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Girls Night last weekend in Appleton was a blast. Only Mandy and Beth made it, but they were the two I wanted to see and catch up with the most, so I was more than happy with the turn out. Found a new polyester swim suit on sale for $55 down from $80, and I'm all "Yay!" about that because the blue one I had been wearing has seen at least a year of hard use and I was just waiting for some seam to rip or something during swim lessons - not a nice thought considering it was the only one I had until I got the new one (well, two - I got an Ugly a week or two before in Stevens Point, but still). Also found a pair of new shoes on sale for $95 down from $120.

We also helped Mandy find a nice interview outfit, I tried on a goofy dress I wouldn't be caught dead in just for the hell of it, and generally just had a fun time wandering around the mall window shopping. Beth did manage to convince me to spend $40 on makeup, but I figure the lip pencil will last me the rest of my life - possibly even longer considering how rarely I wear makeup - so it should be worth it in the end.

Next up was glaming ourselves up and dinner at Olive Garden; I wore a skirt sexy boots *and* makeup - would've attempted to do my hair, too, especially as it was kind of behaving all blah-like anyway, but we ran out of prep time (hey, by the time we left the mall, we only had 45 minutes left to get to the hotel, change, and get back to the other side of the mall area to Olive Garden, so all things considered, I think we did pretty well), so it was just... blah. Managed to leave it down for maybe forty minutes before pulling it back into my more typical messy bun.

Then we spent a half hour or so at a salsa bar and shared a really tasty margarita before hitting Skyline Comedy Club for the 10pm show. I didn't find the two opening acts all that amusing, but the headliner, Nick Vatterott had me chuckling quite a few times. The line about being high as a kite and checking the time, only to see "End" on his microwave clock had all three of us rolling. And being the wild child I am, my two drink minimum consisted of a rootbeer and a decaf coffee. Am I bad, or am I bad? ;)

After the comedy show it was back to my hotel room, where we spent an additional hour or two jabbering before I shooed them both out and home as they still had to drive a bit and by this point it was 2 am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. I showered and was in bed by three, where I maybe got two hours of sleep and I was up again by 8:00 because I am a glutton for punishment. Still made it home it one piece, though, and it was an awesome night and I'm super glad I set it up. I cringe every time I think about how much money I spent, but every penny was so totally worth it for the chance to catch up with Mandy and Beth again.

Also, spent New Years Eve with Emmies. We ate at El Mez, had a Disney Movie Marathon (Sorcerer's Apprentice and Tangled), and then I stayed up until 3 with her watching the Batman television series from the 60s. Then I drove home the next day on two or three hours of sleep with a snow storm doing it's damndest to blow me off the road. Thankfully it did not succeed and I made it home all in one piece. :)
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Last Tuesday - spent the WHOLE LOVELY AFTERNOON jabbering and catching up with my dear friend Beth from high school, whom I hadn't seen in almost two years. Had a yummy lunch at El Mezcal and then spent an hour or so at Wildwood wandering around and jabbering some more. It was great!

Saturday - Hiking on Rib Mountain and enjoying the fall colors with my friend Kristin. Car almost overheated on the way up the hill, but since there has been this Thing with the radiator (air must be getting into the system somewhere, because the inflow suck tubes don't seem to do their job very well) for years now, I've taken to keeping a jug of antifreeze in the back. First time I had to use it since we first noticed the Thing back in 2008 or 2009, so I figure I'll call it win. I just have to make sure I check the radiator itself more often and not depend on the amount of fluid in the antifreeze reservoir.

ANYWAY, after the smoking engine scare (it wasn't redlining yet, but it was very close), Kristin and I spent a good two or three hours on the hill taking tons of pictures and OOOing and AAAHing at all the pretty leaves. Then we headed to Point for FREE FOOD FOR 100 PEOPLE AT PLAYERS LOUNGE thing that Dustin won (he's on their mailing list) and had a really great time catching up with some of my Point and Plover friends (and introducing Kristin to them, which went awesome because I always knew she'd get along great with the rest of mah peeps). Spent a good hour or two jabbering with my old roommate Haley, who I hadn't seen since I a week or two after I graduated, catching up a bit with Kristin and Steve because I hadn't seen them since their wedding back in May, and a handful of others as well. Then Dustin decided that we were all going to head down town for some bar-hopping just because it was Homecoming Weekend and we were all having fun and didn't want the night to end really (and the Free Food was mediocre at best, so once all of us were no longer starving, staying at Players kind of lost some of it's appeal)

Finally headed back to Marshfield around 11:30, dropped Kristin off by about 12:30, and only got home myself around 1 in the morning. Showered and crashed by 2 and spent a very lazy Sunday watching movies and trying not to fall asleep because three hours of hiking followed by three more of food, friends, and Downtown Stevens Point on Homecoming Weekend made for an awesome but also slightly exhausting day.

And I think that is everything of interest that has happened in the last two weeks. Hurray for friends and awesomeness!

On an entirely different note, with money being super tight and just a general unwillingness to spend $15 on something that will only stay nice a month or so at most, I cut about 4 inches off my own hair tonight. Showered, shampooed, conditioned, and then I hung my head upside down and made like Cousin It so I could see the ends as I trimmed. Final result is not perfect, but one of the many bonuses to having long hair is that it doesn't really have to be in order to still look good. :D
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Earlier this week I decided that whether I had anyone to go with or not, I was going to go up to Wisconsin Interstate Park this weekend and enjoy the fall colors. So I did, and I didn't even have to go by myself, hurrah! My friend Ethan joined me so the three hour drive wasn't as boring as it could've been as we are pretty good at maintaining conversations. Definitely made the trip seem to go faster, so yay for that.

Left about 9 am yesterday and Ethan asked to go to a flea market just outside of St. Croix Falls (where Interstate Park is). Spent a good hour or two there, at least a third of which was spent chatting up the gentlemen who had a really cool rock shop there. So cool, in fact, that I got a free 5 dollar petrified wood pendant from one of the guys. Granted, it was probably partially because Ethan left with at least $130 worth of rocks (that he got for $70 - must love Flea Market discounts!), but they also just really seemed to enjoy talking to some kindred spirits in the rock world. So that was pretty awesome.

Got to Interstate Park about quarter after 2 pm, and it was just as pretty as I knew it would be in Autumn. Walked three or four trails over the course of about 2.5/3 hours, took lots of pictures, and generally just really enjoyed myself. Left to head back home about 5:30ish and got back around 8:30ish. Ethan hung around until about 10:15 doing the jabber thing - like I said, it's rare that we ever lack anything to talk about - and then I proceeded to crash like a mad crashing thing by midnight (had to shower, after all, and stock the woodstove for the night) ... only to wake up at 4:30 am because I hadn't eaten anything in almost 12 hours and my tummy was very unhappy with me. But that's okay because I just curled up in my ugly fuzzy blue robe and a blanket, with some crackers and orange juice and an episode of Stargate SG-1 and then went back to bed for three an a half hours after I finished it.

Now I am lying on the couch in my PJs with Ancient Aliens on the TV and my computer in my lap. So far? Awesome weekend. Possibly to get even more awesome as my friend Beth from high school whom I haven't seen in almost two years is planning on paying Marshfield a visit at some point in the next three days, so there's a good chance I'll get to hang out with her for a bit, too.

(only downside of the weekend so far - I spent at least 80 bucks on gas and an additional 70 or so on groceries in the last three days, all of which went on my credit card. Ugh, money sucks)
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I have yet to see either of the new Tron movies, and I've only seen the original maybe once, a very very long time ago. As in, I was four. Maybe five. Six is probably pushing it.

However, this? Totally needs to be an extra scene in the next movie. Seriously. Fanboys and girls around the world will explode with glee if we get to see that put onto the big screen. Please?
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Becca, I saw this and totally thought of you
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First, I HAD A MANDA ALL WEEKEND! She was planning on coming on Friday night, but car trouble postponed that until Saturday morning around 11ish. We hung out at the house for a few hours playing on computer and the like and then headed to Point for Riverfront Rendezvous. Met my friend Angela at Emmy J's for coffee and ice cream around 3, jabbered for about an hour and a half and then we hit the park to check out the festivities. It was still awhile before the concert was going to start, so we just perused up and down the walking/biking trail to see if there was anything going on before heading back to the main stage area. By this time it was about 6ish, so we decided to hit Emmy J's again - this time their very good cafe supplied with lots of organic and local foods, so hurray for supporting out state! - for some actual good for you food before we headed back to the park to stake out our square of grass for the concert. Tracy showed up a few minutes after we spread out our blanket, so it was nice to catch up with her, too.

First up was The Presidents, a sort of local band from Milwaukee who were tons of fun and extremely good. Almost went to see if they were selling CDs, but Manda and I both decided we were too cheap and went the "We'll "Like" them on Facebook instead and listen to their songs online." Second was another localish country group with female vocalists who... were not so good. I don't listen to much country - I don't hate it, I just don't tend to go looking for it, either - but Manda does, and she was pretty much "Why must they ruin all of my favorite songs?!" for the hour they had the stage. Even as a not country type I felt for her... These ladies really were not that good and as a choir snob, it was kind of painful to listen to them. So we ignored them as best we could and ate fried cheese curds and other munchies that I had brought along to try and console ourselves while we made fun of the band.

The big star of the night was Josh Thompson, a pretty well known country singer apparently. He didn't come on until close to 10:00 and we decided to leave early as we were both getting tired of the concert thing. Besides, we didn't want to risk getting stuck in the moving parking lot that would result when the concerts finally ended for the night, so we headed to down town Point to see if there was anywhere to dance. Steel was closed, alas, and the only other place with a dance floor was deader than dead, so we texted Dustin and JB to see if they had anything going on. JB was doing the movie thing, but by this time it was close to 11 pm and wed just decided to call it a night because we were both tired and we still had an hour drive to get back home. Wild partiers we are not.

Sunday we met my friend Kristin for lunch at El Mezcal, and then on a whim I decided to go visit Jurustic Park - a privately owned sculpture park that was put together and run by a local artist. He works with metal and makes all sorts of weird creatures out of scrap metal. The place has been around for years, but I never got around to visiting it even though I've lived in Marshfield pretty much my whole life and the park (and the artist) outdate me by quite a bit. Anyway, the place is right down near McMillian Marsh (the feature that puts the "Marsh" in "Marshfield") and it is *awesome*. I can't believe I waited so long to visit. The artist himself is sarcastic and almost as shameless as I am, so all the little blurbs he puts on his work to try and "explain" them are a hoot to read. He was sitting out front cracking jokes about how his in-laws were visiting and they weren't the sharpest tools in the shed before drawing our attention to about a half dozen actual stuffed dummies that were sitting around his shop (the aforementioned "in-laws"). His wife was also there, and she does some pretty amazing glass work. Manda picked up a pair of very nice glass earrings and she explained to us how she made some of her pieces. Very cool stuff.

Got back to the house around 4 pm, and then we spent the rest of Sunday hanging out on the couch and alternating between playing on our computers and reading. Exciting, right? :)

Monday Manda left around 11, alas, but we had a fun weekend. Later in the afternoon we also had a cook out and invited Gramma and some family friends from the library to join us, so that's where I spent the rest of the evening. Only downside was that I got chomped by mosquitoes three times - once on my ankle which as been driving me nuts for the last two days, once on my knee which just started today, and once on my other knee but so far that one hasn't been itching, so hurray for that!

Anyway, that was my weekend! Had lots of fun and took a bunch of pictures. I might even get around to posting them eventually. :)
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This past weekend was the Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. Dad has been showing his Ethanol Buggy there for the last two years - last year I missed it because I was out west, so this year I was pretty psyched when I was able to get there yesterday. Picked up my friend Ethan and we got to the fair by 9:30ish... and then we proceeded to spend the whole day there. Seriously. The place opened at like 9 and closed at 5. We were there until at least 4:30. It was pouring rain most of the day, and I was kind of cold and wet and the food court was a giant mud puddle, but I still had a blast. I even got in free because Dad was displaying, and I spent less that $15 or the entire day (aside from gas). $7 for a very tasty Indian Taco for lunch and $5ish for one of the homemade soaps that made my whole car smell kind of awesome on the way back home.
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Yesterday was pretty great. Two of my friends, Kristin and Steve, got married in Madison, and with my limited finances I asked my friend Ethan if he was interested being my travel buddy so I could get a bit of help on gas. We'd been trying to figure out when and where to get together and catch up since I got home, so it seemed like a good opportunity. Then, the day before the wedding, my friend Tracy found out she could also attend, too, so she grabbed a ride as well! Three kind of hippy crafty geology-interested people in a car for three hours = WIN. Seriously, I don't think there were any stretches of non-conversation that lasted more than three minutes the entire trip there and back, and my voice was going scratchy because we were talking so much.

We got to Madison about 12:00, and since the wedding didn't start until 4:30, we had lots of time to hang out a bit and do the touristy thing, and Madison is a very good place to do a tourist thing. Walking down Dayton? Street right next to the capitol, we were able to cheer on the Walker protesters who are *still* marching on the capitol (don't let the rumors get to you - seriously, this is like the most polite protest I've ever seen or heard of. The protesters were standing out front of the capitol building singing hymns, for crying out loud! With an accordion accompanying them. It was kind of awesome) and camping on capitol hill, and there were four big wooden sheets right under one of the sculptures across the street from the front doors filled with personal messages from some of the people who had joined the protest over the months. I have pictures and I will post them probably before the end of the day.

Then we headed to the Wisconsin Historical Museum and spent a good chunk of the afternoon there, possibly annoying the other patrons a bit because we were jabbering so much about the nifty history stuff. I've probably been to the Wisconsin Historical Museum at least three or four times in my life, but it never, ever gets old. Wisconsin has so much cool stuff in its history, and I never get tired of seeing and reading about it.

Then it was time for the wedding at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Despite clouds and rain in the morning and probably on the tail end of the reception dinner and dance, it did not rain, and the gardens were beautiful. Really going to have to go back there and check them out more throughly one of these days. Anyway, I got all dressed up and tossed on a little eye makeup for effect (and yes, there will be pictures eventually, but I kinda forgot my camera so I'm going to have to wait until I can mooch them off of my friends) and we went to find our seats. Ceremony was short and very warm-hearted with one of the nieces reciting a poem she wrote for the bride and groom, one of the aunts or grandmothers sang "You Raise Me Up", and Dustin did a very nice, heart-felt job with the whole ceremony (he was playing the part of the priest).

Then there was the reception dinner and I got to sit and talk with a bunch of my Point/Plover/Milwaukee friends for *two hours* and MANDY WAS THERE and it was awesome and we took lots more pictures. Dinner was probably fantastic, but I had no appetite so I mostly just had potatoes and a bun. Then the whole sucky part of the evening - lack of appetite unfortunately turned into some pretty significant nausea about an hour before we were planning on leaving, so I had to bail on my friends (boo) to go outside and try and see if fresh air and moving around helped any. It did, but the queasiness was persistent, and it was bad enough that I was seriously worried that the trip back home was going to be miserable. Ethan and Tracey stuck around long enough for cake - because damned if i was going to ruin the party for them if I didn't have to - and joined me outside at around 8ish, which is when we were planning on leaving to head back to Point and Marshfield.

Five minutes on the road? I was fine. What the hell, body? That was sooooooo not on. I wonder if it was just a combination of the press of bodies and the various scents and smells of food and perfume and cologne that got to me, but whatever, we all had a good time right up until I got queasy, then I hope they both had a good time up until only just before we were initially planning on leaving, so it's not like the night was a bust or anything - just the opposite, actually - I just wish I could've stuck around and enjoyed that last hour rather than walking in circles around the parking lot trying not to puke. Ugh, stupid body.

Anyway, conversation in the car back home was just as back and forth as it was on the way down, and we pulled into Stevens Point around 10 or 10:30ish to drop off Tracy, and I had Ethan back home by 11. Wild partiers we are not, though I imagine we all would've stayed longer at the wedding had the Mystery Illness not made a nuisance of itself. I was bummed, man! I hadn't seen Mandy in *forever*, and I hadn't seen Val and Melissa in almost as long and I was so excited to have the chance to catch up with them. I guess the two hour we *were* able to catch up a bit was better than nothing, though. And I totally got as much talking and jabber as I could've possibly hoped with Ethan and Tracy, so that was good.

Anyway, aside from the annoying nausea thing, the whole day was a blast and I am so glad I got to go see Kristin and Steve start their lives together!
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As mentioned, I spent a very awesome weekend down in the Portland area with Andrea. Much fun was had.

because it gets a little long and rambly )

So, that was my weekend, and it was awesome. Thanks again [ profile] noellesan for putting me up (or putting up with me, whichever. ;) ) for a few days!

Only downside to the entire weekend? The cassette thingy-mabob I use on the rare occasion I actually bother trying to listen to my MP3 player in my car is now stuck fast in Coyote's cassette deck and I have had no success what so ever in removing it. And, the kicker? It would appear that it doesn't actually work anymore, either, so not only is the cassette itself stuck, but it is making my tape deck unuseable as well. Not on, technology. Of course, since I rarely use my tape deck, this really isn't a huge thing, just really inconvenient with the cross-country trip coming up in a few weeks. Ah, well, maybe I'll sic my housemate Walter on the problem when I get back after work tonight.
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Had a super lovely weekend with [ profile] noellesan in which there was zoo-going and OMSI wandering that I will try and write about in detail within the next few days, but for now I am OMGSOTIRED and shall save it (and hee, I initially typoed "shave it" - I amuse easily) for another time. Right now, suffice to say it was awesome indeed, and now I am going to go back to bed to add a fifth hour to the four hour nap I have only recently surfaced from.
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Went to Red Rock Canyon instead of Ring of Fire on Sunday, but I still took way too many pictures and spent a bunch of money that probably could've gone toward better, less frivolous uses, but whatever, I now have a new long sleeved t-shirt and a bunch of really pretty postcards that did a way better job of capturing the Red Rocked-ness of Red Rock Canyon than I ever could.

Also, on the way back from the park, we saw numerous signs warning of "Wild Burro/Big Horn Sheep Crossing", and we looked at them, looked at each other, and kind of shrugged because, okay, like deer crossing, only probably less likely. Three miles later, traffic was stopped by a trio of wild burros blocking the road, and they were quite content to stay right there until a police officer actually had to stop and chase them away. He also looked slightly amused and mildly resigned... I guess it happens often enough, especially when the tourist try and feed the beasts. Anyway, the whole ordeal caused myself and Cristin to bust out laughing, because seriously, WE WERE STOPPED BY A HERD OF WILD BURROS! Who'da thunk? (and yes, I do have pictures).

Yesterday it was brunch at IHOP and some SG marathoning (Urgo, Crystal Skull, The Storm, and Echos) before Cristin dropped me off at the air port and I was on my way back to Washington. Had a very awesome and lovely weekend with Cristin, saw a bit of Vegas, and didn't actually spend as much money as I thought I would, so yay for that!

Of course, now I have no one in the area to share my abject SG love with, and I am resigned to obsess over it all on my own again. ::dramatic sigh:: Also, slightly sleep deprived. Is it nap time yet?
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Okay, so the timer is telling me i still have about twenty minutes of computer time before the library kicks me off. So, a quick'n'dirty Year In Review, totally not spell checked so I apologize ahead of time.

Not doing a long ramble this time around, just some highlights that I can remember off the top of my head.

* December 2009 - I graduated with a BS in Geoscience. By the end of February 2010, I had gotten a temporary position as the GIS Specialist at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in Burbank, Washington. Hurray for internships! (Sadly, my $160 stipend is the most reliable paycheck I've ever had)

* Mid-March - my parents and I drove 1800 miles across country from Wisconsin to Washington in my little 1996 Geo Tracker. 12 hours a day on the road is not the most fun in the world, but we saw some really cool places along the way.

* Mid-to-late March - Started working at Ice Harbor Dam! Discovered that I had forgotten almost *everything* about GIS in the year it had been since I took any classes, but it was all quick to come back with a little research. Issues with the computer programs I needed (or the lack there of) plagued the first month, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing.

* Late May into June - Manda visited! We hit Paluse Falls (which is awesome), watched a bunch of movies, toured the Ice Harbor visitor center, and played on the toys at Columbia Park.

* July - I met the lovely Andrea and got to see Vaidah, Jodie, and Krissy for the first time in SEVEN YEARS when we hit the Lilith Fair in George, Washington. It was awesome beyond words.

* September - Housemates Beth and Walter and I went camping on Mount Rainier, taking a day to visit Mount Saint Helen's while we were in the area (COOLEST PLACE *EVER*) and quite accidentally ran across one of the biggest swap meets/flea markets in the United States.

* October - I attended the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver, CO with two fellow UWSP Alumni, Angela and Liza. It was way fun, and I visited the Cheesecake Factory for the first time ever.

* November - I went home to visit the family and friends for TWO WHOLE WEEKS over Thanksgiving, which was fantastic! I also had an Emmies for two days worth of those two whole weeks, which was also awesome. I MISS YOU GUYS!

And that pretty much covers it! 2010 was a pretty good year for me - I had a lot of fun, was able to see a lot of amazing people and places, and for the first time in my life I wasn't super worried about Financial Issues. Also, for the first time in six and a half years, I didn't have to take a single test or complete a single paper. ;)

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2011 is a great one!

(wow, a whole 8 minutes left! Go me!)
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First - Stumble Spam!

This looks nifty - World's First Sustainable City. More than nifty, actually, it looks pretty freaking cool. Kind of like something right out of a sci fi novel, only prettier. Seems like a pretty sound theory, too. To bad the likelihood of it actually happening are like one billion to one.

Second - Iron Man!

I very much love Iron Man 2. Awesome villain, awesome fight scenes, awesome banter (I seriously love the "phone" conversation between Pepper and Tony toward the end. It might actually be my favorite scene)... in short, it is a lot of awesome. First one still wins in the awesomeness race, but it is very very close.

I do not love Happy in Iron Man 2. In fact, I found him kind of annoying. cut for general spoilers from the first movie, and a few minor character spoilers on the second )

Aside from that, though, the only not-awesome thing is that the "You complete me!" scene they show in all of the previews didn't actually make it into the film. At first I thought I might've just missed it while in the bathroom or some such when I saw the movie in the theater, but no... it just isn't there. I should totally sue for False Advertising or something, especially since I have the Bare Basics Version that doesn't have *any* special features, much less deleted scenes. Should've read the fine print. ::sigh::

ETA 8:46 - after looking around on line a bit, I found an article discussing some of the deleted scenes. While I still think the movie is awesome, after reading about some of what they took out, I am kind of disappointed they decided to cut it all. I can understand why they did, especially since even with the cut scenes, the movie is still almost two and a half hours long, but some of them sound like they would've made things - especially on the 'relationships' front - a lot more interesting.
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Mooched from [ profile] tarzanic because it is awesome.

Grover is on a horse. ... Cow.
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Mooched from Nicole on Facebook because I want to add it to my 'fluff' tag.

I stopped watching the news years ago because it was So Damn Depressing, and I figure I could get all of the really important stuff second and third hand. 8 Feel-Good Websites to Brighten Your Day is a CNN article that links to eight news sights that only have happy or inspirational stories because apparently I'm not the only one sick and tired of bad news, so many koodos to the people who have gone through the effort to score the interwebs for stories that don't break your heart (except in the best possible way).

And, for future reference when that CNN article gets lost in the archives never to be seen again (because I *know* I'm going to want to keep these links handy):

Happy News -
"We believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That's why we bring you up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives."

Give Me Hope -
Gives Me Hope (GMH) offers user-submitted true stories of kindness and generosity. The stories are sentimental and, at times, almost heartbreakingly sweet

(and another one that this one reminded me of - It Made My Day

1000 Awesome Things -
1000 Awesome Things is a blog, updated every weekday, that enumerates the little things in life that make us happy. It's a reminder that even the smallest of feats are reason to smile.

Post Secret -
This secret-sharing site might be the perfect outlet to release that secret you've been harboring. Every Sunday founder Frank Warren posts a handful of secrets that people have anonymously mailed him on postcards.

Sometimes it can do a world of good to know someone shares your fears, dreams, hopes and failures

Christian the Lion -
A video rather than a website, but still pretty awesome. I had seen it before years ago, but only a few days ago I was considering doing an internet search to watch it again.

The backstory: John Rendall and Anthony Bourke bought Christian, a lion cub, from Harrods in 1969 and raised him in their London home. Several years later, they set the lion free to live in the wilds of Africa.

A year later, against the advice of experts, the pair was determined to locate Christian. They traveled to Kenya to find him, and their reunion was recorded on film. Really, you just have to watch it -- it's truly inspirational.

Today's Big Thing -
Make Today's Big Thing your new home page and you won't be inundated with depressing stories. Instead, you'll see the latest funny videos and creative pictures the internet has to offer in arts, entertainment, sports and more -- the real "news" people will be talking about at work tomorrow.

ZooBorns - (happy zoo news, usually centering around baby animals)
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Right, so today has decided to take forever to get through. I keep looking at my clock thinking at *least* an hour has got to have passed by now, right? When in fact it has only been twenty minutes. Ugh.

So, I'm taking a break from actual work-like stuff and putzing around online. I figure updating my LJ will at least kill a few minutes or so.

That said, my 4th of July weekend was pretty damned awesome! Started on Saturday afternoon when Vaidah, Jodie, Krissy, and Andrea picked me up from my place, and with the car stuffed to the gills full of people and other stuff, it was a bit of a snug two hours up to George, but totally awesome anyway because it was spent with awesome people! There was geeking and the whole car singing along to Glee's "Don't Stop Believing!" which I totally have on video because I am mean and evil like that. ;) Will upload it later with all the other pictures I took.

Lilith Fair, which I am cutting because it gets kind of long )

A nap and a shower brings us to around 3:00 in the afternoon on Sunday (July 4th/Independence Day), at which point I put on the TV for some mindless vegging (hurrah for the Star Wars Marathon on Spike TV) and was seriously at risk of dozing off again had Manda not called, and so we jabbered for an hour or two before her phone died and I was off to an 4th of July BBQ at one of my co-worker's house because he has an *awesome* view of the fireworks right on the river. I ate too much and managed to stay awake long enough to see the display (started at 10, was done by 10:30, but it was still pretty impressive) and then we hung around their place for another hour or so before heading back to our house by about 11:30ish. Then I did the computer thing briefly before I crashed again at around midnight and got all caught up with sleep and stuff.

Monday I had off, and I didn't do a damned thing. Well, that isn't true - I did vacuum my room, but otherwise? Nada. Spent the entire day reading or watching TV.

Oh, and did I mention I was PMSing big time the entire weekend? Which is probably why I was so damned tired, especially since Saturday was the heaviest day. Must love iron deficiency.

And... I think that is all, actually. So, hurrah! Not only have a killed almost an entire hour, but I also gave you all a nice long update to entertain you! (Not that I'm going to post it yet because this would be an update from the website, and the spell check on the website takes way too long to finish, so I'll post it when I get back on my own computer sometime tonight Posted it! Or at least made it public as of 5:08 pm Pacific)
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Spent almost all day yesterday with Vaidah, Krissy, Jodie, and Andrea at the Lilith Fair in George, WA. It was MADE OF AWESOME! The Gorge Amphitheater is *beautiful*, right on the Columbia River with a gorgeous view and natural acoustics that kick ass, and the concert was *amazing* and I got to cuddle with Vai, Jodie, and Krissy for the FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS, OMG! And also cuddle with Andrea, who I had never actually seen before, but there was still cuddling because it is tradition whenever there is more than one Scaper in the same place.

So, yes, it was fantastic, and there will be pictures eventually. But so not today because we got back at almost 3 this morning and OhGodSoTired and I am going back to bed. Or, well, probably not, but I am totally going to go take a shower. And then I'm probably going to take a nap. In bed. So, yes, I suppose I am going back to bed.

That said, Happy Independence Day to everyone here in the U.S.! And I wish the rest of the world a fantastic Sunday!
rensong: (Stark - Bored Now)
The last few days in a few lines:

Tuesday - Paluse Falls State Park. It was freaking *awesome*! Manda and I hiked around all over the place and took a ton of pictures, some of which I've posted on Facebook if anyone is interested. Seriously, awesome stuff. The Glacial Geology Geek in me was having a field day. Literally, even. ;)

Wednesday - It was raaaaaaaaaaaainy. Kind of a lot. Manda and I didn't do much of anything beyond watching movies, going to the park for an hour or so to wander around in the rain, and grabbing a few groceries for Girls Night In. Since no one else was online, though, Girls Night Serenity will be on Sunday (June 2) - aka, tomorrow - and we just watched more movies and munched on fresh strawberries. We also did laundry cause we're exciting like that.

Thursday - Lazy morning, but we did go to the mall in the afternoon. The running joke between myself and Amanda is how whenever we call each other or get together, it almost *always* rains or storms, so our theory is we have Super Brain Powers that let us mess with the weather. Being childish, I wanted to get Super Hero Rings ala that Captain Planet cartoon from years and years ago, so we went to the mall and did just that. Afterward, lacking anything better to do, we hit the movie theater across the street from the mall and watched the new Robin Hood movie, which was okay but I didn't really think it was worth gushing about.

After the movie was over, we met Beth at the Sushi place just across the parking lot from the theater where i discovered that not all sushi is created equally and the stuff that is actually made by a sushi chef is pretty darned good. Good times.

Friday - Manda's plane was scheduled to leave at 7:15 am, so we left here by 6:30 to get to the airport. Once we got there, we discovered that mechanical difficulties had postponed the flight until 9:00 am, so Manda and I sat around for an hour or so at the airport trying to figure out how to connect to their free wireless. Then Manda started getting her stuff ready to go through security and we hugged and said our goodbyes. Sadness. :(

Came back home, took a nap, and then around 1:00 pm I got a call from Manda in Minneapolis asking me to look up directions cause the person giving her a ride back home was kinda lost.

So, that was pretty much my week. Amanda and I had a blast, and I still have a day and a half of "vacation" before I go back to work on Monday. Yay!
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
I have a Manda! Had her for almost a whole 24 hours, actually - picked her up at the airport at around 11 last night, so hurrah! We went to Columbia Park and played on the playground in the rain this morning, then we drove around aimlessly for a bit because I wasn't entirely sure where I was. We ended up at the mall, though, which is a pretty big landmark and comes in right handy on this side of town. Wandered around there for an hour or two and went to see Iron Man 2 at the theater they have in there. Which, by the way, was a pretty awesome movie. I will totally spend money on it when it comes out on DVD. Also? There were maybe 8 people in the theater with us total, and it was a pretty darned good sized theater. This, my friends, is why I wasn't to antsy about waiting to see the movie - three weeks after it comes out, the hooplah has died down considerably and we didn't have to deal with annoying screamy girls or That Tall Guy Who Always Sits Right In Front Of You, or That Annoying Kid Who Keeps Kicking The Back Of Your Seat. Hurrah!

Went to Olive Garden for dinner, then we came back here and watched Practical Magic. No clue what we will do tomorrow.

But hurray, I have a Manda for a whole week!
rensong: (Independence Day)
Thank you for an Awesome Iron Man Girls Night, ladies! It was lots of fun!

a few of the highlights )

And then we started talking about Doctor Who and how horrible Eleven's hair is. The rest was mostly random commentary on the film and further nibbles on various parts of Robert Downy Jr's person.

So, yes, lots of fun. Thanks for joining the party, girls!

Also, if anyone wants the entire conversation, I saved it all on my hard drive so I could go through and collect a few bits later (as seen above). Mostly it is a whole lot of random comments about what is going on at that particular point in the movie, but it still might be fun to look back on.

Alrighty, now the question is whether or not I want to try and stay up another half hour to watch Castle or call it a night and do another library run later in the week to watch it online. My life, so hard.

Oh, yeah, and THE COMPUTERS AT WORK ARE STILL DOWN! Seriously, computer people, it has been a *week*... an entire freaking WEEK! Enough already!
rensong: (Independence Day)

And, you knoooow... I am getting a rather large Tax Return...

::goes off to stare at the picture and argue with myself some more::
rensong: (Default)
WINTER HOLIDAY! In... Minnesota. Classy, right? ;) )

2:00ish pm - At parents house. YAY FOR HAVING INTERNET ACCESS AGAIN! Summary now, pictures later I hope. Happy (Belated) New Year everyone!

Next on the agenda - take a nap Clean off my bed and *then* take a nap. Sleep deprivation for the lose, but four whole days with Manda - TOTALLY WIN! It was fun, and I hope to do it again now that I know the train has a regular schedule. Next time, though, I'm going to shoot for a time when the Midwest isn't in a deep freeze.
rensong: (Independence Day)
All you NCIS types who watched last night were right - the season premiere was freaking *awesome*!

few spoilers )

Once again, awesome episode! I am kind of afraid of what the next few episodes will bring, however. I have no doubt that they will also be awesome, but I'm thinking they also might be rather Ouch-worthy.
rensong: (Independence Day)
What do you get when you type "awesome" into an internet search? Why I, personally, think most of the videos I saw were a bit stupid, but the pictures are fun. There is a post about pictures a bit after the Zombie Hide-out that has some particularly good ones.

Yes, I could be doing homework.


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