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This is me being preachy, bear with me, it needs said.

I just got back from taking part in Displace Me, where I was part of a recreation of an internal displacement camp created to encourage awareness of and support for people living in displacement camps all over the world. (Though the focus was on the displacement camps of Northern Uganda, as shown in Invisible Children.) The war in Uganda has been raging for 22 years. The citizens of Northern Uganda have been living in displacement camps for the last 11. They cannot risk leaving the camps to farm for food or go back to their homes for fear that the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) will come and either kill them or steal their children to turn into soldiers. They die by the thousands from poverty, fire, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and war. The children are orphaned and left to raise themselves, packed in cattle dung huts. less than 10% of the children can afford the $20 a month school tuition. America has the power to help.

I slept in a cardboard house with 4 other girls with simple blankets, in windy, 32 degree weather. Each of us got a ration of one pack of Saltine Crackers, and two bottles of water. We spent the night watching one of the Invisible Children videos, writing to congressmen, and getting close and cuddly with near perfect strangers for warmth. I stayed huddled with my friends all night, but I didn't sleep at all. at 7:00am, just as we woke up and went to watch the closing video... it started to hail on us.

It was one of the coolest, most thought provoking nights I've had in a LONG time.

Go to Help make a change.


Apr. 7th, 2008 09:40 pm
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My room is CLEAN! ::happy dance:: I found about 10 hairthings, my favorite shirt, and a bra I had forgotten I owned!

I also enjoyed both classes today, and weather was great.

Today was a good day.
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10 Things Meme:
Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 random things, facts, goals, or habits about yourself. At the end, choose 10 people you think may answer - to be tagged, listing their names & why you chose them. Don't forget to leave them a comment (you're it!) and to read your blog for instructions. You can't tag a person who has tagged you. Since you can't re-tag me, let me know when you've posted your blog so I can read the answers!

1) I am more comfortable in a classroom full of screaming toddlers than I am talking to new people. While I can get as loud as I need to when talking to kids... adults make me REALLY shy and quiet.

2) I wish corsets were back in style, because I find them LOADS more comfortable than any bra.

3) If I don't know someone well, I don't tend to touch them, or feel comfortable being touched. If I know you... You can play with my hair, accidentally grope me, or reach into my back pocket and I probably won't notice/care.

4) I hate the sensation of animal fat in my mouth, and because of that, I'm really picky about the meat I eat.

5) While I am a good listener, I sometimes really SUCK at understanding what people are saying to me in plain english.

6) I prefer signing to talking, because it's easier for me to express my opinions non-verbally.

7) even though I prefer signing, I can get really stupid when it comes to signing with Deaf people, or people with better skills than I have. (I think it's because I feel more pressured to sign well, than if I'm teaching someone, or signing a song as I'm singing it.)

8) It surprises me when I sometimes realize how big I really am, because my mental image of myself is drastically different from reality. Even so, I'm content with my body. (Though it would probably be healthy to be a little *less* content with the shape I'm in)

9) I'm not used to soda,(I prefer juice. Mmm...super pulpy orange juice) so I tend to shake it up before I drink it. This sometimes has mixed results.

10) Almost all animals are interesting to me, and there are only a few on the planet that I would not be willing to touch/pet/hold/own if they were safe enough. The select few I don't like are all insects. (roaches and june bugs, mostly)

I tag.... hmm...[ profile] 4gitmeknot, [ profile] aegwenn, [ profile] creatingmyths, [ profile] gacktfangirl101, [ profile] gluedupsidedown, [ profile] grfndrckr07, [ profile] i_am_andromeda... I know that's only 7, but I think everyone else has been tagged!

Horses 101

Apr. 2nd, 2008 09:19 pm
blackheisei: (mothra!)
A Jenny at rest, stays at rest: until the horse decides otherwise.

A cowboy hat does not a horseman make. (ie: just because he thinks he's cool, doesn't mean he's not a spacey noob)

Large horse = powerful horse. This rule does not apply to women, sadly.

Pockets should always hold a magic supply of treats. If they don't.... it is a grave injustice on our world.

Never listen to other volunteers, chances are they know as little as you do.

Despite all of these magical lessons I learned today, I had a great time. I just need to be more vocal and not assume that people who have been at the barn a bit longer than me know more about horses. I nearly got run into both a wall and the dirt working with a large horse, and a leader that didn't know how to slow her down. I was so busy trying not to be smashed into a wall that I couldn't focus on keeping the KID in the SADDLE. That sort of defeated the point of having a side walker in the first place.

I also got a charming flying lesson when the MARE (and I say that in the kindest of ways) I was leading back to her stall decided I wasn't moving fast enough. I never lost my grip on her halter, but I swear, for at least two strides both of my feet were in the air. She really DID run me into a wall. I have the sore muscles and bruised boob to prove it.

How crazy am I that I can't wait to go back?

Seriously though. Jasmine (the mare) has thrown down the gauntlet. I WILL NOT let her get the better of me next time. ::shakes Fist of Determination:: I WILL WIN
blackheisei: (Doomed!)
Dear Edward,

I just wanted to say, I love you. I know I don't always say it, but... I need you. Thank you for not dying. You know I would miss you terribly. I love you, never change, and never leave.



P.S: I just wanted to let you know, when I was using the library computer... it meant nothing to me. I thought of you the entire time.


Mar. 28th, 2008 03:00 am
blackheisei: (mothra!)
So I've been volunteering at a horse barn lately!

I found out about it through a class, but I couldn't go last semester. This semester, I don't have night classes on wednesdays anymore. this means that I can work at the barn!

The program is called SPUR, or "Special People United in Riding". I walk (and run) beside the horse and keep the small child with the disability from falling off the horse. It's mad crazy fun, and it has PERKS!

After making lots of noises about how I miss my lessons, and am too poor to afford lessons. The owner of the barn looked at me and said "We can trade. You clean saddles and stalls, and pay what you can, and I teach you! you can work any time I'm here. here's my schedule."


Also: creepy drunk people are creepy. ::becomes a turtle::
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There is a brand new IKEA that just opened up near my house. My sister loves IKEA. They were giving free chairs to the first 100 people to line up outside the store.

What does this mean?

I got drafted into camping outside the store the day before the Grand Opening in 32 degrees, waiting to get in.
IKEA is nice and had outdoor heaters, port-a-potties, and hot coffee for the people waiting. we were numbers 50 and 51. Due to an amazing sleeping bag, I really wasn't all that cold. I wasn't comfortable enough to sleep in the bright lights and noises of people talking, surrounded by people I didn't really know, but it wasn't that bad.

The free $90 chair is nice. we each got one. I have it at Ariel and John's, since there is no room for it here, or safe place for it from the dogs. I also got a $10 gift card, and used it to buy a $18 lapdesk thing. walking out of a store with $180+ of stuff, having spent only 9 bucks is always a happy thing.

Really, I felt a little like a heretic, since there was like "I <3 IKEA! YEAH! IKEA ROCKS!" and I was sitting there, not quite sure why I should be excited when I don't have a house or apartment, even if I did really like their furniture. Seeing as how I had never been to their store before, I wasn't sure I would even really like the furniture.

The part that seemed to make it most worth it to me was just the fellowship of the campers. We had people from all walks of life here to see a store and get a free chair. It wasn't really about that for most of the night, though. Instead, it was sharing food if someone had extra, sharing hot chocolate, helping people set up tents, and loaning sleeping bags to the people that hadn't quite realized it would be below freezing overnight. In the morning, we all helped each other carry our stuff to our cars, and collected the free stuff for someone if they were in the port-a-loo, and someone was passing it out.

All in all, it was a interesting experience, even if I doubt I would ever do it again.


Mar. 4th, 2008 01:29 pm
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So... it seems I had a bad dream sunday night.

It was bad enough that I was groaning and shouting loud enough to wake my (heavily) sleeping roommate. Seems she was alarmed, thinking I was sick or hurt, until she realized I was still asleep.

Funny thing is, I remember my dream from the night before, but not the one that was making me shout.

Now I'm curious....

PS: Old roomie says this is not the first time it has happened. >.>
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I just finished watching "Paprika". It's an anime I bought my sister for christmas, knowing she likes director Kon Satoshi. (Satoshi Kon?) She loaned it to me, thinking I would like it.

She was right.

I can't describe it at all. it's surreal, twisted, confusing, and at times, REALLY creepy. It's also absolutely gorgeous. I'm probably missing a lot of the cultural references. All of this doesn't sound very flattering, but I really did like the movie. Like the dreams it's based on, Paprika is best when you don't try to understand it.

Kit? I'm not sure if this one is for you, but I would recommend it anyway on a purely visual basis. so pretty.
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I found this website and it struck me as being a little too Science Fiction to believe. Strangely enough, it is really real.

Get ready, because in twenty years they will have taken over! First Japan, then the world! Soon we'll be walking our dogs on treadmills and walking around with microchips in our ears! ....oh, wait. that part has already happened. Stupid bluetooth, bringing us this much closer to the end of the world.

What is this website I'm ranting about? Technically, it's Honda's official website. It's not the cars I'm complaining about, though. it's the robot. the humanoid robot, that can run in circles, climb stairs, carry trays, push carts, bow, dance, respond to verbal cues, recognize people, walk hand in hand with someone, remember locations, and lead people there. Oh, he talks too.

His name is Asimo, and he is the herald of our DOOM.

... Actually, I think it's pretty cool... It is rather disturbing to see yet another 1960's scifi prediction come true, but... you know me. I like to be dramatic sometimes. It keeps people on their toes.

BTW: the wonderful icon was made by [ profile] creatingmyths. She made it, and let me steal it. ^_^
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I love finding deals online. I found a different brand of charger that is compatible with my lappy, and has good reviews.... for $30. This is MUCH happier than the $80 I thought I was going to spend. It's in the mail now.

My university also has amazing professors. One of them loaned me one of the chargers from her computer lab/classroom until mine comes in the mail. ::pets borrowed charger:: It makes my lappy v. happy. ^_^

I started to have a bad day yesterday, but it turns out I'm too much of a dork to remain pissy for long. All it took was the chance to read "Stellaluna" (the world's cutest children's book about a bat that is raised to be a bird) and I was happy the rest of the day. Granted, I was reading it aloud to a large group of college students, but that just makes my own use of voices more amusing to me. There's nothing like having to go "Eeeek!" in front of your peers to make me want to laugh REALLY hard. odd as that sounds.

I want to write something, but I'm not sure what. I'll have to poke Kit for some inspiration/facts/prompts. I know what I want to be writing, but I need to do some more research. we'll see.
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Kit is withholding art from me until I send her a snippet... but my computer has no battery and is going "::gasp:: ...can't...copy....or...paste. switching...between...applications...too...hard... ::wheeze:: "

::sniff:: it's on my computer. it's THERE, *finished*... and I can't get my art.

::glowers:: I blame you, charger. I blame you.
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I have a Mac.

I love my Mac.

I do not love it when smoke starts pouring out of the charger of my Mac.

I REALLY don't like needing to spend $80 on a new charger.

Old charger does not want to be fixed. Attempts at fixing led to more smoke. D:

In other news:

Extra pulpy orange juice is amazing happiness in a carton. I drank nearly half of it, and I only bought it a few hours ago. mmmm....juice.

In closing: smoking power cords = bad. Cost of new charger = more bad. Orange Juice= good. Green Tea Lattes at Starbucks (though not in any way related to tea) = also good. Cookie dough= Very good.

...If I focus on the food aspects, today has been amazing. ^_^
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So... it seems I was supposed to be in court... at 8:30 Needless to say, I was in my bed, 2 1/2 hours away, at college. I have to show up in tuesday, 8:30am.
Still not quite sure how I'm gonna get there, but... yeah.

In other news: I failed my math test *AGAIN*. the stupid thing is, I have to pass a math test to get INTO a math class. I have to pass the test with AT LEAST a B-. The grade I need to PASS the CLASS is ONLY A C-!

I'm failing by a C+.

But! classes (the ones I'm actually in) seem cool enough, and I'm cautiously hopeful about how they will go.


Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:07 pm
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Did you know, if you shave a llasa abso (dog that looks like a big Shi Tzhu (sp?) )... you get... a pug. with floppier ears. and a longer nose.

We took our horribly matted, nasty, disgusting dog to get a haircut yesterday. the result was.... a nearly naked puppy. they had to shave her rather closely to get all the mats off, and she looks and acts like an entirely new dog.

She suddenly has...SPUNK. she plays the Food Game (one human tossing pieces of dog food, and the dog chasing them across the house) with our Jack Russel for the first time ever, bosses him around when she used to let him drag her across the house by her tail, and barks at him for wanting to play with her. Had we not seen her being shaved, we would seriously think this was a new dog.

On the other hand, Suzi is less than pleased with her new baldness. the buzz cut has taken away her soft, fluffy leg hair, and she no longer likes sitting on the cold floor. we think this might be part of the reason for her new grumpyness. that and her increased field of vision. it's easier to get angry when you can see what's happening. ^_^
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This has been the year of changes.

I got into the teacher's college, have a new room mate, and will be taking summer classes for the first time in my life.

Many of my friends will be graduating soon, and there have been many changes at home. some relationships have ended, some are changing in bewildering ways, my next youngest sister is pregnant, and my best friend now goes by "Mrs."

My world has grown and changed, but I don't feel like I'm growing fast enough to keep pace.

My prayer for the new year is this: that I may live life to it's happiest, and that I will be an equal to the challenges that lie before me.

I wish the same for you.

Happy New Year.
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So... I got in my very first car accident today. >.<

I was driving back early from work, because they didn't need me. I was cold and turned on the heater, but leaning over to do that caused me to drift. I over-corrected myself into the cinderblock wall of the bridge. After screaming obcenites and scraping the minivan along the side of the overpass, I limped the car into the nearest driveway.

I was fine, the car is NOT. front passenger side corner is busted to hell, and the tire is totally shot.

Funny thing? the place I pulled into is a collision repair center. They were very helpful, and calming (probably thrilled that business had literally crashed into their lap) They also loaned me the use of a phone, because the battery on mine ran out in the middle of panicking at Mother. Mother came, police came, I got cited for driver inattention (like I didn't know that already) and insurance is covering everything.

All in all; mildly painful, really scary, totally humiliating, and I hope to never do it again.
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Christmas went well for me, and time has been speeding towards the wedding. If Im this nervous about my *friend's* wedding, I'm afraid to think what I'll be like when/if it ever happens to me.

For Christmas I got:

A glass teapot for flowering show teas,
A 1968 book on ASL
Border's giftcard (spent on Lynn Flewwelling's Luck in the Shadows)
A cell phone (on a plan! no more buying minutes! I'll have to get the new number to everyone)
an Old Navy gift card (spent on new pants and a new shirt)
A Mercedes Lackey book in the 'Elemental Masters" series
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but the wireless at my house is not. -_-

We have dial-up, but...I am not patient enough.

as far as life is concerned, I am suddenly the emergency toddler teacher at the daycare where my mother works. (they fired the infant room worker after she was CONSISTANTLY late by more than 30 mins. staff was shuffled, and I came in the next day)

this means that I wake up at 5:45, drive to work with mother, then sleep for nearly three hours in the back before I take my shift at 9. The toddlers are...very two. it's fun. keeps me on my toes.

Not dead

Dec. 5th, 2007 02:25 am
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I haven't really posted much lately, and pre-finals Hell Week is an excellent excuse.

I recently found out that I have 2 more papers due next week than I thought I did, and I got a spactacular 45% on the math test I need to get into a class next semester. I'm taking the test again on friday. Not looking forward to it, gotta be honest. The truly evil thing is that over half of the test was fractions related. Because of a school related mix up in the 5th grade, I have never learned how to do most fraction related mathmatics. >.<

Much studying and re-reteaching will be happening on Weds night/thurs.

In other news...I have been horribly lazy lately, and am fighting with end-of-semester apathy. This = no good at all.

But! only a week and a half until break. I will survive.
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