Thursday, December 11, 2003

Well my very last undergraduate class EVER is officially over. It's rather shocking actually. I'm two papers and three finals away from being a college graduate. Wow, that's kinda scary.

Not that I'm done with school just yet. Where the undergraduate ends, grad school begins. Two years from now, hopefully I'll be saying that I'm done with my last graduate class. Then I'll have an M.A. and perhaps be slightly more prepared to enter the real world.

Of course, the other odd thing about finishing my B.S. is the fact that next semester I'll be in the classroom in front of undergrads. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, so to speak. That's the part I'm really excited about though. I'm so excited about actually teaching. I'm not sure the students will love me...afterall, I learned from one of the best and hardest public speaking profs on the face of the earth. Hopefully they'll like and appreciate me eventually. I know my speech professor from high school is just high as a kite over the fact that I changed over into comm studies and am now going to be teaching...but frankly I don't care. My move into comm studies had nothing to do with her at all. In fact, I didn't like her and I didn't learn one damn thing in that class other than bad habits that it took me two years to break. My public speaking/persuasion/organizational communications professor is the one who gets credit for guiding and inspiring me. I wouldn't mind being like him when I grow up.

Monday, December 08, 2003

So, today's post is brought to you by the letter C.

And in light of that, today's post is about condom use.

Theme: Don't be a selfish jack-ass (unless of course you literally happen to be a donkey, in which case, go forth and be the ass you've always wanted to be).

Refusing to use a condom or not saying "Hey, we should be using a condom" is a damn selfish thing to do. Someone on the boards today said essentially that it was his own right to be self destructive if he wanted to. Well, yes, essentially I believe this is true. But refusing to use a condom for all sexual activities isn't just self destructive. It's being destructive of someone else. It's essentially sticking a great big label on your partner that says "Disposable - I don't care!" It means that you care so little about your partner - another human being - that you don't want to protect them. It's nothing but sheer selfishness. Your pleasure is more important than your partner's life and health.

Oh, and please understand that I'm not just saying this to guys. Ladies, pay attention...this means you too.

Folks, what this comes down it is really simple. Don't be a selfish jack-ass, take care of each other. And if you can't be bothered to take care of each other, then at least have the courtesy to refrain from activities that endanger others. Don't want to use a condom during oral sex? Then simply don't engage in it. Can't be bothered to use a condom at all? Then stick to masturbation. Chlamydia trachomatis infections were up 6.5% from 2001 and syphilis is up 12.4%. And those are just two statistics. STD's are nasty stuff, don't spread them. Please.

Is that really too much to ask of your fellow human?

On a slightly lighter note, check out the 12 STIs of Christmas, absolutely hilarious!

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Wow, I slept for a long time today. And I did absolutely nothing else. Isn't that awful.

I was just so incredibly tired. I do feel better now though. I certainly can't do that whole 1.5 hours worth of sleep again. I can survive on 4 hours of sleep...I've can do that, but apparently 1.5 is the magic number that makes my body just refuse to function. I'm really surprised that I managed to stay conscious as long as I did. I went to class, I went to work for 4 hours, and then I went out and painted pottery.

Oh, and about that pottery...yeah. It was fun, alot of fun. But I'm pretty sure that the 1.5 hours of sleep reduced my artistic skills to the approximate level of a 4 year old. I wanted to make a plate that was going to sorta go with the dishes I bought last month. So I tried to get the right colors and stuff...and while everyone else was painting pictures on their pottery or shapes or even painting little figurines, I was sorta smearing blue paint around. I literally think I just pushed around three colors of blue paint for at least an hour.

Ah well, I'm sure it'll be cute even if it does look like a 4 year old made it. And if it does look that bad, I'll just put it in a drawer until we have a baby and the kid turns 4...then I'll blame it on him or her and everyone will think it's cute. :)

Friday, December 05, 2003

Oh lord....well the horrible awful paper is finished (though now I'm terrified that I won't have done well enough on it since it accounts for 30% of my grade in that class) and I've had a grand total of 1.5 hours of sleep. Whoopie!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

One more assignment down.
Ooo, I just don't feel like doing anything today. Of the items on my "to do" list, I've done one...and that's only cause it was due at 11am. I'm fixin to do another one of the things on the list right now (yes dear, I did just say "fixin").

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

I just skipped what is probably the last/final group meeting for the HIV/AIDS awareness group I'm involved in that I would have attended as an undergrad. As I sat here watching the clock nearing 7:30 (meeting time), I realized that I simply have no more to give. None at all. I'm all given out. On one hand, this makes me feel quite selfish. But on the other, I recognize that I'm just trying to save myself here (which may, in fact, be selfish). I love the cause, I believe in the cause...but right now I simply cannot deal with the politics of the group itself. Frankly, it's terribly cliquish and frustrating. Several of the people I really don't like at all, and I find them rather hypocritical in the worst way. They're involved because it will look good on their Peace Corps or med school applications for them to have been involved with HIV/AIDS awareness. They're using our group as a fund raiser for another similar group they are involved with. They put off things until the last minute and then expect me to drop everything and produce all manner of flyers from thin air.

Simply put, I just can't do it anymore. I've got a paper due tomorrow, and then two tests and a paper on Friday. I can't do it. I have to save myself because nobody else is going to save me. That's just the way it is. If they don't like it, well that's just too bad.

Going Nowhere -- chasing fitness one step at a time

After reading the always entertaining Marn for quite a while now, I've decided that I too need to hop on the Going Nowhere bandwagon for 2004. I've decided to do this for alot of reasons. I just don't feel healthy anymore. I used to be so active and fit, and ever since I came to college, it doesn't seem to be that way anymore. My wedding will be coming up sometime (probably) within the next year, and I really want to be in better shape for the big day. I think that perhaps I need a goal to work toward in order to actually get this done.

So in light of all those facts, I've decided to try going 500 miles on an elliptical (with the possibility of doing part of it on a bike also). My knees just won't stand up to real running, so the lower impact is just what I need. 500 miles seems like alot, but lots of other people have done it, and I think I can too. I actually want to do it. So starting in January, hopefully I'll going 500 miles worth of nowhere.