Wednesday, April 09, 2008
  i'm learning lessons here, honest
next time, when we have a week to do a paper, i take that WHOLE WEEK. i start the first day. honest.

it's just.. this one took so much pre-prep. i had to find images to analyze. i took a long time to pick those five images. too long. so i was up until nearly 4 a.m. finishing the paper. and actually had to finish-finish it after shakespeare this morning. needless to say, i'm tired. but at least i'm done. and at least i'm all badass, all functioning and stuff today. i'm actually in a good mood. not bad for an old lady working on 3.5 hours of sleep.

i feel bad, though. i not only told chris i couldn't scratch his back before bed last night (that puts him to sleep, but knocks me out too) but didn't make his morning oatmeal before i grumpily hit the sack this morning. neglecting my girlfriendly duties, i am.

i like to work out on my long break between classes, but i pardon myself from the arc trainer when i've had this little sleep. so instead, i did the opposite of working out: i went and read a trashy magazine (in touch, left behind by my dear sister) at patty's place while eating doritos with buddy & sebastian. i like going to see the dogs (and the bunny). buddy is so great in small doses. i could do without the happy-to-see-me hardon, though. EVERY TIME, i swear.

on a happy note, that lit theory test i thought i bombed? bad? i got a 101. !!! i seriously had a big ol' pit in my stomach when she was passing the tests back.. i mean, i figured i passed, but i really didn't think i did well. but i got everything right but one, and i got extra credit right to make up for that. when she went over the answers... for example, one really easy, no-brainer question was about derrida's "of grammatology" - she asked what grammatology meant (it's the science of writing). i guess people answered things like that it was the science of language and stuff. i'm just like, well, okay, i guess i memorize these things alright because it would never occur to me that that was a difficult question. as for why i thought i did badly.. i thought i rambled on some of the answers and didn't get my point across, but i got them right, so i guess she understood. i even got a little "good!" on some of them. extra credit on one where no extra credit was offered! so, well, phew! :) needless to say, it was a HUGE (good) surprise.

ooh, gonna be late to class.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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