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Hello there, internets.  It has been a while.  Some updates, kind of in order.

Yes, I finished my degree.  No, I am not likely to post the last semester's installment of final exams drama.  Respectable grades all 'round, in the end, and a completed thesis, but it was sufficiently horrible that I just won't go there.  If ever it becomes mellowed by age, such that it's hilarious in retrospect, then maybe.  But not now.

I missed Yuletide noms.  Then I missed Yuletide reg, by less than an hour.  Oh well.

This month, I must kick my ongoing job search into the highest of gears.  I must also finish knitting a cardigan for the Sibling Critter by Christmas.  For these reasons, I have just signed up for NaNoWriMo.

...No, that doesn't make sense to me, either.

I've actually already got ~24,000 words of my main project written.  My goal for November is to write an additional 50,000 words and complete a full draft of the story.

This will be interesting.
artifactrix: Line drawing of a disgruntled girl working with pencil and calculator, with a stack of textbooks on her head. (studious)
Fluids final went pretty well- on par with previous exam performance. We'll see what happens.

More grades arrived: B+ in Anatomy, and A- in Fluids Lab. Still waiting on Fluids.

"Action Holmes" was super-fantastic in most of the ways, and pretty good in the rest of the ways. Post about that forthcoming, but in the meantime: SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

Am now acculturating to being home. Make actual decisions about what's for lunch? I can do that? Bizarre.

No, seriously:

Mom: *exasperated* Well, what do you usually have for lunch?

Me: *genuinely at a loss* ...Thursday is Falafel Day at the Davis Center?

Mom: *super exasperated* You know, you had a life before you went to college. What did you have for lunch then?

Me: ...whatever was in the fridge?
artifactrix: Line drawing of a disgruntled girl working with pencil and calculator, with a stack of textbooks on her head. (studious)
Well, the Anatomy final felt like it went neither better nor worse than the other two exams in that course, so I guess we'll see what shakes out.

Final grade for Materials came through: B. I have no complaints. Frankly, I feel like that's a little generous based on my performance, but hey, I'll take it.

To Do List, 12/15/11:

Sleep in
Clean room
Clean desk
Sort laundry
Launder laundry
Check for grades
Update DW/LJ
Feed myself
Study for Fluids Final

Why hello there, displacement activity. At least all of these things did actually need to get done today.

But it's almost over. One more evening of studying, one more exam tomorrow morning, and then I'm done with this semester. I'm thinking lunch and "Action Holmes II: The Fanservicing"* with The Boy to celebrate.

*Alternate release title: "Action Holmes II: Action Harder"

Edit: As of midnight, I have laundered ALL THE THINGS, had the last school-catered meal of the semester with The Boy, and studied.
artifactrix: Line drawing of a disgruntled girl working with pencil and calculator, with a stack of textbooks on her head. (studious)
So Materials was... let's say interesting. I wish I had paid more attention to the many and various flavors of steel, but I'm also glad that I spent as much time as I did on phase diagrams and lever law calculations for bimetallic alloys. At any rate, it didn't go that badly, and it's over now. Worst-case, I've got that A in Circuits to even things out.

Fluids Lab exam? Felt super awesome. Did all the calculations, derived all the expressions, propagated all the error, and still finished in time for a victory lunch with friends.

Took Saturday off, because Damn I'm Good. Went out for crepes this morning with The Boy, then reread some of Anathem because it's awesome, then did some knitting while watching "Shaun the Sheep". Oh, and did some incidental studying for Anatomy.

This weekend has been awesome. Real life resumes tomorrow today, after I've slept.
artifactrix: Line drawing of a disgruntled girl working with pencil and calculator, with a stack of textbooks on her head. (studious)
So far today, I have slept for thirteen hours and read almost a chapter of material (out of four that will be covered) for one of tomorrow's two exams. Well, shit.

But I also got email from Professor Circuits. )

So that's something I don't have to worry about, and now I have twice as much time to study for the Anatomy final. Which is nice, because the central nervous system is really freaking complicated.

Materials and Fluids Lab tomorrow, Circuits on Monday never, Anatomy on Wednesday night, and Fluids on Friday morning. Not half bad, as finals schedules go... provided I can pull the finger out and finish studying for tomorrow.
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Diff. Eq. is the one exam most likely to kick me in the teeth, which is, of course, why I'm slacking off studying for it and staying up to whine about it on LJ the night before. I'm awesome at this "responsibility" thing, aren't I?

Remember this? I'm an ass. That ended even more poorly than expected. Fuck.

...On the other hand, I have three As this semester to even out the damage, so it's not the end of the world.

Also, am now at home, lying on a couch that is actually long enough for my legs and my torso at the same time. Bliss.

Tangentially related:

Fact 1: I love Green Day's American Idiot album deeply and unironically.

Fact 2: I love classical music. I play viola, and love playing in small ensembles, where the voices and quirks of each instrument really get to shine while still supporting and playing off of one another.

Thus, the Vitamin String Quartet cover/arrangement of American Idiot is profoundly pleasing to me, as it is essentially candy for my soul.
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
...So I feel like I pwned the Mechanics of Solids exam right in its strictly notional face, but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. My habitual pessimism says bad bad bad oh noes!, but common sense suggests otherwise.

Moving right along, Differential Equations tomorrow, then done. Have failed spectacularly at studying, so will be getting up early to remedy that. Fortunately, the exam is open-book and open-notes, with plenty of time to think. Not an excuse not to study, but it does make tomorrow's heroic studython more of a strategically targeted review than an exercise in frantic memorization.

I love it when professors concede that in real life, we get reference books, so we might as well devote brainpower to technique and cleverness rather than brute-force memorization of trivia. I would have done so much better at Calculus if I had been able to focus on what it all meant, rather than freaking out about memorizing ALL OF THE TRIGONOMETRIC AND HYPERBOLIC IDENTITIES FOREVER (all of which, of course, I promptly forgot after the final, every damn time).

Early grades are trickling in; looking good so far. Diff. Eq. is the one exam most likely to kick me in the teeth, which is, of course, why I'm slacking off studying for it and staying up to whine about it on LJ the night before. I'm awesome at this "responsibility" thing, aren't I?
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Took the weekend off for the Kettle of Fish Ale. Had a lovely time dancing instead of studying. Freaking out about tomorrow's Mechanics of Solids exam now, so what do I do? Post to my LiveJournal that nobody reads, duh.

It was really lovely to see all my morris friends (or most of them), and to introduce my new team to them all and vice-versa. By all accounts, a wonderful time was had. Even the van rides down and back were fun.

Some notes on this next exam. )
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Dynamics at 10:30 this morning, now finished (obv).

Back in the computer lab again (again), fixing the fixed version of the extra credit Mechanics of Solids assignment that ate yesterday.

Presenting the shitty group project for SolidWorks at 1:30, and then, with luck, I'll never have to work with them again.
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Take-home Ecology exam submitted and out of my hair.

Opted to walk away with my current grade in Thermo, as it's entirely respectable and based on past exam performance in this course, taking the final can only bring my grade down.

And now, some finals-related rage. )
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Done. Physics and Thermo went quite well, and grades have been trickling in. Still waiting to hear from Prof. Thermo, but the rest are not at all shabby if I do say so myself.

Home again now, but leaving for Arizona in roughly twelve hours. Back in a week-ish.
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Oh, there's the Finals Week Snow. Lots nicer to look at-- and walk around in-- than freezing rain and mud. Much better.
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Russian on Monday, spur-of-the-moment extra-credit Engineering Lab on Tuesday, nothing further until Physics on Friday afternoon.

I should probably, like, study for that or something.
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Honors Seminar today, Math tomorrow. My brain feels full of stupid and not so full of calculus. I just want to be done.

On the plus side, there will be morris this weekend to make me feel better. But first, Math.
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Taken this morning on my way to work. Note the tulips in full bloom. Yesterday it was shorts-and-tee-shirt weather.

Dear Vermont,

Please pick a season and stick with it.

<3,

Me
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I really did not need to discover and read the word of god blog for Leverage. While it is totally classy that this guy takes the time to field fan questions and share obscure tidbits, I really, really can't handle all his unsubtle broadcasting about Upcoming Massive Drama.

(interlude while I read kfm's latest post, having pulled up the site to get the above link. self control FAIL.)

I am teetering on the edge of my seat, and also pissed off. Edge-of-the-seat because damn, some of the upcoming craziness sounds awesome; pissed because they're fucking up my canon-arc forecast something hardcore, and they kind of gutted my great big project fic. Bastards. Who do they think they are?
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I finished my last exam yesterday at 5:30. It did not suck.

Then I went to dance practice for the first time in a month or more, because exams were finally over.

This morning, I slept in, then went to work, where I put in my first time for a week (exams are really bad for cashflow). I also got a great big paycheck containing all of the money I wasn't paid before Thanksgiving, plus everything since then.

I ate a nice meal with the last of my food points for the semester, with only four cents remaining. I win at budgeting.

Also, it snowed gently all day, and stopped almost exactly at quitting time, so the walk home was gorgeous- fresh snow, billowing grey clouds, red brick campus, frosted evergreens and berry trees, blue evening shadows, golden glow from the windows.

And tomorrow, I'm going home for the holidays. Awesome.
artifactrix: My pseud, written on graph paper. (studying)
Nearing the end of my epic rewrite/synthesis of this semester's calculus notes. Most of it's okay, but I'm thinking I'll need flashcards for all the tedious quasi-identical trig and hyperbolic derivatives. Joy.

But first, food.

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