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[05 Nov 2006|12:26am]


Hi Everybody,

I finally posted all of the pictures we took of our annual Halloween yard haunt, and the hundreds and hundreds of cute trick or treaters we get. Come by my journal if you want to see them. I don't want to overwhelm you with pictures here. Glad you had good and spooky Halloweens.

Big Halloween loving (even when I'm sick) hugs,

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[02 Jan 2006|09:15pm]

brother can you spare two dimes?

"Tookie" Williams [13 Dec 2005|10:33am]

It's strange to me that this "Tookie" Williams guy was put to death found unpardonable by Gov. Schwarzenegger. First of all, Williams reformed himself in prison. That is supposedly supposed to mean something, discernable through this logical series of deductions: Justice is supposed to have a purpose for all people; A man who is imprisoned for murder faces a death penalty, which means he'll be killed for killing; Let's not pretend we need to define hypocrisy over and over and over again, and just continue on keeping in mind the definition of hypocrisy and its inherent (necessary) ability to destroy the basis of truth from within the foundation of anything built on it; We obviously aren't putting people in prison just to punish them, because punishment itself it no cause for reform, and in this case it's especially proven that punishment leaves absolutely no room for reform (due to resulting in the death of the subject -- you can't be reformed if you're dead); Williams showed reform in the publication of nine children's books about gangs and violence; These would have to be the only nine books, because even attending an over-capacity, gang-influenced city public high school, I'd never in my life seen even one pamphlet or other publication targetted for children (under 18) to inform them about gangs and violence, thank you fair city/state/country; Williams' reform was ignored as a bargain in exchange for his life, the Governor not finding his reform sufficient cause to stay his execution; So officially, reform is not worth life itself and arguably nothing is more important than life, so let's not get back on the subject of hypocrisy but keep it in mind and continue moving forward; So if reform isn't worth life itself, because nothing can be more important than life, than the taking of a reformed man's life proves that there is no intention among the people in majority or in government to use the prison system for reformation or to seek out any reform in prison inmates, and a lack of any true evaluation of reform; And since that is the case, then it is clear that the penal system does not exist to reform citizens, in other words, that it is not here to make the world any better in any way, means, or form. Therefore: the penal system is a failure. Second of all, Williams is somebody I'd never heard of until his impending doom became news. The fact of his writing these nine childrens' books was not brought up by available news networks until four hours before his execution. This isn't a person I've ever met, feared, or considered in existence. On the other hand, the man who allowed his execution is a person I often see in my nightmares, often after what seems like hours of being chased by and battling with heavily armed, human-hating machines. Then I see Schwarzenegger sitting behind his desk, controlling the machines, and I have to try to kill him. He either flees, deflects my attack, or I'm diverted and have to escape. I never win. Sometimes I win against the terminators but I never win against Schwarzenegger. But he's governor, and he killed "Tookie" Williams. Therefore: America is all fucked up, but at least we still have our dreams of how it could be made better.
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[09 Dec 2005|05:29pm]

Current/former college students: What are your sleep habits?

happy [04 Dec 2005|10:40pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

"Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word." Psalm 119:161

Just thought it would be nice to post.

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do you know how to...... [07 Oct 2005|01:33pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I’m working on EXCEl and I need to know how to convert every letter to Upper case letters. Is that possible? If so, how can I do it?

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What does this say!?! [21 Sep 2005|01:49am]

[ mood | curious ]

A friend of mine found some writing on the wall of an abandoned building 3 years ago.
Last week she was back at the same location and found that the writing was still there.
But this time, she took a picture of it!
Therefore, I've scanned for all of you to see in hopes that you may be of assistance to us.
We've been trying to figure out what the writing says.
But we've had no luck in finding what language it's written in.
Do you have any clue?
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I hope it's nothing bad.
We have absolute no clue what it could be.
We're just curious to know what is says.


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Just like ants on potatoes.... [29 Aug 2005|10:26pm]

[ mood | antsy ]

A blob of mashed potatoes made its way to the sidewalk from an unknown location,
and these ants soon found it. 

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333 [29 Aug 2005|12:15am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hey, I'm member #333!! (I think.) I've discovered that DOA isn't so bad, and that Ein and Hayabusa are hot. ^_^ I just felt like randomly saying that. And for the record, pink lemonade pwnz. Comment if you agree! ALL HAIL PINK LEMONADE! *runs away into forest*

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Look!!! [26 Aug 2005|04:05am]


I'm on Myspace now! Add me as a friend or something...
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[21 Jul 2005|03:03pm]


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MAD Mag Rocks My Face Off [16 Jul 2005|12:08pm]

OK...y'all...MAD Magazine is having a contest to see who can get the most Mad Mag subscriptions. Since I am a dedicated MAD reader, I have decided to take part in this contest.
Here are the steps so that I, Stephanie Martin, can be credited with convincing you to become a MAD reader.

1. Go to madmag.com/freetrip.
2. Enter you birthday
3. Enter in my information (as follows: Last Name: Martin
Address: 414 Aylesford Place Apt 4
Lexington, KY 40508)

You may say, "Why can't I just go to the magazine rack and buy an issue of MAD?" It may seem convenient but it really is not. Saving my friend's money and time (because you are not driving all the way out to the magazine rack) is important to me. Informing my friends of what humor is really about is also on my priority list. So, help me help you and order a subscription of MAD today
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Check it out! [12 Jul 2005|05:39pm]

Housewares, great for birthday presents, anniversaries, etc...

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[26 Jun 2005|04:58pm]

Mid-Year Resolutions

It's already the midpoint of 2005. Did you accomplish
everything you wanted to during the first half of the year?
If not, there's still plenty of time to make some headway
before the year is up. Here are 5 simple tips to help you
start getting things done.

1) Set a goal a week. Rather than trying to get a million
things done, which usually ends up in getting nothing done
at all, set just one goal a week. Work on that goal a little
bit each day until you've reached it, even if you're only
able to work on it for 15 minutes each day.

2) Make it concrete. If you wait until you have time to work
on your goals, that time may never come. You actually have
to schedule time in your calendar or planner. For instance,
if you want to work on your scrapbooking hobby each night,
set aside the 8:30 to 9:30 timeslot each night to do so. If
you want to organize the garage a little bit each day, set
aside the hour directly before dinner to do so.

3) Don't keep it a secret. When you set goals, tell at least
three people about them. Let these people know that these
goals are very important to you and you'd appreciate any
motivation they could send your way. Also, ask them to check
up on you to help you stay on track. Just telling others
about your plans may give you the incentive to actually work
towards reaching them.

4) Don't beat yourself up. If you haven't reached your goal
by the end of the week, no problem. Just continue working on
that one goal the following week. As long as you're working
on it a little bit each day, and progressing, you're a lot
further than you were when you first set your goal. Once
your goal is met, congratulate yourself and set another goal
for the following week.

5) Reap your rewards. For every goal you set, also come up
with a pending reward--something you enjoy only when your
goal has been met. For small goals you've accomplished,
appropriate rewards may be sipping a cool iced tea in
your backyard, listening to your favorite CD or spending
10 minutes on the telephone talking to your good friend.
For larger goals accomplished, appropriate rewards may be
buying yourself a new outfit, going to the movies, or
even taking a vacation!
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[04 Jun 2005|03:06am]

Hi, everyone!
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[25 May 2005|10:31am]

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[16 May 2005|01:34am]

"May I refrain from harm. May I try to help. I will always watch my mind. This is the teaching of the Buddha."

Hello Everyone,

Today is Buddha's birthday. I've never celebrated Buddha's birthday before. My friend Young told me a few days ago when she noticed that I was wearing my favorite Buddha earrings. When I heard that, I decided I would do something to honor Buddha. The main thing that came to mind would be to take some flowers and coins and lay them at the foot of a shrine -- maybe at a temple.

Scott has a Buddha that I gave him so I put some rose petals at his feet. I thought there was a Buddhist temple near his house, where I'm spending the night tonight, so we picked some flowers and drove over on our way to dinner. I was just going to go in and put the flowers down, send some love, and leave. Well, it turned out not to be a Buddhist temple but a Hindu temple instead. Scott said, "Buddha was a Hindu," so I thought, "Oh, why not", and decided that as awkward and weird as this might be that ultimately Buddha would get that we meant well, so why not leave our pretty roses there?

We felt a little shy and uncomfortable because really how were we going to explain that we just kind of wanted to honor Buddha symbolically by leaving flowers for him at a temple that probably won't even have an image of him? But what the heck, so we drove into the parking lot, looked at the odd, little, wooden-shingled, igloo-shaped building, walked around to the front and saw a sign that said, "Please leave your shoes here." Scott had his laced up tennis shoes and socks on but I was just wearing Birkenstocks so I took my sandals off and went inside, found a shrine to Lord and Lady elephant somebody (Ganesh?) and left our flowers there. I was too shy to go into the main temple area where there were some people sitting in the lotus position on the floor. I would have liked to because there were some really beautiful looking golden statues in there, but I didn't want to interrupt anything. And of course there's that deeply rooted Catholic school-girl part of me that tugs at the edges of my conscious mind and says, "Careful there Jacqui -- graven idols!" Oh well, at least we tried.

In Korea they celebrate this holiday by washing baby Buddhas, reciting prayers and poems, leaving flowers, coins, and gifts by statues of the Buddha in their temples, and then dedicating and lighting lanterns at night. I would love to do that, but hey, baby Buddhist steps right? Heh.

The first quote is for Scott because he understands this so much better than I do;

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." -- Buddha

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy." -- HH The Dalai Lama

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." -- HH The Dalai Lama

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." -- HH The Dalai Lama

Tomorrow is Gumby's birthday, I wonder what we'll do for that ; )

I love this picture, but I didn't take it. I love pigeons so I don't see this as insulting, it just seems kind of sweet and funny to me.
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[06 May 2005|12:49pm]

I am conducting some top secret, highly scientific research on a very important topic that is critical to the safety of America. What is this research about, you might ask...well, I will tell you, just keep it quiet. We don't need the bad guys finding out. Candy. Take my two polls and help me out.

5 - great
4 - good
3 - average
2 - bad
1 - horrible

Poll 1 and Poll 2
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