School started yesterday and, weirdly enough, I'm kind of pleased. Don't get me wrong, more time off would have been amazing, but this break was just short enough so that I didn't quite get over the whole "my brain is inactive and I'm booooored!" phase. So, while I'm somewhat grumpy about having to be a high functioning procrastinator again, I'm also kind of enjoying being back. I imagine this feeling will end once it's time for the first round of exams.
Physiology is definitely my most daunting class. The course coordinator (we have like 10 professors for that class! Egads!) said it was probably the most labor intensive class in the curriculum but it was possible to get "fantastic grades" with regular study. I'm kind of crap at regular studying but we'll see what I can do. Even though there has only been one lecture (Ok, 2, but they were back to back and one was introductory), I kind of love it. Or at least the professor who is teaching the current section, which is on the heart. This guy sounds like he has that royal British accent almost. It's kind of crisp and very well enunciated. And he has a sense of humor. He's also insane as he said that cardiology, his specialty, is the most brain dead specialty you can go into. I kind of think he's lying. Or, you know, insane. I think I'll be writing his funny quotes down.
Neurobiology kind of terrifies me. Brain stuff always baffles me. However, thus far the professors (only three for this class, haha) have been presenting the material similarly to how it was presented in Histology, which I did quite well in. And lab, which I had today, was essentially histology lab but with brains. Braaaaaains.
Speaking of brains, I had an incredibly long and involved dreams about zombies last night. Why do I have so many freaking zombie dreams?!?!?!?! It was very interesting but a bit nightmarish so it made me wake up with a jolt. Not pleasant. In my dream, becoming a zombie was sort of like a disease process (not quite like in the book I Am Legend, as the zombie disease in it produced intelligent zombies). Zombies would bite you and you would seem fairly normal for quite some time. It would kill you eventually, but you'd essentially be undead with all of your mental capacities. You would still be contagious but, as you were in your right mind, you would know not to bite people. Then, you would start to decompose. Once the infected zombie people started to smell, you knew it was only a matter of time before the decomposition reached the brain and they become the mostly mindless, brain-eating, biting zombies we've all come to know and love. There was a very definite plot but the details escape me. I remember being in an old Victorian house, hiding from the brain-decomposing zombies and someone in my party, who I had thought was healthy, hugged me and I smelled that she was decomposing. I didn't know what to do about that because I didn't want to leave her for the other zombies as they would probably eat her alive (or, rather, undead?) but I knew that it wasn't safe to travel with her as her brain decomposition stage could start at any moment. Then my party was in a gondola, traveling on a river. And then eventually I was in a large, very modern, fancy hotel where everyone was running around like chickens with their heads cut off because we were trapped in there with lots of zombies and they were very good at finding our hiding places. The last thing I remember was hiding in a utility closet with another girl, holding my breath so the zombies wouldn't hear me.
In other news, I am very excited about my zoo class. I'm in a group of 6 students that will be focusing on avian, reptile, and amphibian species. One of my group mates has dubbed the class Care of Magical Creatures II: Dragons and Dinosaurs. I love it :) I wonder if the professor would flunk us all if we did a joke presentation about mythical creatures?
I should do homework of some sort. Mmm...Homework. Bugger.