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Never mind the good part of getting green for the planet.

Get green for Iran!!! Wear green everyone!!!!


this sucks

OK, so I know that compared to disasters in the rest of the world, this is pretty minor. I was just looking forward to having a real vacation, not one spent in bed and dizzy with fever. I know where it came from - one of my classmates who plunked himself down next to me on the second to last day, having just gotten out of his own sickbed. For four hours the poor guy tried to get his final drawing done, all the while complaining about how feverish and dizzy he was. I even loaned him my colored pencils, and never got them back - but at this point I'm willing to let him keep them. I never used them that much anyway. Ah well.
So, flat on my back in bed, I've been plowing through books by Robin Hobb. I've finished the Assassin trilogy and the first of the Liveship books - full credit to litchi for turning me on to her stuff. Little did I know that she was the same person as Megan Lindholm! Whose books, especially Wizard of the Pigeons, I remembered from when I was a teen. Anyway, whatever name she goes by she's a good writer. I know she's written more in the Assassin series too, so there's that to look forward to. If I keep feeling like this I may.
Speaking of this being pretty minor overall, I just switched the TV to CNN and there's a hostage taking - children in the Philippines. How can people use children like that? I don't get it. Children as hostages, children as soldiers, children as suicide bombers in Iraq. I always think of Theoden's words: "How did it come to this?"
Sigh. Well, I'm sure when I feel better, I'll, well, you know, feel better.


The Part of You That No One Sees

You are powerful, passionate, and dominant.
You have a vision of how things should be, and you do your best to make things happen.
People rely on you for your strength. You are a rock to many.

Underneath it all, you aren't so sure about your passions.
So many ideas spark your interest, it is hard for you to get behind a select few.
However, you see indecision as a sign of weakness. So you pursue your goals full force - no matter how foolish they turn out to be.

Wow, am I really all that?

Thanks to dyoselin and aemenangel for this one. I saw you both took it.

the big three-five

Yeah, I know it's been ages since I posted! But yay, it's the big day so I had to post.

Wheee, I'm thirty-five! A milestone. I'm not sure how I feel about it, it's really just another year - but I guess I'm supposed to start acting my age or something, at some point.

Aww, who cares, acting your age is overrated! lol

So anyway, I still miss not having my fave birthday presents ever. For three wonderful years I had an LOTR movie come out the day or two before my birthday, and ever since birthdays just haven't been the same.

At least TNT ran all the LOTR movies last weekend, although they were the theatrical releases, and were full of annoying ads. So I hauled out the EEs and had a little LOTR fest on Sunday. Yum.

Happy Holidays to everyone and I hope you all have fun. I'll try to post more during my semester break.


I'm amazed and shocked - and pleased! My faith in my country and my fellow voters is not totally gone anymore. A tiny little flicker of truth and justice is back, a small step in the right direction.
Amazingly enough, in my state a gay marriage ban was voted down - much to my surprise. Also an animal rights proposition passed, another surprise. Not surprisingly all the anti-immigrant props passed.
We had the longest ballot in the nation! Two full legal-size pages on both sides, with nineteen propositions. That means laws passed directly by people's votes, not by the government. Which is kind of cool, but also frustrating, after all why do we elect a state government if they're just going to pass all the controversial bills on to us? On the other hand, our legislature often winds up full of disgusting conservatives, so it's not the worst thing in the world.
So anyway, it's not perfect, but so many good things happened this election. I'm really excited. We're going to have a female Speaker of the House of Representatives for the first time and that's great. On to Hillary in 2008! :-) Get women in charge everywhere. Like I said, baby steps but in the right direction. We'll know we're there when it's not even an issue.

Back to School!

Unbelievable!! I had put in an application online to an art school here in Phoenix. Yesterday I got a call and went in today for an interview. Guess what? I got in!
So I'm going to wind up with a degree in web design. I'm going to take classes in animation as well so I'm hedging my bets. Since I went to college before, I'm sure some classes will transfer over, although I wasn't an art major.
It's going to be interesting, that's for sure! I'm really excited. I'm looking at this as an opportunity to really make a living as an artist. It may take a while and there will be loans to pay off in the end, but I think it will be worthwhile.
The school clearly focuses on getting its graduates to work, which is really good. Since I'm crap at networking and job hunting, I think this is something I need. Not only does the school help you find work while you're a student, they help you after you've left - at any of their locations around the USA or Canada. Obviously you have to do the work, but I think the job help will be important.
So it was a huge eventful day. Now I have to get my paperwork sorted and all that. Classes start November 9th, it's a half quarter (an eighth? lol).
snagged from aemenangel via dyoselin who I hope will come and fill this out for me too.

If you're on my friends' list...I want to know 20 things about you.I don't care if we've never talked, never liked each other, or if we already know everything about each other. I really don't. You are obviously on my list, so let me know with whom I am friends!

will you do 1.Your Full Name:

2. Age:

3. Single or Taken:

4. Favourite Movie:

5. Favourite Song:

6. Favourite Band/Artist:

7. Dirty or Clean:

8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:

HERE COMES THE FUN ... ... ...

1. Do we know each other outside of LiveJournal?

2. What's your philosophy on life?

3. Would you have my back in a fight?

4. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?

5. What is your favourite memory of us?

6. Would you give me a kidney?

7. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:

8. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?

9. Can we get together and make a cake?

10. Have you heard any rumours of me lately?

11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?

12. Do you think I'm a good person?

13. Would you drive across country with me?

14. Do you think I'm attractive?

15. If you could change anything about me, would you?

16. What do you wear to sleep?

17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?

18. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?

19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?

20. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?

driving and crying

No spoilers as I know everyone's not yet seen Haven.

I just saw it, so I'll tell you these things.

Driving while crying after leaving a movie is a really bad idea. You can miss one way street signs.

If the f*cking critics want Orlando to chew the scenery to prove he can act, I guess this is the movie for them. I wasn't in any doubt but there you go.

I found the story really easy to follow. I don't know what people's problem is with following the storyline. Yes, it's shot in a very jangled way. It's a torn up, jangled, rip your heart to pieces with glass shards story.

When Shy says "I'm sorry," it totally broke me apart. When you see the movie you'll know what I mean.


It's a good thing! Turns out Tropical Storm Ernesto failed to devastate Florida, and so after a day in Tampa they sent me home. I was really surprised not to be sent to the Carolinas, where Ernesto is causing flooding, but they didn't.
So it was good all around - there wasn't a disaster and I got a trip to Tampa out of it. I'm glad to have done it and I have a much better idea now of what I need to take on future trips - although I was pleased to see that I had the smallest amount of luggage of anyone there as far as I could tell. They tell you to be adaptable and prepared for some rough conditions. Obviously they don't get a lot of current or former backpackers! :-) I still think I took too much, even though I only had the one carryon.
Yesterday, since I didn't really have anything to do other than check in regularly to see if there were any updates I got to explore Tampa. So during the morning I went with my roomate, a nice older lady from Ohio named Sandy, to the Florida Aquarium. It's a nice small aquarium, with a lot of local bay plants, fish and birds. We ate lunch there and went back to see if we were needed yet, which we weren't. Sandy went back to the room and I went touring. I bought a day pass for the bus and trolley system and took some loop trips through the downtown, and some of the neighborhoods. My fave place was Ybor City, and old Greek fishing village that also included Italian and Cuban immigrants. It's full of funky little shops and things, just the sort of place I love! So I did some shopping and then came back to the main hotel, to find that we were going to be sent home.
I knew that since everyone would be calling the travel agency, so I went to a grocery store downtown and grabbed some dinner, and came back to the room and started calling. After 1 hour 45 minutes on hold (grrr!) I got through and got a flight back to Phoenix.
So I got back here in time for dinner! Amazing. Tomorrow I have to go sort out the expense card I had and generally check in with the local chapter.
I'm just so glad nothing bad happened that I had to help out with. And I got a nice trip out of it, which is beside the point of course, but I enjoyed myself anyway. So all around it was a pretty cool experience, and even though I didn't get any hands-on experience I still picked up a few tips from the veterans.

hurry up and wait....

I made it! to Tampa. Finally, after a red-eye to Charlotte, early morning flight to Orlando and circuitous bus trip to Tampa. I was prepared for camping out in a shelter, and so to be put up in a very nice hotel in Tampa was a nice surpirse.
It's frustrating how many people bitch about it, though. Too many of my fellow Red Crossers seem to expect the whole thing to be laid out for them and they complain if it isn't!! Unbelievable! Fortunately my roomate, a nice older lady, is not of that ilk. We went and got some dinner (we get a per diem) and had a nice talk about her experiences with other disasters. Yes, it was a nice converstaion anyway!
Tomorrow morning at 7:30 I may finally get assigned to do something - most likely going around in a truck delivering food. But then again I may have nothing at all to do, and since I'm in downtown Tampa I intend to explore.
I'm on an expensive connection at the hotel so I'll sign off now. I'm looking forward to this! It's already shooting off lighting like crazy aroud here, very exciting.

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