So this past week has been an exciting one. Each of these could totally be a full blog post, but here's just a shortened list.
1. It was my 20th birthday this week! Yay!
2. I spent that whole day writing 4/23/1993 out of habit, instead of 4/23/2013. Oops.
3. I played two successful Early Music Ensemble concerts with my viola da gamba. The first was here in Distler, and the second was with the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble in one of their beautiful chapels. I had friends come out to see both concerts, so props to them for sitting through 2+ hours of music.
4. I finally picked a research topic for my final paper for 18th Century painting. I'm working on Stuart and Revett's "Antiquities of Athens" and discussing how the images in there are related to the picturesque/beautiful/sublime movements. That's fun and all, but the real kicker? Tisch library actually has three original copies of "Antiquities" from 1762, 1787, and 1794. All I have to do to see them is to go down to archives and give them the call number and they'll set me up in a reading room with them. Awesome!
5. In order to help support a memorial fund for a friend of mine who passed away, I did 2000 kicks and a double board break. 2000 kicks is way more than I thought it was, and even though the event was on Friday, I'm still super sore. It was a great event put on by the tae kwon do team, and though we haven't tallied the amount of money we raised, it's going to be a big number!
6. I broke a board with a knife hand strike. That's basically hitting a piece of wood with the pinkie side of your hand. I was supposed to do it last semester but I never got around to it.
7. Big finale! I guess this is kind of a big one. I saw Jumbo's tail. Whenever I give tours, I tell the group that I know people who have seen it and I'll get around to it before I graduate. Well, when I went down to the archives, there it was, just chilling in a shoebox with some other pieces that somebody had saved before the fire in Barnum. It was kinda gruesome and kinda cool, but either way it's one more thing off the Tufts bucket list!