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I should be cleaning. 

I should start packing up stuff.

I should at least be trying to find my bedroom floor.

Instead I'm going to sit here with a glass of wine and a crafty project and listen to the thunderstorm raging outside.  ^__^
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I just received a Jane Austin birthday care package from my best friend today!  It contained:Add a crochet project, I forsee a lovely evening tonight!
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I tried to work on chapter 3: methodology (which is due on Monday) but I can't seem to string words together right now. 

Instead, I'm going to make a cup of tea, stretch out on my couch, and read some Torchwood fanfiction.  Condition of Release is a fantastic take on cyberman and the Cyberwoman episode, written by [personal profile] sam_storyteller.  I read it last April when Sam first posted it, but it popped into my head the other day, out of nowhere, so I'm glad to have the chance to re-read it.  Man, I feel like I haven't chilled out like this in ages. 

ETA: Now with bonus candle light.  :)
bare_bear: Heart-shaped sugar cube on spoon above tea cup (Tea Love)
Currently at my fav coffee shop, theoretically doing research and semi-random writing (\o/).  In reality, I'm mostly people watching.  There's three older men having a meeting of sorts with a laptop open in front of them.  They look relaxed and busier than I am.  There's two very old women having tea and scones, curly white hair, glasses, delicate (slightly spotted) and transparent skin, and sassy comments included.  At least two sets of students working on projects.  And an older couple who look like they're having a good conversation and enjoying each others company.

Oh, and there's Rob, the manager.  BRB, he's coming over to chat.

I'm back!  Nice guy.  He's laughing at me, as usual, the twerp.  Seriously, though, I love this place.  It's noisy enough that you can't identify the music or conversations, but not too noisy to be distracting.  The atmosphere is chilled out and the people interesting.

And there's awesome coffee.  Although I'm learning that's definitely not the most important thing.  :)

Alright, enough dicking around.  Back to work. 

Happy Monday, all!
bare_bear: Caution sign showing a monster leaning over a cliff to eat a car (wtf?)
While not making the work any easier, it is considerably nicer to have to learn how to use a certain program for my thesis while sitting on the back patio with a cup of coffee at my elbow, rather than in my humid and hot office.  :)

*le sigh*  I hate learning new computer programs, and I have 3 of them to suss out in the coming weeks.  Blah thesis blah.

In other news, nommy raisin spice cookies are still nommy.  Mmm...cookies.  Poor Cookie Monster is jealous.
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...or at least, a picnic in Victoria Park. :)


Art by Valerie Woelk

Since the weather here has been absolutely lovely, and because I've been wanting an excuse to laze about in a park, I decided to plan a picnic with 30 of my closest friends in Kingston tomorrow at the beautiful Victoria Park.

According to the facebook event I made, as of this evening, four people are confirmed and one more maybe. :( Too many blooming weddings!

BUT I DON'T CARE because it's going to be fun anyways. I felt generous and wanted to host, so I'm catering, with a menu that will go something like this:
  • Make your own sandwiches using homemade bread (the dough is rising as we speak), with corned beef and smoked turkey, veggies galore, and tuna because I said so, dammit!
  • Store-bought but yummy cookies
  • Chips
  • Peanuts (pending no one being allergic)
  • Juice and water and maybe sweet iced tea if I can find a jug to make it in
  • uh...that's it
Not too fancy, but it'll be fun anyways.  I hope someone can bring a frisbee or ball to pass around because I have nothing.  Actually, I wonder if the Lords Above have something.  He plays sports...hmmm...I'll go bug him later.

I hope more people can make it out, otherwise I'm going to be eating sandwiches for a week, and I hate sandwich meat.  :D  Unless a certain someone shows up, in which case we might have to fight for our food.  ;)


bare_bear: Heart-shaped sugar cube on spoon above tea cup (Tea Love)
So last week was an absolute bust for my thesis, but pretty good for sewing and my suddenly present social life. Last Wednesday, I had both a date and a Tiki party to attend (for which I sewed myself a dress), both of which were lots of fun. Mmm...tiki drinks. I started another blouse earlier on in the week, although I was pretty much useless the rest of it.  I did, however, manage to find myself a ballgown ($25 at Value Village WOOP!) for a friends birthday dinner for Saturday night, at which everyone showed up in black tie and ballgowns.  We had a great time eating dinner at a nice restaurant downtown and playing an interesting card game called Munchkins at a house party while drinking far too much wine.  AND THEN on Sunday, I went out for a BBQ at a friends cottage, where we alternated between relaxing on the dock and jumping in the lake.  I haven't been that relaxed in years.

My poor liver.

All in all, this has been a great summer socially, although not so much so academically.  And I'm alright with that.  Oh, I'll stress out, I'm already stressing a bit.  But today has been decently productive, and I feel like I now have a better handle of my project, which is a nice change.  I have a lot to do, but it's doable.  And if it takes a bit longer, well, I can live with that.  Better to take a bit more time and enjoy my last few months as a student, than to lock myself in my basement and pound out the thesis, but in the end hate the experience.  IMO, that is, and that's really all that counts.

And I guess my supervisors, who is paying for it.  ;)

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