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Writer's Block: 9/11

September 11th, 2011 (01:40 pm)

current location: home: living room
current mood: sad
current song: dvd: Being Human s.2

I was a sophmore in high school.  It felt like any other morning: I woke up to my usual morning routine before school.  Turning on my radio, I listened to the dj talk about something music related when he got a call from a listener, informing him of the planes flying into the World Trade Center.  At the time, I had no idea what the Twin Towers were.  Leaving my room, I found my mom doing her makeup in the den and told her what I'd heard.  I remember she jumped from her chair so fast and ran to her room to turn on the tv.  I didn't exactly understand what was going on, but I remembering feeling a bit numb.  By the time we were ready to leave for school, one of the Towers had fallen.  By the time I'd gotten to school, both were one.  Everyone was talking about it, and my science teacher had the tv on so we could hear and see the news for ourselves.

It doesn't feel like it's been ten years since it happened.  Even though I live on the other side of the US, I still feel it.  I was so upset that night, and always get sad when I think about what happened that day.  So many innocent people lost their lives.  My heart goes out to everyone who was touched by those events.  Never to be forgotten.

Where were you?

Dana [userpic]

Photo Meme

September 4th, 2011 (01:21 pm)
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current location: home: living room
current mood: curious
current song: tv: FoodNetwork: Restaurant Impossibnle

Stolen from norfolkdumpling.

Ask me any aspect of my life that you're interested in-it can be anything from the house I live in to my favorite pair of shoes.  Leave your choice here as a comment and I'll reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them as an Lj entry.

Dana [userpic]

In Which Piyo Actually Makes an Update

September 3rd, 2011 (09:32 pm)

current location: home: living room
current mood: optimistic
current song: tv: FoodNetwork: Restuarant Impossible

Greetings from ARIZONA!!!

*huggles everyone*
Hi guys!!!  No, I haven't died. I've moved!  This last month and a half have been very chaotic for me, and unfortunately Lj got lost in the shuffle.  Last time I was around, I had just lost my job at Borders due to them closing their doors thanks to bankruptcy.  I had been struggling to find a job, and came to the realization that I have crap luck with jobs.  At the end of July my mom called to tell me that I had a possible job offer for a full-time bank teller position at a bank so long as I passed a teller test and aced my interview.  Thing is, the job was in Arizona.  I'm a California girl, and had a hard time deciding what to do, but I made the decision to give it a try and what do you know, I passed the teller test and aced my interview and am now not only employed, but living in my very own apartment!

I've been in Phoenix, Arizona for about five weeks now and am still adjusting to life out here.  I miss being so close to my family, especially my dad and my sister, and being able to go out with my friends and go on adventures.  But I have to admit, being on my own...it's so amazingly awesome. I have my own space just for me. It's such a great feeling, knowing that I'm working hard and I've earned it.  Being independent is a little scary, then again, growing up isn't easy.  But it looks like things are finally starting to turn around for the better.

Now that I'm settling in, I hope to be around more. I miss reading my Friend's List, seeing what you all are up to. *hugs* I haven't forgotten any of you and hope you haven't forgotten me.

Well, I'm back to doing some laundry. Hope you all are having a marvelous weekend!

P.S. The picture above is the view from outside my front door. I'm on the third floor of my particular building, and the apartment complex surrounds a golf course.  One of these days I'll actually take come pictures and put them up once I've cleaned up the mess I have all over the place, lol.

Dana [userpic]

A Little Bit of Everything

April 26th, 2011 (12:06 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: okay
current song: Alan Menken: Tangled OST: Campfire

Thanks to those of you who commented on my last post.  I had been having such a terrible day, and had been so stressed out and tired over the last week or so.  It felt good to just get it all off my chest.  And I feel so much better, and am so happy to know I've got such great friends out there.  *huggles*

A new bit of upsetting news, I learned that my stepbrother passed away a few days ago.  He isn't exactly my stepbrother, but my father and his mother have been together for so long now that I consider her family and call her my stepmom.  And, truth be told, I didn't really know him too well, but we had met a couple times and he was always very nice to me.  He had been in a car accident.  I just feel so bad for my stepmom, Shirley.  I can't imagine the pain she must be feeling as loosing her son.

I feel bad for moving on from the topic...
Borders closed its doors last Wednesday.  A group of us from work got together for drinks and kareoke at T.G.I. Fridays and had a really good time.  I neither sang or drank, but I did enjoy myself.  I'm going to miss some of the people I worked with and hope they all find something and wish them luck.  These last few days I've been subbing at Montessori.  I'll be there the rest of this week (aside from today, which I have off) and all of next week, until they look at their schedule and figure out what they'd like for me to do next.  I love being around the kids and I get along well with all the teachers.  At least I have something to do until I find something another job.

This last Saturday I worked for my uncle's casino business.  I haven't dealt roulette in a while, but I had a lot of fun and had a great table.  Plus, a lot of my good friends fromt he casino were there, so we all had a blast.  I even made a $10 tip from this one couple who were really sweet and stayed at my table all night.  On our way to the party, my uncle took us to dinner at a Persian restauraunt, and it was really really good.  We all had some kind of meat, I had filet mignon, and a different kind of rice. Mine had berries in it and it was soooo good.

And that's really all that's been going on in my neck of the woods lately.  The weather has been really nice lately and all I've wanted to do is go to the pier and sit and read.  One of these days I'm going to do it. Recharge my batteries.  And I really need to sit down and catch up on all of you.  I've been lurking on my friends list, and leaving random comments, but I miss you all and want to catch up.

Hope you all are doing well.

Dana [userpic]

History: 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

April 12th, 2011 (04:29 pm)
current location: HOME: my room
current song: tv: VH1

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The war started today, April 12, 1861 when shots were fired at Fort Sumter.

Over the years I've attended Civil War reenactments, thanks to my Dad, who is part of a reenacting group. The cannon on the left in the picture above? That would belong to my Dad. It sits on his driveway under a blue tarp, lol.   My family and I always knew my Dad was a history buff, but never knew to what extent until one day he came home and came into the house, shouting, "Come see my new toy!"  His toy turned out to be an original 1863 cannon.  @_@

Well, in memory of the war, I uploaded some of the pictures I have over at lil_zebra_media and you can find them here

Dana [userpic]

In Which Piyo is Sore

April 6th, 2011 (03:43 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: sore
current song: tv: BRAVE: Top Chef Masters

I thnk I'm getting sick, and that is NOT cool with me.  On Monday I was at Montessori in the Infant and Toddler room and believe I picked something up there. Normally, I catch the stomach flu every time I work there and it's going around, but thankfully it wasn't. And I should count my blessings that I missed the pink eye that had been going around too. Ah, to work around children.

Sunday was my only day off this week. Monday and Friday will be my Montessori days and the rest of the week I'll be at Borders. Yesterday and today I was in at 6am, helping to clean, move product, pack and ship books, etc. Actually, I had a lot of fun today, and enjoyed the work. What I didn't like, was hurting my finger. Well, it wasn't too bad, but I bent one of my fingernails back as I was moving a box, breaking the skin underneath and it started to bleed...yeah, it hurt. Now, though, my finger is just a little sore and I have a bandaid on really to help remind me to be careful with that finger.

Now, though? I think I'm going to take a nice warm shower and then take a nap.

Dana [userpic]

Video Post and Linkage

April 3rd, 2011 (05:17 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: artistic
current song: tv: Comedy Central: Waiting


parisiannymph , you asked me the other day how I came to love Being Human. Well, the above video has your answer. I tended to ramble, quite a bit, but that isn't all too unexpected when it comes to me.  Either way, I hope I was able to answer your question.

My other offering is a link to my doodles. At the urging of nerhegeb , I put some of them up in a post over at lil_zebra_media .  If you go over and take a look, I hope you like them.
You can find them here.

Dana [userpic]

Rainy Princess Day

March 25th, 2011 (01:16 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: productive
current song: Alan Menken: Tangled OST: Horse With No Rider

In honor the rainy weather we've been having here in southern California (even though at the moment the sun is actually out and shining), I have posted pictures from a Disney Princess Day my friends and I had last year.  We had lunch at Ariel's Grotto in Disney California Adventure and met six different princesses and then had a run in with Alice and the Mad Hatter.

You can find the pictures here at lil_zebra_media

Dana [userpic]

Video Post: Piyo's Ramblings

March 25th, 2011 (01:11 am)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: creative
current song: rain outside my window


So, yeah, I didn't realize that my webcam only took video for up to ten minutes, so it completely cut me off.  And, being as late as it is, and the fact that I was coming to a close with my ramblings, I figured I would simply finish off the post with text.  Sorry if it's not as exciting an ending as it would have been with me saying it, but I thought that ten minutes of me was enough, lol.

Essentially, I was finishing up with how Tangled was the last movie I had seen at the movies at the dollar theater, and that aside from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, that I couldn't really think of what else I'm looking forward to seeing on the big screen.  At this point, time and how long my day has been has finally caught up with me, so I probably wouldn't have come up with anything else to talk about.  Either way, I hope you all enjoyed that. Took me a few tries to even get that video going, to be honest. I always start the video and do something stupid and end up deleting take after take after take.

And, because I said I would, here is the cover art for Moonshine by Rob Thurman:

That would be Niko Leandros on the left and his younger, half-human/half Auphe (demon) brother Cal (which is short for Caliban).  And I'm serious, I can NOT stop staring at this cover. It's a photo, which has been enhanced/edited digitally.  There is just something about Cal that pulls me in. Maybe it's because when I look at him in this photo I "see" the character, if that makes any sense to you at all.  I really do love it.

And lastly, because I saw this meme on mapping_stars 's journal, I thought I'd add a twist to it and change it from a picture request to a video request. And yes, I haven't forgotten about the post I made were I asked if you wanted videos on certain subjects. I promise that I will get to them. Eventually.  But, here is this meme that has been floating around for ages:

Ask me to make a video of any aspect of my life that you're interested in/curious about - it can be anything from my favourite shirt to my books or my home. Leave your request as a comment to this entry, I'll make a vdieo and post it in a post. That way, you get to know a little bit about my life.

Dana [userpic]

In Memory: Elizabeth Taylor

March 23rd, 2011 (05:30 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: sad
current song: Alan Menken: Tangled OST: Campfire

Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning. I haven't seen many of her film performances, but the few I have seen I did enjoy her in.  The picture above is a still from the 1949 film version of Little Women. I remember first seeing the movie and being a tad upset at the fact that they switched the ages of Beth (played by Margarget O'Brien) and Amy.  In the end, I really did enjoy the change, because both the actresses were good matches for the characters.


One of my other favorite roles of hers was as Helen Burns in the 1944 film version of Jane Eyre. As it would seem, but movies have a young Elizabeth in them, but I loved her in each of these movies.

Did you have a favorite Elizabeth Taylor movie role?

Dana [userpic]

PotC: Philip and Syrena

March 22nd, 2011 (02:39 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: excited

This movie isn't even out yet and I already ship this couple.  XD

Philip and Syrena from the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides.  I want it to be May 20th right now so bad!

Oh, and because I have this too, here is a scan of the concept art for the mermaids and another pic of Syrena.  For some reason I can't get this behind an lj-cut, but if this is taking up too much space on your pages, let me know and I'll fix it.


Dana [userpic]

St. Patrick's Day

March 17th, 2011 (11:11 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: satisfied
current song: Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today got off to a late start, but that was fine with me. I hadn't been feeling good last night, an upset tummy possibly due to something I ate perhaps? After a long night of sleep I work feel better and after taking a shower headed over to my Grandma's house to do some laundry and hang out with my Aunt DeeDee. My Aunt Janette had dropped the horses, aka his two black labs Dodger and MJ, off that morning since my Nino David was going to be out of town and they wanted the dogs to have some space to run around. Had I not already taken a shower I would have been out in the backyard playing with them. Every time I went passed the sliding glass door to the back, the boys would stare in at me and pout, knowing that I normally go out with them.

Laundry finished, I headed over to Carrie's and met her and Tammy and I drove us out to Santa Monica to have dinner at Ye Olde King's Head. The restaurant/pub was decked out in green and white balloons, shamrocks and all manner of things green. There were also a TON of people hanging around outside and inside at the bar.  Carrie decided to stick with fish and chips, while Tammy ordered the smoked salmon and brown bread and I got the cornish pastie. Dessert was sticky toffee pudding for Carrie and Tammy and jam sponge cake for me.

Not as good as dinglehoppers , but here are my food pictures. Clockwise left to right starting top left: my cornish pastie, Tammy's smoke salmon and brown bread, my jam sponge cake and then the goodies I picked up for myself at the shop. In case you couldn't tell by my red last picture there, I LOVE cherry flavored things (and yes, that is a cherry Tango). The woman who rang me up got a kick out of the fact that everything I bought was the color red, because everything my friend Carrie had bought had been the color green.  Don't know if any of you out there have had any of these things before, but I really like them. There aren't too many UK import shops nearby, so when I go out to Santa Monica I normally pick up a few things to tide me over until my next trip.

Anyway, that was my day today. Tomorrow I work in the morning and then plan on...well, I'm not sure yet, I haven't thought that far ahead yet aside form work. I started to read Paranormalcy along with my Louisa May Alcott bio, and even though I'm only a few chapters in, I really like it. I'm hoping these two will get me back into reading for this year.  I watched the Disney animation documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty thanks to Netflix (which was AMAZING), so it's time to send that one back and get whatever I have next in my queue.

Hope you all had a good day!

Dana [userpic]

in which Piyo supplies videos and rambles about work, books, and plans for tomorrow

March 16th, 2011 (01:44 pm)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: okay
current song: -none- uploading music to iTunes

First, I wanted to start with this timelapse video I stumbled across in the Disney Parks Blog. One of my friends laughed at my enjoying it as much as I did, but I couldn't help it. I only wish I had been there from dusk til dawn to be able to see this in person. I remember from my days working at Disneyland, being on Main Street U.S.A. at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning getting off shift and standing there right outside the Emporium...there was just something about standing there with no guests that was just (dare I even say it?) magical.  Anyway, I thought this video was kinda neat, so here you go:

Hiyas! It seems as though I've been gone for a while. It's been a long last few days. I haven't worked at Montessori too often, and even if I'm only working so many days at Borders, I'm really tired when I come home. We've been moving product up through the store and doing our best to keep things clean and tidy for our customers, but at this point there is only so much we can do. We still aren't sure when we are going to officially shut out doors, although we do know it will be some time next month.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and I'm planning on going out to dinner with my friends Carrie and Tammy at Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica. It's this British pub I found through a friend and we love it there. It's a little bit of a drive, but it makes to a nice night out with good company and good food, so I'm looking forward to getting out.  I haven't really gone anywhere lately, except stay at the hotel timeshare my Mom and Richard were going to use during their trip out here (they decided it was best to stay home with Toby while he recovers). I only spent one day/night there, but I enjoyed myself. As I told one of my friends: I had the place to myself and I read, watched a little tv and ate waaay too much food...it was awesome!

And, speaking of Toby, he is recovering fine! He got his stitches out today and has been running around the house.  My Mom sent me a few videos of him, so if you'd like to see, just take a look back here for Toby...Collapse )

Book Challenge 2011
Guys, I'm seriously slacking on my reading this year. It's sad. Although, I might be a little burnt out. It seems as though the last few books I've picked up just haven't interested me and it's been such a downer. I had started Staying Dead, but it wasn't really much of anything, so I put it down. Carrie recommended Mister Monday, the first book in the Keys of the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. i managed to read it, but didn't care for it at all.  Right now I'm reading Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen. Perhaps a bio on one of my favorite authors is in order and just what I need to get me back in the swing of reading. What about you guys? Reading anything good out there right now?

Well, that's it for now. I'm meeting my Aunt DeeDee for a late lunch and then we are headed to the Verizon store to see what's wrong with my phone. After that  it's to the gym with Debra and then home to watch the finales of both Face/Off on Syfy and Top Chef All-Stars on Bravo.

Hope you all are well!

Dana [userpic]

In Which Piyo had a Long Night at Work

March 6th, 2011 (01:15 am)

current location: HOME: my room
current mood: uncomfortable
current song: tv: FoodNetwork: Chopped

Am I glad to be home!

Today started off well enough. After sleeping in, I managed to get myself up and to the gym so I could fit a workout in before work. My goal is to go to the gym three times a week, and I must say, I am already disappointed in myself for only having gone twice this week. But, Monday is the start of a new week (since Curves, my gym, is closed on Sunday), so I'm geared up and ready to go!  After Curves, I came home, and surfed the net for some healthy recipes.  Now, I'll admit, I'm not the best when it comes to cooking, so I need simple and easy. I stumbled across seven different recipes I can't wait to try out. If anyone has a favorite meal or any suggestions, I'm all ears!

And then, I had work. I had a closing shift, and was pretty much prepared for a crappy night.  Not that work isn't fun anymore, it's more that since we are going out of business, the customers seem to have gotten greedier, and more stupid.  I swear, I think I answer the same questions over and over again, even though we have signs that have the answers all over them.  Not to mention everyone walks around the store as if they are in some sort of daze, not looking at where they are going or taking their sweet time or just standing in the way.  But what really grinds my gears is when everyone gets upset about the state of the store, how everything is all over the place and how they can't find what they are looking for, and yet when they decide they don't want what they have in their hands, they just dump it where they'd like.  *headdesk*

We had to "highlights" at work, though:
1) Two different people stole a couple of our Kobo eReaders.  I was on my lunch when this happened, and have no idea what exactly went down.  All I know is that the police were called, although they didn't catch anyone.
2) This creepy guy kept staring at me the entire time he was in line. I could feel is eyes on me, and every time I looked up to scan the line to watch the store, there he was, looking directly at me.  And it was always that creepy kind of leer.  *shudders*  It was NOT cool, and I did NOT like it.  Moving quickly, I was able to not have to help him.

Ugh, it was a long night. At least I'm home now and don't have to worry about work tomorrow.  I am looking forward to sleeping in and then possibly going to Disneyland with my sister tomorrow.


Dana [userpic]

Thank You

March 1st, 2011 (02:27 pm)

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: thankful
current song: tv: cable movie channel: Land of the Lost

A quick little post before I head off for work...

I just wanted to say thank you for the get well wishes for Toby. When I spoke to my Mom today, she told me how she saw the post I made and read both it and the comments to my stepdad, Richard.  It really meant a lot to them, all the support they and Toby are getting from everyone all over.  He's a special little dog, and we are just so happy that he's doing well.  My Mom says that he walked 24 feet and when their neighbor Doc came over to visit, Toby came out from the bedroom and walked over to the stairs that lead down the garage with his tail wagging.

We are all so glad and happy that he is getting better.
And I am so thankful to know I've got such great friends that extend their wishes to my little brother.
*big huggles*

Dana [userpic]

Thoughts for Toby

February 28th, 2011 (03:54 pm)

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: sad
current song: tv: ABC: Oprah's After Oscar Special

This last Saturday my Mom's dog Toby was attacked by two wild javalina pigs outside their home.  Toby, who they vets are calling a "Miracle Dog", is at home resting.  If you could all say a little prayer for him, or just send a nice thought his way for a speedy recovery, I would much appreciate it.

When I asked my Mom today how my little brother was doing, she sent me this video:

Dana [userpic]

Homework Video

February 21st, 2011 (07:19 pm)

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: giggly
current song: tv: ION: Criminal Minds

My friend Sabrina just sent this to me and I can't stop laughing.

Dana [userpic]


February 21st, 2011 (05:57 pm)

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: good
current song: Ilan Eshkeri: The Young Victoria OST: Riot

Having a good day today.  It's a holiday over here, but that has little to do with the fact that I'm off work.  I almost expected Borders to call me, seeing how crazy the store has been now that we've started our Going Out of Business sale.  Everything is 20-40% off in the store and people are trashing the place as they look through everything we have.  It's all final sale, too.  But, what surprises me the most is how cheap people are being.  Now, I'll admit, I have no idea if we are going to lower our prices the closer we get to April, when our store is supposed to finally close, but if you are coming in now and shopping, you get the prices we have, nothing else.  *frustrated sigh*

But right, day off.  This morning I spent at Curves, which was followed by my coming to my Grandma's house to do laundry.  With my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Fred at work and my Aunt DeeDee running around, I've had the house to myself and it's been heavenly.  Chiquita and Mimi have been pretty good, too, as good as dogs can be.

Curves is a women's gym I joined last week.  After making that post and talking to my Mom, she suggested I go have a look and see what I thought of the place.  We had a really good conversation where I told her I was ready to start exercising, only I wanted to try and find the place that was right for me.  In the past I have gone to co-ed gyms, but they always had me feeling awkward, especially around the men, and then there was always the "trying to figure out what machine to use" and "which machine did what for my body". Instead of feeling good with my workout, I was going in shy and leaving frustrated.  With Curves there is a set circut, machine and then recovery board, and you go around the circut circle twice and that's your workout.  I know exactly which machines I'm supposed to do, what each of them work on my body and I know exactly how long my workout is going to be (twice around the circut comes out to about 30min.).

Saturday I did some archery with my friend Sabrina and her sister Gaby.  Gaby is taking a class for her senior project, and Sabrina decided she'd give archery a go.  They asked if I was interested in joining them and I say "Sure, why not?"  It was a lot of fun!  I would love to go back and do it again.  The shooting gallery is indoors, and the instructor Harv is very nice and patient with beginners.  I had a little trouble at first, but soon got the hang of it.  Now, I'm not saying I was the best.  Far from it, my arrows tended to be all over the place, but I did my best and had a blast.  Only now my left arm, my bow arm, is super sore, lol.  Later that night I went with Sabrina and her friend Allie to dinner at Umami Burger in LA.  It was soooo good!
a few pictures from saturday back hereCollapse )

The only other thing I have to share is a link to see some pictures and video I took at Disney California Adventure last week for the new ride in Paradise Pier, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.  Here is a little concept art for you:

I made a post for it at lil_zebra_media.  I've tried to post a link, but Lj is being mean and it keeps saying my "link can't be found", so I took it out.  If you are curious at all, you can just hop over to the community and check it out (I've only got two posts there, so it will be easy to find). 

Bookwise, I finally got around to starting A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  About halfway in, and I'm enjoying it.  It started off very slow, but finally picked up and I have hard time putting it down when I get going with my reading.  I was surprised to find so much science surrounding the main characters, as well as magic, but I'm curious to see where the story goes.

That's about all from me on my end.
How are all of you tonight?

Dana [userpic]

Work Woes and New Communities

February 20th, 2011 (10:25 pm)

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: indifferent
current song: -none-

Last Wednesday Borders officially released news that they were filing for bankruptcy.  200 stores will be closing due to this, and my store will be one of them. *sniffles*  I'm sad, not only about losing my job come April (when our store will close its doors), but because I always enjoyed shopping at Borders over the years.  A few of the locations near me will be closing, some my favorite stores, but at least a handful will remain open for business.  The good news is that had this not happened, I most likely would have stayed on staff at Borders, perhaps bumped up from temporary seasonal to part-time.  At least I have time to keep working for them while I try to find another job, and luckily I have Montessori to sub at as well, so I will at least have a little income trickling in.

*le sigh*
As my sister said, I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to jobs.

On a completely off topic note, I decided to create my own community for pictures and videos and other graphics I have/make.  I had created a graphics journal, celtic_mermaid , but I'm getting a little annoyed at having to switch back and forth between user names when making posts and I don't want to confuse anyone with who I am.  *shrugs* It makes sense in my head.  Anyway, I created lil_zebra_media (yeap, that's why I asked the other day what you liked better, and this name fit the bill perfectly), where I'll be posting my pictures, videos and and whatever.  Yes I'll still post pictures and the like here, because I love putting things like that up, only this way I won't be spamming all of your Friend's Lists.  I'll probably work on some kind of graphics for the community, because at the moment the layout is...well, I've got nothing, so if any of you have any ideas or would like to help me out I would much appreciate it.

Now I'm going to head home, read a little and get some sleep before I have to get up and go to the gym tomorrow morning.  And yes, I said the gym, lol.  I'll be around tomorrow and will have a decent post up then.  So, until tomorrow, I hope you all have a good night.

Dana [userpic]

Little Bit of This and That

February 13th, 2011 (06:03 pm)

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: optimistic
current song: none

I said this a few posts ago, and I'll say it again: I seriously need to go on a diet. Or, well, let me rephrase that: I need to stop being lazy and start making my food rather than go out and buy fast food or food that isn't exactly all that healthy for me and eat that/keep leftover for future lunches (which is what I'm doing with my dinner right now, having ordered pizza). Diet, exercise...I need to get my butt in gear.  A few months ago I bought this pair of size 12 jeans that I fell completely in love with. Being a little too long, I put them in my drawer until I could find the time to take them to get hemmed...well, when I tried them on last month, they didn't fit.  Well, they fit, but I couldn't button them or zip them. So, my goal is to be able to get myself back into that pair of jeans.  Besides, I told my friend Carrie that I wanted to go on a diet before our Disney World trip so I could eat my way through the parks and not feel guilty.  ((I actually just braved the scale in my aunt's bathroom, and so long as it was working right and I converted the kilograms into pounds correcting-because the pound function wasn't working right-I weight less than I thought I did)).

Anyway, moving on from the weight topic...
Hi! Today was my first day off since last Sunday, and I have spent the day doing laundry. This last week I have been working non-stop at both Borders and Montessori, which has been nice, and yet very tiring. Although I will admit, the double paychecks, while not always a lot, are nice. I'm trying to be a little wiser with my money, since I don't have as much coming in as I did before, putting away what I can for rent, making sure I have enough for gas and groceries and the like, as well as managing to save some for my WDW trip.

Speaking of Disney World, the date has been set and my family and I are going in October, from the 11th-17th. I am so excited about this trip it's not even funny. I've been teasing my Mom that I've wanted to go to Disney World my entire life, and it's only taken her 25 years to make it happen, lol. But of all the people I'm going with, I'm glad she'll be there with me and that the two of us will be experiencing it for the first time together.  And, on a Disney note, I'm looking forward to Thursday, because Carrie and I are planning to spend the day in the park. w00ts.

And now, for a little television.
*gasps* Surprised I'm not gushing about books?  Well, I do manage to watch tv from time to time and a few shows have cought my attention. Right now I'm watching...
Being Human USCollapse )

Face OffCollapse )

I am looking forward to some tv shows that are due to come out later this year in the fall.  Of course, they may or may not get picked up, but I'm excited nonetheless.
-Poe: a crime drama set in 1840's Boston with Edgar Allen Poe as the main character.
-Once Upon a Time: a fairy tale drama
-17th Precint: a magic based crime drama
-Grimm: crime drama based on the fairy tales of the Bros. Grimm
You can read a little more about them and see the full list here at Bookyurt .  I love this site. It keeps me up to date on books, movies and tv.

Random: what do you like better
1) lil_zebra
2) little_zebra
I debating on something and Little Zebra is a nickname I got a while back and I wanted to use the name, but I'm not sure which looks/sounds better. Suggestions?

And with that, I hope you all have had a good weekend and have a good coming week. I am going to see if I get called to work at Montessori tomorrow and if not I think I might go check out this gym my Mom was telling me about and see if it looks like something I might want to join.  Plus, I've got pizza and food to clean up before my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Fred get home.  They are coming back from Ohio, my Aunt Debbie's father passed away last Sunday and they would like to have the house to themselves when they come home.

*huggles all around*

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