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(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2013|11:11 am]
[music |Tegan and Sara - I Hear Noises (Live)]

I love this, and I don't know why. It's a sad song, but it's so catchy. And Tegan and Sara are pretty much adorable.

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(no subject) [Oct. 2nd, 2011|10:49 am]
[mood |happyhappy]

This last week has been crazy. A few weeks ago, L had her pre-quarter meetings and orientations with the new kids and the professors. Her department chair had mentioned at that time that she and a neighbor had recently rescued a litter of feral kittens and that if any of the grad students want to adopt one, she would cover start-up expenses like vaccinations, spay/neuter, etc. We had decided that we wanted to wait a few years before getting a second cat, so this wasn't super relevant for us.

Then, last weekend, this department chair emails L with a picture of one of the kittens that she happens to be kitten sitting for the weekend. So L and talked about it, and we decided to go meet them. There was one in particular that L was enamored with (the one from the picture we were sent) because it purred nice and loudly for her.

So we debated it out, consulted with parents, and finally decided that this would be an ok time to adopt a second cat. After all, Mal had so much fun this summer at my parents' house playing with their cat.

It's now been a week since we met this kitten for the first time, and we've had her at home for a couple of days. This is Kaylee:

She's little still, about 8-12 weeks old and just over 2lbs. We're well on our way to collecting the entire crew of Serenity. :) Not really. As I told othergoose the other day, more than two kitties might be a little too crazy lesbian cat lady….
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Let the day go on and on [Jun. 28th, 2011|08:02 pm]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Enya - Wild Child]

My kitty got all poofy when my parents came to visit and brought their own kitty. Here he is hunting/watching/being afraid of Aunty Lucky.

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(no subject) [May. 13th, 2011|08:21 am]
Two predictions:

1. The word of the year for 2011 is going to be draconian. I'd wager on it now.

2. The next 'new way' that professors/teachers will communicate with students is through text message. I'm shocked how rarely my students check their email these days, considering how addicted to email I am. But, they're constantly texting. So when I email them about something important right after a morning class, they don't see it before the next morning's class.
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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2011|11:00 pm]
Today I passed my comprehensive MA exams.

More to come when I'm awake enough to put together coherent thoughts...
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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2011|03:14 pm]
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]
[music |Vienna Teng - City Hall]

When it comes to issues of women's health, I'm afraid I don't understand the conservative argument. Articles like this one and this one frustrate me so much because of the resources being wasted on protecting fetuses, criminalizing women, and arguing about "G-d's will". I think I can see the argument that goes along the lines of "but you're killing an innocent being", but I really can't see how that trumps "the woman cannot or should not, for whatever reason, have this baby".

It also frustrates me to no end how outspoken male pro-lifers tend to be. All I can think is, I'm sorry - how do you even have a right to an opinion in this matter? Even worse? The upper crust male pro-lifers running the government --- there's just no friggin' way that they could possibly understand what kind of situation a woman might be in to need an abortion.

On a related note: government shutdown?
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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2011|10:47 pm]

Yup, that's my kitty.
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Today, my cat was adorable. [Feb. 12th, 2011|10:51 pm]
[mood |calmcalm]

He got his favorite toy (a rattle ball) stuck in a shoe and was frustrated.

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(no subject) [Feb. 8th, 2011|11:31 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Afros e Afroxés da Bahia - Ilê-Ayê]

Six months ago today, I got married.
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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2011|06:38 pm]
[mood |surprisedsurprised]
[music |Katy Perry - Firework]

Recently, I've been given a hard time for enjoying specific songs. Let me be the first to admit that I do not have an especially refined taste in music. In general, I like a lot of music, and, in many ways, I allow myself to be attracted to songs not solely based on the lyrics or the beat or the music video. I have a fairly open mind, musically speaking.

On the other hand, sometimes it's just those things - the lyrics, the beat, the music video - that attract me most to a specific song. Take, for example, Katy Perry's new hit Firework. [This is one of the songs that I have most recently been ridiculed for liking.]

Go check out the music video.

Yes, the tune and beat are both catchy. [It's Katy Perry - even her stupidest songs are catchy.] But that's not why I'm so attracted to it. The music video itself is pretty good, considering what most modern music videos are like. This one happens to not be hyped up with drugs, sex, or otherwise explicit material. As for the lyrics, they may not be brilliant, but they do speak to me. And, to some extent, I think pretty much every teenager - and maybe even everyone, teenager or not - can relate. There's something fundamentally simple about the feeling that she's singing about, and putting it to a catchy tune and an upbeat video, it turns into a message of hope.

Am I the only one who sees this? Am I totally wrong, and actually this falls into the category of "just another stupid Katy Perry song"?
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