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Colds, Comfort Foods, and Course Work

19 Nov

The last few days have been largely nonproductive in nearly every sense of the term.  Friday I did a fair amount of reading for my thesis- hooray!- and some reading of my first Charles Dickens novel ever, Great Expectations.  Now, for those of you who know that I have a literature degree, this may be surprising, but I’d like to note that my degree is in American literature.  As  a very British writer, unfortunately for me, Dickens didn’t come up that often (right, not ever).  We also watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a very nice film that, very arguably, features a lead that has Asperger’s Syndrome.  Last night we also went to a birthday ceilidh (a Scottish dance)  in Edinburgh, where I danced my little feet off.

Other than that, the weekend was spent sleeping off an impending cold.  I’ve not really felt sick, just sleepy and a bit congested.  Fun times.  To compensate, I’m eating and cooking comfort foods.  A box of Lindt chocolates has been in my possession, but between Matthew and I it’s almost gone after 3.5 days.  Whoops. (I confess to having a complete chocolate addiction.)  I made chicken chili Saturday, although it was not anything to write home about.  Tonight, continuing the theme of seafood on the first night of the week, I’ve made garlic shrimp with broccoli.  I’m trying to go easy on myself as Thanksgiving is impending and I’m catering nearly the entire meal (sans mac n cheese) for eight people.  Daunting, but very exciting.


Missing the Sun

15 Nov

My Specific Hill

Sitting here in the semidarkness of 4:20 p.m., consuming three of my four weaknesses (peanut butter, chocolate, coffee-missing cheese), I am missing the sun terribly.  Today was a dreich day  (Scots meaning overcast, drizzly, damp and generally unpleasant) if I’ve ever seen one.  On my way to the supermarket this morning, I got wet enough to use my umbrella in this odd rain-like mist and the rest of the day didn’t yield much else.  If I remember correctly, the last time I saw the sun was a short period Monday afternoon.  I won’t see it again, if I’m lucky, until Saturday.  Rude. On a day like today, I could use a heavy dose of LA sunshine, an iced coffee, and a nice grassy hill to spend the afternoon on.  Soon enough I suppose…  Back to the Golden State in just under a month to visit the family for Christmas!

In the mean time, I’m doing research currently on educational inclusion for my MPhil thesis/dissertation (I’m never really sure which is more appropriate since they basically mean the same thing).  It’s a topic that I’m hoping to be able to apply to my research on representation on autism in the media.  Here’s to hoping I find something helpful!  (Suggestions on where to look would be great!)