January 28, 2009

Athens was fabulous. Unfortunately, I don't know what to write about it. I felt something there that I'm trying to capture in words, but that's the hard part. I also kind of felt, you know, like an author. A little bit.

In other news, it is my 22nd birthday. And a snow day. This is a fabulous turn of events, and I think I'll take a celebratory nap. Then I get to wake up to my favorite in-house meal: POT ROAST. :D

January 23, 2009


I write from Athens (Ohio), and am getting increasingly more excited. I interviewed the Assistant Dean of the Honors Tutorial College Jan Hodson as well as the Mayor here. They both recommended this woman who used to be a member of the board at the Historical Museum here, so I called her and have an appointment for tomorrow! They both knew exactly where she lived, too, which was kind of weird and funny to me.

When I called her and briefly explained what I was doing, she gave me the history of the name of the town, and she goes, "But I don't know what else you want..." but I tried to explain that I want a somewhat substantial amount of time and have a ton of questions. So, appointment! Can't wait.

Anyway, off to party with Nicky and the Athenians. :D

January 21, 2009

Girls and Goys, Part 2

Hey all--

Just an update on that photo. The girl to the immediate right of Eric (your right, not his) is his ex, and the girl that is cut out of the cropping that Blogger took the liberty to do is his new girl.

Seriously, I don't even think I knew what boys were when I was thirteen. My bro is a P-I-M-P.

January 19, 2009

Girls and Goys

So this weekend was my brother's Bar Mitzvah, and let me tell you: my brother (and thirteen year olds in general) are hilarious.

First of all, he's 13, which by definition means he's kind of awkward, but he seems so buoyant and happy. It's kind of insane. I mean, I was like the most miserable person alive at 13, and I think most people felt the same about themselves. Somehow, Eric found about 30 people to invite to his birthday bash. I asked to dance with him (in fact, I cut in on some girl who was mackin' on my brother) and we danced for about 20 seconds before he goes, "...Um, ok, well...I have to dance with someone else now." I gave him hell for that one, don't worry.

*UPDATE: This is actually someone ELSE'S Bar Mitzvah, so this is just typical of Eric, shown here as NOT the birthday boy. Even more hilarious? Yes. Also, if you click on it, you can see that there is, in fact, a fifth girl in there. I couldn't figure out how to get it to fit in the frame, but whatever. You get the point.

But the actual services were really awesome. I mean, at 13 there's no way I would have been able to do that. That's a lot of preparation for a kid his age. It was kind of weird though because there were all these songs that everyone else seemed to have memorized except, you know, my father and my sisters. So, we were all on stage at one point, and everyone is looking at us, singing a song they've known their entire lives, and we're all like...Baruch Atah Adoni? Or something?

But I got plenty drunk at the "Kid's DJ Party" and danced up a storm. And also my dad got lifted in a chair.

Love. It.

January 13, 2009

So, I realize it's been a while since my last real update. I apologize.

I've been getting anxious about the job search thing. I joined LinkedIn, I did what I think I'm supposed to do, but I don't really know what it is that I want to do. That becomes sort of a problem when you're writing cover letters about what you want to do to companies for whom you are supposedly going to do it.

I am also getting excited and nervous about the book thing. I have interviews scheduled with the mayor of Athens as well as a woman who has lived there pretty much her entire life (except for about 3 years during law school). I don't know what to ask them, pretty much at all. I mean, I know what answers I want, or at least an idea of what I want to get out of those interviews, but I don't know where to begin on getting that.

The quarter is going pretty well, I have an amazing course with the one and only Professor McHale, and one pretty good one, and the other two are just okay. I can deal with that. Light workload at the very least(except for all the reading McHale assigned...but, so worth it).

Also, there's the Alex question. I don't even know where to begin on that, except to say that I think I'm done. I'm just not sure that the friendship adds any value to my life, and it may in fact be depleting value. Hard to say.

January 09, 2009

Book Writing

I'm getting too excited about my book project to be able to write very much; I've been doing a lot of research and mapping.

I've also been working quite a bit on the job search thing, which isn't nearly as much fun. Who needs a back-up? Psssht.

January 02, 2009

I promise I'm not dead

It's been far too long...I'm usually pretty good about updating about every other day, but mom's computer suuuuuucks. It does this really awesome trick where it takes about a minute for anything you type to show up on the screen, so editing is not only frustrating, but at times impossible. So, that's a really cool trick. Also, I don't get cell service at home, so I have virtually no communication with the outside world out there.

Break was kind of a let down, mostly because I worked too much and was too exhausted to really enjoy myself. I didn't even get to buy jeans at the Gap Outlet, which is one of my favorite stores. Sigh.

Christmas Eve was nice (except my work shift that day). Kerrie and Sarah have adorable babies, and it's nice to get to see them then send them off. It's insane how many people I work with that had kids as teenagers (including one girl who was 14 when she conceived and 15 when her son was born. She's 16 now...woah). I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to have a child at this point in my life. There's one girl there that is my age that is married with child. That totally freaks me out.

Then on Christmas Day, as per tradition, Kate, Thomas, and I went to Louisville to see the grandma and dad's fam. I had a great time, and also as per tradition, we finished our puzzle late at night on the last night. It was nice to see dad and see that he really is doing well. I mean, I believed him, kind of, over the phone, but I am more frustrated than he seemed on the phone. Stupid Dooce.

Now I am even more excited about Eric's Bar Mitzvah. I even bought a dress to wear, which is incredibly fabulous. I was going to pay full price for it, then I saw a sign that I had somehow missed saying "40% off all dresses!!!!" Super exciting. Also, kudos to WhiteHouse/BlackMarket for exceptional customer service. They let me and Kate into the store after they were closed. We just figured that it was extended holiday hours, but we asked, and they go, "Yeah, we're closed, but what were you looking for?" amazing. Even more amazing is the dress itself.

I spent New Year's Eve in Burlington with Kerrie. It was a good time, but I tend to hate high-pressure drinking nights where I feel like the first and only option is to be wasted. It was also interesting because I didn't realize how much tension there is between Kerrie and Sarah. That is to say, a lot.

Sarah bought mom and Tim a 42" plasma screen TV. It was bit awkward for the rest of us, to say the least. I didn't really know how to react, and it was clear that mom didn't either, despite the fact that she later said she "really didn't think it bothered Kerrie that much..."

Kerrie and Greg brought it up at the party, and they were, in fact, really upset by it (shock!). Sarah married into money and all the sudden changed, apparently. I didn't really know herbefore she was dating Steve, so I can't comment on that, but it really was rude. I don't know, I guess if it were me I would have gone about giving someone a gift that large and showy in a different way.

Anyway, yesterday I drove to Ann Arbor to hang out with Kate and Thomas. It's been nice, and hey! Internet AND cell phone! Today we went shopping and I got two cute tops (one of which Kate also got, to maximize twininess!) and a sweater. All in all, very sucessful. For some reason, "after Christmas sales" means "sales for the rest of time, woah our numbers were low in '08!" Whatever, Chris is profiting!

In other news, I think I'm going to write a book. I'm working on a query letter and trying to find time to leave Columbus this quarter to write sample chapters. This may aid my job search. And by that I mean, I can see myself working more on my sample chapters than my resume. That's not a good idea.

Also, I don't know where to begin on the actual job hunt, where I have a clear plan for my book. How does one start applying for jobs? I hear that job search sites like Monster and whatnot are not effective, so how am I supposed to know who is hiring? I don't have the types of connections that other people have, and so... what now? Maybe I should just go to law school. Ha.