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Subject:Moving.
Time:01:47 am
Alright, so me blog is finally finished. (thanks, Trav!) After only several months of "encouragement," Trav set up my new blog last night.

So, for a good time, go to my new blog.

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Subject:Newberry winners
Time:12:50 am
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Ok, so this is mainly a list of all the Newberry award winners, with the ones I've read in bold.  Yeah, it's an awesome sight, I can tell you that right now.

Oh, yeah, and just so you know, the wedding was amazing.  B0x0rz were, in fact, r0x0rd.  w00t.

And by that, I mean that the wedding was really lovely and everything we wanted.  Check out Dave and Jen's photography work at photogrove dot com. 

The really cool thing about marriage is that I now have free reign to be as boring as I want.  Aw yeah.

mmm...delicious books...Collapse )
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Subject:A part of me has been erased.
Time:10:57 pm
Current Mood:crushedcrushed
Trav went down to Galax today to meet with the boys and go over music for the wedding. I wish I could have gone, since I don't see them all at once very often. Well, ever, really. The last time was at Sammy and Lisa's wedding almost 3 years ago.

Anyway, we're having Andrew, Sammy, Brandon, and Rick Galyean (our high school band director, now director of bands at UVA-Wise) play as a brass choir for the wedding. All very close friends of ours, so I love it.

So after they got the musical stuff worked out they were just sitting around talking, and the subject of band came up (haha, no shit). Now, I knew that since Rick left Galax (right after Andrew, Brandon and I graduated) the band had gone to shit. I just didn't realize how far.

The GHS band is now TWENTY (20) people. 3 trumpets, 1 saxophone...probably no euphoniums. At a recent marching band competition, one of the judges (goes to Radford, the best percussionist of all time. period. I'm not kidding.) said that Galax's performance was one of the worst, most embarassing shows he had ever seen in his life.

Now, bear in mind the fact that when I graduated, the Pride of Galax Maroon Tide Marching Band (wow, lots of words) was the largest marching band from a single A school in VA. Yes, that's right, the largest. Galax High School had maybe 375 students in grades 8-12. Our band had over 100 members.

We were a huge band, and we were good. Really good. Like superior at state competition good. Our show was amazing, the band was (mostly) dedicated, and we blew everyone away. I was PROUD of my band. I LOVED my band.

I was band co-president.

I was given the John Phillip Souza award for concert band.

Travis and my big brother Dave both got the Louis Armstrong award for jazz performance.

In the 10 years that Dave and I were in marching band, we were both leaders musically and on the field. The same goes for Trav, Andrew, Brandon, Sammy...the band room was full of trophies and awards that the band won over that period.

Do you know where those trophies are? Do you know what happened to the plaques honoring our music are?

Trashed. They are GONE.

Apparently, getting a "fresh start" for the band involved completely eradicating any trace of the band's history and accomplishments. I'd say that as far as fresh starts go, this one was a total failure.


You know, before today I was just disappointed that the band had fallen so far in the last 4 years. But now I'm just angry and resentful. I just DO NOT understand how anyone could trash everything we'd done. Band was one of the most important things in my life during high school. Jazz, concert, marching...I loved it. I made all-district every year I tried out (6 years straight) and auditioned for all-state twice. My senior year the jazz band won the Best Brass award at a competition in Toronto.

But you know what? Who cares! That was the past, this is NOW! We're moving on to a better tomorrow!

This year the last band members who had played under Galyean graduated. And without any evidence that Galax used to be a powerhouse, it's like all that work never happened.


So right now I'm just pissed as all hell. I'll be ok, I just need to get used to the fact that MY band is gone. *sigh*

How could they throw us out?

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Subject:hoooooooboy.
Time:10:09 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused
First of all, the funny:

Suit: Do you have what I call a "sharpie"?
Secretary: ...what you call a sharpie?
Suit: Yes.
Secretary: ...you and no one else?
Suit: It's like a, a felt-tipped pen.
Secretary: Oh, I know what it is.
Suit: Well, most people don't know what it's called.
Secretary: You're kidding, right? It says it right on the pen.
Suit: Well, do you have one?
Secretary: Yes. Yes, I do. I keep it here in what I call my "drawer".

- Overheard in the Office

Oooooh that cracks me up. You should also check out Overheard in New York


And here's my State of the Upcoming Union address.

Wedding = almost here. Thank goodness. I'm not a big fan of weddings, and I'll be glad when we're done. I know that sounds horrible and insensitive, but...damn. There's just a lot that goes into it. Anyway, invitations are out (they're supposed to go out 6 weeks before the wedding. personally, I think that planning ahead that much is a sign of weakness.) Rings are here, registry is registered, dress is here (getting altered tomorrow), location is reserved, brass choir is ready, marriage licence is licensed.

Hmm...what could we be missing?

Oh, right, I remember.

Edneecas. Trav's first roommate, now an ordained minister, who agreed to officiate. Yeah, kind of odd that we can't contact him. Oh well, it's not really that important. You know. Just the pastor.

Hooboy. Ah well, things will work out.

I think Trav's serious about us, though. He added me to his wireless plan yesterday! Yeah, that's commitment, baby! *L* Actually, not so much. Alltel is actually NICE! We can change our plan anytime we want. Period. Even if we're going to a cheaper plan. If we know we're going to run over our minutes for the month, then we can call our rep and have her backdate a plan change so we don't have to pay an ungodly amount for minutes...and she'll switch it back afterwards! Yes, it's amazing.

With the new cellular plan, I have a new phone. Yep, I'm riding the wave of the future. My phone now has a color screen, polyphonic ringtones, and lots of other kinda confusing things. It's just...odd. It works the way it should. I'm not so sure that I trust the future.

We finally figured out the honeymoon, too. And when I say that what I really mean is that we've decided not to figure out the honeymoon. (does that make sense?) Neither of us can think of anywhere that we're just dying to go. We know we'll be in Charleston, WV on the 27th to do our StoryCorps recording. "What's that?" you're asking yourself. Well, it's amazing.

Basically, StoryCorps is reviving the oral history movement that started during the Great Depression as a public works project. They have permanent booths in some locations, but they also have mobile recording units (in Airstreams!) that are travelling around the country. You make a reservation, spend a few minutes getting set up with a professional tech, and then make a full broadcast-quality recording of...whatever you want to talk about. Trav and I decided that it would be really nice to record an oral history of *us* to remind us what it was like before we got old and bitter. (kidding) (not really) (no, kidding) (probably)

You should check out the website: StoryCorps

It's worth it.

And that, I think, may be it for now. I may be married next time I post, so get ready. Things will change. (not really)

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Subject:Yeeeeeee! No, wait. Weeeeeeeee!
Time:11:03 pm
Apart from the usual comments you may or not have about this post, here are the so-called rules of this interview (if you want to participate):

Yoinked from babagannoush
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. Post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your LJ.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. (or a separate post, but not too long after. Be honest here, people!)
5. When others ask to be interviewed, give them five questions.

El entrevistaCollapse )

PS - Trav is the coolest person I know. Mark Shuttleworth knows who he is, what he's contributed to the Ubuntu community, and specifically said that he wants him onboard a new project for Ubuntu development. Wow. Travis++ (according to Shuttleworth, at least!).

PPS - If you know WHO Mark Shuttleworth is, you'll know why it's so cool. If you don't, quickly stated: he's a slightly eccentric South African billionaire who is currently probably the single largest monetary contributor to truly free, open Linux. Oh yeah, he's also been to space. Because that's what all eccentric South African billionaires do, right?

PPPS - He sounds very nice, according to Trav.

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Subject:I am the dingo in wallaby's clothing.
Time:02:35 am
Current Mood:ecstaticecstatic
At last I have found a new-age belief system that I really feel is right for me. It's such a relief to know that I can rest, freed of the burden of seeking for meaning.

Yes, it's true. If you want to feel the sheer joy of enlightenment that I can now flaunt, go to Popstrology.com and learn about the beauty and inner peace that you can share with me.


And just so you know, my birthday (Jan.10.83) makes me a Men At Work (specifically the classic ditty "Down Under") born in the year of Michael Jackson...and I think it's pretty darn clear to all of us how that's affected my life.
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Subject:I am so, so sorry.
Time:04:19 am
Current Mood:embarrassedembarrassed
Holy crapballs. I don't know how it is that I managed not to post for so long.

Now I feel like a really bad boyfriend...you know, the one who disappears for the weekend, then sheepishly shows up at your door with a big bouquet of flowers and plans for a romantic night out to make up for the fact that he didn't call (and slept with 7 different girls).

(Only by "weekend" I mean almost two months. And by "bouquet of flowers" I mean a lame-ass post. And by "not calling and sleeping with seven different girls" I mean...not posting for a long time.)

No, I did not sleep with seven different girls. Or guys. Or anything else. So you can just stop those rumours about my love life RIGHT NOW. I don't want Trav to hear about what I've done. your lies.


Anywho, having apologized I'll move on to the brief update section. (It has to be breif, it's 4 in the morning. I should be asleep.) Let's see...

I graduated. Hooray! Back in the fall though, but that's cool. I like that kind of thing. (And by "that kind of thing" I mean school.) Other than that...well, I work, I sleep and eat occasionally, and...let's face it, my life is boring. Really boring. Sorry.

Good news: I finished my last semester of college with a 4.0 (for the semester) which I think is pretty damn awesome, since I had lots of classes and work and not much sleep. Hooray!

I dunno, I don't know what to tell you. Life has been pretty standard...just run-of-the-mill stuff. However, I've read some good books lately! (this is very important in my life.) Lately I've been on a non-fic streak, mainly cultural anth. stuff about the far east. It's really made me think, but I'm too tired to write about it. I'll make a note to post about that later, and maybe I will!


In conclusion, I'm sorry I treated you wrong. But baby, you know I love you! Those other girls don't mean a thing! I know I don't always treat you right, but I still love you. I brought you flowers, and now I'm gonna take you out to a diner, buy you cheap casserole, and then get drunk and embarass you by asking you to be my wingman while I pick up chicks. Doesn't that sound great?

No?!?

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Subject:So, am I one of the big kids yet?
Time:06:14 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative

...I really suck. Bad.  I didn't really realize this until I looked over my journal and realized how little I post on here.  I aplogize from the bottom of my black little heart for being crappy.

Alright, now that my self-flagellation is out of they way, I'm going to make up some news.  No, wait, I mean...tell you about my life.  Yeah, that's the ticket...

Katie = busy

Things just seem to hit all at once, you know?  I hate that.  I feel like I've been running a lot lately, which I guess is true.  School is good, I still like all my profs and classes, but there's still a lot to do.  Or maybe it just feels that way...I dunno.  Anywho, now that I can stop worrying about getting accepted or paying for grad school, you'd think I could relax and enjoy my last bit of undergrad.  Welll...not really.  I mean, I'm enjoying it about like I always do, but not the way everyone else seems to feel right before they graduate.  This is the heaviest load I've ever had to take, which kinda (really) sucks.  Plus work stuff.  Ugh.

See, one of the things that really gets me is that everyone else who's finishing this May is thrilled!  They're all dancing around, being happy, all that stuff.  Me?  Yeah, I'm excited, it's pretty damn cool that I'll have my first real degree, but I know I'm not done with school, and that takes some of the giddiness out of it.  It's not like graduating high school, when the world is a big adventure and you'll get to move out and all that newfound freedom stuff.  Nah, this is graduating into a lot more responsibility.  I'm just nervous about it, you know?  I think everyone is really secretly nervous about graduating from college, though.  Whether you're doing grad school or getting a job, it's (for a lot of us) the first time to really be on our own.  Scary, no matter how long you've been waiting for it. 

I don't think my nerves about grad school are unusual.  I'm sure I'll be fine, but it's still scary to go into such a big shift.  For me, it's going from classes and observations into clinic--I won't be learning about clients and treatment, or even just watching.  I'm going to be in a little room with someone with a communication disorder.  No matter how many therapy sessions you watch, that's still intimidating.  Hoooboy.

I'll be fine, though.  I know I will.  I always get scared as heck before a big change, but I always do it, and it turns out fine every time.  It's just fear of the unknown.  I always want to try new things, but I hate going into something if I don't know exactly what I'm doing.  Honestly, one of my biggest fears in starting college (up at UMW) was that I didn't know how to get around campus or around Fred-burg.  Well, I figured that out fine.  Just like everything else.

I know it's just intimidating and once I get there it won't be a problem.  I've just got to get there, get through that first terrifying session, and then I know I'll get over the nerves.

I'm starting a new chapter in my life pretty soon here.  Marriage, grad school...it's like I'm a real adult, you know?  And that's cool, don't get me wrong!  It's just weird.  How can I be an adult?  Well, I guess I'll find out, right?  I just look around me, and I feel like everyone looks so much older!  (yes, I know that's a weird thing to be hung up on, but...)  I know I'm older than a lot of them, I'm graduating, getting hitched, all that.  But still...I look at the grad students in the clinic, and it's like your first day of school.  You walk in the front door of the elementary school, and there's all these HUGE, OLD 5th graders!  And you think to yourself "wow!  I'll never be like that!"

And then one day you wake up, and you realize that you are.

I finished 5th grade a long time ago, but I've never been able to shake that feeling. 

Someday, if I try real hard, maybe I'll feel like I'm the one in 5th grade.

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Subject:I won the space race!
Time:12:04 am
Current Mood:ecstaticecstatic
bad news: the furnace is still broken, so if we don't have a door open with a fan blowing in cold air it gets above 80.


And now, on to the space race!

good news: I got my official acceptance to grad school at RU, complete with an all-expenses paid cruise around the world!

No, wait, that's not right.

Ok, I remember now: research grant and graduate assistantship. That means enough money to BUY AN ALL-EXPENSES PAID CRUISE AROUND THE WORLD!

No, wait, that's not right.

Ok, I remember now: Trav and I don't have to take out student loans. Hooray!
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Subject:I am a plaigarist...
Time:02:14 am
Current Mood:amusedamused
...but don't tell Radford, they frown on that kind of thing.

So yes, I'm hopping on the bandwagon...but in a way that emphasizes my uniqueness. So there.

Here are then things I've done that you probably haven't.

1) Been run over by an accurate recreation of a 3,000 pound 18th century bateau
2) Climbed over 10,000 stairs in one day (in Switzerland)
3) Played inside ice caves carved into a glacier (also Switzerland, and that's what was at the top of the stairs. Worth it.)
4) I sang at a karaoke bar in China. End of topic.
5) Written a test to assess an adult articulation disorder.
6) Read the Gulag Archipelago (Solzhenitsyn).
7) Actually walked on the Great Wall of China, and I have the pictures to back up my claim. Incidentally, I managed this after a 20 hour plane flight (well, at least 20, maybe more. I lost track of time) and about 3 hours of sleep.
8) Played in a real live rock-and-roll band.
9) Seen enough Cowboy Mouth shows so that Fred remembers us.
10) Purchased green tea flavored condoms and presented them to my Mandarin professor to thank her for her hard work. Well, to thank her, and also because it was really, really funny.


And there you have it, folks. Things I have done that you have not.
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