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Date:2008-11-13 11:04
Subject:Why does getting rejected on match.com bother me?
Mood: rejected

Seriously, I don't even know the guy, and I just emailed him on a lark cause I was bored last night.  Still, its just embarrassing or something, especially cause I really wasn't trying to hit on him so much as just pass the time at 12 when I couldn't sleep.  Oh well, he's looking to find "his own Tina Fey"- who writes that anyways?  Isn't that expecting a lot of a prospective date?  Does he just expect some chick to approach him with "Hey there, sexy- I'm the girl you've always wanted.  I will make you pee your pants with laughter, I'm soooo funny"...
I already paid for a month of their stupid service, but I'm tempted to cancel it early.  They rate us on things like whether we like thunderstorms and skinny dipping.  Of course I'm going to find my soulmate by seeing whether they have the same generic, fill in the bubble interests as me.  Not to mention that I feel kind of pathetic and desperate just for being on there, when all I wanted was to talk to ONE guy who never wrote me back cause he hasn't been to the stupid site in over a week.
Bah.  Even internet dating is stressful.  What a pain in the ass.

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Date:2008-11-11 18:17
Subject:NanoWrimo and other things
Mood: cheerful

NanoWrimo is coming up (I just love that name).  I am currently writing a novel, but personally I feel like it would be total crap if I tried to write it in a month, or I'd manage to write it well, but only by dropping every other aspect of my life and probably going crazy in the process.  It is about 20 chapters long, each one about 17 pages and I'm on chapter 5, so its not like I don't have my work cut out for me.  In case anyone is curious, my novel is about a girl who begins writing a story and ends up breaking from reality in the process when she starts having delusions that her characters are trying to communicate with her and are writing life simultaneosly as she writes theirs.  Its a bit trippy.   
I'm really confident that my plot is solid and I have it all outlined and know exactly where I'm going, which in addition to buying every book on writing in print, helps keep me motivated and inspired to continue writing.  I'm really hoping to get it published someday, though that might be a few years in the future, cause I have high aspirations and expectations for my own writing.  Its more the writing itself that I'm concerned about, as I've already mentioned that I'm pretty confident that the plot is original and interesting.

Maybe I can set some other goal for myself for the month besides finishing the whole novel, like getting the next three chapters done or something...

I feel like my novel belongs amongst literary novels because of the subject matter, which is a nervy and rather presumptuous thing to say because literary novels are supposed to be superbly written according to what I've come to understand about the genre- which I'm not necessarily saying is true about mine, I just see the heavy subject matter and kind of bizzare plot line fitting into that catagory.

Being a novelist is not necessarily the easiest road to making a living (ha!  there's an understatement), and some of the novels that breakout into being cult classics are not always deserving of it.  For example (and I am preparing myself to duck tomatoes for this) I am really not a fan of the Twilight series.  And I'm not saying this simply because they're popular- hey, I'm a Harry Potter fan.  I just think they're rather unoriginal and are liked by people who don't realise that they're rehashing the same vampire cliches established by Anne Rice.  I'm tired of handsome, mysterious vampires- where is the ugly, misunderstood geeky vampire?  I want to see that love story!  I did read the first novel, Twilight itself, and it just wasn't my cup of tea.  I think it was about the point when Bella says that her favorite color is topaz because that's the color of Edward's eyes (but of course it changes as his eyes do) that I put the book down and laughed.  Oh the cheesiness...

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Date:2008-11-10 18:34

I love my work.  I get to do things like hang out with my friend and watch Freaks and Geeks.  Ah, Freaks and Geeks... so brilliant, so underappreciated.  And Karen and Dana, the ladies I work with, are so funny and sweet sometimes.  I brought Dana to the coffee shop the other day and she wouldn't leave, she just hunkered down and was like "nope, I live here now."  I had to bribe her with candy, which she had completely forgot about by the time we got home, haha.

I worked a crapload this weekend cause my coworker got strep, but I got the chance to go out last night and had a great time.  I dressed up in my black clothes and tall lace up boots and went to Goth night, where I happened to run into every person I've ever met.  Ok, well, not really, but it seemed a bit like that. 

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Date:2008-11-09 16:47
Subject:They should call them dumb looking cars...
Mood: frustrated

Seriously- I mean, are smart cars not the stupidest looking devices designed by humans, or am I just crazy?!

I'm annoyed cause I signed up for match.com just so I could email this really cute guy and he hasn't been online since!  Who signs up for match.com and then ignores it for a week?  Gah.  I mean, its not even that he saw and wasn't interested, he hasn't even seen my profile, which means he didn't read the email cause who doesn't look at the profile of someone who sends them an email at a dating site?  Even if you think they're ugly you'll at least take a look cause you're curious.

I know, I may be a little impatient here but he's so cute and he likes indie music and dancing and I really want to see what he says!

I've decided that my priorities up until now have been a little eschewed.  This time I'm shooting for the moon.  I won't settle for an average looking guy who ends up dumping me cause they "just can't see this being long term".  This time- I am going to have the whole picture, dammit!  Looks, personality, and well- at least someone who thinks they want some sort of level of commitment...

Yeah, I know:  good luck with that, Annie.  *sigh*

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Date:2008-11-08 13:03
Subject:I hate the UC system with a fiery burning passion
Mood: aggravated

I know, I said I'd write every day.  But in Annie speak that actually means I'll write every day for about 3 days and then start missing a day... and then two... and then end up a year later reviving this again.  Sigh.  The good thing is that I don't believe anyone actually cares anyways.

Did I mention that I'm in a really freaking pessimistic mood right now?  I got a note from my friend today telling me that the science illustration program at UCSC, that I've been planning on enrolling in for 3 YEARS now, has been canceled.  Here I am, getting ready to apply for next year's program, getting my portfolio ready and they've canceled the thing!  I feel like crying.  I am so angry I don't feel like doing anything for this stupid school anymore.  All they've done is waste my time.  The only reason I've put up with their CRAP art program was to get into this program.  And now I'm gonna have nothing to show for it.

I'm so angry.  I just feel so helpless, I wish I had some power in this world so I could make people listen to me, the people who screw me over like this.

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Date:2008-11-06 14:24
Subject:Hellooooooo out there!
Mood: hopeful

I don't know if any of you remember me.   I have let my livejournal fall into barren, barren disarray.  I was never much of a blogging type much before this, I mostly used it for Harry Potter stuff, but I have gotten more enthusiastic about such things lately and I am going to try and make a go of actually posting on this daily.  Harry Potter still has a fond place in my heart, but it is no longer taking up so much of my life anymore, so I will be blogging about current events, my life and other little nuggets of wisdom I pick up in my life.

As for what has been going on with me, I am now living in Northern California, studying art at UC Santa Cruz.  I am in route to being a scientific illustrator and art therapist, or at least that is what I hope.  I am currently working with disabled adults, and I have a plan when I am done with my 3 year supposed art therapy program to start a high school which will intergrate all students with disabilities (developmental, physical, mental, learning) who are able to participate in a respectful, nurturing environment where they can learn how to cope with their disabilities and thrive in life.  It will also be an arts high school, like the one I went to in Orange County, but less forcused on honing a specific skill as using art for therapeutic purposes.  I can't wait until I have the training to try and implement this.

On a public service announcement kind of note, Governor Schwarz. is once again trying to screw over the least fortunate of out population by cutting budgets to people with disabilities.  As if it isn't hard enough to be born with a disability, we're now cutting the funding that people who are completely unable to work are counting to live on? I will hopefully post more information on this later if you are interested in writing or otherwise protesting. 

Moving on, I am happy about the results of the election, except for Prop 8, which I did NOT support.  It saddens me that some people are so threatened by two people wanting to announce and express their love.  If marriage is supposedly such a sacred *religious* union, why are we not banning non religious people from marrying and making them have a civil union as well?  Not that I'm supporting that, but it just shows the hypocrisy.

On another note, Check out the the world's response to Obama's victory:
http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/International_reaction_to_the_2008_United_States_presidential_election

This is pretty impressive.  How wonderful that we get a chance to repair the bad rep we've gotten with Bush in office. I'm happy that its so positive but I hope they're not expecting miracles. Expecting one man to solve the whole world's problems seems to me to be setting yourself up for disappointment.

On the other hand, this could be wonderful for peaceful negotiation and the US's worldwide opinion, so long as Obama doesn't do anything to screw it up a la Bush.

Anyways, that is a little nutshell of what's going on in my life and the world.  I will continue blogging and hopefully gain a bit of an audience so I don't feel like I'm completely talking to myself, but its all good.  Hopefully life has treated all of you that I've friended on here well in the last few years.  RIP Sugarquill, but yay for new adventures!

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Date:2005-04-13 11:44
Subject:Summit minutes from the first So Cal summit

Minutes from the first So Cal Summit
January 29th, 2004
(by sveltskye)

Luckily for my nerves the rain that had shown up the few days before was gone by the afternoon of our Summit, the 29th. I (sveltskye) and my friend Heather hopped out of our car and dashed through Downtown Disney and past security in an attempt to make it to the meeting place (the C of the California sign in front of California Adventures) by 3:00, since I was feeling rather paranoid about everyone finding each other. We made it more or less on time, but as I walked up I was surprised to find a large ring of Quillers waiting for us- who knew that So Cal Quillers were so punctual? They even had a “SUGARQUILL” sign, airport style.

I could barely contain my excitement (and I’m sure it showed :D) as we joined the group and began to make introductions. It was weird, but completely awesome to meet these people whom I’d talked to so many times online but never connected a face to, and somehow I felt like we were kindred spirits already. Adara was so sweet and Queenie was fun and talkative and shared a funny resemblance Zsenya (or at least the photos I’ve seen of her). Tony was just as friendly and easygoing as he’d sounded in emails, and Susan Lynn was incredibly nice as well. Tony, Queenie and Adara had also brought along their parents, and Susan Lynn her T.A. Heidi and son Andrew, and after sharing where we all were from I was really impressed by their support and willingness to drive so long to meet fellow fans. While we were waiting for other possible arrivals, Heather and I talked with Queenie about HDM and her crossover fic, which I had read, and Tony and Adara told us more about the PoA party they’d been to in San Diego.
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[SIZE=1]Quillers- The So Cal branch.[/SIZE]

After a while someone suggested that we take photos. Heather took the sign and wrote Potter For President and we all posed with it.
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[SIZE=1] Sugar Quill parents- Queenie’s mom, Katie’s mom, and my surrogate mom (hehe, just kidding) [/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1] Posting the new and improved sign [/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1]Queenie, Adara and Tony by the sea- *ahem*, I mean C[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1] Heidi, Susan Lynn and me[/SIZE]

After a while we decided to stop standing around and do something productive- eat! We sauntered into “Naples Restaurante e Pizzeria” and got to know each other over pizza that was surprisingly good for its price. At one end of the table Heather and her new best friends Heidi and Queenie bonded over manga and anime. I sat next to Adara and across from Tony and Susan Lynn and shared some interesting conversations with the three of them, about everything from my experiences at UCI and theirs in home schooling to fan fiction and the SQ. I learned that Susan Lynn is a great fan of Katinka’s fics, which I hadn’t read but have heard a lot about, and that she teaches second language children- by reading them Harry Potter, which is really cool. It was great to meet one of the many “SQ moms” and I thought it was exciting to meet someone who was older than me but still shared one of my biggest interests. Tony shared that his favorite HP characters were Fred and George and that he’d even written a fan fic about them (I believe he was working on writing his 19th chapter at the time- it’s under Antonio here at the Quill, so go check it out and support your local writer(s) ^_^). I was also excited- and a little freaked- to learn that Susan Lynn had shown some of my fan art to her class.

When we finished eating we gathered around to take yet *more* pictures to add to the collection, along with the ones Tony and his mom- self professed digital camera fanatics- had taken while buzzing around the table during dinner.

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[SIZE=1]From the left: Adara, me, Susan Lynn’s son Andrew and Adara’s mom at the restaurant[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1]The other end of the table: Heather and Queenie[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1] Another group picture?![/SIZE]

From there we decided to “cruise the block”. We paid a visit to the World of Disney and nearly got lost in it when we couldn’t find Tony’s mom. It took us nearly half an hour to realize that she’d gone outside- any longer and we probably would’ve had to move in! Heidi, Susan Lynn and Andrew had to part company with us in the store in order to start their long trek home to LA. While we were waiting in the store, we remaining Quillers took the time to sign and date our sign, deciding that we’d make it into a keepsake that we could bring to all our future Summits. Heather and I even added our own little artistic touches.

Outside of the store we- guess what- took yet more pictures ^_^

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[SIZE=1] That wonderfully wonderful World of Disney[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1]So many cameras, so little time.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=1] From left: Tony, Heather, me, Adara, and Queenie[/SIZE]

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By this time, we decided to make our way toward the parking lot. Along the way, though, we saw a bookstore and of course decided to go in for “a little bit” (right, hah.) We found ourselves a little nook, sat down and did what Quillers do best: read. I spotted a DC comic book and for a while Adara, Tony, Heather and I had a fun time pointing out some of the weirder, lesser known heroes and villains, finding our own HP “characters”.

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[SIZE=1]Queenie in her own little world[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1] Adara’s mom shows off her catch[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=1]Poring over the comic book[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=1]Tony, well camouflaged in the forest of books[/SIZE]

Long after we’d entered the store, all of us finally picked up and made our way to the parking lot, realizing that most still had a long drive home. I bid everyone goodbye, sorry to see them go. And there endeth a truly great day (which is good, because I’m awfully tired of typing).


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Date:2004-12-09 18:52

I feel like crap. This has been the worst week of my life. I've screwed up everything. First I found out that I had failed the Chem midterm I thought I had aced and now I actually missed my Art History class final- a class I was sure I was going to get an A in. I did the stupidest thing ever, I read the finals chart wrong and thought it was on Thursday instead of Tuesday. God I do the most idiotic things sometime and now I just want to listen to Sarah Mclachlan song and cry but I have two more stupid finals tomorrow, one of them for Chem which I'm probably going to fail also. I was such a good student in high school and in just a couple years at a University I might have completely ruined my chances for Grad School. I HATE UCI.
Now I'm going on vacation to Hawaii and how am I supposed to enjoy it? I didn't mean to mess up it happened before I knew it and now I don't know what to do.

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Date:2004-12-09 18:50
Subject:Too depressed for a title
Mood: miserable

I feel like crap. This has been the worst week of my life. I've screwed up everything. First I found out that I had failed the Chem midterm I thought I had aced and now I actually missed my Art History class final- a class I was sure I was going to get an A in. I did the stupidest thing ever, I read the finals chart wrong and thought it was on Thursday instead of Tuesday. God I do the most idiotic things sometime and now I just want to listen to Sarah Mclachlan song and cry but I have two more stupid finals tomorrow, one of them for Chem which I'm probably going to fail also. I was such a good student in high school and in just a couple years at a University I might have completely ruined my chances for Grad School. I HATE UCI.
Now I'm going on vacation to Hawaii and how am I supposed to enjoy it? I didn't mean to mess up it happened before I knew it and now I don't know what to do.

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Date:2004-12-09 18:41
Mood: miserable

I feel like crap. This has been the worst week of my life. I've screwed up everything. First I found out that I had failed the Chem midterm I thought I had aced and now I actually missed my Art History class final- a class I was sure I was going to get an A in. I did the stupidest thing ever, I read the finals chart wrong and thought it was on Thursday instead of Tuesday. God I do the most idiotic things sometime and now I just want to listen to Sarah Mclachlan song and cry but I have two more stupid finals tomorrow, one of them for Chem which I'm probably going to fail also. I was such a good student in high school and in just a couple years at a University I might have completely ruined my chances for Grad School. I HATE UCI.
Now I'm going on vacation to Hawaii and how am I supposed to enjoy it? I didn't mean to mess up it happened before I knew it and now I don't know what to do.

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Date:2004-11-18 21:37
Subject:Oh, the funness of homework
Mood: satisfied

Wow, I've officially gone insane. I just finished writing my four page paper on a bronze Chinese cooking pot and I enjoyed it.  In fact, I wished it could have been longer because I wanted to include more of the books I'd checked out from the library.  You see, we had to go to the LACMA (La County Museum of Art) and see this bronze pot, and then check out a suggested book at the library and quote from it.  So I, in a rather Hermioneish way checked out 5 books and found that there was a whole section on that exact pot in one of the ones that hadn't been suggested.  Thus, I was very excited to write my paper.  Which only goes to prove, once again, that I'm insane.  Or very smart.  Or that Asian Art History's really easy. I think its the last one.

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Date:2004-11-17 15:00

Well, I've jumped right into the fray and created my own Icon Contest community,


I'm going to put up a base each week for varying fandom communities, so it will be a good place for people to get contests for lesser known fandoms that they love. 
If you like to make icons, please, please, please join and tell your friends about it, so I don't look like an idiot when the first contest is over and I don't have any entries.
The first contest is for Harry Potter.
Hmm this post is coming out kind of funky- what is up with lj? 

Anyways, news on the RL front:

My mom just got out of the hospital.  It wasn't anything too serious, thankfully.  She had an outpatient surgury on her foot (for bunions) and now she won't be able to walk for 6 weeks.
It's going to be really tedius for us and her, since she won't be able to get out of bed much and we'll have to take over her driving responsibilites and fetch her things a lot. 
Today she didn't want to ask for help, so she went into the kitchen to get some more ice for her foot and almost fainted.  I told her not to worry about asking us, though, since its a lot easier for us
to fetch something in 2 minutes than for her to hobble up there.  She could have hit her head on the tiles and gotten really hurt.


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Date:2004-11-16 22:20
Subject:Just Like A Dream...
Mood: wistful

I got my first kiss last night. Unfortunately, it was in a dream from a random guy named David. It was so nice, even though in my dream I acted a bit like I didn't care. It was my birthday and me and "David" (which is, coincidentally, my dad's name, although he goes by Dave and thankfully my dream guy was nothing like him) were in my room. I was wondering if we were 'boyfriend and girlfriend' yet, but he had just given me a gift and I kind of knew that a kiss was coming. It was strange, because you're not supposed to know what things are like in dreams unless you've experienced them, yet I knew what french kissing was like in my mind pretty well! Afterwords I told him "You know that was my first kiss, don't you?"
It was a nice dream, but it left me feeling kind of sad all day. Sometimes I feel like I'm less mature or inexperienced for my age because I've never been in a relationship- hardly had a guy like me, really. I mean, I'm not so shallow as to judge myself by whether I have a boyfriend or not, but jeez, I'm 19! Sometimes it makes me feel really unnattractive. I need a Krum to give me confidence :)

Btw, everybody join TCUP (http://tcup.currentform.com/). Its a really interesting way to log your dreams so you can remember them later.

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Date:2004-11-16 00:18

I'm very proud of myself because I just made my first icons!  Here they are:
At least I hoped that worked. They're kind of random; one is from my best friend's fav books, Crown Duel and Court Duel (the "I Was A Barefoot Countess" one), the Luet one is from one of my fav series, The Homescoming Series by Orson Scott Card, one is my cat (yes, that adorable thing is mine, I tell ya!), and the last one is one some people know at least, Lyra and Will from His Dark Materials.  If you want to see bigger versions (so you can read the text and stuff), you can go to http://photobucket.com/albums/v296/sveltskye/My Lj Icons/

I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out and I'm going to try some HP and Buffy ones next.  Oh, if anyone wants to nick them, just let me know.
Why aren't they coming out? :(

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Date:2004-11-15 16:24
Subject:Yet Another meme thing (whatever that means)

Whoo hoo, another one of these things! They're annoying but fun at the same time.

This is the problem with LJ, we all think we are so close, and we know nothing about each other. I'm going to rectify it. I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me, something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Actually, I think that applies pretty well to me, since I'm new here.

Also, can anyone tell how exactly you attach an icon to your name once you've found one? I guess that's one of those "obvious and you should know it but don't" things.

One more lj related question: How do you "cut" an entry (so people don't have to read a super long thing)?

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Date:2004-11-15 15:08
Mood: content

Warning: Upcoming BtVS season 7 spoilers

Eee, I just saw my first episode of Buffy Season 7 on FX! If I had known they were showing Season 7 I would have seen watched it from the beginning, but still it was very exciting. Most people say that Season 7 is the worst, but the episode I saw seemed pretty good. Anya gave a beautiful, poignant speech about humans and why she loves them despite their faults, which means that she's probably going to die soon (My sister told me all the important things that happen in the seasons I hadn't seen). I know I'm going to cry when she dies, even though she irritated the heck out of me sometimes.
I also saw Dawn knocking Xander unconscious (wow, she's grown up, hasn't she?) and The First, disguised as Buffy, kissing Angel, which made me go "What the?" Anyways, this makes me all the more excited for the Season 7 Dvd to come out, even though it'll all be OVER then... *sob*

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Date:2004-11-14 15:01

Alright, I'm bored. Here's another one of those game things, stolen from Green Sweater:

1. Tell me 1 thing you love about me.
2. Tell me 2 things you love about yourself.
3. Look through the comments--when you see someone you know, tell them 3 things you love about them.
4. Do this in your journal so I can tell you what I love about YOU.

Also, does anyone have any advice about where I can get an avator w/out making one? Why does everybody's change all the time anyways? Can you store more than one or something?

Why is my computer so SLLLOOOOWWW right now?

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Date:2004-11-14 14:41

Well, we've been digging out our old home videos and watching them. It was pretty funny to see myself when I was 9. I had such a squeaky voice! I was also really surprised and glad to know that we had taped one of my birthday parties so I could see all my grade school friends. It makes me want to tape all my parties and things now so I will be able to look back on them and remember what my friends looked and sounded like. I love my friends so much now, though, that I hope we'll keep in touch into adulthood.

On a completely different note, I kind of wish I could get a recording deal and make a cd for my singing. But that would mean I'd have to tour and meet a bunch of strangers, which I know I'd hate. Not to sound conceited or anything, but I just think that my voice is kind of special and I'd like to share it. Plus when I listen to the crappy singers that are out there now, it seems like they shouldn't be popular when people with actual talent aren't. I'd love to be a singer like Sarah McGlaclan (sp?), who kind of crosses genres and is just known for a pretty voice and good songwriting.

Ok, I'm going to do that 3 question thing:

[I]You can ask me three questions. Any three, no matter how personal, private or random, I will answer them honestly. But, you must post this in your LJ to give your friends, including me, a chance to ask you 3 questions.[/I]

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Date:2004-11-14 14:28
Subject:My Eighties Song List
Mood: lethargic

I'm going to be making an 80's mix as soon as I have the money to download more on itunes, and I figured this was as good a place as any to put my working list so I'll remember it. Here's what I have so far:

Call Me (Blondie)
Never Met A girl Like You Before (not sure about the artist)
Under the Milky Way Tonight (The Church)
Friday I'm In Love (The Cure)
Love Cats (The Cure)
Just Like Heaven or at least I think that's the title (The Cure)
Every Little Thing She Does (The Police)
She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)
I Ran (A Flock of Seagulls)
Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran)
Notorious (Duran Duran)
Save A Prayer (Duran Duran)
Ordinary Day (Duran Duran) -Gotta love Duran Duran!
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)
Desire (U2)
The Killing Moon (Echo and the Bunnymen)
Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears)
Never Met A Girl Like You before (Iggy Pop)

Any other suggestions?

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Date:2004-11-13 17:22
Subject:Chocolates and lingerie and videos, oh my!
Mood: rushed

We got a package from Germany today! Well, technically it was Vivien (our exchange student) who got the package but I was so excited for her I felt like I had gotten something too. It was quite funny because we had just been discussing the war in the Ivory Coast and how 50% of the world's raw chocolate ingrediants come from there, so we'd better stock up before the prices rise, when lo and behold comes a huge package with loads of European chocolate. She also got lingerie from her aunt and boyfriend (I can't imagine my aunts sending me lingerie, LOL) and a videotape and cd. The cd has like 100 pictures on it of the same people and the same party drinking. Literally, like one after another of a guy with a beerstein in his hand- and some of those things were huge! And then some guy got sick and they showed picture after picture of that too! Definately some culture difference there. I guess when your drunk drinking seems like the most interesting thing in the world. Oh and they also sent a videotape, which is of course in the wrong format so they all sound like chipmunks and Vivien's sitting there trying to make out things in the salt and pepper type screen.
Well now I gotta go out so we can, believe it or not, buy MORE chocolate. I love my family ^_^.

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