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Kim over at Love Letters to the Library was on twitter sharing tidbits of her old diaries, and it inspired me to go look through my old blog from college. I ended up reading the whole damn thing, and it was fun! Of course, it is embarrassing to see how silly I was back then, but I’ll probably be saying the same thing 5 years from now about this diary.

Of course my favorite entry was posted on April 4th, 2004 –

“One door closes… and another opens. i guess that really is true *huge grin*” Later in that same entry I wrote “guy from my italian class called me last night because his friends in film class needed female extras for their movie. so i went in, and it ended up being me and one other girl and about 15 senior guys. the filming went from 6-9:15. looong time. but afterwards they were just like “thanks, come watch the Duke/UConn game and drink with us in our room.” and i had nothing else to do so i went and chilled with them all night. it was a blast. they promised me a copy of the movie :)” I didn’t mention that it was connected to that “open door,” which wasn’t a door at all but a cute senior who would grow up to be SleepyHusband.

Some quotes that I loved then, and still love now –

Listen, Coop. Last night was really great. You were incredibly romantic and heroic, no doubt about it. And that’s great. But I’ve thought about it, and my thing is this. Andy is really hot. And don’t get me wrong, you’re cute too, but Andy is like, cut. From marble. He’s gorgeous. He has this beautiful face and this incredible body, and I genuinely don’t care that he’s kinda lame. I don’t even care that he cheats on me. And I like you more than I like Andy, Coop, but I’m 16. And maybe it’ll be a different story when I’m ready to get married, but right now, I am entirely about sex. I just wanna get laid. I just wanna take him and grab him and fuck his brains out, ya know? So that’s where my priorities are right now. Sex. Specifically with Andy and not with you. – Katie, “Wet, Hot, American Summer”

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world. ”

Tidbits about our relationship –

He called me last night, i’m always in a pretty good mood when i get to talk to him, he cracks me up. we both suck at giving and recieving compliments, so the general gist of us complimenting each other is “you are ruining my damn summer cause i miss you goddamnit.”

“we both just realized that our romance with a nice convenient time limit had turned into something more while we weren’t looking.”

“Why do i have to be so sappy? i feel just like charlton heston at the end of planet of the apes. you know what? its really hot in this computer lab, that is the only explaination as to why i am being so weird right now. that, and i will type pretty much anything to avoid going back to my apt and studying for my exams.”

And of course this –

“i hope i don’t read this someday thinking “oh, she THOUGHT things were going well, little did she know!” hehe.”

Reminicing about my time in Ireland –

“M mentioned the time we got drunk and got really excited about smoked salmon not being as gross as we thought it would be. “this smoked salmon is surprisingly delicious!” adelaide mentioned the time i had to go find my phone in a bar because the bartender asked for my number and i didn’t have it memorized. kevin mentioned the time we spent like, an hour, exchanging excuses not to have dinner with someone “oh, i don’t know kevin, i had a late lunch.” and so on.”

Some more quotes I liked, and it is nice to rediscover them! –

…serious quotes of the moment
5. “Death twitches in my ear, ‘live,’ he says. ‘I am coming.'” – Virgil
4. “A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd
3. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
2. “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dineson
1. “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Alan K. Chambers

…funny quotes of the moment
5. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
4. “I try to take one day at the time, but sometimes several days attack me all at once.” – Anon.
3. “You can’t trample infidels when you are a tortiose. I mean, all you can do is give them a meaningful look.” – Terry Prachett
2. “The world is conspiring in your favor.” – Grafitti on the front of MMA
1. “Anything that happens, happens. Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn’t neccessarily do it in chronological order though.” – Douglas Adams

Fun to go back! Even if a lot of it was seeing how ridiculous I was, and how often I used and misspelled the word ridiculous.

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I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately, so today I decided to get organized. I added some tags, catagorized everything, and reinstated my blogroll. Way back when I changed my blog’s address, I never redid my blogroll, so here it is, along with a brief explanation of why I read the blogs I do for each one. You’ll notice a lot of expat blogs, which I’ll explain here instead of repeating it for each one. When I was abroad I found a great message board full of expat women who live all over. They are a fun, intelligent, informed group and I still head to the board to see what they are up to. I also read many of their blogs, as you will see.

Alli McBally

How she describes her blog –

I’m 21 years old now living in Zürich, Switzerland with my husband Chris. We use to be long distance and it was really rough so it’s nice to be together again. I’m originally from the states (Wisconsin). I love nail polish and I enjoy a bit of makeup. My other hobbies include amateur photography and watching movies.

How I describe her blog –

I rarely wear nail polish, but I love this blog. I like the way it is organized, I like the bright colors, I like the shininess. I’m basically a crow.

American Teacher –

How she describes her blog –

My adventures in teaching, at home and abroad.

How I describe her blog –

Mrs. M used to be in Abu Dhabi, but she’s back in the Boston area. She blogs about teaching and her life.

Black Cat Rescue

How they describes their blog –

Black Cat Rescue is a no-kill cat rescue organization in Boston, MA. Our all-volunteer network of foster homes in the Greater Boston area is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless black cats and kittens by providing quality foster care while actively seeking loving, permanent adoptive homes.

How I describe their blog –

Black Cat Rescue has a very special place in my heart, because they saved our two cats, Grim and Dulcie. When I started looking to adopt a cat, I was sad to discover (through this rescue) that black cats get adopted half as much as other colors. I think black kitties are adorable, so I contacted them and soon met Grim! A few months later, we decided to get another cat and Dulcie was available. She isn’t black, but Black Cat Rescue sometimes finds themselves in a position to get a batch of cats, with other colors among them. If you are ever looking to adopt a cat, check out this rescue. They rely on volunteer foster families and are really nice people who really get to know each cat. They are really careful about matching the right cat to the right home, as we can attest!

Brooklynguist

How she describes her blog –

I’m from Brooklyn, but I’m not actually a linguist. I’m just fond of portmanteaux. Although using the word portmanteau in my blog must qualify me as some kind of linguist. Right? Right.

How I describe her blog –

As you can see from M’s blog description, she is just great. A good friend of mine from college, we actually met when we ended up as roommates in Dublin while studying abroad. We had to cross an ocean to meet, but we managed it. One of the funniest people, and writers, I know. Read her blog if you need a laugh!

Catalog Living

How they describes their blog –

A look into the exciting lives of the people who live in your catalogs.

How I describe their blog –

Basically they have invented people who actually live in the weird pictures you find in catalogs. Want to know who would actually take white, fake apples and put them under a glass bowl next to a huge pile of beige books? Read this tumblr.

Felicia Day

How she describes her blog –

Way too long to post

How I describe her blog –

If you know who Felicia Day is, you will likely enjoy this blog. If you don’t know who she is… Well you still might enjoy this blog if you go and find out. Do you like hot, nerdy redheads? Do you like comic books? Do you like hilarious web series like The Guild? Do you like gaming? Do you like Dr. Horrible? (related, do you like Neil Patrick Harris, Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion? If you do, see Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog). If you like any or all of those things, you might like Felicia Day.

Go Fug Yourself

How they describes their blog –

Couldn’t find one…

How I describe their blog –

Basically two women take the strange and wonderful things celebs wear and critique it. It is very funny, and enjoyable if you like fashion on any level.

Hyperbole and a Half

How she describes her blog –

Do you like velociraptors, pirates, sharks and boats? Then you will probably like my blog!

I have never written about the previously listed things, per se, but I like them… and you like them… so we obviously have something in common.

How I describe her blog –

I’m guessing most people have already heard of this one. Seriously one of the funniest blogs I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. One of the few blogs I will go back and reread on a regular basis. I wish she would update a little more, but the stuff she does post is generally so high quality I really can’t complain. If you haven’t already, please, please read Sneaky Hate Spiral, The Alot, This Is Why I’ll Never Be an Adult, and Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving.

It Be Liz

How she describes her blog –

The John McEnroe of driving.

How I describe her blog –

Liz is an expat in Dublin, and she is really, really funny. She is one of those people who makes being funny seem natural and easy. Then I think, “I could be funnier! I should write funny things in my blog!” Then I read what I wrote and delete it, because… yea. Not that funny.

Katie not in Prague

How she describes her blog –

Didn’t see a description

How I describe her blog –

I started reading Katie’s blog when we were both in Prague, and now she is in Geneva. I enjoy it because she posts great photos of her travels and does lots of fun, unusual things in the places she goes. Where my blog will be full of average, boring touristy stuff when I travel, she often finds the weird and entertaining things to do in her home countries and visits.

Lindsey and Eli in Cambodia

How they describes their blog –

We’re just trying to conquer the world. No biggie.

How I describe their blog –

An expat in, you guessed it, Cambodia. I’m pretty new to this blog, but I’m already addicted. From what I can tell, Lindsey and Eli love adventure and will try just about anything (as evidenced by their most recent post about eating SPIDERS. bleh). The blog is thoughtful, fun, and full of photos.

Love Letters to the Library

How she describes her blog –

Currently, I’m a 28 year old adjunct professor trying to find my way into the academic world. I have a few degrees in something called “English,” a subject I quite enjoy sharing with the masses at every opportunity. I also have a vast and extremely random knowledge of pop culture, a fact which makes me deadly at Trivial Pursuit.

How I describe her blog –

Kim has only just started this blog, so there aren’t many posts. Putting it on my list was a no brainer, however, because I know Kim and I know it’ll be a great read. As you can tell from the title, it will focus on books and libraries. Kim loves Regency and Victorian era authors, so expect to see a lot of Jane Austen and the like. But as any lover of libraries could guess, the library never lets her stick to just one or two genres. I like to include book reviews in my blog, and I love reading them in other people’s blogs. I can’t wait to see how things develop!

Mo in Oz

How she describes her blog –

G’Day – I am a Minnesotan who has moved to Sydney, Australia after 6 years in London & a year and a half traveling with my Australian husband! Looking forward to the adventures ahead!

How I describe her blog –

Mo posts about her adventures in Oz and her little one, Genevieve. I don’t have kids and I’m in NO rush, but holy moly is this a cute, cute, cute baby. Mo often writes to Genna and I like to think of how nice it will be for Genna to grow up and read all about her childhood. This blog has tons of photos and talk about life in Oz!

Movement

How she describes her blog –

I’m a (just) 30-something year old woman who moved to London for a job.  I joined a hockey club, acquired a husband and am still exploring this new place I’m living in. I love field hockey, cricket, Arsenal & Food!

How I describe her blog –

Otherwise known as UKYankee, this is one seriously intelligent, cool lady. She works in a school as a psychologist I believe, and often posts about things like body issues and sports. I love reading her perspective on these things, as well as her posts about her dog Barney and her recent efforts to get healthy and fit. If you are a teacher or work with kids, I recommend this blog. UK really has great insights.

Not Always Right

How they describes their blog –

We’ve all heard the popular phrase, “The customer is always right,” but is it true? Can the customer always be right? Not Always Right is a website that tells the other side of the story by collecting memorable and often hilarious tales from employees that prove, “The customer is not always right.”

How I describe their blog –

A hilarious collection of awful stories from the service industry. As anyone who has had a job even remotely in the service industry can attest, people can really suck. One story my sister likes to tell from her days working at a coffee shop –

Man: I’d like a hot chocolate, extra extra hot please!

Sister: Not a problem! *makes drink, makes sure it is really hot*

Man: *takes drink to table, doesn’t touch it for 20 minutes while he is reading the paper. Takes a sip and makes a face. Storms up to counter* Seriously? This drink is cold. I don’t think I could have been more clear, I wanted it really hot.

Sister: Uh…huh… I’ll just heat that up for you.

Man: Don’t bother, I’ll go somewhere they can make it right. *storms out, slamming screen door of the shop behind him*

This blog collects stories like that, and they never fail to entertain!

Sifting Through

How she describes her blog –

Sometimes writer. Sometimes Texan. Sometimes runner. Sometimes lazy. Sometimes driven. Sifting through it all and finding I am always doubtful, always loved and always a girl from Brooklyn (who happens to be living in London).

How I describe her blog –

An expat in London. She writes often about cooking and expat life. I love her food blogging (it makes me hungry!) and when she talks about expat life I always find myself nodding along.

Smart, Pretty, and Awkward

How she describes her blog –

I started this blog because I had one little tip that I thought was genius–using clean, unused toilet seat covers as facial blotting tissues (which, I promptly forgot about, and didn’t blog about until five months in). The next thing I knew, I had a domain name, and the blog had found a life of its own.

How I describe her blog –

In each entry Molly writes one tip to get smarter, one tip to get prettier, and one tip to get less awkward! It is a cute idea and I enjoy reading her snippets. The smarter tips are generally about feeling good about yourself and taking advantage of life. The prettier tips are often a link to a purse, dress, or random beauty tip. To be honest, her fashion taste is not my taste at all, but I like some of the things she posts. Awkward is usually pretty random. Sometimes it is actual advice on being less awkward, sometimes it is a funny link, all sorts of things.

STFU Parents

How she describes her blog –

You used to be fun. Now you have a baby. If you’re being driven crazy by your friends’ baby updates every time you check your status feed, please feel free to contribute to this blog.

How I describe her blog –

Pretty self explanatory. People contribute the weird, icky, and just plain revolting things some parents think are appropriate to share on social networking sites. I should probably say, in the site’s early days sometime I know was featured, and I didn’t think she deserved to be made fun of for a fairly straightforward “being pregnant can suck” comment. That said, some of the submissions here are beyond funny and it is just crazy the things people will put online! Be warned, poop, poop stories, placenta pictures and placenta RECIPES YES RECIPES that people post are sometimes featured. I don’t want to come off as a smug childless person here, all the parents I know are normal, reasonable people!

Television Without Pity

How they describes their blog –

Spare the snark, spoil the networks

How I describe their blog –

This doesn’t really qualify as a blog I suppose. But if you like TV, and laughing, you’ll like this site. It mostly funny, biting recaps of popular TV shows, with some other fun stuff thrown in… Hard to describe, check it out for yourself and find their assessment of your favorite (or least favorite) show! You’ll find they often see right into your mind.

The Docket

How he describes his blog –

Welcome to the online existence of Andrew Ivers, World Affairs managing editor, St. Louis native, poli sci bachelor, English master, DC resident, and blogging since 2006 about news, politics, world affairs, ideas, history, books, movies, art, culture, society … all of the important stuff.

How I describe his blog –

Andrew is a seriously smart and interesting guy I went to grad school with. As you can see from his description above, his blog is eclectic and a great insight into current events. Recently he’s posted a lot of insightful things about the terrible shooting in Arizona.

The Pioneer Woman

How she describes her blog –

I’m a desperate housewife. I live in the country. I channel Lucille Ball, Vivien Leigh, and Ethel Merman. Welcome to my frontier!

How I describe her blog –

How to describe Ree… This is another blog many people have heard of, Ree is downright famous! She writes about live on the ranch, her kids, cooking, photography, and homeschooling. I don’t click on the homeschooling tab often, but her other stuff is great. She’s a funny, talented lady. I love her recipes (though they are crammed with butter, cream, and other unhealthy deliciousness). She grew up in a small town, escaped to LA, accidentally fell in love with a cowboy, and now she gets up at 4 am (with many protestations) to help out on his enormous farm with her four kids.

The Zany Adventures of a Fairfield Girl in Germany

How she describes her blog –

Hi, I´m Allison! I grew up in Connecticut, and never thought I would wander too far from the tri-state area. I went to school in Maryland, where I met some amazing friends and studied Speech Pathology. In 2000, I spent a semester abroad in Ireland, which was definately one of the most amazing times of my life. While abroad, I met my husband Joern through family friends. Joern is German, and grew up in Baden-Wuertemberg Germany. Joern is the most wonderful guy. He loves traveling, food, and cars. In June 2001, we got married in CT. Our wedding was small but very beautiful. I moved to Germany in December 2001, and have lived here ever since. We live near Stuttgart, the home of Daimler-Chrysler and Porsche. Joern and I enjoy taking long drives, trying new things, and of course, discovering new places.

How I describe her blog –

One of my favorite people that I’ve never met! Allison is a sweet, brave, awesome person. I admire her a lot, and I love her blog about life in Germany.

Tiny A** Kitchen

How she describes her blog –

Ms. B. is an angry lesbian from New England who enjoys eating, cooking, and eating what she cooks. When she’s not making pie, eating pie, or thinking about pie, she’s either teaching high school English or hanging out with the wifelet.

How I describe her blog –

Another blogger I know from grad school. A food blog that makes me laugh out loud, Ms. B is funny as hell. Take her post on saffron, titled, “SWF Seeks Unusually Long Stigma.”

Transatlantic Blonde

How she describes her blog –

I’m an American girl living in Glasgow since 2004. I went to university in Washington DC and claim everything on the Metro line as my own. I won’t take this blog seriously and I don’t expect y’all to either. I love sushi, hate oranges and I’m as punk rock as a sorority girl gets.

How I describe her blog –

Feminist, Mom, blonde, expat and great blogger. I love this blog for the variety and the many wonderful photos! This blogger also has a cute as heck baby, and I really enjoy her take on feminism.

Vegemite Wife

How she describes her blog –

Welcome to the upside down world of an Australian in country England.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent, prudish and clinically insane.

How I describe her blog –

Another wildly funny expat blogger, an Aussie that lives in the UK. One of my favorite things she does is, “things that shit me.”

Whew, ok, there is my blogroll. If you read this through, congrats! I hope you find something you like.

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We ended up not doing anything formal at all. We grabbed an early dinner at a good place down the street from us and went back home to sit around and be overly warm. Around 9 we headed out to a Mexican place where a coworker and friend of ours was having a birthday celebration. Apparently, this place does crazy games and silly prizes every full moon.
The highlight, aside from the margaritas of course, was watching 5 people attempted to defrost and don a tightly packed and very frozen t-shirt first. Hint to anyone attempting this in the future: Putting the shirt down your pants does not work. It also means that no one wants to help you pull the shirt apart later. It also means that you get a few feet of room around you when wearing the shirt later… Which in a crowded bar, might be a good thing? It was really fun and so worth going, though Pat and I were definitely tired the next morning. I only did one margarita. It was tasty, but I really didn’t think I could drink two and still even remotely enjoy teaching adjective clauses the next day. And let’s face it, adjective clauses aren’t high up on my list as it is.
I’ve been reading a lot of my friend’s blogs lately. I finally got around to organzing them in such a way that I can easily click through them a see who has updated. I have a list of 11 I read (and these are just the blogs of people I actually know). Which reminds me, if anyone isn’t reading Hyperbole and a Half and likes laughter, go here now – http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/05/sneaky-hate-spiral.html
And or here, especially if you have some grammar pet peeves – http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html
Reading my friends’ blogs, I realized that I never comment. When I was blogging in Prague, I LOVED comments. Comments were the bestest. So my goal is to start commenting more. Instead of thinking, “that is interesting, I bet so and so would like this link” or “i agree, why can’t that person so and so was talking about do this instead of that?” i’ll actually write it instead. I know they’ll be agog with excitement! Or not, but it will offer a slight, “hey, I’m not just vomiting words into the darkness.”
Also, if you are reading (though I’m pretty sure starting a blog and then not posting in it for a couple months means no one is) say hello!
Some pictures for color. Since one of my goals for this blog was to look back years from now and think, “so that’s what I was up to back then!” In that spirit, a computer-taken photo of me without makeup –
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Alright fine –

Looking a little manic aren’t I?

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