Log in

elaine's Journal

Friday, November 30, 2007

1:47PM - Herp love

The cutest salamander ever:


I'm in love.

Current mood: pleased

Sunday, November 11, 2007

7:51PM - Sunday night domesticity

Mmmm, I just made some tasty sesame noodles for dinner, and now have severe scallion breath.. TMI? Nevah!

I realized recently that e-mail has trashed my writing skills. I know this topic has been beaten to death, but it never really rang true for me on a personal level, until having to write an essay for a summer job that I want. Painful? Yes. Difficult to string words together? Yes. Trashed half of it on a re-read? Yes.    Ugh. I finally got a relatively decent essay out of it, but damn it was hard. Having been, at one time in my life, a daily writer, the experience made me realize that the only regular writing I ever take on anymore is e-mails. And yeah they're amazing e-mails, damn straight, but the skill doesn't necessarily translate well to "real" writing.

Good story, right? Yep, c'est la vie, these days.

I start my new lizard tissue organizing job tomorrow! And when you read that, you have to read it in a super-nerdy voice.... cuz that's the only way I can say it, with a pale sort of grin/grimace of glee at the thought of spending all day alone with specimens.

Current mood: pensive

Monday, October 22, 2007

8:40PM - yea lj

woo, livejournal! I realized reading my friends page that there is a whole crew of y'all that I otherwise don't communicate with, and it's nice to read up on what's up with you guys.... and here's a little something in return from me, too... maybe it'll become habitual again, hmmmm....

I live in Austin now with my girlfriend Heather. You can see pics from our cross-country road trip and current life here:


I am working at an after-school program called Citizen Schools which is pretty cool. I also teach young ones at the austin nature and science center.... also pretty fun. The contrast of experiences has made  me realize my commitment to science, however (it's hard to compel myself to care about organized backpacks and quality homework with Citizen Schools), so after years of ambivalence, I'm going to actually apply to grad school for '09. Yes, '09... I need to take the regular and the biology GRE, ugh.

Anyways, the nuts and bolts of my current life..... I think I also have a fever today, maybe due to riding my bike in the sudden 60 degree weather, whoa. Feels like fall, which doesn't really happen much in Texas!

Current mood: cold

Monday, March 6, 2006


woooot, return to livejournal!!!

So here I am, still holding it down in Brooklyn....new apartment, new roommates, same old El.

Here are some photos from Vanuatu for your viewing pleasure:


Current mood: jubilant

Thursday, November 3, 2005

1:21AM - oh ho ho the mememememememe

google. elaine. needs. yields:

Elaine needs to spend time undergoing complex treatment;

“Elaine needs vendor master and check processing.”

Elaine needs a better ear for language, and more sense in place of sentiment.

Seems to me Elaine needs to roust herself out of the sack - at least on weekends - and go for coffee with her hubby.

If you have any real estate needs, simply call Elaine and pack your bags.

Elaine needs time to grade and return your paper Elaine needs to preserve her supply of Today sponges as they have gone off the market Elaine needs more corrections to the board markups I gave her Elaine needs to transfer logins among SQL Server machines without network connections.

makes my life seem but trivial....

Current mood: predatory

Saturday, July 30, 2005

10:42AM - like whoa like livejournal man

yay for internet access!! i need something since i'm trying to quit smoking. ha. *ponders the lovely arc and grace of a burning cigarette*

enough, enough!

here y'all read my blog


Current mood: refreshed

Sunday, June 12, 2005

3:09PM - for deji.....



check it, yo. :D

Current mood: nerdy

Saturday, June 11, 2005

3:21PM - *snerk* read my blog!

All right, at last I get some online time and I have updated my lovely blogger blog blog, recounting the nomadic adventures of one "hip lady" in NYC. It'd be awesome if I wasn't writing into a void :D


Current mood: happy

Friday, May 27, 2005


for those of you who I don't have e-mails for.....

roof it up on Monday!


let's burn some meat.


oh just read the evite:



Current mood: geeky

Thursday, May 26, 2005

11:37PM - goofnutball

creative zen micro + me = <3


countdown to nomadic: 6 days.

Current mood: silly

Sunday, May 8, 2005


Thanks everyone for the response to my nomadic proposal. Still rolling around the details in my mind (and still checking out a couple of apartments today), but I'm thinking it's probably going to happen. I'll be in touch with you awesome couch/room-offering people soon about details....

Unfortunately, I do have to stay in the city to work and so on, if I could just do a whole northeast tour I totally would! Somehow I think the idea to make/save money would fall by the wayside in that case, though.... :)

Current mood: hopeful

11:13AM - Drink and Sex Quiz it up! (for a good cause, even!)

Hey, for all you Brooklynites and other people in the area, passing along an invite for a friend's event, should be awesome!!

"As many of you know I spend two afternoons a week in Brooklyn High Schools (Bushwick and New Utrecht) as the program coordinator for Girls CAN. Girls CAN provides peer-facilitated workshops for female students on topics ranging from depression to sex and decision-making. The Quiz Night will raise vital finds to help us finish out the school year. Please join us for this entertaining evening- I hope to see you there. Peace, Alison."

Link to e-vite/details

Current mood: energetic

Thursday, May 5, 2005

7:32PM - A Plan

I here submit, for your consideration, a hypothetical plan for life. For my life, specifically, but I think it's an interesting notion that so many people, especially those not tied down to much in life, can consider, to live cheaply and rather nomadically for a while. Here goes.

Plan: Couch-Nomad NYC (working title)

A bit of background, first of all: I recently was offered again the opportunity to travel back to Vanuatu for some more lizarding. Yay!!!! I get paid a bit this time, but still have to pay for airfare, my bills back home, et cetera. But whatever, I have a little bit of cash socked away, and it looks like I can make it happen. Next, in a conversation with a co-worker who may be moving to Kenya soon, the idea was proposed of just travelling on for a few months (at least) after Vanuatu. What a plan! Of course, it came back to finances...ie, having none....which leads to....

Until the end of May, I am living in a room that I paid the rent for up-front. It is amazing to me how much I can put away when I don't have to cut that check every month...I know it's fairly obvious, but rent is most people's largest expense, and it is absolutely over the top here in New York. So! Here is an enormous expense I can cut back on. And here is the Plan....For the three months of the summer, I beg you, my friends, for the use of your couch or perchance even a spare room (!) to sleep on, for 1-2 weeks, no more. In return, I can pay a small sum, cook you a nice dinner(s), or take care of your plants/pets while you are out of town.

Okay, but there's more, I'm not just being a shmuck. I want to make it a real project, keep a blog of my experiences, of no privacy, owning barely any possessions, and re-acclimating to a new space every couple of weeks. In essence, it's much like travelling abroad as I will be doing, but having to still keep my jobs and life afloat. I will keep a map of NYC charting my course around the city, and hopefully have pictures as well.

I plan to make it an informal study of space in the city, how people utilize it, what people are willing to pay, as well as an introspective venture as to my own force of will, physical exertion, life without the material things I rely on currently, and so forth. This may feed into my larger world travel Plan, I want to go with some kind of theme, perhaps use of space and resources may be it.

*I still haven't totally convinced myself that this is a good plan...though I'm getting close. Thoughts about the general plan?? Do you think *you* could do it?

*Friends in nyc~ Would you host? and even non-nyc friends, were this proposed to you locally, would you participate?

*The closest thing to a blog I have is this...anyone care to host couchnomadnyc.com??

*As to the world travel, I'm wide open...tell me where I should go and why!

feel free to email at erklein at simons-rock dot edu

*the fun part~

Current mood: jubilant

Sunday, April 24, 2005

1:53PM - how much do i love craigslist....

a LOT. :D

"ISO beautiful woman to sublet 1 BR and be my lover/muse in May"

Current mood: refreshed

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


word! Life rocks right now. Figured I should update, it's been awhile.... time for a bulleted list:

* my job is awesome. Today I taught eighth grade girls about Manhattan schist ("shiiissssssst") and seventh graders about watersheds. Woot! The kids suck sometimes, but for the most part, I love it. The office politics on the other hand, I could do without. It makes me think I really will end my job there when my term is up in September...but we'll see, lots of time to decide.

* Looking to move soon...my commute is killing me. Though sometimes I feel the subway sucks out my soul slowly, today on the way home was really awesome. I was subway zen, man. Having music helps infinitely, though not good for eavesdropping. But no one really talks too much on commute rides anyway... I am torn between upper Manhattan and Brooklyn, though, I really really really love my 'hood. Especially now that I've bonded with friends two blocks away. *sigh*. I did check out this amazing place at 113th and 7th ave, but the chica is not returning my calls and I am done with *psycho-i-want-to-live-with-you* messages. heh... we shall see.

* Lots of friends lately....steve hosted a rockin' party in Connecticut, complete with a late-night porn store run. Two of them, no less, we are fancy people. And before that was Evan's birthday soiree at my house, mad Tekken. Last night we finally made it to the amazing sushi place we tried to go previously...Tomoe, on thompson and houston, for those city-dwellers. Dinner rocked, and even some drama when this guy a couple tables over kept passing out. Too much sake, said he.... right-o.

so life rolls on...tonight is perogis and princess mononoke with my new-found friends. :D

ps~ today is international water day! drink up while our fresh water still exists....

Current mood: hyper

Wednesday, March 2, 2005


right. on. :D

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Pacman Ghost.I am a Pacman Ghost.

I like to hang around with friends, chatting, dancing, all that sort of thing. We don't appreciate outsiders, and do our best to discourage others approaching us. I enjoy occasionally wandering around randomly, and often find that when I do so, I get to where I wanted to be. What Video Game Character Are You?

Saturday, February 12, 2005

12:44AM - tanuki linkin' like it's 1999....

While doing research on Tanukis tonight, I came across this strange gallery page. Furry implications and a total inability on the part of my browser to even display the text (nevermind an utter ignorance on my part of any Asian languages) aside, it's just hella weird to scroll through. Hey, even click on people in furry animal suits, get a closer look at a real live tanuki! (minus the over-inflated testicles, of course).

ugh, look at this chick. no wonder she's pissed, with that tricksie tanook looming in the background!

Current mood: distressed

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

1:02PM - here we go.....

Choose a band or artist and answer all the question only using their song titles.

Artist: bob dylan

Are you female or male: Queen jane, approximately

Describe yourself: Subterranean homesick blues

How do some people feel about you: Most likely you go your way and I'll go mine

How do you feel about yourself: Tangled up in Blue

Describe Your ex girlfriend/boyfriend: She's your lover now

Describe your current crush: Tonight I'll be staying here with you

Describe where you want to be: Watching the river flow

Describe what you want to be: Like a rolling stone

Describe how you live: Can you please crawl out your window?

Describe how you love: I don't believe you (she acts like we never have met)

Share a few words of wisdom: Quit your low down ways

Current mood: anxious

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

12:42AM - rockin' the farmers' almanac


Current Moon Phase





Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, February  8, 2005

From The Old Farmer's Almanac.



Current mood: pensive

Monday, February 7, 2005

2:42PM - new icon!


Current mood: silly

Navigate: (Previous 20 entries)