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Actually, it just ended. :(

Today, I officially handed my data over to my lab partner, so I AM NO LONGER DOING AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE THESIS!!!!!!! To celebrate, I am going to play my 500th game of Dominion, drink my smoothie, eat my granola bars and chocolate chips, and work on Teddy. I got sidetracked for a few days working on a different project, but there's nothing like Harry Potter to celebrate a good day. I just wish I had a copy of the first book at school.

Although I don't want to sound all depressing or goal-oriented, I have a few ideas for a linguistics thesis, too, which I think bear an actual relationship to my particular strengths (which don't involve bees or doing anything so mind-numbingly boring as lab work). So! I might spend some time watching Obama and McCain duke it out, and listening to their use of (deictic) pronouns. YAY!!!!!!

I definitely prefer not taking as much hard/natural science. It's fun, I like learning about it, but ... linguistics is SO MUCH MORE ME!!!! You get to listen to people talk! o.O

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Back at school now, three days early—we don't start until Wednesday. I have one of the largest singles in the dorm; it's extra long, so it's almost as big as my room at home. The only downside is that the bureau is not built into the wall, which means it's much smaller than the bureaus in the other singles. On the up side, there is now plenty of space to pile all my stuff, which is now strewn about the floor. Theoretically, I was going to put it all away today; however, I had a meeting this morning, and then came back to my room and crashed for about three hours. Did I mention my room is extremely hot? I am going to have to figure out how to fix that, or else I won't get any homework done at all.

ResLife completely messed up our room assignments—by our, I mean mine and my brother's and about three other people in my program house. It's a little complicated. )

I have now spent an inordinate amount of time sifting through the Harry Potter wiki to find witches and wizards born between ~1965 and 1975, whose children could plausibly be going to Hogwarts while Teddy is there. Although having children at the age of 23 (which is about how old students born in 1975 would be if their children were Teddy's age) seems rather young for the Muggle world, it sort of makes sense in the wizarding world—if we assume that most British wizards go from Hogwarts to some sort of 2-5 year vocational school (i.e., to learn to be Healers, teachers, Aurors, magical law enforcers) then they would be 23 or younger when they graduated from their professional school. Most students wouldn't have children that soon out of vocational school, but especially for students who attend shorter programs, it doesn't seem too bizarre for a few parents to be that young. Then I remember that that is basically my age, and it seems a little stranger.

And ... I am not entirely sure I am going to finish my environmental science thesis. I just have absolutely no desire to work on it right now, and it's not like I don't have a whole other year to do a completely different thesis if I don't want to. I feel a little sheepish about this, but as I'm pretty sure I don't want to do environmental science as a career, I'd rather do a thesis on something a little more directly related to my potential career interests. Not that I know what those are, but the good news is that I have enough research experience in environmental science from SES last semester that I don't really feel like I need to do an ES/geo thesis in order to get into grad school in something like that. Not that you actually need a thesis to get into grad school, but it helps. At any rate, I'm not going to make a decision any time soon—I will wait until I've started working in the lab again, and until I've convinced my linguistics concentration advisor that I am serious about linguistics.
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Unsurprisingly, given that it is January in New Hampshire, it is snowing outside. This means that I have bundled myself up in the kitchen, with a blanket, a computer, a space heater, and occasionally a cat; and I am theoretically working on my thesis. However, I feel absolutely no desire to work on my thesis right now, because—well, I am not actually graduating this year, like most other seniors are; and thus, I have plenty of time to work on it. I suppose it doesn't help that I have since decided I do NOT want to do environmental science research, which is what my thesis is on; thus, it is interesting, but not entirely urgent. I do want to do a thesis, but at the moment my thesis advisor's vague "have something for me by the end of winter break" seems very abstract.

I have also discovered fandom, by which I mean that I have been working on a fic. I know, I never thought those words would come out of my mouth (or fingers) either, but it's true. Unfortunately, I have started to work on Teddy Lupin, which means that, of course, I couldn't possibly plan anything less than his entire Hogwarts career. So I spent all morning going through all of Teddy's relatives and marking down their ages and the years that they enter Hogwarts. I also figured out how old various professors from canon are, so that I could figure out how long they might be expected to retain their professorships after the Battle of Hogwarts. Clearly, quite a few of the professors will have retired or will retire while Teddy is at Hogwarts; so, I started to figure out who would replace them ... and what years those professors would have graduated from Hogwarts and entered Hogwarts as professors ... It was much more entertaining than my thesis.

Luckily, though, I have thus far refrained from coming up with names for every single student in every single year while Teddy is at Hogwarts, but I can definitely see why someone (**coughcough**) might feel the urge to do so. I, after all, am now figuring out the logistics of the course schedules, the professors who teach those courses, what the professor's schedules are, and the like. Not quite as extreme, but in the same vein. And who knows—I might very well end up naming everyone in Hogwarts while Teddy's there!
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As my very first post, I figured I would start with a rant—since, well, that's what everyone likes to do most, but no one likes to read. And to be honest, that's exactly what I want.

I have a new obsession: Dominion.

My brother made the mistake of telling me about dominion.isotropic.org, which I totally recommend you check out avoid. IT WILL CONSUME YOUR SOUL, at least if you've ever played and enjoyed Dominion, the board game version. The online version is much better than the board game version, though to be honest I've never played the actual, physical board game as quickly as the online version. The rules are all the same, as far as I can tell, but you have access to all the cards in all sets and expansions, which is a big bonus if you only have Dominion, Seaside, and Intrigue (as I do). I also like how you can pick cards you want to include—I have a fondness for Smugglers, Pirate Ships, and Treasure Maps (notice a certain theme?), and may theoretically summon the courage to start a game with someone else that includes those cards.

I have also, after perusing dominionstrategy.wordpress.com, come to appreciate and unappreciate certain cards more or less than I did before I started playing online. Native Village is much more useful than I originally thought; I have used it to great effect to store away Smugglers until the next hand, or to rack up lots of Gold and Platinum in order to buy Colonies. Plus, Native Village only costs two Treasure, which means that you can Remodel a Copper or a Curse (!!!) into something useful. Along the lines of trashing bad cards, I have started to appreciate trashing a lot more—having a deck full of Coppers, Estates, and other early game cards gets very annoying later in the game.

At any rate, when I stop playing Dominion online, I'll let you know. MAYBE I WILL DO SOMETHING ELSE WITH MY LIFE!!!!! I kind of doubt it—I will probably just move on to Scrabble, or crocheting, or Turn the Tide, or Carcassonne, or maybe I will work on my first ever fanfic, or either of the four other stories I have going at the moment.



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