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So last summer, after moving into this house, I had to do battle with ants--the tiny black ones.  And now they're back.  After trying to do little battles with them for a couple weeks, I'm finally starting to realize that they are not planning on leaving.  So I can either call an all out war on the ants, or just get over it and live and let live.  Well, since there are already way too many wars going on in this world right now, I figured I'd try not letting it bother me.  So tonight I figured I'd get to know my new inhabitants, a conversation starting out something like this...

'Well hi there, little ant.  Yeah, oh, well I'm Kate.... what's that?  Oh, Harry, well, nice to meet you Harry, I mean, um, well, not really, since you're invading my home, but you know, anyway...yeah, so Harry, that's, what, English?  Did you, uh, come from overseas then?  Really...nice boat ride, then?  Good to hear...nice sea winds.  Yes, yes, I hear it's quite salty out there in the open seas...'  And so on.

Damn I get bored when Jacob has to go into work in the evenings.  :-)


Wow, long time since I posted on FB.  Really...really...long...time.  A lot of things have happened...the short story is I am almost finished with school (yay!), I am getting married next month to the coolest person on the planet (yay!), I am working a random part time job and also working part time in my field (yay!).  Also, kitties.  :-)

A real post to come, and more posts to come, since I really miss LJ and want to get back into the habit.  But 1:30am isn't the time to get into all of that.  Especially when my hello kitty mmo has just finished downloading--squee!



Dumped by text message last night.  Yeah, that was interesting.  Actually, it wasn't as bad as you'd think--it was followed up with me calling him for a five minute phone conversation where he gave his reasons, which I didn't see as a valid point, but then something pretty cool happened--I realized that it didn't matter.  Whether or not I agreed with his perspective on the whole thing, what matters what that, because of his perspective, he just wasn't that 'into' me, and the essence of it is that I don't want to be with someone who isn't that into me, for whatever reason.  So it's fine.  And it was way better than if he'd driven 2 hours and told me on Saturday afternoon, ruining the plans I could form for Saturday.  I went out last night and spent some time at my favorite bar, drinking vodka and reading Thomas Paine, and had dinner with Megan and Dan.  Went home, slept like a baby (vodka induced sleep is the sleep of the gods, I tell ya), woke up early this morning, and find myself amazingly fine with everything.

Hey, at the heart of it all, we're all completely alone anyway.  Why try to pretend otherwise?  Just be satisfied and content in yourself.


Well, I've finally started making some decisions about what I can and can't do, since I can't do everything.  Unfortunately, with everything I've got going on with work, school, internship, looking at grad schools, etc, I have finally made a decision to not be on cast at faire this year.  I love it so much, and I'm going to miss it so much!  I'll still go by to visit, but I just can't handle the additional commitment in light of everything else going on in my life.

Time to Geek Out

THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!  Thanks to Jason for showing it to me!

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An Obituary of One Beloved by Many

This week, on Thursday, January 21st, 2010, a 234 year old dream died.  On July 4th, 1776, this dream was born as those who created it declared their right to independence:


‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.’


This dream became a country, which, after re-claiming its freedom from tyranny, secured the foundation of its laws on September 17th, 1787, with the United States Constitution.  This document, as stated in the preamble, was designed to protect THE PEOPLE of the United States.


‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’


This country had many accomplishments in its lifetime.  However, the accomplishments and the ‘spirit of America’ always seemed to be overshadowed by its darker side.  For the Jekyll of America, the American dream of prosperity and achievement, there was also the Hyde of greed, poverty and insensitivity.  Perhaps then it is with mercy that this last stroke will drain the last lifeblood from that beautiful dream that had such dark consequences.


For as of Thursday, January 21st, 2010, America is no longer a constitution republic, where the government is elected by the people, for the people, and the rights of the individual are protected from the absolute power of the majority.  That America is dead.  In its place, the terrible beast of Hyde has risen, as our government is placed on the auction block to be sold to the highest corporate bidder.  We mourn today for the loss of the America we had once dreamed we could have, and we fear the beast that has taken its place.  But fear not, for the beast has destroyed itself as well.  For just as Hyde could not live without Jekyll, so too will this soulless country die without its dream.


We know not yet what survivors this country leaves.  We can only hope that those who do survive will live to share the story of the ultimate failed experiment…the United States of America.


Dear Chief Justice Roberts: Thanks for selling my country to the highest bidder. I always wondered what it would be like to live in a fascist state. And in case your newly prostituted government officals are wondering, you'll have to pry my civil rights from my cold, dead fingers. Fuck you, and your United Corporations of America. Sincerely, Kate Brown, American Citizen (the human kind, not the corporation kind)




Happy birthday, temperlj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Notes on the Weekend

Let's see, the weekend started Friday night, when I met Mom for dinner, then we went to see Avatar. And it was AMAZING! I've started to explore just a bit the whole spiritual side of Gaia theory and Wicca, mostly from a philosophical point of view, but also from a spiritual aspect as well. In any case, I thought this movie really touched on some of the things I have been thinking about a lot lately, and I love how they portrayed the ideas--it was a beautiful movie, with a beautiful message.

So that was Friday. Saturday I did some cleaning at the apt, then I went to Ecotage Salon to get my hair done, since I had a free gift certificate that I had won in a raffle. Well, I ended up getting a cut and color--and I love my crazy, funky, BRIGHT red hair!!! I'll post pics as soon as I get some of the pics from the party--they were a great example of my hair.

Saturday evening I went to Cincy to have Christmas with Jill. We had a wonderful evening, and exchanged our gifts. My last gift from her was in a card--it was the first clue in a scavenger hunt! It was so much fun--she had me going all around the house, looking for clues. Then I eventually made it to the closet, where my final present was hiding--a new LCD, flat screen tv!!! OMG!!! For those who didn't know, my old tv is a tiny, 15inch, 20 year old piece of junk. Now I can actually see my tv, and I can access my cable channels!

Saturday night, we drove back to Lexington to do some cleaning and prep for the party the next day. Then Sunday I woke up early and got started on more prep work, and we spent the day getting ready for the party. And it was SUCH a BLAST!!! (sing to the 12 days of christmas, after 5 golden rings): '20 party guests, 34 gifts, 3 tables full o' food, and a munchkin in a pear tree.' LOL! It was a lot of fun! The party ended about 2:30am, and Jill and I crashed for about an hour, then we got up and I drove her to Louisville to catch a plane to California (yes, my Baby's going to be thousands of miles away for a whole week! **pouty face**). I got back to town at 7 this morning. Had a doctor's appt at 9am, went into work after that.

I'm sleepy...


Oh...if you were at the party...what was your favorite gift idea or foods? I want fresh feedback so I can stick it in my head for next year's party (and all the parties in between). :-)


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