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Amanda
Date: 2009-01-29 10:31
Subject: so I bought these badass crackers last night
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Amanda
Date: 2009-01-27 11:24
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Ok, let me just preface this by saying that I'm not a baby person.  My coworkers go on and on about their kids and in my head I'm usually thinking "please stop talking so I can eat this sandwich in peace".  But I must say I had an amazing baby experience last night.  My brother's girlfriend went into labor yesterday morning, and my mom called me around 10:30am to let me know that things were coming right along.  I was so distracted and unproductive at work that I took a half day of vacation and left to wait at the hospital with my mom and stepdad.  We grabbed some lunch with my brother and then spent about 6 hours killing time...talking, reading, eating, and walking around Children's Hospital. That hospital is amazing - every staff member had a smile and a hello.   Carolyn's family came later and we were a massive bundle of nerves when we got word that she had begun pushing.  At 6:15pm my brother and Carolyn's mom came into the waiting area looking very happy, and my brother said "I have a daughter"....Ava Amanda.  We all screamed and hugged and celebrated (like we wouldn't have if it was a boy).  We all relaxed while they cleaned up baby and mom, and Russ and I bought the biggest pink "It's A Girl" teddy bear and balloon that I could find.  A bit later we all migrated to the "baby and mom" floor and waited for the the family to come back.  Finally, they wheeled her in and we descended upon her like a pack of picture-taking vultures.  It was overwhelming.  I told Eric that I would have loved his baby if it was ugly as hell, but she was beautiful.  I just couldn't believe it.  This is a big thing - I have like 10 cousins between the ages of 17 and 35, and this is our first great-grandchild of the family.  Plus I love the aunt/niece relationship and can't wait to pass that on.  Afterward we went out for a celebratory big burger and big drink.  And now I still can't get completely back to work because I can't stop thinking about this lil one...Collapse )
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Amanda
Date: 2009-01-02 13:01
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Ok, I never make New Year's resolutions, because if you're going to do something, you just do it. But it seems like as good a time as any for a fresh start to some things, so I made a little list last night:

-Stop procrastinating. This will be the most challenging.
-Read one non-school book every at least every three weeks.
-Work out 3-4 times a week.
-Keep my home organized.
-Eat well - cook more.
-Don't spend money frivolously.
-More creative output.

I'm not so sure what that last one means - creative output? Should I relive my glory years as second chair flute in the middle school band? Learn to sew? Get a bedazzler and some puffy paint? For now, I'll write a little because work is dead as hell today. Russ, my dad, and I went to see a movie on Tuesday. My dad wanted to see Valkyrie, but I convinced him of the ridiculousness of a Hitler-assassinating Tom Cruise, plus the reviews sucked. So we opted for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I'm a sucker for "epics", and felt a little obligated as a fan of movies to see something I knew was going to be nominated for a zillion awards. I'm not going to rehash the plot, but it's like a more emotionally focused Forrest Gump starring a backwards-aging Brad Pitt. I thought the scenes with him as a little old man boy would be creepy, but he plays it so sweetly that you can't help but find it endearing. When Benjamin says "They said I was gonna die soon but...maybe not" to Daisy, who is then a child, your heart just melts. Years pass and he meets lots of interesting people, gets laid, has life-threatening adventures, drinks tea, falls in love, and to the pleasure of most of the women in the theater, finally becomes hot again. The whole thing is massive, beautifully shot and acted movie with a simple message.

It has its problems - the constant flash-forwards to Daisy in her hospital bed are unnecessary and slow down the momentum. Daisy is an asshole to Benjamin for a lot of the movie, and based on their personalities, their love isn't completely believable. Benjamin seems like too much of a passive observer in his life - pretty neutral and not too reflective as time passes. At moments you could come out of the movie too easily and completely see what Fincher was trying to make you feel, instead of just feeling it. Still, I loved what it had to say - it revolves around time and love and death (lots of death) and letting things go and loving people while you can. When I think about it, it's kind of a downer movie that somehow succeeds in being uplifting. It has a great heart, so go see it. Take your moms.

Oh, and I heard Valkyrie wasn't half bad...
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Amanda
Date: 2008-12-29 15:46
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Hope you all had a nice holiday – I am surprisingly ok with being at work today.  During the break I was sleeping later and later each day, so it felt good to get up early again.  It’s too easy for me to turn into a lump with all that time off.  I uploaded some Christmas photos last night - you can see them here.  Ok, off to what I’m sure will be the packed gym to work off some Christmas grub...
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Amanda
Date: 2008-12-17 15:39
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Ok, so I saw Twilight last night. There's that in itself. But besides covering my desk in drool, I've actually been thinking about the movie and its appeal. On the basic level, of course, it's Robert Pattinson, which was my main reason for going, because I've never read the books. It had plenty of unintentionally funny moments - bad CGI, a vampire baseball showdown, and bad makeup. Plenty of plot holes - why does a 100-year-old vampire have to enroll in high school? Can't they just homeschool him?! Do these vampire couples bone each other? What happens when Bella is like 85 and Edward has a 17-year-old dick? But I still paid $9 to gawk at Robert Pattinson. And I have to say it was worth every penny. I'm 27 and was reduced to a swooning lump.

Still, there's no reason why Edward and Bella are together, really. They have nothing in common. They barely speak to each other. It's no Before Sunrise, obviously. Some have called it sexist, since Bella basically casts off all other aspects of her life for Edward. He is putting her life in danger, and he is the only one that can save her. But that's love, right? Still, I can think of a million other books I'd rather have 13-year-old girls reading.

But their sheer boners are enough. That's what makes it appealing - that simple, unbelievably strong initial attraction to someone you don't even know. Especially if they're brooding. Some Jordan Catalano shit. In high school I'd see a guy every day before algebra class, and we'd lock eyes for 5 seconds as we passed each other in the hall. I looked forward to it every day. And it was awesome. We eventually dated, and yeah, it didn't quite live up to expectations, but that first feeling is what being 16 is all about. However shitty the story, most of us can't resist getting sucked into a romance like this, especially with people who look like this. So I have to say - I enjoyed it. Almost as much as the Buffy and Angel fuck scene. It wasn't a good movie, but like 300 and Troy, I will buy it for the jerk off factor. While reading reviews, I found this:

"After seeing Pattinson in "Twilight" I can't wait to see what he does in "Little Ashes" as the young Salvador Dali. I've read a great deal about Dali's very strange sexual proclivities. Is Pattinson's rabid fan base ready for Dali's disturbing and well-documented sex life?"

Gay or not, I am. I don't even care about the pedo-stache. I promise, I will see Let the Right One In to even this out...
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Amanda
Date: 2008-11-24 22:35
Subject: Damn.
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Music:MC Lyte - Ruffneck
The Packers are losing, I'm a little tipsy, and my brother and Russ just went to get nachos, so I'm downloading massive 90's jams for mixes.  Since 1994 I've thought that Queen Latifah's "UNITY" included the lyrics "you aint a bitch, you're a ho", which I never understood.  Thanks to the wireless connection of the school I live next to, I have discovered that it's "you aint a bitch or a ho".  A weight has been lifted off my shoulders...
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Amanda
Date: 2008-11-19 09:38
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Working in groups blows.  We have a presentation tonight, so we met before class last night.  One of the girls didn’t show up, and when she finally came for class, she said “I just want to do as little work for this as possible”.  Yay.  Good thing you’re becoming a special education teacher.

I turned 27 on Sunday, so Russ took me out to The Pasta Tree on Saturday and then we met friends out for drinks.  Thanks to Jen for getting me this amazing gift, which sums up my feelings on the last few weeks of this semester:

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Amanda
Date: 2008-11-08 13:56
Subject: Last name Wilson
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If every guy came at women like this, the world would be a better place...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb08rl1jvNo
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Amanda
Date: 2008-11-05 09:23
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I got pretty emotional last night. Obama's speech was beautiful - self-sacrifice, unity, future.  And when he talked about his wife...wow. It was overwhelming.  McCain's speech was classy, but it was bizarre to hear him speak so highly of Obama after his campaign. McCain supporters still boo'd Obama and Obama supporters applauded McCain.  Figures.  Start truly supporting your country.

And I got the best drunken message from Monica (referring to my vampire Palin costume):

"Palin...you lost. Suck it bitch!!! Call me..."

Let's all breathe a collective sigh of relief! Just the effect this is going to have on how the world views us (and how we view ourselves) is huge.

I can't decide which of these I like better...



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Amanda
Date: 2008-11-04 13:57
Subject: Cautious Optimism
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The building I work in is also a polling place, so it’s been a lively day.  Tons of people have been filing through and I got a little emotional this morning just seeing how many people had come out.  Still, something seems off, and for me I think it has to do with the expectations people have for an Obama presidency.  I stopped at Walgreens on my lunch hour and two older ladies at the makeup counter were talking.  One mentioned that her prescription for Lipitor was unaffordable this month, and the other mentioned that it could change soon.  She said, "well that’s what I’m hoping for with Obama…" and it was one of the most earnest things I’ve heard.  I just don’t want her to be let down.  Obama has his corporate interests, too, and even if he was perfect, one man can only do so much in a government like ours. Some perspective

Sure, I'm as touched by these election stories as anyone else...I’m more excited about the social change in our country that is represented in possibly electing a black man than I am the change that might come from him.  But I’m still hoping, because what else can you do...

Song of the day:

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