Sunday, December 12, 2010

remember george, no man (or woman) is a failure who has friends

I am so overwhelmed with emotions right now that I felt the need to write a blog entry about it.

I cried when my mom helped me move into my house in August. I felt like a with people I don't know with no friends to fall back on. My eight best friends from Temple had left the country for almost four months and I had no idea where to even begin. Everyone at Temple had their groups of friends already; I would be an outsider at best. For the first few weeks of the semester, I wanted to go home and return to Philadelphia in December when some of the people I love most would also be here. I'm not very good at being alone and I had temporarily lost the people upon whom I depended to make sure I never had to be for very long.

However, I made new friends. This semester taught me that I am a likable person. The Corrie writing this now wants to punch of the Corrie of September in the face, because that Corrie was unnecessarily pessimistic. I have a whole other group of people to love now...funny people, kind people, smart people, people that I thought I would never meet this semester. If nothing else, having my best friends leave for a semester taught me to have faith in myself, because I am kind of great. Anyone reading this blog knows that I have had traumatic experiences with friends in the past, leaving me unsure of relationships, but this semester helped me realize that my fears have no basis.

Waiting for Jimmy in the International Arrivals Hall this afternoon made me realize how important friends are. (At the risk of sounding corny, waiting in an airport and finally seeing the person you're there for is just as great as it appears in the movies. I thought the excitement was romanticized, but it's not.) Many people take having friends for granted. While I've never had a lack of friends around me, this semester helped me to realize that having good people in your life is a gift; one that should be appreciated everyday.

I have never been filled with so much love as I am right now. Temple crew new and old, C Luvers, my family....I don't have just any old people around me. I have the best people. I wish there was some way to tell you all daily how much you make me beam, but this will have to suffice. Thank you for your love.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Three About Me...aka...Bored At Work

3 names i go by:

3 places i have been (or, the three places that have been influential in my life):
the american south, one of my favorite weeks ever
nova scotia, the best vacation of my life
long beach island, my favorite place

3 favorite drinks:
arizona iced tea

3 jobs i have had:
camp counselor
youth lobby supervisor
library page

3 TV shows i watch:
the office
30 rock

3 places i would like to visit:

3 fave retro tv shows
brady bunch
hey, arnold!

3 places I have lived:
carlisle, pa
university village

3 favorite dishes:
baked macaroni and cheese
chicken satay
zucchini packets

3 things i am looking forward to:
my birthday party
seeing my temple friends
moving into my new house with my new roomies

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


willdyne exavier's name should really be poopypants mcgee.

a jumbled and cheesy post about my life.

i am so genuinely happy right now.
everything about my life right now is great.
i have things to be excited about right now, things to look back on and laugh, and things to look forward to in the near future.
it's the perfect place to be and i'm glad i am here.
i often think about my friends at school and how they're people i didn't know a year and a half ago.
i can't believe it's been this short of a time. i guess that's how college works, but it's still hard to wrap my head around. it feels like i've know them forever.
i feel so close to them; closer than i am with most people at home anymore.
they're some of the best people i've ever met.
they make school feel like home.
this semester has really solidified that they're great, great people.
i am still beyond excited to go home this weekend.
i am so excited to see my parents and smell brennan (ayyyoooo) and go to penn state with jayda.
i like that i get to be excited about being at school and being at home.
both are great places with great people.
i want to hug everbody that i know repeatedly.
i am jumping up and down at the fact that southern road trip '10 is only 9 days away!
i was talking to jayda about it the other night, and she said, "you guys are doing it right"
i had been saying how the car is going to be cramped and how tensions will be high, but she reminded me that it's something that i will always look back on.
i am positive that the cramped and smelly 8 days that i am going to spend in the car with 6 of my best friends is going to be one of those things that i will always remember.
i'm glad we chose a road trip. it seems so much more freeing and memorable than taking a bus or a plane to one destination.
it's going to be legen...wait for it...dary.
like i said, my life is great.
blogger sucks and didn't space my entry how i had it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

my new favorite snack.



i think i found my valentine.

Monday, February 8, 2010

how hard is it to marry a weekend?

because i would like to hold this one in my arms forever and never let it go.
one of the best weekends in a very long time. hands down.
i am in love with everyone in my life.
(check out this video on caitlin's blog. it perfectly describes my friends and our weekend. they are good people. the best.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

mrs. corrie segel?

ode to my future husband:

oh dear sweet lord, i am head over heels in love with you. i want you to bring a full marching band to the airport to play "our song". i want you to serenade me with rockoperas about dracula every night as i drift off to sleep. i want you to hug me, because you are obviously a giant teddy bear. i want you to bequeath slaps to ME on slapsgiving. and to be honest, you have taken jim halpert's spot in my heart.

will you marry me? please?

ps. now that this is happening nothing compares 2 u.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

road trip '10, part dallas

for our road trip this spring, my friends and i are each researching one city that we will visit/go through. i got dallas, and it looks like some mild fun. (what uppp, arrested development?!)

dallas highlights:

museum set up at the dallas book depository where lee harvey oswald shot jfk from. steep price, but it could be cool, especially for a history nerdbomber like me.

also know as shoppers alley, everything i've read says it's a good place for bargain hunters.

a museum dedicated to new and old fans.

some sites say that this museum is closed, but if it's not it sounds awesome!

sandwiches on the cheap!

lol, really? guided tours of mary kay's history?

here's what the website said, "a growing number of bronze, larger-than-life steers and their cowboy escorts move along pioneer plaza". is there anything better than a steer and his cowboy escort?

covering history from the 1840s to the 1940s, a few original structures, such as log cabins, are available for free tours.

i'm fairly certain this is the up and coming area of dallas. every description uses the word "eclectic"

houses one of the original copies of the declaration of independence and shakespeare's firt folio of works!

to be continued...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


i decided to change my blog title for a few reasons.
1. flowers in the window didn't mean anything to me. and it was kind of lame.
2. i am absolutely in love with cloud cult.
3. i feel like i am at the point in my life where the lyrics of this song are so meaningful. i'm trying to find myself while also holding onto the past.

"there's so many people wondering what's the right direction, as far as i'm concerned, there's only one way up"

ps. isn't the video that guy made AWESOME?! haha, just kidding.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

i've got a feelin'

that this semester is going to be good.

i took all of my notes in econ and math today, which is a big deal because i usually forget to pay attention in those types of classes.
i've been waking up a half hour before my first classes and getting to them with time to spare.
i've already cooked myself some delicious pasta.
i'm pretty interested in the course material of all of my classes (except econ.)
i didn't know that my math class was a math class for teachers, learning how to teach math to children. (my first dose of what it means to teach children. hopefully this goes well)
i finished my first assignment of the semester in record time.
i feel generally motivated and happy.

and i know that it's only two days into the semester, but this is a lot more positive than i felt at the beginning of fall semester. winter break was a good one for helping me figure things out about myself.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

"you can't love anything more than something you miss"

i was so affected by this book.
it is beautifully written, poignant, meaningful, and different. i fell in love with it from the first page.
jonathan safran foer is a genius of a writer and even the simplest idea sounds like a masterpiece because of his wording and the feeling that his words give off. every word is perfectly used.
you feel so many different emotions during the book, but you can't put it down. the story that foer tells is beautiful and the characters are unique. he develops them in a way that causes you to really know them; they feel real.
i was crying as i read the final pages of the book and i was sitting in the car with my mom when this happened. it was that moving.
i would recommend this book to anyone.

"What about little microphones? What if everyone swallowed them, and they played the sounds of our hearts through little speakers, which could be in the pouches of our overalls? When you skateboarded down the street at night you could hear everyone's heartbeat, and they could hear yours, sort of like sonar. One weird thing is, I wonder if everyone's hearts would start to beat at the same time, like how women who live together have their menstrual periods at the same time, which I know about, but don't really want to know about. That would be so weird, except that the place in the hospital where babies are born would sound like a crystal chandelier in a houseboat, because the babies wouldn't have had time to match up their heartbeats yet. And at the finish line at the end of the New York City Marathon it would sound like war."

"Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living"

""But it was unnecessary.
There would be other nights.
And how can you say I love you to someone you love?
I rolled on my side and fell asleep next to her.
Here is the point of everything I've been trying to tell you, Oskar.
It's always necessary.
I love you,

"I stood on the bed, pointed my fingers at the fake stars, and screamed: 'I changed the course of human history!' 'That's right.' 'I changed the universe!' 'You did.' 'I'm God!' 'You're an atheist.' 'I don't exist!' I fell back onto the bed, into his arms, and we cracked up together."

bill cosby is always right.

i'm obsessed with these kids. they're hilarious and adorable. they're staying with us for the weekend and here are some highlights from their first night.

me- so ethan how's life since christmas
ethan- well, i speak twenty-five languages now
mom- spreken ze deutsch?
ethan- pause. diana! don't question me!
ethan- it doesn't matter if you can't understand what ruth and christian are saying, you have me to translate.

me- christian, do you want some water before bed?
christian- no...but do you want feet in your face?!

ethan- thom! mommy and me got you a bag of snickers!
dad- thanks, bud!
ethan- well, mommy got them for you but you can still give me one! or...three?
kids DO say the darndest things.

Monday, January 11, 2010

sometimes i wish i had my own home that i could decorate and paint and style any way that i want.

what's unfortunate is that, until 5 minutes ago, my dream home was just a mix of colors and patterns in my head; but i don't think i can go back to that time now that i have laid eyes on this:

i think i just fell deeply, deeply in love. how am i ever going to live without you, you beautiful thing?

**from here

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


1. sometimes it's good to become apathetic in the morning. avoid many awkward run ins.
2. why would someone with the last name wood become a doctor?
3. i should never have watched julie & julia because now i want to cook.
4. i can't cook.
5. new years resolution?
6. you know who can cook? my mom. she created her own recipe for moroccan chili the other day.
7. i apparently need to catch up on classic dustin hoffman movies. i watched the graduate the other day and part of rain man today and they're so good. i need to see them all.
8. new years resolution?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

so long, oh nine.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
lived in an apartment with a boy, worked at a camp for special needs children, watch the candidate i voted for get inagurated as president.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i didn't make any, but i'm going to make some general ones for this year. (lose weight, exercise more, cut out soda, read more classic literature...generally make myself into a better person)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
my cousin kate had the most adorable little red headed baby.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
thankfully, no.

5. What countrys did you visit?
stayed state side.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
a job at school, money, motivation

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
july 24-26 sally's cabin weekend
july 30-august 2 visit to new england with tu crew
it was a good summer, haha

8. What is your greatest achievement of the year?
becoming more confident and mature, fully realizing that i'm destined to be a teacher and that i was fooling myself otherwise

9. What was your biggest failure?
not feeling motivated this semester, not losing weight when i really should have

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
not really, i was super sick one weekend in october but nothing major. no swine '09.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
haha, my north face polar fleece. i may sound like THAT GIRL, but it's the truth.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
first and foremost my papa. even though he is getting worse and worse by the day, every time i see him i still see a strength and courage that most people lose after what he has been through. he is one of the strongest people that i know and going through terminal cancer has only proved this to me.
my mom for continuing to be a strong woman, my dad for always making me laugh, my brother for maturing into a good kid, and all of my friends for being them. i am obsessed with the people in my life.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
no ones really, it was a good year in terms of people.

14. Where did most of your money go?
food and clothes.

15. What did you get really, really excited about?
going home after freshman year and going back to school after summer. it's a cycle that i am happy with.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
party in the usa, if i could turn back time, jumper

17. Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder?
happier, this time last year i was looking up what i would have to do to transfer schools. now i couldn't imagine leaving temple and my friends there.

b) thinner or fatter?
fatter, but not by much. i hate myself for this.

c) richer or poorer?
poorer, by a lot. it sucks not graduating every year.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
be uninhibited

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
have my guard up

20. How did you spend Christmas?
my aunt and cousins came and we opened presents and played the wii all day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
yes, i fell further in love with my friends.

22. How many one-night stands?
365, one for every day of the year.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
the office, glee, community, gossip girl (i'm not going to lie)

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
i'm only in the middle of unaccostumed earth by jhumpa lahiri but it is hands down the best. so plainly written but beautiful. the stories are so poignant. i also reread dress your family in corduroy and denim by david sedaris which is still the funnist book ever written in my mind.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
cloud cult, monsters of folk, she & him, ted leo

27. What did you want and get?
this is going to be cheesy, but happiness. i was uncharacteristically unhappy at this time last year and i am happy that those days are over. this year may not have been the most spectacular of my life, but something can be said for being happier.

28. What did you want and not get?
i can't really think of anything. except a million dollars.

29. What was your favorite film of the year?
inglorious basterds, up, district 9

30. What did you do on your birthday?
had a taco feast with my friends, danced in the rain to michael jackson, and played frisbee at dickinson

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
motivation and a job, which kind of go hand in hand.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
old navy, whatever flattered and fit my body. it was a rough year in this department but i like a bunch of things that i got this year. i wouldn't say i have a fashion concept.

33. What kept you sane?
my mom and my friends, 717 and tu.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
john krasinki, barack obama

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
i think living with a gay man made me more and more upset about gay rights issues. i want everyone to be happy in their choices. (not that i didn't always care about this one, just more personal now)

36. Who did you miss?
my family and 717ers when i'm at school.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
no one really, but i became a lot closer with a lot of people.

38. Tell us a valuble life lesson you learned in 2009?
just relax. and just dance.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"so i put my arms up, playing my song, butterflys fly away"