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It's Saturday, I have the day off, and I'm having trouble figuring out what I want to do.

I have Netflix/TiVoed stuff that I could be watching -- except that my mom's doing paperwork in the living room, and Nicole's sleeping in my bedroom, and I don't have any headphones for the computer.

I have library books that I could be reading, but I don't really want to read on the couch, and I doubt there's enough light in my room. I'll probably end up doing this, though.

I could have breakfast -- haven't yet -- but I'm not really hungry, and there's not really anything to eat around the house, anyway, so why bother?

*sigh* This is the problem with free time for me now. I can't decide how to spend it.
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So I've decided to go ahead and move to Michigan with the rest of my family. I just didn't want to think about having teenagers before I even have babies, and I couldn't get my sisters to realize they weren't acting like adults -- they don't listen to me; everything I say or do is stupid or obvious to them -- so I threw up my hands and said, basically, that's it. I'm going home.

There's still the condition that I need to have a job secured before I move, but it looks like that's what's going to happen.
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I took my car in for an oil change the other day, and there was this guy from Corporate there offering a deal if anybody was willing to trade in their Toyota: up to $5,000 over Kelley's Blue Book value. I was in a hurry (as usual), and I didn't know what the blue book value of my car was, so I didn't take it, but I sure did look it up when I got home.

$10,000 if in "good" condition; $11,000 if in "excellent" condition. My car is at least in "good" condition.

So I was thinking, if they would give me $15,000 for my car, I'd be able to pay off my auto loan and still have money left over for a down payment on a used car. I'd miss my lovely Yaris, but it would make it a heck of a lot easier to move out once my parents make the move to Michigan.

So I'm gonna call tomorrow and see if the offer is still good. Hopefully, if it's not a good idea, it'll become apparent to me before I do anything rash.
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I feel like posting, I guess.

So my sisters and I are apartment hunting. We'd prefer something in the Royal Palm Beach/Wellington area, because it's close to (almost) everything we do. We went yesterday to look at a place, but we didn't like it. Despite being cheap and having bedrooms of more-or-less equal size (a definite plus when no one of us has the clear advantage), it was also very small, dingy, and claustrophobic.

Weird that it could be small and claustrophobic -- the suffocating effect was really more from the way the building was situated than the actual size of the unit. I wouldn't mind smallness, as long as it was open.

So anyway, there's all this exciting stuff going on, and I have no idea where to begin, but I think I'm going to start posting again as if I'd never stopped, and pretend like everybody knows what I'm talking about. ;)

Right now my siblings, except for Renae, are at a Christian rock concert in Orlando. I didn't go because I wasn't really interested in driving three hours one way to see the one band I would have liked to see. The house is very quiet without them, but it's a nice break from the constant bickering that's been going on lately.

In other news, Hurricane Ike is now projected to hit Miami. The idea of evacuating 4.2 million people is mind-boggling. Hopefully West Palm Beach will dodge the brunt of the hit. Although we'll probably be without power for a few days, anyway. My mom's very happy to have planned her vacation so perfectly.
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I could seriously not be more excited for Batman if I tried.
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the sound gets really warped near the end, 'cause they're so close to the microphone, or whatever, but if you're familiar with Potter Puppet Pals, you might find this entertaining

video )
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I'm feeling really depressed right now. I don't really know why -- just, almost as soon as I got home from work today, there was just this sadness. I wish I knew why.

On Tuesday, I went to work and nobody was there. The store was dark, the doors were locked, and nobody was there. So I had to cancel all my lessons. Somebody finally showed up around 4:00, so I was able to get about three lessons in, out of eleven scheduled. So I might be feeling stressed from trying to get everybody re-scheduled. Except that I haven't really been thinking about it much.

Or it might be the ticket I got the other night for running a red light (stupid). I hate wasting money.

Or it might be because two of my siblings owe me about $200 each, and don't look like they'll be able to pay me back for awhile.

Or it could be that I didn't get enough sleep last night. Or the house is a mess and I don't want to be the one to clean it up again.

Or it might be that this movie I watched the other night just left me in a funk and I need to get over it. (Less Than Zero, with Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader. They're not the leads, but they should have been, because the two kids playing the leads were just pathetic. And the movie was very disturbing, distressing, and depressing.)

Or it could be because my mom is talking about giving us girls the house when she moves to Michigan. I mean, it would be nice to have a house --- but I really don't want to have to take care of my sisters for the rest of my life. It would be one thing if I thought they were capable of taking care of themselves, but they have a history of taking advantage of me and taking me for granted. So this discussion makes me very nervous.

It's probably some combination of all those things. I've been really busy lately, and haven't had time to process. That's probably it. Yeah......
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs because I know I'm bad at updating things:

You know how sometimes people on your friend's list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration! One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out. :)



meme-age )
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I've had a lot of motivation to write lately, but no time to do it, which leaves me feeling very frustrated and aimless, in a way.

It kind of reminds me of Virginia Woolf's "angel in the house" essay, because it seems like I just have so many other things that *have* to get done, writing falls down to a very low priority. But since the other things don't get done, either, I'm left wondering ....... what exactly do I do all day?

I suspect I'm just subsisting.

(Review of Sweeney Todd later, if anybody was expecting and/or wanting to see that. It just so happens that Sweeney left me extremely motivated to write, but since it's late now and I have Temple in the morning, I can't write. I have to go to bed. Darn sleep.)
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I'm going tomorrow to see Sweeney Todd at the Kravis Center. :D
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I really miss late-night chat sessions. :(
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pictures! )
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I wish I had something interesting to post about.

Today I went shopping with my sisters and Tovah. I bought a new dress for Easter (something I hadn't done in years, possibly ever), plus some accessories and other necessary things, like a new bra. I will look fabulous tomorrow; I hope I remember to take a picture.

I'm still trying to think of ways to use up those iTunes gift cards that I got for Christmas -- I still have about $27.00 left. Now that I'm not allowed to use my iPod at work anymore, though, I haven't been using it as much. That makes me really sad. And mad, too, if I'm being honest.

My pastor recommended to me (and my sisters) that I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant. They gave me a lot of food for thought. I know that I'm definitely not happy where I am, in any respect. I just wish I'd get an idea of where I want to go.
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Purists?

Feb. 28th, 2008 02:06 am
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I find that I am coming to really dislike the word purist.

It's not that I necessarily dislike so-called purists, either. Actually, I think it has more to do with the fact that I used to call myself a purist, around the time that one Mansfield Park movie came out.

The thing is, I like faithfulness to the books. I really do. It's just that when people try to apply the concept of "purism" to fanfiction that I get a little twitchy.

What does it mean, anyway? Usually, what someone means when they say "I guess I'm just too much of a purist," is that they really think theirs is the right view, but who are they to flout popular opinion? It's a passive-aggressive way of saying "I'm right, you're wrong, but I'm going to humor you. But I'm still right. Nanny nanny poo poo."

I guess what I'm trying to say, is that it's one thing to be faithful to the book when you're doing a retelling, like a movie or a play, or whatever. But fanfiction is a whole different kettle of fish. The very point of fanfiction is to stray from the text, in whatever way we like. To explore this possibility or that plot hole. To poke fun, when it's merited. The people who want nothing but retellings in this way or that way are really missing the point of it all. I'd feel sorry for them, if they didn't aggravate me so much.

In conclusion: people who say "I guess I'm just too much of a purist" probably aren't really that big on purism as long as the changes made don't mess with their own sacred cows. "Anything goes..... except that" seems to be the prevailing attitude. And it's that hypocrisy that's the really annoying part.
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answers for the un-guessed quotes of the movie meme are as follows:

2. I'm afraid that one third of a gopher would only arouse my appetite without bedding it back down again. - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
3. Did I ever tell you that I used to read feet? - Godspell
4. How annoying, that they have to fight elections for their cause. The inconvenience! Having to get a majority. - Evita
11. Leave my elevator alone. - Blast from the Past

By the way, how does one go about pronouncing the word "meme"? In Doctor Who, it was pronounced as "meem" but I'm not sure that's correct.
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everybody at my new church is on MySpace, so naturally I had to raise my own MySpace from the dead. I still don't like how cluttered MySpace is, but it's really the only way to keep up with things these days.

Also, it's really frustrating to me that, no matter how much I eat, I'm always hungry. Even if I stuff myself to bursting, I'm hungry again twenty minutes later.
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1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

1. Round up the usual suspects! (Casablanca, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] katharhino)
2. I'm afraid that one third of a gopher would only arouse my appetite without bedding it back down again.
3. Did I ever tell you that I used to read feet?
4. How annoying, that they have to fight elections for their cause. The inconvenience! Having to get a majority.
5. He was always a rather stupidly optimistic man. I mean, I'm afraid it came as a great shock to him when he died, but he was found dead at home. (Clue, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] shemmelle)
6. I do not play this instrument so well as I would wish, but I have always presumed that to be my own fault, because I would not take the trouble of practicing. (Pride and Prejudice, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] p00tigger and [livejournal.com profile] katharhino)
7. I got it! Your daughter's not your daughter, and the money, that used to be the jewels, is now your underwear! (Oscar, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] caror)
8. Remove head from sphincter, then drive! (10 Things I Hate About You, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bijoux)
9. I'm afraid that calling us Englishmen is like calling an ox a bull: he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his. (1776, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] p00tigger)
10. I can't think about that now. I'll think about that tomorrow. (Gone with the Wind, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] katharhino)
11. Leave my elevator alone.
12. No, I do not want to spend Christmas with Miss Granola Suicide and her Spawn. (About a Boy, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] leksa)
13. You are born into a family. You do not join them, like you do the Marines! (While You Were Sleeping, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] p00tigger)
14. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in The Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus, I'd still have to bum rides off people. (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs)
15. How do you shoot the devil in the back? What if you miss? (The Usual Suspects, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs)

These are probably pretty easy. Most of them, anyway. But we'll see. :)
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I'd like to make a blog, but I'm afraid that if I try to express what I'm feeling/thinking, it'll only make me more depressed. So I'll just say "good night," and hope that I feel better/less oppressed tomorrow.
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I really want to move out. Can't do it at this point, though, at least, not without a roommate.

I've been thinking about getting back into writing, too. That's a time issue. Actually, that's not true; it's more of a tiredness issue. I made a pact with myself not to write when I'm tired anymore, because my characters start getting really emotional and weepy, and crying at the drop of a hat --- it's awkward. And then I have to try to make them seem like normal, well-adjusted people again. Especially tough when the characters are male. And I'm always tired.

*sigh* I seem to be getting more and more dissatisfied, in general. If I may borrow a quote, "I reek of discontentment." Something needs to change, or I may just pull my hair out.

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