Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 20, 2011

Movies with Men in Tights
Raspberry Flavoring
Nail Polish

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday 9: You May Be Right

1. What is the craziest thing you've done in the last Year?
A year is a very long time to think back on! I moved 2500 miles with my whole life in a Hyundai Sonata..that was kind of crazy.

2. What is something that you've lost recently?
I'm constantly losing earrings. I have about 20 earrings but I think none of them have a match! I don't know where they go. I think there is an earring stealing elf...or it's my four year old sister.

3. Where does your patience suffer the most?
Facebook. I'm suddenly inside the minds of tons of people and I realize how stupid they are. I have to practice large amounts of self-control not to post my opinion on every status/comment.

4. Have you ever reread a book?
I have reread several books and I've reread some books several times. The Pushcart War being a point in case.

5. What is a TV show that you absolutely HATE to miss?
Doctor Who!

6. How old do you wish you were?
I'm fine with my age. I just don't want to get much older. :)

7. Do you know your neighbors?
The children, they come over an average of 10 times a day asking to play with my younger siblings.

8. Do you believe that opposites attract?
In some aspects, but if you are too far apart on too many important issues...

9. Who was the last person that made you laugh?
Crankshaw. :) I'm glad I called her.

Friday, June 17, 2011

1. One of my favorite birthday presents was Broadway tickets.

2. I cried the whole session, it was as simple as that.

3. The moon looked like a friend but I couldn't get to sleep.

4. Memory includes pain and laughter.

5. I was tempted by confession.

6. Horseback riding, shopping, and sight-seeing are some of the things I like to do on vacation.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the usual, tomorrow my plans include nothing much and Sunday, I want to dream!

Friday Fill-Ins

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thirteen Words I Had To Look Up This Week

As an English person, I very much enjoyed someone's list from last week of 13 words that are no longer in common usage. When I got a smartphone for my birthday this week one of the first apps I downloaded was a Dictionary. Yes, I'm one of those geeks who had a pocket dictionary and then an electronic dictionary. Well without further ado, here are 13 words I had to look up this week. (Most from reading John Stuart Mill's Autobiography)

1. Obloquy - noun censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing esp. by numerous persons or by the general public

2. Palliate - verb to relieve or lesson without curing; mitigate; alleviate

3. Cottiers - noun A rural worker; a laborer on a farm or in a small village

4. Redaction - verb to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit

5. Excogitate - verb to think out; devise; invent

6. Jejune - adj without interest or significance; dull; insipid

7. Macadam - noun the broken stone used in making a road or pavement

8. Goosed - noun slang. a poke between the buttocks to startle

9. Amanuensis - noun a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary

10. Tyro - noun a beginner in learning anything; novice

11. Umbrageous - adj creating or providing shade; shady

12. Creche - noun a small or large mounted representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem, as is displayed in homes or erected for exhibition in a community at Christmas

13. Bruin - noun a bear, esp. a European brown bear

Thursday 13

Thursday, June 9, 2011

1. I remember when I first heard Elizabeth Sladen died, I'm still sad.

2.Glitter  showering down is a huge mess.

3. Most humans strike me as hypocrites.

4. This is the song that doesn't end --- sound familiar?

5. I was inspired by my fellow patients in IOP.

6.My brain is who knows where!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to celebrating my birthday, tomorrow my plans include a pool party and Sunday, I want to relax after the festivities!

13 Of My Favorite Poems

1. Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens
I took a class in college where we studied ten different poems the whole semester so we went pretty in-depth. This as well as the next two were from that class. It makes a lot of difference once you've dissected the piece and really understand it as well as you can. The lovely idea in this poem that heaven is basically earth because what is the greatness in unchanging bliss if there is no death to compare it to is a supremely interesting notion. Favorite Line: Death is the mother of beauty, mystical

2. For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell
A mixture of history and in a nut-shell. I'm so excited to be moving to Boston so I can actually see the Boston Commons and the monument for myself. :)
Favorite Line: Once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass

3. Directive by Robert Frost
A return to simplicity and nature.
Favorite Line: And if you're lost enough to find yourself

4. If by Rudyard Kipling
I memorized this poem for extra credit in sixth grade and can still recite most of it without looking. It is full of wonderful advice.
Favorite Line: If you can dream and not make dreams your master

5. If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking by Emily Dickinson
A short by wonderful poem.
Favorite Line: I shall not live in vain

6. A Linnet In A Gilded Cage by Christian Rossetti
There is good in every situation, sometimes you just have to look a little bit harder.
Favorite Line: All of them :)

7. The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes
A more popular poem, it's a beautiful story.
Favorite Line: The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas

8. Dreams by Langston Hughes
I wrote this poem inside the door of my dress cabinet in middle school....probably not the best thing for furniture but its lovely and encouraging
Favorite Line: All of them

9. He Who Wishes For the Clothes of Heaven by W.B. Yeats
I had this one taped to my mirror. Yes, I was a dreamy romantic Anne of Green Gables type of child.
Favorite Line: But I being poor, have only my dreams

10. In Memoriam by Lord Alfred Tennyson
This one is really more of a book than a poem.
One of my favorite passages is section seven when Tennyson hesitates in front of Hallam's front door.

Dark house, by which once more I stand
         Here in the long unlovely street,
         Doors, where my heart was used to beat
So quickly, waiting for a hand,

A hand that can be clasp'd no more—
         Behold me, for I cannot sleep,
         And like a guilty thing I creep
At earliest morning to the door.

He is not here; but far away
         The noise of life begins again,
         And ghastly thro' the drizzling rain
On the bald street breaks the blank day. 
11. Portia's Speech from The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

 A classic of course. I once recited this for a theater class in high school
Favorite Line: It droppeth as gentle rain from heaven

12. In Memory of W.B. Yeats by W.H. Auden
Auden struggles with his impressions of Yeats as well as the purpose of his own calling as a poet.
Favorite Line: You were silly like us, you're gift survived it all

13. When I Was One-and-Twenty by A.E. Houseman
Tomorrow I turn twenty-three and "tis true, tis true" :)

Thursday 13

Friday, June 3, 2011

1. Hey! I actually worked this week.

2. I wish my corn on the cob had a kernel of truth.

3. Eat rice pudding, it's good.

4. My sister Jenna is in the middle.

5. First thing to note: Our potatoes in the pantry have grown spuds.

6. Friday Fill-ins are a great distraction.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to next week because it's my birthday, tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to read!

Friday Fill-Ins

Thursday, June 2, 2011

13 Reasons I'm Excited for Boston

Ok, after my kind of depressing list of reasons why I'm worried about grad is 13 reasons why I am uber excited!

1. Boston - Grad school is cool in and by itself but to be able to go to school in such a lovely city with so much history. Not to mention all the libraries!
2. New People - In the year I have lived in Texas I really haven't made any close friends who I feel like I really relate to. I am glad to have new faces. A lot of new faces since this is such a small town here. Simmons is within walking distance of 15 other colleges...I'm not too old to date a college guy. :)
3. Intellectual Work/Conversation - Yes, I am a nerd. I enjoy all those philosophical discussions and I can't wait to do something with my mind. The past year of sitting here unemployed has been nerve-wrackingly boring
4. Step Towards Career - This is the next step in being able to get the type of job I want. It feels good to be accomplishing something
5. Independence - I lived on my own for tow years and then moved back in with my parents and four younger siblings. I love them but it was a very hard adjustment. I cannot wait to have my own place again and not have to feel like I'm intruding on anyone or keeping anyone up. And just not have to answer the question, "where are you going? can i come?" Lol
6. Break From Family - There can just be too much drama sometimes
7. Weather - I miss autumn! I miss snow! I miss wearing long sleeves and scarves! I MISS THUNDERSTORMS!
8. Familiar Places - There are so many restaurants/stores that exist on the east coast but not down here. Dunkin' Donuts here I come!
9. Library - I read somewhere that Boston has more libraries than any other region and as a grad student in the MLS program I not only will be able to use libraries that actually have books (thank god) but also will be interning.
10. More Job Opportunities - Yay! There will be a larger number of jobs available overall but also more in the professional/educational realm that I would much prefer to work in
11. Fresh Start - I don't know anyone in Boston. I can reinvent myself and make new impressions.
12. Diversity - There is not much cultural diversity here...
13. Exercise - I will be walking around campus....ok, so its not a lot of exercise but its more than I'm getting now lol

Thursday 13

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

It's my birthday next week! I turn 23, yikes! 10 cakes I wouldn't mind having....

Wordless Wednesday