Thursday, May 25, 2006


I only wish I could have been a part of this. My boss wonders if these students spend as much time studying as they did putting this skit together. Of course they don't, but re-enacting the entire first level of Super Mario Bros. is WAY more valuable than an education.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

google reigns supreme

After a 550-mile journey, I feel I am qualified to make the following statement:


Although both Google and Mapquest provided very accurate maps, they gave me different estimated times of travel. Mapquest estimated a total travel time of 9 hours and 58 minutes. This was very close to the amount of time I actually spent in the car. However, Google gave me an estimated travel time of 11 hours and 50 minutes or so. Even though this is much longer than I actually spent in the car, Google wins. Why? Because as I crossed into Georgia, I saw a giant sign: "Now Entering Eastern Time Zone." Aha! Google was smart enough to factor in not just actual travel time, but the crossing of time zones. Therefore, I declare Google superior.

It's only a matter of time until Google takes over the world. Maybe I should try to work for them. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Monday, May 15, 2006

georgia and stuff

I made it to Georgia, my dorm is nice (I have two bedrooms & a bathroom), the people are great, there's a good Mexican restaurant right down the street, and I don't have to be at work tomorrow until 10 a.m. So far, life is good!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

midnight train to georgia

Okay, so it's more like a daytime drive to Georgia...but still, the important thing is that I'm halfway there. Tonight I'm staying in Olive Branch, MS, which is a little south of Memphis. Tomorrow I'll drive for 5 hours and 37 minutes (according to Mapquest; 6 hours and 39 minutes according to Google...I'm hoping Mapquest is correct), and then I'll reach my destination! Hooray, Georgia!

I haven't updated since finals week, when I left the blog world with a compelling and hilarious list of things I've done while sleep-deprived. I'm not sure why it's compelling, but it is. Maybe it compels people to get enough sleep. Regardless, I thought I'd get everyone up to speed on what's been happening since finals week.

Since May 11, 2006...
Hours slept: at least 30
Miles driven: approximately 430
A's made: two
Rivers kayaked: one
Dollars spent: who even knows?
Goodbye hugs shared: five (Megan, I'll miss you! I promise to come to Austin and visit)

I'll post tomorrow, from Eastern time, hopefully with a peach in hand.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

ridiculous things i've done while severely sleep-deprived

1. Accidentally walked into the men's bathroom at Mullins Library
2. Accidentally (and jokingly) wished a heart attack on my professor, but I do feel really bad about it now
3. Read the book of 2 Timothy in its entirety, twice, at 4 a.m.
4. Tried to carry on coherent conversations
5. Ate at Brough
6. Completely reorganized a research proposal that was due 12 hours later
7. Chugged a double shot of espresso
8. Read a liberalism/conservatism questionnaire from 1939; laughed at the idea that women revealing their shins was once a controversial social issue
9. Created this list in lieu of being productive in any capacity whatsoever
10. Misspelled "severely" in the title (it's been corrected...I couldn't stand my error immortalized in blogger history)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

reviving the espresso maker and other random thoughts

This morning, in lieu of my usual giant cup of coffee, I decided to have a double shot of espresso instead. In honor of (really, because of) my final projects, I decided to clean up my espresso maker and put it back to work. I'm glad I did.

I handed in one of two giant papers yesterday, so now I get to focus on just one more for the next two days. I plan on working all day today and all day tomorrow. I hope that will be enough time to finish everything up. I'm going to change my project up a bit, so hopefully it will make it easier to deal with. I think I was thinking too big at first; this will make it realistic enough to handle.

In other news, I had a presentation yesterday that I think went okay. My plan was to make fantastic snacks so as to distract everyone (mostly the professor) from how terrible my paper was. Actually, I don't think my paper was that bad, but I'm never happy with anything I turn in. Anyway, I think the snacks worked. I made mini cupcakes iced with chocolate ganache and artichoke dip in mini bread bowls. Both were hits. I sent the rest of the cupcakes home with the professor. My hope is that he's eating them while grading my paper.

On an unrelated note, what's up with CNN playing songs before their segments? Right now I'm watching a bit on car incentives, and to segue into it, they played "Drive In, Drive Out" by the Dave Matthews Band. I think that's even lamer than the usual news music.