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best birthday ever!

CTO Presario 2500
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- 256 MB (1X256) DDR SDRAM
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$1496 plus $100 mail-in rebate!
Will ship 1/15/2004, 5-7 day shipping time = Jan 20-22/2004 in my house
happy birthday to me!
its the social event of the season (the season being the time between xmas and new years) - i'm 21 today! i'm at froyds, just went to the liquor store and was not even carded. later a little bar hopping with ben, erica, and chels...

a big thank you to my awesome mom for taking me shopping, out to lunch and getting me a new laptop!
it still doesn't end
yesterday i locked myself out of my apartment. i thought maybe my roommate would come home, but she didn't, so at 10:30 i jimmied the front door open with my credit card with no problem. my apt door was another story. it took a long time but i finally got it open even though my card is very bent...
shooting star
went to the mahnomen casino on sat. as you know i lost my wallet last month and thus have no license. anyway i had my college id, my license renewal papers and a photocopy of my passport and they still gave me a hard time about getting in - "we don't take photocopies here". dude, customs will take a photocopy in a bind you are just a piddly little casino, give me a break.
Terror Alert
My boss' son wouldn't get on the plane with them on Christmas Eve Day, cause he sat in front of CNN and FOX News Monday and got scared that a terrorist would hijack the plane. He is 14 and it could just be for attention, but really shame on the media.
image via jordan cooper (who, by the way, has a new site design) via boingboing via goopymart

Longing for Truth
...it does not matter what faith you practice, as long as the soul longs for truth.
via doc-martens

Quote for the Day
I can believe that God who made all that is became clothed in our human flesh so that we might become clothed in God.
I can believe that God claims me as a beloved child. I can believe that my days are in
God's strong and tender hands. I can believe that life is good, beautiful, and eternal.

Rueben P. Job
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For Kamran
note to self:

Carbs in Alcohol

Beer, regular (12 fl oz) 13g
Beer, light (12 fl oz) 4.5g
Wine, red (3.5 fl oz) 1.75g
Wine, rose (3.5 fl oz) 1.5
Wine, white (3.5 fl oz) 1g
Cider, dry (1 pint) 15g
Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whisky (any amount) 0g
Sherry (2 fl oz) 3g
Port (2 fl oz) 6g
Guinness (1/2 pint) 4g

nested note to self:
better to drink Guinness than regular beer
better to drink wine than any beer
better to drink liquor than any other alcohol
better to drink water than anything else
Cause we're cool like that
Finals are over! Time to party like a ROCKSTAR at Froydstravaganza part 1.5!

all i want for christmas is you...
I have to say my favorite Christmas CD has to be Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas. Reminds me of middle school and being really into Christmas - decorating, eating and being excited to see my extended family.
It never ends
Maybe I shouldn't be driving my car because it is going to blow up or an accident is imminent or something, because today my car was TOWED. It was towed from the parking lot ajoining my apt/house lot.

Last night I came home at 10:30 PM. There was only one car parked in our lot, the rest were parked next to it in the office building lot. I thought "Maybe my landlord is planning to plough the lot or something and asked those who were home to move their cars. I'll just park over here by them too."

Damn, was I wrong.

I walked to school this morning at 9:00 AM (I have a report from Chels that my car was there at that time). I came home this evening at 6:00 PM and remembered that I needed salsa for my blackbean/nacho wrap thing I make and I went to drive to the store in my car but - WTF its not there. And the lot is not ploughed and the other cars are in their right places.

So open up the phone book and call around, Hills - not there, Police - didn't do any towing today, (Maybe Dad took it to change the oil) Dad - "You better find where your car is, I'm going to call [partner in laywer firm that owns the building that towed your car]!" Southside - yep there, but can't release until office hours tommorrow. Called Dad back to let him know I found out where it was. He was upset that I couldn't get it until tommorrow and did a little more calling (police, the other partner, my landlord, southside...)

That is one good thing about my Dad he will stand up for me. I am way too passive to try and get things like having someone open the tow lot at 7:00 PM (even though he was unsuccessful). Any time I am wronged by a someone he's got my back.

So, now I am just way embarassed and feel really stupid that I thought I was SUPPOSED to park where my car would get towed. I did my cry thing cause no one was home to comfort me and watched the movie my secret santa sent me. It was Amelie and a welcomed upper to the current situation.
I can't seem to sit down and put my thoughts in order. I desperately want to blog, but either I don't have anything relevant to say or things I should post about are too far in the past and thus again irrelevant.
A little Break
I just got done with my first final - database and am taking a little break before I go protor the Politics test. One of my favorite (and the politics) professor's mother passed away over the weekend.

I am worried about him, he is an only child and now both of his parents are gone. I think this is going to be a hard Christmas for him. He is such a jokester, it is hard to imagine him in such sorrow.
Bright, shiny and new
danielsjourney is updated! woo-hoo! new newsletter, new stuff.
i should be studying before my database final but what better than blogging!

Raba and her fiancé were driving late one summer evening in his Toyota RAV 4 when they were attacked by a band of men engaged in a popular and profitable postoccupation occupation: carjacking. As they were violently booting the fiancé from the car, one of the men decided that Raba would make a nice addition to the evening's spoils. But as he was attempting to rape her in the back seat, the intrepid--more furious than afraid, she says--Raba pulled open the door handle and flung herself from the speeding car. The next day, her fiancé and her brother went to the police station to report the stolen car. They didn't file anything regarding the attempted rape, since, as she says, neither they nor the cops were interested.
The Nation
the best advent devotional - the christmas story uncut
real live preacher
boot boot boot
yesterday i got a boot* on my car from not paying my tickets and driving to school so i could drive to work and parking in the parking lot instead of the meters cause i didn't have any change (did you get that).

so, i got a ride to work from my friend trevor and left a frantic message on my mom's cell begging her to pick me up and float me a loan to pay to get it off my car. being at work yesterday was less than desirable as it was the reason i had to drive to school all semester long - otherwise i would have walked. in the end everything worked out, but i wanted to crawl under a rock for a while.

plan for next semester: BUY A PARKING PERMIT

*for those that don't know a boot is put on your car tire and then you can't drive it.
What Kind of Social Software Are You?
what kind of social software are you?

stop, pray, meditate, think about PEACE with the rest of the world at 3:00 PM (Central) on December 27, 2003
how does your coffee measure up?
this week
another week of homework and late nights in the cs lab. i don't have it as bad as some people, but i am still counting the days until my last final.

i am also working on the new homepage for online learning here at bemidji state and i am having major problems trying to get tabbed navigation to float right with a banner to the left in css. i'm about ready to scrap the tabs and use tables (the horror).

tabbed navigation, breadcrumbs...yea!
and more on it
and finally a little success in IE

Happy Birthday Froyd!
Blogging to you live from Sean's party.

The Machine Will Rise
the machine will rise
"People would stay in the prayer room for 3-4 hours at a time ... usually in the middle of the night! And I don't know how great these prayer times were. I don't know how powerful their experiences with God were. I don't know how refreshed or "on fire" these people felt after their time in the room. Frankly, I don't think it mattered to them. These people had come to show God their love for Him. As Brennan Manning says: 'Spending time with God might be dynamic one day, and I might fall asleep the next day. But showing up is an act of love.'"
<3 heartache amplified explained
what is the deal? what are we? what do you want? do you know how much i love you? do you feel anything for me? why can't this work? all these things i wanted to talk to you about, but a good time never came (not to mention i'm too wussy to bring it up). now you went away again.

i think i could handle things better if i knew - one way or another.

if i'm ever going to get over you, i need to be mad at you for a little while. i have to go from the extreme of loving and obsessing over you to the extreme of being really mad and bitter at you. hopefully after this comes friendship and normal relations.

my heart doesn't hurt so much anymore. i don't feel like i'm going crazy anymore. i've made a concious decision to stop putting myself through that.

a song playing on the cd player at work stopped me dead in my sweeping duty - it was about a girl who waited too long for nothing.

and you don't read this anymore, so i can post this here and it won't matter.
i need a hug
in the cs lab today, i suddenly had the strongest urge to climb into someone's arms and be comforted. i don't know if it is the disconnect of the area - lots of technology/machinery and lots of people(males), and no human contact, except verbal. maybe it was just the testosterone and my alpha female instincts, i don't know. but i really wanted to be held.
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