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I got my identity stolen today!

Well, not really. Really, it was apparently stolen in 1989, but I just found out about it today. Now I know all the things you are supposed to do when that happens.

And it wasn't my whole identity, just my social security number. No effect on my credit, thank goodness.

Pain in the butt, but I think everything is done to solve it.

I have been making craploads of ice cream flavors. You would be amazed. I need to post them.

But mostly I just wanted to post to post this:

[livejournal.com profile] quizzicalsphinx 8:53 pm Pick an animal.
[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora 8:53 pm you know what i am going to say
[livejournal.com profile] quizzicalsphinx 8:54 pm YES I DO
[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora 8:54 pm <3
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I got my identity stolen today!

Well, not really. Really, it was apparently stolen in 1989, but I just found out about it today. Now I know all the things you are supposed to do when that happens.

And it wasn't my whole identity, just my social security number. No effect on my credit, thank goodness.

Pain in the butt, but I think everything is done to solve it.

I have been making craploads of ice cream flavors. You would be amazed. I need to post them.

But mostly I just wanted to post to post this:

[livejournal.com profile] quizzicalsphinx 8:53 pm Pick an animal.
[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora 8:53 pm you know what i am going to say
[livejournal.com profile] quizzicalsphinx 8:54 pm YES I DO
[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora 8:54 pm <3
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I got my identity stolen today!

Well, not really. Really, it was apparently stolen in 1989, but I just found out about it today. Now I know all the things you are supposed to do when that happens.

And it wasn't my whole identity, just my social security number. No effect on my credit, thank goodness.

Pain in the butt, but I think everything is done to solve it.

I have been making craploads of ice cream flavors. You would be amazed. I need to post them.

But mostly I just wanted to post to post this:

[livejournal.com profile] quizzicalsphinx 8:53 pm Pick an animal.
[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora 8:53 pm you know what i am going to say
[livejournal.com profile] quizzicalsphinx 8:54 pm YES I DO
[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora 8:54 pm <3
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I meant to post this yesterday, but I was hardcore trying to finish up my pie comic. Which is done, but not printed! Everything else is printed and cut and all ready to be stapled. And yes, that is about 150 comics to staple, but I can get that done this week easily! Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] kamenkyote sent me some artwork that arrived on Monday, in the midst of torrential rain! So it stayed on my desk all week.

Today I got a giant box full of Oscar Wilde from [livejournal.com profile] twowishesleft. He is this amazing plush pillow doll. I am super excited!

But yesterday? Yesterday was the day of mail not to be forgotten.

First, I got these:



Pretty awesome, huh? I am stoked for my business cards. They were only like $20 for a thousand cards, so any of you who have ever wanted business cards just because, you should get some!

So I was already happy, when another package arrives...

My mother sent me not one, but TWO boxes of See's chocolates.

And that might have been enough, but then I went to check my submissions mailbox, and there was this odd-shaped envelope, and I was like, hm, this is a funny shape for a submission. And then I looked and saw it was addressed to me and not to Submissions Editor.

And then I saw that it was from [livejournal.com profile] whirled.

It was a book! And this is what was inside:



Which is just more proof that [livejournal.com profile] whirled might just be one of the most awesome people ever.

But it is funny, because I actually have something for [livejournal.com profile] whirled.

On Wednesday night, I went out to be moral support while Dan Piraro shot a video to promote our iPhone app. [livejournal.com profile] whirled sent me the following message:

You were drinking with MR BIZARRO?!

Sigh. I'm moving to NYC, dammit!


The thing was, I was still drinking with Mr. Bizarro. And I showed him the message. And he was like, "oh! Then we should get a picture of the two of us together for her!"

I only had my phone, and it doesn't have the greatest flash, but Dan's wife took a pic for you, [livejournal.com profile] whirled! So it turned out appropriately weird. Thank you for my book!

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I meant to post this yesterday, but I was hardcore trying to finish up my pie comic. Which is done, but not printed! Everything else is printed and cut and all ready to be stapled. And yes, that is about 150 comics to staple, but I can get that done this week easily! Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] kamenkyote sent me some artwork that arrived on Monday, in the midst of torrential rain! So it stayed on my desk all week.

Today I got a giant box full of Oscar Wilde from [livejournal.com profile] twowishesleft. He is this amazing plush pillow doll. I am super excited!

But yesterday? Yesterday was the day of mail not to be forgotten.

First, I got these:



Pretty awesome, huh? I am stoked for my business cards. They were only like $20 for a thousand cards, so any of you who have ever wanted business cards just because, you should get some!

So I was already happy, when another package arrives...

My mother sent me not one, but TWO boxes of See's chocolates.

And that might have been enough, but then I went to check my submissions mailbox, and there was this odd-shaped envelope, and I was like, hm, this is a funny shape for a submission. And then I looked and saw it was addressed to me and not to Submissions Editor.

And then I saw that it was from [livejournal.com profile] whirled.

It was a book! And this is what was inside:



Which is just more proof that [livejournal.com profile] whirled might just be one of the most awesome people ever.

But it is funny, because I actually have something for [livejournal.com profile] whirled.

On Wednesday night, I went out to be moral support while Dan Piraro shot a video to promote our iPhone app. [livejournal.com profile] whirled sent me the following message:

You were drinking with MR BIZARRO?!

Sigh. I'm moving to NYC, dammit!


The thing was, I was still drinking with Mr. Bizarro. And I showed him the message. And he was like, "oh! Then we should get a picture of the two of us together for her!"

I only had my phone, and it doesn't have the greatest flash, but Dan's wife took a pic for you, [livejournal.com profile] whirled! So it turned out appropriately weird. Thank you for my book!

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I meant to post this yesterday, but I was hardcore trying to finish up my pie comic. Which is done, but not printed! Everything else is printed and cut and all ready to be stapled. And yes, that is about 150 comics to staple, but I can get that done this week easily! Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] kamenkyote sent me some artwork that arrived on Monday, in the midst of torrential rain! So it stayed on my desk all week.

Today I got a giant box full of Oscar Wilde from [livejournal.com profile] twowishesleft. He is this amazing plush pillow doll. I am super excited!

But yesterday? Yesterday was the day of mail not to be forgotten.

First, I got these:



Pretty awesome, huh? I am stoked for my business cards. They were only like $20 for a thousand cards, so any of you who have ever wanted business cards just because, you should get some!

So I was already happy, when another package arrives...

My mother sent me not one, but TWO boxes of See's chocolates.

And that might have been enough, but then I went to check my submissions mailbox, and there was this odd-shaped envelope, and I was like, hm, this is a funny shape for a submission. And then I looked and saw it was addressed to me and not to Submissions Editor.

And then I saw that it was from [livejournal.com profile] whirled.

It was a book! And this is what was inside:



Which is just more proof that [livejournal.com profile] whirled might just be one of the most awesome people ever.

But it is funny, because I actually have something for [livejournal.com profile] whirled.

On Wednesday night, I went out to be moral support while Dan Piraro shot a video to promote our iPhone app. [livejournal.com profile] whirled sent me the following message:

You were drinking with MR BIZARRO?!

Sigh. I'm moving to NYC, dammit!


The thing was, I was still drinking with Mr. Bizarro. And I showed him the message. And he was like, "oh! Then we should get a picture of the two of us together for her!"

I only had my phone, and it doesn't have the greatest flash, but Dan's wife took a pic for you, [livejournal.com profile] whirled! So it turned out appropriately weird. Thank you for my book!

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About five or six tiles fell off the bathroom wall into my bathtub this morning while I was in the shower.

My super has not called me back. I am getting antsy because if you all remember I kept hearing warnings about how bad this management company was at taking care of problems. I know it's only been an hour but...I don't want to have a giant gaping hole in my bathroom wall. I'm afraid they're going to use this as an excuse to not give me back my (double the usual) deposit if they don't come and fix it. I'm just generally freaking out.

The problem looks, from what's left in my tub, like this happened before and whoever fixed it just popped the tiles back up and didn't replace the dry wall. There is a huge chunk of dry wall gone but it's not in my tub, which is where it would naturally be if it had just fallen off.

My mom told me to just cover the spot with duct tape and plastic garbage bags and not to try to fix it myself but ugggggh. I just want to fix the fucker. I hate things not being fixed.

Before this happened, I was very excited because I made crazy amounts of candy yesterday. I have homemade marshmallows, fudge, mint patties, and Turkish Delight. They are all in pans at home and I am going to go get little party favor bags to put them in for my coworkers tonight. I HAVE MOUNTAINS OF CANDY, PEOPLE. MOUNTAINS. I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU.

Also: [livejournal.com profile] karnythia asked us to get the message out-- Brianna Lacey is a teenaged girl from Chicago who is missing. If you're from Chicago or know people in Chicago, please see if there is anything you can do. If you are not from Chicago, please pass on the message. There is no Amber Alert because she's being treated as a runaway and not a kidnapee, so please do what you can to help.
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About five or six tiles fell off the bathroom wall into my bathtub this morning while I was in the shower.

My super has not called me back. I am getting antsy because if you all remember I kept hearing warnings about how bad this management company was at taking care of problems. I know it's only been an hour but...I don't want to have a giant gaping hole in my bathroom wall. I'm afraid they're going to use this as an excuse to not give me back my (double the usual) deposit if they don't come and fix it. I'm just generally freaking out.

The problem looks, from what's left in my tub, like this happened before and whoever fixed it just popped the tiles back up and didn't replace the dry wall. There is a huge chunk of dry wall gone but it's not in my tub, which is where it would naturally be if it had just fallen off.

My mom told me to just cover the spot with duct tape and plastic garbage bags and not to try to fix it myself but ugggggh. I just want to fix the fucker. I hate things not being fixed.

Before this happened, I was very excited because I made crazy amounts of candy yesterday. I have homemade marshmallows, fudge, mint patties, and Turkish Delight. They are all in pans at home and I am going to go get little party favor bags to put them in for my coworkers tonight. I HAVE MOUNTAINS OF CANDY, PEOPLE. MOUNTAINS. I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU.

Also: [livejournal.com profile] karnythia asked us to get the message out-- Brianna Lacey is a teenaged girl from Chicago who is missing. If you're from Chicago or know people in Chicago, please see if there is anything you can do. If you are not from Chicago, please pass on the message. There is no Amber Alert because she's being treated as a runaway and not a kidnapee, so please do what you can to help.
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About five or six tiles fell off the bathroom wall into my bathtub this morning while I was in the shower.

My super has not called me back. I am getting antsy because if you all remember I kept hearing warnings about how bad this management company was at taking care of problems. I know it's only been an hour but...I don't want to have a giant gaping hole in my bathroom wall. I'm afraid they're going to use this as an excuse to not give me back my (double the usual) deposit if they don't come and fix it. I'm just generally freaking out.

The problem looks, from what's left in my tub, like this happened before and whoever fixed it just popped the tiles back up and didn't replace the dry wall. There is a huge chunk of dry wall gone but it's not in my tub, which is where it would naturally be if it had just fallen off.

My mom told me to just cover the spot with duct tape and plastic garbage bags and not to try to fix it myself but ugggggh. I just want to fix the fucker. I hate things not being fixed.

Before this happened, I was very excited because I made crazy amounts of candy yesterday. I have homemade marshmallows, fudge, mint patties, and Turkish Delight. They are all in pans at home and I am going to go get little party favor bags to put them in for my coworkers tonight. I HAVE MOUNTAINS OF CANDY, PEOPLE. MOUNTAINS. I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU.

Also: [livejournal.com profile] karnythia asked us to get the message out-- Brianna Lacey is a teenaged girl from Chicago who is missing. If you're from Chicago or know people in Chicago, please see if there is anything you can do. If you are not from Chicago, please pass on the message. There is no Amber Alert because she's being treated as a runaway and not a kidnapee, so please do what you can to help.
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Holy crap I am so not anywhere near done with presents. As in, I haven't started? Yeah. Sort of. The thing is, I did my father's shopping for my mother, but not anything else.

I DID manage to address holiday cards yesterday, so those will be going out as soon as I get to the post office at lunch.

I also got immunized yesterday! Woohoo! My office has been giving out H1N1 shots. They have a prioritized list based on a bunch of things and they are going in order of priority and my name came up (on account of my asthma)! So I got my shot.

It sounds like we are going to Delaware for Christmas. This is sort of a last minute change in plans, since my grandparents were supposed to come here. But my grandfather doesn't feel up to traveling. I'm sort of ehh about going down there because there will be people but it is ok! It is my grandfather's 90th Christmas! holy crap that's a lot of Christmas!

I have those gift coupons for people who would like half off on a paid account. Do you want one? Comment here please if you do.

It is so cold! It is finally cold enough for me to say that! So cold!

How is everyone else doing?
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Holy crap I am so not anywhere near done with presents. As in, I haven't started? Yeah. Sort of. The thing is, I did my father's shopping for my mother, but not anything else.

I DID manage to address holiday cards yesterday, so those will be going out as soon as I get to the post office at lunch.

I also got immunized yesterday! Woohoo! My office has been giving out H1N1 shots. They have a prioritized list based on a bunch of things and they are going in order of priority and my name came up (on account of my asthma)! So I got my shot.

It sounds like we are going to Delaware for Christmas. This is sort of a last minute change in plans, since my grandparents were supposed to come here. But my grandfather doesn't feel up to traveling. I'm sort of ehh about going down there because there will be people but it is ok! It is my grandfather's 90th Christmas! holy crap that's a lot of Christmas!

I have those gift coupons for people who would like half off on a paid account. Do you want one? Comment here please if you do.

It is so cold! It is finally cold enough for me to say that! So cold!

How is everyone else doing?
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Holy crap I am so not anywhere near done with presents. As in, I haven't started? Yeah. Sort of. The thing is, I did my father's shopping for my mother, but not anything else.

I DID manage to address holiday cards yesterday, so those will be going out as soon as I get to the post office at lunch.

I also got immunized yesterday! Woohoo! My office has been giving out H1N1 shots. They have a prioritized list based on a bunch of things and they are going in order of priority and my name came up (on account of my asthma)! So I got my shot.

It sounds like we are going to Delaware for Christmas. This is sort of a last minute change in plans, since my grandparents were supposed to come here. But my grandfather doesn't feel up to traveling. I'm sort of ehh about going down there because there will be people but it is ok! It is my grandfather's 90th Christmas! holy crap that's a lot of Christmas!

I have those gift coupons for people who would like half off on a paid account. Do you want one? Comment here please if you do.

It is so cold! It is finally cold enough for me to say that! So cold!

How is everyone else doing?
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Hi everybody!

Let's talk about my birthday!

Last year, I had the mega mega party with everyone I know, which was faboo, so this year I decided to do the opposite. So [livejournal.com profile] liret and I are going down to Philly and staying in a fancy hotel on the water and eating all the ice cream in the city. And possibly all the chocolate, too. It will be incredibly indulgent and I will love every minute of it.

ALSO [livejournal.com profile] liret IS BACK TODAY. With all her moose-skinning and moose-butchering stories! I am excited for her.

I also had this dream last night. I don't remember as much of it as I usually do when I write about them here but it was about this movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as this immortal, villainous con man. And I say villainous because I want to express that this is nothing like Catch Me If You Can. This is like, leading ranchers down a ravine to their death during westward expansion and exposing runaway slaves just before the Civil War and starting religious wars and all kinds of shit. It turned out that he had been completely hijacking history pretty much since the beginning of time by slowly altering architectural details, or, in one case, leaving letters that suggested that some famous painting was actually a forgery, and ones that suggested that Shakespeare didn't write his plays. The best part was this invisible secret society that didn't actually exist that he had created hundreds of years ago and carefully worked their symbols into all kinds of famous art and architecture and shit all over the world. They're called the Order of the Deuce and are represented by the roman numerals, II, and two roses intertwined.

There is this one part in the movie in, like, the 1890s where this man catches on that something is up with him because he finds a much earlier daguerrotype of the dude and he hasn't aged. This is after Leonardo DiCaprio's character pretty much drives the man's wife to suicide, and the guy streaks the photo with blood and writes, "There are not no sinners who will not get their due" on it.

But the dude keeps being an immortal asshole until the 1950s, when this guy named Dwayne shows up. Dwayne is a nerdy, pale, scrawny looking guy who wasn't played by anyone in particular. Dwayne was also one of the cattle ranchers Leo's character thought he'd killed like forty years ago.

Because Dwayne is also immortal. This has been puzzling together the clues that link the fake Order of the Deuce and it somehow leads her to Dwayne, who she then leads back to Leo's character...because of course Dwayne didn't realize the dickhead was immortal, too.

Then there is this kickass drag race between the two immortals because Dwayne? Has a fucking sweet car. And he pretty much leads Leo's character to drive his car into the same ravine and shit and it is all poetic and the car blows up in flames.

Except then of course the movie ends with Leo's character all crispy at the bottom of the cliff-- and still alive.

SWEET.
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Hi everybody!

Let's talk about my birthday!

Last year, I had the mega mega party with everyone I know, which was faboo, so this year I decided to do the opposite. So [livejournal.com profile] liret and I are going down to Philly and staying in a fancy hotel on the water and eating all the ice cream in the city. And possibly all the chocolate, too. It will be incredibly indulgent and I will love every minute of it.

ALSO [livejournal.com profile] liret IS BACK TODAY. With all her moose-skinning and moose-butchering stories! I am excited for her.

I also had this dream last night. I don't remember as much of it as I usually do when I write about them here but it was about this movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as this immortal, villainous con man. And I say villainous because I want to express that this is nothing like Catch Me If You Can. This is like, leading ranchers down a ravine to their death during westward expansion and exposing runaway slaves just before the Civil War and starting religious wars and all kinds of shit. It turned out that he had been completely hijacking history pretty much since the beginning of time by slowly altering architectural details, or, in one case, leaving letters that suggested that some famous painting was actually a forgery, and ones that suggested that Shakespeare didn't write his plays. The best part was this invisible secret society that didn't actually exist that he had created hundreds of years ago and carefully worked their symbols into all kinds of famous art and architecture and shit all over the world. They're called the Order of the Deuce and are represented by the roman numerals, II, and two roses intertwined.

There is this one part in the movie in, like, the 1890s where this man catches on that something is up with him because he finds a much earlier daguerrotype of the dude and he hasn't aged. This is after Leonardo DiCaprio's character pretty much drives the man's wife to suicide, and the guy streaks the photo with blood and writes, "There are not no sinners who will not get their due" on it.

But the dude keeps being an immortal asshole until the 1950s, when this guy named Dwayne shows up. Dwayne is a nerdy, pale, scrawny looking guy who wasn't played by anyone in particular. Dwayne was also one of the cattle ranchers Leo's character thought he'd killed like forty years ago.

Because Dwayne is also immortal. This has been puzzling together the clues that link the fake Order of the Deuce and it somehow leads her to Dwayne, who she then leads back to Leo's character...because of course Dwayne didn't realize the dickhead was immortal, too.

Then there is this kickass drag race between the two immortals because Dwayne? Has a fucking sweet car. And he pretty much leads Leo's character to drive his car into the same ravine and shit and it is all poetic and the car blows up in flames.

Except then of course the movie ends with Leo's character all crispy at the bottom of the cliff-- and still alive.

SWEET.
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Hi everybody!

Let's talk about my birthday!

Last year, I had the mega mega party with everyone I know, which was faboo, so this year I decided to do the opposite. So [livejournal.com profile] liret and I are going down to Philly and staying in a fancy hotel on the water and eating all the ice cream in the city. And possibly all the chocolate, too. It will be incredibly indulgent and I will love every minute of it.

ALSO [livejournal.com profile] liret IS BACK TODAY. With all her moose-skinning and moose-butchering stories! I am excited for her.

I also had this dream last night. I don't remember as much of it as I usually do when I write about them here but it was about this movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as this immortal, villainous con man. And I say villainous because I want to express that this is nothing like Catch Me If You Can. This is like, leading ranchers down a ravine to their death during westward expansion and exposing runaway slaves just before the Civil War and starting religious wars and all kinds of shit. It turned out that he had been completely hijacking history pretty much since the beginning of time by slowly altering architectural details, or, in one case, leaving letters that suggested that some famous painting was actually a forgery, and ones that suggested that Shakespeare didn't write his plays. The best part was this invisible secret society that didn't actually exist that he had created hundreds of years ago and carefully worked their symbols into all kinds of famous art and architecture and shit all over the world. They're called the Order of the Deuce and are represented by the roman numerals, II, and two roses intertwined.

There is this one part in the movie in, like, the 1890s where this man catches on that something is up with him because he finds a much earlier daguerrotype of the dude and he hasn't aged. This is after Leonardo DiCaprio's character pretty much drives the man's wife to suicide, and the guy streaks the photo with blood and writes, "There are not no sinners who will not get their due" on it.

But the dude keeps being an immortal asshole until the 1950s, when this guy named Dwayne shows up. Dwayne is a nerdy, pale, scrawny looking guy who wasn't played by anyone in particular. Dwayne was also one of the cattle ranchers Leo's character thought he'd killed like forty years ago.

Because Dwayne is also immortal. This has been puzzling together the clues that link the fake Order of the Deuce and it somehow leads her to Dwayne, who she then leads back to Leo's character...because of course Dwayne didn't realize the dickhead was immortal, too.

Then there is this kickass drag race between the two immortals because Dwayne? Has a fucking sweet car. And he pretty much leads Leo's character to drive his car into the same ravine and shit and it is all poetic and the car blows up in flames.

Except then of course the movie ends with Leo's character all crispy at the bottom of the cliff-- and still alive.

SWEET.
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I went out to eat with [livejournal.com profile] cacophonesque, [livejournal.com profile] cheshire23, and [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery tonight. I'd never met [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery before so it was very very nice. And Destiny and AJ are awesome as ever. I love people I like.

We talked a lot about Tarot cards and [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery showed us her spread that she does. It was nice to talk Tarot with sane people. I'm a bit irritated because that's what I created [livejournal.com profile] tarot_week for, but there are way too many loonies there.

I hate people on the internet sometimes.

I haven't written at all this week, but I think that's okay. I plan on bringing a notebook and trying to write things not-on-the-computer this weekend while I'm in Texas. Sometimes I find I need to rest my eyes, especially when I am at the computer all day long. I try to take breaks at work, when I need to rest my eyes, but so much of my work is on the computer. I had been trying to actually take my full lunch hour, but most people at work seem to eat at their desks all the time and I end up not having anyone to sit with in the cafeteria, so I feel a little bit intimidated by the whole crowd scene.

One thing I did want to talk about is my new and increased attempt at hydrating. Work has a water cooler and I try to keep drinking water all day long. I've also switched from soda to water at home. I am pretty proud of myself; I haven't had any soda since last week. Generally I go through a liter a day. I am hoping this will make me overall a healthier person.

I also have been making myself eat at home most nights. I used to eat a lot of take out. Now, most of the take out was vegan, so I was very healthy, but also expensive, and it was costing me up to about $10 a night to eat. By cooking my own meals, which are mostly tuna or cheese sandwiches, and grits and eggs, I have brought my eat-at-home budget down to about ten to fifteen dollars a week. Since I am saving a lot more money on food, but I really need to because I am making less money at this job than I have made previously, I am not really giving myself more freedom with expenditures (I'm actually seeing fewer movies), I've decided that one thing I can do is to actually carry spare change to give to people who are asking for money on the street. I don't give money to people on subways, since it's technically illegal to panhandle on the subway, but I do try to give change to anyone who asks on my way to or from work. I was raised to believe that it's better to give money directly to charities, but the more I interact with needy people, the more I realize that many of them don't go to charities for help, for good or bad reasons, and that the idea that homeless people are only using loose change to buy drugs is bullshit. I am sure there are some who do. But I would rather accidentally support someone's drug habit than not help someone get a hamburger at McDonalds. I am strongly in favor of the trickle-UP economy.

The sad thing is, I rarely have enough change in my pocket for everyone I see.

On that note, I would like to mention that the number of empty storefronts in my neighborhood is devastating. It has definitely more than doubled since last summer. Even Ben & Jerry's has gone out of business. This is the Ben & Jerry's around the corner from Times Square, which is a very well-trafficked area. A lot of mom & pop delis and bodegas are closing, I notice, too. It's pretty depressing. But when I see empty storefronts, there is a part of me that starts imagining what sort of business I would like to open in them.

The (friends-only, sorry non-friends) post I made the other day about facebook has really gotten me thinking of other things that happened when I was a kid. I know I said I was picked on but that I was a little snot, too. I will give you one example of me being a snot.

One of the kids who picked on me a lot was a boy named John. I wouldn't give out his name, but it's important to the story. All I remember is that he was one of those kids who by second grade still couldn't spell his own name-- and I could spell his name, because my father's name is John. But he spelled it "Jhon" without fail. He used to abuse the hell out of me-- verbally, of course-- but I honestly can't remember what he did now.

I do remember what I did to him. In second grade, we had "mailboxes" in our classroom-- little slots where our work was returned to us when the teacher marked it. One day, I left the following rhyme in his mailbox:

John, John, leprechaun
Went to school with nothing on.
Teacher, teacher, that's not fair!
Give me back my underwear!


I don't know if anyone ever figured out that it was me, but the teacher I think suspected something since she made "leprechaun" one of our spelling words the next week. I think she was trying to figure out who already knew how to spell it. So I deliberately misspelled it on my homework.
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I went out to eat with [livejournal.com profile] cacophonesque, [livejournal.com profile] cheshire23, and [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery tonight. I'd never met [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery before so it was very very nice. And Destiny and AJ are awesome as ever. I love people I like.

We talked a lot about Tarot cards and [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery showed us her spread that she does. It was nice to talk Tarot with sane people. I'm a bit irritated because that's what I created [livejournal.com profile] tarot_week for, but there are way too many loonies there.

I hate people on the internet sometimes.

I haven't written at all this week, but I think that's okay. I plan on bringing a notebook and trying to write things not-on-the-computer this weekend while I'm in Texas. Sometimes I find I need to rest my eyes, especially when I am at the computer all day long. I try to take breaks at work, when I need to rest my eyes, but so much of my work is on the computer. I had been trying to actually take my full lunch hour, but most people at work seem to eat at their desks all the time and I end up not having anyone to sit with in the cafeteria, so I feel a little bit intimidated by the whole crowd scene.

One thing I did want to talk about is my new and increased attempt at hydrating. Work has a water cooler and I try to keep drinking water all day long. I've also switched from soda to water at home. I am pretty proud of myself; I haven't had any soda since last week. Generally I go through a liter a day. I am hoping this will make me overall a healthier person.

I also have been making myself eat at home most nights. I used to eat a lot of take out. Now, most of the take out was vegan, so I was very healthy, but also expensive, and it was costing me up to about $10 a night to eat. By cooking my own meals, which are mostly tuna or cheese sandwiches, and grits and eggs, I have brought my eat-at-home budget down to about ten to fifteen dollars a week. Since I am saving a lot more money on food, but I really need to because I am making less money at this job than I have made previously, I am not really giving myself more freedom with expenditures (I'm actually seeing fewer movies), I've decided that one thing I can do is to actually carry spare change to give to people who are asking for money on the street. I don't give money to people on subways, since it's technically illegal to panhandle on the subway, but I do try to give change to anyone who asks on my way to or from work. I was raised to believe that it's better to give money directly to charities, but the more I interact with needy people, the more I realize that many of them don't go to charities for help, for good or bad reasons, and that the idea that homeless people are only using loose change to buy drugs is bullshit. I am sure there are some who do. But I would rather accidentally support someone's drug habit than not help someone get a hamburger at McDonalds. I am strongly in favor of the trickle-UP economy.

The sad thing is, I rarely have enough change in my pocket for everyone I see.

On that note, I would like to mention that the number of empty storefronts in my neighborhood is devastating. It has definitely more than doubled since last summer. Even Ben & Jerry's has gone out of business. This is the Ben & Jerry's around the corner from Times Square, which is a very well-trafficked area. A lot of mom & pop delis and bodegas are closing, I notice, too. It's pretty depressing. But when I see empty storefronts, there is a part of me that starts imagining what sort of business I would like to open in them.

The (friends-only, sorry non-friends) post I made the other day about facebook has really gotten me thinking of other things that happened when I was a kid. I know I said I was picked on but that I was a little snot, too. I will give you one example of me being a snot.

One of the kids who picked on me a lot was a boy named John. I wouldn't give out his name, but it's important to the story. All I remember is that he was one of those kids who by second grade still couldn't spell his own name-- and I could spell his name, because my father's name is John. But he spelled it "Jhon" without fail. He used to abuse the hell out of me-- verbally, of course-- but I honestly can't remember what he did now.

I do remember what I did to him. In second grade, we had "mailboxes" in our classroom-- little slots where our work was returned to us when the teacher marked it. One day, I left the following rhyme in his mailbox:

John, John, leprechaun
Went to school with nothing on.
Teacher, teacher, that's not fair!
Give me back my underwear!


I don't know if anyone ever figured out that it was me, but the teacher I think suspected something since she made "leprechaun" one of our spelling words the next week. I think she was trying to figure out who already knew how to spell it. So I deliberately misspelled it on my homework.
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I went out to eat with [livejournal.com profile] cacophonesque, [livejournal.com profile] cheshire23, and [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery tonight. I'd never met [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery before so it was very very nice. And Destiny and AJ are awesome as ever. I love people I like.

We talked a lot about Tarot cards and [livejournal.com profile] waterfaery showed us her spread that she does. It was nice to talk Tarot with sane people. I'm a bit irritated because that's what I created [livejournal.com profile] tarot_week for, but there are way too many loonies there.

I hate people on the internet sometimes.

I haven't written at all this week, but I think that's okay. I plan on bringing a notebook and trying to write things not-on-the-computer this weekend while I'm in Texas. Sometimes I find I need to rest my eyes, especially when I am at the computer all day long. I try to take breaks at work, when I need to rest my eyes, but so much of my work is on the computer. I had been trying to actually take my full lunch hour, but most people at work seem to eat at their desks all the time and I end up not having anyone to sit with in the cafeteria, so I feel a little bit intimidated by the whole crowd scene.

One thing I did want to talk about is my new and increased attempt at hydrating. Work has a water cooler and I try to keep drinking water all day long. I've also switched from soda to water at home. I am pretty proud of myself; I haven't had any soda since last week. Generally I go through a liter a day. I am hoping this will make me overall a healthier person.

I also have been making myself eat at home most nights. I used to eat a lot of take out. Now, most of the take out was vegan, so I was very healthy, but also expensive, and it was costing me up to about $10 a night to eat. By cooking my own meals, which are mostly tuna or cheese sandwiches, and grits and eggs, I have brought my eat-at-home budget down to about ten to fifteen dollars a week. Since I am saving a lot more money on food, but I really need to because I am making less money at this job than I have made previously, I am not really giving myself more freedom with expenditures (I'm actually seeing fewer movies), I've decided that one thing I can do is to actually carry spare change to give to people who are asking for money on the street. I don't give money to people on subways, since it's technically illegal to panhandle on the subway, but I do try to give change to anyone who asks on my way to or from work. I was raised to believe that it's better to give money directly to charities, but the more I interact with needy people, the more I realize that many of them don't go to charities for help, for good or bad reasons, and that the idea that homeless people are only using loose change to buy drugs is bullshit. I am sure there are some who do. But I would rather accidentally support someone's drug habit than not help someone get a hamburger at McDonalds. I am strongly in favor of the trickle-UP economy.

The sad thing is, I rarely have enough change in my pocket for everyone I see.

On that note, I would like to mention that the number of empty storefronts in my neighborhood is devastating. It has definitely more than doubled since last summer. Even Ben & Jerry's has gone out of business. This is the Ben & Jerry's around the corner from Times Square, which is a very well-trafficked area. A lot of mom & pop delis and bodegas are closing, I notice, too. It's pretty depressing. But when I see empty storefronts, there is a part of me that starts imagining what sort of business I would like to open in them.

The (friends-only, sorry non-friends) post I made the other day about facebook has really gotten me thinking of other things that happened when I was a kid. I know I said I was picked on but that I was a little snot, too. I will give you one example of me being a snot.

One of the kids who picked on me a lot was a boy named John. I wouldn't give out his name, but it's important to the story. All I remember is that he was one of those kids who by second grade still couldn't spell his own name-- and I could spell his name, because my father's name is John. But he spelled it "Jhon" without fail. He used to abuse the hell out of me-- verbally, of course-- but I honestly can't remember what he did now.

I do remember what I did to him. In second grade, we had "mailboxes" in our classroom-- little slots where our work was returned to us when the teacher marked it. One day, I left the following rhyme in his mailbox:

John, John, leprechaun
Went to school with nothing on.
Teacher, teacher, that's not fair!
Give me back my underwear!


I don't know if anyone ever figured out that it was me, but the teacher I think suspected something since she made "leprechaun" one of our spelling words the next week. I think she was trying to figure out who already knew how to spell it. So I deliberately misspelled it on my homework.
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1) I keep meaning to say that I was disappointed with Obama's press conference. After the amount of time he spoke to reporters during his campaign, I don't feel he has any excuse for the performance he put on.

I feel that it's my responsibility to say this because you all know how supportive I was of his campaign and I feel I should also be critical when it is necessary. There were two key things that bothered me.

First off, I felt like there was much too much finger-pointing and accusatory language used by him to talk about the Republicans in Congress. I am pissed with the way the Republicans handled the stimulus package, but I felt like Obama was defensive and accusatory. Come on, Barack. We all know they were being lame. What happened to you stepping above that shit? That's part of why I voted for you.

Secondly, he did not appear to have ready answers. He ummed and y'knowed a lot. He ummed and y'knowed much more than he did during the campaign, and these were all questions he should have expected to receive. On top of that, he gave a lot of non-answers. Non-answers are okay if you explain why you're giving a non-answer. Some, he did, like the issue of photographing the coffins of American troops, which I was pleased to see Gates followed through on almost immediately. Others he didn't, and he sounded kinda wishy-washy.

There was one other, but since I can't remember it now, it can't have been that important. So, yeah, Barack, sorry, but I expect to hear that was your stand-in or something, or you're getting like a C+ from me on that performance. I said frequently during the campaign that as long as he could inspire confidence, I would be happy even if he didn't get everything one his list accomplished. Likewise, even if he's getting things done, I won't be pleased if he can't hold a press conference together without being all whiny about how he inherited this problem.

2) Also on politics, is anyone else annoyed about the whole Daschle thing? I know the guy "failed to pay" his taxes. And frankly, for a former public official who got paid out of those taxes and knows how important taxes are to the working of, well, everything, I'm very disappointed. But I also think that he was one of the strongest and most effective members of Obama's transition team, and I feel strongly that he was the right guy for that post. So I'm kinda torn.

3) I have felt absolutely NO urge to liveblog LOST this year. That being said, I don't think it's because it's bad. The first episode was meh, but I've been liking it a lot since then. I just don't feel like it; I think in some ways it's actually because it's become smarter again and less WTF LOL than it was for a while. I do have one comment about tonight's episode under the cut )

4) What is even better than LOST, is Fringe. Fringe is one of those TV shows that comes around once in a blue moon, that is well-written and complex without being overly complicated or completely dependent on novelty, that has amazing characters (Walter is possibly my favorite TV character, EVER), and that is filmed beautifully to boot. That's what got me to keep watching the show. It's beautiful. The last show I can remember being this good is, well, Twin Peaks.

5) It was beautiful and warm today. I took a walk at lunch; without my jacket. Sometimes simple things like sunshine can make life wonderful.

6) I am going to San Antonio this weekend with my mother. To get my bike out of the basement of the Alamo. I like telling people that and seeing who gets the joke, who laughs, but doesn't get where it's from, and who is like, bzuh?

7) Tomorrow I have dinner plans with [livejournal.com profile] cheshire23 and her friend, and [livejournal.com profile] cacophonesque. We will probably discuss clicks and our deccenting opinions over Ethiopian foodz.
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1) I keep meaning to say that I was disappointed with Obama's press conference. After the amount of time he spoke to reporters during his campaign, I don't feel he has any excuse for the performance he put on.

I feel that it's my responsibility to say this because you all know how supportive I was of his campaign and I feel I should also be critical when it is necessary. There were two key things that bothered me.

First off, I felt like there was much too much finger-pointing and accusatory language used by him to talk about the Republicans in Congress. I am pissed with the way the Republicans handled the stimulus package, but I felt like Obama was defensive and accusatory. Come on, Barack. We all know they were being lame. What happened to you stepping above that shit? That's part of why I voted for you.

Secondly, he did not appear to have ready answers. He ummed and y'knowed a lot. He ummed and y'knowed much more than he did during the campaign, and these were all questions he should have expected to receive. On top of that, he gave a lot of non-answers. Non-answers are okay if you explain why you're giving a non-answer. Some, he did, like the issue of photographing the coffins of American troops, which I was pleased to see Gates followed through on almost immediately. Others he didn't, and he sounded kinda wishy-washy.

There was one other, but since I can't remember it now, it can't have been that important. So, yeah, Barack, sorry, but I expect to hear that was your stand-in or something, or you're getting like a C+ from me on that performance. I said frequently during the campaign that as long as he could inspire confidence, I would be happy even if he didn't get everything one his list accomplished. Likewise, even if he's getting things done, I won't be pleased if he can't hold a press conference together without being all whiny about how he inherited this problem.

2) Also on politics, is anyone else annoyed about the whole Daschle thing? I know the guy "failed to pay" his taxes. And frankly, for a former public official who got paid out of those taxes and knows how important taxes are to the working of, well, everything, I'm very disappointed. But I also think that he was one of the strongest and most effective members of Obama's transition team, and I feel strongly that he was the right guy for that post. So I'm kinda torn.

3) I have felt absolutely NO urge to liveblog LOST this year. That being said, I don't think it's because it's bad. The first episode was meh, but I've been liking it a lot since then. I just don't feel like it; I think in some ways it's actually because it's become smarter again and less WTF LOL than it was for a while. I do have one comment about tonight's episode under the cut )

4) What is even better than LOST, is Fringe. Fringe is one of those TV shows that comes around once in a blue moon, that is well-written and complex without being overly complicated or completely dependent on novelty, that has amazing characters (Walter is possibly my favorite TV character, EVER), and that is filmed beautifully to boot. That's what got me to keep watching the show. It's beautiful. The last show I can remember being this good is, well, Twin Peaks.

5) It was beautiful and warm today. I took a walk at lunch; without my jacket. Sometimes simple things like sunshine can make life wonderful.

6) I am going to San Antonio this weekend with my mother. To get my bike out of the basement of the Alamo. I like telling people that and seeing who gets the joke, who laughs, but doesn't get where it's from, and who is like, bzuh?

7) Tomorrow I have dinner plans with [livejournal.com profile] cheshire23 and her friend, and [livejournal.com profile] cacophonesque. We will probably discuss clicks and our deccenting opinions over Ethiopian foodz.

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