Archive for September, 2008

With the beginning of the Fall semester this year I tailored down my schedule to only one class for multiple reasons, one of the main ones being that I felt it would decrease my stress.  To a certain extent it’s working, but I fear that it’s at the sake of my sanity.  At the beginning of every class my professor comes in and puts up a quote on the projector and has the whole class read it aloud.  It’s something about finding a career by finding yourself, blah blah blah.  I feel like I’m in elementary school reciting the pledge of allegiance every day, or in an alcoholics anonymous meeting repeating the same thing every week but secretly never meaning it.

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I’m almost positive my allergies are out to kill me.  For eleven months out of the year they lay dormant, silently waiting for the opportunity to strike.  And then BAM – September arrives and every year I’m knocked on my ass.  Every year around this time I’m miserable for about a month, and then October starts and I’m good to go for another eleven months.  At this very moment I’m sneezing constantly and seriously considering stuffing tissue up my nose to make it stop running.  I’m drugged up to no effect, and I’m starting to wonder if the medicine only serves to make me woozy enough for the allergy ninjas to sneak up on me and do their worst…

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It’s hard to believe that “9/11” was seven years ago.  It seems to have been both recent and yet incredibly long ago at the same time.  Looking back on such a horrible tragedy it’s hard to remain positive, but as a country we’ve done our best to step forward with new insight and band together to achieve common goals…for the most part.

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I love animals of all kinds, but have never really wanted any for myself.  I’m torn because I love that dogs are so loving and act as a little furry companion, but I also love that cats are nice and soft and quiet and don’t need constant attention.  And also fish are cool because they can live in their own little castles rent free, though the place is barely bigger than they are and that’s gotta feel a little cramped.  Like my old apartments.  Talking to Kate last night, I realized that I wouldn’t mind having an animal if it would always remain tiny, like kittens or puppies, never growing into adult sizes.  Not like a chihuahua though because let’s face it – those things are ugly.  We agreed that with genetic engineering becoming more and more advanced, it’s probably only a matter of time before pets can be designed to never grow past a certain size.  How cool would that be?  Now let’s take it a step further…miniature wild animals.

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Over the years I’ve had to part company with a few friends and many casual acquaintances.  Everyone has.  It’s an unavoidable part of life – you can’t stay in touch with everyone even if you want to.  Granted, some of the people I’ve lost touch with were because I made the decision to sever the ties and move on, but sometimes it was simply because we lost touch over time.  I’m now faced with the harsh reality that I’m soon going to have to say goodbye to a friend that I’m closer to than anyone else.  Not because either of us want to, but because he’s leaving the continent to start his family and take his life in a new direction.  It’s less than a year away, but I’m trying not to think about it just yet; because when I do, I feel like I’m losing one of the best people in my life right now.

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