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Nov. 15th, 2009 | 01:18 pm
location: Turtle Bay
mood: happyhappy
music: Brother Sport--Animal Collective

I know I'm living in a good place when I can hear amazing songs like this. Makes me smile.
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the internet yeilds cool things sometimes.

Nov. 12th, 2009 | 10:55 am
location: Turtle Bay
mood: awakeawake
music: Close Every Value to Your Bleeding Heart--Ha Ha Tonka

Indeed, we should. I know this probably has something to do with the Anti-Saloon League, as it appears these ladies are sitting on a barrel that could be full of whiskey or some other liquor. The Anti-Saloon League was actually run mostly by women back in the day. It was pretty empowering when you think about it: these women were sick of their drunkard husbands coming home and hurt them, their children or ruining the household that they worked tirelessly to maintain.

My former home of Westerville was the home of the Anti-Saloon Leauge. I worked on a ton of research about it when I was helping out in the college archives. THOSE WERE THE DAYS LAST YEAR, AMIRITE?

Virginia is good. I am ok. I need a break. Thank God for Thanksgiving. My brain feels so crispy. No wonder! I've produced five full-length personal essays, 1 short story and 18 poems. HOLY HELL. That is pretty much the equivalent of all the writing I did in TOTAL last year. I didn't think I had this much to say. Poetry has been my saving grace lately, though. I'm much better at it now than I used to be. I don't want to post any poems, though. No one reads poems, anyway.

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Hipster artists do create some cool stuff sometimes.

Oct. 2nd, 2009 | 03:26 pm
location: Turtle Bay
mood: coldcold

I love the world where someone made this.

Fall not here yet. Only a few trees have changed. I've got friends, good friends and a job where I teach little kids how to write sentences. I tell every one of them that writing is my most favorite things in the world and that it could be their favorite thing, too, if they practice.

I have a refrigerator full of delicious food, wine, beer, hummus and take-away sushi. I have books on the cafe life of late 1800s Paris. I just finished my first paper for grad school. I bought a Glamour magazine. Some Otterbein friends are visiting next week. I feel full of life and so very lovingly young.

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1996 was a scary place.

Sep. 18th, 2009 | 12:30 pm
location: Roanoke, VA
mood: goodgroovy
music: Strong Enough--Cher

But...I kind of like this song. It is hypnotic, like most techno music, but in the best way possible. Anyway, I was 9/10 in 1996. I wouldn't have understood what those people were doing in the bathrooms. Also, I was listening to Hanson and Spice Girl nonstop.
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oh David Huddle.

Sep. 2nd, 2009 | 12:18 pm
location: grad lounge
mood: contentcontent
music: 2nd years chatting and the AC roaring

I survived my first class. It was fairly painless. In fact, it was rather enjoyable. I have my own mailbox and cubby hole. There is a lounge just for grad students where I am now, eating my ramen noodle and orange soda lunch. A second year is sitting in the couches to my left and hasn't said a word to me. Perhaps it is because he is reading a book of poetry and it appears like I am working on something Very Important. He probably is working on something Very Important and I am here updating my LJ. Dear Lord.

Anyway, I like it. David Huddle is my tutorial leader. He is older and kindly and tall. He also has these kick ass big plastic frame glass. He looks super distinguished. We did nothing but read out loud and discuss what we read. It was like story time, but the stories were fantastic and every had amazing, wonderful things to contribute to the conversation.

Still no job. A little depressing. Not depressed, though, which is a good thing. I often have people over at my place or we go out for cheap, terrible beers at a place called Lew's. The name is all the description you need to understand what goes on at Lew's.

I'm really afraid of this poetry class that starts at 1:00. It's a lit course so I won't have to write poetry (though I have been writing terrible poems all summer, for whatever reason). I am afraid that my silly little exultations of word choice are not going to cut it here. Alas. Such is.

To quote Peggy from Mad Men, "I am in a very good place right now."

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sometimes I get upset about these things.

Aug. 19th, 2009 | 06:21 pm
location: Turtle Bay
mood: blahblah
music: AC roaring

What the HELL is this? I love how good old fashioned gender stereotypes are bringing this amazing female athlete down: http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-worlds-gendertest&prov=ap&type=lgns
Just because she doesn't fit the typical profile for a woman and looks "too masculine." Gurrr rawr!

Now, if the test DOES come back the she is actually a he, there is still something worrisome here. Athletes are forced to choose a gender. What happens if there an exceptionally talented trans man or woman who qualifies for world championships or the Olympics in their sport? No one seems to talk about how limiting that is!

I made banana pecan muffins for a get together tonight. In a 1/2 hour. Which means I need to go about...oh 20 minutes ago since it takes about 30 minutes to get to the other side of town.

PS: The property where I'm living is called "Turtle Bay." How cute is that?

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undecided cheer?

Aug. 12th, 2009 | 08:37 pm
location: Roanoke, VA
mood: lonelylonely
music: Staralfur--Sigur Ros

So, uh I have an interview at Macy's at 2:30 on the 20th. Yay?

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So I'm going to Virginia

Aug. 7th, 2009 | 08:22 pm
location: East Liverpool
mood: anxiousanxious
music: Cheerleader--Grizzly Bear

Tomorrow. I leave tomorrow to take nearly all my belongings and move 450 miles away to Roanoke, Virginia. This is all I've wanted since I was 13 years old; I just wanted to get out of Ohio. Now that it's here...I...I feel a little sad, nervous and apprehensive.

There's a few specific things I'm worried about the most:

1. Friends. Mainly, will I find some. I mean, I know I will find SOMEONE whom I am friendly with but what I mean are the main people I hang out with three or four times a week. People in the program and I already have at least one thing in common. I'm a very nice person, if not a little shy when I first meet people. I'm just flashing back to freshman year at Otterbein where I feel like I was so uncomfortable with myself. But now, at least, I can firmly say I do indeed love who I am, though I know I have a ton of improvements to make (who doesn't?).

2. Money. Enough said. The loans don't come in until the first of September. Which reminds me I forgot to pick up my checks from the bank today. DAMMIT.

3. Being unable to keep up with the pace of my program. I am a good student. I work very hard and am very, very dedicated to my writing. I've only turned in one thing late in my entire life and that was because it got buried in my papers, not because it wasn't finished. But this program is more about thought than being timely. Is my quality of thought up to par with everyone else in the program? Am I in over my head?

We'll see what happens. I'm predicting I cry within...2 weeks.

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I just have a lot of questions about this one.

Aug. 2nd, 2009 | 06:00 pm
location: East Liverpool
mood: blahblah
music: Rat Within the Grain--Damien Rice

A tad overdone, no? The "epic" music, Ben Barnes leaping around in long coats and ascots,Collin Firth in a beard? If I didn't know what Dorian Gray was about I would probably be more confused than excited by this trailer.

That all being said, I'll probably see it...and that Holmes movie with RDJr.

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Who would have guessed Neil Cavuto and I would ever be on the same side?

Jul. 22nd, 2009 | 10:20 pm
location: East Liverpool
mood: annoyedannoyed
music: At First Sight--Jay Brannan

(via <a href="www.feministing.com</a>Feministing</a>. I...really have nothing to say that wouldn't pull me into a 20 page rant on the BMI (which is undoubtedly how this "no chubbies" guy has formed his "expert opinion") and how it is sexist toward women. I bet hundreds of fat women are going to come crawling to his gym now. *EYE ROLL*

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