Thursday, February 17, 2005

Accomplished so far

1) Turned in the paper for my incomplete today.
2) Just got the car back from the mechanic's. Got an oil change and my headlights fixed. There was other stuff I wanted them to look at but I'm glad I didn't have them do it, 'cause I couldn't really afford the work they did do. It turns out that they needed to replace the switch on my headlights and not just the bulbs, so it cost a lot more than I had planned on, and I didn't have adequate funds on my VIsaBuxx card, so $30 came out of my checking account to cover costs, leaving me with like, $10.75 in there (thank GOd I wasn't overdrawn, though. I was worried for a minute).

I reiterate: February is the Worst. Month. EVER.

Had a good Valentine's Day, though, so that's a plus. Went to Chovy's with Jess, which was nice. I was kinda annoyed because they only offered a limited menu because they were really busy. This limited our choices even more of course because we're vegetarians. But it was a fun time nonetheless. Jess got me a Simpsons comic book, some Simpsons Duff mints, and Nintendo fuzzy dice for my rearview mirropr with little 1-up mushrooms on them. Yay for Jess!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Strange Coincidences Dept.

I just got off the phone with Rev. John Colatch, who used to be the chaplain here at Allegheny. He was trying to call Angela Wells, but had the wong number, which turned out to be mine. I was actually glad he got the wrong number, because I waas just thinking about him this morning in chapel, and it was good to hear his voice again. It made me feel much better.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Where I've been

I decided to provide this for the sake of anyone interested... and just to see what it looks like when put down in writing:

United States*
Sri Lanka
The Netherlands/Holland+
France +
England +
Greece +
Kenya +
Egypt +

* indicates where I've actually lived
+place my family stopped over while travelling between continents

footnote: These are all places I've actually been, that is, spent time in, and seen some of. Being in the airport for a connecting flight doesn't count, or there'd be a half-dozen other countries on the list.


February is the armpit of the month, as a wise orange tabby once said. IT's about 40 degrees, which is nice, 'cause that's warm for now. BUt it does mean that its raining instead of snowing, which means it's an icky cold rain. ANd it's been overcast for the last couple days. and the snow is all melting, which makes the sidewalks wet and slushy... but I rant.
the point is, I'm feeling down. Doldrums, I guess. Or Seasonal Affective Disorder, or whatever you want to call it.

I heard back from the BAkkens today about Greece- I didn't get in, but I am an "alternate", meaning if somebody backs out, I get a chance to go. BAsically meaning my chances are slim, but not quite nil. The only thing worse than saying 'no' is saying 'maybe'(I need to remember this for myself. I've done this to people before, and I know it's a jerky thing to do).

SPeaking of BAkken (he Bakken, not she Bakken), we're trying to get the Writer's House put together for next year. He's talked to me about a screening process, so the house will be a kind of... center, or haven for writing at Allegheny, which is what its supposed to be. I know as well as he does that its gone down a slippery slope since I got here, and maybe that's because its a bigger house. I don't know- the point is: while this may inconvenience, and even anger some of my housemates and friends, I have to agree with professor Bakken- the House isn't what it's supposed to be, and that means some of them may not live here next year (and while I hate to say it, I'm kinda annoyed with the lot of them for letting the house go into filth again... I feel like the only one who really cares about keeping it neat, which is scary since I'm a slob. THe chores are assigned for a reason- they need to get done, people! I don't like being an authoritarian work-monger, but I'd like to feel comfortable walking around barefoot.)

I still need to get my Incomplete Conmpleted, which means I need to get off my butt and start finding people to interview... and decide what I want to write about. It's due on the 17th, but I'd really like to have it done before then, just to get it over with.

I have very little money left. Between buying stuff from WalMart for the new semester, and filling up the gas tank a half dozen times, I haven't been able to save anything. I have enough for my chiropratic visit tomorrow, no problem, but I don't think I can affor an oil change and the other things that need fixing on the car (like the headlights that need replacing- they're really really dim- and the low washer light that won't go off)

I talked to Julie Oullette the other day. It was good to hear from someone from my time in INdia, even if I did get kinda homesick for it. SHe's apparently dating NAthan now. No real surprise there, really. DId kinda make me want to go up to Ottowa to visit, though. Imiss my Canuck friends, and feel guilty 'cause I haven't talked to them in forever. I should see when their Spring BReak is and what they'll be doing. BUt then I wanted to go to Fairfax and see Sara Bodde then, too... oh well. I may just be a bum and stay in MEadville. WHatever. I don't know anymore.

Alright. Enough of my apathetic ramblings. I should be doing my reading for tommorow.

Friday, February 04, 2005

I guess I actually do act my age

You Are 21 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

accomplished this week

1) I have an appointment with a chiropractor on Friday
2) started a story for writing fction
3) organized my room somwe more
4) got my ACCEL application in
5) got new wiper blades for car.

TO do:
1)write an article for my NEwes Writing class by the 17th so I can get a real grade instead of an incomplete
2) write article for Erie paper (could I use the same one, I wonder...?)
3) get oil changed in car. Also, I should get them to loook at my headlights. THey seem really dim, and I think they need replacing. And get them to look at my "LOw Washer" light, which is still on, despite my having filled it as much as possible.