Friday, December 31, 2010

that went by fast

It's kinda crazy how fast the year seems to go by when you think about it. I remember having such a hard time writing "2010" on my papers, now I'll have to think about writing "2011."

Oh (non-existent) God. I graduate in 2011. In June. That's in 6 months. *whimper* I don't know if I'm ready.

Ok, well before this either turns into a year-recapping post (because you'll get one in a week), or an existential crisis (because I have far too many of those), I'm off to eat lunch, whip out some homework/projectness stuff and then to Laura's for a New Year's Eve-ish thing.

So if I don't post right at midnight like I've done in the past, gott nytt år! :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

sad.

My laptop is on its last leg. I've been without antivirus stuff for so long that it doesn't want to reset. We might not be able to fix it. I has a sad.

I'll probably either try to cut down on my stack of books to read, work on my gov homework or my public speaking project, then I'm going to see HP7 later. So yeah.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

back to the desktop

Now I remember why I use my laptop for posting. Using the desktop suuuucks. It's kinda old and really slow. But it's better than nothing.

Calc study group today. Wooo. I haven't even touched the stuff since the last day before break, so I guess this'll jumpstart my brain a bit.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

heads-up

Just as a little forewarning, my dad will be taking my computer for the next few days because something got screwed up (and ahem my computer has been without antivirus for a few months) and he needs to reset it and redo all the updates. I'll try to get on the desktop to post, because it's been almost an entire year of posting at least once a day and I don't want to ruin it now, but if something happens and the desktop doesn't want to cooperate (i.e. it's not opening iTunes right now which is pissing me off), then either I'll have the EGE do a guest post or you just won't get a post.

I apologize for the inconvenience. Fingers crossed that it won't take long.

working on it

I have roughly half of my gov packet done, some more of my Ithaca essay and still haven't done much for my public speaking project. I'll get around to it.

The EGE has invited a few peeps over today for a snowball fight. I hate to be like this, but I'm not really looking forward to it for a few reasons:
1, because this is not snowball snow. I was out there long enough shoveling yesterday to know that this is the powdery crap, not the sticky stuff.
2, because even if it was snowball snow, for some reason my throwing fundamentals go out the door in a snowball fight and then I can't throw for crap and then I get mad (and sore).
3, because our group of friends gets together fine when we're in our element. Which is in school. And we're not in school right now. So when there's more than two of us together, someone is always left out and someone usually starts arguing and, depending who is there, two of those someones always starts making out, and then we have to get out the squirt guns. And as much fun as it is to get people with squirt guns when they clearly aren't paying attention, having to deal with the tonsil hockey gets really old really quickly.

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, 'cause I have a great group of friends, but the impending snowball fight will just end in disaster. I can see it already.

Monday, December 27, 2010

bad timing

Why does it always seem like we get snow when school isn't in session to cancel? We only had one snowday last year, even with the two Snowmaggedons, because all of our snow happened on weekends or days off. This year isn't off to a much better start. No clue how much we got 'cause I haven't had a reason to go outside, plus it was mad windy so it all drifted anyway.

And I forgot my Zyrtec when I slept over my dad's on Christmas night, so I'm all stuffy and sneezy today :P

And my brain apparently didn't want me to sleep last night 'cause I went to bed and couldn't fall asleep 'cause I had too much going on in my head. I had at least 2 story ideas running through my head, as well as 3 songs stuck.

Well, since I don't plan on leaving the house except to (ugh) shovel a little, hopefully I'll get my gov homework done, maybe my last Ithaca scholarship essay and some of my public speaking stuff.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

i shouldn't find this funny

But of course I do. It figures, the "big snowstorm of the year season" just has to be during Christmas break when we're all off anyway. And it just has to hit right after Christmas so it screws up anyone trying to get to or from the East Coast, not to mention that I won't be able to drive to work tomorrow because I will not be able to see the road. But the little weather alert thingy on the Weather Channel site says this:
"IMPACTS... EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING DUE TO SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... AND STRONG WINDS CAUSING CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES... WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS MAY ALSO DOWN SOME POWER LINES... TREE LIMBS... AND CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS."
Oh teh noes. Not the Christmas decorations. Never mind the blizzard conditions, what ever shall we do about the knocked-down Christmas decorations? Good to know where your guyses' priorities lie...

Anyway. If I do wind up getting snowed in at my dad's house, I have 4 books, a laptop and How to Train Your Dragon to keep me entertained, at least for a while.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

4 christmases

Just like the movie. I'm wiped.

Merry Christmas to all and to all screw it I'm tired, I'll see you in the morning.

Friday, December 24, 2010

you know

You know you're in a geeky relationship when your significant other not only knows down to the day how long you've been going out, but how long you've been going out in terms of pi.

You know you have a good group of friends when you come up with the world's worst pun and they laugh at it and hi-5 you for it.

You know you have a great group of friends when a minor argument at a Christmas party usually results in a wrestling match and teaming up against someone to put wrapping paper down their shirt.

You know you're in for a busy 2 days when you have 4 Christmases to attend and that's not even all the ones you've done in the past.

And you know you're failing at what could've been a cool post idea when you can't think of a good last one to make it a nice number of things. So happy Christmas Eve, I'll probably be back on late tomorrow night.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

good and bad

Good: Three things here.
  • The first is that the DADT repeal was signed yesterday.
  • The second is that I went with my stepdad for Christmas shopping stuff the other night and we went to a local Indian place for dinner and I got chicken tikka masala and it was amazing and I'm eating the leftovers right now :)
  • The third is that I got my fourth college acceptance, this one from Quinnipiac.

The bad thing is that this leaves my BU letter for last. And most likely that will be a rejection, so I don't know if the fates just don't understand the concept of "saving the best for last" or what, especially considering I'm leaning most towards Ithaca right now and I got that one first...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

took them long enough

The guy who caused the car crash that killed Nick Adenhart and some of his buddies finally got convicted for the murder and faces "51 years to life in prison" for the murders and driving without a license and driving under the influence and all that crap.

But hey, it's officially break now, so let's not be quite so morbid. Even though I have a slew of scholarship essays to write.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

3 down, 2 to go

College acceptances. Got "yay"s from Ithaca, Emerson and UConn, still waiting on Quinnipiac and BU. I doubt I'll get more than a "haha nice try" from BU, and I probably won't go there anyway, but I figured it was worth a shot anyway.

Now that my thesis is done, I'll have more time to work on scholarship essays. Joy. That'll keep me busy during Christmas Break. Plus the books I got out of the library yesterday. I swear, I'd never be able to work at a library or bookstore, I'd wind up reading half the stuff there while I'm working. I meant to go in there to kill some time before running errands, and I wound up spending over a half hour in there just wandering through the stacks. I weeded my choices down to four books: one is the book sibling to the Fortune Cookie Chronicles website, two about writing (I've been trying to expand my writing from the cliché teenage crap I usually write) and one about supernatural stuff and other magic things and their impact on American society.

And I missed the lunar eclipse last night. I wanted to see it, but I didn't really feel like getting up at 1am to see it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

almost forgot about this

Not sure why, I've done it the past two years. Happy Triple David Birthday Awesomeness Day!

(For those of you not in the know, I had been poking around on Wikipedia a few years back and found out that Davids DeJesus, Wright and Cook all have birthdays today. Kooky, huh?)

I'd post more (check out Ellie's post for Davids 2 and 3), but I have a thesis paper to finish. Though the funny thing is that two other people in my journalism class that also have gov this semester are also writing their papers on journalism censorship. My guess is that our teacher will be sick of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier by the time the semester ends.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

booo...

I was playing MLB 2K6 with my friend Tyler earlier, and we were laughing about how most of the guys on those teams are either on another team or retired, and it reminded me of the trade I saw this morning. The Royals gave Greinke to the Brewers for some prospect package of 4 guys. I know that he's not exactly spectacular under pressure, but for crying out loud he was the face of the franchise after DeJesus left.

Oh well. At least it wasn't Alex. No word on him lately. I think his contract last year ($1mil and change) was only for last year, but I'm not sure. Obviously if he gets the boot, I'll be in the know.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

pick your battles

Kindof an ironic title, considering the Senate just agreed to advance legislation regarding repealing DADT.

I know I'm bent on equality, but does a person's sexual orientation really affect their ability to serve their country? The typical lame response is that guys aren't comfortable knowing that some of their comrades might look at them "like that," but women are allowed in the armed forces, and no one complains about them looking at their male comrades "like that", or vice versa, right? At this point, the military should be happy anyone wants to get involved anymore, with all these different wars going on, and kicking them out over something like that is just absurd.

The sooner DADT gets repealed, the better. It's bad enough it was signed in the first place. Members of the armed forces shouldn't be required to hide such a large part of themselves in fear of getting kicked out of their job. Discrimination like that is pretty much illegal in every other profession, if I'm not too mistaken. This is the 21st century, society should be better than to prevent innocent people from working and serving their country over which gender they're more attracted to.

The now-famous quote from the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater sums it up perfectly. "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight."

Friday, December 17, 2010

partay

Family Christmas shindig tonight. No post.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

because i'm a journalist, dammit

Maybe it's just me, but I thought that it's common journalism sense that if you agree to an interview, the article written about whatever the interview is about can include anything from the interview. As long as they're not making stuff up, it's fair game, right?

It seems that everything I write or do for the school newsmagazine gets me yelled at. Must be a monthly "Let Me Piss Off Everyone In the School" thing. It's not fair. I don't intentionally piss everyone off. I guess I'm just wrong about everything. Sure would explain the constant displeasure with anything I do. Doesn't make life any easier.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

i could never be a housewife

Why? I start to go stir-crazy after about an hour of cooking.

And yes, I did just put that pun in there, completely accidentally.

As a Nasty Horrible Society member, I had to go to two freshman homerooms to collect money for our holiday toy drive. Mine were amazing. The agreement was that if they brought in $35 each, I'd make stuff. By the end I had $111. And per their requests, I spent the afternoon making chocolate cupcakes (with vanilla rainbow chip frosting), brownies and chocolate chip cookies. I am all baked out.

And now I get to do calc homework, and then go shopping at Target for all the money we got from the toy drive. Not to mention that I have to get up early tomorrow for the meeting at 7. Ugh.

But hey, I guess the cookie dough bits were worth all this...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

oh my.

For our winter production (which is a bunch of student-written short plays rather than one long one), we have to audition with monologues. So you know where the problem is already. I can do fine practicing a song or lines by myself, but if I have to do it in front of anyone, forget it.

I was browsing around online for monologues to perform, to no avail. They're either too long or really boring. Or really raunchy, like this one that I found from Not Such Stuff, a play of a bunch of Shakespearean female characters basically ranting. The one I saw was Juliet's, and oh dear was it raunchy. Talk about the tradition of double-entendres. I could never do this, between the length of memorizing (600+ words) and the fact that I would not be able to keep a straight face through it.

Also, Cliff Lee did not go to the Yankees, thank goodness. He signed with the Phillies instead. Not an ideal choice, but better the Phillies than the Yankees.

Monday, December 13, 2010

well that was anticlimactic

I went partial Christmas shopping today after my job interview (didn't get anything because of when my birthday falls and college and stuff, but the guy was really nice). I also got some t-shirts for a public speaking project (long story). And tried on some random clothing to kill time. And then I got stuck behind some idiot going 40 on the highway and almost got hit several times myself. I realize that I get passed a lot when I'm going the speed limit, but 40? Really?

Meteor shower tonight/tomorrow morning. I'll try to either stay up late to watch some of it. Or get up early, since those magical they people say it's going to be the best viewing at around 6am tomorrow.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

rain > snow

Sure, driving in the pouring rain really sucks (especially when you're in a bad mood, but that's aside the point), but I would so rather have all this rain than the snow that the Midwest is getting pounded with. This is like Snowmageddon last year. Minnesota got hammered with 2 feet of snow. And the Vikings' stadium roof caved in. No joke. They have one of those inflate-o-dome roof things, and there was so much snow that the Teflon just broke.

Also in the snow department, the world's largest sno cone was made in Texas last week. 24,095 pounds total, with 12,546 pounds of shaved ice and 1,568 gallons of syrup, making for over 50,000 8-ounce servings. That's a lot of sno cones.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

naps and chocolate

We got our Christmas tree today, but I was mad tired when I came home so I crashed in my recliner instead of doing my calc homework. It was only for a half-hour, tops, but I felt a lot better afterwards. Then again, I also ate some hazelnut chocolate after I got up, so it might've been that too...

No other big news in baseball.

And my holiday political correctness rant was distributed on Wednesday, and the only bad thing I heard was that there was a funky layout screwup that chopped off the last 5 words or so. But even one of the really religious girls in my calc class said that she liked my article and her mom did too. Here's the full text:
In Waterbury, just about an hour and a half away from dear old Ledyard, the principal of one of their twenty elementary schools reportedly banned celebration of and decorations depicting winter holidays. According to Fox News, the argument that the principal and school superintendent supported was that "this is not a church, it's a school and it's a public school,” and school activities have to “include every child.”

With the holiday season coming up, it has become a major point of contention over whether there should even be a “holiday” season. As the United States diversifies culturally, more groups are objecting to celebrating holidays, as it seems impossible to accommodate to all faiths, particularly those that denounce holidays of any sort. Holidays are a vital part of human cultural society and the celebration of such should not be banned in any sense.

Instead of sanctioning holidays and preventing everyone from celebrating anything, what would be the harm in celebrating all holidays? What schools, towns and the nation should do is teach about the holidays on an educational level and not a proselytistic level, and provide the option of not participating for skeptics who aren’t comfortable with partaking in other traditions. This way, the cultural aspect is not lost, no one is forced into conversion or religiously offended, and there’s still an opt-out feature if things get iffy.
Political correctness, especially regarding religious subjects, is a hotly-debated issue across the country and around the world. In the attempt to make sure no one is insulted or left out, and to ensure the separation of church and state, officials are going so far as to restrict the rights of everyone, and that is not acceptable. It is a First Amendment right for US citizens to be able to practice whatever religion they well please, and laws that ban holidays are infringing on that right.

As a devout atheist, I fully support the separation of church and state, and the preaching-like style of many holiday-based lessons is something that bothers a lot of people, including myself. But the world as it is today has a strong base in religion, so denying current and future generations of the right to freely celebrate holidays is denying them the knowledge that society is built upon. Proselytization is not the answer, but neither is complete censorship of these holidays; objective education, and the choice to act upon such, is.
And that is my story. And I'm sticking to it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

mmrgh.

Not much today. It's kinda late and I should've posted earlier when I had time. Oh well.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

on fire

Because signing A-Gon wasn't enough, the Sox signed Carl Crawford, took him right under the Angels' noses. Deal was 7 years and $142mil. As long as Ellsbury is still in the outfield, I'll be ok. The Sox also offered a deal to catcher Russell Martin, no word on that.

The Royals also signed Melky Cabrera to a 1-year deal.

'Tis all for now, but obviously the Carl Crawford signing, plus the A-Gon signing, are pretty big, so suck it up.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

heating up

Jeff Francoeur signed with the Royals for their first "big" acquisition this offseason. He got a 1-year deal for $2.5mil, with a $4mil option for 2012.

Also, I apparently have no since of direction, 'cause I went to the mall with the EGE but we had to go the back way due to construction, and I had to lead even though I didn't know where we were going, and I was looking for the wrong street and ended up in a really sketchy part of town I had never been in. And then I got my head practically ripped off for it.

Luckily, we made it to the mall safely, I tried on all sorts of random crap just for the ridiculosity of it, and I also have a job interview on Monday (a local Chili's is reopening and I filled out an app before I went to the mall/got lost).

And I'm officially a moron, because I went to the mall today in a non-shopping mindset and kinda mad because I wouldn't be able to buy Christmas presents for friends 'cause I don't have money. When I got home, guess who found a $100 mall/Visa giftcard in her bag? It was still in there from my "going-away" party at the dentist office before school started, but because my giftcards are in a separate wallet in my bag (no room in my real one), I never remember they're in there. I guess we'll just have to make a return trip sometime soon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

hypocrisy is the end-all

I had Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" stuck in my head yesterday for pretty much the entire day. I mean, it was the last song I heard in the car before I got to school, and it is my ringtone. So when I got home, I watched the music video.



And then I read the comments. This is what always kills a good mood, the comments. Someone had to be a big jerk and be all "Blarg, they did this on Glee and now it sucks." Granted, I didn't like the version they did on the show, but that doesn't mean that the entire song is ruined. Luckily, someone after them kinda went off on them for doing the whole hipster thing and being all "Oh, other people like this song so now it's not cool." Nonconformity is cool and all, but not quite like that.

The way I see it, jerks that pull off crap like that are only being hypocrites. They think that mainstream music sucks because it's mainstream and a lot of people listen to it. (hmm, I know some people like that...). Thus, they're letting the musical tastes of other people dictate what they listen to, which is the exact thing that they try to avoid. So when they're all priding themselves on listening to unique stuff and not listening to what other people tell them to, they're also shunning what could be perfectly good music, simply because someone told them about it.

Besides, on the hipster train of logic, "the best band in the world is nonexistent." So quit your egotistical bitching and listen to music because it's good, not because of who likes it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

psych-out

First, they said the Sox were definitely signing Adrian Gonzalez and were working on a preliminary deal and extensions and stuff. Then they said that everything was off 'cause something didn't work. And now they said that Gonzalez is definitely signed, traded for 4 minor league players, including outfielder Reymond Fuentes, right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (player #4 has yet to be determined).

Welcome to the club, dude.

And in the "It's About Damn Time" Department, the federal hearing for overturning Proposition 8 in California starts today. I mean, it shouldn't've been an issue in the first place, because gender should not be a reason to prevent anyone from marrying who they want, but if it doesn't get overturned, something is seriously wrong.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

living proof

Proof that every decision I make is wrong: yesterday. I wasn't feeling all that hot yesterday (Sam had a stomach thing and I got it), but I still decided to do some Christmas shopping and go over the EGE's house for a while. All I'll say is that it didn't end well, they had to drive me home, and now he's probably gonna get the same bug I had.

And then I had to sleep on my floor (because a loft bed does not go well with a sick stomach), and I'm all stiff now from sleeping on the floor.

I feel a lot better now, though...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

first action of the season

Hot Stove season, that is. Those mysterious "they" people say that the Sox have agreed on a preliminary deal with the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez. I'm actually pretty surprised they were willing to give him up, since Gonzalez was pretty much the face of the Padres. Luckily, no major leaguers from our side will get sent to San Diego; names of the minor leaguers in question are still being thrown around, but the Sox are probably gonna trade their top pitching prospect, Casey Kelly, plus a few other guys.

The Sox are also looking at Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth (even though that would royally screw up our outfield), but no word on either of those talks.

Friday, December 3, 2010

coincidence?

Much to the dismay of some people whose opinions on this I don't care about, I'm falling victim to the masses of ridiculosity by participating in the Pokémon Profile Picture Month thing on Facebook. Mine is Umbreon, one of the seventy bajillion evolved forms of Eevee.
photo from the Pokémon Database
Afterwards, I realized that Umbreon looks vaguely similar to a creature from a movie I like a lot.
He really is :)  (photo from Bing Images)
The eyes, the ears, the coloring... just something to think about.

obligatory news post

This whole thing with NASA's discovery of arsenic-eating life forms, it's pretty cool. I mean, these bacteria use the poisonous element and use it to build their DNA instead of phosphorus. Not only does it give a possible way to clean up any arsenic spills, it also gives a look to other possible life forms not on Earth. Seems like a pretty big deal.

So why is it so hard to find info on it? This is science. This is important. More important than a face-sucking session between Twilight stars, than that Delaware senator candidate and her book deal, than whether the brunette chick on Glee will get replaced. (Though that last one might not be a bad idea, I can't stand her voice or her character.) But seriously. Extraterrestrial life > pop culture.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

the biggest thing

The biggest thing I miss about summer is not the weather, not the no school and not the free time, though those are all nice things. It's the gasoline. It's a triple-whammy for me paying for gas in the winter. I'm at school, so I don't have a job to pay for gas, my car being the little craptastic vehicle it is gets a lot worse gas mileage when it's cold, and gas is more expensive. So I spend more money on less gas to go not as far without money to replace it in my account. Grrr.

Plus, my car freezes before anyone else's, so I was greeted this morning by an iced-over car. My windshield wipers were stuck to my windshield and I had to climb through the passenger door to open the driver door.

And I got tailgated the entire way to the NHS meeting before school this morning. It's not like I was going 5 under the speed limit, I was 5, sometimes 10 (le gasp) over. But nope, tailgated the entire way. And it was brought up at the meeting 'cause the people who were tailgating me were there. Y'all suck, you really do.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

meh.

Tired. Pissed about my calc homework. Took a nap, that didn't help. No real post.