Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Rock Star

Thanks to Bonnie, I am someone I don't even know...

Which Rock Chick Are You?

Friday, January 20, 2006

Let the games begin...

So I decided to wait until I had been through a few classes to make judgements on my professors and the classes. Of course, the first day of class in most of my classes was a lot of 'administrative junk' and paperwork and introductions to the professors and TA's (teacher's assistants).

Thursday was my first day of 'real' classes. I got a much better feel for what each class will be like. I have a good feeling about this semester. For one thing, I've already been forcing myself to sit in the front of the classroom and make sure that I am noticed by the professors. I think if I continue to do that, I won't be tempted to skip classes, because I will know that the professors might actually miss me if I'm not there!

My Intro to Journalism professor really irked me on Thursday. Still, I think this is a good sign, because not only am I paying attention to what he is saying, I'm really thinking critically about it and not just swallowing the tripe so that I can regurgitate it on a test or a paper. He was driving me nuts with his 'good old days' mentality and the fact that he kept showing charts that were very misleading. He showed one graph showing how voting in the U.S. has been in a slow decline since the 70s. A few slides later, he showed a slide that showed how older generations vote more than youth (18-24). Next, he showed how voting among the 18-24 age group has declined and was asking the class about why the youth of today don't vote. Well, Dr. Reese, why doesn't ANYONE vote as much anymore?? You JUST showed us a slide proving that the voting rate is going down in the U.S. population as a whole- don't you think the voting rate would also go down in an individual age demographic?? That's just an example of one thing that bugged the hell out of me about this guy.

Now on the flip side of that, my next class is an absolute blast. Dr. Z is a hoot. He's an old reformed hippie, and is just a card. I think the class is going to be very beneficial to me in deciding whether to stay in the Geography dept or switch to Journalism as planned. I think Dr. Z will be a great mentor and sounding board for me in discussing my future plans. On top of that, our big project that we will be working on for the entire semester is based on Texas tourism... how much better can it be??

My photography class makes yet another switch. I feel like I'm taking a class that should be a prep class for the one I took last semester in Dallas. I have already learned black and white photography and how to work in a darkroom... now I'm reversing to only using color slide film and having my film developed by a lab. It's a little disappointing, but maybe it will be an easy A??

More on the rest of my classes later- it's a Friday night and I'm bound and determined to have some fun!

Buncha damn drunks...

Q1) Have you ever been drunk? You mean today?

Q2) How old were you the first time you got drunk? 18

Q3) Have you ever gotten/given digits while you were intoxicated? Yes, but I don't call it 'getting or giving digits'... who the hell says that?

Q4) Have you ever 'drunk dialed'? Unfortunately, yes.

Q5) Have you ever been drunk in front of family members? Yep... not sure if my parents knew I was drunk, though.

Q6) Have you ever had to cover up the fact that you were drunk? Occasionally.

Q7) Have you ever been arrested for any alcohol related crime? No, thank God!

Q8) Have you ever hooked-up with someone while drunk? Unfortunately, yes.

Q9) Ever forgot their name? Nope

Q10) When was the last time you were drunk? It's been a while.

Q11) Have you ever been on a drunken binge? Not really

Q12) Do you need alcohol to have a good time? No, I need free alcohol to have a good time

Q13) What kind of alcohol gets you the most intoxicated? It's all the same.

Q14) Favorite liquor: Rum

Q15) Favorite beer: Imperial (Costa Rican beer)

Q16) Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking and found... throw up? Oh yes... that night of Wild Turkey 101 at the Players Club was baaaaad.

Q17) Have you ever swam drunk? Yes.

Q18) What kind of a drunk are you? I am a goofy drunk... I have the BEST time and laugh so much.

Q19) Is alcohol like "truth serum" to you? No, it's a "stupid serum" for me.

Q20) Favorite drinking partner: Any of my friends.

Q21) Who is the most annoying drunk that you know? Heather

Q22) Who is the most flirtatious drunk? I tend to be a little flirty.

Q23) Do you have a drunken nickname? Not particularly...

Q24) Funniest drunken scene in a movie: Dazed & Confused... party at the moontower

Q25) Favorite song(s) about drinking: Anything by Buffett.

Q26) Have you ever woken up next to someone you didn't know? No

Q27) Have you ever been hit on by someone way older than you? Constantly

Q28) What's the worst 'buzz kill'? Anyone starting drama

Q29) Have you ever dated a bartender or bouncer or cocktail waitress? No

Q30) Do you ever say to yourself, "Dang, I need a drink?" At least a few times a week

Q31) Do strangers ever buy you drinks? Yep

Q32) Have you ever drank too much on a date? Yes and I feel shame

Q33) Is there anything that you refuse to drink? Not big on Buttery Nipples.

Q34) Have you ever been drunk on a plane? No. I don't drink on planes... too expensive.

Q35) Have you ever gotten drunk during the day? Yes, even at work once.

Q36) Have you ever had to run from the cops and leave the beer behind? Um, no.

Q37) What's your favorite drinking game? I like Presidents and Assholes/

Q38) Have you ever injured yourself while drunk? Yup... sometimes I wake up with what we call an API- Anonymous Party Injury. My best was on my forehead when I was told the next day that I had fallen over into a fence.

Q39) What's the most destructive thing that has happened while you were drunk? I backed into a car.

Q40) Ever been drunk at a concert? Yep... Kiss/Aerosmith at Smirnoff with Stacey. She was also stoned and then her clit ring fell out while we were peeing in the parking lot. Good times.

Q41) Are you still friends with someone you met while wasted? Probably... I still hang out with some Chi Phis.

Q42) Why do you drink? To have a good time and socialize.

Monday, January 16, 2006

4 Things

Okay, so John called me out. I've done this survey before, but only on My Space .

Four jobs you've had in your life:
Ear Piercer/Cashier at Claire's
Intermodal Dispatcher
Front Desk in a dorm
Hostess at Manny Hattan's

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Dazed & Confused
Blue Crush
10 Things I Hate about You

Four places you've lived:
Warsaw, TX
Austin, TX
Dallas, TX
The Grove

Four TV shows you love to watch:
The Simpsons
The Office
My Name is Earl
Desperate Housewives

Four places you've been on vacation:
Costa Rica
Key West
New York City
San Diego

Four websites you visit daily:
my bank
Yahoo mail
Craig's List
Yahoo Groups

Four of your favorite foods:
Taco Bueno

Four places you'd rather be:
Key West
Costa Rica
Los Angeles

Four albums you can't live without:
James Taylor's Greatest Hits
Jimmy Buffet... any of them
Patsy Cline's 12 Greatest Hits
Elvis Presley Gold

Four magazines you read:
US Weekly
Vanity Fair

Four cars you've owned:
'94 GMC Jimmy
'88 Chevy Blazer
'94 Chevy Blazer
'01 Toyota Tundra

Four people to do this meme:
This one
That one

Saturday, January 14, 2006


I'm back in Austin. Finally. I moved in last Friday, and I've been spending the past week getting settled in. My apartment is nice, but the area is just as ghetto as the neighborhood I moved from in Dallas.

My Dad actually paid $100 for 2 men to help us move everything up to the 2nd floor. He was glad he spent the money, so that means it was WELL worth the $100 to not have to drag a washer, dryer, sectional couch, dresser, mattress, and heavy boxes up a flight of stairs. Those guys were a HUGE help. Yay for craigslist for helping me find someone cheaper than the moving companies!

I've been setting all of my stuff up and getting my apartment organized this week. I bought an IKEA TV stand used for $20 and two AWESOME paintings for $20. Again, yay for craigslist!

On Wednesday, I went out job-hunting. I put in an application at one Tex-Mex restaurant, and I still haven't heard from them. However, I went to a nice deli that had an ad in the paper and I was hired on the spot! The manager kept commenting on my smile and telling me I seemed intelligent, so he offered me the job in the first 5 minutes we spoke.

I started that job today. The money isn't huge, but I will get a share of the tips from the servers. It was a little hectic around lunchtime, but they said Saturday is their busiest day. So far, so good. Some of the servers seem pretty cool; some seem like jackasses. Thankfully, the one that really struck me as an asshole is leaving this week to go drive a truck. Genius. The owner is a dork and his parents showed up to 'help' today. They are a little pushy, but seem like nice people. The girl that trained me is really fun- unfortunately, she's leaving to go work at a bank.

I think I did pretty well. At least I didn't get fired, like one girl! Today was her first day training as a server. She called 20 minutes after she was supposed to be there and said she was running late. No, really? Then around 2 she kinda ran out the front door, telling one of the hosts she got fired. Apparently she didn't impress anyone with her serving skills either. So I guess I'm doing alright! The manager who hired me told me I seemed to be doing a good job. Yay!

I go back tomorrow morning, so we'll see how that goes once I'm settling in a little bit. Tomorrow I'm supposed to try some of the food. I'll let you all know how the deli is. And if anyone comes to Austin, be sure to come to my restaurant, Manny Hattan's, and tip generously!!