March 29, 2009

Classics 45 Syllabus

This could potentially be the most interesting class I've ever taken. Ever. Or it could be a total bitch. I'm hoping for the former.

On another note, does anyone know how I can get blogger to publish my photos at a higher resolution? They always look grainy when I post them but when you click on them they blow up super nice looking - why?

Does anyone think we should buy this?

March 19, 2009

It looks like Alice Waters is finally getting what she wants

First watch the 60 Minutes segment, then read the article.

Because I should be studying for my final tomorrow

Or packing for this weekend... or cleaning my room... or doing anything besides this...

Here's a picture I took yesterday! Feel free to click on it (for the higher quality version) and set it as your desktop - that's what I did! Dontcha just love sunsets?

How much water do you use?

Yeah... this really isn't going to stop me from drinking coffee, eating hamburgers, or drinking wine. But I AM all for alternative energy, if that makes a difference. If you click on the pic it will enlarge.

March 18, 2009

People Got a Lotta Nerve

Can I tell you all a secret? You might be a little embarrassed for me. Are you sure?

You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl... or in my case you can bring the California girl back from the midwest and she'll still be a California girl (the same one she was when she was ripped from the tender embrace of childhood friendships and Campfire Girls), BUT she'll have some embarrassing traits such as knowing the steps to the electric slide and a slight taste for GOOD country music. Emphasis on GOOD. Neko Case isn't exactly "country"... it's not really accurate. She's more of an indy folk singer, but (since we all love labels) let's just say she's really good country. This is one of my favorite songs off of her new album "Middle Cyclone" (which might have the coolest album cover ever), "People Got a Lotta Nerve".

Scanning Wednesday

Today I was supposed to study. But instead I played with pictures and did some scanning. Okay, well, I did a LITTLE studying. But not enough. And hey, the day ain't over yet.

So I'm uploading pictures of my mom as a wee little child (and a couple from high school), along with her sister, my grandma, and other assorted family members who I never met/ can't remember. I was inspired when I saw those pictures that Sarah put up of her mom from the seventies. Yeah, her mom was in college and mine was a kid, but hey, they're still vintage.

Isn't it amazing how the pictures of my mom look EXACTLY like her?? Like, if you look at that child, you can't imagine her turning out any different from the way she actually DID turn out. It's very bizarre. What's weird is that if you look at pictures of her from the "in between" years (i.e. my birth and her early-late twenties) she looks like she could both a) have come from a different looking kid, and b) turn into a different looking old person. But if you look at her NOW, she looks exactly the same as she did in her childhood and teenage years. Does this mean that in 20 years I'll be as cute as I was when I was a kid, too?

Also, be forewarned - some of these pictures are a) Completely White Trash, b) Ridiculous, c) Hilarious, d) Offensive?, or all four. Please, don't judge. Just laugh - that's what we always do at my house. Also, I saved the best for last. Trust me, you need to work up to them.

Okay, so I photoshopped this one... I was playing with the colors, but I can't find the original, so this is what you get.

Momma on a boat

Mom and grandma reading

Mom with the BANE of her existence, her accordion (ha!)

Mom, grandma, and aunt cindy by the window. I really like this one.

Mom (very mature looking, I think), aunt cindy, grandma, great grandma, great aunt (who actually ended up marrying her brother-in-law after my great grandma passed

Great grandpa and the kids (you can just FEEL their excitement)

I'm sensing a pattern here... my mom just looks so whipped in all of these...

Mom, aunt cindy, great grandpa (mine, not my mom's... this is her grandpa)

Grandma looking actually very natural with a cute puppy (and I'm actually kinda digging her groovy dress pattern)

Grandma riding a, uh, children's bobsled ride (one which Danielle and I have frequented on occasion) in Big Bear. I told you things started to diminish at the end of this post...

Three generations with some new dodger's caps. Pretty fly.

Girls at the beach

#1: Do you see the gun?? #2: Does everyone have to have flooded pants? #3: Look how dirty the dog looks. #4: My mother looks very androgynous, I think. #5: This picture would have been perfect if my aunt was either a) naked, or b) wearing ONLY a diaper.

#1: Look at Grandma's white cowboy hat... with a feather... and jewels. #2: Aunt Cindy's dirty, short hair. #3: Aunt Cindy's expression. #4: Aunt Cindy's teeth. #5: This attire kind of suits mom, I think.

I don't think I can say much about this picture that would help you to find it's hilarity. But I'll give you a hint: the funny part doesn't have anything to do with my Grandma or my aunt.

March 15, 2009

This is just one of those days...

As sort of a side note/ directly relating to this post: I hate my next door neighbor John

and Bob

March 12, 2009

Uh, you might not agree with what I'm about to say

Okay, so ignoring the fact that she's not so great with phrasing (or grammar... or vocabulary), and that I strongly disagree with practically everything her mother's ever said, and that I HATE Greta Van Susteren, and that I'd rather slit my wrists than watch Fixed News (ha!).... she does sound kinda like she GETS it. FINALLY. sorta. But hey, you've gotta walk before you can run.

March 8, 2009

Because I'm not busy, obviously

Danielle and I decided that tonight (yes, the night before the shit storm that is week 10 and finals week) would be a good night for henna. And it was. Too bad when I wake up the happy feeling will be gone.

Would you still be my friend if this is what I drove?

Still working on that speech of mine. How'd it go, again? "Mom, dad. I need a little money for a car that's probably broken. Yes, yes... I know I should have been saving and that it's not that much. But can I have it? Pretty please? ... Oh, and Casey and I are going to New York in 2 weeks for Spring Break."

March 4, 2009

Cheer Up, Hamlet!

There are a lot of things that I want to say about "Slings & Arrows" (a Canadian tv series about a playhouse in a town called "New Burbage"), but I don't have enough time right now. I'll definitely write something later, but for now I'll just post some screen caps from Season 1, which was surprisingly short! Actually, I will say one thing: It's freakin' amazing.

Okay, I'll say one other thing. The first season (6 episodes) culminate in a performance of Hamlet. The director of the playhouse decides to cut all of their pre-opening performances, so the first time they perform it is in front of the opening night audience.

Luke Kirby is okay as Hamlet, but Rachel McAdams' Ophelia is phenomenal.

I got chills during the flower scene.

Obviously, so did Ellen.