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Apr. 16th, 2007 @ 05:42 pm
It's just not fathomable, the amount of damage that's been done. Everybody just shut up about the gun laws and the lack of security and all the other politically skewed bullshit - people have died, and they died in the most unfair way possible. These are people who were loved and cared for and who were taking steps to make their lives and the lives of other people better in small and big ways. Stop and think on a human level.

This violence has poisoned our minds and our communities by way of sick inspiration, fear, and the power given to those who would exploit both. In a society that encourages and enjoys freedoms, the mindless killing of those who are the hope of our retaining those freedoms into the future, and the just as evil religiously, politically, and economically fueled circus that has exploded around this tragic occurence, is too clear an indication that we as a race have lost the ability to grieve, and to simply know what is right from wrong.

When we can set our minds upon Virginia Tech and the tremendous loss that has occurred there today on a totally selfless level - on a level that doesn't lead us to force moralistic values on anyone, cry I told you so, or make us jump at the opportunity to sell a headline - when we can just stop and feel the pain of having unfairly had a fellow life prematurely ripped away, is when the changes will happen naturally, and we won't have to discuss laws and morals for our freedoms to remain just that, free.

feeling: depresseddepressed

bugs Mar. 31st, 2006 @ 10:18 pm
sigh. stressed. but I'd rather not complain about it right now.

this is such a cute game. you have to play it. i haven't played any of the other games on the site, but I imagine they have to be just as cute if not cuter.


Current Location: home
feeling: tiredtired

Amen. Mar. 12th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm
"What I'm interested in is my colleagues acknowledging that we as a Congress have to stand up to a president who acts as if the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were repealed on September 11," he said. "We didn't enact martial law on September 11. We still have a constitutional form of government, and if the Congress of the United States does not stand up for that authority at this point, it will be an historic failure of our system of government." - Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin

In other news: Thank you to those wonderful LJ friends of mine for NOT having updated their LJs too vigorously in the past month - It made playing catch-up so much easier. *heehee* *sheepish grin*

feeling: busybusy

wonderous pointless babble Feb. 9th, 2006 @ 09:41 pm
I went to the dentist today. It was mostly paid for by REAL insurance. I made two more future appointments - one for some sort-of-fillings (first ever sort-of-cavities EVER) and one for my next REGULAR VISIT in 6 months. I called my mom and told her about it. She was kinda sorta shocked. I hate dentists. I don't go to them at all if I can help it. It was very 'grown up' of me.

The sun was shining today - it was like spring (or early summer if you're from Alaska). I didn't have to wear a coat - I went around with just a sweatshirt (though, it's not like I was walking...).

On my way home I spontaneously stopped by and made an optometrist appointment. I've been putting off an eye exam and new glasses for some time now. I even picked out the frames I'd be getting while I was there.

Real insurance and a warm sunny day - today, life was really rather good.

I came home and ate pizza and self medicated the slightly sore-from-cleaning teeth with two happy bottles of Corona (he didn't say it, but I'm sure the doc would have OK'd substituting a salt water rinse with beer).

Now it's not even 10pm and I'm sleepy and contemplating blowing off the rest of the evening (there is, you see, a lot of stuff that I should really be getting done).

Sometimes, the laziness... well... let us just say I've been finding the TV is a very good friend, as of late.

In other news, I'm thinking this guy at work is, well, attractive, but, and this is unusual for me, I'm also finding it hard to just go up to him and say hi. If I may say so myself, I'm a pretty good conversationalist - almost always able to find some useless thing to chat about with just about anyone - so not being able to say, well, "Good Morning" or "Hi, How are you?" is a bit... odd. In fact, I, uhh, find I try to... avoid... him... most of the time. Does that make any sense? I'd contemplated instigating some form of non-work-related communication with him several times, but found I just couldn't. As a result, all communication between us has been purely work related and not a word of it has been on even a remotely friendly level. That is, until the other day when HE said hello to ME for no other reason than to be nice and I was forced to be friendly and reply with a lame "Hey."

I am SO awesome. And only the slightest bit drunk.

You know what? It feels good, dammnit, to be in a place where I have the liberty to mull over useless shit like this. It's been a long time coming.

It also means I have, currently, the time and resources to be getting bigger and greater things done, so of course, that's what I should be doing...

But... I'll revel in the conveniences and sunshine and silliness for just a little longer...

feeling: contentcontent
listening to: Keane - Can't Stop Now

resolution? I can only try Jan. 6th, 2006 @ 11:56 pm
I've been very liberal with the money lately. I think maybe a resolution to be less spendy is in order. a resolution for actually saving money is definitely in order. I really need to save if I want to get anywhere this year.

feeling: sleepysleepy

Happy War-on-Christmas Everyone Dec. 23rd, 2005 @ 06:16 pm

*~* our Charlie Brown tree *~*

*~* may your days be merry and bright! *~*

ok - now that that's done. here are some other photos - why yes! I did get a digital camera (over the summer).

I feel like such a non-Alaskan... posting pictures of it snowing and all... it would NEVER have been enough of an event to take pictures of snow on the ground before moving to Washington.

I love that last one... bamboo covered in snow. :) that snowfall was around the 1st of the month, so it's all gone now... but, it really got us in the holiday spirit! and then I got sick and couldn't do anything about my holiday spirit.

but I feel ok now! in fact, today I did some light cleaning and spiffy-ing-up! over the summer, an old man having a garage sale outside his home was selling several pots of chives and strawberries. I really wanted to buy the strawberries, but I'd have to put them in actual earth, and don't really have the patience for that, so I bought a pot of chives, thinking "Wouldn't it be nice to cook with stuff that I actually grew myself?!" that pot of chives did provide many a spicy dressing for many a wonderful dinner over the past few months, but today I noticed it looking very cold and mangy outside. I just so happened to have two cute little flower pots that I couldn't help buying from a dollar store over the fall (you can't tell if the yellow bits are birds or leaves, heehee) so, to the "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soundtrack (which is an album everyone should have), I got out the potting soil and fertilizer and transplanted some of the chives. they now sit inside on my kitchen window sill. I feel so domesticated!

as you can see, Western Washington doesn't really provide much of a white Christmas... more of a green Christmas, but you know, sometimes it's fun to pretend it's spring. especially on a day like today - 50F and rainy.

so that was Zwandy's Christmas-eve-eve! Hope everyone is having just as lovely a time, and that you're all in good health.


... Nov. 22nd, 2005 @ 08:14 am
no good deed goes unpunished.

ok, that's assuming a lot, but still. aggh. whatever.

feeling: annoyedannoyed

unbelievable... Nov. 20th, 2005 @ 09:57 am

feeling: angryoutraged

ideas, anyone? Oct. 30th, 2005 @ 07:07 am
I want to try and get the exchange student interested in English. He says the reason why he's unable to speak it is because he hates it - he's just not interested in it, so it's hard for him to learn. Makes sense. I've been trying to think up ideas to fix this. One of them was dramas (or sitcoms) and another one was comic books. Dramas I covered with the first season of The OC (and someone suggested Friends as well - both having pretty easy to understand plots and lots of things to keep a young adult interested), but comic books are not an area I am familiar with.

So! Can you give me ideas for comic books (or other short works, as he says he enjoys reading) that aren't too hard to understand, but will keep a 20-something interested enough to want to pull out the dictionary?

feeling: busygetting ready for work

geeky lust Oct. 21st, 2005 @ 10:12 pm
Occasionally, I get this pang of pain in my chest. It's a tightness that makes it feel like I can't breathe, and it amplifies the beating of my heart. It feels almost exactly like when I'm crushing on someone that I either know that I could never have or know that I wouldn't want anyway. It's the pain of never having attended Harvard (or Stanford, yes, Stanford would have been even better).

feeling: pensivepensive
listening to: Weezer - The Damage In Your Heart
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