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I'm a 32 year old mother of 2 fantastic little boys, ages 5 and 10. I'm a retail lackey who dreams of running away to San Francisco where I'll live on my trust fund and take photographs of the city all day.

Currently Reading

  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Movies You Should Check Out

  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Good Shepherd

Rocking My iPod This Week

  • Eminem
  • Hinder
  • The Fray

Categorically Speaking...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Where are All the People?

This is the worst part about being up all night - there is no one to talk to to! Here I am, exhausted as all get out, with now one to keep me entertained but myself! Perhaps you've noticed, but I'm a pretty boring person! LOL Can you imagine listening to me and no one else for 8 whole hours? It's torture! Trust me - I know! Someone please wake up and save me!!!

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming...

Well, it's official: This semester is going to totally suck! It's only the second day of classes, and I am already burnt out. My class schedule is as follows: Monday 8-12, Tuesday 10-4, Wednesday 9-12, Thursday 9-4, and Friday 9-12. I go straight from work to school so that I can find a parking spot within 78 miles of campus because when I tried to buy a Reserved Lot parking pass I was informed that there is a 3 year waiting list, so I just have your standard parking pass of which they sell over twice as many passes as there are spaces.

After the enchantment that is the parking situation at MSU, I settle in to classes which are as follows: Multicultural Education, History of America and the World Before 1865, Foundations of Educational Assessment, History of Gender in the U.S. and Canadian West, Mysteries of the Sky (a Physics/Astronomy class), History of the United States Since 1940, and World History. You know, easy classes. Sigh. Is my education over yet?

I'm sitting here at work, half asleep, which coincidentally is how I spent most of my classtime today as well. Something has got to give. And it's going to be me. I can't take any fewer classes at school without prolonging my student teaching/graduation. I can't not work because I need the money. Apparently, all I can give up is sleep and proper eating. Today I've had 4 hours of sleep and am running entirely on Red Bull and Power Bars. Go team! Oh well, perhaps this will help me lose even more weight. I've been entirely stoked to step on the scale and see that I have lost 11 pounds in the past 3 weeks!

So everyone raise your highly caffeinated beverages and energy bars because I would like to propose a toast: Here's to making it to Christmas alive!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Where's the "Real" Programming??

I hated reality tv. No, really. I resisted and resisted and resisted some more. After all, everyone knows that reality tv is rarely "real", right? I didn't even watch Survivor until 5 seasons or so had gone by. 2 seasons of American Idol went by before I tuned in "just to see that mean guy rip the losers apart during the auditions". Sigh. What happened to me? I now fill my television viewing time with (in no particular order): Survivor, American Idol, The Real World, Road Rules, Real World/Road Rules Challenges, Laguna Beach, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, Celebrity Fit Club, The Surreal Life, Tommy Lee Goes to College, Gene Simmons' Rock School, Iron Chef America, and Miami Ink. Sheesh. Whatever happened to the days of Friends and Law & Order? What happened to the "real" programming?

And don't even get me started on my soap operas.....

School Daze

So today was the first day of the new semester. It was one of the most depressing things I've done in quite awhile! I'm taking 20 units this semester, which (for those of you who don't know) is to f***in' much. That's in addition of course to working between 25 and 40 hours a week for my own personal dictator (if Hitler and Mussolini ever had a child it would be my boss, hands down) and being a mommy. Compounding the issues are the professors of my classes. Today I went to the first 4 of my 7 classes. One class is only worth 1 unit, but the teacher is teaching it as a 3 unit class - complete with a 3 unit workload. One teacher believes that for every unit a class is worth, a student should spend 3 hours outside class on homework - great...that's 12 hours of work. Yet another expects a 5 page research paper - EVERY two weeks. And finally, the government is sucking my time through a federally mandated class which is way to intense for a 2 unit class. Yes I am whining, and no I don't intend to suck it up and die quietly. Dylan Thomas (a wise, wise man) once said that we should "rage, rage against the dying of the light" and rage I shall. I can hardly wait to see what the 3 classes I have tomorrow bring. (Yeah, insert big, steaming pile of sarcasm here.)

PS - For those of you who were concerned about my missing friend - he has been found. My spidey sense was absolutely correct, and he was in the hospital. Nothing too serious, just a bad reaction to his medication. He's feeling better now, and I am way relieved to know that he is okay!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Cancer Curse

So many people tell me that astrology is crap, but I have to beg to differ! Horoscopes in magazines and such are crap (I'll give them that!), but astrology itself is a whole other ballgame. I am such the epitomy of a Cancer that it isn't even funny. We are emotional, loving, intuitive, imaginative, shrewd, cautious, protective, and sympathetic. On the other hand, though, we are changeable, moody, overemotional, touchy, clingy, and unable to let go. We also have to mother everyone and everything - we're the "martyrs" of the zodiac.

This is the part that I call the Cancer Curse. So much of how I feel about myself is directly tied into how well the people I care about are doing in their own lives. When things are not going well for them, I have to fix it for them. And if I can't fix it, you say? Fuhgeddaboutit. I won't rest until I have made whatever the problem is better. All too often this relentless pursuit of mine is at the expense of my own health and sanity because I can't make myself believe that I should put myself first.

For example, one of my good friends is currently MIA. He didn't come into work and no one knows where he is. Somewhere deep down I know that there is probably a perfectly rational explanation for this, but all I can picture is worst case scenarios. I have called every hospital within a 150 mile radius to make sure that something terrible hasn't happened to him. I've left messages EVERYWHERE. All the while I am worried sick and can't keep any food down.

Sigh. I love being a Cancer.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Old Friends

Why is it that we always lose track of the most wonderful friends? There are so many people that touched my life back in high school that I over the years I have sat and wondered, "What ever happened to..." Now 7 years later and thanks to, I have been able to find a handful of them again. But that isn't good enough for me. I kick myself for not taking the initiative to find them (or better yet - not have lost them in the first place) sooner. I've missed out on some profound experiences by selfishly thinking that people would just seek me out. If there is only one thing anyone will ever listen to me say, then I would like it to be this: hang on to the people you care about and don't let years go by without telling them how much they mean to you.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

MTV Reality Series

Sooo, I have a confession to make. When MTV first started to introduce "real" programming, I was pissed. Okay, more than pissed - I was one of those "give me my f***in' music videos back" people who signed the get the idea.

My DVR is set to record all episodes of 5 programs: The Young & The Restless, As the World Turns, Real World, Laguna Beach, and The 70s House. 3 of those are from MTV! How sad is that? Me, the one who abhorred the idea of MTV showing less videos and more "crappy" shows. Go figure. I actually bought the DVD box set of Laguna Beach Season 1. The day it came out. The minute Target opened. I'd get the Real World too, but they have only released 2 of the seasons: New York and Las Vegas. I want them all!