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Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Happy New Year!

I am out of here to go join Elaine at her celebration bash. You kiddies be good and may the New Year hold nothing but the best for all of us!

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No Wonder

No wonder none of my new clothes fit anymore. I'm down to 136 pounds. That's like a forty pound weight loss since September, my friends. Forty pounds.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Dead Pool 2004

I just sent in my roster for Amish Tech Support's Dead Pool. I think I've got some good picks.

Got yours in yet? You've only about twenty-four hours to submit them.

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Monday, December 29, 2003

Chicken Dance!

I've got my 9,000 mp3s on shuffle, so you never know what song you're going to hear next. The Chicken Dance just came on and now I'm sitting in my chair dancing along.

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Horoscope

I rarely check my horoscopes, but today's really caught my eye:

Romance is an ongoing puzzle, but you won't let it upset you. If someone thinks you're great, why is he or she trying to change you? Maybe this is about lovers working to help each other reach their full potential. Give as good as you get.

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Sunday, December 28, 2003

I've got ‹Stlye›

Awhile back Kristine started her ‹Stlye› Store and I just had to get this shirt.

I've actually had it for quite some time, but last night was the first night that I've worn it. (Click the image for super-size.)

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Saturday, December 27, 2003

Another Good Finish

I had another pretty good finish in one of Paradise Poker's multi-table tournaments - 105 out of 2,500. Of course, that only nets me $0.50, but I'm still proud.

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Friday, December 26, 2003

Going, Going, Gone

I decided to take advantage of eBay's free listing day and put up a ton of Beanie Babies for sale that I had multiples of. You can view them here, so if you're a collector, feel free to see if they are any you need.

They're all retired Internet exclusives, so you may be able to find one or two that you missed.

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Thursday, December 25, 2003

That'll Do, Pig.

I just got done watching Babe, probably the most enchanting film ever made. Am I the only one who cries pretty much through the whole thing, especially at the end?

This is another one of those highly recommended movies for everyone regardless of age. The movie is simply priceless, especially the ending. Really, I'm not sure who the better actor is - stoic James Cromwell or the cast of animals?

On that note, I'll leave you with some lyrics that I wish for each and every one of you:

If I had words to make a day for you,
I'd sing you a morning golden and new.
I would make this day last for all time,
Give you a night deep with moonshine.


Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Meowy Christmas

It's almost Christmas, so for your listening pleasure here are The Jingle Cats doing their rendition of "Silent Night." Remember, boys and girls, right click and choose "Save as" to get this lovely piece of music on your own PC.

Jingle Cats - Silent Night

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Lady Luck

For some reason, there is a ladybug in my room. I figured - it being December and all - that they'd all be dead by now, but nope, there's one running around the top of my lamp. Since ladybugs are supposed to be lucky, I'll take it as a sign that my luck is going to change for the new year.

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Monday, December 22, 2003

Better Finish

I made my best placing in a multi-table poker tournament tonight - 88 out of 2,500. Not too shabby.

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Blue Day

I received in the mail today a copy of The Blue Day Book: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up from one of my BookCrossing friends and it really made my day.

I've been feeling very blue today and this little book with its short sentences and wonderful pictures made me both laugh and cry. I just can't thank her enough for this little pick me up.

Some times the smallest things can have the biggest impact. Know what I mean?

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Sunday, December 21, 2003

Ladies' Night

I just got done watching a special show that The World Poker Tour put on where they invited six of the top women poker players to play against each other. What an excellent show it was! I was really surprised who won and the playing from everyone was phenomenal.

The Travel Channel is showing reruns right now, so if you haven't taken my advice and watched in the past, now would be a great time to start since the new season hasn't started yet.

Damn. I love poker.

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Friday, December 19, 2003

Paint it Red

I'm out of here shortly for a night on the town. I just weighed myself and I am down to 142 pounds (no wonder my pants are basically falling off of me!). That's like a thirty pound loss that I've had since November. Damn, I look good!

You kiddies be good now!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Singin' in the Rain

I watched Singin' in the Rain tonight - my absolute favorite movie of all time.

If you've never seen this movie - whether you like musicals or not - this is a must-see movie. It's funny, romantic, got great song and dance numbers, and of course, there's the irrepressible, irresistible Gene Kelly (who not only did the singing and dancing, but also arranged all the musical numbers and co-directed).

I just adore this film so much. From the unforgettable image of Gene Kelly standing in the rain, smiling so wide (he actually got really sick while doing that number) to Donald O'Conner hamming it up and running up walls for laughs. To Debbie Reynolds shooting Gene Kelly down in the care and Jean Hagen, so beautiful, but oh, so funny sounding.

I was looking at IMDB info for the movie tonight and I was shocked to find out Kelly was forty when he did it. Forty! I had no idea. I knew that Debbie Reynolds was really young, but she was only twenty when she was in it. Talk about an age discrepancy between the stars, but I never would have guessed.

So, yet again, just me waxing rhapsodic about another of my favorite movies.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Multi-Table Fun

Paradise Poker (where I play online) has recently started multi-table tournaments where literally thousands of players can play against each other.

They had a free one tonight and I had my best placing yet. Out of 2,113 players, I came in 138th place and won the princely sum of $1.00. Still, it's a pretty good finish and I'm pretty proud.

.: 60 words at 11:36 PM in In the Cards :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (0) :.

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Happy Holidays From Texas

What kind of a holiday season would it be without having a White Trash Christmas?

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Monday, December 15, 2003

Partying with the Cybertoad

This Saturday was Elaine's thirtieth birthday party and I was lucky enough to be in attendance for much merriment, margaritas, and piñata bashing (browse her photo album to see what I'm talking about).

What really amused me the most about the photo album were the two pictures I'm in. In the first one I look like some evil demon has possessed me. What the hell is up with that face? In the second one (with Mike) I look like a normal individual. Quite the dichotomy, huh?

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Thursday, December 11, 2003

Another Cryptic Entry

I know I'm being cryptic, but the thing that was a big deal on Tuesday may have a silver lining (again, feel free to e-mail me if you're nosy; I don't care) and I'll be taking a step towards it tomorrow. Send me lots of good luck. Thanks!

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Excellent Movie and Soundtrack

So, I have close to 9,000 mp3s after I burned the several hundred CDs that I owed plus miscellaneous mp3s that just appeared on my hard drive by themselves, I swear.

Lots of time when I listen to music on my computer, I load all the mp3s and hit the "Shuffle" button on WinAmp just to see what I get. If I don't feel like listening, to the next song we go.

Tonight, while spinning the music roulette wheel, I got a track from The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack. Not only is that an incredible soundtrack, the move rocks. Every time I see it on, I am forced to watch it, even though I own the DVD and can, theoretically, watch it any time I want to.

I've read some of James Fenimore Cooper (though not this book) and I found him impossible to get through, but this movie is just perfection to me. Michael Mann's direction is wonderful, the cinematography is gorgeous, and it's an incredible love story, both the one between Hawkeye and Cora and the subtle one between Alice and Uncas. At the end of the movie where Magua is gesturing to Alice to come with him and instead she makes the choice she does (don't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen it), just grips my heart every time.

So, no real point to this post, just felt like waxing rhapsodic about one of my favorite movies.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Say a Little Prayer For Me

I found out some news today that I can't really post yet (e-mail me if you want to know), but if everyone could continue to send me good wishes or even offer up a prayer for me, I would really appreciate it. This has got to be the most trying period in my life and I can use all the help that I can get. Thank you all so much.

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Working Out

Excellent! My Winsor Pilates DVDs showed up today!

Since my goal is to loose eight more pounds and get tone by the beginning of the year, this is great timing! Now I need to see if I can borrow my brother's DVD player for my room. Somehow I just can't see myself doing pilates in the living room in front of my whole family!

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Monday, December 8, 2003

Lucky Oops

I love it when I accidentally sit down at a no-limit poker tournament (I like limit better) and still manage to place (and second place at that).

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Retail Therapy

My brother is a strong believer in the soothing power of retail therapy. I figured since now none of my clothes fit me (I've lost almost twenty pounds), I may as well go and get some nice basics that I can mix and match for things like parties and dates. I hit Banana Republic and got three skirts (two long and one short), a top, a top with a cami underneath, and the best pair of pen striped pants ever.

I had Russell take pictures for me, but they all came out looking weird (I am just so unphotogenic most times except for this one and I've still got some weird kind of look on my face). Since it was the only decent one, though, it had to go up. Check out the sexy new me! (And I'm not tall at all - not sure how I got lucky enough to find pants to give me that illusion!)

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Dietary Questions

With all the hype that the South Beach Diet has been getting lately, I took a look at it and it seems that it's one of those "no carbs, higher fat" diets.

Now, I know several people have been either on it or thinking of trying it out, so I was wondering if anyone with any health know how could do me a favor.

Thanks to Christine, I found this place called Fit Day that keeps track of what you eat and your exercise activities.

I posted what I was considering making my daily diet here and I was worried that while I don't have a lot of carbs, I have a ton of fat. Steven always told me that it wasn't the fat that was my problem, but the carbs.

Anyone care to offer up their opinion?

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Saturday, December 6, 2003

Back Home

I'm back home and all I can say is that I had a wonderful time. Lots of talking and laughing and probably one of the best times I had in months. It's nice to remember that you're smart, sexy, beautiful, and fun.

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Friday, December 5, 2003

Burn It - The Fall Edition Delay

Understandly, I've had no desire to do much with the last Burn It exchange over the last few weeks. At this point, I've received a ton of the discs (I'm still getting my mail from Steven, so if you have yours to send to me, go ahead and send it to the Sugar Pine address for now), but I haven't gone through and checked off who's sent one and who hasn't. I'll probably do that this weekend, but no promises.

However, I don't think that I'm in any kind of mood to make a mix for this exchange, so those of you in my group will be receiving two discs - my Spring and Summer editions instead. Again, I can't promise that this will be ready this weekend, but I'm going to try.

Like I said in this post, I've got to start moving on and keeping busy with other stuff, so I will try and work my way through the 80(!) discs or so that showed up. It may be a while before I listen to them, though. Sometimes music is just too unsafe when you're feelings are freshly raw.

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Thursday, December 4, 2003

Home System Help

My mom asked what I wanted for Christmas this year and suggested getting me a DVD player with a home theater system.

She wouldn't, of course, pay for the whole thing, but since I'm saving roughly $300 by not having to buy Steven, his parents, and his brothers Christmas gifts, I figured investing in a pretty good one wouldn't be a bad idea.

This is where you come in - I am at a total loss for what's good and what's not. I found this Panasonic 400W Home Theater System with Progressive-Scan DVD Changer & Hi-Fi VCR for about $400.

Good deal? Bad deal? Good brand? Bad brand? Someone who knows this stuff help me out. Feel free to suggest others, but keep in mind that this is about my price range. I guess that begs the question can you even get anything decent for that price? Speak out and let me know.

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Friday

Speaking of tall, cute guys asking me out - guess what I have Friday? A date! Go, me!

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The Hardest Thing

I've talked to Steven a few times this week and while he's said everytime that we can talk in January about our relationship and see what happens, he's been very adament about the fact that he needs to date (he keeps bringing up that damn Miss Match episode where the couple date other people to make sure that what they have is what they want; I keep pointing out that they end up together, which he's also said). He said that there is a possibility that we could get back together and if we do, it's for the long run and what's a few months in the meantime? He is frustrating me so badly, though, that now that I truly know and understand what our problems are and have already begun to work on mine that he refuses to just get back together "since we'll have learned nothing." That and the fact that he snagged some pictures from Picture Fish for his Match.com ad (including our last anniversary picture) makes me want to kick him in the shins.

I guess this whole rambling bit is to help me come to terms with the hardest thing that I will ever have to do - let him go for now. I have to stop talking about him and thinking about him and just try and move on. I still love him with all of my heart, but it's tearing me up inside. This was the man that I thought I was going to marry - to have by my side always.

I've got two parties to go to in the upcoming weeks and I think a night of clubbing (no, not killing baby seals; dancing and drinking) will be in my future. Maybe I'll get some cute, tall guys to take me out while I'm at it.

I hurt a lot, but I've gotten through stuff like this before and I can get through it again. I'll concentrate on me this month and just try and have a good time. Lord knows Steven's doing that, so it's my only option. He keeps telling me to have faith that we'll get back together (by his own admission he's hard to get along with and doesn't like a lot of people), but that's so hard to do when I feel that he's giving nothing for me to have faith in.

So, that's where we stand. Good, bad, or indifferent - I ride the emotional roller coaster every day. I still owe a ton of people e-mails and that's my plan for at least part of the weekend. Thanks for all of the support and for all of the love that has been pouring in my direction. It is much appreciated, even if I haven't let you know.

Also, to the person that sent me Graham Masterson's Trauma and This Book Will Change Your Life: 365 Daily Instructions for Hysterical Living, thank you. There's only your name (which I don't recognize) and no e-mail address so I can't thank you privately.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Coke Addiction Kicked

Been wondering how I was doing on my challenge to kick my Coke addiction?

The answer is pretty damn good, actually. Since then I've had maybe a half a Coke total (easier to grab a few sips of one of those in the car than trying to bring a glass of lemonade with me) and it's amazing how sweet it tastes. I even tried my mom's Diet Coke and it wasn't even that bad.

I think this is going to have the most positive impact on my weight and on me never becoming diabetic, something I've always been a bit worried about since my dad was diagnosed like seven years ago.

So, go me! If I would have known it would have been that easy to go from six cans a day to none, I would have done it a long time ago.

So, now that I've lost a lot of weight and look extremely hot, any cute guys out there free on Friday?

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#48D1CC
you are mediumturquoise
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Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the spacefem.com html color quiz


(Link courtesy of lime-y Kristine.)

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Monday, December 1, 2003

"Your Daughter?"

My mom told everyone at work that I'm now single, to which one of the guys goes, "Your daughter's single? My divorce is final this month!" Heh.

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