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Killing my internet addiction – 100th Post!!

April 13, 2009

It strikes me as more than a little amusing that my 100th post (whoo, I have reached my unstated goal of writing 100 posts in a year!) is on the topic of spending less time on the internet. Anyway, on with the post.

My fiance used to pout in the evenings and say things like “The internet ate my girlfriend!” I don’t know how serious he was, but it seemed like the sort of thing to pay attention to.

I think we’ve resolved the problem. Part of the solution. . . no, let’s be honest. ALL of the solution, should be credited to Google Reader. I can now put almost every website, blog, comic, etc that I am interested in into my Google Reader, and then I only have to go to one place when I want to go “internetting”. I open Gmail, see what’s there, and pop over to Reader.  I faithfully keep up with everything in my Reader, usually 50ish posts a day. This takes an hour or two, and there’s no excuse to just wander around the internet afterward. I’m done. (Unless, of course, I’m looking for something NEW to add to my Reader.)

My favorites right now are as follows:

  • Courtney – Nashville, music, fun (what else do you need?)
  • Your Wishcake – always looking cute, making creative things, taking pictures that I wish I took (and which I strive to emulate)
  • XKCD – intelligent comedy
  • Not Always Right – oh, dumb people
  • A Practical Wedding – pretty damned handy for one of the most practical brides out there

I’m also about to graduate and start my Master’s (I got in! Whoo!) so things have been a bit busy. I expect a lighter load come summer, but I do have a rather massive summer project:

A book. (OOOH! AAAHH! Shock! Sputter!)

For those of you who might not know, I’m bad at writing books. I’m bad at them because I never really get started. I like to write things in the course of one session, usually no longer than an afternoon, and then be done. But I’ve always wanted to write a book, and I am determined to do so this summer. Usually my book-writing progress stalls somewhere after I start making lists of characters, timelines of events, cool themes to introduce, and so forth. I’m thinking of stealing a plot, or at least an opening conflict, from a plot generator, and just writing. This seems a smarter method of going about things. If I don’t worry so much about whether the book is good, or what it says, etc, maybe I’ll do better. That’s the plan. Pick a preformulated plot and just write. It doesn’t much matter if it’s good, because the second book can be good, and I’ll never get to the second book if I don’t write the first one. Maybe I’ll post chapters here. Who knows.

Suggestions for plot, setting, characters, title, length? Comment away!

Upcoming posts:

  • Application to be Erin’s Best Friend (stolen from Courtney)
  • Recent Photography
  • Now that you’re a college graduate. . . .

Oh, and one last thing. In celebration of my 100th post, I will choose one commenter  and mail them something from my apartment. What, you ask? Well, that depends on what sort of person wins. It could be a handful of plastic army men, a madonna CD, a postsecret book, or any number of other things. So, comment away. Be as entertaining as possible. Enter as many times as you want. I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday. Ready? GO!

Where I’m spending my week

March 30, 2009

I’ll be half-babysitting this week for two very special ladies. They’re 16 months and 3, and they belong to a cousin of mine. My mother is fostering them, and as she’s in Mexico this week (thankfully not northern Mexico, though I have a cousin visiting there right now) I get to help babysit them. I’m crazy excited.

I fell completely in love with these girls the first time that I met them. I’m sad whenever I leave them, and I love walking into the room and seeing their little eyes light up to see me. The younger one is slowly starting to talk (she’s a little behind). Her favorite game is to walk up to me and hand me something. I tell her the name of the thing and then pass it back. After a bit of practice, I now get “baaaa” when I hand her a ball. She also honks her nose when I come see her, something that I taught her the second time I saw her.

I could go on for hours, but let’s just say that I’m very excited.

I’m even plannng a mini-roadtrip for the older one on Thursday. I want to take her with me to Bardstown to help me finish the pirate ship treehouse with my fiance’s cousin. We just spent the weekend in Tennessee visiting him, and he’ll be at his parents house this weekend, which makes for a perfect day out.

Despite my excitement, I really need to make a geology study guide.

Ta-ta, loves.

And the award for blog post irony goes to . . .

March 25, 2009

Yes, I am aware that I am using the popular, but not standard version of irony. I am against using the wrong definitions of things, but honestly I think the new definition makes more sense and is easier to apply.

In other news, I don’t have many female friends. Because of this, I talk things over with my male friends, one of whom is currently a bit too busy to talk, and the other of whom wants to keep discussion light.

I’m a little teapot, overflowing.

Feeling Very Private

March 24, 2009

I’ve interviewed for graduate school (I should know in the next week or so how it went).

I’m happy with my fiance.

I’ll have a new roommate, or roommates, soon.

The semester is almost over. I need a summer job.

I’m not getting much done.

Mostly I just want to be at home. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to surf the interwebs. I think I’m tired.

Love to all those I’m ignoring.

Erin

What comes before Part B?

March 18, 2009

If you don’t know, ask someone.  Last Friday night, to celebrate the opening of Spring Break, one of my friends threw a cocktail party. The idea was for each guest to bring the ingredients for their favorite cocktail. Everyone could then take sips of each others’ drinks and trade recipes. It was a great success, and the drink that I sort-of-invented (it’s just a variation of another drink) was a HUGE success.  Mostly with me. We named it the Antifreeze because that’s what it looks like. I apologize for the lack of exact measurements, but here’s the basic recipe should you wish to try it.

  • 1 part Hpnotiq (blue, fruity, amazing, mildly expensive)
  • 2 parts vodka (any brand, but flavored didn’t work well)
  • 3, or 4, or 5 parts Mountain Dew (depending on how much you like to taste the alcohol)
  • Splash of pineapple juice (clouds the drink, which makes for a great color)

It was smooth, tasty, fruity, and not very alcoholic-tasting. Perfect for girls who don’t much care for alcohol and who are also responsible. I can see it being a little dangerous since it tastes amazing and not much like alcohol, but goodness it is amazing. Mmmm, Antifreeze.

I always see alternative states (alcohol, exhaustion, caffeine) as an opportunity for art, especially writing and photography.  It seems as though a moment in which I am not seeing the world in the usual way should result in art that is more interesting or important than the usual. It sometimes works.

I don’t want to imply that I over-imbibed in an way, but it was certainly an interesting evening. I had a couple of drinks over the course of a couple of hours and then I migrated to a couch. Once I got there, I mostly stayed put (with the exception of multiple trips to the bathroom, where I took the obligatory photos of myself. This is becoming a habit.)

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For the rest of the evening, I hung out on the couch. People came and went. I took their pictures. People handed me things (girl scout cookies, cards, glasses) and I held them or consumed them. Occasionally there was a short fit of giggles. I felt like I was holding court there on my couch in my red cocktail dress.  Nothing existed outside of my couch. I didn’t pay any attention to what was happening outside my little bubble, and I actually barely saw my fiance the whole night. I felt like I was in the midst of an “oh, look how much fun she has” montage in a movie about a slightly irresponsible but lovable 20something.  This was unusual since I am both shy and very responsible. My night on the couch was great, actually. I’d share more photos with you, but as the shy responsible one, I’m always leery of discussing/posting pictures of parties. I don’t want to offend anyone or post something that will come back to hurt someone later. It wasn’t a real wild party, but still. Despite all that, I offer the following photo.  That’s one of my good friends in the photo. Beyond that, I can’t begin to explain what is happening here. Hiding from lions, maybe?

I then spent a few days visiting my father and my grandparents (it’s their 53rd wedding anniversary today), and now I’m home for a day or two. After that, I get to help build a treehouse. I’m enjoying Spring Break despite the lack of tequila, sand, and half-naked people.

Drink responsibly, people. Oh, and post your best (or worst) Spring Break story in the comments.

I’m totally with it

March 10, 2009
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I am! I made myself a weekly to-do list last week. It scheduled the two or three hours that I have available to me every evening, letting me know when to exercise (yes, I’m adding in exercise), when to write, when to clean up, etc.

I haven’t followed it much.

Despite this, I’ve done a lot of stuff. I’ve been cleaning. I bought a rug. Took some pictures. Did some prep work. I’ve done laundry, gone for a run, organized the top of my dresser (after almost 8 months here).

I’m with it. I’ve got this life thing down. This is good. And just think, next week is spring break!

Of course, I almost slapped someone today. You see, I can’t stand stupidity and bull-headedness. And here sits this student, in my tutoring session, telling me that he can’t afford to purchase the book for his class. The tests are 90% book, 10% lecture. The professor doesn’t lecture on the material from the book. Therefore, without the book, he will fail. Yet he won’t buy the book. It only costs $40, and he could get a used copy for half that. He’s going to fail the class because of it. Well, that and because he won’t do the homework. They have to watch/read an hour of news a week and then write something about it. He won’t do it. Says he “doesn’t watch news” and therefore can’t do the assignment (20% of his grade).

Argh. I will slap you, dude. I will.

Recent Photography

March 3, 2009

I very rarely put any of my photography on here, and I’m feeling in the mood to show off. I’m also not in the mood to write, as I am in week two of my cold, so here you go: