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Date:2008-12-09 10:39
Subject:Gay Marriage

Go Newsweek!


There is a link to this article off of msn.com, which is what comes up when you log out of hotmail. I hope people read this.

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Date:2008-11-08 16:50
Subject:Yay Obama!

Ok, pathetically, it looks like Missouri has still not decided what's up. Still, I'm glad Obama won, even though, it looks like my vote in Missouri had very little to do with it. I am glad to see that whenever I meet someone in Missouri, I have a 50/50 chance that they are cool, and not lame. I was afraid it was much worse than that.


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Date:2008-11-04 16:59
Subject:Voting in Missouri
Mood: nervous

I think I'm really glad I'm here in Missouri to help tip that scale toward Obama(hopefully!) You'll also be glad to hear that over time, I've persuaded my somewhat republican husband to vote for Obama. My little-old-lady neighbor got in a heated discussion with a deliver guy cause SHE's voting for Obama. Amanda's uncle, Jeff and his partner Bob live here too..and of course are voting for Obama. We're glad we're hear to help tip the scales.

I hope everything comes out well, and am really excited and nervous!

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Date:2008-04-20 11:13
Subject:Just stuff...
Mood: restless

My sister just had her second baby the night of April 17th. Her name is Lyra Margaret Irene. Since I was in the room for the whole labor and birth of her first child, Sam, I feel really strange and sad being so far away now.

I am currently living in Milwaukee, and have been working as a photographer for a company that creates pictoral directories for churches. I've decided the company stinks though, and my efforts would be better applied back in school. I've actually just heard that the man who owns the company believed that one of his best sales reps wasn't making sales at one point because the DEVIL was making it happen. See, the devil wants her to quit his business....you know, because he's so righteous, it's obviously a personal battle against him. So, after quitting, I heard this story...and I'm glad I'm leaving.

I'm going back to KC where I'll finish my tourism degree (I'd do it somewhere else, but UCM is the only school I've found in the country that does a general tourism bachelor's degree...not just hotel/restaurant management) This degree will open up more jobs for me...parks/rec, amusement parks, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, and MUCH, MUCH more. I will be substitute teaching for work, at least, that's my plan...and it should work out.

I'm nervous about things working out, and I hate that I'm 28, and don't feel like I'm anywhere NEAR being stable financially. Then again, I'm a wonderer, so that whole idea of settling down somewhere doesn't do a lot for me, except that there is security in it.

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Date:2008-03-30 04:42
Mood: crushed

Does anyone else have the sneaking suspicion that the universe is out to smash them? I do.

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Date:2008-01-23 00:27
Subject:Georgia Aquarium

First, Heath Ledger! What the F!?!

Matt and I drove to Atlanta today. We went to see the aquarium there, which is currently the largest in the world. It was AWESOME!!! I have NEVER been so amazed by any animal display. They had a beautiful display of jellyfish...mesmerizing. They had the pink ones you see in "Finding Nemo". They had tiny ones from the bottom of the ocean that light up! They looked like tiny electronics or space ships with lights all over them.

They also have one of those plexiglass tunnels that goes under the water. This is SO cool, I can't even describe it. In this tank, they had whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and sting rays, and MANY, MANY others. You'd be looking at one fish, and then all of the sudden you'd look up, and there would be a swordfish overhead.

They also had a couple beluga whales in a tank on their own...they were pretty cool too, and moved so gracefully. We got to see one surface a few times for air, only we got to watch from under the water level.

They had sea otters that were feeding at the time, and banging their crab legs on the rocks. They also had a sea lion who had an IV tube attached to his head...that was unexpected.

They had touch tanks where you could touch some of the fish. We touched sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs, conchs, starfish, and others. Sharks and rays are SOOO smooth. The woman watching the shark and ray display was looking around to see if she could find one of the cownosed rays' teeth. Sometimes they fall out, and she finds them. She found one, and let us keep it. That was SO cool

If you are ever in Atlanta, I HIGHLY recommend going.

We also went to the Coca-Cola museum which is right next to the aquarium. It was also pretty cool, and we got to taste about 70 different coke products sold around the world. They make a pretty good pine-apple flavored soda in Africa. They also had a pretty fun 4D presentation there.

Both the Coca-Cola museum and the Aquarium were well worth the money. In fact, I almost got a annual membership for the Aquarium, but I have no way of knowing if we'll be back in Atlanta this year. If I knew for sure we were coming back, I would have bought it.


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Date:2007-12-17 12:42

So far in my life, I have been to 33 states. I am a traveler and I love it. Part of me wishes I could be the kind of person to settle down somewhere and grow, but I'm not sure that's me. Right now my job requires travel...so I'm satisfied for now.

Two weeks ago, I drove to Augusta, GA...and then a week later to Pittsburgh, PA. We drove home a few days ago...after stopping in Ohio for another job. Sure, they aren't the most glamorous destinations, but Georgia was at least warm, and Pittsburgh is actually pretty cool. I like the way Pittsburgh is built up and down hills.

I'd like to try living in different parts of the world like NY, LA, anywhere in Europe. Life is too short, and I don't have enough money...yet. I also want to foster and/or adopt children, homeschool them, own my own business, and have lots of pets (the animals are my husband's dream...but I'm ok with it)

My husband and I have been trying to decide where we should live next and where should be our long-term home-base. I love Seattle except for the rain...and we have friends and family there. I also feel a little like "been there, done that".

My husband and I have made really good friends with a couple in KC, MO, and would love to be near them, but hate KC. Then again, my parents will probably move back there when my sister moves back to Ireland...and it would be nice to have parents around when we have babies in a few years.

But then, what about my husband's mother who would love to be near our babies too...and she really can't move easily. She's in Milwaukee, and I don't like Milwaukee either. Oh yeah...and I'm TIRED OF SNOW! I never want to live in a city with snow again if I can avoid it. It's just gross and nasty...a pain. When you can live somewhere without it...why wouldn't you? Sure it's pretty and fun to play in from time to time...but I want to be able to drive out of the snow...and not be stuck in it.

Eh...just thinking and whining outloud.

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Date:2007-11-30 01:15

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Date:2007-11-30 01:01

I'm thinking about writing a book called Modern Nomad. It'll be a story of my life...and my passion for travel. I'll probably throw in a nod to The Nomad Joke.

I'm now working a job that allows me to travel, and I get to be a photographer too. It has it's down-side too. I work for a company that creates church directories. I travel to churches (that have been previously booked by our sales reps) and photograph families for church directories. The company is owned by a Catholic man...and ALL our paperwork says, "Pray to End Abortion" at the top. I just ignore that part.

My husband works with me too...so we get to travel together. This week, we're in Iowa, next we'll be in Georgia.

In a few years, I'm hoping to open my own studio. It'll either be a traditional, stationary studio...or we'll get an RV and travel with our studio specializing in family reunions and/or vacation photography.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not great with plans though...so we'll see. I might come up with something better.

That's all for now...

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Date:2007-11-19 23:41

Does anyone else take on-line quizzes as seriously as I do? Even when it's something like "Which Smurf are You?", I take it very seriously, and try to answer the questions as accurately as possible. I feel like the results are false if I don't answer honestly. I don't know how to have fun, do I?

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Date:2007-11-09 11:01
Subject:Thanks, Tif...that's cool!

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

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Date:2007-10-20 13:09
Subject:A General Update

I just got a job. It's a traveling position, taking photographs for a church directory company. I start training in Iowa this week, and I'll be gone five days of the week. Which kinda sucks for my new marriage, but we need the money.

We've been attending a Bible Prophesy lecture series as evaluators. Supposedly, the guy wants evaluations from non-Christians...so he's willing to pay $350 to any non-christian who attends 23 of 26 lectures. Matt and I were both doing it, and it SUCKED! It was interesting in some ways, but just annoying in many others. Now that I'll be out of town, I can't finish them, and Matt won't have a car to get there. Bummer.

On the way home from one the other night we saw a dog, and we were going to pick it up and take it to a shelter or try to find the owners. When we turned around to go back to it though...we witnessed another car running it over. What a horrible thing to watch...the dog was drug almost 100ft yelping the whole way. The car stopped to make a turn, and the dog was between their front and rear wheel. They drove over her again. At which point, Matt jumped out of our car and ran to the dog's side. She was still wimpering, and there was blood everywhere. After calling the police, and moving her off the roadway, we realized she hadn't moved her hind legs at all. We believe she may have broken her spine. The police called the local animal shelter to take her into emergency medical care. We called the next morning, and they had euthanized her due to her injuries. It was really sad, but at least there were people nearby who cared before she died. We left a sheet behind that we used to carry her off the roadway. I am reluctant to go pick it up from the shelter...simply because I do not want to be reminded of the whole thing everytime I use it.

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Date:2007-09-23 14:16
Subject:Would you like to take a survey?

1. Do you have a tattoo?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you single or taken?
4. Fish?
5. Do you dream in color?
6. Ever seen a corpse?
7. Hipsters or Hillbillies?
8. How did we meet?
9. What's your philosophy on life and death?
10. If you could do anything with me, and have no one know, what would it be?
11. Do you trust the police?
12. Do you like musicals?
13. What is your fondest memory of me?
14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
15. Would you cheat ?
16. What are you wearing?
17. Have you ever peed in a pool?
18. Would you hide evidence for me if I asked you to?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?
21. What's your favorite day of the week?
22. What's your favorite color?
23. If you could bring back anyone that has passed, who would it be?
24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you?
25. What was your first impression of me?
26. Have you ever done drugs?
27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?

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Date:2007-09-19 16:48
Mood: anxious

I've never wanted to win the lottery more in my life...nor have I wanted to get in a van and drive away more. Which is odd, 'cause I've done that, now I can't. Fuck!

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Date:2007-08-27 15:21
Subject:Wedding Pictures

My wedding pictures can be viewed at www.abundantmoments.com under "online viewing" and under "weddings" They will be available for another week.

And yes, the wedding was lovely.

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Date:2007-07-23 22:35
Subject:The Days of My Life...
Mood: gloomy

Starring Shannon as Herself.

I am getting married in less than a month. Joyous, yet stressful.

My fiance is not getting hours at work because it is the summer, but the scheduling does not allow him to get another job. Stressful.

A few weeks ago, I drove through a construction site, following a pilot car. Now I have oil ALL over my car. It took me calling the city clerk, the missouri DOT, the construction company contracted to do the work to find someone who told me to use Goo-Gone. I called someone else at the company who told me it was not their fault because there were signs up. To which I said, you should redirect traffic if it is not safe to drive through following directions and not damage your car. They said, too bad. I called MODOT again...they called the construction company. They changed their story. They said they would call me back. They have not called me back in a week. I need to call them.

We just found out my fiance's biological father died. Not too bad of a thing...he was an abusive, alcoholic waste-of-space. But still sad and weird for myself and my fiance.

At the end of May when our lease was up, we were hoping to move out by the end of summer because my parents were looking at buying a building we could live in and manage the other apartments.

My landlord told me at the end of May we could go month-to-month until we knew what we were doing. She has never been in the office when I went in, and therefore I have not talked to her since. Until FRIDAY the 20th, when she knocked on our door. She said we need to move out in 30days or sign a new 1-year-lease. Once school starts, she will not be able to rent the apartment to anyone else because no one moves in this town after that. She did not shovel snow when it was 14" deep on our deck this summer, does not return phone calls, and is never in her office. There are drunk people in our parking lot all the time. We do not want to live here anymore. We have to be out by the 20th of August...two days after our wedding. We are trying to find something before that so we can be done before the wedding.

I just found out my fiance's mother and grandmother are not coming to the wedding. His mother has health issues that prevent her from travelling. However, the ONLY reason we didn't elope is because a year ago she said "Don't run off and get married without me being there." I knew it was important to her, and so ALL the times we talked about just getting married before now were cancelled. But now she's not coming anyway.

My manager at work quit on the 14th of July. She knew I have another job on Saturdays, and scheduled me accordingly. The new manager is dating one of my co-workers who does not like me because when I started working there, he lost hours. She has scheduled me permanantly for Saturdays. She basically told me to choose between that job and my other one. I will not quit the other job...she's not giving me any reason to quit.

I care for three developmentally disabled men in their home. I invited them to my wedding. I want them to come. I asked the new manager if they were coming. She said probably not because the STAFF that are working that day don't want to go. There are documents stating clearly that what the men do is not based on what staff want to do, it is what the men want to do.

So now. We are getting married in less than 30 days, we need to move in less than thirty days. I am quitting my job (most likely, unless her manager wants to do something about it). Matt is not getting hours. WE HAVE NO MONEY. We have school starting in 30 days. My mother-in-law-to-be is not coming to a wedding I planned JUST for her. Did I leave anything out? Oh yeah...we won't even get into the pedophile uncle who has been NOT invited to the wedding. Oh yeah, and I'll need to get some body work done on my car after fighting the construction company. Oh yeah, and two of my fish just died in the last 24 hours.

I'll have difficulty finding another job because I have a knee problem that prevents me from working other college-type jobs like fast food. I cannot stand all day at work...nor can I walk much. We live in a small town where there are not many jobs to begin with, and most of the jobs are fast food.

If anyone has a magic wand, can I borrow it? I promise it will go to good use.

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Date:2007-06-27 01:01
Subject:I want a puppy!


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Date:2007-06-08 13:46
Subject:M Meets the Police

Not the band, the real police...

I have a neighbor, who is in her 40's, Latin, and for the purposes of this story, her name is M. M loves to listen to her latin music, and assumes everyone else does. She's also very sweet and usually cheerful.

Over many months, I've tried to talk to her about her music, and how it is simply too loud. She apologizes, and turns it down, for the moment. But I've had to talk to her about it repeatedly. She usually tries to invite me in when I do go over too. However, usually, I've gotten out of bed to come talk, and I really want to get back to sleep.

The other night she was listening to it at 1230am, and I got up out of bed, went over and asked her to turn it down. She did, a little. I went back to bed. It was still too loud. I waited a while to determine if it really was too loud, and yes, it was. I went back and asked her again.

The next day, I felt badly because when I do go to her apartment, it's really not that loud...it just carries through the wall. So, yesterday I went to talk to her to see if we could come to some kind of agreement about what to do about it. She simply said she is moving out in two months, so it doesn't matter. I thought that it really does matter, and what the hell am I supposed to do about the next two months...but I let it go, and figured I could suck it up.

Today I was watching a movie, and her music started. It was so loud, I had to turn the movie up. It was so loud, I had to turn it ALL the way up. It was so loud, that even then, I had to listen carefully to hear it.

I knocked on her door, and there was no answer. She was in the shower.

I called the police. I just don't think she understands that it's a problem, and I have rights too. So I figured maybe having someone else tell her it's not ok would help... Someone like the police who can tell her it's illegal.

Oh, and by the way, at least in Warrensburg, MO, there is no time limit on noise complaints. If someone is making bothersome noise during the day, they have to stop.

After they left, she knocked on my door, and asked if I called the police. I told her I did 'cause I can't lie. She started waving her arms and pacing, and saying "I can't believe you did this"

The police were still in our parking lot and they came back.

Ok..this story is too exhausting, and I have to go now anyway...maybe more later, maybe not.

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Date:2007-06-07 01:21
Subject:The Koi

Shortly after my last post about my fish. I came home to find the Koi, "Sir Hendrick", had jumped out of his bowl, onto the floor. He was dry, and no longer moving.

My fiance was out of town, so I called him. He said to throw him back in the bowl, but I said "He's pretty dry, and his gills aren't even moving." (He looked like some kind of sardine)

I talked to Matt for a while before getting up to flush the fish. When I went to pick him up, he flipped over once more. I FREAKED out, but decided to put him back in the bowl. Where he floated lifelessly...until I poked him with a pen. The water must have started flowing over his gills, because he began moving his gills. I pushed him some more, and he began swimming. He was still mostly upside-down, but moving on his own. He started to get more and more rightsideup.

I decided to go to sleep because it was late, I had to work early, and there was nothing more I could do for him. In the morning, he was much more upsidedown again, but still moving, and still trying to be rightsideup. I had to work though...from 8am to 11pm. There was nothing I could do. I bought a larger fish tank for him while I was at work though, because I already knew he was too big for the one he was in.

Sadly, when I returned home, he was dead.

I know, this has been a rather anticlimactic story, but it was tramatic for me.

Let this be a lesson to you all: When you come home to a fish lying on the floor, put him back in the bowl. Unless you don't have fish...in which case, you should assume it's some kind of weird threat, and probably call the police or something.

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Date:2007-06-07 01:14
Mood: curious

I was listening to "Margaritaville" the other day, and realized something I'd never realized before...

Has anyone else realized that when "it's only half past twelve" that it's NOT "five o'clock somewhere"?

Jimmy must have skipped that lesson...

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