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February 28, 2002

Oh NO. The chin stripe

Oh NO. The chin stripe claims yet another victim. I hope David shaves it before he makes his guest appearance on XF. Cuz Mulder with that chin stripe is not good.

I was looking through the

I was looking through the E! Online Grammy pages, and I found a couple bits of interesting information.
1. Last year, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone won a Grammy. For best children's spoken word album, or something.
2. In 1999, The X-Files Theme was up for a Grammy for best pop instrumental, but did not win. "The X-Files is a show, with music by Mark Snow..."
3. Tom Chapin was up for a Grammy for This Pretty Planet, a children's album, but did not win. When I was in seventh grade, I got to sing with Tom Chapin with Palatine Children's Chorus. I will always have a soft spot for Tom Chapin. <.g>

I wonder if there is a website that lists all the winners of Grammys that you can look up by winner. Ya know? Like... "U2 has won this many Grammys in these years and in these categories." Like that. Hmmmm.

February 27, 2002

I'm sleepy. But one

<.yawn> I'm sleepy. But one quick blog before bed. The Cocktail Lounge pulls through with Grammy Pictures so soon. Gotta love 'em! Still looking for pictures from their performance, because they looked WAY better then than on the red carpet. LOVED JC's pants. Loved them. <.happy sigh>

So our boys didn't come away with an award, but Alicia Keys did! THREE! Go her!! She's so freaking cool. Did India.Arie win anything? I didn't notice her winning any, but perhaps during the pre-show? Linkin Park came away with one. Woohoo! All in all, good show. And the ANTI-DRUG commercial was definitely a highlight. "And we dance!" Now I have to hook the VCRs up again to dub... why didn't I just leave them connected? Too much consideration for other people who might want to watch a tape. <.g> Gotta get that performance and that commercial on my *NSYNC tape and OFF of my tape-over tape before I forget and lose it.

Okay, it's bedtime for me. Night ya'll!

February 26, 2002

What an exciting night! I

What an exciting night! I ushered the LAST men's basketball game. =( It was an important game, though. Against Indiana, and if Indiana won, they'd be 11-4 and Big Ten Champions. If the Illini won, BOTH teams would be 10-5 and Co-Big Ten Champions. Guess what? The Illini won!!! WOOHOO!! It was soooo exciting. Very physical game, as well. Three technicals on Indiana. I'd never seen anyone get a technical in all the games I've ushered. It was also the seniors' last game. At the very end, they put all 5 seniors in (even Damir, who has been hurt almost all season. Sadness), and then with 3 seconds to play, they pulled out all the seniors and put in 5 guys who almost NEVER play. Heehee. That was cute as well. So Illinois is off to Indiana for the championships.

The excitement was off the court, also. Since we had that snowstorm, people were tracking in snow left and right and the floor was ALL wet. People were slipping EVERYWHERE. It was kind of scary. One girl fell in the portal next to mine and smacked her head pretty good. =( She was okay, though. But people were falling down the stairs, slipping on the ramps, even slipping on the flat parts. And they kept telling me "There's a really slippery spot right there" or "there's a slippery stair about ten rows up, and five or six people have fallen on it." I mean, thanks for sharing, but the entire ARENA is slippery, 20,000 people are trying to leave... what, exactly, do you want me to do about it now? Lol. Oh well. I sympathized. =/

February 25, 2002

Carolyn just shared these Closing

Carolyn just shared these Closing Ceremonies pictures with me. Aren't they adorable in "normal" clothes? Heehee. I love it when JC gets really into his singing.

And look what else I found! Lots of pictures from Friday. They look SO cute. Look at JC's jacket. I love it! Let's see... can we figure out which songs they're performing in each shot? <.g>

It's SNOWING!!!! Big, fat, wet,

It's SNOWING!!!! Big, fat, wet, sticky snowflakes. It's WONDERFUL. This is our first real snow of the entire year!!! Usually we've had two or three blizzards by now. This is the PERFECT snow for making snowballs. In fact, as we came in from dropping off Aarti's homework, Aarti and I made snowballs and threw them at the wall across from us. Heehee. Hope no one was home! It's sooooo pretty, and I think it might just stick this time. We're supposed to get 3-5 inches. Come on five inches!! Although I don't own a pair of boots... =/

Were you a teen in

Were you a teen in the 90's? Okay, I know the same people who were children of the 80's were also teens of the 90's, but this was fun anyway. <.g>

Ah yes. My seemingly daily

Ah yes. My seemingly daily at-lab update. There are no new tapes to transcribe. Sadness. They need to bring some over from the other lab. Therefore, I am stuck checking. I think nobody likes checking, judging from the vast amount of transcrips yet to be checked. <.g>

Today, it is icky outside. I muchly dislike having to look out at this great view of campus through nasty weather. Lol. Bring me blue skies, bring me sun, and I will be a Happy Transcriber. Oh, I finished my paper on perspective-taking skills in preschoolers. I *think* it's pretty good... let's hope my professor does as well. I have all these grand plans on how to get ahead in my work this week (as next week is going to be pure torture and I'd really like to lessen that as much as possible). Let's see if I follow through. Heehee. Okay, I believe I have almost used up my "extra time" here, so it's time to get to work.

February 24, 2002

I couldn't resist taking this

I couldn't resist taking this quiz. Because, you know... Disney! =)

Watching this "Where Did You

Watching this "Where Did You MMC Them First" Marathon while dubbing it is (okay, aside from distracting me from the paper I should be writing, of which I have a whole one paragraph <.g>) making me miss Florida. They keep showing "Imagineer That" clips and other various clips from Disney World. <.sigh> Can I go back? Can I? I miss seeing the Tree of Life every single day. Lol. And I was trying to show Shelley that Rockin' Roller Coaster really isn't all that scary, as it ended my 12-year roller coaster drought, and I miss being able to ride it like once a week, at least. Okay, I really AM going to write the paper. Really. See?

I don't know what is

I don't know what is up with this pink-eyeliner thing that keeps popping up... are you all getting it, too? I have a link to the pink-eyeliner website (that's the 80's cartoon quiz I took), but it just started today. Weird. Anyhow, just hit "cancel" and things should be fine. <.shrug>

I LOVE the weather today.

I LOVE the weather today. I'm sitting here with my window open. SO nice out. Of course, the reason I'm not actually outside is that I have a ton to do. Eeek. I've been productive, though. I got up, read the article on how children enter already-formed groups when they want to play, wrote half of my reaction paper on that, cleaned the bathroom (and the tub!), dusted my room, and started dubbing tapes. I'm taking a break before diving in to my paper on perspective-taking in preschoolers.

Last night, in trying to find more info on Rent, I managed to stumble across Raspberry World. Another grown-up *NSYNC fan who also likes X-Files. Heehee. She's pretty cool. Check her out. Anyway, Shelley and I had quite a lot of fun exploring her site. Check this out: *NSYNC has got the flow. <.g> That CRACKED me up. And it was posted on my birthday. Hee hee. =)

After our sync-surfing fun, Aarti's friend Smita was here and so we all congregated in my room. Smita is an nsync fan as well, but not quite initiated into the world in which we dwell. We warned her that we could show her *NSYNC tapes all night (and left out the fact that we could probably go a few nights running without repeating anything, which is truly scary), and started telling her about a few cute things. We ended up watching like 2 hours of *NSYNC, including some of the greatest MMC clips. Smita was SHOCKED at the suggestive dances they did during the few clips from the Atlantis concert we showed her. She's gonna be in for a wild ride when she goes to the concert in April. Lol. Anyway, all that viewing prompted me to finally get around to dubbing myself a copy of Meghan's MMC tape so that I can return it to her and her sister safe and sound. So that's what I'm doing now. Heehee.

Alright. Enough procrastinating. Time to write my paper. <.sigh> It's bad enough I waited until the day before it's due to start it... I can't put it off until after the sun goes down. Lol.

February 23, 2002

There are downsides to having

There are downsides to having a brand-new fancy CD player. It's too darn sensitive. It picks up every single little imperfection. So far I've found two songs on my Rent Disk 1 that skip-skip-skip until I figure out how to do that fast-forward thing that doesn't move on to the next song. Ugh. It plays *perfectly* in my car. What's with that? Disk 2 is still fine, but I never played that one as much as Disk 1. My fav songs are on Disk 1, and I would take it back and forth between the car and the house all the time. But you would think that a better-quality player would play songs better than a lower-quality car player, right? Grrr. It should have some mechanism to gloss over the scratches. Heehee. In a perfect world, huh?

Tonight was actually quite enjoyable.

Tonight was actually quite enjoyable. I worked Cotton Club, the Central Black Student Union's variety show. Interesting. Heehee. It started at 7:00, but at 6:55 there weren't more than 25 people in the audience. No joke. People arrived generally around 8:30. How CRAZY is that? Apparently, that's expected. And then people left with 15 minutes remaining in the 3-hour show (went till 10). I felt so bad for the performers. The audience, in my opinion, was quite rude. Oh well, I worked with cool people. There were only 2 portals open, so there were four of us in my portal. We had a lot of fun. Especially making fun of the Emcee, who was terrible. Phrase of the evening: NO DOUBT!! (Or, perhaps more often, "No doubt, ya'll!") Aight? ha ha.

Then Aarti and I went to Up Till Dawn, this fundraiser for the St. Jude's, a children's cancer hospital that is free for patients. Good cause. Lol. That went from 11 p.m. till 5 a.m. We gave up and left at about 3:15 (as you can tell). Lol. But it was a LOT of fun. First, there was a hypnotist. Which I didn't think I would believe, but I think I do. lol. It was HYSTERICAL the things these people did. His show was probably 45 minutes long, and I was laughing the entire time. I would like to have talked to one of the people hypnotized. After that the OTHER GUYS sang!!!! My boys!! Oh, I love them. They're just adorable. And I have a weak spot for men who can sing. <.g> Kyle was so cute. Ha ha ha. And THEN this dance troupe, Revelation Fire Dancers (no fire... I think the name was figurative <.g>) came on... 5 dancers (male and female). Guess what their first dance was? Pop. Lol. I was like "Come on, Aarti, we can join them!!" Lol. They "funked" it up a little though. It was a bit more hip-hoppy. After that they got the party going with more audience-participation dances. Lol. There was also a big blow-up bouncy room and slide. SO FUN. lol. So all in all, I had a great time.

Now I am sleepy. It's almost 4:00 and I'm getting up early to hit the Bergner's going out of business sale. Heehee. Night all!

February 22, 2002

It's Friday.... you know what

It's Friday.... you know what that means. Friday Five!!

1. Hey, baby, what's your sign? Do you think it fits you pretty well?
Sagittarius. And yeah, I suppose it fits me. Some parts of it more than others, but you know. <.g>

2. What's the worst birthday gift you've ever received?
Worst? I don't know if I've received a bad birthday present. I guess the time my uncle told me I could have his Neon when I turned 16 if I stayed off drugs. Cuz you know me... I was really in danger of that. Never did get the car, so maybe I should have gotten into that stuff. What good did it do me to stay off of it? <.g> I guess what makes that a bad non-present is that he has never given me a present, but what did he give my sister when she turned 16? $100. Where's the fairness? lol.

3. What's the best birthday gift you've ever received?
I may not have received many bad gifts, but boy have I gotten some great ones!! For my 16th birthday I got an emerald clover ring that my grandma had been given on her 16th birthday, then gave my mother on her 16th birthday. That was SO cool. This year my grandma gave me this cardboard children's book -- Care Bears Counting. It was the kind where there would be little doors to open and something would be under them, ya know? She said I'd left it at her house when I was four so that it would always be there for me, and she kept it to give me when I turned 21. How cute is that?

4. What's the best way you've celebrated your birthday thus far?
My birthday is always over Thanksgiving break, which is a convenient time to take a trip. So I spent my 10th birthday in Walt Disney World, which was awesome, even though they told me not to tell anyone I was 10 because then I wouldn't get kid prices anymore. ha ha. And my 13th birthday I spent in Puerto Rico, as it fell on the final day of our cruise. My friends threw me a surprise party for my 15th birthday, which was so much fun. I didn't suspect a thing. lol. Basically, the best birthday would be hanging out with my best friends and my family. A good portion of my good friends (and an even larger portion of my family) also have birthdays in the close vacinity of mine (like within a 5-day spread either direction), so it's SO great to celebrate everything all together.

5. What are your plans for this weekend?
Surprisingly, I really don't have any plans. I'm working Cotton Club tonight, which should be pretty good. I've got a paper to write and some reading to do, but other than that... nothin'.

This image was causing problems

This image was causing problems for my blog, so I'll just tell you. <.g> Rainbow Brite. Heehee. Which 80's TV Toon Are You?

As reported on Popdirt.com: "I'm

As reported on Popdirt.com: "I'm a student at NYU, and work part-time at the Nederlander Theater in New York City, where Rent is playing. Our Roger is taking the summer off, and there's been lots of discussions as to who'd take his place. I spoke with the stage manager, Rick, and he said the producers have decided on JC Chasez from *NSYNC. He'll be in the roll for June, July and August at least. Rick said the producer's have wanted him for a long time, but now it seems their schedule will allow it. I've heard this guy... he's a wonderful singer."

How COOL would that be? Aarti and I were JUST talking about how we really *really* want to get internships in New York this summer. And gosh, Rent is one of my favorite shows!! In fact, my senior year I sang "One Song Glory" (beautiful song, if you haven't heard it) for my final solo, rewritten in a higher key. <.g> And guess what? That's Roger's big song. Heehee. How fun would it be to have sung the same solo as JC? Lol I'm a BIG DORK I know. It's midnight and I'm giddy. ha ha ha. The only show I'd rather see him in is Les Miserables, because that is my all-time favorite musical. But Rent's right up there. =) I can sing, like, the entire first CD straight through from memory, and now it's in my head. ha ha. "December twenty-fourth, nine p.m., Eastern Standard time, from here on in we shoot without a script...." Okay, I'll spare you. I think I really need some sleep. <.g>

February 21, 2002

Today I worked the women's

Today I worked the women's game. Men's games, as far as the actual GAME goes, are a bit more fun, but I think all the employees are more relaxed and friendly for the women's games. Mr. Hott Security Guard stood in my portal for a while. We chatted a bit about the game. Heehee. He's SO HOT though that I don't know what to say to him so I spent half the time avoiding looking at him. Lol. And then another hot security guard (a bit older, maybe near 30, but still really good looking) kept walking by me and he kept telling me I looked tired, so every time he'd come by he'd say "It's the second half... you can go home soon" or "Wake up, we're winning" (even though in the end, we lost). I don't THINK I looked tired... I wasn't leaning on the wall or anything, but it was cute. He had a nice smile, and I think he was just teasing me because I was like the only girl working who was under 40 tonight. Ha ha. And THEN this HOTT Benjamin Bratt look-alike news reporter was trying to film the anti-Chief protestors, and he was in my portal FOREVER looking for them, and asking me if I knew where they usually sat, and just generally chatting. So tonight was my Night of Hot Men. lol.

And that was my day. Lol. Not too much exciting. I have to turn my stats homework in tomorrow. Eeek. I wish I understood it. =/ Oh well.

Okay. So now they're saying

Okay. So now they're saying Lance is not going to space. Apparently the Russians don't know a thing about this. Woops. It's a Dutch television company, MirCorp, that Lance's people have been negotiating with, and apparently they don't have a whole lot (if anything) to do with actually getting people into space. Hmmmm. Here's a snippit from the article on MTV.com: "They'll also have to get the approval of the Russian Space Agency, Rosaviakosmos, which told Reuters on Thursday (February 21) that there had been no talks on the subject yet. "It is as if I said I had bought Australia," Russian Space Agency spokesperson Sergei Gorbunov told Reuters. "MirCorp has no right to sell these flights. They have no link to Rosviakosmos, we have no contract linking us." Strange, ey? But who knows. MirCorp DID have something to do with getting that millionaire on the previous trip, so maybe it will all work out for Young Mr. Bass.

Didn't quite have time to

Didn't quite have time to blog last night. So by now, everyone's heard about this Bass in Space thing. Crazy, huh? Lol. Good for him!! I hope I get to accomplish my dreams in my lifetime. So that's awesome. I prefer to stay within the Earth's atmosphere, thank you very much, especially since my introduction to the world of space travel was watching the Challenger take off, but whatever floats your boat. Or flies your space ship. Whatever.

When Lance gets back, will he still be able to dance? Cuz, like, they usually can't walk for a while. How long is his trip? And how long does it take to get your muscles back? Yeesh. More scariness. So this will be a nice, much-deserved break for *NSYNC. Without their bass, they can't record, can't make videos, can't perform... well, they could, but it would be sad to do that stuff without Lance. So this will give them a chance to focus on all their little individual projects. Let's just hope they don't get TOO into their individual projects and not regroup once Lance returns. <.g> Because that would be very sad.

So last night I ushered my last men's basketball game. They played Penn State and obliterated them. Lol. It was like 83-56 or something. At one point the Illini had three times as many points as the Nittany Lions (like 65-22 or something). Woops. Needless to say, the game was kind of boring because of that. When your team is winning 20-4 for most of the first half, there's not much to get worked up over. I usher the women's game tonight. It's the last game for the women, so maybe it will be good. Seniors' last chance to play and all. And tomorrow I usher Cotton Club, the Black Student Union's variety show. That should be good. I'm looking forward to that. But I declined to work Monster Trucks on Saturday. That would be four nights in a row, and I have a TON of studying to do. March 3 is going to be my hell week. Midterms in my three hardest classes in the span of two days. At least they're Monday and Tuesday, so I will get them all overwith at the beginning of the week. Only to have another hella-hard midterm that NEXT Monday, but oh well. Such is the life of a college student. <.g>

Okie dokie. Time for class. Statistics. Whee. Imagine my excitement. After lecture, I get to talk with my TA and tell him that I have NO CLUE what I'm doing and could he please help me?

February 20, 2002

Okay. I'm in lab and

Okay. I'm in lab and I don't want to leave for another 5 minutes because otherwise I'll get to class WAY early, but I finished the interview I was transcribing. I really don't have anything interesting to blog about. Lol. The clouds used to look really cool. They were really dense and low and fluffy (and grey), and every so often I could see above them to really BLUE skies. And they were moving really fast. Now they all thinned out to fog and the sky just looks grey. Oh well.

Oh, Carolyn sent me an email that said Tony Lucca canceled all his shows prior to Michigan. Strange! But he apparently is joining the *NSYNC tour in March, just in time for Chicago. =) That's exciting. I don't know what kind of crowd-hype-upper he's going to be, since all the songs I've heard of his are ballad-y and kind of slow (and real pretty), but it will be fun to see him. Heehee. Does anyone know if P. Diddy is opening ALL of the shows, or if it's divided up between him, Ginuwine and Smashmouth? Last I'd heard, Smashmouth was opening for us. Hmmm.

Okay, I can go to class now. <.g>

I HATE statistics. I spent

I HATE statistics. I spent almost four hours on the homework tonight and I only completed 3 problems. Given, they all have multiple parts, but still. I have 5 more to do before Friday. Ugh. This class is going to be the death of me. I figured out that if I get at least a C on both exams (and honestly, I'm crossing my fingers to do that well, based on my understanding thus far) and get 100% on my homework (which should be do-able), I *should* be able to get a B for the semester. IF I calculated correctly. I can't BELIEVE I am trying to figure out how badly I can do and still get a decent grade this early in the semester! I usually save this for finals week. lol. I hate this though. I used to be GOOD at math. I practically breezed through calculus (but got stopped dead in my tracks when they tried to get me to do double integrals... lol). HOW can I not understand statistics?? It's sooooo frustrating. I need to go back to high school where they work things through step-by-step.

I'm working the next three nights in a row. Eeek. That's a whole lotta ushering. Heehee. But it's money. How sad is it that I think a *good* paycheck is anything over $50 in a two-week period? Lol. That's about what I will get for ushering three events. But that's $50 more than I have right now, so.... I'm excited. <.g>

I'm so very wide awake right now. I think all the extra sleeping over the past couple of days has caught up with me. 6:30 is going to come awfully quickly, though. Heehee.

Oh! Everybody go over to Chilis.com and listen to *NSYNC's radio commercial. I have never heard it on the radio, but I think it's quite good! They sound excellent. Even if they *are* singing a jingle. Lol.

And for the song SO stuck in my head... (darn Visa Check Card commercials) Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Gettig to like you, getting to hope you like me. Getting to know you, putting it my way, but nicely. You are precisely my cup of tea. We sang that in choir as part of a Rogers and Hammerstein medley freshman year in HS. That's about all I know of the song, but every time I see the commercial, it pops right into my head.

February 19, 2002

Look at JC's sticker. I

Look at JC's sticker. I have soooo many of those. Used to give them out to kids 'n stuff. I miss Florida. <.sniff>

I think I'm going to

I think I'm going to go crazy. I've only been in here (lab) for 40 minutes and I'm already falling asleep. Why did I go an hour less yesterday? Lol. Cuz I wanted to go out to lunch with Aarti and Shefali, that's why, but now I have to do 3 hours today instead of 2. I got here a little earlier than I needed to, so I have some time to play with if I need a break, but still. It's not even sunny outside. I love looking out the window and looking down on everyone on campus walking this way and that, but today, all I can see is grey skies and umbrellas. Not as fun to watch. I only have one class today, though, since my 2-hour statistics lecture was canceled, so that is a happy thing. And crap, I forgot to send my resumes. Darnit!! The one thing I wanted to be sure to do. That's what I get for getting 8 hours of sleep. My mind is mush in the morning. Lol. Okay, back to work...

February 18, 2002

What day are you?

I am Thursday's Child

What day are you?

Well, duh, I was born on a Thursday... I was born on Thanksgiving. Lol. Tell me something I didn't know. <.g>

I have been so sleepy

I have been so sleepy lately. And I'm not a generally sleepy person! I've been going to bed around 11 and taking NAPS. Yeesh. I hope I'm not getting sick. I don't FEEL sick. Just sleepy. Oh well.

I was quite productive this afternoon. I found addresses, "personalized" cover letters, printed everything out, printed out envelopes, and got everything together to mail my resume out. Eeeek!! I SO want to get an internship someplace cool. Of course I *may* be saying I SO want to get an internship. Period. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. lol. My dream summer would be for Aarti and I both to get internships in either New York or LA, and then we could room together and be someplace really freaking awesome ALL summer long... Man. How absolutely amazing would that be? Oh please, oh please, oh please. Lol. =) And, hey, anyone who wants to come with, the more, the merrier! <.g>

February 16, 2002

Today was a pretty good

Today was a pretty good day. Both sets of grandparents came over for lunch and we spent a lot of time listening to stories of their teenage years, most of which I had never heard before. It was so cool. To hear my Grandma Peggy talk about when Grandpa Jim drove her to pick up the prizes for Bingo Night at church, and she came out of the store and there was a police man there trying to give him a ticket for making an illegal left turn, or something, and she said "Please, Officer, don't give him a ticket. He's only fifteen, he doesn't have a license, and my dad doesn't even know he has the car!!" LOL. The policeman told him to go straight home and not take the car out again until he was 16 and had a license. Lol. Nowadays you'd get taken to the police station and your parents would be called and you'd get a ticket. Heehee. And my Grandpa Phil told us about when he had a REAL old Ford, the kind with the spoked wheels and hard tires, and the tires used to get stuck in the streetcar tracks in Chicago. One time it was real icy and he got them stuck and he couldn't get out and the car started spinning, and to see my little Grandma Jennie nodding her head and laughing and saying "I was going Wheeeeeeee!!!!" Lol. It was TOO CUTE.

So after that, we watched some olympics and then Jess and I went to Best Buy because they were having a sale this weekend. I bought the widest variety of CDs. My grandparents (Peggy and Jim) just got a new car with a CD player, and they've never had a CD player before. So I got them Elvis singing hymns, then I bought Meredith Edwards, A Walk to Remember, and Innis. We've got the old Elvis, the country, the pop soundtrack, and the Latin. Lol. But when I saw Innis, I gasped real loud and said "They have INNIS!!!" And Jess said "Who is Innis?" and I said "He's HOTT!" and this lady turned around and burst out laughing. Woops! Heehee. But now I'm going to listen to Innis and see if he's as good as he is good-looking. <.g>

February 15, 2002

Okay, lol, I just read

Okay, lol, I just read a bunch of reviews of Crossroads and everyone hated it. I thought it was cute! Yeesh, what did people expect? Ha ha. She's a popstar-turned-actress with a fanbase of 13-year-olds. Lol. I thought it was way better than On the Line. Sorry guys. Heehee. Although, sadly, I'm probably more likely to purchase that than this. Just because. But, yeah. I like these dorky teen flicks. Heehee. It wasn't a bad movie!

I WANT TO GO ON A ROADTRIP. Soooooo bad. I want to drive to California. Anyone with me? Lol. I don't know WHEN or with what car (my dad won't let me take mine.. <.sigh>) but I want to go SO BAD. How FUN would that be?? Adventure!!! Maybe I'll get an internship in LA and I can drive out there. Wheee!

Just saw Crossroads. Or rather,

Just saw Crossroads. Or rather, just saw fragments of Crossroads between the screaming, lauging, talking, popcorn-throwing audience. I have NEVER been to a movie with a more OBNOXIOUS audience EVER. Ever. Ugh. I can't even explain how horrible they were. Aarti, remember the Walk to Remember audience? 50 times worse. Seriously. But the movie was good! I thought Britney did a really good job. She's a good little actress, in my opinion. And it wasn't a bad movie, at all. Sure, it showcased Britney's songs more than once, but the plot was actually decent. So Aarti, Shelley, I will go see it with you guys if you want. I'd kind of like to catch some of the dialogue that was completely obliterated by the 13-year-olds' obnoxiousness. So if I go see it again, I'm either going to a LATE show that will be past curfew for these kids, or I'm gonna wait until they've all seen it. Lol. Can't handle that again. But I would recommend it to anyone who likes somewhat sappy, cute little movies. =)

Friday Five! 1. What was

Friday Five!

1. What was the first thing you ever cooked?
Haven't a clue, actually. I used to help my mom bake cookies, and I had to taste EVERYTHING. Baking soda, flour, baker's chocolate... everything. I guess the first thing I probably cooked on my own was either chocolate chip cookies or something along the lines of Tombstone pizzas or Kraft mac and cheese.

2. What's your signature dish?
Not sure I have one. I make a fat free keylime pie... that's tasty. I also make a chicken and rice dish with Lipton's onion new potatoes... that's quite yummy. Real high on the carbs, but tasty just the same. =)

3. Ever had a cooking disaster? (tasted like crap, didn't work, etc.) Describe.
Well, I don't claim to be a cook. The things I make best are the things that are 80% put together already and I just have to toss a few more ingredients in and throw it in the oven. But I don't think anything's been unedible. Hmm. I'm learning. Aarti's a pro chef, practically, so in watching her, I'm learning what spices to put in to make things more flavorful, etc. That's really my problem... I can follow a recipe, but I don't know what else to add to jazz stuff up a bit. But no real disasters, I don't think. Other than maybe not greasing the cookie sheet, but even that wasn't too traumatic.

4. If skill and money were no object, what would make for your dream meal?
What's with all the hard questions? <.g> I am a chicken person. And a potato person. Either one prepared just about any way would be good with me. Don't like pig much, or seafood at all. So that takes away some "fancier" types of meals. I'm also up for trying just about anything. Unless it's seafood. Lol. Which I have tried, thank you very much, because I won't turn down anything I haven't tried at least once, but I don't think I'd be up for trying it again. So maybe my dream meal would be something adventurous prepared perfectly. Cuz that would be fun.

5. What are you doing this weekend?
I'm home. It's my sister's 19th birthday on Sunday, so we're celebrating tomorrow. I think she and I are going to see Crossroads tonight, and tomorrow both sets of grandparents are coming over for lunch. Then our family (just the four of us) will go out for dinner. Sometime in there I have to fit in another load of laundry and some homework. But it's do-able. =)

February 14, 2002


SARAH GOT ENGAGED!!!!! We have asked her after EVERY "big day" if she got a ring, and for some reason we didn't ask her tonight. I was about to ask her. I really was. She was standing in my doorway with a smile too big to just be about the CD and pajamas Brad got her. But I decided not to bug her about it.. lol. So she came in and we watched ice skating for about a half hour before she was like "There's something else," and showed us her hand. The four of us (yes we were ALL FOUR in the same room... amazing!) jumped up and down and squealed and giggled for like 10 minutes. SO EXCITING!!! They have been dating since senior year in high school. Eeeeeek!! The first of my friends to *really* get engaged. Woohoo!! What a Valentine's Day!

So my Valentine's Day wasn't

So my Valentine's Day wasn't too bad! Aarti and I ordered pizza and rented Four Weddings and a Funeral (which neither of us had ever seen... it was pretty good!! Cute, and I love hearing British people swear). So we arrived back from Blockbuster at the same time as the pizza guy arrived... 15 minutes early. I let Aarti out of the car to pay and I went to park. Our parking is under the apartments, between cement walls, and there's not a lot of room. When people park diagonally in front of me, it's hard to maneuver. I figured Aarti was paying (we had left the money on the table) so I didn't need to hurry. I took my time. Well. Aarti didn't have keys, so she was standing there with the pizza guy and they were WATCHING me try to park. The pizza guy had said "Do you think if I dropped the Sprite on her, she'd hurry up?" Lol. And he was CUTE. So I got the keys and gave him the money. And the funny thing... Valentine's Day, two roommates getting pizza, holding a video.... you can SO tell we're single girls. Ha ha ha. What a night. Oh well. Now we're drinking sangria, and it is oh so yummy. Nothing like a little wine to end your Valentine's day. =)

Alright, Shelley, I did it.

Alright, Shelley, I did it. Lol. She's been begging me to do this. Now, remember, this is based PURELY on fanfiction, not on their "real" selves, which I probably don't know as much about as I do about their fictional selves. Which changes things up some, and I'm forced to give answers I wouldn't so much if I was talking about their real selves (for which I think JC would be the answer to all three... lol)

Categorize Your Fandom Men In Three Categories:

1.- Sexiest: The one that makes you fan yourself, giggle, and say "what a man!" I'm going to stick with JC on this. Because he's always portrayed as this eternal romantic, but with those goofy little "JC Moments" that make you shake your head and laugh, just like in interviews. They're so endearing. And if I'm allowed to judge this on pictures as well as fic, I might have to throw in a little Justin when he's not trying to be sexy. Cuz trying-to-be-sexy Justin just... isn't. But then again, JC in pictures almost always is. So he wins. <.g>

2.- The Knight: The fairy-tale prince type who makes you sigh because men in the real world aren't like that. Okay, I'm going with Joey here. He's constantly doing these too-sweet things for everyone, and he's that teddy bear everyone runs to when they have a problem, in, like, every story. ha ha.

3.- The One I'd Most Likely End Up With: Judging from past and present relationships, who's the most realistic guy for you. I'd love to say JC. Maybe it would be him. This one's tough. But probably Lance. Fiction Lance is always portrayed as this shy, somewhat fumbling in the area of dating-type of guy, and that's SO me, so we'd probably both be hanging out in our respective booths while everyone else is paired up, and end up talking just out of convenience, or whatever, and the rest would be history. lol. (And I love how Shelley thought she'd end up with JC or Joey, and I thought I'd end up with Lance. Lol. Trade?)_

Okay, I posted that last

Okay, I posted that last post at like 9:20 this morning, but it didn't go until now. Woops!!

My 2-hour 9:00 class got

My 2-hour 9:00 class got canceled. Which is a nice thing, but kind of stinky that I had to walk all the way to the psych building to find out. My TA was like "I didn't find out until after Section yesterday. If it makes you feel any better, I had to get up just to TELL you guys lecture is canceled." It does, a little bit, but email is a wonderful thing. It would have made me feel even BETTER if he'd emailed us yesterday and I could have slept in. I wouldn't have had to go anywhere until my 1:00. That would have been nice. =) At least now I can actually DO my advertising, because in looking at it, there's a WHOLE LOT of reading to do, and I probably wouldn't have gotten it all done in time to turn the reaction paper in by 5. Which wouldn't have been the end of the world, because we only have to do 5 out of 10 reading reactions, but it will be nice to have them done before the end of the semester. So, yes. Getting to work now.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today I celebrate my twenty-first V-Day being single. Lol. I blame my mother for the fact that I feel this need to wear red, anyway. She dressed us up for EVERY holiday when we were kids, so I still MUST wear red on Valentine's Day, green on St. Patrick's Day, orange on Halloween, etc. It's like the world will tip off its axis if I don't. <.g>

February 13, 2002

Sarah is student teaching this

Sarah is student teaching this semester (chemistry) and one of the teachers she works with (math) had her students make Math Valentines today. One of them was "You are the Best Fit Line in my Scatterplot." How CUTE is that?? Lol!! We're finding best fit lines in scatterplots in stats. I hate stats. But that's a really cute use of all those mathy terms. <.g>

Let's see. Is anything interesting going on? We observed at the Child Development Lab today, four-year-olds. So cute. Except they were outside the whole hour we were there and it was COLD. Brrr. There was this one little girl who reminded me of me. Madeline. She had on a jean skirt and a red coat and tights that had multicolored horizontal stripes all down them with little black shoes. SO CUTE. I had tights like that when was her age. They were my Raggedy Ann (how do you spell that?) Tights, even though Raggedy Ann's were only red and white. But I had Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls that my great grandma made me, and they were my absolute favorites. So I loved those tights. ha ha.

Okay so nothing else exciting is going on. At all. I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something, but I can't remember what it is... like I should have something to do tonight. Hmmmm. I guess I don't.

February 12, 2002

Wow, I've been productive today!

Wow, I've been productive today! I went to Best Buy and bought myself a new black printer cartridge. Woohoo! Big excitement. And I got my sister her birthday present. Then Aarti and I went to a Chinese buffet, which actually wasn't the best I'd ever had. Oh well. Then I came home and have been work, work, working on my resume. I think I finally got it all together. Anyone know of someone who is hiring public relations interns for this summer? Anywhere in the US... I'm not picky. Lol. I need an internship. I couldn't figure out how to make it look real nice on the web... it's kind of smooshed against the left side (at least on my computer), but believe me, on paper, it's gorgeous. <.g> Wish me luck!!

February 11, 2002

Everybody head on over to

Everybody head on over to Carolyn's blog to wish her a Very Happy Birthday!!

February 10, 2002

Grrr. Frustration. Lol. Shelley wants

Grrr. Frustration. Lol. Shelley wants to move me over to some-dreams.com (which is good... that's where I need to be, anyway), but in the process she ALSO wants to move me to movable type. Therefore, I need a new template. And I need one that is movable type-compatible. Do you know it's practically IMPOSSIBLE to find movable type templates for download? Maybe I'm not looking in the right places. Anyone have any suggestions? I like things that are simple and cute (but not too cutesy). And I guess if I was finding stuff I didn't like, at least I'd know I was looking in the right places but am just too picky. The thing is, I can't find anything. Lol. Help?

I took this Care Bear

I took this Care Bear Quiz, and it looks like I am not easily categorized. <.g> This is what I came up with. A four-way tie between:

See what Care Bear you are.

I like those bears! I don't know how much of a Bedtime Bear I am, since I *never* get sleep, but that is the Care Bear I have, so maybe that's why. <.g> I have to tell my little Care Bear story. Blue was my favorite color and I wanted the blue Care Bear. Nothing else would do. Well, my mom couldn't *find* the blue Care Bear. So what did she do? She made me one. Heehee. It's sooooo cute. Looks just like Bedtime Bear, only it's all cloth instead of the hard plastic heart nose and heart on its butt. It has a hart on its butt, but it's a cloth one. Heehee. And the bedtime patch on its belly was homemade, too. So, so cute. And then a couple years later, my grandma found a mini Bedtime Bear in the store, so she bought it for me. So I have one big one that's homemade, and one little one that's store-bought. Lol.

February 09, 2002

Oh! I remembered. Lol. I

Oh! I remembered. Lol. I KNEW there was something else. Didn't realize the "next post" was going to come so soon, but here it is. I just thought this was really cool. It's the world at night. You can see what parts are heavily populated and which aren't... quite interesting!!

This is going to be

This is going to be the post of randomness. You were given fair warning.

ALF is doing commercials. For 10-10-220 or something. I love ALF! They even have a line in there about cats. <.g> How sad is it that a great majority of people seeing that commercial just aren't going to get it? Lol.

I ushered the basketball game today. They won!! They NEEDED to win. Badly. The first half sucked bigtime. At one point, Purdue had exactly three times as many points as Illinois. Lol. But they pulled it together and it was a GREAT game. I thought it might go into overtime, but it didn't. Excitement. I ushered with this guy... he was funny. He LOVES kids and kept pointing the cutest ones out to me. lol. And he knew a lot about basketball, and I don't so much (I enjoy it, but I never know what the calls the refs make mean... lol), so he kept demonstrating the calls. Like if I would ask what happened, he'd show me what kind of foul had happened. He reminded me SO MUCH of Randall from FL. If he hadn't mentioned living an hour from school, I'd have asked him if he was from Biloxi. ha ha. So I had fun. I like it when I usher with people. If I'm in C, I'm usually alone because there are TONS of portals in C, but in A, there aren't as many so most are doubled up. Today I was in A.

Changing gears again, I found this humorous. It was in a magazine from... from the looks of it, No Strings Attached era. Big Justin hair, but not at its full... bigness... and JC didn't have very much hair at all. lol. Anyway, JC was talking about *NSYNC's staying power, and this is what he said: "To me good music is good music and someone will buy it. When our fans go off to college, I don't think they'll have our posters on the wall, but that's not to say they won't like our music." Ha! He was right on most of that... but the first thing most people see when they come into my room is my framed mini-poster signed by Chris. <.g> I thought that was funny.

Okay, is that all I wanted to blog about? Hmmm... I can't remember if there was anything else. I guess there's always the next post. ha ha.

LOL. I just looked at

LOL. I just looked at Kristine's blog and saw the Friday Five... I so cannot answer those questions. Lol. <.blush> Maybe I will make up my OWN Friday Five. ha ha. Or take five random questions from the survey my sister sent me... that sounds good to me. I'm awake, I'm chillin', I can do a mini-survey/alternative Friday Five. <.g>

1. What is the most random thing in your room?
Honestly, a chanter. What is a chanter, you ask? It's bagpipes without the bag or the pipes. It's what you learn to play the bagpipes on. My mom is half-Scottish and she thought it would be cool if my sister and I learned to play a song on the chanter for my grandpa. Ha! It's quite a bit harder than it looks.

2. What song most defines your life?
In light of the upcoming holiday, I am going to say "On My Own" from Les Miserables. Aside from the fact I LOVE that musical and I LOVE that song (and sang it for solo contest in 7th grade... heehee), it totally IS me.

3. What is the nicest thing you have done for someone?
I put this one down because it is a challenge to think of. I think the most meaningful thing I have probably done is, for Jessica's graduation, I made this book... It has a page for each "important" day/event I could find pictures for from her high school years, and I wrote a little story to go with it that left room for her to fill in her viewpoint as well, and then there were pages for college also. I think she liked it a lot. And I had fun doing it.

4. What is the nicest thing someone has done for you?
Actually, this is kind of ironic. I didn't go to my senior prom (for a lot of reasons... ugh), so my two good friends and I went downtown and just had a really good time. Well, someone sent me a flower basket. After drilling my friends and my parents over and over again, I was finally convinced they hadn't sent it. So I called the florist and she told me a "nice young man who wished to remain anonymous" had sent them, and I really think the fact that I still, to this day, do not know who sent me those flowers has made it even more fun. Like, if I knew, then it would be over. But since I don't, I still think about it periodically. Keeps the fun alive, or something. <.g>

5. The classic... What are your plans for the weekend?
Obviously my plans do not involve getting all geared up for Valentine's Day. I feel like my weekend is over already, since I just got back from Chicago. I totally feel like it's Sunday. Exciting that it isn't. lol. I'm ushering the men's basketball game tomorrow, and the had BETTER win. It's against Purdue. It's crucial. They've been having a rough streak lately and March Madness is coming up. So I will cross my fingers and send some winning vibes their way. Lol. Cuz I'm powerful like that. <.g> It should be fun. Other than that, it's homework time, I suppose.

I am sad. =( We

I am sad. =( We might not have tickets to the Thursday concert at all. <.sigh> I kinda wish we had gone and stood in line. Would have made things easier on a lot of people if I had just gotten my own tickets. And it sounds like the people who did stand in line had a lot of fun. Lol. Oh well. It's no one's fault. You never can tell how things will work out. Maybe I will end up thanking my lucky stars, yet. lol. The GOOD thing is that we DO have tickets for Friday. Thank goodness. Heehee. AND we can't go to a soundcheck we don't have tickets for, so since I did get the Friday tickets I will STILL be able to try to get soundcheck tix for Friday, so maybe I will see them close-up afterall. That would be damn awesome. I still have hope.

February 08, 2002

Oh my gosh. I had

Oh my gosh. I had SO MUCH FUN in Chicago. The W Hotel is AWESOME. They had doormen and bellmen and everything, and everyone was dressed ALL in black and the lighting was very dim and the decorating was dark and really classy and they played cool music. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights they have a party (but we got there too late and missed it.. sadness). The place really reminded me of a club. Amazing. We stayed on the 20th floor and our room was SO COOL. It was done in black and tan and deep purple with black and white photographs on the walls and it was huge and SO NICE. Man. The beds had down comforters and down pillows and down pads over the mattresses. I didn't want to get out of bed. So nice. I can see why celebrities stay there. It's right in the smack-dab middle of downtown, and all the buildings are SO close. Lol. We could see into people's rooms in the hotel next door, and even being on the 20th floor wasn't high enough to see sky between the buildings and was too high to see the ground. That was kinda weird. Lol. The only thing was tipping... we didn't know when or how much, and I feel really bad about that. Lol. I need a Tipping Etiquette Book or something. Ha ha.

The hotel was about 5 blocks from the Art Institute, and it was a BEAUTIFUL day. In the 40's. Aarti and I were both wearing turtleneck sweaters, so we took off our coats and we were fine. We got to the Art Institute too early, so we went down to the lake and walked along it for about 45 minutes. Took some pictures, enjoyed the view... SO FUN. I LOVE hanging out in Chicago. We would have gone to Navy Pier if we'd had more time, and the Swiss was RIGHT around the bend, but we didn't have time to walk that far. I kinda wanted to check it out. Lol. We went back to the Art Institute, and aside from the masses of annoyingly loud schoolchildren, we had a great time there, as well. I absolutely love the Impressionistic exhibits. I could spend the whole day wandering through those rooms. We spent a lot of time looking at the photography, too, which was pretty sad because they had pictures of September 11. =( But all in all, it was a GREAT day. And now we're back in Champaign... back to real life. Heehee. I feel like my weekend's over and it's only just starting!! Woohoo! It was SO worth missing classes today.

February 07, 2002

Whew. Cognitive exam is OVER.

Whew. Cognitive exam is OVER. It wasn't too awful, aside from the horrible, pounding, vice-like headache I developed just before class. I spent the two and a half hours between stats and cognitive studying for the exam, which I think was extremely helpful. The two girls in the hallway with me and I formed an impromptu study group, which was good. Pushed us to quiz each other. Some of the questions on the exam were really ambiguous, but I think there's a curve. Yay for curves. The short essay questions, on the other hand, were extremely specific. And by that time, my headache was in my eyes and I just wanted to go home, so hopefully I answered them completely *enough*. We'll see, I suppose.

My sister sent this to me: Colorgenics. It was actually pretty right-on. Fairly cool. Try it out!

I'm off to Chicago at 4:00. I am quite excited. I can't wait to go to the Art Institute. I think this year I want to try to go to all the museums. I think the Art Institute is the one I haven't been to for the longest time, though. Fun!

February 06, 2002

Okay. I'm a big ball

Okay. I'm a big ball of nervousness. Like, from head to toe. I have not gotten this freaked out about an exam in a loooong time. I don't know why I just know this Cognitive Psych exam tomorrow is going to kill me. I think part of it is that I don't have *stellar* grades in my psych classes. Not awful, but nothing to write home about, ya know? And I'm taking stats, which is a 5-hour course and is just going to rape me, I think. I just don't get it. Ugh. So, with cognitive and stats, that's eight hours of my 19-hour semester that are potentially not extremely good grades. Yick. I am SO not used to doing poorly in classes. Not that I'm Ms. Smarty Pants or anything, but usually with a decent amount of effort, I can pull it off. And I'm just not getting that vibe from my classes this semester, and that's wigging me out. lol. I need some good psychology-y wavelengths tossed my way tomorrow. Heehee.

So, to turn a =/ into a =), I'm going to post some Happy Pictures. Note: I did not name these files. Lol.
I am a sucker for JC looking happy.
What babies! Justin looks like a puppy. JC is all European-suave. I like Lance's hair color. Joey is skinny-skinny. And Chris's sideburns? Heehee. Cute. Very cute, as a whole.
This one's for Carolyn. I debated between this and a Chris in glasses one. I decided on this one because this MTV performance was the first time I thought Chris and his braids were absolutely adorable. I was totally feeling the Chris cuteness here.
Here are some more. Read the little mouse roll-over tag thingies. Ha ha ha.

February 05, 2002

Hmmm. How much do I

Hmmm. How much do I NOT want to do homework? Yick. Lol. I have SO MUCH of it, too. Man. Amie came over today. I think I was not very social. =/ We made chocolate chip cookies and watched TV... I feel like a bad Pal. (That's what we're called through the Friendship Program.. Pals.) We didn't really talk much or play a game or anything, just sat and watched Oxygen network. ha ha. Oh well. She's going on a cruise starting tomorrow, so I won't even get to see her next week.

Ooo! I forgot! On Thursday, Aarti, Shefali and I are going to Chicago. (I didn't blog about this, did I?) Shifi has an office visit with Price Waterhouse Coopers and they are putting her up in the W Hotel. That's a really nice hotel, isn't it? It's new in Chicago... well, we are going with her, and while she is at her office visit, Aarti and I are going to the Art Institute!!! WOOHOO!!! I am soooo excited. I have to miss my statistics discussion class, but oh well. It will be worth it. I haven't been to the Art Institute in YEARS, and I have NEVER stayed in a hotel in downtown Chicago. So yay!

Like Miggie, I, too, decided

Like Miggie, I, too, decided to find out who my Inner Rock Star is. I'm not sure how entirely accurate this is, and I'd be curious to find out what the other options are, but...

Feel it, sweetheart; the rock star in you is all Britney—the envy of cheerleaders everywhere. One part girl next door, one part naughty sex kitten, you're definitely not as innocent as you look. And that is why nobody can get enough of you. You are the ultimate American girl with some serious staying power. Unlike other success stories, you and Britney are more than just a pretty face: you've got talent, confidence, and the brains to back it up. With a talent list like yours it's no wonder you're at the top of the popularity charts and young men's hearts. We love you. Shout out your inner Britney!

February 04, 2002

I'm bored. I'm in 290

I'm bored. I'm in 290 lab and I've been listening to this tape for over an hour. I REALLY shouldn't be wasting time, but I got here 20 minutes early and I can't leave early because we have a lab meeting at 1:00, soooo.... yup. I'm taking a 10-minute break. That's all I need. lol.

I didn't really do my reading for my 396 class today, but we didn't have to write a reaction to this one, and it's a subject I've covered in my child psych class last semester as well as my interpersonal communications class the semester before, so I figure I can comment intelligently without having actually finished reading the article. I read all but the results, so I think I'm good. Lol.

I have an exam in cognitive on Thursday. Eeek! I don't feel like we've had enough class for an exam! Ugh. Oh well. I'll survive, and hopefully it won't be that bad. I better do the reading for that class when I go home today, though. Lol.

Okay, my break is over. Back to work! Anyone know how to clear the history on macs? ha ha ha....

February 03, 2002

IQ Tests are fun! I

IQ Tests are fun! I scored lower on this one than I usually do, but oh well. Ha ha. I don't really think these things measure anything. It's funny, though... as I was going through and taking this, I was complaining about the language questions, and how I liked the logic ones SO much better. It's a wonder why. Look at my results! Lol. It's strange, though, in light of my results that this semester statistics is giving me such a headache. And that I have always performed about equally well in English and writing and such classes as I do in math and science classes, and I like the English-y ones better than the math ones... guess that goes to show you IQ tests don't mean a thing. <.g>

Your Intellectual Type is a Visual Mathematician. Interesting...

Like Albert Einstein, you have a strong ability to process visual-spatial and mathematical information. These skills combined with your strengths in logic are what make you a visual mathematician.

You're able to understand patterns visually and in numbers. That means your mind can create a mental picture for any problem. In addition to that skill, you possess an intelligence that allows you to apply math to that picture, too. That helps you manipulate multiple parts of the picture (or problem) to come up with a solution.

You have many skills that are critical to success and problem-solving. Your talents help you understand the "big picture," which is partly why people may turn to you for direction — especially in the workplace. You flourish in environments where tasks are clearly defined, and you are a whiz at improving processes and making things more efficient. Given your ability to detect patterns and your skills in math and logic, it would be natural for you to come up with ideas that simplify processes for everyone.

I got some sad, sad

I got some sad, sad news today. =( Remember my friend Everett from the Janet concert? (I was ushering with him and he collapsed in the hallway of a heart attack.) Well, he passed away on Friday. =( I feel like I should have gone to the memorial service today, just because I was the last person to see him alive. I mean, he was on life support for a week, but I was the last one to have a conversation with him. I didn't know him, other than that, and I didn't know his family, and I don't know where the memorial service is being held, but I just feel bad.

February 02, 2002

Here is my random knowledge

Here is my random knowledge for the day: Today is a palindrome day: 2-02-02. This is also a palindrome year: 2002. They usually come once every 100 years or so, like 2112, 2222, 2332, etc. BUT this is an unusual time because the last time it happened was 1991. So twice in just over a decade. Cool, huh?

Whew. What a weekend! And

Whew. What a weekend! And it's only Saturday night. Man. Yesterday, Shelley, Aarti and I went up towards home. We ended up having to drop Shelley off, but Aarti came back with me. We saw Beautiful Mind. GREAT movie, even though I can't STAND Russell Crowe (however you spell his name... I don't care enough to look it up. lol).

Okay, so the reason we were going home was to buy tickets for the *NSYNC concert, right? Well, they had told us each time we called that there was NO April 5th concert, and Shelley's dad had gotten us tickets to the April 4th concert already, so we didn't really need to go buy tickets. I got this grand idea that Tammy and Dorothy might want to go, though, so I called, and they did, so I offered to buy them tickets. Off to Allstate we went, about 10:30. Tix went on sale at 10. When we got there, the place was deserted. So I went up to the guy and asked him for two tickets, and he was like "Which night?" I said "What do you MEAN which night?" I am PISSED that they flat-out LIED to me about there not being a Friday concert. I SO would have gotten in line earlier. Grrrrr. Turns out tons of people had camped out, and even THEY didn't get such great seats, since there had been so many people there. So I got Tam and Dor (and Jess and I) tickets for the April 5th concert as well. Even though we're in the section BEHIND the floor. Grrr. I HOPE the tickets Shelley's dad got us were good. I really wish I knew where they were. I like to have control over things. If I had gone to stand in line and hadn't been able to get good seats for the 4th, that would be under MY control, ya know? But since someone ELSE got them and I can't KNOW where they are, it's driving me batty. I can't stand not knowing things. Like, regardless of goodness of seats, if I'd been the one to get bad seats, whatever. I'd have done the best I could. But since I don't know, I can't know if standing in line (which would be something I could control) would have been better.... ugh. Lol. I'm a freak, I know.

Anyway. Basically I'm THRILLED there is a Friday concert, even if our seats are not good. They were still cheaper than our *awful* seats this summer. lol. AND we have the chance to go to a soundcheck. If it had only been Thursday, there would have been NO way. So now there is a chance. Woohoo! And TONY LUCCA IS OPENING!!! Do you know how excited I am about this??? I can't WAIT to see what he has been up to these past couple years. So, all in all, it was good. A good day. After the whole ticket deal we went to Woodfield and did some quick shopping, took Aarti to the train, and Shelley (who had met us at Woodfield) and I went back to my house. Then we went down to Chicago to meet up with Aarti and her sister Anjali and went to dinner at this cute Mexican restaurant, and then the three of us headed back to Champaign. WHEW! Long day.

February 01, 2002

Time for the Friday Five!

Time for the Friday Five!

1. Have you ever had braces? Any other teeth trauma?
I have Invisalign now. My teeth really weren't that bad... I wouldn't have gotten braces at all, except I guess I have a tongue thrust that has pushed my teeth up so that my front teeth don't meet in the middle. At all. I mean, they were lined up and everything, I just couldn't bite them together. Which, apparently, can cause receeding gums, or something, which could be a problem later on. So. I wouldn't have done it, but my dentist and orthodontist thought it was a good idea, because receeding gums, if they happen, will be a much worse problem. <.shrug>

2. Ever broken any bones?
Nope. I wasn't a very accident-prone child. Okay, let me rephrase that. I wasn't a serious-accident-prone child. I have always been accident-prone, but nothing that caused serious injury. My sister, on the other hand, has broken more bones than I can count. lol.

3. Ever had stitches?
Nope. See above. Oh, wait. I had my wisdom teeth removed... got stitches for that. But not from getting injured.

4. What are the stories behind some of your [physical] scars?
Most of my scars are from, like, mosquito bites. I guess I'm extra allergic to mosquitoes because when I get bit, the get HUGE and almost always scar. =/ Most of them fade, but I still have some. I have a scar on my leg from my last day of work at Disney... I was working in Pretzel and Nicky was at register and I was taking pretzels out of the oven. I had put all the trays on this rack that started at the floor and went up about waist-high. Well, a tray near the bottom hadn't gotten pushed in all the way and Nicky backed up to open the register... I backed up to get out of her way, and SIZZLE. Right across my calf. It's about 4 inches long. It turned into this HUGE blister that was really pretty gross. lol. Ah well. Battle scars. <.g>

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend?
I HAD planned on standing outside at the Allstate Arena (in February in Chicago) for tickets to *NSYNC's concert, but that has been taken care of, so... I'm still going home because my sister came home from Michigan to stand in line. I feel kind of bad. ha ha. Not that I WANTED to freeze my butt off, but she paid for a train ticket to come home, and now she didn't need to. Ah well. So I guess we'll go home, Aarti and Shelley can meet my sister, maybe we'll go see a movie... do *something* tomorrow, head back down here tomorrow night, and then I will usher for the basketball game Sunday morning. Then I think I'm going to dinner with John and Greg, and I'll probably watch at least some of the Superbowl. lol. How's that for my weekend plans?

Yay! We have internet back.

Yay! We have internet back. It went out last night (sorry, Carolyn!! I didn't mean to just up and leave!) and it's finally back. Too late for me to print out my lecture notes for my 10:00 class this morning, but oh well. I survived. <.g>

So happy day!! Went to lunch with Lance. I love Lance! He's soooo cute. Lol.

Okay, so the Chicago April 5 concert has been taken away. SADNESS!! I wanted to go to a soundcheck. =( It's going to be cutting it REAL close just to get to the actual concert on a Thursday night, since we have a 3-hour drive to get there. And I have an exam that afternoon, so there is no leaving early. <.sigh> It would have worked out SO NICELY if they had had both concerts. Go to Thursday's, go out in Chicago Thursday night, soundcheck (well, that was just a hopefully anyway) and concert Friday... oh well. lol. Saves me some moolah, anyway. Which is good.

But we already have tickets for the April 4 concert. Woohoo!! Tickets go on sale tomorrow. <.g> We dont know WHERE the tickets are, so I'm really hoping they're good. I kinda wish we knew, because then I'd see if the fanclub tickets were better, and if they were, I'd buy them anyway and sell the worse ones. I don't think I'd have a problem getting rid of them, since half my friends were fighting over the extra ticket we had to this summer's concert. lol.