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Posted on Monday 10 September 2007 at 9:32 am

I had a dream (and I remember it!) plus random Indiana Jones info

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I never remember my dreams when I wake up. The only real exception to that is if I wake up in the middle of the dream. Last night I had a dream that I remembered when I woke up this morning. I'm kind of excited about that. Now if only the dream made any sense.

Most of you probably remember the complete and utter insanity from when I was studying for my comprehensive exams. Despite the fact that I passed my comps months ago now, I had a dream about them last night (see how badly they scar?!?!). I had already passed the writtens and was taking my oral exams but they were completely different from my real orals. They were a lot longer with harder questions. When I finished the real orals, my committee sent me out into the hall while they debated for a bit then called me back in and told me that I had passed. In my dream orals, they didn't tell me anything. I had to wait for a form to arrive in the mail several days later. The form was basically a checklist of topics within each time period and the professors had to mark if I had shown sufficient knowledge on every topic. I don't remember all the topics, I just know that for the colonial period I hadn't shown sufficient knowledge on two areas: piracy and boat making and something else that I don't remember now. I don't remember any of the topics, but I failed the twentieth-century portion as well. Because I failed two areas on my orals, I was required to retake my written and my orals exams. I woke up in a panic because I'd have to retake all my comps because I didn't know enough about colonial boat making. Then I remembered I passed my comps in April and was very happy.

Any takers on psychoanalyzing that one?

EDIT: Utterly random (what else do you expect from me) but they've announced the title of the fourth Indiana Jones movie. It is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Not sure how I feel about that.


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:21 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Comps may be your new anxiety dreams. When I'm stressed I dream about being back in junior high/early high school at the school I hated, in the class of a teacher who hated me.

Last night I dreamed about a magical underwater kingdom with dinosaurs. I have no idea what that one meant.

I'm not sure I like that title. Though I didn't think I liked Deathly Hallows either. But Crystal Skull? What is that? How does that sound mysterious or dangerous or historical?
bratty_jedi at 4:32 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to keep reliving comps in my dreams. Especially not if it is going to be even worse than the real deal was!

Underwater dinosaurs? Were they in charge of the kingdom or there with some other beings?

I reserve judgment on the content of the title until I actually know the plot of te film and reasoning behind it. The aesthetics of it, on the other hand, I can judge now and I think it sounds a bit heavy. Too many hard /k/ sounds done in a way that isn't alliterative to make it tie together.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:34 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Underwater dinosaurs? Were they in charge of the kingdom or there with some other beings?

They were living in harmony with some merpeople who had scaly legs instead of tales. And the stegosauruses didn't have spikes or...stegs...
bratty_jedi at 4:37 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
My assessment of your dream is that you, my dear, are weird.

If you want anything more than that, you might have to check in with Trelawney and her Dream Book. *points down*
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:40 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Yoo-hoo! Gilpin Trelawney! Why am I dreaming about underwater kingdoms with dinosaurs?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:40 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Also I had dreams about switching from alto to soprano in choir, which is a last; and a substitute choral director forcing me to kiss him; and about Mr. Tater making me get a job at Kohls.
gilpin25 at 5:33 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Trelawney is just having a gin dinner break and will be back with her tea leaves and shiny big balls shortly...
gilpin25 at 6:56 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
This is hardly testing my book, m'dear. All you need to do is read your most recent LJ post!

If you dream of being underwater, you are feeling overcome with various conflicting emotions, and searching for control over them all. You feel as if you're literally 'in over your head', and this is almost retreating back to a comfort zone, similar to a mother's womb type thing. You're searching for the security of the familiar, and what you think you know, but fear it is gone for good and you won't find it again.

My book doesn't actually cover dinosaurs or merpeople (see bratty_jedi who has correctly deduced that's you being weird;)), but if you see monsters, that's fear of the unknown, and seeing things you should know but misrepresented in some way (ie, the leg problem) is again thinking you've lost control of a certain aspect of your life.

If you're kissed by a stranger, that signifies your dream is one in which you're trying to understand some aspect of your personality - it's a dream of self-discovery.

As for Mr Tater sending you out to work, that's probably because he knew you were kissing strange men in your dreams, lol. But if a loved one is making you do something you don't want, that normally means you feel you're not living up to an expectation you think they have for you. The good news is that my book says the expectation is almost certainly only in your head and not in theirs.

Time's up! That'll be ten Galleons and sixteen chocolate bars, please. And I trust you're happy with the service and will now dream of swimming on the surface and kissing Remus. ;)
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 6:59 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
LOL My dream suddenly seems so much more important now!

I don't have any Galleons, though! But you will get your chocolate!

Unless I don't dream of kissing Remus tonight!
gilpin25 at 3:21 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I have a very tacky dream analysis book bought by friend as a joke many years ago. (She kept having the being caught naked in public dream and decided she wanted me to look up the reasoning behind this...;)).

So, dreaming about exams means you are being put to the test, or scrutinised in some way. Normally you're worried about not meeting other people's expectations, and letting others down. If you dream about the actual process of taking them - and each step gets harder, or more long-winded to accomplish - then you feel you're being judged and are trying to judge yourself to see if you're up to the task ahead, by setting yourself more and more difficult situations...

The good news is the book says you're more than up to the task ahead. You're just dreaming/worrying because you care a lot about it and proving yourself.

Do I get the job as Trelawney, or shall I stick to tea leaves? ;)

As for the title - doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, does it?
bratty_jedi at 4:28 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)

I guess I could see that. I took off all of last week to just goof off and was determined I was going to get to work today. By December, I have to have a proposal written for my dissertation and be ready to teach a class of my own come January. The big problem is I can only think of the dissertation as "Massive project that will consume at least ten years of my life and determine my entire future" and have no idea where to begin on that. That could definitely qualify as a difficult task ahead and the stress last night of knowing I was supposed to get started today could have triggered the dream.

It is a bit of a clunker of a title.
train_lindz at 4:45 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Mainly commenting to have an excuse to use my Indiana Jones icon...

That title doesn't flow from the tip of the tongue, does it? Not like "Temple of Doom" or "The Last Crusade". Although Raiders could be considered a little clunky as well. And to me, if Temple of Doom was released today we would all comment that the title is cheesy. Which is is ;)

I generally don't remember dreams either, but when I do, it is usually because I'm stressed out but in that case the dream and the stress usually reflect each other. I had a job at CRA one summer (the Canadian IRS) and my job was to move checks from one pile to another and count them. I was dreaming about it and I ended up sleep talking to the boyfriend and yelled at him because he had moved my piles of checks.

Howevere, since you did the comps in April, I've got nothing for you :)
bratty_jedi at 5:01 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Temple of Doom is a very cheesy title.

I often wonder what folks on the web would have said about older movies. Especially the first Star Wars. I'm amazed by the extensive pre-release buzz surrounding it without the internet.

My roommate is a year behind me in grad school and will therefore be taking her comps this Spring. She laughed at me this morning for still having dreams about it. She'll learn.
Ms. J to the Diva
jadeddiva at 5:06 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Just hearing the term "comprehensive exams" sends chills down my back, and I'm not even in a PhD program.

...but seriously though, did you have to know about boats and piracy for your comps? Just asking, cos that's a scary idea, knowing such specific things...*whimpers at what the future holds*

My stress dreams usually involve spiders (or, for the last few days with our cockroach problem, cockroaches) climbing all over the walls/ceiling/my bed, so I wake up multiple times shaking and ready to do battle. That, or zombies.
bratty_jedi at 5:16 pm on 10 September 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Comps were both not as bas as I was afraid and worse than I could have ever imagined in indescribable ways. If you do go for the PhD, I'm sure you'll get through them just fine.

I didn't need to know a thing about piracy or boats for my comps. The closest I come to knowing anything along those lines comes from skimming The Many Headed Hydra which is, in fact, about sailors. But it is about the social world and political culture they created on boats and how that shaped the American Revolution and not so much about the actual boats or anything like that.

When I was a kid, every year just before school started I would have recurring nightmares about dragons chasing me off the edge of a cliff. It would go on for a few nights and then stop. The weird thing is I always loved school and was excited to go back so I've no idea why I had the nightmares or why dragons and cliffs.

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