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March 31, 2002

Easter

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!!

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Now I'm off to put the coffee cake in the oven for brunch after church and find my Easter eggs. (One was in the shower... seven to go. <.g>)

March 30, 2002

Saturday

Today was a good day! I went to the mall with Jess and Hollis. I bought a new purse with a gift card I'd gotten for Christmas. It's very cute. I'm excited. Then I got the face scrub from Bath and Body Works I have been looking for FOREVER.

Then Jess, Hollis and I went into the city to see Jill and Mike's new apartment. To explain a bit, Jill and Hollis are sisters. We've known them since Jill and I were in preschool. Jill's my age and Hollis is Jessica's age. Anyway. So we went downtown. The apartment is GORGEOUS. It's right on the Lake Michigan. Like, a stone's throw from the water. They have a "corner" (the quotes are because the building is a squiggly-rounded shape, so their living room is round) from which you can see all of Navy Pier and the beach that's right there. On the roof of the third floor there are two parks -- one that's all grass with a playground for the kids, the other which has a pond, a "nature-y" path, an area for grilling, picnic tables, and a swimming pool. On the roof of the third floor. The building has valet parking, a restaurant, convenience store, salon... some offices... parking alone costs $250 a month, so I can't imagine what the apartment must cost. But it's beautiful, I love it, and I'm completely jealous. <.g>

It was so good to see Jill. She's my first friend out in the "real" world. She'll probably marry Mike, she's got a good job right across the border in Indiana, did I mention she lives in a beautiful apartment? Since she is probably my oldest friend, this is all very exciting. Anyway, we went to Papagus, a Greek restaurant. YUMMY. Jill's food was late, so we got a free dessert out of it, which was big enough to feed the five of us. Lol. I brought half my dinner home. We even got away with using $50 of Let Us Entertain You certificates, even though they are not valid on Saturdays. Lol. Our waiter was cool.

Afterwards, we came home, I made a coffee cake for tomorrow, and I colored Easter Eggs. I love coloring Easter Eggs!! I didn't get as creative with it as I usually do. The colors weren't taking quite as well. Ah well.

So tomorrow is Easter. Last night we went to the Good Friday service, which was all dark and intense. Everyone wore black (except me... I didn't get the memo, and was in red), it was an almost all-music service, and there was a very graphic medical description of exactly what the body goes through during crucifixion. I'll spare you the pain. It was making me nauseous. I don't have a very high pain tolerance, though. Lol. And tomorrow morning we'll go to the Easter service, which should hopefully be much lighter and much more uplifting. One would hope. <.g> So I'm getting my dose of church this weekend. =)

For real?

Is this really out now? Is this really the same thing we have been hearing about? It's not a ripoff, is it? Should I buy it?

this and that

I don't really have anything to say, but I'm a little bit bored and I DON'T want to do statistics anymore. I talked to Elaina last night, which was SO, SO good. I miss her!! She's a math major at UC-Bakersfield, and she had ZERO sympathy for my dislike of statistics. Lol. In fact, she's going to apply to grad school in statistics. Ugh. Ha ha. To each her own, right?

So the concert is now five/six days away. I'm wondering if my chances of going to a soundcheck are out the window. =/ They said they'd let you know a week before. By mail? By email? Either way, I don't have anything. That makes me sad. You'd think "small" concert on a weekday would make the odds better. Ah well. Maybe next time.

Oh, I just heard that JC is in the new Moby video. Must see. I like Moby. I like JC. This seems like a good combination to me.

March 28, 2002

My kind of Friday Five!

Okay, it's not *officially* Friday yet. Here. But it is somewhere, and the Friday Five is up, so... =oř

1. If you could eat dinner with and "get to know" one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose?
Um... lol. There are a good couple of famous people I'd love to have a chat with. Should I be totally silly? JC. <.g> I'm on that "one week until the concert" high right now.

2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel?
Yes, and I'm trying to think. The one that comes to mind (although was certainly not the first OR last) is Aaliyah, which had me pretty shocked just because she was so close to my age. When any person dies it gets me kind of shook up. Famous or not.

3. If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you choose?
Hmm. Only 24 hours, right? I don't think I could handle longer. Um... someone really famous. If I'm gonna do it, I may as well really do it, ya know? Like Julia Roberts or somebody equally recognizable and loved.

4. Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous? Who?
Jamie thinks I look like the girl who played Alex Mack and Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You. <.shrug>

5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Have I ever met anyone famous or have I ever seen anyone famous in person? I suppose my run-ins (all three of them <.g>) with Nick Lea would constitute a "meeting," as we chatted for more than five minutes. Oh, and Chris Owens was there, too. I think five minutes is the critical number there, the distinction between "meeting" and "seeing." I have *seen* (this is going to be quite a list.... lol) a bunch of people: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt, David Allen Grier (all during the Return to Me filming), Mitch Pileggi, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood (Expo), the four of them plus William B. Davis, Gillian Anderson, and a bunch of bit players and writers at the Cure is Out There Cancer Benefit, and Chris Kirkpatrick at the Atlanta Fu Invasion Tour. And Lance was at the OTL Premiere Party, but that was even less than the others, because at least most of the others I got autographs from. I think that's everyone. Oh! Disney people! Forgot completely. I saw Rosie and John McDaniel when they filmed the Rosie Show in Animal Kingdom, sold water to BBMak (before their CD came out... d'oh! Had NO idea who they were at the time), saw Christina Aguilera, um... Eddie Money (whoever that is, it was on his jacket, lol), sold ice cream to him. Oh, we got our picture with Drew Carey at Rockin Roller Coaster when we went back to visit last Christmas. Saw John Travolta at Disney once when I was there on vacation and he came and chatted with our group for like 2 seconds (we were taking an animation class at MGM). Hmm. Anyone I'm forgetting? Oo, saw Richard Gere in the airport once. ha ha.

It's SAD that I had to look up some of those XF people's names. I USED to know them all like the back of my hand. =/


Awww

Heehee!

(you might have to right click and "show picture," but it's so cute!

Whee!!

For the first time in a loooong time I am actually excited about what the next year or so holds, instead of dreading my future. I believe in meant-to-be's, and this just might be one of them. See, if all had gone according to plan, I'd have graduated this May. I went to Disney for a semester, pushed things back a semester. Turns out, could have STILL graduated this May, but both the existence and nonexistence of various plans shot that one down. So, I decided to get my double major. I thought that I had two full semesters ahead of me to complete that.

Turns out, I need three more psychology classes to complete that major and one more speech com for that major (which I had left over so that they didn't force me to graduate this year). Basically, I could get my double major by December no problem. Or I could take it one step further, take 10 hours of pure electives next spring, and have the required number of hours (150) for a double degree. Basically, I'll have the coolest final semester ever. <.g> I can take anything!

On top of all that, I think I'm going back to Orlando for the summer. I haven't found an internship or another job, even though I have sent out SO many resumes. =/ I have to interview on April 10th, but if things go the way they have for everyone else I know who is/has returned, that should work out. I hope, I hope! Now I have to decide whether to go for an Advanced Internship or just the regular College Program again. The choice I make will effect other things, so I'll have to do a lot of thinking on that in the next two weeks. But Eeek! I HOPE everything works out. Excitement!

March 27, 2002

catching up

I've been a Bad Blogger lately. And a Bad Blog Reader. I *think* I'm keeping up with things, but then I go check and I've missed like 12 posts. Lol. So unless you all are Mad Bloggers, I'm slacking. <.g>

She already posted about it (I'm late, as usual), but Shelley and I had a bit of *NSYNC-watching fun last night. I took her to rent OTL and we ended up coming back with PopOdyssey Live, too. We had to make sure it was suitable for her little brother, and that it was up to quality standards and everything, so we had to watch it. We didn't want to; we had to. Honest. It was our duty as big sister/big sister's roommate. Yes.

So that SO brought back memories. <.sigh> My first concert. Ever. So as of June 15th last year, I hadn't been to any concerts. After April 7th of this year, just 10 months later, I'll have been to seven. Lol. (2 PopOdyssey, Aerosmith, Janet, 2 Celebrity, and Nelly.) That'll be fun. But seriously, it was a lot of fun to relive PO, even if only on a 13-inch TV. I got to see a heck of a lot more facial expressions/costume details. Way different from watching the JumboTron and then squinting down at those bouncing and wiggling colored ants on the stage and matching costumes to figure out who was who. <.g> They had some fun backstage ripping-off-clothing (don't worry, they had another layer underneath) moments, but sometimes I'd have liked to watch more of those goofy videos they were showing. I think they were a little more conservative knowing they were being filmed, though. My concert was more fun. I miss Justin getting stuck during God Must Have Spent and Chris hanging around while they got the ladder out to get him down, and then Justin hopping on Chris's back and riding him piggy-back style as they sprinted for their costume change. I miss all the bouncing on the runway during Gone. I miss the extra dirtiness injected into the bull-riding during Space Cowboys. I miss Chris checking out his own butt on the JumboTron. heh heh. I tell ya, they were more conservative this time. Ah well.

So that was fun. I get Amie today, and Aarti's 11-year-old family friend from Austria will also be here, I think. Invasion of the sixth graders! I know Amie wanted to work on her Sim house, but that would be very non-interactive, and I don't want any bored children, so perhaps we'll watch On the Line or something. Make popcorn, play Disney Monopoly... we have options.

Well. I've wasted enough time. Getting dressed and ready for class would be productive now. Yes.

March 26, 2002

Why?

Why do I live in Illinois? Our weather needs to make up its mind. Dude. We had 70-degree days in December, 50- and 60-degree days in January and February... now it's March. March 26, to be exact, less than a week from April, and it's more like winter than any of those months ever was. Yesterday, Champaign-Urbana was one solid sheet of ice. Seriously. There was no difference between street/grass/sidewalk. All ice. I felt like a penguin waddling along it, head ducked into the wind to spare my nose and hopefully my ears, since (genius me) I did not bring my hat. Or scarf. Or gloves. Today, I woke up in a snow globe. Yes, folks, we're in the middle of an honest-to-goodness "winter storm," complete with warnings and everything! The snow out my window goes up to car doors... that's gonna be fun to walk in <.g>

And it really would be fun to walk in if I hadn't done something awful to my knee last night. =/ I don't know WHAT I did, but I was kneeling on Shelley's floor, and when I went to stand up, I couldn't straighten it. Now I can't bend it. At least not without a shooting pain flying through it. Ow. And darn it if I don't HAVE to go to class today.... when did my Tuesdays become so important that I can't even miss one? And I don't even own boots! <.pout>

Well, I played Sims last night for hours upon hours instead of doing my statistics which is due tomorrow. Maybe I can play this knee thing up and turn the homework in on Friday <.g> Probably not. But I DID see the Girlfriend remix on MTV this morning, and I hadn't EVER seen it on MTV. I don't think I'd even ever seen the original, outside of TRL. So that was quite exciting. Good start to my day. Good start. And in five minutes I get to call work and tell them I can work the Nelly concert on the 7th. WOOHOO!! That will be a weekend of concerts... *NSYNC Thursday and Friday, possibly Proof (okay, it's a play, but it's still a show) on Saturday, and now Nelly on Sunday. Whee!

March 25, 2002

upgrade

Kate - your blog is now upgraded to Movable Type 2.0! Enjoy :)
this post will self destruct in 5...4.... just kidding, you can delete it when you see it :)

March 23, 2002

*yawn*

Well, I'm back at school. Spring break is over. Sadness. I didn't get a thing done. Woops. I worked 45 hours, though, and came back down here this morning only to work another 8.

I worked the IHSA State Drill Team Competition today. It was actually very entertaining, aside from having to stand from 2:00-10:00. My feet are going to fall off. But the show was fun! I only worked the second half of the day (it started at 6:30... eeep!) and I got "Space Cowboy" four times (cowboy routines were *very* popular), "Giddy Up" once, "Pop" once (as the whole routine, not just a segment of a longer one, so that was cool), "One Song, Glory" from Rent (my favorite Rent song), a Harry Potter soundtrack routine... what else was cool? Oh, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (the medley with Material Girl in the middle) was used SIX times. I was going to scream. Lol. They all had similar outfits for it, too. I kept telling the guy I was working with when the songs were *NSYNC songs, and he was like "Dude, girl, you know too much." Ha ha ha ha ha. If he only knew. ALL I was telling him was "Oh, this is *NSYNC" and "this is *NSYNC too!" (of course I did it within like the first two notes...)

Okay, I'm exhausted and I'm having five people crash at my place tonight. It started as one, then she asked if she could bring her friends, and by the time I got down to school, two other friends of mine had talked to my roommate (not me) and I learnd that they, too, were staying here. All I want to do is go to bed... oh well. I suppose I will try to wake up and play Good Little Hostess. <.g>

March 22, 2002

La-la-la-la

Good morning, everyone! I got this from Alicia.


Which Celebrity Song Are You?

Lol, I don't know if that's accurate (maybe it is, I am almost always pretty up-beat), but it's one of my fave songs on the CD, so I guess that's a good thing. <.g> I wish they had "Something Like You" on there. That song is, hopefully, my future descriptor. I wish they were singing it this concert. =( Two weeks two weeks two weeks!! Two weeks from yesterday, two weeks from today. How ever will I make it that long? Lol.

It's spring. It's 17 degrees out. Brrrrr. That's all I have to say.

March 21, 2002

Snow

It's SNOWING. It's freaking March 21st, now officially SPRING, and it's snowing. Yesterday, it was 55 degrees. Today, it's a high of 30. I hate Chicago weather. Lol.

Ugh

A week and a half or so ago, I mentioned in passing that I'd gotten a phone call that upset me a bit. Well, I wrote about it in my statistics notebook in class one day last week and never got around to posting it. So here it is.

I'm not the type of person to hold grudges or let things bother me for very long. I'm a pretty laid-back, let things roll off my back kinda gal. 99% of the time, anyway. In fact, when I was a kid, if I was angry with someone (usually my dad, sometimes my sister, periodically a friend), I'd vent my frustrations and be over it almost before the other person had really started to get angry back. I could come back into the room and be perfectly jolly, and I'd never understand why the other person was still mad. My mom used to tell me "other people aren't like you, Kate. They can't turn their emotions on and off like a switch. They don't downshift that quickly."

Well, fine. I got used to being done with being mad or frustrated or whatever way before the other person did. So it's a huge surprise to me with frustrations hang around and nag at me.

That has happened lately with Melissa*. Now, Melissa, I can pretty honestly say, is one of my best friends and has been for most of college. We've been through a lot together and we've been there for each other, but lately, she's said and done some things that just frustrate me. She's backed out of a couple of really important things (at least things that were important to me), and in one case, ended up leaving me really high and dry. It was that last incident that has produced this tug in my stomach when I think about hanging out with her or talking to or or whatever. I wish it would go away. I really do. That was a couple months ago, now, and it still bugs me. And I HATE that it bugs me.

Because of that little tug of left-over... resentment? Whatever it is, I've (mostly subconsciously) avoided being in her presence a whole lot. We still hang out, we still talk, but I just haven't been going out of my way to be around her. And I love the girl, I really do. Like I said, she's a good friend and I don't in any way want to lose that. I just can't help it that I'm still ever-so-slightly still peeved about this, and it helps my sanity to not be confronted with it. Lol. Remember, I'm not used to holding onto things that bother me. <.g> Anyway. So she called and asked why I didn't want to hang out with her anymore, and I really didn't have a reason. I fumbled around and stammered out "It's not intentional. We've just been busy." Which is true. Ugh. I don't want to be a person who holds grudges!! Ack! I just need to let go of this and go on with my life, but somehow, in this case, it's not something I can make myself do. I guess I'll just have to sit back and hope it happens soon. =/

*Name has been changed to protect the not-so-innocent

Okay, I know that was really cryptic. Lol. Sorry. I don't like talking about my friends online in anything less than glowingly positive lights. <.g>

March 20, 2002

Mornin'

Man, I'm getting a little tired of some-dreams being down every night. Yeesh. I was talking on the phone to Aarti last night when Rina sent me this quote, and Aarti asked if I'd post it so that she could actually read it, so, Aarti, here it is.

" I wanted to ride with Joey and Lance, but I'm allergic to ferrets. So I have to put up with Justin and Chris playing their funny jokes on me. There were times when I thought that swollen eyes and a runny nose might be more fun, actually." -- JC

Heehee, cute, ey?

Also, is that one big-ass beer in Joey's hand? Lol. He's cute.

Okie dokie, I'm off to work. Another loooong day of scrounging around for work. Somehow I just can't sit there and play Solitaire or surf the 'net. Kyle told me she was expecting to hire a temp who would sit and read magazines and answer the phones, not a previous employee who would actually want to work. <.g> I just feel so wasteful if I'm not doing something productive. Like, what are they paying me for? To answer phones, yes, but those darn things don't ring every minute (although sometimes it feels like it...). So. I spend more of my time wandering the office looking for some odd job than actually doing odd jobs, because nobody seems to have any odd jobs for me!

Okay, rant over. I do apologize.

March 19, 2002

Brit-Brit

Today's radio news was full of tidbits on Ms. Spears. Did you know she's opening a restaurant in New York? Tentatively called Pinky's. Cute. Why is it that all these musicians want to branch out and do everything under the sun, just because they have the money to? Somehow, I don't think a Britney Spears restaurant in Manhattan is going to be a booming business. But what do I know?

The radio also spent an obscene amount of time debating whether Justin and Britney did actually break up. They were taking callers to vote on it all day. What kind of world do we live in where the relationship between two practically-teenagers is such big news? Yeesh! I, for one, don't care. At all.

There was also discussion of Joey's "second" and "third" movies (quotes are there because that's what the radio chick called them, but I know he's done at least one movie before OTL, Longshot, which knocks those numbers down, so...). That's news I'm actually somewhat interested in. ;)

Oh, want to hear something cute? Too bad, you're hearing it anyway. <.g> Or reading... whatever. Anyway. My mom said to me last night, "You know, I'd like to go to an *NSYNC concert with you sometime." She didn't want to go with my friends, though, saying they wouldn't want a mom tagging along, so she said next concert (if there is one), she'd like to go with me. Lol. I tried to talk her into finding a friend (which she laughed at) to go see this concert with, in case there isn't a next one. Plus, the rumored toned-down atmosphere would probably be more my mom's speed than, say, PopOdyssey would have been. Ah well. Ya think I could get her to drive seven hours on a Thursday night to go to the Memphis concert? HA!

March 18, 2002

learning *something* at least

I have proof that I learn things in school. See, in Cognitive Psych, we were talking about humans' unique ability to see and remember faces. We can remember them better than anything else we see, and our perception of them is also unique in that we can recognize them from different angles but not when they're inverted.

Case in point.

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It took me an obscenely long amount of time to tell who the two upside down guys were. a) They're really young. b) They have no facial hair. c) They're gold. d) They're upside down. Lol. But it was by process of elimination. I saw JC and Justin. I thought the upper-right one was Lance. Then I noticed Lance down in between JC and Justin, and then it was like "okay... that one, I think, is Chris... who IS that fifth guy?" Lol. I honestly didn't recognize him as Joey. It was only because Joey was the only one missing that I decided it was him, tried to turn my head upside down, and finally saw the resemblence. <.g>

Now I'm off to work as receptionist for the week. Joy!

March 17, 2002

Age Gauge

I just found Boy the Bear's Age Gauge, and this is fun! There are 4 different age gauges: History, Top 40, TV and Movies. I just picked some of the fun ones to share.

Did you know I'm:

  • 64 years 1 month younger than Walter Cronkite, age 85
  • 40 years 10 months younger than Ted Koppel, age 62
  • 39 years 6 months younger than Bob Dylan, age 60
  • 22 years 3 months younger than Madonna, age 43
  • 14 years 9 months younger than Cindy Crawford, age 36
  • 1 year 0 months older than Jenna and Barbara Bush, age 20
  • 1 year 0 months older than Britney Spears, age 20


And I was:

  • 16 years old when Princess Diana died
  • 13 years old when The Sign by Ace Of Base was released
  • 13 years old at the time the TV series Friends began
  • 8 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • 6 years old when Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles was released
  • 5 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
  • 3 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
  • 1 year old at the time the first Cheers episode was televised
  • not yet 1 year old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.

It was more fun to read my grandpa's list... he was born the year talking motion pictures were invented, he was 34 when Hawaii became a state... he's just been alive for a lot more historical moments. Someday my list will be cool like that. <.g>

March 16, 2002

Tickets

I should be a lawyer. I went to get tickets for the Thursday concert for Aarti and myself today. We ended up in row 1 of Section 8. I'm not sure how good they are; they only cost $74, but they are on the floor. So I went to pay for them, and the guy took my newsletter to initial it... turns out you're only allowed to buy fanclub tickets for one show. Ha ha. Oops. Didn't know that. Probably wouldn't have stopped me from trying if I had. So I batted my lashes and put on my best puppydog face and said "Oh, really? But my friend bought tickets for two shows!" (which was a lie) and "My tickets for Friday are really, really bad" (also not entirely true, but they are in the lower bowl, behind the floor) and "couldn't you please make an exception?"

So he had me point out where my tickets were, and I somehow forgot to mention that they were in the first row of that section. I think it helped that the guy was fairly young. Lol. He said he'd make an exception for me, and he let me buy the tickets. He'd said when I got there that the non-fanclub tickets left were all behind the stage. As nice as *NSYNC's butts might be, I don't want to be looking at them all night. So I'm pleased that he did let me purchase the Section 8 tickets. I hope I didn't take fanclub seats away from someone who hadn't gotten them already... I feel kind of bad, but tickets went on sale a month and a half ago. I figure that if it's taking someone this long to get tickets, they shouldn't be expecting much. <.g> I was going to see if getting one and one would get me better seats than two together, but I figured I shouldn't push my luck any further. lol.

But that means now I need to try to get soundcheck tickets for Thursday...

March 15, 2002

Amelie

I went with my mom to see Amelie tonight. It was wonderful!! I loved it. Except for the excessively tall man in front of me who kept blocking the subtitles and making me stretch in all sorts of unnatural positions to read them. Luckily, people talked slowly. <.g>

I don't even know what to say about it. Go see it! Go now! It was so funny and so... I don't know. Subtle, I guess. It gave the audience the benefit of the doubt, assumed we were intelligent enough to "get it," and moved on without hitting us over the head with meaning and whatnot. It will never make it in mainstream America. Lol. But it was really, really good and so cute!

My cat is making funny little sleepy-dreaming noises. Almost like he's sighing contentedly. Quite adorable. I forgot how much I miss having him around. =)

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

I'm home. It's good to be home. I think my mom and I might go see a movie tonight, and then I'm going to try to drag her with me to Allstate tomorrow morning to get tickets for Aarti and me for the Thursday concert. Hopefully there are decent seats.

Oooo my mom bought me mint chocolate chip ice cream!! She's so cute.

Today is Friday, today is Friday! I got these from Krissy, because apparently we're doing the first Friday Five today. =)

1. Where were you born (city or state or just country)? Chicago area. Hoffman Estates, Illinois to be exact, because that's where the hospital was. (And Krissy, my sister goes to school in Kalamazoo, MI <.g>)

2. What is your favorite number? Five.

3. Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate.

4. What section of a bookstore would I find you in? Oh, goodness. I can get lost in bookstores for hours, and that usually involves visiting a number of different areas. I wander the fiction section, poetry, music, children's...

5. What kind of mattress do you have on your bed? soft? firm? water? It's pretty soft. With an egg crate thingy on it, too. I love snuggling in. Heehee.

Oh, I forgot. I went to see Grease at the high school Meghan student teaches at last night. It was so much fun!! Made me miss high school theatre A LOT. They were really quite good, too. Danny was about 3 inches shorter than Sandy, which was funny. He was a skinny little guy and came up to about mid-torso on one of the T-Birds (who was very tall, but it was cute). But Danny and Sandy both had gorgeous voices. Especially Sandy. Anyway. I think being involved in theatre was the best thing I could have done in high school, so it gets me all excited when I see kids loving it as much as I did. <.g>

Okay, Mom's home so I'm going to go look at the movie section. =)

March 14, 2002

Plans

Spring break is going to be full of working. I'm going to play receptionist at Civiltech for the week, I have LOTS of homework, and I have to come back to school two days early to work the IHSA Drill Team State Competition. Woohoo. My "break" will consist of a 50-hour work week on top of schoolwork. <.g> BUT it is all in the name of being responsible. See, for a fleeting 24-hours, Shelley, Aarti and I toyed with the idea of taking a road trip to Texas. Aarti and I have had the itch to take a road trip, Shelley wants to visit her friend Jen, and there would have been the added bonus of pretty boys singing while we'd have been there. But then we realized that doing that would cost us a couple hundred dollars (and I've been told that money doesn't grow on trees...), and I could be making a couple hundred dollars working. So.

Responsibility this morning, however, is NOT my middle name. I have had the laziest morning ever. I slept in (until 8:30... lol... how sad is that), worked out, and have basically sat around. I skipped my statistics class (the one that confuses me more than helps) in the name of making up the lab hours I missed by going to the career fair on Monday, but then skipped lab in the name of having completed more transcripts in the past two months than anyone else in the lab. Lol. I NEVER skip class, and NEVER EVER for no reason at all. I'm telling ya, senioritis is setting in...

I talked to Meghan last night, and she mentioned wanting to take a road trip to Florida after finals. That sounds like a grand idea to me, especially with the money I'll be making by not going to Texas next week. <.g> We'd go to Venice, stay with her Auntie Toni for a couple days (she lives right on the beach), then probably hit Orlando for a couple days. Mike still lives there and has extended us an open invitation to crash there. We'd try to round up some main gate passes and hit the parks for a day or two... OH HOW I HOPE THIS CAN WORK OUT. I have been in Florida-withdrawal for sooo long now. And hey, C, maybe you could join us. =) If only the Orlando concert was a week or two later, or finals ended a week or two earlier... ah well. Can't have everything. <.g>

March 13, 2002

a is for apple

As nerve-racking as having three midterms in 18 hours last week was, I think it was actually a decent way to do it. I ended up with all A's!! I am quite pleased. Did I tell you how I argued my way from an 89% to a 90% on my stats exam? Lol. I know that's not much, but it has a different letter assigned to it, and that makes ALL the difference. <.g> It was a case of doing one part slightly wrong and using that answer to compute the next part, which was done correctly but yielded the wrong answer... anyway. He gave me a point back.

We got our social psych midterms back, which I figured I'd done pretty well on, because it wasn't TOO difficult an exam. I thought I'd maybe missed 10 out of 75. I got a 72 out of 75! I was excited. And THEN the kicker. Cognitive. Almost as impossible a class as statistics. I got a 43/50, which, amazingly, was one point above the lowest possible A. <.g> My lucky day!! Now if only that trend will continue onto my advertising midterm I took this morning...

I had Amie over today. We played the Sims. I had downloaded the Boys earlier this year and had built a Chateau Chasez (and the job that came up for him was Street Musician... how fitting! He'll work his way up...). Well, today Amie thought it would be nice to give Sim!JC a neighbor, and since her heart belongs to Monsieur Timberlake (WHY am I speaking in French? Do I speak French? Not an ounce.), we started building him a sprawling residence (complete with courtyard pool). Perhaps Sim!JC and Sim!Justin will team up and start SimSYNC.

March 12, 2002

Make it stop!

(I hate Macs... somehow I just deleted my entire post. <.pout>)

I can't take it anymore. My statistics lecture was completely and utterly useless. I spent the last half-hour tallying up who popped up on my watch (Got Chris 6 times, Justin 7, Lance three times, Joey twice, *NSYNC six times, and JC once). I was getting SO frustrated spending so much time on things a) I don't understand (and his explanations were making it worse, not better) and b) we will learn in lab tomorrow, in much easier-to-understand terms. I hate feeling like going to class is a waste of my time, but this morning, it was.

Is it wrong that I have senioritis and I still have an entire year of this to go? I mean, I am a senior. I could graduate in May. And I think the senioritis-switch in me just knows that it's spring semester and time to be feeling restless. Stupid me decided to get another major and stick around an entire extra year. Lol. What was I thinking???

March 11, 2002

Smoke and Mirrors

Looooong day. I've been gone from 8 this morning until 10:30 tonight, except for running in and changing clothes. My feet hurt. A lot. I need better shoes. =/ I had discussion section for advertising, and I made a meaningful contribution which my TA had me repeat because it was such an important point. Heehee. Then social psych was fine... STILL haven't gotten our midterms back. Grrr.

Then I went to the Non-Profit Career Fair (which, they made sure to point out, does not mean you don't get paid if you get hired by those companies <.g>). The Fair was a bust. Nothin' for me. There was Girlscouts and Cancer Society and other similar jobs that would be great for a summer job if I was a sophomore and not trying to get career experience, but other than that, nothing had anything to do with PR or anything that would be beneficial to me, so. I didn't go to my research because of the career fair and now I need to make up 2 hours somewhere, and I didn't even get anything out of it. Ah well. At least I can tell my parents I'm ACTIVELY looking for an internship.

Then I had my children class, which was fine as usual, and then I had to head over to Assembly Hall to work TWO David Copperfield shows. The first time, it was pretty cool. I was up in C, though, but I was with a really nice girl and we chatted. He did some neat tricks, most of which I haven't come close to figuring out. Between shows we had to clean. YUCK!! That was the nastiest job ever. I so could not be a custodian. Yick. And then we were ready for Show #2. I was in A for the second one, which was cool. I wish it had been the other way around because they let us go at intermission for the second show, but what can ya do. I could have stayed (and I really want to know if he got the same numbers out of the audience for the license plate/lottery ticket trick), but I couldn't take any more of his cheesy, slightly-perverted (this is a FAMILY show, folks!) jokes, so I had to leave. Lol.

And that was that.

Oh, and one more funny thing. Girlfriend was on the radio as I was going into Assembly Hall for work... it was just ending as I turned off the car. I never hear it on the radio. Like, really never. So I was all excited. When I got back IN the car, it had just started again!! At first I thought I had a CD in, but then I realized that I don't think I even have my Celebrity CD in the car, and it was indeed on the radio. Heehee.

March 10, 2002

Pure exhaustion

I'm soooo exhausted. I want to blog about a phone conversation I had with a friend today that kind of bothered me, but I just don't have the energy. Maybe tomorrow. <.sigh>

My day:
9:30-12:30 - Read advertising
12:30-12:45 - Ate lunch
12:45-4:45 - Read advertising
4:45-5:30 - Did Cindy Crawford workout tape
5:30-5:45 - Showered
5:45-6:30 - Read advertising
6:30-6:50 - Picked Shelley up at the train station
6:50-7:15 - Ate dinner
7:15-9:45 - Read advertising.

I'm SO SICK of reading advertising. If I EVER decide to put off half a semester's worth of reading until the weekend before the exam... don't let me. lol. I still have 60 pages to read, but I'll have to do that Tuesday. I can't TAKE it anymore. I need sleep.

I can't believe someone actually came up with this quiz...

Was doing a little browsing and found myself over at All that You Can't Leave Behind for this fun little quiz:


Heehee, that was a fun quiz! Shoulders and eyes came up a close second and third (they rank them). Lol.

Uninteresting

I had an utterly uninteresting day. I read six chapters in my History of Advertising book, fell asleep again, and read one article. I have so much to do tomorrow, it's not even funny.

But tonight Aarti and I went to see Gosford Park. Good film. I'd highly recommend it. It's one of those films that keeps your mind going the entire time. I'm still pondering a couple of the storylines, but I was proud of myself for figuring out most of it. <.g> I won't say anything else about it, other than I'd heard it was all British actors, but this one guy walked into the kitchen and I was like "Is that Ryan Phillippe?" So having heard it was all British actors, I spent the first twenty minutes squinting at him and trying to decide if it was or wasn't. Lol. It was.

And C, that's where I was... at the movies. Heehee. You signed off at 11:42. I walked in at 11:47. Lol. Sorry. =)

March 09, 2002

Aunty Em, Aunty Em!

It's WINDY. I was woken up this morning (no, not just now, I've been up for a few hours <.g>) by a loud CRACK. Shelley, you'll be interested to know that you now have a less-obstructed view out your balcony window. A big tree right outside our apartment fell on a car. Ouch. Sarah called the police, because it was blocking the entire road as well. I don't believe the owner of the car is yet aware, even though the police and tree-cutting men have been out there for two hours removing the tree from the car/road. I'm just glad I didn't park my car on the street last night!!

March 08, 2002

OG

Tonight was the much-awaited Other Guys concert! How much do I love them? They sounded amazing. Did I ever mention I like guys who can sing? <.g> They sang (among others) More than Words, In the First Light, Fields of Gold... I'm forgetting. It was a 2-hour concert (well, singing and comedy skits in between about every other song). But they just sound wonderful. None of them are music majors and yet they arrange most of their songs themselves. 7-part a capella harmonies. Whew.

This was the last concert for the seniors. Kyle is graduating, I think. He has the most beautiful voice. I will miss him. Gaurav got his chance to shine this evening, and I hadn't realized what a pure, deep, RICH voice he has. He's a bass, and yet he's got the most incredible range. I'd say he can sing as high as Justin and still sound beautiful. And Carolyn calls me a traitor, but I think Gaurav's bass is richer and purer and just generally prettier than Lance's. Sorry, Lance. Lance has got an awesome voice, but I really was kind of stunned by Gaurav's.

Oh, and Shelley, slashiness abounded. I thought of you. They did this video at the beginning, "A Day in the Life of an Other Guy," and it started out with Matt waking up. When he crawled out of bed, there was Gaurav, and behind Gaurav, all the rest of them. Lol. And throughout the concert, they were jumping in each other's arms and stuff. It was really funny, actually, but Shelley, yeah. Totally thought of you. <.g>

Celebrity Compatibility

Ooo, fun! Who is your CelebMatch?

Lol. Here is my compatibility with JC:
Physical . . . . . 20%
Emotional . . . . . 78%
Intellectual . . . . . 84%
Total . . . . . 61%
(that physical is pulling down my average! Looks aren't everything, people! <.g>)

OH FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE!!! I just tried Justin... CRAP! Lol.
Physical . . . . . 77%
Emotional . . . . . 90%
Intellectual . . . . . 100%
Total . . . . . 89%
Why does this stuff happen to ME? Maybe they got JC and Justin confused... the curly hair, ya know.

Joey:
Physical . . . . . 20%
Emotional . . . . . 90%
Intellectual . . . . . 41%
Total . . . . . 51%

Chris:
Physical . . . . . 46%
Emotional . . . . . 97%
Intellectual . . . . . 88%
Total . . . . . 77%

Lance:
Physical . . . . . 6%
Emotional . . . . . 43%
Intellectual . . . . . 50%
Total . . . . . 33%
Oops, heehee. Looks like I'm not destined to end up with Lance. He's all yours, Rina. *g*

Okay, so I had to download a WHOLE NEW browser to use this site. Netscape 6.2. I was an IE user before. I'm not sure I like Netscape.IE didn't have Java, though, and I'm still using Windows 95 and I couldn't find an IE upgrade that worked with Win 95. Lol. Oh well. I'll learn to deal.

Friday Five

Guess what day it is? Hee hee hee.

1. What makes you homesick?
I actually get homesick for Florida more than home-home. I'm so close to home, already, only three hours. But bright blue skies and warm days and Disney commercials (and a thousand other things) make me homesick for Orlando.


2. Where is "home" for you? Is it where you are living now, or somewhere else (ie: Mom & Dad's house, particular state/city)?
I guess I have two homes. Because I LOVE my townhouse here at school, and when I'm up by Chicago for a long time, I start wanting to be back here, but home is really still my parents' house.

3. What makes it home for you? People? Things?
I guess everything. My rooms (here and at home) are so me, filled with things I love and things that just totally reflect me. I am a collector of a lot, and I LOVE pictures, so I have pictures up everywhere of my friends, of everything. But the people definitely make it home. Like being in my parents' house without my parents just wouldn't be the same. And my cat. Heehee.

4. Where is the furthest you've been from home, miles-wise?
Well, I went to London and Glasgow the summer before my freshman year at college, so I guess, mile-wise, that was the farthest from Chicago I'd ever been, but my whole family (including my grandparents) were with me. The farthest I've been from home without my family would be Los Angeles, when I visited some friends, and the farthest I've lived from home would be Orlando. I'm too lazy to figure out the miles for all those places, though. <.g>


5. What are your plans for this weekend?
I'm going to be reading like a madwoman. I have SO much advertising to read (in the true tradition of the Queen of Procrastination). The only real plans I have are to go to the Other Guys concert tonight. WOOHOO!! My excitement. <.g>

March 07, 2002

Thank You!!

I tried posting this last night, just before the errors at Aletia (I think) started occurring, and I just now realized that, now that everything is working again, I had not actually succeeded in getting it posted.

I want to give a big THANK YOU to Kristine!! She's the one responsible for moving me over here, for formatting the template, for CREATING the commenting form... doesn't it look fabulous? She did an excellent job. So, Krissy, thank you SO much!! =)

Well, I love the movie...


Which Angelina Are You?

Playing By Heart is one of my all-time favorite movies. I'm not sure how much of a Joan I am... maybe a little. I think I'm more of a Meredith, personally. <.g>

Concert Goodies

I found more goodies on the concert. Really cute review. Lance getting left behind, Joey forgetting words, Chris shaking his bootie, JC having "strings attached"... I can't wait. Heehee. I only hope they're as fun at our show!!

I was looking at Ticketmaster for tickets for the Thursday show. I'm still not sure what the best route to take would be: Ticketmaster.com, going to the arena over spring break, or just going the day of and seeing if any publicity seats have been released. Any advice? On ticketmaster today, though, they had some $110 tickets up on the side available as well as some $74 tickets on the floor. I didn't know they SOLD $74 tickets on the floor. What should I do? What should I do?! I think either one of those options would be better seats than I've got for Friday night. Hmm.

Oh, and is TRL an hour long now? Yesterday and today it was. Strange. And the Nelly remix of Girlfriend is WPing on Tuesday! Woohoo!! Now, does that start over at Day 1 on the countdown, or will it be at 44, which is where Girlfriend will be on Tuesday? Cuz if it doesn't start over, they have a nasty habit of releasing videos RIGHT before their previous one is due to retire. If they don't start it over, the Nelly remix will only be on the countdown for 6 days. Sadness on BOTH accounts. =(

Warm and Sunny

Today was such a gorgeous day out! I carried my jacket and wore a t-shirt. <.g> Amazing. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, but I could enjoy the wonderfulness of the day today, at least. I bought tickets to the Other Guys concert... I can't WAIT! I missed their Christmas concert because it happened to be on the same night as Meghan's and my 21st birthday party. So. It will be all new songs, so I'm very excited.

I got some reading done for my Advertising midterm. Reading this stuff is soooo boring. Right now, I'm reading a book on the history of public relations. ugh. I have 8 more chapters to read (somebody put me out of my misery) and THEN I have like 200 pages worth of articles. WHY do I let my reading pile up until 5 days before the midterm? Why?? I also proceeded to fall asleep. I got into my work-out clothes, all ready for Aarti to come home at 4, and reading that book just did me in. I didn't even hear her come home. I woke up when Sarah came into my room to put my paycheck on my desk, and I was like "It's 4:30? Aarti's late!" and then I heard Aarti upstairs. Woops. She'd even come in and stuck a note on my PR book! Lol. I was dead to the world. And I'm not typically a napper. That's what this history stuff will do to a girl!

March 06, 2002

Welcome!

Welcome to the new and improved Wandering Aimlessly!! The kinks may not all be worked out, but for all practical purposes, I'm up and running. If you're linking to me, please make sure your codes match with this site. <.g> I'm so excited to be over here! Isn't this template fun? I love stars. =) Okay, I'm just giddy at this late hour. Lol.

Poem

Just trying to make sure everything is working so that I can get this site UP and runing ASAP. To not have this be a pointless entry, I leave you with a poem. <.g>

How should I know? The enormous wheels of will Drove me cold-eyed on tired and sleepless feet. Night was void arms and you a phantom still, And day your far light swaying down the street. As never fool for love, I starved for you; My throat was dry and my eyes hot to see. Your mouth so lying was most heaven in view, And your remembered smell most agony.

Love wakens love! I felt your hot wrist shiver,
And suddenly the mad victory I planned
Flashed real, in your burning bending head...
My conqueror's blood was cool as a deep river
In shadow; and my heart beneath your hand
Quieter than a dead man on a bed.
~"Lust" by unknown author


It's my mid-lab blogging break!

It's my mid-lab blogging break! I am SO sleepy. I don't know why. It's a gorgeous day outside, almost don't-need-jackets warm (but maybe not quite... haven't been out since 8:00 to know for sure). I am SORE. Wow. Aarti and I did the Cindy Crawford workout video last night, and damn. I didn't feel like I was necessarily dying while I did it, but wow. Lol. I guess that's good. It's not too hard of a workout while you're at it, but afterwards, you can sure tell what muscles it targeted. Ha ha. I can't wait to do the other one today! (Two come on a tape). I just hope I have time. I'm supposed to be taking Amie to see Peter Pan 2: Return to Neverland, and Aarti has her art class tonight, so unless I do it without her, we've got some squeezing of schedules to do. Lol.

Oh! I got my stats exam back already!! It's CRAZY because we took those yesterday from 9-11 am. There are 52 people in the class and it was an 8-page written exam, and today by 11, they were ALL graded. Amazing. The multiple choice scantron test I took on Monday won't be returned until next week. Ha ha. But guess what? I got an 89% on statistics!!! That is WAY better than I thought I'd get. Although now I'm doing counterfactual thinking (like that, Aarti? Incorporating Social Psych into everyday conversation <.g>) and saying "If only I'd studied fourth-spreads for three more minutes, I'd have had four more points and I would have gotten an A." But I can feel confident in the fact that the things I did get wrong, I honestly didn't know. I HATE it when I make stupid mistakes. So I feel better about that, whether that's goofy or not. Lol. And the one I sat and stared at for a good seven minutes trying to decide a) what it was asking, and b) how to go about it, I got right!! I used the wrong number for one part, but that's pretty good considering it was purely an educated guess on what equation I was supposed to be using. Lol

Oookay. 1:22. I'm in here until 1:45. And this guy whose interview I'm transcribing talks in hugely long paragraphs, so it feels like I'm not getting anything accomplished because I can listen forever and only get half a page typed. But it's half a page of SOLID words, whereas half the time, people switch off speaking so often that they can say four sentences and fill a page. Alright, back to work, back to work. <.sigh>

March 05, 2002

Midterms are OVER!! Well, until

Midterms are OVER!! Well, until next week, anyway. Lol. So I'll start studying for that one tomorrow. I'm taking the afternoon OFF. I didn't fail any of them. I think I did progressively worse... ha ha. I feel pretty good about social, better than expected (but most likely not better than a B) on statistics, and just so-so on cognitive. Oh well, I'm DONE with my crazy cram-studying session I've had going for the last couple days. BIG sigh of relief. <.g>

That picture of JC in glasses (see previous post) WAS at Pleasure Island. I was right. Just didn't have anyone around to confirm that for me. Lol. I was like "Wolfgang Puck is on PI, I *think* Virgin and the AMC are right in front of JC and the girls..." Man. I want to go back. Now. I was just telling Miggie about the to-die-for cookie sandwiches we'd sell at the Cookie Cabin (in Camp Minnie-Mickey at Animal Kingdom, if anyone is interested <.g> Other AK tasty treats: frozen coffee or any of the breakfast breads from Safari Coffee by the Tree of Life, soft pretzels (sorry Carolyn) from the exit to the Bug's Life show...)

March 04, 2002

YAY! Blogger is posting! I

YAY! Blogger is posting! I am excited. It's been two and a half days. Lol.

So the first of the Celebrity concerts has been performed. I am SO EXCITED it's insane. I won't write what I'm excited about in case people don't want spoilers, but if you want to read, I got this from Rat Sushi. Woohoo!! Can't wait. Really can't wait.

And more giddiness (is that how you spell that?) JC in glasses. Not sure who the girls are (yes, I know they are MSM, a girl group... doesn't help), but JC's looking gooood. And C, can you tell where they are? It's in Orlando. I have a guess, but I'm not sure. Lol.

March 03, 2002

Geocities is being mean to

Geocities is being mean to me. It won't let Blogger FTP my posts. I HAVE been posting, I swear! They're just nicely lined up here in my "edit blog" area, waiting patiently to be let free for the world to see. Lol. I'm trying this one more time before I head off to study...

The Big Ten just is

The Big Ten just is a mess of numbers that don't make sense. First off, there are eleven teams in the Big Ten. Now, four teams are Big Ten Champions: Ohio State, Minnesota, Indiana, and our Illinois. Crazy, huh? What's even crazier is that these teams are champions with 5 losses each. Lol. So today was a HUGE game, because (if I understood correctly), if Minnesota won, they would be champions alone with 12-4. But since they lost to Illinois, all four teams have 11-5 records and share the championship. Go Fighting Illini!!! Now there is the tournament to conquer...

In other news, Kristine has been working on moving me over to Movable Type. It's almost there!! Then I will have to go change all my cliques and whatnot... project! But I will let you all know the new address shortly. Woohoo!

March 02, 2002

Today was a pretty good

Today was a pretty good day. Of course I did next to NO studying for my three midterms (which will be all be taken between 7:30 p.m. Monday night and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon... they have a 3-finals-in-24-hours conflict exam rule... why doesn't that apply to midterms??), but all I had fun. =) Jess and I picked Amie up to go to the mall. Amie was on her cruise 2 weeks ago, and happened to hit New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Lucky girl!! Of course, that probably isn't as fun for an eleven-year-old as it would be for me, but she got lots of beads (72 strands) and gave me 6 of them. <.g> She's so cute. So we went to the mall and window shopped, because Amie had spent all her money on the cruise, and I had $3 to my name. Heehee. I did spend a gift certificate from Christmas at Bath and Body Works on a candle to un-stale my room. I HATE the fact that it gets all sealed up for the winter. I feel like it's stuffy and stale, even though Aarti assures me it's not. Lol. Can't I just open the windows? ("Not until it's warmer than 50 degrees." I know, I know.)

Then Jess, Meghan and I went to dinner at Cheddars and got hit on by our waiter, who sat down to chat with us for a while. Lol. He's a psych major, so maybe he's in some of my classes. I didn't share my major with him, though. Then we went to see 40 Days and 40 Nights, which was quite funny, but NOT a movie to take the 'rents to. <.g> We were planning on going to the High Dive for some dancing, but the Winter Storm has finally decided to arrive (although it's a lamb of a "storm") and slushy, icy sidewalks in clubbing clothes just don't sound appealing right now.

Then Jessica pointed me towards some surveys. Are you an IM Addict?

March 01, 2002

It's Friday! 1. What's your

It's Friday!

1. What's your favorite vacation spot?
There are SO many places I haven't gone that I want to, and SO many places I have gone that I LOVE, but I think I'm going to stick with the old favorite: Walt Disney World. I honestly love it, love it, love it there.

2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth?
Hmm. Have I ever gone on a truly awful vacation? I might say the Newark airport is pretty bad, but that could just be the mood we were in throughout our "stay" there (airline strikes, redirects, extra-long layovers...).

3. What would be your dream vacation?
Wow. Right now I'm all about taking a road trip to California with some friends. I think that would be a blast. (Lol, a Crossroads commercial just came on <.g>) So, let's see. If money were no object (HA!), my dream vacation: Road trip to Los Angeles, drive up the coast on Highway One, fly out of San Fran to Orlando for a couple of days at Disney (and visiting friends), couple days on the beach, maybe even in the Florida Keys, fly to New York City, do Broadway, and from there, tour Europe. All of this with friends, of course. Gosh, that would take an entire summer! And a fortune. Hmmm.

4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why?
Lol! There's that "reading ahead" thing I should do. ha ha ha. Um, well, Aarti and I have been talking about wanting to drive out to California. I'd definitely drag her along. lol. I have so many friends I think would be a blast on a road trip, but not too many of them necessarily know each other.

5. What are your plans for this weekend?
My sister is coming to visit! Woohoo! Her spring break starts today (mine's not for two weeks), so she's driving down from Michigan. I haven't really thought about what we'll do. I was considering taking her to the drag show tomorrow night. Lol. I think it would be a hoot. And there's a possibility Lance (my favorite TA ever) is bartending. So that would be fun. But we'll see if Jess wants to. That might freak her out a bit. lol. Other than that, I have three midterms on Monday and Tuesday that I really, really, really have to study for. Eeek!