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  1. Mmm… today is great.

    Soon and very soon, I will be crushing Hans in Age of Mythology.

    Just found out that Jenna and Paul will be visiting soon. Yay.

    Got my Hot Air Affair photos back last night. Not too bad… but my scanner is crap.

    Beth and I celebrated the season premiere of 24 by making a nice dinner and getting completely absorbed in it. I was a bit frustrated with how long it took to establish how much time had passed. I suppose I could have figured that out by reading any of the articles that they had about it… but I did not want to spoil anything. And since Tash isn’t going to be able to see it for another three months, I guess that’s all I can say. Except my big question is if everything is somehow going to come back to Nina in the end. That would be kind of cool — and you read it here first, ladies and gentlemen.

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  2. Five things that make today not so bad:

    1. The carpet of orange and gold leaves on the sidewalk in front of the office.

    2. It was rainy but still 68° outside.

    3. Two hours until the season premiere of 24.

    4. Encouraging emails from Mom.

    5. Temperature drops this weekend — break out the winter coats!

    Will someone I know pleeeeeaaase do NaNoWriMo with me? I need moral support.

    Chivalry is not dead. I had a stranger in Staples offer to help me get a box of paper into my cart this afternoon. I could have managed on my own, as I have had to do it many times before… but it’s always nice to be on the receiving end of random acts of kindness.

    Song for the Day:

    Endless Summer NightsRichard Marx

    ~Summer came and left without a warning

    All at once I looked and you were gone~

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  3. I am learning to speak Australian. You may be thinking to yourself, “But we all speak English, right?” Oh no, my friend. It’s not that simple. I have found in the last couple weeks, my friends haven’t bothered trying to translate to American, so I have picked up on heaps of new terms to add to my Aussie-American dictionary.

    American vs. Australian
    cellphone mobile
    lots, a bunch heaps
    fries chips
    chips crisps
    cream soda creaming soda
    jumping jacks star jumps
    deck jetty
    no problem no worries
    next Monday Monday next
    the store the shops
    snacky, nibbley peckish
    hamburger, ground beef mince meat
    cookie biscuit
    Name Brand Differences
    M&M;’s Smarties
    Folgers Moccona
    chocolate covered
    sandwich cookie
    Tim Tam
    Swiss Miss Milo
    Mars bar Cloud 9

    I learned an important lesson on paying compliments this weekend, thanks to Seth who stopped by Saturday night on his way back to Jax. Sometimes you just need to say what you are thinking, because it could be the one thing that really brightens a person’s day.

    Reasons to Move Back to Indiana:

    #32. Up there they give the finger to good ol’ Daylight Savings, so no need to figure out how the puke I am supposed to change the clock on my car stereo.

    Song for the Day:

    Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)The Doobie Brothers

    I had Doobie Brothers Saturday this weekend, and that song just makes you want to get up and swing your arms around, doesn’t it? It’s such a happy tune for such a depressing song.

    ~I know you’re leavin’ me behind

    I’m seein’ you darlin’ for the very last time

    Show a little tenderness before you go

    Please let me feel your embrace once more~

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  4. (I wrote this yesterday, but blogger was messed up.)

    Cool Name Generator – for NaNoWriMers out there who are stuck coming up with new character names.

    This weekend I transcribed “Passing Angel” for fun.

    Song for the Day:

    Tiny DancerElton John

    What ad features that song? And why do I keep hearing it everywhere these days?

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  6. And tonight will conclude the longest week of my life.

    Friday Five

    1. What is your favorite scary movie? I haven’t seen it yet, but I want it to be Brotherhood of the Wolf… otherwise I love Edward Scissorhands, even though it isn’t scary. I always play the soundtrack for it out the window to spook the trick-or-treaters.

    2. What is your favorite Halloween treat? Reeces Peanut Butter Cups

    3. Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, describe your best Halloween costume. My favourite was the witches costume, with the black velvet dress, white powder to make me even more pale, black hat, black nails… maybe I can find a photo to scan in.

    4. Do you enjoy going to haunted houses or other spooky events? I like them but hate them at the same time. I have an overactive imagination as it is.

    5. Will you dress up for Halloween this year? I had wanted to, but I don’t think I have the energy anymore. There is always my Ren Faire costume if I change my mind at the last minute.

    I am strangely attracted to that little MSN butterfly all of a sudden. Here is a whole swarm of them. is a nice little resource to help you find the cheapest deals for stuff you were thinking about buying online.

    This is one of the most brilliant things I have come across in a long time. It is a telemarketing counterscript to use when telemarketers call you. I am so tempted to do this — I might actually start answering my phone for a change.

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  7. Soon, kids. Very soon!

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  8. Excerpts from the new Kurt Cobain book. In Nate’s words, “If kurt had been a garbage collector nobdody would care about what he thought.” Maybe my brother would actually read if I got him that for Christmas. He has a Cobain shrine in his (my old…) room.

    Steven is gone. Godspeed.

    I was disappointed to see that is nothing. We watched Death to Smoochy last night, in case you didn’t guess.

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  9. Son of Sam’s take on the sniper killings. Takes one to know one.

    According to this test, I’m not psychic. Bummer. Maybe I just need practice.

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  10. I have spent a great amount of time in toy departments over the last few days. (I actually went to the mall two days in a row — scary.) I was somewhat shocked to see that they are still selling He-Man & the Masters of the Universe… except he looks really mean now. See for yourself: The He-Man I came to know and love (circa 1982) versus The muscle-bound He-Man of death and destruction (circa 2002). Prince Adam has done some serious bulking up. I do have to say that Teela has received quite a magnificent face-lift herself. Old versus New. You go, girl!

    I’m going home to sleep during lunch. The deprivation caught up to me after Andrew and I talked, so I took it easy last night. Though tonight will most likely be another late one, because Steven leaves tomorrow. Sadness.

    When someone gets dubbed as “the Kraftwerk of the new millenium”, you know I had to check them out. The New Deal. Canadian, but I forgive them.

    Deviant Art – for future reference

    Song for the Day:


    ~Now try, just try to say

    What’s on your mind

    Promise that you will say

    Promises made so I’ll just wait

    Promise that you will tell me~

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  11. It’s a humbling thing to know you were the first person called in a tragedy.


    1:47 AM

    Phone rings. I had been asleep for thirty minutes at most, but I was having that is-my-phone-ringing?-why-is-my-phone-ringing? confusion going on.

    1:48 AM

    Manage to get downstairs. See the number on the mobile and home phones is the same. Uh-oh. Either there is something extremely exciting going on over there or something has gone horribly wrong. Call back.

    1:49 AM

    Fi: Hello?

    Me: Fiona?

    F: Yes?

    M: This is Danielle.

    F: I’m sorry; did I wake you?

    M: Yes, but that’s okay… what’s going on?

    F: Oh Danielle, I didn’t know who else to call. The guys have been in an accident…

    Everything gets a little blurry from there. I was at their place by 2:30. We were to the accident site by 3:25. (One of the most horrible feelings in the world: seeing the lights and vehicles from an accident of your loved ones, and then having to drive another six miles past in order to get turned around to the right side of the interstate.) To the hospital by 4:40. Back at apartment by 10:00. Asleep by 11:00. Awake again at 2:00.

    My heart just aches when I think of how much worse it could have been… though it was horrible as it was. I hate that it takes things like this happening before we can show that — or before we even realize how much — we care about people. They kept thanking me and apologizing for getting me involved in everything — but I would have been hurt if they hadn’t.

    Ours wasn’t the only tragedy this weekend. Recah’s sister went through a horrible experience in South Africa, and a good friend of theirs was killed. So sad.

    Anyway… I think that this too shall pass.

    Moviepooper – because sometimes you don’t want to see what you’re missing.

    An Interview with God… The richest person is not the one who has the most but the one who needs the least.

    Song of the Day:

    Embrasse MoiLes Nubians

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  12. Andrew just called to say that Hans is on his way home.

    I got him a stuffed Gir while I was at lunch today. hehe. I predict excitement.

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  13. Be joyful in hope,

    patient in affliction,

    faithful in prayer.

    Romans 12:12

    Thanks for the phone calls and emails. I’m exhausted but encouraged.

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  14. Tash, my email is ganked right now, but I had to tell you… beanbag were in an accident last night/this morning. Hans is in the hospital. I’ve been up all night. the suit has more details. I can’t even figure heads or tails of anything right now, but I’ll email when I get another chance.

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  15. I registered for NaNoWriMo 2002. I found out about it halfway through November last year. I thought I could still make it, but the thought became too overwhelming, and I quit. This year will be much better. It will be a memoir of sorts… “stick with what you know” is my motto. I think I already even have a title: Life in a Stinky Van: How I Toured with a Ministry and Lived to Tell about It.

    Yesterday I was searching online for photos from a show that I stage-managed when I was in school. Never found what I was looking for, but I did find one of the guys who was in it. I got a real kick out of Jesua. I had heard that he kind of snapped and dropped out of school for a while, and that article explains that. I’m just glad to see that he’s doing well now. I also found his funny yet poignant columns about the hitchhiking experience:

    Ugly Peaches in South Dakota

    ‘Do You Have Any Pot on You?’

    Peanut Farming in Venezuela

    Crossing the Border with James

    When in Doubt, Tell the Truth

    Friday Five

    1. How many TVs do you have in your home? 4? One in the living room. Beth has one in her bedroom. I think Tina might have one in hers. Mine is either in the garage or in the basement.

    2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week? This varies greatly. Hard to say.

    3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children? I think that too much television is bad for anyone. If/when I have children, I think I will limit the amount that they are allowed to watch. I want them to have imaginations and play outside and make up their own games and stories and characters.

    4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you’re heartbroken? “Heartbroken” is a little extreme, but I enjoy 24, The Practice, and… The Bachelor? I got sucked in… it’s not my fault… Jesse made me tape it!

    5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like? I’d be happy with a nice mix of everything… but no commercials. 🙂

    Seth’s coming tomorrow. Seth’s coming tomorrow. Hi-ho-the-dairy-oh. Seth’s coming tomorrow. Woohoo!

    From, Study shows redheads need more anesthesia. (found via on my mind.) That’s kinda disturbing. All I know is that anesthesia makes me vomit — and this can be a truly horrific experience after having your wisdom teeth removed.

    I have ants on my desk. Ants.

    Why am I tired? Oh just because someone called me at 1:30 am to see if I knew where someone else was… because that person was missing and not answering the mobile phone. I hadn’t seen said person for four hours. So I didn’t really sleep for the rest of the night. Person came home this morning… but the problem is far from over. Sadness.

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  16. Yesterday I did a good deed. I was stopped at a stoplight and saw that a calf had gotten through a barbed-wire fence and was just grazing in the ditch. Not knowing exactly who to call and not seeing clearly a farmer to whom the cow might belong, I called the police department so that someone could at least try to contact the owner and attempt to prevent it from going on the road.

    I’m from Iowa. I’ve seen what happens when cattle get onto the road. I’ve also seen what happens when a semi-truck doesn’t see said cattle on road and proceeds to decimate half a herd. Gross. Trust me.

    Song for the Day:

    Girl You Know It’s TrueMilli Vanilli

    Crap from the Past’s No-Frills Milli Vanilli Page

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  17. In the “Art Imitating Life” Department… a movie about a sniper has been tastefully postponed instead of being released next month. (See trailer here.)

    Saw a bit of The A-Team at lunch. What was the premise for that show anyway? Was one of the guys named Murdock? I need to research.

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  18. Speaking of pink and babies… was it just me, or did Pink look a little pregnant on the Vogue fashion awards last night? Just a little round in the tummy area.

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  19. Naomi Renee was born at 10:41. Yippee!!

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  20. We’re having a baby!!

    Well, I’m obviously not…. but the bossman’s wife is! Yay! She should be arriving soon. I think I just saw the stork go over.

    I was trying to figure out what Wednesday’s child was full of… (full of woe, by the way) …when I came across this Wednesday’s Child adoption program. Ugh… it is so heart-wrenching reading the descriptions of the kids. A 17-year-old girl in the 8th grade with a 2nd grade reading level. I just want to hug her and help her somehow.

    I am so fortunate.

    With all the talk of people I know going back to school, part of me thinks I could deal with college a little better now. I’d much rather study abroad however. I wonder if I could re-enroll at Luther for 2003-04, because my theatre prof and former advisor is the Nottingham Director for next year.

    The Uruguyan rugby players, whose plane-crash tale was made famous by the movie (and book) Alive, won a reunion match last weekend. I think I own the movie… but of course, the book was better.

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  21. Good Things – because I know I’m not the only one who could use some good things in her life right now.

    Song for Last Night:

    Under the BridgeRed Hot Chili Peppers

    Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a partner

    Sometimes I feel like my only friend

    Is the city I live in… the city of angels

    Lonely as I am… together we cry

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  22. I’m not so sure about this whole “Columbus Day” business. After all, the guy landed in the Bahamas and thought he was in India, for Pete’s sake. I’m boycotting it by… erm… by working today.

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  23. Arrgg!After failed attempts on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, Hans and I finally saw Jonah: A Veggietales Movie yesterday. It was pretty cute. (I wish I had my nephew here though!) I was a little disappointed that they didn’t do the themesong… and there were a few other gags we thought they could have played with a little more, but other than that, it was good. It really got us thinking about the story itself and how Jonah really didn’t get it.

    Last night was also the night of cards and educational television. We watched pbs most of the late afternoon and saw Rick Steves guide us through Paris (now I’d really kinda like to see Paris), a show on Beijing which was really interesting — plus the host girl was really candid and fun which made it more interesting (now I want to go to The Great Wall even more), and a show about giraffes called “Tall Blondes” (now I am definitely going to Kenya so I can go to Giraffe Manor).

    Song for the Day:

    Monday MondayThe Mamas and the Papas

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  24. I’m pretty sure there is some copyright infringement going on here. Now the question is whether or not to report it.

    Watch for me and the girls on TBN tonight. There is no way that we didn’t get on there at some point — especially since we were trying to be the most enthusiastic audience members, singing and clapping along like superfans. Yeah, we made idiots of ourselves all for the sake of some air time. Beth, me, Chanel, & Tina were in the third row. Jeff and Jody’s wives were a couple rows ahead of us. In the encore, Peter comes down and sings to a little girl with ponytails… that’s Chanel’s sister.

    It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle. – Frederick Buechner

    I’m surprised at how many Cryonics organizations there are. Granted, I haven’t found 5000 of them or anything… but just the fact that there is really more than two surprises me. I don’t know that I completely understand the rationale. Freeze my body; thaw me; fix me; live forever… yeah. One company will preserve brains encased in the cephalon (your head) for use in future-generated cloned bodies. Weird stuff. If you think about it, it could all be a huge scam. Yes, sign over your $120,000 life insurance policy to us, and then we will resurrect you in 50-100 years… after everyone who remembers you is dead too. *wink, wink*

    Friday Five

    1. If you could only choose 1 cd to ever listen to again, what would it be?

    1. Lyric Pieces – Edvard Grieg

    2. If you could only choose 2 movies to watch ever again, what would they be?

    1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    2. The Saint

    3. If you could only choose 3 books to read ever again, what would they be?

    1. Bible
    2. Kingdom of Dreams
    3. Lord of the Rings Trilogy – they are in one volume

    4. If you could only choose 4 things to eat or drink ever again, what would they be?

    1. Coffee
    2. Diet Dr. Pepper
    3. Mom’s meat and vegetable casserole
    4. Pasta

    5. If you could only choose 5 people to ever be / talk / associate / whatever with ever again, who would they be?

    This question isn’t fair, because I haven’t determined who my future husband may be yet…

    1. Mom
    2. Dad
    3. Manda
    4. Angela
    5. ??husband??

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  25. Today in the There-Really-IS-a-Website-For-Everything Department, we have The Pink Flamingo Boycott.

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