Now that I’ve finished reposting all my stuff from Blog.com, I can post something new.
It’s hard to think of much, though, because I’m hiding in the bathroom where I can’t hear the mice. I don’t know what to do about them. I tried moving the device that’s supposed to make a sound that will make them want to leave, but it’s still not helping. But I don’t want to hurt the poor little things, ’cause they’re cute and furry and I generally dislike causing harm to anything. (Which would be a more convincing statement if I was a vegetarian…) But hearing them rustling around or gnawing at goodness-only-knows-what…slightly maddening.
Anyway….I guess I should quit hiding in here and go hide in my room instead, and work on my paper. It’s still not quite finished, after all.
Well, no, that’s not quite right. It’s not that it’s not finished. It’s that I still have to add in one more citation, and run the spell-check, and generally make sure it’s polished and ready to go.
Well, “polished” may be an overstatement. But I’ve done all I can. I mean, it’s hard having to read a 629 page book and write a 3-5 page paper on it in only a week. It’ll be better when the books are a little shorter. This was the longest reading assignment we’ve got scheduled.
It would also have been better if the material was more up my alley. If it had been 629 pages about the Iliad, or a cultural analysis of ancient Greece, I would have been able to get through it a lot more quickly.
I need to work out a better way to prepare for the paper, though. I detest marking in books, so I don’t highlight passages or anything. But I can’t spend a huge amount of time after reading the book flipping through to get citations and quotes I want. Especially not on this short time frame. So I was using post-it notes. And I ended up marking 155 pages. (Or possibly more. I lost track a little as I was pulling them back off again.) Naturally, they’re all being re-used, and I had torn them into smaller strips to make the pad last longer, but still! Flipping through 155 marked pages is not actually that much faster than flipping through 629 unmarked pages.