September 12 2005
my life has been so hectic lately! my internet is down at my apt. (so nice of them to tell us before hand...) so i'm updating from work :) but i'm off! see ya!

a few truths..

September 07 2005
i got this from my friend ryan's site....

A few truths, for those who have ears and eyes and care to know the truth:

The hurricane that hit New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama was an
astonishing tragedy. The suffering and loss of life and peace of mind
of the residents of those areas is acutely horrifying.

George Bush did not cause the hurricane. Hurricanes have been happening
for eons. George Bush did not create them or unleash this one.

George Bush did not make this one worse than others. There have been
far worse hurricanes than this before George Bush was born.

4.) There is no overwhelming evidence that global warming exists as
a man-made phenomenon. There is no clear-cut evidence that global
warming even exists. There is no clear evidence that if it does exist
it makes hurricanes more powerful or makes them aim at cities with
large numbers of poor people. If global warming is a real phenomenon,
which it may well be, it started long before George Bush was
inaugurated, and would not have been affected at all by the Kyoto
treaty, considering that Kyoto does not cover the world's worst
polluters -- China, India, and Brazil. In a word, George Bush had zero
to do with causing this hurricane. To speculate otherwise is belief in

5.) George Bush had nothing to do with the hurricane
contingency plans for New Orleans. Those are drawn up by New Orleans
and Louisiana. In any event, the plans were perfectly good: mandatory
evacuation. It is in no way at all George Bush's fault that about 20
percent of New Orleans neglected to follow the plan. It is not his
fault that many persons in New Orleans were too confused to realize how
dangerous the hurricane would be. They were certainly warned. It's not
George Bush's fault that there were sick people and old people and
people without cars in New Orleans. His job description does not
include making sure every adult in America has a car, is in good
health, has good sense, and is mobile.

6.) George Bush did not
cause gangsters to shoot at rescue helicopters taking people from
rooftops, did not make gang bangers rape young girls in the Superdome,
did not make looters steal hundreds of weapons, in short make New
Orleans into a living hell.

7.) George Bush is the least racist
President in mind and soul there has ever been and this is shown in his
appointments over and over. To say otherwise is scandalously untrue.

George Bush is rushing every bit of help he can to New Orleans and
Mississippi and Alabama as soon as he can. He is not a magician. It
takes time to organize huge convoys of food and now they are starting
to arrive. That they get in at all considering the lawlessness of the
city is a miracle of bravery and organization.

9.) There is not
the slightest evidence at all that the war in Iraq has diminished the
response of the government to the emergency. To say otherwise is pure

10.) If the energy the news media puts into blaming
Bush for an Act of God worsened by stupendous incompetence by the New
Orleans city authorities and the malevolence of the criminals of the
city were directed to helping the morale of the nation, we would all be
a lot better off.

11.) New Orleans is a great city with many
great people. It will recover and be greater than ever. Sticking pins
into an effigy of George Bush that does not resemble him in the
slightest will not speed the process by one day.

12.) The entire
episode is a dramatic lesson in the breathtaking callousness of
government officials at the ground level. Imagine if Hillary Clinton
had gotten her way and they were in charge of your health care.

Why is it that the snipers who shot at emergency rescuers trying to
save people in hospitals and shelters are never mentioned except in
passing, and Mr. Bush, who is turning over heaven and earth to rescue
the victims of the storm, is endlessly vilified?

What church
does Rev. Al Sharpton belong to that believes in passing blame and
singling out people by race for opprobrium and hate?

special abilities does the media have for deciding how much blame goes
to the federal government as opposed to the city government of New
Orleans for the aftereffects of Katrina?

If able-bodied people
refuse to obey a mandatory evacuation order for a city, have they not
assumed the risk that ill effects will happen to them?

When the
city government simply ignores its own sick and hospitalized and
elderly people in its evacuation order, is Mr. Bush to blame for that?

there any problem in the world that is not Mr. Bush's fault, or have we
reverted to a belief in a sort of witchcraft where we credit a mortal
man with the ability to create terrifying storms and every other kind
of ill wind?

Where did the idea come from that salvation comes from hatred and criticism and mockery instead of love and co-operation?

philosophy class

September 06 2005
so i'm pathetic...when the story i'm about to tell you happened, i thought to myself "self, you need to write that on phusebox!" yeah...i have no life!

anyways, to the story. so i'm sititng in philosophy class (which i may add my teacher is crAAAAzy!) and we are talking about piety and "what is piety?" is it because the gods love it that it is pious, or do the gods love it because it's pious? so in order to demonstrate this, my teacher, pretending to be god, picks up the trashcan and proceeds to hug it saying "i love the trashcan, it is pious!" right at this moment, a girl (obviously lost) starts to walk into our classroom. she takes one look at our teacher and JETS out the door! it was hilarious! he was like "my lectures are quite strange if taken out of context...." i just thought that would be a humerous story to share with everyone! have a great day!

la's being difficult

September 05 2005
yes, you heard right....laura-anne is being difficult. hard to imagine huh? 


September 02 2005
sooo...i had my jury yesterday....IT'S OVER!!!!!!!!! my voice sounded real healthy, healthier than it has all summer, so that was good. and i kicked butt on my first song!! but then they asked for my french song...which is the one i wanted them to ask for THE LEAST! well, halfway through i forgot a word which threw me off completely so i stood there and waited for the next phrase to come up and i caught it then. but i let them know i messed up. it was very sad. i don't know my grade yet or any of my comments, but i'll let ya know as soon as i do! have a great day!

gas shortage

August 30 2005
    EEK! we're running out of gas!!!!!!!

good fun at starbucks!

August 27 2005
so last night i went to starbucks to hear my friend sing a jazz set and i ran into like, 15 people i knew! well, not really, but here ARE the people i ran into:
Amy Bonin
Rachael Meyer
Jennifer Hood
Adam (nathan's geeky-inagoodway-friend)
Nikki (a girl my mom used to work with)
i guess that's it, but it sure felt like a ton of people! rachel was amazing! her band was awesome and her voice was beautiful! and she even let becky and me sing a verse each in stormy weather! she's awesome :) then we went back to becky's and i tried to catch up on days of our lives but becky's vcr kept randomly turning off and finally got to a point where at the same line every time it would turn off so i gave up. does anybody have a vcr and tv they would like to let me borrow for the afternoon 0:)

dish network commercial

August 26 2005
wow...check this out!



August 26 2005
so this is what MY name means! i don't about this...

dependable and hardworking you have a fairly conservative approach to
life and know that organisation gets results. Being cautious and well
disciplined you think things through carefully before taking action.
You have your emotions under control and are rarely ruffled by
circumstances. You have confidence in yourself and are admired by
others for your integrity and honesty.

signing on from project greenbox

August 26 2005
so i gave nathan a hard time (i mean, c'mon he's known me longer than like, ANYBODY!) and he let me preview greenbox...folks, get excited b/c it is AWESOME!!! keep up the good work nathan! more to come later...


August 26 2005
so i'm having to go unofficially (or maybe officially) inactive in kappa delta this semester. i had my rehearsal yesterday with ms. bell and dr. isley and afterwards dr. isley and i sat and talked about this upcoming semester. she told me i had too much on my plate and that i needed to quit my sorority. but i just can't do that. those girls mean the world to me and although i know they would still be my friends, i wouldn't have those bonding moments like this past week. but the good thing is, i can come to the things i think i can handle, and not be penalized if i don't think i can make it. and of course once rush is over, i expect things to slow down and hopefully i'll be able to attend most everything, but for now it is just impossible. if any of you girls read this, i am so very sorry but know that i am trying my hardest to still be with you. i don't want to miss out on anything - especially our new girls. thank you for the love and AOT that you guys provide and i know that i will always be able to count on you for anything and know that i would do the same for any one of you. i'll see you around

Photo From carla

August 24 2005

photo from carla

doesn't my daddy look scary?

gas prices suck...

August 20 2005
ok so i don't really know of anybody that regularly buys gas at these places, but if you do, go to kroger or walmart or somewhere else instead!

Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.

Phillip Hollsworth, offered this good idea: This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.

Please read it and join with us! By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost! of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50- $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace....not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!! Now, don't whimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and ! pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am ... so trust me on this one.)

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we can make a difference.

If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK. Kerry Lyle, Director, Research Coordinator


August 18 2005
Survey thingy time:

1. Spell your first name backwards: alrac

2. Story behind your name: it's the feminine form of charles...my great grandfather was named charles and from what i hear he was a wonderful man

3. How old are you: 21

4. Where do you live: ugh....murfreesboro

5. Wallet - a fake coach that i bought in chinatown ;)
6. Hairbrush- hot pink and black

7. Toothbrush- umm...i think blue and white (go MT! haha)

8. Jewelry worn daily- my swatch watch from paris!

10. Pillow cover- white

13. Sunglasses- they are MIA right now...
14. Favorite shirt- i would have to go with my diva shirt i got at the met :)

15. Cologne/Perfume- pleasure by estee lauder

16. CD in stereo right now- i don't have one in the player right now surprisingly
17. Piercings- one in each earlobe and 2 in my right cartilage

18. What you are wearing now- haha a union university t-shirt and black pj pants with socks and tennis shoes

19. Wishing- that i didn't have to do my make-up jury in 2 weeks

20. wanting- the 3rd day of school to be over with already

21. After this- going to practice before working out

22. If you could get away with it and murder anyone, who and for what- nobody! i'm not THAT horrible ;)

23. Person you wish you could see right now- my husband...wherever he may be...

24. Some of your favorite movies- i have a lot but my top one right now is le choiriste...it's a french foreign film but it's absolutely magnificent!

25. Something you're looking forward to in the coming month - going back to school and getting back in the swing of things - OH and moving into my apartment in 4 days!!!!

26. The last thing you ate - la siesta...YUM!

27. Something that you are deathly afraid of- my make-up jury :(
28. Do you like candles - i LOVE candles

29. Do you like incense - eh, not so much. i tried to get into it, but i just can't

30. Do you like the taste of blood- what kind of question is this?
31. Do you believe in love - yes

32. Do you believe in soul mates - yes
33. Do you believe in love at first sight- no

34. Do you believe in Heaven- yes

35. Do you believe in God - yes

36. What do you want done with your body when you die - again, what kind of question is this!?

37. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? a cheeta :)
38. What is the longest you've ever stay up? - i would say 24 hours, after that i zoncked out

39. Can you eat with chopsticks- me with my coordination!? now what do you think?

40. What's your favorite coin - umm...lets go with the susan b. anthony...

41. What are some of your favorite candies- m&m's!!!! oh and andes :)
42. What's something that you wish people would understand about you - i'm a pretty open person...i don't hold anything back

43. What's something you wish you could understand better- how boys think
44. Who is someone that you really wish was still around? nathan and maria :(

R e l a t i o n s h i p s
45. Who are your best friends? oh i have waaay too many to list here

46. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend- nope

47. Longest relationship- eh, a year and a half?
48. How many actual relationships have you been in- 3 real relationships

49. How many people have you kissed- heh, 5

50. Are you shy around your crush- well i don't have a crush right now, but the trend is yes, i am shy
51. Still have feelings for anyone you've been in a past relationship with- thankfully i can say a confident NO to this question :)

52. Do you know what it feels like to be in love- i don't guess so

53. Would you sacrifice your favorite possession for your best friends- of course!

f a s h i o n | s t u f f
54. Where is your favorite place to shop- H&M baby! yup, just got back from the one in chicago!
55. Have any tattoos or piercings- see above

56. What is your favorite thing to wear- a t-shirt and my pj pants i have on right now

57. What is a must have accessory- does mascara count?

58. How much is the most you've ever spent on a single item of clothing- i bought a $100 jacket when i was in the 7th grade....yeah i was ballin' ;)
60. Who is the least fashionable person you know- ALL of my friends are fashionable! do you think i would have friends that aren't!?

61. Do you match your belt with your hair color- i didn't know you were supposed to...

62. What is the worst thing you've ever thought looked good- that mickey mouse outfit i wore in kindergarten...those of you that have seen the picture understand ;)

64. How many pairs of shoes do you own- oh geez...i would say close to 100...i'm a shoe freak!
65. What is the worst trend you see today- skanky girls...now really, is that the only way you can get a guy????


August 14 2005
i will see cassie in 22 hours!!!!!! yipee!!!!!!


August 13 2005
so i couldn't think of a creative title. the past couple of days have been lazy. i finished my summer class on thursday and finished work at the nashville opera last night. i feel so liberated!!! i wanted to dance for joy last night after work - never again will i have to set foot in that place and call people!!! WOOHOO!!! i will have a life again! but my marky mark is leaving for KY for grad school and his going away party is tonight...i am very sad! he enriches my life so much! but he'll be back to visit so it's ok. i got my hair cut today...it's really short! it kinda looks like monica's even though that was not my intention...oh well - sorry for stealing your haircut mon!! well, sex and the city is calling my name so i must go....cya after chicago!!!!

i got an apartment!!!

August 08 2005
so i will be living in apt 437 in 2 weeks!!! yay!!! i will finally get my computer back, and my own place! i thought i should update since i haven't in a while...geez i haven't even been online since my last post! well, i started working out last week with amber hoo and so far i've lost 2 pounds! ha - i know that's not a lot, but for working out for 5 days i think it's good! anyways, i'm just getting geared up to see cassie in 6 days....YES it is FINALLY going to happen after a year and a half! hey - but patience is a virtue right? anyways, i'm almost done with harry potter 6, and i've already semi-guessed the ending. it almost makes me not want to finish it. but that is impossible b/c i am officially obsessed until i finish it. so, until next time...

bum buzz

August 04 2005
just got home from work...kinda. after work, amber and i went to dancin in the district to hear john legend or something and he was amazing! saw jason and joel polk and kyle scoble there...they sat right in front of us! but my feet huuuuuuuurt walking all that way. then we went and did kareoke with mark and some people...mark and i sang 2 duets - let's make love which we were good at (ha!) and come what may from moulin rouge...yeah the 2nd one was a buuuuuuuum buuuuuuzz! we have to work on that one! anyways, now that i have HUUGE blisters on my feet, i'm going to bed. g'night world!

so i almost got killed...

July 31 2005
i almost got killed twice yesterday!! my friend gave me a lucky 4 leaf clover yesterday and i'm beginning to think it's not so lucky...

instance #1: so i'm driving to work saturday morning in the far right lane on the interstate. one car length in front of me in the next lane is this dirty black pickup truck. up one car length from it in the next lane over is this big 18 wheeler. so we're just truckin along, and all of the sudden, HUGE pieces of metal start flying at my car! it was coming from somewhere off the 18 wheeler! so the pickup truck decides to be stupid and swerve into my lane to avoid the shrapnel, therefore pushing me out of my lane and almost off the interstate while there are metal pieces that i cannot avoid b/c i'm too concerned with staying on the insterstate! a big piece hit my windsheild and other pieces just flew across my hood. the only damage tho is tiny scratches on my hood. ugh

instance #2: i'm driving (hmm...is there a pattern?) down northfield blvd @ pitts lane going away from campus with my friend megan ezell whom i haven't seen in forever and of course i'm not really paying attention when all of the sudden megan starts saying "don't hit the turkeys...DON'T HIT THE TURKEYS!" i look right in front of me and there is a mama turkey and like 8 little turkeys following behind her in a row (reminded me of the partridge family opening) just taking their grand 'ole time walking across this busy street! so i slam, i'm talking SLAM on my brakes so as not to hit them. i think i came within a few inches, but no harm done. and they didn't even flinch as my tires squealed and my horn blared. stupid turkeys.

fun eh? not really. i've been moving out of my apt this last week and tomorrow is my last day. 1pm tomorrow and i officially hand over the keys...sad day. i'm living at home now with all my stuff still packed and just sitting in the playroom until i can move into university courtyard...it feels weird to not have a place to go home to will all my stuff ya know? oh well...only 3 more weeks...

what does your birthday/name say about you?!

July 25 2005
this is really interesting!