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I am really happy lately.

This house is lovely to live in, for many reasons, although the one that looms and is most novel is its location. I can run home in between back-to-back classes to get items or drop them off. I can almost leave muffins in the oven and go to class, because going to class takes me fewer than one hundred and eighty seconds. This is munificent. And I didn't think we were going to still be flatting with Alex, and we are (for now), and he is a good friend and flatmate.

Our flatwarming party was really really good. People kept turning up in deluges, and we watched Manos: The Hands of Fate (MST 3000 style) then, later, Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog. I did display my usual party behaviour: I hide in the kitchen, talk animatedly to anyone who's in there with me, produce large amounts of food, and don't leave. (On which subject, I think I need more muffin trays). I rely on Alex and Joel to keep people entertained and interacting. But for one thing, our kitchen is much, much larger in this flat, meaning it was always full of chatting people, and for another, I restrained myself to really easy food, and had the chance to wander out and talk to people. It was pleasantly stressless. Alcohol was abundant, but only two people got drunk. At 2am I was still wide awake, and it had distilled down to Sam and Fezz and I recounting our shared flatting history to Meredith and Michael. Then Michael left, and people from Eastbourne and Whitby and Strathmore crashed in the many places there were for them to crash, and I was left feeling pleased. "You have a lot of friends," commented Meredith. I do. It's neat.

As far as my offline social life goes (and I don't really have an online one, do I?) I may disappear a little under the radar as the demands of university mount up. Classes so far are interesting and appealing. I knew Norse was going to be fun, but it's also not as scary as I thought it would be. The Chaucer paper will be much harder work. (I joined the Chaucer paper last week. It was very self-indulgent. It's basically a $1300.50 present to myself, also requiring effort and concentration. Hm.)

I'm really looking forward to Linguistics this year. There's about ten Ling Honours students, and they seem like an awesome bunch (Miriam, you get more of an 'is' and less of a 'seem'), and at our first mandatory-serious-minimum-percentage-attendance weekly seminar, the lecturers laid out wine and corn chips and joked around at the front of the room. Maybe it won't be as bacchanalian as the Classics department, but it should be... warm and cheerful. English, on the other hand, has a departmental funk due to budget cuts, some of which impact on the students pretty bloody directly.

I say that my social life is about to decrease, but I'm not doing too badly at present. I seem to have made a particular friend, which relationship is going like rainbows and roses right now. Also squee. (Which is also doing a lot for self-image and general ego lifting.) I'm still playing a character in Layne's World of Darkness game, and I've really come to enjoy it, which is saying something, because when I started playing I was so stressed about "this role-playing thing I don't know how to do" that I got very antsy and nearly cried a couple of times. Now I'm letting my character do lots of silly things, like spend weeks procrastinating on facing a bad guy, and go fishing from the tops of buildings. I'm really looking forward to game sessions, and not just because I get to meet up with friends.

I am also determined to make it to knitting next Monday. I really hope someone can remind me how to cast on by then. o_O

My job is letting me be very flexible with hours. When I say very flexible, I mean that on Tuesday I worked 7:15am to 8:45am then went to class and didn't go back to work for the rest of the day. Yesterday I worked 11am to 3:30pm. Today I worked 8am to 11:30am then 1:30pm to 6:15pm. The only time I was required to be there by any sort of schedule was today between 4pm and 5pm. La-la-la-la. Of course, there is suddenly a lot more to do since I have cut down the hours in which I could do it, but putting in the full 8 hours today means I got on top of my database for the first time since university started. I even turned down Saturday work (time and a half pay, regardless of how much I've worked during the week) so that I could make myself study all day.

Sci Fi club started yesterday and went pretty smoothly. I am enjoying the actor who plays George in Being Human. There's something about his ears. I mucked up two items on the pizza orders, but people forgave me since it was the first week back. Next time I will have an assistant and an accounting sheet.

Life is good, really. I hope it is so with you.

This evening I made hamburgers for dinner, incidentally feeding Alex and also Daniel C who was over to play Magic. Now I'm going to face off against my superior monkey Joel in two-player Risk and maybe drink a cocktail.

I use the word 'really' a lot. Huh. ^!^