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Thoughts and Ramblings

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Life in order... Meme stolen from Cranky
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Put this list in the order it occurred in your life:
Get married
Buy a house
Get Pregnant
Have baby #1
Have baby #2
Have baby #3
Have baby #4
Graduate college
Graduate high school
Meet significant other
Meet who you hoped was your significant other but wasn't
Move out of parent's house for good
Start college
Become gainfully employed
Buy a car
Get drunk for the first time
Get a cell phone
Get divorced

My list:
Graduate high school
Start college
Get drunk for the first time
Meet who you hoped was your significant other but wasn't
Graduate college
Move out of parent's house for good
Become gainfully employed
Get a cell phone
Buy a car
Meet who you hoped was your significant other but wasn't
Buy a house
Get married
Get divorced

I think they should include the other major life events...  moving, death, and job change are a few.  so with that...

My modified list:
Graduate high school
Start college
Get drunk for the first time
Meet who you hoped was your significant other but wasn't
Graduate college
Move out of parent's house for good
Move to a nearby state
Become gainfully employed
Move to a nearby state
Get a cell phone
Get engaged
Get un-engaged

Buy a car
Meet who you hoped was your significant other but wasn't
Get engaged
Move to a far away state
Work from home
Family member died :o(
Buy a house
Get married
Buy a car
Move to a far away state
Get divorced
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Stolen from Cranky
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1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up
Lamp, shoes, swedish mood cube, two dogs, christmas stuff that I should not admit is still out...

2. How do you style your hair?
Wash, brush, blow dry my bangs.  Sometimes if I'm not going out I'll just stick a curler in them.  And if I am going out, I may actually blow dry my hair. 

3. What are you wearing now?
Black yoga pants, my pinnacle vodka t-shirt, a green hoodie, black socks, and my gray slippers

4. What's your occupation?
Senior Programmer Analyst/Content Manager/Quality Assurance

5. What do you hear right now?
Keith Urban - I wanna be your everything.  Dog chewing on a bone. 

6. Who was the last person you hugged?
Darius!  (which made me think, when was the last time I left the house...?!)

7. What is/was for dinner?
I'm leaning toward homemade pizza.

8. What did you do today?
Woke up, put in my contacts, let the dogs out, logged into work and checked email, let the dogs in and fed them, got breakfast, work...  lunch break - shower, got dressed, lunch, work.  (it's a bit slow, so throw "check facebook and lj" in there too)

9. Dog person or cat person?
Dog person, but I like cats too.

10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Whew, I just went through that again, NOT doing it again for a LONG time!  

11. What was the last thing that you bought?
Bunch of sick person supplies from target: tissues, medicine, ginger ale, juice, cough drops...

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
SO many places!  Probably start with Sweden/Scandinavian tour.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?
My crystal ball is very obviously broken.  I refuse to try to predict it. 

14. Where's your birthmark?
I have a mole on my cheek, which is the same exact spot my mom has one. 

15. What are you doing this weekend?
Tonight: I think I need to clean house.  Get all the germs out.  Exciting for a Friday night, I know.  Also need to go to lowes and giant.  
Saturday: Poker at Foolery's.  Possibly a house game after...
Sunday: More poker at Foolery's.  It's pretty much all day.  LOL!

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
Guitar

17. How are you?
I am okay.  Getting over a cold which caused bronchitis and a sinus infection.  Stressed out about a lot of things, but trying to find peace amongst the chaos.

18. What are you doing tomorrow?
Well, tomorrow is Saturday.  SO I'll probably fix the fence in the AM and then go to poker in the afternoon.  And I was invited to a house game after, but not sure yet.

19. What are you looking forward to the most?
Not coughing anymore. 
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New kid
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I kinda feel like the new kid in school.

Struggling to figure out who you want to be to the people around you. 
Wanting people to like you.
Wanting people to hang out with you...
Hoping the cute boy will ask you out.
Trying to establish a group of friends you can call and hang out with whenever.
Trying not to mess things up too royally...

Except now, add in that the majority of the people I meet are either coupled, have kids, or both.  Makes it all that much harder.  There IS no just calling up someone last minute to see if they want to hang out.  

So why did I choose to live somewhere new?  I could have moved back to Northern Virginia and I would have a hub of friends there and I wouldn't be feeling so completely ....alone.  I moved here to be closer to family, and I'm glad I did...   But friends are important too.  

Why did I think that starting over somewhere new would be easier?  Why did I think that all the people I'd reconnected with on Facebook would be quick to reconnect in real life?  Everyone here is already established.  They have their friends, their go-to's, their plans...  I just don't fit in. 

It sucks being the new kid. 

email Manaegment
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We got an email from our HOA contact regarding our builder (who filed bankruptcy) opening up as a new builder and our half finished neighborhood. 

The background is that one neighbor called the General Contractor regarding warranty issues, and was told "I don't work for Wall, I work for Endeavor".  We're supposed to have one year warranties...  still waiting on some issues ourselves.  I guess time will tell!  

But that's not what this post is about.  This post is about spell check.  I must be on the QA ball today, because in reading this, I just wanted to grab a red pen.  I'm not even getting into the grammar or readability issues!    How many spelling errors can you find?  (I've taken out some information so as to not broadcast the name of the HOA or her personal information.)

SUBJECT:  Amanda H, X Manaegment  

I have been keeping up with the current emails regarding the state of the community. I would like to take a few moments to address any concerns. First, I must state that X Management is a completely different entity from that of the Developers and Builders.  We are only privy to the same information you are privy to and are learning of Wall Homes and Endevour Wall Homes through the same news outlets that are currently available to you. X Management is here to represent the Community and its homeowners, that means you. I am here to answer any questions and concerns at any time. I would love the opportunity speak with each of you and promise to keep you aprised of any information that comes my way. In regard to the landscpaping, I too am working with the city. We send out a list of the open lots that need to be addressed and and are working to get this resloved as quickly as possible. The city has a specific timeline with which they must work, however they are able to address each of these isues. Please remain patient. We know how frustrating this is. Again, please do not hesitate to contact me. Let me assure you that I am here as a resource to you and will be happy to assist in any way possible.

This email, along with someone from work who comes across as angry in her emails, makes me believe that someone needs to create a course on effective email writing.  :o)


God hates you, and other rantings on Christianity
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I saw this photo on a celebrity gossip blog I check out.  Someone had gotten tickets for the Michael Jackson Memorial and posted her photos and her experience.  This photo depicts one of the major things I don't like about some Christians.

I'm trying to choose my words carefully, because I am a Christian.  I have recently found a church that has many of the same beliefs as my own, and I am thankful for that, because quite frankly, I wasn't sure if it existed.  Judging people, praying for wants, expected donations...  is that what Christianity is about?

Christianity, to me, isn't telling other people God hates them, determining who is going to hell, or wearing a shirt that, I believe, says "GodHatesFags.com" [whois.net link] (which, btw, belongs to a church in Kansas -- that makes me ill).  What is that?!  Who are we to judge FOR God?! 

"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone" (John 8:1-11)

And don't go throwing the Bible at me and tell me that it's all in there, that it's okay to hate and cast judgement.  While I believe the Bible means well, it was written by people who had their own agendas and might not be so righteous as to not put their own spin on things.  Do you believe adulterers should be stoned to death?  Or that the Red Sea can be parted with a wave of the hand?

A recent sermon at our church was about how, as Christians, we should be Christ-like, and that meant sometimes, if it was for the better, it's okay to break the rules as they are written in the Bible.  Christ-like means to be open, forgiving, loving, caring...  Not like that guy.

I guess we all have our own opinions.  Maybe I'm being contradictory in judging that guy, but on the same token, I'm not assuming he's going to hell for wearing that shirt.  

I'll leave that judgement to God.


happy birthday!
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Happy birthday to my baby boy Luke!

baby luke
About 6 weeks old


Now!




Dark Tower TV?!
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Just as there are whispers in the jungles of “Lost,” there have likewise been whispers in Hollywood that J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof — two of the masterminds behind that ABC television series — have been working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s classic “The Dark Tower” series. Now, those whispers are getting louder… and a lot more insistent.


“Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King,” Abrams told IGN while promoting the upcoming “Star Trek” film. “We got the rights for ['Dark Tower'] as a film. Damon is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on ‘Star Trek’ together. As soon as ‘Lost’ is done, hopefully we’ll begin tackling that.”


http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/05/01/jj-abrams-damon-lindelof-to-adapt-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower-after-lost-is-over/


Christmas Over Cancer
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We'd Take Christmas Over Cancer Any Day
Posted Today at 1:30pm by Ali

After complaining about chest pains and coughing up blood, 28-year-old, Artyom Sidorkin, went to a hospital only to discover that a five-centimeter fir tree has sprouted in his lung.

At first, doctors suspected cancer when they found what looked to be a tumor in the x-ray.  Mid-biopsy, they were shocked to see green needles in the cut.

Vladimir Kamashev, doctor at the Udmurtian Cancer Center, said “I blinked three times, and thought I was seeing things. Then I called the assistant to have a look.”

Unbelievably, the branch is said to have sprouted after he inhaled a seed.   Sidorkin told reporters, “It was the needles poking the capillaries. It really hurt a lot. But I never felt like I had an alien object inside of me.”

A piece of lung with the fir tree has been preserved for further study.  Yikes!

What's Happening | RyanSeacrest.com <-- click to see the lung with the tree in it.
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seriously, if you want my eternal love, you'll get me this.
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i want a cheesesteak soooo bad right now.
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