Monthly Archives: July 2006


This weekend was entry and judging at the Ohio State Fair for the Girl Scouts. If there are two things that changed me most as a person, they are Girl Scouts, and the Ohio State Fair. Needless to say, I was practically in heaven this weekend.

Friday night I saw some past Junior Fair Board members (Seth, Matthew, and April). We had pizza and drank drinks over at April’s house on Lane. It was a fairly enjoyable evening, however the following morning was tough (especially on my stomach.)

Saturday was Entry Day, and for the second year, I was stationed at a check-in table rather than being a project runner. Honestly, I would rather be a runner, I find myself getting too bored otherwise. Michelle House, the Girl Scouts new addition to the Junior Fair Board, helped out at my table, and we gossiped. Michelle and I are very different, but in the last six years, I have really seen our friendship grow in the little time that we get to see each other. I hope that one day Michelle, Megan Cowell and I will become Girl Scout Superintendents at the State Fair… I think that we would be decent replacements for Kay, Shirley and Louise.

Sunday was Judging Day, and surprisingly, it went a lot faster than it usually does. I really really enjoy being a judge for the girls’ projects. I do feel that I am often a little too hard on the creative writing pieces, though. I hope that I am asked back again next year to judge.

Last night was the annual Pre-Fair Trip to Wal-Mart. Michelle and one of the program aides, Sarah, and I explored until we were bored with the superstore, so we sat in an aisle “trying out” dorm furniture, and were generally immature. As usual, it was a good time.

I am very excited for the fair to open. I can’t wait to see what this year’s butter cow looks like. You know…the cow they sculpt from butter every year…?

I la-la-la-love the Ohio State Fair.

Molly is back from Maine, but only for a few days. Tonight the gang is getting together for dinner at Max and Erma’s. I’m excited to see everyone. But I do hate Max and Erma’s. Boo.

A Gift Idea

I need this…

BK, again

New Ben Kweller album, September 19th.

I just ordered mine.

And he’s coming back to Ohio in October. And to Detriot around the same time.

I need to see him again.

And Langhorne Slim was pretty great last night. I kinda want to follow him across the country now…

The Mothman: My Newest Obsession

Sometimes I wonder how I become totally infactuated with such bizzare things, however, my recent obsession: MOTHMAN.

I’ve been reading about the strange 1966 and 1967 sightings a lot during work (last week’s paranormal obsession was with Ohio University’s Ridges). I am planning on renting the 1998 film The Mothman Prophecies and I am also planning on visiting the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, WV.

I also have trouble sleeping at night, and when getting out of my car at night, I check all around, just to make sure that I am not scoped up and taken away by some 7-foot man-insect. My life is scary. While talking about all of the happenings with Michael last night, I think I scared him as well, and he did not let out the dogs, in fear of them being a late-night snack for the Mothman.

So does anyone want to drive to Point Pleasant with me?

A Farewell to DSW

Today marks a fairly momentous occasion: I am putting in my two weeks notice at DSW Shoe Warehouse at the Dayton Mall, my place of employment for four summers (and three years). I almost feel bad about quitting there, but I am moving on now. Next summer I hope to be pretty much anywhere than Dayton, and I feel that cutting the DSW cord will help me. I will no longer feel obligated to go to the mall to beg for hours on weekends at home. I think this is going to be good for me.

I will dearly miss all of those people who have been at DSW since I started: Danetta, Carlos, Crissi, Stephanie, Jill, and Steven. I will also miss many of those people who we have picked up (and some that have been dropped off) along the way. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m going to miss the place a lot.

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Langhorne Slim!

Friday after work, I’m going to run home, get dressed, and drive to Columbus as fast as I possibly can without getting a speeding ticket. Why the excitement?

I am finally seeing Langhorne Slim!

Now I just need to find someone to come with me… I had the entire day off yesterday. With really nothing to do, and no one to hang out with (Matt has moved out, Michael had to work (and so did most everyone else) and Mark likes to just skateboard until it’s dark) I drove around and went into stores. At The Salvation Army, I bought Michael a creepy framed picture of Jesus. I think it will make a good decoration in his dorm room.

And now because I am at work, and I am bored, I will fill out this survey, and give long drawn-out answers. And no one will read it.

[A is for age:] 20.4.
[B is for booze of choice:] Whiskey. No particular brand. I like it with cola.
[C is for career choice:] Housewife. Until arrangements for that career come along, I guess I will settle for producer.
[D is for your dog’s name(or cat. etc.):] I have a very fun dog named Mollie. We named her after one of my best friends from middle school. My beta fish is named Anna Nicole, after my favorite trashy celebrity. Marie has a cat named Luna, and she might being her to the a-p-t in August. I would like that a lot.
[E is for essential items to bring to a party:] Dancing shoes.
[F is for favorite song at the moment:] “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
[G is for favorite game:] Loser, a card game I learned in Scouts.
[H is for hometown:] Centerville, OH.
[I is for instruments you play:] Ukulele
[J is for jam or jelly you like:] Strawberry
[K is for kids?] Eventually. Hopefully sooner than later, though.
[L is for last kiss?] In March.
[M is for marital status:] Single
[N is for name of your celebrity crush:] Jakey Gyllenhaal
[O is for overnight hospital stays:] As an infant.
[P is for phobias:] Orniphobia. (fear of birds)
[Q is for quotes you like:] “When I run out of red, I use blue.” -Pablo Picasso
[R is for relationship that lasted the longest:] Four weeks
[S is for sexual preference:] Straight
[T is for time you wake up:] 8:30ish on workdays, 9:30 otherwise.
[U is for underwear:] Stripped, comfy.
[V is for vegetable you love:] Black olives
[W is for worst habit:] Letting people walk all over me.
[X is for x-rays you’ve had:] Not too sure…a few the day I fell off my bike. Many at the dentist.
[Y is for yummy food you make:] Pasta salad
[Z is for zodiac sign:] Pisces


The past six days I spent in Athens working on the Challenge and Change program with a group of amazing 23 Appalachian Girl Scouts. During many times in the week I wanted to quit, but the girls pushed through, despite some of the boring and tedious activities they were presented with.

After lunch, walking around town, and coffee with Katy Kelly (which was wonderful) I headed to Lincoln Hall to check in. To my surprise, I knew my room mate and fellow counselor, Kristy Schnell, sister of my good friend Joey. Saturday evening the counselors and other staff members went over the curriculum and retired early to our air conditioned dorm rooms.

On Saturday night Amy and Jane, the writers of the Challenge and Change book, arrived. Amy is a megabitch and feels above all of us simple Ohio folk, and makes this quite evident. Jane, on the other hand, was very pleasant when Amy was not around. They are from the Portland area, and it is clear that they live very cushy lives, and upon realizing how empty their lives really were, they wrote a book about how teenaged girls could change their communities. Liberty, a fellow counselor, has speculations that they wanted to make an Appalachian their pet. She also has her suspicions that their toy poodles would be better treated. I don’t like these women.

Sunday night the girls arrived and we started right into lessons, and for the remainder of the week the camp was run on a pretty tight schedule. The girls were woken up (by me) every morning at seven. Breakfast was served, and activities started promptly after. We broke for meals, but went right back into learning until about 9:30 every night. At this time, the girls were allowed to have a little free time, and lights out was at 11. I usually passed out at about this time as well.

I met some pretty amazing people this week, and I hope that our friendships continue to grow. In our large amount of down time (when the girls were doing Modules in their workbooks) I grew very close to Nichole and Tawny, two girls who love people watching and making fun of others as much as I do. We had a pretty good time.

Overall, the camp was a good experience. It was well worth leaving everything behind–my friends, family, jobs, worries–and getting to know new people and doing something completely new to me. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I’ve decided that if I am unable to get an internship in Los Angeles or Chicago (or even Toronto?) next year, I’ll try to get a camp job. It’s a good time.

On another note, summer is coming to a quick end. The Ohio State Fair is fast approaching, and two days after the fair I move into Frazie 14, a few days after that classes start. Humph.

Let Freedom Ring

Thank you, Google Image Search for this patriotic gem:

They love America, and so do I!

It’s finally my favorite part of the summer: Independence Day! Tomorrow I will be hanging around the Americana Festival (like every year!) cooking out at Chris’s, and enjoying the fireworks. The rest of my week is going to be fairly lax. And then: CAMP! I finally got my packet, and I have a lot of reading to do to prepare myself for our program, but I’m still very very excited.

Matt, Amy and I went to the Dayton CityFolk Festival yesterday afternoon and enjoyed some sun, rootbeer floats (well, that was just me) chili cheese fries (that was just Matt) and making fun of strangers. People watching at festivals is the best. After being dehydrated and tired, we got some Starbucks and set out to find a baby pool that we could play in. After driving around town all evening, Matt and Amy found one at Meijer, bought it, and set it up in Amy’s backyard. I plan to lay in it for a while tomorrow.

Last night Julie, a friend from work, and I went bowling. We bowled two games, we each won a game, and got some Steak and Shake afterwards. It was really a blast, and decided that Sunday night bowling was to become a weekly tradition. We love our bowling, and our DSW crew, so there’s no reason to not combine the two things. We also love ranch dressing.