Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bloggie change again

I decided to go back to my old blooger bloggie. Just for the heck of it. Find me over there now!

Here's the link: The Shannon River

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Corn nuts need not apply

Yeah. Corn nuts are okay, if you haven't eaten them in about a decade and you're feeling really peckish... and they're all that is available.

Today another student asked our professor if eating in the classroom was okay, and he said "Sure. *pause* Just don't eat corn nuts. They're way too loud and they make the room stink."
LOL. I agree.

I had a class on the first floor of this one building on my campus last semester. This place looked like total poop. The white walls were stark, dirty, peeling and ugly, and the baseboard whatever-it-is was missing. Over the winter break they painted all the walls, including some accent walls in a pretty maroon color, reapplied maroon baseboards... and it looks so nice there now!
My point is, naturally all this had to occur when I don't have a class on that floor and I likely will not again.

By the time they make their way up to the third floor, the one I practically live on with my classes now, I'll probably have graduated*. :-( Dammit. I like looking at pretty things and since my tuition money is funding this anyway, why can't I at least enjoy it while I'm there?
This sucks.

*I don't know this for sure, I am hoping they'll get the rest of the building done over the summer so I can enjoy it before I graduate, but with the way my luck goes, I won't hold my breath.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A little rant

I don't know if I ever mentioned this, probably not, but I will now. It's not earth shattering, just a little something to get off my chest.

In my college graduation last year there were photos taken by this one big *cough*mass monopoly*cough* company during the ceremony. They sent out my proofs and one didn't look half bad, the other was even better than that. So I ordered a copy of each picture.

These lame asses cropped off an entire inch at the bottom of the photo to put in a very nasty, eye sore banner. It's just white with the name of their company (oh surprise!), the college and the date. In blue ink, not even a pretty gold color or something.
Ok. I certainly don't begrudge having a copyright or watermark or something on the photos, but not in this fashion. It is an eyesore that shoves hot pokers into my eye sockets every single time I look at them.

I complained about them to the company. They're all "Too bad. If you don't like it, send the pictures back." (And that really is just about word for word the email I received from them.) I totally should have done that.

You see, one of the most annoying things about this ugly banner is that they simply cropped off the bottom of your photo. I worked damn hard for my Magna Cum Laude ropes (1 B threw me from Summa. How frustrating) and yet the tassels on the bottom in my pictures are gone! They were there in the proofs, in full length. And that was why I was happy with these photos. But these buttmunches think that it's perfectly reasonable to just cut off a graduate's honors for their uninspired, clunky, industrial, larger than the Washington Monument banner.

I think I'll write another email complaining about it. More anon-like.

This really grinds my gears.
Another thing that grinds my gears is my brain not working properly. More beer over here please! LOL

Thursday, January 22, 2009

o-bla-di o-bla-da

What a tease. I signed into my student portal for college and it lists me as a Senior. *sigh* I'm not really. I'm still technically a Junior.
I had 6 semesters left to complete before I graduate when I transferred schools last summer, I have completed two of them. By the end of this spring semester I'll only be halfway done.

This can just really suck. College is hard to complete in just 4 years, two semesters a year. I have been going all year long, full time, since fall 2006, and I even had some previous credits that would apply!

Part of the problem is figuring out a major. That's the pits right there. Yes you can take the required classes during your fresh and soph year while you try and figure it out... but you still have to think about the future and take certain classes no matter what.

For instance, I took 1 year of Geology and 1 year of Astronomy for my sciences. But now that I've picked/changed my major... I need two other life science classes: Landforms and Soils and Climate and Vegetation.

If I had known that my major was going to be Geography and Environmental Science I could've taken those freshman classes instead of the two semesters of Geology.

Because I am now a Junior/Senior and yet I am catching up and taking a 101 class this semester!

PLUS not knowing which college you're going to transfer to, if this is applicable, can bite you in the ass. My specific college has a requirement that you must have had 2 semesters of a foreign language. I quickly crammed in French I before my last semester at my old college, but I still have to complete French II before I attempt to graduate in May 2010.
(and typically French II doesn't run in the summers which totally sucks. I wish I could just take that over the summer and not have to combine it with other classes.)


And it's that time of year again... FAFSA. Well, taxes and FAFSA and dealing with financial aid at school. *great big sigh* Well, at least it is my last year for doing this. Until I do a master's or something, but that's going to be quite awhile before I do that.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

nothing to see here

First day of school today. Went rather well. I'm finally in classes I've wanted. Too bad I only have one year left to cram all the classes I want into my life. I hate that I had to waste my time on so many crap classes I had no interest in but was required to take. Feh.

Not much to say about the day other than quickly figuring out which people in this class are going to highly grate on my nerves. Ugh. Joyous.

Welcome to the new administration. Welcome President Obama. What an amazing day.

Monday, January 12, 2009


So I had logging in problems for a long time and I just felt kinda "eh" about posting. We had to put one of our birds, a cockatiel, to sleep because he had a tumor in his abdomen.

Anyways. So it's a new year though it's already been crap for me in just the short 2 weeks thus far...

Here's something. One year ago I bought textbooks online and it took forever for them to get here. I ordered them with about 10 days to go before I needed them and that is cutting it close but I was hoping it wouldn't be cutting it too close.

But it did. I didn't have my French book on the first day of class.

So this year I ordered them with about 12 days to go before I need them. (Classes begin on January 20, Phooey.) Guess what? I ordered them last Thursday night... got notices in my email that all of them shipped on Friday morning and *boom* - They all came today.

That literally took less than 4 days and one of them was a Sunday. And one, Saturday, isn't even a traditional business day.

They were all ordered by different places online too.

Well at least I have them, but I'm still shaking my head over Murphey's Law. Raising blood pressure since day one.

Monday, December 8, 2008


We all have our stupid moments. But I have post this one, and it's not about me so Ha Ha.

We had group presentations last week in one of my classes (I just loooove those!) Anyways, in someone's power point presentation they spelled "aesthetic"... "ascetic". I could hear my professor's brain explode behind me, because his master's is in English.

I hate to be one of those people but I am a bit of a spelling nazi. Not so good with grammar (or puncuation) though. Obviously.  But I will admit this: since being on a new medication I've been really ditzy and spacey and so my spelling skills are not well lately. I can't wait to switch off of this crap which will be soon. However, I still know how to use a dictionary.

I just noticed that the 10 page paper I have due on Thursday... The professor said "It should be about 10 pages." 2 pages is about 10, wouldn't you agree? Yes, I thought so. 

And while I'm airing some grievances about people there are two other things that people tend to do that bother me. Well, more than that but I'm only going to focus on these two for now.

Being in college... for some reason I notice this happens a lot with all those perky, bouncy 20 year old girlie girls. You just gotta love them. (Ha ha. I need an apron from all the sarcasm dripping around here.)

1) I cannot stand when people end their sentences in questions. It really drives me nuts? It grates on my nerves? I don't think it's cute or endearing at all?

2)  Bringing me to number two: I hate it when girls croak in this way that sounds like they have a sore throat. I just know they do it because they think it's cute and endearing, but it's really, really, really, really, really, really, really annoying. (And I know they only do it at certain times because usually when I hear them talking with their friends they speak normally. They seem to mostly do it towards any males. And/or when they're saying something in class.)

Yes, it is annoying?

Thursday, December 4, 2008


We have some snow on the ground here and I always feel for the squirrelies. We have a special wooden box secured to the house for the flickers. (I always call them Flicker-dee-dees.)

Well, the squirrels and flickers always fight for the box. Actually we do have two of them, I'm not sure who is in the second box. But the squirrels have won a box for now. They are able to climb the stucco on the house.

I walked to the ground under the box (which is up about 10 feet on the house) and I called to the squirrels. "Come on out, I got peanuts for you!"

I dumped them under a small bush, I like to do that so the squirrels have a little protection from predators, and sure enough I looked up and saw a squirrely nose peeking out of the box. So cute! I hope he climbed down and got a few peanuts before the sun went down. 

I've been swamped under personal stuff and FINALS. Uggghhhhh! I have been putting off a 10 page paper to write that's due next week. Then I have another paper to write next weekend. My last day is December 16, with a final that is an essay. I'm not looking forward to that one, this prof has had us read about 1500 pages and he says "I will ask about 25 questions from all our readings. As long as you did the readings, you'll be fine."

Oh sure! 1500 pages of readings! Piece of cheesecake.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ferrety Cats

I adopted two kitties about 7 years ago. One a siamese and the other a calico. I've had them since they were kittens. (The callie was saved by my vet tech friend and she convinced me to take her.)

Anyhow, so they were tiny when I adopted them. Well, whenever I let the ferrets out of their very large cage the kittens would head in there! They would check out the whole place, the three levels, and they would munch on the ferret food. The would even sleep in the ferret hammocks.

To this day they still love ferret food. We have a bowl of it in our bedroom for when we let the ferrets run. The cats come in periodically and munch on it. So cute!