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I'm still a little surprised that I managed to finish all my assignments this past week.
I went without sleep on Monday and wrote a ten page paper on Brazil's use of the WTO TRIPs agreement to effectively 'blackmail' multinational pharmaceutical companies into offering AIDS medication at reduced prices. Tuesday was set aside for recuperation, while Wednesday was another night without sleep as I wrote a ten page paper on the fast food industry's influence on cattle herding - using gauchos from Argentina and cowboys from the American West as examples. I also spent some time taking photos of hominid bones during my Biological Anthropology lab, as you probably noticed. Thursday night was supposed to be when I prepared a care sheet and 50 minute powerpoint presentation on silkworms (Bombyx mori) but, rather than work on a project worth 100% of my final grade, my body decided to fall asleep instead. I woke up at six o'clock the next morning and spent the next three hours putting together a slide show that you can download here if you're feeling particularly bored.
After finishing with work Friday afternoon I went and laid out in the grass for a couple of hours. It was nice to feel the sun on my face, a gentle breeze floating through the Palouse, and countless blades of grass beneath me. Quite the contrast to being locked away in my room during the early hours of the morning, scrunched over a keyboard and feverishly typing away.
Next up: Finals Week