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Jul. 7th, 2013

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The lovely leia131 has told me that I ought to do this. So I have.

What do you call it?

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Apr. 13th, 2013

Slender needles of bone

My oldest hobby? Talking? I do that like it is a hobby.

I am not sure I have hobbies. I do things. I knit, I paint, I embroider, but none of them last forever, I get bored with various things and always go back to them, just not right away.

I make jewelry, but that is something I do as I am inspired. I hold various plans for pieces in my head for a longtime until they finally are things I make. I really need to work on some of my designs. I have one involving flattened pennies on the docket.

I started making beaded jewelry after receiving a Klutz book (basically this one http://www.klutz.com/kids-crafts/Brilliant-Bead-Rings?merch_location=jewelry%20Listing) as a birthday present at some point in middle school. It started a love of glass, I make most of my own earrings, some of my favorite necklaces and pendants, and dozens of bracelets for my mother.

Mostly I just feel like I don't have the time to master the things I want to.

The title is from the Yeats poem The Crazed Moon. 

Apr. 10th, 2013

But I was young and foolish

As Abby struggled with earlier, my first boyfriend is a difficult one. I am going with my first non-middle school boyfriend. Stan Mitchell, freshman year.

Oh Stan. He is from one of the surrounding towns that sends students to Orono and was therefore relatively unusual and didn't know most of the petty social classes that had existed since we were small. What is more, as an outsider, he entered at the bottom of the social strata, which worked well for me as I wasn't very high up myself. It was quite nice to have someone who seemed interested in me, and I really love the chase and the fun flirty times.

We dated for several months after weeks of flirting in the library. The library was where everyone hung out after school and as this was the one year I didn't play soccer, I could waste time in the library while I waited for a ride and catch up on the social scene. Stan kissed me at a dance and I discovered that I liked kissing boys (not that I thought I liked kissing girls, but I never kissed anyone, so it was new). We broke up about a week later.

We did eventually become friends and his mother was always fond of me. I always give him a hug when I see him.

Stan is now in the Army, married to his high school sweetheart, and the father of two. Their daughter is about 3 or 4 and their son is under a year. A nice guy, his wife sent me a Christmas card a few years ago and I think that they are doing well.

The title is from Down by the Salley Gardens, by Yeats, obvi. 

Apr. 5th, 2013

Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways

Let's see, my best and worst subjects in school...

History and Biology.

I love history. Everyone is shocked, I know. My endless amount of trivia and random history facts would never have clued you in to this. I like the way all the pieces fit together. I love figuring out why things happened and how events are interconnected. One of my favorite bits is science and math history. I read part of this book called Calculus Wars (I really should finish it) and it was all about Leibniz and Newton and their feud over the invention of calculus. Fascinating stuff. People are cool and I love learning about them over the course of history.

Biology is an interesting choice for me. I actually really enjoy bio, I just hated the way it was taught in high school. Too many abstract ideas, I had questions like "What are cells actually made up of?" or "Is NADP really shaped like that thing?" or "Why do these things happen?". And those questions were never answered. It was also rather simplistic, which always pissed me off. However, we did raise mealworms (named Stupid, Ugly, and Conor, after my friend Kate's little brother) which was kinda gross and kinda cool. In college I took a class in microbiology and it was simply AWESOME. We got to grow bacteria and then try to kill them and debate about virus stockpiles.

I really like most subjects, even biology has aspects I like.

The title is from the Yeats' poem "To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time".

Mar. 25th, 2013

Mingling hands and mingling glances

I think my first best friends are from Washington County. I had friends when I lived in Old Town, but I don't remember them all that well so I am going to start with Sophie and Kailee.

Sophie and Kailee were my best friends when I was in kindergarten and first grade. We were butterflies in the school play. Kailee's father was a park ranger so we played in Cobscook Bay State Park and called it the 100 Acre Woods. I can still remember the dozens of stories we made up.

Kailee ended up going to Clarkson for a year before transferring to the University of Maine Machias. She is a math teacher and is now pregnant with her second daughter. Her older daughter is the most adorable baby I have ever seen.

Sophie went to Bryn Mawr and learned Arabic, traveled all over the world, and is currently living at home. She spent a year in the Peace Corp in Somaliland and spent a year in Peru. She is unbearably cool.

I really lost touch with them after about fifth grade. Sophie's freshman roommate was a friend of mine from middle school and through the wonders of Facebook, I got back in touch with them.

The title is from the poem The Stolen Child. 

Mar. 21st, 2013

They weary of trooping

This is a long one. I like details, so get ready for it.Sooooo many homesCollapse )

The title is from the Yeats poem "A Cradle Song".

Mar. 20th, 2013

A woman Homer sung

Jumping on the bandwagon. Megan's 30 days meme is fun to read, and I am excited about Abby doing it as well, so here we go. Disclaimer: I am going to be worse than Abby at keeping this up.

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The title is the name of a poem by Yeats from The Green Helmet and other poems