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Clothed and in my right mind. [Oct. 16th, 2011|04:35 pm]
[mood |apologetic]
[music |Magnetic Fields, "I Think I Need A New Heart"]

Right then.

First off I owe massive apologies to most people reading this and some people who probably aren't reading this who I need to track down and abjectly apologize to as well, for dropping completely off the map sometime in these last two and a half years or so. Not cool. I am very sorry. This is a very bad pattern with me and I am going to try to be better about it in the future, about staying in touch with people I value, instead of retracting like a hermit crab.

So I quit my job teaching after I fainted over there a couple of times-- I was drinking pretty heavily and not eating enough and just generally a bit of a mess-- started seeing a grief counselor, got an apartment with my sister, got a job at Starbucks, and now I am still working at Starbucks and loving it and have made a bunch of friends over there, and have just cashed in a bunch of stocks my grandfather bought for me when I was a baby for a down payment on an absolutely gorgeous little condominium in an absolutely gorgeous neighborhood with giant oak trees all around and sunshine and a used-book store and an Indian buffet a ten minutes' walk away, and my parents' house about a 25-minutes' walk away. And I'm thinking about going back to school at UNC-G to get my master's in counseling & educational development, but we'll see about that, it's just something I've been thinking about. And I think I want to start blogging again, or whatever this is, and catch up with people who are here (and some people who aren't here), so. More to come.
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anyone still read this? [Oct. 15th, 2011|07:37 pm]
[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Josh Ritter, "Girl in the War"]

Just wondering.
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hour with a kindle [May. 1st, 2009|04:44 pm]
I bought myself a Kindle. And I am marrying it.Collapse )
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Unordered listmania [Sep. 23rd, 2008|10:59 am]
...or, upping the boringness ante.

So we moved, and Jeremy's not in a coma any more, and stuff, but last night something interesting enough to write about finally happened: clothes shopping!

Wait, stop, don't go! It's exciting because...

No, you can leave. It's not exciting. At all.Collapse )

Anybody still here? Nobody? I'll get the lights.
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and all the while the girl sang, la la la la she sang [Aug. 3rd, 2007|06:48 am]
[mood |frenetic]
[music |The Fratellis, "For The Girl"]

Does anyone here need anything from me right now? It's the day before the wedding, everything is all crazy; if I've forgotten to return an important call or e-mail please tolerantly remind me?

Can't wait to party with some of you. :)
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briefly noted [May. 31st, 2007|03:21 pm]
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[mood |polite]
[music |The Gothic Archies, "Walking My Gargoyle"]

Easily the best thing about wedding planning so far, besides registering for china glazed with melted-down flawed Baccarat crystal: the discovery of Miss Manners, now my heroine and ginormous girlcrush. I need some stationary monogrammed with my initials so I can write courteous, properly worded notes in flowing script (note to self: cultivate flowing script) formally inviting people to dinner and then thanking them for coming. In the meantime, I might actually copy people's physical addresses into an address book. Or at least start wearing matching socks. For serious.

A little relatedly: bridesmaids' dresses are happening tonight or they are not happening AT ALL. I will go on this one shopping expedition and then (beyond forbidding the wearing of either white or black, which represent respectively Competing With the Bride and Mourning On A Day Of Celebration, per Miss Manners, whom I trust with my life) I completely wash my hands of the whole affair. I think Miss Manners would approve of my charmingly self-effacing attitude towards the whole proceedings-- though I also think I'm going to have to rephrase "Mom, I honestly don't care" as "Mother dearest, you have such flawless taste; I place myself entirely in your capable and gracious hands." And "I wash my hands of the whole affair" as "So long as, on the day of this most momentous ceremony, I am surrounded with the smiling faces of my dearest and most cherished friends and my only and beloved sister, what could it possibly matter to me how you are dressed? In any case, you are all always clad in the best possible taste and look exquisite in anything."

See how nice courtesy is? Excuse me, I have to go build myself an escritoire now.
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new apartment updates [May. 22nd, 2007|11:23 am]
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[mood |seated comfortably]
[music |Arctic Monkeys, "This House Is A Circus"]

A short skinny fiftyish man with terrible teeth and a scraggly gray ponytail and cigarette breath, who reminded me powerfully of my high school Greek teacher, showed up to patch the hole in the screen and reattach the bathroom light fixture and put a showerhead in the shower and explain that the reason the blinds don't work is because they are secured by a sneaky little catch at the bottom, and promise to send someone around later to look at the stove and oven. So that's good. Also he is ordering a storm window for the window with no storm window. Huzzah, functionality!

My parents came by with my great-grandmother's kitchen table and chairs, and my rocking chair from college, and yet more bookshelves, and folding chairs they got free with purchase points from the grocery store, and some daisies and larkspur and Queen Anne's lace in a vase ("looks like your china pattern, see?"), and a newspaper article about black-eyed Susans for the wedding (from the farmer's market, we're getting them in tin pails, it's going to be great).

We are going with a pescetarian reception, by the way. Shrimp hors d'oeuvres and vegetarian goodness. My parents didn't make a fuss, beyond asking me why if I have such a powerful revulsion towards shrimp (it's the only food I hate so much I can't even stand eating anything that's ever touched it or been cooked near it) I was willing to have IT at my wedding reception but not meat. I patiently explained that while I find shrimp utterly loathsome and cannot bear the thought of eating them, I have no moral objection to killing them, because they are clearly insects (numerous legs, antennae, eyes on stalks, freakish crackly exoskeleton, scuttle-type locomotion, generally vomitous) and therefore it is okay to kill them just as it is okay to stomp on cockroaches, and what people want to do with them after they are dead is their own concern and none of mine, as long as they don't try to make ME eat them or touch them in any way. My mom evinced some heretofore unsuspected scruples about dietary restrictions in the Old Testament, which I think is more a function of my mom's superstition than anything, but I told her she didn't have to eat them either.

Also we got a couch from the Salvation Army store (along with ten paperbacks for 25 cents each [!!!]), so we have ample seating now. Raqui and Annie came over pre-couch (they're about five minutes away now) and brought baklava from the Greek festival and I made them rooibos tea and we all chattered for awhile about wedding planning and cartoons and how ridiculous Lost has gotten. I'm sad Raqui's moving away.
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(no subject) [May. 15th, 2007|12:20 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Neko Case, "Deep Red Bells"]

Poll #985200 The Vegetarian's Dilemma

Should a vegetarian (for moral, non-meat-industry-supporting reasons) dinner/party/wedding reception host feel obligated to provide a meat alternative for meat-eating guests?

Yes; you shouldn't force your choice on your guests
Yes; it's courteous for meat-eaters to supply vegetarian alternatives, so the opposite should also apply
No, not unless the meat-eater has, like, some sort of moral commitment to eat some sort of meat at every meal, because that's the only way it would be equivalent; don't people who eat meat ever eat a meal without meat anyway?
No; buying meat for others is supporting the meat industry and thus going against a vegetarian's moral convictions whether she eats the meat herself or not
Yes; meat is necessary at every meal or people will effin' starve to death
No; it's a good educational experience for meat-eaters to realize that vegetarian food can be tasty and filling!
Yes, because there will be eighty-year-old great-uncles there who were raised on a hog farm and actually might starve to death if not supplied with food they understand
No, but you should let people know beforehand that it will be veggie-only, so they can eat before they come if they really can't handle a meatless meal
Yes, I have other thoughts on this which I will explain in a comment
No, I have other thoughts on this which I will explain in a comment
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wake up elizabeth! the television is on fire! [Apr. 28th, 2007|11:40 am]
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[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |Joseph Arthur, "Enough to Get Away"]

I've registered for china! Isn't it pretty?

I've also had to reverse my stance on Kelly Link after reading her short story Magic for Beginners (in the collection of the same title). That was a damn fine story, that was.
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I want to go home and rethink my life. [Apr. 12th, 2007|10:44 am]
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[mood |aggravatedaggravated]
[music |The Killers, "Sam's Town"]

Dear bridal store: E-mailing me this sort of thing makes me want to get married in blue jeans and this. I hope you're satisfied.

PS. Stop selling my phone number to tux places and travel agencies.
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