Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Fly the ocean in a silver plane...

I love having a blog, if for no other reason than that I have something to occupy me when I'm in the Mac lab in the JFSB trying desperately but failing completely to work on the project that I am never going to finish and that is probably like 50% of my entire grade for the class it's in. I can't remember how much it's worth, but regardless of its colossal impact on my final grade for the class, I am absolutely incapable of concentrating on it. I just can't focus. I've been texting Mike, going downstairs to get a bottled water and carrots, eating the carrots, checking my email, changing my profile on Facebook, reading Megan's blog and Lindsey's comments, and staring at a blank document in Quark XPress for the last 45 minutes. Now I am writing on my blog. What else can I do?
So, in light of my inability to concentrate on anything remotely productive, I'm going to start that 100 Things thing that my roommates did a while ago. I think I started it at one point, but I never got very far and I don't even know what happened to it. But since I'm sure I won't be able to think of 100 things to write about myself right now, and since I really shouldn't be spending THAT much time on my blog anyway, I'm going to do this in 25-thing increments, starting with this post. Hopefully when I'm finished I'll be able to concentrate a little better on my project, which I actually really really have to finish. Keep your fingers crossed! Here goes nothing.

1. I love the Open Closet Policy. I love borrowing my roommates' clothes (especially on Sundays when I can't find anything decent to wear in my closet) and I love when they come home and tell me how many compliments they got while they were wearing my clothes. Downside #1 about getting married: The only person you have to share clothes with is a boy. No bueno.

2. I finally bought an iPod a month or so ago and the most-listened to playlist on it is my Moody playlist, which consists of Muse, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, Ben Folds, Michael Buble, Matchbox Twenty, Jason Mraz, Augustana, the Format, the Fray, Blue October, and some of my other favorite bands.

3. I love buying earrings, especially big hoops. My favorite ones are my new red plastic amazing hoops and my teeny gold ones.

4. I work well under intense pressure. Some of my best papers have been written the night before/morning of the day they were due. If I have some time to work with, I usually have a really hard time concentrating (today = case in point).

5. You wouldn't know it now, but I was one of the really smart kids in high school. I was one of the ones with all those stupid things around my neck when I graduated.

6. I'm very nearly addicted to Excedrin.

7. I still sleep with the teddy bear my parents gave me on my first birthday. He's in surprisingly good condition considering he's been used as a pillow for 20 years.

8. I haven't been satisfied with any one of my cell phones since my old Nokias. I liked the Samsung the best but it struggled, and my Motorolas have just been pains in the butt.

9. I've had five cell phones since my first one when I was 17.

10. Sometimes I miss being 17. Not because I miss high school (I hated it) but because I wish I could move back home with my parents and not have things to worry about.

11. I love thunderstorms. A lot.

12. When I was a kid I would read a book, sometimes two, every day. My parents wouldn't buy me books because I finished them so fast and they said it wasn't worth it if I wasn't going to read them again. I went to the library a lot.

13. I like dirtbiking. I'm the worst one in my whole family, but at least I get bruises to show for it.

14. I've always felt overshadowed by my two younger sisters. They were always prettier and more popular than I was, and even now I still feel like a weirdo nerd when I'm with them.

15. My eyes are brown, but they turn kinda green when they're in the sun.

16. The only jewelry I wear consistently is my CTR ring, which I never take off; earrings; and either my star of David necklace or one that I stole from my sister. If I wear a necklace at all.

17. My fingernails grow ridiculously fast and my hair doesn't grow at all. I hate cutting my nails all the time and I wish like anything that my hair would grow out already.

18. I sleep on my side.

19. I type ridiculously fast. I think it comes from having had a computer in my house since I can remember, and my dad types really well too. I type 95 wpm with no mistakes.

20. I love carbs-- potatoes (in almost any form), rice, breads, pasta. All my favorites.

21. I hate talking on the phone. This is partially because I am impatient and have a hard time just sitting down and talking without being able to do anything else, and partially because I have a hard time hearing and understanding people when I can't see them. I'm a very visual person. Instead of talking on the phone, I use over 1000 texts a month.

22. I used to have my entire bedroom decorated in posters of NSYNC, and especially Justin Timberlake. (I know, just call me a lemming.) Don't worry, it was at least six years ago.

23. I'm the oldest of six and my family's like the Brady Bunch. Three girls, three boys. Not in the same order though. We had the girls first and then the boys. But we have a dog, if that helps. I always thought we should've had a maid too, just for accuracy's sake.

24. I tan really well in the summer. One of my favorite things is when people think I'm from Mexico, especially people who ARE from Mexico. Although I have to wonder about their authenticity, because honestly, aside from the dark hair/eyes/skin, I don't look Mexican at all.

25. I taught myself to play the piano. I can play pretty well, but I can't sightread and I've always wished I'd taken lessons. Especially now that I don't have ready access to a piano, my ability is very limited.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Back in Action

So I'm sitting in the library supposed to be writing the first paper I've had to write since at least... last summer. It's been a long time. It's my second midterm for my Semantics and Pragmatics class, it's due tomorrow at noon, and it's 20% of my final grade. The natural course of action? Post on my blog.
Mostly kidding though, because guess what-- I've only been working on it for about a little over an hour and I'm almost halfway done. PLUS, what I've mostly finished is the BS part, and from here on out I actually know what I'm going to be talking about! It's a fantastic situation. I was really stressed about it earlier, and I don't know why, because 1) it's only a 500-1000 word (2-4 page) paper, and 2) I am and have always been an excellent BSer. Granted, it's been almost a year since I had to write anything, which I suppose is why I was nervous to begin with. But no worries. As soon as I sat down to Word I remembered exactly what I was doing.
And so, instead of writing my paper, I am taking a break to post on my long-neglected blog. Here's something fun. I'm listening to the "Happy" playlist on my iPod, which I've discovered is dangerous, because I keep catching myself almost singing aloud to Britney Spears and the Boot Scootin' Boogie. Awkward in the liberry.
I'm suddenly really restless. I've never been a fan of working in the library, but as my computer is dead I have little choice at the moment. And I'd rather not get too into the computer-death situation, because it's still a stressor for me and I don't want to get too worked up about it or I'll never be able to concentrate on this paper. Suffice it to say that technology is not my friend. And you know it's bad when even taking the problem to Doug hasn't fixed it.
I feel like posting a picture. Isn't this a pretty tree? It has nothing to do with anything I've written so far, it's just a picture that I found to use for a project in my CHUM class and it's saved on my flash drive so... why not? It is a pretty tree.
Well, I'm kinda out of things to talk about. Mostly I just want to get out of the library, which I guess means I should get back to writing this paper. I'm determined to print it before I leave. Maybe that's a little ambitious-- my first paper in almost a year and I'm going to write it all in one sitting? Well, it is a very short paper. I can totally do it.
Also, before I'm finished, I would just like to say that I am very jealous of certain people who are going to England in approximately eight weeks (or something). My grandparents were here from Israel on Friday and Dafni, Mike and I went to dinner with them. It was a lot of fun, but it made me think about how much I'm dying to go to Israel. Partially because they kept talking about how they didn't know if they were going to be coming back to the States anymore and we should come and visit them. If only I could just pick up and go! I've wanted to ever since I was like three. Good gravy.
Okay well I'm done now. I'm going to go finish my paper so I can get the heck outta here and maybe take a nap. I've been exhausted all day.
<3 The end.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Books Books Books

In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, put a # in front of the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
+2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
+3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) (I think the version I have of this is the one I read in high school, and it's still at home in Texas)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) (I can’t remember if I’ve read this one but I know I want to read all the others in the series too and I haven’t done those)
*9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
*10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
+11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
#12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) (Dan Brown = not my favorite writer)
+13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
#15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) (Zero interest. The end.)
+16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
*17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
#*18. The Stand (Stephen King) (blech)
+19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
+20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) (I’ve started it several times and seen at least two different movie versions, and yet I’ve never finished the whole book…)
21. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) (I’ve actually been wanting to read it for a long time now)
+23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
*25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
+27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
+28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
*31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
+34. 1984 (George Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
*36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
*37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
*38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
*39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
*41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42.The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
#*43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) (Ew ew ew… I pretty much hate almost anything that starts with ‘Confessions of…’ It’s such an unoriginal title. Geez.)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
+45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
+49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
*50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
+51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) (I started reading this my freshman year in college but never finished it)
+52. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) (everyone seems to like it)
+54. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) (I have a lot of Dickens that I’ve never read)
+55. The Great Gatsby (Scott Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
+57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
*58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
*59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
*60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
+61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) (I’m about halfway through this)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
#64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
*65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
*66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
#67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) (the movie wasn’t that great, and Megan didn’t like the book much, soooo I probably won’t read it)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
+69. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
#71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding)
*72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
*73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
+75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
*76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
+77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
*78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
*79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
*81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
#82. Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck) (I know the story and I would probably cry.)
+83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
*84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
+85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
*88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
*89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
*90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
*91. In the Skin of a Lion (Michael Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) (I started it once)
+94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
*98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
*99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

101. Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) - best book ever, everyone should read it....Lindsey added it to the list and I thought it should stay. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Oh No, It's Me Again

Alright, alright, I'm posting. First of all, it has become apparent to me that I suck at this blogging game. In case you haven't noticed. Also, my computer has been dead, so I haven't been on as much lately because I have to borrow my roommates' laptops when I want to use the el-interneto.
However, I recently received an email from my blog begging me to return and post on it. Isn't that amazing? You see, I hadn't realized that my blog actually missed being posted on. How insensitive I have been. I am changing my ways at once.
That's probably a lie, actually. I'm changing my ways temporarily is what I should say. It is doubtful that I will become a more faithful blogger after this. But I will try, which is something, isn't it? The thought is what counts, after all.
Okie doke. So the thing is that I really have very little to say. I'm quitting Toys R Us, which is relatively exciting. The job has gotten pretty boring and also a pain in the butt, and I've been missing my kids at the day care anyway, so I decided to go back. Robyn said she'll need me full time at the beginning of April, so I went ahead and put in my two weeks' notice at work and am going to be substituting at the day care until then. I'm pretty happy about this situation. No more stupid metrics, no more floor leading and service desk, no more Corey and Zac and Greg talking forever on the walkies so that no one can get a word in edgewise even when they've got a legitimate question, and really annoying "lawnmower" jokes about farting at work, and no more headsets that hurt your ear, and working irritating hours and long boring shifts and Saturdays and Sundays and terrible awful Disney Channel pop starlet music that makes you wish you'd been born deaf, and customers who are jerks, and managers who are jerks, and managers and other employees who are useless so that essentially i end up running the store myself, and no more covering R Zone and being bored, and no more stupid uniforms and cashiering and all that annoyingness. I will never have to work past 6:00 pm. I will never have to work a Saturday or Sunday. I won't have to deal with anyone but the kids and their parents. I'm really excited.
Well, what else? Today is four months for Mike and me, which is a pretty happy thing. I'd write more about how that's going, but it'll end up being annoying for other people to read. And also it would take a long time, and my back is starting to hurt and the battery is getting low on my computer. (I haven't quite figured out what's going on with the whole power cable situation; I'm just glad I got my computer to turn on tonight.)
So that is all for tonight then. We'll see what I can do with my computer tomorrow, and then, if I can get it to cooperate, I may indulge myself and write more about Mike. Goodness knows I can. :)
The (temporary) end.