I finally have my class schedule all set: junior history seminar, medieval lit, a class on the visual culture of Paris in the 19th century (which makes me want to be 10 years old again and back living in Paris), and then an upper level history course on hagiography in byzantine late antiquity. There's only me and another kid in the class so just that makes it pretty interesting. No class Friday, and only one on Monday and Thursday (my weekend starts Thrusday at 11am... win).
I can't believe it's only been 2 weeks since classes started up; it feels like I've been back at college for ages. I really think all the snow just makes everything feel wonky. We got about a foot the other day; it makes getting around everywhere such a chore. Half the time I'm worried about slipping on ice and falling flat on my face, the other half I'm struggling through an awkward combination of slush and fluffy snow. Normally I'm all for snow, but usually that's coz I want to go cross country skiing, which I can't really do at school seeing as I don't have my skis with me. So now I feel that all this snow is getting a bit ridiculous.
I've been listening to the new Iron and Wine cd. I was pretty excited about it coz Sam Beam's work was some of the first music that I felt really passionate about (the other being Sufjan Stevens). It's a bit different from his other cds and I'm not quite sure what I think of it yet... granted when I first listened to The Shepherd's Dog I felt the same way and now I love all the tracks on it. He's going be in Philly on April 21st (I think?) and I'm planning on going to the concert with a couple of friends, which I'm totally excited about. I saw him play in NYC the summer before last and it probably was the best concert I've ever been to; he sat on stage with a guitar and an amp and just did his thing in this small theatre (I pretty sure there were less than 300 people there). It was beyond amazing.
The other week I watched Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette on youtube and I thought it was really good. I remember seeing the trailer for it when it first came out and all I thought was "I really like the music in this trailer" (Age of Consent by New Order), and now ages later I've finally seen the movie. As I said, I thought it was pretty good; something about it felt very real and natural, which is funny since it's not the most historically accurate thing ever. And the soundtrack is pretty freakin' sweet.
Also, on the note of movies... and I'm going to go on somewhat of a rant now... The nominations for the Academy Awards are out, and I personally want the King's Speech to just win at life, because I seriously loved that movie. I read an article the other day (I cannot remember where) but it was this guy being like "I can't believe the King's Speech and True Grit got more nominations than The Social Network because The Social Network was the best ever" and proceeded to make an argument that the The King's Speech and True Grit were boring, generic movies and The Social Network is God's gift to mankind, and then assumed that anyone who was more interested in the first two movies were old and didn't know what facebook was... OK, yeah, The Social Network was an good movie, but it didn't blow me away. Just because it's about facebook, which is taking over the world, doesn't mean it's automatically the best thing out there; a film doesn't have to be about a contempoary, popular topic to be interesting, thought provoking or praise worthy... I'm done now.