So Dreamy

October 9, 2013 at 11:58 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Do you ever have a random dream featuring someone you haven’t spoken to in years?  Say, for example, a professor you had back in college and may or may not have had a tiny crush on?  And in the dream the professor confesses his love for you and you have to let him down easy because you’re already in a serious relationship but the two of you kiss anyway and then you both confess said kiss to your current love, who gets mad and storms away right before the dream ends?

Yeah, me neither.

But if I did, I think it would be bizarre.  I typically remember my dreams for a while after I have them and if I were to dream about some old friend or flame then I would think about it for a few days.  And if I were to have any sort of romantic dream about someone I’ve never actually shared a romance with, then I would imagine it would make me feel really weird around that person.  Not that it’s happened.  Much.

I dislike having people from my Facebook feed end up in my dreams…

What’s the solution?  It probably involves a hiatus from Facebook before bedtime, to be honest.  Which is likely a good thing because I can’t log on right now without thinking about a particular former teacher of mine.  Perhaps I should just jump the Facebook ship altogether?

In a somewhat related, albeit very odd note – I’ve noticed that in every dream I’ve ever had where I’ve flirted with another person who isn’t Scott, the person has red hair.  Scott has red hair.

So did one of my favorite professors in college…

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Time Flies…

October 19, 2012 at 10:43 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

…when you’re growing up.

Scott and I are traveling down to Indiana this weekend to attend my (gulp) ten-year high school reunion.  In some ways it seems like only yesterday that I was pulling my backpack on wheels (I was extremely popular, by the way) down the halls while trying to think of ways to ditch my Spanish class.  It also feels like I’ve lived about four lifetimes since then and the whole high school experience seems like eons ago.  I’m not someone who had a horribly traumatic high school experience but it wasn’t exactly the best time of my life either.  We had a five-year reunion which I did not go to (because seriously, it had only been five years) but this one is about 3 miles from my mom’s house and I was going home this month anyway so it all worked out.  I haven’t exactly kept in touch with tons of people from those days but I do have a couple good friends whom I see regularly and we’re all meeting at mom’s to drive over together.  If nothing else, I’m excited to spend some time with them!

What I’m not excited about is the fact that we had to pay $35 a ticket, which should include beer/wine and dinner.  Well I looked into it further and for vegetarians, dinner will consist of a veggie tray, some queso and chips and a salad.  Wow.  I used to have problems with finding veggie friendly food back in the day and at one point I wrote a petition for more options in our school cafeteria – it did the trick and after meeting with a few school officials, we began getting veggie burgers and some other items at well.  I didn’t realize I should have done the same with the caterers at the reunion.  I know we won’t be the only herbivores there and it’s cheaper to feed us anyway, but I digress.  We’ll eat dinner before our “dinner” and just enjoy the drinks, dancing and of course the company.

Should I say I invented Post-Its?

Obviously, the main reason for attending a high school reunion is to see your former classmates whom you haven’t seen in years, but I feel like my generation is going to be the first that has some issues with this, mostly because of Facebook.  I already know who got married, who had kids, where people moved to and what they now do for a living.  Hell, I’ve seen their kids naked in bathtubs and know the color scheme of their living rooms.  It’s a really surreal situation to be in because I’m not exactly sure how to talk to these people I haven’t seen in a decade.  Do I acknowledge all of the intricacies of their life that they’ve posted or pretend I haven’t seen the things they so clearly wanted to share?  How much talking and catching up is there really to do?  I know not everyone posts all tidbits of their lives online and my HS friends will basically know where I live and where I’ve traveled to, but still.  It’s something that no generations before us really had to face.  If you never completely lose the ability to look into someone’s life, do you really need to dedicate a night to a reunion?

I’ll admit, the anthropologist in me ultimately made my decision to go.  I want to see what it’s like to know yet not know everything about each other’s lives and how the interactions will go down.  Also, “free” wine (and salads).  It’ll be interesting if nothing else and since I’ll be with close friends already and also close to my mom’s house, if all else fails we’ll just go back there and spend some quality time together.  Because that’s really what it’s all about, right?

Also just as an update, that super inspirational girl from Pakistan, Malala, is doing better and better.  Keep it up, girl!

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Outrageous News Story

January 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

This is sad, tragic, horrible and unnecessary all rolled into one.  Sorry it’s not a happy one to help lead you into the weekend but sometimes reality bites.

A woman in Colorado has been arrested because her infant son drowned in their bathtub while she was playing on Facebook.

It almost made me sick just to type that.

What in the hell?  Apparently, this 34-year old woman had gotten into the habit of leaving her son alone while he was bathing “because he really wanted to be left alone; he was a very independent baby. ..she knew what it was like to be told no, she didn’t want her baby to be told no and didn’t want him to be known as a mama’s boy.”  Uh, once again, what the hell?  I’m no child expert and I know how trite it is for childless people to give parenting advice, but even I think this is a bad idea.  I know this is an awful, unfortunate accident but I think it really speaks for how addicting online life can be.  I know I check my Facebook page more times in any given day than I’d care to admit and I know many stay-at-home moms use it as a way to feel less isolated throughout their own days.  I get it.  I just think a little responsibility and control goes a long way.

This also makes me hate Facebook even more (yes, we’re involved in a twisted love/hate relationship).  Obviously it doesn’t bother me enough to delete my entire account though – oh no, those bastards over there have made it much too easy to stay in contact with just about everyone on earth with just the click of a button.  Perhaps I should try to wean myself off?  Deactivate it for a week and see how it goes?  We’ll see.  Meanwhile, it’s going to be hard to log in and not think about the little 13-month old boy who lost his life because his mom was hanging out in a cyber-cafe.

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Friday Round-Up

August 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Back to the randomness!

The Simpsons get it, even if families is misspelled

In big news, California’s Prop 8 was overturned by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday!  Hopefully this means we’re finally on the right track towards marriage equality for everyone.  I know this decision will probably go all the way to the Supreme Court and we’re still facing a long road but this was a victory for everyone who would like to see basic rights given to the homosexual community.  As Judge Walker said,

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”

Amen to that!  I know that the main case against gay marriage is that it disrupts the sanctity of that institution, but come on.  Straight people can get married in a drive-thru in Vegas and have it annulled the next day but a gay couple who has loved one another and remained devoted for decades cannot take that walk down the aisle?  I’m sure you can gather how I feel about this.  Breeders have been making a mockery out of marriage for years anyway so it’s not like getting hitched is always some revered, respected event.  Case in point:

The woman who found out her husband was already married – through Facebook.  That’s right, she became suspicious that he was cheating and photos online of her hubby (and the father to her two children) clearly showed him in Disneyland getting married to some other woman.  Apparently she learned he was engaged and he promised her he’d break it off, so she didn’t begin divorce proceedings until she realized he went through with the marriage.  Uh, I would think finding out he was engaged to someone else would be a deal-breaker, but that’s just me.  And this obviously proves that all married people value and uphold the vows they took on their wedding day.  Gays would certainly ruin it for everyone else.

In other, totally unrelated news, my visit to the dermatologist was a success.  I was able to finally rid myself of an unsightly mole I’ve had since birth and I got some advice on the whole acne issue.  Apparently, I’m dirty and oily, as are most other humans.  The doc wrote out a prescription for some fancy gel type stuff and I left the office with grand visions of skin with model-like clarity.  Then I got to the pharmacy and was told my insurance wouldn’t pay for the gel and it would run me over $100 out of pocket.

Guess what – my skin doesn’t bother me anymore.  I’ll stick to soap and scrubbing, thank you very much.

Lollapalooza is going on this weekend and I have a couple of house guests to prove it.  This giant music festival in Grant Park is slated to be bigger this year than ever before and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish to be down there with my buddies right now instead of here at my desk.  I’m still not sure if I’ll make it out for a day this weekend or not but my heart is with all of you sweaty, gyrating souls down there now.

The last time I went to Lolla, I had literally just returned from my month long research study in South Africa.  As in, I flew from Cape Town to Indianapolis (obviously not a direct flight), was picked up in Indy, rode to Chicago and was in Grant Park the next morning.  That was where I experienced my biggest jet lag/culture shock moment ever.  Standing in downtown Chicago with thousands of concert goers after spending a month with the same group of 9 people while traipsing through the bush in Africa was a bit of a mind-blowing experience.  It was awesome though and while I may not have the same feeling if I go back this weekend, I’m almost guaranteed to have a good time.

I’m also still working on my whole application to the Month at the Museum.  I’ve got two videos to choose from, the essay and application itself are complete and I’ve taken all necessary photos.  My plan is to finish everything tonight and tomorrow and have it mailed on Monday.  I’m still super excited about this chance so continue to send good luck vibes in my direction!  Also – a HUGE thanks is due to my friends who have helped with the videography, photography and editing of this whole thing.  I couldn’t have done any of it without you guys and I’ll be sure to get special visitor’s passes for you if when I win!

Or maybe I should include a photo a day? Nah, I'd never get any work done

Last but not least, this little blog here has seen a dramatic uptick in viewings this week.  WordPress provides a handy stat tracker which shows how many people check out my blog on any given day.  It fluctuates anywhere between 2 or 3 to 20 or 30 daily and I think prior to this week the highest ranking post was my 100th post rap (to the tune of the Fresh Prince theme song…if you missed it, it’s worth checking out).  Wednesday, however, I noticed that over 100 people had clicked on my homepage.  What the?  So I did a little sleuthing and realized it was because of my celeb crush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  That oh so hot photo of him I put up earlier this week has brought more people to this site than anything else thus far.  Apparently others out there have been doing some image searches of the guy this week.  Who knew?  So if you’re a new viewer I hope you’ll hang around, even if I can’t promise photos of fine young actors every day.

Happy Friday everyone, may your weekend be long and your drinks be stiff!

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