Giraffe Print

Mountain Top Removal
October 6, 2008, 3:19 am
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Usually, I post pretty light things. But this is imporant.


My 4th Wave
September 20, 2008, 12:55 am
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Come to me with no baggage, and I’ll make you a sandwich.

TK for VP
July 29, 2008, 6:46 pm
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I voted for Tim Kaine in the first election in which I was able to vote. (I also volunteered on his gubernatorial campaign.) Veep would make my next 4 years. ❤

In Order to Form a More Perfect Union
July 20, 2008, 8:39 pm
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Dear Pergo,

Maybe you should tell her. ❤

I’ve got a ways to go, but I understand that being liked isn’t the only important thing in life.

I wonder if anyone has told C* that.

I hope to see your beautiful self soon.


A Poem for You
July 13, 2008, 8:25 am
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One of my faves:

Sex Ed
Betsy Sholl

Well-dressed, demure, jammed into those
politely arranged desks, it’s hard to be
serious, but we are. No one even parts lips
to acknowledge what used to drive us crazy
in the back seats of cars, what kept us up
half the night reliving the last slow dance,
girl on her toes, guy bent at the knees
to press in against her.

The instructors speak precisely about
the importance of our children knowing the facts,
so surely none of us in our high heels and
neck ties is going to admit how our first mistakes
have suddenly blossomed so tender and lovely
we’ve been forgiven a thousand times,
a thousand times forgiven and repeated ourselves.

But fingering the graffiti on this desk,
I remember being braille to you, being read
like a steamy novel, and how those lessons
stayed with us, practical as driver’s ed, those hours
of simulation behind the wheel of a parked car.
The truth is I don’t regret having studied with you
though I do feel inarticulate, like an athlete
asked to speak in a room of kids, who has nothing
to say except, “practice, practice.”

Once our daughter watched the cat in heat
yowl and slither across the floor, and without
looking up asked, would that happen to her. Sometimes
it isn’t shame that makes us speechless. It’s not
regret that makes me linger at the curb watching
her toss back her yellow hair and yank open
the heavy doors to school.

Oxford Update
July 8, 2008, 2:34 pm
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I realize that I haven’t actually written anything about what I’m doing at Oxford (I mentioned it a bit on my “About Me” page). That’s for a few reasons:

1. I just recently got my computer hooked up to internet.

2. I haven’t had much time to devote to writing something worth reading.

3. I want to tell stories with pictures. I left the cord that connects my camera to my computer at home.

So, I’m going to do most “site seeing” posts after I return home.

But, quick and dirty:

I’m at Oxford’s University College (Univ) for three weeks to study International Economics & Commerce. I have class Mon- Thurs from about 8:30 to 10:30 (though this varies because my tutor has to travel). My class has 9 people in it and our tutor (a prof. at Univ) is known around as “Slick Nick”. He has, in the past, taken a liking to his female students. I’ve heard that he’s been asked to “tone it down”, but it’s still quite apparent that, in his own words, he is, “after all, a man”. Nick is mostly harmless and a pretty good lecturer.

A run-down of the past week. Again, I’ll do longer “site-seeing” posts with pictures. I’ll also add pictures of the campus and my dorm room, etc.

Sun. 6/29

Arrived at Univ. My room is on the very top floor of a 13th century building. It was hell lugging my suitcase up the last set of stairs with was narrow and incredibly steep. We went on a 2 hour walking tour with the program director, Mark Thomas (History/ Econ prof. at UVA).

Mon. 6/30

First class with Nick. This was a jam-packed day of activities. After class, we went on a library tour, did a scavenger hunt, and then went punting. After all of that, we had our first Banquet Dinner (there’ll be another the last evening of the program). Then we all went to a club. That was pretty fantastic even though a piece of broken glass went through my flip-flop and cut my foot a little.

Tues. 7/1

After class we went to Blenheim Palace. Pics to come! Went out to a pub after dinner.

Wed. 7/2

My class didn’t meet today. Nick was in China. Went to a club, danced dirty.

Thurs. 7/3- Sun. 7/6

Went to Edinburgh. 7.5 hour train ride each way– TOTALLY worth it! Edinburgh was amazing. Walking tour, pub crawl, museums, unveiling of an Adam Smith monument, met great people at the hostel– pics and more to come.

Mon. 7/7

During class we had a debate about the pros and cons of globalization. After class I mostly just hung out until dinner. Then a bunch of us hung out in the beer cellar.

Tues. 7/8

After class a few other girls and I went shopping at this really cheap clothing shop in Oxford. After that, my croquet team won our first match, putting us in the semi-finals of the tournament. Tonight is Trivia Night in the beer cellar.

June 24, 2008, 12:27 am
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A special monogrammed order that came in at work today: