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Mar 8, 2006
We got a bed!!!!!!

My boss had the most amazing display bed at Lake City- she used it to prop all of the dog beds onto it.  At one point I asked her if she ever wanted to sell it to keep me in mind.  Well, a while ago she pulled me aside and asked me if I still needed a bed. Sure enough, I did, so she handed me a never-actually-slept-on >$400 queen frame for free.  Yes.  Free. 

I was elated. 

Now that Val and I have decided to stay in the apartment we're in,  we invested in a mattress to go with it.

So... nice.

After sleeping on the floor for a year, nothing tops sprawling out on a very comfortable bed. 

And in other not-so-exciting news, www.6pm.com is the best shopping site I've ever visited.  I've been handbag shopping for a while, and haven't really settled on one.  This time, I've fallen in love.  They pair handbags with shoes that people have voted as being appropriate matches, a brilliant marketing move.  Anyway, if you're like me and you enjoy wasting time browsing for your next consumer indulgence, check it out.

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Feb 22, 2006
Tax Return!

So, the most important time of the year is here. Tax return time!  I sent in my W-2's in on the second, and I'm expecting my tax return anytime now.  The excitement!

Considering that I'm finally on my feet financially after a hard 6 months of cleaning up after roomies who either thoughtfully left large utility/electricity bills unpaid or tried to murder my cat, I'm now very pleased and delighted with my new housing situation.  It'll be fantastic to move on to a new apartment- it'll be a nice new beginning. 

Anyway, to celebrate this beginning, I plan to spoil myself rotten.  

My List:   

a) Get a mattress from Ikea so I can actually SLEEP on a real bed

b) Obtain a new handbag (coach, brighton, or harveys...hmmm, decisions, decisions)

c) Threaten my Assistant Manager to provide lovely make-up (She's not only a ninja but a beauty consultant... How convenient!)

d) Find the Holy Grail... meaning:  finding the perfect new digital camera (min. 5MP, 6x optical zoom)

There's my list and I'm checking it twice.   Val got a Pocket PC with his return.  I have to get something shinier.  When geeks woo, it can get messy.


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Feb 5, 2006
Sunday Morning Rants.
I'm not entirely sure if I like having weekends off.  Part of me loves to be able to spend time with my gorgeous boyfriend, the other half feels like she has to compete with the masses and go out and actually do stuff. 

In other words, I feel guilty for being so damn lazy.

Slept in.  Thai Ginger.  Animal Crossing. Went back to bed. Slept until 5 cuddled in boyfriend's arms.  Made copious amounts of sushi (seattle and california maki, with tuna and octopus nigiri).  This time we perfected the inside out rolls, next time we're going for temaki sushi... so tasty. 

My life is gaining luster again.  For a long time I've felt weighed down with memories and frustration.   I am beginning to stretch my wings a little more- I feel more comfortable where I am and who I am becomming.  While I have a multitude of goals still, I need to realize that it's far more important to love where one is at, not simply where one is going.   The end does not justify the means entirely,  the means are what makes the end worthwhile. 

I received a raise the other day.  I look forward to getting back onto my feet. The last few months have been in an unpleasant downward spiral, and it now feels as if I'll have more room for improvement.  Just having money enough for bills will help my mood drastically.

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Jan 25, 2006
2006! The Update!
It's been a long time!  Yet again, my blog is neglected.   Life has been busy. Good, but still busy.  It's hard finding time to sit down and focus on one thing, especially something as trivial as a blog.

I'm still a manager!  They have yet to decide that I'm a pain in the ass and to can me.  Things have been going relatively well in the way of work- I'm happy where I am now, and I don't stress out as much as I did when I first started.  It's been about 3 months, the store's business is growing, we're set to hit goal for the month, and the store looks cleaner than I've EVER seen it.  My apartment is a complete disaster, but it doesn't matter. I don't actually live there.  ;)

Employee evaluations are due at the end of the month.  I've been working on them, but it's hard to really eloquently write the things they need to improve on.  I have an amazingly solid assistant manager on my side- I'm sooo lucky to have her.  It's almost as if I have to make up negative things to really balance out the evaluations! 

Maggie (my family's beagle) died yesterday... It hit me pretty hard last night, but I realize that we were so lucky to have her for the time that we did.  The last 12 years have been fun, and I'll miss the little girl.  I'm thinking about donating some money to an animal shelter in her honor. I went home on Saturday and gave her a kiss on her head and a pat on the back... I can't believe she's gone, it was so sudden.  I still have her hair on my fleece... Poor girl. :(

I'm halfway contemplating running down to California soon with my sweetie.  It'd be nice to see his family and to bask in the sun.  We're talking about adopting a dog in one of the shelters down there- In fact, we might just do a recon mission and gather up several puppies to bring up and find homes for in Seattle.  Los Angeles has an extremely high kill rate, and it'd be nice to know that we saved someone's life.  Anyway, more on that when I actually get some paid vacation. :)

I've also signed up to be a volunteer conversational English tutor.  I will get to study some Chinese in exchange.  I'd love to start from scratch and to work on my tones.  We'll see how it goes.

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Nov 29, 2005
Love snores.
I have a habit of coming here to talk to my blog when Val is sprawled out sound asleep. Right now he's situated diagonally across my bed, completely zonked out and softly snoring. He sometimes reminds me of Miso- Miso will be extremely busy and suddenly completely zonk out.

He moved in some of his stuff today. While I was driving over to his apartment it dawned on me that things can get a lot more complicated with one simple change of residency.

Anyway... It's better to be among the snoring than to those barely awake. Those of you who still check this, I hope your lives are fulfilling and beautiful... Much like my future will be with the one I love.

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Nov 13, 2005
Maybe she ought to take up a life of crime.
My sweetie is sound asleep and though I've tried to wake him up, it has been all in vain. Thus, bloggage.


-My cat nearly died due to a irresponsible roommate. She has been asked to leave, and it shall be so sometime after the 17th. You don't mess with the Mochi.

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-4 days of medical treatment cost me over $1k.
-I will acquire a move-in boyfriend by the first of December. The benefits are obvious.
-I am now a manager for a store that is growing incredibly fast.
-I have fallen in love with a Nintendo DS and a Palm PDA.

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Sep 23, 2005
Val, even sickly, remains beautiful while sprawled out on my bed. It's incredible that he loves me as much as he does. I feel like I've somehow cheated the system and ended up with the best deal of the century

I don't think I've ever felt this loyal.

One year on the 16th.

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Sep 14, 2005
So I went over to Brooke's blog and followed her link to Rose's page. Though I don't know Rose, she seems like a cool and interesting individual. The reason why I'm writing about her is because she had this picture on her blog.

It's weird when you get swamped by a wave of memories of how life was before things got complicated. Climbing through Nathan's bedroom window, attempted hikes on the Dungeness Spit (I wish we had paid the $3 now, looking back on it), and simply being around people I trust. Nathan and Brooke are the two people that keep my memories of Peninsula College warm and fuzzy, and I miss them so much right now.

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Sep 10, 2005
On the road again...
Those of you who know me well are well aware of my constant desire to travel and explore. Lately the urge has been welling up intensely- I've tried to find various outlets to kill this desire, but any plans I make tend to fall through. This isn't a complaint at the moment, as I realise that the best thing for me right now is learning to love where I'm at. One day I was talking to my father about how much I want to leave, and I'll never forget what he said. What it boils down to is that I can't rely on finding peace and happiness by running away- it's essential that I learn to find it regardless of where I am.

I bet you're probably thinking "Ahoy, Captain Obvious!" but for me, hearing this from a man who is unable to make it to the bathroom by himself and who can only leave the house with a small army of people helping him, it was a rather important piece of advice.

Anyway, here's what I'm trying:

Learning to make healthy food: Val and I succeed in making sushi:

Exploring Washington state: the Snoqualmie Falls!

Some incredibly pretty lake somewhere over Stevens Pass:

Spending a ton of time with my sweetie and the youngest feline of the house:

And I've been trying to raise funds for the Humane Society (and failing miserably).

Something should work, right?

Life is too short to feel trapped.

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Aug 21, 2005
Yes, I'm still alive.
I know most of you don't even check this anymore. Why would you? In a way, this feels like some sort of secret oasis for my petty thoughts. Ah, the imagined comfort of isolation.

In summary, life has been both beautiful and hideous. I feel as if life is one big comedy- the kind that you laugh at because there's really nothing else you can do, and it's too awkward to show no emotion at all. You can't cry anymore- your tears are depleted and even if you could nothing would be solved.

I'm at that stage.

Life has been good to me. I am the lucky one. Severe illness has always bypassed me. I had a rough start, but I'm still alive and relatively healthy. Other people, like my roommate and my father, are not so fortunate.

I wish I could bear some of the burden of what they're going through.

But in all other aspects of my life, the world is pleasant. The blister from the burn on my finger even resembles a ying yang. There's so much good left even after all the evil.

I once got a fortune cookie that said "One must taste the bitter to understand the sweet." In an extremely selfish way, I wonder if the pain other people experience is supposed to teach me some sort of lesson... I guess the point of life is to simply make the most of what's handed to you.

Without the pain of disability my father has felt I doubt I would have had the initiative to travel and experience as much as I have.

Without watching my grandmother die from lung cancer I might have smoked far more than I have.

Without watching my mother go through the pain of losing a child, I might have never realised how lucky I was to survive.

Without personally experiencing the heartbreak of losing my first love, I might have never realized how lucky I am to be with Val.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is that I'm incredibly lucky, and that we are really are diamonds in the rough. I'm 24, nowhere near complete, but healthy, in love, and relatively happy. The people who are struggling with some less than pleasant ordeals in their lives are going to be 10x better for experiencing what they're going through.

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