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I feel a bit odd doing this, but I’m going to put a little plea out here. This Sunday, I’ll be walking to raise money for the MS Society. This is an important cause for me because my sister-in-law is living with MS.

I’m taking any dollar amount, but please don’t feel obligated. If you want more information, please click here, http://www.nationalmssociety.org//MNM/personal/default.asp?pa=51612556&pd=MNM0EWLK20050501RED

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I have had such a great day! I was scheduled for an eye doctor appointment this morning, so I got to sleep in and hang out around the house. A perfect start to a work week, I think.

The eye doctor went better than normal. Everyone was very friendly and gentle–and no one lectured me about my eyes.

Work had a bit of stress, but it all worked out in the end–and I was expecting it to be a bit hectic. Only working half a day made it just fly by.

My friend A had a Purple Tree party tonight. It’s one of those direct sales things. This is a new company that sells craft projects. Everything you need to make your project is included in the kit. They have what they call a “make & take”, which is a small project that you do at the party. It’s free no matter if you buy anything or not. We made a pair of cute earrings. Pretty simple, really. It was the very first party held in my town, so I agreed to host one next month. I know several people who are into little crafts–and this is a company they haven’t seen yet.

All in all, it’s been a very good day.

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The doctor’s appointment went well. Turns out I was experiencing allergies. I’m on two different sets of drops to clear the situation up and I’m feeling much better. I can’t believe the complete change in my attitude.

It was one of my very dear friend’s birthday yesterday. I made her a pamper basket using items that are found in a grocery store. I premeasured most of the ingredients and attached little recipe tags. I gave it to her tonight.

I felt rather bad because she was disappointed yesterday. Only one of her plans for the day (to watch a specific tv show)happened. I had called her twice and she was out both times, so I assumed that she was off enjoying her day. Apparently, I called the only two times she left the house (once to go shopping and once to grab a bite to eat). She said that by the time I called, she wasn’t fit for company. We probably would have made quite the pair last night.

I just finished catching up on the 7 Tarot readings I had gotten behind on. It was a good thing, though. I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of it–after having a disasterous reading two weeks ago.

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It’s been muggy and rainy the past couple of days. I’ve been tempted to turn on my air conditioner, but have settled for my fan at night. I just can’t start using the air conditioner in April!

I made an appointment to see an opthamologist tomorrow. My left eye has been irritated for about a week. I was hoping it was allergies, but it’s not clearing up. I called the opthamology department and was told that they were booked out through May. The woman wondered if I could wait. I said I probably could since this is a mild irritation, but it was a hassle not being able to wear a contact in that eye (and my glasses get all spotty from the constant watering). She transferred me to a nurse who miraculously got me an appointment at 3:15 tomorrow. She would have got me in today except that I work about an hour from the clinic. Funny how that all worked out.

I’ve become slightly addicted to Alias. My mom has been urging me to borrow her DVDs for some time now, so a couple weeks ago I watched the first season. I’m now halfway through the second season and maybe by the time this season ends I’ll have finished all the previous seasons. Better late than never I guess. I’m not watching the current season yet (I’m sure there are spoilers to what I’m watching now).

All things considered things are going well. I just finished knitting my very first scarf (as opposed to a crocheted scarf). It’s not too bad, but I don’t think I’ll be showing it off anytime soon. I picked up a project to make cat toys. The Pooka won’t care what they look like as long as I remember to add the catnip.

Well, it’s off to bed. Perhaps I’ll be able to fall asleep before midnight tonight.

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I’ve been feeling rather heavy and unattractive lately, so I weighed myself this morning–and I’ve managed to gain yet another pound. This little pound has now put me at my all-time heaviest. No wonder I haven’t been feeling particularly well lately.

But here’s the kicker. I’ve been watching what I eat and I’ve been exercising this week. It seems that whenever I start to make an effort on this front, I gain weight. Obviously, I’m self-sabotaging–and I just wish I’d stop.

A Possible Plan, For My Own Reference

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Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
20% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie

Ha! Living in the South failed to corrupt me!

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I’m cranky today. I want to yell at someone and I want to cry. There’s no reason to feel this way. I just do. I think I’ll try to exercise tonight and then I’ll watch Steel Magnolias. That should purge whatever is causing this out of my system.

sueg has an interesting meme in her journal…

Using Mapquest, how many miles is it from your house to your parents’ house?: to Mom’s 4.93 miles, to Dad’s a whopping 1.28 miles (hey, at least I’m no longer living at home!)

Google your first and last name, in quotes. How many results were found?:
936 for my full first and last name (and some actually were me)
6 for the shortened version of my first name and my last name. Hey thereangonagin, it was sweet of you to mention me in your acknowledgement page on Family Treemaker, but I haven’t really done anything–including sending you that cd I promised long, long ago….

What room in your house is too small?: The useful part of my kitchen. Only one person can be in it and there is very little counter space.

What room is too large?: There are two rooms that are wasting space. My living room is very long, considering where the outlets are so I have my dining table in the back part of it. The kitchen is also long, but the space is open and can’t be used for much of anything–most of my neighbors put small breakfast tables there, but my table would block the microwave and the washer/dryer set. I use it as my pilates/yoga area.

Name of your third grade teacher: Mr. Brase. He would reward us with “Sunnybucks” (I went to Sunnyside school). These were used in special auctions he held (letting us “buy” various promotional items he received throughout the year–some of which were really cool to a bunch of 3rd graders).

How much money did you make at your first job?: I babysat for $2/hr. At my first real job, I made $4.10/hr.

Favorite donut: Ironically, my first job was at a bakery where they still make wonderful french cruellers–not like the ones you get in the grocery store or Krispy Kreme.

Name(s) of your next door neighbor(s): No idea. It’s probably safer the less I know about them.

Genre of music you can’t stand: Rap, or tejano

Last thing bid on on Ebay: Trixie Beldon books

How much cash is in your wallet: $1

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I’m taking a bunch of Barnes & Noble classes again and I’m really enjoying one based on the book, Secrets of the Spas. Surprisingly, there actually are a couple of day spas near my home, but they are still pricey enough to be considered an indulgence–and one that I haven’t found a justification for.

I’m totally loving this class. I did spend a significant amount of money purchasing a few essential oils, but the majority of ingredients can be found at the grocery store (oatmeal, sea salt, avocadoes, honey). This little additional pampering is making me feel great. Who knew that a slice of tomato would clean my skin better than the cleanser I purchased?

On a related note, I’ve been using my new Winsor pilates DVD with a resistance band. The exercises are not as difficult as I expected–I can definitely feel the muscles working during the routine, but I don’t have the soreness afterwards. I haven’t really seen much in the way of results yet, though, but I’ll give it some time. There was an ab workout included with the order and I’m thinking about trying that this week too.

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Why is it that people who can be so cool in one respect can be such jerks in another?

My uncle was in town this weekend to visit a nephew (my cousin) who hadn’t been home in years. There was a dinner/party hosted by my cousin’s parents and this uncle would only attend if my grandmother was not invited. To make things clear, I’m talking about my uncle’s mother. Not being invited to her grandson’s homecoming.

To remedy the situation, my father hosted a brunch the next morning so that she could attend. After some deliberation, he mentioned it to my uncle and informed him that their mother would be there. Not surprisingly, my uncle declined the invitation. Ironically, my grandmother’s health was such that on Sunday morning she was forced to stay home.

No one seems to know what’s behind this behavior. My uncle and his wife are generally very open-minded people. They are generous and loving. They were fun to be around–even when I was a difficult teenager.

On the other hand, my father and my grandmother have a very tenuous relationship. When my parents divorced, she took my mother’s side and never missed a chance to inform him of his error. It’s to the point where my father describes their relationship as one where they love each other, but they don’t like each other. There are a variety of reasons why my father could have disowned his mother–but he never has. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been known to avoid her, but he’s never publically said that he would not attend an event that she was expected at.

There is a silver lining. My cousin will be back in town at the end of the week and will be staying around until the end of the month. He already has plans to get together with our grandmother so she can finally meet his wife of one year.

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Nothing in Particular

I managed to locate the missing bank statements this morning. It can be amazing what a fresh perspective can do. We still don’t have the receipt and it’s been decided that it’s gone forever.

Lots of drama in the office today. I have a coworker who thrives on it. Today she learned that the guy she emailed at match.com is a colleague from another organization. She honestly did not know it was him when she sent the message and is now highly embarassed. She rehashed it all afternoon. Now that I’m away from the office, I don’t think it’s nearly as big a deal as she was making it out to be. Yes, it would be embarassing, but it was an honest mistake. He never responded and acted like nothing happened today (she has since emailed him to “clear things up”).

I don’t really have much news. I’m currently reading The Maltese Falcon and from what I can tell so far, the movie was an incredibly faithful interpretation of the book. Well, maybe Bogey doesn’t quite match the description of Sam Spade, a blonde devil, but I don’t think I’ve read a part yet that I didn’t see in the movie–even the dialogue was used.

I’m also reading a guilty pleasure–I’m a closet fan of Julia Quinn. There’s just something about Regency romances that I can’t seem to put down. Thankfully, I can finish them before anybody catches me reading one.

And with that, I’m off to do a little pampering. I’m leaning towards a mini-facial and a hot bath. Yes, I really should be exercising, but the bath sounds so much better.

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