messages to myra-lee:
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from theshivers :
Diaryland neglected to inform me of your lovely note--thank you for the well-wishes! Hope all is well with you :)
from ceildah :
hey Myra - I have just been summonsed back here by a 'buddy' - I wish you'd come back to visit too - I'd love to know how you're doing x
from oh-sweet-pea :
oh hi there, i decided to drop by and try on this old outfit. i hope your job is getting better and maybe you'll find something better because you're awesome and have a great sense of humour. happy 2011! onwards!
from dearedwin :
Man. We’re not supposed to be having crises in our thirties. That’s a twentysomething/fortysomething phenomenon, isn’t it?
from ceildah :
glad you're back! I am also working fingers to the bone, so it was a balm to read your words and feel less alone. Also, weirdly I had a similar Fiest moment the other day listening to mushaboom and feeling weary, dazed and envious of 'planting lilacs' and houses 'tucked in the woods'
from emeraldtiger :
oh god, your entry taps into one of my biggest fears. depending on the type of job i take upon finishing grad school, i could well end up overworked. there are definitely some people *COUGH* my advisor *COUGH* who genuinely get some sort of high off of that type of go-go-go non-stop environment/lifestyle. (plus, in some sectors of academia, there's also a grant-chasing pressure-cooker where not getting grants means you starve). while i'm realistic about what my line of work will entail, and i'm obviously willing to work hard enough, i'm not sure i want to get the kind of job where there's no choice but to be married to it w/ no outside life. i can't see myself getting some sort of high from working 80 hour weeks. but some people *COUGH*my advisor*COUGH* truly do. yay for your 20-something shed inhabitant!
from lass :
myra-lee!!! I am excited about your potential shed inhabitant. I lived for 12 years in an illegal, unheated coachhouse in Chicago...if your tenant complains about the cold, you send him to me. I'll set him straight. Also, hi.
from reddirtgirl :
Don't be silly! You didn't crap on anything. For one thing, the pressure to bear aliens is an interesting topic that I am always happy to chat about. I do think R. and I got off really easy on this one, at least in terms of our own parents. But even so, it turned out that my parents had secretly assumed that we must have decided against having kids, being of advanced old age the way we are (and married for one full year, still childless!). I have some idea of what you mean about your profession. A friend of mine (our age) is also pregnant, and she and her husband are both attorneys. She's pretty sure they're going to find a way to fire her while she's on maternity leave. This is her Partner Year, and I guess by procreating she's demonstrating that she cares about other things besides lawyering, which is not allowed. Plus, she and her husband both work about a thousand hours a week. Sheesh.
from reddirtgirl :
I've been pretty lucky that my parents (although quietly DESPERATE for grandchildren) haven't really put on any pressure. And Mr. A's parents already have 10 of them, so while they are excited, it's not quite such a big deal for them. The real pressure comes from our friends who already have kids.
from oh-sweet-pea :
Whoa, you are officially a grown up lady!! Congrats on the house-buying!
from arajane :
congrats on the house and welcome to home ownership! and i'm totally in love with that mural. i'd totally choose a house based on that alone. yay!
from emeraldtiger :
How exciting for you two...a new house! That's awesome! Ahh....the head vs. heart dialogue enters into every important life decision, doesn't it? I have definitely found in some situations that when you're uber analytical and logical, but let your heart jump in to guide you, it (can be) so totally liberating in a way you can't explain other than that, well... "it feels right", and that's it. Good luck w/ the rest of the homebuying process, and the clothes purging. the answer to "did I really used to wear that?", or "did I actually think I could pull that off" is always...."yes".
from oh-sweet-pea :
You know what, I know that feeling all too well. I don't dwell on it either because when I do it's all dark skies and teardrops until it passes and it's never pleasant. So, a hearty rallying cry of "tally ho!" and "hup hup"?!
from lass :
Miss Myra Lee, I hope you are all right. My new email is theelass@gmail.com and I am still the Lass at wordpress, should you care to come visit. XO
from emeraldtiger :
Thanks so much for the jeans suggestion...I should (and will!) check out Diesel. I'm not willing to give up on denim just yet, and I know that a good, true blue pair is somewhere waiting for me to find them. And you're absolutely right--maybe the investment in pricier pair is worth it if I find one really good pair instead of a few cheaper mediocre pairs that have an imperfect and uncomfortable/unflattering fit.
from emeraldtiger :
i wonder if there really ever is such a thing as a career field or job devoid of at least some degree of that "whoa, what have i done? i love SOME of what i do..." element. i suspect if it lacked that altogether, things would quickly get bland! ha, i still sometimes have moments when i joke that maybe i should have become a dentist or a meteorologist or something other than what i'm actually doing! good luck finding the right house.
from oh-sweet-pea :
i didn't watch the oscars but i was crushed when mickey rourke didn't win. i LOVED the wrestler so so much (way more than i thought possible). sigh. your house hunting sees exiting! i can't wait to hear more.
from reddirtgirl :
Also, I think I never congratulated you on your lawyership, which is terrible. Many, many congrats! There was never a doubt, but still, very awesome.
from reddirtgirl :
I can't wait to see your screenplay on the big screen--and I have no doubt I will.
from emeraldtiger :
sounds like life is interesting all around these days! with a screen play, 2009 will undoubtedly be good.
from ikss :
Hey there! I have been out of touch, internet-wise, for two months; so I only now saw your news about the BAR. Congrats! You are totally awesome (as if we didn't know that before)!
from theshivers :
Congratulations! I KNEW you would do it...
from oh-sweet-pea :
awesome news!! of course, i had no doubts. you are truly inspiring and rad. congratulations!!!!!
from thebeesknees :
Congratulations! I had a big weepy moment when I found out I passed the bar as well. It's a nice watershed moment at the end of a lot of stress, anxiety and W A I T I N G. Welcome to lawyertown.
from rue-madame :
You rule! Yay! Congratulations! What a huge, amazing achievement. ˇViva!
from lass :
YES! Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!!
from emeraldtiger :
congratulations!! that is wonderful news!!
from ceildah :
: ) that's fantastic.
from arajane :
yay, congratulations!
from lass :
Fingers crossed for you, m'lady!
from dearedwin :
i'm crossing my fingers for champagne! good luck! i can't wait to meet edward. that guy is all kinds of hot.
from reddirtgirl :
Hooray! I'm so glad you went as Zombie Palin--that was my favorite. It's genius because it's TRUE. Everyone in Seattle is definitely still in a happy daze about the election--I think we sort of feel like it's a dream (or a sci fi movie) that we might wake up from. Every time I heard the words "President Elect Obama," it blows my mind a little bit. In a good way.
from reddirtgirl :
Okay, I'm a few entries behind, but I am DYING to know which Halloween costume you chose.
from emeraldtiger :
it's still sinking in that it's true, and that yes, America, YES WE DID. the excitement here was contagious too, and i heard fireworks somewhere near my house right after it was declared. it's awesome to look at that map and not cry for once, unless it's tears of joy. better yet, my beloved state came through like i knew it would--and within that, i am so happy that the part i live in is a true blue region within. not only am i a proud american, but also excited to say for the 1st time "i come from a blue state"! CHANGE is GOOD! i think--and hope--and believe that good times lie ahead for us all. xoxo,
from lass :
Oh, my. It all boils down to fear of the black man...and it's not just in far-flung religious circles. In the past few weeks I've heard otherwise normal, educated people predicting race riots and/or the swift assassination of Obama if he's elected. It's bizarre and upsetting.
from rue-madame :
I vote Zombie Palin. I'm thinking of going as an East Coast Elite myself...
from dearedwin :
i can't believe the nutter who faked being attacked by an Obama supporter (a Big B1ack Man, as she said) isn't a contender!
from emeraldtiger :
hope the new job is going well and that you're enjoying NOT being a student anymore! of course, being in grad school has its perks. but i suspect working in a cushy office, complete w/ a view of the pacific, etc., (and getting paid instead of going into debt) has its perks as well...
from oh-sweet-pea :
my brother and i would play "fonzie's apartment" or "fonzie's boat", where my brother's bed would be the boat or the apartment and i'm not sure exactly what i was, but it always was fun. writing it down it sounds a bit off, but it was all good clean fun.
from lass :
My sister and I used to play "snake pit" - the area between our two beds was the snake pit and we would jump between our beds in a frenzy. The first one to fall into the pit lost.
from oh-sweet-pea :
Mr. Whiskers made me spit up my cheerios. Apparently, C's dad always gets called Mr. Whiskers in Mexico (as he's always bearded). Too funny!
from allmadhere :
My best friend from high school's sister got pregnant when she was 16, had the baby when she was 17. She's 36 now and her daughter just started college at Santa Cruz. Talk about feeling old...
from allmadhere :
It's 100indecisions, but I do all my entries friends-only, so you'll need an account to follow along. Sorry--my boyfriend is a snoop!
from arajane :
gah! just as you leave that comment, here i am planning a binge-fest of the final two books. i can't help myself--it's a disease! i will try to maybe read another book between eclipse and breaking dawn, but i'm not sure i'll be able to restrain myself. ah well...
from emeraldtiger :
yikes--glad you're okay. hope the bar went (is going?) really really well. we need more thoughtful, well-rounded lawyers like you, rather than ones who are adult versions of classmates who didn't put down their pencils when time was up on their SAT's.
from lass :
Good lord. Glad you're ok!
from emeraldtiger :
sorry--that didn't come out right--what i meant to ask below: does your state have a two-tiered bar system where you take it in two parts? that's what happens when i'm short on sleep.;-)
from emeraldtiger :
yikes, i didn't know you had to take the bar *twice*! or is this something unique to CA, where, kind of like some states give you a provisional or graded driver's license? i think standardized test makers of all kinds LOVE pattern-recognition questions, and ones that make you identify the answer that doesn't belong. unfortunately, it sounds like the bar exam, is no exception, but i know you'll conquer it brilliantly.
from reddirtgirl :
Again?! Are you taking the bar in another state too?
from dearedwin :
the fact pattern is a great band name. get your musician lawyers-to-be together and get on that!
from oh-sweet-pea :
yay! congraduations, lady. all that hard work paid off and soon enough you'll be shacked up next to chloe sevigny and being all eco-chic (but for reals). hooray!!! you are awesome.
from lass :
Once in a great while, usually when someone I like is telling a funny story about a bad show, I wish I had cable. *wishes*
from dearedwin :
the model angela lindvall? where have i been?
from emeraldtiger :
you'll do just fine. why wouldn't you? there's no doubt in my mind you'll do great.
from lass :
You WILL make it because I need someone to represent me in my lawsuit against all humanity for bugging the s**t out of me this week.
from dearedwin :
you will absolutely come out on top. i've said this before, but i don't think anyone has any doubt that you won't.
from rue-madame :
Did you granulate? Congratulations!
from allmadhere :
I think I might have been sitting behind you in that Cure show ... Disintegration tour?
from emeraldtiger :
good luck--i hope your last couple of exams go well (or went well)--you'll finish law school with flying colors!
from oh-sweet-pea :
damn, damn, damn! i'm sure you could win too!
from lass :
The "let's throw..." people can go to hell and take the "Right?" and "Dude!" folks with them. Blech.
from theshivers :
i LOVE that Boris record...love, love, love it. Plus, the name? Just too awesome for words.
from emeraldtiger :
best of luck finishing school! has it really been three years? wow. you just got me thinking: d-land has changed, and a lot of people have come and gone from our written lives here. but one of the fun things about continuing at d-land for this long, and knowing other people here who have been here just as long, is the ability to "watch" people set a goal or start a new adventure, and then, (if all goes as planned, of course) see it through to completion. or even if they're not doing things that are obviously finite, you still really do watch people on here kind of grow and evolve. crazy! :-)
from lass :
Wow - you're almost done already? To the casual internet observer, it seems like law school went by quickly. Probably not so much for you, eh?
from emeraldtiger :
awww! thank you for the compliments and shout-out. it made my day. and i, too, get really happy when you update--i love to log on here and find your name among the ones on my buddy list that are lit up in red. xoxo,
from rue-madame :
I love you too! Thanks for the compliments. I am always so happy when you update, my dear.
from oh-sweet-pea :
aww shucks. i appreciate the swell icon recognition and it just made my day! it's only 9am and i've been up for only an hour but i'm pretty sure this is gonna be the highlight! thank you, from one swell lady to another.
from theshivers :
so, here i am having one of those days (you know, one of THOSE days: low self-esteem, sorta midlife crisis-ish woes) and then I read your diary and you give me the nicest hooray and award. And, well. Damn. Thank you.
from ceildah :
Although Im not pleased that Im still lounging around in bed in my robe at 9.09am on a thursday, I am pleased that i read your diary this morning so I can now have a full day of being chuffed! thanks for the shout out honey - really nice words... x Ps: have you come across that newly unearthed and published Janet Frame book? I havent read it yet but intend to get my mitts on it soon. x
from empezar :
hi, i've moved from my old 'sls' diary. hope you are fantastic! -s
from rue-madame :
I had three impacted ones removed ages ago, and while the recovery took longer than I wanted it to, I really enjoyed the drugs. Silver lining!
from ceildah :
i had mine all out 3 yrs ago (aged 27?) and it was fine was eating soup later that day! had chipmunk cheeks for far too long though...
from lass :
Good luck - I've heard both the yes/no arguments on having wisdom teeth pulled. Due to poverty, I elected not to have mine done - the only noticeable result was that they shifted my top teeth so that the gap between my two front teeth closed, which was actually a good thing.
from emeraldtiger :
good luck--hope it goes smoothly.
from lass :
I hope you congratulated Seamus for living up to his (apparently) Irish heritage. Way to drink, Seamus!
from oh-sweet-pea :
yikes, a trip to the ER? glad erik is a-okay! as for yoga, i went to a class this summer and loved it. i keep wanting to go back but damn, those classes cost a pretty penny and i'm so cheap. i'll probably just get a yoga dvd from the library.
from emeraldtiger :
as quoted once by mark twain, "never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow". ah, the joys of finals week procrastination! good luck studying.
from emeraldtiger :
oh, man, i'm sorry for what you guys had to go through--but i am glad that erik is okay! as you might easily guess, your entry REALLY hits close to home right now. the ER is such a depressing place, and, i don't know...i could go on and on about how a trip to the ER makes you realize a lot of things, either when you go in as a patient or accompany a loved one. the image of my loved ones anxiously waiting around while they poked and prodded me just tore my heart up, even in my drugged up stupor. it was depressing, maybe doubly so under the influence of all the drugs. xoxo,
from lass :
Oh hon, how scary! Mr. Lass recently had his first trip to the ER and I cannot tell you how low my heart sank when I walked in and saw him hooked up to iv's and machines...I can truly sympathize. Anyhow, glad Mr. Myra Lee is doing better. Big hugs from Austin.
from oh-sweet-pea :
i recently saw an old co-worker who i haven't seen in 8 years or so and i thought, "man, she looks so old!". i'm sure she was probably thinking the same thing.
from emeraldtiger :
i really appreciate your note--thank you so much! yes, i did spend thanksgiving w/ my family, which made everything so much better. i'm thankful for all the people in my life who bring me smiles and comfort, even when i'm feeling extraordinarily crummy--or *especially* when i'm feeling that way. i hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving. it sounds like things are going really well for you these days.
from lass :
Yay, Neko! I saw her totally shut down a drunken, "woo!" shouting frat dude at a show once. Also yay for kickball and yay for updating. Just yay in general, I guess.
from lass :
Far be it from me to get involved in someone else's marital strife but hey...the rap! And Mr. T! I can't blame the boy...
from theshivers :
thank you for the sweet note! Did you go on your "blind date" ...i love the idea of that...
from rue-madame :
Bravo to you and your bravery for setting off on a new course! You never know what's on the other side of that view-blocking building until you knock it down and see for yourself.
from lass :
Go, Myra Lee! Also, thanks for the food recommendation - if I was going to be in your neck of the woods longer than 3 days, I'd suggest a meetup.
from reddirtgirl :
Congratulations on the job! That is completely awesome. I'm so glad that you are doing so well.
from rue-madame :
I hope Andre the Giant comes down from his billboard on Sunset and crushes that tagger like a bug. Talk about lack of respek.
from arajane :
i think that graffiti artists have a code of ethics, however taggers appear to have no ethics whatsoever. i've seen taggers tag hedges, trees, houses... i wouldn't be surprised if they tagged actual people. sorry to hear about the mural. ugh.
from emeraldtiger :
look at you...getting a job offer out of this! that is super! i know what you mean about getting mopey about summer ending. the academic year had a way of sneaking up on me this year as well. doesn't it always?
from dharmabum :
Congrats on half dome! I've hiked it a few times myself, and while I'm always extremely sore the next day, it's an amazing experience :)
from lass :
It sounds like you're having a great summer - shouted courtroom death threats and all!
from emeraldtiger :
sounds like a fantastic summer. glad you're enjoying it!
from oh-sweet-pea :
adam brody!! you are awesome.
from emeraldtiger :
ooh, i'm hoping to get tickets for a local dose of american idol on september 16th: http://www.thehook.net/2007/05/02/sanjaya-and-other-idols-coming-to-jpj/...nothing like attending the finale, but still...should be fun! i missed chris daughtry's home-town show in april, but surely he'll return here to visit his parents and high school pals who still live here, no? enjoy your "free time" while you have it. :-)
from emeraldtiger :
thank you for the b-day wishes, ms. myra-lee! it means a lot. and i had a fabulous b-day. i hope your summer is off to an awesome start. xoxo, m
from thebeesknees :
I'd seen those but didn't know if they were totally gimmicky or not. Thanks for the tip, I will definitely check them out.
from ceildah :
I'm over the worst of the rumblings I think. I took some immodium today (a helpful plug in these unfortunate times) and went white water rafting on the ganges! It was brilliant. Yes it is a long trip - although Ive never done a big 4 or 6 month stint like lots of people do in their 20s so this is my thing. Partly in response to the fear of my 30th creeping towards me in august i think.... : )
from ceildah :
how about a version of pin the tail on the donkey? Pin the head on the baby? this will be additionally amusing if you leave it until late in the day when everyone is sloshed and co-ordination is diminished. Chandelier sounds devine. am feeling housey myself at the moment. lots of lovely things to buy here in India but not so nice to fit into my backpack!
from allmadhere :
We did cut off the hair but I think it was also difficult because a lot of the faces were kind of small. I would think it'd be pretty easy if you got some parenting magazines (or a baby clothes catalog) and some bad celebrity magazines.
from allmadhere :
You should do the game we played at M's wedding shower where we cut out celeb heads and glued them on to wedding dress girls. Only, you can glue them on baby bodies and it'll probably turn out delightfully creepy.
from emeraldtiger :
many women in ph.d. programs have babies when they're writing their dissertation, and say it's the "ideal" time. i have moments where i think this is how i want my life to play out, and think "aw man, i want to have a baby in my last year of grad school". and then i come to my senses. will it be crazy if i've got a child on my hip when the time comes to don my cap & gown & doctoral hood, and walk up on stage to accept my diploma? maybe...or maybe not.
from reddirtgirl :
I've just gotten back from visiting a couple of friends of mine who gave birth in the past year, and it is my observation that when there are babies going on, not much else is. Like, even less than you would imagine. They are pretty cute though.
from thebeesknees :
I think a clerkship would be good for me if I was moving to a new town, but if I stay here I'm a bit past my prime for one and I honestly don't really want to take a pay cut. I think it will be pretty amazing for you to do the externship, and wish I'd done it while still in school. It will give you a pretty good idea as to whether you'd want to be a clerk and prospective employers will love that it's a federal judge down the line. Congratulations, lady.
from arajane :
jonathan richman always says it best, no? xoxo, arajane
from thebeesknees :
I know! "Please stalk and harass my daughter. Look on the bright side, maybe she'll be so upset she'll miscarry and you will be free again." Sick making!
from reddirtgirl :
Congratulations on the mootness! You ruled it. Also, have a fantastic trip. I didn't know you were so multi-lingual. You guys are sort of unreasonably cool.
from emeraldtiger :
have fun, lady! amsterdam is neat and so is paris. i found both to be fun & memorable. paris is definitely worth a visit if erik has never been. though this may sound lame, it *is* a romantic & charming place. i've never been to scandinavia but it's very high on my list of places to see. whichever city you choose, you can't go wrong. i know people who loved copenhagen, esp tivoli gardens & the midnight sun (well, in summer). for something that's new to you both, go w/ copenhagen. better yet, see both if time & $ allow. :D hope to read about your adventures when you return.
from reddirtgirl :
how did it go?!? I know you ruled it.
from ceildah :
Shake your Mooty! xx
from rue-madame :
rock on, lawyer lady!
from emeraldtiger :
good luck! i hope it goes well/went well. xoxo,m
from katherinhand :
my lady! i wish you the best of luck with your court finals!!!!
from thebeesknees :
Good luck, girl. You'll do well, and time will pass much quicker than you think.
from thebeesknees :
Also! Congratulations Miss Fancypants Moot Court!
from thebeesknees :
As someone who is still in school, you should ABSOLUTELY pursue a clerkship. You will literally be able to have ANY job you desire after, not only because it's impressive, but because firms are afraid of offending the judge for whom you clerk if they don't hire you! My hesitancy is mostly in the "can I go from having a decent salary to a crappy salary that will be worthwhile in the end?" I may just apply for the hell of it, and I may get denied instantly because I've been practicing for four years and they'll say "Hey, why does this girl want to leave private practice? Sketchy." But, yeah, I am a nerd and the thought of just concentrating on the law instead of clients and billables for a while sounds lovely.
from lass :
I want to live in your new place. It sounds wonderful. Also, please write more, as I am frequently bored these days. Hee.
from rue-madame :
I've never been to Silver Lake Yoga, but Still Yoga (allstill.com) in Silver Lake employs a lot of great Anusara teachers (whose classes I've taken at other studios.) You can't wrong with Tara, Maria Cristina or Steven—they are awesome! I am so envious that you live probably 7 mn away from Alegria on Sunset, home of the most delicious enchiladas suizas...
from emeraldtiger :
glad you love the new place--it sounds really great!
from oh-sweet-pea :
wow, your new place sounds dee-lightful! i can't imagine 3 balconies and a tree-top view. are you sure you live in l.a.? and i'm sure being mindful is also a good thing to be. hooray!
from reddirtgirl :
I'm SO glad you're enjoying your new place so much. It sounds heavenly.
from rue-madame :
Have you moved? Are you in Silverlake? Do you eat at the Back Door bakery all the time? Do you shop at Reform School? I am so jealous!
from alikid182 :
GREAT TASTE!
from oh-sweet-pea :
oh your place will be dearly missed. it really was the best apartment i've ever stepped foot into. maybe as a final goodbye you should burn an effegy of your hippy neighbours on the front lawn.
from emeraldtiger :
good luck! i feel your pain. you probably already know that i know 1st-hand how much moving sucks. it doesn't matter how near or far away you're moving. it's stressful. also, on another note: i'm planning to issue new PW's via e-mail pretty soon. just so you know. xoxo,
from ceildah :
jesus! myra what's going on here? lotta traffic on this page ! : ) sweet. let's hook up in india, we'll explore, do yoga, buy beautiful silks, volunteer and go everywhere by bicycle... all the gourgeousness in the world! namaste x
from cindiburkey :
hi myra-lee, i saw your entry dissing my work on kcrw. i'm sure you're happier now that i'm not messing up the traffic reports on kcrw. they have new people now. btw, it might interest you to know that i was doing, at kcrw, a job that it took three people to do, in the morning. i was working my ass off, without a second to breathe and content deadlines every ten minutes, engineering my own board, and writing headlines during the broadcast. kcrw demoted me without a warning, and told me my new job was to run the board for ken borgers, who replaced me. rather than engineer his broadcasts, i quit. they never even considered having him take on all the work that i was doing. anyway, it also might interest you to know that not everyone thought i sucked. the program director of The Wave hired me to do the afternoon traffic based on my work at kcrw, which he liked. i do reports for the wave in the afternoon, and kfwb (980) in the evenings. same pay, approximately one fifth of the work i was doing. and kcrw pays two salaries for an afternoon staff instead of one. now that i actually have time to prepare traffic reports properly, they're more straight-on. in any case, no more wacky kooky stuff on kcrw. it was especially nice to read that your boyfriend does an imitation of me. that's really nice. whatever. keep in mind when you publish stuff on the web, people read it. thanks-not.
from emeraldtiger :
oh, the joys of grading & TA-ing! i'm now working my way through a tall stack of exam essays, complete with messy handwriting. the thing is, the college kids here are super-sharp (no surprise there), but what kills me is that they write well, so they're adept at writing a wrong answer VERY eloquently. and if you're not on your toes, they'll fool you, if that makes any sense. put simply, smart kids can also BS really well. anyway, thank you for the well wishes on finals. hope your semester also ends on a high note--good luck on your exams! xoxo,
from oh-sweet-pea :
ooh, you'll have to tell me where you're staying in amsterdam. we're planning on going there either in may or september.
from reddirtgirl :
I tried to leave a note in your guestbook, but I don't think it worked because signmyguestbook is such a jerk. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your and Eric's experience of the scab story. It's good to know there is still some union solidarity in this world!
from emeraldtiger :
do you still have the same yahoo e-mail address? just checking. i might be re-setting password access soon due to recent technical glitches, and want to make sure you receive the new access info if i e-mail people.
from allmadhere :
I saw "FART" off the 5 freeway, right around that one left-side exit. :)
from emeraldtiger :
all nighters don't suit me either anymore. but man, having a couple of night classes (7-10pm) is killing me and totally messing up my body clock. and, i spent all of today in the computer lab at school working on a statistics assignment that i thought would only take an hour, but which i now suspect will never end. uh oh.
from lass :
Not familiar with the whir but am familiar with the smells and sounds of an 80-person catering job being produced out of our home kitchen. Right now, in fact!
from emeraldtiger :
three things: 1) i hope you didn't catch that nasty head-cold that seems to have popped up all over the country & all over campus this fall. i had that early last month and am *finally* un-congested. 2) i had read/heard all sorts of bad things about itunes 7.0.1, esp. on apple's discussion boards. 3) re: working where the stars are, sounds like you're getting many "hits" that are right up your alley. good luck, ms. myra-lee-the-superwoman!
from reddirtgirl :
Happy birthday! Don't worry, 30 isn't too bad once you settle into it. When hanging out with friends still in their 20's, try saying things like, "Well, I guess it's something you just can't understand until you're in your 30's." It's fun!
from allmadhere :
Happy birthday! Welcome to old people land (i.e., the 30s). That boss guy sounds amazing. Wishing you luck on the job.
from emeraldtiger :
happy birthday!!! i agree that "30" does take a little bit of getting used to. but the 30's really are great, so get ready for some of the greatest years of your life that are yet to come! also, good luck with the summer associate job-search. xoxo,
from oh-sweet-pea :
happy birthday!!!! trust me, the thirties are wonderful...they just need some getting used to. and good luck on the job...sounds like great opportunity and you couldn't find a more interesting boss!
from reddirtgirl :
I couldn't agree more about Malan Breton's superior brand of crazy. His website is awesome--thanks for the link! Plus, his name rhymes. Thanks for the congrats! (And I'm sorry signmyguestbook is such a jerk.) I hope I'm up to the new job. I'm super excited about, and still surprised I got it.
from oh-sweet-pea :
oh my! from a yogurt commercial girl to a dirty hippy. I can't wait to see the photos.
from reddirtgirl :
Ha! That made me laugh out loud. Do you think there will be drum circles? I bet there will be drum circles.
from reddirtgirl :
Man, you have the best stories (and photos). I wouldn't feel bad--I'm pretty sure the Hoff's agent is used to this sort of thing by now. Can you imagine what it must have been like when that wacky Hoff video from the mid-90's began circulating again a few months ago? Constant heckling.
from oh-sweet-pea :
haha, hassle the hoff. i've had a few too many ipa's and laughed out loud at your entry. great photo. you have the makings of an excellent celebrity stalker.
from kstyle :
hi there! i am an old friend of k. maria's, from diaryland. i was wondering if you have a current email for her. we have lost touch, and her dland and comcast addresses are both dead ends. if you can help me, my email is mkaro@cox.net thanks! michael
from oh-sweet-pea :
Thanks for the birthday props!
from reddirtgirl :
Thanks for the birthday wishes! And congratulations on finishing Year One!! You ruled it.
from monkeybar :
You have been tagged!! Read my journal to understand.
from f-i-n :
hugs and kisses from miami
from emeraldtiger :
congratulations! great wedding photo--you two make a cute, gorgeous couple!
from almostgoldsf :
I hope your wedding day was everything you hoped it would be.
from almostgoldsf :
remember that no matter how much everyone tries to lay the guilt on you, it's *your* special day, not theirs.
from emeraldtiger :
good luck quitting your job. i can imagine how nerve-wracking it is to finallly go in there and make it official. but i'm sure it'll all work out fine.
from oh-sweet-pea :
just stopped into flagstaff, az to use the internet & figured a thanks was in order! it was great to meet both you & eric again. your hospitality & company were amazing & beyond generous. i hope us canadians didn't impose too much on your american lives! we had a great time & i'm glad we didn't die on that hill. phew!
from ceildah :
Gary! That is brilliant...!
from oh-sweet-pea :
oh thank you....actually i can't take all the credit because i noticed a local vintage store had a similar style "flowers" (just sticks & dots) painted on their storefront window. i liked it and ripped off the idea for my own plans!
from reddirtgirl :
Wow, you're right--a party is really the only rational way to deal with RTBWMS.
from gracieglass :
It was so nice to hear from you. I feel bad for trashing my home state of CA- I do enjoy visiting. your diary is great- I'd definitely buy prison knits. I also love "The Jerk" and "Office Space".
from mrs-roboto :
Thank you for saying that. It makes me feel less like a loser for wanting to get it done early and congrats on your acceptance! When do you start?
from ceildah :
knitted poos are the new black! So is 'holiday attire' a euphemisim for 'no cleavage ho'?
from oh-sweet-pea :
i love your kid artwork! and you should definitely make a stocking out of your old cords. i even used the back pocket (with the lovely label "big hank") so there's extra xmas treat holding space!
from almostgoldsf :
I'd be proud to live in the Republic of California.
from hamiltonian :
just saying a 'hi'
from lollygrass :
You didn't say your friend Liviya lives in NY? My friend Liviya lives there too! How many Liviyas are there anyway - maybe we know the same one. I know my Liviya from living here in Seattle; her family is from here. Do you think it's the same one?
from emeraldtiger :
PS: i know you were there last year (around the time i started reading you!), but if you still need any travel tips, let me know. my parents came to visit me one fall weekend in college and we drove up to vermont fpr a day. so i can definitely tell you that I-91 is pretty scenic esp. in October when the leaves are so bright.
from laura-jane :
Kirsten Dunst makes a perfect pickle. I second (third?) her nomination.
from mrs-roboto :
I totally hate Kirsten Dunst too.
from mrs-roboto :
Happy Belated B-day!
from oh-sweet-pea :
i sent you an email earlier this week....did you get it? to summerize (in case it got lost amidst all the spam): i got your card, thank you! you didn't have to send it because i don't think badly of you at all. in fact, it's the complete opposite! you are fantastically swell and i'm pleased as punch to call you a friend!
from theshivers :
iPod's for peace ... i need that on a t-shirt!!!
from allmadhere :
I just told my boyfriend we should have a DDR party. You can't get in if you won't dance!
from mrs-roboto :
You're kidding, right?!!! Whoa!
from mrs-roboto :
I have not yet read Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks nor had I heard the term till just now! It seems as if I should go to my local Barnes and Noble bookseller in my SUV and purchase a copy immediately, stopping only to pick up a non-fat chai latte. Gah, I suppose I am holding out hope that my thrift store addiction makes up for my love of expensive cheese at whole foods.
from emeraldtiger :
have you read john mack faragher's "the american west: a new interpretive history"? he guest lectured for one of my classes, and i was riveted, so i planned to take his class. unfortunately he accepted a teaching position at yale and was gone by my sophomore year. :-(
from thisisjohn :
You couldn't tell by my profile, if you looked, but our music tastes, are like perfectly aligned. Chan Marshall is wow. I was just listening to the Innocence mission today too! I could honestly say you have good taste, but that would almost seem like I am congratulating myself. Anyhoo. (you really do have great taste in music)
from purplebanana :
Wow. You said 'flake' so many times that I can feel my scalp dancing.
from oh-sweet-pea :
damn guestbooks not letting me sign. what i did want to say is congratulations for scoring so well!!! that is so amazing!!!
from gentle-iris :
You like good music.
from reddirtgirl :
I've heard that quite a bit--that what's-his-name in the movie was Spike and Horrible Starlet Girl was Cameron Diaz, who he would have met during Being John M. I think it would be hard to be married to a guy names Spike, anyway. I wonder if she called him Spike at home. I would snicker every time I said it.
from reddirtgirl :
Oh right, the yeah yeah yeahs lady. Whatever, that strikes me as trendy and annoying. He probably did it with Cameron Diaz.
from miralogue :
hey there. i hope you've eaten at least three pints of ice cream's finest offerings by now. and that you're feeling better.
from theshivers :
oh how i wish i hadn't missed that documentary - btw did you get my e-mail re: Jon B?
from ceildah :
thank you for dropping a line:) Yeah its not easy, especially being over here the seas and far away. But must think positive!
from cdghost :
enjoyed your writings, thank you-thecdghost
from monkeybar :
Yes..mine is too!
from allmadhere :
I've heard of him but don't know much about him. But unfortunately, there's no way I could get to LA by that time. But thanks for the offer.
from sls :
i'm sorry to hear about your friend's mother's death. occurances such as this always throw me into an existential quandry. i cannot comprehend why (and how there could be no *why*) random sad things happen to people who are so undeserving. [i am however quite good at rationalizing when bad things happen to people i perceive as 'bad' (ah my comprehensive hypocrisy).] and, on a seperate note, thank you for your note about the home improvement store ladies. it was lovely validation. :)
from kayemess :
they fixed my old diary!
from peth :
Nu SHooz! I have to admit, I like their song "I can't wait" though it represents at least 4 or 5 things that were terrible about the 80s.
from stripeybeast :
I appreciate a person that appreciates Elliott Smith. (two "t"s, my friend) Another thing, he killed himself last week. I cried. Good day.
from reddirtgirl :
I'm still on the fence about stuffing--people I trust have come down on both sides of the fence. I was thinking that I might compromise and just wear my Mega-Bra, which makes me look like a large B-cup. Huge boobs! ;)
from reddirtgirl :
I'm probably leaving this note two places b/c signmyguestbook is such crap, but I wanted to say, 1. We carved pumpkins last night, and although we tried to think of something disgusting to do with the guts, nobody thought of pumpkin vomit, and 2. I have a crush on you and your boyfriend. Have fun tonight.
from hand-frost :
hello. i was browsing through different profiles, and noticed yours. your taste is very incredible. i'm not for sure if you've listened to godspeed you black emperor or the rachels. i noted your interest in dirty three, and figured that you may like either of those bands if you haven't heard them yet. take care.
from reddirtgirl :
So, when I signed your guestbook? I meant "slob," not "snob." ahem.
from monkeybar :
o-u-c-h. i've had two root canals myself. hope they gave you some good meds.
from theshivers :
the guestbooks are being wonky again - so here's what I tried to sign (and which may show up later, if so - sorry for the duplication!) .... congrats on the freelance gig! As for the Grand Canyon - I've been (6 years ago, South Rim) but the spouse has not. Not sure which side we'll go to, but based on your tip I've been looking at North Rim photos online and it makes me want to visit the whole thing and spend a month or so there!
from allmadhere :
I had no idea Mac users couldn't get to my guestbook. No one tells me anything! Well, I'm glad I got off my bum and added notes then. I'm not sure about your offer of your mom's bible studies--I think one every other week for my mom is enough. ;)
from tasher :
just browsing through your profile... we have many favorite musical artists & writers/poets in common. nice choices...
from bother :
um, thankyou for the... uh, punk kittens. i'm really touched. the garden reminds me of my uncle's, though last time i checked his was without impromptu feline rock and roll shows. i'm sure he'd be jealous if he wasn't dead. actually, he'd probably kick them into the river, but anyway. kisses,
from faux-real :
Why thank you for the compliment! I noticed you mentioned Portland being in the midst of music and culture in one of your entries, and mentioned wanting to be here.. go here: http://x-raycafe.com/ <this place helped build Portland's scene to what is today, now it just serves as a history lesson. Very good video too. There are a few fan-sites if you do a search also.
from kayemess :
Thank you for your note, you made my day! sometimes I forget that other people are reading (why would they??) and to know that someone IS and likes it - wow. Thanks. I'm glad you wrote because I'd been meaning to say that I like your diary a lot (so honest, more honest than I could be and funny) and it looks so pretty too! Thanks for sharing it.
from bother :
better than ice-cream? that's pretty hardcore. the kitten was nice, but your diary is nicer, any day of the week.
from headmusic :
oh, you. please keep in mind that while i might seem some sort of rizzo type, i'm deathly afraid of nearly everyone--you, brander--you name it. i make up reasons to distance myself from people, and you definitely shouldn't put those reasons on the list of things by which to judge yourself.
from theshivers :
i'm not above that John M. song either - and i'm not afraid to admit it!
from headmusic :
you can't have barbizon--even if it's spelled with an e!
from headmusic :
gah, i feel so horrible for leading you to diaryland. not that this is the direct cause of any over-analyzation, but it does tend to send people down unforeseen roads. i'm certain the people you point to as brilliant are indeed that, but you're your own form of brilliance. i doubt that even needs shaping. it just is...you know?
from theshivers :
well I wasn't born wearing Mary Jane's - but I acquired a pair soon thereafter, seriously! I currently own about six pairs...i think....anyway, you CAN be brilliant and work in a cubicle - that's the irony of it all....
from headmusic :
why'd i know you'd have updated again?! ha. i love your e.e. cummings stylings. and thanks for the nice note(s)! wow. i'm kind of blown away. clifford and i are lazing around. we love it. you and "brander" should come over.
from mrs-roboto :
I also want to be Sarah Vowell or Ira Glass.
from in-my-life :
See, that's the beauty of it! Ms. Frida is 110% bitch. I once had the cutests cat follow me home, so of course I named him Diego. The result, she tortured him and threw tantrums constantly, so I was forced to give him away. :( When the neighborhood cats come by to visit her she gets so upset that her hissing turns into outright snorting and growling. I call her piggy-lion when she's like that. Maybe they would get along in their malcontent.
from headmusic :
oi! don't reduce me to brit-pop girl! what about all my sixties music? the new york punk? stadium rock? heavy metal? pah.
from in-my-life :
Your entries always make me smile. I have no idea what you look like but I think that you are definitely a sexy beast.
from in-my-life :
Wow! I think that I may have a soulmate for Mr. Blue. Her name is Frida and she too is a compulsive overeater that lies and manipulates to get her fix. When people first meet her they don't think she's fat because her head is that of a normal sized cat. As soon as they get the side view though, they go, "Oh, I see what you mean." One of my favorite things to do is to pet her belly, so as long as she isn't diabetic I don't mind her chub. I haven't put pictures of her up in my diary, because I'm afraid that everyone will think I'm nuts. Maybe if we band together...
from headmusic :
young christian pups...haha! i just pictured the boyfriend's neighbor's little dog praying.
from theshivers :
hey just wanted to drop by and say hi...really digging your diary and I feel your we're-in-a-fight-but-he-doesn't-know-it pain..i'm ALWAYS getting into fights that only *I* know about ....sigh, such is life...
from mrs-roboto :
Wow! I dig reading about your adventures. Actually I just read all of them right now while I was supposed to be working. This was much more fun.
from in-my-life :
I hope you are feeling better soon. Boy can I ever relate to the difficulty of maintaining life. I feel like I'm constantly just clearing stuff rather than actually moving forward. I think that's why a little momentum can leave me feeling absolutely high.
from in-my-life :
I love that quote, but it always makes me want to slap myself across the face really hard.
from in-my-life :
Wow! What an entry!! Your writing is inspiring and I hope to read more. Oh, and I meant to ask what Coldplay single were you referencing. I have Parachutes, and I know they have an album coming out in August. Is it off the new album or from Parachutes? I could probably go to MTV.com and find out, but I'm a lazy bum. ;-)
from in-my-life :
I love being the first person to add a note! I could have just hit the reply button on your email, but being first is so much more fun. :-) Anyhow, thank you for your very kind and thoughtful email. I've read through almost all your entries and I'll be back to read more. Besos!

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