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Very Wrong

Well, last night I had a total panic attack about the job market. After talking to my parents (i.e. my rocks in life), I felt better. However, I still wasn't in the best frame of mind...so, I fell as low as one can get. No, I did not descend into the pit of drug and alcohol abuse (all of that starts because of graduate school...I know that now). I did something much worse....

I watched the E! True Hollywood Story: Cheech and Chong.

Good God...how low can you get? I mean, that is definitely the sign of a dead brain. By this morning, I was still confused about it.

Anyway, today I am a bit better. I finalized all the details for my new, expensive Florida car insurance. However, I do have to say that Geico rocks. They really are the best...and I LOVE the commercials. My favorite is the one featuring Speed Racer. If you have not seen it (and if you have media player), you can access it at: http://www.advertisementave.com/tv/ad.asp?adid=609 . I always laugh.

Other than that, I have bee…

"Weird" Art

Anyone from around Tampa will know about the MOSI exhibit called Bodies ( http://www.mosi.org/ ). Basically, some guy figured out how to plasticize real cadavers so that we can all share in the illuminating experience of seeing our internal organs still inside of a preserved human. Fascinating as this is, there is a huge controversy surrounding the exhibit. The bodies come from Asia and the original inhabitants of the bodies never gave their consent to be on display, sparking a whole ethical argument about the show. Anyway, I have not been...I had enough of that kind of deal when I went to Guanajuato, Mexico, and saw the real mummies ( http://www.questconnect.org/mexico_mummy_photos.htm ). This is the kind of thing I just don't need to see again...even though no internal organs were visible in Guanajuato. Anyway, I asked my students if they had seen the exhibit. One said she had, but it was really just a freak show sort of experience because her little brother wanted to see it for…

Oranges Everywhere

Everyone knows my fascination with oranges, so this blog is about my love for them. First of all, the only good thing about getting a new car tag is that I have oranges on it! Right now, scarily enough, the sky is orange....not good because we are having a really bad storm right now. It looks really strange and scary.

Anyway, for those who don't know about my fascination, I will lay it out for you. I have always loved oranges. However, my love took the form of obsession when I went to Kissimmee, Florida, once and saw the fabulous Orange World ( http://www.roadsideamerica.com/salad/orange.html ). I was very excited to see a place totally devoted to my favorite fruit. However, when I went inside, I was totally disappointed. The place smelled really bad and the only thing even sort of orange were some sad oranges outside in molding crates.

All the way back to Tuscaloosa, I planned. My dream is to take over Orange World, create a fantasy world for orange lovers. For example, I wanted…

Official Florida Resident, but just call me Miss Ellie

Well, I didn't get arrested or pulled over this morning, so that was a relief. It turns out that if I had not brought my car I would not have been able to get anything done. So much for the jerk that answered the phones at the non-emergency number this weekend. He was so rude! Anyway, all is well. I sat in a bit room with a lot of really interesting people, got my tag, drove several miles away and got my new license, and came home to relax.

Okay...now on to the really embarrassing stuff. (Katie, you will appreciate this...by the way, I really want to see the Dr. Phil that is on tomorrow. I have class and will miss it...you have to tell me about it if you read this in time!) Anyway, I guess the first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem...so, here it is:

I AM ADDICTED TO BAD 80s TELEVISION...SPECIFICALLY, DALLAS.

There, it is out.

I can't help it. I have seasons 1 through 3 on DVD and I am so totally a Ewing by proxy. I haven't finished the third season yet. I…

Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do....

Well...some idiot stole my Alabama license tag off of my car. So, I have been stranded here all weekend until I can go get a new tag tomorrow. I had to get a new Florida tag anyway, but damn. And, the whole situation with the police department and reporting the theft has been an experience. First of all, they won't send an officer out to make a report...it has to be done by phone and only Monday through Friday. Okay...this is Florida, right? The state that houses thousands of sexual predators and kidnappers? Sure, someone probably just wanted to add my tag to their collection...but, worst case scenario, it could be halfway across the US by now on some criminal's car. Lovely. And, because the police won't even call me until tomorrow to file an official report, if something happens involving my tag, it will come back to me because it has not been entered into the national database as stolen. Brilliant. Crime does not stop on the weekends, my fellow citizens. It has been infu…

The eyes are the first things to go...

At least in this grad. program. I have been reading non-stop for four days...today, I finally gave up for a while. I am totally exhausted! I am caught up in the Dickens course, but I am a little behind in reading Vanity Fair. So, I will have to catch up Wednesday. Ugh...only the third week and already I need a vacation!

Other than that, I have been busy helping my students access their blogs. We have an ongoing blog project that should be interesting. Some are already showing distinct online personalities.

I wish I had more to add for today's post. There really isn't that much happening in my world at the moment! Maybe after tomorrow I will have some news to add! Until then, take care!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Hello, all! Greetings from sunny Tampa, once again. The weather is great today...not too hot because we have a breeze. Also, my crazy upstairs neighbors haven't made any noise (yet) or fought (yet). It is a banner day.

Now...for the mundane details of my life...

This morning, I went to an awesome Publix. It is pretty far away, but they have everything. I also returned the movies I borrowed from the library. (A note to all my library friends out there: the New Tampa Regional Library is insane! It is just a branch library (but close to me). However, while they have lots of new materials, the organization sucks...Looks like somebody skipped Dr. MacCall's class one too many times. I swear, nonfiction and fiction are mixed together, CD audio books are all over the place, and the children's poetry section is mixed in with the adult literature/poetry section. I am still trying to get over it. There are lots of movies (DVD) unlike Tuscaloosa Public Library, but the organization suc…

Living in Tampa...

Well, it has been forever since the last post (and, yes, Heath, I promise to post a photo soon!!). :) Things are great here in Tampa. I am totally exhausted these days. School started up again last week and all is well there. I really like my students this semester and my classes (the ones that I take) are great as well. Recently, in the Victorian Lit. class, we read Wuthering Heights...that is the most wonderful book. I think that if you read it and don't get it that you have never really been in love. Now we are reading Vanity Fair. It is good as well, but I am only 200 pages into it (several more hundred to go!).

As far as Tampa is concerned, I am still trying to find my way around. The USF campus is so busy that I have to get there very early if I want to find a place to park (parking is terrible). Other than that, I have found lots of good places to go for fun. The city's downtown is not that far away from where I live. So far, the heat has been tolerable...not great, b…