47 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'nablopomo 2007':


You can talk and talk till your face is blue, but they still do just what they want to do!

I think that I will not post today, just so that I can lose NaBloPoMo at the eleventh hour! Oh wait. So much for that idea. Despite all my pleas to give someone else a chance, it appears that the winner of the musicals quiz will be my sister. Now to devise a terrible, terrible prize for her to have won!...

srah - Friday, 30 November 2007 - 4:58 PM
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Yes, it came direct from Paris, France

Paris, je t'aime is a ridonkulously huge collection of famous directors (Joel and Ethan Coen, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Sylvain Chomet) and actors (Steve Buscemi, Other People Who Aren't Steve Buscemi) in a series of short films about Paris. I actually wasn't expecting much, just because I find short-format films pretty hit-or-miss, but it was a cool mix of subjects and directing styles. It's hard to say which one was my favorite because there were so many good ones. The last film is about a lonely American mail carrier who's studied French for two years in preparation for...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 7:35 PM
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With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book

What's the deal with polyjuice potion, anyway? In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Crabbe/Goyle-polyjuiced Harry and Ron speak in their own voices, though they try to just grunt in true Crabbe/Goyle fashion so that Draco doesn't suspect anything. In the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (a seriously over-polyjuiced book, by the way), Fleur sounds like herself when she's been polyjuiced to look like Harry, Harry sounds like himself when he's "Barny Weasley" but they all get new voices when they're polyjuiced into Mafalda Hopkirk, Reg Cattermole and Albert Runcorn, or...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 12:58 PM
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I'm full of vitamin A, say!

Make that "C." Isn't it convenient that cold season and clementine season fall around the same time of year? Suspiciously convenient, I'd say. I'm on to you, The Clementine Industry!...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 6:30 AM
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I had a dream! A dream about you, baby

I dreamt last night that I was invited to a dinner by a college friend I haven't seen in years. It was a huge dinner and I think it was held at my mom's church. At one point, my college friend attracted everyone's attention and got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend. "This is stupid," I loudly announced, "They're already married." Then I stomped out of the room. They are married in real life, but they weren't in the dream, and apparently my dream-self was more in touch with the real world than with the dream-world. I...

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 11:16 PM
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Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning

I am fascinated by the idea that the words for beautiful (جميل, jameel) and sentence (جملة, jumla) come from the same root in Arabic. Beautiful sentence! This is especially confusing to me because when I hear جملة I keep translating it into French in my head, and I wonder why the topic of jumelles (twins and/or binoculars) keeps coming up in class. Alas, my progress this semester has not been up to the standards of previous semesters. I think that part of this is due to the content: It's a lot easier to make progress when you're starting from nothing....

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 10:37 PM
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And we want you to sleep well tonight

I'm tired and I have a cold and I'm tired and also I'm tired. No blog post tonight with any actual content to it! I can't remember thinking or doing anything blogworthy today, except sneezing a lot and drinking more tea than usual. So you just get this lazy cop-out post and a chance to guess another musical. Whee. Some actual content tomorrow, hopefully!...

srah - Tuesday, 27 November 2007 - 11:03 PM
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For he might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Italian

I am 2-0 over the last couple weeks in Guessing Whether Someone is Danish or South African. I don't know why I get those two accents mixed up, except that they both have the combination of very good English spoken with a Germanic-type accent. You would think South African and Dutch would trip me up more often, but they haven't so far. I narrowed the Dane down to either South African or Danish before making my guess a couple of weeks ago and did the same with the South African today. If you extend the game to Guessing Whether Someone...

srah - Monday, 26 November 2007 - 5:05 PM
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They're gonna recognize my eyes, my hair, my teeth, my boobs, my nose

When I blogged about how I'd always wanted to Become A Regular Somewhere I completely forgot that my family are already regulars for Sunday brunch at the Sheraton in Ann Arbor. I probably forgot it because I am always trying to forget it. It would be nice if it were because we go there frequently, but it's because we've become recognizable. A few years ago, I was to meet my family at the Sheraton for brunch. They arrived before I did and the host was amused to watch as they danced around the table, trying to decide where they should...

srah - Sunday, 25 November 2007 - 9:44 PM
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Play with appropriate passion

We went tonight to see the second annual Jeff Daniels and Friends concert at the Michigan Theater, which was basically a huge love song to the state of Michigan. The artists were all from Michigan or had some Michigan connection, and were singing or pattering in between songs about their love for Michigan. We were a couple of rows back from the governor. I didn't realize that Jeff Daniels was so into musical performance, in addition to his acting and playwrighting. I'm always rather proud of him, because he's managed to stay true to his Michigan roots and his love...

srah - Saturday, 24 November 2007 - 11:25 PM
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A mezzanine seat to see the flickers

Every year, my mom, my sister and I go to see a movie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. When we first started this tradition, the theaters were almost deserted, but I think more and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to get away from the Black Friday shopping insanity. This year, our movie was Enchanted, where an animated Disney Princess accidentally finds herself in live-action form in New York City and has to deal with the problems of the non-fairy-tale world. Disney is a pretty safe Thanksgiving Friday choice for us, but after seeing Shrek 3 this morning,...

srah - Friday, 23 November 2007 - 11:50 PM
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I have often walked down this street before/ But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before

My family walked in our first 5k walk today. If anyone had asked us - which they didn't - we were prepared to call ourselves ¡Team Holt!, which had the dual advantages of sounding like ¡Steve Holt! when we shouted and raised our arms in the air in celebration, and also might have led people to believe our name was Holt, lending us an air of anonymity that would have helped when they were shutting down the race route before we were finished. ¡Team Holt!...

srah - Thursday, 22 November 2007 - 11:22 PM
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In the opinion of this court, this child is depraved on account he ain't had a normal home

A couple of weeks ago I commented on an annoying-slash-hilaaaarious conversational habit of mine. I picked up on another one that my sister and I do while we were grocery shopping today: 1: Where is the [X]? (Or brings up [X] in some other context) 2: You're an [X]! 1: I'll [X] you! Such as: Alfie: Where are the cheese and crackers? me: You're cheese and crackers! Alfie: I'll cheese and crackers you! Then when we went to drive home, Alfie unlocked the car and let me in. I reached over and grabbed the keys off her lap and joked,...

srah - Wednesday, 21 November 2007 - 3:58 PM
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'Tis makin' me kind o' sick

Unpleasant: Staying home sick from work on Monday. Worse: Hearing on Tuesday morning that there is a case of bacterial meningitis running around campus somewhere. They've contacted all the students who would have had contact with Student Zero, but I have a feeling that the don't ever ask about grownups whose office they went to and coughed on. I don't have any of the primary symptoms (high fever, headache, and stiff neck) but I did have a few of the secondary ones (nausea, confusion, and sleepiness). My first thought was "AIEEEEEEEE! I have it! I have to go get diagnosed!"...

srah - Tuesday, 20 November 2007 - 6:40 AM
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What's that? Another picture post?

(Guess the musical whose lyric is represented by the picture.)...

srah - Monday, 19 November 2007 - 5:50 PM
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I can neither sew, nor cook, nor read or write my name

This was one of the most productive Sundays I've had in a long time. It helped that I had multitasked by folding laundry and tidying the living room during the football game on Saturday, so that meant I could spend Sunday doing whatever I wanted. I decided that I wanted to make meatloaf, and ended up making meatloaf, mashed potatoes and muffins. If someone would come and do the dishes for me, that would be great. I may be feeling productive, but I'm not that productive. The meatloaf was an interesting adventure. I found the recipe online but there was...

srah - Sunday, 18 November 2007 - 10:49 PM
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I have dreamed thee too long, never seen thee or touched thee but known thee with all of my heart

I had a two-layer dream last night where I dreamt (within the dream) that I was at the opening day of a Beatles museum and I was some kind of special guest. John gave me a tour and a very young George made eyes at me. One of them was in love with me, but I don't remember now which one it was. I must have seen Paul somewhere too, because when I "woke up" from the dream within the dream, I told my mom that I'd dreamt I'd seen all of the Beatles except Ringo. I didn't remember any...

srah - Sunday, 18 November 2007 - 10:17 PM
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I'm just a girl who cain't say no

One really exciting thing about the writers' strike is that I will be freed from my enslavement to the TV. Once they run out of new episodes, I won't have to worry about what to watch and what to tape and what to watch or not watch online. I started to think, at first, that this would be a really exciting time for me, so that instead of this¹:   Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 8 Shouty Man Shouting Into a Megaphone Shoutily (ABC) The Barney and Marshall Show, Also With Other Characters (CBS) A Very Special "Social...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 4:14 PM
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Underneath, your blood is blue!

Hail! to the victors valiant Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes Hail! Hail! to Michigan the leaders and best Hail! to the victors valiant Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes Hail! Hail! to Michigan, the champions of the West! GO BLUE! powered by ODEO...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:05 PM
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And if we all could spread a little sunshine

My most recent listen-in-the-car endeavor is The Lovely Bones, which is an interesting story but very strangely told. I'm not sure now if I would have liked it better if I'd read the text version rather than listening to the audio book, but I suspect that's the case. I have a feeling that the flowery and metaphorical language that bothered me might have been less noticeable if I had read it rather than having it read to me. For example: She asked for coffee and toast in a restaurant and buttered it with tears. - "Snapshots" What? Did she butter...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:04 AM
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She's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead

Warning #1: If for some reason you haven't seen The Sixth Sense yet and have managed to get through the last eight years without having the ending spoiled for you¹, you might want to stop reading now. Warning #2: The following post makes me sound like a crazy person. I kind of am. I've known more than one person (it's not just you, Jennie) who saw The Truman Show and became convinced that their entire life was a reality show created for others' entertainment. For me, it was not so much The Truman Show but The Sixth Sense that had...

srah - Friday, 16 November 2007 - 12:38 PM
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Overnight, there's been a breathless change in you

Well hello, and welcome to my living room blog. It's a Multi-Stanza Weather-Haiku Extravaganza! And you're all invited! Last night: wore no coat This morning: need light jacket Right now: OH GOD, SNOW! Forty-one degrees Where the hell did that come from? Should have brought a hat What be these white flakes? Be it snow, or do the gods Need Head & Shoulders? Accident'ly punched the microwave. Unrelated to weather, sorry. My hand is bleeding Next time I'll punch you HARDER! Curse you, microwave! Oh, back to weather. Now they're forecasting showers. We'll be wet AND cold. I'm not crying...

srah - Thursday, 15 November 2007 - 10:56 PM
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Another photo post!

Once again, the clue to the musical is in the picture, not in the title. I think this one might be a little harder than last time, but what do I know?...

srah - Thursday, 15 November 2007 - 12:42 PM
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To the matter that you mention I have given some attention, and I think I am sufficiently decayed

Best. Quiz. Ever. Srsly. Your Score: Michelangelo / Rose Your ki is made up of 35% Vigor and 41% Wisdom You're not the Golden Girl who is most inclined to action, but take heart! At least you're not part of the brainiac patrol, either. You are the party animal of the Golden Girls / Ninja Turtle team. Carefree and often lazy, you're the one who will invariably be chosen for the most dangerous duty whenever a zany scheme calls for it. You crack jokes yourself and are the butt of many more, but your actions show that you are capable...

srah - Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 5:37 PM
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Sometimes when someone has a crush on you, they'll make you a mix tape to give you a clue

Not that I have a crush on Tiff. It's all part of the NaBloPoMo game, folks. ... or is it¹? Anyway, it's time for Volume 2 of Tiff's Great CD Swap. I found myself unable to make one good mix CD of love songs, so I've made two bad ones instead. The first follows my November theme, and the second one is full of the most clichéd and/or sappy love songs evar. Read on for playlists! ¹ Yes, it is....

srah - Tuesday, 13 November 2007 - 12:22 PM
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This is what the British population calls an elementary education

Well, that's a bit disappointing....

srah - Tuesday, 13 November 2007 - 7:02 AM
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Yet there's the bold, brave spring of the tiger that quickens your walk¹

I am now in training for My Very First 5k Walk, which I will be doing on Thanksgiving morning with the rest of my family and maybe my best friend and her boyfriend and my cousin and her wife. And by "in training" I mean "I bought some new shoes! I will probably spend most of the next two weeks 'breaking them in' while sitting on the couch." ¹ Oh, I should mention that I may repeat musicals this month. Which I may or may not have done above. Surprise!...

srah - Monday, 12 November 2007 - 8:38 PM
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Beautiful girl, you're a lovely picture

We had our yearly photo session this weekend to take a picture for the family Christmas card, just as we've done for the last 28 years. Wow, that's a lot of years when you write it down! As usual, Alfie and I insisted on taking some joke pictures and messed up many others by having no idea what we were doing. Hansel and Zoolander we are not. As usual, we fervently wished that our parents would choose the joke/outtake photos over the serious pictures. And as usual, the parents prefer the serious ones. So we'll be sending out this one:...

srah - Monday, 12 November 2007 - 12:17 PM
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Today all my dreams will come true

I dreamt last night that I was in a Catholic church, dressed in a frumpy dress and a choir robe, and everyone was expecting me to help with Communion. I don't know why, because I'm not even eligible to take Communion in a Catholic church. I complained loudly about this but no one cared. Someone asked me if I was a novitiate¹, which offended me no end. I shouted, "No! I don't know why I'm dressed like this!" Then later they made me hand snacks out to the old people and children in the congregation. These horrible kids took all...

srah - Sunday, 11 November 2007 - 7:33 PM
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Rip! Rip! Rip the chipmunk off the field

Go Blue! (No, there is no real content to this post. What am I, a football blog? Kittens!)...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2007 - 8:04 AM
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Hey mister, she's my sister!

If my sister loved me like she ought to, this is how our conversations would go: Me: Do you like sibling? Alfie: I don't know, I've never sibbled. Ha ha ha ha ha! Instead they go like this: Me: Do you like sibling? Alfie: ... no....

srah - Friday, 9 November 2007 - 10:06 PM
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What's it gonna take to stop the scabbers?

'Tis Thursday and I am therefore struck with the weekly conundrum: do I watch 30 Rock tonight and watch Ugly Betty online this weekend or do I watch Ugly Betty tonight and watch 30 Rock online this weekend? But now there is the added complication of the writers' strike. In the interest of supporting the writers, shouldn't I make a statement to the network by avoiding the online content for which they don't get paid? Geez, I think I'm actually going to have to find a blank tape and use my VCR like some kind of caveman. What have you...

srah - Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 7:31 PM
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I started life as an orphan, a child of the streets

Every one we capture says he's an orphan. The last three ships we took proved to be manned entirely by orphans, and so we had to let them go. One would think that Great Britain's mercantile navy was recruited solely from her orphan asylums - which we know is not the case.-Frederic, The Pirates of Penzance But what if it were the case? I like to imagine the Pirates of Penzance capturing the HMS Pinafore, only to find that it is crewed by orphans from the workhouse in Oliver!, all barely able to dance a proper hornpipe because they're suffering...

srah - Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 7:15 PM
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What's that playing on the radio?

It looks like WOMC finally read this post I made back in 2005 and bowed to my wishes. Too bad for them that I've moved to Ohio, almost exclusively listen to NPR and have developed new local radio nemeses down here. Someone come down here and get the Shrieking Woman off my pledge drives!...

srah - Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 5:26 PM
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Well-bred and mature, and out of her mind!

If you ask me "Where does [X] come from?" even (or especially) if [X] is an inanimate object or an abstract concept, there is a 95% chance that I am going to respond, "Well, when a mommy [X] and a daddy [X] love each other very much, they hug each other in a special way..." It's just what I do. Your only hope, your only savior from this predetermined line is that I might actually know some piece of trivia about where [X] comes from and feel a need to tell you the real answer. Only my love for trivia...

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2007 - 5:26 PM
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Kind Captain, I've important information

I have been tagged, so I bring you: 7 Random And/Or Weird Facts About srah When I was in elementary school, our music teacher, Mr McDonald (who had an imaginary friend named "Boo-Boo McGillicuddy") was the one who introduced me to Oliver! (and therefore to my first fictional-character crush) and I have the impression that he had us sing an awful lot of Three Dog Night. I don't know if it was part of the district-mandated curriculum for elementary-level music classes, if it was in our music book, or if Mr McDonald was just a huge fan of Three Dog...

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2007 - 12:16 PM
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You, you will be mean/ And I... I'll drink all the time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40k7SkXi3Rc I just came across this video on the preparation of absinthe (how do I find these things? I don't even remember) and it reminded me of our parties back when I was living in Vichy. I tasted some absinthe at one of those parties, but it didn't make much of an impression. For one thing, about 4.5 years later, I don't remember what it tasted like. For another thing, even when I came home from the party that night, I blogged about tequila and Michigan accents instead. It all seems like so much work, with the special flatware and...

srah - Monday, 5 November 2007 - 10:51 PM
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I couldn't care less what she'll wear or what she looks like/ It all depends on what she cooks like

I made brownies this weekend, and they got a little overdone, which makes me sad. Why is it that when you burn brownies, it's the edges (the best part) that get burnt, and the middle (the second best part) is just fine? I am going to invent brownies that finish cooking in the middle first, leaving tender, chewy delicious edges no matter how long you cook them for. What's that? My baking ideas aren't based in reality? Well, um... LOOK OVER THERE! *runs*...

srah - Monday, 5 November 2007 - 5:43 PM
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He tucks it right under his chin

I don't really have a preference between sleeping on my left side, my right side, my back or my stomach. I've slept in all of those positions at different times, and done just fine. When I was a kid, it didn't matter what position I was sleeping in, but it did matter very much that the covers were covering my neck and both of my ears. In any kind of weather, I would wrap the covers around my face so that they tucked under my chin, and then I would be safe. I'm not really sure what I was afraid...

srah - Monday, 5 November 2007 - 7:05 AM
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And a fellow would know that his darling/ Had heard ev'ry word of his song

This is another one of those posts that probably only one of my readers will understand and/or care about, but here goes. In the song "J'en ai marre" by Alizée: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVlrqTw7wjM There's a section of the chorus that goes: J'en ai marre de ces cyniques Et dans les prĂ©s les colchiques J'en ai marre d'en avoir marre Aussi (I'm fed up with these cynics And the flowers in the prairies And I'm fed up with being fed up Too) The song is about Alizée listing off all the million different things she's sick of, and talking about how she's only...

srah - Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 10:23 PM
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The clue is not in the title this time!

It occurred to me this morning that my breakfast came from a musical. So you get a visual clue today instead of lyrics. I'm shaking things up around here. Guess away!...

srah - Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 9:02 AM
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Something has changed within me/ Something is not the same

O hai. I decided to change the rules again. It's now no longer "best out of 30" but "best out of however many NaBloPoMoLolCatted posts there are by the end of the month" because it occurred to me that I might want to write posts with titles from musicals more than once a day. Um... like I just did. So have at that....

srah - Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 10:12 PM
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Chicks who did kicks aren't kicking anymore/ They're doing choreography

I went to the Diwali festival tonight to see the festivities and eat the food. The dinner, which was heavily subsidized by Associated Student Government funding, only cost $2 to ticket-buyers. So while not free Indian food, it was pretty darn near to free Indian food. I was almost moved to tears¹ by the Classical Fusion dance done by the Rec Center class. I have been taking the half-hour per week classes offered by Employee Health and Well-Being², and these ladies (a different class, but with the same teacher) meet for an hour a week to learn and practice their...

srah - Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 7:37 PM
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A person can develop the flu/ The flu, a hundred and three point two

[Note to those of you who have suggested themes/lyrics: I am going to try to use your suggestions, especially when my everyday life doesn't inspire me. Just because I haven't used them yet doesn't mean I won't. Keep suggesting!] The yearly question once again raises its head: to flu shot, or not to flu shot? I've gotten by without flu shots for my whole life so far and don't usually get hit very hard in flu season (just enough to take a sick day off work and some time to take care of myself), but on the other hand, I...

srah - Friday, 2 November 2007 - 7:10 PM
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OMG! A contest! OMG!

Since all of my NaBloPoMo post titles will be lyrics from musicals this year, I have decided that I will also have a little contest to encourage commenter loyalty and return visits and ROI and consumer cromulence and other boring business terms that I am pretty much just making up now. So on each NaBloPoMo post (identified with the Official NaBloPoMo Lolcat), you are invited to guess the musical that the title comes from. The person who guesses correctly (first) wins! Yay for you! Then at the end of the month, whoever has won the most days out of the...

srah - Friday, 2 November 2007 - 4:57 PM
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My future, I hope, will be/ In the home of a brave and free male

As you may know, if you are stalking me and/or following me on Twitter¹, I went to Indianapolis for a conference last weekend. At the conference, I went to a session about why more females than males study abroad, and how this can influence study abroad marketing efforts. This session has been bothering me ever since, because the presenter had interviewed female study abroad students and had discovered that one reason a lot of females (at her university, anyway²) study abroad is that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do so. This is one thing that we try to point...

srah - Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 5:20 PM
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National Very Busy Month

If I am going to participate in National Blog Posting Month (post every day for the whole month of November) I am going to need some help around here. Any ideas? I've got a post brewing for today (and hey, doesn't this one count?) but you may have noticed that I don't necessarily come up with something to write about every day. So suggest away! What has worked in the past that you'd like to see more of? What are you dying to know more about? I still haven't really decided whether I'm doing National Novel Writing Month this November...

srah - Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 7:18 AM
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