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1. Screw it. I'm test-driving a new style (and after all that redecorating I did). I have to change my icons every three months or so, but I can keep the same blog style for a year and a half. Go figure. (And, hell, it's not like anybody ever VISITS this thing anyway.)

2. I have recently, and quite suddenly, started to come to terms with the world. I don't like it any more than I did, really, but it sort of sunk in that humanity really hasn't changed in the last few thousand years or so, and won't, in all likelihood, any time soon. Not unless some major event happens from an outside force. Maybe not even then; we're an obstinate lot, humans. I think I'd like to do a video someday of stuff that's happened in the last hundred/thousand years or so, and call it The World.

3. I'll have HOMEWORK in nine days. Gah.

4. With any luck my brain will start working again soon.

5. I'm freaking cold these days, and I forgot how to sleep.


(Atlantis starts, like, two weeks from yesterday. I think.)

gratuitous poetryspam

The Death of Allegory

I am wondering what became of all those tall abstractions
that used to pose, robed and statuesque, in paintings
and parade about on the pages of the Renaissance
displaying their capital leters like license plates.

Truth cantering on a powerful horse,
Chastity, eyes downcast, fluttering with veils.
Each one was marble come to life, a thought in a coat,
Courtesy bowing with one hand always extended,

Villainy sharpening an instrument behind a wall,
Reason with her crown and Constancy alert behind a helm.
They are all retired now, consigned to a Florida for tropes.
Justice is there standing by an open refrigerator.

Valor lies in bed listening to the rain.
Even Death has nothing to do but mend his cloak and hood,
and all their props are locked away in a warehouse,
hourglasses, globes, blindfolds, and shackles.

Even if you called them back, there are no places left
for them to go, no Garden of Mirth or Bower of Bliss.
The Valley of Forgiveness is lined with condominiums
and chain saws are howling in the Forest of Despair.

Here on the table near the window is a vase of peonies
and next to it black binoculars and a money clip,
exactly the kind of thing we now prefer,
objects that sit quietly on a line in lower case,

themselves and nothing more, a wheelbarrow,
an empty mailbox, a razor blade resting in a glass ashtray.
As for the others, the great ideas on horseback
and the long-haired virtues in embroidered gowns,

it looks as though they have traveled down
that road you see on the final page of storybooks,
the one that winds up a green hillside and disappears
into an unseen valley where everyone must be fast asleep.

-Billy Collins

zombie

Mar. 19th, 2007 12:32 pm
st_jane_ambulance: (three)
Criminy, what a Monday this has been so far. Last night I had two hours of sleep, maybe. 8:00 final, done in 45 minutes, then off to the library to correct the little misunderstanding regarding my work schedule this week. They thought I was working TODAY which of course I was totally unable to do, because I had two exams this morning alone. Then at 10:15 was my second final, and I didn't to incredibly well on the first part but luckily the essay question I'd actually prepared for was on the final and I think I did all right on that one. I was done in an hour. I love being a fast test-taker. I think the mocha might have helped too, though I've had the shakes for the last two hours. Then to Grab 'n' Go to spend more points that I can't use later this week because I'm going home tomorrow (yay!) and now I have lots of food and drinks for next term. My fridge is now full and my food box is nearly so. I now have five and a half hours before my next (and last!) final exam, the one I'm not too worried about because I've been doing well in German thus far. Then we're supposedly going to dinner at Toshi's, which has amazing ramen noodles they make in the restaurant. Tomorrow I have to get up freakishly early again, but I work instead of take tests, which is infinitely better because I've grown to enjoy my job a bit.

THEN I GO HOME FOR TEN DAYS!!!!  WHEEE!!!!

I should maybe sleep now.
st_jane_ambulance: (four)
It's so awkward communicating through e-mail to somebody I've never met. I wish I could just meet my roommate already.

I've been thoroughly braindead all day. I suspect it had something to do with not sleeping well last night.
st_jane_ambulance: (five)
Woohoo, I got my diploma today! It came in the mail. One step up from printing it out myself, I guess. My first degree ever -- Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer from Chemeketa Community College. I am a grad! Now I get to go to Big Kid college and study stuff I'm actually interested in.

I got about five hours of sleep last night starting at 4 am, due to anxiety- and caffeine-induced insomnia. Work is going to be fun today. Note to self: no more midnight Frappuccinos.

My brother comes home from Japan next month or something. I haven't seen him since September. I wish I could go somewhere not America.

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