The internet at my apartment is really shitty, so I’m writing this post from the lobby. I would have headed to Green Engine, just a minute from my apartment, but it was Sunday afternoon when I was writing this, and it would probably have been super crowded. I considered finding a cafe in the city, but it was Super Bowl day so the city was scary. Plus it was supposed to rain, so going out was unappealing. So here I am in the lobby of my apartment, playing music from my laptop (without earbuds) (I feel so liberated) (there’s no one around) (otherwise I’d use earbuds) (everyone’s doing Super Bowl stuff probably), and sipping on two servings of hot chocolate.
This semester, I’m getting a lot more readings than I expected. I anticipated readings for my 300-level anthropology course, but for my web design and human computer interaction courses too? Am I even a computer science major anymore? But not only am I getting a bunch of readings, I’m getting a bunch of history readings, which, I gotta be honest, I’m not super into. The papers I’m reading are so dramatic, and I’m just like, geez this isn’t a literary paper, calm down. Get to the point please, I have work to do.
For Human Computer Interaction, my lab is to write a paper. My computer science professor is asking computer science students to write a paper. Such is the liberal arts curriculum. But not only is it a paper, it’s a partner paper. Why you do dis. How do professors expect partner papers to work??
I got my presentation for Theory of Computation out of the way, which was just presenting a practise problem at the start of class. We have to do three of them this semester, and I’d gladly do them the first three days of class, but the professor wants to get through the whole class once first, which makes sense. I just wanna do my presentation early on before the concepts get too difficult for me to understand, you feel me?
Finding a rhythm
I’m trying to get into the rhythm of things and find time for academics, blogging, photography, friends, myself, and sleep. But it seems like everything I do takes longer than expected (i.e. homework, blogging, etc.) and I’m having a hard time finding time for things. Oh yeah I need to find a job too. But I have set up some weekly things that get me looking forward to every week, so for those moments I am thankful.
After my Monday morning class at Haverford (Human Computer Interaction), I always catch the bus to Bryn Mawr and chill in Georgina’s room for a few minutes before we head to lunch with Victoria and Ami. After lunch, I have my class at Bryn Mawr (Digital Cultures) (my first time in a long time taking a class at Bryn Mawr).
On Wednesdays, I don’t have class until 6:00PM at Penn (Art of the Web). Right before then, I always grab coffee with Louise and Steph at United by Blue, and Linda is thinking about joining us too. I’m glad that we still get the chance to see each other even though we’re not in the same classes anymore! (We took an intro design class together last semester.)
After class together on Thursdays at Haverford (Theory of Computation) with Steph (different Steph), we catch the bus to Bryn Mawr, walk over to the nearby Starbucks, and work on our weekly problem set until I need to head back to campus (Bryn Mawr) to run the Her Campus meeting.
Washing dishes under warm water.
Tucking my feet under my laptop.
I had just gotten off the train and was headed up the stairs to the main station. A little ways ahead of me was a little boy and he was holding the door open for me, even though, in my opinion, I wasn’t close enough to have the door held open for me. I did that awkward fast-walk you do to try to be considerate to the person holding open the door, and said thank you when I reached it. Then he bounded up the stairs to catch up with his dad who was half the flight ahead. Dang this little boy was very thoughtful.
Tiffin, my go-to Indian restaurant around campus, had their 10th anniversary and was celebrating with $8 mains. How could I not go? Steph, Ann, and I all got butter chicken and shared peshwari naan and garlic naan. It was a Tuesday too! Eating out on a weekday, what a luxury.
Had a work session at United by Blue‘s new location with some Philly bloggers. Didn’t get very much done though haha. I got almost halfway through my 2017-in-review post. Yes, I’m still working on it.
Because United by Blue is “our place,” I texted Louise and Steph to tell them that I was at the new location. Louise texted back to say she was headed over there and I was like whaaat, what a coinkydink! But then it turned out she made it to the old location, the location we usually go for our weekly coffee dates. What miscommunication. I mean, I expect this sorta thing to happen with Starbucks, but with a local–albeit, expanding–coffee shop? Comical.
But since I had my nifty SEPTA KeyCard that lets me ride the train for free on weekends, I decided to head over to the old location, since I needed a break from work anyway and a change of scenery wouldn’t hurt. Louise and I called up Steph, and we co-worked at United by Blue until my laptop was about to die, and then headed to Penn to keep working. We worked until dinner and grabbed dinner at Ramen Bar.
A lady just walked up to me and offered a peanut-flavoured cracker she swiped from church. (Recall I’m writing this from my apartment lobby.)
I have two mosquito bites on my butt, one on each cheek. HOW. I AM COVERED ALL THE TIME. IT’S FRICKIN’ COLD. And also three bites on my calf.
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but I knew exactly when it ended. Philly went mad!!
How was your week?