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1. I exist. Most of what I've been doing lately is putting off work (any of the several end-of-semester projects that I have), which is not good. Distractions have generally not been all that fun, either. It's the worst variety of procrastination for me. (On that note, Puzzle Pirates is currently not installed on my computer, and will stay that way until finals are over.) Alternately I've been doing proctorly things (though I feel like I ought to do more study breaks) and miscellaneous sewing. I plan to start work on a few Christmas presents at some point.

2. Brian just visited, which was wonderful. Now he's gone, which is less so. Next visit is after Christmas.

3. Today in the Hoch there was a machine set up for the purpose of poking people's noses. Accompanying it were a few students doing research with Prof. Orwin on the properties of cartilage. I sat for a few minutes while a little plastic tip came out and poked my nose repeatedly, trying not to crack up.

4. Next semester I'll be joining Randy in a small class on modern Greek. Ought to be interesting, and it'll be nice to have language drill-work. I'm also taking Flapan's course on chirality, and it'll be nice to have a math class again. Hopefully it will be a good semester.

5. Speaking of next semester, I'm entirely ready for this one to be over (except for the work that stands in my way). I'm somewhat ready for the entire year to be over, actually. I'm looking forward more and more to the concept of having my own place and being able to cook. And having well-defined "work" and "play" hours.

6. Speaking of next year, it's likely that I'll be in Salt Lake City with [livejournal.com profile] memnus doing something yet to be determined. I may see if the university needs a technician for a year; I may look into something not at all related to chemistry. If anyone has suggestions, they're welcome. I visited a few weeks ago and liked what I saw.

7. I cut my hair. Pretty nearly all of it. I generally like it but am considering growing it back out to where it's obviously curly. If I do that I'll probably shave it completely beforehand, since it would be kind of neat to do at some point and this is as good a time as any. Perhaps over winter break.

8. I've been feeling more than a little asocial these days, and I don't think it's of a useful sort. Partly it comes from not feeling like I'd be good company to whoever I'd be with. I'm (kind of) working on becoming more patient, since I don't really enjoy having snark as my default setting as often as it is.

9. My computer is having issues with the power supply and/or the battery. For awhile now it will occasionally recognize that the power supply is plugged in (for purposes of running on high-power settings) but not recognize that it supplies power, and instead runs off the battery. Plugging and unplugging the supply does not work unless the laptop is hibernating or turned off, in which case the plug sometimes still takes some jostling before it decides to start charging the battery. When I turn it back on it sometimes decides that it does not actually want to charge, so I have to send it to hibernate again and repeat the process. It's getting irritating.

10. It feels like I'm picking up some of my mother's responses to stress. I'm not entirely happy on that one.

11. I get to go home for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to that.
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