Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sliding Down The Land

For my cool writing presentation in College Lit I chose to do it on the song Landslide by the Dixie Chicks. I chose this song because my mother and I always listen to it in the car and sing along with every word.

The deeper meaning behind this song to me is one of a journey of change. I believe its about a woman climbing her way up in society (a mountain) and having a great situation to be in. Then something terrible (a landslide) brought them down to reality and is having them remember what it feels like not to be on top.

They become so accustomed to their life style they don't know how they can change to become anything different. At the end of the song it seems that she is giving someone advice not to make the same mistake.

This is why I picked the song Landslide by Dixie Chicks

Not just the Ugly American

In College Lit we had to do a journal on when we were aware of somthing that made us different or somewhat uniqe.

I chose the time when I was in Norway. I had a few difficulties with the language. Somewhat unfortunate that I looked similar to the Norweigan sterotype. I had light hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. This made all the locals think I was a Norsk, their slang for Norweigan.

Once people started to talk to me they soon realized there was one thing missing, I had no idea what they were saying to me. I only knew how to say a few things in Norweigan: I only speak a little Norweigan, My hovercraft is full of eels, Ja, and a few others.

This was a dead give away for me being an American. Since I tried to speak their language me and my family were not considered the "Ugly American Tourists".

Monday, December 8, 2008

Passage From SH-V

In college lit we had to pick a passage from Slaughter House-Five that we thought was interesting. My passage was on page 82 at the very bottom.

"Billy passed within a yard of him. There was barbed wire between them. The Russian did not wave of speak, but he looked directly into Billy's soul with sweet hopefulness, as though Billy might have good news for him-news he might ber too stupid to understand, but good news all the same."

I thought this was interesting because of the way it was Kurt wrote it. "...but he looked directly into Billy's soul with sweet hopefulness..."
This is my favorite part of the passage because I can see the expression like a little kid on christmas morning with the sweet hopefulness for their presents.

Another part of this passage that I found interesting was " he might be to stupid to understand, but good news all the same." This part I feel that Billy is seeing the Russian as an inferior being. But he will think the news is good so he will do the thing where you just smile and nod. This is why I found this passage interesting.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Don't Shh Me!

In College Lit we were talking about how have we ever been censored. The only person who has ever really censored me has been myself. When I'm around my parents, or adults of any manner, I tend to contain my real opinions and I censor my language. I think very carefully before I speak.

I think being a younger person makes it so I'm more censored. People who are older tend to have more experience in life so they think someone of lesser age doesn't know anything. They don't want to hear your ideas or opinions. This isn't true for everyone but it has happened a couple of times.

When I'm around my friends or others my age I am a little more outgoing. I let back and let my ideas flow. I dont censor what I say and I express my true feelings. This is the main reason why I vent to friends, because I don't need to censor myself around them. This is how I have been censored in my life.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How Absurd!

My absurd moment took place in New York City during a chruch mission trip. My friend Rocco and I were taking pictures of random people we found...lets say interesting.

So there was this fancy building, and there was a guy cleaning the door glass. He was bigger and he had a really curly ponytail. We called it a ponytail afro/pafro. So we started taking pictures of this guy from across the street, trying to get a really good shot of his hair.

After a while he noticed what we were doing. He started walking towards us. We quickly started to pretend that we were taking pictures of the building he was in and all of the other buildings around us. Once he thought we werent taking pictures of him he went back inside.

We didnt learn our lesson because we still tried to get that one perfect shot of his hair. We never did. But we finally had to keep walking. We laughed for a while. It was an absurd moment.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


For the college lit journal where we had to pick one word from chapter one, I picked the word alarm. The word alarm describes the first chapter of this book, because the alarm wakes Gregor up in the morning. He goes back to sleep and ends up being late for work, he feels a little funny.

His boss gets extremely mad and goes to his house demanding an explination. Now this seems strange for a boss to do but Gregor is never sick nor late. Gregor is worried that he may lose his job and his family will have no way to be supported.

Gregor finally open up the door for his family and boss they are ALARMED to find that Gregor is a giant beetle! This is why alarmed is a great word to describe the first chapter of metamorphosis.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


In class we were talking about a time where we didn't fit in. Now for me it’s hard to choose because I have so many awkward moments where I don't fit in. Let's just say I march to the beat of my own drum.

One time in particular was the powder-puff game of 2008. It’s always juniors vs. seniors and I was really excited. I paid for my t-shirt/jersey. I decided to go to the game because I love watching our High School football team, this should be fun too. I put on my "jersey", slipped on my jeans, and laced up my chucks. As anyone could tell by the way I was dressed that I wasn’t planning on playing. I jump in my car and blast some hip hop so I can get pumped for the game.

I arrive to find that most of my close friends didn't decide to show. Feeling awkward and a little alone I swallow my pity and walk over to where the rest of the girls in my class are standing. Finding one person I can talk to I loosen up and start to feel like myself again. We cheered for our team and had tons of fun.

My friend and I got so into the game we wanted to play, problem, we weren't wearing clothes easily played in and we knew almost nothing about football. The "coach" put us in and we were ready...the only thing we needed to know was to tackle the person with the ball. So running full speed with all my might I get two tackles. It was an amazing adrenaline rush. I don't think I've ever had more fun playing a sport...and I've played them all.

What my main point is if your in an awkward situation just be your self and make the best of it. It may just be the best time of your never know. The worst times could be the best.