October 8, 2004

Friday Frenzy

Apart from freaking about things that are due on Monday, this Friday was cake. A lovely day, only two classes, and a shopping trip to Gabes. While Tiffany, Cara, Chelsie, and I planned on hitting the thrift stores in the area, we had to get back to school for other fun, so we just went to Gabes.

Anyway, when I shop, I shop. I had a buggie full (Southwestern PA for "cart" full) when the rest of my pals only had one or two items. I found a sweet suit for my next speech, formal meeting, or just for the next let's-get-dressed-up-because-I-am-feeling-like-crap day.

Perhaps Monday I will don the suit. I do have a presentation and I have a feeling that I will feel like crap.

But tonight I am taking it easy. Romeo + Juliet, courtesy of pal Athena and Baz Luhrman, is my entertainment. I will be reading some d'Holbach later, and perhaps some Source. I have a feeling the Michener will put d'Holbach to shame. The Source is actually getting pretty good. Recommendations to all who decide Near East culture is worth researching AND have the luxury of plot.

Thus begins my wonderful weekend. Next week looks daunting in my black planner of death. Tests, Setonian production, readings, audio recordings, photos, portfolio AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 8, 2004 8:56 PM

Hey Amanda,
I appreciate your comments on my blog. I notice that you comment on a lot of people's blogs. You have inspired me to do the same!
I have so much to do this week too! I have two test, a lesson plan, I have to teach an art lesson for 15 minutes, and I have tons of photography homework.
But as to your question about Poe, I see a "poe-esque" picture as dark and detailed, with a beam of light shining in from maybe an unknown source, highlighting the main subject of the picture. The light could be pure white, or maybe some unearthly color. I think this would represent Poe's dark literature well, and also his method of kind of keeping the details "secret" until the end. The darkness could represent Poe's use of suspense and symbols because the viewer would have to really look close and examine the artwork. The light area coul represent clues or hints that poe gives to the reader. You are right, Poe really does write in a very visul style.

Posted by: Sarah Elwood at October 8, 2004 10:40 PM

Thanks for the compliment, Sarah.

I don't know who exactly I am going to write my paper on, but I thought about comparing and contrasting Bierce and Poe's descriptive elements. Any suggestions... I was thinking about their use of light and detail, Poe: lack there of (in light) and sparse in detail, and Bierce, a dichotomy of lights and darks and explicit detail.

Posted by: Amanda at October 9, 2004 10:57 AM

Pssss....don't mention that you ran into Renee at Gabes or anything...I see how it is... :-P and I put back my 2 jeans I planned on buying...I'm so cheap. :(

Posted by: Rowdy at October 9, 2004 7:27 PM

Sorry Renee. Try my method: got to the clearance racks first and then spread out to the more expensive racks. I can't tell you how many times I have found fixer-upper clothes on clearance. I am getting better at sewing and saving money. And I can kill any kind of goo, fuzz, or otherwise unsightly mass on a perfectly good article with a bit of Clorox or Shout.

I got 3 skirts, a suit, and a long sleeve shirt--all for $35.00. I used to be so embarrassed that I bought my clothes at Gabes in high school, but now--how things change--I get bragging rights for finding the best deals.

Posted by: Amanda at October 9, 2004 7:39 PM

OMG!!! I know EXACTLY what you mean. Not about the "fixer upper" and sewing the wholely clothes bit, but about how I too suffered from the middle school/high school angst of "Oh God, I have to run into Gabes so that no one from school spots me from the high way!!!" :o

When you think about it, its ridiculous how stupid we acted back in the day...to be embarassed to shop at a store that sells CHEAP clothing. Of course, you gotta really be on the lookout for the terribly muffed up clothing but for the most part Gabes rocks my socks (as well as being an avid Goodwill visitor). I shun to think of the turmoil I put my mom through growing up cuz I wanted to be cool and not shop as such low life places as Gabes, ect.

Do you have a bucket for me to vomit in, ewww!

In other news...if you like brand named clothing at a cheaper price than you find them at Kaufmans or JC Penney's, may I recommend Marhalls. Ha....riiiight, cuz I work there! ;)

Posted by: Rowdy at October 10, 2004 8:42 PM

Even better than Gabes or Marshalls' or Goodwill is the Salvation Army in Latrobe. I LOVE that place. Everything is individually priced, and hand picked. Shall we schedule a time to go?

Posted by: Amanda at October 11, 2004 5:29 PM
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