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In Pursuit of... A Many Splendored Thing. [Jan. 17th, 2011|10:44 pm]
Kristin
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For some of you in LiveJournal land, this may come as a complete shock. Kind of out of the blue. But since I haven't posted an update in a REALLY long time, I thought it was time to get it out there. Well, that and the fact that I'm about ready to start singing from the rooftops and grabbing random people on the street and telling them about how happy I am. Since the latter might involve the police and restraining orders, I thought maybe I should come here instead! So, my dear LJ friends... the few who still read this thing... I am completely, utterly, and head-over-heels in love, and it's time the world knows.

I met Jason a little over a year ago while playing WoW. Crazy, huh? Well, we hit it off, and ended up talking every day. Chatting in WoW turned into chatting on Messenger, and that turned quickly into lengthy phone conversations last February and March or so. Jason was there when I felt like mud working at Convergys, and he was there when I felt like absolute shit while everything happened with Patrick. Jason made me realize that Patrick wasn't good for me, and that I deserved to be treated better. His simple presence reminded me that there really are good guys out there who know how to man up and take care of things... guys who can spell, and form coherent arguments... who would rather let the light in than shut it out, and who would rather give someone a hand than push them back down. For all of you who told me later that you were so glad I left Patrick, you can thank Jason, because without him, I don't know how I would have managed it. This time last year was utter Hell, and Jason was the one holding the flashlight at the end of the dark tunnel.

So it stands to reason that some feelings might develop, right? lol Over the past year, we've had maybe 5 days where we haven't had any contact. That's it. We have so much in common, it's kind of ridiculous. He's vegetarian, loves cats, is a huge geek, and likes Star Wars and Weird Al and Doctor Who (Oh, dear God, does he love Doctor Who... O.o ). He's incredibly sweet and compassionate, smart and funny. The regular procession of nerdy puns crack my shit up. Also, it's a rare day that I meet anyone who actually uses words I'm not familiar with in everyday conversation. Well... it was until I met Jason. We were making a snowman in Harvard Yard yesterday and he refered to one of the snowman's parts as an "oblate spheroid." Seriously! He's the reason I have dictionary.com on the quick links bar on my web browser. Did I mention the three Master's degrees... with the last one being from Harvard? Oh, did I also mention that he TEACHES at Harvard? -swoon- That's right, guys, your good friend, me, managed to woo a Harvard man. HAHA! Who saw that one coming? I sure as Hell didn't. Ok, so I'm gushing a little... but it's ok for a girl to be proud of her man, right? :)

Ok, I'm starting to get tired, and this is turning into a novel, so I'll wrap this up for now and continue later...

I went to Boston last weekend to see him, and had the most wonderful time. There was singing along to Weird Al in the middle of a traffic jam, Tron 2, Indian food, Magic: The Gathering with Jason's brothers, snowman building in Harvard Yard, and breakfast at IHOP! I seriously cannot describe how amazing I felt afterward. Getting on the plane to come back to St Louis was horrid, and I may just be moving to Connecticut in the not so distant future. I think I'm starting to like snow. Weird, huh?


EDIT - So... I was going to leave this as friends-only so it didn't show up on Facebook, but I decided that I don't care. It's going public. That's just the kind of mood I'm in. :D
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In Pursuit of... Geek Pride. [Aug. 1st, 2010|01:57 am]
Kristin
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I finally did it!! I got my tattoo! It's the emblem of the Jedi Order on my right hip. Went to Blue Moon Tattoo in Barnhart. Arin met me there after she got off work and took some pics for me. I think the guy was kind of hurrying through it since it was sort of simple and not very artsy, but I like it! Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all healed. He said the colors would end up being brighter. Also... I really thought there would be more to it. I mean, it really didn't hurt that much, except when he was going right over my hip bone, and even that wasn't that bad. Only took about 25 mins, too. But, enough rambling... pics!

Outline done...


Filling it in...




Right after completion. Still looking a little red...


A few hours after getting it done. Rushed home, went to ICC, and here it is...


I feel as though I should be freaked out that this is going to be on me for the rest of my life, but I'm not. I've been thinking about this for about 3 years now, and I'm just kind of excited. :D
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In Pursuit of... an awesome place to put my clothes... [Jul. 28th, 2010|11:11 pm]
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It's finally finished! What started as a, "Hey, it's a cheap piece of furniture! I'll paint it and turn it into something I wouldn't mind putting in my room!" turned into a bit more work than I'd anticipated. It seems that cheap furniture is covered with a varnish that makes it repel scratches, stains, etc. Unfortunately, this also means that it repels PAINT. Paint did not stick, at all, so I ended up having to sand the crap out of the whole thing and apply a couple of coats of primer. (Even the PRIMER didn't want to stick...) Then, the paint took a few coats to cover, and the detail work was very veeerrrryyy slow going. But, in the end, I think it turned out pretty geeky awesome, and the colors are perfect for my new room. :) Bring on the pics!!

From boring blah...

Decided not to put all the knobs on before I painted. :)

To nerd-cool. :D




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The Pursuit of... birthday cake! [May. 30th, 2010|12:40 am]
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Well, my mom was too frazzled by the fact that my former stepfather was having an auction at our house to bake me a cake, so I had to do it myself. She has this amazing book called "The Cake Doctor" that has a whole bunch of cakes that start with a box mix that you add stuff to and make it delicious. It took me a couple of days to pick one, but I finally ended up with this fan-freaking-tastic Lethal Peppermint Chocolate cake. It's made with dark chocolate fudge cake, peppermint buttercream frosting in the center (made with crushed peppermints and peppermint schnapps), and a chocolate ganache (also with peppermint schnapps) on the top and sides. Topped it off with bits of Ande's mints and some of the leftover crushed peppermints. It's pretty amazing.


It's pretty.

Even the inside is pretty. :)

Little blurry, but you get the idea.
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The Pursuit of... a new hairdo... [May. 11th, 2010|10:40 pm]
Kristin
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After a breakup, it seems that the mandatory thing for a girl to do is to change her hair. For some reason it must be done, so who am I to go against the breakup haircut? I've been wanting to do it for a while anyway, so this just gave me the kick in the pants that I needed. I got it done about a week and a half ago, but this is the first chance I've gotten to post about it. So, basically, went to MasterCuts at the mall, and had several inches chopped off, many layers put in, and swoopy bangs that go off to one side. Hmmm... not much more to say about getting a haircut, so on with the pics... I couldn't decide which I liked best, so here they are:





In general, I like it. :)
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The Pursuit of... a bedroom... [Apr. 27th, 2010|10:12 pm]
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Finally finished painting!! Woo hoo! Well, there's still some touching up I can do, and I might actually paint the ceiling eventually, but the walls, trim, doors, and windowsill are all finished. The windowsill was really gross and might still need some primer or something to kill off the mold and keep it from seeping through. Here's the room with nothing in it... Decorated room will come later...





Really wish there was more light... you can barely see anything... Oh well. Trust me, it's a vast improvement. I filled in all the little holes in the walls and cleaned the dirt and dead bugs out of the windowsill. Much much better. And it's much greener in person. Green is the new blue.
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The Pursuit of Happiness... [Apr. 26th, 2010|12:53 am]
Kristin
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Here we are, in the beginning of this new, Post-Patrick era. The time has come for me to begin setting my life back in order, and figuring out where the heck I'm going with it. I have decided that LiveJournal shall be the place for me to discuss all of the little steps I make in moving on and moving up. I am renaming this journal "The Pursuit of Happiness" becuase that's what it's going to be all about for a while. What makes me happy? What do I find worthwhile? What makes me feel good about myself? During the Patrick era, I found myself stuck in a rut. Not saying it was anyone's fault, but that's what happened. I was stuck in a rut with nowhere to go, and not a thought of how to make it better. It got to the point that I didn't even try. It's like I almost forgot who I was and what I wanted out of life. Well, that's changing. I guess it's partially the typical post-break up thing, where girls have to change their hair and all that, but I want it to be more. I want to stop sitting around and waiting for life to happen. I'm going to go and get it.

I think that the first stop on the road to happiness would probably be a place to live. A space that's mine. Today, I started fixing up the basement room at my mom's that is going to be mine. It started out all spider-webby and gross, but we took care of the spider webs the other day. Today, I started on the paint job. Finished all the trim, and started on the door. I had really hoped to be able to post the "Before" pics here, but alas, I cannot find the cable that connects my camera to my computer, so those are going to have to wait. Expect some very Gizmo-esque posts in the near future. :D

In other news, my brother and sister in law are coming on Tuesday to stay for almost a week while they wait for their stuff to be delivered to their new house in Iowa. Yay! We're planning a "Yay, the idiot ex is out of the house" party for my mom, since my former stepfather is suppposed to have all his stuff moved out by the first. Should be fun. :)

That is all for tonight. I'm getting sleepy. Too much painting.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*EDIT*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Ok, pics as promised. I didn't find my cable, but I went to Wal-Mart and found a card reader for $8 and decided it was worth not trying to dig around for the cable today. They're really grainy and low quality since it is, in fact, a basement and there is very little light in the room. It's kinda hard to see how crappy it looked before, but you get the basic idea. These were taken after we swept out the spider webs and cleaned the gunk off the fan blades, but that's pretty much all that's been done in these pics. What you can't see is how yellow the door looked, or how chipped and splochy the paint is on the walls and trim. Shoulda done close-ups, I guess. :)






The trim is all painted white, including the trim on the bottom that's still wood-colored. Working on walls today. More pics later.
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Rita Mae Brown comes to WWU! [Apr. 11th, 2010|10:44 am]
Kristin
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Found this on the William Woods website...
(http://www.williamwoods.edu/ur/detail.asp?ID=2618)

Best-selling author Rita Mae Brown has set her latest mystery novel in an unlikely location—the campus of William Woods University.

Brown, known for writing her stories with the help of her feline friend, Sneaky Pie Brown, spins a tale of alumni returning to their alma mater, William Woods. Titled “Cat of the Century,” the book will be available April 6—a mere 17 days before WWU’s Alumni Weekend.

Published by Random House and part of the Mrs. Murphy series, “Cat of the Century” tells about Aunt Talley Urquhart, who returns to celebrate her 100th birthday. With her come Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen; the sleuthing cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker.

But something is amiss in Fulton, Mo. One graduate accuses another of mishandling funds. The former is fatally shot and the latter goes missing. Harry and her menagerie of mystery solvers set out to discover “whodunit.”

Although the names of the alumni have been changed to protect the innocent, WWU President Jahnae H. Barnett; her husband, Eddie Barnett; her assistant, Kenda Shindler, and several other of Barnett’s friends, along with equestrian professor Gayle Lampe, are all identified in the book by name.

Lampe introduced Brown, an equestrian enthusiast herself, to Barnett, and a lasting friendship was formed when Brown served as the commencement speaker 10 years ago. She’ll return next month to again address WWU’s graduating seniors.

In the interim, Brown, 65, has maintained a relationship with William Woods, coming in 2001 to speak to students in a class called “Reading and Writing the Horse”—an English class specifically designed for students in the university’s renowned equestrian studies division. She also served on WWU’s Equestrian Board of Visitors.

Author of the groundbreaking best seller “Rubyfruit Jungle” in 1973, Brown has written about 40 books since then, including several mysteries “co-authored” with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown. She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and poet.

Brown earned a cinematography degree from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. in English and classics from New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in English and political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Virginia for many years.

An avid sports enthusiast, she is the master of the Oak Ridge Foxhunt Club. She used to play polo and she started the Blue Ridge Polo Club, the first women-only polo club in America.

Brown “cherishes life” and has rescued hundreds of cats, dogs, foxes and hounds—and some horses. Many stay with her, and she has found homes for others. And some, like Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tee Tucker, are immortalized in her stories.


It looks like I'll be making ANOTHER trip to Fulton for graduation in May... :) And, I seem to have another book added to my pile of reading... there's already another Rita Mae Brown book in the pile! lol

I actually took the "Reading and Writing the Horse" class, but I think it was the last year they had it, because the woman who taught the class retired just after that. Actually, the class is where I first heard of Rita Mae Brown... we read "Outfoxed" and I loved it. :D
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Happy Pi Day [Mar. 14th, 2010|12:17 pm]
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(Sing to tune of "Oh Christmas Tree")
Oh, number pi
Oh, number pi
Your digits are unending,
Oh, number pi
Oh, number pi
No pattern are you sending.
You're three point one four one five nine,
And even more if we had time.
Oh, number pi
Oh, number pi
For circle lengths unbending.
Oh, number pi
Oh, number pi
You are a number very sweet,
Oh, number pi
Oh, number pi
Your uses are so very neat.
There's 2 pi r and pi r squared,
Four-thirds pi r cubed---don't be scared.
Oh, number pi
Oh, number pi
We know that pi's a tasty treat.
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Is this as hard as it gets? Cause I'm getting tired of pretending I'm tough. [Mar. 2nd, 2010|04:39 pm]
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Well, I may have good news on the job front soon... *crosses fingers* I applied at a winery in Hillsboro last week, and she said I would definitely be getting a second interview. Sounds promising. Also, I got a call yesterday morning from the vet clinic I had an interview with a few weeks ago, and it seems that they are hiring for another position: part-time receptionist. I have an interview there tomorrow afternoon. Still haven't heard anything from PetSmart. I think they fail at the hiring of people. Every time I call them I get the, "Well, we haven't made any decisions yet, but we'll certainly let you know when we do." :P Blargh. I hate job hunting.

I took a trip down memory lane last night. Galen and I watched Josie and the Pussycats because he'd never seen it. Made me think of all our fun times in high school. lol I think I need to send Carla a message and see if she still has the pictures from our Galaxy photo shoot since the website doesn't work anymore. Fun fun. It also made me wonder how on Earth I can be so completely and utterly forgetful that I can read a book and not remember what happened 3 months later, but I could still sing along with nearly every word of the songs in the movie, though I haven't seen it or listened to the soundtrack in about 5 years. Chalk one up to the power of music, I guess. :) Oh, and I didn't even mention the crazy thing about it... Yesterday morning I was lying in bed, letting my mind wander as I tend to let it do for a while in the morning, and I got to thinking about high school for some reason, which made me think of the movie. Upon thinking of the movie, I decided that I would like to watch said movie sometime in the near future and that I should check to see if it was on NetFlix's instant watch. Over the course of the day, I kind of forgot about it, but Galen and I were coming home from Wal-Mart discussing our random musical tastes, and I mentioned having the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack, and he mentioned he had never seen it. So, we decided we should check NetFlix. So I get home and log into my NetFlix, and the first thing that pops up on the screen is

Josie and the Pussycats
Now available for instant watch!


I was like ZOMG! What are the chances of that? So we decided it was a sign that we had to watch it. I had forgotten how much I love that movie. "Coasters!" "DuJour means friendship!" :D



And that's all for now.
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