July 9th, 2004

Fiona and me in the snow

not fun stuff, death to silence

I've made it to the university for better or worse. It wasn't a huge move, but a move nonetheless and not one that wasn't somewhat stressful. I didn't forget too much but did forget one of the crucial appliances, my espresso maker. There was also a slight misunderstanding between me and my mom, either that or I was on drugs at the time that I told her, but my coffee maker has now been donated to goodwill, so now I have coffee and filters and no coffee maker. I thought of coming up with a way to make some coffee with some weird Robinson Crusoe method, but then I realized that I could just wait a few more minutes and go over to the coffee shop and get real coffee.

I'm sitting down in the lab in the ELC (The enhanced Learning Center), one of the general access labs that we have here at the university. There are at the moment, absolutely no people here at Gregson, my dorm. Because the regular summer dorm is about a half of a mile away and across a busy street which I don't wish to cross for fear of breaking in to a million pieces. So I'm here, in my normal room, with no internet connection wireless or wired. Supposedly, the Advanced Placement Institute is coming here today, so all the rooms are open, but no one's at the front desk, and I've got the lab completely to myself. So if anyone wants to come on over here either virtually or in the flesh, we could have one hell of a party. At the moment though, its quite lonely. In the middle of the moving process, not only did we figure out the my ID card wouldn't work on all of the doors due to an overlooked security flaw which would possibly have left me locked out for days, but my mom got a parking ticket. I hate using my dog to get special treatment but its amazing how the girl who oddly sounded like a robot asking for my mom's address, changed when she got to see the dog. The ticket got erased, and now we know that we can pretty much park anywhere if we call a special top secret number and give the reason whywe need to park there.
It will make moving a much less stressful experience for my mom.

I've got to make several calls or email people, if I can, so I can get my academics moving foward because I refuse to stay here in this quiet place without doing nothing. I never thought I would say thins, but being home really would be better than being here with no one here. There are people here but still, I'll take annoying dogs to play with any day over complete quiet. At least Fiona's here.

Now must see if I can make it over to the union. Though its an easy thing to do, I haven't traveled much lately.
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Fiona and me in the snow

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I seem to be doing betterthis afternoon. Still don't have a network connection due to annoying circumstances which I'll outline below, but I've now found more people to hang with so it helps a bit on the loneliness factor. There are still no people living here in Gregson, but that doesn't surprise me.

I enjoyed a quiet "breakfast" (chocolate croissant and coffee). I got to meet some new people and had a spirited discussion with some conservative friends. I enjoyed that because its always nice to debate and discuss both sides of the issues.

I came back after spending 2 hours at the coffee shop, and called to check out the status of my internet. They said that I was "not assigned". I figured after telling them that I'd lived here for ages, that it would fix itself eventually. Then I found out about my contract. Apparently I don't have a contract for next year. I figured that I would fix this when I got up here. They apparently did not know this and said that they weren't offering any new contracts. The person I'm dealing with knows my situation and is advocating for me, but its still annoying taht leaving for a while is causing this stupidness. I know rules are rules, but its not a general rule to break things every other semester which seems to bee my rule. So I think some rules have to at least be bent. They say they're working on this and I hope that things are fixed soon since I wanted to do my show tonight. I really don't relish carrying all of my equiipment downstairs but if I have to, I will.

I guess I'll end the babbling. I may hang out with my friend sunnyblue later but I'm waiting for a while so she'll have time to wake up to give her a call. One good thing happened, I found out where all the food holes are around this place this week. That's always good :). Fiona's doing well, and working nicely as always. She hasn't forgotten how to do anything. I hope as I continue working toward finishing up stuff that I haven't forgotten much myself. More soon.