Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Lone Poster.

(That’s me!)

I’ve given up hope that anyone else will carry this, but as long as I have access to internet and a long list of things to do that I am putting off, I will not lower my standards to meet those drooping (dead?) blog standards of the other DMs here at DGCW.

Reading: Riding the Bus with my Sister, The Most Beautiful Book in the World, & ALL– yes, that’s right– of my homework. (?!)
Listening: to loyolacauditions. (budump CHING!)
Watching: gleeeeee! I actually like Fox for that hour of every week. Oh, and giraffes.
Wearing: my heart on my sleeve. and lots of baby fluids on my clothes because of little michael.
Wanting: contemplation time?

Remember me bragging about my summer reading list? Ironically enough, I stopped reading mid-July. Regardless, my book total reached a whopping 13 by the end of the summer, not counting the several books I began but haven’t yet gotten through. Here’s my list:
1. This I Believe— an AWESOME, AWESOME compilation of very short (talking 350 words) essays written by extraordinary “ordinary,” as well as famous, people; the topic of every essay was the central belief in that person’s life. It’s based on an NPR program that started in the 50s. Check out the website: http://www.thisibelieve.org.
2. Einstein’s Dreams— this is a VERY quick read that imagines what kind of dreams and scenarios were running through Einstein’s head just before his theory of relativity came out. Mind-boggling yet colored with emotion and personal stories!
3. Code Orange— Caroline B. Cooney was one of my favorite authors back when I was a teeny-bopper (ha), so I thought I’d check out one of her newer books that my mom brought home from work (she works in a library, fyi). It’s about some kid getting smallpox. I wanted to burn the book for, like, the first half, but the end is excellently cool.
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns— I couldn’t find enough words for this one if I tried. AWESOME. INCREDIBLE. PHENOMENAL. HEART-WRENCHING. yes, yes, yes. I am always blown away when a male author can so eloquently and accurately write about challenges of women in the world.
5. The Alchemist— Oh, come on– you all know how I feel about this. It’s also an easy read (read it in a few hours, so seriously, it is) and it’s loaded with wisdom for people attempting to make important life (and perhaps lifeSTYLE) choices. I eat this shit up.
6. The Laramie Project— This one is my all-time favorite play, so I figured reading the book would vividly bring it back for me. It features real interviews from townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming right after Matthew Shepard (a gay college student) was murdered in a hate crime. (Is all murder hate crime, to some extent?)
7. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim— David Sedaris. Need I say more?
8. How to Be a Pirate— This little ditty was a beginner’s chapter book that my mom nabbed for me a few years ago to humor my obsession with pirates. It was ok. The best part of the story is the main character discovered he was left-handed, and we ALL know (or should know after this sentence!) how I feel about left-handed people…if you are left-handed, I like you more than I liked the presumed-right-handed you.
9. The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived— I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, ever, in the history of the world. I learned so much, I chuckled frequently, and each name is fairly short so you can read them with 5-10 extra minutes here and there. What a lovely presence in my life.
10. My Only Story— I didn’t have high expectations for this book because I paid for it entirely in coins from LUC’s bookstore’s bargain books section. It was SO touching, SO sad, but was all about personal growth and knowing oneself…It was the perfect time for me to read it. 🙂
11. The Glass Castle— Oh my GOSH I loved this book. It is beautifully written, has a lot of very interesting undercurrents about education, healthcare and poverty, and it also stands as a counterexample to the horrible stereotypes that plague people living in poverty. I saw so much strength in this author and her family…And I still wonder about the glass castle, too. 🙂
12. Running With Scissors— Augusten Burroughs, ladies and gentlemen! I hold him in an even higher esteem than I do David Sedaris, so that says a lot. This book was great, but I must confess I see short stories as his forte after reading this one. Enjoyable, regardless.
13. The Midwife’s Apprentice— The final book completed this summer was also a short one. It was a cute little tale, though, and of COURSE it was about following one’s heart to do what makes one happy, and facing challenges that try to keep us from those passions we chase. Like I said, I’m such a sucker.

Anyone even get to the bottom of this?!

More bulletpoints because this blog is lonely and pathetic.

I am so jealous of the residence formerly known as apt212’s ability to continue blogging diligently for audiences despite the distance put between them. This is obviously not the case for this blog team. 😦

Before bullet point updates, I’d just like to selfishly share/reflect on how GOOD I feel about life and all that this year is bringing. Sure, lots of it is shadowed with uncertainty, but that uncertainty can also be translated into an openness to be carried wherever I am able to best serve and learn. To me, there seems to be a very powerful, positive energy flowing through campus, Chicago, the world, and my relationships with others. I hope I don’t come down from this perfect high anytime soon….

-I have a cat. Her name is Dorian and, yes, she knows how to F-E-T-C-H. And she does not make me sneeze. It’s ok to be jealous for good reason.

-I am currently working on my “I swear I’m actually going to keep up with my reading for classes” goal…And by working on it, I mean I’ve got it pulled up in my other tab while I blog. It’s 10:15pm and I have a poo-ton to read before classes tomorrow. Such is life.

-I love my neighborhood. Come visit, or at least ask for my address and we can be penpals (though realize that this offer means that you will directly serve as a roadblock to my aforementioned personal school goal)!

-I am only spending 8.5 hours every week in classrooms=SPECTACULARLY freeing to my mind. Where, do you ask, is all my time going then? I am not going to bore you with the list of meetings and people who absorb most of my time, but I WILL tell you that Loyolacappella is already the shizzy and we haven’t even had auditions yet (Sept 9-11, holla!), the Social Justice LLC is rockin’ and my students are grabbing Rambler life by the horns, and Companions are out and about attacking ResHalls like it’s our unpaid job (because it is). I also have to pick a site to do my SOWK 200 service learning at; I’m currently crossing my fingers to get my foot in the door for a treatment center for survivors of torture so that’s new and challenging. Wish me luck in that endeavor. 🙂

-The lovely and handsome Patrick came to visit all last week! We didn’t do hardly anything I had originally planned to show him, but we had a lot of porch talk and I consumed an ungodly amount of hot tea from my collection, so I would definitely consider it a successful week and wonderful bonding time (nevermind the fact that our sleep schedules were so out of whack and not really in synch– I slept from 7:30pm to 1:30am on Saturday but I was fully energized to go wherever is OPEN at 1:30am!).

I miss my best friends and I wish they would come back to me in blog form.