1: What do you put on hotdogs? Horseradish sauce. 2: Do you say “anticlimatic” or “anticlimactic”? Anticlimatic. 3: Do you check flyers before grocery shopping? No, but I really do need to start using coupons. 4: Blue, black, or some other colour pen ink? black, plz 5: Do you use your parking brake? rarely 6: Look to your left. How many framed pictures are on the wall? 0 7: Do you know how to play chess? nope 8: How often do you clean the interior of your car? once or twice a year 9: Do you ever read the last few pages first? nope 10: Ever fallen in the shower? You mean someone out there hasn’t? 11: On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to swear at other drivers? 101010 12: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone you care about? I’ve called my sister many terrible things that I really don’t feel like listing. We could be so vicious towards one another. 13: Do you have a Snuggie? fuck yes 14: Are you allergic to anything? amoxicillen, ragweed, mild allergy to pet dander, and some other sort of medicine I took orally for acne in the fifth grade 15: Do you have any TV shows on DVD? Alias, The Office, Gilmore Girls, MST3k, West Wing 16: How many times do you hit the snooze button before finally getting out of bed? It depends on how urgent it is that I get up. So, anywhere between 0 to 15 times, haha. 17: Ever driven away in anger? fuck yes 18: What’s your favourite freezie colour? freezie? 19: Are you a vegetarian? nope 20: Do you have a garbage receptacle beside you? What’s on top? my girlfriend’s tennis shoes 21: Do you cross out your mistakes or erase/whiteout them? cross them out 22: Ever torn something up that you instantly knew was too important for such treatment? probably 23: Do you think that things will get better? things will always get something 24: Do you have an unpopular opinion? What is it? Haha, yeah. The only one I care to share right now is that I don’t think high school should be compulsory. 25: What’s your favourite quote? “All the other girls here are stars / You are the northern lights.” - Josh Ritter, “Kathleen” :) Or: “Hold your devil by its spoke and spin it to the ground.” - Laura Marling, “Devil’s Spoke” 26: Did you/are you going to go to prom? Yes. Junior year was OK, but senior year was incredibly boring and ridiculous and I was pressured into going. 27: What’s the most physically painful thing you’ve ever experienced? Getting a cavity taken care of, and the dentist hitting a nerve. Painful, but in the grand scheme of things, I’ve been super lucky when it comes to pain. Even my ankle issues haven’t been that bad. Just a nuisance. 28: What’s the most emotionally/mentally painful thing you’ve ever experienced? ahaha 29: Have you ever legitimately saved a person’s life? maybe 30: What’s your favourite book genre? Probably creative non-fiction or satire. 31: Did you like “Gigli”? Be honest. I never subjected myself to it. 32: Have you ever walked out of a movie at the theatre? No, but I reallllly wanted to walk out of “Catfish”. LOL at people who thought that ‘documentary’ was mind-blowing or thought-provoking. 33: Do you peek between your fingers during the scary scenes? fuck yes 34: What was your reaction to Tatum getting killed whilst stuck in the pet door in Scream? I don’t remember this. 35: Do dogs like you? Yes. I get along really well with animals. 36: Would you say that you project an air of authority? Nope. 37: Do people listen when you speak? sometimes yes, sometimes no 38: How are your elbows? Are they okay? Slightly dry, but otherwise they are peachy. 39: What is one thing that you do exceptionally well? Be honest. My ability to bring home stacks of books from libraries, bookstores, thrift stores, etc., is remarkable. Haha. 40: Do you use torrents? nope 41: When was the last time you paid for music? A week ago or so? I bought a track on iTunes. 42: Are you addicted to technology? nope 43: Pick a person (you don’t need to give their name). How do you feel about them? Be as honest as you can get yourself to be. I think she is the most wonderful, gorgeous person walking this planet. 44: Do you check your computer’s dictionary for the definition of words you’d otherwise feel confident about using during in-person interactions? Just to be sure? occasionally 45: How heavily to you rely on spellcheck and autocorrect? Not too heavily. I’m not the world’s best speller, but I’m not terrible, either. 46: Have you ever gotten into an argument on the internet? Did you win? Is this a serious question? Lol. Yes and yes. 47: Do you pause movies/TV shows if you have to go to the bathroom or the kitchen, or do you just let them keep playing? Pause. 48: If you use a regular alarm clock, do you have it set to music or that obnoxious beeping? I have my alarm set to the music for Nyan Cat. 49: Peter Pan? Jiff 50: How often do you fall up the stairs? once in a blue moon 51: Do you pronounce “anti” as ant-eye or ant-ee? (Example — “That scene was very anticlimactic.”) usually ant-eye 52: Do you pronounce “via” as vee-uh or vie-uh? (Example — “We can get there via Tremont Street.”) veeuh 53: How often do you forget to close your parentheses? it happens
Birthdays are ridiculous after age 25. I think hitting a quarter of a century is the last milestone we should care about. At least until we hit a half century. /grumble
Of course I say that, but it only applies to me, haha. My girlfriend’s birthday is a week from tomorrow and I am excited!
Sooooo I turn 26 today. That number feels too large. I definitely don’t identify with it. Inside I’m still 18. Forever 18. Naive and perpetually nervous but almost always vulnerable to optimism. I can be pretty cynical sometimes, but I don’t think I harbor the same amount of cynicism many of my twenty-something peers revel in. I feel like I’m just putting nascent adulthood feelers out in front of me, testing the very edges of the world and reality as I’ll come to know it, while many of my peers are already elbows-deep into their independent lives.
But now I’m being too negative, when really I’m feeling very hopeful about life. If you had told me just this past April that I’d not only live to celebrate another birthday, but I’d also be happy about it, I never would have believed it. And that is both an inspiring AND frightening thought.
Okay, I’m done attempting to wax poetic about aging and life and myself, of all things. Ha. If I were to reread this in fifteen years I bet it’d give me a hearty laugh.
Sitting on my girlfriend’s (our!) bed, cuddling with my girlfriend’s (our!) cat, eating a cookie (mine! all mine!) and job-hunting on my girlfriend’s (all hers!) computer. In my girlfriend’s (our!) apartment. In Baltimore. Where I (we!) now live (together!) .
She gets home soon-ish, and I can’t wait. I truly am the luckiest person in the world right now.
Many colleges across the country have revoked their bans on ROTC programs and military recruiting on campus because the bans were based on the discrimination of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Brown University, however, will keep its ban on the ROTC program because the military still discriminates against transgender individuals.
Ruth J. Simmons called on the university to “commit to helping to arouse greater national attention to the discrimination of the military and others against transgender individuals.” And her proposal must now be considered by the university’s Corporation, which has final say.
“Many speak about the importance of service to the nation through the military and they are correct,” Simmons wrote. “However, to root out the manifestation and vestiges of discrimination from our national life is an equally important dimension of serving the nation.”
In the suit, filed today in federal court in Boston, SLDN is challenging the Defense of Marriage Act as well as provisions in federal code that define “spouse” to the exclusion of married gay couples. Gay service members and their families are currently denied equal access to benefits such as medical care, housing, child care, and military identification cards.
I am lying in bed with the most beautiful woman in the world. We are checking tumblr and giggling. I love this. But I’m going to have to get her to put down her iTouch so that I can…well. That’s between m new and her. ;)
We save the whales, the trees and other species of animals. All are very worthy and noble causes too. But it's a sad thought to know we are turning our backs on our own species, all for the name of "choice".
This is laughable, considering the fact that we, as a species, take our home for granted and do horrible, disgusting, terrible and inexcusable things to the environment and to the creatures we share this planet with.
So give me a break with this ‘we save the whales’ bullshit. We don’t place ANYTHING above our own selves.
1. About 15 hours until Steph’s plane lands in Minneapolis. OMG.
2. I’ve finished about 98% of the packing. I just need to gather some random stuff around the house, and put everything in the car.
3. Deciding which books to bring was horrific. I wish I could bring them all, but it’s not practical at the moment. So I decided to choose the books based on one of two criteria: 1) if I LOVE LOVE LOVE the book and must always have a copy of it near me, it went into the box, and/or 2) if it’s a book that would be difficult to find at a library, it went into the box.
4. I also packed up some of my Arabic language materials with me, in the hopes that I’ll continue to study even when I’m not registered for classes. LOL. I spent the summer living with someone whose grasp of Arabic and foreign languages in general is a hundred times better than mine (my sister), and with someone who is fluent in Arabic (Dad). And how many hours did I spend studying and asking them for assistance? Precisely 0. FAIL.
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6. I can’t wait to see my girlfriend. I want to kiss her and hold her hand and do…things with her, but mostly I just really, really want to hold her. I’m so excited!
7. I’m NOT so excited about being in St. Louis during the World Series, but eh. Maybe it’ll be easier to get some silly souvenirs as gifts for friends back east.
8. I organized the Radiolab CDs that Steph gave me. I organized them first by color, then by number. Then I wrote a master list of all the episodes, each followed by the color and number of the case they are stored in. So we’ll have easy access to different episodes while on our road trip. /nerd