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Life is going pretty spiffy. I passed my thesis defense last week, which means that I will be graduating, I just need to finish the edits on my thesis, and that's coming along well.

The time change is a horrible thing that I wish our country would do away with. I am enjoying the beautiful weather today.

I appreciate all offers to help me move. Because I'm hoping to move during the week (Hopefully Monday if I can move in early), I'm planning on using a moving company. As expensive as that is. I've been packing up the stuff in my room and realizing the more I get boxed up, the more there seems to be still to be packed, and that I have too much stuff. I really hope I get to stop moving soon.

I've been reading feminist blogs like The Hathor Legacy, Shakesville, Feministe, and Feministing. I feel like I'm learning a lot, though I still have much to learn. I'm learning about privilege, consent, bodily autonomy, fat acceptance, ableism and ableist language, rape culture, and many other things. Some that I knew/felt but didn't know how to express, some that I had never thought of (privilege) and how to be more aware of what i say and how that might affect others. I feel like I'm just starting to understand some of these things, and I might be obnoxious on my friends for brining things up but not really being able to explain. So I am thinking I might try to post a few links here and there on some of the posts I read that I think very well express some of the concepts I'm learning about and I think are important for others to learn about as well.

There are a LOT of great older posts on the sites I listed above, and I'll try to go through and find some to share later, but for now, I'd like to share one that was posted today regarding fat acceptance and societies fat hatred: Proposed. (The blog is pretty well moderated so trolls are shut down pretty fast, so the comments are safe to read, and often have great points as well).

Umm, otherwise, I'm going to work on packing a little more, working on my thesis, and enjoying the fresh air from the open window beside me.
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I have done all I can on my thesis on my own. Thought I'd be completely done by now. Adviser disappeared for 2 months. Just reappeared. I was about to go stalk him outside his office but he finally replied to my numerous emails. I think the end is in sight now, though.

I've gained a bit of weight this year. It's been a few years since i've been this weight. I tried to do a little since the new year, but that wasn't enough. So yesterday I have started a concentrated effort. Start the morning on the exercise bike for an episode of Naruto Shippuden. Walk the dogs for a mile down the street. Yesterday was work on the abs. Tomorrow will be upper arms (sundays are the day off for weight training). So far so good. Though I'm usually good for the first week or two. Just got to keep trying to keep going.

Father and I have been doing a mini book club. We're reading Emma now.

Still have writer's block. I've got quite a bit figured out on my pirate story, and keep thinking I should write out the outline and notes I have, and I can't even do that. I'm hoping that my block will end when I finish my thesis fully.

Still unemployed living at home. Some hope though...Sent out my resume to 4 jobs I'd be happy doing (two of which are cataloguing!) Four in a week! That's more than there were for autumn and summer combined! So I'm feeling hopeful.

Otherwise, I'm trying to catch up on some podcasts I just got into (Forcecast, a star wars one, scuttercast on reddwarf, and i just discovered the Signal, a firefly/serenity one that will take a LONG time for me to get through, but i'll give it a try to see if it's worth it). Oh, and playing some Heroes of Might and Magic IV. Love that game. Got some good tactics for playing certain army types. Death is my go-to (vampires=win) and nature comes next (confuse the most powerful attackers, then pick them off when they can't act).

So that's my life at the moment.
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So I'm spending this weekend grading papers. I hate grading papers. I'm also a hard-arse for grading...I've now graded over half the papers and there hasn't been any A's. I've got two A-'s, but for the most part only B's and C's. And I'm not going to scale these papers like I have to for the quizzes. I don't care if my fellow TAs are ridiculously lenient in their grading. Grrr.

Anyway, the topic I created asked the students to look at 3 diaries by women and look at their relationships with men, the tensions in the relationships, how the couple treated each other, and to consider what a factor rank had in those interactions. Now, I understand this is an intro course, and that they do not know as much about Heian literature as I do, so they don't know as much what everyone's rank is and how to tell from textual clues.

Still, I find it so interesting that the majority of people have agreed that in the situation where the guy is much more domininant and in control, he has higher social rank (Kagero Nikki. This is very true. He has a much higher rank than his wife). When the girl is the more dominant, they all asume she has higher rank (Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, the scene where she returns from her hototogisu viewing and comes across the Captain. He actually has higher social rank than she does, though he is younger so that might have something to do with it. Still, he has higher social rank but she is the dominant one). And when the relationship seems equal, they all assume the couple has equal social rank (Sarashina Nikki, when she meets up with that handsome gentleman while at court. The students don't read closely and miss the clues that state that he has a much higher rank than she does, and that is why the relationship does not develop). That really gets me though... they assume the rank based on how dominant the woman is in the interactions.

Anyway, as can be noted, this is a working weekend for me. Over this long weekend, I have 54 papers to grade, and several books to read for my Heian Literature class. I've divided things up so that each day I'll grade 10-15 papers and read one of the books I need to read. Friday I got 15 papers graded, the Murasaki Shikibu Nikki read (don't you insult my beloved Izumi Shikibu, you prude Murasaki). Yesterday I only got through 11 papers, but I read all of Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book. (I only needed to read 1/3 of it for this week's class, but with the next 2 weekend's being more anime cons, I felt getting the entire book read now when I have a bit of time would not be a bad idea). Today I've gotten 5 papers done so far, but have high hopes that I should get 15 done without too much trouble. Then it's (re)reading the Izumi Shikibu Nikki, and general getting things read to prepare for the paper I'm writing on the Izumi diary for the Heian Lit class. Tomorrow will be more grading papers and then starting my paper. Tuesday will be finishing things...any papers left to be graded, the paper I have to write finished if I don't finish it on Monday, and if I still have some time left over, perhaps get some of my own thesis research accomplished. Oh good gods, I have no life but school work these days.

In other news I've been doing very well in eating healthy and working out. For the past 2 years I've been holding very steady at weight Y, more or less maintaining the loss of ten pounds from when I weighed my heaviest 3 years ago. I was up a few pounds the beginning of the summer (too much eating out for a few weeks). I'm currently at Y-2, and clearly progressing well towards my desired goal of X (which is Y-10). I've been going out for walk/jogs several mornings a week. The thought occured to me when I went out yesterday that mornings are FUCKING COLD and that perhaps, particularly as it is the weekend and I don't have any classes, I should do my walks a little later in the day when it warms up a little. I'm nervous of changing up my routinue (since I'm a creature of routinue) but I do think it will be more pleasant to walk around when the ground isn't still frosted and my knee doesn't immediately seize up and demand to know what the hell is wrong with me taking it out into the cold cold world.

Anyway, break time is more than over, and it's time to try to get another 5 papers graded before lunch time.

November 2011



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