Friday, September 29, 2006

How things change

I've been reflecting lately on the things that I get excited about. It was not long ago that these "things" seemed somewhat interesting and fun. Looking back on the last week, these are the things I have been most excited about.

1. I bought a new type of coffee. Usually I buy my coffee at the store, and grind the beans right before making the coffee. I've noticed that the beans tend to look a bit dry. I purchased this new coffee from Trader Joe's and it comes in a sealed can. When I opened the can I noticed how much more fresh and oily the coffee beans looked. Can't wait to see what the coffee tastes like.

2. Since moving into my new apartment I've been receiving all kinds of mail addressed to the previous tenants. The mailman left a note at the complex saying that we should put our names on our mailboxes. So I put my name on the outside of the mailbox. On the inside of the mail box I put my name and said that all other mail should be returned to sender. I can't wait to get home and see if this worked!!!

Wow, how things have changed over the years.......

Friday, July 21, 2006


bout says it all

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Adam Smith

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.

Monday, May 08, 2006


How crappy is it to be sitting in the library in the morning and open the blinds to let in light, then realize that you were the one who closed them the night before when the sun was shining in?

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Immigration Gestapo!? - Please, you have no idea

Everyday I hear people ranting about the bias in the media. Whether it's the "liberal media," or the more popular dissuasive rhetoric about the evil Fox news. Usually I assume that any presence of bias in the media is greatly exaggerated by those espousing the virtue of their own counter point of view. Yet when I read this article, I could not help but feel as if I were reading some sort of editorial. If this were all I knew about the current immigration problems, I think it would be fairly obvious what my position would be. But this is not all there is to the situation! I have never read such a one sided piece of garbage. Seriously, was this written by a protestor? Talk about your one sided approach to a problem! There is some serious, serious information that is lacking in this article. Likening the INS to the gestapo (as humorous as that may be), would be comparable to likening illegal immigrants to Al Qaeda. It just is not as simple as that. We will never be able to have any sort of productive discourse on this situation if we rely on such theatrics! Shame on the AP.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Personal Statement

I have to write a personal statement. That sucks. If it's personal, why should you have to make it a statement. I've been in law school now for almost 2 years, coincidently I've had writer's block now for almost 2 years. Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing anything worthwhile with my life, and then I come across this gem of a personal statement online. All my fears about my own choice of career path are instantly laid to rest.

Having majored in literary studies (world literature) as an undergraduate, I would now like to concentrate on English and American literature.
I am especially interested in nineteenth-century literature, women's literature, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and folklore and folk literature. My personal literary projects have involved some combination of these subjects. For the oral section of my comprehensive exams, I specialized in nineteenth century novels by and about women. The relation ship between "high" and folk literature became the subject for my honors essay, which examined Toni Morrison's use of classical, biblical, African, and Afro-American folk tradition in her novel. I plan to work further on this essay, treating Morrison's other novels and perhaps preparing a paper suitable for publication.
In my studies toward a doctoral degree, I hope to examine more closely the relationship between high and folk literature. My junior year and private studies of Anglo-Saxon language and literature have caused me to consider the question of where the divisions between folklore, folk literature, and high literature lie. Should I attend your school, I would like to resume my studies of Anglo-Saxon poetry, with special attention to its folk elements.
Writing poetry also figures prominently in my academic and professional goals. I have just begun submitting to the smaller journals with some success and am gradually building a working manuscript for a collection. The dominant theme of this collection relies on poems that draw from classical, biblical, and folk traditions, as well as everyday experience, in order to celebrate the process of giving and taking life, whether literal or figurative. My poetry draws from and influences my academic studies. Much of what I read and study finds a place in my creative work as subject. At the same time, I study the art of literature by taking part in the creative process, experimenting with the tools used by other authors in the past.
In terms of a career, I see myself teaching literature, writing criticism, and going into editing or publishing poetry. Doctoral studies would be valuable to me in several ways. First, your teaching assistant ship program would provide me with the practical teaching experience I am eager to acquire. Further, earning a Ph.D. in English and American literature would advance my other two career goals by adding to my skills, both critical and creative, in working with language. Ultimately, however, I see the Ph.D. as an end in itself, as well as a professional stepping stone; I enjoy studying literature for its own sake and would like to continue my studies on the level demanded by the Ph.D. program.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A little something for all the conspiracy nuts out there

Yesterday, right about this time of day, I was sitting in the library when all of a sudden the huge window to my right started shaking rather violently. I was envisioning shards of glass everywhere and wondering if that would be an acceptable excuse to miss the rest of the day. I realized it wouldn't matter, nothing can stave off the impending doom and gloom of finals. Then, it was over. Happy to have an excuse to go online I searched the news to see if there was some sort of earthquake. Nothing. Then this morning I read this. It seems a bit strange that a sonic boom can occur, witnessed by many, and have no identifiable source. Odd to say the least. Kind of makes you wonder what it might have been.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Stupid Random Thoughts

Why don't we use a comma when we give the year? For example, why don't we write 2006 as 2,006? It is a number after all. I'm going to start doing it.

Never ever ask a girl what happened to her face, even if you really really want to know! They just don't like that.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Things You Notice

It's funny how you might notice things you would otherwise overlook when you are in a different environment. Case in point, recently I was on a vacation in Ireland. I was entering some bills into quicken, and noticed that one of the categories for expenditures was "IRA Contributions." Somehow this takes on a slightly different meaning in the Emerald Isle.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


In order to make my blog appeal to a more diverse audience I have added the translator link! Please take the time to see what you think (go ahead and click it, it's on the right hand side). It's been a long time since my last post, but I'm going to make a huge effort to make regular posts from now on.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers part deux

Revisiting my last post on this subject I have a few comments. I originally thought Miers was an interesting choice because she lacked judicial experience. I have come to realize that this isn't necessarily a prerequisite to sitting on the court, in fact some of the most influential/outspoken members (including Rehnquist) were never judges before their appointment. However, it does still pose a problem of reviewing their record. Especially if you are the president's lawyer and much of you work is privileged. Makes it a bit difficult to see where you are coming from.

Moving on. If anyone remembers my theory, well then, Stage One is finished. Be on the watch for Stage Two - and some massive "I told you so's" coming from this blog.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Spell Check

I hate the fact that my spell checker recognizes Al Qaeda