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  1. We cut down the Christmas tree this morning. Tomorrow begins the decorating and all the deck-the-halls business.

    Going to take my nephew to Treasure Planet in a little while.

    Coffee time with mom. 🙂

    Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.

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  2. Home. Alive. Still trying to re-adapt to my surroundings. We’re grilling turkey for the first time ever. I’m pretty much starved… so this better be good. 🙂 Time for coffee with Mom.

    Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Leaving on a jetplane… tomorrow… I’ll be back Monday.

    Instant Messenger Quote for the Day:

    “jarvis: I’m having a countdown to Danielle in my head.” ~from Naten, my friend back home who I haven’t seen since July

    This is disturbing.

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  4. My nose knows. I’ve been smelling really well the last couple weeks, I just hadn’t noticed it until today. This is what I have smelled today…

    • the damp air outside
    • someone’s Snuggle dryer sheets coming from the dryer vent in the house behind the office
    • the freshcut Christmas trees in a pile outside Starbucks
    • the peppermint syrup in Starbucks
    • the gentleman wearing Eternity cologne in Starbucks
    • the overpowering candle in my office

    This may not be weird to anyone else… but I asked three different people if they had enjoyed the pine scent of the Christmas trees like I had, and not a single one of them had noticed. It was so strong to me that I could not figure out how they missed it. So I checked to see what causes heightened sense of smell. There were many websites saying that pregnant women smell well. Guaranteed, that is not my problem… but this site suggests that stress causes the same smell awareness. I guess I might be a little stressed. I would say that I have 12 of these stress symptoms going on right now — I don’t count “indecisive” though, because I always am. I was accused of being dyslexic last week, because I was having such a hard time thinking straight… that’s just not like me. (Check here to see if you are stressed. Or check your stress inventory… I’m down to 255.)

    Buzz Aldren action figures available now at

    I love these! How cute. Tiny Games: Teeny-tiny games for your sneaky worktime pleasure… Tiny Donkey Kong… Tiny Tetris… Tiny Pacman… how great are they?? Plus you can view the site in Hebrew. Does it get any better than that?

    Also check out – Keeping the Atari Legacy Alive.

    Going to 8 Mile with my buddy Mark tonight. I might be a closet Eminem fan.

    Song for the Day:

    All I NeedAir

    ~All I need is a little time

    To get behind this sun and cast my weight

    All I need’s a peace of this mind

    Then I can celebrate~

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  5. I must confess. I went line dancing at The Wild Horse last night. Not my choice… my friend Jenna was in town, and I went with her and her people. We did one dance. Just one. I only had a little bit of fun. I’m so ashamed. Can I get a “Yee-Haw”? Believe half of what you see & none of what you hear.

    David Crowder is voted on to the list of the Most Beautiful Men in Christian Music this weekend after Beth and I saw him last night. He’s incredible.

    Song of the Day:

    SirenTori Amos

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  6. DIRK: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things – I’m not exactly sure why this site would be useful, but you sure can waste some time there. You just put in a “thing”, and it spits out other “things” that it is connected to. For example, if you put in Star Wars, you find that it is related to (among others): “movies” (it is a very good one), “indiana jones” (harrison ford played both Han Solo, from Star Wars, and Indiana Jones), “clerks” (there was discussion of Star Wars in the movie Clerks), “may” (Star Wars Day is in May, “May the 4th be with you”), and “the Bush family” (the entire Bush family is controlled by The Empire).

    Mental Note:

    The Shepperd Website – for future reference, this site may come in handy. Sound, venues, effects, crew, everything music production related anyone could need. “The Shepperd Web site is a free service that offers information about the technical production industry.”

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  7. My Manda is flying me to Orlando in December! She just called to see if I am available the 13th thru 15th. I get to be there for Jack’s birthday, and she is going to pay for half of the ticket as my Christmas/Birthday gift. Yay.

    I found two contrasting websites today: Diary of an Internet Millionaire v. My Broke Ass. The first is a commentary on the mental strategy of the materialistic. And the second is the picture of resourcefulness. I feel like I have lived the second… and I would hope to never live the first.

    I am a hug from behind… What Sign of Affection Are You?

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  8. Yay! Fun Socks! And there’s some more fun ones here.

    Maybe the lack of coffee in the last 48 hours is contributing to my headache of death and destruction.

    I want to go back to work just so I don’t have to watch daytime television anymore. Everything is crap. I think I’m going to fall asleep to Monsters, Inc. in a bit.

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  9. Only 34 Shopping Days until my birthday. I wanna Geek sweatshirt, because it’s cool.

    I stayed home today. Gran mal headache.

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  10. Emode’s Inkblot Test (Via Danielle)

    Danielle, your unconscious mind is driven most by Kindness.

    This means you have a deep desire to be kind and fair to others. You may even be preoccupied with finding kindness in the world around you, far more than you realize on a conscious level.

    It is possible that the underlying reason you seek kindness in the world around you, is that you fear cruelty, the opposite of kindness. That could drive you to unconsciously project kindness wherever possible into your world. Regardless of its origin, your steadfast adherence to being kind to others is felt by people you are close to.

    You are probably more susceptible than others to being overwhelmed by emotions — both yours and others’. It is possible that your unusually empathic nature is a result of your natural sensitivity to others’ pain, and your desire to help them avoid it. For this reason, things might affect you more than they affect your friends and family. To protect yourself from too much emotional intensity, you might want to keep an eye out so you can recognize it when it starts. That will allow you to slow things down until you feel grounded again.

    Overall, your strong orientation towards kindness gives you an optimistic nature, which translates into you seeing the best in the people around you. Because you’re not one to be overly judgmental, others may seek out your company when they need a friend to talk to. People close to you likely know that you care deeply about the inner lives of others and can listen to what they have to say without imposing your views on them.

    Though your unconscious mind is driven most strongly by Kindness, there is much more to who you are at your core.

    Beanbag Splits – how sad.

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  11. Fire devastates Dutch Internet hub – “A fire at the University of Twente in the Netherlands today has destroyed one of the fastest computer networks in Europe… Sadly the network infrastructure will not be the only asset lost, Dutch reader Kaj Leers told us. With the fire ‘about the largest stock of hardcore pornography, illegally downloaded CD’s, movies and hacked / cracked software (applications and games) will also be turned into, er, “digital ashes”‘, he notes.”

    Hehe. Kids.

    NaNoWriMo Update:

    Word Count: 14,936

    Words Behind Pace: 18,404

    Times Contemplated Quitting Altogether: 23

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  12. Happy Birthday, Drew!

    May your day be filled with tiny dancers… or tiny dancing monkeys… whatever the case may be. No more monkey bites though.

    Song for the Day:

    Tiny DancerElton John

    As someone else said, I can only think of one person when I hear this song. 🙂

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  13. Look at me go! Encouraged by the fact that Tash had not given up on NaNoWriMo (even though she was 10,000 words ahead of me), I decided to pick up where I left off tonight.

    NaNoWriMo Update:

    Word Count: 11,303

    Words Typed Tonight: 4128

    Days’ Worth of Typing: 2.5

    Watch out. I’m coming back.

    I was reminded tonight of a great card game that we used to play while we were on the road called Liverpool. I actually learned from my friend Ember, as it was traditional to play games into the wee hours of the night at their house for cast parties and really any Friday night. Good times.

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  14. My love, I would give you the moon. (Or a piece of it anyway.) That’s right… own your own acre of Moon Land. Does this sound a little hokey to anyone else? I’ve also got a bridge to sell you.

    There are a lot of other fun things at that appropriately named site (– for instance, I want one of these Coffee Clocks or this incarnation of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.

    They are shutting the power off here in 15 minutes… so we have to go home early. Bummer. 🙂

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  15. I am so happy today. No explanation. Good sleep; awoke refreshed. Even slamming my little finger in the filing cabinet did not bring me down. (Though it certainly has made typing a bit difficult.)

    Song for the Day:

    La Valse D’AmélieYann Tiersen

    (Beginning of piano score.) I cannot wait to go home for Thanksgiving, so I can play on my real piano again. Ten days. Yay!

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  16. So tonight I completely ripped off the fingernail on my thumb. It hurts quite a bit now. Too bad this guy doesn’t take donations for his fingernail collection. (That’s really gross, by the way.)

    I’m fascinated by the concept behind TLC’s Chariot Race 2002. They’re basically recreating the ancient chariot races. Could be interesting.

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  17. Just nearly experienced death by coffee. Bit of a choking spell. I should be okay.

    Did you know that supposedly 91 percent of the adult Dutch population drinks coffee? That’s more than the U.S. — with 54 percent regular drinkers and another 25 percent being occasional drinkers. Maybe that explains my natural affinity for the beverage. I still remember several years ago, my aunt, who had lived in Amsterdam for several years, was pouring coffee after dinner. She made some comment about me taking my coffee like a true Dutch girl. (I actually drank coffee as a kid, but had to lay off it when I was a teenager because even the smell of it gave me migraines. Sad.)

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  18. Everything of value is out of the apartment, and keys were turned in. I really wish I could have taken the old console television, but I have no place for it. Love the green chairs too… but oh well.

    Stayed at Karl & Sandra’s last night. Watched the kids all evening for them. Sandra said she is going to be praying that God opens the doors for a trip to Australia for me. 🙂

    Natro sent me this gem. The Darkside Switch Campaign — “My name is Anakin Skywalker, and I’m a Sith Lord.”

    New projects… Finish novel, felt something, become an Ebay maven.

    Song for the Day:

    Things Can Only Get BetterHoward Jones

    ~And do you feel scared – I do

    But I won’t stop and falter

    And if we threw it all away

    Things can only get better~

    In honor of my old roommate Krystal, I hereby reinstate All 80’s Saturdays. Only 80’s music was played in our apartment on Saturdays… but a few early 90’s albums got by.

    It is supposedly going to *S*N*O*W* tonight. Though I have been driving on snow since the day I turned 16, the people down here get all jumpy and therefore stupid when driving in anything less than perfect weather conditions. My luck some idiot will come sliding into me should anything freeze.

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  19. A nice haiku from a nice person…

    Cheer up, my sparrow

    Sing your happy song once more

    We all love to hear.

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  20. I have had this feeling before. Christmastime last year. Grandma had died two weeks before. I was back home again for the holidays… and to help my mother sort everything out. All the good stuff goes first. The rest is divided into “keep”, “give away”, and “trash” piles. Sentimentality takes over, and more items get moved to the “keep” pile. (This is the reason why I have a broken-but-superglued lamp without a shade in my bedroom– it was just always at Grandma’s house, and I could not imagine throwing it out.)

    All that to say, I made serious progress at the apartment last night. All the blankets, sheets, and pillows are in a pile ready to go to the Women’s & Children’s Shelter. Most everything that I have inherited is boxed up in some fashion. Michael came for his things. Thux is coming tonight for a couch and/or the futon. Three more trips of garbage have been taken out. I even swept the leaves out of the living room and vacuumed.

    Hanna and I are entering the Gap Casting Call just for kicks.

    Figured out the webcam Hans left for me. Scary.

    Song for the Day:
    HurtNine Inch Nails & David Bowie
    ~if i could start again
    a million miles away
    i would keep myself
    i would find a way~

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  21. Content coming soon.

    Song of the Day:

    Peace Train10,000 Maniacs

    Needed a little happier tune today. I just remember this video from Nick Rocks on Nickelodeon when I was a kid.

    ~Now I’ve been happy lately

    Thinking about the good things to come

    And I believe it could be

    Something good has begun~

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  22. The only thing constant is change…

    Song for the Day:

    Faded FlowersShriekback

    This song popped into my head on the way back from the airport… nearly impossible to find though. It is hauntingly beautiful and is featured on one of my Top Twelve All-Time Favorite Movies, Band of the Hand. The 80’s Miami-Vice-ness at its best.

    ~These eyes are blind

    This is a pure thing

    These hands I kiss

    Tragic as anything~

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  23. Instant Message Proverb from Tash:

    perceptive people are much

    when well they know you

    but to know you is to love you

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  24. It’s getting worse.

    Song for the Day:

    HelloLionel Richie

    Karl got this one stuck in my head today.

    ~I can see it in your eyes, I can see it in your smile

    You’re all I’ve ever wanted, (and) my arms are open wide

    ‘Cause you know just what to say, And you know just what to do

    And I want to tell you so much, I love you …~

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  25. Family dinner at O’Charlie’s on Friday night. Slightly overzealous waiter, at least three years younger than me, managed to call me both “darling” and “baby” before the night was over. It was weird, but he gave me my soda in one of the BIG glasses, so he got a good tip.

    Saw the ICONS3 exhibit on Saturday afternoon. We even got in free for some reason. I was pretty amazed by the whole thing. I was particularly impressed with Red Lenin, Reigning Queens, and Mick Jagger. I was a little disappointed that they did not have my daisies or any photography. It was still a nice time.

    Saturday night, Hans and I were following a pick-up truck down the road. We could see that there was a stove and two dogs (one of which we could see was a retriever of some sort and the other had its head down) in the back of the truck. We stopped at a stoplight, and the other dog lifted his head. It was the cutest, smushy, wrinkley-faced dog. “Aww, I wasn’t expecting that face,” said Hans.

    We continued following the truck on to the interstate. I was feeling bad for the dogs, because the oven door kept opening on them. But then the most horrifying thing that I have seen in a long time occurred. The stove fell over and frightened the cute dog so much that it jumped up which made it fall out of this truck going 70 mph. He was skidding down the road trying to catch his footing… and all the while I’m slamming on my brakes not knowing which way he was going to run or whether there were other cars around me. It was horrible. It all happened so fast, but he finally got off the road. Eventually the truck did pull over… and eventually my heartrate went back to normal… but I can still see it all happening over and over again. I’m so glad I was not alone when it happened!

    Last night we watched Amélie. It is such a beautiful film. So clever. The color was spectacular, and the soundtrack was amazing. It was refreshingly innocent. Two hours well spent.

    I bought Brotherhood of the Wolf this weekend, so that will probably be the next movie I see. I think this may be the longest I have waited to see a movie that I so eagerly anticipated.

    Song for the Day:

    For the Beauty of the Earth – Traditional Hymn arranged by Abbess

    The neighborhood churchbells play this song every day during the noon medley.

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