Archive for February, 2005

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crazy about that internet thing

February 25, 2005

Sorry I haven’t been posting this week, but our house’s wireless has been out of wack. Which means I didn’t check my email for almost two complete days, almost went crazy. This week has gone well, on Thursday I filled in due to a last minute change on the day trip to Earlham for recruiting. I had never been on campus, so it was neat to see one of the other peace colleges. Other than that it has been a fairly normal week.

Internship has been up and down as usual, although today was a really cool day because I got to see the exhibit finally installed. Even though most of it was designed and so forth before I got on board it was really neat to see something I had been working towards finally complete. Plus KT even mentioned me on the the thank-you board (although she did spell my last name with an extra “n”, which now puts the State Museum 0 for 2 on getting my name right considering my name tag reads Abiigail). Although what is really exciting is that I will be cutting back on hours for the state museum and sort of doing a smaller internship with one of two possible organizations. The first option is H House which works with homeless people and serves as a space for them to spend time in during the day when most shelters are closed. The other is the MR Community Center which offers a variety of possibilities including working with a range of ages from pre-school to the senior center and also some computer training options. Both I think would give me a much clearer hands-on possibility and also hopefully make me feel more useful than I currently do with my current internship.

Next week is spring break for us, which is ridiculously early I know, but hey Goshen is doing it too. Our house is going to New Orleans for the week, camping actually. It should definitely be quite the adventure, or so I hope.

But the really exciting news is that a bunch of my friends are coming down for the weekend. So hopefully between 1 and 2am Steph, Meryl, Becca, Crystal and Ebony will be arriving.

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the perm…

February 22, 2005


As you can tell I was a little skeptical about the whole massive number of curlers in my hair thing. The scariest moment was when my stylist informed me that this was indeed her first time giving a perm. Posted by Hello

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indy guys

February 22, 2005


okay in all fairness the boys looked hot too 🙂 Posted by Hello

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val day indy girls

February 22, 2005


Start your day off right with these sexy ladies. (picture taken on Valentine’s Day, hence the roses) Posted by Hello

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happy moment, people

February 21, 2005

I just checked my sitemeter and apparently I have just passed the 1,000 visitor mark on my site! Thanks to those of you who read all this babbling! 🙂

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indy group

February 21, 2005


Okay I finally have the pictures on the right computer, so here is one of our groups first pictures of the semester. (l-r: David, Abby, Miriam, Anna, Samuka) Posted by Hello

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God only knows where I’d be without you by the Beach Boys

February 21, 2005

This song is apparently the number 1 love song of all time (at least according to Entertainment Weekly). I do like the song a lot, but I would have to say I am not sure it is the best. Anyways I am here at work, after actually working for the entire morning. I was helping install a new sports memorable case in the Indiana Treasures section. Interesting people to work with, not incredibly friendly, but nice to work with. Not incredibly interesting work either, but at least I felt useful. I would have to say that this internship would generally be pushing me to reconsider museum work and look elsewhere, but hey who knows.

This past friday night I learned some of the key differences between butt and booty. Miriam dressed me up to go to this party with Samuka’s co-workers, so I ended up in the tightest pair of pants that I have worn in a long time. Which apparently makes all the difference, because as my housemates informed me I definitely had booty. Up until this point I had always been of the opinion that I had butt, not booty, but I have now been educated.

The party itself was okay, not as lively as we had hoped and there wasn’t any dancing, mainly a bunch of people I didn’t know making conversation. But it was nice to get out of the house.

The rest of the weekend consisted of large parts lying around like bums, shopping and baking an amazing “screw lent” cake. I do say in my own defense I was never a big fan of the idea of giving up all sweets for lent and I had been wanting to bake a cake for quite a while.

I would write more, but I have to head to supper.

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ooh ooh guess what!!!

February 18, 2005

We* got Aurora!!!! Does anyone else know who got which houses?

*Myself, Meryl, Alex (Meryl’s sister), Erin, Charlee, Mel, Leah, Lena)

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Friday morning feels like Saturday

February 18, 2005

I don’t know why I haven’t really posted this week, I guess I really wasn’t in the mood. It has been a really good week and a really bad week. A lot of emotional ups and downs mainly being played out in my head. But first the facts…

Tuesday was an internship day and it went better than most. KT introduced me to some other people working in the Museum and generally I felt useful. That evening was crazy paper time for the house. But before we settled down to business, we had a guest speaker T King and his supervisor. They are the community organizers behind ONE (Organization for a New Eastside) which follows the pattern set up by Saul Linsky and others of working to empower and create changes that the people living in the neighborhood feel are important. He had us do a fun exercise where we took turns playing the organizer and the neighbor. At one point I pretended to be a crazy ole’ lady with twenty cats.

After they left the house settled back down to writing papers. Although because I had been able to complete good portions of my paper during the down time of my internship I wasn’t in the same boat. So basically I finished mine up and then watched the Daily Show with Jon Stewart at eleven. He is, seriously, one of the funniest men I know. I actually laugh outloud at his show. Miriam and I have developed quite the crush on him actually. Too bad he is probably in his forties and married….

Wednesday was classes and we started off with MM and Practical Peacemaking. As always an excellent class. Perfecto ??????? came in and told us about the work he has been doing in his home country of the Philippines. He works with children prisoners, essentially young street children get detained in the same cells as adults and there are also issues of torture with the police department. Perfecto is in the states working at the graduate law school and it was just amazing to hear his story of continuing despite setback after setback. At first he worked as a journalist, but the editors didn’t want print the stories, then he organized direct actions, then began working as a lawyer. It was amazing to hear how even though there has not been huge successes Perfecto keeps working.

During our afternoon class we spent some time reviewing for our exam on Monday and discussing philanthropy. That evening I watched Alias! It was really good and it was the first time in three weeks or so that I actually saw one live. There is a lot you miss out on when you just read the synopsis on twoevilmonks (although that is definitely better than nothing).

Yesterday was internship day and due to a miscommunication between KT and myself I spent the majority of the day running around in my boots! Lets just say after that I feel into a whole new level of love with my sneakers. While the boots are nice for a quiet day in the office they are killer for high use. What KT and I and another volunteer was doing was disinstalling the exhibit that currently stands in the Legacy Theater and getting it ready for the instillation that will happen on Monday. It was a good internship day in that I did something productive, but I guess I feel like I have yet to be really engaged by this internship, I guess I don’t feel like I have done anything that couldn’t have been done by someone else. But hey maybe the first few months of most jobs are like that, I hope not though.

So that brings us to this morning, which was lovely because until about half an hour ago I was asleep. So far I think (other than Samuka who is at work) I am the only one awake in the house. Which makes it the perfect time to go make myself some french toast.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2005

Well for those of you who know me, you know that I have never really been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Chalk it up to the good dose of cynicism I possess, the fact that I don’t need another reminder that I am single, and the fact that we never celebrated it growing up (not to mention the huge over commercialization that surrounds the day). Essentially I don’t really care for the day, but this Valentine’s Day was different. It really all is Anna’s fault, she loves Valentine’s day. And I mean loves it all, the decorations, the cards, the special meal, but she loves it not for the whole romantic couple thing, but for the telling people you love them and of course some of the romance in general.

So this evening we cooked a special Valentine day feast. I made Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Anna made Cheese Fondue, and Miriam made Fruit Salad. Then we all got dressed up in fancy dresses and dimmed the lights and had some sparkling grape juice. It was a blast and the food was great. Then to top it off our neighbor D Micheal stopped by to deliver some Valentine cookies. Now even though we are giving up sweets for Lent, we decided that today would be an exception. After we stuffed ourselves on all the yummy food the boys cleaned up and us girls changed back into regular clothes. To cap off the evening we went on a walk downtown. The evening was balmy (at least for winter in Indiana) and the sky was clear. We pointed out stars and walked down Pennsylvania Ave to the military monuments. I managed to get a few good pictures of the city lights and a really nice group shot, which I will hopefully post in the near pictures (it will also give you all an idea of my hair).

All in all it was a really lovely evening and I would have to say the best Valentine’s Day I have ever had (even surpassing the one in 6th grade when Ryan (my one and only 3 week elementary “boyfriend”) gave me chocolates and a card). I guess it just reminded me that even the most annoying holiday can be redeemed when you spend it in good company and with a joyful heart. Heres to embracing the sappy every once in a while!

So what were your days like?