stacy was here (and probably spinning....): 07/01/2006 - 08/01/2006















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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

a question....

What would it take for you to kill someone? And, if you were going to, how would you do it?

(no, I'm not going murderous, I need ideas for plot lines, I'm starting up a collection...)

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Saturday, July 22, 2006


so, I've been experiencing a burst of creativity ever since I got my big burst a couple nights ago... I'm going to draw pretty heavily on my experiences at Chatham, which works in a very critical way because I haven't stopped thinking about that place since the day I left it. If I do a great job, get the dynamic down and get my characters across well, who knows, maybe I'll never have to really leave it?

I found this quote on
yarn harlot:

As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.
- Paul Rudnick

If thats true, I've got 90% of the process down pat!

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Thursday, July 20, 2006


Being an English major had several effects on me that most people wouldn't expect. The first was that I stopped reading for pleasure almost entirely, with the exception of the Harry Potter books. Occasionally I would read something during the summer, but even that was rare. There was so much reading to be done for school that I had absolutely no desire to do any of it. The second was that my desire to write, which I'd had since I was very young, shriveled up and died. My writing skills became very well honed in the art of writing critical essays and academic papers, but my creativity dried up entirely because of the fear that develops when your course of study involves tearing other peoples work to shreads.

The good news is that now, a year and a half later, the effects are finally starting to wear off. So last night we went to borders and I got a great new journal. I couldn't find a suitable one without lines, unfortunately, but I got one with grid paper so that at least the lines aren't as limiting... I can still draw if I want to. Its got a leather cover, but its really flexible and it's not fancy, plus it's got tons of paper, so that I don't sit there and try to save room for "important" things. If I get a fancy journal I always do that and then end up not using it. I've already started jotting down a bunch of things, and it feels good to be starting something again.

I'm starting to get really bored... That's the nice thing about summer. By the time it's over, I'm usually ready and even excited about starting school again. At least now I have something going, something to do in the mean time.

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Friday, July 14, 2006


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what can I say? I missed my nice boring life, and here it is....

So not much to report on the whole, but I have to post about my new discoveries. I used to be oily... my skin, my hair, etc. Ever since I went on the birth control pill, however, my skin and hair have been dry, and it's been a nightmare trying to find something that didn't make the problems worse. When we started gearing up for the wedding, my mom bought me a bunch of skincare stuff from Clinique, and it worked, on the whole, pretty well (at least better than anything I'd ever tried before). Now that the wedding has passed and everything, though, it's really ludicrous, in my opinion, to buy another round of the stuff when it's more than $60 a go. While perusing
Megan's site, I found a recommendation for a brand called Paula's Choice. I poked around there, and saw that you can order samples, so I figured, what the hell, I'll try it. Before I tell you how they worked, my complaints with the Clinique were, besides price, the cleanser marked "very mild" still gave a slight sting when I put it on my face. It also didn't do anything at all for my roseacea, which is mild, but I still get sick of my face always being red. The Paula's Choice line is the answer to my prayers. It's half the price of the Clinique stuff, and when I put the cleanser (Skin Recovery Cleanser) on my face, I don't feel anything. It's no more irritating to my skin than water (actually, less so: my face feels noticeably softer and more hydrated after I wash it. beat that.) The toner worked just as well, again, felt really nice and soothing going on, and left my skin feeling really nice. At this point I wasn't even sure I needed a moisturiser. I haven't tried Paula's moisturizer yet because they're out of it. At night I use a little bit of the Clinique stuff just until I can get the other one. I tried it, though, went without it for a couple hours, and my skin wasn't dry at all. If I did that with Clinique, my skin would have felt dry and been visibly flaky, so Paula's stuff makes a huge difference even the first time. During the day, instead of a regular moisturiser, I use her Pure Mineral Sunscreen. It's a creamy, full spectrum sunscreen that makes my skin feel dewey all day. It's not greasy at all, and my face isn't shiny with it on, it just feels very hydrated (but not oily, either), soft, and really supple. By this step, the roseacea isn't even visible anymore. The people at the Clinique counter told me that if their line didn't work for me my next step would be to go to a dermatologist, and this line, for half the price, has made it disappear entirely. Finally, I use the barely there sheer tint for a foundation, which has an spf 20, again full spectrum protection. It's light, and the color is a great match (probably because it's sheer and pretty neutral.) It feels really light and it doesn't look like I hav anything on, it gives just enough to even out my skin tone and make my skin look really nice. I've been getting a lot of compliments on my skin since I started using this stuff, and I've been recommending it so enthusiastically to so many people, they probably think I'm getting a kick back or something, but I really can't recommend it enough.

I also found something that works really well on my hair. I have to be careful, because some products make my hair fall out more, or dry them out. The Neutrogena Triple Moisture stuff makes my hair really soft and it's even falling out less than before. I also use the leave-in conditioner like you would use a gel or mousse, and it makes my curls look better and feel really soft.

I'm loving my new mixer. I made pizza dough with it the other night and it was so much easier. I think I'll still do it the other way when I have stress or frustration to work out, but in general this way is much more likely to happen on a regular basis, so Chris is happy.

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

my one true love...

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