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I seem to have brought home some sort bug home from spring break.  My disease-catching skills know no bounds, apparently, as I spent break hiding in my parents' apartment, trying (and failing) to do homework.  'Course, I also didn't get as much sleep as I should have last night... figures.  Guess I really do need to exercise almost every day to keep my insomnia under control... and also stop doing homework after dinner.  Seriously, my wind-down time after homework (after anything, really, but especially homework) is insane.  I quit mucking around with pleather (more on that later) around 7pm, but still only five-and-a-half hours of sleep.  :P  So.  Called in, kinda-sorta napped, am now watching Quantum of Solace and mustering energy to do something productive with my inadvertent day off.

Right, mucking about with pleather.  I'm designing the rapier frogs & belts for our campus' production of Romeo & Juliet.  EEEEEEE!  \o/  It's going to be so awesome!  I'm making pleather prototypes/mock-ups at home now, then once I get feedback from the director and the costume designer, I'll be in the shop doing for reals leatherworking.  :)

Also, I'm told that this is National Poetry Month, or something?  Well, given that, I did get a shiny old copy of the Complete Poems of Robert Frost (hardback, 1949 edition, 1964 printing) last weekend (for a dollar!!), and there was a paperclip on this page:

THE PASTURE

I'm going out to clean the pasture spring;
I'll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may)
I sha'n't be gone long.--You come too.

I'm going out to fetch the little calf
That's standing by the mother.  It's so young
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I sha'n't be gone long.--You come too.

The farm I was raised on, although cowless for all my lifetime, has a spring out in the woods by the pasture.  It gets all clogged up with leaves, and needs to be raked out around this time of year.  So I thought this was a good poem to find a random paperclip attached to.  :) 

ship_go_boom: (Campbell's Plomeek Soup)
Well, as usual, academia has kidnapped me away from journals both Live and Insane, and imprisoned me in a life that on occasion bears a startling resemblance to the works of Edward Gorey.  I appear to have survived the experience in one piece, however, and now have a little more than a month to dedicate to the noble art of slobbing about.  Even with that much time at my disposal, there's no way I'll be able to catch up with what you busy internet people have been doing.  I'll go back a few pages on the Flist, but I have my limits.  Drop me a comment if something important happened while I was gone, alright?

Other than getting reacquainted with the interwebz, my big project for winter break is going to be reminding myself that reading books is actually fun, which is something I forget when I'm buried under textbooks (this last semester was really horrible on that front - not a single narrative assigned, and particularly dull textbooks, too boot).  I've made a list of fun readables that I want to tackle:

The Borribles by Michael L'Arrabeiti (re-read)
The Borribles Go For Broke by Michael L'Arrabeiti (re-read)
The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis by Michael L'Arrabeiti (if I can find a copy for cheap)
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (+ sequels, if I like the first one)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum (+ sequels... I read the first three many years ago, but stopped there)

This list is, of course, highly changeable according to my whims (because whims are the whole point of vacation, aren't they?).  Any suggestions, questions, or raised eyebrows from the Flist?

Of course, I will have to take a few breaks here and there, so I can render my apartment livable again.  But that shouldn't be too hard, if I approach it in a relaxed state of mind.  

And of course, I'll also spend some time cooking, which in my more adventurous moods can turn into an all-day project... and I've been getting an urge to start a new sewing project... and start playing guitar again... and re-learn how to juggle... and if I'm really ambitious, there's Wednesday night fencing practice, which I really should get back to....  Relaxing is a very busy sort of pursuit, isn't it?
ship_go_boom: (Raven & Eye)
This post is brought to you by Stayed Up Until Around 4am Reading Deathly Hallows, with special contribution by J.K. Rowling is an Evil Sorceress Who Plans to Turn Us All Into Sleep-Deprived Zombies and Take Over the World.

I'm putting my order for a cosmic favor in early: When the 7th movie finally comes out there needs to be a vid, featuring clips from all of the movies (especially the last few) cut together with clips of Rowling's appearances and interviews and what not...  Set to "I Can't Decide" by the Scissor Sisters.  Can somebody do that for me, O Great High Pubah of Teh Internets?

Carrying on (with the proviso that I loved all of it, no matter how much I pout), this will be easier in list format. 

Things That I Saw Coming Pre-Release:

Spoilers )


Things That I Saw Coming While Reading



Things That Made me Go "Wha?"


Other Favorite or Otherwise Notable Bits




This list of things may get updated later as I remember more.  I may even become semi-articulate!  (Which is rather a lot the ask of someone who only had two hours of sleep last night.) 



Speak to me, for I fear that any attempt to find a Harry Potter conversation already in progress may damage my grades due to severe time-wasting!  Please?  I wanna gossip!  I have bunnies!  (No, really!  They're little and cute and are about why Sirius ran away from his parents when he was sixteen.  There's a Muggle girl involved...)

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