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A little bit about me. )


Dec. 12th, 2009 04:33 pm
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Working tonight. Traded in a Nutcracker I was just going to usher for working Sister's Christmas Catechism (which is hilarious!) in the small theatre. I haven't worked the small theatre before, so I'm a bit nervous. :/ Hopefully someone else will take over for my mom for the Nutcracker (she's sick and was supposed to be working tonight) so that at least there'll be another House Manager downstairs so I'm not completely alone and/or double-duty-ing it (managing not only my show and my ushers, but also the downstairs ticket-takers for Nutcracker).


Anyway! In other news, and the reason this post isn't locked:

If you're a fan of the show Criminal Minds, you should come join [ profile] crimeland! It's lots of fun with tons of fun games to win points for your team. Our second case is just starting, so mosey on over and join! :D (And let them know I sent ya! ;D)

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May. 12th, 2008 10:41 am
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Okay. I've been meaning to do this for ages:


  • The Secrets of Jin-Shei by Alma Alexander
    A wonderful book that centers on Tai and her circle of jin-shei, sisters of the heart. It begins when Princess Antian, who is to one day be Empress, asks Tai, a seamstress' daughter, to be her jin-shei sister, a decision that ends up changing the course of the empire. I absolutely adore this book and think that everyone should read it at least once.
  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
    What if there's a world you go to when you die, but you only stay there for as long as there is still someone alive who remembers you, and then you move on? What happens when everyone on earth is dead except for one person? The book switches between following the last person alive on earth and all the people she remembers in the after-life world.
  • On the Banks of Lethe by James L. Grant
    This is an amazing book that I never wanted to put down when I was reading it. I bought it from the author (the artist of Two Lumps) at A-Kon last year. It is a great book about (from the back cover) "memory, betrayal, trust, two pennies and a dead man." I was captivated from the first line all the way through to the final pages, which left me speechless.
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
    A wonderful book that explores mental illness from the patient's point of view, as Deborah struggles to return to the world of sanity and mental health, with the help of a caring doctor. From Deborah's struggles with her illness to her family's reactions to it, it is simply an amazing book.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    Another book that examines mental disabilities, this book follows autistic teenager Christopher Boone as he tries to find out who killed his neighbor's poodle.
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
    Oh, sure, the four famous gospels tell us all about Jesus' birth (with a little bit about his childhood) and his teachings and crucifixion as an adult, but what happened in those "missing" years in between? Enter Levi, who is called Biff, Christ's childhood pal. While Joshua (aka Jesus) is traveling the world during those formative years, figuring out what he's meant to do, Biff is there with him, and now he's writing his own gospel about the experience.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Henry De Tamble is a librarian with "chrono displacement" disorder: without warning, he'll end up somewhere in the past or future. His wife, Clare, first met him when he was in his thirties and she was six, but he first met her when he was in his late twenties and she was in her early twenties. Confused yet? It's a wonderfully written story that is a science-fiction-love-story-character-study all wrapped up into one.
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    I've already written about this book here, so I won't re-iterate myself here.

Of course, this list is by no means complete. For example, I didn't include books that you would generally read for literature classes. These are just books that I absolutely love, that are incredibly well-written and have a great story, and that I think everyone should read at least once in their life.


Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:04 am
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I just updated [ profile] smoothyrus! Shocking, isn't it?

It's not a lot, just 9 icons from [ profile] themed_lims, but it's still something. Also, I've watched the SW trilogy and capped ESB and RotJ, and I plan to make the caps into icons after finals.

Also, speaking of [ profile] themed_lims, sign-ups for round 2 are up, so if you wanna give it a try, head on over there. :)

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To Do List: Finals Edition. )

Srsly need to upload icons, yes.


Nov. 15th, 2007 06:31 pm
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This post is not friends-locked so as to increase the audience for the poll. Feel free to link to this post in your own journal, or to send others the link. In fact, please do.

So, for my Ethics, Legal Issues, and Classroom Management class, one of our biggest projects is an Inquiry Project in which we take a debateable issue and poke around in it. Present both sides, etc. So I'm doing mine on Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools.

A quote from one of the articles I will be using:

"Zero tolerance" is the phrase that describes America's response to student misbehavior. Zero tolerance means that a school will automatically and severely punish a student for a variety of infractions. While zero tolerance began as a Congressional response to students with guns, gun cases are the smallest category of school discipline cases. Indeed, zero tolerance covers the gamut of student misbehavior, from including "threats" in student fiction to giving aspirin to a classmate. Zero tolerance has become a one-size-fits-all solution to all the problems that schools confront. It has redefined students as criminals, with unfortunate consequences.

- American Bar Association

Essentially, there is a set punishment for such things as bringing weapons to school (or even things that look like weapons, such as toy guns) or possessing illegal substances, making threats, attacking a student or member of the faculty or staff, etc., and it does not take into account extenuating circumstances or who it is that committed the infraction. The honor roll student would be given the same punishment for having drugs in his locker as the slacker druggie would.

But what do you think?

[Poll #1089439]


Sep. 11th, 2007 05:02 pm
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For my technology class, I had to create a survey. And get people to fill it out.


Go take the survey, please!

(This post is not friends-locked, so feel free to pass the link around. In fact, plz to be doing that.)

books list

May. 10th, 2007 05:03 pm
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Alright. Y'all remember the DVD list and the CD list ... well here's the book list: a list of every book I own. (I was bored, and I wanted to complete my lists, shh.) Obviously, this list includes all the books on the books to read list.

Included are my writing reference books, in a separate list.

Beware ... it's long. )


Apr. 28th, 2007 08:09 pm
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I'm vaguely amused that I got two comments to my last post that started with the exact same question:

"Is Jodi Picoult any good?" Same exact wording, even. ♥ to Alya ([ profile] sirenkatie) and Mori ([ profile] bittersuite); this post is for you.

At the end of last year, I asked for book recommendations (because I got a bunch of gift cards for Christmas and didn't know what I wanted to get). Kristen ([ profile] krispies) suggested My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I did indeed pick it up at the bookstore (along with several other books), though I didn't read it until about mid-late January (looking back through my posts in this journal, I finished it on my birthday).

I think I'd IMed Kristen to ask why she didn't warn me to have kleenex on hand for the end. I cried throughout the entire epilogue. Even just thinking back to the end of that book makes me sad.

But anyway, it is a spectacular book. I read it, and it really did make me think. What's legal? What's morally right? What if they're not the same? It also had me thinking of what I would do myself, if I was in that situation. Would I sacrifice one child to save another? Beyond that, would I have a child for the primary purpose of her (or him) being able to save her (or his) older sibling? And then I started thinking about it from the point of view of the child in question. If I was born for the primary purpose of saving an older sibling, how would I feel about that? What would I do when I got old enough to make my own medical decisions: would I put the health and well-being of my sibling ahead of my own?

I don't think I came up with any concrete answers for myself, but my heart just broke for all of the characters in the novel, especially the family, because they were all just trying to get through everything, and you could really see their own sides and their own struggles with it.

In short, it was an amazing book that really got me thinking and really tugs on the heartstrings. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Prior to reading My Sister's Keeper, I also picked up The Tenth Circle (her latest in paperback) because I saw it at the bookstore, read the back, and thought it sounded interesting. I've yet to read that one, though I think that once I'm done with the Violet series (and after I read The Time Traveler's Wife, like I told Alya I would) I'll read The Tenth Circle and the other two Jodi books that I picked up at the bookstore yesterday (The Pact and Plain Truth). I'm actually itching to read the Jodi books now, but I'm half-way through In Golden Blood and it would be silly not not just go ahead and read From Black Rooms right away, since I'm already all caught up on the books.

This post is public, because I think that everyone should be able to read and know about Jodi Picoult's amazing book.
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So, while cleaning my room, I found the school planner that I'd made a list of all the countries I'd been to, which my mom helpfully filled in the years of the trips that I couldn't remember exactly when we'd gone.

So I thought I'd put the list up here.

Countries I've been to. )

CD list

Jan. 13th, 2007 04:17 pm
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To sort of go along with my list of books to read and my list of DVDs (and, probably eventually, a list of the books I have), a list of all the CDs I own.

Some things to keep in mind:
1.) A lot of these CDs I've had since I was in high school. Some of them I have considered selling, but doubt I'd get much, if any, money for them.
2.) I have bought (and still will occasionally buy) CDs simply for one or two songs on them, especially before such services as iTunes.
3.) This is by no means a good indication of my musical tastes, because there are a great number of bands and artists who I absolutely adore, but my parents own their CDs, so I'm not dropping the money on my own copies of the CDs just yet. A list of my mp3s (which I am so not typing up) would be a better (but still not perfect) indicator.
4.) Yes, I know I have a lot of CDs. I probably should go ahead and try to sell some of them, simply because I'm running out of room.

I have a *lot* of CDs. )

DVD list

Jan. 2nd, 2007 06:04 pm
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To go along with my list of all the books I still need to read, a list of all the movies I own. Also, now that I have it up like this, I can use it as a handy-dandy link for [ profile] smoothyrus so that people can see what DVDs I have for iconning purposes.

But, dang. I have a lot. I have at least one movie that starts with every letter of the alphabet . . . EXCEPT Z. Quick! Somebody recommend to me a movie you think I'd like that starts with Z that I should see and also get on DVD! I now have a movie for every letter of the alphabet! \o/ Do I win a prize?

Lots and lots of DVDS. )
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Books to read:

These are all books that I have on my bookshelf that I've yet to read (or it's been so long since I read them that I've forgotten whether or not I've read them). Not all of the books on the list are ones I haven't read before, a few are earlier books in a series where I haven't read the later ones yet, but really need to reread the earlier books to remind myself of what happened (take, for example, most of the Laurell K. Hamilton books).

Cut, because it is a very long list indeed. )



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