Friday, December 22, 2006

Offbeat oddities:

- "The douche card" = a great conversation ENDER.
- A worldwide O-face day?! True story.
- My friend and yours, Dylan Love has put up a short clip with updates on this weeks news coupled with his amazing sense of humor. Check it out. I loved it. It's the one called "Live From My Bedroom"

Thursday, December 21, 2006

so this is christmas

One of the Derrick Brown books I ordered came in the mail yesterday. To be more specific, it was the anthology. The other book I ordered is coming from the shipping company so it may be a few more days, but this one should keep me occupied until the other comes. He signed it, "I love your sauce." I wanted to sign back a rubuttal that said, "well, I love your poems." This book is great, he has some poems from "If lovin you is wrong, I don't want to be wrong" that he changed a bit so it's nice to compare and contrast. Plus, what I love about this book in particular is that he has commentary for almost every poem and IMHO, I think that it makes everything just "click." It just makes so much more sense. I can't wait for the other book, as this is my second time reading through this one.

In other news, I've started putting in some hours at a doctor's office. It's wonderful and I really get to see a lot of the behind the scenes stuff which is what I was looking to do. First off let me just say that I respect this doctor so much. He's a general practioner that also specializes in dermatology. It really seems like he's doing this because he loves it and not just for the money. He puts in so many hours at the nursing home before and after his regular hours and is so dedicated to each of his patients. His rates in comparison to the other doctors in the building are ridiculously good and he does that because he knows that the majority of his patients do not have insurance and while most places charge $60 for a visit he charges them $30 their first time and $25 for every visit after that. He does it because he TRULY wants to help people and believes in the accessibility of healthcare and I can't help but respect that.

In the few days that I've worked there, we've come across some strange diseases, namely Morgellon's disease. One of the patients had it and it's a rare disease in which there is severe itching and irratation that feels like it's being caused by a parasite, however when lab reports come back, no parasites are found, but in their place are fibers. Nobody knows what this disease is, and there's really not a cure. So far, he's given me the task of finding research that has been done on this disease and sadly, there hasn't been much. But just the act of trying to find out what is going on is really exciting to me and it's also reassuring to know that even though this doctor already has his degree, he is constantly striving to learn more. I can only hope that one day, I am as passionate about what I do as he is.

Today, in particular was a pretty tough day at the office. We told somebody that they have cancer and then later on, we told a 17 year old girl that she is pregnant. It was really hard and I hope this is something we don't have to do very often, but again, it really opened my eyes to what goes on. I think about my visits to a general practitioner and how I'm usually there for a flu shot or for a physical and came into this experience thinking all the patients going to see the doctor were generally there for the same thing. It's obvious to me now that there's a whole other side to medicine and it's so intriguing. Sorry if I'm boring you with my obsession but, these past couple of days have been keeping me on my toes and I'm so wide-eyed and naive about it all and these experiences, though some hard/sad are just so exciting.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Via Joseph Han

New molecular condoms?! I won't lie... I laughed when I saw "glorious love hole." Great. Anyway, I think this is a pretty neat idea, but because the human body has such a narrow pH range (if I remember correctly it's 7.35 - 7.45) and because body temperature range varies so much from person to person, there is not much room for error. In addition, this is being made under the assumption that body temperature and pH will be "normal" or "ideal" during sex which obviously may not be the case if the person is sick or developing a fever. I think I'm looking a little too far into this, but I think it's a neat concept.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Gift idea for friends!

My favoite person, Derrick Brown has a new poetry book out called "I Love You is Back" and has printed more copies of "Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife" for those of you who couldn't get a copy the first time around. I know I'm a little bias in saying this, but Derrick is phenomenal. His work is so relatable. If you haven't heard of him yet, visit his website by clicking here. If you would like to read some of his poetry, click this or this. And if you like what you've seen/read, you can buy his material on his website by clicking "store". Trust me, I'm a girl... Freshman year, I had one of his books and my hallmates and I would read it outloud while sitting in our laundry baskets waiting for our clothes to get clean. Our laundry would be done and we'd find ourselves still sitting there reading/crying/laughing. Pick up a few copies for your friends - they will love it. He work is candid, raw, not overly sappy, and incredibly refreshing. He won't disappoint.

A little more incentive to buy the books in case the content hasn't already convinced you: The artwork on the cover of "I Love You is Back" and "Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife" was done by Cold War Kids

Friday, December 08, 2006

bad news bears...

so when i'm about 30 miles from my house after a 3 hour trip... I GET PULLED OVER BY A STATE TROOPER. damnnnn. it pretty much sucked. this is also my first ticket ever so it was kind of weird. i've made it this far in all my years of driving with a spotless record. it really bothers me because it was so close to home. good thing he didn't give me wreckless.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

One down... one more to go...

So I took my Stats final this morning and I have my O-chem one tomorrow before I leave. The Stats test was more difficult than I suspected it would be. I checked the grade distribution from his final last year and people scored on the lower end of it so I'm guessing he's going to curve. I think I did okay but if he curves I'm sure I'll be fine. Now, I have to study for O-Chem which I'm the most worried about...

However... now that exams are almost over... I've got Spring Break on my mind. I want to plan for it soon. Any suggestions for fun locations? By fun I don't mean MTV STD filled Cancun Spring break. Actually, I would love to be as far away from MTV/MTV rando Real world celebs as possible. I also don't want to be on an island full of frat guys. The point of the game is to relax and enjoy the company of the people I'm around. I could do a random tropical place or even Europe even though it won't be warm. I'm open to pretty much anything... suggestions are COMPLETELY welcome. :)

Monday, December 04, 2006


from this weekend are now up on flickr. I had a great weekend. Let exam week begin!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Friday before break.

- I dropped the necklace that my dad gave me which I only took off so I could wear another one to a cocktail party down the freaking drain and almost had a heart attack. Luckily Keith (who lives a few houses down) is such a manly man (unlike my roomates who told me to call a plumber) came over and took my pipes apart and got it out. Crisis averted.

- One of my hallmates from Freshman year had a Christmas Cocktail party at her house last night (she lives only a few houses down also) and it was a lot of fun getting dressed up and seeing everyone dressed up as well.

  1. My roomate Drew, got drunk and jumped into a bush, not once, but multiple times. As in > 9.
  2. For some reason Matt got people really angry without even doing anything and this rando girl that none of us knew, pushed him in the wall and tried to beat him up until she got kicked out. Awkward.
  3. Drew really thought he was going to sleep outside last night.
  4. On the contrary, he trench crawled in the hallway and made it to his room.
We took a "family" Christmas picture that I think is hilarious. I'm going to turn these into Christmas cards later today. Look forward to getting yours in the mail.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Things and Thangs

Okay so for today's installment of rando news...

- Of Montreal has a new CD coming out sometime in January I believe (and correct me if I'm wrong)... BUT, the nice thing is that you can STREAM it by clicking THIS.

- There is a Cocktail party this Friday that I'm really excited about. Formal(ish) attire, and good friends. This week has sucked - I've taken 3 finals already. Therefore, I am completely looking forward to this. Pictures will probably be up on Sunday.

I guess that's all for now. Short and sweet will do it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Highly stressed? Check.

This week is just the beginning of the dreaded/much anticipated end of the semester. I have so much work to do and I feel like I'm drowning in it. The light at the end of the tunnel, to be cliche, is SO CLOSE. I'm almost done holding my breath. I'll get to go home next Friday (the first day of exams). I really lucked out and have papers/projects due which I've done ahead of time so it really saves me and gives me tons of time to study. Man, if only I had these sweet time management skills oh... Freshman year. Anyway, I'm excited by winter break will be EXTRA long. A trip to New York with some of the board members of '03 - '04 is in the works which I'm excited about. '03 - '04 seemed so long ago. :( I am really looking forward to this trip though. Nina's uncle has offered to let us stay in his loft. Carden said he wanted to drive so we REALLY lucked out. It's going to be obnoxtiously cold, but I can't wait. As long as I get to be with these guys, it doesn't really matter if it's -10 degrees or perfect and 73. Although... who knows, it's been really warm lately for the end of November. It's supposed to hit 70 tomorrow. We may luck out in New York. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

On that note, I really NEED to study. Keep your head held high these last few weeks are going to be lame, but just know that 27,000 others feel the exact same way! Take care of yourselves.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

It's that time of year again!

I've been listening to Christmas music for the past 48 hours almost non-stop and plan to continue to do so until December 25th. Call me a loser, but I LOVE this holiday. There was a ton of traffic getting back to school today - lots of accidents, then lots of random congestion which would normally annoy me to no end as my patience is about zero in traffic but because I had Christmas music playing, I was completely fine. Singing along... you know, just kicking it. It was awesome.

Now that I'm back at school, I realize I'm rather screwed when it comes to the work load I have in store for me this week, but I'm choosing to neglect that right now. :) Bad idea, I know.

Anyway, in other news... I added some videos from my trip home and you can check them out right here.

Friday, November 24, 2006

My Thanksgiving...

felt like it was a scene from a movie. It was amazing/completely random which I think describe my family quite well.

So I guess I might as well run through the highlights of this day with my family (27 in attendance).

1. My 2 year old cousin streaked during dinner. Straight up took EVERYTHING off and ran around the room. This is my life. Immediately, I knew that he would regret this one day. My grandfather took pictures and I'm sure they'll resurface when he's 14, insecure and attending his first homecoming.

2. My cousin Brian (12) made roast beef and mashed potatoes and it was really good. I don't think I can even make food like that and i'm 20.

3. My uncle made everyone Mojitos and drunk karoke proceeded. It's funny seeing men over 30 sing Mariah Carey's "Hero" in unison. Namely the part that goes, "you can find loveeee if you search within your SOULLL." I will probably laugh everytime I hear this song from now on because this image is forever burned into my memory.

4. My uncle after a few glasses of Merlot came up to me and said "I got you dawg" and did the chest pound thing. It was awkward.

5. My other uncle was pretty drunk and went table to table (there were 5 in all) telling all of us how thankful he was for having us in his life and then proceeding to name everything else he was thankful for and then repeating himself about 10 times throughout the night. He also gave us motivational speeches about how we should really just "live for the moment because we never know what tomorrow is going to bring."
Gosh, I love family.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The one thing that gets me...

It's that season again and the bell ringers are out. You know, the Salvation Army ones that stand outside in the cold ringing away. I cannot say no to these people. It's my one weakness and they get me EVERY SINGLE TIME. I can't avoid them, I can't just turn and walk away. It's not fair! They get frail old people to ring the bells in negative 10 degree weather. THEY ARE SO GOOD at this game.

Take yesterday for instance. I was driving to the mall and it's raining hardcore outside. I'm stopped at a red light and this guy walking up and down the side of the road raising money for church in a poncho that is not even keeping him dry knocks on my window. DAMNIT! Ugh... so of course I gave in. I just can't help it. Even if the moeny wasn't going to his church, he was standing outside in the rain and it was cold! I just had to.

And that's what I hate about the Holiday season. I don't mind giving people money when I have it, but I hate the feeling of being guilted into giving people money. I don't think it's fair.
Turkey Lurkey Merky Jerky!

- I found the game "Risk" in my closet and I'm totally bringing it back to school. My roomates and I being the nerds that we are are completely OBSESSED with this game. We had "world domination" tournaments Freshman year. I always ruled South America.

- I've watched way too many episodes of Scrubs over the past few days. I think I'm going to finish up the 2nd season tonight. 3 more to go. I'm keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that one day when I'm an intern in a hospital somewhere that there is a Zach Braff that will just happen to be an intern there too.

- My uncle is having the extended fam over for thanksgiving tomorrow (technically today) and I'm really excited.

- Do people say the word "holler" anymore?

- This is old news but Tech beat Wake last weekend in football and it was pretty freaking sweet

- I don't want to go back to school.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tossing and Turning...

So I've been up thinking too much/watching Scrubs (just finished the first season, now I'm on to my second) and I turned the lights off 30 minutes ago and just can't sleep. This is supposed to be my week off where ideally, I should just be resting and relaxing, but that's not the case. Broken heart syndrome never seems to come at the "right" time. It's always during finals or the last day of the worst week of your life. Anyway, bitterness aside... like I said, I was thinking tonight and I've come to the realization that maybe, just maybe I've made a huge mistake. That perhaps while I was concentrating my energy on said heartbreaker, I completely neglected somebody who will mean more to me than he knows. I don't know if you've ever been in the same position - but it's the feeling of being completely enveloped in the idea of somebody "new and exciting" that you forget the ones who are "dependable and comfortable." In other words, I'm feeling a little down - not only because of the broken heart (which I will get over eventually), but because I lost sight of the important things/people in my life through all of this. I'm sorry. Plain and simple. I doubt anyone this is directed at is reading this... but for the ones that are, at least you guys can go on record and say that "Mary really was/is sorry." Girls can be idiots sometimes too... SURPRISE!

In all seriousness though, I know I've been hard on myself lately and I suppose that's because I feel like I have no control over what's happening in my life right now. I mean I'm doing well in school and all that, but that's not the point. I feel like I'm at a point in my life right now where socially and personally I'm supposed to know where things are going. I feel like by now, I should have my shit together for lack of better words that come to mind. And I guess that when I was so emotionally beat with everything that was going on, it just felt like I failed. I still think it's my fault. That's the thing with relationships though - you can't go into them expecting everything to be fine. You will have your failures and triumphs but let me just go on record to say that the failures HURT so much. Sometimes, I wonder why we go through all these silly motions and why we even date. Eventually, it's to find a person we are compatible with but honestly, don't you ever get sick of the dating and awkwardness and the failed relationships? I do. I honestly don't want to do it anymore. I'm tired of games and expectations. I know that's completely silly... but I don't want to search for the right person anymore. I can't take anymore failed relationships. I can't take the frustration and disappointment.

And that's where I am right now. That's how I'm feeling tonight. I'm being more candid than usual... but I just needed to get it out.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hot to trot.

I am currently LOVING Voxtrot's EP called "Your Biggest Fan" and namely the song "Sway." LOVE IT. It's so good.

Okay, on that note. I'll be on my way home today for Thanksgiving break! :) I miss home, and my parents. We're going to be celebrating my mom's birthday and my parent's anniversary (a few days after the actual date, they wanted me to be home for this) and thanksgiving. So it should be a jam-packed week of fun, delicious food, and festivities. :)

Monday, November 13, 2006

On love, in sadness...

I wonder if it's pathetic of me to lock myself in my room listening to Damien Rice's song "9 crimes" and "Rootless Tree " on repeat... in addition to finding old pictures/letters and going through each and every single one of them?

Why do girls do this when they get sad? I don't think it actually helps, I think it makes things worse as it is tear inducing but somehow theraputic? It's a little ironic.

Anyway, that's how I'm spending my Sunday night. Speaking of Damien Rice, he's going to be playing at the Lincoln Theatre on December 16th if you guys are interested. In other news, he has a new CD coming out November 14th. You can pre-order it on amazon. Here's the track listing:

1. 9 Crimes
2. The Animals Were Gone
3. Elephant
4. Rootless Tree
5. Dogs
6. Coconut Skins
7. Me, My Yoke And I
8. Grey Room
9. Accidental Babies
10. Sleep Don't Weep

The first 3 are up on his myspace page so have a listen.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

For Freshmen...

This weekend Drew's younger brother (and the rest of his family) came to visit. His brother John goes to West Point so what that really means is, his life sucks. He doesn't get to go out much and on top of that, he's a Freshman. So, basically it only made sense to throw him a party this weekend as most of John's friends go to our school. A few of them even came from other states. It was such a blast! We had upwards of 200 people stop by our house this weekend. It was so good to see everyone again! Pictures of this can be seen below.

In other very EXCITING news...


Just because Drew is way taller than me, he thinks he can just go around doing things like this. NOT FAIR.  Posted by Picasa

LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!  Posted by Picasa

B.Rod showed up just so we could take this sweet pic.  Posted by Picasa

Matt Kaciban showed up. I look like I'm gone and I love that Min-ji is "that girl."  Posted by Picasa

Randos.  Posted by Picasa

Blast from the past. My old roomate came! :) Posted by Picasa

With Alex. She is a former Bollo's barista who would cafinate me on a weekly basis. Best barista out there fore sure. Posted by Picasa

With my roomate Matt... representing all that is awesome.  Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Ch-Ch-Changes!

Some things and thangs:

- Currently listening to this band from Chi-town called The Changes. You can listen to their tunes by launching the jukebox on their website.

- Nasser sent me this link of Maz Jobrani on the Craig Ferguson show. I was laughing uncontrollably. Very very funny guy!

- Tony sent me this myspace page with little kids rapping. It's pretty cute.

- It is 80 degrees right now... whaaaa?!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election Day = Christmas for us.

Sorry for the lame post last night. I was in a pretty crappy mood. But... let me just say that I LOVE my roomates for being such HUGE dorks. Last night was a pretty exciting night for 318. With Matt being the conservative and Drew being the liberal and me trying to just not cry, tensions were running pretty high. Matt and Drew were glued to their computers screaming back and forth everytime their candidate was ahead of the other. I'd randomly hear, "He's beating Webb by 10%" and then I'd hear a rubuttal from Drew, "dude, there's still a few more counties!" It was pretty funny. They even baked "election day" brownies which I thought was hilarious. Everyone was so excited. And the race was so close too - like .07% close (according to the CT). That's nuts! Anyway, that's my house for you. I'm glad I can say I live with people who are politically conscious who take voting seriously and though they may not agree, are civil and respectful towards one another.
What a week...

Let's see, I started off my week by watching "The Science of Sleep" with Drew. I liked the movie. I left a bit confused and kind of sad for Stephane, the main character. His relationship with Stephanie really struck a cord. I'm not quite sure why. They're meant for each other, but they just can't seem to work it out. Relatable, huh?

Speaking of exhausted... I am physically/emtionally exhausted from randomly crying every now and then in the past 48 hours. I don't know what's wrong with me. I don't want to go into it as I don't think this is the place to do so, but I guess I could say for the first time in my life I've really had my heartbroken. And I bet, looking back on this experience - it probably won't even seem like that big of a deal, but right now, I'm sad and I can't shake the feeling. It's one of those growing pains I guess. A friend of mine was joking with me earlier in attempts to make me feel better (which she did) by commenting on my random teary-ness. We're in the same Stats class together and she was like "you know... if you randomly start to cry during the test on Thursday, people will look at you and think you're crying because the test is so hard." I laughed. But right now... I guess, I just want to be a girl and deal with it the way we deal with things like this... by listening to sad music and sitting in a corner of our room and having a good cry. This sounds so completely pathetic. Hopefully this won't last too long. Break is just right around the corner so I'll be home with friends and family and it'll be nice to get away from it all and not think about it.

Next subject... let's go!

I'm going to Mount Saint Mary's next weekend for Kathryn's "Peace Party." I'm excited! I haven't seen Kathryn in TOO long and to state the obvious, I miss this girl! I also think it will be a good trip for me. I need this right now.

I'm also reading "The Plague" by Albert Camus. I LIKE IT A LOT!

On that note, I should get some sleep. Hope that these eyes aren't too puffy tomorrow. Hope your week is the opposite of my week and AMAZING. :)

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Couples who act like they are really siamese twins. You've seen it. They're everywhere, couples who cross the street together, attached at the hip. Couples who link arms when they eat. Don't get me wrong... holding hands is fine, but can you really be comfortable eating dinner with one arm aruond your girlfriend and your other arm looped through hers while trying to feed yourself? I don't understand. I normally don't have problems with couples as many of my friends are dating other people, but it really annoys me when people do this. My eyes start to burn as I can't imagine why anyone would want to do that.

::Rant over::

In other news, we won yesterday against Miami! :) The game was saved by none other than Ore (duh), Adibi, and Flowers! It was amazing when we turned the game around during the last 3 minutes. VT football is back (thank goodness)! Wake also won their game yesterday beating Boston College which was nice too. Kaj texted me and said something about them being number 1 in the ACC which makes the Tech v. Wake game in 2 weeks a good one to anticipate. We are just about neck and neck when it comes to ratings. I normally like to ssee a Wake win, but I'm gonna have to stick with the Hokies for that game. Should be fun!

Drew's latest achievement... granted, a few days too late, but better late than never. Posted by Picasa

Drew devestated because someone defaced her botox face.  Posted by Picasa

Drew trying to get fresh with his crush. Posted by Picasa

11/5/2006 = the day all of our fav. college football teams won their games! (Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Alburqurque State - home of the fighting cacti, hence the fighting cacti pose) Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 04, 2006

I can't believe....

I forgot to mention the fact that I got to go to VCOM, a DO medschool about 5 minutes from here on the other side of campus on Halloween eve. It was essentially a tour that we did in place of an AED meeting. We had med students give us a tour of the school and answer questions about what they do. It was really interesting but my FAVORITE part was being taken into cadaver lab.

I intially thought I'd be really scared, but walking into a cold room with 45 cadavers doesn't give you much time to think let alone be scared. It was weird, I walked in there and it didn't feel awkward or weird to me. I just kind of took it all in and was very numb to the exprience. What I really found kind of disheartening is the fact that under these body bags, the cadavers were not whole. Normally, on TV you see the outline of a head, torso, and limbs but I guess by now they are so far into cadaver lab that most of these bodies have been mutilated. All we could really make of what was under the body bags was a torso. It was very surreal to be in there and think to yourself... "these are human beings."

Anyway, as we moved past the bodies I could see organs stored in clear containers in what I assumed was formaldehyde. It was pretty interesting. I also noticed that the lab itself did not smell bad at all which is amazing really. I've heard a lot of bad stories about people throwing up after going to lab because the smell of formaldehyde was so overwhelming. It wasn't bad at all. It smelled very sterile and it was really cold - it kind of smelled like a hospital. The ventilation system in there was state of the art and the dissection tables had vents coming out of the bottom and would rescirculate air 15 times an hour.

As we made our way to the other side of the room, our tour guide stops and picks up a brain and spinal cord that the students were able to preserve (using the same methods as the guy who did the anatomy exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston) and he just passed it around like it was no big deal. It was such a great experience. I left there knowing that I really want to do this. I left excited about cadaver lab - excited to explore the complexities of the human body.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I'm bringing Paxil back...
... generic brands don't know how to act!

Hilarious parody of Justin Timberlake's popular "sexy back"

View it by clicking right hurrrr.

I.O.N (in other news)

- Last night was real Halloween and this time around I thought, why not? Might as well go out. I didn't have too much work to do today. Well, my friend Chris threw a party and a bunch of us went. I get there and realize that... Ike freaking Whitaker was there! He's a good friend of Noelle's who I came with and she invited him and to our surprise he actually showed up. Now, it's not everyday that we get to party with our football players and the one time I do... we decide to take a picture with our tongues sticking out... which would be fine had I not looked like this:

It appears as though I have an allergic reaction to something as my face is BRIGHT RED and I am completely wasted. Way to go Mary... you'll never get this chance again.

Matrix style.... woahhhh Posted by Picasa

they strike a pose. Joe & Tony Posted by Picasa

Jenn & Joe show up!  Posted by Picasa

Represent.... LOUDOUN COUNTY what up. Posted by Picasa

oh hey!  Posted by Picasa

With my roomate and his new haircut. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Recent happenings...

- Lisa and I went to check out the new Thai restaurant in town, Cafe de Bangkok that replaced one of my favorite places to eat, Jackson Street Cafe (I will forever miss those sweet potato fries). The decor stayed the same except for the utensils and plates were more modern. I'm not going to lie, I felt a bit of nostalgia for the restaurant that once was... but let's move on shall we? Okay well, the food was pretty good. The prices were "higher" for a college town. By higher I mean... they are relatively normal as in $10 for an entree but in comparison to all the other dining choices around, that is considered "high." The service was quick, and friendly, the desserts were AMAZING. I'm not really sure how authentic the food was as I've never had authentic thai but, if you like spicy - this is the place to go. Midway through dinner, Lisa and I realized how sad it was that we were on a date with each other and not with boys. To that I responded, "At the party I went to last night, the guys stood in a circle and sang Usher's "Yeah" to each other and disney songs." I told her if that's what we have to choose from, she and I are better of going on "dates" with each other.

- Halloween festivities went on this weekend. It was really really cold outside. I almost wanted to boycott halloween so I could stay inside my warm house and not have to move. The funny thing is... I wasn't really in the mood for it at all this year. It's weird because this is essentially every college student's favorite weekend. I guess just seeing how tragic some people were made me glad I wasn't in the same situation. I remember my friend Tommy and I standing up against a wall because we couldn't move and see this girl wipe out in her 6 inch heels on the slick wet path to the keg. It was hilarious and sad at the same time. Oh... I also got humped by some rando sketch drunk kid coming down the stairs after going to the bathroom. It was really unnecessary and awkward. Luckily, some of my guyfriends saw the kid and pushed him away. He was also asked to leave. I guess such events would lead a person to really be turned off by halloween. That's not to say I didn't have a good time seeing my friends and throwing back a couple of drinks.

- Girl Talk played at one of my favorite venues back home and had I been there, I would having been kicking it with Greg G. I'd take a concert with him over halloween festivities anyday.

- I have the new Bright Eyes CD "Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005) and I like it. There are a lot of older songs on there that I have but it's a nice compilation to say the least.

- I'm reading "Black Picket Fences" for one of my classes and this is an ACTUAL passage from it:

"I'ma live in a suburb of a city. I'ma have a phat, phat-ass crib."

Translation: Tyson plans to join the exodus to surburbia and buy a large and luxurious house there.

Yes... there was a translation for the quote in my book. I thought it was pretty funny.

- I've recently become really obsessed with Amos Lee and his songs. His voice feels like gravy over some warm mashed potatoes... I don't know how else to explain it. I guess that was kind of a silly comparison, but his music is Sunday Morning rain day, still in bed music... it's warm and friendly. Check it out!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Being too awesome for our own good. Posted by Picasa

Daniel Vosovic doesn't know it yet... but we are the Natalie Portmans to his Zac Posen. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 27, 2006

Well ... TOUCHE!

It's a good thing my predictions were wrong. We needed to be humbled and put in our place. I think that paid off because we won 24-7 today beating Clemson which will hopefully put us back into the rankings. We have so desperately needed this win. For the first time all season I really feel as if I actually saw US play... both physically and mentally. We looked good. Beamer has a way of doing that. We of course rushed the field after the game and it was just phenomenal. I haven't rushed the field since my Freshman year. Everyone was so happy. They even let us go through the tunnel the football players get to go through. Overall, a wonderful cold night, but completely worth it.

ESPN article

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I predict...

... that it will be really really cold tomorrow at the Clemson night game and that we will lose. Sean Glennon needs more coverage from his offensive line if he wants to have that "breakthrough" game. He gets sacked so many effing times, this never happened to Marcus. If they put IKE in I think that he'd do a pretty good job. We'll see... I hope we don't lose, but I'm going to go ahead and predict that we are going to.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Well, it's Colin's first movie and we, as his friends are all pretty excited for him, but what about you guys? I figure, what better way to get to know him and get a little glimpse of what it was like working behind the scenes by conducting a little interview...

Me (M): Okay, I guess we'll start off with the obvious, so... what was it like working with Christopher freaking Nolan?
Colin (C): Well I was already in love with him before working on "The Prestige" because he directed "Batman Begins" which has garnered a spot in my top 5. But watching Nolan direct is truly inspiring. He knows what he wants and gets it done in this a very timely and masterful manner. It was surprising because he's still very new to film, but you'd think this man had been doing it for years. The whole set was disciplined and ran like a brand new toy fresh from the box. I walked away from that set saying to myself, "That's how I want to be." or "That's what I hope to become."

M: Any cool encounters with Scarlett?
C: Besides the elevator story? No. But I believe standing in an elevator with her will live with me until I lie to sleep in my deathbed. I walk in already feeling guilty because I don't believe I'm allowed to ride the elevator with her. She says 1st floor, I say 4th, the elevator operator stops on 4 and it turns out she didn't hear me. So, now I feel like a douche because I can't overturn Scarlett's request and I correct the operator like I said 1st floor. She looks at me and smiles, probably thought I was being funny or cute (wOOt!) and we ride for a few seconds longer to the first floor. We exit. I check to make sure she's not looking behind her, and I dash up the stairs to the 4th floor where all the food is.

M: Was Hugh Jackman as HOT in person as he is in the press... and did you give him my phone number... and when is he going to call me?
C: Yes. Yes. Should be sometime around the 5th X-Men film.

M: You caught a really awesome break being out in LA and making connections so quickly - is there any advice you have for people who aspire to do what you do?
C: First, if you live on the east coast, especially in an area like Loudoun County, visit LA. It's so radically different that one really needs to see if they would like LIVING there. Second, if you get the chance to make a connection, take it. There is no room for being timid in any business. Be yourself and present yourself in the best manner.

M: Any funny/weird/strange things happen while on set?
C: I worked mostly out of the production office so most of my experiences come from there. I made amazing friends in there and so much fun was to be had. One night we were all working late and me, the Asst. Production Coordinator, and another Production Assistant went down to one of the accountant's office and posted over 200 of these signs that said: "Jeff Goldblum is watching you poop."

M: What was your most memorable experience on set?
C: Everything on set was memorable it is really difficult to pin down one experience. Although, leading around two old blind guys was quite a feat. That scared the shit out of me because every second after every take I was convinced on of them was going to spill over the side of this old school loading dock made for the film. The chance to see a real director direct takes the cake though. You can't trade that for anything else.

M: What was the film wrap-up party like?
C: The wrap party was the best part. We celebrated completing what I believe to be a very different and great film and I got to do shots in the presence of Christian Bale. I talked to the Cinematographer, Wally Pfister, who could be the nicest man I have ever met. Wally then personally introduced me to Chris and Christian where I got to tell them that I believe Batman was the best movie of 2005. They were very flattered and that made it all the more incredible. Wrap parties rule no matter what because they always have an open bar. And Hugh Jackman gave me the first engraved flask. It was his big wrap gift for the crew. As in everyone got one.

M: How did it feel to see the movie for the first time? And how did you feel when you saw your name roll up there on the credits?
C: Seeing the finished product was interesting. You watch it in a different way because you know what is going to unfold, which is particularly strange for this film being that is such a mystery. It was great to see that all of our hard work had paid off though I was pleased as pie at the end. When I saw my name my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my ass, punch me in the face, and call me a hero. When you've wanted to do this all your life, seeing your name sore up the silver screen is a sign that you've arrived, but still have so far to go.

M: What was it like wrapping up and then having to wait all the time for the movie to come out? What was that period like for you?
C: A week after I was done on the film I went home to Virginia, so most of that time was easy and filled with much needed rest. But there was this growing anticipation because this will be the film I always refer to when discussing my career, it popped my movie cherry. Once I saw the trailer the wait became even harder to endure. It's the first glimpse of everything and you watch it pointing at the screen screaming, "Oh! That's the part when..." But all that anticipation and pining washes away once you see the film start up. It's like it was never there at all. And I mean that in a very positive light.

M: What's up next for you Colin? Any new movies?
C: Well, I have already worked a couple days on Mike Nichols next film titled "Charlie Wilson's War". It stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It tells the story of Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson and his involvement with the Afghanis during the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan. I encourage everyone to look him up, it is very interesting. The script for this film is fantastic too, it was penned by Aaron Sorkin who created "The West Wing" and "Studio 60". I'm also working on many projects with my colleagues out here for me to direct.

M: Give Tom Hanks a high 5 for me?
C: Eff that I'll give him a hug for both of us!

M: Sounds good kiddo, so uh... when the time does come, hire me as an extra or janitor in one of your movies?
C: Mary, I'm writing an entire film based on our adventures as feng shui artists who fight to stop a plot to kidnap and brainwash Britney Spears' children for use in the next election. If that falls through, yes, you can definitely be in my movies.

M: It's been infinately real... so good to hear from you! Keep us posted, will you?
C: No doubt. Just keep your eyes on the tabloids and shit. Oh and the big screen too, but more on the tabloids. I seriously can't wait for my first sex scandal. Move over Clinton and Ferrell.

My fav line from this whole interview? "My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my ass, punch me in the face, and call me a hero."

MMMM hmmm.

- Okay so I'm a little late on this BUT last Friday, the first major movie that Colin got to work on, The Prestige came out in theatres. I haven't gotten a chance to see it yet, but I've been reading some reviews online and they've all seem to be good so far and everyone who has seen it already has liked it a lot sooo... please please please go see it on behalf of Colin. I will be doing the same soon.

- It's October 24, 2006 and I don't know about your side of the country... but mine is COLD. I'm talking a high of 40 with snow flurries. Yep, and it's only October. Why going to school in the mountains for 4 years was a good idea is BEYOND me.

- My friend and yours, Eva just got accepted to Med school. 2011 is the year and UVA is the school so a HUGE congrats to her! She has worked SO SO hard and I know she will be great. :)

- I think I'm going to hibernate until April as it is far too cold outside to function. I'm talking, so cold, you don't even feel human anymore so believe it or not, I may actually skip out on Halloween weekend here or perhaps host a party of my own so I don't have to leave the house. Lazy? Guilty.

- Pat got Bob Dylan's new CD and says it's FREAKING PHENOMENAL. He has never let me down in a CD suggestion so, I believe him and you should too. Check it out. Check it out.

C'est tout.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tacos & Mojitos...

Jason Mraz came to play at Buruss this past Thursday and it was great. I know a lot of people don't like him from what they hear on the radio but his acoustic shows are amazing. If you haven't been to one, please go... I promise you will leave converted. His stage presence is awesome! While he was here, w got to write a song with him. He stopped the show for a bit and a few people in the audience shouted out a few lines and he scribbled them down and then made a song. It was so much fun. The crowd loved it. Below is a you tube clip in case you missed out...

A few lines that were shouted out:

"Screw chicks, I just wanna dance"
"Tacos & Mojitos"
"Donde esta la biblioteca"
"Bake me some brownies"
"streaking the drillfield"
"oh dani girl"
"littering littering, smoking the reefer"
"River City diner is so yummy"
"Cerveza por favor"
"Virgina is for lovers"


Tacos & Mojitos
Cerveza por favor
Donde esta la biblioteca?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Corrections and stuff to get excited about.

- To my dismay, Project Runway's season finale was not last Thursday so sorry if you got all excited for the fake season finale like I did. On that note... What's going to happen to Jeffery?!

- There's going to be a step show in Buruss that starts at 9pm sharp on October 20th. Are you going? Because I am and I'm PUMPED. I've never been to a step show but I hear they are pretty ridiculously awesome.

- Adrian's CD release is also on the 20th so I mean don't even pretend like you have plans aside from the step show. See you there kids.

- Jason Mraz is coming to our school this week. I am EXCITED. He's playing in Buruss on Thursday and I'm not sure if tickets are still on sale but if they are, you can purchase them in Squires. Meghan is coming from JMU to go to the concert and spend the weekend so it should be good. We will feel like we're 16 again. Who's got the Remedy? Jason does and I'm ready to be a Curbside prophet. Wow, that was terribly bad.... apologies!

- AED is sponsoring a 5K on October 28th so if you're in the mood to run with me, ask me for some paperwork and I'll forward it to you. It's going to be excellent. There is no home game that weekend so you are one down in the excuse department.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Do yourself a favor and listen to this new Tom Wait's single "Road to Peace."

I like it a lot.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Midweek notes!

- Ray Ban makes polarized sunglasses. I know, I know OLD NEWS Mary, but I just found out this weekend and picked up a pair of polarized avaitors. I like them a lot and I like the fact that with these lenses light can only pass through one plane. I noticed a drastic improvement while I was wearing them on my drive back to school. I recommend them.

- Little Miss Sunshine is playing at The Lyric this week up through the beginning of next week for $4 so if you missed it the first time around or simply cannot wait for it to come out on DVD (like me) GO SEE IT.

- My car door slammed into my knee last night while I was leaving Noelle's. Now I have a monumental bruise on my left leg which has killed my ability to cross my legs.

- Tonight is the season finale of Project Runway and I'm SUPER excited. I love the top 4 designers. I'm pulling for Michael, but honestly, I don't really care who wins because I think they are all really talented.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"Now I know my ABCs..."

I got to spend the long weekend at home with my parents and it was great - aside from the fact that I spent entirely too much money. Anyway, one of the highlights of being home was going out to dinner with my mom just one on one on Saturday. We went to some fancy schmancy restaurant that people have to get reservations for in advance and all that jazz. Well, I walked in and immediately noticed the walls plastered with photos of President Bush (both former and current) along with a couple rando photos of Colin Powell and various policians. Namely though, the main focus of decor was photos of both presidents. They were plastered on every inch of the wall to the point of obnoxtiousness. Kind of like that scene in Garden State in the doctor's office with his awards. Anyway, the point is, there were also personal typed letters from the president on official stationary and what not... framed and of course, hung on the walls. As I was reading them, I noticed that in almost every letter, the restaurant's name was spelled incorrectly (Pking Gourmet Inn) which concerns me as I don't think "Peking Gormet Inn" is entirely too difficult to spell. And, as an owner of the restaurant, I think I would take offense to anybody not being able to spell it correctly espcially when writing a review of how great it is. It's like calling somebody the wrong name all the time. Doing it once would suggest that it was a slip or honest mistake, but when you repeat the same spelling error multiple times, it's easy for me to make fun of you.

Needless to say, the whole situation made me laugh because here this restaurant is flaunting the fact that they feed the likes of the president, when the president can't even spell the name of the restaurant correctly. Maybe I should open a "Pking Gourmet Inn" next door. Perhaps, this complex job should have been left to oval office secretaries?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

America, home of the brave?

My school has been participating in the white ribbon campaign this week which seeks to stop violence against women and is usually promoted on the anniversary of the massacre of 16 women at a university in Canada by a man who felt as that women were limiting his chances of succeeding. Anyway, every year, there's an organization at school who sets up tables in front of dining halls, on the drillfield, etc. trying to get guys to sign a pledge and giving them a white ribbon to wear.

Well, yesterday, I'm walking to class and there is a cadet who is working a table in front of the building. He is casually announces, "sign a pledge to stop abuse against women," to people passing by. This one kid gets really upset and goes up to him and says, "how dare you work on such a campaign when you're the ones over in Iraq raping women?" I was completely shocked. This guy was not discrete in saying this either, he was screaming at the cadet in front of a lot of people. The cadet was just sitting there, and said, "you don't have to sign it." And the guy kept hasseling him and asking what he thought he was doing and implying that HE was the one who was raping women. It was terrible and unnecessary. Some kid standing by yelled, "shut up, he's a cadet, he's never even been to Iraq." The guy responded by saying, "I can say whatever I want, this country isn't facist like the ROTC. This is a democracy, it's what we SHOULD be fighting for instead of raping women." And afterwards, nobody said anything because this guy was so upset.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Weekend Notes...

- We lost to UNC in soccer on Friday night over a penalty kick that was awarded to UNC over a terrible terrible call. We should have won or at least tied. Our team played really well.

- We lost to Georgia Tech and rightfully so as it was the worst home game I have witnessed our team play ALL year. Honestly, our offensive line really needs to get it together. Also, 2 of our really good players were suspended from the game because they had gotten arrested for assault the weekend before. What I don't understand is the fact that the players know they have a lot going on for them, meaning they have a lot that can be taken away. And not only that, but the decisions they make not only will be consequences to them, but to their teammates, their school, and their fans that support them. Is it really worth it to get worked up over some stupid drunk kid that says something to you just to prove a point? It's disappointing, really.

- I'm going home on Thursday and pretty excited about it. My professor cancelled my late class so I get to leave around noon.

- We had hail this weekend. It was nuts because the forecast didn't even call for rain. My roomate Drew took the liberty of collecting some and saving them in our freezer. Apparently, at home, he saved some snow from the Blizzard of '96 and it stayed in there for a decade or so before his parents told him to throw it out.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Recent musical obsessions... now!

Brett Dennen! Especially the song "Ain't No Reason"

Tristan Prettyman. A fav. being, "Love Love Love"

Jessie Baylin's "Contradicting Words"

Schuyler Fisk & Joshua Radin's "Paperweight"

Jonah Matranga's cover of I want you back

Joshua Radin's "Closer"

Imogen Heap's "Speeding Cars"

Regina Spektor. FAV FAV FAV ---> "Fidelity"

Monday, September 25, 2006

actual e-mail I sent my mom:
I sent this jokingly because my O-chem work has really taken a toll on me lately and thought it would be funny to send this to them.

Dear Mom & Dad,

As I sit here wasting away doing O-chem, my brain hating me for deciding to double major in Sciences, I wonder why you weren't the creators of the Chia Pet or Peace Frogs even. If you were, I'd be the first in line to the Peace Frogs/Chia Pet empire and rocking out somewhere in Europe rather than... Blacksburg, VA.

<3 a very stressed out daughter,


Mary Anne,

In case you weren't aware, your parents live in the richest county in the nation according to the Census Bureau and The Washington Post so stop complaining. Also, if your dad and I had invented the Chia Pet/ Peace Frogs (which we wouldn't have because they are not useful to anybody), we still would have made you go to college and get a job. You know we wouldn't have wanted to raise you to become a jerk. Have fun with your O-chem, it's not that bad.

PS: We're proud of you and are really glad you want to go to Med-school. See you soon.


I'd say it went well...

Long story short, Saturday was rather eventful ending with an unconventional marker fight between Zabel and I. Needless to say, from the pictures, you can probably conclude that we both were victims of each other's marker annihilation. It looks like we both got beaten up pretty badly especially in his picture, the arm on the right looks like it was destroyed. Jason was also visiting this weekend so we went and met up with him while covered in marker. On the way back we passed a group of guys in the corps and I said something along the lines of "he beats me." It was dark so my arms totally looked battered and one of the guys turned and got so angry and was like, "don't hit her man, it's not cool" and I felt bad because they seriously looked like they were going to beat him up so I was all like just kidding guys it's just marker. Anyway, we wake up this morning and everyone decides they need to go get breakfast ASAP and since we completely slept through McDonalds breafast hours we had to go to an actual restaurant. What sucked was that I couldn't shower beforehand so I went out in public with marker all over my arms and face. We got some pretty interesting reactions from people when we walked into restaurants (obvi) but I guess I can look back on this and laugh because how many other times in my life will I actually do this? Probably zero.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Jason came to visit this morning. :) He was one of the first people in my neighborhood to befriend me when I was "the new kid" in 6th grade. We go way back and I LOVE this kid. He came this morning and basically went straight to the tailgate and went to his first Virginia Tech football game. He thinks we're crazy... but I mean, what can I say other than this town LOVES football. Anyway, afterwards we met up and he went to dinner with Matt and I. It was so good to see him and just hang out and talk. He reminds me of home. No matter how old we get, I think he's always going to be one of my friends that I never lose touch with. I could probably go for months without talking to him and randomly see him one day and not be awkward about it. Anyway, we were talking about his family and plan on visiting his brother and some of our friends in Boston sometime. We're not sure when yet. He tells me I have to see Boston like there's something wrong with me for not having already seen it. We planned for Thanksgiving break but decided nobody would be there, and then over Winter break, but his brother will be in Niger, so we're thinking Spring Break? I'm not sure yet, but it's in the works.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Cool Store Alert

Since I don't have class Friday, I spent my morning running errands and shopping for a new dress. My trip into Christiansburg was completely fruitless (and honestly, who am I kidding - it's Christiansburg. On my way home, I was passing downtown and thought to stop in some of the boutiques there to see what I could find. Normally, I don't buy anything from any of the boutiques downtown just because most of the stores cater to the "i like barely there clothing crowd." Anyway, while I was rummaging through these stores for a fun Fall dress I came across a place called Home body. I've been in there a few times before, but this time, the items really caught my eye. There was a nice selection of vintage-wear for girls along with tons of great t-shirts for guys, and lots of american apparel. Anyway, I ended up getting this great vintage dress which I'm completely excited about. If you guys are searching for one of a kind pieces, this is the place to go. The prices are great and the service is wonderful.

If you're interested, here's a link to the store's website: Home Body

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Rando thought...

If you had gone out with a guy and you two broke up and later down the road you decided to date again, would you introduce him as your New(old) boyfriend? Quite the conundrum.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I have a new boyfriend,

... his name is O-Chem (short for Organic Chemistry). I wish he had a facebook profile so that I could say "It's complicated w/O-Chem." He always screws me time and time again and I can't break up with him because I'm afraid of what he will do if I leave him.

I've stretched this metaphor WAY to far. Ha. I'm actually studying for an O-Chem test that I have tomorrow. I'm freaking out (obvi) and I also plan to rock this bitch.
Concert in your room!

Zach Braff got to take over an Indie radio station for 5 hours to promote the soundtrack for his movie, The Last Kiss. Anyway, it was recorded and now it's on the internet for you to watch! My favorite performances, though they were all AMAZING, were Schuyler Fisk and Imogen Heap. Imogen Heap's set reminded me so much of a Howie Day set because he does the same thing with the synthesizer and it's surprising that not many people have seen this done. It's amazing to see live, Howie's REALLY good at it. Okay on that note, here's the link:

The Last Kiss radio performances

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

It bit you where?!

As if this crazy O-chem test I have on Thursday hasn't put a damper on my week already, add mosquito bite right under my eye to the list of things to royally make this week painful. I know, who does that ever happen to? I'm here to prove that yes, it is humanly possible to have a mosquito bite you on the lower lash line of your eye. It's a really awkward place to have a mosquito bite so obviously it hurts. It doesn't itch really, but it is swollen and it looks like I have an abnormal growth there. However, thanks to the magic that is benadryl the swelling went down a bit today so I at least looked human, but needless to say it still hurts and is a royal pain in the ass. :(

Monday, September 18, 2006

Chai Me!

Recently I've become obsessed with Oregon Chai. I've been spending 3 or 4 dollars a day at coffee shops purchasing chai and I figured I should probably buy my own and start making it to save some money. I was talking to my friend Kathryn about what kind to buy and she suggested Oregon Chai. You can buy in the form of tea bags, powder, or you can buy boxed concentrate. I bought the boxed concentrate and I absolutely love it. It's half concentrate and half milk (I use soymilk) and you heat it up and you've got a great cup of Chai waiting to make you smile. This stuff is really good, I am hooked already. My roomate Drew tried some and he really liked it too. It cost me about $4 and best of all... it's organic!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

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