Boston Bars with Kara Tuesday, May 30 2006 

Music: Nick Lachey “What’s Left Of Me” (heh)

So last night, on a whim, I ended up driving to Kara’s house in Jamaica Plain and we ended up beginning what we’ve planned as a quest to experience many, many, many bars in Boston. We went to Whiskey’s, on Boylston St., and there was a good crowd there. Lots of toasts to the beginning of summer.

As for the guys we met:

1) Group of guys from Hobart and Wheaton, whom we guessed earlier couldn’t possibly be 21. But a few had graduated, so we toasted our graduations. The guys were really nice, but they were with girls who gave us evil looks for stealing away their men.

2) When Kara was in the bathroom, the guy on the other side of me gave me his best pickup line: “Can’t I say hello?” Um, all right, buddy. Weird guy. But someone to talk to.

3) Paul the SAILOR from Portsmouth! (Not in uniform. Believe me, had he been in uniform, there would be pictures.) Really nice guy.

4) Guy who goes to Boston Conservatory! We chatted about that, since I was there for piano for a few years, but he was in the acting department and didn’t know any of the people I knew.

Basically, Kara has decided that she needs to find a new group of guys. I’ve decided that taking a break wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, especially until I get my own place. So, via a 12-step program still in the works, I will be passing on my knowledge of how to get guys in bars to Kara. Heh. It’s surely going to lead to more interesting nights.

I’m really glad that we got to hang out already. I’m scared about losing touch with my Fairfield friends, especially since so many of us will be scattered in different directions. But Kara lives nearby — about 35 minutes or so — so it’s a relief that she’s so close. For the others, I’m glad that I’ll likely be seeing a bunch of glee clubbers at concerts, but that’s all I can guarantee. It’s tough, and it hurts that there are so many of my friends that I’ll only see once in a blue moon, if at all. But all is not lost.

Sarah’s Senior Prom Tuesday, May 30 2006 

My lil big sis just had her senior prom! Here are some of the pictures.

Sars and her date Corey — they went as just friends.

The group. In my opinion, the best-dressed couple are Kelly and her date, the ones on the left — they were funky and outlandish, and I loved their outfits.

The girls — well, some of them. Inda, the one on the right, calls my dad “Dickie No-Brows” because she thinks he used to be in the Mob. And because he has no eyebrows.

I had to get a picture with her. I suggested she be the mad scientist and I can be her insane assistant. I like it.

Graduation Day! Monday, May 29 2006 

Here are pictures from graduation!

A nice group shot — Sean, Kara (Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa), Jaime (Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta), Kelly (Alpha Sigma Nu, Omicron Delta Kappa), me (Sigma Tau Delta), and EJ, my roommate from sophomore year who decided to commute! It was great to get all of us together.

*Alpha Sigma Nu — Jesuit Honor Society
*Phi Beta Kappa — Smart People
*Sigma Tau Delta — English Honor Society
*Omicron Delta Kappa — Leadership Honor Society

Me and Amy on why English majors are superior to everyone else — Sigma Tau Delta, y’all!

Everyone in class was really tired or hungover or both. Personally, I slept four hours the night before after spending the last night crying into my drinks at Southport with Kara (Ryan), her sister Katie, and a bunch of guys.

Kelly and me: Just Graduated!

I had to pose with the statue of St. Ignatius.

The procession onto the lawn was very long, and an announcer kept saying details about the school as we filed in. I hate to say it, but I didn’t really listen to the speeches — although I did pay attention when Beth was talking about deciding to go to Florence against her parents’ wishes. (I was actually in Florence the same semester as her.) I was sitting next to Nick McCarthy and we had fun going through the program and pointing out people’s weird middle names. Heh.

Dean Snyder really enunciated my name, as well as all the other Mc’s.

As for Sean, he shook Father von Arx’s hand and said, “Good game,” then gave him a little pat on the butt! LOLOL. He’d been planning that for a long time — and Father von Arx LOVED it.

And we sang in glee club for the final time EVER. I tried not to think about it — at first I was just concentrating on getting up and down at the right times without incident. But then we sang the Prayer of St. Ignatius, and I was near tears, and then we sang the alma mater for the millionth time, but my lip was shaking violently by the end of it from holding back from crying. A few tears got out.

And now I’m a college grad. It’s kind of thrilling. Exciting. And now I’m actually looking forward to getting a job! How about that?

Baccalaureate Mass Monday, May 29 2006 

Every year, the Chamber Singers and the seniors in Glee Club sing at the Baccalaureate Mass. It hasn’t always gone according to plan, as Kara Ryan and I can attest. (It WAS chronicled in my diary-x before it got destroyed.)

Senior Sopranos: Kelly, me, Kara, Kate and Kara.

Fun but blurry group shot: Dwight, Kara, me, Kelly and Sean. I’m so short!

Glee Club, Class of OH SIX! Front row: Kate, Kelly, me, Lauren, Kara, Vanessa, Dana, Dwight. Back row: Kara, Deena, Chris, Sean, ?? (John?) and Brian.

Senior Semi Monday, May 29 2006 

FINALLY, my computer is set up and I can blog the rest of my Senior Week pictures!

First, the Semi at Foxwoods.

I absolutely love this picture. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is (especially since I have about 300 pictures of me with Dominello and Erin from that night), but I really, really love this. And I like how well we all coordinate with the black and silver.

Kara and me, looking glamorous as we went all out in our ball gowns.

Cotton-eye Joe!

Our table — me, Shannon, Sean, Jim, Victoria, Kelly and Amy (Jay was taking the picture). Really great people.

Meet me at FOXWOODS, the “surprise location” for the event!

Amy and Jay, new Connecticutians. Her dress was GORGEOUS.

Kelly enjoys her delectable chocolate cake.

I try to talk Erin into eating some babies.

Afterward, we headed back to 124.

Overall, it was a really fun night. There were aspects of it that needed to be planned better (who in their right mind thought that we’d be able to get to Foxwoods in only an hour on a Friday afternoon?!), but it was nice that they extended it to make up for lost time. Food was good, music was good, good dancing, etc. It was pretty expensive, but it’s SENIOR WEEK! Bar lines were ridiculously long. To be honest, the dance was probably the most underwhelming event of the week. But that’s when you’re comparing it to the picnic.

And Also…. Friday, May 26 2006 

And I miss Fairfield SO much. I keep feeling in the back of my mind that I’m going to return in a few months, that I’m going to keep living there — but it’s over.

I haven’t cried for a while, though. Not since I left. Kelly and I quickly hugged, saying that we were done with crying, but as soon as I got to my car, I started sobbing into my hands. I can’t believe it’s done.

I love my Fairfielders so much. You all mean SO much to me, and you always will. Please know that. Sopranos ’06 — WE ARE PLANNING THAT GIRLY SUPERBOWL WEEKEND!!

One last thing:

One of our movers is a trained opera singer (HE SANG VERDI!!!), and he gave me the best quote: “The best tenors have no brains, because we need the extra space to hit those high notes!” 🙂

I’m not dead Friday, May 26 2006 

Hehehe. It’s been crazy.

My mom is moving to her new house now, and I’m taking a break. It’s a HUGE house. I even have a room, and she’s giving me her old queen-sized bed, which is AWESOME, but is kind of pointless because I don’t really plan on living there….I’m a college grad, after all….

Sars’ prom was last night. I’ve got pics from that, too. She’s at Hampton Beach with her friends today.

Not much to say, only I absolutely LOVE TiVo! We recently got it for the computer at my dad’s, and I’m taping a bunch of Food Network shows on it. It’s quite amazing.

And HOW AWESOME was House this week? Sars and I went over to the Golinis to watch with Beth and Amelia, and we could barely watch it at times, but it was SO GRUESOME. When that guy’s balls exploded….wow. That’s great TV.

Sars and I are having a DOUBLE PIRATE GRADUATION PARTY. It’s on Sunday, June 4, at 3:30 at my dad’s house. Barbecue, beer and pool. Call me for the details.

Now, over to my mom’s new house to unpack….I will be very glad when all this packing, unpacking and moving will be OVER!!

COLLEGE GRAD Sunday, May 21 2006 

I did it.

It was good.

Now I’m going to take a nap and cry my eyes out before heading up to the Senior Farewell at the Levee.

I also was pleased to see my final grades — A in Comedy, A in my Dogwood independent study, A in my fiction writing independent study, A in Chambers, and B- in biology. Eh, can’t win em all. I finished with a 3.54 GPA. Cum laude — I’m happy. And my diploma is entirely in Latin.

Pics from the rest of senior week to be posted later.

GRADUATION DAY Sunday, May 21 2006 

Oh my God, I have to graduate in a few hours!!

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!

College is AMAZING!! Seriously, if you have any time left in college, CHERISH IT. Every moment. Even the bad ones. Also, I’m insanely jealous of you.

Fairfield University — the greatest college on the planet.

Poor Britney. Friday, May 19 2006 

Yeah, she drove with her baby on her lap.

And then he fell out of his high chair and fractured his skull, and she didn’t take him to the hospital until she started noticing problems with his sleeping.

And then she drove him in a convertible with no protection from the sun, with him improperly harnassed in the backseat.

And then, a few days ago, she tripped and nearly fell whil pregnant, with the baby in one hand and a drink in the other, and was only caught by her bodyguard.

You can say what you want about her, but don’t tell me that this, taken right after the latest incident, is one of the saddest pictures you’ve ever seen.

And Senior Week begins! Wednesday, May 17 2006 

Music: Beastie Boys “Intergalactic”

Senior week started off with the Jesuit Social (aka cocktails with the priests) and Pub Night a few hours later. What a great time. I’ve realized that posting little pictures alongside a story, which is what I usually do, isn’t necessarily the best thing! Here are my favorite five pictures (since that’s all Blogger will let you post.)

Me, Kara and Caitie at Pub Night. I like this picture a lot. Soprano 2s — we’re never wrong!

I’d also like to give a shout out to Katie Hart, who gave me two drink tickets when I paid for one. But they were stuck together, so I’m sure she didn’t notice it. I didn’t even notice it! (Heh. Don’t fire her, please.)

Me and Jacquie (another Soprano 2!) at the Social. I like this because it looks like I’m feeling her up, but I’m actually holding a clear glass of wine.

Okay, I’m now realizing that this post is either very glee-centric, or I have no other friends. Heh. But here are several of the key players in the FU Glee Club Class of 2006 — John, me, Sean, Kara and Kelly.
A friend of mine, whose name shall not be mentioned to keep him out of trouble, snuck into the event and drew his rendition of the Levee stamp. It’s pretty good.

Kelly and Sean, looking like they just popped out of a 50s sitcom about friendship. Beyond adorable.

Both events were a LOT of fun! I really liked the band at Pub Night — the event had a Caribbean theme, so this was a Jamaican band that covered Top 40 hits. And it was great to hang out with all my fellow seniors, although there is one that isn’t here and that I’m missing a lot. My original co-gleek.

And secrets were shared. Good ones. And, all in all, it was quite the night. And Kelly fell asleep in front of The Daily Show when I got back.  😉

Surely there will be more posts in the future. Tomorrow’s the picnic at Holiday Hill.

World Cup! Friday, May 12 2006 

Here’s a billboard on the Oberhausen promoting the World Cup. The best part is definitely the guy suspended between the fifth set of butt cheeks. Love it!

Fin Friday, May 12 2006 

I just finished my final paper of college. I am officially DONE. Now it’s time for the fun stuff.

Celebrating Julia’s last night in America….
ALL of Senior Week….
Singing with Glee Club at graduation!

Also, here are a few odds and ends:

–Chris going home on American Idol — I figured it would happen, especially because DialIdol predicted it, but it’s still a shock. But it’s great to know he was asked to be Fuel’s new lead singer. He’ll be singing much better music than American Idol could provide him with.

–I love lots of words….in French, I think my favorites are chirugien (surgeon) and parapluie (umbrella).

–I’ve been getting into baby-sitters club communities online….they are AWESOME! It’s so nice to find people who are my age but were obsessed back in the day!

–I think I’m going to volunteer for the One campaign when I get home. They have monthly meetings in the Boston chapter.

–Sars still wants to go to France with her friends, but they haven’t really done much. This is their last week of school, too, so they’re pretty occupied. And their plan is still the same: Meeting the Frenchies in London, then heading over to Paris, then spending some time staying with them in Rouen (which would be CHEAP).

–Personally, I found a trip to Guatemala that I’d really like to take, and if Sars’ plan falls through, I would have no qualms about going by myself. I can probably do two weeks for just under $2000. I would REALLY like to hike the Inca Trail, especially since it might be closed to tourists soon, but I would have to buy a lot of equipment for that, and it would be more expensive, too.

–That kid who is a triple amputee who had stories about him in People and Cosmo had a walk-on role in My Name Is Earl tonight. It was good. That kid is so amazingly optimistic.

–There’s a sign on the laundry room at the apartments that reads “Found Jewerly.” Seriously. And if that wasn’t enough, there was a phone number underneath that I vaguely recognize….I’m not sure, but it’s an extremely familiar number….Let’s just say that I’m not surprised in the least.

–Okay, that’s it. Time to make a lemon drop martini to celebrate.

Just because…. Wednesday, May 10 2006 

I haven’t been posting about American Idol since the beginning of the season, but after tonight’s Elvis performances, I’m going to add a few things.

My dear, sweet Elliott! WHAT A VOICE! I loved him ever since he performed “If You Really Love Me” in the first round of the top 24 and Simon told him he was potentially the best male vocalist ever on the show. And he’s such an underdog — he keeps ending up at the bottom, but his fans are FIERCE and dedicated to keeping him on the show! And now he’s in the top 4. Amazing.

Rankings
1) Taylor — In the Ghetto
2) Elliott — Trouble
3) Elliott — If I Can Dream
4) Chris — Suspicious Minds
5) Taylor — Jailhouse Rock
6) Katharine — Hound Dog/All Shook Up
7) Chris — A Little Less Conversation
8) Katharine — I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

I would guess Katharine and Chris to be the bottom two, actually, if not Elliott. Either could go home — Katharine deserves it, but Chris would be a nice shock. I’m guessing Taylor to win the whole thing, according to DialIdol, but it would be so nice if Elliott just gets one more week!

Final Eye Monday, May 8 2006 

Quick note as I try to write the final paper of my undergraduate career.

I’m a doodler. Since middle school, I’ve always drawn in the margins — when I was younger, it was mostly faces, but it gradually progressed to just eyes. Perfect, feminine eyes shaped like teardrops with a flourish of lashes at the end. I always did them the same way.

And I haven’t stopped. In fact, there’s an eye on the Beirut table at 87, and I realized that I must have drawn it a few weeks later or so, since I don’t remember doing it — but that’s one of my eyes!

Yeah, so now, I’m looking through my notes on comedy. During my final class, I haphazardly drew an eye, and it anchors the top of the page. I didn’t have many classes this semester, so I didn’t take notes often, and the only other real class I had was so note-filled that I never stopped writing long enough to draw.

Looking at it now, I realize that this is THE LAST EYE.

Forget the last Spam Jam, the last Pops concert, the last exam, the last time I walk into a classroom and sit down. Seeing the last eye fills me with such a sad feeling, I can feel it underneath my skull.

This is it.

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