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[30 Aug 2008|04:02pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

So here I am at Madison and I have nothing to report :)

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[10 Aug 2008|07:19pm]
[ mood | listless ]

I went to Sandy Neck today to swim for the first time all summer. While there, I found some beautiful rocks and snail shell.

It's starting to feel like September, which is maybe my favorite month. Or October, because it's not as warm, and I can wear more of my fall clothes.

I'm drifting off into the sea of the Midwest soon. :)
Aaaaand I won't see Patrick again until after Christmas. :(

I'm trying hard to remain productive and happy right now, because I know that if I do not, I will be morose all evening. I leave in precisely 2 weeks. Bwaaah!

I won a free Wisconsin sweatshirt in a trivia game the other night.

None of this information is useful to anyone, least of all me, since it's already in "the vault" of my brain.

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[28 Jul 2008|06:29pm]
[ mood | apathetic ]

I think this is the first night I've spent at home, alone with my mother, since school got out.

That is all. I'm boring.

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[21 Jul 2008|11:11pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

The following conversation ensued between my mother and me the other morning:

Me: Mom! Guess what?! Molly, Hanna and I all have the same spring break, meaning our Savannah plans will work out!
Mom (sincerely): Oh, hun, that's great! That's a great spring break plan.
Me: And do you want to know the best part? Break falls on March 14- 22, meaning that we will be in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day! It can be, like,a huge drinking fest!!
Mom (becoming sarcastic): That's great, honey. I'm sure you know how happy I am to hear that.


However, I convinced her that it is indeed an excellent plan, one that certainly WILL work out... and it WILL be delicious.

(For several reasons.)

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[25 Jun 2008|07:59pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Oh my goodness, I am crushed by jealousy.
GUESS who Dorian Kweller's godfather is?
No, actually, before we go anywhere, I just want to mention my extreme jealousy over Dorian's name and who his father is.
ANYWAYS...
Dorian's godfather is Adam Green, who, incidentally, has the most delicious gravelly voice I have ever heard.

Imagine having him as your godfather?!

I don't even HAVE a godfather, but no one could possibly come close. However, this IS Dorian Kweller we're talking about, and he deserves someone like Adam Green because, to quote BK, Dorian has "the cutest ass in rock and roll"..


Okay, I'm feeling better now. Today I perfected my molasses cookie recipe.

Here's a list of words I don't like: smear, threshold, massive, wig, and applicator.

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[21 Jun 2008|11:12am]
[ mood | wacky ]

Whee! It's been ages!
I just got home from Relay for Life which was super super fun... and soon I am departing for the beach with Molly!! Patrick bought me gorgeous flowers and my mother booked plane tickets to Milwaukee for the end of August.
Might I mention that I am TERRIFIED of college!?!

In other news, Boyz II Men are playing in Foxboro sometime in July. HA HA HA. Dear God.

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[06 Jun 2008|05:45pm]
[ mood | content ]

So... I fell asleep in my clothes last night, and fully slept in them until 10:00 this morning. How unlike me.

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[30 May 2008|11:05am]
[ mood | silly ]

Whee! Prom is tonight and I am feeling quite giddy.

I just got back from my early early early hair appointment and now my shining locks are coated with so much hair spray that I think that if I hit my head against a wall, my hair would just break off in solid chunks. Similar to when you eat a Chocolate Orange: you wham it on a table and it breaks neatly into sections.
That's what my hair would do.

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[26 May 2008|07:26pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

I am being squeezed around the middle, which makes me want to vomit, but I am also exceedingly hungry.

This weekend was super fun, what with Megan's surprise party, Earth Fest, meeting a cute and apparently ageless boy at the Wildlife Center (random? seriously, he could be anywhere between 21 and 28; he also refused to cut up dead mice), Fight Club/ dinner with the Mollys, taking lots of naps, and gardening. RIGHT NOW I have to go write my LAST high school assignment EVER, and my enthusiasm is sluggishly revolving down the drain like a hairball.

That was a disgusting image.


Edit: My senses were just revived by creepily reading other people's journals. Speaking of which, I bought some 'invigorating' face wash the other night, while Rachel, Molly, Kaitlin, Elyse and I were getting ice cream after Earth Fest (which I barely got to eat since I was driving).... and it is WONDERFUL.

I feel like tying in ALL CAPS right now. Perhaps that is how I shall compose my "Lengua de las Mariposas" essay? LIKE THIS?
I think not.

Conversely, I could Capitalize seemingly Uninteresting words... like Evan, NOT Emily Dickinson.

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[18 May 2008|10:25pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Whee! I just got home from Boston and my sister's graduation from Tufts. Super fun weekend!

My aunt and uncle flew in from Michigan on Friday, and it was wonderful to see them. Carlos also turned up, as his dad's 30th reunion was this weekend, so I got some unexpected, thoughtful and humorous conversations with him. We also ate some good food and everyone brought their parents to ATO one night for a "parent party" at the frat. Everyone taught their parent(s) to play beer pong, which was completely adorable. Can you picture my mother doing that? She was so cute.

Commencement ceremonies were very nice as well, weather was lovely, etc. My family got me an adorable watch as a grad gift, we finally met Mike's fam, and a wonderful weekend was had by all!

As well, we went out for seafood this evening and I was contemplating "the perfect day." I think I would be satisfied with my life if I had one absolutely perfect day. I was considering spending my one perfect day on the Chesapeake sightseeing and having seafood for dinner. Now, I've driven around parts of the Chesapeake, and it is completely anticlimactic-- kind of humid, windy, and flat-- but it sounds romantic in theory. Not sure why I want to go, because there's all the sand and salt marsh I could ever possibly want right here.

I think fish and chips is my ultimate comfort food.

NOW, I am going to bed because I am as exhausted as a caterpillar.

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[15 May 2008|07:57pm]
[ mood | busy ]

You know, something I can't stand about stables is the use of muck buckets instead of wheelbarrows. My new barn is infamous for this. I fully understand and value the use of one or two muck buckets, in the aisle, so that you don't have to carry the manure out to the pile every time your horse poops; however, I do NOT see why muck buckets would be used in place of wheelbarrows otherwise. For those of you who don't shovel manure for fun, it's quite heavy, particularly when fresh. So, basically, you fill a whole bucket with it and then have to lug it out to the wheelbarrow or pile to dump. The same thing goes for paddocks, only you have to drag or carry the manure even farther. I do actually enjoy lifting heavy things like buckets of poop, to prove than I can, and to flex my biceps; however, I'm fairly certain man invented the wheel for a reason: so that girls like me could use wheelbarrows instead of physically dragging or carrying bulky and awkward buckets of manure across fields.

Also, I am exceedingly glad that my horse (whom I sadly had to free lease last year and therefore never see anymore) always had the good manners to hold his pee until he entered his stall. Seriously, I hate geldings who pee in the aisle. I rode a lovely Paint-Warmblood cross named Harley today, who was quite cute and fun, but as soon as we got back inside he generated this huge torrent of pee that spread rapidly across the floor.

I will admit that I actually enjoyed cleaning it up.

I like taking care of horses much more than I like riding. The cynicism expressed in this entry really does not reflect my feelings towards barnwork. I love it, mostly because I get to feel strong and manly while I do it.

Speaking of which, Molly and I shoveled rocks and listened to Ben Lee yesterday, and it was tons of fun. We also did it on Saturday, when everything was muddy, and were much, much more productive than the boys. Given the boys in question, however, I am not surprised.

This was an entry almost as expansive and effusive as my horse's pee today! Now, off to make my sister some grad gifts and re-write Whitman.

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[11 May 2008|07:39pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

Today was so relaxing and unhurried. This is what I did:
1. Woke up at 6:13. (Relaxing?)
2. Picked some flowers for my mother, as it is Mother's Day and my yard provides copious (I just had such a hard time typing that) amounts of flowering quince.
3. Went out to BREAKFAST!!!
4. Wildlife Center... there was a baby screech owl, which was downy and adorable. Also, there was Rachel, who is not either of those things. ;)
5. Then I came home and mopped my porch floor, which amounted to me crawling around with a damp sponge and listening to Lucinda Williams, whom I absolutely love. Also, my mother told me that I was quite an "efficient German housewife."
6. MAJOR PROCRASTINATION!! 9.5 days of senior year left! I am in no mood to work!

Tonight, if and when I finish schoolwork, I am baking.

I think the more unhurried you are, the slower time goes. For instance, this morning I accomplished so much between the hours of 7 and 9, simply because I was not worried about anything.

The world is getting so green and warm. This is another reason why school should be over! My sister is graduating from college on Sunday, which is extremely frightening.

And I will leave you with this quote from my mom, since it is Mother's Day today:
"I think in a past life... I was a Cicada."

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[10 May 2008|11:00pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

Out of curiosity, I decided to Mapquest the distance between home and my dorm next year, and it amounts to 1185.58 miles.

I am fairly certain I am going as far West as anyone-- because I haven't yet talked to anyone who is going to California, Colorado, or other exciting western states. There probably is someone from BHS going though.

Today I had a lovely time with the Mollys shoveling rocks and going to Cabaret/ Party Freeze.

Currently, feeling squirmy!

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[06 May 2008|09:45pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Wisconsin is on Central Time, and I will therefore be far, far from home.


I am quite upset right now, about many things.

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[28 Apr 2008|09:20pm]
[ mood | awake ]

So, instead of finishing my English project-- essentially my last assignment for English for the year, and worth quite a few points, and I am still procrastinating-- you'd think I could hold out just a teeny bit longer before succumbing to the enticing grip of senior year-- I am bumming around and listening to the rain. I haven't heard it rain in a while, actually, because the weather has been so favorable. But now I have an extreme farmer's tan.

I'm actually also waiting for Tom to call me back. Perhaps he will be wearing clothes this time? I would like to see him sometime soon. (Tomorrow?)

You know, I survived the whole winter without getting a cold, and suddenly I have one. I can barely touch my chin to my chest, and therefore fear that I have meningitis, although I am fairly confident that I would definitely be dead by now if that were the case.

I went to the Wildlife Center to volunteer today and there were BABY RACCOONS!!!!! Seriously, cutest things EVER.

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[27 Apr 2008|08:19pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Greetings! I returned from the Boston area today, and had a wonderful and fun weekend. My cousin Cat was visiting from Michigan to see Tufts again, and we chatted and went shopping and went to ATO (in reverse order). I bought an adorable little black dress and some other cute things, got to see my sister, listened to Mickey Avalon, etc. Chryssa's boyfriend Mike also acted quite chivalrous, and dragged me out of the kitchen by my feet when I was somewhat inebriated.

Mike is adorable. My family members (primarily Chryssa, my dad, and Cat) frequently call me Lil, as it dates back to childhood, and now Mike calls me that, which is wicked cute. :)

Today I bought a Wisconsin sweatshirt, because, uh, I'm going there next year. Have I formally mentioned that yet? I don't remember.

:)

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[23 Apr 2008|04:23pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

I am leaving ASAP for Boston. My cousin is visiting, to go to a Tufts Admitted Students Day, because she is going there, and naturally my sister will be around. I am wicked excited! I hope it will be nice weather.
Today I got up at 6:13 to go feed squirrels, and then went to two different banks to deposit and withdraw money, and THEN bought a cute popsicle-red purse.

And this is what my mother just said to me:
smallgopher: Deranged Jeff, is that you?

She is so proud of her ability to IM me. It is adorable. Plus, that screen name? Come on, who could be cooler?


I've decided to trade in all of the principles I ever had for a pair of well-fitting leather pants.


That is all!

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[18 Apr 2008|11:01pm]
[ mood | peaceful ]

I just finished the construction of my prom necklace, and I am quite pleased. The dress is a sort of indigo with metallic-ish beads, and I made a corresponding frazzly wire necklace. It's kind of purple, metallic, sparkly and pearlish. I am satisfied, but I fear it might conflict with the halter top on the dress. Fortunately, I thought of this, and made the clasp a bit longer.
I might make some very simple earrings as well, in a few weeks.

I have been such a klutz lately. Since Monday, I have single-handedly dropped and broken four different glass articles. I do not know the reason why.

Today I did extensive yardwork and smelled like dirt and got a little sunburn!! Yesterday I was forced to play Halo, and was laughed at by a multitude of strangers.

I hope I am invited to play Risk tomorrow, and if so, that it isn't awkward.

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[14 Apr 2008|09:01pm]
[ mood | nerdy ]

I was just looking through Wisconsin's Animal Science courses, and I must say that I am very much excited. I would love to take things like Animal Nutrition, Veterinary Genetics, and especially Reproductive Physiology. Nothing gets me going like artificial insemination. As well, this class might prompt the use of those shoulder-high gloves, which, I must say, are one of the main reasons I want to become a veterinarian.

I know I am trivializing all of these things, but I am actually quite interested in this field of study. Things are shaping up nicely.

All that nerdy penguin needs is a piece of hay sticking out of its beak, to be chewed in a contemplative sort of way. Then it would look just like me, Elisabeth the hayseed, who is suddenly more excited by farming topics than she ever has been by anything.

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[12 Apr 2008|11:41pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

Hmm...
I'm being overwhelmed by my possessions right now.

In the past few days I have been awarded $2,000 in independent scholarships, which makes me quite pleased. Wisconsin also gave me some money, which was helpful.

I want to hop back into myself. I feel like I am not being me, and this makes me feel distressed.
Some things I like are black tea and folk music. I'm going to see The Waifs in May, and need someone to go with me, because I have an extra ticket.

Sometimes I feel that I try too hard to always be capable.
If I had to choose my favorite chemical compound, I would probably choose carbonate. That and nitrate always seemed friendly to me. Also, carbonate reminds me of carbonyl groups, which remind me of carboxyl groups, which are my favorite things ever.

I think I'm going to double major in Biochem and Animal Science.

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