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I have finished the last lab I have to teach this semester. I have survived it! I can't tell you what a relief that is. I still need to help with grading and getting grades in and whatnot, but at least I'm done with standing up in front of people and trying to sound intelligent for a little while. I really think this semester went better than last semester. I'm a little amazed myself. I wouldn't say it was stellar by any stretch of the imagination, but it was definitely an improvement. I think it has to do with that I had some experience, we had a ton more guidance with how to teach and grade and whatnot, the material was simpler, the students were easier to deal with (possibly because they weren't all surly upperclassmen), and I think I'm slowly learning the art of "Not caring so much that I make myself sick over things like whether or not I handled a situation with a student in the best manner." I still feel like I have a lot to improve, and I'm still a little afraid to see what sort of feedback the students give me, but at least I'm not crying my eyes out on a weekly basis. I'm really hoping I'll be able to teach the same class next semester. I feel like I would do even better if I did it again.

But enough of that. I'm now going to geek out in the worst way. Some of you have heard me profess my love for PCR. But I bet you didn't know there was a song about it!

It's amazing what heating and cooling and heating will do!
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Whilst flipping through the channels, we went past the channel where they show recordings of happenings from space and all that good stuff. We would've zoomed by, but I had to make us go back to it when I heard a certain familiar chord.

They were doing a video feed from the space station, and it was apparently morning. The chosen wake-up song for the crew? The Star Wars theme.

NASA has a sense of humor, it seems. XD
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You know you've reached the upper pinnacles of utter dorkdom when, whilst cleaning up after the happy fun fruit lesson (wherein the students got to sample many and various kinds of fruits, which is always fun), you come across the two leftover pieces of coconut shell from which students were sampling coconut from, and are suddenly overcome with the desire to gallop about the classroom with the coconut halves and pretend you're a knight of the round table.

And you actually do it.
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Here I go, answering questions from the delightful [ profile] thez!

This is the Ru from the future with a message! I got kinda long-winded! )
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So, not much to say about Sunday, as it was pretty quiet. I ended up getting the Trogdor shirt by default, since they were out of my size in the Fruity Oaty Bar shirt. That's okay, though, because I decided to console myself with a Tardis shirt. <3 <3 <3

Eien-chan and I went to the art auction as well, and in the process proving that auctions can be a lot of fun, particularly when you have a witty auctioneer. Eien-chan ended up winning a couple of very nice pieces, and it was just fun to watch the antics of attempting to purchase items. We also watched the AMV contest reshowing afterwards, which featured some videos not used in the main contest. Apparently one of the AMVs utitlized a yaoi series, which caused all the fangirls in the audience to squee at once.

I'm sad it's over, but there's always next year to look forward to!

And speaking of looking forward to things next year, I learned that Spamalot's gonna be coming to town April next year. I sooooooooooo wanna go.

Today is also a bit of a landmark for me--I ended up having to drive Eien-chan home, so for the first time, I managed to drive on the interstate, there, and then back again by myself. I even surprised myself by passing someone on the interstate, though I think I was justified in it--I at least *attempt* to drive the speed limit--I don't drive 45 (35 at one point) in a 60 mph zone. In any case, though, I'm rather proud that it went well--except for the fact that I realized that it takes two clicks to turn the headlights on, not one. Go me.
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Best moment at Animazement Friday:

One of the AMVs during the music video contest utilized the song "Breathe". During the AMV, a trend started in the audience and quickly spread whereby people used their electronic devices--cells, PDAs, Nintendo DS's, etc, as faux lighters.

Super Best Fun Limit Break for Extra Awesomeness: During all this, somebody a few rows ahead, who was cosplaying as the Fourth Doctor, lit up his sonic screwdriver and joined the fun. HEE. <3 <3 <3

Also, apparently the musical this year is about the trials and tribulations surrounding teaching English in Japan. Di, I'm going to be thinking of you the whole time. ^_^

Also also, [ profile] hearsawho, there is currently a documentary on Animal Planet about developing an elephant herd, and featuring copious baby elephant antics. I think it's called "Growing Up Elephant" or something like that. I hope you will be able to catch it! <3
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Yesterday we went to the NC Museum of Art to see the special Egypt exhibit. Apparently they got several pieces from the British Museum on loan to show. Once upon a time, I was on an Egyptian kick, and did everything from try to learn how to use hieroglyphics to dressing as an Egyptian goddess for Halloween. I guess I'm no longer as into it as I used to be, but I still enjoy it when it presents itself, such as yesterday. I have to say, I'm glad we got the chance to go.

I found it interesting that the things that really impressed me weren't the huge statues of pharohs and the like (although the huge-ass stone lion that greeted us at the entrance was pretty cool); it was the little things--the stela of a family with gouges into it where somebody with a grudge scratched out their faces, the practice tablet with a drawing done by a professional and crudely drawn arms done by students next to it, the little statuette of a monkey stealing a horse that was obviously done as a joke. I think it's because it's those little things that make you realize that these were real people that actually existed, instead of some ethereal non-civilization made up of grand statues.

What *really* made the trip for me, though, was getting to see in person several artifacts that I've only ever seen in pictures, like a glass carving of a tilapia used for pouring perfume. In particular, there was a girdle of amulets (including fish, cowrie shells, and a central amulet of Heh (goddess of bemusement, apparently)) in one of my books that I always thought was gorgeous. I actually think it's one of my favorite artifacts. And I got to see it in person yesterday. ^_^ It really is very beautiful, but I found it interesting that it looks like the central amulet's gotten a little bent since the picture I have was taken. Methinks somebody broke it in the several years since then. ;_;
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Today was an awesome day. Every year in the spring, Eien-chan and I make a point of taking a trip to Chapel Hill and doing some exploring. We took this yearly trip today, and it was delightful. ^_^ About the only real setback was that the place we wanted to eat lunch at was closed on Saturdays at lunch time (which boggles the mind), so we had to find an alternative. We ended up at a place called Ham's, which I discovered makes an awesome salmon wrap. So so tasty.

And, I was very excited by the fact that I found the last "Please Save My Earth" manga in our wanderings, at a comic book store that opened since the last time we were there. We saw some interesting things there, including what appeared to be a comic about a teddy bear mob boss and something I think [ profile] hearsawho might be interested in--a CSI comic. I also found some out-of-print books that I've been looking for at a used bookstore, and a CD I've been looking for at a music store we always make a point of going to every time we take the trip.

I also discovered today that there is such thing as a Serenity RPG. I should probably finish Firefly first, but I'd love to get some people together and try playing it. ^_^;

And, of course, seeing as I'm a plant goob, we took a trip to the Coker Arboretum on UNC's campus. Despite the frost we had last week, it was still very lovely, with lots of Spanish bluebells and azaleas and a big pretty ginkgo. Of course, Eien-chan had to deal with me squeeing randomly at plants and breaking off to go look at something that caught my eye.

All in all, it was a good day. ^_^ Although now I need to find a new manga series to read. I'm open to suggestions, if anyone has any. While I generally go for things that have at least some degree of sci-fi/fantasy included, it's not a requirement. As long as it has an interesting and well-written story and characters you can sink your teeth into, I'm good. Mmm, tasty characters.
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I like to imagine that, during the lunar eclipse tonight, the Earth was saying to the moon, "Does this bug you? Does this bug you? I'm not touching you! Wow, you should see the view from here, it's great! OH WAIT, YOU CAN'T SEE IT. HA HA HA."
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The Sierra adventure games strike back!

Please tell me I'm not the only person who, upon seeing this weird bit of commercial, thought something along the lines of "Hey, look! The kids of the sense gnomes from King's Quest VI got off the island and found work! Well, except for the kid of the touch gnome, who's still locked up for groping."

July 2017



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