Cataloging life from 2005-2010

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Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad

This is not a cop-out.

Pictures don’t make me happy or sad. I guess I’m not as much a visual person as I thought I was. Even the picture I posted two days ago makes me more content than happy. I’ve had this post page up for three hours now, trying to think of something, anything, that makes me angry or sad.

Pics just don’t do it for me. Now if you would have asked me for a song that makes me emotional in any way, it would have been super easy. Happy, sad, angry, motivated, angsty, lovesick, elated, anything. No problem.

Over two years ago, I asked the question would you rather be deaf or blind? Almost everyone that answered told me they would rather be deaf than blind, hands down. I was the odd one that would rather be blind, and this just confirms it. I couldn’t live without music and sound; it drives my very emotions, so much more than anything visual does. Which makes me question my love of design just a touch, but not overly so.

And on the subject, you should go watch It’s All Gone, Pete Tong (warning: British indie movie, drugs / sex / swearing ensues) which I saw just recently; it’s about a DJ who loses his hearing suddenly and makes me realize that I would go absolutely batshit-crazy without my ears!!

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Day 07 → Happy Birthday To Me

Today is a “whatever tickles your fancy” listing, so I thought I’d tell you about my birthday real quick. Oh yeah. Today is my birthday! I’m newly twenty three. A good friend told me today that after 21, birthdays just start blending together, and by 30, you start to avoid them, so I’m determined to enjoy my birthday for as long as I can!

First off, the people I work with totally love me (and I totally love them as well). They went all out… telling me happy birthday over and over all day, buying me balloons and bringing me silly gifts (some WAY sillier than others…) and just generally making me feel loved.

Someone caught wind of the fact that I’ve never been given flowers before, ever, so someone bought me a dozen red roses. It does pay to have a birthday so close to Valentine’s Day I suppose!

They teased a lot about getting me a stripper for my birthday (this is more funny the better you know me, I’m sure), but they didn’t… but I think my cake certainly reflected this desire (one of the other managers made this from scratch… red velvet cake… mmm).

My family and I went out to dinner after work, which was nice, and then I hung out with some friends from work, which was even nicer. Seriously, by the end of the day I felt so loved and appreciated, I almost didn’t know what to do with myself!

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Day 06 → A photo that makes you happy

To be honest, the kind of photos that make me truly happy, like grinning ear-to-ear happy, aren’t exactly the ones that would mean anything to anyone else in the whole world. This is pretty much just on the basis of being intensely personal and would probably give away quite a few secrets I’m not particularly ready to share.

So instead, I’ll give you one of my favorite photos I’ve come across while existing on the Internet.

According to the photographer, this shot is angled very carefully so you can’t see the sand beyond the “horizon” here on this beach in Tel Aviv. Maybe it’s the fact that I know it was taken in Israel, maybe it’s just because this guy looks like he’s walking on water or in amongst the clouds… or maybe it’s because it evokes such a sense of calm inside. I don’t know. I just know I love this photo and it’s been sitting in my favorites for a very long time now.

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Day 05 → Your favorite quote

“Where the Sidewalk Ends,” a poem by Shel Silverstein

I absolutely love this poem, and for no real concrete reason. Maybe it’s just the way it flows, or maybe it’s the images it puts into my head… I don’t know, but Shel Silverstein is literally my favorite poet of all time, and this is my favorite work of his. It’s just about the only one I’ve got memorized, that’s for sure.

“Random Shoes,” an episode of British TV show Torchwood

The episode this comes from is told from the perspective of a young man who “wakes up” to find himself dead, unable to be seen or heard by anyone, but trying his hardest to help Torchwood members figure out the mystery behind his murder. In the end, he ends up just appreciating how wonderful life was (because that’s what you do in this kind of situation, cliche or no). And I don’t know, when I heard it, I was tearing up for real. LIVE YOUR LIFE, AND LIVE IT NOW. Such an awesome quote.

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Day 04 → Your favorite book

I read like crazy, all of the time. When I should be working, when I should be eating, when I should be sleeping… I suppose you get the point. My biggest problem with reading is that I am a very fast reader. I can tear through an 800 page book in a few hours, and I have. This leads to me not taking my time, which leads to me not committing very much to my long-term memory. If you ask me about a book I read a year ago, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you any details, but I would remember just enough to prevent me from rereading it again.

This being said, I go through WAY too many books, and for a book to really stand out in my mind, it’s gotta be freaking fantastic.

Thr3e – Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker, I would have to say, is my favorite author. I grew up reading Frank Peretti, and Dekker is just as good (if not, dare I say, even better). Thr3e is a Christian book without all of the overbearing overtones. It breaks it down into basic good vs. evil. The basic story of this book is that Kevin, a young man with a troubled childhood, is driving home when someone, identifying himself only as Slater, calls his cell phone and gives him a riddle. If he doesn’t solve the riddle, or confess his sin, within three minutes his car is going to blow. It really escalates from there, and just as you think you know what’s going on, your head gets snapped in another direction entirely. Best book of all time.

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

Jane Austen is wonderful but a little overrated, just in the sense that everyone claims to love her books in a way that almost makes it a trend. North and South is similar to Jane Austen’s works, but much much easier to read. It follows Margaret Hale as she moves from idyllic southern England into the industrialized North. She encounters horrible factory conditions and hungry workers and labor strikes and, most importantly, John Thornton, a momma’s boy who runs one of the biggest textile factories in the North. It summarizes like just another last-century English romance, but to me, it really has a lot more going for it. The best part is that I got into this book after seeing the BBC miniseries by the same name. Richard Armitage, anyone?

The Mediator Series – Meg Cabot

You can have your sparkly vampires and boy wizards; I’ve got a latino GHOST. It’s not much of a secret that I love YA fiction, embarrassingly so. I loved Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries books, so I picked up this book at the library. Let me tell you, they’re great. It’s about Suze, a high school girl who moves to an old house in California, only to be greeted by a (VERY nice looking) ghost sitting in her windowsill, who is shocked that she can see him. Suze is a Mediator, someone who is able to see ghosts in order to help them let go of this world and move on. She ends up falling head over heels for Jesse, who grudgingly begins helping to protect her from the more violent ghosts she encounters. Seriously, amazing series, perfect for some lighthearted reading.

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