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Writer's Block: 9/11

Where were you?

I was 15 years old and I had just started 10th grade. I was in second period, which was band class during the time that the towers fell. The band building was separated from the rest of the school and we had no televisions in there, so we played blissfully away without knowing anything was wrong.

I thought that I got to chemistry between the two towers falling, but reviewing the timeline I don't think that was possible. I actually think we went to band class right before the first tower was hit at 8:46 (because I didn't have band first period; I distinctly remember having it second period) and were in band class during both of the tower strikes. I think I got to chemistry right before the Pentagon was struck, because I remember seeing the breaking news about a new target being struck, but it was too late in the day for it to be the second tower.

My chemistry teacher had the television in that room turned to the news, and the first thing I remember doing as I walked through the door was looking up at the TV (since it was never on) and seeing smoke and fire coming from a building. It took me a few minutes to realize that it was a news story; I legit thought that it was a chemistry safety video about blowing things up. It wasn't until I sat down at my desk and stared at the screen for a little while - and saw a headline pop up - that I realized that this was really going on and it was in New York.

I just remember the whole school being in kind of a daze from then on. Kind of shuffling from one class to another, worried, scared, some people had family in New York. Throughout the day we heard different news - about the fourth plane going down in Shanksville. There was a lot of confusion. We all initially thought it was a tragic accident with the first tower, with some pilot misnavigating in some horrific way. Then with the second tower, it was pretty clear that it wasn't an accident.

During lunch it was unusually quiet and all we talked about were the attacks. I remember in 6th period they locked us in our classrooms, which my class was fine with because I had Mr. Bailey's world history class and he was a great teacher. No one knew how many planes the terrorists had hijacked, and apparently the city was afraid that they would target the CDC or do something to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (which at the time was just Hartsfield). We didn't really have class, we just talked about the attacks.


I also remember seeing aftermath pictures in the months afterward. The one that stands out in my mind the most was a huge dust/debris cloud as the backdrop of forlorn people walking around downtown Manhattan. Everything was grey. I thought the picture was in black and white, but when I opened the magazine the byline stated that it was in color.

I didn't think I would feel anything today. I had planned to go down to Ground Zero but decided against it, realizing that it would be a madhouse trying to get anywhere around there (and I'm not an early arriving kind of person). But I started tearing up a little as I read news articles. At 15 I was old enough to understand what was going on but I don't think I was old enough to understand the loss, or to really sit and comprehend what must've happened in those people's final moments. It makes me sad to think of that now.

I wish I had started keeping a journal earlier, so I could go back and see what I wrote today 10 years ago.


Okay, I am legit crying reading other people's memories of where they were and what they were doing on 9/11. Everyone remembers. You can't forget.

Aug. 21st, 2011

I've been awake since 6:30 am and going since 8:00 am.

RA training ran from 8:30 to 5:00 just now.

I feel like I just got home - actually I did just get home at about 5:25. It's 5:50, and I have to go back out for the last 1.5 hours or so of RA training. Dinner is at 6 (we eat all our meals together) and then we have some organizational things to care for.

Yes, today is Sunday. We did the same thing Saturday, and we will do the same thing next week until Friday. I am dead. I'm exhausted.

Good things, though. Suddenly, I am a morning person - I woke myself up at 6:30 this morning. I also have found out how tight my presentation skills actually are. I'm really good at speaking extemporaneously, filling up session time when snafus happen, and moving things along. And lastly, the grad staff is drinking tonight. Which I need.

*sigh* back to dinner! I like it a lot. I'm just really, really tired.

Aug. 6th, 2011

I thought that after the royal wedding was over, I could stop hearing about Kate Middleton. (Nothing against her, I was just tired of the media's obsessiveness.) NOPE! Today I was deleting my junk mail that made it to my inbox and I got a BRIDES magazine email that talked about Zara Phillips' wedding - and spotlighted what Kate Middleton wore. The article noted that she work it once to a wedding in 2006. And I just thought, how fucking ridiculous is this, that the media know what she's worn to a wedding that happened 5 years ago? Damn, you can't just rewear and hope nobody knows. (And it was snarky, too: something like "This wedding didn't have as much pomp and circumstance as Kate and Will's. Perhaps because of that, Kate Middleton wore a suit she already wore.") The suit was gorgeous, who cares?

Also. Every time there's a dress with long lace sleeves, it is a "Kate-inspired dress." And every time there's a slim one with a cowl-neck, it's "taking a cue from Pippa," even though that style was in vogue before Pippa Middleton wore it and that's the reason she wore the dress.

I'm possibly a little irritated because at present, my colors are blue and yellow, and I wanted to wear sapphire jewelry. I had this idea before Kate Middleton got married. I don't even care that it's popular - I'm not one of those 'it's popular now it sucks' kind of people - but I don't want to be thought of as doing it because some royal decided to wear it too.

Aug. 6th, 2011

So I'm trying to sell my couch. I listed it for $150 on CL, and I got a response almost immediately. Great, right? So I emailed her my phone number and told her that if she wanted to set up some time to come look at it in person, we could do that later today or tomorrow.

So I gets this email back.

I really appreciate your response to my email. I want you to consider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from CL for $50 from me to avoid disturbance, anyways I don't have time to come over to take a look because of my Business but you don't need to bother yourself with the shipment, I'll take care of that by engaging the services of a mover, hence I'll be sending a bank certified check and it will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

Full name on the check.
Full Physical address to post the check
City, State and Zip Code
Home & Cell Phone to contact you.

Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY AIR SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover to come over as soon as you have cashed the check.

N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.Thanks

I'm a little bit skeptical.

-It's written in poor yet formal English, which I have read on several sites is the sign of a scam. If it were just poor English, or just formal English, whatever. But I've seen a few scam emails in my time and they usually try to write in very formal English but it comes out weird.
-She doesn't want to see it in person? I realize it's not an apartment, and I posted a small pic, but I'd want to see anything I'm about to lay out $150 for.
-You don't have time because of your "business?" Does your business also run all day Sunday?

What do y'all think?

ETA: I figured it was a scam. Thanks for the feedback guys.

Aug. 5th, 2011

I got an email today addressed to "Professor Boone."


Jul. 14th, 2011

Last week or so I wanted some new jeans that fit nice because my hips are too big for the old ones, and Old Navy was having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on everything in the store. So in awesome news, I got three pairs of jeans and three pairs of shorts for $100.

Because I am now weirdly-sized and pear-shaped I went into the fitting room to try on jeans. I guessed that I was a size 4 because that seems to be what I'm getting in most other stores (except for American Eagle - this was the precipitate for this trip, as I have a pair of American Eagle's skinny jeans that I could not get comfortably over my hips anymore. They are a size 6.) In addition to the traditional boot-cut/skinny/flare/wide-leg round-up (it's actually hard to find just regular old straight-leg jeans!), Old Navy has four rises for women - the Diva (sits on hips), the Flirt (sits below waist), the Sweetheart (sits at waist) and the Dreamer (sits at waist with a control panel at the tummy). I'm kind of growing out of the hip-hugger phase and I wanted some nice classic jeans, so I picked up some pairs of the Sweethearts.

When I tried on the 4s I was pleasantly surprised to realize that they were actually a little too big. Well, they were a LOT too big in the waist. So I got a 2 in the bootcut, and I tried on it on and fit so comfortably - no wiggling to get it over my butt, and there's actually lots of room at the waist - and I sized up to a 4 for the skinny jeans as I always do to give myself some thigh room. On my way out, I picked up a third pair, the Flirt, in a wash I liked. I picked up a size 2, and I didn't bother to try it on since I had already confirmed I was a 2 at Old Navy, right? I also picked up three pairs of shorts, all 2s.

In the weirdest sizing ever, the two jeans I tried on of course fit me well, but the Flirt jeans are tight. I can get them on and they fit, but they are tight on my thighs and waist and feel uncomfortable when I sit. I refuse to deal with that feeling anymore - I am donating all of my old jeans that simply don't fit - so I'm going to exchange them tomorrow (hopefully I can find a 4 short in the bootcut wash I like!). And one pair of the shorts fit nice, but two pairs were also too tight! What the fuck?

The weird part is, ON's size charts say I am solidly a 4 (26" waist and 37" hips). However, all the 4s, even the skinny jeans I bought, are too big in the waist - and honestly I have some waist room in the 2s as well, which are supposed to be a 25" waist. Luckily I have acquired an assortment of belts, haha.

I am amused because I used to be able to just pick up a 1 or a 3 and they would fit no problem - I never tried anything on - and now I have to try on all my pants and skirts. (I have some pencil skirts that I bought online and...they're kinda tight in the hips. I went by the fucking size chart. Size charts always lie!)

May. 30th, 2011

My first-authored paper got a revise and resubmit!!

For my non-academic peeps, this is good because papers are almost never accepted on the first time, but that means that it wasn't so shitty they decided to just reject it outright (which also happens). Hooray! The turn around was pretty quick; I think I submitted it like two months ago, maybe 6 weeks.

I have 3 months to revise it and resubmit it to the journal (so by the beginning of September) and the revisions all make 100% sense to me - I don't disagree with any of them, which is also great. Some are errors that should've been recognized at first pass, but I had three other people read it besides me (the other two authors and my advisor) and so I don't feel so bad that they weren't caught.


May. 30th, 2011

I idly look at wedding dresses in my spare time (and not-so-spare time). Although my wedding is at least a year and half away, I want to know what's out there, what designers are in what price points so I know what not to look at and what to focus on.

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Wow, I fuck up my LJ cuts all the time.

So I'm into Glee. I watch it on Hulu, sometimes. There was an episode focused around Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" song, where the glee teacher, Mr. Schuester, teaches the kids to accept themselves for who they are despite whatever personal issue they have that makes them feel less than awesome.

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