Week of 3/24-3/30

Greetings, Internet! I hope everyone is staying as safe and sane as can be. This week, I tried hair oil for the first time, went down to campus to give a paper, and watched hella women’s college basketball. Daily summaries below!

March 24, 2023

  • I need to cut another minute and a half from this talk.
  • Also when I do runthroughs, my pace is kind of inconsistent and I’m not a fan.
  • Worked out with an SCI trainer!
  • Watched (well, kind of watched and kind of did dishes during) the latest episode of RPDR, and yay, Anetra won a challenge!
  • Wordle: In three!
  • Currently feeling: There really aren’t enough hours in the day to work on this presentation. That said, I kind of want to do presentations for each chapter in some way, because it’s helping me to edit and make ideas clearer and easier to explain.
  • Currently looping: Still trying out that Spotify DJ, and so far, not bad!

March 25, 2023

  • Did the FES cycle.
  • Thought I would have time for, well, anything productive, but I had a late start, so, not so much productivity.
  • My boyfriend’s here! He cooked dinner so I could get work done.
  • We then watched an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress,” which he found fairly entertaining.
  • He also enjoyed watching the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament, so yay for watching sports together!
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: Why did I decide to make a powerpoint for this presentation?
  • Currently looping: Spotify’s AI DJ! Surprisingly good.

March 26, 2023

  • Okay, I just learned that hair oil is awesome.
  • <Pats hair> it’s just so soft.
  • Worked on this powerpoint while my boyfriend made lunch.
  • Is it okay to just leave the Latin on the screen and recite the English translation in the talk? It would crowd the screen to include both, and I feel like people care about the Latin and would want to stare at it more. Or maybe that’s wrong and someone will be miffed at me for it.
  • I’m just going to go with what I’d prefer. If anything, it’s like hearing one language and reading subtitles in another.
  • Went outside with my boyfriend because it’s gorgeous outside (and also because he’s usually like, “We should go outside”).
  • Worked on this powerpoint while my boyfriend made dinner.
  • He also did all the dishes.
  • We then watched another episode of “The Dropout,” and dang, this miniseries is growing on me. Also, I keep saying this, but the Theranos lady is a straight up wackadoodle.
  • Did a runthrough of my presentation, and I’m finally under thirty minutes.
  • But also I’ve read through this enough that I don’t even know if it’s decent. It’s also heavily in the late Roman period when I want to talk about things that are like, 250-400 years later, so, whoops?
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: My boyfriend is awesome for basically taking care of me while I go into intense scholar mode.
  • Currently looping: Still the Spotify AI DJ.

March 27, 2023

  • Emails and edits!
  • And some vocal recording (well, rerecording) during pauses when there aren’t any construction noises outside.
  • Worked out with an SCI trainer!
  • Why does sending one email take me an hour?
  • And making dinner takes me an hour and a half?
  • Tidying up takes a long time, too.
  • Oof, I still need to edit this audio. And get ready for bed.
  • Seriously, not enough hours in the day.
  • Wordle: In five (but seriously, WTF was the word today?)!
  • Currently feeling: Someday, I will learn how to send concise emails with perfectly presented tone in less than five minutes. But it may not be this day.
  • Currently looping: I’m kind of digging the Spotify AI DJ, not gonna lie.

March 28, 2023

  • Went to Push to Walk! Was so sleepy from not sleeping well the night before.
  • Bubble tea, because of course.
  • Did a final runthrough of my talk, and er, it’s fine I guess?
  • Do I have the right dongle for my powerpoint?
  • Do I even need the powerpoint? I guess for the Latin.
  • Doing tax stuff also, because this is a busy week.
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: My advisor is asking that I get to the workshop tomorrow when it starts at 9am. I’m not really sure I can explain to him that it would require me getting up at 4:30am (because having a spinal cord injury requires constant maintenance, especially in the morning when I wake up). So I’m showing up as early as I can, which will be later than he wants, but more reasonable for my schedule. #settingboundaries
  • Currently looping: Spotify AI DJ!

March 29, 2023

  • On the road to Princeton for a graduate student workshop!
  • Turns out that I did not need to pack my laptop, but thank goodness my mother put tea in my thermos while I was frantically trying to get ready in the morning.
  • Half of the workshop participants flew in from Germany the day before, so by the end of the workshop, it was like, midnight in Germany.
  • And yet, they seemed very awake and alert. Whereas when I fly to California, I’m like, exhausted on day one.
  • My mother and I then drove to get noodles (it’s the featured image!), and ate a pint of ice cream in a Whole Foods parking lot, because sometimes you just need to eat ice cream in a parking lot out of soup cups that you grabbed from Whole Foods.
  • The ice cream powered our drive back to NYC.
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: So tired, but kind of glad that one of the professors said I was a “lively and engaging” speaker.
  • Currently looping: No music, just the sounds of early medieval/late antique scholarship being spoken by people who need caffeine.

March 30, 2023

  • Slept in a bit because I had to get up at “this is too effing early” o’clock yesterday.
  • Did the FES cycle.
  • Talked to someone about the shower repair situation (yup, that’s still going on).
  • Started to tidy up the apartment. Turns out I had a lot of catalogs for furniture stores just sitting around on my table?
  • Wordle: Might have to pause the Wordle updates for a while, on account of not having had time to do them for the past couple of days.
  • Currently feeling: So sleepy, and yet still not going to bed until after midnight because my habits are ridiculous.
  • Currently looping: Whatever Spotify wants to play on The Killers’ radio.

Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, stay sane, and have you ever tried hair oil?

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