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I am unpacked and my room is (mostly) clean. It only took a month-plus (admittedly a month that a) included a week and a half of me doing nothing because I'd just gotten my wisdom teeth out and b) was fairly hot, off and on, so moving boxes of stuff and working in my room was unfeasible). But I have now successfully absorbed an entire* dorm room worth of stuff into my already-full-of-stuff Philadelphia-home room**.

Cut for lots of long babbling )

So I guess what I'm saying is, "High School Miriam, sometimes I feel like I don't know you at all. I'm pretty sure that I'm happier being now-me than I was being you, which I suppose is a good thing, at least from this end. I'm glad that I/we/you got back into writing. I may sometimes wonder a bit about your decisions, but you managed to pick a college where I had a marvelous four years, and I will say that you definitely had good taste in friends.


footnotes on the above cut )
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And this problem is that my library hours have gotten too popular.

My library hours are Order of the Phoenix - writing club. I've always intended them to be a quiet space for people to do writing or academic work. For the past two weeks there have been lots of people and lots of noise and I've gotten very little work done. I don't work particularly well when there's lots of stuff going on, and I don't think that most of the other people present are getting much work done, either.

I don't want to be a tyrant and enforce silence in my library hours, or say that everyone has to be writing, but the fact is that my library hours have gotten so exuberant that they don't really accomplish their original purpose any more. I don't have so many hours in my week that I can spend two of them feeling frustrated because I didn't accomplish the things that I wanted to get done.

Probably the long-term solution is to not have evening library hours, but this is literally the only time I reliably have free this semester, so I can't exactly change them.

Suggestions?
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Specifically, the screaming fight I had with one particular member of my math group.

Cut because I doubt that it's actually that interesting. )
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Going to a party with a bunch of people you don't know, and being assigned to two of them and expected to talk with them for most of two hours.

In other news, we had the first Velada Internacional for the compañeros de conversación program last night. Don't get me wrong. I think that compañeros de conversacion is a good program to have; we'll meet more people (and also practice our Spanish - but I'm doing that most of the time). And I can't think of a particularly better way of kick-starting it than throwing a giant party and sticking all of the people involved in the same room. But that doesn't mean that it wasn't really awkward. In fact, as one of the girls pointed out, it was kind of like being on a blind date - only they were double-teaming you (and actually, while we were each assigned two compañeros/as, there was also a waiting list, so program people would come around occasionally and shove more Spanish people in your direction. There were points where I was in the middle of a semicircle of five Spaniards (literally in the middle; I was practically sitting on the table)).

Highlights on the awkward )

However, I did eventually figure out that they were both students hoping to become English teachers, and quiet guy seems to have a good sense of humor if you can get him to be un-awkward enough to talk, and the other seems to be a right proper geek; video games and fantasy and sci-fan (not the introverted sort of geek, though (luckily - otherwise we would have been treated to even-more-awkward than it was already).

In other news, I need to figure out how to say awkward in Spanish.

Calm

24 February 2008 07:49 pm
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On the whole this has been a really nice week. The beginning of it was really crazy, such that I very much needed a Rally Day, but once I got through Tuesday afternoon I realized that I was more-or-less on top of everything that needed to be done, and that I had time to breathe, and maybe even sit with friends for a while and just laugh, or go out and play in the snow, or watch a movie (and lose my cell phone and then luckily find it again without too much trouble). Which isn't to say that I don't have things to do. Because I have lots of things to do, and several items on my long-term to-do list probably still won't get done - but I'm no longer feeling so overwhelmed that I'm just running from thing to thing to thing and tiring myself out so much that I'm no longer using my time effectively and just get frustrated.
It's a really nice feeling.
I do, however, need to stop staying up until midnight if I can't get properly fulfilling sleep past 7:30 in the morning (although it should be noted that I slept in the whole way until 9:30 on Wednesday), because I like having the full eight-and-a-half-or-nine.

On the subject of other less pleasing trends, there have been several times over the past week-and-a-half when then inability to deal with people has been worse than it's ever been. On the plus side these have also coincided with times than I have been to tired and not gotten enough sleep the night before, but I can't always get enough sleep, and it's distressing when the dining hall is so busy that I feel like I can't function. It doesn't seem terribly apparent to anyone else, which I suppose is a good thing, but I'd much prefer it to not happen at all.


In cheerful news, the shiny laptop is officially Miss Eliza Tudor.

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