starlady: roy in the sunset at graveside (no rest for the wicked)
I'm reading for my qualifying exam (April 16 at 9am Pacific time) and I seem to have gotten into a spell in which I only need about six hours of sleep a night. It's lasted for about the past week or so, and yes I still need a lot of coffee, but that's pretty much constant now. The last time this happened was the summer of 2011, when I lived in Japan and went for about three weeks being awake for more than 18 hours a day. I thought then that it was because there was so much ambient light in my apartment, but I also think, now, that going running a lot has something to do with it too. I have been going running a lot, and evidently there's some kind of equilibrium between running and sleep.

That said, it would be better, probably, if I weren't spending at least three of those extra hours reading due South fanfic, but on the other hand, the fact that I am spending so much time reading due South fanfic probably has a lot to do with the fact that I'm still keeping my head above the water. For certain values of that last, of course; I really don't know what day of the week it is most of the time, and my normally excellent organizational and logistical skills are definitely taking a hit. I'll be very glad when this is all over. Also non-coincidentally I have gotten into hockey, because there is a lot of good hockey going on at the Olympics right now and because the fic I read that got me into all of this was Dira's Hawks and Hands.

So, yeah. I'm still alive, and I miss all of you (though I am faithfully reading my DW circle, I assure you). And if you have recs for due South fic, send them my way! (Disclaimer: I am probably not going to read it if it isn't F/K.) I'm already aware of Dira's fic and speranza's and Aria's, but I'm sure there's much more excellent stuff out there.
starlady: (oh noes)
So, I got a $200 ticket for biking in the walk zone on campus in July. I was an avoidant moron and didn't look at the ticket until a week ago, when I realized that I had missed all the opportunities to take the bike class that would reduce the fine to $50. I was able to get the campus police to extend the processing period for the ticket…but only until the last class of the month, when I will be in Minneapolis. I actually considered changing my flight, but there is no way that it would be less than $150. …Actually, I should check that again. I could fly out on Friday and vastly inconvenience myself even further for about $100 more, which would save me about $50 off the cost of the ticket all told. Not worth it.

I would just like to note that $200 for biking in the walk zone is more than the ticket I got when I was pulled over driving a car with expired registration without current proof of insurance. So, in conclusion, my fundamental dislike for the campus police remains unchanged.

I did finally buy myself a bike pump with a working hose and air pressure gauge and oh my god, tire pressure, never leave me again.


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