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04 November 2006 @ 12:07 am
People friended me. Ahh nice.  
Mainly for the people emailing me to ask me how I am -- and getting in reply rather truncated and generic messages -- this is a rundown of my average day. I'm just assuming people care, but feel free to disillusion me.

7:00 am
Get up, ablutions, watch anime on Youtube while eating breakfast of vastly nutritious Coco Pops. (Really, I think they contain more calcium than milk! ... Why did I get the urge to write that as Ca++? Is calcium actually an element? It's been so long since I've thought of ions as anything other than K, Na and Ca that I don't know what they stand for any more, ye Gods.)

So far I've started Gakuen Heaven, Ouran and Peach Girl. I gave up on Gakuen because it was unbelievably gay. As in, the gayness was unbelievable. And there's something about anime kissing that's just pastede on yaye!. Ouran was making me het!ship so I gave it up as a bad job. I've been watching Peach Girl for a fortnight; it's like my morning car crash. It's terrible and the boys look like girls, but. I like pink. Pink features heavily. Ergo I am satisfied.

On the recommendation of a real-live anime fan, I watched Death Note. It is made of awesome, but as I can't be bothered reading the manga I was left tantalised and broken-hearted by the sole two anime eps to be found.

9:00 am 
One to three lectures in quick succession, except on Wednesday, when I have dissection. Dissection last year was run on very tight lines, with a tutorial, computer section, osteology table and actual cutting each allotted fifteen minutes. Neuro has a different tutor who is a great fan of the free and easy method, so I end up discussing STI statistics from the Evening Echo instead of doing much that is very productive. Plus, it seems the tutors assume that no one going in has a clue what part of the brain we're even doing, let alone anything about it (true in 95% of cases). The head honcho told me I didn't need to learn all the divisions of the cerebellum when I asked him which one I'd forgotten and provided a list of those I did know. He didn't tell me which one, either. (I think it was the pyramid.)

2:00 pm
Behavioural tutorials, where we discuss communication skills (and our lack thereof); or Clinical tutorials, where we play with tuning forks and patellar hammers (do you know how difficult it is to elicit a patellar tendon reflex? Really hard, that's how! And don't even ask about biceps.) 

I've gone out on my first GP attachment, which was wild. We had a 79-year-old Russian woman with no English, but a translator instead. She had a heart murmur, an appendicitis and cholecystectomy scar and a scar in her neck from a carotid clear-out thing that I don't know the proper name for (yet). And no, I can't remember her name ... but it turned out that her 'translator,' a somewhat younger woman, was in fact her partner! The GP told us afterwards, by way of explaining why he didn't let us delve too deeply into her social history. I thought that was so cute! Mainly because she was old and I have a soft spot for love that endures the travails of time and boredom etc.
6:00 pm
Get home, eat, study. I've gone to the cinema a few times (Little Miss Sunshine shot straight to one of my All Time Favourites; the Departed was all right, but had swearing instead of dialogue and no real point -- or so I felt. My BF loved it to pieces but wouldn't watch LMS again. So there you go.) I've considered taking up tennis, wushu and belly-dancing but realised that I lack a vital component (effort). 

I think a return to lj would be far more appropriate, but feel guilty that I have nothing to contribute. The more I look at my writing and think about my writing, the more I revel in its pointlessness. It's not going anywhere but down the road of chicklit, only with boys. Given the amount of chicklit I read, I know the world doesn't need any more.

10:00 pm
My free time -- and favourite part of the day. Usually squandered on Youtube and Bebo. I did manage to get my smutmas assignment in, and my smexmas is ready but fot the coding.

My life is, as Austen put it, a quick succession of busy nothings. I accidentally got too far ahead in my study and am thus feeling rather bored in lectures (ha, long may it last). Although I feel less stupid than last year, I still feel stupid. I feel I have nothing to say for myself. To that end I've decided to steer clear of trashy novels and actually read something that might educate me a little. I have Robert Fisk's The War for Civilisation and Antonia Fraser's Maria Antoinette started, but if anyone knows of good historical books -- nothing too dry, I beg; I don't have to write essays! -- especially on India, Japan or Victorian England, rec moi. Or indeed any literary critiques -- I found some Mansfield Park ones on internets, but there's little that isn't just a synopsis of a published book. Woe.

I won't promise I'll get to answer all those comments in my inbox, but I have read all of them. They were cool.

Oh, and today I saw a hair cell (from the cochlea, that is) dancing in time to Rock Around the Clock. Courtesy of my current Phys lecturer, who's one of the squishy ones who is all into it. It was one of the greatest things I've ever seen in my life.
 
 
Current Location: home for the w/e
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: I don't feel like dancing (Scissor Sisters)
 
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kaidoh: Inui/Kaidohscoradh on November 3rd, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Look, it's Claire! I just read two Bender!slash stories ... yet Claire/Bender still rocks my world.

My sleeping pattern is very good this year, actually! No more staying up till 2 am bored to despair. I'm always in bed by twelve at the latest.

Okay, when I'm back on broadband Sunday I really must plow back into my flist. You're okay, right? :D
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Chibi: Atobescoradh on November 5th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yup, that was one of the ones I read the other night. I only discovered two -- the other was Bender/Andrew. It's sure got a lot of potential, but it was a lot shorter. :D

And I would never describe your work as ChickLit. Hey, I read (and reread, and reread) it!

That does make me glad -- that people enjoy it. Still, the lack of actually saying anything worries me. Then again that sums up my life as a whole! ♥
rice-paper-thinasinful on November 3rd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Studies keep everyone busy... And each year it only gets worse... ;)

But in regards to the Death Note anime, there are actually 5 eps so far that have been subbed. I don't know if they are on YouTube, but you can definitely download them off somewhere.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kabajiscoradh on November 5th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should be thankful that I am actually doing any study ... there was significantly less of that going on this time last year!

I think that would only make me hungry for more, really. Maybe I'll dl the manga and read it over Christmas or something. The story is certainly intriguing.
karadin on November 4th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Too bad the Gakuen anime was not as explicit as the game, have you tried Yami No Matsuei?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kirihara: Kawaiscoradh on November 5th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
No -- but thanks for the rec! My main problem is that I don't know what I'm looking for. Searching 'yaoi' on youtube just gives you a bunch of song slide shows. Not exactly what I was looking for. ;D
(Anonymous) on November 5th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
I've searched the same way, and found some quite strange things by the wayside!
karadin on November 5th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
that was me btw, damn lj.
Sereniaserenia on November 4th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
I recommend 'Geisha' by Leslie Downer. It's a wonderful non-fiction, and the author gives an amazing inside look at that aspect of Japanese culture that Westerners don't normally get to see.

I really love historical fiction (and non-fiction that isn't too dry), but most of mine is Ancient Egyptian, Celtic or Tudor English. I did like 'Grand Days' and 'Dark Palace' by Frank Moorhouse, which was more modern history, and I liked War & Peace and Anna Karenina too.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fuji: swell sugarscoradh on November 5th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
I actually saw that one in the bookshop the other day. The only thing that put me off was that I've read Memoirs Of, and wondered if I'd just be reading the non-fiction version of same.

Mmm, my friend bought The Other Boleyn Girl, which is historical fiction too. Can't remember the author's name, but she's done a lot of it. All recs are good, thank you!
Serenia: Golden Pairserenia on November 5th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
No, it didn't feel that way at all. There was a lot about the geisha districts, and the history of geisha, as well as bits about particularly famous geisha. Did you know that the original geisha were male?

Phillipa Gregory. I've read several of her books, and liked them.
moocowmisconstrue on November 5th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Mainly because she was old and I have a soft spot for love that endures the travails of time and boredom etc.

Love that last bit, it's always been one of the things I love best about your writing: your ability to connect seemingly unrelated things with always the best result. :)

But insofar as nonfiction books go, I know you may be sick of science (whereas I read the Ca++ bit and thought wistfully of high school biology, not chemistry because that was just awful and all blame goes to my lab partner and the amount of mathematics involved) but Fly by Martin S— is a fabulous nonfiction about the impact of the fruit fly on science! He also writes with this wonderfully dry and sly wit which made me realize that it wasn't books I couldn't read anymore, but rather novels. Nonfiction's still all right (or rather, turned all right). Best of luck being a literary intellectual!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Tezuka: buchou lovescoradh on November 5th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I thought it was awesome because, being that old, she'd have to have put up with so much grief because of it. Not that gay people nowadays don't get a lot, but it's at least an acknowledged method of co-habitation. :D

I'll add it to my list. I don't mind if it's science -- I find that less bothersome when I know there's not going to be an exam question at the end of it. Like, I read the Sciences of Discworld and liked them. Anything that wakes me up a bit is not to be sniffed at!
Cait: happy buffy/spikecoralia13 on November 5th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Yay, a post!! I have been wondering how you've been on a regular basis, but I see now that I am an inadequate friend; e-mailing you to find out the answers to all my burning questions would have made so much sense... and yet it never occurred to me.
Sounds like your life is pleasant? I hope so. I like your story about the Russian woman - I can't believe they have you in the field! Not that you're not ready, it's just so fast! I would be like, keep me away from patients! If they want to know what's wrong with them, tell them to read a book!
And DO come back to LJ! Although it is lovely and you are talented, I actually didn't friend you because of your fanfic, and your fanfic is not what makes me wonder how you are when you're not posting, or what makes me want to visit you this spring. It's YOU, dear. Come back to me.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Hanamura lock up your childrenscoradh on November 5th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's a rare solution really! What with so many quicker methods, like IM and bebo and lj itself. I guess writing an email is like writing a letter; it seems to require more effort. TBH my replies weren't exactly verbose. If I stuck to writing posts you'd certainly find out more. :D

I couldn't quite believe it either. As part of another module, we are to visit a patient in their home five times during the year. I'm kind of wary of that part. Mainly because I'm afraid I'll get lost. But all of this is the faculty's way of trying to produce doctors who actually live up to all that the public expects of them nowadays, which is nothing like it used to be. We're not gods any more!

Anyway, I'll do my best to timewaste here instead of bebo, where I just end up looking at Mr X's girlfriend's page and contemplating homocide ...

Off to read your posts now!
Caitcoralia13 on November 10th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I think you'll make a fine doctor! The medics here are basically the prettiest girls in the class, very fashion-conscious, very alcohol-happy, but friendly enough. It seems kind of counter-intuitive - I'd expect them to be more serious. I guess I now know what you're dealing with...?
aestheticmatter on November 6th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hey! I had to disappear from the net for quite a bit (pregnancy and some family woes) but I'm back, and I was wondering, did you ever finish that Terry/Michael fic, Asymmetric Perspective? Or write beyond chapter 3, cuz that's where I stopped? I'd really love to finish that, if you went on with it.

And nice to know you like Jane Austen, I'm currently re-reading all of her books! I've read Pride & Prejudice (loved the movie), Northanger Abbey, and am now reading Sense & Sensibility.

And for books about Victorian England, I have a non-fiction book to recommend: The Victorian House - Domestic Life From Childbirth to Deathbed by Judith Flanders. Quote from the back: "Open this book anywhere, and you find yourself totally absorbed. It's entertaining yet authoritative, accessible yet fascinatingly detailed and thorough. It picks apart, in the most elegant way, a great deal of our received wisdom about how the Victorians lived. A very wide readership will enjoy this book." Hilary Mantel. Yay! :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Shishido: good combinationscoradh on November 6th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, that fic. [ducks rotten tomatoes] Well, the fact is, no. I didn't. I lost faith in it I suppose. Still, there's a lot more of it around since then, hopefully this will comfort you in your hour of need?!

I love Mansfield Park the best. FTW!

That sounds right up my alley, thank you. ♥
jehnt: wordy - optimism/terrorjehnt on November 7th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
By "BF" in your post you mean best friend and not boyfriend, right? For a moment I got all excited but then I figured if you had a boyfriend you would have posted about it. Something along the lines of "boyfriend, wheee!" (At least, if I had a boyfriend, my post about it would go something like that.) How ARE things on the boy front, anyway? Any exciting news? Exciting boys? Do you know any who wear button-up shirts with sweaters over them?

I like that Austen thing about life being a quick succession of busy nothings. It kind of reminds me of this quote by Carrie Fisher that I saw the other day: "I remember what was missing instead of what was there. I am a chronicler of absence." I dunno. It reminds me of what I write.

In terms of historical books, I don't know any on India, Japan, or Victorian England. But if you've never read Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, I recommend that you do. I had to read it for school a while ago and it was surprisingly enjoyable and informative. I also quite like The Elements of Poison and Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World. And then there's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, which was the common reading book at my school this year. It's actually pretty good, although it can get repetitive and I skipped over whole tracts. I haven't really described the books because, hey, that's what Amazon summaries are for.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Atobe: So awesomescoradh on November 7th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
Yes, that is best friend. And I can barely imagine what a post about a boyfriend would entail ... but certainly more than a passing mention, yes!

I know one guy who wears that -- he's about 26 though. Some guys wear jumpers, with nothing underneath. Preppy does sort of rule the day around here. :D

All is quiet on the boy front. The guy I really like has a girlfriend. Going on for six, seven months now. She really suits him, too.

Should I know who Carrie Fisher is? I think I should ... good quote.

Thanks for those. Have noted -- and will look up Amazon!