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So, what's going on here. Not a whole lot. I got back in touch with my very dear friend Liz this past week. We'd met when I was 13, and she was 17 at the Tennessee track conference. When we'd met we had just struck up this natural friendship, and it was awesome. My silly 13-year-old self thought it was cool that a 17-year-old was interested in what I'd had to say, and didn't find me immature or anything. We'd lost touch a couple times, but each time we'd gotten back in touch, we'd picked up right where we'd left off. Filling each other in on life, love, music, everything. Because Facebook is an awesome thing, I'm sure that we won't lose touch again. Catching up with her yesterday was so far the high point of my year. Sure we're only 14 days in to the year, but I'm just being honest about everything. The other high point was the most recent hang out session with Bob.
Had my pre-birthday lunch today with my favorite former music teacher ms. Brattain. we'd decided to go to Villa Nova, and a wise choice it was. Good food, a waiter that reminded me of my tattoo friend Anthony as far as voice, and I got to see 3 former OSSB staff members. Ms. Tilton-Mauer, Mrs. Johnson, and Dr. O'Keefe. I now call them their actual names, which is rather strange, but it's something that I could get used to. I got to catch up the most with Doc, and Diane, and it wasn't as weird as I'd thought it'd be. Doc at first asked me if I’d kept up with any of my classmates, and I said "Well, not really." Sure, I’ve got people on Facebook, but as far as the people that talk to me and give a shit and such, I don't really keep up with anyone I graduated with on a regular basis.
The lunch was awesome. I had Spaghetti Carbonari with bacon, and I'll have that again when I go back to Villa Nova. Was trying to remember the dish that I'd had with bob that was in the oval shaped bowl, but I couldn't remember it for the life of me. Their Braille menu is in pretty good condition, and actually has large print on the pages with the braille. Sort of a two-in-one. I'm thinking that other blind people had gone in there, since when we'd asked about the menu the guy knew exactly what we were talking about. Sure, a lot of restaurants have such things, but I wasn't sure if a lot of the smaller ones did.
Ms. B, and I caught up on life as well, and talking to her came naturally. I'd noticed that I'd talked to her a lot about bob, but I did also mention the getting back in touch with Liz. We also discussed parents, guide dogs, lots of other things.
We'd decided to pay a visit to the school after lunch, and Cynthia gave us a sort of tour of the new dorms. They seem to be pretty nice. I'd stay in one if I were a student. everything was nice and spacious, and quite echoy, which I'd ever so me like pointed out. neither of the ladies seemed to think of me as though I were a kid, which I was kind of afraid of. I'd actually like to talk with all 3 of them much more often. If we strike up friendships, cool. Of course now that I’m not with them I'd actually thought of a couple other staff members I’d love to get back in touch with, like Karen Koehler for example. I've always thought she was awesome.
Ms. B, and I came back to the house and chatted a bit, then she left. I'm hoping that when it gets warmer that we can get together again, and that Bob can even meet her. I'll have to discuss it with him, because of where she lives, but she'd actually given me a neutral meeting point, which is quite near Bob's house, so it very well could work. She and I joked about how we always email a couple times then all this time passes, and the next thing we know it's one or the others birthdays. I'd actually like her to come here this year for her birthday, but we'll see what ends up happening. I informed her that I'm going to do a better job at staying in touch, since I am sometimes bad at this, but we'll see what happens. We hugged, Wendell didn't get in between us, then she left. I adore that particular woman. :)
As far as the birthday I’m not sure what I'm doing. I'm hoping that Bob and I can have lunch or dinner, but we'll see. Regardless, I'm hanging out with him on Thursday because of the party, so we'll see. He did say when I’d mentioned hanging out with Ms. B.. "Yay, I can have lunch with you on your birthday."
I want to get back to one of my books, so I think I’m going to conclude this entry. I’m glad that I’m getting back in to updating again. I think I've kind of missed it.
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So, here are my top album lists for 2012, all in one handy convenient place.
Lists behind cut. )
Thoughts?

Testing.

Jan. 4th, 2013 05:43 pm
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I'm writing this entry just to see if I can post to both DreamWidth, and LiveJournal at the same time. Semagic doesn't really read the checkboxes though, but maybe the JAWS cursor and such will.

Testing.

Jan. 4th, 2013 05:43 pm
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I'm writing this entry just to see if I can post to both DreamWidth, and LiveJournal at the same time. Semagic doesn't really read the checkboxes though, but maybe the JAWS cursor and such will.
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I'm not one of those people that really believes in New Years resolutions, but I do year r-caps. All in all, this year ended up being pretty good. Surely ended up that way at least.
The year. )
All in all, 2012 was a pretty good year, considering some of the things I'd had to go through. 2013 can be just as good as 2012 ended up being, if not better. Nile will be here in March, so that's a good start to things. :) Maybe we can be lucky, and more Metal shows can come to town, and if both Bob and I like them, we can go to shows. This will get me to talk to more people that I don't know, and I cam maybe tell them about: X T F M. we'll see though.

Clutch!

Dec. 30th, 2012 07:43 pm
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Things are going well here still. We've finally hit winter, which means cold, and snow, but it's all good. It could be worse, so I'm not going to complain.
Bob and I are doing well. We went to see Clutch last night, and that's mostly what this entry will be about. The rive there wasn't all that bad, and I didn't even freeze to death. The line moved rather quickly, and both Bob and I were sort of talking to the people behind us. The one guy was from Michigan, and I was teasing him about losing to Ohio State this year. his comeback. "How's your bowl game going to be this year?"
Time passed, and we finally got in the doors. The pat down wasn't too bad, but I almost freaked out when they said that men and women had to be in different lines. Bob informed someone that I couldn't see, and the lady came to me. Bob went through his line, and this guy was like, "She's trying to find your hand." Bob knew this, but I'd figured the guy was just being cool. Maybe he's worked with blind people before. We then went to the merchandise table, where we both got Clutch t-shirts. Bob's has the clutch logo, and mine has a meat cleaver, and I can't remember what it says. Guess I didn't really ask either, I'd just told Bob to pick out me the coolest shirt, since the line seemed to be moving quickly. I'll wear it for the first time when people that I find to be awesome will actually be able to see it.
We finally get our seats up in the balcony, and we waited for awhile for the opening acts. The first act was one guy playing an acoustic guitar, and singing. I at first thought of my open mic night friends, but once he started to suck, I changed my opinion. He went by the name Wino, and didn't use the guitar as much as he should have. The songs seemed to drag on for hours. Exaggerating a bit, but yeah. His singing voice wasn't all that bad, he sounded like the singer from the band Live, so it wasn't the shittiest thing ever. Was pretty bad though.
I kind of struck up a conversation with a guy behind me. We discussed Clutch a bit, and we were trying to figure out the opening acts after that guy. The funniest thing he said all evening was. "Well, I don't have a smart phone, I still use a stone tablet." I totally felt where he was coming from. He must have moved at some point because by the time Clutch started, he was no longer there. This was when I had to deal with a stupid person that decided it'd be awesome to play with their empty drink full of ice. Thank goodness this didn't last through Clutches set, or I’d have committed murder or something. Haha.
The second band was called Saviors. They insisted on telling us after every song that they were "From California," but I liked their music well enough. Kind of stoner like, and the second song was the best. This set went quicker, since I was enjoying the music, but I was there to see Clutch. Bob got us Monsters during that set, and this made me think of Rachel. He'd asked what I'd wanted to drink, and I'd said, "Something with Caffeine, please." Felt like he was gone for ages. LOL.
The third band we just won't discuss, because in my opinion, they sucked. The vocals were screamy like, and it honestly reminded me of 99.7 the Blitz worshipers. There was one song where I’d said to Bob. "Hey, this band wouldn't suck as bad if they didn't sing." Of course, right after that, they started singing. I was all, "Ahhh!."
The waiting for Clutch took ages at least in my head. There was some crazy rap like song, and Bob was kind of like, "What the heck." I actually thought that was Clutch, but he informed me later that it wasn't. I'd just figured that it was. Their set was amazing though! Neil Fallon is a quite funny guy. this concert is where I learned that Clutch's first big show was here in Columbus. Mace me wonder if that's why they mentioned Ohio in Elephant Riders. Fallon said that Ohio, specifically Columbus has always been good to clutch, and that just made me happy. they did a jam session in the middle of The yeti, and when I asked Bob where Fallon went during the jam's, he said he kind of went to the side of the stage. I was fine with this. Just made me think that he was a cool enough guy to let the other members have their moments to shine.
He shared a moment outside when he was talking to some terribly drunk guy and mentioned the fact that the drunk guy said that Clutch's newer stuff sounded like Dubstep. This made me laugh. I just don't know what to say other than the fact that the show was just amazing. No musical mistakes, Neil Fallon's voice was on top of it, and the only thing that I have to say that sucks was that the show had to end. big News 1 and 2 were the encore tracks, as was Electric Worry followed by One-Eyed Dollar. We got to hear a couple of tracks from the new album. The second set of two new tracks, Fallon was all. "Do you want to hear some new tracks? It doesn't matter, because we're going to play them anyway." Instead of finding that arrogant, I laughed.
I'll end this by saying that if you like good high quality rock-n-roll, no matter where you live, go see clutch! Also, locals, come to see Nile on March 13! Bob and I will be there.
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So, life is going well, and I don't have a lot to complain about. I am having some silly JAWS issues, and I've lost my Station playlist Studio Scripts, but whatever. I can still do my shows, so all hope's not lost. I learned that I can save my JAWS settings, after the fact, of course. LOL.
What else has been going on. lots of hanging out with Bob, lots of reading/listening to music, things like that. He got me in to that Deadly Women show, as well as "Believe it or Not, Fact, or Fiction." Some of the Deadly Women have been kind of freaky since a couple of the episodes focused on teenage killers, and in one case, a 10-year-old killer. I think this most recent hanging out time was one of the most fun though. Bob randomly asked me what I wanted to do, and he was all, "Well, I could read something to you." I've been wanting this for ages. I am especially interested in hearing his writings, but that night wasn't the night for that. We ended up reading some of a book called "If." It was a book of various questions, and we answered some of the questions, and got to know each other some more. He informed me that there was a version for couples, so that's awesome. I got stupid cramps at 1 in the morning, so even though it was shitty out, Bob drove to get me some Pamperin. I was quite touched by this, since no one has ever done that at such an hour.
The next day was when I had my eggnog milkshake, and oh, it was lovely. We were going over to Bob's Mom's boyfriends house for dinner later that evening, so I just had a Big Mac for lunch. Yay, for sandwiches with no onions.
The dinner ended up being awesome too. Pizza, and salad. Conversation was good as well. I had asked Bob's mom if Bob would like his Christmas present, and she informed me that "He'd love it." Now I’m just waiting for it to arrive. I've not gotten any emails about it being shipped, but I'll be patient since it's the holiday season. Bob did tell me that if it were to have been late that he'd not mind, and that he's not impatient. this made me feel better about the subject.
I spent that Friday night at Bob's as well. I wasn't sure if I was going to or not, but that was fun too. We talked, watched "Deadly Women" and I texted Rachel. I like that we can do other things as well as still spending time together. Bob read my phone while I was texting once, and he said the word after I typed it, and I got kind of confused. I was then like, "Oh, duh, he's reading my phone." LOL. I didn't mind that of course, it was just funny the way it happened.
The rest of the weekend ended up being relatively normal. Nothing of any significance happened. Relaxing was good. This coming weekend we're going to dinner at a friends house. I'm a bit nervous about this, since I don't know them very well, but I do know that they're nice. I don't know if we're going to karaoke or not. Doesn't really matter if we do or not.
I finished the "Matched" trilogy, and it was the best trilogy I've read in quite some time. I've obsessed about the particular trilogy ever since I finished Matched, even so far as relating things to it. Bob likes to tease me and ask me if I’m trying to be like Cassia. I tell him that I was me before Cassia was ever written, it's just that the two of us are so alike. Ky proved to be just as awesome in "Reached" and Xander was even nice. This kind of surprised me, since Xander wasn't the nicest of characters in Matched. I think that everyone needs to just read the books and find out all about the characters. Take my word for it. LOL.
Not sure what else to say at the moment, so I’ll just go. I'm pretty tired as well.
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So,, here's my Halloween playlist for the show I just did. You might have to change the color of the font to read it properly.

Halloween Playlist. )


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I had an entirely different entry in mind, but with news I found out the other day, do to Facebook Email being stupid, I had to change the entry.
Robert's obituary.
Remembering Robert. )

An update.

Sep. 4th, 2012 02:46 am
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So, things have been going well since I've been home from Dustin's. We've broken up, which I wasn't expecting to happen, but life goes on. I don't hate him, and I’m not sure if he hates me or not, but hopefully one day the two of us can become friends. He messed up, I messed up, it just wasn't meant to be. That's all I feel like saying about it.
have been singing karaoke, and I actually got to see and sing with my very old friend Aaron. I wasn't sure if he'd remember me or not, but he actually did. Our first time singing together we sang "Leader of Men" by Nickelback, and it turned out just as good as it did way back in 2003. I wasn't all that surprised by this, and we actually sounded quite good, after I got over my initial nervousness. The second time he told me that he wasn't sure why I wanted him to sing with me, since I did fine on my own. I said, "well, it takes 2 people to sing Leader of Men." He agreed this. Two other people have said I sing well too, and that I need to sing more songs. I do believe this will happen. If it doesn't, I don't know what I'll do, since I'm getting so tired of all my songs. I am just so afraid of forgetting words when I'm up on stage, and the perfectionist in me will not allow this to happen.
Have been making some new friends, so this has been pretty fun. Got to try Mudslides in a bottle, and these are quite tasty. I sometimes think that I'm getting sick of screwdrivers with 7 up, but whenever I go to Eldo's, they're what I go back to. Imagine that. No one can make them as good as Claude. :)
I've been listening to a lot of music lately, and expanding the genres. An English guy did a show last week, and out of boredom, I listened to it. this is where I discovered both Angel Haze, and Lowkey. both amazing rappers. Not quite sure which I like better, since they're different, but both amazing. I'm not sure if I'd play them on shows or not, but we'll see. Now that XTFM is all mine, I guess I can. If anyone wants to do shows on XTFM, there are many spots open on the schedule, and that's all I'll say about that. I'm not going to drag dj's to my station. It is a good fun non-dramatic place however.
So, my Wendell's getting old, and I'm not sure what to do about this. She's not really slowing down or anything, but the fact that she is 10 and a half is starting to get to me. She has a fatty benign tumor that I've got to keep watch on. The first time I saw it, when the vet pointed it out to me I nearly cried. I didn't think such a terrible huge massy thing deserved to be on my dog. It just needs to be removed so my Wendell can go back to looking beautiful. I did a stupid thing having to do with her the other day. She was outside, and I had her on her leash. I was switching the park bag from one hand to the other. Wendell took this to mean she could go running off. I called Dad, and freaked out to him, and since he was only across the street, he was able to run over and find her for me. The only other time that I lost track of her leash, a couple weeks ago when I was also outside, she just stood there, and everything was fine. I'm not sure if she saw something, or just wanted to defy me, but at least it ended up being ok in the end.
I read the 50 Shades books that everyone's obsessing over now. My thoughts on them are that the author should have researched BDSM a whole hell of a lot more than she did. She also didn't need to make Ana as whiny as she was, and her answer to all Ana's, and Christian's problems didn't need them to be fucking in various places. Sex solves nothing. I don't know how those books sold higher than the Harry Potter books, and I also don't know why they were compared to the Twilight books. The only thing I can gather is that both female leads are whiny, though I could stand Ana's whininess more than I could Bella's. I couldn't even finish the Twilight books because I just wanted to kill Bella. That, and vampires don't sparkle.
Speaking of vampires, I’m reading Dracula for the first time. BARD finally put a copy of it up, and the reader's not half bad. My thoughts thus far are that I think Lucy is a stupid whore, and I think that she needs to just die or something. I mean, seriously? Being engaged to one guy, and letting another guy kiss her? Is she really that stupid? This has been explained to me. I now know that Lucy being Lucy has to do with the high society from that particular time period, but seriously. I can't wait till she suffers. This will make me quite happy.
I'm not sure what else to say, so I'll end this entry. I'm not even all that tired, but I should be. had a stupid headache most of the day, so we'll see if I can sleep.

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I'm still alive, and i'm still doing well. Going back home from Dustin's on july 15th, where a nice long LiveJournal update will happen. i've been working on it in a notepad file all visit, so we'll see how it ends up.
I've discovered lots of new music, come to the conclusion that Wendell's starting to get old, and have gone swimming quite a few times. This totally makes me want a pool. :P
More soon.
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Do Not go Gentle in to that Good Night. )




Anyone that's talked to me within the past month knows that I'm quite obsessed with the book "Matched" by Ally Condie. Both books in the series are fabulous, and everyone must read them!

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One of my band friends informed me that they are glad that XTFM is playing the different/unheard of stuff. This of course made me quite happy. sure, we don't get a lot of listeners yet, but this is perfectly ok with me. The weather is getting nicer, people are going out and doing things, and this is ok. there archives. I'm going to continue to try to talk to bands to get their stuff out there. I won't play crappy bands though. Even though a band is submitted means nothing, if I don't like it, I won't play it. I wish that Panik Nation had something that I could play though. This being said, Contact X Transmission FM here!
The trip to Rachel's was a shit ton of fun. Going over everything that we did/talked about would take me ages to write out, and maybe I’ll get to writing about all of it. the time for this is not now though. I will say that her kids are still adorable, our friendship hasn't changed a bit, and I'm so excited about going back to visit in July. no more of this waiting a year to see each other crap is going to happen. Melissa even said that if I were to move to California to be with Dustin, that I’d have to come back at least twice a year. It was funny when she'd first said it, since I misheard her, and only heard the second part. She explained that she meant that if I move to California, and it was all good, in the confused head of me. LOL.
Rachel's kids like me a lot, and I’m impressed at how they're growing up. I'm quite fond of them too, so this is awesome. Little Brian is talking up a storm, and running around and just being cute. When we were at Dale's house, he informed all of us that he had an invisible girlfriend and her name was Gina. silly 4-year-olds.
I got the top cartilages of each ear pierced, and while it was a long drawn out kind of pain, Anthony told me what he was doing, and I didn't cry or anything. so far, the nose was by far the most painful of the piercings. Seeing Anthony was awesome. He mentioned that if we're both going up to Rachel's area at the same time, he'd come and get me. I was kind of touched by this, but would take him up on the offer if we were headed in the same direction at the same time. I'd even give him gas money. Taking the bus has kind of weirded me out, since there was a convict on my bus on the trip to Rachel's. The only reason I know this is because the driver stopped, said he had to check a tail light, then awhile later, another guy got on the bus and said that "They took the bad guy off the bus." This black guy was all, "I used his phone, I used his phone," Making it out like if it weren't for him, the convict wouldn't have been captured. This logic makes no sense to me whatsoever, but what can you do. :P
Got to see Don and Mary the day that I came home, and that was a lot of fun. I enjoy talking with Don about NASCAR, and Mary about anything. :) The race happened to be on when we were there, so this helped things. Mary told me that it took a year for her cartilage piercing to fully heal, and that it sometimes still hurts her, so we'll see what happens with mine.
Willie Phoenix was at Eldo's last weekend, and I enjoyed seeing them. I was a bit irritated when I first got there, because the Ohio State game was on and I only got to hear Willie for 2 hours instead of four, and I was also sitting at the corner of the bar, and not at my normal table. some stupid guy kept hitting on me, so far as to say that I have a nice body and nice breasts. I got freaked out, and John, the bartender saved the day by asking me if I’d wanted to go home. I readily agreed to this, and left.
That's all I've got to say for the moment, so I'm going to go.

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Here's the playlist for my trip home. I repeated many songs on it, but I'm curious to know what people think.
Great playlist. )
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What's to say. We're getting down to my last week in California, and I am quite sad about this. I think about going home, and while I'm excited to see my friends, it's going to suck that Dustin can't come with me. Vince is supposed to be coming over this weekend so that I can see him before I go home, so this will be fun if it happens. I enjoy hanging out with Vince.
I've gotten 3 Audio Podcasts that I need to listen to, and have started one which is called "Second Shift." It can be found right here. I finished Season 1, and started what seems to be the second and final season and I like it quite a lot. I can tell that the sound engineers learned some between the seasons, but the quality isn't all that bad at all. I'd listen to 3 or 4 episodes a night, and it just keeps me drawn in. I keep checking the site, and I see nothing about there being a third season, and this is just too bad.
Finally got to hang out with Tina for a good long time earlier in the week. She's been busy taking care of Chris's Mom, so having her back at the house has been a good thing. She told me that she'd like for both her and Dustin (Dusty), to come back to Columbus, and I'd like that quite a lot. I think that she and Dad would get along great as friends.
Been talking to a couple of Independent bands, so hopefully this does a bit of good for X T F M.Time will tell, I guess. One of the bands I quite like, and the other I'm not too sure on, but they retweet the shit out of us on twitter, so maybe the right set of people will hear about the station. Time will tell, I guess.
Rachel and I have been texting loads. Both of us are excited as all hell about me visiting her. I won't have internet then, so I’ll have to remember every single detail, and write a really long journal entry upon my return back to my house. Just as long as I’ve got my phone, I'll be good though. I'll be able to text Dustin and everyone else, so it's not like I’ll be out of touch or anything. Hell, some people seem to think that I’m out of touch now, but I’m totally not. If I'm online, I’m available to talk. People just need to realize this.
I found out some really exciting news from a friend of mine, and every time I think about the news, I get all excited, and am all, "yay!" I can't wait to talk to them to get all the details. Sure, I read about it in an email, but hearing them tell about it in person is just going to be all that much better, hearing the expression in their voice and all that goes along with that.
Hopefully the skull candy headphones come in tomorrow, or by the end of the week. Sure, I've got no shortage of headphones, being here, but still. The Skull Candy ones are little, noise canceling, and portable. I don't remember ever having portable noise canceling headphones, so little things like this excite me.
Dustin's and my year and 1 month anniversary was on the 13th. I came up with the brilliant idea to get some lunch from the taco wagon, and walk down to the park and eat there. There wasn't any rice for our burritos, so the guy substituted the rice with more beans and lettuce, and I think that I liked that combination better than the actual rice. the only bad part about the burritos was the fact that there were raw onions in them, but that's in their mixture, I think, so I'm not going to bitch about that. It'd be too much of a pain in the ass to be all, "Oh, by the way, I don't want onions in my burrito."
I'm slightly tired, and I think I want to listen to another episode of the Second Shift podcast before we sleep. This being if Dustin doesn't want to listen to the Shining. I'd be fine with either. If I'd known the podcast was going to be as good as it is, I'd have waited to listen to it with Dustin. More soon.
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I'm kind of sad at the moment. This past weekend, Dustin and I ordered my ticket for me to go home on Feb. 25. He looked up the ticket, and prices, and we used my card and ordered the ticket. This happened on Saturday, and the over all price is something like $170. I can't remember the exact price, but it is somewhere around there. There's so much I’m going to miss though when I go home. Waffles, or egg sandwiches in the mornings, Waking up, not wanting to get out of bed, but laying there listening to Dustin click his mouse, then I go back to sleep. I’ll miss Lily and Milo following me to the bathroom, and most of all, I'll miss Dustin and Tina. I don't need to say this though, since this is a given. I’ll even miss the random, "hey, I’m bored, let's go to the gas station so we can get more pop." I rather enjoy that walk, and lately there's been some new guy that likes to talk our ears off. i will also miss mollie. :(
I'm hoping that we can see Vince, take a trip to Dustin's Dad's, and hang out with Tawny and Derek again. Tawny did say that if hanging out didn't happen again this visit, it'd work out next time, but selfish me wants both. LOL. Tawny and Derek are fun, and I like them a lot. I also hope that we can make it down to San Diego the next time I'm here so that I cam finally meet Bob, his wife, and the other Derek, and Brooke.
I've been listening to some Riot Grrl bands lately, and I like most of them. My favorite vocalists thus far are the vocalists from Sleater-Kinney, and Bratmobile, I think. I’ve gotten a lot more from the genre within the past couple of days, I just need to listen to it. Too bad the women in Rock and Punk aren't as good as back in the 80's 90's, but is any music really as good as it was back then?
Dustin and i are reading johnny Got his Gun still, and the book is fabulous. i don't think we'll have time to read anything else while i'm here unless said book is super super short. We'll just have to make a list of things to read, listen to, and watch for the next visit. This going home thing sure does suck.
I've got this weird stomach thing going on, so I think I’m going to go lay down and read.

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I had one of the best birthdays ever this year, even though we didn't do a whole lot. Not every birthday has to be filled with doing things every moment of the day. the birthday Facebook wishes started coming in and the first person on Facebook to wish me a happy birthday shortly after midnight was Tawny.
We went to bed fairly early, and I was up at 9, since I was excited. Dad called at nine something, but I didn't get to talk to him for a long time, since my phone was dying. Figured I'd charge it, and call him back after we'd finished eating.
The eating at the Italian place was quite a lot of fun. Our waitress was kind of flakey, and it was hard to get her attention, but I liked my food. I ended up getting Shrimp Scampi, and it came with a salad and garlic bread. I always forget that California has Sour dough garlic bread, and every time I have it, I'm all, "Oh, yeah, we need to get this at home." I also had a glass of red wine. I decided to drink the wine quite slowly, because I didn't want to get any kind of buzz on an empty stomach. I doubt that would've happened, but it was better to be safe than sorry. After finishing the food, I felt like the wine glass was never going to end, but finally it did, and we left the restaurant.
We hung out here at the house for awhile, then decided to head down to the local bar, which I learned is called Texas Tavern. The bartender cared more about talking about her silly tattoo on her ribs, than being nice and hospitable. I wish Dee-Dee, or Shandy would have been working, but what can you do?
We then decided since it was sort of early to just hit the grocery store, and get the ingredients for screwdrivers, minus the 7 up. I was perfectly fine with this. Both Dustin and Joel wanted to stream since it was my birthday. Joel ended up doing the show, and it was pretty awesome. I told him that he needs to do more shows like that. I’d not complain. After the show, Dustin and I got in super serious mode, and started talking about everything. Geodes, energies from rocks, and family. Conversations don't happen like that very often, but I guess it was just the mood for that. There wasn't JAWS blabbering in the background, or music or anything. Just the two of us talking, and Wendell occasionally whining in her sleep.
The week has been pretty relaxing. One of the nights Dustin and I randomly decided to start the Lord of the Rings BBC drama. I've heard it all the way through like twice, so it's still relatively new to me. This is where I came up with the idea that Dustin should do a show on XTFM with bands based on the Lord of the Rings cities, characters, all that. It made the listening all that much more fun, cause we'd be all, "Hey, that's an LOTR name."
I've started to re-read the "Women of the Otherworld" series by Kelley Armstrong. I’ve vowed to complete this series like twice now. Read Bitten, which is fabulous, then always moved on to other books. I don't like whoever reads the second book in that series though. It's an Audible reader, and not Laurel Merlington, and this makes me sad. I'll get through it though, since Laurel does indeed read more of the books in the series. Most of them, in fact. Whoever it is that reads Bitten though could've read the rest of the series though, and I’d have been fine with that as well.
Doing some catching up on my tv shows. Just all about caught up on 90210, and I need to finish catching up on Gossip Girl. I also need to listen to Upstairs, Downstairs, which is an English drama. This will be a new set of character voices to remember, but I don't mind doing that. Also going to listen to Northern Exposure all the way through since Dustin is going to convert it to mp3 for me. That, and I liked the few episodes that I heard when Tina and I watched them together. I figured why not give it a try.
Dustin's making dinner, and I’m quite hungry. I shall go relax after my show, and read until dinner is ready.

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this week for the most part has been pretty relaxing, which was why I didn't update. Our 1 year anniversary ruled though. We gave each other a kiss pretty much right at midnight, then stupid me had to go to the bathroom. Ha. After that, I was walking back from the bathroom, and I found a couple of flat geodes on the one shelf, and this got my curiousity. I looked at them, and Dustin was like, "You can have the ones that you like. I thanked him, then I found two geodes that were cut in half. so I was looking at the two of them, and comparing how they looked. One had the crystals deeper inside, and the other was more shallow. I liked those as well, but instead of keeping both of them myself, I figured that each of us could have one of the halves, and every time we looked at it, we could always think of each other. Yes, this was one of my better ideas. Dustin then gave me a pretty awesome looking rock that came from some kind of cave. He said it was a good luck rock. I like it a lot as well. :D I was joking with him, and I told him that it sort of reminded me of a penis. in all actuality though, it looks more like a pyramid, and I did tell him this. This lead to us exploring a lot of the shelves with the decorations. I saw some pretty neat things, like an old iron from the 1800s, some really old bells with figures of people on the handles, plates, a porcupine made out of wood. I don't know how they made the prickers of the porcupine, but it was interesting.
We went to bed at 4 something, but I woke up a few times before actually deciding to get out of bed, since I was excited about the rest of the day. Dustin was as well, but it was a tiny bit harder to get him motivated. Once he was though, it was all good. ;) We both showered, and decided to go out to the Mexican restaurant for dinner. Before we left, Rachel texted me and wished us a happy anniversary, so I thought that was quite awesome. We decided to have a drink before going out to the bar, so we each had a pint of Smirnoff.
The bar ended up being quite fun. We spent a lot of the evening talking to this guy who was Dad's ago, but his whole disposition was a lot different than Dad's. It was like he was much older acting, but he was also drunk, so I'm not going to judge. Talking with him was a lot of fun. Dee-Dee, the bartender was there from last week, as was Cody, and shandi. (sp). They all made us feel pretty welcome. We hadn't been there for any more than an hour, and I had 4 free drinks. I totally wasn't going to complain.
We came home when the bar closed, and after having a peanut butter sandwich a piece, we finally went to sleep. Dustin is a bit hung over today, but I am not, so this is good, since hang overs are the devil.
We're going to go out to an Italian place for my birthday tomorrow, and this is awesome. I haven't had anything really Italian in quite a long time, so I'm excited about this. Tina paid attention to my talking about the foods I liked, and since I frequently mention Pasta, this made the decision. People are wishing me a happy birthday early, but I shall not complain about this. Better than people forgetting all together.
I'm going to go, since I'm hungry. I'll most likely update again soon, but we'll see.

An update.

Jan. 8th, 2012 12:11 am
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I've had my first hang over for 2012. Friday night, after going to the Mexican restaurant for dinner, Dustin suggested that the two of us go to the bar. This ended up being a pretty good idea, though I wasn't sure what I'd think at the beginning of the evening. Everyone was really nice, and made us feel really welcome, which is kind of rare for a small town neighborhood bar. We met one of the funniest guys that I've met in a long time. I don't think I've laughed as much as I did at a bar since Lincoln, Michele and I hung out. We're totally going there for our 1 year anniversary this coming Friday.
New Years ended up being a lot of fun. We met our friends Tawny and Derek, and they too made us feel welcome. We did a lot of talking, had an awesome dinner that Tawny cooked, drank, their home made wine, as well as other things. I was surprised that I wasn't hung over the next day. We also watched a couple of movies. I also got to play around with Tawny's Mandolin a bit, which made me miss mine. Derek showed me his banjo, as well as their canjo. Looking at the banjo made me realize how hard they seem to play. I'm Hoping Dustin and I are able to go back over for a birthday type dealy for Tawny and I, since our birthdays are so close. Just hanging out at the house would be fine with Dustin and I. Tawny even got me in to some dresses, and that was a lot of fun. I felt rather pretty, especially when I was holding the wine glass.
The station is still going well. Dustin and I are going to try to get new DJ's. Derek and Tawny will be doing their first live show this coming Tuesday, so if anyone wants to dune in, X Transmission FM
is the place to be.
It was suggested that I talk to bands that we play, and maybe some of the lesser known ones will check out the station, so we'll see how this goes. I did contact a couple of them, and they said that they'd check the station out, but I think I'll believe this when I see it. I just wish that we could get more live programming. I'm not going to give up though, because I like XTFM a lot. It just got off the ground, and I don't want to do shows on another station, because I don't want to have rules to follow.
I haven't heard from my cousin Andy in a week or so, so I think I'm going to call him later today. I will definitely call him on the 10th, since its his birthday, and I hope that he does the same for me on the 15th.
Speaking of that. I'm not sure how I feel about this turning 32 deal. While I’m glad that I've lived a healthy and prosperous 31 years, the other part of me is like, 'Holy shit, I'm getting old." I'm glad that Dustin and I are going to be together on my birthday, even if we don't do a whole lot.
I'm almost finished with the Ribbons of Steel series, and I'm rather sad about this. I enjoyed the books thoroughly, even though the last one was a bit too much in to God for me. The main characters, Carolina and James kept looking to God for things, and I was like, "Ugh, be productive, take responsibility for your own actions." I'd totally read them again though, since the story lines were quite captivating. I'm going to read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and its sequel, Racso, and the Rats of NIMH, since Racso was just put on BARD yesterday. After that, I'm not sure what'll be on the reading agenda. I think that I'll do a "books read in 2012" list, but we'll see if I actually keep up with it. I did all right for 2010, but I’m not sure that I got all the books. Heh.
I'm not sure what else to say, so I’ll go for now. I think I want to read, and spend time with Dustin.
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