31 August 2007

Friday, August 31, 2007

first i have breakfast
then i take the international students to a payroll session
then i go to a waterpark with international students

26 August 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Currently Listening
Joyride: Remixes
By Mirah
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power was out for 2.5 days.
so we're tied mr. clay.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT?
that meant removing buckets of water
from the basement that seeped in.
it meant packing for school in the dark.
it meant lots of candles and throwing
away food. it meant a sort of community
forming in this neighborhood through
shared generators and gossip about
down trees and when com-ed was
going to fix the power.

it was such a cool weird last weekend.
NOW I HAVE TO FINISH PACKING AND LEAVE

talk to you from galesburg.
see you soon lexie.

23 August 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Currently Listening
Speak for Yourself
By Imogen Heap
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well in the past week i've gone to ikea to buy pillows and
sheets, i've hung out with kathy and pac and went to chinatown,
i've visited my future house/ my cute cute room, i've gotten
so many good new used cd, i went to iowa with ashley and
allison trumbo, which meant that i slept in a haunted victorian
house, and i bought some major 90's themed purchases,
i.e. the backstreet boys "millenium" and n'sync's "no strings
attached", in addition to "forrest gump" and "hanson: middle
of nowhere tour in japan video", what i'm trying to say in
this run-on sentence entry is that i've been so busy, hence
no writing. BUT i got two new pairs of shoes, and a pretty
great tetanus shot in my right arm, even though i didn't need
it. i really should be packing but instead i'm going to my
last day of work, and then hanging out, and then putting
off packing to probably watch another episode from the
final season of the o.c. because i'm still recovering from
marissa cooper's untimely death. i hope volchok rots in
jail for what he did to the coopers and more importantly RYAN.


new pillows for my new room

dreary old iowa on a rainy sunday night

15 August 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Currently Listening
Funeral
By Arcade Fire
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today i got a new retainer, ate my mom's homemade pasta sauce,
did a majority of the high holiday mailings (mondo importante).
billy brought me green and blue freeze pops and i listened to my
iPod a lot today because i sometimes don't care about what's going
on in that office. we looked at a house in the south loop that we
kind of sort of love and we're getting ideas, which is nervous
exciting. this might be goodbye to my room, which is weird, i mean
that's where a majority of my memories are and i pretty much put
that world together, and it's a weird thought, but i think i could make
the next one good. oh well.
thoughts.

pictures from day three or four in london!

this is us just walking around, it reminds me of times square
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outside of the british museum (home of the rosetta stone)
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the inside was amazing!!!!! let me stress that word. seriously,
sweet inner facade with this amazing curved glass roof.
aye yae yae.
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this is inside the british muesum in the room where the
rosetta stone is housed. basically everyone was all
OMGFCHUHA THE ROSETTA STONE IN A GLASS CASE
MUST PUSH SHOVE AND TAKE FLASH PICTURES/IGNORE
ALL OF THE OTHER ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART IN THE ROOM
SLASH SIT ON THE ART (see below picture) i kid you not, this
fucking douchebag was sitting on a piece of art that was worth
more than his life and his family. sooooooooooo ignorant. i'm
seriously talking about a culture that takes pictures of a replica
of the rosetta stone, and then takes pictures of the real one
with a nice glare of the glass from their cameras. DUMBFUCKS.
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mind the gap and stuff. waterloo picadilly, and some cockfosters.
i love a culture that has food called 'spotted dick' and a train
station named 'cockfosters', it's totally easy on the ears.
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THIS IS WHERE I SAW MARY POPPINS ON STAGE AND MY
LIFE WAS TOTALLY CHANGED. p.s. you can get tiny bottles of
champagne and haggen daz containers in the theatre. crazy.
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14 August 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Currently Listening
C'mon Miracle
By Mirah
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hello all, i am at the synagogue right now and
i'm in this really weird transitional creative and
destructive area where i kind of want to keep
everything but i kind of want to throw everything
away and it comes at a very strange moment in
my life that happens to be called "going back to
college/sister is in turkey/ we are moving
". speaking
of that moving thing, we saw a house yesterday that
everyone (mind, mari) kind of sort of loved that's
in the south loop with skyscraper views and a neat
public deck, and a cute courtyard area, which
all happens to be inspired by english row houses
from the turn of the century, and there's a loft
type thing that is like hey arnold because you
climb up a ladder in the ceiling and there's a tiny
place for a bed, a hall for storage, and an area
where a couch would go, and there's lots of
different walls to paint lots of fun colors and
neat lights and i think i could actually make this
work but what am i talking about stop me ok?

i think i want to own a rothko and a pollock.
who wants to stage a heist or buy it for me?

i've been listening to so much mirah and regina
spektor and it feels so good to hear women
who can sing and sing about cool things and be
jewish ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

mazel tov

10 August 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Currently Listening
The Moldy Peaches
By The Moldy Peaches
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ok i apoligize for never updating but the internet is in and
out here, knamean? so let's see, i left off with salisbury and
stonehenge, which i will pick up right now. we took the train
to salisbury (last entry's pictures) and when we got there,
we walked from the station to the cathedral, across a lot
of green, past fields of grazing sheep and their many
tributaries. the water was clean. thx chicago river btw.
there were people fishing with nets, and lots of families
with their little children picnicking around, and it was an
all around pleasant walk to the cathedral. the neighborhood
was really nice, and mari was right about it looking like a
nice place to raise kids.
here's some pictures of my walk:
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when we got to the cathedral, richard gave us a smashing good
talk about the history and such, and then we got to go in and have a
looksee. we also got to join in their one o'clock prayer which was a
new thing for me since i have never prayed in a church or cathedral
before. here's some of my mom's pictures because my camera died:
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we had about 45 minutes to eat and walk around in salisbury,
so we got a couple pictures, but nothing too serious. i mean
we had to get on a bus to go to STONEHENGE anyways, so
i guess the pictures could totally wait it you knamean?
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that's all for now,
teatime at the tea museum.
remind me talk about mary poppins and chicago,
top shop and portobello road, and the drag queen on the train.
lots to talk about, but tea and crumpets await.
ciao ciao

07 August 2007

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

so my camera has been super dodgy, as in, it didn't work
at stonehenge or in salisbury cathedral, BUT, i've already
seen both those places and it was nice to not look at things
through a viewfinder for a change, so i actually got to take
in the tour without worrying about my camera and picture.

anyways, here are my best from the day we left which
mainly consists of my airplane ride and the airport, not
a lot of super exciting things:

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when we arrived, we took a cab ride from heathrow, and
i was totally stoked because it was a BLACK CAB as in the
jens lekman song that i really really like and it was a glorious
and expensive ride (i've got the cab rides out of my system
which works because man oh man that was expensive).
when we got to the hotel our room wasn't ready so we dropped
our bags off, grabbed lunch at marks & spencer (upscale premaid
food stuffs, totally pleasing to the eye and mouth) and then
walked over to holland park where we picnicked on a bench
and planned out some details for our trip. we decided over
sandwiches and pasta salad that today we would take a
london walks tour that we'd done 6 or 7 years earlier
that consisted of traveling to salisbury to see the town and
cathedral and then moving onward to stonehenge. i came back
after and i took a nap, while mari and mom went to harrod's.
after my nap we went to an indian place called masala zone
where i had some of the best homemade raita ever. and
after dinner we watched an indian cooking show on the bbc
which i'm totally stoked over because the recipes are online.

today, we woke up at 8ish and had little snackies from
harrod's for breakfast in our hotel room. we got lost on
the underground on our way to waterloo station, but it
was ok because we found our guide and it all worked out.
here's a picture or two of waterloo station:
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our guide, richard, was the same we'd had years ago, and he was
totally funny. i love richard. we took a pretty nice train ride to salisbury
which is my next set of photographs, and it was all in all an enjoyable
ride. if there's one thing europe totally has that american needs, it's
the best train system ever. wtf america. get on that already.

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ok that's all i can manage tonight, because of computer
and slow internet and stuff. more on stonehenge and
salisbury cathedral + tomorrow's update if i'm not too
tired.

quote of the day: "school is pants! i hate school" and "tri-bal stone-henge"

05 August 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Currently Listening
Begin to Hope
By Regina Spektor
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two things:

first order of business, pictures from p-fork week uploaded.
they're on my f-book, which i'm assuming y'all have accounts for.

01 gang before mirah

04 August 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Currently Listening
Oh You're So Silent Jens
By Jens Lekman
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DAFT PUNK IN CONCERT = BEAUTIFUL AMAZING EXPERIENCE.
working lollapalooza yesterday was probably one of the best ideas
mari and i have ever had. seriously, i had a walkie talkie, a binder
full of top secret info, a special shirt, maps and schedules, 20 free
download necklaces via itunes. and dude, i got in free with in and out
priveleges. i saw daft punk in my beautiful city in my beautiful park
for free. and it was pretty sweet that lcd soundsystem played
"daft punk is playing at my house" before daft punk went on. it
was pretty darn cute. and after our shift we got really good
sandwiches and found refuge in my grandmother's apartment,
where after eating, we took a dip in her pool before staking out
our spots on the hill for the show. it was so so perfect and the
only money i spent on my perfect day was on my perfect sandwich.
such a good day. i have to work the night shift tonight, and i don't
really have to see anyone today because i missed matt and kim,
but seeing regina spektor and clap your hands say yeah could
be cool. i hope she plays "dusseldorf" but that's probably a stretch.

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this morning before brunch we got family portraits taken by MARC HAUSER,
apparently his mom invented pop tarts, fresca, and found orville redenbacher
of orville's popcorn fame (who he did the portrait for that appears on the
popcorn box- see bowtie). this guy was totally great and funny and smokes
cigars and makes us go "YEAH" before he takes each shot. i had an enjoyable
morning, and now i have to lay down for bit. here's some pictures from his
studio/house in bucktown.

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so that's it for today. life is really good. i leave for london tomorrow night.
i'm pysched for london.
then two weeks before knox college starts up again.
sweet.
now all i have to do is lose a couple pounds and shave my head!

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