Vulcan’s Peak

Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows…

February 6, 2004 5:39 pm

Are NOT what I see at Furman….it’s been raining all day.

Registration for spring term was last week – it seemed awfully soon, but I realized that I’ll be going home for “spring” break in two and a half weeks!

I had wanted to get into astronomy and writing fiction, but there were only 4 or 5 spots left in each, even though I registered with the juniors. So I didn’t get into either. I did get 16 century English lit. and German lit. from 1750 to the present, both with professors I know and like – the former is my advisor. And then I have HES (health & exercise science, the required “P.E.” course), which I am NOT looking forward to. At all. At least it should balance the other two out – the German and English sound good but hard, and HES is reputed to be fairly easy.

On Monday, I had an interview for the foreign study trip to the UK that I hope to go on. This was me in a room with the three professors who are going this time, one each from English, theater, and history. I’ve heard lots of good things about the people from English and history – my roommate has a class with the latter this term. It was interesting, since I really had no idea what they were going to ask me. Of course they had to pull out “Why do you want to go on this trip?” After that it was lots of do I enjoy class discussions (well, there’s an obvious “right answer” to that one) and where would I want to go sightseeing in my free time (sorry, not up on my British landmarks, that’s why I want to go!), and what was my favorite historical period (I can’t pick one!). All a little odd, but okay. We also talked food allergies for a bit. I had written a long paragraph on the issue on my application – just what it is, how I’ve dealt with it in the past, and our ideas about how I would be able to handle it on this trip. They seemed understanding and basically confirmed what I had been planning.

Naturally, those plans involve a lot of peanut butter. What was funny was when one of the professors commented that I had specifically said tree nuts, so of course I launched into the classic “peanuts aren’t nuts” spiel. I had gotten as far as “well, peanuts are actually related to peas and beans…” when the theater prof chimes in “Because they’re legumes!” “Right!” I say, excited that someone else is aware of this fact. Apparently his family was in the peanut business at one point. It was quite amusing, though!

Have any of you read The Importance of Being Earnest or Mrs. Warren’s Profession? That’s what we’ve been reading in satire the last couple of days, and I really enjoyed both of them – though in very different ways. Earnest is just hilarious, and Mrs. Warren is very thought-provoking (for starters, her “profession” is that of a brothel madame and former prostitute). We’ve had some really good class discussion on these two. Much better than oh, say Jonathan Swift…

10 Responses to “Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows…”

Pug wrote a comment on February 6, 2004

Wow, you have required Phys Ed?

I like UF more and more… Geez.

You should take an Aikido course instead of this “HES” madness.

As for those two pieces of satire, not only haven’t I not not read them, but I haven’t even not unheard of them! What time period are they? And are they novels, short stories, plays..?

Crunch wrote a comment on February 6, 2004

What kinds of stuff do you have to do for the PE requirement? Straw hads it, but was able to do cool stuff like fencing. Any chance of you doing the same?
I remember Earnest. I read it at Choctaw. I had to direct a scene, but it’s been too long. I barely remember it.

Odette wrote a comment on February 6, 2004

No, there’s nothing I can take instead of HES. It’s required. I WISH I could replace it with fencing or Aikido. And no, I don’t really have any idea what it entails. Tell you in a month or so. All the course description says is:

“Survey of wellness concepts which promote lifetime fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. Topics include aerobic and muscular conditioning, nutrition, and medical aspects of fitness. Participation in activities to develop cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.”

Blah.

As for the satire, they’re both plays, both from around 1900. Sorry ’bout that…

Pug – isn’t that not enough double negatives for you? 😉

Crunch wrote a comment on February 7, 2004

Sounds like you’ll be doing aerobics from that description.

Pug wrote a comment on February 7, 2004

I hate to say it, but it doesn’t sound so bad. Doing something aerobic every day is a good thing. I ride my bike about 2 miles every day, and do Aikido twice a week or so. 🙂 Hasn’t hurt me, and Aikido starts off with a lot of stretching that greatly resembles an aerobics class with everyone wearing pajamas. 😉

Tae wrote a comment on February 7, 2004

“Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows…”
GRR! Not nice Katie.
As for UK trip, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
“The Importance…” is a play by Oscar Wilde, who was known for his witty and sardonic plays in the early 1900’s. That one is basically about two men trying to fill in one roles for two different women and the hiliarity insues. Pokes fun at the social customs of the day. A movie came out in the last 2(?) years starring several people I could mention but doubt any of you would know.

Odette wrote a comment on February 7, 2004

I don’t mind “doing something aerobic every day.” I dislike being made to do it, and I dislike that I don’t seem have any choice in what that something is.

Liz, didn’t you and I do a scene from “The Importance…” when we had acting in 10th grade? I know I did one with somebody, and I can hear your voice saying the lines…though I have no idea which character you were. Not quite as memorable as the bit from “Arsenic and Old Lace,” hee hee!

Pug wrote a comment on February 7, 2004

I should clarify,

Instead of simply saying that aerobic stuff isn’t bad, I should say that it does not sound like a P.E. where you’re forced to play Basketball or Football. That’s the important thing.

That was the part I always hated about P.E.

Crunch wrote a comment on February 8, 2004

I always liked PE. I guess I saw it as a release from all those damn IB and advanced courses. It was a time to turn off the brain, and just do physical stuff. Like mowing the lawn.

Tae wrote a comment on February 9, 2004

We might have but I can’t really remember. I DO remember reading the scene in the Acting book from “Importance…”
“Arsenic and Old Lace…” Yeah, that was great! I think out of anybody, I think I’d have the most fun being a crazed old goat with you!

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