As I finally started to think about my Twitterive, ideas began to overflow in my mind. I got nervous and had no idea of where to even begin. I sat myself down about an hour ago and came up with the perfect idea or BIG picture of what my Twitterive will look like!  My Twitterive is supposed to be based on a theme or my “place” in which I am supposed to find within my tweets on Twitter. I went through my tweets and copied the ones that I found useful onto Microsoft Word. I then used Professor Mangini’s idea of color coding them. After putting them together and color coding, my theme/place was obvious. I will call it “Home Away From Home… - - Boyfriend Versus Best Friend.”

My “place” is my home. My definition of home is a place where you find unconditional love, trust, happiness, acceptance and comfort. My definition of place is FAMILY. My family is what gives me that “unconditional love, trust, happiness, acceptance and comfort.” Going through my tweets, I found myself MOSTLY tweeting about my boyfriend or my best friend. Because I am away at school, my observations and thoughts all had to do with those two people who are here with me. Home does not have to be a physical place, it can also be mental. I find home to be when I am with either my boyfriend and/or my best friend. They both give me what my family gives me. That is why I consider them to be my “Home Away From Home.” I thought it would be cool to make my Twitterive a bit of a competition or more of a comparison of the two (boyfriend & best friend). I also plan on incorporating my tweets into my piece.

The genres I plan on using are:

-Rap
: I will make a separate rap for my boyfriend and best friend
-Facebook Chat: Possibility
-Recipe: I will have a separate recipe for my boyfriend and best friend
-Compare-Contrast: I will compare and contrast my boyfriend and best friend
-Interview: I will interview both my boyfriend and best friend
-Agenda: I will make an agenda (a day spent with my boyfriend and a day spent with my best friend)
-Pictures: I will use pictures of my boyfriend and best friend throughout my Twitterive
-Thank-You: I will write a Thank-You at the end to my boyfriend and best friend

I not only want to make an amazing Twitterive for a good grade, but I also want my boyfriend, Enzo and my best friend, Erica to know how much I love and appreciate them. I want to thank them for giving me a home, another place to feel love, trust, happiness, acceptance and comfort. I have plenty of tweets that I can use to show my theme. Below, I will list only ten to give you an idea. I will continue to tweet about both my boyfriend and my best friend so that I will have even more to help me in putting my Twitterive together!

1. "I want to be so close to you so that when I breathe in, you breathe in..."
#UnconditionalLove

2. "What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Thank you @vincenzinno! #ILoveYou

3. @eklick717, I've been sitting in my FREEZING cold room WAITING for you to get back. Just finished my homework too. #BestFriends.

4. Just climbed through the boy's apartment window with
@eklick717.#Heroes

5. Lion King 3D with @vincenzinno, @eklick717 & Victor. #ThursdayNight

6. Had a romantic dinner with @eklick717...tuna wrap with salt and pepper chips YUM.

7. @eklick717& Victor just tucked me in :) #BestFriends OH & I'm a #Vegetarian & I just eat a meatball.

8. Tibbitts and Franze family meet tonight!

9. Pumpkin Spice Latte, Slurpeeee, Candy Corn-- On my way home for the night w/ babes!
#ImSOExcitedJustCantHideIt

10. Sushi & Shirley Temples w/ my boo, @vincenzinno, my BF @eklick717 & everyone else! #Samurai
 
I enjoyed reading An Encounter, by James Joyce because it reminded me of one of my favorite movies. It reminded me of Stand by Me, an older movie that was released in 1986. A writer narrates a boyhood adventure, which he and his three friends take to find the body of a missing boy. I find the two movies to be similar because both are based on an ADVENTURE or a journey taken by a group of young boys. In An Encounter, the boys came across an old man who was very awkward and seemed to have psychological problems. I assumed that only because of the things he said and his mannerisms described by the boy. He talked about young girls in a way that made me sick, due to the fact that he is an older man. He also talked about whipping young boys if they had sweethearts and how he would love to whip them more than anything in the world. The one thing I enjoyed about the old man was how he expressed his passion to be young again. He says, “The happiest time of one’s life was undoubtedly one’s schoolboy days” (Joyce). I would love to go back to my childhood days but not permanently. Only if there were time machines; you could go back to your childhood whenever you want! I believe that the two boys and the old man are alike in terms of their PLACE. There place is their schoolboy days, childhood and their adventures. It is where they “hunger” and want so badly adventures and new experiences. They enjoy it more than anything and like the old man says, he would do anything to go back.
 
Paris to the Moon by Gopnik and Billy the Kid, by Ondaatje both showed an immense amount of detail. Both authors gave such thorough descriptions throughout their entire piece. 

While reading Gopnik’s piece, I kind of felt bad for him and his family. The move from country to country, New York to France was obviously a rough one. Moving from state to state was hard enough for me; I can only imagine what it would be like to move to a different country. Moving from state to state puts the stress on you of meeting new people, finding a new grocery store, new stores to shop at, finding a new job and etc. But when you move country to country, it must be ten times harder. Gopnik explains some of the difficulties that he and his family had to face. Not only did they have the stress of meeting new people, finding a new grocery store, new stores to shop at, new jobs and etc., they had the stress of learning a new language, different and new machines, and a totally different lifestyle. Moving is hard and it can all relate back to PLACE, as I explained in the previous blog post. When you leave your place, your home, your comfort zone, the place you know inside and out, how do you start over? It is not easy and in some cases not possible.

While reading Ondaatje’s piece, I honestly had no idea what to think. I had no idea where it was going or what the purpose of it was. It came across to me as weird, awkward and questionable. The only thing I could relate to was the fact that the house was always full of people and animals. My house consists of me, my mom, my dad, my two sisters, and my brother. There are two dogs and we ALWAYS have visitors. Sallie Chisum seemed to be the main topic of the piece, yet I did not understand why it is called Billy the Kid??
 
This past weekend Enzo (my boyfriend) and I left Rowan to visit my family at home. I made sure to read two of the four readings for this class before I left, so that I would not have a big work load on Sunday (the day before our blogs on the readings were due). It is a good thing I read the ones I did because Narrative Life, by Pagnucci and Native Hill, by Berry both had to do with PLACE. After reading what each author had to say, I could correlate between the two that place is the central idea or theme. When I think of “Place,” I do not just think of somewhere to go. I think of a home or a person’s place in the world. His or her place is where he or she feels most comfortable, safe, happy and loved. 

In Pagnucci’s case, his place isn’t in a physical setting but is more of a mental place. It is filled with memories and childhood stories, in which he uses to find and explain himself. As a child his place was a fantasy world of superheroes. “That was where he felt strong, safe, and the center of attention” (Pagnucci). A few of the stories he had mentioned about his childhood seemed to be depressing. I believe these to be the reason of his place ending up in comic books and in a fantasy world. Today his childhood stories are what have molded him into who he is. His place is in each story that he tells. He says, “We need to be a part of our story” (Pagnucci). Narrating his stories is what keeps him in his place and is a part of how he lives his life.

Berry on the other hand, has a physical spot in which he calls his place. His place is his hometown where he was born, also known as his HOME. This is a place based on his family heritage and history. And when he was not in his place or hometown, he acted as though the other places that he had been did not matter. He felt that they had no importance to him and he did not need to take the time to make himself a new home. Coming back to his hometown years later, he had a new understanding of it; he saw the richness in it and he could pick out the details of its life. He also seems to really enjoy the nature of his hometown. I did not fully understand where he was trying to go with what he was saying, but all in all I believe it was based on how special a place and a home can be.

ANYWAY, as soon as I pulled into my driveway it was obvious to me that HOME is my place. Being home with my family and my boyfriend gives me feelings of happiness that I can not get anywhere else. I can walk around my house in the same sweats and not shower for three days and still feel so good. My sister can yell at me for taking her clothes, but we both still know that we love each other. Looking through pictures and discussing the “Remember when’s” with my family can compare to Pagnucci's thoughts. I agree 100% that a person’s childhood memories and experiences are what mold us into who we are.

On my way back to school You and I, by Lady GaGa came on the radio. As I listened to it, PLACE came to mind. If you listen to the lyrics of the song you can figure out where her place is or was at the time. Place can also be a place of LOVE. My place at home INCLUDES my boyfriend and the love he gives me.