It's been two months, folks, and the husband and I are in Montana.
Yes, you read that right - Montana. The Floridian is out of her gourd.
So, no employment yet, living on ramen, lots of clouds ... but gorgeous mountains, cool air, and we're in the country with friendly people.
I'll send out letters to people whom I have addresses. Right now, I'm at a library computer and have only a half hour to do this. So email access is sporatic because we can't afford it at this point.
Anyway, my love to everyone. *hugs*
1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Got my driver's license at last. Kept a diary going. Wrote a Victorian Romance.
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Getting out of here - nearly done. Next year - working on the rest of my life.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My niece Brittany gave birth to her son Braydon.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not really close, but I knew him - Dr. Gamble, college president. Melonoma.
5. What countries did you visit?
I'll never leave the country.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A job that I really like in a place that I really love.
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory?
January 25 - Began working in staff training office.
April - Mad costume dash for our production of 'The Solid Gold Cadillac'.
July 6 - Getting my driver's license.
August 4 - Dove right into work at Panera.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting permission from Roberta Solomon to use her character Crematia Mortem in 'Raven House Chronicles'.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not finishing my editing of 'Raven House Chronicles'.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My wrists hurting from work until I got Holy Water on them.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Toasty Feet thermal shoe inserts.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My father, who is always nice, hard-working, and absolutely wonderful for everything he's done for me.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Colleen the secretary who dumped all of her work on me and was earning more than four times I was even though I was doing all of her work.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills. Groceries. Etc.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Secret Project coming to fruitation.
16. What song/album will always remind you of 2006?
Daft Punk's 'Interstella 5555'. (Thank you, Mima and Atana!)
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Definitely happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Same, I think.
iii. richer or poorer? Same.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise. Edit 'Raven House'.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Working at Panera Bread. Worrying about driving.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home with my family.
21. What major life change did you go through?
Realizing the Secret Project had to be done Now, or it'll never be done.
22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Still married - I must have.
23. How many one night stands in this last year?
I don't even have night-stands, let alone many of them. :P
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Still Britcoms on public TV.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think so.
26. What was the best book you read?
'Nutrition: Concepts and Controveries' (Pretty sad, best book I read was a text book.)
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Daft Punk (thank you, Mima!), ALL of Enya
28. What did you want and get?
Hair permed (for a while), spice colored turtleneck, a change in luck, two trips to Boston, Victorian vests.
29. What did you want and not get?
Gryffindor scarf, THE green dress.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 29. I went out for Mexican with husband, and bought the Victorian vests at a serious discount.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Money to be able to do what I need to do.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
School - office assistant. Work - goth baker. Other - jeans and t-shirts.
34. What kept you sane?
Knowing we weren't going to be here forever.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you like the most?
Brian Schweitzer, Govenor of Montana.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Anything our 'god-fearing, white republicans' want to do, I'm usually against.
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Snarky Sneak of LJ, Dyhanara at work, the Swansons.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Pray and God will listen.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
"We've gotta get out of this place
if it's the last thing we ever do ... " - The Animals
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Well, folks. The Secret Project is about to start. I don't know when I'll get back here, but rest assured I'll contact as many as I can when the dust settles.
Love you all. Be good to each other, remember that others always have a different perspective than yours, and keep fighting for your Rights as human beings.
Meanwhile - greetings from the Weasleys, my Elizabeth, and her minions Graham and Derek.
Thank you, Great Mother and Holy Father, for the miracles you are bringing into our lives.
Current mood: awe.
To my nieces, B and W - your uncle and I are thinking about coming up to visit during the Christmas holiday (night of December 23rd through morning of December 25th) and we can't seem to get ahold of your dad. Could you have your father or grandmother or even your other uncle call us so we can arrange the logistics? You can comment here without having to register.
Thanks, can't wait to see you both! *hug*
Current mood: awake.
Happy Birthday, Zola, our resident Geek Goddess. Hope it's been a fun one!
Happy Mabon, the Autumn Equinox is fully upon us in a time of the new moon.
This next month starts off with a fresh slate, as the moon is now in its waxing aspect for new beginnings and the year is starting to wind down. This is a time of nurturing thought as opposed to action; this is a time to study, learn, and gestate ideas and plans.
Perhaps Kansas City may be an option rather than an end of itself. The desire to move there is not for permanence, but a kickstart to other routes. What those routes are, I do not know. I am afraid of the unknown. Many of you know me as being a non-risk-taker, and the only risk I ever took in my whole entire life was marrying a man I met on the internet nine months after meeting in the flesh.
I need this time to research and plan. Any time I had taken little risks, I usually ended up with more trouble than it's worth. I don't want to mess up my life with impulses. Impulses make things sound good at the time, but I come to find out there is more hassle involved or the pay-off isn't as good as I hoped. (Atana, you remember my Mary Kay days ... ) Research, plan, execute.
This winter isn't going to be very active for me, despite my wishes to the contrary. I just hope I find something else that does not damage my wrists. For the past week, my wrists have been in pain from working. It's the same way it was back when I was working at the grocery store bakery - something about the job puts too much strain on my wrists and it hurts like hell to move them too much. And everyone at work wonders why I drop stuff all the time ...
Britcoms on tonight. At least I have that comfort.
Sep 14, 10:17 AM EDT
"J.K. Rowling challenges airport security"
LONDON (AP) -- British author J.K. Rowling says she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final "Harry Potter" book as carryon baggage.
Had security agents not relented, she said on her Web site, she might not have flown, she said in a posting dated Wednesday.
"I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't - sailed home probably," she wrote.
The author had participated in a book reading for charity on Aug. 1 with fellow writers Stephen King and John Irving. Security was drastically tightened after Aug. 10 when British police said they had intercepted a plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners.
"The heightened security restrictions on the airlines made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven.
"A large part of it is handwritten and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S."
Eventually, she added, "They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands."
Rowling said she was still considering two possible titles for the last of the boy wizard's adventures.
"I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York," she wrote.
"They would both be appropriate, so I think I'll have to wait until I'm further into the book to decide which one works best."
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The NY airport security are going to get flack now from all the fans that go through the airport.
Although, knowing Rowling, the handwritten manuscript will be large enough to be considered a blunt instrument in our paranoid nation, so they might have a point.
Betcha anything, if they did manage to take it away, it'd have been on eBay yesterday afternoon and already sold by now.
I passed the driver's test! I am a fully licensed driver!
Watch out, Florida, I'm on the roads now!
Current mood: accomplished.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776.
DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's GOD entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that Governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
HE has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
HE has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
HE has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyranny only.
HE has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.
HE has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.
HE has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining, in the mean Time, exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.
HE has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
HE has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
HE has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of their Salaries.
HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance.
HE has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the Consent of our Legislatures.
HE has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
HE has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
FOR quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:
FOR protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
FOR cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:
FOR imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
FOR depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:
FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:
FOR abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule into these Colonies:
FOR taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
FOR suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
HE has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection, and waging War against us.
HE has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.
HE is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with Circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.
HE has constrained our Fellow-Citizens, taken Captive on the high Seas, to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
HE has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes, and Conditions.
IN every Stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every Act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
NOR have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them, from Time to Time, of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our Connexions and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the Rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connexion between them and the State of Great-Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of Right do. And for the Support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honour.
GEORGIA, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Geo. Walton.
NORTH-CAROLINA, Wm. Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
SOUTH-CAROLINA, Edward Rutledge, Thos Heyward, junr. Thomas Lynch, junr. Arthur Middleton.
MARYLAND, Samuel Chase, Wm. Paca, Thos. Stone, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
VIRGINIA, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Ths. Jefferson, Benja. Harrison, Thos. Nelson, jr. Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton.
PENNSYLVANIA, Robt. Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benja. Franklin, John Morton, Geo. Clymer, Jas. Smith, Geo. Taylor, James Wilson, Geo. Ross.
DELAWARE, Caesar Rodney, Geo. Read.
NEW-YORK, Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris.
NEW-JERSEY, Richd. Stockton, Jno. Witherspoon, Fras. Hopkinson, John Hart, Abra. Clark.
NEW-HAMPSHIRE, Josiah Bartlett, Wm. Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, Saml. Adams, John Adams, Robt. Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE, &c. Step. Hopkins, William Ellery.
CONNECTICUT, Roger Sherman, Saml. Huntington, Wm. Williams, Oliver Wolcott.