"You sound to me as though you don't believe in free will," said Billy Pilgrim. "If I hadn't spent so much time studying Earthlings," said the Tralfamadorian, "I wouldn't have any idea what was meant by free will. I've visited 31 inhabited planets in the universe...Only on Earth is there any talk of free will." -- K. Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Saturday, May 28, 2005


The best perk of getting into grad school so far has been the justification to buy a computer. My very own functioning-modern-not-10-years-old computer. I've had it less than 24 hours and my only interactions with it so far has been to upload music into iTunes, but I have come to several conclusions:

1. Wireless internet may be the best invention ever
2. I can never live without a laptop again
3. Apple wins.

Now I can finally get a handle on all my CDs floating around and become part of the digital picture age. Also, more updates more often! OMG! So Exciting! Is my heart beating rapidly because of the excise of soy lattes I've drank this morning or my utter joy of being an iBook owner? I can assure anyone who is interested in my whereabouts come the next few months, it will probably be in a coffee shop that has free WiFi. Nice.

Sunday, May 08, 2005


Can I just say that my mom is awesome? For mother's day today we went out to Roseville to play bingo at the Roseville Bingo Parlor. I had made a t-shirt in an homage de ma mere, which I have officially declared my new favorite t-shirt. It features this picture of my mom from the mid-70s, which I found in a box.

My mom, apx. 1976, looking way hot

I thought I was pretty cool, until I saw the guy sitting behind us. He was your average Minnesotan, out enjoying a Sunday of Bingo, who was also wearing a picture of his mom t-shirt. The woman pictured was at least in her late 60s, and wearing a semi-formal black gown. She literally looked like the real version of Mike Meyer's old Jewish woman character on SNL. This once again proved that my style can only mimic, not out fashion, those who attend Bingo on a regular basis.

Although Sheela, Ben, Mom and I were all very excited about the Bingo (and the candy we snuck in from Candyland), none of us left triumphant Bingo winners. Mom, however, was the lucky winner of a mother's day door prize, her very own Toastmaster toaster.

Monday, May 02, 2005

what month is it?

I should have internalized all that information on karma while I was India, because all my gloating about skipping winter had offically caught up with me. Today, May 2, it is 31 degreees (yes, farhenheit). 21 degrees with the windchill! It's snowing off and on, which has been going on since Friday, and I'm thinking about digging out some mittens. I would like to formally apologize to the Upper Midwest for bringing this wrath down upon us. My Bad.