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So, I have 5 short papers, 1 medium paper, and 2 15+ page papers due... tomorrow. I'm thinking at least half of that will end up being late.

Note to self: perfectionist + procrastinator = totally screwed.

If I owe you something, I apologize, but it's going to be a bit late. Believe it or not, I've been working my butt off for the past 2 weeks, things are just not getting *finished*.

God, this is me. If you're planning to end the world any time soon, now works for me.
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Fact of the day: The evolution of word villain from its origin in the 1300's progressed like so

Inhabitant of a farm, to peasant, to churl, to boor, to clown, to miser, to knave, to scoundrel.

Our current meaning "character in a novel, play, etc. whose evil motives or actions help drive the plot" is from 1822.

Huh... You think our societal class issues are deeply rooted?

ETA: On the topic of social issues - I hate that my automatic first statement when talking about the way the societal treatment of women bothers me always ends up being "I'm not trying to be a feminist bitch." You know what I am feminist, and there are things about the way the world works that bother me. This idea that women who express dissatisfaction with the status quo are (or will inevitably be seen as) bitches bothers me immensely. I hate that it's a concept that lives in my own head.

I don't think I'm unreasonable. I want my sisters and my (hypothetical) daughters to grow up with a strong sense that they are equal, self sufficient, and complete within their own identity. That's just the barest beginnings of what I want them to intrinsically know about themselves. I hate when my female siblings and friends don't stand up for themselves because they've been culturally conditioned not to. It makes me crazy that in 90% of the places I've worked - places predominantly staffed by women - the male minority (who I love and know are completely equal in ability) are given an unreal level of precedence BY OTHER WOMEN. I might understand this being the case if it was an "old boy's club" setting, but that women are pushing this system of inequality drives me CRAZY. I'm not even going to touch on the rampant self image issues that afflict some of the most lovely and intelligent women I know. But, for my own part, I would like to be able to visit the south without having some hyper-conservative guy talk to me condescendingly as though he's benevolently acknowledging my existence. Heck, I'd like to visit my parent's church without the 19 year old (who I have known since he was 4) treating me that way. Perhaps people who don't travel among the uber-conservative homeschooling community don't run across that, but it really pushes my buttons. If wanting these things - which seem to me to be simply equality and respect issues - makes me a feminist bitch then so be it.

ETA 2: guess who's supposed to be writing a paper? Yep, I get stuck on other topics whenever I'm blocked.


May. 8th, 2009 04:36 pm
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Okay, so there is this thing that exists to torture students. This horror is known as finals. A significant portion (almost half) of my grade hinges on my doing well on the following:

Write a paper in which you agree or disagree with this summary of the thematic elements of A Room with a View:
"England must change or she will merely rot away like a medieval corpse."

Then, write your own one line summaries of Moll Flanders, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Silas Marner. Explain your statements in an essay for each book, providing examples to support your reasoning.

Now if it were any other teacher this would be no problem, unfortunately Professor Heller (no, I did not make that name up) has the best bs detectors I've ever seen, so I have to make this REALLY good. Why, oh why did my brain choose now to take a vacation?

xposted to LJ.


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