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Writer's Block: Facts of Life [Jun. 9th, 2010|05:43 pm]
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What was your favorite childhood sit-com? Why do you think you loved it so dearly?

I guess it was more a drama than a sit-com, but there was a show called "Life Goes On" that aired in the late 1980s.  It was about a family with a son who had Down syndrome.  Looking back, it was an extremely progressive show.  I think I liked it because it seemed more like the 'real life' I knew than a lot of other shows.
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(no subject) [May. 15th, 2010|09:37 am]
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I've almost given up on LJ because of the ads.  If any of you want to add me on facebook, I'm still active over there.  Nilsby@hotmail.com.  I'm searchable.  I also can access it from my new phone, so regrettably I'm on there all the time.

I got good marks on my finals, my new apartment will be ready Wednesday, and I'm seeing girl who's as smart as she is beautiful.  Life is good.

Unfortunately I also have a horrible cold, and have gone through three handkerchiefs today already.
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Writer's Block: Solo traveler [May. 15th, 2010|08:57 am]
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Do you find it very hard to open up to people? Why or why not? What are the benefits and disadvantages of being emotionally guarded?

I don't find it difficult to open up to people, just mildly distasteful.  Oversharing with strangers and casual acquaintances cheapens relationship you have (should have?) with your closest friends.  I share my secrets only with people I truly trust, and that's a very short list.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2010|11:53 pm]
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I feel literally sick when I think about what my fellow humans have done.  It makes me want to cry.  All that oil is poisoning the gulf, and for what?  So people can drive around in their Hummers and air-condition their houses to 70 degrees in the summer?  I'm ashamed to be human right now.
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(no subject) [Apr. 26th, 2010|12:04 pm]
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Oh, also, I'm graduating in December!  YAY!
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(no subject) [Apr. 26th, 2010|12:02 pm]
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God, I hate crazy people...

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Writer's Block: Let's stay friends [Apr. 4th, 2010|01:47 pm]
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Do you stay in touch with your former romantic partners? Have most of your break-ups been amicable or messy?

Funny you should mention that...

No, seriously, an ex is an ex for a reason.  I enjoy drama a whole lot less than your average lesbian, and therefore refuse to do that whole ex=BFF thing.
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Writer's Block: My favorite T [Apr. 3rd, 2010|08:15 am]
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Do certain items of clothing remind you of people or events from your past? If so, what garment reminds you of a particularly happy memory?

My grandparents took up farming when they retired, and their farm was the only permanent home I've ever known.  They loved their farm, my grandfather especially.  He even dressed the part: he wore plaid flannel shirts, suspenders, and jeans every day.  When he died unexpectedly in 2000, just a few days before my 18th birthday, I was devastated.  I don't remember anything about turning 18.

My grandmother gave me his wallet and pocket knife, both of which I still carry, but I also kept one of his flannel shirts.  I've had it folded at the bottom of my stack of shirts for almost ten years now.  I love it because it reminds me of him, and of having somewhere to go no matter what.  My grandmother is gone, too, now, and the farm is up for sale, but the security of having a home all those years is still with me.  I love that shirt.

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(no subject) [Mar. 27th, 2010|10:09 pm]
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Um, also...I lost more weight.  My 0's are the right size when they first come out of the dryer now.
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Writer's Block: Between the slices [Feb. 28th, 2010|03:21 pm]
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What's your favorite sandwich? Do you make it yourself or go somewhere special to buy it? What's in it?!

Banh mi chay.  YUM!  I like it best when I make it with cha lua chay, cucumber, cilantro, basil, and sriracha sauce, but the sandwich shop on campus is pretty good, too.
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2010|09:57 pm]
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Ugh.

I have spent my trust fund, shaved my head, and moved to Texas.  Yet somehow I'm still attending (further, on a planning committe for) a charity ball.

Is there no escaping my past?
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(no subject) [Feb. 7th, 2010|10:03 pm]
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They fired that emmisary of Satan (aka Gladys in the leasing office).  I only know this because she managed to 'lose' our rent check before leaving, and we got an eviction notice Friday.  She was gone when I went in to kill her give them a replacement check.  I'm glad she's gone, but we're still moving out EOM.

 


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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2010|09:47 am]
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I fail at working with flies.  I'm so cared of accidentally killing or maiming them that I can barely handle them.
 


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Writer's Block: Animal magnetism [Feb. 4th, 2010|09:37 am]
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What animal best represents your inner spirit? If you had to wake up as an animal, which one would you choose, and why? Are your two answers the same? Why or why not?

People who say things like " _____ is my spirit animal" annoy me*.  Seriously.  It's always, like, the same four or five animals, anyway: eagle, bear, owl, wolf...  Nobody ever says, "ooh, my spirit animal is the opossum**!"  No way.  Tthey pick something majestic and carnivorous and often endangered, and talk about how much they identify with it while they sit in their recliners eating Doritos.

It's great to like animals and identify with their characteristics, but please, check your new-age nonsense at the door.

* My sympathy to followers of religions with animal deities.  It must suck to have your traditions borrowed for the purpose of selling wolf-howling-at-moon tshirts.

** Opossums are vastly underrated animals.  Prehensile tail = WIN.
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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2010|09:03 am]
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So I don't know if you've heard this yet, but some genius up in Amarillo has decided to "boycott Houston" because we have a gay mayor and a new Planned Parenthood center.  He obviously isn't quite sure how or why a boycott works, but he's got a nice long list of ways that you can supposedly punish...well, somebody.  It isn't clear who he wants to punish, and his methods aren't targeted toward anyone or anything in particular.   If the whole state wasn't laughing at him and his silly attempt to boycott the 3rd largest city in the US as a whole, we'd never even know it was happening. 
 
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Writer's Block: Leftovers of leftovers [Jan. 22nd, 2010|09:58 am]
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What's the most unusual food you have ever eaten? Have you ever consumed anything without knowing precisely what it was and gotten sick when you found out?

I don't see the point in acting as if you're dying of disgust when you find out what was in something you ate.  If it tasted ok and it's not poisonous, who cares?  I'm not five, and I'm not going to gag and act like an idiot because I ate something I didn't intend to.  I once found out that the delicious little gelatinous bits at the bottom of my drink were 'bone jelly' --- I'm a vegetarian.  Oops.  I do the best I can to avoid animals in my food, but accidents happen and it's not the end of the world.
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(no subject) [Jan. 20th, 2010|01:58 pm]
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After this semester, I'll only have six classes left to graduate:

BIOL 4103 Integration of Biological Knowledge
BIOL 4374 Cell Biology
BIOL XXXX 3 hrs Advanced Biology Elective (probably microbial physiology or immunology)
MATH 1432 Calculus II
MATH 2433 Calculus III
CHEM 4373 Survey of Physical Chemistry

It's almost hard for me to believe that I'm going to be done in less than a year.
 


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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2010|08:04 pm]
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School starts tomorrow.  YAY!


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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2010|03:31 pm]
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I HATE this apartment complex.  On Dec. 29th they left notices on our cars that we'd need to be out of our assigned parking spaces on the 4th so that they could repave the parking lot.  They didn't.  Instead, they towed everyone's cars this morning (the 18th!), "at our expense", so that they could do it.  What's wrong with these people?! 

 


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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2010|12:56 pm]
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Is it bad that in 90% of the photos I'm tagged in on facebook, I'm wearing blue?  I don't feel like I wear blue all the time, but apparently I do.


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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2010|10:04 am]
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Oh, no...

The pew forum reports that only 48% of those surveyed in the US believe in evolution.

I read 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'The Accidental Time Machine' in the same week, so naturally this news gives me an uncomfortable feeling.
 


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(no subject) [Jan. 14th, 2010|11:07 pm]
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Some random good advice:

NEVER assume that someone can't understand the language you're speaking.  You will eventually get caught out, and when you do, it's not going to be pretty.
 


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(no subject) [Jan. 13th, 2010|11:59 am]
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Also, lunar new year is on Valentine's day this year.  What's up with that?!
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Writer's Block: Thumbs down! [Jan. 10th, 2010|11:02 am]
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What are your least favorite book and movie genres? Are you willing to make exceptions? Do you ever feel left out of social events/discussions owing to atypical taste in movies/books?

I especially hate teen horror films with numerous sequels.  I don't care what you did last summer, again, still, for the fifth time!  Seriously.  If you're the type of person that wants to discuss a movie like that, I don't think we'd have much in common anyway.  I'm not too worried about being left out.
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2010|08:54 pm]
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I got treed by a pig today.

I was walking through the forest, minding my own business, and suddenly I came upon a wild boar.  I had been looking up into the trees, trying to get a better look at a sparrow, and when I looked down I was about 15 feet from the beast.  It was roughly the size of a loveseat, with shaggy brownish hair and tusks.  It had tusks!

Feral pigs generally avoid humans as much as they can, but they've been known to attack if they feel threatened.  Most of the incidents involve hunters tracking an injured animal, but a woman in Fort Worth was attacked while jogging.  I was NOT in a good situation.

It had its head down, rooting for acorns, and hadn't noticed me yet.  I was afraid that if I tried to back away the noise might startle it.  There was a tree a few feet from me, a live oak with branches low on the trunk, so I climbed up as quietly as I could and pulled my feet up out of harm's way.  The pig kept snuffling around, but it didn't see me.

It took about 10 minutes for it to wander out of sight, and when I couldn't hear it anymore I climbed down and went in the opposite direction.


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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2010|05:53 am]
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I'm up at 5am because I had a nightmare I'd failed calculus.  I didn't.  I got an A.  Unfortunately I'm still not sleepy.

 


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Writer's Block: If you're not part of the solution ... [Jan. 9th, 2010|05:40 am]
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..you're part of the precipitate!

Are there any political issues or civil liberties you actively promote or defend (through volunteer/grassroots efforts)? What are they? Do most of your friends feel similarly?

I have a leadership position with the Lesbian Health Initiative and I do hands-on work with the elderly and disabled through Assisthers.  Both are great organizations and I think I'm doing good work there.  Everyone I know agrees, even if they don't actively volunteer right now.
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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2009|05:10 pm]
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Nothing to say today except two pictures ofa huge web I saw in the forest today.Collapse )
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(no subject) [Dec. 30th, 2009|03:22 pm]
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Because everyone else is doing it, and I ALWAYS do what everyone else does (end sarcasm here), I'm doing the "First Sentence of the Month" meme.

January: The vacation pictures aren't uploaded yet, but here are the pre-vacation beach photos.

February: Well, obviously, I want my spare parts given to anybody who can use them, and the rest of it sent off for dissection.

March: I'm still doing better.

April: None today, but last year I photoshopped a picture of me with a HUGE 'Mom' tattoo on my arm and sent it to my mum.

May: I'd expect a slow extinction over many generations, as with most other species.

June: Happy 1st day of hurricane season, everyone! Remember to keep your gas tanks full and your freezers empty.

July: I had a strange dream, really strange.

August: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

September: I'm just making a quick update.

October: As about half of you knew already, I'm back from Vietnam and caught up in school again.

November: My LJ is near death. I should do something to revive it.

December: Please! I am the geek in my family.
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My Christmas tree's delicious! [Dec. 16th, 2009|03:13 pm]
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I can't decide if this is an epic fail or an epic win...
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