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Oh, Europa! [24 Jun 2006|12:27am]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

...All right, strange:

I was about to close my computer and go to bed, but then I noticed the folder on my desktop labeled "Europe Photos to Post," which contains those Europe pics I tried but failed to post here a few months ago. And then I started thinking about my Europe trip, and I looked in my LJ archive--and realized that exactly one year ago today, I was about to depart for Detroit > Amsterdam > Madrid. We left on the 25th. O__o So, since this seems like an utterly weird coincidence to me, I'm finally going to make good on my promise and POST some of those Europe photos!

Unlike attempt #1, I'm actually going to post them fairly chronologically this time.

I hope you like them. Collapse )

...I miss it so much.

More ASAP.

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Officially locked! [16 Sep 2005|04:05pm]
[ mood | quixotic ]


All right, everyone! Just so that I can be aware of who's reading my journal, it's now officially friends-only. If by chance you aren't already on my friends list and would like to be, leave me a note and I'll add you if I know you. Cheers. :D
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Cutting this horrid week short... [16 Sep 2005|12:58pm]
[ mood | congested ]

So. It's been such a crappy week, and I'm feeling so crummy with this cold right now, that I just decided to stay home today. It's NICE. And it'll cut the week just a little bit shorter. So here is a fairly brief post, because yes, I am spending the day doing homework (supposedly).

Yesterday was, for a bad day, a pretty good one. It was a 3,4 day--my favorite! no math or dance (which is just good because I don't have to move)--AND a shortened day, thanks to Parent Night. And in Spanish, we got cake. Really good cake, too. (Sorry, people in later Spanish classes. :oP Aka Melanie.) And I'm pretty close to being done with my self-portrait, though it's got plenty of its own special flaws and needs a background. (What on earth should I draw as the background??)

My family got some pretty bad news, though, yesterday...so it wasn't a great day. Still a crappy one. But, I don't really feel like going into it here & now.

Anyway, in the evening, my mom and my brother and I watched an episode of Family Guy, then went to Red Star for dinner...really early, at about 4:30 (ha!) because she had to go to parent night and such. I felt like an old person there for the early bird special. But! Amusingly, as we were finishing, Mrs. Johnson (the dance teacher, not the insane Spanish teacher from Shepard) walked in. Not long after, Ms. Glarner came in, too. It was funny. :o)

Oh! Funny story and quote. In Chorus, as Allie and Melanie know, we are singing a song called "Ain-a That Good News", a gospel hymn. It's really cool, and sounds really good when we sing it, but...because it's a gospel song, Mrs. Akers was trying to teach us how to sound authentic...and that's not easy, with a group of white, mostly Jewish kids. XD One of the verses is "I'ma gonna take it home-a to ma Jesus, ain-a that good news?" And, following this, here's the quote of the day:

Mrs. Akers: "Okay, so remember that the J-word is NOT a swear, we CAN say 'Jesus'. And remember that I'm not trying to convert you at this moment. I'll hold my conversions after school in the tent where I usually do. I don't do it in class, it gets so messy with the water."

And, to wrap things up, here's another quote:

Miriam, at the lunch table: "Eating beans...is like getting pregnant."

(....It's a long, long story.)

IMPORTANT P.S. On Sunday, at 11 am here, on Channel 7 (ABC), there will be a special in which they go behind the scenes of Wicked. ^.^ So WATCH IT!

P.P.S. Yesterday, I found some of the MOST PERFECT things to wear for my Halloween costume. 8) But I still need to get a hat that doesn't flop.

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Princesa [14 Sep 2005|10:41pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Last update of the night, I sweaaaarrr.....

You Are Aurora! (A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty.)

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Thoughtful and loving. Authority figures probably have been sheltering you all of your life. Thankfully you're a very tranquil person who is content with what life has given you, but secretly you want to know how the outside world works.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Fairly accurate, I suppose. Alas.

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......*fainted* [14 Sep 2005|09:40pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Ohh--Oh, my God. Oh my God.

I was randomly looking through images on Google and I found the most amazing, beautiful, amazing thing ever. OH, my GOD. LOOK.


Look at Elphaba. Look at Glinda. They're the most beautiful things I've ever seen.


Okay, some of the outfits are ridiculous, I know (okay, "Winkie Guard Reception"? World Trade Fed). But they're GORGEOUS. *is........floored*

I seriously started hyperventilating when I found them.

It's a really good thing I'm not a doll collector, or I'd be absolutely broke by now.

*still not over it*

*SUCH a shameful fangirl*

OH! And, Allie? LOOK. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the keeper of the keys... http://www.denverdoll.com/mama.gif ^.^

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I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell [14 Sep 2005|07:30pm]
[ mood | sick ]

Worst. Week. Ever.

That about sums it up, so I don't need to go into detail. I'll just say that now, things are made even *worse* by the fact that I'm getting sick. Hopefully it's just a little cold, but whatever it is, it hurts my throat and my nose and it won't go away.

However, today I received a very nice compliment that brightened an otherwise fugly day. After the second part of my Econ test, I left to go to the bathroom, and ended up walking with a girl who's in my class. Out of the blue, she said, "You have the best skin ever." I had no idea what she meant... then she said, "It's really pretty. You look like a porcelain doll." And, beaming, I was like, "Oh. *blush* Thanks!" It was refreshing because all I evvver hear is that I'm pale and pasty, and I always have to suffer sunburns and cannot tan for the life of me. So to hear the rare positive comment about my whiteness made me happy.

*** I have decided that it's about time I made this journal Friends-Only. I never really saw the point of it before, and used to think, "Why would I care about limiting who can read it, when hardly anyone's gonna read it anyway?" But now it's just about knowing who does read it, and all that. Most of the people who do are on my flist already, I think... but if not, it's unlikely I'll say no to anyone who asks to be added. So yeah, that's it. I'll put up a Friends-Only banner and make it official later...

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"When I'm worried and I can't sleep, I could my blessings instead of sheep" [13 Sep 2005|10:34pm]
[ mood | thankful ]

Ah, well, today was another not-good day. But I'm tired of complaining, and I imagine everyone else is even more tired of hearing me complain. (Er, reading my complaints.) So I'll focus on the good things.

1) I have an awesome idea for Homecoming this year. At least, I think it's an awesome idea; if your name is Allie or Melanie, I'll be emailing you about it, and if your name is Kristy, I'll email you about it if you'd like me to (though I know you were hoping for a date, so your plans might be different. Let me knoow!). Even though you'll be emailed, here 'tis: Since our Homecoming theme this year is 'Haunted Homecoming', and we--in all likelihood--will be going dateless and instead accompanied by one another, I figure, why not have a to-hell-with-it attitude and do something strange and fun? Like, say, wear fancy dresses, but add something to our outfits to make them Halloweeny... like, wearing a witchy hat, or a cape, or a Glinda-y tiara (Allie :o))? Kacey, for one, has approved my idea. Let me know how you all feel about it (though maybe via email, instead of via LJ).

2) 'Sicut Cervus' is a really pretty song, isn't it?

3) It's really fun to sing 'Seasons of Love' in a choral setting. (.....As opposed to a, y'know, automotive setting... >.>) I MEAN like with Ms. Wandel's help, and not just wailing along to the soundtrack.

4) I am SO entering that Orchestra raffle and winning a VW bug. (Yeah Kristy!) YES I AM! Don't you try to stop me!

5) The other day I got a letter from my French friend, Damien, with whom I stayed while on my trip. It's so adorable. ^.^ It begins, "How do you do?"...

6) Even though I had to sit through a PTO meeting today from 6:30-9:30 for the sake of Deerprints, it was funny because I got to hear insane mothers rant about things and got to talk to the principal briefly, who I've decided is AWESOME and will heretofore be known as Alfredo (because I always think of that when I try to say Al Fleming). And because it gave me a great chance to catch up on Neverwhere. I'm halfway through now!..... *sigh*

7) I'm lucky. I'm not starving in a third-world country, I do not have a terminal disease, and I'm not stranded somewhere in New Orleans with all my possessions under filthy water. (Again, I ask myself.... What Econ test?)

And finally...

8) I am so, so, SO lucky to have friends like all of you. *passes hugs out from a basket*

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"But you don't like strong women, 'cause they're hip to your tricks" [12 Sep 2005|09:35pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Oooh. Check out my new desktop wallpaper.

It's nothing special style-wise, but this picture is, um, FABTASTIC.


...You probably think this is the only font I ever use, because it's...um...yeah. The only one I ever use. But I swear, I've used others!...before!....

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"There is no future, there is no past" [12 Sep 2005|07:02pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Well. Today was another emotionally-charged, aka pretty crappy, day. Firstly, and most unimportantly: I think I REALLY did badly on the first portion of my first Econ test. It was horrible... Right in the middle of it, I had to make a big choice about which of two methods to use in solving this problem that would affect the way I completed the rest of the test, and I'm almost positive I chose the wrong one. I was so depressed/angry at myself when I got out of class. So that just sucks, plain and simple.

Much less plainly, and much less simply... I heard today, through Kacey, who heard from Hayley, who heard the announcement in band, that Mr. Legare passed away this weekend. (For those who didn't know him, he was the band director at Shepard.) He was so young--in his 40's or 50's. He had cancer for awhile, and that's what I first heard was the cause; but my mom says there's speculation that he ended his life himself. I...can't imagine any of this. I was struck dumb when I heard. I can't believe it. I was never in band, but my brother was, and a lot of my friends were. It's...so scary. As Kacey said, it really makes you think about what's important. Like, "What Econ test?"

And now... well, my mom visited my grandpa again today, and although we don't yet know what the situation is, there's a possibility that what's wrong with him is something more, something bigger, than we'd expected. I'm not going to freak out about it yet, though, not until I know.

Oh, and, on another sort of strange and shocking note--there is, apparently, a group of students from New Orleans that are staying here, and they're going to go to DHS. Kaitlin's still in Peer Helping (the poor girl), and she was assigned to help them get to know the school. I think it's amazingly cool--and yet, scary beyond belief. Cool in that people here are able to help (they're the friends/cousins of Christine Kenny, I hear), but scary because...I can't imagine what it must be like for them. Obviously their school was a lot different from ours: my mom said they were shocked at the very idea of being able to pick which classes they take.

So.... yes, there's a lot going on right now. I guess we all just have to appreciate what we have, and make the most of things, and not sweat the small stuff. "No day but today", huh?

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I need suggestions/diversion from hectic life... [11 Sep 2005|06:33pm]
[ mood | okay ]

Though I will eternally love The Lord of the Rings, I think perhaps my screenname is outdated. I've decided to make the big switch to a new email address (though I'll keep my old one for a long, long time as I make the transition; maybe I'll even keep it forever, and just leave it dormant). A friend invited me to gmail *OoOoh. I'm still not sure why that's considered such a big privilege, but meh* and I like their style, so I think I'll get one of them gmail addresses. I've made one already, but I'm not yet sure if I like it or not; it's Wicked-related, and while Wicked will also always hold a special place in my heart, it's likely I'll move on to other passionate obsessions loves in time--just as LOTR was replaced by things like, well, Wicked. I might just keep it as I've made it, but...if anyone has any suggestions, I would much appreciate them. :D Ideas can be about me and my odd personalidad, OR about my various obsessions ... obsessions. Open to any and all. (Except maybe "s3xych1ck666".) And serious suggestions would be more helpful than silly ones. :oP

(I tried thinking up a great RENT one...but...couldn't. kiss.pookie@gmail.com was already taken. ;oP)

P.S. My mom's going to bring our Westie stuffed animal to the hospital for my grandpa. :o) He shall love that.

P.P.S. I had a dream last night, in which all my friends came over and we were really excited because we were going to go out as a group to see the RENT premiere; and then we realized it was September, and everyone went home.

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[07 Sep 2005|12:08am]
[ mood | tired ]

I suppose this is semi-accurate, minus the "great love in your life" part.

You scored as You're Collins' Cap'n Crunch!. You are a teacher at heart and are constantly looking for ways to help out others. You have a great love in your life, which is your source for inspiration. You are an incredible spirit, and everyone who knows you wants to give you a big hug!


You're Collins' Cap'n Crunch!


You're Angel's Plastic Pickle Tub!


You're Roger's Guitar!


You're Joanne's Cell!


You're Mark's Camera!


You're Mimi's Pants!


You're Maureen's Cowbells!


You're Benny's Sunglasses!


What Object from RENT Are You?
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I am such a gay man.
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[04 Sep 2005|12:38pm]
[ mood | worried ]

I really wish I'd had the chance to see New Orleans before it disappeared.

I was talking about it with Kristy, and she said she'd seen photos of the destruction of places she'd been to only a few years ago. I can imagine what that's like--only a year or two before the World Trade Center was destroyed, I'd gone to New York with my mom. I have a photo of us on a boat with the skyline in the background, and the twin towers are there. It's so unsettling and heartbreaking to see a place you've loved just fall apart.

I can't believe the stories of what's been happening. People have lost everything they'd had. Patients in hospitals can't get the attention and supplies they need...people are killing their family members, people are getting raped...little babies are being separated from their parents...the water flooding all these towns is filthy and disease-ridden and crocodile-infested. It's like a third-world country down there. Yet again, it's something that makes us Americans ask ourselves, "How could this happen to us?" It's scary and absolutely humbling.

God bless those who've died, those who've lost their families and homes, and those who've risked everything to fly down South to help.

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P.S. [04 Sep 2005|12:18am]
[ mood | excited ]

(Hot. http://www.allmoviephoto.com/photo/2005_rent_008.html
Even though I still hate his long hair.

Thrilling beyond belief. http://www.allmoviephoto.com/photo/2005_rent_007.html
...Even though I still hate his long hair.

Adorable. http://www.allmoviephoto.com/photo/2005_rent_006.html
...Even though I still hate...aw, forget it. I love him.)

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"You're a knight who really likes his night life..." [03 Sep 2005|10:52pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Well, today was the first rehearsal of Allie, Andrew, Dani and I in our attempt to sing Seasons of Love for STUNTS. Yeah, we're actually going to audition this year, despite the facts that (1) we only have four people, and (2) I am INTENSELY afraid of singing in public. (I shake like a leaf during all of my recitals with 50-person audiences; what makes me think I can sing in front of hundreds of people? Oh yes. My obsession with RENT. That's it.) It went fairly well... We worked out some of the harmony, assigned some duets, etc. On Tuesday I'm going to ask Ms. Wandel if she'd be willing to meet with us as a group and help us work on it a little. By some amazing stroke of luck, we all have her for voice, and we all have lunch free during Andrew's voice lesson time slot. So I think this could work out quite well!

The best part, though, is having the book of RENT sheet music from the library in my possession. I'm definitely going to copy all of the songs, in flagrant violation of copyright law, and keep them for myself. (Can you picture me, dork that I am, hammering 'Take Me or Leave Me' on my keyboard and wailing it out at the top of my lungs? Yes. Yes, you can. *for shame*)

In other news, today marks a pretty damn significant event: I have officially APPLIED TO COLLEGE. (!!) It's one college only so far, and the process isn't completely finished seeing as I haven't yet released my transcript or anything, but... I have sent in my app for Indiana U., paid the fee, and now it's theirs. I'm not sure I actually want to go to IU, but my dad wanted me to apply there because he's an alum. And it's not a bad school. Katy's sister goes there, and she's quite a smart cookie. And my dad's not too bad himself. :oP

I played Spamalot for my parents today, and they both thought it uproariously funny. My dad's a big Monty Python fan, so he had a special appreciation for it. It was kind of an emergency Spamalot fix, actually, because right before, I had been listening to 'For Good' and my mom walked into my room practically crying because the song reminds her of me leaving and breaking apart from my friends and I had to play her something that would make her laugh instead. (Long sentence.) So much of Wicked now makes me cry, too... er, well, at least, For Good and Defying Gravity. >.> (Once I actually do leave D-town, though, the WHOLE musical is going to make me cry. It reminds me too much of my friends.) ...Anyway, Spamalot did the trick.

Well, there's not a whole lot more to say. Except that...I adore three-day weekends.

PS. 80 days, 13 hours, 43 minutes, and 41 seconds until RENT.

(In my defense, those numbers were not derived from my own maniacal mental counting-down, nor from a calculator, but from a little countdown thing I've set on my computer. Which, I guess, is pathetic enough.)

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Oh. My. God. [30 Aug 2005|05:04pm]
[ mood | XD! ]

Oh sweet Oz.

This is amazing.

I almost died reading this in Media this morning.

Judy Garland's Famed Ruby Slippers Stolen

Ruby slippers

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Aug. 29) - A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" and insured for $1 million is missing from a Grand Rapids museum.
Police Chief Leigh Serfling said the slippers were stolen late Saturday or early Sunday. Someone entered the museum through a window and broke into the small display case holding the slippers.
"There's not a whole lot of evidence," Serfling said. "We're hoping that someone in the community has seen something."
Children's Discovery Museum director John Kelsch said the slippers belong to a Los Angeles man who loaned them to the museum for several weeks this summer.
The children's museum houses the Judy Garland museum, which displayed the same pair of slippers last year. Garland was born in Grand Rapids in 1922.
"The slippers are a major attraction at our museum," Kelsch said in a news release Monday. "It is our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately."
Four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the movie are known to exist, including one pair on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Another pair sold at Christie's auction house in 2000 for $666,000.


Maybe I should be upset about this; but somehow, I can only laugh. (Really hard. >.> Am I a bad person?)

Nessa will be more than slightly shocked.

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Another fabulous meme from snowyofthenight. [29 Aug 2005|10:36pm]
[ mood | curious ]

The iTunes Magic 8 Ball

Put your mp3 player on random and, before going to the next song, ask it the following questions.

What do you think of me, iTunes?
"Angel" by Sarah McLachlan.
Aw, thanks, iTunes. Unless you're implying that I'm a suicidal drug addict who needs pity and reassurance. Then perhaps I am not flattered.

Will I have a happy life?
"La Unica" by Juanes.
I think that's a yes...because it says I'm "la indispensable, la incomparable, la inolvidable", which basically means I'm unique and special. Hm.

What do my friends really think of me?
"Say" by The Corrs.
Um...that they don't actually believe I love them, unless I tell them? But that if I do tell them, they'll believe it absolutely?
Hope not.

Do people secretly lust after me?
"In the Light of the Virgin Morning" from Jane Eyre the Musical.
Jane longing after Edward and Blanche longing after money...um, I guess I can only take that as a yes. XD

How can I make myself happy?
"Playboy Mommy" by Tori Amos.
Uh...have a child, and become a 'playboy mommy'? All righty. That's reassuring. >.>

What should I do with my life?
"They Live in You" from The Lion King.
Allow myself to be guided by my ancestors?... "Hear these words and have faith" that things will turn out?
That is reassuring, I guess. ^.^

Why must life be so full of pain?
"Without You" from RENT.
Because we can't always be with the people we love, and the world has to go on even when we're not?

How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
"Murder Incorporated" by Bruce Springsteen.
"Bobby's got a gun that he keeps beneath his pillow....."

Will I ever have children?
"The Graveyard" from Jane Eyre.
This is all about Helen's death. Death in childhood.........
*is horrified*

Will I die happy?
"I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis.
I gues that means I'll be loved to the last...so, yes...

*......okay, still not over the children thing*

Can you give me some advice?
"Take to the Sky" by Tori Amos.
...Lovely. ^.^

What do you think happiness is?
"Let Yourself Go" sung by Kristin Chenoweth.
Well, that's certainly happy. "If you step out on the floor, you'll forget your trouble; if you go into your dance, you'll forget your woe." So, dancing is happiness? I can work with that.
(...*had kinda hoped it would be "Happiness" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown*)

What's my favorite fetish?
"Magic Man" by Heart.
.........Magic men? >.>
(Okay, this answer wasn't very satisfying; the next two were "One Short Day" and "My New Philosophy". Which, I suppose, don't give me any new insight into my fetishes...but those songs are certainly fetishes in themselves.)

That was lovely.

....For the MOST part.............

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ennui, anyone? [28 Aug 2005|12:46am]
[ mood | gloomy ]

I came home from babysitting tonight and felt seriously unmotivated. More unmotivated than I can ever remember feeling. I didn't want to do my homework, which is nothing new...but there was also no appeal in watching tv, drawing, listening to my iPod, rereading Wicked, or even going online. It's the oddest feeling; especially because I am often so upbeat and optimistic.

So I've been trying to think up what it IS that I want to do. And I don't know. Sleep, maybe. But I have things to accomplish...I'd like to say I got at least SOME homework done before Sunday. (Though ironically, I have less this weekend than I did last weekend, before school started. Heh.)

It kind of worries me. Am I doomed to be unmotivated for the rest of my life? Am I just a lazy, unmotivated person? It's possible. And it freaks me out. I need to give myself a little kick in the ass. Or a big one.

In other news, our first Drawing/Painting project is self-portraits. I hate staring at myself in a mirror for so long, so it won't be great, and yet...it'll be awesome. Human faces are my favorite things to draw--even, I suppose, my own. (After all, I have to look in the mirror even when drawing fictional characters so that I get the placement of features right.) I hope to get even better at figuring out anatomy so my drawings look better.

And that's really all I have to say.

If anyone wants to leave any perky, happy comments, they would be very welcome.

P.S. I just realized how ironic my Music was, considering the subject of this entry.

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Miss Roboto [26 Aug 2005|05:14pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

What I would like to know is where on earth Hailey gets these lovely memes. XD

Lifeform Engineered for Infiltration and Galactic Harm

(I am SO an infiltrator and galactic harmer.)

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Some rather important questions [25 Aug 2005|11:26pm]
[ mood | weird ]

In order to keep up with the Jones's (or at least other LJ-ers), I will be a sheep and post this muy popular meme here.

The Random Question Meme!Collapse )

Terribly fun times!

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The entire a_wee_bit_tipsy collection! [24 Aug 2005|09:13pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

Well, I'm not the least bit driven right now (or...ever?). So I was fooling around on LJ, in search of this one post--the post-Disney World one, so I could find the photo of Kaitlin and I being hit on by Aladdin's Genie XD--and I even after I'd found it, I just kept reading all the other entries, and I, um...ended up reading, like, my entire LJ. From April 2004, when I started it, to now.


And I realized...I really love it. Or at least, I love how it *used* to be. It's changed, somehow, I think. It's not quite so funny, or witty, or what-have-you. Perhaps lately I've been too busy fangirling and not spending enough time writing about life. (But I realize that it's been summertime, and there's not much to write about during the summer BESIDES fandom. At least for my boring self.)

It also reminded me of just how much I love, love, love my friends. (Not that I need reminding of that.)

For the record...here's the last line of my very first entry:

"You'll soon become well acquaintanced with my lack of sanity when I start finding inane topics to babble about endlessly, causing you to wish you'd never said I should really write in here more often."

Truer words never written.

(P.S. 'well acquaintanced'? wtf.)

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