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Happy August, everybody!

So my parents are moving back. In case I never told anybody, my brother came back from Michigan in March or April or somewhere. And now he's convinced my parents to come back, too.

So we're flying Nicole back down in the next few weeks so she can get a job and get a jump on saving for a deposit on an apartment. Nicole, Christi, and I are planning on moving out together once the parentals are back.

And that's the update for now. :)
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My stress level has gone so far down since it's been just me and the two youngest girls, it's not even funny. By the end of this month, I will have my credit cards all paid off, and a new bed. :)
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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 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've been feeling really depressed this last week or so. Not so much that it affects every minute, but whenever I'm by myself, doing nothing..... or a lot of the time when I'm with my sisters. It's hard to keep myself from crying.

*sigh* This too shall pass.
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My dad's coming home tomorrow. Yay!

I'm halfway to the number of students I need to be able to move out on my own. I realized this yesterday. I've been unshakably happy ever since.

Last week, my sibs went to a weekend concert in Orlando, leaving me and my mother at home by ourselves. My mother worked both of those days, so really I was home alone. The first day was horribly boring, but the second day I realized I could actually do things when I'm by myself.

I wasn't fond of the movies by myself (saw 3:10 to Yuma; was good), but the rest was really nice.
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Feeling sad and lonely. My parents and Nicole left this morning for Georgia. My dad is going to be going on to Lancaster from there, because he has an interview up there this week. We probably won't be seeing him for awhile, as he tries to get something going up there in the way of work, house, etc. I'll be following, with my other two sisters and brother, to Georgia on Wednesday, but by the time I get there, he'll be gone. He can drive me crazy, but in many ways he's the life of the family.

I really hope this whole moving business doesn't take too long.

It's really weird with Nicole gone, too. The four of us girls are used to doing things as a pack. It's just .... weird, when one of us is missing.

I dunno. The whole day has just been a depressing string of lackluster existence. I did manage to (almost) clean my room. I had requested the whole week off in advance, because I thought I'd be leaving today with my parents, but then suddenly everybody wanted to go, and Renae and Christi couldn't get the entire time off, so I had to stay behind, to be the driver. Then Nicole got commandeered so that Trevor could also stay behind with me, to accompany me and help me with the driving. Because obviously I'm incapable of driving to my grandmother's house by myself.

Ironically, I don't think he's going to be much help. I've had a stiff neck/backache for about a week now (couldn't get my chiropractor boss to look at it, because he was out of town, too), and though it's getting better, now Trevor's complaining of the same symptoms. I had thought it was just because of the crappy futon that I call a bed, but now that Trevor has the exact same thing, we're thinking it's some sort of viral thing. Anyway, the point is, if his is nearly as bad as mine was, he's not going to be in any shape to do much driving.
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(Using this icon just because I felt like it.)

So, we left our church. Very long story. I hope the next one we go to has people my age. And are capable of getting their heads out of the 60's.

It hasn't been pretty, though. People can be so vindictive. I know there are always two sides to every story, but I can't imagine what justification could be given for the way the administration in this church has acted towards my family.

I can't wait to move.
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So I haven't been posting regularly for a long time. You know how it goes, it starts with not having a lot of time, or nothing of interest happening. Then time goes by and you realize that actually a lot has happened, and you wouldn't know where to begin to update. So you keep putting it off and putting it off, until finally, you decide, "Screw it. I'm going to post about something because I feel like it."

At least, that's how it works for me. So here goes.

TV obsession. Now that we have no satellite dish, I have become obsessed with several TV shows. Doctor Who, obviously, but now that's currently between seasons. Life on Mars is intriguing, but am having difficulty finding 3rd episode. Robin Hood was a total bust -- stupid show. Jericho turned out to be a surprise. Has anybody heard of/seen this show? I'd heard of it, but forgot about it until my sister caught the pilot last week, and proceeded to get me to watch the entire season with her on the internet. It started out really bad/cheesy, but got really good about halfway through the first season. CBS cancelled it, but the fans got them to bring it back after deluging the network and execs with letters and peanuts. So they're re-running the second half of the first season. I don't know if a second season is in the works or not, but I sure hope so, because boy was the season finale a cliffhanger.

I still haven't gathered up the courage/strength to begin the next two years of my schooling. I'd really like to just get it over with, because there's not much I can do with a 2-year accounting degree. But on the other hand, I really don't feel like pushing myself to do well in school while working at the same time. If I could go to school and take off work for two years, I'd jump at it. I just don't have the energy.

Piano lessons are going well -- I have about half of the students I need to be making what I was making when I was working Kmart and the doctor's office at the same time --- with only a third of the hours. That's nice.

My parents are talking about moving again, this time up north, probably either Detroit or somewhere around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We've had issues with the church and my mother's closest Florida friend moved to Buffalo last year. My mother's unsatisfied with her job, and my dad is unable to find work down here, so a move seems imminent. My dad's talked about moving before, but never with my mom backing him up. I'm okay with it this time. It seems like the best thing to do given our current situation, and it's not like any of us kids have roots here. My sister has a bosom friend that she will miss, but said friend is going away to college soon, anyway, and they both have MySpaces.

Anyway, at least it's not freaking Okeechobee.
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I'm bored. I'm in the mood to expand. Expand my interests, my tastes, my circle of friends, my horizons, my waistline, anything.

Well, maybe not the waistline.

Finished watching The Forsyte Saga today. I'd heard good things about it, but I found it very tedious. Can't think why I spent so much time on it. I kind of wish I'd stopped after Series 1, actually. It ended on kind of a hopeful note.

My uncle is coming to visit next week. Should be interesting.
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Can't sleep. Keep thinking of couple who really blindsided my family with horrible abuse last July, and dreaming of ways to get back at them and/or "smart" things to yell at them, should I happen to pass them in the street sometime.

Is very unhealthy, but I can't help it. It's been going on for a few weeks now, I just start thinking about the ordeal for no reason, but this is the first time it's impeded my sleep.

On the bright side, being unable to sleep made me check my mail, which contained a notice from my professor that tomorrow's early class has been cancelled, so I don't have to get up quite as early as I thought.
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What I did today: got up at 8:00, went to work. Got off at 1, came home. Watched Anastasia with Christi while waiting around for my dad to get around to working on the budget with me --- which never came to pass, btw, but hey. Took a shower. Had class at 5. Got off at 6:15. Stopped to get dinner on the way home. Got home at 7:00. Dropped food off at home, went back out to look for Renae, who had gone to look for the dog 20 minutes ago and wasn't back yet. Couldn't find them, so I came home and ate, intending to go look for them again once I had eaten --- was the first thing I had eaten all day, btw, except for my morning tea. 7:30, call from Trevor to tell us he has successfully picked up our mother from work (he left around 6:30), and oh yeah, he has Renae and the dog with him. Duh.

So they get home and we all watch Prison Break together. It was very interesting tonight, but whatever. Afterwards, Nicole and Christi want to go to Walmart to get some snacks (Christi and Trevor) and a book that was supposedly released today (Nicole). We end up going to three different stores, none of them has the book Nicole wants, but we do get some snacks. It's 10:00 by the time we get home. Now it's time for me to do my homework, which is due tomorrow at 8:00 am, only now Renae has put on one of those obnoxious wedding shows she loves so much. I ask her if we can put on something more mellow so I can do my homework. She says no. We argue some, but she says it'll be over at 10:30 anyway, so I reluctantly relent. 10:30 comes around, I've answered two fricking homework questions, and the show's still not over. She tells me I can go to my room to do my homework, which she knows is ridiculous, because of the mess in there. Then Nicole tells me it's my turn to do the dishes.


I snap at her (almost justifiably, since she was in the kitchen, and I was in the living room) that there's no way I'm going to have time, and she'll just have to deal with it. She says I'll have to do it tomorrow, then, and thinking over my schedule for tomorrow, which is kind of similar to today's, only with more school in it, I say I won't have time tomorrow, either. To which Renae replies that, "It's not our fault you [meaning me] can't prioritize your time better."


Now I'm angry and hurt, so I tell her that, since she only works five hours a day, she has no room to talk. I then try, with many sips of Dr Pepper, to concentrate on my homework, but I'm too upset, so I end up gathering my things and going to my room, after all. I think she heard me crying, because the TV's off now and I can hear them talking about me. They know I'm online, so I guess they figure I'm just a drama queen with no real complaints, but whatever. I needed something to take my mind off the argument so I could concentrate, but nothing's working. And now I have a headache from grinding my teeth and crying. I'm just sick of being expected to do everything around here.
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Thank God 2006 is over! Horrible year.

I wanted to make a nice post to ring in the new year. At least, a thoughtful one; I had intended to scan some pictures of my grandfather and do a memorium. Of course, a combination of laziness and fear of sadness stopped me from doing that.

So I'll just say "Belated Happy New Year!" now, and leave it at that. :)

Our church had a thing where people could write down their wishes for the new year, and put them in envelopes and hand them to the pastor. The idea is to open them next new year's and see what came of them. I couldn't think of anything suitably spiritual to wish for (or suitably lacking in materialism, heh), but I do have a few things to "strive" for, as far as life in general goes:

1: write more
2: break free of Big K, without losing income
3: participate more -- in both fandom and RL extracurricular things
4: work harder at maintaining relationships --- something I really suck at.
5: figure out this whole financial aid thing, and finish PBCC

That's all for now.
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Christmas was good. I got Legos. :D

Everybody else got DVDs --- the last two nights, my sisters and I have stayed up late watching season 1 of Prison Break, which was my gift to Nicole. That show is like crack. I know it's stupid, but I can't stop watching it. Renae and Christi have been keeping tallies of 1) body count, 2) Veronica-being-stupid count, and 3) Lincoln-being-obvious count. They also get a kick out of Pope's softness.

My dad got season 2 of 3rd Rock from the Sun, and my mom got volume 2 of Animaniacs. So, what with those 3 shows, we've been laughing a lot the past couple days.

My family and I went to see The Nativity Story last night. I thought it would be boring, but I actually liked it. I thought Keisha Castle-Hughes was lackluster, but the guy playing Joseph was really good. And I didn't recognize Ciaran Hinds as Herod until the credits rolled. Why can I never recognize that man from role to role? I didn't recognize him in Phantom of the Opera, either.

My sisters and I were going to go see A Night at the Museum tonight, but Nicole and Christi stayed too late at work to catch the late showing. So I guess we'll have to catch it tomorrow, when nobody works late.

I've been considering the possibility of dumping Kmart for a new office job. It's doable, and I'd love to do it, but I'm not sure if I should when I only have one semester before I start interning.
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Despite working in the same place as two of my sisters, I hate my job. (I know, I know, big news flash there.) One of my sisters has an interview at a different store this afternoon, and I'm as excited as if it were me who might possibly be breaking free of the evil Big K.

I still haven't registered for spring classes. It's weird, knowing that once I finish those classes, I'll be able to start interning.

Haven't done a whole lot lately other than genealogy research. I find it amusing to enter my ancestors' names in the rootsweb database and see what comes up. There are actually people who believe they can trace their ancestry back to Adam and Eve.

I wish I had time to do laundry. Our drier broke a few weeks ago, and we haven't been able to replace it yet. I don't usually have more than a couple hours to myself a day, if that, and since line drying takes a lot more effort, my laundry has been piling up. I was going to do some yesterday, but it rained all day.

I still don't know what's going on with that person I like. Every now and then I'll think I'm brave enough to call him, but then I remember that he has my number, and if he were interested, he would have called me by now. So it's probably going nowhere. Still, it's nice to think about as long as we're in the same class.

Sometimes I think my life's not really going to start until I move out of my parents' house.
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NYC was fantastic. We got back Sunday night and I'm still not over it, wishing I was still there, etc. My sibs and I met David, my longtime internet buddy, on Friday and basically just hung out around Time Square all day, with a brief detour to Central Park. Nicole bought me a copy of the Sweeney Todd revival recording, which I've been listening to ever since we got home. Then that evening, after David went home, we saw a preview of Les Miserables.

Review of Les Mis, for those who care. You know who you are. )

The next day, we decided to tackle the subway system, with .... not a lot of success. Let's just say that London was way easier. We were able to get around, eventually, but we were mostly confused. Anyway, we walked around Greenwich Village and Chinatown. Most of the time was in Greenwich Village --- stores just kept popping out at us, and there was a very embarrassing segment wherein we couldn't figure out that we kept going in and coming out and going back into the exact same subway platform. *blushes*

That evening, we saw Phantom of the Opera. My brother bought my ticket, because I didn't want to spend money on another show, but I didn't want to be left behind, either, and he owed me a birthday present. *g*

Review of Phantom, if anybody cares. )

There were a few disagreements over what to do, mostly because some of us preferred to just walk around and soak everything in, whereas the others would have liked to do some actual sightseeing. As it turned out, we just didn't have enough time to see everything.

We're already planning our next trip.
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my sibs and I are going to NYC next weekend for a couple days. We'll be flying in Thursday night and out Sunday afternoon. It's a really hare-brained adventure, but hey, we're young. ;)

We're going to be meeting a friend for breakfast and seeing a show in the evening (Les Miserables for the 40th time) on Friday, but other than that, we have no idea what to do in the short time we're there. So if anybody has any ideas, I'd be interested to hear them. *g*
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So. I've started Netflixing Dr. Who, and as a result, have once again been obsessing over the whole time travel issue. As in, I really wish I could. (But not, thankfully, at Uncle Rico levels.)

None of my siblings are interested in it, though, which makes it kind of hard for my random ramblingness to ramble randomly around the house. To be honest, I wasn't really interested in it, either, I just wanted to watch something with David Tennant and figured, with the second season conveniently starting here in a couple weeks, I should take the opportunity to start at the beginning.

Shoot, it's just started to thunder, and I have more I wanted to say.

Anyway. In an attempt to interest one or two of my siblings, I've been playing up the time travel issue, because that's something we're all interested in, I think. So we ended up having a discussion today about what we would do if we could travel through time, which ended up being more about would we rather kill the horrible people throughout history, or just divert them from their historical paths. That is, kill Hitler or buy all his paintings so he becomes a painter instead of the Fuhrer? Thinks like that.

Anyway, was kind of interesting.
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I'm so sick of conspiracy theories, I could puke. I love my family, but sometimes I worry for their sanity.

Hurricanes are also annoying.....but as long as they don't destroy my house or anything, they're only annoying.

Now I just need to find a place to fill up my tank.
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We are all in uproar.

Trying hard not to whine: people came Friday and removed all the stuff from our house---furniture, junk, carpet, et al---into storage. We put our mattresses in the only room not being remodelled, Trevor's room, and we kids have been bunking there while our parents went to a hotel. Today they removed the cabinets, as well, and turned off the water. Renae and Christi went to the hotel with our parents, but Trevor, Nicole and I are still at the house. So is Ariel.

Ariel is traumatized, I think, although really, she's not acting any differently than usual. She has somehow managed to jump into the window between the living room and kitchen, even though there are no longer any cabinets or furniture to assist her jump. I don't know how she does it, but then, I've always said she was part kangaroo.

Remodelling should be mostly done by Wednesday, they say. I can't wait to have my bedroom back. And my clothes.


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