Monthly Archives: November 2002

You are TOFU. The hippie meat.
What Lunch Meat Are You?

Canada is warming up

(funny, I can’t tell!)

Doh, almost forgot that today is Thanksgiving. My schedule is all thrown off, since I celebrated it over a month ago.

Though there will be no after-Thankgiving sales shopping for me, this year.

Was I ever a first-year student?

The “quality” of these essays is amazing – and I don’t mean in a good sense, either! I’m helping mark a couple papers for a friend, and it is wild to read (much less grade) the level of writing in these papers, by university students. I think I’m a fair marker, but after reading a few of these tonight, I had to take a break and walk away before I slashed and dashed the entire piece.

The essay question involved students choosing advertisements from magazines and then analyzing them in terms of their psychological, sociological, or economical effects on the consumer. Sounds easy enough, right? Well…

Some fun examples of what I’m grading: (names have been omitted to protect privacy — however, the horrendous writing and/or spelling errors have not)

(from an ad featuring a bunch of girls in bikinis, along with a captured merman) “These girls have been fishing and have caught a big one. They have not caught a fish though they have caught a merman. This makes a person wonder what they used for bate. Those girls would have worked as good bate for me. The same probably applies for all heterosexual males, including mermen.”

“Want to be able to feel what they are feeling. Clothes’s shopping is an escape for people. Advertisements help people to escape by bringing new ideas of what clothes can do for them into their heads.”

“When I think of how society buys cloths I relate it to sex….Everyone has there own definition of sexy.”

“Models wear revealing cloths and smile to be recognized as sexy. The women model figure with the perfect body, bigger bust, and hourglass figures.”

Another favorite of first-years: Making the margins 2 or more inches, with the font 14 point or larger, and then acting surprised when they’re called on it.

Yup, Times like this, makes me wanna put down the paper(s), drink my Diet Vanilla Coke and eat my Munchos.

(the best part is that I get 20 more essays on Monday, to be graded by Friday. Ugh.)

Good times.

Dontcha just love coming home from a long day at school, with the intentions of grading first-year essays (which are supposed to be handed back Friday), and instead, getting wrapped up in a game of Spanking the Monkey?

I do.

Which Goddess Are You?

You scored 33.3% Artemis

If you are ruled by Artemis, your independent spirit belongs to no one but yourself. Your body is vibrant, your attitude robust and your manner vigorous and alive. You are driven by physical rather than mental energy. You feel complete without a man in your life and would never compromise your essential nature for a romantic partner. You are skilled at establishing personal boundaries and enter into relationships on your own terms — in short, you can take care of yourself. This attitude may at times put men off.

You scored 25% Athena

If you are ruled by Athena, you are bright-eyed, shrewd, resourceful and inventive. With friends, you are the wise counselor — always ready with an empowering message. You believe strongly that women can accomplish anything men can. No wonder you put so much time into your career. Athena women tend to be ruled by their heads, not by their hearts. You carefully guard your intimate side, protecting your emotions and vulnerability. If you want to awaken your unexpressed womanliness, you’ll have to use the same passion you apply to your intellectual achievements. It’s important that you work to integrate your strong masculine side with your feminine side — bringing together your strength with your vulnerability, your creativity with caring, your intelligence with imagination. Otherwise, you risk coming off as unaffectionate and self-righteous. Take lessons from the goddesses Hestia and Aphrodite to do this.

You scored 16.7% Aphrodite

If you are ruled mostly by Aphrodite, your femininity and passionate spirit are the controlling forces in your life. You tend to be charismatic and self-assured, comfortable with your body and unrestrained sexually. Men are drawn to you like bees to flowers, which satisfies your erotic nature. However, you tend not to form permanent attachments with lovers because you value your sexual freedom, which may leave you feeling lonely and even depleted once a relationship ends. To find and form a more lasting relationship, you need to add more of the goddess Hera to your life.

You scored 16.7% Persephone

If you exemplify the qualities of Persephone, you have most likely experienced great loss in your life — the loss of your health or your emotional or physical security, the betrayal of a friend or lover, the loss of a child, your own divorce or that of your parents. This experience has forced you to face the dark, unenlightened side of yourself (the side that blames other people or circumstances for your own suffering) and transform yourself into a stronger, more independent, more accepting and more loving person. It may have also led you down a spiritual path, and moved you to place great emphasis on inner calm and on close connections with friends. You are capable of embracing, integrating and accepting difficult experiences. Because of that skill, you offer others the gift of empathy — you know where people are or have been.

You scored 8.3% Demeter

If you fit the Demeter archetype, you are a nurturer and caretaker. You have a generous heart and enjoy extending your love to others. You are motivated by the most powerful of instincts — to give life — and selflessly devote yourself to the life you create. You feel compelled to care for all those around you, even if they are not your own children. In short, you feel the need to be all things to all people, and therefore, your own needs sometimes go unmet. You must learn to say no, and apply Artemis’s sense of boundaries and Aphrodite’s ability to put herself first. That way, you can give to others from an overflowing rather than a half-full cup. To learn how to incorporate the qualities of these goddesses into your life, follow Weeks One and Two of our Become a Love Goddess in 30 Days workshop.

Well, now I’m only 47 hours away from Weyers Cave than the 53 hour trek to Savannah.

Tonight I went to Handel’s Messiah by the Saskatoon Symphony. It was amazing, and loads better than when I saw it performed in Savannah last year. It was in an older church, with huge eaves and arches in the ceiling, making the acoustics of it all incredible. It was so beautiful that it made me want to relax and sleep. Granted, the pews were ancient and hard, so that encouraged me to stay awake.

The University football team lost the championship but there’s more football in my future, as tomorrow I get exposed to my very first Grey Cup (aka the Canadian version of the Super Bowl). I wonder if the commercials will be as good?