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Opera Riot is doing 36 things including…

---This week/short term---

3 cheers


Opera Riot has written 36 entries about this goal

Yet today

- finish GIS lab
- 3 citations, annotated bibliography
- count flies (heterozygotes, homozygotes), write up data
- botany flashcards & reading

Time to shape it up

So, the results of midterms are in. Two courses are solid, two are skimming along at the lower margins of As, and one is a B that I’m going to work to recover. This is a different tack from last semester, when everything seemed so locked in and it was just a matter of putting in the work; I need to step it up a bit.

I’ve found a place in the library where I enjoy studying. I usually get reserve materials which need renewing every two hours, and I can have 4-6 hours go by like a breeze. This is much needed—the reminder that I enjoy this, the time and space to make it enjoyable and easy to get work done. I just need to trek through the cold to get there, which is most of the challenge.

Also: I’ll feel better if I start running regularly again. I’m still in decent enough shape if my performance during the sporadic visits I’ve made to the gym has been any indication, but consistency is lacking in my habits, and I’m in a world filled with baked goods. Homemade baked goods. Small town bakery baked goods. It’s a world of love expressed in cake. And I’m not running enough to keep this kinda love in balance.


I sent in the scary research application. Now it’s a wait-and-see for the next month or so…

Winter Break list

Most importantly:
-Sort out goofy tax stuff (my former address was in a school district that did not match the mailing address… hijinks ensued). I paid what I needed to, but apparently need to convince the IRS of that (and get back my state refund).

-Set up advising appointment to formalize changes in my degree completion plan (one of the classes I’d planned to take for next semester filled up before I could get in).

Other things that’ll be good for my sanity:

-Use my bike trainer
-Clean the apartment (the floors & tub need washed, the rest is just clutter)

Reading list:
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Consilience by E. O. Wilson
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magistrate’s Pox by Stephen Jay Gould
Silent World by Jacques Cousteau
Beyond Innocence by Jane Goodall
Don Quixote Cervantes

Monday off!!

No work today, so home work instead.

I knocked out the cleaning I’ve been putting off, so one big “to-do” crossed off the list already.

-Type up review notes for evolutionary ecology exam

-Work through genetics problems; get into the library and read through key material & write up important vocabulary

-Short reading assignment for population & community ecology

Pay bills- electricity & school stuff


- Close pigeon loft, count pigeons
- Outline some animal navigation essays
- Review articles for class discussion


Last week was insanely busy and anxiety-ridden—I had to lead a program without any official training and I had an exam in my most difficult class. So, high anxiety, high intensity, all around weird, rough week.

The program was a BLAST, even if all did not go as planned. And the exam? I got the highest score in the class: 106.4%

I’ve been a little bit distracted within my bubble of momentary good fortune, and have had a bit of trouble keeping myself on task this week.

Here’s what I need to get goin’ on:

Tomorrow I have an exam in my population and community ecology class. I’m set with almost all of the concepts except for causes of climate variation.

Friday I’ll be presenting a scholarly journal article in one of my seminars. I’ve read through it and have taken notes, but I need to make a power point and really hash out things like methods. I’ve made some headway as far as doing some research beyond the article, i.e. reading some of the background research and some subsequent findings (and I found a Nova episode on the topic).

There’s also a tttttton of reading in my other seminar class, all to be wrapped up by next Tuesday. Sounds like another “relaxing” weekend. :P


So, I’ve gotten all of the work done and submitted for my ethics class and anthropology class. For linguistics, all I need to do is show up and get at least a 50% on the final to pass the course with an A.

The tricky thing is my literature class—I have a longer paper I’ve been dragging out (I have sequential notes written that amount to a rough draft—I just need to type them up and smooth it out into something I can submit), and then two short papers on two different plays.

I just don’t WANT to write anymore.

It’s all over on Thursday. Just tonight, tomorrow, then BAM! All done.


I had someone cover my shift so that I could relax a little and get crackin’ on my last assignments for the semester. Of four classes, only two have actual final exams—the others are papers.

So far today, I finished all of the assignments for my anthropology class—I’m getting ready to take a quiz (online) for the last chapter and then I’ll go back through the readings before taking the final.

I have to polish up two five-page papers—one for ethics, the other for literature—then write two short papers for literature, and go over some of the readings from my linguistics class (pssh… I only need to get a 50% on the final to pass with an A).

This actually seems manageable.


Monday: anth quiz and assignment, anth final
Tues: ethics paper
Thurs: lit papers, ling final

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