It’s been a nice 24 hours of catching up. Last night went out for Mexican food with two friends from highschool. Now that everyone is doing their own thing, it is really nice to be able to get together whenever we get a chance. Stuffed our faces with tacos and burritos (and some delish margaritas!) and then went to see Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides (the 4th one). Oh in 3D as well! It was fun. Wasn’t expecting it to be great but entertaining for sure. Great time hanging with the girls though!
Went to brunch today - well lunch but I woke up about an hour before so no breakfast for me - with my mother, her family friend, and daughter. It was strange sitting there, two college girls and their mothers who have never done an intimate date like this before. It made me feel older, all grown up, to be able to chit chat with these adults that I had only seen as parents as a kid. Oh and went to Portabella again was great!
Currently watching Wall Street. The new version with the “Even Stevens” kid. For those of you who never watched the Disney Channel as a 90’s kid - Shia LaBeouf.
In the first hour, hell the first half hour, I realized just how little I understand about the world of Wall Street, investment banking, and our economy. I am sure it’s natural that the average population doesn’t understand Wall Street chit chat. But I feel like some of the basic stuff in this movie should be understood. I have to text my boyfriend asking him what “moral hazard” means or what exactly does it mean to sell shares is stuff that I’ve heard many times before but never bothered to ask. Yet this is the stuff that influences our economy. Not exactly but our world runs on making money and spending money. Those guys in the crisp suits and shiny cars bet their life on that.
I can argue that my life, which at the moment is filled with art, design, visual pleasures, is a different world and I don’t have reason to know anything else. But I do. It’s the world that we live in.
I hope I don’t sound like an obnoxious woman who is complaining about our society and a lack of knowledge she doesn’t have because of herself. Well - I am disappointed I am not more educated on the business of our world. I also can’t look down on a society that I - and many others - secretly wish to get a taste of.
Teehee and kinda funny Charlie Shern is in this movie
Living on a college campus, I get used to the coffee shop atmospheres. You need to get work done, you go to a coffee shop. I tried staying home in my apartment during finals week and that resulted in endless raiding of the fridge and too much hulu. I usually try to avoid places like Starbucks if I go out but will opt for the more local shops. But no matter what, I feel like I can usually find somewhere to go - at a reasonable hour.
Today I decided I was in work mode. Had a few things to do (those tasks back from school I mentioned before) and wanted to get out of the house. Took a walk to my small town library and it was super cute. I used to go there all the time as a kid - almost every day. I’m pretty sure I’ve read everything in the “adult teen” shelf and at least one section of the fictions. I was such a book worm.
Currently sitting at a local Barnes and Noble. I used to LOVE this place. I would come here to “study SATs” and would spend a good portion of the day reading. As a little kid, I would come here for story-time and sit in the children’s section as some adult read stories to us. I could spend all day at this place and there has been a few times that I did.
It’s changed however. I can’t expect this place to stay the same after all these years but sadly, I’m disappointed. Where did all the seats go? All these little nooks that used to have bunches of seats and couches are just empty space. The second floor is chopped in half for a closed gathering area. Which is great but I miss my seats! It’s ok. I’m just bitter because it took me 20 minutes to find a place to sit with an outlet.
So it’s been three days since I’ve been back home. It’s been great so far - home cooked meals, being with the family, and doing nothing. Went shopping and grabbed lunch with my mom today. Went to visit my old highschool as well and saw a few old friends which was nice But for a person that is always on the move, I need a project to keep me busy.
Something exciting. I’ve got a list of “to-dos” that have carried over from the semester that I just don’t have the energy to tackle at the moment.
Currently sitting in a rather large aircraft on my way to Newark to head back home for the summer. Well I suppose this is a normal sized airplane. I’ve Bren traveling on express flights that feel like toys. Thankfully I’m not really afraid of flying. Sometimes I still get excited to travel on planes even though I’ve been flying since I was a kid. And those were 18 hour flights to china.
One of the best things about flying is the people watching. You get to see all sorts of people at airports in various moods. Like today for example. My first flight was a connection flight to Chicago. I was lucky enough to be on one of those tiny planes with a screaming baby. Oh this kid was not happy to be on a plane. Adorable baby girl though. Her name was Mia ( though I caught a quick glimpse of her baby bag and don’t think thats how you spell it.) and it was her first time flying. Understandable. The mother seem kind of all over the place though. Accidentally bumped her head getting up from her seat (which happens to everyone) but then swings her baby around and hits mia’s head as well.
At O’Hare airport, there was a lovely couple that loved to gossip. They picked at the attendant at the gate, their friends, and random people at the airport. Hey, when I people watch I totally make up stories and judgements. Don’t say it out loud so everything around you can hear though!
Oh really cool tunnel at the Chicago airport that connected terminal C and B. Took a photo and I’ll upload it when I get back. Very colorful so I love.
Found my seat on the flight. All by myself in a row of three seats. Nice
Take that back. Lots of standby passengers. Two very nice guys next to me though. One of which was here since noon yesterday ouch. He apparently has never paid for a flight for over 20 years because he always flys standby and has a family member who works for the airline. In college, he went to Mizzou, he would randomly hop onto a plane for a weekend. That is really cool and so carefree! I’m someone who doesn’t mind waiting while traveling (usually) so this sounds like a fun option.
The other guy is heading to Israel To start a new bible study. Hr was inspired by a conic strip he once saw:
A little bean (why bean?) walks in and says along the lines of “what is the most important thing?”
"everyone loving each other"
"then all these denominations were created"
"who all hate each other!"
It’s a commentary on the many forms of Christianity and how some people get wrapped up in what their branch means and will turn their backs on anyone who won’t believe the same thing. This guy on the plane wants to start a new bible study that just looks at His teachings. How interesting!
Long post because not surprisingly my flight is delayed. See ya at touch down whenever that is!
Kind of fitting if you think about it. Friday the 13th was the day of my last studio, probably forever. This was a long semester. Our final review wasn’t pretty. People just didn’t have the same about work typically seen in more final reviews. I’m sure it was really embarrassing for our professor and according to her - this was the lowest amount of production she’s seen in all her years working at the school. Ouch. But fair I suppose.
It still sucked to see my grade at the end of the year. I may not have been very productive throughout the year but I thought I produced a relatively good amount of work at the end. It doesn’t matter. Because I am done!
Graduate school for architecture is not in the books for me. I just don’t think I can do another few years of this. Architecture grad school calls for a lot of passion and dedicate, and that is something I think I’ve lost. I’m working at home this summer in a marketing internship. I’m hoping I will really end up liking it and be able to take that somewhere. Who knows - marketing for architecture firms?
Since the end of studio, I’ve been moving out of my apartment into summer storage. Which is a pain in the butt to say the very least. Still not 100% finished. But I’ve also been hanging out with my boy a lot. It has been really really nice to finally have time for ourselves. It’s bitter sweet though. I leave for home Monday and then who knows when we would really see each other. I am home for the summer, he is staying in St. Louis. When I come back to St. Louis, he is going to Nashville for Law School. I’ll graduate in a year but he has three. It’s a bit of a mess. Not really sure how it’s going to work out but I just have to believe it will. We both have to. It will.
Side note. Read the Vanderbilt Law School guidebook. They give advice on everything. The typically stuff include how to do well in classes, where to go in Nashville, how to move in, etc. They also include some not so typically things like how to make friends, and how to date and maintain a relationship (whether it is long distance, or dating a fellow law student). Really? Aren’t these kids suppose to be really smart/over 21?
I found this article posted on someone’s facebook and thought 1. interesting and 2. glad that there were other sentiments about the recent news of Osama’s death
I don’t agree with everything that this article talks about - there are a lot of generalizations, there are a lot of things he says I don’t think is fair to assume - but I appreciate his attempt to look at the event in a different way
When I heard the news of Osama’s death, I was at a party. There was some confusion, some attempts to watch the news, but we eventually just went back to the party after a round of cheers. Throughout the night, I saw similar reactions - cheering, joy, chants, a round of applause for our nation.
I saw a taping of President Obama’s speech about the killing of Osama Bin Laden and I was impressed, it was a very good speech. But it too felt strange to me.
I am more than aware of the history with our nation, Osama Bin Laden, and al-Qaeda. September 11, the death of thousands, the struggle that our nation had to go through because of terrorists attacks, because of the leadership of Osama Bin Laden - I know about it and I’ve lived in it as a citizen of the United States. Despite all of that however, I was still shocked by the events that occured. Now, I’m not trying to be a pacifist. I’m not saying that Osama should not die for the deaths he had caused. He had a hand in so much evil that his death was needed to close a regime of terror. The action is not what bothers me, but rather the reaction.
Hundreds of people and students rush the White House, waving American Flags. Facebook statuses talk about how monumental this moment is in our history, how it proves our nation can do whatever we put our minds to. People rushing the streets and celebrating the death of this man.
We are celebrating, like it is News Years Eve, the death of a man. Does this not seem strange? I know what this man has done yet I can not bring myself to jump up and down in joy for his death. I am very happy that our nation has been able to take a step towards fighting terrorism and to take back some of the pride that was stolen from us. But I struggle to celebrate it.
Tim Wise’s article talks about how many of the students who were out in the streets cheering for the USA are celebrating an event that they do not have the guts to take part in themselves. That these are rich, upper class kids who would never join the war and actually lend a hand. Well, I don’t think that is a fair statement (for all we know, many of them would) but I also think the celebrations do parallel the cheers of fans at a sports game. Bystanders who feel as if they are part of the team. Only this time, I feel as if we are cheering for the defeat of the other team more than the win of ours.
Maybe in the end, I just can not understand the magnitude of joy that has risen over our nation because we had killed a person. I’ve seen other nations react this way, in the news, in documentaries, but this is the first time I’ve only had to look out my window to see it. I’m surprise. I completely understand it, don’t think I don’t. But my personal lack of excitement makes me wonder, why.