Brett: Brett is like my brother. I have known him for about nine eight years now. We instantly hit it off at marching band practice one day, and it’s been friendship ever since. When he moved away from Linden, we didn’t get to see each other very often, but every time we did, it was like we were never apart. It’s still like that even now, and I know it will be the same as soon as I get home from Germany.
FDK: I can honestly say that she is one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my entire life. She is the hardest working person I know, and I admire her accomplishments. She’s done so much for me, and we have SO much fun whether we’re working on putting everything together for a Languages for Kids summer camp, driving back from the airport, or having vegetables after work. We have great inside jokes, and I miss her so much now that I’m in Germany. But I wouldn’t be here without her, either. I feel like she’s the older sister I always needed but didn’t find until I was 23.
Emily: I met Emily during my fourth year at State. She lived across the hall from me, and I think we started talking because I was being a creeper and noticed that she had The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand on her bookshelf or something. Then we discovered that we both liked Kathy Griffin and wine. We started hanging out alllll the time, and then we lived together for a while. She was the first friend from college that I went home for the weekend with, and we went antiquing with her mom. Her mom and stepmom are total BAs, too. The four of us went on a trip to New York for Emily’s 21st birthday, and that was one of the happiest weekends of my life to be sure.
Erin: Erin and I were study abroad roommates, and that started our adventures. I mean, I can’t even begin to explain the craziness that happened in our house when we were in Mayen. We had another roommate, Kate, who also contributed to the craziness. When we got back, Erin and I stayed really close, and we would probably be hanging out frequently if I wasn’t in Germany. When I was doing my teaching internship, we had Thursday night sleep overs because I had class on Friday morning, so it was closer for me to stay with her. So many inside jokes, too. I’ll just leave you with this one, dear: HTM.
Melissa: Mel is another study abroad friend. We have so much in common that it’s not even funny - bad things, too, unfortunately, but that kind of bonds us and creates a support system. She lives in Wyoming, and I haven’t seen her in about four months, and before that it was over a year since I saw her. Miss that girl. She has a really unique and creative sense of style and pulls off outfits that I could never manage. And she looks fierce doing it. I think my favorite memories would have to be ordering chocolate chip cookies and drinking them with soy milk and spending the night at her dorm. Or our Thursday night girls’ nights out. So great.
These things are so hard because I have a lot of friends that I would consider close, and I don’t want to offend anyone. But I can’t write about everyone, and I think that sort of defeats the purpose, anyway.
Hands down, “Mad Men.” Why? I find the time period so incredibly interesting - all the social change; the loss of America’s innocence; and the dark underbelly of that innocence. The clothes in the 1960s were SO gorgeous - tailored dresses, wool coats, gloves, hats. The sexual innuendoes. Now sex is so overt and obvious, but then it was more subtle, I think, and you have to pay closer attention.
The show is so well done. Yes, I’m sure there are minor flaws here and there, but I haven’t noticed any, so they don’t detract from the show at all. The costumes are perfect. The attitudes are perfect.
I have such a dark and cynical sense of humor, and I tend to be entertained by things that show the darker side of life, and “Mad Men” does just that. I cannot wait until I have decent internet to download the rest of Season 4 on iTunes…
A close second is “Dexter.” It deserves an honorable mention for sure. It’s such an interesting twist to find yourself rooting for a serial killer. You find yourself justifying his actions because “he only kills bad guys.” It places you in a very interesting moral dilemma, and I love it. I think in the same way “Mad Men” does. I frequently find myself rooting for Don, but really, he’s done some pretty crappy stuff. I hate Betty though.
2. Talk about your piercings or tattoos, if you have any.
Let’s see. I have both piercings and tattoos.
First a list:
Two holes in each ear lobe
Both traguses (tragi??) pierced.
Industrial in left ear (retired)
Pi tattoo on my left lower back
Shooting star on my right hip
A few of these have good stories behind them.
When I was six, I got my ears pierced for the first time. My mom promised me I could for my birthday. I think it might have hurt, but I can’t really remember. The second holes have a better story. My friend and I both wanted to get them. She told her mom that my mom was letting me get mine done (not true), but I didn’t know this at the time. So her mom said, “You can get yours if Jessica’s mom says she can, too.” So I told my mom that my friend’s mom said this, completely unaware of the conversation she had with her mom. One night, my mom took us to the mall and we got our ears pierced. Only later did we find out that both our moms were only letting us get them done because the other mom was letting them. Ha.
I got my left one pierced as a freshman in college. I had wanted it for a while, so I made an appointment and got it done. I had planned this out well, and I was really happy with the results. The right one was more of a spur of the moment idea. I was out with friends, and we went to a less reputable place, and the piercing was not done well. A few months later, it got really infected, but I didn’t take it out. I was put on antibiotics and it cleared up. Since then it’s been fine, and I still have it. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but eh. I’ve gotten used to it.
One day, Kristen and I were out shopping, and I mentioned how I wanted to get my navel pierced. She said, “Let’s do it!” Now Kristen is my friend who is a piercing expert. She has many and is very knowledgeable on the subject, so I figured she would be a good person to take with me. I was right. So we went up to Flint and she held my hand while I got my navel pierced. That was six years ago. Sometimes I think about taking it out, but I don’t for sentimental reasons.
I got my nose pierced a couple years ago. I think it was Spring Break 2007. I was hanging out with my friend, and we had planned to get this done. So we went to a place that he knows and I got it done. It was a professional and well-done piercing. However, I just kind of got tired of it and took it out in fall 2008. I was happy that I did that, but I sometimes think about getting it redone.
This was the worst idea ever. It is two holes in the upper ear connected by a barbell. It was some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt, and it bled for days. My ear was hot and probably getting infected, so I took it out. Luckily it healed okay, but I just don’t think my upper ears are fit for piercing. I had one piercing up there a few years ago, and it just never healed. I should have known from that.
I got this tattoo right before I left for college, and I managed to hide it from my mom for the two weeks that it needed to heal before I could go in a pool. I can’t ever come up with a good answer to why I got this. I have just always been fascinated by pi, and it was my quiz bowl number in high school (I’m a nerd. I know). So I just got it. It’s pink. I like it. I am terrible at math.
This is another tattoo that I always wanted, but there is really no symbolism behind it. I just like it. I got this shortly after I got to college. This was a time of rebellion for me. Honestly. But I like this tattoo a lot, too, and I’m glad I got it. People always ask me, “What about when you get pregnant?” I always answer, “A galaxy.” They laugh. However, I don’t like that they assume that I want kids. I’m still undecided, but if I get to the point of wanting kids, I probably won’t care what it looks like, will I?
Hi all. Still alive. But my blog about my travels in Germany has been keeping me busy. However, I thought that I’d revive my Tumblr with a 30 Day Meme… Obnoxious or not, it’s my goal for right now. :) Hope you’re all doing well.
1. My middle name is Ilene, after my grandma. I guess I never really thought about it much. I was close with my grandma, and so I kind of liked it - even though it may have been a little old-fashioned (Sorry, Grandma). Now that my grandma has died, I really like having Ilene as my middle name because I sort of feel like she will, in a way, live on through my middle name. Does that make sense?
30 DAY TUMBLR MEME
1. Your middle name and how you feel about it. 2. Talk about your piercings or tattoos, if you have any. 3. Your favorite television program. 4. Write about your closest friends. 5. Tell us your three favorite colors. 6. Your favorite season and why? 7. How you came across Tumblr and how your life has changed since joining. 8. Are you a fitness guru or a couch potato? Tell us about your exercise habits. 9. Favorite meme at the moment.
10. Talk about your pets or the pets you’d like to have. 11. Your top three favorite bands 12. Your thoughts or opinions on Harry Potter 13. Your thoughts or opinions on Mean Girls. 14. Do you have any siblings? Talk about them or talk about what it’s like to be an only child. 15. Tell us your favorite junk food. 16. Your favorite Disney Princess movie 17. Your thoughts on Ugg boots. 18. Do you drink soda more often than milk? 19. The initials of your crushes. 20. Do you wear glasses? If so, what are they for? 21. Your favorite subject to study. 22. Do you play a sport? If not, tell us about a different hobby you have. 23. Your opinions on Lady Gaga 24. Tell us about the last movie you saw in theaters. 25. Tell us about the last book you read (for leisure or for school). 26. Name one place you would love to visit one day. 27. Three favorite girl names, boy names, and pet names. 28. Your first celebrity crush? 29. Your opinions on the television show Glee 30. Take a picture of yourself right now and post it or post a recent photo.