October 2005 archive

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October 31, 2005

'I'll tell you what I have got. I gotta get out of here!'

Where the hell did November come from? It can't have been October for a whole month already. All last week I thought Halloween was going to be on Tuesday - it wasn't until I arrived at work this morning that I realized it was upon us.

I realized this morning that I have to start writing a novel tomorrow and that I know nothing. I don't have a plot, I don't have characters, I don't have anything.

If anyone invents a time machine in the next three hours, please let me know. I am Ethelreddish.

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Unconscious Mutterings

Blogging is hard! Memes are easy!

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Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

October 26, 2005

Worker bee buzz buzz

I advised two people today! I may not be familiar enough yet with this school's system and policies to advise study abroad students, but if you want information on teaching or otherwise working abroad, I'm your man and/or woman!

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Tags: work

October 25, 2005

Oona otruh peenuh cohladuh pore fayvor!

[...] "It's like, 'the sun's out, let's go,' and we're still here," said Lynn Wickum, of San Francisco as she drank a beer at one of the few open Cancun bars. "We feel the frustration building. You wouldn't want to make a scene, but at the same time, you're ready to go home."

Many of Cancun's own 500,000 residents have lost nearly everything in flooded or destroyed homes. [...]

- Haggard Tourists Battle to Leave Cancun


Having an economy based on tourism just grosses me out. I'm really disturbed that the safety of tourists is so high on Vincente Fox's agenda after this hurricane, and yet I know that continuing the disgusting resort lifestyle is important to that area economically. It just makes me unhappy and there's no way around it.

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Tags: travel

So old and so decrepit!

Dear srah2004,

No, you are not a librarian either. But on the plus side, you are quite happily employed!

But still designing things with no training.


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Tags: job search

W00t x 4


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Tags: blogiversary, holidays

October 24, 2005

'Hello my awesome strong man!'

At work today, I made a few short notes to myself of things that I'd like to blog about in the evening when I got home:

  • rain
  • dead fish
  • tournament
  • dear nectarine

Righty-ho, then. Wait, dead fish? Ever since I got off work and looked at the Post-It® again, I've been wondering what the hell I meant by that. The only thing I can think of is that it was some kind of subconscious connection to the Mystery Movie¹ that I watched this weekend. Except that I don't recall ever having plans to blog about that - and I certainly wasn't going to blog about the part with the dead fish. I am flummoxed.

Why don't you all comment and tell me what I really meant by "dead fish"?

¹ Be the first to guess the movie I watched, based on the ample yet strange clues, and you can win ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

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'As I bit into the nectarine, it had a crisp juiciness that was quite pleasurable...'

Dear nectarine,

I don't reckon you're supposed to make a noise like an apple when I bite into you. You were delicious but¹ the texture was all wrong. Please try harder in the future.

¹ I wanted to write "delicious, but toooo filling." As in a breakfast burrito. YOU know what I'm talking about, don't you? OH YEAH. Crap, I'm nuts.

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Tags: food

Where I come from, I don't believe we play that game...

I walked through the student union today to get a cup of tea and passed a table advertising an upcoming


I tried to hold in the laughter and ended up making a face much like those made by the Roman guards when Pontius Pilate told them about his friend Biggus.

Honestly, these Ohioans and their cornoling. You can't drive 50 feet in this area without seeing some farm advertising pumpkin picking and cornholes.

I... I just... I can't... say... I... There are no words.


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Tags: cornhole, monty python, ohio

I'm mellllllllllllllting!

Dear Whoever's In Charge:

I went to work on Friday and it rained all day.

I went to work today and it rained all day.

If it rains all day every day that I work here, I don't know how long I'll last.

PLEASE! Just a little sunshine! Or at least a dry grey day!

srah | 10:19 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: weather

October 23, 2005

'You'll keep walking, but you'll never forget what you saw.'

Many thanks to Mr B****** for sending me the link to Something Awful's analysis of horrifying Halloween costumes. Except for the part where I couldn't breathe because I was laughing so hard, it was very enjoyable.

Be sure to check out the Wookiee section and note the similarities to my own observations about Chewbacca!

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Tags: costumes, halloween, holidays

Unconscious Mutterings

Two two TWO sets of unconscious mutterings for the price of one! Because I thought I'd already done the last one! Oh lucky yous!

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Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

October 21, 2005

My sister will appreciate this

The other night, apete and I got to talking about the weird things that make srahfamily srahfamily. These include things like memorizing musicals, eating blueberry pie and dancing in the kitchen. Playing on our last name, he referred to the state of being a member of my family as "McNautism." I thought this was pretty amusing and I believe I laughed my head off for a while and ran and told my parents.

Then we got to talking about other things and the origin of my last name. "Do you know what the M'Naghten defense is, in the legal system?" I challenged him. I'm always inappropriately proud of this.

He guessed, "Crying?"

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Tags: apete, crying, srahfam

To whom it may concern:

I do NOT want bird flu.

Thank you.

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Tags: avian flu, health

October 20, 2005

'Oh help.'

What will this day be like?
I wonder.
What will my future be?
I wonder.
It could be so exciting,
To be out in the world,
To be free!
My heart should be wildly rejoicing.
Oh, what's the matter with me?
I've always longed for adventure,
To do the things I've never dared.
Now here I'm facing adventure
Then why am I so scared?

- "I Have Confidence", The Sound of Music

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Tags: music

Thank you, Mysterious Benefactor!

This set of rubber jar grips came via UPS today. The sender was listed only as "Amazon.com" so I don't know who sent it. It may be that the sender's information was lost because Amazon was sending third-party goods, or that the sender wished to remain anonymous.

In any case, it's clearly a blog-reader who wanted to save me from having to get married in order to get my jars open.

Thank you, whoever you are!

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Quintessential NOW!

K has a new CD swap going on. You should all get in on it!

"Well, every good CD swap (and every mediocre one too!) has a theme, and so does this one–woot! Basically, I’m in the mood for some really random, new tunes, and I always fall in love with my own random songs-I-can’t-stop-listening-to-for-this-week-only! mixes, so I’d love to swap discs and see what everyone else is absolutely in love with right this second. The list might not contain any of your all-time faves, and it might even be kind of embarrassing, but it’s the stuff that for whatever reason you just can’t get enough of…until you get sick of it and create a new list. Your playlist is just the list that you are absolutely enthralled with when you make your disc."

Visit her blog to find out how to join... sign-ups end on October 26 so act now!

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Tags: cd swap

October 19, 2005

Don't mind the advertising, folks

One of my favorite teachers from SI is selling children's toys. If you have or know any children, visit Brain Station: An awesome educational toy store!

/shameless plug and/or Googlebombing

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Tags: discovered

October 17, 2005

All growed up and moved out...

Dear World,

I am stealing a neighbor's wireless to let you know that I am all moved in and quite a bit of my stuff is put away - it's mostly just a matter now of putting clothes in drawers and CDs on shelves and putting books in order. And I opened a jar by myself today!

My online presence may be diminished until I set up my own Internet connection - I'm feeling plenty guilty about being an Internet thief.

And now... back to shopping for a butter dish, a sugar bowl and something to eat tonight!

srah | 3:42 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

October 16, 2005

Keep on truckin'

My dad and I set off for Ohio on Friday to make the first of two big furniture-and-boxes runs in the minivan and to sign my lease. The plan was to go down-and-up on Friday, then to go down-and-up again on Sunday, this time with srahmom and apete, and this time leaving me behind.

Alas! Some gang aft agleying happened to our best laid plans.

We pulled out onto US-23 and almost immediately the "Check Engine" light turned on. So rather than drive eight hours round trip with that on, we turned around and went to the dealership, where it turned out that they found the worn-out valve that caused the light to come on... but also another valve, the blown-out shocks and the FRIGGIN' AXLE THAT HAD TO BE REPLACED!

All in all, probably a good thing that we didn't try to drive for 8 hours, because this meant that we didn't have to sit around in a mechanic's shop in the middle of Ohio, but could instead pack a few of the smaller remaining things into a car and drive down to sign the lease. The moving process was shorter, but that's okay because we'd had a much later start than planned. And we accidentally missed our exit and drove into Indiana. W00t!

Now that we don't have time to make two minivan runs, we've had to rent a truck for today's move. Nearly everything is packed in and we're hoping to hit the road at 7.

I don't have Internet in the apartment yet - in fact, I haven't even decided how I want to get connected or what package I want. Why the heck is cable so expensive? It's not very appealing. Sigh. Anyway, the first few weeks will feature an Internet-deprived srah occasionally ducking into coffee shops to upload blog posts and read email or - if I'm lucky - perhaps finding a neighbor with an unprotected wireless network. Heh heh.

Ciao, y'allz. Catch you on the flip side, if by flip side you mean Ohio.

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October 13, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

Oops. I seem to have forgotten to do this earlier in the week. These are pretty boring.

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Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

October 12, 2005

How am I going to live on my own???

I am completely flummoxed by a jar of olives. The dang thing won't open, no matter what I try. I think I'll have to wait until someone gets here to help me.

How will I eat olives when I'm all alone? Will I have to go door-to-door asking neighbors for help? Will I have to take them to work and pass the jar around from office to office, trying to find someone who can vainquish it?

Sigh. I'd better enjoy these olives. They may be my last.

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October 11, 2005

Lost and found

I cleaned off my desk last night. To some of you, this may be a throwaway comment about the status of my moving efforts. Those of you who have seen my desk will realize what an undertaking this was.

I haven't seen the surface of this desk in over three years. As I got to the bottom levels, I started discovering cards from my college graduation in 2002. This desk was piled in papers, to the point where I felt like it was impossible to tackle. But I have tackled it and wrestled it into some semblance of order, put most of the stuff into manila folders and put the manila folders in a box. The rest of the organizing will happen in Ohio, but at least it will be organizing rather than digging. I feel like I've achieved something.

The sweetest thing about cleaning my desk (and the dresser as well - I had a busy night last night!): finding old papers that had gotten thrown there.

This includes the quotes from my family that I'd written down to blog then lost, and that I don't really remember the significance of anymore:

"Don't bowl as Katherine Hepburn. She sucks at bowling."
- Alfie
"I guess God wanted to get in on the stabbing action. Everyone wants to stab you!"
- Srahmom

Remembering that I have, in fact, written fiction since high school:

... "Ecoutez, les filles," Sarah piped up from somewhere near the floor, "On va faire une balade."

The others gasped and stared.

"I know I'm not one to suggest going outside, but maybe it will take our minds off the missing peeps, yo."

"Not to mention move the story along," added Jennifer.

"That too," Sarah concluded, layering on a sweater, sweatshirt and a jacket, and wrapping a scarf around her neck. "On y va?"
* * *
Fifteen kilomètres later, the March sunshine beating down on the trio, Sarah loosened her scarf...

- excerpt from The Case of the Missing Peeps, Yo, an unfinished work written by my fellow assistants and myself the summer after our assistantship

A dialogue from high school French:

(Jane vient de demenager à Ann Arbor de Paris il y a un jour et le camion de demenager est en retard)

J: Où sont mes meubles? Où est mon fauteuil favori, et mon armoire? Mon dieu!
(S. knocks on door)
S: Je suis ici! J'ai tes meubles, madame.
J: Ah bon. Entre! Je vous remercie pour aidez-moi.
(S. comes in)
J: Jean-Jacques-Pierre! C'est vous?!
S: C'est moi. Jane, mon amour! Ça fait dix ans.
J: Oui, mais vous êtes inoubliable.
S: Je suis desolé j'ai été en retard.
J: Ce n'est pas grave! Êtes-vous marié? Et avez-vous beaucoup d'enfants?
S: (waves away questions w/hand) J'ai un secret, ma chère.
J: Quoi?
S: Je ne suis pas un homme! Je suis un femme¹!
J: J'ai un secret aussi!
S: Quoi? Tu es un homme?
J: Bien sûr! Je suis un homme.
S: Alors... Je ne vous aime pas parce que vous avez [deceived] moi tous des ans.
J: Vous êtes ici, alors prenez mon bureau à côté de la porte.
S: D'accord.

A folder with all kinds of goodies, including my diaries for my trips to France in 1996 and 2000, more French dialogues, a song about static cling, and some other great songs that Cheryl and I wrote. One sample verse:

(to the tune of My Darling Clementine)
On a plate, there is a mushroom
He is named Big Mushroom Jake
He is covered in A-1 sauce
And he's sitting on a steak.

And the children's book that Harini and I wrote as our high school senior French project, in which a little boy named Jean-Jacques Pierre takes crayons from a strange man in a truck (Monsieur Bidet) and is kidnapped and forced to work as a slave in Monsieur Bidet's crayon factory until he's rescued by his blue flying dog, Bleu.

Just thought I'd share a little of The Genius Of Young Srah.

¹ I don't know why there isn't a stage direction for this, because I distinctly remember dramatically tearing off the paper moustache I'd been wearing.

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Tags: assistantship, cleaning, french, writing

October 10, 2005

'Were you just first-basin' it with that piece of looseleaf?'

A lesson to people named srah: "Taking vowels out of words doesn't always make them cool."

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Tags: discovered

October 8, 2005


apete and I went to see Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit last night. Gromit was funny and Wallace was a pain in the neck as usual but I was enthralled by the hundreds of bunnies in the movie. Everything they did was so cute and awesome... I had a huge grin on my face through most of the movie and I giggled and even clapped my hands a little because I was so happy to see the adorable rabbits and the things they did.

I told my mom, "It was weird, because none of the other kids in the audience seemed anywhere near as excited as I was about the movie." She said, "The other kids?"

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Tags: movies, wallace and gromit

On this humid Monday morning cold Saturday afternoon


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Tags: job search

October 7, 2005

Fiction fan

I haven't written any fiction since high school and this November will be full of moving, adjusting to a new job and apartment and going to conferences and weddings. Sounds like a great NaNoWriMo formula!

I've been saying for years, "I'm too busy this November. I'll do it next year." I even said it when I was in Vichy, working 12 hours a week - just because I didn't own a laptop at that time.

So this year, I'm actually going to take the extra step of declaring myself a NaNoWriMo contestant, reading No Plot? No Problem! and taking a crack at noveling. I probably won't finish it, but at least I will have given it a shot and realized how much work I'll have to put into it next year!

So who's with me?

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Tags: nanowrimo, nanowrimo 2005, writing

October 6, 2005

God knows the temperature's hot enough...

This damned egg needs to hatch already. I'm this close to taking a chisel to it, for heaven's sake.

Basically, the egg has hatched. The little birdie (not a chicken, as it turns out, but a redhawk) is poking its beak through the shell. I can see the chick, but it's not quite all the way out yet.

-- Enough of the damned egg metaphor!

I sent my cover letter and resume to the school heretofore known as Another Ohio Institution¹ by email on Saturday, September 3 at 1:53pm. At 2:01, the director of the office wrote back to say that I was just what they were looking for. Things went along just duckily - he called and talked to my current boss and my other references, then invited me down for an interview. Once I got down there, he told me that I was the first person they were interviewing for the position and that they had not even lined up any other interviews at that point - that I was to be the candidate to whom all other candidates would be compared.

No pressure!

Drinking all of that water must have done the trick, because they called me two days after my interview to say that they weren't going to interview anyone else and that they were recommending me for hire.

In the interest of not counting poultry before it's hatched, I took the two phone interviews and one on-site interview that I'd already lined up at other schools. I hesitated to say anything here until it was more certain. The recommendation went through all the proper channels and - apparently - my offer was mailed last Friday. Ahem! It's now Thursday and I still haven't received it, but in the meantime I've driven down to Ohio and found an apartment and picked out my computer hardware and all that.

Now I just have to wait for the damned letter and hope that there isn't some fine print requiring me to eat babies every day because seriously, that would get old after about four days and I'd have to switch to puppies.

¹ I haven't decided yet how public I'm going to be about the school I'm going to be working at. You can easily figure out what it is, but I haven't quite figured out how my blog is going to change as I enter the professional world and I'm not ready to say the name out loud here and get it all Google-indexed and suchwhat.

srah | 10:20 PM | Comments (22) | TrackBack
Tags: job search

October 2, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

I have come to keep apete company while he studies and pats my head, but I very stupidly brought the book I just read instead of the one I'm in the middle of. Thank goodness there's an Internet (or several) and free associations to do!

I think I have carpal tunnel, though. There seems to be a gefilte fish in my wrist.

Or something. Read on.

srah | 11:16 PM | TrackBack
Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

Pop your tops?

Dear Kid With His Collar Popped Up Having Brunch With His Parents At the Sheraton This Morning,

I have recently become aware of the "collar-popping" trend that, it would appear, is taking the nation's young people by storm. Clearly I have gotten old, because I wasn't even aware this was happening until I read an article about a club in D.C. that's banning it.

As far as I can tell, it started as some sort of ironic throwback to the 80s and has now become mainstream - sort of like when I was in middle school and said "like" all the time to make fun of the whole Valley Girl/Midwestern faux Valley Girl scene and then it became part of my everyday vocabulary and now I say it, like, all the time.

However you, Kid With His Collar Popped Up Having Brunch With His Parents At the Sheraton This Morning, are not allowed to make ironic references to the 1980s. You aren't making a statement against the preppy kids you went to school with in the 80s. I would wager that you were born in about 1991¹.

The saddest thing about you, Kid With His Collar Popped Up Having Brunch With His Parents At the Sheraton This Morning, is that whether you are making a statement or following a stupid trend, you are still not doing it well. I would have thought you were just a dork wearing his shirt wrong, but you had this 80s throwback terry-cloth wristband on, which led me to to believe that you were, in fact, trying to be trendy or fashionable or stylish or something. But no, Kid With His Collar Popped Up Having Brunch With His Parents At the Sheraton This Morning. If you are going to go so far as to attempt to be trendy with your collar and your accessories, you can't pair them with pants whose tapered ankles hover several inches above your shoes. It is as though the top half of your body is saying, "Man, it sucks that I have to go to brunch with my parents when I could be loitering outside Abercrombie & Fitch with my peeps²" and the bottom half is saying, "Man, it sucks that I have to go to brunch with my parents when I could be recalibrating my erector set³."

¹ I feel old.
² Or homies or pepys or whatever the kids are calling their friends these days.
³ This wasn't intended to be a euphemism, but... heh heh. I said "erector."

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Tags: fashion, open letters

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