stacy was here (and probably spinning....): 09/01/2003 - 10/01/2003















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Monday, September 29, 2003


I had the absolute most awful dream ever last night - it was pure torture every second and I don't really feel like I slept at all....

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

interesting day

today was pretty interesting... I got to lounge around for an extra hour today since there was an exam in Bio 104 (the class I'm the SI instructor for) and I only have to attend the lectures to take notes, so no lecture, no me. On the way to my other class, the one I actually have to go to, I mosied through a grad school fair, and oh my god,
Claremont Graduate University totally wants me for my mind. They can't want me for my money because I made it abundantly clear that I haven't got any. I mentioned my GPA and current teaching gig and, lo and behold, a bag was filled with every pamphlet and free advert item they had (including a groovy pen and pad of post-its, and god if I didn't desperately need post-its.) I was also assured that I would have no problem getting in. They don't have a genetics counseling program but they have a ton of other stuff, including English, Cultural Studies, and a focus on Politics and Public Policy, which sounds kind of interesting. I'm keeping my options open right now, you know? If there's one thing I've got, babe, it's possibilities.

I also flirted with UC Davis and Cal State Chico. They're only options if a) I don't find something reasonable near home, or b) if I can talk fuzzy into nudging a bit northward (but seeing as he just moved 3000 miles for me I don't think I should push it, you know?) Davis's law school rep seemed interested in me too, said that if I scored within the 75th percentile on the LSAT I'd most likely get an offer. Interesting... Stacy Garrison, attourney at law?

Wanted to go swimming, but I was definitely not feeling it this afternoon, so I took a nap, a nap, a much much needed nap for like 3 hours ( I even slept through dinner.) I feel good now, well rested, alert and all that stuff... and it's creeping up towards bedtime again already... I'm sure I can still sleep, I've been studying all night and my brain is ready to shut down again I think.

Just to give you a peek at my nerdy bits, I made a cool handout on Mitosis for the SI class tomorrow. I'm so crossreferencing that the graphics came out of my human genetics text book this time, go me. It has diagrams, but it also has pictures of the real thing, and I think it'll help them see how it works a little better.

Now that science is officially my friend, I'm delving into another new side-route. I'm into science, and I practice magick, and I'm working on a set of practices/general methodology that incorperates the two... think chemistry theory meets healing ritual, physics meets visualization, and biology meets earth healing or beltaine ritual. Anyone interested? Let me know... we all know I don't like to work alone.

Well, tomorrow is a busy day, so it's off I go to try and sleep again. Night all.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003

haven't posted a quiz in a while....

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procrastination anyone?

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Friday, September 19, 2003


woot woot, thanks to Meimur I now have titles!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

time for updates, time for updates...

* my wall looks very bare since I got a photo album and put most of my pictures in it... I need postcards, people!! postcards... POSTCARDS... I have a bunch from Stevie and a few from various others amongst your ranks, but I need more, I crave more mail... I feel like I'm stuck on a deserted island with little contact with the real world... pweeeese? *bees all pouty an stuff* boring ones, silly ones, some from places I've never seen, some from places I've seen way too much of, it really doesn't matter....

* things are going well with the class I'm teaching... a little too well.... this is the first job I've had that I've actually really enjoyed, which is distressing because a) this job does not exist out there in the real world, and b) the closest thing to it that really exists in the real world would send me soaring to the loonie bin way too quickly... *sigh* guess I should just enjoy it while it lasts, right?

* I'm having this immense urge to be witchy, but I left all my witchy books at home, and it's really annoying... Ever since I saw those hand-made books I've been burning to create spells and experiences and knowledge to fill one with, and I can't, and it's bugging me.

* I'm starting to want to knit again.... this is not a bad thing because a) I have enough damn yarn and needles to not really need to buy anything, and b) I haven't done it in a while and I miss it... but c) it means something in my schedule has to give... but what? I mean, I could say that me and phuzzy don't really have to spend 4 hours on the phone every night, but y'all should know me well enough by now to know that that's not really going to change, at least not by my choice... I could always knit while we're on the phone... hmmmm... there's an idea....

* officially owns my soul by now, but I would love them a lot more if they would just send my damn dvds already. the last thing I ordered was a set of books on preparing for the GRE's and guess what they shipped out first?!? why can't they send the damn dvds I ordered 2 days before?

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dance like no one is looking...

this is one of the funniest things I have seen in a while....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

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and by the way, I would sell my soul for one of these

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so, with my birthday about a month and a half away I decided to succomb to the maddness and make an amazon wishlist.... it's a bit lengthly... don't say I didn't warn you...

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Thursday, September 11, 2003

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A couple of the things I miss:

more to be added, watch this space.

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On the suggestion of my biology/human genetics professor, I'm looking into a new career possibility... It's called genetics counseling and it basically is helping people through the process of genetic testing, whether for themselves or in relation to their offspring. I'm interested in doing this because it sits right in the gap between the average person and pure science, acting as an interpreter of sorts to make things easier and more digestible for people who need to understand and use the information that's now available about our genes. There's a 2 year masters program not too far from my house, and it doesn't have any specific require prior course work, so I probably wouldn't have to take many, if any, extra classes, meaning I could actually be done in 2 years. And bonus, it's less than $2000 a year for tuition, which is about $28,000 more affordable than the one I was worried about before...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

So all in all things are going pretty well, even if I have been cranky lately. I feel like I'm over the whole college experience, really, ready to be done and all that good stuff. Part of it is fuzzy, but the other part is me. I feel like I've gotten what I need from this experience and it's time to move on, but I'm stuck here for another year still. Who knows, though, but that there may be some benefit to making me stick around a bit longer, making me go through another year and a half.

My classes are going well, nothing overwhelming at the moment, which is good because it gives me time to focus energy on other things, most notably my job. I've started making study materials, worksheets and practice tests, for my students, and the professor, whom I adore to the ends of the Earth, was pretty impressed with them. She said she may be using some of my questions on the actual exam and that she may have to hire me to write the exam since she hates doing it so much. I'm finding that I really enjoy putting these things together, it's a totally new kind of creativity and I think the more I bring in with me, the more the students will be engaged. If there's one thing I can't stand it's lecturing to a room of blank faces. This will make them think, and then when I go to apply for jobs of a similar nature (which is a possibility) it will be like a portfolio to demonstrate my experience and methods. I seem to attract jobs that put me to work in a teaching capacity, first writing fellows and now this. Maybe gearing to be a college professor wasn't so far off the mark in the first place? I still don't know if I could handle anything lower than that, but it's still a possibility. I definitely seem to have an affinity for this stuff, I just don't want to burn out.

I went swimming today, did an entire hours worth of laps which, if I timed myself accurately puts me at about 75-80 laps per hour (including brief pauses occasionally between laps to stretch out a wee bit.) I like it because it's low impact and because I feel worked out but not sore or anything. That and my ankles and knees are a bit weak and I really don't want to stress them by doing the stair climbers. I like walking too, but it's a question of getting up there and having someone to walk with so I don't get lonely. With swimming it doesn't matter so much because it's not really conducive to talking.

I found out that MIT has a one-year masters program for science writing, but there are too many problems with it for me to be able to really think about it... a) fuzzy just moved across country for me and it would be really unfair of me to take off like that, and b) it costs $29,400 a year just for tuition, not including the astronomically high costs associated with living in Boston. It's a bit of a bummer, but this gives me the motivation to look and see if there are any similar programs out on the west coast. Leave me a comment if you've heard of any.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

two barefoot hippie children in Big Sur, August 2003

me at rocky horror the other night

me and fuzzy, May 2003

and with that, we have pictures again :)

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Friday, September 05, 2003


everything sucks.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

nothing much is new, except that my financial aid check finally went into my bank and so that means I got my new printer and dvd/vcr, so at least I have some fricken entertainment. it also means I have a picture of me and fuzzy scanned, and it's just waiting to be resized to a decent size (where hopefully we won't be blurry) and put up on the sidebar.

other than that, I start teaching that class today, I'm a little nervous but not too much because I've tutored this before and I know the material. plus it's the first time and I don't have to be spectacular today.

besides that, nada... my life is really very boring... *sigh*

I miss fuzzy. :(

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