Friday, July 29, 2005

Hmmmm...don't know.

You are 28% Rational, 71% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 42% Arrogant.
You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, and humility, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and love to all! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie, who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you too love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. And you listen to psychadelic rock and smoke a whole lot of pot. Okay, maybe not, but I wouldn't be surprised if you did.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 9% on Rationality
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You scored higher than 73% on Extroversion
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You scored higher than 6% on Brutality
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You scored higher than 41% on Arrogance
Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid


There is...

...nothing like jamaican drums to let you know that you have an hour until your weekend officially starts.

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Unthinkable to some...

...Jen and I were told yesterday that we were a good sign.

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Meka a leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho!

Your Hawaiian Name is:
Lana Anani


I think age does this to guys

Said by Burt Reynolds:

"Willie and I Would Make Nice Couple - Yahoo! News: "'When I worked with Willie Nelson, who is just about the nicest man I've ever worked with in my life, the sweetest, kindest man, I thought, 'If I'd have been gay, it would have saved me millions,'' he told Jay Leno in the show broadcast Thursday night."

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I'm beginning to look...

I think I might have found a Christmas present for my husband here.

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Forgot to Mention

Not only am I wearing my favorite outfit, which is a nice strappy black shirt, but I also spittled tootpaste on it.

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Web Site of the Day


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Current events - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

'The strongest tornado in Britain in 25 years hits Birmingham, damaging homes and injuring 20 people.'
I read tornado as tomato. And it didn't faze me.
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Apparently a Scout Song, here is the Banana Dance!

The Banana - Song
: "Banana Dance
recommended by Brian Smith

Bananas unite (place arms over head)
Bananas split (open arms and place at sides)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana (move to left)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana (move to the right)
Bananas to the left (circle arms to the left)
Bananas to the right (circle arms to the right)
Peel it down the middle and (uh) take a bite (grab and pull from out in front of you)
Go bananas, go, go bananas (do a sort of dance in a small circle, look like a fool "

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I can't help but love how my LJ looks minty.

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Don't Underestimate the Taffy

I had an excellent morning. Woke up early feeling energetic, ate breakfast consisting of a bowl of cereal that included not just strawberries, but raspberries as well!!! Spent good quality time with my husband and walked in to work with Jen. At work I ate a strawberry Laffy Taffy (heaven in my mouth!) and am now working on a bag of runts. Did I mention that I am wearing one of my favorite outfits? Today is just going to be a beautiful day! At some point I even hope to meander down to the bookstore to pick out something delicious to read. Then it is off to a BBQ. No, not at Twelve Oaks. However there will be about as many people there.

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From the website 'Overheard in the Office'

There's One in Every Office:
"Accountant: I wrote a little ditty: 'They can't clean your clock when your glock is unlocked.'
Accountant: Kadhafi: He was a good-looking guy at one point. Until Reagan blew the shit out of his kind of aged him.
Accountant: Soon I'll control the whole market for rubber bands
Accountant: If I could, I'd wear a dot on my head. I think I'd go for red.
Accountant: You know, children are like dogs.
Accountant: Tell the insurance guy that your husband smokes a lot of dope so you were just checking on it.
Accountant: Blacks can use the N word, Germans can use the K word.
Accountant: Do rubber duckies have something to do with gay people? I stayed at this great hotel in San Francisco once; it was a total sex hotel. They had
a Night of Pleasure kit that came with three rubber duckies. Accountant: If you're hanging out with people from Nigeria, watch out. People from that country will steal your purse. Where do you think all those spam emails come from?
Accountant: If it's due, you must accrue.
Accountant: That's my 'inquiring minds want to know' sound. I learned it on the Discovery Channel show When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth."

Read the rest here.

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Blog of the Day

Need advice? All you need to do is ask Gilly!
Write to her at

I Heart Gilly!: More Question From Troubled Readers....

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On My Laffy Taffy This Morning...

Q What did the sheet say to the bed?
A Don't worry. You're under cover.

Q Why did the old man put his car in the oven?
A To get a hot rod.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Thursday Random Wiki

This is what negative thoughts get you!

A white hair! Not gray, but white!!! Actually, I always preferred white hair over gray hair. I did have someone confirm it as a white atrocity, and they reminded me that at least it is not falling out!

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Still really needing to go out and drink coffee with people. Maybe that's what I need to bring me out of this coma I seem to be in lately.

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It's Nice

Someone just walked up and handed me a metal pipe.

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Cemetary of the Flies

Die little buggers! Die!!! It worked! One of the fruit fly traps worked! I put 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, a little bit of dish soap, then filled to the brim with water so it is nice and bubbly. Last night when I got home, I emptied it out slowly. In the bottom of the cup, and scattered in my sink were little fruit fly bodies. Somewhere between 20-30 AT LEAST. So, I cleaned it up, refilled it. When I came back half an hour later, I saw a few of the little buggers had already landed in the soapy heaven. Hopefully by this weekend my house will be fruit fly free!

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Potter Personality

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Rat Curse

In case you were wondering, and for my own amusement, here is Amy's rat curse:

Season Two: "Turning Buffy into a rat: Amy's eyes turn pitch-black. She lifts her hands. Goddess Hecate, work thy will. Before thee let the unclean thing crawl! Mystic energy swirls around her. She thrusts her arms out at Buffy, and the energy leaps from her hands, envelops the Slayer, then dissipates. From the sleeve of Buffy's empty raincoat, a rat comes crawling out (see also Gingerbread)."

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Blogthings - You Know You're Addicted to Buffy When...

I just had to bold a few of my favorites....
You Know You're Addicted to Buffy When...
You look at pieces of wood, deciding if they would make a good stake
You decide that you will only see your boyfriend at night and in the graveyard
"A happy slayer is a good slayer" becomes your motto
You have the whole collection of Buffy T-shirts
But you won't wear them - you want to keep them in mint condition.
You've taken up karate and practise your Buffy moves regularly
You refuse to go out after dark... just in case
You have suddenly taken a liking to tweed
You start calling your boyfriend Angel
You prefer to watch Buffy alone because other people just "don't get it"
You find yourself quoting the show several times a day
You go shopping for clothes and only purchase things that have appeared on the show
You always say the words "the wacky", "wiggins" and "a happy"
All your user names on the internet are "Willow"
You start hanging around libraries
You love to hack into the coroners office
You have either a cross necklace or a Claddaugh ring
You decide the graveyard is really cool hangout
You look at abandon warehouses in a whole new light
You never invite anyone into your house after dark
You find yourself in a situation and say "This is something Xander would do"
You are secretly in love with your best friend
Your licence plates read "Queen C"
You think "Too much Buffy? Never!"
You name your puppy Willow or Xander
You recite Amy's rat-turning spell when in the company of your older brother
You demand that people call you Buffy
Every time you step out of the shower you say "I seem to be having an extreem case of nudity"
You appoint yourself a watcher and choose someone to study/train etc.
You stay away from your teacher just incase they turn out to be prey-matis'
Your room looks like a shrine, you have Buffy posters as wallpaper, a Buffy bedspread, curtains etc.
You won't take cookies or mini pizza's from your Mom's new boyfriend
You find a whole new liking for miniture golfing
You hear that song "I hope you dance" and think of fighting Faith
You cried two hours after the fifth season finale of Buffy was over because she died even though you know she is coming back.
You pondered becoming a vengance demon after your last breakup.
You own enough Buffy comics and novels to have your bedroom be considered a fire hazard.
You won't go out past sunset unless armed to the teeth with stakes, crosses, and holy water.
You have crosses nailed over every window and door.
You start tracking the local murder rates after a new girl moves into town.
You read all the occult books in the school library searching for the Watcher diaries.
To you, sexual protection isn't birth control, it's making sure you're partner is human.
You practice sticking thumbtacks through houseflies and mosquitos--"Just to be safe."
You perform the reverse invitation spell after every visit from some person you haven't recently seen in sunlight.
You insist on traveling from class to class via the ceiling.
You try to exorcise the possessing hyena spirit when your best friend gets PMS.
You cast a gypsy soul curse on the sadistic principal who gave you a suspension.
You whittle wooden stakes.
You kick doors open.
You carry around a stake, just in case.
You take long walks in the cemetery at night.
You have a strange fear of hospitals.
You don't complain about going to church anymore because you remember that your supply of Holy Water is running kind of low.
You wear crosses every day and have a vast selection of them.
You never verbally invite anyone into your home.
You keep all your important information on yellow disks.
You avoid fraternity parties.
As a rule you don't like to be surprised.
Your friends are fearful that if they call during "Buffy Hour" they'll be in for a long lecture the next day.
You bookmark the Coroner's Office Web Site as a favorite place.
When you hear that there's a new librarian at your school, you slam open the doors of the library and yell; "Okay. What's the sitch?".
You can recite a whole Buffy episode(s).
You wallpaper your room with pictures of the Buffy cast and complain when there isn't enough space to put them all up.
You ask a priest to bless your bottle of Perrier.
Just for the hell of it, you enter Moloch into several search engines.
You name your doll Miss Edith.
You let your bird die of starvation.
You paint your nails like Drusilla.
When your brother comes back from the zoo, you won't let him in the house.
The only way you know how to say the word bitch is 'bitca'.
You get your hair cut like Buffy's and your hairdresser keeps remarking that the picture you show her (for your haircut) looks oddly familiar.
Whenever you quote Buffy Verse, you laugh hysterically while your friends stare at you like you've grown another ear.
You always protest that Buffy is NOT a ditz's name.
When watching a new Buffy episode, people gawk at you when you manage to say the actor's lines right before they do.
You can't think of a thing to talk about with people who have never watched a Buffy episode.
You spend hours on the net looking for new Buffy pictures.
You get really really excited whenever you do find any new pictures.
You sit on a grave twirling a yo-yo and say: "Come on, rise and shine. Some of us have a ton of trig homework waiting at home."
You look for padlocked sewer access systems in mausoleums.
You decide to be Buffy for Halloween but your friends don't notice a change.
You own everything possible with the words Buffy the Vampire Slayer on them.
You get wigged out by mimes and dummies.
You have a chest in your room with a fake bottom that contains garlic, stakes, holy water and crosses.
You freak whenever you have a substitute biology teacher.
You never go out with your boyfriend on the night of the full moon.
You have a fear of railroad spikes.
You punish your dolls.
You get a wheelchair just so that you can be called "Roller Boy".
You never have sex with your boyfriend for fear of what might happen to him.
You sleep with a stake under your pillow.
You sneak out of your bedroom window at night and hang out at the park because you've heard that several people have died there lately of exsanguination.
You're horrified of people who have never even heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
You want to kill people who dis the show.
You dream of past lives as a Slayer.
Whenever you have a dream and you see your friend in it you run up to them the next day and choke them as you shout: "What do you know?".
You never sign in someone's yearbook "Have a nice summer!".
You don't like to use the word Master.
You write Buffy FanFic.
You bring a fire extinguisher to cheerleading tryouts.
You get nominated at school as "Person Most Likely To Be The Next Slayer".
You buy knee-high boots.
You get five holes pierced in each ear.
You're on a first name basis with all the actors of BtVS except that you've never met them.
Though they used to appreciate your interest, the actors on BtVs are now scared to death of you.
You check people's lockers to make sure they don't have any books such as 'Gray's Anatomy' and 'Mortician Desk Reference'.
You read a Buffy transcript at least once a day.
You befriend a computer genius and her dorky friend.
You file complaints that the substitute biology teacher is harassing you.
When asked what your hobbies are you answer; "Slay...slay...slave to the television".
As far as you are concerned, Buffy and co. are actual people.
You drive to California to look for Sunnydale, you dial operator and ask him where it is, operator says there is no such place and you yell back at him that he's probably in league with some demons to keep you out of Sunnydale.
You enroll at Torrance High School.
When asked what you'll do when you're older you answer either dead or it's already been 'sealed in fate'.
You tape all Buffy episodes, then retape them so they're in chronological order.
You buy all the CDs of songs that have ever been on Buffy.
You've been to all 1000 or so Buffy sites on the net.
You legally change your name to Buffy Anne Summers (or another character from the show).
You practically had a nervous breakdown when the series ended.
You cannot remember what you did with your life before Buffy.
Your motto is 'Life is short' or 'Seize the day'.
You never bring your date to the morgue.
When buying your Halloween costume you make sure it's something you'd like to be in real life.
You needed to visit a grief counselor when Tara died.
You make sure your parents never come to Parent-Teacher night at school.
You watch, mock and laugh at talent shows.
When given an egg for parenting in Sex Ed class you boil it or smash it with something heavy.
You're frightened of cheerleader wannabes.
You avoid saunas, who knows what they put in the steam?
You use a Thesulan Orb as a paperweight.
Whenever there's a Sadie Hawkins dance at school you lock yourself in your room.
You refuse to buy any candy being sold by the band at school.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are addicted to Buffy.

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Blogthings - You Know You're Addicted to AIM When...

You Know You're Addicted to AIM When...
Three words: Carpal tunnel syndrome
You no longer type with proper punctuation, capitalization, or complete sentences...
You're pissed off your buddy list can only hold 200 screen names
You begin to say hehehe instead of laughing
You can now type over 70 wpm
You type messages to people who are right next to you or on the phone with you.
You won't work at a company that blocks AIM
You sign on and immediately get 10 messages from other people
You have a few screen names, some of them secret.
You type in random screen names, just to see if anyone has them.
Your screenname has the year 2002 or earlier in it.
You know what %n means
You don't break for the bathroom - even though you've got to go real bad - until you think of a witty away message.
You check the away messages of your buddies, every day, to make sure they haven't changed.
You have a few people on your buddy list just to spy on them.
You've had a meaningful conversation with a bot.
You learned Photoshop to make a super cool buddy icon

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Blogthings - You Know You're From Arkansas When...

Blogthings - You Know You're From Arkansas When...
I edited this to show the ones that I have witnessed.
You Know You're From Arkansas When...
"Vacation" means goin' through Harrison on the way to Branson.
Down South, to you, means Louisiana.
You have no problem spelling or pronouncin' Ouachita or Possum Grape.
You know what Toad Suck and Booger Holler are.
You know the difference between a deer dog, a duck dog and a coon dog by the way they bark.
Pulaski County is considered a foreign or exotic place.
You faithfully drink Pepsi, Mt. Dew, or Dr. Pepper everyday of your life.
You or your neighbors have more hunting dogs than you have family members.
You visit the Arkansas State Fair mainly to see your neighbor's prize chicken.
You think orange barrels are really part of the interstate system.
When the forecast calls for an inch of snow, you run out with all the other crazies to stand in line for three hours to buy a month's worth of groceries.
You drink sweet iced tea out of a sports bottle.
Your traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a deep-fried turkey.
You call a shopping cart a buggy.
You see "No Hunting" signs are riddled with bullet holes.
You think "Animal House" is the training film for incoming athletes at the University of Arkansas
The three food groups are Velveeta, pork rinds and a six-pack.
Everyone you think of as a "liberal" is either Methodist or Catholic.
You've "offered" someone an "ass-whoopin'. " (
When you give directions they include "over yonder," "down the road a piece," and "right near."
You're not commitment-phobic: you love God, guns and football.
You think bagels are nothing but a cruel doughnut joke invented by some Yankee!
You say, "I voted for Clinton to get him out of the state."
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Arkansas.

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Naming of a Royal

I just thought that this was cute. I've been following the hardship of Princess Masako and her struggle to try and produce a male heir, but the stress of that role turned out to be quite powerful. Here is what Aiko means:

Japan's New Royal Baby - Princess Aiko: "The baby was named Princess Aiko in the naming ceremony, which is traditionally held on the seventh day after the baby's birth. Aiko, written with kanji character for 'love' and 'child', refers to 'a person who loves others.'"


Growing Up an Heir

After 26 centuries, is Japan finally fit for a queen? | "By Bennett Richardson | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

TOKYO � Japan's monarchy is so woven into the island nation's traditions that it survived defeat in World War II and invasion by the Mongols, and predates the introduction of rice. Now, a 3-year-old girl may be about to bring 2,600 years of male-dominated tradition crashing down. After months of deliberation and official hearings, an advisory panel to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi recommended Tuesday that women be allowed to ascend Japan's imperial throne."


My Husbands Horoscope

Free Will Astrology : Capricorn Horoscope
So, where does the ketchup come into play...?

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Horoscope - Can I Have Fries With That?

Free Will Astrology : Pisces Horoscope: "In the 19th century, ketchup was sold as a medicine. Physicians prescribed 'Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato' and similar potions to cure a variety of maladies, including liver disease, baldness, athlete's foot, and depression. In this wacky tradition, I'm recommending that you eat lots of ketchup to cure what ails you. There's actually nothing wrong with you at all, of course. But you have been feeding a tiny delusion with so much worried attention that it has bloomed into a big bad hallucination. One of the best medicines might be ketchup, whose healing power is as imaginary as your fake problem, and which is therefore a likely cure for it. "

Is it just me, or have my horoscopes been about food?

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Zach To Be Released

Here is an article about Zach.

July 26, 2005 – Washington, D.C. – As Zach Stark, the Tennessee teen who recently gained national attention after blogging his fears of being sent to Love in Action, is released from the program this week, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) calls for an ongoing and substantive discussion about the effects of “reparative therapy” on young people and their families
“As families who have faced these very issues in our own lives, we must give Zach and his family the space and privacy they need to deal with this situation,” said Jody Huckaby, PFLAG’s executive director. “We also must insist, as allies and advocates for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) loved ones, that ‘reparative therapy’ programs are not allowed to prosper unchallenged at the expense of our family members and friends.”
The “reparative therapy” industry uses disproved medical theories to “cure” GLBT persons and preys upon those in pain and confusion about matters of sexual orientation. Their claims and methods have been roundly denounced by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Psychiatric Association (APA) and other medical professionals.
PFLAG applauds greater scrutiny of “reparative therapy”, “conversion therapy” or “ex-gay” programs. Because of the attention surrounding Zach’s story, the Tennessee Department of Health began an investigation and notified the unlicensed Love in Action that it was functioning illegally by claiming to offer therapy and could face prosecution by the district attorney.
Immediately before entering the program, Zach wrote, “I’ve been through hell. I’ve been emotionally torn apart for three days” and “Honestly how could you support a program like this? If I do come out straight I’ll be so mentally unstable and depressed it won’t matter.”
Zach’s fears were well-founded. According to the AMA and APA, “reparative therapy” does not work. But the dangers of these programs are real. At a minimum, those in “reparative therapy” must cope with the emotional damage of being relentlessly badgered with fear tactics and being told to change who they are. At worse they are at risk for self-destructive behavior including suicide.
Mary Lou Wallner and her husband Bob know the damage of “reparative therapy” all too well. Speaking at a recent PFLAG conference in Bothell, Washington, Mary Lou told the audience that her reaction when her daughter came out was based on the teachings of Dr. James Dobson, a leading “reparative therapy” proponent. “I raised my kids on Dobson. I read his books and listened to his radio broadcasts for years. In December of 1988, when she was about 21 years old, my daughter wrote us a letter and told us that she was a lesbian. I flipped out and…the next nine years were pretty stormy. Then in February of 1997, at age 29, she committed suicide.”
“Looking back, I think a lot of it had to do with the way I taught her about homosexuality. I have since come to understand that almost anybody gets depressed if they can't be who they really are.”
Like the Wallners, Zach’s parents and other parents considering “reparative therapy” only want the best for their children. However, PFLAG families and our allies must re-double our efforts to educate about the dangers and alternatives to this soundly discredited “treatment.”
“Ultimately we want Zach to be who he is and we accept whatever decision he makes,” said Dr. Arnold Drake, president of PFLAG Memphis. “We also want Zach and his family to know that we’ve been through this before and we are ready and able to support them.”


Web Site of the Day

Found this via VJ.
Purrever Ranch (Geriatric Cat Rescue & Sanctuary): "Purrever Ranch rescues elderly felines & occassionally special kitties with behavior 'issues' from the Collierville Animal Shelter who are at risk of euthanization. (Purrever Ranch is not a retirement home. We are not set up to accept cats from individuals.) Purrever provides a safe haven where the homeless, elderly cats live the rest of their lives blanketed in love. Purrever Ranch also tames feral kittens to avoid shelter euthanization-- returning to shelter to be adopted after they are gentled. There are two feral colonies I feed every day & hope to spay/neuter each & every one."

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Spammer Murdered

InformationWeek Weblog: Russian Spammer Murdered: "Russian news site MosNews.Com reports that infamous Russian spammer Vardan Kushnir was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, having been apparently beaten to death. Kushnir reportedly headed several companies, including the Center for American English, the New York English Centre, and the Centre for Spoken English, that sent significant amounts of spam in Russia. According to, the 'American Language Center was the most prominent and the most famous spammer in Russia around 2002-2003.' Kushnir's alleged spamming reportedly brought retaliation and threats. From the look of it, someone finally took action. Perhaps Kushnir was a victim of vigilantism. Or maybe he angered the Russian mafia. It's tempting to say that Kushnir got what he deserved. But remember that being annoying is not a capital crime. (If he ran afoul of organized criminals, I suppose it's fair to say that crime pays until you get whacked.) Let's hope this incident prompts everyone -- spammers and Internet users in general -- to behave better."


Stood Up!

So sad. Got stood up last night. :(
At least I got to watch Willow go ape $hi! on the trio. Heh.

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Did Your Pharmacist Take An Oath?

Below is a news bulletin from NARAL Pro Choice America.

"It's official: Americans can no longer take prescription birth control for granted. Yesterday, Monday, July 25, anti-choice representatives in the U.S. House made it clear that they support pharmacies that refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions - and that women have no right to birth control. The radical right's campaign to stop birth control The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on whether pharmacies should be allowed to refuse to fill women's prescriptions. Anti-choice Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a witness, who had been denied birth control and emergency contraception by her pharmacist, that she had no 'right' to her prescriptions - she only believed she did. Anti-choice Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) told a witness whose prescription had also been rejected by a hostile pharmacist, that her 'minor inconvenience' - that is, risking an unintended pregnancy - was nothing compared to the 'conscience' of a pharmacist. The right's anti-birth control campaign doesn't stop in Washington, DC. Across the country, the radical right has engaged pharmacies in its campaign to block women's access to birth control. Women like Julee Lacey, a 32-year-old married mother of two and first-grade teacher from Texas, are being turned away by vigilante pharmacists who think it's their job to dispense morals instead of medicine. Now, as many as 20 states officially protect pharmacists like Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life, who says she'd lecture women customers to get off the pill. Other states are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy. Just last month Wisconsin passed a bill to block state universities from filling birth control prescriptions."


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Watch Out for that Return Policy

VJ advised we read Mr. Sun's take on Wal-marts new 'single's night' campaign. I couldn't agree more.
Mr. Sun!: "Wal-Mart has a new inventory item: love.
Singles can head to Wal-Mart's weekly singles nights, held every Friday evening. Billed as a way singles can meet their match while filling their cart, participating customers select shopping carts adorned with red bows identifying them as singles looking to mingle. The rest is up to them.
Here now, Mr. Sun's Signs You Found Your Soulmate At Wal-Mart:
She is everything you always wanted, only crappier.
At your wedding, the aisle you walk down is #7, where you pester your Dad for some Skittles* and a National Enquirer before he gives you away.
Your first child comes nine months later, courtesy to an almost as good as the brand name Sam's Choice condom.
'Bride or groom?' asks the 99 year old man in a blue smock serving as your Wedding Greeter.
Others may have tasted her always-available free samples, but you bought the whole package.
Not that it matters, but she talked like she was American and it turns out she's from Hong Kong.
You'll never forget that night you heard him say, 'I'll take those Pop-Tarts, some Lubriderm, candles, D batteries, the wedding ring, and some Sam's Cola.'
You are 'registered' in Home Electronics and Sporting Goods -- just toss all the wedding gifts in the cart write your name on the bag with a Sharpie.
Your secret to getting a man? Always the lowest cleavage.
The alarm sounded when he stole your heart, and walked out that door to his Camaro. *I decided this weekend that Skittles is the official punchline candy of Mr. Sun. I toyed with 3 Musketeers because musketeers is funny-sounding, and three of them must be even funnier -- but there's something about Skittles that I can't deny. Developing."

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Hence the Cravings...

Why am I constantly blogging about cravings? Because my hands hurt so much that eating and watching tv (more like Buffy) are the only things I can do. And sleep....

Fun Things That are Really Hard for Me to Do because my Hands Hurt Too Much to Do Them:
Fun Thing #1: Beading
Fun Thing #2: Crocheting
Fun Thing #3: Painting/Drawing
Fun Thing #4: PS2
Fun Thing #5: Sims
Fun Thing #6: Knitting
Fun Thing #7: Sewing
Fun Thing #8: Blog Too Much
Fun Thing #9: Scrapbook
Fun Thnig #10: Write letters

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My Screen Is Bigger

So sad. I haven't even seen this yet. Grr. - Entertainment - 'Revenge Of The Sith' Gets DVD Date: "Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox announced Monday that the final chapter in George Lucas' six film 'Star Wars' saga will be released Nov. 1."

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I'm Not Passionate Enough - Entertainment - Gibson Making Another Historical Epic With Archaic Language: "Like 'The Passion of the Christ,' 'Apocalypto' will be shot in archaic language. And like 'The Passion,' Gibson plans to bankroll it himself. Variety said 'Apocalypto' is set in Central America 500 years ago will feature a cast of unknowns native to the area in Mexico where the film will be shot."

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Arkansas Couple Win Ducttape Contest

Stuck at Prom: "AVON, Ohio, July 8, 2005 Pablo Picasso claimed, 'Everything you can imagine is real. After letting their imaginations run free, high school students, Krystal Long and Casey Isringhouse, are now realizing their prom outfits reminiscent of Picasso's 'Girl Before a Mirror' and made completely out of duct tape ' won them a college scholarship.
Long and Isringhouse, of Forrest City, Ark., were named winners of the 2005 Duck brand duct tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, and each was awarded a $2,500 college scholarship. Long and Isringhouse, both 18, designed, created and wore their artistic duct tape attire to Forrest City High School's prom this spring, and submitted themselves into the fifth annual Duck brand duct tape Stuck at Prom Contest.
The duo, dressed from head to toe in duct tape, outdid more than 260 couples from 44 states and Canada. The inventive couple set off to prom in formalwear that would have even impressed one of the 20th century's most famous artists. Long was elegantly wrapped in a two-piece dress inspired by Pablo Picasso's 'Girl Before a Mirror'. The outfit featured an a-line skirt and backless top that was intricately laced together, both carrying an orange harlequin pattern reminiscent of the painting throughout. Isringhouse's attire complemented his date, donning a classic black tuxedo with orange accents, and a vest matching the harlequin pattern of Long's dress. Isringhouse's ensemble was accessorized with an over-sized black and orange cane.
The couple said the outfits were extremely hot and heavy, but the reactions made it all worthwhile. 'We had a great time at our prom our friends and classmates were really behind us,' said Isringhouse.
'Everyone loved the outfits and couldn't believe they were actually made of duct tape,' added Long.
In all, it took the couple 25 rolls of duct tape and more than four weeks of work to complete their outfits."

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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

You've experienced her obsessive naming.
You've heard all about her shoe obsession. Now HEAR them together!
The VJ and T-Rez interview.
(Novel coming soon.)

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Coming Our Way

An asteroid, headed our way | "Humans live in a vast solar system where 2,000 feet seems a razor-thin distance.
Yet it's just wide enough to trigger concerns that an asteroid due to buzz Earth on April 13, 2029 may shift its orbit enough to return and strike the planet seven years later.
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The concern: Within the object's range of possible fly-by distances lie a handful of gravitational 'sweet spots,' areas some 2,000 feet across that are also known as keyholes.
The physics may sound complex, but the potential ramifications are plain enough. If the asteroid passes through the most probable keyhole, its new orbit would send it slamming into Earth in 2036. It's unclear to some experts whether ground-based observatories alone will be able to provide enough accurate information in time to mount a mission to divert the asteroid, if that becomes necessary."

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Controlling Fruit Flies

If anyone else is having a fruit fly issue, then go here for ideas on Controlling Fruit Flies.

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Too much sleep can be a beautiful thing ^.^


Monday, July 25, 2005

My New Best Friend...

...Alieve. For when you *really* need your middle finger to stop with the uncontrollable shaking.


Let's Fuze

i want to wear my drink cap as a button for the rest of the day.

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On Craigslist

VJ, you got me reading my local craigslist. I can't believe the following ad.

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Because of this not only do I want to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I also really want popcorn. And pepsi. Maybe some raisinettes as well? Oye.
The economics of movie popcorn pricing ( "The economics of movie popcorn pricing posted July 25, 2005 at 11:40 am In the past 5 years, I've probably been to a theater an average of once every two weeks to see a movie. Even though it costs a small fortune, I almost always get a soda and popcorn (topped with 'butter'[1]) to go with the show. Many of the larger chains offer a deal if you purchase a large popcorn and a large drink together. This 'Super Combo' costs a lot less than ordering a L popcorn and a L soda separately from the menu but often it will actually cost you less than a L popcorn/M soda, M popcorn/L soda, or even a M popcorn/M soda (?!??). Why such a steep discount when the theaters make so much of their money on concessions? I've developed a few theories over the years but would like to hear your thoughts before sharing them. [1] The proper way to butter movie popcorn is to fill the bag half full, apply butter, fill the rest of the bag and apply more butter. This results in fairly even application of butter to kernel throughout the bag. Due to a lack of focus on service and an increasing number of theaters moving to DIY butter application, it's getting more and more difficult to buy a good bag of buttered popcorn at the movies."

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Ack! Attack

Ever sit there calm and peaceful?
Daydreaming of drifting off to sleep...
Thinking you just might when you hear:
"Does this look like a brown recluse to you?"


Because we all love reality internet

I am an avid reader of Zoe's My Boyfriend Is a Twat blog. So, I just had to read in on her adventures at the Big Blogger house. Go join in too and vote for someone else to get voted out!
Big Blogger 2005


And I Don't Mean Kevin

I am so spacey today.
Why oh why?
Was it all of the driving from this weekend? I need to remember to pick up a jet next time I am at Wal-mart.
Supergreatnews!!! We will be 'neighborhood looking' this weekend for a house. Yes, a house. Seriously. And how wonderful would that be?
When will my finger stop twitching? I swear that it starts as soon as I stop typing.

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Answer: So, so much!

Question: How glad are you that you will be having home-made pizza tonight?

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Ways in which Carpal Tunnel can be amusing...

It's kinda cute my middle finger on my left hand will just twitch.

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Weekend Burn

Glenn went off to DC Friday night, and never went to sleep. Fun was had by all.
Went off to visit my parents and relatives from England. I still can't believe that was only one afternoon! We had a blast! (Glenn slept.) I even got sunburn from the pool. And FOOD! MY GOD THERE WAS FOOD! Like, four kinds of desserts, and there was lasanga and sausages and brisket!!! We watched Lance "win". We watched the Cubs win o.O And I was even able to take pictures!!! I loaned my mom the latest three books from the Harry Potter series. Hopefully my dad won't sneak a peak at the ending of the 6th book and tell her what happened. I still have no idea why that was so traumatic. The fourth book was SCARY at the end. And the fifth book made me feel like an emotionally unstable teenage boy...although I have a feeling that I'm not too far off.
Catch-up time went too fast, and now I really want to go to England and just see. And eat strawberry & cream and Rolling Garos. But alas!
We got back to Huntsville to pick up the truck. By that time I had developed a nice little migraine, fortunately it went away before it got too bad. Mexican food is good too. People are silly. Although, I realize now just how spacy I was. And still am apparently. There was just so much visiting and catching up with people, and just under 36 that I think about it. Holy crap.
And then there was the laundry.

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I think that if I were single again, once a month I would order myself a new tiara. Just because. Not sure where I would wear them. Maybe to the movies. Or while cleaning around the house. By the pool in my little swimsuit. Possibly even through the McDonald's drive thru. I've also considered getting my van painted all black, with the Death Star on the side. The horn would require a change too. Yes, just like the Trio's van from Buffy.
Another gorgeous tiara website: Tiaras up to 2 inches tall

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Web Site of the Day

Everybody Sparkle! Ever need a little mood enhancer? A legal one? How about a tiara? Nothing says pay attention to me and those roses better be fresh! than a tiara! Tiara Town



So, the mega post that I did the other was mostly spurred off from a friend of mine that separated and got back together w/ her boyfriend about five times within 72hrs. Excuses were made (from him) about being too young and inexperienced and I could not imagine a more lame excuse. I just checked out a mutual friend's blog and...I think the whole thing was a joke. But no one was told. So, like, me and mutual friend were trying to give advice and be supportive. But...give advice to a joke? So confused. So little sleep. So much heat sickness. We need cookies.

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Starry Secret

Free Will Astrology : Pisces Horoscope: "'When truth is buried underground it grows,' wrote French novelist Emile Zola, 'it chokes, it gathers such explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.' I'm delivering this as a warning, Pisces, not as a prediction. In fact, if you act quickly, you have an excellent chance of ensuring that Zola's scenario doesn't unfold in your own life. There are important truths that are buried, but if you dig them up and expose them to the fresh air now, they won't explode in a few weeks. "
Hm...I have a secret. I guess that's what the post from the other day was all about. Or, could there be more? Always! Invalidated strife and anxiety overtake any loose sensitivity and cause me to act like a whack-job! Maybe it's a good thing that I won't be at DC this weekend? Especially since my knees have been extremely weak. Might have something to do with me taking muscle relaxers and pain relievers. Or that I am drained. Poop.

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Web Site of the Day

Want to find out more stuff about bloggers? or even stats for your own blog? Try using BlogPulse Tools BlogPulse Tools | Profiles Posts: " Keywords Used in The Manticore Common keywords identified in recent posts bitten , buffy , curling , encyclopedia , cheerful , horoscope , preacher , dung , ssx , pancakes"

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Blog of the Day!

Meet Lainey, from Louisiana. She is currently serving with the National Guard in Iraq. Her pictures are amazing and funny! She even has a forum set up for questions about her life there! Don't forget to look at the care package page for things that our troops need/miss from home. I wasn't surprised to see Ranch dressing or Dove shampoo making the list.
Lainey's Photo Website

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Thursday Random Wiki

Housecleaner held in double slaying

This is utterly disgusting.
Chicago Tribune | Housecleaner held in double slaying: "Caught stealing clothes and cash, a house cleaner brutally attacked a Lutheran minister and his daughter in their Buffalo Grove home, beating them with chairs, slashing their throats, then setting a fire that killed them, authorities said Thursday.
Russell H. Sedelmaier, 44, of the Northwest Side was charged in the slayings of Rev. Ivon Harris, 65, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago, and Sarah Harris, 24, a 5th-grade teacher. He confessed to the crimes during a videotaped interrogation, prosecutors said.
The charges closed an exhaustive three-week inquiry in which investigators interviewed dozens of people and logged 300 pieces of physical evidence. Prosecutors said fingerprint and DNA matches, along with a witness' identification and the alleged confession, make them confident that they have their man.
'We believe the totality of the evidence will allow us to provide a very solid case in court,' said Cook County State's Atty. Richard Devine.
For more than five years, Sedelmaier had cleaned the Harrises' home on a tranquil cul-de-sac in the 800 block of Saxon Place. But on June 29, a day he was not scheduled to work, he entered the house in a burglary attempt, police said.
Sedelmaier had a side job selling trinkets at flea markets and apparently was planning to hawk the family's clothing, said Don Meadie of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, the agency that led the investigation.
He had stuffed numerous bags with clothes--enough to fill the mini-van he had parked outside--and was lining them up in the garage and near the front door when Sarah Harris walked in, authorities said.
Assistant State's Atty. Bob Milan said Sedelmaier attacked her, binding her with duct tape, gagging her and covering her eyes with a bandanna.
When Ivon Harris, a large man who recently had health problems, arrived home a short time later, Sedelmaier pushed him down a staircase into the basement, Milan said. Sedelmaier beat both father and daughter with chairs and slashed their throats and hands with a knife, Milan said.
Sedelmaier gathered flammable material in the basement and set it on fire to try to cover up the crime, Milan said. That was the final, fatal blow: Although Ivon and Sarah Harris had other grave wounds, the Cook County medical examiner found the primary cause of their deaths to be smoke inhalation.
Ivon Harris' wife, Eileen, arrived home at 8 that night to find thick smoke pouring from the house. Police and firefighters responding to the blaze found the bodies inside.
The bags of clothes were still there too. Police said the only thing Sedelmaier stole was about $100 in cash."


NYC transit imposes random bag search

How can this be 'necessary'? Isn't this kind of thing what metal detectors are for? They put those up in schools, why not the subways? I get pissed off enough when I have to check a bag at a store!
Chicago Tribune | NYC transit imposes random bag search: "By Joshua Robin and Daryl Khan Tribune Newspapers: Newsday Published July 22, 2005
NEW YORK -- Passengers entering New York-area subways, buses, ferries and the commuter rail system will be subject to random bag searches under an unprecedented security measure adopted Thursday, shortly after London's transit system was bombed for the second time in two weeks.
The move makes New York's mass transit network the first in the country where bags are checked without the backdrop of a major political event.
'We just live in a world where, sadly, these kinds of security measures are necessary,' a solemn Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference Thursday."


Pets Taken From Homes

Found this Via Avenging Ophelia. It's revolting. - Family - Denver Impounds, Euthanizes 3 Pit Bulls Daily: "DENVER -- Since reinstating its pit bull ban in May, Denver has impounded more than 380 pit bulls and is euthanizing them at an average rate of three a day, Denver television station KMGH reported. The city maintains the ban protects its residents. Others say the law should target irresponsible owners and all dangerous dogs, and the city should not ban by breed. Denver has one of the toughest pit-bull bans in the country. Only two other major metropolitan areas -- Miami and Cincinnati -- ban pit bulls, according to the American Canine Foundation.
A Colorado state law passed in 2004 had prohibited cities from banning specific breeds, but Denver won a court challenge to the law. Some dog owners are now in a panic and are sending their pets elsewhere or hiding them. At least 260 pit bulls have been destroyed by the city of Denver since the ban was enforced, the station reported. So just how dangerous are pit bulls?"

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Web Site of the Day

Ever wanted to build something really cool with Legos? Ever wanted to build a mural? How about a mural of your favorite arcade game characters? Yes, with Legos. And...your wife likes it? This guy did it. He gives directions so you can do it too!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Decision Making Time

Get off my chest time! Yay! I need to speak in abstracts for this post. Just for anonymity sake. I've been witnessing something going on (in my personal life, in the community, nation and world) for some time, and I wanted a chance to say my piece. So if anyone that I happen to know personally reads this, just know that I love you. You are my friend, and I would not have it any other way. It takes me a while to get my argument across, some times even to figure out what my argument is. Arguing has always made me feel sick, and therefore I never do it/listen to it/participate. Some things just need to be said for the peace of my own mind.
RE: Judgment, Morals/Principles/Opinions, Fears, Youth & Experience
Children are being tried for murder as adults. Governments are basing laws on group morals. An individual's morals are considered irrelevant.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~ Thomas Jefferson
And please note, when I refer to morals I am NOT NOT NOT referring to any specific religion or ideology. Substitute morals for principles if you will. All I mean is something that you feel strongly about, that shapes who you are. Kinda like eye color for the soul.
It's really disheartening whenever I see people make decisions (or get blamed for the decisions they have made by themselves or others) on their youth and inexperience with certain situations. If something makes you uncomfortable, then you have two options. One, don't do it. Two, find out more about it, and if it still makes you uncomfortable or more so, then don't do it.
To me, telling someone that they are "young and inexperienced" is a really bad cliché to get dependent on. (E.g. just like how some parents like to blame society for the way their children turned out.) It seems to be a subtle theme today. If you made bad choices on something, then you can blame it on your inexperience. Or, people blow off any kind of judgment on a person because they are too young. The same thing happens when a person declines to experience or accept someone else’s ideology as their own because it goes against their personal morality. Mostly, I see people accepting others ideologies/lifestyles/habits/politics because they want to be accepted. By doing this, they hurt themselves and deceive others. Are we too afraid to speak up for what we want and don't want in our lives?
Throw social norms out the window, ignore the 'mature' thing to do, and forget legalities and doctor's notes. I'm talking about when you find yourself in a situation that you don't have experience with and if it makes you uncomfortable, then maybe that is not for you. I accept that there are plenty of these out there that people do that I do not approve of. Just as there are plenty of things that I do that others don't approve of. I judge what other people do based on whether or not 1.) they are hurting themselves, 2.) they are hurting others, 3.) they are in danger of being attacked by others (either physically, politically or lawfully) and 4.) are they affecting me and is it any of my business? I feel that others also tend to dictate/judge/police the actions of others based on these principles -- sometimes, greatly in exception to #4. That generally causes great grief and strife. Open judgment of others is greatly influenced by group think, and it is peculiar how often someone's opinions/morals will change depending on what group they are in. If you are such a butterfly, then I fear that you may find yourself washed up on the rocks of self-doubt. Watch out! They scratch and tear, but the best part is, they help you to see just what has gone wrong. And, they give you ground to stand on. I've been finding my own legs lately, and pissing off people in the process. I've even started to remain silent on certain issues, but do speak up if I see a friend being berated because of their own morals/opinions. My biggest pet peeve of all is hearing someone be told that they are wrong for no other reason than that their opinion/morals are different than the person that they are arguing with.
I've noticed that this happens mostly in regards to drugs or sex, and relationships. Let me step into the extreme here: imagine a young and 'innocent' girl being seduced by a slightly older boy into doing something that she does not feel comfortable doing. I'm sure you know this guy. He is quite clever and will convince you that you will see it his way after, or that you are a fool for thinking the way you do, simply because you have not done it before and that you are just following what others want you to do. Odd, isn't it? Considering he is only wanting her to do just what he wants her too, but is convincing her that it really is what she wants. She just doesn't know any better because of her naiveté. This scene is common enough. It pisses me off when I see someone be cast aside because they are thought of as not being mature enough or experienced enough to deal with something, and therefore feel obligated to contradict what they feel is right to prove that they are mature. Maturity is relative when dealing with a person's individual moral judgment. Everyone has opinions that are based in morals. And, just like opinions, someone else's morals are no better than your own. Yes, morals are based on a person's growth and experience with their family/church/friends/community.
I will agree that some morals might change over time. Then again, there are others that never will. It is up to others to accept who you are and that parts of you will never change. It does not matter how much experience you have had or how many times you tried something just for the benefit of others to prove to them that you still do not agree with it. Fears are great examples of this! Some people live their lives based upon certain fears. They will avoid, hide, and strike out in anger and protest. Aren't morals similar? So, why is it that when someone says that they have a fear of something, people are more likely to accept that as a reason not to persuade them to do something? Yet, if a person says that it is against their morals/better judgment to do something, they are treated poorly and told that they just don't have enough experience/information to know any better?! Why is a fear more generally acceptable in today's world than morals are? Has having morals been corrupted because of religious leaders and past endeavors at forcing the world to align themselves? Or are we so caught up in always trying new things and finding a better stimulation that we can't stop long enough to say no to the morality current?
My morals have been gradually changed and defined over time, and yet certain main principles have not. All I know is that a person's morals shape who they are and what they do. All I can hope is that a person will not be persecuted for them (as long as they adhere to the principles I stated above). I never really considered what my morality meant to me until I became a young adult and saw just how much the world and all of the different experiences that you can have can affect you. Experiences, meeting people, and discovering new ideas are necessary in shaping who we are. Morals help us choose which experiences we need, want, and desire, and ultimately help us decide which are not wanted because we know what we can and cannot allow ourselves to do. By allow, I do not mean lawfully, as in what has been dictated to us, but rather what we can handle, and what we will allow others to do to us. We shouldn't let ourselves be pushed into an extremity that we are not ready for (and may never be). It is during this time when I see people being pushed into doing things that I get upset. Or, if a person stands firm in what they will and will not do, they are told that they lack the right experience and that they just don't know any better. I highly disagree with this statement. No one can know what is best for you except for yourself. There comes a time when you must choose. I just hope that when they do, they will see that they will still have family and friends who will accept who they are and know that they will always be loved. Even by the people that they most fear rejection and judgment from.
From Wikipedia: Morality is a system of principles and judgments based on cultural, religious, and philosophical concepts and beliefs, by which humans determine whether given actions are right or wrong. These concepts and beliefs are often generalized and codified by a culture or group, and thus serve to regulate the behaviour of its members. Conformity to such codification may also be called morality, and the group may depend on widespread conformity to such codes for its continued existence. A "moral" may refer to a particular principle, usually as informal and general summary with respect to a moral principle, as it is applied in a given human situation.
Regarding how our morals stand up to the expectations and controlling factors of this world, I think that is a tricky matter. For example, if you believe that murder is murder, would you still feel that way if you killed someone in self-defense? Some might, but I don't think most would. Regarding how our morals stand up to the expectations and controlling nature of our family and friends, I think that we all come to a point in our lives whereby our morals become our fears. We either hide them from some, or use them as a pillar and strike out at others. Should we be ashamed? I don't know. But I'll be damned if I let someone kick me to the wayside because I do not fit perfectly to their moral scale. People will be people. I love them for who they are, but I don't have to like it.

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Feel like...

...I'm going to pass out. Curse you Midol! No! I don't mean it! I only mean love-ly curses!!!!

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I noticed the special topic on Google today. However, The J-Walk Blog advised that you go for the super-zoomed-in-shot. I laughed. A lot. Then, I got hungry.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

More of Everything


I loved going to these places and wish that I could go back now as an adult.
Welcome to The Field Museum Don't forget to make a pressed penny before you leave. It will probably cost at least 26 cents.
Museum of Science & Industry I think if I had gone to this museum more often as a kid, then I never would have had as much trouble with science as I did. Also has the best ice cream parlor in the city:.
Adler Planetarium The only place where you can truly enjoy astronaut food (ice cream especially), and then check your weight for the moon before and after eating it.
The Art Institute A mystical place to go on a rainy afternoon with a sketchbook and a good set of tunes. I still remember seeing George Seurat's Afternoon in the Park. I'll never forget it.
The Shedd Aquarium I never found the fairy in the new addition. I had a frightening experience there as a child. An emoray eel kept looking at me, never breaking a gaze, even when it turned upside down. Thought it was going to leap thru the glass and attack me.


Pavlova Makes Me Drool

An article about a scrumptious looking dessert. Recipe link follows.
"Antipodean palaver over pavlova
The pavlova is named after the famous Russian ballet dancer You wouldn't think a dessert could possibly whip up this much fuss. But the origin of the seemingly innocuous pavlova is the latest issue to divide neighbouring rivals Australia and New Zealand. The pavlova is essentially a mixture of egg whites and sugar, topped with cream and fresh fruit, named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. But both Australia and New Zealand claim to have invented it. According to the Australians, a chef called Bert Sachse first came up with the dish at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth, in 1935. But Professor Helen Leach from the University of Otago - who is currently studying the origins of the pavlova - has found a recipe in New Zealand dating from 1929. According to the Brisbane Courier Mail, though, the descendants of the Esplanade Hotel's owner have far from given up. Prof Leach said one family member wrote to her suggesting Mr Sachse may have got his dates wrong. On the case She told him to look through old cookery books, but added: 'I somehow don't think they're going to find the evidence, simply because it's just not showing up in the cookbooks until really the 1940s in Australia.' Matthew Evans, a restaurant critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, told the Associated Press that it was unlikely a definitive answer about the pavlova's origins would ever be found. 'People have been doing meringue with cream for a long time, I don't think Australia or New Zealand were the first to think of doing that,' he said. 'I think it's a great dish and we should be happy somebody invented it,' he added. "
Pavlova Dessert Recipes

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Fette's Vette Video Link

I once sang this song for an entire DC event. Including dance moves.
Star Wars Galaxies News, Trailers, Screenshots, Previews, Reviews, Guides -- Star Wars Galaxies Vault: "Fett's Vette (Download Now) Source: Windspire Entertainment
Music Video - Fett's Vette"

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Store of the Day

Gaming apparel for the inner geek or significant geek in your life. OffWorld Designs

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If Ever...

...if ever I was an old lady I would raise llamas and use their fibre for all sorts of knitting and weaving. I would be known as the Llama Lady and for Halloween I could dress the llamas up. Every morning I would make sure my llamas were in a row before going to town for the farmer's market to show off my wares. While gone, the llamas would secretly work out there plan to invade my apple orchard. All of my family and friends would know what to expect for Christmas. Each llamas birthday would be a wonderful celebration and the llamas would all wear party hats. When the evening comes, I will walk back to the house and let them do whatever llamas do.

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Llama Llama Duck!


I feel a dead hyper comin’ on.
What does that mean exactly? I am in a hyper mood; however, my body is not up to status. I am on day two of taking Claritin. As far as I can tell, it hasn’t worked. So says my sinus pressure headache/migraine from last night. But, still was a fun weekend. Despite the sleepiness. And last night was good too! Watched some stuff about sharks (and it’s okay to laugh about the story, especially when the person that it happened too is telling the story).
I’m really getting interested in making my own earrings. I figured it will inspire me on some level to start beading again. Yes, my hands are still horrible. And I’m starting to wonder if the pain isn’t tied to my emotion/stress level on some point. So, that leaves the question: What do I have to be over-emotional/stressed about? Heh. Par par bogey bogey par par.
Currently planning on sewing a l33t for my husband. Yes, I am meshing Anarchy Online with sewing. Odd, no? Anyway, a project is a project, and as of now, I have far too many and wondering when I will finally get to them. I have one in particular that needs to get done before August. Something that I cannot believe that I am starting already: Christmas shopping. Yuppers.
Tonight’s plans? Possibly curling up on the purple couch with blankie, pillows and Harry while my husband is out gaming. That, or I might even be up for coffee somewhere.

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Thanks goes out to this Star Wars fan, I finally have an answer to a question that would have haunted me in the afterlife.
: "15. Who is the monkey-like creature that sits by Jabba's tail and laughs?
A: Salacious Crumb"

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Web Site of the Day

For those of you that have not heard of it yet, I present 'Yatta!'
s y b e r p u n k . c o m - Green Leaves (Yatta!): "Green Leaves (Yatta!)
Well before I get started, if you haven't seen the Yatta! movie clip by now, right click HERE and select 'Save As' to download it (7.8Mb Requires Microsoft Media Player).
Okay so, what the hell was that? Well it's a song called Yatta, performed by a group of guys called 'Green Leaves'. You can see them spelling out their name during the song. The song was first performed on a Japanese television show called 'Silly Go Lucky'. Silly Go Lucky is a sketch comedy show by the same group of guys with various segments like 'Ova!' 'Cat Players' 'Super Fans' and of course 'Green Leaves'. So of course one day during the Green Leaves sketch they did 'Yatta!' and the rest is history."

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?



This morning as I was stopped at a red light, waiting to turn left, I noticed that the cars opposite me started to turn left while our light was still red. It occurred to me that I might have been so caught up in my current daydream that I had not noticed that the light was stuck and giving the cross traffic the right of way willy-nilly. I sat patiently. Work wasn't more than five minutes away, there were a line of cars behind me and far be it for me to turn into oncoming, morning rush hour traffic and get myself killed because of worrying about the impatience of others. There I sat waiting. Not more than a minute later after I noticed this phenomena, did I see something more peculiar with my little eye. A squad car. With two patrolmen. They pulled up to the traffic box across the seat, and FIXED THE LIGHT!!! Allowing traffic to move freely. I happily waved as I went on my merry way and thought, only in a wonderful small town could this ever happen. :)

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Notes of Immediate Importance

Someone brought chocolate cake today!!!
What are these stomach pains?! It is nothing I have ever had before! Is something broken? Why? What is it?!
About half-way through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Finished season 5 of Buffy...again
I had no idea I was so tired until my body refused, just outright refused to let me get off of the couch Saturday. I slept. A LOT!
Two weeks in a row my husband and I have shopped for groceries together. It is the third sign of the apocalypse. I believe the fourth sign has something to do with dust.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Bazarre in my Belly

Mexican Wares
Mexican Wares,
originally uploaded by Cudge.
It's a fiesta! It's a bazarre! It's in my belly!

Although these bowls are quite pretty.
Oye. I want to make a collage of condiments. Hang it up at a restaurant in a giant, climate-controlled shadow box.


As to waking up at 5 o'clock... feels like I have been thrown from the car on the highest roller coaster and really regret eating the popcorn and nachos. Not to mention the red slushie.

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Flicks From My Life for Friday

One day while my grandmother was pushing me in a stroller, we passed by an old man who looked really down. I saw him, smiled, and said 'Hi!' He stopped. Looked at me. Then said, 'Lady, she just made my day.' (This was not last week in case you were wondering.)
Look at cloud shapes in the sky. I never really did that as a child. It would typically be late at night, and I would look up at the stars, making sure that they were all I could see, then freak out because I thought I was falling into them. Pretty sure I screamed and yanked on the grass next to me.


Why do I always feel 35.6% better as soon as I get to the doctor's office? Is it just the stress of being sick and the anticipation of finding out what is actually wrong being released?
Karma. I bumped a car in a parking lot. Dented it even. I freaked out. Tried to drive off. Went back, left my name and number. The lady called and said not to worry about it. That it was good karma. Until that point, I had no idea that American adults believed in karma.
Eating Breyer's chocolate ice cream while watching Buffy = good times.
Some times, I will fence one of my Sims in, but tend to freak out at the last minute and let them go before they die.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bigger Than Us

I think it would be cool to keep one of these in a time capsul on Neptune. This project involves keeping a journal in a location with a bunch of strangers. Could you handle it? Would it be filled with the same ramblings? Or what if everyone wrote about the same thing? Mmmm...I feel a project coming on.
1000 journals - Locations: "Do you have a journal you'd like to share? If so, we suggest talking to the people at your favorite coffee shop, cafe, bar, library, whatever. Ask if they're willing to keep it at their location for 3 months, and let customers add to it. (might even bring in some extra business) Let us know where it is, and how long it will be there, and we'll post it here. "

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Journal Writing

Because we all forget or lose our way amidst all of the randomtivity, here are some tips on Journal Writing.

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Planet Diary

Even the Earth can have one. Wouldn't it be cool for every planet to lament on their daily activities? Like, Mars would be in a tiff b/c Venus winked at Earth but didn't even say thank you for the muffins Mars had baked at the convention last week. That, and you just know Pluto is just bursting at the rim to try on Saturns new nail polish.
Read this!

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In the Stars...for Him

Free Will Astrology : Capricorn Horoscope: "The astrological omens will soon favor a splashy union. It could come in the form of a wedding or a reworking of your marriage vows. It could mean an adventurous collaboration with a business partner or a deepened commitment to an old ally. You might even consider intensifying your devotion to an idea that inspires you or sharpening your concentration on a future event that will marshal your lust for life." Wow! Can't wait to see what happens. Maybe we will celebrate with a hedgehog!

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In the Stars

Free Will Astrology : Pisces Horoscope: "Psychiatrist R.D. Laing espoused a view of insanity that's radically different from the conventional wisdom. He said the rules of the game in the so-called normal world are crazy and sick. So when a person has a breakdown and no longer agrees to play by those rules, it's actually a sign of vitality. In fact, a period of chaotic rebellion may be the only way to burst free from the lunacy of everyday life. Eventually, of course, the escapee has to return to a semblance of mental health and create a new relationship with the normal world, though in such a way that he or she will be less susceptible to its pathologies. Often the process I've just described is a terrible ordeal, even when it results in a dramatic healing. But right now, you Pisceans can experience a fun and enjoyable version of it. "

Wheeeeeeeee! I've had plenty of those moments. One of which I thought that I would never return from. An upsetting time, yet something I cannot now be without, but hope to use at a later date. Or, this could just mean that my PMS is in full swing and that it really was a good idea to buy two different kinds of ice cream last night. Humph!

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Blog of the Day

From the Library of Congress, presenting new and intriguing ways to spend your money and ruin your eyes: BOOK FAIRS AND OTHER LITERARY EVENTS

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5000 VISITORS!!!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! FIVE THOUSAND VISITORS!!! I'm a busy little clicker, aren't I?


The Collection

I might be getting someone's old DnD books. Awesome. Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page

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Keep a Diary, Knowledge Rules

Martha Ballard's Diary Online: "Martha Ballard wrote in her diary nearly every day from January 1, 1785 to May 12, 1812 (27 years) for a total of almost 10,000 entries. Her diary is an unparalleled document in early American history."

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Thursday Random Wiki

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Pay Tribute to the Sinus Gods

Everyone with sinus issues should go here immediately to splurge and purchase these sinus allieving candies!

Altoids: Gift from the Sinus Gods

Altoids gum machine
Altoids gum machine,
originally uploaded by ljc@flickr.
I need one of these installed at my desk and in my kitchen. Altoids will now become a staple of my diet since THEY ARE THE ONLY THING THAT HELPS ME BREATHE!!!
I swear the little curiously strong mintiness just brushes aside any pollen or mucus that has taken up residence inside my sinuses and allows for a wonderful twenty minutes. My eyes even feel slightly better!

Nonsense Ahead!

Alas! My computer hath died. Farewell hardy lass! Glenn tried to connect my computer last night to the internet. After trying, he came up to me and said, "You can't even play the Sims on it now." What happened exactly? I have no idea. Fanboys with nothing better to do than make nasty viruses got the best of my computer. We're talking like over 80 UNUSED gigs. She had a full life ahead of her. Now, I must save up for a new hard drive. In other cheerful news, it is my mommy's birthday! Happy Birthday to her! We will be seeing her shortly and have birthday celebrations. Wow. I'm dizzy. Cuse these sinuses! Curse these glasses! This morning I nearly had a wreck and a spill down the stairs due to being dizzy. At one point I was attempting to put on my hand braces. :swerve swerve: All that combined with barely controlled itchy and water-spurting from my eye. As well as a constant feeling of random mucus in my nose. Glory days are here! Yucky crud. I can't believe I have actually curled my hair for two days in a row. This is in the morning people. With a curling iron! And hairspray! I'm scared to say that if it was cold enough outside, there might even be make-up! Dun dun dun!!! Btw, if anyone knows of stuff to see or places to eat in Boston, then please let me know. A trip is in the near future.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Blog of the Day

Found this via Blogger's Blog of Note section. I enjoy stories of the supernatural. As of now, I am reading Dracula. This of the following site as Dr. Demento specializing in the supernatural. This is a blog from Dr. Mysterian, who releases predictions every Thursday about the future. So, for all of your fantasmic record collecting needs, please go to: The Essential Ghoul's Record Shelf

Highly Nervous State

Why is my tummy flying? Did I leave the curling iron plugged in? (No!) Am I pregnant? (No!) Am I going out on a blind date? (Hell no!) Then why is my stomache acting like I am just whizzing down the top of the American Eagle and the lap belt is loose? (Don't you just hate it when that happens!?) Could it be the one smartie I ate was too much for me? (Resounding yes.) Is it that I am just feeling the excitement of all of the blogs I read? (See the blogroll below as well as my LJ.) Could it be that I am in a good mood and possibly elated just before the PMS starts? (Quite possibly.)

Wishing on a ...

...all I need is a chocolate fudge brownie.
Mmm.... Maybe a side of ice cream. With chocolate syrup. And cool whip. Milk, too?
Why are most of my daydreams about food?

Where Was Little Bo Peep?

Found this via Bacon and Eh's. Sympatico / MSN News : Unusual News : Turkish shepherds stunned after flock of 1,500 sheep leaps off cliff: "ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported Friday. In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher, cushioning the fall, the daily newspaper Aksam reported. 'There's nothing we can do. They're all wasted,' Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam. The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, is close to 100,000 Turkish lira, which is equal to roughly $91,000 Cdn. This is a significant amount of money in a country where average GDP per person is around $2,700 US. 'Every family had an average of 20 sheep,' Aksam quoted another villager, Abdullah Hazar as saying. 'But now only a few families have sheep left. It's going to be hard for us.'u "

Monday, July 11, 2005

Queen of Snot

I'm leaving early today to let the doctor look at my snotty nose. A friend of mine is going to have surgery to remove stuff from her snotty nose. I wonder where they will put it. Will they keep it? Or put it on toast?

Electric Company

Late Saturday night, we go to a favorite mini-golf place. The parking lot had suddenly turned into a car show for teenagers. We had forty-five minutes to get in one game for four people. By about the fourth hole, we noticed that they were closing the place down. But they knew we were there, because they, like, saw us when checking the course for people. I guess in all of their fun playing on the bumper boats and cat-calling the carp, they forgot us. And turned out the lights where we were playing. Not on the entire course, just the one section where we were at. When requested to turn them back on, the reply was that they "didn't know how" or "couldn't" get the lights back on. Back to the roaring parking lot. We twanged while playing pool and ate pancakes with the refund.

Irrationality has it's Cronies

Itchy eyes Green snot So sleepy Music finally working on 'puter Hard work gaining fame on Sims Did I miss a call this week? Or was I supposed to call? Food! Couldn't finish my milkshake Good night it's morning.

Friday, July 08, 2005


...fifty pound cats. They exist. Be afraid. Lock up your canaries. And your gold fish. Don't even ask about the hair balls.

See me now?

originally uploaded by Intertwined.
I can't wait.
Brine is in my blood.


originally uploaded by justkittens.
Not sure if I told this story already, but I thought it might be nice to tell it again. The story of when I found my engagement ring. (NOT pictured above. I just thought it was cute.)

I had traveled with Glenn and his family across country to Arizona/Nevada. That is to say, NINETEEN HOURS in an SUV with his parents, one of his sisters and her friend. FOR NINETEEN HOURS. Now, as you might recall, I get motion sickness quite easily. However because I was completely nervous and frazzled due to the fact that I really hadn't spent much time with his family yet, it quelled my motion sickness. So, off we went to Arizona! The drive went well. Although we couldn't sleep too good. The wedding was wonderful, we played in the game room of the casino, got an Alf doll and then gave away the rest of our tickets.

Glenn was an usher in the wedding and looked SO DAMN HOT!!! I do have a few pictures, but don't want to be held responsible for burning a hole in my tiny curve of the internet. The only thing that dented his hotness was when he dragged me out onto the dance floor to dance the Macarena. I hate that song. With a passion. And he knew it.

So, driving back...we stop at this aunt's house to relax before the long trip. It was a BEAUTIFUL adobe house, lots of stenciling, and set looked gorgeous sitting in the dessert. Glenn was playing a computer game on a laptop, and I went to pull out a book or walkman, when I noticed a small black case sitting atop all of our stuff in the bag.

I talked myself out of thinking it was a ring. How could it be? It must have been the cufflinks that went w/ his tux. And I better check now before we le- and OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD. It wasn't cufflinks. It was the exact ring that I knew I was going to get, ever since I was little. I found out later that it was his grandmother's and had been given to him that weekend by her. I quietly glanced up at Glenn, who was still clicking away. Put the case back in the bag, got up, said I was going to go for a walk. Then I told his mom that her son wasn't very good at hiding things, and walked outside. She caught up with me. By this point, I was crying. She asked if those were tears of happiness. I think I managed to nod. Then, I proceeded to walk around the house to cool off.

I was halfway around the house when I noticed that a certain tall, dark and handsome boy trying to catch up to me. I waited. We talked. We weren't ready yet, but we were excited and hopeful.
When we got home, he re-hid the ring and I never looked for it again.

It came out of hiding two months later.