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February 19th, 2009

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If you won the lottery, what would you do with your newfound riches?

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I'd buy a condo in Chicago, DC, and Portland. If there were any money left, I'd buy clothes, travel in the Middle East, and eat cage free eggs.

November 5th, 2008

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Being Grant Park for Obama's rally last night was unbelievable. I was near the middle, next to one of the jumbotrons, and even climbing on a friend's shoulders, there were people as far as the eye can see. Friends tell me that you could hear the cheering miles away in Hyde Park.

All of the ladies I went with, and not a few of the guys, had tears running down their cheeks when Obama gave his speech.

I know things can't change immediately, but maybe in four years, when I go abroad, I can say I'm an American and not worry that I'll be seen as bloodthirsty, stupid, or arrogant. I consider myself patriotic and it hurts to think that my country has been led by elitist bigots for the past eight years, but I am elated that, for the next four at least, I can hope that the US will return to being a place of opportunity for those who seek it and a force for peace and justice abroad.

June 3rd, 2008

Summer Goals

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1. Get in really really really ridiculously good shape
* Work out hard on a regular basis
* Throw everyday
* Huck forehand

2. Get really really really ridiculously good at Persian
* Lessons at the school in Vienna
* Review everything I've done at school here

3. Get through a lot of my reading list
* Books about Iran
* Fiction

4. Don't watch TV, however tempting it may be.

5. Don't eat badly, however tempting it may be.

August 20th, 2007

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T - 5.5 days until I leave for Iran. I'm honestly not sure how prepared I am to go on this trip, but I suspect that none of my preparations will really matter once I leave. It's like getting on a roller coaster: I'm still standing on the platform, pulling back my ponytail, and reminding myself to secure the safety bar properly. Once I arrive at the airport on Saturday, I'll be latched in and the rattle-clanking of the first hill will have started. The big events will be out of my hands, leaving me free to react, enjoy myself, and hopefully come out dignified and happy despite my inevitably mussed hair.

It seems sort of silly to be nervous about a two-week tourist trip, regardless of the destination, but I am all the same. On the other hand, I already suspect that I'll be vaguely disappointed by how uneventful the trip will be. The U.S. and Iran can't seem to play nicely together and I can't decide whether I'm more worried that I'll get in trouble because of it, or whether I'm more worried that it'll be less of an adventure than it ought to be.

I'm planning to keep a travel journal. When I get back, I'll type it up and post a link to it here.

June 1st, 2007

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I just emailed Marvin Zonis, a rock star professor emeritus at the GSB, to ask for his advice about grad school. I really feel like that's the ballsiest thing I've done in a while. Here's hoping that he wont just ignore me! I want to be and expert consultant on CNN someday!

May 12th, 2007

Rolling into 8th week

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Some stress, some fun, mostly boredom. Lots of work to do, for class and other stuff, but not of it seems that pressing. I'm mostly just ready for the quarter to be done.

I get to go to Iran this summer. I am SO stoked for that. 21st birthday in Tehran? Sounds right to me.

April 3rd, 2007

I've returned.

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Sort of. We'll see whether I bother with this now that I haven't used it for a year.

May 26th, 2006

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The rest of my year consists of:
2 problem sets (math and physics)
2 papers (14 pages for James, 8 pages for Classics)
2 finals (math and physics)
1 presentation (Weber)

The problem sets should be managable this time around, the physics final will be fine, the papers will take forever but get done, my weber presentation will take maybe half an hour, and my math final will kill me. I'm not even confident that I should TAKE the final because I don't know if I'll get better than a B in the class even if I ace it. My heart is filled with hatred for math.

I want to go abroad next summer. I want to go to Munich or Austria or Jordan. I should start looking into those sorts of things now, so I dont miss application dates like I always do.

Matt's dad came into town yesterday. He's here until Matt finishes all of his work for the quarter because he got sick at the worst possible time at the end of last quarter. It's sort of disconcerting, but I think we'll both be motivated to get as much of our work done as fast as possible.

Matt, by the way, is an amazing boyfriend. I couldn't be dating a sweeter, more loving, more considerate person. I'm not sure that it's fair that I'm this lucky. :)

I've given up most sorts of sweets/snacky things. No icecream, pudding, oreos, smoothies, cake, cookies, etc. If I have cravings for it, it's a no-go. I've been feeding my stress this quarter, and although it hasn't had any majorly noticeable impact, it's time for it to stop. Soon I'm going to start working out again, and that will more than compensate for the sweets. Stress, for me, requires that I either eat icecream or that I go running. Somehow one of those options seems better than the other.

Soon, when I've got some free time, I'm going to sit down and write an angry response to Max Weber. He tells me that I have no personality and that the things I have done with my life so far are meaningless. If you're interested in your academic dreams being dashed to pieces, read "Science as a Vocation". It's a lecture (ie. not too long) about scholarly professions. Grr.

May 8th, 2006

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May 2nd, 2006

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