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martian aries
16 September 2009 @ 06:03 pm
Wow! I haven't updated in a million years. Maybe the intermission will be shorter next time.

Let's see. What's happened in the last sixteen weeks?

Well, I kissed a boy, and I liked it --a lot --but it's since created a considerable lot of mess (mostly internal) that I've been pointedly ignoring in my effort to regress to the emotional maturity of a seventh-grader. More on that if anything ever happens. I haven't seen him in about two and a half weeks and likely won't again except by happenstance/catastrophic coincidence. What troubles me the most? I never expected the residual drama to come back and bite me in the ass after four months apart. But it did. Quite unexpectedly. You'd think that going halfway round the world would put some distance between me and my past. Guess not!

He is delicious, though. FUCK.

What else happened? I went to Australia. I saw some kangaroos. I spent a weekend alone in Sydney. I kissed a boy (different boy), but I didn't like it particularly because he turned out to be a spastic virgin. Actually, I kissed a lot of boys this summer, not all of them in Australia. Most of them were in the U.S. And I wasn't even drunk all those times. Clearly, none of those kisses got me anywhere.

My cousin got married in June... and her husband is a fox.

I got a wisdom tooth removed in August.

I moved into my apartment and have since battled a number of monstrous insects.

I spent most of my savings and am now reliant on my dad's goodwill to pay for food and gas.

I reconnected with some old friends who have taken spectacularly good care of me, considering I am an emotional hurricane most of the time. And very vain.

Lately, I've been working my ass off. I'm taking sixteen hours this semester, and one of the classes is a service-learning course that requires 30 hours of community service for credit. It's called "Communication and Community Activism." It's awesome. I love my teacher. I love our readings, even if they are quite dense. And I love that I get to volunteer for Planned Parenthood and get credit for it, to say nothing of a free PPNC tee shirt. I will be working phone-banks to promote comprehensive health care reform. Also hanging out with some freaking awesome women while I do it. Could my situation be more ideal?

Finally, I have started to consider a few money-making options. One takes a minute or two to explain. A few weeks ago, a professional photographer approached me in the pit and asked me to model for him. He's doing a year-long art project where he practices photography every day, and he was looking for average, everyday people willing to have their photo taken. Since I am, as I said before, quite vain, I agreed. The results were pretty impressive, considering. Here's the photo he posted on his project's blog: link. I'm shooting again with him tonight, and while he hasn't paid me for my work (I don't expect him to), I have been wondering if --given a little practice and some consultation with model friends of mine --I should join Model Mayhem and try to get some work on the side. That would be a good way to earn a couple bucks. I could, to a certain extent, set my own hours, and I wouldn't have to deal with cranky spoiled consumers the way you do in restaurant or retail. But it would require networking, assuming I even have what it takes. (Cue Tyra!voice: You wanna be on top? Na na na na na na...)

The other option I have considered, which should surprise no one at all, is selling sex toys as a Pure Romance consultant. This would require considerable overhead, an irksome restriction since I currently have no money, as well as training. However, once I get it up and running, I could make some serious dough, and --again --I would be able to do so by setting my own hours. Plus it's the kind of thing where I can stay active and work with it even while I'm doing other things (like an internship) or moving on to law school or whatever. If it turned out well, I think it would be a good investment. We'll see.

Or I could just work at Kohl's. Also an option.

Anyway. Still treasurer for PD. Still silly. Still skinny. I actually lost ten pounds this summer, if you can imagine. THAT was scary. I am trying to gain it back, but with all the walking I do now, and the minimal allowance for groceries, I don't see that happening anytime soon. At least I haven't gotten amenorrhea again. I'm listening to a lot of Britney Spears, on an utterly unrelated note. I don't know why.

I spend a lot of time in coffee shops.

I kind of want to learn to read tarot.

Umm... I guess that's it for now. Like I said, if anything interesting happens, I may update at a later date. I'm interested in documenting my experiences with Planned Parenthood, since I think it's a groovy organization with lots of awesome work to do. I may also need to vent about Complicated Boy, if I see him again. Which, let's face it, will probably happen at some point. This town ain't big enough for the both of us.
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Gimme More -Britney Spears
martian aries
22 May 2009 @ 07:22 am
Lost was good. Now I'm watching too much Sex and the City. As much as I adore the women, I think it's absurd to imagine anyone having that many boyfriends who are all good-looking, reasonably wealthy and intelligent, and good in bed. I'm lucky if my dates have any social skills or emotional intelligence to speak of, without which they are certainly never getting into my bed. But then, they're all twenty-somethings. That says a lot.

In brighter news, I've been preparing to build a nest in my new apartment next fall. For under two-hundred dollars, I got all the culinary accoutrements I could ever hope to use. At Target, there was a deal: twenty dollars for a tray holding two kinds of serving spoons, two spatulas, a whisk, a cheese grater, a brush, two kinds of turners, and just like... a million other things. I can't even remember now. I got these beautiful plates at World Market, which had been marked down twice, so that it was something like 75 cents apiece. The total was around eighteen dollars for eight dinner plates, eight salad plates, and six bowls. I need flatware, still. No use in having pretty plates if you can't actually eat off of them.

Also got 10 pairs of undies from VS yesterday for 26 bucks. Semi-annual sale. Take advantage!

Uggghhhh, meanwhile, I have the cramps from hell. WTF ow.

Anticipating the trip to Australia immensely. Can't wait to see a roo.

La la la.... I guess that's it. My life becomes immeasurably uninteresting during the summer. Except C is having a party tonight. That should be fun.

P.S. I learned this hilarious joke yesterday: How do you wake up Lady Gaga?

You pokerface!
Current Mood: crappyowwww my ovaries
Current Music: Poker Face -Lady Gaga
martian aries
21 March 2009 @ 05:44 pm
I promise I'm working on my "five things."

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Okay. Back to work. It never ends!
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martian aries
04 March 2009 @ 09:55 pm
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God, I was waiting for that forever.

And I had a little chokey moment....

I mean, yeah, plenty of other stuff went on, but that was the most important part.

ETA...Collapse )
martian aries
22 February 2009 @ 11:46 am
I went to see "He's Just Not That Into You" with some of the PD ladies yesterday (btw, I intend to offer updates on the budget situation in a later post; I haven't forgotten). First of all, yeah, it's a cheesy chick flick. But it makes clear, relevant points that I think a lot of women in the hetero dating scene --whether resentful people want to argue about generalizations or not --fail to understand. I will say, however, that many of the points in HJNTIY also apply to relations to men by women. I think I will make a little list of my own, because here are some things that have been bothering me, especially as I navigate the college dating scene. College boys could benefit from this a lot.

Boys, she's just not that into you, if...

1) She puts her bag between you and scoots away as you attempt to cozy up to her.
2) She doesn't call when you ask her to.
3) She ignores your calls, or won't return your texts, or returns your emails with terse one-liners.
4) She doesn't ask you out, even if you flirt with her.
5) She doesn't flirt back.
6) She doesn't laugh at your jokes.
7) She crosses her arms and turns away from you.
8) She won't sleep with you. Duh.
9) She doesn't kiss you back.
10) She does not have fun on your dates, and she makes a point of saying so.
11) She leaves early on dates.
12) She talks on the phone while you're around, or keeps checking her watch, or --greatest insult of all --flirts with someone else in front of you. Not exactly nice things to do, but they are effective in giving pesky guys "I'm not that into you" vibes.
13) She doesn't even show up for dates.
14) She talks about how attractive other people are.
15) She says "you're a nice guy, but..."

P.S. I realize that this list is a little heteronormative. But. Gay signals and straight signals are completely different. Although I'm trying to get into the ladies' scene, I don't have nearly as much experience with girls as I do with guys. Maybe if I actually start dating chicks, although I don't even know where to begin on that front, I will figure out the signifiers in that case. But for now, I know how I act when I'm not into a guy, and I know that a lot of the time, I wish guys would take a freaking hint.

Okay, enough complaining. I really do have to get some work done.
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martian aries
16 February 2009 @ 06:04 pm
I have one now. Tweet!

The account is secured, because within three hours of making it, I had all kinds of weird followers latching onto me from places like Venezuela. I would like to know why someone who's never met me who lives in another country would like to follow me when nothing on his page indicates that he speaks English. Strange.

Anywho. Thought I'd let you know.

I also emailed the FF.net support staff today to find out about removing my account altogether. I don't even care that I will lose a lot of writing if I do that. Most of it is godawful writing, and it's not writing that will take me anywhere, and I would rather not have a FF.net account linked to my name on the Interwebs in the event that a future employer starts rifling through my stuffs and sees my kinky slash. So, that's that. They still haven't gotten back to me. I would be surprised if they did, quite frankly. I just don't want to go through the hassle of removing everything myself.

In other fun news, I spent an hour wandering in the stacks in the humongous research library on campus. I picked up a couple books on satire and two books on the Bush White House. How do these things relate? Why, because I --lucky lady --am doing a research project on Stephen Colbert's address to the 2006 White House Press Correspondents' Association Dinner. I am tres excited, to say the least. Any excuse to obsess about Stephen Colbert makes me a happy woman. (And I get to do it nerdily! academically! oh, rapture!!!!)

I had noisy shoes on, so I took them off and padded around the bookshelves in my sock feet. Very quietly. It was kind of dreamy and romantic.
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martian aries
16 January 2009 @ 04:55 pm
Laaa.... going to a party tonight, in the GAYborhood. I think? Anyway, there will be many people there of diverse sexual orientations. I like this. Hopefully the gay boys will not grope me, the way the randy twentysomethings do, and I can get wasted in peace (since I'm not driving, like I was last weekend). This is generally how my internal conversations go with the pushy twentysomethings: "I know I'm young and innocent, but Jesus, I'm not stupid. No, I will not have a sip of your drink! Who do you think you are?" Outwardly, I smile and chirp: "No thanks! I've had enough!"

Anyway. Maybe B will make Skittles Vodka. Liek Lol.

I know it's been a million years since I posted for real, and I don't do so well about keeping up with my social endeavors. ILFO went well. Incriminating facebook pictures are sure to appear in the near future. Marshall Miller is fi-ine! but ultimately too tall --and too old! --for me (and very taken, duh). I may only think so because I'm horny. In other news, I went to a teach-in on Gaza last night. The place was packed, for the record, but that's not important. It was fairly illuminating. The content was a bit one-sided, but at least they were telling the Palestinians' side, unlike the mainstream news. I can't even watch CNN anymore. P.S. Why did they spend an entire day harping on about the plane in the Hudson? Almost everyone was fine. The plane was damaged, but didn't explode or anything. It was a curious piece. But does it require that many hours of coverage? Good Lord.

Moving on!

I am enjoying my WMST class very much this semester. It covers feminism and political theory. Alas, the one assignment that I have this weekend is to write a two-page paper on "What My View is on Feminism" and how I got to it, what I want to learn in the class, etc, etc. Methinks this will take me way, way more than two pages. I am struggling to be concise. My other classes are okay. My COMM classes make me question the wisdom of choosing it as a major. I also have a POLI class, which is huge. At least a girl from PD is in it. I think I'll sit with her.

On a more interesting note, I'm in a RELI class on South-Asian belief systems. That covers Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism (esp Theravada), Sikhism, and possibly Shintoism. I'm not sure. In any case, it's all introductory. I find it kind of funny that I have the same TA for that class that I did for my class with Carl Ernst, three semesters ago. Speaking of Carl Ernst, he's made a bit of a stir by accepting an academic award from I'm-A-Dinner-Jacket. I don't have much of an opinion on the matter. I see it as a harmless way of reaching out to a country through peaceful means whom we otherwise have treated very hostilely. In a sense, I approve. But I more find it a bemusing conversation piece than anything. To be honest, I hated that guy's class.

Okay. So, yeah, that's the news. Not much else. I should go get some work done or clean my room or find some other way to occupy myself until happy time. Peace!
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Get Silly -V.I.C.
martian aries
13 January 2009 @ 08:42 pm
Okay, wut. Totally addicted to StumbleUpon. It has found many awesome things for me, but the best thing it's found so far was not on my account but that of a friend of mine. Here: Skittles Vodka.

As Captain Falcon would say, "Yes!"

And now that I've flaunted my inner nerd, I'm going to go finish my homework. I have a lot. Classes have been okay so far. P is in one of my classes, interestingly. I also have for my Asian Religions class a TA that I had three semesters ago... for a class on Islam with Carl Ernst. What a coincidence. I was almost afraid that my erstwhile stalker was in the class, too, but thank God, he was not. It was just some kid who looked a lot like him. >_>

*sigh* The neighbors are having loud sex again. I used to be jealous. Now I'm just irritated. I cannot wait to get into my apartment.

OH! The second coming of ILFO is tomorrow. Speaking of sex. Hurray for the clitoris! I think there should be a song about it, don't you?
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: Dangerous (feat. Akon) -Kardinal Offshall
martian aries
07 January 2009 @ 07:30 am
"Have you any notion how many books are written about women in the course of one year? Have you any notion how many are written by men?" -V. Woolf

Forgive my inner feminazi for rearing her head, but I've been in a bit of a funk ever since a friend told me about this book, Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. Are women dangerous?Collapse )

P.S. A tiny disclaimer: I realize that the situation is different/more complicated for trans-persons and individuals who identify as LGBTQ. I know I'm speaking to the gender binary, as well. The entry would have become monstrously long, however, had I attempted to address my issues on those fronts. I didn't want to bore anyone.

P.P.S. I wonder if anyone's combined the fields of linguistics and feminism? I don't know how the hell you would get a job with something like that, unless maybe you were writing books. Still... it would make for a few interesting studies.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Little Queen -Heart
martian aries
30 December 2008 @ 07:33 am
(Scene: Kate, Murphy and I are sitting in a coffee-shop. I look out the window at a youngish pit bull that's playing with an old tire in the parking lot. To be completely honest, the animal looks like a doofus.)
Me: I hate dogs. They're so... stupid.
Kate: Yeah, but they're adorable. And they're loyal. Unlike men.
Me: Who are just stupid.

I went to see the Benjamin Button movie. Oh, my goodness. It is so inexpressibly beautiful. For one thing, there's the aesthetic assault: the rich patchwork of texture and color, the scenery, the make-up and the actors themselves. Cate is absolutely stunning. Brad is, too (well, duh). The story is what really captures you, though. I mean, I wanted to see the film simply because it seemed like an interesting sort of premise. It really turned into an exploration of "the human condition," words which I hate but accurately express an idea that's otherwise impossible to capture in concise terms. The film offers many life-lessons. I suppose you could say its ultimate moral is "Carpe Diem," a theme that I usually abhor for its endless repetition, but which here is presented in a fresh and palatable way. I recommend the movie, even though it is super-long. It's 100% worth it.

I'm doing much better than I was before, for the record. A bunch of high school buddies came over on Saturday night and we got pretty happy on some Firefly Vodka. Then we played capture the flag in the dark and watched YouTube videos.

I've been flirting with this one kid on fbook. He seems nice enough. He's obviously playing the field, and he's not ashamed of it, since he doesn't bother to hide his flirtation with other girls. For that reason, I think he's a little bit full of shit, but whatever. I don't really have any other prospects at the moment, and since my heart is not invested in this one, I'm not likely to get it broken if I dally with him.

I think my problem up until now has been that I don't like to expend my energy on shallow attachments, by which I mean: relationships that do nothing to help either person. I never saw the point. I barely understood how that was possible, how people could feel indifferent to one another even as they expressed mutual interest. It seems so heartless. But I guess this is the way of the world. What a depressing discovery to make. I hope it won't always be this way.

Ugh. Life is a farce.

Anyway. I'm just gonna go find more productive things to do.
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Current Music: Cock-Eyed Optimist --South Pacific