24 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'alternative spring break':


'Guess who sighs his lullabies/ Through nights that never end?'

We planned to leave at 9am, so I set my alarm for 7. I would have plenty of time to get myself ready and to repack all of my bags before retrieving the car from the parking garage. Then I woke up at 6:15. By 6:30, I was wide awake with my eyes wide open, willing myself to go back to sleep. Alas, it was not to be, so I got up and puttered around in my suitcase until I could allow myself to go and shower. Due to being wide awake, the morning's preparations went very quickly and by...

srah - Saturday, 5 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'Home, where my thought's escaping/ Home, where my music's playing'

We had another jam-packed day at work today. I got some work in until about lunchtime, then I expected to have some more time to look into Access queries and doing a writeup about them. Alas, it was not to be. My report had to leave off at "How to add a new field," which I hope will be valuable. My project never had a really clear definition, which was frustrating at times but rather liberating because I didn't have a set goal. So I just worked and got done what I got done. This is great for a second-year...

srah - Friday, 4 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'Down by the riverside/ it's bound to be a better ride/ than what you've got planned'

No it wasn't! Not at all! I got off work today and window-shopped a little on the way to the subway but my main goal was Chinatown, home of cheap purses and sunglasses and scarves and things. And food. I got on the subway at my usual place and was supposed to be going in the usual direction... but I wasn't. I guess I wasn't paying attention, because I took a long, slow trip to Queens and had to manoeuvre my way around aboveground to find a train in the other direction. I changed lines at Times Square and inadvertently...

srah - Thursday, 3 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'I'm not the kind of man/ Who tends to socialize'

Jing, Ayca and I got killer seats in the cafeteria today. They were right by the back window, so we had a great riverside view. After work, I walked down (or up? It goes east-west!) 42nd street and did some window-shopping, then Jing and I happened to pass by the New York Public Library. We had about an hour to kill before the SI Alumni Reception, so we went into the building. We ran into Leslie, who's doing her ASB project there, so she was able to give us a tour and show us what one needs to see when...

srah - Wednesday, 2 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Triumphs(?) of librarianship

A woman approaches me at the table in the library where I am working. "I want to get on page." "Excuse me?" "You work here?" "I... I... do. I guess." "I want to get on page. You help me?" She gestures to the area where she's working. "I... you should probably ask over there instead." I gesture to the reference desk. "You work here? You help me. Come here, I want to get on page." A panicked look, I'm sure, crosses my face. I kinda work here, but I don't know anything about the collection! She looks like she's going...

srah - Wednesday, 2 March 2005 - 11:26 AM
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'Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!'

When I see horse-drawn carriages in New York, something in me makes me want to run up to the horses and tell them that the end of their enslavement draws near. There is no Sarah - only Zuul. (Yes, I am doing that thing again where everything I see in New York City reminds me of some movie.) When I came to work this morning, there was a gaggle of Franciscan friars waiting to go through security at the same time I was. Only one of them had on monk-style robes - the rest were in jeans and sweatshirts -...

srah - Tuesday, 1 March 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Flushing: Home of giant goldfish. Or something.

After work, I came home and collapsed. The snow had started and I didn't feel like doing anything. Well, I felt like shopping (I almost always feel like shopping these days) but I couldn't get ahold of Mr B******. So Rachel and I lazed around until MaTT got back and then the three of us lazed around until it was time to eat dinner. We picked a likely candidate out of the AAA guide and set off through the blinding snow. Well, maybe not blinding but it blew around a lot. The place we'd found turned out to be more...

srah - Monday, 28 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
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Where the underlings can eat with elite

All of the Alternative Spring Break reports I've read about *Unidentified International Organization* talk endlessly about the cafeteria. I had built up an image in my mind of a huge room with 100-foot ceilings and marble everywhere, where hairnetted lunch-ladies surlily glop filet mignon and lobster onto your plate. The huge ceilings are, instead, in the part of the library where I'm working. But the cafeteria is pretty spectacular too. I haven't had my tour, but it's my favorite thing about *Unidentified International Organization* so far. The cafeteria looks out over the river and the view is just as spectacular...

srah - Monday, 28 February 2005 - 3:24 PM
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I'm just mad about saffron...

Good morning. I woke up at 7am today, thinking it was almost noon. Being on the other end of this time zone confuses me. I have no ability to guess the time anymore. The truth discovered, I went back to sleep. My roommates had already left by the time I got dressed, so I went for a wander in Central Park alone. I later discovered that most SI people had had the same plan, although I didn't run into any of them at the time. The Gates Project was still up, so I wandered through and people-watched. I think the...

srah - Sunday, 27 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
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The Bronx is up and Matt's battery's down

Stupid things I did today: Try to drive us to Chicago instead of to New York City. I was so concerned with where we should store the Ohio Turnpike toll ticket that I didn't pay attention to the ramp I chose and we started heading west. We didn't lose that much time, but it did seem to take forever before we got to a point where we could turn around. Go to Hoboken, NJ. Well, okay, this wasn't really my decision, but it was stupid and I did it. Step on the passenger-side invisible-brake so hard and for so long...

srah - Saturday, 26 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
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'Tomorrow: A penthouse that's way up high; Tonight: The Y'

Dear The Internet, I am off to New York City for the next week. Please hold everything until I get back. I am off for a 9.5-hour drive in the driving snow in this. Oops, I mean this. Not sure if I'll have an opportunity to blog from work or not, so don't be frightened* if you don't hear from me! I've got a little list notebook and my blogthoughts shall be duly jotted until such a time as I can jot them properly on the Internets. ––––– * Except Andy, because he should always be frightened....

srah - Saturday, 26 February 2005 - 6:39 AM
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If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere

I've got my placement for Alternative Spring Break so In a few weeks I'll be jetting off to New York, where I will wander around like a True Midwesterner, wearing black socks and shorts and staring up at tall buildings until I get my camera stolen. I will be working in the library of an unidentified* international organization and eating in their cafeteria, which I hear is marvelous. I've only been to New York City once - and that was for less than a full day. Now I'll be there for a week - working, sightseeing and perhaps making new...

srah - Friday, 4 February 2005 - 1:37 PM
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Of all the Greek and Roman grandmas, Cupid, the god of chicken is certainly the best known.

As you may remember reading, we played MadLibs in the car on the way to and from DC. My carmates have asked that I record some of them for posterity, but as most of the things involving our SI professors (whose names have been abbreviated to avoid Googlings) will not interest you, the results are all in the extension. Read on if you dare!...

srah - Sunday, 7 March 2004 - 10:27 AM
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Filling out the ASB Participant Report Form

2) What did you like most about your assignment? It makes me feel as though my hard work at SI ain't been in vain fer nothin'. (Bless you all!)...

srah - Tuesday, 2 March 2004 - 10:42 PM
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'I make it a rule always to park on beef jerky' [Day 8 of the DC trip]

Amanda and I woke up early today so that we could see the White House before we left. I had seen it from Constitution Avenue, but hadn't gotten up to the gates. So around 8am, we set off down the street a bit and got a look. We couldn't see many snipers and guards and SS men, so we decided that either they were hiding or they were betting that no anarchists and terrorists would be up and about at 8am on a Saturday. On the gate, there was a button that said "Welcome to the White House". It didn't...

srah - Saturday, 28 February 2004 - 11:42 PM
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Je bois à trop fortes doses/ Je vois des éléphants roses [Day 7 of the DC trip]

I work work worked today to make sure I finished my project before the end of the program. I took a break around noon when my supervisor took me out to lunch, then came back to the office and managed to finish before he left at 4. I spent some more time time foodling around on the Internet and taking pictures of the office for ASB, then went back to the hotel. We sat around and watched various TLC shows to rest up at the end of the week, then got to thinking about dinner. Amanda and I decided we...

srah - Friday, 27 February 2004 - 11:47 PM
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'Six girls, only two guys... where are all the guys?' [Day 6 of the DC trip]

Amanda and I made an after-work date today to go shopping at H&M. There's one just down the street from our hotel, but we hadn't managed to make it earlier in the week. I found a nice little corduroy skirt but alas, do not have any appropriate shoes, so I have to wait to wear it until I get home. Seeing as we couldn't hit up the alumni for internships the other night, we instead hit them up for restaurant suggestions. So tonight we went to the Saigon Inn in Georgetown. I had never been to a Vietnamese restaurant, so...

srah - Thursday, 26 February 2004 - 11:07 PM
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'You should listen to Sarah, because she always knows what she's talking about.' [Day 5 of the DC trip]

I went back to the hotel after work only to find that I was the organizer for the group to travel to the SI Alumni Reception, based on the fact that I was the only one who had called Monique to ask for directions. Directions which I very cleverly wrote down, then left at work. Luckily a few other people had ideas of how to get there, and we were not too late after we subwayed it over there and walked the rest of the way. The big question of the evening was, 'What kind of librarian do you want...

srah - Wednesday, 25 February 2004 - 11:00 PM
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srah's shocking realizations of the week

1) I like group work. Maybe I'm just saying that because I get a week away from my 622 group and I have not yet gone through next week's heinous pain that is Project Managing the Survey Report. But working with my supervisor and his assistant, I realize that I actually have some skills to contribute and can come up with some good ideas. It's not so much that I'm great at HCI compared to other HCI students, but I am more aware of HCI issues than are non-HCI people. Having this work experience makes me feel like I might...

srah - Wednesday, 25 February 2004 - 5:02 PM
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'Sporkie? That's what I'm naming my first-born child!' [Day 4 of the DC trip]

There was a trip to the NPR archives scheduled today, but with a limited number of spots and starting at 5:30pm. So anyone who worked until 6 or didn't make it on the list had to find other plans tonight. Cari went out to dinner with a friend from DC, so Amanda and I sort of lazed around the hotel room until we decided it was time to get something to eat. We ran into Christy and got a call from Matt, who brought along Eunice and Eboni, so we ended up a group of six. After much deliberation, we...

srah - Tuesday, 24 February 2004 - 10:50 PM
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'So, Cari... buy any pants today?' [Day 3 of the DC trip]

We went out for dinner last night in Adams Morgan (an area of DC with a lot of restaurants and bars). Half of the group went to an Ethiopian restaurant and the other 11 of us had Indian. We didn't have reservations, but they were still able to seat us all together at one table. Amanda and I ordered a samosa (sort of a fried pie/dumpling thing with potato, peas and spices inside) each as appetizers, but they ended up being two each. I lurrrrve samosas and these were filling enough that I couldn't eat much of my entrée, much...

srah - Monday, 23 February 2004 - 11:00 PM
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Teh moon rulez #1 [Day 2 of the DC trip]

We got up in the morning, showered and dressed and went off in search of a mythical Waffle Shop of which we had heard tell. It was kind of sketchy but cheap and kind of cool. There seemed to be a lot of locals in addition to the people the hotel had directed there. No one really had any firm plans or things they needed to see, so we set off wandering towards the Mall in a group with Rebecca, Teri, Amanda, Cari, Matt, Tom and Eboni. A group of SI students wandering along Pennsylvania Avenue is automatically going to...

srah - Sunday, 22 February 2004 - 8:31 PM
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'Please don't set my lipgloss on fire!' [Day 1 of the DC trip]

Amanda, Matt, Cari and I left Ann Arbor at 9:01, just on time. I was surprised that I was the lightest packer of all. I'd been afraid that I would take up a lot of space with my suitcase and additional bags for food and things, but I had the smallest suitcase in the group. As I was the second person in the car, I sat in the front passenger seat for the first shift. By the time we switched drivers, I had already created a nest for myself with all of my belongings, so I ended up staying in...

srah - Saturday, 21 February 2004 - 6:00 PM
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Yet another Alternative Spring Break: being tackled by Secret Servicemen

SI has a program called Alternative Spring Break, where SI students go to New York and Washington, DC during the week-long break and do projects for real live organizations to use SI-learned skills and gain new skills and experience. I'd been hearing about this trip all year and had kind of thought about it, but hadn't given it much serious consideration until Young Matthew emailed me and asked me if I was going. I finally checked out the website, realized I had two days before applications were due, got my rear in gear, applied, and was accepted this week. So...

srah - Saturday, 7 February 2004 - 3:23 PM
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