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In another’s words

September 28, 2008

Since I did a post on beliefs, I decided to post this quote:

The “I Believe” speech from Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”

I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen–I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones who look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.  I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass.  I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline of good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.  I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative.  I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of The Worlds.  I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.  I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.  I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies too. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.  I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive

and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.

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Open your books!

September 22, 2008

It’s officially the time to read.  All the Fall book festival and reading incentive programs are going on.  I am an avid reader and encourage you to be the same.  I’ve found I can take Princess out in the backyard and sit with her and a book and actually get some reading done while she stares at nature and naps.  Woohoo!  I mostly read fantasy – you know, magic, fairies, dragons and the like.  I’m making my way through a bunch of books from the library and then working on a series that I started a while ago, but never got around to getting the last two books because they are hard to find for some reason.  So, I finally just bought them off Amazon so I could finally finish the series.  Right now I’m reading the latest book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series.  It’s technically for young adult readers, but it’s really well written and, as a fantasy reader, you learn not to be too picky about those kind of labels.  I actually listened to the first couple of books in the series on CD when I was commuting to work and the reader is excellent.  I highly recommend the audiobooks.  I’ll try and update you all to what books I’m reading and give mini-reviews.  Most are part of a series, because, well, that’s pretty standard in the world of fantasy fiction.  Today, Hubby and I are going to a book swap that’s on his school’s campus.  A good way to get rid of old books (I rarely reread books) and get new ones cheaply.  I also use PaperBackSwap online to get books.  That’s not too bad if what I want is out there. ANyway, time to sign off.  Tata for now.

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mommies unite

September 22, 2008

I write this at night, in the nursery after putting Princess in her crib.  Yes, you read that correctly, in her crib, in her own room.  For the second night, she is sleeping in her own room.  Before, we had her in a bassinet in our room, but since she went pretty much all last week sleeping until around 4 am (not including a couple of weird intruding wake ups around 2 after which she went right back to sleep) we decided it was time to move her to the crib.  She looks so much smaller in it, which is saying a lot.  She was almost as long as her bassinet.  I measured her the other night after I put her back down to sleep.  It was 5 in the morning and I looked at her and noticed how nice and straight she was laying and how much space she took up in the bassinet, so I ran downstairs and got my sewing measuring tape and measured her.  25 inches.  Granted, this is approximate.  The things you do at 5 in the morning after being up for an hour.  I will probably have a few early morning posts, too, especially since I’m now feeding her in the nursery instead of in bed.  So much for the lazy life.  But I figured, i usually end up in the nursery anyway because the rocking chair’s there and it helps her fall asleep quicker – very important in the middle of the night.

So, she did very well last night sleeping in the crib, and I did pretty good, too.  No panic attacks that she wasn’t in the room.  And I even turned on the radio to fall asleep to (though I was worried we wouldn’t be able to hear the monitor over the music and Hubby reassured me, proved correct when she made a sound and it came through loud and clear). It probably helps that I can leave the door to the nursery open, so I know if she were to cry I could still hear her.  We have a cat, but I doubt she’ll go into the crib.  I don’t know if she could even make it up there.  Sometimes she just barely makes it up on our bed.  The graceful acrobatic cat gene sort of skipped her.  Cute, yes.  Graceful, definitely not.  And the dog is in a crate at night.

So I had a pretty good weekend, even besides the whole child in her own room thing.  Saturday I hosted a jewelry party, you know, one of those things where you have a bunch of friends over and someone comes in and does a sales pitch for a product.  This one was for Premier Jewelry.  They have pretty nice things and the prices are pretty reasonable.  My friend hosted a party and for a discount on the stuff I bought there, I agreed to host a party too.  Of course, out of the 14 or so people I invited, only one came, but she brought a friend, so it wasn’t too bad.  Her hubby came and they both brought their kids, so the guys hung out most of the time with the kids.  Hubby took them to the part near the house so we had the house to ourselves for most of the time (Again, I love my hubby).  Even though it was a very small turnout (not sure if the weekend was just a bad weekend, no one wanted to come, or if it was because the seller didn’t give me the information early enough – side rant:I was going to send out e-vites or an e-mail to everyone a couple of months in advance and had asked the lady for the info I needed but she had issues with her e-mail and never got it to me, then she sent out e-vites herself through the company which took time because I had to get the e-mail list to her and then all the responses came to her, not me, so I had no idea who was coming or not…grrr) it went all right.  My mom and a friend had ordered a couple things before the party, too.  So I got free jewelry.  yea!  Maybe I’ll take a pic of my new sparklies when they come ing and post it up here.

Today I went to a nearby park and met with a mommy’s group.  It’s a new group and it was really nice.  The weather was great, so the park was a perfect place to meet.  It was also in the afternoon.  Most of the mom’s groups I’ve tried always schedule stuff in the mornings – it’s way too hard for me to get out of the house in the mornings.  I hate mornings. And I think my child may be a morning person, God help me.  But, I figure if she is, at least it will make it easier to get her up when she is older and has to go to school.  Anyway, there were two other babies there about the same age as Princess.  That’s another plus.  Most of the other mom’s groups are all toddlers.  So I am definitely going to stick with this group.  Yea!  New friends.  I’m not one of those people who has a boatload of friends.  I usually only have a few friends who I do things with.  Hubby is more of the people person, but a lot of the people he knows are single or younger or don’t have kids, so we’re not really in the same stage of life as they are.  And a lot of them are scientists or policy geeks, and thought they’re very nice, it’s hard for me to connect.

Well, I’m going to call it a night. All in all, a good weekend.  LOL.  I just peeked at Princess and she managed to get one arm out of the swaddle, so the one arm is just sticking up out of the blanket. I have to get a pic of that sometime.  Talk at ya later!

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Writer’s Workshop

September 18, 2008

OK.  Princess is fed.  SHe was asleep – just long enough for me to eat lunch.  I was hoping to write, but oh well.  Guess I should be happy with what I can get.  At least I got to eat. It’s a good thing she’s cute.

So, where was I?  Oh yes, the dictionary.  Minus the who-the-hell-knows-where-these-are-from pressed flowers.  let’s see…molar – well, I have to get a couple of those puled, but not much story there other than bad genes.  Mollusk – ewww.  Mold… well, we probably have some in our walls because the tile in the bathrooms upstairs came loose and got cracked so water got in the walls and the landlords are taking their sweet time getting someone in to fix it (we rent a townhouse – hopefully a situation that will change by the end of the year when Hubby is an official full-time employee where he works if the stupid funding goes through and we can afford to buy a place before we have to attempt to baby-proof this place which will be an absolute nightmare). The kitchen floor also needs to be replaced because the linoleum is coming up really bad.    We just stuck a big rug over it for now so we can stop tripping on it and it looks better.  What else?  Moline.  There’s a story.

So, apparently, our dictionary does city names.  Moline is a town in Western Illinois, right on the Mississippi (do you ever, in your head, say the little chant thing we did as kids when you spell that?), part of  a collection of 4 towns along the Mississippi in Iowa and Illinois called the Quad Cities.  THe other towns are Bettendorf, Davenport, and Rock Island.  East Moline is also included too, but that makes it 5 cities, even though they still called it the Quad City area.  Go figure.  It is the midwest.  Anyway, Hubby grew up in this area and most of his family is still there, so we make trips there quite frequently.  It’s also where the headquarters of John Deere are located, an important fact because several of Hubby’s family members work there.

Hubby and I met in the Quad Cities.  I went to school there, a little tiny private college.  WHen I first attended, it was named Teikyo Marycrest UNiversity, then changed its name to Marycrest International University. It was named Teikyo because the Japanese teikyo corporation owned it. A lot of students were Japanese.  Actually, there was a pretty decent amount of foreign students for such a small school.  Hubby went there for a couple of years and we graduated together.  Unfortunately, it had enrollment problems and ended up closing down soon after we graduated.  Now it’s an old folks home.  The good news is when I’m old, I can go back and live in the same dorm again.

I really enjoyed my experience there.  The corporation that owned the school owned schools all over the world, so there were a lot of study abroad opportunities.  I spent a semester at their school in the Netherlands (Holland, but that’s really the name of a district in the country, not the whole country), which was really amazing since I got to travel all over Europe while I was there.  Most of our teachers were Dutch, too, so it was nice to be able to get the perspective of someone who actually lived in the country. 

It was also nice to go to such a small school.  I’ve also been to a state college in California, so I know the opposite.  At Marycrest, you could go into the financial aid office and they’d know you by name.  The only reason we really needed student ID’s was for the library and discounts at the movies.  

Oh, and my advisor there was really cool, too.  He has a house in this little tiny village in Ireland and every year he’d take a group of students.  I went twice.  The second time, Hubby proposed to me there.  He proposed on a little path between the houses, then I said yes in the pub, which happens to be owned by Enya’s father.  He plays the accordion up on a little stage and people come from all over and sing, play, and dance at the pub.  I was so overexcited, though, that I went back to the house I was staying in and felt sick all night.

Anyway, I’ve babbled long enough and somehow taken you on a trip from Illinois to Ireland.  Hope you enjoyed the reminiscing.

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The Land of Ennui?

September 10, 2008

The “Land of Ennui” was the title of a story I started writing back in high school about a girl who daydreams all the time when she’s bored and she ends up in a different world called Ennui.  In the end, her travels in the land of Ennui turn out to be nothing more than a daydream.  I never did finish the story, but the title always stuck with me and it seemed a fitting name for a collection of my ramblings, rants, and interests.  

I intend for this blog to be a place for me to write about my adventures in the land of motherhood, both good and bad.  Here I will write about my efforts to work from home as a freelance graphic artist as I take care of my child at the same time.  I will post about my interests – what books I’m reading, fun sites I’ve found on the web, neat products you’ve just got to have, movies and anime I’m watching.  A warning: this will not be a G rated blog.  Also, A lot of the time I’m on the computer, I have a baby in my arms, which means there will probably be typos.  I will probably forget to check the spelling before I post, because I can’t remember my own name some days, and, quite frankly I’m a lazy ass, so Ill go back and edit posts later when I notice the errors.

For those too lazy to read the about me page, my name is Kelly.  I live in Virginia with my husband (hereafter referred to as Hubby) and 2 month old daughter (referred to as Princess).  I’m a stay-at-home mom trying to be a work-at-home mom as a freelance graphic artist – anyone need logos, business cards, magazines, ads, newsletters, etc. designed?  If you’re curious, feel free to check out my business site, Mythic Creations, for samples of what I do.  I’m also attempting to earn money with my online store through cafepress where I sell clothes and gifts with my designs.  I need to make money because Hubby is a full time PhD student in Public Policy.  He does some work for one of the professors at the university, and he does work as a part time contractor for a company, which we are hoping will turn into a full-time job as soon as they get the funding.  Whenever that will be.  I hate that word now – funding.

My interests are pretty varied.  I’m somewhere between a geek and a nerd.  I’m a big fan of the arts.  I love seeing plays, especially musicals, though, it’ll be kind of hard to see much of anything for a while, between the kid and expenses.  I also like ballets and operas.  I like all kinds of music, from classical to jazz to classic rock.  No hard rock or hip hop, though.  I listened to country when I was younger, but not anymore.  I love to read, mostly fantasy.  I write, too, though I haven’t done much lately.  Art is my passion as well as my job.  Nowadays it’s mostly on the computer, but I still sketch when I have a chance.  I’m a geek about computers and gadgets.  I’m a Mac girl through and through.  I like anime and manga (Japanese comic books) and comic books, though I’m not really into all the typical superhero stuff. And of course, as a new mom, I’m all about baby stuff now.

I think that’s about it for the intro.  Everything else will be covered in the life of the blog.  I will try to post as often as I can.  Thanks for visiting!