Monday, February 28, 2011


That is, if you're someone who has noticed that I haven't commented on your blog recently...
It is because I am SUDDENLY UNABLE TO because of the STUPID BLOCKS on the school computers.
Hopefully I will find time to borrow a student's laptop sometime this week, because I can see that you guys have new posts (Alia, Soogie, Nutmeg, etc.) and it really bums me out that I can't read them. I can't even see comments now, so we're back to how it was when I first got here.
Add that onto the list of people I would talk to if I had a working cell phone again, and I'm feeling very cut off from the outside world.
Gmail, anyone?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Frustrated & flattered

and vice versa.

SO here's the deal-
Starting around the middle or end of first semester, people have been trying to set me up with either of the single men on campus. At first it was just my bosses joking around. I thought, "They're being funny, just laugh along and it will pass."
Then it was the dorm girls joking around. "Maybe if I change the subject," I thought, "they'll get distracted."
And then a few of the boys began joking around, and I thought, "This is getting kind of old now."
AND THEN one of the freshman girls comes into my office and tries to lecture me about my future married life.
At that point, I stopped thinking and instead started brewing, letting the righteous frustration build up inside. How dare they! Just because I'm single, I need a man? These people know nothing about me, how could they possibly assume that I would appreciate their relationship advice?
And so forth.

The other day, I gave a small hint of these thoughts to DK, who immediately managed to pull the rug out from under all of my frustration.
"You don't see anyone trying to set the math teacher up with anyone. She's single, plus she's been here longer than you have."
She continued to explain that all of this effort put into match-making was just everyone's underhanded (and possibly unknowing) way of saying, "Please stay here. We like you enough that we want a guarantee of you not leaving."
Which, I admit, made me feel slightly warm and fuzzy for a while.

And yet...
It's very sweet of them to want me to stay, but I'm not sure that's what I want to do. I love it here, but do I love it enough to make it my home? How could I possibly know, when I have so much left to explore? Not to mention the absence of seasons, and my inability to deal with high temperatures; I'd be incapacitated for about half the year.
There's quite a bit to consider.


What the heck!
I wish so badly that there was something we could do to help the protesters in Africa (I'm thinking Libya, but there are probably plenty of others who need it). I need to do some searching and see if there are any independent groups doing anything, because I'm sure that the government isn't going to make any moves. I can somewhat understand why, but I still want to help.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Singles Awareness Day?

I give up.
Why rant and rave, or even just mumble under my breath, about the evils of Valentines Day?
I mean, a good portion of my friends are in the same boat of single that I am, so it's not like we're actually "alone". Plus, why would I want to ruin a day where those of my friends who are in a happy relationship have an excuse to celebrate having one another?
It would be bitter and selfish.

So I'll just eat all of these strawberry cupcakes by myself.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

warm-fuzzies and warnings

First off,
If this post was a letter then I'd wear it out with wonder and disbelief and happy feelings.

I've just gotten over the stomach flu, and I will spare you the gritty details but it was NOT a pleasant experience at all. Along with that, I'm going to be working almost non-stop for another week, so you won't be reading much of anything on any of my sites. Not that I have a regular posting schedule anyways (maybe I should...?) but this time I have legitimate reasons. Three cheers for legitimate reasons!

If you know what Academy Days is, then wish me luck. Starting Thursday, we shall be entering the thick of battle and I will wield my dean-ness with all the might of a mighty person. The first thing that came to mind was Braveheart, actually, but that's an unrealistic comparison. I would never moon the enemy in this scenario.

I'm going to stop myself before an injury occurs.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

To my friends...

Last Thursday, Dean Kristy left for Michigan with her husband & baby to see grandparents, parents, old friends and old places. That left me to hold down the fort until Monday. This task, in istelf, was actually easier than it sounds. I enjoy being busy, so cleaning and subbing classes and helping girls wasn't really a huge chore for me. Granted I was physically and mentally exhausted at the end of each day (sometimes in the middle of the day), but sleep is much more rewarding when I've earned it.
The hardest part of anything that I've been doing here has been surviving without friends nearby.
Now that isn't to say that I don't have any friends, or that we never talk and I feel neglected or something along those lines. I love my friends dearly, and I know they love me; and some days just the thought of them existing in their own seperate parts of the world, and the recalling of our good times together, is enough to get me through whatever it is that I'm dealing with.
But in the long run, I'm the sort of person who depends on the physical reassurance of closeness. That tends to puts a damper on things.

So this post is going to be dedicated to my friends everywhere, whom I miss dearly. I won't write too much, because I've already written a small novel, so I have to warn any friends reading this that these snippets will by no means cover the extent of how much I love you. Alphabetical order, anyone?

Alia, NY- I wish I hadn’t taken so long to hang out with you over Winter break, so that we could’ve done more than just have breakfast at Bob Evan’s (it was delicious anyways, but still). Our downtown adventures are the best! Thanks for inspiring me with your talent.

Allen, Dayton (OH)- You always make me laugh, without fail. I apologize for my failure to keep in contact with you, and to be there when you needed me. Thank you for driving from Dayton and back to hang out with me- it really meant a lot.

Amy, Columbus (OH)- Hopefully you didn’t get tired of me over that last break, because I really appreciate you putting up with me. We’ve been friends for so long, being around you is like second nature. Thank you for always being on the same page.

DJ, AL- It still makes me feel special that I’m one of the few people that still call you that! You have been a huge pillar of strength for me his year- you’ve forced me to keep in touch, and I really rely on that. Thank you for all those long conversations.

Kristy, WV- Ours has been a stubborn friendship, and I’m glad that you were so persistent in being my friend (even though I may not have appreciated it at the time). You taught me so many things. Thank you for persevering and pushing me forward.

Lance, WA- Your near-constant cheerfulness has always kept me in awe- it takes true strength to do that. I love when you complain to me, or anything like that. It makes me feel privileged. Thanks for trusting me, and for showing me how to be kind.

Meg, MO- Nerd buddy! Words can’t express how much I loved being your roommate, even if you sometimes regretted being mine. You’ve been a constant source of motivation, and I will always be (one of) your top fans. Thank you for putting up with me.

Ricky, ID- One of the things I will always treasure in my heart are those quiet moments when you would play piano and I would just sit in the sun and listen. I will always be amazed by your talent and humor. Thanks for those moments and for commiserating.

Sami, Mt Vernon (OH)- My fellow Italian! You are one of the strongest women I know, and I stand in wonder of your determination to keep on keeping on, despite any circumstances. Thank you for beating me into a stronger person, and for feeding me.

I obviously didn't get every single one of my friends.
Thanks to everyone, and I will always love you.