Friday, 8 April 2011 § 1 Comment
Colloquium went really well yesterday! Not least, I think, because I wore my ass-kickin’ boots:
(Also, the game only really progressed into its earliest stages. I was distracted by the pesky necessity of fielding questions, and by the time I worked up the nerve to go for it, I didn’t trust myself not to break into a fit of giggles. And you know, that just ain’t fittin’ when you’re talking about Nazis.)
And I’m on such a roll — and so. desperate. for part of my exams to be over — that I’m starting them… tomorrow. I wasn’t going to start writing until late next week, but I think this will be like a pressure release. I hope, anyhow. The first round, for my major field, is a 3-day, 3 part exam, the components of which I’ve known for some time. (As in, since I was a prospective student.) So here goes!
My sweet friend Barefoot Rooster, as some of you know, is knitting the funkiest, coolest shawl during her exams. At first I had planned on not knitting during mine — I’m too easily distracted even on a good day. (This is why I sit on a balance ball when I write; it alleviates my need to get up and fidget and fuss.) But then I decided… why punish myself? It will be good for me to have something to do with my hands while I step away from my impassioned argument that not only does Hannah Arendt advance a philosophy of history, she does so in a way that is useful for intellectual historians. So today I cast on my exam project:
Best part? The leaf detail is in a skein of handspun yarn the Rooster gave me for my birthday last year! I had been saving it for something good; this is fitting, no? Also, this will keep me from my other fall-back break activity, which would have been obsessive checking of the government-meltdown-news-orgy. And y’all, I just cannot abide that clusterf*ck.
So! Off to enjoy the Last Supper, if you will (shaved asparagus pizza nom nom nom), and maybe do some paper journaling to the effect of “ohmygodicantbelievethisdayishere.” You know. The usual.