marenzi: (Coffee & Biscotti)
I've been freaking out all week because the bakery called me back to tell me that despite the fact they had guaranteed me a job for this summer, my internship last year worked out so well that they're starting a program with the local culinary school. Which means they no longer need an engineering student. Shit.

But I just had an interview this morning which could not have possibly gone any better - they ended it by saying that I interview very well, they couldn't believe I didn't have an internship yet, and they were going to do everything they can to find me a position in the next week. Which yes, very much what I wanted. :D And of course an engineering internship looks much better (honestly, I'd almost given up on one, since I keep getting to the final round of interviews and getting shut out by juniors). So fingers crossed for that!

Or, you know, if absolutely nothing else works out, I can always just live at the Delta Sig house all summer with awesome people I love and get a waitressing job. I hate not knowing what's going to happen, but it'll be okay.


May. 7th, 2010 05:52 pm
marenzi: (Shots shots shots shots shots EVERYBODY)
Dear North Americans,

This week is Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks, so all frappucinos are half-price from 3-5pm to celebrate their new customization. This has exponentially improved my day/week/life.

Sincerely, Kate
Dear Everyone in the World,

A shot of Kahlua in an espresso-infused mocha frappucino is one of the best foodgasms ever. It's like the greatest granita in creation. Mmmmmm.

Love, Kate

On that note, it's the weekend. THANK YOU, UNIVERSE. Let's go.


Apr. 30th, 2010 07:00 pm
marenzi: (Shots shots shots shots shots EVERYBODY)
Just watched this week's episode of Glee and god, they were just punching us as hard as they could, weren't they? That episode was so hard to watch.

I just typed up a full essay about my life, which I'm really not ready to share so it's currently private. But it's there. It's really about my food issues and this girl here at college who is saving me. I really don't know if she'll ever understand how much she's changing my life. I just can't imagine where I'd be without her. She's my Quinn.

So I'm going to go meal exchange for a smoothie. And quite possibly make it a fun smoothie if Quinn's around to start the night off right. ♥
marenzi: (Coffee & Biscotti)
Last week of DOOM was almost entirely made up for by one of the best weekends I've ever had. There were crazy parties and coffee dates and lots of really good memories. I love so many people here; I can't even imagine not living with these people over the summer. When I think back to how unhappy I was in high school versus how much I love my life now - yeah, it'll be rough. ♥

And oh god I had what I think was raspberry chamboise in pretty much the holy grail of liquor bottles - seriously, a sphere crossed with gold bands and a crystal cross stopper. It is pretty much like the most succulent, mouth-water raspberry truffle you could possibly imagine in a shot glass. But Google is being useless and so I suspect I've got the name wrong. Any help?

And finally, regarding last week's SPN episode, [ profile] missyjack posted some meta regarding Supernatural's portrayal of religion that I really agree with. Obviously spoilery, but definitely a different take than what I've seen from a lot of fans, so I recommend reading.
marenzi: (Writer's Block)
My dad, who's a programmer, sent me this article about how, despite the fact that the number of women in engineering & sciences is very slowly rising, the percentage of women in the IT field has been dropping steadily for years. He noted that when he started out thirtysome years ago, it seemed like half of the programmers were women; now there are only a few in his office.

The article notes that "women we talked to cited a lack of encouragement as opposed to active discouragement," which I think describes it perfectly. No one told me, "Oh, you can't be an engineer, you're a girl." They said things like, "Oh really, engineering? But that's so much math & science! I think you'd be much happier at a liberal arts school." Of course, none of my male cousins - all of whom are engineers - were encouraged to go study English.

And yeah, there are incredible perks to being at an 80% male school, but it really fosters underhanded misogyny. Last quarter, my programming professor called my friend & I - the only two girls in the class - into his office to tell us how proud he was of us for doing so well, "since this computer stuff's usually really difficult for girls to understand." Like, I know that somewhere in his brain that might have seemed like a compliment, but really? How do you expect us to push ourselves to do well when you don't expect us to do well? It depresses the fuck out of me that he has two little girls. I feel so sorry for them.

Frustration. Ah well. This week was hell - four exams, all on Thursday & Friday, so I shut myself in my room and ignored everything but schoolwork. Had a doctor's appointment right after my last exam, so now I get to spend a week waiting for my bloodwork results to come back. But then I went out last night to our South of the Border party which was just a jumble of upside-down margarita shots, sweaty crazy dancing to a really awesome live band, & a three-story beer bong. Woke up, worked out, went out for an all-day coffee date with my best friend-slash-wife, got all of my homework done, and am about to go out for dinner before the Delta Sig party tonight. So, you know, it's ending nicely. :)


Apr. 16th, 2010 03:52 pm
marenzi: ([SPN] Impala Sex)
marenzi: ([SPN] Lock & Load)

You know what is an EXCELLENT movie? Hallmark's made-for-TV Snow White: The Fairest of Them All. It is wonderfully gory and the acting's surprisingly good and there are lots of pretty pretty people. I sincerely doubt any of you have actually seen it, but somehow one of my friends here LOVES IT like I do and I just dl'd it to watch during pregaming tomorrow night, which is going to make it even more excellent. Watch/download it here for awesome funtimes.

We also pregamed to The Swan Princess last weekend which was definitely my favorite when I was little and still has a kickass soundtrack. And we both definitely remembered all the words. YEAH WE'RE THE COOL KIDS.

Road Block

Apr. 12th, 2010 01:02 pm
marenzi: ([SPN] Impala Sex)
I completely disappeared for the last week for no real reason. It was spring break and I had plans to go spend a week drunk off my ass in Panama City with a couple of the frats, but then that Thursday two of the guys I was rooming with had a huge fight because one slept with the other's girlfriend and then they weren't going and then we couldn't fill the room in 24 hours so the rest of the room couldn't go either. Life's bitchy like that sometimes.

So I drove the 700+ miles home and promptly determined that I am not going to be able to live at home this summer and keep my sanity. IDK, guys, I know this is probably just me being a whiny teenager, but my mom and I get along so much better when we're several states apart. For all intents & purposes, I'm really living without any supervision here; the RAs & housing staff don't care what we're doing as long as no one's getting hurt. It's just frustrating to go home and immediately revert to being twelve with a ten o'clock curfew. Yes, I know I don't have a life there. It'd just be nice to pretend.

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Haha, I can't even imagine going back to being twelve. I was still living in Idaho and going to a school I loved and surrounded by some of the best people I've ever met, all of whom I'd known since we were five. I had no idea that my dad would lose his job and my mom would be diagnosed and we'd have to move to DC, so I was pretty happy back then. If I could see myself now... I'm probably at the happiest point in my life here at college, despite all of the stress and drama, because I love what I'm doing and I've made a place here. Those six years in between were pretty miserable, but it's interesting that these are the two high points of my life so far.

To actually answer the question, an amusing mixture of both. I'd be horrified that I wasn't studying English to become a ~real writer~, which I wanted since I was three, and I probably wouldn't be all that pleased with the drinking and partying and sex, but twelve-year-old me was very very sheltered. (Okay, I still sort of am, shut up.) I've gotten past that now. ;) But overall, I think I'd be okay with my life, which is nice to realize.

Also, there's a pretty important episode of a pretty awesome show airing this week! (No spoilers, please!) I rather like the relevancy of this icon, although unfortunately Jared Padalecki hasn't worked up the nerve to actually ask me to fuck on the Impala yet. Jensen's probably taking up all his time, that bitch. ♥
marenzi: (Rainbow Sky)
Wincon is just $90 today. And that weekend is our fall break, which means no classes Thursday/Friday, so it's entirely doable in terms of academics. Also in terms of location, because Chicago is only 4 hours away from Rose and I have my car here. But I am really shy and rather awkward and IDK how I'd feel actually going to one of these things. MAKE DECISIONS FOR ME, GUYS.

[Poll #1546312]

I was wondering how much fun I'd have as someone who is over eighteen but can't legally drink yet, since I'm sure a lot of people go out to bars and whatnot. I'd also definitely need a roommate(s) because I really can't justify spending very much while I'm still in college and will be paying off loans until I'm sixty. I think I'm really just looking for stories from your own experiences and assurances that I won't end up just feeling awkward all weekend.
marenzi: (Live Happily)
The boy who lives below me climbs out onto his roof at night and sings along with his guitar right below my open window. I know he doesn't know I'm up here, but it makes me so happy to sit here in the warm night breeze with the stars just coming out and listen to him. He has such a pretty voice.

Thank you, boy. ♥
marenzi: (Writer's Block)
I had literally thousands of books as a child. They had nickel-&-dime sales at the local library and I was all over that. I read daily and kept them all and pretty much filled my entire bedroom with YA novels. Leaving Idaho happened kind of fast and I only ended up packing a few books since all of my stuff had to fit in two airline-friendly suitcases. Today, I own maybe a dozen books. I miss being surrounded by pages of adventures.

What made me think of this, though, was Avi's novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. It is GLORIOUS, or at least I remember thinking so when I was ten. God, I wanted to be her. (Actually, I really wanted to be a young, daring girl facing the world alone at just about any point in history. Except, of course, the twenty-first century, which I deemed utterly boring.) It looks like there was some hype about DeVito directing the movie version last year, but it seems to have died out. It could actually be really amazing if they did it right, especially since they had Saoirse Ronan cast as Charlotte.

What were some of your favorite books when you were younger? Or really (since I can't imagine trying to list favorites) the ones that you really remember for some reason? I wish I had a list of every book I've read in my lifetime.
marenzi: (Paris Bike)
My best friend just texted me in the middle of my design class to tell me that Matt Wertz is playing in Chicago tomorrow night and we should be going. Which would be FREAKIN' SWEET if it wasn't the middle of third week. We'd leave right after classes tomorrow and probably not get back until 4am. But on Thursday I have classes from 8am-3pm including two exams. So you see why this is a monumentally bad idea, right?

But. Matt music brought us together! We always argued over classic rock versus country (which is just Not Acceptable, I'm sorry) but we both love Matt music, which is a mess of Matt Nathanson & Matt Wertz & Mat Kearney. And the tickets are $28, which is obviously more than I ought to be spending on anything but still really reasonable.



Mar. 21st, 2010 10:34 pm
marenzi: ([RPS] Jared Padalecki)
Ahaha I was just checking my Facebook feed, as you do when you have eight hours until class and do not want to start your homework, and I saw that one of the seniors on the team (who I was hooking up with all season) was just listed in a relationship. And he's an amazing guy and I'm really glad for him, so I was curious to see who it was... and it is Genevieve Cortese's twin, I swear! I honestly just Googled her picture and stared at them for a second because damn, they are identical. Oh fandom, you invade my life in so many ways. :)
...oh, if only he had been Jared Padalecki. Daydreaming now, kthx.

I'm also in an incredibly awkward situation with one of my best friends here, because he's awesome and a really great guy and then I realize that we're actually dating. Ahaha. Um. I have never had to deal with this, considering I have never been asked out before much less gone on a date, so I've spent the last 24 hours being a thirteen-year-old girl. Which sucks, and I really want to ignore it, but I also just got confirmation of this from all of the other guys and now I don't know what to do with myself. Someone slap me into maturity, please.

eta To clarify, I'm completely happy being single and hooking up if I want to with whoever I want to. I didn't think this would be an issue because HE KNOWS THAT. I have made this rather clear to pretty much all of my friends by now. :)
marenzi: (Paris Bike)
Sorry I've been so absent this week! I had a pretty bad allergic reaction to something on Tuesday and ended up spending Tuesday & Wednesday night in the hospital. It's okay now - I am on a shitload of steroids - but pretty weird. I've only had three allergic reactions in my life, all of them here at Rose; the first was very mild, the second a little concerning, but this time I didn't respond to the IV for quite a while. I'm getting tested ASAP because if this happens again, chance are it'll be a lot worse. :/

Chance are that I'm just allergic to Indiana. Fuckin' Hautians. ♥

But this week actually went pretty fast, mostly because I obviously missed all the St. Patrick's Day celebrations (I feel that drinking while on steroids is also a bad idea). My friend & I are working our way through SPN S1, though, which is making me so happy. For all his Deangasming, he's convinced that Sam is just a little bitch. I told him to give the puppy a chance. (Really, though, these boys are way too good to me. They brought me ice cream when I got home from the hospital & got me breakfast the next morning & have pretty much let me live in their rooms, since I was told to stay away from my dorm in case it's something there. I seriously do not deserve them.)
marenzi: ([SPN] Lock & Load)
So last night one of my best friends came over to my dorm and we ended up talking for six hours before he noticed all of my Supernatural DVDs. GUESS WHO'S A FANBOY.

We have of course begun an epic spring quarter marathon, although I only lasted through Dead In The Water (which we finished around seven this morning oh god I am going to hate myself for this later). My favorite part is that he is SUCH a Deanboy - he told me that he basically wants to be Dean Winchester when he grows up, which I told him was because he's only seen the first season. We'll see. But I'm really freaking excited that I found someone else (who is so awesome to start with) who loves this show! And now I have an excuse to do a massive rewatch before the finale in May. WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS ON MY BIRTHDAY. THAT'S RIGHT, I'M BRINGING THE APOCALYPSE ON MAY 13th.
marenzi: (Live Happily)
Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?

It is SO BEAUTIFUL here!! When I left two weeks ago, it was 19° and bitterly windy. This week has been in the seventies & sunny & gorgeous. Indiana, I will never understand you, but I love it. We're all wearing t-shirts and flip-flops and all the windows are open. It feels like summer already!

Which also means that I have been completely useless & unproductive all week. Whatever, it's not like I needed to start the quarter off right or anything. And I really like all my professors this quarter, which is a pleasant change. (My programming prof from last quarter told me he was so proud of me for doing well "because it's so hard for girls to understand this sort of thing". FUCK YOU TOO. Not like I had the highest grade in the class or anything.) Despite it being at 8 freaking am every day of the week, I am especially in love with my DC circuits prof, who is an old Scottish man who says "bloody hell!" several times per class.

Today is crazy-busy - solid classes & work from 8 to 3, orientation leader meeting from 3 to 5 (haha those freshmen are SO DOOMED), a housing meeting tonight at 8, and then I'm hosting a prospective student overnight. And there's an IM softball game around 11 or so. And I can't even go over to see the boys because they prefer it if we keep the underage high school girls away from the frat houses. So really, the logical conclusion here is that I should frantically try to finish my homework in the next couple hours, but instead I'm typing this up and eating sour gummy worms instead of going to dinner. Mmm, good life choices.

SO REALLY, this post is pretty much just to reaffirm that I am a complete spaz and I love this stupid, stupid school. And warm weather. And you.


Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:01 pm
marenzi: (Live Happily)
Today was about friends & food, two of my very favorite things! I spent the morning and most of the afternoon visiting my friend who's attending Georgetown. She's a compulsive shopper and so she dragged me all around M Street, which I complained horribly about and secretly loved. I did find the exact awesome boots I've been looking for, but not for $69. Maybe if they magically go down to $20, haha. I'm cheap, okay? And very broke.

We had lunch at Amma's Kitchen in Georgetown, and it was AMAZING. SO GOOD, GOD. I had the saag paneer, which is a spinach and homemade cheese dish served with rice, and it was delicious. I cannot rave about it enough. All of you DC people? EAT THERE. And then after wandering around for another few hours, we stopped at Baked & Wired, a cupcake coffeeshop. The cupcakes were yummy - very dense cake and perfect buttercream - but I like my coffee roasted darker.

And then for dinner, I met up with two of my teachers from high school who I ADORE. He was my physics teacher and softball coach, she was my English teacher and lit mag advisor, and they are the absolute stereotype of a bickering old couple. They took me to P.F. Chang's in Fairfax Corner, which I LOVE. I got Dan Dan Noodles like always because they are spicy chewy perfection. We talked about everything and they bickered like always and it was amazing. I'm going to drop by softball practice tomorrow afternoon to see all of my underclassmen. Softball & lit mag were pretty much the only two things I enjoyed in high school and it's because this couple is so amazing. I love them.

Best day of break, definitely. I'm so full and so happy. It's a good feeling. ♥
marenzi: (Paris Bike)
the boys i mean are not refined
e.e. cummings

the boys i mean are not refined
they go with girls who buck and bite
they do not give a fuck for luck
they hump them thirteen times a night

one hangs a hat upon her tit
one carves a cross on her behind
they do not give a shit for wit
the boys i mean are not refined

they come with girls who bite and buck
who cannot read and cannot write
who laugh like they would fall apart
and masturbate with dynamite

the boys i mean are not refined
they cannot chat of that and this
they do not give a fart for art
they kill like you would take a piss

they speak whatever's on their mind
they do whatever's in their pants
the boys i mean are not refined
they shake the mountains when they dance


Feb. 26th, 2010 11:25 pm
marenzi: (Paris Bike)
Got into BWI last night and slept solidly for the first time all week. Being home is still weird - how lame is it that I already kind of miss Rose? - but having nothing to do is amazing.

Finals sucked. Oh well, we'll see what my GPA looks like next week. Winter quarter is finally over.

Also, because this can never be overstated, I have the biggest girlcrush ever on Ellen Page. I love her. She is so funny & talented & pretty and... no, seriously, we should be best friends.
marenzi: (Live Happily)

asjfkljaklfdasf PUPPIES. I NEED TO CUDDLE THEM. I get to see my little ones in just two and a half days. :)

Okay, back to studying differential equations. DNW. WANT PUPPIES.


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