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13 December 2008 @ 06:26 pm
Campus was amazing today.

'Twas the weekend before finals, when all through the streets
Not a student was stirring, not even party beats.

The university is dead today, nobody is out and about. Probably a combination of the cold, finals studying, and the aftereffects of the last friday night of this school year. But rather than feeling lonely, it felt great to be alone in a sea of 40,000.

I sold this semester's books back to T.I.S (the non-university owned campus bookstore)for WAY more than what IU would have paid me... and I bought my study guide and lab manual for chem. Then I went to Urban Outfitters downtown to get a gift for a friend, and found some nifty things for the boyfriend as well, even though I already got him a bunch (he is going to be so spoiled). I spent some time walking downtown, wandering in and out of the small, localized shops. I found the Dark Horse Comic first collection, and got it for my dad, he'll be stoked. Then I went to Dat's cajun, my favorite cheap restaurant in town, and ate gumbo while studying biology. I sat there for like 2 hours, the atmosphere is great, it was warm, and I love the music.

My walk home just made me feel amazing, though. The cold air and solitude was just perfect. The only sounds were my quiet footsteps, the wind in the trees, and the inescapable sounds of traffic in the distance.... I'm the kind of dumbass female that walks alone in the most wooded and lonesome places I can find. But it's worth it. These walks alone are very centering, almost like meditation without the stillness.

But enough idle musings, it's time to get back to studying. I'm feeling well prepared for my bio final monday morning, but there's always more that can be done.
Current Location: my room
Current Mood: contentcontent
18 November 2008 @ 08:09 pm
I found this fascinating in my environmental geology lecture today.

A 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor uses 25 tons of of material each year and produces 25 tons of radioactive waste. The density of uranium is 19g/cm3, so that means there is 1 cubic meter of waste per volume.

A similar coal power plant burns 2,500,000 tons of material each year and produces the following wastes:
-6.5 million tons of carbon dioxide
-9,000 tons of sulfur dioxide
-4,500 tons of nitrogen oxides
-1,500 tons of ash.

The system of nuclear power has definitely not been refined yet, but doesn't that stop and make you think about our continued dependence on fossil fuels....

Here's another thought blaster for ya:

Coal and natural gas cost 5-7 cents per K/Wh (kilowatt hour). Wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric cost the same or less to produce the same amount. (And are renewable and much cleaner too.)
17 November 2008 @ 04:57 pm
Maybe it's just me, but my biology readings for class today are just depressing. We're studying ecology and populations (the class is Evolution and Diversity), and today's lecture was on human influences.

The last known carrier pidgin died alone in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

In the 1990's, a section of the Costa Rican rainforest on a remote mountainside was scheduled for clearcutting. Scientists rushed in, did a population survey, and discovered 90 epistemic species (species which are found NOWHERE else in the world.). This stretch of forest was destroyed not a year later.

The Japanese government's Institute of Cetacean Research relies on the selling of whale meat to fund it's "research" program. Now tell me, how does that figure out? You hunt an endangered species in a protected zone for "research" and then sell the meat, giving the government a nice tidy sum of the profits. Hmm... sounds very conservationist to me.

In other news I nailed out a schedule for next semester. Only 4 classes, but 16 credit hours worth.

CHEM-C 103: Introduction to Chemical Principles
-Lecture: M/W/F 8:00-8:50 AM
-Lab: W 12:15-3:15 PM
-Discussion: Tu/Th 2:30-3:20 PM
(that is over 7 hours of chemistry class time per week. Oh. My. God.)

FRIT-F 150: Elementary French II: Language & Culture
-Lecture: M/W 7:15-8:45 PM

SPEA-E 272 - Intro to Environmental Sciences
-Lecture: M/W 9:30-10:45 AM

MATH-M 119 - Brief Survey of Calculus
-Lecture Tu/Th 1:00-2:15 PM
Current Music: Every Day is Exactly the Same - Nine Inch Nails
23 October 2008 @ 12:28 pm
I hate being sick alone. I just wish I had some friends here that would be willing to just watch movies or something so I didn't have to sit here alone and all that. I miss being a kid and having someone take care of me when I'm sick; My mom raised us pretty self reliant but when we were sick she'd still be sure to check in on us and make us soup or something.

I hate being sick with a roommate who doesnt like to study out in the lounge, so she stays up til 2am with the lights on in the room. BUT it looks like my housing change request is going through (moving to a Res Scholar's single room in another Ashton building) so SUCK ON THAT BITCH I'M TAKING ALL MY SHIT THAT I LET YOU USE SUCH AS MY LAMP AND DISHES.



Went to the doctor... I DON'T have mono yay!

However, some weird results came up. I had to do more testing, because now my blood doesn't even show that I'm virally or bacterially sick. My CBC came up completely perfect (I don't even have any histamine count indicative of allergies anymore...) but yet something is definitely wrong with me. I did a bunch of tests: glucose test, thyroid, another type of blood test, and urinalysis, and hopefully with these they'll be able to see what is wrong with me. The doctor is worried about diabetes because i've been losing weight and have had no appetite but am drinking fluids obsessively. We shall see.
Current Location: my room
Current Mood: sicksick
21 October 2008 @ 02:29 pm
So, I might have mono.

I've been feeling kinda crappy for the past week or so, and my roommate had a bad case of strep, so when my throat started hurting I went to the doctor. Apparently what I have is viral, however, so that rules out strep. She thought that what I have is just a minor viral influence, until I told her how fatigued I've been and how I've had no appetite, so she sent me in for a blood test. It came back negative for mono, but she said that as i'm just developing symptoms, it might be too early to get back a positive result if this is indeed what I have. In any case, my lymphocyte count was higher than what is generally normal, and that is the most indicative thing of mono, but it's still too early to tell. I have to go back into the clinic Friday and get another blood test.

Whatever I have, it sucks. I can't stay awake, and it doesn't take much to send me crawling into bed for a nap. I walked from here to geology and then back again, and I'm exhausted. My throat feels like I have a golfball lodged in it, and my head pounds unless I douse myself in Motrin. And if I do indeed have Mono, the sore throat will last for another two weeks and the fatigue a month! AND I'll always have the virus in my blood for the rest of my life. It will usually be inactive but there will be times I can pass it along and get others sick. (Well not as likely as it could be, this virus is passed by saliva so really not too much transfers that other than kissing, sharing eating utensils, coughing will spread it if it is active.) At least I would still be able to donate blood. But still, I really really hope I don't have mono.

It is one of my most hated things to feel weak. Walking up a flight of stairs should not leave me out of breath. Walking to and from classes should not exhaust me. I should not be sleeping 14-16 hours a day. I feel like a disgusting lazy person even though I can't help it.

Someone want to come put me out of my misery?
Current Location: My room
Current Mood: sicksick
22 February 2008 @ 10:50 am
Hi there =)
I have a mission for all of you = say whatever you want about me, good or bad. Ask me anything. Tell me anything. Post anonymously, and comments are screened. If you have something to say, then just tell me, even if you don't know me. And if you have anything bad to say, I'd rather just let it be known, so post that too.

01 January 2008 @ 09:09 pm
So I finally made some new icons =)

All are from Season 4- the episodes Divide and Conquer and Window of Opportunity. Enjoy!

Note: May contain spoilers if you haven't seen the episodes.

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Current Music: No Cars Go - The Arcade Fire
22 December 2007 @ 03:48 pm
Doom 95 is one of the best computer games ever. Simple graphics, but so fun. It's tricky! And lots of secrets. It's a fun game to play with my brothers watching, to show how much I own them.

I saw Sweeny Tod last night.. oh my god, so amazing. Not all of the music was that good, but I liked the lyrics and harmonies.

Does it mean I'm a sadistic person if every time a throat got slit, I felt this bubble of happy rising up? It was a feel-good movie for me xD Our group (Jen, Mary, David, and two or 3 other people, plus Sarah) met up with the other group (Kelsey, Paul and his girlfriend, whose name I'm having the hardest time remembering even though I know her quite well O.o, color guard girls, Mark Knight, some other choir kids..).

Such a good movie.. go see it!

Tonight's pep band.. it's crossdressing night! I'm trying to find a baseball hat that can hold all of my hair, and it's proving difficult as none of us wear them. It's also alumni night for anyone who's ever been in band. If you have.. join us!