Posts Tagged ‘UW’

Optics and Illusions

No picture today, I know, I know, but I have a nifty video instead! Dr. Charles Falco, professor of Optical Science and (Condensed Matter) Physics at the University of Arizona, came to speak this evening on the subject of Optics in the History of Art, the use of lenses in (Flemish) Renaissance art. I was kind of offended by all of his anti-art history jokes and really demeaning attitude towards art historians, but the lecture itself was really interesting. This video is NOT the lecture he gave last night, but it’ll give you a taste of his awesome work.

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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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knit knit purl skip

Up at 7AM, showered, dressed and out the door by 7:25AM, at the dentist’s office shortly thereafter and curled up in the waiting room, listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray free through LibriVox on my iPhone. Seriously, LibriVox is a pretty spiffy organization – enlisting volunteers to read and record literature in the public domain as audiobooks. Totally awesome.

Finished the BF’s scarf over the weekend and spent a few days trying to find a new cable pattern to use up this creamy wool yarn I have – harder than you would think! It’s surprisingly difficult to find a scarf pattern, using cables, around 35 stitches wide. So, I invented my own. I took a few patterns I liked, all around 45-50 stitches, and modified them to fit my needs. I’ll let you know how it turns out (maybe pictures?) but so far so good!

Came home, slept for a little bit, made up my flashcards, wrote the take-home part of my American Art final. Two finals tomorrow: 17th century Rome at 8:30 (!?) and American art at 2:30PM. GO GO GO.

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Just. Send. It. In!

UGH. Physical therapy – muscles in my shoulder/back are acting up again, but we figured out that, in fact, the main perpetrator may in fact be the intercostal muscle between my fourth and fifth ribs, not the serratus anterior on its own. Next, doctors appointments, stops at Pike Place Market, then several hours working on someone’s application essay. AHEM. But it was an excellent application, even though it took several hours, it’s damn good paper.

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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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Of all things Hungarian…

Slept in until 11 (I know, I know- but I’m just so tired, all the time), made ricotta-filled blintzes for breakfast/lunch, went and had my labs done at the polyclinic and headed to my last class of the quarter. Autumn quarter went by so quickly, I can’t even tell you – it was August, I was sitting at the park with my book every evening, missing my boyfriend and then BAM! it was midterms and he was home, then BAM! it’s finals! It’s scary.

Came home, made Hungarian Mushroom Soup for dinner, slept for two hours, woke up, watched some TV, cleaned up and caught up here, uploaded photos, etc. It’s been a long week.

Meanwhile, one week from right now my boyfriend will be home, we’ll probably be set up on the couch with a late dinner and a movie and I just can’t wait! Unfortunately, there’s an unbelievable amount of work (for both us) to be done in the meantime, and I just hope we can get through it all in one piece…

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zoom zoom!

Landscape final was a frustrating fiasco; evidently, my professor didn’t fill out the exam form for my final, so I was allowed to take it according to the same provisions as the midterm, including a half-hour less time than the class was allotted. Super annoyed. Took the exam, there was an additional category “Patron/Client” for all of the images (without forewarning) and one of the image IDs wasn’t on the exam review list. Lovely. I totally ran out of time while writing the comparisons, but hopefully it won’t totally bite me in the butt.

Afterwards, Alanagh, Emily and I ran up to Pizza Pi and had two amazing pizzas, consumed with gusto in the design center while we cleaned out Alanagh and Emily’s studio spaces. On the drive home, Alanagh and kept pace with each other and generally jerked around the bridge, being silly. Yay girl bonding time?

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