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And have been posting nonsense for about two days straight...

It's the greatest thing ever!!

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So, after my sister and I saw Harry Potter when ended up having a conversation about how someone can plagiarize something and get away with it. (Note that I do not condone plagiarism, but you gotta do what you gotta do.)

It ended, as most of our conversations do, as complete nonsense.

Sis: Sometimes people just have the same ideas at the same time.
Me: Yeah, it's like in Y: The Last Man, where they talk about this theory with the analogy of, like, monkeys on different islands with no contact with one another start to use tools at the same time.*
Sis: ...
Me: I should use this argument if I'm ever accused of plagiarism.
Sis: What? "We're all just monkeys on different islands learning to use tools at the same time."
Me: Yes! And then I go into the fact that everyone is just plagiarizing Shakespeare, and he in turn plagiarized off that one Italian dude that no one remembers because Shakespeare stole all of his thunder. So really, if I'm going to plagiarize anyone, it's that Italian guy! So, ha!
Sis: Sounds like an air-tight argument.

From there, we discussed who came up with the idea of the bottomless purse first, J.K. Rowling or Brian O'Malley.

Sis: When was the first Scott Pilgrim published?
Me: 2006 [Because I know these kind of things right off the top of my head, but cannot multiple or divide to save my life.]
Sis: So, Brian O'Malley had that idea first, which mean J.K. stole it from him.
Me: And they both stole it from Mary Poppins.
Sis: Adelbert Von Chamisso had a character who sold his shadow in exchange for a bottomless purse. He died in 1838.
Me: How did you know that? Did you just start a conversation about a topic you have actively researched?
Sis: Maybe.

I think we're highly amusing.

*They actually do talk about this in the graphic novel. I have no idea what the theory is and I'm much too lazy to actually look it up.

(Also, the creepy man-eating pig/evil parapalegic episode of Criminal Minds is on. I hate this episode. Why is there never anything on TV at 9pm on a Friday. Probably because most people have social lives...)
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Pretty sure I almost killed some golfers in a golf cart as I was exiting the museum's parking lot this evening.

To be fair, I had the right-of-way.

And I didn't actually hit them. I just gave them a bit of a scare.

And another thing! Who plays golf when there's a 107 degree heat index?

They were basically asking to die, one way or another.

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I literally had a nightmare last night about the museum.

Nothing scary really happened, but I just kept getting more and more work to do and never getting any of it done and then everyone got mad at me.

The sad thing is that it was only a little bit exaggerated from reality.

I definitely need to finish my resume and send out those job applications asap.
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My dad's side of the family decided to come up and visit this week. It's my aunt, uncle, & their two granddaughters. They've been staying in our house, which is tiny for four people. Let me tell you, eight most definitely is enough.

It's been terrible. My sister & I have been sharing my room, so we've been fighting. My dad has been drinking, so he's been an asshole.

And my poor cat! She hates having strangers in the house & the girls will not leave her alone. She's so stressed out she's started to literally pull her hair out. She has a bald spot on her back.

I can't wait for them to leave.

Does that sound bad? I mean, they're my family, I love them, but I don't even want to be around anyone 24/7 for an entire week. I hate people too much.

And they're Texans for christ's sake. Four Texans is, like, the equivalent of eight regular people. Not in size, but in the amount of effort it takes me to put up with them.

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That subject title sounds kinkier than I meant it to be, but it's very appropriate for my subject.

A happy accident.


I am friends with one of my high school teachers on the facebook.

He is currently having European adventures right now and he updates his facebook like crazy at times like these.

What makes it funny is that he doesn't really check if what he writes makes sense...

He current posted something about meeting someone he & his hubby met in one gay bar in one country in a gay bar in another country. However, how he worded it makes it sound like he's talking about intercourse.

So, basically... Hilarious.

It is taking every fiber of my being to not make inappropriate comments right now...

Seriously, I could make soooo many jokes about how he cannot speak any English.

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I'm house sitting for my friend's family this week.

Their house is huge, they have central air conditioning, a big screen TV, DirectTV, a closet full of DVDs, and a pool. I am never going to want to leave.

Plus I get to be away from my parents, which is always a good thing.

The only thing I'm worried about are their animals.

They are a handful. Two indoor cats, an elderly outdoor cat, and a hyperactive outdoor dog.

Their internet connection is way better than mine at home.

So... Worth it.
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I have basically just inhaled Libba Bray's new novel, Beauty Queens.

Oh, my God! So good! Loved it like nobody's business. It is the most feminist teen book to ever exist basically.

I have a few issues with the end, in that I hate it when books end with "And then they grew up and got married and had babies!" It's a trend I just do not like. I like it when books let me make up the rest of their lives, you know? I mean, the ending was way better than the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games epilogues, but still. 

Also, I would like for her to include an actual lesbian relationship. She always has a lesbian character and a bisexual character and then the bisexual girl leaves the lesbian for a dude.

Okay, so that's not exactly what happened in the Gemma Doyle series or in Beauty Queens, but its basically what happens. Essentially.

Don't get me wrong, I love what Libba Bray is doing for the LGBT community. She is writing popular YA books with LGBT characters, exposing future generations to the fact that we're around and we're just like everyone else. That's a great message to give to kids. (Especially LGBT kids. I know that the books I read when I was a teenagers did not really have any gay characters. It wasn't in the popular YA fiction and I wasn't about to go look for it because I didn't really understand and didn't want to acknowledge what was going on with me at that specific time of my life. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was the first book I read that had gay characters in it and I read that when I was a senior, when I was in full denial mode.)

As I learned this week, not everyone is going to be happy in how someone shows support to gays. There was a big brouhaha about Glee's Diana Agron wearing a "Likes Girls" t-shirt at the Glee Live! concert. I thought Agron's gesture and subsequent essay on tumblr were really nice. A lot of other people, however, did not.

Anyway, my point about this tangent is that I appreciate the support that is being given (and I love people for it), but some times the message gets tangled in how others interpret it. That doesn't make the message a bad one and it certainly doesn't make the messenger a terrible person. It's just all about differences of opinion and point-of-view and experience. So, this is not me dissing Libba Bray (I would never. I think she's brilliant!), but its just my opinion.

Also, there is a continuity error on page 229 of the hardback. Tiara tells the pirates that Jennifer is the one who cut her hair, when it was really Petra.

It's just a little, baby error, but it's an error none-the-less.

It actually gives an interesting insight into Libba Bray's writing process. I'm assuming that originally Tiara had the problem with Jennifer being a lesbian and that Petra was added in a later draft.

All in all, I loved the book. Will recommend it to everyone I will ever see ever.

ETA: Poorly organized post is poor. Too lazy to fix it. Let's just call it stream-of-consciousness and think it's brilliant, shall we?

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So, the Rapture didn't happen yesterday. How disappointing. This is the third "apocalypse" I've lived through.

There was the 1994 rapture, Y2K, and now May 21.

I feel either untouchable or that God hates me... And I'm okay with that.

In other news, I am no longer a college student! I am now a slacker! (Changed my profile.)

Also, I created a delicious account. I have bookmarked all of my favorite fanfictions and recipes. Because I like to cook and read fanfic at the same time.

I'm kind of sad that I never bookmarked 98% of the Torchwood fanfiction I've read. I used to read a ton of it back in the day. Along with Firefly and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I have an amusing anecdote about why I created my delicious account.

Before, I just had a folder in my Firefox bookmarks titled "fanfiction" and I would save my favorite stories in there. Well, in March I went to Pittsburgh with some classmates and was the only one who brought a laptop. And so, everyone asked to use mine, which I was fine with. Until some nosy douche looked through my bookmarks...

It was embarrassing. I try to keep my fandom life separate of my real life.

ETA: This is a text I sent to a friend yesterday: "PS. The longer it takes for you to text me back the longer I believe that you've been raptured, which means the sooner I will steal all your stuff."

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I just graduated!


I officially have my BA in English Literature!

So excited!

No more school! Ever (hopefully)!
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I'm currently writing my Shakespeare final.

In true feminist fashion, I am basically writing about how--no matter what--women are always portrayed in a negative fashion in any Shakespeare play.

They either are enemies fighting over men, or over social status, or to enact revenge; or their using their alliance to destroy men.

I will never be happy and that's the way I like it.


Hopefully my professor will find this as amusing as I do.
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For Mother's Day, my father, my sister, and I took Mom out to this new Mexican restaurant that opened in our town. This is a big deal because the town I live in has never had its own Mexican restaurant before.

Mom was just happy she didn't have to cook tonight.

The restaurant has $2 margaritas. Mom & Dad got the 12 oz. house margarita, my sister & I got the 20 oz. mango margarita. The mango margarita was delicious. However, Mom got completely sloshed from her one drink. Before we had been served our food. So, dinner turned out to be a disaster because it turns out that Mom cannot feed herself when she's drunk and she's also extremely racist.

Very embarrassing.

Especially since all the other customers at the restaurant were our neighbors, or long-time family friends, or people who Mom used to work for, or former teachers of mine.

Suffice to say, I was very happy to leave.

Mom then promptly fell asleep on the couch as soon as we got home. We still have not given her her Mother's Day gifts.

She probably won't wake up until tomorrow afternoon...

In the meantime my sister and I are going to play Mall Madness before the alcohol wears off. We have a theory that it would be 90% more fun to play whilst buzzed/drunk.

Also, I only have one more final left! Graduation is on Saturday! I can't wait to be out of school!

Two Things

May. 5th, 2011 01:06 pm
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1. Another Stargate SG-1 random marathon! Hells yes! And they're playing the very first episode! HOORAY!! I haven't seen this episode in forever. I love Dr. Daniel Jackson's floppy hair!

2. I totally just wrote "After he says this, Stingo feels like an asshole." Then moved on, wrote the rest of the paragraph, reread said paragraph and was like "Probably shouldn't phrase it like that in a paper." Stingo totally feels like an asshole at that point of Sophie's Choice that I'm talking about though.

TV > Finals

May. 4th, 2011 01:01 pm
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Hello totally random Stargate SG-1 marathon! I will watch you!

Goodbye finals! I will ignore you until tomorrow, when I freak out over having very little time to write my final paper for Southern Renaissance.

Seriously though, SyFy (I miss the days when it was Skiffy) is just playing random episodes of Stargate SG-1. I feel like there is no rhyme or reason for which episodes their playing. I remember the days when I couldn't watch a Stargate SG-1 marathon without seeing that one Hathor episode at least once.

Oh, Stargate. How I've missed you. Too bad I could never get into the spin-off series.

I'm pretty sure the only thing that kept me watching was Dr. Daniel Jackson. He's awesome.

I just really do not want to write 4-6 pages about Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, and/or Styron. Especially since I spent all of yesterday bullshitting my way through a final almost completely based on Dracula and King Solomon's Mines, which I did not read at all for Victorian Lit.

Why aren't you over yet, semester!

ETA: Eww... A Season 6 episode just came on. I guess this is the universe's way of telling me to get to work. :-(

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I spent all of last night playing Mall Madness with my sister.

I did not work on my final.

My final is do in a little more than two hours and I only have half of it done.

I am fucked!

Two Things

May. 2nd, 2011 12:58 pm
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1. Mumford & Sons, where have you been all my life? I'm freaking in love with this band right now. I just want to listen to their songs 24/7 forever and ever.

2. Am I the only person in the world who hates River Song from Doctor Who? I honestly feel like she is the worst character to ever be on the show, including Series One!Mickey.

Part of this is because I still ship The Doctor/Rose. Listen, Rose was my first companion so she will always be awesome in my eyes. And since she and The Doctor were in love their story will forever be better than any other romantic story involving The Doctor. Also, every female The Doctor has ever met has fallen in love with him, with the exception of Donna (which is why I loved her oh so very much), so that storyline is a snoozer.

Then there's the fact that the audience does not actually know River Song, and will never know her really because she's been introduced backwards. Which I understand is the point of her story, but it just hasn't been done very well in my opinion. It's all like "She's awesome, so think she's awesome!" but we're not shown why she's awesome. Oh so she has a gun and shoots things. Great. So did everyone on Torchwood and I hated 75% of the cast on that show. And then I see people shoot stuff on every other show that's on American television. Not very impressive.

And the only character I've ever liked on Doctor Who that was an out-and-out flirt was Captain Jack, and well, River Song is no Captain Jack Harkness.

I just don't see the point of River Song and she's already dead in my mind and I wish she would just be dead.

She's ruining the show for me. I'm not amused by her.

And that is my rant.

Back to studying for finals.
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Last week I had to turn in a ten-page paper for one of my classes. Then on the same day I had a five-page paper due for a night class.

Since it was the second-to-last week left of classes, I left both papers until the very last minute.

I literally wrote the ten-page paper in less than six hours. I thought it was complete crap and didn't expect anything above a B on it.

I got an A-!

It's time's like these that I really believe I could be, like, valedictorian or something. You know, if I actually tried and stuff.

But since I know that I can get A's and B's with doing the absolute minimum work, I do the absolute minimum.

I've only gotten four C's. They were in my non-major, general ed. requirement classes, which I did even less work than I did in my major classes.

I'm extremely proud, if you haven't noticed.

Mainly because when I was a senior in high school one of my teachers told me that the kids who slacked off and still got good grades had the hardest time in college.

Proved her wrong!

I feel awesome right now...

Watch, I probably completely bombed my other paper. I wrote it in two hours...

Oh, well. Three more days of classes, two finals, and one paper left of this semester and of my institutionalized education! Can't wait!


Apr. 17th, 2011 09:27 am
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For five years, I have had a random love for Chicago.

For five years, I have been talking about wanting to live in Chicago.

And I never really had a reason why. It's not like I've ever actually been there.

Recently, I have been rewatching some of my favorite childhood movies, particularly Ferris Bueller's Day Off and While You Were Sleeping.

I've watched these movies so much that I can basically recite every line of dialogue.

Guess what they have in common. They're both set in Chicago.

The movie industry has conditioned me to love Chicago.

This revelation is just another result of my becoming more self-aware. And it's freaking me out!!
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I am currently writing a little mini-paper for my American Novel class about The Poisonwood Bible.

Sentence I wrote: "Both Nathan and his hammer are completely useless in the Congo."

A simple little sentence that was meant to segway into a discussion of feminism in the novel.

But that is not where my brain wanted to take that.

My stream of consciousness: Nathan Fillion played Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The hammer was his penis. Oh my god! Nathan price is an emasculated male!!

And then a wrote a paper of a two page paper about that.

Fun Fact: This is the fourth paper since September 2010 that I have written about the emasculated male. One for African-American Lit. and one for Zombie Lit. last semester, and then one for Victorian Lit. back in February.

What can I say, there's nothing I love writing more about than the emasculated male. :-D

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I've been listening to The Hunger Games on CD during my drives to and from school/work this week. I'm almost finished with it and have the other two books on my iPod.

I quite like it. I have a weakness for teen lit and have been sorely disappointed with some of the stuff I read over Christmas break. I had pretty much given up and decided that David Levithan and Libba Bray were the only YA writers that I could stomach anymore.

But I've heard a lot of good things about The Hunger Games, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Since I'm also reading Beloved, Dracula, The Complete Works of Flannery O'Connor, The Taming of the Shrew, and Breakfast at Tiffany's I decided to listen to the audiobooks.

I know, not exactly smart adding another book in the mix, but I needed something that I didn't have to completely dissect.

Unfortunately my English-major brain can never again be turned off because I'm dissecting this book like crazy.

I mean, the book isn't Shakespeare. It's definitely not on the same level of Harry Potter, but it's leaps and bounds over Twilight. So that right there is a reason to read it.

In general, I like the portrayal of women. I have a couple of problems with Peeta's shrewish mother and super-ambitious Effy, but I can't complain that much.

Actually, I'm not reading it that much through my feminist lens, which is a huge change. I'm reading it through my inexperienced Marxist lens.

The whole class situation--who has money, who doesn't, who's in power, who has no power--is fascinating.

District 12, the poorest District, is full of people who are generally good, including the people in power (Btw, Peacekeepers? Lol. Me thinks Suzanne Collins is a Farscape fan). The richer the District gets, the most horrible the people are. In general, the message seems to be that the more money a person has, the meaner they are (I'm looking at you, Peeta's mom). Then the people in the Capital, the richest bit of the entire country, are completely shallow and are pretty much dumbasses. So, poor=good, rich=bad,

I have little qualms with the story. Like where are the cameras? How can everything be seen, especially when Kat and Peeta are in the cave? How can stuff just be there, so immediately? Like the food in Kat's room in the Capital? Or the deus ex machina parachutes during The Games? What kind of magic science is this world full of???

Then there is the fact that people are not allowed to move between the Districts. How long has that been for? What happens when the gene pool starts shrinking and everyone becomes inbred? Did the Capital not think of this?

And, District 12 is in Appalachia. Is that all of Appalachia or just part of is? Because if it's all of Appalachia, the District is huge!

And! If the people of District 12 are in Appalachia, and if they start inbreeding, will the entire District become blue???

I think I'm thinking too much about this stuff. If only I could put this much effort in my readings of Beloved. I just hate Toni Morrison so much.

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