Saturday, April 29, 2006

When being an addict finally pays

Last night I was dragged to Buffalo Wild Wings to play trivia with some of Jeremy's friends. Ntn. Have I mentioned that I don't like ntn before?? It used to drive me crazy when I worked at Damon's and my tables would be playing it and would never leave. Anyways, I didn't want to play because most of the trivia is pointless and it all comes down to how good of a guesser you are. The first game started and it was current events trivia!! Heck yes! Since I'm somewhat of a news junkie, (Hi, my name is Golda and I'm addicted to newspapers/online news.) I totally kicked some butt. All the guys kept whining and saying that they don't watch the news ever. HELLO! You don't have to WATCH the news! Just click over to cnn.com, yahoo news, the washington post, etc. Read the headlines! I'd say about 75% of what I read online is only the headline and maybe the first one or two paragraphs. That's all you need a lot of the time! And all the guys are bioinformatics/computer science majors so I KNOW that they're online a significant part of their days. Just read the headlines and then you'll know that it was Snoop Dogg who was arrested in London at the airport, there has been an outbreak of mumps in the midwest, and scientists figured out how to make flatuence-free beans. That's all there is to it.

I totally won that round of trivia out of everyone in the restaurant who was playing, even after I botched the last question, which ended up making me #88 in the nation. Can't say I did so well during the next round which was movie trivia. I'm not a movie junkie...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Please Don't Box me in

I've been thinking the past few days and I've realized how much I hate being fake. I just want to be me. I don't want to have to change who I am because of who I am around. That drives me crazy. And I hate having to schmooze people. I refuse to do it. You can't make me. If you don't like me how I am, then that's too bad. I'm not changing.

This came about for a couple of reasons. First, we had an all school meeting for the School of Social Work the other day. Basically we all had to get together to discuss different school issues - the new building, graduation, the family dinner, convocatation, etc. Well somehow my friends and I got coerced into being "table hosts" for the family dinner. Basically you just make sure everyone is okay, included in conversations, knows what to do and what's going on, stuff like that. Not a hard job. But all the table hosts had to stay after the meeting to discuss final things and one of the grad students asked to be told if someone "really important" is sitting at one of our tables. And the Dean said that she'd make sure we would know if there was a big donor or someone like that. That really irriated me. I'm not going to act differently if there is a donor or not. I'd like to think that I would be acting in a way that it wouldn't matter who is at my table!! And I am NOT going to schmooze anyone at this dinner! I. refuse. to. do. it.

Then yesterday I had to present my social work portfolio to a panel. And a lot of the points I got taken off for my presentation had to do with stupid things like I didn't use enough "social work jargon" or I didn't talk enough about micro and mezzo social work but only focused on macro. I'm not going to throw out social work buzz words just to use them. I think that's stupid. And I don't like micro and mezzo social work!! It's not me!! I like macro. And I don't even see myself going into traditional social work so I am not going to pretend like I'm going to and talk up all this social work stuff that I don't even care about. Not happening. I'm going to talk about what's important to me and what I see myself doing in the future as it is, not what others want me to say I'm going to do or what I like. Because that would be a lie.

Maybe it's because I'm stubborn, maybe it's because I tend to have issues with authority, but I'm not going to try to appease people by changing who I am.

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In other news, yesterday we had all afternoon classes cancelled since our new president was being inaugurated. We were supposed to go to it but I didn't. BSSJ's 1 John 3 Campaign had an ad in the paper welcoming him to the univeristy though. And it was the best ad in there, if i do say so myself. It was the only half pager and the guy who designed it was awesome.

Since we didn't go to the inauguration, Jeremy and I went on a motorcycle ride. To my favorite person's town - Crawford. That place cracks me up. I got my picture taken with a cardboard cutout of him at one of the gas stations. And they had a guest book to sign and everyone who wrote in it was going off about what a "courageous and strong leader you are, Pres. Bush! And such a man of faith!" It made me laugh. I REALLY wanted to sign it too, but I couldn't think of anything appropriate to say so i thought i should abstain.

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Four days left of classes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I feel loved

Today i defended my thesis at 9am and then presented it to whomever wanted to hear about it at 7:30pm. It was a day o' the thesis, that's for sure. Overall both went well, I think. About what i expected so that was good. And i won the made up award from Claire for having the most fans at my presentation. Basically the presentations are supposed to be 10-15 minutes long, SUPPOSED to be, most people went waaaay over, and it's just an overview of what you've been working on for the past year or so. It's so the underclassmen can come and see what you did so that they can get ideas for their theses and for anyone else who wants to come and see you. Somehow I managed to get about 25 people to mine. Which is about 25 more people than most have at theirs. I'm not quite sure how i was able to convince that many people that it would be fun to come listen to me talk, but I did. It was great to have a cheering section! Made me feel loved and appreciated. And since I was third out of the four people in my session to present, most of my fans got restless/had to leave and go do stuff so they all took off as soon as i finished. It made me laugh. But i'm very thankful that they all came out to support me. And i'm thankful that it's all behind me now.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Ready or Not

I'm back from Tennessee and can I say that I love it?? It was so great. Well, east Tennessee is at least. So much prettier than central Texas, that's for sure. It's by the Great Smokey Mountains, which we went to on Saturday. So beautiful. We drove/hiked up to the very top of one and it was amazing.

I went to the school and met with one of the social work profs on Friday. She did her undergrad at Baylor and was most helpful in answering all of my questions about the school and program. She even said that she'd keep her eyes open for a job for me and helped us some with looking for apartments. And honestly, out of all the universities I visited to learn about their social work programs, Tennessee's is my favorite. I really think that it will be a good fit for me. She kept talking about social justice issues and all that. And there is even a prof there doing research on the working poor!! Seriously, if that's not for me, I don't know what is.

Appalacia culture fascinates me. On the way back down the mountain on Saturday we took a different route/got a little lost and ended up going through a little tiny mountain town. I'm just so intrigued by it all. I want to learn more.

In one month I'll be in Knoxville. To live. That kind of scares me just a little. I have (potentially) a place to live. I have a new phone number. Now all I need is a job. Minor detail...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Four Day Weekend Here I come!

Today I got a Passover package in the mail. It was my first Passover package ever so it was pretty exciting. I got two types of macaroons, some matzah, and even a Passover hotpad!

Tomorrow/3:30am tonight I'm leaving for Knoxville for the weekend. I've never been to Knoxville. In fact, the only other time I've ever been to Tennessee I was at the Memphis airport on a layover and my little sister, Allie, was throwing up everywhere. I hope this Tennessee experience is better than that one.

Over and out.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

For Those Who Care

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in my survey today. It consisted of one question - "Am I a nerd?" I got 2 definite yeses; 1 no, 'but you can be weird;" and 5 kindas/maybes/you can be's/"you have nerdy tendencies". Finally I took an online nerd test to see if I really am. Here are the results:

I am nerdier than 76% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Here Come the Oscars (and other stuff)

My acting career began, and most likely ended, today. A friend of mine, Sam, is acting in some movie that these telecom guys are making for some big final project they're doing for a class. They needed someone to play a customer at a garage sale so I said I'd do it. Jeremy came along and ended up being in it also. I was "Customer #4" and he was "Customer #6." I got to throw a basketball at somone and Jeremy got to break a chair made from pizza boxes and fall. I didn't think it would take too long, but two hours and one sunburn later we wrapped up our scene. It was fun, but HOT.

Yesterday was Diadeloso so we had no school. I took a personal day from my internship so I could play with everyone. Baylor spent $12,000 on bringing in 60,000 pounds or fake snow for the event. Kinda crazy if you ask me... I can think of MANY better ways to spend $12,000, but no one asked me. Anyways, it was pretty funny to see all the professors' kids playing in the "snow." I'm assuming they have never gotten the chance to have a snowball fight before. It was actually very apparent because they didn't know the best things to do - facewashes, snow down the shirt/pants, etc. No, they were just throwing it at everyone. Amateurs.

On a more serious note, there was a hate crime on Baylor's campus last weekend. A Muslim girl was walking back to her dorm and was assaulted by a guy, who is most likely not a student, who shouted out racial and religious slurs at her, pulled her hijab, threatened to kill her, and kicked her in the ribs, I believe. The FBI is investigating it and everything. Completely ridiculous if you ask me. I just don't get people sometimes. At all. Why would anyone ever do something like that? What makes it sound like a good idea to hurt someone just because they are different than you? It makes me mad.

Monday, April 03, 2006

I Want my FoodTV!

Today while I had a few minutes to kill I decided to turn on the TV and see what was on. Now, as many of you know, we only get about five channels since we do not pay for cable. One of these channels, and our apartment favorite, is FoodTV. We love it. When you only have five channels, you have to take what you can get. I spent my summer, during the days, watching Mike Lieberman, Giada, Bobby Flay, and of course, Rachel Ray. However, today when I went to catch the beginning of Molto Mario, he wasn't there! Instead, it was CourtTV! WHAT??? I forgot that the cable people changed the channels sometime recently. I hadn't tried watching TV in a few weeks so it had completely slipped my mind. I don't know what I'm going to do now. No more Good Eats, 30 Minute Meals, nothing. Just CourtTV.

I'm in mourning.