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1. my downstairs neighbors CONSTANTLY run their bathroom fan, which happens to be just below my bedroom and vibrates my floor and is very, very loud.  The other day it was on for five hours. That is not an exaggeration.  I can also hear the movies they are watching, the video games they are playing and the fights they are having.  I would like Sean to be here right now so we could have really loud fake sex and bother the crap out of them.  Last night these kids didn't go to bed until well after 3am - I know because they kept waking me up.  I know that in the morning my alarm clock plays NPR. But seriously, what harm is that doing?  Clearly these idiots need a little bit of education and where better to get that than the radio!?

2. I can smell everything they cook down there.  While this is slightly better than the smell of pot smoke that floated up from the last neighbors, the smell of coffee and burnt popcorn are just not things that I'd like to smell.  Also, the candles and/or air freshener they use floats up here and I don't like it.  I love my apartment, but I don't like neighbors.  There were a total of about three days between the old ones moving out and these moving in, and it was FABULOUS!

3. My boyfriend lives in Philly and I miss him. A LOT. :(

4. I am not on spring break right now and won't be for another TWO WEEKS!!

5. Allergies.

6. fucking lady bugs that have taken over my apartment - the dead ones especially!!!!!!



Riteaid just tried to tell me that I had no refills left on my birth control!!!!!!!!  Noooooooooooooo.
But then it was settled and I have 7 remaining. Sigh of relief. I am going on vacation on Friday and do NOT have time to make an appointment to get that figured out. whew.

Oh yes, I am going to Philly. :) and DC :) and will be gone for a week! Another vacation! :)

Then I am moving.  I have an apartment all lined up, I just need to fax the lease on over with my signature on it and we are all set! Yes! :)

It's so cute. I will post pictures when the land lady sends them to me! :)



I'm really not into this dating new people thing.  I really don't want to retrain another one to make him understand everything I say.  I rarely make sense unless you know how to speak my language.  Andrew finally gets it.  grrr.  I have met one nice boy, "Dr. Andy". And I've met several losers and douchebags.  One in particular stands out from the crowd.  His name is also Andrew. (This name is my favorite... BEFORE my Andrew, even!) weird.  Anyway, this guy wouldn't leave me alone.  So this is what transpired Saturday night:

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So this is what I get. I guess. If I want an intelligent person who can accurately use the English language, I don' t know where I should go. I have very specific needs and wants, and I want them to be fulfilled.  I guess what I"m looking for is a more romantic version of what I already have. (or sort of don't have...) My Andrew + some more romantic ideas. hahahhaha. wight.  we'll see. heh. 

Aug. 22nd, 2008

 I have had a fabulous day today. :)
First, I said that I would sit in Wayland with my two aunts at their yard sale. I brought a buttload of my jewelry to try to sell so that I can make room for more goodies!
On my way out this morning, I decided to stop at Dunkin Donuts because I am super addicted and need to eat that once a week. Ok, or not, but anyway!  While driving in, I saw a large bus of tourists had recently pulled in and almost decided not to go in. But the scent of bagels and iced coffee got the better of me, so I went in.  There were many people just chilling around the dining area, but no one was in my way at the cashier..  I thought I heard Spanish on my way in, but couldn't be sure.   Then these three people come up behind me and start discussing the different flavors of donuts that are there... and then I realize that they are speaking FRENCH!  So I mustered up all of the confidence I could find and asked them where they were from (Marseilles), and what they were doing here (HUGE touristy trip along the East Coast & Canada).  I hope I didn't seem rude, but I just wanted to practice my French this summer for real.  
I get so nervous around native speakers - like full-on blushing and butterflies and shaking - because I'm so afraid of making a mistake and sounding stupid.  I guess French is really the only thing that makes me feel like I have to be perfect. It's weird.
Anyway, I felt so good about doing that.

THEN!!! Andrew called to tell me that I passed most of my Master's exam!!!!  There was only one part that I didn't do so hot on, and that was actually a question that I should have very easily bullshitted (bullshat?? haha) on.  Stupid education questions. hoohoo.  I totally passed those dumb French literature questions and was even given a compliment on my topic for the comparison (OMG, thank you BF!!!!) although each professor did leave their constructive criticism.  SO there's only one questions i'll have to return to re-do in December.  It should be fairly easy.  I just didn't thoroughly study the topic, that's all.



"Appreciation of cultural perspective requires a broad and deep background in the history and civilization of a people.  Select 1 or 2 defining moments, issues, or character traits that you consider important in the understanding of the French and/or Francophone world making references to at least 3 works that you have studied and drawing upon specific knowledge of French and/or Francophone culture, history, and civilization.  Discuss the ways in which specific works of French and/or Francophone literature help to convey insight into your selected concepts."


 The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (I've read the whole series)
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck * Sorry - this book is awful.
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (This is waiting to be devoured this summer!)
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan 
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert **** I fucking hate this book. >:(
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (the movie freaked me out...)
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (<--- Most AMAZING book ever written. EVER.)
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (I read part of this... his crap is too darn long. and most of it sucks)

Woo. 32. Can you tell I really like to read?  There are quite a few on here that I really need to get my hands on to read.  Maybe when we FINALLY settle down - near a library I hope! :)

*In other news, I took the first part of my Master's exam today.  Fairly certain that I bombed one of the three questions.  Seriously, there is only so much theory about second language acquisition that I can memorize.  Oops, I mean WANT to memorize.  I can't wait until this is over.  Thursday is the second part - that is all French and there is most definitely an EXPLICATION DE FUCKING TEXTE.  The bane of my existance.  What the hell do we need to do these for, anyway?  How is THIS going to help me teach middle school French.  What?  You don't know? Exactly.
Anyway - enough of this.  

*Tomorrow is my last day of curriculum development with my favorite colleagues.  We just sit around like silly girls and play each other's games on the internet. :)  Sweet way to earn $20/hr in the summer, eh?

*No one got me anything for my birthday (Not even Andrew, but I'll forgive him because he's running out of money trying to fix the trailer) so I bought myself an iPod.  This is the second radass electronic thing I've gifted to myself this year.  (DS and now this) I'm sick of watching the stupid television at the gym and wanted something that I actually enjoyed.   (**Not that I really expect or need anything for my birthday, you know!  And I think it's lame how people can't remember, but suddenly do when it pops up on their facebook/myspace homepage**)

*wight.  my wrist hurts from writing for nearly 4 hours straight this morning.   barf.  I have to do this all again on Thursday. ick

oops. you bwoke it!


Hello everyone! My boyfriend found this article in the opinion section of a local newspaper.  I tried to scan the actual article in, but for some reason my scanner and software decided not to work, so you'll have to trust me when I say that this is VERBATIM from the letter...

"Homework has gotten out of hand for students
To the Editor:
Homework is getting out of hand.  I protest, because it's not fair.  Kids spend most of their lives doing school work or homework.
The law says not to have a backpack heavier than one to two pounds. Kids have friends, and plan to get an education and a life, but homework isn't part of this plan.  Parents may want something, but kids can't do it because they're doing homework.
From a local Middle School"

Uhh.... I don't get it.

I tried to get the online version of this, but was unable to find it.  However, while googling this young lady's name, I discovered that she is on the HONOR ROLL at her school.
This makes me wonder if the "Editor" to whom the letter was addressed was just trying to have a little laugh by publishing this, or maybe they hadn't gotten any other letters and needed to fill the space.  Whatever your theory, it is painfully obvious that we are definitely needed...


Please help me convince Andrew that I need this.  And once you've done that, please tell him to buy it for me before I have to pay full price for all three of those products.

I'm not an addict. I swear.


Ok, so I've just turned in my last EVER bit of coursework for my master's degree!!
Provided I pass all of the exams in July, I will have a Master's Degree in Second Language Education with a Concentration in French. (yes, that is the whole title. be jealous. I know you want to.)

I am not going to celebrate by taking a hot bath with some fancy LUSH bath products - flosty gritter bubble bar? think pink bath bomb? no... definitely the Comforter... yes. the comforter...


(thanks BF for making me such a Lushie... :-* )
I went to the chiropractor yesterday for the first time in my life... and no, I did not put my back out doing some sort of outrageous thing.
I had had a posture screening at our wellness day at school and was recommended to make an appointment for further evaluation. I was promised that the visit would be entirely free of charge just so I could see how I was doing.
I was bombarded at first with questions about my medication habits, which are erratic. I forget to take pills, so I am never really "on meds". I told him that the only meds I was really prescribed are for my allergies. Then he asked if I would rather prevent a forest fire, or put one out. Taking the seemingly easy answer, I said "prevent them" to which he responded, "then why be in the meds at all? That's not prevention". Then we did a series of neat "state-of-the-art" scans of my spine which involved taking the temperature along my spinal column, checking the muscle tone around my spine, and checking my range of motion.

The scan that I found to be most interesting was the temperature scan. I had a few "hot spots" - C1, C6, C7, and L5 vertebrae. The "C" spots are connected to my nose, throat, ears, and sinuses, the "L" spot is connected to my bladder and reproductive organs.
I have wicked allergies and my period right now. That scan showed where I was having issues, and hopefully this doctor can tell me how to fix it. Better without drugs, I say... especially since I always forget them!
I have to have an x-ray sometime this week before my next appointment to show the position of the spine and make sure that it is in its proper positioning in my body. Then we go from there.
My script for the x-ray says that my syptoms are "immune system/allergies" and the diagnosis is "subluxation complex". Subluxation was a neat-o word I learned.
I can't wait to see how I can be fixed. I think it will be cool... I never knew that chiropractors did alternative treatments like this. I thought they just straightened you would when you got all bent out of shape.
Cool. I'll let you know about how this is going after I see him a few times... and insurance will generally cover up to 80%! Wooo!