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Sep. 2nd, 2013 | 03:49 pm

Excuse me, sir/madam/[insert courtesy title here], I think I'm lost. Could you help me find my way back to LiveJournal?

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Oh, this is LiveJournal? Oh my. Things have really changed here since the last time I visited.

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Oh, you don't remember me? No, I'm not offended in the least.

ANYWAY.

It's been awhile since I last posted here, hasn't it? I've been busy. But I'm starting to build the will back up to be more active on LJ. Just not in this journal, anymore.


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Three things meme.

Jan. 18th, 2012 | 01:30 am
music: "The Sign" by Ace of Base

Despite it being early Wednesday right now, "today" in this post refers to Tuesday. It just works out better this way!

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW
1. A sweater. A striped sweater! Because right now is the best time to wear a striped sweater. ;)
2. Pajama pants with little Marios all over them.
3. ... Glasses. :P Really, unless you wanted me to assure you all I'm wearing underwear, this is it.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. SUMMER! Or at least spring. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to stand all this snow, but I guess that's what I get for coming to Notre Dame. :P
2. More peace and quiet. I guess I forgot over break just how much noise some of the guys here make.
3. Hmm ... I could really go for a Jamba Juice right now. (But even if they were open at this hour, there's no way I'd walk all the way there in this weather!)

THREE PEOPLE WHO YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
I'm such a horrible LJ friend that I haven't really been keeping up with posts lately, especially not since I got back to ND, which I think was about the same time this meme first popped up in my friends list; therefore, I don't know who's done this and who hasn't. SO. If you haven't done this already and feel up to it, consider yourself tagged.

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. Read the first book of the Iliad for my class on classical Greek texts. (That's not as much reading as it may sound like it is!)
2. Got on General Sims Chat and talked to my Simmer friends.
3. Watched part of an episode of South Park with my RA.

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW
1. Go to one and only one class! My architecture class doesn't meet until Friday morning, and I still have to pick my PE activities (which is another thing to do tomorrow) so I only have to go to psychology. Probably one of my only chances to sleep in on any MWF this semester, and I'm going to savor it!
2. Each lunch with my roommate.
3. Buy books for all my classes. (Fifteen books in all! Yikes!)

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS
1. Root beer!
2. My "special" coffee drinks. (Okay, they're basically coffee milkshakes, but "coffee drink" makes it sound more special to me. Weird, huh?)
3. ... root beer!

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY
1. Seeing that remisims did this meme and predicting she'd tag me to do it. (To be precise, I probably smiled the most when I saw my prediction was true.)
2. All three of the professors of my classes today. I like each of them for their own special qualities.
3. Getting out of class at the end of the day, after almost three straight hours of class. In only two classes!

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Short update.

Oct. 20th, 2011 | 03:08 pm

Regarding the laptop: HP tech support had us send it in to them by Fedex yesterday, and they've told us that it should be back by next Wednesday. I'm also back on campus, so I won't really be able to keep up with things as well as I did over break, but I'll do my best.

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The current computer situation.

Oct. 12th, 2011 | 10:16 pm
mood: crankycranky

All right, here's something I think you all ought to know about. A few weeks ago I dropped my computer from my bed — I was trying to stick it up there but I didn't have it quite secure before letting go — and while it was mostly functional then, it has slowly degenerated to the point that as of earlier this week, it won't even start up. Because the original problem was that it would crash while I was doing graphics card-intensive things — Simming, watching online videos, etc. — I'm led to believe it's a problem with the graphics card. Fortunately, I think this means everything on my hard drive is safe, but on the other hand, it means I'm going to be limited on how much I can be online. From now until the end of the week, I won't be on here or Twitter or chat doing much at all.

The end of the week is the beginning of fall break, when we'll be bringing my laptop into somewhere to have it fixed. In the meantime, I may be online sometimes, but it really would depend on which computers at home would be available to me. Hopefully the laptop will be fixed by the end of break, because I need it for school!

I really hate not being able to talk to you guys under these circumstances — almost as much as I hate typing things like this up in a public space! Talk to you all soon, I hope!

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Survivor stuff.

Aug. 8th, 2011 | 12:24 am
mood: enthralled
music: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Today in Sims chat, I mentioned that I was doing a simulation of a game of Survivor using the characters of various stories I would like to write in the future. I'm a total Survivor junkie, for one thing, and I'd love to be on the show someday. (I'll have braces until December 2012, though, assuming everything goes as it should, so I don't think I'll be on before that!) Because such a large part of the game is its social aspect -- the ability to make allies in order to prevent yourself from being voted off, while at the same time ensuring that most of the people you voted off will vote for you at the end despite that -- I'm using to examine my characters by the way they would play the game. I'll admit that the way I conduct them isn't perfect and I'm sure I've messed up with characterization before, but there are certain characters whose traits have been developed by these simulations. If I ever met a fellow writer who also watched Survivor, I'd probably recommend this to them as well.

That being said, I have a few questions for anyone reading this.

Poll #1767986 Survivor polls~

If I were to be on Survivor, would it change the likelihood of you watching at least one episode?

Yes; I would be more likely to watch.
8(61.5%)
Yes; I would be less likely to watch.
0(0.0%)
No.
2(15.4%)
I'm unsure.
3(23.1%)

Do you already watch Survivor on a regular basis?

Yes.
2(16.7%)
No.
10(83.3%)
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*Le schedule

Aug. 1st, 2011 | 09:35 pm
music: "Say Goodbye" by Katharine McPhee

I got my college schedule early this morning and I'm loving it! I wasn't so keen on it at first, until I talked to a few people and got some tips on how to manage my time. Like, I'll have to go for a late breakfast and a late lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays, when I have classes almost non-stop from 10:40 to 1:40. But really, that's about as bad as my "troubles" look to be.

My classes are:
Foundations of Theology: Biblical/Historical TR 9:30 - 10:45
Comparative Politics MW 10:40 - 11:30
Intro to Comparative Politics F 9:35 - 10:25
Physical Education TR 11:00 - 11:50
Beginning Logic MWF 11:45 - 12:35
Writing and Rhetoric TR 12:30 - 1:45
Common Human Diseases MWF 12:50 - 1:40

So I'm not really sure how I can have Comparative Politics and Intro to Comparative Politics? Especially since I'll be attending the former first, the way things are scheduled. But I'm going with it! There could be a good reason, and if not, it's not my fault.
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Sabbaticals, vacations and beyond.

Jul. 23rd, 2011 | 09:13 pm
mood: relaxedrelaxed
music: "Fly" by Sugar Ray featuring Super Cat

I think most of my friends here know that I am online an awful lot. If you didn't know that, I'll tell you that Safari is usually the first thing open when I turn on my laptop and it's one of the last things closed before I go to bed at night. This is why I worry that not talking to anyone at all for an entire day worries me. This is why I think I've been irresponsible the past two weeks with notifying you all where I'd be -- and thus, it's why I've taken to posting to explain things.

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But if you never even noticed I was gone -- I guess I need to talk to you a little more from now on. Recent events with certain groups of friends have me in fear that I'm too quiet and engrossed in reading rather than conversing to maintain relationships with some of you.

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Writer's Block: Toy box travesties

Jun. 26th, 2011 | 01:05 am

What childhood toy did you desperately want that your parents refused to give you? Do you still think about getting one?


VIDEO GAMES.

Seriously. All that not buying any consoles for us until the PS2 a few years ago, only encouraged me to want to visit my cousins only for their N64. :(

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Jun. 20th, 2011 | 07:33 pm
mood: creative

 

So yeah, I'd be on Twitter right now if it weren't eating my tweets.

Now why's that so important?

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Yeah. Be jealous.

You can make your own here. The person who made it is also a featured creator at Mod the Sims! Imagine that!

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Thursday Thought #6?!

Jun. 16th, 2011 | 02:14 pm
mood: hungryhungry

Yup. Thursday Thoughts are back, baby.

All my life through high school, I'd never had to use an alarm clock. My parents would always wake me up and make sure I was out of bed in the morning. At college, I won't be so fortunate, so I'm using the summer to get used to having my iHome wake me up.

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Things-I've-done meme.

Jun. 14th, 2011 | 02:18 pm
music: "Paint it Black" by Vanessa Carlton

Meme from imxplosion, rosanna29 and washablepants. Given this list of things, the point is to cross off what you've done in your life.

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Friday Fail #1

May. 6th, 2011 | 10:49 pm

My fail. Thursday went by and I said nothing here. Thus, until I feel the stress of the end of the school year lifted from me, there will be no Thursday Thoughts posted.

I'd also like to mention that I may not be continuing posting Thursday Thoughts while at college. This isn't merely because of stress or being busy with schoolwork; it's also because I hope to have enough of a life to post about in this journal. There will be insightful quips when they come to me -- maybe this will mean more than once a week, sometimes.

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Thursday Thought #5

Apr. 27th, 2011 | 11:58 pm
mood: draineddrained
music: "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" by Sophie B. Hawkins

I've had a pretty tough week this week, speaking within the context of how my life usually is. I'm in one of the four short plays my school is putting on, and the first show was this week. We were barely ready to perform our own show, and I didn't get home until nearly ten o'clock.

THUS, my Thursday Thought is a link to an article that pretty well sums up things I've been thinking lately. I decided I won't waste the little energy I now have left typing up the same things.
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Thursday Thought #4

Apr. 21st, 2011 | 11:23 pm

Last night, I watched two hours of TV -- Wednesday night is the only night I ever do that, though -- and then I went up to do my homework. When I remembered I needed to come up with something for a Thursday Thought, I told myself I'd be fine working on it tonight, since I have nothing to do as I'm starting a four-day weekend tomorrow. Suffice it to say I still forgot.

Today in one of my classes, we had sort of begun a group study session, trying to skim over as much as we could before our tests were handed out. Someone says "what about this?" and he keeps trying to push it into the conversation. Finally, someone tells him that "no one knows what that is!" Only, everyone did, except her, apparently.
Think before you speak.
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Thursday Thought #3

Apr. 14th, 2011 | 01:18 am
music: "Love is Breaking My Heart" by Josh Kelley

My back is killing me. I spend too much of my day hunched over a desk. Only 30 more days of school, though!

Today I thought about arguments, and it stems from the chapter in my government book I read last night. We're currently studying the judicial branch, and it started discussing the split that was present in the early stages of the Roberts court. It went on to say that the liberal justices on the court "won" cases over the conservatives. Y'know, as if it were more important for them to be competing against one another rather than interpreting the Constitution in order to pass the most proper judgment on the case. If I could rewrite that section, I would have said that the outcomes in those cases would not have been expected from a court which has a majority of conservative-leaning judges.
Anyway, arguments aren't meant to be about who wins or who loses. The point of a good argument is that someone, even all involved parties, gain something, and hopefully someone has gained a new perspective of something.
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Thursday Thought #2

Apr. 7th, 2011 | 10:49 pm
mood: aggravatedaggravated
music: "Miles Away" by Madonna

It's still Thursday, isn't it! xD
I'm on spring break right now, and I tend to forget which day of the week it is whenever I have nothing to remind me constantly -- such as school -- so instead, here's my thought, off-schedule.

Today I have a thought on censorship and discretion, coming from my trip to Chicago I took on Tuesday (for which I might have a post tomorrow). For part of the way there, we took a South Shore train. In our car were, among other less notable characters, a couple and their four young children -- and a group of friends, probably in their 20s, who WOULD NOT SHUT UP. Seriously. And not only were they incredibly obnoxious, but they couldn't seem to avoid saying "fuck" at all, even around those little kids.
What am I trying to say here? I don't think people should be legally prevented from saying things like that in any context -- but use a little discretion!
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Thursday Thought #1

Mar. 31st, 2011 | 01:24 am
mood: tiredtired
music: "Black Balloon" by the Goo Goo Dolls

Nothing much to say other than to welcome you all to the first Thursday Thought, so I'll get to the point.

Today my thought is this: too many people react to the connotation of a word instead of a meaning -- and they end up attaching so many other things to it. I just wish people would think more about words instead of reacting like that.

Today I noticed this with "unfair" -- and how it almost always amounts to "bad." Is it always bad to be unfair? To say something is unfair requires answering the question of whom it is unfair to, rather than presupposing an answer. Of course, the answer is generally implied -- "that's unfair!" will almost always mean "that's unfair to me/us!" -- but you don't always stress that point if you don't say that. Even then, you're assuming the other person is interested in being fair to you.
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"Introducing" Thursday Thoughts.

Mar. 27th, 2011 | 10:57 pm
mood: embarrassedembarrassed
music: "Pinch Me" by the Barenaked Ladies



ohai lame secret.

I have to say it hurt a little to see this come up on simsecret -- things like this always will unless they become more regular, but I'm not condoning that -- but the maker of the secret has a point. Even though I did explain at the beginning that the posts were meant to be based on observations I'd made in the past week, that I'd think to post as a call to think about something even if people already thought the same, the title is a tad pretentious and, even worse, misleading. A simple thought isn't necessarily wisdom, of course.

Still wanting to keep an alliterative name, I'm changing Wednesday Words of Wisdom to Thursday Thoughts. It'll still be posted weekly, just after midnight, only one day later now.

This isn't a choice I've made because people want me to make it. It's a decision I've made because I want the title of the posts to reflect their content.
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Wednesday Words of Wisdom #4

Mar. 23rd, 2011 | 12:18 am
music: "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp

I almost missed updating on schedule. I'd been busy cleaning my room (and finding a ton of money hidden everywhere!) that I lost track of time. Add to that the fact that I had the day off on Monday made it feel like a Monday instead of a Tuesday -- you get the idea.

Today's Words of Wisdom are:
The fact that a particular person holds a belief cannot invalidate said belief.
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Quiz bowl state championship weekend roundup.

Mar. 21st, 2011 | 08:37 pm

Friday afternoon, I left town with my quiz bowl team for the Indiana state championship. The tournament was on Saturday, but I guess it was better that we came down to West Lafayette the night before so we'd be well-rested, rather than having to wake up insanely early to be there at seven in the morning.

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