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100 Things I Like

Ten years later.. a lot of changes

1. a small, warm, affectionate dog
2. fabric softener
3. Music
4. Books
5. Foamy coldness of the North Atlantic Ocean
6. The smell of grilling meat
7. A tall, cold glass of cranberry ginger ale over ice
8. Being in a choral competition
9. Finding a pretty seashell
10. The smell of Mom's apple crisp
11. Holidays with family
12. The first storm of spring
13. Watching "White Christmas" while decorating the Christmas tree
14. Chocolate
15. Jeans that fit
16. The satisfaction of creating something and knowing I did it well.
17. Socks and an extra-long T-shirt straight out of the dryer in winter
18. The smell of a new book
19. Absolute silence during snowfall
20. M&M cookie dough
21. French vanilla cappuccino warming my hands on the walk to class/work
22. Chocolate chip cookies with the chocolate all gooey
23. The zing of mild salsa on the tongue
24. Spooning naked with the A/C gently blowing in the summer
25. The spice of wood smoke in the air in fall
26. Peppermint hot chocolate at Christmas
27. Key Lime and Lemon Meringue Pie
28. Tattoos
29. A long, hot, steaming bath after a long, hard day at work, followed by much-deserved pampering.
30. Curling up in a deep, comfy couch tucked in a blanket with a hot cup of tea next to me and a really good book on a snowy day.
31. The feel of Steinway baby grand keys beneath my fingertips
32. The fizz of soda tickling my sinuses
33. Having a bagel and tea while watching the sunrise
34. The ocean taking the sand beneath my feet as the waves recede
35. The cheese on pizza melted just enough to get stringy when you take a bite
36. Open highway, cruising and watching scenery pass by
37. Feeling safe in a long, warm hug
38. A long, hard, tears-inducing laugh with friends
39. Haagen-Dasz coffee ice cream
40. The tang of salt on the ocean breeze
41. The twinkle of stars
42. The feel of witchcraft magic around All Hallow's Eve
43. The moon
44. Holding a sleeping child
45. Kissing
46. Garfield & Friends
47. Shrimp
48. Ranting squirrels
49. Standing outside with my tongue and arms held out while it's snowing
50. Winning a big pot on a risky bluff in hold 'em poker
51. Italian bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil
52. Hen nights
53. Getting lost in a historical drama
54. Cinnamon buns
55. Super Mario on Super Nintendo
56. Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"
57. Dean Martin's drunk act
58. Blasting classic rock, hard rock and country while going on a vigorous cleaning spree
59. Waking up feeling refreshed on a cool, sunny spring morning lying on cool linen sheets and pillow
60. Seeing a hawk gliding free above the trees
61. The blue-green-greyness of the North Atlantic Ocean
62. Soccer
63. Sitting on the beach, feeling the breeze, watching the waves
64. Shopping for fall clothes
65. Doing a big, really hard puzzle with my cousins during a big thunderstorm
66. Sudoku
67. Eating fruit first thing in the morning
68. Guns
69. Hot mulled cider
70. Seeing a cardinal on a bright winter day
71. The National Do Not Call Registry
72. Singing in harmony
73. Mel Brooks
74. Cruising at night in the car with hard rock up loud, feeling the bass through my body
75. Books where I almost feel like I've made friends with the characters
76. Nestle Drumsticks
77. Curling up in a warm bed beneath a downy comforter in winter
78. Sitting round a fire with friends on a summer night, drinking beer and soda, someone playing guitar, the rest of us playing poker and talking
79. Watching the sun become a red disk in the sky as it sets over the ocean
80. The magic feel of Christmas time
81. Salads
82. The scent of freshly-mown grass after a rain
83. Baking
84. A good, long massage
85. Animals
86. The scent of Dove's Cool Moisture soap
87. Volleyball
88. Lying under a certain tree at the local park in the early morning when the sun is out and the fountain is on
89. Bookstores
90. The scent of growing things
91. The smell of an impending summer storm
92. Dressing in historical costume
93. Waking up to the voice of someone I adore
94. Taking my time on a stroll through woods
95. An extra large comfy hoody
96. crafting
97. Warm, fluffy, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread
98. Hershey's Hugs
99. Corkscrew pasta in meatsauce with mozzarella
100. Being surrounded by fireflies on quiet, lazy summer nights


Jul. 10th, 2013

"Just Fine" by Emily Greene

New blog

Yeah.. pretty much every bit of my life is now put on Facebook... and what doesn't make it there, usually ends up in my paper journal.

But for things having to do with my job as a nail tech, I now have a new blog: A day in the life: A nail tech's POV. Feel free to comment, and/or follow me.

Other than that, I have nothing much to say.

A day to note in history

God bless our troops, and God bless the ones who took out Osama bin Laden.
It's 3:30 in the frieking morning and I can't sleep.

And wow there were a lot of messages in my inbox here.


I'm really not sure when I'll have the time to make a full update. I've been so busy wrapping up loose ends with school, taking chapter tests, preparing for the final exam, and getting ready (aka killing the stomach butterflies that just seem to resurrect themselves) for the state board exam.

That and my paper diary's been getting filled in.

Yeah. Sleep.

Notice Tailgaters everywhere

Dear Lady Who Hit the Back of My Car:
STOP TAILGATING!!! Really?! A half-mile of being almost bumper to bumper with me, a half-mile of me having to pull forward a little every time we stop, a HALF-MILE of me NOT being able to drive faster to compensate for YOUR recklessness because there's ANOTHER car already in front of me - Were you NOT watching what the hell you were doing?!

And then.
And then the car in front of me went through the yellow, and I stopped when it was red.
FIVE whole minutes you waited BEFORE you fucking rammed me.


And you rammed me hard enough that my heart kept pounding for forty-five minutes afterward.

I should have got your information. And YOU should have got out of your fucking luxury vehicle and given me your information.
But you didn't because there was no physical damage to my car.

Fucking bitch.


A meme stolen from three others

Because we are all losers like that.

What is on your bed right now? A whole bunch of crap with barely enough space for me to sleep on.

What's your favorite word or phrase? Mmhm.

What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Sleeping.

What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Facebook

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

Have you ever been to another country? Yup.

What is the last thing you said aloud? "Okay."

What is the best ice cream flavor? Caramel Fudge Cheesecake. Which I am now craving. Thank you.

What was the last thing you had to drink? Pink lemonade

What are you wearing right now? Champion shorts and VS tank top

What was the last thing you ate? Dried plums. AKA prunes. Don't say it.

Have you bought any new clothing items this week? Another tank top

When was the last time you ran? This morning, to grab my umbrella out of the car.

What's the last sporting event you watched? Soccer match between Italy and Paraguay

Who is the last person you sent a comment/message on myspace? Haven't been on MySpace in I don't know how long.

Ever go camping? Yup. Would like to, again. If only for an actual fire in a stone-ringed pit and Smores.

Do you have a tan? HA!

Have you ever lost anything down a toilet? One of those cheap plastic rings you pay a quarter for at the grocery store.

What is your guilty pleasure? Ice cream and Ghost Whisperer.

Do you use smiley faces on the computer alot? Not much.

Do you drink your soda from a straw? Only if it comes with a fast food meal.

Are you someone's best friend? Yup

What are you doing tomorrow? Working

Where is your mom right now? In bed.

Look to your left, what do you see? A wall

What color is your watch? If I had one, I'd lose it, or it would break.

What do you think of when you think of Australia? Priscilla and Olympics.

Ever ridden on a roller coaster? Once.

What is your birthstone? Amethyst

Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? Drive-thru, because I HAVE to show someone what a mess my car is.

Biggest annoyance in your life right now? Lack of funds

Last movie you saw? Iron Man 2

Are you allergic to anything? One of my supervisors.

Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Flip-flops

Are you married? No

Is anyone jealous of you? Not that I'm aware of.

Do any of your friends have children? No

Do you eat healthy? I'm trying to

What do you usually do during the day? Work, work, class

Do you hate anyone right now? Hate is a strong word...

Do you use the word 'hello' daily? Who doesn't?

How many kids do you want when you're older? Two. And ONLY two.

How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 27. I think after this one, I'll stay 27 forever.

How did you get one of your scars? Scar on my nose when I was two, from climbing up the back of the sofa, then falling off.

What's your favorite color gummy bear? Red.

What is the sexiest part of the opposite sex's body? Mmm. Eyes and shoulders.

Have you ever made up/sang a song for someone you cared about? Not that I can recall.

Is there a baby in the room with you right now? Nope.

Do you know how to dance? Define 'dance'.

Where do you sing the most, in the car, the shower or other? Car, work.

What is your favorite thing that is green? Plants

Boxers, briefs or boxer briefs? On me or him?

What is your middle name? Jean

What is the way to your heart? Pampering.

What do you smell like? Uh... me?

What's in your pocket? I have no pockets

Anything in your mouth? Breath mint

Ever hurt yourself playing Wii? Never played Wii

Do you have freckles? Sadly.

How many languages can you say "Hello" in? A handful

Ever jumped/fallen/been pushed in a pool with your clothes on? Nope.

Are you wearing any clothes that you wore yesterday? Ditto the bra thing.

Name a song that you know all the words to: That's a lot of songs.

Are you in love with someone right now? Yes.

What's the last thing you watched on TV? Criminal Minds

Who is your daddy and what does he do? He works for the government.

Can you do the alphabet in sign language? I can't do sign language, period.

Do you have an unkle named Joe? Why IS it spelled with a k?

Do you wear glasses? Nope.

Did you feel better or worse or the same yesterday? Probably the same.

Are you close to your siblings? Sometimes I think I am. When we're not at each other's throats.

What was your first job? Do not conjure up that nightmare.

Do you bite your nails? Once or twice a week.

Do you like your feet? Eh.

Do you sleep well at night? Ummm... not much.

Who is your best friend? Marisa, Ley
Who makes you happy? My friends, boyfriend, family
Who is your favorite family member on your moms side? Grandma
Who is your favorite family member on your dads side? Everyone?
Who are you closest to? Mike and Ley
Who do you tell your secrets to? Mike knows most of what I bitch about, and Ley and Marisa know all the troubles of my life.. and what they know, Jasmine and Cat also know.. Hm.
Who were you with last night? What time? My classmates, then Mom.
Who do you live with? The ones who made me.

What's your full name? I don't need to post this.
What's your birthdate? 2/15/84
What's your favorite color? Depends on my mood.
What's your favorite sport? Soccer or volleyball
What's your favorite number? I hate numbers.
What do you do in your spare time? Panic about how little spare time I have.
What's your favorite song? Too many to choose.
What's your favorite T.V. show? Doctor Who, NCIS, Burn Notice, and (even though I don't have HBO and therefore can't watch) The Tudors.
What's your favorite movie? Too hard to pick

Where were you on your last birthday? I can't even remember.
Where do you live? Here.
Where do you want to live? Decisions, decisions. East coast of Italy would be nice, near Greece. Or somewhere on the Welsh moors. Edinburgh... Ideally, my own private island.
Where was your last vacation to? Uh.
Where did you go in a car last? Class.
Where do your grandparents live? Nearby.
Where do you want to go to college? Um?
Where is your heart? Hopefully inside me.

When did/will you graduate? High school '02.
When do you want to get married? Whenever.
When are you happy? When I'm playing with my kitties, when I'm with Mike, a night out with my best friends, a day spent with family
When did you cry last? Last week.
When are you moving next? Who knows.
When did you last get a text? About two hours ago
When are you going to bed? I should already be there....
When is the last time you took a vitamin? Oh fuck if I know.

Why do you think you were born? I'm really not sure. I was an accident to begin with.
Why is Britney Spears so messed up? Why is this question here?
Why are you stressed? Um.
Why is MySpace so addictive? It is?
Why do clowns scare people? They are garish aliens looking to take over the world.
Why are you bored? Why the fuck is anyone ever bored?
Why are you taking this survey? Because everyone else is doing it.


Much update

Not much updating here because I've started filling in the paper journals that have been taking up space in my room.

Nail classes are going well. I've learned how to put on tips, apply silk wraps, and last night was acrylics night.
Last night was also test night, and I got a low B on it (this when I only skimmed over the chapter and did no studying). I foresee much usage of notecards.
But tonight we get pizza because two of the girls are ready to graduate and take their state exams.
Me? I need much work on acrylics.
Eugh. Did NOT like the end result.

Cats are well. Loki's a lazy ass mofo and Snickers likes to keep him reminded of his place in the pecking order.

World Cup!
North Korea was soundly beaten by Brazil, and I expect they'll get the same from Portugal.

Um um um...

Yeah, that's it.
My life is about work and study right now, I don't have time for anything else.


One of my favorite plays of all time.
United with one of my favorite actors of all time: David Tennant.
Now, about the actor.
I love his style!
Exhibit A: Tennant as Hamlet, acting mad as a hatter.
"Except my life."

And, that most famous speech:
Tennant: "To Be or Not To Be"

Compare with Lawrence Olivier

Another person has a clip of the scene immediately following, where Ophelia returns some of Hamlet's love letters.
I tried to find the same scene clip as performed by Helena Bonham Carter, but to no avail. I can only say that above all, I love Helena best for Ophelia.


He's got no balls!

Loki got fixed.
The black one.
That we THOUGHT was female when we got him.

The night he came home, he couldn't even stay upright, let alone walk like a sober person.
Mike set out a bowl of water for him, and he somehow managed to drag himself over to it, only to dunk his entire head in the bowl. Mike rescued him and laid him on the carpet near the bowl (and the spot of carpet where his head was stayed wet for the rest of the night) while he went to get a towel for his stoned majesty.
By the time I got there after work, he was a little better, but still tripped himself in his eagerness to greet me.
Even his meows were slurred.
I swear to God.
"Mm -- mrrrw?"
Oh, and someone at that SPCA crochets blankets to send home with the animals after they get operated on. Since Loki showed a preference to lay on Mike's storage chest (black plastic -- you'd think he'd rather stay on the soft carpet), Mike folded the blanket that came home with Loki and put it on the chest.
In the middle of the night I was woken by "Scritchscritch scratch *cloth sliding along* scritch scritch *cloth being yanked on hard*"

Turn on the light, here's Loki, down from the chest, dragging that blanket along with his teeth, doing his best to try to destroy it.
Mike and I figure maybe it just reminds Loki of the Evil Place, so I brought it home with me. Snickers seems to like laying on it, so maybe it'll serve as more of a comfort to her when it's her turn.

Bah. 2am. Bedtime.
I had more to write, but that'll have to wait.


Writer's Block: Talk to the animals

What would you do if your pet dog or cat suddenly started to talk to you, but nobody else could hear it? Would you assume you'd gone mad or simply be happy for the company? Would you try to convince your friends and family or would you be satisfied keeping it to yourself?

With Snickers I'd probably be driven crazy.
She seems like the type who'd do nothing but order you around all day and complain about the quality of service.
Loki... I don't know.
He just has this dumb look on his face all the time, so I don't think I'd get any intelligent conversation from him.

But yeah, I'd definitely keep it to myself.

Changing the subject:
I'm looking into beauty schools to get my nail license.
I've narrowed it down to two, one in Ambler, the other in Warminster. I'm pretty sure I can work with FAFSA for both of them, cause Lord knows I don't have the kind of money they will ask for.
One thing I won't have to consider is whether I'll need to buy a textbook: My aunt will loan me hers.

I think this is a good move for me. Besides the fact that my having a license means my aunt won't get in trouble for me working there, it means I can go work anywhere I want and get better pay, not to mention the tips.
Say if I do end up making my own floral business. What if it fails? I've got a nail license as back-up.
Or if I get in a rut like I am now, one part-time job, what if that business shuts down, or what if I can only nab a seasonal job? In the meantime, I've got something to keep me going.

Happy 25th!

Dear Diary,

Good times, man. Good times.

I can't begin to document what went on. You had to have been there for anything to make sense and be funny the way it was when it happened.

One thing I will say: She showed off her cleavage and the new tat on her ass.

Thus flashing the entire tavern.

I'm just glad she didn't make it to the drunken calling and clothes throwing.

Happiest 25th, my dear!

you are slateblue

Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

It's... actually pretty accurate.
I am close to killing something.

That fairy statue Cat sent me for my birthday had its wings broken off when I was brushing my hair one night. The brush flipped out of my hand and flew right at the statue, which tipped over and hit the floor.

My mom put leather glue - leather fucking glue - on the statue and the wings and expected it to hold. Well, it didn't. The glue dried up and the wings started pulling off the body again.
So I took it apart, cleaned the glue off, and laid the two pieces aside until I could get the crazy glue that we sell at work, specially formulated for china and glass.

Before I could get the glue, Mother threw away the statue.

Just fucking threw it away.

Didn't ask me, didn't tell me.


Fucking threw it away.

I'm so fucking pissed off I want to cry.

Jan. 8th, 2010

Image of England from space Completely covered. :|
Notice the green mass of land to its left is barely touched?


Jane Austen kick

Jane Austen today: Sense & Sensibility: A head-to-head comparison This!
The author writes about two different screen adaptations of Austen's Sense & Sensibility: the 1995 big screen version, and the 2008 Masterpiece Theatre adaptation.
I whole-heartedly agree with the author about the actors who played Elinor, Edward, and the Colonel. Emma Thompson as Elinor was just too old for the role, and Hugh Grant? Not fitted. Most especially I agree about the men who acted as the Colonel. Ye gods, Alan Rickman - though I absolutely love his acting - was NOT right for that role.
But I have to disagree with her on the respective actresses who played as Marianne and Mrs. Dashwood.
I much think that Gemma Jones looks old enough to be the girls' grandmother, rather than mother, and I certainly don't think that Janet McTeer "towered over the girls" the slightest bit.
As for Willoughby, I really can't say. I think they're really equal, although I do have to agree that Dominic was a tad bit on the unsmiling side. However, the only reason that he could look at all sinister is because we, the readers, already know that he's up to no good. But in the perspective of the story, and in Marianne's perspective in particular, she doesn't know that he's up to no good. She's a 16-year-old, fresh from home and the school-room, taken in by a handsome face and the virtual embodiment of what she believes she wants from a man in a romantic relationship. In that light, it is entirely believable that she would still fall for a guy like Dominic's portrayal of Willoughby, just as much as she would for Greg's portrayal.

All in all, I have to say I very much prefer the Masterpiece Theatre version.


I will NOT be held responsible for what Mom does when I'm not at home to stop her.
And I've not been at home for much of the time lately.
Working two retail jobs at Christmas-time is like that.
So DON'T blame me.

Just a meme.

Is your cat plotting to kill you?



The Blockbuster near my mom's shop is closing down.
So I got myself a brand-spankin-new copy of The Other Boleyn Girl. Never been opened, still in its plastic shrink-wrap with the security tape on it.

And I want the tarot deck that Anne was using in the movie.
Except that I don't think it really exists.



So my sister's out of the country, right?
Not on vacation, but to travel the world, staying about a year in each country she hits, working while she's there.
And at this point, she can't afford a plane ticket back home just yet.

But we just got her jury summons.
What the hell do we do?

Nov. 3rd, 2009

Judge OKs Challenge to Human-Gene Patents
Thank you!!
Really, some people's greed . . .