Monday, April 25, 2011

Classes, weather, and tattoos

I finished one of my online classes this weekend, the educational psychology class that is a prerequisite for my masters program.  I'm relieved that my course load is down to only three classes now.  Another one, my statistics class, will be done in two weeks, so I'll be left with just two classes.  My least favorite ones out of the bunch, naturally.  They're both intro to literature classes.  One is kiddie lit and the other is adult lit.  I love to read and I always have, but something about analyzing literature just doesn't do it for me, or at least the way it's done in these classes doesn't do it for me.  In any case, I have to take them and finish them before the masters starts at the end of June (provided I'm physically well enough to be in the program) so I have to finish them.  If my grades aren't ass good as I would like them to be in either class, I have some excuses I can give about why I didn't do so well, right?  I think falling and cracking my head counts as an excuse!

The weather here is still really strange.  It's warmer and not snowing at least, but it's been raining almost constantly for the past week.  We've had a little bit of sun but otherwise it's been rainy, cloudy, windy, and just not like spring at all!  Some of the trees are budding, but we don't have any leaves out yet and the flowering trees haven't blossomed.  It's been a really, really bizarre spring.  I honestly can't remember it ever being like this before, and it's almost the end of April! 

My brother was home this weekend because his university gave them a few days off for Easter.  He had told us a month ago that he got a tattoo, and I honestly didn't believe him, but I saw it while he was here and yeah, it's real.  The ironic part is that it's a Hebrew prayer called the Shema that declares "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one," and Jews aren't supposed to get tattoos.  It's banned according to the Torah - because you know, we Jews are really into allowing things, like eating ham.  Ha ha.  Yeah, Judaism is into not letting you do things.  Anyway, my sister is also a fan of tattoos, and she loves getting them.  She has at least six tattoos, and they're all pretty visible and colorful.  My brother's tattoo is hidden.  Personally, I am not a big fan of tattoos and I have never wanted one.  It's fine if someone else wants one and decorates their own body, I don't judge anyone based on their love of tattoos, but it is not for me.  I would probably choose something that I would hate a month later but be stuck with forever, and the idea of having a Tweety bird on my ankle at 80 years old is a little strange.  I wonder what the difference is between my siblings and me, or the rest of the world and me?  Tattoos are so popular now, and I just don't get why.  My brother and sister and I share DNA and have very different views about tattoos, and I know that both of my parents are even more anti-tattoo than I am.  Anyone else out there who doesn't like the idea of permanently inking something on their body, or with an explanation for why I feel like the only person in the world who doesn't want one of these?   

P.S. Tomorrow is the last day of Passover, and I wanted to have a little bit ofa Passover theme on here before the holiday was finished.  Enjoy the matzah background!

9 comments:

Jennie said...

I love the matzah background!!

You definitely aren't the only one who isn't into tattoos. I used to hang out with tons of people in Flint who were covered in tattoos (including Jewish friends), but I never wanted one and still don't today. I don't even have pierced ears and that's not permanent, so there's no way I would do something that is slightly more permanent (though not exactly permanent since they can be lasered off.) I don't care what other people do to their bodies and tattoos don't bother me or anything. I just don't want them on my skin.

Zhu said...

I'm not into tattoo either because I can't think of anything I want to have on my skin forever. I have several piercing though, mostly in my ear, on my navel and on my nose. Had them done when I was a rebel teen 12 years (!!!) ago.

There is an hilarious website about people who get Hebrew tattoo but don't speak Hebrew. Have a look, it's hilarious! http://www.badhebrew.com/

au soleil levant said...

Jennie - glad you like the matzahs! Glad to hear there's someone else with me on the tattoo thing. Everyone else can get whatever they want done, but we don't have to. I don't have pierced ears either, but that's because of allergies.

Zhu - 12 years is a long time ago! Welcome to the anti-tattoo club. I totally agree that I can't think of anything I would want on me for the rest of my life. Thanks for the link, those mistakes are really funny.

Emily said...

whenever I hear people talk about what image to tattoo on their body I'm reminded of "Sideways Stories from Wasyside School." Have you read it? One of the students (Calvin-memory refreshed on Wikipedia) is getting a tattoo and can't decide what he wants. He gets input from all his classmates-drageon, ninja, etc. He ends up getting a potato because it was the one thing he would never get sick of. His classmates are very disappointed. That story has stuck with me since elementary school...

Andromeda said...

Definitely not into tattoos on me, though I loved those shows on TLC about the shop ("inked"?). People are crazy! I feel like tattoo artists have a moral responsibility to tell some people "Uhh, no, that's a stupid idea, I'm not doing that" but I guess the money outweights the idiot factor.

Good luck finishing your classes!

Mary Harvest Kitchen said...

Kate is the only member of my family who has a tattoo. I used to be with @Jennie who said she doesn't want anything permanent about her body. I'm the same way--I don't have any piercings and no plans to get any. But...but...the tattoo thing has been changing with me for a while. Ever since I started wearing my insulin pump I've been feeling like if I have something permanent about my body that I DIDN'T choose, I should have something that I DO want! So, I've been thinking about a tree tattoo on my shoulder blade for a couple of years. Kind of waiting until I move out of my parents' house and until I find the right art, maybe Margaret will draw me something. Trees are an important symbol for me, and I like the shoulder blade--easy to hide AND easy to display.

au soleil levant said...

Emily - I loved the Wayside School books but I definitely don't remember the potato tattoo story! It sounds hilarious, maybe that's the real reason I'm not into tattoos?

Andromeda - I find shows like Inked kind of gross, actually. Waaaayyyyy too many tattoos on those! Thanks for the good luck, luck to you too!

Mary - a lot of cancer patients get tattoos for the same reason that you would, and I totally respect that. The reasoning behind it is beautiful and makes a lot of sense to me, even if I wouldn't get a tattoo for that reason myself. I think it would be very special if Margaret drew the image for you.

Monique said...

I was always quite opposed to the idea of tattoos. Then one day I had an idea for one, that celebrates both my French heritage and living abroad twice. I didn't act on it. I thought about it and thought about it for close to a year. At that point, I knew my mind wasn't going to change so I did it. It's small and semi-hidden, even in an area I can't really see. I like it a lot.

I don't know, I literally was vehemently opposed and now I have one. And don't regret the decision at all :)

au soleil levant said...

Monique - How interesting that you were opposed to tattoos and now you have one. I think the fact that you thought about it for so long and came up with an idea that you really like made it successful. I can't think of anything I would want to get tattooed on me, and I think that's the difference between the two of us here. Glad you got something you like!