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Thursday, September 30, 2004

okay, safari's being all crazylike for publishing. it's like "nope, not publishing. nope, that time didn't work either." and then firefox is like "WOMAN YOU JUST PUBLISHED THAT FIVE TIMES! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!"

it's crazy.

mmmm nilla wafers.

so, i'm feeling like i have nothing to do, even though i need to put final touches on the pirates paper, do my readings for history and prepare for the debate, clean my room, and poster south campus.

i keep telling myself this, and it's just not sinking in.

also, i'm remembering why i didn't like amazon trail as much as i liked oregon trail. i mean, it's cool, but you have to drive the stupid boat all the time. i'm sure i'd like oregon trail less if you had to control the wagon and it made fun of you when you hit a bump in the road. (rafting the columbia is bad enough. sheesh.) at least this 3rd edition has less random stuff. i'm remembering that in the old one there were like, logs and stuff in the river.

also the guide annoys me. "where are we, guide?" "somewhere in this red box that encapsulates 1/3 of the amazon river!"

but, i'ma go play it some more anyway. i found a new species of reptile!

oh, and my parents are coming tomorrow. yay exciting!

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oh my god. i'm so glad i went to convo today. susan bordo was speaking, about.. i don't even remember the specific name. oh, i can look. "Changing Reflections in the Mirror of Culture: How We See Bodies Today" and it was amazing.

(i ended up sitting next to professor smith-- i love professor smith, she should be in my fake professor family too-- and beforehand she was telling me how someone had told her it was going to be really disturbing and sickening. and we were like, really sickening? or just sickening in the society is fucked up way? and we said we guessed we'd find out soon.)

but, it was both.

she started off talking about how we had entered the twilight zone, and then she said, no really. and she showed us a couple clips from the episode number twelve looks just like you, about a time in the indeterminate future ("let's say, 2000") where all women (and men, but it focused on women) have transformative surgery so they all look like one of a few pre-determined models. and then she showed a clip of the swan.

i had never seen the swan before, but oh god, it is the most horrible show. i really felt nauseous. one of the professors a few seats down from me got and left, saying she felt like she might throw up.

anyway, so this woman-- who was, as bordo pointed out, "perfectly fine looking, if a bit of a drab dresser-- she just needs the fab 5, not this!" was self-conscious about her nose. and the surgeon is like, "definitely nose job... and cheek implants, chin implants, gum surgery, face lift, breast augmentation, lasik..." and they're saying all this ridiculous stuff they're going to do to her. and then they introduce the therapist they're giving her, to help her self esteem.

at this point, the whole grinnell audience starts laughing, then gets silent when we all realize that THERE IS NO IRONY INTENDED.

and she showed models and etc., and of course it's a point that's been made (if not as eloquently or as effective as bordo did) but OUR SOCIETY IS SO FUCKED UP.

she also mentioned the mtv show "i want a famous face," and how one girl wanted to look like kate winslet. and kate was horrified that anyone would want to go through really painful surgery to look like her. but she felt like she should watch the episode, and she just cried in horror because this girl had all these pictures of kate and she was talking about how she wanted to look like that, and kate was like "but i don't really look like that! it's makeup and airbrushing!" let me see if i can find the interview she was quoting, actually, because it was amazing. and awful. mmm... here's part of it, there was more that bordo was quoting. but that part's good too.

anyway.

go tell every girl you know that she's beautiful. and the boys. and you're beautiful too. all of you. please don't get gum surgery. i like your gums just the way they are. models and actresses are fake and airbrushed.

oh yeah, and i know the last post went through like 5 times, i tried to fix it but then i had to go to class. i mean... kerry visiting the house on the rock is VERY important to me. *shifty eyes*

also! amazon trail 3 came today!! i played it a for like, 3 minutes between class and convo. and now i'm going to play some more.

and then i'll go to craft of fiction, and my story is up for workshopping. and steven sidor, the visiting alum/published novelist will be sitting in on class. i'm a bit twitchy.

but amazon trail will make it better. also it was brie and pear sandwich day in the dining hall. I LOVE BRIE AND PEAR SANDWICH DAY.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:43 PM
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well, kerry just went and captured the coveted "neil gaiman fan" demographic. or at least, the "neil gaiman fans who are aware that he was practicing for the debate at the house on the rock" demographic.

and of course, he's long since captured the "people who love kitten-lovers" demographic.

(just you wait, i'm going to keep asserting that kerry loves kittens and eventually it's going to get ingrained into all of your brains as fact.)

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

! christine is a genius!! donatello=hermione, raphael=draco, michaelangelo=ron, leonardo=harry, and, of course, splinter=dumbledore.

and i finished the best paper ever. i posted it at collective words if you want to read it. it's called Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Mariner’s Life For Me: The Curses of Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner and Verbinsky’s Black Pearl and Their Portrayals of Justice.

yeah, that's right, you wanna make out with me.

but now i must study for my poli sci exam. boo-urns.

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i just got back from seeing mattie weiss, from the league of pissed off voters and she was awesome. and i bought her book (well, a book she is one of like, 10 co-writers of), called how to get stupid white men out of office.

i think the most important thing she said was that polls ask "likely voters," meaning people who voted in the last 3 or 4 elections. meaning not young people. meaning not people who hate bush the most, statistically.

so, let's swing this election, kids.

posted by ~renata~ at 8:19 PM
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random amusing quotes (professor edition!): "bryon would say, 'who the hell are you to criticize pope?' but then keats died and he felt bad about that."

"this is ridiculous! does he lick with chalk??"

"they're mendacious, they're genetically destined to be liars... ooh, can't say what i'm thinking... *mutters* texans..."

"americans are like, 'an evil danger that i can't see!? i'm on for that!!'"

I LOVE MY MWF CLASSES SO HARD.

just sayin'.

i also love lipmedic.com! i ordered some lipgloss from them like... over the weekend, and it got here today. and it's so grood. i got a burt's bees lip shimmer (in raisin), and kiss my face lip balm in cranberry-orange, and rachel perry in raspberry-cherry and they're so good. my lips are sealed. i mean, happy.

i also love random leaps of intuition, where you're like, i was pretty sure these things were connected but now i understand WHY.

aaah life is good even if it's CRAZY.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

if there's anything more awesome (and slightly mind-blowing) than raul esparza singing "defying gravity"... well, i just don't know what that would be.

raul's one of those broadway boys i'm always pleasantly surprised to remember that i love.

GOING TO WRITE MY PAPER NOW YES.

i'm up to page 3 (out of 5-7), so. yes. i'm now discussing jack sparrow's role as the parody of a Romantic hero.


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HAHAHA on lemonysnicket.com there are these cards you can print out... they say "dear ____, i hope nothing unfortunate happens to you anytime soon. with all due respect, _____"

so yesterday i printed off a couple and sent them to my fellow snicket-friends' boxes.

today, i came out of class and noticed a bunch of firetrucks outside younker hall, where my friend molly lives. (turns out it was just one kid's candle that got out of control, everybody's fine, no big deal.)

but so i went home and posted in my plan,

younker's on fire what?? i overheard it was first-years with candles, but i blame VFD. especially since molly lives in younker, and she may or my not have the snicket file in her possession.

(this really only makes sense if you've read the books, but suffice to say there's a secret organization that likes to set things on fire. now go read the books.)

and she posted in hers,


I went to the post office and received a Lemony Snicket note wishing that nothing bad will happen to me, and then I leave the post office, look up, and remember that my dorm is on fire. I thought it was very appropriate. I was only reading The Pony Party, I swear!


again, still funnier if you've read the books, but i think we can all appreciate the irony here.

appreciate it!

posted by ~renata~ at 1:33 PM
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HAHAHA i love that one of cnn's frontpage headlines is "kerry using humor."

heh. and their examples of him "loosening up" are phrases like, "heavens to betsy," "you bet your boots," and "blah blah blah."

("you bet your boots" always makes me think of tww, when that random intern is yelling at sam about waste management, and he's like "i guess it's harder to find garbagemen" and she's like "you bet your boots it is!")

anyway. oh kerry, you're square, but i'll vote for you anyway.

also, people who watch the daily show are awesome.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:05 PM
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listening to: ani, gravel

currently debating the merits of going to class in pajamas. i'm so comfortable and cozy.

an excerpt from professor simpson's plan (feel free to substitute "blog" or "lj" for "plan"):


Hypothesis, based on my own experience:

Up to a certain point, plan entries increase with general busy-ness and stress, especially when one's work involves a computer. A very busy plan indicates a very busy person blowing off stress steam. But then there's a tipping point, where the busy-ness doesn't allow any steam to blow away, and plann entries cease until more normal stress kicks in. True?



true.

that said, i'm compiling a to-do list from now til break.
for tomorrow (9/29)
- history readings
- trads2 readings
- see mattie weiss

for thursday (9/30>:
- poli sci exam
- cof readings

for friday (10/1):
- trads2 paper
- history readings
- history document visiting thing
- get family

for sunday (10/3):
- meet with dylan, select and edit b&s articles

(from this point not mentioning daily readings, but they're still there, oh yes)
for monday (10/4, hee)
- cof character exercise

for tuesday (10/4):
- poli sci paper

for wednesday (10/6):
- paper proposal
- target for b&s ready for layout editor

for monday (10/11)
- cof dialogue exercise

for tuesday (10/12):
- b&s done and to printer (meaning all final tweaks done, all photos done... aah.)

for friday (10/15)
- history research paper of dooooom

and so.

if i blog much more than usual, that's why. if i blog much less than usual, that's also why.

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Monday, September 27, 2004

this is long but worth posting, i feel. it's banned books week, and here are the 100 most banned books (of 1990-2000), with the one's i've read in bold. ganked from my favorite miss kait.

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy?s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It?s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
A Day No Pigs Would Dieby Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Sex by Madonna
Earth?s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L?Engle
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
The Goats by Brock Cole
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What?s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
What?s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
Are You There, God? It?s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women?s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Carrie by Stephen King
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where?s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

sheesh, only 27. i should get on that. you know.. in my free time.

priscilla: actually, i believe the quote from fight club that i was trying to remember (because fight club is clearly sound medical advice) is taht you can swallow a pint before you vomit.

either way, i don't think i swallowed nearly enough to be concerned.

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here are some things i could be doing:
- finishing my poli sci reading
- editing cof stories
- doing cof reading
- working on my trads2 paper
- doing my trads2 reading
- doing my history reading
- starting my history paper

here is what i am filled with a burning desire to be doing:
- re-reading the unauthorized autobiography of lemony snicket

oh jacques. oh sugar bowl. oh zombies in the snow.

posted by ~renata~ at 6:41 PM
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listening to: stu, fall awake

dear rold gold honey wheat pretzels,

please stop making me eat you.

love,

renata

so anyway. at lunch today i was contemplating the desserts and someone comes up behind me and goes, "isn't it scary??" and i thought maybe she meant the desserts and i was about to say, well they're not that bad, and then i turned around and she was like, "sending something you worked so hard on out to everyone for them to look at.." and i realized that she's from my cof class and she was also having her story workshopped this week.

but for a minute there, it was confusing.

uh.. my gum stopped bleeding! yay me! and the debate (about the chinese exclusion act) was, as promised, hilarious. a highlight:

eli (who is white): WHO MADE YOUR UNDERWEAR?!
charles (who is black): WHITE WORKERS!!

and... yeah, it was hilarious. especially because like... it's grinnell, and we were all like "well, of COURSE chinamen are inferior to white men, but they're good cheap labor!" "yes, but they're corrupting white society! with their OPIUM DENS and PROSTITUTES!"

also, i got this email from someone i don't know... a highlight:

Hi! my name is (x) and this semester, I am working for the Office
of Alumni Relations and Development. The project that I am currently
working on is developing a video piece that captures the various "Grinnell
experiences" of the students, faculty and staff on campus. The video will
be primarily used as a way of reinvigorating alumni about the changing
face of Grinnell and the amazing oppotunities that are offered here as well
as being available online for parents and prospective students.

While we are inviting the whole campus community to participate, the
group that I am working with on this project devised a list of people who
we thought would have interesting stories and opinions to share.


and i thought maybe that was just a gimmick, but i looked at the "to" line and it's only to like, 15 other people. wtf? i'm interesting now. aaaah.

also! in the post office today, i saw my old stats partner.. and i was had like, an awkard, "haven't really talked to you outside of class ever... should i wave? or just pretend i didn't see you?" moment, and then she just walked by so my crisis was averted. but then we both ended up leaving at the same time, and then she stopped and was like, "i just wanted to tell you that i thought the b&s was hilarious, my roommate and i both loved it..." and then we talked for a bit about why math sucks.

but. that was good. stuff like that makes ridiculous hours in the pubs building worthwhile.

also, my gum stopped bleeding, did i mention that? i think i did. but i'm pretty pleased about it.

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(this is x-posted from my plan. because clearly it's something that needs to be shared with the world.)

EW. ew.

ew.

so this morning i woke up with a weird taste in my mouth and something stuck between my teeth. so... i brushed them. and then i realized that i was bleeding profusely from my gums. well, gum. and just one part. apparently i flossed too vigorously between 2 teeth last night.

but this prompted a few interesing questions:
- how long has this been going on??
- if it was happening while i was asleep, where did the blood go? it wasn't on my pillow, did i swallow it?
- how much blood can i swallow before it becomes a problem?
- where's my copy of fight club when i need it?

did i mention ew?

fortunately it seems to have stopped bleeding. but if it hadn't? what would you do? i mean you can't just stick a band-aid in your mouth. or can you?

this is a horribly inauspicious way to start the week.

( < /x-posting >! new, boron-exclusive material!)

also, i had this dream where i was in tutorial again, but it was just 2 people, me and this other girl,. and it was taught by my high school spanish teacher, the one who always thought i was really depressed, and anyway the other girl brought all these detailed notes to class and i forgot my notebook and i had to run across campus only it was all crazy and big and mazelike and... yes.

a geekishly high percentage of my dreams are about not being prepared for class.

ALSO i have a big zit on my chin this morning AND i have to send my cof story to the class for workshopping. and i can't tell if it's clever or trite.

i HATE when i can't distinguish between clever and trite.

mm.

but, you know, pretty nice day out. and we're having a debate in history that should be pretty interesting. and.. things.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

listening to: indigo girls, you and me of the 10,000 wars (live)

my mom called me to ask if i wanted anything in bulk from sam's club. aww. i told her craisins and nutrigrain bars. mmm, craisins.

also last night aron called to congratulate me on the b&s. which was nice.

uh... I LIKE THINGS.

things like coffee, not things like homework. aah. i hope there's not a lot of trads2 reading. i hope this isn't like last weekend when i looked at the syllabus and was like "200 pages. by monday." oh. let me see. it's 2 poems. including "ozymandias" which always makes me think of watchmen. but AS I LEARNED from don juan, 2 poems (er.. cantos) could still be like 100 pages. so i should do that.

oh, i read the grim grotto yesterday and julia and christine were going to kill me, because like.. every chapter, i'd be like *GASP* really loudly. but it's SO EXCITING. but i can't even make veiled references to it. because julia and christine haven't read it and they might stab me.

which would be sad.

YOU SHOULD ALL READ LEMONY SNICKET BOOKS. including grim grotto. and then you should get online and talk to me about it.

because omg otp omg.

exclamation point(s).

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Saturday, September 25, 2004

listening to: bnl, when doves cry (live)

geeky board game night is so awesome. AND i bid on the carmen sandiego board game on ebay. i bid $1 and i'm the highest bidder.

woot.

yes, and once more i was the whore of babylon. alex asked me if i accepted dining dollars.

and i was so close to winning mare nostrum, but then everyone figured out my plan and ganged up on me and then julia won.

anne and i played racquetball today, it was hardcore. and then julia and christine and i went downtown and got sammiches. and mary and i ended up not going to the ani concert (tonight) because it's like, 4+ hours away and we had questionable transportation.

and etc.

alas.

oh, and when we were downtown christine went to the flowershop, to buy flowers (duh) and this guy was like, "i'm going to teach you something you don't know! here, go in the cooler!" so the 3 of us went in the walk-in flower cooler, expecting that he was going to show us like.. a flower. but instead, he turns off the light and shuts the door. and we're like "...?!" and then after a bit, he opened the door and turned on the lights and we were like "?" and he goes, "now you know what it's like to be milk! see, it's dark and cold.. like milk." and we were like "um, thanks?" and then he left. and let us out of the cooler. and the 2 flower ladies were like "oh, don't mind him, he's not really crazy. he's just the owner." and we were like, right.

and then christine bought her flowers, and as we were leaving, the owner was like "don't forget, now you know what it's like to be milk! you can go back to the college and tell the people on your floor about it!"

so um... now i know what it's like to be milk?

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Friday, September 24, 2004

listening to: tmbg, your racist friend

aah! i accidentally typed "list3ning to." i'm subconsciously 1337!

i'm tired.

but, professor simpson said my potc/rime of the ancient mariner paper sounds interesting. and he gave me a good direction to go in.

and it's friday. and i get to see ani tomorrow. and probably play mare nostrum tonight.

and i should clean my room. but i might take a nap instead.

or read some more of something rotten which i finally got ahold of. thank you, stewart library.

uh... anyone else want a b&s? right now my list is:
- miriam
- amanda
- sarah
- michelle
- nick
- aron
- katie
- kait

anyone else want a piece of this? it's got a sexy sexy picture of me and christine on the front page. (i got too lazy to get other people to be in the pictures, so it's just me and my roommates. and dylan. i was hoping that no one would notice that it was me, since i'm at weird angle. and holding a bottle of vodka. but the first thing eli said when he looked at it was "nice picture..."

but, so it goes.

OH GOD i need to write my trads2 paper. which should be awesomefun. but i have to, like, do it. AND i need to read for history and prepare for the debate. and write my cof scene.

and yes i have all weekend. but. uh. stuff.

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so i should be doing my reading for history. but. vbrown won't be there, we're watching a movie in class. and i should still read it to be prepared. but the motivation here is like "it's friday afternoon. go blog. or take a nap."

hm. in trads2 today i successfully compared mr. bennet to stewie from family guy. i win.

also julie and i were talking about how i accidentally did an extra assignment...

"you're overworked and underpaid."
"seriously, less than minimum wage. NEGATIVE minimum wage."

it's more than negative minimum wage. awhile ago someone did the math for the actual cost per hour of class and it's definitely more than $5.15/hour.

gah. AND last time i went to the post office neither the b&s nor the s&b had arrived. they should BE here by now.

i worry. (i wasn't kidding when i called myself the b&s's mom.)

but this issue is (mostly) online now. actually it was already secretly online. but now you can get to it from the main page and the archive page and things. grinnellbs.com is the best website ever.

(that's a lie.) a couple of the articles aren't there. and a couple of them got edited a bit after i put them online and now i'm too lazy to change them. but you get the jist. (is it jist or gist? oh, it's gist. well, you get the gist.)

(hey look, i went to eat lunch and meet with professor simpson and didn't publish this. and the b&s is now happily in the post office. i even saw somebody reading one. and there are only a few fuckups, most of which you'd only notice if you were b&s staff. which most people aren't. the end.)

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

i'm a bad prospie host, she was asleep by the time i got back home. i've pre-paid my karma though, since i had to ride to cedar rapids with boo. but, i fell asleep, and then on the way back i only had to ride as far as iowa city with him and then i went back with mary.

but.

stuff!

and whenever i'd start feeling bad about him being my secret enemy, he'd stay stuff like "it's a point of pride that when republicans ask me for a voter reg form, i tell them no."

but, i got masala! mm, delicious. and i got to hang out with miriam! yay! i heart miriam.

oh, did i mention that carole king was at the kerry rally? it was so random. i got there late so all i saw her do was "i feel the earth move" and "locomotion."

did i mention that edwards was at the kerry rally? did i even mention that i was going to a kerry rally?

because all of those things are true.

(*skims last entries*) ah. yes. i did mention those.

tura: yes i am jealous!! i want to take a class i can watch tww in!! also, i know i owe you an email. i'm so bad at replying to email. you'd think that, as much time as i spend on the interweb, i'd be good at email. but i'm not. i'm also bad at aim.

what i'm good at is mixed media mail.

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listening to: matty c, look alive (live)

remember how i wanted professor drake to be my grandfather? i want professor brown to be like, my aunt. and toby ziegler to be my uncle. and professor simpson to be my big brother. and cj to be my other aunt.

i mean, my real family's good too. but my fantasy professor/west wing family would be neat.

let's see. david roediger's talk was way cool.

and. i put up the b&s posters and almost died. note to me, recruit tall people for the b&s. or, invest in a stepladder. (ps, sorry like... all i've been talking about lately is the b&s, but it sort of ate my brain this week.)

also the library lady printed one of them glossy and i only budgeted $15 for posters but now i've spent $25 because of the glossy one. boo-urns!

and i have a prospie tonight but christine has to go get her because i'm going to see john edwards. and, apparently, carole king.

also lately the phrase "I LIKE THINGS" (often in caps) has been in my vocabulary and i didn't know why. but now i think it's from that daily show commercial. "do you like things? if so, call for free tickets.."

because... i like things.

*shifty eyes*

posted by ~renata~ at 3:46 PM
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

! i had to talk to boo TWICE today and go to his ROOM and you all know how that makes me feel.

actually, no, you probably don't know who i'm talking about.

but, he gave me my ticket to see kerry tomorrow. except it's actually apparently edwards now and not kerry.

(boo: i have bad news?
me (thinking): i hope i don't have to ride with him to cedar rapids.)
me (aloud): yeah?
boo: kerry's not actually going to be there.
me: oh?
boo: yeah, it's edwards. oh, but you saw all the candidates last year anyway.
me: yeah.
boo: you're going at 4:15, right?
me: yeah.
boo: i'm not sure which group i'm leaving with.. i guess it depends on how many people need rides.
me (thinking): oh god i hope i don't have to ride with him.
me (aloud): well, either way i'll see you tomorrow!
boo: i have your ticket, i could give it to you, my room's just downstairs.
me: *blink* sure.)

the best part of this story is that after i left boo's room, i went to the pubs building and worked on the poster for awhile, and when i came back, julia and alex were both like "RENATA!"

because apparently i had forgotten to tell them that i had to go work on stuff in the pubs building and they had assumed that i was still with boo, either willingly (alex's theory) or not (julia's.)

hee. earlier today, at the loose head picnic, jacqui was talking about her secret enemy, whom she really doesn't like but this kid has no idea. and i was like, i have a secret enemy too! (it's boo, if you couldn't tell. aka the head of campus dems aka boo bacobs.) and i have NO IDEA WHY but i just do not like this kid at all.

as you all know.

the b&s posters this issue are kind of lame. and we only get 3 of them. because sparc cut our budget by like, a million dollars. but they're done and have andy ampersand dressed like a jedi.

so they've got that going for them.

gah. i really want to do my additional readings for history but i still have required readings for poli sci. but as i told alex, "poli sci isn't real!"

tomorrow! the convo speaker is david roediger, a historian whose stuff we're reading! and we get to go see him (well i mean, everyone gets to go to convo) but then we get to have lunch with him and talk to him!!

he's so cool! he does whiteness studies with irish immigrants!!

(i really need to get around to declaring that double history major. i'm spilling geekiness all over the place.)

seriously though. teh awesome.

posted by ~renata~ at 11:26 PM
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

listening to: g-tones, wade in the water

hey, it turns out that i'm a genius. see, amanda (the b&s artist) asked me what she should draw for our advertising posters. and i was like "umm... return of the b&s... do something star wars. maybe andy ampersand with a lightsaber." not really thinking about, except that it was our first issue this year, so "return of the b&s" would be good.

but guess what came out on dvd today? totally the original trilogy.

thus, i am a genius. possibly even a super genius.

also a super genius? jon stewart.

we're so predestined.

posted by ~renata~ at 10:58 PM
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listening to: aqua, my oh my

SO the last few days have possibly been the most stressful of my LIFE.

but it's DONE now.

and i still went to ALL my classes and did MOST of my homework and didn't raise my VOICE to anyone unless using CAPITAL LETTERS in BLOG ENTRIES count.

devon: thanks for the concern ^_^ don't worry, i'm fine. everything's done, i have great roommates and great staff and (now) lots of ddp in the fridge.

future issues of the b&S should be much less stressful, since (hopefully) we got all our technological kinks worked out.

in other news, i tried to go to the graphic novel book club, but it was from "4-5" which i misread as "4:15", so when i got there it was already over. but, that's only because the actual YA librarian was gone, so the meeting was basically just like, "she's not here. bye." but, i got to check out the happy hocky family and julia just read it to me.

i LOVE the happy hocky family.

anyway. b&s is done. it is my baby. *pets volume 3, issue 1* if any of you out there in non-grinnell would like a copy, i would be happy to send you one. but if you don't want one, that's totally fine, i'm not going to be offended if you don't. but, if you DO want one and would read it (and it is much more awesome in paper than online) then let me know and i'll send one your way.

posted by ~renata~ at 5:07 PM
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oh but how can i have color angst when i'm listening to aqua?

roses are red
and violets are blue
honey is sweet
but not as sweet as you
la de da deeda
la de da deeda
dum de da de da
dum de da de da
come pick my roses


c'mon. those are the WORDS.

rock out.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:56 PM
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WHY IS THIS ISSUE OF THE B&S CURSED?

*angst angst angst*

it's actually not that big of a deal. even if we don't manage to fix it, all that'll happen is that we have some blue lines instead of gray.

but goddammit, they're supposed to be gray.

I LIKE THEM GRAY.

and now i don't know where christine is. i was having color angst and i think she left. or, her door's shut. maybe she's in her room. aaah i should be reading for cof but i'm not because THEY SHOULD BE GRAY.

update: ALSO THERE'S NO MORE DDP IN THE FRIDGE! NOW I HAVE TO DRINK WARM DDP! FEAR MY CAPITAL LETTERS!

posted by ~renata~ at 1:49 PM
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it's SO HARD to read poli sci when you have aqua in your head.

haha, you all thought that was going to say "it's SO HARD to be me," didn't you? DIDN'T YOU!?

posted by ~renata~ at 8:57 AM
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okay, blogger's time is all off and i tried to fix it and then it was all, "now i will not publish at all! aha!" so that last post (and this one) are actually an hour earlier. yep.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:48 AM
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oh, my god, i have done none of my homework for tomorrow (and instead of actually doing it, i'm going to tell you all about it.)

(seriously, you know all my "i love the b&s!" posts? someone please remind me of them ^_^)

i will now give you a schedule of my day.

8:30 alarm clock time, 8:00 realtime: my alarm goes off. i hit snooze.
8:37 alarm clock time, 8:07 realtime: my alarm goes off. i hit snooze.
8: 44 alarm clock time, 8:14 realtime: my alarm goes off. i reset it for 9:30.
9:30 alarm clock time, 9:00 realtime: my alarm goes off.
9:35 alarm clock time, 9:05 realtime: i get out of bed. i shower, get dressed, eat a bagel leftover from last weeks' grab and go, check email and computer related things. do some reading.
10:50: i leave my room. i go to the post office and get my mail. i have a package slip! my new ben folds cd has arrived.
11:00: i make it to trads2 exactly on time.
11:50: trads2 ends. i scurry over to arh, as my immigration history class, along with several other classes, is having a lunchtime megaclass on the topic of whiteness.
12:05: i feel bad about being white.
12:45: i feel hungry.
1:00: mega class ends. i wander over to grab and go, return to my room, and eat. am disappointed with italian sub.
1:30: i absolutely don't remember what i did between this and class.
2:15: immigration history.
3:05: end of class. i check my mail again, this time have received history exam.
3:10: i stop at the forum and purchase a hershey's special dark chocolate bar. i return to my room and consume aforementioned bar. it is delicious. i get sucked into email and such things.
3:40: i go to the pubs building and work on fixing the b&s, having received brad's copyedits the night before.
5:30: julia comes to pick me up. we get dinner and are joined by christine. there's crazy-delicious green jello salad.
6:00: julia and i attempt to watch the daily show rerun. haines, james, and read lounges are full. we give up.
6:05: i go back to the pubs building and work on the b&s some more.
6:45: i try to print. it will not.
6:46: i try the other b&s computer. still no printing.
6:47: i try one of the s&b computers. nope.
6:55: i print in inslab. success! then i scurry to grinell-in-london meeting.
6:59: am on time for grinnell-in-london meeting. eat cookie.
7:45: i head over to the forum for the guest speaker whose name i can't spell. being early, i purchase some hot chocolate. discover that there are free cookies at the speaker.
7:50: eat another cookie. talk to carly.
8:00: speaker.
9:20: speaker is done. i head back to the pubs building.
9:30: long story short it took two fucking panicky hours to convert this issue to pdf. i nearly cry after the first 20 minutes.
9:50: instead, i call the layout editor. she comes over.
11:20: layout fixed. layout editor leaves.
11:21: spend 15 minutes trying to get layout to save. try to print. 6 pages print, then the printer is out of paper. i get more paper. there is only legal size left. instead i grab the last 2 pages from the previous print attempt. i email pdf to our printer. hurrah!
11:35:: i walk across campus.
11:45: i arrive at dylan's room. return his camera, and show him this issue. inform him that if he finds any mistakes he'd better not fucking tell me. we spend some time congratulating ourselves and our staff. we are awesome.
12:00: i leave dylan's room.
12:05: i stop at the forum on the way home. attempt to buy some juice. am informed that the forum closes at midnight. bastards.
12:10: i return to haines 2. i talk to julia and alex for awhile.
12:20: i return to my room. i remember that i needed to drop off some old b&s issues to the student-alumni relations chick earlier today. i curse.
12:25: i walk down the loggia and drop said issues off at her room.
12:30: back home. i pour myself some white cranberrry-peach juice. it is tasty and refreshing.
12:31:: i open blogger and begin typing this.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:47 AM
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(by the way, please don't take the last post as a plea for pity, or any such. yes i'm busy, but it's all stuff i chose and it's all awesome awesome. just, once in awhile, slightly overwhelming ^_~)

posted by ~renata~ at 1:34 AM
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Monday, September 20, 2004

whew. i just about gave myself a heart attack when i got my history exam back in the mail, opened it up, and saw a 42. fortunately, there were 2 essays, and 42 was just my grade on one of them.

christine is reading shel silverstein aloud and that's happy ^_^

also happy: hershey's special dark chocolate. mmm... so special. and delicious.

mary- thanks for the offer. and thanks for actually like, you know, knowing how to do your job ;) the things themselves aren't actually a big deal-- i can convert to pdf and scan things all night long. i'm just pissed that they lied about it. whatever, i'll get over it.

posted by ~renata~ at 3:23 PM
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goddammit people. when i interview you for a job, and i ask you a straighforward question like "do you know how to convert pagemaker files to pdfs?" or "do you know how to use a scanner?" PLEASE DO NOT LIE TO ME AND THEN TELL ME ABOUT IT AFTER I'D HIRED YOU.

it's not like i wouldn't give you the job if you couldn't work a scanner!! i'd just teach you to work a scanner sometime BEFORE the day before the print deadline.

is all.

yeah, and don't think i won't stab you.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:17 PM
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HAHAHA i just started an animorphs discussion on plans.

i win.

actually i lose. but it seems there are several people here in loserland with me.

i'm tired.

the end.

posted by ~renata~ at 10:35 AM
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insomnia sucks.

posted by ~renata~ at 1:40 AM
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oh, my god, i have done none of my homework for tomorrow (and instead of actually doing it, i'm going to tell you all about it.)

(seriously, you know all my "i love the b&s!" posts? someone please remind me of them ^_^)

i will now give you a schedule of my day.

8:30 alarm clock time, 8:00 realtime: my alarm goes off. i hit snooze.
8:37 alarm clock time, 8:07 realtime: my alarm goes off. i hit snooze.
8: 44 alarm clock time, 8:14 realtime: my alarm goes off. i reset it for 9:30.
9:30 alarm clock time, 9:00 realtime: my alarm goes off.
9:35 alarm clock time, 9:05 realtime: i get out of bed. i shower, get dressed, eat a bagel leftover from last weeks' grab and go, check email and computer related things. do some reading.
10:50: i leave my room. i go to the post office and get my mail. i have a package slip! my new ben folds cd has arrived.
11:00: i make it to trads2 exactly on time.
11:50: trads2 ends. i scurry over to arh, as my immigration history class, along with several other classes, is having a lunchtime megaclass on the topic of whiteness.
12:05: i feel bad about being white.
12:45: i feel hungry.
1:00: mega class ends. i wander over to grab and go, return to my room, and eat. am disappointed with italian sub.
1:30: i absolutely don't remember what i did between this and class.
2:15: immigration history.
3:05: end of class. i check my mail again, this time have received history exam.
3:10: i stop at the forum and purchase a hershey's special dark chocolate bar. i return to my room and consume aforementioned bar. it is delicious. i get sucked into email and such things.
3:40: i go to the pubs building and work on fixing the b&s, having received brad's copyedits the night before.
5:30: julia comes to pick me up. we get dinner and are joined by christine. there's crazy-delicious green jello salad.
6:00: julia and i attempt to watch the daily show rerun. haines, james, and read lounges are full. we give up.
6:05: i go back to the pubs building and work on the b&s some more.
6:45: i try to print. it will not.
6:46: i try the other b&s computer. still no printing.
6:47: i try one of the s&b computers. nope.
6:55: i print in inslab. success! then i scurry to grinell-in-london meeting.
6:59: am on time for grinnell-in-london meeting. eat cookie.
7:45: i head over to the forum for the guest speaker whose name i can't spell. being early, i purchase some hot chocolate. discover that there are free cookies at the speaker.
7:50: eat another cookie. talk to carly.
8:00: speaker.
9:20: speaker is done. i head back to the pubs building.
9:30: long story short it took two fucking panicky hours to convert this issue to pdf. i nearly cry after the first 20 minutes.
9:50: instead, i call the layout editor. she comes over.
11:20: layout fixed. layout editor leaves.
11:21: spend 15 minutes trying to get layout to save. try to print. 6 pages print, then the printer is out of paper. i get more paper. there is only legal size left. instead i grab the last 2 pages from the previous print attempt. i email pdf to our printer. hurrah!
11:35:: i walk across campus.
11:45: i arrive at dylan's room. return his camera, and show him this issue. inform him that if he finds any mistakes he'd better not fucking tell me. we spend some time congratulating ourselves and our staff. we are awesome.
12:00: i leave dylan's room.
12:05: i stop at the forum on the way home. attempt to buy some juice. am informed that the forum closes at midnight. bastards.
12:10: i return to haines 2. i talk to julia and alex for awhile.
12:20: i return to my room. i remember that i needed to drop off some old b&s issues to the student-alumni relations chick earlier today. i curse.
12:25: i walk down the loggia and drop said issues off at her room.
12:30: back home. i pour myself some white cranberrry-peach juice. it is tasty and refreshing.
12:31:: i open blogger and begin typing this.

posted by ~renata~ at 12:47 AM
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oh, my god, i have done none of my homework for tomorrow (and instead of actually doing it, i'm going to tell you all about it.)

(seriously, you know all my "i love the b&s!" posts? someone please remind me of them ^_^)

i will now give you a schedule of my day.

8:30 alarm clock time, 8:00 realtime: my alarm goes off. i hit snooze.
8:37 alarm clock time, 8:07 realtime: my alarm goes off. i hit snooze.
8: 44 alarm clock time, 8:14 realtime: my alarm goes off. i reset it for 9:30.
9:30 alarm clock time, 9:00 realtime: my alarm goes off.
9:35 alarm clock time, 9:05 realtime: i get out of bed. i shower, get dressed, eat a bagel leftover from last weeks' grab and go, check email and computer related things. do some reading.
10:50: i leave my room. i go to the post office and get my mail. i have a package slip! my new ben folds cd has arrived.
11:00: i make it to trads2 exactly on time.
11:50: trads2 ends. i scurry over to arh, as my immigration history class, along with several other classes, is having a lunchtime megaclass on the topic of whiteness.
12:05: i feel bad about being white.
12:45: i feel hungry.
1:00: mega class ends. i wander over to grab and go, return to my room, and eat. am disappointed with italian sub.
1:30: i absolutely don't remember what i did between this and class.
2:15: immigration history.
3:05: end of class. i check my mail again, this time have received history exam.
3:10: i stop at the forum and purchase a hershey's special dark chocolate bar. i return to my room and consume aforementioned bar. it is delicious. i get sucked into email and such things.
3:40: i go to the pubs building and work on fixing the b&s, having received brad's copyedits the night before.
5:30: julia comes to pick me up. we get dinner and are joined by christine. there's crazy-delicious green jello salad.
6:00: julia and i attempt to watch the daily show rerun. haines, james, and read lounges are full. we give up.
6:05: i go back to the pubs building and work on the b&s some more.
6:45: i try to print. it will not.
6:46: i try the other b&s computer. still no printing.
6:47: i try one of the s&b computers. nope.
6:55: i print in inslab. success! then i scurry to grinell-in-london meeting.
6:59: am on time for grinnell-in-london meeting. eat cookie.
7:45: i head over to the forum for the guest speaker whose name i can't spell. being early, i purchase some hot chocolate. discover that there are free cookies at the speaker.
7:50: eat another cookie. talk to carly.
8:00: speaker.
9:20: speaker is done. i head back to the pubs building.
9:30: long story short it took two fucking panicky hours to convert this issue to pdf. i nearly cry after the first 20 minutes.
9:50: instead, i call the layout editor. she comes over.
11:20: layout fixed. layout editor leaves.
11:21: spend 15 minutes trying to get layout to save. try to print. 6 pages print, then the printer is out of paper. i get more paper. there is only legal size left. instead i grab the last 2 pages from the previous print attempt. i email pdf to our printer. hurrah!
11:35:: i walk across campus.
11:45: i arrive at dylan's room. return his camera, and show him this issue. inform him that if he finds any mistakes he'd better not fucking tell me. we spend some time congratulating ourselves and our staff. we are awesome.
12:00: i leave dylan's room.
12:05: i stop at the forum on the way home. attempt to buy some juice. am informed that the forum closes at midnight. bastards.
12:10: i return to haines 2. i talk to julia and alex for awhile.
12:20: i return to my room. i remember that i needed to drop off some old b&s issues to the student-alumni relations chick earlier today. i curse.
12:25: i walk down the loggia and drop said issues off at her room.
12:30: back home. i pour myself some white cranberrry-peach juice. it is tasty and refreshing.
12:31:: i open blogger and begin typing this.

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

listening to: wang chung, everybody have fun tonight

my parents totally left me a voicemail that was the two of them going "arr!" "ahoy!" "matey!" "... happy pirate.. talking like.. day!"

they're great.

uh.. i wrote this and then went to dinner. i find that i actually eat better at school than at home, because here i'm like "this is all crap! ooh, cottage cheese and carrot sticks. and softserve ice cream. *shifty eyes*"

yep.

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i just saw supersize me, which was v.g. and worth waiting all thwarted summer to see. also i may never eat a chicken nugget again.

let's see. i'm pretty busy... lots of last-minute-ish b&s stuff (it's due to the printer by tuesday.) sigh, and i was just thinking "god, i hope fiddler's green isn't the weekend before our november print..." and yeah, it totally is. oh well. it'll get done.

and i finished my imm history readings and i'm nowhere near done with my trads2 readings, but i'm definitely familiar enough with pride and prejudice that i'm not too concerned with finishing by tomorrow. and anyway i have all evening.

except i have to meet with the layout editor in 15 minutes and i'd really like to watch the optional-recommended history movie.

and i have to organize the scipe candidate researchers.

but. we'll see.

um.

i'm really loving editing the b&s. it's so much fun. although my curiously apologetic yet control freakish personality is making me a little conflicted. case in point:

dylan: *finishes typing the comic script we'd been working on*
me: (in a tone that suggests that i'm asking something totally unreasonable, and could he please just humor me) um, could i please.. just, you know, check the grammar before you send it to amanda?

seriously, what? that's my JOB, and dylan KNOWS he doesn't have the best grammar. why should i even hesitate to ask about that?

ah well.

last night was way fun! a bunch of us played settlers of catan, and then trivial pursuit. and for tp, jake and i were a team.. .and we're both english majors... and serious amounts of ridiculousness ensued.

examples:
our one sports question (for the pie): "something something tennis player something got booed."
me: how about john mackenroe? sounds like... something he'd do. also i can't think of any other tennis players.
jake: me neither.
me: okay, we think john mackenroe.
alex: well OBVIOUSLY it's john mackenroe! blah blah blah i know things about sports.
me: just give us our pie.

question: name the smallest integer, bigger than one, that is both a perfect square and a perfect cube.
me and jake, in unsion: three!! no... wait...
then we deliberated for seriously, like, five minutes. basically we just kept trying to cube random numbers, and then we'd laugh hysterically for awhile. at some point someone was like, "i like that EVERYONE else knows this and you two are trying to work it out by hand!"
and i was like "what?! you all KNOW this? how?!" and jake and i were sad.
the highlight of this debacle was me trying to figure out 4 cubed. "what's 4 cubed? wait, 16 times three!"

but we eventually got it. it's 64. eight squared. also 4 cubed. as we eventually figured out.

and despite these trials and tribulations, we eventually won. woo, awesome.

and now i have my meeting. byee!

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

listening to: stu, eclipse

random amusing quote: "think of the irony, we're re-enacting the sims in real life..."

(the above is a true story. julia and i, on occasion, thing it's hilarious to have sim conversations. these go something like "parthenon?" "parthenon!" "parthenon!" "silverware?" "silverware!" *use fingers to make plus sign above head*" "dolphin?" "NO DOLPHINS!" "*minus sign above head*")

it's greaaat. we're winners.

anyway. as soon as christine's out of the shower, i too will take a shower, and then i will trek to burling for to get secondary sources about romanticism. and then i will go eat lunch and then i will go canvassing for tom rielly and then i will come back and then i will go to wal-mart and buy christine a new brita pitcher because i accidentally dropped hers (they should make nalgene brita pitchers, dammit) and... well, as you can see i have a very full day ahead of me.

mary: yes, yes i did. but a.) i haven't taken post-colonial lit, and thus am free to use "exotic," and b.) the longman anthology of british literature uses "exotic" like 208354 times to talk about romanticism. you can't really discuss orientalism without "exotic." i mean, you could but it would be unncessesarily awkward.

The appeal lay not only in exotic settings and remote ages themselves but also in the freedom these licsensed to explore superstitions and customs that had been dismissed by Enlightenment thinkers who championed faith in "Reason," progress, and universal truths."

it may well have ten thousand kinds of racist connotations, but that doesn't mean that a.) Romanticism itself was not racist and b.) that it's an innapropriate word to use when discussing Romanticism.

i feel.

the end.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

*HUGE ANIME EYES*

i love it when i start theses kind of randomly and then stuff keeps building and then i realize that i'm AWESOME. (this notably happened with my final tutorial paper, which involved a complicated parallel between geography and the relationships between people in a peter handke novella and a wim wenders film. and was awesome.)

here's the like, two sentences of my thesis thus far.

The film Pirates of the Caribbean has many characteristics of a Romantic work, as illustrated by the number of parallels between the film and Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Some of the key concepts of Romanticism can be found Pirates of the Caribbean, such as an emphasis on the exotic, superstitions and the imagination, a focus on “outcasts of all kinds” (Damrosch 9), and originality and a willingness to defy tradition.

i win.

plus the whole curse of the black pearl is totally stolen from mariner, with the aztecs playing the role of the albatross and the crew of the pearl collectively representing the mariner.

but i must go right now, whilst i still hold all the pieces of my thesis together in my mind. if i dally it will all fall apart and i'll have to reconstruct it.

posted by ~renata~ at 11:32 PM
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listening to: bree sharp, walk away

can i just say that i love that b&s articles are anonymous? because that way if someone says they like it. it's not cuz they knew you wrote it and want to be nice. it's because they liked it. so if nick, upon seeing an advance copy of this month's issue, singles out my favorite line of my favorite of my articles as something that he thought was especially funny, without knowing it was mine... well, that makes me really happy.

in fact i'm going to quote all of his plan update because it makes me happy and i want to save it.


"Perkins stressed that, while the course will focus on snakes and whips, it will also teach future archaeologists other necessary skills, such as identifying Nazi spies and proper hat maintenance."

Allegedly, pride is a vice. But it can't be when it comes to watching [renata] make the B&S her own. Thanks renata for not being a fuck up.
Year two of the B&S being funnier than the GUM begins.


i realize that, as far as compliments go, "thanks for not being a fuckup" isn't necessarily high end. but it's nick and it is and i'm a pretty happy kid.

and i have so much work to do this weekend. aaah. but some of it, at least, is watching pirates of the caribbean. so, could be worse.

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WHEN will i learn to stop judging reading assigments by their number, not their length? like for immigration history "oh, i only have 2 more articles. i can do them after trads2." except 2 articles is of course like 50 pages. which i did finish before class (and still with time to blog!)

but you'd really think i'd have learned, since for trads2 on wednesday, i did "oh, i only have 2 cantos.." yeah, definitely more like 60 pages.

lord byron, you are awesome but long-winded.

also i was sad because i went to group discussion all excited to talk about bryon. and everyone else was like, "i didn't like him, he's so full of himself." and i was like "but.. it's funny! he's doing it on purpose! he's like strong bad!" and they were like "what?"

shot down.

he totally IS like strong bad, though.

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a survey ganked from kait. just cos.

1. Who or what is on your computer's wallpaper?
at present it's tori, from purplesque. because i heart her. i haven't changed it in awhile though, maybe i will. okay, now it's my awesome cj wallpaper that mary made for me. it says "set fire to the room. do it now."

2. Go through your DVD/pre-bought video collection. Which three actors or actresses feature the most in them?
jason mewes, kevin smith, and... i guess it's gotta be brian o'holloran.

3. Go through your book shelves. Which three authors have written the majority of the books?
here... well, neil still wins, and david sedaris, bill bryson, and edith hamilton tie for second. at home, with all of my books, i'm not sure who the other 2 would be. probably still bill bryson, but maybe vonnegut or jk rowling instead of david sedaris.

4. And what about CDs?
i think it might actually be ani, even though i have all of tori's cds and some singles, just because ani has a lot of cds. let's see. 11 tori (12 if you count bfp even though it got stolen), 10 ani cds (but 12 if you count self-titled and not so soft, even though they got stolen.) so.. it's a tie if you count the ones that got stolen, but tori wins if you don't.

5. Open up the picture folder(s) on your hard drive. Of which actor/actress/movie/tv series/musician do you have the most pictures?
clearly curtis, since i have all of cc.com backed up on my harddrive. that's a lie, actually, i only have all of cc.com as of like, last year backed up here. still.

6. And what about your Live Journal user pictures? Who is on the majority of those?
i only have 3, so i try to keep them balanced. right now i have 1 west wing, 1 jon stewart, and 1 tori. i think if you count all of the icons i have on my harddrive there's probably a west wing majority, especially cj. (i have a lot of tori-related icons, but a lot of them don't actually have *her* on them, just her lyrics.)

well! that was a lot more fun than reading the giaour. why is it that don juan is so awesome, and the giaour is so non-awesome?

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

grrr, i'm editing my column and i think i'm going to have to cut my favorite part. dammit. it's my favorite part!

but it doesn't really relate to the rest of the column. and it's too long. dammit.

but it cracks me up.

maybe i'll just post it here. i think i will.

rip, best part of my column.


“What?” I asked, expecting that she had received some bad news, like Bush had gained more percentage points, or maybe Zell Miller had challenged her to a duel. I briefly pictured her nobly accepting his challenge—perhaps I would serve as her second. I wondered what weapon Zell would pick (or would she get to pick, being the challenge-ee? I’m so dusty on my dueling etiquette), and I hoped it would be something Nerf.

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listening to: bree sharp, guttermouth

hee, christine and i are sneaky and plan secret birthday parties with cheatcake. (or, as julia said, "at first i was like, wow, all these people came at the same time, that's weird!")

yes. happy birthday once more, miss julia :)

oh! and it was cpp night in the dining hall!! life is exciting.

*frowl* the cb boards are down and that's sad.

let's see. i wrote my backpage column for the b&s and it's way too long. i just got really excited about it. so i need to cut it down enough to make it fit on the page, and then smaller yet to have room for a sidebar. crizzist.

oh!! and julia was talking about how stupid yu-gi-oh is, and i was like, yeah, the only bad anime i watch is case closed, and alex was like, i watch case closed too!! it's the only thing ON at 2 am! and we had a moment.

AND in cof professor smith talked about animorphs and she was like, "did anyone read those?" and i so didn't want to be like "HELLZ YEAH" because everyone else just looked confused. maybe one day i'll be able to admit that in class. but today is not that day.

also i have dylan's digital camera and it's SO tiny and SHINY and that RHYMES. but seriously, it's like the size of a deck of cards and i'm kind of neurotic about breaking it or losing it or SOMETHING. ALSO he has a sink in his room. must investigate further. do all north campus rooms have sinks? just clark? just clark pit? just dylan's room?

may be willing to live on north campus for room sink.

have i mentioned that life is exciting? cuz it is.

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by the way, after that last post i've decided that diet dr. pepper will henceforth be known as ddp. officially. because i drink SO much of it and diet dr. pepper is so many words. mm, ddp.

dude, on cpp night i could eat some cpp and drink some ddp. and then do some ddr. except there's no ddp in the dining hall and i wouldn't want to do ddr right after eating cpp. (cpp=chicken patty parsmesan, and one of the most delicious things in the dining hall. not that that's a real competitive race. the only other dining hall food to merit an acronym is larg, lentil and roasted garlic soup.)

there, now we're all on the same page.

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listening to: bnl, the flag

soo i just had a meeting with sparc [student publications and radio committee] that was like,
them: we should give you less money.
me: no, give me more.
them: why?
me: because i'm awesome?

but seriously, they cut the b&s budget by a huge and seemingly arbitrary amount.

buuut they said most of my things were reasonable. so hopefully they will give me more money. unfortunately the other money is to pay other people. and not me. still. i felt bad having to cut their wages. so hopefully i won't have to.

except they were looking at my old budget and kept asking questions about it. and i was like, um, i changed that. in the new budget. that i gave you. remember?

and they were like, oh yeah, the new budget. um.. stuff.

it was embarrassing, though, i felt bad asking for money. even though we need it. i don't know.

also it annoyed me when they were like, "$20/article is how much the s&b pays, and they have to do actual work and not just make stuff up. you should get less." because, yes, technically we do just make stuff up. but it's not that easy, bitches.

okay, sometimes it is that easy. but apparently not everyone can do it. so give us money. the end.

mm. mary: this friday, next saturday.... uh.. sometime. like i can tell time. actually now that i think about it i'm not sure i ever actually knew when the concert was, i just thought it was friday for some reason. or maybe i did know and just forgot. whatever. woo ani.

i like rice krispie treats. and diet dr. pepper. i really want a ddp but i just had 2 cups of coffee and i don't want to overstimulate myself. then i'll be all crazy and jumpy in cof. (the other day christine referred to cof as "cough" and i was so confused. but i get it now!)

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i secretly want to marry fourteenacross too.

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it is now officially miss julia's birthday!!!

*throws confetti*

you rock! and are my favorite roommate whose name starts with "j" ever!!

ps: boo bacob!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

listening to: bnl, box set

hi! so, dylan and amanda and i got together to script the first b&s comic. i think it's going to be really funny. it's called "the adventures of amazing girl" and, yes. i don't want to give anything away just yet but i will say that dylan and i got into an argument over which was funnier, mind-reading or narcolepsy. (ultimate decision: both.)

also there's a joke that's only funny if you know binary.

basically it's gonna RULE.

also i think dylan thinks i'm a huge dork because i kept being like "just like lizzie mcguire!" and "just like that's so raven!" but whatever, not only am i actually a huge dork, i'm also his boss. ha!

ALSO i get to go to an ani concert for free on friday. (thanks to the awesomeness of mary!) we're trying to make people register to vote beforehand. but. yeah, should rock.

life= the awesome, really.

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listening to: tori, smells like teen spirit

congrats, priscellie, miriam, and grinnellians: you go to one of cosmo girl!'s top 50 colleges for cosmo girls!.

i'm terribly amused by professor simpson's take on this list: "Grinnell is on there, as well as both of the schools I attended, which may explain why I always have students saying, "Hey, Professor Simpson, I know you're not a girl, but if you were, you would be a total CosmoGIRL! is what you'd be." Mystery solved. "

whew. you know, when i was choosing a college the one thought that constantly plagued me was "what would cosmo girl! do?"

and now i know: they would buy lots of makeup, and then go to grinnell. (one of two isn't bad, right?)

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random amusing quote : "you've dated two boys?!"
"well, not at the same time..."

there were more, and i don't remeeeember.

hee! julia is student teaching. kindergarten. so she comes home and says, "for monday i have to write my first full lesson plan!"

to which i replied, "well, you could do something modern... something relevant..."

"the internet!"

i have so much stuff i should be doing. but watch me blog. watch me!

actually now watch me walk to the post office with julia. even though i just went like 45 minutes ago. hey, maybe i got some mail between then and now. maybe.

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reading more lord byron (really, i can't emphasize this enough, he's hifuckinglarious.) and i was so amused by this stanza:

This was Don Juan's earliest scrape; but whether
I shall proceed with his adventures is
Dependent on the public altogether;
We'll see, however, what they say to this,
Their favour in an author's cap's a feather,
And no great mischief's done by their caprice
And if their approbation we experience,
Perhaps they'll have some more about a year hence.

because seriously, that is the direct precursor to "OMG PLZ R&R!! i'll write soem more if people like it!!1!"

also, it talks about posse comitatus. sweet, lord byron will teach me about stuart davis and the west wing.

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michelle!! you still exist!! that's exciting and worthy of double exclamation points!!

yes, you may definitely have my last dem bumper sticker. (and don't be silly, postage is like, 37 cents. not a big deal ^_^) just send your address my way.

woot.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

i neeeeed to be doing my readings but this is way blogworthy.

SO we're reading lord byron (specifically don juan) for trads2. and i had never read bryon before-- and i'm so surprised at how funny he is. seriously, the man's hilarious. and SUCH a bitch. but one of the footnotes says, "de rerum natura ("on the nature of things"), by 1st century bc roman poet lucretius, argues a materialistic view of the world."

and "rerum natura" is a stuart davis song! *flails excitedly*

in conclusion, go read lord byron, because he's funny and will teach you about stuart davis songs.

posted by ~renata~ at 11:33 PM
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listening to: blessid union, let me be the one

SO what did i do today?

b&s vol 3, issue 1 is mostly laid out. except for the things that don't exist yet.

i voted! in the school board election. it's the first time i've voted-voted. (julia was surprised by this, but i've only been 18 for a year. and i caucused.)

only one of the school board spots was contested, and it was between the incumbent, pro-evolution candidate and an anti-evolution candidate. and if he won, there would be an anti-evolution majority on the board. so there was a huuuge movement on campus to vote. and vicki (the incumbent) won. by 752 to 246. we don't have exact numbers but about 150-200 students voted.

which is awesome.

yay voting.

um. and i have like 23048238 pages of reading for trads2. so maybe i'll go do that.

oh, and if anyone wants an awesome "be a smart ass, vote democrat" bumper sticker i have 4 extras. 1st-come, 1st serve via comment. (yes, i will mail you one if you're offcampus.)

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oh, also, for interested parties: as of late my preferred threat has been stabbing, rather than setting on fire.

take heed.

or else i'll stab you.

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sad thought of the moment: we were just discussing the babysitters club, and they'd be totally obsolete these days. there would be no need to get together every monday, wednesday, and friday from 5:30-6:30 so parents could call you. parents could instead email maryanne, and she could have everyone's schedules in a database.

but they could still get together and eat claudia's junkfood.

except for stacy, since she was diabetic.

poor stacy.

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listening to: ani, as is

SO i'd rant some more about poli sci but it hardly seems worth it.

because i have a much awesomer (yes, awesomer) class in 45 minutes.

it's a good thing that years of high school nerdbowl and theatre have trained me to work well with assholes. (not to imply that my poli sci prof is an asshole-- he's not, he's in fact terribly well-meaning, which makes it all the more irksome. rather, i'm wildly and vaguely switching subjects on you. aha!)

i'm sleepy. i woke up at 6 am, terribly confused. i'm still not clear on whether or not i fell asleep again after that. but when my alarm went off, it played spice girls, which is an amazing way to start the day.

amazing, i say.

oh, and if anyone out there still doesn't have a gmail account, i've invites aplenty.


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Monday, September 13, 2004

grrr. so. for poli sci we have a reading, and then, in theory, discussion questions are posted online and we prepare answers to them.

i did the reading for tuesday on saturday and then went to do the questions. they weren't there. so i checked again on sunday. still not there. so i sent (i thought) a nice email to the prof saying, i know you're busy, but i'd really appreciate it if you could post the discussion questions a little earlier so i could do them ahead of time.

he says sure, i'll post them early on monday. sorry they're late, but i'm working on getting something published.

so i was in the library earlier today and i was printing something, so i checked to see if they were up. nope.

and now it's 9:30 pm the night before a 10am class and they're still not up! frowl x 10.

posted by ~renata~ at 9:26 PM
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I AM SO COVERED IN PUDDING.

<3 pudding drop study break.

let me reiterate: SO MUCH PUDDING.

i just washed my hands and arms and face. so that i could blog. and i'm next for the shower.

mm, pudding.

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OMG BEST QUIZZES EVER!!!!1!!one!!!!!!





Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19!
What Pirate do YOU Talk Like?



fancies a bit o' the ol'

What's Your Pirate OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(jack sparrow fancies a bit o' the ol' long john silver)

loves

What's Your Ultimate Fandom OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(donatello loves hermione)

has an eye on

What's Your Ultimate Fandom OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(gandalf has an eye on princess leia)

smooches

What's Your Ultimate Fandom OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(velma smooches despair)

hearts

What's Your Ultimate Fandom OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(jesus hearts draco)

hearts

What's Your Ultimate Fandom OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(waldo hearts mary sue)

x

What's Your Ultimate Fandom OTP?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG


(the green lantern x carmen sandiego)

SO FECKING ADDICTIVE.

SO AWESOME.

SO MUCH LOVE TO KAIT FOR BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION.

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listening to: scott chasolen, footsteps

(kait, my cd came today! yay!)

open letter to the grinnell post office: while your belief that 4 postcards, 1 paycheck, and 2 bubble mailers would all fit into my tiny mailbox was technically true, i would nonetheless like to encourage you to abandon this practice, as it will prevent my mail from being mangled, as well as the severe effort required to remove my mail.

thank you.

um, my exam went okay i think? i remembered everything i wanted to say,but i'm not sure if everything i wanted to say was everything that needed to be said.

so we'll see.

oh my god, julia sent me the song "hawaiian roller coaster ride" from lilo and stitch and i've been listening to it so obsessively. but it's so HAPPY.

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listening to: tori, honey (live)

hmm. i have a test in an hour and 15 minutes. i'm feeling sort of... anxious but not, i suppose. it's essay, and she gave us the questions in advance. i wrote some practice essays this weekend, and i think they're alright. i guess it's more because i'm kinda tired and i'm afraid i'll forget everything i know.

or... something.

my mom and i are playing the most hardcore game of e-scrabble ever. the lowest word i've played has been 9 points, and hers was 8. but my highest was 46. rock.

yeah, i think i'll take a tiny nap before my exam. seems the best thing to do at the moment.

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Sunday, September 12, 2004

i would just like it to be said that i have, through my own false melodrama, ruined the perfectly lovely song "see her smile."

because now whenever i hear the line "it's not you, she said/ it's just that life's so hard," i crack up.

because... life's so hard.

posted by ~renata~ at 10:55 PM
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IMPORTANT NOTE TO SELF: berry blast is the naked juice that you DO like.
very berry is the naked juice that you DON'T like.

now go do your homework.

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listening to: avenue q, schadenfreude

a long, yet hilarious (and educational!) conversation.

trina: i can't find a picture of the world's largest potato
renata: lol
trina: :-(
renata: do you need one?
trina: well, not really
trina: i was just wondering how big it would be
renata: wow.. how big WOULD it be?
trina: matt and i have differing opinions on the size
trina: and all i can find
renata: hmm
trina: are giant potatoes
trina: that are fake!
renata: i can find the world's largest conrete potato
trina: and giant potato chips
renata: and the world's largest potato chip
renata: yes.
renata: weird.
trina: yeah!
trina: and i found the world's largest styrofoam one too
trina: and one made of chicken wire
renata: who cares about fake potatoes?
trina: no kidding!
renata: here's the biggest carrot: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=50274
renata: maybe the potato would be similar.
trina: holy cow
trina: thats a big carro
trina: t


trina: whoa, look at the world's largest bean!
renata: haha, i looked at it and was like, "that bean looks just like a watermelon!"
trina: that's what i said!
renata: yay!
trina: lol
trina: dude, why weren't we there : http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=47200&Reg=1
trina: and now i realize i'm having too much fun with this website
trina: and i'm going to put it down
renata: wow, that would be awesome
renata: websites are so much cooler than homework
trina: yeah they ar
trina: e


renata: there are tropical yams belonging to the genus Dioscorea that may be 6 to 9 feet long (2-3 m) and weigh 150 pounds (68 kg) or more, although they are usually harvested at about 2-6 pounds.
trina: lol, fix your font
renata: there is one rather dubious, unconfirmed report of an enormous yam on the island of Pohnpei that was 10 feet (3 m) in length and weighed up to 1500 pounds (680 kg). Rumors have it that at least 10 people were required to carry it.
renata: but big yams deserve big font!
trina: cool!
trina: haha
trina: indeed they do
renata: http://waynesword.palomar.edu/plsept96.htm
trina: see, thats what i was thinking the giant potato would be like
trina: lol, i'm reading the "yams are contraception"
trina: and then it says
renata: lol
trina: it would be advisable to thoroughly research these claims before trying the latter method on a mate. If in doubt--you might want to try the very effective and foolproof oral contraceptive "Not Now Dear."


renata: what did matt think the giant potato wouild be like?
renata: lol
trina: he thought it would be smaller
renata: i think it would be too
trina: around 2 feet
renata: i think i'm with matt.but the really huge one would be so awesome
trina: i know!
trina: in my heart, i will always beleive there is a bigger potato out there :-)
trina: but i'll tell him you agree with him
renata: hehe
renata: good, goo
renata: d
trina: one time we got into a huge argument with my family
trina: because my parents said that figs were vegetables
renata: lol
trina: and me and my cousin said they were fruit
renata: they're so fruit
renata: scientifically AND colloquially
trina: cuz in b'desh they treated them like vegetables, and they cooked them and such
trina: but we are so right
trina: fruit all the way
renata: ah
trina: silly 3rd world countries
trina: cooking fruit!

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listening to: weezer, surf wax america

this is one of those songs that whenever itunes brings it up on shuffle, i'm like "what the hell?" but then i can't bring myself to skip past it.

yes.

KAIT! i finished the hound of the baskervilles last night and IT TOTALLY ENDS WITH HOLMES ASKING WATSON FOR A DATE. holmes/watson otp!!!1!1!!one!!

i like things.

things like book lover's trivial pursuit, which we played last night! it was so exciting. especially since i got TWO neil questions. yaaaay! and there were a bunch of bill bryson questions, but i was never asked any of them. playing that game with julia and christine is so hardcore, because on every single card there's at least one question that makes one of us gasp/shriek. and then when the person we're reading to doesn't pick the right color, we HAVE to read the question we liked after. it's way fun.

oh, and i tweaked the sidebar a bit. basically, if you don't update your blog much, you got bumped off the list. let me know if you want back on...

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

listening to: bnl, call me calmly

SO tired. i don't know whyyy. anyway, julia, christine and i went to the mexican restaurant... we were seated almost right away, but we had to wait like... 45 minutes for our order to be taken? and at least another 45 to get our food? it was craaazy.

um... i thought i had more to say but i don't.

the end.

whoa, i thought safari just crashed, and i was alarmed, because safari neeever crashes. but instead i just accidentally minimized it.

the end for real.

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listening to: elvis costello, every day i write the book

whee, just got back from 2+ hours of b&s editing. it went pretty well, though.

i didn't remember it was the 11th until i read priscilla's blog. well, i did remember, because julia said something about it earlier. but i don't really... anything i would have to say would be... i don't know. so instead i'll talk about today as today, rather than today as a historical milestone.

anyway. b&s vol 3, issue 1 looks like it's going to be funny, if highly campus-skewed.

working with dylan is weird. he's funny but has very strange social skills. tact, really, he kind of lacks tact. which i'm okay with. (it's not often that my stuff sucks, but when it does i'm totally fine with being told such.) it just takes a little getting used to. i think it takes a certain lack of ego to work well with dylan.

i hope he doesn't scare our new cartoonist...

anyway.

i'm huungry but julia and xine and i are are going out to the new mexican restaurant when they come back from fahrenheit 9/11. so i shall wait.

hee, now i'm listening to billy joel and that always makes me think of movin' out. which is the best zombie musical ever.

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listening to: mary chapin carpenter

i'm happy. i caught the tail end of a hardcore mare nostrum game. except it sucked, because before carly left and i took her place... i was helping jake, so jake/babylon had this awesome set of resources. and then jon/rome invaded me. and i was like "WAAAH i will build lots of BOATS."

and i did.

and i was jake's whore of babylon.

and i may or may not have done something inappropriate with a vanilla wafer.

and then molly won.

and i realize that none of you know what i'm talking about, except julia and xine. but. it's like... ancient mediterranean risk. and i talked about it once before. and it's haaaardcore.

but if you ever play it, don't be greece.

ALSO we went to wal-mart a couple days ago and i got tostitos salsa con queso because they don't HAVE it at express anymore. and i'm eating it and it's SO GROOD.

and julia wants me to update, so she can read this and go to sleep. sweet dreams, miss julia!

posted by ~renata~ at 1:44 AM
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I AM SO GLAD I'LL NEVER HAVE TO TAKE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY.

"look out! here comes strontium! it's gonna get you!"
"eh... it's pretty heavy, i think i can outrun it."

*cries* seriously, christine was describing this class to me-- and she's not even taking it-- and oh god. so glad that that will never be in my realm of experience.

because physics + chemistry = LOTS OF STUFF I DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT.

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Friday, September 10, 2004

oh nooo! by my own determination to get the most out of my meal plan i have cheated myself out of wrap bar night! *frowl*
see, i get 15 meals/week but only 3/day. and this morning i realized that i wouldn't be able to use all 15 by tomorrow. so i went to breakfast, and got 2 grab and gos, since grab and go isn't open tomorrow. but i had forgotten about the 3 meal rule!

boo-urns.

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listening to: hootie and the blowfish, let her cry

anna's shared music is letting me once again enjoy the somehow slightly guilty pleasure of hootie. hurrah.

also hurrah: it's friday and i LOVE MY FRIDAY CLASSES. and my 5th freeipods person signed up! soon i'll have my sweet, sweet 20 gb ipod.

i think i might go take a nap, to prepare for the excitement of wrap bar night.

i LOVE wrap bar night.

but before i go i would like to share with you all an email from my mother.


subject: scrabble

take your damn turn

xoxoxo
love
momofdoom

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listening to: bnl, i know

wheeere is christine?! i waited for her after trads2, because my discussion group got over crazy early. but i must have waited in the wrong place and i don't know where she is. and her backpack is here. oh confusing.

but! my discussion group was awesome. we all discussed awesomely. and i made the best point ever. in that i was able to successfully compare "the rime of the ancient mariner" with pirates of the caribbean. and now that i'm thinking about it there are SO many parallels. i really want to write my romanticism paper about the rime and potc.

because that would be so awesome.

um. i had fun with crayons this morning, as a selective few of you will soon discover. and it's friday. and all i have left today is immigration history and i LOVE immigration history.

i seem to have lost christine. bah. i'm going to go get my grab and go.

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

oh my god, i was just reading julia's lj, and she talked about "boo bacob" and i started absolutely losing it, so christine goes "what?" and i barely manage to spit out "boo.. .baco.." oh my god, i can't remember the last time something was this funny.

BOO BACOB.

actually, i do remember the last time something was this funny. and it was frozen. SO THAT'S HOW FUNNY THIS IS.

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i LOVE that i was just sitting at my computer when i incoherently yelled "BOO BACOB!" and julia knew exactly what i was talking about.

bahahaha.

boo bacob indeed.

um. here's my really long sentence from craft of fiction because i kinda like it and you might too. and if not, well, boo bacob to you.



She sits by the window, in the sun-warmed tattered velvet chair, she sits there and contemplates her calloused hands, the lines running across her palm, the scar on her left thumb from a slip in the kitchen all those years ago, the chipped polish on her fingernails, remnants of a date last week (he said he’d call her, she remembers, and glances at the phone), and she notices how short her nails have become, even though she’d been trying to grow them out, and she sees the faint tremor her hands have acquired, and wonders if she should see a doctor about it, but who really has the money for that, and anyway she’s fine, really, just getting old is all, nothing to worry about; she sits by the window and she thinks about all this as she idly strokes the well-worn arm of this chair, the chair, her chair-- she remembers when this chair was new, when the two of them had gone to buy it, she and her new husband, and how proud she had been of his promotion, and how excited she was to have a new chair, just for her to sit in and sew, or listen to the radio, or whatever she liked, and she recollects how pretty this chair had been in the store window, all burgundy velvet elegance, and he had told her she was beautiful—she had been beautiful, once, she remembers-- and she is interrupted from her reverie by the ring of the phone.

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listening to: mary chapin carpenter, i take my chances

an open letter to people who wear those lance armstrong bracelets: look, i don't care if you're promoting awareness of whatever kind of cancer. those bracelets are ugly. you are wearing big yellow rubber bands around your arms. i'm talking to you, john kerry. i'm talking to you, guys in my poli sci class. big yellow rubber bands. at least the until there's a cure bracelet is pretty. and metal. and not a big yellow rubber band.

aanyway. yaay it's thursday. that's almost friday. and i'm doing laundry so's i'll have some clean clothes.

damn. i think i just read the most depressing b&s article ever. not depressing in the sense that it gives an elaborate description of a student's funeral, although i did get one of those; no, depressing in the sense that this kid took a good idea and made it CRAP. in between interviews last night dylan and i spent a lot of time complaining about that. seriously. if someone gives you a good idea should should WRITE A GOOD ARTICLE WITH IT. it's one thing if you try to write a good article with your good idea and you're just not very good. when when someone gives you a good idea and then you send in some crap with a note that says "i went in a bit of a different direction, i hope it works".... no it did not work. stop sucking.

um. sorry if that sounded out of line and judgmental. because it was. and i'd never say that to this kid's face. at least not like that.

but seriously.

stop sucking. and stop wearing big yellow rubber bands.

anyway... KEITH! you're alive! and leaving me comments! and updating blurm! that's exciting!

also exciting: i had a meeting about study abroad! i want to do grinnell-in-london. in the fall. but then i've known that basically since freshman year. an interesting conversation i had with xine, earlier: i'm good and efficient at making the Big Life Decisions. like grinnell? i visited in october, knew i wanted to go here, visited macalester to make sure, then applied early decision to grinnell. it's the tiny little things that wake me up at 4 am going "oh god, i shouldn't have written that worksheet in pink ink."

I LOVE MY ROOMMATES. we're reliving babysitter's club books. very excitedly.

"REMEMBER WHEN MARY ANNE AND DAWN MOVED IN TOGETHER BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS GOT MARRIED?!"
"YEAH! AND WHEN MARY ANNE'S HOUSE CAUGHT ON FIRE?!"
"WHAT?!"
"YEAH!"

i'll stop. but it's definitely a capital letter, exclamation point using conversation. because OMG BABYSITTERS CLUB.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

hee, dylan and i were interviewing people for the b&s cartoonist, and it was funny. some statistics:

candidates: 4
candidates who didn't know what an ampersand was: 3
candidates who mentioned drawing in calc class: 4
candidates who drew squirrels: 2
season of the real world dylan would be: san diego
season of the reald world i would be: paris

so yes. two of them were quite good (but one was already hired by the s&b and didn't tell us), one was pretty good, and one was okay. but we're going with the one who's quite good and not already working for the s&b.

i don't know why s&b gets italicized but not b&s. i suppose i type b&s more often and i'm lazy.

oh, good thing i wrote this like 8000 years ago and didn't post. okay, more like, 2 hours ago.

still.

i'm gonna post it now.

oh except i should explain-- the b&s mascot is named andy ampersand. and he's an ampersand. with a hat and stuff. and it's just NOT FUNNY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT AN AMPERSAND IS.

which is why EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHAT AN AMPERSAND IS.

(it's the &, if you, too, did not know.)

seriously. damn. we're a fairly rigorous college and people don't know the names of basic punctuation marks?! i hate the world.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

listening to: tmbg, don't let's start

i'm so addicted to this song.

also oreo thin crisps. so much deliciousness.

where is my room? (note: i can never remember anyone's schedules, so i get all confused when people are gone and then they get home and are like, "i was in class" and i'm like "oh right.")

hee, julia wlaked in right when i was typing that. hi julia! (and then i'll publish this, and she'll read it, and she'll turn to me and say "hi renata!" and then we'll both giggle. because our desks are right next to each other and we're huge geeks.)

*whines* tired! and my poli sci class is minorly frustrating in the same vein as major asian religions was, in that, rather than having class discussions our professor prefers to ask fairly specific questions about the readings and then, when people are like "uh..." be all disappointed that "no one did the reading."

oh well.

but we picked our paper topics today and i got some good ones.

i like cookies.

why did i just type that? what the hell? *blinks*

what day is it? oh, tuesday. (what day is it? could you please tell me? what day is it, i'm confused you see...)

that means i should do my trads2 homework. and my imm history. which i'm doing. i mean, i'm blogging. but i have a word document behind this that's my homework. i promise.

maybe it's tomorrow and maybe it's not
maybe it's yesterday, i done forgot!

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it makes me happy times ten that stu's song of the day is "crucify" (by tori).

i have to go to class now. but it's craft of fiction so that's at least happy times six, maybe seven.

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

listening to: tmbg, don't let's start

i heart this song.

no one in the world ever gets what they want
and that is beautiful
everyone dies frustrated and sad
and that is beautiful
.

anyway. i kept falling asleep over my immigration history documents, for no discernible reason, as i got plenty of sleep and they're pretty interesting. i think it's the humidity. it'd better rain soon. or else. *shakes fist at weather*

but, i went to the forum and they had some mocha jakadas. and i bought two and am drinking one. mmm... mediocre fake coffee.

this is funnier than it really has any right to be.

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Saturday, September 04, 2004

listening to: jill sobule, when my ship comes in

OH MY GOD i'm so excited. a bunch of us were just hanging out on the loggia and somehow started talking about old teevee shows and it turns out that my friend anne and i both remember seabert the seal!! NO ONE ELSE IN THE WORLD remembers this show. awhile ago i found an episode of it at family video and i rented it and made people watch it with me.

but she remembers it! so exciting.

what else? saw eternal sunshine of the spotless mind which was, as i predicted, even better the second time. also, i willl say this loud and proud: i like jim carrey. i do! i think he's a genuinely good actor who gets underestimated due to his earlier movies. and i will say this as well: ace ventura is a funny movie. it is. it may be juvenile, but it's funny. and he's amazing with his physical comedy. you think that's easy? it's not.

jim carrey is good.

so don't be hating.

bwahaha i just lent christine my carmen games. the addiction WILL SPREAD.

carmen sandiego is so hardcore.

also we watched ritalin test squad (improv troupe) which was so funny. watching them always makes me want to join. even though i know that i'm not actually very good at improv and that i don't actually like it that much... it just looks so fun. so much more fun than theatresports were.

i'm going to go feed my lemony snicket addiction now.

posted by ~renata~ at 11:50 PM
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listening to: ben folds, songs of love

my arm itches.

i mean, hi.

last night was nice, xine and i were lazy and asocial and watched some tww and clerks cartoons. and played some sims. OH GOD and sim!julia and sim!christine burned to death and it was so horrific! i've never HAD a sim burn to death before, and they have the most pitiful simulated screams.

but then i took the game back to the last save and brought them back to life.

and didn't let julia cook anymore.

yep.

i will do my poli sci reading. i will do my poli sci reading. i will do my poli sci reading...

(i actually like my poli sci reading, it's just hard to motivate myself to read it. it really fucks with my head, though, because i didn't know a whole lot about poli sci and now i'm like "oh my GOD why is american liberalism almost completely different from the definition of liberalism?" and then i flail a bit.)

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Friday, September 03, 2004

listening to: idina menzel, larissa's lagoon

OH MY GOD I JUST FINISHED READING THE CARNIVOROUS CARNIVAL AND IT'S SO INCREDIBLY SUSPENSEFUL.

seriously. you know how books are always described as "heart-pounding"? i SERIOUSLY felt my heartrate increase in the last chapter because i was just spazzing the fuck out.

I MUST READ THE SLIPPERY SLOPE. NOW.

luckily it's sitting right next to me. seriously man, lemony snicket books are like crack.

really hilarious CRACK.

anywayz. (i have no idea why i've taken to spelling that with a z, by the way. i just kinda like it.) the applications for b&s layout editor are due today, and they've been trickling in... and i'm feeling SO guilty about the obvious amounts of time and effort people have put into these. (i just had people send me their experience with pagemaker, and then i had everyone do a sample 2-page layout.) i just feel so bad that to like... 9 of these people i'm going to have to be like "oh sorry, that was an awesome layout but YOU LOSE." and obvious that's very much the way it has to be and i shouldn't feel bad about it.

and i don't really, not on the deepest level of feeling. but it's still a little... frowny face.

yes.

but! in smiley face news! i signed up to volunteer at stewart library (the town of grinnell's public liberry, as opposed to burling which is the college's liberry) and i got an email last night that was like, "where do you want to volunteer? reshelving, computering, kids, or YA?" and i looked at their YA programs and they have a graphic novel book club! led by college volunteers! aah!

so i emailed back like, i'd be happy to help reshelve and with the computer stuff, but OMG PLZ LET ME DO GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB.

except with real words and stuff.

and she wrote back and said she'd pass my name onto the YA librarian but it'd probably be cool.

iii'm tired but also jumpy. it's a combination induced by deciding to get up early and go to breakfast, and reading lemony snicket.

aaaaaah count olaf.

yay life is exciting.

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Thursday, September 02, 2004

listening to: bnl, next time

i forgot to say that trina and i had the best idea for a children's book ever. it's going to be called the hippie hippos and it'll be a combination of the berenstain bears, family ties... and some other thing. like, they'll be brother and sister hippo, but the parent hippos will ALSO be brother and sister hippo. and little brother hippo will be a non-hippie and he'll wear a tie, because a little hippo in a tie would be adorable.

and it'll take place in normal, and there will be one book (or episode, we hadn't really settled upon a medium) where they travel back in time and meet the important figures in b-n history. like jesse fell (who founded bloomington) and all the other people we couldn't remember.

and everyone else will be human, but they won't really notice that the hippos are hippos.

and then they'll all go to the zoo. and CONFUSION WILL ENSUE.

in conclusion, we're awesome, and so are the hippie hippos.

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listening to: rachael sage, begin to stop

random amusing quote: (sign above the copier) "the copier is fixed!"
"oh, sorry, the copier is dead."
"oh. well, that's a very misleading sign you have there."

i'm sleeeepy. i had no class today, as i've mentioned, so i got some stuff done. including my 250 word sentence. and i did some work at the dem headquarters, where i called a lot of old people, and got twice as many people who wanted to absentee vote as dead people! (2 and 1, respectively, and a whole lotta disconnected numbers and hangup calls.)

aaand i stopped by the liberry and got the carnivorous carnival. and a madeline l'engle book. (the arm of the starfish.) and julia and xine and i went to the farmer's market and i got a whole lot of plums for $1. also it was like, college welcome day downtown, and we got free ice cream and lemonade and pens.

yaaay.

and i'm just one person away from my free ipod! yooou could be the one who gets me my precious! just here and register! wired says it's real, so it must be. DO IT.

and then read this. it's funny but mine's better.

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listening to: hootie and the blowfish, hold my hand

random amusing quote: "for years my mom has really wanted a rooster in her kitchen... i don't know WHY she wants a rooster..."
"sounds to me like she has cock envy"

i'm working on my assignment for craft of fiction... we have to write a single sentence that's 1 page (@ least 250 words). it's hard. so far i'm up to 139 words and eight thousand commas.

both my classes today were cancelled. woo.

my head hurts. boo.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

important note: i've more or less finished my extensive work on the b&s website. (note to me, fix the tablitra ad.) thus, if you are interested in things tha are funny and/or making me happy, you should check out grinnellbs.com. we try to keep it about even between campus humor and national humor, so even if you're not a grinnellian there should still be lots of things that you think are funny. or at least, think are horribly tasteless but understand where the humor was supposed to be.

yes.


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i feel like i blogged last night. but i guess i didn't. (and talia, i checked to see if i did blog and it didn't publish yet, but that's not it. hmm. so no, i'm not having that problem. have you emailed blogger support team?)

mmm... so there's a big campus poster sale, and yesterday i went and got a cool andy warhol poster and a little dali one. and i vowed that would be all, since i already have several posters and i keep meaning to buy the sandman read poster. (i'd get the neil one too, but it scares me. in a bad way. he has a beard! aah!) but then i went back today with julia because she wanted to look, and they had this big tori poster for $5. and most of the big ones were like, $9 or $10. and of course i bought it, but i waffled for a good long time.

le sigh.

anyway, i shoudl go to class.

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