning at breakfast A came up to me and got me to stand up so that he could hug me in thanks and jump up and down about how awesome it's going to be. I love hanging out with nerds. ;)

2. Photos of Ridiculousness!

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/02/nyiragongo_crater_journey_to_t.html

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This is a whole series of photos of a lava lake in Africa and a team of scientists who are studying it. They are truly amazing. Check out the ones that show insane scientists really close to the lava!

3. Goodnight Dune

http://goodnightdune.com/

A retelling of the children's classic Goodnight Moon using the settings and characters from Dune by Frank Herbert. Favourite part: rhyming sardaukar with gom jabbar.

4. My residence has a list serv so we can all email each other for planning things etc. It's really useful for getting messages out fairly quickly, but it's also a place where we send around cool things or things that make us think etc (I got the link to the Lava Lake from it). The latest article that going around is called "Why Feminism is the Anti-Viagra". I refuse to read it on principle - partially because discussion around it indicates that it's super offensive and basically says that women want men strong men to dominate them. Anyway, a few of the guys were responding to it (none of our lovely ladies), and then one of them asked why none of our resident women had responded. I thought about it for a bit and then sent this:

Why the sausage fest you ask?

I strongly suspect that I'm not the only one who refuses to read articles like this on principle. Especially now that I've read a few of your responses I feel even less need to read the article in question. It will only make me angry. And I'd prefer to be happy.

So no, I'm not going to join in this discussion. I've not read the article and I don't want to. I don't need other people to tell me about my own sexuality.

Love (?),
Me


I've since gotten a few replies from the other ladies in complete agreement, so I'm feeling pretty good about that.

5. I've also been knitting and watching a lot of Deep Space Nine. :)

6. The playoffs have started and my beloved Canucks won their first game - yes I did procrastinate by watching it. :)

Now - back to the procrastination!

Also new Fringe and Sanctuary tonight!!! Super excite!
aderam: (I Hate Everything)
I'm totally procrastinating from life right now.

Everything is changing so avoidance is my middle name!

But things are changing for the good really. I got my first choice of Masters program, I'm moving to Beautiful British Columbia (where I can stalk my favourite TV actors), and I'm going to Italy again to do archaeology - although this time it's a different dig.

I've got questions I need answered, housing applications to get done, crap that needs to be organized.

But right now... Right now I'm procrastinating life. Life - I've put you on hold. I need some me time. And I'll deal with you later.

In the mean time I'll gladly accept any fun things on the internet you might like to point me towards. :)
aderam: (300)
Today I shall write at very least a full rough draft of everything for my UBC Application.

I am going to the Sleepless Goat and I am going to drink coffee and be academic in one of those coffee shops because sometimes it's the right thing to do. (And I don't really have a good table to work at here.)

I am going to wear my reading glasses (which I don't always need because my eyes are only slightly wonky) and possibly a tie because I'll be more academic.

I'm going to wear my new Cicero shoes because I'm applying for Classical Archaeology and because they are Command Gold and I must take charge.

I am going to sew the buttons onto my sweater.

Then I am going to be strong and go have dinner with my Dad and watch House, even though I've missed at least one if not two episodes.

Tomorrow I will do the rough draft for my UVic application.

Wednesday I'll polish everything and print the things what need printing and gather and send off what I can send and figure out what to do with the rest.

Thursday I'll finish packing and get a bus to the Toronto Airport and get on a plane.

Friday I'll arrive in London and get on a train for Edinburgh!!!!!!!!!!

Friday I'll get to see L!

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