i gave my presentation today and it went pretty well. people were nodding in agreement and writing stuff down, which is always gratifying and a little intimidating (despite being a big experienced TA now and used to such things. . .) and the prof liked it. he suggested a couple of articles to follow up - i think i might do my final essay on this topic. i was talking about food and sex in "salt fish girl". for my essay i'd expand it to include 'the kappa child' and a couple of other books. so that was worth all the work i put into it.
which was just as well, cos i had my first really ghastly tute with the first years today. we started 'the life of pi' and they had nothing to say about it. massive amounts of awkward silences and me blathering hopelessly. the other TAs had the same experience. eck! just as well the prof didn't sit in like she was going to. i shall have something fabulous and creative organised for next week (when she's sitting in), something that allows them no room to move at all.
okay, have to go read two versions of "dr faustus" (he sold his soul to the devil, the bad man!) plus all the crit in the norton edition and some other stuff and procrastinate marking essays.
(least i sound like a miseryguts, i should also point out that today also involved copious amounts of gossiping with eleanor, whining in chorus with the other TAs and then beer and vegie burgers at the pub after class)
and this is just to show that it's not all pastoral glory up here. these are a couple of views on my way to the dinner last night:
this is the science centre - it's like an enormous golfball covered in little lights. very speccy and a good navigation tool.
and this is a trolleybus (bottom) and a skytrain (above). the trolleybuses are quite endearing, like trams on wheels.