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I studied dynamics for eight straight hours today with no breaks. That may not seem like much to some people, but for me that's pretty amazing. I even ate lunch at my desk, which isn't all that unusual except that I was studying WHILE I WAS EATING. Aaaand I get to do it all over again tomorrow up to test time at 4pm. After the test I can thankfully take a break from dynamics for awhile and get back to my research. Plus, the OU-Texas holiday is Friday (seriously, they cancel class to commemorate a football game here), so after the test I'm done with dynamics for the rest of the week.

My mom mailed both my sister and I jars of homemade pickles and relish. If you don't think that's weird, I should remind you that my sister is currently in JAPAN. Mom seriously just paid $50 to mail pickles to Japan.
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I'm not a pro photographer by any means, but I'm starting to get really annoyed with some of the shite being posted on DeviantArt. It is an ART community. Say it with me...A-R-T. It's not a free image hosting server. If I see one more "This is me and Betty Lulu at Prom. Don't we look cute?!" pic, I'm going to...well, I shouldn't say, because it's inevitable that I will see more of them. I joined that place to learn how to do photography better. I wanted to see what results people got with different settings on their cameras, which film speeds are better for what, etc. Webcam shots of your head are not art, I don't care how you slice it. It's just not. I feel like I'm missing a lot of good stuff because I have to sift through so much crap. It's sad, because that place has so much potential to be something really great.
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I'm going to stand on my grammatical soap box here for a second, so if you're bad at spelling and grammar...

don't read this. )
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Some asswipe took my clothes out of both the dryer AND the washer to wash one fucking set of clothes, so now I have a pile of my wet laundry sitting on top of the dryer waiting on his clothes to get done. If I were a total bitch, I'd take his out and use his money to dry my clothes. I wasn't even gone that long. *snort*
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The ladybugs are INSANE this year. Supposedly, they're only supposed to leave a "pinch-like bite," but pinch-like bites don't react like mosquito bites. I have at least 30 red, itchy bumps on my arms after taking pictures out at Ledges last weekend. The itching is almost worse than a mosquito bite, which is pretty bad. It's torture.
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Let's do an experiment. How many times will I get a "Page Cannot be Displayed" error before this actually gets posted to my journal? ...4 times. God this sucks.

Got this spam in my email tonight:

"Saw YOU in church, loved what I saw..."

Um, I doubt you've seen me in a church unless you saw me there when I was 10...and that would be disturbing at best.

Anyway, just finished a Physics exam and the brain is fried. In other news, I got two compliments today from peers at work. It induces warm, fuzzy feelings. Yay.

Oh, and the POS car is on the road to recovery. Dan (my mother's boyfriend) was gracious and kind enough to fix it for me, preventing my Dad the evil task of driving up here. It's not completely done yet. He got the starter and solenoid out, and apparently some dumbass-who-didn't-know-cars-from-pizza-boxes forgot to put the nut back on the copper post, causing the little connector thing to float around on the post. That in turn melted the copper away to a point where the connector was no longer touching the post at all. Hopefully there's nothing else wrong with the starter. We're going to get it tested at a parts store to be sure when we pick up the new solenoid.
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Ok, this freezing to death thing is getting old. I did call and bitch this morning, and they SAID they'd have a boiler man over here today...

Um, no boiler man. No heat. No feeling in the fingers, toes, and nose. No desire to do anything but crawl into bed and conserve body heat.
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Um, yeah, so the new battery did absolutely NOTHING for the problem. I spent all fucking day on that car and here's what I did:

Tried jumping the car last night using two separate cars.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Tried taking out the old battery last night, with pliers, and failed.
Pushed the car to a parking spot that wouldn't get me towed, then went home for the night.
Went to Wal-mart and bought a socket wrench set, a crescent wrench set, vise grips, and a wire brush.
Took out the old battery, and put the new one in.
Took a wire brush to the connectors to get the gunk off.
Fastened them to the new battery and tightened them TIGHT.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Wiggled the cables and retightened them.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Loosened the positive connector.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Tried charging the battery with jumper cables.
Tried starting it repeatedly, with no luck.
Went to the parts store and bought a new connector.
Cut the wires and reattached them to the new connector.
Attached the new connector to the battery.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Charged the battery with jumper cables.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Tapped on the sunoid thing attached to the starter.
Tried starting it, with no luck.
Kindly asked a neighbor that I BARELY KNEW to tow my POS car back to my apartment.
He agreed.
Went BACK to Walmart and bought a tow rope.
Went BACK to the apartment to get him.
Went BACK to my car to tow it home.

Now it sits in my parking lot, safe from being towed, but still completely broke down. We are seriously at a loss here about what to do. I can't afford to take it in, so if Dad tells me to, I'm going to kindly ask for financial assistance.

Here's the problem if there's a mechanic guru out there: You turn the key in the ignition, and dash and radio and everything come on fine, but when you turn it to start it, you hear a click and then nothing. It's not the alternator...I know what a car does when that's the problem...and this isn't it. There's a hell of a lot of corrosion inside the positive cable cord, and I'm wondering if I just need to replace that cord. There was just TONS of the white-ish corrosion powder packed into that cord. It didn't look good at all. The negative end looks great.

Gya, why me?
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The goddamn battery is dead in my car, so it's sitting at Beardshear Hall on campus tonight. I'm fairly certain that the parking stall I pushed it to is safe from towing until Monday morning, so I'm ok there, but still...GODDAMN IT! This is the second time this has happened to me in a year! I wrecked my other car not even two months after I put a new battery in it. You know, I have actually had batteries go dead in every single car I've owned. My car hates me. That's all there is to it.

I need to find a parts store (or WalMart) tomorrow and get some WD-40. I tried to change the battery tonight to save me the trouble, but those cables are on there SOLID. The bolts are semi-stripped, too, so this is going to be great fun. *rolls eyes*
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I ordered a flash and a new lens for my little Pentax SLR off Ebay about a week ago, and the flash came in the mail today. I live in an apartment building, and my mailbox is one of those multi-unit things in which the entire front face opens up like a door allowing the mailman to put all the mail in. Well, the flash was mailed in a cubish shaped Priority Mail box, and it was small enough to fit in my mail unit, so Mr. Mailman stuck it in there. Herein lies the problem. Mr. Mailman didn't think to realize that the actual door to my mail unit had a smaller opening than the mail unit itself. So what did I have to do? I ended up sawing the box to pieces just to get the damn thing out. Little styrofoam peanuts went everywhere, and the tenant's door that I was next to must have thought I was some kind of psycho from all the sawing-on-cardboard noises that were emmanating from the hallway.

So...I get the flash out of the box, put some batteries in it and tested it out on my camera. It worked great aside from one small problem: no shutter cord. For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about, it's the cord that connects the flash and the camera so that they work simultaneously. So, I was on a mission tonight to find one so that I could play with my newly acquired toy. As it turned out, the only place that could possibly carry one in town was closed. *snort*

Now I have to wait until Monday to play with my new toy. Bummer.
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DAMN IT ALL TO HELL!!!! My printer has been working beautifully for the last 6 hours or so, and now all of a sudden I'm getting the damn "cyclic redundancy check" error again!!! WHY ME?!?!!

I'm going to bed. Screw printing the rest of my physics notes.
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I fucking hate the dentist. I keep biting my tongue because I can't feel the damn thing. I'm starting to taste blood in the half of my mouth that I can feel, so I know that it's gonna hurt like a bitch when I get feeling back. Fuckity fucker fuck. I'll brush my teeth five times a day if it means that I'll never have to have another cavity filled ever again.
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Working the night shift sucks. On one side of it, it's nice because I do absolutely nothing and get PAID for it. On the other side, my sleeping patterns are totally whack now, and it seems to drag on for a freakin' eternity. Plus, I only get minimum wage. Grr.

Oh well, I guess it's work.
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I'm finally settled in here at home. It's going to be a long summer.

I went in to find out what my schedule was going to be for the summer at the hotel, and they told me that I basically didn't have one. The two people doing front desk now don't want to cut hours, so that leaves me out in the cold. My boss told me that I could work the night shift three nights a week, but that is a) not enough hours, and b) the worst shift to do. No..fucking..thanks. I only make $5.15 an hour, so I could actually do a lot better. We'll see what I can find.

Anyways, just wanted to let you all know that I'm back.
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I feel like banging my head against a wall today, so I will.

Why *thump* are *thump* you *thump* being *thump* such *thump* a *thump* heinous *thump* bitch *thump* today? *thumpthumpthump*

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I hate finals week this semester. The grades I get on the final exams seem to be much more crucial than they were last semester. Stress bothers me, and I tend to avoid it whenever possible. Therefore, this week has been rather unpleasant.

Boo on Calculus II. That's my complaint for the day.
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I skipped four classes today to get shit done around here. I finished my application for a loan, found the pics that my sister needs for a graduation thing, and started packing up my desk.

Allow me to stress this point:

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Neck hurts like a bitch. I was getting ready this morning, turned my head in a weird way, and threw something out of place. It's a throbbing, sometimes sharp pain right below that large bone where your neck meets your back. I've been downing pain pills and putting warm towels and ziplock baggies full of water on it all day, but I can't tell if it's helping or not.

Maybe I should just go to sleep. You can't really be in pain when you're unconscious.
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Fuck Daylight Savings Time. This is quite possibly one of Ben Franklin's DUMBEST ideas. I sooo want to live in Arizona right now, for it is void of any time changes.

I saw Chicago tonight, and liked it. I didn't love it, but I liked it. Catherine Zeta Jones is just STUNNING, and Queen Latifah's not bad either. It didn't quite make me wanna jump up and sing, but it was good.


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