Sorry for the radio silence, things have been a bit busy here over the past week.
Last week was my first week back at University. The week before that had been Freshers’ Week and was full of plenty of events to keep me busy.
Since I’m on the committee for the EUMC again this year I helped out at the Fresher’s Sports Fair and then helped out on the Cobbler meet. It’s my third time to the Cobbler, but things were a little bit different this year. I’ve got new knee braces and walking poles. I looked like an absolute Grandmother, but honestly for the first time in about six years my knees didn’t cause me any problems. If you’re new to my life, I’ve got some genetic abnormalities in how my patellas articulate which has caused tendonitis in both knees and has led to a few cases of ‘snap-back’ dislocation. Yay. I’ve been wearing some form of knee brace since I was fourteen and been through therapy for them multiple times, and while it’s always caused problems I’ve really tried to not let it stop me from enjoying sports etc. So, when I only experiencing the type-2 fun of ‘why am I walking long distances for fun’ and not the type-3 fun of ‘I would rather step in a bear trap than have to use my legs’ I was pretty ecstatic.
My classes started up on Tuesday with a 9 AM lecture for History in Theory. It’s one of my required classes and while it’s probably going to be a bit dry, I think I’m going to enjoy it. Our lectures are over a variety of topics from Marxist History to Gender Theory. I also had a seminar for my Conflict Archaeology class. I am really excited for this course and I was really glad that I got a space in it as it is normally way over subscripted. Especially exciting is that during the semester Douglas D. Scott is coming to give a guest lecture! Scott was one of the leading Conflict Archaeologists who basically 1) invented the discipline as we know it today and 2) lead major works on the Battle of Little Bighorn which basically reinvented our understanding of the battle!
Wednesday I had the day off and while I didn’t do much this week, I know in the coming weeks I’ll be glad to have a reading day!
Thursday I had another 9 AM lecture for History in Theory. Thursday night was the first EUMC social of the year. Gregor and I were marshals at one of the pubs on the crawl list and had invented a fantastic challenge of having participants eat cream crackers whilst downing a pint. Since I had to get up early the next day for a 9-11 Archaeology seminar I planned on not staying out too terribly late. ‘Planned’ is the key word in that sentence. And additionally, with Tuva home sick Gregor, Erling, and I had no adult supervision which learning from past experiences is never a good thing…
Friday morning I had a my Archaeology seminar about Community Archaeology at 9 AM. I made it. I participated in the discussion. I went home.
Saturday we celebrated Caitlin’s birthday (the fool’s real birthday was over the summer, but apparently our Facebook posts weren’t enough smh). Saturday night I thrilled to find ‘Dirty Dancing’ had been added to Amazon Prime.
And today, I’ve spent the afternoon reading for my History in Theory lecture and then tomorrow I’ll read for my Conflict Archaeology course. I’ll be starting in on my assignments soon as they are all due in a massive group at the end of November and I’m gonna die if I procrastinate.