Thursday, September 29, 2005

Damn that Spam!


I really didn't want to turn on the word verification, but one got through even though I set it for registered bloggers only. Ugh! So, hopefully this will prevent those creeps from posting a comment. They suck!

Picture Pages

These aren't as cool as Cosby's picture pages of yore, but still thought they were worth sharing...




Need I say more?












Found this with the keyword "overbite" hmmmmm






Maybe I should get one of these!







Well, that's all the picture fun I'm going to have for now. My brain is fried from this morning!

Testing....1....2....3

Ok...took my first ET test today. I don't think I did as bad as I was prepared to do. We heard through the grapevine that these tests are KILLERS and everyone FAILS!

So, I did the only thing I could do and not really study for it. I figured "why should I waste all my freetime studying when I'm going to fail anyway?!"

I only freaked out when I got to the last part that consisted of about 5 questions. It involved calculating the amount of luminance (or illuminace? Can't remember now) in a space with one south-facing window of a specific size. Mind you, we just learned this in lab on tuesday.....and I actually looked over it last night.

But, once I looked at it on the test....it was as if i was seeing it for the first time. My mind went completely blank. I couldn't even calculate 2+2! Then, I calmed myself a little and realized that for a few of them, I only had to use the charts he provided in the test packet. Duh!!!

It slowly came back to me, but not quite all the way. I tried my best and when I couldn't do any more, I tried working the problem backwards. I ended up getting an answer that was actually one of the choices...so I picked it. Sure hope it was right!

I don't feel like I failed the test, but hopefully I secured a C! If you know me and my obsession with grades, I get really upset when I get less than a B. However, going through the ID program has really enabled me to be ok with getting a C in those classes that I am lost in. Take, for instance, Architectural Studio, I was PRAYING for a C in that class. We had a prof who thought he was cooler than cool. I mean, his glasses were tinted which matched his outfit! How cool is that?! Anyway, I believe this guy liked to make up words b/c a lot of the times his critiques of my models left me feeling even more dazed and confused than when I came to class. He even made me cry once b/c I was just SO frustrated with him and this class. The second semester was a little better b/c I had a different prof. I still got a C in the class, but I actually knew WHY my models weren't good...even if I didn't know how to fix them. I'm just not that good with paper, sticks, and glue!

But I digress, I am hoping for a good grade in ET, but I've resigned myself to the fact that I may end up with a C. This will definitely hurt my GPA, but I'm willing to accept it since I cannot get this subject. I will try my best and that's all I can do. Hopefully it will be enough!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

what you've all been waiting for...


This is the bouquet I carried in the wedding....minus the vase.
That was waiting at the reception for them.




The three servants....uh I mean bridesmaids.




The happy couple!
The groom sure looks more relaxed!




Design & Skii before the party started....





And after...





Rockin' to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"




Nothin' says "wedding reception" like air guitar to Poison!


Well, there you have it.....the night that Skii & Design got wild and crazy.
Ok, so Skii was wild & crazy b/c somone had to watch her! :)

Monday, September 26, 2005

37

(ok...so I'm, borrowing from skii....just thought I'd give my 2 cents worth...please don't feel obligated to give change back!)

37 - the number of bobby pins in MY hair.

37 - the number of cans of hairspray used on my hair to keep all the bobbypins in place.

37 - the number of seconds it took Skii to drink her 3 glasses of champagne!

37 - the age of the DJ who played all the hits from his college days...which coincidentally were our high school days.** Sock hops rule!!!

37 - the amount of braincells of the limo/bus/RV thing driver.

37 - the number of times skii & various guests stomped on the dance floor to make the vinyl skip...as a sublte hint for the DJ to change the song.

37 - the number of minutes it took to get all the bobbypins out of my hair....at least I think they're all out!


** Here are the songs Skii forgot:
    • Stacie's mom - Fountains of Wayne which segued into
    • Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield (Sweet!)
    • Shook me all night long - AC/DC
    • Some weird song with interesting lyrics - Prince

Skii got most of the "hits" that were played, these were just some that I remembered as well. I also remember someone mentioning something about NKOTB, but unfortunately their melodic voices never exuded from the speakers. :(


Like skii said...more pics to follow!

62

I'll be posting over here for a while, you know, to keep all of the wedding details in one spot:

Wedding update:

62- The number of bobby pins in my hair!

62 - The number of blisters it feels like I have on my feet. (I don't really have that many, but it feels that way)

62- Considering the DJ's penchant for cutting off all of the good songs, approximately the number of songs the DJ "scratched" and played during the 2 1/2 hr dancing spree to 80's and 90's "hits" rarely remembered**

62 - the number of drinks the groom's brother tried to get me to drink (pitcher of Jack with a hint of Coke, anyone?)

2, well maybe 3 - glasses of champagne I had on the way to the reception (momma's no fool when it comes to holdin' her liquer in one weekend!) and at the reception

62 - the number of guests that were held up because of the jumper on Rt 8 (OK, maybe all were not headed to the wedding, a lot were, but I am sure others on that road had events to get to and were also late.)


**Most songs were pretty bad to start off with. Then we started reqesting songs, and to his credit, the DJ did get to most of them (except for Freebird, but he did play some Skynyrd after all.) Other smash dance tunes: (I am not kidding, folks)
  • Nobody's Fool - Cinderella
  • Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • Ice Ice Baby (The groom did object to this one)
  • Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
  • Blister in the Sun - Violent Femms (Would Kiss Off have been appropriate for a wedding?)
  • Atomic Dog (although, he played the long intro, he only got to about 1 verse -grrr)
  • Paradise by the Dashboard light (Every damn minute - man, I forgot how long that song was. But it was fun to sing!)
  • A song by BNL -- (It was off Rock Spectacle, but I'm blanking out on which one)
  • While there was no bunny hop, conga line, hokey pokey or chicken dance, there was the electric slide, the boot scooting boogie (which is the same as the electric slide, is it not?)
    and also that annoying one where the voice tells you what to do (one hop, now left, etc etc.) I so wanted to go out there and do the Alley Sheedy dance from Breakfast club just to be a rebel and NOT do what the voice tells you to - but didn't want to get my dress dirty.
  • Erasure and New Order had their spin as well
  • Dancing queen
  • Last song (when the "ugly lights," as Design put it, came on) Video Killed the Radio Star
OK - all I have for now... more pics as soon as I'm able.

~skii

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Skiingred & Design Goddess Get Married!!!





Ok...not really, but we were wearing similar "wedding rings" so Skiing thought it would be funny to take a typical "wedding ring picture." Notice the perfectly manicured nails!!!



More about the wedding to come... (and boy is there a lot to tell!!!)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Priests, Manicures and Drunken Bridesmaids

So today skiingred and I went and got manicures. This was only my second manicure and I think I could get used to them. Skiing was upset that I only got a neutral color. She got some purply colour (that's for you Gareth!) with a sparkly topcoat. Her toes...metallic purple! I just did mine french style. Sure hope they're dry cause I should be sleeping by now!

Anyway, we also had the rehearsal for my friend's wedding which takes place tomorrow. The priest was suprisingly funny yet particular at how this ceremony is going to work. Many of the other rehearsals I've been to, the priest has been very stern and admonished us when we weren't being "solemn."

We were told how things were supposed to be done and when to do them....then the run through. We went through the whole thing once. I know I'm going to forget what I'm supposed to do! It's very different from any other wedding I've been in. I've got the whole "keep the train straight" thing down. But apparently I'LL be carrying the groom's ring (didn't know that!), and I have to give the bride her roses to give to the mothers and the Virgin Mary. I just wish I knew when I was supposed to do that! I think it's after the vows, but I'm not 100% sure though. The priest will more than likely give me a little indicator as to when I'm to do my jobs...I hope!

Fast-forward to the rehearsal dinner. We go through the garage door into the house, then go directly to the deck....straight to the beer! I, however, waited for the wine....box wine to be exact!! This surprises me as the groom is alcohol/wine saavy. Not that I expected some tremendously expensive wine, but box wine?! :) So, there's beer, wine and conversation. My friends are getting a little happy which is a rarety as they have little ones who prevent the good times from rolling as much. So, we eat dinner and still sit on the deck...it's dropped like 10 degrees since we got there. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

Later, we're out front and skiing decides it a good idea to lay down on the driveway! She's just laying there as we're telling her to get up. The best man comes over and asks her what she's doing and that she should get up b/c it's cold on the ground. So, he helped her up. She stumbled into the house with me where we collected our things and said goodbye to the bride. I drove, which was a good thing it seems, but where I had to park was such a steep angle that I thought my car would tip over. As skiing was getting into my car on the low end, she grabbed the steering wheel and was trying to pull herself in. She was unable to complete the task and asked me to help her. So I climbed back out of my side hoping I would avoid having my legs amputated from my car door b/c of the steepness of the angle. So, I walked around, shoved her legs into the car and told her to scoot over or else I'd be slamming the door into her. She moved as best she could all while laughing hysterically. I shut the door, walked back around the car, and then proceeded to fall into my side of the car.

The drive home was just as interesting. I'm not sure of all of the conversation, but I do remember asking her several times if she was still awake. The last time, no response. She was out! I pull into her parents' driveway and she all of a sudden wakes up and goes "Oh crap! I didn't know we were home already!" Now, I should have messed with her and told her we had been sitting there for about 40 minutes b/c I couldn't wake her up! But, I didn't. I was the nice friend and told her that I had just pulled into the drive. Once I walked her inside, (I couldn't trust her to make it on her own!) I chatted a little with her parents. Then skiing crashed! All at the late time of 9:30pm! :) What a wild woman she is!!!

Tomorrow ought to be even better!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Time and the lack thereof

Why is it that some people can just go about things in such a relaxed manner? I mean, I’m freaking out over all this work I have to do and seemingly no time to do it and they’re just not worried about it. They’re even going so far as to GO OUT on a Saturday night! Can you imagine??!!

Is this work just so easy for them that they don’t have to work as hard at it?

Are they from a different planet where their intelligence level is so great that they comprehend this complex subject?

Or, MY theory is: They’re paying someone else to do their work!!!

Sure wish I could pay someone to do my work. I know, I know. I’M the one who wanted to go to school for this. That’s true. I just didn’t think it would be this difficult! Most things up until now have been relatively easy. But this ET class is just killing me!

And one of the biggest problems is that I can’t be mad at the prof! He’s such a cool guy that I can’t me “damn you for trying to teach us this stuff and making it so difficult!!!” He’s just one of those profs who knows this stuff and is trying to make it “fun” b/c he thinks it’s fun. It’s rare to find someone who’s truly passionate about what they do and you know they’re having fun doing what they love.

So, my anxiety is riding high with no end in sight. I have a very full weekend coming up and it’s not all school related. My friend is getting married so Friday and Saturday are pretty much out for getting any work done. Sunday I have to go to a scary part of Akron to scout sites for our Senior Thesis project. And I have to get a powerpoint presentation done for Monday which belongs to my group project for studio.

Speaking of studio, we’re doing this group project “apprentice/survivor” style. There are group managers and then 2-3 team members. The group managers are responsible for handing out assignments and keeping everyone on track. If the group leader feels that a team member is not working up to what is needed/expected, then they can hand this member their pink slip. That expelled team member must then interview with other teams to get hired. (Although I’m not sure what would happen if no one would hire this person! Do they get an automatic F?) On the flip-side, if the team members feel that the group leader isn’t doing what she’s supposed to do, then they can go to the principals (our profs) and discuss it with them. They can then decide to oust the manager.

I was telling my friend that I KNEW our prof would make me a group manager….so when we got the sheets with the team assignments along with who would be managers. There was a tiny asterisk next to my name…I was a manger. Whoopie. I really didn’t want to be one, but I am and there’s nothing I can do about it. Although, she never said anything about managers relinquishing their titles to someone else! I could give it to someone in my group. Then they would have to deal with everything and I can be the little subservient worker. That would be ok by me! Don’t get me wrong, I think I’d make a good manager; I just don’t want to be one now. I already have enough stress in my life that I don’t need this either.

But, being the obedient disciple I am, I will continue to do what’s expected of me. It’s a curse really. I’ve always been brought up to do what people in authority tell me as that shows respect. However, I’ve been so used to doing that that I don’t ever really want to be the one who says what others are to do. Maybe it’s b/c I don’t like telling people what to do. I feel that I’m no one to be bossing someone around. It’s just not in my nature.

Supposedly our profs made up these teams and selected the managers by our personalities. Yes, we had to take the Myers-Briggs personality test. I came out the same as I did when I took it senior year in high school….with one exception. I have TWO personalities! Shocking, I know. However, I’m not as much like the new personality as the old one. A little, but not a lot. So, how accurate are these tests then? I mean, one girl ended up in like 4 different groups. How’s that?!

Well I guess that’s enough babbling for today. I’m really exhausted. I’ve been up since 5:30am and have to get up at about 6:30 tomorrow morning. Then 5:30 the following day. Will it never end?!?! Then it’s the wedding. I still have to buy a gift! My mom said to just give money. How can I give my friend money when I’m her maid-of-freakin’-honor?! I just think that’s tacky. I’d rather get her a gift…even if she didn’t like it, she’d have to keep it b/c it’s from me…her mofh! (ok I’m sure she’d probably return it b/c she’s more pragmatic than sentimental)

So, if anyone knows where I can buy more time, I’m willing to do it! No price is too much!

Monday, September 19, 2005

split personality

For all of you wondering....skiingred is my alter ego. She's the fun wild one, whereas I'm the boring, tame one. The frightening thing is that we've been together for SO long that we're even dressing the same!

Case in point: Meeting up with her and Poker Chad at the HOF Ribs Burn-off. (Takes place on cell phones…just so as not to confuse!)

DG: "Hey, where are you?"
SR: "We're at the (enter rib place here) tent."
DG: "Where's that?"
SR: "Do you see the inflated Pepsi Can?"
DG: "Um...no."
SR: "What are you wearing?"
DG: (kinda thought this was a weird question, but I answered)  "Capris and a pink shirt."
SR: (laughing)
DG: "What?"
SR: "I'M wearing capris and a pink shirt!"
DG: "Denim capris?"
SR: (more laughing) "yeah!"


So, there you have it…..Skiingred and I are in fact the same person leading two different lives. Whoever thought it couldn’t be possible, has never met me…uh…her….uh….us.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

ohhh - where am I???

oooohhhooohhhooohh {cue spooky sound effect}

How did I get here!

Hi Folks!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I GOT GAS

....for $2.65 a gallon. I felt like I was stealing it!


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Do unto others...

Flipping through the channels, I stumble upon CNN where they are talking about something that happened in Ohio. Apparently, there were adoptive "parents" who were keeping the children that they adopted in cages. They were kept on the second floor of their un-airconditioned house while the "parents" stayed downstairs with a room a/c.

What is wrong with people?? Why would you put children in cages?? Supposedly they were put in their for their "protection." Protection from what?! It seems that these children may have mental disorders. Is that the reason why a cage is necessary? It's almost as sickening as the "parents" who handcuffed their child to his/her bed. This child died when the house caught on fire and could not escape. Guess the "parents" were too busy saving their own asses that they couldn't bother with their child.

So, is there something wrong with selective sterilization? Ok, so it might not be right, but is it better to have these people reproducing who couldn't give a rats ass about their offspring? There are responsible couples everywhere who are unable to have children and these idiots can spawn like rabbits. It's disgusting!

So, the proposal is that there will be a test you must pass in order to become a parent.

This would solve MANY problems including:


1.) overpopulation

2.) idiot "parents"

3.) teen pregnancies

4.) moochers of the gov't

5.) need for the whole abortion debate (which really I don't want to
get into here)

6.) unfit adopters

7.) need for orphanages/foster care altogether

8.) so many other things that I can't even list


Now, I highly doubt this plan will go into effect, but it sure would be a better alternative to having kids being abused, locked up in cages, or just treated so inhumanely.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

I feel like Pinocchio

Today was the first day in the past 4 years that I've had my laptop that I could actually connect to the internet on campus. It ROCKS! I have no idea why I didn't find out how to do this before. I've bypassed "Captain White Tennies" (our IT guru on campus) and went straight to the Help Desk for internet access. Genius....Sheer genius! I wish I would have thought of this YEARS ago.

Oh and the reason for feeling like Pinocchio....I'm WIRELESS baby!!!!





It's surfin' time!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Irritation

People irritate me....

Horn blowin', old lady scarin' dumbasses

no explainin',
student overloadin', piss on ya'll professors

and most everyone in between

Except for my blog buddies....you all ROCK! This is my little
piece of heaven. Thank you for making this my escape from reality b/c....REALITY BITES!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Learn for yourself

This semester is going to be the death of me!

Now, I say this every semester, but this time, I mean it!

I only have two classes, but there is this one that will either run me into the ground or to the mental institution. I sit in the lectures and I feel that what he is "teaching" is WAY over my head. I'm talking like I'm in the Earth's core and he's in some other galaxy. Really. We have to take this course b/c we're a design program that's architecturally based. We had to take Architectural Theory which I did not learn anything in b/c I had a real ass for a prof. So, we're in this class with third year architecture students....they seem to get it. Us poor ID students, do not. At least I don't think so.

I've spent all weekend in Kent working with my friend on this. Actually, we've spent all weekend and all our money on buying supplies for this class. We got the one model built for class on tuesday, but we still have to figure out how to use a program that our prof said we had to buy, but none of us know how to use! I thought it might be like CAD with commands and stuff, and it is, sort of, but not quite. I really do not know how to use it and can't take the week or so to learn how to use it. I don't think they even make an "Ecotect for Dummies" book either!

This class just sucks all the way around and there's nothing I can do about it. Well, there are a couple things I could do. I could a.) drop the class and wait another whole year until I can graduate, b.) suck it up and just do it, c.) ask my doctor for some drugs, d.) placate myself and my nerves with "the sauce" or e.) do both c & d.

I've just really had it with classes where I have to teach myself. If I had wanted to learn Interior Design on my own, I would have talked to Sally Struthers! At least she would have been nicer to talk to. I actually had looked into a correspondence school, I would have been done about 2 years ago and would probably be working. But, I just wasn't sure how this whole thing would work since the "college" was in England. Nothing against England, I'd love to go there someday, I just wasn't sure how the correspondence thing would work, so I opted for a more expensive, tedious and wretched way of getting an education. I just didn't realize that I would be teaching myself over 1/2 of what I need to know. I understand that there is research and reading and whatnot when you're in school. I just didn't realize that the profs here relied heavily on us doing ALL the work and them doing hardly any.

I'm probably being a little too hard on them, but I doubt it. Last year we had a new prof for a class where we were supposed to learn the professional side of the business. What did we learn? Nothing! I relearned everything I already learned in my business classes at Walsh. I did feel a little bad for those students who didn't know much about marketing or finance. I did have the advantage and could BS A LOT on my tests (mostly short answer/essay). She wouldn't know the difference b/c I actually KNEW business terms and what they meant and she was just going by what the book said. So, as long as I made it coherent or just so messed up that it sounded right b/c she didn't know any better, I was ok. I did get an 'A' in that class, so I must have done a good job of confusing her! :)

Ok, I think I'm all complained out for now. I'm sure there will be more as this semester goes on. And I thought I didn't have a life before! I actually had some social plans for this afternoon/evening and I backed out b/c I was so mad, frustrated, ticked off, ready to kill and what have you. It was a good thing too b/c our prof was there and I think I would have to have thrown my weenie at him! (it was a cookout...they were having hot dogs)

just like silly putty

I'm so impressionable...still....after all these years. I realized this when I was looking at my schedule for tomorrow and I saw I have to work only until 5pm. I thought it was 6. So, what did I say??? WOOT!  I got this from reading so many entries from Phats & Ms. Nuttyblonde. It's their word-of-choice when it comes to expressing their delightment at something.

Anyway, just wanted to share.
    

Thursday, September 08, 2005

fun with scanners

My mother gave me some of my things from when I was younger that she found today so I thought I'd share. Hope you enjoy!


This is a page from my First Communion book from second grade. It is a picture of my family. I'm the one on the left...does anyone else think it strange that I'm the only one in purple? And, before you ask, my dad is bald on top and has hair on the sides....hence the black "earmuffs."


And can you appreciate my mad design skills back then?! I mean, who wouldn't want to live in a rainbow roofed house with purple walls and green floors? I'm definitely going to add this to my portfolio. I'll get that high paying job for sure!!!



This is a piece of slate I painted at Girl Scout Camp...




Man they made us do weird stuff.



More to come....

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A whole new me

I've done what I thought I would NEVER do! I paid over $100 to get my hair colored and cut. Now, mind you, it really needed it. I had been dying it for about 7 years and it's fried. So, I went and got it colored a shade darker than my natural color (dishwater-after-doing-dishes-for-a-year blonde). So, it now looks kinda brown with a little golden in it. The beginning color: washed out bright blonde. Actually the color was "lightest natural blonde" It was neither "lightest" nor "natural."

So, I've got a new do and color and I can't even wash my hair for 2 days! Now, if you know me, that's just gross! I'm SO OCD, that it will drive me nuts and I'll swear that birds will be nesting in my hair or that I could possibly turn the grease from my hair into gas for my car.....hmmmmm....might be on to something there.

Anyway, I've spent this money and I hope I like my hair tomorrow. The morning after is such a difficult time when you're not sure what you're waking up with. I'll have to post a pic so you can see the diffrerence.

Off to dreamland. I've been going since 6:10AM on about 3 1/2-4 hours of sleep. Things are starting to look a little weird....I've seen Otters and Weirdos....so I had best get some shut-eye before I have to go to class again tomorrow. Woo hoo!


Monday, September 05, 2005

I HATE PROJECTS

yep, I do! It's now 11:40pm and I'm still in Kent working on my project. I've been here since 12:15pm. Almost TWELVE hours working on this! And we're still not done. It's ridiculous! My friend's roommate casually did her work and then met with her partner to do the rest. She came back about an hour or so ago and is now comfortably in her bed...sleeping, which is where I should be since I have class at 7:30am. Plus, I have to drive the 40-45 mintues home just to turn around and drive back in about 6 1/2 hours. If I had planned, I could have brought my stuff with me and just spent the night. I'm not the kind of girl who can just sleep somewhere and wake up the next morning and still look fresh as a daisy. Nope, I look more like a wilted flower. VERY wilted.

Well, I should see if my partner needs me to do anything else before I pass out. Hopefully I'll stay awake long enough to get home...oh and print out my notes and lab for tomorrow's class as well.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Procrastinator Strikes Again!

Yep, I've got one "project" and one "report" due on Tuesday and Wednesday and I haven't really started either! And I'm supposed to meet with my classmate on Monday to review our projects. Good way to start off the semester eh? I guess it's because I'm still in summer mode. I really don't like the transition from summer to fall to winter. Especially from fall to winter. Ugh!

So, somehow I've GOT to put this procrastinator away for this year. Otherwise, I won't survive, which means I won't graduate!!! Any suggestions?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

End of week one....DING!

The first week of school is over. Can I relax now? Uh, no. Now, I have one project and one paper due on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The project is taking one day and calculating all the energy I use and determining how many barrels of crude oil and electric oil I use (don't ask me, I'm only doing what the prof said!). So, I have to track from 12:00am to 11:59pm EVERYTHING I use/do along with the outside temperature and placement of the sun (if I read the project statement right). I have to consider the water I use if I take a warm/hot one. I have to consider all the lights I use. My laptop, phone, alarm clock, my car, opening the fridge, turning on a light, using any sort of electrical equipment. Then, I have to put it all into a spreadsheet and write something up all in APA format. He asked us today in class if anyone had started, no one said they did. He told us that this is a labor intensive project and that it will take us 7 days to do. If it only took 2 days, he would have only given us 2 days. However, on Tuesday's class, he told us it would only take 2 days....one to gather the info and one to write up the paper. Ugh! Can profs be any more confusing??!?!?!

Ok, I desperately need to get some sleep. I've been up since 5am and that's not cool with me!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend and think of me doing all my work as you have your picnics and fun! **sniff sniff**