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December 18th, 2014 (12:53 am)

My heart shatters into a million pieces every couple of weeks.

I think about her daily.

There are some things you never get over.

I came so, so close to being able to have some closure about this mare, who has such a large part of my soul. Nina, the woman running the farm where this poor mare is kept in horrific conditions, was supposed to be evicted, which would have made Cindy basically abandoned property.

So, so many times I've been through this. This time, I spoke with the new owner of the property, and he was SO done with Nina's shit. He told me that if she didn't leave, he'd call the state in to go through the eviction process and that it would end up costing her a ton of money.

And I just heard that after she's rehomed about 20 horses, he's allowing her to stay (details fuzzy) and Cindy will be one of the ~25 horses that will remain. Without access to veterinary care, without access to farrier care, without access to safe pasture, or feed, and most likely without much access to hay, at all.

"and all the things that i said i'd do, like make the world brand new, and take the time for you... just got lost, i slept right through the dawn, and let the world spin madly on"

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Ten Day Thing - 3 & 4

October 6th, 2013 (09:35 am)

Day Three: Eight things that annoy you.

1. That, despite getting several scores above 60% all summer in T1, T2 and T3, I won't be getting a 60% achievement ribbon at the end of the year because I joined the organization halfway through the summer, and immediately became incapable of scoring above a 59%

2. On the same note, when schooling show judges have no comments for you. WHAT AM I PAYING YOU FOR.

3. Cleaning my tack

4. When people don't answer my calls or texts - which is hypocritical, because I'm the worst responder ever

5. That after riding dressage for 15 years (ew, just did the math, feel old), I can't get my own damn horse to score 65%s in Training Level (my personal mark to move up a level is a few 65%s)

6. That there aren't any good tabs for Dire Straits' Romeo and Juliet for ukulele. Particularly the Intro.

7. That Brian Sea Isle totally dropped off the planet despite saying that he still wanted to hang out

8. When my phone freezes or is slow to respond to my commands!

(...can you tell the show didn't go so great yesterday?)

Day Four: Seven fears/phobias.

1. Flying, airplanes
2. Elevators that take you very high
3. Bolters
4. Roller coasters
5. Tornadoes, Mesoscale Thunderstorms
6. Very Loud Noises (exceptions: music, fireworks)
7. Suspenseful scenes in movies

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July 11th, 2011 (11:00 am)

Just got an update from Mid Atlantic - Halo is acting more like a real horse today and is interested in food - both good signs! Keep the good wishes coming.

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Halo's Ordeal

July 10th, 2011 (10:04 pm)
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I never sleep with my phone on silent. Last night, I fell asleep before I switched it from silent to the normal medium-loud.

I woke up today to 5 missed calls and 8 text messages, all with the same message: Halo's colicing again and it is bad.

Yesterday afternoon, he has a very mild bout of colic, tubed with no reflux, got a heaping amount of fluids, and was put on monitored stall rest while we waited for poop. He pooped last night and was drinking. He pooped this morning, kept drinking, and it was looking good. Darlene, the rescue owner, went up into her house to do some work before checking on him in the afternoon.

Within an hour of her going inside, Donkeyote started freaking out. He was running the fence, bodyslamming the gate, bodyslamming the doors, and screaming his little heart out. Donkey is very attached to Halo, but has seemed to take Halo's stalling okay. Darlene went out to the barn to see what would quiet Donk down, and that's when she saw Halo down. He was soaked in sweat, and barely moving. They pulled him up and he tried to throw himself down again - he wasn't thrashing, but he was collapsing.

I flew out the door and flew to the barn, hitting 65 mph on a local road behind an ambulance that was possibly saving more than a stranger's life. By the time I got to the barn, Dr. D was tubing Halo and he was producing a ton of reflux. Five people were holding him up - he was shaking, and he was dead weight. Dr. D pumped him full of fluids and got 5+ gallons of reflux out of him through multiple tubings, and decided he needed to go to MidAtlantic.

After a dozen frantic phone calls trying to find a shipper, Darlene desperately asked Bekka and I to run to the farm across the street to ask her neighbor if she could ship. Bekka and I sprinted - I lost my flip flops on the way - and rang the doorbell of a house across the street with a trailer and a small barn. A man answered, agreed to our out-of-breath pleas for help, and hooked up his trailer while Bekka ran back to clear the driveway and get Halo ready.

(Here's one miracle on the case: The man, Tom, doesn't even know Darlene. We ran to the wrong house. Regardless, he has his trailer on the road within ten minutes of us knocking on his door, and he was happy to ship the poor colt up to the clinic.)

Neither Bekka nor I thought Halo would make it up to the clinic. I was almost positive he'd go down in the trailer, but he unloaded like a pro and looked around as if he weren't sick. "Hey guys! That was fun. Where are we now?"

The fluids seemed to help a lot, and after ultrasounding him, stitching a catheter to his neck, and giving him some banamine, he was moved to a stall. The ultrasound showed distended small intestines and some weird growth/blockage/mass above the intestines.

We watched him for several hours while we waited for a ride - Tom has long since been sent home by us. Jason eventually picked us up around 7.

When we left, Halo had been upped to a higher pain killer and sedated a bit, but he was still restless. He wasn't trying to lay down or roll, but he was pacing.

It's pretty much up to him at this point - he's very much at a time where it could either all go downhill or he could recover.

If he gets worse... well, he's not a great candidate for an already risky surgery... sigh.

Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Rick's Trip!

August 18th, 2009 (10:51 pm)

Going to Rick's in Englishtown tomorrow for some saddle shopping... anyone wanna come with? Tack shop trips aren't the same alone.

(basically trying to reach Pilles on this one. Answer your damn phone, girl!)

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we've gotta wake up, realize something needs to be done

March 20th, 2008 (12:29 pm)

New single by Lo-Star. You can buy it on iTunes.

For the people in Burma. Singing a song about freedom there is a punishiable offense with 20 years in jail. Anyone speaking out against the regime like the monks did are killed - if they're lucky. The ones arrested face such terrible tortures as "iron rod", where an iron rod is rubbed up and down against their skin until all of the skin is worn away... and then it continues until the rod is rubbing against bone.

"We are living in hell... please help us."

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This is too funny.

May 22nd, 2007 (09:45 pm)
And a Million Guitars Played: Take Tomorrow // Butch Walker

So, my "aunt" somehow found my LJ (same aunt that makes fake myspace names and stuff...I guess she found my screename or something and tracked me down) and printed out my vent about my Grandma, then called her to read it to her and tell her what I wrote.

It pretty much creeps me out that someone who I haven't talked to in like four years is reading my personal journal.

(So, Aunt Debra, I guess you shouldn't have opened your mouth 'cause now you can't read about all of my incredibly exciting life.)

From now on,

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all i want to be is the minute that you hold me in.

May 20th, 2007 (09:32 pm)

I'm beginning to like this.

I shouldn't be liking this as much as I am.

I just keep reminding myself that in a few months he'll be in Pittsburgh and I'll have to get Lorabelle to be the new me or something.

[Speaking of Lorabelle, I miss my Grier girls so much. They would have good advice for me about everything.]

Too many days of school left.
Ray moves three days after graduation.
I'd stay in school the rest of the summer if it meant that he'd stay here.

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The record keeps skipping and the needle keeps bending

May 17th, 2007 (10:53 pm)
And a Million Guitars Played: Song Without A Chorus (Or A Pink!) // Butch Walker

I've figured her out. I've finally figured my mare out. Earlier this week I was *this* close to saying "I don't want to half-board her next month." We couldn't get anything done. Then today, I rode with a dressage whip. I barely had to tickle her with it! She much prefers that to a nagging leg aid. I can't believe that the solution was that simple.

I think that was the first ride in a long, long time where I've felt everything go RIGHT as I was riding. With Cindy, I had some breakthroughs that I realized after the fact, but today....amazing. I tapped her flank with the end of the wand, she stepped up and under herself, and I sat back and opened my knees and hip and let my weight fall into my heels. She lowered her head, and just went. She went perfectly. It was a ten trot. I literally shouted "YES!"

It only lasted half a circle, but it was so worth it.

[Oh, and for those wondering, I haven't done a prom recap post because there are no words I could use to describe it accurately. Greatest weekend ever.]

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looking down she tells you things are looking up

May 7th, 2007 (10:07 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: tired
And a Million Guitars Played: Adelaide // Old 97's

1. Oooookay, so, about the Derby. Street Sense turned out to be more than a hyped up Juvie! Good for him. I'm still looking forward to Circular Quay's future because he is absolutely godly and has the cutest work buddy on earth. (Speaking of which. PLETCHER, run Rags in the Peter Pan on the 20th, skip the BES. If Rags wins there, she'll have had one race on Belmont's surface against boys. It's short for her (1 & 1/8) but it would be a great bounce race, and set her up for the Belmont. Listen to her pedigree, Todd...). I hope Hard Spun rebounds well from the Derby, because it looked like he was running his heart out.

2. Oh my god I love Matt DeSalvo. It is so amazingly awesome to see one of my boys pitching in the Bronx as well as he did tonight, and the fact that it was DeWeirdo just adds to that fun.

3. I really need to get over my fear of Katie bucking. I'm gonna work her on Tuesday because she had Monday off and I'm not going out on Wednesday. Thursday I'm really going to push her, because she'll have off until Sunday when her little girls ride her and they don't do much, either. I think I need to start riding with a dressage whip, though, because she was completely blowing off my leg yesterday when her self-timer was up. Ah, mares.

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got my plans in a ziplock bag, let's see how unproductive we could be

May 4th, 2007 (06:06 pm)

I wish I did Yoga or drugs. I suppose Yoga would be the healthier alternative... but whatever.

My house, I swear, is a catalyst to stress. School, too. Lately, I've had so many things to do and a ton of stress and it just kind of sucks. I've realized that my stressful days have something in common - they're when I don't go to the barn. I suppose I could contribute that to the fact that I have thirty living creatues within earshot that all have individual needs and that I am responsible for, and with all of the things I have to do for them, I can't be bothered to think about what *I* have to do. But that's what a shrink (or my Toga) would say....I just think it's that I like horses more than most people.

Grooming and pulling mane (yay, have Calypso's and Beamer's for Sunday!) are as Zen-y for me as Yoga or meditating was for George Harrison.

So I'm not too happy with stress at the BARN. Luckily, I'm just attributing yesterday's near-disaster of a ride to Katie's out of shapeness, because she was good walking around the track. If I have a bad lesson tomorrow, though, BLECH.

PS: Quay all the Wuay.

PPS: Yeah, I know they're not pronounced right. Too bad.

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I'm pathetic.

May 1st, 2007 (09:12 pm)

Rolling Stone's top 100 songs of all time:

1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
3. Imagine, John Lennon
4. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
10. What'd I Say, Ray Charles
11. My Generation, The Who
12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
13. Yesterday, The Beatles
14. Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan

15. London Calling, The Clash
16. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
17. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix

18. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
19. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
20. Let It Be, The Beatles
21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes
23. In My Life, The Beatles

24. People Get Ready, The Impressions
25. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
26. A Day in the Life, The Beatles
27. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
29. Help!, The Beatles
30. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
32. Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
33. River Deep - Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner
34. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', The Righteous Brothers
35. Light My Fire, The Doors
36. One, U2
37. No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
39. That'll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
40. Dancing in the Street, Martha and the Vandellas
41. The Weight, The Band
42. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
43. Tutti-Frutti, Little Richard
44. Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles
45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
46. Heroes, David Bowie
47. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
49. Hotel California, The Eagles
50. The Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
51. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
52. When Doves Cry, Prince
53. Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols
54. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
55. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
56. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
58. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
59. The Times They Are A-Changin', Bob Dylan
60. Let's Stay Together, Al Green
61. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On, Jerry Lee Lewis
62. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
63. For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield
64. She Loves You, The Beatles
65. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
66. Redemption Song, Bob Marley and the Wailers
67. Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley
68. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
69. Crying, Roy Orbison
70. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
71. California Girls, The Beach Boys
72. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
73. Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
74. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
75. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
76. Strawberry Fields Forever,The Beatles
77. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
78. I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
79. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
81. Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino
82. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles
84. Every Breath You Take, The Police
85. Crazy, Patsy Cline
86. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
88. My Girl, The Temptations
89. California Dreamin', The Mamas and The Papas
90. In the Still of the Nite, The Five Satins
91. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
93. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, U2
94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
96. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis
97. Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
98. Love and Happiness, Al Green
99. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
100. You Can't Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones

Bolded the ones I have on my iPod.  I love so many of these songs, and I lost a few of them in an iPod crash, but damn I'm a pathetic music fan.  As of now I begin my quest to add all of these to my iPod.  Help?

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Let the morning time drop all its petals on me

May 1st, 2007 (04:12 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: tired
And a Million Guitars Played: 59th St. Bridge Song // Simon and Garfunkle

I've had a bit of a problem as of late. I don't get anything done anymore. I don't care about things that were once oh so important to me, like finishing my photo wall, getting more fish, playing piano and harmonica (guitar shall never leave me) even MVN to an extent. Even my desire to go to the track has been dying out...although I'm sure that's not helped by the fact that I know who is going to win the Derby. (Quay's got it locked up!)

Everything keeps coming back to the fact that I have a horse. Right now, I should be drafting for MVN. I have that window open...but I'm putting together an order for Katie from Dover. Yesterday in Italian, I wasn't thinking in Italian at all...I was thinking about getting Katie in shape and how my goal iss to be able to do a the first level test at home by the end of July when I'm showing training level. I should be practicing for my driving test in ten days...but I'm thinking about leg yields instead of yielding to traffic. I don't even know what we're reading in English or doing in Chem...I'm thinking about Katie and Buster every class. The only class I'm actually paying attention in is Algebra, because I have to do well in that class in order to keep half-boarding Katie.

I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but everything in my life now is second to my horse.

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Katie & I

April 30th, 2007 (10:03 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: excited
And a Million Guitars Played: She Loves You // Beatles

My "first horse", who I'm half-boarding this summer and hopefully for a while after that.

Lookie!Collapse )

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bradford say: RAWR OAKLAND!

April 24th, 2007 (03:07 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: amused

Via SF Chronicle:

(04-23) 04:00 PDT Arlington, Texas -- Brad Halsey figured when he was held out of his start at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday that he was coming up to start for Rich Harden on Tuesday. He said he was told he was being held in readiness in case Harden couldn't go.

Harden can't go, but instead of Halsey, the A's are going with left-hander Dallas Braden, and Halsey is convinced that he was bypassed because the A's found out that the left-hander is scheduled for an MRI exam later this week.

That makes Halsey furious because he said he complained of arm trouble all spring and was repeatedly told he didn't need an MRI.

"I kept going in and saying, 'My arm is bothering me, it's not right,' and they said, 'Oh, it's just biceps tendinitis, you'll be fine,' '' Halsey said by phone from Sacramento. "Then they send you down and screw you. I'm grinding it out, trying to be a team guy, and I get fucked . It's all just a business decision, because if I came up and pitched Tuesday and then had an MRI and had to go on the DL, they'd have to pay me major-league DL money. It's such a mom-and-pop organization.

"Basically, they pulled the plug on me because our trainer called them to say I was scheduled for an MRI. I'm a team guy, I'm pitching through problems, and they tell me, 'You're the guy, you're going to start (at Baltimore)' - and then I get skipped specifically for that reason (the possible injury). It's (messed up) the way they treat the people they employ. I mean, I'm a person too, not just a piece of the puzzle.''

A's general manager Billy Beane said he was not aware that Halsey was scheduled for an MRI and if Halsey was under the impression that he was set to start at Baltimore, his assumption was erroneous.

"We held Brad back but we hadn't made a decision,'' Beane said. "We wanted to keep our options open until after (Sunday's) game. It sounds like Brad is disappointed but we're using this opportunity to use a young kid we think very highly of and who deserves an opportunity. We're sorry Brad's disappointed, but we're more worried about getting Bob Geren 25 healthy bodies.''

As for Braden, Halsey said, "The kid is good, dude. I'm sure he'll be fine. But the issue is the decision making - they're totally fine with me here shredding my arm, because it won't cost them money.''

Halsey is aware that slamming the team won't improve his situation any, but, he said, "I'm going to get my arm healthy and hopefully I'll start throwing baseballs for someone else.''


Oh Bradford Alexander Halsey! Now's your chance to come home!

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April 21st, 2007 (10:23 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: ecstatic
And a Million Guitars Played: Hey Jealousy // Gin Blossoms



So. I walk into the barn today, start bleaching water buckets and Cathy goes out to talk to my mom. Of course I'm thinking "AAAH WHAT DID I DO WRONG?!" but then she comes back in and says "What do you think of Katie?" I said I didn't really know her, and she seemed kinda grumpy in a cute way. Cathy told me that my mom said I could start half-boarding her asap, as long as we got along.

Let me tell you about my previous experience with Katie: NONE. I know that she's a thoroughbred and 11 years old. I've lead her in a few times, watered and fed her while she was in her stall....but that's it. I *never* saw this coming. Apparantly, the opportunity came up because her owners are two seven year old little girls, and they hardly get to ride anymore because their mom is a stewardess. Katie is the type of horse who needs a Mom.

Her ground manners are fantastic, except she drops her foot after you pick it instead of taking it back from you. Minor annoyance.

My first ever ride on her went pretty well. She's cold-backed, and Cathy told me she bucks when she's uncomfortable. I was also told that she's very particular about who rides her. I wasn't expecting a great ride from all of this, and I didn't get a great ride, but I got a very good one. I only did walk/trot because we were outside and she was really rushing towards the barn in a spot where she dumped her owner before. I had to cut my ride short, too, because she got a rub from the girth. I'm going to use a different one from now on. She falls on her forehand very quickly and tripped because of that, so I really have to work with her on that, especially with her being cold backed. I really need to keep constant outside aids on her, which will take some transitioning on my part because Cindy knew how to neck rein and it made using outside aids that much easier for me. Her trot is so awesome, she covers so much ground that it feels like I'm flying. It's tough though when she wants to break into a canter, but I think that was just because she was outside today and excited. A couple of things I REALLY liked were her transitions. Cindy has a funny trot-walk transition, it takes about ten jigging strides to get her to walk. With Katie, all you have to do is drop your weight just a little and she'll drop right into the walk. She's be trained up to second level, and she listens very, very well to seat aids.

My half-board officially starts on May 1st. For the rest of this week, I'm going to try and get out to the barn to groom her and massage out her back and just get to know her more.

I still don't know how to break the news to Cindy, though. I'm glad I'm not as upset as I thought I would be about moving on. If I were to move on to Fancy or Odie, I'd be mega bummed. Neither of them need another rider, and neither of them could ever see me as their person. I tihnk the fact that Katie really does need a person, and that person could very well be me, is gonna help me move on from Cindy. I may keep riding Cindy occasionally, for fun. And I'm still going to spoil her ROTTEN!

Another great part about today? I was standing by the fence while everyone was grazing their horses, and Buster came right over to the fence like "HI! I'm here!" and later when I went out in their field to get Teddy, Buster Brown trotted right up to me like "Oooh, I know you! Look, look! It's MEEE!" I luvumz that horse too much.

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Cherokee Dollars for Darfur - The Big Plan

April 20th, 2007 (04:24 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: determined
And a Million Guitars Played: Hold on, Hold out // Jackson Browne

This is one giant note to self that's up so certain LJ friends can see it. Feel free to ignore it if you wish.

We're part of a History Club that is trying to raise money for Darfur. We sold pins in the beginning of the year, and they were successful. Since then, other ideas have come and gone (mostly gone, thanks to our advisors) and nothing has really stuck. Until Now.

With ideas taken from The Mocha Club and Dollars for Darfur, I've come up with a plan. If it's approved, I think it will be a huge success:

Cherokee Dollars for Darfur

Supplies Needed:

300 Green "Month One" buiness-card-sized Membership cards, laminated
200 Blue "Month Two" cards
200 RGB "Summer" cards
200 Red "Month Three" cards
500 Printed Paper Hands

[Ask Kinko's to sponsor this, print non-color hands at Cherokee]

15 Donation Cans (decorated coffee cans, or themed cans)
2500 "Cherokee DFD" Flyers [Print for free at Cherokee]
10-15 "Cherokee DFD" T-shirts, handmade [$3 a person, for the sellers]
10-15 Expense Logs
Stamp and Inkpad [$5 total at Wal-Mart, just to verify card's authenticity]


Cherokee will have a Dollars for Darfur Cardholder Club. A first month's card will be avaliable for $5, each month's renewal is $2. Special Summer cards also sold. The Cardholder will be entitled to benefits such as discounts from the following businesses [must call and ask this weekend]:

Leo's Famous Yum-Yums
The Big Chill
Salon Illusion

Procedure, after idea is approved [I feel like I'm writing a Lab Report]:
1. Hold a general informative meeting, draw 15-20 students willing to help, explain everything and divide into 13 teams to cover the homeroom collections. Assign people to patrol at lunch. Plan announcements and commercials to be aired, and discuss other ways to raise awareness.

2. Sell Green "Month One" cards for $5, after program is started go around monthly and "renew" cards for $2. Summer Cards sell for $5 to members, $10 to non-members and are valid for June/July/August.

3. Offer paper hands for 'any donation amount', ask for a quarter or more. Let students sign hand, put it up on a wall near the office.

4. Place extra cans in North and South cafeterias

5. Return cans to Mrs. D after each day, keep a weekly total log, send money in at end of each month to Dollars for Darfur.

How many of us go to Rita's, Diane's, Friendly's, Montegnero's, The Big Chill or DiLisi's at least once a week? I know I go to Rita's for Soft-serve more than I probably should. A gelati, ice cream, or slice of pizza and a drink can easily cost $5, with tax and tip. In Darfur, where medical help is sparse and refugee camps are overcrowded and harboring disease, $5 buys life-saving Malaria medication. $15 would build shelter for an entire family, and $7 (the total cost of a M1 card and a renewal) would buy a mosquito net to protect against the bugs and diseases they carry.

Other Various Ideas:
My friend Arielle is President of "Women With a Cause" at East. She wants to collaborate, perhaps start a program at her school, too. One idea tossed around: A tournament (badminton, volleyball, wiffle-ball, etc.) between the two schools. East kicks our butts in Tennis all the time, we own them in Baseball. We need a Spring Sport tiebreaker!


I do hope our plan gets approved. I'm willing to take it up with the Board of Education if it's knocked down by CHS.

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April 19th, 2007 (10:09 pm)
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And a Million Guitars Played: Raining In Baltimore // Todd Martin

Put your ipod on shuffle.

1. Maid // Matt Nathanson
2. Thirteen // Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
3. Company In My Back // Wilco
4. Come On Get Higher // Matt Nathanson
5. I Will Follow You Into The Dark // Death Cab for Cutie
6. Fortunate Son // CCR
7. Speed of Sound // Coldplay
8. Anthem of Our Discovery // Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
9. Dancing in the Dark // Bruce Springsteen
10. Raining in Baltimore // Todd Martin
11. I Saw // Matt Nathanson
12. Stand By Me // Stephen Kellogg
13. Candy's Room // Bruce Springsteen
14. Somehow, Someday // Ryan Adams
15. Swallowed In The Sea // Coldplay
16. Never Forget My Love // Luke Brindley
17. Naturally // Matt Wertz
18. The Party's Crashing Us Now // Of Montreal
19. Enemy Fire // Ryan Adams
20. Southern State Of Mind // Stephen Kellogg
21. Song for Sarah // Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
22. Sylvia Plath // Ryan Adams
23. More Than This // Matt Nathanson
24. Carolina // Matt Wertz
25. Daylight The Dog // OAR
26. Two Coins // Dispatch
27. Leech // Eve 6
28. Keep Me In Your Heart // Luke Brindley
29. We're Gonna Get Through // Matt Wertz
30. See You Later See You Soon // SK6ERS
31. Starting to Blur // Brian Factor
32. Beautiful Ways // Pat McGee Band
33. Angel From Montgomery // Jon Prion
34. I Was Watching Your Eyes // Of Montreal
35. Acoustic #3 // Goo Goo Dolls
36. Don't Wanna Know Why // Whiskeytown
37. Romeo and Juliet // The Killers
38. Born To Run // Bruce Springsteen
39. Bent // Matt Nathanson
40. Bel Air // Old 97's

1. Which song do you prefer, #1 or #40? Bel Air!
2. Have you ever listened to #12 continuously on repeat? Yeah, but only once while trying to play along.
3. What album is #26 from? Bang Bang
4. What do you think about the artist who did #15? I can only take Coldplay in small doses before I feel like I'm trapped in Borders.
5. Is #19 one of your favorite songs? Not currently, but I used to rock Enemy Fire constantly when I first got it.
6. Who does #38 remind you of? Oh god...Monmouth!!!!!
7. Does #20 have better lyrics or music? Lyrics
8. Do any of your friends like #3? Laura? Maybe?
9. Is #33 from a movie soundtrack? Probably somewhere
10. Is #18 overplayed on the radio? Not at all.
11. What does #21 remind you of? My brother's band practices.
12. Which song do you prefer, #5 or #22? I Will Follow You Into The Dark.
13. What album is #17 from? Everything In Between
14. When did you first hear #39? Oh man, I have no idea. This summer, probably.
15. When did you first hear #7? Kidz Bop commercial
16. What genre is #8? Alt-Country
17. Do any of your friends like #14? Yeah, a few.
18. What color does #4 remind you of? White
19. So what are you doing later? MVN Recaps
20. Have you ever blasted #11 on your stereo? I Saw? Are you kidding? That was my ANTHEM for about a year. Of course.
21. What genre is #37? Acoustic Cover
22. Can you play #13 on any instrument? No way.
23. What is your favorite lyric from #30?"Somewhere east of that solo/And somewhere west of the bridge/lies a singular kind of moment/you remember as long as you live."
24. What is your favorite lyric from #23? "I do love the glow you get/When you're told word for word how to think for yourself."
25. Would you recommend #24 to your friends? Hell yes. Carolina = kickass.
26. Is #2 a good song to dance to? You have NO idea. Best dance song, ever.
27. Do you ever hear #16 on the radio? Nope
28. Is #32 more of a "nighttime" or "daytime" song? Daytime, definitely.
29. Does #36 have any special meaning to you? Not particularlly.
30. Do any of your friends like #31? A few, yeah.
31. Is #25 a fast or slow song? Fast
32. Is #35 a happy or sad song? Very sad.
33. What is one of your favorite lyrics from #9? "I'm dying for some action/I'm sick of sitting round here trying to write this book."
34. Is #34 better to listen to alone or with friends? Alone
35. When did you first hear #27? Five or six years ago? When was it released?
36. Name 3 other songs by the artist who did #29. Heartbreaker, Marianne, Over You
37. Do you know all the words to #6? Yeah
38. Does #28 have better lyrics or music? Music. Sorry, Luke.
39. Want to get some coffee or something sometime? not really
40. Fine. What album is #10 from? The Original is from August and Everything After

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Thank You, Giant Head of Brian Williams!

April 18th, 2007 (11:03 pm)
And a Million Guitars Played: Hoppipolla // We Are Scientists

So, today basically sucked. It was the Gay-Straight Alliance's Day of Silence. For the past three years, I've done it successfully. Last year, some jackasses bumped into me, called me faggot, and told me I was going to hell - simply because I was trying to make a stand, in an alliance with some friends of mine who are gay. I was pissed, I was hurt. I felt empathy for my friends who are gay. If I could be judged by a ribbon on my shirt, and it stung as badly as it had, how rough must it be for the kids who go through this day after day?

This year, though, sucked. A certain person who I thought I was friends with was making fun of it the whole day, telling people "Oh, she's gay for the day." or trying to convince me that "It's only for gay people, so why do you care?" and pretty much turning it into a game of "Hey, let's see how we can get Kimi to break her silence!". I was told "Oh, stop, it's stupid." and mocked the entire day.

It pissed me off.

The highlight of my day was Mrs. Smith handing me an article from the cutting pile, and seeing that it was a three page, single spaced crapshoot of a political piece that could've been written by Papa Bear himself. Oh, I had fun with that kid.

Jesus I love this song.

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there's always sunshine after rain

April 17th, 2007 (08:04 pm)
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Every beat of my heart felt:: numb

It seems like everything I'm encountering this year tells me that people are inherently evil. First it was just in books, like Heart of Darkness or Lord of the Flies. Then it was articles, things overheard, and actions from certain people around me. Yesterday's massacre at Virginia Tech was absolutely mindblowing. That someone could commit such a horrible, horrifying, despicable and pure evil act leaves me speechless. Like evveryone is saying, This week, we're all Hokies. I cannot being to comprehend the pain and grief that the families and students of VTech are experiencing right now...I can only know that they can't stop time. Tomorrow will come, and then the next day, and soon it will be a week. The week will turn into a month, and the months will grow into years. Everyone will be wondering "Why?", and still time will go on. With time comes healing, and I hope that those affected by the shooting can find something in their soul to keep them going, so they can try to grow whole again, and try to live on.

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April 16th, 2007 (10:36 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: pleased

Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert journal makeover, yay.

I needed a project for our Rain Day and to keep my mind off of Glass Carl, so this is what I do.
I feel like I havne't done a pony update in a looong time, so here goes nothing!

Buster: The Cutest Gelding in the World, aka Buster Brown, has continued to amuse/worry me. He has a new habit of walking backwards with every brush stroke when I groom him, almost like he's following the brush. I'm working with him on ground tieing, but he kept walking over to his buddy Juno in the aisle. I suppose I'll try him on crossties soon, whenever I have someone around to stand by his head in case he panics again. On Friday, I got kicked by Magic (pony who HATES me, it's quite amusing) and my ankle was killing me all day. It was the only time I've been injured on the farm for more than say, ten minutes. Buster came in on the same day limping - apparantly he either kicked himself or got kicked in the ankle, too. Voodoo Pony? I think so.

Cindy: So, the reason they took me off of her last week was that Nikki said I was the reason Cindy wouldn't canter forward. They tried her without me for a week, and Cindy was downright bad. Not just goofy Cindy bad, either, as I understand. Cathy had me ride her on Thursday, and I was fully expecting a few attitude adjustment moments and some good, long arguments. But, um, can anyone say best ride ever? Sure, she had some anti-bend moments and we had one quick argument, but her four canter longsides were absolutely amazing. She was so forward, I forgot I was riding Cindy! So, Nikki, ha!

I pulled Samson's mane, but only got 3/4 of the way done, so he will look rediculous until I can get out there again. :D

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April 8th, 2007 (07:47 pm)

Greatest 404 ever, from LJ:

Page Not Found
Narrator: In A.D. 2006, Web was beginning.
Captain: What happen ?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the journal.
Operator: We get signal.
Captain: What !
Operator: Main browser turn on.
Captain: It's you !!
CATS: How are you users !!
CATS: All your base are belong to Frank.
CATS: You are on the way to 404.
Captain: What you say !!
CATS: You have no chance to reach your page. Make your spelling correct.
CATS: Ha Ha Ha Ha ....

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April 7th, 2007 (01:35 am)

Me too.

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happy pirate saturday

March 31st, 2007 (11:21 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: amused

Post-Sixers High! Nothin' like it.

Setlist [in Boots' handwriting with a Neitzche-esque sketch]:
1) 4th o'July
2) Flower [in Rain - funk it up version]
3) Maria
4) See You Later [See You Soon]
5) Anthem [of Our Discovery] ->
6) Start [the Day Early]
7) In Front [of the World - Sean was at the show, completely wasted, we saw him while Lauren was stalking Boots]
9) [Up On] Cripple [Creek] (con Matt Wertz)
11) [Now I'm Not So] Lost
12) 13
13) Time [Of My Life]

Such A Way

Encore 2:
Wagon Wheel

Jacked Wertz' setlist, and big scary security dude got me Boots'. PJ's mom pirated two posters from WCL's window and I beat Lauren with two scissors in a best out of three RPC.

Awkward Moment of the Night: Me, asking some guy in a black shirt if there was food avaliable at the bar, him saying yes, me ordering and then him saying "You'll need to find a server."

Sixer Moment of the Night: Boots, not following the Mets really that well, has no idea who Drew Newman is. I skip around that and ask him what the sketch on his setlist is, he says "How'd you get THAT? Climb on stage?" and before I could explain, he sees Rain Summer and I'm telling stories of sweet sixteens on Long Island.

So, bascially, to sum it up in one sentence: I had the time of my life, and I owe it all to Booooooo-hooo-hooots.

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And now we live in all the songs we've sung

March 22nd, 2007 (04:39 pm)

Every beat of my heart felt:: pleased
And a Million Guitars Played: Mezz'ora // Zero Assoluto

You know how you hear a song, and even though you don't fully understand it the first time you hear it, you know that it is perfect? The kind of song that fits the situation you're in perfectly, without any holes, and showing you thoughts you're thinking, even if you didn't realize it?

It happened to me last spring, with I Saw. That song had so many parallels with the sitch I was dealing with that it was scary. And then, in the fall with Kevin and everything, Suspended became my anthem du joir. And after all of that, I was kind of disappointed by the fact that I couldn't really find anything that really struck me recently. So last night, I remembered that Iris (friend from Milan) had sent me another Italian song a little while ago and I went to go grab it, and I listened to it. I only understood about one line from it, but it made sense to me. It was the mood of the whole thing...I just really, really liked it. I looked up the lyrics and translated it (mad props to wordreference.com!) and then it hit me:

It looks perfect
the sky I left is the same I find all year round here
to come back to
everything was in place almost as if it was waiting for me to come back here,
on my own

Almost to delay the moment I would go out into the world
but I know at night everything works
and if you look for an answer maybe it will come to you
It's the atmosphere that takes you around
towards the longing you get once again
it's better to spend the night out of the world
while the world is spinning all around me
by myself thinking what's awaiting me
in this night that I enjoy with no rush

For every day that I go through
I hope I may have this longing again
since I know that this sky can be forgotten
Na na na na na na na na na
and even too quickly but..

I know that sooner or later this night will pass
and everything will be back to where it was
it would be good if it lasted at least half an hour
however it goes it'll have to get back to the way it was
it would be good if it lasted at least half an hour

I promise to myself happiness
and to enjoy everything given to me without limitations
How to do it? Now I know how to do it
It's a commitment that takes you over and is worth what it gives you

I promise to make you happy like I told you
Now I understood everything will be perfect
I like the way things go
I want us to spend time together and spend it the way we want
the way you want, by the way, what shall we do?
Whenever I can I swear we will do something
when it will be I don't know what it will be like
but I know that another sky like this one will be looking for me

I know that sooner or later this night will pass
and everything will be back to where it was
it would be good if it lasted at least half an hour
however it goes it'll have to get back to the way it was
it would be good if it lasted at least half an hour

Look how things go
when everything spins around
when nothing goes the right way
when actions speak for themselves
when you start and won't stop
when you see it's taking you over and you don't stop it

I know that sooner or later this night will pass
and everything will be back to where it was
it would be good if it lasted at least half an hour
however it goes it'll have to get back to the way it was
it would be good if it lasted at least half an hour

Na na na na na na na na na

If half an hour was enough
Half an hour, half an hour....
At least half an hour.


It works.
I especially like this part:

Guarda come si sta
quando tutto gira,
quando niente non va,
quando parlano i fatti,
quando inizi e non la smetti,
quando vedi che ti prende e non ti fermi...

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