thank you, maureen dowd

August 31, 2008

go here to see what the columnist for the nytimes had to say about sarah palin:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/opinion/31dowd.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

where to start?

August 30, 2008

springsteen, i guess, is as good a place to start as any.  we went to see the boss last sunday night at the sprint center.  beforehand we had a delicious and hilarious mexican food experience with jam, ry, joe, and matt–the company really doesn’t get better than that.  upon arriving at our sprintastic destination we ran into jennifer and kyle at the blvd tent.  while we were hanging out, her program director offered up backstage passes to meet steven van zandt, and then upgraded our upper level tickets to seats on the floor.  

the concert was brilliant.  from the energy of the boss and the e street band to the six awesomely gay men sitting in front of us, who butt slapped, kissed, high fived and sang along to EVERY song, it was a memorable night.  bruce springsteen is hot hot hot, talented and musically perfect.

 

me and j

me and j

 school has started and i am thrilled to be teaching again, especially the students i have this year.  i haven’t been told to fuck off yet, which is a plus, and i’m teaching american literature form 1600-1900–not an area of my expertise–but i am developing a huge amount of respect for the men and women who founded our country, and feel so very blessed to be rediscovering it during this momentous time in history.

 

my president

my president

and then, of course, there is the greatest practical joke ever floated.  i think mccain has officially entered the wild world of dementia and MUST believe yesterday was april first.  i am waiting for him to say “april fool’s!  gotcha!”  there is no way he can seriously have such little respect for women to think his v choice will secure our votes.  he must believe our lady parts are magnetic and we will be pulled to the polls by the awesome power of the human vagina and vote for him because his running mate shares our plumbing. what an asshole.  if you wanted my respect, mccain, you should have chosen someone who disagreed with you and fundamental issues, someone who would challenge you to think about the decisions you’re making, someone with enough foreign policy experience for me to believe he/she would be able to pronounce dmitry medvedev.  not someone whose greatest accomplishment to date is cooridnating her outfit to match a amp of alaska.

 

what the fuck?

what the fuck?

opening game today: rock chalk jayhawk!

 

go KU!

go KU!

so….that happened

August 25, 2008

went to see springsteen last night and it was….BADASS!!!!!!!!!!!  i will post all about it later but i have to go crash as i went to bed at 1, got up at 6, and was at school til 9 for parent open house.  but in the mean time, here’s a pic of me and alex with steven van zandt.  having a friend who works at a radio station (what up, j!) can lead to some bizarrely awesome encounters, including this one 🙂

and the winner is…

August 23, 2008

 

dreamy

dreamy

 

 

was there ever any doubt that biden would be the guy?  he’s criticized obama in the press before, but that works in barack’s favor: it shows he is willing to run with someone who has a history of telling him when he needs to change/reexamine his decisions.

 

pump the brakes

pump the brakes

run, don’t walk.  there were so many scenes in this movie that made me laugh, made me say “oh my god,” and made my jaw drop that i can’t even attempt to review it yet.  give me a few days to process the magic, and then i promise to fill you in.

 

tramps like us

tramps like us

24 hours from now i will be in the sprint center, rocking out to the boss.  life is good.

ch-ch-ch-changes

August 19, 2008

so many things are moving forward in my life that i felt the need to change up here, too.  gone is the girl in green, the picture i used to think i wanted so much to look like.  i’m not living in a world where i need to look like a certain ideal to be happy about myself.  i can be happy about myself no matter what the mirror reflects because the three numbers on the scale are not the numbers that define me.  i’ll trade them in for my iq or my g.r.e. score ANY day.

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i rejoined weight watchers in july and am happily making my way to a healthier life.  i have hesitated writing about it here because there are so many people who blog about their weight loss/healthy lifestyle escapades, and i don’t want to be lumped in with (what are often) their pathetic rants about how hungry they are and how much they hate exercise.  also, this journey towards a healthier me isn’t really about you, dear reader, it’s about me, so i won’t share too much with you.  but i wanted you to know i’m taking this step, and to ask you to cheer me on in the metaphysical sense.  

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school started back last week and teaching american literature makes me feel like a powerful, intelligent woman with much to offer, and a venue in which to share my gift.  i am so proud to be a teacher, and to be able to talk about the roots of the literature of this great country we live in.

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and speaking of this country: obama, obama, obama.  i am more and more excited about november with each passing day, and cnn reports obama may choose a running mate as early as this week.  if you haven’t done so already, you can sign up on his website (www.barackobama.com) to have his vvp choice emailed to you, so you’ll know right away.  i signed up yesterday and am waiting with baited breath. biden is my hope, but i think it may be bayh.  i just don’t see richardson on the ticket.

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one new addition to my job title is assistant director of the lhs theatre department.  i volunteered my time last year, for free, because i wanted to much to be involved.  now i’m getting paid to work with these brilliant kids, and the director has offered to let me direct the musical so that i can get some experience, and learn on my feet and be ready when he retires in a year or two.  so, mark your calendars:  october 2-4, 2008, come see my directorial debut: GUYS and DOLLS.  i cannot wait.

things i am loving

August 12, 2008

 

new poster for my classroom

new poster for my classroom

an amazing book i will teach this fall
an amazing book i will teach this fall
it reads "When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."

another new poster: it reads

mmm, breakfast

mmm, breakfast

this playlist for walking:

mercy on me: christina aguilera, one-two step: ciara, hurt somethin: missy elliot, stronger: kanye west, big pimpin: jay-z, party people: nelly featuring fergie, 4 minutes: madonna featuring justin timberlake, love: keyshia cole (approx. 35 min)

grapefruit, my mac (stella), LOST in streaming hd online, pandora online radio, chats with jamie about all things neurotic but true, getting up/going to bed at the same time as my husband, making and eating dinner every night with alex, setting up my classroom, and this video from holly:

last night we had a going away party for erin and ben who are moving to china for a year.  there is very little i can write about these two people that would do them justice, but here’s my attempt.

ben is one of those people who makes you happy to be on the planet.  he always has something interesting to say, he looks you in the eye when he talks to you, and if you are lucky, he may decide you are worthy of phone conversation–a great fete considering how much he loathes talking on the phone.  he is outgoing, silly, brilliant, and most importantly, kind.  i’m not sure i know anyone else who empathizes as much as ben, and it is a blessing to be his friend.  we joke all that he and erin are like alex and i, only ben is me, and erin is alex.  i am honored that it’s true.  the place he holds in my heart is big and full of laughter and great conversation, and i thank god for his blogs so i can continue to hear all about his life.

and then there is erin.  erin is the first friend i made as an adult.  i was in graduate school when i figured out who i was, hoping there would be people who would accept me, and lo and behold in she walked.  there are people you are friends with from childhood that you know so much about, you can’t imagine not being their friend.  i felt that way about erin instantly.  she has a raucous sense of humor, a fierce sense of justice, and a loyal streak a mile wide.  being her friend has meant that, no matter what i’m going through–even if we’ve been too busy to hang out for months–when we see each other again she knows the perfect thing to say, joke to make, or how to listen.  i am a better person for knowing her, and i always will be.

so to my beautiful friends, i love you and wish you adventure, wisdom, peace, and love in your year abroad. this broad who will miss you dearly.