I’m taking the Drugs and Addictions elective, and I unknowingly almost gave up the Internet as my addiction for the rest of the semester.
Our objective yesterday was to come up with an addiction. The only thing I could really think of was that I’m on the computer all the time checking sites and doin’ stuff and I was like “always with the Internet, man.” So I wrote down Internet and turned in my notecard. Then we were informed we had to give up what we wrote down for the REST OF THE SEMESTER!
I really couldn’t think of any other addiction. I mean I really like Mexican food but I don’t eat it every day. I like sweets too, but we don’t keep enough around that it would make me want to give it up. Fast food too. But again, more of a bad habit than something I do every day or more than 2 times a week. So I had to come up with something to give up without … breaking the rest of the semester.
Au revoir, Facebook.
And I’m going to limit my time on other sites like Tumblr because I do spend a lot of time on it. But did you know there are like a million fan blogs for Ryan Gosling, Bruce Springsteen, and Christoph Waltz? This is hard you guys!
(Cathryn you’re super weird WHO IN THE WORLD IS CHRISTOPH WALTZ? he’s on SNL this week, HE IS A REAL CELEBRITY, GAWSH.)
The past few days have just been…. glorious.
First of all, election day, I had election day themed nails.
RED, WHITE, AND SPARKLES.
I blasted Born in the USA and Fight for Your Right to Party and glared at any car that touted bumper stickers which put down equal rights. I was wearing an all red white and blue outfit too. BECAUSE ELECTION DAY.
(Side note: Born in the USA isn’t a patriotic song. Please check the lyrics. DISPARITIES.)
The exact moment we heard President Obama got reelected, we happened to have FoxNews on because NBC had local TV on.
SO WE KNEW IT TO BE TRUE.
Anyway, the fallout from the election is best followed not in online news articles but in their comments sections. I’m sure your social media feeds have been direct insight into reactions to the election. My feeds have been surprisingly quiet with the occasional “RIP America” and “I’m moving to (insert paradoxically more liberal country here)”.
The rhetoric and attitudes in America need to change if we’re ever going to cross this “fiscal cliff,” if we’re ever going to make more gains toward social justice (although we made some huge gains for gay and women’s rights on Tuesday night! See: here, here, and here), if we’re ever actually going to move forward. We have to work together and calling each other childish names on the Internet, to each other’s faces, and in the media, is not going to get us there.
I couldn’t help but turn on President Obama’s stop in Madison, WI this morning with none other than Bruce freakin’ Springsteen.
Watching it streaming on my computer wasn’t like the real thing but it was PRETTY CLOSE.
There are a lot of important issues at stake here. I know my future will depend a lot on how this election will go. Recently, I’ve been pondering the idea of working as a pharmacist commissioned by the Federal government to work in public health. I care deeply for the health disparities in this country and I care when policies threaten to take choices away from individuals (namely, women).
That said, health is a right that should be protected and not at the discretion of who can profit from it. It’s not a privilege or something companies should withhold as a bargaining chip. It’s complicated and there’s no good solution, but we have to start with the basics. And it’s the right to healthcare.
I’ve got a lot of feels about this election and I hope you all are registered and have either already voted or are ready and excited to vote tomorrow. Check out your polling location and GET OUT THERE! I sent my absentee ballot into my swing state of Ohio a couple of weeks ago and it was such a treat to look at all the issues and candidates and take part in our wonderful democracy.
Like The Boss said, let’s carry the country forward to “a standard where nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”
Remember when I asked for a new Ke$ha album?
I’m fairly certain Ke$ha doesn’t take herself seriously. At least, not as seriously as Rihanna? That’s all I can ask for.
I really can’t emphasize enough how much I despise turning on the radio anymore. I listen to X-103 and WTTS exclusively now if my iPod is otherwise incapacitated. But every time I turn on a pop station it’s: cruddy Pink, cruddy Adam Levine (WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, ADAM?), Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Fun. (sorry, I just–can’t), sometimes if I’m lucky it’s Cher Lloyd or blast-from-the-past Domino by Jessie Jay, but otherwise… NOISE.
NOISE, I TELL YOU.
I usually go through phases where the new pop music isn’t doing it for me, but within a few months a few new songs will come out and I’m right back on the pop bandwagon. I mean, my heart and soul is always with rock (see: why I listen to X-103 and WTTS), but I can get into some silly pop music. Nowadays, though, I’ve been waiting and waiting for something good to come out and it’s just the same people coming out with the same-sounding soulless singles.
Argh, you know what? Cleanse your palate.
I feel better.
This has been circulating around the Internet probably since I started college (if not even earlier). It’s also true! There is also a terrifying one for grad school that I’m going to choose to ignore for now because it frightens me.
But anyway, I’ve always chosen Enough Sleep and sort of oscillated between the other two. Especially being a commuter with a 30 minute drive to campus, it’s been imperative that I get enough sleep. And if not, enough coffee?
Anyway, I usually go to bed by 11 or 11:30. A lot of the time I’m just beat so I go to bed at 10. That is embarrassingly early. But I’m used to waking up around 7 or 7:30 in the morning, so I get a lot done before I have to go anywhere. Most of the time.
I realized, though, that practically nobody else is on this schedule. I tend to wake up and find that my inbox is exploding with emails sent after 11 PM, including several from my professors. This makes it awkward when said professors request that we do additional reading for the class I’m about to go to. Not going to happen!
GO TO BED, PEOPLE!
If you need a lullaby, I highly recommend John Legend and the Roots covering Dancing in the Dark. DOWNLOAD IT NOW.
What I really mean is, Mexican restaurants and how much I love them.
Within about two miles of my apartment are not one, not two, not five, but seven Mexican restaurants. They are:
- Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
- Mexico City Grill
- Qdoba (yes, I’m counting Qdoba)
- Taco Bell (yep!)
- Cancun Mexican Restaurant
- The Red Burrito (?)
- Riviera Maya Bar & Grill
Okay I know these aren’t as authentic as they could be, but I know all of them are delicious. See, I’m not complaining at all about the sheer density of Mexican restaurants around where I live. I am thrilled.
I love Mexican food more than is probably healthy. If there’s ever any question of “what should we do for dinner?” or “what are you craving?” it’s usually burritos. 99% of the time it’s burritos (the rest of the 1% is tacos).
I didn’t know about all of these restaurants when we picked out these apartments, but I will say I’m more than happy to try all of them out. So far, I’ve been to all of them except for Maya. Maya has a small parking lot so I shun it. (Okay I’ll confess: I ate Hardee’s and not Mexican at the Hardee’s/Red Burrito, so sue me.)
In all seriousness, Friaco’s has the best chorizo + queso dip I’ve ever had and really excellent chimichangas. Mexico City Grill has amazing decor and a delicious Mexican pizza. I highly recommend both of those places!
Here’s Kass and me at Friaco’s. Sorry for the awkward image quality, we took the picture with a potato.
"The First American Apparel Ad" - Jimmy Fallon
Last spring, Darkness on the Edge of Town was practically stuck in my car’s CD player. I blasted The Promised Land all the way up Binford Blvd with the windows rolled down, because everyone knows I’m sick of the radio and how they play Bruno Mars every 2 seconds.
When sitting at the traffic light at Meridian and 52nd street, I would roll down my window (just one, I don’t have automatic anything in my car) and subject everyone around me to Badlands. Subsequently, it would be stuck in my head for the next 2 weeks.
I don’t know what it is about this album. There’s just this over-arching theme of Stick it to the Man (“mister, I ain’t a boy–no, I’m a man / and I believe in the promised land”), while underneath there’s a real sense of hopelessness and discontent (like in Something in the Night). It’s the kind of album that can fit any mood. It inspires me.
But let’s face it, I love everything Springsteen.
Curtis reveals that his favorite album is The River, then he retracts the statement and decides on Tunnel of Love.
(My second choice is Born to Run).
For a long time, my iTunes library fluctuated between 10GB and 11.5GB.
It is now 14GB. I don’t know when this happened.
I was trying to sort through my iPod library and delete some things, and a thought struck me: I’ve been listening to Bruce Springsteen, Ke$ha, and The Black Keys almost exclusively for at least six months.
This has been my desktop background for almost 3 months.
Right, so, Springsteen only takes up about 1.5GB and the other two artists are negligible data space. So what the heck is in my library?!
Apparently I had two System of a Down albums, Ra Ra Riot, Metric, The Doors–when and where did I acquire these?! Suddenly I remembered I got a public library card over the summer. The public library has tons and tons of CDs. I may or may not have exploited that.
But really, I’ve been so out of touch with my iTunes library that I was genuinely surprised that I had certain songs, like I had always wanted to have them and never realized that I had them the whole time. I can’t believe I’ve listened to that much Springsteen.
And I’m not even ashamed! It gets me through the long hours of studying.
LISTEN. WITH. ME. (That last one is adorable because he doesn’t know/hasn’t finished writing the lyrics so he just mumbles. And giggles.)