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Apr. 17th, 2008

Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger's tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside a stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it with full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill-
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star charts
On the inner walls.

-Charles Simic

In persuit of literary satisfaction....

Someone PLEASE tell me some books I need to read. I've got $5 to amazon I need to burn (because I preordered my Harry Potter like a good fan, dammit and I'm not wasting it!). I'm usually a novel lover but I devour books like it's going out of style so it doesn't really matter. I'm just coming up blank with things I should read. Help!

Thanks :)
Today, I lost the war I've been fighting since I started at HWS in 1998. Despite years of loudly protesting the non-existing aesthetics of Vera Bradley bags, I somehow discovered this year that they have grown on me. How? I do not know. Maybe it was when my beloved Dooney and Burke It bag starting begging for retirement. Maybe it was when I realized I could buy a bag large enough to fit a 10 month old baby in for the same price as a tassle on the bags I normally covet. Or maybe...it's just a sign that I am getting old. At any rate, I bought this:

And I love it. It's big enough to carry my books around in (right now I'm reading a book called "The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt" and next up is "Snowball Earth". Yay for Discovery channel stores and their love of paleontological literature) but not so big that I'll feel like I can take old ladies out at the knee. I already have my eye on the bag I want for fall, it's fantastic. Let's hope I don't turn into a full fledged collector because I'm already more superficial than I'd like. Whatever, it's cotton, yay for regrowable natural resources!

Do you know of a virus that will take the cursor and place it wherever it wants, randomly in the middle of typing and redirect your typing to that spot? I'm convinced Brent has something like this on his computer and he claims it's me hitting something but I know it's not. If there is such a virus, how might I rid the computer of it?

TIA :)
I just emailed the breeder (finally!) about getting a puppy. I've been dragging my feet, waiting to find out about the job and the apt but also because I was a little unsure that I want the responsibility. But I guess when I really think about it, I'm 26 with no sign of marriage or kids in sight so a little responsibility won't kill me. My mother tells me to not do it because it will be harder to find an apt in the future that will take dogs but I don't care. People do it all the time and I just found one that will take him so I'm sure I can do it again. I just hope there's a little yellow male cooking in there and not a bunch of blacks or girls.

http://www.libertyhilllabradors.com/ That's his breeder, if you want to see :)

Jun. 18th, 2006

Big changes are occurring....

I'm moving to Syracuse (about an hour away from where I am now, for you non-upstate NY people). I'm sick of my job and being miserable about it all the time and I'm sick of my apt and how small it is. So in a 2 week time span I decided to move, found a job at another animal hospital and an apt. The hospital seems very excited to have me which is a big change from my current situation and therefore very exciting. I start August 7. The apt is the same rent as the one I'm in but 3 times the size and the top half of the house my good friend and her husband live in. I can also finally get my puppy which is something I want more than anything.

I'm scared of the change but excited for it too. I refuse to allow myself to fall back into being as miserable as I was in Delhi. And I guess if I hate this hospital too, I'll find a new one. I don't have to accept being unhappy anymore. And that's probably one of the best things I have ever figured out.
I'm siting here in denial that I have to go to work so I made me:

elouai's doll maker 3

I think they should have an option to make your doll fat because she looks like me but she needs a hot pocket. But there WAS a Trixie cat so I made due.
Ami has inspired me to post pics of my bedroom since I finally finished it about 2 weeks ago. I had first painted it a color I can only describe as urine yellow and it sucked. After much searching, I found the most gorgeous blue ever which of course, doesn't look anything like it does in the pictures. Oh well. So here's the pics! (non-LJ cut because...I just don't care/remember how to do it :) And sorry if they're blurry, I took them with my phone.

First up is "Trixie's" desk. I call it that since she refuses to allow anything other than her basket to sit on it, she'll shove it all onto the floor. Oh, and that mirror? I wanted it for 2 years at Joann Fabrics but wouldn't pay $120 for it. When I moved back here I went just to look at things and I randomly saw it with the back broken off. So what did I buy it for, you ask? $5. A little wood glue and some finishing nails and it's good as new (and matches my furniture perfectly). And see my loser self in the background? Haha

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Next my dresser, as modeled by the future Miss January. The handles on my furniture used to be brass but right before I moved in I painted them all. Brass sucks. And those lights...I took them down because they kept pissing me off and falling and they're a bitch to plug in. But I still think they're cute and I need to figure out what to do with them.

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And then there's my bookcase which holds about 1/35 of the books I own. I wanted this for months too and finally found it on clearance at Target for $30 (did I ever mention I'm a bargain bitch?). I put it in my car myself, hauled it upstairs myself and put it together myself. Can you tell I'm proud? Hehe

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Some of my rock collection on the to shelf. I say "some of" because my mom went on a massive clean out of my room at her house about a year ago and threw about 300lbs of rocks I had collected out. I cried for days.

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And my license above it. Blurry but at least you know I'm not lying about being an LVT :) And I found that frame at Pier One and it matches my furniture so I love it.

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And last but not least...the place where NO magic happens. But it's still my most favorite place in the world. I have the best 450 thread count sheets from Ralph Lauren on there, oooohhhhh yeah. It's like sleeping on a cloud. And I sleep with that teddy bear every night because it's one of the only things I have left of my life pre-fire.

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So there you have it, my room. I have pretty simple tastes, in case you couldn't tell. So my bathroom is done, bedroom is done and now I just need to do my living room. Don't hold your breath waiting for that one though :)
I would rather work at an all cocker spaniel vet hospital where I did nothing but express anal glands and clean droopy, yeasty ears on what I consider the most worthless breed of canine for 12 hours a day than shop around to try to find a car that is cute, gas friendly, dependable and within my price range. Car shopping is supposed to be fun but it blows.

PS: I apologize if anyone who reads this enjoys cocker spaniels but seriously...you should seek counseling for that.

PPS: I also apologize for the extreme run on sentance but I felt it was necessay for dramatic effect.

My great Tie Dye Experiment of 2006

So I just rinsed out the onsies I tie dyed a few hours ago. For my first time, I think they came out pretty well. The horizonal striped one had some orange bleeding at the bottom from some dye left on the counter but it still looks ok. I may have rinsed them too early but I didn't want them too dark (and I was impatient) and the pink color looks wonky online because of my phone but good in person.. I just have to wash them a few times at my mom's tomorrow and then I am putting an iron on patch on the back of the neck on each one (they are small, flat realistic picture images of orange monarch butterflies...so cute). I will take more pictures when they're done but here they are right now! (All wet and wrinkly and non lj-cut because I can't remember how to do it and I don't want to look it up :P)

My favorite
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This one's ok
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Second favorite (see the bleeding? It pisses my perfectionist self off)
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All three
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So how bad are they (or aren't they?). Be honest, I can take it :) Either way, I think I will make more later this week just to play around with the dye I have left. I'm going to work more on linnig things up right the next time.