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Tuesday, August 13th, 2002

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12:16a
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Well my trip to Philly has been officially declared a no-go, which is probably for the best. I still feel bad, though.

I was really tired from about Thursday through Sunday, which i blame on my period, so my weekend was mostly reading and making mix CDs. Massive (well, substantial anyway) post office trip earlier today, including sending out mix CDs to saava, sk8eeyore, and oatmilk. I also have CDs for athene, sexonastick, and stumbledhere. I need addresses for the latter two, and Allison will get hers when i get back to NoHo.

I’ve been feeling anti-social recently, which is one of the reasons i haven’t been on AIM much.

I think i’ve been hiding myself away inside nonfiction recently because i really don’t want to deal with going through all my crap -- what to take back to Smith, what to leave here, what to just get rid of.

Am acquiring a long list of books to get next time i go to the library. There are Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum because i’m going back to Smith. There are My Goodness: A Cynic's Short-Lived Search For Sainthood by Joe Queenan and Eden Built By Eves: The Culture Of Women's Music Festivals by Bonnie J. Morris because i saw them in a bookstore in New York. Then there’s a list of books along the lines of Lies My Teacher Told Me and one of books critiquing modern feminism. Sadly, of course, there’s no way i’m gonna get even half of it all read before heading back to the land of assigned reading.

GroupWise doesn’t want to work tonight. Sigh.

Yahoo! News - No Need to Guzzle All That Water, Expert Says
5:35p
I love my new haircut. (And, yes, eventually i’ll post pictures.)
It’s interesting. One of the reasons i got it cut was because it was the only way i could be any more low-maintenance than i already was; people with long hair usually actually do stuff with it, but i could never be bothered. But now i’m doing all this stuff with my hair -- barrettes or a headband to keep it out of my face, wearing earrings because with this haircut you can actually see them, actually looking into purchasing more hair accessories. When did i start caring about what i look like? :)


And for no reason i can discern, i want to cry.


[edited to add this quote from The Great Gatsby which was one of Joe's recent away messages]

"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."
9:32p
We had a bat in our house.
We’re really not sure how it got in, but it was flying around for a while. Flew right by me a number of times. My brother wanted to get a picture of it, but it was not about to stay still. Eventually it went out the front door.
11:36p
on dairy and cramps
I read something a few days ago that said that cutting down on your consumption of meat and dairy can reduce the severity of your menstrual cramps. Today it occurred to me that perhaps the reason why i never had cramps when i was at school but have had them (albeit mildly) this summer is because i consume much less dairy when i’m at school than i do when i’m at home. (At school i have juice with meals and lots of water and tea, whereas at home i have much more milk. I also have cereal with milk every morning at home whereas at school it’s a bagel and juice. I think my ice cream consumption is fairly high both places, though, so now i’m not so sure it could make much of a difference.)

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