I feel like there was something that happened earlier this week that I was going to mention, but I've forgotten what it was. Oh well.

Anyway! The Fourth of July happened—all of the House that's here for the summer (and some former members who live nearby) went to India Point Park to watch fireworks. I got hit on the head with a lightsaber by a tiny little kid—I think there must have been a Star Wars theme (or maybe there is every year?) because the band played a Star Wars medley, and there were a lot of people running around with Star Wars shirts. It was awesome!

Today I did nothing! Well, that's not entirely true—I went to check out where I'm taking the GREs on Saturday, which I found (yay!). Then I tried to take a practice test for the computer-based version, but failed, because I don't have a PC. Hopefully one of my housemates will lend me his, and then I can at least do one practice test for real.

And ... now I am baking rolls and making split pea soup with our leftover carrots and onions from marketshare.
My brother and I got back to North Carolina on Friday night; the flight was actually pretty bumpy, but I don't mind. It was good our mother wasn't there, though, because she would have been panicking. We nearly missed our train from Providence to Boston, though, because I went to the lab right before leaving to put away my centrifuge tubes, but the person who was supposed to be working in the lab all fall was there, and I hadn't talked to him, and he started to give me a lecture on laboratory safety. But we made the train with about 2 seconds to spare, and got to Boston fine.

Otherwise, I have mostly been trying to work on my Bulgarian project, but playing Dominion instead. It should be okay, though; I'm mostly just worried about not having enough time to do a good job on my thesis introduction, which I told my professor I would turn in by Tuesday. Yeah ... the next couple of days are going to be fun.

We cooked carrot soufflé last night, which was great; the brown sugar definitely made it a lot better. We also made macaroni and cheese, and I went on a walk where I got really lost. It was exciting.

Now, I need to work on my Bulgarian project.
So far, Thanksgiving has been a lot more fun than I thought it would be — my parents haven't been as annoying as I expected, especially my dad; not too many questions, and even better, fewer references to my brother's girlfriend than expected. We've played a lot of racing demons, and also cooked a fair amount. We made ... let's see: carrot soufflé, whipped cream (twice ... not that this is complicated, but), apple crisp, corn chowder, stuffing, cranberry stuff (I'm forgetting the word at the moment), bread. I'm probably forgetting a little, but oh well.

I watched the most recent episode of Merlin, mostly because the Tower sent me a link; my usual website didn't have it. :( But it was okay, though a little weird. The entire episode (Lamia) was pretty much all about crazy random happenstances until finally she attacked Merlin and Gwen. I'm seriously hoping that someone in Camelot aside from Gaius figures out that Merlin has magic before the end of this season, because honestly—he's not that subtle, and it's already been four seasons of "oh wait, what happened while I was knocked out?"

NaNo is going all right. I'm basically at 35,000, now, but that means I've got 15,000 words to write in the next five days; thank God Thanksgiving is early this year, so that I'm not expected to be done tomorrow. I'm hoping to hit 40,000 today, but that means a lot more writing, and I've already written 1,500 this morning. Hopefully I will manage to finish without too much semi-cheating! (By that I mean not actually cheating, per se, but doing stupid little things like not using contractions.)

I've been playing a fair amount of Dominion, and I think I got into the isotropic tournament. Yay!



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