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OMG, do you really want to go there?

1. Garden City, KS
2. Ingalls, KS
3. Syracuse, KS (two different places)
4. Swink, CO
5. Pueblo, CO
6. Colorado City, CO
7. Dalhart, TX
8. Brewster, KS
9. Winona, KS
10. Deerfield, KS (two different places)
11. Holcomb, KS
12. Glencoe, OK
13. Greensburg, KS (two different places)
14. Haviland, KS
15. Pratt, KS (two different places)
16. Ames, IA (three different places)
17. Blanchard, OK

I know I'm missing some. I only know about those early moves from memory snippets and what my parents have told me. This also doesn't count all the places my mom lived after the divorce.

My favorite? Probably Ames. Although I love love love our house here in Oklahoma, I liked Ames as a place to live much more than I do here. Least favorite? Probably Dalhart, TX, although I don't remember much about it. All I know is that the four of us were crammed into a tiny apartment and I pretty much had the sense that none of us were happy there.

Awesome.

Jan. 14th, 2008 10:56 am
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XKCD usually has an uncanny ability to tap into my life in the geekiest ways, but this is taking it to the extreme. I mean, seriously, I thought I was the only person in the universe who was obsessed with Redwall at some point in my life. The comments are nostalgic gold, too. This makes me want to read them again. :)
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It's gone. Completely and totally destroyed. One of my old homes there is probably gone. The elementary school my sister went to is destroyed. The high school is half missing where I saw my former classmates graduate (we moved to Pratt from Greensburg when I was a freshman). The John Deere dealership where my Dad worked for several years is gone. My best friend from Greensburg's parents owned a bulk foods store on Main Street, and Main street is nothing but piles of bricks and wood now. There was a drug store on Main that made sodas the old fashioned way by mixing the syrup and soda by hand. Gone. There was a restaurant on the corner that had the most elaborate Christmas theme you could ever imagine...trinkets and decorations everywhere. Gone. Antique stores, gift shops, churches, cafes, the library, the hospital....all gone.

Worst of all, people died. Others were seriously hurt. There are probably people who died in the basements of their homes, and no one will find them until the debris is cleared away.

And I watched it happen. I was here at home following the radar while I was talking to my Dad on the phone. I was telling him what was happening, and it didn't look as if it would happen this way. The tornado was headed on a course that would take it just east of town, missing everything completely, and then for some reason it made a turn to the northwest and levelled Greensburg. I couldn't have ever imagined it would be this bad.

I'm still in shock I think. It's just unbelievable. And to think that I only lived there for a year and a half. I can't imagine what my friends are going through who grew up there or whose parents still live there. Almost every single person in this 1400 person town has lost not only their homes, but probably their jobs as well. How do you rebuild an entire town from there? And you want to know something else? If my Dad hadn't moved us to Pratt in 1998, he'd still be living there. Working there. And now he'd be lost and confused and possibly hurt or killed. He moved us to Pratt just because he wanted my sister and I to go to a better school.
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If you've had LJ for over a year, look back to one year ago today and link back to and quote from your entries of that day.

If you have more than one year, go back for the same day for each past year and quote for them as well.

If you've had LJ for under a year, quote from the first month you had LJ and then halfway through the time you've had it.


January 28, 2006:

-no entry

January 28, 2005:

Entry 1: "Most normal people don't give a shit what the liquid water content of a cloud is down to the hundredth of a gram per cubic meter. Only meteorologists and physicists are that damn crazy."

January 28, 2004:

Entry 1: "The temp outside right now is -1 fahrenheit. The high is supposed to be 3."

Entry 2: "I'm really overly careful about attachments in emails...so much so that I actually called my Mom once before I opened a message from her to make sure that it was legit."

January 28, 2003:

Entry 1: "I ordered a large pizza and there's two pieces left."

January 28, 2002:

Entry 1: "I wanted to get some Lucky's or Silvers, but they were 70 fucking bucks each! I got TWO nice pairs of jeans (one Tommy Hilfiger, the other LEI) and a tank of gas for that much."

Friday Five

Jan. 5th, 2007 03:40 pm
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1. Do you have any pets? If so, how many, and what are their names?
One cat, a grey and white domestic shorthair named Phoebe.

2. What was your very first pet? Do you remember its name?
The earliest pet I can remember was a white dog named Lobo. I don't remember what breed she was, but she looked kind of like a yellow labrador retriever...but white and with pointy ears. My mom adopted her from a family after she had given birth to puppies, and we kept her for several years. Eventually we had to give her to my grandparents when we moved into a tiny apartment that didn't allow pets, and she lived with them until she died of some kind of mouth cancer when I was about 12 years old. She was a good dog, and that's a lot coming from a cat person.

3. Is there an animal you would never have as a pet?
I like animals that you can pet or cuddle, so although I've had them before I'm not terribly fond of aquarium pets.

4. What common pet have you always wanted but never had? Why not?
I wanted a horse really badly when I was young, but I never got one. I've also wanted to try keeping rabbits, but that never worked out either.

5. What wild animal (extinct or not) would you own if you didn't have to worry about its adjustment or the cost of captivity?
For some reason I went through a phase where I wanted foxes and raccoons. Any kind of wild canine or feline species would be fun. I had a wolf when I was 13, and he was the best pet I've ever had.

PS: KAYLA!! Thank you for the Christmas card!! I got it a few days ago, but I suck at remembering to thank people for things. :)
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I found this gem while tagging back entries. I wrote some pretty hilarious shit back in 2003.

"If I were the God/dess of Cooking, these would be commandments:

1. Thou shalt ONLY use 2% milk in macaroni and cheese. If I catch thee using skim milk, I shall banish thee to the pit of despair where tofu and sardines are the only foods thee can eat.
2. Thou shalt never eat a cantaloupe, for it is poison.
3. Thou shalt remove batteries from all smoke detectors before commencing the ritual of cooking.
4. Thou shalt always have a dishwasher!
5. Thou shalt drain fat from all fried meat. If thee fails to abide by this rule, I shall banish thee to the pit of saturated fat where thee will drink nothing but bacon grease.
6. Thou shalt never EVER dip french fries in anything other than ketchup. This includes the following: BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, honey mustard, sweet and sour sauce, steak sauce, mayonnaise, and most importantly...CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKES.
7. Thou shalt never EVER add bacon to devilled eggs. The pigs will thank thee.
8. Thou shalt never EVER put oysters in Thanksgiving stuffing. If I catch thee eating it, I will strike thee down by making thee choke on a pearl.
9. Thou shalt always have celery, hardboiled eggs, and sweet relish in thy tuna salad. It's tuna SALAD, not tuna sauce.
10. Thou shalt always put steak sauce on thy mashed potatoes. Bonus points on getting into heaven if it's Heinz 57."
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If you've had LJ for over a year, look back to one year ago today and link back to and quote from your entries of that day.

If you have more than one year, go back for the same day for each past year and quote for them as well.

If you've had LJ for under a year, quote from the first month you had LJ and then halfway through the time you've had it.


December 14, 2004:

-Entry 1: "I'm just in a general FUCK YOU mood today."
-Entry 2: "The rest of the time it feels like my head is swimming around in some kind of fog where I have no bearing whatsoever on what is going on around me or what I'm supposed to be doing. I stare off into space for ungodly amounts of time and find myself not thinking about a single, god damned thing."

December 14, 2003:

-Entry 1: "Eeeeexcellent."
-Entry 2: "Apparently the whole idea is that Santa's getting his man-breasts removed."

December 14, 2002:

-no entry

December 14, 2001:

-Entry 1: "Well...that and I broke the school record in Jenga."
-Entry 2: "Crowds scare the shit out of me sometimes."
-Entry 3: "Damn, I'm good."

I decided to do December 14th because I apparently have a stigma against the 13th. I went back through all four years and found only one entry. Weird.
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Today's recipe for crockpot chili:

1.5 lbs of beef stew meat
2 cans of salt-free stewed tomatoes
2 cans of dark red kidney beans
1/2 a yellow sweet onion, chopped up
2 small cans of salt-free tomato paste
2 cups of hot water
Season to taste with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, brown sugar, and poultry seasoning.

Cook on high for one hour, and then switch to low for several hours until ready to serve.

It seems that crockpot stews such as chili and beef stew are an art. There really is no universal recipe for them, so you just add whatever sounds good and then hope it turns out. Last time Jeremy insisted that we use dry red beans (soaked first of course), and that just screwed up the whole mojo of the chili. It didn't taste right, but there were a few other mistakes that also affected it, so I can't blame it all on Jeremy and his beans. He also doesn't like onion, so that was another key flavor ingredient that was missing. The one I'm making today has all the tried and true ingredients (sans the brown sugar...that's a trick I learned from other groups in the ISU chili cook-off freshman year) that my Dad used to put in his legendary chili, so hopefully it ends up being close.
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I just saw Knapp and Storms go down live online. Seeing the implosion made me sadder than I thought it would. I have a lot of great memories in Knapp from my freshman year. I lived in Elm, but a bunch of my friends lived out in Towers and threw the greatest parties. Good times, good times. It'll be weird driving home and only seeing two towers left on the Ames skyline. They were the first things I noticed about Ames when I visited Iowa State for the first time.
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I've been dorking around in Pagemaker and Photoshop for the last couple of hours for my English assignment. I have to make a two-sided datasheet about an imaginary biotech company's genetically modified rice. Yep, three hours down and all I have is the bottom half of one page. This brings back fond memories of high school journalism. Ahh yes, spending hours and hours on the newspaper layouts to get all the alignment and picas just right while simultaneously praying that your OS 8 iMac won't have a stroke over the massive amount of memory that you're using, which of course would mean that you'd lose everything you've done since you naturally forget to ever save the file. It was great fun, though. I loved the whole newspaper-making process, every bit of it. I like to say that archaeology or music would have been my second choice after meteorology, but fuck that. It would have been journalism.
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Be prepared. This is going to be a long one.

1. Go To Mapquest.com
2. Click on Directions
3. Enter your Current Address and the Address of your Childhood Home (or at least the town if you don't remember the exact address)
4. Put the time and distance in a post like this.
5. Don't forget to repost these directions.

Garden City, Kansas (where I was born):
Total Est. Time: 10 hours, 42 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 671.33 miles

Ingalls, Kansas:
Total Est. Time: 10 hours, 16 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 589.77 miles

south of Syracuse, Kansas:
Total Est. Time: 11 hours, 41 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 707.88 miles

even further south of Syracuse, Kansas (i.e., the middle of fucking nowhere):
Total Est. Time: 12 hours, 1 minute
Total Est. Distance: 747.88 miles

Swink, Colorado:
Total Est. Time: 13 hours, 6 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 783.54 miles

Colorado City, Colorado:
Total Est. Time: 12 hours, 58 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 848.35 miles

south of Pueblo, Colorado:
Total Est. Time: 12 hours, 50 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 838.51 miles

Dalhart, Texas:
Total Est. Time: 13 hours, 25 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 750.80 miles

Brewster, Kansas:
Total Est. Time: 9 hours, 24 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 543.56 miles

Winona, Kansas:
Total Est. Time: 9 hours, 20 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 602.41 miles

Deerfield, Kansas (we lived in two different houses here, but meh):
Total Est. Time: 10 hours, 56 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 683.24 miles

Holcomb, Kansas:
Total Est. Time: 10 hours, 46 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 675.83 miles

south of Glencoe, Oklahoma:
Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 43 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 557.74 miles

Greensburg, Kansas (we lived in two houses here, too, but meh again):
Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 48 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 535.97 miles

east of Haviland, Kansas:
Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 520.97 miles

Pratt, Kansas (country house):
Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 18 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 510.96 miles

Pratt, Kansas (in town house):
Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 505.76 miles

Hm, that's only 19. I think there were a lot more places that we lived when I was an infant/toddler, and my Dad has mentioned them before, but I obviously don't remember it. On his count, the number is over 30.
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Have I ever expressed my intense loathing of centipedes? Have I ever explained why I loathe them so? If not, then here you go...

When I was a wee little 5 year-old, we lived in a house that was completely infested with centipedes and roaches. Many of my nights were spent trying to get to sleep while the centipedes scurried around on ceiling above my head, in my bed, on the floor, and on the walls. The roaches' main habitats were the kitchen and laundry room, so they were less of a problem. Anywho, as if this wasn't enough, my mom tried to spray one that was on my bed with 409 to try to kill it. I was standing right there watching, and as soon as she sprayed it, all of the legs detached from the body and started writhing independently all over the comforter that I was supposed to sleep under. After several minutes, every piece of the thing finally stopped moving, but I was pretty much horrified by it. I remember having nightmares in a Fantasia broomstick fashion where no matter how many I killed, they would break into a billion pieces and then all of it would come after me and try to get all over me. I don't remember Mom washing the blanket either, but for my sake, I certainly hope she did. We eventually moved out of that house, but I have been completely mortified of centipedes ever since. Usually when there's someone else around, I make them kill it because I don't want to watch it die. Today, however, I had no one around to save me. Just a few minutes ago, I was sitting in my office just as I am now, and I saw one of those fuckers crawling along the floor toward my bookbag. I had a mini panic attack, but I would have much rather developed the courage to kill it than to let it nestle into the bookbag that I was supposed to pick up, put on my shoulders, and carry home. I knew what it would do when I smashed it, so I didn't want any part of that thing on my shoe. I grabbed the phone book instead and thwacked it as hard as I could. As predicted, most of the legs came off and started twitching and moving, something of which I am still shuddering and freaking out over even though I killed it like five minutes ago. I did not want to see that. God, how the fuck did it get up here into my office on the third floor of this huge building?! I can't put my bag on the floor anymore...I just can't.
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Speaking of books, I always feel so uncivilized and illiterate for not reading very many books/stories in my life. However, I got to counting in my head just now all the books I've read, and I think I've got a decent list going. So I figured, why not make a list for my own use/amusement/purpose?

Here we go... )
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Firsts
First kiss:A little grunge rock guy named Brian
First state you lived in:Kansas
First boy/girl you liked:Tucker from first grade
First boy/girl you loved:Probably Jeremy
First book you couldn't put down:I think it was "Ghosts Beneath Our Feet" by Betty Ren Wright
First friend you couldn't wait to see:Probably Shawnna from third grade
First IM of the day:Susan
First SN:miraje
First email:miraje@rocketmail.com
First online journal:this one. :)
First band you loved:Aerosmith
First poster you bought:It probably had kittens on it or something.
First band member you obsessed about:I don't obsess. Sorry.
First song you loved of your current favorite band:Dream On--Aerosmith or My Immortal--Evanescence
Lasts
Last kiss:This morning
Last hug:Last night...?
Last word said:bye (on the phone with Susan)
Last book read (all the way):The Picture of Dorian Gray--Oscar Wilde
Last IM:AIM
Last person IMed:Susan
Last online journal entry:a few hours ago
Last TV show seen:an old episode of SNL
Last commercial seen:don't remember
Last person you spoke to:Susan on the phone
Last CD bought:Fallen--Evanescence
Last song heard:Flow--Transister
Last thought:"awwww, how cute!!"
Last word heard:bye
Now
Current song listening to/singing:Clubbed2Death (Kurayamino Mix)--Rob D
Current website you're surfing:Ebay
Current book you're reading:not reading one right now...
Current friend you're talking to:Susan
Current rant:I have no money.
Current rave:I'm so happy for Susan!!
Current obsession:peanut butter sundaes
Current love of your life:Jeremy
Current hair color:dark blonde with blonde, red, and brunette highlights
Current thought:I'm thirsty.
Current font you love:um? I really don't have a favorite at the moment.
Current shoe you're wearing:none...not even socks
Current hair style:straight hair a little past shoulder length with roots growing in above the highlights
Current person you hate:George W. Bush

Firsts, Lasts, Nows brought to you by BZOINK!

Also, without further adieu, happy birthday woolf!
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I go home in t-minus two weeks! If there is a God, he'll give me thunderstorms while I'm down there. Then I can go chasing with Kayla as my medic. ;) Well, not only to go chasing. I just really miss seeing the huge thunderheads roll in from miles away. Iowa's an entirely different environment, and they just aren't the same. Plus, you're surrounded by trees and hills up here, so even if there were a really good storm, you wouldn't be able to see it. Although, all the lightning I've seen up here has been some of the most spectacular I've ever seen, so I guess there's a trade-off.

And you know...I think I've complained about this before. The withdrawal must be bad.
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1. What is your middle name?
Marie

2. If you had been born the other sex, did your parents tell you what your name would have been?
Mom wanted to name me Tommie or Joseph after my Dad, but I don't think Dad would have let it happen.

3. Do you have children and if so, what are their names?
N/A

4. If you were to ever have a child or more children, what would you name them?
I don't know. There's lots of names that appeal to me.

5. Most people know their mother's maiden name, but do you know your grandmothers' maiden names?
Myers and McDonald

6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
nope. I had my sister.

7. What was the name of your first pet?
Tinkerbell. She was a tabby cat.

8. What was the name of the first person you ever kissed?
Brian, but his nickname was Skrat. He was a guitarist in a local rock band.

9. What was the name of the school you attended as a child?
Okie dokie...here we go.

Kindergarten: Brewster Elementary (Brewster, Kansas)
1st and half of 2nd grades: Tri-Plains Elementary (Winona, Kansas)
half of 2nd grade through half of 4th grade: Deerfield Elementary (Deerfield, Kansas)
half of 4th grade: Holcomb Elementary (Holcomb, Kansas)
5th grade: Glencoe Elementary (Glencoe, Oklahoma)
6th and half of 7th grades: Stillwater Middle School (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
half of 7th grade and 8th grade: Mullinville Junior High (Mullinville, Kansas)
9th through 12th grades: Skyline High School (Pratt, Kansas)

10. What was/is the name of your English teacher(s) in high school?
Mrs. Keener (god I hated her) and Mrs. Withers

11. Do you name your vehicles? What are the name(s)?
Nope, never named them...other than Son of a Bitch when they wouldn't start.
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If you've had LJ for over a year, look back to one year ago today and link back to and quote from your entries of that day.

If you have more than one year, go back for the same day for each past year and quote for them as well.

If you've had LJ for under a year, quote from the first month you had LJ and then halfway through the time you've had it.


February 29, 2003:

................wait a sec...I'll have to do this for March 1.

March 1, 2003:
-Entry 1: "We...are musical geniuses. Hell yes."
-Entry 2: "None of her so-called friends ever offer to help me, so I'm left by myself with a crying, tantrum throwing, childish, screaming dramaqueen on my hands."

March 1, 2002:
-Entry 1: "Da snow be coming down now!"
-Entry 2: "I just downloaded Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt onto my graphing calculator."
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My dress from senior prom looks better on me now than it did then. Score! It's such a beautiful dress, too. It would have been a waste if it didn't fit anymore, especially since I paid 100 bucks for it. I want it to be something that I hold onto for the rest of my life and eventually pass it down to my kids and whatnot. I have my mother's wedding dress, and it's kind of a special thing to me, so I want to be able to give my kids something similar.

My mom's dress fits me too, and I haven't tried it on since I was 14 or 15. This is a good self confidence day.

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