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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

listening to: sheryl crow, abilene

i am sleeepy. i've been sluggish the last few days, even though i've been getting sleep and eating vegetables and whatnot.

anyway, today i drove my mom to her physical therapy, and then we went out for lunch (we got a tiny lemon merengue pie and it rocked my face off) and to see over the hedge. it was a pretty mediocre movie *shrug* i looved steve carell as a hyperactive squirrel, though. and ben folds did a handful of songs for the movie, and those were all great. he covered "lost in the supermarket," which is one of my favorite clash songs!

sleepysleepy, but i need to do some cleaning and junk. and i was hoping to get mostly packed for camp before kait comes.

i just started hiccupping like WHOA. grah.

on comments. let's see.

general note on the applebee's issue:
i know that chili's does a black bean burger instead of a meat burger if you ask, but i didn't see that on the applebee's menu (and i was looking).

sandy: maybe people are sneaking into our houses and stealing flour!! maybe!

mary: yay, i would appreciate that very much!

sophi: we should go see a movie together. and we'll sit behind jason and whisper and kick his seat.

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watching: txf

having procured flour, i finished baking my banana bread! i just ate two slices, and they were both delicious.

it's wednesday! that means it is kait's birthday! happy birthday, kitten bait!

that also means that tomorrow is thursday, which means that tomorrow kait is coming!


blue and i successfully had dinner at BUSY CORNER. the best part was probably:

me: i have a surprise for you... *takes off shirt*

(i was wearing the coon-killin' shirt underneath my other shirt. surprisingly!)

the other best part was the pieeee.

anyway, life is basically NON-STOP EXCITEMENT.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

listening to: beatles, blue jay way

today i took my mom to meet her friends for lunch (she can't really drive herself places, because it's hard for her to fold up the walker and put it in the car herself and stuff) and while she was eating i ran soo many errands. i was so efficent. i went to:
- target (where i bought shoes, a towel, and some FLOUR yay)
- the cingular place (oh my god, i got so freaked out here... as i turned to leave i saw a life-size cardboard cutout of ryan seacrest holding his cingular phone, and he was like leaning toward me and smiling his huge ryan seacrest smile... i was like this-close to screaming aloud)
- aaa (not aa)
- goodwill
- fazoli's (less an errand and more a lunch break)


also, i have a request for someone with photoshop (or some graphics program, i'm not picky).

see, awhile ago i made an x-men fanmix (cuz i'm dorktacular). and i discovered there's a fanmix lj community, so i wanted to submit my mix there. BUT they require that you have graphics with your mix, which seems like a dumb rule to me, but whatever.

anyway, now that i'm not at school anymore, i don't have access to any graphics software, but i'd still like to submit my mix. could someone make graphics for me? it doesn't have to be anything fancy, it'd probably take you like 5 minutes.

there's no specific size requirement, but they said the graphics are supposed to be around the size of an actual cd cover. and there are supposed to be 2, a cover and a tracklisting one. my mix is called "cartoon heroes: an x-men movieverse fanmix" and the tracklisting is available here.

thanks in advance, internet friends!

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so, we had a bunch (literally) of really ripe bananas. i decided it would be a good idea to make banana bread. but my mom haaates it when people use the oven in the summer, because she pretty much hangs out in the kitchen all day and it gets too hot.

so tonight, since i was sticking around home and mom went to bed, would, i decided, be a perfect opportunity to make banana bread.

i found a recipe on the internet (cookbooks are for suckers), mashed the bananas, and started mixing the ingredients. everything was going just swell, until i went to add the flour. WE WERE OUT OF FLOUR. argh! i know, i know, i should have checked to make sure we had all the ingredients before i started mixing stuff, but... c'mon, we always have flour! like a huge vat of flour!

i feel like jack sparrow. but with flour, instead of rum. "but why's the flour gone?"

so basically, a more boring jack sparrow.

oh, but i did get some white chocolate potc-themed m&ms. they're called "pirate's pearls" and they have jack sparrow on the bag.

is this awesome?
a.) yes
b.) hells yes
c.) all of the above

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Monday, May 29, 2006

listening to: tori, ribbons undone

i've been reading lj reviews of x3, and i feel SO guilty whenever i read people complaining about people who whisper during movies. i have to confess (to everyone who's never watched a movie with me) that i whisper during movies. all the time. allll the time. well, i mean, i don't go to movies that often? but when i do, i whisper pretty much throughout them. i just... can't help it. movies just call out to me. they say, renata, i have plot holes and bad dialogue that need to have attention called to them!

plus i get bored and fidgety. i basically turn five years old at movies.

anyway, so guys... i'm sorry. i try to stay quiet but i can't help it. i do usually try to whisper pretty quietly...

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listening to: tori, hoochie woman

hooray! i finished my idol_reflection essay on cj! it's pretty okay i think. it could have been better, but... i got tired of working on it.

anyway, you can read it here if you want! you can also sign up to write about YOUR favorite character.

i'm going to go water some plants now. i might also eat a snack.

speaking of snacks, last night my mom was eating pringles prints (which have trivia questions printed on the pringles, they're so crazy). this can was road trip trivia themed, and she kept reading me the questions. they were hilarious, because the ones she ate were all canadian questions, and i guess the pringles people assumed that americans don't know anything about canada, because the answer was always IN the question. like... "in what city would you find the edmonton mall, canada's largest mall?" the answer is... edmonton. or "what city, the capital of manitoba, is near lake winnipeg?" um... maybe winnipeg? sheesh!

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kait, jason, and i are playing the most ridiculous game of monopoly ever. kait keeps going to jail (HOBO jail)... she's seriously been at least five times. and i keep getting really poor and making lame rent jokes. ("we're not gonna pay! we're not gonna pay!")

ooh, but jason just paid me $4000 for a property, and i used it to buy hotesl on my one lone monopoly (the reds) and he landed on it and had to sell back some of his houses on boardwalk/park place!

everything's coming up milhouse!

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

there are seventy-three junebugs on my window screen.

give or take a few.


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oh, and x3... i don't know. it makes me tired to think about reviewing it. mostly i liked it. it wasn't great, but i liked it (mostly).


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listening to: bff, narcolepsy

by "bff" i meant ben folds five, not best friends forever. clearly, ben folds five WEREN'T bff. since they broke up and all. whatever, those dudes were just holding ben back. (i say this knowing absolutely nothing about the other 2 dudes from ben folds five--although i do know that there were only 2 others, not 4, as one might expect. they're probably lovely.)

anyway. my mom and i put together a porch swing!! and we sat in it and swung and it didn't fall apart or anything!!

earlier, mom and reid and i went to wal-mart and bought the porch swing. well, the porch swing pieces. and some other things. and we went to applebee's for lunch. applebee's doesn't have any vegetarian entrees, so i ate this appetizer tortilla pizza thing. the appetizer was pretty tasty, so i'm not complaining per se, but--i don't understand why a restaurant would have NO vegetarian entrees. i'm not even talking about an angry meat-is-murder "i don't understand how they can serve our brothers the cooows!" kind of not understanding; i mean a capitalist "i don't understand... don't they think they would make more money by offerining a vegetarian option?"

seriously. i mean, if they had had a vegetarian entree, i probably would have ordered it. it probably would have been more expensive than the appetizer. and there are maybe like one or two other vegetarians in the world who visit restaurants. and maybe there are some other people in the world who don't necessarily always want to eat meat. and the way chain restaurants work, they'd just have to keep a couple like premade veggie burgers or portobello mushrooms or cheese raviolis or friggen something in the freezer, and pop one out when someone ordered it. it's not like they'd have to throw away excess.

PLUS, if i were a whinier person, i could have been like "hey guys, let's go eat someplace where i don't have to eat off the appetizer menu!" and then applebee's would have lost my whole family's business, not just mine. and i'm sure there are other vegetarians with food-eating families who might not choose applebee's for just that reason.

i'm just sayin'!

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listening to: ps, i know what i know

guys i just counted and there are twenty-nine junebugs on my window screen. and two moths. no, three moths. ridiculoooous. i can't even imagine how many there will be in june!

luckily, i have my ferocious cat magneto to look confused and bat at the window screen for me.

btdubs, x-men is generally a lot more amusing (and less intimidating) when hearing "magneto" makes you think of an adorable stripey kitty and not of a supervillain. because clearly "magneto's plan" is pretty much just "take a nap, bat at the window, and sit in a box."

anyway, that's all i'm going to say for now--i'll probably blog more about the movie in the morning.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

listening to: johnny cash, hurt

yay! i finished a draft of my idol reflection essay about cj! (i sent it off to kait to beta it without asking her about it first! i hope that's okay with kait.)

i'm so relieved. i'm past the deadline, and i was stressing about it. which is dumb, because it's supposed to be for fun and all, but... i committed to write it, and i hadn't written it, and i was stressed. and now i'm mostly done with it and i feel relieved.

and i'm going to see x3 with steve tonight! and on tuesday blue and i are having dinner at BUSY CORNER in goodfield, an engagement of which you should all be jealous. (goodfield is this tiny little town near deer creek-mackinaw, where blue and i live. and BUSY CORNER is pretty much the only thing in goodfield. and we're going to eat there. there at BUSY CORNER. in case you haven't gathered yet, i think BUSY CORNER is a funny name for a restaurant, especially one in an emphatically non-busy town like goodfield. busy corner busy corner busy corner.)

(hey, i totally wrote this before i left and didn't publish it. *publishes*)

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so, awhile ago i looked something up on wikipedia (i don't even remember what) and then i kind of just started clicking random links and i ended up at the entry for Fonzie syndrome, which is when "a character that had originally been a one-off character or a supporting cast member becomes a/the central and/or most popular character on the show." the entry lists other shows with "fonzie syndrome," and the show's fonzie equivalent.

including, apparently: The West Wing: Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen)

what? a.) jed isn't really the show's most popular character. certainly not in the way that the fonz is clearly the coolest character on happy days. pretty much everyone on tww is fonz-level cool. and b.) it's a SHOW ABOUT THE BARTLET PRESIDENCY. how can you even argue that jed started off as a minor character? i mean, yes, the show was ensemble-driven and the screentime is pretty equally divided among characters. but c'mon. he's the friggin' president. the president does not have fonzie syndrome.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

oh! i will hopefully be getting a new car! this car!

the reason it is so cheap is that the engine is pretty much dead. but the rest of it is fine, and dad says the engine is pretty much the only thing that's NOT dead in my current car, and he said he can take the engine out of my old car and put it in my new car and it will work. and i will have an awesome frankencar. go go dad's mechanical abilities!

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man, i was just thinking about how great charlie is, and how he's maybe like my third favorite tww character, and then i just heard this exchange of dialogue:

charlie: ... which will leave enough money to get a great dvd i found on ebay!
jed: yeoman of the guard?
charlie: oh, how well you know me, mr. president. on her majesty's secret service.
jed: you know what's messed up about james bond?
charlie: nothing!
jed: "shaken, not stirred" will get you cold water with a dash of gin and dry vermouth. the reason you stir it with a special spoon is so not to chip the ice. james is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it.

on one hand, it's so awesome that charlie is a bond fan. on the other hand, why in the world would he spend his tax refund on on her majesty's secret service, which molly, tim, and i unanimously decreed THE WORST BOND MOVIE EVER? sheesh.

but then there's this exchange from earlier in that scene...

charlie: i was just thinking abotu the plurality of americans who made the decision to pull a lever with your name on it, sir.
jed: suckers!

oh charlie, i love you. you can watch whichever bond movie you want.

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watching: tww, the us poet laureate

toby/tabitha otp!!1!one!!!11!

anyway. here are two Serious Problems i've been having lately:

1. junebugs! they keep divebombing me! and, in my room... my window doesn't have a screen because one of the adorable kittums scratched it to bits. so the bugs just fly in, and i catch them and throw them out the window. and then THEY COME RIGHT BACK. they are quite intent on their mission, ie divebombing me. sometimes they get flipped over on their backs on the window sill and flail about.

2. pants! a few months ago i bought this really comfortable pair of jeans. they were a size bigger than what i usually wear, but it was a different brand so i figured they were just cut differently. but when i wear them and try to, like, move, they fall down. way down. and then i bought another new pair of jeans. these were from old navy, where i usually buy my jeans, but they were CURVY CUT, which i initially approved of. again, they were very comfortable ("curvy" apparently being a euphemism for "chubby thighs," they had a bit more room than usual in that area, which suits me fine). but now i've been wearing them for a day and they are FALLING DOWN JEEZE. not as bad as the other pants which would seriously fall right off of my person without intervention, but still. they'd show some undawears from time to time. from now on i think i'm following a strict pajama pants-only policy. oh, and yes i have a belt and guess what, the pants just bring the belt down with it! >_<

hahaha i love when josh gets into an internet fight.


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listening to: b-dyl, all along the watch tower

i am so tired. i don't know why, since i got up at 11am and it's 7pm. i've only been awake 8 hours, and i haven't really done that much. well, i did a lot of laundry. there's basically no dirty clothes (or bedding) left in the house. wii! AND, i made pistachio pudding. and ate basically half of it. oh man, i love pistachio pudding. but i don't like pistachios. i don't even like the little chunks of pistachio that are in the pudding. but the pudding itself is so good, it's all sweet and green and... fresh tasting?

also, i started re-reading the golden compass. i read it so long ago that i totally forgot what happens in it, so i keep being really surprised by stuff.

hmm. i still haven't seen x3 (okay... i mean, it only came out today); earlier i talked about going to see it with pepper and blue, which i'd still like to do, but i haven't gotten ahold of them yet today. well, i'll see it sometime.

i might... take a nap now. woooo, summer of excitement!!

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listening to: autumn, higher and higher

holy shit, i just watched an episode of walker, texas ranger with my family. well, just my parents really; reid's at school. sucker! anyway, it was the first full episode of the show any of us had ever seen, and it was so amazing. the name of the episode was like, "the big bingo bust" or something, and it starts out with walker busting up a bingo parlor. and they get up on the roof of the building and he kicks a guy in the head and the guy falls over into the big neon sign that says BINGO.

and! doris roberts, aka RAYMOND'S MOM, was involved in the bingo scheme, and they took her into custody and she was playing basically the exact same character she plays on everybody loves raymond, only slightly evil. like she made soup for everyone, but it was laced with sleeping potion that she somehow had. and she complimented a lady on her coat, and then she stole the coat and ran away.

and then she stole a truck and walker chased after her oh my god it was amazing.

oh, and she acted like she was this sad old widow, and she wanted to visit her husband's grave, but she HID THE MONEY SHE STOLE IN A SECRET COMPARTMENT UNDER HIS GRAVE OH RAYMOND'S MOM YOU ARE SO CRAFTY.

basically: amazing. and now, perhaps, i will shower.

oh, and i can't believe you people are sticking up for guys with squids for faces. guys with squids for faces are destroying america, and you are either against guys with squids for faces or you are with them.

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listening to: west wing theme music from downstairs

wtf, i guess my dad is watching tww? awesome! i'm tempted to go join him. but i'm MORE tempted to go sleeep soon.

anyway, i went over to trina's house, and she and i and miriam and amanda watched much ado about nothing, and sometimes i had to give plot summaries/dialogue translations, and i was like "hell yes my english major is coming in handy!" i was also like, "oh wilson, you're such a drama queen." and "oh keanu reeves, merely by existing you make me laugh."

also, i fed everyone my cupcakes. seriously, they are MAGICAL.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

oh, oh my god! i forgot to say that last night i saw a commercial for potc: dead man's chest, and it appears this movie involves guys with squids for faces?!?!

i can't even tell you how much i disapprove of guys with squids for faces.


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listening to: arrogant worms, frozen puck to the head

i just baked cupcakes!! people on the internet told me that you can make a regular cake mix using a can of soda instead of the eggs/oil/water you usually add, so i tried it. i made a devil's food mix with a can of diet dr. pepper, and now i have become another person on the internet letting you all know that you can make a cake mix with a can of soda, and it will be delicious.

i wish it were nutritionally okay to eat nothing but garlic pita chips and garlic hummus, because if it were that's probably all i'd eat. except maybe also some diet dr. pepper cupcakes once in awhile.

if i talked to real people the way i talk to cats, i probably would not have any friends. if i talked to real people the way i talk to cats, it would sound something like "awww, you're a person! yes you are a person. awww, you have brown hair! yes it is so brown! person person person!"

kitty kitty kitty!

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i was just getting settled in to start unpacking everything, when i noticed that the new carpet in my room has some definite ripples. i knew that the downstairs carpet did--that's why everything down there is still a mess, because we're waiting for the carpet people to come back and take up the old carpet and give us new carpet AGAIN.

so, since everything's going to need to get moved out of my room again, it seemed like there wasn't much point in taking everything out of boxes, when soon it's just goiong to have to be put back IN boxes.

but it's soo annoying living like this. plus, kait's coming in a week (!) and the spare room, where she'll presumably sleep, is fucking FULL of boxes. aslkdjaslk;das';lkdasl;ksd.


and all my stuff from college is just hanging out in the living room because there's no room in here. this is so fucking lame. i hate you, carpet company. why are you so slow and incompetent?

i shouldn't complain. i mean, at least we're not homeless. and at least we will, eventually, have nice, free carpet. and i've mostly been gone at school, so i haven't had to deal with this nearly as much as my family. but still, it has been FIVE MONTHS of transient living. it's RIDICULOUS.

i'm almost tempted to say "fuck it, i don't care if my carpet resembles a seascape" and unpack everything. but my parents would be unhappy. so i'll wait. but still. i mean, i am not a licenced carpet-putter-down-er, and i'm sure it's a tricky trade. but you would think that after the third try, you'd be able to make the carpet lie parallel to the ground, i don't know.

they claim that the problem is that our carpet is too nice. (the insurance company paid for replacement-value carpet, and apparently the people who had our house before us had really, really expensive carpet. so we get the nicest carpet. but it's just like... regular carpet. it's not like shag carpet or, i don't know, velvet or anything.) what the hell, carpet guys. "your carpet is too nice to lay flat" sounds like a pretty bullshit excuse to me.

in conclusion: what the hell, carpet guys, what the hell?

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askjdajksd i hate the internet at our house. also the ridiculous storm that knocked out our power. i also apparently hate taylor hicks.

for steve's birthday (happy birthday, steve!) some of us went to this american idol finale party at the castle theatre. i can't believe that, in public, someone stood onstage and yelled "who has mcpheever?" and, in response, i yelled "wooooooooo!"

because the alternative to having MCPHEEVER is belonging to the SOUL PATROL. and i'm pretty sure ibuprofen would bring down a mcpheever, but the soul patrol, like herpes, is forever.

anyway. seriously, i wasn't all that involved with american idol this year, but jesus christ i can't believe taylor won. taylor was basically my least favorite starting from the very first episode.

steve wants to register "ihatetaylorhicks.com". and then we're also going to register "roblowecantread.com" and they'll be sister sites. yeah, internet.

anyway, after the american idol thing i went home and did some of reid's sociology homework for him. it was a.) boring b.) lame and c.) gaytarded.

before the american idol thing i sat around with reid and we said things like, "man, i hope the power comes back on soon!" and "wow, this torrential storm certainly onset quickly!"

at least, that's what we would have said if we were more interested in ensuring that our dialogue accurately conveyed our circumstances.


if i never come back it's because the internet at home totally sucks and sometimes it says NO DIAL TONE (even though there is, in fact, dial tone) and sometimes it says USERNAME/PASSWORD INCORRECT (even though it is, in fact, correct) and sometimes it doesn't even justify itself, it just DOESN'T WORK.

it's also possible that if i don't come back it's because my case of mcpheever took a drastic turn for the worse.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

watching: west wing

"you guys know i accidentally got shot a little bit or something..."

hello, internet! i am home. there are some things i would like to talk about. i hope that this list coincides with things that you would like to read about.

last night:
was ridiculooous. basically everyone is back in town, so miriam, trina, mike, ashvin and i went bowling. well, really only miriam and trina and mike went bowling. and then we went to denny's and ate ice cream and played IMAGINIFF, and ran into kellie and michelle and talia! WHOA. a few highlights...

(calling over to the other u-high table) "hey, can you guys think of a 4-letter word that ashvin is? the second later is 'a'."
"and it's not 'gays'."
"or 'terrorist.'"
"terrorist isn't a 4-letter word."
"it was still a good guess."

also, we had "jesus" as one of our options (the point of the game is you write in the names of everyone playing, and then you get cards like "imagine if jesus were a magazine. would he be: a. time b. playboy c. ladies' home journal d. golf digest etc.") and we'd always pick the most ridiculous options. because we're all going to helllll.

such a mess, oh my god. i slept on the couch last night because there is no bed in my room, and the spare room is entirely full of boxes. and... yeah. everything in my room is still packed up because we had to take it all out of my room to put in new carpet. and then i added to the mix everything i took home from school. askjdakjsad. as soon as i can work up the motivation to stop watching teevee, i think i'm going to start dealing with the mess. even though i don't want to. at all. ever.

i especially don't want to do work when there are cats around. which there always are. my family always hates me for like the first week i'm home from school, because i'm just constantly like "oh my god, kitties!! they're so cute!! aww!! kitties!!" and they're all like "um, yes, there are cats here. duh."

i am wearing some! however, if i were too drunk to drive, it would be responsible to take my pants away from me. HOORAY, RESPONSIBILITY.

my dinosaur comics book came today! it's exciting to see them on paper.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

listening to: aqua, bumble bees

aqua makes excellent packing music!

speaking of which, i'm juuust about moved out. eep. just have to turn off sam and stick him in my backpack.

i'll catch you guys on the flip side. the flip side of the mississippi river, that is!

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listening to: aqua, freaky friday

well, i was wrong--it actually didn't take me all that long to pack. it helps that i basically live out of boxes anyway. (plastic crates are amazing, because if you turn them one way, they're crates... but sideways, they are shelves!)

i still have a few things left to pack, like my compy (clearly) and my bedding and shower stuff. basically, everything i'm going to use tomorrow. and my jar of pens, which i just noticed is still on my desk. but i'm in pretty good shape for leaving tomorrow.

i tried to go to the pub with jenny, emma, and katrina, but they were actually checking ids at the door (i guess it's a busy weekend for them and all) and... i am slightly sub-21. doh! so instead i'm going to to watch house and drink white cranberry juice straight from the bottle. a similar evening...

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

listening to: spice girls, never give up on the good times

last night, instead of going to bed, i stayed up and finished reading the voyage of the dawn treader. and then read all of the silver chair. those books are so good. they make me want to be a better person. (if not a christian. sorry, c.s.!)

today i need to pack up all my shit. i keep deluding myself that i don't have that much stuff, and it won't take me that long. but that's probably a lie.

i also need to write my idol reflection essay about cj.

and i need to eat some leftover chinese food, and do a murder mystery. i am soo busy!

i actually do feel pretty stressed about this tiny to-do list. i think by now just being in grinnell makes me stressed, which is why i can't wait to get home/camp, as much as i'll miss grinnellians.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

listening to: anne heaton, your heart is for breaking

oh man. today started off pretty great (with the purchase of paul simon tickets!!) and it maintained a level of greatness. i went over to the ic (er, iowa city) and met up with miriam. we got HIPPIE ORGANIC FOOD for lunch, because that is just how we roll. we also got EXPENSIVE BITCH COFFEE, because that is also how we roll. it was nice to walk around iowa city; it was sunny and warm out and it reminded me a little bit of london.

and then miriam went to work, and i replaced her with megan. (just kidding, miriam. you're irreplaceable!) (except by megan.) megan and megan's chihuahua leela and megan's non-chihuahua friend brian and i mostly just sat around and talked, and watched leela freak out a lot. and ate chips and salsa!

in consumerism news, i bought a new big bottle of grass-scented lotion from the soap opera (fresh-cut grass is the best smell ever, seriously) and some used books. (cat's eye by margaret atwood, life on the mississippi by mark twain, and a short story anthology. i'm pretty excited about life on the missippi-- it was old-looking, but in really good condition, so i assumed it was just one of those faux-vintage covers. but then i noticed it was printed in 1957. but it's in SUCH good shape, it really looks like it was printed yesterday. awesome.)

oh! i forgot to mention that last night, molly, tim, and i had the best idea ever. we were watching never say never again (the weird, "unofficial" bond movie with reallyold sean connery), and one of the villian's henchwomen was wearing this ridiculous big red hat and red coat. she almost looked like... carmen sandiego. and we discussed what would happen if james bond tried to catch carmen. i really think i need to write that story. (it would make my second piece of carmen sandiego fanfiction. what is my problem.)

anyway, molly just called to say that we're not actually doing a murder mystery tonight, we're doing it tomorrow instead. so maybe i will... go to sleep now. wooooo going to bed at 11pm on a saturday night RULES!

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You purchased 2 tickets to:
Paul Simon
Marcus Amphitheater / Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday July 01, 2006 7:30 pm
Seat location: section 5, row G, seats 1-2

(seating chart-- our seats aren't bad at all. and it's PAUL SIMON OMG.)

anyway, i'm off to the ic for the afternoon.

but. omg paul simon omg omg omg.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

i feel weeeeird. i ate dinner and watched a tww with xine, and i came back up to my room and i was SO TIRED OMG, but i took a nap and couldn't really sleep?

and then i just woke up feeling... feverish and... confused? GO AWAY STREP THROAT, I AM DONE WITH YOU.

i am? i don't know?


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listening to: anne heaton, maybe it's peace


hecks yeah.

i turned in my edited seminar paper earlier today. i would like to state my opinion that it was a pretty good paper! possibly: the best paper ever. at least... the best paper ever written by me.

and then bryan and carly and i cleaned out the b&s office. and had this awesome exchange.

me: (walks in and sees bryan's newly-dreadlocked hair) (bursts out laughing)
bryan: (stands there)
me: (continues laughing) sorry... i'm... i'm not laughing at you anymore, i'm laughing at the awkwardness of this situation. (continues laughing)

i laughed for like five years, it was amazing.

also, awesome conversation with my mom...

mom: you're coming home monday? hm... what day is it, will you be home on your birthday?
me: what?
mom: oh right, it's still may.

iiin 12 days kait will be in bloomington! as will i. actually i will be in bloomington in three days. and in three days most of my friends will graduate. CONGRATULATIONS FRIENDS!

in one day i will go to iowa city and visit miriam!

in some minutes i will leave my room and go to subway and get a sandwich! and in a slightly larger number of minutes i will EAT THAT SANDWICH.

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listening to: mamma mia!, does your mother know

i just updated the b&s website with the last 2 issues, in case anyone is interested. i wrote this and this. (totally sweet, people actually submitted stuff so carly and i hardly had to write anything.)

favorites not-written by me: this, this, this, and this.


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Thursday, May 18, 2006

listening to: paul simon, sure don't feel like love

note to self: tickets for ps go on sale SATURDAY at NOON. omg omg omg.

(note to you guys: did i mention that, along with paul simon, me and kait are going to see the GO-GOS? because we are.)

okay anyway. i turned in my poco lit paper. it's... okay? mostly it's: done.

i took a celebratory trip to hy-vee because clearly rewarding myself with food is healthy. clearly. i bought a pint of lemon sorbet!! my throat says HOORAY.

oh, and i got some more rosemary & olive oil triscuits and some roasted red pepper hummus. roasted red pepper hummus was like, one of my major food groups in london. (the others were: brie cheese, british candy, and carrot sticks, which in england are called CARROT BATONS.)

yeah food.

yeah, feeling better. (although i still have a gross throat-drip thing going on. but i'm waaaaay better than i was a few days ago.)

so, i just need to revise my history paper before 4:30 tomorrow.

vbrown sent out an email to the seminar: You can do this! You may feel crazy, but you're crazy smart.

i like her.

i think i may just sit around and watch this week's house and eat this sorbet. and then go fix the b&s website, get a good night's sleep, and tackle the paper tomorrow.

lemon lemon lemonnnn.

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perspective: even if i gave up right now and turned this paper in as is, 2 pages too short and slightly lacking in coherency, i'd probably still get like a B on it, and probably a B+ or B in the class as a whole.

and yet: i will continue to stress out about it for awhile.

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Saleem not only contradicts himself, misstates dates, and lies but also constantly claims that he is India (and is therefore representative, not unique but one among many) while at the same time he insists on the importance of his life in India’s history.” (Reder 232)



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listening to: edwin starr, war

mary: i'm glad you're with me on the bullshit thing. i think i really seriously started thinking about the possibility that it's all bullshit the other day in american lit, when we were talking about lauren slater's memoir lying, and how it was tricky to read because you don't know if she's lyyyying or not omg.

and i said, "well, in history classes when you read a memoir, you never assume that what the person is saying is objective fact, you always want to try to correlate it with other documents."

and professor savarese said, "well, yes, but history assumes that there is some sort of objective truth."

what. umm, yeah, i think that reality assumes some sort of objective truth. maybe you'll never be able to exactly piece together exactly what happened on a given day, even with a boxfull of documents, but SOMETHING happened.

i don't know. i'm all about embracing a variety of perspectives and acknowledging the diversity of the lived experience. and i believe that fiction can express feelings that might even be more meaningful than truth. but i am really not quite willing to throw out reality just yet.

so um... who's with me? reality? anyone?

go reality!

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oops, i got distracted from my paper by messing around with librarything. you can list books you've read and rate them and tag them and things!

probably i will abandon snow, glass, kiwi in favor of this. probably i will also dump everything from sgk into my library thing, though, because i'm obsessive like that.

yeah books!

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listening to: ani, you had time

here is a confession: the further i get into my english major, the more i am convinced that maybe it actually is all bullshit.

that might just be the antibiotics talking!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006


1. people write beatles fanfiction?!
2. people write beatle/mary sue fanfiction?!
3. people write paul/mary sue mpreg fanfiction?!?!

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listening to: paul simon, outrageous (... yep.)

inspired by my new layout and my desire to not do work, i've decided to compile a list of my top 5 favorite bond movies. after much deliberation, i believe that they are:

1. goldeneye
2. the living daylights
3. octopussy
4. the spy who loved me
5. licence to kill

check that out, both dalton movies made my top 5. and no connery ones. weird.

(runners up: tomorrow never dies, goldfinger, and you only live twice.)

so anyway, you should probably go watch those now.

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listening to: paul simon, outrageous

i am feeling so much better today, for reals. yay!!

oh, my copy of paul simon's new album came yesterday. i didn't really listen to it yesterday because i was too busy being sick/melodramatic/asleep. i've only listened to it today and mostly i keep listening to "outrageous" over and over. you should definitely go listen to this song, you can hear the whole thing at paulsimon.com. (note to talia: it was co-written by brian eno, i bet you'd like it especially!)

anyway, now that i'm feeling better, i have only my severe lack of motivation to deal with.

also: thanks to everyone who humored me with sympethetic comments. i can only assume that karma will repay you in some way.

asdkjaskdj go go gadget paper-writery!

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askasdkd now i can't sleep. but i'm tired. and i'm hungryyyy which i haven't been in awhile. but i don't want any of the food that's in my room (basically all that's in my room is dried fruit and chocolate). and all food-getting places are closed. maybe i will actually go to a dining hall meal tomorrow. that would be crazy.

bored tired hungry sick craaanky.

(i have this problem where like, i realize that in the grand scheme of things my problems are totally insignificant? and yet, as i am experiencing my problems, ie being bored tired hungry sick and cranky, they are significant to meeeee. MY PROBLEMS ARE PROBLEMATIC.)

oh well, soon enough i'll fall asleep, i suppose. just like this kitty. aww, kitty.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

TMI: i just blew my nose and a HUGE, ENORMOUS, CREEPY blob of something came out. like the size of the last joint of my thumb, no joke. and it's reddish, i can see through the kleenex. i think i might have just blown part of my brain out my nose.

being sick is so gross.

i do feel a little better now. more breath-y. i probably didn't need that part of my brain anyway.

although it might have helped me write my paper. here's what i have so far:


- Saleem (at the end)
- Saleem- cured by Parvati the Witch
- Saleem- rebuffed by Jamila Singer -> military
- Saleem- injured while trying to impress Masha/Evie
- Wee Willie Winkie (hence making Methwold Saleem’s actual-actual father)
- The sterilized MC

- Saleem’s mom
- Lila Sabermati
- Padma
- Old whore
- Parvati the Witch


Natarajan: “Nationalism is one of the areas where uninhibited passion may be displaced, and this essay is concerned with the symbolic use of woman in the erotics of nationalism.”

yeah, i'm pretty sure i should just turn in that outline. man, i should have gone to professor kapila's office hours today... apparently i sounded really, really pathetic today (based on the health center/doctor/vbrown's levels of sympathy). i bet i totally could have gotten some pity-points.

aanyway, i think i might be off to bed now. i've been awake for like 4 hours now, jeeze.

(sorry for all the whining lately, except not really. it's my blog and my crappy illness and i'm basically okay with being a big whiny internet baby. waaaah. don't worry, as soon as the antibiotics kick in in i'll go back to my usual gleeful self.)

i seem to have accumulated an improbable number of bright green t-shirts.

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listening to: pippin, corner of the sky

i woke up from my 5-hour nap with "glory" from pippin stuck in my head. weird.

anyway, if anything can cure strep throat, it is surely this enormous bowl of ice cream i just got from the ice cream study break!!

plus, they had maraschino cherries, which i love pretty much beyond all reason. when i was little and my family went to places that had bars, my dad would always get me sprite with maraschino cherries in it, and usually they would stab the cherries with a tiny plastic sword, and it was amazing.

anyway, i really, really don't want to write my poco lit paper. why the hell did i choose to write about rushdie? i mean, i really like him, but he is SO COMPLEX ARGH. but maybe i should go start working on that, or something.

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the health center sent me to a real doctor in town, who told me my throat looked "really gross" and gave me some antibiotics. (mildly disconcerting moment: "are you allergic to any medications?" "penicillin." "really? what happens if you take it anyway?" "ummmm... i don't know?") but he gave me some non-penicilin antibiotics. whew. hopefully these won't make me nauseous like antibiotics tend to do.


i'm going to go crawl back into bed now.

ps: if you like calvin and hobbes and/or fight club, you will probably like this article. if you do not like either of those things, probably we can't be friends anymore.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

oops, i may have spoken too soon about feeling better... oh, feverish achiness, how i missed you.

guess i'll just have to go back to sleep for another 16 hours.

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listening to: urinetown, cop song

i feel lots better now, yay! the decongestants the health center gave me have kicked in, thumbs up! also i think the fact that i slept basically all day started to catch up with my body.

plus, i hadn't really eaten all day, but then i realized that i was actually pretty hungry so i ate a grab & go dinner. mmm, bagel.

and i edited my trads2 paper, i think i'm happy with it and i'll turn it in tomorrow. also tomorrow, i'm meeting with vb to talk about my history paper draft. i'm hoping editnig it won't be a huge time commitment. and i got an extension on my poco lit paper until thursday (or friday morning if i really need it).

basically, everything's coming up milhouse renata.

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i dragged myself over to the health center. i tested negative for mono and strep, but i tested positive for having a fever and looking and sounding really pathetic. they gave me a bag full of medicine and told me to come back again tomorrow, because i might actually have strep and just have tested negative today.

rawr rawr rawr.

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guys. i feel so bad. i haven't been this sick in.... awhile.

oh man. so i went back to bed around 1am, and i had the alarm set for 9am. at 9, i realized i still felt way too crappy to get up and do anything, so i set it again for 10. except apparently i actually just set the CLOCK forward an hour and turned off the alarm, because i just now got up. at 3pm. which my clock thinks is 4pm.

and i still feel tired and awful. achy and stuffed up and... oh, god.


and i need to edit my lit paper for tomorrow, edit my history paper a little more for tomorrow and then a lot more before friday, and WRITE my poco lit paper by wednesday. and i can't even sit upright for very long.


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meeeeh i tried to go to sleep but i felt too bad. i took some tylenol pm and watched last week's house while waiting for it to kick in. i'm so glad foreman's brain isn't broken! well, not too broken, anyway.

i want some vegetable soup and for all my work to be done, please.

anyway, i'm feeling sleepier and more... blank, so perhaps going to sleep: take 2 will have more success.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

priscellie fixed my blog!!! <3!

with that, i think i'm going to beeeed. sleeeeep.

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i don't feeeel good. just like, vaguely tiredachysorethroaty, but like it's going to get worse.

which i hope it doesn't, blargh.

i... didn't get much done today. did some reading and thought about my poco lit paper, made some very small revisions to my history paper.

oh, and watched the west wing! i wish kait were online so i could talk at her!

dude, kait just signed on. I HAVE POWERS.

anyway, i don't even know, i don't feel good. maybe later i'll say some stuff.

now i'm busy playing scrabble.

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listening to: s&g, sound of silence

i was reading this interview with ps awhile ago, when he said this song was really embarassing to him, because it's so whiny and angsty (not the exact phrase he used, but that was the gist). which it IS, if you just look at the lyrics. but somehow listening to it, it's utterly sincere and unpretentious in its angst. ("i am a rock" almost pulls this off too, but not as well as "sound of silence." or is it "sounds of silence"? i have three different versions of this song on my computer-- the album one, a live s&g one, and a live ps one--and they each have a different track title. "sound of silence," the sound of silence," and "the sounds of silence." oh what a world!)

pretty soon i'm going to hy-vee with the boy from the history sepc who i have a tiny crush on, tee hee. (we're returning the keg from the history picnic. and he could have asked anyone else from the sepc to help him, but he emailed meeee.) oh, boy from the history sepc, too bad you're graduating in a week.

oh, and in honor of the new layout, here's our final bond movie checklist! i should have kept track of dates too, but oh well. i did keep track of the highlights (as far as we were concerned, anyway) of each movie, though.

[X]Dr. No: "i don't understand... this movie."; blind people/black people; giant spider.
[X]From Russia With Love: just like the fish; pointy shoe
[X]Goldfinger: "man talk;" pussy galore's flying circus; elaborate fort knox model.
[X]Thunderball: best/worst song ever; sharkiest movie ever; evil ice cube.
[X]You Only Live Twice: ninjas; and apparently all it takes to go undercover as a japenese person is black hair dye and 2 days of ninja training.
[X]On Her Majesty's Secret Service: worst bond movie ever. (seriously, [william3], the WORST.)
[X]Diamonds Are Forever: plenty o'toole; parking lot car chase; stolen moon buggy.
[X]Live and Let Die: alligators; james bond vs. the black people.
[X]The Man with the Golden Gun: third nipple; midget in a suitcase!
[X]The Spy Who Loved Me: omg jaws ate a shark omg.
[X]Moonraker: jaws; unfortunate space jumpsuits.
[X]For Your Eyes Only: sharksharks; crossbow girl; james bond vs. the winter olympics.
[X]Octopussy: OH MY GOD. 009 as a clown; bond as a crocodile/gorilla/corpse/ghost/clown; octopus to the face; union jack hot air balloon; snake charmer playing bond's theme song; incomphrensible plot.
[X]A View to a Kill: christopher walken!; secret blimp; hijacked fire engine
[X]The Living Daylights: giving opium to orphans; cello sledding!
[X]Licence to Kill: felix's legs eaten by sharks; awesome semi truck chase scene; wayne newton.
[X]GoldenEye: oh alan cumming, why are you the greatest human being who ever existed?
[X]Tomorrow Never Dies: improbable motorcycle chase; stealth booooat.
[X]The World is Not Enough: boat chase; ski chase; new q.
[X]Die Another Day: surfing; mister kill.

one of the things i learned about myself from watching all these movies is that apparently i really like sharks? i don't know, i just would get really excited whenever there was one. they're just so neat-looking and ominouslike. and they're all like, "swish swish swish, i'm a shark! rawrwarwar i am a deadly carnivore, but i will not eat YOU, james bond."

imagine if rob lowe got attacked by a shark!!

i bet it would be even better than the time he got attacked by parrots!

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i don't understand why each side-page of my blog has messed up code in a slightly different way. i mean, i copy and pasted the exact same code for each page... askdak.

also, i still don't understand why in firefox my blog has dark red text but in explorer it has black (like the code allegedly says it should).

my next blog layout is going to be like, internet retro. it'll just have black times new roman text on white, and blue links and red visited links. and one of those "internet freedom" blue ribbons. yeaaah.

in other news, i think i'm getting sick? which is superlame.

progress on my poco lit paper: i put a lot of post-it notes on important pages. go me!

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i fixed my blog: maybe? or at least, it's good enough.

i couldn't figure out why firefox was making EVERYTHING do hover-underlines, not just links. so i said fuck it and got rid of the hover-underline altogether.


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1. a continued cry for help... if you can help me fix my layout, i will be endlessly devoted to you.

2. yay, molly, tim and i finished watching all the bond movies!!

3. vbrown sent me paper revision notes (at 10:30 tonight, she is hardcore) and said my paper is basically in good shaaape yay.

4. i am sleeepytired.

5. seriously, blog layout, whyyy.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

oh my god.

first of all, hi, new layout?

second of all, oh my god, the new layout is kind of broken when i actually put blog text into it. dear friends who are smarter at html than i am, please help!!

why: 1. is it making some of my text red for no reason?
2. is the table on the side being all crazy!? basically, i don't want any of the side boxes to be any bigger than they have to be, and not stretch out all crazy. except i mean, the last one will. but.

well, look at the glossary. that's how i want everything to look! (at least, the glossary page is looking right on my compy.) askadajg.

i tried messing around with dreamweaver because... the lab computers had it, and it seemed like fun.

HELP PLZ. KEITH, PRISCELLIE, TALIA, I AM GLANCING AT YOU? but if you can fix this and i did not glance at you, also please let me know.

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listening to: s&g, blues run the game

do you guys ever do a thing where you've heard a song before and you've always been kind of indifferent to it... oh sure, you like it, but it's not your favorite? and then one day you hear it at just the right moment and it's suddenly a perfect song and you can't stop listening to it?

today that song is simon & garfunkel - blues run the game. you should download it; i bet you'd like it. it's perfectly mellow and sweet and jangly.

to best recreate my listening experience i recommend you follow these steps:
1. make it rain.
2. put on pajama pants with ducks on them.
3. curl up in bed with a mug of coffee.
4. pretend to take notes on midnight's children.
5. play song. (repeat).

wherever i have gone
wherever i've been and gone...

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wtf where is my lizard watch?! my mom JUST sent me a new one because i lost my old one and she's amazing, and now it's lost too?!

i've never lost a watch before this! i've broken a few, but i don't just LOSE stuff. and especially not watches--they go on my wrist, and i take them off at night and set them on my dresser. where else could it beeee?

(and yes, i looked on the floor by/behind the dresser, and in the dresser drawers in case it fell in there. it DIDN'T.)


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listening to: lee press-on & the nails, enjoy yourself

(hi keith!)

i dreamed that the draft of my history paper that i turned in yesterday had all these stupid little notes to myself still left in it and it was really bad! oh no!! but then i woke up and remembered that i didn't do that. although maybe my draft is still really bad. it's not good, that's for sure, but i don't think it's really bad. not like nightmare bad.

my mental health might be better this year but it's still not great, it would seem!

oh my gosh, i have meals left and i just checked the brunch menu and there are THREE of my all-time favorite dining hall foods happening at the SAME MEAL:
- belgian waffle bar
- tater tots
- chocolate scotcheroos!


yeah, too bad i've been up for almost an hour and a half and have done NO work. guess it's time for a brunch break!

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listening to: tori, 59th street bridge song

still on repeat-one. woot.

i am maybe a little drunk?


also sleepy.

anyway. oh, i ended my last post on an overly-dramatic note! i had to go because molly and tim showed up with goldfinger. which we watched. and also we went to jake's party. and jenny and i sang total eclipse of the heaaaart.

the history picnic was soo cute. professor silva has two really, really cute kids. and we played "go fish" but with famous paintings. and we played a game where all you did was say words. and the older one (she was 9) kept reciting portions of redwall. and i ate food. oh, and we got our t-shirts which are awesomecore. i'll have to take a picture. and post it. on the internets.

i should go to bed, i have to do woooork tomorrow. and laundry, omg laundry.

la la la, i'm dappled and drowsy and ready for sleep.
let the morning petals something something,
life i love you,
all is groovy.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

listening to: tori, 59th street bridge song (feelin' groovy)

i refuse to reveal how long i've had this song on repeat-one.

oh, awesome, i just got an email saying that the amazing history candidate is accepted a temporary position here. it was seriously the best candidate lunch ever. we talked about the lincoln museum and how awesome/ridiculous it is, and about the print shop he runs in the amana colonies, and I HAVE TO GO NOW.

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listening to: s&g, homeward bound

after extensive experimentation, i've conclued that simon and garfunkel is my ideal paper-writing music. for awhile i thought it was NO music, but then i realized that then i get bored even more quickly with writing and spend more time on actual distractions. s&g is mellow and chill enough that it can kind of happen in the background without me really being aware of it.


this morning was so ridiculous. i woke up at in a state of panic and looked at my alarm clock, convinced that my alarm hadn't gone off and i'd missed professor kapila's office hours and OH GOD WHY. but then i noticed it was 6:30am. and then i did the exact same thing at 7:30am. and then AGAIN at 8:30, when i remembered that i had set my alarm for 8:45 so i laid in bed for another 15 minutes and then got up.

this line from the camp letter makes me laugh:

check in june 3rd, 4:00: tink, zelda, giggles, rebecca, and kaitlyn

it's just such a great list of names. tink, zelda, giggles, rebecca, and kaitlyn.

anyway! editing paper, awaaaay!

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

listening to: tori, hotel

technologies are confusings!

1. i put this song on repeat-one and then couldn't figure out why it was lasting so long?
2. i upgraded firefox and now it's somehow easier to add things to the bookmark bar, but i haven't figured out what does it and i've been accidentally adding stuff to the bookmark bar like mad. and then it knocks blogger off the bar and i have to scroll over to get it and... whyyyy.

anyway... omg, the office season finale was so intense!!

also i am downloading this week's house. i get to watch it when i finish my history paper draft. ideally this will inspire me to work efficiently but probably i'll keep checkin' my email every five minutes anyway.

in case anyone was wondering, my mom is doing fine after the robot hip surgery. yep.

keith: yeah, my parents are into motorcycles and whatnot. well, really my whole family. except me. well, i learned how to ride a dirtbike when i was 10 but i haven't tried in a long time, i don't think i remember how. but yeah we used to take trips by motorcycle pretty frequently. my parents are even bmw motorcycle owners association ambassadors!

megan and julia: hell yes, my mom is part robot.

devon: thanks for the offer of housing! i think we'll probably end up going to milwaukee, not toledo, if everything works out. and if we did go to toledo, like you said... probably we'd stay somewhere not 3 hours away. but still, thanks! and yeah, talking to cats on the phone is awesome.

harold: jk rowling's secret woman code is spreading anti-abba propaganda!!

priscellie: it's true, women don't have senses of humor :(

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

listening to: ps, armistice day

the history department is adorable and i love it. we just had our study break and we ate food and drank coffee. the professors made us baked goods. and they were delicious. and we talked about how great the history picnic will be on friday. because it will be. so great.

i waffle back and forth wildly about which is my favorite major; today it is history.

(a couple weeks ago when i was living in the burling third stacks, it was english.)

i emailed a dinosaur comic to professor savarese. i was unsure as to whether this was the proper course of action: i am reasonably sure he will think it's funny but he MIGHT be offended. i guess... i'll find out when he reads his email.

oh! and ever since i stopped using aim, sam has yet to crash. i'm crossing my fingers that that was the culprit, because i really wasn't looking forward to having to get him fixed (and having the apple people yell at me for using an old computer).

also, my dad called...

dad: your mom's surgery went just fine, except that part of the saw blade is still sticking out of her leg.
me: what?!
dad: i was just kidding about that last part.

also apparently my mom asked the nurse if they would let her keep her old hip. and the nurse said, you know, in 25 years no one has ever asked that, why would you want it? and my mom said, well, i want to mount it and put it on the wall. like antlers.

(un?)fortunately they refused her request, so my mom will just have to make do with the actual antlers we have on our wall. (she got them at a garage sale... like anyone in my family has ever gone hunting for reals.)

aaand molly just called and we're going to finish watching octopussy soon. GROOD.

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guys. i didn't think that my plans for this summer could possibly get any more awesome or exciting. but. kait and i are possiblymaybehopefully going to go see friggen paul simon?! in either milwaukee or toledo.

oh my gosh.

how can i do schoolwork when i have so many exciting things to daydream about?

also, there are some full tracks of paul's new album on his website. you can listen to them theoretically, although it does not seem to work very well on my computer?

eta: oh, it's working now. wow, i really like "outrageous." which is the only one i've listened to so far. oh paul simon, i like you so much. also, it's mildly political. take that, bush. paul simon doesn't like you.

ps: whoa, paul simon is ANOTHER ps in my life. how... statistically improbable.

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from overheard in new york:

Man at black-tie cocktail party: So all Alan Cumming wanted was a bag of weed.

--Marriott Marquis

oh, alan cumming.

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oh shit you guys, i think octopussy just took the prize for MOST RIDICULOUS BOND MOVIE EVER.

i mean.

- dude, it's called octopussy
- 009 IS A CLOWN
- james bond disguises himself as a crocodile
- a snake charmer plays bond's THEME SONG, and bond recognizes it and calls it a "charming tune"
- james bond tells a tiger to "sit" AND IT DOES
- james bond hides in the corpse room
- the crazy guy has a deadly yo-yo
- there's an elephant chase
- there's an ape chase (ape like, the 3-wheeled italian cars, not like a monkey. ... molly and tim spent a semester in rome and are now kind of obsessed with them.)
- seriously, OCTOPUSSY.

i can't believe those things happened.

i mean, they didn't happen. but i can't believe they even fake-happened. holy jesus. AND we didn't even finish all of it, i think we have another half hour or so left.

i can't wait to see if it increases in ridiculawesomeness. i don't see how it can, but if anyone can do it... james bond can.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

(x-posted from my plan)

phone conversation:

mom: oh, one of the cats just walked by, i'll put him on for you.
cat: *purrs*
me: oh, that's one of the black ones, right? one of the ones that's not tyrone? (they have very distinctive purrs, like way louder than normal cats?)
mom: yeah, i think this one is marky mark.
me: what?
mom: yeah, they have names now. we took them to the vets for shots and stuff and i didn't think we could tell them that they just sort of showed up one day and we can't reallly tell them apart so we never named them. i think this is marky mark. the other one is.... what the hell did we name the other one? oh, toenofur. anyway, the other one's on the roof.

mom: oh, toenofur just came in, he wants to talk to you too.

aww, kitty phone purring.

also, my parents, brother, and grandfather are taking a motorcycle trip to vermont this summer. and i can't go because i'll be at camp. but mom said she'd bring me back some syrup and a howard dean. so it's okay.

also, the carpet people screwed up our carpet again, after they ripped out the first messed-up carpet and replaced it.

also, my mom is having robot hip surgery tomorrow.

okay, now you're all up-to-date on my family's goings-ons.

(all-new blog content!)

professor kapila's dinner was deliciouscore. yes.

let's see. we're doing bondage (the rest of thunderball and also octopussy) in like 20 minutes, so... i won't actually get any work done in that amount of time, but MAYBE i will clean a little.

my room basically looks like a printer and a shoe store got in a fight. and while they were fighting they started eating dried fruit and drinking diet dr pepper. yeah.

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listening to: tori, for mark

last night i kept subjecting kait to a series of historical quotes that entertained me as i worked on my paper; today, the WORLD.

or, you know, MY BLOG READERSHIP.

"But a woman, obsessed, generally, with a natural awe of actual things, can not bear to see them disposed of so disrespectfully. Her poetry will employ them, and discover relevances for them.” what does that even MEAN? "a natural awe of actual things?" what, like "whoa, look at that CHAIR! it's so... ACTUAL! i cannot even believe that there are concrete objects in this room!"

also: “Fiction is to-day mainly written by women; and it is already possible to compile an anthology of words and phrases used and understood by women alone."


one more for good measure:

"The statement that women lack a sense of humor has been resented by them, and
justly so. But it cannot be denied that an enjoyment of the Hundred Collars type
episode lingers longer in the cultivated man than it does in the average cultivated

you know, it's so true. as a cultivated woman, i find Hundred Collars type episodes to be almost entirely not funny. (oh, i just looked it up. apparently "a hundred collars" is a robert frost poem. wow, and it's not really funny. it's mostly just creepy. i guess, as a woman, i would say that.)

oh, gender roles, you are hilarious.

i'm hungryyyy. but my poco lit class is going over to professor kapila's house for dinner. i anticipate: deliciousness.

and then molly, tim and i are having some emergency midweek bondage-- we have 4.5 bond movies left to go and we're so determined to watch them all! i anticipate: hilarity and explosions.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

listening to: tori, 59th street bridge song (feelin' groovy)

sometimes it's nice not to have a roommate; there is no one to hear you gasp ridiculously loudly upon discovering, for example, certain live tori amos cover songs.

yays! (it's up at collecting bees if you're interested. which i assume you are.)

at cb there is a thread right now called "best days ever" where we're just talking about random awesome days we've had. here is what i posted!

- In London I picked up Paul Simon's album Rhythm of the Saints at a secondhand shop for pretty cheap, and I put it on my iPod and listened to it for really the first time while I was walking around Regent's Park, which is really, really beautiful. I just walked around and listened to it (I really love the album) and smiled a lot.

- Also in London, one day my friend and I went to Kew Gardens to see the Chihuly glass exhibit, and it was beautiful and we walked around and revelled in the beauty and startled a peacock and visited a giant badger hole and wondered about a vaguely castle-like building in the distance and laughed at Victorian Britons.

- Last summer at camp, the last day we were there, it was just the staff doing cleanup sorts of stuff, and one of my best friends and I hiked up to this place called Pine Haven, which is basically just a little fire circle in the midst of a bunch of, well, pine trees. It was very beautiful and then later that night we had our staff banquet and last campfire and we all sang and cried.

- Two(?) years ago I visited my friend Kait for a week and we went into New York City almost every day, which was all very cool for me because I'd only really ever been there for about a day before. The days kind of blur together but there was one when we saw both a matinee of Movin' Out and then the evening show of Avenue Q, and another where we saw the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rent (and I met Scary Spice and was so excited!) and we were basically ridiculous and... yes, those were a good series of days.

- I've had a lot of good days on family vacations. One that still stands out even though I was maybe 8 or 9... we were in the Great Smoky Mountains national Park, and we got up early for a sunrise hayride thing, and it was beautiful and we saw an old cemetary and my brother and I were junior rangers. This may have been the same day we saw an old working mill or maybe it wasn't, but that was cool too.

- My sixteenth birthday was pretty amazing. As dorky as this sounds, Megan and I and our families were in San Francisco and we saw Rent and went out to dinner with Curtis Cregan, which we thought was impossibly cool, and met up with my friend Keith who I'd known on the internet for a few years but had never met in person.

I'm kind of a dork, it would seem!

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listening to: anne heaton, you can't take him away

graaaah, dining services just emailed me to say that the list of p-card numbers i gave them for the history picnic wasn't enough, i need to make an excel spreadsheet with the name and the number. the first time all they said was "a list of p-card numbers". wtf.

oh well, i remain basically cheerful.

i met with professor savarese and he said my 2nd paper is way better than my 1st. probably because now i realize that he is looking for "ambiguity", aka papers that say both your argument and also the opposite of your argument, in case your argument isn't right. also, like, i smiled at something he said and he said "i see you do that all the time in the back of the class, your mouth freezes in that position and theeen you smile," and i was like, what?! it wasn't sketchy at all, although i realize in writing it might kind of sound that way? but it was just weird. especially because mostly when i smile in that class it's at dumb things other people say. also he was like, "can you believe the semester is almost over?" and i was like "YES." because... this semester has gone soo slowly for me. but it probably sounded kind of like, i don't know.

oh god, i am so awkward and 95% of professors are so awkward and EVERYTHING IS AWKWARD.

also, i'm so in love with adium. i'm definitely going to keep using it even if sam keeps crashing. which he hasn't, yet, although that doesn't necessarily mean anything--last week, he went a few days without crashing and then did it twice in an hour. still, it's encouraging! also, since this consolidates my messaging systems, you can also yahoo!message me at teleute5. if you want. (i've had that sn for a long time, but i was always too lazy to sign into y!m. but now... might as well.)

talia: woo, adium twins!

devon: i think adium is basically like trillian for macs. but with a duck. also, omg paul simon on snl, woot! thanks for letting me know, i probably never would have known otherwise.

sarah: i am not sure if eli asked about kerry's thoughts on kittens. it's okay though; as you said, we all know how he feels anyway.

julia: whoa, we should hang out and be moderately interested in nature together! also we could eat rosemary & olive oil triscuits.

joel: oh my god, it took you like 5 more minutes to do 10k than it took me to do 5.

ps: omg, ps and ps are awesome!

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

listening to: tears for fears, everybody

i'm testing my theory that instant messager is the thing that's crashing sam. i have no real proof or anything, it's just that i don't trust instant messenger.

i'm running an alternate program called adium. i like it because its icon is a duck.

awhile ago it made a quacking noise and me and i could not figure out why. i think that's the noise it makes when someone signs off?

OH MAN, when i hover my mouse over someone's name it pops up their away message for me!! no more right-click + get info for me! wheeeee

anyway, what i'm trying to say is that if you im me and i don't respond it COULD mean i'm not there, or it COULD mean that it's making quacking noises at me and i can't figure out why.

additionally, what i should be trying to say is: i'm working on my paper?

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listening to: aha, the living daylights

i listen to this song a lot more than i would if it weren't so high alphabetically, becuase i tend to open up itunes, set it to shuffle and just click something to start... and so i see this right up there at the top and go, "yeah, why not? CLICK"

listening to it reminds me of how the living daylights is an AMAZING movie.

also, whining about the films committee this year has reminded me of my three favorite movie genres: ridiculous movies, explosiony movies, and movies with alan cumming in them. this is why josie and the pussycats is the best movie ever, because it is the perfect trifecta of these three genres. (okay, it's not terribly explosiony, but there is definitely some intense action! and a plane crash. and a car that doesn't explode but COULD HAVE.)

goldeneye also meets these criteria, as do spiceworld and x2. grood.

anyway. what i was going to blog about was house! no spoilers, but, whoa! INTENSE. except for chase. i love how it was like,

chase: 'sup?

also, i was really excited when i thought house was going to catch a pigeon with his cane. and i was thus also really sad when he failed.

but house quoting alanis morrisette clearly made up for any other failings he might have had.

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asdjaskjasd i just watched part one of "euphoria" and all i have to say is akjasdad omg wtf foreman.

no, i have one other thing to say: wtf, why is it going to take an hour and 15 minutes to download part 2?! i want it noooow. i can't wait that long. i think i'll just go to sleep and watch it in the morning.

in other news, i totally didn't go see john kerry today. but my friend eli did, and achieved internet fame in the process!


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listening to: s&g, kodachrome

hello! i went to waltz for awhile, but then i realized that my feet hurt and it was crowded and my dress was uncomfortable and i was tired of people. so i left.

i think... i'm going to watch the first part of last week's 2-part house, which i just downloaded, and then i will either dowload part 2 or go to bed, depending on how tired i feel.

and i'm not going to set my alarm clock; i'm just going to get up when i get up.

life is... manageable.

the b&s seems to have enough articles, i'll just do the layout tomorrow. my history paper draft is at 7 pages, and i still have a week and tons of research that's done and typed up.

my poco lit bibliography is basically done, though i might touch it up a bit.

my trads2 paper needs to get typed up and tweaked, but i have over a week.

my poco lit paper is... not started at all, but again... time enough, time enough.

oh, mental health, having you is awesome.

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

listening to: the capeman, vampires

yay, i ran slash walked the 5k!! at first i ran for awhile, and then i'd stop and walk and then run a short while. and then i had a revelation. the revelation was this: it is a beautiful, beautiful day out, and i really enjoy walking in it. running makes me lungs hurt and i don't like the way it feels. i'm clearly not in this race to win it, so why don't i just walk the rest of the way and enjoy it?

and i did.

i really, really prefer walking/hiking to running. a nice, brisk walk... you get to look around and take your time, and you get a very satisfying feeling from pushing your feet off the ground, and you're not breathing hard enough that your lungs hurt, but just enough to fully appreciate each breath.

it is nice.

i think my time was like 50 minutes. but it was a NICE 50 minutes.

plus it got me excited for this summer again. like really excited.

emily: so what do you do at camp? like, what's your job description?
me: well, you kind of... you know, get the kids up, take them to breakfast and activies, and play games with them... sometimes do stuff to earn badges. (pause) also, you sing songs. i would say singing songs is a big responsiblity.
emily: wow, that sounds like the best job ever.
me: basically.

plus, just looking at the website for great smoky mountains national park (to reserve a campsite) has gotten me so excited about returning there. my family went when i was... pretty young, maybe 2nd grade or so? but it made a big impression on my mind. it sticks out very clearly as basically the most beautiful place i've ever been (and really, i've been to a lot of beautiful places. i am so lucky.) something about the mountains and the trees and the mist and the waterfalls and... well! it is basically lovely. i remember we got up early to go on this sunrise guided walk thing, and i was all "meeeh it's so early!" but... wow.

the more stressed i get, the more i idealize places i associate with being calm and relaxed, which basically means pretty places and outdoors places and especially pretty outdoors places.

i never really thought of myself as an "outdoorsy" person, but the last few years i've realized that i kind of am. especially in comparison to the average person. like, i'm no survivalist-hardcore-backpacking-mountain-climing outdoorsy person, but i definitely enjoy being outside. when it is nice-ish out. and i like being outdoors by myself. with people is good, too. unless they're lame people.

okay. i'm going to post this and then do some work. and hopefully at some point i will talk to kait! yays!

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today has been good. really, really good.

i got up and went to breakfast, and did a little work (and a little slacking)... i finished my annotated bibliography for poco lit and ran some errands.

and then i went to the english major picnic, which was mad-fun. i ate some food, hung out with some cool englilish majors (and profs, including professor simpson and his adorable baby!) BUT the highlight was, emily, carly and i confronted paula smith and asked her her middle name!! and she said it was a "family secret" and she was "initiating" us. and that we "never would have guessed"... which we wouldn't. because it's "vene". awesome.

oh GOSH.

and then, emily, jenny, adriane and i played scrabble which was so, so fun. so much laughing. the game got off to a fairly amazing start when jenny played "pines" and adriane pointed out that she could have just as easily played "penis", so of course she switched the letters around. and at that point the only other word on the board was "oasis" so we kept calling the board "the penis oasis". and... oh, it wouldn't even be funny if i typed out most of the stuff that happened, but it was all very silly and fun and good.

and at one point i accidentally knocked over the entire board, but luckily we were playing travel scrabble, so the pieces all stayed on... but it was hilarious and we all laughed for like five minutes. and it happened right after jenny had played a really good word so we pretended like i had done it in a fit of rage. (you know, like i do.) and... we had "blend" right below the triple word score, so like every turn someone would be like, "hey... don't you think e-blend is a word? c'mon." "what about... ublend. it's a contraction! for... you, blend!"

oh, and we got into a fight about zodiac sign years? and about which was cooler, oxen or rats?

me: well, rats carried the bubonic plague!
jenny: that's right! and lowly oxen died from it!
emily: what are you talking about? all the rats died, too. i don't think there even were oxen in europe during the middle ages.
jenny: shut up!

and then i went to watch bond movies with molly and tim (and carly, for a bit). SO AMAZING OH MAN.

the world is not enough... i remember not really liking it the first time i saw it? WHY NOT. oh, man. watching bond movies with molly and tim is great because we've seen so many that we're totally experts in what's goinng to happen/what SHOULD happen.

me: i hope there's a ski chase!
molly: there will be. or a boat chase.
me: what if there was a waterski chase?!

(in the middle east somewhere)
bond: *gets a pair of skis from somewhere*
us: ?!?!!!!

but then he got in a helicopter and they went somewhere with snow.

and there was a ski chase.

tim: i hope he doesn't get eaten by the abominable snowman, like in skifree!
me: man, bond could take the abominable snowman. ooh, it'd be awesome if a little dog ran out of somewhere and he had to jump over it!
molly: or one of those freaky rocks!

and then, there totally was a freaky rock and he totally jumped over it. and his jacked puffed up into an avalanche ball, and it was amazing.

and robbie coltrane was in it yessss. (his character is in goldeneye too!) basically whenever he did anything i would yell "YEAH HAGRID!"

also, we started watching thunderball (but the tape broke a little way into it... stupid family video.)

tim: yes, this is the best bond song ever!
molly: what? no, it sucks!
tim and i in unison: BUT IT'S TOM JONES.

oh, clearly an excellent evening.

tomorrow is the 5k though!! actually, i may not have mentioned this before-- i'm running a 5k tomorrow! well, it's a run slash walk, so i will probably run about .5k and then walk 4.5k but... whatever. i got a t-shirt and a number to pin to my back and everything! and it is for charity, hooray.

are there any 5ks that aren't for charity? are there any that are for-profit? or maybe just like, "let's go measure off five kilometers and run it, no money will be involved!"? it seems doubtful.

ANYWAY so there's that. also, john kerry will be on campus? i find myself utterly unexcited about going. i think i might just not. whatever, i saw you when you were campaigning before.

it would be tempting to get picked during q&a and ask "do you love kittens?!" but... the payoff doesn't really seem worth it. meh :/

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Friday, May 05, 2006

listening to: anne heaton, your heart is for breaking

the best part about being a double major is double picnics!

tonight is the english picnic and next week is the history picnic. awesooome. way awesomer than last year, when they were both the same night and it was kind of rainy. i mean, it might be rainy tonight/next week, i don't know, but at least there will be two separate picnicing occasions.

lately i have participated in some awesome email exchanges. i would like to preserve these for posterity, and share them with the internet at large. thus:

From: Adriane
Sent: Thu 5/4/2006 11:11 AM
To: Emily; Jenny; Renata
Subject: Hear ye Hear ye

Forsooth, your high rank in society and pedigree purity deems you eligible for such an elitist, bourguois invitation:

Wherefore, I declareth a night of Scrabble and merry company tomorrow night at whatever time doth suit us all.




From: Renata
Sent: Thu 5/4/2006 11:13 PM
To: Adriane; Emily; Jenny
Subject: Re: Hear ye Hear ye

Hello Scrabble friends,

I am strongly in favor of Scrabble!

Also: I have all the ingredients to make cheese-artichoke dip (I was going to make it for something else that didn't end up happening) so perhaps I will make it tomorrow, and yea, we will feast upon dip and crackers whilst partaking in the game of kings. What? That's chess? Oh, well... the game of prime ministers, then, surely.

- Renata

From: Adriane
Sent: Fri 5/5/2006 11:03 AM
To: Emily; Jenny; Renata
Subject: Hear ye Hear ye

yo yo yo i be's thinkin' all up in my head 'bout dis nighty-night funtime we all be's havin' tonight, y'know? and i'm all thinkin' it'd be the shi' if we pulled some mad good times from 'round say 8-10, y'nowudi'msayin'? so foo' -- you slide me an email my way f'this be makin' you scowl cuz i shouldn' be de only one grinnin' my bling 'round here...

an' a big-a** thank you needs to go out to our chill ladyfriend Renata fo' de bringin' of de eateries, y'nowudi'msayin'?

(PROMISE me you guys will read that aloud to yourselves. Preferrably with some hand gestures and pouty lips, too)

From: Jake
Sent: Fri 5/5/2006 9:30 AM
To: Renata
Subject: Paula

Something just occurred to me. When Paula signs her e-mails "P. Smith", do you think that stands for "Paula Smith" or "Professor Smith"?



From: Renata
Sent: Fri 5/5/2006 10:11 AM
To: Jake
Subject: Paula

Whoa! "WOMEN WRAPPED IN MYSTERIES"?? Are there more than one of her?

Wait, didn't we talk about there being Paula clones awhile back? Man, we're kind of creepy.

Hmm. Although it is very like her to have a mysterious initial, I assume it's for "Paula"... most of my other profs sign emails with just their initials but... omg, if she did that everyone would think she had something else to say. If she just signed her emails "PS" you would never have a sense of closure!

- Renata!

PS: PS is awesome.

(i HAVE explained about team paula smith, right? about how she's both my and jake's advisor, and we talk about her all the time? and how her middle initial is "V" and we're obsessed with speculating with the v stands for? [current favorite: vendetta.] well, just in case i haven't, now you're all up to speed.)

anyway, today i plan to:


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Thursday, May 04, 2006

asdkjas'lkd ahahahha reid totally made a myspace profile for tyrone, the most badass cat ever.

usually it's kind of lame when people make profiles for their pets, but since tyrone is the most badass cat ever he also has the most badass profile ever.

renata: also i want to be in tyrone's top 9
renata: or 8. then everyone will think i'm cool
renata: which i am.
reid: hahaah
reid: yeah i was going ot do that'
renata: grood
reid: fgjbndf
renata: asdkl;askd!

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listening to: belinda carlisle, heaven is a place on earth

man, why is this song so awesome?

today i am wearing my orange shirt! i'm not usually a big fan of orange, but i have this bright orange shirt from the grinnell middle school (from the grinnell goodwill) and some days i look in my closet and i say to myself, "today is orange shirt day!"

today is orange shirt day!

tonight i've actually been productive. usually i just totally dick off on thursday nights, because they are the new friday. except then i also dick off friday and saturday nights, because they are the old friday and saturday. so... it's not good. but i've actually been working on my history paper! it's up to 5 pages now. except like 1.5 of that is stuff that used to be the intro but i took it out. i'm hoping to recycle it for the conclusion, though, because it was pretty decent stuff, it just wasn't right for the intro.

i'm up to 5 footnotes! and since i've spent so much time re-organizing and coding this research, i basically know it like the back of my hand now and it's all coming together pretty quickly. AS I HOPED.

anyway, i've been thinking about how it's weird that i'm stressed out and sick of school, but nonetheless i've been pretty mentally healthy this semester. i remember around this time last year i was like crying in the shower a lot and stuff. but at the same time last year i know i had less work to do, and i was aware of that too. i remember being like, "i don't even have that much to do, why am i sooo stressed?"

i think probably my new philosophy is helping. (my new philosophy is, "when you are tired, take a nap!")

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* does anyone else remember in the clerks cartoon, when jay and silent bob officially quit hanging out in front of the quick stop, and then they come back and jay says "me and silent bob would like to announce that we will officially be hanging out in front of the quick stop again. officially." because.... i think it's hilarious and i always try to allude to it and no one ever catches the reference.

anyway, so, yes. wooo, weekend. i have... a lot of work i should do this weekend? but i'm not going to do it right now. instead i will take a nap and then go to dinner.

a nap is a gift you give your brain.

posted by ~renata~ at 5:01 PM
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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

listening to: tori, smells like teen spirit

these last few weeks of school i am going to be pretty lacking in:
- motivation
- hygiene (note: not excessively. yet.)
- tidiness
- nutrition
- concern for fitness

so it goes.

anyway, tonight was the history sepc vs. russian sepc trivial pursuit game (every year, all the majors--well, all the non-lazy majors-- get trivial pursuit teams and play a tournament.) it was our first round, too. oh well, it was fun! playing trivial pursuit with groups would probably be really frustrating for me if i were more competitive, because like tonight at *least* five times my team had something like this conversation:

someone from the russian sepc: "question?"
me: "oh, i think it's [the right answer]."
someone else: "really? i was thinking [the wrong answer]."
me: "oh... well, i still think it's [the right answer] but i guess it could be that, maybe."
someone else: "well, let's just go with [the wrong answer]."

i guess if i were more competitive i'd throw a bigger fit about making people listen to my answers, but... it's just a game. i'd feel much worse if i threw a fit about my answer and had it turn out to be wrong, than if i knew the right answer and we didn't get it. (i'm usually like... 90% confident of my answers, but hardly ever totally sure of them. so.)

talking to miriam about stuff like this is always hilarious to me, because she grew up in a really competitive family so she always likes winning games and stuff (i love you, miriam!), and i grew up in a slacker family so i'm always like, "whatevs!"

i mean, don't get me wrong, it would have been fun to have won and gotten to move up on the tournament (and play more trivial pursuit!). but apparently it was not to be, and that's cool too.

in conclusion: whatevs!

posted by ~renata~ at 11:32 PM
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listening to: anne heaton, make you sad

hmm. a dilemma: i've had my car on campus, semi-illegally, ever since after spring break. i didn't want to get a parking permit, since i was only going to have it here for like 8 weeks and i didn't want to spend money on a permit for the whole year, when most of that year is already over. so i'd been parking it in the guest spots and everything was fine until a few days ago, when all the guest spots were taken. so i figured i'd just park in a student spot and then move my car later.

unfortunately, i got a ticket. so here was my dilemma... my car isn't registered with the campus, so they don't know it's mine? but if i didn't pay it, they'd probably be like "wait, we already gave this car a ticket, hmm!" but if i did pay it, they might be like "what, you're a student, why isn't your car registered?!"

anyway, i just went and paid it and apparently it's only half price if you pay your tickets "quickly"? so at least it was only a $10 ticket.

but they took down my naaaame oh no. i parked it in the visitor lot behind the pec instead of the visitor lot behind loose in hopes of being... less conspicuous about consistently parking in the visitor lot? so, we'll see.

blaaah, car anxiety.

also, upon looking at my research i've changed the thesis of my history paper to the exact opposite of my old thesis. it's cool though.

posted by ~renata~ at 2:05 PM
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listening to: yktr, fire on the side

my frankenmix brings all the boys to the yard. (girls can come too.)

that's basically the most productive thing i've done today.

posted by ~renata~ at 10:51 AM
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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

listening to: harry belafonte, turn the world around

ohh, man. i just spent 4 hours in mears and i hand-wrote a first draft of my trads2 paper. i need to type it up and do a little more work on it, but i think i'm actually in pretty good shape for that. i can do soo much work when i'm not checking my email every 5 minutes, it is amazing!

then i came back and felt all... ridiculously jumpy and buzzylike. i'm declaring a night off from further work. ideally, i will go to bed soon, get up early tomorrow and work on my poco lit bibliography/outline, and... it will be good.

oh, maybe i'll work on my new frankenmix now! that will be good, productive procrastination. yes.

posted by ~renata~ at 11:17 PM
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listening to: jill sobule, heroes

guys i'm totally in a book! like a real one that you can buy at amazon, not like one that there are only 50 copies of.

i guess it came out a few weeks ago actually? i had no idea and then i got two free copies of it in the mail today.

in other news, kait and i wrote the script for the west wing season finale. it's going to be pretty much the best episode ever.

also: aww, harry potter kitty!

also: now i am going to hy-vee because i need more dried fruit. DESPERATELY.

posted by ~renata~ at 10:15 AM
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Monday, May 01, 2006






eta: oh good, apparently all that yelling DID fix it.

posted by ~renata~ at 9:17 PM
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listening to: tom petty, you wreck me

1. meeeh my stomach hurts. thanks, dining hall :(

2. i just went to try to watch tww, since christine said that bravo re-airs the most recent episodes monday at 6? but i went and it was definitely "the leadership breakfast." not that i don't enjoy watching sam and josh set the white house on fire, but... it's definitely not the most recent episode.

3. jellaby is so adorable! especially pirate jellaby.

4. happy may! new frankenmix!

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