Yesterday was Savvy's birthday. On Saturday we threw her a little party, there were only four of us, so we went out to Sushi and goofed off all evening. Yesterday her birthday wish was to go sit in the theater and watch a bunch of movies she hasn't had time to go see, so her and I went to a couple of theaters and I bought her tickets to four movies.

We saw P.S. I love you (and bawled), I Am Legend, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Enchanted. I also bought her dinner. She said she had a good time, and it was nice to just blow a whole day doing nothing productive at all.

Happy Birthday Sav!


Long day, I didn't sleep last night, and was on campus from about 8 this morning until 6 this evening. I haven't eaten anything at all today and I really just want to crash, burn and get some snoozes.

In happy news, I got a notice that my Faid has been posted to be put into my bank account within three business days. Which means hopefully by mid-next week I can buy my books and catch up on all the homework I'm behind.

I've got a busy weekend ahead of me, and a busy week next week. I've got some stuff left on a client website to do that I hope I can get done on Thursday. Maybe, by then, I'll have something amusing and of substance to say.


Yawn, yawn, yawn yawn, yawn.
Yawn sniffle yawn yawn sniffle,
Yawn yawn yawn yawn zzzzzz.


So tomorrow I go talk to my AA about an IE3 Internship. I'm terribly excited about it, even if I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to sell myself on the street to afford to go. The one I have my sights set on is for ten weeks in Pune, India. IE3 says this:

Located in the Sahayadri Hills, near the west coast of India, Pune is a fascinating city with a nice climate year-round. The Maternal Child Health in Pune program will offer comprehensive learning opportunities in health in addition to vibrant Marathi culture. Participants will have the chance to work with a variety of clinical sites including larger hospitals, and smaller rural clinics. Some clinical sites are run and managed by the government, and others are private that may or may not operate with public funding. In this program, participants will be exposed to the healthcare system in India that caters to the needs of women and children. They will experience antenatal care, intranatal care and postnatal care facilities and will learn about newborn care, immunization schedules and pediatric care up to age five. Participants can also rotate in family planning clinics, and will have the opportunity to work in clinics that manage sexually transmitted infections and disease.

It's so amazingly perfect. I'd be working primarily in the area I want to work, and I would get the added bonus of going to India for ten weeks. Plus, since IE3 is an OSU program, I'd get a full term 12 credits during my time away, so I wouldn't lose any credits for going. There is also one in Bolivia that is really really exciting as well. I think my heart is set on India though.

My goal is to go next Fall or Winter. I meet with my AA tomorrow to talk about initial steps, and then hopefully I can get the process moving. I know I said I'd have to walk streets (or sell an organ, or become a drug dealer) but the cost is actually not that much over a base tuition cost that I'm already paying now.

If it's not going to cost me seven or nine thousand to go, only what I'm paying already for tuition plus a bit more, why would I not take this opportunity?
Plus it will give me gobs and loads of experience which I need to get into Med school anyway.

In other school news, I'm the oldest person in my Chem class. This cracks me up enormously. Another lady came in who looked to be in her 30's and I was so happy thinking that I wasn't the only person over the age of 19 in a class of well over 200 students (culture shock by the way, my largest class at my last school was 48 and I thought that was crowded).

She was a sign language interpreter.

I feel so old surrounded by people who look like they're not old enough to shave or drive yet. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go put my slippers on and watch Matlock.


Only one day left.
First week of term has zoomed by,
9 of them are left.
My feet haven't been dry in a week. Maybe I should get cute rain boots?


Back at school. It's been kind of nutty, but I think I finally pegged down what I'm taking. As always, if you wish to stalk me...

HSTS 417 - History of Medicine (I'm so excited about this class)
CH 221 - Chemistry 221 (I'm behind on my Chem, I'm bad)
MTH 112 - Trigonometry (I need it for Calc, boo)

I was also going to take Ecology, but it's a T/R class and I just couldn't make it, so instead of 15 credits I'm only taking 12. Two are online, and one is on campus. I have to get my act in gear next term, but it's okay for this term. I'm cool with it.

I've got an appointment on Friday to talk to my adviser about an IE3 internship! Keep fingers crossed!


I'm making Spring Break plans, it seems early since term doesn't start technically until tomorrow, but time flies doesn't it Figs? It's best to get things set up now.

One of my New Years Resolutions was to get three stamps in my passport. Oh, and to get a passport. I will be getting it next week, and I plan on getting a nice inky stamp in it during Spring Break.

I'll be heading to Vancouver B.C. for a few days because Canada is only 6 hours away and I've never been there. Sav will be my co-pilot and we plan on stalking many stars, because as many of you know, all the good shows are filmed in Vancouver.


Off to sew some pants.
I tore a hole it was sad,
Sewing ain't my friend.


Grinded all day on this website, my goal is to finish up early enough tomorrow that I can spend the rest of the afternoon and evening freaking out about classes starting on Monday. It should be good.

I'm done for the night though, I think I'll just go pound some steps out on DDR and maybe put my PJ's on. I'm a freaking thrill a minute on a Saturday night, aren't I?


Spinach is the yum.
Avocado and some cheese,
Make tasty dinners.


Is it sad that I really want to watch this tonight?

It is, isn't it? Damn.
Friday Random Ten, Figs. Play along!

Bring Me Love - Marie Digby (Bring Me Love Single)

HA HA - Monsters Are Waiting (Fascination)

Again - Chris Hawkes (Guitar and Voice)

September Falls - The Little Heroes (Cinematic America)

Lay You Down - The Ruse (Invasion)

Lights - Careen (Crash Culture)

The Story Of - The Heavenly States (The Heavenly States)

Sim Time Sim Place (Nick Franglen (of Lemon Jelly) Remix) - Mark Mothersbaugh (The Sims 2: Nightlife)

Burned Another House Down - Parker Theory (Leaving California)

I feel like I'm channeling a really bad scripted teen 'reality' show today. However, just because silly shows feature good artists doesn't make the artists silly.

Okay, well maybe the fact that I have all The Sims soundtracks is silly...but I can't help it. Singing along to songs in a language that was made up for a computer game to baffle the people around you is hysterical.

Or maybe I'm just easily amused. You pick.


I should be working.
Oh distraction, I love thee,
With your shiny things.


I've been working on a clients website all day today. I've got about four days left to cram my last minute work in before my deadline is up. I'm pretty much on track, but the hosting leaves things to be desired. What I originally wanted to do with their shopping cart isn't going to work. Even after I whined at it all morning, it just wouldn't give and magically change into what I wanted.

My goal is to cross off the majority of the things on my list so that my last day or so can be spent testing to make sure everything is working correctly. Keep your fingers crossed that nothing blows up or gets deleted on me. I would cry.

My toes are cold and I should really throw my slippers that I got from The Sister for my birthday on, but if I get up and move around I'll distract myself. It's only raining out but the forecast has hinted a bit at snow later in the weekend and I believe it. It's certainly chilly enough outside. I'm one of those nut people who once I get cold, it takes me a long time to warm back up. So for most of winter, I'm perpetually cold. My friend Terra is the complete opposite, she's perpetually hot, even if the temperature is 40 degrees where she is, she'll still want a window open or the AC on. Nuts, nuts I say.

I wouldn't mind snow, except for the fact that if it snows, there is no way I'm commuting to campus for the first day of classes. Maybe it'll snow so much, that the start of term will be pushed back a week and my lovely vacation will be extended. Wouldn't that be fun? I think so too.

Back to the grind like a good little Cinderjamie. I'm going to bang on this with a proverbial hammer for another hour or three and hope that when I leave Guido to go start my soup later this afternoon, the Achteemell Fairies have finished the job for me.

A girl can dream right?


Smiling Buddha man,
Sits on my desk and just grins,
Hope I amuse him.


It's been winter now for 11 days, so I figured it was time to get my Winter Reading List up and cracking, before I ran out of time and had to start thinking about the Spring Reading List.

For those of you Figs who don't know, every season I post an ever-growing list of books that I want to read before the season is up. This book contains everything except textbooks directly required for my classes. Everything else, including old textbooks and papers, get added to the list. I also take suggestions for tasty reading.

I read pretty fast, and can usually do 35 - 40 books in a normal season list, and if I'm really reading I can do over 100. Usually though I don't have that kind of time, which makes me sad in my insides.

If I own the books, usually they get released into the wild unknown through Book Crossing when I'm done with them. Two of my books are BC books that I picked up from Wordstock in November and just haven't had a chance to read them.

This seasons list includes medical stuff, non-fiction, fiction of all kinds, cooking books, and of course zombies. I'm looking for a good biography and anything else that you might think would be a fun read.

I add to the list anything I find or read during this time. My deadline for reading them is March 20th, which is the Spring Equinox.

Winter Reading List:

Bad Moon Rising - Katherine Sutcliffe

Beyond Nose-To-Tail:More Omnivorous Recipes for the Adventurous Cook - Henderson & Gellatly

Blue Justice - Illona Haus

Complete Guide MD/PhD Degree - Ben Rosner

Cold Hit - Stephen Cannell

Examkrakers: MCAT study package - Jonathan Orsay

Learning To Play God - Robert Marion

The Last Light of The Sun - Guy Gavriel Kay

The Face of Death - Cody Mcfadyen

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court - Jeffrey Toobin

Med School Confidential - Miller & Bissell

Tales of the Otori: Across the Nightingale Floor - Lian Hearn

The Wheels of Darkness - Preston & Child

Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver - Arthur Allen

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations - Cave & Mitchell

Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse - Ben Templesmith

World War Z: An Oral History/Zombie War - Max Brooks

Give me any suggestions you have!

I've finished both Blue Justice and Bad Moon Rising both are junk food fiction, but Bad Moon Rising is much more junkier, and not really in a good way. Technically these would go on the Fall Reading List, since I read them before the 22nd, but I'm a cheater so I'm cheating. It's my list! I can if I wanna!

I enjoyed Blue Justice though, and would say if you're looking for a fun thriller it's worth it. I read them both while delayed in the airport for five hours on my flight home from Vegas. They served their purpose well, and kept me from gouging the eyes out of the other people waiting with me.
Yay for Sakura! I love this layout, it was time to change from the holiday one, and this will work until I've made a new one.
So instead of working at The Book Place today, I did some errands I needed to take care of. I did some grocery shopping (yes, I am that exciting) and popped into Big Lots to pick up another pair of pajamas. If you have one near you, and they have the cute cute warm fuzzy jammies pick them up. At 12 bucks, they're a great deal.

I think I'm obsessed with them because secretly I just want to spend the rest of my life as a schlub in pajamas.

It's pouring out, so I arrived home with the cuffs of my pants and my shoes soaking wet, I think this is a good excuse to put on my new jammies, but seeing as how it's only 2 in the afternoon, that would be overly slackeresc even for me.

Time for a random subject change. I have a question Figs, I'm looking for a decent digital camera. I know you all own them, what kind do you own, and do you like them or would you buy them again if you could? Also, what did they run you in price?

I'd like to get one, do 365 this year and also do some time lapse stuff. I'm forcing Crocus bulbs in my bathroom off my bedroom (it is not weird, it's because it's dark and cool in there. It doesn't have any windows and they start better in that type of enviorment) and I'd like to do daily shots of them and then put them all together.

Yes I know, I'm a dork.


It is wet outside,
Dripping wetness all around,
My socks are soaked now.


So I spent New Years Eve watching bad movies and good Twilight Zone episodes and just relaxing, which was the best way ever to end one year and usher in another.

I spent today trying to work out a bunch of issues that have arisen, one of which being how I'm going to work full time like a normal person from 8 - 5 at The Book Place and go to school full time at a university that is an hour away taking day classes. Unfortunately the answer was that I can't - work at The Book Place, that is.

If it was a job that had night hours, or would be willing to let me patchwork hours in then that would be fine. Sadly, neither option exista, so my only alternative is to back out from working this rush, and focus on school. I'm hoping to find some extra work on campus that I can pick up ten hours a week or so when I can, since all my classes this term are science based with labs, and as many of you Figments who go to school know, these are crazy time consuming.

So I wrote my supervisor and let her know I wasn't coming in, and said I'd love to work over the summer rush like last year, when I didn't have to commute to Corvallis. Until then however (and let's hope they do let me come back in summer) it's just not going to work for me.

Maybe I'll get lucky and find a campus job or a night job that will work with me. I could use the extra money, but I'm not crazy worried about it.

It's all good. Next is getting the title transfered into my name for Le Car De Goose, which is a whole 'nother bundle of fun goodies because all my forms of picture ID have gone missing, and so I have to go track one down (and dish out the money to get it) before I can dish out the 130 to transfer the title. Yay!


Need to clean my room.
Scary Phyllis haunting me,
Bad childhood mem'ries.