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|Wednesday, September 17th, 2003|
Going, going, almost gone...
I´ll beat this storm yet!
School under voluntary evacuation from here til Friday at least. Water & power could be out and maybe no food will be available...Isabel, bring it on! Catch me if you can Current Mood: determined
|Tuesday, September 16th, 2003|
|Love Level 5
I miss you my little honey... I miss everything about you and am dying to hear your beautiful voice. I hope you´re having a great time on your little vacation. Happy Independence and a big Independent kiss and hug as well as all the love I can send from this hurricane watch area (which is of course, Love Level 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale...utterly torrential and strong) I LOVE YOUUU!!!
Can you tell I´ve been thinking about you a whole lot?? More so than usual these days... Current Mood: flirty
|Monday, September 15th, 2003|
|Almost official - EVACUATION
Well, it´s nothing official yet but they´re STRONGLY advising us to leave town. I got my ticket to Raleigh and a hotel reservation. Looks as if I´m going to be lone-ling it till the worst passes. I just hope they don´t evacuate us tomorrow since I leave until Wednesday at 2:50pm. It´s all so stressful...and to top it all off, I have an exam tomorrow for which I´ve just NOT been able to concentrate. It sucks, everyone´s exams were cancelled but mine, I would´ve been able to leave tomorrow and I would´ve done it too! My parents have called me an incredible and unbelievable amount of times yesterday and today and I think finally, FINALLY, they´ve come to agree and actually accept my plans (after MUCH, MUCH debate). So that´s ONE load off my mind. Geez...I just hope I can stay here Tuesday night and everything will be fine. *sigh* I´ll be alone in unknown situations, please pray all goes well. Current Mood: aggravated
|Sunday, September 14th, 2003|
"A large and very dangerous storm, I can´t emphasize this enough"
"Bound to cause massive destruction several hundred miles from its center. Trees, power lines, houses, windows, floods..."
"A major threat to the East Coast"
"This is a monster out there"
"We´ll also have major wave action, very dangerous too and will cause great damages"
Dammit Weather Channel, stop scaring me!!! Current Mood: distressed
Gotta admit I´m really scared, Isabel - hurricane type 4 is supposed to hit us directly around Thursday, maybe Friday. We might even be evacuated and I´ve nowhere to go.
Hard to believe I´ve turned into someone who forward watches The Weather Channel hourly. Pray that it weakens or shifts...or both. *sigh* Current Mood: worried
|Friday, September 12th, 2003|
|Sick dorm, sick girl...
By-products of the crappy weather lately -
Practically everyone in this dorm has been getting sick, it was just a matter of time before it reached me. I woke up this morning with a headache that hasn´t gone away, a very runny nose, and no disposition at all. I feel so bad... I need to shake this off REALLY quickly because I´ve got two exams next week and neither promises to be an easy experience. I could use some more sharpness of mind in order to more or less try and tackle them. Sick girl...*achoo*...must...*sniffle*...prev
ail......zzzz Current Mood: sick
|Wednesday, September 10th, 2003|
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I´ve always believed ALL of this about myself, everything. Good to see someone, something, even if just a silly quiz, recognizes it for me.
I love... Current Mood: calm
|Tuesday, September 9th, 2003|
People make so mad!! I had my Criminal Courts class today and we´d read a case on acquaintance rape to discuss today in class. So we did start discussing and there were this two GUYS who just irked the hell out of me claiming that after the woman had been, shoved, wrenched, choked, and being pinned down to have forceful, unconsented sex, it WAS NOT rape because the guy was an ex-boyfriend. It made me so angry because they were (passionately) arguing stuff like "oh, but maybe having it rough as a fetish of them", "she was asking for it", "it was breakup sex", "having stopped fighting off the aggressor (due to brief unconsciousness from lack of oxygen from choking) was equal to her giving consent" and other utter sh&% like that. I was so ready to bitchslap both of them, I was fuming!!
If the question had been, would you convict a guy of rape going on this information, I could certainly understand the reluctance to make a decision since you have to consider many, many more facts, even I would´ve felt the same way but aggghhh...more than making me mad, this REALLY worries me, that guys are going around with this "justified" information swimming around in their heads. Besides some of the women, I liked seeing that there were also a couple of guys also (passionately) defending the other side of the issue...But I´m still quite mad. Current Mood: irate
|I like Randall Keith Hanson
You just gotta love a teacher who poses a series of legal questions to you and to everything you say, he replies "exactly".
And I got him for my two favorite classes...yeah! Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, September 6th, 2003|
Today we had a little adventure down at the International House. It was a rainy, gray, quite peaceful and uneventful day up until the afternoon. I dare to say that every single resident was in his/her room sleeping or watching tv. I was in my room watching a movie with my roommate when we both decided it would be a good idea to go get some ice cream (we´d bought it the day before) which we were storing in the freezer in the kitchen. When we got there, we saw that a couple of guys were browning steak, they had guacamole and salsa going, some tortillas...mmm, which of course, made me completely homesick for MY kind of food. So we got our ice cream and went back to our room. Then we started to smell the tacos all the way through our closed door. Before we could say "Mmmm, that smells nice", the fire alarm was blasting madly! I´d never heard one before and it was sooo piercing and horrible. We knew it was only the smoke in the kitchen but we ran for our dear lives just to escape the noise. Everyone was outside in shorts, slippers...the ground was all wet. The police got there really fast (they patrol campus at all hours) then we had to wait for the fire department before we could go back in. Some more people came out of the house at this time... Finally, as nothing had happened, they came out, we went back in but the people who came out last were taken aside by the police, fined, warned, you name it... But after we got back in, we went to the Mexican cook-in (definitely not a cook-OUT), the tacos were great and the ice cream social that was scheduled for later was great too. Everyone ate and danced out in the hall, a good ending to a nice, noisy day. :) More funny that anything else, really.
And the best part? I´d missed dinner because of the dining hall´s weird hours but ended up with steak tacos, guacamole, salsa, and a fudge bar. Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, September 4th, 2003|
So this was quite the "legal" day. I went into my Legal Environment of Business Class and get back the paper I turned in last week and shudder as I saw it completely covered in scribbles of red ink, it was a hard assignment and I´d struggled with it having to analyze several cases and was very nervous about the outcome. Then the teacher surprised us by saying that every time he underlined or circled something it was a good thing since it meant we´d mentioned something he´d wanted us to point out. Sure enough, on the back page there was a big fat "Excellent +5" stamped on it. That made me feel really cool. For my next class, I had the same teacher and a similiar assignment, only harder (this second class is on a higher level than the first) so I was equally nervous. Again, a very red paper. This one, however, had a note on the margin saying I´d forgotten to point out a fact in the "facts" section, even though I´d mentioned it later. I thought that was it but no, the second page had a bunch of little drawn red stars and "Excellent memo! +5" in big letters. This thrilled me for two reasons, one, I analyzed the very complicated (for me) legal system of case recopilation of this country and succeeded and two, I´d no idea what the format of a "memo" was and yet, my teacher specifically told me it was excellent when I did it as God made me understand it. Super amazing.
To continue with the (legalese) festivities, my Criminal Courts class required me to be prosecutor for a day and do a reasoning exercise pertaining to acquaintance rape. Crude, but analyzing statutes from a bunch of states and going with the "gut feeling" the teacher advised us, I think I did well. I certainly hope so... Current Mood: accomplished
|Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003|
|You´ve got mail!
I went today to check my mail, not the electronic one, the REAL one, my really, really cool assigned P.O. Box (I´m sorry, I just completely love it). I´d been getting a lot of mail for the previous owner of it, Matthew Price so I requested some catalogs and stuff just to say I got SOME mail (Seems I´m entirely forsaken from the rest of the world) and saw that my couple of forays into ebay.com had blossomed as I had 5 LITTLE PACKAGES! 5 cute little Donald Ducks just for me. Of course, I´ll probably look back upon this and wish I´d gotten one package for 5 days but still, I´m treasuring the feeling. It´s been the biggest payback yet in my long-standing love affair with the postal service.
Everyone loves getting mail, don´t they? Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003|
|"Little Bunny Hoo-hoo ran into the forest..."
Today was a great morning, a great, great, totally Ivette Gutierrez uncharacteristic morning. Started when I was going to Wagoner Hall (just right across from my house) to have breakfast. I guess I should mention first that my house is in the middle of the forest, well, as I was preparing to get out of the forest and into the dining hall, I heard a rustling in one of the nearby pine trees. I turned to look and saw the cutest little squirrel. It was still on the tree trunk but almost at ground level just a few inches away from me!! It was so pretty and so cool, I´d never seen one that close. Well, it looked at me because, I found out later, it wanted a pinecone that was very close to me and I stood prefectly still hoping it´d come closer. It did!! It picked up the pinecone at my feet and carried it up into the tree. When I came back to the house from breakfast before I went to class, I looked up at the top branches and could see its bushy tail moving around. That felt really nice and kinda special because everyone was passing around, moving so fast and they never even stopped to see the surroundings...I felt special knowing what was going on up there, having observed it for awhile. I felt like sharing a secret with nature, sounds corny, I know but don´t laugh...it´s true. I loved it since we´re almost getting giraffes at school back home but a squirrel? Not even in Chipinque.
This event gave me some extra oomph during the day as I went into class, was called unto to solve a mini-legal problem and came out avanti. Cool, huh? Current Mood: mellow
|Monday, September 1st, 2003|
|Labor Day Sale
Well, they say the sales get somewhat good on the holidays, so taking advantage of the fact that there were no classes (yipee...though I only have one on Mondays), I did what normal red-blooded girls do and headed to the mall. I waited for no one since everyone was hungover and asleep at noon. I got my mother a backpack she wanted (in the color she wanted...great!), a pair of cute shoes, window-shopped an awful lot then had a Vanilla Creme Frappuccino from Starbucks to wash it all down.
It´s also my mothiversary today... Happy 1+5 to us. Kept it in mind all through the day as older men were beingn kind to me (and I mean clerks and taxi drivers, don´t you dare go thinking bad stuff).
All in all, a productive day, I´d say...I mean, for Labor Day (NO laboring) Current Mood: blah
|Friday, August 22nd, 2003|
|Tuesday, August 19th, 2003|
|Victims of bad english (no, not the 80's rock group)
Just wanted to share with you something that gave me (and some others) a really good laugh this morning. Here with the international people you can find English ranging from pretty good to mostly bad and that's no exception among the girls of my floor.
Now, whenever we're looking for someone or want to leave them a message, we write so in a dry-erase board we each have on our room doors. I met this girl from Ecuador who told me she was looking for one of the girls in our floor but couldn't find her so I suggested she leave her a message. A little while later I passed her door and it said
"Laura*, I really want you!! Come and get me. Love, Silvia*"
It's never nice to make fun of someone but the meaning was so much altered I just had to laugh :) And I never did find out if she ever found her or not...
* Names have been changed to protect the innocent Current Mood: happy
|Monday, August 18th, 2003|
Hi! Im finally here!! How has everyone been? Fine, I hope... This is the first chance Ive had to come check my email and just, you know, generally communicate with people. Its great here. The campus is lovely... I just today found out that this is where Dawsons Creek was filmed! I never saw the show but was actually excited by this piece of information. LOL, so Im not a fan but am glad to be able to say "well, I went to Dawsons school". No, its just beautiful, all woods and beach. Its enormous too, I had a tour of it today which took over an hour (and has my feet all sore). Ive got a UNCW shirt already (of course since Im now a Seahwak, I guess), Ill go to a steamboat cruise on the river on Thursday, to the beach on the weekend and Matchbox 20's coming September. Also, Ive met all these wondreful people, Ive even got friends already...people from Japan, Chile, Australia, Netherlands, Nepal, China, UK (still working on mimicking that accent), Spain, Norway...and everyone's pretty nice :) Its exciting and I wanted to share all that with you but also let you guys know that I miss you. Im not being like some of you and declaring myself a gringa but Im actually having fun... *Wilmington, NC hugs*
In case you wanna call me, the number's (910) 962 6486... Current Mood: excited