psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (not being entertained)
I've had lots of thoughts the last few days, but they're kind of jumbled together in one big mess in my head. Attempting to unravel, then:

1. Everyone should read this: Own Your Awesome. Just go, read it.

2. Diana Gabaldon on fanfic. Seriously?! Her stuff is hardly worth the effort it takes to get out the door to go find it, for shit's sake. She's since issued another post, but it's a useless bit of internet, if you ask me.

3. I was feeling queasy this morning. I still am a little bit, but at least it's better right now. I really think I need to work on what and how much I eat every day, because this is getting ridiculous.

4. We registered the boychild for a summer camp. He goes in July for a week, about 2 hours north of here. It's a Christian camp, but more on par with what we were hoping for, AND it's $245 (as opposed to the asinine $400 and up being charged elsewhere). I still think $245 is pretty ridiculous (that's STILL more than we spend on groceries in a month!), but it's MUCH easier to swallow.

5. We found a church we're going to try this Sunday. Thoughts will be forthcoming.

6. Dear Coworker:

Every single time we schedule a training session, you agree to it, then are gone or schedule a doctor appointment for the same time and don't bother to tell me. I am sick to death of your stupid, selfish games and the union isn't going to protect you much longer when you keep abusing every privilege you have.

My patience with you is absolutely gone, and you are very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very times INFINITY lucky that I need this job, or I would have slapped you silly a long, long, long, long, LONG TIME AGO.

Get over yourself, stop behaving like you're a victim and STAY AWAY FROM ME, because I have HAD IT.

No love - not even any LIKE -
The One With Whom You Really Should Have Made An Effort

P.S. Oh, and our mutual supervisor and manager? They're on MY side, you ignorant cow.

7. I can't even begin to explain all the things that make the aforementioned coworker an absolute NIGHTMARE to work with! My tolerance level is shockingly low to begin with, and she's so far beyond it, I can't even look at her without rage just burning a hole through my brain.

8. Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called Everybody, and they meet at the bar. DREW CAREY.

9. Yesterday was Star Wars Day - May the Fourth be with you! *LMAO* I know I'm late with it, but all the same-. ;)

10. I should probably have put all this behind a cut, but I just can't be arsed today. Sorry. I still love you all. ♥
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (worth fighting for)
As I'm sure I've made clear several dozen times, I am by turns content and completely frazzled by my job.

It's not the job itself, really - cash is details, and details are most definitely my thing. I am loyal and reasonable and punctual, and I believe that getting the details right will make the big picture fabulous. I'm careful and accurate and learn quickly, I find shortcuts that not only allow us to work smarter, but are also correct, and I keep a light but firm grip on the reins of my coworkers and the things for which they are each responsible. I am well-versed in each component of the cash application area of my department, and the go-to girl for answers, be they questions asked by my team or by other people outside my team. There are two managers, two supervisors and ten or so people urging me to apply for one of the open supervisor positions because of what I know and what I can do.

However, I've been wanting to get out of here for quite a while now. I've been here for over ten years, and I've put up with a lot - A LOT - of garbage that other people in other workplaces don't generally put up with. Sure, everyone has bad days, there are always difficult (and even really fucked up) customers, be they internal or external. Everyone deals with petty ridiculousness in the workplace on a fairly regular basis; I'm aware of this, I acknowledge that I'm not the only one.

But my head is brushing the ceiling of my limit. I've been open, I've been willing to make changes, to roll with them and to find a way to replace existing procedures and thought processes with new ones. I can't stand the atmosphere here anymore, though, and am loathe to put any real effort into what I'm doing when I just don't care. I want something else, someplace else.

Last Saturday I went to a jewelry party. It was girly and fun, as it should have been, and I enjoyed myself. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was being held as a fundraiser effort.

There's an organization called Children's Lighthouse, and they offer child- and family-focused respite, transitional and end-of-life care to children with life-limiting conditions. There are something like 40 or so hospice homes for children in the UK alone, two in Australia and Canada each and many others around the world. If I correctly remember what Katie said, there's only ONE of these types of homes in the US. There are several hospice homes for adults, but none for children.

And my first thought was, "Here's something I believe in. How can I be a part of it?"

The foundation is being built right now, so it's still in the early stages; they are currently applying for non-profit status and searching for the right place for the home, which will be able to house six to eight children as well as room for their parents/families. There will be an end-of-life suite, and I forget the rest of what she said. It's so incredibly sad to think about, children with terminal illnesses - but I believe in the idea strongly enough to know I'd be OK with the realities of it.

OK, maybe not the needles and doctors stuff, but you get the picture, right?

Anyway, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I learned of it, and while their website (linked above) is still super basic, I still want to know if I could work for them from an accounting standpoint. It's what I do, and I do it well. I could learn the things I need to know that I don't already, and I could actually make a living doing something I believe in.

But...I don't know where to begin. The website is so basic that only their mission statement and privacy policy are on it, and a place to donate to the cause. I have Katie's card, but while we have finally met each other, we're hardly more than acquaintances.

A little background - Katie is one of Mikey's numerous cousins. I've mentioned his grandparents, John and Bunny, many times before. John has four brothers and two sisters; Katie is the daughter of his sister Mary. I knew Katie was Mary's daughter, and Katie knew I was Mikey's mom, but we only actually just met each other on Saturday - so seriously, the barest of acquaintances.

And she's the only person I know who's involved in this. I wish I knew how to approach it, because I am completely adrift, here.

Ideas? Thoughts?

Could you work for a place like this? Even if you don't have any sage words of wisdom for me, I'd be interested to see what you think of the organization, the purpose, and whether or not you think you could do it, and why you feel the way you do about it. :)

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
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1. Mom's got a pre-op physical this afternoon, and is scheduled for outpatient surgery on Tuesday. They'll remove the lymph node, and do a biopsy on it afterwards. I guess the CAT scan was inconclusive enough to make the doc just want to remove the node altogether, and go from there. I'm not too worried; I think it's better to just get it out and see what's what.

2. WE LEAVE IN AN HOUR! Image and video hosting by TinyPic

We're going to Duluth for the weekend, up to Island View Resort, where we've stayed a few times before. We really like the place, and we've been wanting to do it in the winter, so off we go for the weekend. I can hardly stand it, I'm so excited to get out of town for a couple days. We'll be in cabin 6, which looks great. *is excited*

3. We'll even be back in time for the football game on Sunday evening. I was telling Matt this morning that I don't care if they win or lose - I mean, obviously, winning is nice, but as long as they show up and play the game the way I know they are capable of doing, I'll be happy. All the same, GO VIKINGS!!

4. A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking. EARL WILSON.

5. Have a good weekend, everybody!!
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (worth fighting for)
OK, a few quick things. First of all, I missed a couple birthdays.

♫ December 15 - Katy
♫ December 28 - Beth

I hope you both had wonderful days, and congratulations on making it another year!

Next, I hope each and every one of you, flist, had a fabulous holiday, whatever it is you celebrate. Merry, merry Christmas, everyone.

And lastly, I wish only the best for each of you in the coming year. You are all important to me, even if we don't always speak to each other much, and I hope all good things come to you all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

We must face tomorrow, whatever it may bring, with determination, joy and bravery. MR. MAGORIUM, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

Be brave, friends, be determined. And be joyful.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (water and lemons)
1. Day six of the seven-day meme!

For one week, recommend/share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy

Day Six )

2. In other news - got a new-to-us dresser today. Eight drawers, dovetailed and made of solid maple. It was my grandmother's - my aunt needed to get rid of it, and we were in need of one, so she brought it over. There's also a matching headboard and footboard that we'll probably take because we're going to get Mikey a new bed eventually. Sweet.

3. A friend I've been on the prowl for for several years now turned up yesterday! She finally signed up on Facebook, and sent me an add request. And then - praise the Lord - she was home last night AND had MSN Messenger. We chatted for four hours! I've missed her a lot, and it was awesome to finally get hold of her again.

4. The Twins JUST lost the game. WTF is it with my hometown team? Every damn year, they seem to get into the playoffs and then choke. FUCK. *sighs*

WOOT!! XD.

Oct. 6th, 2009 08:52 pm
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GO TWINS, DIVISION CHAMPS!!!

OK, now that's out of my system - A Game of Thrones. I'm not far, only halfway through the first chapter from Ned's point of view. But thoughts...The Others! The cocky prat deserved it, I think, but what about Will? Is he dead, then? I love Jon Snow already for excluding himself from the direwolf pup distribution, and was so pleased when he heard the albino one and claimed it for his own.

Catelyn - I haven't got much more than impressions on her, but she came across as a little shallow. Is she? I like Ned, I like the kind of Papa he seems to be, explaining to Bran why he had to do it himself, why honor and duty are important.

I feel bad for Dany, and outright hate her nasty brother. What's Illyrio up to? Is the place where they are not on the map in the front of the book? I keep referring to it for every place name, but half the place names given aren't even on the map.

Going to bed to read more soon.

On a separate note, I haven't done a meme in a while. Stole this one from...well, seemingly everybody...

For one week, recommend/share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy

Day One )

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Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. GEORGE F. WILL.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (where the heart is)
Mmm, just a basic update, but I'll cut for length. ;)

Click to read about Life, the Universe and Everything. )

I think that's the majority of it for now...I may have more to say later. *lol*

The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." GEORGE CARLIN.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (where the heart is)
1. I finished Damage and Sin, both by Josephine Hart, and have started Oblivion. And, of course, added a couple more to the list. It keeps getting longer, but I can't help it - there are so many good books out there.

Updated my reading list! )

2. Some of you may have already read it on my Facebook, but I'll repost it here for those who haven't - I have the greatest kid. We were in the car, heading off to run a few errands after dropping off Mikey's sleepover friends yesterday. They have several gerbils, and Mikey was saying that they smell, so Matt informed him that his bedroom would smell like that ALL. THE. TIME. if he got his own gerbil. And then Matt also explained that I'd never be able to go into Mikey's room again. He said, "You like it when Mommy tickles you and plays games with you at bedtime, right? And when she kisses you and hugs you and tucks you in?" And Mikey, slowly following along, "Yeah."

Matt: "Well, Mommy wouldn't be able to do that anymore if you had a gerbil." Trying to reason with him.

Mike: "We could put it in another room, it wouldn't have to be in my bedroom." Mumbling a little, here.

Me: "Like where, Mike? We don't have a big apartment."

Mike: "Well, like the living room, maybe."

Me: "I couldn't go in the living room anymore, then."

Matt: "She wouldn't be able to sit with us or watch movies with us, or play video games, or eat dinner even, since the living room and dining room are all one big room, Mikey."

Mike: "Well, it's probably just the fur she's allergic to." Petulant, now.

Matt: "That's EXACTLY what she's allergic to!" Smiling, but still being reasonable in explaining.

Mikey, exasperated and edging into the-answer-is-so-obvious-you-dummies mode: "SHAVE IT!"

Matt and I just about lost it, picturing Matt carefully shaving a small rodent! And Matt replies, "I'm not shaving a gerbil!!" XDXDXD.

3. Sad - [livejournal.com profile] loveweasleys04 called to invite us over to watch the football game today, and I was all ready to say, "Sure!!" But then she said it starts at NOON! *cries* I'm here at work till about 3:30, so we'll completely miss it. Boo. But thanks anyway, Beth - we'll try it again another weekend!

4. BETH. I forgot, I have Evie's tiny little hair clippie, the pale coral one. Fell out of her hair last time you guys were over; I'll bring it back one of these days, if I remember! *LOL*

5. It is SO. HOT. up here. I've moved the thermostat down twice, but it's not helping yet. It's also bright and muggy outside - urgh. I'm hoping for more rain and a good thunderstorm, but it may just continue to be tense outside instead. *blows out a breath* Which would just figure, of course.

6. Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. PAULO COELHO, THE ALCHEMIST.
psyche29: Emma Watson with her head to the side and mouth wide open in a laugh, text "laugh" (laugh)
1. OK, so I haven't collected all the vacation pics yet. BUT - I did find the one of Mikey with the fish he caught. Check him out:

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2. Since that's the only one, I'll picspam you with today's fabulosity. I'm so good to you guys. *snorts*

3. Nachos for dinner! They were SO good!
YUMMO!
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The "Nachos Idea Guy," grinning with his mouth full:
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4. We were in Target and I found a Harry Potter Clue game!!

Yes, of course I bought it!
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It's a bit more involved than the good, old-fashioned Clue game, but it's still the same basic move-accuse-deduce setup.
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You can be Resident Bad-Ass, Neville Longbottom! Win!
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Or Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny or Luna. We ended up playing two rounds:
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5. You guys, I got my own fishee!!

Look at him and tell me he's not gorgeous:
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He's mostly this deep, rich, cobalt blue:
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Had to turn the flash off to get that glory-of-the-sun-in-blue color to show nicely:
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But the flash brings out that stunning aqua-green beneath!
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6. And Fishee totally needs a name. I can't keep calling him "Fishee." Any suggestions?I'm thinking along the lines of something Thai or Cambodian; betta fish are native to the rice paddies of these places. I've got several ideas, most of them Thai. Chanarong, which means experienced warrior. Kasem, well being; happiness. Klahan, courageous. Niran, everlasting; eternal. Sunan, which has no meaning. Virote, great; power. Atid, sun. Of those, Chanarong would be closest in description - they're Siamese fighting fish, after all. But I don't really like that name. I couldn't find a Thai name that means "glorious," because MAN, look at that coloring! I want to sink into the brilliance of it.

I found a Vietnamese name, Thanh, meaning bright, clear blue; elegant - do they have rice paddies in Vietnam, do you suppose? It's the same region as Thailand and Cambodia, after all...

And a Cambodian name, Samnang, which means good fortune, which of course has nothing whatsoever to do with fish or fighting or gloriously brilliant, sink-into-me blue.

According to an online translator I found, "glorious" in Thai is: รุ่งโรจน์ , which of course doesn't tell me anything about how you say it. *rolls eyes*

I think I'm leaning mostly toward the Vietnamese name, Thanh, pronounced TAN-yih, because the meaning is closest to what I think of when I look at him. But I also like the Cambodian Samnang, because I could call him Sam for short and I love that.

Decisions, decisions... Thoughts, anyone? Please?

7. We saw bunnies there. I want a bunny so horrifyingly badly, but I can't have them; I'm allergic to them in rotten, unlivable ways. I'm allergic to nearly all the pets we could easily afford and handle, which sucks for Mike because it means he can't have any of them. *shakes fist at the allergy deity*

So suffice it to say I babble at Fishee like it's a bunny or kitty or puppy I can pet and snuggle and love. Yeah, I'm a geek, I know it. *hehe*

8. I keep making these long posts - is that irritating to anybody? Would it be better if I used cuts more often? I wonder, sometimes, if people don't like to see really long entries cluttering up their "friends" pages. Thoughts?

9. I brushed my hair this morning. It hurt. Note to self: next time you bring a brush along on vacation, USE IT.

10. A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. GEORGE MOORE.

11. Hmm, it's apparently ten after three, which means it's not even Sunday anymore, it's Monday. I think I'll head to bed; have a good week, all!!

EDIT: 12. I forgot to tell you! That two-hour power outage last night? Completely fried our already-gasping router. *rolls eyes* But we picked up a new one today for less than half what we planned to spend on it, so that rocks. Yay for unexpected sales and finding the last one in stock!
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (together)
1. WE LEAVE IN TEN HOURS! Image and video hosting by TinyPic

2. I posted $2.8 MILLION in payments today. Been holding them for WEEKS when she told me to work on those bloody corporate accounts...she'd completely forgotten I had the other payments, so was thrilled when I told her month-end would look great once I posted all the outstanding electronic files I'd accumulated.

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3. We went to Como Zoo last Sunday. I had way more pictures than this, but my camera's been a bit wonky lately and zoom won't work, so these are just a few of the better pictures.

Mini Zoo PicSpam )

4. Made a banner/header for my LJ layout last night, got it put in there today. I LOVE it and am so proud of it. *hehe*

5. In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe. MICHAEL JACKSON.

6. Time to get some sleep. Everybody have a great week! Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic
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1. WE LEAVE IN TEN HOURS! Image and video hosting by TinyPic

2. I posted $2.8 MILLION in payments today. Been holding them for WEEKS when she told me to work on those bloody corporate accounts...she'd completely forgotten I had the other payments, so was thrilled when I told her month-end would look great once I posted all the outstanding electronic files I'd accumulated.

Some days, I wonder why I still work there. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

3. We went to Como Zoo last Sunday. I had way more pictures than this, but my camera's been a bit wonky lately and zoom won't work, so these are just a few of the better pictures.

Mini Zoo PicSpam )

4. *points at top of journal* Did you see the banner I made, huh? Huh? Didja? *is proud*

5. In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe. MICHAEL JACKSON.

6. Time to get some sleep. Everybody have a great week! Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (together)
1. We leave for our week at the lake in less than TWO DAYS. *bounces* We are so totally looking forward to this vacation; we've needed it for rather a while, now. We haven't been up there in two years - it'll be nice to finally just relax and do nothing. We leave Saturday morning, and come back the following Saturday.

2. I've discovered that I really, really enjoy ogling different interiors, so here are some more I found that I love. I found the lot of them on Decorology; I'm finding that I really enjoy reading that blog.

More Interior Design )

3. I'm working on making a header for my journal. We'll have to see how it turns out.

4. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. GARRISON KEILLOR.
psyche29: Emma Watson with her head to the side and mouth wide open in a laugh, text "laugh" (laugh)
1. You know, given the right circumstances (which would include getting rid of the two headcases and the current supervisor and allowing me to replace the two headcases with normal, mostly confident people), I would totally go for the supervisor position in the cash office. It is wildly ridiculous, how disorganized and utterly lacking in customer service it is down there. Given two rational employees, I could have that office running like a well-oiled, well-loved machine inside of six months.

Theoretically.

2. Just finished watching The Incredible Hulk, the one with Edward Norton. It was all right; not something I would have chosen for myself, but not a complete waste of an evening.

3. In discussion of Thor, God of Thunder and part of The Avengers, resulting from the aforementioned movie, heard in my living room not sixty seconds ago:

Mikey: Who's Thor?
Matt: He was a Viking god.
Mikey: Like Adrian Peterson?


And this from the kid who seriously couldn't care less about football! *dies*

4. Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. HAFIZ.

5. If you haven't seen this yet, you must. Everything about it makes me grin and giggle and burst with all manner of joy. See for yourself:
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (together)
1. Not too much today. Yes, again. And yes, I am aware that I am a boring, boring person...

2. S'ketti tonight at Bunny and John's. Bunny makes the best spaghetti. Wait, scratch that - Bunny makes the best food, period. I'm pretty sure she's fed me crap I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole if I knew what it was. And she lies when I ask her what stuff is, too. Woman knows how to work me, what can I say?

3. Karen's birthday was yesterday (the 23rd). Party tomorrow evening for her, so baking a cake tonight since Mom asked me. German chocolate - yummo. Dad's birthday today, called and wished him a happy one.

4. Mikey is currently serving punishment for the crime of the summer, committed last night. He's grounded from video games, we've taken away all snacks, he doesn't get a fan for his room this weekend, and we made him stay over at Bunny and John's tonight instead of giving him the choice. His crime? Last night (thank God it was dark), Matt stepped out on the balcony. Mikey, thinking he was being funny, stepped up behind him and YANKED HIS PANTS DOWN. Underwear and all. ... Hilarious now, yes, but last night? Ohhh, not funny. I've never seen that kid start crying so fast in his life. Didn't even have to touch him, he knew how much trouble he got himself into.

5. Watched that new GForce movie on Wednesday, a pre-screening for which Matt won free tickets. It was amusing here and there, but I'm glad we didn't pay for it.

Saw Get Smart the other night, though - that was a really great movie. Have to pick up my own copy.

6. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.' C.S. LEWIS.
psyche29: Hobbes (the tiger from Calvin and Hobbes) with his hands in the air, grinning and sparkles all around, text "squee" (squee)
1. OMFG-OMFG-OMFG-OMFG-OMFG, THEY'RE GIVING ME LEAD PAY!! BEGINNING MONDAY, I GET FOUR HOURS OF LEAD PAY EVERY DAY, WHICH IS AN EXTRA DOLLAR AN HOUR FOR EACH OF THOSE FOUR HOURS!! TOTAL CAPSLOCK HAPPY BOOGIE DANCE! Seriously, I had NO faith whatsoever that this would be coming any time soon, if ever. And here today, Sue laid it out for me. No trap, no nothing. Just FINALLY, acknowledgment that I do so much more than my fair share around work. SO. RIDICULOUSLY. PLEASED.

2. That doesn't lessen my work load, sadly, but it's a HUGE step in the right direction...especially as I'm the first to whom they've given this. Ever.

3. Also, I'm supposed to move back down to the other end, but split my stuff between the non-desk and the big desk. Sue hasn't quite thought this through, but she'll get with the program soon enough. I hope. She's as stubborn as I am when it comes to being right.

4. I can't find my paint shop pro, so I spent some of my lunch hour fiddling around with Paint.net and made a few avatars. Use what you like, as you like. Credit would be lovely, but isn't hugely necessary.

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The third one is the last part of 1 Corinthians 13:13. The fourth I made up. And the fifth is part of a quote by..uh... *goes to look it up* ...Erica Jong from O Magazine in February of 2004: "Love is everything it's cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for." In case you wondered. :)

I may make more later this weekend. And perhaps I'll post them to that community I joined...if I figure out the rules and what they mean... (Beth, that was a hint for help...)

5. Um. I can't remember what I was- OH. I finished my seventh book of the year today. I'm not really on a goal or anything to read a specific number this year, but I know some of you are, so I wondered where you're at compared to me. Out of a ridiculous abundance of curiosity, I guess. Indulge me.

6. Oh, and those of you who care about hair and fashion and the like? HELP ME. It is winter, it is cold, the air is brittle. MY HAIR IS SO STATICKY THAT I'M SHOCKING MYSELF EVERY-DAMN-WHERE. What will help this without weighing down or destroying my hair? Or making me need to wash it every damn day, which only exacerbates the problem? I can't keep sticking lotion in it. That doesn't destroy it, but it does weigh it down and make it get oilier faster. I'm looking for a specific product, I suppose - but please keep in mind that I am a NO-maintenance type of girl. I wash my hair, I condition it, I go. I own neither a curling iron nor a hair dryer. I suppose I could pick up a dryer if I must, but UGH.

Also - my hair is already stick-straight and baby fine (and has oily tendencies at the scalp) , but I've heard that a straightener might help. Any tips or ideas or corrections on that? A straightener is more work than I am probably willing to put into it, but seriously, this is ridiculous. I pull a brush through my hair, and it just goes everywhere, sticks everywhere. Uncool, uncomfy, makes me look stupid. And I don't own a comb, though I doubt it'd make a huge difference. I need to know what to do. PLEASE HELP.

7. Waffle breakfast tomorrow. Completely incredible pecan syrup, here I come. Wonder if they'll notice me sneaking the huge bottle out inside my coat? Maybe I oughtn't, it's in a church, after all... *snerk*
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When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech. I can never follow rules, especially as "The Princess Bride" is simply stuffed with wonderful quotes, so forgive me for listing more than one...

1. "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

2. "Stop that rhyming now, I mean it!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"
"AAAAGGGHHHHH!!!"

3. "WRONG! Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out, "Dear God, what is that thing?!" will echo in your perfect ears. THAT is what 'to the pain' means. It means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever."

4. "Have fun storming the castle!"
"Think it'll work?"
"It would take a miracle."

5. "We face each other as God intended. Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone."
"You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?"

*cracks up laughing* Aww, man, I need to find my DVD and transfer this one onto my iPod!!
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* Nothing too new lately. Mikey has been in fourth grade for a week now. His teacher is very nice and very Greek. She was born and raised in Greece, and still has a pretty thick accent - it's very cool.

Mikey hasn't gotten his name on the board or been in trouble at all so far...we'll see how long that lasts.

He's also turning ten this coming Thursday, and is thrilled beyond speech capability because we're letting him have a "swimming party." Meaning we let him invite five other kids and we take them to the Civic Center for pool and water-slide play, then feed them cake and ice cream and send them home. *hehe* Should be interesting, especially since he's inviting the girl we tease him about all the time, Desiree...and she's interested in going. Too, too cute. XD.

* Since I have to return it in a day or two, I want to get some of these quotes from Atonement down while it's still in my possession, at least until I can check it out again...or get my own copy:

You can skip if you wanna, these are mostly for me to remember. )

* Huh. I thought I had something else to say, but I guess not. Oh well, I suppose I'll just post it later if it comes to me. ;)

EDIT: I know what I wanted to say! I took advantage of the "paid account sale," and now have my very own paid account. I've changed my layout, but I'll be on the lookout for something else, as this isn't quite what I wanted. Any suggestions would be lovely - I just prefer darker colors like this. :D

* And last but not least, a meme:

1. There are 30 questions.
2. Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
3. Answer one question with one name.
4. Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme.


You'll find a lot of repetition in here, since I haven't many friends on my f-list - and several left blank, because no one quite fits... )
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"What does the candle represent?"
"Life."
"Whose life?"
"All life, every life. We're all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars, molecules that do not understand politics, policies and differences. In a billion years we foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. Desperate acts of ego. We give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps. And pretend our light is better than everyone else's. The flame reminds us of the piece of those stars that live inside us. A spark that tells us: you should know better. The flame also reminds us that life is precious, as each flame is unique. When it goes out, it's gone forever. And there will never be another quite like it. So many candles will go out tonight. I wonder some days if we can see anything at all."
- J. Michael Stracnyski

Love this.

Jun. 18th, 2008 11:54 am
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"For remember," ... "that it is altogether your world now. You and all the rest. We have delivered you from evil, but the evil that is inside men is at the last a matter for men to control. The responsibility and the hope and the promise are in your hands - - your hands and the hands of the children of all men on this earth. The future cannot blame the present, just as the present cannot blame the past. The hope is always here, always alive, but only your fierce caring can fan it into a fire to warm the world." ...

"For Drake is no longer in his hammock, children, nor is Arthur somewhere sleeping, and you may not lie idly expecting the second coming of anybody now, because the world is yours and it is up to you. Now especially since man has the strength to destroy this world, it is the responsibility of man to keep it alive, in all its beauty and marvellous joy."

... "And the world will still be imperfect, because men are imperfect. Good men will still be killed by bad, or sometimes other good men, and there will still be pain and disease and famine, anger and hate. But if you work and care and are watchful, as we have tried to be for you, then in the long run the worse will never, ever triumph over the better."
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Watched Transformers again today. I watch it often. OK, I listen to it often - it's on my iPod, and I play it while I'm working. I glance at it occasionally, but I mostly just listen. Anyway. I love this movie, can't get enough.

This:

Ironhide: "Why are we fighting to save the humans? They're a primitive, violent race."

Optimus Prime: "Were we so different? They're a young species. They have much to learn. But I've seen goodness in them. Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."


And this:

Optimus Prime: "With the All Spark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. And fate has yielded its reward: a new world to call home. We live among its people now, hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret, waiting, protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there's more to them than meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars: we are here, we are waiting."

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