Vulcan’s Peak

…a month later…

May 14, 2004 10:44 pm


…no, I’m not dead. Really.

It’s that time of year again when everything is hectic and all nonessentials get shoved aside, I’m afraid. If it makes you feel better, even my letters to my parents got forgotten two weeks in a row. Finally got caught up on that – called home on Mother’s Day last week. (E.T., phone home! err, right)

Tonight I finished my second English paper in the last two and a half weeks. Well, “finished.” E-mailed it to my professor for her to take a look at – I asked Thursday if I could come show it to her on Friday, but she wasn’t planning to be on campus on Friday because her parents are in town. (They came to see her lecture.) So she said I could e-mail it to her this weekend.

The lecture was one she was giving on the letters of Elizabeth I. The Greenville Library System currently has a travelling exhibit on Elizabeth, so they’ve had all sorts of lectures and such on related topics. Somebody somewhere along the line decided that it would be great fun for this 16th century English lit. class I’m in to get in on the act. So we’ve not only been doing big presentions, but doing them for the public… no pressure, really.

Actually, my group got off easy in a way. When we signed up for presentation dates at the beginning of the term, one of the choices was a Saturday morning children’s presentation. Not something I normally might have gone for, but I didn’t get to the sign-up sheet very quickly. Most people didn’t want that one because it was during Beach Weekend, which is when Furman unofficially moves to Myrtle Beach.

Anyway, that presentation was last Saturday, and it was actually kinda fun! We had about seven well-behaved kids (almost too quiet), and we talked at them a little about Elizabeth and pirates and the Spanish Armada, and read a story. And then we tried to “recreate” the Spanish Armada. We put the kids (with us for guidance) in big loops of rope (“boats”). Jarod led the English boat and I led the Spanish one…somehow most of them wanted to be English, funny how that happened. 😉 And then we threw big soft pom-poms at each other for “cannonballs” – they enjoyed that a lot! We also made little boats – I had designed the pattern earlier that week and they came out really cute! (And they float!! They’re made of craft foam and I closed up the seams with hot glue, so they float!) Jen helped me cut out and put together about a dozen of the things – thank you, roomie!

So yes…and then I have my other classes too….they’re going well enough, but it all keeps me busy. I keep up with everybody’s blog though, and I can’t wait to see you all this summer!! I’m rather jealous that everyone else is out for the summer, but I won’t be home until June. Only eight more days of class, though!

4 Responses to “…a month later…”

Pug wrote a comment on May 14, 2004

You shouldn’t let schoolwork get in the way of everything else that’s important, like tossing bouncy-balls at your nearest hard surface.

Remember, all the effort you put into school will be returned to you at some point, but your bouncy-ball skills will protect you from flat murderous aliens. Remember, when the block-shaped Thurlloydijans arrive to ‘pacify’ our planet only the best Pong players of our generation will be able to save humanity.

It’s your job, no, your DUTY to slack off appropriate amounts.

Besides, I can see you being a Truman scholar even with appropriate amounts of bouncy-ball playing. 😛

Carmen wrote a comment on May 15, 2004

Whoo, updates!

Your presentation sounds like it was a lot of fun. *I* wanna sit in a coil of rope and throw cannon balls at the wicked English! Or the evil Spanish, whichever. ;D Whee!

Don’t feel bad, Katie. I don’t get out of school until… next May? =(

Odette wrote a comment on May 15, 2004

Pug – I’ll have to get onto that bouncy ball thing right away.
(Jen says to be sure not to throw it at her…I won’t, I promise. Heehee.)

As a note, though, I’ll never be a Truman scholar. The official description reads as follows:
“The Truman scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government.”


Hi Carmen! When do you start your summer term?

Carmen wrote a comment on May 15, 2004

Last Monday. ;P

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