Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A few random thoughts...just random

Hi.
Not much to say. Just a few random thoughts:
December 2010 is here. Only means 2011 is knocking.
Have a few acquaintances, just a few.
Semester is almost done. GOOD.
As for all those fans. There is a difference between
me and Lady Gaga. And Twitter.
At least I don't let anything come between me and my
fans, not even a computer.

Thank you,

Norma

Monday, October 4, 2010

Applied to four Cal State Universities

Greetings! I regret to say that I apologize for not writing as much. There is too much going on. And yet, this is the period to beginning applying for university. And so I have. Four of them to be exact. At this moment I decline to state which ones. But all I need and want is for one to say yes. Forgive me for being vague, but I must. Nothing is for certain and nothing is impossible. All I can say is that I trying my hardest to end the class that I need here and NOW.



Be well and of course I will let you know if anything happens from now until I know something...anything at all.

Norma

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Most Famous Face In the Place

Hello out there, America!

How are you? Long time, no write. Hope that everything is well. And its that time of school year. Another semester, another class. And yet, I think it's my last. I intend on applying for university this semester and first things, first; knowing where I stand in five weeks. During the last entry, and since June 3 when my last semester was I have read five books (and working on a sixth book) and have been at Cerritos College.

It seems as if I can't get away from Cerritos. Three years will make you say, "YES" and make you gray. Turns out that there were 23 million Norma fans out there. And that to me means one thing...

Make it 30 million Norma fans next semester. Thank you to every fan out there who I saw, spoke to, and who saw me; it what happens when you are the most famous face in the place. The most interesting book I have ever read was about, "The Untold Story of the Rev. James Jones and His People." To the author...its the most important book I have ever read. READ IT, READ IT, READ IT! That's all I got to say.

Lastly, to everyone at the Cerritos College Bookstore. Again, I wish there were stronger words then thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! 100X THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's been forever: Update from Norma

It's been forever. How are you? I mean, you out there? Everything on my end is okay. I'm about as okay as I can be. I have had time to read. I'm a huge fan of John Grisham. In doing so, I'm only left with two of his books to read before another comes out in October. And there another thing...

As a volunteer, I have reached more than 1,000 hours at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach!

MORE THAN 1,000 HOURS, Imagine.

Getting there has been easy and is certainly a lot of work but I have had fun. Since I have reached 1,000+ I can now...
retire!

There are people who expect me to be at the Aquarium every Saturday and (now) Sunday and they are happy to see me. I'm just happy to be seen, but then I realize for them to be happy to see me, and say 'hi Norma' it's what happens when you are a rock star.

Well, this was short and more to come as Aug. 30 rolls around. Still then I will sit and read and begin to do 1,000 more hours. By the time I get to 1,000 hours I'll be...99 years old, same age as the legendary John Wooden.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Resting up for the fall semester

HELLO!!!!

I would hope that you didn't think I abandoned you because I didn't. I just haven't been paying attention lately and everything is in a whirlwind right now. I passed my class and I have another class to go until I transfer (FINALLY!) to a university. The semester starts Aug. 30 at Los Angeles City College and I have decisions to make and mistakes to make?! Yes?

And so that's why I haven't written to a lifetime, or is it? I wanted to participate in the class graduation this last semester but I wasn't sure whether I was going to pass my class. I should have but I didn't. My college graduation is more important to me. High school was a forgetful and undesired time. And....and just and...

And so I leave you with this. Don't think I haven't forgotten...I haven't. Where I am now is better than where I was before. LACC is different. Cerritos was and still is home. LACC was where I wanted to be not where I had to be. And remember, (those of you out there who know me) write me if you want. It's free...just like hugs.

Now if I can get through this last class it means I have a brain...


Imagine.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Question: Where did Norma go?

Alas, I have but a minute to spare for you, whoever you are. I know, I know, where has Norma gone? I'm busy with class, that's where I have been. And we (my sister and I) have the house to ourselves. My parents are out of town until June 3. And no I will not say where.

Just a quick rundown of where I am:

• Next week is the last week before FINALS week.
• Summer session is cancelled at Los Angeles City College
• Could I go back to Cerritos College for summer? Answer: Never say never. I never rule it out
• Fall semester begins on Aug. 30 at LACC

And I have been enjoying get to know our dog Roxie, who is now six months. I love the little buzzard.

Norma

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April's here that means one thing: I'm 30!

April's here and there are a four things to take note of:

First, April 12 would have been Michele Cassiano's 45th birthday. Imagine, being only 45 and beautiful too. She had so much energy and kindness that I know where ever she is she is watching me and her eldest son and 19-year-old daughter do well on earth. As for her sister Tina...I hope that everything is well and knows that I know her birthday is coming up in May.

Second, April 26 would have been Richard Runyon's birthday and the anniversary of Lucille Ball's death. How do I know that?...beats me really. I just do.

And finally...YES...it's true April 27 is my 30th birthday...YES! I said I am 30 years old and looking at it this way: My mind says I'm five, my body says I'm 15, but I know that I'm 30 and hoping to feel younger.



I want to be honest about something. There is always that question of, "What do you want for your birthday?" It's easy, simple and priceless...

Every time you hear a Madonna song, dance.

THANK YOU!

Norma

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Her name is Roxie, named after Hart

Here are photos of our dog, Roxie who is more than four months. She was born Nov. 10, 2009 and was at the Downey Southeast Area Animal Control Authority. She has been with us for more than a week. I named her Roxie, after the character Roxie Hart from the musical, "Chicago."


She is a bundle of energy and very loving, and in the training stage.

Roxie, she is young and a showgirl.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Norma, Dr. Linda Lacy to meet very soon

I have always found it important to be yourself and never be afraid to reach out to someone. With that, below is an e-mail I sent to Cerritos College President/Superintendent Dr. Linda Lacy who has been at Cerritos since September 2009.

Hello Dr. Linda Lacy,

Greetings, and if I may let me introduce myself. My name is Norma Palacios, I am a former Cerritos and current Los Angeles City College student. I have wanted to make your acquaintance since last August. I have followed your progress, and want to say I hope that you have enjoyed and have come to appreciate the wonderful staff and administrators. In that regard, as a student in general, I came to know Cerritos College with great depth and attribute through the student publication Talon Marks. I was part of the writing staff from 2005-2007 and have come to know more than just a few faces, but names as well, including Andrea Jones and Cheryl Thury and all the board members expect Dr. Liu. As such I have appreciated that all of them were just as gracious in person as they are to everyone with whom they have come in contact with. I appreciated them beyond words. But more than anything there is one thing that I hope that you, Dr. Lacy will take into account how important Cerritos College is to the students and its staff. Being that you are building relationships, as I have done, I want to say, and you are fully aware of, that the state of California and its community colleges and universities across America are facing great financial distress. Education is important. While I have chosen to reserve my opinion about what students are facing, it's no doubt that they are looking for someone to depend on for understanding, open dialogue and (possible) solutions. That is why a person such as yourself is most important. I would hope that there will be a time in which someone will be unafraid to introduce themselves to a class, if not a group of students. With that being said, I would hope that there will be a time that you and I could meet, if possible. If it is not possible that is okay as well. I have lived by the motto of, "Never be afraid to be yourself" and Dr. Lacy, I would hope that you will do the same. I will always be around for those I have met at Cerritos College, and I will be around next semester. If you are ever in the bookstore during student rush I will be around.


I would hope to talk to her. It won't take up her time. I just want to know who she is. That's all. And hopefully get some insight about the importance of education. But let me be clear that I will soon write an e-mail to Los Angeles City College's President/Superintendent as well. No reason, I'm just being unafraid to be myself.

Norma

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FINALLY! Spring semester has begun

I'm back at it this week; the spring 2010 semester next 15 weeks after that. Yes, it's another round that's begun and (crossed my fingers) a semester to which I hope will lead to being able to apply for a campus university. But I have to get through these last two classes to get there. AND so far...no fireworks to speak of.

Here at Los Angeles City College there are familiar faces. I was at Cerritos College for its rush period in January. Now...well...I miss them all again; because I love them all. That's what happens when you are blessed with talent, and are famous and are totally super nice to me.

LOVE TO ALL AT Cerritos College's BOOKSTORE...you are the true stars...you have the brains...I just hope to think I have one. YOU are the famous ones...I'm just trying to be famous...YOU are the apples to my oranges that's why I'm a truckload. Thank you for putting up with my obessions and imperfections, I am the true Ugly Betty.

ANYWAY...as for the rest of you...ditto times two!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Remembering Michele, three years later

It's been three years, but it feels as if it was only yesterday. On Jan. 24 Michele Cassiano passed away from cancer. She was 41. Here's to her for having such an impact on everyone that she met; including me. I will never forget the day I met her.


May she know that her spirit is free and knowing that she will NEVER be forgotten. THANK YOU! And may her family know I will never forget.

April 12, 1965-Jan. 24, 2007

TO Michele's family: THANK YOU TO YOU TOO!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Looking at age 30, it means it's 2010

Hello everyone!

It's 2010! Amazing. Here is a recap of what I have been up to since I saw (or is that wrote?) you last: I have been laying low for some time and I was actually sad during Christmas Day. I was. It was because of my dog no longer being here. And, I am still looking for more Madonna shirts (when am I not?). And if you are keeping score out there, whoever you are, it's 41 and counting...I do mean counting.

In addition, I have been at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific too, so if you are nearby or plan to visit California come Saturdays and occasionally Sundays. I will be there. Besides, I am the main attraction. As I said before the break, I begin the spring semester on Feb. 8 at Los Angeles City College so I have some time between now and then to visit Hollywood, visit the stars of the Walk of Fame. In other words, my other life.

I hope that everything with you guys and bloggers and those of you who have left comments are well and your New Year's was amazing. And there is other news too. If you don't know my birthday is in April, April 27 to be exact and there will be things that I will be doing for my big 3-0. The first thing will be I will actually go to a bar...maybe in Hollywood. I want to experience that. I want to be out there to see an environment I have never been in. And I want to get drunk.

Can you believe that I'm actually thinking of something else? I am. I just can't tell you about that yet. I will have to show you in pictures. And no I'm not getting married. It's better than getting married, but I will only say I will be getting something...so get your head out of the gutter.