Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Belated Christmas!

Hello everyone, and happy holidays! I hope everyone had a great holiday and got to spend time with the people they care about! I had a quiet Christmas. I got a fancy new watch, and my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins got a Wii, so there was much bowling. I love the Wii for the fact that anyone can play it. I bowled a few rounds against my cousin, who is eight, and I lost one game. You can't have an even match with someone sixteen years younger than you with many other systems, I don't think.
On the 26th, I went to visit my grandma and then we continued on to Atlantic City. I lost a little, so I quit playing. I think I'm going to spend the money I would have lost on a nice DVD for myself.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Senior Prom

My former professor, Tayari Jones, is raising money Girls Write Now, a creative-writing program in New York. For everyone who sends her a picture of their teenage self, she'll donate $5, and for everyone who also posts a picture and some information on their blog, she'll double it! I think it's a great charity to support, and who doesn't like showing off embarrassing pictures of their younger selves?

So here is a picture taken right before my senior prom, with the beautiful and talented Allison Mosher!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

When I Like Christmas Music

So I'm not much into those radio stations that play a non-stop Blitz of Christmas music from Thanksgiving until the Epiphany, and I'm very glad at this time of year to have Sirius satellite radio. Why? Well, because of Little Steven's Underground Garage, of course. Instead of the nonstop Christmas music that murders the holiday spirit, they play their own weird, unknown Christmas songs, scattered throughout their normal fare. While some of it is less-than-great (take, for example, this Joe Pesci Christmas tune), a lot of it is really fun and unexpected. Or it's the Beatles, which is always appreciated.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Out of my Hands and Into the Postal System

Well, they're done. On Friday, I took an enormous stack of 9x12 envelopes to the East Stroudsburg Post Office, and mailed out my Graduate School applications. I walked in and the Post Office was empty, and since I am the type of person who gets superstitious and sometimes believes in omens and portents, I thought, "Well, this is lucky. It bodes well." The postal employee at the counter, Lew, looked at the stack and said, "Applying for jobs?" I said, "Close. Grad School." He got everything ready, and they were officially out of my hands. When they went in the sorting bin, I felt a little bit of exhilaration and nerves. I was no longer able to grab my work samples and shout, "Wait! Not ready! Just one quick edit!"
I celebrated being finished by downloading World of Goo for my Wii and playing it. Oh, it's fun. It reminds me of building a house of cards with little black blobs. It's completely addictive. In fact, I think I'm going to go play it now.