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2 February 2009

British Word of the Day: surgery - an office containing a waiting room, nurses, receptionists, tinier exam rooms, and doctors. (An American's "doctor's office"). eg: "Did you make my appointment for the surgery yet? My cold keeps getting worse."

If you couldn't tell already, the past...week is it? has been more than time consuming. I've been reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. I'm supposed to have read Wives & Daughters by tomorrow with a full essay in hand complete with critical sources to back it up. And here I am, blogging to you complaining about it. I'm not even going to crack open W & D.

Next week will probably be worse, since I have two essays due instead of just the one.


I must go. A lecture on Victorian fiction today @ 10.


Abbey at BathAll in a Day: Hospitality and Inhospitable Precipitation
9 February 2009

British Word of the Day: fringe - section of shorter hair over the forehead; may be longer or shorter, but is shorter than the rest of the haircut. (An American's "bangs") eg: "I love your new fringe, even though it sometimes covers your eyes."

My experience at the Baptist Church on Sunday was wonderful. I went over to a host & hostess' house for Sunday dinner and two kinds of dessert. They were excellent people. After the meal, my stomach looked rather distended, though it was virtually the opposite. I had free food again last night as well, after I sang at Wadham's Evensong

I've an essay to outline. Greetings from Oxford to you; it rains and snows and sleets. The precipitation has made most things dreadfully icy and it has become difficult to walk on the pavement instead of the road, especially when you're late for a lecture or a tutorial.


Melissa at BathExperiencing History and Nature: Bath
14 February 2009

Day trip to Bath, England with Taylor. Originally the plan was to meet a group at the train station this morning around 8:15, but that was about the time we left because neither of us had paid attention to the time; the group also somehow managed to go to Salisbury today--I hope it worked well for them. Bath was a really excellent day-trip choice, and I can't imagine spending less time there. She's a day tripper, one-way ticket? NO! We bought return tickets, the smart students that we are.

Things I've learned (and on a Saturday, no less!):

The first king of all England was crowned at Bath Abbey in 923 AD.

The Roman baths have not always been there, but the naturally hot water has--Ancient Celts spent quite a bit of time there.

Bath's water tastes like a warm, rusty spoon. (They say you're supposed to know "where you're going" after life is over, when you drink the glass of the King's Spring water in The Pump Room.)

BathHadrian made a law against nude bathing. Nobody listened.

Romans were incredibly advanced: lead pipes lead from "The Sacred Spring" to other baths in the building. They made a heating system to warm up the slabs of rock surrounding the Baths. They had beautiful brick arches covering the entire bath house unsupported in the middle.

Want to know more? Go to Bath yourself!

Reaching the 1/3 Mark: Dickens and Eliot
16 February 2009

British Word of the Day: plasters - small bandages to put over small wounds, sometimes skin-coloured, sometimes printed with children's story characters. (An American's "band-aids") eg: "Do you have any plasters in the house? I've cut my finger."

Not much to write in this post except:

797 pp. - Our Mutual Friend - Dickens
+ Don't even want to know pp. - Felix Holt, The Radical - Eliot
An inestimable amount of time spent in a chair reading, with numerous tea breaks.

I'll be up for awhile. I'd like to get to p. 400-something tonight, so I can finish off Our Mutual Friend and be done with him for a while. (Until Thursday-Friday for the essay.)

This week will be interesting

I'm 1/2 the way through Hilary Term, and 1/3 the way through the entire programme here. I'll miss this place.



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