My name is Jacqueline - I'm a socially moderate, religiously conservative, and politically liberal girl just loving life right now! I'm a 24 year old Master's of Media Studies student at the University of Texas, but an Oklahoma alumni and die-hard Sooner fan! I'm currently writing my thesis - in a nutshell my research is about girls' online lives, particularly informal learning environments. I'm also an English & Language Arts teacher for a local Home School Co-op. When I'm not researching for my thesis or writing lesson plans - I'm usually watching college football! Oh yea, and I'm training to run a half marathon with Teams in Training this winter, I'm pumped!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"So don't ask me no questions, and I won't tell you no lies"

Wow has there been a lot going on and I haven't been updating at all! Some very exciting news: I'm writing this entry from a coffee shop by my house on my brand new laptop, yay! I've been needing one so badly, and I've never had a new computer before, I always buy used. My grandma helped me get it and I'm loving it! I'm alraedy so much more productive!

I've spent all day working on lesson plans for the new job. It's been a lot of work but a lot of fun! I just hope I have enough students to make ends meet. If not, I'll have to look for another job I suppose. I'd rather not work 2 jobs, take classes, write a thesis, and train for a marathon all at once. But, you do what ya got to do I suppose. I'm glad I'm a self-motivated person, ha!

The marathon training is going really well! I haven't missed a day of practice yet. Even I can't believe that I'm waking up at 5 a.m. to go run. I'm not a natural runner, I have to fight for every mile. But the Team is so nice and the coaches are great and I'm really motiviated. Doing this for a cause so much greater than myself really helps. When I don't feel like running, I just think of my mom and all that she went through with cancer, and I'm motivated. My mom says that my sister and I are her motivation so that she and I will never have to hear the words, "You have cancer." The fundraising part isn't going so great. I've had a lot of people say they will help me, but they haven't actually donated yet. Hopefully the money will start coming in soon.

I got to go home last week for a few days. It was so wonderful seeing my family. I spent the majority of my time with my sister and gradma, I hadn't seen either of them since Easter. My sis and I have an interesting relationship. We don't talk much when we aren't together and kinda just rely on my mom to update us on each other's lives. But when we get together we always have a blast, catch up, and just have a really great time. We share interests and conversations and jokes that we don't have with anyone else. I love her to death and I am so proud of her! She shared all sorts of police stories with me, she's awesome!

I feel like my blog has gotten really boring lately. It's just boring updates about my life rather than interesting topics or editorials. But I guess I do so much writing for classes that I really don't have the energy to come up with anything creative on here. Hopefully that'll change - I'll probably get back to using this as a forum to play with ideas now that I'm actually starting my thesis research, oh yea! I'm so pumped about my topic. Classses have started, new job starts next week (1 class of lesson plans down, 3 to go, ahhhh!), and life is going grand. Things with boys are a little uh, interesting at the moment, but what can ya do? Just go with the flow I suppose. I met some of the new M.A. students and they are awesome - especially a few of the girls. I need girl friends here. I mean I've got girl friends I hang out with after class and stuff, but none I'm really close to on the one-on-one level. But I took a few of them to float the river this week and we just really hit it off. Unfortunately I have no classes with them so it'll be an effort to get together. They are cool though, I love meeting new people!

Oh, and football starts this weekend - I could NOT be more EXCITED! Oklahoma kicks off at 6:00, woohoo! Eight long months of wating has finally come to an end!

Here's to life - as grand and confusing as it is - I'm ready for it! I've got so much on my plate right now, but I'm loving it!

Posted at 5:02 pm by Jac


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