Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This could be a problem

We always joke in our family about how we're all night owls because of our dad. Coming to college I realized I am not nearly as much of a night owl as I thought I was. I appreciate, nay require, at least a good seven hours of sleep to function at normal levels, though preferably more. Quantities of smaller proportions produce levels of either severe exhaustion or insanity. Both undesirable, though one provides more enhanced levels of entertainment. If you were beginning to think my jargon sounds as if I've been writing papers, you my friend would be right. And therein lies the cause of this post. I've had ample opportunities today to read my homework and write papers associated with said reading. Did I utilize any of them? No. I waited until after i went running, went to campus, took an hour and a half nap, laid out by the pool, consumed inordinate amounts of cookies dough, attended institute and played (and lost) a good round of hearts with my roommates to concede to my lamenting and break down and do my homework, to find I could finally concentrate enough to produce (arguably) coherent papers. And here lies my night owl parentage problem. I find this burst of energy and inspiration around ten o'clock, that gives me just enough motivation to get what I need to done, when I should be winding down and finishing up my homework. I haven't been inflicted with this condition for a while, and I think I may have discovered its origin.....Summer. yep. My system is used to staying up late this time of year, but it is NOT accustomed to being in school mode. So to compensate, my body somehow finds that I should stay up late to feel like its summer to do homework so it feels like its school. No bueno. I like sleep. So I'm hoping my respite from school in August, despite its brevity will jolt my system back to its focusing capabilities while the sun is out. Until then, to the end I must endure. Come what may and love it eh? Well I'm hoping what is coming is a school free summer next year...THAT i would love. I'm also hoping my future contains more enjoyable English classes. These two are killing me. softly. with his love. oi! bed time!

Have you ever tried scowling and smiling at the same time?? Try it. That's kind of how I'm feeling today....

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mind Wanderings

I don't really have anything to say.

That's a lie.

I just don't really know what I want to say. I feel like I should say something. seeing as I haven't posted anything for like three weeks. Normal family blogs put up cute pictures of their kids when they go somewhere, or do something fun. I however don't have any cute kids, and it just feels odd to me to post cute things i've said or done. It just doesn't have quite the same effect. Maybe I should start doing it for my roommates....I must say I do a fairly decent job in the photograph documenting department, but I kind of struggle in the arena of the written word.

SO...I just thought I'd jot down a few ideas bobbin around in this head of mine.

In one of my English classes we're reading Jane Austen. I have a love of Jane Austen engrained into me because of one of my best friends in high school, Lauren Milburn. She LOVED Jane Austen and we watched countless movies, talked about her....and....well that very abbreviated list occupied many hours, so regardless of its pitiful length, my ears perk up whenever I hear Jane Austen. I realized though, that I'd never actually read any Jane AUsten. until now. We were assigned to read Persuasion (in one night mind you...welcome, self to the joys of being an english major)And I loved it! It was kind of hard to get started and Jane (we're tight like that...) can insert characters like there's no tomorrow. BUt I LOVE her subtle humor and societal commentary! It was a very entertaining read! And of course I'm blogging about it instead of writing my paper about how the title plays an important role in conveying the theme....but I'll get to that later. I'm preserving records for my posterity. Priorities. So reading it also made me realize I am SOO glad I live in the 21st century. All the societal rules; you must do this, don't do that, who's invited to what party. blech. but at the same time, I came to the conclusion that things really haven't changed all that much. I was surprised how often I was going through and I totally related to what Jane was talking about. Who knew. DId you know Jane Austen was never married?? I think I knew that at one point, but it totally made sense because the story was chock full of girl's love life fantasies. Aside to men happening to read this- Read Jane Austen. Get a clue.

That's enough of my little book review.

I am loving life in Provo. It is SO fun being out here for summer! Everyone told me it would be, but I never realize the truth of statements like that until I actually do it. I should. but I don't. Ok. My time here has come to an end. I must return to my duties. "dead guy duty. cooking duty. Maybe I need some better duties!" Nacho Libre

Just some tidbits from life in happy valley:

My birthday motorcycle ride.

My adorable roommates with the poster Brittany made for my B-day

Hiking some random trail. Well, there was a rather lack of a trail really. We just scaled this mountain :)