December 31, 2005

New Year's Resolutions

I usually never make a list of things to improve on for the New Year. I mean, why mess with perfection, right? Yet this year, I felt compelled to make a list. Maybe it was due to all the things I've learned to, and not to, do. Or perhaps the list is a result of my mindwanderings while at work. Either way, here's my list of resolutions. Some are serious, some funny, and some completely immprobable. A girl can dream, right?

I Will Try To:

1. Have more confidence not only in myself, but in others
2. Meet and possibly marry Prince William when I go to London
3. Spend more time listening and singing along to loud music in my car
4. Appreciate my friends
5. Live for the now
6. Realize that I am not perfect
7. Learn how to spell "definitely" and "surprise"
8. Focus on the things that really matter
9. Sleep more
10. Do 100 crunches a day but not get upset if I don't do any
11. Listen to happier music

I Will Try Not To:

1. Dwell on the past
2. Have such high expectations for others
3. Date any guy whose name begins with the letter "J"
4. Spend money on things I don't need- ie about 90% of my purchases
5. Pretend that I like "high brow" literature
6. Waste large amounts of time talking online
7. Let myself become influenced so easily by others
8. Worry so much about what other people think
9. Be such a bitch to people who don't deserve it
10. Stress about pointless problems

Happy New Year!

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December 23, 2005

Welcome Back

So I'm back. Please please, hold your applause until the end. I am posting something just for the Hell of it- completely nonacademic. I knew blogging would suck me back in...I'm too attatched.

I had a little trouble getting back into blogging though. No, not for lack of things to write about (because God knows I'll just ramble on about nothing if need be). I had trouble because of the new blog sign-in page. I expected the regular "Username/Password" like I've seen for the past two years. But what is this? All these other blogs crowding the page? I was panicked for about a minute thinking, "They changed the log-in and no one told me. Figures." I'm a fan of the new look though- at least people will see that I've updated (doesn't mean they'll read it though).

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December 5, 2005

Hello Portfolio

Short, sweet, and to the point.

Coverage, Depth
Washington- A controversial writer in a controversial time
DuBois- Not Just A Town In PA- Washington's follow up
Goldigger- No, not the song

Interaction, Discussion
DuBois- Not Just A Town In PA

Meredith Harber- Of Mr. Booker T. Washington
Meredith Harber- Two Thousand Miles for What?
Jason Pugh- Booker T. Washington
Ashley Holtzer- The Atlanta Exposition Address

Graduate Paper

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I normally enjoy reading plays. Inside my mind I put on my own little production- set up the scene, do the voices, and of course cast myself in the best role. However, I found Girl of the Golden West to be, well, less exciting. In my typical fashion, I'll blame my lack of interest on the year it was written. I've never read a play from the early 1900s (1905 to be exact) which probably altered how I viewed it. Plus it was a melodrama, something again new to me. I think the people of the 1900s and I have a different view of what is entertaining.

The play does not leave any doubts that this is, in fact, a melodrama. It contains so many emotions, all nicely displayed for the audience, that it is almost comical. Theater today takes a slightly more subtle approach, making the audience have to do a little thinking about a character's actions. But here, it's all laid out.

The play is funny on some level though, especially with the character of the Girl. While I wouldn't say she exactly has "one-liners", her phrases are so blunt and straightforward that they make me laugh.

Johnson: "Yes, well, I'm like Dante...Let's say that this is my one hour- the hour that gives me that kiss."
Girl: "Go long..."

She is just so frank about everything, making her a unique character. This is no damsel in distress.

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Graduate Paper

Ok, not going to lie, I needed a wildcard entry for my portfolio. I mean, who has time to blog anymore? What with classes, work, and the temptation of the end of the semester lingering near, it's no wonder blogging fell to the side.

Recently, my blog was cited in a graduate student's paper on weblogs in the classroom. Now, let me tell you, if you want to see some high quality paper-worthy blogging, you've come to the right place. I write about whitening gum! But apparently this didn't stop the student.

It isn't a big section of the overall text- actually, when compared to the 135 page text, it looks downright small. Not like I expected the entire paper to be about me or anything...

The student took out a section from my first ever blog entry. I was a freshman, just starting SHU and blogs, and honestly I almost cringe to read it. The early ones were pretty bad. I wish the student would have taken a more insightful entry (say, on pretty much anything else) but I understand why my first was used. It was so bad, it was good.

"Look At Me, I Have A Blog!
I have a blog now. My very own. It's like a baby- mine to mold, change, and create. Hundreds of people (or in my case, about 5) will be able to see my writings. People from other countries even. Hola! Bonjour! Guten Tag! foreign peoples!

I think I may become addicted though. I just found out how to personalize and change the colors. Now, every free moment that I have will be spent changing colors and making the blog uniquely me. Homework? Who needs homework? I have to work on my blog."

I think the student looked a little too far into this entry, however. I was being mildly sarcastic (aren't I always?) when I stated "(or in my case, about 5)". Yet the author took that simple sentence and ran with it. I wasn't trying to get attention with that post (I'm sure the majority of people who read it don't remember that line) and I did understand the public nature of the blogs- I was just trying (trying) to be somewhat funny. In addition, I was hardly being modest when I responded to my own comment. I was just thanking those who had taken time out to read the entry.

While I don't disagree with the student's reading of my blog, I do feel like, it was just a simple entry. Sometimes I wonder if authors really do put all that symbolism and meaning that we find in their works. Maybe they too were just writing and someone took the piece and created a deeper meaning. I certainly didn't have any hidden agenda. It's not that I'm ungrateful to be in a paper (trust me, I am. I told everyone), but I find it interesting how people interpret writings differently.

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