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2020.07.07 • 4/100 dop

chose my courses for the 2020-2021 school year today, and i’m pretty sure i’m in the right program, because i’m so excited for them.

first term i’m enrolled in:

  • ahvs 200 (artists’ materials and techniques).
  • grs 203 (unearthing the ancient mediterranean).
  • grs 326 (topics in greek and roman civilization: multicultural or melting pot? exploring cultural identities in antiquity).
  • grs 341 (rome’s empire).
  • lati 101 (introductory latin i).

and then second term:

  • ahvs 202 (confronting the object).
  • ahvs 310a (making art history).
  • grs 344 (the fall of the roman republic).
  • grs 372 (archaeology of the roman world).
  • lati 102 (introductory latin ii).

i’m really looking forward to september, and can’t wait to see where the next school year will lead me :) for now, i’m going to keep on trying read regularly over the summer, specifically checking out some roman lit when i get my next paycheck!

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I was trying to, besides reading “Upsetting the Balance” by Harry Turtledove, start reading “The Merchant of Venice”, but in starting to read it, it felt as though there was a lot of colour missing from the words, that left the voice I read with in my head sounding as drab as Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s day off. My usually robust imagination failed me for once. So I couldn’t get into it and barely read 4 pages in 2 sittings. 

So thinking it must be me, I sought out the free audiobook on LibriVox, but that thing, besides having subpar readers, had awful audio quality. This is not always the case, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner AudioBook on LibriVox is excellent. And so I checked out the Audiobooks on Audible, and it just goes to show free or subscription isn’t what tells in quality, because the first on Audible was terrible, everyone had such a thick accent you couldn’t tell what they were saying! It was just as bad as the LibriVox version. 

But then, Audible having multiple versions, I finally I found the Antony Sher version, listened to the sample and so signed up for the Audible free trial that I’ve been thinking about getting for literally years. & now I’ve listened to over a quarter of the book [although it’s only 90 pages-ish] in one sitting. 

& it’s really flipping good too. Lots of humour and some intrigue. 

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On today’s artwork, How to Stay Motivated in Studying.

With the pandemic going on and staying at home with the home as our haven / resting area, it has been a struggle to be productive to some. Even I, a homebody, struggle sometimes and prefers recreational activities. Here’s what I do to stay motivated and avoid burnout on my study breaks! I hope it helps some of you.

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  • Read A Court of Thorns and Roses for 1h 37m 14s and read 104 pages, finishing the book
  • Read A Court of Mist and Fury for 1h 4m and 28s and read 68 pages
  • Went to bed
  • Watched two episodes of Queer Eye from S5 with my mom
  • Took a nap
  • Finished my writing assignment for today
  • Read A Court of Mist and Fury for 56m 16s and read 67 pages
  • Wrote a quarter of a page in my journal

I am not sleeping the best. I know I stay up a little late, but when I go to bed, I am not sleeping well. I am really into the ACoTAR series right now and that makes me happy. I’ve been reading all year, but I haven’t been reading books that just make me want to keep reading all day. I have even loved most of what I’ve been reading, but again, not enough to sit there and just keep going. I was tired most of the day. I watched a little TV before I laid back down. I ate dinner and then laid back down again. I almost missed the deadline for my writing assignment because my alarm didn’t go off. I got that done quickly and then got in some more reading.

I have a collaborate meeting to attend for German and then some MindTap exercises to work on. I’m into my book, so I would love to read it all day tomorrow, but I have schoolwork!

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this seems to be a book you either love or hate and i can’t decide where i am. i’m a huge fan of alice oseman’s other writing, (heartstopper is truly the highlight of my life) and i hadn’t read this one for such a long time for no reason other than it was always out at the library. but i finally did it! it was definitely enjoyable as i was reading it. i found the characters to be intriguing enough to pick up where the plot lacked, and even the background characters felt like complicated people. as i mentioned when talking about the secret history, i love me an unreliable narrator, and that’s how i saw tori in this book. she has this very narrow worldview that i think is at least partly representative of everyone’s teenage crisis, and it was relatable to me in a way that not a lot of books are. issues of mental health and eating disorders for sure could have been handled better in the writing, but it stays true to who tori is the whole time, and i think that by the end we are starting to see her improve. the thing about a story like this is that we only see the protagonist really starting to develop at the very end, which can feel a little bit like we’re leaving off with nothing having happened. overall: i liked it. cool characters, relatable dialogue. to me, the most important thing about this book is to continue to reflect on where the characters will go and how they will improve once the actual text has finished.

i already forgot what i rated this on the storygraph but i’ll say 3.5/5

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july 6, 2020 

today was the first day of summer school for me, so i did some light reading when i got home to relax the mind! also got this cute pencil pouch secondhand – i love it! my plan for tomorrow is to start on the second day of the week, then get some ACT studying underway. with the test creeping up in ~2 weeks, i gotta get to work with my books.

song of the day: wildfire - mandolin orange

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