2) Pictures from Northampton pride went up on my friends' facebook walls. One of the cars was "Classy Olde Dykes". I laughed my considerable queer arse off at that.
3) I realised how important prepositions can feel in my brain. This paper on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) I'm reading regarding ageing women calls older women "women of advanced age". I thought that was pretty neat and sounded spiffy, like advanced track or advanced class, since there seems to be a positive connotation with most uses of 'advanced' I know. ("Oh, darling, sorry, but I'm of advanced age so I can...but fear not, you'll get here soon!") It also reminded me of 'enhanced', which made me smile. ("I can only get away with it because I'm of enhanced age--but fret not, dear, you'll get here yourself some day.") Only in the conclusion I read "women with advanced age" and realised all these red flags were waving in my head. 'Advanced' sounds positive or neutral to me with "woman of advanced age" or even "...in advanced age" but 'with' makes it suddenly sound like a burden or disease. ("Ah, poor bird, she's dealing with a precocious case of advanced age, you see...") When I realised these were my thoughts I laughed my head off...and remembered that once upon a time, I was able to memorise the list of prepositions much better and with greater ease than the periodic table.
4) Mark is revising (or procrastinating on revising) grammar - parsing, at the moment. I had never heard of parsing (the term), but knew I did it in high school (and loved it). So I learned something new! :D Didn't know sentence diagramming was a form of parsing, either - or a form of a 'parse tree'? Neat! Reminds me of phylogenetic trees. All of this reminded me of Mr. Dufault teaching us sentence dissecting (that was how I explained to classmates, like it was a frog to dissect...) and telling us to mentally put parentheses around prepositional phrases. He then joked that we would "see prepositional phrases" (Sixth Sense reference) and, drat the man, I did. I often think in words; after that, many of my thoughts contained parentheses. I used to sing-song sentence structures in my head like a mantra: "SV, SVDO, SVIODO..." and I'm sure there were more, but that's what stuck. Ah, how it all makes me smile.
5) For the love of preps, I miss learning English Language and Literature. It is not okay for me to be missing this when I have 9.5 hours of compulsory commitment left between me and a degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation! *Grumbles at self.* I think it's because I'm spending all that time in the Humanities building on campus, every post-exam loo trip spent passing the English Language and Literature professors' office doors (one has a clever feminist picture-phrase slogan *melts*) and posters about minority/women/literature events. It hurts my heart a little, these glimpses down the road I didn't take. That and Mark complaining about his work since he really never wanted to take English; he was just good at it around A-Levels. I loved English and didn't take it. But then, I suppose that's one of the main reasons Rachel Carson is my personal (s)hero: background in creative writing and English but chose to go into science because it was a prominent interest of hers.
6) I think I must be a masochist. This entry was only supposed to have 5 points, but I just looked up the University of Reading English Language and Literature staff department page and have been scanning some of their websites. So many female names! Shakespeare on film, Jane Austen and the courtship novel for modules! KIWI ABORT MISSION ABORT ABORT STOP RIGHT THERE BACK UP. Nope, seems I'm not done. I'll resurface later, I hope. ETA: askldfjlkajsdf one of them totally flags my gaydar by appearance and classes taught. Maybe I'll ask Mark. It won't do much, and I know logically that I have been in schools with (female) gay teachers, but I've never actually known any out teachers within my institutions. It's been a dream of mine since I was 10. Regardless, still grinning here! Not sure why. I should be revising reproductive technologies... Ah well. And I have a feeling I'll want to read through Donnell's publications list at some point. Must stop drooling everywhere. Oh! And I definitely recognise Lesnik-Oberstein's name from the office doors and laksjdflj The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair? Would really love to read that.
7) Dear university, please end. I have learning to do. All this testing is just getting in the way.
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.