Thursday, June 28, 2007

JCPS and the Supreme Court

So I just read that the Supreme Court struck down Louisville's school desegregation policy. As one of the more segregated cities in the US (if not one of the most), I daresay this will lead to a resegregation of our school system. Now all of the rick white kids can stay safely within their own neighborhoods and never have to talk to anyone who is different from them in any way. Sheesh. I went to elementary school downtown and had an EXCELLENT education. I was always around kids who were different. So a kid was denied his first choice school. Big deal. Whatever happened to the greatest good for the greatest number? I'm sure this kid found another school where he's doing quite well. I didn't get to go to my first choice of college, but I didn't sue. And I had am amazing experience. I have three words for him and his mom: get over it. You don't always get what you want in life, and if you can't learn to live with some situations you'll be awfully unhappy. Grrr. Needless to say I'm a bit annoyed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Heat and Harry Potter

Howdy everyone. I realized that it's been a while since my last post! Everything here in MA is good, although hot. The heat wouldn't be so bad if people had pools...but oh well. At least it's not 67 degrees. This summer has been going well. Rick and I went to the beach a couple of weeks ago. I tried to post a pic but my camera is being weird, so oh well. Maybe I'll try again. If there's a picture below, it's from the beach. I'm hoping maybe to go back this weekend with a friend while Rick works on his car. CPE is going well. This week marks the halfway point, which is kind of hard to believe but then again not too hard to believe. My truck is acting up again, and no one has offered to buy it and I have no money. So I don't know what I'm going to do there. I had a long talk with my supervisor today about the whole situation. i thought I had a part time job working as a dog-walker but they haven't really contacted me back. I did get an email from them today, though, that said they were trying to work everything out. But if my truck is starting to act up...and I have to go to Boston Monday night for a CPR recert course, so I'll need the truck then as well. It's just kind of a mess. And no one form ISM has gotten back to me about loans. So I'll have to keep calling them. Anyway, that's about all. Rick introduced me to an AWESOME show called Black Adder. It's a Britcom that is basically an historical comedy. My dad apparently has never seen it, which I find odd, but I told him he would love it. It's hysterical! So if you've never seen it, watch it. Rick just got the first season on DVD. We'll probably start watching it tonight. Ummm....Evan Almighty is out now, we're just waiting for it to show up at the drive in, which hopefully will be soon. We were going to go last week to see Pirates 3 but we had gone out to dinner the night before so we opted to stay in, due to money (aka it's cheaper). I heard Pirates 3 isn't all that great, but I would still like to see it. I loved the first 2.
Harry Potter is fast approaching. My thoughts on who will die? Voldemort. Granted, I wouldn't put it past JKR to kill Harry off, but if these books are about the triumph of good over evil, then Voldemort has to be defeated. And Harry has to do it. But I think some of our favorites will die, and in my opinion it's going to be Neville. I think the trio will stick together (and the three of them will find the horcruxes, etc.) but Neville has something in store for him, I think. But who knows. Apparently Kreacher is going to play an important role, so they had to keep him in the 5th movie on Jo's recommendation. As for Snape...I've gone back and forth on this position. When I first read HBP, I thought maybe he was ok, but there was something else going on. However, on a second read I feel he is on Voldemort's side. That may be too simplistic a reading for HP, but he killed Dumbledore. He was willing to save his own skin to kill the man who would have helped Harry most. How can that make him a friend of the Order? Anywho, those are my musings. I hope you're all doing well!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Graduation, CPE, etc.

Howdy everyone.
Sorry it's been a while, but a lot has been going on! A week ago I graduated from Harvard with an MTS. It's still weird to think that I have a Harvard degree, which, by the way, I can't read yet because it's all in Latin. I'm going to have to get it framed, though, because it's pretty impressive! Graduation was mom, sister, brother, and nephew came up for the trip, so that was fun. They got to meet Rick. It was hilarious watching Rick and Blaine get to know one another! As Rick says "he's the most awesome kid in the world." I told him that I'd been saying that all along, but now he can agree with me. Here's a picture of Blaine and I at graduation (I still can't get over how big he's gotten!!!!) Well, I was going to post one but blogger is being slow. Maybe later. Anywho, I had a hood and everything. It was crazy. And someone did a speech in Latin (something about "John Harvard Jedi Knight). Very weird. Very Harvard.

Then it was back to the ol' hospital for CPE. I was on call last weekend (the only weekend I had to be) and it went well. No calls at night, thank the Lord, as I was exhausted from graduation. And my visits during the day went pretty well. I'm glad I have a weekend now though. I told the group yesterday that the hardest part about on call (as I was the first in the group to do it) was not the weekend but the week after. When you've been at the hospital for eight or nine days straight working you're ready for a break. So now I actually have a weekend, although I still have a book report to write. Luckily the verbatim is done. I think we're going to go to the beach today, which is really exciting! I haven't been since I was 11, and we're going to this really cheesy beach in New Hampshire where they apparently have a boardwalk with skeeball and the whole nine yards! And I think there's some big sand sculpture competition that starts tomorrow as well, so we can see some of that.

Other than that, not much is going on. Rick and I are still running, and I've gotten to the point where I actually would like to run and it's not such a pain. And it feels good when we're done with the run. We just bumped our time up to 32 minutes, and we may bump it up again soon. Today we did our hilly route and we went faster than we have been going, so it seemed like a much harder run than it did before, but we're trying to work on speed a little right now. We'll see. I must say, aside from missing my family tons I definitely miss the pool! Although, it was only 50 degrees the past couple of days, but next week it's supposed to be quite warm. A pool would be nice, but there's swimming down at the lake so we may go down there soon as well. I have a feeling that the ocean is going to be freezing! I'll take pictures, though, and maybe I can post some on here, if it's not being slow. What else? Working on the reading list from Yale. I'll start the first book this week. Should be good. Other than that, just hanging out with Rick and enjoying the summer. Hope you are too, wherever you are!!!