Thursday, May 15, 2008

What? Amparo was here and I missed her AGAIN!?

I am currently reading Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.

It was originally written in Italian, but since I don't read Italian it has been kindly translated into English. It's quite good so far.

There is a (minor) character named "Amparo", which since it is Italian I assume is pronounced something like "Am-PAH-roh". But every time I read it I pronounce it in my head as "AMP-a-ROO".

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Good News, and More Good News

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from the University of Manitoba, with a list of M.A. courses I can choose from for next year. And then I looked up my U of M online account, and found that my official status is now written as "Grad Student, M.A.", where it used to say "Special Student, Extended Education". So it looks like I'm still accepted.

Now I need to decide how many courses I'm going to take next year. I need to take a total of 18 credit hours complete a Master's, which means six courses. I had originally planned to take most of my coursework sooner rather than later, but since we're going to have a brand new baby in September, maybe it's better to do a lighter course load at first. But on the other hand, Jan will be home at first, so maybe it's better to do heavier coursework early, before she goes back to work at the liberry. Decisions, decisions.

In other news, I went off to a job interview today, for a place that installs and repairs swimming pools. They're looking for someone to work full time, but only for the summer, which seems just about perfect. The interview consisted basically of him telling me about the job, asking if I had any questions, and then asking if I could be in by 8am tomorrow morning. To which I said that I could. So I am officially employed, and expect 40+ hours a week. Woohoo!