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Aug. 15th, 2014 @ 03:11 pm "So what WERE you doing?"
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Customers at work sometimes react with surprise when they find out I have a college degree, which I think is a little bit rude. The other day I had a customer who, quite unintentionally on my part, found out that I hadn't started working until almost a year after graduating, and said to me quite disdainfully, "So what WERE you doing?"

I was so stunned I could barely answer. I think I told her I had hip surgery. Now, I'm not going to lie. Sometimes I look at my friends on Facebook who are very successful, and feel a little embarassed. But they've had a whole year of being healthy to get ahead of me. And then I think that I really have nothing to be ashamed of. Because instead of working for a Fortune 500 company or going to OCS or grad school or the Peace Corps, I had surgery. Three times. I've gained six new scars, over twelve months of three different types of physical therapy, and three ER visits. I had to learn to walk again--twice. I mean, I literally had to re-train my muscles to move my leg so I could place my foot on a dot they provided for me, because during surgery, they paralyzed my leg so they could dislocate my hip and operate.

Guys, everyone has a story. I don't mean everyone has an excuse, or that everyone's story is quite as...well, frankly absurd as mine is. But let's try to keep a little bit of perspective, here. Life gets in the way sometimes. We can't all have smooth sailing and pleasantly challenging dilemmas all the time. Maybe consider that the next time you think someone isn't living up to their potential.

And don't be a dick to retail employees.
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Supernatural self help yoga crap
Jan. 7th, 2014 @ 10:14 pm 10pm Snack
Current Mood: fullfull
I made two eggs with spicy soy crumbles and jalepenos and cheese, and drank a yogurt smoothie. Food is wonderful. The next time someone looks at me in disbelief and says "You don't eat meat? So do you eat anything?" you should direct them to this post.
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Jan. 6th, 2014 @ 05:48 pm Things I'm a little obsessed with in the new year
1. yoga pants
2. sweaters
3. stir-fry
4. yogurt
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Dec. 31st, 2013 @ 01:09 pm Feminism in the fire department
Current Mood: busybusy
My girl Mariah went a little viral on tumblr earlier this week while blogging (tumblr-ing?) about feminism, and I wanted to share it here. The discussion than ensued was very thought-provoking.

I tend to avoid words like feminism because I think it carries a little bit of a negative connotation in certain situations, and I want people to hear what I (or others) have to say before they immediately write me off as some entitled third wave feminist whining about equality. So my two cents is this.

Let's be clear: feminism is not about diversity or equality. I don't want the military or the fire department or the police department or whoever else to lower their standards so they can be "more diverse." No. I want more women to say, "Ten pull-ups? Yeah, I can do that shit," then go to the gym and work at it, not back down because they've been told their whole lives that men have stronger upper bodies than women. I want people to understand that stereotypes are not your friend.

So really, it's a great post, and I think everyone should give it a read.
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Dec. 19th, 2013 @ 10:22 pm Cold Comfort
Current Mood: coldcold
Looking nice is hard in the winter. I can't stand being cold all the time. It's just so silly. Why be cold all day? All I want to do is bury myself in a sweatshirt, and it makes me feel like I'm fifteen again.
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congrats universe
Dec. 5th, 2013 @ 07:48 pm Women's College Basketball Rankings
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
1. UConn
2. Duke
3. Tennesse

It's gonna be a good season.

I love college basketball.
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Sep. 15th, 2013 @ 07:12 pm (no subject)

Marine infantryman's response to a "fuck the troops" comment.
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seal of approval
Sep. 6th, 2013 @ 09:17 pm Three months post-surgery
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Things I cannot do:
-walk more than a mile unassisted
-sit cross-legged
-ride my bike without help

Things I can do:
-make delicious, delicious spicy soup
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Jul. 3rd, 2013 @ 09:46 pm I'm spoken for
Current Mood: amusedamused
Got an email from the Air Force today. They're recruiting for a hospital admin position and somehow I got on the list. Hey Air Force, does your mom know you're talking to strange girls on the internet?
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May. 14th, 2013 @ 06:41 pm To-Done
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Tom and I tackled our to-do list today:

-we baked banana chocolate chip muffins
-we sent chocolates and the muffins to his mom and sister for Mother's Day and a birthday
-we put up our "hope" decoration over the stove
-we cleared the old furniture out of the kitchen
-we found an appropriate place for the new microwave
-we hung hooks in the bathroom for wet towels and running gear
-Tom customized his hook with paint markers. It's still sticky so I'm iffy about doing mine.
-we continued to ever so slowly unpack my boxes

Apartment 3 is starting to look a lot more like home.

And in five days I graduate from college, which is the ultimate check on any to-do list!
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