Archive for January, 2007

Random ::Editing, Writing, and Fruit Salad::

Posted in RandomVille, University in America on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by dragonsvamp

A friend of mine gave me a half finished manuscript for a story she’s writing and asked me to read it and give her my thoughts and opinions on it. That was a few weeks ago.  I finally got the chance to read it today and I must say it was beyond awesome.  It needs some work but that’s to be expected since this is a novel in progress.  Though it jumped around a lot it wasn’t hard to follow.  The last writing that I was overly impressed with was a novel Madison, a high school friend, is currently working on.  I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading this story.  I really liked how subtly different the language is  since the girl is British and therefore mainly uses British English.

The story is roughly about this assasin’s business and gives flashbacks of how she became an assasisn and also talks about the different cases she handles.  A bland description of the story but since I only had around 50pages to read I can’t say anymore without ruining it to future readers.  To sum it up, I am really impressed and I hope to be able to read the rest as soon as it gets written.

Now for the writing part. Bleh. I’ve been busy trying to write an essay for the scholarship application that is due tomorrow. I’m very pretty near panicking because everything I’ve written so far is complete and utter crap.

I’ve always hated writing personal narratives or writing anything formally about myself (this blog doesn’t count) so this task is really hard for me.  The scholarships I’m applying to want to know what I have been able to achieve in the past five years; what awards I’ve receive, what clubs and organizations I’ve participated in, and my experience working on completing my education.  Now I could easily just state everything but it would be so dry and boring I’d probably kill myself if I submitted it like that since it wouldn’t stand out at all. But when I try and add life into it it feels as though I’m being overtly boastful and egotistical (which I don’t deny being but I just can’t submit something like that).

Let’s just hope I don’t panick anytime soon and some miracle happens and I find a way to smooth out this piece of writing.

This morning I decided to make myself a fruit salad.  Why? I have no idea but I wanted to do something with my coconut that was left over from the other day (there was a lot that came out of that little ball).  I chopped up half a green apple, two small bananas, some coconut and put them all in a bowl then I poured some of the left over fresh coconut juice over that and added about a table spoon of brown sugar.  Don’t ask how I came up with this combination since I don’t think I’ve ever had brown sugar in fruit salad before.  I must say it turned out really really good. I love messing around in the kitchen and trying out and coming up with new things.

I wish I had taken a picture of it.  Next time maybe.

But for now I need to work on my essay. Bleh.

Random ::Among More Things::

Posted in RandomVille on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I forgot to add two things to the previous post one of which I’ve been waiting a long time to post about.  And of course I forgot to include them.

           I find that I’ve been walking a lot lately.  Maybe it’s because of the beautiful cool weather we’ve been having.  Last week I walked all the way from the British Embassy (Abdoun) till the edge of Sweileh.  Not far by car but by foot it took me fourty five minutes and I didn’t even break a sweat though I was walking pretty quickly.  It was nice and cold outside.  Then a few days ago I walked from Gardens Street till Kelo Circle.  Thats where I passed by a car I saw and liked enough to take a picture of.  It’s pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind owning a car like that. Almost my dream car. Almost.

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The second picture can speak for itself. I wonder what a conis is…hmm.

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Random ::Coconut Bash Among Other Things::

Posted in My University Life, RandomVille on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I’ve been collecting a few occurrences and observations in order to be able to write a nice big post about them all when I got enough.  Well I think I have enough now to be able to put everything down on paper.

Let’s start from the top.  Two days ago I entered this taxi and was very much annoyed at the selection of music that was playing.  I must say that I would be very ashamed to have such bad quality music exalting the country and whatnot.  It so lame.  I can think of a million ways to put simple words to beautiful music and what the Jordanians came up with is very tacky.  If they are going to go about brainwashing people into becoming patriots and whatnot then at least provide them with decent music.

This ride reminded me of the day my sister graduated from the University of Jordan.  The same music was blasting.  Singing of how much they love their country, their king, and how proud they are at being Arabs.  But come on let’s face it.  The music itself was very annoying and the guy singing was more shouting than singing.  His voice was horrendous too. Not for an instant would I doubt he got the job through wasta.

I can seriously get used to having my room all to myself.  I share it with my 13 year old sister.  She left on Saturday night to go to Aqaba so I’ve had the room all to myself since then.  She’s supposed to come back tomorrow and I’m kind of bitter about that.  I really like having the room all to myself.  Five more months of this and I’ll have that hopefully *fingers crossed*.

I never knew how inadequet the police (or any other governmental- or otherwise -office for that matter) is in Jordan.  Amino’s car was stolen today and she told me that the chances of ever seeing that car again was like nil.  Seriously, I thought they were a little better here than that!  How can the people let these inadequecies keep piling up and act as if nothing was wrong? 

Moving on to the shocker of the week! Amino and I went to the university today to fix a problem the registration had made with my transcripts.  Amino had the same problem and got it fixed right before the fall semester ended and so I decided to fix mine since she was victorious in doing so.  So we go and it turns out that the problem has already been fixed for me.  A waste of five jd but all in all I’d rather spend that five jd than have to run around and get frustrated at the registration, the university, the Jordanians and inevitably at all the Middle Easterners alive.  That was a very nice shocker indeed.

A few weeks ago  I had had some fresh coconut at a friend’s house and really liked it.  So when Amino and I were leaving the university we saw one of the stores was selling it.  We decided to buy some.  We stood there for a few minutes inspecting the brown balls before deciding on the perfect ones for us.  Poor coconuts.

Anyway, I took a taxi home to find no one there. I got the house all to myself, which was actually perfect.  I took over the kitchen and started by washing the thing and trying to take all the hairy thingys off of the top.  Then I hacked away at the coconut for an hour.  Man that thing is so hard.  I was on the floor of the kitchen with it between my knees hacking away at it with the screw driver and whatnot. Of course this was after I had made a hole in it and poured all the milk out. It was mighty hard work. I’ll tell you this, it got really really messy.  Thank God no one else was in the house because I really made a mess.  But it was worth it and it was kind of fun getting all messy. I absolutely love fresh coconut even though many think the taste is quite bland.

At least this assures me that no one will be trying to eat it from my family since they all think it doesn’t taste that good. 

Dun Dun! ::And the Search Begins::

Posted in My University Life, University in America on Saturday, January 27, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Actually the search part is already done.  The past couple weeks I’ve been checking out what universities I should apply to now that I am officially not going back to JU.  I’ve got three choices. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  I wish I could go back to California but that’s going to be tough for many reasons.

The university I am concidering in Minnesota is Saint Mary’s University in Winona.  It seems pretty cool and is only forty minutes away from where my sister is going to be living and where my brother-in-law is currently living.  If I get into this university I would study English Literature with emphasis on Writing which is very close to my ideal major.

The second option is Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  I had accidental stumbled upon this oddly named college. I found out that a branch of it was in Minnesota but it turns out that this campus is for the Business faculty only.  Of course, I fell in love with this university before I found that tid bit of info out. I am going to apply anyway and hope for the best.  It’s really and amazing university and has exactly what I want; a Writing major.

The third and most probable is University of Michigan in Flint.  If I get accepted into this university Kc and I would go together (she got accepted already) and we’d dorm together and everything. Though UofM doesn’t have my exact major it does have what I want and I can join the Teacher Certification program and become a certified teacher when I graduate.

Right now I’m working on the application process. Wish me luck everyone! *Off to make sure the FAFSA stuff got processed*

Stay tuned…

Drum Roll Please ::Proud Moma::

Posted in My University Life on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Exams are what most students are afraid of and dread the most during their whole school experience.  The tension that builds up the few days before exams cause the students to worry and feel as though they are doomed to fail.  Even if they study really well, they still don’t know what their professors will bring on the exam.  Not knowing what to expect only helps in building the tension and worry even more.  As a result all examination rooms tend to carry the same environment; the same feel, about them.

When a student enters the exam room, albeit late, he is assailed by the air about him.  Students are sitting hunched over their desks acting a bit over protective over their exam papers like a lioness would act if she felt her cub was in danger.  The students worry over whether or not the person next to them is cheating from their paper.  At the same time they worry over the exam paper itself. Reading and rereading the questions over and over again to make sure they understand the questions fully.

The old wooden desks squeak loudly as students nervously shift their weight wondering how best to answer the questions.  This unconsciously adds to the unease drifting about the room like a deadly chemical which gets on the nerves of even the most confident among them.  Even those who are courageous enough to think positively towards the exam are affected.  The air is stuffy and it’s beginning to get hard for the students to breath with ease.  The tension is so thick it could easily be cut with a butter knife.   

A few minutes into the exam, a student raises his hand.  The professor goes to him.  Silent whispering between the two fills the room.  This distracts the others who wonder if they should ask about the things they don’t understand but silence wins over and they do not raise their hands.  Most of the students prefer to just worry over the questions they don’t understand, hoping some miracle would occur and illuminate their minds, instead of asking the professor to clarify the vague points.

The first hour is over.  The air is loud with the sounds of squeaking chairs, heavy breathing, pens scribbling and making scratchy sounds, and the papers turning.  No one has left yet.  Some students are already finished.  They just are going over everything one last time.  However, most students have yet to complete the exam.  Some nervously check their watches hoping they would be able to finish in time.  Others check to see if it is too early to leave, not wanting to be the first and make the rest of the students worry more.  Yet someone must be the first to leave.

The examination room itself is just like any other classroom but it is still so different because there is an exam taking place.  This completely changes the aura of it.

The two hours allotted for the exam are over.  The last student leaves with a big sigh and a worried smile.  He knows he is the last to finish.  This knowledge does not reassure him as he hands over his paper to the professor sitting behind the desk.  He hurries off as if something was chasing him at his heels. 

After two hours of proctoring, the professor is drained.  He looks down at the pile of exam papers on the desk with a sigh.  A sigh very different to the one the student had just given.

The room is empty.  The desks still filled with the aura of the students that just vacated them.  The tension gone.  It’s back to normal.  No one would have guessed that just minutes before the room had felt like a Roman amphitheater full to bursting.  The professor sighs again.  The semester is finally over.  He slowly gets up with the fifty odd papers tucked in his arms thinking of the long sleepless nights ahead spent on grading those same papers. 

He leaves.The room is back to being it’s old self.  No traces of the Roman Amphitheater can be felt.  The auras of the students finally vanishing as a cool January breeze sweeps into the room from the open window; chasing away all the negativity the students had had about them.  No tension or worry lingers. 

All is silent; that is, until the next exam is set to begin.

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So what do you all think?  I wrote this for my final exam yesterday (Monday) for my “Advanced” Writing Course.  It was really weird. I wrote this out in half an hour and was so happy about it.  The three topics the professor had given us to choose from to write and essay about were extremely boring.  I sat for the first fifteen minutes before beginning trying to think of an interesting way to describe an exam taking place.  I was so proud of what I was able to come up with in half an hour that I asked my professor if there was any way I would be able to get a copy of it after he graded my exam and whatnot.  Guess what he did?

He was like, ‘Go copy it and bring it back.’

I was like ‘Right now?’ with a definite raised eyebrow.  Shock was written all over my face. 

My professor nodded. So I ran out and went to the copy place and got a copy of my essay and gave my exam paper back to the professor.  It was so weird. I guess he trusts me.  Well he does know by now my writing style so he’d know if I had gone and plagiarized or something.  Anyway I didn’t have time because I returned the exam like five minutes after I left the room.

Of course I tweaked and edited it a lot after all the original was thought up, written and revised in the space of an hour. And if you were wondering, yes I was the first to leave the exam. Not fun I tell you because it makes the students doubt their abilities by thinking ‘Oh My God! If she was able to complete all this this quickly then we must be doomed’.

So honestly what do you think? Should I be proud or is this just run of the mill?

News Flash ::666::

Posted in Blog News on Monday, January 22, 2007 by dragonsvamp

As of this moment I have exactly 666 comments on my blog. Yes, you saw that right 666.  And I can even prove it…

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RandomVille ::Still No Cat, Job, or Warm Weather and Some Useless Rambles::

Posted in RandomVille on Monday, January 22, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Well I must say I’ve been way too lazy lately.  I should be working on my resume and portfolio of my written work for my resume but it’s going really slow.  So no job yet.  Though I have gotten an extra few students for my tutoring so that’s not too bad in that department. 

Thor is still missing.  I’m positive the neighbors either killed him or they lured him into their car (Thor loves cars) and took him somewhere really far away.  I miss Thor like a lot.

I still can’t get over the fact that I actually forgot my one year blogversary.

My sister is leaving to the states for a few weeks during break.  She hasn’t been back there for three and a half years now.   I’m excited for her but am very jealous because I miss home too.  Ahh hopefully soon I’ll be there for good and not just a few weeks.

Moving on.  The weather has been kind of nice to me lately.  It’s been exceptionally cold these past two days.  It rained heavely and thundered for a few hours.  I absolutly love it I just wish it wasn’t so cold.

I should be studying for my exams but it just isn’t very encouraging when you don’t study and end up still getting As in the classes anyway.  My final exams are almost done.  Two more (tomorrow and after tomorrow) and I’ll be free of the terrible university for ever! It’s odd how I had my three most difficult exams three days in a row last week and now I have my three easy exams all in a row this week.  It must be a conspiracy.  Well whatever that was supposed to achieve it didn’t work.

I seriously need to plan out the next two weeks our to the last detail so that I can get some productive stuff done.  I really need to get back on my feet and get back to the nitty gritty of things. I guess it really is a dog eat dog world out there.  And we need to be vicious.