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So here it is, the last three years of my life, in 10 bullet points or less (and with little to no regard for chronological order, oops.):

  1. In the summer of 2005, I went to Australia (for a month) and Fiji (for a relaxing, blissful [read: drunken], snorkel-tastic week) with a program called ISV:  International Student Volunteers.  I went with David, Todd, and Jason and it was, for lack of better wording, fan-fucking-tastic.  I thought about it at least once a day for a year when I'd first gotten back and I still think/talk about it a ton.  We did volunteer work and the regular tourist-y stuff including, but not limited to:  Sydney sights, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, visiting an Aboriginal village, oohing and ahhing many a kangaroo, koala, emu and wallaby, drinking too many Vodka Squashes, renting cars and driving up to Cape Tribulation, white water rafting, and surfing.  Highlights:  the lighthouse in Port Fairy, Jason and the leech, Jason and I making fish for the group whilst we displayed not so sober behavior, names of stores and streets in Port Fairy (Sackville Street, Cox Road, Ginger Nuts), Fraser Island, driving a car on the right hand side of both the car AND the road, David nearly being tossed outta a club for being topless, all the while not knowing his T-shirt was hanging from one of the lights on the ceiling, the whole of the week in Fiji.   [as an aside:  While writing this, I stopped to toss in the DVD that I made about the trip.  *gets wistful*]
  2. I finished up my undergrad and credential in the four years and graduated May 2006.  At the ceremony, I got to stand up twice - once because I graduated with honors due to Smittcamp (There's a Wiki article!?!) and once because I somehow scraped by with a 4.0 GPA throughout all four years.  For not really being too excited about the ceremony itself, it turned out to be pretty alright.
  3. Due to my being a slacker who couldn't decide whether to stay in Fresno or move back to the Bay Area after graduation, I did not get a full time job the year after college.  Instead, I moved in with David and Todd into the Holland Estate (which is a fancy name we gave the 3 bedroom house I rent from my parents).  I was a substitute teacher, doing three long-term subs back to back, where, if nothing else, I got a lot of experience in a variety of situations.
  4. I absolutely loved living with David and Todd.  This deserves its own bullet point.  I still miss seeing them every day. 
  5. I got to do some minor traveling (minor in comparison to Australia) to Hawaii, San Diego/LA area, Lake Tahoe.  Good times.  Sharing in those good times were all the usual suspects:  David, Todd, Jason, Gina, Deanna, Ryan - and of course, the motley crew that is my family.
  6. I got a dog.  Her name's Izzie and she is the best dog in the world.  The process took about 3 months from when I first got the inkling that, "hey...I should get a dog" to actually going out and picking one.  We went to a few shelters and adoption places, never really finding a dog that just..clicked.  Until we went to a place that's a couple blocks from the house and that's where we found her.  I say "we" because I cannot take full any credit.  It was all David.  While I was admiring some dog with a lip snarl, who, was, admittedly pretty cute, I was all but ignoring the coolest dog in the place (Actually, to be fair, the coolest dog in the place was one that they'd named Pirate.  Pirate had lost an eye in some, I'm sure, harrowing experience and, the hour or two that we were at the shelter, never once stopped running in a single oval.  He'd carved out his own track around two trees and it was kinda precious.)  Finally David stopped me and just said, "Katie - this is the one." (or something to that effect)  And she so was.  Year and a half later and she's one of my favorite things on the planet.
  7. David and Todd both moved out and went to grad school to get their PhD's - David to Hawaii and Todd to San Diego.  Meanwhile, I stayed in Fresno.  Yes, I realize the disparity of our situations, too.  With them gone, I needed a new roommate.  Enter: Theresa.  Theresa's boyfriend worked in the same lab as David and she needed a place to live.  She called me on a Monday and we met on a Tuesday.  We decided to move in together and then found out that she worked at a school that I had an interview at on Thursday.  It all fell into place and we've been living together, carpooling, and working in adjacent classrooms since June of 2007.
  8. Which brings me to:  I got a job.  An actual, wanted-since-I-was-in-third-grade, full time teaching job.  I teach 4th grade in Sanger at a school that I love.  I love the kids, I love the staff, I love the community - it really is a pretty fantastic fit for me.  Aside from the fact that it requires me to live in Fresno/the Central Valley.  Major point of contention in my life at the moment, still.  But, until I come to a point of decision, I'll savor my time here with my SMARTBoard and other fun toys.  I just started my second year there and it's been pretty great thus far.
  9. I acquired a fair amount of hobbies [read: obsessions] in the last three years that are worthy of mentioning, if even they're just included in the list of things I'm prattling on about:  Harry Potter, Second Life (I know, I know.  I'm disappointed in myself, too.  And really, I blame it all on Jason), geology & plate tectonics, The Flight of the Conchords, putting pictures onto DVD, Firefly *sigh* Malcolm Reynolds *dreamy sigh*, The Lies of Locke Lamora (by Scott Lynch - read them NOW!), DVR, and hard ciders.
  10. This 10th point is more like an anti-point - You'll notice that there was a certain lack of boy stuff.  Yeah, I'm well aware of that, too.  Nothing worth mentioning and/or reliving, basically.  Meh. 
So there ya go.  The minutia, of course, kinda got swept under the rug - but, that's a good thing. Alright, I fail.  My fingers do hurt.  *sadface*

In some ways, the easy part's over and now the hard part begins.  Cause now...well, what am I supposed to fill this with?  I don't have delusions that I write extremely well and I'm not an egomaniac that really thinks her story needs to be told...I see this more as something for me - for posterity.  Maybe, in a stretch, this is a way for those that I don't talk to on a regular basis to keep up with my busy, oh so exciting life [ha!]  Anyhow - I'll see how it goes.  

♥ Katie  


Three Years Later...

So.  How does one sum up three years in a post that doesn't make one's fingers hurt?

I'll get back to you on that.  Until then, I *did* make my profile more relevant to the "three-years-later me."   That's a start at least, right?

Basically...I had forgotten about all this.  I used to really like doing this, whether it was here or over at the two (failed) attempts at a group blog with the gals.  So I think I'm going to give it another go.  Of course, the next post may very well be in another three years.  Meh.  Oh well.
I'm sitting in my Environmental Science class, horribly bored.
I've already exhausted all of the websites I usually check out when I'm bored, save for the USA Today Crossword, but I'm usually not good at them past Wednesday [as they get harder as the week progresses]. And so what I guess I'm saying is that this is my last resort.
I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing that I haven't updated in so long. If I look at things positively than it's like I'm out living my life as opposed to typing about it. So, I'll just be the glass-is-half-full girl.

I am easing into the semester as we speak, this being the end of the third week. I'm taking the fewest amoung of units I've ever taken since becoming a college student. I have three credential classes [Curriculum and Instruction/Educational Psychology, Cultural Foundations of Learning, and Teaching Reading/Social Studies to Grades 4-8]. And then there's this Environmental Science class. My best class is actually the Field Study that I'm doing at an elementary school here in Fresno. I go to a fifth grade class from noon to 3pm every Monday and Wednesday as a student teacher. So far I'm really liking it; even getting dressed up isn't that bad.

I have Fridays off, so I'm coming home. I'm driving home tonight actually. Mainly just to see my family and look for stuff at home [I still can't find my checkbook]. Jason Sposeto called me randomly this last Sunday and we might go out and see a movie tomorrow - Friday - night. We'll see. I also want to do the ubiquitous pie trip with Gina. And the dork in me reminds me that I get to play Sims while I'm at home [!!!].

The down payment has been paid on my trip to Australia AND Fiji. I decided to do the optional week in Fiji. When am I ever going to be in the South Pacific again? Of course, there's that silly issue of paying for this trip. I'm borrowing money from my parents, but I will eventually have to pay it off. How I'm not quite sure. There's always the option of whoring myself out. Or maybe selling narcotics. I can blame it on my father's retirement from the war on drugs.

So I'm visiting my family this weekend and then they are coming down to Fresno the weekend after. Jenny and the boys are also coming down, with the request that David is available to hang out with. For some reason, they really like David. Gee, I have no idea why.

I'm finding myself getting pissed off at people a lot lately. And for the most random reasons. I don't know if it's just me or if it's a combination of factors. And it's not the usual people who are getting my goat. It's new people that usually fly under the radar. Oh well, I'm sure it'll pass. And the next time I check this and update it, all of it will be far, far in the past.

Until then, have fun.


Weekend Getaway

So this weekend was fun, one of the best I've had in a good long while. The bad thing about a good weekend, is that inevitably, you have to come back to reality and go to classes and do work. So, now, I'm in denial, and instead of grading papers, I'm going to post about the aforementioned weekend.

Friday night [around 5ish], David, Todd, and I embarked upon our journey to Newport Beach, where Todd's brother, Andrew, lives. Two hours later, we stopped in traffic north of Bakersfield, going crazy as we sit in the car. We determine an alternate route, which leads us through Wasco, a small town that I will now only remember as having a KFC with horribly disgusting bathrooms. About an hour later, we're back on 99 going south towards LA. After a total of 6.5 hours, we finally made it to Newport Beach and Andrew's house. Let me talk about this house. It's actually three stories, with each floor being rented out by different people. Andrew and his five other frat boy roommates have the first floor. It's basically the frat house. Their backyard is literally the Pacific Ocean; the house is about six feet away from the beach. We got there and a party was ensuing. We were too tired and drained to take part, so we walked along the beach and the pier. We went back, hoping that people had begun to leave so that we could go to sleep, but much to our chagrin, nothing much had changed. It seemed like anytime someone left, more people came. So, eventually, we ended up all crashing in Andrew's room - Todd in the bed of Andrew's roommate [who was passed out on the couch], and David and I squished on the floor.

The next morning, we got up at a reasonable hour and made our way to find us some grub for breakfast. After some donuts, croissants, and muffins, we thought it was prime time to grab a spot on the beach - which, amazingly, was not at all crowded. This was probably the best experience I have ever had the Pacific Ocean. It was the cleanest beach, hardly any seaweed, tons of shells, great waves, not too cold water. It was spectacular. I got some cool pictures as David and Todd played Frisbee and attempted to surf [David ended up losing a fight with his surfboard and paid for it with a cut and bruised nose]. Then we ditched the camera and boards and went body surfing. Aside from the constant barrage of salt water in my eyes and mouth, it was really fun. Like I said, best Pacific Ocean experience, ever.

After we had all cleaned up, Andrew and his roommate, Kyle, joined us for lunch at TK Burgers, where I had perhaps the best cheeseburger I've had in the past five years [I really don't know how to gauge that.] Then Jason and Sierra, who had driven down Saturday, met us in Newport. We walked along the beach some more then packed up and headed to Pasadena for the Lunasa show at CalTech.

More driving, dinner, show [which I enjoyed far more than I thought I would], more driving and in-car shenanigans, off to Long Beach to stay at Sierra's godmother's house. Once there, I was dead tired. I had not realized how much sitting on your ass in a car all day takes out of a person. Plus, my throat was really sore from all the salt water. So, after some chit chat, we all went to bed. I woke up all congested and sick, which I still am. We had breakfast, got ready, sat around, and eventually decided to go see the beach before we headed home. The actual beach of Long Beach sucks. It was dirty and ghetto, especially compared to how awesome Newport was, so that was a disapointment. We got into our cars [1 - David, Todd, Katie & 2 - Jason & Sierra] and made our way back to Fresno, this time only taking four hours.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I am now refusing to admit that I actually have work to do. It was such a relaxing & fun weekend, I don't want to face the facts.

As for the future:
This weekend holds some good times [hopefully I'll feel better by then] and then more school & work. I believe that I will be coming home the weekend of November 5-7. I'm going to make it a relaxing, chill at home kinda weekend, without much planning involved, if I can. After that, Deanna and Ryan are coming to Fresno to go to the Fresno vs. Hawaii football game on November 12th. And then, we're going to try to go back to Newport at some point, if our schedules permit.

I finally finished all the midterms and projects. Now, I just have to finish grading papers. Of course, when I'm done with that, there will be a whole new set of projects and assignments to work on. It's a never-ending cycle really. One that I chose as a profession, fancy that.

Okay, I'm off to grade the hell outta those papers!

It's better than it sounds.

I'm in a good mood right now. Until today at about 4pm, I had been in a rut. I wasn't so much in a bad mood, more, I wasn't in a good mood. I promise, there's a distinction. Allow me to explain.

This week and the weekend before was really busy. I won't prattle on about what made them such [see Random-osity if you would like all the details], it was just busy. It's not that I was completely consumed by schoolwork and actual work, I was just consumed. Sometimes my social life here is just tiring. It's hard to carve out some time for yourself sometimes, and I think that really was wearing on everyone here. We had just spent too much time together and we were pissing each other off in ways that otherwise would have rolled off our respective backs. I was getting annoyed at things and people that usually make me completely happy. So, without really calling attention to it, we each backed away from each other, using homework as an excuse.

For whatever reason, it's a lot better now. That may change again this weekend when we go off to New Port and Long Beach, but until then I'm going to enjoy it. I really do love my friends in Fresno, but it's hard when you spend so much time with them. Sometimes, I miss thinking of myself as an individual person as opposed to a member of this posse. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade my situation in for anything. But sometimes, I want my alone time as I'm sure everyone else does, too.

Maybe it's also the fact that we've been watching porn on a regular basis. Regular just means about once a week, so don't get all worked up about it. And we don't watch porn for the intended reasons, let me assure you. It's more for fun, it's humorous and so ridiculous. I now have a video membership at a Fresno porn store. Yea, I'm just that cool.

I've become a little, I don't know, we'll call it obsessed, with crossword puzzles. I do at least two a day, the one in the Fresno Bee and the USA Today online one. I do them during my boring classes and while I should be doing homework. At least it's something intellectual that I'm wasting my time with, right?

As far as the academics go, I've checked out of this week. I'm done. I turned in what I needed to and now I'm ready for the weekend. Of course, I have a bunch of crap to do before next week, but, no matter. Also, I got into the Credential Program at Fresno State. This is both good and bad. I can start taking all the classes I need to graduate and get a credential within the next year and a half. However, they have not told me what classes I need to take [they just did a complete overhaul on the credential program, with brand new classes and systems]. So I have to wait. Also, this means that I start my initial student teaching in the Spring. I'm going to actually be in a classroom everyday from about 8am [!!!!] to about 10am. Which just adds to my scheduling difficulties.

Let me reiterate, I'm in a good mood. I really am.

Here We Go - For Real This Time.

I'm not going to be apologetic. I don't have any expectations to live up to. I'm just going to write as often as I can, for as long as I can. That is my promise.

To completely rip off Gina, here's a Cast o' Characters:

Katie = me
Gina = best friend from home [Hayward], known her since the first grade. SFSU student.
David = best friend at school [Fresno], my favorite person in the world.
Sierra = my roommate, who, though we are completely different personality-wise, is a good friend.
Todd = David's roommate and one of my close Fresno Friends.
Jason = awesome Fresno Friend.
Misty = the only girl in Fresno that I feel really close to.
Sara = Misty's roommate, good friend. We were born on the exact same day.
Johanna = close friend from home, known her since Kindergarten. She goes to UCSC.
Deanna = close friend from home, known her since Kindergarten. She goes to Univ. of Santa Clara.
Jake = he, along with Gina, prompted me to start this LJ. Friend from Hayward. He goes to UC Berkeley.

With that in mind, here's what has been on my mind recently.

This weekend, my family came on a visit to Fresno. Today is my Dad's birthday, and it has been tradition to drive down for the weekend. Friday night, we all went out to Black Angus for dinner. We = my parents, Ellie, aunt, uncle, cousins from Fresno, and David, Todd, Jason, & Misty. It was fun. Good food, great conversation. I have to admit, it's fun being the connection between a bunch of different people. Plus, I like having my family get to know my friends better.

After that, David, Todd, Misty and I decided it would be good fun to go to Suzie's - the local adult superstore - and rent porn. That's right. Porn. So now, I have a video account at a porn store. It wasn't even good porn. After a short while, it got really boring and repetitive.

Saturday, I determined it would be more advantageous for me to study and hang out with my friends instead of spending time with family. David, Todd, and I went to the plant sale on campus. David bought a plant that was, no lie, 4 feet by 4 feet. It didn't fit anywhere in the room, so he decided to give it to his mom as a gift. David and I then decided to study for the midterm that we had today. It's an Honors class that is taught by two professors, one a biologist and the other a sociologist. They gave us eleven study questions to base essays on. The actual midterm was to have 3-4 questions that we were then to choose 2 of to write on. What the crap is that? Having to be prepared for eleven questions when all it really comes down to is your knowledge of two topics. Not only that, but we were allowed to have all the notes and books we wanted. I don't understand why they didn't just give us the topics and have us write an out of class essay.

Anyway, after the studying and the plants, we decided to go to Albertson's to stock up on some beverages. David, Todd, Misty and I were all by ourselves, as everyone else was either at the football game or at home. So, we took advantage of the situation. We watched Nip/Tuck, ate pizza, drank some, and then...oh that's right...played strip poker. Never in a million years would I have expected THAT to happen. But it did and it was fun and I would do it again in a heart beat - especially now because we are more comfortable with each other. Yes, comfortable, we'll leave it at that, except to add that the joke is, at this rate, next time we drink, the four of us are going to have an orgy. I think it's a joke, anyway.

I'm in my three hour Economics class right now. I took AP Econ in high school, and passed the AP test. So, I don't pay much attention in this class, and I don't suffer from it.

I'm a busy girl, so this is the only time I've been able to post. I have class till 7 tonight. Tomorrow, I'm going to watch Scrubs - Zach Braff directed it. Wednesday is ANTM. And Thursday is ER. I'm sure there will also be time made for Nip/Tuck. And there's always school too [22 units is nothing to scoff at, thank you very much.]

Okay, this was a substantial post; I feel accomplished.

Love, KT

Okay. You guys win.

I did it. I can't believe it, but I did. I succumbed to the pressure. I had no intention to, but then I came across some free time in my schedule and I just decided, “oh what the hell.” I really have no idea when or what I will post here, as opposed to Random-Osity. But we’ll see how it goes. Maybe, I’ll pour out my deepest thoughts. Or maybe I’ll neglect it and delete it in a month. It’s a toss up, really. Until we know for sure, read my profile, it’s relatively good if I do say so myself.

Until my next block of free time, KT