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Sunday, January 14, 2007

1:10AM - And so it is...

I'm back.

Current mood: amused

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Friday, April 8, 2005

2:45AM - Raptus regaliter

That's right, folks. I have officially fallen behind in my homework. BAH!

Current mood: pissed off

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Saturday, April 2, 2005

12:34PM - A Fun Filled Weekend is Upon Me

I have so much homework this weekend! Just for kicks, I have decided to post all of my homework. hehe Somehow this makes me feel productive.

1. Classics 50: Read "Greek Art and Archaeology" pages 114-125 & the Snodgrass article (33pages)
2. Classics 40: Read Hesiod's Theogony lines 1-506 & "The Ways of Interpreting Mythology" article
3. Classics 170: "Pompeii" by Connolly pages 16-21, 28; "Pompeii" by Etienne pages 42-61; "Pompeii" by Zanker pages 118-122;
"Pompeii" by Guzzo pages 32, 37, 50, 51, 66, 94
4. Classics 150: Plutarch's "Roman Lives" Tiberius and Gaius Graccus all & Appian's "Civil Wars" 1.9-27

And that's all folks!

Current mood: geeky

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

2:04AM - It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Tonight was the best night ever!

I don't even know where to begin...forgive me because it is like 2am and I am exhausted, but I want to get all of this down before I forget it all!

First, my mom made this really good gnocci for dinner. The gnocci was from Trader Joe's and the sauce she made from scratch with garlic, tomatos and spinach. SO GOOD! (I am eating some now, actually!) Then I went to church. You see, I was going to go to Lancaster tonight, but because I was really sick yesturday and this morning, I decided against it. (Sorry Laur. I just wasn't feeling very good. Hopefully I will talk to you before you read it over the internet. I love you and MISS YOU TERRIBLY!) Like I was saying, I went to church where there was a re-enactment of the last supper because today is Good Friday. Well, that was awesome! It was very powerful and cool to get to visualize Christ's last meal.

After church I went to Patrick's house and we watched tv. I don't remember watching anything in particular...oh yea, the Ellen Degeneres show on Oxygen. Suddenly, Patrick gets hungry so we decide to go and drive through somewhere. Before we left, we thought to call his folks, who were out and about, to see if they might be able to pick him up something on their way home. Instead of doing that, they offered to take Pat and me out to dinner at Cappriccio's. HOW COOL IS THAT?! So, I had the best Chicken Cattallini(...Pattallini...what the heck is it called??) and I had a great time socializing with his parents and him. Afterwards, we went back to the house, watched Matchstick Men and just talked about nothing and everything. It was beautiful. I had such a fun night tonight that I wish I could rewind and relive the entire thing over again. Patrick is my best friend, I love him so much...I am so lucky to be around him.

That's all for now! I am off to bed to dream sweet dreams!

Good night world!

Current mood: pleased

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

12:41AM - And never again, I'll go sailing...


I hated those ten weeks more than fall quarter; it just seemed to go so fast that I couldn't keep up with my life! My classes were ok, the problem was the time pressure that I was under. And yes, grades have been posted. I got an A- in Greek...which gives me a dilema. I promised my friends that I would take Greek 3 if I got a ballpark A in Greek 2. (That should show you how badly I thought I was doing in the class. haha) My problem is that I really don't want to take Greek 3! Ugh I don't know what to do. Post your suggestions, please! I really don't think I am going to take it. My schedule would have to be moved around and I would have to drop a class from the following list:

Here is a list of my classes for Spring quarter:
1. Classics 40: Classical Mythology (This class will be fun and easy.)
2. Classics 40H: Honors Section for Classics 40
3. Classics 50: Introduction to Classical Archeaology (It's Erickson, so there will be a lot of reading. This is a required course and it is not being taken for fun.)
4. Classics 150: The Fall of the Ancient Roman Republic (Required)
5. Classics 170: Pompeii (Required, but I am very interested in Pompeii)
6. Classics 185AA: Undergraduate Seminar (Required, of course. I am not looking forward to this one.)

On a more cyber-social note, I deleted like 50 people from my myspace profile. I just don't see the need to have people on there that I don't know personally. So, if you were one of them...I'm sorry. You can't take it personal because it's the internet and not real life. ::hugs::

Current mood: excited

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Friday, March 18, 2005

10:58AM - I'm dancing, and singin' in the rain!

Well kiddies, I'm off! (To Morro Bay, that is!) Have a great rainy weekend, and I promise to do the same. Talk to you all when I am home. :o)

Current mood: ecstatic

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

9:07AM - Catullus' Poem 76: A Prayer for Health

If there is any pleasure to men having remembered their former good deeds
nor to have violated a sacred trust, nor no pact
to deceive people divine power having been abused (?),
much joy remains for you, Catullus, in this long life
out of this thankless love.
For whatever men can either say or do well for anyone
or made, these are both said and done by you:
all these were entrusted to an ungrateful heart and are lost.
Wherefore, why do you now torment yourself largely?
Why do you not settle your mind firmly and draw back,
and cease to be miserable, in despite of the gods?
It is difficult to lay aside suddenly a long love;
it is difficult, but you should accomplish it, one way or another.
This is the only safety, this you must carry through;
this you are to do, whether it is possible or impossible.
O gods, if it is your will to have pity
aid to any at the very moment of death,
look upon me in my trouble , and if I have led a pure life
take away this plague and ruin from me
which stealing upon me inmost as a lethargy in my limbs
expelled the happiness from all my heart.
I no longer as for that, that she chooses me in return,
or because it is not possible, she chooses to be chaste;
I wish that I myself be healthy and put aside this horrible disease
O gods, give this back to me for my pity.

Current mood: energetic

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

8:01PM - It's a beautiful day, not a cloud in sight...so I guess I'm doing alright!

I came to a decision today...and I feel GREAT about it. I feel like this huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I have spent too much of my life being needy and wanting other people to meet my needs for me. Well, things are changing. I am a totally new person! I feel free to do what I want to do! I feel able to accomplish anything that I set my mind to. More than anything, I feel like I want to take a nap. hahaha

I got an A- on my South Park paper. THANK GOD! I was hoping for at least an A- so it's all good. YAY! I so need to call Jenn B. back, and Sara T. I'm sorry, girls! I promise that from now on I am going to be there for my girls a lot more. And, I am going to make a point to do my hair everyday. That is one thing that I need to do...my hair has been neglected for far too long. I mean, I have washed it and all...hahaha but I haven't really styled it. FROM NOW ON, I WILL HAVE CUTE HAIR.

Lauren called me today. It was good to talk to her. I am seriously considering doing my grad work in San Diego so that I can hang out with her more. She's such a cool friend; we've had some good times, Boo and I.

Well, that's it for now. I'm off to study for my Latin final tomorrow morning. EEK! :o)

Current mood: cheerful

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1:49PM - Catullus' Poem 78: Risky Pandering

Gaullus has two brothers, of whom one has the lovliest wife,
the other, a lovely son.
Gallus is a pretty man: for he joins sweet loves,
when a boy so beautful beds a beautiful girl.
Gallus is a stupid man, not seeing himself to be a husband,
an uncle who shows the adultery of an uncle.

Current mood: gloomy

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

9:15PM - Catullus' Poem 39: The Smiling Spaniard

Egnatius, because he has white teeth,
smiles in every situation. If there is a coming
to the courtroom bench, when the speaker arouses weeping,
he smiles; if there is mourning at the funeral pyre of a pius son,
when a destitute mother weeps her one and only,
he smiles. Whatever it is, wherever he is,
whatever he is doing, he smiles. He has this disease,
neither elegant, as I think, nor refined.
Wherefore, you ought to be warned, good Egnatius, by me.
If you would be of the city or from the Sabine country or belonging to Tibur
or a thrifty Umbrian or a fat one from Etruria
or from Lanuvium and black toothed
or from Transpadanus in order to also touch my people,
or whatever you please, he who washes his teeth in a pure manner,
nevertheless, I would discourage you from smiling everyplace:
for nothing is more silly than the foolish laughing matter.
As it is you are from Celtiberia: land in Celtiberia,
which each one is accustomed in the morning to rub their red gums and teeth thoroughly,
pissed for themselves,
that, your teeth are by how much more polished than this,
the more this (urine) he proclaims that you drink.

Current mood: amused

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8:39PM - Catullus' Poem 63 (lines 1-67): The Story of Attis

Attis, having been conveyed over the high sea by means of a swift boat,
as he eagerly touched the Phygian wood by means of his rapid foot
and visited the dark places having been encircled by the forests of the goddess,
having been goaded on there by a raging savageness, restless in mind,
he plucked out the weights of his loins by means of a sharp flint,
In consequence, when he felt his limbs having been relinquished without manhood,
still staining the soil of the earth with fresh blood,
having been roused he took with is hands a light tom-tom,
your tom-tom, Mother Cybele, your rights,
and shaking the hides of a bull with his delicate fingers
trembling he began to sing these things to his comrades.
"Come! Go! Priests, together to the high forests of Cybele,
go as well, roaming cattle of Mistress Cybele,
who seeking foreign places just as exiles
my comrades, having followed my sect me as your leader
you have bore the strongly flowing sea and it's ferocity
and you have emasculated your bodies with excessive hatred of Venus;
gladden the spirit of the Goddess with swift wanderings.
May slow delay depart from your mind, meanwhile go, follow to
the home of the Phygian Cybebe, to the Phygian woods of the goddess,
where the voice of cymbals sound, where the tom-toms resound
where the Phyrgian piper sings on a curved low-pitched reed pipe
where the ivy-crowned Maenades throw their hands with force,
where they shake sacred rites with sharp wails,
where that wandering cohort of the Goddess is accustomed to fly,
whither it is fitting for us to hurry with rapid ritual three-steps."
As soon as Attis, an illegitimite woman, sang these things to his comrades,
suddenly a thiasus moans with shaking tongues,
the smooth tom-tom booms, the deep cymbals ring,
on a rapid foot the chorus swiftly visits green Mt. Ida
As soon as frantic Attis, accompanied as the leader by the tom-tom,
advances driving breath through the dark woods as he gasps and pants,
just as an untamed heifer avoiding the burden of the yoke,
the priests, strongly flowing, follow their swift-footed leader.
Accordingly, as the little tired priests touched the house of Cybebe,
without breaking bread they snatched sleep out of excessive labor.
A sluggish sleep has shut their eyes with these tottering faintness;
in soft sleep their rapid passion of the mind goes away.
But where the golden faced sun purified the upper white air,
the hard ground and the fierce sea with its radiating eyes
and pushed away the shade of the night with vigorous horses,
There sleep, fleeing roused Attis, quickly goes away;
the goddess Pasithea received him in her breast, trembling with excitement.
So strongly flowing away from frenzy with soft sleep
as soon as Attis went over his own deeds in his breast,
and where he saw with an unclouded mind the things he might be without,
having returned he carried himself back again to the waters of the sea, mind blazing.
There gazing at the desolate sea with weeping eyes,
so having spoken wretchedly to the fatherland with a sad voice.
"O fatherland, my creator, o fatherland, my ancestor,
I am leaving you unhappy as runaway servants are accustomed to feel (for) their master's homes
Unhappy, I carried my foot to the woods of Mt. Ida,
that I would be near the snow and the frozen stables of the fierce ones,
and frantically approach their dark dens,
where in the world, fatherland, in what places, having placed you did I believe?
The very apple of my eye desires to align his eye's gaze to you for itself,
while the mind exists lacking frenzied zeal for a short time
am I to endure removed from my home in these woods?
Shall I be absent from the fatherland, good friends, parents?
Shall I be absent from the forum, the palaestra, the stadium and the gymnasium?
Unhappy, ah unhappy is the mind, complaining even still and even still.
For because stock is form might not meet because (?)
I was a woman, I was an adolescent, I was an ephebe, I was a boy,
I was the flower of the gym, I was the glory of the wrestling team:
my double doors to my threshold,
my house was encircled with flowering garlands,
the bedroom must be left by me with the rising of the sun.

Current mood: sad

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6:11PM - My Translations

Here are the books I used to aid in my translations of Catullus's greatest hits.

"The New College Latin and English Dictionary" by John C. Traupman, Ph.D. Bantam Books, Paperback Ed. 1995.

"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Paperback Ed. 2004.

"501 Latin Verbs " by Richard E. Prior, Ph.D. and Joseph Wohlberg, Ph.D. Barron's Educational Series, INC. 1995.

"The Student's Catullus" by Daniel H. Garrison. University of Oklahoma Press. 1995.

Current mood: quixotic

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3:53PM - Hymen o Hymenaee, Hymen ades o Hymenaee!

More than ever before, now is the time to study for my Latin final. I have the exam on Thursday and I plan to be fully prepared for it. ::crosses fingers:: I have one problem. I CAN'T FIND MY SYLLABUS ANYWHERE. I have looked all over my dorm and my parent's house and it's no where to be seen. I swear, it must have sprouted legs and fled. Usually I am a fairly organized individual...note that I write "fairly"...not supremely. hehe Anyhow, my first focus will be on the Lesbia poems and from there I am going to move to memorizing 63 and 39 completely. Also, I believe that 62 will be on the exam. 10 and 62 were on the midterm, but I doubt that 10 will be chosen again. Well, I will be posting my translations of the poems for all the world to read and enjoy. Vale!

Current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

11:31PM - When I was sure you'd follow through, my world was turned to blue.

Today I didn't get as much done as I had hoped but I happened to do some very weird things. For example, I handed out a slew of free blue books and scantrons to students. They seemed to be pretty blessed by it, which was the point.

I just had a conversation on the phone with someone that really hurt my feelings. I feel like they were totally trying to tell me that they don't care for me at all, and that I am just a waste of their time. BAHH

I am going to go study.

Current mood: crushed

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3:27PM - I don't want to start any blaphemous rumors...

I started to study for my Greek final, finally. I got a lot more done then I thought I would, but not as much as I wanted to. It was nearly impossible to find a place to sit in the library and it was so noisy. GARR!

Current mood: cold

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Current mood: creative

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1:13AM - Come on and sing it out...to me...to me....come back and sing

Sometimes I feel/ Like I am drunk behind the wheel/ The wheel of possibility/ Wherever it may roam/ Give it a spin/ See if you can somehow factor in/ You know there’s always more than one way/ To say exactly what you mean to say/ Was I out of my head/ Was I out of my mind/ How could I have ever been so blind/ I was waiting for an indication/ It was hard to find/ Don’t matter what I say/ Only what I do/ I never mean to do/ Bad things to you/ So quiet but I finally woke up/If you’re sad then it’s time you spoke up too. (Fastball...I think)

Today this is how I feel and I blame it on the quarter system! I just don't feel like I have enough time to get everything done that I need to get done! Maybe it's because I am coming from the semester system and I am still experiencing "culture shock"...maybe. Bottom line: I have finals in 1 1/2 days and I am stressed.

Here is my beautiful list of everything that I need to know for my Greek final: Vocab from three chapters; the verb forms in the indicative, infinitive, imperative, participle, and optative moods, both active and middle voices, in the present, imperfect, aorist, and future tenses, the principal parts of 15 irregular verbs; the 3 noun and adjective declensions; 3 passages for sight translation; the relative pronoun.


Well, as Livy wrote in his Annales 25:38- "In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest." My bold counsel is to STUDY STUDY STUDY until it hurts EVEN though I don't have the energy and I feel like it's all hopeless to try because I will probably get a B in the class anyway. "BUT WHAT'S SO WRONG WITH A B", everyone tells me. I don't know. I just know that I don't want one...at least not another one. haha

Current mood: contemplative

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