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Am I crazy, or is this wrong: "Philip Augustus also turned the city of Paris into the de facto capital of France. It had long been the largest city... but he established it as the permanent seat of government...."


That's de jure, right? It was de facto before he made it official.
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It snowed this morning. As I left The Medieval World, on the way to Russian, I realized that the rain wasn't just rain - there were some frozen drops mixed in. Now, I was greatly displeased by such an event, for it was already cold and nasty enough, and I don't approve of winter. Some of the people in my Russian class, being southern and unaccustomed to snow, were actually excited. They'll grow out of it. So, by the middle of Russian, the little frozen pellets had become beautiful swirling falls of snowflakes. And then, by the end of the class, it had stopped. But still, snow! In November! It's not supposed to do that until January.

In celebration of the upcoming accusative, a classmate and I made cookies for tomorrow's Russian class. Our excitement for actually being able to form interesting sentences overwhelmed us, and carried us into the kitchen. While we baked, we had a very awkward conversation in Russian - awkward, because our vocabulary is very limited.

And now I'm writing a paper on the First Crusade. Five pages, for Wednesday - I might have a thesis now, and my goal is two pages tonight.
ETA It may be 3:05, but I got my two goddamned pages done.
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Ok, so I haven't gotten my midterm back in The Medieval World. And I feel like it's just me, because the professor hasn't said anything and no one else has asked. And I don't want to ask, but I want to know, because now I'm just thinking, Has Blackboard broken? Or maybe she's just hiding mine. So I think she should give it back. I mean, it's not like she didn't have fall break or anything.
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Fencing is awesome!

Unfortunately, my knee does not agree, and currently hates me.

Anyway, I've reversed the normal process, and did no extracurriculars in high school and am now doing six in college. I just got back from copy-editing for the 'Prince,' where my (not so) inner pedant can come out to play.

Sports articles suck. News you can just go over, and there's some minor mistakes, but all three sports articles I got were actively terrible. But it's a lot of fun, and the spirit in the room is really good. It helped that today was fairly light, but they say it'll get worse.

My first bio lab was today. I think that one of the reasons I hated ninth grade bio was that our labs seemed so pointless - they were all "Look at little things that all look the same under the microscope," and the microscope gave me a headache, and Ms. Feldman was a bitch. In any case, I actually enjoy this class.

(We sent crickets through a maze to see if they responded to cricket calls played through an MP3 player. Then we had to design an experiment for next time. It was a fairly complicated setup, and I managed not to screw up. Je m'en suis fière.)

I still don't know any Russian verbs after two weeks, but I already know the alphabet better than the Greek, which is sad, considering my five years of Greek and the fact that Greek is closer.

And finally, I'm picking up The Medieval World now - I've got two hundred pages of Augustine to read!

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