* End of the Semester

Posted on April 24th, 2011 by becca. Filed under feelings, general.

Ahhh, the same stress as every semester. I’m making decent progress on my papers– about halfway done with both of them. It’s nice that this is the last semester I have to do this before I have a Master’s degree though. Feeling stressed about getting the house ready for my mom’s visit too. I’m cleaning one room at a time…got my office and one bathroom done. Jer’s office is going to be the biggest project. He and his dad have been doing a lot of work on the back yard and it looks really nice.

Going to Easter at Jer’s sister’s house today. We got his nieces these little eggs with plants in them that they can grow.

Waiting to hear back on some job prospects.

I’m so excited to read for pleasure.


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* Ducks/Predators Game 2

Posted on April 16th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

Yesterday, Jer, his parents, and I went to game two in the Ducks/Predators series in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was fun!! We had a 4-1 lead going into the third, and by the end of it, it was 4-3. Thankfully, Ryan got an empty net goal in the last minute, so we could breathe a little. There were some bad calls and no-calls, and one quality call on the part of the refs– a goaltender interference one that waved off a Nashville goal AND gave them a two-minute penalty. The refs ignored what they could have called as a Ducks elbow, but it is the least they could do for the calls they missed against the Predators– including blatant tripping in the middle of open ice, and a bad call against us where we were retaliating for a non-call on holding.

Thankfully we still won 5-3. On the elevator on the way out, we went up to the press box and Scott Niedermayer got in! I have been carrying Sharpies in my purse since we saw Selanne in the elevator, so I pulled one out and asked for him to sign my jersey. Jer shook his hand and got a signature too! I felt kind of bad– like we were assaulting him for attention a little, and I realized that it probably felt even more intrusive to him because he’s Canadian, but Jer said he’s probably used to it and that he would be mobbed like that in Canada too.

Hopefully we can keep playing this well and have better refereeing for the rest of the series!


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* Small Scene, Lyle’s Fault

Posted on April 15th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

(Check this out if you don’t know the reference in the title)

In this post that I wrote almost exactly two years ago (April 13, 2009), I wrote about a bunch of my small world stories. One of them involved my friend Lyle, from North Carolina, who knew someone who knew someone I met in Prague. Well, he’s at it again, being everywhere. An awesome vegan market opened here a few months ago, Viva La Vegan. Soon after, I befriended one of the owners on Facebook and saw that Lyle is a mutual friend. Funny, considering the other story, but it’s not as weird…Lyle had spent some time living in CA. But then yesterday, I was giving a presentation in class and was planning to talk some about the straight edge scene, so my co-presenter brought me a book she has, Sober Living for the Revolution. I glanced at the table of contents, thought the chapter “My Edge is Anything But Straight: Towards a Radical Queer Critique of Intoxication Culture” sounded really interesting, flipped to that page, and saw this picture:

It’s Lyle and his old housemates. Haha, what the hell? I don’t know if Lyle is just everywhere or if the scene is just ridiculously small, or some combination of those.


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* Commencement Speaker!

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

I auditioned yesterday to be the student speaker at commencement. My boss urged me to apply, so I did, because I thought it would be kind of cool. The audition was pretty relaxed. There were three people watching, and I just did the speech I wrote and they asked me a couple questions. They told me I was the last candidate so they would probably make their decision by the next day. I think it was less than an hour later, though, that they e-mailed me to tell me I got it!

It’s exciting! I’m glad my mom gets to see me be the speaker. It’s also a little nerve-wracking though! I don’t want to get that nervous shaky voice, haha. I feel less nervous when I think about it as like…a play where I’m doing a monologue than as myself giving a speech, though, so that’s probably the way to go!


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* Old Family Photos

Posted on April 11th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

My grandma recently found an old film canister and her nephew found a place to develop it for her. Here are a couple of my favorites:

My great grandparents

My great grandparents

My dad (2nd from left) and his cousins

My dad (2nd from left) and his cousins


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* Weekend Post

Posted on April 10th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

Friday we went to the Ducks game and saw them beat the Kings 2-1, clinching a playoff spot!!!

Yesterday I went to an intro to spin class. I bought a 5 classes for $30 deal, but my coworker suggested going to an intro class before jumping in. They showed us how to set up our bikes and taught us the basic moves. We did a ten minute spin at the end. It was fun! I’m looking forward to going to my five classes. Jer and I met Stuart and Mari at Native Foods for dinner. I had the Oklahoma Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger. Mmmm. Then we all went to Diana and Justin’s Mad Men themed housewarming party. It was fun. I wore a pencil skirt, a short sleeved turtle neck, and some turquoise pumps. I tried to do my hair in a French twist-ish style, but it was pretty messy. Jer and I met Morgan and her boyfriend Jon at a Yogurtland and hung out for a few minutes before we went home so Jer could figure out fest registration stuff.

I woke up not feeling well today– I have a sore throat and runny nose, so we relaxed a lot of the day. We went grocery shopping and I filled out a job application. We had grilled cheese (made with Daiya pepperjack) and tomato soup for dinner. Now we’re relaxing some more and watching Family Guy. I hope I feel better tomorrow because I have a lot of homework to work on!


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* OUT for work or OUT for blood?

Posted on April 7th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general, politics.

I have the OUT for Work Career Fair written in my planner for Saturday, but I think I might skip it. I went to the event page on Facebook to see what time it starts and found this list of employers that will be present:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Boeing
  • Verizon
  • NASA
  • National Geospacial Intelligence Agency
  • American Eagle Airlines
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Western Asset
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • CIA
  • FMC Financial Group
  • US State Department

And then, “Special thanks to National Presenting Partner: Lockheed Martin.”

What?! So it’s still hard to be out IN the military, but don’t worry, you can still work for a defense contracting company. First there’s THAT irony. Then there’s the weird fact that a bunch of the people organizing the conference are the same people I would expect to see at an anti-war rally but are now encouraging people they know to use the skills and education they’ve received in college not to fight the war machine but to help it run. Most importantly though, American hegemony and homophobia are maintained by the same exact processes…fear of anything different, the notion that some bodies and desires are more important and more valid than others, and the idea that the answer to either of those feelings is violence. I understand that people need jobs right now, that they are hard to find for anybody, and that LGBTQ people face another challenge in securing them. I even think it’s good on the part of the companies that they are open to hiring out individuals. It is NOT acceptable, though, that LGBTQ organizations should be so open to, and unquestioning of, this support.


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* Cilantro Hummus and Other Good Food

Posted on April 4th, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

I mentioned the cilantro hummus I made in my last post, and I thought I would share the recipe:

  • one can of garbanzo beans with a little of the liquid left in it
  • 7T lemon juice
  • 2 big cloves and 2 little cloves of garlic
  • almost a T of salt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T tahini
  • handful of cilantro leaves!

Blend them all and enjoy! At the sangha meeting yesterday we ate it with carrots, but Jer and I had it on toast with artichoke hearts, red peppers, and red onions. I’m eating it right now in a tortilla, also with the peppers and onions.

We had a good food week this week. We also made (inauthentic) vegan pho, tacos, couscous with garlic/white wine/butter/lemon sauce, and bbq tofu sandwiches!


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* Zen and Not Zen

Posted on April 3rd, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

Jer and I went to LA to our friend Korina’s house for a sangha get together today. We hadn’t been to one in awhile, and it was nice to see everyone again. I made some cilantro hummus, like I made last week, to bring for the brunch. Everything everyone made and brought was delicious. I especially liked carob peanut butter cups. We did seated meditation for about 30 minutes and then got to go through some of Korina’s stuff that she is giving away because she’s moving. I claimed a tank top and a necklace with a squid.

We listened to the Ducks/Stars game on the way back and then watched some of it on tv when we got home. Ducks were down by one with 5 minutes left. We scored not one, but TWO goals that were waved off in REALLY iffy calls. It was pretty infuriating. The first was because of supposed goaltender interference, which you coooould say, but it was definitely a stretch. Koivu touched the goalie inadvertently, but it wasn’t at all what stopped him from saving the goal. The second one was because of a supposed hand pass. Again, it was hard to tell, but the previous call was so iffy, that they absolutely should have been lenient with that one, especially considering the time and score of the game and especially considering how important a game it was. Both times, Jer and I leaped to our feet, happy, and then were pretty pissed. We could have clinched a playoff spot with a regulation win, which it should have been, but the refs’ bad calls made it so we didn’t even get an overtime point.  The only thing that made me feel a little better was participating in all the #refyousuck shit talk on Twitter.


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* More Conferences and School Stuff

Posted on April 2nd, 2011 by becca. Filed under general.

Thursday evening I got to go to a dinner at the school’s president’s house as an opening to my program’s conference. It was nice. That mingling part before dinner was a little awkward as always, but it helped that I knew a bunch of people there. Before we ate, we heard from several woman college presidents, which was nice, but took longer than they were planning and everyone was hungry. Dinner was pretty good…I’m not sure if they knew I was supposed to get a vegetarian dish because the other vegetarian at my table had a green dot on her name card and got a stuffed portabello and I got a stuffed pepper. Still good though. My table was fun. The people sitting there were me, another student in my program, an alum, and two professors from the undergrad schools, and one from our school. The professor from our school is from Belgium and likes opera and metal, so it was funny talking to her about my research on the punk scene, because she kept trying to name bands to see if they were punk or not. She gave me her e-mail address so I could send her a list of bands, and I did.

Yesterday at the conference I saw a panel on women and the criminal justice system, which was interesting and powerful. Then I presented on my internship with The Doula Project as part of the Student Activism Panel. There are/were some panels today on masculinities and femininities that sound really interesting, but I went to a conference last Saturday and don’t really feel like going out to school for them. Plus I have homework and stuff to do.

Last night, Jer and I hung out at our friends Katie and Kile’s house. Sami, from my and Katie’s program was there for a little bit at the beginning, and then Key, from our Race and Masculinities class came later and hung out the rest of the night. We were there til almost four in the morning hanging out and having good conversations.


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