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09 January 2008 @ 12:21 pm
Hey friends,

I am wanting to change my public blog from Xanga to something else... I've decided that I just don't like Xanga. I'm looking for something cleaner and more professional looking. Any suggestions? What's better -- blogspot? Wordpress? Something else? Please drop a comment if you have any suggestions or input. (Also, if you are gifted in graphic design and enjoy it, I would love to have you design my layout once I get the new blog account. I'd love something with a brown/sage green/soothing earth tones theme. Kind of artsy. But I am not at all gifted in that area.)

Many thanks in advance!
I feel: coldcold
I hear: I'm Not That Girl - Idina Menzel
02 January 2008 @ 04:42 pm
INFJ -  "Author". Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

(My comments in parenthesis.)

creative, smart, focus on fantasy more than reality, attracted to sad things, fears doing the wrong thing, observer, avoidant, fears drawing attention to self, anxious, cautious, somewhat easily frightened, easily offended (nah, not really), private, easily hurt (not so much), socially uncomfortable (eh, not really), emotionally moody (not often), does not like to be looked at, fearful, perfectionist, can sabotage self, can be wounded at the core, values solitude, guarded, does not like crowds (got that one right), organized, second guesses self, more likely to support marijuana legalization (what a random thing to put on here, lol), focuses on people's hidden motives (unfortunately ), prone to crying (sometimes, but really not that often), not competitive (ohhh yeah!), prone to feelings of loneliness (uh-huh), not spontaneous, prone to sadness (contemplation, maybe, but not sadness), longs for a stabilizing relationship, fears rejection in relationships, frequently worried, can feel victimized, prone to intimidation, lower energy (yeah...yawn), strict with self

favored careers:

psychotherapist, artist, art curator, bookstore owner, freelance writer, poet, teacher (art, drama, english -- oh yeah!), library assistant, professor of english, painter, novelist, book editor, copywriter, philosopher, environmentalist, bookseller, museum curator, opera singer, magazine editor, archivist, music therapist, screenwriter, film director, creative director, librarian, social services worker, art historian, sign language interpreter, photo journalist, makeup artist, photo journalist, homemaker

disfavored careers:

airline pilot, race car driver, businessman, information technology consultant, executive, administrator, supervisor, bartender, lab technician, restaurant owner, strategist, ceo, bar owner, marketing specialist, business consultant (notice the disfavored careers cover everything business or marketing related? haha, so true.)
I feel: thoughtfulthoughtful
02 January 2008 @ 01:37 am
So Jaime and I were speculating tonight, and decided that:

A. For girls, it's true that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."

B. For guys, it's pretty much "out of sight, out of mind."

In other words, girls analyze relationships much more than guys do. Or so we think. But we don't really know.

Anyone want to weigh in on this topic? Is our theory based in fact, or is it flawed in some crucial point?
I feel: amusedamused
05 December 2007 @ 10:18 pm
Because everyone else is doing it... and of course, that is a good reason to do anything.

Make a post to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
Surf around your friends-list (or friends-friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream pure-bred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My wishes:

1. To be home for Christmas (and praise God, I have an airline ticket for just such a purpose!!!).

2. For Jana to come visit me next semester. (Praying hard for this one.)

3. Starbucks giftcard.

4. Find a job for next year (lol, not like anyone can really grant this wish for me)

5. Miss Potter DVD.

6. Cheesecake on my birthday.

7. Bagels. :-)

8. Mexican food. (Can you tell I miss some facets of American life?)

9. A new purse (brown or black, canvas bookbag style).

10. A good haircut.
I feel: awake (barely)
I hear: Ya-Fei Chuang and Robert Levin play Rachmaninov - WGBH Classical Performance - WGBH Radio Boston
12 November 2007 @ 05:02 pm
Hey look, they posted my yearbook pic online.

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I feel: recumbentrecumbent
I hear: Twelve Etudes, Op. 10, No. 9 in F Minor - Cecile Licad
11 November 2007 @ 02:25 pm
I suggest traveling light
It's the only way to go
Whether you take the highway
Whether you take the byway
Always take the narrow road
Whether by sunshine
Whether by moonlight
Enjoy your view
That's something that
No one else can do for you

There are rolling green hills
You've never seen
And there's so much blue
Waiting around the corner for you
So don't weep too long
'Cause you're almost home
Just sing a pilgrim song
As you travel on

Put one foot in front of the other
And pilgrim, you will soon discover that
There will be cold streams when you're thirsty
There will be sunshine even in the clouds, so
Don't look back, don't get sidetracked
Just walk on

And pilgrim, when you walk alone
Think about, sing about, dream about home

(Josh Bales, "Pilgrim Song")

This song has been my theme for the past year: a wanderer far from all she's known for the first two decades of her life, assured by God that there are "rolling green hills [I've] never seen" and that despite the dreary days -- the Novembers of life -- there remains "so much blue" around the corner. At certain times it is easier to believe that there are good things around the bend than at other times. Just now is one of those other times.

Why is it so easy to fall into a downward spiral of doubt? How can I question my worth when I know that Jesus saw my life as worthy of His ultimate sacrifice?

Because I have an enemy who is the father of lies. Because he not only goes around like a roaring lion, but also disguised as an angel, whispering lie after lie into my ears under the guise of "self-deprication" or "humility." True humility does not involve wallowing in my shortcomings. It does not mean assuming every problem is my fault and bearing a load of guilt on my back. True humility creates joy because it means I stop thinking about myself and start thinking about others and their needs.

I want to be acceptant of the past, excited about the present, and peaceful about the future. Show me how, Lord.
I feel: contemplativecontemplative
I hear: Pilgrim Song - Josh Bales
27 July 2007 @ 04:49 pm
Those of you who have Facebook should check this out. I have this song hopelessly stuck in my head... Listening to it again probably isn't going to help. Oh well. It's hilarious. :)

If you like silly videos and have time to spare (or just need something to lighten your mood), also check out Rhett & Link. They grew up making silly movies together and are now making a career of it. Some of their stuff is hilarious, and they remind me of my brother and his friends, always making goofy short films and commercials. My other favorites are their songs about Bluetooth phones and water dispensing tabs, and their Subway commercial and the Megatator.

Edit: I don't know them personally. Due to a poorly worded sentence, which I've now edited, some people got the idea that they are my childhood friends, which they are not, LOL! Just thought I'd clear that up.
Your Inner European is Russian!

Mysterious and exotic.
You've got a great balance of danger and allure.
I feel: amusedamused
08 June 2007 @ 11:59 pm

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino

One of a kind and forward looking, you're the first to introduce a wacky new trend to your friends. And even if your ideas seem weird, they get adopted pretty quickly.

31 May 2007 @ 07:48 pm

Take my quiz!

I feel: fullfull