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Aug. 20th, 2007

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And so it is
Just like you said it would be
Life goes easy on me
Most of the time
And so it is
The shorter story
No love, no glory
No hero in her sky

I can't take my eyes off of you
I can't take my eyes off you
I can't take my eyes off of you
I can't take my eyes off you
I can't take my eyes off you
I can't take my eyes...

And so it is
Just like you said it should be
We'll both forget the breeze
Most of the time
And so it is
The colder water
The blower's daughter
The pupil in denial

I can't take my eyes off of you
I can't take my eyes off you
I can't take my eyes off of you
I can't take my eyes off you
I can't take my eyes off you
I can't take my eyes...

Did I say that I loathe you?
Did I say that I want to
Leave it all behind?

I can't take my mind off of you
I can't take my mind off you
I can't take my mind off of you
I can't take my mind off you
I can't take my mind off you
I can't take my mind...
My mind...my mind...
'Til I find somebody new


Such a good song. Ever since I watched Closer, it's literally 100 times better.

Got a mix of good and bad at the moment. I'm excited about many little things, and it's been so good to see some people. I also miss everyone at home, but at least I got to talk to Colleen, Brian, Jon, and briefly, Lauren today.

But I was thinking today...it is so horribly unfair that sometimes we can't do anything more for a person than plop our bodies next to them. Then again, I guess you could say it points to the power of one soul just being near and yearning to identify with another? That would be cool. I think I'll believe that.

rock on \\m//
~Erin

Aug. 13th, 2007

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Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. -Acts 9:8



Can I just try and tell you how amazing The Fountain was? I know I've been throwing out words like "amazing" and "fantastic" lately, but this was definitely the BEST movie of last year. I like my movies, and it's probably going to stay as one of my favorites for a very long time.

Aug. 12th, 2007

I'm not unfaithful but I stray; When I get a little scared, when I get a little...run run run, run.

Tegan and Sara, man. I know they've been around for quite a while, but I've finally decided to like them. For the most part. Normally I hate chick singers, but damn. They strike something in me. And they can also be fun! (Donner- I'm making you a cd!)

http://www.myspace.com/teganandsara

In other news...I think it's official with Jon. At least he seems comfortable with the idea, but we haven't had a talk about it or anything. Last night a comment about us as a "couple" was made, and he acknowledged it/reacted to it as if it was just a fact.

I'm not sure what to think. I like him a great deal...despite the fact that I originally thought he was a "mopey grump ass." And the fact that he's a Democrat. And a Catholic-turned-agnostic, if you want to call it that. He's searching/unsure...definitely not religious. I don't know...sometimes I feel like I need a spiritual leader, not someone who is even further from God than I am, and that is something which has been troubling me on and off. But I'm approaching it in a much more casual manner for the time being. I obviously don't love him...but as I said, I feel at home with him. He's a big cynic and not really a "people person," but somehow it works.

Long distance, though. Eh. The thing I'm afraid of is us letting it fizzle out instead of making it grow. We haven't known each other long, and though I can read him insanely well in person, there is so much he doesn't say. I've never been the type to ask the annoying "what are you thinking?" question, but I've caught myself wanting to ask it when I'm with him. Like I said, I'm way more social than he is. I'm very open to sharing, and unless it's about movies or themes/concepts/problems which crop up in said movies, he's pretty tight-lipped. (He works at the movie store...and is good friends with Brian and Dennis. How perfect is that? We all stand around talking in there for hours...it's like something out of a Kevin Smith movie.) We're both comfortable sitting in silence for long periods of time, which is refreshing. I just wish we could go the other way, too. I guess with shy people that comes with time, but it's still frustrating at times.

I guess we'll just see what happens. Both of us are mature and pretty honest with ourselves, so I'm not worried.

In other news, we all finally got to watch the new David Lynch movie, Inland Empire, a few nights ago. It's been driving me crazy ever since. I'll never be able to grasp it all, just like Lost Highway or Mullholland Dr., but I can't explain how much it touched me. There's nothing better than being deeply moved by something even though you don't even really know what's happening. And now I get to watch it 10 more times and solve all the mysteries! Laura Dern was just amazing- It was probably the most haunting performance I have ever seen.

Last day at work was today. That gave me some heart. I'm going to spend the night alone and watch The Fountain, and it will be fantastic.

I'm off to take a nap beofre my beloved Nature comes on. Only four hours of sleep in the last two nights. Not so hot.

I hope everyone is well. Mark, I'm glad you got home safely from Eagle Lake. Colleen, Donna, Chase...I WILL call you guys, I promise. ;-)

rock on \\m//
-Erin

Aug. 7th, 2007

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

I'm currently reading the second book of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King...they're very good. Extremely romantic, but in a gritty sort of way.

From the first book, The Gunslinger-

"You see? Size defeats us. For the fish, the lake in which he lives is the universe. What does the fish think when he is jerked up by the mouth through the silver limits of existence and into a new universe where the air drowns him and the light is blue madness? Where huge bipeds with no gills stuff it into a suffocating box and cover it with wet weeds to die?"

"...Yet suppose further. Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the top, gunslinger? Could it be that somewhere above all of endless reality, there exists a room?...

You dare not."

It's just so good. Sometimes the writing gets arrogant, overly-dramatic...but that's what gives it some charm. Not to mention most of the first book is just a "gunslinger" from "another world" stumbling through the desert after the "man in black." We know his name, some bits and pieces from his childhood training...and that's about it. But it's moving and engaging, and extremely "bad ass"- there's no other term to describe it. Hopefully I'll knock out this one and the next, and that leaves five of them for Hillsdale.

Which, by the way, is getting closer and closer. Aside from seeing a few people, I really don't want to go back just *yet.* I just don't feel ready at all. I'm thinking in the end, that might actually make for a really good semester...lots of unexpected turns. I feel strangely detached from everything "out there," and can only think about what is here in front of my face. I can't even remember all the classes I'm supposed to be taking. Obviously I haven't read anything to prepare. But that's OK, I think. I'm ready to get slapped around.

Another thought, which I shared a bit with Chase a few days ago. All summer I've been getting these spells where all I think about doing is joining the army. I know I'm a girl, and most likely would never make it, but I just want to do something for my country, and selfishly, I want to do something big and crazy and grand. Which is unfortunate, because that means I'm sitting here dreaming about it and neglecting all the other opportunities to "help out" here at home. But does anyone else get me, here? (Excluding Lauren.)

I think that's why I love Harry Potter so much. They always get the chance to physically fight for what they think is right. They don't send petitions to Voldemort.

Maybe I just need to go play laser tag and slip back into my high heels.

rock on \\m//
~Erin

PS- Black Snake Moan is an amazing movie. Everyone should see it, even if you don't support "strong sexuality." That's not the point (thought it's not pointless).

Jul. 13th, 2007

(no subject)

For Donner-

It said I was Harry, but I accidentally deleted the little blurb. Hopefully we all know the qualities by now. Now you have to tell me!




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Albus Dumbledore

75%

Harry Potter

75%

Sirius Black

72%

Luna Lovegood

59%

Oliver Wood

59%

Neville Longbottom

56%

Percy Weasley

53%

Hermione Granger

53%

Remus Lupin

47%

Severus Snape

38%

Bellatrix Lestrange

34%

Lord Voldemort

34%

Ron Weasley

22%

Draco Malfoy

16%

Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
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It's a pretty good quiz. You have to be pretty honest and careful, though, because some of the questions are pretty damn obvious.

Off to Chicago!

Jun. 6th, 2007

...

http://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/index.html

"Your data suggest a strong automatic preference for European American compared to African American."

It's that "are you prejudice test" Oprah always talks about. Personally, though I know for a fact I am slightly biased towards whites, I just don't see how the test can be as accurate as they claim. They say you can't cheat, but by making an effort to place the white people into categories more slowly, or place them on the "wrong" side, I could have gotten a more acceptable score, couldn't I? I don't get it. Plus, I think it's easier to tell yourself "black=bad" than "white=bad" just from a stupid mnemonic standpoint. (And at the same time, it's equally as difficult to try and remember "black=good" as "white=good.")

Just curious to see what you all think? (What I said will make sense when you actually take the test!)

I was thinking about prejudice the other day, and I'll say it for the billionth time: If it weren't for Oprah and others harping on about everyone about stereotypes, I probably wouldn't give a damn about anyone's superficial differences. But because so many activists for blacks, women, etc. constantly turn everything into a race/gender/etc. issue, no one knows how to look at people as just people anymore- to be judged by their character. It makes me terribly sad. I think back to my childhood, and even as a white kid in a sheltered environment, I never once looked at a black person and thought ANYTHING just because they were black. Now, as a "mature adult," I catch myself looking at them, having some benign thought or even occasionally one that might be deemed "socially unacceptable" float through my mind, simultaneously freaking out because "I don't want to be a racist," then trying to somehow prove to them and myself that I'm not, and that I'm just like them. What does a test like this do? Like the poor people on the show who started out thinking they were very accepting and felt akin to a variety of other groups, many individuals will probably spend the next years of their lives internally going insane whenever they see members of these groups, because now they are aware of their "prejudice" and can't seem to think of those people the same way they did before. Which reaction do you think is better for a wise, respectful, loving society?

*end rant* I know plenty of people have said it before, but still. I'm just so sick of the way we think these days.

rock on \\m//
~Erin

May. 7th, 2007

...

I'm in a really snotty little feminist mood right now. It's a rare occurrence. So I'm listening to Tori Amos. :-)

Excuse me but can I be you for a while
My dog won't bite if you sit real still
I got the anti-Christ in the kitchen yellin' at me again
Yeah I can hear that
Been saved again by the garbage truck
I got something to say you know
But nothing comes
Yes I know what you think of me
You never shut-up
Yeah I can hear that

But what if I'm a mermaid
In these jeans of his
With her name still on it
Hey but I don't care
Cause sometimes
I said sometimes
I hear my voice
And it's been here
Silent All These Years

So you found a girl
Who thinks really deep thoughts
What's so amazing about really deep thoughts
Boy you best pray that I bleed real soon
How's that thought for you
My scream got lost in a paper cup
You think there's a heaven
Where some screams have gone
I got 25 bucks and a cracker
Do you think it's enough
To get us there

Cause what if I'm a mermaid
In these jeans of his
With her name still on it
Hey but I don't care
Cause sometimes
I said sometimes
I hear my voice
And it's been here
Silent All These...

Years go by
Will I still be waiting
For somebody else to understand
Years go by
If I'm stripped of my beauty
And the orange clouds
Raining in head
Years go by
Will I choke on my tears
Till finally there is nothing left
One more casualty
You know we're too easy Easy Easy

Well I love the way we communicate
Your eyes focus on my funny lip shape
Let's hear what you think of me now
But baby don't look up
The sky is falling
Your mother shows up in a nasty dress
It's your turn now to stand where I stand
Everybody lookin' at you here
Take hold of my hand
Yeah I can hear them

But what if I'm a mermaid
In these jeans of his
With her name still on it
Hey but I don't care
Cause sometimes
I said sometimes
I hear my voice

And it's been here
Silent All These Years

May. 6th, 2007

...

I'm so behind on my foreign policy paper it's not even amusing anymore. I've officially reached panic mode...the truly unhappy part, not the "haha, omg, I'm so behiiiiind!" part.

So how did I spend my morning? Sleeping until 10 and taking LJ quizes. Why do we do this to ourselves?

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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



Apr. 22nd, 2007

...

One of the coolest things I've seen this week!

http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/354/C6402/

Apr. 9th, 2007

Trent

Watch the sun,
As it crawls across a final time
And it feels like,
Like it was a friend.
It is watching us,
And the world we set on fire
Do you wonder,
If it feels the same?

So...NIN is on tour again in Europe, as Year Zero is released on the 17th. This time, I WILL get to see them live. The only sad thing is that they will be playing a lot from Year Zero and With Teeth, not The Fragile. But still. I've been waiting over eight years!

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In other news, Wal-Mart guy apologized for hitting on me since I was married. Colleen, I really have to change that Facebook status. He's the second person who has taken it seriously. Then he asked for my number. I lied and said my dad used all of our free minutes for work. :-/ Obviously the most grown-up way to deal with the situation.

Lauren- good luck on logic tomorrow! You'll do fine, I know it. (And if you have any doubts, think of our graduation party in Lexington, and then picture it getting TRASHED by a big F+ in red tights and a wig.)

Everyone have a nice evening!

rock on \\m//
~Erin

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