aerdran: (Boys)
That's right, only two days left for me to go to Eastern this quarter. My Anthropology final is tomorrow, for which I am finally studying, and on Tuesday I go to listen to a couple of presentations in my Lit class. Of course, I still have to work on the take home final for that class, but I'll get to it either today or tomorrow. It matters not, really. Not as long as I get it done, that is. I will, of course. I just need to get down to it. I'm so anxious for the quarter to be over, that's for sure. I'm awfully burned out right now, for a couple reasons. First, it's Spring quarter. That's the absolute hardest quarter, what with the break being so close. Second has to do with the personal reasons people have probably heard way too much about already.

Right now I'm trying to focus on one of the case studies I need to read for the final tomorrow. Note that I'm typing on here at the moment. I do glance on occasion at the book, and maybe even read a paragraph. It's not that the book isn't interesting at all. I find these things rather fascinating, in fact. If I'd gone to college when I was younger and without a family, I would seriously consider Anthropology as a profession. It's totally interesting to me to read about all of these different cultures. That's why I've taken so many Anthro classes when I really didn't have to. At the moment, I'm reading about them Imbonggu in New Guinea. The first I read was on the Mbuti pygmies, who reside in the Ituri forest in Africa. I really liked that book. It's amazing to see all of the different sorts of things that go on in these cultures, from kinship systems to residency rules to religion, ad infinitum.

That brings me to something that I've toyed with for awhile. I've wondered just how an anthropologist would go about studying the Garou. It would be an interesting way of looking at them if an anthropologist was thrown in somehow to make a study. It would have to be surreptitious, of course. And it would have to be someone immune to the delirium, so either Kinfolk or Hunter would be the best choices. It's something I might play around with, just to see what I could come up with. I know a lot about anthropological terms and ideas, so that should prove to be easy enough. The hitch is in deciding just how the one studying them would go about it, not to mention why. Especially considering that if the Garou found out about it, they'd likely not be very happy at all. It's something to ponder, anyway.

It also leads me (I'm thinking a lot about cultural things these days, sue me) to wondering if anyone has ever done an anthropological study of gang society. I know that many would consider that some sort of sociological study, but I think it would make a very rich study for an anthropologist. I mean, how many people make snap judgements about these people and colour it all with the news they hear on television and other media? There are so many stereotypes that are bought into, and very few people care to look closer. Most people don't care to look at why kids join gangs beyond the obvious. People lump them all together and refuse to look past deeper than the surface. The general consensus seems to be to lock them up and forget about them. I find that sad. I know so many gang members who have great value to many people, including myself. But to society in general, they're considered worthless. I know so differently. I've tried to make others at least think about it, though. When I took my required Communication class at Eastern, I did an informational speech on it as well as a persuasive speech on doing more about gangs than breaking them apart and sending them to jail. Believe me, in so many cases, breaking them apart is the absolute wrong thing to do. So many of them look at each other as family, and tearing them away from each other can only lead to more pain. I guess I just wish more people cared, I really do. Especially right now.

I guess that's enough of that tangent. I'm good at those, especially regarding this subject. I should go back to reading my case study and find out about these Imbonggu. After all, there will probably be a question or two about them on the final. Two more days. That's my mantra right now. Two more days and then maybe I can be helpful in some way with things. Maybe. I'm not sure how, but I can try. We'll see. Two more days.
aerdran: (Jason)
Oh! I forgot to add something cool from today. I must remedy this. For, you see, we got to go watch a cool presentation in Jason's second grade classroom that he did on scorpions. It was so cool. It was Power Point and he had to do it in front of the class. It was neat of the teacher to invite families, too. He was so cute up there and it was funny when he'd roll his eyes because of one thing or another and give this little half-smile. After he was done, he came running over to me and jumped in my lap to hug me. I was so proud of him because he did so well. I think it's cool that they're getting him used to presentations so early. It makes it easier to talk to audiences, not that he's at all shy. I know, parents make a fuss out of the smallest seeming thing. Ah well! That's how it is.
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Well, tomorrow I may actually be able to turn in my grad school application. That will be a huge load off, I'll say that. Of course, that leads to waiting and I'm not the most patient person in the world. Okay, slight exaggeration. Tomorrow is my last long day in the week, so after that it's downhill. Downhill is good.

Well, it's good to know that when Jason is soured on the family because of one thing or another, usually not getting what he wants, he says I'm still cool and so worthy of living. I feel so special! Sometimes it's good being a mom. Okay, most of the time it is. There are those few moments, though, when I want to run away. But then, I'd miss my kids too much after about five minutes.

Grr. I tire of this blackboard thing my Chicano Studies prof has up to get lecture notes and assignments and the like. I don't know if it's the blackboard or something else, but when I try to download some things and go to save or open, it just keeps the file download box up and does absolutely nothing else. Ever. Bleh. Dumb thing. I shall have speaks with Dr. G about it.

Well, for what it's worth, a small quiz.

I'm a generally unfuckwitted, liberal, tight as fuck, relatively well adjusted human being!
See how compatible you are with me!
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That's so nice to know!
aerdran: (Default)
Good news! Yes yes. I now have three professors who have agreed to be references for me on my grad school application. They're all three very well respected and are at Eastern, which is where I go now and will hopefully go to grad school, so that ought to get me in good. That's a load off of my mind. It has to help give me points when one is even the last Graduate Advisor and one has been around forever, although he's retiring after this quarter. And the other is Dr. Finnie, aka Big Daddy, who everyone loves. Soooo.. I have a better shot than I might. Just need the $35 to send it in and I'm all set. Then it's only waiting. Of course, that's the hard part.

Today was a decent enough day. I couldn't force myself to go to my first class, though. It was freezing outside and raining and it was way across campus. And I was still groggy somewhat from Vicodin, so I just crashed in the PUB for an extra hour. That stuff just wipes me sometimes. Then it was off to Chicano Studies for the few minutes it took me to take a 20 question multiple choice test. It went all right, not great but not bad. Then after that it was Dr. Logan's class, where we discussed Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. I liked the book, but then I'm not sure I could dislike anything by Mark Twain. He simply rocks. Must try to read more of him during summer break.

Well, I must get to the dishes, lucky me. What a dreary chore. Ah well, a couple quizzes first, then back to the drudgery.

What Forest Creature Are You?

You come from the Ocean. You've always been drawn
to the sea, the sound of the waves, the crystal
blue water, near the sea is where you belong.

Where Did Your Soul Originate?
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Oh yeah, straight on with that one. I could lose myself in the ocean.
aerdran: (Default)
I think Jason is obsessed with Metallica. Mike seems to have influenced him. Not that I'm complaining. I like them, too. It's cute when he decides to dance to it and then gets to looking all tough. What a kid. Gotta love him.

Well, almost half through the week. It hasn't been too bad. Got my appeal off to the financial aid people, I should get my rejection soon enough. Not that I care all that much. It would be nice to have spending money, and I really would like to buy some new clothes (I'm so tired of the usual jeans and tee shirt shit), but if this was gonna happen, this was the right quarter for it. I'll hopefully get my application for grad school off really soon, too. Just have to wait for John's paycheck to get the $35. I'm not sure if I've missed the deadline due to lack of funds, though. If I have, I can just skip fall quarter and go in the winter. I'll be bummed if there's something I really want to take in the fall, but ah well. I know that Dr. Urcia is offering a class on Chaucer in the winter, I just don't want to miss that. I so love Chaucer and would love the chance to delve more deeply into the Canterbury Tales.

If my arm doesn't start feeling better here soon, I'm afraid I'm going to have to go to the doctor again. The pain's moved down the arm some and those anti-inflammatory pills aren't doing much for me. The pain pills have, though. Boy, do they make me goofy. Last night was a trip and a half and reaffirmed that I am better off not drinking alcohol. Being drunk would just be wrong. Especially if it affects my talking the way this does. I can hardly shut up. No comments from the peanut gallery, either. Yes Becky, I mean you.

I do have one more thing to say before posting a couple more quizzes, though. Mark Twain was a literary genius. Yup yup. Gotta love him. I do love Lit classes where I get to read neat stuff and get graded on it.

Bitch Slapper!
Bitch Slap

What kind of non-weapon related attack move are you?
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I would've preferred punch or something, but ah well. Slapping never was my style. Doesn't leave much of a mark most of the time.

Lupin - Defense Against the Dark Arts

Harry Potter: Which Hogwarts professor would you be?
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Sounds cool to me! The second movie will be out on DVD on Friday. That's good news indeed.

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