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allison’s halloween party was last night and it was a blast. i had a really good time and hope that i didn’t do anything too embarrassing. it was really nice to be able to hang out with some of the new students and their significant others, outside of the dept.

that said, i don’t recall about half of the party. and today i feel like hell. ugh

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update: like a dumbass – i did it again. i couldn’t figure out why i was so sick today until i realized i that i pulled my usual mid-hangover manuever. i woke up early this morning way before i needed to get up. my head felt like some one had clubbed me, so half asleep i popped some ibuprofen. ibuprofen usually does a number on my stomach if i don’t take it with food, which i didn’t. then i went back to sleep. when i woke up my head felt better but my stomach felt absolutely terrible, as if someone was inside of it scraping with a dry toothbrush. i was really sick and couldn’t keep anything down until about 7pm this evening. i always do this. before i go out, i need to hide the ibuprofen…or store it in the fridge to remind myself to eat something when i take it. duh.

so i was a good person and went to see my cousin get married this weekend. as we will be spending x-mas here, it also served as what will probably be the last visit of the year with my family.

in general i had a good time. it was nice to see many people that i haven’t seen in years, including my wacky aunt Alice Fay. As usual though, i always walk away
1) wishing that i got to spend more time with my dad
2) wondering why my family won’t confess to me that i’ve been adopted.

for the most part, i’m amazingly different from my family in virtually every way. this often leads to there being nothing at all to talk about, which is excruciating.

however, despite familial warm fuzzies, i am woefully behind in my work in the next few days i need to:

1) figure out how to use regular expressions to insert text into a string, so that it’s formatted into html tables.
2) read my phil of info class and write up 3 little papers.
3) work on the smcm gender site, and get it done (i want this done in a week!)
4) write a paper for L527
5) come up with a paper topic for L564, possibly dealing with gender
6) come up with a paper topic for L697, possibly dealing with gender
7) sleep
8) attend a halloween party!
9) attend an election party!

ugh.

i’ll get a more interesting post up in a bit. until then, thanks to brooke i have…

Take the quiz: “What does your birth month reveal about you?”

September
Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Thinking generous. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves sports, leisureand traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

this whole flu shot shortage really bothers me. i’ve gotten a flu shot every year for the past 4 years, and in that time have only gotten really sick once and that was last year when i got some horrible intestinal virus that knocked me on my ass for about 2 weeks. flu shots are really important especially for those with compromised or very weak immune systems, but in a country where people increasingly lack health insurance, a flu shot may be a very big deal.

think about it, you’re working hourly, you have no sick days, and you’re barely able to pay your bills as it is. you need to go to work, regardless of how lousy you feel. let’s say you’re an incredibly underpaid daycare worker (like my aunt is) who gets no benefits, no vacation, no sick days, and you make $6.75 an hour. you go to work. the kids are sick, but they’re there because their parents, in the same situation, can’t miss work, so you pick up something from the kids. you take it home to your kids, who then take it to school, and your husband takes it to work, etc. if you had a flu shot, you probably wouldn’t get the flu in the first place, but since you didn’t, and neither did anyone else because of the incredible lack of foresight of our government officials (who i’m certain, will be getting flu shots, even if bush declared that he wouldn’t be getting one during the last debate) this nasty little virus can follow the network of personal contact dictated by daily activity.

i think this little problem really makes it apparent how utterly lax our public health “system” is – it’s virtually non-existant. the US got lucky with SARS, but our luck is going to run out sooner than later. forget about terrorist attacks – it’s nature that going to get us.

more info
*Information on the 1918 flu pandemic
*the American Experience on PBS did a special on the 1918 flu
*02/04 article from CNN – 1918 flu more “birdlike” than previously thought
*this weekend’s NYT article says, “With Few Suppliers of Flu Shots, Shortage Was Long in Making”

so i am just bloody swamped (again) with work. i have a midterm due on wednesday in my L564 class asking me to describe what social informatics is, and what does it mean when we say that an ICT is socially shaped, and to also analyze why wikipedia.org, among other things. while i’m at it, i think i’ll also explain postmodernism, and deconstructionism. the thing is i’m incredibly interested in this area, but these questions seem daunting. that said, completing this mid-term will be a great exercise….once i do it…

i also need to finish the gender studies website for smcm, write a review that was due for last week’s L697 class, and do a ton of reading.

and my cousin is getting married next weekend, so instead of catching up, i’ll be getting even further behind.

wow. i’m quite the complainer, aren’t i? on a upnote, i’ve been really enjoying radiohead lately, where have i been for the past few years?

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