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Jul. 11th, 2009

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Oh god, oh god, this photo freaks me out.

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May. 7th, 2009

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Ok, I don't know how much coverage this is getting outside of our local area, but Santa Barbara is on fire. And it's pretty bad.

It started up in the foothills, and well, that's close. A lot of the north end of SB has been evacuated, and more is on evac warning.

N and I had a restless night last night because the evac warning zone (i.e. have everything packed up and ready to go at a moments notice) is literally one block away from us, and the mandatory evac zone (i.e. OMG get out now!) is only three blocks away. Our important belongings are by the door (while there is much I would be sad to leave behind, I am shocked by how little of what we have is irreplaceable. For me, it's some financial records, my computer, the doll I've had since I was born, and the contents of my purse.)

The cat is more distressed by the extreme heat than he is by the smell of burning, and he mostly lays down as flat as he can on the hardwood floor under the fan. (Hey, cat-owning friends, other than making sure he has plenty of water, etc. is there anything I can do to keep him cooler? I should shave him, y/y?) We brought his crate out "just in case" last night, which freaked him out, but as we didn't try to stuff him into it (yet) he seems to have resumed his under-the-fan-floor-laying, rather than cower under the bed.

Exciting times, these.

Apr. 30th, 2009

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Why is it not quite stone-fruit season yet?

I am majorly craving peaches, nectarines, plums... *drool*

Apr. 6th, 2009

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I have a question, dear LJ friends.

My friend is a good hairdresser, and she has (very sweetly) offered to cut my hair for free. This, therefore, is going to require a very nice tip on my part.

A haircut by her runs about... 40 dollars? Maybe 45? And (according to Google) a standard tip is about 20% (so, $8ish) but I want to know how much to tip on a free haircut! I was thinking maybe 20-25 dollars?

Thoughts?

Mar. 27th, 2009

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Today is a friend's birthday party and we're going on the Land Shark which is going to be awesome.

Also, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm on the last of the Twilight series... anyone on my FL read them? If so, what did you think?

Mar. 24th, 2009

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I am seriously craving a funfetti cupcake. Damn.

Feb. 6th, 2009

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I've been having a bad itch to get some more ink... and now my sister just got another tatt, so it's only been made worse.

Yeah. Expensive and addicting habit.
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Dec. 16th, 2008

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Awwww!

The Gay Penguins are Daddies!

Nov. 14th, 2008

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It's Santa Anas time...

HUGE fire in the Santa Barbara Foothills/Montecito... Westmont (the college I attended for those who don't know) has been affected -- a dorm (probably Clark as it was on fire last night) has been destroyed, as well as possibly some other buildings. All of the students had been herded into the gym, and I assume they are all fine, as I've not heard otherwise... and that is something they'd report. ("Innocent Christian Youths Cooked in Own Gym Like Christmas Hams.")

Over 100 homes in the area are gone as well, and I haven't heard any reports on containment.

It's just so CLOSE! N and I are far enough away that we won't be directly affected unless something VERY strange happens -- but we could easily see huge flames from our porch. Friends have been evacuated from their homes. It's been raining ash since around 6 last night, and doesn't seem to be letting up.

If you are interested, updates can be found at http://www.independent.com

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On the plus side, my office is closing at noon because there is NO ONE HERE so I get a half-day off, with pay!
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Nov. 12th, 2008

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HALP!

Who has had experience with the GRE and/or CBEST-CSET test(s)?

I have to take ALL 3 of them by February... I'm generally quite good at standardized testing, but have never taken these particular exams and am worried I have bitten off more than I can chew.

Reassurances? Anecdotes? Help!

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