Archive for August, 2004

high tech family bonding

Friday, August 27th, 2004

I thought it was humorous when my dad began use AIM to call us to family dinner, but that was just the begining. This week my family is on vacation in Vancouver. I got an e-mail today of a beautiful waterfall there taken by my father’s cell phone camera. Almost makes me feel like I’m there!

Meanwhile, tommorrow at 9am the new students start arriving on campus. While yesterday felt like the calm before the storm, today felt like the castle was preparing for attack. The keep has been stocked with food, the women and children have been safely hidden, and the front gate secured. Now we wait for the attackers to arrive….

castle

back to school

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

I’ve now been back on campus for a week (I’m here early for RA training and something called summer institute), and I have to say I am over joyed to be back. It just seems like I’m home again. Summer Institute (which I’m in the middle of right now) is a week of leadership training and conversations about community, activism, and such. There should be more on this to come… but for now, I wanted to post this quote which my parents sent to me a while back.

2004 edition, The Princeton Review, The Best 351 Colleges

Under a section called “Confused People”-
Sarah Lawrence is a haven of unity and acceptance. Every morning at sunrise the entire campus gathers around the flagpole, holds hands, and sings ‘We Are The World’, If you’re really lucky, you get to be Dionne Warwick or Willie Nelson. If you show up late you have to be Bob Dylan. But everyone gets free doughnuts, and it’s the happiest time of the day for most students. One morning I went hung over, and threw up in the middle of the circle. I was so ashamed, but then I looked around at the diverse group of smiling faces from all over the country and the world and suddenly I felt better. I went home and threw up some more, thankful to live in the world of love that is Sarah Lawrence.”
Matt F.

If anybody happens to know who Matt F. is, I would like to shake his hand, because that is funny.

I too have sand in my shoes.

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

Last year I did worked on a show about gypsies. In the play there is this moment were the supporting lead says to his gather family “START PACKING!” His mother starts laughing at him and points out that he is foolish, as any good gypsy can pack everything they need to move on within a half hour.

I moved today, and despite the fact that it took me longer that a half hour to pack (more like 8 hours spread over a week I think) I managed to actually do all the moving in about an hour. I alway stress about the fact that I own so much stuff when I move. I think this came from living with a minimalist for a while. So when my friend showed up with her husband’s pick up truck, and we got it all in one load I felt much better. Maybe I’m not such a bad gypsy after all.

Now I just have to unpack.

more bragmansia

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

My dad posted this beautiful photo of the bragmansia blooming. Check it out !! Did I mention they smell really good too ?

In other news, I’ve started packing to move again. I alway forget how many books I own between moves. Five boxes and counting right now.

mom says blogs w/out pictures are lame

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

I knew I was ready to go back to school when I started having reoccurring dreams about it, but today at the grocery store I picked up a can of black bean soup and bought it. Well, as I was leaving the store I realized I bought it hoping it would taste like the black bean soup they serve at the cafeteria at school. It’s a really good thing I’m going back next weekend, or I think I might loose it.

On the walk back from the grocery store I passed a yard sale where they were selling plants. I realized as I walked by that they had three bragmansias. My mom has some bragmansia in her collection of plants, and they have always been one of my favorite plants. I looked at the plant with a sudden desire to buy it, and then realized it was almost as tall as I was. It would be rather impractical to try and keep a tree-sized plant in my dorm room.

plant with gnomes

This is a picture of the one on my parent’s porch with the garden gnomes keeping it company.

Sadly this doesn’t show it in bloom. When it blooms it has peach flowers that hang down. They are about 7 inches long and look like unsidedown champagne flutes. They are called angel trumpets. AND, to top it off, they are poisonous, which I always thought made a plant more interesting. Some day when I stop having to move every 10 months or so, I’ll buy a bragmansia.

ding dong the witch is dead !

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

Tonight at camp we had our evening performance of the Wizard of Oz. The plays are done in a big tent (like you would have for a wedding in) with no side flaps. The stage is built of wood with a shed on either side, and the audience slopes up the hill. During the show I work the sound and light boards. After spending the last week trying to fix the lighting, which kept blowing circuits, the damn thing finally worked flawlessly tonight.

Tonight was also the first time we had ever run the show in the dark (meaning not blazing daylight). As the sun set behind the tent it got darker and darker, until the blackout after the witch melted (cue fog machine) when it was pitch black. Until all of a sudden I spotted a single firefly blinking across the stage in the dark. It seemed awfully poetic somehow.

Oh, and the kid’s were great too! Well… two more shows tomorrow and then we’re done with the yellow brick road. And on to Bye Bye Birdie !!

marketplace music

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

I’ve been listening to Market Place (the NPR show) becuase it’s on when I get home from work. So far in the past week they have played as transistion music Saves the Day (the Mass Pike song, one of my favorites) and Baddly Drawn Boy (that band the did the soundtrack for About A Boy). Thats so cool !! I love NPR !!