Obligatory end of summer update

Whoa, so I haven’t been around here in, like, forever. I’ve been splitting my time between working on a paper and actually having a social life for the first time in about a year. On Monday it’ll be back to having no life: I start my new job and then after a week of orientation it’s back to school. After taking part in the book discussion group earlier this summer, my professor–who has turned into something of a mentor this past year–gave me permission to sign up for her graduate seminar in Advanced Metaphysics in the fall, which will be focusing on feminist metaphysics this semester. I just got approved for that class on Monday by UNL’s Graduate Studies department, so I dropped my Spinoza class. Here’s the new schedule:

  • Intro to Physical Anthropology
  • Ethical Theory
  • Advanced Metaphysics
  • Fiction Writing
  • Writing Theory for Consultants (job-related)

In addition, I’m still volunteering at the LGBTQA Resource Center, so it should be a pretty busy semester. I’ll probably either end up killing myself or coming out totally prepared for grad school. My Philosophy of Language professor has been helping me with my paper. I’ve decided to write on the reappropriation of the word ‘queer’. Specifically, I want to explore how a word which started its modern life as a pejorative could end up changing connotations due to a conscious effort among
a specific language community. I suspect it has something to do with how much a word is needed to perform a particular job. Professor Dowell sent me some information about a conference coming up in November in Memphis that she said my paper would go over well at, so I think I’ll be submitting it.

Also, I had my almost-three-month hormone check-up on Wednesday. I switched doctors and am now going to Planned Parenthood. The doctor I was seeing at UNMC is more qualified, but it’s just easier to grab a 5-minute bus ride to Planned Parenthood than to venture up to Omaha at the asscrack of dawn, especially with how busy I’ll be this semester. They did more blood tests, and I’ll find out next week if they’re going to do anything with my doses. I have been noticing some significant changes already. The most exciting is that I’ve started developing breasts. They’re painfully sensitive and nearly microscopic, but progress is progress. Also, my body hair has started to diminish and grow more slowly. My skin also seems smoother and generally healthier, but I’m not sure how much of that is the hormones and how much is the fact that I recently started a new skin-care regimen. I’ve also started getting ma’amed a lot on the phone, which is a big plus. And today when I went to the pharmacy to refill my sleeping pills, which are prescribed under my full male name, the pharmacist asked if I was picking them up for someone else, which made me feel good.

Finally, on the dating front, I’ve met a lady whom I think seems like quite the winner. We seem to have quite a bit in common, and she is incredibly sweet and caring. The main problem is that she lives in Omaha and my piece-of-shit car probably isn’t fit to travel the highways. Also, she’s allergic to cats, which could be an issue…

Anyway, I’ll try not to disappear for weeks on end again. I realize that a lot of my friends come here to keep up with what’s going on in my life, which is nice, but I may be kinda busy for a while. I’ll still try to keep you folks posted.

First week of school

So the first week of school went relatively well. So far my instructors and classmates have all been incredibly respectful, if a little uneducated. It actually went better than I had expected. I just got a volunteer job at the LGBTQA Resource Center and will attend my first meeting next Monday and sign up for whatever jazz I want to help out with. Also meet the other volunteers.

I did make at least one new friend. An English major whom I’d seen around quite a bit last semester after switching back to an English/Philosophy double-major. His name is Alec and, as I suspected, he is at least queer friendly (he is an on-call volunteer at the Resource Center). I had him pegged as a queer. Not that he’s effeminate or anything; just something about him seems not heteronormative.

Also, my friend made me feel incredibly good about myself on the first day of our sociolinguistics class. She hadn’t seen me since I started living full-time (she was out of town over break) and so when she saw me as a woman she kept going on about how good I looked. It made me really happy. Friends are a good thing to have.

As I expected, Linguistics and Society and Philosophy of Language are the highlights of the semester. My Philosophy of Language professor warned us on the first day about how dense the first reading (Frege’s “On Sense and Nominatum”) was, but I understood it better than any other philosophical text I’ve read. I had a feeling I’d have a knack for this stuff.

Also as expected, Writing: Uses of Literacy is the killer. It’s a total fluff class. I can’t believe it’s an upper-level class. It’s shit I did in my 12th grade AP Lang & Comp class. I am quite shocked.

For now I’m not sure how much blogging I’m going to be able to do during the week, since I’ll be pretty busy with school, but I’ll try to at least check in on the weekends. I know some of my friends have started coming here to keep up with my exploits and I don’t want you guys to think I’ve gone back into one of my withdrawn phases. Just gots works ta do.