Monday, February 28

F-U- ... oh, who cares?

I am tired, but I got more sleep than usual a fairly normal amount of sleep, considering recent events.

I just thought you'd like to know.

I think that I will go knit some more plastic bags, eat dinner, and then never leave the Chips office.

Friday, February 25

Thinking time

We're nearing another weekend, and thankfully I have no need to wake up early this time, and will theoretically have time to actually think.

I finally finished Lina's hat on Wednesday night, so now her matching scarf and hat set is complete. I'm planning on taking a picture with her wearing them so that I can post it here. I'm rather proud of the hat, since I just started making it up after a while. I had to take her huge hair into account, and I think that I did that fairly well. I did a two-inch (maybe a little more) 1x1 rib stitch and finished the hat in seed, which ended up looking very pretty with the colors (Lion Brand Homespun in "Quartz").

I'm starting something long and skinny now with my Jo-ann Sensations Angel Hair yarn ... it might be a scarf, it might be a belt. Who knows?

Thursday, February 24

Hooray for Jay!

I'm so excited that Jay has won Project Runway. We had a little viewing party last night that involved Rice Krispie treats, a few malt beverages [and one tallboy], and lots of yelling at Wendy Pepper.

Also ...
I love my mother, but she just wrote this line in an email: You're knitting needle is on it's way...heading' north....couple "friends" in the package to keep it company. love, mom And my punctuation bitch inside cringed. Twice.

Monday, February 21


PRIDE is looking to bring a speaker to Luther that we saw this weekend at MBLGTACC: Terry Tafoya. Interestingly enough, we found out that he was here in 2000, and that there was a Chips article about it.

It's a small world, after all.

Also, after attempting to complete my norm violation assignment for anthropology today, I think I may have failed miserably.

Sunday, February 20

Exhaustion sets in

I, for one, am rather tired. I have not gotten enough sleep lately, and it's turning me into a zombie. I don't know why I thought that being in St. Cloud with seemingly a million other queers would provide time for sleeping, but I that's what I thought nevertheless. We did manage to have a gay old time, though. What's interesting about Luther's gay people, as a couple of people pointed out last night, is that they're normal. We don't have any punks or goths or hardcore bulldykes ...

It's just different.

Also, in response to Luther's Symphony Orchestra being protested by Fred Phelps while on tour, some of the orchestra members took matters into their own hands as a nonviolent reaction to the protests. [Our adviser for Chips commented on this, responding to an article we published last Thursday.]

And no, Dustro, I didn't get any action, despite the fact that my hair was the cutest thing since bugs' ears.

Thursday, February 17

Alphabet soup

I just watched a really interesting flash movie on the media and how it will end up in 2014 ... it's worth a look.

Also, I added a new blog to my links today--Citizen Skein. I hope it's entertaining. Really, I just like the title. Woo!

And I think I might be knitting wombs for the rest of my life, because everybody says, "Oh, I wish I had a uterus doll" or "Hey, I bought some supplies so you can make me one!" or something like that. Funny how life works.

Tomorrow I'm heading out with all the queers to St. Cloud, where we're attending MBLGTACC 2005 [Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, which I like to refer to as the "Alphabet Soup Conference" or the "Big Queer Conference"]. I'm so excited that I got my hairs cut.

So it might be a while before I post again, just so you know.

Tuesday, February 15

I'm bowling away

I have witnessed a miraculous event today, and it's only 9.45 in the morning.

As many of you know, Elaine and I have bowling on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. This is especially taxing on Tuesdays [for me, at least], since I usually work late on Mondays. Today was no exception. But in the third frame of our second game, something magical started happening. Styx came on over the loudspeakers, and they said, "Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me." And during that song all three of us [Elaine, Mandy, and I] got strikes. And through the next few frames I got a six on one of the balls each frame. Six, after all, rhymes with Styx.

Monday, February 14

Paisley Monday

I apologise about the semicolons. It won't happen again. Much.

Tonight's the first night of productions for Chips. It's been so long; I hope I'm not rusty as I'm training a couple of people to do the job tonight. We shall see, at any rate.

I've knitted my second womb now. This one will go to the Vagina Monologues, methinks. I promised Brenna and Sam one each, though. Mine turned out much smaller than the pattern. I think my yarn's a little bit on the small side, so I'm going to alter the pattern and hope it doesn't come out all wobbly looking. I'll take a picture of it at some point.

Also, I'm wearing black today. I thought it was necessary to mourn the loss of a not-so-vital organ a few years ago. I definitely had my gallbladder removed on February 8, 2001. A friend from the J-term trip, Becca, had hers removed on V-Day two years ago.

I'm also wearing a fuschia paisley neck-tie.

Sunday, February 13

Half past February

It's just about half past February, and I think that perhaps I need an intervention; this time it will not be for knitting. I think that I need to stop buying books, even though they are incredibly delicious and I devour one after another in lusty fashion; I just can't help myself.. I just can't seem to help myself. I just finished Eats, Shoots & Leaves this morning and frankly, I feel really good. [It was also rather rainy when I woke up, which helped to boost my mood.] I can't even begin to elaborate on all the things I learned; I think that perhaps I have neglected the semicolon for far too long now, and I shall have to practise using it. Alas.

I do wish, however, that when people refer to a succession of three dots, "..." , that they should refrain from calling them "dot, dot, dot"; it's simply not right. Ellipsis! It's called an ellipsis! I shall tattoo it upon my wrist if I have to.

If homework should call, tell him I'm not in right now; please take a message.

Thursday, February 10

Ode to procrastination

Thank you, Sam Love, for helping me procrastinate just a little bit more while I load my J-term photos onto Ofoto.

PORN STAR NAME (Name of first pet + Street you live on): Shadow North
MOVIE STAR NAME (Name of your favourite snack food + Grandfather's first name): Paprika Pringles Marlyn
FASHION DESIGNER NAME (First word you see on your left + Favourite restaurant): LaserJet HuHot
EXOTIC FOREIGNER ALIAS (Favourite Spice + Last Vacation Spot): Lemon Pepper Istanbul
SOCIALITE ALIAS (Silliest Childhood Nickname + Town Where You First Partied): Twista Winterset
FLY GIRL ALIAS (First Initial + First Two or Three Letters of your Last Name): C. Bra
ICON ALIAS (Something Sweet Within Sight + Any Liquid in Kitchen): Dr. Pepper Canola
DETECTIVE ALIAS (Favourite Baby Animal + Where You Went to High School): Chloe Winterset
BARFLY ALIAS (Last Snack Food You Ate + Your Favourite Alcoholic Drink): Fritos Tequila
SOAP OPERA ALIAS (Middle Name + Street Where You First Lived): Marie Filmore
ROCK STAR ALIAS (Favourite Candy + Last Name Of Favourite Musician): LifeSaver Amos [as in Tori]
GREASE ALIAS (Favourite Swear Word + Last Word of Favourite Movie): Piç Labyrinth [Piç as in "bitch" in Turkish.]

Talk a little, pick a little

I have a very amusing relationship with my voice professor. For many of my lessons, we haven't really gotten a terrible amount of work done, but instead we talk. A lot. Today, after our choir sectional, I wandered by his office to see if the door was open. [I wanted to grab some Dove chocolates from the bowl just inside.] It was, so I poked my head in just to say hello, and ended up staying for a half-hour conversation about security deposits and him having bought his girlfriend [my former voice teacher] an iPod for V-day.

It was good times, and I got some chocolate.

Wednesday, February 9



I thought that I might write a little about the trip, since the only pictures of it that I've put up are the small ones on the side [which seem to get all bunched up in Explorer]. This shot is from one of a cluster of monasteries in Greece, which are collectively referred to as Meteora [meh-TAY-oh-rah, as opposed to the Linkin Park album mee-tee-OH-rah]. I was standing on one of the hills and taking a picture of the town below, Kalambaka. You can learn a little bit more here, if you like. We did not get so see the Grand Meteoron [the second photo down] because it was closed that day, but we saw a few of the others: Varlaam, Stephanou [St. Stephen], and the Holy Trinity [which involved way too many stairs].

A little more about Meteora can be found here.

And I've had a rather not-so-happy Wednesday. Things seem to keep appearing out of the blue that I'll have to do in the next few days or hours, and it makes me grouchy.

Sunday, February 6

Tallboy night

Dustro, T. BoJangles, Shoe Diva and I had a good time last night. We were drinking these crazy Pepsis ... "tallboys," we called them. Pepsi decided that 12 oz. cans aren't quite enough, so they upped them to 14 oz. Nutters.

We also finished up the meat n' cheese from a few days ago, and watched a couple of movies. The first we watched was A Home at the End of the World, which was rather sad but quite good. We followed it up with the lighthearted Connie and Carla, which Thadd and I watched this summer.

I have to go now, because your voice is giving me malaria.

Friday, February 4


I really need to get a move-on ... the photos from my J-term trip are still not posted anywhere [although I'm in the process of putting them on my H drive right this minute]. The one of the darling little puppy [above the links] was stolen from Jon's photos. I am the one holding the dog, though, so I think I'm allowed. I think.

Unfortunately, just now I made the mistake of turning the list of photos into a bunch of icons so that I could see the pictures a little more closely ... and in fact made the computer think way too hard. O Computer, I hate you for just a second.

They're having gyros in the caf tonight, so I will be critiquing their tzatziki eatling with Jon and pining for Greece. I'm excited.

Today is my first day of Languages in Time and Space [Linguistics for short.], as the prof was off presenting something on Wednesday. The text looks big and boring but will be fairly interesting, I think. I'm taking the class for fun anyway.

Off to eat lunch with Dustro. Yes, I'll actually be there this time. Scoundrel.

And I'm carrying my Turkish Delight around with me today, so if you find me ... you can have some. If you ask nicely.

Thursday, February 3


If you're hungry for sushi, why don't you just print it out? That's what Homaru Canto did. Read the article, if you have a free New York Times username. It's amazing.

Anyway, I'm going to go read more of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, since I'm near the end and actually quite taken with the book. Not as good as Wicked [the book], though, but I'm enjoying it still.

And perhaps get some knitting done for Lina, as I still owe her a hat to match her scarf.

Oh, and I suppose I might have some homework.

Wednesday, February 2

Turkish Delight

Apologies. I did not mean to neglect you, dear readers, for the week I have been back in the States. I promise to share some photos soon - especially since they're already all digitized. For behold! I have a new digital camera. Anyway, a new layout is in store for this blog so's I can show off a couple of choice photos.

The weather in Decorah's not too cold right now, and I'm glad for that. I'm also glad that I don't have a lot of books to buy this semester, and that I had to pay less than $100 to even out my balance with Financial Circus, and that the roomie's schedule will keep her much more occupied than last semester, at least timewise. Unless, of course, she skips classes again to sleep.

And I just got to see Sumnah for the first time since she's been back from Tanzania and South Africa. Good times.

Well, I'm going to eat lunch with Dustro soon, so The Newly Returned Turkish Delight is gonna sign off. (If you want some actual Turkish Delight, I've got some you can try.