Friday, August 04, 2006

"I <3 the IRS," she says, ironically.

A couple of weeks ago I was really confused to get a refund check from the IRS, because I hadn't qualified for one and had actually paid them a chunk. So, I'd been walking around with a check in my bag, too afraid to do anything with it because I was convinced that they'd made some mistake and would be demanding it's return. Well, I finally got another letter from them yesterday and was heartened to learn that I'd misfigured my taxes and they were nice enough to send back the extra money. Yay! If only I could be bothered to go to the bank....

The dissertation is proceeding at a reasonable, if not ambitious pace, which is worrisome when my goal is to have the first draft done a week from tomorrow- the day before my birthday and two days before we go to the Edinburgh Festival. I think that totals about 1,000 words a day, which will be frantic now that I've realized that I've spent the vast majority of my time on the general theory of my statelessness ideas and very little time on my examples which will show that theory in action. Ack. I played with some very complicated ideas yesterday and I think was able to put them on paper. I haven't reread it and don't think I will for a few days, but I was glad to have overcome that hurdle, at least.

Nevertheless, it has been a good couple of weeks, as I've made it a point to be doing social stuff with friends in the evenings, as a girl can't be cooped up at school or home alone every day and still function properly. We went to The Life of Galileo at the National, which was fantastic, and Kat's dragged me to Brighton and, last night, Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare's Globe. Three hours is a long time to stand, but I think you don't realize how far drawn in to the play you become because of it. I was strangely moved by Cleo's suicide...far more than I had expected. Tonight is her next to last show with the band, so I'll be supporting The Outside Royalty tonight and tomorrow night. Yay! Might post some of those Brighton photos at some point, but need to write just a bit about nationality and allegiance at the moment before heading to the eeeevil library.