Amazing Adventures of Alex
Jan. 21st, 2009
03:24 pm - Schedule got better
Well, I deleted my vitriolic previous entry on here - I mostly just needed to vent - since my schedule has since gotten way better. My teacher that I work with has been really flexible and is making this way easier. Thank god! I even got my Friday back, so I think I'll have a good semester.
Nov. 12th, 2008
I actually kind of enjoyed this editorial from the student newspaper here, The Daily Texan. Basically he points out how silly it is that all these people voted for Prop 8 in California, suppressing human rights, while at the same time passing another proposition in favor of animal rights:
You can read it here
Nov. 3rd, 2008
06:50 pm - November
So I just flipped the page on the beautiful calendar my mom made, composed of her paintings. For November, there's a pretty picture of our house, covered in snow.
In related news, the predicted high here for Wednesday is 85 degrees.
Sep. 21st, 2008
09:54 pm - A Handful of Dates
This is a wonderful short story by the Sudanese author Tayyib Saalih, translated into English.
Seriously, it's one of my favorite short stories I've read in Arabic, and I'm glad the bountiful internet has a version of it translated online.
Sep. 17th, 2008
09:31 pm - My Room
So, some people (yeah, that's you mom) have been wanting some pictures of my new house in Austin. Since it's night time, and since the whole house is still a bit under construction, I just took pictures of my room, which is in pretty good shape now that the closet is all together and I've retrieved all of my stuff finally.
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Sep. 13th, 2008
03:36 pm - hurricane?
So, for the second time this summer, all of the fears of a hurricane actually having some sort of impact Austin are basically moot. Yesterday's weather report predicting "100% chance of showers" today has been revised to "20% chance of rain" and the weather is just sort of fall-looking(though not feeling), with gray clouds and slightly gusty wind.
Good thing I ain't in Galveston or Houston, though.
Sep. 4th, 2008
10:40 pm - Settling down
So I've been a bit remiss in updating, and I don't think I'll make a super long post, but I just wanted to say I'm starting to settle down a bit more. I moved into my new place right at the end of August, having found it on craig's list. It's a bit pricier than I would have like - $575/mo, plus utilities, but it's a really nice house. Or rather, will be a really nice house. See, it's being seriously remodeled, and until about a week ago, we had no running water in the kitchen(just used the bathroom tap) and no stove hooked up. However, things have been moving along pretty fast since then, and should go even faster now that most of the hardwood flooring is down in the living room/kitchen. However, it'll be really sweet once everything's done - the guy who owns the place, Dave, just finished putting in a computer (well, just a monitor and keyboard, since the actual case for the computer is hidden in the attic and connected via ethernet somehow)
My room is a nice size, and after a mad dash of craig's list raiding, and a little bit of ikea shopping, I have a nice thick queen sized futon ($50 on craig's list, but squeaks to high hell), a really nice sized desk($30 on craigs list, and he threw in some folding chairs for free. Not that comfy, but fine for working at the desk), a bookshelf ($5 at a garage sale), and a weird set of 6 wire baskets on a rack that I got from ikea and that I use as a dresser. My closet isn't finished yet, so a lot of my clothes are still in boxes pending the installation of a hanging rod.
I'm also getting reacquainted with my old stuff. I've made a nice little cozy for my laptop...sort of a ghetto docking station, with my giant 19" widescreen LCD monitor, some crappy speakers (still haven't found my good speakers) and my sweet ass laser printer (I had to print 60 pages the other day, and it didn't even hiccup. Took like 5 minutes. I'm so glad I don't have an inkjet). I realize I have a pretty nice DVD collection, too - I'd actually forgotten some of the good movies I have, like Team America: World Police.
Anyway, I should get to sleep, so I'm going to sign off. When the house is in better shape, I'll post some pictures.
Aug. 12th, 2008
11:06 pm - Moved
Well, I'm out of my professors' house, and into my new place which is still under heavy remodeling. Also, my furniture consists of a queen sized futon off of craig's list. I also have a lot of boxes, and a hamper, but nothing particularly load bearing. This is more or less fine, since I'll be heading to Minneapolis on Sunday, and I figure I can get furniture upon my return. Also, a lot of my boxes are still living at Fred's apartment, which is good since none of them are that essential (cookware, boxes full of books and papers). I managed to locate my sheets, though they appear to be full rather than queen, so the mattress is a little confused and crooked.
Anyway, further details to follow,
Aug. 10th, 2008
08:41 am - Frustration
Why does my body seem to think that I need to get up at 7:45 am on a Sunday morning. It's not like I went to bed super early or anything either - this just means I got like 5-6 hours of sleep. Why the hell am I awake? Grarrrrrrrrr!
Jul. 29th, 2008
01:06 pm - Well that was weird
I was sitting and grading homework, when some busybody walks by and says, "Is that the answer key?" I was like, "Yeah" to which he replied, "You should be showing that around", implying I was a student using it to cheat. I felt obliged to explain to him, "I'm the TA," as he was walking away.
Other than, "what business is it of his," he could probably benefit from thinking before talking...
Also, today, the teacher was sick, so I had to teach the class (I was aware that there was a possibility she wouldn't make it today as of last night, but I didn't know I had to teach until 7 this morning.) It went well, but this means I have a total of 4 hours of teaching today, and then I have to grade tons of homework (I'm going to see about bringing half the homework by her place so don't have to do all of it). Oy.
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