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Well, I sort of forgot to update over the Christmas break, so here we go. I spent the break at home, mostly, though, of course, I went to my grandparents' for Christmas. That was fine, though my grandmother's probably got sciatica, which is pretty bad. That, and my grandfather's stroke earlier this year make it rather likely that I'll be seeing less of them for a while since neither of them can drive very well any more (not that my grandmother ever could, but that's another story.)

Then I turned into a pumpkin eighteen. I got the first two seasons of the West Wing, a sweater (but sadly not a cardigan), and the Usual Suspects. And a new set of tires for dad's car. That was fairly fun, especially since I also finished up most of the remaining college apps on my birthday, too. The next day, I celebrated my majority by closing a frozen custodial account --- oh boy. Now, all I have to do is register for the draft and the vote and I'll turn into a quasi-adult. Yuck.

I spent New Year's at [livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever's house. (His choice of username, not mine) Fortunately, there was far less drama than over Thanksgiving, and I guess everyone got along. While there, we started putting some plans into motion, and I hope they come to fruition, but it'll be a few months yet. It was kind of odd listening to everyone (except me) talking about how wonderful their college or intended college was. Even the other highschoolers were waxing lyrical about the joys of [Insert School Name Here], and the one other person not in/admitted to a college was telling stories from her times at school, which sort of left me a little put out, but hopefully April 1 will roll around and I, too, will be able to bother people with my exuberence. On a lighter note, [livejournal.com profile] silvergirl42,[livejournal.com profile] theladyvampire, Nat, and I walked to Blockbuster to rent movies for the Group. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let us get any without opening an account, so we ended up buying a few instead. It actually worked out to be not-too-much-more-expensive. Therefore, I am now the proud owner of Amelie and π on "pre-viewed" VHS. There was also some sort of Karaoke Karaoke Revolution (at least that's how I thought of it) bizarreness that was really pretty amusing. All in all, a fun weekend.

Also, I managed to send in the remaining apps that were due on January 1 on time. It's pretty amazing. Now, I've got two more schools to go, and I really should be working on their essays right now and/or finding a writing sample with which to impress them. Oh well. It'll get done. I hope. In other very quick news, it looks like next semester's math course will be linear algebra since John said it'd make more sense to take that before multivariable. This was confirmed by a brief poll of people on AIM which determined that the word "algebra" sounds better than the word "calculus".

Merry belated Christmas, everyone! The management promises amusing entries some time in the future.

Date: 2005-01-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] messiah-complex.livejournal.com
where did you apply to colleges?

you're just now turning 18? for some reason that surpised me a lot.

Date: 2005-01-20 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bursar42.livejournal.com
You should know you're ancient. oslt.

Date: 2005-01-05 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polynerd.livejournal.com
Yayfor West Wing! I got the third season as a Chanukah/birthday/Wisdom Teeth gift, which I watched in two days. I've watched the first two seasons so many times that I've nearly memorized the episodes. I need a new hobby.

Linear algebra...I took it last semester, and it was agreed that the material was neither challenging nor interesting. For advanced math, you need to take linear algebra at some point, so I'd recommend you just get it over with now.

Date: 2005-01-06 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] messiah-complex.livejournal.com
(I don't know you, I was just reading the comments and felt the need to add to this thread)

My boyfriend and I watched the first three seasons of the West Wing in about a month. Pretty impressive considering I'm a college student and he has a full-time job. Also we didn't own the DVDs but were borrowing them from a friend.
Then I gave him the Sports Night DVDs for a Christmas present so he could fill his Aaron Sorkin obsession while I was gone on break. He finished them in a week.
Now I am home and they are playing the fourth season on Bravo currently, so I'm watching them for two hours every morning.
YOU need a new hobby?

Date: 2005-01-06 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polynerd.livejournal.com
I just watched the movie Malice, also done by Aaron Sorkin in 1993. (I'm at Smith, and the parts of the movie were filmed at the college and in Northampton, so there was a screening last night.) It was not impressive, especially since the only other movie I've seen by him is The American President, which I adore.
The only good thing about the movie, other than the setting, was my favorite interchange: (note, from 1993)
Tracy: What do you want?
Alan: What does anyone want? For the Red Sox to win the World Series.
At which point the entire audience burst into applause.
It's a New England thing.
I saw Annie Hall and Being John Malkovich tonight. The first was new to me, the latter is a favorite of mine.
And I need to go to bed now.

Date: 2005-01-05 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allandaros.livejournal.com
But remember - wearing cardigans could result in a yucky sort of osmosis, and you might end up taking on qualities of Lord Cardigan and start ordering futile attacks on Russian artillery.

At first I was about to protest that "calculus" sounds better than "algebra," but then realized that it was originally "al-jabr" which definitely sounds the best.

What are the two schools you're waiting on?

Finally, I would point out that you have finally joined the ranks of the Great Old Ones. Start hunching over, sporting a cane, grousing about "how things used to be better in my day," growing squid-like tentacles, and attempting to devour the Earth. Happy Birthday, belated though it may be.

Date: 2005-01-06 01:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metamorphage
Hey, I didn't turn into Cthulhu when I turned 18!

Date: 2005-01-06 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allandaros.livejournal.com
You'd better get on that, then. You're behind the times. Go to Ry'leh and start dreaming dark dreams. Now.

Date: 2005-01-06 04:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metamorphage
*eats you*

Date: 2005-01-06 01:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metamorphage
While there, we started putting some plans into motion, and I hope they come to fruition, but it'll be a few months yet.

What plans are those? I don't remember.

Date: 2005-01-06 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allandaros.livejournal.com
You don't remember? Good, good...

Suffice it to say they involve secret cyborg armies plotting to take over Mars. Riding on polar bears.

Date: 2005-01-06 04:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metamorphage
Oh silly me, how I could have forgotten those plans? Uh oh, here they co--

*lots of shrieks and lasers can be heard in the background*

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