In A Relationship
November 13 2006
offered by an English professor from the University of Phoenix:
The professor told his class one day:
we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process
is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or
her immediate right. As homework tonight, one of you will write the
first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that
paragraph and send another copy to me. The partner will read the first
paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story and send it back,
so sending another copy to me. The first person will then add a third
paragraph, and so on back-and-forth. Remember to re-read what has been
written each time in order to keep the story coherent.
is to be absolutely NO talking outside of the e-mails and anything you
wish to say must be written in the e-mail. The story is over when both
agree a conclusion has been reached."
The following was actually turned in by two of his English students: Rebecca and Gary.
first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The
chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings at home, now
reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times, that he
liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind
off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about
him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out
of the question.
Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl
Harris, leader of the attack squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had
more important things to think about than the neuroses of an air-headed
asthmatic bimbo named Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night
over a year ago. "A.S. Harris to Geostation 17," he said into his
transgalactic communicator. "Polar orbit established. No sign of
resistance so far..." But before he could sign off a bluish particle
beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo
bay.The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and
across the cockpit.
He bumped his head and died
almost immediately, but not before he felt one last pang of regret for
psychically brutalizing the one woman who had ever had feelings for
him. Soon afterwards, Earth stopped its pointless hostilities towards
the peaceful farmers of Skylon 4. "Congress Passes Law Permanently
Abolishing War and Space Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one
morning. The news simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared
out the window, dreaming of her youth, when the days had passed
unhurriedly and carefree, with no newspaper to read, no television to
distract her from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful
things around her. "Why must one lose one's innocence to become a
woman?" she pondered wistfully.
Little did she know,
but she had less than 10 seconds to live. Thousands of miles above the
city, the Anu'udrian mothership launched the first of its lithium
fusion missiles. The dim-witted wimpy peaceniks who pushed the
Unilateral Aerospace disarmament Treaty through the congress had left
Earth a defenseless target for the hostile alien empires who were
determined to destroy the human race. Within two hours after the
passage of the treaty the Anu'udrian ships were on course for Earth,
carrying enough firepower to pulverize the entire planet. With no one
to stop them, they swiftly initiated their diabolical plan. The lithium
fusion missile entered the atmosphere unimpeded. The President, in his
top-secret mobile submarine headquarters on the ocean floor off the
coast of Guam, felt the inconceivably massive explosion, which
vaporized poor, stupid Laurie.
This is absurd. I
refuse to continue this mockery of literature. My writing partner is a
violent, chauvinistic semi-literate adolescent.
Well, my writing partner is a self-centered tedious neurotic whose
attempts at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. "Oh, shall I
have chamomile tea? Or shall I have some other sort of F*ING TEA??? Oh
no, what am I to do? I'm such an air headed bimbo who reads too many
Danielle Steele novels!"
F* YOU - YOU NEANDERTHAL!
Go drink some tea - whore.
A+ -- I really liked this one.
October 28 2006
"If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be? So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, etc).
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press Play.
4. For every question, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the Next button.
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool.
7. Don't skip songs.
---Eh, sometimes repeat artists come up.... skip it or keep it. . .whatever
I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meatloaf
Big Time - Big and Rich
First Day at School
Gone to California - Pink
Still Fighting It - Ben Folds
She's A Lady - Tom Jones
Who I Ought To Be - Ben Gortmaker
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You) - Aretha Franklin
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
The Merriest - June Christy (Christmas Jazz)
Getting Back Together
Eskimo - Damien Rice
Let Him Fly - Dixie Chicks (not exactly what I was hoping for...)
Birth of a Child
Cruz - Christina Aguilera
Dixieland Delight - Alabama
In Paradisum - Faure's Requiem (could it be any more appropriate?)
Heroes Will Be Heroes - Cool Hand Luke
Love Song For No One - John Mayer
Quite interesting and fun! I hightly reccommend doing this!
October 24 2006
October 15 2006
July 15 2006
Last night Steve helped me clean my room. And by clean, I mean CLEAN! I don't think my room has ever been that clean! We rearranged my desk so that I had more space, threw away a ton of magazines that, lets face it, I'm not going to read from months back. I also took out all of my winter clothes in my closet and stored them, so now my closet is only half full, which makes me kinda sad but it's ok. I also consolidated 4 candle holders/candles into 2 and put them in the living room that is newly rennovated thanks to the motivation of Cassie's shower at our place :) I dusted in places I don't think I knew even existed and did looots of laundry. Today I will finish my desk (we're putting my computer tower on the floor) and vaccum. Yay for clean rooms! Lets just hope it stays this way for awhile!
July 05 2006
May 12 2006
last night steve and i had a date for the first time in FOREVER!! it was really nice. we were going to shop for his room and bathroom (my grad present to him) and then to go the movies, but shopping ended up taking a little longer than we thought (who knew sheets were so expensive!??!) so instead, we decided to go to the late movie and go eat at outback. well, outback ended up taking too long as well, so we just didn't go to the movie. we went back to his place and watched k-19 (i think that's the name of it) on AMC. i know i hang out with him all the time, but there's just something different about a date. gah - i just love him so much!! ladies, i've got the best man out there...sorry!
anyway, i get to sleep in tomorrow!! i'm so excited! but then i have to be at work at 7am on sunday and then 8am the next M-F. ugh....but then i think i can start sleeping in again. yipee!
i started reading the da vinci code and it is SOOO GOOD! (anybody get memories of teen girl squad right then? i sure did...) anyways, yeah, it's fast paced and i just can't put it down. i just started reading it yesterday so i'm only on page 50 so i haven't gotten into any of the secret or contoversial stuff yet. i'll keep ya updated tho.
anyways, i'm out. i've got work to do. (HA!)
May 11 2006
May 07 2006
so, i'm sitting here at work with 3 other coworkers and it's a sunday afternoon. (aka real boring) but it's all good. steve's parents and best friend jeff came into town from florida this weekend to watch him graduate. it was real fun. i've met jeff before and think of him like a brother so it was amazing to get to hang out with him all weekend. and, i got to meet steve's parents. they are awesome. i think they like me (phew!) so that's always a good thing. we went out to eat a few times, watched shawshank redemption and went to graduation. my baby graduated! i was so proud of him. i took his parents to demos' for the first time and they loved it. they gave me rights to choose where we eat from now on. and steve's sister also had her baby either late friday night or saturday morning....so it's a good thing she didn't come down for his graduation!!
oh - i got a job being the manager of telemarketing for nashville opera....so i'll start working on that this next week. exciting! a leadership position for me in a copany...scary! i'm actually growing up!
i think we're actually gunna bring a tv back here in the office so i'm going to get busy with that....cya!
April 17 2006
'How will you be
defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com
yeah...i started work today at health services, and let me just tell
you, i'm going to have an awesome summer there! yay!!! funny story -
about 15 min to closing, this girl comes in in her string bikini with
half of her butt hanging out to get her birth control. pretty sure we
were all laughing! oh yeah - and la came in to get her TB test
read...she will be dying in 2 weeks...everybody send her flowers!
on a much happier note, all the stuff i had to get done
today that i was so stressed out about is pretty much done. YAAAAAAAAY!
and my voice lesson went really well today too! AND there was no choir
today (or the rest of the semester for that matter) so all in all it's
been a pretty good day so far. now if only my baby didn't have class
until 8pm tonight
April 07 2006
my life can now return to semi-normal!!! i've been in a black whole for the past couple of weeks it seems! between learning blocking for opera (but never getting to run through it), SAI initiation, singing in a wedding, and trying to keep my voice healthy, i have been going bonkers! but it is now all over! (well, most of it anyway) i know have to catch up on all my voice lesson stuff that i rejected these past couple of weeks and SAI province day tomorrow. (oh yeah, and did i mention KD wing fling and SAI province day are the same day? yeah...) but sadly enough, i have no money so i can't really go out and do anything donations are gladly accepted tho!!
so onto the opera! it went fantastically!!! i have pictures, but i can't post them right now cuz i'm at work...they're of the last dress rehearsal (which i wasn't in) and then pictures of me and some of the cast from last night. it was a blast and a real experience to be the lead in a 2 and 1/2 hr opera!! i was the center of attention! anyways, just thought i'd update on my life since it's been awhile. so call me now people!!
March 26 2006
non-normal day! i'll start from the beginning..
started like any other day - i woke up, didn't have time to eat lunch,
and had to run to work from 12-4. well, at about 3:15, this
kid comes in and wants to get a video for a presentation he's working
on in one of his classes. he's a very talkative kid and
jennifer and i soon get drawn in to how interesting his class is that
he's doing this project in (origins of christianity or something like
that) we keep talking and before we know it, it's 4!! so he gets our
email addresses and we all leave. well, while talking, i realize that
he's real good friends with some vocalists and so we continue talking
on the way to my car. well, he lives in scarlett commons, and we were
at the LRC, and it was pretty chilly outside so i offered to take him
to his apt. so we ride over there, i drop him off and then i head over
becky was having a beijo bag
party! not very many people showed up like they said they
would, so she really wanted me to come over. ok, now i have
approximately $1 in my checking account (no, seriously!) so i just went
to look. but you know me and purses...so i instantly fell in love with
this one bag but it costs $95. well, becky felt really bad
for nobody showing up and really wanted me to buy something, and since
i had no $$$, she spotted me the moolah and is letting me pay her back
in non-interest installments so now
you'll see me carrying my books around in my new beijo bag instead of my KD
it doesn't stop there! after becky's, i went
to ross to meet my mom to get a dress for courtney's wedding. while
there, i get a call from my wonderful old roomies chas and la, and they
personally invite me to a private dinner with them at outback!! AND
since i have $1 in my account, they offer to pay for me! i have not
been able to hang out with both of them in a veeeeeeeeery long time and
they both graduate in 5 or 6 weeks (these
are my first best friends of college we are talking about!!) so it was
very exciting! after dinner, we went over to chas's boyfriend's house
and hung out with them (people i went to high school with but never
really talked to) and had mucho fun.
that's about it for my very different day! it doesn't seem like much,
but it was totally out of the norm for me. it was very refreshing and i
suggest everybody have a day completely out of the norm every once in
awhile. love you all!
March 11 2006
oh and just as a fun little sidenote - i think i'm going to colorado for graduate school! eek! it's an 18 and a half hour drive from here and my parents aren't too thrilled about that but it's an amazing school and that's where my baby's going as well so the only contingent is if i can get in!!
anyways, that's about it for now...ciao!
March 03 2006
Baby since the day you came into my life
You made me realize that we were born to fly
You showed me everyday new possibilities
You proved my fantasies of love could really be
Let's go to a place only lovers go
To a spot that we've never known
To the top of the clouds we're floating away yeah
Ooh this feels so crazy
Oh this love is blazing
Baby we're so high
Walking on cloud 9
john legend is my hero. and so is steve simpson. gah, i'm the luckiest girl alive. to be loved by such a great man is truely the best thing that's ever happened to me - what did i ever do to deserve him???
March 01 2006
February 20 2006
so this weekend i went to hunstville, alabama to see the world renowned opera diva Frederica von Stade and her amazing accompanist, world renowned collaborative artist Martin Katz. IT. WAS. AMAZING!!! it started off a little something like this...
derek, megan, becky, and i headed outta town around 430 friday afternoon to see mrs. von stade's concert at 730 that evening. well, after driving around lost in huntsville and like a lunatic (yes, i definately tried to go up a down ramp) we made it to the church by 745, which the concert started 10 minutes late so we didn't miss much. at intermission we scurried up to the 3rd pew (AMAZING SEATS!) and were right in the action. fricka was amazing! (btw, her friends call her fricka) the concert was amazing of course and afterwards we all got to meet her and marty!
yay for me and fricka!
me and marty...he's my height!!!
well, the next day fricka was having a masterclass which we thought started at 11. so we show up at the church at 11 and NOBODY is there. luckily this man lets us in and informs us that the masterclass doesn't start until 1! well, so we stand around and talk to this man whom we learn to be wilson luquire, president of the huntsville chamber music guild (hcmg) - the organization that brought fricka and marty in. as we're leaving for lunch, wilson tells us to find him after the masterclass b/c he wants to get our emails to let us know about next years season. so we go to lunch, come back for the masterclass (which wilson instructs us to sit on the front row) the masterclass was just as amazing as the recital and we got to speak with both marty and fricka again before they had to take off for sewanee. so we go to talk to wilson and he asks us to go to dinner with him! so of course we accept! he introduces us to a few people before we leave for dinner (one being a friend of dr. isley's who happened to hook her up with her husband! - ginger beazley). so we go to dinner with wilson, his "friend" ron, a girl who sang in the masterclass and also teaches voice, and her husband. we have a marvelous time chatting with them and hearing all their fabulous stories about kathleen battle, jesse norman, yo yo ma, marylin horne, and the list goes on and on and on! ron knows a lot of people at the metropolitan opera (as well as NYC opera) and can get backstage to see the performers. he's a personal friend of deborah voigt (who just so happens to be one of my FAVORITE sopranos!) and went to college with john kramar who used to teach here and was one of my gov school teachers and is staging our opera this semester.
well, while we were at dinner, the roads became covered with ice and they closed down the parkway so we couldn't drive home. so wilson bought us another night in a hotel! we had heard about the symphony playing that night, doing hadyn's creation with a 250 person chorus and so we decided, well, since we're staying, we might as well take advantage of the opportunity! but none of us had any cash to park downtown, so wilson (he's also on the board at the huntsivlle symphony) took us and paid for everything! it was glorious! i had never heard hadyn's creation! we also noticed that the bassoon teacher from MTSU was playing in the symphony so afterwards wilson took us backstage to see her. well, along with seeing her, we met all 3 of the soloists (who all have sung at the met and around the country and some even in europe!) and the conductor. afterwards, wilson took us out to eat once again (this time just us tho) and then back to our hotel.
the trip was absolutely amazing! wilson told us he would get us tickets for free from now on to hcmg things, and this next concert with joshua bell, grammy award winning violinist, he's going to let us go to the private reception for him, which is sold out. we made some amazing contacts that we are going to keep in touch with and met some famous people! what more could you ask for!!! that was my weekend from heaven!!!
February 19 2006
There's a fine, fine line between a lover and a friend;
There's a fine, fine line between reality and pretend;
And you never know 'til you reach the top if it was worth the uphill climb.
There's a fine, fine line between love
And a waste of time.
There's a fine, fine line between a fairy tale and a lie;
And there's a fine, fine line between "You're wonderful" and "Goodbye."
I guess if someone doesn't love you back it isn't such a crime,
But there's a fine, fine line between love
And a waste of your time.
And I don't have the time to waste on you anymore.
I don't think that you even know what you're looking for.
For my own sanity, I've got to close the door
And walk away...
There's a fine, fine line between together and not
And there's a fine, fine line between what you wanted and what you got.
You gotta go after the things you want while you're still in your prime...
There's a fine, fine line between love
And a waste of time.
so, tonight i was listening to avenue q (which is hilarious you should
listen to it!) and got to one song that stuck out to me on friday on
the way to hunstville and now sticks to me now. it's called "there's a
fine, fine line" and it's absolutely beautiful. and it also absolutely
appropriate for a certain time in my life. lets talk dec 2004 to dec
2005. yeah. it was crappy to say the least. but then, someone amazing
stepped into my life and broke the pattern. i don't know what i did for
God to say "ok, NOW", and i certainly do not know what i did to deserve
the attention of such a great man, but i am SOOOO blessed to have
steven michael simpson in my life. Philippians 1:3 comes to mind..."I
thank my God every time I remember you." and i do. it's so true. i am
incredibly blessed - i always dreamed of something like this but never
thought i would actually get it. wow...
and in a much non sappier manner, i had an amazing weekend!!! be expecting a post veeeery soon about it!
February 17 2006
so, i'm totally copying christina but i thought it looked fun! lemme know what you think!
February 15 2006
oh yeah, valentine's was good too! he had to work, so i went to vagina monologues and then he cooked me dinner. seriously guys, i'm the luckiest girl in the world. ok, i'll stop bragging now. love you all!!
February 13 2006
so the snow is absolutely beautiful! all soft and pretty and stuff! AND EVERYONE IS FREAKIN OUTTA SCHOOL EXCEPT MTSU! i mean, c'mon, CITY SCHOOLS!? ugh. so yeah, i'm now at school at 8am working....so here's a little survey for ya!!!
1. Do you like anyone?: yeah, but shhh! ;)
2. Do they know it?: hehe of course!
IN THE LAST MONTH HAVE YOU. . .
4. Had someone buy you something?: yeah
5. Bought something?: just last night
6. Gotten sick?: yep
7. Been hugged?: yes, amazing hugs!
8. Felt stupid?: do you know me?
9. Talked to an ex?: nope, and probly never will...
10. Missed someone?: of course
11. Failed a test: ha - yes
12. Eaten cereal: does a special k bar count?
13. Danced crazy: haha last night!!!
14. Gotten your hair cut?: nope, but i dyed it!
16. Any nervous habits?: picking at my nails
17. Are you double jointed?: no, i'm not that cool
18. Can you roll your tongue?: yes
19. Can you raise one eyebrow?: ha - only my left one
20. Can you cross your eyes?: yes
21. Do you make your bed daily?: do i ever make my bed?
HAVE YOU EVER. . .
23. Said "I Love you" and meant it: everyday.
24. Given money to a homeless person?: no
26. Waited all night for a phone call that never came?: yup
27. Snuck out?: nope
28. Sat and looked at the stars?: don't do it enough.
29. Do you swear?: more than i should
30. Do you ever spit?: no i suck at it
31. You cook your own food?: rarely
32. You do your own chores?: i'm a college student! i don't have chores! ;)
33. You like beef jerky?: eeew!
34. You like pepsi or coke?: i am one person that can't tell a difference
35. You're happy with your hair?: i'd like it better if it would go ahead and grow out of this akward half long/half short stage
36. You own a dog?: do the moore's dogs count? i love them like they're my own!
37. You spend your money wisely?: yeah right!
38. Do you like to swim?: yup
39. Get bored when you call a friend?: when i get bored, i DO call a friend.
40. Are you patient?: HA! i mean, i'm totally patient!
DO YOU PREFER
41. Flowers or Angels?: flowers
42. Gray or Black?: brown
43. Color or black and white photos?: i like them all!
44. Lust or Love?: l-is for the way you look at me...o-is for the only one i see...v-is VERY VERY extra ordinary....e- is for even more than one you adore...(haha roxie!)
45. Sunrise or Sunset?: sunset cuz i'm never up for sunrise (and if i am, i'm mad at myself for being up!)
46. M&Ms or Skittles?: oooh, M&M's!
0N VALENTiNES DAY Q`S
1. Are you in a relationship?: yes and it's amazing!
2. If so, who with?: Steven Michael Simpson
3. Sign?: leo....grrrrrrrrr baby!
4. Do you believe in love at first sight?: nope, sorry
5. What about true love?: definately
6. Have you made out with casual people?: define casual...
7. Would you kiss on the first date?: yup
8. Do you look for one night stands?: no sir!!!
9. Do you enjoy recieving flowers?: really, what girl doesn't!?
10. Do you enjoy gifts from your girl/guy?: yes, but that's not what it's all about
++VALENTINES QUESTIONS ++
1. You have a valentine planned out to have?: yup!
2. Do you like having a valentine?: yes i do b/c he's AMAZING!
3. Does someone like you currently?: i think so...;)
4. Are you even worried about the upcoming holiday?: no sir!
what happened to #5 and 6???
7. Is a little kiss (peck on cheek) during school on vday sweet?: a little kiss ANYTIME is sweet!
8. Have you ever gotten something from someone on the day?: yep
9. Sweetest thing that has happened to you on v-day?: get back with me on wednesday, i'll let ya know...