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Oct. 28th, 2011

Yar

Writer's Block: R.I.P

What do you want done with your body after you die?


I want to donate all possible organs and tissue and donate the rest to science.

Feb. 25th, 2011

Yar

Writer's Block: You're my best friend

If you could shrink any animal down to miniature size and carry it around in your pocket, which animal would you choose?


Giant ant eaters and red pandas.

Everyone knows my love for giant ant eaters. These are animals that I believe are unloved by most for being "weird."

Red pandas are already super cute whether they're babies or fully grown, so having a mini pocket sized one would be cute overload I think.

Nov. 5th, 2010

Yar

26 isn't bad...some of these are on my to read list though.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Bold the ones you’ve read! Italicize the ones you’ve partially read!



01 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
04 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
05 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06 The Bible
07 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
09 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery In French no less!
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Nov. 2nd, 2010

Yar

In other news...

No real depression to speak of recently, which is nice. Yesterday I kind of wanted to cry but I think that's due to all the stress and possible pms.

I've been trying to keep busy and find more employment. I've also been trying to figure out how to not only pay bills, but get them caught back up and on track once again. This is proving rather difficult since I'm no longer getting unemployment. My measly $9/HR just isn't going to cut it even if I am working 35-40 hours a week. *sigh*

Ah well...I can do what I can and what I can't pay will just have to be sent to collections I suppose. Not much credit card companies can really do except call me 10 times a day and then just write it off. *shrug* I've got more important accounts I need to pay on.

Things will work out eventually, they always do.

Oct. 4th, 2010

Yar

Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


Sep. 20th, 2010

Yar

Hrmmm...

Feeling a bit off today and not sure why. Could be related to the 10 hours of sleep I got last night after being up for nearly 38 hours. I only got 2.5 hours of sleep the night before. I haven't put in a day like that in years.

Aug. 9th, 2010

Yar

Peek - a - boo

Had a pretty good weekend. Lots of shopping, dancing, hanging outness...not looking forward to an almost full week of work, but eh.

May. 15th, 2009

Yar

Writer's Block: BFF

BFF
Who was your first friend on LiveJournal? Are they still on your Friends list?
My girlfriend...only she wasn't my girlfriend at the time.

Apr. 12th, 2009

purple

In protest to Amazon's new "adult" policy


This is crap! Whether you are straight or LGBTQ, you need to read this! Sign the petition, it only takes a few seconds. Boycott Amazon's double standard.

I just read and signed the petition: In protest at Amazon's new "adult" policy

You can view this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/tell-a-friend/3859106

Message:
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Hi, I signed the petition "In protest at Amazon's new "adult" policy". I'm asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.

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Apr. 7th, 2009

Yar

Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override


By DAVE GRAM, Associated Press Writer Dave Gram, Associated Press Writer

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote, the minimum needed, to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto. Its vote followed a much easier override vote in the Senate, which rebuffed the Republican governor with a vote of 23-5.

Vermont was the first state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples and joins Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gays the right to marry. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.

Tuesday morning's legislative action came less than a day after Douglas issued a veto message saying the bill would not improve the lot of gay and lesbian couples because it still would not provide them rights under federal and other states' laws.

Douglas called override "not unexpected." He had called the issue of gay marriage a distraction during a time when economic and budget issues were more important.

"What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs," the governor said Tuesday. "We need to turn out attention to balancing a budget without raising taxes, growing the economy, putting more people to work."

House Speaker Shap Smith's announcement of the vote brought an outburst of jubilation from some of the hundreds packed into the gallery and the lobby outside the House chamber, despite the speaker's admonishment against such displays.

Among the celebrants in the lobby were former Rep. Robert Dostis, D-Waterbury, and his longtime partner, Chuck Kletecka. Dostis recalled efforts to expand gay rights dating to an anti-discrimination law passed in 1992.

"It's been a very long battle. It's been almost 20 years to get to this point," Dostis said. "I think finally, most people in Vermont understand that we're a couple like any other couple. We're as good and as bad as any other group of people. And now I think we have a chance to prove ourselves here on forward that we're good members of our community."

Dostis said he and Kletecka will celebrate their 25th year together in September.

"Is that a proposal?" Kletecka asked.

"Yeah," Dostis replied. "Twenty-five years together, I think it's time we finally got married."

Craig Bensen, a gay marriage opponent who had lobbied unsuccessfully for a nonbinding referendum on the question, said he was disappointed but believed gay marriage opponents were outspent by supporters by a 20-1 margin.

"The other side had a highly funded, extremely well-oiled machine with all the political leadership except the governor pushing to make this happen," he said. "The fact that it came down to this tight a vote is really astounding."

Also in the crowd was Michael Feiner, a farmer from Roxbury and gay marriage supporter, who took a break from collecting sap for maple syrup-making to come to the Statehouse.

"I'm taking a break to come and basically make sure that I was here to witness history," he said.

The House had initially approved the bill last week with a 95-52 vote. Smith and his leadership team worked through the weekend to try to persuade some legislators to change their minds.

One who did was first-term Rep. Jeff Young, D-St. Albans. He said he continued to be philosophically opposed to gay marriage, but decided that voting with his fellow Democrats would help him be an effective legislator in the future.

"You realize that, you know, it's a poker game in some ways," Young said. "Chips on the table. I'm a freshman. I have no chips. If I ... had 20 years of chips, I probably could play any card I want. I don't have that option."

He added, "It's the way the political game is played."

Feb. 23rd, 2009

Yar

Wanda Sykes speaks out about Prop 8

I do. I do believe in equality for all and I do want to make a difference.

When Prop 8 passed, I was heartbroken. As a black lesbian, I already knew there was a lot of ignorance and misunderstanding out there (trust me), but Prop 8 still stung me deeper than I ever thought it would.

I knew I had to do something. So I came out thinking maybe I could get a few more people talking about what gay is and how discrimination hurts. And if I could start a conversation, then maybe a few of those folks would start to open their minds and we'd all move a little closer to equality for all.

But me talking in front of the cameras is only part of it. We know that one-on-one conversations are the best way to open people's minds, so what we need to do now is get those conversations started. We all need to talk to our friends, that straight couple across the hall or that favorite cashier at the grocery store.

That's why I'm helping launch Let California Ring's "I Do" campaign.
http://www.supportido.com

"I Do" is our chance to be loud and proud--to show how much we support the freedom to marry. It's our chance to spark conversations to open minds.

Show your support for the freedom to marry --and start conversations—with "I Do" gear: t-shirts, lawn signs, bumper stickers and more.
http://www.supportido.com

They say the hardest part of a conversation is the first line -- well, let I Do take care of that and you just do the rest.

Display your gear with pride (and not just to the dance clubs, boys) and folks will start asking you, "What's I Do?" And that's your chance -- your chance to tell your story, our story, and our chance to open hearts and minds.

Oh, all the "I Do" products are union made in the United States and proceeds go toward marriage education work in California.

I do. How about you?

Warmly,

Wanda Sykes
Board of Directors
Equality California Institute

Feb. 12th, 2009

Yar

What's going on this weekend.

So this weekend we are going to see Coraline in 3D. That will be Friday. Then on Saturday we are going to BD's Mongolian barbeque and to watch the Detroit Derby Girls regular season game. I'm really excited about this. And on Sunday we are going roller skating, something I haven't done in probably a year. I miss it and am really looking forward to it.

Oh, and on the 17th we are going to see RENT!! OMG! This will only be my 2nd stage production but I'm thrilled. I saw the movie when I first started dating Jessy. It's got 2 of the guys from the Broadway show in it. I'll let you know how it goes.

I promise there will be a real update about real things soon. I've just been lazy and procrastinating, and it's hard to find time when I'm not watching TV or when I'm not too tired.

I miss you all *hugs*

Feb. 4th, 2009

Yar

25 Random Things

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)


1) Moving away from Dallas TX was one of the best things I've ever done. It taught me a lot about myself and showed me that I can survive on my own 900 miles away from everything I've ever known.

2) I'm in love with my first and only girlfriend.

3) I have a soft spot for cute and cuddly animals. Every time I buy things at Pets Mart I make sure to donate the $1. Between me and my girlfriend we own one dog, 3 rats and 3 cats, all of which are spoiled.

4) I love games. It doesn't matter if it is a video game, board game, or an RPG. I'm a huge dork. I just recently joined my first live action role playing game.

5) I spoil my girlfriend.

6) I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I thought I wanted to major in Business for college, but have decided that maybe I don't really want that.

7) I have a fear of heights.

8) I do not really like roller coasters. The height and speed scare me.

9) I taught myself how to roller skate a few years ago in order to try out for Womens Flat Track Roller Derby. I tried out 3 times for the Dallas Derby Devils and never made it. I might try out for the Detroit Derby Girls in the summer.

10) This past Christmas was my first to have snow.

11) I love to go to goth clubs to dance and socialize. I miss Club One in Dallas.

12) I'm not the same person I was in high school. I've had a lot of things happen to me since graduation that have really shaped me to be who I am now.

13) I've made it my goal to read books that I've never read before.

14) I miss being around things I know and love, but wouldn't trade moving to Chicago for anything in the world.

15) I haven't seen my dad in 8 or 9 years. He lives in Seattle WA.

16) I'm addicted to Battlestar Galactica. I'm sad this is the last season.

17) I've been horrible about staying in touch with friends since I moved away from Dallas. I miss them a lot but don't really take the time to call or email everyone much. I'm sorry about that!

18) I wish I had a better relationship with my mom and that she could understand why I needed to leave Dallas when I did.

19) I love ren faires, irish beer and pyrates. I love dressing up in the costumes for ren faires and I have an unhealthy collection/obsession of pyrate things.

20) I gave my girlfriend a promise ring after only being with her for a month. We are unofficially engaged and plan to buy a house together. We also want to have children.

21) I believe that Obama will make a lot of positive changes for this country and we will pull through the recession. Jobs will be created and the economy will be back to normal before we know it.

22) I went vegetarian for a few months last summer. I try not to eat too much meat and I wish we could end factory farming. More food is produced than the country actually consumes, and that is wasteful.

23) I don't miss many people from high school and only keep in touch with a handful that I was actually friends with during those 4 years. Only a few of those friendships go all the way back to 6th grade.

24) I get random bloody noses, but only on the left side.

25) I'm half deaf in my right ear. I've had it checked out and the doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong with my ear or why I've got moderate hearing loss in it. I think it's hereditary.

Jan. 14th, 2009

pirates ninjas and Jedi

Tis a sad thing

Although I am completely psyched about the new season of Battlestar Galactica and finding out who the last cylon is, I am also sad. This will be the last season. I've watched it from the first season, and have been in love with it since. Some characters I hate, and some I love. Some I love to hate. It's been a interesting journey to watch and will be sad to see it go.

Farewell BSG!!

Dec. 28th, 2008

Yar

In the near future...

There will be an actual update... Things have been really stressful and crazy in our world...*hugs* to all and happy holidays!

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