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Rivendell. Done.
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My current fancy is Greece. I'm not sure why, I'm just feeling really drawn there right now for some reason.
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I'd start with the silversmithing tools and materials I'm still needing.

Then I'd buy all the materials for the next 5-10 costumes on my list.

Then I'd do the hardwood floors we've been wanting since we moved in.

Then I'd build the deck we've been wanting for almost as long.

Then I'd hire someone to come in and replace the last two fixtures in the house (they're both on high ceilings that we can't get to), fix the holes in the foyer and garage ceilings (again, too tall/awkward for us to get to or we'd do it), repair and paint all the high ceilings (since the new roof we have a lot of popped nails, plus a stain in the den where the leak was), and paint all the high walls.

And by then the money would likely be gone, but well spent.

Or, we could just gut and redo the master bathroom along with the hardwoods and painting.

Or, we could blow the whole wad on a new kitchen.

Ten grand goes quickly when you get into renovations.
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Little Wing, because I was a Pearl Jam fan first (but only by a slight margin) and Yellow Ledbetter reminds me of it.  I know, kinda bassackwards, but there it is.  Also, it's just a damn beautiful song!  Love it!

Related side note/piece of Mel trivia: one of our dogs is named after him (we spell it Jimi).
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Giving birth to Jonah. Seriously, that was the single most... well, it was kind of indescribable really. I was completely lucid: no drugs, no epidural, no nothing to alter the experience whatsoever. There was pain, sure, but nothing I couldn't handle and my body gave me a nice healthy dose of natural chemicals and hormones to deal with it. So much so, the aftermath was a complete state of euphoria unlike any I have ever felt. The nurse at my side afterward even said something about the blissful look on my face. I seriously felt between worlds in those few monumental minutes, when he and I ceased to be one entity and became two. No, I don't think I'll ever top it, until perhaps my death. That is, unless something drastic changes my mind about having another child. And even then, who's to say another childbirth experience will be quite the same?
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I believe in order to leave the most lasting of marks on the world you have to live your life as if you mean to leave no trace whatsoever. I'm not talking carbon footprints or "off the grid". I'm talking about living as if your life is not any more important than the one next to you.

Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not possessing,
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.


- From Chapter Two of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu.


I think the whole of humanity would be better off if everyone in it lived as if they intended to leave no trace of themselves behind. But human nature fights against this at every turn with a desire for immortality in its various forms. We know our lives will be over some day and it's hard to accept that everything we've ever done or worked for will be lost once we're gone. We fear unimportance. Art is created and signed. Structures are built and labeled. Stars are discovered and named after their discoverers. Scientific theories are proven and named after their provers. Medical advancements are made... you get the point. Embracing unimportance and finding a balance between that and productivity is something I struggle with constantly. I still have lots of room to evolve.

Maybe this is why I don't know how to respond to praise...
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Most of them.

Stop it Hollywood! Call it a reboot if you want. I call it LAZY!

Also in movie news, we watched Avatar last night. That was nearly 3 hours of my life I could have spent complaining about something else.
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Falkor from The Neverending Story. Do I even need to explain why? Ok, one word explanation: AWESOME!
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Thanks in part to my mom, I've always identified with owls.

But as for an animal I'd like to wake up as, I think a big cat of some sort like a mountain lion or a panther or a tiger or something. They're solitary. They're predatory. Pretty awesome all around, even though I'm not a cat person, per se.

I would say a wolf, but the whole pack mentality thing isn't my bag. Also, I'd hate to wind up in a situation where I might be staring down Sarah Palin's helicopter.
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"There's got to be a morning aaaf-ter. . . "

Usually a combination of the two. I have a lull where it's hard to get the decorations packed up and put away and hard to get all the normal stuff back out. It's also hard to get back into regular routines and I don't know if it's kind of a mini depression or just that I've been in a weird sporadic routine for a week or two (or a month or two, whatever) when it's all over. Then, the seasonal depression usually hits after the holidays and gardening planning are over in about mid-January because I still have at least 6-8 more weeks of cold, grey, yucky days to get through before spring. I hate winter and Christmas gives me a good distraction, even though I don't really get excited about it.

But then, there's the relief that everyone is out of my house and I can sort of curl up on my own time and do the things I love instead of perpetually preparing for some gathering. I mean, I absolutely love to see everyone and in many cases it's the only time of year we get to see many of the people at the many gatherings we host or attend. But after about 6 weeks of that (pretty much non-stop from Thanksgiving to New Year's), I'm ready for some "on my terms" time and a little routine.
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They go up today! We're going to get our tree and I'll probably be decorating for the rest of the week taking breaks here and there for birthday preparations for Jonah's party next Saturday. I like to have all the Christmas stuff up for his birthday but not before Thanksgiving. I like to wait until the weekend after New Year's to take it down. Chris always gets the urge to take it down like New Year's day. But it's a lot of work to do so I think it deserves a solid four weeks up (and it's always a little sad to pack it away). Maybe this year I'll get around to redecorating the shelves with my "rest of the year" decor (I didn't last year, it's still in a box).
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Nothing. That's what. Spoiled brat.
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A nice big chunk of land on the edge of "town". Just 5-10 acres to call home eventually.

Or perhaps a college education, but the former is a lot more likely in this last third of the year.

And speaking of, wouldn't this make a better beginning of the year question?
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This is, by far, the most retarded Writer's Block question I've ever seen.
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Man, I don't even want to go there. . . which sort of defeats the purpose of doing this, doesn't it? Ok, fine.

Blowing $10k in less than 6 months as an 18-year-old with no bills and a free place to live and, maybe dad was even still giving us money for groceries at that point, I can't remember. It was stupid, stupid, stupid. And about the only thing I have to show for it all are some half-broken toys that Jonah now plays with from a shopping spree at Toys-R-Us (yeah, I was real mature) and a tattoo (the tattoo I totally don't regret, I just wish I had gotten it finished before the money was gone). Ok, and some life experience, sure, but my life is not richer for these experiences. Ok, so maybe it is, but. . . ok, I'll stop. It wasn't like I wasn't working most of that time too and any money I made was also blown on total bullshit. Just, don't even ask what I blew it on, I'm not even going to get into it any further than I already have.

Why I regret that the most, well, it was social security money from having a parent (my mom) die before I reached the age of 18. Of course, my dad put it in CDs so I couldn't touch it, but then one of them matured and he didn't renew it for whatever reason. When I turned 18, I got an ATM card, and there it was sitting in my bank account. Well, I was up to no good. No good at all. That money should have gone to college. It really, really should have. There was another $4-$5k that was still safe and sound in a CD. By the time it was up for renewal, I was a lot more responsible and *gasp* renewed it. So, that at least went in with the down payment on our house. So, that was worthwhile (or maybe it went into the Subaru, which is less worthwhile, but better than where the rest of it went). But seriously. With the two combined sums, I could have gotten a degree, or damn close to it. Stupid. Definitely the stupidest thing I've ever done. People who've known me forever might beg to differ, but from my standpoint, it is. It really, really is.

I will say one thing in my defense: at least this really, really irresponsible part of my life happened when I was VERY young and was relatively short lived. By the time I was 21, I was pretty boring. But ages 16-19? Yeah, just don't ask.
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Alice in Wonderland. Must have been my first taste of fantastical escapism and I liked it. . . a lot. It seemed Alice and I had similar dreams.

And she wasn't a princess!!!
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Running and jewelry making. If I'm able to accomplish even a small amount of both, I'll feel fantastic. These are two things that have been drastically neglected while I've been doing other things. I hope to be done with gardening aside from maintenance by the end of the week (yes, I said this last week, but whatever). Then I want to be able to get back to the things I was doing before it got warm. There's a race in less than two weeks that I really wanted to run. Who knows, maybe I'll still register for it, just to see if I can pull it off. But lord knows I'm not really ready for it. Also, in the wish list is to find some time for sewing. I know, adding three things to the schedule in one month sounds enormous, but I think I can do it. Baby steps in each, that's all I ask.
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About how I finally caved and got a stupid LJ account. ;)
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Most often, it's a Simpsons quote of some sort that no one gets but me, maybe Chris and usually Doug. I can generally quench the strange looks I get from saying something incredibly off the wall or just plain stupid by simply saying, "Simpsons quote".

Although, I've had to explain deadlicious to a few people, I haven't used it often enough (shame on me) to say I've used it "most often".

And for those wondering. . .

Deadlicious: Something that is delicious but deadly, like biscuits and gravy, lead paint* or anything from Hardee's/Carl's Jr. Thank you to the Lord of the Nethers himself, Michael Cook, for this little gem.

Now, go forth and spread the word deadlicious like butter over bacon!




*Simpsons reference: One of Troy McClure's educational films, "Lead paint: delicious but deadly." No, I've never eaten nor do I recommend the consumption of lead paint.

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