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[01 Jan 2008|02:32pm]

Taking a break from public posting for a bit.

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Check out my (more or less) public journal at www.xanga.com/arwen.

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[23 Jul 2006|04:29pm]
Just popping in to leave this message...

If you did not get my mass-email about my move to Colorado, please contact me so I can add your e-mail address to my address book! 

I *tried* to email everybody... but only succeeded in emailing those people whose addresses were already in my book and for some reason when I tried to rack my brain for others, it didn't work. Damn brain for giving out on you when you need it the most! ;-)

So, please do e-mail me or leave a message here!!!

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[11 Jul 2006|12:39am]
OMG this is too freakin' long. Kim... I will strangle you for this!

But, oh well, she knows me too well. I couldn't resist doing it, even though it's 12:40 a.m., I've been up since 8 a.m. and I just completed my first shift at work. But how the hell can I resist books?

Never. ;-)

So here it is!

The ultra-mega-super-uber-duber-too-freaking-long book meme.

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[27 Jun 2006|12:13am]
Is it me or is LiveJournal totally dying out? I don't see very many people posting very often anymore.

Guess I'm one of the culprits here ;-)

I'm so bad with LJ these days. Half the time I forget to check it and the other half I forget I even have an account, much less FIVE.

Which leads me to my next point.

I was thinking earlier today, I used to plan on going back thru all my old LJ accounts and printing out or saving to a CD all my old posts and whatnot. But today I realized... why the hell do I want to keep all that old baggage around? I'm done with college and it's time for me to move on. I'm starting on a new path here... a new life and everything. It's time to cut the past loose and stop living there, and start looking forward and enjoying the now and being eager about the future.

So after chatting with dear ol' G about it all, I've decided I will go through my old accounts ONE LAST TIME and print/save only "The Best Of..." I won't save any shitty, emo, angst-ridden, moody, depressed, psychotic or just plain fucked-up posts unless they mark a major turning point in the course of my life and collegiate career. Instead, I'm going to look for the GOOD posts. The happy, insane (in a good way), hyper, enthusiastic, funny ones. The ones that make me smile to re-read them, and that make me remember the good times I had in college.

Because that's all I care to remember anymore. The good times. The bad times are dead and gone.

Then after I do that, I'm going to delete all my old journals - not this one, of course ;-) It's still 'live. But I get so paranoid having all that shit floating out there in cyberspace. Time to flush it down the toilet, along with all my bad moments, fights with friends, regrets, drunken binges and temper tantrums, and loser boyfriends/male acquaintances. I've had plenty of those (especially the loser guys) in the past five years... enough to last me through my twenties. So... *waves bye-bye*

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[19 Jun 2006|01:06am]
So, I've made a MLD... or "major life decision" as mum likes to call it.

I've accepted the job with the newspaper in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and will be moving there on July 8.

I'm looking forward to this new experience, because it opens up new doors for me. New opportunities to learn new things. Like skiing and snowboarding, for example.

I'm not too torn up over it, because I had the choice of accepting this job, or of rejecting it since I had been invited to fly out to Gaithersburg, Maryland, for an interview the following week. I could have waited and hoped for an offer from there, which would have meant I could move back to the DC area.

But when I was in Colorado a few days ago and got the offer, I thought long and hard about it. And I realized that my gut was telling me it's not time yet for me to return to DC. Returning to DC would just be returning to the SOS - Same Old Shit - that I've been through before. While I have a couple friends there who I love dearly, I'm not that excited about being around a passel of other people I'm not that crazy about. What's more, I know DC, and I've already lived there and experienced what it has to offer. While it'll be nice to live in DC again, since I do like that city, I'm still young and have so much freedom to see different parts of the world and to explore new places.

So, I decided to take full advantage of my youth and freedom... In gorgeous Ski Town, U.S.A., in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. It'll be one long vacation for me, in a real live resort town!

Watch me become a ski bum and tree-hugger extraordinaire! ;-)

At least I can thank the Powers That Be for the existence of VP (videophone). Dudes and dudettes, hit me up, so I can get some ASL practice in! That's right. ASL practice. There's a dearth of deafies in S.S., so contribute your part to the effort of keeping my ASL from becoming too rusty!

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[18 May 2006|12:07am]
My story in Jayplay.

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[27 Apr 2006|12:48am]
In a moment of inspiration (and it's past midnight, the time when all of my common sense and intelligence mysteriously drains away), I'm going to make a public post. But, sadly, it's going to be an unoriginal one.

Why? Because "I quote others only the better to express myself" (Michel de Montaigne)

What's on my mind lately? I'll let others tell you ;-)

"Against a foe I can myself defend
But Heaven protect me from a blundering friend!"
(D'Arcy W. Thompson)


"He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front" (Leonard Louis Levinson)

but... for my dear girlfriends...

"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human" (George Santayana)

Apropos for the time being and my imminent graduation:

"A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life" (Elbert Hubbard)

School's been what feels like five lifetimes (one for each year), but what's important is...

"Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten" (B.F. Skinner)

And what, hopefully, should survive is...

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not" (Thomas Henry Huxley)

And perhaps some precepts I ought to be mindful of as I go out into the "real world"...

"It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly" (Anatole France)

And particularly when I'm among deaf people...

"The biggest liar in the world is They Say" (Douglas Malloch)

And finally getting a paycheck...

"If you make money your God, it will plague you like the devil" (Henry Fielding)

And exploring who I am...

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him" (Aldous Huxley).

And pursuing my goals...

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved" (William Jennings Bryan)

Quotes are wonderful gems, indeed. And my favorite one of all, which I've memorized and will keep at the foremost of my mind as I leave this phase of my life for the next, is particularly appropriate, considering I'm graduating from the University of Kansas' William Allen White School of Journalism:

"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today" (William Allen White)


[24 Feb 2006|02:01pm]
Utterly fascinating!

This is SO me...

My Personal Dna Report

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