I've been inspired by how very transitional people in apartment complexes are for this next novel idea. The fact that in the little over two years I've lived here my balcony neighbors, as I like to call them (the neighbors who live directly across from me on the second floor on this side of the building, we share a staircase, and the staircase balcony) have changed four times. Each time, I've known when they moved in, but somehow each time, I missed them moving out, they're just gone. The apartment stays empty for a while, then someone else moves in.

Three college guys were the ones who just recently, as of the beginning of last week I think, moved out. They moved in during the first couple weeks of September, so they didn't stay very long at all. I think they were commuting (at least some of them were) to Corvallis, so perhaps they moved closer in that direction.

This, however, is the basis of my current novel. Just a nice old building converted into apartments where you see people move in, but then, one day, they're just gone.

It is, of course, more complex and plotty then that, but it really bugs me. I'm a very observant (see nosy) person, and I can't believe I've missed four different people move out of that apartment. I must be slipping in my old age.


Fresh and sparkly clean.
A new year will dawn tonight,
I wish you the best.


Sav stopped by today for a few hours. She brought me a belated Birthday present, which she didn't need to do, because she had already bought me some really pretty picture frames and the Zombie Survival Handbook, which every girl should own. You never know when the zombie Apocalypse will strike, and you should really be prepared.

She got me the entire Kolchak the Night Stalker series on DVD, the old one not the new one (very awesome!), which is officially the first TV show I own on DVD. She's also loaning me her old cell phone because she got a new one (a very swanky Razr), until I can get mine turned back on. It's a prepaid, so I'll have to fill it with minutes, but I really appreciate her doing it for me. I hate feeling so cut off all the time.

So I have a few minutes, so I can probably send texts until I can get more minutes on Tuesday. If you want the number, leave me a note and I'll E-mail it to you.

I have the coolest friends.
I'm such a boor, that I'm dragging out my chemistry books so that I can get a jump start on the first couple weeks of reading so that I don't feel so behind when classes start again on the 8th. Someone come save me, let's go see a movie or do go to an arcade or something, don't let me waste my last week of vacation studying like the nerd I am.

Melissa posted a really good Vblog about religious intolerance that I think people should go watch and respond to. She has some really good points that she makes and plus, she's just so darn cute, how can you not stare at her with dreamy eyes? I know I do.

I'm working on the first very rough couple of chapters on a novel idea I've been batting around since November for the first WilWord meeting of the year in January. I shall humbly submit it to my fellow WilWorders and hope that they don't kick me off the raft, since I, technically, am the one next in line to be thrown over for the alligators.

The novel is horror (of course) and is a really simple idea that I hope will be fun and refreshing to write. Especially after the garbage that spewed during NaNo this year. I need something enjoyable to work on for a while.


Warm and steaming cup.
Fragrant smell of herbs and spice,
Tea is so yummy.


Since Christmas dinner was at Robin's house this year, I didn't have to mess with cooking. As sexy as having flour smeared all over your face, and getting burned by splattering fluids from the stove are, it was a nice change, as often I do dinners at my house. Not cooking, Figments, means I don't have to do the dishes, and that is sexy.

When Robin finally gave me the boot from her house, she sent me home with quite a bit of leftovers. Some ham, some turkey (she made both), a whole pumpkin pie (hello ten pounds I lost since October! I missed you so) and a bunch of other side dishes.

I've done the obligatory turkey and ham sandwiches, and I was looking for something different, so I whipped out all the veggies that are otherwise going to rot in the crisper drawer of my fridge, made some biscuit batter, and made turkey and dumplings for dinner. It turned out pretty good Figs, want some?

It only took 30 minutes, Rachel Ray would be proud. It's got potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, carrots, and green beans in it. Of course it has turkey and biscuits in it too. My oven didn't even burn it, which is a shock to me, because usually my oven burns everything within ten minutes of putting it in there. I really need to have it looked at, because it has no temperature control whatsoever.

Since it's just little old me, I don't really cook very often. I don't eat very often, to be honest. I have a horrible habit of buying groceries and then letting them go to sludge in my fridge. It's a habit I'm trying to break, but with all the rushing I do all the time, it's hard for me to come home at night and want to cook for myself. I like myself and all, but sometimes it would be nice to cook for somebody else for a change. Plus, I have horrible table manners, and I often dribble my food all over me, which is just plain rude.
The lovely tastiness that is my vacation ends in a sad six days. Although classes do not start up again until the 8th, there is lots of work to be done in the office that I really need to get in and get going before I have to start studying every waking moment again.

Today I'm kind of just mellowing out from the crazy rushing that has been the last couple of weeks. I've got myself a nice mug of blueberry green tea and a good book, and I'm just bumming around. Truth be told, I didn't even get dressed today, which was kind of nice.

I'm reading Through A Glass Darkly, because it's always on someone's list of must reads, and I've never read it. I'm not a big fan of these kinds of novels (it's pretty much just 742 pages of angst), it's not that it's bad, it's just very much Gone With The Wind/Jane Eyre-ish, and I can only stand so much of it before I retch a little in my mouth.

There is a prequel (Dark Angels) and a sequel (Now Face To Face) and I may or may not read them just to see what happens, but they're not going to be high on my list I don't think.

I'm on my way back to the Library tomorrow to pick up some more tasty reads to finish out my vacation. I could use some suggestions, so leave them for me would you? I makes me sad not to get any comments at all anymore!


House is all quiet.
Vacation slowly slips by,
Closer to new years.


Here I sit Figs, in my jammies at 11 in the morning, with a bowl of left over fruit salad from last nights Christmas dinner, listening to it absolutely pour down rain outside and surfing YouTube. Stupid YouTube. I blame this entirely on Melissa, who has started a VBlog channel which has forced me to compulsively check hers (and other) channels for updates, and has me searching for a good camera to make some of my own.

Stop me. Don't let me do it Figs! Don't let me become a YouTube whore! Save me from myself before it's too late!

I have to say however, YouTube is a zillion trillion million and three-quarters better then MySpace, which is a complete and total waste of every brain cell and does nothing but lower the collective IQ of society. I hate it there, I hate that people insist on messaging me there and not using my real E-mail address, thus forcing me to log in more then the once a never I would prefer. Going there is like using a blow torch on your eyeballs just to see if it hurts or not.

In other news, my Christmas was a very nice and quiet one spent at Robin's house. I ate far too much food, played lots of games (and lost and pretty much all of them) and just had a really nice day.

My brother and his fiancee couldn't make it up this year, so it was a little bit smaller of a group then it normally is. I missed seeing them, because I so rarely get to see either of them during the non-holiday season. I'm sure, however, they enjoyed having their holiday alone together with out us crazy people.

Lane spent the night last night, and we stayed up gabbing like little school girls until nearly 5. She's still asleep in the other room, and will probably sleep until this evening if I let her, and I will, because I'm a great sister like that. She doesn't have to work until tomorrow evening, so she's planning on just staying until then. This is good, because somebody really needs to clean the bathroom, and it's not gonna be me.

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and didn't vomit from eating too much pie, and that you have a fantastic and safe New Year.


So much food is left.
Gingerbread and cookies, man.
Lots of turkey too.


Miracle on 34th Street is currently on not one, not two, but three channels. So, I'm watching Dirty Jobs. There is a marathon on today, and I am a lazy bum and haven't left my house yet.

It's okay though. Sarcastic, smart men with voices that can read the phone book to me any day are just so darn sexy.

Merry Christmas Eve, Figs!


So I'm almost completely done with disk 2 of the first season of Supernatural, loaned to me by Savvy because it's sooo Christmasy to watch while baking. My cakes, biscuits and about one dozen of my cookies are done, and are turning out nicely. I only burnt myself once!

I have about two dozen cookies left (I have more dough then I thought I did) and then all I need to do is let everything cool and pack it up.

This years cookies are topped with the leftover orange chocolate on the cake, crushed peppermint, and sprinkles of course. I'll totally share if anyone wants some.

I need to finish wrapping up presents, but I ran out of paper and won't be able to pick some up until tomorrow. I hate it when that happens, because it makes me feel really behind. I feel like I should have been done with wrapping days ago. I have about six peoples worth of stuff to wrap, and it's killing me. I also need to finish packing my bags so I can get out of here in the morning, but other then that, I'm good to go.

I want to wish all my Figments a very Merry Christmas and I hope your holiday this year is the best it's ever been.

Merry Christmas!
So I've got a ton of baking to do, because tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I'm skippin' out of Dodge pretty early in the morning to head to relatives until Monday night. I love my relatives, and I suspect they love me a teensy bit, but probably not enough to allow me to completely take over their kitchens and dirty every dish in their house.

I've got two cakes (one devils food orange cake with orange chocolate icing, and one peppermint cake) trays of about a dozen honey biscuits, almond roca cookie bars (they were a big hit at Thanksgiving) and about two dozen sugar cookies. I like baking lots, which is funny because I don't eat dessert type foods because I think they're icky. But I still love to bake and I like baking for the holidays the best. I finished my gingerbread house yesterday, and I have to say, it looks awfully cute.

Here is my current problem - somehow something got spilt in my oven (which I have no idea what it possibly could have been) and now my oven is smoking. When I opened it, there were flames. Yeah, you heard me right: flames. I set my kitchen on fire. Gold star for me!

My smoke alarms (all of them) went off and everything. They are those hard wired into the electrical system alarms, so they sound worse then normal battery ones. Luckily with them being electronical system type things, when one turns off, they all turn off, unfortunately they work the same way, when one alarm goes off they all do.

No cute firemen in cute suits visited me though. A thing that I am both highly disappointed and deeply thankful for.

Everything is fine, it's just a little smokey, but now I have to clean my entire oven to get whatever the crap it is spilt in there off so that I can finish my baking, because I have trays and pans and what have you sitting on counters (and in the freezer, in the case of my sugar cookie dough) waiting to get all toasty yum golden brown.

I can't clean the oven however, until it cools off, so I'm sitting in my living room with the door open (and it's cold outside Figs) writing a post instead. Oh, and semi-listening to whatever movie is on TNT right now...um...one of the LOTR movies.

I suppose I should go see if the oven has cooled off enough to let me scrub it. Bleech, anyone want to come clean my oven for me? Next to the toilet and the fridge, it's always one of the worst things to clean.


Christmas cooking time.
Butter and milk, eggs and more,
Missing from the store.


My friends Cory and Terra stopped by last night on their way out of town for the holidays. While they were here, I gave them their very sad Christmas presents. I got Terra a set of crystal votive candle holders, and I gave Cory money - not because he's hard to shop for, but because since he is my babies mommy, I suppose giving him some kind of child support during the holidays is the responsible thing to do.

While they were here, I told them all about the sadness that was my day when I came home from Christmas shopping yesterday, and found poor Kero dead in his aquarium thing. He was fine when I left, but it made me wonder if because the weather has been so strange, and my house isn't insulated that well and it's always cold, if it got too cold for him.

I'm very sad about the loss of my frog. I had him for about three years, and I feel really crappy, like I must be some sort of horrible person to kill a froggy. Seriously, he wasn't that hard to take care of, so I must suck.

Terra suggested a burial, but since it was nearly nine, and they still had a long way to drive last night, and it was storming, we couldn't do it. Putting him in the freezer in a box was suggested, something that I'm horrified about. Actually, I feel horrible about anything we might do with him. I'm such a wuss.

So, probably sometime next week we're having a funeral for my frog because we're all big dorks. If you'd like to come, and say a few words...that would be great. In lieu of flowers, just make a donation to Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, which works to promote education, conservation and care of reptiles and amphibians.


Wrapping paper time.
Pretty bows and ribboned tags,
underneath the tree.
Happy Birthday to my brother Kevin. I hope you have an awesome day!

I promise to post a blog that isn't just wishing someone a happy holiday or something soon. Perhaps this evening, I'll take a picture of my way awesome gingerbread houses and post them. Doesn't that sound super exciting?



Happy Yule, I hope that it's a wonderful holiday for those of you who celebrate :)


I just had the best three or so days ever. Seriously. The best.

I shall elaborate on them later, but right now I'm trying to thaw my mail apart, as it has frozen together in the mailbox. It's really cold outside, Figs.


Frosted trees and plants.
I am shivering right now,
From cold winter days.

Happy Birthday Michael


Happy Chanukah! I hope that it's a great one for all of you and your families who celebrate it.


Nostradamus and I share a birthday. I wonder if people forgot his like they do mine.

Oh well. One step closer to ancient. Happy Birthday to me.


It's pouring down rain outside, and has been for the last couple of days, along with some pretty strong gusts of wind, and the chance of snow over this next weekend.

I've been sitting around half-dressed (half-dressed meaning wearing half real clothes and half jammies, as opposed to half-dressed as being half naked...uh...just to be clear) all day and shooting glances out of the corner of my eye to my vacuum cleaner, which has been beckoning to me to get feisty with it and give it a good shoving around.

I really do need to clean my house. It's not like it's filthy or anything, I'm pretty reasonably most of the time a clean person, it just...I guess I'll just have to come out and say it. I'm a piler. It's true, I pile stuff. Everywhere.

I clean my house, and then begin making piles of things. On the dining room table, on the living room coffee table, on my computer desk, in my guest bedroom...everywhere I make piles. Piles of stuff that don't even belong in the room I piled them in, it was just convenient to put it there rather then walking a dozen steps to put it where it belongs. My laziness will eventually be the death of me, I shall die smothered by my piles of crap that I have perilously teetering on the edge of every visible flat (and not so flat) surface of my house.

So, in order to combat my Obsessive Piling Disorder, I force myself to clean up my piles at least once a week, but it's more like once every month or so, and then I give myself a treat. Like...ummm...a sticker, or a new book, or stalking my current TV boyfriend.

Once it's done, I have clean slate on which to pile again. The only problem is, is that even though it really only takes me an hour or two to pick everything up, it's like pulling my own teeth out with pliers to force myself to do it.

It's a constant struggle that eventually leads to things said to myself I really didn't mean, and then being forced to put myself in time out for shoving everything under my bed. Putting things under the bed, does not mean you cleaned it up.

I don't have that much to do. I need to vacuum, clean my kitchen (dishes are perfect for piling!), and mop my floors. Also, I need to rearrange my living room furniture so that I can put the tree I'm picking up tomorrow next to the window. Right now there is a recliner type chair there. It would be nice to have a big strong guy to move it for me, not because I'm a girl and can't move it myself, but because it's more fun to watch a cute guy do it instead. Vapid and sexist, but true.

Sometimes I think I should just throw away everything in my house, and then I wouldn't have to clean stuff anymore, because there would be nothing left to clean.


Creepy BK King.
Haunts me in the night it does,
With its big whopper.


So my vacation has officially begun. I have lots of fun things planned for this free time, because it will be my last real free time for a long while. I plan on being as worthless as possible, which started with a trip to the library to update my reading list for Winter.

I may or may not have gotten about 20 books, and may or may not have read two of them yesterday in about four hours. I have the best mutant power ever.

I need to update my side bar with books, but first I need more books. So as always figs, I would love to pick your brains. Tell me what you've read lately that you think I should read as well, so I can add it to my list. I will read just about anything, so give me whatever you've got...book wise, that is. You can keep whatever is making your face boil up to yourself.


Holiday cheerfest.
Mistletoe and garland hung,
And pretty lights glow.


Term is over Figs, this makes me so very happy. Guido is still broken, which doesn't make me happy. I guess it balances it out though. I have 30 days of vacation, but am lacking the wonderful tools in which to make my vacation as slakerific as possible. I'm assuming this is fates way of telling me that I should clean my house, or something worthless like that.

Melissa, am I allowed to talk about your new blogging?

Let me know, 'cause I wanna.

I'm on my way to an art show, where Robin has a display. It should be fun! I'll post again later, and more often, now that I have nothing else to do, and time to waste.



NaNo once again ends for another year. Because of the untimely illness of Guido, I only made it to 36,000 words, which isn't winning, but it's better then nothing.

I'm so proud of my Wrimos, we had more winners this year in Salem then any other year ever, they are so rockin'! I look forward to working with them again next year.

Yesterday was our TGIO party, it was very laid back and small, with lots of game playing and even some novel bits reading. It was fun. Sav and I gave 'winner' medals to all of our winners, but really, everyone who participated was a winner for even giving it a go.

My friend Tif loaned me her laptop for a bit so I can be a little connected (no car, no phone, no computer makes it really hard to keep tabs on what's going on at work and whatnot) until I can get Guido working again. I won't be able to get my phone back on, probably ever, because even though I bust my ass working, I barely make enough to keep my house and power on.

If anyone knows of some good night jobs that pay something decent and have shifts of only four or so hours a night, pass them my way, would you?

Christmas is coming! I'm both excited and really sad. I'm so broke nobody is getting anything from me this year, which bums me out, especially in the case of my siblings, who I really like to spoil. I'm excited though, because I really really like this time of the year, there is just so much to do, and it's always so much fun.

I pinched a nerve in my back yesterday, so I'm sitting on my couch being a bum. You should message me, and keep me entertained.


Next week is finals,
A month of vacation looms,
Bright like the north star.


I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. :)

I've been at relatives since early yesterday afternoon and it's been fun. My brother and his fiancee just got in town, and I haven't really seen them in a few months so it'll be good to catch up with them. I'm on my way over to my moms in about an hour to help her with some cooking.

I did a ton of baking yesterday, and I'm not sure if I'll do any more today, it entirely depends on how much other food is floating around. I might anyway, and bring the extras to the All Day Write-In that's planned for Saturday.

Have a great one Figments!


Happy Birthday to my wonderful (and only) sister Elaine. I love you, keed.


P.S. It's 11/11, so make a wish quick before it goes away, and I hope it comes true. :)
The third day of my beautiful four day weekend is going smashingly.

I didn't wake up until noon, and if you know me, you know that things like that don't happen to me. In fact, it's practically unheard of. I can't remember the last time I slept past eight, but to sleep until noon? At first I wondered if I'd finally caught the big one, the virus that was going to kill me and I was only hallucinating the time and pretty soon my brain would pop from the fever, but in reality, I think I was just so very tired that I needed the rest. It was nice. I like sleep. I missed it.

We had a NaNoWriMo write-in today, it went awesomely as always. I keep saying it because it's true, I have the best Wrimos an ML could ask for. Not only are the phenomenally talented and punctual, but they're so darn funny. They always keep the meetings enjoyable, which is good, because lord knows I'm the biggest stick-in-the-mud ever, and nobody likes being around me.

I only got about 500 words written, but it was still fun. I'm about 7000 behind, which I hope to have taken care of before the weekend is over. My goal is to hit 20k, so that Monday will be ok if I don't get any writing done during it. This will happen, because I am lazy. So it's better to admit I'm lazy and be prepared, then it is to fight it.

After the Write-In a group of about 12 of us went and saw "Stranger Than Fiction" which was a totally cute and perfect movie for November and NaNo. It was a lot better then I thought it was going to be, I greatly enjoyed it, plus, I have ideas that I can steal and put into my own novel now. Go me.

NaNoWriMo 2006 Novel: Biophone Current Wordcount: 11,500/50,000


So our virtual Write-In is still going strong, if you'd like to drop by send me a message to Cinnaberyl so I can invite you.

Thanks to my fellow Wrimos, and their awesome inspiration, I have now passed 10,000 words. Yay! I'm only 5,000 behind now.

Instead of writing, I'm being super distracted by Keith, and his video interview for a position as an eye-glass attendant. Watch it, it is hysterical stuff. Now just think, I get to sit through write-ins every November with amazingly funny people like that.

Aren't you jealous? I knew you were.

NaNoWriMo 2006 Novel: Biophone Current Wordcount: 10,008/50,000
Every time I sit down to post, I glance up at my wipe-off calendar and remember that it's no longer September, and I really should change it. I then decide that there is no time like the present (an anomaly in itself) and get up to fix it. I am then distracted by something, usually shiny that makes noise, and I forget what I was doing. Eventually I come back to my computer, log back into Blogger, happen to glance up, and the process starts itself all over again.

I am going senile.

Virtual Write-In on Yahoo going on right now. If you want an invite, send a message to Cinnaberyl and I'll have you come in.

Should be loads upon loads of tasty writing goodness. Or something along those lines.


I had lunch today with the Supreme Court Justices.

Really, and not even because it was lunch time and I was on trial in their court. Imagine that.

It was a very amazing experience. I had the luck of being seated next to The Honorable Rives Kistler, and I have to say, he's a fine lunch conversation partner! I'll write about it as soon as I hit my word count for today.

If you're wondering, I'm currently at about 9,000/50,000 words, and about 1,000 words behind where I should be. The hope is to hit about 11,000 words tonight, and possibly double my word count for tomorrow, so I'm a little ahead instead of behind, like always. Sometimes NaNo doesn't have a particularly attractive behind.

If you're in the area and are one of my Wrimos, or if you just want to come by and check it out, V ET L will be hosting a Speedy Wrimo Write-In tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 in 2/227 at Chemeketa. Come by, pad your wordcount, commiserate, we'd be glad to see you.



The rain is ceaseless.
Cascading pools of liquid,
And warm fall evenings.
Happy Birthday to Melissa, and awesome friend and even more amazing person. I love you!


Don't forget to vote, it's so extremely important. Remember your ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on the 7th to be counted. Since Oregon uses a vote by mail system, there is no reason for you not to vote, if you live here! All it takes is a stamp and a walk to your mailboxes.

If you're in Marion County, I urge you to vote yes on the Chemeketa Bond Levy, it would give the college much needed money to add new buildings and update existing ones. It would also give the college money to build permanent campuses at our Outreach campuses, including a new campus in Mcminnville and Dallas, which is sorely in need of it's own building, as it is currently housed in the High School. Do Oregon college students of the future a huge favor, and vote yes.

As a college student at Chemeketa, and someone who is deeply involved with Chemeketa, I can you that Chemeketa is unique when it comes to colleges. We have an administration that truly loves it's students, and some of the best faculty anywhere. We strive hard to make all students feel welcome, and part of the small community feel we've got going on there.

Go to your local Chemeketa campus, take in a play, an event, a class, or a movie, or just come check us out. We've got so much going on, and if you aren't a part of it, you're missing out.


Today is Michael's 3rd birthday. Those years just flew right by, it's amazing. Man, do I feel old.


Oy! Figments, you bloody weasles. Today be International Talk like a Pirate Day. Arncha happy? Archa just squeein' in yer seat? Aye, I though' so. Now don' forget t' swash yer buckles or practice yer pillagin'!



Eight days. That's a crock Figments, I'm telling you. Where did my summer go? I have thoroughly piddled it away.

So much to blog about, so little drive in which to do it.

I applied for a second job last night, well a few of them, but there is only one that I really want. It would be working with an afterschool program at a private grade school. It would be perfect, because it would be part time, and would be from 3 - 6, which would not only fit into my horrible evil no-good schedule, but would mean that I wouldn't have to work 'nights' (see: lady of the night) anymore and would have time to make it to my night class.

Keep things crossed for me, Figs. Eyes and legs in particular.

Hidden anger, childishness, fighting and resigning to the loss of friendships has dominated the last couple of weeks. Most of it not my own - merely listening to the aftermath of others having to go through it, but some of it has been aimed at me. It makes me sad, but I understand sometimes other people just haven't grown up.

I must not be as forgiving as I was years ago. I just don't feel like letting it go and being around when it's convenient to be their friend again. I've done it far too many times in the past to people who behaved badly towards me, and I don't want to do it anymore. I'll be polite, but I don't think I'm going to extend myself beyond that. I left high school behind over a decade ago and don't have time to play those games. Does this make me a bad person? I haven't decided yet. Probably.

My friend Cosmo surprised me with a book of haikus the other day on our way to an ExBo meeting for the ASC. It's so awesome, thank you Cos! The ones in the book are much, much much better written then any of mine. That's ok though, because mine are special. My mommy said so.

Then, much to my surprise, I found out (weeks later, shame on me) that I was a winner in Scrine's Fortune Cookie contest. I was floored, mainly because there are so many good writers on Scrine and I'm like shoe scum in comparison. I won a mug. Go me!

My winning fortune?

Your mother knows what is in your sock drawer.

It won, in the category "Fortune most disturbing, but only when you think about it." which I am highly certain was made up on the fly.

It's fantastic though, I'm touched. In awkward and inappropriate places. Thank you Scrine.


Sneaking out at night,
Replaced by college frat boys,
Vanishing neighbors.


I think it's time for a new keyboard, possibly a mouse as well. Maybe wireless, because nothing says furthering my slide into the lazy abyss like typing from my couch.

So I pose a question to you, my Figments: ergonomic or non-ergonomic? The one I have now is ergonomic and I actually type faster on it then normal flat ones, and I'm used to it after using it for ages.

Tell me what you think. Except those of you who profess your undying hatred of my keyboard every time you use it. You know who you are. I already know what you think, so hush it.

Thanks Figs, I love ya.


The weekend is fading.
One more day has vanished now,
Soon horror begins.


Friday Random Ten time, I promise to post more this next week. I've just been a wee bit stressed and I don't really want to share that with you Figments!

Here we go, open your playlists and hit shuffle.
1. "Nausea" - Beck (Nausea Single)

2. "Do It Again Again" - The Tyde (Three's Co.)

3. "Three More Days" - Ray Lamontagne (Till The Sun Turns Black)

4. "Thunder On The Mountain" - Bob Dylan (Modern Times)

5. "Eddie's Gun" - The Kooks (Eddie's Gun Single)

6. "Crockett's Theme" - Jan Hammer (Escape From Television)

7. "Love Is Better Than A Warm Trombone" - Gomez (Bring It On)

8. "Celtic Aggression" - Tonic (Lemon Parade)

9. "Caring Is Creepy" - The Shins (Oh, Inverted World)

10. "Oh Lately It's So Quiet" - OK Go (Oh No)

Favorite Song:
This one's hard because there are a few songs up there that are just fantastic. I really like "Oh Lately It's So Quiet" by OK Go and "Three More Days" by Ray Lamontagne and I recommend both for different reasons.

Least Favorite Song:
Probably "Nausea", although I really like Beck, I'm just not really liking the newest single. I think it's one of those songs that just grows on you after you hear it a bunch.

Favorite Album:
Ray Lamontagne's Till The Sun Turns Black is just wonderful. A nice mix of seriously well written quiet and relaxing pop/rock with some blues and folk thrown in for good measure. Very Morrison and Dylan-esc. Good stuff Figments, good stuff.

Seen Live:
Dude! I've seen Bob Dylan! Yay me!


Twenty-four days left.
Summer is slowly slipping by,
And soon rain will come.
Somebody tell me how in the world, after not eating anything for almost 24 hours, a teaspoon of peanut butter could upset my stomach? Seriously. I'm very fed up with this entire thing, just cut my stomach out now and let's be done with it.


Good morning Figments, it's time for the Friday Random Ten. Open those playlists, hit shuffle, and see what comes up...

1. "Jelly" - Blessid Union of Souls (Blessid Union of Souls)

2."Insincere Because I" - The Dandy Warhols (Welcome To The Monkey House)

3."Spaceship Earth" - MARA (Spaceship Earth, Landing)

4."Hanging On" - Gia's Fix (Raw)

5."Drift Apart" - Frenzy (Free Your Mind)

6."Evil Boweevil" - Dose (I-5 Killers, Vol. 2)

7."No Time" - Angie Aparo (Out Of The Everywhere)

8."Anthem" - Phantom Planet (The Guest)

9."Chinese Translation" - M. Ward (Post-War)

10."Here I Am" - John Tumminello (Eventually)

Favorite Song:
I like "Here I Am", John Tumminello has fun, catchy music that have good lyrics and are just a blast to listen to.

Least Favorite Song:
"Spaceship Earth" is not one of my favorites from MARA.

Favorite Album:
Angie Aparo's Out Of The Everywhere is one of my favorites. I love Angie, and all of his albums have been awesome.

Seen Live:
The Dandy Warhols


Yesterday was the first official day to register classes for Fall Term. I'm pretty sure I've got everything I'm going to take. So, Figments, if you're interested in stalking me...here you go!

With room and building numbers and everything. Aren't you lucky? A quick lowdown:

Conditioning is basically working out at Chemeketa's gym and getting credits for it. This is a good thing, because I'm a sad sack of flab, people!

ASC Work is...working for the ASC. For those of you who don't remember, I'm the Student Council Coordinator for the Associated Students of Chemeketa. I coordinate the 21 students on the student council. I'm supposed to work about 13 hours a week, but last year it was more like 40. This year that's changing though. I have 11 scheduled per week, with the left over hours that accumulate over each term going towards wrapping up stuff at the end of the year. That's it!

Math is stupid. But we all knew that. The instructor is one I've had before, so it should be fine.

I'm taking my very first Physics class! I'm not sure how I feel about it. I was going to take it online, but in all honesty, my schedule is so homework intensive, that I feel like I'll be better equipped for doing homework if when I'm at home, homework is all I have to do, not online class lecture stuff. Also - sometimes they light things on fire.

This will be my second Chemistry class. Chemistry has math in it. Boo. Hiss. Seriously though, I don't mind it a bit. I'm hoping it goes ok. This instructor is one I've never had, new instructors = scaryness.

The ASC Class/ASC SC alternates. Two Mondays in a row its a class created for the ASC Student Council Members (which I may or may not be assisting with teaching...from what I hear) with the third Monday it being the ASC Student Council Meeting, then going back to two weeks of classes before another ASC SC meeting. This will alternate all term, with the next two terms of this year only having ASC Student Council Meetings every two weeks, and no class. Maybe. I'm not clear about that one yet.

Japanese! Yay! The only available Japanese classes are at night. So I really didn't have a choice. I really want to take it, but it all stems upon my meeting with an academic advisor next week. I'm unclear as to if I have to have two terms of a language of if my high school language counts. I did graduate before 1997 (I graduated in 1996, but I wasn't supposed to graduate until 2000), but I got a GED, so I don't know if that counts or not. I have to ask. I signed up because they fill fast, and I'd rather drop it because I don't need it, then need it and not be able to get in.

Stuff that isn't on here...

PTK - as I'm the president of Phi Theta Kappa this year, I guess I sort of have to be at meetings and stuff. The first meeting of the year is scheduled, and it conflicts with my schedule, so I don't know if I can make it, or if we want to reschedule it. Other meetings will be scheduled ASAP, for those of you wanting to know...

V ET L - I have no idea about V ET L meetings this year. Sav...we should probably decide a welcome meeting for Fall term and then go from there. Also...do we want elections?

ExBo Meetings - The Executive Board of the ASC has meetings once a week. I have no idea when they'll be. None. Nada. Zip. I may dress a blow up doll to look like me, and send her in my place. She'd be about as useful to them as I am.

College Council - College Council is the council run by the president of the college that I sit on. It reviews, rewrites, and develops new college policies. They meet once a month (thank goodness!) and I'm thinking the first meeting is sometime in September, but it may be October. This year, I'm going to be a much more productive member of the council. I promise.

Also in November is National Novel Writing Month which will have weekly write ins and meetings, and as soon as I find an MCAT prep program, those will have to fit in there somewhere.

Not on here as well are the multitude of conferences, workshops, and events that happen during Fall Term. I'm ignoring these in the hopes that if I pretend they're not there, they will go away.

It's not too bad, it averages out to 20 credits, and I may not have to take Japanese (although I want to) so it might drop down to 17. Yay.

I may also be picking up a second job that I'm not going to talk about until stuff is less up in the air. That, along with the ASC, keeping the few clients I have with BSD going good, and oddly enough, picking up a couple of curriculum clients, should keep me pretty busy and paying my rent on time. I hope. Cross your fingers for me.

I'm tired already.


I don't want to go.
Summer should last forever,
Sunny carefree days.


Yesterday Terra snagged me and we spent the better part of nearly four hours at Play for the Cure, a charity softball tournament held by the YWCA of Salem. Local softball teams (including what Terra and I believe to be our very own Chemeketa Storm!) head off against each other from about 9 am to 11 pm at night Saturday and continuing Sunday, five games going at any given time, to raise money for breast cancer. It's a totally rockin' event that gets the community involved.

We mainly sat around in the 9000 degree weather and gabbed, since Terra and I so rarely get to spend time hanging out. Usually when it's just her and I, I'm hiding in the bushes with a long range lense.

We lent our support to the dozens of playing teams by randomly picking ones to cheer for. Mostly, it made me feel like a total schlub for not being more athletic. I thought charity events were supposed to make you feel good about yourself, not make you want to go drown yourself in a tub of twinkees cream filling.

Really though, I had an awesome time, and I only got burned an itty bitty bit. Thanks for inviting me Ter! They did great work out there. The games are continuing today, I won't be going, but I am looking forward to seeing who's going to win. I've got money riding on The Wooden Nickel, so you guys better not let me down! Last time I checked, they hadn't lost a single game. Woot!

After we left about 3:30 or so, we picked up Cory from work, and slid over to Jefferson to kidnap Savanna. Savanna secretly loves to be kidnapped. It's true.

We decided to go see a movie, but the theater was jam packed, so instead we ordered a ton of Chinese food (so much that the lady must have thought we were total hogs and added orders of stuff on the house for us, perhaps she wanted us to die in our heavenly glutton of pork fried rice and kung pow chicken) and sat around my house until nearly 2 AM goofing off. Goofing off = love.

I didn't get any sleep last night. After I booted everyone out of my house while waving a rolling pin at them like a fishwife, I spent some time on the phone with Melissa, and then some time online. Once Melissa went to bed I pretty much spent the rest of the night making CSS snippets and being completely and utterly worthless. I'd sleep, but I'm a freak of nature who can't sleep when it's light out. Lucky for you, I'm here to whine all about it.

I am really tired though. I mean seriously. I've typed the same stuff over and over again, and typed words that had absolutely nothing to do with what I wanted to say. Personally, I think it would be fun to deprive myself of sleep for say...three or four days, and then force myself to post to see what happens. Maybe I'd write something uber profound...or maybe I'd just make everyone's eyes bleed.

I head back to my former night job temporarily for a week starting tomorrow. It's a matter that deserves itself an entire post, with perhaps strong words, which I will write eloquently and with less spittle when I'm not so tired.


I can not see straight.
Time is all blurry and goo,
And sound is scary.


Figments, please wish Frankie a Happy Birthday today. Today she turns quasi legal, 18! Woot! Have an awesome one Frankie, love you!


Man it is hot out.
Concrete is melting outside,
I am melting too.


As the end of summer looms ever closer on the horizon, I find more and more worthless activities to squander my summer away with. Today was using up a ten pound bag of potatoes to make a fifteen pound bowl of potato salad. What am I going to do with all this potato salad? What was I doing with all those potatoes to begin with? I do not know, but it was a good time waster.

Also today I have company over, company whom shall accompany me in our pretty discarded prom dress dress-up clothes tonight to the 10:00 premier of Snakes On A Plane. It's going to be horrid. I am so excited. I'm not nearly as excited as the people who are camping outside of the theaters, but I'm still pretty excited. It'll be great.

Wanna come?


Snakes on a Plane, man!
The best damn summer movie,
Mr. Jackson said.


Kansas Sen. Brownback is sticking his mucky fingers where they do not belong. He's attempting to block Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law which would "bar doctors from prescribing federally controlled drugs for use in assisted suicide."

If you live under a rock, and don't know what Oregon's Death with Dignity Act is, then pay attention and I'll give you a quicky. It was passed in 1994 and again in 1997 by Oregon voters which gives patients a right to, with consulting their doctors and meeting criteria set, end their lives. Many people get up in arms over this, but why people would want others to live while suffering horrendous pain is beyond me. It's your life, it's your choice, and nobody has the right to take that choice away from you.

I think suicide is a selfish thing in most cases, but if you and your family have talked about it, and you're exceedingly ill, and in pain, and that's your choice, then who is anyone else to say differently? It certainly isn't up to the government.

Last January the Supreme Court held up our little law here when Bush decided to try and upend it, but apparently Sen. Brownback thinks that they're morons and don't know how to do their job. He thinks that this will be a great platform for Anti-suicide people to start making a stink.

Brownback says "When the law permits killing as a medical `treatment,' society's moral guidelines are blurred, and killing could gain acceptance as a solution for the chronically ill or vulnerable."

Good job Brownback! I'm so glad to see you're putting your focus on the important issues, like doctor assisted suicide laws that were passed over a decade ago, rather then oh...war or education. Who needs an education, right? With the tiny amount of Student Loans I get, it obviously isn't me!

Sen. Brownback is not from Oregon, he's from Kansas. Kansas does not have a Death with Dignity law, Oregon does. Oregon voters voted it in, twice and like I said before, the Supreme Court upheld it. Hmmm...

Don't you think that's a pretty big neon sign? Don't you see it? It's really clear...and it's flashing big red words: Dudes...stop messing with my state and go pay attention to something important for once.
How was my trip? Ah...

Saturday morning we left about 8:30 or so, and it was lovely outside. Nice sunny weather. We got to the beach about 11, and couldn't check into our beach house until 4, so we did our first session outside. This was a huge mistake, figments. You know what happens to me if I'm even in the sun for a minute. Lobster Skyte makes her ugly appearance. Yours truly was burnt so badly, that when I woke up Sunday morning my eye was swelled up, the left side of my face was swollen and my nose was entirely blistered.

I was whiny Sunday. Also, our lovely weather vanished, and all we got was a ton of fog for the rest of the trip.

Other then the burn, everything went really good. It was an awesome house (G'job Cory!) and it was a great training session that I think really benefited the new officers. Hopefully it will make the year go smoothly.

It also was a good chance for me to get to know my new officers. One I know already from working with, but the others I didn't know so well, so it was really fun and productive. I have pictures someplace, but not of my poor face because it's ugly.

I got home about 4:00 or so on Monday, but was so hurting and wiped out that I pretty much just took some tylenol and went to sleep.

Yesterday morning however, I got to find out that someone had broken into my car (which was not parked at my house because I was threatened with being 'written up' because I don't 'drive my car enough' which is bogus and most likely illegal, but I moved my car anyway because I have so much going on I didn't need one more stresser.) and stole stuff including my stereo and speakers. So, I was mad. It wouldn't have happened if my car was parked in front of my house in the space I pay for, now would it?

Now I have to decide if I'm going to bother with putting money into a car I'm not keeping to get another stereo (a cheaper one...this one was like a 500 buck one that was given to me, which makes it worse somehow) or not bother with it because I don't plan on keeping the car long.

Stupid rude stupid people. Damnit.


Stop putting my chain.
Either I'm working or not,
Give me a break, man.


I'm on my way out the door, headed to a lovely beach house until late Monday afternoon. It's a really nice place right on the beach, and I'll be with good company, so I'm looking forward to it.

Unfortunately because of my trip I'm missing a Willamette Wordsmiths meeting. I'm sad about this, as I had presented stuff to my fellow Willworders for review. We only meet once a month, so I'll have to wait until next month to get feedback from them on the chapters of my novel I have finished. I'm sure they'll have an awesome meeting without me, I'm pretty useless most of the time. Geesh, I finally get it so I can't be booted off the raft...

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sand between my toes,
Lots of planning and thinking,
Crashing ocean waves.


I'm an angry little Skyte today, Figments. I am not an angry person, I'm pretty easy going about most things, but unfortunately today far too many things have built up, so today I'm angry.

I'm making my angry face and everything, although it looks just like my normal face and I act normally so nobody can really tell, but it's my angry face, honest!

People have let me down: people I thought were friends, people I paid money to for services (not those kinds of services, you don't pay for those until they're rendered!), and people who I mistakenly relied upon. You think I'd learn with that last one, but I'm a sucker for trusting people. Guess I am as simple as people assume me to be.

So today I'm mad at the whole lot of them. Mad at them for being dishonest, for behaving inappropriately, for being impostors, for not providing the stuff I pay money for.

I'm just mad.

I'll get over it.


Finger nails ripped off.
I write this kind of stuff yet
Watching is painful.


The Sister, as many of you Figments may well know, is currently 16 and works two jobs. Both are in food service, which is disgusting, one is at a private local University as a caterer which she doesn't mind so much, and the second is at a internationally well known fast food franchise which she hates.

First off - I want to commend her for being 16 and holding down two jobs. Lots of 16 year olds barely hold down one, or none at all. She's a good responsible reliable smart kid who works really hard, and she's a cutey patootie too. Personally, I'm not sure how we're related because she's freaking gorgeous.

So the second job, which is at a fast food join who tells their employees to make every moment a 'Golden Moment' for customers (that should help you figure out who it is) is one where The Sister is constantly being verbally and physically harassed and abused by the customers. Since the customers are 'always right' - a saying that I, as a business owner completely disagree with, you do everything you can for your customer to a point, but if they become physically or verbally abusive then they are not the type of customer you want for your business - the managers and other employees do nothing to step in and help each other out.

I love how in America everyone is so expendable. Employees are a dime-a-dozen, so lets treat them like they are shit, and then pay them less then a living wage so they just barely scrape by, and maybe even have to get a second shit job. As long as we make the Almighty Dollar, that's all that matters, and who cares who gets screwed in the process, employees or customers.

That, also, is a crap way to run your business. I see it all over. I have friends who work for major companies who handle major clients who are told that they are too friendly or too helpful to their clients, they are just supposed to smile and nod and shove them on their way to get to the next buck as soon as possible.

Oh, oops...I was ranting. Ok, so The Sister has a job thats none too good. Take for instance a few weeks ago, the store was understaffed, the lines were out the door, and all the managers had gone to a softball game or to get their hair done (with money from the safe...no less). There were three people working, The Sister at the counter, Worker #1 at the window and Worker #2 making food. Worker #2 was being trained by The Sister at the same time because it was her first day.

So The Sister is out working trying her hardest to get everyone taken care of, and this woman comes up and places this huge order while her half-dressed kids climb all over the counter and other people. TS calls it back for Worker #2 to get going, and W2 has some problems so TS goes back to help. She serves this woman her order, and moves along.

Within five minutes this woman's husband comes back with a complaint, TS fixes it, then the woman comes back with the same complaint and TS tells her she already fixed it and the woman walks off huffy. The woman comes back three more times with complaints, screaming and cursing at TS. Then, the whole fiasco ends with this woman smearing hamburger all over the counters and throwing a hamburger at TS.

Yeah. Threw it at her.

Was anything done to this woman? Of course not, she received three refunds one for food at the counter, one for food and money at the window, and she called in a refund for money about four hours after this happened.

This, however, isn't the end of it.

Two days ago TS was working counter and a woman came up and said her fries were cold. TS replaced them and the woman left, but came back. This is the conversation, as transcribed by me, from TS:

Woman: Can I talk to you for a moment?

TS: Can I help you?

Woman: There are two boys outside who say they know you personally (take that as you will, Figments!), and they say you have herpes and I need to know before I feed these fries to my son.

TS: excuse you?

Woman: It's ok, you don't have to be embarrassed, I understand these things happen with young girls, you should just tell me the truth.

TS: Dumbfounded...

Woman: I don't see any sores on your mouth yet!

At this point TS went and got her manager, who only told the woman he didn't see any signs of herpes. TS was pissed. I was pissed for her, Figments.

Then yesterday one of her friends mom came in, and let the kids go play while she ordered food, and another woman got in her friends mom face and cursed her out and so she got her kids and left, and then another woman got into the other woman’s face and cursed her out...all while the manager was standing right there and did noting.

So, TS is fed up.

TS put in an application for a job as a customer service assistant at an upscale grocery store in the town where she lives. The grocery store is part of a chain, but it's a local chain, rather then national, that is owned by a local man who is very involved with the community and takes care of his employees. Yesterday she had an interview and got the job within five minutes, today she's giving her two weeks notice at both places.

I say, good for her. Nobody deserves to be treated like that, especially not over some poorly made hamburgers and fries that are going to clog arteries and kill someone anyway. "It's food service, that's what happens" is not an excuse, it's a cop-out.


Today is Tuesday.
Weirdness abounds my Figments,
In the shape of jobs.
So the new fall schedules for Chemeketa are out. I have friends whose gorgeous mugs are gracing both the covers of the fall schedule and the CCC catalog. I'm tempted to scan them and draw mustaches all over them put them on display. I think they need to sign them, so when they are rich and famous, I can sell them on eBay for big bucks and then blow it all on candy paper. Mmm...candy paper. Finally, something worth taking notes on!

Since the new schedules are out, it means that I have to actually think about Chemeketa instead of avoiding it like a 19th century plague. I have to decide what classes I'm going to take come September 25th. It kind of bums me out, since there are still a few days over 40 until classes actually start, but I know that if I don't figure it out soon, I won't register in a wild-eyed panic on the first day of class registrations and will end up with classes I don't want just for the credit - like basket weaving...or math.

Actually I do have to take math, much to my dismay. I need to take about six more math classes before my wonderfully torturous process of attending classes for a shiny piece of paper ends. I've got to get through calculus and trigonometry. Which wouldn't be that big of a deal, if it wasn't advanced Calc and Trig. Taking classes that will pretty much never come in handy make me such a happy little girl.

I also have to take Chemistry and Physics. Actually, that's all I have left to take before I transfer into my department in January...Math, Chemistry and Physics. I, ah, may have sort of put them off until the last minute. I'm good at that sort of thing. Why don't they give credits for procrastination? I would have had my medical degree by now.

Rumors tell me Physics may be swappable with astronomy. Which is better? Both involve math, which is just sick, but one involves big fiery balls of gases and tracking their movement through space, and the other involves electricity, gases and the chance of perhaps blowing stuff up. This is a really hard choice for me, I'm a big fan of blowing stuff up. But a friend is taking Astronomy. Oy! Peer pressure is such a hard thing to withstand. I need to talk to my academic advisor and see if Astronomy is even allowable as a substitute.

Somehow or another I also need to work in a Conditioning class, which is the class that gives you credit for working out in Chemeketa's gym. I've decided to take it every term for the next year and get my sorry sack of a self in better shape. I took Conditioning last year, as well as swimming, and really enjoyed them both. I might take them both and alternate them every other day. It all depends on my class and work schedules and if I manage to find another job in between now and classes starting.

Or maybe I'll just bite my thumb at it all and take bowling.


The roar of traffic,
And the sounds of busy work,
Another Monday.


Happy Birthday to my fantastic friend Terra! I hope your birthday was wonderfulific. I love you!


I just spent the last hour doing something that was awesome.

Oh yeah, if you've gotten a phone call from me you know what I'm talkin' about.

It's Snakes on a Plane baby!

If you don't know what SoaP is then you've been hiding under a rock. Snakes on a Plane (SoaP) is Samuel L. Jacksons new thriller movie about...dum dum dum...snakes on a plane. To learn more, visit the Wiki.

On the Snakes on a Plane website you can have Samuel L. Jackson call people (yes, it really does call them) and talk to them about seeing the movie. It is one of the most stomach achingly hysterical things I've heard in a long time.

It's easy, you fill out a few fields like their name, which Mr. Jackson will say if it's in the name bank (and he says yours too!), what they do, how they get around, ect, and then give either their E-mail to have it sent by E-mail or their phone number to have it call.

I'm telling you, it's awesome.

I've gotten so many phone calls with lovely things like 'that was just disturbing' to 'what the fuck is wrong with you' to my personal favorite: hysterical laughter.

I encourage everyone to send all their friends this lovely call about the summers motion picture blockbuster that will take a bite out of your butt, Snakes on a Plane.

By the way figments, I do plan on seeing it. Wanna come with me?
It's time for the Friday Random Ten, Figments! If you don't know how this works, it's super easy: open your favorite player, hit shuffle, hit play, and list the songs that come up. For those of you boy band inclined, no skipping!

Bands are linked to their websites, if they have them. Songs that are linked take you to a wonderful sparkly fantastically magical land where you can download the song. You're welcome.

Here's my list:

1. The Silvery Light Of A Dream, Pt. 2 - Apples In Stereo (Tone Soul Evolution)

2. Star Of The Sea - Mediaeval Baebes (Mirabilis)

3. Understand - Moe. (Dither)

4. Anything But Beautiful - July For Kings (Swim)

5. Neverland - The Knife (Silent Shout)

6. She's Alright By Me - Angie Aparo (For Stars and Moon)

7. I Am Over It - The Dandy Warhols (Welcome To The Monkey House)

8. Motel Room - Christopher Dallman (Race The Light)

9. Don't Wanna Know - Toby Lightman (Little Things)

10. The Perfect Summer - The Petit Project (6 Week Summer Vacation In Hell)

Favorite Song: Motel Room is awesome. Christopher Dallman is an amazing artist.

Least Favorite Song: Although I'm a huge fan of The Dandy Warhols, I Am Over It isn't one of my favorite songs of theirs. It's a good song, just not one of my favorites.

Favorite Album: Ah, that's hard. All of them are good albums. I think July For Kings' Swim is an awesome Post-Grungy album with good lyrics, good singing and catchy tunes. Although July For Kings is no more, I still love them!

Seen Live: You know, I need to go to more concerts, but I'm a broke little college student.


Today is Friday.
At least I think that it is,
I can't remember.


I'm off in about 30 minutes to accompany Savvy to a job interview partly because she doesn't know where the company is at in South Salem, and partly because she's a chicken and doesn't want to go there alone. Also, the fact that I'm lazing about today and have nothing better to do then drive all the way to South and sit in a car may have also played a part in this decision making process.

While I'm out there though, I'm going to toss in an application to the company. Who needs sleep, baby, I need another job!
I'm a Scriner. I'm a proud Scriner. Scrine, for those of you who've never had the pleasure, is a home for wayward and lost sentences. The Scrine community, although small and growing, is a fantastic one that I encourage everyone to join and add their lost sentences to the mix.

Scrine is currently holding it's Fortune Cookie Contest, Fortune:Redux, where members post their made up cookie fortunes. It runs from now until August 12th and Keith (tender of Scrine) has eluded to prizes. Prizes people!

If you enjoy writing, or just want to try it out. Head on over, sign up, and post your fortune. You will be warmly welcomed.


Only two more now,
And I will have surpassed her,
That sneak Coyote.


I would like to start a petition to send to congress to have them pass a law decreeing that I no longer have to part with my hard earned money for frivolous and unnecessary things like rent and power, that rather these things will be given to me free from now on.

Sign on the line, please.


It's bill time again.
Open my checkbook and watch
The money fly by.


I've added a sidebar for Tasty Books that I plan on reading through the rest of summer. Here they are thus far:

Legacy of Masks - Sallie Bissell
Deception Point - Dan Brown
Sweet Dreams, Irene - Jan Burke
Storm Front - Jim Butcher
Lost Lake - Phillip Margolin
Black Water - T.J. MacGregor
Carter Street Hangman - Anne Perry
Book of The Dead - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Cabinet of Curiosities - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Dance of Death - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Relic - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The 1st Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders
The 2nd Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders
Crow In Stolen Colors - Marcia Simpson
Sound Tracks - Marcia Simpson
The Beach Road - James Patterson
Three Days To Never - Tim Powers

I am looking for more suggestions for books to add. Most of the books I have here are fantastic junk food books (books that are fun and quick to read but most likely have very little substance) although Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (my two new favorite authors...viva le Agent Pendergast!) write some pretty damn good stories.

As many of you Figments know, reading inhumanly fast is my super-secret mutant power. On average can get through a 250-300 page book in about an hour to an hour and a half. When I get going, I can read a little over 1000 wpm, which is nutso, as the average is about 200-350 wpm. Reading fast is really the only thing I've got going for me. Seriously, I'm a freak of nature.

With the current list I have, all but six of these books are in my possession, and I will most likely have them done within the next week, so I really need some more suggestions on what to read.

So throw them at me, Figments! I will read anything, fiction, non-fiction, you name it. I'd prefer stuff that won't bore me to sleep, with a decent plot and characters that do not make me want to rip my eyeballs from their sockets, but I trust your judgment Figments.

If you don't give me suggestions I'll be forced to pick books at random, and although sometimes those give good results (like Mr. Preston and Mr. Child's books) sometimes it's just a very bad, bad thing.

I'm counting on you.
Custom Ribbon Magnet: Support Broke College Students


Custom Ribbon Magnet: Steal This Ribbon

Ribbons are so unintentionally stupid. But intentionally stupid ribbons are even better!

Both of these were made by yours truly at Support Our Ribbons. Go make some of your own.

I am half tempted to actually buy them and stick them on my car. Especially the steal one, just to see how long it takes before someone actually does.


Posts were made before.
The world will never see them,
The Emo-ness ruled.


Lanie, the last person left over from hanging out for the Blogathon over the weekend just left, so now my house is all to my selfish little myself. My house has been completely cleaned (including two loads of laundry!) and I deleted all the anime that was watched for the 'Thon from my hard drive. This freed up a mind boggling 10 gigs of space. 10 gigs people!

I feel oddly sad now it's all completely back to normal (but really I feel this way most likely because yours truly is running on about 5 hours sleep in four days and I'm pretty sure I've gone crazy), but I'm glad everything went well. I'm going to take down the Blogathon link stuff tomorrow most likely.

Sponsoring is open, I believe, until 6 am tomorrow. So if you didn't sponsor but really wanted to, you still have a chance by going here.

Now I'm off to sit myself in a sunny window with some iced tea and finish the book I started Thursday but didn't get a chance to read all weekend.

Good stuff.
W.O.R.S.T #40:

So today, once I was in my cleaning groove from cleaning my kitchen, doing some laundry, vacuuming and all of that good stuff, I decided to go ahead and get a W.O.R.S.T out of the way. Today's W.O.R.S.T was #40. Putting photos in albums and frames.

Terra brought me over some pictures during the Blogathon from a Luau we attended last month, and Lane brought me over some last week of the family, so I had a pile of pictures piled on top of my frames that really had to go somewhere. All those pretty faces deserved to be displayed!

So I filled the frames I have with most of the photos, and all of the frames are now clustered on my living room coffee table. They look so cute! I've got pictures from all over the place. I have some left over that's ok, because I want to get a bunch more frames, mainly to hang.

So here's the thing figments. I want pictures! If we're buddies, and we're all buddies, and I don't have pictures of you (and that's pretty much everyone who doesn't live near me...you know who you are) send me some digital ones so I can have Walgreens or someone print them. I want pictures to fill more frames, and I want them of you. C'mon...it'll make me so happy and I promise it will curb my stalker tendencies for a little while.

Also, if you have pictures of events I've attended with you, can I steal some? My digital camera is worthless and was most likely left behind. I do have some from the Tiffday beach trip in March however (it was March wasn't it?), so if anyone wants some of those (got some pretty good shots of Savvy getting down and dirty with Darth Maul, and some good group shots) let me know and I'll pass the decent ones along.

Pictures are super fun.
I did not get to sleep until 11 yesterday night. Which means that I was up for pretty much about 41 hours. I got about 6 hours sleep last night but I'm still pretty zonked. Blogathon was a hoot. I've got to stop saying hoot. I really enjoyed having everyone hanging out. We didn't get through nearly all of the anime, but we raised some money and had fun...and honestly that really is what it's all about.

Muy thanks to my fellow 'Thonners: Lanie, Cory, Terra, Savvy and Tif. Company always makes this sucker go better.

Thanks to everyone here online, mainly Kelly, James and Melissa who were also good company and who fought the good fight! You guys did awesome, as sponsors and blogger babysitters.

I love all you guys.

And now that 'Thonning and 'Thon induced sleeping is over for another year, I have a wicked dirty kitchen to clean. 'Thonning leaves no time for washing dishes.


It is nice and cool.
Lovely summer days outside,
Perfect time to read.


Hurray! The Blogathon is over for another year. Our grand total was $100.00. Thank you to all our sponsors who not only took the time to sponsor us, but visited us, called us, and left us comments. Thanks also to the rest of you who visited and commented throughout this whole event.

Don't forget, you can sponsor up to 48 hours after the event, so if you'd like to sponsor us you still can by following the link that says 'Sponsor Me!' to the right. Every donation helps, even if it's a small one.

Anime is fun! Although we did not even get through half of it, it was still a lot of fun to do. Next year though, my awesome shtick idea shall liiiiveee. It'll be great, look forward to it!

Thanks to everyone who kept me company during this thing and took over posting and reviewing duties: I never could have done it without you guys. I love you all sooo much! You rock my socks! We did so awesome!

Cory and Sav are still sleeping, and Lanie, Terra and I are headed that way soon. To all the Bloggers, great job! Get some rest, and I'll be back in a few days to annoy all my figments once again.

On to the last episode of the night. Get this one if you're looking for a good horror anime, it really is very awesome.
I highly recommend this one for good mystery fun! It's super creepy, and that's not just because I'm completely exhausted.

Only 42 minutes left!
So, this one is pretty good. Murder, creepyness, yay!

One hour left. This is also a yay.

I don't care anymore, so my posts suck.
We're now watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni which is classified as a 'Mystery/Horror' anime. Horror is good. We want people to die.


On to the next episode.
How long have we been staring at My Space? Why are we doing this?

We are finally done looking at "stuff" on My Space.

Let's talk about the perfect disillusion. I was just explaining to Jamie that my fiance and I like to make each other feel good by telling the other that we are the idealistic weight. It's so beautiful. Therefore I am very slender and he is very much gaining muscle weight. What a perfect world :)

Savvy has rejoined the living world because we woke her up looking at Tiffany's emo statements. For some reason Jamie can't figure out which one is for her. We resolved that we don't care any more, and are moving on to things that are easier for our brains to process right now.

I have no idea what we will be doing for the next 30 minutes, but i'm sure it will be TOTALLY AWESOME.

We promise that we are going to watch more anime any moment. My Space is so intoxicating. The songs and custom pages are taking over our brains.

It's hot in here and the fans are barely helping us stay cool so we are getting more and more sleepy by the minute. We are determined to hold out until 6am. We have already lost some of our members. Tiffany jumped ship around 1230am, Savvy and Cory gave into the sleep monster at 130am, and Elaine, Jamie and I are still in it for the long haul. WE CAN DO IT.. WE ARE KEEPING ON KEEPING ON.

Keep the faith. More on our sleep deprevation status later.

We are pausing from The Snow Queen for now. The anime was beginning to get to our brains and slow us down. We are starting to let the fatigue set in, so we had to stop!

Here is how tired we are:
"My bum iis on the gum, my bum is on the gum, I can blow a bubble with my bum bum bum." from Elaine

So we decided to get on My Space and tweak around doing nothing to waste time and look at other people's sites. It's great to talk about people based on their My Space pages.

I'm out for now, what an exciting night!!!!!!!!

Funky T
The Snow Queen
by Terra Ashford

This was a delightful story about two kids who live in this northern European village where life is very simple. The kids are very close, although not brother and sister, they tend to act like they are going to fall in love and still kinda have a brother/sister feel - strange.

So I really feel there is an ancentuous love affair just waiting to happen here. The story revolved around this wierd bell that was sounding deep in the "mysterious" forest that all of the adults were affraid to check out. So the two love birds/quisai brother and sister combo decided to go off and find this church bell. They end up at this ocean where these bizzar sound is coming from and determine that it is not a church after all - but what is it???

They get in trouble for going out there, but don't tell anyone about the ocean/forest thing. Honestly I have no idea what happened here. It was slow moving and kinda emo, but it made me feel fuzzy inside.

A side note is there is this snow queen that made winter happen - how is she connected to this ocean noise thing. Who knows?
So because the last anime was so freaking scary, we switched to Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san, which is a total 360 from Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo!! Masarusan. Cosmic was colorful, bright, happy, girly and very much geared towards girls between the ages of 6 and 12. Sexy Commando was just terrifying.

Cory sure can pick them!

Now we are going to watch The Snow Queen, because we can't decide on anything. Yay!

We're tired. Tired...so tired.

AnimeNFo says:

* based on Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”.

Gerda and Kay are living in northern country. But one day, Kay takes the Snow Queen, who symbolizes “winter”, away. Although villagers say Kay was dead, Gerda sets out for a journey alone to look for Kay. However, a lot of encounter and trials are waiting for her.
Um...this is by far the weirdest and most disturbing thing I've ever seen. The dude takes his pants off to fight.



There were pidgons in his pants. They came out of the crotch of his bunny suit.


So, I enjoy Karin. Offical opinions: Savvy 'cute', Terra 'Mom is a total bitch and her boyfriend is freaked out, her little sister is smarter then her', Elaine 'Dad is a good dad, but the guy found out', Cory 'it changed my life, it's the Jesus of anime'

There you go, opinions to base your anime viewing on.

These people need sleep, I however am on to the next Anime, Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo!! Masarusan. This is the one Cory has been waiting for, I hope he hasn't gotten his hopes up too high, I'm pretty sure there is no nudity. Here's what AnimeNFo has to say:

Fumiya "Fu-min" Okometsubu is an exchange student who comes to a Wakame Highschool in his Junior year. He's a typical, shy nervous little boy but he is determined to make new friends and start a new life. He starts a plan to make 100 new friends. Things don't go quite according to plan though, as his first day at school also happens to be the first day that Masaru Hananakajima comes back to school. Rumor has it that he left school for the past 3 months to live in the woods and practice some sort of secret martial art. He also happens to be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet...and a complete weirdo who lives in this constant black hole of strangeness. Through a twist of fate, the two become "friends" (the twist of fate being Fu-min getting dragged around by Masaru constantly). Masaru starts a new club at school to demonstrate his secret new martial art- "Sexy Commando", and recruits kids from around the school. First is Fu-min, who gets haplessly drawn in. Next is Machahiko Kondo, a nice, honest boy who has this "thing" for being as manly as possible. After that, they run into Tsuyoshi Isobe, a boy who wants to be the strongest person in the world, and who isn't dissuaded by the fact that his body is built like balsa wood (his nickname is "Kyasharin", which basically means "living bones"). Together, they have many bizarre adventures - the Baseball Game of Honor, the Alien Camping Trip, the National Sexy Commando Tournament, Going to Masaru's house, the Kidnapping of Meso, and tons more.

Yeah, let's do this. Only five hours left! Woot baby!
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Karin episode 3 was cute. In this episode Karin decides that the only way to make her blood not increase around Kenta is to make him happy. She spends the episode trying to figure out what happiness is. During this time she brings a box lunch to school but doesn't feel hungry, so gives it to her friend Maki, who gives it to Kenta, later on she sees Kenta at work (they work at the same resturant) and realizes that her blood is not increasing, so she decides that happiness is a boxed lunch. She decides that she's going to bring Kenta a boxed lunch from now on to make him happy.

At the end of the episode, Kenta is watching a vampire movie on TV and his mom walks in, on the screen the vampire is biting a woman and Kenta makes a connection...that Karin is a vampire.

Episode 4 is next!
Karin episode 2 is getting interesting reviews. I'm being told that it's strange, and different, but good.

In this episode Karin gets taken home by Kenta after getting a nose bleed. Kenta tells her that he knows her secret, she thinks that he knows she's a vampire, but really he thinks she's a high schooler who seduces older men.

Her brother shows up, and pulls Karin away telling her they need to figure out what type of blood draws her, they're walking and seens Kenta's mom who's standing in front of train tracks. Karin grabs her as the train goes by saying not to kill herself, and his mom says he wasn't, she just lost her job and is depressed.

Karin is attracted to the depression, and bites Kenta's mom in the park, where Kenta sees.

Next episode! Episode 3!

I'm so tired.
Karin is a cute anime. It's about a girl who comes from a vampire family but insted of taking blood, makes blood. This episode has Karin meeting Usai, an exchange student who makes her blood increase. The episode ends with her getting a nose bleed.
Karin 1 review in a bit.
The night was stale and humid, Terra, wracked with grief over devouring her friends in a fit of untamed hunger, braved the wilds of the mountain top to perform the sacred ritual of Friendist Returnus. The ritual was forbidden and never spoke of. Terra had learned of the secret ceremony by bribing one of the pigmy villagers with a slice of her ice cream cake she received for her birthday. The pigmy, awed by the icecreamyness of the cake, turned over the Tome of unmentionable Ceremonies and told her to climb to the highest peak of the frozen mountain to the Alter of Life where by sacrificing the tip of her left pinkie finger and doing the Sacred Dance her friends would once again return to the land of the living and her sins for eating them would be forgiven.

After days of hard climbing, rabid mountain goats, and nearly being kidnapped by a amorous Yeti, Terra arrived at the alter hidden high in the mountains. Taking her rusty butterknife she sliced the tip of her left pinkie finger off and smeared it on the alter. Donning her polkadotted mumu she performed the Sacred Dance (which consisted of much grinding and thrusting) and screamed the words the book held:

"A relaxed jaw means an open vagina!"

Instantly her friends appeared in a puff of hot dog smelling smoke, and everyone hugged one another, and Terra was forgiven and muched loved.

(Happy Birthday Terra! We love you!)
Everyone but Terra is dead now. The hunger inside was too intense to curb. The crew was more than happy to give up their lives to save hers. Afterall, what would this world be without Terra?

Leading up to their ultimate sacrifice, the gang conjured up the spirits of their long dead ancestors in the hope that they would be blessed by their hopes as they crossed over into the other world.

Terra is now alone in the winderness on the top of the knowledge mountain; the others have discoved a new and exciting world on the other side of life.

What new adventures will this place hold for them? Certainly they hope that anime will be offed on this side - only the supreme spirit Heime will be able to provide this for them.

Poem of the new world:

horray horray we are on the other side
no more terra, too bad she had to eat us for us to get here
we off to find some anime,
woohooo it's time to play

like bats and baby oil,
the user is giving a drug of strong strange curse
Today we are in the land of Milk Honey. We ran into a village of pigmy's, they are so cute. Tiffany isn't dead...she was rather angry that we left her behind after only spraining her ankle. We left Savanna in a village of Amazons, she enjoys raiding villages, and killing males. Elaine and Jamie are skinning the cocks, it seems this village enjoys eating male chickens. Elaine rejoined us after escaping by covering her body in soybean oil and squeezing through the bars of her cage. I am still here recording the journey. I am Cory...to be continue


Today we live in a house of pain. My head is hot, my body is cold, Terra is funny, Tiffany like Asian men, Savanna likes Bo Vice, Jamie likes Chuck Norris, Elaine love fillangies. End..Scene.
So here we are upon the mountain top of knowledge. We have made it past the worst weather now. The earth is cold, our bodies cling together searching for the warmth that is escaping our grasp. Tiffany is dead now....after what seems to be a freak attack involving a shark, a beanie baby, and a leaf blower. Savanna has weathered the journey the best. She is so brave..so...brave. Jamie is cryig, Terra is out in the forrest looking for food. We have traded Elaine for food. She fetched a healthy price. Two Chickens, 3 Fish, and a bag of cheetos. We are almost upon the shore from there we head out to the Land of Milk and Honey. My name is Cory, I am here recording the journey. Hoping..praying that it will come to an end. Pray for us. Please. Pray for us.

Here is a small poem I wrote about our journey:
I like to run, I like to hide. I have pasty thighs. I run a thousand miles to earn a buck. I like to rake muck. Some like to....run a muck. I love cheese, and yearn to please. I like Jackie Chan he is Chinese.
End Scene
Terra and Cory have arrived, let the party beginth.

Terra's going to be sporting her blue moo-moo, totally hot.
Still watching Home Fries. It should be over within the next few minutes. But in the mean time, what Home Fries taught me:

A relaxed jaw means an open vagina.

That is all.
So we haven't started Karin yet, as everyone is overly engrossed with watching Home Fries, and we're waiting on two more people to arrive. However, the next post should be a review of the first episode.


Current Anime: Karin Current Episode: 1
So we kind of fell off track. I had lovely company drop in and I stopped watching anime to make food for the hungry masses. Now I'm back however, and gearing up to watch the next series. Lemon Angel Project turned out really good, and I definitely recommend it to someone who's looking for a cute, funny, touching anime to watch.

I give Lemon Angel Project Four Lanies.

Now up next is Karin because unfortunately Onmyou Taisenki didn't finish downloading in time. Here's what AnimeNFo says about Karin:

There is a vampire family living in an average city in Japan. They have been living secretly, receiving a little blood from humans. But, the eldest daughter, Karin, has a secret. Instead of sucking other people's blood, her blood simply increases once a month. She has managed to pretend to be a normal student, but her life is changed dramatically by an encounter with a transfer student, Usui Kenta.

I've seen Karin before, so I know what I think about it, so I'm going to rely on my guest posters (Miss Lanie, Miss Tiffy and Miss Savvy) to give you their opinions on the matter.

First up, Episode 1! Look forward to it!

Current Anime: Karin Current Episode: 1
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl named Jamie. She slaved over a hot stove for hours and hours to feed her hungry guests. But she didn't care that her favorite guest, Tiffany, hate egg rolls.

But all was not lost... Jamie made bean dip. Yes, the infamous, aforementioned bean dip of rock star fame.

And the world became a better place.

P.S. I hate Anime.
This is me, Savvy, posting.

Eggrolls are almost done.

Chriss Angel is cute sometimes and I love him. He just mindfreaked me with his eyeliner.

And I guess we're not watching anime at the moment.

Bean dip, whooooaaah bean dip
You are so beautiful
You make me smile

Bean dip in the summer
Why don't you chill for a while?

We could go swimming
We could play cards
We could do other stuff
Or pinanic in the park

Whoah bean dip
I'll never share you with chips
Because you're mine
Something Something Bean dip!
Dear Diary,
Today is a day just like any other- OR IS IT?!!? I decided to boycott Laney today. Unfortunately, she is at Jamie's house. I didn't bring her a postcard from Reno, so she just punched me in the face.

UPDATE: She just attempted to strangle me.

I'd like to leave you with a Dresden Dolls quote:
all around the nation, the girls are crying and the boys are masturbating!

p.s. Savvy said it was okay to babble
Six minutes left on the last episode, and then I'll post a recap and my views of the entire five episodes I've seen. For now however, it's time for...

Blogs of Note:

Bunni is a fellow Scriner who is blogging for The American Heart Association. You should go over, give her some support, and maybe a sponsor or two. Great job Bunni!
I'm really enjoying this anime. It's very cute and heartwarming, which is perfect for a dork like me.

In the fourth episode of Lemon Angel Project the girls are off to their lessons that will prepare them for the final Lemon Angel audition. Yayoi (now known as Saya, because she decided to change her name after quitting the horrible company), Tomo and Erica (the girl who dressed as a ninja) become good friends and enjoy spending time together. However, Erica is treated badly by the other girl because she's a foreigner. Her mother was born in Japan, but her father is from Brazil.

The episode mainly focuses on Erica, and shows how she was treated differently everywhere she's been because she never felt like she fit in. In Brazil she was considered just as much as a foreigner as she was in Japan. She was hoping that the girls who she was now attending lessons with would be different, but most of them are still mean to her.

She finally tells everyone that she is the older sister of a famous singer in a group, and everyone wants to come over to her house. She invites them all over and cooks a huge meal (she's a good cook!) and before they arrive her brother calls and says he can't make it. When the girls get there and she tells them, one girl hits food out of her hand, and shoves her down, telling her that she is worthless and is probably trying to poison them all. Erica runs out crying, and Tomo and Saya go looking for her.

They find her on a bridge and tell her that they want to be friends with her even though they are rivals to get on the band, and they like her for who she is. Can I get a big sopping aw? It's just so darn sweet!

Last episode is next, episode 5!

Current Anime: Lemon Angel Project Current Episode:5
The third episode of Lemon Angel Project was very cute and sweet!

The episode opens with the girls who were picked doing a photo shoot. One of the girls, Yayoi used to be a model with another company but quit them because the owner was a sleezeball. Yayoi considers herself above everyone else, and is constantly very snobbish to Tomo.

Her old boss shows up at the photo shoot waving around her contract saying that she can't become a Lemon Angel because she is still under contract with him, and he refuses to break it. Yayoi is very angry, and demands that he let her go, but he says no, she has to come back to work for him.

Yayoi is upset, and Tomo suggests sneaking into his office and stealing the contract. Yayoi thinks that's a great idea and demands that Tomo, and another girl whom Tomo has become friends with go with her.

They sneak into the office (the third girl dressed as a ninja, which is super funny) and get the help of one of the employees who also disagrees with the company owner. As they are stealing the contract they get caught by the owner, and Yayoi agrees to go back with him, but then kicks him in the crotch and steals the contract, ripping it up.

The owner can't do anything because the contract is now gone, the employee gets fired, but she's ok with it because she just wants Yayoi to be happy. The episode ends with Yayoi and Tomo fighting, but Yayoi calls her 'Tomo' letting it slip that she considers them friends. Awww.

Episode 4 is up next!

Current Anime: Lemon Angel Project Current Episode: 4
Episode 2 of Lemon Angel Project was very cute! It opens where the first episode ends, with Tomo getting caught hiding. The producer saves her and tells her that what she saw was Lemon Angel, that they don't actually exist, that they're just a program and holograms. He tells her that her friend Yui programmed it, and her dream was to have real people singing, not programs.

Tomo decided to try out for the Lemon Angel second season, she is up against some stiff competition that can sing better then her, and some of them are very snobby.

The producer tells her to go up to the mike and sing and if she wants to quit to just stop and walk away, but to at least give it a try. So she goes up to the mike, and totally bombs it. She asks for a second try and doesn't do too bad.

In this episode we find out that Yui is dead. :( That's sad.

The episode ends with people who made it to the second round (about 20 girls) getting letters in the mail, and Tomo got one. Yay!

Episode 3 is next!

Current Anime: Lemon Angel Project Current Episode: 3