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+ Mawiage
Monday, September 29, 2003 ~ 08:39 a.m.

Kat's wedding was definitely memorable. It didn't go off perfectly, thanks to a rogue thunderstorm, but it was fun. I really enjoyed most of the experience. The best part was meeting all the new and interesting people. Definitely fun, but I'm now seriously considering eloping when it's time for me to get married. ;-)

It's finally Fall! It's also time for me to start worrying about my honors project. Eeep. I have a LOT of work to do between now and December. It's also time to send out my resumes. Oh, and I have a couple projects coming up for my other classes. And three tests. I love October, but it's always right about now that things start getting a little stressed.

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+ 45 Minutes and Counting
Thursday, September 25, 2003 ~ 12:41 p.m.

Me: It's an undercover operation. Send Kelsey, she looks all sweet and innocent.

Jeff: Uhm...she's wearing a red shirt that says "Guilty."

Me: Well damn.

The dean's meeting went surprisingly well. I did my usual little song-and-dance/bitch about the co-op office and the Dean encouraged one of us to sneak in as a student looking to do parallel co-op. I figured Kelsey was the only one of us who hasn't pissed those people off, so we elected to send her. Theoretically she'll make it out without Suzanne Norris' teeth locked around her throat. But that's only a theory.

So, they tell me sleep is a good thing. Honestly, I can't recall. I have to go to a Cam meeting tonight at 7 for at least a half-hour, but in my current fuzzy-brained state it could be either really funny or really ugly. I'll try to nap a few minutes between my GIS lab and my 3:55 class in order to be a little more human, but that will just take some of the fun out of it. I'm much more candid (some say brutally honest) when I'm sleep deprived.

Tomorrow I leave for Atlanta at 9 AM. First time as a bridesmaid, woo. Here's hoping that Saturday's weather is gorgeous, the "miskitos" (thank you, Dr. Anderson) are tamed, and that everything goes perfectly for Kat and Sean.

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+ Funny that
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 ~ 01:06 p.m.

You know, religion was the world's absolute worst idea. Not so much religion itself, but the fact that people just can't stop making a big deal out of it.

Unless a person's religion requires them to eat babies or something equally grotesque, what they believe really shouldn't even BE an issue. It's a purely private thing, which is why I resent it when the government steps in on either side of the debate. I get just as pissed at a federal judge (illegally) ordering the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama courthouse as I do when Bush starts blabbing about the power of Jesus. But for all that, at least we don't live in Germany where it's legal to blatantly oppress someone in the name of religious neutrality.

In case you didn't notice, I didn't have a point. This wasn't going anywhere, it was just random annoyance spilling out.

On a totally different note, the Chinese have one of the wierdest creation myths I've ever heard. Fleas. How....humbling.

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+ Only in Dagorhir....
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 ~ 08:30 a.m.

"See that guy there in the skirt? Yeah, he's a badass."

Equinox was great this year...and way too short. It's funny how being beaten with foam bats can be so relaxing. Most of us survived, although Jessica learned the critical flaw in trying to stop a running 280-lb man with anything short of a solid brick wall. We just about had to scrape her up with a spatula. I had several opportunities to relearn javelin dodging...none of which I took. Russ had the kickass weapon of the group and was the envy of many. He also got to experience his first archery casualty. ;-) Jared and Jeff came up late, but even they got to fight a little bit. The best parts of the whole trip were spent by the fire, watching the shooting stars and consuming yummy unknown mixtures of alcoholic beverages, but all of it was fun.

So now it's back to school and work and all that good stuff. The sociology project was conquered yesterday, with very little pain on my part. Today we're taking a group of CE 101 students around the concrete canoe bay, trying to get them interested in the club. I've got class, practice, and an ESC meeting to look forward to tonight. Then Jess is coming over for dinner. Busy, definitely.

Current Music: 'Trouble' - Coldplay

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+ Plan A: Survive. Plan B: Die trying.
Friday, September 19, 2003 ~ 08:25 a.m.

I promised Jess she'd have a sword by today. True to my word, I finished it...at 3 AM this morning. I hadn't planned on staying up that late, but sleep just wasn't happening. I don't know how late everyone stayed at Johnson, but I left at 10:30 and they were still going strong. It's great to have a group that can actually get stuff done. They're a lot of fun too.

Last night was not so happy. I haven't felt that sad in a while, which definitely gives me a lot to think about as far as cause. Thanks go out to Russ who cheered me up by beating me with a foam bat. ;-) Mass foam bat beatings to follow tomorrow morning - very therapeutic.

We leave for Equinox at 3:00 this afternoon. The details are still in a state of flux and most likely will remain so until we are actually in our cars, headed to Nashville. All I know for certain is that I'm going - everything else is anyone's guess.

And thanks to Jen, I now know that today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrr!

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+ Sounds reasonable to me
Thursday, September 18, 2003 ~ 09:07 a.m.

Quote of the Day: "The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"

Thanks to my sister for the quote.

Today is going to be painfully busy. I've already decided to skip my second class (the one I actually like, unfortunately) to finish up my sociology project and to work on some stuff for ASCE. Sometime in there, I'll need to finish up the weapons too, but we're planning on staying at Johnson really late. Sleep? Pah.

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+ One-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater!
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 ~ 11:26 a.m.

So, there are a couple of big decisions I've been avoiding lately. Anyone who knows me knows that indecisive is really too mild a term to apply in some situations. I can make decisions for others no problem, but when it affects me directly, my brain effectively shuts down. I can barely order dinner off a menu - how am I supposed to make decisions about a career or my life in general? I think I should just hide until it all goes away. ;-)

Canoe has finally started back up and I'm happy to be back in the water. We haven't had a real practice yet and won't for a while, but it's just nice to be getting exercise again. I hate feeling lazy. Dr. Gilbert's already driving me crazy, constantly telling me what we need to be doing, when it's already done. I know he means well, but I think I'm going to start sending out weekly progress reports so he knows where we stand.

Two days until Friday!

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+ The General's days are numbered
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 ~ 12:22 p.m.

Everyone at UAH knows of our giant white goose - the one the height and weight of a two-year-old human child, that has fangs, attacks at random, and is raising an army of Candian geese to support its reign of terror. Yeah, well...Jeff Cotten is my hero for the day. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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+ I think it's a hint
Monday, September 15, 2003 ~ 12:41 p.m.

After reading this article, it occurs to me that if a child is allergic to milk products, eggs, fish, nuts, and mustard (all at the same time), that's really just nature's way of saying, "This is a faulty specimen. Please try again." It's one thing to sneeze when ragweed starts blooming - it's another thing entirely to swell up and die when you touch a peanut butter cookie. It's fortunate we don't live by survival of the fittest.

I can't believe September is already half over. I don't know where the time is going, but I'd be happier if it wasn't going so fast. There's still so much to do!

I'm really looking forward to Equinox. It's not just the event itself that I like, it's getting to sit out in the woods or down by the lake and just relax. Plus, I love the duels. ;-) It looks like we're going to have awesome weather, too. If I'm driving alone, I may stop by home on my way back to Huntsville and say hi to the parents. We'll see how things go.

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+ Priorities
Monday, September 15, 2003 ~ 11:48 a.m.

Why is it that in every article I read about Alabama's funding issues, the possibility of cutting academic supplies and time is always AHEAD of cutting extra-curricular activities?

"The state Department of Education will manage this school year by trimming $100 million for textbooks, library upgrades, computers, teacher training and classroom supplies. But next year, school systems could be forced to cut extracurricular activities, expand class sizes, and even consolidate entire school systems...many systems could be forced to stop offering extra pay for coaches."

Call me crazy, but it seems to me that anyone who puts football before better textbooks and computers shouldn't be making the decisions. Am I wrong?

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+ Kittens!
Friday, September 12, 2003 ~ 01:37 p.m.

Todd found an add for free kittens. If I had the money to take care of them, I'd have two of my very own. I'm tempted anyway. But then I'd have to worry about hiding the blender every time my friends come over to visit.

It's kind of interesting to be on the advisory board for the CE department - I get to throw in my two cents and it matters. Plus I make good contacts - OMI, TetraTech, EarthTech, the Corps. *grin* And I love the free food. Today's meeting featured Steak Out, and I'll tell you I'm a much better person for it. ;-) Mmm...dead cow.

And if I do end up babysitting ASCE's big-screen TV, we're having movie night at my place. *nod* No arguments.

Todd's trying to convince me I should move. I can't decide. I'd like to move, but I also prefer shoving paper clips into my eyeballs to the actual moving process. Decisions, decisions.

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+ Don't be saucy with me, Béarnaise!
Wednesday, September 10, 2003 ~ 12:50 p.m.

The Engineering Picnic went really well! We currently have no less than seven guys interested in paddling (but still no new girls). The General tried to maul a two-year-old while we were out there and I was mobbed by baby ducks intent upon destroying my toes. Lots of people showed up, a lot more than I expected. I've never seen the UAH cops so happy - there were parking tickets flying everywhere.

It continues to amaze me that I'm actually liking my classes this semester. This no homework thing is awesome. It just further supports my theory that I'd love school if only it didn't follow me home. I'm still smarting about being forced to pay for three extra credit hours (and the two hours of panicked signature-hunting that came with it), but I guess I'll get over it. After all, if I'm paying that much to do a damn project, the school had better start handing over the money to do it with!

I'll be scurrying off after class today to mail my resume to the Corps. First one to go out. Eeeee.

Current Music: 'Decade and One' - Vienna Teng

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+ The morning after
Wednesday, September 10, 2003 ~ 10:20 a.m.

"State schools Superintendent Ed Richardson said Tuesday night that the results could mean cuts in everything from textbooks to football for Alabama schools.

"We're looking at possibly...charging fees for everything that's not required for graduation," Richardson said. He said that would include charging a fee for students to play football or to play in the band."

Yeah, because it'd be a real fucking tragedy if students went to school to LEARN. Say it isn't so! I mean, football is just soooo much more important than up-to-date libraries and computer labs and textbooks. Oh no, sports might have to go?! Up the taxes! Get the pitchforks!

At least 68% of this state is reasonably sane.

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+ Patriot Act 101
Tuesday, September 9, 2003 ~ 12:08 p.m.

This is the best article on the Patriot Act I have seen so far. It's neither pro-ACLU nor pro-Ashcroft and it attempts to explain what certain parts of the act mean.

If you're not really clear on what the Patriot Act is or does, I suggest reading this article. Then go read the real thing yourself (if you've got a lot of time to waste). Then you too can sit back and wonder exactly where the hell this country is going.

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+ Ren Faire Coming Up
Monday, September 8, 2003 ~ 09:01 a.m.

For everyone interested, the Alabama Renaissance Faire is October 25-26 in Florence. And it's FREE. I think we should get a big group together and go!

Kat's wedding shower was a lot of fun - they're such a strange group of people. ;-) I look forward to seeing them all again at the wedding later this month. I was also introduced to Snickers cake for the first time. Ooooooh.

I'm gonna be a garb-makin' fool all week long. Weapons construction went really well yesterday. While they're still not as thin as we'd like, the swords are much smaller and lighter than last year's. On my next one, I'll try the compression method and see if I can't turn out one like Freyson's.

Jessica: "We found the most awesome thing to make the cores out of! Tomato!"

Jared: "Uh...?"

Jessica: "...Stakes!"

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+ Happy Friday!
Friday, September 5, 2003 ~ 08:59 a.m.

Vienna Teng
Crossroads Cafe
Sunday October 5, 10:00 PM

*dances around the room* My life is now complete.

If you don't know who Vienna Teng is, but you like piano, go here and listen. If you know who she is, well, then you're already planning to be there.

Current Music: 'Momentum' - Vienna Teng

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+ To Move or Not to Move
Thursday, September 4, 2003 ~ 10:01 p.m.

So last night someone stole my neighbor's car from our parking lot, took it on a joyride, then dumped it in a field in Harvest and burned it. I was already considering moving, for a variety of reasons. I'm just adding the car thing to my list. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?

In other news, I think I need a drink. Or a brick to the head. You know, I'm not nearly as cold or mean as people think I am. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm not much like how they see me at all. Except for the part where I'm kind of a dork. That's 100% genuine. ;-)

Current Music: 'Do You Sleep' - Lisa Loeb

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+ Notice
Thursday, September 4, 2003 ~ 12:33 p.m.

Oh yeah, Russell is going to hell. At least we'll have the whole gang there, right? I mean, why should we let a little thing like eternal damnation stand in the way of our friendships?

This Sunday, I plan on building weapons for Equinox. I'll also be sewing tunics for the people who need them. Everyone interested in going should plan on buying garb makings this weekend. We can meet at my apartment or at Jeff's place, whichever will work out best.

It'd be nice if I had some work to do or something.

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+ RANT: Words Fail Me
Thursday, September 4, 2003 ~ 10:26 a.m.

The email subject read, "Lest we forget. 9-11, the day that time stood still." Intrigued, I opened it...to find an ad for a watch. A 9-11 watch, complete with little markers to note the time that the planes hit.

Right. Over three thousand people died horribly, resulting in two wars (to date), numerous abuses of power by our government, and all kinds of other terrible things........and they want me to buy a watch. A watch! It's at this point that my brain dissolves into incoherent ranting fueled by blind anger and overwhelming disgust. Since I don't currently possess the words to adequately express myself, I'll just stop here.

People who make money off 9-11 "souvenirs" make me sick.

Rage. Oh yeah, I'm feelin' it.

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+ Zombie Sarah
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 ~ 08:30 a.m.

What a pitiful excuse for a human being. Paul Hill, proving once and for all that walking upright isn't the sole qualification.

If today wasn't Wednesday, I think I'd cry. I haven't been sleeping much the last couple of days and it's finally catching up with me. And when I'm this tired, I get stupid. I think I need a vacation. A real vacation, where I go away for a week and do nothing but play. Too bad it's only the second week of school. At this rate, I'll be a total basket case by November.

On a happier note, today's Get Fuzzy cracked me up.

My boss brought me these strange gold grapes he's growing. They look almost exactly like those bath pearl things and they glow. It's disconcerting, really. I haven't tried any yet, but I'm sure radioactive grapes have a unique flavor.

I need a nap.

Current Music: 'I Wish' - Drain STH

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+ Sorry I asked...
Tuesday, September 2, 2003 ~ 11:29 a.m.

Quote of the Day: "You are a gem amongst a sea of ugly-ass rocks." - Greg

This week ASCE is going to the lower-level engineering classes to talk about the cult club and to invite students to our meeting Thursday. Because we work, we have to catch the professors right before class or just as class is starting. Today, it was the latter.

"Dr. Leonard, may I please have a minute of your time to tell your class about our meeting Thursday?"


"Say again?"


"Right. So...I'll just be leaving now."

And then I kicked her in the head.

Well, not really, but I wanted to. Instead, I told the class when the meeting was then returned to the office...where I promptly caused Jan to bite the head off the toner delivery guy. Twice. But the slimy git deserved it.

I'm still distressed over Greg's impersonation of Snuffy the nose-candy addict.

It's been an odd day and I'm sure it will only get odder as the day goes on. Life is pretty damn complicated right now. I'm not stressed out quite yet, but worrying is what I do best. *nod*

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