Posts Tagged ‘exams’

Amazon. You idiots.

I am too fuming to really blog right now. But basically, as you all probably know, Amazon has removed the rankings of the majority of the books containing homosexual content, including biographies of homosexual celebrities including Stephen Fry and Ellen Degeneres, and deeming them as “adult” content, so therefore they are stripped of their sales rankings.

Well, I would but I have to study.

I just needed to express how PEEVED I am at the world. Why do people have to be so, words cannot even explain how outrageous this all is.

Gahhhhh I’m so pissed.

Oh yeah, there’s 12 days until we’re popping the Pol Roger.


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You know those days when you wake up, it’s surprisingly gorgeous outside, and you have school work to do that prevents you from enjoying the weather and the fresh air?

Today is one of those days.

For the past couple of days it’s been raining like crazy (as you would know if you’ve been reading my blog since BEDA began), therefore I had not showered for a good 2 days (personal hygiene does not matter when you’re only seeing your housemates), really gotten dressed at all and I have obviously not been outdoors. I was beginning to lose sense of all space and time, being cooped up for so long. and breaking routine is not good for my sanity. So, this morning, when I opened my blinds to see a unexpected, beautiful sunny day, there was no way I could focus and do any of the work that I had to do today. I procrastinated for a very long time; watching episodes of [scrubs], putting away laundry, cleaning my room, showering, getting dressed, snapping pictures on dailybooth…

Eventually I decided to sit down at my desk and begin work on my take-home exam that’s due on the 16th, but found myself severely distracted by the beautiful day that lay outside my window. I was all dressed (in a rather cute outfit, may I add) with no place to go, so why not go somewhere, I thought. I couldn’t waste a beautiful day like today, so I gathered my things and headed outside for a stroll.


In my experience, when feeling like this, a walk can be extremely beneficial to the successful completion of work. When you’re distracted by what’s going on outside your study bubble, I find that it’s best to take a walk for about an hour either through your neighbourhood, to some stores, or through a nearby valley or park, because honestly you’d probably spend about an hour (if not more) dreaming about what you could be doing instead of your work.


Today I opted for the stroll down to the shops in downtown Kingston, mostly because there’s an Indigo, several Starbucks and an Urban Outfitters to entertain me. I believe that a walk is best broken up by some good window shopping (and maybe some actual shopping) so your thoughts aren’t completely occupied by the things you have to do, and thoughts of the things you want to do (ie. shopping) can be engaged, thereby getting them out of the way so you can truly focus on the work you’ll be doing in the near future.

Now, I know this is beginning to sound like yet another procrastination tool (I’m starting to sound like a professional procrastinator already, only 5 days into BEDA…my goodness), but I believe that taking a walk is a constructive way to gather thoughts and to meditate on the things that you want to accomplish when you actually sit down to work. From experience I can honestly say that going on a walk has definitely helped rid my distractions and allowed me to successfully complete school related tasks on more than one occasion.

So, next time you feel distracted and unfulfilled in regards to your dreadful day of study indoors, avoid cabin fever by venturing into the outside world and doing the things you don’t think you can do while studying, because in the grand scheme of things, it will help you focus.

Now…dinner then work.


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Yesterday (post blog) turned out a day where everything in it was just a huge joke. Fittingly, it was April Fool’s day, although none of these moments where I thought, “my life is a joke”, was an April Fools day prank. The day was productive, however, and I only came out of it with one wound. Allow me to illustrate (metaphorically, because you don’t really want to see this wound, it’s kinda gross):

It was a rainy day on campus and Samantha was walking along, determined, and carrying an umbrella when suddenly, an evil gust of Kingston wind came and flipped her umbrella inside out. At this point, she was in the middle of the road, j-walking on a green light and so she hurried out of the way as to avoid being pummeled by an oncoming SUV, while at the same time fixing her umbrella so she wouldn’t be absolutely sodden. Thinking her life was back together, Samantha composed herself and stepped up onto the sidewalk. She was mistaken. The day of foolery was out to get her yet again. The rubber sole of her keds grabbed the curb and sent her toppling to the ground, the weight of her heavy book bag speeding up the fall. Her umbrella was inside out yet again and, having fallen in a shallow puddle, was completely soaked. As she pulled herself up and tried to maintain her dignity as several off her peers looked on, chuckling to themselves, she noticed a stinging pain originating from around her right knee. Looking down she noticed that her favourite, bright yellow tights were spotted with blood. Upon returning home she examined her knee to see that she had skinned it and it was starting to excrete a fluid that, upon initial examination, was not blood.

Her only victory in this one event of a day of (unfunny) jokes: she did not rip her favourite, bright yellow tights.


My knee is still excreting strange substances. I’m not a fan.

But today’s better! The weather’s gorgeous, therefore I do not have to wrestle with any umbrellas, I’ve handed in my final paper (which is awesome by the way, will discuss my amazing topic soon), and I only have two classes left (one today and one tomorrow) until I’m finished second year. A couple weeks ago I didn’t think I’d make it through this week, but I did! And successfully! (save for a skinned knee) Now I get to relax this weekend, I’ll work on my take-home for Hebrew Scriptures for a bit, but mostly I’m just going to relax until I have to start studying for my literary criticism exam on the 13th.

Tonight should be exciting. I believe that I’m going to the Last Lecture on Earth Series final lecture tonight at the Common Ground, which is featuring everyone’s favourite PoliSci prof, Kim Nossal, famous for the pols 110 drinking game that takes his name, in his last lecture before he goes on sabbatical. Afterwards I’m going to my friend Ally’s house to watch the final Broadway performance of RENT on dvd with some other RENTheads. It will be a blast. One of my friends who is going has never seen or heard RENT at all, so basically his head’s going to explode from the amount of awesome that will be in that living room. I’m pretty pumped.

On another note, my housemates and I have a countdown going until we’re finished exams (on the 25th). For my 19th birthday I was given a bottle of Pol Roger champagne which, for those that don’t know, is a very expensive bottle of champagne, so of course I wanted to save it for a special occasion. When I found out that we’d all be finished exams at the same time I figured that on the night of the 25th we’d open this bottle, get out drink on, drink more, and then rage. So the bottle’s in our kitchen with a post-it note countdown on it. So, without further ado, the Pol Roger Countdown:

23 DAYS!

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BLOG. EVERY. DAY. APRIL.: A project started by Young Adult novellist, Maureen Johnson for her desperate fans (and in promotion of the paperback release of her most recent novel, Suite Scarlett <– go buy it…it’s awesome), in which she’ll blog every day for the month of April. Many fans are joining her in this quest of daily documentation.

I am one of them.

April, I believe, is a good month to do this. Yes, it is busy with all the final exams and such but, in all honesty, it is really significantly less busy than the rest of the school year.

You see, tomorrow I am handing in my last essay for the year (hallelujah) and then all I have are four final classes and then I’m basically free (aside from hours and hours of studying an entire year’s worth of material for three separate final exams) for summer until, of course, when I start working on May 4th. Since all I’ll be doing throughout April is studying at home/Stauffer Library/Starbucks, I figure that I can take approximately 20 minutes out of my day to tell you, my blog (because no one reads this anyway) [EXCEPT FOR MY LOVELY, LOVELY, FACEBOOK WIFE JAZZ! LOVE YOU DARLING!] , what’s on my mind.

Sound good?



Well, wish me luck as I embark (along with about 100 other people) on this miraculous journey of beda.


Hello again, friends. I forgot about this little ditty that’s on Maureen Johnson’s original blog post about BEDA. It makes it more…official, I guess.


I commit to this idea and am determined to create something EVERY DAY in April, including weekends. Every day, I will find something to say. I embrace the reality that there is always something to talk about, if you are willing to take the time to look for it.

Samantha H. Porter promise to blog every day in April

Fun, right?

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Oh, hey there. 

So today has been a pretty good day. I even wrote an exam today and it’s still great! Why? Well, because it was my ONE AND ONLY exam before holidays, therefore, I am technically, right now, on holidays.

My holidays have so far consisted of reading Beedle the Bard, eating lunch, watching youtube videos and taking vain pictures of myself with my webcam:

Beedle was fanstastic. It was a Harry Potter fix without much Potter, but it was still so fulfilling and SO interesting. i loved the part following the Fountain of Fair Fortune where Dumbledore mentions how Lucius Malfoy wanted to have that book taken out of the library at Hogwarts because he didn’t want wizard-muggle unions to be promoted in the school where his son went and his persistence on the matter. I found it so hilarious because all I could think about was Laura Mallory and her persistence when it came to getting Harry Potter out of the schools because they were “immoral” and against the bible and stuff. I really, really, think that Dumbledore’s comments on the subject was Jo alluding to her. I really want it to be true. 

All of the other stories in Beedle were incredible. I loved every single one of them and I swear to god I’m going to read them to my children instead of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel because, well, they are just so magical and fantastic. I also love love loved how Jo cross-referenced Fantastic Beasts and other stories because it just made the stories and commentary seem so real. 

Anywho. I’m really, really excited to go home on Sunday and to start really preparing for christmas. I desperately need to start christmas shopping because i have no idea what I’m going to get anyone. I’m so unprepared this year. Plus, I also have to start planning my christmas party and everything. It’s going to be so hectic but so fun. 

I want Starbucks, plus, I want to make these delicious cranberry squares. Maybe I’ll see if the recipe’s online and make them. Hmm. 


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