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Writer's Block: And the forecast is…

What’s your favorite kind of weather?

Cloudy with a little sprinkle of rain. I like rain. I know that most people find it depressing or whatever, but I like how it makes everything fresh and green. I love the smell of rain, when it's coming and after it's gone. There isn't much air pollution where I live so the rain that comes down isn't gross, so I love to stand outside in the rain, barefoot, with my head tilted back. What's great is talking a walk in the rain, not always with an umbrella, and usually only when it's a sprinkle, a light drizzle.

Other than rain, I love a clear and crisp fall day. No clouds, just the sun, but it's only about 50 degrees, maybe 60 (Fahrenheit)... nope, 50 degrees is best so the air is cool and crisp and clear and you can smell the all scents around you. The smell of the leaves turning colors and drying out. The smell of the grass fading away and the sound of it crunching under your feet.

Apparently I like spring and fall...

Writer's Block: BFF

How long have you had your best friend?

Easy. 26 years, 2 months and 3 days. My best friend is my big cousin [by 1 year and 10 days] Liz. She's been there for me since I was born, has been watching out for me all my life. She always has my back, even though I'm sometimes wrong. She never judges me, even when the rest of the family does. She respects my beliefs and opinions and ideas, even when the rest of the family doesn't. She knows me better than any other person in the world, including my mother and my siblings and any boyfriend I've ever had. She trusts my opinion as I trust hers. Most of all, when I'm arguing about something, convinced I'm right only to realize about 15 minutes in that I'm wrong, she never rubs it in, never says "I told you so", just lets it go. Who else will let you do that but your best friend?
Is anyone else have trouble getting on to OH NO THEY DIDN'T? I haven't been able to get on for 2 days

Writer's Block: Globetrotting

If you were given the opportunity to spend two weeks in any country in the world free of charge, which country would you choose, and why?

France. I've been there before, but it wasn't nearly enough time (just about a week). I think two months would be just enough time to make it all the way through the Louvre and maybe do some other stuff too. Although this time I'd skip the Mona Lisa because I've already seen it (and think it may be a tad over-hyped btw) and it takes time to get pass the crowd. Although last time people just let me to the front but made Liz wait, I don't know why because we were together.

Writer's Block: Where's the receipt?

What was the worst significant purchase you ever made, and why?

my last cell phone. $400 for a piece of crap touch screen slider phone that would call people on its own. I once heard someone's ringback tone playing and, in my quest to find the music, discovered that my phone dialed an ex-boyfriend all on it's own, sitting a good 6 feet away from anyone and anything that could actually dial it. It also answered calls to where I'd hear someone yelling "Hello?" and I'm sitting there like "God? Is that you?" and wondering when exactly I went crazy and started hearing 'the voices'. It also shut off whenever it felt like it, to hell with whatever phone call I was in the middle of. Who cares if I was on the phone with my boss or my brother or my fucking doctor. The touch screen would get stuck and I'd have to take the battery out unless I seriously just wanted to navigate from the shortcuts menu and back to the home screen. It would change my alarms. Sometimes my alarms wouldn't go off. Sometimes it would go off an hour or two before it was supposed to, just in case. My alarm would go off at 5am and when I was all "shit, that was a serious mistake on my part, mistaking a 5 for a 7" I'd check and find out that the alarm is set for 7am, the phone just wanted to fuck with me. Then there's the time I entered all this stuff into my calendar for THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK WEEK OF ALL TIME, so I'd keep appointments and inspections and paperwork due dates straight and still be able to get off on my business trip on time and then back for the corporate retreat on time after that and it didn't delete it all, nope, it changed them all from mid May of 2010 to mid September of 2009! You know, just for fun. Then it started to delete my contact names, not the whole contact, just everything but the numbers so one day I got on the phone to call a coworker to set up a meeting and a friend to set up some post-work drinks and all I had was a GIANT LIST OF 150 NUMBERS that was pretty much useless to me. I mean, the only numbers I knew (know) by heart are my mother's, my best friend's (sometimes, because I have a tendency to invert the numbers) and one of my ex-boyfriend's (yeah, because that's useful. the only reason he's still in there is because we were friends first and so he thinks that gives him the right to legitimately fear my future flat tires, which I don't really have too much of a problem with because he bailed me out of jail once). I had most of family and definitely my siblings and one or two friends in my address book (the one I keep on the shelf above my desk) but a lot of my friends, who I couldn't contact through facebook, are probably wondering why I never call or text them anymore (even though it works both ways bitches). Then there's the time that it started sending the text "the cat is mad" to everyone on my contact list which is a code for something that I'm not going to explain between my best friend and I (and no, it has nothing to do with sex).

I took the phone into Verizon and they were like "Oh my God, you still have this phone? We stopped carrying it because it was such crap" before they updated the software that fixed nothing and sent me on my way. It turned out that not only did they stop carrying it but they also recalled the phone and didn't tell anyone because their policy was to give a different phone of equal monetary value (much better in actual value imo).

I nicknamed the phone "Satan's Phone" until everyone started calling that and I pointed out that it was fine for me to say it but now if sounds like everyone is implying that I am satan because technically it is my phone.

Writer's Block: Roamin'

If you were going on a week-long vacation to a tropical paradise and could only take five items, what would you bring?

I'm going to assume that we're not talking about clothes (because all 5 items would be taken up by that because I'm not a 'low maintenance' kind of girl, I don't pack light) and, like, extras.

Item 1: iPod
I have quite the music addiction so I don't go anywhere without it. I take it on the shortest trips, road trips, plane trips, any kind of trip really. There's no possible way I can go anywhere without it. I have an issue with silence. It makes me nervous if there isn't just the slightest background noise. My brother is the same way. I have a theory that it's because we were, basically, raised in my parents department store and therefore there was a constant stream of music in the background. It makes me really nervous if there isn't music in the car. My former roommate once shut the music in my car off because she had, and I quote, 'been listening to too much music lately'. I freaked out, because I didn't touch the music in her car unless she asked and I would NEVER turn it off completely (of course this could be less out of simple consideration and more out of my own issues). I don't even know how it's possible to listen to too much music. One of my aunts doesn't like music. Seriously doesn't like it. She'll listen to it if it's on but she doesn't buy (or own) any cds and would never consider getting an iPod. I had to teach her how to set up iTunes for my uncles iPod because she had no reason to know. I tried to teach her how to add stuff and how to set up playlists and stuff but he just has a shuffle and probably won't update it all that often because he likes what he likes... so weird. I don't even know.

Item 2: Laptop
I know, most people go on a vacation to relax and 'get away from it all' but the thing is, I'm incapable of that. I would be bored out of my mind within a day if I didn't have access to my email, facebook, livejournal, ontd, netflix, youtube, hulu. I'm not on the internet all the time, but I know it's there if I'm bored. Plus I get bursts of inspiration at really random times and what would I do if I had no way to get it out. And I'm not just talking about writing or whatever, I'm even talking about a sudden realization of the perfect playlist (yeah, I told you I had an addiction). Bonus is that if I'm going somewhere outside my comfort zone, if I'm going outside my norm I'm probably going to discover music that I'm not going to normally have access to so I'll definitely want to add whatever new music I discover while I'm there to my iTunes and then update my iPod immediately. Then there's the obvious want of adding whatever photos I take to my facebook and backing them up on my hard drive. Which brings me to the next item...

Item 3: Digital Camera
I'm not an amazing photographer. I'm not bad either, I'm just not one of those girls that loves taking pictures of everything in some artistic way. I often forget to take pictures at all, even though I used to carry my camera with me all the time. Most events I just hand my camera off to someone more likely to take pictures and forget all about it until the end when my hot pink camera is being handed back to me and I'm like "oh yeah". I'm a strong believer in the 'I remember it' theory. Why are pictures so important when I was there and I have a memory that's way better than the picture that may not capture things correctly, that (unless it's taken by someone with actual talent) won't capture the emotion of the thing. But I am a stickler about vacation photos. I believe in memories if it's of a place where you are a lot, then the place fades away and the memories focus on the events and emotions of whatever. But on vacation the local plays a huge part and can overshadow the emotion and what happened because you can be like "remember the ocean? because I don't remember anything but how beautiful the ocean was" but if you take pictures of it, the photos can remind you of what happened, the new experience, the fun, the emotion.

Item 4: Kindle
I don't even know where mine is. In fact, I'm a little unclear on whether I have a Kindle or a Nook since it was a gift and I've never really taken it out of the box. I don't really like the idea of it. I prefer the weight of a book (I prefer hardback books), the feel of the pages, the smell of the paper, none of which you can experience when it's all in a little electronic contraption. I like turning pages. I like to flip back and forth (I read the back first then I have a tendency to read a couple chapters normally before reading the last couple chapters, going back a couple more and reading the last few and then reading a couple in the middle... it's confusing, and kind of turns all books into a mystery since I'm all over the place, but it's how I read) and I remember page numbers so I can flip back to look things up and I like turning the pages, I like the sense of accomplishment I get when I see the pages changing sides, when thickness ahead of you changes to the thickness behind you. You can't see that in the digital world. But, the advantage about the digital book is that you can carry a whole library with you without all that added weight to your luggage. I'm considering exactly how much lighter my purse would be if I carried that digital library thing with me instead of the book I'm always lugging around (it's my personal policy to bring several items with me in case of a delay or boredom, one of them is a book I'm currently reading). Of course the choice of any book I want at any one time instead nailing down to one physical copy that I can't switch away of whenever I feel like. I have a tendency to do this too... I currently have 7 half finished novels on my bedside table and just started an 8th book. I try to never make it to 10 and usually buckle down at 8 or 9 and finish them all before starting any other books. But if I don't see the pile, what's to stop me from starting and NEVER finishing books? Also, I don't think you can just stick this thing in the freezer and what am I supposed to do when it pisses me off?

Item 5: Sunnies & Sunscreen (which go together in my opinion)
I have really pale blue eyes, so they're really sensitive to light. My optometrist told me once that the lighter your eye color the more light that is absorbed when I told him that things seem to be a lot brighter to me than to a lot of people. So it's the one item I would REQUIRE in a tropical paradise where I assume it's bright and sunny, otherwise I'd have a constant migraine and wouldn't see anything because I'd be squinting the entire time and would require botox upon my return. The sunscreen is inescapable. I'm super pale, like, glow in the dark white. My sister-in-law used to joke that my brother and I could burn watching the sun set on tv (she's Mexican and totally lords her ability to tan over us). I don't tan. Never have. Which is shitty since I'm a quarter native american and supposed to tan really well. But I'm also half Scottish and they don't tan. They're pale. I don't even want to tan, I like my pale skin. I just wish I didn't burn.

I know after the first 4 items one would think that I'd round out the list with some other technology (although in my defense #4 was just because of weight and not tech) like a cell phone. But no, I won't need a cell phone. Anyone that needs to get a hold of me can do it on facebook, otherwise I don't need to be contacted. Of course I can skype on my laptop.... but whatever.

Ah, Dawson....

Okay, so I'm not the biggest fan of Ke$ha, because I kinda doubt her [obvious lack of] talent and I never trust anyone with a dollar sign in their name. But I was a huge fan of Dawson's Creek. That's right, they're now linked because Dawson himself starred in her latest video for 'Blow'. I know that Pacey was my favorite (although seriously, who names their kids Doug, Kerry, Gretchen and then Pacey? What?) but I really did kind of adore Dawson. He was sweet and naive and while I was all for Pacey getting the girl, I still like Dawson (except when he cried, he was a horrible cryer).

We all know that James Van Der Beek has been around town recently with his Van Der Week on Funny or Die but he's also in the new Ke$ha video and he is quite hilarious. Check it out, but I should warn you though, there's unicorns, rainbows and Van Der Beek with a bra.

here it is because it won't embed.

Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears

Song of the Month

Hold It Against Me
Britney Spears

Hey, over there
Please forgive me
If I'm coming on too strong
Hat stare, but you're winnin
And they're playin my favorite song

So come here, little closer
Wanna whisper in your ear
Make it clear, a little question
Wanna know just how you feel

If I said my ♥ was beating loud
If we could escape the crowd somehow
If I said I want your body now,
Would you hold it against me?
Because you feel like paradise
and I need a vacation tonight
So, if I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me?

Hey, you might think that I'm crazy
But you know, I'm just your type
I might be a little hazy
But you just cannot deny
There's a spark in-between us
When we're dancin on the floor
I want more
Wanna see it
So I'm askin you tonight

If I said my ♥ was beating loud
If we could escape the crowd somehow
If I said I want your body now,
Would you hold it against me?
Because you feel like paradise
and I need a vacation tonight
So, if I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me?

If I said I want your body
Would you hold it against me?


Give me something good
Don't wanna wait
I want it now
Pop it like a hood
And show me how you work it out

If I said my ♥ was beating loud
If I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me?

If I said my ♥ was beating loud
If we could escape the crowd somehow
If I said I want your body now,
Would you hold it against me?
Because you feel like paradise
and I need a vacation tonight
So, if I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me?

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