Saturday, December 30, 2006
I was quite ignorant. Of course I wanted to see the sights in Paris, but once I actually saw them, I was in awe. Pictures hardly do the city justice. The Arc de Triomphe is so detailed. Napoleon would have been proud if it was only finished before he died.
Having visited the Art Institute hundreds of times in my life I expected to be an expert at the Louvre, but I was quite mistaken. The museum is never ending. It’s not just the art work on the walls though; it’s the ceilings and architecture. Even the bathroom I used (go figure) had a butt of a statue in the window. I wish I had taken the camera in with me.
The hot chocolate in Europe is much better than home. I’m fairly sure that it’s because they put loads of cream in everything. Haha. The Eiffel Tour was also much more magnificent in person. Every facet (I think that’s a word my dad would use) of the tour is beautiful. There are twirls and shapes. It’s actually a light brown color. From pictures I always thought it was black. The line to go up so ridiculously long. We walked across the Seine River and when we looked back the lights were on. Paris is a beautiful city, but like many people have said, it is a little dirty and smelly.
This morning we left for Notre Dame before 8 am in the rain. Dad was of course afraid we would miss our train to Brussels. The cathedral isn’t so big as it is old and high. The ceilings keep going up and up. The stained glass windows aren’t original. It’s very dark inside, no one could read when it was originally built, but when people started to read, they knocked out all the stained glass and put in clear glass. Still the stain glass is beautiful. I wish I knew more about the Catholic saints because there are pictures and statues everywhere. But with my good Jewish upbringing, we didn’t learn about the saints.
Brussels is a quaint little place. There is chocolate, waffles, and French fries EVERYWHERE! Some people may say that it’s heaven. There are castles and the king is home. I didn’t get to meet him though. L We bought mom chocolate from a man who has a shop across from our hotel. He was so nice and gave us free pieces. This city is much more than I had ever expected.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Freezin' my tush off on Omaha Beach!
Leaving home was quite emotional, I assumed it would be and it deserves to be. I don't like to cry, but the people I'm leaving deserve more than just tears, they mean the world to be and it'll be difficult to be with out them for the next few months.
Dad and I ran all over London. It was somewhat ridiculous really, but we got to see a lot. After the $100 cab ride, we checked into the hotel. It was a tiny room with squeaky beds and a narrow toilet. Facebook has the pictures! The London Eye was much better than I had expected and dad fully appreciated it for his Christmas present! Dad had such an awesome time seeing everything. I think he really wants to go back, but not as much as he wants to go back to Normandy!
Catching trains to Paris and then Caen was quite a hassle! I could not have gotten my suitcase by myself and I'm so grateful Dad was there to help me! We traveled first class on the trains which will probably be my first and last time of doing that, but getting breakfast, tea, and hot towels is all still fun.
Caen is a quint little town, that is presently decorated beautifully for the holidays! No one in France eats until after 7, at least you can't get dinner out until after seven. It's a weird thing to get used to. There are many parts of the trip so far that I wish other people could be with me, but today, there is no one I would rather share Normandy with than my dad! The day was freezing, absolutely cold and foggy. Despite the weather, it was a terrific learning experience. I was very moved and it's extraordinary to see the cliffs that they had to scale. Omaha lost 3,000 men, while 6,000 were lost on D-day. Half of the casualties were there and all American. It's a difficult place to describe because walking through a cemetery is never a joyful experience, maybe grateful is a good word for it.
I bought a cord for mom's camera to upload the pictures because my camera is pretty dead, we'll see if the PX has a cheap one! Tomorrow we're going back to Paris and then to Brussels the day after.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Christmas Eve was so much fun. Everyone was up at Rick's little apartment, but it didn't seen that crowded! Jackie, Tom, Alex, Cindy, Grandpa, Jack, and Anita were all there from Rick's family and my grandma, aunt and uncle were there too! It was just a little stressful during gift opening time, but very fun overall! I even cried when Rick got my this little device that will allow my to talk to my parents over the internet! It was a great gift.
Katie's nephew, Alex!! Adorable.......
Off to Europe in 7 hours!! Ah!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
We're doing Christmas Eve at Rick's and Christmas Day at home, then we'll be on our way to London!!!!!
I went to Nashville for an orietation about Istanbul and I got to meet a lot of the other scholars. They're really going to some incredible places like Chile, Hungary, Moscow, Singapore, Ireland, France, etc. I'm not jealous but I get to go to my own place, but it's still awesome to think about all the experiences that people will have!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Before that, I have two papers and three finals. Not too bad, but a big hurdle nonetheless!! (And of course, a LOT of packing!)
Friday, December 01, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
The actual day was less than one would desire. My dad is a completely different person on holidays, as in a bad person. He continually insults my mother, which upsets me. He made my grandma cry and go home and he blows his top for no reason. I wish he'd realize it's not about him, not that he isn't important, but holidays aren't about a specific person, it's just being grateful and being with family.
Oh well...less than a month until Germany.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I made two pecan pies, a cinnamon coffee cake, and Thursday morning, I'm making a Greek dish that a lady from my temple makes, I hope it's as good as hers! YUM!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
John Mayer is so adorable in person!! Although they didn't announce it on TV, we all got the CD! I love the songs, a lot of anti-war and anti-media, even though it's not in your face annoying about it! The rest of the show was random. Dancing with the Stars interviews, a $75 million house, animal reproduction, and John Mayer...hmm...but it was live, so if you didn't get to see it Tuesday, you'll have to wait for the re-run!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Rachel and Matt got engaged! Is it weird if I said that I was proud of them? I am happy for them of course, but proud too. I think it takes a lot of courage for a commitment and I'm proud to be able to call them my friends. Plus, I can't wait for the wedding, since I'll be wearing burgundy... =)
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Tomorrow we're driving to Chicago to see Rick and Katie for lunch. Then I'll be heading back to beautiful Muncie to get some homework done. This week will be rough, but for the most part, things are settling down I suppose. I'm leaving for Germany on Christmas day and on January 13th I'm going to Rome to take the Praxis test. If I pass, I'll still be able to graduate in May. We'll see what happens. Everything happens for a reason, right? Right...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Enough with the metaphors, I want to get out of here and graduate. Everytime I think I do enough homework, I still have four more novels to read, or I make great progress on my portfolio and then the rubric is flipped upside down. I want to come home and relax, but my house is so tense and I feel like I'm walking on egg shells not to piss anyone off, but then another part of me doesn't care at all. The three of us sat down and talked, but I feel like it's almost worse now. I want to write down everything that I feel, but I know my roommates read this and I'm sure I would offend someone, even though it's just my own ridiculous OCD tendencies.
I want to be out of Muncie and away from my sister, Ball State is the last thing I need to get rid of to be completely away from the path I once followed to be like Katie. I feel like I'm suffocating because it was the wrong choice for me to come here in the first place. I won't say that I haven't learned or grown, but I think I would have been much better off someone else, somewhere I was passionate about going and free to be myself. I feel like I'm constantly judged here against standards that aren't my own.
Plus, I'm lonely, so I've slept with this boy a couple of times, that I shouldn't sleep with because it's not fair to either one of us. Because it's not real, but I hate sleeping alone. Hate it.
I don't want to alarm anyone, this isn't my usual happy-go-lucky blog, but I needed to vent, and tomorrow is a new day. A day in which I have a midterm on early philosphers in my PoliSci class that is worth 1/4 of my grade, then I'm going to try to give blood again since my iron was too low today.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Before I starting working on my homework, I vaccuumed the living room floor so I wouldn't get dog hair on me or my things. I really thought I was getting less OCD, maybe not!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Another bad part is that when I actually did get to eat, my throat hurt so much it wasn't that enjoyable. Then there is sooo much food, and you want to eat all of it, but you get stuffed so quickly. I was a little sad by how little I could eat. And more sad how huge my stomach feels right now.
In the end, I'm very proud of myself for doing it. I don't know if it was more to prove myself to G-d or to myself, but I'm glad I did it. Here is to a great year. Cheers!
It's crazy, I already have a headache and my throat is soooo dry. I think it'll be worth it.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Before going to temple, I went to Ryan's with Dr. Chang and Grace for his 81st birthday. It was crazy. We were there for 3 hours before I left, while they proceeded to eat. They're like bottomless pits.
Saturday, I went to the Farmer's Market, then to Torah study with Lisa. Kay and Willard (great name) where there too. They're an adorable couple and Kay gave me a great hug. I continued to knitting class, where we started our dish rag. Mine is light yellow and pretty darn cute so far.
DeAnna, Lisa, and I went to lunch at Panera...Lisa and I went for a run...I wanted to die, but I think Lisa was saying prayers for me so I kept going, haha. Ok, but seriously, I haven't run in the longest time.
Hillel took the Rabbi out for dinner, which was delicious, and I think they liked Lisa. Atleast I haven't heard otherwise. We went to see The Last Kiss, which was rather depressing to me, but I did enjoy it for the most part. The previews were so intense though!!!! Every movie they showed made me jump in my seat! We got FROYO (frozen yogurt, if you don't know the terminology) I love Incredible Yogurt because the guy that works there is so cute. haha.
I went to visit Mackenzie, who was in town with Tyler for Mud Volleyball. I love her, end of story.
This morning (Sunday) I went to help with Sunday School, there are only 4 students. It's so different than at home. They don't go enough or long enough. Somehow I volunteered to help teach always, so that'll be interesting, just one more thing I got myself into.
I miss Jamee, who is in Mexico...and I have so much homework. So I'm going to get busy.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
And I like Mike, DeAnna's boyfriend. I think he's more comfortable around me now. He's really funny, and loves DeAnna, so that makes me happy! =)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
They talked about how there are extremist and moderates in all religions, but that's as far as they went into the topic of politics. It was agreed that it would not be discussed, but I would have liked to listen to the different points of view.
I met the president of the Muslim Student Association on campus, who happens to be very attractive. Go figure.
There was dinner following, everything was terrific. I ate a lot of food, and everyone ate the cookies I brought. I find this funny, because they were Martin Van Buren cookies, but they had a weird spice, so I think everyone thought they were ethnic.
Anyways, I have to finish a book and a paper by tomorrow at 9am.
And I learned how to knit yesterday. It's exciting, I'm not sure if I like it more than crocheting though. But I'm better and faster at crocheting as of right now, so I'm biased of course.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
"Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause."
"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. " ~Anne Frank
"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all." Anna Quindlen
"In the lives of individuals, and of peoples, too, the worst conflicts are often those that break out between those who are persecuted." Amos Oz
"To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -E.E. Cummings
"If you can't be good, be sanitary." -Nelly
"I can see Katie with a man. You...I see you with a suit case." -Nelly
Sunday, September 03, 2006
I went home Saturday morning. It was a great day. Nelly came home from the hospital, grandpa was so surprised, and Grandma Mettie flipped when she saw me. Daddy and I played cards and my mom and I rode our bikes up town and took a nice walk.
I almost stayed today to go to the beach with them, but I promised a friend I would hangout with him tonight, so I also didn't make plans with my sister, but then he decided he didn't feel like it 15 minutes before hand. I was/am pissed. Then he wanted to hangout Monday, yeah...right.
Plus, I got pulled over on my way back from Chesterton on 69. But I was only given a warning.
Tomorrow I'm suppose to have lunch with Katie and Rick, then it's all homework. =)
Friday, September 01, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Yet, this is not unique to the Middle East. It is proven that hate organizations in the US, such as the Ku Klux Klan, target people who are without jobs, shelter, and basic needs. These people are desperate and are willing to do anything to be provided with security even if that involves violent acts. Also, after WWI, the US left Germany helpless, without any hope of a future. As in Lebanon and Gaza, hate groups formed and targeted successful groups of people. As a result, the country was so lost, Hitler easily came to power by providing citizens with basic needs they had not had for years. After WWII, the US rebuilt Europe and Japan. By providing Europeans and Japanese with provisions they had not previously had the US assured that peace could be restored. Why aren’t we helping rebuild Gaza and Lebanon?
The problems in the Middle East and the origins of the terrorist groups are complex, but to move in a peaceful direction, people must be provided with jobs in order for them to buy food, clothing, and shelter. If the 15,000 Lebanese soldiers Hoskin speaks of would provide citizens with these necessities and/or the government would create jobs, the people would back the government and not the terrorist organization in the region making recruitment nearly impossible. Right now, Hezbollah is the only political group providing jobs to citizens, but the jobs they are providing usually include a homeless fifteen year old boy and an AK47.
I really don't want to pick new places to go for Rotary (again).
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Everyone was so welcoming and overjoyed that I'm going to be the liaison for Hillel. I think it's going to be a great semester. Right when I'm actually making some real connections with people in the community, it will be time to go to a different country. At least I'll be more prepared when I'm abroad. On September 10th, we're going to help clean up outside the temple to get ready for the High Holidays. I finally feel that the temple really wants the students to be involved. It's only taken four years!
I talked to my parents and aunt on my way home, everyone is happy and healthy. Life is good. =)
There are way too many non-traditional students in my classes and I want to shoot them already. I love when they tell a joke that isn't funny and they're the only ones that laugh. Although, I usually laugh after that, at how ridiculous they are.
My president's class will be all right. I'm the only history student in the class, which is rather disappointing. I don't want to be the asshole student that knows more than everyone else. But they did enjoy the George Washington cookies I made. I'm going to make Thomas Jefferson one's next! YUM! My teacher said we'd get extra credit if we named all the presidents in order and the years they served. I think I could name them all, but definitely not the years, not yet at least.
My mom received the bridesmaid's dresses in the mail! That's a whole lotta pink! But for how bring the pink is, they're very beautiful dresses. I'm sure we'll all look gorgeous. Katie couldn't have picked more attractive bridal party. (I'm clearly biased, haha)
I'm going to temple tonight. I'm going to be the Hillel/Temple liaison for the fall semester. I have to go the first Tuesday of every month, which is not a big commitment at all. It'll be nice to get to know some more members and be an advocate for Hillel. Jessica is doing a great job as president and I'm excited to see where Hillel is headed.
Tomorrow, Holly, Jena, Mik, and I are going to the Farmer's Market, then I'll bake a little, go to crochet class, then DeAnna and I are going to hang out until she works the desk. It'll be a good day!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
1. Cold callers
3. Queue jumpers
4. James Blunt
5. Traffic wardens
7. Brown nosers
8. Chantelle and Preston
10. Noisy neighbours
12. Carol Vorderman (above)
13. Loud mobile users
14. Men in flip-flops
15. Paper cuts
16. Bad hair days
17. Breaking wind
18. Abi Titmuss (right)
19. Off milk
20. Being put on hold
21. Motorcyclists who weave through traffic
22. Drivers who park in disabled bays
23. Rude shop assistants
24. People who read over your shoulder
25. Skinny people who complain they are fat
26. Stepping in dog poo
27. Big Brother 5
28. Noisy eaters
29. People who don't clear up after their dog
30. Slow drivers in the outside lane
31. Junk mail
33. Novelty ring tones
34. Somebody nicking your parking spot
36. Debt companies
38. Jehovah's Witnesses
39. Running out of loo roll
40. People who have their phone turned off when you call them
41. Mosquitoes (right)
42. Buses not arriving on time
43. Children who cough in your face
44. Being bloated
45. Leaving your mobile at home
47. David Blane
49. Stepping in chewing gum
50. Running out of hot water
53. Crazy Frog
54. London Tube
55. Losing your glasses
56. Warm beer
57. CDs that skip
58. Paper jam
59. Bottled water
61. Running out .. of change
62. People who .. text in capitals
63. Estate agents
64. Stubbing your toe
65. Rubbish printers
66. Flat tyres
67. People who write 'text back' in texts
68. Breaking a nail
69. Russell Brand
70. The Teletubbies
71. A pen which has run out of ink
72. Cat hair that sticks to your clothes
73. Running out of petrol
74. Flatmates who don't clean
75. Heat rash
76. Losing your passport
77. Natasha Kaplinsky
78. Being hungry
79. Tax returns
80. Road works
82. Shoppers hitting your heels with their trolley
83. Failing your driving test
84. Burning toast
85. Cold showers
87. Not being able to find a matching pair of socks
88. Missing the last post
91. Stomach ache
92. PDA (public displays of affection)
93. Craig David
94. Secret workers before exams
96. Pimped up cars
97. Getting something in your eye
98. Out-of-tune singers
100. Fake fingernails
Monday, August 21, 2006
My class of Modern Britain class is already fabulous. My teacher is really excited about the topic and spent the summer in London. She already brought in some cute artifacts. Neither class has a research paper, only four five page response things. Very easy.
I'm going to play tennis tonight with Katie and her RAs. I love being on a schedule again!!!!
My one roommate keeps getting louder and more annoying everyday. =) The other is the opposite though, we're getting along really well and I find her less obnoxious (I never disliked her though) the more we live together. I really really like her, and her boyfriend.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The whole time I was home they went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed. I know I get aggravated with them, but everything they do is out of love. I feel like no matter what I do, I'll never have as much patience with them as I'd like. I'll snap back at them, but no apparent reason and then feel horribly about it afterwards. I'm better about it now, than when I was younger, but even if I keep improving, I'm sure I'll never feel like I love them enough.
On a side note, my new Rotary choices are as follows:
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
We have received your application and noticed that your first and second choices of study institution are in Israel. We regret that we cannot assign scholars to or allow Rotary staff to travel to Israel because of the current political situatation there. The Rotary Trustees made this decision to protect Rotary scholars and staff. We therefore request that you send us two alternate choices. If you wish, you may rearrange your current choices to make the University of Sydney your first choice, etc. In any case, please send us two alternate choices to make a complete list of five. Other countries in the region to which we cannot send scholars now are Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Liberia, Sudan and Yemen.
You can just respond to this email to finalize your list. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. "
So now I'm thinking Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Fukuoka, Japan; or Osaka, Japan. All cultural or international studies.
What do you think?
http://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/english/data/2004//social_cultural.html Kyushu University
http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/eng/academics/human.html Osaka - Japan
http://www.vnuhcm.edu.vn/en/index.htm - Vietnam National University
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Rick helped me out with Fireworks, so I'm hoping the picture will work now! =)
This is my room. It's rather small, but I really don't need a lot of space. The bed is really low to the ground right now because I don't have a bed frame, but I'm waiting for my parents to come and help me.
Today I walked to Marsh and bought quite a few baking products. Getting caught in the rain is always enjoyable. The smell is so refreshing and you don't have to shower. (Just kidding) I dried myself off and proceeded to bake. Since I'm a little OCD, I can't bake with anyone else. Doing it my own way is my style and I don't like when others try to help. I'm sure that's a surprise to everyone. I laid out all the ingredients, and accomplished a lot with out an electric mixer. I made James Buchanan's Apee Cookies, cranberry/white chocolate chip/oatmeal bars, and Mrs. Field's chocolate filled sugar cookies. Being the dessert lover that I am, I must say they were all wonderful! Of course I'm biased because I picked things I would like, but they do say the baker is the worst critic. I had confirmation from the ladies at knitting/crochet class that everything was fabulous. The women there are so adorable, I love having older people to converse. I really do miss my mom a lot. Katie never really opens up the same way we do. I don't know if it's because she went to college, leaving me at home for two years to bond with my parents. Even before that though Katie wasn't as open. That's probably why I ask so many questions, since she never offered information. I'm sure my pestering has helped her huge expanse of patience, which I altogether lack.
My friend sent me a message today that he's not mad at me, and that feels great, even though I swore I didn't care.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I posted this picture so I could change the one on my profile, but it's too big. So there is no reason to have this post. But I like the picture, so I'll leave it. I would have been able to change it, but I don't have photoshop anymore and I can't figure out how to minimize the size on Fireworks. What a dilemma!
Sunday, August 06, 2006
I loved it, they're all adorable. Clearly, there were some that were ugly, but for the most part, they were so polite and respectful. Being one of five females in the whole building does give me some leverage. I was very impressed. I was expecting rude, gross, vulgar (at some were) but a majority were great guys.
After doing room checks, I came out with an extra $24.49 in my pocket. Not too bad for doing a job that's required!
I also drove a wallet to the Indy airport and got to fill up my tank and I got $20 extra!! Holla...(clearly I'm a little hyper, or I wouldn't have said that.)
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I walked to the mall today. Yeah, I know it's far, but it was so nice outside. I got my eyebrows done and hair trimmed (just the back, so I don't have a mullet, I'm growing it out for the wedding!) I went to the Health Foods Store (That's actually the name of the store, I didn't capitalize it for fun) and I got Burt's Bees chapstick and baked apples. I lounged at Panera for almost two hours drinking tea, reading, and munching on whole grain bread samples.
On the way home I walked through the fair and bought a chocolate malt from the Lions. $1.50 well spent. I love the smell of farm animals, elephant ears, and gyros at the fair. It's a complete flashback to having my tiny hand engulfed inside my fathers while being entranced by the bright lights from the rides that I was too terrified to try.
I haven't showered in three days. Yeah, I wish I was joking too. Going to get real clean now...
Friday, July 28, 2006
This is my new friend Nancy, from North Carolina, we met in Gettysburg. She took me on the Buchanan Trail, to his national park and birthplace. She has quite the "sunny disposition" and it's impossible to not fall in love with her instantly.
Jaret took my to Indy for my flight, which was really two, to BWI via Pittsburgh. They were both short and pleasantly uneventful. Nonetheless, exciting though, mostly from anticipation of my destination. After being picked up from the airport. It was like I had never left, the teasing commenced. Both gentleman have girlfriends, which I did not mind at all. Really I like guys who have girlfriends more, because I don't have to worry about being hit on or put into an awkward situation. But this caused problems on where I would stay. For some reason, the boys did not trust themselves, or their significant others did not trust them, because I could not simply stay in room with one of them even if I was fully clothed (including bra) at all times in a separate bed. We worked it out and I much appreciate them going extremely out of their way for me.
(Okay, so I took this part out because I realize that it was unfair and judgemental of me to write that, and I'm extremely sorry...another lesson learned the hard way.)
The other great thing I took away from my adventure was from my best friend and her boyfriend, who is now also a great friend, even if just by association for now. This was the first time I have actually talked to him in person, although I did break him up with his ex-girlfriend, so he would go out with my best friend. I had almost given up hope finding someone who was a virgin, (and not for a religious right reason) intelligent, smart, and sexy. But these two gave me my faith back. They're completely adorable and I love hearing her stories, however silly they may be, about learning from each other and teaching each other what's going on. I want that too. I don't want someone to tell me I'm doing something wrong or that I'm suppose to do it a certain way because that's how he did it with a fling or an ex-girlfriend. I don't want him to be completely naive, but I want to learn, experience, and appreciate together, and if he did that with someone else first, I feel like it wouldn't be as meaningful and I wasn't worth the wait. I may be looking too deeply into something that men see as a necessity to love, but I don't care.
They're coming to visit me in August, we're going to Chicago to see the city, hopefully ride bikes along the lake front to Navy Pier. We'll probably go to Michigan for dinner and then for icecream. I'm sure that's surprising.
This seems long enough a short novel and I barely touched the surface of all the great things I did in Gettysburg, I crocheted a monkey while I was there, I'll post a picture of it soon.
We went to Winchester, VA. I relaxed, drank tea, snuck into a movie at the Majestic. Talked and laughed with Kevin, who hasn't changed one bit, and I'm grateful for that.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Susan (the bookstore owner) told me that I could sell the crochet animals in the store. I'm really excited! Now I just have to make them, sell them, and figure out what charity I want to give the money to!! It's really exciting to me! (Bunny picture coming tomorrow, I quit with the arms and legs, it's too small. The pattern wasn't very good, but it's still cute!)
I'm making a crochet bunny now. It's really really small, especially compared to the huge Octopus! I think I'm going to sell them and donate any profit to Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross) or to this poverty center in Muncie, maybe both. I was to ask Susan (my crochet teacher) if I can sell them in the store. They're so cute, but honestly, how many little animals can one person have? I think this will be a great hobby and hopefully benefit some people.
I have to find out if it's legal first!
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
I haven't written in a while. The engagement party was awesome! I had such a blast!
Katie and I are so happy with my Grandma!! We swam, played beanbags, ate, laughed, ate some more! It was terrific, I wish I could do it again!!
I'm crochetting an octopus, no seriously! I go to crochet time at Danner's Book Store, it's excellent. The ladies are like the old ladies in the Music Man how like gossip and sometimes bicker. It's adorable, and much better than hanging out with college students constantly! Not that I don't like them, but it's good to be in the real world! I'll post a picture when I'm done.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
In case you ever wanted to see Fiddler on the Roof in Japanese, here it is!! CRAZY!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
It is sad when people die, he has family, friends, etc. but it's probably better to die happy now in a vacation home than in prison, serving a life sentence, maybe.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
My social studies methods is during. The prof simply lectures like we don't have a clue and we've never had a class like this before. I hate writing lesson plans. Seriously. I don't think they're a waste of time, but I'm confident that I don't need them written out to such an extreme extent.
I'm excited about opening kids up to new ideas and things they're never thought of before. Am I excited about writing lesson plans? Heck no.
I'll get my A's and get out. I'm ready for classes to be over. I want to go to Gettysburg now!
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
3. The dot over the letter I is called a "tittle".
4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
5. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
6. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
7. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
8. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
9. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
10. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
11. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!
12. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
13. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.
I'm in astronomy...and my professor is talking about Mercury and how there are huge craters everywhere!! Then he goes, it was like when I was a teenager and I had cronic acne! It was tramatic. We looked similar, except Mercury is beautiful!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
We also watched a movie about Gottman, a sociologist who interviews newlywed couples and can predict if they'll stay together or get divorced. He's 90% correct in his predictions. There are positive and negative conflict resolution styles. There are 4 negative styles that he looks for in their communication, if they demonstrate these traits, he predicts that they will get a divorce. Women bring up 80% of all discussions and 96% of arguments are decided in the first 3 minutes depending on the tone the conversation was started.
The 4 types are:
1. Criticism - this tends to be more of a female style. They blame their spouse and tell them how they're wrong and attack their personality instead of the real issue.
2. Defensiveness - both genders use this technique equally. They don't accept responsibility nor validate the accusation. The complaint is answered with a complaint of the other person or complete denial.
3. Contempt/sarcasm - this is the most detrimental type. This tears down the other person in a extremely disrespectful way.
4. Withdraw - 85% of this type is men. The listener isn't there mentally or physically. The heart rate even remains low during the argument. This is seem as disrespectful to the initiator.
My parents do all of these things. Sometimes I'm surprised they're still married. But whatever works for them. I think they are flipped gender styles though. My mom does not like to talk and my dad nags. Either way, communication could be much better!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Dr. Chang and Grace took Sara, Ross, and I to the Chinese buffet for my birthday! We had a blast! They got my little hankerchiefs for a gift!! They're hand painted!
Then we hung out at the desk forever!! Jamee made/helped me make a cover for my laptop, hence the picture!! It turned out amazingly!! I can't believe the great friends I have here and how well we mesh together!! Even when we joke and tease, NO one gets offended, it's like we've been friends for years!!
Thanks for a great night guys!!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Dr. Chang, Grace, Ross, Sara, and I at the President's Picnic. It was for faculty and their families so Dr. Chang invited me and Sara to represent his family since they couldn't go!! It was so cute and I think it meant a lot to him that Sara and I went. We really love him.
And boy did that little man eat. I think he had three hot dogs and a two or three hamburgers. Geez oh petes, he was like a bottomless pit!! He's so little too!! It's amazing!!
Tomorrow we're going to the Chinese buffet for my birthday and Sara and Ross are coming too!! It's going to be fun. I know we are really making a difference in their lives by helping out and being a part of their family.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Jaret and Kevin "working" the desk!!
Jamee, me, Whitney, and Ryann at Incredible Yogurt!! I got to spin the wheel because it was my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got a free waffle cone! YUM!
And I got a beautiful new license! Always a joy!!
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, cards, signs, and phone calls!!! They're truly appreciated.
Monday, June 19, 2006
This quote from Prime cracked me up!! But the movie in general was just okay. But it was prevalent if you're Jewish and want to marry someone not Jewish, but my family is obviously more open than what the movie portrayed.
I watched Casanova, which was adorable with a great feminist heroine. Always a good thing if you ask me, especially when they're faced with a guy that just wants to get in their pants...hmm...sounds familiar as of late.
I also watched Something New. Simon Baker is so beautiful! He really made the movie! Jamee and I were laughing so hard. Mm...I love that girl!
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Golfing yesterday was much better based on score. But it was still so much fun today. I loved that my dad came to visit me. We really had a blast. Then we went to Puerto's and to McKenzie's to get the mattress and box spring and took them to where I'm living in the fall.
Now I have to shower, I'm sweaty and sunny crusty. Like after you've been in the sun or just outside for the day and there is a layer on your skin of who knows what. Whatever, I'm dirty.
Friday, June 16, 2006
My dad came and we went golfing and then to New York House, and he loved it!! Then we went to see Dr. Chang and Grace. He liked them too, of course.
We're going to Walmart in a little while for groceries and then to Baskin Robbins because I got a free scoop for my birthday!! Woo hoo!!
Sunday, June 11, 2006
You scored as Satanism.
Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Satanism! Before you scream, do a bit of research on it. To be a Satanist, you don't actually have to believe in Satan. Satanism generally focuses upon the spiritual advancement of the self, rather than upon submission to a deity or a set of moral codes. Do some research if you immediately think of the satanic cult stereotype. Your beliefs may also resemble those of earth-based religions such as paganism.
It's clear I'm not a Christian...
If you're just bored, I'm sure this could entertain you for a while!! http://quizfarm.com/quizlist.php?search=new
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Then I got a shirt and animal crackers!! Yum!!
Friday, June 09, 2006
I didn't die, but my computer did!! I know, very sad. But I new one is on the way, a Dell Inspiron 710M. I bought it on eBay!! (Not so my style, but I think it was a good decision!!) So my dad is bringing it to me next Saturday when he comes to golf with me for Father's Day and my birthday!! I can't wait to see him, we'll have a fabulous time!! Plus, it'll be between summer sessions and very stress free!!!
I tried to give blood the past two mornings, unsuccessfully! But I think when I get more sleep tonight, I'll be successful tomorrow!! I've been doing a lot of homework and a lot of mitzvahs! I helped with golf bags yesterday morning at the Rotary/Muncie Mission golf outing! Tried to give blood, and went to my professor's home and cut his bushes. On Saturday I'm going to plant some tomato plants and some flowers in his garden!! He's an awesome man!! He's over 80 years old and escaped communist China by going to Taiwan and then made it to the US. His father wasn't as lucky and died in a communist prison since he would not support the cause. But after trimming his immensely overgrown shrubbery, my shoulders are quite sour, but it's a good feeling!
I am well on my way on my 10 page paper for my Civil War history class. Captain Francis Adams Donaldson and I have become quite involved indeed!! My article reviews for Public Policy about the new immigration reforms are going well too! So everything should be nicely finish up next week when classes come to an abrupt end!
Conferences are finally moving in on Saturday! So Stu-west won't be quite so empty! I'm looking forward to it, but I'll have to stop walking around in just my underwear now :-( I'd most likely frighten the campers!!