Wednesday, May 25, 2005

trying to sleep...

I can't sleep.

I'm getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow morning at 8am and I am scared beyond belief. Not for the pain.... that would make sense. For the IV. I'm petrified. In fact, I feel gross just thinking about it right now. The mere thought of a needle makes my arms feel wobbly. I HATE needles. I told the doctor that I wanted him to numb my arm first so I wouldn't feel the prick... he told me to grow up. Some doctor, huh? My mom keeps telling me I just need to think about something else, but that's easier said then done. But I'm trying...

Being home has been nice. I mostly enjoy sleeping in and having absolutely nothing to do. Not that I've done nothing, I've actually been quite busy. But I haven't HAD to do anything. And it's been wonderful to see friends from high school. Although, I must admit, things just aren't the same. Everyone's gone off to different places and had vastly different experiences. It's weird because, as much as I want to, you just can't pick up where you left off. I'm not the same girl I was a year ago. Not that I never changed in high school -- of course I did. It's just that before, we all changed together. We went through the same things, and we went through them together. But now it's all changed. The ways that I grew and changed at Cornell are nothing compared to the ways in which my friends did. Not that that ruins our friendship, it doesn't at all. It just means that we need to take things a little slower... not take things for granted so much... not assume that everything will be just as it always was. It's weird when I have to get to know my best friend all over again. I'm sure things will be wonderful in a few weeks, it just takes time I guess.

So, my brother gradutated on Sunday. He and his fiance. Who are getting married in about three weeks. Talk about craziness! He's only 2 1/2 years older than me!! I'm quite excited for the wedding :) It's going to be lovely... quite classy. And hopefully there'll be lots of champagne --wink-wink--

Alright, my laundry just buzzed. I should go fold that and get some sleep. Pray for me tomorrow... and feel free to come visit and bring me lots of yummy treats!! (well, anything that can be slurped that is!)

Nighty night,


Sunday, May 15, 2005

3... more... days...

Three days 'til home. Unfortunately, there are two exams in the way.

So I saw this bumper sticker today:

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

I like that. A lot. I think we all, myself included... especially included, could do that a little more. A lot more.

So, in preparation of my upcoming oral surgery (may 26th!) I've started a list of movies I must see. Feel free to help add to the list! And if you're going to be around SP, feel free to come watch with me (and bring ice cream too!!)
  • Collateral
  • Finding Neverland
  • Garden State
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • Love Actually
  • Meet The Fockers
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Sixteen Candles
  • When Harry Met Sally

So my friend is absolutely obsessed with the late Mitch Hedburg. I like Mitch a lot. But I'm pretty sold on Brian Regan. I go back and forth. So, in light of my recent debate over who I like better, I thought I'd host a little face-off with some of my favorite quotes...

Mitch: "I got to write these jokes. So, I sit at the hotel at night and I think of something that's funny. Or, If the pen is too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of wasn't funny."

Brian: "I'm just trying to go through life without looking stupid... it's not working out too well..."

"Rice is great when you're hungry and want 2,000 of something."

"I don't know when to say the 'you too' phrase... i can't handle it. I never learn, you know... like a waitress will bring my meal: 'hey, enjoy your meal!' 'you too!!... oh, you don't have one do you? I'm a doofus! If you do have one, enjoy it when you eat it, if you have a break or something... later... if you get an opportunity... that's all I'm trying to say! That's all that I'm driving at. Really. If you think about it. That's all.'"

"I went to a restaurant and I ordered a chicken sandwich, but I don't think the waitress heard me 'cause she asked how I'd like my eggs. So I tried answering her anyways. "INCUBATED! Then hatched, then raised, then beheaded, then plucked, then cut up, then put onto a grill, then put onto a bun. Dang, it's gonna take a while. I don't have the time. Scrambled!"

"You ever start to say something and then in the middle of what you're saying you decide to say something else completely? You know there's already words out there? ...These friends were leaving the other day and I started to say 'Hey, take care!' and I decided to say 'good luck' instead like halfway through, you know? So it came out neither. 'See you later, take... luck... take luck and care... take care of the luck... good luck taking care of the luck that you might have... if you have luck, take it... care for it... TAKE LUCK CARE OF IN IT WHEN YOU TAKE CARE...''re sure to see them again."

"I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don't need a receipt for the doughnut - I'll just give you money and you give me the doughnut. End of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario in which I would need to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend? "Don’t even act like I didn't buy a doughnut, I've got the documentation right here. Oh wait, it's back home in the file... under 'D', for doughnut."

"I'm always putting my foot in my mouth. I don't stop to think. It's just like 'oh no, words are coming out!' ...Like I met this woman the other day and I could have sworn she was preganant. Let me tell you... --ooohhs from the audience-- I know now! I think the rule is don't guess at that ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever evereverevereverever... something like that. I didn't have enough 'evers' memorized. So I said, 'hey, when's that baaaby due?' You ever feel a word coming out but it's too late to stop it? It's coming out loud: 'Hey when's that BABY due... BAAABBBY' 'What baby?' --gasps-- 'At the zoo! The pandas! I heard they're trying to have one... I just um, you know, thought we'd talk about it.'

"Whenever I walk, people try to hand me out flyers. And when someone tries to hand me out a flyer, it's kinda like they're saying, 'Here — you throw this away.'"

"Have you ever guessed somebody's gender wrong? There's no recovering from that. You just gotta move on, 'cause you ain't wriggling out of nothing. 'Excuse me sir? MAAM. Ok, ok, bye! Bye human... bye person... nice to meet you individual!'"

"I don't have a girlfriend. I just know this lady who'd be really mad if she heard me say that."

That last one's my personal favorite :) I just don't know. They both make me laugh so hard it hurts!! What do you think?

Oh right... I just remembered... I'm suppossed to be studying!!


Saturday, May 14, 2005

Oh dad...

So my dad has been emailing back and forth with Elizabeth's dad in order to arrange a ride for Elizabeth next week. I checked my email last night, and there was a copy of this message that my dad sent Mr. Eichling:

From: Brian Mallare
To: Peter Eichling
Subject: The Company We Keep

Dear Pete...

Really! Can't you talk some sense into your daughter about the
boy she's seeing? This guy is such a pig!

...A Concerned Dad


Haha. Oh dad, what am I ever going to do with you :)

Thursday, May 12, 2005

it's beginning to smell a lot like... SPRING!

So yesterday when I walked out my front door, I smelled spring!! You know... that smell when the air is warm, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the grass is green! It was incredible. Spring finally made it to Ithaca! Of course now, just because I said this, the high for tomorrow is forcasted to be just above 50. Of course. Well, it was nice for the two days it lasted. It really is unfortunate that the nicest weather in Ithaca comes during the summer when school's out. Who's idea was that!?

I saw these pretty flowers while I was walking on campus today :)

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They really are beautiful... and they're everywhere too! However, the flowers and I are not exactly on good terms right now. Mainly because they are making my life miserable :*( My spring allergies are just about as horrible as they could possibly be. (I shouldn't have said that... now I've really done myself in...) Today I completely gave up and laid on my bed for a good hour with a wash cloth on my face as I cried to my mom over the phone. She, on the other hand, was lying on the beach in South Carolina. Somehow my pleas for her to come here and take care of me weren't exactly effective.


I hate this whole growing up thing. Sometimes you just need your mom, you know? It's like that book... "I'll Love You Forever"... you know, the one that every mom buys for their kid 'cause it makes them cry... yeah, that one. I just need my mom to crawl in my window right now and sit by my bed and rock me to sleep...

only a few more days.

I'm off to bed... Goodnight all... sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite :)


Monday, May 09, 2005


Have I ever told you that I love the color pink? Well, I do :)

A friend of mine showed me these barbie usb drives! I gotta get me one of those. I really think they're on to something there... no seriously! I mean, technology in general isn't very attractive to women. It's a very sexist industry. Honestly, I think I'd be more likely to buy any sort of technological gadget if it were pretty (and especially if it were pink :) ) Take this laptop for example. I mean, it's a little over the top, but still, very cute. So you see, there is a whole market here that no one has tapped in to! Someday (when I'm working for google ;) ) I'll become rich and famous by creating a new line of technological products designed especially for women.

So I figured out the other day that I can post audio clips on my blog via cellphone. That's pretty much incredible. I can't think of when I'd ever really need it... well maybe if I was being attacked and needed to be rescued I could call and post a help message and, since there are so many of you who check this blog religiously, someone would undoubtedly come to help me within seconds. But other than that, I'm not so sure if I'll ever use it. But just for fun, I'll show you how it'll have to turn the volume up to hear it since it's not great quality:

this is an audio post - click to play

The first time I heard that song I was at a key elements a cappella concert. I loved it so I of course went home and downloaded it. And then, in true erica fashion, I listened to it incessantly for weeks on end. So then, just a few weeks ago, my friend amanda and I were at a dance concert and one of the numbers was to this song. Long story short, after much discussion, Amanda informed me that this song is really all about sex. Now I know you're all probably like, 'duh!' but I seriously had no idea! I always thought it was about the color pink! No seriously, I really did!

So what I want to know is why everyone finds it so necessary (and possibly even amusing) to taint me. For example, just last week I was told that Maroon 5's song 'This Love' is really all about sex too. I honestly thought they meant 'come back' as in 'to return'. Think about it... they might have meant that!

Ok fine. I loose. You know what other song they ruined for me? Crash. By Dave Matthews Band. I always thought that it is about souls colliding. But no. It's all about sex they say.


What is this world coming to.

Alright, I'm off to bed. My neighbor just im-ed me to say "What are you still doing up!? It's way past your bedtime!!" Lol... sadly true.

'til we meet again,


Friday, May 06, 2005

Happy Slope Day!

We made it!! Finally all done with classes :)

Today was wonderful... the Cornell weather machine was right on schedule... warm and sunny for slope day! It was really beautiful outside, but i must say, if this weather keeps up this whole 'studying' thing is not going to go over well!

So, this afternoon I went to a pig roast! Mmmmmm.

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Elizabeth was especially fond of the little piggie :)

After that we headed down to the slope for the festivites. Man was that crazy!

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Kinda reminiscent of the creation music festival (well, not as big or as amazing, but still cool!) We were trying to guess how many people were there... 5,000 maybe? I especially enjoyed the free 'vanizzle shizzle' ice cream in honor of snoop :) Elizabeth & I got free tatoos too...

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...scandalous, I know! :-o

We were also trying to guess the percentage of intoxicated persons on the slope. I said 75% but everyone else said 90%... well they were also all 'crunked' at the time, so who knows... i thought maybe that'd prove me right, but i realize now that maybe that just proves them right!

Anyways, it was really quite enjoyable! Although I still only know one Snoop Dogg song though! (and that's only from hearing Julie sing it!)

So now to complete this celebration, I've ordered DP Dough for dinner! Yum. A true Cornell tradition ;)

'til next time...


Thursday, May 05, 2005


I'm feeling very sleepy right now...

I just started this new medicine for my allergies and it's making me feel perpetually groggy. Yay. I've taken two naps today already, and it's only 11:30 and I'm ready for bed.

So tonight I had my last field hockey practice...

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...we're kinda scraggly lookin', but we're pretty darn good (if i do say so myself... which i do :) ) and that's what really counts, i think.

So many lasts, it's enough to make a girl cry. Last practice, last lunch, last class, last paper... last CS assignment!! (ok those last few aren't sad at all...)
It's wierd that this year is practically over... I feel like we just moved in yesterday! I've decided I'm going to protest moving out. This is my house. They can't just give it to someone else. I think I'll chain myself to my bed... or make that the refridgerator (a girl's gotta eat!) So who's with me?

So I started reading this book,
by Ted Dekker. It's pretty interesting, albeit a little intense. I'm at that "should I keep reading or throw in the towel" point. Has anyone read it?

Not that I should be reading, I 'should' be studying. But well, we all know how that goes.

Alright, my eyes are drooping and my bed is calling...

Night y'all,


Wednesday, May 04, 2005


So I've now discovered how to put pictures on my blog...

For those of you who check my blog religiously (I know you're out there) you've probably noticed that I've changed my profile picture like a bajillion times. The thing is, I just can't decide on a picture. I like this one I have now though. I took it this morning :) We'll see how long it lasts...

Tonight was our first Young Life Club at Ithaca High School!! It was fun... albeit there were only a handful of kids there. In order to not scare them away, "we" (i use this very loosely) decided to have the leaders get messy instead of the kids.

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So, as you can see, I got pied in the face. It was really quite miserable and I still smell like sour milk, but at least the kids seemed to get a pretty big kick out of it. All in all I think the club went fairly smoothly and hopefully some of the kids will sign up for camp this summer.

On the topic of pictures, if you have a few minutes, you should really look at these [login: password: twinkle1] They're my brother's engagement photos... he's getting married this June... and they are incredible! The photographer, Emilie Sommer, is from Maine and she is amazing. I think I'll book her now ;)

So tonight I wrote my last paper of the semester. And only two more days of classes!! Or maybe even only one... depending on if I go on Friday. Speaking of Friday, I'm slightly perplexed by this whole slope day thing. I mean come on... snoop dog?? (Today my french teacher, in complete seriousness, called him 'snoopy'... i got quite a kick out of that) I mean, it might be cool... or it might not. I guess we'll just have to see!

Alright, I'm off to bed.

A demain,


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

My first blog!

Yay! I've officially entered the blogging world. I'm not exactly sure how this is going to work out... especially since I hate writing... but well, I have a paper to write tonight and I've run out of entertaining distractions and everyone else is working... so here goes nothing!

My first act as an official blogger will be to figure out how to create links. This will make my blog more interesting, in the hopes that someone will actually read it! let's see here... test

That better work considering I just got a lesson on link-creating from the master of blog links.

Now, my second act as an official blogger will be to figure out something to say. I'm a firm believer that if you are going to write a blog, you should only do so if you have something to say. Not that it has to be interesting, or even accurate, but it just has to be... something.

on to something...
(give me a break... it's my first time!!)

I'm quite excited that school is almost done. 3 more days of classes! I'm so ready for summer... No more stupid math problem sets where I write down the question and then copy the answer from the back of the book... and no more essays!! Today I bought a shirt that says "Cornell Engineering: where your best hasn't been good enough since 1870" So true, so true.

But honestly, I am a little sad to be leaving my friends here... (no comments from the peanut gallery please)... its definitely going to be a weird transition.

Other things I will miss...
-Wednesday bread bowls at Trillium... last one tomorrow :*(
-Late night snuggle parties
-Complaining about the weather (seriously... I was thinking about how empty our conversations would be if we refrained from discussing the weather completely... it would be ridiculous)
-Swing dancing! ...and insane swing email extravaganzas that last until the wee hours of the morning so that I wake up and find my inbox cluttered with 50+ emails!

Ok, I need to stop reminiscing before I cry.

I just realized that this whole blogging-thing does not provide spell-check... that may be a problem.

Oh wait... nevermind... it does. I just found it :)

I also just realized that blogging might actually be the number one cause of ADD.

On another note, I decided today that I need to somehow find a way to get a job with google because they are going to take over the world. If you don't believe me, watch this. Kinda creepy... but probably true... so google here I come!

Alright, I should probably at least pretend to do some work. I think I made out alright for my first official blog, didn't I?

'til tomorrow--