End of the Summer…

August 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm (Church, Family, School, Summer, Thesis, TV)

I’ve been so terrible at updating this this summer – tsk tsk!  So here’s a quick overview of my life in the past few weeks:

  • Had a fabulous lunch and a wonderful little restaurant the next town over with a woman from church – it was wonderful!  Love chatting with her, really reaffirms my faith!
  • Been attending Photoshop Elements workshops at the library, and having a blast!  Now, if only I had a computer with enough room for Photoshop and Dreamweaver…  Scratch that – if only I had a computer that started up in less than 15 minutes…
  • Had a surprise party for my mom’s 50th this past weekend.  My whole mom’s side of the family came into town, without her knowing, and surprised her (she cried)!  It was a really nice weekend with everyone – super busy, though, and thus exhausting
  • Finished my research for the summer, sent in a 16 page outline to my advisor, and returned all of my books to the library!  Such a sense of accomplishment!
  • Sorta, kinda, maybe haven’t really started packing for school, despite the fact that I leave on Friday…
  • Found a scholar that I think I would absolutely adore working with in grad school (as in, got a book of his out from the library on a whim, and am thinking of actually buying that one to have forever and ever and a few others from a store as soon as possible), except he doesn’t teach at any one school, and appears to do a lecture circuit in Europe and Canada…  Story of my life…
  • Meanwhile, on the mundane side, I’ve been watching the new series ‘Merlin‘ on NBC, and, as long as you don’t ask it to actually stick to the legends in any way, shape, or form, except for the names and the most BASIC plot points, is actually pretty good escapist fun!
  • Got my hair cut – trying out layers for the first time…
  • Just beat my brother and two of his friends at Settlers – I don’t think they were very happy…

And that, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, is that.  Probably a heck of a lot more to report, but I fear I can’t think of a thing at the moment, so this shall have to suffice.

How is your summer winding down?


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Hilarity Ensues…

June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm (Family, Movies)

Raoul in Masquerade

My sister and I are watching Phantom of the Opera, and during the Masquerade scene, we’re commenting on Raoul’s hair, and how we like it back with the ribbon. I indicate the hair on the side of his face, saying how he needs to shave them to be more attractive, and Sarah says, “Oh, his steak tips?” I, of course, thinking she’s making a witty comment about how there isn’t enough hair for it to be called a mutton chop, start laughing.

And then we realize that she thought that they were actually called steak tips, not mutton chops.

I love my sister.

Update: Sarah’s favorite Raoul hair is when he’s fighting the phantom in the graveyard

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Vacation Chronicles

December 23, 2008 at 1:56 am (Concord, Family, Happy, Vacation, Work)

It’s vacation!!!  YEY!!!

I got home safe and sound last Tuesday, on Friday it started snowing, and it stopped snowing yesterday.  Mount Skittles* is as tall as I am.  And it’s only the first big snowfall of the winter.  Goody!  I have done more shoveling thus far this winter than all of the last two winters combined, I think.  Well, that’s an exaggeration, but still.  Oh, and did I mention that we didn’t get our paper this morning and believe it to be buried in the snow somewhere, unavailable until spring?  I love winter.

Speaking of loving winter, I seriously think I’m allergic to the cold.  And my parents are starting to agree with me/laugh at me everytime I step into the cold and start sneezing and getting red eyes etc.  Fun times.  The result of this, of course, is that I am burning through wood like there is no tomorrow since my father doesn’t like having the heat on very high.  I have my special spot in front of the fireplace, only moving to eat and get more firewood.  And shovel.

Actually, today I started working at the library again.  I got approved to work for as many hours as I want for the next two weeks while on of my mom’s co-workers is on vacation.  I’m doing the same processing stuff as I did this summer, i.e. making labels, covering books with plastic, etc.  It’s fun and I get first (well, second, after my mother, who actually receives the shipments and puts the books into the system) dibs on all the books!  Unfortunately, there was a majority of non-fiction today, and while I like non-fiction sometimes, it’s not a non-fiction vacation.  Fortunately, like last summer, there are two huge, floor-to-ceiling, bookshelves that are completely filled to the brim with a back-log of books that I am expected to help work through, thus the incentive for them to give me as many hours as I need to get the job done.  The woman who officially has this job doesn’t like working with the old books, so I, and my dust allergy, get to do it.  But I like it, so it’s all good.

And yes, I do like working while on vacation.  It’s a no-stress job, I get $$$, and it gets my father off my back when he complains that my brother and I don’t do anything over vacation except sleep.  But I’m not going to get started on my father right now.  Instead, I’m off to bed!  Good night!

*Mount Skittles is the mound of snow right next to the fence separating the backyard yard from the driveway where all the snow from the driveway gets shoveled.  Since Skittles loves loves loves snow (seriously, she was whining at the door for 30 minutes yesterday because my parents were outside shoveling and she wanted to join them**), she climbs up it and looks down on us, waiting for more snow to be thrown her way.

** I wasn’t shirking my duty – I was making dinner!  😀

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Post-Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

November 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Concord, Family, Holidays, Vacation)

I’ve been up since 5am and am tired and still have a bit of work to do, so this shall be short.

Tuesday – I went to Latin and handed in my paper that I had been up until 3am finishing.  Got back to my room, started packing, checked to see if there was an earlier train, there was one ticket available, so I grabbed it.  Met Ryan and his dad and uncle for lunch, went to the library to find some good pleasure reading for the train while Ryan went to class, then got a ride from them to the train station.  Ended up waiting at the train station for an extra hour before getting on the train.  Ended up sitting next to a friend from school.  Additional issues in DC meant the train was over an hour and a half late – but still earlier than my original train!

Wednesday – Tried on my cotillion dress to make sure it still fit for Ring Dance in February, which it did perfectly.  It actually might fit better, because I can actually take a deep breath in it, and I can’t remember if I was able to do that before, but I bet I was.  Anyway, it made me really excited to wear it again.  Went to the airport early with my bro to see if we could get on standby for the earlier flight that my grandparents were on, but since it was the day before Thanksgiving, that was a no-go.  Got to ogle all the midshipmen from the Naval Academy for a few hours though 😛  Also had the pleasure of making awkward conversation with my brother for about an hour while we grabbed something to eat before our plane.  Got home safe and sound, very happy.

Thursday – Thanksgiving, of course!  Slept in, didn’t go to the high school traditional football game (we lost horribly, btw).  Instead, set up my firewood supply for the weekend and started a fire that I kept going all day.  Finished the book I got out of the UR library (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – I HIGHLY recommend it!!!).  Started and finished Twilight again.  Ate a delicious Thanksgiving dinner around 5pm (Dad wanted it at 1, but we turned off the oven to sabotage this break in his sanity).

Friday – Slept in again, got up, started a fire, went to Twilight with Sarah, who loved it (and I think I enjoyed it more the second time around, for the record).  Basically veged all day in front of the fire otherwise.

Saturday – Same as Friday except Sarah and I went to High School Musical 3 instead of Twilight.  Nickel and Sarah both had friends over for dinner (my friend bailed *cough cough* 😉 ).  Yummy food.  I had been sneezing a lot earlier with watery eyes, and when even a shower didn’t stop it, I took some Benedryl, so I was super sleepy in the evening, and ended up going to bed early, though with the party going on downstairs, I didn’t actually get to sleep for a while.  Turned out to be good that I went to bed early, since I rescheduled my return trip, taking out the plane + train, and replacing it with just a plane.  At 7am.  Meaning I had to get up at 5 am.

Sunday – Got up at 5am.  Made it into the city just as the rain was starting, which meant all the subsequent flights were delayed of course.  Made it back to school by noon, where I have been happily procrastinating all day, and now really want to go to bed, but still have some journal entries to write.  I’ll probably write one tonight, and the rest tomorrow morning, since I’ll be waking early since I’ll be bedding early.  As in, before midnight.

Quick note: Sarah found out today that she didn’t get accepted into her early decision school, Elon.  Fingers crossed for the 3 others she applied to early action!  Hopefully, I’ll actually be home with her when those decisions come in, since I know she was devastated by this first one, even though she knew there wasn’t too much of a chance.

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November 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm (Death, Family, Friends)

They say bad things come in threes:

  1. El boyo’s grandmother died on Sunday.
  2. My great-grandmother, with whom I was actually quite close, died this morning.
  3. Obama was just announced president.  Granted, this isn’t terrible.  I actually like Obama as a person, I just don’t agree with most of his politics.

Forgive me if I don’t feel particularly verbose right now.

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Why My Parents Won’t Get Me A Car

October 5, 2008 at 11:15 pm (Death, Family)

It being Sunday, I had my weekly call with my parents.  The whole conversation was mostly filled with mundane things, until the end.  My parents told me that my great aunt was in a car accident recently and was in the hospital for a few days – her health wasn’t too good to begin with.  She escaped with nothing worse than a broken arm, but for her, that is much worse than for most people.  That’s because she only has one arm (and has had only one for most of her life – it wasn’t the result of this accident).  And the doctors say that she won’t heal fully for about a year.

Imagine not having function of your arms!  I don’t know about you, but I would go crazy.  Especially since it’s for a determined period of time, and not forever or anything.  I mean, if it were for forever, then you would adapt everything eventually and get on with your life.  But when its for a certain amount of time, you’d just get anxious for the time when you can regain use of your arms (or arm, in this case) again!

And the other good news that came along with this was that one of my dad’s classmates from high school was killed in a car crash recently.

So that, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is why my parents aren’t too keen on my getting a car anytime soon (and the bad economy, and the fact that they aren’t here to help me buy one, and the price of gas – but those are negligible, don’t you think?)

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Last Full Day in the States!

August 22, 2008 at 1:42 am (Books, Family, Friends, Movies, Study Abroad, Summer)

Wow, I seriously cannot believe that this day is here already.  I’m leaving in like 20 hours!  And I get to take more stuff with me than I thought!  Yey!

But let me start at the beginning…

My mother and I ran around today like chickens with our heads chopped off, trying to get enough Euros for me to take with me to pay my first month of rent in cash like the crazy French request.  We cleaned out two different AAA places while also managing to go to some other stores to pick up all those last minute crazy things that you never realize you need until the very last second.  And we still have to go out again tomorrow before I head to the airport around 4pm.

After we finally return from our epic trip around the greater Boston area, I get to start finishing packing.  On Tuesday, I had actually packed the vast majority of my clothes, sans what I have needed in the past few days.  Tonight I had the explicit joy of having both my parents hover over me as I try to finish packing everything else, with much undesired commentary.  As I believe I have mentioned before, I like my alone time.  I know I won’t see my parents for a while, but that does not mean that I need them hanging on to me every second of my last days with them.  In fact, it really does not help their cases any.

Oh, and on that point, my father and my mother and I had a lovely discussion at dinner tonight in which my father expressed his complete uncomprehending disbelief that my mother and I do not feel comfortable simply chatting with a stranger under any circumstances, whether it be waiting in line somewhere or at a cocktail party where you are actually supposed to make random conversation and mingle.  He simply could not understand how we could possibly be uncomfortable with this.  He has been married to my mother for 24 years and known me my entire life and still has not grasped this innate truth about the two of us.  It is simply beyond his comprehension capacity as it is a totally alien concept to him.

Anyway, to resume:  while packing, I had had the foresight to purchase some of those fabulous vacuum bags that you suck all the air out of in order to cram more stuff in a tight space (hint: Linens ‘N Things declared bankrupcy and so are closing down some stores, which means lovely sales!).  As a result of these wonderful creations, I am able to bring some semblance of a bed set instead of having to figure out crazy French stores on my very first day in Lille!  Of course, I can’t bring everything, but I can bring enough to get me through a few days (or weeks…) as long as the weather doesn’t suddenly take a turn for the worse.  This was a very, very happy discovery!  And, my bags are still under 50lbs!  Yey!

After finally kicking my parents out and finishing what I could for the night, I settled down to finally watch a movie that I ordered from interlibrary loan way back in May!  It finally came in last week, and this was my first chance to actually sit down and watch it.  The name of the film is The Ultimate Gift based on a book by the same name.  It’s a feel-good, inspirational movie/book, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheesy.  I mean, it is, but not really.  Just watch it.  And it’s Drew Fuller.  And he’s amazing!  And James Gardner.  And Abigal Breslin.  So just go find it somewhere and watch it – trust me, you won’t regret it!  (And now I feel like some cheesy, creepy salesman.  Fabulous.)

So that was my last full day in the States.  Tomorrow, I’m getting up early and having some friends over, then running some errands, and then heading to the airport!  I’ll try to update y’all as soon an possible!  Au revoir!

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Yet Another List of Bulleted Updates…

August 20, 2008 at 1:10 am (Books, Family, News articles, Rants, Study Abroad, Summer) (, , , , , )

  • The weather today was crazy.  Most of the morning, it rained like crazy, and then the sun finally came out, but the wind stayed, and the tree outside my window was waving so violently that it looked like i had a strobe light in my room.
  • Started packing today.  Essentially finished packing my clothes except for what I’m using between now and Friday.  Filled my big duffel with a bit of room to spare.  Still have my rolling duffel to fill with other stuff.  Having two huge suitcases sitting on my floor where I have to see them every day is a weird constant reminder.
  • Went into Boston to visit my aunt and uncle and their two kids today before I head off to France.  It’s always interesting to hear my parents describe how el boyo’s visit went, since it’s the only way I get a straight answer out of them since I’m not about to ask them about it.  But at least all of their answers have been positive.   My aunt is really disappointed that she has yet to meet el boyo.  In other news, we had some really interesting, intelligent conversation over the dinner table.  My new nickname is Jeeves, as in Ask Jeeves, as in I can answer any question posed to me through logic and it thus seems like I know everything in the world.
  • Had to unsubscribe from one of my blogs that was looking really promising.  They have done the unforgivable.  They insulted one of my favorite books of all time, one of the few books that I always can turn to and know I’ll enjoy even though I’ve basically memorized it.  And they even suggested that people go see the movie if they must know what it’s about even though the movie and book are totally different!  It is utterly infuriating!  Especially since they admitted that they didn’t even finish the book and yet are condemning it!  I can’t stand people like this.  My chest is tightening in rage even as I type this though this occurred over an hour ago.  ARRRRG
  • In happier news, The Augusta Chronicle published an article about my great-grandmother, Genie, as she reflects on living 100 years.  Great article, though it only begins to show the eccentric essence that is the fantastic matriarch of my mother’s family.  :sigh:  Gotta love her. 😀

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Busy, Busy, Busy

July 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm (Blogging, Concord, Family, Friends, Happy, Movies, Summer, TV, Work)

So my goal of writing once every day (or so) is totally and completely down the drain, so here’s a little recap of everything that has happened in my life since I last posted:

  • Went down to Baltimore again for my grandparents’ 50th anniversary and a family reunion to celebrate it.  Got to see my grandparents’ new condo which is fabulous and beautiful and simply amazing!  I also got to go out and find toys to fill the basement for all my little cousins (5 under the age of 5).
  • Caught cold from one of the aforementioned cousins.  Took an extra day and a half off of work because of it.  Still felt miserable for about a week.  But am all better now!
  • Went to the doctor’s office for an annual check-up.  Got 2 vaccines, on in each arm, which hurt for about 2 days (in addition to my cold of course!).  Had a lovely discussion about how even though my boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year and a half, I have no need for the pill.  To quote my doctor, we are “happy being *pause* companions”.  Shocking, I know!
  • Speaking of el boyo, he is in town visiting for 2 whole weeks (plus a few days!)!!!  So much happiness. 😀
  • Discovered a fairly interesting and not too overbearing feminist site/blog: www.feministing.com thanks to my lovely friend J.
  • Went to my first housewarming (well, apartment-warming, but still…) party for a friend of mine.  Had a blast.  Happy that el boyo, who escorted me, thinks that I have really cool friends.  Watched Fight Club for the first time in forever and still remembered most of it.
  • Spent all of Saturday with el boyo in Boston walking the Freedom Trail, which is very long.  Saw some pretty cool acrobatic street-performers at Faneuil Hall.  Got an awesome hat and wore it around for the rest of the day.  Made mental note to start purchasing and wearing more hats.
  • After walking for 4.5 hours, returned to the Boston Common and joined some friends to watch As You Like It under the stars.  Pretty good performance.  Orlando was played by the male semi-lead in USA’s In Plain Sight.  Didn’t much like him on TV, but he was great on stage!  Didn’t like the beginning or end of the play, but the middle was good fun!  Shocked by the massive amount of people who attended, most of whom probably couldn’t even see the stage (we got there 3 hours before curtain and so got good seats, though inconsiderate idiots in really tall chairs blocked our view of a good portion of the stage since we were sitting on picnic blankets).  Partook of a delightful European-esque picnic for dinner of bread and butter and grapes – yum!  Definitely an experience that should become an annual event.
  • Arranged with my work to take the next two weeks part-time and work at home to maximize my time with el boyo.  Also was offered a job for next summer – and the school year if I so desire, though my being abroad for the first semester will hinder that slightly…  But still, happy day!  The work is occasionally mind-numbingly dull, but the people at work are so wonderful and nice that I can’t gush enough about them!
  • Rediscovered my love of the sound of keys on a keyboard tapping.  Like as I write this.  And this.  And this.  Ok, stopping now.
  • Discovered that I think that I would love to get my Masters in Library Science and work in a library some day since I love working at my local one this summer, both in processing and at the Children’s desk (even though as I rule I generally don’t like children very much…).  Tonight I even helped two people find books (last week I shelved the whole time)!  My memory of my beloved children’s books isn’t as bad as I thought it was.
  • On that note, I discovered that the University of Hawaii offers a program for library science, so I may kill 2 birds with one stone and move down there to get my master’s 😀

There’s probably more that has happened, and there will be more to come.  But for now, ta-ta and au revoir!

  • OOO- I saw Dark Knight!!!  And it was amazing!!!

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The New Job Blues (and Yellows!)

July 2, 2008 at 9:38 pm (Family, Happy, Rants, Summer, Work) (, , , , )

Yellow: I have a new job 😀

Blue: I have a new job 😦

Yellow: I don’t have to wear fancy clothes! 😀

Blue: I don’t have to wear fancy clothes because I’m stuck in a back office all day 😦

Yellow: I’m stuck in a back office all day and don’t have to have forced conversation with anyone 😀

Blue: I don’t have much interaction with anyone and it can get a bit lonely 😦

Yellow: To stave off the loneliness, I get to listen to my iPod while working!  😀

Blue: I still hear other co-workers laughter through the headphones 😦

Yellow: I get to read all day 😀

Blue: I have to read things all day until my eyes get blurry and I start missing things 😦

Yellow: I get to learn about some …erm… interesting… policies that certain colleges in the Midwest have 😀

Blue: I get to read the same things over and over again for the next two months.  Do you know how many colleges/universities there are in the US?  Lots! 😦

Yellow: My job is flexible enough that I’ll be able to go to my family reunion in 2 weeks and I can spend time with el boyo when he comes up! 😀

Blue:  Still not enough time with el boyo 😦

Ok, stopping now.

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