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Writer's Block: Fear [August 12th, 2010 @ 12:56am]
[ mood | amused ]

What is your greatest fear? Do you think you'll ever overcome it?


My greatest fear is heights. Being high up in the air has always freaked me out since I was a kid and my fear has not abated since then. It's definitely progressed from an intense fear to a full out phobia. And it's a very strange phobia too. I know it's fairly common, but whether I am terrified or not depends on the situation.

I cannot do roller coasters. Most people believe it's the whole going down a steep hill that will freak me out, but I actually like that after I start down. It's actually the whole horrible hill the cars have to climb up that is the deal breaker for me. I'm not even sure why. I guess I'm afraid it's going to go crashing to the ground and I'll get hurt or die. Or maybe it's just that it takes longer to climb up than it does to go down, so I have that much longer to realize how high up I really am. Either way, roller coasters make me flip out. Very literally. I go into full panic mode just waiting in line: my heart pounds a mile a minute. I experience a shortness of breath. I develop tunnel vision so that I can only focus on what is immediately in front of me, nothing to either side of me, not even anything in my peripheral vision. Eventually everything fades out of hearing for me too. No matter how noisy it is around me, all I can hear is my heart attempting to thud right out of my chest. All I am aware of is the pure terror coursing through my system. Whoever is with me usually has to shake me out of it, and at that moment, I drop all pretense at a sense of pride and run right out of line. I've managed to get right to the point where I'm starting to get in the ride, and then I bolt. It's pretty embarrassing, especially when I see some 5 year old kid get on with no problems.

It's not just roller coasters though. It's pretty much any time heights are involved. I hate ferris wheels for the same reason. The fear is not as intense but I do try to avoid them and I will happily be the first person to jump off the ride when it's done if I do get suckered into going on one. Even situations that do not require me to go up that high make me uncomfortable. I can manage the first couple of rungs on a ladder okay, but any further than that and I get woozy and start to panic. Even spiral staircases are not my friend. I tried going up one to get to an outdoor viewing platform last weekend, and I only made it halfway-up before I got dizzy and overly anxious about the height. Vera can tell you that it was not that high up but I was freaked. It also didn't help that the stairs were metal and a big herd of people decided to come right down the stairs right then. I clung to the railing for dear life and made poor Vera go around me when she wanted to go up the rest of the way. I found a way to maintain my grip on the railing while I turned around and quickly made my way back down, pride pretty well bruised.

It's strange though that not all situations involving my feet being suspended pretty far above the ground freak me out. I don't mind airplanes (well except for the whole ear popping thing). I even enjoy rides like Tower of Terror at Disney World. Apparently dropping me 13 stories is okay as long as I am enclosed. I suppose that is the key there. I guess my fear of heights could be due to my feeling vulnerable or exposed, and as long as I am enclosed in something, I'm okay. It's just strange.

I'm thankful that my phobia generally doesn't affect my daily life, unless I am at an amusement park or expected to use a ladder for something. In which case, I simply go on less scary rides or make a guy do anything involving a ladder :P If I am ever in a situation though where I have to climb a rope or something to get away from a serial killer, I'm probably going to take my chances with the serial killer :P

And yay for not having much to write about today so I resorted to a writing prompt! Hope you enjoyed :P Or at least that you didn't hate it so much that you'll be pelting me with rotten fruit and veggies.
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42 - I'm so close to being a bad influence! [May 29th, 2007 @ 11:31pm]
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[January 31st, 2007 @ 11:29pm]
Open your choice of music player and put it on shuffle.
Press play.
For every question type the song that's on.
And when you go to a new question press the next button.
No cheating!
Ready?
GO!

Opening credits: "All I Want" - The Offspring

Waking up: "Domino" - Van Morrison

Average day: "#1 Zero" - Audioslave

First date: "Dani California" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (interesting for a first date....)

Falling in love: "Your Love" - The Outfield (wow, i'm kind of a bitch if this song applies to falling in love for me. "I just wanna use your love toniiiight")

Breaking up: "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)" - John Mellencamp (not sure if this really works. only like 2 lines sorta apply)

Getting back together: "Lonely Ol' Night" - John Mellencamp (this surprisingly fits perfectly. awwwwww)

Life’s okay: "Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles (this applies how?)

Mental breakdown: "Thin Line" - Lifelike (definitely not crazy enough, even for when I'm sane, much less when I'm supposed to be losing it)

Driving: "AKA" - Thirty Ought Six (this would probably be better as the mental breakdown one LOL)

Flashback: "St. Elmos Fire (Man in Motion)" - John Parr (this may be the funniest one yet! definitely cheesy enough for a flashback)

Partying: "Do It Again" - Trevor Menear (least likely party song ever!)

Happy dance: "Teardrops Will Fall" - John Mellencamp (okay, definitely not a happy song. and what's up with all the mellencamp on random?!)

Regretting: "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin

Long night alone: "Shame On You" - Indigo Girls (huh?)

Death scene: "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight" - The Cutting Crew (OMG this is perfect!!! I couldn't have made a better choice if I tried!)

End Credits: "Free Bird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd (another great choice!)
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MySpace in the Media Rant! [June 30th, 2006 @ 7:50pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

I am so sick of hearing terrible news stories involving MySpace. The media and parents keep blaming Tom and the other administers of the site for failing to keep the kids safe. Because obviously it's entirely up to a few computer geeks to monitor the online activities of millions of pre-teens and teens 24/7. They're not taking the time to verify the ages of the children who are signing up for the site. There is a portion of the sign-up screen that asks for your date of birth. But these children often lie, claiming that they are years older than they really are so they can play at being adult and cool.

So MySpace should come up with some way of PROVING that they are the age they claim to be. How would they go about doing this? Demanding everyone's social security number and then synching up with the Social Security database (which will obviously have to be made available to all employees of MySpace) to verify that the person is the age they claim to be? Get the person to fill out their address, and then have MySpace employees search for the occupants of that house to determine if they are what they say they are? Get the new sign-up's phone number, have a MySpace employee call and ask to speak with the kid's mother to make sure the kid isn't lying? Use satellites and cameras to spy on all the users? There is no way for MySpace to really verify the ages of any of the kids using their site without massive invasion of privacy!

Okay, so if MySpace can't really make sure that these kids are of age, they should be monitoring the message boards. MySpace already has moderators who do this, however they can't catch everything because there aren't enough people. Well, let's watch everything everyone types. Put an employee in every message board 24/7! Then we'll never miss any inappropriate message. But what happens when a child agrees to chat to a user they meet on the message boards in emails instead? Hire some people to read every private message sent between all users! There'll be no predators getting away then! Wait a second though....what if the predators catch on and instead use MySpace messages to give away IM screennames so they can chat elsewhere? Look for any exchange of instant messenger screennames and then subpoena AOL, Yahoo, MSN, etc. to get access to all conversations MySpace users might have. Hell, let's get everyone's email addresses as well in case they use those too. And what about phone numbers?! Let's just have MySpace monitoring all our communications. Hey, Homeland Security already does it. Why not add MySpace?

So, we can't exactly have MySpace checking on our kids as they might get a little too much information on us. So who else can we ask to watch over our kids....Hey, maybe the parents can do it! You know, those people who actually gave birth to and raised these children. They're already in the house and they already know the kids. Maybe we can ask them to watch what their own children are doing. Think how cost-effective it will be! We don't have to pay them and they'll work around the clock! It'll even be more effective because they'll be on a 2:1 ratio and since they pay for the Internet access, they have every right to find out what it's being used for. If we're lucky, they might even care about what happens to the kids. The only problem is, we'll be treading on their God-given right to foist their parental duties on every other person or thing they can find. How dare we ask them to be responsible for the lives they brought in the world!! How could we be so cruel as to ask them to give up some of their free time to pay attention to their kids and make sure their kids aren't doing anything stupid? Maybe we better just force MySpace to do the job for us.

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Road Trip? [June 26th, 2006 @ 6:51am]
[ mood | curious ]

So, I found out that I have a week's worth of vacation coming to me since I hit the 6 month mark at Maryville. Yay! And I was thinking that it would be of the awesomeness to go on a crazy road trip with all my favorite dorks (that would be you guys). So, I have 2 fun little polls for you guys to fill out so I can find out how many people would be interested and some idea of where you all want to go. If I can get a group of people who all want to go and we can agree on some sort of destination, we can decide later on the specifics (ie: dates, exact destinations, drivers, hotels, etc.) The first poll requires you to choose one answer, but the second you can check as many answers as you like. We can always combine destinations :) Feel free to link anyone over here who doesn't have an LJ.

Poll #756279 Road Trip?

Would you be willing to go on a road trip at some point this summer?

Hell yes! I love road trips!
0(0.0%)
Maybe.....
3(75.0%)
Hell no! I hate being trapped in a car for that long!
0(0.0%)
Only if George the Invisible Monkey comes along.
1(25.0%)
Only if I don't have to drive.
0(0.0%)

Where would you want to go?

East Coast
0(0.0%)
West Coast
0(0.0%)
Midwest
0(0.0%)
All over the US
0(0.0%)
Canada
1(25.0%)
Mexico
0(0.0%)
I'll go wherever you idiots decide to go.
0(0.0%)
Other (please post your idea).
0(0.0%)
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Even the quiz agrees with my choice! [April 23rd, 2006 @ 7:42pm]
[ mood | calm ]

You scored as Psychology. You should be a Psychology major!

</td>

Philosophy

92%

Anthropology

92%

Psychology

92%

Sociology

92%

Dance

75%

English

58%

Journalism

58%

Engineering

50%

Art

50%

Linguistics

50%

Mathematics

50%

Chemistry

50%

Biology

42%

Theater

42%

What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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Does anyone else think it's a bit odd that according to this quiz I should have had like 4 majors?
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Because everyone else was doing it..... [October 23rd, 2005 @ 12:29am]
I'm late on the bandwagon, but I'll do it anyways.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fourth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.


"To Captain Black, every officer who supported his Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade was a competitor, and he planned and plotted twenty-four hours a day to keep one step ahead."

Too bad it wasn't the first or second sentence. They're way funnier.
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Yay Hockey! [October 22nd, 2005 @ 11:40pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Was at the Wolves game tonight (while everyone else was either attending or watching the Sox game on TV). Unfortunately we lost in overtime, even though we dominated the first 2 periods. It was frustrating. However, there was a moment that made it all worthwhile. Generally, the fans pick on the other team by calling out one player's last name 3 times, and then screaming, "You suck!" However, one group of fans tonight thought it would be a great idea to use the guy's first name instead, resulting in the best chant ever:

"B.J.! B.J.! B.J.! YOU SUCK!"


And then I had to explain it to my dad. Good times.
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Best Sport EVER!!! [June 10th, 2005 @ 7:01pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

I have just discovered the best sport EVER. Seriously, Best. Sport. Ever. My dad's a fan of Australian Rules Football, and I just sat down today to watch a game with him. I know, how could anything involving the words foot and ball ever be exciting. I too have suffered through American football and soccer games, and I joined you in snoring. But this game is fantastic! It's like rugby, American football, soccer, and a tiny bit of basketball all combined together! It's insane!

Australian Football is played on this ovalish field with two sets of goal posts on each end. They look like this: | | | | The middle posts are the goal posts. If they kick the ball through them, they score 6 points. If they just run through them clutching the ball or kick the ball on the ground through them, it's only worth 2 points. The outside posts are called "behind" posts. If you get the ball through them, it's worth 1 point. Their football looks similar to an American football, only rounder and bigger. Kinda more like an egg. And they can either kick the ball, pass it, or run across the field with it. If they run with it farther than 10 meters, they have to bounce it.

The action is incredible. It's like watching a 2-3 hour melee! There's no rules about ball possession, like there are in American football. To start the game, they just bounce the ball really high in the air right in the middle of the field, and whoever gets it runs with it. They steal the ball back and forth from each other constantly and run all over the field. And they tackle the hell out of each other. Which is just amazing, because they don't get any padding. None. I don't know if they even get to wear a cup. Didn't look like it, if you know what I mean ;) One of the boys in my homestay family in Ireland played Celtic football, which is at least somewhat similar, and he said they didn't get to wear cups. He thought all the American football players were pansies because they insisted on wearing all that equipment. Kinda have to agree with him :P

The guys are super-athletic. They have to be able to do whatever the soccer, rugby, and American football players can do, and more. And they can jump like you wouldn't believe. I was watching the highlights and some of these guys would literally jump on top of each other to get the ball. This one guy jumped on top of the back of his opponent's neck, while the guy was standing up straight! I didn't think it was physically possible to jump over 5 feet in the air with nothing but your physical strength to propel you upwards! It's insane. And man, do these guys take a beating. I seriously cringed at some of the plays because I couldn't imagine the pain involved. It's not uncommon for the players to break some bones in the middle of the game. Ouch! What's even crazier is that they have to haul themselves off field, while the rest of their team keeps playing! They don't have a timeout called so the trainer can yank them to the sidelines. They have to get themselves there, even if they have a broken leg! My dad tells me he's seen games where some guy was literally dragging himself on his belly across the field to get to the sidelines. His teammates can't help him because the other team might score in the meantime. Can you believe that?

And I am sure the other girls will also be as thrilled as I am by their uniforms. They have to wear basketball type jerseys, with tiny little track type shorts. It's great ;) And these guys are much better built than American football players. They look more like baseball players, only better built and hotter. And they have Australian accents, which are even better. Even the announcers have Australian accents. It's like listening to Steve Irwin from Crocodile Hunter calling the game, with the same excitement he gets about crocs. It's hilarious!

So I would highly recommend tuning in to ESPN on Fridays at around 3pm CST (I think that was when it was) to catch the highlights of that week's Australian Rules Football. You'll be glad you did ;)

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[June 6th, 2005 @ 3:43pm]
You scored as sweetie. You're a sweetie. Everyone loves you. You love everyone. You're probably really cute, too, and smart, and wonderful.

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sweetie

68%

clique member

63%

drama freak

58%

funny guy

53%

smart jock

53%

goody-good

52%

computer whiz

50%

wanna-be loner

47%

band geek

40%

slut

33%

total nerd

18%

druggie

10%

wanna-be gangster

2%

Which completely realistic small town high school stereotype fits you?
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[April 13th, 2005 @ 9:41pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

Ew I have too much to do. I have to read 2 books, write one 4 page paper on one of the books and a 10-15 page paper on the other, and do the Research Conference thing this week. Ew. Why do I do this to myself? I could have had a total slacker semester and taken 2 complete crap classes and my independent study, but nooooooo. I have to be all ambitious-like and overload. Why am I dumb? I really wonder sometimes what happened to all my brain cells when I make a dumb decision like that.

I have a bunch of fun stuff to write about, but since I'm going to be writing 14-19 pages in the next couple of days, I don't feel much like writing in here. So you will take this meme and like it!

LiveJournal Username
How many comments have you left today?
A secret must be told to you by:rhapsodista
A compliment must be left by:dulce_4
However, a complaint about you should be left by:mauriposa
Some song lyrics should be posted for you to guess, by:monkee_girl
Also, a memory of you should be posted by:mauriposa
Ten words that bring you to mind must be posted by:simplykatie
A haiku (5, 7, 5) should be written about you by:littledumptruck
An "anonymous" comment should be left by:kellinator
Quiz created by Marzi at BlogQuiz.Net
Single? Click here to find the perfect date!

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[April 9th, 2005 @ 2:54am]
[ mood | amused ]

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal - Politics matters to you, and you aren't afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Big-Hearted - You are a kind and caring person. Your warmth is inviting, and your heart is a wellspring of love.
Practical - You are a down-to-earth individual who is not impressed with material excess. You care about the stuff of like that really matters.
Your date match profile:

Shy - You are put off by people who are open books. You are drawn to someone who is a bit more mysterious. You want to draw him out of his shell and get to know what he is all about.
Intellectual - You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Conservative - Forget liberals, you need a conservative match. Political discussions interest you, and a conservative will offer the viewpoint you need.
Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Big-Hearted
3. Practical
4. Romantic
5. Shy
6. Intellectual
7. Sensual
8. Adventurous
9. Wealthy/Ambitious
10. Funny
Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Shy
2. Intellectual
3. Conservative
4. Adventurous
5. Funny
6. Big-Hearted
7. Practical
8. Romantic
9. Sensual
10. Traditional

Take the Online Dating Personality Quiz at Dating Diversions

Wow, I can't believe they think I should pair off with a conservative. I'm sure we would have interesting debates, after which one of us would throttle the other to death. I just don't get along with conservatives. My views are so different from theirs, and I will argue points with them. The only problem is that I don't know when to shut my damn mouth. Actually, that applies to anyone I argue with. I just don't realize how pissed the other person is getting and I will continue to push my point until I am satisfied that I have won. I just hate losing. I've gotten better at stopping before the other person has an intense need to sock me in the face, but I still sometimes fail. Which is why I try to associate with people who will mainly agree with me so I don't get into as many arguments. Just works out best for everyone. I'm just surprised that "patient" isn't up there. Because I definitely need someone who has that lovely trait which I definitely lack.
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[April 8th, 2005 @ 12:02am]
[ mood | amused ]

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||| 30%
Stability |||||||||||||| 53%
Orderliness |||||||||||| 46%
Empathy |||||||||||||| 56%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||| 36%
Mystical |||||| 23%
Artistic |||||| 23%
Religious |||||||||||| 43%
Hedonism |||||||||| 36%
Materialism |||||| 30%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 43%
Adventurousness |||| 16%
Work ethic |||||||||||| 43%
Self absorbed |||||||||| 36%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||||| 56%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||| 56%
Romantic |||||||||||| 43%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||||| 43%
Wealth |||||| 30%
Dependency |||||||||||||| 56%
Change averse |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Cautiousness |||||||||||| 43%
Individuality |||||||||| 36%
Sexuality |||||||||| 36%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||| 56%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Food indulgent |||||||||||| 43%
Histrionic |||||| 23%
Paranoia |||||| 30%
Vanity |||||||||| 36%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||| 56%
Female cliche |||||||||||| 50%
Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test
personality tests by similarminds.com
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[February 17th, 2005 @ 2:38am]
[ mood | tired ]

Get to know the REAL you by crash_and_burn
Your Name
You Are A:Jazz Cat
Your Favorite Band/SongSnoop Dogg - Gin and Juice
You Like To Read:Romance novels
You Firmly Believe In:God
Everyone Thinks You Are:A complete loser
You Were Conceived:On the 30-yard line
You Will Marry:No-one
Quiz created with MemeGen!


Should I be worried that both times I did this quiz (as Kat and as cochise_) I was told I would marry no one?

And is it also bad I find this hilarious in a really horrible way?
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Just some fun Valentine's Day quizzes [February 14th, 2005 @ 9:21pm]


You Are 29 Years Old



29




Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.




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[February 11th, 2005 @ 1:20am]
Valentines Day Horrors! by deuceloosely
Username
Status
Seen with suspicious-looking blonde woman:50k_or_bust
Went back into the closet:zam521
Sends you a singing Ape-o-Gram:flgirl21
Brings one of your exes to the party:dulce_4
Came dressed for a "Slumber Party:"arcadia_kayan
Chokes on a candy heart reading, "Be mine:"haalhorn
"...but I'm not bitter."sun_shadowpoet
Proposes marriage to you in drunken stupor:monkee_girl
The "wallflower" who somehow manages to score:sugar_spark
Total valentines you'll receive:46
Quiz created with MemeGen!
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Just because it's fun..... [February 9th, 2005 @ 1:32pm]
[ mood | calm ]

If you read this,

even if I don't speak to you often,

you must post a memory of me.

It can be anything you want, it can be good or bad,

just so long as it happened.

Then post this to your journal. See what people remember about you...

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[January 3rd, 2005 @ 5:02pm]
Just found this interesting. I haven't traveled anywhere near as much as I would like. I want to see more red, dammit!



create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.




create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands
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[December 26th, 2004 @ 11:10pm]
[ mood | cold ]

I finally finished that crappy paper early this afternoon. I emailed it to my professor. Hopefully he checks his email. I have his home number so I'll call tomorrow if I haven't gotten the fun little receipt thing saying he got it. He better get it. I spent a lot of time on that idiotic paper and I want to at least get credit for it. I want at least a B in that class.

Now I can actually afford to relax for awhile. I only have that last graduate school application for University of British Columbia left to do. Whee. I think I'll take tomorrow off and then start on it. Grrrr I hate having things due over Christmas Break. This is supposed to be my time to relax! And I don't find papers relaxing. I'll be so glad when all this shit is done. This year has been a huge hassle so far, which is not the way I had envisioned my senior year :P

Not that it's been much better at home. I've had a cold since I got home and it just won't go away. I take cold medicine right before I go to bed, but I still spend half the night hacking my lungs up. So much for sleep :( My mom's back has been bothering her, so I've had company when I'm up at 4am. Whee mother-daughter bonding over lack of sleep.

Then, just when I finished my paper and thought I'd have time to relax and goof off online, I get a warning from Norton Antivirus that a Trojan is currently infecting my computer. Is fucking Norton good for anything? It never blocks any viruses or Trojans for me. It just announces that they're already in and there's nothing it can do about it. It won't even delete them. So I get to enjoy going through all the files on my computer looking for the stupid Trojan or virus. Thankfully today it told me exactly where the Trojan was.

Unfortunately, it was in the Temporary Internet folder, which currently has like 30,000+ files in it. Imagine a whole month's record of our family's second by second Internet activity, and you'll get an idea of how bad it was. I spent about 5 hours today going through all the files and deleting hundreds of them. Maybe even thousands. I didn't even make a dent! But I managed to get rid of all the Trojan files. Well, at least Norton says everything is gone. But 'twas not fun. I have never felt more aggravated in my life. I sat there in front of the computer screen dreaming up all sorts of nasty, vicious ways I could slowly torture the Trojan's creator to death. I thought that either electrically shocking the asshole for an hour before giving him the death blow would be fantastic. Although slowly wiping all the memories he had, along with his brain, leaving him a vegetable also seemed like poetic justice. Too bad I couldn't do it :(

But at least Christmas was nice. On Christmas Eve, we took my Gramma out to lunch at Alfie's, this pretty sweet burger joint decked out Medieval style. They even have a full suit of armor chilling in the lobby :) The food was good and it was nice to see my Gramma since we weren't going to see her on Christmas Day. We talked and chowed down, then exchanged presents at her house. Yay! I felt bad for her because she and the rest of my mom's family had to go to the Bitch's house for Christmas. The Bitch didn't even send out invitations till the 21st, but still expected everyone to come. Which was sad because everyone was going to head over to my Aunt Nancy's nice condo off Lake Michigan.

I had planned on waking up late on Christmas since I had stayed up till 4am coughing. I tried to go to bed at 2:30 after I had worked on my paper, but no such luck. I was NOT a happy camper when Mom came to wake me up a little before 9am because she and Dorker couldn't wait any more :K So I hauled my ass out of bed and stumbled down the stairs to open presents. I had already known most of the stuff I was going to get as I had picked it out :) My parents have given up on picking clothes for us so they just take us to Kohl's for the Day after Thanksgiving sales and let us loose. Dorker and I settled for a Business Christmas. We mostly got business clothes for various interviews and all that jazz. I found stuff that fit for once! In a department store, believe it or not :o So that was exciting. And I found a funny little jewelry box shaped like a rubber ducky that I HAD to have ;)

I also knew for sure that I was getting Return of the King Extended Edition DVD, so I was supremely excited. I haven't had time to watch that yet, but maybe tomorrow ;)And I got the new fantastic CD by Green Day: American Idiot! YAY! My mom managed to sneak in a few surprises. I got a nice new silver bangle watch, toe socks with a Princess crown on them (I'm wearing them now!), some fun flannel kitty PJs, a stuffed monkey with "lucky" printed on its stomach, Fannie Mae chocolate!, fuzzy kitty journal and wallet, sparkly blue pen, and nice black gloves. I also got my presents from my Gramma and my Aunt Ginger: some crazy PJs from Old Navy, red fuzzy booties (LOL!), and a fuzzy black zipup sweater hoodie. 'Twas very exciting :D

My parents did seem to like the presents I got them: the original Manchurian Candidate collectors edition DVD (much better than the stupid remake) for my dad and Gone With the Wind anniversary edition DVD for my mom. Unfortunately, the DVD for my mom hasn't come in yet. It better be waiting for me when I get back to school or the seller will die a fiery death! My mom appreciated the thought and all. It was a nice little Christmas. Though I did promptly go straight back to bed afterwards :)

My mom woke me up before lunch, and I stumbled downstairs again. I had meant to start on my paper, but Dorkage was watching Dawn of the Dead on her laptop, and that seemed much more interesting. I missed some of my favorite parts (zombie baby, anyone?), but it was still fun. Watched that till lunch, then we ate. Got dressed and then my family headed over to my Uncle Bob and Aunt Julie's for Christmas dinner. Of course, since it's my family, dinner parties start at 2pm. Got to see my cousins Mickey and Jesse, who I haven't seen in forever. Jesse looks about the same, even though he's now a freshman in high school. He's still pretty short and couldn't make the basketball team :( But Mickey's waaaaay taller than me now. I think he's 6'5"! And he looks so old now, even though he's just a junior in high school. 'Tis crazyness. We sat upstairs and talked with the adults for awhile. I chowed down on Fannie Mae chocolate and cocktail shrimp :D I actually managed to restrain myself and not eat all of either item. Everyone was amazed!

My parents brought some wine, so Mom, Nana (my grandma), and I had some of that. Normally I hate wine, no matter whether it's white or red. But this was a nice strawberry flavored white zinfandel, so it was actually pretty good. Arbor Mist is now my wine of choice ;) I definitely felt old. I was the only one of the kids old enough to drink. Weirdness. We opened presents while everyone was still together. Got a $20 Best Buy gift card (whee I can get the Franz Ferdinand CD!) and a cute compact mirror from my Uncle Bob and Aunt Julie. The gift card was hilarious! It had all sorts of silly warnings like "This cannot be used to pay off charges on your Best Buy credit card" and "This is not a credit/debit card." Can you just imagine someone mailing in the gift card to their credit card company? "That plus this check for $40 just about covers it." Or how about handing their gift card over at a restaurant to pay for a meal? "Just put it on my card." Jesse and I giggled for a few minutes over it. :)

My Nana and Poppa (grandparents on my dad's side) gave me $20 and a cute little pouch with earrings in it. Nana was very excited because the hoops had interchangable charms. They were very cute, but there was just one problem: my ears aren't pierced. Nor will they ever be. Nana and Poppa actually get me earrings quite often for Christmas. I just haven't had the heart to tell them I can't use them. So I just give them to my mom. :) Mom keeps trying to think of ways to tell them that earrings are not a good present for me, but she can't think of a nice way to do it. And she doesn't want to hurt their feelings. So whatever. My mom deserves an extra present :) And that $20 is going to be great for my little shopping spree at Best Buy tomorrow :D Any suggestions of things I should buy?

Anyways, the adults kinda hinted that they wanted us to get lost, so we all trooped downstairs to entertain ourselves. We watched Mickey's new Dodgeball DVD. The movie was kinda stupid, but really funny. And it had a pirate! Everything's better with a pirate :) Ben Stiller was pretty crazy in that movie. And Alan Tudyk from A Knight's Tale was in the movie too (as Pirate Steve!). I love that guy. So that was fun.

We tried playing Mickey's new Trivial Pursuit: 90s edition for awhile. We made the mistake of playing separately. Even though it was about the 90s, we still sucked. But the questions were weird! "What wine grape varietal is only available in America?" WTF mate?? (It's white zinfandel, for those of you not in the know.) Then there were some crazy questions about computers and about little known government leaders and shit like that. I really am not a fan of those Trivial Pursuit games. I don't care what people say: they ARE NOT fun! The only Trivial Pursuit game I do like is the LOTR version Marta and Dorkage got me for Christmas. Of course, this may only be because Vera and I kick ass at it! But anyways, it kinda annoys me when people assume that how well you do at Trivial Pursuit reflects on your intelligence. As in: "Man, you're in college. I thought you'd be doing well at this." Right. I major in useless knowledge just so I can impress people when I play trivia games :P I don't watch TV very much at all. So I won't know all the sports and leisure questions. That's two sections right there I am going to fail at. I don't pay very much attention to popular culture. I don't care who holds what position in government. All I need to know is the President and who I elect to represent me in Congress. And I don't memorize history books. So that pretty much eliminates most of the ways I would learn the answers to the questions asked. So yeah, bite me.

We all went upstairs to eat part-way through the game. Dinner was fantastic and I pigged out. Felt nice and stuffed afterwards. We all went downstairs to finish the game. Poppa joined us after dinner and insisted on blurting out all the answers before any of us could answer. He gave out wrong answers about half the time, but it was still really annoying. I HATE when people do that. Totally ruins the game. It's one thing to call out the answer after the person gives up, but to answer before they do is really idiotic and rude. But then again, Poppa's not one to be polite. Grrrr. Jesse quit halfway through the game. The rest of us continued for awhile, but after Poppa had asked us at least five times "Are you done yet?" we decided to give up.

He left a little while after that and we debated what to do next. Mickey flipped through the channels and found School of Rock and we decided to watch that. Another funny movie, if a bit predictable. It was cute and I was surprised when Uncle Bob and Mickey told me that the kids actually knew how to play the instruments and that was how they were recruited for the movie. The drummer apparently lives in their area and is part of a band. Weird, eh?

We had dessert at 7:30. Apple pie plus vanilla ice cream = the yum. Watched some old Daily Show episodes the boys had taped and then it was time to go. 'Twas a good Christmas, all in all. Just glad to have a break again for awhile before I have to write more papers.

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[December 15th, 2004 @ 1:00am]
[ mood | blah ]

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
Kathleen
Kat
Katass!

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
onekonfusedkitty
cochise_
incukitty

THREE THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
my hair color
my sense of humor
my intelligence

THREE THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
my height
my weight
the way I look

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
Irish
Italian
Dutch (0.00000000001% lol!)

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
being alone
heights
spiders

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
LiveJournal
email
Neopets

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
cranberry sweater
dirty jeans
blue penguin socks from my Secret Santa Amy :D

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS:
Incubus
Audioslave
the Beatles

THREE NEW THINGS YOU WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:
get accepted into one or more grad schools (preferrably UNCG)
dating a certain someone ;)
actually doing my homework on time

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP (love is a given):
commitment
humor
friendship

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE
i'm procrastinating
i'm so sick of this semester already
i want to graduate

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX (or same) THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
eyes
hair (preferrably shaggy/longish!)
scrawnyness :D

THREE THINGS YOU JUST CAN'T DO:
enjoy finals
not procrastinate
dance! ;)

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
go home
the boy (hahaha!)
jump around!

THREE KIDS' NAMES:
Sean
Arianna
Tristan

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
get married, have kids, have grandkids, etc.
take a trip around the world
get my doctorate

THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE THIS QUIZ NOW OR DIE PAINFULLY IF THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE IT:
The Vera
Dorkage
Danielle!

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