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09 May 2011 @ 12:58 am
1) I'm peeved that I'm missing Pride Parade season in New England. Northampton (lesbian town) has just finished. Usually I make it to at least Boston and Providence, if not also Youth Pride. I'll just have to make sure I get to PTown and get my gay on. ubiquitousmixie, you game girl?

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.
[Rachel Carson]
Current Mood: geekyGeeky.
ubiquitousmixie: alex - river prisonubiquitousmixie on May 9th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
I AM SO GAME. you and i shall have many gay adventures when you're free this summer. IT WILL HAPPEN.

*hugs* hang in there, lovely. things will get better.
Kiwi Crocus: DW || River Song || Kissyface.cranky__crocus on May 9th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Yay yay yay for being game! I may have to fund-raise to get the Petrol money to get us to PTown, but I'll be dedicated and thorough haha. My favourite musician lives there and plays there often so there is no excuse for me to not have been since before I was 10!

*Hugs back.* You too, you too. We can keep on keepin' on.

I'm making bad life choices and reading about horse vaginas. Reproductive technologies at 3 in the morning...whyyy? OINOTHATONE. Hai hell week! *Headdesk.*
ubiquitousmixie: alex - outsideubiquitousmixie on May 9th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
O.o horse vaginas? dare i ask....?

i haven't been to ptown in several years...it has been far too long. it would be great to go back!


irrelevant gif is irrelevant...
Kiwi Crocus: DW || River Song || How to be awesome.cranky__crocus on May 9th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
"The Development and Application of the Modern Reproductive Technologies to Horse Breeding"

D: It's actually fascinating. But somehow I end up getting annoyed when I'm fascinated by my revision, which doesn't make sense but, er, neither does my head. I guess I get that "I WOULD READ AND LEARN THIS ANYWAY WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME TAKE HUGE STUPID TESTS TO PROVE THAT I WOULD?" resentment feeling haha.

But I can't stop giggling at the idea of all these regal stallions having a field day with artificial vaginas... All the while the mares getting arms up their own parts and not enjoying any of the hump-day fun. Poor artificial insemination critters...all the stress of pregnancy without the initial fun and lots of interference with the whole Maternal Shindig.

Ice cream in P-town. Mmmm the idea of that is just delicious. I hope I have roller skates by the time I get there. Roller skating in Ptown sounds fantastic.

I approve of your irrelevant gif, although I argue that River Song is never irrelevant with anything. I find her entirely relevant to Life, the Universe and Everything. Although I am limited to these two icons which is sad.
ubiquitousmixieubiquitousmixie on May 9th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
As long as the reading is interesting, I suppose that makes up for the randomness and lateness of the hour!

I want roller skates! That sounds like so much fun!

Yes...River Song is the greatest ever. She is totally my happy place right now, even though she's so angsty. I have a few icons of her that you're welcome to snag.

Kiwi Crocus: Lips || Chill out.cranky__crocus on May 9th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Hahaha unfortunately not quite so random in that I've got my Mammalian Reproduction exam on Wednesday and know there's a question on assisted reproductive technology. Lateness of hour I never seem very able to help. :X How do these normal people work in mornings and afternoons?! I don't understand!

We definitely need to find ourselves some roller skates. That would be great fun!

I'm not sure what my happy place is right now - which probably means I'm not visiting it enough. My procrastination time tends to be spent in a strange state of self-flagellation for my procrasinatory sins. No fun, no fun!

Pretty women are way more fun. I wish my brain would remember this. But I am watching Game of Thrones - or trying to catch up - which fills my Pretty Female quota quite well. And had a pretty steamy female/female 'lemme teach you to sex right' scene that wasn't too too graphic but was sensual and alsdkfjalsdjkf the party in my pantiese tried to kill me.
CaroRulescarorules on May 9th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you get some gay on!! lol sounded weird!
Kiwi Crocus: Lesbians || Bench sitting.cranky__crocus on May 9th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hahaha had you not heard that term before? My friends and I use it all the time - we 'get our gay on' to go out. :Þ

*Sigh.* I miss having queer friends all around. Which is weird because I have two gay men living in a house with me...yet it seems so different here! Possibly because they're always talking about politics and my Stateside queer friends usually talk about lots of gay culture things.
CaroRulescarorules on May 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know what you think. I don't have that many gay friends and sometimes if feels like something is missing. But all my friends are pretty open and we often end up talking about gay stuff anyway!