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It looks like I owe nearly 14K on my totalled car. Help.
Scene: the gas station, yesterday afternoon.
Me: I've never said this to a man before, but could you please give me $20 worth of regular?
Too expensive. Ugh.
Work has been - well, grueling. I lucked out and worked with Joan on the B side yesterday, so I only had 10 yelling and screaming patients instead of 18. It was a nice break, even with the woman who keeps yelling "NURSE! CHANGE MY DIAPER!" at the top of her lungs every five minutes. Today, alas, I was back on my regular side, where we were entertained with poop everywhere. Literally.
I can't believe tomorrow is June. Ten more days of class this year, and then it's summer vacation. Our schedule is so fragmented, too - tomorrow is clinical (I'm at KinderCare daycare center), Wed is our last test, Thurs there's a convention in AC that we're all going to (so Heather, Karen, Debbie, Michele and I are driving down Wed night and have a room at Caesar's), Fri is class, and then next week I think it's just class and clinical evaluations. I have to look at my calendar to see if we have any clinical days in the last week. And graduation for this year's seniors is on Thurs the 9th. I can't believe I only have a year to go - time has really flown.
Now, going back to something I asked last week: "Is English the only language that doesn't differentiate between male and female genders (in terms of grammar and words)?" - my friend Mons, in Norway, sent me this incredibly detailed answer, which does indeed answer the question!
- the answer is no. A brief search turned up Bengali and Assamese as two relatively distant examples that are still within the Indo-European category (into which most European languages fall, as do many languages of the near Orient and India). These apparently do not have gender as a grammatical category at all, and are thus like English in this respect. I'm sure there are more examples.
More within my own experience are the Scandinavian languages, where another variation is found: While most Norwegian dialects have three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter, as is the case with German), some other Norwegian dialects, as well as Danish, have two, but don't distinguish between masculine and feminine. Instead, these have been merged into a common gender, which is found alongside neuter, producing in practice a two-gender system but without a masculine/feminine distinction.
Some articles I've found on the subject make the point that the designation "gender" in a grammatical context is somewhat misleading, as there is a direct correspondence between grammatical and biological gender only when it comes to living beings, and then only to a certain degree. To give an example, in some Norwegian dialects, the word for "lion" is always feminine, whether you are referring to a male or a female lion. In German and the Scandinavian languages, compound nouns are very common (nouns that are made up of two or more other nouns). In these cases, the gender comes from the last component. This gives rise to some seemingly illogical gender constructions. In the Norwegian compound "jentunge", from "jente" (girl) + "unge" (child), the gender comes from "unge", which is masculine. Theoretically, then, you could make the following construction in Norwegian, "When the male lion saw the girl ("girl-child"), she ate him" - and it's not the girl eating the lion! However, in practice, the reality of the situation described will take over sufficiently to produce "When the male lion saw the girl, she ate her" - perhaps as strange, in some ways!
There, I have learned something today.
The Senior Banquet was last night, it was a lot of fun. It was at the Pines Manor in Edison, and even tho I've been there twice before, I managed to get really, really lost and wound up in Rahway (I turned the wrong way on rt 27). Well, I finally made it there, just in time for appetizers. At least it was a lovely night to drive around with the top down.
After the banquet, I went to Marie's, thinking that Dexter was back from his vacation. Alas, I was wrong - he's back next week. But Darren, who was playing piano, was super, and a bunch of friends ended up coming anyway, so I'm glad I stuck around. It started raining on and off, and I slipped on the sidewalk when I got home and have a lovely scrape on my ankle. Hurts to walk. So, using that as my excuse, I called out from work today, which means I can go back to bed for a few more hours, get some reading done, and go to temple tonight.
Why yes, I AM a loser. Return of the King came yesterday, so we watched all of the extra goodies, and then put on the movie. And I promptly fell asleep on the couch somewhere in the first twenty minutes. I'm such a loser. I woke up for the end credits.
Procrastination works for me - I did my poster projects for school last night, too.
a bit later on 5/25/04
You know what, virus people? Bite me.
Some other virus attacked my computer and infected all of my system files. So I just spent the evening reinstalling Windows XP and all of my software and preferences. I had better not see another virus pop up here. Tomorrow I'm going to buy better virus scanning software.
What was cool tho - I transferred all of my personal files to a backup CD so I could copy them back to the new install, but Windows already kept my files during the reinstall - how cool. But still, nice to have a backup.
SeuratTodd: What's new?
Catherine62874: i had to reinstall windows tonight, it sucks
SeuratTodd: In your apartment?
Catherine62874: on my computer
Again, with the cute babies! Prisco and I cared for a newborn girl today, after her delivery into this world by C-section. What a cutie. Absolutely adorable.
And yay - my collection of JPS Torah Commentary books came today, along with Hebrew for Dummies (no kidding). Mom brought up a good question today, and I don't know the answer. Is English the only language that doesn't differentiate between male and female genders (in terms of grammar and words)?
Oh, and this site as recommended in my new book, kicks ass for teaching Hebrew pronunciations. It's a workout for the brain and the tongue.
I will sleep secure tonight, knowing that somewhere in this country, in some factory, a courteous worker is lovingly putting a copy of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King into an amazon.com box and writing my name on it.
I still can't tell if this virus patch is working or not. I ran it again, and my computer seems to be OK now, but with my luck, it'll crash as soon as I finish uploading this file.
Clinical today was great - I always get the cute babies. Yes, there are ugly babies, but a) you never say that aloud and b) mine have all been adorable.
Ooh. Thanks to Tesse for the lovely picture of the talented and attractive Raul Esparza. And of course, the talented and attractive Joanna Gleason.
And I know, I am so overly interested in this stuff, but check this out - you can sign up for a Ten Minutes of Torah daily email newsletter. Gives you something to think about.
I was wrong, my computer is still crashing.
So, while I'm offline, a quick update on life in general:
I think I'm back! Whew. I can't believe it's the end of May already. It's about 90 degrees out and humid and sticky. Almost air conditioner time - almost - but it's still getting cool at night, which is super.
Erin and I are planning our roadtrip. I put in for my vacation days at work so I can take off three weeks and we can drive around the country.
Fingers crossed - Steve sent the patch for this computer virus, and I'm going to try and get the computer fixed.
Since the luck of the clinical schedule gave me today and Thursday off, I worked a double shift last night. And what a pleasure it was - in a schadenfreude kind of way - to have the ladies in room 22 scream and rant all night. They usually keep us in a state of anger/frustration/"now what?" on the 3-11 shift, but Mom claimed they were "just fine" at night. Heh. I think they kept the entire floor awake last night.
So today is sleep, reading (I have so many unread books it isn't funny), waiting for the new dishwasher to be delivered, and going to buy a new VCR (mine is eating tapes left and right).
I had the weirdest dream last night about being in Las Vegas, only it wasn't really Vegas. It was some city that I approached by driving over a long bridge, over sparkling blue water, and all of the buildings sort of rose from the sea and they were golden and shiny. And it was an incredibly happy place, with fountains everywhere.
It wasn't as good as the dream I had last week with Viggo Mortensen in it, but that's OK.
I love going to temple - I absolutely look forward to it all week, and I never thought I'd say that about anything religious. Tonight, Rabbi Stanway spoke about the Torah portion relating to ownership of property, and how we don't own anything, but it's lent to us. And one 12-year old girl in the front raised her hand to ask, "What about food? How is food lent to us? We can't give it back." The entire congregation started to laugh, and I thought for a minute that we were going to have a bodily functions discussion. After a minute to compose himself, Rabbi Stanway said that he was warned by his teacher that he'd have to be prepared to answer any question set before him, and launched into a quick answer about ATP, metabolism and energy, asking the girl what she was going to do with her converted food/energy. Too funny.
Coworker Georgia had her baby at Perth Amboy today - right on schedule. She actually had it late last night, so I stopped by this morning on my way to clinical to say hi and see how she was doing. Today's clinical was in the ER Fast Track - loved it.
So after getting through the entire Ring cycle, Mom and I decided we needed more torture and went to IHOP for brunch on Mother's Day. We waited longer than I have ever waited for eggs there. But it was so good.
And Sunday evening, I had an actual date - with someone I didn't meet online or at Marie's. Shocking. When we'd gone out to dinner the previous Monday, I left my card for the waiter, John, who's incredibly smart and attractive (and Jen - a redhead!), and he emailed me that night. So we talked on the phone and met up on Sunday. Walked around Fort Tryon park (gorgeous weather), had dinner at a restaurant in the park and then went for drinks in Inwood. Such a nice time, and we're going to try and get together next week again.
The weather has continued to be gorgeous - today is 80 and warm, and just slightly humid. Feels like summer has arrived.
Happy birthday Jen!
We had our first "congential anomaly" baby at clinical today. Mom had no pre-natal care, and baby was born with a form of achondro dysplasia (I think that's the term) - no bones in the hands or feet, webbed toes, tib-fib nearly poking through the skin. We're going to talk more about it tomorrow in class, once our instructor has had time to do some research on it. Poor baby. Poor mother.
My patient today spoke only Spanish, so I got to practice my skills some more. I had to ask our Spanish-speaking instructor to come over to interpret about the newborn hearing exam, because I just didn't have the words, but I made out OK with everything else.
Tonight is Siegfried, but I took a nap after clinical and was still too tired to go, so Mom was going to sell my ticket at the Met. It's the least exciting of the Ring operas, so I'm not too broken up - Gotterdammerung on Saturday should be fantastic.
My computer has a virus, hence the lack of emails and updates. Steve has the patch, and he's mailing me a CD with it, so I can get this thing fixed. Erg.
Mom and I are seeing the Ring Cycle at the Met all this week. We are two operas down, two to go. I've renamed it "The Lord of the Ring of the Neibelungen," which has a nice ring (no pun intended) to it. The first two were fabulous, and the next two are - well, long, but equally fabulous.
I met with Jeff, my lawyer, today about the car insurance thing. We have two options:
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