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01 January 2011 @ 01:00 am
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 It's been a week since the Giants won the world series and I still burst into happy smiles and laughter over it. Which is good because now that the semester is coming to an end (and I am already suffering from exhaustion) I need something happy to cling onto while I do the end of semester burning the candle at both ends thing that tends to happen. I've already gotten stress everything going on right now so I need some cheer. 

Which is probably how I ended up going to three hockey games this past week. I don't even know what my life is right now but I managed to go to all three games and got all my reading done for this week even though my Thursday class got moved to Tuesday night. And I read for my end of year research projects too. I need to write the papers for this week and am probably going to write an extra book review to get it out of the way. 

I also ended up getting a kids pack because it was cheap and had all Jonas Hiller gear and I get to go to a free game. Whatever. I totally didn't even bother acting like I was buying it for someone else. They shouldn't hand them out in adult medium and say there is no age limit if they are going to judge me about it anyway. When I go to the parties for them I am going to pretend that the rest of my family is "just around here somewhere!" Problem solved.

My grandma and I have started speaking to each other in French again. Which is both really really awesome and fucking ridiculous because I speak France/Parisian French and she speaks Quebecois French so sometimes our wires cross. Which is par for the course in our English conversations so it's not all that surprising that it happens in French as well.

What is really funny about this is that my Grandfather can only curse in Quebecois French so we'll be in the kitchen talking and he just starts shouting things like "Manges d'la marde!" and "bais mon cul!" and then I usually go "TABERNAC. Tu es un trou du cul! " And my Grandma cracks up and tells him to shut the fuck up in English.

This is what happens when you live with people from Maine. You get bossed into not hating Boston teams (except the red sox. there is no one on this earth that can make me like them even remotely) and you get roped into a Quebecois French swear off while trying to have a normal conversation. My grandma found out my teacher was going to Rhode Island and she wanted me to ask him how the seafood was. People from New England are out of their minds. The end.

My dad went to a coffee convention and brought me back this microwaveable reusable mug and a bunch of tea so I've been on a tea kick for a week now. Drinking 2-3 cups of tea and 2 cups of decaf pumpkin coffee a day. Apparently he's going to get me into a coffee convention next year. I have a feeling it's going to be like when Godzilla battled Mothra and I am going to get banished. 

GODZIRRA WANTS COFFEE! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
 
 
 
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01 November 2010 @ 08:47 pm
 
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31 October 2010 @ 07:52 pm

 

Fear the Beard
 
This weekend was a success (although it was absolutely exhausting). I got to see Martin Brodeur and Jonas Hiller face off and it was awesome. Both goalies did a good job (even though Jonas's team refused to have any puck handling or passing skills whatsoever). Saturday I got up early and made it just in time to win a pumpkin and ducks tickets.

I freehanded a sketch of Brian Wilson and his epic beard and ended up with a fairly decent pumpkin this year. Then I read my book before I drove to my mom's house. We had dinner reservations before our concert so we ate and then rocked out to the Oingo Boingo cover band. My step dad didn't like them so we left early (he was grouchy because he drank a lot and it was expensive and I didn't want to deal with the grouch) and I ended up completely crashing when I got home. 

Today I started my other book and am almost done reading it. Tomorrow I'll write the paper for it and then finish the other book. My Giants are also kicking some ass in Texas and it would be the best Halloween if they won it and made the Bush family weep.  

EDIT: THEY WON. WE NEED ONE GAME!
 
 
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28 October 2010 @ 02:02 pm
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 This weekend is going to be ridiculously busy so I need to get as much schoolwork as possible done as fast as possible. So of course that means I wake up this morning so painful that I feel like I am going to throw up if I move, right? Of course. Thankfully Advil created this wonderful migraine medication that actually works on migraines (for me) so I managed to get the pain down to a manageable level so I can read for school. 

Speaking of school... We attempted to meet at a bar for class but everyone seemed to forget a little thing called the world series was going on so bam everything was packed. So we went to this sushi bar where the manager harassed us for two and a half hours and called the mall cop on us. Are you kidding me with this? 

At least my Giants beat the Rangers. Are you kidding me with this 11 run score? We had something like 26 runs for the NLDS and NLCS COMBINED and we almost got half that in one game? What? I mean we have hitters on our team, but I guess we are used to NL hard core pitchers. Not to say Cliff Lee is a bad pitcher, just that we are used to having to barely squeak by with a few runs. It's mind blowing and awesome. 

Today I am probably going to watch the replay of game one since I missed it, then game two is on. Tomorrow I am going to the Ducks vs NJ Devils game to see Martin Brodeur play in real life (I love Goalies above all other things!) as well as see Hiller be awesome. Then Saturday I am going to dinner and an oingo boingo cover band concert with my parents (because I am so totally cool!). Sunday I have a halloween thing to go to only if I have a good chunk of my homework done. 

Obviously I have a lot of things to do and not much time to do it so I am going to peace out and read for class. At least I have an article on urban gardens to read to cheer me up, right?
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24 October 2010 @ 12:06 pm
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22 October 2010 @ 06:29 pm
  • The Giants lost last night and it was fucking depressing. At least I didn't have to suffer through watching the game. Saturday is the next game and I plan on drinking my way through it. 
  • Last night I finally got to see some of my friends and we went to a gay bar to watch a drag show. My favorite fierce bitch from Ru Paul's Drag Race/U was there (Shannel!!!!) and she is seriously even more hardcore fierce in real life than on the tv (I was proud that I managed to maintain eye contact when it happened). It was awesome! The other two drag queens and the drag king were also really really good. Excellent outfits and song choices all around. Too bad it's during my class though because otherwise I would go hang out every week. :/ My life
  • I am currently watching the Blues/Hawks game. Let me tell you that I am way too fond of the Blues. It's ridiculous and I love them and I don't really care. They are totally holding there own against the Hawks too. 
  • I am actually ahead in school right now. Let's keep this up, yeah?
  • HOORAY FRENCH EAST INDIA COMPANY! HOORAY POSTCOLONIAL URBAN HISTORY! 
  • NEWS FLASH: I still don't give a shit about football!
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19 October 2010 @ 02:54 pm
The past few weeks have been insanely busy and mellow all at the same time.
  • The Giants have been steadily plunking their way through the playoffs. I am completely on edge every game but it's so awesome to see them in the NLCS. I seriously. I can't even put into words how much I love this team and how happy I am for them. Happy and sort of drunk because I can't watch their games sober anymore.
  • My writing has been improving and I've been getting As instead of Cs on papers in this one hardcore class I am in. The teacher is really tough grading wise but this will do nothing but help me improve. His suggestions have helped me go from taking days to hours to write papers and to get a better grip on the arguments and points in books so it's kind of awesome. 
  • All my teachers were in their offices yesterday, which is seriously unheard of, so I talked about my historiography, got my two independent study forms filled out and approved, talked to one professor about class and had a random conversation with a former professor in French in the hallway. 
  • I will officially be in DC and NYC from December 20th to January 12th if any of my east coast people want to hit me up when I am there.
Other than this I've just been doing a lot of reading and research and watching a lot of hockey, baseball and soccer. My life is kind of boring and stressful all at once right now. 

Now I've got to write a paper for thursday and start reading for my historiographies.

 
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08 October 2010 @ 11:39 pm
 
 WHY DO THE GIANTS HATE ME? I am now drunk because I have low tolerance for liquor and drank a bunch of JD to comfort myself after this stupid loss. WHAT THE FUCK, DEFENSE? WHAT THE FUCK. SCORING ON ERRORS. DIE. WHY DO YOU HATE MATT CAIN, GIANTS? WHY

Now I am too annoyed to be a real person so I am making fun of Pronger on a hockey community and talking about pranking people and how much I suck at facebook. THE END.
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02 October 2010 @ 05:38 pm
 Some good news: Yesterday I went to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the hollywood bowl. My step dad and I had an EXCELLENT dinner at the elephant bar in the lakewood mall ( I had some delicious tofu with vegetables and my stepdad had really good ahi tuna something and artichoke dip) before we took the park and ride bus up to the bowl. We found out midway that ZZ Top would be opening and I was so happy that I didn't have to sit through Joe Cocker.

I am also going down to San Diego with my LA peeps for the Empires concert/potluck/hang out session. 

BAD NEWS: The Giants only have to win 1 of 3 games and they've lost two. So fuck my life I am so annoyed and stressed that I am going to do a hockey goalie post to cheer myself up. 

I would do a goalie primer but it would basically just be "Goalies are the drummers of the team and are very odd ducks. They are also my favorites" So consider yourself primed.


GOALIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )
I could probably go on with this forever but I have to go eat and do more reading before tomorrow.
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01 October 2010 @ 10:51 am
 
It's gotten to the point where over half my internet tabs are related to school research. Which is the marker of when school has really and truly kicked into overdrive. I am trying to motivate myself to read around 400 pages and writing two papers a week while also plunking away at two 25 page research papers. I've gone into academic mode so that's helping me get focused and stay motivated. Well, that and the fact that this is my last semester of non-independent study classes. 

I've also gone to ducks training camp to watch their goalies, a Muse concert, have been learning new songs on the guitar, been watching a lot of Giants (we only have to win one game to win the division this weekend) and hockey games and have been walking on the beach. On top of all this I am also kicking my French re-learning goal into high gear. Needless to say, this all amounts to me not being around that much. 

Now I am going to do some reading/school shenans before I go out to dinner and a Tom Petty/Joe Cocker concert with my step dad.
 
 
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09 September 2010 @ 10:33 pm
 Last night's class was a mess, I was really sick, and the Giants lost. Then I couldn't get to bed until around 3 am then I woke up at five and kept waking up and falling back asleep until 6:45 then I had to get up to talk to [livejournal.com profile] marienne_made about hockey tickets (We now have caps/pens tickets!!!) because that's how we roll. So after I woke up after going back to sleep I was expecting today to be even shittier because seriously that's how it usually goes. So I torture myself through writing another paper and then my friend came and picked me up for class and seriously. Everything got better. 

Class went really well, the discussion was interesting and I found out one of the best PhD programs for world history is in Pittsburgh, SCORE. Then I get home and the Giants beat the Padres making them only one game away again from being at the top of the NL west and Posey, Huff Daddy and Uribe homered. Then I check my phone and my mom had called to tell me that she bought tickets for us to go see the Avalanche play the Kings in February. Sparkles were seriously trailing me as I started shedding love everywhere and it was ridiculous.

Now I have to go to bed and get up at 7am again to buy Pens tickets. Also I need to get Rangers tickets, but I need to work that out with [livejournal.com profile] radiophonic and [info]yeahrobots . ANYWAY. Time for bed.
 
 
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08 September 2010 @ 11:48 pm
 Today baseball embarrassed me (except for Nick Swisher. You can stay). Actually last friday baseball embarrassed me too, but only because my team lost when I went and saw them at Dodger's stadium. Then they won the next two games and got a bazillion home runs to rub it in my face that I wasn't there to see them win. >:| Anyway. It was a good game even if they ultimately failed and I was happy to get to see them play and have batting practice.

 I seriously got booed for being a Giants fan and then everyone shut up because I started spouting out stats and shit and proved how into baseball and the Giants I was. It was really really funny because they all thought my guy friend I brought with me was the baseball fan and that I was just there for whatever and my friend said I shamed them with my baseball love. Then I yelled at this guy who kept heckling me to "Shut up, seriously!. I don't care if you hate me or my team. Let me watch them fail. BASEBALL TIMES NOW!." I shouldn't be let out of the house. I swear.

Baseball times: Make room for the Giants! )
Also. My class is officially a clusterfuck. I hope it gets better next week but seriously I wanted to punch my head in and maybe cry tonight. I don't know if I would have handled it better if I wasn't feeling sick or what but this needs to not be the case every class or I am going to go crazy. Seriously. 

I did get to talk to one of my undergrad professors who was talking about how he knew I'd make a great grad student and my PhD plans and language programs and the like and I felt really really good about that, even though I always feel weird when people think I am good at stuff or smart etc etc. 

Now I need to go to bed because I have to get up at 7am to talk to [livejournal.com profile] marienne_made  and buy hockey tickets and then finish a paper. My life is ridiculous. How am I an adult?
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19 July 2010 @ 10:06 pm
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NHLers and Kaka. Just saying.
 
 
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03 July 2010 @ 09:22 pm
 
 It's only 8:14 pm? Really? I feel like I was uber productive and waffly at the same time. Like woops I made an entire weeks' worth of food in one day and then I sat there and giggled over Henrik Zetterberg's picture on wikipedia when I was looking at his stats. Then I read Kafka, then I lost my shit over this Bravo show "Bethanny Getting Married" (I think?) and now I am marathoning it because everything she says is cracking me up so hard. Then I am typing up my notes on Said and then I am listening to this jazz/rain combo tumblr made me seduce myself with and looking at world cup pictures on tumblr. Is this my future? Am I going to be 60 and alone and listening to motherfucking yanni drunk off my ass with my cats laughing at espn? Is this what's going to happen?

Then I started learning a bunch of Joy Division songs and jizzed in my pants. Day over. Nothing could possibly top this ok? 

I need to move the liquor bottles out of my room. I look like a fucking alcoholic with vodka on my dresser and JD on my desk. Like my room is a motherfucking speak easy and you have to say the password at the door and do the charleston in order to drink rum out of a bathtub, ok? What is this.  

Also the World Cup was amaaaaaaazing. Well. Watching Germany beat the shit out of Argentina was amazing. "I laughed, I cried. It was better than Cats."

If it's not a Netherlands vs Germany final then there is something wrong with this world. More so than usual. More so than the amount of liquor I have in the cabinets. It's shaming me. "Your friend gave you all this liquor not because she was moving to Texas, but because she wanted you to be shamed every time you went to eat some cereal." "This is the rum speaking. SHAAAAAAAAAAAAME." 
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30 June 2010 @ 07:35 pm
 
  • Had a Yankees dream last night. Jackie B and I were in NY watching them practice before a game. It was kind of bad ass. ♥ After DC I think the next trip I am planning is to NY. Even if it's after I move for my doctorate. Jackie and I HAVE to go to a yankees game together. It's now part of the commune rules. 
  • Some guys at work were randomly stretching their arms in the parking lot so the other intern and I started doing the sprinkler, running man, cabbage patch and the hammer dance to show them how it's really done. Like a boss.
  • I seriously just listened to the new Sparklehorse/Danger Mouse album Dark Night of the Soul (you can listen here for free on NPR) ALL DAY. ON A LOOP. I WAS SO HAPPY. It was ridiculous. 
  • Espn finally replayed the Spain/Portugal game. If only they would play the Slovakia/Netherlands game. If they don't it's ok. I found a place to download ALL the World Cup games. So I'll just watch that this weekend. This game was so tight. I can't believe anyone scored outside a shoot out. Just saying. 
  • Guessed 7/8 of the Round of Sixteen games right. Boo yah.
  • I also need to watch the last two episodes of Dr. Who but they keep playing baseball games I want to watch (Yankees! Giants!!!!) so I have to watch them.
  • I am almost done with Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said. I think I am going to read The Trial by Kafka next since I got back into my Kafka loop.
  • Getting knitting done.
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 There was seriously NOBODY there at the second day of the draft. SO WEIRD. So I just went and saw the cup again and got more pictures of it and stared at it in awe. Hurr durr. SO AMAZING. Then I lost my shit when Joonas rask got drafted FINALLY and it was so quiet that all the tables of pros probably were wondering if I was cheering for something else.  Like the WC. Fail. Hahahaha Whatever. It was so fun! Sport nerdville!!!

So far I am six for six in my round of sixteen predictions. The next two games are the ones that were a little harder to predict, but I have faith in the teams I picked 
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26 June 2010 @ 07:47 am
 
The group stages of the World Cup are over and the Round of Sixteen has begun. The Ivory Coast did not make it, but after seeing their point total from their last game and their overall game play I am very very proud of them. I am also very proud of Switzerland. Considering the group they were in and that they defeated Spain in game one I think they did very well for themselves. 

I really want Slovakia, Germany or Ghana to go through to the next round. I also would not be disappointed if Mexico, the Netherlands (I know they are playing Slovakia, but still.), or Japan went through. I want a non-cup winner to win and I want it to be someone people wrote off or didn't expect because it would be great for them but also because it would fit the overall pattern of the WC games so far. Lots of surprises. 

I also went to the first round of the NHL draft. I was surprised at the low number of D-men chosen, especially for the Caps, but there is always draft rounds 2-7 today.

Speaking of the draft... I got to see the stanley cup. I am so fucking ridiculously excited that I got this chance. You have no idea. I also picked out Sidney Crosby at the Pens table about 1/2 hour into it and spent the next hour or two debating if I was right or not until it was confirmed. The draft is exciting when they announce the people and show their interviews, but there are huge periods of nothing so I was just entertaining myself with this. Which is really retarded but whatever. 

Now I need to put on pants and eat before I have to go back today. I think I am going to eat nachos for lunch. My epic life plans. Let me show them to you
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23 June 2010 @ 06:54 pm
 
 Holy shitballs. The world cup is seriously BLOWING MY MIND. Mostly with WTFery but still pretty great. I am really really really sad about all the bs going down. However. Can I please just say how much I am loving Argentina's coach right now? Maradona is seriously the shit and I am so glad that Argentina is doing well, even if they aren't a team I particularly follow. They are playing world cup soccer and I am heartily glad that they are or I would have gone nuts with all these lackluster performances. I have been talking about my poor French team on my other social places so I am not going to rehash it here except to say I am really sad for them because of what has gone down, especially Yoan Gourcuff. Poor guys. I still love my team.

Hilariously enough I was reading this article on people getting all fucked up tired and sick because of watching the world cup and then I realized I hadn't eaten dinner in three days because of watching the world cup and was like FML. It was kind of awesome  in a really stupid way. 

Friday and Saturday I am going to the NHL draft for the first time and I am going to get to see the Stanley Cup in person and I am totally flipping out in excitement. I can't wait. *flails* 

In a bit of real life news: I scan for 8 hours a day and read my book during breaks. Very exciting shit, am I right?
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