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My Looking-Glass Self

Feb. 6th, 2006 12:54 pm

What is yours?
Explain yourself
Culinary: Greasy Foods (i.e. Pizza, Chicken Tenders, Fries) When you're on a diet you have to stay away from these foods, which ends up making me want them even more!!!
Literary: Romance Novels What can I say, there's something about heaving bosoms and sweaty stable boys that sounds appealing to me lol!
Audiovisual: Chick Flicks Yes they're horribly cheesy and unrealistic, but they just make me happy
Musical: Disney Songs We grew up with them, so why not - "Under the Sea" and "You Ain't Ever Had a Friend Like Me" will make kids smile for years to come (including us "big" kids)!
Celebrity: Colin Farrell In real life I have nothing in common with this alcoholic, chain-smoking womanizer, but for some reason I just can't get enough of him - I think it's the accent :o)

Now I tag:-

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Feb. 5th, 2006 12:31 pm What a weird way to start work this morning!!!!

The residence hall library where I work is accessible to patrons 24 hours/day for studying, even though staff members are only in about 12 hours/day to check out materials. Anyway, because of this, the "opening" shift doesn't really entail much anymore. I open on Sundays (opening starts at noon), for example, and usually all I have to do is unlock our reserve materials and set up the laptop where we store our circulation database. By this point in the afternoon there are usually a couple of students in studying, so I don't have to turn on lights or anything like that. Anyway, I showed up this afternoon to find the library completely dark. I couldn't see anyone studying, but didn't think much of it. After all, it's Super Bowl Sunday and I had the feeling lots of people would be doing something more exciting than homework today.

So yeah, I come into the library and turn on all the lights. All of a sudden, I hear this soft groaning sound (like the noise most people make when they've been sleeping deeply and have been forcibly woken up against their will). It scared the crap out of me, because I thought I was by myself and I turned to see what was going on. It turns out some guy and girl decided to have a camp-out in here! They had moved some of the study tables around in the back, spread sleeping bags on the floor, and actually fallen asleep in here! The guy wasn't wearing a shirt (and it's cold in here today) and was really pissed off to have all the lights suddenly go on. The couple gave me dirty looks but didn't say a word. They just slowly got up, packed up their stuff and left. Man, I was almost hoping they'd say something to me so I could have been rude right back. I hate that people can just come in here whenever they want, because they treat this space like shit. There is always garbage everywhere (last Sunday I found empty pizza boxes), the books are so disorganized, and the furniture is always scattered around, which just makes more work for me! I'm really hoping these people were just in here to sleep and not stupid enough to be doing *something else*! Eww, undergrads are so annoying and weird!!!! If you want to do that sort of thing go to the grad library where you can hide, instead of a big open study room where you can be easily interrupted at any time!!!!

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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Jan. 15th, 2006 01:10 pm Drunk People Are Funny

As most of my money goes to tuition, rent, and food, I haven't been able to afford my own car yet. It's not really a problem, however, because I just share one with my little sister who also goes to U-M. Anyway, she works really early on Sunday mornings, so I give her the car on Saturday nights.

So yesterday, Nisha and I went to drop it off for her around 11:30pm. She lives in West Quad (the side that faces U-M's famous 'Cube' sculpture) and there's a small amount of parking on that side of the building for people doing quick drop off/pick up of passengers. In front of us are three other parked cars, the one at the very front belonging to campus police. So we're waiting for my sister to come down from her dorm when three really drunk girls come running out of the building. Two of them proceed to jump onto the "police" car while the third starts taking pictures of this. It was pretty funny and Nisha said it would be even better if they got caught doing this.

Anyway, a few seconds later my sister comes downstairs. The girls approach her and it's clear they've asked her to take a picture of all three of them on the car. The whole time I was just hoping she didn't decide to pose for her own picture. Thankfully, she didn't, and no sooner does she hand back the camera and walk in my direction than an actual police siren goes off behind us. Sure enough, some cop had seen what they were doing and came over to investigate. Instead of calmly walking away, the three girls start shrieking hysterically and make a run for it. For drunk people they were going pretty fast and it seemed like they should have been able to escape, because the cop, who was trying to park, was taking his sweet time. Anyway, for whatever reason, they turned right back around after he'd gotten out of his car and approached him. He was in the middle of starting some kind of sobriety test (apparently they're not even 20 lol) when we decided to leave instead of watching the action. I would have enjoyed staying, but figured we might get in trouble ourselves.

All in all, people just amuse me :o) - it made my night and I had to share!

Current Mood: amusedamused

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Dec. 6th, 2005 09:00 pm

When I was younger (in the days before college) and my dad used to cover Michigan football, I always got really annoyed when he referred to the players as "kids." Time and time again I'd correct him, saying that college students were obviously grown-ups. I mean, how could people who lived on their own still be kids? My logic seemed flawless.

Today, I sit at work in East Quad's library listening to the chatter of people here to "study" and wonder what I was thinking. There are three girls and two guys acting like such assholes. They have books open, but aren't remotely studying and it's obviously disturbing the people who are actually here to work. It turns out Guy A figured out Guy B's facebook password, went to his account and changed his information to say that he was homosexual. So Girl A starts giggling and poking her friend (Girl B). Girl B is like, "so, are you really gay?!" Of course the word "gay" makes all involved erupt in laughter. So Guy B has now taken the opportunity to start humping Guy A and asking the girls "what they think of this position." It's sort of insulting, but they all find this humorous. And now I have to be mean and tell them to quiet down since they're continuing annoying everyone else.

Undergrads have gotten so annoying since I graduated!

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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Nov. 18th, 2005 09:22 am

I was beginning to wonder if Hollywood was going to produce any films worth watching this year. For most of 2005 I've been disappointed with the selection of movies, but it looks as if things might just be turning around.

Last night I was finally excited about a movie! The Goblet of Fire was my favorite Harry Potter book, and it really is the best movie to date. Nisha and I made it to the midnight opening at Showcase, and damn there were a lot of people there. Luckily, arriving two hours early secured us good seats. No one was dressed in  Hogwart's uniforms or anything (to my disappointment), but it was still fun to be sitting around with a bunch of other dorks eagerly cheering on some 14-year-olds  who are  fighting dragons and  going to their first school dance :o)! While I loved this movie and enjoyed being at the first show, not getting to bed until 3:30am (I had to be at work by 9am) was kind of bad. I have such a headache right now and the extreme cold outside isn't helping anything. I should be doing some homework now since I wasted over five hours just to see this movie last night, but I think that might put me to sleep!

Anyway, it was worth it (go see it, everyone), but I desperately want a nap now. Sigh, that makes me feel so old. I never used to have a problem staying up late, particularly for something fun! Now my body is demanding more than four hours of sleep a night - go figure!! At least I'm not as concerned about making it to the opening shows of Rent, Pride & Prejudice, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Current Mood: tiredtired

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Nov. 7th, 2005 09:33 am Thoughts on Andrea Yates? [Yes, I realize this is old news]

I usually procrastinate doing homework by watching whatever happens to be on television. One of my guilty pleasures is E's True Hollywood Story, which normally features tales of various celebs battling issues with drugs, alcohol, and/or anorexia. Anyway, for whatever reason, last night they decided to run a story about Andrea Yates (the Texas woman who drowned her five young children in June 2001). For some reason (because I'd just graduated from High School maybe?) I really didn't remember many details about this story, so it was particularly horrifying for me to watch an hour-long documentary about it. Not only was it really disturbing to watch footage of a woman admitting (without remorse of any kind) to drowning five little kids one at a time, but even more awful because her doctors, who all knew she'd been battling postpartum depression for years, did little to help her.

Her husband, who had a pretty nice job with NASA, didn't have enough mental health coverage with his insurance, so doctors kept releasing her from treatment even though she was clearly in need of continued care. As I have friends on LJ who work in hospitals, I just had to ask if this was a feature of most insurance policies. It seems ridiculous that hospitals can just turn people away when insurance runs out, particularly in cases of mental conditions where it's clear people could hurt themselves and/or others. The program ended and I felt very frustrated that I didn't even know more about what my own insurance offers (not that I plan on getting pregnant any time soon). Anyway, the whole story really upset me and I thought I'd just ask what other people thought about this case (even though it is rather old).

Current Mood: gloomygloomy

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Nov. 6th, 2005 12:30 pm

So this weekend was my cousin Ryan's 21st birthday. Most of my extended family got together to go out to dinner and we started talking about what we should do for Thanksgiving this year. My Aunt Joanne normally cooks dinner, but she and her family are going to see my uncle's relatives this year. My grandma, who has been feeling sick on and off lately, volunteered to take everyone out to dinner, but that just seemed wrong on Thanksgiving. Anyway,  I opened my big mouth and volunteered to cook for everyone. I actually do know how to make a turkey, but it occurred to me once I got home just how much crap I have to do in the days prior to the holiday. My mom has to work, so she won't be much help and my sisters don't like spending time in the kitchen either. I don't know what I got myself into, but hopefully I can put something together that will live up to reasonable expectations!

Current Mood: worriedworried

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Oct. 23rd, 2005 01:35 pm Interesting . . .

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Struggling for self-assurance over hidden angst, you are highly adept and full of surprises.

"I find your lack of faith disturbing."

Current Mood: busybusy

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Oct. 9th, 2005 02:19 pm Googling "Anne Needs"

Being intrigued with Ann's game of Googling "[Insert your name here] Needs," I gave it a try and turned up the website featured below. Someone named Anne made a blog asking her friends to write about her. It was actually really interesting and I was left wishing I were the Anne being referred to. Check out some of the nice, insightful things these people said! I want them to be my friends - I mean they seem to know me really well! If any of you want to take the survey and post it as a comment that would be awesome - my friends are just as nice as this particular Anne's :o)!

1) When I think of superior introspective writing, I think of Anne.
2) Anne needs someone who will love her, really love her.
3) Anne thinks a lot about where she has been and where she’s going.


Current Mood: enviousenvious
Current Music: A patron's cell phone ringing

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Aug. 29th, 2005 11:50 am Ahh, Orientation

Well, my SI Orientation (School of Information for those not in the know about fun U-M abbreviations) has finally kicked off, and I must say I'm a little intimidated. I just finished up the basic computer info workshop, which has me feeling less than pleased about my current computer abilities. My fellow students seem to fall into two groups:

a) They are super geniuses who know way more about computers than I can ever hope to know. They understand all the lingo about files, folders, uploading, downloading, private v. public storage, and a bunch of impressive terms I'd like to include but can't even say let alone spell.

Then we have the group I seem to fit into:

b) Those people who (and I'm not even kidding about this) can't even figure out how to turn the computer on lol. Yeah, I discovered today that in the SI computer lab, I can sit down at a machine and select whether I want to use a PC or a MAC. I didn't realize this and assumed we were using PCs, because the monitor didn't look like anything I associate with MACs. In fact, we were all supposed to be using MACs and the PCs were not turned on for that purpose. So there I am trying to turn on the PC while everyone else is learning about changing passwords and fun stuff like that. The woman who finally came to help me looked at me like I was the dumbest person on the planet, but managed to turn on my computer without laughing.

Next, I'm about to submit myself to a Dreamweaver workshop and can only pray I do not further embarass myself. At least I'm not the poor 60+ year old man in my program, who has never even used email.

What scares me most is that so much of my program involves group work. I really don't need to screw up other people's grades because of my inability to use fairly common technologies. As I have no Internet in my apartment yet, I'll let you know more about my day during my break tomorrow. Who knows, maybe I'll learn something cool in the Dreamweaver class that will make me feel better :o)

Current Mood: worriedworried

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