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Nov. 21st, 2007

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Public Service Announcement

I've rather unintentioally gravitated towards making this a friends-only journal. Most of my entries are locked to a specific part of my friends list, the people who I think would be interested in my ramblings, but if I know you, add me as a friend and I'll adjust the filter.

That is all.

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Mar. 26th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

Teri = Language Dork, Part 2

Friday night, I am sitting in Amy and Chelsea's room next door. Amy is currently taking Latin 102, and has her textbook out on her bed. I ask if I can use it to translate a line from a one-act that Andrew was in this weekend. She tells me to go for it. So, I go to my room to get a notebook and settle down with some verb charts. Chelsea walks in.

Chelsea: You're not doing homework, are you?
Me: No, this is for fun.
Chelsea: Oh...what is it?
Me: ...Latin.
Chelsea: [smack]

Heheheh. Things have not changed, for verb charts still make me happy. And as usual, no one understands.

Also, happy birthday to Megan! :D

Mar. 19th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

Teri = Language Dork

I think I am the only person who listens to French music while preparing for Japanese class and then goes off to work on a translation of an Italian song.

I am hopeless.

Feb. 25th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

Tick Tick BoOm!

Jonathan Larson is amazing.

Everyone needs to listen to Tick Tick BoOm.

It's kind of autobiographical, about a strugging composer trying to get his work onto Broadway. Taking into account the story of Jonathan himself, it all seems very profound.

The main character, Jon, says: "I want to write music. I want to sit down right now at my piano and write a song that people will listen to and remember, and so the same thing every morning for the rest of my life."

Let me know if you want me to send it to you. I somehow managed to be missing the title song, but I could probably find it if I tried.

Feb. 11th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

Por Tí Seré

I've been meaning to translate this one for awhile, ever since I plugged the title into my dictionary and realized that even though it's always written Por Tí Seré (You Raise Me Up), 'por tí seré' does not mean 'you raise me up' at all, and I found that deceptive. So I Googled 'You Raise Me Up' and found out that it's a Josh Groban song, which I did not know, and then after I translated the Spanish I compared it to the English and discovered that they're similar in meaning but not so much in actual text.

Por Tí Seré...AND You Raise Me UpCollapse )

Jan. 17th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

My Second Home

It feels so good to be back.

I seriously can't wait for things to get into full swing. Being away for a month made me realize how much I love this place - the people and the busy and the staying up late doing absolutely nothing. Catching up with everyone has been so much fun, even if I've been here less than twelve hours, and there have already been so many moments where things happen and I'm like that, that's what I miss.

Tomorrow is my random day for running errands and hanging out. Classes start Thursday. I'm excited for this semester, I'm ready to go. Except I still need to buy my books.

Oh, and the amazing layout is actually courtesy of universitas, who got me a paid account for my birthday, thereby giving me access to all the jazzy options. :D

Jan. 12th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

Nella Fantasia

So I'm having a little Italian phase. Don't mind me.

I decided to do Nella Fantasia today because the lyrics are really short and extremely repetitive. Extremely repetitive. It took me like ten minutes to translate. It's pretty, but I think the music really helps the words along, because it's so...redundant.

I dream of hearts that are always free, like the clouds that flyCollapse )

Also. Gettysburg in four days!

Jan. 10th, 2007

this is me

Passerà

Passerà came on my playlist today as I was cleaning my room, and I had a flashback moment to driving down Route 1 in Rehoboth last summer. This song is Delaware to me, and so I had to translate it. That, and I was kind of bored.

From this endeavor I discovered that there are a lot of wacky little things about Italian grammar that I do not know, having never studied Italian, and so the English lyrics that I have are maybe more of a poetic interpretation than a quid pro quo translation. I can get the idea, but the grammar might be off, and I also tend to switch things around so that they're prettier in English.

It's Delaware-appropriate because 'passerà' means 'it will pass' - and that week, for what it was worth, did pass, and then our lives moved forward.

songs are fireflies that sing in the darknessCollapse )

Yes, I am a language geek.

Jan. 5th, 2007

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

I am so bored.

Meme time!

Step 1: Put your iPod or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post a line or a few lines from the first 10 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song is.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

1. You wander around on your own little cloud, when you don't see the why or the wherefore

2. And the spirits speak of secrets in the house upon the hill
Secret Garden - House Upon the Hill

3. Don't hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
Kansas - Dust in the Wind

4. You'll never share real love until you love yourself - I should know
Rent - Goodbye Love

5. What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing, and what do we think we might see?
Kermit the Frog - Rainbow Connection

6. Anyone perfect must be lying, anything easy has its cost
Barenaked Ladies - Falling for the First Time

7. Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere

8. And you say 'Oh no, step on the brakes, do whatever it takes but stop this train'
Last Five Years - Moving Too Fast

9. Et quand to ris, tu me fais croire en dieu

10. Stop studying strife, and learn to live the unexamined life
Wicked - Dancing Through Life

I don't really expect people to participate, but I did this mostly because I just like to quote things. It is a hideously rainy, stay-inside kind of day, and I really don't feel like doing anything at all.

Edit: I concede the rest.
1. Petula Clark - Don't Sleep in the Subway (yay oldies!)
7. Il Divo - Nella Fantasia
8. Sebastian Izambard - Dangereuse (best line EVER by the way - "and when you laugh, you make me believe in God")
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Dec. 28th, 2006

plaza after the rain (paul cornoyer)

If I were...

Meme stolen from muzhi_. I like them when they're short like this.

If I were...

.. a day of the week: Monday
.. a moment of the day: sunrise
.. a planet: Saturn
.. a drink: green tea
.. a musical instrument: violin
.. a fruit: cherry
.. a song: Fool Out Of Me (Idina Menzel)
.. a part of the body: shoulders
.. a school subject: psychology or language
.. a number: 525600
.. a colour: green
.. a city: London...or Gettysburg
.. a smell: clean laundry
.. a language: Japanese
.. a flower: lilac
.. a verb: to obsess, to organize, to empathize, to think too much
.. a book: my planner
.. a country: France
.. a place: Windermere
.. a sound: Glatfelter chiming

I skipped movie and TV show because I couldn't think of anything. :)

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