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Gone and back

Yes, I am still alive. Delay in posting due to being out of state for the holidays.
California was wonderful but more because of the people than the weather. We managed to fit in at least one meal with all of our favorite people from the Kaltys and McGarrys to the Glascows, Poseys, and Wilsons. Katie and her boyfriend Joey joined us a few times and we managed to eat Mexican food so many times I lost track. Highlights of the trip (besides food): My dad got an hour and twenty minute long hair cut. Paul visited plenty of fancy cars at several different dealerships. We went through 3 rental cars in 3 days due to a flat tire and a bad transmission. Mom, Katie and I all got early inheritances of jewelry from my grandma, as usual. Grandpa drank Courvoisier with a straw at the Pierpont Inn. Mom and Dad both got upgraded on the way there and back to first class but on the way home Paul and I both got 3 seats to ourselves (Paul passed out hardcore on his set of 3 for the duration of the flight). Aunt Dorene wore the brightest clothes I have seen on her in the 20 years I've know her. Janet became my favorite family memeber even though she is not actually related to me or maybe it is because she isn't that she's my favorite...

Since I've been back it has been pretty low key...I introduced Andy into the wonderful world of Yangs, saw Oceans 12, traded Tibetin (sp?) food for Noodles and Company, watched the Cronicles of Riddick with Tiff and actually enjoyed it, shopped with my mom, ran into Dr. Mega at the Fireside...

So, New Years seems to be the consesus that no one knows what they are doing, least of all me. The people having the parties don't know if they're actually having them which makes deciding which ones to go to a bit more difficult. The one thing I do know is we're having Kevin and Sharla and their kids Hannah and Maddie over for a "favorites" meal. So far on the menu is buttered shell noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, canned green beans, and tostadas for the girls and my brother and lobster for the rest of us. Mmm. We'll see about the rest of the night.

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Life After Finals

Last week was the worst school week I think I've ever experienced. Turning in that 10 page paper at exactly the time it was due, not a minute early or a minute late, was such a relief. It's not like things have calmed down since or anything but its just a different kind of busy.
Thursday night I saw the Bourne Supremacy at the dollar theatre, which actually costs $2 but oh well. My favorite part of the movie was actually the fact that one of the guys I went with got stuck with his current girlfriend on one side of him and his ex on the other which has nothing to do with the movie...
Friday I ran around and delivered presents to the geology lab (Bekah) and JPII (Kala). I finally started laundry, spent my $45.37 remaining flex dollars in the C-Store on snacks for the airplane and the last little things for my sister's Christmas present. With not much food left in the house I actually drove to West St. Paul to get some fresh homemade lefsa (lefse? I have no idea how to spell it but I'm a champ at eating it). Then Andy and I grabbed a quick bite to eat and were off to the Twolves game. Lets just say its a good thing I didn't drive because I'm pretty sure I would have had a meltdown halfway there...traffic, downtown Minneapolis on a Friday and the Hollidazzle...too much to handle for me.
Saturday I tried to finish my laundry but had wet clothes in the washer and dryer when the dryer decided to break so they all got loaded up to go back to my parents house with me. Made it here in time for my daddy to fix me a feast of lobster for dinner..mmm. Life is rough.
My last EMT refresher class went very well which was really exciting. We tested out on all of our skills which can be very nerve wracking but I aced my medical exam which was the one I was most worried about. Then last night we had Christmas at our house...aka we opened presents and since Christmas is all about the presents---riiight.
Ran around all day doing errands...almost ended up in the ditch when I tried to stop and help at an accident so just ended up calling it in to 911 which technically fufills my legal obligation as a certified EMT to provide help at the scene...still felt worthless when my car wouldn't stop because of the ice. Swung by CG and Starbucks to say goodbye to the gang and finished packing because I leave tomorrow in the AM for sunny California.
Like I said before, life is rough.
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Cold South

Over the past week I have decided that South Campus is much colder than North. Why is this? I'm really not sure. It might have something to do with the placement of the buildings because as soon as I cross Cretin and step foot in front of those science buildings the wind whips up and I am certin I might die before making it to the Binz.
On my way to the library (which is where I am right now, not studying for the math final I'll be lucky to pass even if I spend every minute between now and tomorrow at 8am reviewing) I realized that I am wearing the official uniform for college women during finals week. It consists of the following: sweatpants tucked into sheepskin boots, a sweatshirt that in no way shape or form matches the sweatpants or boots, fuzzy mittens, a scarf and a sideslung messenger bag filled with books, a cd player, a purse and a cell phone. Now, of course, I have managed to put a few of my own spins on this boots are pink, my sweatshirt says UMD instead of UST, my mittens are furry instead of just straight up fuzzy and I threw in a pair of sunglasses just for good measure. Gotta love conformity, no?
Even though it is somewhat of a consolation that this is the last math or science final I might ever have to take in my entirest life...its still a math final and I still have to take it.
At least I got olives for lunch at the Binz. Dinner menu consists of microwave popcorn and a Jamba Juice. Let me know if you'd like to join me.
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Friday afternoon I ran around like a crazy lady trying to run errands, got in a fight with my mom over the phone, found out she had gone to the chiropractor ahead of me to pay my co-pay, called her and apologized for being a horrible person...found the sound system and microphone in the living room and talked on the mic to anywhere from 3 to 0 people at a time for about 45 minutes...met Noah for dinner in the Binz where I gossiped with Mary, ran into Andy, forced him into going with me to Baker's Square to pick up the two pies I managed to get the evil manager Carrissa to donate for our Open Mic Night Coffee House thing here at CG (I know, you're thinking that someone who would give free pies can't be evil but trust me on this one). Then we went to Cub and picked up the essentials for a CG party: chips and salsa, veggie tray, apples, cheese, olives (black and green)...the like. Came home, fought with my straightener, had carolers sing to me, put food out for the party...somehow I ended up emceeing for the evening...changed, put on some wings and snuck out the backdoor to go to the mock trial party, saw a bunch of my soar students (which wasn't nearly as awkward as one might think), ditched the wings and went back to CG, listened to some girard manly hopkins, went back to the party at paul's, came home, cleaned, slept for about 4.5 hours....
and it was saturday:
i went to my EMT refresher course which was just a joy...turns out one of the guys, joe, is friends with sarah erling. random but fun. did a cool practice medical assesment and diagnosed it correctly as an ectopic pregnancy (when conception occurs somewhere other than the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes) which can be as fatal as a gunshot wound to the chest. ate out of tiff's lunchbox in my car and promptly passed out for a 25 minute nap during which i not only got dents on my face but actually drooled a little bit...sure you needed to know that...sat through a few more hours of lecture, came home, took another nap but was woken up when jen ran through the hallway yelling that the circut had blown. she would have been drowned out by my fan except that it was on the circut that blew. fabulous. went to starbucks as per a request...hung out with bekah jason and paul there until after close (yea, i'm cool, they let me stay after hours) brought bekah back here, CUT HER HAIR! she has bangs. its a contagious phenomenon apparently...watched most of A Knights Tale...finally went to bed to sleep for a whopping 5 hours this time...
and its sunday:
mostly the same---class, chipotle for lunch with joe and brett who both make me laugh, dollar store to pick up five stuffed lobsters for annie fochtman, class, home, nap...this time the power was out so i couldn't use my fan to drown out noise again but then it turned back on again out of the blue...then i baked a cake and finished andy's birthday present which was a box full of bottle caps i had saved all summer from work and the cake (last spring andrew jacob managed to swallow a bottle cap, called and woke me up to tell me about it, made me worry and had to go to the ER to get it removed). on the outside his card said:
"These gifts are a demonstration of what is ok to eat and what is not ok to eat."
"Now that you are 20 years old you should be able to tell which is which."
Mwahaha...i'm not gonna lie, it wasn't easy to cut out the duct tape letters on the box to write CAUTION. i wasn't sure if he would laugh or hate me forever. he laughed. then he took me out to dinner, for his birthday. yesss....
now i'm freezing cold because my room is an icebox. off to starbucks to study where i can drink something hot and write with feeling in my fingers...
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It was time for a break here on the third floor of the OSF library so here I am, standing at the one computer on this level completely monopolizing it for non-scholastic purposes. For some reason it smells like hot dogs in this corner which is somewhat perplexing...
On the way over here tonight Jen turned to me after I told her our family doesn't really put up Christmas lights and said, "I don't know why but whenever I look at you I think you're Jewish." She claims it has nothing to do with my family's lack of holiday lighting and everything to do with my pale skin and dark hair. Sometimes I just don't understand that girl.
Found a penny in Amanda's office this afternoon!
Last night I went grocery shopping and to Ragstock with Elizabeth who claimed she felt like my mother when I was trying on clothes. I told her thats really not possible...good news is that I FINALLY FOUND A VEST. It is beautiful: powder blue, puffy and down--its like wearing a blanket around my core all the time.
Candlelight Mass was beautiful...Fr. Ubel did an awesome job with the homily. I'm very impressed with that man.
I'm almost done reading He Leadeth Me! Yay! I just started it this evening while I watched Andy's basketball was fairly amusing. While he was playing I'd put the book down, put on my glasses and watch. They'd sub him out and off went the glasses and up came the book...good times. (he won by the way)I'm determined to finish the book tonight, too, so I'm off to my table by the window in my seat with the only cushioned back on 3rd floor!
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"Cherry Pah"

I have been craving cherry pie for quite some time now. Every time it came into my mind I just thought to myself, "Patience, eventually there will be some cherry pie and you can eat some." but today, I just got sick of waiting. At the grocery store with Elizabeth I almost bought one from the bakery but it looked nasty so I decided to buy some cherry pie filling and make one myself. At first I was going to make my own pie crust because its so easy but buying it already made was even easier. After candlelight mass at, oh, about midnight, I decided I needed a piece of pie tonight so I started baking. Now, at almost 1:30, the pie is done. It looks gorgeous...perfectly golden brown in a lovely heart shaped tin (the only one we had that would work), nice and warm and...dun dun is it, you might ask?
I have no idea. I'm not hungry anymore.
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What a night that was last night...did you know that there isn't much of a difference between the toilet paper and the kleenex we have here at CG? The only one I can discern is the different packaging the two tissues have.

Both of the neighborhood parishes I have ever lived near have had perpetual adoration. How lucky can a girl get? It makes 1:00 am trips to a chapel much more fesible.

New problem: I keep forgetting to eat. Its not like I don't want to, I just can't seem to remember to get in three meals a day. By the time I remember I've forgotten I'm no longer hungry. Plus, sometimes I honestly cannot remember the last time I ate. Last night at 2:30 am I ate scrambled eggs. At five this afternoon I had tato-skins at Scooters. Thats all I'm really sure of in the recent past...

This weekend a priest and Nina from the Binz (our caf) both called my cell phone. It makes me feel famous-ish.

When I came home from Starbucks Jen came into my room looking for one of her shoes. It was in my closet. This doesn't exactly make sense to me since I didn't borrow it and she doesn't often go in my closet...or so I thought.

Lately I've been doing tons of real pen and paper in a notebook. Its nice...cleansing...whatever. It works for me.
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"World on Fire"

-Sarah McLachlan

"Hearts are worn in these dark ages
You're not alone in this story's pages
Night has fallen amongst the living and the dying
And I try to hold it in, yeah I try to hold it in

The world's on fire and
It's more than I can handle

I'll tap into the water
(I try to pull my ship)
I try to bring more
More than I can handle
(Bring it to the table)
Bring what I am able

I watch the heavens and I find a calling
Something I can do to change this moment
Stay close to me while the sky is falling
Don't wanna be left alone
, don't wanna be alone

Hearts break, hearts mend
Love still hurts..."

Why is it that as much as I write I have such a hard time for finding my own words for how I feel? I should be able to figure it out on my own withouth having to pilfer song lyrics all the time but here we are again...more of someone else's words to describe me. Thats all that I have and its not really mine but it'll have to do.
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This 'n' That

I just called my daddy because he's on a buisness trip and always likes to hear from us when he is out of town. It was so loud in the background when he answered that I asked where he was and he said, "I'm at a liquor store in Juarez, Mexico. They're giving out free tequila." "Daddy," I said, "you know that sounds sketchy at best." Who knew he could be so unpredictable?

Lunch today with Amanda in her office was enjoyable as always. Somehow I got my yogurt container to shoot its lid a few feet in the air with a really loud POP and Amanda said she is going to have post-traumatic stress syndrome. I'd feel bad about that but the look on her face when it happened was just too priceless....

So on Tuesday Dr. Young-ok An gave me my paper back with the grade "A--" on it. This spurred a discussion as to whether the two minuses cancel each other out as a double negative and become positive or if she just hates me so much that she wanted to give me a grade that doesn't exist, like an F+. The debate came up in my discussion group in her class today and David told me that he got a "B++." I just really don't know what to do with that...or her for that matter. Also, hypothetically speaking, if you were to read an entire poem about goblins what image would you have in your head of goblins? A hairy oompa loompa type thing perhaps? A half goat half man creature like in Greek mythology? Or a statues with really l----wait, maybe we shouldn't go there.

Mands and I went to Target. I vented the entire time. She was wonderful. We ended up sitting on the floor of an aisle sveral times to look at products and debate which should be purchased.

It snowed today and I wore my pink boots. Kala and I decided we don't think Health Services does last minute organ removals. What a shame. Apparently my ponytail is saucy today. Not caring must make all the difference...

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