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Well More than Enough

So, the first thing on my mind right now is obviously St. Clair tonight. Overall, another decent class, but some of the details are different than the past couple weeks. For one, we got our first test / quiz. Not terribly hard, but I'm pretty sure I gave an incorrect example of classical conditioning, and was more or less guessing when I answered the question about research methods, not to mention we were supposed to give both disadvantages and advantages to our two chosen methods, but I couldn't think of any advantages. I honestly don't think I did bad, but it's too early to say I did good. Secondly, there was apparently only one person in the class who got all the answers to last week's in-class assignment right, and it wasn't me, so we went over the differences between classical and operant conditioning again, and I think I understand a bit better now. Third and final, our first assignment. We've been tasked with researching a culture other than our own, and told to contrast and compare facial expressions and gestures between the two. I didn't necessarily pick Sweden, but that's what I've fallen into, and my night's work can be seen here. The problem is that even though I have a fair amount of information there, the entirety of it comes from only two sites, neither of which are scholarly, and we were told to use at least two scholarly resources. The problem with that is that I am unable to access said resources. Maybe it's because they aren't available off-campus, but the link I'm trying to access clearly appears to be, so for now, I just sent an email off to the new address I found. I tried two others earlier, one of which was listed on the page I couldn't log in from, but both times my message immediately bounced back. If that's still the same tomorrow night, I'll just try using this, and tell the teacher that hey, I couldn't access the site we were recommended to use.

In equally frustrating news, there's also something concerning George to write about. I woke up this afternoon to find an email from him saying that he had the day off, so I immediately wrote him a reply, telling him that I was awake, so if he could respond to me so I would know he was there was well, we could make plans for later at night, but in the end, I just went downstairs for the phone, and called him. That was all of a minute at most, but we still agreed that I would give him a call from work, after I'd finished writing my notes following coming back from St. Clair, so he could drive down, pick me up, and we could come back here to take care of things. I was genuinely excited about that, and as such jumped up and went out into the TV room to ask Mom if we could go out to Food Basics, because I wanted to get the stuff needed to make a cheesecake pie. I did, and it's in the basement fridge right now, just needing to be topped with pie filling, but that would indicate that George doesn't have it, which itself would indicate that there was a problem, which there was. Just before I left for St. Clair, I received another email from him saying that he had to cancel, because his work needed him to start at 7 in the morning. Was I upset? Kind of, in an extremely annoyed sense, and I still am, because I don't like talking to people - even him - online just for the hell of it, which is to say that I've been talking to him for the past couple days more as a means to make arrangements for him to come over here. I can see how that might sound selfish, but just... I did then respond to ask if he might be able to come over on Thursday instead, but as yet, I haven't heard back from him. Or Brandon, which is unsettling, because I'd really like to know that he knows I bought those tickets for him. It would be equally nice to know that they've been shipped out, and I can expect them within the next two days, as I'm pretty sure he leaves on Wednesday, but at this point, I have too much on my mind to really be able to give that proper consideration. I didn't think I'd respond so negatively to a simple assignment to write a report, but there's something about being held to a deadline for something that I don't normally do that I dislike. It could certainly be worse though. I've done some research, and know what I need to do next (look for information given in an academic context), instead of, say, still wondering which culture I'm going to research.

Otherwise though, I am tired, and it is late (or early), and I can't go to bed with books in the way, which is altogether not a good combination. My laptop isn't helping either, however, because it feels like everything is so cluttered. Two instances of Google Chrome open with approximately 25 tabs open between them, Firefox with 27 tabs open, a majority of which are also open in Google Chrome, but I don't want to lose should Windows decide it doesn't like my wireless card again a chat window from when I was talking with Xion open (it worries me that both he and Chris have a status of "Unavailable" right now, because since I've added him, Chris has always always always been online), and KMPlayer from an episode of Fringe I was watching but paused when I decided it was time to work on my research, and... surely other odds and ends as well. Until being told about our assignment, my plan for tonight was to work on cleaning my desktop up when I came home, since George would no longer be over, but instead of doing that, I now have more files than I started with. All around fantastic, but I figure I'll have enough time between now and when I leave for Toronto to clean all of that up, and I've decided that when I go there, I'll bring my notebook with all of my notes, to type up on my laptop on Monday night, during the time I'd normally be at St. Clair, and then I'll just use that from then on. I can still take pictures of the slides, but although I thought it would work better to write stuff out by hand at first, I'm now realizing that there are more detriments than there are benefits. I get distracted too easily by grammatically incorrect bits of text, or things that are worded in such a way that their meaning is ambiguous instead of explicit, and with my laptop, it would be much easier to correct those as I go. Right now though, I'm going to bed, because it's after 7, so hopefully tomorrow brings answers to everything that I'm currently waiting on. Responses from Brandon and George, at least. Those are definitely the most distracting~