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Sunday, December 26th, 2010
3:08 pm - yearly survey!
Hi folks. Just keeping the tradition going - although I don't think  I have many (any?) friends left on here.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Snorkeled, played banjo, visited a hippie commune.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't remember making any. In 2011 I want to go for at least a 50 mile backpacking trip, but a 100-miler would be idael.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't think so.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I don't think so.
5. What countries did you visit?
Did I even make it into Canada this year? I think it was just a good ole US of A year.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
My own banjo, admission/funding for a graduate program 
7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My 21st birthday was a good time. I also had a great day in Glacier National Park where I saw six grizzly bears.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finally learning to manage social life and school work this fall, getting successful results in a geochemistry research project, presenting my senior research in Denver.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Quickly recovering from heartbreak over Costa Rica girl, returning phone calls, successfully existing from Jan-May.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I sat on a cactus during field work in MT.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Lots of good music purchases. Most recently, the Sufjan Christmas album. And the ticket to see him in Denver! that was a sweet show.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My roommate Jess, who puts up with my messes and rambles. And my girlfriend, who is maybe the nicest person in the world.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Not too much outrage this year! My own behavior that led to my D- on a physics final this spring. whooooops.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel, 'medicinal herbs', books, food
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Florida geology trip, Montana research, subsequent summer travels and adventures, Christmas
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
The whole CSNY album 'so far' has been played on repeat at my apartment, so anything from that. 
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier - this time last year was pretty rough.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatterrrrrrrrrrrr derp.
iii. richer or poorer? poorer
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
music playing, keeping up with my spanish and french, studying for the GRE's, long hikes.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Hooking up with a boy.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it opening presents and making beauteous food babies because I suspended my vegetarianism to eat roast beef.
23. How many one-night stands?
Just one!
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Didn't watch much at all.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I mean, this time last year I didn't hate Costa Rica girl yet because some shit hadn't gone down. But then I hated her vehemently for many months of 2010.
26. What was the best book you read?
The Sound and the Fury is one of the best books I have ever read, period.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Listened to lots of bluegrass and lesbians.
28. What did you want and got?
An awesome apartment and roommate, a wonderful girlfriend. 
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Black swan was really intense and awesome.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21!! So I went to a bar at 12:01 a.m. 
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More mental control over my emotions.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Flannel, Bean's boots, field clothes, baseball hats. the usual.
34. What kept you sane?
Reading, outdoors, family, roommate.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I still am really into Carrie Brownstein. She formed a new band!!!! And I am going to see them in march!! hooray.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Not hugely stirred by that much - happy about DADT.
37. Who did you miss?
I missed Costa Rica girl for longer than I should admit.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Welllll a bunch of cool kids at Allegheny, including my new gurrrlllll.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Drunk dialing ex's is really pathetic. JUST DON'T.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"our house, is a very very very fine house, with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard..." etc.

I hope everyone had a wonderful year!!

-2 canoers fell out- canoe?-

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
12:33 pm
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I studied in a distant land, stayed in several hostels, and had research published.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I resolved not to cause more drama, and I totally failed. I succeeded in causing drama everywhere I went! Score.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't think so.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
One of my really nice, really old relatives died. It was sad, but she was really sick.
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I didn't lack much in 2009, but maybe a steady, non-dramatic, non-stressful relationship with someone cool and attractive. 
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Probably the day we made it to the top of Costa Rica's highest mountain. It was really beautiful and then I finally got with this wonderful girl in my study abroad program. Plus I won several games of hearts. 
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving in a Spanish speaking country, doing awesome geology research in Montana.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Lots of lying and drama-causing.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
During the summer I drank 12 shots of rum in about an hour and suffered subsequent illness. Otherwise, nothing bad.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Delicious drinks in Central America? I'm not sure, no big purchases this year.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Foster! He worked his butt off this year at school. Also, my friend Fiona, who had a hellish year and is still cheerful.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Sometimes my own. 
14. Where did most of your money go?
Books, alcohol, food, travel. I think that is a pretty decent mix.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
North Carolina, Montana, Costa Rica - all of my wonderful travels. 
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Probably The Chain by Fleetwood Mac, because I sang that song many times both at Allegheny and in Costa Rica. 
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I'm really happy about how this year went, but I'm sad that it is over. Overall, similar happiness.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner - a lot of what I ate in Costa Rica was watermelon and rice. 
iii. richer or poorer? About the same.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Guitar playing, existing productively, writing, eating delicious fatty foods.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Hooking up with non-single people, eating delicious fatty foods.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With my wonderful family! 
23. How many one-night stands?
Only a couple real one-night stands.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The L word... although the sixth season was really bad.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think so. Going abroad for a semester cooled my loathing for some people at school, but I'm sure it'll start up again soon.
26. What was the best book you read?
Well, Atlas Shrugged probably was the book I contemplated the most, but in terms of writing quality certainly not the best. Maybe The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
All of this spring I was obsessed with Sleater-Kinney, and therefore discovered a lot of cool Riot Grrl music. But I really like Tegan and Sara, too.
28. What did you want and got?
A sweet time studying abroad! Lots of cool travel memories. 
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Didn't watch many in theaters at all.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 20! yay, a new decade. I went into Atenas for lunch with my girlfriend and ate delicious ice cream and drank a delicious strawberry batido. Then I drank a lot of Fresca and guarro (basically like Squirt with vodka, but way tastier) and played scrabble and had a lap dance! Haha, wooo. 
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
This is a hard one - maybe having the awesome girl I met in CR live somewhere closer than Washington state.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Wow, in 2004 - way back in the day! - I answered flannel. Same answer! Except it was really hot in CR, so less flannel than usual.
34. What kept you sane?
Reading, the outdoors, backpacking,  hiking, bird watching, women.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Carrie Brownstein! What a badass.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Well I stayed out of it mostly, since I was gone, but gay rights.
37. Who did you miss?
My wonderful Allegheny friends, who I never appreciated enough until I went abroad and realized how rockin' they are.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
The girl in CR, whose name is Kristina. She is, hands down, the coolest, most attractive, all around awesomest person I've ever been with. But my Australian girl this summer was a good time as well.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Don't try to flush TP in Central American countries. Always put it in the trash can!
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I guess I have to go for cheesy on this one. "Loving you, isn't the right thing to do. But how can I ever change things that I feel?" Thank you, Fleetwood Mac, for stating my sappy emotions so eloquently in song.

Well, that's all folks. Just to put this list on here for my own use, in case I forget any of my trips, these are the places I went this year:
Jan-May: Allegheny
March: Las Vegas, Death Valley, CA and Capitol Reef, UT (Geology Spring Break trip)
May: Calgary, Alberta (fishing trip with Dad in the Canadian rockies)
May-August: Smoky Mountains, NC (working at the rafting company again)
June: Whitehall, MT (one month geology research)
September: Niagara Falls, Ontario (farewell trip with the Australian I'd been dating)
September-December: Atenas, Costa Rica (study abroad! I went all over CR during these months).
November: Ometepe Island and Granada, Nicaragua (10 day field trip)
If I ever top this year for travel, I will be shocked. It was sweet!

Merry Christmas everybody. I'm in GP till Jan 15 or so, so give me a call!

current mood: contemplative

-3 canoers fell out- canoe?-

Saturday, December 20th, 2008
3:49 pm - woo the coming out of the closet year!
1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Admitted to myself that I'm a big old lez, lived in the mountains, spent crazy amounts of money, been a vegetarian and (briefly) a vegan, even though I took saturdays off to eat cheese and pastries!
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
According to last year's survey, I was supposed to be as ridiculous and spontaneous as possible- check. Next year I want to get better grades in school and have less drama.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
nope, but my cousin's girlfriend is knocked up now. what will that make me? a cousin once removed?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
my heterosexual self was brutally crushed.
5. What countries did you visit?
the south is a foreign land! and i lived there.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
a tent!
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My first date with a woman, after which we ended up making out in this public park where there were some little kids and people playing fetch with their dogs in the distance.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Re-instating and expanding my flannel wardrobe! not having an identity crisis.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Being responsible, not throwing up after drinking, etc. Remaining in touch with people and returning phone calls are definitely up there too.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I sat in a yellow jacket's nest and got at least 15 stings at one time, mostly on the ass. THAT was a little out of hand, let me tell you.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably my backpack from REI, or my plane ticket to visit Kat over fall break.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My family's. (that apostrophe looks really odd for some reason)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Well my Louisiana red-neck boyfriend this summer was a class-A douche, but on the other hand, it was totally my bad for thinking that was a good idea.
14. Where did most of your money go?
iTunes, gasoline, a lot of transportation costs and food
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
working at NOC, visiting/being visited by Kat, seeing my family
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
closer to fine -indigo girls. hahah or not, i'm not that gay - possibly. probably anything from The Organ album.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I'm enthusiastic about my life! But I was happy then too, so I'm not sure. equal? More self-realized now! ha.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter
iii. richer or poorer? poorer! ugh.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
whitewater kayaking down south, dating women in the first half of the year, reading lovely books
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
smoking, throwing up alcohol, being a super classy kid, spending money on iTunes for the L word.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Opening presents and eating with the family. I got my dad a plate tectonic boundaries map and I'm really excited for it!!!!
23. How many one-night stands?
I don't want to make anyone jealous of my amazing sex appeal.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
the L word! its obligatory for any freshly hatched dyke.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think so! I dislike some people that I met, but they are more amusing than anything.
26. What was the best book you read?
I personally loved frankenstein. Oh, and Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller is incredible! I read that and Lolita at work this summer and one of my bosses thought I was some kind of pervert.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I went through an intense Avett Brothers/bluegrass phase, and lately I've really been into Bach. I love this hipster indie band called the Organ too.
28. What did you want and got?
My woman! My job at NOC.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
In theaters I didn't see much, but the Dark Knight was definitely the best of what I saw. Otherwise, I saw Bonnie and Clyde for the first time and that is the best movie ever.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 19, and I was in the middle of a weekend backpacking trip to Oil Creek State Park. It was fucking freezing, but we had a good time and I ate a tremendous amount of cheese. My roommate Anna put up ribbons and confetti all over the room for when I got back to campus.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If Kat lived in Meadville!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
dyke.
34. What kept you sane?
Playing yahoo pool with Kat, visits to the South, my roommate, soy milk during my vegan phase, backpacking, my brother.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jennifer Beals and Shakira.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Prop 8 and the other anti-gay proposals that all fucking passed.
37. Who did you miss?
My girlfriend, my family.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
My girlfriend! Many lovely people at NOC this summer.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Lesbians really do have more drama. So much estrogen!!
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
to be cliche:
"I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
Theres more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine"

-3 canoers fell out- canoe?-

Monday, December 31st, 2007
12:45 pm - 2007!
So, I haven't updated in so long that it took me like five minutes to figure out how to post. Actually that is a big lie, but it did take me at least 30 seconds and one wrong button. Anyway! Here is my usual end of the year survey for everyone's enjoyment!

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
College! Camping trip without adults! wait, ana was there. she is a wise adult. but still.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really have any. Next year I want to be as ridiculous and spontaneous as possible. $257 bus tickets to California, anyone?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't think so.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I don't think so.
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada only a couple times, it wasn't a very travel-oriented year.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A band to use my wonderful new vibraslap in!! (thank you Marianna, best present ever!) My car at college. More camping equipment, especially my own tent and backpack. YOUR LOVE!
7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm not sure I approve of the phrase "etched upon your memory." I'll probably forget it all eventually! But I had lots of lovely times with lovely people anyway. I've already forgotten graduation, it was that exciting. Luckily, it is etched upon everyone else's memory through use of a cheesy photo!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Existing at college, completing organic chemistry, being a happy human being.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Returning phone calls, cheering up my poor baby roommate :(
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a lot of colds at college, but Stacy never got them because she sprayed me down with lysol. AND my uterus bled EVERY month, it was traumatic.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Folk music!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Probably Sam's, the nicest boy ever to be misused by myself. And you, dear reader.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Congress, and not you, dear reader.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Amazon.com, Tattered Corners, Big Lots, Creative Crust. Oh, shopping life in Meadville.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
College! Coming home for Thanksgiving!
16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Anything Shakira and folk music.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier! you know, I've said happier every time I've done this I do believe. I'm on a good trend here folks.
ii. thinner or fatter? Well between august and thanksgiving I may have even lost weight, but I think by now I'm back to normal. Maybe a little fatter, but nothing big.
iii. richer or poorer? richer! Thank you, Einstein Bro's Bagels.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Raquetball, intellectual discussion, reading.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Facebooking (same as last year!), upsetting assorted people, cleaning.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We opened presents and ate a delicious dinner and basked in family warmth.
23. How many one-night stands?
How many creepy Meadville men wish they could have changed that number...
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Well I did watch an incredible amount of Alias.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think so, do I hate anyone at college? Some vague dislike, but no hate.
26. What was the best book you read?
Not Vanity Fair! I loved Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, and I'm really into Herzog by Saul Bellow.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maddy Prior in all her forms - Silly Sisters, Steeleye Span, with the Carnival Band. I'm pretty sure that means close to nothing to everyone, but she is a wonderful British folk singer to clarify.
28. What did you want and got?
KINKY SEX! just kidding. is it possible to be awkward on the internet? with yourself? I think I was just awkward with myself on the internet.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Best of Youth is an amazing six hour Italian movie that everyone should see, and then discuss with me because I wrote a term paper on it and it is close to my heart.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I'm 18!! Weee buying cigarettes and not thinking about how each brand has like 80 different varieties and then being awkward at Rite Aid. But back to the question, I went to a nice dinner with Sam and then went to a comedy show and probably a party.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Alex Morgan living in PA :(
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Paul recently called me a lumberjack, but I slapped him right across the face!
34. What kept you sane?
Family, my dear friends both at school and home, walks, folk guitar.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Regina Spektor! and Shakira... But I do have a secret crush on Sufjan Stevens, who sometimes looks really hot and sometimes looks really bland.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
My knowledge of politics is decidedly under qualified.
37. Who did you miss?
You. My family.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Allegheny College.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Going to Alaska to work for a month and then traveling the rest of your summer IS possible and not just a dream of the 70's. Not that I did that, but I met people who did.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Whenever, wherever, we're meant to be together" take that, a Shakira tie-in vaguely related to my relationship issues! However, notice that the line "lucky that my breasts are small and humble, so you don't confuse them with mountains" from the same song has been omitted, as it does not relate to my giant chest.

I feel like I didn't mention several key things in that entry. First of all, college has given me horrible showering habits, several excellent new friends, and an increased appreciation for Detroit, Michigan and Pennsylvania all at once. I am feeling quite enthusiastic about everything right now, I love Geology, I miss the Decks, and am thoroughly excited for life.

Love,
Ellen

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
10:43 pm
13 pages in four hours? not too damn bad!

current mood: pleased

-canoe?-

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
5:24 pm - hey kids!
I haven't written in a long time, but I thought I'd take this opportunity! The big news of the last day is that I now have an awesome roommate for college!!! Which makes me more pumped than is healthy, and a lot more relaxed because I know I won't be in with a weirdo (not counting me of course, I can't escape myself) and from the hour we talked today, I'm thinking we will get along really well! She wants to do Bio and French, which is exactly what I want to do, and she seems really smart so she can help me struggle along. She also likes Regina Spektor (yay!!!!) and Shakira, so singing and dance parties are most certainly in order. Shes not a party-er, so no puke smells late in the night, she is an atheist so religious discussion will be satisfying, and she likes mostly good movies. And, not to be lame, but she just LOOKS like a nice, relaxed person. Which isn't saying that much, but is nonetheless really assuring. I know a lot of people don't even know where they are going now, so its pretty lucky for me to have all of this worked out already- but yay!! Happiness is in order!

Thats all I really wanted to report, except that lately I've been obsessed with Jane Austen movies (yeah, thats really weird), especially Pride and Prejudice, its been really nice to see my brother, I play too much online chess and I've been deliciously lazy about everything that matters.

Love,
Ellen

current mood: excited

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006
1:29 am - So I did this in 2004 and 2005...
and it seemed appropriate to do it in 2006!

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
A lot of things. Not drugs!
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't keep them because I can't remember them for shit, and I may make some for next year. I make a lot of resolutions throughout the year, but I have low willpower so they rarely work out. Good thing I haven't taken up smoking.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't think so.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My great uncle? But that may have been in 2006.
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada a few times.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
More motivation, more late nights out being ridiculous, and more visits to Ann Arbor. Not to mention college.
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Not to make everyone throw up, but Valentine's day, probably prom, my winter camping trip (good times, good times), the Tastefest show, maybe the Halfass show, the moment I found out about my scholarship to Allegheny.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
College success, being in a longterm relationship (did I just type that?), reading lots of good books.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Improving on guitar, not being a fatty.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A few colds and I gave blood! But that was voluntary injury.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Vox amp!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My Mom.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Jeff Nardone? Maybe just the entity of Tower.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Borders, Car City Records
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Regina Spektor!
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Carbon Monoxide? Maybe some Decks songs.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier I think, senior year does win over junior stress by far. And being excited about the future as opposed to worried makes one happy also!
ii. thinner or fatter? maybe a few pounds more.
iii. richer or poorer? poorer! but in knowledge? nevermind, I didn't just think that.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Playing guitar, reading, exercising, productive existence.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Facebooking, having random emotional outbursts.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
The usual fam stuff.
23. How many one-night stands?
Everytime we play a show I make love to the audience.. oh wait they just wish. Ha.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Olympics!
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Oh probably, but not hate that counts. Just you're fat and obnixous hate but I'm leaving in 8 months type hate.
26. What was the best book you read?
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy was a good one, many others of great interest.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I don't really make musical discoveries, but other people steered me in the Regina Spektor direction and I did pick up on Joan Baez a lot.
28. What did you want and got?
Scholarship to Allegheny.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmmm I didn't like many I saw in theaters this year.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I'm 17. I can't remember what I did! I'm sure I had cake with my family and opened a few presents. I think Alex had to work, but we went on a walk.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A disposable uterus!!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
The words "fashion concept" are foreign to me.
34. What kept you sane?
The Decks kept me on the edge of sanity, Alex bears the brunt of all of my terrible emotions really well so that everyone mostly just thinks I'm nice, jolly etc. and there are lots of material possesions I enjoy, not including the shower.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Regina Spektor!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Arbortion possibly. I did hand out democractic fliers in the rain on the election day! I hate the democrats, but thats neither here nor there. My political outlook has become decidedly cynical.
37. Who did you miss?
My college buds.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Kelsey Pecherer! That was recently. I cannot remember.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
If you seek flattery, play for a drunk crowd of middle aged creepy men!
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"they'll just say that we're being lazy, sex crazed, sex crazed, hazy" not that that makes any sense.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
8:52 pm - ;LAHG;LAIGHE;L!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO THERE IS NO ONE IN MY HOUSE RIGHT NOW SO I HAVE TO UPDATE MY LJ WITH THIS :

Dear Ellen:

Congratulations! The Admissions and Scholarship Committees have reviewed your Leadership Application and are very pleased to offer you admission to Allegheny College for the fall of 2007.

(this wasn't in all caps, but ) WE ARE ALSO HONORED TO REWARD YOUR FINE ACHIEVEMENT IN AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM WITH OUR PRESTIGIOUS TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP.

!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

love,
ellen

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
10:38 pm - So.
I had a really, really good weekend. I am a happy, happy Ellen. I played one of the best shows we've played in a while, bonded a lot with Ana, got to know one of her friends who is exactly like me except a lot cooler, wandered about cool places in Ann Arbor, received good advice from Ana the wise, felt a lot more secure about college/the present/the future, felt a lot better about my relationship with Alex Morgan than I have for at least a month, went naturing with my family, didn't do a damn bit of work, Christmas shopped, ate delicious Christmas desserts, loved the cold, got a nice new coat, bought peppermint tea, and saw my brother. Basically, I'm feeling a very good strain of Christmas joy!

Oh, it all started when I wore my favorite flannel.

Love,
Ellen

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Sunday, November 5th, 2006
3:28 pm - Happy Ellen!
So yesterday night I got back from a college visit to Allegheny College, in northwestern PA and it was really really really awesome!! The campus is on top of this huge hill and has all of these old stone buildings and is surrounded by forest and at the bottom of the hill is a small town as in every college, and in the middle of the campus (which you can walk across in about 5 minutes) is a ravine with a stream and forest and a wooden bridge over it. If this doesn't scream Ellen to you, the outing club has A RACK OF CANOES!!!!!!!! yay!!!! I talked to professors from the neuroscience, biology, french and environmental sciences department and they all seemed really awesome. They have a nature preserve right off of campus for ecological research (!!!!!!!!!!) and yeah, the first students we saw when we arrived were a group of kids heading out for a weekend backpacking trip. seriously!! Also, the guy from the french department said they have a program for semester in Paris where science students can do lab research, and also a program in the loire valley where you study french intensely. Yess!!! French country side, french city, lab research!!!

We ate lunch with the assistant dean of admissions, and he basically shook my hand like 80 times and assured me that I would get scholarship money and they wanted me to go there. Seriously, happy ellen!! Even my dad, who is incredibly critical, couldn't think of a single thing wrong with this place. All of the students we met seemed really unpretenious (which is more than I can say for most private liberal arts colleges) and the senior girl doing neuroscience research seemed really smart and cool.

Anyway, i can really see myself living there and being a happy person. :) :) :)

Love,
Ellen

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Saturday, October 28th, 2006
2:06 pm - Hello.
So I have a friend named Megan Hoban, and she just stood out in the 40 degree rain with whipping winds for over three hours to see me and the cross country team at regionals. Amazing person? Yes!

current mood: wet

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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
4:28 pm - Oh celebrity stalking.
So this weekend, I heard Regina Spektor in concert, I got within touching range of Regina Spektor, I had a three sentence conversation with Regian Spektor, I hugged Regina Spektor, I played the creepy stalker-fan outside of Regina Spektor's tour bus, I told Regina Spektor she is the best person ever, and then Regina Spektor was the cutest person ALIVE and rubbed my arm and told me to go home and get warm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The moral of the story is that she has beautiful blue eyes and she is the only person alive that can pull off Ugg boots and I love her so much? AND SHE HAS THE CUTEST SPEAKING VOICE EVER.

I could keep going with that, but I also just won color junction a minute ago and that was originally why I wanted to update. This has been a really good weekend overall, and Ana is home. And I miss her so much, even though she is secretly about a mile from me right now, but you know how that goes.

Even though its horrible cliche, I can't waittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt for college. A)HIGOIHEIHJIL:HH$LHdlaskhgl;ahrwghio;3hg!

But yeah, if I look like a different person the next time you see me read the first paragraph again.

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
10:34 pm - well. well. well.
Just because of the fact that I've had too many angsty-vague entries in the past month or so, i just thought I'd say some other stuff on here.

We started the Odessey in Lit, which is pretty cool. I'm enjoying reading it so far, I really like the poetry format and stuff. I like it. (even though Campion has a goatee of two different colors and basically defines the word creeper).

I ate my first borscht Sunday, thanks to Liza's grandma. I mean, whatever the foreign word for grandma is. Beets?

So it all comes down to the facts that a) I had a nice phone conversation with the Amorgs tonight! yay!! b) Regina Spektor SOONNNNNNNN (love is the answer to a question that i've forgotten??) c) I like the new Tower masthead and have already accomplished some really excellent Tower mischief d) Saying internet slang out loud in horribly abnixious voices is the best way to brighten your day.

So basically as soon as homecoming goo is over, I will have more free time, and free time is inversely proportional to the time I spend as emo Ellen (see previous entry) so that is good.

Love,
Ellen

current mood: satisfied

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
9:20 pm - mm a relationship survey. not that this is worth reading at all.
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Saturday, September 9th, 2006
12:03 am - so.
so i don't delete things in past entries, but erase all the stupid shit that that said. i guess apologizing on the internet is not very effective, but i feel like a horrible person for making super pointed remarks just to cause a reaction out of you (vague vague mmm) and ily a lot. that was definently a classic ellen "this sounds like a good idea right now" moment when in actuality it is the worst idea ever.

-canoe?-

Friday, September 8th, 2006
5:29 pm - stuff and blah.
so i'm just updating this because i'm happy its the weekend. it got off to a sort of bad start though, cross country sucked, but hmm. oh well, people.

i miss my buddies, the decks, and just everyone. i feel sort of isolated? i don't even get to see alex anymore. that is pretty serious people. i ALWAYS see alex, and now i don't. lonely, lonely, lonely.

please don't let me talk about tower anymore. if i start to talk about tower, just cut me off immediately. im so sick of stuff and talking about it, so end. end.

at least mr. martin always lives up to my expectations as an amazing person. don't you hate it when you meet someone new and you think they're just so awesome? but then maybe they aren't. or maybe i just overdo everything, am too ridiculous to even exist, and am the queen at cultivating fake friendships really fast. GOOD.

love,
ellen

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Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
11:17 pm
regina spektor october 13th??? st. andrews??? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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Friday, August 4th, 2006
10:52 pm - some stuff about my life (that isn't a survey!!)
so basically i've been existing at work and mipa for a long time since i've updated this. i feel a lot like i should be making some big decisions about stuff right now, but i'm just kind of feeling a lot of mixed things. and i cry a lot. at totally random moments, like this one night at mipa when i actually wasn't sad or something, but my fan was broken. wait, i have to insert a sentence here about liza dzul being one of the best people ever.

tonight was a good time though. alex and i took $50 worth of Mr. Pita from the tower picnic, which maria attended and thus hilarity ensued. mmmm already nostalgic for the beautiful mix of editors that existed last year. whatever, there is going to be an article on summer flings in the first day issue this year because i have emerged from tower with an acute sense of personal irony. (and i give vent to my bitterness in weird ways.)

so anyway, then it was really pretty outside by the lake and we played a wonderful few games of crochet, all of which i lost. even when i employed very sleathly cheating methods. we spent a long time at linda's talking about life thoughts that i've been having, and it was very nice. alex morgan. alexander morgan? alexander bennett morgan?? yes.

i'm in love with your daughter, i want to have her babies. i'm in love with your daughter, so can i please?

love,
ellen

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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
10:12 am - buhhh
Before the survey, everybody should check out dan the man's video of us from tastefest! (there is a link to it on our myspace that he posted). It has stirling in it and is super amazing.

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current mood: happy

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Thursday, June 8th, 2006
5:43 pm - survey called me
Aside from the very meaningful survey included in this post, I have astonishing news. I have set a date for my road test!! Monday at 12:30 will be the big day.. can I do it? CAN I DO IT?? I don't know, but I've waited long enough and I decided I'm just going to give it a go. So anyway, thats the news for now.

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