Archer Quote

“I didn’t expect it to be beautiful

-Captain Archer

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Wisdom via Will Wheaton

Alright….I know I said this would wait until after finals but I’m up anyway and I couldn’t resist. Special Topics: Native American Culture and Ethnography will have to wait until later, when I’m done nerding out. Because now I know its OK.

So earlier I posted this video:

And my entire existence was justified. Not really. Close enough! Next time S rolls her eyes at me I am going to play this video with the volume at it maximum on repeat for at least 2 hours (This is fair warning darling 🙂 ).

In all seriousness I really did experience a lot of emotion when I watched it, and to summarize what I was thinking I took to keyboard and screen and wrote the following post:

It’s all my mothers fault.

She introduced me and my siblings to Star Trek (The Original Series, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise), Babylon 5, and later SG1 and SG: Atlantis

It’s all my fathers fault

He watched Star Wars with me, and taught me the correct order for the watching a marathon, and he read Harry Potter to me

It’s all my Best Friends fault

This chick allowed BBC to take over my life and ruined my GPA with Doctor Who and Sherlock THEN she reintroduced me to my Gilmore Girls era crush by bringing Supernatural into my life (jury is still out on which Dean is hotter….)

It’s all my Uncles fault

Uncle R encouraged me to READ, even when everyone else was playing with toys or watching Nickelodeon this man had the audacity to tell me I could/should read!

And so I became a nerd. Nerds are not born, we are made. We are created when an individual begins to believe that there is more to the world and life than what everyone else believes that there is more to learn, to discover, to explore! My mother, father, friends, and family opened my world to new possibilities and adventures and created a nerd.

But not a single person ever told me that it was OK to be a nerd.

Until today (well yesterday…. )

I was born in 1993. It has been 20 years since I began my journey into nerd-hood and today someone told me that was OK.

The only thing that could make this moment more amazing would be if I could find my own personal path to “professional nerd”

P.S this post will henceforth be known as the post with the LONGEST introduction to EVER exist!!!!! There are just so many emotions here i could;t contain it all in a short intro. And it is 6 AM  and I haven’t seen my bed since 6AM yesterday so I deserve to emote!

So I just saw this and it made me cry. Why wasn’t there someone to say this to me 5, 10, 15 years ago???? real blog post to follow… after finals 😦

“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” 

~ Walt Whitman

“What is hateful to thyself do not do to another. That is the whole law, the rest is commentary”

~Hillel

Why I don’t do social media ‘right’ and couldn’t care less

If you walk into a classroom at Anywhere University a few minutes before a class starts, I can pretty much promise you’ll see students sitting in their seats using an electronic device. The occasional friend will ask someone about their weekend and a hum of chatter might fill the room- but phones will be in hand and laptops open in front of them and Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, and ESPN sportcenter will be ‘scrolling‘ by.

This is 2013. We are constantly connected with other people via our electronic devises. So much so, that I fear we losing our desire to actually interact face to face. I am also guilty of this. However, it sill irks me when I’m sitting to lunch with someone, for example, and trying to kibitz and my companion is texting. It can’t wait? Really?

Clearly the message being sent is that the other person, on the other end of the rainbow of electrons being beamed to your device from elsewhere, is more important than the human being in front of you, me! I know I lost some of you right there… Tay chill out, you might be thinking or Girl! I’ve seen you check your phone when I was mid sentence, if you are one of my close friends. I totally understand! But think about it- really think about it- you wouldn’t pull out your cell in the middle of a job interview, in a meeting with a professor, or during a funeral because these are three times where you, presumably, have a vested interest in displaying as much respect as possible as well as a sense of appropriateness that social norms dictate you uphold. It all boils down to respect and attention.

What do you want to give your attention to and what warrants more respect.

So what does this have to do with my apparent inability to do social media ‘right’?

Fairly often my friends will say that I posted this wrong, tweeted that wrong or they’ll ask questions like, “why don’t you have an instagram?”. To be honest I don’t really care if that tweet should have been a post or that post would have been better as a tweet. I’m much more interested in other people’s tweets than my own and for my purposes Facebook posts are pretty much the same thing as a tweet but in a way that is open for conversation. And the reason I don’t have an instagram… twofold. One: I am the worst photographer EVER. Second: I prefer to live life on the front lines and not behind a lens (though I do appreciate and respect those who prefer to be behind the lens!). But, shouldn’t I care that I don’t do it right? If you think so it might be because you would like to know whats going on in my life and what I am thinking about without actually talking to me, and because I didn’t do it right that information is not as assessable as it could have been. Tough!

Social media has a place in my life- I write this blog, I have a Pintrest, and I can’t make it 6 hours without checking my Facebook- but I refuse to allow social media to be my life. If you want to LOLZ CATS/PUPPIES with me, lets go volunteer at an animal shelter together for an afternoon.

This properly sums up my life.

Not all of my friends know this- not because I hide it but because I prefer to enjoy my geeky-ness alone so that I can freak out/ cry/ sob/ jump up and down and so on alone- but i am quite the fandom whore. Harry Potter, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock… I could go on but I won’t.  One thing You have to know is that every fandom has one of those guys. This article, written by Three Chic Geeks,  that WordPress suggested to me pretty much sums up my life and thoughts when I’m in ‘fan’ mode: Fictional Boys We Want to Date (Who Would Make Awful Boyfriends). Enjoy and remember EVERYTHING SAM TOUCHES DIES!

 

“It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.” 
~Gene Roddenberry

Letter Home

I wrote a letter home to many of my close friends. We have fallen out of touch and its all my fault. However our hometown has been shaken by a litany of sad events and I refuse to let go of the joy that place once brought me.

**There is most certainly something wrong with my spellcheck on word- it said I had no errors, which simply isn’t possible!**

Here is my letter home:

Dear Friend,

How are you?

Its been a long time since I’ve seen you, and its mostly my fault. When we graduated from DHS I was in a big rush to leave. I wanted to go far and start fresh. From the moment we walked across the stage at Ravina, I had my eyes pointed east and I have seldom looked back west. At the time, I thought the only way to accomplish my goals was to jump feet first into a ‘new’ world. So that is what I did. Luckily, I love this new place and new life. However, as wonderful as my new friends are they don’t quite understand it when I talk about Lou Malnatis pizza or Dear Franks french fries, when I pretend to know the first thing about football just because I can shout “Da Beeeaaarrrs” at the right moment, they don’t reminice about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah season that was our middle school experience. They also don’t remember doing the autobiography project, falling in the middle fork branch of the chicago river during earth science, or sitting through the ACT a bazillion times (East coasters are all about the SAT, and they only take it twice tops!). My friends didn’t listen to the choraliers holiday show, or hang out at Northbrook court mall for no apparent reason I could go on and on (as I’m sure you know) but I don’t think I have too.

The point of this letter is to remind you that you are in my thoughts. We don’t talk very often, but we are still friends and I am still here, so to speak. We grew up in the same place at the same time and we enjoyed each others company. In light of the recent tragedies in our community, those that occurred while we were in Deerfield and those that have happened since, I have found Deerfield in my thoughts more and more often. I have come to the conclusion that it was not where I was, but who I was with, that made me the person I am today. Thank you.  

Many  of you will be returning to Deerfield for the summer, I am not. However, I will be visiting much more often. While I’m in DC this summer, I will be trying something new. I am going to try my best to spend my days being creative and relaxed. I’ll be pairing down my life to the essentials as I prepare to move into my first apartment, which I’m pretty excited about! I also have several art projects planned to help decorate my new place, how successful they will be time will tell. Regardless of success or failure, I will be blogging about the experience. My blog, www.whatjusthappenedthere.wordpress.com, is one way you can keep up with my shenanigans should you be curious….. Don’t expect too much though, I’m still new at this!

I would really like to be better about keeping up with all of you as well. While we can’t talk over lunch in the CCRC anymore there is Skype, cell phones, Facebook, and twitter! I want to know how you are, what you are up to and what you are looking forward to! I want to be excited about the adventures you go on and be there for you through life’s challenges. Give me a call or send me a text anytime, even if it is simply to correct a spelling mistake or the grammar in this letter! And if you find yourself in my corner of the world please stop by!

I miss you. I appreciate you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Love,

Taylor

Take What You Need (DORM DECOR)

Sooo. Hello Y’all! Spring break was short and sunny, therefore typical. Getting back into a routine is not easy work, and I think everyone is a bit gloomy. I decided I was going to give people something to smile about (even if its a pity laugh…)!

I saw a ‘Take What You Need” poster at a bus stop on campus today. It was so cute -dingy, plain, and not ‘taylor-like’- but cute! I thought I could give it a ‘taylor’ spin and put some up in my Dorm.

I took a moment to brainstorm about what things people (especially Dorm-dwellers) might need, I looked for appropriate quotes, and created a finished product! On the left is the document I made, and on the right is a super awesome pic of the poster hanging in the hallway.

Let me know what you think!

Directions: print. cut. tape to wall. walk away. smile.

Directions: print. cut. tape to wall. walk away. smile.

:)

🙂

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