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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
10:01 pm
Writer's Block: Making a better day
If you were given one magic wish to improve the world, for what would you wish?

Peace for everyone, and happiness in that peace.

And by peace, I don't mean no conflict of any kind. But this killing people over things business has got to stop.  Period.
Saturday, December 25th, 2010
10:35 am
Merry Christmas, to those who celebrate, and happy Saturday when everything is closed to those who don't!  May the coming year be full of joy and laughter.
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
5:23 pm
Calling all video/computer game afficioinados - Help Needed!
OK, so here's the deal: my boyfriend and I love games.  So, for his birthday, my boyfriend asked me to get him a PS3 game we could play together.  Or, if it's not 2 player, one that we could switch off playing.

My dilemna: I have no idea what's out in terms of video games, let alone what's 2 player, let alone what's good. I stopped by Best Buy today and almost cried, because NOTHING on the PS3 shelves was close to being worth the $50 they were charging.

So I turn to you, my friends: educate me.  I play computer games, fantasy (Morrowind, Heroes of Might & Magic, Diablo) and city-building games.  I don't play WoW, only because I would have no life if I did.  My boyfriend plays just about anything, video or computer game, and he loves absolutely absurd games/games that let you do whatever the hell you want.

Please tell me there's something better than Naughty Bear www.naughtybearthegame.com/.  Though, to be fair, Zephy would love Naughty Bear. But I object to paying $50 for a game we'll play once for about 2 hours. :)
Saturday, September 11th, 2010
11:19 am
Nothing makes me feel so old as to realize that almost a decade has passed since the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.  Seriously, it's been almost a decade since I was a freshman in college? Where did the time go?  How can I possibly be getting this old this quickly?  I'm almost 30.  30 was, like, such a grown up age when I was a kid.  Weird.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
10:02 am
Birthday of Science!
Happy birthday, thegelf !  I hope you have a great year, filled with all kinds of wonderful science things. :)
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
1:42 am
Happy birthday cherrytop !  I hope you had, and will have, an amazing year!
Monday, May 10th, 2010
11:23 am
Happy birthday, leadacid !  I know it's about to be spring/summer when your birthday comes around. Hope the coming year is full of fantastically delicious, awesome things!
Monday, April 19th, 2010
10:44 am
Happy Birthday kaylithin !  I hope your next year is better than the one just past!
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
4:48 pm
Happy birthday, runthebear !  I hope the following year brings you a more fulfilling career!
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
1:48 pm
Hi all,

One of my goals for 2010 is to start a side business to earn extra income.

I'm considering targeting high school seniors who need help with the scholarship application process.  What I need to do now is figure out what kind of help is needed.  Since we've all been through the "how to pay for college" phase, I would love to get your input!

Please click this link www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T7JLHK to take my brief survey.  Your advice and assistance is greatly appreciated!
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
3:19 pm
Happy Christmas Eve!
Happy Christmas Eve, friends!

Today I have:

Eaten a HUGE breakfast full of delicious
Worked for 4 hours and while getting paid to work 8
Received many compliments on my Santa Hat
Received delicious chocolate from co-workers
Deposited my roommate's rent check
Finished my Christmas shopping (1 store, 5 minutes)
Braved the grocery store and did not steal small children, curse, or run anyone over.

Also, the sun is shining, it is warm-ish, and the only thing I have to do in the next 6 hours is shower and wrap Christmas gifts.  AWESOME!

In conclusion, I wish all of you joyous, beautiful holidays full of fantastically wonderful things. 

Merry Christmas Eve, all!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
11:17 pm
On relaxation, or lack thereof
I have come to the conclusion that I don't know how to relax. 

Also, that the longer I stay up watching random TV late at night, the more depressed about the current state of my life I become.  Which is, of course, why I am posting in LJ.

But seriously, my schedule is so busy, so you'd think I'd cherish my downtime. And I do. But take tonight, for example. I slept little last night, had a full 4 hours of math class this morning, spent 2 hours on public transit from math class to dance class, and 2 hours at dance class. I get home before 6 (only 11 hours after I left this morning) and give myself license to do whatever the hell I want, which definitely includes ignoring my math homework.

So here it is, 5 hours later. I should be feeling, relaxed, comfortable, happy, content, right? I'm not. Instead I feel like I've wasted an evening on Facebook and CSI derivations, and the longer I lounge on my couch, the more convinced I am that everything in my life is a front to hide a funadmentally lonely person. 

This is an interesting pattern, one that repeats itself with disturbing regularity whenever I have unstructured free nights. Which brings me back to my original point: I don't know how to relax.  I like watching a bit of TV, but can hardly ever find something good. I don't want to play computer games, read a book, write in my journal, go for a walk, or watch a movie (all of which I have seen about 100 times). And yet I want to do something fun, relaxing, diverting, enjoyable.

So what do you do when everything you used to do to relax doesn't work? What is there besides books, TV, exercise, self-reflection?  I seriously want to just relax, be content, to let all the little things I carry around on a day to day basis just fade into nothing. I managed it by accident 3 weeks ago, and it was amazing. It happened to be date night with Zeph, and it was fabulous. All the little things that usually bother me/annoy me/are flagged for future attention didn't matter. I was extremely easy-going, light, even a touch silly.

I didn't realize how high strung I'd become until that night. Now, I've got to find my way back. Sadly, I don't think tonight was a great success.  I'm going to shower and bed before I brood any more (as if I could turn it off).  At least, even if I can't turn it off, I'll be clean and pensive, right?
Friday, September 4th, 2009
7:42 pm
There are few pleasures greater in life than perching on a rock near the water's edge, listening to a live symphony performance of the 1812 overture.  Howitzers boom from the other side of the bridge, the sailboat glides noiseless across the bay, American flag rippling in the slight breeze.  Fireworks exploding in triumphant finale in front of a nearly-full moon.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
12:52 pm
Belated birthday!
Something about birthdays on Sunday mornings are difficult to remember. Nevertheless, a belated but warm happy birthday! to abmann !  May your coming year be full of fascinating women, delicious food, and beautiful photography!
Saturday, June 13th, 2009
10:43 am
It's that time!
Birthday time!  The happiest of birthdays to [info]suburbaknght !  May your day be full of wonderful things!
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
10:37 pm
On Cleanliness
Something came over me tonight, and I cleaned my room, bathroom, hallway, living room, and kitchen.  I like having a clean place, but we don't clean often enough.  Kev never cleans common areas, not even the kitchen, and Erin and I take turns with kitchen and bathroom, but . . . it's still not ideal.

So, I'm contemplating getting quotes from cleaning services for a monthly visit.  Any advice from LJ land?  Horror Stories?  Questions I should aks?  Companies to recommend?  Offers to come clean my house once a month for appropriate compensation will also be considered! :)

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, May 25th, 2009
8:53 am
Of Birthdays
Happy birthday, cherrytop ! May your coming year be full of wonderful things!
Monday, May 4th, 2009
9:29 am
Week of Awesome
Last week was a fantastic week, following up on the previous week, which was also fantastic.

Last week, I:

Was told that I could probably pass my next belt test in two weeks, even though I only tested for my current one less than 6 weeks ago. I'm not going to, as I don't feel I'm ready, but the confidence sure is nice!

Spent date night with Zeph on Wednesday night at Red Robin. Afterwards we just laid in bed and talked, touched, enjoyed each other's presence.  I mean, the sex stuff is fun and all, too, but I don't think we take enough time to just enjoy being next to another human being. I soaked up every second.

Withouth me asking for it, Zeph had planned on spending the night with me on Wed.  Waking up next to your lover is one of the greatest joys in life.

I embarked upon the beginnings of a new dance partnership.  He's extremely new and isn't sold on competing, but is willing to give it a try. His name is Richard, he's tall (about 6 foot), has a steady job as a mail carrier, and is very nice.  There's a local competition in Portland the middle of July (which is only 2 /12 months away!)  We will be doing bronze waltz, quickstep, rumba, and cha cha. This will be my first Latin competition - I have to find a dress!

Was up until 5 am on Friday night/Saturday morning.  I came home, vegged with computer games, and then made the mistake of intending to read only a chapter or two of my book until I fell asleep. Unfortunately, that chapter or two was the impetous for the last 150 or so pages in which all is revealed.  So yeah, I was up until the sky turned light.

Had a great time volunteering at the Oregon State Karate Qualifier on Saturday.  I was late, but the lunch buffet they served was the best one yet, and several of the senseis thanked me for coming to help.

Zeph, his best friend Tagg & Tagg's wife Vanessa, myself, Dan & Alison (Zeph's roommates) went to the best steakhouse in Portland on Saturday night for Vanessa's birthday.  It was so awesome, because Z texted me on my way in that morning, asking about evening plans.  Not only was the dinner expensive and delicious in all senses of the word, but it was unplanned time hanging out with some truly cool people.

Sunday Zeph and I had planned to go with several people to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry) to see the Da Vinci exhibit, which several people had been raving about. As it turns out, it was just us (everyone else cancelled).  It was awesome!  It was the last day of the exhibit, and unfortunately it was also discount Sunday (where general admission is $2 instead of $11).  After some discussion, Z went ahead and bought us a year-long membership (only $60 with student ID!)  So not only do we now have free admission for a year, but every 4th Wednesday they open the museum for a few hours in the evening for members only. What a great time to go see exhibits with significantly less people!

We watched an IMAX show called Wild Oceans, which wasn't great, but had a preview for a Mummies show that looks incredible.  (Why yes, I do have a fascination with Ancient Egypt.)  The Da Vinci exhibit was incredible!  They had a bit of everything, mostly reproductions (because really, what museum in their right mind would let the originals leave their premises).  The best part were the reproductions of three or four dozen of his various inventions. There are reallly no words to describe how incredible it was to see these things live, in 3D.  The man was a freaking genius!  I also didn't realize that he wrote music and had a reputation as an excellent musician.

There was a section on his anatomical drawings, as well, which wasn't nearly as interesting, and a (overly) huge section on the Mona Lisa, dealing with what the painting would have looked like 500 years ago without all the fading that's occurred since.  That one part of it was gratifying to see, as it's significantly brighter than the Mona Lisa today.  But I skipped through large portions of that exhibit.  Art has never been a strong point of mine, paintings in particular.

And then I went home and played computer games and ran errands and went to bed pretty late but completely happy. And this morning, on the bus, I kept thinking about yesterday at the museum. Zeph and I didn't really talk much, you know, wandering around the Da Vinci exhibits near each other, but not with each other. But it felt very close.  In particular, I keenly remember feeling his hand lightly run down my shoulder blade from behind as he found me at one of the machine exhibits.  It felt very comforting, familiar. I liked it.

Oh week of awesome, how I love you so!  Let us see what this week brings . . .
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
9:23 am
Yesterday was freakin' awesome!

1.  Day 2 of cloudless, sunny, 80 degree weather.  Ah summer, how I had forgotten you exist!
2.  I ambled home on my free night.
3.  I acquired all 5 seasons of Andromeda.  They're due back to their owner in a month.
4.  I got a Zephy!!!!!  He showed up totally unannounced at about 9:30 last night and proceeded to spend about 2.5 hours with me.  Absolutely freakin' awesome!
5.  I have a new computer game: Fishdom. Oh Shockwave, you suck my soul . . .

A really good day, following a really good weekend.  I do  love me some good times!
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
4:16 pm
Happy birthday, kaylithin !  May your coming year be full of many wonderful things!
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