The End of an Era

October 31, 2007 at 10:04 am (Uncategorized)

Well, this is it. The end of an era. I’ve known this time was coming at some point, I had just hoped it would hold off for a few years. But it was not to be…

I was on my cell phone with my father yesterday, and when I went to close the phone, the left hinge broke off and detached itself. My phone has been slowly losing small pieces of its casing for a few months now, but I still had high hopes, since none of them were critical.

I’ve had this phone for maybe 5 years now, and I can’t imagine having any other phone! And they don’t make this phone anymore! I guess its probably time for an upgrade, but what do the new phones have that I didn’t have before? I had text messaging, a camera, everything I needed! And an extendable antenna, which I haven’t seen on any phone manufactured in the last few years. My phone would get service when no one else’s would. I’m afraid that if I get a new phone, my reception will be worse! I like my old phone, I don’t like change.

So now I need to shop around for a new phone. Maybe I’ll get one this weekend. Or maybe I’ll just keep using this one even though it’s a bit broken. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions….


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Writing Activity Idea

October 29, 2007 at 7:39 pm (Family, School, Writing)

Talking to my sister about a paper she’s trying to write, I came up with the most genius idea (in my oh-so-humble opinion). She’s writing a paper describing a place she knows well from her childhood, and she chose the pool that we went to before we moved. The whole paper, as it stands currently, is written in the 2nd paper and is simply a walkthrough of the place, without much depth. So she emailed it to me to help her make it better, and I told her… (prepare yourself for the majesty of this suugestion!)

Write a paragraph describing everything you have in the original, but this time, write it as if you are blind. [side note: I just wrote ‘blind’ as ‘blond’ and I think, while an interesting exercise, that might be going in the opposite direction]

And then I was struck by the genius of that suggestion. I mean, teachers are always trying to get their students to write better descriptions, and use more than one sense, other than sight, so I was thinking that this would be a really interesting assignment for someone in a writing class of some sort, or really, any class.

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Knitting Extravaganza!

October 29, 2007 at 5:57 pm (Knitting)

Britt and I had a pleasant surprise this afternoon: our English class was cancelled! So, to celebrate, we went to Goodwill to find more fantastic Disney movies and then to Michael’s for knitting supplies! We spent 3 hours doing this… We both got books and wool galore, ready to sit down in front of our Disney movies and knit for hours on end! If we had the time to do that, that is…

Meanwhile, I’m in the process of kitting a blanket (for 2? 3? years now) as well as a scarf for my great-grandmother’s birthday in January. And now I have supplies and instructions for a really sweet knitted bag. The basic design (as best as I can replicate it in Paint) is:

I’m really excited to start it, but I know it’s probably going to be fairly hard, so I really should wait until I have time (i.e. after Macbeth ends), but I really really wanna start it now!

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October 28, 2007 at 11:10 pm (Red Sox)

The Red Sox have won the World Series for the second time in my lifetime!!! Congrats, Sox!!!

It’s interesting. I think I’ve become a bigger fan since leaving New England to come to school in the south. Maybe it’s just me trying to establish my identity as different from everyone else here. Up north, I tried to keep a solid hold on my southern heritage, and now that I’m back south, I’m trying to establish myself as different because I’m a Yank.


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October 28, 2007 at 8:34 pm (Uncategorized)

I never before realized how annoying it is to have someone laughing at something, in close proximity, when you have no idea what they are laughing about. One of my roomates is currently sitting at her computer, watching Dane Cook videos on her laptop, with her headphones plugged in, since our other roomate and I are/were doing work. And roomate A (at the computer) keeps randomly (to me) bursting out laughing. And it is tres annoying.

Edit: it is tres, tres, tres annoying.

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What to do, what to do….

October 27, 2007 at 10:49 pm (Rants, School, The Future, UR)

After talking with my new academic advisor on Wednesday, I have decided to create my own interdiscliplinary major. The problem comes from deciding what I want to focus that major on. Right now, I’m thinking it will be about information and how it is communicated across time, people, languages, cultures, boundaries, religions, etc. Also, the question of how an idea progresses and develops until it is accepted as fact. At least, that’s the summary I sent my advisor before our next meeting. I still haven’t heard from him. I’m just a wee bit anxious. This is my life! Everyone should focus on me and make sure that everything in my life is perfect before moving on to their own lives. Seriously. 😀

Anyway, I spent tonight mapping out a bit of my major/the classes I think might work towards my major, and I compiled a list of 17 classes. And they all seem really sweet. The problem is that some of them may not be offered in the course of my schooling here. And if they do offer all of them, I’m not sure how to choose which ones to take, considering they add up to 60-some credits, which I don’t think will work out, especially if I want to take any other classes in any other department/concentration.

I’m probably just spazzing out about nothing. Well, I almost certainly am. But whenever I start thinking about it, I just want to have it done and decided now. Not later. Now. Ah well, patience is a virtue. So I guess I’ll have to work on being more virtuous…

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‘Riting Center Record!

October 23, 2007 at 5:20 pm (UR, Writing Center)

As of today, there have been 226 appointments made at the Writing Center since we opened mid-September. And I am proud to hold the record for the most of these appointments at a whopping 23.something %! Which means I have held about 53 appointments in the month-or-so that I have been working there. I think this means I need a raise or bonus of some sort…

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Potential Syllabus

October 22, 2007 at 4:24 pm (Oops, School, The Future)

If I ever do become a professor at some university, I have decided I want to include something along the following lines on my syllabus:

“If you come late to my class, I will assume that you are late because you were spending extra time preparing for my class and therefore are fully knowledgable about the topic at hand and will therefore call on you often.”

This came out of my slight tardiness to English this afternoon. I was completely engaged in figuring something out before class, and had my roomate’s cell phone not rang and pulled me out of my tunnel-vision, I most certainly would have missed the class entirely!

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October 21, 2007 at 3:02 pm (Oops, UR, Work)

I just realized that I was supposed to meet with 2 freshmen today about their Core papers that are due on Wednesday. This meeting is a part of their grade. And I just realized that I completely missed them because I was doing homework. *Insert choice swear words here*

But of course, none of them have emailed me or made any attempt to contact me about the meetings. I think I’ll wait until later tonight and then email them with possible meeting times tomorrow.


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Shakespeare’s Who’s On First

October 20, 2007 at 8:57 pm (Uncategorized)

Though the video quality goes way down about halfway through, it really doesn’t matter. All you need to do is listen to this to discover the fantastic-ness of this great video! This is what happens when Shakespeare actors get bored…

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