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Poking around checking things out.
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I am merely the product
Of the life that I've lived
An amalgam of sorrows
And the wisdom they give
But the weight has grown heavy
And its dragging me down
It's so hard not to sink now
But I don't want to drown

I'm damaged
But somehow I've managed
This far
But I don't know if I can find my way back home
I'm damaged
But somehow I've managed
For now
But I don't think I can face this on my own

There is beauty in hardship
There are poems in grief
There are trials we must go through
Though they may shake our beliefs

But I don't know how I got here
Lost in the cynical dusk
Set adrift in the worry
That I've no one to trust


If to suffer is holy
I'll take my share of the pain
I can swim through this sadness
If there's something to gain

I can reach for the surface
And try to pull myself free
But the last thing I want is
To drag you down here with me

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Nothing to do right now and playing around on Youtube. I have always loved claymation, I know it's really outdated now, but I still respect the time, patience and creativity that it requires. Anyway, I was looking up some of the things that I watched when I was little, particularly "The Adventures of Mark Twain" (1985). I was wondering if any of the rest of you remember this bit.

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Well, Rob and I went shopping today. Picked up one of those humane mouse traps. If we catch the little guy, I plan to put him in a cage until it warms up. It's too cold to let him go outside right now. We picked up Tristan's medical records to transfer to the new pediatrician. And he took me out to buy my camera. He's been telling me for awhile that he wanted to get one for me. So, I now have my first digital camera. It's a Kodak, nothing fancy, at least not until I decide whether or not I enjoy photography. He also mentioned that it might be a tax write off next year since I need it for school, too.
Well, Bishop came home with another bad report. Rob had a long talk with him about improving tomorrow. The shrink is leaning more towards ADHD, and the next step is to have him evaluated by the pediatrician. After talking with Bishop about school, I can say that I'm thoroughly pissed and will be going to the school tomorrow to have a "nice" chat with the principal. For the past two days, Bishop has run home because the children that he normally walks home with found a knife and were playing with it. He said that they have chased him home with it. So, if the school doesn't do something about this, I'll be taking it to the police. It's odd to me just how little these children are supervised when across the street from the school. I was told earlier last year that the school is responsible for the kids until they get home. Well, they're FIRED!
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Your sweet pangs have always been with me, but why now are they so intense? Are you dismantling my heart all over again, popping the stitches one at a time just to hear the tensed twang that they make? The loss of words leaves me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I want to speak, I just don't know what to say or where to start. So many emotions wiggling their way through the rubble.
Ah is it too much for me to hope that this is that itching stage of healing, the one where you feel like you want to scratch until you rip it open again?
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The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five lucky "victims."

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- what I create will be just for you.
- it'll be done this year
- you have no clue what it's going to be or when its going to be. It may be fic. It may be poetry. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you expect me to do something for you!
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As a person, I seem to have a strong constitution for the grotesque. I've shocked friends by being able to eat while watching an autopsy. I've often thought that I've been desensitized to the violence that people are capable of doing. So one would think that the things that animals are capable of wouldn't bother me. Waking up to find one of my beloved sugar gliders dead and mutilated by its cage mates cause my stomach to turn itself inside out. It bothers me greatly that they could cannibalize one of their own and even more so that I have no clue as to why. I couldn't tell if it was Vox or Lucky. There was no bald spot and Lucky had been fixed. I have to wait until they wake to find out who it was but I can't bring myself to look at them right now. When I merged the two colonies, all seemed well. They all seemed to get along well.
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So it snowed all day yesterday and supposed to snow today and tomorrow, too. There's about 4 or 5 inches of snow on the ground. So despite the freezing temperatures and the numb feet from walking around it in; I watched one hell of a football game last night. The Steelers are going to the Superbowl! and hey, the Panthers got knocked out, so pull for the home team, right? Polamalu made an amazing interception and ran it in for a touchdown. The camera guy didn't even catch it at first. Although watching Willis McGahee and Clark hit each other so hard that they got knocked the fuck out was tense. Clark walked away, shaken and McGahee took the stretcher off the field.
I've started make the climb through Rob's family tree for the geneaology book that I'm putting together. Finding his relatives proves a lot easier than finding mine. I've got paternal line back at least 8 generations so far. I have 5 in my own and that's still ify, at best.
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So, I ordered a couple more seasons of the CSI series online, one of them finally got here today and I was so excited. That excitement was dashed when I opened it and found that it was a season I already owned, not the one that I ordered. So begins the process of getting it returned for the right product or a refund. *sigh*
And speaking of refunds, I hope no on is expected a large tax return this year. I just filled out my tax returns, haven't filed yet because I'm still waiting on my T1099 from college. Well, turns out that the economic stimulus check that some people received in 2008 will be deducted from your refund when filling your returns this year. So instead of the almost 5K return that we normally get and was expecting...we're going to be getting 2K and some change.
Other, much smaller gripes...
-it's snowing again.
-the windchill makes it -15 today
-we have a mouse, not a pet, in the house
-the mail carrier brought me a $200 gas bill

what a blah day.
the high note is that I have an appt scheduled for Monday for B to see a therapist.
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I was talking to my sister earlier and she was telling me that she had found a DVD copy of "A Muppet Family Christmas". It was one of our favorite Christmas specials when we were growing up. Not only did you get to see the Muppet Show characters, but it also featured those from Sesame Street and The Fraggles. This particular show always made us laugh. This sent me to search for my favorite Christmas program. After a little digging, I found a dubbed copy. And I was wondering how many of you might remember this.

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus.
A Rankin-Bass Animagic production based on the 1902 book by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz). The darker nature of this show appealed to me more than any of the other Christmas specials. The Immortals, Nymphs, Nooks...they all intrigued me. This clip shows the battle between the Immortals and the Awgwas. If you wish to see the "whole" program, the other four parts can be found on youtube. I was glad to see that others enjoyed it as much as I did, but disappointed to see that so many parts had been cut out when abc aired it as part of their "25 Days of Christmas" lineup.
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Last night we went to see The Dark Knight and Journey to the Center of the Earth at the drive-in. Heath Ledger was amazing as the Joker. Watching the movie I still had trouble seeing him beneath the make up because it was so different from any role he had previously played. I have come to the conclusion that I want the "bat tank" even more now than I did after the last movie. I want "all those wonderful toys". Journey was a rather good movie, too. That kind of surprised me, but B-man enjoyed it a lot.
Today Rob had planned another family outing and hit another first for me. I had never been to a zoo until today. He took us all to the Pittsburgh Zoo. Driving in Pittsburgh is certainly a nightmare, as usual. It was great.
I loved seeing how much B-man has been learning from watching the shows on Discovery Channel. He knew what most of the animals were without even having to read the signs. We got to see the two baby elephants and there were several exhibits that you can crawl through. Tristan loved those. We crawled underneath an aquarium filled with sting rays and another one that housed Meercats. Tristan seemed to love the water exhibits. Sharks, rays, eels, sea lions and polar bears. He really loved watching the penguins. It was also really funny to hear him "eek, eek'ing" at the Howler monkeys ( [ profile] lorddjc refers to these as "shit monkeys"). The baby Orangutan was adorable, rolling around and climbing on everything. Walking through the climate controlled "Rain Forest" was interesting. The Pirhana looked harmless which surprised me.
We walked through the Aviary and watched the birds fly back and forth, then to the open area where I became a mobile salt lick for a white tailed deer. She stuck her nose in the stroller to get a peek at Tristan and tried to eat B-man's shirt. We also got to pet a kangaroo and B got to pet a llama. And sadly enough, even though I bathed in sunblock, I still got burned. That's just how white I am.
It was a great day at the zoo, lots of fun and the kids each wanted stuffed animals. B got a baby penguin and Tristan wanted a Kangaroo Rat. After the zoo, we went to a local Pittsburgh restaurant called Permanti Brothers. This restaurant has been around since 1933 and is infamous for their sandwiches. All Permanti sandwiches have cole slaw, french fries and tomato slices on them. I was kind of scared to try it, but I've heard so many people talking about them since we've moved up here. It wasn't bad, probably would have been better if it was the cole slaw that I'm accustomed to from growing up in NC. After all that, we came home to our own zoo. Fingers crossed, but I believe we may have a joey. One of my female gliders has a pea-sized bump, if it doesn't get bigger in the coming weeks, it'll be a trip to the vet.


Jan. 16th, 2008 08:36 pm
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First let me say a big thank you to [ profile] melantha71 for my newest addiction.
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Jan. 14th, 2008 10:28 pm
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Alright, it's been awhile since I've been on here on a regular basis. School has started again and been one of the biggest items on my plate. Rob has gone back to 6-2 at work. It's nice to have him home during the evening with the family. I've started the process of stretching my ears. Just the first holes for right now, don't know if I'll do more. I've gotten them to a 10 gauge. I had a problem with the taper falling out at first. Don't worry, no, I'm not going for that "I can stick a spool of thread through my ear" look. I've also found some new materials to make my hair falls with, well, new to me. When I get them finished I'll try to put up some pics. It's funny because a lot of the materials that I'm going to be using are sold as scrapbooking items.
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1. What's the last movie you saw?
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

2. Are you gentle?
- depends on who you are. More, I'm a rather aggressive person.

3. Do you sleep with your bedroom door shut?
- No

4. What's your middle name?
- Ansley

5. Friday fill-in:
I could learn to like __
- homemaking
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Okay so it says it's been able 15 weeks since my last post. I've been busy with school,the kids, and a host of other things. I've been trying to find time to get back down to NC. It doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. I miss my friends and family@!
Anyway, so we were riding in the car the other day and I half assed catch part of a conversation that Rob is having with Bishop...this one has made my quote book. All I heard Bishop say was "I get all the girls in the tushies!" Then Rob laughs and says "That's what I like to hear" it didn't help the intial mom shock to wear off any sooner. Come to find out, they were havin a conversation about dodge ball and Rob had asked him if he was any good at it.
Tristan is mobile. Not crawling, per se. More like low crawling or dragging himself around with his arms. So the last two weeks have been interesting chasing him around. He's just starting to get up on his knees and rock. He can also say Da-Da MaMa and hey. No teeth yet, but he's working on them. His laughter is a pure joy to me. I wish that would never end.

So, this quarter is over and I have my grades...unfortunately my 4.0 went out the window with my math class. I passed the math class with a B+ (which shocked the hell out of me) so I guess I shouldn't complain.

And on another note, in the interest of history and friend ochreluna tipped me off about this project. Not sure how many of you know about Lost ColonyDNA project. Basically they have taken this route to prove that they survived, not necessarily where they fled to.
As I was digging around the site, I found that my family fits all the qualifications for candidates and that I am related to two of the surnames of interest. I contacted Fred Willard, the director of the project and am waiting to hear from him.
[ profile] sterntanzer you should check it out. Your paternal lineage surname is on the list. Not knowing your mother's maiden name, I didn't know what to look for.

And [ profile] dante I was curious where your family is husband's mother's maiden name is the same as yours. And it's not a common last name.


May. 30th, 2007 12:17 am
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I want S 3.0 for Battlestar Galactica!!! Grrness! I hate having to wait for DVDs to be released. Starbuck is the hotness!
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I thought I'd share some of my work with y'all and see what critiques and criticisms come back. These are still life pieces that I've done for one of my drawing classes.
Shady Play )
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