Continuing with my "I hate job searching during recessions" series......
If I get another e-mail back saying "Thank you for your interest in this job. We have had an overwhelming amount of response and think other applicants suit our needs better at this time".......I'm going to kick a baby.
Apparently I'm going to end up with a job that I could have gotten without spending thousands of dollars and 4 years of time to go to college.
You've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with the ABC's of YOU. At the end, choose 26 people to be tagged. You have to tag me so really you just need 25 more people. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you - but not in a creepy stalker kind of way. Or, just tag however many people you want. That's even better.
(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your ABC's of Me, tag 26 people (in the right hand corner of the app. you might have to save as a draft first) then click publish.)
A - Age: 21
B - Bed size: full
C - Chore/s you hate: I don't really love to vacuum or weed too much
D - Dog's name: I am dogless
E - Essential start your day item/s: toothpaste/brush, washcloth + water
F - Favorite color: red
G - Gold or Silver: silver
H - Height: 5' 10"
I - Instruments you play(ed): piano, alto sax & clarinet but only a bit
J - Job title: jobhunter
K - Kid(s): no thanks
L - Living arrangements: with my family
M - Mom's name: Leslie
N - Nicknames: I dont have one really : (
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: no...I was at the hospital until about 3 am waiting to get stitches in my leg because the emergecy room was full of crack addicts that were taking up all the slots.
P - Pet Peeve: anything having to do with bad drivers or people who refuse to park in the parking spaces further from the store.
Q - Quote from a movie: "If it is just us, seems like an awful waste of space" - Contact
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: 1
T - Time you wake up: since I've been jobless and it's summer it's been around 11 am o_O since I stay up until about 4am. lord.
U - Underwear: yes
V - Vegetable you dislike: I like most of them, but I hate waterchestnuts and mushrooms and I'm not a huge fan of eggplant either.
W - Ways you run late: I hate being late. But when I have been it's been because of traffic of missed buses.
X - X-rays you've had: just dental ones
Y - Yummy food you make: taco salads I guess?
Z - Zoo favorite: I love them all. But I love to watch the penguins and gorillas especially.
11:36pm: Graduation and all that jazz
So graduation is tomorrow. I had originally decided I wasn't going to go because I am SOOO not into ceremonies...of ANY kind....graduations, weddings, funerals, etc etc. But I changed my mind because, I dunno, I don't have anything else going on and it would make for some good pictures (hopefully) and things to put in a scrapbook.
Tonight was the departmental graduation. I waxed and waned over whether or not to go to this one until 11pm last night, since oddly enough it happened to be at 3pm on a friday, which was problematic for a few reasons: 1) my mom wanted to go, but then she would have to get off work early, 2) just attempting to get to Seattle at that time of day is a daring feat in its own right, and 3) the area around 45th is the worst place on Earth during rush hour on a Friday. If you've experienced it, you know what I mean. We decided to go, since nobody's coming to my real graduation except my uncle, since my brother's high school graduation happens at precisely the same time. Aside from paying $12 for parking (those motherfuckers raised it ANOTHER dollar), it all went pretty well. I didn't know really what to expect. The anth department is relatively small but was enough to pack a modestly big Kane lecture hall. There were a couple speakers and then we got little certificates. It was our only chance to actually be called by name since at the big graduation the undergrads just walk across the stage en masse. Afterwards there were some cookies and purple and yellow cupcakes outside in the overly crowded hall, and when my mom gave me her cupcake on a plate so she could go to the bathroom, along with the cupcake I was already holding, plus my bag and all the papers I was holding, the yellow cupcake toppled over and I got bright yellow frosting all over my gown, my watch and my hands. It also got all over my program. It took some scrubbing once we got home to get the crusty frosting off that thing. My mom also didn't know how to work my camera so the only pictures I have of the event are a few pics of blurry color. Oh well.
I thought it was kind of weird I didn't recognize a single person from any of my classes that was there. A couple of my former professors were there, my prof from US Pacific Island Cultures 2 years ago actually remembered me, I was kind of surprised. My Buddhism professor was there, whose class I attended 2 times because he was so fucking boring, I just turned in the 2 papers that were the only class requirements. But I just hope he didn't remember me, I felt kind of bad.
Tomorrow's going to be epic and long and tiring. Oy vey.
After reading somebody else's "life update" on facebook I thought I'd do one too, but post it on LJ where everybody and their mom can't read it, not because it's anything that juicy, but because I don't need to overshare with everyone on my friends list. It probably won't be that long, because truthbetold my life is staggeringly uneventful right now.
As most people know by now, I finished school in December and have been looking for a job ever since. Of course it's pretty hopeless right now, my timing couldn't have been worse. I've applied to umpteen places, and so far have gotten a few rejection emails (which I think are grossly unnecessary), and have had one interview at a small environmental company at Paine Field, which I was SO excited about. It was only like a 5 person company and the office looked over the runway. PLUS one of their main functions was to excavate sights before construction begins...HELLO! ANTHROPOLOGY! However, the interview was 2 1/2 weeks ago and I've heard nothing since, so needless to say, I didn't get the job. Sigh.
Even though I liked what I majored in in college and (for the most part) liked school okay, sometimes I wish I would have studied something more specific that would lead me towards a certain career field. I got a good enough education, but since none of the jobs I will ever hold will probably require me to study a chimpanzee skull or dissect a archaeological site, it will be more about the general education than actual specifics. Which is okay I guess. And would have been more okay in a better job market. I could just never get into studying business or finance or anything like that. I wish I could, but I would hate it.
I've always been a little jealous of those people who always knew exactly what the wanted to do and knew exactly how to get there. But I've never thought of myself as really career-oriented. I want to have a career and everything, but I don't want one that's going to take over my life. And I don't need to make a ton of money. I just want enough to be able to live in Seattle and do some traveling. If I didn't need to, I'd rather not even own a car. I've never really thought of myself as really family-oriented either. I can't see myself doing that right now. I might feel different in a few years, who knows. What I really want is to be in a comfortable rut. I don't like this intermission stuff, not knowing whats next.
I suppose I really am lucky because even though I can't get a job at the moment, I don't really have a lot to worry about. I live at home so have no rent, don't really have many expenses and have plenty of money in the bank to sustain me for a great while. It's just kind of hard being stuck, I feel like everybody else is doing things and I'm just sitting around...but I guess that will change eventually.
Enough of that. Elsewhere in my life, I have become unhealthily (word?) obsessed with American Idol this year, mostly with Adam Lambert. I've reverted to my middle school teeny bopper ways, but I can't help it. Hes AMAZING. Not only is he incredibly talented but HELLO Mr. Sexypants. Normally I'm not so into the eyeliner and stuff on a dude but he can pull it off, oh can he ever. Yeah, he's about the hottest man I've ever seen....sigh. *see icon* I'd totally have his babies....if he weren't gay of course. damn.
Tuesdays are the best days of the week right now. I don't what I'm going to do with myself when it's over. Youtube videos and mp3s must be enough to sustain me and my crazy stalker self.
Ever since I got back from Europe in January my life has been dedicated to job searching. And so far, it's been with zero success. I haven't even gotten an interview yet. It's really a lot of fun to graduate college at about the worst time ever. I've applied to dozens of jobs so far and haven't from anybody. Since when am I not qualified enough to make copies and deliver mail? Of course, considering people with 20 years experience and masters degrees have been applying to my grandma's friend's bookstore, I can't feel too bad. It also seems like most of the jobs available are for people with years of experience and for really high ranking positions. Entry level please!!
Even though I can't find a job, in no way do I regret quitting my old job in October. What a misery. I'm lucky because I don't have any bills or anything and I have plenty of money. But it's still annoying. I have nothing to do right now. Sigh.
Im watching American Idol right now. Love it. WOW I am so in love with Adam Lambert....
Watching the oscars today was interesting. Usually I dont hardly watch any of them except for the last couple categories. But today I watched most of it. Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner, I'll probably check it out sometime to see what the big deal is. But I was sooo happy that Kate Winslet finally won an Oscar. I don't usually get overly interested in celebrities, but I just love her.
But watching the Barbara Walters special afterwards totally pissed me off. WHY WERE THE JONAS BROTHERS ONE OF THE GUESTS??? THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING FILM RELATED!!!! Stop going for ratings, and keep it earnest, please!! FINALLY I thought we were going to have a television event that didn't involve miley cyrus or the jonas brothers in some way, but apparently not!
I can't possibly imagine why they are so popular. They are incredibly not hot. And they aren't great singers. And their songs aren't good. I don't get it.
I feel so bad for teenyboppers these days. They have nobody quality to lust after! If only they were born a few years earlier.
They have the horrible Jonas Brothers. We had Justin Timberlake before he got fugly. We had Lance before he came out. We had Christian Burns before he went emo. We had Ste McNally before he was reduced to trying out for talent shows. We had Nick Carter before he became a reality show trainwreck. We had the whole Backstreet Boy gang during their peak glory days. We even had hot mariners like Dan Wilson and Alex Rodriguez before he became a Ranger money-grubbing ass!
What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Tried gambling. I must say that slot machine-ing are now one of my favorite activities. ; )
Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I never make resolutions. It's kind of pointless :P
Did anyone close to you give birth? No
Did anyone close to you get married? No
Did anyone close to you die? Just my pet rat.
What foreign countries did you visit? Canada. So exotic.
What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A full time job....-___-
What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I agree with Jenny....Nov. 4th was pretty amazing.
What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing my bachelors degree.
What was your biggest failure? Not getting the greatest grades ever....oh well. At a certain point I stopped caring.
Did you suffer illness or injury? I had a couple horrific acid reflux instances, but other than that, nothing
What was the best thing you bought? My European tour....omg it's coming up so soon!!!
Whose behavior merited celebration in 2008? hmmm not sure.
Whose behavior in 2008 made you appalled and depressed? Does Sarah Palin count?
Where did most of your money go? Most of it went to buying my vacation.
What did you get really, really, really excited about? .The election. Vacations. Same as usual.
Compared to this time last year, are you: -- Happier or sadder? Same I guess.
-- Thinner or fatter? Oh the same..
-- Richer or poorer? Around the same. Probably just a little poorer now that I'm sans-job.
What do you wish you'd done more of? Studying? lol
What do you wish you'd done less of? Being lazy.
How will you be spending Christmas? Having already had Christmas, we stayed home all day. I went sledding.
How many people did you sleep with in 2008? zero.
What was your favorite TV program? I still like Rick Steves, but I still dig Degrassi.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? not that I can think of.
What was the best book you read?
I dont really read much, but my sexuality book from sociology was actually pretty interesting.
What was your greatest musical discovery? I started listening to a lot more Beethoven, and discovered how much great music he actually wrote.
What did you want and get in 2008? Again, to finish college!
What was your favorite film that came out this year? I actually only saw one movie in the theater this year (The Dark Knight). So I guess that?
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 21, and went to Vegas with my mom. Wooo fun!!
Did you meet any new friends this year? Not really...ANTISOCIAL! ugh
Did you have a job? I did...Rite Aid...what a fucking horrible place.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Having a less crappy job with a less evil boss. Oh well.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept and what about your physical appearance has changed this year? Same as usual....I'm the most casual dresser ever. Sweatshirts and sweatpants. Lord.
What kept you sane? My family I guess. And Angeline. What would I do without you.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? This year (in addition to leo dicaprio) I was introduced to David Cook (wow HOT) and Michael Phelps...who somehow was also really hot.
What political issue stirred you the most? Mostly animal rights issues (which of course are never talked about and that totally pisses me off), gay rights, the environment, and McCain's choice of a running mate (I fucking hate that woman).
Who was the best new person you met? Stephanie or Sara from work, they were both pretty cool.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: Unfortunately, ass kissing can definitely help you out in the professional world, though of course it's something I absolutely refuse to do.
I confess that in 2008 I..
[ ] kissed in the snow [x] celebrated Halloween [ ] had your heart broken [ ] mooned someone [ ] went over the minutes on your cell phone [ ] came out of the closet [ ] done something you've regretted [ ] painted a picture [ ] wrote a poem [ ] ran a mile [ ] shopped at Hollister or Abercrombie and Fitch [ ] posted a blog on MySpace [x] visited a foreign country [x] told someone you were busy when you weren't [ ] partied to celebrate the new year [ ] cooked a disastrous meal [ ] Lied about your age [ ] broke a promise [ ] fell in love [ ] fell out of love [ ] cried over a broken heart [x] disappointed someone close [ ] pretended to be happy [ ] slept under the stars [ ] kept your new years resolutions [x] forgot your new years resolutions [ ] met someone who changed your life[ ] met one of your idols [ ] changed your outlook on life [x] sat home all day doing nothing [ ] pretended to be sick [ ] almost died [ ] given up on something/someone important to you [ ] lost something expensive [ ] learned something new about yourself [ ] tried something you normally wouldn't try and liked it [ ] made a change in your life [ ] found out who your true friends were [x] met great people [x] stayed up til sunrise [x] cried over the silliest thing [x] had friends who were drifting away from you [ ] had a high cell phone bill [ ] spent most of your money on food [ ] had a fist fight [x] went to the beach [ ] became closer with a lot of people.
5:33pm: While I've yet to update my "100 favorite songs" list, I decided to first make up my "10 favorite classical music pieces" list. I'm sure you're thrilled. As am I.
1. Beethoven – Symphony no. 9: It’s the consummate classical piece, full of catchy tunes and amazing vocals. Even people who don’t typically like classical music must find at least parts of it interesting.
2. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition: I think this is the first piece of music I ever remember hearing, and it’s been part of my whole family’s personal repertoire for…ever as far as I know. It was the first classical concert I ever remember attending which first inspired me to take piano lessons, and part of why I took them as long as I did. While many of the included pieces are just a bit out of my range, I have learned about 6 or 7 of them, which is fun. The Emerson, Lake, and Palmer version is fun too, if you’re not too keen on the classics.
3. Rachmoninoff – Piano Concerto no. 2: It’s kind of amazing. And one of the rare compositions where the entire thing is equally listenable, not just the 1st or 3rd movements. It’s my ideal passionate Russian Romantic style piece, I only wish I could play the piano well enough for that. Pshhright.
4. Debussy- La fille aux cheveux de lin: Debussy probably has the most wonderful collection of music, the kind of solo piano I can’t ever get tired of. And the perfect complement to my favorite artist, Monet. It’s almost like Debussy wrote his music specifically to accompany Monet. Ahh, the French Impressionists. This particular one is my favorite….it’s my “deep thoughts” song.
5. Beethoven – Symphony no. 6: Unlike a lot of Beethoven’s other music, this piece is super light and happy, and also chalked full of catchy snippets. I first heard it almost daily when I was obsessed with Fantasia, and now I associate it with dancing pan flute players and centaurs. Superfly.
6. Ravel- Pavane for a Dead Princesses: As it sounds from the title, this is not a happy tune. Nonetheless, if I was a dead princess, it’s the kind of song I’d want written about me.
7. Smetana- Bartered Bride Overature: One of the pieces that sounds exactly like the name implies…it’s 6 ½ minutes of musical bickering and bargaining. And crazy violins…what more could you want?
8. Rachmoninoff- Prelude in G Minor: At one point I actually learned this whole thing. Probably the hardest piano challenge I’ve ever taken on. Because I got frustrated and lazy, I lost a lot of it. I think the cover even got torn off from me throwing the book across the room so many times. Nonetheless, great song if it’s played right.
9. Debussy- Danseuses de Delphes: Sounds so totally simple, but so gorgeous.
10. Rachmoninoff- Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini: Very short, but quite powerful. Perfect for any Romeo & Juliet –esque moment.
9:25pm: Serious whining alert!!
I have had an amazing string of bad luck lately. My car broke, the charge cord for my laptop broke, I had to buy a new one, my 2nd pair of headphones in a month broke, I had to buy new ones, my t.v. doesnt come in anymore, my cd player no longer reliably picks up am radio, we can't redeem the frequent flier miles for our trip to Florida because Alaska Airlines decided to charge twice the miles for that particular day, and no other day, for no reason at all, now the European tour I signed up for has been cancelled from the website, and I have no idea if that means the entire tour has been cancelled or what, I have a canker sore, I jabbed the underside of my fingernail at work today and it hurts like a biznatch, and on top of it, I loaded Vista Ultimate on my laptop a few days ago, unaware of the fact that it's waaaayyyyyy to big for my computer and once you load it, you can't remove it without sifting through millions of troubleshooting pages of garbledygook that I can't understand. Fucking Microsoft. And apparently my hands are now made out of butter, because everything I ever try to pick up I somehow drop. Like oh my god, universe! I think it's time to move on to somebody else now.
Not to mention, Seattle sports teams seem to be having a similar kind of luck. Like Seahawks?? Huskies?? Comefuckingon.
Okay, so I guess it's about time for my once-ever-couple-months lj updates. Even though I check my friends page at least once a day, I rarely find the time and patience to actually post an update. I couldn't even count the number of times I've started to write one and then deleted it immediately because I lost interest.
A couple days ago was the beginnning of fall. I always forget at the end of summer how truly awesome fall is. I'm always devestated when summer ends, but hey, autumn's pretty sweet too. I got a bottle of "pumpkin harvest & fall" scented fabreeze the other day, and spray it in my room every so often to make my room smell like a pumpkin pie. It's pretty rad. Summer was great....god I love college summers. Practically 4 months long, I get out weeks before my brother and go back weeks after him. For our last shebang my mom and I went to Vegas for 4 days, which was way fun. It's my third time going, but my first time actually being able to participate in the "sin" of "sin city". We got a package deal through Expedia and picked one of the smaller places on Fremont Street (for those of not so familiar with Vegas, it's the street with the more original hotels a few miles up Las Vegas Blvd from the Strip. Our first room was pretty much the worst hotel room I've ever been in. If I ever get the gumption, I may post pictures of it, but lets just say the floor was dirty and peppered with cigarette burns, the windows were super filthy, the paint on all the ugly tables was peeling, and to top it off, there was no tv remote! Like oh no they didn't. So eventually we got our room moved to the new tower which was much better, we even had a view of the Fremont Street Experience. Basically we spent the trip doing some gambling (the slots were tight as shit, neither of us won anything), and did a bunch of touring through the hotels on the strip. Lots of walking. Our transportation was a double decker bus, which at first was super cool, but was so crowded and slow that it would take over an hour just to get from fremont to the strip, which we were jammed in the doorway. Lame. The only alcohol I've had since the big 21 was I got a free something-or-other bay breeze drink at Binion's Horseshoe, but after half of it I started to feel a little weird so I threw the rest away. It was rum and cranberry juice or something. Good, but strong. We ended up seeing American Superstars at the Stratosphere, which was awesome! We were in the very front. I ended up with a really weird crush on the Rod Stewart impersonator. Yeah, I dont know either.
It was a fun trip. But now it's back to school, today was the first day. Actually, it was my last first day of school ever! Weird! (that is of course unless I decide to go to grad school sometime in the future or I fuck this quarter up somehow and have to go again). It was rather uneventful. I enjoy watching freshman wander around with their maps. I'm pretty much the only senior in my entire music class. But I'm hoping it will be a decent quarter? I doubt it will be too hard, at least not as bad as last year.
I'm pretty much planning to quit my job soon, probably in mid October. I just cant stand it anymore. Hours have been way cut back lately, which I don't mind, because it means less Wrong Aid(haha) for me. It's hard, because I have a rather expensive event coming up in January with my trip to Europe. I'm estimating it'll cost around $1,500 more on top of the $2,200 I've already paid, factoring in the excursions, dining, souvineers, and whatever else I need to buy over there. Considering the pound sterling is worth nearly twice the dollar and the Euro is like 150% the value or something, it's not going to be cheap. But i'll be worth it. I figure if worst comes to worst, I can borrow some money from savings. But sweet damnit, I can't wait. Anyways, I would kill myself if I had to stay at my job for the holidays, and I figure I'm doing them a favor by quitting early and giving them time to find somebody for the holiday shifts. My boss is a royal asswipe, and most of the other employees are big dudballs. There's only a couple people there I can have a normal conversation with. Besides, customers are suprisingly asshole-y. Some are nice of course, but the bad ones overshadow them and I'm tired of it.
My car also called it quits on me about a month ago. So after hundreds of dollars and hours and hours of my dad's time trying to fix it, the concensus is that it is in car heaven now, and so my dad's stripping it of the radio, speakers, and other doodads and we're either going to try to sell it or donate for the write-off. Since my dad works at an auto body shop, he's on the lookout for a total that he can buy cheap and fix, but if that doesnt happen I'm going to have to buy one and establish credit, which wouldnt be such a bad thing, but getting a car loan right now won't be easy. Thanks Bush, you're economy is super cool.
SPEAKING of politics, OMG Sarah Palin. You know, before she was chosen, I wouldn't have been completely devestated if McCain won, bummed, but my world wouldn't have come crashing down. I think he's a pretty decent guy, whether I agree with his policies or not. BUT now I probably will be devestated if they win, because of her. I am still at a loss for why he chose her. She comes off as completely crazy to me. She really couldn't be any different from me on her opinions, from roe vs. wade, stem cell research, drilling, omg any of it. And don't even get me started about her attitudes towards animals. From her apparent love of caribou hunting, shooting wolves, ANWR drilling and her lawsuit over polar bears and beluga whales, she more or less just makes me ill. And the icing on the cake would be if she confirmed that she thinks dinosaurs were on the earth 4,000 years ago. Don't get me wrong, I dont have anything against believing in Creationism if that's what your in to, but that would be a serious red flag in my book. Oh my. Election day shall be muy interesante. I'm kind of torn between being really interested in it and being really ready for it to be over.
Okay, so I think I'm out of things to talk about now. Later sk8ter! =)
The length of time between my LJ entries has become increasingly longer. But here goes nothing:
Mostly my summer has revolved around my work schedule. While I said I wanted to work around 25 hours because frankly, I dont really like it there, they have repeatedly given me 37 hour weeks. I'm seriously getting sick of that stupid place, most of the other people that work there are kind of lame and don't seem to care about anything other than Rite Aid, it kind of weirds me out. And I've gotten a little fed up with my boss. So instead of working through the end of the year I've decided to quit at the end of October, because I could not make it through another holiday season at that place, I'd actually have to kill myself.
I've been watching tons of Olympics lately, mostly swimming and gymnastics as usual. And especially the Michael Phelps races. He's been added to the extensive yet discriminating list of "Potential Mr. Lana Schlossbergs". His body is tres yummy.
We went to Victoria last weekend which was fun, we did all the touristy stuff, the wax museum (which is so weirdly interesting to me), and royal B.C. museum, but I was pissed the took out the submarine ride, the Empress Hotel and looked at all the shops selling crap worth upwards of $50,000, and hung out by the beach. Next weekend we're going camping, and then in a month, VEGAS BABY!
ripping me from the insides like from the movie Alien
No sunshine in my life Just darkness all day long. As if living at the North Pole
But without Santa Claus.
My life is a vacuum of happiness.
Empty. Black. Really, really empty. Like the space between galaxies. Where nothing exists but dark matter.
My soul is a black hole Sucking the energy from the universe.
I feel like the gum on the bottom of your shoe the scum on your sink the flat pop in your can. Everything sucks. Except black coffee black cats black crayons black turtlenecks and pants made for little girls.
I want to suck the happiness from your life. So we can all die in pity and sorrow.
Black. Pain. DEATH.
- My best attempt at disjointed, obscure, ever-happy emo poetry.
God, is the quarter over yet? I have so much crap to do before summer---several paper to do, way too much reading, and hours upon hours upon hours worth of studying for finals. I really hope fall quarter is better.
But OMG. The final of American Idol was tonight, and the new love of my life won....david cooooook damn. Not that it matters, once youre in the top 2 you pretty much garuntee a recording contract. But man oh man....loves it.
Theres about 3-4 weeks left. But I'm basically ready to be done now. I mean my history of jazz class isn't that bad, It's actually pretty good. My AIS class is also pretty good- the classes are pretty boring because the prof just kind of rambles for 2 hours, but the class is set up pretty well nonetheless.
But I really hate european history. While its one of my favorite subjects outside school, the class sucks. The professor kind of rambles and it's nearly impossible to take coherant notes, my t.a. is insane and there's way more reading than i bargained for. I'm basically expecting a super shitty grade in that class cause I've kind of stopped trying. I hope my other classes make up for it.
On the up and ups, it was extrodinarily nice today. I got sunburned while napping on the hill at gasworks park. It was lovely.
And american idol is down to the 2 davids...basically as i predicted several weeks ago. I really hope david cook wins. david archuleta has a great voice but he's getting boring, he always sings the same kind of ballad songs, and he doesnt have quite the stage presence david c does. Plus david c is sexaaaay. Mmmm. Gimme.
I wonder how many people actually read this?
I've noticed livejournal usage slowing waning over the years, but I guess with the over-abundance of day to day updates everybody gets about eachother on facebook and such it can be expected. And not that anybody cares about what I have to say here. Not that I have anything imparticular to say. Watch me babble.
Well a new quarter is upon us. It's the third week tomorrow already. It's decent I guess. I do really like my history of jazz class. It's cool- something a little different from the standard class. I'm still trying to figure out whether or not my instructor is gay....he doesn't come off as it per se, but there's little clues...like his pink ipod and the fact that he called Duran Duran a group of "very handsome men" the other day. Not that it matters. It's just a fun mental game to pass the time. Then I'm in Modern European History. The material itself is interesting, but the professor kind of jumps around weirdly and makes it incredibly hard to take notes, and given that there aren't really slides or anything its even harder. Like he'll be talking about England and then all the sudden he's talking about Russia....its like what the fuck?! And there's massive reading. Like damn....it's basically an English class. I have five days to read Frankenstein, which may not sound like much, but to a non-pleasure reader like me it's kind of torture. Even the 2 hours worth of bus rides I have each day wont cover that. Helloooooo Classicnotes.com! (My high school English savior) Random side note: In Mrs Powers class at Cascade I printed out a bunch of pages of classicnotes about cry the beloved country, and on the day of the test me and somebody else (I can't remember who) were reading it and she basically looked right at us and we didn't get in trouble. Hah, awesome class. Then I'm also in Native American Families. YAY last anthropology class requirement! It's hard to tell how awesome or lame this class is going to be, because so far we've only had 1 class. One was cancelled cause she was sick, one was cancelled for a conference, and the first day was just a syllabus read-over.
I should actually be doing homework right now. But I'm so damn tired. I haven't had a sunday off in 4 months....*dies* But oh, yesterday was AWESOME. It was like summer.....but now we're back to typical April. Oh well. It was nice while it lasted.
8:35pm: Long Time No See
Wow....I haven't updated in about 300 eons plus a day or two. Mostly because there's not a whole lot to update about....but lets see what I can drum up.
Basically it's just been school. I thought this quarter wouldn't be too bad....but it is kind of. Granted it's about 300 times better because no math is involved, but still. I thought psych 101 wouldn't be too bad, but because the entire grade is based on the 4 exams and they're actually pretty trickey, it's a bit difficult. But the material can be quite interesting, which helps.
Linguistic anth actually turned out to be a little harder than I expected too. Nowadays it's half language politics in Ukraine and half nitty gritty linguistic bullshit. Like the phonetic spelling of words or whatever. Which is really hard. I'm a little worried about the final on monday (a final on monday at 8:30....that can't get much worse). But hopefully I did okay on the final paper, where I wrote about the word "bitch", which was interesting.
And human rights law isn't hard in the work sense, but it's hard in the thinking sense. It's so based on group discussion and because my class is comprised of the entire"college-y intellectual bush-hating idealistic liberal of liberals" population of the school, it makes for some interesting discussion. But being the wallflower that I am, I don't participate much. All that's left now is the final paper, which looks really hard and I'm totally dredding it.
I'm actually really looking forward to the end of this quarter. And am looking forward to a whole week of no school whatsoever. It shall be GRAND. I've been in the registration process for spring quarter for a while now and I'm not sure I'm done yet. It's tough when you're trying to form a schedule around a work schedule and a class you have to take.
But on the bright side, my mom's going to take me to vegas for my 21st birthday, which rocks. It'll be nice to not be kicked off the "carpeted area" in every casino we go to.
Now I have to worry about buying books- good lord. Money money money.
Speaking of money, I have to work all freaking weekend, which is not great considering all the prep work I have to do for school next week. And the whole time I'm working with the manager, which pretty much increases the pressure ten fold.
So I've been really into American Idol this year. Pretty much everybody in the top 11 now is really good. And I've recently become probaboly unhealthfully obsessed with David Cook...wow he's amazing. Basically the new love of my life. <3 <3 <3 His rendition of "hello" was....dare I say dreamy. I also really like Carly Smithson, she's probably my favorite girl. But Kristie Lee Cook's "eight days a week" performance made me throw up into my mouth just a little bit.
Okay well hopefully I'll update more often- maybe on spring break, which will be my first decent break since before fall quarter started. Adios amigos!
~Visit England. This is pretty much my #1 lifetime goal. I've wanted to go ever since I watched Mary Poppins every day after first grade. Plus, it's the land of my ancestors. I come from English Quakers. Holla, oatmeal box guy. ~While in England, I have to see Shakespeare's pad, ride the Eye of London, take a picture with a palace guard, and as much as I don't like tea, I WILL have tea while in England.
~Visit Italy. Granted I want to visit basically every country in Europe. But Italy is definitely my #2. ~While in Italy, I MUST eat spaghetti at least once, throw a Euro into the Trevi fountain, see the Sistine Chapel, and check out the statue of David. Oh, and take a stroll through Tivoli gardens.
And on the rest of my world tour.....
~Buy Christmas decorations in Germany. Because the Germans know how to make Christmas decorations, for whatever reason. Also, while in Germany, I will drink beer. Even though I don't like it. While in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?
~Norway. I will order a lutefisk and not eat it, because it's the Norwegian thing. I just want to see what it looks like, and maybe poke at it a little. And then get my picture taken with it. And then give it to a homeless Swede.
~In Switzerland, I'll check out an awesome ski resort. Except I'll just go innertubing or hang out at the top, since I don't ski. The one time I tried skiing I started crying because I couldn't stop falling on my ass. I ended up just taking my skies off and walking back up to the top : )
~In France, I'll battle the massive crowds just to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Because it would be worth it. I would also buy a baguette and some cheese and have a little picnic in front of the Eiffle Tower.
~In Egypt, I'll see the pyramids. And maybe ride a camel. But that's about it. Then I'm leaving.
~In South Africa or East Africa, I'm gonna take a safari and hopefully not die from either hippo attack or malaria.
~In Japan, I'll get fish-less sushi and buy some hello kitty stuff, regardless of the fact that you can it it here.
~In New York City, I will spend at least one New Year's Eve in Times Square, regardless of the fact that everybody says it's not worth it. I'll also visit Hello Deli with Rupert G. of Late Show fame, go to the top of the empire state building and pretend I'm on Sleepless in Seattle, and stand around in front of the statue of liberty. And if I'm rich enough, I'll take in a Broadway Show.
That's pretty much it for my MUST SEE list. Of course, there's other things I want to see. But I'll get to that later.
As far as other things I want to do that are a bit simpler and budget friendly....
~Rent a paddle boat on Green Lake. This summer, damnit!
~Find a good, grassy hill, and roll down it. Because that was damn fun. Preferably not a hill where there's a lot of people around to watch me be stupid.
~Find a tire swing and find out if I still have my hardy dizzy tolerance like I used to.
~Play softball again sometime. I miss it.
~Become a more informed gardener. I'm working on it. But I'm way in the novice zone.
~White water raft again. What fun that was! : D
~Sleep outside one night. In the summer obviously. Without a tent.
Okay, that's all I can think of for now. But that's probably enough........Adieu!
BTW....the song I'm listening to right now is about the best ever. Michael <3 my Canadian hottie.
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Yay Chris Dodd? Haven't really heard much about him. As far as I know so far, Obama, Edwards, or Clinton would be good with me. But truthbetold I think if I had to chose one, I'd pick Hillary.
I don't know much about the GOP candidates, at least not as much as the democrats. I think it's interesting that I'm least compatible with Ron Paul. From what I know about him, he seems like kind of a liberitarian. He seems to have quite a fan club in the North Seattle area. Or maybe it's just one person posting his signs all over town.
It just seems to me that if you're going to put a lot of effort into somebody's campaign, it would make the most sense to do it for somebody with a good chance of winning. But that's just me.
So it's the first day of school....lame. I was totally not ready to go back this time around. But my first class seemed okay. But we got out early- it's supposed to be an 80 minute class but we were only there 20 minutes and I have way too much free time until my 10:30 class. I can only check my uw email and stare at facebook updates so long.
It snowed this morning-yay : ) But it only ever snows when I'm at work or school. Boo.
The rest of my neighbors took down their Christmas lights yesterday. And with it, they took down a little piece of my soul too. p.s. I still have christmas music on my ipod and listened to it on the bus this morning. And I downloaded the Grinch (the animated version), A charlie brown christmas and great pumpkin charlie brown on my computer to keep them with me always ^_^ Hello. My name is Lana. And I'm a geek.
Sorry, I have really really lame updates. Theyre much more interesting as I write them in my head throughout the day but I'm just too lazy to put them down on e-paper.
OMG seahawks kicked redskin ass. Booyah lookout Green Bay!
Well probably the busiest 2 weeks of the year are now over, and life is taking back normal shape again. It's a typical rainy, cold January day out. Christmas was good though. On the 22nd we went down to the Space Needle and used the gift certificate my dad got my mom for christmas last year. That was fun- I haven't been since my 13th birthday. While we were on the lookout deck I had the honors of taking the first pictures of a couple right after the guy had proposed.
Christmas Eve we went down to my grandparents place like usual. I got $120, a big bag of almonds and a sterling silver necklace. Christmas was good too- I got 4 seasons of South Park so now I have the entire series on DVD, 2 seasons of Roseanne, a new bed and new sheets and stuff, a calender, and a couple other things.
Of course, the whole post- Christmas thing is a bit difficult for me. Just because it gets so boring afterwards. We took down our tree and yesterday we took down our lights, but I still haven't deleted Christmas music from my ipod or a few specials off DVR.
Now I have the joy of ordering my books online- for this quarter I already have about $400 worth of books to get, not including one class which hasnt posted any yet and any course packs I'll probably need. *dies*
So how exactly did Christmas get here so freaking fast? I probably didn't notice the calender fly by because I've been working full time ever since school got out, even though I told them that I only wanted about 25 hours a week. Now that tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I realize how not done the scarf I'm making my mom for Christmas is. So I should work on that I guess. I'm excited for Christmas, but then again the buildup is really the fun part of the season. I'm going to miss the lights. I think Christmas lights are my favorite part of the whole thing. Love it.
I'm trying to work up the wherewithall to buy my books. I can't bring myself to spend over $200 on books, even from half.com.
I think I'm going to move to the woods and live life the Walden way.