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Color:
purple (duh!!!)

breakfast food:
pancakes

animal:
tigress :-)

item of clothing:
warm pjs

movie:
do all six episode of star wars count as one? if not, i guess i'd say empire strikes back

candy:
hershey's special dark chocolate bar

alcoholic beverage:
french connection

musician: 
c'mon... how ridiculous is that question. i'll answer it anyway: john mayer!!!

band:
the killers

vacation spot:
canada

meal for dinner:
baked ham, potato salad, candied yams, collard greens, homemade biscuits, and sweet iced tea

tv show:
the unit (comes on tuesday nights... if you haven't ever seen it, watch it once and i guarantee you'll be hooked)

word association

A friend of mine and I were playing this game last night when I went to visit her. I thought I'd try it on my own and see what happens. The way it works is this way: you get a word, and you say the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word. I'm just going to put random words in a list here, and then type the first thing that comes into my mind when I look back at it (somehow I don't think it'll work as well as when two people play it together, but I'm going to try it anyway).

cookie: dough
cup: juice
computer: screen
map: lost
black: cat
calculator: math
pen: art
clock: late
button: nose
can: soda
yellow: sun
pillar: faith
office: cramped
sun: light
desk: prison
picture: beauty
talk: noise
blue: water
green: jealous

I was right. It didn't work as well. But it kept me entertained, at least for the moment. And if you guys want to try it, be my guest and tell me what you think and how it worked for you. I'll be back in a few minutes with something else, hopefully something slightly more interesting. :-)

couldn't think of a catchy subject line

 So I finally got my James Morrison cd back from Kim. She'd been holding it hostage for almost a month, and you know what the ridiculous thing about it is? She hadn't even listened to it yet! I can't tell you how many cds I've lost that way, letting people borrow them and never getting them back. Its time I started keeping better track of whom I'm lending my belongings out to.

Well, I've got three days left until the big move, and I'm starting to get those nervous butterflies in my stomach again, the kind I had when I first found out about the move. Its cool, though, I'm really looking forward to this road trip of sorts. I'm hoping it'll be an interesting, yet fun, one. I can't forget to take plenty of pictures during our travels - these are moments that will never happen again, and I want to make sure I remember them exactly as they happened. In honor of that, I'm going to post here the words to one of my favorite Mayer songs.

3x5

I'm writing you to catch you up on places I've been
you held this letter
probably got excited 
but there's nothing else inside it
didn't have a camera by my side this time
hopin i would see the world through both my eyes
maybe i will tell you all about it when i'm in the mood to lose my way
with words
today
skies are painted colors of a cowboy cliche
and strange 
how clouds that look like 
mountains in the sky
are next to mountains anyway
didn't have a camera by my side this time
hopin i would see the world through both my eyes
maybe i will tell you all about it when i'm in the mood 
to lose my way
but let me say you should
have
seen
that sunrise
with your own eyes
it brought me back to life
you'll be with me next time
i go outside
no more 3x5s
guess you had to be there
guess you had to be with me
oh today i finally overcame
trying to fit the world inside a picture frame
maybe i will tell you all about it when i'm in the mood
to lose my way
but let me say
you should 
have 
seen 
that sunrise 
with your own eyes
it brought me back to life
you'll be with me next time
i go outside 
no more 3x5s
just no more 3x5s

How did you earn extra money as a child (i.e. lemonade stands, household chores, etc)?


Truthfully, I was never one of those children that was granted an allowance just from the sheer fact that I wasn't working. But to earn extra money, I would do chores around the house, including washing the dishes, cleaning up (not my room - cleaning my room should have been done whether or not I was looking for extra money), helping rake the leaves and washing my parents car. That all got me extra money, up until the point where I could get a real job. I got my first real job when I was 14 years old.

Weekend Fun

 Well, this weekend was packed with activity. I had so much fun, (More fun than going to the sucky sports bar last weekend.)

Friday, Whit and Li took me out. We went to dinner at this place called Kobe. Its a Japanese steakhouse, and it was my first time going to one of those. I found it fascinating that they cook the food right in front of you. Not only that, but they cook it in stages. First, he cooked the rice. Next, he did the noodles. After the noodles came the vegetables, and finally he cooked the meat. The food was so delicious, and I couldn't finish because the portion was so big, and I had to ask for a take home box. And what do I do? Of course I leave the take home box sitting on the table in the restaurant. By the time I remember it, we're well on our way to the next destination. That destination happened to be Jasper's for drinks. After leaving Jasper's, we went to Friday's for (yup, you guesses it) more drinks. By the time we made our way to Love to dance, I was nice and toasted. Apparently in the parking lot of Love I was dancing on top of Whitney's car. Once they finally got me off of the car, I went on to dance with one of the lampposts to the beat of the music Whit had playing in her car. Of course I don't remember doing any of this (I don't drink often, and usually when I do it isn't half as much as I had then, and I'm in the comfort of my own home). Needless to say, I did not drive home Friday night. I stayed at Whit's house and we both slept until four in the afternoon. Good times.

Nothing else eventful happened on Saturday, other than us going to three different places for lunch and me having to call Justin and reassure him that I was, in fact, still alive. (He was relieved and slightly amused at the tale of our outing.)

Sunday was family time. We moseyed on to my mother's house and enjoyed a huge family dinner (complete with in-laws). Nothing much to say about that other tnan I'm truly going to miss my family when I leave. 

So that was my weekend. Very full, and I've got an even fuller week ahead. *sigh*

Teetering on the Edge of Insanity

eyes bloodshot
head pounding
pulse throbbing
heart racing
i wake up in a cold sweat 
take a good look around
the room is dark
i struggle to focus
what was that dream?
a bridge
high
narrow
old and broken
the only link between my sanity and me
a thin thread waiting to be bent
snapped
torn in two
shreds of my life hang from the sky 
i lept over the murky water
reached out for the ropes on the bridge
hand falls short of the goal
*gasp*
just a dream
what's happening to me?
mind is bending the fine line
between fantasy and reality
what's real and what's not
am i losing my mind?
am i going insane?
the bridge folds and buckles under my weight
crash
down, down, down...
screaming, screeching, clawing, grabbing,
reaching for whatever will save me...
*GASP!*
just a dream, just a dream...
"just a dream," she says, as she hands me water.
"just a dream," she says, 
as she smiles at me sadly
walking away
and i stare after her
wishing my arms were free
free of the stiff material that makes this jacket
(just a dream)
free of the room, so clean and empty
(just a dream)
free of all the medicine
(just a dream)
free
(just)
of
(a)
this
(dream)
NIGHTMARE.

8 days to go

I got more packing done last night. What a relief. Now I'm actually starting to see the progress I've made, and I'm not feeling like such a nervous wreck anymore. (Which is good. Feeling like a nervous wreck is never a warm and fuzzy feeling.)

30 minutes to go before I am free. It's finally started to get cold here, and it was so unexpected that I wasn't really ready for it. I stepped off the front stoop this morning to a somewhat fierce wind, and my bare legs (I haven't purchased any stockings for the season yet) started to get all goosefleshy. I'll have to be careful not to pack too much stuff, because at the rate the temperature is dropping now, we'll need some fall/winter clothes before the week is out (and for all next week). 

Which shows are you most excited about for the fall season?
 The show I'm most excited about for the fall season is The Unit. It comes on Tuesday nights. I'm excited because I've been watching it ever since the very beginning, and I'm so into now, I'm practically addicted. There's usually so much drama and suspense on that show, and it keeps me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait until it starts getting cold, too, because then I can sit in front of the TV with my blanket and my cup of tea... the perfect night! :-)

*takes finger out of nose*

 Here are some interview questions for me. Tee hee!

Sour or sweet candy?
Sour

Favorite hot drink?
triple venti white mocha, extra hot from the Bux (no one does it better)

City or the suburbs?
suburbs... I was born and raised in the city and I'm tired of it now.

Performing arts, fine arts, or sports?
performing the fine art of sports

How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
he wouldn't chuck any wood because he's lazy and his wife does it all for him.

Beach or mountain?
beach, for sure

Left handed or right handed?
lefty all the way

What attracts you most?
friendliness

Aliens have landed and selected you to visit their home planet. Do you go with them?
yes, of course. and if they have room for me, I stay.

Describe your perfect Sunday morning.
sleeping until about noon, getting up to read the paper and having a nice huge breakfast.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?
my husband, so I could find out what irritates him about me and make sure I never do it.

If you have friends coming for supper what would you cook?
I'd order pizza, because all of my friends are picky, and its the one thing they all agree on.

What makes you laugh?
just about anything!

If you could time travel to the past to correct any mistakes you feel you've made, would you?
yes, plenty of them.

What are you most proud of in your life?
the fact that I'm still living.

Do you own any pets, and if so what do you have?
nope, I grew up in a house with five siblings. with 6 kids, you don't need pets.

If you had to pick one car, what would it be?
ford bronco

Why did the chicken cross the road?
because there was no overpass.

Where is Waldo?
on earth. now leave him alone, he doesn't want you looking for him.

Are you a cat or a dog person?
neither, I'm a zebra person.

Would you rather be blind or deaf?
deaf

Define yourself in three words...
loving, emotional, spunky

Do you eat cold cereal at night?
I don't think that's any of your business. ;-)

Kill the spider or let it out?
kill that joker, its either him or me!

Do you shower every single day?
yes, and sometimes twice a day if the weather is hot.

What is your favorite pj fabric?
this nice blend of cotton and skin.

What is your favorite food?
pancakes!

Do you read Harry Potter books?
heck no! i'm a star wars chick.

What is your favorite place?
my bedroom.

If you could have one super human power, what would you choose?
the power to read minds.

Vitamin water or Gatorade?
Gatorade.

10 minutes left...

And I've been waiting for this all day. The moment where I gather up all my belongings and say goodbye to the office until 9 am tomorrow morning. I'm hungry again, and I have in mind exactly what I'm going to eat when I get home. (As if pigging out on sodas, chips, cookies, pizza, ans cookie dough ice cream yesterday wasn't enough of a snack for me. But I digress.)

Tomorrow everyone will be back in the office, and there's probably going to be chaos and mass hysteria. I've got a busy night tonight, and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to post anything. I'm also supposed to be working on the story that Katie and I are collaborating on, so I don't know how much of that I'll get done. I'm hoping to find a quiet moment to get a chapter at least done, but I still have packing to do, so who knows. :/ It seems like I'm trying to cram 50 billion things in a space that only has room for 5. Story of my life. Anyways, I've only got seven minutes to go before the clock strikes five, so I'm going to strike off now.

Good evening, everyone!!!