The Two-Foot Surprise ~ Wednesday, April 10, 2002 ~ 1:22 PM

Well, it's been three whole days now and I still can't believe how completely we got screwed. Yep, we lost Regionals. Well, actually, Florida got the trophy. It was pretty much decided before we got there which school the Southeast wanted at the 150th Anniversary of ASCE and four of the five judges made sure everything worked out how it was supposed to. *shrug* I'm still pissed, but not nearly as much as I was. Now I guess I'm just motivated. We're pretty sure that everyone who was at that competition knows we should have won and I guess that will just have to be enough. At least until we kick their asses for the 13th time next year. *evil grin*

So now I'm focusing on getting back into schoolwork again. I've got a lot backed up and I have the feeling that hell week is definitely looming ahead. On the upside, there's only three weeks left in the term and my finals are going to be spaced out to one a day, which is really nice. There's still a lot of work to do with ASCE, and even though we aren't competing we're still going to Nationals. Life goes on. ;-)

Anyways, now all of you people know I'm still alive and how things turned out. That done, I'm going to go try to salvage my soils grade. Whee, the joy.

Current Music: 'Right Now' - SR71

Bored Silly ~ Saturday, March 30, 2002 ~ 4:45 PM

You know, it's amazing how many freaks can be drawn to a single local Wal Mart. Seriously! Have you ever stood back and just watched the people wandering around the store? Probably not. Usually my Wal Mart strategy is to get in and get out as fast as possible; more of a military strike than a shopping trip. Unless, of course, we happen to wander near the toy aisle. I'm still pretty much a child at heart and easily distracted by bright shiny objects. ;-) But generally I ignore my fellow shoppers.

Today, though, I was with my mother and my younger sister. After I finished checking out, I had no choice but to stand at the front of the store and wait for them. It took them quite a while to get through the line after me and it was during this time that I began to notice the sheer number of weirdos around me. Now, I know intellectually that since half the known world shops at Wal Mart, there had to be more than a handful of normal people in that store. It was just that I wasn't seeing any of them. Weirdos everywhere. *shiver*

I've pretty much come to the conclusion that trying to do homework at home is a pointless endeavor, and that the sooner I give up the less pissed off I'll be. My parents have been riding my ass about this damn ethics paper all weekend, but when I sit down to work on it, they insist upon watching TV and trying to talk to me. I managed to get a page written while they were gone on an errand earlier today, but I've pretty much been stumped since then. *sigh* If only I'd taken that class as a pass/fail, I'd say screw the paper. Same with history.

I'm looking forward to getting back to Huntsville tomorrow. Unfortunately, we have to take my sister back to TN Tech first, so I won't be getting home until around 4 or 5. What would be a two hour trip is going to be stretched to about five hours. Not what I had in mind, but I wasn't asked. *shrug* At least I'll be home this time tomorrow.

Current Music: 'Amazed' - Poe

Home for the Holiday ~ Friday, March 29, 2002 ~ 4:34 PM

Today has actually been a pretty cool day. I admit I had my doubts when I was informed that, like it or not, I was being dragged to the outlet mall in Lebonon to find another business suit. Considering the last time we made this a family goal, I wasn't exactly thrilled at the idea. I was pleasantly surprised, though. We had a lot of fun, I found a really pretty suit that actually *gasp* fits, and I even got an outfit to wear to Laura's wedding in June (but only after much prodding and convincing from my sister). I also got a few new kitchen things and spent quite a bit of time meandering around dangerous stores like the Corning Revere outlet and Westpoint Stevens. I really think I'm beginning to develop a bit of a domestic streak, as terrifying as the thought may be.

And of course, as promised, there is an abundance of good cookie food to help me recover from my forced shopping trip. My mother, in anticipation my homecoming, baked a monster batch of chocolate chip cookies. I can hear them in the kitchen, calling to me. Pretty soon, since tomorrow is my dad's 50th b-day, we're going to have chocolate sheet cake floating around here too. What can I say, I have a weakness for chocolate. If I stay here much longer, I'll sink that damn canoe. ;-)

I have to start doing homework here in a little while. As tempting as it is to kick back and ignore everything, it's not really a viable option. I have to completely rewrite my ethics paper, since I left the first half in Huntsville, but I'm not entirely sure that's such a bad thing. Still, I almost wish I was off on some kickass trip like Jeff or Turnip where I didn't have to think about school. Of course, I'd still have all this work to do, I just wouldn't feel so bad about ignoring it. ;-)

All in all, I'm having a good time here in Tennessee. I still wish I was in Huntsville at times, but for the most part it's nice to be home.

Spring Break! ~ Wednesday, March 27, 2002 ~ 2:35 PM

It's finally Spring Break!!!!! And not a moment too soon. I'm still really busy and have yet to catch up on homework and/or sleep, but it's amazing how much stress was lifted by simply not having classes. I'm free to deal with what I've got, without the threat of additional work to be assigned hovering over me and it's WONDERFUL! *cheers* I keep saying that college would be so much better if I just got rid of those pesky classes, and this week has pretty much served to prove me right! ;-)

JoAnna finally had her baby! Elijah Todd Blaine Pearson was finally decided to grace this world with his presence on Thursday, March 21st,2002 at 2:53 PM. He weighed in at 8 pounds 7 oz and was 22 inches long. He's already got most of his family wrapped around his little finger and I can't wait to see him in June so I can join the ranks of the hopelessly enchanted. *grin*

I'm going home tomorrow for Easter weekend. I feel kind of bad about skipping out on the team during crunch time, but I definitely need to go home for a little bit. I haven't seen my parents in a while and I haven't seen my sister in ages. Plus, I need to catch up on my sleep, which I'll never do if I'm here. ;-) Oh, and homecooked food is definitely high up on my list too. I figure I can get most of my homework done then so I won't have to worry about it next week.

I can't believe regionals are only a week away! All semester it's seemed like we had all the time in the world. April 4th was just a distant date that we were working towards but not really too concerned with. Now, it's almost here and it hasn't really sunken in yet that come next Saturday, this phase will be over, for better or worse. I'm trying not to think about it too much, so I don't end up making myself more nervous. *grin* After all, I don't want to end up like Dr. Gilbert.

Current Music: 'I Alone' - Live

Friday Five ~ Friday, March 22, 2002 ~ 8:08 PM

1. What is your favorite time of year? Fall, definitely!

2. What is it about your favorite season that, well, makes it your favorite season? The colors, the storms, the fact that my birthday is in October, and just the general feel of Autumn.

3. What is your least favorite time of year? Why? Summer, because it's hot, sticky, and icky! Me in the summer is kind of like an ice cube in a microwave. I hate to even move, much less do anything productive.

4. Do you do anything to celebrate or recognize the changing of seasons? Well, for winter I make a big deal out of the first cup of serious hot chocolate. ;-)

5. What's your favorite thing to do outside? Sit. I just like to be still and enjoy how everything feels around me. Weird, but there it is.

Current Music: 'All Over You' - Live

Grr ~ Monday, March 18, 2002 ~ 3:54 PM

I really should learn to sit on my temper a little better. I pissed off my fluids prof today, and since we have a test Monday, it was probably a rather stupid thing to do. We were reviewing the copy of the test solutions he gave us and while we should just be content to copy them directly over to the test, we got the wild idea that we actually needed to, oh I don't know, maybe LEARN SOMETHING. So we're asking questions and someone asked one that got him off topic. This happens a lot - normally I just sleep through the fifteen-minute tangent and get over it. Today, though, he just kept going and going and going. We just kept getting more and more pissed off until finally I interrupted him mid-sentence saying that it was time for our break, got up, and stormed out. He didn't appreciate having his senility-induced ramblings interrupted, but then again, I don't appreciate listening to random bullshit when I'm paying for a damn fluids class. *sigh* Is it so much to expect him to do his job?

Other than that, today's been a really good day, especially for a Monday. Maybe it's because I know the end is in sight and that Spring Break is just around the corner. My history test didn't go so well this morning, but at least it's over and done with. :-) I'm not nearly so stressed as I was last week and that makes for a happy Sarah. Mmm, that and Deb and I went out Friday night and got me good cookie food to ease the pain of frantic studying. *grin* My friends take such good care of me.

Now I'm just killing time between classes. In a few mins I'll go work on the fluids test and my soils homework, but for now I'm content to waste some time online. Ah, sweet procrastination.

Groggy ~ Sunday, March 17, 2002 ~ 4:05 PM

My brain feels like a giant dustbunny. You see, I decided to nap a little around 12:30 before my fluids study session because I was falling asleep over my history notes. I set the alarm, but forgot that I had actually turned it off so it wouldn't wake up my roommates. Fortunantly, I woke up on time, but totally disoriented. Took me about ten minutes to remember what day it was, where I was supposed to be, and that I really needed to be wearing pants. I finally made it over to the Engineering building, where I was able to obtain caffiene. Fluids was still pretty incomprehensible, but I don't really think that was the result of mental fuzzballs.

The river trip this morning was a lot of fun. The weather was almost perfect; cloudy and kind of cool, although we could have done with a bit less wind. It was rough coming back and I'm dead tired (that's six miles, people! you'd be tired too!), but I'm really looking forward to our next one. It'll probably be next Sunday, but I definitely won't mind getting up so early because that's the first weekend of Spring Break. I'll have PLENTY of time to catch up on sleep! ;-)

I still have a lot to do today. Laundry is definitely a priority, along with finishing studying for my history test. Today is also Pat's birthday! *cheers* Happy Birthday, Pat!!! I think a group of us are supposed to take him out to Bennigan's around 6. I'm going to try my best to make it, but I'd planned all my free time for 9 tonight, when we were supposed to go see We Were Soldiers. Those plans fell through, so I'm going to Todd's hockey game instead. I'd like to do both, but I need to get all my studying done before 10 when my brain shuts down.

Oh, and another good thing: I'm on the dean's list again for last Spring and Fall. :-) Added incentive to get up off my ass and give a damn about this semester, I suppose. Of course, now my parents want to come in for the ceremony thing, but that could be cool.

Current Music: 'Wanted' - Gravity Kills

Not Satan, Just My Sister ~ Saturday, March 16, 2002 ~ 4:41 PM

First off, I would just like to state that my sister is weird. Really really weird. That accomplished, I feel it necessary to point out that she is not really Satan, but more of a lesser demon. This does not, however, mean that her edicts are null and void; you are still required to respect the fish for he is indeed evil.

Today has been a really wasted day. Mostly it's due to the really really loud concert going on outside. I think I'm going to have to bail to Tech Hall to get any work done. *sigh* It's good that we're having a concert on campus, but for the love of god, why did it have to be during hell week??? Practice this morning was pointless too. A&M came out to practice with us, but it turned out that only two of them had ever been in a boat before. Most of the morning was spent attempting to train them so they wouldn't destroy out boat, but the fact that they weren't really interested in listening to us made it a difficult. Then again, I can't really feel too bad about practice being kind of slow since we're going on a river trip at 7 tomorrow morning, assuming it's not thunderstorming when we all wake up. Six miles of paddling! *grin* It's my first river trip, so I'm still under the impression that it'll be fun.

Anyways, I suppose that I should at least attempt to study history. Our last test was pure undiluted evil and in retaliation I fully intend to destroy this one. ;-)

Current Music: 'Everything You Know Is Wrong' - Weird Al

Made it! ~ Saturday, March 16, 2002 ~ 12:29 AM

Quote of the Day: "I mean, really, why is recreational child torture wrong?"

It's not over yet, but at least I've made it this far. Today was a great day, too - my reward for surviving Monday through Thursday. I had a good afternoon and tonight's Changeling game was a lot of fun. Hats off to Turnip who managed to pull almost the whole thing out of his ass at the last moment and still make it a kickass game. ;-)

I decided, after talking with Jen, not to go home this weekend. Instead she and I are going to plan to get together in May when school gets out, assuming that I don't have a job or any other pressing issues that conflict. I'm a little depressed that we won't get to hang out for a while longer, but it all works out for the best. It'll be fun in May when I'll actually get to see everyone for more than a day. Also, Jo told me that she's going to try and make it to Nashville sometime in June so we can all see her and her son! *does a happy dance* Yay, I'll get to see friends! Oh, and speaking of friends, Turnip and I have planned to spend next Saturday watching the first season of Buffy (a show that I used to love, back before it became a huge sucky soap opera). Whee, I can't wait until spring break gets here.

I can't believe Spring Break is almost here. This semester has flown by! So much has happened in such a short time and it just doesn't seem right that we're already at midterms. I am so looking forward to a week off. I'll be able to catch up on my sleep finally!!!! *cheers* I'll be here in Huntsville for most of it, except for Easter weekend, and although I'll but putting in tons of hours with ASCE, I won't have anything else to worry about! It's going to be wonderful.

Speaking of sleep, I should go and get some. It's going to be a packed weekend, with all the work I have to do. Here's hoping I get everything I need to done! *grin*

Current Music: 'Two Points for Honesty' - Guster

*yawn* ~ Tuesday, March 12, 2002 ~ 2:14 PM

My life would probably be a lot easier if I wasn't such an idiot. Nothing like screwing up by the numbers. Let's see - the current count of how far behind I am: one ethics paper, due two weeks ago; soils project, due yesterday; and a soils lab report due today. Add to that a history test and history paper for next Monday and a Fluids test next Wednesday. Then consider that I'm contemplating going home for the weekend to see Jen and my family. Yeah, I might as well shoot myself in the head and save myself the pain. ;-)

To top it all off, I've made a bunch of ill-timed decisions these last few days. I'm happy, but I've definitely chosen the harder road to go here. This week has just been totally crazy so far and I've spent most of the past four days in a perpetual state of "Dammit! I shouldn't have done that!" I guess I've just never learned to balance what I want with what should be done. Ah well, we'll just have to see where this roller coaster of a week ends up. It's kind of like running the gauntlet - just try and make it to the other side.

On the upside, my lab got out REALLY early today, so I have this nice chunk of free time to finish up my soils project. Maybe I can even drop it off in her office tonight and only lose 5% instead of 10%. Here's hoping!

Current Music: 'Right Now' - SR71

Oops ~ Sunday, March 10, 2002 ~ 7:57 PM

I'll never learn. Once again I have royally screwed myself by procrastinating on a project. This time it's my soils project: we have to construct a flow net for a specified dam and run through all the calculations to find various parmeters, none of which are particuarly interesting. I, of course, waited through the last two weeks to start on it tonight, and predictably it has turned out to be one hell of an assignment. It's one of those that is simple in theory and damn near impossible in practice. I've been working since 3 this afternoon and all I have to show for those five hours is a steadily increasing pile of eraser dust. :-P

The fact that I only got about 45 mins worth of sleep last night isn't exactly helping things, either. In fact, it's been a pretty rough day. It started out really well, though, so I can't complain. *grin* Who knows, maybe one day I'll develop common sense and not stay up all night the day before a massive project is due. Riiiiight. ;-)

Current Music: 'One Song Glory' - Rent soundtrack

Today!!! ~ Friday, March 8, 2002 ~ 11:19 PM

Today was the perfect day! *dances around the room* You know how there are just some days you wish you could live forever? Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. ;-) Today started out great and only got better. Jess tells me she hasn't seen me this happy in a long time. I'll take her word for it.

Tomorrow Jess and I are going shopping after I get out of practice. About freakin' time, too. I'm running out of clothing that looks halfway decent! I hate to shop - there's no better way to make someone feel ugly than to force them to find clothing in a world designed for the perfect body - but hopefully I can find some cute stuff. After that, I HAVE to start on my soils project. It's due Monday and I already foresee an all-nighter for Sunday...

Oh yeah, Russell moved his blog (without telling me, the rat) and now it's much nicer and prettier. Go, see. Hopefully people will start posting soon and there will actually be stuff to read! ;-)

Current Music: 'Lightning Crashes' - Live

Closer to Thursday ~ Wednesday, March 6, 2002 ~ 11:59 PM

Quote of the day: "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history...with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila." - Mitch Ratliffe

Until yesterday, I'd completely forgotten that March 6th was the day the Grigorovich Ballet was coming to Huntsville to perform Raymonda. I've had the ticket for months now, ever since Kat and I decided to buy season tickets back at the beginning of December. I just forgot that it was coming up so soon - this semester is going by so fast. Fortunately, Kat reminded me last night in time for me to get out of the ASCE meeting and tonight, the moment after my soil mechanics class ended, we headed down to the VBC Concert Hall. The performance was AWESOME! The costumes were gorgeous, the footwork beyond amazing, and I had a wonderful time. I know that most people out there really can't fathom enjoying a ballet, but I can't help but be fascinated. Ballet is all about people pushing the capabilities of the human body to the max while remaining aesthetically pleasing and it's just damn cool. Of course, I'm a little biased. *grin*

Today was a pretty decent day, but one of those that you live through just to get to the other side. The whole purpose of today was to simply get me closer to Thursday. I was already dead tired when I woke up, too, so I ended up skipping fluids again. Hell, I got an A on the last test and I never learn anything in class anyways. I figured it was better to sit at home and play online than to nod off listening to Dr. Moses ramble about the "real" world. I did, however, go to soils, so I'm really doing quite well. ;-) Here's hoping that I'll get some real sleep tonight, so I'll be marginally coherent tomorrow!

Oh, and I'd just like to take this moment to say, "I love you, EB!!!" *giant big sister hug*

Current Music: 'I Think I'm Paranoid' - Garbage

Think of the Kittens ~ Tuesday, March 5, 2002 ~ 3:05 PM

*dances around the room* Whee! Today has been a really great day! I didn't get my ethics paper done, but I did manage to both finish my lab report AND study for my ethics quiz, which was just damn impressive, if I do say so myself. I haven't had much sleep, but really that just makes it even more fun. I'm telling you, sleep deprivation is the cheapest drug in the world. Everything takes on a whole new flavor. @.@ I kicked ass on both the tests I took last week and now I get to take a breather between frantic study periods. I got to "debate" today in ethics with the two pacifist philosophy majors, which mostly consisted of me shattering their precious little fantasy world with inescapable logic. Pat gave me his director's cut version of Bladerunner last night and I actually spent some time hanging out with him for the first time in forever. It's a gorgeous day, I'm not freaking out with stress any more, and I have homemade chocolate chip cookies. *contented sigh* An almost perfect day.

Current Music: something on the radio

A Different Day ~ Monday, March 4, 2002 ~ 12:54 PM

Quote of the Day: "Agreed, as long as you agree that Cheesy-Whiz is NOT an effective substitue for snow." - Sluggy Freelance

Yesterday was a very...unpredictable day. A lot happened, most of which I'm not really going to discuss here, if only because almost all the people who need to know already do. I think everything worked out best for the end, but it's going to take a while for the dust to settle. There's a lot of new stuff to adjust to...and my damn ethics paper STILL hasn't been started! That thing is about to achieve legendary status.

*sniff* My kitchen is on fire and I don't even care enough to go and see what Ming-Lei is burning. The amount of smoke is somewhat distressing, though. Ah, the wonders of dorm living - when you don't even care to check and see if you're about to be consumed in flame. Actually, I rest secure in the knowledge that this entire building is composed of concrete block (which doesn't exactly burn) and that any disaster my roommate manages to create will most likely be survivable.

At this point, I'd like to point out that I agree with Kat. I want spring or I want snow, one of the two. Hell, I should be in Canada or Colorado or something, instead of here in Northern Alabama. Or Florida. Snowier or warmer, I don't care, but enough of this 14-degree-wind-chill-but-no-snow-for-you stuff!!! Grr!

Anyways, I should go scrounge up some lunch food. Shouldn't be a problem as my parents brought me some good stuff when they drove down yesterday. Have to say, I love my parents. ;-)

Last random item: This is one of the scariest pictures of Turnip I have ever seen. My dear friend, you truly are insane.

Current Music: 'Pretty When You Cry' - Vast

*grumble* ~ Saturday, March 2, 2002 ~ 1:11 PM

Sorry folks, but this is a gripe day. If you don't want to hear it, move along. If you choose to continue, don't say I didn't warn you.

I dropped a jar yesterday. Actually, it fell from a height of about six feet, right out of the tiny kitchen cabinet where all my cooking stuff is supposed to fit. I heard it sliding and tried to catch it, but I've never had very good reflexes. It hit, right at my feet, and shards flew EVERYWHERE. Literally. I have never seen any glass object explode like that before. There are still good-sized chunks of glass being found around the corner and ten feet down the hallway and there is glass under all the chairs and sofas that despite several runs with the vacuum cleaner is STILL surfacing. I don't think I'll ever get it all cleaned up.

*blink* Where was I going with that story? I've forgotten. Probably something about wanting to get my own that doesn't include roommates. Been thinking about that a lot lately, since I'm planning on getting a car this summer. I've also come to the conclusion that any roommate I might get would have to be male because I can't think of a single female I could room with. Guys are generally somewhat disgusting, but at least I get along with them. That wouldn't go over well with family - they have suspicious minds and a relatively conservative outlook on life - but my living situation is my own concern. Still, I think my best bet is probably to live alone and accumulate attack cats over the years...

Today has not gone well so far. I got almost no real rest last night. First I couldn't get to sleep, then I had all kinds of crazy dreams and kept waking up every hour or so. I've got too much stuff on my mind and until at least some of it gets resolved, it's no sleep for me. Practice was utterly miserable. I keep being told I need to be better than I am and I'm pissed off at myself because I'm not. I've got ten gazillion things to do before tonight and not a clue where to start. I'm stressed as all hell....and my roommate is hacking up a hairball in the hallway. *bangs her head against the wall* Time to go back to bed and wait for tomorrow.

Current Music: 'Sign of the Zodiac' - Rasputina

Friday Five ~ Friday, March 1, 2002 ~ 8:48 PM

Lookie. My very first Friday Five ever. Whee. Joy. Oh, the enthusiasm. ;-)

1. What's your favorite vacation spot?

Well, not being very well traveled, I'd have to say Litchfield Beach, SC. Almost every year for most of my life my mom's family rents two beach houses and we all get together for a week of general insanity and fun. I haven't been able to go for the last two years because of classes, but I always loved it there.

2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth?

I'd say Johnson Research Center, and it is, but I have way too much fun there for it to be a true hell-hole. Next choice would have to be any one of the myriad of small towns (and I use the term loosely) I've passed through en route to bigger and better places. Take, for instance, Sycamotherfuckinmore, GA. Or most of Mississippi.

3. What would be your dream vacation?

I'd go back to Kinsale, Ireland and stay there. Forever.

4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why?

Kimberly and Jen because we never have and really should. Then again, I'm not sure if the world is prepared to face the three of us together.

5. What are your plans for this weekend?

Parents are coming into town Sunday afternoon to take me out to lunch and to make sure I'm still alive. That's about it, other than the usual combination of study/canoe work/practice.

Current Music: 'Sleeping Beauty' - A Perfect Circle

I want snow too!!! ~ Thursday, February 28, 2002 ~ 12:32 AM

Quote of the Day: "Luge strategy? Lie flat and try not to die." - Carmen Boyle (Olympic Luge Gold Medal winner, 1996)

The snow gods taunt me yet again. As previously stated, I am the anti-snow. A talent coveted by some and despised by...well, me. It has been proven time and again - where I am, it snows not. But every now and then, I'll wake just in time to see the last of a faint dusting of snow melting away - enough to remind me that I will never again see real snow, while other people get inches upon inches. *nudges E* Just for the record, you all suck. ;-)

Due to everything else that's going on Thursday and Friday, Jess and I ended up rescheduling our "Screw You, World" night for tonight. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, but I have to say it actually worked out better this way as I was already intending to put off my ethics paper...again. Turns out she'd never seen the movie Labyrinth, so we ended up watching it, if only so she could better understand my childhood fear of David Bowie. It was also the first time she and I have really sat down and talked in a looooong time and we definitely had a lot stored up to talk about. I don't have many female friends and sometimes I forget how much fun "talking about girl stuff" can be. ;-) It was great to just kick back with massive amounts of good chocolate cookie food and forget about all the things I still have to do. Thanks, Jess, for dragging me away from everything and making me take some time off for once.

Heard a little bit more from JoAnna this morning. She's still having contractions, but the baby's being stubborn (gets that from his mom). He's decided he'll just stay where he is for the next litle while, thank you very much. Smart kid, if you ask me. The stress is starting to get to her, though. *hug* Hang in there, Jo. We love you!!!

On a happier note, Jen is going to be in Hendersonville weekend after next for her Spring Break! I haven't seen her (or Kimberly, for that matter) in forever and I'm really hoping I'll be able to go home then. If we can arrange it, we can get the whole group in town (except Jo, of course) and head out to all our old haunts. It's been a while since we've harassed the peaceful residents of H'vegas and I believe they've forgotten what it is to fear. ;-)

Current Music: 'Falling' - Gravity Kills

Blogging Mania ~ Tuesday, February 26, 2002 ~ 7:22 PM

Quote of the Day: "The human race is God's dust bunny!"

*dies of shock* My sister actually posted!!!! It's good to hear from you, E! Also, CommiePuddin got his blog moved over to our Pitas community and in the process, convinced Russell to make a blog too. Whee! Sometimes it amazes me how many of my friends have blogs, but I'm glad they do. It gives me something to do when I'm up browsing the web at strange hours and it also gives me a way to keep in touch with them when I'm not able to be around as much.

Today was a hell of a lot better than yesterday. I didn't finish (read: didn't start) my ethics paper that was supposed to have been turned in today, but then again, neither did anyone else. Soils lab was interesting if only because we got to sit in the downstairs hallway doing strange and seemingly inexplicable things to lumps of clay in order to freak out the people passing by. I'm pretty sure most of the human race regards civil engineers as more than just a little eccentric. Paddling practice was held over at the rec center instead of on the pond due to the 19 degree wind chill, which was nice, but it wasn't nearly as fun as usual, Todd being gone and all. I'm not in dance right now because on top of her having just gotten out of a really horrendous test, Kat's not feeling well and didn't really want to go. It works out well for me, because I've got to study for my fluids test anyway. *hug* Hope you feel better, Kat!

My parents are coming into Huntsville Sunday afternoon to take me out to lunch. They couldn't come to the ASCE banquet, so this is kind of a belated celebration. The delivery of good cookie food and other yummies also has been hinted at. I'm really looking forward to seeing them, even though it means I really have to work on cleaning my room. I can barely navigate it in its current state - I'm not about to ask anyone else to try. ;-) It current looks like a rampaging herd of lemurs ran through here while I was gone at class. Lemurs with a sock fetish, I might add. At least I finally did laundry. It was starting to look like today was gonna be Naked Day, and no one really needs/wants to see that.

So, now that's it's past 8, I suppose I should go and study fluids like the diligent student I profess to be. It's a lot like pulling teeth, except that I'm not going to get a quarter. Cheap bastards.

Current Music: 'Heart and Shoulder' - Heather Nova

Another soul is ours! ~ Monday, February 25, 2002 ~ 9:40 PM

I'd like to take this moment to welcome my good friend CommiePuddin to the ranks of the bloggers. :-) He's finally succumbed to the trend and set up a temporary blog at Geocities which he'll probably move over to Pitas soon. Go, read his rantings, I command it.

Today really kicked my ass. All I can say is that it's over and it need never happen again. My soils test was a not happy experience, aside from the fact that I got to legitimately answer a question with "the elephants went on strike, so the compaction project had to be completed by llamas....recalcitrant llamas." I was much happier after writing that, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't enough to save my grade.

But enough griping. Instead, I leave with this one last thought:

Huh, Punk? Do Ya? What about the HYPNOTIC Bunnies?

Find out what YOUR inner non-sequitur is!

*shrug* Well, it seemed like a cool idea at the time.

Current Music: something on the radio

Mew? ~ Sunday, February 24, 2002 ~ 6:52 PM

Quote of the Day: "I see you and I'm so perplexed / what was I thinking / what will I think of next?"

It's been a long day. It's going to be a long week. In my ideal world I could curl up in bed and sleep the next few weeks away. I'm not a very happy girly today, but thanks to Jess I feel a little better. She and I talked for a bit today after we got back from working on the canoe. We're both dealing with somewhat similar (yet different on a very key point) situations at the moment, and it really helped both of us to vent a little. We've planned a "SCREW YOU, WORLD" outing for Friday night. By this, I mean we chose something to go do and tell every obligation and every other person to bugger off. I am definitely looking forward to it. ;-)

Jo went into labor yesterday, but she may not actually give birth for the next couple of days. We're all waiting to hear the news - it sucks having her so far away from all of us! Jo, we're thinking of you!

I'm about to try studying for my soils test. It's almost impossible because there are a gazillion very loud Chinese people in my main room, all yelling at each other, but I really have to try. Maybe I'll go see if Adam is still in the housing office studying....

Current Music: 'The Path of Thorns' - Sarah McLachlan

Hi, this is Richard Nixon ~ Saturday, February 23, 2002 ~ 1:42 PM

Due to ASCE, I haven't been home much lately, except to shower and fall directly into bed. This means I haven't been checking voice mail or my caller ID or anything. But last night, since I actually went home after the ASCE banquet, I sat down at my desk, noticed the caller ID box blinking, and began scrolling through the list of calls. Much to my suprise, none of the calls were from people I know on a personal basis, not a single one. They were, however, from people I (and every American citizen) know of, for the caller IDs were all listed as former presidents of the United States! *grin* I think it's hilarious, but the university isn't quite as amused. They kind of tend to discourage the hacking of phone lines. ;-)

*yawn* I shouldn't be blogging. I shouldn't be awake. I was up at 4:30 this morning (after not making it to bed until 1) to work on the canoe, then I had practice at 10. I'm headed back over there at 4 and I was hoping to get some studying done in between, but my brain is too fried to focus. Still, it wasn't a total loss of a morning. True to his word, Todd, stopped and picked up Krispy Kreme doughnuts for us, which brightened my morning significantly. Jess is bringing Dunkin' Donuts tomorrow to encourage people to join us.

Anyways, maybe I can get enough caffiene to temporarily turn my focus to soil mechanics work. Here's hoping. ;-)

Current Music: 'Mona Lisa' - Guster

Flowers? For Me? ~ Friday, February 22, 2002 ~ 2:40 PM

I have wonderful parents! I'm getting an award thingy tonight at the Engineering Week banquet and they couldn't be here (bad timing), so they sent me flowers and a note instead. The flowers are beautiful - little purple ones, bright yellow round ones, and lots of gorgeous red carnations (one of my favorite flowers). I put them out in the main room for my roommates to enjoy too. Just having them there really brightens up the room.

Today has been a strange day so far, though. Maybe because it's so cold and grey, especially compared to yesterday, and it's really thrown me off. We had random tornado sirens going off this morning, which always wakes me up quite nicely. *grin* Animals have been acting weird too. We were driving back from STARS class and I needed to stop by Johnson Research Center to pick up some clothes I left there the other night and just as were crossing the duckpond, two massive deformed ducks fly up, right into Greg's windshield. They weren't injured, but it sure got our attention, having a massive duck ass plastered across our line of sight. So then we pull into the JRC parking lot and I get out to try the door. I'm walking up to the building when I hear a cat meowing REALLY loudly. Being innately curious, I ducked back into the trees and bushes next to the building to find a HUGE black cat crouched up underneath. The thing was meowing constantly, but as I took a step towards it, it kind of limped off deeper into the bushes. I figured it was wild and it wouldn't let me get close, but I walked around to the other side anyway. It stopped meowing long enough to threaten me with certain death if I got any closer, then went tearing past me, still yowling, into the boxes across the parking lot. We have no idea why it was just sitting there with so many people around, since it had to be wild, but I have to say it was the biggest black cat I've ever seen in my life and definitely the most neurotic. Crazy animal. Probably mother to the kittens I keep seeing around...

Anyway, I've got this afternoon free from practice. Jackie and I are going over to the post office at 3 to make sure the registration fee for regionals gets postmarked today and that's all I have to do. I'll probably use the rest of the afternoon to study before the banquet. Jeff has asked me to go with him to see Saturn 5 play tonight at 10, so I'll probably head there afterwards. Only in Huntsville do you get a band named Saturn 5.... ;-)

Current Music: 'The Chemicals Between Us' - Bush


Name : Sarah, Flame, Sly, Ferocious, S
Birthdate : October 3, 1981
Gender : Female
Occupation : Full Time Enlightened One; Part Time Poor College Student
Major : Civil Engineering :-) Heh.
Email :
Homepage : Habitat

Friends' Blogs:
- Avani
- Jen
- Omega
- portablekat
- CitizenROM
- Lakota
- CommiePuddin
- Russell
- Club Todder
- Digital Tirade

Fun Stuff:
- Sluggy Freelance
- Dilbert
- The Kill Everyone Project
- The Art of Michael Whelan
- Elfwood
- Official String Theory Web Site
- Astronomy Pic of the Day

- 1.03.02 ~ 2.20.02
- 10.16.01 ~ 12.28.01
- 8.25.01 ~ 10.9.01
- 7.23.01 ~ 8.22.01
- 6.25.01 ~ 7.20.01
- 5.23.01 ~ 6.19.01
- 4.16.01 ~ 5.19.01
- 3.19.01 ~ 4.13.01
- 3.01.01 ~ 3.18.01
- 1.22.01 ~ 2.28.01

Current Favorite Songs:
- 'Control' by Poe
- 'Falling' by Gravity Kills
- 'Wherever, Whenever' by Shakira
- 'Jenny Says' by Cowboy Mouth
- 'Hey Pretty' by Poe
- 'Lucky' by Bif Naked
- 'Here With Me' by Michelle Branch
- 'Volcano Girls' by Veruca Salt

Books You Should Read:
- the Honor Harrington series by David Weber
- the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
- Mutineer's Moon by David Weber
- the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
- the Dune series by Frank Herbert
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Favorite TV Shows
- Farscape
- Babylon 5
- Crusade
- ST:TNG, DS9, and Enterprise
- The Daily Show

Movies to See:
- The Whole Nine Yards
- Shrek
- Fallen
- Labyrinth
- Leon / The Professional
- The Usual Suspects
- Center Stage
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal
- The Fifth Element
- Apollo 13
- The Last Supper
- What's Up Doc?
- Mulan
- anything Mel Brooks
- The Dark Crystal
- Courage Under Fire
- Memento
- Rules of Engagement
- Following

Song of the Month:

It's amazing to me I can't
Seem to say what I'm doing here
My tongue is all twisted around the air
I'm looking for words that were so well rehearsed
But I can't find them anywhere
With you there's no easy answer
It's true
You change the equation that I add up to
And all of the things that I thought I knew
You turn it around

I'm amazed
When push comes to shove what I'd give to you
I'm amazed
The hallways I wouldn't mind crawling through
And I'd do it for days and days

I'm amazed, I'm amazed

The places you're taking me to

Wait, I thought I had this down
I built all my cages and my hideout
And I covered all my bases
I locked the door, I shut all my windows
But you
You creep in like a whisper
It's true
I try not to listen, yeah, but I hear you
I'm not really sure just what it is you do
But do it again

I'm amazed
When push comes to shove what I'd give to you
I'm amazed
The walls that I wouldn't mind crashing through
And I'd do it for days and days

I'm amazed, I'm amazed

At all of the things I know you have done
'Cause this time I think we've really won
The tables have turned
Now I'm taking my hat off to you
You said "we'll see"
But darling it's all clear to me

I'm amazed

And here in the foyer the hallway is small
I don't really think it's a hallway at all
It's a maze

Johnny your suitcase was finally received
She's packed up her things and she's ready to leave

It's amazing

All of the ink that was bled from your hands
Has painted a picture that she understands
It's amazing

And here by the ocean the sky's full of leaves
And what they can tell you depends on what you believe

The ash is a tree and the voices were three
And all that is gone is here sweeping through me
It's amazing
It's a maze

The voice of my father still loud as before
It used to scare me but not anymore
It's a maze