Month: November 2006

EDIT: ABC is NOT being pulled tomorrow. I went to the MediaCom web site and it said they got an extension, but that’s all it said. Also, I was lied to…if they were going to pull it, it would just be ABC and not the others, because it is just the company that owns the central Illinois ABC station. Thank God, I can watch BMW tonight!! Also, I saw a prairie dog/gopher/groundhog something outside in the pouring rain by itself. It was sad.

“I like my coffee like I like my men—ground up and in the freezer.” -Dr. Simons

So after today Charleston will no longer have the following stations: ABC, ABC Family, The Disney Channel, and the new CW. I don’t watch a lot of TV but almost everything I watch is on those channels. I’m very upset and I know a lot of other people are too. Now I REALLY want to go to CSUSB next school year, even if it’s only from January-June. I can’t believe they’re taking away my Boy Meets World. Grrrrrrrr.

Christy and Trish got busy today. It looks like Christmas threw up in here. However, we do have one banner that says “Happy Hanukkah.” They still have their Halloween stuff out so now they want to decorate for many other holidays. Which made me realise just how many holidays I am morally opposed to: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day. Did I mention that the school magazine has Kwanzaa on the calendar, but not Chanukah?

I decided it is time to put up my December buddy icon on AIM:

Today on the front page of the DEN there is an article titled “Snow Could Adversely Affect Road Conditions.” Wow.

I am no longer concerned about my GPA for grad school. I did some research and found out that even though your GPA and GRE score weigh a lot on getting into grad school, so do reccommendations, personal statement, and interview. I know I still have a year before I start applying, but for my personal statement I will just tell the truth: I just want to get into my field of interest. The classes I take in undergrad have nothing to do with that (except Crisis Intervention next semester, which I will hopefully get a really good grade in, just to show them I will do better once I am in my field of interest). This does not mean I am going to completely blow off school and not care about my GPA, I’m just not worried. I also heard that the GRE is not hard, as long as you study for analogies (?). So yeah.

Sara Ramirez was on Ellen today and it made me happy. I love Sara Ramirez. It was funny because Ellen asked her where she is from and I was like “MEXICO THEN SAN DIEGO!!” and then she said the same thing. I think I have a problem lol.


You Are 40% Nerdy


You’re a little nerdy, but no one would ever call you a nerd.

You sometimes get into nerdy things, but only after they’ve become a part of mainstream culture.

Just in case anybody happened to see on Facebook that I am in a relationship with Drew Eurek, I’m not. That was me getting back at him for being too stubborn to make his own Facebook and he made me do it for him. He said putting a relationship with a girl he’s not in a relationship with is a cock block. But I didn’t feel right about saying I was in a relationship with a guy I’m not, so I deleted it. I just didn’t want anyone to think I am in a relationship. I’m not.

“I like children when they’re cooked right.” -Dr. Simons

I tried a Peanut Butter Moo’d from Jamba Juice last week. There was wayyy too much chocolate in it, although the bananas did help to counter it a bit. If it weren’t for the chocolate I would probably get it again. I need to find a drink I like enough to get every time. Not that I go often when I am home. I heard a rumour there is a secret menu. I found a list of drinks online, but they don’t list ingredients.

While watching Grey’s Anatomy last week I noticed that Sara Ramirez is now credited under “Starring,” instead of “Guest Starring” in the opening credits. I guess I am stuck watching this show now. Dangit.

Before Thanksgiving my Mom, for some reason, decided to keep the pumpkin pie on top of the dryer. When I did laundry it didn’t even cross my mind to take the pie off, so I just let it run. When my Mom found out the next day she defintiely YELLED at me because now there was probably Botulism in the pie. Is she kidding? Is she stupid? She wasn’t kidding, she was serious. And crazy. I’m not stupid, you can’t get Botulism from leaving a pie on the dryer while it’s going. When I went to Epidemiology this morning I decided to ask Dr. Simons, even though I am certain you cannot get Botulism that way. I was right. She was just as surprised as I was that my Mom would say that. She told me to tell my Mom that half of my face is drooping and I have been drooling a lot and I think it might be paralysis. But I can’t tell my Mom that or else she might try to ‘energetically correct’ me. But it was a nice thought.

Oh we went to Kopps on Saturday. Man I love their custard. My Dad took us passed Miller Park and it is so beautiful. I would love to go see a Cubs game there sometime.

I need to find someone to come to the Museum of Science and Industry (which,according to Wikipedia, is one of the seven wonders of Chicago) this summer because they are going to have the coolest exhibit ever. This is what it says on their web site:

The “CSI:” Experience
May 25 – September 3, 2007
You’ve seen the award-winning television drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Now it’s your turn to play the role of crime scene investigator!
Journey through one of three crime scenes and begin to identify the evidence.
Match shell casings in a firearms lab
Hear from a forensic pathologist in a realistic autopsy room
See a victim’s blood tested in the toxicology lab
Learn about the advances in DNA profiling
Examine the role human judgment plays with the advancement in technology
Keep track of findings and results in your own CSI file. You’ll be guided by investigators from the television show along with their real-life counterparts as you formulate a hypothesis, examine scientific evidence and solve the crime!

That is amazing.

This from the DEN (Daily Eastern News):

Laptops a future requirement?
Jess Kinsella/Staff Reporter Issue date: 11/29/06 Section: News
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Eric Hiltner/The Daily Eastern News Brian Poulter, a representative for the technology resources subcommittee of the Academic Technology Advisory Committee, presents research to Faculty Senate about the possiblity of making it mandatory for all Eastern students to own laptops on Tuesday afternoon in Room 4440 of the Booth Library.

Laptops can be used as an efficient tool for technology and 65 percent of students coming to Eastern already own one before they enroll.

Brian Poulter and Doug Lawhead, both journalism professors, were asked by the Academic Technology Advisory Committee to research the use of laptops at Eastern and other universities.

One benefit would be that students could purchase their computers through the university for much cheaper, he said.

Poulter presented an example: A laptop that costs $1,200 is really worth $2,000 because of all the extra software the university would provide.

Jessica Eyer, a senate student representative, said she just bought a computer and has everything she needs on it for $700 to $800.

When Poulter asked his students about the requirement they agreed it was a good idea, but were concerned how they would pay for it, he said.

Students would have the option of having financial aid cover it if the university makes it a requirement, Poulter said.

A concern among faculty was the maintenance once all students had laptops.

Other universities colleges frequently have a hardware vender that will provide extra units, Lawhead said.

This gives students the opportunity to replace their computer if it dies, he said.

Chatt Chatterji, assistant vice president of Information Technology Services, said students would also be able to purchase an insurance policy.

Students currently pay two technology fees; $55 for computer technology and $48 for network fees per semester.

If the initiative took place, students would still pay a fee but there would just be a shift in where the money is used,” said Michael Hoadley, assistant vice president for the Center for Academic Technology Support.

Other members were concerned about how Eastern prides itself in being cost-effective.

“Our selling point is textbook rental,” said Lynn Curry, history professor.

She questioned how the school would expect those students who can’t afford books to purchase lab tops.

Another concern is that some departments would need the laptops more than others.

Bud Fischer, biology professor, said he would need a more expensive laptop capable of running certain programs as opposed to Thomas Sinclair, special education professor, who said his students wouldn’t be using their computers as much.

“This is going to be area specific,” said Senate chair Assege Haile Mariam.

The next senate meeting will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Booth Library Conference Room 4440.

If they make me buy a PC I will seriously drop out of school.

Shellie: You’re taking bowling as a class? Isn’t that how you get a B.A. in B.S.?

I started reading The Bible again the other day. I believe this is my fourth attempt. However, this time is different, for this time I am reading The Message. The problem I had before was it’s too hard for someone who can’t concentrate on anything. I am still early on in Genesis, but so far it is a lot easier read than the NIV. And thanks to Bible Gateway, I didn’t have to buy it.

About a month or so ago Anne McClure was doing either prayer or communion at church and she was talking about a game that her youth minister made up for church camp called “Angels and Demons.” On one side of the camp was Heaven and the other side was Hell. All of the campers were blind folded and the staff were divided into three groups: The Angels, which would say “Come with me, I will take you to Heaven” and would lead the campers to Heaven, The Demons, which would say “Come with me, I will take you to Heaven” and would lead the campers to Hell, and the Screaming MiMis who would just walk up to people and start yelling at them. At Heaven, someone would start singing a praise song and once the other campers got there, they would join in. At Hell they were just standing there doing nothing. Anne said that at the end of the game the youth minister had asked one of the campers that made it to Heaven how he figured out who to follow and the camper said “You just have to learn how to drown out all the noise and listen for the singing.”

There is too much noise in my head. I need to listen for the singing. I am hoping this attempt at reading The Bible will be a successful one.

I have also decided to stop going to Campus House. I am at a point in my life where I would really rather be going to synagogue. Here I don’t have that choice, unless I want to drive four hours round trip every Friday night. I feel like it is Campus House or nothing and I feel like if I don’t go anywhere people will think I am blowing off God, which I am not. I know I am not. But recently I have been having to force myself to go to Campus House, and when I go, I can’t even pay attention. I’m just bored with it. And it’s not because I’m blowing off God, it’s because church isn’t for me. And I don’t care if other people think I am falling away from God, because I know I am not and God knows I am not. I still plan on being in a Family Group for the rest of my time at Eastern, however.

I have also started trying to find a home synagogue. Thanks to a girl on Facebook I found out that all the college kids go to Adat HaTikvah in Evanston. I was all set to go this weekend, but I was up at 5am and was not feeling well at all and realised I would not have time for a nap. I am just going to go over winter break. For some reason Marni decided to go. She said she hated it and there were only two college kids there. Whatever. I’m not going to let that stop me from going.

I went to the eye doctor last week. The eye drops I was using did not help at all so now I have to use a steroid eye drop. A possible side effect is Glaucoma so I had to have a Glaucoma test, which was described to me as “I’m just going to put a stick in your eye for a couple minutes,” but it was either let him do that or never be able to wear contacts again. And he was just messing with me, that’s not really what the test was. And he used numbing drops in my eyes, which was the weirdest feeling ever.

Marni got her nose pierced. And not a stud. A big hoop. She also put the song “Memory” on Ivy’s MySpace.

I was looking at my Facebook the other day and saw where it said “Mundelein” for hometown. That’s not right. Mundelein doesn’t feel like home to me. I don’t know if it ever did. Charleston doesn’t feel like home to me either. So I deleted home town. But I feel pathetic if I have no home town. I put California just to see what it was like. Oh it felt so good. So I left it. It’s sad that somewhere I have never been feels more like home than somewhere I have lived for 18.5 years.

The other day I was coming home and saw a car flipped on its side on Crystal right before it meets Midlothian. Where the speed limit is 25mph. Only in Mundelein…

I drove to school today! I have a car here! My Mom gave me directions so we (Scott Sakoda was with me) wound up taking the scenis route. Yeah I’m not going to get into that, but let’s just say it wasn’t nearly as bad as when my Mom gave me directions on how to get home from Milwaukee and we took the scenic route for two extra hours (I live one hour from Milwaukee and it took three hours to get home).

So what is this David Cassidy thing that Clay Aiken has going on?
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I don’t like it.

At least two of my sea monkeys are pregnant. It looks really weird, because they are sort of beige-ish in colour and the eggs are black. I wish I could take a picture. I’m going to be a Grandma!

This made me laugh…

The Proper Way to Treat a Lady:

1. When she asks how she looks, shrug and say “could be better.” This will keep her on her toes, and girls love that.

2. Never hold her hand. This can be interpreted as a sign of weakness. If she grabs your hand, squeeze hers really hard until she cries (this will impress her by showing her what a strong man you are).

3. Once a month, sneak up on her from behind and knock her over. Girls are like dogs; they love to be roughed up.

4. Call her in the middle of the night to ask if she’s sleeping. If she is, say “you better be.” Repeat this 4 or 5 times until morning. This will show her you care.

5. When she is upset about something, suggest to her that it might be her fault. This will pave the way for her own personal improvement, and every girl needs some improvement.

6. Recognize the small things, as they usually mean the most. Then when she’s sleeping, steal all her small things and break them, because jewelry is for pussies.

7. If you’re talking to another girl, make sure she’s looking. When she is, stare into her eyes, mouth the words “fuck you” and grab the other girl’s ass. Girls love competition.

8. Tell her you’re taking her out to dinner. Drive for miles so she thinks it’s going to be really special. Then take her to a burning tire yard. When she starts to get upset, tell her you were just kidding and now you’re really going to take her to dinner. Then drive her home. When she starts crying and asks why you would do something like that, lean over and whisper very quietly into her ear “…because I can.”

9. Introduce her to your friends as “some chick.” Women love those special nicknames.

10. Play with her hair. Play with it HARD.

11. Warm her up when she’s cold…and not by giving her your jacket, because then you might get cold. Rather, look her in the eye and say “if you don’t stop bitching about the cold right now, you’re going to be bitching about a black eye.” The best way to get warm is with fear.

12. Take her to a party. When you get there, she’ll have to go to the bathroom (they always do). Leave immediately. Come back right when the party is dying and yell at her the whole way home for ditching you all night.

13. Make her laugh. A good way to do this is if she has a small pet. Kick the pet. I always find stuff like that funny…why shouldn’t girls?

14. Let her fall asleep in your arms. When she’s fast asleep, wait 10 minutes, then jump up and scream in her ear. Repeat until she goes home and you can use your arms for more important things (like basketball).

15. Spit often. I hear girls like guys that spit.

16. If you care about her, never ever tell her. This will only give her self-confidence, then you can never turn her into the object she deep down desires to be.

17. Every time you’re in her house, steal one of her shoes, earrings or anything else that comes in pairs. Only take one of the pair. This way, she’ll go crazy.

18. Take her out to dinner. Right when she’s about to order, interrupt and say “no, she’s not hungry.” Make her watch you eat. Girls love a guy that speaks for her.

19. Look her in the eyes and smile. Then punch her in the face. Girls love a spontaneous guy.

20. Give her one of your t-shirts, and make sure it has your smell on it (but not a sexy cologne smell…a bad smell. You know what I’m talking about).

21. When it’s raining, keep asking her if she’s crying. She’ll say “no, it’s just the rain.” Ten minutes later, turn to her and just scream at her to stop crying. Girls like a tough man.

22. Titty twisters and plenty of them.

23. If you’re listening to music, and she asks to hear it, tell her no. This way she’ll think you’re mysterious.

24. Remember her birthday, but don’t get her anything. Teach her that material objects arent important. The only thing that’s important is that she keeps you happy, and your happiness is the greatest present she can ever get.

25. When she gives you a present on your birthday, Christmas or just whenever, take it and tell her you love it. Then, next time you know she’s coming over on a trash day, leave the trash can open and have the present visibly sticking out of the can. Girls actually don’t like this one that much, but I think it’s funny.

26. If she’s mad at you for not calling her when you say you will, promise her that you will call her at a certain time of the day. This will make sure that she waits by the phone. Tell her when you call that you’re going to tell her a special surprise. Now she’ll be really excited. Don’t call.

Don’t go see this movie if you’re not Jewish. Half of the movie will be over your head. Which is a shame, because it was so funny.

Because I pay my credit card bill on time every month, I have just been sent a $1600 travel voucher for some Florida stay/Bahamas cruise thing. I’m not sure how many people it is for. I need to look into this tomorrow. Anybody wanna come with me?

MySpace Top 8…your entire relationship depends on it

Because I can’t sleep…

“I don’t care if you think of me as a racist…as long as you think of me as a thin racist.” -Sarah Silverman

“The next time I want to date a guy, the first question I will ask him is ‘do you have a foreskin?'” -Marni

I started reading the book Betrayed! by Stan Telchin, tonight. I am hoping to hang out with Rachel this week and I would like her to read it. I’m just under half way through it, so I have not gotten to the climax yet.

I watched Comic Relief the other day…on TBS. Watching an HBO special on basic cable makes you wish that you weren’t even watching it in the first place, especially if Robin Williams is in it. The censors decided to let the s word go, but everytime someone dropped the f-bomb, they would bleep out the ENTIRE SENTENCE. I missed half the show. Why can’t they just bleep out the word? Sarah Silverman walked out and I said “Great, I’m not going to be able to hear anything she says.” Sarah Silverman is smarter than the average bear. She dropped it twice, both the same sentence, and I could tell exactly what she is saying. Also, they had a really nice set of houses in the background and she said “Why didn’t they just build these in New Orleans? I’m confused.” Heart Sarah Silverman.

The whole MySpace top friends thing is ridiculous. I understand having a top friends, but you shouldn’t have to choose the order, it should just be the people you pick, in a random order. Christy is at number one for a reason, but everybody else on my list…yeah I dunno. I have no idea how to rank them and I don’t know if they even all belong there. I don’t know why I even have 12 people when I don’t think I even consider 12 people in my life to be friends. Also, I hate girls and my entire top 8 is all girls. Okay I don’t hate the girls on my list, I mean I hate girls in general…but who doesn’t? I have only four guys on my list at all.

In the past few weeks I have happened upon some pretty weird situations. A couple people who have me in their top friends that…I really have no idea why I’m there.

*Case number 1: Melissa “Dixie” Dickson Burrows. I have known this girl since second grade. She has spent a total of 15 seconds since then being nice to me. She has a top 8 out of 31 MySpace friends. I am at number 8.

*Case number 2: Mark Wachholder. He was my boyfriend in kindergarten and first grade. I’m not going to lie, I kissed him on the lips (what can I say…I was a very slutty five year old). Sometime near the end of first grade I stopped talking to him (I’m not going to post on here why…you can ask if you want. Let’s just say I am a very bad person) and, since then, we have exchanged about 20 words, including the two MySpace comments last week. He has a top 24 out of 58 friends. I am at number 24.

*Case number 3: random weirdo on MySpace who should probably be deleted form my friends list altogether. The only way I will add someone to MySpace that I don’t know is if they are Messianic. This guy added me a few weeks ago and he is Messianic so I was like fine I’ll add him, even though he is 31 and very creepy looking. He sent me a message entirely in Hebrew. I sent one back saying I don’t speak Hebrew, so he sent me one entirely in Spanish. I sent him another one saying I don’t speak Spanish, so he sent me one in English that said “Here is my e-mail address if you ever want to talk.” I did not respond to that one, and, of course, did not e-mail him. Then the other day I hear from him again, another message in Spanish. I message him back saying I don’t speak Spanish. Again he sends me “Here is my e-mail address if you ever want to talk.” Again, I did not respond. But I looked at his page…he has a top 24 out of 264. I am number 17. The tagline on my page is “Don’t message me if you are creepy. Seriously.” It’s on private, but once you can see my profile, it says I am in a relationship. And, unless I am on your Facebook list, you probably assume that I really am in a relationship.” He obviously can’t ready English.

And, don’t forget, if you’re not in someone’s top 8 it means they don’t like you. If they tell you you are their friend in real life, they are lying. 🙂

Oh, and maybe I should explain the last entry to the people from out of state….basically, Macy’s raped Chicago.

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

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You paid attention during 86% of high school!

 

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Haha that couldn’t be further from the truth.

What mental disorder do you have?

Your Result: ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
 

You have a very hard time focusing, and you find it difficult to stay on task without your mind wandering. You probably zone in and out of conversations and tend to miss out on directions because you cannot focus

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Your Result: Somewhat Illinois
 

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You’re totally like 45% California!

 

You’ve been here before, haven’t you? Wasn’t that you I saw stepping into Brad Pitt’s cement footprint at Mann’s Chinese and telling your mom to “Take my Picture!”? I thought so!

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