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Monday, June 4th, 2007
10:13 am
Am on Martha's Vineyard. It freaking rules. I have eaten wings and fried clams, played skiball, wandered, and slept through a rainstorm.

We're staying in Vineyard Haven, right near the center of town and the ferry. Since it's kinda dreary today, B and I are off to Edgartown to have a wander.

Following the rule of "one must forget something important", I left my phone in Somerville. GO ME! B has his phone and I am checking e-mail (though I totally put up a Vacation Responder on gmail.)

Basically, I'm off enjoying the good life.

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Saturday, May 27th, 2006
2:18 pm - I'm DOOOOOOONE
Yay. I'm done. I emailed in my last paper yesterday.

I got a B on my GOV 2001 paper, and a B+ for the class, which I'm ok-ish with. I'd hoped that would be an A-, but hey, such is life. And I improved on my GOV 2000 grade, and, most importantly, I DID NOT FAIL.

When emailing in my last paper yesterday, for my MIT class, I sent this email, feeling bold:

Hi (Awesome MIT professor),

My literature review for this semester is attached. I really enjoyed
the class this term and learned a lot.

If you need an RA at any time this summer, or next year, I'm certainly
interested. I'm in Cambridge this summer.

Again, thanks, and enjoy the nice weather!



I recieved this reply:


It was great having you in class too. Let me check my budget. I may be
able to hire you this summer and it would be good to work together in the

(Awesome MIT Professor)

CAN WE SAY HELL YES?!?!?!?! Honestly, I needed this ego boost like whoa, and this just makes me feel so darn good.

I'm off to do a bit of shopping with my birthday money from the grandparents. I already bought the Timbuk2 tote bag I had been lusting after (so so so good, so glad I did), and now I need new capri pants and sandals.


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Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
8:03 pm - People Currently Rocking My Socks
-B, cos he always does.
-Kaitlin, my hairdresser, for making my hair look AMAAAAZING


current mood: better mood

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
4:42 pm - yes, yes, I know, I know...
OK, so I haven't updated in forever. Grad school has eaten my brain. But I just had to update to say....


One of my grad school friends brought me 4 Magnolia Bakery cupcakes from NYC!!!


I am currently waiting for a bunch of models to start cooperating with me. They are currently claiming that the vectors are too long. To that, I say "BAH!"

Will provide proper update soon.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
11:31 pm
OK, so right now, Sarah Vowell is on The Daily Show. With Jon Stewart.

This brings me such obscene amounts of joy. It's like nerd-dom incarnate and beautiful. It makes me so happy.

current mood: enthused

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
10:57 pm - this is SO not good for my productivity....
I got season one of Gray's Anatomy today.


current mood: impatient

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Saturday, February 4th, 2006
11:35 am - whoo! meme!
Hey hey, I got a tag!
it's all ultraman's fault.

Directions: List 10 celebrities that you find attractive. Then tag 5 of your friends.

1. Bradley Whitford
2. Matthew McFayden
3. Tina Fey
4. Mary-Louise Parker
5. Nathan Fillion
6. Theo Epstein (hey, i'm from boston!)
7. Heath Ledger
8. Zach Braff
9. Colin Firth
10. Dule Hill

I thusly tag: boyscoutb, hawaiianshirts, orphe_, danforththefish, maddst. Amuse me!

I would also like to point out that I have three west wing cast members on my list, while wonderjess only has one, and I am thereby the bigger geek.

In other news, I am at chez my parents, drinking their coffee. I will soon go out for a walk on their streets so that I might get my step count up. I am lame, and I bought a pedometer. And I discovered that if I walk to and from campus, that's 5000 steps (about 2.5 miles), and therefore good exercise that I don't have to think about, as I am going to try and BE HEALTHY this semester, including eating properly and getting in some exercise. The pedometer was step one. I've gotten in my 10,000 step goal 2/3 days I've been using it, so I feel pretty good. And it's warm enough right now so that I can take walks, so I'm gonna.
I was at the SH yesterday, and got NO calls from crazies! unnnbelievable!
Later today: Democratic caucuses! woo hoo!

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
9:44 pm - See? I'm alive!
OK, so I finally found out today that I didn't fail grad school. My grades were as follows:
Political Behavior: B+
American Politics Field Seminar: A- (!!!)
Quantitative Methods I: B

The only important grade there was the B in Quantitative methods, so I get to stay in grad school. Woo!
So Emma and I are 'celebrating' (note sarcasm) by playing the State of the Union Drinking Game. Yeah, we're getting a bit tipsy, and we're currently between drinks, so I'm blogging!

Classes start tomorrow, though I don't have a class till Thursday. It's lookign like I'm going to be on a Monday-Tuesday-Thursday sched this semester, which should be good. And it's methods-methods-easy content class. good times.

Back to the game...

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Monday, November 14th, 2005
1:33 pm - WJ shows the awesome, YET AGAIN
so, I have to use a program called LaTeX to type up my stats homework. To which Wonderjess says....

F'n awesome.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005
1:29 pm - I like things, you might like them too.
This is an assortment of things that are currently rocking my socks.

Bitch Ph.D filled with lots of tasty goodness about academia, feminism, and other assorted fun things that I find interesting.
Much like katehaney, I am quite fond of WaiterRant and Clublife , and I also like Opinionistas. Great minds think alike. (Check out Kate's blog, while you're at it.)

This American Life, oh I love it so.
I am quite fond of the podcast of On The Media, as I rarely get to catch it live.

Diana Gabaldon's new book. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Read her old ones, too, while you're at it. to get the skinny.
I heart
Boston's Weekly Dig, for some reason. There's a very amusing article about the committee I work for in it this week. They also have an excellent weekly beer column.

Dar Williams. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine.
The Weakerthans.

Go forth and enjoy.

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Saturday, October 29th, 2005
3:22 pm - oh, sampling...
anyhow. I'm working on my seven bajillion (ok, 600, give or take) pages of reading and listening to This American Life. And I just perked up when they started discussing the pros and cons of cluser-method public opinion surveys. Amazing.
Also, I had to give in and turn on the heat, because it was sooooo cold in my apt. yesterday. Also, I figure that if it snows I'm allowed.

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Friday, October 14th, 2005
10:32 am - I just can't get away from this stuff!
OK, so I'm sitting on my couch, reading Why Parties for the bajillionth time, and I have NPR on in the background. It's On Point, and the host is talking to someone about whether or not we're in a pre-apocalyptic time right now(Can't make this up).
And the guest cites mother-freaking Bowling Alone.

Also, in Why Parties, John Aldrich writes "For incumbent members of the House, the probability of reelection is so high (barring indictment)(emphasis added by me) that [expected utility of running equation] is almost always positive, so re-election is rare."
First, that's an awesome line that I hadn't noticed before.
Second, Aldrich obviously has a higher opinion of the American people than I do. I have no doubt they'd reelect someone under indictment.
Third, he might be right, in which case we can say PEACE OUT to Tom DeLay, and that makes me happy.

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
11:58 pm - a real update! woo!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I freaking met Dar Williams last friday. yeah. like, whoa. I caught her show at Sanders Theatre with the lovely Lena, after a super tasty mexican dinner and ice cream, and the show was OH so freaking good. Definitely clutch. Her music has really been a blessing these past couple weeks--it's helped me maintain some semblance of perspective, when it would really be quite easy to curl up into a ball.
Grad school has been doing its damnedest to kick the crap out of me, and it's been hard so far. I had coffee with a couple second-years today, and they gave me assurances that I will survive this year. But they were also quite honest about the fact that grad school is challenging, and it isn't only because there's plenty of work (which there is), but there are also the little life details--apartment, new friends, commuting, bills--that also have to be sorted out. But I feel like I've managed to keep a good, healthy balance. So far. I've managed to complete two whole homeworks for my stats class, which makes me feel much better about the work-factor. And I know how to read, and write still, so my substantive courses are fine. I have to write my first paper tomorrow. Should be interesting.
I like my classes, and my classmates. My roommate is fantastic, too. Just be careful watching Purdue football with her.
I've been missing B quite a bit these days, particularly as the weather gets colder. It's been almost a year, and I have to say that it was much easier to survive the winter as I didn't sleep alone most nights. A winter here in a large lonely bed is a daunting circumstance.
I'm headed up to Rochester next week, in a much-needed round of relaxation(sorta) and friend-visiting. I just need to be where my circle of friends is, y'know? They're all there, and I just need to be a place where I know how to do things. I left a pretty big chunk of myself in Rochester.
Well, it's time for me to head to my beddy-bye, so that i might wake up tomorrow, put on the coffee, and hit the books once again.
Bring it.

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Friday, September 30th, 2005
12:25 am - Joining WonderJess on the PoliSci quotes bandwagon
For the first time, I think I understood something in the rational choice spectrum. And, it's for a class! (as dar williams said, DOUBLE SCORE!)
I just finished reading an article by John Aldrich in AJPS from 1993, "Rational Choice and Turnout", and on p. 250, we have this brilliant snip of a quote...
"Therefore, we conclude the obvious; if citizens vote, they should vote for their preferred candidate. Never vote for the opponent."
OK, first, HA and second, WTF?
I've burned through 3 of the 4 articles that I have to read for next week, to be followed by a re-reading of two book chapters. Oh, and then I have to write a paper about it. But I like the material, and I understand it (yay). If I get that done tomorrow, I get to move on to my work for Wednesday, which is (yet more) reading.
Finishing up a problem set tomorrow, then sox game watching fun with Jen. I may or may not catch a lecture by the scion of conservative political thought, Mr Harvey Mansfield, on the subject of "Manliness". I just find it amusing that that is a subject for a lecture.
Of course, the fact that my mom is bringing me a new Diana Gabaldon book on Saturday (!!!!!) may cramp my style in all this. Because...yeah. Those are some good books. Much better than my work.
Alright. I have one more article to get through, and then bedtime.

current mood: upbeat

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Monday, September 26th, 2005
3:38 pm - today's little smidgen of awesome
OK, I definitely saw the BEST homeless-person sign EVER today.
"Family slain by Ninjas. Need money for Kung Fu lessons."
Had I had spare change, she would have gotten it.

UN-flipping-believable. I love Cambridge.

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Sunday, September 25th, 2005
6:01 pm - huzzah!
I so win!
because I just finished my first Gov 2000 problem set! Two hours before my group meeting!
I get to eat dinner!
I get to start my reading!

Okay, I'm way too excited about this. But I'm absurdly proud of myself right now because the set was so scary to start with.
Anyhow, I'm going to go get myself some dinner. Yay food.

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Sunday, September 18th, 2005
2:35 pm - lewis made me. silly silly lewis.
Reply with your name and:
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you in.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal. You MUST. It is written.

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Monday, September 12th, 2005
6:15 pm - yo and whassup
My roommate bought me seltzer. This makes me obscenely happy. She's real cool.
In other news, had the big meeting with the Director of Graduate Studies today. he's a pretty cool guy, which makes life easier. I also ended up changing my plans, as I am no longer taking the hell-mess-death-match known as Gov 2005, which is an econ class with a little poli sci recitation every week. I'm taking it next year instead, when it will be taught fully in the Gov department. Makes more sense to me. So now I'm taking what looks to be a really cool theory class, in addition to the quantitative class and the field seminar.
It's pretty toasty here, so I'm going to cool off with a nap before dinner.

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Sunday, September 4th, 2005
9:56 pm - amusement
Real entry to follow. I swear.

1. Go here.
2. Pass it on.
my answersCollapse )

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
7:07 pm - invasion!
alrighty, all you rochester-folk. I leave this place at 7Am tomorrow and arrive in rochester tomorrow afternoon (yay, buses). I will be around till Monday morning. I am staying with the ever-awesome B, and would like to see as many folks as I can.
now, on to cleaning, packing, baking, and sleeping. woo.

current mood: enthused

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