24 December 2008 @ 01:35 am
Oni-con meme )
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29 November 2008 @ 11:49 am
Because people are already asking me: (If you're getting me something, let me know that so that I can be sure to get you something as well! I don't believe in one-sided gift giving at all. If you are going to spend money on me, you deserve something in return) Also, I have recently come into a HUUUUUGE amount of Christmas cards, so if you'd like a package (or two or ten) let me know.)

Under the cat like everything else I own )

** Just don't spend more on me than you would EXPECT (not want) me to spend on you. Remember that in addition to being my usually cheap self, this holiday season I'm scrimping so I can go to Japan next summer. Post your lists so I know what to get for you guys!! I'm looking to spending about $20-30 on each person I'm getting gifts for, unless I know them super well (then I might spend more) or don't know them too well (then I might spend less). **
08 November 2008 @ 11:50 am
Hey f-list!!! If you want to exchange x-mas cards, comment with your address to this post! I'll screen all the comments, so you don't have to worry about gaining any creepy pedo-internet stalkers!
29 October 2008 @ 08:19 pm
Completely anonymous, so I'll not know who you choose unless you tell me in the comments. (Alternatively, who would you vote for if you could vote?)

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28 October 2008 @ 12:05 pm
For those of you unsure of who to vote for, I highly recommend Glassbooth's quiz. You just fill in what issues are most important to you and your views on them and Glassbooth will let you know how much you have in common with all of the presidential candidates. I was having difficulty making my decision, and seeing how my views stacked up with the candidates' really helped.

That said, I now know whom I am voting for and will be going either today or tomorrow to vote early. If you are eligible to vote in the United States, then I highly urge you to please go out on Tuesday or, if you are capable, go early and VOTE!

This post brought to you by Citizens for Harvey Dent ;)
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15 October 2008 @ 12:17 am

The world is a tough little place. Real life hurts, and it's perhaps one of the greatest injustices that man (and woman) will ever know. Poverty is one of the reasons for all of this suffering. It is the major cause for all of the hunger, disease, lack of education, and heartless suffering that exists today. Of all the most horrible things in the world today, I believe that poverty is one of the leading problems that must be eradicated as soon as possible. Of course, who knows how long it will be before we have the resources available to completely be rid of poverty worldwide? I doubt very much that it will happen in my lifetime. I'm equally as certain that any children who have the misfortune of being called mine will not see a complete cure for it. However, in order to be rid of one of our greatest scourges, we must start acting NOW.

So think about it: How much does poverty affect your life? A lot? Very little? Not at all? Does it even matter? Maybe you have a total and completely perfect view on all the ways in which poverty affects you. Perhaps you are greatly naive and have no idea whatsoever of the impact that poverty has on you. Maybe you are one of the rare ones it doesn't even touch (if you think you are, think again: these sorts don't exist). Regardless of its affect on you, it is affecting someone, and it's probably doing so in ways that you and I will never be able to fully understand.

We live in a pretty great country. Despite a falling economy, sinking dollar value, and huge national debt, the majority of us still manage to wake up in the morning with a roof over our heads, drag ourselves off to jobs or schools where, despite having no desire whatsoever to go through this grind, we are kept mostly comfortable and safe. We'll probably manage to eat several times throughout the day, and at the end of it we'll return home to our televisions and pass out on a bed with our heads still covered by a sturdy roof. Maybe once in a while we'll be reminded of others less fortunate than us and donate a few t-shirts or dollars to a local charity--hey, it's helping, right?

Wrong. Very, very wrong.

Yeah, it's helping a few people. Your twenty dollars or so might feed a person for a day, but all it's doing is superficial, covering up the problem. Why mask the symptoms when you can cure the disease? In order to finally be rid of poverty, we must start at the beginning--the very start of life. Now, I've never cared much for children; I'd even go as far to say that I pretty much hate everyone under the age of about seventeen. However, there can be no doubt that a person's childhood is what shapes his or her future. Clearly, we must protect the children. The best way to do this is to make sure they make it out of the actual birthing process with the one thing that is guaranteed to fight for them during their most delicate years--a mother.

Today is the fifteenth of October, and it is officially Blog Action Day. This year's theme to blog on is poverty. Poverty is a complex and global issue that exists everywhere. It is most prominent within third world countries, but even first world countries like the United States, Great Britain, and France have sections of their populations that live below the poverty line.

In 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit, 189 representatives signed the Millennium Declaration, vowing to combat the world's biggest problems by 2015. These Millennium Development Goals are:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development

Many of these goals can be met by meeting just one: Ending poverty. Poverty keeps food from the mouths of hungry men. Poverty keeps children working in fields, rather than attending school. Poverty traps people into a set and archaic way of thinking. Poverty causes higher incidences of child mortality. Poverty prevents expectant mothers from receiving proper maternal care. Poverty prevents the sick from affording the proper care that is need to cure their diseases. Poverty makes further development impossible. Poverty creates rifts between those who lack and those who do not.

Poverty is the problem.

But it is not one for which there is an easy solution.

Poverty can be erased from this world by ensuring that the hungry are fed, so that they may be strong enough to fight illnesses that come their way. By preventing diseases from taking children and adults alike, they can live long enough to be educated. With education comes better jobs opportunities and enlightened thinking. With well-paying work comes the ability to pay for maternal health care. With these things in place, progress can be made towards finding ways to protect our environment and the gap between rich and poor will lessen and we will be able to find more common ground.

Someone Once Told Me
End Poverty 2015
Stand Up Take Action
The Girl Effect
UN Millennium Development Goals
Death in Birth, article from TIME magazine on maternal mortality
88 Ways to DO Something About Poverty Right Now, from Blog Action Day
Ripple, help with just a click!
The Heifer Project International

12 October 2008 @ 11:22 pm
Ahhhh...I'm in so much pain....! I love it. (And no, I'm not some sort of masochist) But, there is something that is just oh-so-satisfying about working your hardest all weekend and coming home sore and in all sorts of pain, but also knowing that you have done your best, helped lots of people, and looked absolutely FAB whilst doing all of it.

I swear, this weekend was both total bliss and absolute hell. We are finally into the full swing of things at P.C. and Halloween is right around the corner. I'm so excited for the holiday, but I do abhor the way people (a.k.a. customers) blowing things waaay out of proportion. They tend to ruin the holiday not only for themselves, but for others as well.

Nothing particularly memorable has happened yet, but I really don't think that anything will top last year. Haha, I don't think I ever told any of you about it!! Okay, well it went something like this:

ME: *folding costumes and working dressing room whilst looking FAB*

FEMALE TWENTY-SOMETHING CUSTOMER: *comes out of dressing room stall and hands back balled up costume that is totally not within the confines of its package*

ME: Did you like this costume?


ME: Oh, I'm sorry. I hope you can find something you like.

FEMALE TWENTY-SOMETHING CUSTOMER: Oh, I'm sure I will, there were several others I wanted to try on, anyways.

ME: Oh, that's good.

FEMALE TWENTY-SOMETHING CUSTOMER: Yeah. *starts walking off* By the way, it's okay that I don't wear underwear, right?

ME: O.O ... *realizes she has to fold and repackage costume, turns to secondary dressing room associate* Can you fold that while I run these costumes to the back?

No lie.

For those of you who have been wondering, October is Halloween month and, as I work at a party store, I'm quite busy. I've picked up more hours so I haven't had as much time to be online. I've been reading your entries, I'm probably just not commenting as much as I usually do, nor will I be posting as much as I normally do. But, ne'er ye fear, November is right around the corner, and I will taking part in National Novel Writing Month and will, inevitably, be using livejournal as if it were Twitter. Haha, but I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it! Anyone else thinking of taking part in it?
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30 September 2008 @ 07:31 am
I have a project in mind, but first, I need y'alls help. I'm trying to decide on a name for my NaNo novel, but everything I think of sounds really lame. Like, really lame. So could you help? Pleeeaaaase?? I've copypasta'd the synopsis (available online at my NaNoWriMo profile page) below.

Liz Rider is probably the most popular girl in her whole town. Everybody loves--how could they not? In addition to balancing school and friends, she saves the world in her spare time. But being a super hero isn't always easy when you've got nosy reporters breaking into your house to get the inside scoop, and super villains who want to dethrone you--forever.

Yeah...even the synopsis sounds lame. Buut~ it is going to be epic. Like, JALOPY BUNGALOW-type epic. And I want to do something before NaNo starts, but in order to do it, I need a TITLE.

30 September 2008 @ 07:13 am
I've got mixed feelings about the bailout bill thing that didn't get passed in Congress. On one hand, I really do no want to give money to greedy men and women just so we can cover their asses because they wanted to stuff their pockets (isn't that what it essentially boils down to?). But at the same time, the way our economy is going has me very nervous. WaMu and Wachovia both declared bankruptcy. Those are major banking institutes. So many insurance companies are throwing in the towel. We've got big lenders asking the government to lend money to them to fix their mistakes.

Doesn't it seem like there is something wrong with this picture?



Yes, there is.

This isn't a republican problem; it's not a democrat problem. This is an us problem. The politicians...most of them are quite wealthy. If the economy goes bonkers, most of them have money to fall back on. Not us.

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Hey guys, I'm back. Finally. Just over two weeks without power. I actually enjoyed it. :D

I'm slowly catching up on all of y'all's journal entries. Slowly but surely. I'm probably not going to comment, but I am going to look.

Oni-con's been rescheduled. Pushed back to December. More time with Anna also, more time for NaNo. 8D I am soooooo excited. She will be my new best friend. I don't need Sarah and Beth anymore. I'll have ANNA.

Loooool noooooo. Everyone has a special place in my heart and there is room for growth without kicking someone out.

Geez...in two weeks, I have forgotten how to type. :(

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23 August 2008 @ 01:06 am

Hey guys--check this out!

I'll be taking part in this year's Blog Action Day! The whole goal of Blog Action Day is to create a dialogue and promote discussion about the issues that exist in today's world. Blog Action Day isn't about finding any one answer to the problems that are here right now--as the official site says: "Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer."

This year's theme is poverty, a problem that thousands, if not millions, of people face and struggle with every day. And now, with the economy as weak as it is, it is even more pressing that we deal with this issue NOW. I've heard time and time again, that we have the power to completely eradicate poverty within our lifetimes.

I know that not everyone is going to have something to say on the matter. I'm sure there are even those of you that feel poverty doesn't affect you in the slightest. But please, regardless of whether it is affecting you or not--it is affecting SOMEONE. Speak out so that these people may have a voice on their side.

TL;DR Version:

Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

So yeah...I know what I'll be doing on October fifteenth--do you?

12 July 2008 @ 09:35 pm
Lol. Everyone better like my new icon. I spent eighty gajillion minutes working on it tis morning before work. Ugh. Just noticed it's not even...must.......fix....icon..... FIXED!

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06 July 2008 @ 11:27 pm
Independence Day fireworks pics are coming soon......I SWEAR!!!!


Ummm....why can't anything normal ever happen to me? Just wondering...


Why are you late for class? Cat threw up on my bed.
Why are you late for work? My neighborhood was closed off for a bike marathon.
Why are you late for work (again)? I got stuck behind a chuck wagon. (True story!!!)

What has prompted this little preponderance? Well, my glasses are broken. Want to know why? Of course you do! Well, Click for epic recount of the absolute epic-ness!!! )

D: WTF?! HOW does this kind of stuff keep on happening to me? And I really liked those glasses...they had zebra stripe on the insides. :[ Now I'm wearing my old ones that look really horribly crappy on my face and they make me feel all psychedelic because I'm not used to the old prescription anymore.

Want proof?

Here, I'm ugly now. :[ )

Well, okay. It's not that bad (especially since I'm comparing it to Beth's face! XD ), so I had to hold my fringe up to make me look all awkward and stuff. I don't like calling them bangs, because it just seems so....vulgar. Lol...I'm so old fashioned!

I'm thinking of starting up a Harley Quinn costume for I-don't-know-what.I can't wear it at work because our costumes have to be Party City only things, but...I REALLY WANT A HARLEY COSTUME!!!

She's my absolute fave! ♥

But yeah...I've found these two links (1 2) that I really like. I'm a tad bit nervous though, since I've never really partaken such a large project before. :$

Blah...I feel like making a long entry, but I don't really have anything to say. SOY MILK!!!!!

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So that's it for now! I guess.... Maybe so.... I want to say more.

Oh yeah! I've been drinking LOTS of soy milk lately. Several large glasses a day. V. good for my health (I feel waaay more energetic) but v. bad for my wallet. I need a third job just to afford my soy milk!!! DX

(BTW, muffins to whoever can spot the King in my photos!)
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04 July 2008 @ 04:38 am
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Lions and Tigers and Bears--oh my! (Not really) +9387834701556348738 )
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23 June 2008 @ 02:25 pm
From One Devil to Another (NaNoWriMo 2007)

Yesterday, Today, and Yesterday (Screnzy 2008)

Click to make them bigger :)
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13 February 2008 @ 08:17 pm
I am an idiot. I made fudge for freaking stupid Darwin. TWO POUNDS OF FUDGE. And if that didn't scream PSYCHO-STALKER loud enough, the HAND-MADE LOVE NOTE should. I found some quote online and it said something along the lines of: "We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." IF THAT DOESN'T SCREAM PSYCHO-STALKER I DON'T KNOW WHAT DOES.

Ugggghhhh......why am I suddenly acting and feeling like I'm 8 instead of 18!?!?

I'll tell you why.

It's that damned Mass-Marketing Valentine's Day. It somehow has the power to turn even the most sensible person into a drooling MORON. I wasn't that sharp to begin with, I'm telling you that.

Oh, and the cherry on top of this mountain-sized DAY OF FAIL?

Conners said that Rome assimilated other cultures during his lecture. ASSIMILATED!?!?!? Could he have not picked a worse word!? Of ALL the words in the entire English language, he has to choose the one word that has the power (besides, of course, "pineapple") to send me into unstoppable peals of laughter. I WAS CRACKING UP LIKE AN IDIOT FOR ABOUT TWO FULL MINUTES. Right. Next. To. Darwin.

So not only am I a psycho-stalker, I also am a Trekkie in the WORST WAY POSSIBLE.

BUT! There was a shining ray of light in this awful day.

I came home. And my cats were happy to see me. :)

And for those curious:

The Fudge Recipe )
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11 February 2008 @ 09:18 pm

Valentine's are DONE!

...now i just need to find some envelopes to mail them in XD Oh, and study for my astronomy test. Blech.

Today's been a good, productive day. I finally got deviantART to cooperate with my compy again, only to discover that they've completely fscked with the categories. It seems that somehow every single category I used for my photographs has vanished. Gross.

I'm sleepy....I'm going to try to go to be early tonight.

Annnnnd.....for your viewing pleasure:

Isn't she precious? Haha....and now I have "Life is Precious" stuck in my head. XD I miss choir tour sooooo much it's not even funny. I remember last year (my last year!) Ben and I hung out in the back of the bus chowing down on chocolate Teddy Grahams (they're vegan friendly!) and sleeping. Twelfth grade choir tour was just like eighth grade choir tour. It was just me and Ben. This year I was Hypochondriac Buddy and he was Green Buddy. We visited the stupid McDonald's in who-knows-where. On the last day, when we sang whatever the heck that song is called, we hugged each other, just like before. And I really miss him. I hate that he's in Austin. It feels so weird not seeing him. It's like ninth grade all over again, when I stopped having classes with him. It was such a shock. In eighth grade we had all our classes together--even P.E.! But suddenly in ninth grade, I hardly saw him. Now he's in Austin, living it up and loving it and I'm still here. But it's always been like that. He's always been one step ahead of. *insert more Ben-angst* I miss my stupid trash can religion starting, weird-noise making, super intelligent, amazingly caring, absolutely awesome hobbit guy! :'[ Gah....I love him.

But I don't love how he never comes home anymore. He's such a hippie loser like that. XD

But it was great that we got to stand by each other for "Nothing's too Good for my Friends." That was too perfect. That last choir tour performance was everything Pizazz! and graduation weren't. I miss PRAISE choir sooooo much. I really kind of sort of want to go back and just sing there forever. For. Eh. Ver. XD
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Current Music: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
11 February 2008 @ 03:26 pm
Today's been.....interesting. I think I got a C on my Art History test, mainly because I forgot to study. I'm going to finish up the Valentine's TODAY, and they will all be sent off by tomorrow. If yours is late, let me know and I'll send you something for St. Patrick's day or something.....idk. I'll figure it out.

Fudge turned out amazing--so claims my brother and my taste buds. I had been worried that I had added either too much chocolate or too much salt or too little condensed milk but NO! 'Tis PERFECT.

It's gross and muggy right now but I feel pretty good despite. I saw a fire truck and an ambulance going down Crestline Road on my way out of the subdivision, so I'm thinking there was another fire somewhere in the neighborhood....I'm wondering if we have an arsonist or something though because that's the second one in less than a month. :\

Haha...I'm watching "Tuvix." It's the most awkward episode of ST:Voy EVER. I really hate it.....? Love it......? It's a love/hate relationship.

Okay....list for Valentine's is as follows, let me know if you want to be added if you're not already on there:


Mom is getting some carnations, Chaney is going to get....idk yet. Keri is going to get some underwear and some fudge or cookies (probably cookies because I bet my collection of stuffed animals she has some weird thing against fudge). Sarah's getting fudge and cat food. Beth is going to get a care package of surprise and wonderful things that will be sent AFTER her card. Darwin is getting fudge. Ben is getting....I'm not sure because vegan's are hard to shop for when you yourself like steaks and stuff. Audrey will get something crocheted that will be sent AFTER her card. Kim will get....something....not sure what, and it will also be sent AFTER her card.

And me? What am I getting? A PICNIC~ I'm considering the Houston loli picnic on the 16th to be my Valentine's Day gift.

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