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Friday, February 27, 2004

Burn It Reminder

Just a reminder, but Monday is the last day to sign up for this round of my Burn It CD swap. You can get all of the information here, so go read up on it and sign up!

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Thursday, February 26, 2004

(Blogging) Girls Night Out

Robin, Katie, Angela, and I are meeting for dinner in about an hour and a half and then heading over to a local club (at least Robin and I are) for ladies night (no cover and $1.75 drinks). Ought to be lots of fun. I love my blogging girlfriends!

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A Little Comedy

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He has been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket towards the man.

He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.

"Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says.

They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens.

After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast.

They had a wonderful, wonderful time.

The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy is amazed! ! Everything had been SO incredible!!!!

"You know, " he said, "you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet? "

"No, " she replies. . . . . . . . "

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Monday, February 23, 2004

Happy Birthday, Mac!

Today is another fish's birthday, so go wish Mac a happy one. Happy birthday, you fishy girl, you! *kiss kiss*

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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Flowers for Al and Don

Thanks to the ever delightful Joelle, I found out about Flowers for Al and Don. Basically, Darren is going to buy a ton of bouquets and give them to random gay couples waiting in line to get married in San Francisco.

It's a very sweet thing and a great way to show your support for gay marriage, so go give a few bucks if you can.

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Sunday, February 15, 2004

Cold Case

Anyone else watch Cold Case? I swear, I cry like a baby at the end of every episode.

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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Burn It - The Winter Edition

I finally decided what theme I wanted to use for this edition of Burn It, so sign-ups begin now. Please be sure to read the rules carefully before signing up!


The Theme:
I was thinking of making this theme all about melancholy music (winter being a time when lots of people get the blues). tj suggested making it a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) mix which fits both the melancholy music and the season. So, for this theme, music that you listen to when sad or music that makes you blue should be what you're shooting for. It could be the lyrics or just the way that the song sounds.


Here's how it works:
After the signup period, people will be put into groups of 4. You will then receive an e-mail from me telling you the names and addresses of the people in your group. You burn 5 identical CDs. Keep one for yourself and send the other three to the other people in your group and one to me. New Rule: Since so many people have been complaining that they haven't gotten CDs from people in their group, I am now requiring that you send one to me so I can keep track of who sent them out and who didn't. I hate to do this, but it seems the best way to keep track. You should then receive three new CDs from the other three people in your group.


The rules:
- You should have a blog. I would like this to be a fun way to connect people in the blogosphere. If you don't, go over to Diaryland or Blogspot and start one for free.
- If you're not going to follow through and make your CDs, please don't bother signing up. It would be a shame if one or two people ruined this for their group. If you signed up last swap and didn't send your CDs out, don't sign up this time.
- You must live in the US or Canada. If there's a intrest in this in other areas, I may do a swap at some point down the road that includes other countries, but since this is the first swap, I'm going to limit it to the areas where I know most of you guys live.
- If you live in the US, you should be willing to ship to Canada. If you live in Canada, you should be willing to ship to the US. The postage is a teeny bit more, but nothing that's going to break the bank.
- Remember that most people can't play mp3s in their car, so make sure they're something that will play in a standard car stereo. I tend to use cda or wav files. I have put together a list of Burn It resources for those not familiar with making CDs.
- Please be sure to put your name, URL, or e-mail on your CD somewhere. I got several last time that I liked, but have no idea who sent them.


Guidlines on creating your CDs:
- Include a track listing. If someone like an artist, they might want to buy more music by them. Let us know who it is.
- Fill up the CD as much as you can. There's 80 minutes on a blank CD. Don't half-ass it and make a 30 minute CD.
- You should definitely use a jewel case when sending your CDs to protect it during mailing. You can get them cheap anywhere.
- I know a lot of people are graphically inclined, so feel free to make your CD a work of art.
- Don't be afraid to put on "cheesy" music. If you like it, others probably will too.
- Don't be afraid to put on music that no one has ever heard before either. Billboard or MTV may never have known this music, but you did, so that's what counts.


If you've gotten this far and you still want to sign up, send an e-mail (change the AT to an @ in my e-mail address) to me and make sure you reference the swap in the subject line. You must include the following information:

- Your name
- Mailing address
- Your blog URL
- Your e-mail address

Sign-ups will continue through Monday, March 1st. By Thursday, March 4th, I will send e-mails to everyone letting you know who is in your group. You should have all of your CDs burned and in the mail NO LATER THAN Monday, March 29th. This gives you at least a full three weeks to create and ship CDs to your three group partners and me.

Please spread the word! More people equals more music! Just be sure to link to this URL, because eventually this entry will cycle off the main page.

If you have any other questions, you can e-mail me or leave a comment.

Special thanks goes out to Alison for both the inspiration and allowing me to use most of her rules and guidelines.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

How Recent?

I just got off the phone with a guy that I met online through a dating site. He goes to yoga class and I was telling him how I took it last year, but didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I then said it would probably be easier to do now since I'd lost a lot of weight. He quickly goes, "How recent are your pictures?" lol The joys of online dating!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Babies Everywhere

I feel great! (It's back up now, so go watch!)

(Link courtesy of Ernie's mini-blog.)

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Saturday, February 7, 2004

Catharsis

As painful as Thursday (and the early morning Friday confrontation) was, I feel a great sense of relief right now. No more wondering what he means by stuff like "This is my confirmation period" and "If it's meant to be it will be and I'll be with you forever." I made him sit down and listen to how I've felt since he left and the thoughts that I've had. I don't know if he really heard me (somehow I doubt he did since he quit hearing me over a year ago), but for my sake of mind, I had to tell him.

Steven did say one thing, though, that shows me how little he really understands me. He told me that I am unwilling to give him the time he needs to make his decision (to be or not to be with me, if you'll pardon the lame Shakespearian pun). This is just not true. I would have been happy to give him time, but him sleeping with another person changes everything.

As I said before, he's the only man I've ever been with. Sex is important to me and the fact that he's already banging someone else is something that I will never be able to forget (I actually told Christine this when we went out to dinner a few weeks ago).

Actually, I may have been able to forget it and let it go, but since it took place in the bed that we bought together (I still remember how excited I was that we were looking at furniture together. How special and loved I felt that he actually cared about how I liked the matress), I will never be able to forget that. Maybe I should be able to, but I don't think I can. With that, he burned any bridge that he may have had with me.

So, I slept for about fifteen hours Friday and went out to the local country and western club were I saw a lot of new and old friends. I danced with four or five incredible dancers plus some not-so-good ones, but I had a pretty damn good time and I feel a lot better. I've got a date tonight, so I guess I should go get some sleep.

As always, I want to thank everyone on here for their continued support. Maybe it's sad that it's taken me this long to really put Steven behind me, but part of what makes me who I am is the way that I love someone - completely, fiercely, and with all my heart and soul. I wouldn't be the person that I am if I didn't and I know that being that way makes me hang on for longer than I should. Some times, though, you just have to be who you are and handle it as you can.

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Friday, February 6, 2004

Finite

It is over.

Tonight I went over and confronted Steven after three months of him dodging the question of why we broke up and if we have a chance of maybe working something out. Since he's already fucking someone else, the answer to that is a resounding no. Believe it or not, in my whole life, he's the only person that I've ever slept with and this, on top of his betrayal of ending our six year relationship without even attempting to fix things, is the end of anything that we could have salvaged from it.

I liked him very much and I loved him very much and when he told me at Christmas time that the more people he met, the more he could see we had in common and the more he realized how much he loved me and missed me, I had such strong hopes that we would be able to fix whatever it was that was wrong with us. Apparently, though, most of that was just drunken ramblings, so I shouldn't have taken it to heart. But you know what? After six years of waiting to hear all of that, that's exactly what I did. I knew that we were going to get back together again and that we could fix things. However, since Steven doesn't want to even give this a chance, I guess I was just an idiot. I'm beginning to think, though, that the whole time I was with him I was an idiot. He's shallow and not very good at being there for someone, so why the fuck would I want to be with him anyway?

I can - and will - do so much better than him. I hope some day he realizes there's more to a person than how they look. And I hope then he truly realizes what he threw away.

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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Serious Moonlight

Listening to the WinAmp on random (as always) and David Bowie's "Let's Dance," one of my favorites, came on. The phrase "serious moonlight" that's used a few times in the song is just such an evocative image to me. Isn't it a great turn of phrase?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Discovery

So, as you all probably know by now, I've lost about forty pounds since last year. While going through some old pictures I found, I came across one of me getting ready to go to my senior prom (scanned and shared for your pleasure). I figured my prom dress was still around, so I went and looked in my old closet and, sure enough, there it was. You know what's a nice feeling? Fitting into your prom dress ten years later.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Winner!

I just got done with a ten player $11 poker tournament that I somehow managed to come back and get first place for $50. It got down to me and one really erratic player which kind of bothered me since I was having problems putting him on hands.

On one hand I got pocket kings, so I didn't raise before the flop hoping instead to trap him and double up. The flop came jack, eight, nine rainbow so when he bet I raised him hoping he didn't have the straight. He reraised me all in and turned his cards to show a ten-five offsuit. The turn came a queen, giving him the nut straight (that's the problem with slow-playing; sometimes it can really hurt you). I realized, though, that if one of the remaining tens were to hit, I would have the straight to the king, beating him. Sure enough, the river was a ten, doubling me up and putting me back in the tournament.

I had a few more lucky hands and then, on the last hand of the tournament, I played king-eight suited in the small blind. He reraised, but since he was almost all in, I figured I might as well see the flop. The flop came five, two, and eight, giving me the top pair. He bet and I raised him all in. I then caught an eight on the turn, giving me the winner.

Bet that guy was pissed that I came back and won it. Just goes to show why they say all you need is a chip and a chair to win.

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Give Me a T-H-E-M-E!

If I was to do the winter Burn It (my seasonal CD swap. You can view all related entries, including rules and such, here) in the next few weeks, what would be a good theme? Last spring was driving music, summer was "hot" music (sexy music, basically), and fall was Free For All Fall where there was no theme (and those that were in my group, I still need to mail your CDs out; I know, I suck). What's a good winter one? I had envisioned doing a kind of melancholy mix, but I'm just not in the mood for it. So, come on and give me some good ideas! (Btw, it doesn't necessarily have to relate to winter, but it can.)

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Monday, February 2, 2004

E-Mail Bests

Eatmail put together a top ten list of some of the most widely e-mailed video clips of 2003. A few of them were only mildly entertaining, but the top three were the best, especially the "BJ - Priceless" one.

(Link courtesy of Darren.)

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Sunday, February 1, 2004

Whisper in My Ear

My date last night with D's friend was wonderful. We went to dinner, played pool for a couple of hours, and then sat and talked for another hour or so.

There was only one problem: Sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning I lost my voice. I can barely speak above a whisper, though occasionally I can get back to the sexy scotch and cigarette voice for a sentence or two. One of the managers where we ate last night (really nice lady that I see all the time) actually brought me a little bowl of hot honey with lemon and lime in it when she heard me talk.

My date was a really good sport about it (I even brought a notepad and a pen in case it was too hard to hear me) and we both enjoyed ourselves despite my being so hoarse. Hopefully by the time he calls back this week, I'll actually be able to talk to him.

I was going to head out today for a Super Bowl thing, but decided to stay home in hopes that no talking and no drinking would give my throat a rest. Let's hope that my voice comes back soon or I know of at least one date that I'll have to cancel!

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