May 28, 2004

Children in a nutshell.

Goo, dirt, and stickyness -- three qualities that describe children (picturing Baby Allison here...). Ergo, this fun commentary.

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The bare bums -- covered.

My buddy V sent this photo to me of my naked baseball boys fully clothed, instead of bare-butted as before.

The field in the photo is the one at the end of my street. It's hard on the grass allergy when they mow. ;)

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May 20, 2004

Survey this.

I've been roped in by Donna to do one of those surveys on my weblog. It's in the extended entry so you all don't actually have to read it. :)

FULL NAME:
Julie Michelle Young
NICKNAME:
JMY, Jules (by a select few), and one to remain unknown, unless you closely read the comments on Sarcasmo's Corner where I divulge my childhood moniker.
SEX:
I'm a girl.
HEIGHT:
Let's just say that I'm shorter than you think.
AGE:
22. :(
EYES:
Brownish.
HAIR:
Brown, now that the red dye from hell has finally been cut out.
BIRTHPLACE:
Ridgway, PA.
WHERE YOU LIVE NOW:
Sparkle City, PA
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUIJA BOARDS?
No way in hell. Ha ha.
CROUTONS OR BACON BITS:
If only I could eat the salad.
FAVORITE SALAD DRESSING:
I like ranch on things other than salad.
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR APPENDIX AND TONSILS REMOVED?
No.
SHAMPOO OR CONDITIONER:
Pert Plus, light conditioning. Sometimes I just use shampoo and no conditioner, though.
HAVE YOU EVER GONE SKINNY-DIPPING:
Where? In the community pool? In the puke-y dam? I think not.
DO YOU MAKE FUN OF PEOPLE:
Oh, never.
BEST ON-LINE FRIEND:
Why, that would be Donna because I think she's one of the few who actually talk to me online.
ONE PILLOW OR TWO:
One under normal circumstances, two when my allergies are bad and none when I can't sleep at all.
PETS:
Still mourning Skippy and Chuckles, wonder-goldfish.
FAVORITE TYPES OF MUSIC:
I enjoy folk (Dar and Patty) and random punk-types (Unwritten Law, MXPX)
DREAM CAR:
Anything that runs.
TYPE OF CAR YOU DRIVE NOW:
2003 Dodge Neon.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR:
Still have my first car, thank you.
FAVORITE TOOTHPASTE:
I used to like Arm & Hammer Peroxicare, but then my mom's oral surgeon told her to only use plain Crest so as to not damage her teeth. Ergo, I've followed her lead. Plus, Crest has good toothpaste coupons.
FAVORITE FOOD:
Canoli.
DO YOU GET ALONG WITH YOUR PARENT(S):
Swimmingly.
FAVORITE PLACE TO CHILL:
My couch.
FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT:
Paris? Vegas? DC? New York? (Which one am I lying about....could it be....New York?)
FAVORITE ICE CREAM:
Mint Chocolate Chip.
FAVORITE SOFT DRINK:
Diet A&W Root Beer.
FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR:
I like the whole year, but I do enjoy it when molds and pollens are dead in the middle of the winter. Then I only have to deal with dust. :)
ADIDAS, NIKE, OR REEBOK:
Currently Adidas, but I usually go for New Balance, which was not listed.
FAVORITE PERFUME OR COLOGNE:
Don't wear it, but I do have a random bottle of Amber Romance from Victoria's Secret.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL:
Donna may not have enjoyed Chaucer, but golly, I did!
LEAST FAVORITE SUBJECT:
Science.
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
I don't know, but I do have a penchant for Family Feud.
FAVORITE MOVIE YOU HAVE SEEN RECENTLY:
Not sure...I just saw An Affair to Remember again, but I wouldn't call that a favorite.
FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME:
Good question. On the Town with Sinatra and Kelly, or Harvey.
FAVORITE BOOK YOU HAVE READ THIS YEAR:
Buzz. Denied. I have no favorite book of the year.
FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH:
Baseball, but by professional people.
FAVORITE BOARD GAME:
Balderdash.
FAVORITE MAGAZINE:
Gourmet.
FAVORITE SMELL:
Pizza.
LEAST FAVORITE SMELL:
Vomit.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
Please God, stop the pounding. (Or at least is has been this past week when my friend the general contractor reported for duty at 7 a.m.)
DO YOU GET MOTION SICKNESS?
Only when I haven't eaten and am on the curvy part of 48 by White Oak. In fact, I get so motion sick that I puke in parking lots. :)
ROLLER COASTERS...DEADLY OR EXCITING?
Hot dog!
PEN OR PENCIL?
If it's a pen, it has to be a good one. I also enjoy pencils.
HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?
Very few.
FUTURE DAUGHTER'S NAME?
Joy? (Making it up here...)
FUTURE SON'S NAME?
Andrew? One of the saints. I like saints.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME?
Nope.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Allergic to vanilla.
DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE?
I prefer being a passenger, but I'm okay with driving.
DO YOU SLEEP WITH STUFFED ANIMALS?
No.
IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
George Washington.
FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?
Beer. Any kind, I'm not picky. (Stout to low-carb, I drink it all.)
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE POET?
Margaret Atwood.
DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
If I'm so inclined.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY KIND OF JOB YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I'd like to be Dave Barry.
IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Never again, or at least until I get gray.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?
Not really.
WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
Gosh. Switchplates and socket plates?
IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
Tell me about your mother.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SNAPPLE?
I haven't had Snapple in 5-8 years. Sorry.
ARE YOU A RIGHTY?
I'm alright.
DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
But of course. Would you expect less?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?
Multiples of 3.
ANYTHING "DIFFERENT" ABOUT YOU?
I just got my hair cut. (Wow, I left that one in from Donna because I just got a trim this morning.)
FAVORITE COLOR?
The red family, which includes pink. I love pink.
LEAST FAVORITE COLOR?
I don't actually have one.
WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?
Under-the-bed-box.
WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST FEAR?
Loneliness. A leaf falls. (ha ha)
FAVORITE CDS?
My all-time favorite is Lit - A Place in the Sun. I wore it out and had to get a new one.
THE BEST PLACES YOU HAVE EVER BEEN?
The best place is clearly Paris, but I'm going to more specific and go for Montemartre.

Yup, guess that's it.

Posted by Julie Young at 12:32 AM | Comments (1)

May 19, 2004

The Bachelor, an admission

I'll admit it, I watched the finale of The Bachelor tonight. I don't usually follow the show outside of seeing all of the media coverage, but I normally catch the last hour of the last episode to see the good stuff.

And this time it was really good. First off, the quarterback guy seems like a reasonable human being. He didn't propose to anyone, which was nice. I think it's hasty to get engaged to someone on a reality show, but then again, that's just me.

However, the best part had to be when the Blonde Not Chosen (hereafter, BNC) got really nervous, cried all day, and then tossed her cookies in the bushes before the rose ceremony. I could've done without the sound effects, though.

Then, when BNC was rejected by Mr. Quarterback, she talked back and told him that he shouldn't have said and done all those things on their last date if he wasn't going to pick her. I applaud her backbone, and now have to wonder about Mr. Quarterback. I wonder if he had some explaining to do to the winning blonde... Hmm.

Anyway, for once the special rose ceremony didn't seem entirely scripted. In fact, BNC was actually late and mixed up the order of events because of her penchant for puking.

Hot dog for life unscripted!

Posted by Julie Young at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

May 14, 2004

Bored and reading up a storm...

Eats, Shoots and Leaves wasn't doing it for me, but I'm halfway through, and when I read it, it is enjoyable. However, grammar just doesn't have the immersion factor.

So, instead, I had to pick up my celebratory end-of-the-semester Jennifer Crusie, which under advisement of Miss Donna, turned out to be Fast Women. My opinion? Thoroughly addictive! I'm never disappointed by Crusie. [Except for Strange Bedpersons, but that was an early, Harlequinesque novel. But, it had great cover art!] Anyway, that was good, and since I'm out of authors like her to read, I had to move on.

To The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston's acclaimed memoir of growing up female and Chinese-American. This was the only book I could think of when asked what I would like to read. My oldest sister thought it would be nice to give me a collection of my favorite authors for my graduation. She sent my other sister on the hunt for what I'd like. So, she bluntly asked me what authors I liked. This was the only thing I could think of, because I almost bought it the week before. Ergo, the oldest got me kitchen-ware, and the middle sister got me this book, pretty much as a joke. Good quality fun (and a funnier story in person). But, it's a good read.

I've also read the Mister Rogers quotation book, which was also very good, and was indeed a graduation gift.

In addition to that, I've been cooking up a storm. The latest tasty dish? Harvest Turkey Burgers, via Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals 2 cookbook. Nothing says yum like shredded vegetables with ground turkey (and I'm not kidding).

Posted by Julie Young at 10:08 PM | Comments (2)

May 12, 2004

Excuse me, is that your lily white bum?

I stepped outside to pick up the mail, and was greeted by several white fannies in the parking lot by the baseball field. Apparently there is no locker room for it, ergo high-school boys must change their underpants by their cars, facing the road? Very odd, and rather shocking.

I'll just say that a few of them need the six-second spray tan that I so enjoy.

The Red Hat ladies are advertising on Blogger. Isn't that odd? You can buy hats and tee shirts, according to the click-through.

I guess that's it for my exciting day. Hot dog!

Posted by Julie Young at 07:53 PM | Comments (7)

May 10, 2004

Guess who's random today?

Might I just say that it is fantastic to be graduted. Yippee! Mini celebration in my head constantly! It's not that I hate school horribly or greatly dislike dearest Seton Hill, it's just so nice to not be there anymore. :) However, there will be tons of people that I'll miss. But heck, most of them are gone too, except for a few.

I'm home waiting to clear my background checks, just biding my time by watching lots of Dr. Phil and reading books. I read one today. It was by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes. You'll remember the last time I read Evanovich I was disappointed. This time was better, although not brillant. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. My issue though, is how do you co-author?

Good question. Through some spotty internet checking (no decent sources, just sketchy assumptions by fans), it appears that Evanovich is more of a wacky mystery writer, and Hughes is a wacky romance writer. Since Evanovich's idea of romance is usually a really hot guy that wanders throughout a novel an a female crime fighter who sort of lusts after him here and there, I assume that Hughes contributed the overt romance scenes to the novel. Overall, the whole thing was Crusie-ish, but not as good. Yup.

Anyway, now I'm reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves, but I can tell that I'm going to be mildly annoyed by her British English. I like Webster's revisions, thank you (don't believe me? Read the Am. Lit paper in my portfolio).

Posted by Julie Young at 11:27 PM | Comments (9)

May 03, 2004

To happiness...

I have this unbelievable feeling of relief knowing that everything is over and that on Saturday I get to drive down the Hill and disappear. How fantastic! I'm not stressed about homework, random clubs and organizations, internships or the whole RA bit (35 room condition checks to go...I'm making progress...). Heck, I'm not even overly stressed about this whole job thing because it's mostly figured out anyway.

I'm just free to be happy for the first time in years. :) :) :)

Now, back to organizing my social calendar...

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