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:: Saturday, August 28, 2004 ::

Daily Image: Bank Look

Young bank lady (not a teller, but at a desk) looking up at a fella making a pitch in front of her desk, her barely masked look oozing with, "Are you kidding me?".

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:: Friday, August 27, 2004 ::

Daily Image: When You Work Late...

Walking out of Advisement Services at 8 pm to use the lav. Looking up through the skylight and seeing the most amazing shade of deep but bright blue blanketing the sky. Having no choice but to say, "Ahhh... sugoi!".

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Kinda Sad

So here I've been, packing for most of the night. I'm moving from my summer apartment on State St. back to the dorms on the uptown campus. I'm both sad and excited. Excited that school will be starting soon and I'll see all my friends in just a few days. Sad because I love the apartment.

Last time I saw my mom I referred to two, and maybe three places, as "home"--school, the apartment, and the house I grew up in. Of course I knew which one I was talking about, but I confused the heck out of everyone else. I think it's cool that three places have become legit homes for me simultaneously. I'm never far from home, that's for sure. -_^

The saddest thing that is hitting me, though--I don't have a single picture of the apartment, how it looked with me occupying it. It makes me very very sad in a way that I only slightly understand, but feel more than anything.


/me goes back to packing

:: Kazen @ Always Doing 4:03 AM [+] ::
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Aww.. how bittersweet... I've had 5 apartments in my college career (only went to college for 4 years - go figure) and I never took a picture of any of them, except one, but that was when I wasn't even living it yet but visiting friends who lived there. =P

- Boom
Heh. I remember the "I'm leaving home to go home" feeling. It's really wierd, and very confuzzling. Now that I live with my fiancee, I know where home is, but I still call my parents' house 'home' from time to time, even though I haven't lived there in years.
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:: Monday, August 23, 2004 ::

Good Things Can Happen Early in the Morning

Like, when you wake up, call the Egg box office, and grab tickets to see They Might Be Giants... in the third row! Score!

Today was a nice day--got the tickets, got my textbooks (only $200 today, but some are on back order), and Glenn and I got lunch at Bomber's. It was so gorgeous walking down Lark Street... such a wonderful day! Glenn and I have been too busy to go out for lunch much... but we should really make the time. It was too perfect.

Funny thing, he rarely wants to eat outside. Why is that?

Spent tonight playing Puzzle Pirates, which my soul needed. Did some much needed trading and tarting. When I get back to school I'll be able to play more... evil.

I think I'm getting Olympic-ed out. (...and going link-crazy, for that matter. Darn you, Bubbablue!) Haven't watched more than 10 minutes at a time over the past two days. Maybe it's for the best.

School starts on Monday, I move in on Friday. That includes a couch move... yikes. Meg says it's light... I hope she's right.

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Hi Kazen!


<3, Celeste

And for the boredom later in your life,
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:: Friday, August 20, 2004 ::

Shocked Back Into Work

Not today, but Sunday. Bah. If only I never had to work. What does money mean, anyway? -_^

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Money doesn't mean much. Food, however, means a lot. Food unfortunately requires money.
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:: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 ::

Mmmm, Olympics

I haven't really existed online this week, but for a good reason--sport! Come Olympic time I am a sport junkie. I've sat in front of the tv quite a bit watching all of the events. I've gotten a lot of crocheting done, too. ^_^ I've made a dishrag for our apartment, some potholders... I don't have any "real" yarn, just my cotton yarn, so kitchen items it is! ;)

I want to do some crocheting for charity now. (Notice how I say this now, when I have a whole week on my hands, not thinking that school and work will start again soon.) I found a mondo easy pattern for baby booties, and there's also a site on how to make bandages for leper colonies. I've wanted to learn how to make a bandage for a while, ever since I saw that during the World Wars women on the homefront would make them for their boys. There's a kind of romantic notion to it, you know?

The Red Cross has some vintage crochet patterns on their website, but only for knitting, no crochet. Booooo.

So tomorrow I go home to straighten up my stuff for school. Gotta buy notebooks and things, along with figure out what is actually coming back with me. We'll see.

I'm both looking forward to school and not looking forward to it. I like what I'm doing right now--chilling out at my apartment. I love Bhairavi to death, but dorm living is just a whole 'nother life, you know? Slightly worse, though I won't have to ride the unreliable bus as much. ^_^

Ariell came over tonight, which rocked. You know the friends you don't need any time to catch up with? She's one of those. ^_^ Nothing like good convo over sushi. Mmmm.

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I can't stand the Olympics. Why? Cause I want to watch someone swim/run/whatever and that's it. I don't want 15 minutes of why I should care if the person wins or not. It's not like every single athlete in the games doesn't have some miraculous story on how they got there. It's not like the contestants just one day woke up and were really really good at the sport and were like "I want to win a medal!" Each and every one of them worked themselves to death every day to get where they are and hearing some sappy ass story about how they got there has absolutely nothing to do with the games.

the Bob & Tom got some quotes from medal winners and was playing them and making fun of them. It was hilarious. One of the female swimmers had a deeper voice than the guy who won the individual gold in gymnastics.
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:: Sunday, August 15, 2004 ::

Daily Image: Sounds Like A...

Crossing Washington Avenue to see a vinyl LP smashed in the middle of the road. Two pieces, all jagged. A car speeding towards me unnatural fast, scaring me away from its label. Whose music was bad enough to smash in the street?

The next day finding a different broken record half a block down from the first. I wonder if a kid bought a two for a dollar LPs at the used record store just to enjoy the feeling of them shattering at his feet...

:: Kazen @ Always Doing 11:52 PM [+] ::
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What if someone walking out of a record store got hit by a truck?
Meanie! ~_^
No, no. It's the olympics. All the records being broken.....

/me ducks.
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:: Friday, August 13, 2004 ::

Karla More Sexy than Ann

I don't know any Anns. But this study found that, in women, names with stressed "back vowels"--vowels sounded near the back of the mouth--are thought of as sexier than names with stressed "front vowels". With men it's the other way around. What does that mean? Well, "Karla" has a stressed back vowel, so I guess I'm... sexy?

Oooo, "Kazen" starts with a back vowel, too. Who cares if the "en" falls more in the front of the mouth? Double word score! -_^

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Mt. Dew and TMBG

That's all that's keeping me awake right now. I'm the only one in the entire office... such a gray day out, I almost called in myself. It's my last day, too, it woulda been nice to start vacation early. I'm glad I'm here, though, because otherwise the office woulda been unguarded for an hour. And we're shorthanded as it is. ~sigh~

Soooo, yeah. I can't wait for today to be over with. I didn't get much sleep last night and would love to crash early today... but the Olympics open up tonight! Woooo!

I'm totally not happy with the way the tv schedules are set up on the NBC Olympic website. I just want a straight up list for, say, NBC, that says, "August 15, 8-11 pm -- Beach Volleyball: USA vs. China, Swimming: 100m Backstroke Quarterfinals, Trampoline: Women's Final". Like, all neat and proper and text. I'm a visual person, yes, but when the grid is in measly four hour segments it annoys me.

That being said, the About the Sport sections rock. Some people did some really good research--I mean, I know a lot about volleyball and the section was still a ton of fun to read. And then there's the cool sports I didn't know much about, like trampoline and sailing.

And people, poker doesn't belong in the Olympics. A group is/was trying to get it included in the Athens games. The website shows pictures of rhythmic gymnastics and the luge saying, "If this qualifies, why not poker?". I'm sorry, but the Olympics should not contain a "sport" which requires next to no physical skill. And please don't call sitting for five hours or bluffing a physical skill. You can do that with a beer gut. You can't even curl with a beer gut. 'Nuff said.

:: Kazen @ Always Doing 7:20 AM [+] ::
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so you decided to restart the blog, aye? its been a while :-). about the centepede... no worries, if you got one, you got one... you should see the ones we have down here... long as your hand from tip to heel of palm, black and yellow, and they smell like licorice when you step on them... so you know ahead of time that you have a big thing of centi/millipede goo on your boots... :-) plus i hate licorice....

ah well. i get to keep reading about your shtuff now! YAAAAAAAAY! keep blogging, as shall i :-)
Yeaaaa E-chan! I need to get a link to your blog up on mine, so I don't have to hunt it down all the time. :) I sense a project to do when I get home!

...and I'm thankful I didn't have that centipede on my bed--I hate licorice, too. :P
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:: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 ::

Daily Image: Golden Sun

Morning threatening rain. The sky--a slab of gray; the stiff breeze--brimming with dampness. Yet, the main library at school is bathed in golden morning light. I look up at the clouds and can't figure out where it's coming from.

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:: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 ::

Daily Image: Signpost Shadow

Mid-evening. Huge column that holds up stoplights, complete with road signs. Its shadow falling on the abandoned dry cleaners, looking to point me where ever I need to go. Apparently, two places at once.

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:: Monday, August 09, 2004 ::

Eww, Bug!

Okay, so I've had a major adventure of sorts. Last night I was sitting in front of my computer in the dark, reading one last forum thread before going to bed. When I glanced to my left, I saw a long shadow on the wall. The shadow moved. I turned on the light to find a centipede, much like this, scurrying along. It was almost as long as my index finger (about three inches?) with looong legs. I'm shivering just thinking about the thing.

Well, needless to say, I froke out. I jumped out of bed with a yelp. I grabbed a sneaker and whacked at the bug, but didn't make solid contact. It just landed on my bed and skittered. I called Glenn (oh, did I mention this was at 2:30 am?) in hysterics. "Glenn, there's a big bug here in my bed and I can't find it--could you come over here and save me from it?" By this point I had put my heels on--nooo way was that bug crawling over my toes. My loving boyfriend came to my rescue by searching to find the critter, dead, in a pile of sheets.

I couldn't bear to think about falling asleep in that room where more bugs could like, come after me ("Do centipedes live in colonies?", I asked myself) so Glenn let me go to his apartment to calm down and catch some z's. The dear even let me set the alarm for six am, when it would only give both of us a couple hours worth of sleep.

Well, I was next to the alarm... and his doesn't have snooze like mine. I woke up at 7:34 realizing that the bus I was hoping to catch was coming in two minutes and I was at my boyfriend's apartment in my pajamas. Freak out number two. Glenn is *so* sweet, though--he drove me to work to make sure I wasn't late. He really is the sweetest guy ever. ~hugs her amazing boyfriend~

So yeah, that was my night. ~shivers~ I've researched 'pedes on the net and now know that there isn't a colony, I probably won't see another, and the cold snap and rain probably pushed the guy into my house. He may have been able to bite, but they rarely do. Even armed with info, I'm going to have the heebie jeebies falling asleep tonight!

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:: Sunday, August 08, 2004 ::

Daily Image: Locked Limbs

I used to have an image journal, in which I wrote one image from each day. It helped me keep in touch with myself and my surroundings, not to mention my poetic side. Yea for old habits. ^_^

Image: Luna lying on Meg's butterfly chair. Her front legs were out in front of her, locked at the knees, sticking straight out into the air. Just like a dead deer's legs protruding from a car trunk.

Don't ask me how I know what that looks like.

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:: Friday, August 06, 2004 ::

Feature City

When you poke around you find cool stuff. A note in Bubbablue's blog talked about RSS/XML feeds and, behold! I can do them now! Evil corporate America is evil and mean, but they try to offset it with new features, I guess.

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Comments, Eh?

Well, with Google buying Blogger and all (yea for corporate America) some things have changed. At first I thought it was only the look of the page, but it turns out I may be able to have people add comments to my posts now! Yeaaaaa! I hope it works.

Last night I was at Glenn's place and while watching tv we heard a very loud bang. Not a sharp sound, but very loud. It didn't sound anything like a gunshot, so we weren't too worried. I thought maybe a car scraped bottom against a curb or something. Three minutes later sirens started coming in our direction--police cars, fire trucks out the wazoo--and stopped right in front of the house. Turns out a manhole cover was blown off. Blown off! The bang we heard was it hitting the ground. We went outside to gawk, but a nice fireman told us to go inside, because the vault something-or-other was on fire in the street, and it was electrical and may give off nasty fumes. I don't know if he said that to just get us off the street, but it worked. Made for some exciting times.

My week of vacation is just about over. -_- I could really use, oh, three more months of it. :P Next week I'll have something like 60 hours, but then I'll be free for another week, until school starts. There's so much stuff I have to do, and all I want to do is sleep. Figures, huh?

:: Kazen @ Always Doing 12:43 PM [+] ::
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That was some dude playing doomIII in the sewer while he should have been working. He got scared and jumped and hit his head on the manhole cover.
So should it be called Googer now? or Bloogle? =P

Ahoy! 'Tis Boomqueesha! =D
Yea for people that post comments and help me find bugs in my template code! ~hug~

Boo trying to fix said code! -_^
Miracle that my head doesn't explode at trying to comprehend how much of a darling you are. :)
Guess who this is. :P
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:: Thursday, August 05, 2004 ::

A Rethink

Hiya, everyone! I hope a lot of you have come here through the Northern Lights forums to check me out. Lots of the stuff in here is not really recent, but really, this blog hasn't been a real account of my life. Not the day to day stuff, anyway... more of the workings of my mind.

That's all fine and good and well, but I think I'm going to get less cerebral from now on. I think it'll encourage me writing in here more. And it'll let all you guys know about what's going on with me. ^_^

That being said, onto today!

Glenn lost his wallet, which really stinks, especially considering everything was in it. He managed to get another license, thank goodness, though it took a lot of driving around town, on my part.

I hate how it's usually "the guy drives the girl around". It just doesn't make sense if it's her car, or if they could/should take her car instead of his. With Glenn and I it's easy--he has a car, I don't. He drives. And that's fine. But I still got a kick out of driving his car today when he was licenseless. I haven't driven in a year, and his tiny Camery is way different from the minivan I'm used to. Needless to say, I froke him out a couple of times. But for once, the person driving knew their way around town! Bwhahahaha.

So now it's some time here, sitting and chilling and trying not to nap before dinner. Glenn and I will have some pasta with white sauce over at his place, mmmmm.

Went to Honest Weight, an awesome food co-op today. It's so much fun just to look around, and even more fun to buy stuff. Organic stuff just tastes better sometimes. ^_^ They didn't have any of the raspberry lemonade I'm addicted to after having one glass, but they did have some dried apple rings... the soft kind without sulphur. Half a pound for a buck an a half! I gotta go back--evil stuff.

Well, welcome all who have never been here... take a good look around and enjoy! ^_^

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