February 5th, 2001

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just another not-very-manic monday...

Bleah. I hate having migraines. I've had one for three days running, and while thankfully this one has responded well to reasonable doses of ibuprofen, getting rid of the head-pain doesn't get rid of the side effects or the need for 11+ hours of sleep per night. But at least it gives me the momentum to actually go to MIT medical and find out how to get an appointment (since migraines=PMS, a fact which I'm sure y'all wanted to know).

At least it didn't spoil my weekend, which was a huge amount of fun.

Dominating the World . . . . . Priceless

Friday night Age of Ren went until almost 6am, with Hamburg winning (as usual), and me in *second*, and I learned a lot about how to do well in Age. Which is good, since it's one of the few long strategy games that I really think I'm pretty good at, although I have trouble being ruthless enough. I was also in a really punchy/silly mood, and was cracking jokes for the entire evening, some of which were even funny. ("This is the rock upon which you will build your church... tomorrow".) And I successfully used the Wind/Watermill civ advance, which was just all kinds of cool. And will probably be talked about for a while. Whee!

Wings and Things

Then Dave and I spent Saturday together and went to a chicken food and _Chicken Run_ party at SBJW's. It's a highly cute movie, and it was fun to hang out with cats and small children and people who are in different parts of life than I am. (Not that there's anything wrong with hanging out with young geek professionals and students...) Dave and I also had a chance to work through a few more things, and it was very good. I flipped out a little at a random comment of his, which wasn't so good, but I managed to get my emotions under control and not snap at him. We were both a little too tense, but it turned out all right.

Multi-tasking and a Playstation

On Sunday, I hung out at Wyndam's and played a lot of Final Fantasy VIII, which was, as expected, a great deal of fun. :) And Dave found someone to hang out with in the meantime, so I didn't have to spend the entire time worrying about whether or not he was really okay with me being there, and could just relax and enjoy myself.

*yawn* I should get back to running errands before I have to meet with my advisor to verify my class schedule. Classes start tomorrow -- I hope I like them, since I really have to do better this semester than last, and I really want to enjoy it.
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money=good, chocolate=good, people=good, cancelled classes=bad

I got my stipend check for this semester, so my savings account balance just increased over 1000-fold. And I had a brownie for lunch, which is bad for my health but good for my psyche, and ran into Hags in the computer lab. (Which was a little odd, since I haven't seen her in a while. After I used Dave's name twice in as many sentences, she asked if we were back together, and I had to give her the whole story in 5 minutes or less. She didn't appear to be mad at me, which was good, since she was one of the people to whom I bitched about things going wrong with Dave a little too much and she didn't really think I should still be talking to him. I think I managed to convince her that it's really a good thing, though.)

The only bad thing is that one of the classes I was really looking forward to has been cancelled -- Dynamics of Controlled Structures. It's supposedly going to be offered next spring, so I could take it then, but a) I was really hoping to take it now, and b) I have other things I really ought to take next spring, which aren't offered now, and I won't want to have a heavy load then because I'll be writing my thesis. Oh well. I could talk to the prof about doing it as a directed reading, but I think I'd rather just take a different course.

(My current schedule: Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, Astrodynamics II, and Stochastic Estimation and Control (the new class to replace Dyn.Sys&Cont.) The biggest problem with this schedule is that they're *all* Tues/Thurs, which will be a *brutal* set of lectures to sit through, even if they're all very good. Though it means every weekend will be a long weekend, which might be fun, or it might just be unproductive.)