From Qara-Hulegu, to Yesu-Mongke, back to Qara-Hulegu, then to Abishqa…

If you don’t hear from me for the next seven days, it’s partly Chaghatai’s fault.

For a student like me who seems to do everything at the last minute, this week at school will be hell week for me.  Right now I’ve been working on a paper which I thought would be easy: read 13-15 pages of some primary source history of concerning the Mongolian empire and answer my professor’s questions; make it five pages, badda bing, badda bam.  Should be cake, right?  Well, try reading something from the 1300’s concerning fifteen or so members of Chingiz Khan’s family that you’re not familiar with and see how long it takes.  With much patience, it took me a couple hours to get through three pages — reading and adding names to a family tree whenever I encountered somebody new.  Here’s a fuzzy look at that family tree, as well as what else is on my desk now…

The family tree, which is fuzzy but you can probably make out the complications of, is on the bottom right.  Directly to the left of it is the text I’m deciphering; sitting on top of my notebook for the class, just for quick reference.  Also form reference is my laptop, which has spent much of its time on Wikipedia this evening.  On top of the laptop’s keyboard is a map of Asia, also for quick reference.  

So as you can see, this work is getting pretty involved.  On top of this response paper, I have a book I need to read by Thursday and a Middle Eastern history paper I have to pull an all-nighter on Monday to write (because, despite much trying, I haven’t managed to start it yet — did I mention how I only seem to operate at the last minute?) since it’s due tomorrow.  And I have my normal homework for Arabic.  We just started learning the present tense, which may sound benign, but let me tell ya…

So if you don’t hear from me all week, at least you know I have good excuses. 

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