Monday, January 28, 2008

The Saga of The Skirt

I got some fabric for Christmas, as I may have mentioned. Purple & pink & blue seersucker, perfect for... a new skirt! Of course! I dug a neat pattern out of my pattern drawer... a pattern that ends up looking like it's a double-circular skirt because of all the pieces in it. And those things, combined with the time I had today, yielded just such a purple/pink/blue seersucker skirt!

But in the meantime, my poor old sewing machine broke. I warred for half an hour with it before supper, and for a few more minutes afterwards; and the result of all the fussing was my discovery that a little plastic gear in the depths of the machine was responsible for the whole thing turning useless. I was just half a hem away from completely finishing this skirt, and the machine went kaput! I was determined to get this thing done, so I camped out in the dorm lobby for... three hours, maybe? and hand-sewed the rest of the hem. And on what amounts to a double-circular skirt, that is no easy task.

But it is finished! And I promise I'll put up some pictures tomorrow... in addition to all the photos I took in downtown Washington, D.C.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mark the week.

Wow. This has been one of the most important weeks of my life; it will probably be the most important week of this year, and we're not even out of January yet!

My grandmother died...
I'm going to D.C. for the first time in my life...
I found out I've made the cut for the select voice ensemble here...
And I've just been offered my first minimum-wage job.

Now doesn't that sound like a huge week to you?

Not to mention my two parts in a one-act play here, for which I will be practicing four hours today; it's my first ever theatrical experience (not counting cute, no-budget Christmas programs at church).

Man, I didn't know my eighteenth year would carry with it so many changes....

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In Memoriam

My grandmother
Born 1933
Died 2008
Aged 74 years
Beloved by her children and grandchildren.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Brrr..... it's COLD!

I can't believe the wind chill yesterday dipped below zero.

But anyways....

I really can't think of anything to post, but since I'm sitting in the computer lab across from the classroom in which I have an exam in about twenty-three minutes I might as well post something. I already did three online practice quizzes, so it's not like I'm procrastinating as far as study goes. In fact, I actually learned a little from the quizzes, I think.

Slingshots are cool. A friend showed me one last night that has an arm brace so it's easier to hold it still when you're aiming it and pulling the rubber band thingy back.

Over break I'm going on a TRIP!!! I love trips. Hence, I went home this past weekend because I won't be home on break. (Oh, yeah... this is a college with a J-term in between semesters, so there's a comparatively short Christmas break before J-term and a teensy little break between J-term and the spring semester.) This will be a very interesting trip, too; and I'll have lots of pictures to show, and stories to tell, next week once I get back!! :-)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A proverb

I was just reminded of an old saying my Mom taught me a long time ago; and I don't want to forget it.

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool; shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child; teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is blind; lead him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise; follow him.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The winter one-act play

I tried out for my first theatrical production last Thursday! It was fun! And I actually got a part!

Two parts, actually; one named "villager number two" and one named "Mr. Fox" who shall hereafter be known as "Miss Fox." And, added together, they actually have a decent amount of lines. Of course, there are basically two stars of the show--the Witch and the little girl who saves the day--but everyone else has roughly equal amounts of lines, perhaps partly due to a little doubling that had to be arranged.

Since there are four or five village people in a group, in this particular play, we are contemplating the different occupations we should have... maybe you see where this is going?... and have nearly settled on the policeman, the construction worker, and the Indian for three of them. We might try to work in a little "YMCA" movement during some down time too.... wouldn't that be hilarious? :-D

And the Witch! She's a friend of mine, one who's very good at adopting accents; and this time around she's acting the part of a Cockney witch. "I haven't the foggiest notion" and everything. She also does a very good Irish accent, and has the red hair to match; she was Mrs. Paroo in one production of "The Music Man," so she had to learn an Irish accent well. I've been helping her memorize her lines... the one she almost always stumbles over is:

"As a matter of fact, you're exactly exact!"

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The NYT irritates me to no end.

Two days in a row, the New York Times has published an uncalled-for slant in their e-mail news updates. Yesterday, some dumb reviewer panned the new VeggieTales Pirates-who-don't-do-anything movie, starting with an insinuation that "...borrowing the signature word from the title of someone else’s very popular trilogy and hoping people will turn up at your film thinking that Johnny Depp is providing the voices" is a main marketing point. Doesn't this guy know that the Pirates predate anything having to do with the cinematic Jack Sparrow?? And knowing the usual quality of the VeggieTales movies, I sincerely doubt that this one's quality is merely on par with that of Saturday morning cartoons.... I mean, I've seen the cartoons they show these days! Phhht. Awful stuff, and boring. VeggieTales is certainly not that, not even as an adult (my parents enjoy them, as I still do).

Then today, there's an article about five homeschooled children (the emphasis might as well be theirs) who were killed, and their mom is being charged; while explicitly denying any link between homeschooling and child abuse ("For sure, the fact that Ms. Jacks’s children last attended school in March in no way accounts for their deaths"), the article nevertheless implies that, had the children not been removed from school last March, their bodies would not have been found stabbed and strangled recently (in several statements saying that homeschoolers "get out of" the best "surveillance" for monitoring abuse). Seriously, to read the article you'd think "oh no! Homeschooled kids disappear from the face of the earth when they're not in school!" when this case is in fact an anomaly.

Bah. I wish WORLD sent out daily news updates. Or perhaps I should look into WorldNetDaily?

Monday, January 07, 2008

What is a J-term like?

1. Not busy.

2. Except when you make it so.

3. Psychology has a lot of reading (~50 pages a night) fortunately. And tutorials as homework on top of it.

4. Still, evenings/nights are free to goof around.

5. A lot of people go on some sort of class trip (like art or psych, but not my psych class)

6. Me, I spend nights watching movies with friends (and doing a lot of talking in the meantime), videotaping friends lip-syncing to a song, and running around campus about midnight wearing preposterous makeup and hairdos. (One friend looked eighties, one friend looked goth, one friend looked rocker-chick--as she put it--and I resembled Stephanie Tanner from Full House, at least according to the three friends. Only because I had a pastel sweater, and wore my matching barrette on the very top of my head as opposed to at the back of my head like normal. I did put on an excess of blue eyeshadow though, and lipstick which was not blue. I don't have any pics--two of the friends were the ones with the cameras; not me this time.)

7. And, since there are at least three or four friends of mine who are also not interested in the championship game tonight (remember, this is Ohio), I am going to an apartment to watch Fiddler on the Roof. One girl hasn't even seen it before!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Cordless Schnoodle-Vac!

My uncle has, or rather incessantly borrows, an adorable small dog. This dog, named Sadie, is a mix of schnauzer and poodle--thus, she is a schnoodle. Say it! It's a fun word.

This schnoodle enjoys eating off the floor, as does any dog. In my grandmother's kitchen, she is forever skittering about the floor, swooping down on crumbs and making them disappear.

So she has been christened the "Cordless Schnoodle-Vac." :-)

In other news..... "it's not nice to sit on our face!" "Then why did God put it there?"

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

January First of Two Thousand Eight (and Christmas #4)

Can you believe it? It's a new day... a new month... and of course, a new year. But the new month is what always gets me!

It snowed finally. No snow for Christmas, but a little for New Year's. That's okay, I suppose.

My brother is currently playing some game on his new (but classic, as in old) Pac-Man thingy (I almost want to call it a module or a console, but I'm not sure that would do--it's simply the joystick box plugged into the TV). A racing game, one of five games on there (of which the first is Pac-Man, of course!). The noise is the funniest thing! It reminds me of old Mario Brothers games, a little, but different I guess.

I'm not sure what else to write. It may be New Year's Day, but all we're going to do is visit my grandparents. And I will also eat lots of olive & cheese ball!! My grandmother has this incredibly appetizing recipe for a cheese ball which calls for black olives, bleu cheese & cream cheese, and nuts, but all mixed together it's a great taste (I hate olives all by themselves and have never had roquefort/bleu cheese other than in this recipe). Since she's still recovering (this is my formerly hospitalized grandmother), Mom made it last night to bring with us today, and made me help. (Not that I had any objection to helping!)

And of course there was New Year's Eve... a great time. Saw a movie with friends, went to said friends' house, ate, talked, and played games (particularly Uno). We've done it for several years in a row now....

As for Christmas Number Four... it was what, last Thursday? No, Wednesday! Yeah. It was great. Visited more cousins (can you tell that's the best part here?), got some gifts--I got some purple and pink seersucker fabric, of which I will make a skirt, hopefully this month. A nice flared skirt! I also got purple-handled sewing scissors. You see, this is the aunt who makes all her family's clothing and dress-up outfits in no time. Has a ton of sewing machines, half of which are inoperable but used for parts! So she and I had fun picking out patterns for what I was thinking of for an outfit. :-)

On a side note: apparently I'm fond of the phrase "of course." I just noticed how much I use it.