Saturday, December 26, 2009

eFootprint

Kinda like a carbon footprint, your eFootprint is the trail you leave on the internet just by interneting and doing whatever in modern times. If you're involved in really anything and not a hermit, you're name is probably on the internet somewhere. Well, I was googling my last name (as I often do, trying to find something interesting) and there's alot more about *ME* personally (googling my first and last name) than I have usually come up with!!!

Not so creepy: I'm in the University of Akron Honors College's magazine (or I was a while ago) regarding the Fred Eastman memorial scholarship. (LINK) I'm on page 2.

Not so creepy: An organization that promotes clean energy used a video they took of me asking why I support the Green Energy movement-y thing. I don't really say anything revealing or interesting. Visible below:



Pretty darn creepy: There are online flashcards to learn details about me. Not just me, but alot of Circle K members including Sarah, Mike, Patsy and Jen. (LINK to "All Flashcards") It's almost like someone's idea for an ice breaker gone public. Nothing too revealing I don't think, but googling my name and finding "Study up on ANDREW DeF. with our FLASHCARDS!" was kinda disconcerning. My tidbit is the harmless "I like Boys Like Girls and Fergie." In fact Mike's is the only one that begins to dwell more creepy than what you can find on the run-of-the-mill myspace in that he has type-O blood.

Everything else is stuff like pictures I've uploaded to Wikipedia of places I've gone (like the Zoo and Museums) and Mayors I've met, or my campaign contributions (which I believe amount to 219$ to Hillary Clinton.) Oh, here's the minutes from the Beachwood Board of Education voting to pay mom -- haha.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Loot

Morning boys and girls, Christmas in my house was not as bad as I'd worried! Mom got the presents right for Sure this year! (By actually shopping for the stuff on our list, surprising but its a method that works...) I made off with the list that follows!

1. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Book about Lincoln's cabinet that inspired Obama to select his cabinet. Number 1 New York Times best-seller!


2. "Rated R" CD by Rihanna. Woohoo! I've been hoping to buy a Rihanna CD, I don't have any yet. Listening to it now, looking for a song of the day.

3. "Star Trek" (new Movie) 2 disc special edition DVD. WOOHOO! Watched the special features already! Glad no one tried to get me the Star Trek movie without the special features, cause that puts me in an awkward position of "well, I want the special features, but I don't want to buy a second copy..." which is why if you're going to get me a DVD, try to be careful about Special Editions. Errr, DVDs, always come out with a special edition the day after ya buy it! I hope they don't have so many releases of Blu-Ray's, cause I'm gonna start buying those soon to stock up for when Blu-Ray players drop in price to affordable range. (As happened with DVD players between 2000 and 2006. Dropped from like 400$ to 70$.)

4. Veronica Mars complete first season! When the school year starts back up, totally watching that at CAing! I LOVE Veronica Mars, very entertaining, captivating, funny and intelligent show. Maybe I'll be able to get Sarah to watch the first episode with me...

5. "American Lion" by Jon Meacham. Another book, this one pretty widely praised about Andrew Jackson. The author was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last year. Glad to put this on my list of books to read!


6. "Contrary to Popular Belief: False Facts Revealed" - general useless information book, but still cool! Haha, I do love having these to go to when I have nothing to do and entertain me for a while.

7. "The Price of Freedom" by President Calvin Coolidge (published 1924). Antique book by a President *u* scoooore...

8. "Fear God and Take Your Own Part" by Theodore Roosevelt (©1916). Yay more antique books n.n

9. A snowbrush for my car! n.n it was the mysterious huge box one. They used like three phonebooks worth of filler paper o.o;; I told mom to promise me they'd recycle that.

Haha, at the end of the day -- what I really need is a new DVD rack and book shelf... Oh, also on the list was giftcards to Giant Eagle and American Eagle. And David liked his hat and game, mom got him more giftcards than me cause I got more stuff, and a bunch of books on learning Guitar. Mom seemed to like her pillow, but I'll believe it when I see her use it... and I've gotta take her to buy new clothes with the gift card I got her in a couple days. Between now and New Years I got a few more goals to get to:

Get some Circle K stuff done, get some College Dems stuff done, come back to Garf to clean the house some more, get David his license, and get Amanda her license already!!!

Ugh, well for the rest of the day I've gotta go write my rent check, and salvage mom's attempt at cooking chicken. She figured if she ignored a few ingrediants we didn't have it wouldn't be a problem. Hrrrmmmm.... :(

Site of the Day: Found this website, it's kinda interesting. A series of pictures by people who take record covers and mix them with real life, usually posing with it. (Link: Sleeveface)

Song of the Day:
Stupid in Love by Rihanna. That's right, got this off her "Rated R" CD. This one breaks my cardinal rule of music: DO NOT RHYME WORDS WITH THEMSELVES IN LYRICS! Top three pet peeves in the world, err. I almost picked "Hard", but I've heard that on the radio that'd be no fun. Awful lyrics: "This is stupid, I'm not stupid, Don't talk to me - like I'm stupid! ...I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid." ahhhh X_X Rihanna...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Twas the Blog Before Christmas

Okay, this one'll be brief. I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I'll blog again about what I got, and hopefully not complain about what mom got me and instead be thankful she got me anything. From what I know, she certainly put more thought into Christmas shopping this year than she has in the last few and I should be more thankful. I do love'r after all.

Hope everyone has a safe, and merry Christmas with their loved ones! I still have to update the past couple blogs, and get other stuff in my life in order this break, oh boy, so much to do...

A few quick stories: got to see the house in Garfield who's Christmas lights are tuned to music on a radio station, that was fun! Got to hang out with the Garfield gang at Mongolian BBQ from which Danielle stole me a cup, also fun! Today went to Grandma's for Christmas Eve - mom got her a snuggie, and despite my embarrassment Grandma and everyone thought it was an awesome super fantastic amazing gift.

Quote of the Day: "So, have a merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, kwazy Kwanza, a tip-top Tet, and a solemn, dignified Ramadan." - Krusty the Clown, The Simpsons.

Song of the Day: "It's Christmas (What's The Difference)" by The Films. Wow, that's a crappy music video. So this is one of my favorite songs of the American Eagle soundtrack we play in the store constantly, its also one of the few Christmas-y songs I feel. The other day, me and two friends that were working thought about it and determined the song has a few adult parts if you think about it. Stuff like: "and your mother got sad, and your daddy got mad, when I told your little brother you're the best I ever had..."

Video of the Day: Aw, sometimes I get the simple bell ringing of a salvation army volunteer stuck in my head and imagine this ad I once saw. It's kinda touching.



Image of the Day: Haha, while trying to find a good image of a gingerbread house I accidentally found this and thought it was awesome. This is the companion cube from "Portal."




Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's Good to be in D.C.

What a good day! Me and Sarah decided a random, not too planned-ahead road trip was in order the first opportunity we were both able to go over break. And after initially considering Chesapeake Bay, based on a book I once read and my recent taste for mussels - we decided on Washington D.C.! We originally hoped for a two-day trip :( but a bunch of things got in the way on Tuesday, so we ended up leaving pretty late and getting to DC at like 8.

The trip down was interesting, got to talk with my baby tons :D and explore different radio stations. And all through Pennsylvania, that Damned rock chased us!

By which, I mean to reference the fact that whenever I pass through PA I laugh at the fact that there's tons of signs that say "FALLING ROCK" (pictured), shouldn't it be falling rocks? Is there this one Rock that's falling they're warning us about? This funny thing was first noticed by me and Alex on our trip to Intercourse, PA back in... 07 I think? Anyway, moving on --

Finally got to DC, a creepy guy at a gas station led us to a cheap hotel (trustworthy source, I know - but he seemed like he'd know) and on the way we stopped at IKEA for the first time in my life!!! That place was AWESOME! I can't wait to decorate my first house so modern-ly. And I had to buy something, so I got a wok -- which actually turned out to be like my only souvenir on the whole trip, yay saving money!

The next morning we tried to leave early, FAIL. Thank you morning commuters to DC! Traffic was packed, and when we got out of it, the parking lots for the metrorail were packed. I finally got to the furthest one, and we got on. The D.C. Metro is so cool! Glad I got trained in how to use it when I went down to D.C. for inauguration. But the first thing we did was walk from the metro to the Washington Monument!!! Which we got to go up at like, 9:30am (to keep track of the day.) After going to D.C. twice, this is the first time I got to go up the Washington Monument!!! :D It was cool, beautiful views, and the elevator had foggy windows that could electronically turn clear so you could see the inside of the monument walls. The stairs are shut down for safety purposes, not security, and I considered one day working with a fund raising organization to get that kind of thing remodeled. [See Next Post]

Lets see, then I think we went to the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorials. (we ziggzagged alot) Then off to lunch inside the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. (Worst Chinese food I've ever had. Ever.) Next, we stopped at the National Archives - a source Revered by my Historical Methods teacher and class. (That was the class you learned how to research something in, I wrote a paper on Andrew Johnson.) And they were really awkward there. OH! And can I just say note to self, NEVER AGAIN wear a metal belt to DC!? NO METAL ANDREW! Must find a belt with no metal on it, cause I got really sick and tired of taking it off to get through security. But anyway, went in the national archives, and they awkwardly directed me how to look up my great-great-grandfather (a topic I happened to come up with off the top of my head, cause I just wanted to browse but they wanted me to have a REALLY specific subject.) I ended up searching for his military service record - he served in the Philipine Insurection of 1899. She said it'd get pulled later, but to get a researcher card. Okay, sounds simple. The crazy old people that worked there, that may have had mental handicaps of various kinds and if that's true I apologize, were vastly incompetent at their incredibly simple jobs. I bet they were all Library-of-Congress rejects! They screwed up my card several ways (one guy tried to tell the lady that made mine the picture was wrong, she kinda just kept going...) and they entered our drivers license numbers wrong because we are from Ohio - and they thought the huge number that means nothing was the license number. (Note to self, find out meaning of number) Anyway, we decided to come back later- but that was a huge waste of time.

And we were off to the Capitol Building! I figured, eh, we'll get the tour and see statuary hall and it'll be cool. Sarah encouraged me to ask how to get into the House of Representatives chamber itself, and I did - and it turned out to be fairly simple. We just went over to Dennis Kucinich's office and got tickets! (Which would've been incredibly simple, if we had not had to go back again later to get another because Sarah dropped hers. LoL!) We decided to try a New York congress person, because we didn't want to have to say to our rep that she lost the ticket. THAT FAILED!!!

Lol, the Dennis aid didn't really ask us for any proof of anything and just handed us the tickets with almost no words said. (Another awkward character, he had a certain Ray Romano characterism about him.) When we tried to the NY assistant, she asked our home address and we were like "Doyyyy......uuuuhhhm...."

Anyway, long story short: WE GOT TO GO INSIDE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Gallery! *U* it was soooo cool. I got to see Nancy Pelosi vote on something, and Minority Leader John Beohner spoke for a while at the stand thing. Didn't see any of the other reps I knew unfortunately. Well, we wanted to get alot done before 5:00, so we were off to the National Air and Space Museum briefly (I couldn't find the Enterprise, but I've seen it...) then back to the National Archives before they closed.

I got to actually look at my great-great-grandfather Eugene's service record! That was really cool, I made copies of a few pages to bring back. Maybe this year at Christmas I'll talk to my family about him. Well, after that we went over to the National Christmas tree (and Far Less impressive national menorah) and then off to the WHITE HOUSE!!! :D It was sooooo coooooool.

To Be Continued

Quote of the Day: X

Song of the Day: Tik Tok Parody by Midnight Beast feat. Stefan Abingdon. Hahahaha, this song is stuck in my head way more than the original ironically. One of my favorite parts is "Now let's copy Poker Face, woah, oh-oh-oh, ohh." because the first time I heard the original I thought "Is this a Lady Gaga reference?!" And then the end of the parody references Lady Gaga some more, lol. In place of the "but we kick'm to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger." -- note who they use in this LOL.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What the F*** is going on with Tiger Woods?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/12/11/notes121109.DTL

Quote of the Day: Hahahaha, for funny reasons that are a long story -- I found a guide to guys based on their astrological sign (something I know Brit is into) and wanted to see what they would say about me. This line in particular caught my attention.

"With him, you will never [have] to worry about money. It will somehow come into his hands."

Video of the Day: HAHAHA! This is AWESOME! On the Conan Tonight Show, he occasionally has William Shatner (Original Captain Kirk) come on to read Sarah Palin's speeches or Twitter Tweets as if they were interpretive poetry. Well, recently I guess Sarah Palin came on and read from his own Autobio. Hearing Palin say "Spock" and "Star Trek" -- mixure of my two favorite things, politics and Star Trek, rofl.

Song of the Day: "My Whole Family" by Bo Burnham. AHhhahahaha, this was pretty funny. It helps that this is set to Pokemon.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Day Norway Støød Still

Blah@the Norwegian alphabet, just trying to form a pun but it's being difficult. So, was takin a gander at the current events feed on Wikipedia when I came across this interesting tidbit...

"Strange Light Show over Norway"
Yeah, I know, it looks computer generated -- but it's not. There are many pictures like this taken from across the country of Norway (location pictured below) of an unidentified object in the night sky that produced a strange eerie blue tail, and then proceeded to create a spiral effect. I've since found some interesting European reports on it...


"The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely.

Onlookers describing it as 'like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it' and 'a shooting star that spun around and around'.


The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooded with telephone calls after the light storm."
- World News, The Daily Mail - UK


Last night seeing this, I thought: Aliens? Russians? Strange, new Aurora Borealis??? Scientifically, apparently aurora borealises are green while this is blue. Meteorites? A fallen piece of space junk? Tons of questions arose, but this is no hoax: tons of people in Norway saw it. To top that off, 'twas the Night before Obama came to pick up his Nobel prize. Some even called it a sign from the Nobel gods!

Luckily with the wonders of technology (and blogspot not letting me post last night) you don't have to wait long to find out what this mystery REALLY was! The New York Times reported this morning that it was in fact a failed Russian missile test. They are attempting to waste all their money on a replacement missile for a still fully functional remnant of Soviet Technology. The NYT article goes on to say this is a huge catastrophe for the Russian military, as they are investing a heck of alot of money on this working, and it's failed at least 5 times, but I'm sure never so beautifully as it did this time.

This site has an amazingly excellent explanation of what it was before it was even figured out. Kudos to them for hitting the nail on the head pretty perfectly.

Song of the Day: TiK ToK by Kesha. Haha, this was I think Angela's facebook status the other day and ever since everyone has admitted their obsession with this song! Even I like it, admittedly, it has alot of good rhymes that entertain me - one of my favorite aspects of a song. But watching the music video, she looks like a hobo Taylor Swift!

Haha, I love this review of the song by somebody:
"Jonah Weiner of Slate Magazine gave the song a negative review quoting "The song sets up ship on the fault line between charmingly daft and deeply irritating." He then continued, making comparisons regarding other artists stating "The rapped verses are sub-Fergie-grade, proudly stuffed with groaners and to-the-hell-with-the-expirating-date slang." Weiner also made comment that the plotline plays a sequel to 'Just Dance' by Lady Gaga: "girl wakes up drunk, stays drunk, finds a dance floor and (spoiler alert) gets even drunker."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2009 Year in Review

Well, it's December 1st - the first day of the last month of the year. To some, time goes by unnoticed except for the fact that we'll be celebrating Christmas break, Christmas, and New Years Eve soon. But I'm a historian, one interested in the past and the future - and how the future will look back at us. If November is any indication, December is gonna fly past faster than any of us are ready for!

A new day in America

First, lets look back at what happened in the year 2009: Barack Obama was inaugurated as
America's first Black President, Hillary became Secretary of State, and Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska so she can just fly around and bother the rest of us, the Swine Flu pandemic swept the globe and invaded the vocabulary of everyone on Earth, those American reporters were arrested in North Korea - and later released with Bill Clinton's help, the 2016 Olympics were decided for Rio de Janeiro, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize before his time, and the first Latina woman now sits on the Supreme Court. Republicans have gone off the deep end, and got even More conservative some how with teabaggers and the guy who yelled "You Lie!" to the President at the State of the Union! Some of the top earning movies for the year were Transformers II, Up, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Star Trek and The Hangover. In Music, it ushered in the worldwide appeal of Lady Gaga, and the Black Eyed Peas' new album "The E.N.D." with songs like "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling." The Simpson's turned 20, Sesame Street turns 40, and Gil Grissom left C.S.I., Jay Leno and Conan moved shows, and now Conan hosts the Tonight Show. We all transitioned to digital TV with either cable or a converter. There was the deaths of Willie Mays, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Walter Cronkite and Michael Jackson (who's funeral was watched by one billion people - that's 1/6 people on Earth!)

Fun at Cedar Point!

And in our personal lives? We all became juniors, Kayla's now a senior - having to work on her Honors Project of colochlear implants. I got my license, and mom got a new car which I use as mine. The lot of us were elected to Circle K offices, me being President, and Sarah being Treasurer. Me and Sarah broke up again, and later started dating, again. Brittany and Dan also started dating again. I road tripped to Youngstown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh twice, Birmingham for ICON, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York. Also went camping. Not to mention that month I spent studying abroad in Korea. Explored a bunch of abandoned buildings this summer; I got a new phone: the Blackberry Storm, which I hate. The lot of us moved off campus into houses, me with Patsy, Mike and Kat; and Sarah with Brittany and Angela P. Danielle and Alex are friends again, Amanda was the first of us to turn 21, and Brittany passed the Praxis! Whew!

So it's almost 2010 - "Twenty-Ten" - we're about to leave the 2000's decade, and finish our tenth year in a new century and millennium. What will the new year bring, and as I ask every December, why are we not living in the Jetson's age like we'd been led to believe this would be? Monday we watched a video on predictions about modern times from the 1950s, and it was pretty entertaining, but not entirely far off. They predicted GPS' basically, but oddly they predicted a lot of things cell phones do, but not the cell phone itself (Interesting note: The cell phone was inspired by the Communicator from Star Trek. Every Cellphone company will confirm this!)

So, for my New Years Eve Blog, I will try to come up with the best quote, song, etc. things of 2009 as we leave it. Ta Ta For Now!

Song of the Day: Somehow I've managed not to use this yet. But "Fireflies" by Owl City. This here is a song about a guy, and he's pretty happy, so happy in fact he's being hugged by 10,000 lightning bugs, and butterflies are doing the charleston above his head while he dreams, and he wishes he could bottle them all up in a jar of happy. No, surprisingly this song is not about drugs I don't believe!

But seriously, like everyone likes this song, and we just heard it in the car and were discussing how they're over playing it too much. But I do like their album cover, it's got a picture of the Burj al Arab hotel! I made a puzzle of that before!



Woah-MG! I just learned how to do something new, embed a video! This day will go down in the history of my blog :D

Quote of the Day:
Before the Circle K meeting, we were discussing the readability of Twilight.

"I hate that book. It's main following is like 12 year olds, and they talk about sex, and they have sex in the books! Patsy doesn't even have sex!" - Me.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Magic School Bus: "For Sail!"

So I survived the weekend! What'dya know? On top of that, I finally figured out how uTorrent works, so I was able to download the entire series of The Magic School Bus - which has been helping me through those 4 hour shifts on campus (Am. Eagle is another story...) But it's 6 am, I thought I'd share with you some dazzling discoveries of merchandise and mementos!

OMG! I TOTALLY had this toy growing up! :D And boy did I love it. I found it on eBay, but it's 30 bucks - and I don't *need* it, I have my memories from my Childhood, and it's just sit on a shelf somewhere... (NO! Must NOT buy it... fighting... urge...) But it was awesome!

Part of the point of this blog is to keep pictures I find for future reference, gotta jog those Childhood Memories some times. See, the thing came with all those pieces, that fit inside the bus (The roof came off.)

I remember being bitter about how of the things the bus could turn into, this drill one never appeared in an episode, lol...

And a submarine n.n AHHH! I love The Magic School Bus. By far the most influential TV show on my childhood. Even wrote about it in my teaching statement paper.

OMG, I wish I had a MSB themed birthday party growing up! Oh well, my parents managed pretty well, and I grew up happy and fine. !!! A Magic School Bus powerwheels, would pretty much have blown my mind... (If you didn't know, the toy I wanted growing up most was a Power Wheels...)


At some point, I owned almost all the MSB books (55+), a handful of VHS, a bunch of toys, and almost all the computer games out at the time. Alas, almost all of those have been lost over the years to random disappearance-in-my-house, or the fire. All I really have left are a handful of the handful of videos. :/ Disappointing, I hope my kids some day get to experience the awesomeness of Magic School Bus, and can learn about science in a fun way and it encourage them to be scientists, or even a teacher like me! But can't buy all the books online now, they'll have to settle for the digital copy of the torrented episodes. Ah, gotta love the internet - with it nothing is ever truely lost to time.

Quote of the Day: So my Aunt Betty is kindofa bitch. She's been evil to me (primarily) but also mom for quite some time, this time she went too far. Two hours into my nap between jobs, she decided to wake me up wondering why I wasn't at Grandpas to talk to her about the car. I wasn't scheduled to be there, mind you, because I knew I had to nap then. Nor was I supposed to talk about the car, that's moms business. But she felt the need to call me, even though moms gone over this a million time with them. I was admittedly a little groggy, because I was being yelled at and did not know what was going on because I JUST WOKE UP FROM 20 HOURS OF WORK, and 2 HOURS OF SLEEP... but she was just bringing up all kinds of stuff that didn't make any sense.

"Have you been drinking?"
"[pause]... excuse me?"
"Have you been drinking?"
"I BeG YouR PardoN!? How Dare you, I have worked 18 of the last 20 hours and was trying to get some sleep. WHat makes you think that is at all appropriate?! DO NOt, call back here." [Click...]

I dare her to accuse me of being rude.

Song of the Day: "You Make Me Smile" by Uncle Cracker. This was on in the car on the ride home from work and reminded me of Sarah. Dunno why this was on a channel I was listening to -- it is apparently country. Blegh. Oh well, it has alot of nice things that are true of us. Eh, as a song it's not really my cup of tea.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dull Torture

I'm at the desk, workin job 1 - 6pm to midnight. I'm so tired from turkey right now x_x that and the whole wanting sleep in general. I actually got more sleep than I expected I would, thanks mom for actually cooking the turkey and not making me do it! Got to sleep in till like 11. (From 4am. Ish.) Anyway, I want to sleep - but Can't cause I'm at the desk! Add to that it's only 6:30. When I get off, I'll have enough time to hopefully get like Wendy's if they're open - if not I may drive straight to job 2. I didn't really compensate in my times for the traffic of Black Friday.

Anyway, an old friend commented on my Facebook status so I minorly Facebook stalkd them to see what they've been up to, and it said they (and one other of my friends) were a fan of "TFLN." I googled this, and found it stood for "Txts From Last Night." It's a "FML"/"MLIA"-style site of txts the sender doesn't remember from getting too high/drunk and laid the night before. It's been entertaining me for more than 40 minutes.

Still, not all of them are about sex. This made me laugh:
(650): We should be flying into LAX instead so when we land I can turn to the right and see the
Hollywood sign
(562): You can't even see the fuckin Hollywood sign from LAX. guess she never got the memo

Entertaining Image: Bored to death, rumor is Sarah watched an episode of Glee so I thought I'd give it a second shot. (I tried watching one ep, but fell asleep like 3 minutes into it during a shift.) Them mocking a girl: "she somehow dresses like an old person and a toddler at the same time. ...look, she's wearing a pantsuit."


Eh, my opinion on "Glee": having watched an episode now ("Hairography") - it seems way too much like a High School soap opera, very DeGrassi (and I've never even seen that show.) Nothing incredibly special. But ahhh x_x I can't stand the gay kid. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard, and he dresses like a crazy person. What happened to gay people having a good sense of fashion? Oh well, the show is good for a few quotes I suppose, I did get a few laughs out of it.

Lol, another entertaining image: From 30 Rock, Jack smells some flowers -- (the character is very republican) and on the table is a pic of him and Sarah Palin.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's a Turkey Day Marathon!

No, not the kind I would be enjoying like say, a marathon of Magic School Bus episodes. A marathon like I would not enjoy, with the running. Pretty much until Monday I have a packed schedule, and that means very little sleep. But I should first appreciate the little happinesses of life, like how 3 of my 4 classes were canceled today! How awesome is that! Japanese, which pretty much had a 0 chance of getting canceled at all this semester. I love it. And my morning class was pretty interesting, got to discuss and watch a few scenes from the movie "Freedom Writers."

But my marathon: it's like 4:30, and I'm already dead tired from getting little sleep last night writing 2 papers due today (granted, one only had finishing touches needed, but the other was 10 pages!) Now I work 6-8 at Ritchie, then watching the most recent episode of Heroes with Sarah and likely getting dinner some how (most recent ep: "Thanksgiving.")

Then it's work 12-4am, find my way over to Grandpa's, do the whole Thanksgiving dinner some how and be back on campus by 6pm, to work for 6 hours straight x_X then work at American Eagle at 2am - 9am because our location opens at midnight on Black Friday. So I'm pretty much going to be running on redbull. After that I have to be back on campus at 10am, to work til noon, sleep a bit - then work on campus AGAIN 8-midnight. Then Saturday morning is Amanda's birthday lunch in Strongsville, and I am on call at American Eagle until mid-day where I have to go in, then work til 11 at night. And I also have to check my work schedule for Sunday onward. Blah x_X craziness...

For the next two hours I'll have to find something simple to entertain me, because I can't have my labtop. But the 6pm-midnight shift I can have it.

Interesting Junk of the Day: So one of my top favorite movies ever is Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and as we all know something I love is things that make fiction seem real. And THIS website is awesome!!! I haven't looked at it too closely, but will later at my shift. It's got prop info like the comic book and the "Star of Astoroth" -- I don't want to ruin the plot, so I recommend you either watch the movie with me sometime, or read the Wikipedia article.

....to be continued...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ed Psych-o Bitches

Now I'm feeling guilty.... =(

So we just finished our last real Ed Psych class, cause next week is canceled, then Thanksgiving, then another cancel, and then the final. So we had teacher evals today. And the teacher left the room to go down the hall when we filled them out, and we were talking as a class as we filled them out, and I gave her a pretty bad score for reasons I'll explain in a minute. Then as we left we saw her standing outside the room! I don't know if she was out there the whole time or not, but I'm feeling as if she was and feel bad about anything I said.

I feel like the first and second weeks of this class just gave me a bad schema for the rest of the semester. On our first online springboard test, I got a question wrong because I used the real definition of a word instead of the ed-psych book definition of the word. And that's pretty much what did it for me, and really that's the only thing I've outright hated about this class. Then the rest of the quizzes would often have vague questions where more than one was right, but you had to guess the "righter" one. But for the whole semester, this has basically been the class I hate and dread, and the I've not liked the teacher. The only really annoying thing she does is tell the students they're ALWAYS right. Like, if you answer a class discussion questions, she'll always say "Exactly! Exactly!" even if your wrong, then expand on it giving the right answer, even if its completely contradictory. So those two annoying things have given me a bad taste for this class that just never left my mouth.

And today, I don't think I said anything outloud, but I still feel bad like I exaggerated alot on those evals. I really do feel like she's been infinity nice, and very helpful, and its just those initial impressions I didn't really let leave. At least I'm not Laura -- who refused to fill out the bubble-portion of the eval, and said outloud at one point "Additional comments? SKANK!"

Well now I feel bad, and want to explain my actions or some way, cause I don't know if she heard me or anything. I keep imagining her crying that she's an awful teacher or something, but she's fairly nice. Aw, guilt and shame - stupid emotions!

Childhood Storytime: Not really related to the topic, but it gives back story to the title. So this one time, early 2000's, David and a friend were playing Tony Hawk Pro-Skater something or other for the N64. And the background music said something that mom thought sounded like "psycho bitches" -- and she's like "Andrew, this music, what does it sound like the lyrics are to you?" and I couldn't really decipher it, but after looking at the games booklet -- I quickly found the song to be "Psycho Vision." Haha, we had a chuckle. (Actual name of the song appears to by Suicidal Tendencies.)

Quote of the Day: "No need to be nervous for service, Dorothy Ann!" - Me in Ms. Frizzle voice, talking with Patsy what if Ms. Frizzle had a Circle K. She actually made me say this at the meeting - hahaha.

(Magic Snail Bus)
So ever since I found that "Watch The Magic School Bus online" website, it's been kinda my side-obsession-of-the-week. And I'm trying to find images I always liked, but since there's no screencap sites for it online that I can post to always remember them by. These are from the spider-episode when the general commandeers the bus and presses a lot of buttons in succession.

General: "Does Military Intelligence know about this bus?!"

House Perk of the Day: I do have a huge closet, (for all the skeletons I hide, surely...) which if I had more hangers would hold my whole wardrobe. Sarah's closet is tiny. Sigh, what Will I do for housing next year???

Thursday, November 19, 2009

水曜日 Night

That's Japanese for "Wednesday" (Suiyoobi.) So I have a bunch of work to get done, and I haven't really gotten any of it done, but not for lack of trying this time. The CA before me at work stayed for like... 50 minutes after his shift ended just kinda chitchatting. Then I've been trying to get this stupid video to embed in a power point for Ed Tech. Now I'm kinda relaxing, even though it's already 2:34 and I have a bunch of things to get done by 3:45! Iie! (That means "No!" in Japanese.)

So, if I made a list I think I'd really see all the crazy stuff I need to get done in a day, and do get done in a day. Tonight at work I have to: write this blog, respond to a bunch of emails for Circle K, convert a video as previously described for Ed Tech, then I want to organize my Psych folder a bit so tomorrow night it will be easier to write the final paper. Then tomorrow I'm really busy - got Ed Tech in the morning at 1:45, then going to Grandpa's for dinner some how (gotta call him at some point), might try to hang with Kim in some way, not sure how that would work, and at 7:00 is Safety Walk with Student Government. Oh! Gotta call AE for my first schedule -- AHH! n.n. And I'm sure there's other stuff to get done I haven't even thought of ye-- DANG IT! I totally forgot my clothes in the washer some more.

So on top of daily things to worry about, I have more long term things I need to get to. Like I want to go explore something abandoned soon - something I haven't done in quite a while, but I want to do some more before it gets too snowy. Also I need to figure out where I'm living next school year. I haven't come up with an exact plan yet, but I know I don't want to live in the basement place I have now - I love my housemates, but living under party girls who move furniture nightly is annoying. I just am not incredibly happy with the house, and don't want to think back saying "I lived in the dorms, and that house." Though, under plan A that's still the case: living back in the dorms. I may apply to be an RA or DM, people who manage the dorms for the most part. I wouldn't even care about living in Honors if that were the case. In fact, other dorms may be funner. But I'd be happy to be in the dorms again n.n -- still some investigation into that to do though.

Quotes of the Day: LOL! So Sarah had some issues getting her peas to ring up, and hit the wrong kind (she got "sweet sugar peas" I think?") And the way the computer read the name quitmatically was hilarious.
"Please move your... Chinese Snow Peas? To the belt." - Giant Eagle automated register.

Also, in Exceptionalities, Laura was talking to Autumn about something which led to people who never come to class.
Laura: "Like it pisses me off Pat R.'s never here!"
Autumn: "Who's Pat R.?"
Laura: "He sits over there- SEE! YOu DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS! CAuse he's never here. Excellent Question!" [Pat R. walks in] "WHO IS PAT R.? Oh, he is." [hides face in folded arms on desk as we laugh a bit.] (last name omitted of course, but used in actual conversation.)


Song of the Day: "Last Song" by The Secret Handshake. YAY! I'm glad I bought this CD, even if Sarah is already tired of it. Never having heard any but like, 3 of his songs - I like most of them. And their my favorite band of the week definitely. I love the beat to this song. Takes about 13 seconds into the song before the opening oddness is over.

Oh right, and the motivation for writing this blog:

Hilarious Video of the Day: "POV: Girl Buys Condoms." HAHHAHHAHa, CollegeHumor which occasionally produces something good came out with two videos - POVs of a guy and a girl buying condoms. The guy one is only somewhat funny, but the girl one is far funnier. So please go watch it!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wowser

Omfg -- so Saturday was like, THE AWESOMEST DAY EVERZ! After the interview, went back to Garf to get some things from home (house was a mess. Stole some gummy bears from like a two pound bag on the coffee table. No toasters, thankfully.) Then went to Sarah's for a few, where my phone gave me a TON of troubles like zomg ><;; but then -- on the way into the car, I got a phone call (and it answered when I clicked answer! What marvelous technology!) And it was American Eagle, and I GOT HIRED n.n!!!!! ^U^ AHHHH! *u* I'm still excited about it. And I went in for training the next morning, 8a-noon. (There was quite a bit of schedule restructuring needed from CA-ing, but we managed to fix it somehow. Thanks hugely to Sarah.)

But went in for training, and signing of a confidentiality agreement :/ which means no state secrets on my blog I'm afraid. But anyway, that Saturday night -- got to go see the AP tour with The Secret Handshake, Mayday Parade, The Academy is, and others and it was a lot of fun and amazing! I Loved it! And I got to buy TSH CD which I've wanted, AND got the lead singer to sign it [Luis Dubuc] AAAND Got my picture with him [see next blog.] SO EXCITING! *U* I loved this weekend, it was practically perfect.

Song of the Day:
"Saturday" by The Secret Handshake.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Interview

So - just got back from my group interview at American Eagle Outfitters, wish me luck! I may hear as early as tonight if they want me to come in for training tomorrow morning! I really hope I get it, but if not, I won't be *crushed* -- but I'll be happy that I've made the biggest stride in getting a real job in a while. So, thought I'd let you in on a little behind the scenes commentary on my interview today!


First, I didn't even know what to wear!? Do I dress fancy-schmancy, shirt+tie+dress shoes? My first instinct was the mantra "you can't look too professional" but with Sarah and Google's help, I changed my mind. You can in fact look too professional, so I'm quite glad I dropped to one of my button ups with khaki's, and even that may have been too dressy. But yeah, if you ever interview at American Eagle Outfitters, or somewhere similar (maybe this blog is to help people who are interviewing there --) definitly wear *nice* casual. I did know, however, not to wear Hollister Co. (my button up was AE btw.)

Cool, so I woke up - and after some Circle K juggling - got to my interview fairly early actually, like 8:36a for a 9:00 meeting. Btw, the drive on a good day is apparently like half an hour or much less -- I left the house at like 8:06 and got on the freeway like 8:13-ish. After reading my car manual for five minutes - which btw I now know how to operate cruise control =D - I saw a girl my age go inside, and figured she was there for the interview too. Also, the Mall has a mall-walking program where old people with disabilities can walk the mall for exercise before they open! How cool! Anyway, I ended up meeting my match -- there were initially two other guys, and a girl. We waited outside the entrance and chanted for a few the guys were in High School (Jackson and Stark) and the girl went to Muskingum. Anyway, we chatted for a while about randoms stuff cause I read online you want the interviewer to see you being friendly with the other interview-ees so you look like a team player. (Cite.)

Interestingly, being early for an interview is a great sign - cause the four of us were definitely the four most likely candidates in the end when there totaled 9 interviewees. I was very into the friendly good answers kinda way, the one guy was very job experienced 'had a job since i was 11', the one guy was very 'kid friendly, looking for a real job-i'm a camp counselor in the summer', and the girl was nursing and just generally nice and good at giving answers. It was structured that we all sat on the chairs in the back, and the hiring manager would ask a question and we'd kinda just answer when we like. Not answering, or answering after most others had definitely looked bad, I was pretty good at answering first or second in a respectable way. Some questions: "Name an idea you had that changed someone's life?", "What do you think our demographic is?", "What store in the mall has the best service?", "-the worst?"

I answered best with the Chinese restaurant cause of free samples and got a laugh from everyone including her, interestingly the almost unanimous answer for worst was Hollister and Abercrombie. Which led her into a rant, because she's seen a bunch of people come to AE from them looking for a job. Remarkable HCo-Facts: if your hired, your picture and first name are sent to corporate, who decide to keep you based ON YOUR PICTURE. They do not look at work experience. One girl who worked there and applied for AE said, when asked what was her job at her previous post, "to look good." They are actually told at HCo. not to give customer service, just to basically be models and re-fold the same shirt over and over! At AE, if hired, I'd be able to wear what I like as long as its the AE look (not Abercrombie or HCo though.) At Hollister, they actually tell you *EXACTLY* what to wear when you come in - you have to buy the clothes, and wear *THE Clothing* they say every day, or some days they'll order you to wear one color. Craziness! But anyway, she also suggested there was some other social taboo they supported though didn't go into detail.

Then we had a "you two play sales people, the rest of you play customers." And I got to be a sales person, and she even noted how well I did because I was the only one to try to get them to try on clothes in the fitting rooms. But anyway, when we asked her questions it was stuff like her worst customer and employee benefits. They get a pretty good discount, 40% off new stuff (which is likely why you'll see employees wearin the new stuff...) and a bunch of other things. Also, if you write to corporate about a community service organization and get so many staff to go to it - they'll donate 500$! I would so try that for Circle K.

Fashion advice of the Day: Well, I'm not a big fan of plaid. Like, at all. But studies show its the incoming trend, and I like to be trendy, and if I got a job I'd have to be trendy - so I'm willing to compromise and buy some plaid.

Song of the Day: Brittany was asking about this the other day while shopping, so "3" by Britney Spears. Well, the music video is reeeally boring. Seems like she's trying to take Beyonce's Single Ladies music video and make it her own, only its not good, neither is Single Ladies though, lol.

Remarkable Link: American Eagle Outfitters has a blog: http://theaescene.blogspot.com/ And apparently there's some exclusive content, per se, such as images of the photo shoot from the most recent model pictures all up in stores. Interestingly, it was shot in Canada.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Sometimes I need..." Myspace Survey

So not all my blogs are stories of my life, sometimes I want to include something simple and easy going. Like a good old myspace survey that you would be notified of whenever your friends took one.

Sometimes..

sometimes i just need: a friend to go shopping with, and get my mind off shit, even if we don't buy anything.

somtimes i want: to say "Yes, I'll go on that adventure you planned out TODAY!" rather than always be the one to plan adventures.

somtimes i like to: go to sporting events, even if I don't understand the rules.

sometimes all it takes: to set me into fury is a phone call from mom.

somtimes i picture: my life if I had gone to Baldwin-Wallace (Plan B) rather than Akron.

sometimes i wish: I was back in high school, where everything was so much simpler...

sometimes i find: pop can tabs around the house or city, and take them home with me.

sometimes i take: walks around akron at night, you may think it's dangerous, but I find it relaxing.

sometimes i look: at the inside of my eyelid while I'm pressing on my eye, it's probably fucking up my vision but it looks so cool!

sometimes i hate: democrats. Why can't they just get their shit in order, before the other guys take power back?

sometimes it's nice: to lay back and relax, when you should be doing something important.

sometimes it hurts: when i put my foot up on the arm of the couch, cause I strained my ankle and it hasn't healed completely yet apparently.

sometimes it makes me happy: when I see someone pick something up for someone else before they ask, or hold the door for them by default

sometimes it's sad: that alot of facebook friends I have I will simply never talk to again as we gradually part ways

sometimes i listen: taylor swift. And sing with her.

sometimes i sleep: naked.

sometimes i like to watch: Desperate Housewives. There really isn't anything else on Sunday nights.

sometimes i feel: so stressed out that I just want to hit my head against the wall and run until I can't breathe. Then I remember I'm not Sarah, so that's basically half way down the block...

sometimes i rant: alot, then want to stop cause I've gone on so long, but continue until I can neatly crescendo the argument.

sometimes i never: floss. I should more often.

sometimes i really: want to just sit on the couch and eat an entire bag of Green chips, especially if I get to open the bag, but I don't want to get fat so I try to avoid this.

When I'm ..

sad, i want: company.

happy, i need: friends to share it with.

mad, i wish: I didn't have so many responsibilities. Maybe led David's life.

indifferent, i like to: check facebook.

frustrated, all it takes: to make it worse is to remind me of a worse time, and voila! I hate the world!

If..

you saw your best friend on one side of the road, but you also saw one of your close family members on the other side, and they were both in serious danger, who would you go to help first? Close family member. Because my best friends are creative and agile, and may be able to save themselves. Mom is gonna need my help...

you had the choice of going back in time to or go forward in time to see the future, which would you choose? Going forward in time! :D

jesus was standing right infront of you, what would you say to him? "Fascinating."

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Change We Can Believe In

So, the other day I was in the mood to change the direction of my life in a few little ways. Most people took my facebook status "like Barack Obama said, it's time for a change!" to be a political reference to one thing or another, either Pres. Obama himself, or the mayoral race in Garfield Heights (Longo, mayor for 27+ years not running for reelection, his long time rival Wagner vs. Vic Colova. I personally voted for Colova after a ridiculous incident I'll talk about another time.) Anyway, it was actually a reference to how stressed I was last week and just wanted to change things up enough that life got more exciting. The hair is helping.

Also, after a fun weekend at MAC -- I've stepped down from the Circle K district board. Ugh, I am not too pleased that I was one of the spearheads opposing step-downs at Board Trainer -- but after half a year, it seems like my position is just another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy. I talked to people, and reassured them it was nothing personal - I just did not see the value of my position, combined with the stresses of school I don't think I could do what they were asking, and rather than have them ask me to step down in the future why not end the stress now. But I don't want to rant about CKI all day;

Introducing, the Dreamie! That's right, the snuggie that you sleep in! No, this isn't the "wtf Blanket" or the "Jesus Christ sponge" or some other parody, from the makers of the snuggie comes a sorry pathetic excuse for a sleeping bag for you lazy people willing to spend 19.99 on a BLANKET that costs practically nothing to make. Oy. You should go watch those parodies though, they're entertaining as heck.

Christmas Wishlist #9:

The Magic School Bus DVD: Holiday Special! First off, why is the Magic School bus not out on season-al DVD? There are 13 episodes a season, for 4 seasons - it'd be really simple! And there are practically no copyright issues to worry about, like say Mystery Science Theater or Cold Case would have to worry about. Regardless -- this DVD has my FAVORITE Magic School Bus episode on it, where they learn about recycling and accidentally un-recycle the bus (with their magic beam that turns things into a world where recycling doesn't exist.) Oh, btw's -- it's a MUSICAL! In fact, the first video I ever posted to youtube was from this. I'm sure it's like 19.99, I've never seen *it* in stores, but I've seen other MSB DVD's at Borders before.

Song of the Day: "Funhosue" by P!nk. First heard this song on the car ride back from MAC. This is one screwed up song, lol, I think it was just recently released, but it was highly entertaining. "Once a tickle, now a rash" -- haha, what great lyrics. "This used to be a fun house, but now it's full of evil clowns. I'm gonna burn it down."

Quote of the Day: HAhahaahahaha, so I just want to write down in cyber-history that this happened. So I was all bugging Patsy and Brit to go shopping with me while bored on Sunday. Brit ended up not answering her phone, so I just went with Patsy; and this awkward moment happened:

[Set up, originally brit was supposed to go with us, but couldn't. Driving by Fairlawn Mall...]
"So what kind of things are you shopping for?"
"I dunno."
A: "Hmm... I'm kind of thirsty. ..... .... OH! JAREDS! *quickly turns into Jared Jeweler's parking lot.*
P: *Experiences the fear of Andrew wanting her to help find a ring for Sarah* Uuuuuuuhhhmmm...
A: "Are you in the mood for something with Gummy Bears in it!" *parks next door to Jared's, at Coldstone Creamery.*

We then proceeded to laugh about this moment for like, 45 minutes while we enjoyed our Cake-n-Shake milkshake and whatever Patsy got!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Seatbelts, Everyone!

OOOooooOOOooooooh my god! My shift just got better 20x fold! I have found websites with full Magic School Bus episodes on them *U* !! That's right, my life is complete! omg, the awesomeness! I've already watched an episode where the class learns about the value of air, and air pressure. (Picture of air-canon bus provided) Mrs. Frizzle: "As I always say, like air, my class works best - under pressure." (do-do-do-dododoo...)

Can I just take a moment to point out that everything I really need to know about how the world works I learned from the Magic School Bus? This is simply the most awesomest stupendous-est show ever - and was ABSOLUTELY my favorite show as a child. I swear to you - my inspiration for becoming a teacher is Mrs. Frizzle. I used to want to be a 3rd or 4th grade science teacher, until science got annoying and not fun any more (I trace it to about 5th grade) and I hated it, and my grades in it weren't as perfect as I'd've liked. But still, when I'm a teacher I want to have ties with historical signifigance to my lessons like Mrs. Frizzle's dresses, but it's not the same...

OMG! Now I'm watching the episode "Gets Charged" from the fourth and final season, a Valentine's episode where we see Mrs. Frizzle's house! Can I just point out a few awesome Frizzle-Factoids?
  • Mrs. Frizzle's mailbox is a school bus
  • Her house has a fountain, with a stone-Liz
  • Also a small pond, with a bridge over it -- the bridge appears made of gumdrops and bobbypins, just like the bridge to get across the toilet seat from the tensile strength episode!
  • Also a giant's beanstalk in the back yard (!?)
  • The house, in general, has porthole (ie: titanic style) ship windows, a giant wall-antfarm on the porch, a space observatory sticking out the roof...
  • Pictures on Mrs. Frizzle's wall: one of herself, one huge one of Liz, one of her mechanic friend from the joints/"builds a robot" episode, and her old college palentologist friend from the goes-back-to-Dinosaurs era, Dr. Skeledon. A bunch of random faces which are too generic, likely meant to be family members. This one looks kinda like Mr. Seedplot, Phoebe's teacher from her old school who had a crush on the Friz!
Haha, I LOVE THIS SHOW! Awesome, logical plan: Liz invites the class inside the house without Mrs. Frizzle's knowledge, while they try to fix the door bell. "Well, if we go inside, maybe we can learn how to fix the doorbell..." "Sounds like a plan to me!" Haha, yeah, that totally makes sense. Rationalize much? Also, if you saw from the pictures above - the website I'm getting this from appears to be Chinese, so I'm sure this is all kinds of illegally pirated - the Chinese love to ignore copyright laws.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Losing all my Drive

First, a hair update. The dying went interestingly to say the least. I was reminded once again of how much of a cry baby I am, can't stand a little scorching burning sensation. While I was aiming for something along the lines of this, Circle K members seem to think I hit more of a Nazi kid from the movie "The Pacifier" -- I've actually never seen it, but Tiffany owns it and I'll have to borrow it sometime. (Googling a bit, this guy is likely who they're referring to.)

Ugh, so had another stressful day. Since waking up I pretty much hadn't had five minutes to just sit down, and literally finally found 3 minutes to eat a Banquet in the middle of the day (roommates judge how they want - when I only have 3 minutes for a meal, I'm really not all that picky.) Got to vote, picked up my check from home, and took a wrong turn on the high way and ended up taking 8 South to 77. (Two separate ways to get to Akron, but taking one to the other was a major waste of time.) Then had the meeting, then handled some MAC stuff. Only to realize 19 minutes too late that I had a Springboard quiz to do to night. Add to the fact I have a huge project due tomorrow, and 3+ major tests and an observation. Once again, I don't know how I'm going to fit it all in. But Thursday looks like I'll be able to rest finally. Only to have to go to MAC on Friday. Ugh :( See Below.

Song of the Day: "Going through the Motions" by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This song kinda sums up how I've been feeling lately pretty perfectly. I don't feel like Andrew this semester, I'm just kinda running on autopilot, trying desperately to get all my assigned tasks (be it for Circle K, Class, finances, etc.) done. There's just so much stress from every direction, I don't have much choice but to silence my inner Andrew in favor of just being productive, hoping to get what I need to get done before its due and still coming up short on numerous points. I miss the Andrew that did Presidential trivia, took History classes, loved road trips and exploring abandoned buildings, the one who ate out all the time because of his magic credit cards, and bought ridiculous clothes. Not to mention the million things or more I just haven't been enthusiastic about lately. It's hard to be happy with so much stress on my mind, and I've seen the same problems eat away at mom's happiness for years.

In the song, Buffy's going through something similar. Oh -- and this is from the super duper incredibly awesome musical episode of Buffy btw. (Select excerpts...)

"I was always brave
And kind of righteous
Now I find I'm wavering..."

"...Will I stay this way forever,
sleepwalk through my life's endeavor
(Handsome young victim man:) How can I repay-
(Buffy:) -Whatever...."

Quote of the Day: More great quotes from Japanese class. Teacher:
"This morning... I saw a dog [on the news]... he did painting. His strokes better than yours."
(Our Japanese teacher continues to disapprove of our sweep-endings, etc.)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Breaking News: Andrew to get WHITER

Okay, my original title was gonna be "It's Getting Hot in Here" but I changed the main topic of this blog. Just because the house heater is shooting down at me. I've moved now. Well readers, Fall is in full swing and prepare for winter - because you know how short Autumn and Spring are in Ohio. It does remind me of the funny image though, Kyuhun and Van der Kamp are not used to Ohio winters, so it will be interesting to see them react. When we went to Halloweekends, Kyuhun did not seem to be enjoying the weather in his huge winter coat. That was early October. HA, 40 degrees? Childsplay.

Blah, rooms still a mess. Now I got an hour and 15 minutes before I gotta leave to work out. Then when we get back - hopefully shower and dye my hair n.n! Woo, I've wanted to dye my hair white since 6th Grade. I remember helping Mr. Keshock move something on the first Monday of Summer after getting my hair dyed by the place on the Boulevard. It was blonde :( Then I tried again the next summer. Same thing. But I want white hair - if even just for a month or two while I'm in college, to get the experience! I mean, why not?


Alright fine - maybe no one has successfully been able to make white hair look good, but then I'll just be the first. I'll update'cha how it goes!



So I've forgotten what I do on Monday's between Japanese and working out with Sarah to watch Heroes (at the Rec center on campus. Sad, isn't it?) I started cleaning my room,... then stopped - and got distracted googling the Charmed Wiki. I used to be an admin there (as the only contributor) but then didn't go there for a long time. Someone else has taken up the administrator-ship, and seems to be running it. I really don't care, part of me wants to go back and take over, but I really have more important things to do with my life. Still - it's been a long time since I've watched Charmed, so the other day when I was home I grabbed Season 8 on DVD to watch some time.

Quote of the Day: (A black cat comes to the door, peeking in the screen. Everyone in the house: Aww! It later comes back.)
Andrew: (txting Patsy) "Oh no! What if Kat was turned into a cat and can't reach the door knob! :O"
(reply) "Did the other realm council punish her for trying to take over the world!?"

p.s. Me and Sarah have decided to name the cat Kat, for confusion purposes.

Song of the Day: "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. (disclaimer: the title of this song, and any lyrics there in bare no resemblance or relation to the Good romance I am currently in.) This song is just god awful enough for me to like it. This song has everything we've come to expect from Ms. Ga, as the Chinese news puts it "fabulously deranged vocals" - consisting mainly of her making strange noises, or talking about her and her ex/other(?) could write a "bad romance [novel?]" I believe. When I first heard this, all I could think was ... Wow. Music these days are crazy, but at least Gaga's something different (and boy is she ever) alot of the other ghetto-er songs are just the same old boring stuff. Can't wait to see the music video... and now for some choice lyrics:

"...Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Ruhma-ruhma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance..."

Awesome Pictures of the Day: (All available on Facebook!)

And the following is a bumpersticker:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Soo Tired

Ugh, I dunno why I do it to myself. But I am sooo tired, it's 4:17 in the morning on Halloween day and I'm working the desk. (Oh I remember now, I need money like nobodies business.) Hopefully my tuition disbursement check comes today to my home address, cause if not there's gonna be some issues. But enough about my money issues.

So err, I guess I haven't been doing some things right for the District of Circle K cause I get a letter of complaint from the governor. I was on the fence before about DCON chair, and I think I had an okay idea - but that does it - I want out of this student organization. Obviously I'll still volunteer at the club level next year but I do no want an elected position. Rather, I may run for President of College Democrats. We'll see what happens, but elected or board position in CKI? Unlikely. Too much crazy.

Ugh. So the other day, I was waiting for Patsy so we could go food shopping and I was hopping merrily back and forth from two wooden dirt-holder-backers in our front yard, when I landed on the side of one badly and twisted my ankle and likely strained it. It got really swollen, and hurt like hell the first night, now its just a minor pain.

Yuck I feel disgusting. Because I'm awful about waking up on time to come here for 4am shifts, I decided to nap in the lounge for an hour and a half and just come out here come my shift time. Yuck my breath stinks. But earlier I observed "Nightmare on Sumner Street" - a block party-esque street encompassing party involving/not really/Sarah's house.

Ugh, disjointed thoughts.

Well, I've got 4 hours - hopefully I'll clean some of this up, if not, you can rest assured the next post will be cleaner and more organized than this.

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's in the Water

"Wit beyond measure..." did not get me out of my ticket :( Blah, $191!!! That's ridiculous for 79 in a 60 (which I thought was 65 to be fair), and I don't care if it's justice working, Newburgh Heights is now on my vendetta list! Seriously, next free chance I get to make money off of the city of NBH, its on like Donkey Kong bitch!


The question I must ask myself, how would Veronica Mars seek vengeance? Well, like I said - I'll get back to that after the other craziness in my life finally settles. Still got disbursement checks to worry about, not to mention the day to day operations like Circle K, other student orgs, and living in a house. But maybe it's just me - but it seems like everyone in my life has just been crabby lately! Like, life's been a bitch to everyone it seems - bad days all around. This is a bad Fall methinks. And I can see it in the eyes of pretty much everyone around me, my presence in particular is starting to get on people's nerves. Now I'm sure your going to say "well stop being annoying" -- well I say Shut up. This is my blog, so I'll complain how I want to -- but I will try to stop annoying everyone, but its not just me. But to be safe, I'm going to try to hermit it a bit for a few weeks I'm thinking.

Ugh, so I stopped at home and had an annoying visit with mom. David quit his job, and the house is more messy than usual. Came back, cleaned my room and did some dishes, went through the mail I picked up at home after a fail day in NBH court. (Remarkable fact: The Village of NBH's Mayor serves as their sole Judge. A Village, by definition, is much small than a city, so even though Garfield Heights used to be a part of NBH until we seceded in 1918 - we have since grown far larger than them.)

Among my mail was boring bills, reminder that I'm waiting on my loan check, and my 5/3rd card had been accidentally leaked by a third party - so they had to send me a new one. Luckily, since I only get my mail every couple weeks the card was also in the same pile of mail. But still had to call 5/3rd and confirm my identity, which is never fun.

Upcoming Movie of the Day: The Fourth Kind. Ever since the 5th grade question of "Was The Blaire Witch Real?" I have almost always guarenteed movies are never based on real life events, unless VERY barely. This movie claims to use archival footage, of a Psychologist in Alaska... turns out that's just a marketing ploy. It is VERY Loosly based off a series of disappearances in Nome, Alaska - and the people of Alaska are outraged (particularly the families of missing) that they would fictionalize it in this way. Oh well, I still may see the movie - looks pretty interesting. It seems to be about Alien abductions of the "fourth kind" -- titled similarly as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" - a famous movie from the 1980s.

Song of the Day: Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet by Reliant K. This came up on my "3Oh!3" Pandora Channel. Reliant K songs come up alot on my Pandora. This one is interesting, it doesn't relate to anything in real life - just liked it. (Lyrics)

Quote of the Day: In Japanese class earlier, people were having trouble writing the Hiragana for "Ta." (pictured)
Senseii (Teacher): "Some of you... still having trouble writing "Ta" Hiragana." *writes wrong version* "Many of you are doing this, this is no." *crosses it out, writes a different wrong-er version* "Some of you are writing this, This, is Hell No." (class laughs) "I... amnot Christian, so I can say that because I cannot go to hell..."