The Bean Blog (currently on hiatus)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Most Bizarre Blog Ever

I've got a hotmail account that I still check periodically even though I've switched allegiance to gmail. When you log onto hotmail, it has this screen where there's often some celebrity gossip on the lefthand sidebar. I saw something that caught my eye (I think it was about that hottie Lindsay Lohan), so I checked it out. Of course one link led to another, and I found myself reading about Rosie O'Donnell. In her bit, it said something about her having a blog. Naturally, I searched for this on the web and quickly found it.

The first thing I noticed was that Rosie was using a standard blogger template. Really, I know she's out of work, but I expected some custom work. I then directed my attention to the address bar. She was using a blogspot.com address. Is that the most bizarre thing you've ever heard or what? I mean, she can't afford her own server space somewhere? Can't buy a domain name? Really?

These things made me suspect that someone must be pretending to be Rosie O'Donnell. I decided to search a bit more on the web, and I again quickly found her personal webpage, complete with an actual domain name and everything....and a link to the blogspot.com blog. Therefore, it must really be her. Bad poetry and all.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Ivy League Rocks the NCAA!!!!

Okay, that title was completely untrue in every way, but what the heck. I'm watching my university's basketball team get smacked down by Boston College. It's quite amusing, actually. I remember when I first heard that Penn would be in the NCAA tournament. I was like, "We've got a basketball team here? Really?" We're in only because Penn won the Ivy League conference (impressive, I know) and therefore got an automatic in to the tournament. Even after I heard the news, I would still look at the brackets and see "Pennsylvania" and be like, "They probably mean Penn State." Especially when I saw the number 14 seed next to Penn.

As I was checking out who was playing today, I saw that the Penn/Boston College (a 4 seed) game was starting around 2:30pm this afternoon. I thought, What the heck? so I've been watching it. Those first few minutes we stayed within 5 points. I took a shower towards the end of the first half so I missed the end of it. When I turned it back on, I saw we were getting it handed to us directly up our backsides to the tune of 20 points. Now as I watch the end of the second half, when we pull to within 15 points, I'm like, "Go team! Penn rocks!"

Oh yeah, I'm feeling the school spirit. Can you feel me feeling it?

(We just lost by 20 points: 65-85. Go team!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Raring to Go?

Now that spring break is over, I'm rested, relaxed, and full of vim and vigor. Yes, I'm ready to take on the second half of the semester. The burn out is gone! A thing of the past! I'm, why yes, excited to go to class tonight, to work on that paper that's due on Friday, to drink up knowledge!!!!!

Or....maybe not.

That's how I thought it would happen, anyway. The break would do me good, and all that. Unfortunately, I'm no more interested in going to school tonight than I was the last time I turned up at Penn, almost two weeks ago. The funny thing is that it's not like I have something better to do. I guess that's how I should look at. Why not go to class? I certainly benefit from it, as I crawl painfully and slowly two steps/classes closer to that damn degree. And what would I do if I stayed home? Watch TV?

Ah, I feel the motivation return, now that I put it that way.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Ramblings

I don't have much to say, but I'd like to manage a post at least every week, so here goes.

I'm off to Connecticut today to lounge around in a hotel while the Bread Winner goes to some sort of training for her job. I've done this several times, and I love it. Something about staying in a hotel appeals to me. Especially when there's a pool around that I can swim in. I like being in water. Unfortunately, it's not something I get to do that often.

Of course, going away for a few days means one thing: dealing with dogs! Thus far, my mother has watched three of our dogs (the two little ones and Chester) while Blue stays with a friend of mine who worked with him while he was at the shelter. I met her the same day I met him actually.

As my mother has four dogs of her own (yes, my whole family is crazy) adding three more to the mix makes for a crazy house. Blue gets the best deal staying with Beth Marie and her three dogs. Even though he makes four dogs, trust me when I tell you that four dogs is far and away a drastically smaller number when compared to seven dogs. Plus, Beth Marie's dogs are all older, so it's pretty quiet there.

I've been keeping my eye out for a good place for Chester to stay. He doesn't get along well with one of my mother's dogs, and all the craziness of the house really stresses him out. So I managed to get another friend of mine, Hope, to agree to watch him for this trip. She only has one dog (can you imagine!). Last week was spent 1) being sick 2) dealing with mid-terms and 3) running Chester back and forth to Hope's house to acclimate him to her place and get used to her and her dog.

I really hope that this works out well. For one, it makes my mother's life easier not to have to deal with seven dogs at once. Secondly, it should be a lot better for Chester...once he settles down at least.

The other thing on the agenda is a rush to make my first DVD. I have a few hours of video of my grandmother talking about her life, and I want to be able to give it to her children (my mother and an aunt and an uncle) in time for my grandmother's birthday, which is this Friday. Since I'm going away, I need to do this now. As I have zero experience with iMovie or iDVD, it's proving to be a little more difficult than I had imagined. I'm burning....something right now. I hope it's what I think it is! And it looks like it's going to take a while. I hope it doesn't take as long as the video is. If it does, I'm going to run out of time...or I'm going to have to pack up my iMac and bring it with me to Connecticut.

And that's pretty much what I've got going on right now. I'll try to post something more interesting next week.