December 2009


Colosseum at Sunset

I recently posted this quote on Facebook and got lots of “likes” and positive comments.

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”

–Marcus Aurelius

I think it’s a wonderful message.  I have read Marcus Aurelius’ work, and he’s probably one of my favorite philosophers and Roman emperors.  Instead of focusing on how to be powerful (ahem, Livia and Tiberius or those belonging to “The Year of Four Emperors” in AD 69), he thinks about how to best live life and how to be a good person.  I hope that by reading him and keeping his advice in my mind, I am becoming a better person, as well.

Off to bed.  My parents are here for Christmas!  It’s so good to see them and take some of the cooking/decorating/cleaning burden off of their shoulders.  Goodnight!

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I don’t have much to say at the moment, nor really the time to say it.  I’m in the midst of editing my honors thesis for a grad school writing sample, and I REALLY don’t want to do it.  Soooo boring!  Plus, I’ve pretty much been working nonstop all week on these apps and they’re starting to meld together.

I’m applying for the MA program in English at U of Minnesota and U of Washington and the MA “programme” in Medieval Studies abroad at Durham (UK), York (UK), and St Andrews (Scotland).  If everything were to fall into place, I’d get an MA at Durham in Medieval Studies, then an MA in Ancient Epic from the classics department, and then get a PhD there or in the States.  I feel that after that, I would be really valuable as a professorial candidate in early Western literature.

Things have gotten better with the roomie.  I was venting to my mom over the phone about money and the location of the apartment (close to his work, not at all to the U, my work).  He heard and we hashed things out.  My parents aren’t helping me out financially as much as I’d expected, so it’s really difficult.  I had to choose tonight between an excellent copy of Dante’s Inferno with the best notes I’ve ever seen (http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Comedy-Dante-Alighieri-Inferno/dp/0195087445/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260953079&sr=1-8) and Christmas presents for my parents plus a GRE book.  Ahhh… the real, adult lifestyle.  It sucks, basically.

Anyway, I should get back to it.  I am grateful for my parents’ support and for all my friends.  Even when I’m frustrated, I know they’re the most valuable things I have.

Christmas Pinyon

Until later, happy winter!