kitsjay: (Accomplished/Smug)
Matt and I finished around 3:00 a.m., at a staggering 11,000 for word count of the main paper and an additional 3,000 words in the citations.

I have never been so glad to have finished something in my entire life.

Not much else has been going on. Mike, Mary Ann, and I are going to buy a Christmas tree and decorate it tomorrow; I'm going to call Wells Fargo on Monday and get my loan taken care of; I have a few miscellaneous chores to accomplish and have an entire week to myself as Mom and Dad are going on vacation to Florida.

Dad went to the sleep clinic in Floresville last night, and they confirmed that he most definitely has sleep apnea. Moreso, he apparently has not been getting any REM. He was in a much better mood today, and I'm wondering if it's not because they hooked him up to their little machine, so he actually rested. He even offered to buy me a plane ticket to Australia to visit Bianca next year, which is, well, kind of brilliant awesome.

I also had to give a persuasive speech a few weeks ago, and I delivered mine on "Hitchhiking: Why It's a Great Idea". We have to give a similar "call to action" speech this coming Tuesday, and I asked my teacher, "Would it be alright if my topic was, 'You Should Hire Someone to Write Your Papers For You'?"

My teacher cracked up and said, "That's gold." I sent him my outline two days ago and received this email back:

Kitty,

This is outstanding work! One of the best speeches I have ever seen. Let me make a one minor point with the goal creating an immortal speech--provide some research to show how stressful college is to justify what may be considered extreme, unusual action.

I will re-read this being that I was so excited I read the outline very quickly.

Mr Williams


I also checked my grades a while ago and my government teacher already has my "A" down on my unofficial transcript, though it's not even December yet.

The only thing that has not been fantastic is that I have to return an immunizaiton record to UT by December 3; I recieved it two days ago. So yesterday I gave it to my doctor, who returned it unfilled out, so I took it back to her. Today, a nurse dropped it off at 5:30 at the office, and told me I needed a tuberculosis test, and to fill out when I had chicken pox.

I read the thing, and it says "only students born outside of the U.S." need the TB test. Barring that, she also forgot to sign it.

I can't fax it either, so I guess I'm going to have to pay for same-day delivery in order to get it to UT on time.

Frustrating, but do-able.

All in all, things are--

Confound it ... Satisfactory.

--Nero Wolfe, to Archie Goodwin in "The Doorbell Rang"
kitsjay: (Archie Confuzzled)
897 words, three hours of painstaking research on the influence of the Libertarian Party from 1971 through 2008, with over twenty sources--and it deleted it.

There is no justice.

ETA: Ugh. Okay, rewrote all of it and I now have 885 words, with exactly twenty sources. It's not as good as the original, but it'll have to do, because I know more about the Libertarian Party than I ever wanted to. The good news is that Matt and I have over seventy sources and about 4500 words. The bad news is that we're only 6/11 of the way done with the entire paper and it's due November 30. I rationed out the remaining sections and, providing Matt actually does them, we should be able to get the entire thing finished by Tuesday, do major revisions, footnotes, and a bibliography on Thursday, and he'll turn it in on Friday.

And then I will never, ever have to see this paper again. Halle-freakin'-lujah.

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.

--Lena Horne
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Let's Do the Time Warp Again from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (movie version).

Got my grade on my paper that I was rather snarky on and pointed out how wrong he was--50/50.
kitsjay: (Jack)
On the tenth day of Halloween, my lj friend gave to me, another song by Ministry!. That is, Everyday is Halloween.

I ordered something from Victoria's Secret a while ago (don't get too excited; just a swimsuit top), and they said they couldn't ship it until December. I ordered it after summer anyway, so it wasn't like I really need it until next summer. I got an email and a letter from them, though, saying they were sorry for the wait, and they gave me a $25.00 off coupon with no required amount of purchase, and a $10 gift certificate. Woohoo!

Also went by Starbucks and bought the most adorable glasses ever. I know, I know, but they've got watercolors of fall leaves on the bottom and I really love them.

I was late to class today because I overslept. The class starts at 2:15. In the afternoon. Yeah. I know. Anyway, I've been rather anxious about my grades because though I was fairly certain I had an A, he had only given us one grade back, so I asked him after class and he gave me a disbelieving look.

"You have an A," he said, laughing. "You definitely have an A."

Did I mention our mid-term was a take home test? I have a tendency to forget things, then write them on the sides with arrows pointing, and then write more on the backs of papers... teachers usually need a roadmap to understand my answers to test questions. So I typed them neatly up and printed them, then attached it to the test he gave us with a paperclip and turned it in today.

I may be overachieving, a bit.
kitsjay: (bird)
A further installation in the UT Admissions Saga, AKA The Epic Tale of the Valiant Struggle of the Poor Disillusioned Prospective Student Versus the Forces of Evil Admissions People:

UT has a status check that allows fearful students to obsessively click refresh and check it every day even though we all know that it won't actually show anything new until sometime around November.

Except I'm special.

See, everytime I check the status check, I get a new message saying I FAIL. A while ago it told me that Palo Alto didn't send my transcript, so I called and cleared that up.

Then it changed and said that it was an "incomplete transcript." I called again, apologized for bothering them, and asked what the dealio (411, scoop, insert your own cheesy phrase here) was. They replied that it was because transfer students have to send their transcript as it is, then after the semester is done, an updated version of the transcript after they're accepted. The man at admissions assured me that it just meant that they didn't have the updated one, but as far as the deadline goes, I was fine.

So today, the message changed for the first time in a few weeks! Now it was saying that I didn't have the 30 hours of transferable credit I needed.

Guys, I have 41 hours, with 6 more coming in at the end of this semester. I did a degree audit, individually entered every class I've taken to see if they would transfer, and read every guideline for transfer credits there was. Now ten of these hours were while I was in high school, and there's some funky things going on there, so I figured even if those don't transfer, I'll have enough with these hours I'm taking this semester.

So I called up, and the guy in admissions transferred me to the actual transfer equivalency office. I asked the woman there how many hours I had, mentally calming myself.

"Ten hours," she said.

"TEN!?" I said. "Do--do you have my Palo Alto transcript?"

"Let me pull your file," she said.

She came back and sounded vaguely apologetic for giving me a minor heart attack a minute ago.

"It looks like there was a computer bug, and your file was one of the ones affected. Your Palo Alto transcript hasn't been processed yet. Clearly you have more than ten hours," she said cheerfully.

"Clearly," I repeated.

"So I'll process this today! Check back after five and the message should have changed."

Yes, I wonder, but to what?

ETA: "We've received all the items needed to review your application for admission." Ms. Transfer Lady did not disappoint!


In other news, why do I continue to support Barnes & Noble? I went to a used bookstore and picked up two J.D. Salinger novels, an anthology of Henry James, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and a collection of interviews and excerpts from the Beat Generation for $17.00. I was going to buy Sometimes a Great Notion at B&N and they wanted $20.00 for it.
kitsjay: (leaf)
* Broke my 9 minute mile two days ago! It was 8:56, but still less than 9 minutes.

* Writing my research paper for Texas Government has been as amusing as it is appalling. My topic is the Texas Rangers, and the stories about them are hilarious. During the Mexican War, they were incredibly irregular and disorderly, pillaging and plundering like modern day pirates on land. The Mexicans (and some Americans) referred to them as "los diablos Tejanos", the Texas devils.

General Taylor used their fighting skills shamelessly, at one point telling them to go take a town and hold the line, planning to bombard the town with ammunition. The Texans ignored this and not only took the town, but overran its inner defenses too. Taylor was so annoyed he bombarded it anyway, figuring they'd get out of the way.

Then the Texans turned around and raided a town, and when Taylor ordered them to stop, the entire set of companies ignored him and kept on going. The regular army was so afraid of the Texas Rangers, Taylor had to rescind his order to stop and pretend that he wanted them to do it all along.

Just as he was about to get frustrated to no end with them, the Rangers told him that a drunken senorita let slip that there was a Mexican trap at Agua Nueva, and he should go to Buena Vista. Taylor did, winning a major victory and basically guaranteeing himself as president.

When he went to thank the Texas Rangers, though, they'd already gotten drunk in celebration, picked a fight with the regular army, and started a riot that took hundreds of state police and an entire troop of calvary to control.

Then, of course, there's the tale of the infamous Governor E.J. Davis, who took hold during Reconstruction and refused to leave office, so the new Governor, immediately after being sworn in, had to create the Texas Rangers just to take his rightful office. Governor Davis ended up sneaking out the window and leaving the state in disgrace.

I love Texas history.

* I went to see my niece yesterday! The new one, obviously. She's small and red and has dark blue eyes, like most babies. Mike said that when she was coming out, her forehead looked like a Klingon's and he was really worried they'd have to rename her Worf.

* Mike also saw the Batmobile two days ago, the old Adam West one, traveling on 1604. He called me up yesterday and asked me to e-mail Aaron (who's in Iraq right now), and "tell him about the baby, and the Batmobile!"

Apparently he called Matt yesterday and said, "The best thing just happened!"

And Matt said, "The baby was born?"

Mike replied, "No, better!"

Mary Ann was not as amused as we were.

* We just got a message on our answering machine that's this poorly recorded techno music. And it just keeps going! For like three minutes, it just goes on! So hilarious. No talking, no dialogue, just... music. And then it suddenly cuts out.
kitsjay: (emotions)
PALO ALTO COLLEGE

Incomplete transcript on file, official transcript needed thru Spring 2007



I DIDN'T GO TO SCHOOL AFTER FALL 2006. THAT'S IT. I PROMISE.

The message keeps changing, but it's the same idiocy.

ETA: So I called this morning, and got a nice guy instead of the snippy lady I have been getting. He said that it's because they need the transcript from this current semester, but that everything about my admission and relating to the deadline is in place, and I had no need to worry. So, great news on that count!

I also went shopping yesterday, which I probably shouldn't have, but I just couldn't resist. Stef went with me and played Barbie. I bought a pair of wide leg jeans, khaki corduroy, a burnt orange sweater with ivory trimming, and a turquoise striped shirt, mainly because Stef pointed out that I have fifteen black shirts, of varying styles. Everything was on sale for half-off, too. Then we went to Starbucks and got a pumpkin spice latte, then went by Bath and Body Works. They're selling their apple and pumpkin scents again, which I absolutely adore, but I had already hit my limit and I just decided that I didn't need to spend any more money. Still. I love pumpkin and fall scents--anything very earthy.

I mentioned in an earlier post about my speech teacher's "banned words" list that we weren't supposed to use. So today we were supposed to especially concentrate on not using them, and then write a paper on it. This irked me. It seems a way of just obfuscating what you're saying--instead of saying, "I am not coming over," you have to say something like, "I'm staying at home tonight". It's just rewording. I'm not an overly blunt person, I don't think, and I just don't believe that using "just", "but", "no", "not" or any form of not has any effect on how I'm perceived.

This in mind, I started writing the paper, then looked up speeches from literature and history--the "Cross of Gold", "We Will Fight on the Beaches", "Tear Down This Wall", "Friends, Romans, Countrymen"-- and have been highlighting every instance they use a "banned" word, then pointing out there are no inherently good or inherently bad words, but all how you use them. If you're saying, "No, that's not a good idea", then of course you'll sound negative. If you're saying, "I don't have that file", it makes no difference.

So I wrote a complete defense of my position, respectfully including that it does have its benefits, such as making you think about what you're saying, but ending with saying that I don't believe it makes any difference in success.

One of my main examples was William Jennings Bryant's "Cross of Gold" speech, which is one of the finest examples of oratory ever delivered. It's riddled with examples of banned words--the very name comes from the last sentence, which contains two banned words: "You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold".

I agree with the fact that it does make you think about what you're saying before you say it (which should always be encouraged), and you do tend to sound, if not more positive, than certainly more forceful, but I hardly believe that it is a requisite. Some of the examples I gave are Martin Luther King Jr.'s, "... judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"; John F. Kennedy's, "Ask not what your country can do for you,"; and even in literature, Mark Antony said, "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."

So. I put that all in as respectfully disagreeing as I could. I'll let you know how it goes.

....... I think sometimes I'm too opinionated for my own good.
kitsjay: (bird)
I’ve been in a bit of a bitchy mood of late, so I’m seeking to (somewhat) remedy this by making a list of random things that annoy me so hopefully I can let it go:

1. The other day Mike said that I was predictably unpredictable. When all three of my brothers went to A&M, he said, it was natural that I decided to go to UT.

I hate how any action I make on my own is reduced to a reaction to something my brothers have done. I chose UT because it had the best liberal arts program, which is what I’m mostly interested in.

2. There is no neutral pronoun in the English language, so whenever I’m talking about the position of governor in Texas, I have to type out “his or her cabinet” or whatever. It’s very annoying. Someone should get to work on this.

3. My speech group has to do an informational speech on Tuesday, with each member speaking 1-2 minutes on one point of a main topic. Ours was DeBeers, so after class, I went to the library, pulled every book and magazine that had something to do with it. I organized a formal outline, broke the topic into four sections and listed a brief description of the pertinent information in each book, along with the title, author, and page number. Then I attached the outline to an email, sent it to all the group members, and said I’d take whatever point no one else wanted.

Only one person has replied: my cousin, Stef.

And now, for some things that are good to cheer me up:

1. My housing and admissions application is in, now I’m just waiting on a formal admittance.

2. I did a degree audit on the UT website, and it looks like all but one of my classes count towards my degrees, which is way better than I thought.

3. I’m super ahead on government. I think I can be done with the class entirely by September 27.

4. I haven’t spent any money recently, got a paycheck, and have a somewhat more substantial paycheck on the way in a couple of weeks.

5. Sean finally got accepted into the Houston Police Department! He’s moving in October, which means I finally have that side of the house to myself! I can box up his books and clothes, clean the place up, and hopefully paint it so that it looks way nicer than it does now. I’m very excited about this. I’m excited for him, but really looking forward to having some space, as well.

6. Mike instituted “X-Files Night” when everyone who can gets to his house on Fridays and watches X-Files. It’s very fun and relaxing and I love it.

7. I’ve lost more weight and am nearly down to 155. Speaking of which, “lost” is a stupid term in that context. Seriously. It implies I might find it again, or that I somehow miss it. From now on, I’m saying that I killed pounds because it’s closer to reality.

8. I’ve renewed my love affair with blues, swing, and jazz. I listened to Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and Charles Mingus all last night.

9. Torchwood premiered finally! Mom and Dad couldn't understand what the people were saying, but Sean and I like it.

10. One word (literally): fantabulous. How awesometacular a word is that? Use it and use it often.


AND I finally got around to uploading pictures from the Utah trip. They are here.
kitsjay: (emotions)
Excerpt from the summary of Chapter 8: The Texas Legislature:

“Throughout the 1990’s only one year—1998—was free of either primaries or general elections being conducted under legally challenged redistricting maps. The challenges came from both parties and the same basis for the complaints. Democrats sued using the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the earlier part of the decade. Republican legal action was based on the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, citing race as the sole basis for determining districts. Thomas v Bush was filed in federal court challenging 13 senate districts and 54 house districts as gerrymandered. On September 1995, the court ordered an agreed settlement under which eight senate districts and 36 house districts were changed. Redistricting has been used by both parties and individuals, for both questionable and worthwhile goals, and has survived many different legal renderings. Texas Senator Jeff Wentworth offered a reform bill several times, but it has been brushed aside again. This is not altogether a bad thing, as redistricting efforts are often rife with irony and possibly the most entertaining thing to read about in this chapter.”

“The amateur, limited legislature, highly criticized, was designed for a primarily rural state with an agrarian economy and an individualistic, skeptical political culture. The book states the latter is obsolete, but this is strictly a matter of opinion on the part of the author.”
kitsjay: (leaf)
My very first credit card!


And a homemade graph illustrating how very, very bored I am.

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kitsjay: (emotions)
Okay, so:

$60 admission fee for applying to UT
$50 for UT housing fee
$60 owed to various people
$220 for fall semester at Palo Alto, including books
_____________________________________________________
$390
-$160 in my account
____________________
$230
-$175 for this coming paycheck
______________________________
$55


So if I can find a way to scrounge up $55, then I'll be able to break even before I start racking up the college loans for tuition and the actual cost of housing, not to mention food and textbooks.

Social Moth

Dec. 4th, 2006 10:46 pm
kitsjay: (happy dean)
I think the hotness fairy must have visited me in the dark of night while I was sleeping.

In two days of work, I had four separate guys ask me for my phone numbers, and another one gave me his phone number with the note, "Call me some time on it". Another, while I was getting the food bagged, asked Vanessa if I was "old enough".

Vanessa was gloating and laughing all night long about how much I was getting hit on.

I've had two guys tell me I had a "cute smile", and one of them asked me to smile for him again when he left.

Then today, I dressed to the nines because I was feeling kind of down and figured, "Why the hell not?" So I put on a tight, low-cut white button up shirt, a black skirt that hit mid-thigh, some hose (I hadn't shaved my legs), and some black high heels. Topped it off with some makeup (just foundation and some light lipstick) and a tan trenchcoat and walked outside.

I swung by work first, to find out when I had to come in on Wednesday, and a guy held the door open for me.

"Thanks," I said, ducking inside.

"How are you?" he said.

"Fine. How are you?"

"Fine. You look good."

"Thanks," I said, mentally tacking on, 'not that I asked'.

I went to school next, and passed a guy talking on his cell phone. I went to sit down in the hallway when he hung up and walked up to me.

"You look too good to be sitting on the floor. You need a chair or a desk," he informed me.

I kind of laughed it off, but he went and got a chair for me. It was kind of awkward, sitting in the hallway on the only chair with everyone else hanging out on the floor, but I couldn't really refuse.

It's really weird and I don't understand it. I mean, honestly. I look in the mirror, and I think my face lost that extra baby fat I was carrying around, and my bangs give me this Farrah Fawcett look but nothing warranting this.

Took some pics of me in my outfit today. When I get them developed, I'll post them and let you be the judge.

In other cool news, I finished my last test in zoology in under five minutes--and got a 99. I went to turn it in after four minutes (48 multiple choice, 1 short answer, 5 definitions), and he said, "Oh, did you find a prob--"

I turned it in, and he stops.

"No. You're finished. Of course." Louder, he tells everyone, "This is why you don't have a curve this semester" and points to me. Cheryl rolled her eyes and Mr. Chandler laughed. "Ah, Cheryl's, 'I can't believe this' eye roll."

"It's ridiculous," she muttered.

I always finish first, but usually it takes me at least fifteen minutes. My lab practical that I blew off? 81.

Aaand my manager wanted to take me bar-hopping.

I also got bored today and was dressed up with nowhere to go, so I went to HEB and talked to Jacob, who is this guy that used to work at McDonald's before I started. For some reason, he always made sure to wave at me and smile and ask how I was doing, and even knew my name and recognized me after one meeting. Since then, he's just come through the drive-through, but he's always really friendly. William thinks he's going out with Jerry?

But anyway, we talked for a while, and I bid him goodbye, then I went to Dollar General to look for some stuff. I got kind of down about then, for no real reason at all, so I went to Target and looked through the Christmas decorations and such, which cheered me immensely.

So... doing well. Doing really well. I feel good.

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