Know-It-All Ash

One journalism student's quest to know everything

Back to school September 1, 2010

Well it’s the first week of the semester and I am already super busy. I started my new job at a bakery this week as well and that has been quite the learning process… Anyway so basically I didn’t get through all the books that I wanted to get through, Kim (my roommate) and I spent a lot of time lounging around and getting addicted to new shows, like LA Ink haha. Love love love Kat von D and tattoos! Minus the fact that she’s now apparently seeing Jesse James

Anyway back to the books. So here’s what I did make it through:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Great Gatsby
  • The Hunger Games (a-ma-zing, I need to get the second one asap)
  • Commencement (also super good, I want her to write a sequel!)
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Part of Wuthering Heights

Yeah so Wuthering Heights is pretty bizarre, which I’ve never heard before. Everyone just says that it’s an amazing classic blah blah blah… Anyway I need to finish it even if I don’t totally enjoy it yet. We also just started reading Frankenstein in my Women’s Lit class, and so far that isn’t super interesting either.

So my Advanced Reporting teacher is pretty crazy and fun… Just picture a guy who taught journalism at Ole Miss for the past 20 years and has 70% hearing loss. We get to class Monday night, and right away we have a news quiz. A few of the questions I didn’t know, but other ones that people should know, I was the only person in the class who knew. After testing Dani (my other roommate) and Kim, they thought it would be a good idea to post this for others to try, and maybe I’ll post them each week. No cheating by looking up the answers online! At least until you try the whole quiz once.

  1. The National Association of Realtors just released the home sales figures from July. How did they change?
  2. Who is Rahm Emmanuel?
  3. Who is the chairman of the Federal Reserve?
  4. China just became the second largest economy in the world (after the US). What country is now number three?
  5. How many American soldiers died in the War on Iraq?
  6. How many Iraqis died in the War on Iraq?
  7. What state just passed a controversial immigration law?
  8. Haha because this is Loyola: Who is the president of Loyola University Chicago?
  9. And because this is a Catholic school: What country is the current Pope, Benedict XVI, from?
  10. What big election is coming up this fall?

Time for me to work on some homework, woo hoo! I do commit to posting at least once a week during the school year, so hold me to it. And maybe I’ll even share some of my new found knowledge from class.


    Two weeks of reading: Go! August 16, 2010

    Ah what I perfect picture of Sarah Vowell for Wordy Shipmates! I heart her. Lisa Poole/AP

    I’m finally done with my summer class! I now have two weeks of freedom before the fall semester starts. And what do I plan on doing with that time? Read. Pretty much just read, eat, workout, sleep. And I also have two weeks left on my internship so I’ll be doing that for part of the day. And looking for a new job. So it will be a crazy two weeks. Weather permitting, I will be reading at the beach or the park… while trying to not get skin cancer. (more…)


    Bachelor Pad Episode 1: Everything I thought it would be and so much more August 10, 2010

    Filed under: Bachelor Pad,pop culture — schmergs @ 12:52 am
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    Chris Harrsion, AP/Katy Winn

    So tonight was finally the night. After hearing about Bachelor Pad all summer, it was here.  And, at least for me, it did not disappoint.

    Let me first admit that I didn’t start watching the show until Deanna’s  season when someone that I happen to know was on it.

    Then Jason was my favorite guy from that season so of course I had to watch him as the Bachelor. During his season I really loved Jillian… so then I had to watch her season.

    Then there was Jake. I hate to admit that I liked him on that season, so I watched his season. I probably should have stopped there but I didn’t. I did enjoy seeing how mean and manipulative he turned out to be though. And of course I watched this past season, and I hope that Ali and Roberto can make it last. But what about Deanna’s warning?!

    Anyway so that is how I ended up getting really excited to see Bachelor Pad. Go check out the contestants so you know who I’m talking about and come on in for some spoilers on tonight’s episode. (more…)


    Know-it-all? August 9, 2010

    Filed under: Uncategorized — schmergs @ 4:59 am

    Yes, I will admit that I am a know-it-all. It’s not on purpose, at least most of the time, I just have a really good memory and a wide variety of interests.  I wanted to start a new blog that I could actually keep up with, and this way I will be able to cover anything that I would like… Starting with the series premiere of Bachelor Pad tomorrow night, haha. I will also be covering more serious news topics and stories as they arise. Sometime with a humorous slant, other times more seriously.

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments!