Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Stolen Ideas, Dreams and People From the Past

Stole this from Words of Mine:

Colleges and Universities

"Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn't." -L.L. Henderson

1) Did you go to college? 4-year university, but it took me 5 years as I had to pay my own way.
2) Did you live in a dorm or an apartment? I lived at home. Since I was paying I couldn't afford to go away to school.
3) Who was your favorite roommate? I guess that would be my sisters since they're the only roommates I had during college. After college? No favorite roommates until I got my cats.
4) What is your favorite college sport? Hockey
5) Who was your favorite professor and class? Too many from which to choose! Jackie Lawson for English 232: Crime through the Novel. Great class and beat the hell out of the other options for English 232 which was generally taught through short stories, which I hate with a freaking passion…particularly The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. WHY ON EARTH is that story so popular with teachers????? Someone please explain it to me.

I also adored my Econ seminar by Mitch Stengel on Marx's Capital. We read Volume 1 of Das Kapital (in English, thank you very much) and a number of other Marxist texts.

History 102: Intro to Medieval History with the ever-fabulous Elaine Clark. I actually took that class after I had graduated and even wrote the papers! She used my Beowulf paper for years as an example of what she was looking for. Ah, the glory!!!

The following is also stolen from Mz. Em at Words of Mine:

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." -- Isaac Newton

1) Have you ever swum in the ocean? If so, which ones? Yes, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. At some point I wish to swim in the Mediterranean, too.
2) Have you ever been snorkeling or scuba diving? Yup, snorkeling off the Florida Keys when my one aunt (not the RAfH) lived there. I'm not a fan of pastels, generally, but for some reason I loved the houses painted in pink and yellow and aqua, etc. It works down there. It just looks stupid in a wintry state like Michigan.
3) Do you like traveling by boat and have you ever? I've been on two cruises and of course was on the Boblo boat many times. I do not get seasick, so boats don't bother me.
4) Do you believe that Atlantis existed? This one is hard. I'd like to think it did, but I don't think so.
5) If you could live on the coast of any of the oceans, which ocean and which coast? I'm not particularly partial to living near the ocean. I lived in San Francisco for four years and it just wasn't that big of a draw. Then again, it's so bloody cold in SF all the time there's really no need for a beach. I'd have to say that the beach we visited last March in St. Maarten was pretty remarkable. I'd choose that one! ;-)

Well, last night was interesting. I'm back at the gym and did 30 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the elliptical and another 20 on the Stairmaster, and then as I was stretching my hamstrings (or whatever the hell muscle I was stretching), a man came up and stood next to me and said, "You used to date my brother." Those words are not words I care to hear EVER! For one, I really only dated one guy for any length of time to the point where people would recognise me as dating their brother, and he's not someone I really wish to remember wasting four years of my life on. I just turned and smiled and said, Hi Frank. Back in January I ran into the ex's SIL, but I didn't have qualms, really, about that, because she's a woman and she probably knows that the ex was a jackass and she wouldn't have said anything to him about running into me. This one, on the other hand, though. I can see him saying something to the ex. I just hope he's grown up over the past almost 15 years and doesn't feel the need to e-mail me. The good thing about seeing Frank is that I did ask him to send my greetings along to his mother. I also said that I had stayed with the ex for as long as I did because of his mother. She was *and probably still is* the sweetest woman. I had tried to keep in touch with her after we broke up, but if *he* found out that I had seen his mother, he would call me up and rag on me and I just didn't need that hassle in my life, so I stopped contacting her or dropping by the house (when I wouldn't see his car there). If he does e-mail me and says anything about talking to his family, I'll inform him that in both cases, his family members approached ME! Not the other way around….if I bother to respond to him at all. I might just treat it like I would an e-mail from my father – blow it away immediately. Life is too short to waste on people who do not add value. And he certainly did not add value to my life.

For some reason (I'm sure it was a cost-cutting idea) they changed the soap in the restrooms at work and the new soap dries my hands terribly. I'm tempted to avoid the soap from now on, but that's disgusting, so I won't. I'll just come back to my desk and use my hand lotion.

I've had some weird dreams lately. The one I don't really remember from a few nights back was Julie needing help with something completely bizarre, like starting her own car wash. That wasn't it, but it was something that ridiculous. And then last night I was measuring the arm length of one of the supervisors here at work because I was going to make her a blouse. I DON'T SEW, PEOPLE!!!! But I had my tape measure and I measured her arm length, to get the right sleeve length, of course, and she had short arms at 58". Yes, I know that's really long. Where does this stuff come from?????

I can't wait for Lent to be over!!!! I want a beer so badly…and chocolate. I need to buy fun things at Merchants, not just peanut butter and jelly and apple cider vinegar and honey. I need 85% Lindt Chocolate!!!! And Guinness!!!! Okay, I don't *need* them. I want them!!!!!! Soon, very soon.

So, do you think two hours of cardio a day is too much?



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