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Three 6 Mafia: Satanists or Victims to Rumor? [03 May 2006|12:55am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

This evening, my brother informed me of the widespread accusations directed at Three 6 Mafia, the hip-hop group made most popular by their song "Stay High" (or "Stay Fly" if you are more familiar with the edited version).

I searched the internet for proof of the Satan worship and subliminal messages for which they are being accused. In my search I found multiple message boards hosting comments from outraged and gullible teens such as the ones found at this site:


The first few talk about how awesome the group is, and then, at the mere mention of Three 6 Mafia being a cover for 666 Mafia, the message board explodes with negativity. I don't expect anyone to read it all, but definitely check it out. I suppose it is a true testament to the persuasiveness of the youth in our country.

I have written a response to all of this hoopla, and while I highly doubt that it will be accepted at all on such a message board, I know that among my MySpace and LiveJournal friends, there is definitely enough intelligence to read, comprehend and respond to my thoughts.

So thanks, guys, for being some of the select few in this generation with a brain and sense of rationalle. Haha.

Here is my response:

I think that it is absolutely ridiculous and thoroughly shocking that the youth of 2006 would so easily revert to the mind set of the 1950s when preachers decided that rock and roll was "of the devil" and contained hidden messages.

Don't get me wrong. The name "Three 6 Mafia" does sound VERY questionable, but does anyone have proof that the group intended for this double meaning when they named themselves? Suspicion and speculation, of course, are not proof, and it seems that is all anyone has to offer.

Maybe there is another meaning behind the group's name that is unknown to the public. While I admit that their name was a poor decision because of the likely double meaning, Three 6 Mafia is not the first to do something like this.

People liked to say that Kiss stood for "Knights in Satan's Service" when they first came out. And I can remember when 311 came out in the early 90s, and people were quick to assume that the group was anti-black because the 11th letter of the alphabet is K, and obviously 311 was a sly way of saying KKK. I've even heard of ultra-religious people claiming that the letters in Santa, as in Santa Claus, can be rearranged to spell Satan.

Also, if you have ever even looked at Collegehumor.com, you have most likely seen many examples of double meaning. One can be found under signs just this week (4/30/06). The marquee for Beulah Baptist church reads, "Easter comes once a year. How often do you?" Obviously, the pastors or whomever posted the sign was referring to church attendance rather than orgasms, but we have a good laugh at that hilarious pun. So how is it that we then turn around from laughing at religious sign turned scandalous to throwing accusations at a hip-hop group about which we really have no concrete information?

I would also like to address the issue of the group's record label, "Hypnotize Minds." That honestly means nothing. If we are going to start focusing on record labels, then we can basically stop listening to most hip hop in general. If Hypnotize Minds is "of the devil," then so is every artist signed with them along with Three 6 Mafia. And perhaps we should stop listening to Ja Rule, Ashanti and Irv Gotti, because Murder Inc. is brainwashing us to murder as well.

Also, in reference to the post about "Stay High" or "Stay Fly" (depending on which version you are listening to) being a rip-off of Willie Hutch's original song, "Love Turned Cold," I have found a clip of that song. You may need QuickTime to listen to it, but here is the link.


Again, the female vocals seem to be indecipherable, but it seems that people can turn gibberish into whatever they want to hear. And what is nost amazing is that they can then convince others to hear the same thing. If you loathe Fallout Boy as much as I do, you will get a kick out of this site.


Personally, I think that the song is nothing but gibberish and slurred crap, so it is a great candidate for made up lyrics... and a great example of how the human mind automatically attempts to make words and structure where there are neither.

The last point that I will make is that even if Three 6 Mafia did intend to hypnotize us by coming up with a secret message of 666, they did a hideous job of being discreet about it. And even if they intended to slide satanic messages into their music in order to hypnotize us, they again did a terrible job because I have listened to that song a million times and made it the cell phone ring tone for my friend group, and never have I felt compelled to worship Satan or call him father.

If I was ever to learn that the group was for Satan, I would lose respect for them in general, but I would not fear for myself at all because I am only as strong as what I believe and what I allow to affect me.

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our house [02 May 2006|09:02pm]
For those of you who've read my latest entry about the miracle house, here are some pictures for you.

For those of you who have not read the entry, you can still view the pictures... eventhough you don't care enough about me to read my posts. ;)

Sidenote: after going back today, I realized that I was wrong about the stone. While it covers a lot of the house, the house is actually sided. And today was the first time I saw it from the front. Gorgeous!!!

Sidenote 2: I didn't take many photos of the inside simply because the boys who live there now had dirty clothes all over their rooms and dirty dishes in the kitchen, so not only did I not want photos of the boys' mess, but I also thought it would be rude to take pictures of all of their stuff.

So with all of that said, here is the link to the photos. Let me know what you think!


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Speechless... [01 May 2006|09:39pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

For those of you who have been wondering what is going on in my life (which would be pretty much anyone outside of Jay's and my family and BoB Evans), here's the scoop.

One of my best friends, Kelly, with whom I work at the big Bobby E, and I have decided to look for an apartment/duplex/townhouse/anywhere but with our parent's house together. We've been searching for about a month now, but with little luck.

We had narrowed it down to 2 houses about 3 weeks ago, but both fell through. The first was located in Greensburg on Main Street next to the Kepple-Graft funeral home. It was a nice 2-level, 2-bedroom duplex with hardwood floors throughout the house, a fireplace and central AC. It is owned by Terry Graft, who owns the funeral home next door. While Terry seemed like a nice guy, Kelly and I felt slightly offended when he expressed his concern of renting to "college kids." He then explained to us that the neighbors keep a close eye on the place for him and will let him know about who we have over. He told us that the tenant in the other side of the duplex is a lawyer in town and will not tolerate noise. To be truthful, the house was very nice, especially for $495 a month, but being treated like college kids in a dorm was kind of upsetting. We're moving out to get away from that. We're moving out to start our lives as young adults. We are not "college kids" anymore.In the end, he gave the house to another guy.

The other house that sparked our interest is in Whitney, just past the Latrobe airport. It was gorgeous for $450 with huge front and back yards, brand new carpeting, hardwood in the kitchen and laundry room, a brick fireplace and enormous bedrooms. The biggest perk to the Whitney duplex, however, was that the tenant in the other side is another friend of ours from Bob Evans. That house also fell through when the landlords expressed concern about renting to "college girls" because they don't think that we would be clean or reliable. They decided to give the 2 bedroom house to a family of 4.

The two of us were pretty much sick after being turned down for that house and angry after being pegged as stereotypical college kids when we've both already earned our degrees.

So we waited a little while and started the search again, and I was determined to find something by the end of the month. As a little rewind, I was also prayinh for a new job by the end of the month. Bob Evans has been in a slump right now. I'm sure that every business is experiencing a draught right now with the ever-increasing gas prices, but for someone who makes only $2.83 and hour, when the tips aren't there, the bills don't get paid. So when I was offered a job as a teller at the PNC in the same parking lot as Bob Evans, I was thrilled. This was about two months ago, and though it was only part time, the offer of $10 an hour with less stress sounded wonderful to me. at least I knew that I could depend on my money there, while as a waitress it is a guessing game every morning. I gave the branch manager my resume and cover letter, and waited to hear back, but I never did. I bank with PNC, so I am there at least every other day. I talk to the branch manager, but she never brought it up. Other tellers have told me that she has never contacted anyone concerning the position yet, so I figure she is still waiting for more applicants in order to make a decision.

Fastforward back to yesterday...

Kelly and I were discouraged. We are making no money at Bob Evans, we are struggling to stick it out at home, and we were about to start the house search all over again. It was the last day of the month, and my goal of finding a new home and job before May were pretty much gone. But I guess you have to wait for all of the doors to close before God can open one for you. Yesterday I started at 1:00 instead of 3:00 so that Jamie could leave early to attend a baby shower. I waited on a couple of tables within those first 2 hours, one of which was Yvonne and her mother, who come in frequently. It was by pure coincidence that I even got that table because it was in Garri's section, but because they were waiting for a joiner (Yvonne's boyfriend, Dominic, who is also a regular), they were passed on to me when Garri was cut from the floor plan for the day. The ladies were still waiting for Dom at 3:00 when Brian and Justin came in, and the table then wound up in Brian's section, who fortunately misread the floor plan and took one of my tables by mistake. He insisted that I then keep the ladies and Dominic, who had finally come in.

After taking their order, Kelly came over to talk about her opera and the Pirate game.

Sidenote: Kelly graduated with a music degree from CMU and has one semester left before having her master's in operatic singing from Duqusne. She was in an opera called Zanetto 2 weeks ago, in which she did an amazing job, and she sang the National Anthem at the Pirate game on Saturday night, at which I'm sure she also did great.

After some small talk, Dom asked her if she would be interested in singing at a party at his house this summer. She said yes, gave him and Yvonne her phone number and added, "If you guys happen to see any houses for rent anywhere, give me a call. Bethany and I are trying so hard to find a place together." She went into detail about the last 2 disappointments, and Dom then said, "You know I will have a place to rent pretty soon." He told us it is a 3 bedroom, and we told him that it would be out of our price range. He asked what that was, and Kelly said that we can't afford anymore than $700, including EVERYTHING. He said, "I can work something out for you. I'm sure."

As Kelly was getting directions to the house, Yvonne added, "Would either of you be interested in working in a bank?"


As it turns out, she is the branch manager at the S&T bank in Delmont, only a 1 minute drive from the house. She said that a few of the tellers are leaving, and she needs replacements right away. We are guaranteed 40 hours a week with full-time status as well as full benefits for medical, dental and eye within 3 months. AMAZING!

It just blows my mind that when I had just about given up on my goal, there it was, smacking me in the face all at once!

Kelly and I went to see the house this morning, and it is FABULOUS! It is about 10-15 minutes from Greensburg. It is about 40 minutes from Duqusne. It is the perfect location for both of us, and it has everything that we need! It is a large stone house with a big front porch and a back patio, for which Dom already has furniture, a large back yard, a huge eat-in kitchen, 2 full baths, a livingroom with a stone fireplace, a sitting room with a stone fireplace, a gorgeous open staircase, 2 large bedrooms and a smaller one that we can use as a computer room. It comes complete with a washer, dryer, microwave, range, refrigerator and dishwasher. There are planter boxes outside for flowers and plenty of room for the vegetable garden that we've been dying to plant. And with the large sitting room, Kelly can move her piano into the house and over private voice and piano lessons right out of our house in addition to the lessons she teaches in Pittsburgh on Tuesdays.

Dom reduced the price from $800 to $650 for us, and that includes ALL utilites except for cable and internet, which will be minimal anyway.

Overall, Dominic and Yvonne, the house and the bank are all a Godsend, and we could not be happier!

We spent the rest of the day rummaging through thrift and outlet stores for decorations and household essentials. We've decided on a worldly theme for the kitchen as Kelly has been all over the world with opera. She has a lot of artwork from Germany, Italy, France and Korea, and we bought some things to tie that all together. The main living room will have a more extravagant look while the sitting/music room will get a more modern art touch. We havent got very much for the bathrooms, but we're looking for country and old-fashioned stuff i.e. wicker for one bathroom and silly/cute antique signs for the other. I think we spent about $150 total today, and we got a lot of stuff.

I just can't wait to be in and deccorated so that we can host dinner parties, and I hope that everyone can come!

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I totally stole this from Eric Black [14 Feb 2006|01:32am]
Please be totally honest! I'd love to know what you think... I think.

clicky click!

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wedding [30 Jan 2006|01:35pm]
Yesterday afternoon, Jay and I were talking about our wedding. Though we are both well-aware of the fact that it is about 5 years down the road, there was a section in the Sunday paper dedicated to wedding planning, and it sparked our interest.

The newspaper had compiled a list of expenditures relative to a wedding, and we used it as a guide to create our own rough list to give us an idea of how much we should save... or try to save, anyway.

Here is the list:
Items Their cost Our cost
(invitations/thank you notes) $374 $200
Bouquets/flowers $1,253 $800
Photography $775 $800
Favors $240 $250
Music $745 $500
Church fee $248 $150 (gift)
Limo Rental $427 $0
Attendants’ gifts $299 $200
Bridal attendants’ gifts $0 $200
Wedding bands $1,060 $1,000
Engagement ring $2,982 $3,000
Rehersal dinner $76 $500
Wedding gown/shoes $790 $500
Headpiece/veil $150 $100
Groom’s formalwear $100 $100
Reception $7,246 $3,000
Cake $0 $250

Their list also included items that we did not account into our own expenditures, such as bridal attendants’ apparel, attendants’ apparel, mother of the bride’s apparel. They also list the cost of the church/clergy as a fee, though we see it as a gift tp Pastor Sheldon. We decided that we would rather have our own car decked out with signs, paint and aluminum cans than rent a limo. And all of our price guesses are based on there being 4 bridal attendants, 4 attendants, 17 people at the rehearsal dinner (Jay, Mum, Dad, Tootsie, Bethany, Mom, Dad, Evan, Gram, 8 members of the bridal party) 100 people at the reception at $30/head. If any alcohol is present, it will be a cash bar.

As is tradition, we realize that certain items in the list are the bride’s responsibility, while other’s are the groom’s. We have broken down the list in this way

Bridal attendants’ gifts
Groom’s band

Attendants’ gifts
Bride’s band
Engagement ring
Rehearsal dinner
Groom’s formalwear
Cake (in place of alcohol)

Gift to Pastor Sheldon

This puts my cost at $6,525
And Jay’s cost at $5,025
Putting our total cost at $11,550

Does anyone think this is unreasonable? I obviously understand that we will find deals along the way. I’ve gained some excellent ideas from Niki, and I will definitely be sure to look for as many bargains as possible, but I look at this list as a general idea for now. I’m sure that Jay and I can both find ways to drop our own prices, though I don’t see the wedding, with EVERYTHING that is involved, falling much below $8,000 total.

Now for the fun part of the story...

I shared all of this to my parents last night, and they lost their minds. My intention is to pay for the wedding with no help from them, so it is not as though I am showing them an amount of money that they need to obtain somehow within the next 5 years. I am seeking their approval on an amount of money that I intend to allot for my own wedding. Approval I did not receive.

They told me that they spent $1,500 on their ENTIRE wedding, INCLUDING my mom’s engagement ring. This made my brain want to collapse. There is absolutely NO way that I can make that make sense to me. There are 16 items on our list, which would mean that we would be allowed less than $100 per item. So wedding gown = $100, engagement ring = $100, reception = $100. That’s only $1.00 per person!!! And bear in mind that we consider the wedding bands as one category, so we would have to spend under $50 per wedding band. I would love to know what they cut corners on, because to me, these items are ALL essential. So unless we plan on making invitations out of construction paper, growing our own flowers, buying disposable cameras, bringing in a cd player, getting engaged with a CZ, making a Duncan Hines cake and charging admission at the door, there is NO WAY that we can keep it under $1,500. NO WAY!!!!

On top of ALL of this, my mom had the audacity to say, “Well if you plan on spending that kind of money, don’t expect to make it all back in gifts.”

Since when did weddings become a profitable event?! Obviously we hope to receive some nice gifts, but never did we hope to MAKE money off of the wedding.

I need to just stop talking to my parents about financial issues altogether and come to the realization that money is such a different thing to them. They purposely give up on enjoying life in an effort to make an extra dollar. I find more ways to enjoy life when I make the extra dollar. Money isn’t everything, and it’s a shame that they will never get that.

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Stolen from Assysedge [24 Jan 2006|10:17pm]
1. What is the geekiest part of your music collection?
Some people would classify my Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lennox and Corey Hart hits as "geeky," but I think they're mother-f'ing, kick-ass super-stars! So my answer... umm... nothing.

2. What do you eat when you raid the fridge late at night?
Cereal... the milk part comes out of the fridge anyway.

3. What is your secret guaranteed-to-make-you-weep movie?
"Big Fish"

4. If you could have plastic surgery, what would you have done?
Bigger boobs... most DEFINITELY!

5. Do you have a completely irrational fear?
Something awful happening to Jay and me not being able to get to him

6. What is the little physical habit that gives away your insecure moments?
I have trouble controlling my speech. I tend to start blabbing uncontrollably when I'm nervous/insecure.

7. Are you a pyromaniac?
Who the f%*# isn't?!?

8. Do you like your parents?
not so much

9. Do you know anyone famous?
None that I can think of

10. Describe your bed:
It's a twin sized bed with a multi-colored quilt and 2 pillows. It has a semi-firm matress, but I wish it was more firm.

11. Are you spontaneous or planned?

12. Who would play you in a movie?
Jodie Sweetin

13. Do you know how to play poker?

14. What do you carry with you at all times?
cell phone

15. What do you miss most about being a kid?
no bills

16. Are you happy with your given name?
I like it

17. How much money would it take to get you to give up the Internet for one year?
Just enough to pay off my car and credit cards. That's only about $10,000. Then I would give it up for an additional 2 years if you would pay me another $20,000 to put toward my student loans. I could definitely live without internet to get rid of all my debt within 3 years!

18. What color is your bedroom?
pale yellow

19. What was the last song you were listening to?
Whatever came out of the frighteningly HUGE black woman on American Idol as she bounced and kicked wildly at the camera, exposing her whole chocha on national television.

20. Have you ever been in a play?
yes... All through elementary and middle school

21. Have you ever been in love?

22. Do you talk a lot?
Do I need to answer this?

23. Do you like yourself and believe in yourself?

24. Do transient, homeless, or starving people sometimes annoy you?
depends on the person

25. Do you consider yourself to be a nice person?
I would like to think that I am

26. Do you spend more time with your girlfriend/boyfriend or your friends?

27. What is your ideal marriage location?
That is yet to be determined

28. Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?

29. Favorite fabric?
the touch, the feel of cotton. the fabric of our lives.

30. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Brian Griffin

31. What kind of bedding do you use?
for me: cotton. for marmol: cedar. That was a tricky one.

32. Do you tell your friends about your sex life?
only if the subject is brought up by another friend, but we still keep it classy. hahaha

33. What language do you want to learn?
Is it wrong that I have no desire? I used to want to learn Spanish... I tried.

34. How do you eat an apple?
I cut it up first... ALWAYS

35. What do you order at a bar?
Georgian Iced Tea will forever be my favorite

36. Have you ever pierced your body parts?
ears and navel

37. Do you have tattoos?

39. Do you drive a stick?

40. What's one trait you hate in a person?

41. What kind of watch do you wear?

42. Most frivolous purchase?
pretty much everything i buy

43. Do you consider yourself materialistic?

44. What do you cook the best?
baked lemon herb cod

45. Favorite writing instrument?
black pen

46. Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?
stand out

47. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?

48. What's one car you will never buy?
minivan or station wagon

49. What kind of books do you like to read?
Right now, I am in LOVE with Jhumpa Lahiri. LOVE HER!!!!!

50. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
student loans, new car, and a ticket around the world - true that, Jess

51. Burial or Cremation?

52. How many online journals do you read regularly?

53. What's one thing you're a loser at?

54. If you don't like a person, how do you show it?
ignoring them

55. Do you cry in front of your friends?

56. What kind of first impression do you think you give to people?
Loud... talkative... perhaps a little obnoxious

57. What's one thing you like to do alone?

58. Are you a giver or a taker?

59. When's the last time you cried?

60. Favorite communication method?
cell phone (real conversation. not text)

61. How many drinks before you're tipsy?
who knows anymore. I'm a damn lightweight now that I took over a year off. At least it's cheaper that way.

62. Do you think you're cute?
some days.

63. Do you have problems changing clothes in front of friends?
typically not. depends on the friend, i suppose

64. Is there someone you fancy currently?
i fancy Jay all right

65. What do you think you'll do this weekend?
pick up Jay at WVU, go out to dinner for our year and a half anniversary, do something with Evan and Angela (hopefully), make no money at work, call off on Sunday, and drive Jay back to WVU

66. Describe how you feel the majority of the time?

67. Do you like when girls kiss girls?
if you're a lesbian, do your thing I guess. If you're a pretend lesbian because you think that guys like lesbians, then you are a hooker.

68. What about boys and boys?
do you're thing. (notice that there is no second part to this one... because guys aren't idiots)

69. Describe your ideal boyfriend or girlfriend?
Jay.... period.

70. How do you feel right now?

71. What would be a perfect date for you?
getting my back rubbed by Jay while he lets me fall asleep. oooooh how i wish he would just let me sleep sometimes.

72. Do you consider yourself to be a romantic?
i'm cutesy and i do silly little cute things, but i wouldn't say that they are really "romantic."

73. Have you ever had a sleep over with the opposite sex?
all of the time

74. What do you do when you're feeling blue?
bitch about it

75. What question do you wish was on this survey because you would've liked to show everyone your answer?
What would you do for a Superbowl ticket?
but for 2...
I would forget about questions 4 and 14 ever coming true, give up the internet for 3 years (see 17), and I could pretend to be a lesbian... if you like that (see 67). Heh.

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Not at all what I had in mind, but once again, the draw of the survey overtakes me. *sigh* [29 Nov 2005|05:03pm]
1. What was the first car your family had?
To tell you the truth, I have no idea what kind of car it was. I'll get back to you on that one later. It was a hideous maroon car with maroon interior. I remember riding to dance class in it all of the time. I think that one was closely followed by the silver Pontiac 2000. Hottness!

2. What was the name of your first pet and why?
Babe. She was a mutt, and my next-door neighbor, Erica, swore that we'd owned a reindeer.

3. How did your first pet die?
Poor Babe developed cancer, went blind and had buldging tumors all over her body, so my parents had her put down when I was about 5.

4. What was the name of your elementary school?
Fort Allen

5. Who was your first best friend?
ProbablY Erica Klingensmith and Shauna Hill. They lived in my neighborhood, and we did all the typical things girls do in the mid-1980s I guess. I remember our super-awesome club appropriately call the "Pretty Pink Club," for which we made spectacular puff-paint t-shirts and a theme song.

6. Are you still friends today, and if not, what happened?
Erica moved to Somerset right before I went to 6th grade, and Shauna moved to Latrobe around the same time, so I ended up going to the middle school by myself. I visited Erica in Somerset twice I think, and I ran into Shauna at the mall a few years after she moved, but other than that, we never really kept in touch. I heard that Erica got married and move out of state.

7. What was your favorite board game?
Yes, Anna!!!! "Pretty, Pretty Princess" was phenomenal! And my friend, Jessie, and I made out brothers play with us. They refused to put on the necklace and bracelet, though, so we allowed them to just keep them in a pile. Other than that... Chutes and Ladders was always a good time, but it was destroyed for me when I was 7 and the nurse brought it for my mom and I to play (I was really really sick and had to spend a few days in the hospital hooked to an IV), and unfortunately upon opening the board, we discovered that another very very sick child had puked all over the damn thing. No more Chutes and Ladders for me.

8. Did you play house or other make believe games?
Who didn't play house? That's what I really want to know. And I will most certainly agree with Anna in admitting that I feel no shame in playing with Barbie and My Little Pony until I was at least 12. Of course the way in which you play with Barbie shifts from scenario/role-play to dress-up/modeling, but it is still playing with Barbie. I honestly think that we 80s children just didn't grow up as fast as these crazy 90s kids do, and I'm actually very proud of that.

9. Were you a Dungeons and Dragons geek?
Hell no. I didn't even know what that was until college, and frankly, I am quite grateful.

10. Did you sleep with stuffed animals as a kid?
Yep. I have slept with Jonah Bear since I was 2 days old, and I just recently informed Jay that Jonah will indeed be the 3rd member of our marriage bed. Jay needs his space when he sleeps, though, so Jonah gives me something else to hold onto, so I suppose it works out for all 3 of us.

11. Do you still sleep with stuffed animals?
See above

12. Who was the first person you looked up to when you were younger?
Umm... Punky Brewster

13. Who was your favorite relative?
Pap for sure

14. Were you short or tall in elementary school?

15. Were you teased in school?
Not really. Middle school is another story.

16. What was the name of your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Hixon

18. What was your best subject in school?
English... all my life

19. What was your worst subject in school?
Math and science... ALL my life (dropped out of prob and stats in college because there was no hope and failed Biology 102 in college... TWICE...)

20. Did you do well in Physical Education?
Eh. I wasn't one of the girls who refused to do anything. They drove me insane because it seemed to me like they were only pissing around to keep their hair and make-up perfect and not come across as gross to the guys when in all actuality, the guys were probably more annoyed with them than I was. I didn't give gym my full effort though. It wasn't because I couldn't though or because I was concerned about my physical appearance. It was because I didn't have to. Why do more than you need to... especially when it is something that you couldn't care less about? That's my style all the way, sucka!

21. Were you clumsy when you were younger?
Unbelievably so! Not only did I have an eyepatch in kindergarten to correct the lazy eye that caused me to run into walls and door frames on a regular basis, but I think that I was in that gawky, in-between phase for a period of about 10 years. And we mustn't forget the time I fell down the Greensburg Library steps after going to visit/flirt with Mike O'Leary for the first time. After establishing our first real date plans, a giddy whirlwind took me by storm and sent me flying down the library's front steps. This led to the 4 year streak of ankle problems, during which I sprained and tore ligaments 6 times. My ankles now grind and pop loudly when I roll my feet around.

22. Who was your favorite band as a kid?
New Kids on the Block for sure!

23. What was your favorite movie as a kid?
The Secret Garden, Wizard of Oz, Emmit Otter's Jugband Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast.

24. Did your parents read to you?
Yes. And I started to teach myself to read before I went to Kindergarten.

25. Did you have a favorite book?
The Ramona books were awesome. (yes, Anna!), I loved the American Girls' books, and Choose your own adventure books rocked my world. I also read "The Secret Garden" as well as all of the "Chronicles of Narnia" about 8 times each.

31. Did your parents spank you?
Yep... with the wooden spoon... but my dad refuses to admit it.

32. Did your parents fight a lot when you were a kid?
Eh. They still fight a good bit... but so do Jay and I, so it isn't a huge deal I guess.

33. Did your parents get divorced or stay married?

34. If they got divorced, how old were you when it happened?

35. Did you ever run away from home?
If by run away you mean pack a book bag and walk around the neighborhood until it got dark - then yes, several times. (Me too, Anna)

36. How old were you when/if you first got glasses?
Glasses - 7 years old... contacts - 11

37. Did you need braces or a retainer?
Yep... they shoved metal in my mouth from the beginning of 2nd grade until the end of 8th

38. Both sexes; When did you start shaving?
January 1, 1994, I was 11 and in 6th grade

39. Girls; When did you start wearing a bra?
Around the middle of 6th grade because I was embarassed in the locker room without one. It was pointless though. Heck, I wore a AA cup until probably 9th grade, when I bumped up to an A. I was in a B until my second year of college when I transfered to IUP, then I think it must have been something in that Indiana food that transformed me. That's all I'll say. Haha.

40. What was your first kiss like?
Justin McFarland... infront of the mailboxes on Ashley Drive (I think) with my best friend, Cassidy, sitting next to me. I was wearing a green Old Navy t-shirt and jeans, and we were sitting there talking one second, then the next second, Justin had me on my back with his tongue in my mouth. It was probably the grossest experience of my life, but Justin was cute, so I went with it... until I realized that freshlyu cut grass was ALL over my Old Navy shirt and in my hair, and i flipped out on him.

41. What did you do on your first date?
hmm... my first one on one date was probably with Nick Falcon... This is partly because he is the first guy I semi-dated (I say this because we went out twice) who drove. I think we went out to eat...???

42. How old were you when you first drank?
20... in the dorms. And I insisted that I was a hot shot who could have 3 drinks and still be totally sober on the first try, and I insisted on proving this to Anna and Niki by doing jumping jacks in their room at about 1 am. I will always remember Anna saying through mad laughter "Sign number 1 that you are drunk... doing jumping jacks to prove that you are not drunk."

43. How old were you when you first tried drugs?
Never have

44. Where was your first house?

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Bills and old people [18 Oct 2005|10:21pm]
[ mood | irritated ]

I mailed $680+ in bills today. The greatest part is that I have about $600 in my checking account. I have $300 in savings, but for some reason, PNC has told me that my savings account is not allowed to go below $300. So I transferred $285.85 to checking today, leaving me with $300 on the dot, and still not enough for the bills. *love it*

I'm going to need to start wearing tighter pants to work... or something.

I should probably look for a job outside of old-people town, USA... or Greensburg... they work interchangeably... where people actually understand that 10% has NOT been a big tip since 1980. For God's sake, the IRS requires me to claim AT LEAST 8% of my sales at the end of the day anyway because they figure that if you are making less than 8% of your sales, you are not making enough money to support your own state of existense in this country in 2005. So the next time you decide to leave me 5% and tell me I am the greatest waitress you've ever had, spare me the sweet comment and make up for it by actually paying me the money that your lunch has forced me to pay the U.S. Government. Thanks.

In other news, Tiffany and I have been searching for the past 2 days for a house, apartment, townhouse, or any other structure suitable for living in. No luck. We found a cute house in South Greensburg last night though, and the landlord agreed to meet with us this morning. I slept at her house and went to see the house today, but much to our disappointment, it was garbage. The downstairs was basically a sectioned basement, which was very much a basement. The only room that did not have a stone and dirt floor and ugly brick walls was a tiny kitchen, and though it was cute, it was not even the size of my bedroom at my parents' house. I don't think that a kitchen table would even fit in there. Not to mention, it felt like we were in a basement... the kitchen was just very out of place. Upstairs was a living room, also about the size of my bedroom at home, a bathroom about the size of my closet, one bedroom the size of my parents' FAMILY ROOM, and another bedroom the size of a queen-sized bed... the end. So that was perfect. I honestly don't know how any of our furniture would have fit... and all we even have to work with it a twin sized bed, a queen sized bed, a futon and a love seat.

Not to mention, the landlord was an idiot. He basically told us that if anything broke, it was our responsibility to fix it. He gave the impression that we would see him once a month to pay him, and that would be it. Not that I expect a landlord to take care of everything, but then again, I expect him to be somewhat caring about his tennants. I didn't get that vibe from this guy at all.

Also, he continually made comments to Tiff and me to imply that we are not mature enough to handle paying him. He called our jobs into question 4 different times, and asked us if we thought they were stable. He then ended the conversation by telling us that he is going to give the house to the first people that he feels are responsible enough to pay the rent.


I have only lived on my own for 3 years now. I have only paid every single one of my own bills since I was 18. I have only been insanely independent and financially organized for as long as I can remember. Lord knows I am not financially well-off... but at least I am organized, conscious of and responsible with what I do have. But this guy looked at us and thought, "Hmm. Under the age of 35. They must by wild children with no sense of the world at all."

I love the mentality of this area. I have a college degree and could very well have a career right now if I wasn't trying to put a dent in student loans first, but because my triceps don't flap, my nipples are above my waistline, and I tip my waitresses 20%, I am an irresponsible waste of time.

Well you know what? I don't have time for you either then, you crazy old-hags of Greensburg! F that!

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PISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! [12 Oct 2005|12:02am]
[ mood | aggravated ]

I just had the worst/most expensive day of my life!

It all started with depression, which should have been red flag ..1. If you keep up with my blogs or you are one of my close friends, you would know that I have a history of massive lapses of depression, and I am right smack in the middle of one right now.

Being the genius... or idiot... that I am, I decided that a trip to visit Jay would brighten my mood a little. I knew that he was done with class today at 3:30, and after driving down to WVU a few times now, I figured that I would be fine to drive home in the dark. I had to argue with myself about it for a while to justify the $20 in gas that it would take me to get there and back. I finally came to the conclusion that if I didn't eat today, it would kind of average out.

I left at 2:50, and I was very careful with the gas peddal, coasting on hills, and applying pressure so lightly up hill as to conserve every drop possible. I got there at 4:15 with a little over 3/4 of a tank, and I was quite proud of myself.

"As long as I can pull into my driveway tonight with over a half a tank, this trip will cost me less than I had planned," I told myself, and I was very pleased.

I spent a few hours with Jay, watched "Anchorman," and rubbed his back and feet for about an hour. I love to take care of him though, so it is not at all like I am complaining.

Jay walked me downstairs to leave at 8:00, and what to my wondering eyes was this on my windshield? A parking ticket! YES! Apparently, you are allowed to park on campus after 5:00... NOT 4:00. So now the $20 that took 2 hours of justification had become $30.

I cried and cried because even though $10 is not THAT big of a deal, in the grand scheme of things, it might as well be another $500. I just got my bills for my citibank and discover cards, my first student loan bill came today, I don't think that Victoria's Secret will EVER stop billing me for the bathing suit that I returned in May, my rearview mirror decided to fall off and smash on the road this weekend, I finally deposited enough money to cover the multiple fees that PNC charged me for overdrawing my account by 10 cents 2 weeks ago, and I just realized yesterday that my citicard is gone. I only noticed this because I needed to re-enter my account .. through paypal in order to update my email address. I haven't even touched that credit card since April, and I ought to have cut it up as soon as I decided to stop using it. So now I am anxious to see if they send me a bill for a credit card that has been paid off just so I can pay for something else that I neither deserve to pay for nor can afford to pay for.

So after my emotional breakdown over the $10 ticket, I drove away from WVU with tears in my eyes. I was about half-way home, approaching a construction zone and slowing down when I started to smell strange fumes in my car. I got a little freaked out and put down the windows to figure out if it was the area or my car that was producing the smell. I put the windows back up just as I approached the cones and reflectors. Then, out of nowhere, a tractor trailer truck was sitting in the right lane with it's 4-ways on. I went around it, and saw a police car with its lights on behind me approaching the truck. My first reaction was to worry about the truck driver. As the cop passed the truck, I started to worry about myself.

I pulled over, and the cop told me that I was going 69 in a 50. I swear that the last speed limit sign I saw said 55, and I swear that I wasn't going much over 60 I had been glancing at my speedometer obsessively just then because I remembered thinking that Jay would be proud of me for maintaining my speed so well. All that I can figure is that he clocked me right when the strange fumes started to freak me out, and it is highly possible that I sped up as I put the windows down. I just know that I wanted to get out of that immediate area to determine where the smell was coming from.

It doesn't matter now though. All that matters is that I bawled my guts out and was shaking so hard that I could barely sign his paper, and I drove away with a $105 fine.

Good thing I ended up justifying that $20 trip, or I probably would have been pretty mad that I ended up paying $135 to rub Jay's back.

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Probably nothing... [11 Oct 2005|02:04am]
I told Jay this weekend that I know that he loves me, but I don’t feel like he loves me. Lately, I have attributed it to his actions and/or lack of actions, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that it has nothing to do with him.

I don’t allow myself to feel loved. It’s not like I’m a victim of a hideous crime who blames himself. I know that my parents are horrible people who do not know how to treat me well at all, and I know that it is not my fault at all that they are like that. But because of the way they act toward me, I have erected a wall to keep them out and push them away more instead of trying to bridge the gap. I don’t want them to change now. I don’t really want them to love me anymore now. If they suddenly did, it would mean one of two things for me. One being that they were faking it, and I don’t really feel the need to waste my time on that. Two being that they were sincere and sorry, in which case I don’t think that I’d care anyway. I’d rather they just realize how much they’ve treated me like crap than just blow over that and go back to being a happy family. Things don’t really work like that, and I suppose I would still feel it was fake.

So how does Jay fit into this idea? I guess I am building a wall there too. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t even realize I did it. It’s just that he has gone off to school a good 60 miles away from me, he is surrounded by GORGEOUS girls who want to talk to him and hang out with him, and of course he is going to talk to them and probably hang out with them. And even though he isn’t treating me like crap like my parents do, I have still built a wall. This one, however, has to do mainly with my way of thinking, and I think that I am worthless. Lord knows Jay has tried to get me to think otherwise, but I don’t think it will ever happen. Friends have told me over and over, I have tried to tell myself over and over, but it still ends up that I see myself as no where near good enough. I constantly compare myself to other girls, and I always see myself as the ugly one. I always see myself as the fat one. And even if I see a girl who is heavier than me, I find another quality about her that surpasses the qualities in me.

So while Jay is hanging out with these other girls, who he swears are nothing compared to me, I slap a wall up before his words can get to me, because the second that I let go and believe that I really am something special, that is the second that everything I have ever thought will come crumbling down. I guess that sounds ridiculous, but then again, the whole cycle of depression is ridiculous. It’s all in your head, you know? You have to remind yourself of how bad things are or else they won’t stay so bad, and if they don’t stay bad, well then, you just don’t have much to be depressed about anymore, now do you? So you keep reminding yourself so that you have something to remind yourself of tomorrow and the next day because that’s what you know. That’s how you are.

There are so many times that I want to break up with Jay because he makes me so happy, and THAT makes me so sad! It’s like I keep reminding myself how happy he could make someone else. I keep reminding myself how someone like me doesn’t deserve to be made happy. Then I remind myself that I can’t do this forever, or I really will end up alone and miserable at the age of 85.

Why can’t I just be normal? Why can’t I just enjoy life and enjoy who I am? I have those brief moments when I feel happy. It seems like I am always driving and passing random places when it hits me, and I think, “My God, I need to sit down and write!”

I never do.

I just need to stop letting the thoughts get the best of me and write because I know the problem is all in my head. I just need to get it out.

She says, “It’s only in my head.” She says, “Shhhh! I know. I know! I know it’s only in my head!”

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[25 Sep 2005|04:22pm]
Uncle Rico: I wish you wouldn't look at me like that, Napoleon.
Napoleon Dynamite: I wish you'd get out of my life and shut up!

Exactly how I feel Napoleon... exactly how I feel.

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Explanation... [24 Sep 2005|04:56pm]
[ mood | Every emotion that is negative ]

For those of you who are wondering what in the world is going on with me, here is the story....

My parents treat me like dirt. I don’t know when it started, exactly, but they treat me like I am absolutely worthless. My mom has always been very belittling of me all my life, but it has gone from belittling to absolute ignorance over the course of the past few years.

She constantly reminds me that I can’t do anything on my own. She continually tells me that I will never survive without my parents. And anyone who knows me and knows my family (by this, I mean ACTUALLY knows my family) can see that they are the ones who cannot survive without me.

We will start with bills...
The summer between my 1st and 2nd year of college, I worked at Idlewild, and that summer, nearly all that I made went straight to my parents for bills. I was never thanked for this, which I suppose I shouldn’t expect, but it would have been nice.

Then, about 2 years ago, my parents decided that they couldn’t make it financially and attempted to file bankruptcy. I gave them $200 for the lawyer, for which I again received no gratitude. Shortly after paying the $200 for the lawyer, I found that my parents had spent the money, and still had nothing to pay the lawyer, and the bankruptcy went on hold until last year.

They then successfully filed, and were declared bankrupt, which as I was told, wiped away their debt, leaving only utility bills, food, gas, house payments, health insurance and car insurance.

About a month ago, my parents told me that they were losing the house, and I needed to pay them $300 to save the house. After constantly being the go-to child and having my own multitude of bills to juggle, I asked, “What is Evan giving you?”

They didn’t respond.

After several days of questioning, I found out that they had managed to get Evan to pay for his car insurance, as though this was a huge help to them. I said that if that was the game they were going to play, then I only owed them the $75 for the next 3 months of my car insurance, as I was still listed as a secondary driver on their vehicles.

Not much than a week later, I ended up getting my own car, which I was forced to finance, and I had to become the primary driver of that car as the owner, shooting my car insurance up to $140. This, of course, means that I am basically repaying for the next 3 months of car insurance, and Lord knows I will never see that $75 again.

Funny thing is that we definitely didn’t lose the house, and I didn’t pay them the $300 that they “so desperately needed.”

Last week, the internet was shut off, and much to my surprise, we owe Comcast $170. Hmm... so apparently they haven’t been paid ONCE since we got them in July.

The cable will be turned off soon.

And my latest issue is this:

I got a guinea pig (Marmol) last October. I had her for about a month, then as soon as the heat was turned on in our house, my mom started coughing... just like she does EVERY winter. She blamed it on the guinea pig, said she was dying, and forced me to get rid of her.

*side note*
I had guinea pigs from 1990-2000, and she NEVER had a problem with them

So Marmol went to live at Jay’s house in January, and my mom’s coughing seemed to magically disappear. So last week, I snuck Marmol back into the house and placed her cage in the top of my closet.

My mom found her on Thursday night, and suddenly, the coughing came back! Surprise! Not one cough all week, but the second she sees the guinea pig, she is obviously dying. Last night, I think that she even forgot about her hypochondria, and was completely fine until I mentioned the maze that I was making for Marmol out of a cardboard box. And in 15 minutes, Linda went from perfectly fine to “Oh God, help us! We can’t afford a hospital bill, but I don’t want to die!”

I drove Marmol back to Jay’s at midnight.

I came home a little later, and Linda was sound asleep. I was up most of the night on IM and on the phone, just pissed off. Never did I hear the woman cough. Yet this morning, she made my dad sweep the floor at 8:00 to get rid of the guinea pig hairs that are ever so fatal to her, and she whimpered and cried about how she wanted to call off work but she couldn’t, even though she was “dying.” She said she couldn’t afford to call off because she (me) won’t pay the bills.


I am 23 years old, paying ALL of my own bills, including cell phone, credit card, car payment, car insurance, health insurance, student loans and food! They don’t even feed me, not that I expect them to, but ALL that I use of theirs is electricity and water. I would be willing to pay a portion of that, but I become less willing when I am made out to be the bitch for not paying ALL of their bills, filling their gas tank, and paying their mortgage.

I just don’t understand. They are both adults with 2 jobs each, yet they can pay nothing! There is no debt, so that is not a factor. So where does it go?! I work as a waitress, and I work to live and live to work. It is a hideous cycle, but at least I do it! With 4 jobs, how can they not at least make the cycle work!? And how do they expect me to make it work for both me AND them!?

I am trying SO hard to move out of this house. I am trying so hard to move AWAY from this family. I am tired of being told that I can’t do anything. I am tired of being told that I am a “disgrace to this family.” I am tired of being told that I am not allowed to be out past dark when I am 23 with my own car. I watch movies at Tiffany’s house, for God’s sake! I’m not even out anywhere, and I am ridiculed for pushing the limits on my midnight curfew. I SHOULD NOT HAVE A CURFEW! Evan doesn’t, and he’s 19!

I am tired of this family in general.
Evan sits online all day and has NO IDEA what double standards our parents hold, so he still comes to their defense.
Linda wears the pants and controls EVERYTHING to the point that it no longer makes sense.
Allan is a spineless little thing with a new hat for every occasion and every member of this family. He sides with whomever has the most authority at the moment, and he will NEVER take any authority on his on.

And for those of you who wonder why I don’t come to church much anymore, it is because people like my parents have turned me away. They are the most fake individuals I have ever known, and even being in church a few weeks ago, Jay and I both agreed that it made us physically ill to watch their outward display of FLAMING hypocrisy.

Maybe I will find a church soon where I don’t feel it so much, but right now, just walking in there, I feel an overwhelming sense of falseness. I don’t know when it started, but I am sure that my parents are the main contributors.

I am just very ready to move away and cut off all contact. VERY READY!

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Li'l bit of Lillywhite... li'l bit of busted stuff. I still don't know which version I prefer anyway [19 Sep 2005|01:25am]
Look at how she listens. She says nothing of what she thinks. She just goes stumbling through her memories, staring out onto Grey Street.

She thinks, “Hey, how did I come to this? I dream myself a thousand times around the world, but I can’t get out of this place.”

There’s an emptiness inside her, and she’d do anything to fill it in. But all the colors mix together to grey, and it breaks her heart.

Begging now the difference, she prays to God most every night. Although she swears He doesn't listen, there's hope in her that He just might.

She said, "I Pray! But they fall on deaf ears. Am I supposed to take it on myself to get out of this place?”

Oh there’s a loneliness inside her, and she’d do anything to fill it in. And though it’s red blood bleeding from her now, it feels like cold blue ice in her heart when all the colors mix together to grey, and it breaks her heart.

There's a stranger who speaks outside her door. Says "Take what you can from your dreams. Make them as real as anything. It’ll take the work out of the courage."

She says, “Please! There’s a crazy man that's creeping outside my door! I live on the corner of Grey Street and the end of the world!”

And the wrong in her whole plan is as hopeless as the day she came. And the man she calls her father ignores her and ignores her pain. She feels like kicking out all the windows and setting fire to this life. She could change everything about her using colors bold and bright, but all the colors mix together to grey... And it breaks her heart!

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Friday, September 2: The true not-so-hollywood story [07 Sep 2005|11:58pm]
[ mood | shocked ]

So here is the big news flash for those who have not yet heard it and those who have heard the false version of it.

The events of the evening of Friday, September 2:

Tiff started texting me to see if we wanted to do something. Jay was home for the holiday weekend, and while Tiff and I were hanging out on Thursday, we decided that we should all try to get together on Friday.

I got home from work at about 6:00, so by the time I had showered and got to Jay's, it was after 7:00. We had just finished eating, and it was about 8:00 pm when I received the text from Tiffany. I texted her back, saying that I would call her around 9:00 because Jay and I wanted to spend some time just the 2 of us. It was going to be a busy weekend, and between work and picnics, we didn't know if we would have any other time together.

Jay then text messaged Mike to ask what he wanted to do, and Mike said that we could all come to his house to watch a movie that Tiff and I had rented a previous day on her movie pass. We all decided that would be fine.

At about 9:10, Tiffany called. I told her that I was just about to call anyway, and she asked when we were going to come over. I told her that I was putting medicine on Marmol's neck, though I doubt that she will ever stop chewing it or that the infection will ever go away completely. I said that we would leave as soon as she was back in her cage, and Tiff said, "Okay. see you in about 20 minutes then."

Jay and I left about 5 minutes after that phone call, and it is about a 15 minute drive to Mike's from Jay's house, though I was probably driving somewhat slow because it was my first night-driving experience in my new car.

Yes, I got a new car!!!

We pulled into Mike's driveway, and I parked next to his truck. He has been driving the truck again lately, so I didn't even think to look for the car. Sometimes it is parked in the driveway. Other times, it is parked behind or beside the pool. It was 9:30 at night, I was way too excited about pushing the little remote control lock for my car as I have never before experienced such a fine luxury, and as we had been told, Mike and Tiffany were already expecting us about 5 minutes earlier.

I scampered up the sidewalk to the porch, and Jay told me to stop frolicing like an idiot, as is my custom. *sigh*

The door was unlocked and stood slightly ajar, so we walked in as usual yelling, "Mike!? Tiff??!"

No answer.

The living room TV was on. Several lights in the house were on. Mike's bedroom door was closed. The bathroom door was partially closed.

As the two have them have been somewhat off and on over the past month, I was not at all about to knock on the bedroom door if they were back together or attempting to get back together. I wasn't about to interrupt kissing or intense conversation or whatever was going on, so I sat down on the couch to wait for them to come out. Jay went outside to relieve himself out back because he thought that someone was in the bathroom. When he came back in, I told him that there was definitely no one in that bathroom eventhough the door had been half opene, half closed. I guess it doesn't really matter for him though. Now, if I had made a special effort to pee in Mike's back yard only to find out that it was all in vain, I would have been a little pissed, but maybe that's a girl thing.

So we sat there for a couple of minutes, Jay flipping through the channels on the television, me anxiously gripping my jar of Aunt Penny's Jelly (aka cheap grape jelly from Walmart with a picture of the late Aunt Penny on the side), which was given to me at Kenny Ross Ford where I had bought my car that afternoon.

Now, for those of you who are curious about my fascination with the jelly, you must know that I absolutely hate grape jelly, and my sole source of excitement was in sharing it with Mike accompanied by the line, "Hey. Tell that twat to buy some jelly!" Those of you who listen to Dane Cook can appreciate the humor in that.

So as we waited for the pair to emerge from the hallway, Tiffany suddenly shocked us by coming through the kitchen.

I said, "Where the heck did you just come from!?"

Tiffany said that they ran to Get Go for Pepperoni rolls and Mike was still outside on the phone with Jonathan.

*Now, it is to be noted that Tiffany came into the living room about 5 minutes after we came into the house.*

After about a half hour, Tiff and I went outside to retrieve Mike, who was flapping wildly at moths near his porch light with a fly swatter. I showed him the Jelly, and he chuckled, then we got him to come inside so that we could start the movie.

He never said one word to Jay and never said anything to me either. He was being incredibly rude to Tiffany too, and Jay got tired of it after about an hour. His dad called, so he stepped outside to take the call, and after hanging up, we left.

I text messaged Tiff to tell her that I was sorry to leave her there with Mike while he was being so mean to her. Mike, having no trust in Tiffany, did not believe that she was texting me and took her cell phone from her to read her messages. He then text messaged Jay, "If you have something to say, say it to my face." Jay called him, and Mike began to accuse Jay of stealing from him, then he accused us of fooling around in his living room.

Jay explained to him that #1, we were invited, #2, we thought that they were there, #3, we were only there for about 5 minutes, #4, we would NEVER do that, and #5, if he has that little trust in us that he can't even belive that what we say is true, then maybe he doesn't know us very well. Mike ended the conversation by saying, "It's behind us, man."

Saturday came and went. No word from Mike. No word from Nick (a mutual friend who was home from the Marines for the weekend).

Sunday, I called off work because I had a headache. I knew that it would clear up, but I wanted to spend time with Nick before he left again. I text messaged him, but he never replied.

The week has gone by now, and we have still not heard from Mike or Nick. I hung out with Tiff yesterday, and she said that she couldn't understand what Mike was flipping out about.

Tonight, Jay IMed Nick, and he told Jay that Mike had explained to him what we did in his house on Friday. Mike's version of the story, however, involves Jay and me having sex in his living room. Jay said that this was completely untrue, and Nick said "I believe what I am told," and signed offline.

Jay texted Mike, wanting to know why he is starting such vicious rumors, and Mike had nothing to say other than threats toward Jay.

I just don't even understand what is going on. I don't undrstand how someone who you consider to be such a good friend can just suddenly snap. I don't understand how someone who calls themself a friend could either believe such falsehoods or make them up. I don't understand how other people can just blindly believe them without taking Jay's and my character into account.

All that I know is that now that I've typed out this meaningless drama, I can put it behind me. I've dealt with similar situations before, and if I've learned anything from the past, it is this:

People will say what they will. People will believe what they will. But what it all comes down to in the end is that those who have turned against you and those who have caused others to turn against you were never for you in the first place. So to trouble yourself with turning them back is a pointless effort that will only make way for more trouble down the road.

So with that said, say what you will, believe what you will. If you cannot believe us, then I suppose it has been nice knowing you.

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Thanks for reading this crap... or at least starting to [30 Aug 2005|01:15am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

So here is my first entry in a LONG time. I suppose I will actually start updating a little more now that Jay is at school and I have free time. Not that I am glad that he is gone. I'm just being optimistic about the situation I guess. 4 years... well, not even a whole 4. Knowing how focused and hard-working that Jay is, I'd actually like to believe that he can do this in 7 semesters, but I really think that even my super-student boyfriend can't pull off his insane double major that easily. We've known each other for 7 years though, and if it took us almost 6 to start dating, I suppose that another 4 until we can get married isn't that big of a deal, right?

A few people at work insist that Jay and I are engaged because he gave me a new promise ring for my birthday to replace the one from last year. They say there is no difference between a promise of future engagement and engagement itself. I can see their point, but to be completely truthful, I am in no position at the moment to begin to plan or even consider a wedding. I thought for a while that I could start a seperate savings account for a wedding fund, which shortly there after turned into a car fund as transportation is a somewhat more pressing necessity.

On the topic of cars, I actually went car searching with the parents last night and today. In some respects, it was a great idea, but in others, it was hideous. The great parts include me getting the chance to attempt to bargain with a salesman and test drive 2 cars, one of which I absolutely LOVE (though I didn't show it). The hideous parts include Allan and Linda. The end. Haha. I swear that I am going with Jay's dad tomorrow. My dad NEVER opens his mouth because I swear that he is truly the most passive human being in the known universe. My mom, on the other hand, opens her mouth once for about an hour and a half about meaningless garble. This dazzling combination makes the salesman believe that he has finally found the retard-family of his dreams. *sigh*

Family issues aside, the car is a BEAUTY! It's a 2000 Taurus, though it only has 30,000 miles on it. It is a glorious shiny silver with power EVERYTHING. w00t! They are asking $9500 for it, which Al (the salesman) tells me will leave me with payments of about $200 per month. That sounds completely reasonable... until I force myself to remember that student loans are going to begin the murdering process next month at a rate of about $200 per month also. And with the Citibank card at about $50 per month to cover my books from the last 2 semesters and this damn computer, and the Discover card at $15 per month for my last 3 credits this summer, $32 for my health insurance, AND my cell phone bill at $50 per month, we're talking... (please allow time for the English major to calculate)... $547 per month on average. Then car insurance will be in there somewhere. I am estimating that at about $75 per month. so that's putting me pretty close to $625 a month. I've been doing pretty well at work, but I can't allow myself to count on that continuing.

I really really REALLY need to get a "real" job with a "real" income that I can manage into a budget plan. Tips are great, but it is so hard to create a plan of financial attack based solely on luck.

What would be ideal right now would be to just keep working for a bit until I pay off the Discover and Citibank cards. That would at least free me of about $65 per month, and maybe I could actually save a little money by then. At that point, I would like to look more into the possible internship with The Dominion Post in Morgantown, WV. They wanted to meet with me at the beginning of my last semester at IUP, but that wasn't exactly possible at the time. The managing editor told me that they employ several interns throughout the course of the year, and I really feel like I have everything that they could need from me as an intern.

The only problem with that plan would be that I’d only be making minimum wage for 30 hours per week in the internship, which would definitely NOT pay the bills and rent. I assume though that I could just transfer to one of the Bob Evan’s in Morgantown and work evening shift. There are actually 2 in Morgantown and 1 in White Hall, WV, which would be about a 20 minute drive, give or take depending on where I find an apartment.

It sounds so good right now to think about this. A new car, a start on a career, money, my own place, freedom, Jay. I might actually get to convince some people that I’m a grown-up... until they realize that I stay up until 1:00 am on LiveJournal mapping out my life.

So with that said, maybe I'll try a new, grown-up thing and go to bed.

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Stolen from Sarah... as always [09 Aug 2005|10:32am]
[ mood | bored ]

X mark the movies I've seen, and the *s indicate a 1-5 rating s cale, 5 being the best.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture show *
(X) Grease **
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean ****
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) The Mexican
(X) Fight Club ****
( ) Starsky and Hutch (orig)
( ) Neverending Story **
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
( ) The Princess Bride
( ) Young Frankenstien
(X) AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgandy ***** + ***************************!!!!!
(X) Napoleon Dynamite (No stars for the actual viewing of the movie... but ***** for talking about the movie with friends 2 weeks or more AFTER watching the movie)
( ) Saw
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management ****
(X) 50 First Dates ****
( ) Jason X
( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(X) Scary Movie ***
(X) Scary Movie 2 ***
(X) Scary Movie 3 *****
(X) American Pie ***
(X) American Pie 2 ***
(X) American Wedding *****
( ) Harry Potter
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Resident Evil I
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer ***
( ) Little Black Book
(X) The Village *****
(X) Donnie Darko ****
(X) Lilo & Stitch ***
( ) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland (want to see it SO bad, but Jay NEVER wants to rent it :( )
( ) 13 Ghosts
(X) Signs ****
(X) The Grinch ***
(X) Texas Chainsaw Massacre **
( ) White Chicks
(X) Butterfly Effect *****
( ) Thirteen going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ****
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep impact
( ) KingPin
( ) Contact
( ) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents **
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Ever After
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber ****
( ) Dumb & Dumberer
(X) Final Destination **
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
(X) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (BIG FAT 0!)
( ) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago ****
(X) Ghost Ship (I don't remember after the first 5 minutes... so I don't know if that counts as watching)
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window (Quite possibly the worst movie of all time. And I thought it was a 3-night rental and ended up paying $12 extra when I returned the 1-day rental 2 days late. I am STILL pissed about that movie)
( ) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards **
( ) The whole TEN yards
( ) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child's Play * (Eh, I'll give it 1 for the time at which it came out)
( ) Bride of Chucky
(X) Ten Things I Hate About You **
( ) Just Married
(X) Gothika *****
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street ***** (Pretty F***ed up movie for it's time)
(X) Sixteen Candles ***** (Molly Ringwald is my hero!)
( ) Coach Carter
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Enternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
(X) Breakfast Club ***** + ***************************!!!!!!!!!!
( ) Some Kind of Wonderful
( ) Top Secret
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Seven
( ) Oceans Eleven
( ) Oceans Twelve
(X) Identity ****
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I ***
( ) Predator II
(X) Independence Day ***
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(X) ET **
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My boss' daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) Frailty
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(X) She's All That (Blech!)
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Air Up There
( ) Nightmare Before Christmas
( ) Event Horizon
(X) Forrest Gump **
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) X-men ****
(X) X-2: X-Men United ***
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Trading Places
(X) Ice Age ***** (so cute!)
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Others *** (But too easy to figure out)
( ) the original Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) Cruel Intentions
(X) The Hot Chick ***
( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle
(X) Old School ***** + *****************************!!!!
( ) Ray
(X) The Notebook (Next to "Secret Window," the WORST movie!!!)
( ) Naked Gun
( ) Mona Lisa Smile
(X) Spiderman ***
(X) Spiderman 2 ***
( ) K-Pax
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring *****
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers *****
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King *****
(X) A Walk to Remember ****
(X) Boogeyman * (Decent until the ending, then I think that it was thrown together in 20 minutes)
(X) Hitch ***
( ) The Fifth Element
(X) Moulin Rouge ***** + **********************!!!
( ) Space Jam!
(X) Saved **
(X) Star Wars episode I The Phantom Menace ****
(X) Star Wars episode II Attack of The Clones ****
(X) Star Wars episode III Revenge of The Sith ****
(X) Star Wars episode IV A New Hope ****
(X) Star Wars episode V The Empire Strikes Back ****
(X) Star Wars episode VI Return of The Jedi ****
( ) Space Balls
( ) Troop Beverly Hills
( ) Swimming with Sharks
( ) Air Force One
( ) For Richer or Poorer
( ) Trainspotting
( ) National Treasure
( ) Secondhand Lions
( ) Bend it like Beckham
( ) Edward Scissorhands
(X) People Under the Stairs (YES!!!!!!!! HOW DID THIS MAKE THE LIST?!?!?!) I want to give it about 24 stars just because of the personal significance, but to be completely truthful, we make fun of it every single time that we go to blockbuster... so if you are looking for a scary movie that not only makes you laugh your ass off because it isn't scary at all but also seems to never ever ever end, then this would be a ***** for you)
( ) Blue Velvet
(X) Sound Of Music ***
(X) Parent Trap 1 ***
( ) Parent Trap 2
(X) The Burbs ***
( ) The Terminator
( ) Terminator 2: Judgement Day
( ) Terminator 3
( ) Empire Records
( ) SLC Punk
( ) Meet Joe Black
( ) American History X
( ) Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (new)
(X) Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (original) ***
(X) Secret Garden ***
(X) Shrek ***
( ) Shrek 2
(X) Top Gun
(X) Big Fish *****
( )Garden state
( ) million dollar baby
( )hide and seek
( )sin city
( )the island
( )batman begins
(X)guess who ****
( ) Comando
( ) Blown Away
( ) Saving Private Ryan
( ) Catch Me if You Can
( ) Blow
( ) Kill Bill
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Pulp Fiction
( ) From Dusk Till Dawn
( ) Jackie Brown
(X) The Girl Next Door ***
(X) Euro Trip **
(X) Nothing to Lose ****

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Eh... why not. I apparently don't do "real" entries anymore. [28 Jun 2005|08:25pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

• Outfit: Old t-shirt from camp and navy IUP sweatpants that say "Indians" down the left leg
• Hairstyle: loose ponytail
• Jewelry: Rob's ring. The earrings that Jay bought me about a year ago, my star belly-button ring and my promise ring from Jay
• nail color: natural

Do you:
• cut yourself: Nothing else freaks me out more than the very thought of that. *shivers*
• lick yourself: haha. I suppose sometimes.
• whine a lot: Jay will tell you "crap yeah!"
• yell a lot: Meh. Not a LOT.
• hate a lot of people: define "a lot."
• have too many friends: Nope
• want to die: Nope
• have a bf/g/f: Yep :)
• wear dark colors: Sometimes
• dye your hair: Nope
• have a crush? Umm... boyfriend of a year?
• do they know? I freaking hope so. Heh.
• do they like you? He thinks I'm okay ;)
• what is his/her name? Jay
• are they straight/bi/gay? Straight

Have you ever:
• kissed someone: Nah... O wait...
• gotten drunk: Yeah, not in a LONG time though
• worn rainbow: Nope
• talked on the phone for over 3 hours: Yep
• left the country: Yep
• had a party with over 30 people: Yep. I believe we had that many people over when we were at the "yellow palace."
• taken nude pictures: Nope... I don't have a digital camera... yet. Hahahahaha
• stolen something: Nope
• caught something on fire: LOL. w00t!
• cheated on someone: Nope
• wanted to cheat on someone: Nope
• asked someone out: Yes
• had a dream, then the next day it happens: All of the time! It freaks me out!!! (but not as bad as the idea of cutting)

Last person:
• you touched: My Jay
• you talked to: Evan
• you hugged: Jay
• you kissed: Jay
• you instant messaged: Kortny
• who broke your heart: Too many people

Are you:
• understanding: I try to be
• open-minded: In some things
• arrogant: I don't think so
• interesting: I hope so
• hungry: YES!
• smart: bleh.
• childish: Eh. Sometimes
• hard working: Very
• healthy: I try/pretend to be
• emotionally stable: At this second or overall?
• shy: Not in the least
• difficult: Hahaha. You'd betta believe it, sucka!
• attractive: I think so
• bored easily: Eh
• thirsty: Nah
• obsessed: If you have to think really hard about what you might be obsessed with, is that a good indicator that you do not really have an obsession? *still thinking*
• angry: No
• sad: No
• happy: Yes
• trusting: Depends
• ill: One of my glands in the right side of my neck just under my chin is all swollen and is really sore, so I'm afraid that I am gettin sick... and we're supposed to go to Kennywood on Thursday :/
• talkative: Lordy, yes!
• ignored: Sometimes
• reliable: Yes
• sleepy: Not yet
• lonely: Nope

Info about yourself:
• what is your birth name?: Bethany Nicole Gaffney
• when is your birthday?: August 2, 1982
• do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?: Yes
• how tall are you?: 5'7"
• brothers/sisters?: Younger brother named Evan

• what are your favorite band/artists? Too many
• color(s)?: I don't really have any
• soda?: diet coke with lime and diet cherry vanilla dr. pepper
• music?: a lil of everything
• stores?: AE, Express, Body Central, Victoria's Secret
• candy?: Toblerone
• cd?: Journey's Greatest Hits album
• Lullabyes: The one that I made up for my guinea pig when I was about 9. I still think that it is so cute.
• cookies? No bakes!!!
• juice?: Cranberry
• holiday?: Christmas
• month?: May

In the last 48 hours:
• cried?: No
• missed someone?: No
• yelled at someone? No
• changed your underwear?: YES
• drove somewhere?: To and from work, to Bob Evan's for a 2nd interview, to Walmart, to pick up my dad at work and to Jay's house... I think that's it
• talked to someone on the phone?: Yep. Just Jay though.
• been online?: Duh. I am online now
• smiled?: Yes
• had sex?: No
• kissed someone?: Yes
• hugged someone?: Yes
• last thing you ate?: A bagel with Parkay at Jay's

Have you ever:
• been in love: Yeah
• kissed someone of the same sex: Yes, but we were both laughing hysterically the whole time, so it doesn't really even count.
• been in trouble with the police? Yes... though it wasn't REAL trouble... just crap that they made up to meet quota, I think. The worst experience of my life!!!
• hit someone?: Yes
• broke something?: (note: that should say "broken something?"... sorry... English major...) Anyway, yes.
• betrayed a friend? Certain people still believe that I have, but I suppose that is all a matter of opinion.
• played strip poker?: No
• skipped school?: Not until college
• shot a gun?: Yes
• broke something important? Again... BROKEN... gah! No
• smoked weed?: No
• smoked a cig?: No
• dyed your hair?: No

Okay, last questions:
• what is sitting next to you? My brother is at the comp. on the other side of the room.
• favorite sport?: To play, basketball... to watch, the Stillers all the way, baby!
• are you gay/lesbian/bi/straight?: Straight
• been in a plane?: Yep
• killed someone?: No
• kicked your cat for the hell of it?: No
• are you bored of taking this survey? Yes
• what time is it now? 11:48 PM

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Stolen from Sue [18 Jun 2005|05:49pm]
List 20 LJ people, either that you've met in real life
or not.Then answer some questions about them. If your
name appears on my list, you have to put it in YOUR

1. angels_destiny
2. book_said_so
3. c_rat
4. chronodin
5. cobaltninjette
6. daisy_jane
7. dinosaurknight
8. heeterburn
9. hillarious
10. jayzuschrist
11. jruel
12. mogadesh
13. mrbigjoeyo
14. myownwoman
15. oagieblack
16. qoffreaks
17. sarahnicole0617
18. sarahwillie32
19. suebear
20. tessaliz28

Is #9 a boy or a girl?

Would #1 and #2 make a cute couple?
Heck yeah!... if they were lesbians. Haha

How about #18 and #4?
HAHAHAHA! VERY doubtful.

What grade is #17 in?
Do we really go by grades anymore? Anyway, I think that she has a year and a half left...???

When was the last time you talked to #12?
Hrm. Maybe about the middle of last semester.

What is #6's favorite band?
The last I knew, it was "Muse."

Does #1 have any siblings?
O Lord! 17 of 'em!

Would you ever date #3?
Sorry Craig. I just can't see it.

Would you ever date #7?
Sorry, Ben, but nope. He's super-happy wiuth Marlissa anyway :)

Is #16 single?
The last I knew, no

What's #15's last name?

What's #10's middle name?
Zaboomafoo? Haha. Or Zuidema. And yes, I know that I have NO idea how to spell it.

What's #5's favorite thing to do?
I really have no idea. I don't really talk to Jamie all that much.

Is #13 hot?
Heck yeah, Joe!

Would #14 and #19 make a good couple?
Never ever... Even if they were lesbians.

What school does #20 go to?

Tell me a random fact about #11.
She has the longest tongue that I have ever seen in my life.

And #9?
She caught Andrew's rubber chicken on fire at her birthday extravaganza this past year using hairspray and a lighter. Mmmm... fumes...

And #3?
Was (still is?) a male cheerleader for IUP

Where does #4 live?
West Virginia... at least that's where he's from. Is that where you still are, Jude?

What's #8's favorite color?
No stinking idea. Sorry Josh :(

Would you make out with #19?
Sorry, Sue. I mean, if I was a lesbian or bi, sure. :)

Are #5 and #6 best friends?

Does #7 like #20?
Yeah. They get along just fine.

Does #8 like #19?
I think so

How did you meet #2?
Living in Whitmyre... I remember borrowing a cute skirt of hers when I still barely knew her. That was when the clothing exchange was running rampant in 3rd north, and I borrowed everything from Monica after she borrowed it from someone else.

How did you meet #8?
Living in Whitmyre too. Always in PJ pants :)

Does #10 have any pets?
Some kitties at the plantation... but don't ask me their names.

Is #12 older than you?
Yup, but I don't know by how much.

Is #17 the sexiest person alive, or what?!
Crap yeah, she is!!! Ow ow, Sarah! Ow ow! :P

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[05 Jun 2005|11:48pm]
Name:Bethany Nicole Gaffney
Birthday:August 2, 1982
Birthplace:Jeanette, PA
Current Location:Greensburg, PA
Eye Color:blue
Hair Color:Dark blonde
Right Handed or Left Handed:Right
Your Heritage:Welsh and Irish
The Shoes You Wore Today:Navy Old Navy flip flops
Your Weakness:foot and leg rubs. *melts*
Your Fears:What I can't see... being unaware of my surroundings
Your Perfect Pizza:Pizza Hut's Supreme Pan... or Sub's 'n' Suds's plain cheese... depends on the day, you know?
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:Get a "real" job (aka "a career")
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:murr furr
Thoughts First Waking Up:umm... murr furr? No. "Please let tips be good today"
Your Best Physical Feature:THE donk
Your Bedtime:about midnight
Your Most Missed Memory:way too many for me to go into now... it's almost my bedtime ;)
Pepsi or Coke:DIET Coke
MacDonalds or Burger King:Neither?
Single or Group Dates:I love both, and I think that you need a good balance of alone time and time with friends for a healthy relationship.
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Lipton
Chocolate or Vanilla:Depends on what we're talking about... Cake, chocolate... ice cream, vanilla
Cappuccino or Coffee:Coffee
Do you Smoke:No
Do you Swear:Occasionally
Do you Sing:Yes
Do you Shower Daily:Yes
Have you Been in Love:Yes
Do you want to go to College:Umm... just finished, so f'ing NO!
Do you want to get Married:Yes
Do you belive in yourself:A lot more now than I used to
Do you get Motion Sickness:Only if I focus on something, like a book, video game or text messaging in the car
Do you think you are Attractive:Most of the time
Are you a Health Freak:Eh... I have my spurts
Do you get along with your Parents:No
Do you like Thunderstorms:LOVE them!!!
Do you play an Instrument:No
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:Only a glass of wine
In the past month have you Smoked:No
In the past month have you been on Drugs:No
In the past month have you gone on a Date:Yes
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:Actually, I don't think so
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:Heck no! I HATE Oreos!!!
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:No
In the past month have you been on Stage:Yes
In the past month have you been Dumped:No
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:No
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:No
Ever been Drunk:Yes... but not for a year now :)
Ever been called a Tease:No
Ever been Beaten up:No
Ever Shoplifted:No
How do you want to Die:That's a kind of sick question... but hopefully in a way that is pain-free
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:Hahaha! When I grow up! Umm... a ballerina! OBVIOUSLY! Or a copy editor for a publishing company... that too. :)
What country would you most like to Visit:Wales
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:Blue
Favourite Hair Color:Brown
Short or Long Hair:Medium
Best Clothing Style:Country boy/athletic... I SWEAR I'm not describing Jay... right. ;)
Number of Drugs I have taken:Umm... other than Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, etc... none
Number of CDs I own:Hrm... Not a clue. But it's not very many... maybe 20?
Number of Piercings:Earrings (I'd say that 1 in each ear counts as 1) and my belly button... so 2
Number of Tattoos:None
Number of things in my Past I Regret:HAHAHAHAHA! They seriously want a count?! You've got to be f'ing kindding me! Umm... Let me get right on that.


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Prom [30 May 2005|08:29am]
[ mood | happy ]

I just wanted to share Jay's and my picture from prom. I posted it in my info, but I doubt that people ever check info. I know that I don't. Heh. Anyway, I really like this picture, so I figure it's worth sharing :)


That's the only picture that we have so far... still have to get the film developed. Hopefully the rest turn out as well. :)

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