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sorry excuse for a catch-up [29 Nov 2008|01:28pm]
long post coming soon about
farm sanctuary
justo visiting
the importance (or unimportance?) of place and/or people in one's life
income disparity
peanut butter chocolate cheesecake
more foods
etc etc.

life is really amazing right now.

the end of 2008 is busy and happy and wowee.

florida in 18 days.

i leave you with this picture of me with whitaker, a 5-week-old calf.
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SNOW!!!!!!!! [01 Dec 2007|04:36pm]

jon took this video today from our front porch!


i hadn't seen snow in five years, so this was a very huge deal to me.

i was at work when it started snowing. i immediately ran outside in short sleeves and an apron and started twirling around in it and squealing. finally, i came back inside, and all of the customers were laughing at with me.

it snowed for a few hours. the ground is totally blanketed with it.

such a happy, giddy, silly, snowy day.
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katie!! [21 Oct 2007|09:23pm]
katie is gone, but it was AWESOME while she was here. even though her arrival matched perfectly with "the storm of the century," we braved the cold and rain and had the fun. and the vegan donuts. and the four-square. as usual, we didn't take enough pictures (i do so love to look back on old pictures) but we do have some...

more autumn pics (and the rest of my growing collection of seattle pics) on my myspace
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abortion ban... [19 Apr 2007|05:42pm]
the supreme court (in a 5-4 vote) upheld the republicans' ban on intact D&E abortions. there is no exclusion to protect the health of the women.

this is so depressing. we knew bush was picking justices who would make decisions like this and slowly strip away the roe v wade rights, with zero regard for health or freedom, and here it is; it's happening.

and the worst part is that, even with a democratic congress... and even when we elect a democratic president next year... these justices will still be there, taking away our rights until they die.


story of someone who had this procedure a few days ago, before the supreme court came to their decision:

Any day now, the Supreme Court will determine whether women, in consultation with their families and doctors, should make personal reproductive-health decisions - or whether politicians should make our medical and moral decisions for us.

I care a lot about what the Supreme Court has to say about President Bush's Federal Abortion Ban. The same day I decided to terminate my pregnancy, lawmakers gathered in Washington, DC to discuss the ban, which could outlaw abortion as early as 12 weeks and has no exception for a woman's health.

That's why NARAL Pro-Choice America asked me to share my story with you. It's not a story I ever thought I'd share with thousands of strangers, because frankly, it's nobody's business. But now, of course, it is.

When I was 18 weeks pregnant at my doctor's office in Lexington, Massachusetts, I remember eagerly anticipating the ultrasound that would tell my husband and me whether our baby was a boy or a girl. We were so excited, oohing and aahing like the giddy, expectant parents that we were.

The technician, however, was quiet, and I started to panic. We learned that the ultrasound indicated that the fetus had an open neural-tube defect, meaning that the spinal column had not closed properly. We had to go to Boston immediately, where a new, high-tech machine could tell us more.

In Boston, the doctor spoke using words no pregnant woman wants to hear - clinical terms like hydrocephalus and spina bifida. The spine, she said, had not closed properly, and because of the location of the opening, it was as bad as it could get.

What the doctors knew was awful: the baby would be paralyzed and incontinent, its brain smushed against the base of the skull and the cranium full of fluid. What they didn't know was devastating: would the baby live at all, and if so, with what sort of mental and developmental defects? Countless surgeries would be required if the baby did live, and none of them could repair the damage.

It sounds naive now, but I never considered pregnancy a gamble. Sitting in the doctor's windowless office, I tried to read between the lines of complicated medical jargon, searching for answers that weren't there. But I already knew what I had to do. Even if our baby had a remote chance of surviving, it was not a life we would choose for our child.

I asked over and over, "Are we doing the right thing?" Our family - even my Catholic father and Republican father-in-law, neither of whom was ever pro-choice - assured us that we were. Politics suddenly became personal - their daughter's heartbreak, their son's pain, their grandchild's suffering - and that changed everything.

If President Bush's Federal Abortion Ban had been in force on that day, my husband and I wouldn't have had this option.

It's not always easy to see how the Federal Abortion Ban will affect our lives, so I am asking you to share my story with your family, friends, and co-workers. Please let them see the human side of this story. You can also read my full story here.

As soon as the Supreme Court makes its decision, NARAL Pro-Choice America will be in touch and provide you with ways to take action in your community. In the meantime, if you have a personal story of your own to share, please submit it here. And please learn more about President Bush's Federal Abortion Ban by clicking here.

Thank You,

Gretchen Voss

i got this from:
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now mud lies down again and goes to sleep. [13 Apr 2007|02:46am]
i just finally found out that kurt vonnegut died wednesday.

and i don't know why i'm posting exactly, except that this is important.

i'm glad i got to read some of his books while he was alive.

i'm in the middle of my sixth book by him right now.

i got hooked about one page into the first one i read (Breakfast of Champions). i immediately felt that i had to get my hands on every word he'd ever written.

i'm really glad i still have a long way to go on that. He wrote a lot of books.

this guy had it all figured out. all of it. and now he's dead.

and it feels huge.

and it's past my bedtime, so maybe i'm being less coherent than i mean to be.

The first thing i thought of when i heard was something i read two weeks ago in God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, a little bit of atheistic, humanist humor:

"And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in Heaven now.' That’s my favorite joke."
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harry potter book 7 title: [21 Dec 2006|07:59pm]

omg omg omg omg omg omg....
jk rowling released the title!

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leaving for melbourne sometime in the next couple hours.

happy hanukkah, everybody.
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awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! [19 Dec 2006|03:08pm]
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exciting [24 Apr 2006|06:19pm]
Today, I got my cap and gown!!
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This is an important election that could shape gainesville. [07 Mar 2006|05:21am]
i am up FAR too early, because it is election day.

polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find your polling place with this: http://elections.alachua.fl.us/precinct_finder.html

go to the precinct for where you live now, even if you have not officially changed your address to there.

Vote for Jeanna Mastrodicasa!!!!!!!!!!!!
seriously. seriously. seriously. She's running for city commissioner and she is SO GREAT and SO MUCH BETTER than the other candidate.

ok, time to put on my non-partisan face.
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Who knew the founder of Domino's was a religious fanatic? [03 Mar 2006|10:37am]
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that was on Valentine's Day.

Things are really good right now, antibiotics aside.

Things with Kenny and I are perfect and I beat him at pool last night (Okay, and then Adam and him beat me 50 bazillion times after that, but that is not the point.) Things just feel really, really good and perfect.

Both things I've written for school lately (the FNB and going-to-church pieces) were extremely well-received. It makes me feel so inexplicably happy to see things like, "Funny!" or "Nice use of dialogue!" on my papers. (The church one's the funny one.)
I'd like to think I could be comfortable enough about my writing to not let a teacher's opinion matter too much, but I'm not there yet (I'll never be. I'm a 'fragile flower'), so it feels gooooooooood.

I'm making over $10 an hour at work now, so that rules, but I am still glad that I decided to take Spring Break off (although, I'm sure if they wave tons of money at me, I'll consider going in there some afterall). Spring break. Holy shit. I need to go to the beach. I miss it. I kind of want to go see my parents briefly, maybe. I should see if Justo's going for a day or two. I could go with.

I'm working the elections next weekend (vote for Jeanna Mastrodicasa!!!!) and i'm really psyched about that.

We're going to Savannah, GA tomorrow cuz Cocytus has a show.

kenny made this sweet flyer to post in Savanians' myspaces...

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I've never been to Savannah. And I made up the word Savanians.

I think work is getting me to use more capital letters than usual, although i've still got my share of lowercase.

Goddamn, I just feel really good.

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SUNDAY AT MARKET STREET [13 Jan 2006|07:46pm]
kenny's got a show at market street this sunday. yup, market street. a show. crrrazy.

BE THERE. this is going to be a crazy fun one. show starts earlyish.

the show was featured and 'recommended' in Scene this week. sweeeet (although not the most accurate representation of their sound).

and here is the bad-ass flyer kenny made...

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free money? [22 Dec 2005|10:35am]
saw this post in the gville community and figured i'd sign up. i have no idea if this is something worth signing up for, but, if you do, i would appreciate you doing it though my link. =0)

here is my link...

(i too made up a new gmail address for this, and i would DEFINITELY recommend that!!!)
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anniversary [18 Dec 2005|10:46pm]
(omg public post. ahhh!!!)

One year, baby. (and three days.)

pics from our dead-body tampa getaway later when kenny photobuckets 'em.


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i am sick [07 Nov 2005|11:55am]
la la laaaa

la di da la laaa

i am sick.

la la la

that is what my baby is doing in ohio.


i want to play too!!
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noooooooooooooooo. [05 Nov 2005|11:43am]
harry potter 4 is only on imax in ft. lauderdale and tampa!

i could've sworn orlando had an imax theatre, but the big ol' imax site sure doesn't mention it.


and we're gonna be right in orlando that weekend. *pout*
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a few choice halloween pics [04 Nov 2005|10:07pm]
[ mood | needing my boyyyy ]

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my new favorite picture ever

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our pump-i-kins

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ritchie, margot and pump-i-kin guts

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good night [24 Oct 2005|12:07pm]


stuff about my trip later. right now, i need a nap!!!!
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fyi [12 Oct 2005|08:17pm]

tomorrow (thursday) at Common Grounds!!...

that's right, kenny being a rock star at your favorite venue.

be there or be circular.

(no, i did not make the flyer) (but i love it)
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spring registration [12 Oct 2005|04:01pm]
sweeeeet. spring registration times are up on isis!

and my schedule is gonna be sweeeeeeet. classes on monday and tuesday only. nothing before 1:55. sweet sweet sweeeeeeet
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by Jonathan Safran Foer [04 Oct 2005|04:00pm]
they made a movie of the book, Everything is Illuminated!!!!!!!!!!

i muuuust seeee itttt!!!!

apparently, it was released sept. 16 and stars elijah wood (weird, is he even jewish?), but it doesn't appear to be playing anywhere around here. YAY! just found the list of release dates and cities! OCTOBER 21st, it comes to Gainesville. woooot.

i neeeed to seeee itttt!

p.s. happy new year. =0)
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