Friday, April 28, 2006


So, I just joined MySpace. I know several people who are on it and if you want to view my stuff there, just let me know and I will send you the "join" message. Right now, I really don't know what to do with it. Katie needs to send me some suggestions...

Thursday, April 27, 2006


I have so much to do! I worked this morning through about 2 pm, and then I collapsed. I needed some time to rest after the active weekend. Plus, I am living in the land of flowering plants and my allergies are acting up horribly.

Tuesday night I have my Shakespeare final exam. Be afraid. Very afraid.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Chicago relived.

This is a Chicago story I must share.

So, when I finally got to Chicago (my flight was delayed), I made my way to my apartment in the middle of the city. It was a beautiful building and I was really excited to be there. The doorman (actually a doorwoman) began to check me in and then gave me the keys. When I grabbed my suitcase, she said, "Oh, by the way, your other party checked in earlier." I paused and asked her what she meant. She then said that I was listed as the other half of a couple listed on the lease for the weekend. She said the guy had already checked in. I emphatically explained that there was no couple thing happening with me, that I was proudly spending time in my room as a solo occupant. She insisted that I was part of a couple. However, after much protest, the lady finally believed me. So, she called the manager. The manager informed her that the other guy had been there earlier but left that afternoon. So, I was told to proceed to my room.

I went up to the 23rd floor (fantastic view, by the way) and walked to number 2309. I put the key in the lock, opened the door, and was startled to see wine glasses on the dining room table and the bathroom light on. The bed also looked rumpled. I flew out of the room, made my way back to the desk, and explained that someone was definitely in my room and that I had probably just walked in on him--either that or the room was dirty.

Another phone call to the manager ensued, the doorwoman repeating my concern about the wine glasses and light, but neglecting to mention the rumpled bed linen. The manager insisted wine glasses were always out for new arrivals. I could tell the doorwoman would not believe me unless I tried to enter the room again. So, I went back up to the 23rd floor, opened the door, and walked further inside. No one was there (thank goodness) but the bed was definitely messed up and towels were all over the floor.

So....I go back downstairs and explain all of this to the doorwoman again. Finally, a manger goes up there, sees that my story is valid, and returns to tell me that the room must be cleaned (true that). Long story short: I didn't get into my room until really late. But, I had the best view of Chicago ever!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Well, IRD called today and e-mailed me all kinds of forms (W-4, employee manual, etc.), and set up a information call on Tuesday. As far as I know, I have the job, but the e-mail calls it a hiring interview. It seems like everything is going as planned and Josh, the man calling me, implied that all was fine. I suppose that the "hiring interview" is just a formal name for it all. So, if nothing goes wrong, I will be working for IRD!! I hope it all is set in stone because I think the job would be challenging and a lot of fun. (For those of you who don't know much about IRD, it is the Institute of Reading Development. They hire teachers to increase reading skills, ability, and enjoyment for children and adults. The people I met are great and I hope it all works out!)

I will keep everyone informed.

Monday, April 24, 2006


(Thanks to everyone who e-mailed about Chicago. Unfortunately, I had already left! Sorry!)

Okay, well, it was really stressful. The interview/hiring day was seven hours long. We didn't eat lunch until 3:30, so that did not help me out too much because you know how I love food. Some of it went really well, and other parts of the day could have gone much better. They are supposed to let all of us know by Wednesday about our status. I was really impressed by the company and would like to work for them; however, there were 25-30 of us there for the interview and they only hire 2-3. So, at least I had a really great time in Chicago and met some great people (IRD staff included).

Other than that, I am totally stressing about the end of the semester. I have so much to do and no time to do it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Has anyone out there been to Chicago????

HELP! I need some advice. Any opinion or information would be helpful. E-mail me and I will quiz you!

P.S.: Thanks for the encouragement, Lyda!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Job Update...

So, the interview went really well on Friday...and, they are sending me to Chicago this weekend for a final interview and training day. I hope it works out! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Buffing Up

I can actually see a faint outline of my arm muscles. I am in total shock.

When I planned to write this entry, I tried to find a funny photo to include. I typed in "muscle woman" on a google image search...and, well, it was just too scary. I mean, look at this:

Scroll down the page...I dare you.

I am sorry, but that physique just is not pretty on anyone. So, no, I don't want a steroid body, but something other than flabby arms would be nice.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My New Favorite Series!!!

I think I have already talked about Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, but I have not devoted an entire entry to it. I LOVE these books. There are only three in the series, plus a smaller book called "Lyra's Oxford." The author is working on a new one, according to his Web site. Anyway, they are fantastic. They are sold in the children's section and the fantasy section of the bookstore; however, the books are very deep and dark and adult.

I have also heard that the trilogy will be made into films by New Line Cinema, using the Lord of the Rings directors. YEA! I am very excited. Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on these books just in case you have not read them.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Who knew?

Today, I am finally caught up on all of my work (and am actually ahead in some classes) so I have been lounging all day. Well, "all day" except for my workout. I had forgotten what it felt like to be able to sit back and relax! Anyway, I am going home this weekend for a mini-holiday. I hope to see all of my family (Jess...if you read this, send me a line and let me know what you guys are planning for Easter. Are you going to T-town??).

Anyway, I had a phone interview this morning that went really well. It is for a summer job, but it sounds great and the money is excellent. I have another phone interview on Friday, so wish me luck!!!

Other than that, I think I will take the rest of the evening and watch some trash on t.v. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"I detect the powerful odor of mendacity..."

Quote: from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Pour me one while you are at it, Brick.

Okay. I really hate it when a professor tells you that he or she is open to interpretation and intelligent analysis, then takes off points because you did not tell him or her what he or she wanted to hear (literally says so!!). Sorry. Just indulge me in this: Isn't that the purpose of education? Isn't that the way to further scholarship???

Side note: I totally agree with the grade I received on the exam paper. The problem resides in the commentary.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

What the heck is wrong with me???

Okay, today has just been crazy. Last night, I did a really long Yoga session and my poor body is sore and exhausted. So, today, I tried to take a nap because I was just so exhausted...but I could not sleep and ended up just watching television. Then, I decided to work on my paper outline that is due on Tuesday. I had a very rough sketch of my outline already saved. Also in that file I had included various quotes I intended to use in my paper from sources I have already researched. When I began to revise the outline, I accidently cut the section including the quotes....and saved the document! CRAP!!! I could not recover the old version, and I had to go back and find all of the quotes again. I was devastated. UGH. Anyway, I think I have all of them in a new document now, titled, appropriately, "Quotes for paper." Sometimes I am such an idiot.