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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Photo credit: Bicycles-for-Two

I really can't resist a good meme. Mostly because I feel it is an easier way of introducing myself by answering prefabricated questions, than trying to come up with the questions.

What is your current obsession? TV would be at the top of that list. As I'm typing this I'm waiting for the new True Blood episode to be put online (I am a poor college student with no HBO. Don't get me going on the shows I'm waiting to come one, that's for another post.) I also have been consumed by music lately. I can't get 3OH!3's song "Don't Trust Me" out of my head and off my playlist.

What is your horoscope and do you relate? I am on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. Both of these signs are different, and I feel neither one matches me very well. I don't take much stock in predictions like this.

What are you wearing today? Today was the first day back to classes for me. I wore a blue/green/yellow/white striped skirt, a white blouse, and blue boat shoes. I had on my favorite headband (royal blue) and wore my hair in curls. I try to dress up every day the first week, mostly so when I come in looking like shit people remember that I can look nice.

What is the last thing you bought? I bought Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Limited budget until Friday. But the last non-food item I bought was some school supplies.

What do you think about the person who tagged you? I didn't have anyone "tag" me but I did read the meme and steal it from Sparkle and Glitter, which is a fabulous blog; everyone should check it out.

What’s for dinner? Dinner was sesame noddles and chicken stir-fry.

What’s your favorite decade, fashion wise? I really love 1950s old-school glamor. I also gravitate towards the bright, funky colors of the 80s. Mixing vintage with current styles is also a must.

What are your must haves for summer? Sunscreen is #1! Living in FL is hell on the skin. Skirts and airy dresses are also my go to items. I love jersey dresses because you can play them up or down depending on where you're going. Also no wrinkles is great for those long summer tours. Last but not least is a reusable water bottle. I have a 48oz one which I am constantly filling up. Again FL is hell and your body must be protected.

What would you love to be able to afford? A real vacation to a spa/hotel (fully catered), preferably in any of the following cities to maximize tourist time: Boston, NYC, LA, Seattle, London, Sydney, or Tokyo. I just want to get out of Tampa for a little bit without having to be on a volunteering project.

What is your favorite piece of clothing from your wardrobe? I have this blue shirt that I love. It is a deep royal blue and 100% cotton knit. It breathes amazingly well in the FL heat. I'm actually wearing it tomorrow.

What is your dream job? Writer. Straight forward and simple. Until then I'm sticking to my runner-up career of English teacher. I figure I can work on the book thing over the summer.

What is your favorite magazine? I have two favorite magazines. The first is Bust. This is an amazing feminist magazine. Very empowering to women especially young single women. The second is Relevant. This is a progressive Christian magazine, which discusses culture and how a young person may fit God into that culture. Not preachy at all and very uplifting for someone who's lost track of religion in their lives.

Describe your personal style? As a larger woman, I really pay attention to how clothes form to my body. I do not wear things that don't fit because that is just bad taste. I feel my style is over the place in terms of "genre". I can do the preppy thing one day and 360° to punk the next. But I am girly at heart, so I always have earrings, headbands, and make-up on no matter what.

Which Beatle is your favorite? Paul McCartney. I love his singing and I love the conspiracy theory surrounding him.

What are you proud of? Many things, some of which are small and some of which are big. But I think I'm the most proud of my relationship to my family. These days you hear about more and more broken homes. I am lucky to not have to deal with that in my life.


Saturday Links

  • One of my favorite poems: Instructions by Neil Gaiman. He is one of the reasons I write.
  • I am in love with this blog: Color Me Katie. Every time I have a new entry pop up on my netvibes I feel I'm transported to Neverland. Here's some examples:

photos by Katie Sokoler
  • I get an endless amount of amusement from here: texts from last night. I swear every time I read one it has to be from a friend of mine.
  • I want to make every cupcake on the "Periodic Table of Cupcakes". My favorite so far is the Brownie.
  • Some really good ideas and explanations for keeping an art journal
  • The Speech Accent Archive is pretty cool. I love all the accents from Ireland. It's definitely interesting to hear the different inflections from around the world.
  • Heroes is one of my favorite shows. Watchmen was not one of my favorite movies, but put the two together and you get this seriously awesome video:

That's all for now. I'll probably do this every other week to save up links. Comment with some links you think are informative, inspiring, or just plain awesome!


Today on TiLt

I know this is a day late, but better late than never.

  • Getting my iPhone a new case is always exciting. At the same time do not buy an iFrogz because my whole family bought those at $30 a pop, and they have all cracked. Mine broke in two. Now I have a simple rubber case.

  • Getting this card from a certain someone. This put a big smile on my face because I've been feeling kinda depressed and unsure of myself. He is an amazing man.

  • Email from best friend with this e-card is totally accurate.

  • Karl Urban is one fiiiiiine man. Watching him in Doom and in Pathfinder was pretty sweet.

  • I went to the Jonas Brothers concert Tuesday. Yes I know I am 21. Yes I know most of their fans are 5-14 years old. Do I care? NO! I like their music, tv show and two are my age. So you're argument is a mute point.

  • Seeing this angel. Spending time with R is always entertaining and frustrating but always worth it.

  • Hanging out with friends and witnessing drunken escapades. We went from Sam's in Hudson, to Applebee's in New Port Richey, to Molly's in Trinity. Not one drop of liquor for me, I'm the DD.
  • Honorable mention: Jordan Sparks at the JB concert, "I Gotta Feeling" - Black-Eyed Peas, Writing again, Making my Dragon*Con costume, Steampunks, Strawberry preserves and Graham crackers, Free popcorn, Eric crying over Godric, New season of Project Runway, Rick Bayless winning Top Chef Masters, Buying school supplies, Finally buying all the books I have stashed in the back at work, Being a cashier for rush.


It's a new semester!

I've been away recently, sorry about that. This is because I once again must get ready for a new semester of college. My classes start again on August 25 and suffice to say I was not prepared for the impending doom!

I had textbooks to buy, financial aid to sort out, professors to check on, classes to CLEP out of, and supplies to buy. (My room also needed cleaning, but who has time for that I ask you?) I've pretty much been running around all crazy-like, annoying the staff of my college, and being a general pain in the ass. BUT I now have everything sorted, so I am not apologetic in the least!

This semester is pretty important to me actually. Besides the fact that it's one step closer to being finished with college, I'm finally getting back to my education classes. Due to the infinite wisdom of the Florida Board of Governors, I was held back a whole semester because I had yet to complete the math section of the CLAST test. Mind, I have a 3.7, and an A in all of my major classes. But this of course wouldn't make a fucking bit of difference. I have basically been sitting on my ass for the last semester, taking bullshit 2000 level classes when I should have been in 4000.

Thankfully, I was able to obtain a waiver for the test and now may move on. But to just add salt to the wound, this past month that same sucktastic organization has gotten rid of the test completely. When I heard that, I literally saw red. ARGH!!!! Politics are so annoying.

However, I am excited for my classes. I'm taking Human Development/Learning, The Image of Women in Literature, Language Principles and Acquisition, and Community Leadership Practicum. Only 4 classes, but it adds to full-time 12 credits. I wanted to take it easy, since I haven't been in anything hard for a while. I hope I do well. My Lit class is taught by Moss, who is a terror. I'm not that worried though; I survived her once before, I'll do it again.

Thinking positively will go a long way this year, so my life is really focused on that.


My first TiLt!!

TiLt stands for Things I Love Thursday. Many awesome bloggers already do this, so I figured it couldn't hurt. I actually had some awesome stuff to talk about so without further ado:

  • Songs which make me happy. I put on this playlist and dance around my house, singing horribly and loudly.
  • Watching Doom twice in one day. Karl Urban is always welcomed on my screen.
  • Movie watching with JZ. Funny People was even funnier with her there.
  • Awesome lunch of Qdoba and D'Lites.
  • Having my bank account squared away.

Books I've already read

On Monday I posted about wanting to complete a book list. I thought I should keep a running tab on the books I am reading/have read, so I don't get confused.

American Lit:

Bradbury, Ray-Fahrenheit 451
Fitzgerald, F. Scott-The Great Gatsby
Hurston, Zora Neale-Their Eyes Were Watching God
Melville, Herman-Moby-Dick
Plath, Sylvia-The Bell Jar
Salinger, J.D.-The Catcher in the Rye
Sinclair, Upton-The Jungle
Twain, Mark-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Vonnegut, Kurt-Slaughterhouse-Five

World Lit:
Austen, Jane-Pride and Prejudice
Bronte, Charlotte-Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily-Wuthering Heights
Carroll, Lewis-Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Dickens, Charles-Great Expectations
Dostoevski, Feodor-Crime and Punishment
Hardy, Thomas-Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Huxley, Aldous-Brave New World
Joyce, James-A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Mann, Thomas-Death in Venice
Orwell, George-Animal Farm

Frank, Anne-The Diary of a Young Girl
Thoreau, Henry David-Walden

Science: NONE

Social Science: NONE

Ibsen, Henrik-A Doll's House
Miller, Arthur-Death of a Salesman
Shakespeare, William-Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night
Sophocles-Oedipus Rex
Wilde, Oscar-The Importance of Being Earnest

Cummings, E.E.-Complete Poems, 1904-1962
Dickinson, Emily-The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Eliot, T.S.-The Waste Land
Frost, Robert-The Poetry of Robert Frost
Ginsberg, Allen-Howl and Other Poems
Hughes, Langston-Selected Poems
Wordsworth, William-Poems

Guess I better get crackin' on that list.

Is everyone giving out shoes?

Shoe charities are everywhere now. And as a connoisseur of shoes, these charities get my stamp of approval! Shoes are a basic need in the clothing department. The people who go shoeless are the ones who need them the most.

Now for those of you who think this is a waste of money and time just STOP and think about it. How many pairs of shoes do you personally own? I myself own over 80 pairs. Yes over 80 and I am not ashamed. But while I own a lot of shoes I also have donated to both of the big shoe charities: TOMS Shoes and Soles4Souls. So while you're out buying shoes the next time stop and think about this:

Why shoes?

Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.

Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren't possible barefoot.

Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.

Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

There is one simple solution...SHOES.

Of the planet's six billion people, four billion live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.

That is taken from TOMS "Our Movement" page. THIS is the biggest reason people need to wake up and realize the importance of donating. On top of the children in these countries are their parents and family as well. These developing countries need to benefit from the wealth that we in America take for granted. This is a way to do it.

TOMS shoes are some of the most comfortable shows I own. Some people might not think they look the nicest, but why would you want to spend all day in something that's uncomfortable but pretty? (That's the main reason I refuse to wear heals) All of my older shoes get donated to Soles4Shoes and I also make cash donations when I can. Recycling my wardrobe and helping people in need all at the same time.

I'm urging everyone I know and all of you in the interwebs to find a charity or a cause that really moves something within you. Once you found it, do something about it! Donate your time, resources, money, anything to help the organization. The cause can be in your own backyard. My biggest point is don't be selfish with what you have while others are suffering.


I am CollegeBound!

I've always wanted to complete on of those "Classic Books Everyone Should Read" lists, I just haven't gotten around to finding one. But I was on Yes and Yes (which is a FANTASTIC blog by the way, and everyone (the invisible people who read this) should check it out), and I came across a list in one of her older blog posts.

is a list of books split into several categories: American Lit., World Lit., Biography/History, Science, Social Science, Drama, and Poetry. And I realize it says "CollegeBound" and I'm already in college, but it's never too late.

I like that it is divided up into categories with descriptions and authors alphabetically. I have a love of alphabetizing stuff so that is always a plus. Another plus is that I've read many of the books on the list already (thank you Literature classes!) so hacking through the list by December 31st should be easy-pisey.

This is the first thing on my "Bucket List" which is going to be called "Eli's List of Shit to do Before She Dies" or "Eli's List" which is arguably shorter.

While this may sound like a morbid question, but what is on your (the invisible people who read this) "Bucket List"?

Maybe I should actually go watch that movie now...


Movies I'm very excited about!

I feel that many times the film industry goes through a slump. All the movies they make are ridiculous or not at all appealing. However, that fortunately is very rare. There are several movies that have come out and are coming out that I for one cannot wait to see!

500 Days of Summer:

Julie and Julia:

New York, I Love You:


The Lovely Bones:

District Nine:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:

Where the Wild Things Are:

The Boys are Back:

The Fantastic Mr. Fox:

Alice in Wonderland:

Post Grad:

Bright Star:

Taking Woodstock:

The Princess and the Frog:

All of these movies touch something within me, as cheesy as that sounds. Love, Childhood, Imagination, Terror, Music, Laughter, Connection, Discovery, Purpose, Frustration: the important things which a movie should bring out in you. A movie should, I feel, should make a statement on human life, whether on a grand scale or a minute one.

Of course this can be argued. "Movies are just suppose to put us into a another life, take us out and entertain us." And I definitely agree with that sentiment, what's wrong with learning something as well, or gaining an insight into the world and human behaviour as a whole. I think more and more movies are being made, that while they entertain, also expound on that.

At least I feel the movies above do. Of course I can always be wrong, but I'll wait until the credits roll to make my ultimate judgments.


Sometimes it's hard to imagine my life without my family in it. Other times it's hard to imagine my life with my family in it. Which option is the best for me? Sometimes I don't know.


Is there any truth to this?

Wednesday's Child Is Full Of Woe by Anji Johnston

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good in every way.

January 20, 1988 was a Wednesday. That makes me "full of woe". Now is this something I should believe? Most people would probably say no, that it is ridiculous to think that the day one is born on has anything to do with your disposition. Well for someone who believes that nature effects everyone, I'd say I'm giving it a little credit. I am highly sensitive, and quite frequently fall into a depression.

But I don't really have any comparisons for it besides my siblings. My older sister was born on a Friday, which makes her "loving and giving". This describes her to the letter. She acts much like a surrogate mother to me and my younger brother. He, on the other hand, is also "full of woe". Again this is an apt description. He is prone to bouts of low self-confidence and depression. However many times his is expressed in anger.

I guess this is all still subjective. One can look at a description and fight themselves into the category provided regardless of the truth of the statement. Nonetheless, it is interesting food for thought.

Something so simple, expresses so much

I see cardboard on the ground every day. I never even think to pick it up and use it. Now that I've seen Cardboard Love I won't hesitate to make something beautiful out of it.

This is real, this is me

21 (completelylegal)
brown hair (dyedred)
brown eyes (wishforblue)
5'10 (giant)
jan 20 (mybirth)
college senior (oneyearleft)
english education/creative writing (doublingit)
vp of programming (iamretired)
member of scatt (educationhonorsprogram)
cashier (ilovemoney)
caller (telefundisfun)
book fiend (thatshouldbemyname)
blue/green (imalsopartialtoblack)
two siblings (13&25)
mom&dad (married)
usf (homeawayfromhome)
chinese (goodfood)
aquarius (waterwatereverywhere)
apryl fox, jill zelasko&jayson keller (bestfriends)
the preserve (myapartment)

Those are the major points


The Start To My Life

"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does." -Allen Ginsberg

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