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Rants, ramblings about my life, work, politics, current events and my obsessions with yarn, knitting, and good music...

Tuesday, September 30, 2003


Go DC!! Last year we were seventh! This year we are third, if it keeps up we'll beat out LA & San Fran for worst traffic congestion next year!

On the boy front, lunch with N was a lot of fun. He's a really nice guy, but I'm not sure if I like him in the romantic sort of way. I think he is someone who will become a really good friend.

Seriously it's raining men. I got hit on by a hot hot hot DC fireman while in line at Baja Fresh after class yesterday. Then last night I got an email from this guy who saw my ad on (And he's originally from Morgantown. You WVa'ers are fuckin' EVERYWHERE!!)

Never in my entire life have I had boys notice me the way they have been the past six weeks.

Monday, September 29, 2003


Return of the King


You'll need QuickTime to see it......

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

coo coo ca chew Mrs. Robinson

It seems that my life has entered a plethera of boy phase. I don't know how it all started or what to make of it all, but I'm finding it very humorous.

First, it was S, with whom I went on two dates. Then it was J with whom I had fabulous stranger sex. Now it's N, a 20 year old who was in my Logic class last fall!!!

Yes, yes, I know, I'm a Mrs. Robinson! But he'll be 21 in four months!! That and I don't think he knows how old I am. I know you're all dying to know the story so here it is:

We were in Logic last fall, never really talked, didn't even think he knew who I was. Semester ends, spring session starts up and we ran into each other a couple times during Spring. Every time we would see each other he would mention that we'd have to get together, but nothing ever came of it. No exchange of numbers or email or anything. Well, I ran into him last week on my way to Sociology and he asked for my cell phone number (seems college kids these days don't give out their home/dorm numbers) and was like "Sure!" So we exchange numbers and me being the pessiment with the male population didn't think he'd really call. Well! He just called and we're having lunch on saturday.

My life is very odd, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Anyways, life is getting nuts. I should actually say school's getting nuts. I'm presenting in my Shakespeare class tomorrow with a really smart, cute classmate of mine. He's one of those quiet students, but when he says something, you better watch out, because it's really good. I'm nervous, but think it will be interesting. I have another presentation next week for African American Lit, which shouldn't be too bad, I just have to go do some research on the document my group's discussing.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening. Love to you all.

Monday, September 22, 2003

Electricity, Electricity...

Got home saturday night from Chris & Heather's to an apartment with up and running electricity!! YAY!!! I love spending time at their place, but there's something about sleeping in my own bed.

Didn't do as much homework as I should have during the four day weekend, but I did do a ton of reading. No more slacking, the semester is in ful swing, and I have gobs and gobs of work to do. I wish I didn't have a job, it's getting in the way of my studies!!

Am very sleepy, will write more later. Hope you all had a good day.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

power or lack of it.

I got back yesterday from the movies with Lee (Lost in Translation, GO SEE IT!!) to an apartment still lacking power. So, I called Chris & he and Heather came to get me. I'm still at their place. We had dinner and I did some reading while they watched tv. I forgot how great it is to be in a HOUSE!! Some day I'll own onw. They also have the cutest dog!! His name's Patche, and he's a Great Dane. Big big dog, but so loveable and sweet.

Chris & Heather are having a small get together, so I'll be here all day. I might even be here tonight, depending on if I have power when they take me home. I love having family in the area, makes life so much better.

Ok, so Lee & I went to see Lost in Translation yesterday afternoon. Oh my gosh. One of the best movies I've seen in a long long time. Go see it. Bill Murray (sp) at his best!!

Love to you all!! For those of you visiting certain Marthas in NYC, I hope you all have a great time!! Take lots of pictures!! I want tohear all about it on monday!

Thursday, September 18, 2003

tap tap tap

The HUGE pine tree that's outside my window is tap tap tapping away on my window. As long as it doesn't come crashing into my apartment, it can tap until it's heart's content.

With all this extra time on my hands, one would think that I would use the time wisely and do lots and logs of school work. Nope, not at all. I spent most of the day playing a very addictive computer game called "Gem Drop" talked to Anastasia B. a bunch of times, as well as my brother Chris & his wife Heather and my sister. Listened to the radio (which plays the same damn songs over and over and over again) and watched some TV.

Speaking of TV, I watched Solaris, this evening, not the originial, but the remake. It was.... interesting... I'm not used to watching sci-fi films, so suspending belief in "reality" is a tough thing for me at times. I liked it, I'm still processing it. I'm interested to see what the book it is based on is like. I'll have to ad it to my "one the semester's over" book list.

Well, off to read, before the power cuts out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2003


I thought life was supposed to become less complicated and not as busy as we got older. No siree bobby. I'm looking at my calender for the next few weeks, and I am going to be insanely busy, but it's all good. I'm alive, I have a great life, great friends and family, so I cannot complain.

I just want to let you all know how much I love and appreciate all of you. You have been so amazingly supportive during this whole thing with Aunt Fran. I am truly blessed.

Didn't get much homework done last night. I spent 20 minutes stuck in the metro between the Rosslyn and Court House stations. The train I was on lost proplutions (sp?). It was quite humorous. No one's life was in danger, so there was nothing I could do but laugh and then take a powernap. Another train had to come and PUSH us to the Cout House station so we could all off load. I then spent 20 minutes waiting to get onto a train that wasn't packed like sardines. All in all it took me an hour and a half to get home.

I was craving Thai food, so, after getting home I took myself out to dinner. There's a very yummy Thai restaurant called Bankok Blues that's a short walk from my apartment. They have live music every night, the staff wears shirts that say "Hot Thai, Cool Jazz". Last night's band, who ever they were, were so painfully bad, I couldn't bear to stay & read after I ate. I had to get out of there as quick as possible.

Talked with Kate. She went to Vegas to see REM for her birthday and I wanted to hear all the details about the show. Listening to the the setlist and hearing the excitement in Kate's voice made me anxious for her visit in October to see them play ate GMU.

Haven't heard from S since coffee last week. I don't anticipate hearing from him. Oh well, I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

What would you do??

What would you do if you only had two months to live? Would you party like a rock star? Would you get your finances in order? Would you travel the world? Would you tell people how you really felt about them whether it be good or bad?

Craig put the question in my brain on our way to the Georgetown Flea Market. It all came from me telling him & Mike that Aunt Fran has two to six months to live. It's something I never really thought about before. But I think if I was up to it I'd travel to the places I've always wanted to go to.

It's really weird to think about, but there is a good chance that I will never see Aunt Fran again. And I don't like it one bit. Talking to her on the phone is definately not the same as seeing her. When I would find out when she & Uncle Larry would visit Buffalo (they live in Minneapolis) I would try to schedule a visit home to make sure I could spend time with them.

I can't even put into words how I'm feeling. I'm mad and sad at the sametime. I wanted to party it up with her when I got married and it's not going to happen. She's my favorite aunt. The kind of aunt that's not just an aunt, but the aunt that was like another Mom and friend all rolled into one. She is someone I can talk to about stuff I can't talk to my parents about but get parentlike advice without the parentlike judgement.

If I am such a wreck over this I can't even imagine what her kids are feeling. My cousin Kevin just got engaged and there's a good chance that Aunt Fran won't be at the wedding.

I hate this I hate this I hate this. I know that everyone dies, it's a part of life. Nothing is permament, but the circumstances really piss me off.


Friday, September 12, 2003

The Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
Still the same.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
My new name would be Claire Puras

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
My Mom liked the name and it was the only name they had picked out.

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
Really love the names: Claire, Lily, Olivia, Soraia, Joshua, Jeremy, Henry, Jacob
Not a big fan of: Danielle, Jennifer, Mickey.

5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it?
Not accurate whatsoever.

On sadder note:
Rest in peace Man in Black....
Johnny Cash 1932-2003

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Student Loan Money

WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!! My student loan check come in yesterday (I forgot to post about it last night). I deposited it first this this morning. I can now buy groceries, clothes, shoes and pay for my dentist, eye doctor & OB/GYN appointments!!! Yea Sallie Mae!!!

It's sooooo nice out. Hope you all get a chance to enjoy the day.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Queer Eye...

Watched my first episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I know I live in a hole, it's been on all summer & just now I start watching it. My fag hag card is going to get taken away, if I'm not careful.

Had tea with S tonight. I like him more and more everyday. I don't know what or how he feels about all of this, we don't talk about it (it's way too early) and his body language is hard to read. Although he did ask for a hug before we parted. I think slow is good. Everytime I've rushed into things it's ended poorly.

Welcome back to Dan & Stacy!!! I can't wait to see the photos & hear the stories. Hope recovery from jetlag is short.

Off to read.....

Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. Love to you all.

Sunday, September 07, 2003

mmmm bagels

Just spent the past couple hours at Panera, drinking coffee, eatin' a bagel (asagio cheese, so damn good) and reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent (pen name Harriet Jacobss) for African American Lit. I should have stayed at Panera, since I was sitting outside, but I was afraid if I had any more coffee my heart might explode, so I came home and now I'm going to read some Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus for your enquiring minds) and try to flush out the caffiene from my systerm.

Today is another stunning day. I'm glad I was able to bask in the sunshine, even if it was for only a couple hours. Today is one of those days where I wish I had a balcony so I could spend the day reading outside. It's a shame the pool has closed for the season, as it's a perfect poolside day as well.

I gave in and called S. He has plans tonight (spending the day at the office I'm guessing) but we're going to get together for tea tomorrow. A female coworker of mine told me that I should wait for him to call and not call him. But a boy coworker informed me that that was the stupidest advice EVER. He was like "If you like him you should call him. He's older so I'm sure he's not into game playing, ignore her advice." It's funny to talk to guys and to get their take on dating, it's so completely different from girls.

Wow. My blue yoga pants totally clash witht the blue tshirt I'm wearing.

Ok, I'm going to go try to channel this caffiene enduced hyperness into reading. Have a great afternoon.

oooh before I forget. A really good article about Howard Dean in the weekend edition of the Financial Times can be found here.

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Beautiful Day

Woke up with U2's song stuck in my head, and it totally fits the weather. It's such a great day, not too hot, not too cold, just perfect. You can smell autumn in the air. My favorite season, cool nights, warm days, the beginning of the school season, comfy sweater season, hikes in the country weather. It never lasts as long as I'd like, but such is life. The wanna be Buddhist in me has to keep reminding myself about the impermanance of things.... easier said than done!!

Haven't heard from "S" since dinner on thursday and ya know what, it's perfectly ok. I'm not fretting about it like I have with past boys. There's something different about this one. I'm actually able to say with conviction, if it's meant to be it will happen without doubting the words. I like him, I do. I'd like to date him, he's funny, smart, really cute, makes me laugh like nobody's business and is quite comfortable to be with. So, we'll just have to wait and see what happens only so much is in my control. (But if the gods are listening, I'd really like this one to work out!!)

Smooches to you all! Go out and enjoy the weather while I read sociology!

Friday, September 05, 2003

Another day of good and bad

Date with "S" was perfect. We met for coffee and that lead to dinner, and it was 3 hours of lots and of converstation and laughter. I think I am smitten. He said he liked me and thought I was very nice. But the word like can have many different meanings. So we'll see where it goes, I have a feeling about this one....

I got an email from my aunt this morning. She met with the oncologist yesterday & he wasn't very hopeful. The cancer's spread too far in the pancreas to do surgery so chemo's her only option. Although, she has an appointment at the Mayo Clinic next week and is going to see what they can do for her. So, if you all would say little prayers to the god you follow, I'd be most grateful.

Finally for the morning, here are today's Friday Five

1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
I hate dusting, I'd rather clean the toilet than dust.

2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?
I like vacuuming, there's just something about it. It's amazing how a quick vacuum can make all the difference in the appearance of a room.

3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?
Laundry friday nights. Clean saturday mornings

4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
The way I clean is always the same pattern. I always start in the same place.

5. What was the last thing you cleaned?
My kitchen.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

New Day

I am in a much better mood than yesterday. I'm still fucked financially, but there's nothing I can do about it. I had to buy books, I had to buy groceries, the automatic withdrawl that's going to hit my checking account with most likely get paid, I'm just going to get slammed with an overdraft fee.

A couple things that got me through my frustrations with my financial aid was a lovely IM chat with Martha (eevvull) and a phone conversation with S.

Who is "S" you're wondering?? Well if all goes well on our coffee date this evening, I will expand tomorrow.

Have a great thursday!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2003


GWU is run by FUCKING MORONS!!!! I called the Financial Aid office today, to find out why my student loans hadn't been dispursed and was informed that the loan money was going to be returned to the funder because I am registered to take 9 credit hours but was budgeted for 12 credit hours. If the fucking idiot who processed my original loan paperwork actually paid attention to what they were doing, they would have noticed that I put on my application that I was only taking 9 credits (Only!! Along with working 40 hours a week! ha! only!)

I tried my damnest not to go off on the woman on the other end of the phone. I asked why I wasn't informed of this weeks ago (this happened last year but I was actually NOTIFIED of it at least two weeks before the semster started so it could get straightened out in time) and I got silence at the other end. I was then informed that it will take at least two weeks for it to be processed. Now, I normally try not to swear at "customer service" people when they piss me off but I was like "JESUS CHRIST! You've got to be kidding me!!!"

So I just faxed over the re-budget form with a pleasant note asking that the paperwork be rushed to to an error in the original processing.

Now, you might be asking yourself (just as my Father asked me) "Why didn't you ask about this weeks ago?" And I will calmly respond that since my loan contract stipuates that the loan money couldn't be dispursed until the first day of classes. Today is the second day of school so, this is the first time I'd be able to find out that there's something wrong.


Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Oh so fine...

Jason Mraz is one of those few artists who are better live than their studio recordings give them credit for. Matt & I were totally blown away by the diversity and musiciality that Jason Mraz has. When I wasn't singing along, I was sitting there blown away with his performance. It was obvious where his musical influences came from, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Miles & Chet to name a few. His performance wasn't as long as I had hoped (he was the opener) but I left with a deeper apreciation for him. Matt said that he's going to be huge within the year & I think he's right.

We stayed for a couple Guster songs, but being the old farts, we left around 10:15. I'm so paying for it today. I feel as if I have't slept in days. I have to go to bed early tonight if I want to function for the rest of the week.

Classes started today. Shakespeare & African-American Lit, were on board for today. They're both going to be a lot of work but I think I'm going to really get a lot out of them.

Too tired to post about the weekend. Perhaps later in the week.

Monday, September 01, 2003


Literally just got back from the weekend at the countryhouse with Mike & Craig. I don't know how I can be so tired, I didn't do anything strenuous & took naps. I must go grocery shopping before heading to the Jason Mraz concert with Matt. I will post about the weekend & concert tomorrow morning...