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(no subject) [Sep. 12th, 2007|06:52 pm]
Hi kids. Sorry I haven't posted in so long. I've moved to New Brunswick, my roommates are all awesome, and I have way too much stuff. Hah.

Classes are good. I am taking a computer class that is incredibly boring, because it is just stuff I already know how to do. I am hoping it will be an easy A/ possibly actually teach me something at some point, since I decided not to try and test out of it. My "Human Information Behavior" class is interesting, but tons of reading. We also have to do a reading log journal, and it is going to be tough. My children's materials class seems awesome and the teacher is really funny.

I've even made friends! Two pretty awesome girls that are in both of my Tuesday classes. Hopefully Cara and Danielle will help me survive the semester.

My job is pretty interesting, I work at the I do random office tasks and get to sort archival materials for an archive they are creating. It isn't really normal library work but it is far more interesting than sitting at the circulation desk all day (which is what the undergrad assistants do). Today I got to look at dirty art postcards, which was neat but made me feel awkward looking at them at work.

I'm getting used to New Jersey, and I haven't been driving much which is always nice. I'm trying to eat healthfully and go to the gym regularly, but it is usually pretty full. I hate working out in crowded places.

If you harass me, maybe i will post pictures. I do have to take them first, though.
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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2007|11:57 pm]
First trip to New Brunswick tomorrow. I'm taking the train and getting around by foot once i get there. Trying to navigate new places in the car stresses me out, so I figured i'd be best off walking, at least this first time. Especially considering some of the weird driving rules I'm not used to. Right now, my biggest worry is getting a little lost (which isn't too much of a worry) and being really really bored after my advising session. I'm hoping to make friends, but I am awfully quiet, so i will probably just end up back in my (really nice) hotel room.

Wish me luck, kids. I'll be reachable by cell phone for the next two days.
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Summer Music [Jun. 20th, 2007|11:22 pm]
So, I'm gonna have a 4th of July party. And i need you, my dear livejournal friends, to give me your ultimate summer songs. As many as you want. Old, or new, any genre. I want to make a giant playlist to play during my party. So please, help! Oh, and if you are local and want to come, just let me know! I've give you directions and such. If you aren't local, contact me to find out what kind of crash space i have left. But, importantly, Yay songs. I want to hear from as many people as possible!

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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2007|01:03 am]
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I spent the evening in, drinking wine and watching "Reign of Fire". It seemed appropriate to watch a handsome man with a beard defeat dragons. By the time the movie was over, the trouble seemed to have ended. I've gotten a few calls and text messages; it seems like Michael made it to work. I'm sure he has a hell of a night at the paper ahead of him. How do you design a headline around zombies?

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BLITEOTW [Jun. 13th, 2007|07:48 pm]
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I haven't updated in awhile. I'm sorry, life has been...busy. To say the least. I was waiting for something big to happen before updating. I didn't figure it would end up being this big.

This morning went out to a small town west of here with my mom to buy a swing. Everything was normal there. When i came back, the beltway was at a standstill. As we followed the small line of moving cars up the shoulder, i noticed that all the stationary cars were either abandoned, or blood covered. I guess some couldn't take the change. We drove by her house to get the animals. The neighborhood was way too quiet. I decided that my apartment would be safer. There are too many windows in the house, and i feel like being on the 4th floor is beneficial. Can zombies climb?

I haven't heard from Michael. It sounds like the cities were hit first. He may have been a goner before he even made it to work this afternoon. No word from my friends in Newport News, either. Right now, I'm just glad the dogs and cats were OK. For once, I am thankful those cats are too ornery to go outside. I think the sick dogs are scarier than the people. They can still run.

We've put sheets up over the balcony doors, just in case anyone can see inside. I'm going to keep making calls now. I hope someone answers their phone. It would be nice to know someone else is out there.
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(no subject) [May. 11th, 2007|01:11 pm]
I need to post a follow up to my last entry. Lately I have been feeling extremely commitment phobic, and I think that caused my minor freakout. I've realized that if I chose Toronto over Rutgers, it would only be for the location. Apparently, the children's specialist at Toronto is leaving for another Ontario school, and even if he was still there, only a few classes would be offered. After posting similar freak-out posts on both the applyingtograd and libraryschool communities, my initial decision was reinforced. Both by this new knowledge of Toronto, and by people singing the praises of the department at Rutgers. So what if it kind of sucks to live there. I'll visit other places when I can, and I'll be going to one of the best schools for what I want to do. Really, that is what matters. If i chose to go to Toronto, i would effectively be forfeiting my goal to be a children's librarian to live in a cool place for two years. And I could always try to move there as a worker later. Also, as i was reminded by helpful person: on a study permit in another country, you can't get a job except through the school. U of T was not so forthcoming with work study aide opporunities.

Even more reinforcement: One of my letter-writers, a children's lit professor here, told me that she knows a librarian at Rutgers who is one of the managers of the children's lit list serv. She also mentioned that it is a wonderful school. So, yeah, the apartment thing will be an adventure. But who doesn't need a good adventure? At least when I am done, I should have the skills to do what I want to do.
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2007|11:38 pm]
I'm having a hard time.

For some reason, I am doubting pretty much all of my decisions.

I thought I was content with the idea of staying in the country for grad school, with going to Rutgers. But I don't really want to live in New Brunswick. I think I'd rather go to U of Toronto. And I don't know if it is because i would rather live there (I would) or because I like the idea of the school more (I do). . . I am afraid I will be unhappy in New Jersey. And maybe i feel like this is my one chance to do something big. To live in another country, go somewhere i know no one. The program doesn't even offer as many children's services classes. It is a slightly different degree (MIST vs MLS/MLIS). Does this matter? Am i changing my decision for the wrong reasons? I really need someone to talk to about this.
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(no subject) [May. 3rd, 2007|11:23 pm]
I have to get a new car. I loved my little civic. =(
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(no subject) [Apr. 30th, 2007|03:01 pm]
I got in a car accident on Friday while driving to Newport News. My car spun off the left side of the road into the mud. It apparently jumped in the air a few feet somewhere in the process (or so I was told by a witness.) I didn't hit anyone or anything, except mud. I'm not sure how many times i spun around (Once or twice) or how far i traveled. I am fine, but it scared the crap out of me. My car is not. The front bumper came almost entirely off. Some kind of wheel casing did come off. I blew a tire (presumably from the jump) and there are dents along the bottom of the passenger side (from something i spun into, i guess. I never felt myself hit anything.) They took the car to a garage in West Point, David picked me up at the Dairy Queen, and I had my weekend. I took the train home, and today my mother had to drive me to work. I never cared, before, when I just didn't drive. Now I care, because I had the autonomy and lost it. Now, they are afraid the car may be totaled because of damage underneath. It was so covered in mud, that they can't tell by looking. They are going to have to take parts of it off to find out. I am really upset about this. After the accident, I didn't start crying until I looked at my car. My poor car. I really like my car. It is stupid, because it is a material possession and what matters is that I am OK. It took me so long to find a car i liked that was in good condition. I had to get my mom to agree to that car because it was a little more than she wanted to pay. It is such a good little car. It didn't do anything wrong. Yes, I am personifying my car. If you are just joining us, I do that to pretty much everything. Sorry. The last thing i want to do is have to get a new car.

Even worse, I think, than my attachment to the car, is what all of this means. Even if it isn't totaled, my accident means that I can not be trusted with being an adult. I can't make a 3 hour drive that I have done before safely. I wasn't going super fast, it wasn't raining at the time, the road did not appear to be wet. From all accounts I can tell there is little I could have done to prevent this. And that sucks. It makes me feel like I cannot be trusted to drive a car, I cannot be trusted with things worth a lot of money. I simply cannot be trusted. Why am I not still living at home? Why am i trying to masquerade as an adult? I am trying to go to grad school, spend money i don't have on another education that may or may not help me get a job. Everything I try to do costs money, and I am constantly reminded that not everyone has these chances. Most people don't get to barely work for a year, take off 3 months to finish applications. I am spoiled and i am unfit to be an adult. And that is all I want to be. I want to be responsible. I want to be autonomous. I don't want to owe my mother any more. And now i've made her insurance rates go up and I may have to buy a new car.

To top it off, the cop who came to the scene gave me a summons for reckless driving, because I caused an accident. I understand this, but I just wish i knew what i could have been doing to prevent it. Drive slower, maybe, but I was driving speed of traffic. I wasn't fiddling with my radio or anything that would be taking away my attention. I wasn't even eating or drinking. I wasn't doing anything, and i still crashed. How is lecturing me in court and making me cry going to help? Just give me the ticket and send me to driving school.

Now I have to go call the insurance company and give a statement. I really don't want to do this. Constantly retelling and describing in what detail you can remember that time you thought you were going to die isn't something I recommend.

And to anyone who heard through the grapevine and called to check on me, I appreciate it. I will call you back.
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Decision [Apr. 25th, 2007|09:36 pm]
So, I've decided. Next year, I am going to Rutgers.

Now I just need a place to live.
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