Jennifer A. Chin (cswallow) wrote,
Jennifer A. Chin


Recent lunchtimes have found me relaxing with my laptop (to keep me warm) in the spacious atrium of the French Family Science center, where the floor-to-ceiling windows filter in a luxurious amount of light to the spaces below. But even better, I found that at noon, a group of professors (? staffers?) bring their dogs out to the grassy lawn in front and let them romp. It makes me feel like I'm in a somewhat normal place, maybe even a little slice of Google creeping in.

The next week is about to be another crazy scramble, and I'm hoping I'll be able to complete all my assignments and still get a decent amount of sleep in. Unlikely, sigh.

Last night I went to my first trivia night.. or rather, tried to. In fact it was a total fail because I got the time wrong originally, and then I got lost. Ever since I've had a data plan on my phone, I've decided I don't really need to look at directions very carefully before leaving. As a result, I get lost here, ALL THE TIME. Or maybe this place is just conducive to getting lost because streets change names at random, and I have no geographical features with which I can orient myself.. just a big mess of trees everywhere. Anyway, I decided that I probably wouldn't be very useful at trivia, on account of my wickedly bad long-term memory. Nonetheless, Charles has decided that I should join him for trivia regularly, and so I shall attempt this in the coming weeks.

This weekend I got somehow looped in to being a driver for our ecology class' field trip. We'll be making our way down to Southport, testing different vegetation types and ecosystems on our way. Should be fun - always nice to get off of campus on an expenses-paid journey through nature :)

Next week I'll have the privilege of seeing the legendary Murray Perahia in concert - one of only 6 US concerts he is playing this season. AND I've got left-side tickets! I am totally, totally psyched for this. It will be a solo recital of the following:

Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
Beethoven: Piano Soata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
R. Schumann: Kinderszenen
Chopin: Étude No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 25 "Aeolian Harp"; Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op. 59, No. 2; Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3; Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3; Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54, Ct. 200

I guess Durham is not so bad after all ;)
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