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The light at the end [Apr. 4th, 2009|01:54 am]
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I am mere weeks away from theoretical graduation from graduate school. I feel like I had a few close calls, concerning some incomplete from when my father passed away, but I think I've skimmed past. Now of course, I am concerned that something will go wrong on the professors side of things and all my grades wont be put in on time...But I hope this is just another of my idle worries.

Don't worry friends, real updates are to be expected on the other side of grown up ville.
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Happy New Year [Jan. 26th, 2009|01:19 pm]
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[Current Mood |draineddrained]

Happy New Year. It's mostly a coincidence that this post is on Chinese New Year, but there you go. So far in 2009 I got really sick, worked a lot, had a fabulous sleepover, and got hooked on Heroes and Gossip Girl. Now school has begun again, and I won't have time for TV anymore. It was nice while it lasted, television.

I've been spending huge amounts of time daydreaming about my future "grown up" apartment. So much so that now I have a decent idea of what couch I want, and that i want my kitchen theme color to be pear green. Great use of my daydreaming time, I am sure. I've also discovered the overpriced furniture for my imaginary child's room, featuring this amazing toybox. Read more...Collapse )

This morning, I was super excited about the techno-savvy of librarians; the ALA Youth Media Awards (among many others the Newbery and Caldecott) were announced this morning, and I was following via Twitter. That is, until the twitter feed failed and it took me a whole extra hour to find out that Neil Gaiman won the Newbery for his novel The Graveyard Book.

I can't promise more updates, or any kind of return to normalcy in my posting life, but it's a start, right?
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Update [Jun. 14th, 2008|10:54 am]
Because I've seen this on 3 different journals in the past few days (3 that have absolutely no connection to each other, by the way) I figured I could stand to update.

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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2008|11:53 pm]
I am falling apart for nearly no reason. And there is no one i can talk to. no matter what, i sound like a crazy person.
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Dreams [Mar. 10th, 2008|01:20 am]
I've been dreaming about my dad a lot lately. I wish I knew why. Somedays, I don't think much about it, other days, everything reminds me. My Mom visited me this weekend, and it was really good to see her, but I think maybe it triggered a realization that she is the only parent I have left. I know plenty of people lose their parents, many earlier in life, so it should be easier to deal with now that I am an adult. Someone told me though, that it is hard to lose a parent, at any age. Even though it is one of the inevitabilities of life. I told one of my housemates the other night that I am terrified of forgetting what his voice sounds like. I know that seems like a silly worry, but that is important to me. Today, watching The Phantom of the Opera, the song "Wishing you were somehow here again" just hit me, and I started crying. I felt bad, because i was watching with Jon, but he was really sweet about it. I'm sure it isn't much fun when your girlfriend just sporadically bursts into tears in your arms. He's been pretty sweet about everything. I'm a pretty lucky girl to have him. And it's silly, but I am pretty sure my Dad would have liked him. They have some similarities. The biggest one that stands out is cooking. My dad really enjoyed experimenting with things in the kitchen. He was a really good cook, and while it is silly, it upsets me that I'll never eat his food again, even if I didn't do so very often.

So, writing this entry is making my cry, so I'm going to stop. Sorry.

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Thank you [Feb. 4th, 2008|09:55 pm]
I wanted to thank everyone who left a comment, called, hugged, imed, or just kept my family in their thoughts as a result of the last entry. I really appreciate your thoughts. I am still struggling with the situation, as so much is still left unknown. but I am still trying to get into the swing of school-like activities. In theory, this journal will return to it's normal, hardly ever posting status soon.

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Grades [Jan. 5th, 2008|04:27 am]
Grades are finally in from my first semester... Straight A's! I am kind of amazed. I mean, maybe that is easy, but it is a pretty big accomplishment for me to be in grad school let alone get such good grades after my senior year of college going as it did. Sorry if this is bragging, I am just really proud of myself.
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Uggs [Nov. 16th, 2007|09:52 pm]
Uggs. So appropriately named. These shoes are probably some of the ugliest things i've ever seen. I don't know who thought they were a good idea stylistically. Yes, they are warm, I will give you that. Even comfortable. But incredibly ugly. There is no reason for you to tuck your jeans in to them. And if you are so cold you have to wear uggs, why are you wearing a skirt? Wednesday on an uncrowded bus I counted 5 girls wearing Uggs. Perhaps the worse display of these ugly shoes involves a girl wearing a warm jacket, carrying a nice purse with her hair and makeup done, wearing capri length cotton workout pants. . .

What?!? This makes absolutely no sense. It is like my other college fashion confusion, giant sweatsuits with makeup and earrings. So, you may say, maybe this girl was going to the gym. I've walked around outside in the winter in shorts because I was on my way to or from the gym. But generally, you don't work out in Uggs. Also, this wasn't a one time occurrence. I saw two different girls wearing similar outfits in this style.

I feel like this trend came out a few years ago, and I am kind of amazed it has stuck around. While I can excuse my lack of Ugg exposure last year by being out of school, I didn't notice this abundance two years ago when I was still in school. Perhaps Newport News is free from so much Ugg Invasion? Maybe it never got "cold" enough?

It is only November and I am already tired of these shoes. It is going to be a long, fuzzy winter.
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Song Lyrics [Nov. 9th, 2007|09:39 pm]
[Current Music |Brand New "the boy who blocked his own shot"]

Lame, i know.

If it makes you less sad, I will die by your hand.
I hope you find out what you are.
I already know what I am.
And if it makes you less sad, we'll start talking again.
And you can tell me how vile I already know that I am.
I'll grow old, start acting my age.
I'll be a brand new day in a life that you hate.
A crown of gold. A heart that's harder than stone.
And it hurts a whole lot, but it's missed when it's gone.
Call me a safe bet. I'm betting I'm not.
I'm glad that you can forgive.
I'm only hoping as time goes, you can forget.

If it makes you less sad, I'll move out of the state.
You can keep to yourself. I'll keep out of your way.
And if it makes you less sad, I'll take your pictures all down.
Every picture you paint, I will paint myself out.
It's cold as a tomb, and it's dark in your room,
When I sneak to your bed to pour salt in your wounds.
So call it quits or get a grip. So you wanted a solution.
You just wanted to be missed. Call me a safe bet.
I'm betting I'm not. I'm glad that you can forgive.
I'm only hoping as time goes, you can forget...
So you can forget
You can forget

You are calm and reposed. Let your beauty unfold.
Pale white, like the skin stretched over your bones.
Spring keeps you ever close. You are second hand smoke.
You are so fragile and thin. Standing trial for your sins.
Holding onto yourself the best you can.
You are the smell before rain. You are the blood in my veins.
Call me a safe bet. I'm betting I'm not.
I'm glad that you can forgive.
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget.
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Cats! [Sep. 23rd, 2007|03:50 pm]
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[Current Location |My desk]
[Current Music |I Fought the Angels- The Delgados]

After a few weeks to get settled in, I went with two of my roommates to look at cats at a few nearby shelters. The results:

Meet Charlotte.

And Bailey.

Okay, so, multiple cats were not in the plans, at all. But these two are sisters, both sweet and friendly. Bailey is a bit more playful and energetic and Charlotte is a little fluffier and a definite sleeper. They've already made our house feel complete. It was also not in the plans for kittens, but I will take them to the vet this week to find out their exact ages and what they need done (and when they can be fixed).

Hopefully I'll have a better photopost later, but for now, I have reading journals to catch up on. If you thought literary theory was kind of boring to read, try information behavior theory. At least the class itself is interesting!
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