Archive for October, 2009

If you weren’t so deadly serious about this it would be terribly funny.
October 25, 2009

I’m watching Funny Face instead of doing homework.

That looks like an apology to me. 

-Every girl on every page of Quality has grace, elegance, and pizzazz. Now what’s wrong with bringing out a girl who has character, spirit, and intelligence?

-That certainly would be novel in a fashion magazine.

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Your love will be safe with me
October 22, 2009

Tomorrow I am going to Hilliard with Alisa, so, being the responsible student that I am, I decided to stay in tonight and do my homework. (Can I get a “what what!” for sobriety? Oh, that’s right, I’m in Athens. Never mind.) Let me tell you something, there is nothing quieter than a sorority house on a Thursday night. Except maybe a sorority house on a Friday night. Anyway, I was preparing to do my homework, really I was. I even got my notebook out and opened it to the correct page. Then, I stealthily averted my eyes when I remembered that I am far too good at procrastinating to do homework.

As I was creeping around the internet, avoiding my assignments as best as possible, I returned to a site that entertained me when I should have been studying for finals last year. Take Away Shows is one of the best ways to waste hours (not exaggerating) online. This video of Bon Iver singing “For Emma, Forever Ago” is one of my favorites. That particular rendition nearly makes me cry. It is one of those amazing songs that just pulls at my stomach and makes me tear up in the best way possible.

Does that ever happen to you? Where you hear a song that is so good it gives you a stomachache? Where you can feel the singer’s emotion so sincerely that it makes your eyes tear up and your head spin? Please say it is not just me because it is one of the best experiences. There is nothing like feeling a song so vividly that it overtakes you for a minute or two.

Here are a few other songs that make me want to cry they are so beautiful:

Oh Fiona Apple, you sing so intensely that my heart breaks with yours every time I hear this song.

One of the most adorable/heart wrenching love songs I have ever heard.

The first Bon Iver song I ever loved.

I was not kidding when, in high school symphonic band, I said this was my favorite song we had ever played.

There you have it, now bawl your eyes out.

Which songs send you over the edge?

J231+Divorce=Video
October 22, 2009

So remember that article I posted before? Here’s the completed video that corresponds with it. This is for my J231 class and I used iMovie. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Everywhere I go I take another place with me
October 20, 2009

Megavideo, why do you do these things to me? There I was, in the middle of Everwood, Season 2 Episode 9 (Just Like the Movies), when your stupid message pops up telling me to wait 45 minutes until I can continue watching. And do you know why I really hate you, Megavideo? Not because you interrupted my episode right when the mysterious new guy was bonding with Amy, but because you know I absolutely will wait those 45 minutes. I have been tired all day and it’s 1 in the morning, a perfectly respectable time to sleep. But no, I’m going to lay in my bed, online shopping until I am permitted to see what happens next. Screw you, Megavideo.

No, wait, I didn’t mean that!

Hmm, talking to inanimate objects and obsessing over fictional characters? Maybe I should get out more…

Here’s the sitch…
October 19, 2009

I’m thinking about applying to be a columnist for our school paper, The Post, but I have no idea what kind of column to have. I can’t just ramble on and on about the craziness of my thoughts week after week because, let’s face it, I’m the only person who finds that entertaining. And so, I am calling upon you, friends and readers, to give me some ideas. I’m not kidding, I really need your help, so comment away! If you have no idea what I like/dislike then you’ve clearly never read my blog before, so help me out and read some old posts? Maybe you can find some brilliance in them. Please and thank you!

I’ll never know a Sunday in this weekday room
October 17, 2009

Not only is it a Saturday night, but it is Homecoming here in Athens. It is currently quarter to eleven at night, and I am at home. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed today, and considering I was up at 5:30 am for kegs and eggs, I fit a lot of celebrating into my day. We came back to the house around 3 to take a little nap, and then everyone else went to the bars. I do not have an ID*, so I am at home, doing nothing. I’m a little blue, not going to lie. Here’s some nice Jason Mraz that is getting me through the evening. Well, that, and the Jimmy John’s and Diet Coke that are about to be delivered right to my front porch.

*If anyone cares to help me out in this capacity, I am open to negotiation.

J231 Project
October 16, 2009

I had to write this article for my news writing class recently and today in class we made corresponding videos. If you guys could help me out and read/watch and comment, I’d love you forever. Thank you!

Basucally, we were told at the beginning of one of our classes to write down something we hate. At the end of the class, our teacher surprised us by saying that we would be writing an article on the thing that we chose. The project has grown from there and apparently we will be doing more work with our topics in the future. I chose divorce, interviewed a few people, and there you have it. Let me know what you think or if you can help! 

For Michelle Gierosky, a 17-year-old senior at Bay High School, escaping the thoughts of her parents’ recent separation is nearly impossible.

“One of the worst parts that other people don’t think about is the emptiness that fills the house. One less voice…one less person at the dinner table. It is all a constant reminder that the family is missing a member.”

Divorce is common in modern American society, but many people forget the effects that a separation has on a family.

With Ohio divorce rates reaching 55.7 for every 100 marriages in 2003, American society no longer reacts to divorce with alarm or increased concern.

The process of splitting up a family can damage a child mentally and emotionally, especially if the divorce occurs during adolescence.

Studies exploring the effects of divorce on children have shown that adolescents tend to react to a divorce with depression, suicidal thoughts, and occasional violence.

Alyssa McElroy, a 20-year-old studying psychology and whose biological parents have each been divorced twice, gave her opinion on growing up with divorced parents.

“It made it hard as a teenager because I never wanted to leave my friends behind to go visit my dad. It hurts social development as an adolescent. And problems with custody and family court can really mess up a kid,” McElroy said.

Gierosky described the worst part about her parent’s divorce.

“The constant tension in the house whenever anything related to the divorce comes up. Simply asking where the can opener is can turn into an awkward silence when you find out that (my) dad took it when he moved out,” Gierosky said.

Even a polite inquiry to her parent’s wellbeing reminds Gierosky of the divorce. One thing she said she hates is “When random people ask ‘How are your parents?’ and not knowing how to appropriately respond.”

One resounding effect of divorce on the children involved is “The disconnect it causes between family members. It separates families and children have to split time between parents,” McElroy said.

Bobby Olson, a 19-year-old studying business whose parents are currently separated, agrees.

“I hate having to choose between parents sometimes; being put in the middle. Having to choose something you don’t want to choose about.”

For Gierosky, it is hard to forget that her dad moved out, and reminders of the separation show up unexpectedly.

“It takes forever to get used to all the emptiness, but it never lets you forget what happened because as soon as you go on living normally, you see the empty room and it hits you all over again.”

I hope my future office is this cool.
October 14, 2009

Courtesy of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Twitter, check out this video. Very, very funny. 

Good thing I’m checking people’s Twitters when I have a midterm in 9 HOURS that I haven’t studied for.

You were history with the slamming of the door
October 14, 2009

I may have died last night. Thanks, homecoming!

My new hero
October 13, 2009

This is too cool. I love The Frisky for bringing me stories such as these. Basically, Nina Sankovitch decided to read one book a day for an entire year and then write reviews. My first thought was that a task such as this would not be terribly difficult and would actually be very enjoyable. Then, I thought about it a little more. Sankovitch had to read every day, including holidays, as The Frisky points out. That includes vacations. Imagine going on vacation and, instead of exploring your temporary surroundings, sitting and reading a book all day. There are few things I would rather do than curl up with a good book, but enjoying my family vacation is certainly one of them. I am in awe of such a goal and certainly admire Sankovitch for the accomplishment. 

I wonder what I could learn if I were to take a year off of school and read instead?