Friday, April 30, 2010

Blogging out for help Part two.

It's day two and I've already received $60 in total. Pretty freaking awesome, if you ask me. You guys ROCK.

There has been some concern that this is a scam, so in an effort to prove that no, no one has taken over my computer and stolen my identity, I made my FIRST VLOG EVER to prove to you that I am in fact a real person. I even show you my acceptance letter in it. Go me.



The link to donate (and forward, please, please forward) is http://bit.ly/b9ckgw or https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UXUXL7TR4AHCS )


Thanks guys! And don't be too critical of my stoopid face :P

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blogging out for help.

As most of you know, I was recently accepted into my DREAM college, The School of Visual Arts, in my DREAM city, New York.

But there's a slight problem. In their acceptance letter they also informed me that I am required to send them $1,300 ASAP.

This money is due by May 1st (yes, the in-three-days-May-1st!), or very shortly thereafter. (It's a first come first serve type deal)

And I've tried everything. I have no semblance of a college fund, and I intended to get by on financial aid, grants, scholarships, federal and student loans. The problem is, I'm not allowed to use ANY of these to pay off the $1,300.

You guys know I don't ask for much, but now I really need your help. If EVERY SINGLE PERSON on my facebook were to give me just $3, I'd be able to make this payment.

Otherwise, I don't know how I'm going to be able to swing this. I've exhausted all my other options and this is the only thing I can think of. I don't want to give up on my education.

If you guys can help me at ALL, even if it's only 50 cents or a dollar, I'm hoping against hope I can get enough money in three days to make my payment. Paypal even takes credit cards.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UXUXL7TR4AHCS

(Copy and paste this link into your browser and PLEASE forward this to your friends too, if you think they can help)

Thank you so much to anyone who can help. I appreciate every cent you can donate to me.

Thank you,

Alison

Monday, April 26, 2010

Twitter fun.

Yes, I just hit Barak Obama up for $1,300.

I mean...he can spare it, right?

(Just in case, I hit up Eddie Izzard, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Waits, Felicia Day, Conan O'Brien, Weird Al Yankvoic, Hanson and LeVar Burton. I figure between they can probably spare $100 each.)


Folllow me on twitter. The fun never ends.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oi.

After about a year of NOT drinking, I am suddenly an incredible lightweight.

The good news? It's cheap as hell. I split a $4.99 bottle of Moscato with the boyfriend and I am having trouble typing. Yay.

In other news, things I cannot say to people:

-your child is ugly. I'm sorry. It's true.

-wow. now that you're skinny, I'm realizing how fat you WERE when I knew you before. you're beautiful now, though.

-WHO let temperance brennan wear that awful flowered shirt in episode...what, four...? of season one?

-oh god, please stop putting your face on the internet. Just...please. Please?

-it bothers me that you think im a shithead, even though you're the lowest of dirtbags.

I am a mean drunk tonight. Well, maybe not "mean", but quite judgmental.

I GAINED TEN POUNDS according to the scale at my mother's house. That is a lot of pounds. I must get back to the damn gym and start drinking my protein shakes again.

Bed now. Big yard sale tomorrow where I will hopefully raise tons of money, because that's what I need. Yaaay.

OH! Because I didn't mention...


I GOT ACCEPTED TO MY FIRST CHOICE COLLEGE!!!


Guess who'll be a new resident of NEW YORK CITY in the the fall?!?

That's right--it's me, bitches! :D

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A review of a different sort

I have to admit, while I am an awesome vegetarian (aside from when places like to mix bacon into their salads with no warning... what the hell, Wendy's?) I would make a really crappy vegan. Although I've never been a big milk drinker, my desire for all things cheese, egg and ice cream pretty much nip any future I have as a vegan right in the bud.

This weekend my mother and I ventured to the (far away) realm of Whole Foods. While we were there, I decided to finally bite the bullet and pick up some cage free eggs. Usually, I buy the Land O' Lakes variety, but there's been so much confusion regarding eggs lately (are they cage free, free range, organic, or humane? Oh, but there are different KINDS of humane--what kind are they?) that I figured I should try something different. I crossed my fingers and, seeing as Whole Foods only stocked two kinds of cage-free eggs, I hoped that they had taken the guesswork out of this for me.

It seems that they had. Although the label on my Pete & Gerry's Platine Bleue eggs only says "cage free", I can see by googling that they are humane certified as well.

My verdict? The Platine Bleue eggs are pretty, to begin with. They're a light pastel shade. They hard-boiled pretty well and peeled much easier then your average supermarket egg. I couldn't tell a difference in the taste (I suppose it would've been obvious if I had actually had a normal supermarket egg to compare it to!) but I feel better knowing I'm not getting a mouthful of pesticides and antibiotics. Just eggs from healthy, happy chickens!

I probably won't be able to tell you how they taste fried, or scrambled, or anything like that (when cooking eggs myself, I'm strictly a hard-boiled girl. I'm sunny-side up where boyfriends or chefs are concerned). But they pass the test hard-boiled wise. I'll definitely buy them again.

Not only that, but they come from a small family run farm. So that's a bonus, too.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Classes that SHOULD exist in college.

The end of the semester is not far away, and I'm hopelessly lost and trying to catch up in math class. I've enlisted the help of a friend as a tutor, but even that was not enough to keep me up to speed.

Today I set aside the ENTIRE DAY for finishing up chapter four. I had planned on sitting down with my text book and reading and re-reading until this crap was so ingrained in my skull that there was no way I could fail.

I've spent four and a half hours so far, and what do I have to show for this? Maybe about 20 problems that are finished. No real greater grasp on anything (except maybe a bit of clarity on part 4.1).

This all makes me so mad. Why am I forced to learn all this math that I will never ever use again? There is no reason I will ever have to solve for x...and honestly, in the rare event that that MIGHT actually happen, I would find someone else to do it for me.

I just think that college math classes should be a little more real-world oriented. Teach me skills I'm actually going to USE, people!

A few examples of real world math classes:

-Check book balancing
-Tax filing
-Understanding interest rates, APR and finance charges (or: Credit cards and you.)
-401K and retirement funds
-Creating a manageable budget
-Tax, tipping and discounts (or: The American Consumer.)

I would be glad to learn any of those skills AND they would come up all the time in every day life. Teach us about loans-- subsidized versus unsubsidized...teach us about credit scores and ratings, how to buy cars and houses. What those charges on your cell phone bill REALLY mean.


Can you think of any other helpful "real world" math classes?