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Yeah, so I'm done. With college. Entirely. That's slightly terrifying and very elating and a little sad. You know, all that bittersweet crap they're always talking about. It doesn't really apply so much to me since I'm doing a Masters' next year here at Clark. Yeah, 5th year program. You're awesome since I don't have to have a life plan till NEXT year. :)

Now comes the part when I panic because I have so much free time. Today I came up with a list of potential hobbies to keep me busy. (Yes, I actually did this, it's on the paper next to me - strikethroughs and notes and all.)

Potential Hobbies:

Cleaning (No use, you have roommates.)

Jogging (You don't own a sports bra.)

Downloading illegal TV + movies (Computer gets angry when you download too much.)

Photography (Feels too much like work.)

Making playlists (Pointless, will never listen to them.)

Learn to play the guitar (Don't have a guitar.)

Arrange songs for a cappella (You suck at this.)

And that's all I have so far. Any other suggestions? I'm likely to go crazy after about 3 days of doing nothing. Luckily I only have about a weeks before I have to start working, so then I will just scale my hobby back, since I'm probably going to have a lot more free time during the summer than I did during the year. That is my life plan. I guess I could forgo the hobby and study for the GREs, but... who wants to do that? :)
I often forget I even have a last.fm account. When I looked this up I found I had a months-old friend request from my BROTHER. (Clearly I friended him back.) Anyway, here's the top 10 artists, songs and albums I listened to in 2008, because it's fun. :) Luckily you can forget all about last.fm, but it keeps on recording what you listen to.

1. Rilo Kiley - 564 plays
2. Missy Higgins - 563 plays (no.s 1 and 2 were so insanely close that I had to post the count!! The others reduce pretty asymptotically...)
3. Brandi Carlile
4. The Weepies
5. Rufus Wainwright
6. Tegan and Sara
7. Scissor Sisters
8. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
9. Jim Sturgess (meaning the Across the Universe soundtrack)
10. Ingrid Michaelson

(abbreviated in that if an artist was repeated I skipped to the next new artist... otherwise it would basically be only Rilo Kiley and Missy Higgins!)
1. 15 by Rilo Kiley
2. Your Rocky Spine by the Great Lake Swimmers
3. Good Times Gonna Come - Aqualung
4. Take it From Me - the Weepies
5. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
6. Sugarcane - Missy Higgins
7. Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs
8. Ashes on Your Eyes - Deb Talan
9. All My Loving - Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe)
10. Islands - Creeper

1. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
2. Missy Higgins - On A Clear Night
3. The Weepies - Say I Am You
4. Missy Higgins - The Sound of White
5. Brandi Carlile - The Story
6. Ingrid Michaelson - Boys and Girls
7. Lily Allen - Alright, Still
8. Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah
9. Manu Chau - Clandestino
10. Brandi Carlile - Brandi Carlile
1. Put Your iTunes/Windows Media Player/ETC on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Put this on your journal.

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And now back to finals. Gah.
So, just like everyone else, I'm insanely happy Obama won. Of course I wish prop 8 hadn't passed, but I have faith in Cali's supreme court. The Counterpoints fall concert was last night, I had a MASSIVE party in my apartment and somehow University Police did NOT show up! Woo! We went through three 30-racks and could have drunk a 4th. Bad math on my part as for how much booze to buy for three guest a cappella groups as well as ourselves...

Classes are ok, I can't wait for Biochem to be over (it's not actually that terrible, I'm capable of doing well, but it's getting so difficult to motivate myself in that class - case in point the lab writeup I should be doing right now) but I'm loving Genomics. I'm planning to do something with the Genomics I'm learning for my Master's next year. I'm totally burnt out on photo - I can't make myself shoot, I can't make myself print, all I enjoy is the photoshopping and even that is very formulaic and zombie-like at this point. Next semester I'm TAing an advanced digital class instead of taking photo, and I think that'll be a lot better for me, and more useful since I'm probably going to end up teaching (even if it's biology and not photography.) I'm also researching Ph. D. programs, which is scary but thrilling, and way more time-consuming than I thought it'd be.

I wish I had more time to post, and keep in better contact with all you guys. Or to do anything, really. I'm so engrossed in Counterpoints and completing my pilot study for my Master's research and being in charge of STIR that I'm left with so little free time that I barely get to sleep most weeks. It's weird, I keep telling myself "next year will be better" but that's never actually panned out... I guess this time next year might actually be different, since I won't be allowed to be in charge of STIR or Counterpoints (woo being a grad student!), and I'll only be functionally taking one or two classes a semester, although of course there is the small task of completing a Master's thesis. The hilarious thing is, that doesn't actually sound that hard at this point.
So I can't take the classes I want to cause the one that I needed isn't being offered. DAMN YOU, EARTH TRANSFORMED!!! So I'm taking other things instead:

1. Genetics and Disease (VERY excited for this!)
2. Biochemistry 1 (NOT EXCITED FOR THIS)
3. Photography Projects (same 'ol, same 'ol)
4. Directed Study in Biology (also same 'ol, same 'ol)

Not what I was hoping for. Especially in terms of Biochem... but supposedly it'll look good for grad schools. *sigh*

Also this damn STIR magazine is driving me INSANE. The editor-in-Chief has actually gone insane, she's insanely stressed etc. which I can sympathize with, it sucks, but it's also causing her to unfortunately be not at all helpful or responsible etc. Ugh. Sooo for anyone who wants a sneak peak, the mag is indeed uploaded to Lulu, and can be found here: http://www.lulu.com/content/2364809 - hope y'all download it and enjoy, it's the reason I haven't done homework in the past like... year. Yeah. I did all the layout and some of the photography, but I can't speak for the writing - to be honest I haven't read most of it yet. Whoops! But even if it's absolute pants I know the photography is nice. And of course the layout is SUPERB (aka I've never taken a graphic design course, so really all we can hope for is that it's not atrocious), which was entirely produced right here on my laptop. Anyway, I'm glad it's DONE.

Ok. Now I have to go to a lab meeting... maybe I'll remember to post again soon!
91% Dennis Kucinich
89% Mike Gravel
83% Barack Obama
80% Bill Richardson
79% John Edwards
77% Chris Dodd
77% Hillary Clinton
76% Joe Biden
36% Rudy Giuliani
28% Ron Paul
28% John McCain
24% Mitt Romney
21% Mike Huckabee
15% Tom Tancredo
12% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Not that I didn't know that already. Kucinich is such an adorable little man. I may as well vote for him in the primaries... course I have to remember to send away for that absentee ballot, I meant to while I was home for break. Whoops!
OH NO. I just realized I left milk in my fridge at school. Damnit. I guess I'll just have to remember to dispose of it posthaste and without opening it when I go back in a month. Ugh. How disgusting.

In other news, I am home for the holidays! At the moment I am sitting on the family room couch, next to Georgia with Sam on her other side. Georgia's watching PBS and Sam and I are both on our laptops. The three other kids aren't due home till 3pm, so we have a little bit of semi-calm till then. When my mom gets back from her meeting with the Bishop (lol, I forget how hilarious that sounds till I write it down) we're going Christmas shopping, since I have nothing for anyone. I'm buying for Amelia - we always do an exchange among the kids, cause it's better to get one big thing than five small things. This year the chain goes Me->Amelia->Georgia->Lydia->Tony->Sam->Me. We're also probably getting the tree tomorrow. Ahh, Christmas. Definitely my favorite holiday.

Other than that there's really nothing new. Grades aren't out yet, but I'm not too terribly worried. Or at least, I waver between being totally nonchalant to being mildly panicky, but I usually am able to remain nonchalant for most of the time, and that's all I really need. Next semester should be fun. I don't think I ever posted about it, but I'm going to be taking Biology of the Brain, Photography Projects, Introduction to Printmaking and a directed study with my biology adviser. That last one should definitely be fun anyway, since I can do whatever I want, whenever I want! So long as I get whatever project I decide to do done, obviously. And spectacularly, with only my other three classes I don't have class on Monday or Wednesday. Crazy, right?? I'll definitely have to schedule some things on those days, directed study things or work but... still. I only have three days of class a week?? Insane! And only one class on Friday. Granted, Tuesdays will suck with two three-hour classes - one from 9-11:50am and one from 6:30-9:30pm, plus a 2:50-4:05 class right between them, but I'll live. I like being busy, which is good considering I'm doing STIR magazine again, which took up SO MUCH TIME it's not even funny. Also, I think I never posted the link to STIR magazine for you all - so here it is. My baby! STIR magazine. You should all download it, since it's the reason that I didn't do ANY WORK AT ALL last semester. As in none. I'm the new layout and design editor, since the old one (Diana Levine, who actually invented STIR) graduated last year. Aka I taught myself InDesign and laid out the entire thing! It was very exciting. And time-consuming. It looks awesome in print though, and I'm really happy with it. Especially as I've never taken a single class in graphic design! Which is probably WHY it was so time consuming, huh. Experience is definitely not overrated. :)

And now after that ridiculous stream-of-consciousness-masquerading-as-an-LJ-post block of text, (you should all be glad I was so busy this year so I didn't subject you all to this more regularly!) I'll bid you adieu. Happy holidays everyone!

edit: I just found the most amazing piece of freeware for anyone with a mac who, like me, wanted Leopard mostly for Spaces. Here's a program that lets you have Virtual Desktops while running 10.3 or 10.4! It's AWESOME. http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/
1-Elaborate on your default icon.
Flight of the Conchords! While I do still love them, this kind of signifies just how busy I've been - I haven't been quite as obsessed with them since this summer/end of last year, but I just haven't had time to change my default icon since then. In fact, I didn't even remember what it WAS till I actually saw it. Whoops!

2-What's your current relationship status?
Single... FOREVER it seems, haha.

3-Ever have a near-death experience?
Riding in the car with Jignasha driving in Alaska. No, it really was.

4-Name an obvious quality you have.

5-What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse

6-Any celeb you would marry?
Probably not if it came down to it, but I'd seriously think about it if Jake Gyllenhaal somehow asked me to marry him - for some reason I think we'd actually be kind of compatible. It seems like he's silly but serious about the right stuff and has a good sense of humor.

7-Who will cut and paste this first?
Whoever is the most bored or really wants to procrastinate!

8-Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Yeah, occasionally, I get a few people. Um, Drew Barrymore a lot, and one other who I can't remember. I think it's a load of crock though.

9-Do you wear a watch? What kind?
Nope, I use my cell. I do have a watch, it was made by my great-grandfather but I don't have a watchband for it. As soon as I get one I think I'll start to wear it regularly, it's really cool. It has "Garland," a family name, inscribed in it and it's so old that you have to wind it. :)

10-Do you have anything pierced?
Each ear once.

11-Do you have any tattoos?
Nope. I'm afraid of doing things to my body that can't be undone.

12-Do you like pain?
I don't like it, but I don't usually mind it either. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain.

13-Do you like to shop?
Yes! More than is probably healthy but less than many.

14-What was the last thing you paid for with cash?

15-What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
...Probably also coffee.

16-Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

17-What is on your desktop background?
A flat snowy landscape with a road, I can't remember where I found it.

18-What is the background on your cell phone?
Blue sky and bubbles with my "top five." What a ridiculous cell phone plan. The main bubble is my little brother Tony making an adorable face.

19-Do you like redheads?
Like it's a sickness. Seriously, it's getting creepy.

20-Do you know any twins?
Yes! Some of them are my best friendssss. (Hi Beth and Kate!!!)

21-Do you have any weird relatives?
The real question is, do I have any normal relatives? Remember, my mother is a priest who adopts little children with medical problems. The rest aren't that much more normal.

22-What was the last movie you watched?
Cashback. It starred Sean Biggerstaff! Yay Oliver Wood!

23-What was the last book you read?
Oh, lord. I can't even remember. I'm currently halfway through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the second time, but I haven't "been reading" an actual book since this summer... the only one I can remember that I definitely read this summer (other than Deathly Hallows, of course) is "Interview With a Vampire."

24-Is there such a thing as love at first sight, or it is more likely to be "lust at first sight"?
In my experience, there's no such thing as love at first sight, but I guess I can't really rule it out.

25- What's your favorite book?
The Harry Potter series. Gahd I'm so stereotypical.

26-When was the last time you visited the street where you first lived?
God, probably not since I moved out of it, actually. I was only there for a month.

27-When was the last time you googled your own name?
Hahaha, a couple of days ago as sort of a joke/out of boredom, and I was astounded that I actually was the first few results! They're my lab site, my blog (my photo blog, not this one) and also STIR magazine. Exciting!

28-What was/is your favourite subject at school?
Biology and Art - always my favorites.

29-What was/is your least favourite subject at school?
Math. UGH. I was never particularly fond of history or English either though, especially during poetry units.

30-Do you like having your photograph taken?

31-What time were you born?
12:11am. They crossed out the 9th on my birth certificate and changed it to 10.

32-Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
Not seriously, no.

33-How many phone numbers do you have remembered and can say off the top of your head?
Gosh, not all that many but probably close to ten if I really wracked my brain. They'd all be from childhood though, like all my friends from middle school's home numbers.

34-Can you Limbo?

35-Have you ever killed your own dinner?
Yes if you count plants, but I've never killed an animal and then eaten it. I've eaten deer that friends and family members have killed though, and it's always quite delicious. I much prefer eating wild animals, actually, because I think they've had far better lives than animals raised for the purpose of slaughter.

36-How long have you been living at your current residence?
I've actually been living in Dana Hall for almost 3 years (GAH!). This particular room just since September, though. And my house at home I've been "living in" since I was 12 - albeit less these past 3 years obviously.

37-What phobias do you have?
I'm quite scared of the dark, but not to the phobia extent.

38-What's your ideal breakfast?
Either an omelet with spinach and bacon or a scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar sandwich on some kind of toast. A good addition to that would be yogurt with cocoa puffs in it. And to drink, skim milk and also coffee. Of course I'd never finish all of that.

39-Where are you right now?
Um... in class. I'm officially a bad person. I just hate art history, and it's a big seminar so... it's not like my professor will know I'm not taking notes. It's not like I really need to know know anything about Post-Impressionism anyway.

40-Why do you blog?
To keep in touch! In a more detailed way than Facebook. And because LJ has some fun communities that I greatly enjoy.

41-What would you call your autobiography?
Haha, I always joke I'd call it "Asian Invasion." :)

42-What's the longest time you've stayed out of the country/where?
Not long, just Canada for no more than a week at a time.

43-Do you use ICQ, AOL Buddy list etc..?
AIM, but I use Adium as my client. It's a great program.

44-Do you have nightmares frequently?
Only if I nap... I almost always have nightmares if I sleep during the day. Weird, huh? It's a good nap deterrent, though, actually.

45-If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
It depends on which other person I was! I'd say yes, haha. I'm fun.

46-Which TV character could you be friends with?
Even though he got crushed by a helicopter, I think I would have liked Dr. Romano from ER. Even though he's a dick. I respond to that by also being a dick, and I think we'd fight bitterly but both be heartily amused by our bickering. Also I'd be friends with Alice from the L Word but she'd be one of those friends that drives me crazy but I love anyway. I's also definitely be friends with the Doctor from Doctor Who (especially Ten because of his wacky sense of humor) because I'd LOVE to go on adventures with him and I always have a cool head in a crisis, which would come in handy when we were threatened by Daleks or Cybermen.

47- What's on your mouse pad?
The Allendale Columbia logo, haha, they sent me a mouse pad one year in the little holiday package thing and I still use it because if you have one, why buy a new one? Especially if it was free. Besides, the birches are pretty.

48- What is your ring tone?
"Everything's Just Wonderful" by Lily Allen.

49. What did you watch on TV last night?
Queer As Folk on DVD, I don't watch much actual TV, like, on the television. Except for Project Runway, which is tonight. Yay! (ALSO on that note, Andrae from Season Two is COMING TO CLARK! I WILL GET TO SEE HIM! I don't even know what he'll speak about, but I honestly don't care. It's my life's ambition to photograph him for STIR.)

50. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings, I don't like scary movies! They... scare me.
So I still suck at updating regularly. Boo. My life is ridiculously hectic.

Oh, and can we please vote on what I should be for Halloween? The only stipulation is that I want to wear my aaawesome red wig. It's long and curly if that makes any difference?

Poll #1072721 Halloween Costume Options!

Which would be the most awesome?

Mary Jane Watson
Jessica Rabbit
Ginny Weasley
Jean Grey
Poison Ivy

Any other redheads you can think of?

Hmm. I just don't know! So many options... (I think I have a thing for redheads. And by think, I mean... know. *Cough*)

ALSO in other news, pensierobello (Miriam!) visited me as she's on her huge North America tour and we had an awesome time even though I was SO BUSY and basically never got to see her (as I rarely get to see my friends that LIVE HERE) and she also had to leave before we'd planned due to the insanity of university rules. Alas. At least we got to see each other, which was pretty sweet.

Um, photo midterm tomorrow. Hopefully that goes well... I made a lot of prints. A LOT. In fact I think I can only show about half of them unless I want to completely terrify everyone. Seriously.

Oh, and anyone who knew immediately what my post subject is quoting is an awesome person and I love you. Not that I don't love you all, obvsly. :) Ok, sleep time!
I've been horribly neglecting my LJ alll summer, basically. And I used to be so good about updating it! So here's what's new with me, in short:

Watching small children all day is STRESSFUL. Especially when they refuse to get along with one another. I guess it's hard once there are so many of us... six kids, one house, it gets crowded. But luckily in the last few days I actually got to see several of my friends before the summer's end. Which is sadly VERY SOON.

Because I'm leaving for Clark on Saturday! Which actually doesn't make me sad at all, except I do wish I could bring about 20 people with me. I'm so excited for school to start up again. I have great classes this semester, I have a job TAing in the darkroom all lined up, and I have an AWESOME roomie, who happens to be siriusly_crazy, actually. And unlike my situation with last year's roommate I can see no sort of impending doom on our friendship. Always good when you're living in one room together!

Also, randomly, I'm IN LOVE with Flight of the Conchords, which is a band from New Zealand who now have a TV show on HBO of the same name. They're really more of a musical comedy duo than a band I guess, and they are also just... fucking hilarious. They burst into song during their show, which is already amazing and then with the addition of their songs becomes even better. It verges on pee-your-pants funny, honestly. You should all definitely youtube them, I haven't had them out of my head for at least a week. Plus they're adorable... see icon. Jermain's got the glasses, Bret's the... other one. Cuuute!
So I managed to make my way to Buffalo on Tuesday to go see Harry and the Potters playing at the local library, which was really awesome. I went because the younger Harry, whose name is actually Joe, goes to Clark, so I'm friends with him, and thought it'd be fun to go see another Clarkie over the summer. Ben was in town, so obviously I brought him. They were preceded by The Whomping Willows, who was just one guy with a guitar, and wowed the crowd with his surprisingly witty songs. One that particularly sticks out in my mind I actually managed to download, because I'm not sure I would have been able to go on without being able to listen to it whenever I want. So clearly, I've uploaded it for you all:

Draco and Harry Secretly Want To Make Out

It contains the brilliant lyric:
"Draco Malfoy, level with me
You used to be so enthralled with Pansy
Harry Potter, don’t be shy
You got no luck with women, so perhaps you need a guy
There’s nothing wrong with it
No, there’s nothing wrong with it
You can move to Massachusetts."

BEST. And it only gets better. Also there were Draco and the Malfoys, who were very evil and witty, just not quite as witty as the Whomping Willows. My favorite may have been one about loving "better" than Harry Potter, called "The Power of Love" which went:

"I can love stronger and better than you
‘Cause I love my mom
I love my dad, too
We all love Lord Voldemort
And we all hate you"

Pretty sweet. Then there were Harry and the Potters, who are are always fun, and jumped around insanely as they sang some awesome stuff from their millions of albums. My favorite favorite favorite part was when Joe was getting the crowd to repeat whatever he was yelling, and he first was yelling things like "LOVE!" and then went on to "ENERGY!" which clearly led quite logically to "ATP!!!" and "CITRIC ACID CYCLE!" and "ELECTRON TRANSPORT CHAIN!!!!" and it seriously made my life. I was so excited, like the science nerd that I am. Of course throughout the show there were tons of preteen girls screaming and singing along (they somehow knew all the words to every song by all three bands) and it was really loud. After the show Joe ran over to the side of the stage I was sitting on so I jumped up and hugged him and said "You were great!" which turned out to be a really bad plan because then he was instantly surrounded by those previously screaming preteen girls who all started demanding hugs and autographs. It was pretty cute, till you looked at the girls, who were half drooling and half just awkward. So then I sneaked away and bought a shirt for my little sister (it has a hungarian horntail on it) and after that I went back to try to say goodbye to Joe, which turned out to be rather difficult as he was still surrounded. It was so weird! I eventually made it though the crowd (aka went around back and tapped him on the shoulder) and we said goodbye and discovered we're living on total opposite sides of campus next year (alas!) and then went home. And downloaded "Draco and Harry Secretly Want To Make Out" immediately, because, well... you'll see when you listen to it.
Obviously, I finished. On the 21st, at maybe 7pm. Then I made this icon, because I just couldn't help it. :D OH WHAT A GLORIOUS BOOK!

And now...

SPOILERS!!!! Aka my fist rambley thoughts...Collapse )
So I'm still in Alaska obviously, and having lots of adventures. Or at least whacking a lot of fish! It's fun no matter what I'm doing, because I'm with fun people and I love lab work, and I'm finding out I'm not as atrocious at field work as I was expecting. Of course I'm busy almost 24/7 which is why I haven't been posting a lot... in fact right now I'm in the lab, and should probably be doing something. Alas. I have been pretty regularly updating that photo blog though, mostly because it takes less effort than LJ, although I still love LJ dearly! But if you want Alaska pictures, go see them there (http://annamazzarella.blogspot.com/) because they're pretty sweet. Or, you know. Sweetish. The last one's actually kind of gross... Sorry.

Last night we watched Blood Diamond, which was really really good. I was pleased with the plot, definitely, it wasn't too predictable, and while I was very sad about the fate that met Leo DiCaprio, in general the end was hopeful. Every time I see a movie or TV show about the situation in Africa I get so depressed and angry, yet I feel like I could never really do anything. Although I guess now I'll make sure any diamonds I get are conflict-free, but it seems like it'd be essentially impossible to tell legal ones from the illegal... luckily I doubt I'll be buying diamonds very soon.

But so I've actually been in a slightly in a bad mood lately, despite being in Alaska, although I'm trying to snap out of it. I think it's just because Fathers' Day is coming up soon, and everywhere I freaking look there's a Fathers' Day sale or an add for something to get your father for Fathers' Day etc. etc. In fact there's an add featuring Fathers' Day deals on HP stuff in the corner of my LJ posting screen right now. It gets annoying quickly. I just don't particularly like being reminded he's dead, that's all. It forces me to think about it, which I don't like to do. I prefer to BOTTLE my feelings! And it doesn't help that the people here keep talking at lengths about their own fathers. Or seem to anyway... honestly they probably don't really, and are only mentioning them casually, and it just seems like a lot to me because I take note of it. I guess after the 17th it'll be better.
So one of my photo professors, Frank Armstrong, has been telling me to start a photo blog for ages now, and I just finally got around to it. I emailed him a question about where to buy my new camera and ever since we've been emailing back and forth a lot, me sending him camera updates and eventually pictures, and him telling me how to convert from RAW and stuff. He's a big, lovable Texan with a gray ponytail and gruff exterior, but always brings cookies to class. So of course, when he told me to make a blog, I had to make a blog, and so if you want to look at my photos and ramblings about learning digital (because I'm trying my best!) you should totally go look at it. And if anyone else has a blogspot blog, you should tell me so I can friend you or something. Is that how it works? Or you can tell me how it works, because obviously I don't really know. Haha! Anyway, it's:


I figured just in case anyone actually likes my photography I should use my actual name so they can look me up or something, I don't know. It seemed like a good idea anyway. Hopefully no one uses it as a way to stalk me or something. But then again, there must be more that one Anna Mazzarella in the world. Facebook tells me there's one in Fort Lauderdale! Haha, I get off-topic so easily. In conclusion, love me. Love my photo blog. I'm sorry if it's boring. It'll be more exciting once I'm in Alaska!


In other news, my mom gets back tomorrow, so tonight we basically have to scour the entire house. I've just today realized after doing a sweep of the house that even though Charlie is back, he didn't do things like laundry or sweeping or cleaning, so I probably shouldn't have stopped doing that when he came back. So there's a week's worth of laundry in the laundry room and a week's worth of grit on the floor and a week's worth of food crusted onto the stove and counters. Lovely. I should do something about that so Mom doesn't come back and promptly have a heart attack. And on top of that, I haven't even thought about starting to pack for Alaska yet. I, um, should probably get on that considering I'm leaving on Sunday morning, and don't even know if I have everything I'm going to need. Ahhh!
Two lovely things have happened today.

1) MY REBEL ARRIVED. As soon as the battery is fully charged I will be taking pictures like there is no tomorrow. EEE! SO EXCITEDDD!

2) Hmm. I remember there were going to be two, but I'm too excited about my camera to remember the other one. Oops. So in conclusion, CAMERA! HERE! YES!!!

3) Oh, ok, I remember now. I switched to Firefox from Safari yesterday, and just got all my bookmarks squared away. Safari was getting really wonky on me, and I just can't have that in a web browser, so I went to Firefox, the web browser that never quits, even if I don't like the interface quiiiite as much as Safari's. A few small things were my only quibbles, like how there's just one little (x) to close tabs over on the right, and not one on each tab, so you can't close a non-active tab. And also when you type a web address into the address bar, you have to hit DOWN and enter and not just enter to go to the top hit. I'm a big fan of efficiency, obviously. But the fact that it's not freezing all the time is enough to make me very very happy about switching! So, new web browser, new camera, new lease on life!!! Or something. Augh, I'm so tempted to only let my battery half-charge before I shove it in the camera... would that really be so bad?
Loving the string of OMGWTFBBQ!!??!? posts re:tonight's episode of Lost. And can I just sayyy...?Collapse )

Charlie (my stepdad) is now back from China, as of eight this evening. I guess the new one, aka Georgia, likes him quite a bit and just cried and cried when he left, poor thing. She'll be along in a week with mom in any case, and I'll let you all know how it goes. On the plus side, it looks like she CAN walk! Always good. Only my mother would not only adopt three kids, but three special needs kids. Oy. But the little one's crazy leg issue seems to be better than we thought it'd be, and we don't have to ramp the house, which is VERY good news! I was not looking forward to building a ramp.

ALSO speaking of watching the kids for a week, they're all alive and the laundry is sort of caught up with and the floors are swept and the cats were fed almost every time I was supposed to feed them (little buggers) and only like half the dishes in the house were dirty when Charlie arrived. And they were ALL clean as of 11 this morning! That's quite a feat what with our dishwasher being broken and all. Washing dishes by hand is VILE, let me say. HOWEVER, for all these trials and tribulations, I am receiving a Canon Digital Rebel! AHHH! I am SO EXCITED! It's pretty much the sexiest camera ever. Mmmm, mmm. It should be getting here pretty soon, and definitely before I leave for Alaska, which is what I wanted it for anyway!

Tomorrow is Pirates of the Caribbean 3, which means that perhaps the second movie will finally actually make some damn sense. So now I am going to bed, because this morning I was woken up at 5am to change wet sheets and then woken again when the kids woke for the day at 6:30am. I've been so tempted to sleep deprive them just so they'd sleep for a bit longer!

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Ahahahaha! I LOVE THIS SONG! And I think anyone who's partied with me this year knows that this is exactly how I dance to it, also. Yep. :P
So, Release the Stars is out! I actually downloaded the leak a few weeks ago(eek! I'm so bad!) but it came out officially today and of course I already have plans to go out and buy a hard copy later today... because that's the kind of girl I am. I think it was actually kind of nice to just kind of listen to it for a few weeks, like a little Rufus-escape from the world or something. Over these few weeks the album had grown on me enormously. Here's my track-by-track review, for those of you who're interested, because I can't help but be horrifyingly a bit opinionated when it comes to Rufus. :D

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Sorry I've been so absent lately... I've just been so busy! Taking an extra class is kind of killing me a little bit, especially with Counterpoints and STIR and (till recently, thank goodness Spree Day was last week!) Spree Day committee and everything else I'm doing. I can't even remember, although I think there's more. As soon as finals are over and summer starts I'll probably be updating a whole lot more. I don't mean to neglect y'all! ♥

Speaking of the summer, I'm so excited for this damn movie. I hate how they pronounce dæmon though. Seriously, it's not demon, it's dÆmon! In the dutch translation they even changed dæmon to "daimon" because dæmon means demon in Dutch. But whatever. Movies are never as good as the books anyway... Of course this doesn't make me any less excited!

And unfortunately today I can't seem to make myself do any work. Perhaps because I'm slightly ill and can't concentrate when I can't breathe through my nose, and perhaps because I'm a bit underwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do before school's out. I have two art projects due Monday, and then one final on the 3rd and one paper due the 6th. Compared to most people that's not very much, so it makes me feel very lax about the whole situation. Of course, in reality, I probably shouldn't be so relaxed about it, given that today was the only real day I had free before Monday and neither of my two art projects is done yet... oops.
I'm officially going to be in Anchorage, Alaska from June 3rd to June 26th. My professor cc'ed me on the flight reservations she just booked, from Rochester to Anchorage and back again. EEE! I'm so excited it's not even funny. I might get to SNORKEL with a waterproof pad of paper to observe ze fishies. Otherwise I'll basically just be photographing everything I see while... researching. Maybe collecting some of ze fishies, too. Um, coolest ever? I think so.

Now the only issue is how will I get a job that will be ok with me leaving for an entire MONTH?? Ack. Anyone know someone who needs a nanny for May, July and August? I'm really good with kids!!! They could just go to sleep-away camp in June and it'd be perfect, I swear.

Also, I finally got an external hard drive! I was in dire need, with so little free space at one point that I literally wasn't permitted by my computer to use the burn tool on a picture I was editing in photoshop, nevermind actually saving it. I don't even know how that's possible. Anyway, it works perfectly and is ADORABLE. Look!Collapse )
I think I'm going to name him Herman. It just feels right. And now I have enough space for everything I've ever dreamed of! Like my photos! And movies and TV shows too, of course, because.... I can. Oh, Herman. He lights up my life with his adorableness and 300GB of storage.