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2010 Resolutions

Well, here I am in the great state of Georgia. Alone. In my dorm room. (Don’t worry, I had breakfast with a friend and even took the ten minute drive with her to South Caroline to visit her horse this morning.) But anyways, I figured that since I have a couple hours between possible social interactions, I would write down some New Years resolutions. You can still do that after New Years Eve, right?

  1. Keep a little, hand written journal and write what happened every day. So many little things happen and then they just disappear after you forget them, so I thought that this would be a good way to remember. Like today I went to CVS and bought Pop Tarts. I wouldn’t want to ever forget that.  (So far, going good.)
  2. Visit Club SCAD on occasion. (Not yet. But hey, I just got here last night.)
  3. Try and make some new friends/improve current friendships here at college. (South Carolina was a good start!)
  4. Continue to spread the message of Britney Jean Spears to the masses. (I wore my Britney scarf today.)
  5. Find a wonderful roomie(s) for next year. (Possibly already successful!)

And I guess that’s all can think of so far. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

Perhaps Josh will add his to this since he has another two weeks to sit at home and cuddle with his dogs.



End of the Quarter Notes

Well, my first quarter here at SCAD is officially ending tomorrow.

I think that it went pretty well. My classes, to be honest, were pretty easy. But I think that this is mostly due to the teachers I got. Pretty much all the freshman had the same classes, and some people had fifteen hour drawing assignments on the weekend, or last minute 2D Design projects to work on…but I never really had any of that. Everything was pretty much in class and pretty easy. Not that I’m complaining. But even though there wasn’t a lot of work outside of class and stuff, I did learn a lot. Like comparing my first drawing project to my last one, you can actually see some legit improvement.

Outside of class, I’ve totally fallen in love with Savannah. I’m surprised by how much I like this kinda sleepy little town, but there’s something really charming about it. I like living in the historic district and that it’s a fifteen minute walk to “downtown”. (Hey, there is a Marc Jacobs here. That actually is kind of legit and exclusive.)

Socially, it’s okay. I mean, let’s be honest. I didn’t really have that many friends back in the Ranch, so I don’t know what I expected here. I’ve met a few people that I like and a few that I see sorta regularly, but I haven’t had any of the all-night adventures that Josh has had. But that’s okay. It takes time, right? Right?!?! And I know that I’ll find more people once I get into some film classes. Plus I’m lucky to have met some other Britney fans (including one pretty hardcore one).

All in all, I am happy here. Sometimes I wish that I had applied to SVA in New York, or that the College of Santa Fe hadn’t shut down before I applied…but I think I like it. I really took the fact that that production of Hedwig opened right after I got here as a sign that I’m supposed to be here. Sorry that that sounds so lame, but it’s true. You know how spiritual I am.

And now that the quarter is over, it’s time to go back home for seven weeks. Yup, seven. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah break are just rolled in to one, which is kind of nice because we don’t have to go back between them.

I’d like to conclude with two lists:

Five things I am most looking forward to about going home:

  1. Having gallons of milk at my disposal! I miss drinking milk at every meal.
  2. Not having to walk up four flights of stairs to get to my room.
  3. Having my kitties and doggies.
  4. Driving around in Josh’s 4Runner blasting Beyoncé, Blackout and “Chase the Morning”.
  5. Mexican food!

Five things I will miss about SCAD/Savannah:

  1. Being able to walk everywhere
  2. The homeless man who sits by the empty store on Broughton Street playing the recorder, as well as the old man who walks around in a suit carrying a sign about following God and fighting Satan.
  3. My posters, since they have to stay behind.
  4. The Bay Street Theatre’s December show.
  5. The millions of apples I steal from the cafeteria.


Elaine’s Wonderful Day

Dear Readers,

Today I have had the most beautiful day. My heart is filled with joy and I can’t remember feeling this happy for awhile. I would like to share my day with you.

My day starts, I suppose at 12 AM, when I was leaving the VIP Reception I was volunteering at for the Savannah Film Festival. I had spent several hours guarding Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy and Patricia Clarkson in the VIP section. I got to personally fetch and hand a glass of white wine to Claire Danes!

After returning home, thanks to a ride from one of the festival directors, who was, obviously, fun to talk to, I cuddled into bed at 1 AM. I realized how thankful I was that I brought my stuffed polar bear, Dudley, to college.

My 8 AM class was moved to 9 AM, and even though I still had to wake up early, I felt happy and well rested. I woke up to a text from my neighbor asking if I wanted to walk with her and her roommate to class. She knocked on my door ten minutes later and gave me a half a bagel.

We walked together and chatted and laughed.

After class was over I hung out a a really cute cafe that I had been meaning to try, and had some coffee (my new fave thing) and a delicious spinach and feta croissant. I even got a SCAD discount!

Then I walked around the corner to the theater and and started my first shift of the day for the film festival. It turned out that we were just hanging out in the lobby during the show, so I got to talk to meet more cool people and we talked for a few hours. At the conclusion of my shift, I realized that the shift leader was the woman who directed Hedwig here in Savannah! I talked to her for a bit and that was really exciting.

I stopped at CVS on the way back, and it made me feel grown up to go grocery shopping.

As I was walking back to my dorm, I looked around and realized that I love Savannah.  The beautiful green squares, the hanging Spanish moss…I’ve even fallen in love with the stores and streets I see every day. I walked down my favorite street and checked on the progress of the tattoo shop that just opened there. I feel proud that they have finally opened and that the inside is decorated so nicely!

As I turn the corner, a man washing the windows of a hotel smiles at me and says, “You got pretty eyes”. I laugh and keep walking. He says, “Turn around and let me see those pretty eyes again”. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am flattered and pleased.

I walk back and see that I have e-mails from my best friends! I talk to my mom on the phone and write an e-mail to my dad.

Then I start my 2D Design project and realize how lucky I am that this is my homework. I am thankful that I go to art school.

After a few hours, and I change back into my film festival shirt for my second shift of the day. I immediately bond with two other girls who had also worked at movie theaters and we spend the five hours shift together. We got to see the second half of the film, Pedro Almodover’s Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz, and it was really good!

We walk back in a group and laugh the whole time. One of the girls and I went to grab a snack and realize that we didn’t even know each other’s names. So we trade those, as well as phone numbers and a promise to hang out sometime.

I walk back to my dorm, but on a whim stop at my mailbox and find a letter from Annie Le!

Then walking down my hall I talk to two different rooms with open doors.

Now I sit here, knowing that I have several hours ahead of me on my 2D Design project. This could very well be my first college all nighter. But I don’t mind. I am, on the contrary, excited. I have a large Peanut Butter Energizer smoothie by my side and Britney Spears’ complete discography on my iPod. I love college. I love SCAD. I love Savannah. I love life.

Hoping you are as happy as I am,

Elaine Rose Gray

Dorm Worries

I just found out today that at SCAD I’ll be living in a triple occupancy dorm. That means me and two other girls. Unfortunatley, I don’t get to find out my two new best friends until mid-August.

A lot of people didn’t want to get a triple, but my thinking is that no matter which roommate I’m with, we’ll always have something to talk about: the other girl*.

But how exactly can I decorate this dorm? I look around my room right now, and it’s a little…out there. Two walls are “grenedine red”, two are “royal purple” (from the Disney collection), and the celing is dark grey. David Bowie is above my bed (which has leopard print bedding) and Britney Spears is hanging next to Hedwig. Iggy Pop is situated under a bulletin board filled with weird things, which goes nicely with my door, which features a collage of magazine pages.

How can I ever live with another person? Let alone two??

And will I have enough room anywhere to hang up my Showgirls wall mural?


Jesus, why do I have to be so fucking weird? Will I have to give up my “Firetrucks in Action” calendar (which is also a “Burning Buildings” calendar, depending how you look at it)? Will I have ample bookself space for my signed John Landis biography or my Mick Rock photography books? What if they look at the picture of Josh and I with John Waters and ask, “Who’s that?”? What if my roomies don’t even like Britney Spears?!

But maybe I’m just getting ahead of myself. I mean, people at art school are obviously going to be creative and open-minded. Right? I mean, I’m sure that they’ll accept me on some level. And I’ll just be sure to be nice to them no matter what. Unless they try to hang up a fucking Twilight poster. Then I’m asking for a new room assignment**.

*And if my future roomies look up this blog and read this, I’m totally kidding!

**Again, just kidding, roomies!

I’ve Finally Been Accepted!

Well, who would have ever thought that between Josh and I, that I would get the first college acceptance letter? I’ve officially been accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design, and have been awarded an Acedemic Honors Scholarship for $8,000 every year! (The only place that I will ever receive an Academic Honors Scholarship will be an art school).

Even though SCAD isn’t my top choice  (it’s probably my third choice) I know that I would be happy at the school and in Savannah. At first I was scared that Georgia would be too hicky and southerny, but I visited it last year and it is a very cute little town that I think I could live in. And having an enormous art school right there obviously brings lots of strage, cultured twenty-somethings.

Getting accepted to a college suddenly fills me with hope and joy. I feel like Sal Piro the first time he saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Elizabeth Berkeley when they told her that she landed the lead in Showgirls.

But it’s not over yet. I’d be happy at SCAD, but I would lovelovelove to go to Emerson. I’ll find out by the 15th of this month. Use The Secret for me, babies.

I have a few apps left over to fill out, and I’d like to wrap all that up by January. It’s crazy to look at my list and know that I’ll end up in either Boston, Savannah, Santa Fe, Hollywood or San Francisco next year. Yikes!

But for now I feel content and proud.

Between this and Britmas, Decemeber is shaping up to be an excellent month!

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