I am sitting at work at 8:13 am, completely bored.  Thankfully, I haven’t quite hit the exhausted hyper stage yet. . . never fear, it will happen.  I saw The Proposal last night at midnight.  Amazing movie; I highly recommend it.  But anyway, while facebooking this utterly rainy morning, I read my friend Andrew’s note and decided to copy it and answer it for myself.

-Go to urbandictionary.com and type in your answers to the following questions.
–Post the first definition it gives you.

1.) Your name: Rachel
A smart, sassy and sexy young woman who knows things from fashion to film to literature, from Manolo Blahniks to Mahatma Gandhi.

She impressed everybody in the meeting. She’s such a Rachel.
2.) Your age: 21
The age at which one is finally considered human.
3.) One of your friends: Andrew
Ultra cool. Usually hot or at least sort of cute. Awesome sense of style, music, and humor. Sexy, awesome kisser.
Man, is Andrew cool. I wish I was him…
4.) What should you be doing?: Working
A term to describe the tedious and boring indentured servitude that most people are forced to endure to get money. Generally, not a pleasant experience.
“No, I can’t come to the party tonight. I’m working late.”

5.) Favorite color: Green
A pop culture term to generalize all of the environmentally beneficial and sustainable means of mitigating the impact of human industrial development and the damage of previous degradation of the environment.

“Green” is also used to describe anyone or anything supporting, advocating, or in activism for the outlined principles.

That “green” and “environmentally friendly” are interchangeable in adjective placement, both words mean the same thing. Thus something can not be green without being environmentally friendly.

Solar, wind, and hydroelectric power are considered to be green energy technologies.
Al Gore is considered to be a green advocate.

6.) Birth Place: Michigan
1. The state where you can have 70 degrees and sun one day and a snowstorm the next.

2. A state where you can’t keep a job because everything’s either downsizing or moving to mexico.

Michigan… I’m unemployed and cold… wheeeee!!

7.) Month of Your Birth: October
The awesomest month of the year!

Oh, it’s October! Super-rad, give me an octopus. 😀
8.) Last person you talked to besides family: John
One of the most amazing guys you will ever meet. Very sweet. Has intendency of being really quiet and anti-social but is surrounded by friends all the time. People get attracted to his unique personality. Confuses you most of the time. He might flirt with you once, but you never know if that will happen again. A ladies-man. Veryy moody. He can change his mind in a second. Very independent too. Lovely in general.

Laura: “So you fancy the new guy, John?”
Sarah: “I don’t know! He flirted with me once but that never happened again, so confused!”

 9.) One of your nicknames: Rae
“RAE” is a word describing a girl who is most likely a tomboy or the girl next door. A Rae has more guy friends than girl friends. Rae is equal to the name Gwen, like Gwen Stefani in her No Doubt days. A Rae is often dressed in tomboy clothes, involving both indie, retro, and vintage looks.

“Man, look at that Rae.”
“Yah, just like a Gwen.”
“Yes, like a Gwen Stefani in her No Doubt era.”

10). Type of car you drive: (Honda  Insight)
A small (2-seat), fuel efficient (60-100 MPG) gasoline-electric or HYBRID car; the first of its type on the market.

He drives a Honda Insight because he is an environmentalist.


It is raining today.

I like rain.  It fascinates me.  Have you ever thought of how many different kinds of rain there are?   And the words used to describe them?

Raining – the generic word for non-snow precipitation.

Snaining – a word used to describe that not-quite-rain-but-not quite-snow-either mix.

Sleeting – rain that freezes in the air and pelts you.

Freezing rain – rain that freezes on contact with anything.  Coldness.

Hailing – little balls, or sometimes big balls, of ice falling from the sky.

Spitting – that annoying it-isn’t-really-raining, -but-a-few-drops-are-falling-on-my-head precipitation.  You really don’t get wet, but you don’t stay dry either.

Pouring – steady, drenching rain.

Sheets of rain – steady, drenching rain that the wind blows in sheets that are like curtains of rain billowing.

Raining cats and dogs – downpour that drenches you and chills you to the bone.

Can you think of any that I forgot?


I am hurt.

Hurt because a dear friend has to relearn to read me and remember who I am.  Because he decided to ignore and forget all that he knew about me.


Why would someone who claims to truly love me do that?

I just don’t understand.  It would be slightly easier if he never really knew me or understood me at all.  Instead I have to struggle with the knowledge that for some reason, he decided I wasn’t worth knowing for a time.

And that hurts.


But I still love him.  I am his friend; he is mine.  And I am guilty of not remembering who he is either – of wanting him to be someone else.  But instead of focusing on the hurt now that we have both realized this, we should just get to know each other and enjoy our friendship.

Sometimes you just have to be there. . .

A couple of my friends have been avidly quoting Monty  Python and the Holy Grail all week.  And until last night, I had not seen it but was still amused and entertained by their accents and quotes.  Actually, it was downright hilarious at times.  So we decided to watch the movie last night so that I could finally understand.  Maybe I had just hyped it up too much in my mind becuase of their spectacular quoting, but I found the movie to be entirely disappointing and not nearly as funny as my friends.  I think that the humor in the movie is just one of those things that you just have to experience in person to really enjoy.  At least for me. . . however, I am glad that I did finally see the movie.

Also, you cannot truly understand how torturous movies based on dense, philosophical novels can be unless you just watch them.  Trust me; watching those movies could be used as a form of punishment.  My friend Crystal and I have decided to read a list of books in an effort to prepare for the GRE Subject Test in English Literature, which all applicants for grad school in English must take.  However, some of these books are so dense and philosophical.  And unfortunately, the movies are just not that much better.  At least the movies are only a few hours of torture rather than the more than 20 hours of torture that it would take me to read each novel. . .

Washington, D.C.

I am going to Washington, D.C.

Let me repeat that.  I am going to Washington, D.C.

Why the big deal?  I am going to How It Ends lobby days for Invisible Children.  I am going to be a political activist.

UmmmWOW.  At least for me.  My good friends John and Andrew (and I, of course) decided to go to How It Ends on Sunday night.  So we signed up.  Now we are going.  It is huge for all of us.  For the first time, we are putting our ideas into action.  We are doing something about what we say we care about and are passionate about.  It is scary.  I have never made a habit of acting on my dreams and passions.  I have never really pursued anything to the point of action.

What am I doing today to pursue my dreams and passions?  What steps am I taking?  These questions have really challenged me recently.  I have really actually begun to realize how scary it can be to pursue dreams.  What if I fail?  What if I can’t do what I want to do?  What I try to do?  What if I am supposed to pursue something else?  What if this?  What if that?  What if anything else?  What if???

As scary as pursuing my dreams and passions can be, it is worth facing my fears and doubts.  Why?  Because when I don’t, I feel very apathetic and worthless.  Because when I do, I am fully alive and passionate.  I am no longer just sitting around waiting for life to come find me.  Waiting for graduation when I will face the “real world”.  I am no longer passive.  I am no longer complacent.  I am alive.  I am putting my thoughts and dreams into action.  I am showing that I care.  I can change the world.  Because as my favourite quote states, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Ghandi).  If everyone waits for someone else to start, nothing will ever change.

So that is my challenge to you.  What are you doing now to pursue your dreams and passions?