Friday, July 31, 2009

End of Summer

This summer is finally over! Why is that? Because Bill is coming home today! Huzzah!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


I'm in DC for the weekend, and we went to Annapolis yesterday with my sister and her husband to eat Maryland Blue Crab. All I have to say is those were some yummy little suckers.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Univeristy Life = Good Life

So I was just thinking about how great it is to be a student. Okay, no money sucks, but the rest of it is great. Especially when you aren't the one in studying and writing papers.
Here is why:
  • life runs on an academic calendar, which means, summer break, winter break, and spring break. The real world should also revolve around this calendar.
  • University libraries allow you to check out books for months at a time. City library check outs are only for a couple of weeks. And despite how quickly I read a book, it will sit around until the day after it is due. No fees for me at the university library.
  • Access to the university gym. Cheap/free membership and nice facilities. I don't have a monthly membership because my year membership cost me $ read that correctly and I have access to EVERYTHING. And the perks of being at a really nerdy school is...there aren't gym skanks walking around in white spandex tights with a matching bra, with their long hair down and makeup done. There is no flirting or salacious activity here. The only thing you have to worry about with these kids is their personal hygiene (which can be equally offensive as the gym skanks - but preferable).
  • Student discounts. Why graduate when you can get fat discounts to the symphony/opera/traveling/bus fares/movies etc.
  • University cities = biking/walking cities. Tuition is too high to be able to buy a car (just a theory) so might as well bike everywhere. You could easily survive without a car because everything is close enough that you could walk or ride your bike around.
  • Random intellectual gatherings. You know, like poetry fests, foreign movie nights, nerdy accordion bands (slight exaggeration). But there is always something going on and you will probably learn something too.
  • Conversations in university cities are weird. As a speaker stated in his talk yesterday at church (whose family lives in an undergrad dorm as an RA) lengthy conversations go on about who would win a wizard tournament: Gandolf vs. Dumbledore. Other frequently heard conversations revolve around international policies, the stock market, Ob@ma administration, medical scenarios etc. I feel enlightened every time I get on the bus.
  • Always free entertainment with a university because their will always be a chapter of the medieval club. Don't have anything to do, go down and watch fighting with fake swords and capes, and participate in the making of chain mail.
  • Time. University life is great because you have so much time. Enough said.
  • Last but not least, you won't get a lower interest rate on any other loans you take out for the rest of your life. Cool hu? Okay that one was stupid. That is the worst thing about university life is that you have to figure out a way to pay for it. Oy vey.
Picture from here

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Poll Results etc

I can accept the fact that Red Vines are the preferred licorice. It's unfortunate, but as Kurt Vonnegut said "so it goes".
As for other news, I had an awesome, yet uneventful weekend. It was great because I took my bike (road) out for a spin, and though there were tons of people on the trail, it was a fun ride. I road up to the northside which made me realize how boring the southside is. On the northside, the beaches are way nicer, there was a triathlon (see picture above) going on, a volleyball tournament with around 30 nets set up for play, tons of food stands, soccer games, softball games, a sailing race, crews out on the river, and there was a nice golf course. Lets face it, as much as I like the southside, the northside seems vastly superior. It has it's own problems, but as a whole, it is nice. And during all these observations, I thought "keep your cadence up like Lance [Armstrong]" Yeah, I realized why those guys are pros. I was riding on flat trails and there was no way I could keep my cadence up to 80 (which is what the pros ride at) for any length of time. I suppose if I rode my bike more frequently, it would be more possible. So it goes.
I also saw Harry Potter, it was good, scary but good.
Poor Levi Leipheimer, no more tour.
And so it goes.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Twizzlers vs Red Vines

Since there seems to be such strong feelings regarding this, please participate in this lovely poll on the right side bar. Peace out.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Fact: I haven't posted anything in more than a week.
Fact: My life is way too boring to post right now
Fact: My parents were in town last week and we had a lot of fun
Fact: We also ate a lot of good food
Fact: It feels more like spring than summer right now in Chicago
Fact: I watch the Tour de France extended coverage every night...because I like it
Fact: The cat did something nasty in the litter box just now because it is stinking up the apartment - oy vey
Fact: I rode my new (to me) bike to work, and I wore a helmet
Fact: I feel like such a nerd wearing a helmet, but a lot of people wear helmets here (lots of crazy drivers around)
Fact: Frank Lloyd Wright was a nasty immoral man - as evident in The Fellowship
Fact: I like Twizzlers way better than Red Vines
Fact: I ate Honey Nut Cheerios for dinner
Fact: Can't wait for this summer to be over, I'm missing my man - a lot
Fact: I just bought a new duvet cover on a super sale, because I am a mighty hunter of bargains
Fact: I have had a Nuns Having Fun calendar ever year for the last 4 years. I love Nuns.
The End