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Ok, I know it's been an exasperatingly long time since I posted here, and all kinds of things have been going on this year.  Let me attempt to recap:

On a visit to give us our belated Christmas present, our 'uncle' Ray mentioned that his daughter and son-in-law were trying to sell a duplex they used to live in and had been renting out for the past several years. I said, "Oh, really? We'd been thinking of buying a duplex and renting the other part out to (my best friend) Dan." This was a scenario I'd always hoped would eventually arise, but as the days passed and we presented the idea to Dan, it became obvious that buying this house would save both us and Dan money. Dan's apartment complex is nice, but his rent had kept increasing each year, plus he had to pay extra each month for his cat and his car port, and it was starting to become more expensive than he could afford. Plus, he lives on the opposite side of town from where he works, so he spends quite a bit on gas each day. This new house would cut his drive almost in half. (It is only 3 miles north of where we formerly lived.) For us, with Dan paying one flat rent payment to us each month, it would end up costing us much less than what we'd been paying for our mortgage on the old house. So, we took a look at it, and decided to go for it. We were approved for financing for the total amount of the house so we were able to buy it before we sold our old house, which gives us time to move the stuff we *really* want into the new place (which is smaller, but much nicer and in a much better neighborhood) and then we can just junk what won't fit or that we don't want. This has proven to be a daunting task, and my hubby and I have been a bit naughty and procrastinaty in this department.

We went to Art Van and bought a couch, loveseat console, futon cushion, bed box and new mattress on a do-not-pay-for-two-years deal, and now have our first ever set of brand new and NOT hand-me-down furniture. I have claimed the smaller bedroom as my 'music room', a place for my computer and my massive collection of cds, component stereo equipment, and lava lamp/indirect lighting. This is my haven into which I can escape when James drives me insane with his seeming need to fulfill a daily quota of television watching ;-)  Also, since he works from home, it gives me a place where I can listen to music without having to turn it down or off every time he gets a call from his work.

We will have to cover the mortgages on both houses for June, since we got a break in May after closing on the new house and refinancing the mortgage on the old one (which is nearly $300 less after the refi!) and since we've planned for that we will be able to cover it. Then in July we will start getting rent from Dan which will help offset the cost of both mortgages until we DO sell the old house.

This is, as you can imagine, quite the undertaking, as we are having to sort through approximately eight years of accumulated clutter. Since we are both pack rats by nature, I will be forced to seriously weed through stuff and get rid of a lot. I will be donating a frightening amount of unworn clothes back to Goodwill. I am also trying to recycle as much of the cardboard as I can from the move and that I'd had saved up in our old basement for the purpose of a move, as well as donating any books we no longer want to the local library (this includes quite a few large computer and programming manuals that we do not need.) So I'm trying to actually throw out as little as I can, and pay forward as much as possible.

More in the next entry--we bought a new electric lawn mower and have to run back to the old house to get the long outside extension cord thingy (since strangely enough, the mower did not come with a cord of its own.)
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The hubby has put up a gallery section on our server at home so I've finally got a place to put some of the neat pictures I've managed to collect/take. One is of a trip we took to Fredrik Meijer Gardens, and contains beautiful pictures of the flowers, statuaries, and atrium, among other things. Many of these just have to be seen to be believed. The other gallery contains some panoramic pictures of my trip last summer to Carson City, Nevada, and contains some incredible scenic shots around the Lake Tahoe area. Feel free to drop by and take a look, so all my hard work at creating the galleries won't be for naught ;-)

You can get to the galleries by clicking here.
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Your Birthdate: January 30

Your birthday on the 30th day of the month shows individual self-expression is necessary for your happiness.

You tend to have a good way of expressing yourself with words, certainly in a manner that is clear and understandable.

You have a good chance of success in fields requiring skill with words.



You can be very dramatic in your presentation and you may be a good actor or a natural mimic.

You have a vivid imagination that can assist you in becoming a good writer or story-teller.

Strong in your opinions, you always tend to think you are on the right side of an issue.



There may be a tendency to scatter your energies and have a lot of loose ends in your work.

You may have significant artistic talent and be very creative.


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Your Linguistic Profile:



65% General American English

25% Upper Midwestern

5% Midwestern

5% Yankee

0% Dixie


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My japanese name is 川添 Kawazoe (riverside) 久美子 Kumiko (eternal beautiful child).
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James' name would be 川添 Kawazoe (riverside) 拓海 Takumi (open sea).

wow...

Jan. 19th, 2005 05:15 pm
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I am 84% loser. What about you? Click here to find out!


I don't know if I should be proud or insulted.
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THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Beth
2. Nerys
3. Bethany

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
1. Nerys
2. Whytestar
3. LadyNerys

(a category of my own suggesting:)THREE NICKNAMES OTHER PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN YOU:
1. Daisy
2. Sugarshorts
3. Peeb




THREE THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. sense of humor
2. creativity
3. loyalty

THREE THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. low self image
2. reactivity
3. impatience

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
1. Danish
2. Irish
3. English

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
1. the unknown
2. dying violently
3. religious fanatics

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. the computer
2. soda
3. naps

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. ring
2. t-shirt
3. sweatpants

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS:
1. Yes
2. Styx
3. Genesis

(another category I think should be included:)THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS:
1. Douglas Adams
2. Terry Pratchett
3. Orson Scott Card




THREE NEW THINGS YOU WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:
1. financial solvency
2. flying to Scotland
3. sushi

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
1. equality
2. communication
3. humor

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE:
1. I wear dentures
2. I wear glasses
3. I wear dresses

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX (or same) THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
1. Eyes
2. Biceps/arms
3. Hair

THREE THINGS YOU JUST CAN’T DO:
1. Tolerate children
2. Follow politics
3. Religion

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. Listening to music
2. Computers!
3. Dining Out

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Lose weight
2. Dine Out ;-)
3. Go swimming

THREE CAREERS YOU’RE CONSIDERING:
1. Proofreader
2. Editor
3. Graphics

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1. Scotland
2. Ireland
3. Nevada ;-)

THREE KIDS NAMES: (I've only had two 'kids', and their names were:)
1. Tasha (dog)
2. Freya (cat)
3. (yet to be revealed; most likely another dog.)

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. become completely debt-free
2. affect the lives of those I love for the better
3. find and achieve my own inner peace

THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE THIS QUIZ NOW OR DIE PAINFULLY I'D LIKE TO SEE TAKE THIS QUIZ:
1. [livejournal.com profile] hitchhiker (zem)
2. [livejournal.com profile] gina_gwynne (squirreli)
3. [livejournal.com profile] murrlin
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Because what they're *really* thinking when they gaze at you with what you perceive as adoration is: "I wonder how much trouble I'd get into if I ate their brain?"
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This is, as my friend Rikki so aptly put it, "The purrbox that now owns me". I'd like to introduce you all to Freya.



More pics coming as they are taken, downloaded, and edited.
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The haxor handle of whytestar is "Dark F1re".

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Ok, I know some of you have already heard this, but I'm going to post it so I can point future people here rather than retyping it a million times.

I was visiting my best bud Dan yesterday, and we had gone to get something to eat. When we came back to the apartment complex, there were two boys with a cat carrier who said "Do you want a cat?" They opened the carrier and out came the prettiest butterscotch and caramel colored tabby. She was sorta small-adultish sized, and seemed to be taking the ruckus of being carted around by two 10-year-old boys pretty well, overall. She let us pet her without any hesitation as the boys informed us that she had been found abandoned in a garage-like storage facility after having been there for a week without food or water. Our hearts just melted...she was such a sweet little kitty, we couldn't imagine how anyone would abandon a cat with such a sweet disposition. The boys said they had first tried to find her owner but evidently they had cleared out and just left the cat, so they were now trying to find a home for her. Evidently they've done this before, with other animals. It seemed sort of like their 'mission', almost. Each boy had their own cat, and one of them had two cats, a dog, and a goldfish, and had wanted to keep this kitty too but his mother wouldn't let him. So they were trying to find a home for her so she wouldn't have to go to a shelter or humane society. They just couldn't imagine such a sweet little kitty ending up like that.

Dan and I went into his apartment and considered the options. He had been considering getting a playmate for Chiana, and had the boys bring their kitty inside to see how they reacted to each other. Chiana watched from a respectable distance, but this kitty didn't seem to like being that close to another one. So I started thinking...what if this was an omen? What if I had gone without a pet this whole time so that I would be able to take her when she came along? I called James and asked him what he thought, and he was like, 'Sure!' (But he loves kitties, his parents had two, both of whom have passed since he moved over to the U.S.) So we went upstairs where the boys were showing the cat to another tenant in the building and told them we'd take her. The tenant was glad, because she'd been trying to find the number of a "Vicky's Pet Connection" which was basically the stop-before-the-shelter type of scenario. The boys thanked us profusely for taking her, and we transferred her from their cat carrier to one of Chiana's so we could bring her home. The boys also told us that her 'fang' teeth were about twice as long as a regular cat's teeth were, so that she looked sort of like a sabre-toothed kitty when she yawned. I looked at Dan and said, ""Buffy' wouldn't entirely be out of the realm of believability as a name, would it?" Buffy the Vampire Kitty? :-) Also, her coloring is similar to what Tasha's was, and they called her 'buff' (tho I had other nicknames for her, like my 'honey-colored girl' ;-) ) The boys had been calling her "Mercury" just to have something to call her, but for some reason that just didn't seem to fit her.

Dan and I decided to head back to my side of town in both cars, stopping at a pet store for some supplies on the way. But about halfway home she started crying, and for some reason I seemed to *know* that it was because she needed to go to the bathroom. So I diverted from the plan and went straight home. Dan followed. He had brought some litter and a box we could use till we got one of our own, as well as some food. We got home, let her out and showed her the box and she *immediately* went potty (so I was right!) We left her with James and went to get a litter box, some food, litter, and a couple of toys and came home to settle in with our new houseguest.

I was really tired, so I brought her upstairs and put her on the bed, to show her that she was allowed there, and got in and lay down. Almost immediately she curled up near me, rolled around, stretched, and did a bunch of cute kitty things. Then we napped off and on for most of the night. When J came to bed she climed up on my pillow and lay down, purring like crazy, and even stayed there for a while. She is really the sweetest little kitty, and she seems to have the perfect kind of personality for me. She's pretty mellow, very affectionate, and is good abount not scratching or using her claws to rend your flesh to ribbons. We're still thinking on a name for her, but the more I think about it, the more "Buffy" appeals to me. It may seem silly to some, but it just sorta...slid into place when I mentioned it. I think it might be a good fit. I'll update on the situation, and include some pictures when I can borrow Dan's camera. Until then, here is a picture of a kitty that is very similar to what she looks like:
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Detailed I.Q. Test
Congratulations!
Your general IQ score is: 120.

A person whose IQ score falls in the range of 111-128 is considered to be "above average intelligence".

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I decided to take a Jung Typology Test just for the hell of it.

Your Type is: INTJ
Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Strength of the preferences %
Introverted = 33%
Intuitive = 44%
Thinking = 11%
Judging = 33%

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:

* moderately expressed introvert
* moderately expressed intuitive personality
* slightly expressed thinking personality
* moderately expressed judging personality

Here's what that means. Not sure I totally agree, a few of the questions didn't quite have the answer I really *wanted*, I'd have to choose the best of the ones given, which can give you false data. But still, it was kinda fun. I enjoy self-analyzation and seeing what makes myself 'tick'. :-)

Results

Nov. 30th, 2004 01:47 am
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Mind in the Eyes results:

Your score: 32
A typical score is in the range 22-30. If you scored over 30,
you are very accurate at decoding a person's facial expressions
around their eyes. A score under 22 indicates you find this quite difficult.

Empathy Quotient results:

Your score: 48
0 - 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33 - 52 = average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53 - 63 is above average
64 - 80 is very high
80 is maximum

Systemizing Quotient results:

Your score: 21
0 - 19 = low
20 - 39 = average (most women score about 24 and most men score about 30)
40 - 50 = above average (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score in this range)
51 - 80 is very high (three times as many people with Asperger Syndrome score in this range, compared to typical men, and almost no women score in this range)
80 is maximum

Autism Spectrum Quotient results:
Your score: 20
0 - 10 = low
11 - 22 = average (most women score about 15 and most men score about 17)
23 - 31 = above average
32 - 50 is very high (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 35)
50 is maximum

So....what does this say about me? Hmm...
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OMG, I so want one of these!

And, along similar lines:



Snerk.
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Ok, this page is a heavy load, but trust me, it's worth it. Puppies, photographed through a (concave? convex? I always get those two mixed up) lens. Not responsible for any high-pitched squealing noises you might make when viewing these pics ;-)

Go Here! I mean it! ;-)
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Here's a neat little site that lists the discographies of a number of progressive (and some non-prog)groups. I have this site bookmarked because I refer to it from time to time when organizing my mp3 collection. I thought it might be of interest to someone else, too.

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It seems that there have been a lot of bands making 'comebacks', which is fantastic, as far as I'm concerned. Some of the best albums I've come across recently have been by the following:

Alan Parsons - A Valid Path
Asia - Silent Nation
Concrete Blonde - Mojave
Duran Duran - Astronaut
Heart - Jupiter's Darling
Journey - Trial by Fire
Men Without Hats - No Hats Beyond This Point
Mike + the Mechanice - Rewired
Offspring - Splinter
R.E.M. - Around the Sun
Rick Springfield - Shock Denial Anger Acceptance
Rush - Vapor Trails
Styx - Cyclorama
U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

If you are a fan of any of these groups and weren't aware they had recent material out, do check them out. If you would be interested in previewing any of the aforementioned artists, contact me, and I can set up a 'try before you buy' scenario. Then if you enjoy it, go out and by the CD and help some of the best musicians keep making great music, especially those with their own unique sounds. Lord knows we could use less conformity in the music that is played on the radio these days.
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