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Six Interests...hmmm...

Six interests from my profile, since apparently that's all I'm interested in...I'm now going to concentrate on being interested in more.

1.  Jane Austen

One of my first loves.  I love her novels.  Her life.  Her in general really.  She was one of the first classical authors that I read and really enjoyed, not just tolerated.  I think she's an amazing author with quite the funny style and I would love to be able to write half as good as she does.  As a side-note, I'm going to England (hopefully) next Spring Break to study her.  It'll be awesome!

2.  Knitting

I actually don't do this as much anymore, but my grandmother taught me when I was younger, in elementary school I think.  I think it's fun knowing you can make something you can wear like a scarf or a sweater.  Gives me a feeling of accomplishment to know that I can do something like that because those patterns are sometimes super hard to follow.

3.  Music

Is there anyone out there who is not interested in music?  Since I've been in college I've really broadened my musical repetoire to listen to a lot more artists.  I still have my staples that I will probably never stop listening to (anything Classic Rock basically) but I am much more appreciative of the genres that I couldn't stand before.  I've also taken an interest in learning the guitar since I've been here, so that's a whole nother facet of my musical interest.

4.  Reading

This really needs no explanation.  I have enjoyed reading since I was little.  I've never not wanted to read anything.  I'm also an English major and I think it would be weird to be that without the love of reading there.  Basically, I love books in almost all genres (there are some that I will not read) and think that everyone else in the world should read as well.

5.  Twilight Series

I wonder if I added this when I was high.  Cause while I do enjoy the series, not as much as I used to.  Mainly because I've found a better vampire series out there with more believable vampires.  But, even with its flaws, the sereis isn't too bad.  Not a bad teeny bopper book basically.

6.  Writing

One of my first loves.  Also part of my major as well.  So, again, it'd be odd if I didn't enjoy this.  But I didn't start to like writing until high school when I discovered there was more out there than the academic writing I was constantly forced to do in school.  I discovered making your own world and stories (even if it's only in your head sometimes) and how much fun it is to try and create characters and their lives and to see how well these people interact.  I can honestly say that I woudln't know what I would do with myself if I didn't have my writing.  I think I would be so much more unhappy with my life.

Survey Says...

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4. Write it down.
in the hall when I was in the building on a cleaning job.

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What’s there?
Nothing.  My bed headboard is just to the lef though.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Paranormal State

4. Without looking, guess what time it is:
5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Buzzing of the electricity.

7. When did you last step outside?
Ummm...around 8?

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at.
IM conversation with Jared.

9. What are you wearing?
Pink school shirt and gray shorts.

10. Did you dream last night?
Yes...but I don't remember.  I do remember dreaming about drag queens Saturday night though.

11. When did you last laugh?
Few seconds ago from something Jared said.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Posters, my bulletin board, and a cowboy calendar.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
Ummm...myself getting a lapdance?

14. What do you think of this quiz?
I'm bored, that's why I'm doing it.

15. What is the last film you saw?

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
First additions to all my fav authors, a house in England, and then a ticket to get there.

17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know:
Ummm...my guitar is signed by Keith Urban?

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
That every woman experiences an orgasm.  I'm dirty, what can I say?

19. Do you like to dance?
If I know I won't be ridiculed, yes.

20. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Audrey Rose.

21. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Evan Gwilym

22. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Yes, most definitely.  After I finish grad school and my four teaching years, my ass is out of the US and in England, preferrably near where my friend Erica lives.

3 People

I won't bore people with the rules.  I'll just say that my dear friend Jaysta made me do it.  She gave me three guys and I have to decide who I'll shove off a cliff, shag, and marry.  My three guys?  Mr. Darcy, Orlando Bloom, and Andrew (dude from high school) in girl pants.

Obviously, Andrew is the guy.  I'm the girl.  And, as much as I hate to say this, I'd throw Andrew off the cliff.  1:  Awkward to shag him...  2:  Awkward to marry him...  3:  I can't pick him over Mr. Darcy and Orlando.

I love me some Orlando (not as much as I used to), but there is no way in hell I'm marrying him.  He's a bad boy to an extent, but do you really want to marry a bad boy?  They just can't seem to shake it.  So I'll settle for sleeping with him.  On a regular basis.  Cause he's hot.  And the accent.  Need I say more?

Finally, we have Mr. Darcy.  My favorite literary character of all time.  Who also happens to be filthy rich.  And exceedingly handsome (at least in my mind and the movie adaptations he is).  Why wouldn't I want to marry him?  Elizabeth Bennett is just going to have to watch out cause I'm moving in!


I'm deliriously happy right now.  I got my Shakespeare midterm back (it was on four plays) and...

90 out of 100!!

I'm so proud of myself.  *pats self on back*

My band

Something I stole from a very dear friend. :P

1.  Go to wikipedia and hit random.  The name of the article that comes up is your band name.

2.  Go to quotationspage.com and hit random quotes on the left.  The last four or five words is the name of your first album.

3.  Go to Flickr and hit "The Last Seven Days."  The third pic is your album cover, no matter what it is.

4.  Using photoshop or Picnik you mess it together.

5.  Post and tag.

5 Things...Reminds me of "Seven Days..."

Here we go...5 things my bestest friend Mindy associated with me!

1. Living out in the middle of flippin' nowhere!
2. Pride and Prejudice (the video)
3. English
4. Knitting
5. Horses

And now the explanation.

1.  I think this is self-explanatory.  I live about 20 minutes outside of my hometown with a bunch of animals (which ties in with numero 5).

2.  Oh, good old P&P.  Senior year I had to do a project for my AP English class with a novel I was reading.  I was reading this novel with two other people and we had to pick an outside scene to act out to the class.  We picked the first proposal and letter.  Let's just say hilarious doesn't really cover it.  Andrew in girl pants.  Nazi helmets in the background.  A lightswitch that definitely isn't period accurate.  But I can definitely say it was all good times.

3.  English is my major and I love to read.  Nuff said. :)

4.  I love to knit, mostly scarves.  I have branched out and have done a skirt and have been working on this shirt thingy for like two years now.  I should probably go finish that...

5.  The horses.  At the house that is in the middle of nowhere (see numero 1) we have 8 dogs, 5 horses, and 3 cats.  The horses are the biggest things.  And they were used in the P&P video mentioned above.

Worst. Fanfic. Ever.

If you're reading this, then I have a mission for you.  If you choose to accept it, you must report back on your findings as soon as possible.

Go to Youtube.
Search "My Immortal Harry Potter"
Find a playlist involving this (I suggest the three Scottish boys) and listen to it.  All of it.
While listening (or after the horrific reading) go to Google and search it out, finding the info page on Encyclopedia Dramatica.
Read said page, especially the reviews.
Then, if you haven't had enough, read the actual thing.
Report back to me the horrors that you found.

Let's just say that I about died laughing from the reviews and threw up in my mouth a little at the actual writing.

This message will explode in approximately five seconds. :P


Comment and...

1. I'll tell you why I added you to my flist.
2. I'll tell you what I most associate with you.
3. I'll tell you what I like about you.
4. I'll state a favorite memory of you.
5. I will tell you about a character or a pairing that is similar to you.
6. I'll ask you a question about you that I've always wanted to know. .
7. I'll tell you which of your user pics I like the best.
8. In return, post this meme on your journal.

And I'll try my hardest to think of something...

Santa Baby...

Christmas.  It happens once a year and I love it when it does.  It's when I get stuff that I really want or just some random shit that I end up really liking.

To kick off our family Christmas festivities we get together on Christmas Eve, eat dinner, sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus, and then open presents.  This is my dad's side of the family btw since my mom's side does their thing with us the Sunday before.  Well, last night was no different.  The only difference for this year was that Papa, my grandfather, couldn't come because, well, he has Alzheimer's and he's getting to the point where he doesn't remember everyone right away and it would have been difficult to get him to my aunt's house and when he got there chances are he would have embarassed himself.  And he can't help it.

So he didn't come and neither did my cousin Jon and his wife Jenny.  They divide the years.  They came for Thanksgiving this year, so no Christmas with us.  Next year we'll get Christmas but not Thanksgiving.  They alternate the years with us.

There were only a few of us:  me, my dad, my mom, my brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, wife, their son, and Pomp, my grandmother.  The night started out normal enough.  The only difference was Ryan, my cousin Michael's son was sick so he was a little under the weather and this was also the first year Ryan has been an active participant.

When Ryan was born he had some problems with water on the brain and some other issues.  Because of this he's a little developmentally delayed.  So even though he's two years old, he's finally starting to talk and walk with sure feet.  This time last year he wasn't doing either.

We ate dinner, sang "Happy Birthday" and socialized a bit.  During the socializing portion Ryan made his rounds to everyone.  He wanted to sit on everyone's lap and hug everyone and flirt with me.  At one point I was holding him in the dining room and my dad walked by.  He recognizes my dad pretty easily since Michael works for my dad and sees him pretty regularly.  So he held his arms out for my dad to pick him up.  My dad took him and as he was walking back into the living room with Ryan, Ryan did the unthinkable.

He reached up and rubbed my dad's head.

For most people, that's not that bad of a thing.  But my dad basically has no hair.  What little bit he does have he keeps buzzed close to his head.  And as a general rule, you don't rub his head.  So it was hilarious when Ryan reached right up there and rubbed dad's head.  The entire household burst into laughter while Ryan giggled and my dad got this funny look on his face.  Interestingly enough, my dad took Ryan's hand and put it back up there and let him continue to rub it.  That was one of the highlights of the evening.

After that hilarity, we opened presents and everthing.  Nothing interesting happened there.  Aunt Cac had talked about maybe breaking the gag underwear out.  The gag underwear got started when I was in high school and my dad was the first victim.  They are a pair of sparkly blue bikini speedos.  They've only come out three times.  But whenever they do make an appearance, it's pretty funny.

After presents were opened and wrapping paper disposed of, my aunt challenged me to a game of Wii bowling.  She got a Wii and uses it to help her exercise a little.  She really doesn't have that much in the way of games, but she enjoys playing with it.  So we played each other in Wii bowling and it was an entire family affair.  Incredibly funny cause we had people from everywhere trying to tell us how to play the game.

Aunt Cac did beat me, but I really didn't care cause it was funny and it incredible amounts of fun to do.  After that, Michael came up and we did a little of everything else with the games that were on there.  I eventually let my brother have the remote and Michael loaded up the Baseball game on the Wii.  That was when things got interesting.

My brother has played baseball for as long as I can remember.  He even played in college and has gone to a few major league try outs.  So we knew that it would be pretty interesting to watch Donell, baseball extraordinaire, go up against Michael.  Donell figured out how to throw the high speed stuff and screw Michael up.  But Michael was able to score, whereas Donell was unable to.

That was the entertaining portion, listening to two men that are three years apart in age (28 and 31) argue over a video game.

So later today me and Donell are probably going to head out to Michael's house to do some re-matches on Michael's Wii.

But now on to the important stuff.  What I got for Christmas.  Last night I got a nice sweater and a book about a cat that lived in a library from my Aunt.  A snowflake ornament thing from Pomp.  Some Bath & Body Works stuff from my mom and dad.  Enchanted and the last four books in the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris from Donell (this is my favorite gift).

This morning, "Santa" brought me another Studs 'N Spurs calendar (picture half naked men, but of the cowboy variety), four cookbooks, a cross necklace, a pretty sparkly bracelet, some really soft socks, the teal version of a white sweater I got a few months ago, this craft cutter thing (can use it on paper, photos, that sort of thing), a nice little check from my dad (way to go Santa!), a $100 Visa gift card, and three of the four movies I don't have from Masterpiece Theaters showing of the Jane Austen adaptations from PBS last year (Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Sense and Sensibility).  The only one I need to find now is Emma.

I don't think I did too bad present wise.  I know that I'm still going to be getting a few things over the next few days.  I'm getting my passport as a present and my mother is taking me to get a coffee maker, griddle, and sauce pan sometime this week.  And I think as a present to myself I may be buying myself a new TV with some of the money I got for Christmas, though I'm still deciding on that one.  I might just put it back since I do have a birthday coming up in March that I want to be able to celebrate...hehe.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Long Time Coming

So...it's been a while since I really posted anything of significance.  Let's just say this semester was one thing after another with school and my social life being a rollercoaster.  If it wasn't one thing, it was another.  But now that I'm home (and yes I've been home for a week now,  but I've been doing other things) and with next semester being a little lighter, I hope to keep up a regular posting schedule and "broaden" my posting audience so to speak.

First things first, a short reply to my last post.  My friend Bethany had her baby.  Alexander Kenneth Hemenway.  Born November 21, 2008 a little after 5 a.m. in a C-section.  He was 7 lbs. 9 oz. if I remember correctly and 26 inches long.  But I can't really remember that right...And he is adorable.  Bethany's a bit stressed with trying to adjust to being a mother, but I know she wouldnt trade it for the world and that it'll get better for her in a little while.  She's just really depressed right now because she was so stressed with end of the year stuff and then me and Sofia are out of town.  I'll be going back January 3rd, but Sofia will be in Spain next semester, so it'll be just me and Bethany.  And I know while Bethany (and me) are happy Sofia gets this amazing opportunity, Sofia is such a good friend that we both wonder how we'll survive the semester without seeing her almost everyday.  But for each of us it'll be a day by day thing.  And Skype will be used profusely.

Moving on from that...I did much better this semester than I thought I would.  I'm not saying I thought I would do horribly by any means, but I thought my GPA would go down because of two classes I took.  Turns out my GPA went about about a tenth of a point.

Talk about surprises.

Overall I got one C, one B, and five As.  I was very happy with it and I hope that next semester I can possibly get no C since I'll be taking classes that really appeal to me and I know I'm going to have fun with.  Which means I'll be more willing to put the effort into it than if I didn't enjoy it that much (that was the B class this semsester, which I expected a C in).

Since school has been out, I've basically done nothing with my life.  I've read an entire book series.  Granted, it has only five books in it.  But still.  That's pretty bad.  And I've watched the first two seasons of Dexter, that show on Showtime about the serial killer.  All in less than a week I think.  I really need to get a life...

I have also become addicted to Sudoku.  I bought a little book that has like 300 puzzles in it for three bucks in BAM the other day (it was on major discount) and I've been glued to it ever since.  Again...a life must be found.  If I do this all break, when I get back to school I'm going to be as anti-social as they come.

On more of a holiday note, I went to my mom's side of the family Christmas celebration today.  We always do it the Sunday before Christmas because everyone does their own thing Christmas Eve and it's just easier to get everyone together then.  All in all, I got $80 total from three different people (which I think I'm going to put part towards my b-day fund and part towards the trip to England I'll be making Spring Break 2010), a porcelain egg from my grandmother, home made fudge from my aunt (which is to die for), and a really pretty red sweater from my cousin and his family.  I think I might wear the sweater Christmas Eve when we go to my dad's side of the families thing.  It's red and it looks like a turtle neck, but the collar is unbuttoned and it's just pretty cool.  It's definitely a shirt I'll wear.

A funny fact for everyone is that when I went to my friend Sofia's going away party a few weeks ago, I met Sofia's room mate Monique's boyfriend Dishan.  We chatted for a bit and I guess you could say we bonded over video games cause he made a reference to Mortal Kombat and I brought up the new game Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (which is hard to play).  A few days later Monique tells me that Dishan graduated from the same high school I did, only in 2003 when I was a freshman.

When I got home last Sunday, there was a message on Facebook waiting for me from Dishan and he asked me what my last name was and whether I knew the teacher at the high school that had the same last name I did.  I said that I did and he asked if she was my aunt and I told him that it was my mother.

Turns out Dishan was in my mom's homeroom when he was in high school.

I thought it was incredibly funny that of all places to meet someone from my hometown, I meet him at one of my best friends going away parties.  Since then we've been texting, talking about trying to hang out a little while I'm home and if that doesn't work we'll definitely hang out when I get back to school because he's there all the time even though he goes to a different school.

All in all, I would have to say I don't think this has been a bad break.  Maybe a tad boring.  But I'm not ready to run screaming back to school yet.  Which is a first.  And a very good thing.  Guess we'll just have to wait it out now. 

Merry Christmas everyone!