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Hello again. This week has been rather hectic. Having a presentation scheduled yesterday afternoon, I sequestered myself in the linguistics lab for several days running. Wednesday I worked straight through to 8:45 pm. I would have gone home for dinner–as usual, NTS takes good care of me–but it turns out that my swipe card doesn’t work in the lab after 5pm, so I didn’t want to risk it.

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Poor NTS. I spent much of his birthday churning out a powerpoint presentation (with the cheerful background of a graveyard and eye-catching red letters in the header). In the end, however, he was rewarded with two flavors of Ben & Jerry’s and some of the board games we’ve been missing since we came here. I played Carcassonne for the first time and found it excessively diverting. Tonight we further our acquaintance with Dominion.

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We have taken to occupying the kitchen in the afternoon, as it really does get the best afternoon light. As I type this, the sun is sliding behind the towers of the mosque, dimming the light with alarming, almost comic rapidity. I am blinded by the sudden dimness, and it is only the offices of the erstwhile Mavis Beacon that keep me typing in spite of this sudden evidence of human frailty.

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In case you were wondering, the project was on nineteenth century supernatural literature. Is it affecting my syntax? Only the shadow knows.

Happy Friday!