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10 September 2009 @ 12:18 am
Hrm. Okay. So I am trying to pick out a song for the father/daughter first dance at my wedding. I need help. Seriously, the suggestions out there are mostly retarded... and very daughter-centric. I want something that honors him, his taste (he likes the Beatles, Dire Straights, The Eagles, Sting, contemporary celtic rock and others, though I'm behind on his music taste), his contribution to who I am. Otherwise, I just don't see the point... I mean, the whole of weddings tend to focus on aspects of the bride, and I don't think that's necessary...


I think he and I both would probably enjoy maybe a slightly faster song... maybe celtic rock? Hrm.
Current Music: Led Zepplin's "Thank You"
The answer to "what's next?" Well, that would be our cable. Ugh. What kind of landlord lets this happen? Seriously. I'm giving him until Monday and then taking matters into my own hands.

Happier thoughts: I feel pretty today. Today was a gorgeous Seattle day. One of those sunny gems that don't seem to come around too often. I actually left the house, brought my camera, took pictures of the pretty Wallingford flowers. I got a check in the mail and a notice that the government will be giving me money. I bought the perfect birthday gift for my sister. All in all not a bad day. Not at all.

Missing people. How did my friends come to be scattered across the country? Is this growing up?
Current Location: 98105
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: the nine
01 January 2008 @ 05:58 pm
I like holding hands.
Current Mood: lonelylonely
29 September 2007 @ 05:12 pm
Yesterday, I was on campus and happened to see a couple of younger students holding hands. They were obviously a couple. And two things occurred to me. First, I haven't witnessed the act of holding hands in quite a while (excluding within an adult-child dyad). Second, I can't remember the last time I held the hand of a sig other. The latter may just be an artifact of my ongoing single status, I suppose. The former, though, seems a little weird.

Do you hold hands? Do you get to a certain age and just stop doing it? Do you get to a certain point in a relationship and stop? Do you participate only in relationships where you just don't? Do I just not hang out with people who actually like each other?
Current Location: Pullman, WA
Current Mood: pissed offmean.
20 September 2007 @ 01:48 pm
So. A few, entirely unrelated, things.

First, trailers for Southland Tales have finally emerged. ST is the next strange offering from the creators of Donnie Darko. Among the cast of this oddity: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Janeane Garofalo and Amy Poehler. I really don't know what to expect. But with a group that odd and the following synopsis, it seems worth a try.

            Set in Los Angeles in the year 2008 during a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with an adult film star developing her own reality television project and a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.           

Second, if there is anything I have learned from graduate school, it is that there are some tasks that you will learn to complete more efficiently as you progress through iterations. In fact, most tasks follow this general pattern. Accompanying this pattern is a tendency to reach a point in time where your efficiency plateaus- that is to say- a point when you longer gain efficiency by performing additional iterations. The point of note, however, is that there is great variation in iterations required to attain efficiency; some tasks reach peak efficiency early on. For me, one of these early-peaking tasks happens to be paper-writing. And because I am far more efficient when undertaking other academic excercises, I tend to completely avoid writing papers, preferring to address items that make me feel more productive and proficient. This, of course, leads to last-minute papers... which, ironically, puts me in a position where efficiency is demanded.

Another thing that I have learned is that it is truly difficult to gauge your own progress, except by comparing your current efficiency, proficiency, response time, willingness to respond, et cetera with that of physical evidence of such skills from a relatively distant past (1 year, 3 years, etc).

Third, I am somehow more dedicated to improving other people's work than I am to adjusting my own. WTF, man, WTF.
Current Location: Pullman, WA
Current Mood: workinganalytical
Current Music: funker vogt.
Ooooh! I just found a wide green ribbon in a package of mixed ribbons that I bought for $1 at Jo Ann. I am totally going as The Girl with the Green Ribbon for Halloween. Yay!
Current Location: Pullman, WA
Current Mood: busybusy
Isis! You know you missed her.

Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
Me as a kid. Me as a kid.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
I love Elizabeth Bishop --

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The weather has been beautiful here for the last couple weeks, and thus I have burned various bits of skin, here and there, over the more exposed spans of my body. I'm starting to look like a patchwork doll, only burned bits are certainly less attractive than the pieces of floral fabric or patterned material I might be made of. I'm trying to be more careful now (too late); taking care of your skin keeps you young.

I had a nice visit with kalistys, which I wish could have lasted longer. What's all this "work" stuff doing keeping us from long visits and lazy days? I'm boycotting. Had a weird evening of colliding worlds, which was more entertaining than damaging and therefore I consider it a success. I don't think I will attempt it again.

I have discovered a number of fellow students who will be in town during the summer "break". I am pressuring people to go camping with me. Next time someone visits, I will have secret places to visit. And there will be NO traffic keeping us from the Cascades!! I sweaaar!

I am wearing my hair in braids today and I look very cute. So there.
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Current Location: comp lab on campus
Current Mood: blahblah
23 November 2005 @ 05:47 pm

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

                 -- Sara Teasdale

With the help of ashbet (thanks, again!), I rediscovered two of my favorite short stories:

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

They're really short, and definitely worth a read.
Current Mood: pensivepensive