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I never write here anymore. I really should start again, considering that my life will be slightly exciting for the next couple of weeks. For those of you who don't know, Colin and I got engaged on June 28th. Super excited. He gave me a beautiful ring with a pearl and a little bit of bling on it, better than anything I could have ever imagined, but it broke at work. Seriously, I was kidding a drink and noticed the pearl was MISSING from it. Ugh! I had been wearing it for only two weeks. Upon further inspection, we realized the pearl had basically been glued onto the ring. No prongs or anything. He called, and they said they would send him something to mail it to them in. As far as I know, he hasn't gotten it yet. I miss wearing it. :( Oh well. They said they would put prongs on it this time, so hopefully it will be much better.

Speaking of my fiancé, we are moving to Tempe, Arizona next Saturday. We are going to take our time getting down there, since we'll both be alone in our own cars. Well, I guess I'll have my cat, but he will likely be either traumatized or asleep. We will arrive in Tempe on August 2nd. We haven't even seen our apartment yet, so that will be interesting. His aunt lives in Scottsdale, so she checked it out for us before we applied. She has her real estate license and has found apartments for all of her daughters there in the past, so I trust her opinion and expertise. So fortunate to have some family in the area. Well, Colin's family, but still. Basically mine. :) So the reason we're moving to Arizona is so Colin can attend ASU. He has been accepted into the graduate program for Political Science with full funding and he will get to worm as a TA. Pretty sweet deal. He'll walk out in 5 years with a Master's and Doctorate. As for me, I am transferring to a Starbucks about two miles from our place. Definitely not the most glamorous job, but I need the money and I need it immediately. I'll probably be starting that around the 13th, and Colin's classes start on the 15th. He'll have training to be a TA sometime the week before, I think. I've been applying to jobs in my field, but I haven't had any luck. I've applied for about 60 jobs, and I've only received two rejection emails. So frustrating! I can't live on Starbucks wages forever. Luckily, I have some money saved up from my taxes and whatnot. I have to start paying my loans off on December 1st, so I need to have found something by then, even if it's just a higher paying part time job that I can do in addition to my current one.

We don't have a date set yet, but it will definitely be summer 2013, in the Twin Cities area. We have a tour set up of Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista next week and are hoping to go see another park/farm in New Prague before we move. We really need to scope out places before moving because the next time we'll be home will probably be Christmas. Since we want to get married outdoors, things just won't look the same then. But if we wait until next summer, things might already be full then. I also figure that if we get an early start, we can spread the costs along two years, instead of trying to do it all at once. OH and did I mention that we're paying for it all ourselves? Should be quite interesting.

So, that's my life right now. I'll be surprised if I update again before we're in Arizona. Wish us luck. I'm nervous but very, very excited.
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Transcribed by: girlonthewing__


What do you order when you go to Taco Bell?
Have you ever had a garage sale?
What color is your iPod?
What is the last alcoholic beverage you had?
Are you happy right now?
Who came over last?
Do you drink beer?
Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted?
What was the last movie you watched at home?
What is in your pocket?
Who introduced you to your bf/gf/husband/wife?
Where do you hurt?
Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear?
What's something fun you did today?
What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart?
When is your birthday?
Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror?
What kind of milk do you drink
What are you going to do after this?

101 in 1001

My list isn't complete yet (with 101 things), but I will add to it as the 1001 days go on.
Strike=failed
Italicized=in progress
Bold=completed
Start Date: January 1, 2008
End Date: September 28, 2010

Family/Friends
Meet 3 online friends in person.
Make a mix tape for someone important to me.
Surprise a friend away at college with a care package.
Make a meal for my family.
Go to one of my brother's wrestling tournaments. [Completed winter 2009]

Education/Career
Declare major(s). [Completed spring 2008]
Do an internship.
Apply to the Peace Corps or something similar.
Read a book in Spanish.
Learn the alphabet and some words in American Sign Language. [Completed spring 2009]
Get C's or higher in all classes.

Health/Fitness/Personal
Lose 20 (or more) pounds.
Become vegan. [Completed 8/2/08]
Run a mile.
Be comfortable enough with my body to get my belly button pierced.
Don’t drink soda for one month.
Try indoor rock climbing. [Completed spring 2008]
Get a professional massage.
Go on a date.
Get at least three more tattoos. [4/3]
Have whiter teeth.

Travel/Leisure
Study abroad.
Visit Dani at college (Macomb, IL).
Visit Jessica in New Jersey. [Completed June 2008]
Go someplace warm when it's the opposite here in MN.
Visit three states that I haven't been to before. [3/3: Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania]
Go camping.
See the Rocky Horror Picture Show live.
Visit Canada.
Spend a day exploring Minneapolis on my bike.
Spend a day exploring St. Paul on my bike.
Bike to St. Paul. [Completed spring 2008]
Ride a horse.
Try ten new restaurants. [6/10: Mesa Pizza, Bravo Bakery, Seward Cafe, Shish, Coffee News Cafe, Teany Cafe]
Go to a strip club. [Completed 1/8/08]
Go to Chicago.

Financial
Become better at saving money in general by the end of this challenge.
Pay off my credit card.
Make all credit card payments on time.

Creative
Make a blanket.
Scrapbook pictures waiting to be scrapbooked and pictures that are acquired during this list.
Learn to cook ten new dishes. [3/10: Teriyaki noodle and mock chicken stir-fry, mock fried chicken, BBQ tofu]
Learn to bake ten vegan items. [6/10: chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, truffles, pumpkin cookies, peanut butter banana brownies, coconut macaroons, coconut cake]
Learn and know how to make all the drinks at Starbucks.
Get better at playing guitar.
Become a tambourine master.

Music/Movies/Entertainment
Go to a music festival. (Summerfest in July 2008)
Go to at least 30 shows. [12/30: Matt Costa, Foo Fighters, Ben Folds, Broken Social Scene, Minus the Bear, Blitzen Trapper, Lykke Li, The Kills, Animal Collective, Gogol Bordello, Jenny Lewis, Rock the Garden]
Go to at least 5 local shows. [0/5]
See two bands in another state. [0/2]
Read at least 50 books. Books for school count, but textbooks do not. [4/50: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien]
Watch 100 movies I haven't seen before. [32/100: Premonition, Hot Fuzz, Death Proof, P.S. I Love You, Wet Hot American Summer, The Motorcycle Diaries, Hostel, Hostel 2, Waitress, The Holiday, License To Wed, Maria Full of Grace, Shaun of the Dead, Ratatouille, Persepolis, The Dark Knight, Wanted, Get Smart, Iron Man, The Hulk, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, The House Bunny, I Am Legend, 30 Days of Night, Vantage Point, Charlie Bartlett, The Savages, Burn After Reading, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Christmas on Mars, Milk]
Be in a music video.
Go to a drive-in movie.
Meet 5 music/movie/TV etc. personalities. [0/5]
Get Paul Reubens' (aka Pee Wee Herman) autograph.
Get Anderson Cooper's autograph.
Go to a comedy club.
Get something signed by Chuck Palahniuk.
Fall in love with 10 ten bands or artists. [3/10: Blitzen Trapper, The National, Broken Social Scene]

Being "Good" (by my definition)
Donate $1 to an animal-related charity for every item not crossed off on this list.
Volunteer at Farm Sanctuary.
Attempt to give blood three times and give blood successfully at least once. [0/3] & [0/1]
Donate hair to Locks of Love.
Go without swearing for one week.
Volunteer 100 hours of my time. [0/100]
Attend church ten times (major holidays don't count). [0/10]
Attend a place of worship that doesn't practice my religion.
Vote in the 2008 presidential election.
Put change in someone else's meter.
Give up my seat on the bus or lightrail.
Do five things to help lessen global warming. [0/5]
Protest at the RNC. [Completed 9/2/08]
Have a fabulous 21st birthday.
Have Christmas shopping completed before December at least once.

Misc./Random
Get an apartment. [Completed 8/2/08]
Try dumpster diving. [Completed August 2008]
Host a party. [Completed 12/14/08]
Upload all cds onto external hard drive. [Completed 1/15/08]
Get a membership at the Minneapolis Public Library.
Watch every episode of The Office.
Get a new cell phone. [Completed 9/4/08]
Have a pet on my own.
Play an entire album on the Triple Rock's jukebox.

my xmas wish list

i realize i will probably just end up buying most of these things for myself. i'm okay with that.

GPS
yoga mat
socks
The Office season 1
Jaggermeister
vegan treats
earrings
Jeremy Messersmith's album "The Silver City"
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FUCK YEAH!!!

barack obama wins
tim walz wins
robin brown wins

still hoping/waiting on al franken

it's been a great night!!!!!! :D

"The Controversial Survey"

[01] Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
I guess? I don't really think it's that controversial. These are real issues that exist that people should talk about.

[02] Would you do meth if it was legalized?
Nope. I think it's disgusting and would not like to see the effects of it on myself and my body.

[03] Abortion: for or against it?
I think it is a woman's right and choice to have (or not have) an abortion. It is her body. It is no one else's business what she does with it. I don't think there should be any laws mandating abortion "only if...". I am not for certain women becoming regulars at abortion clinics. If you get one, it should be a lesson to do something different/don't do something next time. Personally, I wouldn't get one. But I mean, simply put... if you don't want one, don't get one and mind your own business.

[04] Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
Absolutely not.

[05] Do you believe in the death penalty?
This is something I kind of argue with myself back and forth. I don't think it's right though.

[06] Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Yes. I don't really see a problem with it if people do it in private places or their own homes. The government could actually make a lot of money off of it. It wouldn't really benefit me, since I'm more of a dabbler, but a lot of people would be benefited by it.

[07] Are you for or against premarital sex?
It's up to the individual person. It's their business. Personally, I don't think I'll do it, but that's just me.

[08] Do you believe in God?
Yes.

[09] Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Yes. If the government can't do that, they should at least do civil unions in all states and let homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

[10] Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
I don't think anyone should be coming to the country illegally, because... it's illegal. I do think Hispanics illegally crossing the border, though, is a result of the American government making it to difficult for them to quickly obtain the necessary paperwork to come here. I wish they could change something about that. The process to become an American citizen is horrid. If I had to take the test, I wouldn't pass.

[11] A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
It's her business. I would hope she'd make whatever choice would give the baby the best life it could have.

[12] Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
Yes, that'd be nice.

[13] Should the war in Iraq be called off?
I do not think it can simply be "called off," since we (or should I say, the government, rather... I didn't do anything) are already in so deep over there. It would be dangerous to just simply withdraw troops randomly and all at once. A plan needs to be created to get all of the troops out safely, while still keeping them and the American people (and the Iraqi people) safe.

[14] Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
It's definitely a touchy subject. Humans have a right to die, if they so choose, but when someone else is helping them do it, that's when it gets tough. I don't really know how I feel about it. It's definitely not the biggest issue facing the US right now, to say the least...

[15] Do you believe in spanking your children?
I don't really want to have kids in the first place, but I don't think I would want to. That just teaches them to live in fear, which is horrible.

[16] Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Hmm.......

[17] Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
Is this really a question? Really?

[18] Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
I don't really care. Judge away.
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we are going to make fucking history today

HAPPY SUPER TUESDAY!!!

Get out there and rock the cauc.

You have no excuse not to.

I mean that. Absolutely no excuse.

6:30-7:59 pm, Get in line before 7:59.

It takes like 5 minutes if you're just doing the presidential caucus.

Your profs *should* let you miss class.

Albert Lea folks: Dems go to the Ramada, Repubs go to the High School
Minneapolis folks: look up your precinct online. If you go to the University of
Minn, Dems go to Coffman and Repubs go to... Wiley Hall, I want to say?

And, since I have to do a plug :) .... GO OBAMA!!!
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The times, they ARE a-changin'!

So, I saw Mr. Barack Obama speak today, and it kind of made my life. I waited in line out in the Minnesota cold for over two hours. I may have been nearly frozen under my layers, but I made it in. I waited inside for about another hour. Golden Smog played before Barack came out, which I thought was pretty cool.

Mr. Obama kept referring to Mr. Paul Wellstone, and that made me extremely happy and proud.

When he finished his speech and was getting ready to leave, the last thing he said was, "Thank you Minnesota. I love you." Then he stood there and waved and smiled for a while, while the Target Center was awash with thunderous applause and hoots and hollers.

I leave you with two things. One, please, please, PLEASE, I cannot stress enough: get out to your local caucus on Tuesday! I don't care if you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or don't identify with a party; just get out there. This year, the caucuses are different. You don't have to stay the whole time and discuss stuff if you just want to do the presidential caucus. It will only take a few minutes of your time. Just get out there and do it. You have no excuse not to! Your professors/teachers have to excuse you from class for it. If you need to know where your caucus site is, let me know, and I'll figure it out for you. How easy is that???

Second, please watch the video below, and prepare to stare at your computer screen in awe.

Thank you and good night.



"It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can."
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