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Dec. 27th, 2011 | 10:13 pm
location: United States, Missouri, Kansas City
music: Sim City Theme Music

It has certainly been a while since I posted anything to my Livejournal account. Jesse and I have been taking it easy for the past few days we've been home since our sojourn to Southern Illinois for Christmas. We spent most of today in our pajamas. I made dinner for us, and we played Final Fantasy II and Jeopardy for the Wii. I think Jesse likes the pajama pants and Darth Vader tee shirt that I gifted him. It has been his constant uniform for the last 48 hours.

I received a lot of good Christmas gifts. My sister and Travis gave us three different kinds of bird feeders with plenty of seed and suet. Heather and Jaime gave us wine glasses and goblets. Mom gave us a set of chimes for the front porch. Those are some of the favorite things I received. Anything for the house is nice, and I'm looking forward to relaxing on our new couch which should be here in the next week or so.

Anyway, it was great getting to see everyone over our visit too. We spent time with Heather, Jeff and her and Tim's kids. I also was able to see Renee, Lauren, and Jessica. Tammy and Travis came up with the kids, and we also saw my brother and Kyle and my Aunt Sharon, Uncle Carl and Mykayla. We stayed with mom for a night, and then stayed with Jesse's grandma, Rena for the next few days. We spent some time one evening at John Brown's before heading over to Heather's for a nice evening nightcap before our final night and then our journey home. When we made it home we opened presents and spent time enjoying the Christmas spirit in our own home. Last night Heather, Jaime and Shawn came over, and I made dinner: Roasted chicken and vegetables with couscous, spinach and beans. It was pretty damn good. Dinner and drinks for all, and pretty soon I'll finish up another cozy evening of nerdiness.

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Excerpt from Isak Denison's "The Deluge At Norderney"

Jun. 29th, 2011 | 05:30 pm
location: US, Missouri, Kansas City, Jackson, Pennsylvania Ave, 950

"Still, the church had tried the young man severely, distrustful of many of the ideas and powers in him, of his visionary gift, and of the most striking feature of his nature: an immense capacity for pity which embraced not only the sinful and miserable but seemed to turn even toward the high and holy of the world. Their severity did not hurt him; obedience was in his nature. To his great power of imagination he joined a deep love of law and order. Perhaps in the end these two sides of his nature came to the same thing: to him everything seemed possible, and equally likely to fall in with the beautiful and harmonious scheme of things."

To Jesse

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City Life

Feb. 25th, 2011 | 09:09 am
location: 1319
mood: awakeawake
music: Washed Out - You and I

Well, I'm finally writing an entry about my move to Kansas City. I moved here approximately two weeks ago and already it feels like home. The weekend I moved out here it was very cold and there was still a ton of snow on the ground. It was a bitch, even with two strong guys, getting all of my stuff up to my apartment, and a week later the weather was warm! Warm enough for me to walk around outside with a skirt and no tights. I swear, the weather out here is crazier than it is back in Southern Illinois. Anyway, the day after I took Jeff back to Southern Illinois and came back and spent one long cold day unpacking all of my stuff and not really knowing how to work the baseboard heating, I started to feel pretty bummed, mostly just missing Jeff and being down about having to spend time in an apartment that I thought would never get warm. Those who know me know that I like to keep my place like a womb - at least 70+ degrees. Jesse took me out later that night for some Indian food. I felt really badly because he was so excited about me moving out here and I was so obviously bummed and could only complain about how cold my apartment was and how much I missed Jeff over a plate of Masala.

The next night Jesse came to hang out at my apartment and told me he had gotten me a present. When he arrived he had bought me the largest space heater I have ever seen. He's very sweet like that. My apartment instantly became warmer. Anyway, the neighborhood I live in is really awesome. My apartment is also really awesome. It was built in 1913 and has hardwood floors and crown moldings, a claw foot bathtub, a vintage stove and many other neat little details. It's not quite as spacious as my old apartment, but what it doesn't have in space it makes up for in everything else. I really like living in the city. It's hard to fathom sometimes, realizing that I lived in rural Southern Illinois for 27 years of my life and all of a sudden am in the middle of the city. There's really everything at your fingertips here. On 39th street alone, which is two blocks from my apartment, there's a Thai, Indian, Moroccan, Irish Pub, Japanese, Ice Creamery, Mexican, Coffee Shop, Bars, Middle Eastern food, Liquor Store, etc...more cuisine on one block than in all of Southern Illinois. Then if you get further into Westport there are so many cool little bars and so many art galleries, I would be hard pressed to tap into all of them in even a year. Anyway, I still miss my friends and family back home, but I plan on taking the time to visit them regularly after I get a job. I'm going to get back to drinking my morning coffee. Life is gud.

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Moving Days

Jan. 19th, 2011 | 10:53 am
mood: busybusy

Had a good week and a half stay in Kansas City. Had to stay a bit longer than I intended because a community college called me for a job interview on Tuesday. I signed the lease for my new apartment yesterday. It's so cute, and actually quite spacious. The building it is in was built in 1913, so it's very old, just the way I like it. It has a claw foot bathtub, black and white tile in the kitchen. Even the three flights of stairs leading up to it add to the charm, though I'm sure when we're moving it won't seem as quaint. It's finally starting to hit me that I'm leaving Southern Illinois. I'm so excited to be living right in the heart of the city too. Westport is such a cool area, and I'm just a block or two from everything. Also, my apartment overlooks the park. It's going to be so rad. It's just a matter of time now.

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HEINRICH NO

Dec. 6th, 2010 | 09:27 pm
mood: determineddetermined

Waddup biznitches!!!?!!! *cricket chirp* That's okay; I've never cared too terribly much if anyone has read this, and as I write this, as it usually is, it's really just a way to procrastinate on developing my research presentation that is due....tomorrow! Anyway, a lot will be changing very soon, and I am oh-so excited. I'll be moving out to KC in a month and graduating with my MA next week...It's an uphill battle until then to get all these papers finished, essats graded, stuff packed, and Christmas presents bought. Luckily I have great family and friends and probably the most perfect boyfriend anyone could ask for -gush gush...aww- I also adopted a new dog. He's a little old man, which I admit I adopted because he reminded me of Tony (part poodle, part terrier, full mutt). Unfortunately he's very old, but buying an old dog is good for a number of reasons: 1. He already knows how to sit 2. He's grateful 3. He's housetrained 4. He sleeps all the time and is generally complacent, kind of like a piece of furniture 5. Comic relief..for instance, when he jumps into the chair he breaks wind- a cute quiet fart; it's happened twice now and cracked me up both times...dogs are so gross. Anyway, I named him Heinrich, and only Jeff truly understood why I named my dog this. He let me know how when we talked on the phone the other night and we proceeded to scream in German accents at one another "HEINRICH!" over and over again amidst giggling. Jeff is one of my best friends and I'm really going to miss him : ( but KC is like a ripe fruit ready for me cut it open and eat up the seeds..here comes Persephone baby.

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Top 10 Favorite Film Characters

Aug. 14th, 2010 | 11:07 am
location: 1913
mood: bouncybouncy

1. Bridget Fonda as Melanie Ralston in Jackie Brown

Best Line: "Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV."



2. Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface

Best Line: "You fuck with me you fuck with the best!"



3. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather

Best Line: "I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart."



4. Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman

Best Line: "Hey, bat-brain, I mean, I was a kid when I killed your parents. I mean, I say "I made you" you gotta say "you made me." I mean, how childish can you get?"



5. Gary Oldman as Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula

Best Line: "We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and to you there shall be many strange things."



6. Sharon Stone as Catherine Trammell in Basic Instinct

Best Line: "No, you'll just fall in love with me."



7. Christopher Walken as Frank White in King of New York

Best Line: "Well, I must've been away too long because my feelings are dead. I feel no remorse."



8. Lena Olin as Mona Demarkov in Romeo Is Bleeding

Best Line: "I don't want you to kill him, I just want you to bury him. If he dies in the process, that's his problem."



9. Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill Vol. 2

Best Line: "Looked dead, didn't I? But I wasn't."



10. Richard E. Grant as Withnail in Withnail and I

Best Line: "I want something's flesh!"

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I'll See You In the Trees

Aug. 11th, 2010 | 02:14 pm

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Just When I Thought

Jun. 2nd, 2010 | 07:21 pm
mood: curiouscurious
music: I stole the keys to the skies...

Well hello hello. It's been a while hasn't it? I was reading over some of my earliest live journal entries last night. Some are annoying, but some are really really amusing. It's strange to go back and read those entries, seeing how much has changed over the span of five years. Today was a good day. I've really been enjoying my break. I woke up and went grocery shopping and bought the customary Red Bull. Then I came back home and finally finished D.H. Lawrence's Women In Love after many years and after many times of putting it down and picking it back up. In my defense, that book was really hard to get through. I can see the aesthetic beauty of Lawrence, but I think I've had my fill. His characters always end up seeming really shallow which makes his writing seem really pretentious. So The Plumed Serpent and this one shall be it. Then I started reading Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury and decided to go to the park. I took a blanket and chilled out on a lonely dock reading. It was very peaceful. I came home a bit ago and made pizza and am going to spend the remainder of my evening working on my lesson plans. The summer semester starts again in less than two weeks. It's going to be so dull this whole summer with only Naomi and I in the office. I wonder how my drama class is going to be? When I was leaving the park two little twin toddler girls were waving at me and saying "hello, hello" in mimesis of one another to me. It was so cute, especially when I passed them and their slightly older sister informed me that "they say that to everyone." It wasn't until a few moments later that I realized I still had a big grin on my face. They reminded me of Aubrey. I can't wait until a few years from now when I can actually communicate with her. I'm glad I was able to see her and my sister last week. Anyway, I'm going to get to work. These lesson plans ain't gonna write themselves. No no no

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Ode to Ruskin

Apr. 27th, 2010 | 02:12 am
location: the compound
mood: anxiouswhat to think about that

I will probably be up all night reading Adam Bede due to making dinner with Jeff and watching Apt Pupil. I had a good day at work today. Good lesson plan, productive office hours and a powerpoint presentation in my medieval lit class with many artistic renditions of stigmatized jew stereotypes in various states of humiliation and etc etc

Once again, I will say that I am glad that I did not live in the middle ages. Back to Adam Bede - which I'm really enjoying by the way! George Eliot is the wo-MAN!!

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Jan. 29th, 2010 | 11:15 pm
mood: amusedamused

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