Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Of Poetry and Hay Bales

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -

True Poems flee.

~Emily Dickinson

Why is it that beautiful weather makes me such a romantic? One whiff of that summer grass, one waft from that summer wind, and I'm gone thinking about poetry. Not the kind of poetry that rhymes in "iambic pentameter"; not the kind you learn in English class when you swear that reading Kafka or Nietzsche while repeatedly being stabbed in the eyeball would be better than having to dissect the world's most confusing form of literature. I think of the poetry of experiences. How you feel when all your thoughts vanish in a single moment, and it feels like your mind's only purpose is to lay quietly and release your senses to your surroundings. You feel as if you can no longer be burdened with the weight of your humanity--as if life is more than a series of decisions. Life is more than you. More than me. More than anyone.


......See?! I told you I get all romantic! Something about this countrified, summertime weather... Makes me all crazy.

Anyway, the farm had hay bales again! Gosh, I love hay bales! However, after climbing on quite a few, my knees would disagree... Sooo, I got a few scratches trying to wiggle my way onto hay bales, but what's a farmgirl to do when she knows it may be her last day to play on the hay bales before next year?! Beth and I took the opportunity to make a photo-shoot out of our playtime, as well! It was awesome. The weather was cloudy and windy with a few raindrops every so often: the perfect temperature for heat-fearing sisters!

Doesn't Beth do a wonderful job? I adore her. She's so freakin' cute! With her fuzzy wool hat and purple top...and her candid adorable pop-eye face! Heeheehee. So much love.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Summer of Supernatural and Entrapment

Dang, it's toasty outside! Good thing I've spent all day inside with the air-conditioning...heheheh. It's evident that I am the epitome of Generation Y.

Anywho! Today was nice. I forced my sister to sleep down in her room last night (she's been sleeping upstairs on the couch because of her discomfort with her futon). From this morning, I have been keeping her down in her room. I plugged the TV and DVD player in (against my Mother's banning due to Beth's thesis deadline in a month...), and made her watch old episodes of Supernatural with me allllll daaaaay. I even brought her food and Diet Mt. Dew occasionally to keep her happy.

I felt a little like a crazy person ("It puts the lotion in the skin," anyone?), but it really did bring back lots of awesome, warm, squishy childhood memories. *FLASHBAAAACK* Laying on that cramped, uncomfortable futon in my PJ's watching the perpetually-subtitled TV with my sissy... Every once in a while I would reach over and pinch/slap/bite/punch her to show my love... We'd fight over who's turn it was to switch out the disks, or laugh at the unintentionally lewd closed-captioning... Then, when we'd get bored of watching 12 straight hours of television, and we would just sit and talk. It was the highlight of growing up with my sister.

I realize I may be going through a tiny crisis. Things are changing for the both of us... In just a few months I'll be living in a dorm at college, and Beth will be far away at grad school. Afterwards, we might get our own places...maybe start our own families, and where will these nights of pure, childhood indulgence go? I want to savor them now, even if it means caging my sister in her room with no sunlight (our rooms are in the basement=no windows) for hours on end. Who knows when we'll have the chance again?

In other words... Sorry, Beth. Prepare for a summer of Supernatural and entrapment.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Yes, Alice Cooper... School May Be Out for the Summer... However, It Is Not Yet "Forever"

Alrighty! There seems to be a lot of confusion between friends, family, and old classmates about what I am actually doing school-wise.

Here's the breakdown for ya: After graduating high school in 2008, a huge university wasn't really an option ($). Instead, I chose to go to a local community college to fulfill all my core classes and earn a Transfer Degree. In June of 2010, I graduated from said college with my degree and am now transferring to a University where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a degree in Video Production!

Now that THAT's cleared up, here is a further look into my scholastic journey.

At said community college, I accomplished several things I never though I could have. My first quarter was a bit of a disaster, but after that everything seemed to fall into place for me. In the process of completing all my basic, core classes I learned some things about myself. {1} Yup. I still suck at math. But, if I really put my mind to it and sacrifice a little eating and sleeping (ya know, the frivolities in life), I can somehow pull a "B" out of you know brain, of course. {2} I am apparently "tutor quality," as I was the only Spanish tutor at my school for a quarter (then I made my friend from Spanish class, Victor help out!) {3} I absolutely, full-heartedly LOVE the Spanish language. {4} I am really NOT OK with people copying-off my work. In high school, I thought it was "helping," now it just royally pisses me off. I spent a long time working on this, why should I help your lazy-butt get a grade you don't deserve? Zero tolerance for cheaters. Not even friends. {5} Turns out, living 2 years without TV isn't so bad... it's kinda nice.

All that having been said, I do have a few tangible things to take away from my experience, as well.
  • Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts Transfer with an emphasis in Spanish.
  • A 3.845 GPA making me Cum Laude. (Sooo close to Magna Cum Laude 3.9! GAH!)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (2-year college Honor Society) membership/ tassel and stole at graduation.
  • Giving the Honor Student Response (equivalent to Valedictorian in HS) at graduation!
  • ANNNND, a $6,000 Transfer Scholarship to University for "academic excellence!"
  • I went in to video record my speech for the school's website! (Hope it's not awful... I don't know when it will be up... I'll post it as soon as it appears.)
Basically, it was an AMAZING last two years and I am really going to miss my little community college and all the wonderful people I met while there.


Now, here's to the future and what I know it holds for me so far:

I have been accepted into the nationally-acclaimed Video Production program in the School of Media Arts and Studies in the College of Communications at Ohio University! Crazy long, isn't it.

So, there ya have it! My scholastic history and known-future for the time being! It's a lot... Trust me, I know. I had to live it.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hello, Blogging World! Please, Don't Judge Me...

So, I finally bit the bullet and jumped on the Blogging band-wagon! (Can I fit anymore clichés?) A lot of things have been changing in my life, and it's hard to keep track of it all.

It's not as if I believe I have anything too terribly profound to say, I just thought it would be an easy way to share the moments in my life with the people who care. If you don't care about my life, why are you reading this? It's honestly not that entertaining if you have no idea who am I... If you are interested in my life: THANKS! ....Although you might be a little more productive ignoring this blog, but I appreciate your time and care.

Also, you may be wondering why I am writing under another name, EV. Well, apart from the ever-present desire to be more like my "Strong-Black-Woman" idol, Beyonce (aka Sasha Fierce), I have always loved my family nickname (Erin+Victoria=EV). Viola! The logic works in my head, alright?

In our soon-to-be Blogging Journey together, I promise a few things to my reader(s):
  1. I will NOT use "text speak." However, I may use such acronyms commonly associated with texting as OMG, WTF, FTW, LMAO, ZOMG, etc.
  2. I will not post song lyrics as my only blog entry. If I do post song lyrics, they will be followed by an explanation/thoughts/or whatever else inspired me to post those lyrics.
  3. I will not mention people by full name and location. (Just in case some creeper found his/her way to my blog)
  4. I will try to not complain TOO much!
  5. I will try not to take myself too seriously and just HAVE FUN.
I hope you have just as much fun with this blog as I do. If you have any questions, you know how to reach me. Here we goooooo~! :D