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Hello LJ Friends -

Thought I'd share with you a little piece of my heart.

I'm part of this ridiculously amazing, glorious, sonically spectacular, QUEER Brooklyn-based marching band - the Rude Mechanical Orchestra. When Dan Savage started his It Gets Better campaign, we sat down and talked about it, critiqued it, and ultimately decided that we could contribute to the project in a more radical way. We were concerned that 'It Gets Better' is too simplistic a message - that quite frankly, it doesn't always get better for queer folks, for a myriad of reasons. We wanted to share that for us, it got better because we made it better, for ourselves.

Please watch, let me know your thoughts, and share widely...

xoxoxjustine


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so...Locke tonight...just...i couldn't stop thinking about Nick. hm.
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It's cold on the platform. But another train is coming. Out of the house finally. The piano(!) never arrived. I'm keeping it safe for Nicole as the movers can't get it into her apartment but they didn't show up.

In keeping with my love for all things vampire, Marc and I are going to see let the right one in. I hope it's sufficiently thrilling! If we have enough time we were planning on checking out this store that carries items made especially to save space in apartments. But I think we'll just be on time for the film.

In exactly one week I will turn 24. I am so excited! I love birthdays and birthday parties! Friday is Peter's birthday and grandma f invited me over for dinner to celebrate both. Mmm grandma's cooking is divine.

Someone on the train is reading one of the Twilight books. I see more folks reading that than I ever noticed the harry potter craze. Heh!

Marc is currently playing with a rubiks cube he bought the other day on the train for $1 from a vendor who said "before the ds, before there was playstaton, before the iPod, there was this. The rubiks cube! This is what we played with." amazing.

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Last night I volunteered at the Planned Parenthood benefit, Roe on the Rocks. Sold raffle tickets. Made new friends. So tired, but very satisfied. It was loads of fun.

See pictures:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/01/regina_spector.html

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i am so happy to be off from work today. i had plans to go to the brooklyn museum this weekend, but i ended up being busier than I expected, so I wanted to go today but it is closed! Sadness! I think I may go head over to Roots Cafe for some stumptown instead...but its actually like 40 minutes away on the subway to marc's old neighborhood in Gowanus, though they are calling the neighborhood Windsor Terrace on yelp.com. it takes so long because the cafe is south from here, and so to get south i have to go west to go back east a little further south in brooklyn. dumb. if i had a car i could just take the prospect expressway. i don't think i can bike on there either. but i will make the trek in any case. i just hope to get a seat! i found a big stack of some of my favorite zines and i'm going to bring those to read and maybe a notebook in case i get inspired.

yesterday marc and i held an impromptu get together to watch the eagles vs. cardinals and the steelers vs. ?. i don't remember. all i know is that the steelers won and that's a good thing for marc and his friends! hah. i made delicious vegan chili. i used smart grounds so it would be have some meaty texture. and i now have it for days!! yum! i also got ben and lauren's punch recipe and made that. which was delightfully sweet and delicious as well.

i had dreams last night that i was studying abroad in florence, but it was now and not 4 years ago. hah. when i woke up i realized that boo-boo was locked inside marc's office. good thing i was home!! when he got out i got an earful of pitiful mews. now he is cuddled up with me in bed. we just watched an amazing episode of wife swap with a feminist MD/roller derby mom vs. a superficial puts children in pageants mom.

enough of this laying around in bed. i'm off!
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Oh how slowly the week goes by! At least my productivity is way up this week and I'm slowly but surely making my way through updating my students' files, emailing the appropriate folks when I notice errors, etc. It takes longer than I'd like but it is getting done. I'm responsible for almost 200 students now! I really shouldn't get discouraged. Right now these 200 students are under 3 programs of study, which is the most confusing part of it all but after the current seniors graduate there will only be one. After I update these files I will begin doing graduation audit for the seniors to make sure they will actually be done in May. I have transfer orientation on Friday and school begins next Tuesday. Then I help work on turn- arounds, which is a silly way of saying 'plan for all the courses for next semester'.

My classes start next week as well. 'Program Planning and Analysis' and 'Health Economics and Payment Systems'. Right. I wish I was excited.

I bit the bullet and purchased Arban's for trumpet. The exercises are enjoyable, though the book is larger and more unwieldy than I expected. It is almost too heavy for my stand to handle!

I'm trying to organize a departmental inaugeration party but I'm worried no students will come. I mean it's during our supposed common hour but it's during the first day of classes as well. Hmm. I need to act quick if I want it to happen!

Always so much to do! Tonight I need to go through the materials for my new vision plan. I also want to practice and clean up a bit. Hot Italian sausage and peppers and onions for dinner tonight! Mmmm. I am getting more efficient in my cooking. Last night I made chicken cordon bleu, brown rice, and roasted broccoli in 30 minutes starting from the time I began my rice!

In sadder news, my grandpa fell while taking out the garbage on Friday. No one could find him for HOURS. 8 of them. He was found huddled in the corner by the clubhouse of their retirement community. Awful. He has alzheimer's and isn't doing well. I'm really sad for my grandma who tries to stay so strong through all this. In pissed off news? I found out because my cousin Mike in England emailed me today to check up on me and see how I'm doing and asked me if I had heard! Peter never tried to get in touch. WTF? It makes me so mad and hurt I was in tears at work. I called him and all he had were excuses about how much stuff he has got going on at work and with gma/gpa and alex. He had sent Alex to Denver last week. Not surprisingly, Peter tells me Alex is doing bad in school and at work. I respond, 'so alex does poorly in school and at work and you send him on a vacation to Colorado?'. Right. That's going to work. How many times between fall and spring semesters did I travel? None...because guess what? I was working!!! Gaaaah! Peter retorted that 'not everyone is like you'. Which I thought was sort of ridiculous because I have worked hard to get to the modest place I am...completely without his help. Even if alex was going to co to maybe have our uncle talk to him, i'm sure he perceived it as a free vacation to the wintry wonderland of Denver. Damn that makes me mad. I wish Peter wouldn't tell me about Alex and would keep me informed about everything else that goes on in our family!!!

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