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- Available: It depends on what you want me to be available for. ;-)
- Age: 22
- Annoyance: Distance.
- Animal: Non allergy inducing ones.

- Beer: Yuengling or whatever the $1 draft is. I'm not picky.
- Birthday: June 17
- Best Friends: Nicky and the rest of the bests.
- Body Part on opposite sex: Ass. I mean... personality?
- Best feeling in the world: Security, having plans.
- Blind or Deaf: Blind.
- Best weather: Anything as long as it isn't getting in the way of travel arrangements.
- Been in Love: Idk. I'm jaded. Maybe I was, maybe I wasn't, maybe I don't know what love really feels like.
- Been on stage?: Several times a year since 3rd grade. I <3 band and choir.
- Believe in Magic: No.
- Believe in Santa: Yep!

- Candy: Anything not chocolate? Actually I'm not a big candy fan in general.
- Color: Pink and brown.
- Chocolate/Vanilla: Vanilla ice, baby.
- Chinese/Mexican: Both?
- Cake or Pie: Pie. Mmmm pumpkin or apple...
- Continent to visit: Europe.
- Cheese: Munster probably.
- Car you would never want to have: A gas guzzler. My sentra spoils me.

- Day or Night: Night
- Dance in the rain: If it isn't cold out.

- Eyes: Brown.
- Everyone's got a(n): Opportunity to make a difference.
- Ever fail a class?: Nope. I'm hoping that doesn't happen...

- Full set of initials: BAS
- First thoughts waking up: "Ewww alarm clock. Go away."
- Favourite cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios!!

- Greatest Fear: Being alone.
- Goals: Leave a lasting and positive impact on the people I meet.
- Gum: Trident.
- Get along with your parents?: Absolutely.
- Good luck charm: N/a.

- Hair Color: Golden brownish/blondish... Needs to be darker.
- Height: 5'6"
- Happy: Of Course!
- Holiday: My birthday!
- How do you want to die: Not on an airplane.

- Ice Cream: Crazy Vanilla.
- Instrument: Guitar.

- Jewelry: My cruciform, which I wear every day.
- Job: VISTA at the Drinko Center
- Jaywalk?: I thnk it would be really funny if I received a citation for this.

- Kids: Eventually, if possible. I kinda see myself as being a foster parent.
- Kickboxing or karate: Kickboxing, no doubt.
- Keep a journal?: A couple. I need to write to process my thoughts.

- Longest Car Ride: To and from Charleston with my stinky friends. ;-)
- Love: Will keep us together?
- Letter: B!
- Laughed so hard you cried: I try to do this at least once a day.

- Milk flavor: Skim.
- Movies: The Sandlot, Stand By Me, Dogma, Fight Club, some others.
- Motion sickness?: I get sick every single time I drive with my brother. I'm starting to wonder if I get motion sickness or if he is just a bad driver. heh.
- McD’s or BK: McDonald's biscuits are AMAZING and super horrible for you... mmmm...

- Number of Siblings: 1
- Number of Piercings: 3, both ears and my left cartilage.
- Number: 4

- One wish: To be happy and make the people around me happy.
- Oval tine: Ewww.
- OS: XP Pro thanks. I'm going to try to keep XP when I upgrade my compy... I'm afraid of Vista. :(

- Perfect Pizza: Mushrooms and sausage. OR either chicken pizza from Pizza Joes.
- Pepsi/Coke: Diet either.

- Quote: "You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." C.S. Lewis. Ah boy.
- Quit: Never ever. I am not a quitter.

- Reason to cry: Stress, reality.
- Reality T.V.: MTV's Made, True Life, and Supersweet 16.
- Radio Station: Put on any country station and I'm fine. ;-)
- Roll your tongue in a circle?: Yep.
- Ring size: I'm not sure. All I know is that all of my rings are now too big.
- Readin’, ‘Ritin’, ‘r ‘Rithmatic: Um... sociology?

- Song: Currently Recycled Air by The Postal Service
- Shoe size: 9
- Salad Dressing: Ranch, on the side.
- Sushi: I love me some unagi.
- Skipped school: As often as possible. I was disciplined by the asst principal, and my mom bitched him out. It was great.
- Slept outside: Until I realized that sleeping outside gets in the way of breathing. Stupid allergies.
- Smoked: Never again.
- Skinny dipped: Haha funny story.
- Shower daily: At least once, sometimes twice.
- Sing well: For me. I don't know how anyone else feels about it though.
- In the shower: Yes!
- Swear: When I'm driving.
- Strawberries/Blueberries: I'm not really a berry person. I enjoy artificial strawberry flavoring though.
- Steak: Eh, I'd prefer fish or chicken.

- Time for bed: Whenever I stop talking to people.
- Ticklish: Noooooooooooo!
- Thunderstorms: Make me think of summer.

- Unpredictable: The opposite.
- Umbrella or jacket: Umbrella.

- Vacation spot: Wherever the people I love are going to be.
- V-8: Car: I think its a 4 cylinder? Juice: Eww too much sodium.
- Vote: Or die?

- Weakness: Cute guys. haha.
- Which one of your friends acts the most like you: I don't know that any of my friends acts just like me. I'd probably get sick of that person real quick.
- Who makes you laugh the most: The boy, all of my friends. I laugh a lot.
- Worst feeling: Missing people. :-/
- Wanted to be a model: No. I always wanted to help people. Modeling doesn't really do that, Zoolander quotes excluded.
- Where do we go when we die: It depends on what we did during our lives, I think.
- Worst Weather: Blizzards. Ugh I HATE driving on sowy roads.

- X-Rays: Scared the shit out of me when I was a kid.
- ‘Xes: Are exes for a reason.

- Year it is now: 2009
- Yellow: Coldplay.

- Zoo animal: Awww any of the baby animals.

So Happy!

I just woke up to bangin' music because today is Volleyrock! at Westminster, something in which I always took part as an undergrad. Instead of getting annoyed and trying to go back to sleep, I just stayed in bed and thought about this past year at Westminster as a staff person. First of all, I work in arguably the coolest office on campus, with the most amazing people, doing work that I find to be extremely important. I just planned, executed, and presented at a conference for professionals in the fields of higher education and community service. No one can say that I don't have a kick ass job where I excel, and in a few short months I am going to be heading to my dream graduate program after which I will be able to do exactly what I want to do with my life. Seriously, how cool is that? Not many people I know have the opportunity to pursue their dream career.

Aside from all of the job awesomeness, I have been able to maintain relationships with all of my friends that remain at Westminster, and I have further developed relationships with a core group of wonderful people I love. The icing on the cake is the guy I've been dating for the past month or so, who I suspect is the sweetest person in the world. So I have been trying to compare this to the time I've spent at Westminster as student, but it really doesn't compare. Apples and oranges, really. Life just continues to get better, and there is no way that I could wish to relive the great moments that have already passed. I am ready to see what is coming next. :-)

My plans

I have 92 days left as the Drinko Center VISTA at Westminster. When that is done, I will be moving to Squirrel Hill with my best friend Nicky. We have our apartment picked out, and he just signed the lease last night. We are official! :) Come late August, I will be starting classes at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Three years after that (I'll be a month short of age 26!) I will be graduating with an MPA and MSW, and I will begin working and paying off my years and years of education loans.

I as recently talking with my boss about how nervous I am to commit three years of my life to an additional educational pursuit, and she had some very wise advice. First of all, I keep talking about waiting to start my life. After AmeriCorps my life will get started, or after grad school. No, it doesn't quite work that way. My life isn't waiting for me to be ready to get started, it's right now. I need to start living that way. Carpe diem, etc. ;-) Anyway, I can't really elaborate but that has definitely made a difference in how I'm looking at the world and my plans for the future.

Another one!

I just checked my email and recieved my decision letter from Carnegie Mellon University. I was accepted with a $6,000 AmeriCorps Scholarship/semester. That puts CMU within the price range of Pitt (so far, since I haven't received my financial aid letter from Pitt yet). I am not entirely sure, but I believe I may also be eligible for need-based aid from CMU, or the University itself rather than just the School of Public Policy and Management. If that is the case, it may end up the CMU is cheaper than Pitt. I will have to wait until I hear from Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and receive my financial aid package from Pitt before I make any final decisions, but I'm excited that I at least have different options. :)

Impact Conference, etc.

This weekend I will be attending the Impact Conference in D.C. I am basically treating it like a mini-vacation, because I will be staying with a good friend in Baltimore. We will have Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights to hang out, and I get to comp all of my meals to my office. I'm really excited, because I love goofy things like conferences, and I haven't really seen Bill since graduation. It doesn't really get better than this. Well actually, if my boss would let me drive, I'd get $350 mileage and I wouldn't have to deal with the fact that I am deathly afraid of flying (so that would be much better, but I'll take what I can get). Pretty much the only thing I hate more than spiders is flying, and that's because I'm pretty certain that most spiders I encounter can't kill me. So... warm thoughts on Thursday and Sunday would be MUCH appreciated.

So I have to say this, even though it's really dumb. I have been really watching my diet and exercising a lot this year. Perhaps even obsessively so. I am really nervous about going on this trip because I will have little to no control over my diet. I'm also annoyed because I've been increasing a lot in my weight lifting, and skipping two workouts is going to put me back a little bit. I have really just made it to the point where I'm comfortable in the weight room surrounded by a ton of sweaty intimidating guys, and I don't want to deal with any setbacks so early in my program... Ugh... Whatever. Sorry for all of the rambling.

As if things could get any better than this

I just received my acceptance letter from Pitt's School of Social Work! I am very very excited. I have already crunched the numbers, and even if they do not offer me any funding (which I think is unlikely), I will be able to cover the entire cost with stafford and gradplus loans. After graduation I would need to earn about $24k a year to cover all living expenses and loan payments. All entry level positions in the fields I'm interested in start at $30k (assuming an MSW would only get me an entry-level position). So yeah... Not only did I get in, but I found out that I can afford it as well. Now I will patiently wait for my financial aid award letter and decision letters from Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and CMU's School of Public Policy and Management. I'm really crossing my fingers on Pitt. CMU's program is $25k a semester, while Pitt's is $16k a year.

happy happy

I am a very happy girl. Life is just going well. :) For the past 3 weeks I have been lifting weights, and it is extremely invigorating. I've started off slow, following this program from sean10mm. I am still increasing my lifts and finding my limits while practicing proper form. However, I am super pumped that so far I can deadlift 145lbs, squat 85lbs (just started increasing weight last night after finally getting the form down), and bench press 75lbs. I feel like She-ra when I go to the gym. It's intense!

Life is pretty swell in all areas other than lifting as well. I will find out in the next 3 weeks whether or not I'll be attending grad school and living in Pittsburgh next year. I haven't decided what I'll do if I don't get in, but it is likely that I'll look for a job in the Pittsburgh area. If that doesn't work out, it's back to Bradford to live rent-free while I continue to look for work. I do not want to move back home, but in this economy I can't kid myself. I'll cross that bridge if I get to it, of course.

Work is great, better than can be expected. All of the programs I run are going swimmingly. However, each day is a struggle to motivate myself. In some ways, I feel like I only have a year so there is little that I can do. On the other hand, I need to cram as much in and work as hard as possible because I only have a year to get the job done. Unfortunately I've been fighting off a cold for the past week or so, and I have stuck more toward the "my time here is useless" attitude. Eh, I'm sure things will pick up once I'm feeling 100% again.

On a completely different note, did anyone watch Obama's address to Congress tonight? I have little to say about the content, but oh boy do I love watching the dynamics in that room. I remember watching Clinton and Bush be applauded by have the audience, but tonight that was much more subtle. There were several surprising times that republicans actually gave Obama a standing ovation. Of course, I'm a dumb sociologist and would care more about the audience reaction rather than what Obama was saying. lol.

Up & Up

I have noticed that I only really post in here when I'm I'm feeling bad, either stressed, sad, or whatever. But... Things have been going really well lately, so I haven't really had much motivation to write. I sold my car on Saturday, and I got to spend the weekend with my mom. I paid off my Discover Card on Tuesday with the profits from the car sale, and I'm going to use the rest to put into savings. I currently have about half of what I'll need to put a security deposit and 1st month down on an apartment, and I'm also hoping to have about 5 months in car payments saved up. I have until August, so I'm crossing my fingers.

I just sent in the last part of my grad school applications yesterday. I should hear from Pitt's School of Social Work by early February, and find out about funding in late February. Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College send out their decisions and financial awards in late March. Now I just have to play the waiting game, which I'm completely okay with. I actually have free time now that my apps are complete, which is such a strange feeling.

To help fill up the free time, I'm having Cara and Molly come visit this weekend! I'm extremely excited, because I haven't seen either of them in forever. We are going to have an America's Next Top Model theme party... It is going to be ridiculous, and I can't wait. :):)

Please buy my car

I am so incredibly frustrated right now. I am poor. Like, extremely broke, actually living at the poverty level poor. Thanks AmeriCorps! Now I really know what it is like to live in poverty, and I can associate with my community so much better now! Ugh...

Anyway, I have a decent amount of credit card debt from college, just buying books and being a little bit irresponsible with money. Yes, I know I shouldn't have used my credit cards as much, but I'm doing my best to pay more than the minimum each month. This debt is slowly going away. In the mean time, I am trying to sell my old car. I have had a ton of trouble with two previous potential buyers, and I'm really just ready to get rid of it, no matter what my next offer is. I just want it to be gone, I'm so tired of trying to deal with it (though it would be great if I got enough to pay off my credit card debt).

I had emailed back and forth with a potential buyer several times, and finally talked on the phone today to set up a time to come look at my car. He was supposed to come at 7. I cleared off more than a foot of snow and ice off my car, and then worked with a friend to push it out of the spot that it was plowed into, and generally got it ready to be test driven. The person never showed, and never called. It's now 9:30, and I'm sitting here stewing over the fact that I spent an hour in the cold for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON AT ALL. Jeeze. If you have my phone number and set up a time to come check out the car (and make me clear all of my plans for the evening) at least have the decency to call and cancel if you arne't going to make it. Really, have some fucking decency.

People are assholes

I've been trying to sell my car since November. My first buyer disapeared after the title transfer paperwork was already started. Buyer 2 offered me a better deal a month after Buyer 1 stopped contacting me, and I accepted his offer. Buyer 3 wants to counter offer buyer 2. Buyer 1 contacted me to see when I wanted to finish the transfer. I told buyer 1 that I had already accepted another offer, and I felt really really bad about it. Then I found out that Buyer 1 is costing me $50 because I have to get a new title, since the first title transfer expired after 20 days. It will take another week to get the new title, which means that Buyer 2 needed to write me a very angry and rude email. Buyer 1 emails me and threatens to take me to court for "violating our verbal contract for the purchase of your vehicle."

I am so frustrated with this whole thing, and I'm furious at these adult men who are trying to intimidate me and take advantage of me since I'm a young woman. Well, you know what? I'm not fucking stupid. This is my car, and I can sell it to whoever I want, and your oral contract, sir, became null and void once I got sick of waiting around for you.