Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Brothers Are The Best

Originally uploaded by Mernas.
I should know, I have three. Sister-brother relationships are special. Even though I send my brothers emails all the time when I'm across the country, they never, ever write back. And most of the time, I have to call them. Of course, they never want to "just talk." But I call them when I have technical questions. Like what to do when my car won't start, what are some cool bands to listen to, and is it safe to use a microwave that is inside a wooden shelving unit (?) The other day, my little brother called, and he wanted to talk to my boyfriend about his wireless connection. But I made him chat with me first. I never fight with my brothers (at least not since I turned 15), they help me with everything I need, and they give me lots of love in their brother ways.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Losing my religion...

Hey guess what my toilet broke again. It's clogged. I'm not putting foreign objects in this thing, it's weird and gross and frustrating. It will be fixed tomorrow. I thought that the Jesus nightlight in the bathroom would keep these things from happening but maybe it's causing it because He doesn't like being placed in the bathroom. But we're moving out by the end of the month so we'll lay down this set of problems and pick up a whole new set in our new surroundings!

The other day while I was running to the metro to catch a train to Baltimore I ran into someone I hadn't seen in 6 years. I can't believe I'm old enough to run into someone I haven't seen in 6 years. He's a high school classmate. I knew he was in the District though (because of facebook). Speaking of which, if you have facebook you should look me up and add me as your friend. Some day I will be one of those "friends" that are really good to have. You'll see.

I have been thinking a lot about religion lately due to some work we're doing with interfaith groups. It's all very interesting especially since I haven't been thinking much about my faith for the past few years. I've decided I need to bone up on my knowledge of world religions. I've forgotten a lot about my religion even! A recent Pew poll is very illuminating--in this country, Jews and Catholics are seen more favorably by Americans than Evangelical Christians and Muslims. We have come a long way as a country by being more inclusive to Jews and Catholics (they used to be looked down upon by our mostly White Protestant country) but there's still a long way to go as far as Evangelical Christians and Muslims. Also, not surprisingly, the younger generation (ages 18-29) look upon Muslims more favorably than any other generation and the people that actually say they know Muslims personally view Muslims a lot more favorably than anyone else. And, yes, Americans are still really hostile towards Atheists. I should have asked one of the speakers at the interfaith conference today what they think about those guys.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Back To School

I have been accepted into my dream school. I will spend the first year in Bologna, the second back in the District. I start in October 2006. So now I have the monumental, headache-and-nausea inducing task of figuring out how I'm going to pay for this wonderful experience. And I have to take Econ again as a kind of refresher. I'll probably do it online. I'm excited but there's a lot of work to be done.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Girls Rock

Pink Slips
Originally uploaded by Rocco Kasby.
This picture has melted my heart. Rock on lil ones!

Fuzzy Wuzzy Wuz A Lobster?!?

Do you think this would taste good with some drawn butter?

That's right--it's a white, fuzzy lobster!


It rained a lot in Hawaii. That's my excuse for not having a better tan. I didn't get on the internet the whole time I was there either, so I have a lot of catching up to do. It took me half the day to read all my emails. I'll show you my pictures later. Right now they're in California on a memory card. I took about 250. Usually I don't take so many pictures on a trip so I'm pretty proud of myself.

Hawaii is da bomb. And I love their license plates. Check out this one from our first rental car (the tire blew out mysteriously, the same day our friend Scully's tire also blew out--weird):

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I See You

This was on the bottom of an e-mail signature from someone we work with at Best Buddies.
"I see you"
A customary greeting in central Africa, "I see you" is a brilliant recognition of the individual. At Best Buddies, we see people with intellectual disabilities as equals, as co-workers and as friends. Instead of saying hello, we say, "I see you."