you guys, remember in 2008 when barack obama won and we all sobbed together in vollum and danced our hearts out in the SU on top of the couch see-saw?
and i so hope to feel the same sense of relief tomorrow.
I’m registered for Women’s Self Defense, but that’s usually how to poke someone in the eye to get out of a chokehold and run away, not to get out of a chokehold then slam someone into the ground.
If there is nothing with a lot of punching (regrettably, no Reed College…
Have they gotten rid of FSD and BJJ since I graduated? Those are all kinds of violent in the best way possible.
I would *highly* recommend Functional Self Defense. It’s much more of brazillian jiu-jitsu than a typical self-defense class. It’s awesome, a great workout, and I was ridiculously proud of the bruises I got (which I definitely did get - not every class, but quite a few). It’s much more of a “here’s how to get out of a chokehold BY slamming you to the ground” kind of deal.
There’s both an FSD and a BJJ PE… if you’ve never done any kind of jiu-jitsu or MMA you want to take FSD. The schedule doesn’t say it anywhere, but FSD is the precursor to the BJJ class.
… I keep thinking in tumblr/online posts of some form or other. I construct something in my head, and then it all falls apart as the next topic enters my brain. But it’s almost 4 am and I’m not thinking clearly anymore at all and ALL THE THINGS are in my brain.Read more
Give Up Steam: Reed College Renn Fayre 1990
Usually I watch this film the Thursday before Renn Fayre every year, but this year I was writing my thesis in the ETC, so I’m watching it Saturday night of Renn Fayre instead.
It’s amazing how many more things in this (especially the first few minutes) resonate with me more this year, now that I’ve actually written my thesis. It’s also amazing how much things are the same, despite all the changes.
For any non-Reedies interested in what all this talk about “Renn Fayre” and “thesis parade” and “glitter” is, watch this video.
Laurels! Post thesis parade.
I did it! I turned in a thesis (2:45 woooot)! And then had a fantastic thesis parade, and then slept for 12 hours.
Happy Renn Fayre 2k12!
It’s down to the crunch time, and a good number of us are feeling the panic. I’m right there with you, looking at how much I have to revise/restructure/redo and trying not to panic, and trying not to breakdown and cry at how hard this is. But I want to remind you, as someone incredibly awesome and kind told me last week, your thesis is like the TARDIS.
Just like the TARDIS is bigger on the inside, your heart and your passion for whatever you’re going to do this week, next month, or next year is infinitely greater than what we’re going through right now.
Your thesis might feel like the ninth circle of hell. Your anxieties might be getting the best of you. But keep on going. Remember that perfect doesn’t exist, and we’re never going to get there. The most you should expect from yourself is is to do the best with what you have today. Keep breathing, and take one step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have put one foot in front the other so many times you’ll be at the Registrar’s office before you know it.
Keep trucking, because there is sunshine, champagne, and sparkles all waiting for us, no matter how we get there. It doesn’t matter if you turn your thesis in on Monday, it doesn’t matter if you turn it in Friday at 2 p.m.
It doesn’t matter, because you are so, so much more than your thesis.
You are all going to be great. You’re going to be more than great. You’re going to be amazing.
My roomie is amazing and this is truth. I just need to remember it.
I am drunk and happy and I am going to go watch Buffy and today and yesterday have been fantastic and fuck work and :). Also, this is what happens when I have no inhibitions - I just stop using punctuation and use lots and lots of conjunctions.
Life is good and people are good and Reed maybe sometimes makes me sad but also there are a lot of good, interesting people who go to Reed, and it is good to talk with them especially when they are not stressed (e.g. are either tipsy/drunk or have graduated)… so I do like Reed after all even though it has caused me a lot of sadness over the past two years.
Now I just need to be able to start doing work again…. Because there are 19 days until Renn Fayre, which is both terrifying and exciting and I need to make those days count but also not be terrified out of my mind and so anxious that I can’t do anything.
In short - the past two days have been good, because I have made a consistent effort to make them good. Life is good. Remember this feeling, self, because even when you don’t feel like this you can still get shit done. There isn’t so much left that you will completely lose yourself. Just keep swimming. You will reach the end and there will be glitter and champagne and so much happiness that you can’t even believe.
Thank you Reedies for keeping me going over these past few years, even when you drive me completely crazy with your buying-in to the stress culture (which I do too, don’t get me wrong… the blame is on me as much as anyone else). I love this place, even when I hate it, and … just yeah. Life is good, despite all the crap.
Blargh awkward emails are awkward. Need to email potential fourth reader and be like “dude, are you going to be my fourth reader or not? I need an answer plz cuz if not I need to ask someone else kthnxbai.”
Except I can’t phrase it like that and grr, why didn’t you reply to my previous email I hate pestering people ack.
(I love how tumblr automatically tagged this with “Reed College”)
Anyone know if the night bus is running tonight/this weekend?
Things that are good: silent dance party in the stacks in the 4th floor of the library at 8:30 pm.