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11/19/08 01:58 - 30ºF - ID#46755

Back to Black

Yo why do I keep wanting to write about music? Maybe its because I just got a new (old) iPod and I'm so happy to have music to listen to that isn't one of my 3 CDs I currently own. Getting your hard drive wiped and then iPod stolen is NOT sweet.

I currently need a regular part time job. I work at HSBC Arena but that's only like a few times a month. Of course after the 10 or 15 applications I've filled out, the only one that responds is another job that seems even less consistent than the Arena. Its teaching SAT prep to students. Good for the resume as I'm working towards teaching high school English. Bad because I only got a 540 on math when I took the test in, uhhh, 2002? And my math skills have seriously plummeted since then. Hopefully they're only looking for someone to teach the language arts category and someone else can cover math.

My "oh lord, please don't talk, because when you talk I see how stupid you are" crush, Jesse, WAS in class yesterday but, alas, we were unable to discuss our future together because 1. we did not meet to discuss our presentation and 2. we have no future together.

I like literature (duh), I like talking about it, I enjoy teaching it, I enjoy seeing how different people from different lives react personally to the same text. Even if you have 20 white jewish girls from the 'burbs reading the same book, they have different reactions. In spite of their similar superficial background, they're all different. However, at some point personal reaction can go too far.

In my Contemporary Lit class we're reading a graphic novel called Persepolis by Iranian born writer Marjane Satrapi. I HIGHLY recommend this book, its a super easy read and really gives great insight while striking a balance between "life in Iran" and "life as a woman". There's not a lot of plot to unpack, its straight up, but really interesting.

ANYWAY, the book centers around the Islamic revolution and the instituting of veils and fundamental principles on Iran. Therefore, religion is a strong and powerful overriding theme in the book, its unavoidable and a natural jumping off point for discussion of the book.

This guy in my class who's kind of a toolshed immediately drew a parallel between Islamic fundamentalists and Evangelical Christians. In the United States, the closest thing we have to the dominating outspoken radical religious thinking of Islamic Fundamentalists is Evangelical Christianity. I understand there are others, but at this moment in our history, they're pretty much in our faces all the time. Them and Mormons.

So the toolshed with 2 nose piercings, a really awful lisp and an overall vibe of "I haven't showered lately" starts talking about Evangelical Christianity and basically gets about 2 words out before the girl sitting next to him goes on the attack about how she's an Evangelical Christian and she doesn't like the comparison and basically told him to stop talking about it. The only other time this girl talked in class was to talk about how she voted for McCain and she wanted us to all know that not EVERYONE there voted for Obama. No one assumed that was the truth, btw, but, for the recordm the majority of the class, including the professor, was pro-Obama.

The reason I bring this up is, should the guy have stopped? Was it appropriate for her to ask him to stop because she felt that he was going to generalize? The guy honestly didn't get a whole sentence out, he said basically "In this country, the Evangelical Christians are-" before she cut him off. Should he have continued his comparison? He stopped on his own, the professor did not intervene. Was the girl within her rights to cut him off? Was she being too sensitive? I feel she should've waited to hear what he had to say before just freaking out at those first few words that said nothing of substance about her religion.

What do y'all think. Should she have cut him off the way she did? Was it her right? Should he not have made the connection?
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11/18/08 09:40 - 26ºF - ID#46734

My iPod is a sad place

Ok, so its not a sad place as in its depressing, its a sad place in that the music on it is awful. I have awful taste in music. This morning I've had an awesome rotation of Mariah, the pussycat dolls, the beatles and Lady Gaga.

I just don't put very much stock in the quality of the music I listen to. If its fun, I listen to it, if its not, I don't. Simple as that. That's why it drives me crazy when I meet people who are like music snobs and only listen to independent label artists who perform on "found" instruments from the war-torn regions of the Gaza strip.

One of my favorite bands of the moment is a pop group from Denmark called Alphabeat. The fact that I like such a random band is completely foreign to me. I'm used to being such a Top 40 lover, that actually liking a band that isn't regularly featured on Kiss 98.5 is weird for me. I think this delving into other music phase comes from the fact that my car stereo doesn't work very well and I really can only listen to 103.3, 97 rock and 92.9 and sometimes 102.5 and 104.1. Whoopdedoo.

I also tend to listen to songs they play at the Arena a lot, like City of Blinding Lights by U2 and I Don't Wanna Be in Love by Good Charlotte. I might be the only person in the world who thinks of Jason Pominville taking shots on net when I hear Joel Madden sing "If you've got nothing left, say I don't wanna be in love..."

Anyway, hopefully Jesse, the new love of my life will be in my next class and I can inappropriately ogle him while my professor talks about Young Adult Literature and I name our beautiful future half-Canadian children.
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11/10/08 07:53 - 36ºF - ID#46634

Hey Team

Hey guys!!

So I'm always reading journals but never post my own. Whoops.

Stuff is going well. School is going well.

I have a car, I named him Jarome. Its a 2003 Kia Spectra, its basically the least sexy car you can imagine. It has totally PIMP tinted windows and a stress buffalo in the front windshield.

Not much else is new.

I write a Buffalo sports blog and the other night we had a get together at Fat Bob's and it was lots of fun. The weird part that was in spite of the fact that there are many Buffalo sports blogs written by females, there were only 3 of us there, and 1 of us came super late after the BPO concert. It was a little weird, but all in all a good time.

How weird (yet awesome) is it (for those of us in school or working on a school schedule) to have class on Monday, then no class on Tuesday. I can totally handle 1 day work/class weeks. WOO!!

Good times all around.

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08/17/08 03:05 - 75ºF - ID#45351

So its only been since April or so

Soooo I haven't posted on here in MONTHS.

What's new:

I'm heading to Buff State in a couple of weeks to start working on getting my certification to English 7-12.

I moved back in with the 'rents in Kenmore, kitten and all.

I still don't have a new car.

May 16th ended up being my ACTUAL last day of work at Lipsitz Green.

Teaching went really well this summer, it just ended on Friday. I enjoy teaching theatre, but working with nothing but theatre kids all summer is shown me that I will prefer the variety of teaching some NON theatre kids as well. Theatre kids are kind of annoying sometimes, lol. They're mostly great, but sometimes you want to tape their mouths shut.

Good times, how was everyone else's summer?

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04/20/08 10:23 - 66ºF - ID#44072

Helllooooo

So I haven't been here in a while.

Here's what's new:

My car was totaled on March 8, I wasn't inside it at the time, I was sleeping in my apartment and my car was parked in front of the house next door. I still don't have a car, but I know what I want, its just a matter of waiting for insurance and tax return money.

I'm leaving my job basically ASAP. I always hated it but the nice weather has made it even harder not to loathe it. Knowing I'm about to get out makes it hard to go in. I've called in 3 times in the last 3 weeks. That's not a lot but considering in the previous 8 months I'd called in about twice, it's highly above average.

I'm moving back in with Jim and Peg when I go back to school. I'm planning on turning MK's old room into my bedroom and turning my old bedroom into a den/office. I'm kind of really excited about it. As long as I can paint it and decorate it.

I'll be co-teaching at Shakespeare in Delaware Park this summer. I was offered the job on Tuesday and I gleefully accepted it. I'll be teaching acting and Shakespeare as well as assistant directing the student show. It's for high school students.

I, obviously, have to get a 2nd job. I'd like to bartend or something like that, basically because those are the only hours I have free. I would be a terrible waitress, so that's not an option.

The Sabres missing the playoffs sucked pretty hard, but I've actually really enjoyed watching the playoffs this season. My #2 team, the Pittsburgh Penguins dispatched of my #1 least favorite team in 4 games, and for that I am appreciative. I really love hockey, it's kind of an addiction.

Um, did I mention that I really hate my job? I'm putting in my 2 weeks notice on Friday. May 9th will be my last day. Wooo! When I first decided to quit, I declared May 23rd would be my last day, and now I've shaved 2 weeks off of my date. May 9th. It'll be awesome.

Wooooo!
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02/17/08 11:29 - 38ºF - ID#43367

Project Runway

Hello

Ok, so who watches Project Runway aka formerly one of my favorite shoes ever.

I feel like this season is totally anti-climactic. Last season, I was super duper busy all the time but I still made time to watch Project Runway. From like episode 4 I had strong opinions about each designer, it was awesome. I was biting my nails to see who would make it to Bryant Park and I was crazy excited to see who won.

This season? I didn't even realize it was "decide who goes to Bryant Park" episode until the episode had already started.

I just don't really care. I don't really like Chrisitan but only because he's kind of annoying, he actually is a good designer. I don't dislike any of them, there isn't much tension. They try to create drama with Chrisitian but it doesn't really work. The challenges aren't really that interesting, they didn't travel anywhere, they didn't really have to use crazy material. They had that candy challenge but most people got through it by using fabric from sheets and pillows. It's like this group of designers is really bad and they had to dumb it down. Remember how ridiculously challenging the men's clothing challenge was? That was redonkulous.

Anyway, I like Chris and Jillian. That's sweet.

SIDNOTE. I AM SO MAD. I love the name Penelope. For years I've wanted to name a daughter of mine Penelope. Now this crazy movie about a girl with a pig nose named Penelope comes out. This movie had better be good, and it better not be a huge hit. I hate when things like that happen. Just like I like the name Monica but because of Courtney Cox-Arquette and Lewinsky I feel like I can't name my daughter that. Although James McEvoy is in it, and I like him, same for Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon. Maybe it won't be a big disaster for my future offspring.
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02/11/08 11:48 - 12ºF - ID#43277

Hello

It's been over a month since I've updated. Well, that doesn't beat my 2 1/2 year non-update streak I had between 2004 and 2007

Anywho, not much has changed. I still live in the same place, I still have the same job, I still hate the girl whose desk is next to mine. I'm still planning on going to Buff State in the fall to get my teaching certification. I still have a cat named Oscar (Today is his 1st birthday, btw) and I'm still single.

Yep, that about sums it up.

Oh yeah and I was totally at the Sabres game yesterday and let's just say, if you were selling tickets to see Richard Zednik's throat cut open, my seats would've been very expensive, yuck.

I have a hockey blog that I update a lot. If you don't like hockey, I don't recommend reading it, although my friend and I are pretty entertaining.

Here it is: Sabretooth's House
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12/26/07 11:35 - 32ºF - ID#42651

I'm an addict

Ok for those who don't know I'm obsessed with the Sabres and hockey in general. I've always liked hockey but this season without shows to work on or homework to do, its reached fanatical status. If I like something I become obsessed. Ok I don't become obsessed with people I meet but teams, celebrities, things and people I will probably not come into contact with. As there is a distinct possibility I could one day meet some of the Sabres, I choose to abstain from becoming obsessed with them as individuals and choose to know their stats and possibly where they were born and thats about it. I don't generally care to know if they're married or have a girlfriend or if they have children.

Ok so we recently beat the Flyers in 2 games in 2 nights. I decided to peruse the Flyers website only to discover this:

Ok so no matter how many times I attempt to link to the video it doesn't work, so if you really feel motivated go to the Flyer's website and find it.

Its just them reading Twas the Night Before Christmas. It's so awkwardly funny and especially Marty Biron (for those who don't know he's the 4th to read and the Sabres former goaltender) He has the greatest accent. And then, because they like dangling him out in front of the media, Daniel Briere gets the very last line of the story. Oh man I laughed a lot at this. Especially the ridiculous santa hats they're all wearing. Enjoy.

And I just love this picture and like to post it wherever and whenever I can:

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The guy dressed as John McEnroe circa 1981 is Paul Gaustad, highest penalized player on the team thus far and resident SabreHottie, (check out those thigh muscles). The gent on the left is the hope and future of the Buffalo Sabres (as his contract length and amount would indicate). Yes, kiddie bike helmet and all, this is the future of the Buffalo Sabres, #26, Thomas Vanek.
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12/03/07 07:34 - 26ºF - ID#42383

Streching it

Hollywood is really stretching it with these "based on a true story black people against the white people inspirational teacher takes rag-tag group of teens and turns them into lean mean school-sactioned team activity playing machines" the latest one I just saw a commercial for is that highly competitive, all the kids want to be the captain of..........the debate team...in what appears to be the 1940s or 1950s.

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produced by Oprah, staring Denzel and Forest Whitaker. And that girl who played Michelle Tanner's friend Denise on Full House. Hopefully its better than We Are Marshall which bizombed. It also stars Denzel who helmed one of the greatest high school sports team movies of all time "Remember the Titans". Yesssss
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11/28/07 08:03 - 34ºF - ID#42323

After almost 4 years...I've succumbed

I don't get sick. It's like my thing. I hadn't run a fever or been sick other than some sniffles since December of 2003. No exaggeration. I get sick so infrequently that I remember each time I feel crummy.

I started to feel bad last thursday (a week before thanksgiving) and felt bad until thanksgiving, felt better thursday and friday and then saturday felt crummy again. on top of that we always travel during the thanksgiving holiday so I was away from home and my doctor until monday when he scolded me for not coming in for 3 years and then told me I had tonsilitis and sinusitis. Awesome. so I was ordered to stay home until thursday. So Monday-Wednesday has consisted of me sitting on my couch watching tv, checking bad gossip websites, napping and annoying my cat.

I suppose if I only get sick once every 4 years that's not that bad. It's weird, it was almost 4 years to the same weekend because I was sick the first weekend in December and its the last weekend in November. Crazy times.

Taking 3 days off from work has been amazing, I highly recommend it. It's great because I don't feel guilty about it at all, it was doctor's orders. Anytime I take off from work when I don't really need to makes me feel a little guilty. Basically because its really easy to make me feel guilty.

Good times, Sabres are playing well these days *knock on wood* I just knocked on my coffee table.

Come on Sabres!! 6 in a row!!*knock on wood again*
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