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Glee )

ugh I think one of my wisdom teeth is coming in. The two on the bottom came in sometime in high school but it was fine because I had 2 adult teeth pulled there before they came in so there was room for them once they did come through. But I was holding out the hope that my top ones would just never come down. sigh. This plus me still being sick and feeling like crap makes me feel like my body is rebelling against me today.

In better news, I'm almost entirely done with my paper! Yes! (Now you all won't have to read about me going on and on over how much more I have left and how much I hate writing papers! Well, except for once more right now.) I have nearly everything written, I just need an intro and conclusion (which I always leave for last anyways, which I think goes back to freshman year when I was writing a bunch of papers in a row and I was starting and finishing them the day before they were do and I'd finish everything except the intro and conclusion, which I'd leave until the next morning before class, and now it just feels wrong to write an intro or conclusion on the same day that I write the rest of a paper. I know, I'm super weird.) and... well, I have a thesis like... in my head, but I don't actually have it written out, so I should do that. And I'm barely at the bottom of page 7 without my intro and conclusion, so I might add another paragraph that kind of... pads the paper a bit, but it shouldn't take too long to write. I'll probably do that last after I see if I need to add it.

I got up at 9 AM this morning and it was kind of difficult to get myself out of bed but I wanted some time before I had to go to my morning class. Then I checked my e-mail and my morning class was canceled. blah. Oh well. I could've used the time productively to get my paper done, but instead I looked up more MSW programs I might want to apply to. I have absolutely nothing to do tonight other than finish this paper, so it shouldn't be a problem, anyways.
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Right now I pretty much just want to listen to Jonathan Groff singing "Burning Up," Jon and Lea singing "Hello," and the few lines of solo he has in "Like a Prayer" over and over again. I have also been listening to Spring Awakening repeatedly. I might have a problem.

(The rest of this is just a school/real life update, which is probably not very exciting, but there was no new TV for me to watch last night! Fail, Wednesday night TV. Plus, I had schoolwork crap to prioritize over my Doctor Who rewatch.)

I talked to my favorite psych professor (I have no idea how to refer to her, as she's not my adviser, but I basically always go to her when I have questions about fulfilling major requirements and post-undergrad stuff. Maybe I can call her my honorary adviser?) today about a bunch of stuff, but most importantly about applying to grad schools, and she made me feel so much better. I've been kind of freaking out, but she was like "You're so ahead and organized!" And she was talking about when to line up recommendations, and in the middle she like... kind of raised her hand and was like "Me! I would love to have the chance to rave about you," and I was just like ";klajs;lkfj thank you." So now I have two professor in the psych department who have actually told me (without me mentioning anything) that they'd love to write recommendations for me. Which is pretty awesome, considering when I was applying to undergrad, getting recommenders was so nerve-wracking and I wasn't sure anyone would really write me a great rec because I never spoke up in class or anything. So anyways, that's comforting. idk, she just always makes me feel better about everything when I talk to her.

Also, another thing I talked to her about was my idea for my final research paper for Mood and Anxiety (as I am currently taking that class from her), and she said my idea sounded great and she'd be happy to look over a draft next week, which is excellent. And I'm actually kind of really excited about my topic (it's basically about hoarding and the controversy over whether it should primarily be considered a symptom of OCD or if it's its own separate disorder and doesn't need OCD to occur. Which is something I find incredibly interesting, although I recognize that it maybe doesn't sound quite as exciting to people who are not into clinical psychology).

I finished my social psych research proposal last night! I didn't really expect that I would, mostly because I thought I might do a little and then be like "Whatever, I'll have so much time Thursday to finish it, I don't need to do it now!" and I always tend to procrastinate. And for a little while on Wednesday I was considering just not doing anything, even the Method section, and finishing it Thursday. But then I decided I might as well just try to finish it, so I did, and it's done! Just barely over the minimum page count, and parts of it are probably incoherent (...I didn't actually read it completely over. Which I probably should have. But I just wanted to be done with it and honestly I hate reading over work I've written, which I know is kind of a problem because anything I write can definitely be improved by editing. Oh well. It's only 10 points, and I haven't missed a single point in the class so far, so whatever). But it's done, and it's one more thing I can cross off my list of everything I have left to do the rest of the semester, which is down to like... 8 things now! (MUPC this weekend, revised German essay and German oral presentation next week, and then my final Origins and social psych exams, German final, final Mood and Anxiety 8-10 page paper, and short social psych 2-4 page paper.) I hopefully will make it out of these next 2 weeks all right. I will be officially done with this semester 2 weeks from today, which is bizarre but also mostly very good. (Although then I will be a senior and graduating in just a year and that's too weird to think about.)
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Glee )

Lost )

I managed to finally get started on my social psych research proposal, and I actually got exactly 2 1/2 pages done, and it only has to be 5, and I didn't do barely any of the Method section which is super easy because I'm using the same design as another study that's kind of a basis for what I'm proposing so it won't take a lot of effort to get another page out of that. Then I just have an intro paragraph for the intro section (which I have outline, I was just too lazy to start. I was about to! ...but then I decided I'd rather watch Glee. Which I think was a very good choice as Glee was excellent) and the Results/Discussion which is basically just like "How would you interpret expected and unexpected results? What implications would this have?" and that's kind of where I like... started the proposal when I was thinking about it, so basically it should be fine.

Yay that Mad Men is returning July 25th! I think this is earlier than last year. Although July 25th is still way too far away. I think I'm going to rewatch Mad Men this summer before the new season. Then again, I feel like I have plans to rewatch or start a million shows, so more likely than not, I won't get around to it. I definitely want to do a full series rewatch of Lost after the finale, and that's already going to take up a huge amount of time, and I'm not going to spend the entire summer watching TV. (More like 95%, probably.)
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All right, I'm through season 2 on my Doctor Who rewatch! Doctor Who Season 2 Thoughts )

For some reason I had this idea that I would be able to get through 4 seasons of Doctor Who and 2 seasons of Torchwood in one week while also attending school and doing adequate amounts of school work and having a life and such. This was a very, very silly thought. I hope to get it done by the end of next week, though, as after next week there's only 1 full week of school, 2 days, and then finals, and I maybe don't want to leave things like my 10-page final Mood and Anxiety paper to the weekend before I have 2 exams and 1 final. Just a thought. Anyways, I'm jumping to Torchwood now, and then back to Doctor Who season 3 after I'm done with Torchwood season 1, and so on. I'm excited; it's been ages since I've watched these episodes of Torchwood, longer than most DW episodes.

Some TV reactions from this week:

Glee )

Ugly Betty Series Finale )
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Ugly Betty - 4.19 )

How is there only one more episode of this show left? I can't believe how into it I am right now. It's seriously one of the shows I look most forward to right now. Seasons 2 and 3 were pretty terrible, and even the first half of this season wasn't amazing, but seriously, the second half of this season has gotten so much better, it's ridiculous. I think it's even better than parts, or most, of season 1. I kind of just want to watch this episode over and over again. And I also kind of want to buy the DVDs of this season when it comes, which I never thought I would want to do for this show. Oh man. I'm actually going to be really upset when it's over.

Also, speaking of my reactions back when I was watching season 1, I was reading them over for the nostalgia factor, and in one of them I was like "This is totally my new favorite show of the season!" which is so weird because, well, I guess seasons 2 and 3 really colored my view of the show as a whole, despite the fact that season 1, especially the first half, was a lot of fun. But I did really adore the show back then. It's nice that it's come back to be really awesome for the end. (It's actually kind of funny that in one of the posts I was reading with an old Ugly Betty reaction, I was also talking about The O.C. and how I was still not over how The O.C. was actually good (this was season 4) and back to season 1 levels, and I just kind of find it funny that the same thing is happening for me with Ugly Betty. And then I just got weirded out because season 1 of Ugly Betty seems really long ago, but that was just senior year in high school, and omg in just 4 1/2 weeks I'll be a senior in college and how is that even possible and that's so weird. Was high school really that long ago? Anyways, tangent! But in any case, that's totally why I stick with shows even once they start sucking and it starts feeling like a chore to watch them: because sometimes, if I'm lucky, they'll start getting good again. Of course, it's typically right before they're canceled, but... it's better than nothing, I guess? I'd rather have this excellent season 4 than 5 more seasons like seasons 2-3).

I have my class facilitation thing in Mood and Anxiety in like 30 minutes. I'm... feeling okay about it. I've gone over what I'm going to say about a million times, but I'm sure I'll get nervous and mess up a little anyways since I suck at public speaking. I'll be really happy to have it over with, anyways. And then I get to come back to my apartment and spend several hours working on my part of a group project before we meet tonight. ugh. But at least it's almost Friday! And then I can finally relax!

Also, there are so many TV things I'm super excited for in the next week: new Doctor Who Saturday (I'm so excited to see more of Eleven and Amy!), Glee returns Tuesday, and the series finale of Ugly Betty on Wednesday. Plus there's the normal great TV: I've been really loving Castle recently, HIMYM and TBBT are new on Monday (they haven't had a new episode in a little while, right? I don't know, it feels like it's been awhile), new Lost (I haven't watched this week's yet, actually, but I should have time this afternoon or Friday afternoon, and I've heard it's awesome), new Criminal Minds (this week was kind of eh since they were setting up the spin-off, which I don't really care about, but I still adore the show (speaking of, the picture Matthew Gray Gubler tweeted of a freaking puppy biting his nose was one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. How is he real?)), and other new stuff as well that I'm too lazy to get into now. But still, very excited for TV next week.
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I was taking a practice quiz for my social psych exam from the textbook's website and a lot of the questions are like... situations or whatever and then you have to choose whichever psychological principle fits, but there was totally one question where it was talking about a guy named Nick and then it was like "He is attracted to 2 men on a dating website..." and I was like "Hey, way to be not totally heteronormative, textbook! A+!" idk, I found it cool.

GLEE IS BACK IN LESS THAN A WEEK! For some reason I thought it wasn't coming back for 2 weeks, but I think I missed that a week has passed since last week, the last time I checked. idk, this past week has gone kind of fast, probably since I'm so busy. But yay, anyways!

I've been getting a little bored of the music I've been listening to recently, so I got a bunch of new stuff (...most of which has been played on Chuck at some point. That show has really good music, ok?). Anyways, I'm mentioning this mostly just to say that omg I really, really adore Broken Records. I got one of their songs last... July or August or so, and I really liked it, and I don't know why I didn't get their whole album after that, but I listened to another yesterday and I absolutely fell in love with it so I bought the whole album and it is so good. I also discovered Carla Bruni through Chuck (I get a lot of my music from that show. It's kind of ridiculous, but they play a lot of awesome music, and I'm too lazy to go out looking on my own most of the time), and then after listening to a few of her songs, I found out that she's Nicholas Sarkozy (the president of France)'s wife. Random and bizarre. (But I really like her music. It reminds me actually of the music from Les Chansons d'amour, and not just because it's in French. Well, not entirely). Anyways, yay for new music!

Done with my social psych exam (which went pretty well. Maybe not quite as well as the last one, but I got a 100 on that, and I feel like I did better than a B/B+, so I should be fine. Not really worried about it, anyways). Just my class facilitation left (of course it's the most intimidating and the most work of everything I had this week). I pretty much just have to work all afternoon and night on it. I feel like that's all I've been doing (I mean, working in general, not on this specific thing) since last Wednesday/Thursday. So tired of it. And even though it's my last thing I am actually being graded on this week, I have to meet with my group for a group presentation I have next week and we agreed last time we met we would do research on our assigned sections and have slides put together, and of course I've done zero since I've been caught up in all this other stuff, so once I'm done with the facilitation tomorrow, I get to spend all of my time research and putting together some slides before we meet at 9 PM. ugh. But Friday! I will finally be able to relax on Friday! (I mean, I have some stuff next week, but nothing as major or time-consuming as this week.) I cannot wait.
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Greek - 3.20 )

So I was catching up on Brothers and Sisters, and the guy who played Alec last season (he also showed up in 4.15, which is how I realized this), the guy who Kitty almost cheated on Robert with (or did? I don't remember. They kissed, right? Does anyone on my flist even watch this show anymore?) was totally one of the leads in this play I saw with my parents over spring break at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa. In his bio thing in the program it said he had guested on Brothers and Sisters but I didn't realize it was him until I saw 4.15 and it was like "WAIT A SECOND I SAW HIM IN REAL LIFE A WEEK AND A HALF AGO!" (He was very good in the play, btw.) I love when people on shows I've seen are in plays there. It happens pretty frequently, actually, since Costa Mesa is pretty close to L.A.

Fringe is coming back tomorrow! I'm so excited. The last episode was amazing. During the time when I got super behind on TV and wasn't watching like anything but Chuck and Greek and HIMYM and TBBT and wasn't really looking forward to any new episodes, I was super anxious for Fringe to return because omg the last episode was AMAZING and obviously ended on... kind of a cliffhanger? Not like... really a cliffhanger, but it left me wanting to know what would happen next, I guess. Anyways, it's coming back! And Glee is also only a few weeks away, right? I've been missing it recently. I have the urge to do a rewatch, but I have plenty of schoolwork and still a lot of TV to catch up on and I'm still trying to watch a lot of movies and I haven't read anything for fun in over a week and I want to try to start reading more again, so... I don't really need more things to add to my list of things to do. I have definitely caught up a bunch on TV, though. I now only have like 15 episodes to catch up on (down from 40-something from last week). Of course, the stuff I have left I'm not as eager to watch. But I'll get to it at some point.

I don't think I mentioned last time this happened, but, well... Major and Minor stuff )
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;lkdjsf I GOT LOCKED OUT OF MY APARTMENT FOR THE 2ND TIME THIS SEMESTER WTF. I mean, I feel kind of irritated towards my roommates even though it's entirely my fault. Well... not ENTIRELY. I mean, last time I got locked out I actually forgot to put my keys in my backpack, but this time I put them in, but the pocket was open and they fell out onto the ground next to my desk. So I thought I had them with me! Last time I just went to the library and 2 of my roommates were like right in the front and I saw them immediately and borrowed keys and got in, so no big deal, but this time everyone was in class or... who knows where, so I went to the library until the 9:40-11:10 class period ended and then came back and it was open. And I suppose I did manage to get all my German homework done during that time which is good, but still. I was looking forward to coming back from Discrete Math and relaxing and maybe watching last night's Friday Night Lights and drinking some coffee (I have not kicked this habit yet) before starting to work. Oh well. At least there was an amazing new Kradam video to watch when I got back. I mean, what? I'm totally not still obsessed with AI S8, I don't know what you're talking about!

Anyways. TV Time!

Being Erica )

Is this season of Being Erica almost over? Or, well, I guess I'm asking if the show has the same number of episodes this season as last season (12, I believe? No more than 13, anyways) or if this season will be a full 22. I don't know if Canadian shows do 22 episode seasons since I've never watched one before. But I really don't want this season to be over already! It's so good!

Glee )

omg on Amazon they have the complete series of Angel for only $62.31! THAT'S RIDICULOUS. WHY DO I ALREADY OWN SEASONS 1 AND 2? I would be so all over that if I didn't. I'm pretty sure I spent $60 on seasons 1 and 2 INDIVIDUALLY. AND NOW THEY'RE SELLING THEM FOR $12.46 A SEASON. THIS IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FARSCAPE COMPLETE SERIES DEAL. Maybe I can justify it by buying it and giving my parents seasons 1 and 2?

(I have a serious problem with sales. Must resist spending more money.)
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I've recently been seeing a lot of good things about Sons of Anarchy, which I had only recently heard of. What's it even about? Do people who have seen it recommend it? I totally don't need a new TV show in addition to everything else I watch, but at the same time, I always want to check out shows that people are like "This is seriously one of the best shows on TV right now!" about. And I'm always looking for new shows to watch, even though I totally have plenty on my plate right now.

Dollhouse being canceled sucks but is not even remotely surprising. What's surprising is that they're actually going to show the rest of the episodes. I would love for this show to go on for years and years, and I'm disappointed it's gone, but I suppose I appreciate that it got a second season at all, and its ratings were absolutely horrible. Oh well.

Glee )

Being Erica )

I'm totally adoring Friday Night Lights this season. I just never have anything to say about it. I wasn't sure how having so few characters from the original cast and focusing on new characters and this new start would work, but it is.

I get to spend most of the rest of the morning and early afternoon hoping my adviser shows up in his office. Every time I go down there, he's not there, and he has class when I don't have class, and I have class when he doesn't, and I really need to meet with him so I can get my pin number so I can register next Wednesday. bah. I never had this problem in the previous semesters.
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I don't have much to say about Glee, but I must say a few things:

Glee 1.08 )

TV meme I've seen a bunch of places: TV Meme )

I'm really annoyed by Discrete Math (well, that's been true all semester, but moreso than usual right now). We had a homework assignment due on Tuesday. I did it on Saturday because this week is so busy. I spent 5 hours on one problem that was so ridiculously hard, and I wasn't even positive I got it right after that, but at that point I just had to stop working on it. Then, on Monday afternoon, the professor e-mails us and is like "Oops, I misstated question #3 and made it too difficult. It should really say this..." which of course was the problem I spent HOURS on. And Monday's I'm really busy, so I didn't even know if I'd have time to fix it. But I did, and the revised problem took me 5 minutes. No exaggeration. So I wasted 5 hours on Saturday which could have been spent working on my Capstone or studying for my Cognitive Psych midterm. Great. Stupid class.
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OMG YES to both the news that Joss Whedon will direct an episode of Glee and that Jonathan Groff will guest star for multiple episodes! I also have great desire for Neil Patrick Harris, Raul Esparza, Idina Menzel (as Rachel's biological mom, specifically), Michael Arden, and Aaron Tveit, among others, to guest star in some capacity on Glee. It goes without saying that they would all be required to sing.

I haven't been around much the past week because I decided on Tuesday it would be a great idea to rewatch all of Greek. I had a lot of work in the latter half of the week, so I haven't actually finished the rewatch. I'll have random thoughts about the show once I finish, but it might not be for a few days. I love that show so much, though. Anyone who's not watching it totally should be.

This week is pretty crappy. I have a midterm in Cognitive Psych, and it's the first thing of the semester we're actually getting graded on in this class. That's a bit stressful. Also, I have the final draft of a group project due on Thursday. I was going to talk to the guy I'm working with about working on it over the weekend so we wouldn't leave it all to the last minute because our first draft sucked, but he left class immediately after it was over, so I won't see him again until class tomorrow. I'm hoping he's free to work on it on Tuesday, because I just don't have the time on Wednesday, and last time we worked on it on a Wednesday at the last minute and it was ridiculously stressful. I mean, if he wants to leave it, fine, I'm the one who's taking the class pass/fail. If he doesn't care about his grade, that's his problem. But I would like to do reasonably well on it.

Fall Break is a week from Wednesday! I really can't wait. And then the semester will be halfway through! This has been such a stressful semester.
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Glee 1.06 )

I got my Discrete Math test back today, and I got an 85! I did end up getting partial credit for the two questions I didn't finish. And I actually got 4 points off for being an idiot and not reading that I needed to provide 2 solutions to one of the problems rather than 1, which I would've been able to do easily. And we can earn half the points back by correcting our answers, so I should be able to get up to a 92. And I got full credit on the first homework. So... I'm actually doing well in this class? Weird. I might not have needed to take the class pass/fail after all. But I'm still glad I did. This way I am so much more stress-free through the rest of the semester. And at least now I don't have to worry about doing well enough to pass because I should easily be able to pass the class. I'm going to end up doing pretty poorly on the first project, anyways, so I can probably do with doing better on the test and homework assignments.

I'm so happy right now. This is the first time I've really had a chance to breathe in weeks. My IRB form is done (and has been looked over by my adviser several times, so it should be pretty good) and so is my method section draft that's due tomorrow. The only major thing I have next week is my German test, and that's not until Friday, and I did really well on the first one. My parents are coming this afternoon and for several days I'll be able to go out to eat rather than having to figure out what I'm going to make myself and realize I don't have something I need for whatever I was planning on eating. The only homework I have for tomorrow is German homework (and we don't have to turn it in, so I don't really need to do it, but I will so I don't fall behind) and I have almost all afternoon to do it.

The only thing really not making me happy right now is HOLY CRAP WHAT IS THIS WEATHER? Yesterday morning, at 9:30 AM (which is actually pretty late; it's not like the sun wasn't up), my computer said it was 39 degrees outside. WHAT THE HELL. And on Saturday right now it's supposed to snow! WE'RE NOT EVEN HALFWAY THROUGH OCTOBER, WHAT IS THIS? I know I said I wanted it to get cooler a few weeks ago, but I take it back! I was happy the first day or so it dropped below 60, but now I want 70 and 80 degree weather back! It definitely didn't get this cold this soon the past 2 years (I remember during parents' weekend freshman year, it was actually like a heatwave and was around 80 degrees). It's making me really afraid for the winter. The leaves haven't even changed colors yet! Stupid Minnesota.
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So today I switched my grading option for Discrete Math to pass/fail. I totally didn't even realize you could still do that because I thought you had to do grading changes by the add/drop a class date (which was weeks ago). But last night when I was working on my group project for DM, it was just going so horribly, and I'm not even interested in the subject (continuous math is infinitely better. Even Multivariate Stats was better than this, and I did not enjoy very much about that class), and if I'm not even going to minor in math, what's the point of the class? I'd be really pissed off, too, if I got a B in this class when there was no point in me taking it and I'm not even enjoying it. And as I said, I didn't think I could change it, but checked on the school website just to make sure, and it turns out the last day to change your grading option for a class is this Friday. And so I switched it this morning and now I feel a million times better. This is going to make this semester so much less stressful, seriously. Now I can focus all my energy on Directed Research (and a lot on Cognitive Psych, since psych is my major so grad schools will hold greater weight in my major GPA than my overall GPA) and I don't have to worry about Discrete Math!

Also, deciding not to minor in math is making me feel better, too. Long-winded stuff about math and college and random thoughts. )

I spent most of the beginning of the week feeling just absolutely sick. And it's not because I was physically ill, but because I was just so nervous about everything for this week and DM and all this stuff. But now I finally feel relaxed. So I'm hoping I made the right choice.

I haven't watched any TV since Monday, which is making me sad. Well, I don't care so much about not having seen, like 90210, but I haven't watched Glee yet! And I probably won't have time until tomorrow afternoon. bah. Maybe I'll find a window of time where I can watch it. That would definitely help even more in making me feel more relaxed. But I still have my Intro of my research project due tomorrow (to be fair, I'm just using the intro of the proposal I wrote last semester, so it's not like I have much to do. I just need to look for one article to support something I said that wasn't well-supported, and maybe edit my hypothesis a bit, but really I'm only looking at 2 hours of work at the most), a first draft of an essay for German (which is only 1 page double-spaced, and as I said, it's a first draft, so it won't be graded. But the better I do on it the first time, the less work I have to do on it the second time. And the subject is kind of harder than anything I've ever written in German before, so it'll take maybe an hour or so since I need to research some stuff first), and my German homework. Really, all that isn't too bad. I should be able to get it all done.

(After this week is finally through, I might be able to go back to flailing about TV and such rather than ranting about school and rambling about my future. But I still have another day or so to get through!)
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omg school is getting ridiculous. Here is what I have in just the next week: Cut because it's long )

I had my first volunteer thing today. Basically what I'm doing is going over to Family Place, which is a day-shelter for families (the criteria for staying there are that you are either a parent or a legal guardian of a child). The leader of the group plans an art project for the kids, and then the other volunteers help the kids with the project and afterwards eat lunch with the families. It was pretty good, although there were more volunteers than kids, so there were several periods of time where I was just kind of sitting there watching everyone. But I think it'll be good. Unfortunately I need to fill out an application now, and I need to figure out 2 personal references. It only says no family members, nothing about friends, so I could just have two friends act as personal references, but I'm afraid that won't look very... professional, I guess? I don't know. I'm not even sure how closely he's going to look at the application, since I already volunteered there today, and it's more a... formality? Since we're all helping with this other girl's art projects. Whatever. I'm going to try not to stress about it too much, since I always get stressed out over pointless stuff, and this really isn't that big of a deal in the long run.

It's fiiiinally cooling off here, which I'm happy about. For one thing, I'm running out of short-sleeved shirts (I need to do laundry, but I don't want to), so it's nice to be able to wear my long-sleeved stuff. And besides that, it was just too warm. It's fine if you're just sitting outside, but I kept getting really sweaty walking all the way from my apartment to class. It also finally rained yesterday, which turned out not to be so good since I forgot that I still haven't bought an umbrella (last year mine broke). I need to get on that. I still enjoy rain, though, in any case.

I have random thoughts about Glee! Mostly about the show so far, but some specific 1.04 stuff. Glee! )

I'm having urges to catch up on Fringe. This is soooo not a good idea, especially with this week coming up. And the week after that. And pretty much the entire semester. Can anyone who watches tell me if it's worth it? I quit watching around the... 4th or 5th episode last season, I think, because I found it pretty boring and had zero emotional connection to the lead character/actress. But I heard it got better as the season went on, and that it's better when marathoned? So, should I start watching the show again? I probably don't need to add yet another show to my lineup. I'm watching enough as it is. Which reminds me, here's my Fall 2009 TV Lineup (this totally isn't ridiculously late or anything). )

Ok, maybe I should get a start on the ridiculous amount of homework I have.
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Oh Monday night TV, I have missed you so much. The only way you could be better if Chuck was starting now and had a full season and was not being left until after the Winter Olympics. (SERIOUSLY COME ON, MARCH IS SO FAR AWAY!)

How I Met Your Mother 5.01 )

The Big Bang Theory 3.01 )

House 6.01 )

Gossip Girl 3.02 )

All I have to say about the last episode of Mad Men is Mad Men 3.06 )

Also, FULL SEASON ORDER FOR GLEE! YAY! I wasn't too worried because it's actually doing ridiculously well in the ratings (I have no idea how that's happening, because it seems like it's totally the type of show that would be amazing and be critically loved, but no one would actually watch. Like Wonderfalls or Pushing Daisies or like the million other shows I've watched that have been canceled).
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Ok, Discrete Math is ridiculous. The homework is essentially all proofs, and there are like 20+ of them. We aren't given any instruction or hints how to do them in class or examples or anything. The assignments for each class aren't due, but he chooses people randomly to put them up on the board, so if you don't know how to do it, you're humiliated in front of the class. The homework takes FOREVER. The homework I had due today, I worked on for 3 hours on Tuesday and then from 5 PM to 12:30 AM and even after that I STILL had 3 problems totally unanswered (and several I was unsure of). Luckily, he called on me on Tuesday, so I wasn't too worried about being called up in class. He's actually a good professor and he can explain things well, but he doesn't do it until after we've already done the assignment. And it's just so time-consuming. I think we complained to him enough about it that he's going to lighten the homework load, at least for Thursdays since we only have 2 days to do the homework rather than the 5 days for Tuesday. But ugh, this is so much more work than I expected! I was like "I need to take a class to fulfill a math minor requirement... hm, how about Discrete Math? That's a 100-level course! That should be no problem after Multivariate Stats and Differential Equations (which are 200- and 300-level courses, respectively). Luckily one of my friends is probably going to switch into this class, and he said he's good at proofs, so hopefully he can help, because wth I am totally dying in this class and it's only been a week and I really need to focus more on Directed Research.

Glee is definitely making me happy to make up for the ridiculous workload, though. I didn't have time to watch it on Wednesday night due to all my homework, but it definitely helped pick me up after class. And then I watched Bones which actually helped a lot, too. Bones 5.01 )

On Wednesday we had a group meeting with our Directed Research adviser and we each described what we're planning on doing and the other members in the group (there are 5 of us total) asked questions and tried to find ways to strengthen our ideas and plans and all that. I was a little nervous, but it actually turned out pretty well from me. I was second, and the first person everyone kind of... ripped to shreds? I mean, it wasn't like... cruel or anything, but there were a lot of potential criticisms that needed to be addressed. But after I said mine, everyone kind of just sat there and were like "...huh. That's an interesting idea." And then after I added a few more things and discussed something I was unsure of, they had more input, but it was good. And that's good for me since I am so sensitive and always take constructive criticism personally even though I'm aware it's supposed to help me. There are still a lot of kinks I need to work out for my project, though. I'm really going to have like no time to relax this semester. ugh.

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