October, 2001

October 4th, 2001, 7:38 p.m. - So it begins

I'm going to try this diary thing again. Bear with me. I probably won't update every day, but I'm going to try to do it as much as I can. (It didn't work the last time I tried it, but I thought I'd give it another shot.) It's weird because I keep a regular pen-and-paper diary (a must-do for any writer) and there's a lot of stuff I write in there that you'll never see on your screen. It's not that I'm a secretive person, but...well, maybe it is. It's just that there are some things you people don't need to know. (No offense, of course.)

Anyway, we'll see how this goes.

Let's see. Today I got up early (ug) and went to Abnormal Psychology at 8:30 and Justice in a Pluralistic Society at 10. For those of you who don't know what "Justice in a Pluralistic Society" means (don't worry, you're not alone), it's basically a class that covers different views of justice and helps teach how we can decide what justice is in a society that holds so many different worldviews. (Warning: when you attend Eastern College, the word "worldview" will enter your vocabulary.) Today we were discussing just that--different views of justice--and the discussion reminded me of something from last night's episode of West Wing. One of the characters was saying that America is targeted for terrorist attacks and other forms of violence because we have a pluralistic society. In countries such as Afghanistan, there is one view and it is the right one or you are punished. Women are treated like animals, worse than animals. Men rule everything, women have no freedoms or rights, and if you don't like it, you can be killed. America is hated because we have freedom. We accept thousands of different views, whether we agree with them or not. Yes, we still have a lot of disagreement and hatred in our own country, but we are much more tolerant than some other nations. The way to stand up to people who hate us? Keep accepting other views. Keep letting people speak their minds and excercise their freedoms. Keep America diverse.

October 5th, 2001, 11:22 p.m. - Running for our lives! (Okay, not so much for our lives)

Rachel and I took part in a Student Activity Board-sponsored scavenger hunt tonight and had a really good time. (Even though we didn't win.) We had to go all over campus and find different info about different buildings and people. For instance, we had to find out who the Resident Director was for a couple of different buildings, who one building was dedicated to, and the name of an alumna who graduated in 1984 and has the initials F.F.F. (We found the answer to that one on a brick pathway.) Anyway, we ran all over the place (sometimes literally) and managed to answer all of the questions before everyone else...then found out that two of them were wrong. We then ran over to another building to try and get the right answers, but by the time we got back some of the other teams had already finished and one of them won. Oh, well. We had fun and I actually learned a lot of interesting, random information. Not that most of it will ever be useful....

October 6th, 2001, 11:41 p.m. - Hello, Jenn

Happiness! Erin and I went to the mall today and found out there's a Sanrio store! They sell all sorts of Hello Kitty stuff; stuff with all the different characters in pretty much any form you can think of. We bought some candy and gum and stuff for Steph, whose birthday is Monday.

My bobo roommate managed to get super glue on her hands and couldn't get it off with my nail polish remover. Beppe suggested that we try vodka but, well, we're fresh out. Megan told her to try rubbing alcohol and it worked a lot better; I think she'll live.

I think I'm getting sick. I'll report back tomorrow and keep everyone apprised of my condition. If you hear me whining or anything, just tell me to shut up. I wouldn't expect any less of you.

October 7th, 2001, 5:32 p.m. - Title bad

Jenn sick. She no want write more today. Go sleepy. Night!

October 9th, 2001, 11:13 p.m. - Leanne is not Jennifer Lopez

Today was Student Chaplain Appreciation Day, so we made all sorts of little posters and things for Leanne, our student chaplain. I made her this little storybook that told the story of her future; the most pictures I had of one person were of Jennifer Lopez (from People) so I used those for her, even though Leanne looks nothing like Jennifer Lopez. I thought it was really cute, though. Rachel wrote this little song and we sang it for her. I think she really enjoyed it.

Ug, I really hate being sick. My nose and my ears are stopped up and I don't want to do anything. It's not even 10:30 and I just want to go to sleep, but I feel like if I go to sleep I'll be wasting the time I could use for more important stuff. There's just no winning.

Partial Poem of the Day (as opposed to Quote of the Day):
from W.H. Auden's September 1, 1939

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives....
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return....
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone....
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie....
We must love one another or die....

October 11th, 2001, 12:36 p.m. - Happiness

Even though I'm sick, the past few days have been really nice. The weather is beautiful, for one thing; it feels more like April than October. Yesterday I got my Science, Technology, and Values (Science Tech) quiz back and realized my average in the class is a 94. (I'm horrible at science; I thought that would be my worse class.) Today I had a Justice test and I think I actually did pretty well on it, despite the grumblings of my fellow classmates and the warnings of my roommate, who had my professor last year. So, all in all, things are going pretty well, despite the fact that I have a cold and don't want to do anything.

8:17 p.m.

"Parasites???" Please, someone shut him up.

October 12th, 2001, 11:27 p.m. - Hi, Mom and Dad!

Yay-hoo! My parents are here!

Quote of the Day:
from Shakespeare's As You Like It

"Sweet are the uses of adversity,/ which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,/ wears yet a precious jewel in his head;/ and this our life, exempt from public haunt,/ finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,/ sermons in stones, and good in everything."

October 13th, 2001, 11:32 p.m. - Michael Douglas makes my head hurt

Mommy, make the bad movie go away.

October 14th, 2001, 3:54 p.m. - Boo

Grrr. My new ring is turning my finger green. Growl.

4:02 p.m. - Confusion

Isn't only gold supposed to do that?

October 15th, 2001, 7:51 p.m. - Keep it down over there!

I would just like to state for the record that Shellie, Megan, and Dawn are completely insane. There's a lot of noise coming from their room, and I'm a little scared to find out what's going on over there....

October 16th, 2001, 7:56 p.m. - Rachel is a good girl, really!

Quote of the day:
from Rachel

"That's why I like math. There's only one right answer, and it's in the back of the book!"

10:37 p.m. - Heh

We were talking about fairy tales in my Abnormal Psych. class today (it's kind of a long story, but it had to do with personality disorders...don't ask) and someone said that Goldilocks was the root of all blond jokes. I just thought I would share that.

October 19th, 2001, 7:12 p.m. - I'm smarter than Aaron

I would just like to state that Aaron states on his site that he took The Spark's IQ test and got a 129. Well, for the record, I got a 151! Yay!

October 20th, 2001, 11:09 p.m. - Sacrifice

I was originally supposed to go to New York City with my Journalism class today, but I decided to stay back at EC to do work. (I am not a dork! You take that back!) I had three short papers and a bunch of reading to do, so I thought it was better to be able to spread it out over both Saturday and Sunday instead of having to cram it all in tomorrow. I'm glad I did that; I would hate to have to do work all day tomorrow.

October 21st, 2001, 11:17 p.m. - White bread

Want to see white girls trying to step? Stop by! It's funnier than it should be.

October 22nd, 2001, 4:09 p.m. - Geniuses

I'm starting to wonder if some of my suitemates speak English. There is a sign posted in our bathroom asking people to clean up any water they track on the floor or on the counter...and yet people aren't listening. Someone also left a glob of TOOTHPASTE on the counter. Excuse me?? Are we five? That's so stupid. I'm so tempted to put up a sign that says, "Your mother doesn't live here so clean up after yourself".

7:56 p.m. - Heh

Quotes of the day
from Reader's Digest:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

"To seize the means of production and escape the alienation of the proletariat."--Karl Marx

"Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross the road."--Sir Isaac Newton

"To die. In the rain."--Ernest Hemingway

October 24th, 2001, 4:37 p.m. - There's something about you that's causing me to hug you

For Buffy fans: I found a really funny quiz that determines your Buffy Dream Date. It's here. If you like guys, you'll be paired with either Xander, Spike, Angel, Giles, Riley, or Oz. (I'm with Oz--yay!) If you like girls, you'll be with either Buffy, Willow, or Cordelia. (I whole-heartedly apologize to those of you who wind up with Cordelia.) Enjoy!

10:12 p.m. - Adios

I'm heading home tomorrow afternoon for a three-day weekend--woo-hoo! Just hope that my two classes tomorrow morning go quickly so I can get out of here!

October 25th, 2001, 4:19 p.m. - Possibilities

Home sweet home. I'll be here until Sunday afternoon and hope to do at least one exciting thing while I'm here...but I'm not holding myself to that. Yay for Virginia! (Or something.)

October 28th, 2001, 5:55 p.m. - Film critic

Gotta love that extra hour of sleep. I'm back at school and wish it was still the weekend and that I didn't have work to do. As for excitement, I saw three movies this weekend. I highly recommend Memento and Serendipity, and I recommend that you stay away from Bridget Jones' Diary. Read the book instead.

October 30th, 2001, 12:03 p.m. - Randomness

Mmm...cheesecake brownie....

8:12 p.m. - Rhetorical question

I just made 27 lollipop ghosts for the girls in my dorm. How much of a dork am I?

October 31st, 2001, 2:17 p.m. - Mmm...candy

Happy Halloween/Hallowe'en/All Hallows Eve/what have you, everyone! Hope everyone has a good day and doesn't eat too much candy. I might be going Trick-or-Treating tonight with Kim and Leanne. (Fingers crossed.) Yeah, you might say that at 19 I'm too old for Trick-or-Treating, but I say you're never too old for candy.

8:47 p.m.

Shellie and I went to a few houses and got some candy, so now we're happy. Yay for Trick-or-Treating!

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