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To Do List:

Halloween Mix CD
pack (after laundry, of course)
put therapy stuffs on MP3 player
get directions to Pheasant Run in IL
pick out books to read while there
return old desktop to Rent-A-Center (I hate those guys)
put hold on mail

updates about Chicago

so, the Baltimore trip fell through, which kind of sucked, because I had this whole big thing planned for the music and stuff. I was going to have a little bit of everything! Nightwish, Within Temptation, Evanesence... all the way through to the Eagles, Ronan Tynan, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers (honestly, even if you're not into that band, you have to love it just for the name, because it's so bizarre). Maybe even Weird Al. I'm sure Alex would've tried to throw in Scary Bitches (yes, that seriously is the name of the band) or ICP, but just because I'm 18 now doesn't mean my mom can't start world war 3 and potentially ground me until I finish school.

In any case, we leave for Chicago on Tuesday. I'll probably just take a bunch of CDs off my shelf and we'll be set instead of planning this whole big thing out. It'll be easier, and Chicago is only about a four(?) hour drive from here. I don't know.... bleh. anyway.

In other news, Mel Brooks is a genius.
Not that you needed me to tell you that.

Oct. 25th, 2007

WASHINGTON - The White House significantly edited testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on health, deleting key portions citing diseases that could flourish in a warmer climate.

The White House on Wednesday denied that it had “watered down” the congressional testimony that Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had given the day before to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

But a draft of the testimony submitted for White House review shows that six pages of details about specific disease and other health problems that might flourish if the Earth warms were not delivered at the hearing.

White House 'eviscerated' climate testimony
Accusation tied to health presentation, which was cut from 14 pages to 4

Oct. 24th, 2007

sooooooo.... I hooked up the new computer. I'm using it now, in fact.

I would seriously like to hurt whatever idiot thought windows vista was a bright idea

if my computer FREEZES again, while I'm doing something relatively simple, I'm going to bang my head into a wall until I fall into a coma...

Oct. 22nd, 2007

well, it's official. as of 30 minutes ago.

I'm 18.

Yay me.
someone help me, please, I'm desperate.
I have the theme from Willy Wonka stuck in my head, and I haven't even seen the movie in like, five years!

in other news, we're not heading out to Baltimore. the trip is cancelled because mom's sick - it's the mandatory changing-of-seasons-I-hate-you cold. bleh. nasty.

and where's fall???
...it's cold....
*curled up under covers*

midnight updates & trip info!

okay, so I'm actually supposed to be in bed, because I have a dentist' appt. bright and early tomorrow morning.... uhh... today! but I was riffling through my old CDs today, and I won't be able to sleep until I put some of the music on my mp3 player, because it'll just drive me nuts.

this week is crazy. I meant to be on AIM today, but I had to dig through my closet (which is a total nightmare, by the way.... I found my old computer in there, looking all sad and lonely...) to find my duffel.
today we go around town and run errands. new shoes. doctor's appointments... prescription refills.... then when we get back, it's time to tidy up the house and rewax/seal/whatever-it's-called the floors, so that they're sparkly when we leave. plus a deep cleaning on the bathroom....

then we tackle the garage tomorrow, along with a few other things. we're trying to get everything done (including using all the groceries in the fridge) by Wednesday, so that Thursday and Friday we can just chill out.

Saturday morning, we hit the road.
driving plans are STILL a mystery, because mom was hoping to make it this whole big trip for my 18th, where we stop and visit my aunt and take time along the way to see the sights...
but she wants to stop in West Virginia.
West Virginia summons a whole bunch of mental images that just... don't appeal to me. it could be the whole joke about marrying cousins...............

ahem, uhh.... <.<

my greatest problem, however: books.
whenever I pack to go somewhere, I always bring WAY more books (CDs too, but it's not as bad) than is necessary. last time, I brought six for a three day trip. one of them was REALLY fat.
I didn't read a single one of them.
two books are absolutely necessary, however. no, make that three.

my bag's going to be SOOOOO heavy....

Oct. 6th, 2007

okay, so we head out to Baltimore on the 20th of this month, and should be back by the 30th(I hope, because we're kenneling the pups, and I HATE to kennel them at all, but especially for any longer than that). The plan is to drive in the mornings, then take it slow during the afternoons, and make a little vacation out of it (even though it's really a business trip for mom) since my 18th b-day is on the 22nd, when we have to be there bright and early for the orientation meeting.
alex and I shall be sacking out in the hotel room. I'm bringing a bunch of old movies to veg out to -- Casablanca, Strangers on a Train, Murder My Sweet, etc, while mom's out at the conference center, and then when she has time off, we'll probably have cake and sparkly grape juice (because I LOVE that stuff and am always looking for an excuse to buy some!) I'm also HOPING to get a few books from the bookstore before we go (Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe series). Mom's conference should last about... a week... maybe? and we'll be taking time somewhere in there to visit my Aunt Saundra.... so, it should be a busy week.
oh yes, and I'm ALSO making a ton of CDs to play on the way there. music suggestions, anyone?