Archive | September, 2008

Still Sick

30 Sep

Good news: I don’t have TB.

Bad news: I have bronchitis.

I swear, this stuff has knocked me on my ass. I’ve been out of it for a week and a half now. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, either. Still trying to get my internship set up, haven’t made it out there yet. Hopefully I will be over all this by next week and can finally make a dent in all my work that’s piling up.

I’m so over being sick.

Consumed with Consumption

27 Sep

Well, there’s now a chance that I’m carrying tuberculosis. I went to the doctor yesterday to get the second test done, and the nurses looked really hard at the first one and said it was a significant reaction. I just have to wait til Monday to find out if it’s really positive. That would be so ironic, considering I’ve been sick all week and still have a cough. I just hope I don’t have an Edgar Allan Poe situation going on here.

Anyway, enough of my illnesses. Last night Melody, Mari and I went to see Get Smart, and then we snuck into Indiana Jones. Both were really good. Get Smart was so funny. I love Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. The humor was similar to The Office, so it was really hilarious. I loved it a lot, and I just might have to add that to my movie collection. Indiana Jones was good, too. I haven’t seen all of the first three. I’ve seen Temple of Doom, and I think parts or most of the other two. Now I want to go back and see them all. Shia LaBeouf was so hot riding around on that motorcycle. Oh man.

I’m spending my day laying around my room, purging my iTunes, doing research for my paper, washing clothes and sheets, knitting, and generally being lazy. Melody is probably coming over for a movie night later. All in all, a relaxing and not very stressful day.

The Times, They are a Changin’

26 Sep

I didn’t write this. In fact, it’s several years old, but I like it so much I’ve used it over and over again. I think it accurately sums up my feelings about change, and how I (try to) deal with it. I like consistency, but I also like excitement. I’ve been trying to become more flexible over the years. Anyway, I think part of me will alwys hold onto this, resisting the changes that come my way.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m not sure who the first person was who said that. Probably Shakespeare. Or maybe Sting. But at the moment, it’s the sentence that best describes my tragic flaw: my inability to change.

I don’t think I’m alone in this. The more I get to know other people, the more I realize it’s kind of everyone’s flaw. Staying exactly the same for as long as possible, standing perfectly still – it feels safer somehow. And if you are suffering, at least the pain is familiar. Because if you took that leap of faith, went outside the box, did something unexpected…who knows what other pain might be out there, waiting for you. Chances are it could be even worse.

So you maintain the status quo. Choose the road already traveled and it doesn’t seem that bad. Not as far as flaws go. You’re not a drug addict. You’re not killing anyone, except maybe yourself a little.

When we finally do change, I don’t think it happens like an earthquake or an explosion, where all of a sudden we’re like this whole different person. I think it’s smaller than that. The kind of thing most people wouldn’t even notice unless they looked at us really close. Which, thank God, they never do.

But you notice it. Inside you that change feels like a world of difference. And you hope this is it. This is the person you get to be forever. That you’ll never have to change again.

This Title has Nothing to do with This Post

25 Sep

Well, it’s official. The Plague has taken over campus. I got round one of my TB test on Friday, went home for the weekend, and came back with the cold/flu crap that takes over colleges everywhere. It’s not been fun, let me tell you. I had to skip ceramics on Monday morning, because I just didn’t have the energy to deal with clay at the time. It’s a pretty labor-intensive process, and it takes a lot more out of you than you think. I went this morning, and was absolutely exhausted afterward. I’ve been in every other class, though, bodily but not mentally. I was supposed to start my internship yesterday, but had to cancel. Another week put off.

It’s always an inconvenience to get sick, especially during school. I have pretty understanding and supportive professors, but I feel like I’m going to fall really behind if I don’t keep up with everything, including going to class.

However, it has been pretty great to have virtually three days off. I haven’t really done much but sit around, pretending to do homework, while I really knit and watch movies. So far this week I’ve watched This is Spinal Tap, Finding Neverland, Peter Pan, and The Secret Garden. Tomorrow, my friend Melody is bringing over Hook so we can watch that after the premiere of The Office. I’m in such a Peter Pan mood lately.

I’ve gotten a lot of rest, but also felt pretty lousy, too. It’s not too much fun to lay around your room all day, avoiding work, too tired to really do much of anything. Other than going to class, I’ve basically been in my room since I got back from Tennessee on Sunday night. I haven’t really seen anyone except Mari until today. So, I’ve been cooped up and lonely. And bored.

And pretty much everyone has whatever I’ve got that’s being passed around. This morning, one of my friends passed out in the shower because she was dehydrated and got overheated. Half the people I pass on the sidewalks have a croaky voice. It’s only a matter of time before my roommate gets sick. I’m going to have to spray this entire room with Lysol.

Ten Things Tuesday – September 23

23 Sep

Top ten most played iTunes songs.

1. Good Night – The Beatles
2. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado and Timbaland
3. Dreaming with a Broken Heart – John Mayer
4. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – John Mayer
5. In My Life – The Beatles
6. Black Balloon – Goo Goo Dolls
7. For You I Will (Confidence) – Teddy Geiger
8. Gold Digger – Kanye West
9. Fever – Michael Buble
10. La Vie Boheme – Rent

July 22, 2007

22 Sep

Oh, how I miss being in high school and having a job in a restaurant. Please enjoy.

Some random fun from Cootie Brown’s:

Tonight at work, one of the bus boy amigos was impressed by my ability to roll silverware into a large, neatly stacked pyramid. But I’m pretty sure he was just impressed by my ability to have boobs.

Also tonight, I saw a baby sitting in a high chair, drinking from a bottle…….of beer.

I really love Harry Potter.

I’ve noticed that in most of Fergie’s songs, she spells out words. It’s like she’s trying to show all those elementary school teachers, “Hey you! I really CAN spell!” trying to prove them wrong after all these years. Problem is, she’s not very good at it. Last I checked, t-a-s-t-e-y was not a correct spelling of anything.

The House that Ruth Built

21 Sep

I can’t believe Yankee stadium is closing. Tonight is the last game to be played in the old, iconic stadium before the Bronx Bombers move to their new home next season. It’s kind of a shame that this historic place is closing. This is why America has no nostalgic value.

You go around the world, you see structures that are hundreds, sometimes thousands of years old. These special buildings have stood the test of time and give their home countries a huge historic value and sense of national pride.

But here, we tear everything down if it’s more than 50 years old. We have to bring down the old, and up with the new, for the sake of “progress.” I say, screw progress. Sometimes you need to keep the old stuff around, if only for nostalgic value. There’s so much history in Yankee Stadium; so many of the greats have played there. To just tear it down is truly a national tragedy.

I don’t understand this national sense of always having the newest, the biggest, and the best. Don’t we have any sense of pride in what we already do have? I don’t know all the details of the decision to build a new stadium, but I think it’s just awful that, as a nation, we seem obsessed with tearing down everything old, just to put up something new.

People say it’s falling down. But you know, rather than just level it and build something new, I think they should have tried to salvage some parts of it. It’s such a shame they’re completely tearing it down. I don’t think that does justice to the memory of all the great Yankees that have played there for 85 years. There’s such a sense of pride associated with this team, with this town. New York just has a certain flair that can’t be replicated anywhere else. And I know there are tons of people out there who hate the Yankees. But I’m sure that, to some of them, it feels like a huge loss for baseball to see the end of such a historic landmark.

It’s just so sad. I’m not a huge Yankees fan, but I am a big fan of tradition, history, and nostalgia. The legendary House that Ruth Built is coming down. It seems like the undoing of baseball, or a sign of the apocalypse. America has to start leaving up old buildings and quit building new stuff just because it’s “bigger and better.” Well, it’s not always. I’ve never sat in the stands at Yankee stadium. Now, I never will. It’s a sad day for baseball all around to lose such an important place.

Had I ever had the chance to go to Yankee Stadium, I would have taken it. And I would probably teared up a little, to know that I was sitting in the same place where Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, and so many other greats called home.

Rest in peace, Yankee Stadium.