August 30, 2006
change of plans
I start school TONIGHT.
My academic advisor called yesterday, got me enrolled in a face-to-face class, and I start tonight. The class is four hours a week, Wenesdays from 6 to 10. It's Intro to Information Access and Retrieval. In other words, reference. How to look stuff up. Where to find the answers to things. How to figure out what a person is really asking for when they say "do you have the unpublished works of Shakespeare?"
Wish me luck. I'll let you know how it goes.
August 26, 2006
when's rush week?
I have now passed the second stage of the admission process. The School of Library Science has admitted me provisionally. I can go to school this semester as long as I get my GRE taken and the scores to them before the second semester. Only one problem. The classes I need to take are full. So I call the School of Graduate Studies, have them push my admission to the spring semester, and I go take my GRE in the meantime.
I'm still tickled pink about it all. :)
August 17, 2006
I'm in! Well, I have been accepted by the School of Graduate Studies. Now they have forwarded my application to the Dept of Library Sciences and they decide if I get in now or later or at all.
August 15, 2006
higher education here I come
I turned in all my applications for grad school. I don't know if I will be accepted in time to go this fall. If not, there's the spring. I'm very excited! Now I just wait to hear back.
In other changes, I started the South Beach diet a week ago. I didn't realize how hard it is to eat a certain way when you don't allow much time for anything. Breakfast sucks now. It used to be easy, a SlimFast and hop in the car. Now I have to find something like eggs or cottage cheese. I am not out of the induction period yet, but I realize also that what I thought was allowed in it isn't. Like the brisket I had for lunch yesterday, lean as it was. So I'll probably extend the induction another week. *sigh* At least I have lost some weight already and have had no pastas, breads, or other starches to speak of. That's a feat all on its own. Once I get past the induction I can add fruit and whole grains back in. Whole wheat pasta is so much better tasting in my opinion than the regular. Yum!
August 04, 2006
Washington Post Style International
Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions
to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply
alternate meanings for common words.
The winners are:
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
But wait, there's more!
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly
answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are
run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by
13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that,
when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by
The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take
word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing
one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:
1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows
little sign of breaking down in the near future.
2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose
of getting laid.
3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
person who doesn't get it.
6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running
7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.
8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra
9. Karmageddon (n): It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's
like, a serious bummer.
10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.
11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.
12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they come at you rapidly
13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into
bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in
the fruit you're eating.
And the pick of the literature:
16. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole.