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Friday, January 1st, 2010
12:00 am - end of an era.
i have a new username, dear friends.

_katiekins

isn't it so much better? add _katiekins to your friends list! :D

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Thursday, August 11th, 2005
11:58 pm
i hate social workers. i said that to blythe and she responded with, "i hate nurses." it seems that we've both made fabulous choices with our careers. le sigh.

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
1:09 am
back from vacation and i come bearing a meme, yoinked from snowwhitetan
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Thursday, July 28th, 2005
12:29 am - random
i lost .2 lbs this week at the watchers, which is insane because i didn't track 6 out of 7 days, ate CRAP all week, and didn't do any sort of exercise. last week when i went in thinking i'd lose, i actually gained 1.8 pounds. i should just accept that my body is freaky and will never make sense.

i had traffic court this morning for my speeding ticket, which sucked. the judge was completely condescending and wouldn't explain anything to people. he was all like, "well i'm not a lawyer so i can't give you legal advice." whatever. it's really scary how much power they have. whatever they decide, on a whim, goes. he completely dismissed a couple of cases and i really couldn't tell why, and then he harassed other people for like 15 minutes, asking them all sorts of questions. so i went up and originally said i pled no contest but then when i explained that the cop pulled over two of us and i think it was the car behind me that was speeding, he said, "well that sounds like you want to plead not guilty." so i changed my plea, and now i have a trial date in august. whatever. i'm sure they'll end up getting my money in the end, but maybe i can sweet talk the judge into not getting points on my license.

in the meantime, our wireless connection is mysteriously missing since the crazy thunderstorm yesterday, so we're on the clunker using dialup. yuck.

i am leaving for the B-lo tomorrow, then Boston for Jen's shower on friday, and off to BI on sunday. back the following monday. yay for summer vacation with mummy and sis. i just wish B could come with us. i shall miss her. :(

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
11:23 pm
Senate Changes Line of Succession. this is both pointless and really annoying to me. yeah, let's bump up the cabinet position that hasn't even existed for more than a decade. fabulous idea. but then again, would the line of succession ever even get that far? the line does give some insight into who and what we think is important in this country though (education, energy, and veterans affairs being not so much important).

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
2:18 pm
mmmbusy week...yesterday i went out and protested the Promise Keepers, who are in town this weekend. that was interesting. had lots of people in cars driving by flipping me off and screaming obscenities, but the actual Promise Keeper guys all engaged us in civil conversation. civil conversation that was going nowhere, but civil conversation nonetheless. and their wives apparently follow them around and cheer for them as they walk in. one woman was actually using pom poms. very odd. i was supposed to go out this morning with CPAL to protest the American Life League, who are also in town this weekend (so many fundies, so little time!). but i couldn't drag my sorry ass out of bed, so i didn't make it. on Wednesday morning i have court for my speeding ticket. keep your fingers crossed that the cop doesn't show up, otherwise blythey has to pay for her sorryass girlfriend's ticket, because her sorryass girlfriend has next to no money. :( then on Wednesday night, i am phonebanking for Heights Families for Equality. on Thursday i leave for the B-lo, and on Friday leaving with mom for Boston for Jen's shower, and then week on BI. and then i'll be back in school soonsoonsoon! crazy.

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12:44 am
Google Earth is so fun. i'm such a nerd. :D

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
11:54 am
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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
6:00 pm - meme.
Pick ten fictional characters you'd like to have sex with and tag 5 friends.

this took me a LONG time to decide. who would've guessed?
anyway, here's my list...split half and half (more fun that way!)

1. Olivia Benson (L&O SVU)
2. Shane (the L Word)
3. Rose Dewitt Bukater (yes, Titanic--i would have picked Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, but that wasn't technically a fictional character)
4. Joan (Playing by Heart)
5. Corky (Bound)
6. Jordan Catalano (My So-Called Life--as long as he didn't talk, because he's kind of an idiot)
7. Sam (Benny & Joon)
8. Inman/Dan (Cold Mountain and Closer--basically anything with Jude Law!)
9. Almasy (The English Patient)
10. Tristan (Legends of the Fall)

i’m not going to tag anyone--whoever would like to do it, go ahead! :)

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Thursday, July 14th, 2005
12:25 pm - boring update
yay! i lost 4 pounds at the Watchers last night :) even with all of our "let's go out to eat!" this week. i am allowing myself to buy one lipgloss for every 5 pounds i lose (which, p.s., is killing me) so next week i should get my reward. this week i also took the Traveling Tracker, which is a weekly tracker that goes to a different member every week, so you can see what other people are eating and how they do--and they can see what i'm eating and how i do, which should make me behave. :)

in other news, i am off to the B-lo tonight. am driving my mum to a doctor's appointment, for a procedure where she can't drive afterwards. i am trying desperately to arrange dinner or something with the Geneseo folks, but so far it's not working and i haven't been able to talk to any of them. :( we'll see though. and i'm gonna hit up Wegman's, woohoo! and we'll see how my new radar detector does on the highway--oh yes, i got a(nother) speeding ticket last saturday driving home from escorting. fuckers. sometimes i really hate where we live.

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Saturday, July 9th, 2005
12:03 am
this movie looks very, VERY freaky:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/red_eye/RE_trailer_large.html
can't wait!

in other movie news we saw Dark Water tonight. it wasn't great, but it was ok. better than The Grudge. similar to The Ring in sort of obvious ways. ways that made it somewhat predictable.

we also picked up this lovely piece of woohoo-grownup-furniture at Crate & Barrel:
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isn't it purty? hopefully it will store lots o'crap and help us get organized!

and also, after posting my last rant about exercise, i went walking. go me!

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Friday, July 8th, 2005
3:19 pm - body issues blah blah blah
why is it that we have practically every exercise video/DVD ever made, ranging from cheesy-80's-leotard-aerobics to yoga to bellydancing to strip aerobics...and i still manage to never exercise? so sad.

i was cleaning the living room the other day and spent some time looking at our photo albums we keep on the coffee table. i have gained SO much weight. it's unbelievable. i look at pictures of me at the end of high school, even the beginning of college, and i think, omg i look so skinny! which is ridiculous, because i haven't been skinny since i was...well, never. i've never been skinny. but seriously, compared to now, i looked skinny. i can really see it mostly in my face. ::sigh:: i really need to start sticking to the watchers. it's so silly--i know it works, i know i can do it, i know i want to do it....and yet, still, i choose to not follow the program.

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
2:36 pm
The Promise Keepers are having a national conference in Cleveland on July 22-23. ::vomits::

that is all. just wanted to share with everyone the joy that is living in Ohio.

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2005
2:27 pm - pictures + money
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12:17 am - doing my part
waking up early tomorrow to go escort at the clinic. good timing for my first day, given the o'connor news. the antis should be all riled up, yippee. i'm all nervous, which is sort of silly. i escorted in buffalo, but it seems so much more official here, or something. it was very laid back in the b-lo, but here there's like rules and a structure. heh. so it should be interesting. and hot. really hot. grrr. wish me luck and send cooling vibes in my direction :)

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Friday, July 1st, 2005
11:27 am - FUCK
O'Connor to retire from Supreme Court

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
3:30 pm
http://waxy.org/random/video/Tom_Cruise_Kills_Oprah.mov

:)

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Monday, June 27th, 2005
12:23 pm
b and i see a lot of movies. much more than we used to. i think we're running out of fun things we can think of to do. we always do the same three things: shopping, eating, or movie. we're lame. anyway, last night we saw Batman Begins. i would give it about 3 out of 4 stars. i didn't think it was as great as everyone said, but it was good. i've only seen the original Batman movie, with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, so i really can't compare it to the rest of the series. however, i didn't think it was as good as the original, and it bugged me because there seemed to be a lot of inconsistencies between a lot of what we know from the first movie (for one thing, how his parents were killed--by the joker (whose name is Jack Napier), not by random thug working for Tom Wilkinson). also the whole thing with liam neeson just seemed kind of weird and out of place for me. but i kind of think liam neeson is out of place mostly anywhere.

anyway, i've seen mrs. cruise's movie, and now i'm looking forward to War of the Worlds. yes, even though i think tom cruise has turned into a huge raving FREAK, i still want to see it. i guess their publicity stunt has worked!

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Friday, June 24th, 2005
3:20 pm - hooray!
Dear friend of MoveOn,

In an unexpected move yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives approved a measure to restore $100 million of funding for NPR, PBS and local public stations (1). Republican leaders were proposing to slash $200 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but you helped stop them.

Everyone said it was impossible to reverse any of the House cuts with Republicans in control. Yesterday's Washington Post described the divide between Democrats and Republicans like this:


"[O]n Capitol Hill, it's hard to find a Republican with anything nice to say about National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting Service. Instead, they denounce them as liberal and elitist, when they bother to talk about them at all." (2).

Public broadcasting shouldn't divide Republicans and Democrats. More Americans trust NPR and PBS for balanced news and children's programming than any commercial network (3). Yet many Republicans have been intent on either gagging or starving public broadcasting.

So why did 87 Republicans break with the majority of their party and vote to restore the funding? In large part, because over 1 million of you signed the petition calling on Congress to reverse course. And over 40,000 of you made phone calls to your elected representatives. There was a surge of public outrage that couldn't be ignored. This victory was possible because we were joined by Free Press, Common Cause and strong allies in the House—Representatives Markey, Obey, Lowey, Dingell, Hinchey, Watson, Schakowsky, Blumenauer, Eshoo, Slaughter, and Leach, a brave Republican.

Despite this incredible progress, the House Republicans did manage to cut over $100 million, including funding for children's programming like "Sesame Street." We'll take our fight to the Senate when it considers the budget later this summer. But yesterday's vote makes it much more likely we can restore every last cent for NPR and PBS by acting together.

Yesterday also brought darker news in the fight for public broadcasting. The Republican-dominated board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) hired a former Republican National Committee chair as the next president, injecting partisanship into the very organization designed to shield public broadcasting from political meddling (4). This is only the latest effort by White House ally and CPB board chair Kenneth Tomlinson to remake public broadcasting as a partisan mouthpiece. To save NPR and PBS, we'll need to take on Tomlinson, but today we showed that the public can and will defend public broadcasting from partisan attack.

For now, we have a lot to be thankful for. Our kids can keep learning from PBS' children's programming. We can keep enjoying public broadcasting's in-depth, trustworthy news and cultural offerings. Most of all, we can be thankful for the ability of ordinary people to band together and do extraordinary things.

Thank you, for all you do,

–Noah, Joan, Marika, Wes and the MoveOn.org Team
Friday, June 24th, 2005

P.S. Your Congresswoman, Rep. Jones, voted the right way on NPR and PBS funding (5). You can call to thank her at 202-225-7032.
(ED: go Stephanie!)

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12:14 pm
fridayfiver:
Coming Attractions
1. What is your favorite action movie?
Die Hard, or The Crow (is that an action movie?)

2. What is the worst movie you've ever seen?
The Royal Tenenbaums

3. Do you prefer comedy or drama?
probably the larger majority of my favorite movies are comedies

4. Recommend a good tear jerker:
Beaches, Life is Beautiful

5. What movie are you looking forward to seeing soon?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!! and Rent, in the fall

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