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My political platform... [Jul. 13th, 2006|01:45 pm]
[I'm feeling... |touchedtouched]

So as promised here is my political platform, the main plank of my campaign if you will. Essentially it's simple - every US citizen must spend one year (sometime between the age of 18 and 25) in service to the country. Now before getting up in arms yelling at me about instating a military draft, listen to my whole plan...

For one year of each person's choice between the ages of 18 to 25 everyone must spent one year serving one of the following institutions; Americorp (VISTA, NCCC, or Teach for America, City Year), Peace Corps, or a year of military service.

Everyone benefits, I don't even know where to begin.
1) It ensures that every young adult will have some job experience thus helping to reduce unemployment in America.
2) It will bring resources to poor rural and urban areas of the country helping to better those members of the population that most need it.
3) It will allow every person in America to understand what it feels like to work at a poverty level (with a couple exceptions, see below)
4) It will remake America's image abroad, both with our comittment to better ourselves and the world.
5) Those who choose VISTA well help elimintate poverty around them, those who choose NCCC serve as hand on help through their region where ever it is needed, Teach For America has a profound impact on the likelyhood that urban and rural children graduate high school, and City Year provides tutoring and teaching to urban youth you are sorely in need of role models.
6) For those who choose to serve in the military it will help boost the numbers of a military that is struggling to recruit.
7) Just like the current system, people will be paid dependent upon their program. The military will pay people the same way it does now, Americorp Programs will continue to offer living stipends during the term of service (which, includes relocation costs, child care - if needed, health insurance, loan deferment, eligibility for food stamps and other public assitance programs, etc.)
8) In the same way they do now, all of these programs will offer deferrment on student loans as well as an education award good for pat loans or future school which will make higher education more affordable for everyone.
9) People would have a seven year window where they could serve for a year allowing flexibility to complete the program, after high scool, during college, after college (some programs like VISTA and Teach for America would require a college degree), before working or after spending a few years in the work force.

Anyways I'm sure there are a ton of logistical problems, not least of which people don't like to be forced to do thins and making this mandatory rather than voluntary takes some of the goodness out of the act. However I think overall this is a wonderful idea and some small third party should adopt it for the next presidential election.

Anyways, it's just a thought....

In other news, tomorrow is my last day at Kit Clark and I am utterly in denial. I love it here, I really do. Most of my bitching this past year has had to do with waking up early in the morning and that would have been true no matter what. I just feel so fortunate to have been placed here. My co-workers took me out to lunch today and yesterday and gave me a very sweet card with a B&N gift card. In addition, several of my seniors have written me little notes to say how much they'll miss me. All in all it's a tearful departure.

And I'm off to me next adventure...
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Romeo and Juliet... [Jul. 7th, 2006|09:57 am]
[I'm feeling... |unbelievably sad]

If the Montegues and Capulets were smart they would have ignored their fued and blessed the union of their kids. Not only would their kids have been alive, but without all the sneaking around and star crossed lovers drama to tie them together Romeo and Juliet probably would have gotten tired of each other in a couple of months.

My parents missed this lesson in parenting and are no longer talking to me as a consequence of tiff and me living together which is all together awesome (please read the sarcasm here). My mom thinks that I am a lonely, unhappy, depressed, sad individual who can't handle talking to people or being social. I was thinking of organizing a letter writing campaign among my friends and co-workers to prove otherwise, so I'll be taking offers.

I just wish I could tell her
- how several of the seniors I work with have told me every day for the past month how much they'll miss me
- several of my computer students have written my cards telling me how sweet and helpful I was
- how my LSAT students frequently tell me how much paitence I have with them
- about my co-worker's 4th of July party where I knew no one (no one else from our office was invited) and 3 hours later I had everyone endorsing me for President (based on my platform of making Americorp VISTA/Americorp NCCC/Teach for America/City Year/Peace Corps/Military Service mandatory for every single person in American - but that's a whole other entry)
- that my boss asked me to read what she wrote about me before sending it to the Americorp headquaters because it was so nice
- that my boss tells me about once a day she will cry when I leave because she has never had a VISTA as friendly and as helpful as I have been

but of course if I did tell (and sometimes I start to) she just says "well I don't feel like you are happy" and what can I say to that? She told me that nothing I say can change the way she feels.

She did say one interesting thing last night before storming away and throwing the phone down. She said she didn't like where I was or what I was doing with my life and that I didn't like it either. Now it's fine for her to say she doesn't like it, but I'm happy with my life and I told her so. She said something along the lines of "If you just go along with it now suddenly you'll find yourself 52 and still there." Woah - I wanted to ask her who are we talking about here - me or you? Don't take it out on me because you are old and bitter. I also wanted to say that if, at 52, I am still with tiff and have two children, one of whom was on their way to law school, and another of whom was entering their 3rd year of college and who had just made dean's list, both of who were gainfully employed (for the summer and part time for the school year), neither of who had ever been arrested or gotten more than a speeding ticket, both of whom were in happy healthy long term relationships then I would be pretty fucking pleased with myself.

Anyways it makes me unbelievably sad (to use my mom's favorite phrase when describing her feelings towards her relationship with me) that my mom hates me so much but I'm not going to change to be who she wants me to be. Maybe I should send her a copy of Romeo and Juliet with a little note in the cover.

"Dear Mom, trying to control who you child loves has never been a good idea."
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Swing Dancing [Jun. 23rd, 2006|12:57 pm]
[I'm feeling... |lazylazy]

I love these random icons that I never use. I'm feeling a little lazy, but mostly I just like this wacked out looking star *smile*

Well another week at work is drawing to a close. I'm planning on leaving at 4 today (I always say that on Fridays, yet I never do it) which means that in 3 hours I'll only have three more weeks of work left (eek!). Compared to yesterday I actually feel fairly productive; I've done Medicaid breakdowns and I wrote one page of my in-service training.
One of my co-workers just emailed me saying that the database I designed for her in September doesn't work quite right and could I fix it? Well maybe I could if you had used it when I made it and not several months later. So not I get to muck around in Access all afternoon looking for a way to fix this stupid database. Blah.

Anyways this was meant to be an entry about how wonderful tiff is and what a great swing dancer she is. If you happened to be privy to us dancing on Wednesday night (like the prayer group across the street was) you would have been very impressed. We had several good moves by the end that she strung together all in a row - including one where she picks me up (super super impressive!) Anyways, it was lovely - everything I wanted and more, and she's lovely and life is lovely and if we just had a place to live and if my parents just knew we were living together then all would be lovely.

I think I might eat my oreos and read my book for 10 minutes and then go muck around in the database.
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Weddings and Birthdays (and a Quiz) [Jun. 21st, 2006|11:57 am]
[I'm feeling... |contemplativecontemplative]

So June is flying by, here's the update so far.
The wedding was lovely. Congrads to the Glausters! It was the first peer wedding that I've ever been to and it was nice. I did my ushering job quite nicely if I say so myself. I even avoided problems by remembering to get the Glee club to get communion since no one had told them they were supposed to go first. The reception was nice and the party was fun. I learned the important lesson that 3rd grade flirting techniques (passing note on the playground through internediaries) are the best techniques at 22. K and attest that the results are quite good.

Then my birthday was Monday which was good (other than the working 13 hours part). Work #1 was fine, I had a meeting downtown at DPH that ended at 4 after which I wandered around downtown and bought myself a cute white skirt at Express that was on sale. Then at Word #2 one of my students brought my a cupcake and dry erase markers. Another student thought I was 30 (ummm, no just 23 and only barely that) but all in all it was good.
Now I talk about how wonderful my gf is...Collapse )
Also, I finished Book 3 of Clan of the Cave Bear series and now I have to wait until Book 4 shows up at the library *impaitent tapping of my foot*. Luckily I have "A Simple Truth" a book by Judy Picoult to occupy my in the mean time. P.s. if you haven't read Clan of the Cave Bear, you should.
Work is ending and my days are empty, hence a really long surveyCollapse )
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Again with Mark Morford [Jun. 12th, 2006|04:12 pm]
[I'm feeling... |creativecreative]

First a quick weekend recapCollapse )
And now a couple entries to Mark Morford, the SF Gate Journalist I mentioned a while back. On Friday he wrote an article about the apcolypse which has a link to a Timeline of the Rapture where you can learn fun facts such as how inflation and umployment in the US are indicators for the rapture, and that the AnitChrist will be elected leader of the European Union. Don't believe me? You can also learn that although the church should not be involved in politics, Christians should all vote for George W. Bush. Other topics are discussed such as what to do if your husband hits you (answer, talk to your priest about how to fix your marriage) and can you smoke cigarettes and be saved (answer, no). Anyways it's a little depressing, a little scary and makes me happy that I live in boston.

And on that note, take care!
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June is gay pride month [Jun. 1st, 2006|04:48 pm]
[I'm feeling... |excitedexcited]

Too much to say and not even close to enough time to say it. So here's the quick quick update hopefully followed by details later (though maybe not)...

Memorial day at p-town = amazing, I love lesbians more than words can say

My job = wonderful because we're having a gay pride celebration and workshops on how better to deal with LGBT seniors (I'm going to miss Boston *tear*)

Life in general = lovely, I have 2 more Kaplan classes and I'll miss my class I've really enjoyed them. I will not miss teaching on Saturdays (just one more, just one more, just one more...)
GW sent me confirmation that they received my money, now I just need to send them a transcript and show them I have had the chickenpox and I'll be set to go.

My june plans are as follows...
5/31 = lovely evening out to diesal with katherine (i know, it wasn't june, but it was fun!)
6/1 = leah's b-day, 2nd to last kaplan class for class #1
6/3 = teach all day (first Kaplan - my last class!, then teach computer to a sweet old lady)
6/4 = hang out with sarah (i'm thinking picnic lunch) and maybe erin now that we're bff after p-town
6/6 = formal logic workshop
6/7 = start second class
6/8 - 6/9 = NYC to see K's first NYC show!!!!!
6/9 - 6/11 = PRIDE in Boston (my first!)
6/15 = pride party at my work (woo-hoo!)
6/15 - 6/18 = AVA for sylvia's wedding and early b-day celebration
6/18 = father's day
6/19 = turn 23, work 12 hour day (awesome)
6/19-6/24ish = K maybe comes to Boston
6/23-6/24ish = possible dual i turn 23/katherine moves to san fran rockin' sweet party
6/27 = my little bro turns 21!! yikes!

holy shit this is going to be a crazy month!

and on that note
peace out girl scout!!!

(in honor of leah, the b-day girl!)
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Inside Jokes [May. 15th, 2006|10:08 am]
[I'm feeling... |pleasedpleased]

Do you ever get an inside joke even when you don't know the person who made it?
Let me explain.
Sometimes I will randomly catch an obscure (or not so obscure) reference to some movie or book or thought and I'll get excited. Even though I've never met the person making the reference, I feel as though we share a secret inside joke. It's as if we belong in some elite club whose secret handshake is the smile of recognition when the reference appears. I kind of love it.
Currently, in Boston there is a dance troope that is performing outdoors and has generated a fair amount of publicity. They consider themselves dancers but they are doing their dancing high above buildings, suspended with rope. It really is one part acrobatic, one part dance, and one part rock climbing with a dash of trapeeze artist. The creator decided to name the group Bandaloop. Get it? Isn't it great.
For those of you who look confused, check out the Boston Globe article about the group - -
You can find the article here...
(make sure to read to the end - or at least skim and then read the end)

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Overwhelmed, sick, and tired [May. 11th, 2006|02:24 pm]
[I'm feeling... |draineddrained]

"Have you got any soul?" a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I've got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can't seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn't be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues.

Best movie ever.

On Sunday I am going to make myself popcorn and watch this movie and possibly not move or think (and certainly not teach) all day.

Already I feel better for having made that resolution.

It's 2:30 and I haven't yet had my lunch break. Maybe that's part of the problem. I have some soup I am going to heat up, maybe that will solve things.

But first I will rantCollapse )
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Mark Morford and I are getting married!! [May. 10th, 2006|12:41 pm]
Yeah yeah yeah I was going to write lots.
Then I got busy at work and I stopped writing and dropped off the face of the earth (at least for those of you who I'm not real life friends with).
Well work is *finally* starting to wind down ever so slightly and I felt like I needed to post something.

Of note to no one in particular - I cut off all my hair!
Walking through MayFair at Harvard on Sunday I walked by a Salon doing Locks for Love charity drive and so I sat down, cut off 10 inches and got a super short (ever so cute) slightly layered bob type cut. It took me a few hours but I love it.

In other news, I am not actually getting to Mark Morford...
1) We both have girlfriends (that we live with, which would make our first place both crowded and akward)
2) He lives in San Fran (slightly too far of a commute)
3) He doesn't know who I am (ah yes, the clincher)

Regardless I want to have his babies because he is funny and intelligent to a point where it doesn't matter if he is good looking. So perhaps when I want children I will ask him to sire them.... scratch that... that would be even more akward then the living arrangment with both of our girlfriends).

So no children... but there is his column. Read it. Love it. Subscribe to it. (It only comes twice a week - Wednesdays and Friday - though you will wish it came more frequently.) I am forever thankful to Molly for introducing me to the wonder that is the sfgate. Here is where you want to go<http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/archive/2006/05/10/notes051006.dtl&nl=fix> Also I don't know how to make pretty links without posting the whole name of the website. If anyone wants to tell me that would be awesome.

Also, I have thoughts of turning this in to a food blog where I can talk about my new recipes that I try (because yes, I'm turning into a good suburban housewife).

This was Saturday night's food effort...Collapse )
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You couldn't pay me... [Feb. 24th, 2006|01:55 pm]
[I'm feeling... |creativecreative]

Standarized Tests and thoughts on MoneyCollapse )

On a completely separate note - I just had the most amazing piece of cake at work. Two of my co-workers have birthdays on Saturday and so one of my other co-workers baked them a cake for their birthday. Now it is worth saying that this third co-worker works part time making wedding cakes for people. Anyways it was an amazing cake and it was gorgeous. That's all, just thought I'd share :)
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