three oh clock

thoughts and wisdom I have gained thus far this week:

six hours of sleep over the course of two days isn't enough.
it is possible, but not preferable, to write three papers in two days.
seriously considering skipping all my classes and sleeping in the war memorial room all day.

hope you aren't procrastinating everything in your life!



This is why I love advertising.
I know the people who created this brilliant idea.
They are masters. And I look up to them.

It's called the Tap Duel.
You challenge your friends to see who is more willing to pay up.
And you help thirsty children along the way.

And you can beat your friends, and even throw down a little good-hearted charitable trash talk if you want.
The best part is the children always win. {Even if you lose.}* Because it's about them anyway, right?

To find out more about the UNICEF Tap Project, go here.

*But you're not really a loser because you're still donating.


Call it what you want

To this kid-

When I realize who you are, I will have tamed this.
(You could be #5 on this list. (which could even start at #13).)
But before I realize that, I'm sure we will be this.

I hope that this is as important to you as it is to me.
And that you are proud of this.
And that you have these and these, just like I do.
And that, every so often, you get a jolt of these and these.

You don't have to love this as much as I do, but you can't hate it either.
You should probably know that I love this. A lot. But not more than you.

And even if we don't have much of this, we will still have this.
Because I like this better, anyway.

We will go on lots of these. And make lots of these.
We will build one of these and one of these together. And have a little this.

But, most of all, we will never fall out of this. And when things go wrong, remember that I'm still this. But that you will always be one of these in my life.

Until this finally clicks,

I'm just one of these, trying to find my way to you.


let's talk about this thing called chemistry...

Dear "class that shall not be named" TA boy,
I think you are adorable, and have probably never been more attracted to anyone so...science-y.

But you seem fun.
Let's be friends.*

Just "Like**" for now,
an advertising major who is all for that "opposites attract" thing.

ps: and if you're wondering, I'll be the one with the red binder, second table from the back, too nervous to start up a conversation.

*Maybe you should learn my name first.***

**sort of...

***It's Laura, by the way.


The quirky kind of romance that is just real

The Quiet World

-Jeffrey McDaniel*

In an effort to get people to look
into each other's eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn't respond,
I know she's used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.

Love to be:
I'd save my words for you.

Those three words that I hope won't sound cliche,

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*(poet recommendation from the fabulous Meg Fee). I love Jeffrey McDaniel's book, The Forgiveness Parade. His words are just so honest and real. They speak to me. Meg has posted several of his poems and he's never failed me. In case you're curious, and like poetry, this is how I feel about high school. and also life, sometimes.



Sometimes I have to remind myself that my best is enough. That I'm enough.

And that as long as I keep trying to make my best better, everything will work out.

I'm trying and I'm growing. And I feel at peace with that.

"peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."
-unknown (seen on one of my favorite cards)

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