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I haven't been camping since Quest 2007. Three years ago! Oy.

Tonight will be prepping the supplies I have, doing laundry, and figuring out what I need, which I will pick up tomorrow when the weather is bad. Also spending some quality time in RFC with [livejournal.com profile] brilligspoons. Who is getting a prezzie. Which I am picking up after work today. Because she is awesome.

I need a userpic of me in Markland/SCA garb. I would SO never wear a corset while camping. Probably.
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The viral video of the abused cows at Conklin Dairy Farm has resulted in the arrest of one of the abusers.

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/27/dairy-farm-worker-ar.html

Sad icon is for the cows. Hopefully the other workers involved will be identified and similarly charged.
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New apartment is FINALLY DONE. Moving in shall commence soon. As in, within the week. Or I go for blood.
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Senate passes bill recognizing sexual orientation-based assault as a hate crime. Only took

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/22/hate.crimes/index.html
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1) boyfriend. Still with Jay. It's awesome.
2) family. Sometimes their political views confuse me, but they are an awesome family and we have lots of fun and I love them, so it evens out.
3) friends. I've been hermit-ish lately. I need to work on that.
4) kitty. Registering him with the town. His health seems good, although he's down a pound to 11 since we moved. Will be asking the vet for advice when I pick up his special food this Saturday.
5) apartment. The landlord has been having trouble getting the contractors to do the work on the new apartment up to standard, so we haven't moved into it yet. It's supposed to happen at the end of this month now. Frustrating, since I can't unpack my stuff. Also, what is wrong with contractors? This has been since June.
6) job. Working for the SSAT Board - www.ssat.org - as someone who is not a fan at all of the way the current private school system functions, it's a weird job for me. But I get to treat private school parents like they're not special, so that's nice.* A couple of my coworkers have some religious and philosophical views that I find...well, frankly insane, but they're all really nice and we still have plenty of good conversations when we're not busy on the phones.
7) health. I'm doing research on private health insurance. I'm pretty sure that I can afford it while I'm on this temp assignment, but it's what happens after this job ends in February that has me worried. It takes 3-6 weeks on average to find me a new job, and unemployment pays less than half of what I earned. I'll have to see what kind of savings I can build up.
8) money. I have no bad debt, and $1200 left on my student loan. So this insurance thing is possible.
9) politics. On www.politicalcompass.org, I graph as -7.8, -3.5. I'm pro public funding (within reason), pro choice, AND pro death penalty. Hi, I'm weird.
10) WoW (that's World of Warcraft, relatives!). My night elf druid hit level 60, and I made a death knight. I love this game.

*My issue is multi-faceted. Why do private schools that receive tuition from parents also receive any government funding? This takes funding away from public and special-needs schools. Also, and this is one problem that I can't fathom a way out of, private schools existing contributes to the deterioration of public schools. Think about it: if parents counldn't remove their kids from the public system, they'd be more willing to approve tax increases that go to the funding of public schools. There are flaws there, but the argument is basically sound. Problem is, some public schools have gotten so bad from lack of funding that parents would riot if they had to send their kids there now. What do you do?

***Kevin makes a really good point about this in the comments. Read before you reply!***
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Got two jobs: one as a greeter in an office, starts tomorrow and ends Friday. Then a real big girl job working for the SSAT board starts next Tuesday. It's temp and due to end in February, but it will be a very shiny star on my resume.
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I'm joining a gym on Monday. I would have joined today, but there's a discount for couples and some other pricing thingies to look at, so I will look at them with Jay, and then I will join. Maybe he will join with me.

This gym has a pool. This is important.

I bought a bathing suit today. It cost me $132, which is more than I've spent on an article of clothing for myself in nearly a decade (I have this amazing brocade & velvet gown), but it was totally worth it. It's plain black, ruched in all the right places, doesn't make any unnecessary bulges, it's got fully functional underwires, and people.........

It doesn't show one INCH of my cleavage.

This is the gym suit I hoped for but didn't believe could exist. When I put it on, I look perfectly ordinary.

In reverse

Jul. 21st, 2009 10:00 am
holly_evolving: (kapow)
I was sick yesterday with the heartburn that ate Tokyo, and I figured continuing the sleep deprivation of the last few weeks would only make it worse, so I stayed home and slept till 2:30 or so. Then I got the Burning Crusade (finally), so should I want to, I can make a Drannei. I soloed King Mukla in Booty Bay and made level 43, then decided my headache was bad enough and signed out. I really need new glasses. Spent the evening snuggled with Jay and watching Burn Notice, then took some Benadryl and went to bed early.

I'm currently reading The King's Grace, because everyone who reads Elizabethan fiction eventually moves on to Henrician.

Rewind to Sunday:
Breakfast with Jay and Melissa at the country diner. Maybe I shouldn't have had the potato pancakes? But they were so good!
Jay and I returned [livejournal.com profile] fatherdog's car to his house, then drove up to Waldwick for the mass family birthday party. Thanks to turnpike traffic, I missed my mom's cousin OC (Owen Charles). Still had a nice time with the family, and Jay cut through all the Dell bs to get my aunt's internet and wireless printer up and running. I cook, he networks. We are useful couple!
We stopped by Wanaque to pick up some more stuff from the apartment, but it was 8 PM and I was exhausted, so we didn't get as much as we could have. Picked up my lil coffee pot, though. Now I just have to get some white vinegar to clean it.
Also, Sunday was my birthday. I am officially 29 and proud of it. Thank you everyone who wished me a happy. Got a couple of nice lil prezzies, but more importantly, people kind of made a fuss about me. I like fusses when they're happy.

Saturday:
Got up around 10 to drive out to Clinton for an 11:30 oil change...which the owner never bothered to inform his mechanics that he had scheduled, so let me tell you, they were THRILLED to see me 30 minutes before close. But, it got done. Then we went over to WalMart and got a couple of camp chairs, and stopped for sushi lunch before going home to shower and play video games.
Melissa came by around 4 and we hung out till Dave showed up around 6, and then we went to Ewing for a Bear Tavern party & BBQ. It was madness on par with the usual. Objects of interest were a cute baby, a broken rusty trampoline, a pair of agitated mini schnauzers, a moth, cookies, Dancing Bill, and a pile of cushions on the floor. I laughed till I hurt, which in retrospect may have contributed to the evil, evil heartburn, but fsck it. Also, if you own hentai and get married, your spouse now also owns hentai and needs to accept that. Photos/video if I get them.
Got to see Aaron before he moved away to Seattle, so that was bittersweet.
[livejournal.com profile] fatherdog got drunker than I've seen him since college, so after putting some water in him, we decided to drive him home and call it a night.

Friday:
Went to the Red Rooster Grill in Flemington with Jay and had a lovely fancy-pants dinner. The place is Zagat rated Excellent. Om nom a nom nom. Then we went to see Potter. I understand why the detractors don't like it, but honestly I was perfectly satisfied. There is also already some good fan-parody out about it. It is kinda weird how ripped Rupert Grint is. His biceps are as big as my head.

Tonight's plan is to visit with Travis and Kelly for a bit, and give Kelly some of Flap's extra things that Jay and I don't need anymore now that the kitty has only one home.
holly_evolving: (dancin!)
My brother came to 80's night at the goth club tonight. And at one point, he did the Edward Grimley dance. For those of you who have never seen it, an example from SNL (mashed up with Gwen Stefani for some reason) is included here:



Now just picture a burly six foot two man with red hair and a beard dancing like that little guy.

Vacation!

May. 21st, 2009 10:55 am
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I'm leaving for Cape Cod in about an hour. I don't know how much time I'll have to be online, so I may not check back till Tuesday.
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Former Czar: a surge in use will lead to a surge in violence.
Former Czar: California has seen a surge in use.
Economics Prof: but where's the surge in violence? Oh wait, there isn't one. Because you're wrong.

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Wicked Faire is tomorrow!
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I heard it alone, while I was driving. I'm really glad that's how I heard it. My experience wasn't colored by that of anyone around me; it was mine alone.

This is me, drinking the Kool-Aid.
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I just deleted most of the images of my evil ex off my photobucket...except for where deleting him means deleting other people I want to keep.

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