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It's the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. What season do you want it to be where you live?

Having never experienced a true spring until the tender age of 24, I really like spring. I like that daffodils pop up everywhere and bring color to what has been an icy wasteland for the past 6 months. I also like the little red, white, and pink buds popping up on trees, and looking over the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the trees covered in a fresh green haze. I like wearing skirts again and fun, open-toed shoes.

That being said, I would still prefer it to be winter. I love the cold. I like bundling up and wearing knit scarves. I like how ice looks on trees and even snow, even though it scares the shit out of me. I dislike it when its in action, but really can't wait for it to come back. I guess it's have and have not.

Writer's Block: What a Way to Make a Living

What's the worst job you've ever had?

Michael's Crafts, hands down. I lasted three weeks, made less than $300 for about 70 hours of work and cleaned toilets with inadequate protection because they didn't provide it. It was disgusting, as were the people.

Even worse, several of the women were history BA's and MA's. I basically saw my future and it scared me.

Moral of the story: do not work at a craft store in Appalachia.

Writer's Block: A Little Green

Top o' the morning to you! Has anyone ever pinched you for not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day?

Wikipedia says the US is the only fool country to do the pinching thing. Pinching is ridiculous: it hurts, and it's just a stupid reason for drinking and assaulting someone, which doesn't need that much of a holiday.

I find it ridiculous to wear green one day a year, so this year I tried to protest by not wearing full-out, head to toe green but instead a black and white shirt with green detailing. So, I would say, legally, no, no one can pinch me but I also don't look like a leprechaun.

My mom actually forbids her students to pinch one another this time of year, giving a lecture about how pinching really, really hurts. One year, a student pinched and bruised her which spurred on this speech (and made the kid feel deservedly bad at the same time).

Post Script...


I have exactly $1.71 to my name.



I had the best intentions of being productive.

After lunch, I went to the store and got food for a few days. Then I came home and read a page or two out of my book that I'm presenting on Tuesday. I then decided that my desk was too messy and it was hindering my reading ability, so I cleaned it up.

I then picked my book up and raised it to eye level for a while, then decided that my floor was just as messy, if not messier, and that I needed to pick that up too.

And then I decided that I really needed to clean my bathtub, so I emptied all the bottles out of my shower and scrubbing bubble'd it. I picked my book up and pretended to read for a moment or two as my bathroom foamed and hissed at me.

My sink was just as bad, so I gave that a good scrub down too.

Now my dust is looking at me and saying, why have you given so much attention to the shower and not to every other horizontal surface in your room? So I suspect I will dust.

And then go to Starbucks.

And maybe return something at Belk.

And then read.


Mar. 5th, 2008

I just totally drove from Florida to Virginia. It took me 12 hours, 750-some miles and two Starbucks runs, but I made it.


And instead of working...

Instead of working, I've been embroidering.

May I present, Ms. Audrey Hepburn, in cloth form.


She's currently adorning my bathroom wall, which is in need of tidings and cheer.

Dec. 24th, 2007

Retail has made Ebeneezer Scrooge my hero.

"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Bah, Humbug!"
- Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol


Other than that, Happy Christmas and happy birthday to the Maternal Parental Unit.


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