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Let the insanity merriment commence!!

And now, Bob sleeps. Well, she bathes. Then she sleeps.
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A brief actual update, and then a quick update to [livejournal.com profile] rescue_rowan and then the Secret Santa Draw, and then a bath, and then bed.

Subbed today in Clothing Design and Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Ec. for those of us born before things went all PC)
Sub tomorrow in Drama and Humanities
Sub Thursday in Remedial Mathematics

Busy, busy, busy.

Mom comes home sometime this weekend, if all goes according to plan. I really needed the next few days to get ready for that, but can't turn down the work.

Had an amazing time in Texas both hanging at the home of [livejournal.com profile] ladyniniane & [livejournal.com profile] brotherwilliam's son & daughter-in-law and at TRF, where I finally got to meet [livejournal.com profile] aranel13 in person. She's awesome, and I wish we lived closer together so I could hang with her more often and her son is an absolute dollbaby, with pinchable cheeks and a head full of red hair. Good as gold he was, too. Just chilling and taking it all in.

While at TRF, I fell in love with something so hard that I had to purchase it and beg Mom to make it my Christmas present. Now, of course, I have to figure out a way to incorporate it into my already planned Longest Night Ball costume, because it is just that awesome. I think I know how I'm going to make it work, though, so that's good. Just need to find time to go fabric shopping.

[livejournal.com profile] starseeking (an excellent travelling companion, by the by) and I headed down to Galveston on Sunday. I was glad to see that it was still standing and that the damage wasn't as bad as I had feared, at least in the areas we went. I was happy to go spend some money there to help the rebuilding efforts. We stayed way too late and I didn't get nearly enough rest Sunday night, but I'm mostly caught up now.

Busy, busy, busy.
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I do this test every time it comes around, because it is always different and always seems to hit spot on with what I'm feeling at the time.

Here's my results for today:

Behind the cut for length )

AWESOME!!

Dec. 1st, 2009 04:58 pm
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Every year, the most awesome [livejournal.com profile] cadhla does a fanfic countdown to Christmas... just little snippets and slice of life stories from different fandoms, each chosen by perusing the comments on the day before. She started this year's advent with one so awesome that I couldn't even suggest something for tomorrow. (I had seconded this nomination on yesterday's entry post, actually, and it was better than I could have hoped!)

If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, go here and read. You'll thank me later.

/geeking out hardcore.
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This is THAT post. If there is someone on this list that you are already purchasing for, let me know. If there is someone here you'd prefer not to purchase for for whatever reason, let me know. Included are screen names and general locations.

Draw will be tomorrow evening!!

[livejournal.com profile] bountifulpots - Kansas
[livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob - Oklahoma
[livejournal.com profile] titaniumdiva - Kansas
[livejournal.com profile] aoifemacewen - Oklahoma
[livejournal.com profile] ceanncait - Missouri
[livejournal.com profile] fionnabhar - Kansas
[livejournal.com profile] rowangolightly - Oklahoma
[livejournal.com profile] zianuray - Missouri
[livejournal.com profile] softlywhispered - Florida
[livejournal.com profile] courtneymckenny - Alabama
[livejournal.com profile] magdaleneseal - Kansas
[livejournal.com profile] discoverylover - New Zealand
[livejournal.com profile] desahra - Oklahoma
[livejournal.com profile] hdsqrl - Missouri
[livejournal.com profile] ladyariyana - Ohio
[livejournal.com profile] featherynscale - Missouri
[livejournal.com profile] starseeking - Oklahoma
[livejournal.com profile] kyraanne - Missouri
[livejournal.com profile] berkie - Kansas
[livejournal.com profile] anairdna - Tennessee
[livejournal.com profile] labelleizzy - California
[livejournal.com profile] bleuberi21 - Kansas
[livejournal.com profile] idiocencratic - Missouri
[livejournal.com profile] retro_sass - Kansas

This exchange is now closed to new participants, so if your name isn't on this list, we hope you'll join us next year! Comments are screened, but if you'd like something unscreened not relating to the draw selection, say so and I'll be happy to unscreen it. Remember to go fill out your wishlists and address information, and after the draw ask questions and answer questions promptly...this makes things go much more smoothly. Try to mail your items so they will arrive as close to Christmas Eve as possible. Most importantly, have fun (and try to stay close to the spending limit... I know that is difficult, but give it your best go) and don't leave your partners hanging.
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Between travelling, running an auction, running Secret Santa, working, and trying to get the house ready for my mom to come home sometime this week, there is no way I will possibly catch up or even skim the last six days of LJ. Please, please, if there is something I need to see, comment on this post. Even if you just comment here and say "Hey, go look at my journal! There's something you need to see!" then I will gladly go and do so.

This is not lack of love for you...this is me trying to maintain sanity the best way I know how.

Love you all, and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I'll try to catch up on my own journaling sometime in the next day or so.
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[livejournal.com profile] rescue_rowan is still going in full swing! Many of the auctions end tonight, so if you haven't already done so, please go bid, shop, list things to sell, promote, etc. The community will stay open until she moves, so feel free to add new auction items at any time and add [livejournal.com profile] rescue_rowan to your friendslist to keep track of new auctions being listed.

Thanks again, everyone!
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Last chance to sign up for Secret Santa 2009!

Please don't sign up on this post! Please go sign up over here!!!

If you haven't accepted your invitation, please go to Elfster.com and sign in and accept the invite and update your wishlists.

I'm closing down the sign up time at 7 pm CST tonight, so if you haven't signed up by then, you'll be out for this year. At that point, I'll put up a list of participants, and if there is someone you DON'T want to buy for, either because you are already purchasing for that person or some other reason, THAT will be the post to let me know that. We are excited to welcome an international participant this year, all the way from New Zealand!! I know I'd gladly wait a bit longer for some awesome Kiwi (not the fruit) goodies, but if you'd prefer not to ship or receive internationally, THAT will be the post to let me know that, too. Again, THAT post will go up around 7(ish) this evening.

The draw will take place tomorrow evening, sometime well after 7, so you'll have over 24 hours to get any restriction notifications to me. I know this is a bit cramped and I'm not running this nearly as smoothly as [livejournal.com profile] bountifulpots has done in the past, and I appreciate you bearing with me as I learn the ropes.

Remember: Sign up, Accept invites, Fill out wishlists, Watch for final list tonight, and Draw is tomorrow night! I'm getting excited, and hope you are, too!

EDIT: Comments to this entry are NOT screened. Please don't sign up or state draw preferences in response to this entry!!
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I'm off!

I may or may not have a chance to check e-mail/LJ this weekend while in Texas. I'm taking the laptop, but real world socialization trumps on-line every time.

Have a wonderful turkey day, every one!

I am thankful for you all.
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From [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale, the interview meme. She asked me five questions. I'll do the same for others, but not until I get back from vacation next week.

1. What is the best advice you could give to someone who wanted to be your friend?

I love having friends, but I'm not always as good a friend as I would like to be. I'm more likely to let a friendship languish on the vine for lack of tending than I should be. That said, if you want to be my friend you are always welcome. Here's what you should know:

* I'm great at mass communication and not as good with individual communication. This is a personal flaw. If you need me, poke me. I'll try to respond as quickly as I can, but some days I just can't wrap my head around e-mailing or IMing someone, and it takes an emergency for me to call someone. If you really need me, poke me twice or tell me it is urgent so it doesn't get lost in the noise and shuffle.

* I am, on occasion, deeply flawed and broken. The good thing about this is it makes it easier for me to accept your flaws and breaks (sometimes too easy, and I wind up making excuses for you). The bad thing about this is I can be moody and crazy at times. Don't take it personally. Nine times out of ten it has more to do with me and less to do with you or anything you have done.

* If TMI bothers you, tell me upfront. I overshare. Likewise PDA...I tend to hug friends and occasionally kiss them. If you can communicate your boundaries with me, I'll do my very best to respect them.

* I suck at names and faces and matching them up, even on people I have known for a long, long time. If I don't see you monthly, there is a good chance I won't get your name and face matched up correctly. I cover this by calling people endearments, such as "Sweetie", "Honey", "Sugar", "Chica", etc. Of course, I also use these with people whose names I remember sometimes. And sometimes I know people's names, and have it matched to their face, but can't get it out of my mouth. I have that problem with lots of words, but names are often worse. If I don't call you by name over an extended period of time, please don't be afraid to remind me of it. If I screw up and call you by the wrong name, please correct me gently.

2. Of these three: Love, Honor, Power, which is most important, and why?

For me, personally, Love, in all of its forms. Honor would come next, because I believe they go hand in hand...if you love someone, you treat them with Honor and behave honorably towards those you love. Power has very little importance in my life. I am given power, occasionally, and I always take that responsibility as seriously as possible, but I'm usually grateful to give it back.

3. Imagine that you have enough money that you do not have to work for a living. In fact, you have enough money that you can afford to spend your days doing whatever you most enjoy. What do you do with your time?

I travel. I see the world, meeting new people and making new friends along the way. I read. I go to school, not because I care about the degree but because I want to learn new things. I hire someone to clean my house, which I despise, and get me organized, which I need.

4. What is the biggest fear you've ever overcome?

I used to be terrified of heights and bridges. Walking across a bridge where I could see between the slats was damn near impossible for me, but I got over it.

5. What is a rule you live by?

I always tell people that my rule for life is this: When someone offers you a breathmint, take it. It is either a kindness (which we need more of and should encourage) or a hint that you need one.

I still think that's a great rule.

Truly, though, I try to live my life in love, loving every person I meet to the best of my ability at that exact moment in time. Sometimes it gets me in trouble. Sometimes it has brought me great joy. I try to temper all of my words and actions with love. I'm not always successful...I'm human, and incredibly flawed, as mentioned above, but I wake up every day and try again.
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Dear Flist,

If you haven't already, please go check out the auctions going on over at [livejournal.com profile] rescue_rowan. You'll be seeing this a lot from me over the next month or so as she tries to raise money for her move. There are some amazing things for auction, things that would make perfect Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah/Winterthing/etc. gifts, and you'd truly be giving a gift to two people at once if you purchased them.

Direct donations are also very much appreciated via Paypal to:

rowangolightly (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you for your generosity!!

Da Bob

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Dear Amber,

I know you are feeling pretty vulnerable right now. It will be okay. It is not a reflection on you. What will be, will be. Breathe, hon. It is what it is, and you can't control the actions of other people. Wait a few more days, do what you have to do, and don't let current events spoil your memories of the experience, if you can help it.

You Are Worthy.

Amber

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Dear Devon (aka Smog),

This time eleven years ago, I was hooked up to monitors and an IV that would encourage you to make your entry into this world. You didn't make an appearance until almost 8 in the evening, and you changed my life. It's crazy to look at you now, all gangly legs and freckles, and remember that you were my little turkey baby, my little peanut, my little bullfrog. I miss the baby you were sometimes so hard that it aches, and I admit that I occasionally dread the teenage years ahead of us, but mostly I love the tween you are now, even when I'm frustrated with your rare rebellion.

Don't grow up too fast, and don't pull away too soon.

I love you so much,

Mommy (always)

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Dear friends from Pub Night,

Don't forget to journal the bookcrossing books you picked up last night, if you don't mind. You can stay anonymous, or if you want to see where the books go when you are done with them, you can register. I'm apocalypticbob there, too, if you want to use me as your referring member. If you join, please add me over there, too!

If you journal the books, I'm far more likely to keep bringing them to Pub Night and giving you dibs on free books...just saying.

Love ya!

BookCrosser Bob

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Dear Calendar,

I'm torn, looking at you. I know there are awesome things ahead, things I'm looking forward to attending, friends I'm looking forward to seeing, and yet, there they are. All those red letter days, those pre-printed words glaring up at me from the page, reminding me that I am, once again, alone for the holidays. I'm frantically filling my days with activities to avoid actually thinking about it, but that really doesn't work and we both know it.

If it weren't for the weather, I'd be ready for January already.

No love,

AmberBob

The Game

Nov. 23rd, 2009 12:11 am
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Dammit. [livejournal.com profile] killiara just made me lose The Game.

If you know, then you just lost, too. If you don't know, be glad you don't know.
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(as encouraged by [livejournal.com profile] arkhamrefugee)

Dear Amber,

If this letter reaches you as planned, you are 16 years old. There are a few things you need to know about the next 15 years, things that will save you lots of grief and heartache.

- Don't save your important writings (or even your non-important ones) on 3.5 floppys. Print out hard copies, put them in binders. You'll wish you had done this later.

- Don't sleep with Julio. He doesn't love you. He's using you. You'll wish later that your first consensual time was with someone you cared about and someone who cared about you. You'll also wish it was much better and lasted more than 2 minutes, so wait.

- You are going to believe you are in love a whole lot of times in the next few years. Most of them are lust or like, and some are friendships that you will cherish forever, but stop stressing so much about finding "the one." Enjoy them for what they are...brief, messy, fun, heartbreaking, and all of those other human emotions, without tacking so much social baggage on to them. You don't have to give a piece of your heart to all of them. They aren't all worthy. Be more discerning.

- You aren't crazy for desiring what you desire, and you aren't alone. Not even remotely. Don't think it makes you sick or perverted. Just accept it as part of the broad spectrum of human attraction, and don't beat yourself up about it (ah, irony!) too much.

- When you are 19, a trip to Georgia will change your life irrevocably. What seems like the end of the world will in fact be an enhancement, but like a boulder dropped in a creek, it will divert the path your life is on. Try not to let it crush you.

- His little white lie to his boss was a stupid reason to break up. You should move to New York to be with him. You will always wonder what will happen if you don't. Don't let fear and a job that will end in a few years stop you from pursuing a real chance at happiness.

- Peter is not worth trying to kill yourself over. He will never call you or visit you or write you in the hospital. He is a loser and a pothead. Life is precious.

- While you are in the hospital, keep your drawings to yourself. Things will go downhill fast if you don't, and you won't get the help you need.

- Stop fucking with people's heads. They aren't your playtoys and you will regret it later. Treat people with kindness and respect and integrity. Stop being reckless with their emotions, and stop being reckless with yours.

- You are beautiful. You are not too fat. The modeling industry is absolutely insane. Do not starve yourself to fit their ideals. You won't be able to anyway, because you have actual breast tissue that you can't diet off and hip bones that are wide and will never fit in sample sizes. You will never be a size 2. You will never be smaller than a size 6, and that is perfectly okay. Stop chasing that dream and focus on being healthy and learning good eating and exercise habits.

- Learn to let things go. Not just emotional things, but physical ones. You will wind up in deep trouble if you don't.

- Don't get three credit cards and max them out, thinking the good job will last forever. It won't, and you won't have much to show for it. Invest wisely, save some money, and stop buying crap you don't need.

- You won't be married by the time you are 30. Don't hang everything on that.

- The house on Second Street is haunted. Don't rent it.

- Tell someone about your brother. Tell someone about the gangs and the drugs. Tell someone about the way he hits you. You don't need to put up with that anymore.

- It is going to be okay. It isn't going to go as you planned, but it is going to be okay. You will meet some awesome people and have some amazing experiences.

I love you, just as you are,

AB

____________________________________________________

And now, quoting from [livejournal.com profile] arkhamrefugee:

"I challenge you readers to post your own letters to yourselves, circa 15 years ago."
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Hit a bad spot last night. Called my system into play, and thankfully [livejournal.com profile] okcountrygirl was available to talk. Doing better this morning.

Frustrated because I fell in love with a dress on eBay and was going to buy it for The Longest Night Ball but the bidding has gone higher than I was willing to spend, so now have to come up with plan B. If I were more confident in my sewing skills, I'd make myself something, but I just don't know if I'm up to evening wear. Garb is one thing, evening wear is another. Still, I'm going to go look at patterns to see if I can find anything I think would suit and be within my skill set. I just really don't want to wear garb or a dress I already have. Yeah, technically I could wear the black cocktail dress I wore to Kim's wedding/ RENT, but I'm vain enough that I'd like something new when going to an event where everyone else will be dressed to the nines.

Had Smog's birthday party yesterday, and it was a lot of fun. Took him and a couple of his friends to play laser tag at Laser Quest in Tulsa. Great place...very enthusiastic employees...just a blast. One of the boys' mother wound up coming and hanging around with me. While the boys were in for their first run (I bought them two runs each), she and I decided it looked like so much fun that we added ourselves to the second run. I had never done laser tag before...it's a great workout, even though you aren't supposed to run. You get to chose code names and everything. Since I had been joking with one of the employees about Twilight (he asked if I liked it, I replied that I did, he fired a toilet paper gun at me, I joked that I had breasts and was obligated to like it, he fell down behind the counter in hysterics) I chose the code name Fang, just to further pick on him. Too funny! I'd definitely like to get a group together later this winter and go do laser tag again. It's $8 a person per run, and you'll really want to go twice, but I think they have group rates if we can get enough people interested. Sometime after the holidays, expect a laser tag outing. I took the boys for pizza at Pizza Hut afterwards, and then we went home, dropping off boys as we went.

Shortly after we got home, one of Smog's neighborhood friends came over and asked if he could spend the night. I allowed it, and considered going over to Stillwater to see New Moon, but I figured the theater would still be crowded and I'd like to wait until the crowds die down a bit.

Had a second date Friday night with a local guy named Alex. I'm still not sure where it is going, but we had a good time and I think we are going to see each other again. And that's about all I'm going to say about that at this time.

The next couple of days will mostly be spent in preperation for my trip to Texas this coming week. Going to be a long drive and a busy weekend, but a lot of fun, hopefully. We need to get our TRF tickets ordered, so we need to determine how many days we are going. Must talk to [livejournal.com profile] ladyniniane about that.

I'm trying to decide if I'm coing up to Pub Night tonight. On one hand, I REALLY want to see [livejournal.com profile] the_jenny_of_oz...it's been way too long. On the other hand, I'm so freaking exhausted. After talking with [livejournal.com profile] okcountrygirl last night, I went and laid down and pulled the blanket up over my shoulders and was asleep before I could turn off my bedside lamp. It was more like passing out than sleeping, and it wasn't incredibly restful. The night before, I slept well and hard, but not nearly long enough, as Smog woke me up at 7 am to talk about some commercial he'd seen on TV (he almost didn't make it to his own birthday party.) I'm trying to decide if I'm up for a third late night in a row.

And that's what's going on with The Bob. What's going on in your world?
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As some of you may know, our dear friend [livejournal.com profile] rowangolightly is preparing to relocate to Kansas City due to some unforseen circumstances. There are expenses that have come up that have blindsided her, and she's in a bit of a pickle. She is the incredibly kind woman who raised money for me when I was completely devastated this summer by car trouble...she (and through her all of you) worked a miracle in my life, and now we have the chance to do it again.

I am humbly asking you to go visit the new community I just made:

[livejournal.com profile] rescue_rowan

and see if there is any way you can help, by donating an object or service for sale or auction, by donating directly, by shopping, or by spreading the word. I would like to raise enough to cover her expenses and give her a bit of a cushion to begin her new life with, thus lessening the burden on all involved.

I am putting it in a seperate community to make it easier to spread and share, so that as many people as possible can be given the opportunity to help.

Thank you all.

EDIT: Please feel free to repost this post in part or in totality.

Smile!!!

Nov. 19th, 2009 08:48 am
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater for bringing the following video to my attention. It's some of the best 16 minutes I ever spent online in my life and I was grinning ear to ear and teary eyed by the end of it. Completely safe for work, though you will need sound and a bit of time to watch it.

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This crossed my radar this morning by appearing on my Snopes page as true, so I thought I'd pass it on, in case you or someone you know could use the service:

http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

"Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with it is even tougher - and that's where the Cleaning for A Reason Foundation steps in. This newly formed nonprofit offers free professional housecleaning, and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer - any type of cancer. " (From their website)

Please feel free to cross post this, with no credit necessary to me.
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It's that time of year again, folks! Time for LJ Secret Santa!

As usual, we are working through the Elfster site again. The slight difference is that this year I'm helming the project to give [livejournal.com profile] bountifulpots a year off.

Want to play? Here are the pertinent details.

2009 Livejournal Secret Santa 2009 Gift Exchange

Sign-up deadline: Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Exchange date: Thursday, December 24, 2009

Spending limit: $15.00

How to deliver: In person, by mail, etc.

Gift guideline: Anything - Be Creative

Additional info: Try to stay within the spending limit, and make sure you make a wishlist to give your person some good ideas. This is going to be lots of fun!

How to sign up: Leave your name & email address as a comment to this post (comments are screened and will stay so. You'll receive an e-mail from Elfster inviting you to join. Go to Elfster, fill out your wishlist and pertinent details. On the sign up deadline, I'll post a list of all participants, and if there is anyone you specifically would NOT like to buy for (because you are already buying for them or whatnot) I'll have you let me know on that post, and then we'll draw! You'll have the chance to ask your recipient anonymous questions about what they like.

We've done this for a few years now, and not only is it a ton of fun, but it's a great chance to meet new people.
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Presented with no comment, because none is needed:

"A runaway train is an accident. Me, I'll jump in front of the tracks. I'll even tie myself down in front of the speeding engine. There's some illogical part of me that still believes if you want Superman to show up, first there's got to be someone worth saving."

My Sister's Keeper

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