Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’


DONE. DONE DONE DONE. 15 typed pages of writing for two exams today, but I’m DONE.

Ended up with 4 1/2 hours of sleep, got up at 6:15AM, left for school an hour later, an hour after that, parked my car and made my way to Exam #1. Done by 10AM (surprisingly), off to sleep in my car (I know, I know) until 1PM, grabbed lunch, and went to my LAST final. It was actually rather sad, I was sitting in my American art final, it’s 3:30 PM, I’ve been at it an hour and I just want to be done. Still had an essay to write, I’m tired, I’m annoyed, and the only thing I want to do is sleep, but no. No, still have to write that stupid essay section. UGH. But it’s done, it’s all behind me. I am officially done with the last autumn quarter of my undergraduate career. VICTORY

Oh, that picture? Those are the 357 flashcards from my finals this quarter. Yep, just one quarter – just one set of exams. uh huh.

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Monday, Monday

Ahhh. First day of Finals Week. Why do I sound so relaxed, you ask? Because finals week means no classes, no driving to campus, no fighting traffic, none of that silliness. Well, almost. I was on campus today anyway to drop off my ad hoc form for Landscape Architecture, my independent study form (to get 2 extra credits for LARCH598), my Rome contract (!!!) and took the BFs transcripts to the admissions office. Both of my exams are on Thursday, but my main concern right now is helping the BF finish his transfer application to UW which is due tomorrow night. Whew.

In other news, made chicken Saltimbocca tonight- totally delicious! Probably the least kosher meal ever: chicken, two kinds of cheese, and prosciutto. Delicious delicious traif.

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Hot date

Today was rough; it really feels like things are falling apart at the seams. Let the quarter countdown begin!

+ Nine more days of class
+ Five more American lectures
+ Three more Landscape lectures
+ Three more Rome lectures
+ Three Exams
+ One Paper


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So today I would have taken the GREs… except I was in physical therapy (still three times a week) because I can’t sit for more than 45 minutes at a time. I’m kind (extremely) relieved, but I also know that I can’t put them off forever, unfortunately.

As you might have guessed, autumn is in full swing around here — and the sugar maple just off the back patio is practically naked at this point, and the patio – nearly invisible. I love it.

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Fall Away

Tried to go for a walk around Pioneer Park today… didn’t go especially well, only made it 1/4 mile or so before my hips started hurting and my back became stiff. Ah well, it was a glorious, crisp autumn day and, despite my pathetic hobble, managed to get a few good shots in… how long until Thanksgiving?

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Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Today started off by sleeping in, woke up and ran around taking pictures, made lunch, edited the photos, finally left for school in the pouring rain, parked on the street because I was meeting a friend for a late lunch, scuttled off to class and developed a MASSIVE craving for Indian food (we talked about the Islamic paradise garden for an hour and a half), dropped Alanagh off at the E1 commuter parking lot because it was raining so hard and made my way home.

But wait! There’s more! In the process of getting onto I-5 South at NE 45th, the car behind me slammed into me, so I slammed into the car in front of me, and that car hit another car. It was ridiculous. Naturally, the most severe damage was to MY car, but everyone was fine, we filed a report and State Patrol came out and took care of it. But it was dark and wet and stuck next to the freeway for an hour. UGH. Not how I wanted to spend my night! On top of everything else, my Rome application is due tomorrow at 5 PM and I need to write some four ridiculous essays. UGH.

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Monday, monday

Today was kind of crazy stressful: up at 6 AM, work from 7-11:30, class across town from 12:30-4:30 PM, stops at both the library and the office to pick up my notes, finally home by 6 PM, a short nap, dinner, then Castle and off to bed – UGH. It’s days like today that make me want to hate my life.

On a side note, it was another gorgeous Autumn day… I love Seattle.

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Happy Halloween!

We saw the cutest infant costume EVER today, at Bellevue Square: an 18-month old, in a stroller, dressed up as an OCTOPUS. AN OCTOPUS! I’m so doing that to my kids! Went shopping, found the perfect little black dress, a little blue dress, and a few business casual blouses to wear out with my slacks.

Alanagh came over, we ran around and took pictures, carved pumpkins and watched The Happening, skyped Kevin for a little bit to show off our awesome costumes (well, at least Alanagh’s… she was the Mad Hatter)… we’re up to all kinds of shenanigans and are about to watch The Village and The Sixth Sense – so peace out! Happy Halloween and don’t forget to ‘fall back’ in a few hours!

PS I kind of quit my job today. It’s JUST COFFEE, CALM DOWN.

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Day Two

First American Art exam today… I don’t mean to sound over-confident but I feel pretty great about it. American Art and I just have some kind of strange, inexplicable rapport… Anyway, it was early 17th C portraiture through late 19th C landscapes, American Ruskinians/Luminists, Visionaries. Ryder, Inness and Blakelock aren’t exactly my favorite artists, but at least we’re done with them… for now.

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Misty mornings

Today was super stressful; worked from 9-1:30P, came home and ran around writing up my Landscape Architecture term paper outline and proposal, went to class, came home and watched the Forgotten then worked on my Landscape paper for American Art.

For my landscape paper, I ended up viewing in person (for extra credit, yes) Frederic Edwin Church’s A Country Home at the SAM and writing three pages on its aesthetic, formal and ideological contents. It was ALMOST fun, if not for Prof. Casteras’ “23 Rules” page which lays out the 23 things that will guarantee failure for her course (including things as silly as italicizing the titles of pieces as well as avoiding dangling participles… still not sure what that means, grammatically…) Finished at midnight and then studied for my 17th C Rome midterm. Do I know how to have fun, or what?

71 hours =)

Frederic Edwin Church’s A Country Home from 1854, oil on canvas. Seattle Art Museum.

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Tipping Toadstools

First of all, I’m sick. That sore throat/congested/sinus-infected ickiness. Pretty sure it’s not H1N1 but meh, who knows (who cares?)

Anyway, today was just one of those days. Work was strange; inconsistently busy and alternately quiet, everyone was pretty much on edge. It was just unfortunate. Meanwhile, it was raining like none other – lakes forming around every storm drain, the parking lot was an inch-deep in oil-slicked water, and everyone in their SUV was out driving like an idiot. Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Came home, went out shopping with mom, almost drowned in the Target parking lot — I kid you not, the overflow from the ROOF created a waterfall onto the sidewalk, there were puddles 4 inches deep throughout the parking lot and of course, everyone was immobilized/running around screaming. I never understood that impulse, but whatever. Came home and slept for a bit, watched some movies and worked on this scarf with a super complicated triple cable pattern. I feel like I’m suffocating on my own mucus. YUCK.

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Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Autumn is officially. Okay, today kind of just sucked. I watched the sunrise! From the drive thru window. Grrr! Woke up on the wrong side of dawn to go to work; came home, ran around, skipped class because it was raining like WHOA (yeah, just like that) so I stayed home and slept then caught up on Ugly Betty, Psyche and every other TV show I’ve missed so far this season. Ugh.

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Of Hippodamian grids…

Today was another lazy kind of day; didn’t have class until 4:30 so I hung around, caught up on laundry and did some reading. On the ay home, dropped Alanagh off at the park and ride only to find that some rude POS parked at such an angle that he hit her car with his gigantic Suburban AND LEFT IT PARKED THERE, TOUCHING HER CAR. WHO DOES THAT? and THEN a gigantic spider crawled out from under her car as she backed out, so I’m standing in the park and ride parking lot at 10 PM dancing around and shrieking like an idiot trying to find my car keys. Quality.

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Class, faculty meeting (I was told not to bother applying to graduate school until I knew exactly what kind of career I want to pursue — as if any graduating senior knows what they’re doing – UGH!), more class, and then a FREE SCREENING of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE a whole TWO DAYS before it will release – WHOOO! Unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed, but it was kinda cute…

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