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Subject:g u i l t y conscience?
Time:01:32 pm
1. Bergdorf Blondes: Plum Sykes
2. Honeymoon: James Patterson
3. In Silence: Erica Spindler
4. Open Season: Linda Howard
5. Fade To Black: Wendy Corsi Staub
6. Heartbreaker: Julie Garwood
7. Blue Smoke: Nora Roberts
8. You've Been Warned: James Patterson
9. Accidental Demon Slayer: Angie Fox
10. Bubbles Unbound: Sarah Strohmeyer
11. Unspoken: Lisa Jackson
12. Daddy's Little Girl: Mary Higgins Clark
13. Touching Evil: Kay Hooper
14. I Heard That Song Before: Mary Higgins Clark
15. Twighlight: Stephanie Meyer
16. New Moon: Stephanie Meyer
17. Eclipse: Stephanie Meyer
18. The Three Of Us: Cynthia Victor
19. Me Talk Pretty One Day: David Sedaris
20. The Subtle Knife: Phillip Pulman
21. Swapping Lives: Jane Green
22. Slowburn: Julie Garwood
23. Holidays On Ice: David Sedaris
24. Three Men and a Body: Stephanie Bond
25. As Good As Dead: Beverly Barton
26. Ricochet: Sandra Brown
27. Sacred and Profane: Faye Kellerman
28. Judge and Jury: James Patterson
29. Copy Cat: Erica Spindler

No movies this week. :(
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Time:11:30 am

It always makes me feel better to write down the things I will never say. and then I delete them because I've come to the decision that LiveJournal is not a place to make indirect digs at people because I'm not 16 anymore.
So I will focus on my reading list instead.

1. Bergdorf Blondes: Plum Sykes
2. Honeymoon: James Patterson
3. In Silence: Erica Spindler
4. Open Season: Linda Howard
5. Fade To Black: Wendy Corsi Staub
6. Heartbreaker: Julie Garwood
7. Blue Smoke: Nora Roberts
8. You've Been Warned: James Patterson
9. Accidental Demon Slayer: Angie Fox
10. Bubbles Unbound: Sarah Strohmeyer
11. Unspoken: Lisa Jackson
12. Daddy's Little Girl: Mary Higgins Clark
13. Touching Evil: Kay Hooper
14. I Heard That Song Before: Mary Higgins Clark
15. Twighlight: Stephanie Meyer
16. New Moon: Stephanie Meyer
17. Eclipse: Stephanie Meyer
18. The Three Of Us: Cynthia Victor
19. Me Talk Pretty One Day: David Sedaris
20. The Subtle Knife: Phillip Pulman
21. Swapping Lives: Jane Green
22. Slowburn: Julie Garwood
23. Holidays On Ice: David Sedaris
24. Three Men and a Body: Stephanie Bond
25. As Good As Dead: Beverly Barton
26. Ricochet: Sandra Brown
27. Sacred and Profane: Faye Kellerman

In addition I'm going to start listing the movies I've seen. I'll just start with January because I can't remember what I've seen before then.

1. Marley & Me
2. Bride Wars
3. Bedtime Stories ( I love Russel Brand)
4. Last Chance Harvey


 

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Time:02:45 pm
1. Bergdorf Blondes: Plum Sykes
2. Honeymoon: James Patterson
3. In Silence: Erica Spindler
4. Open Season: Linda Howard
5. Fade To Black: Wendy Corsi Staub
6. Heartbreaker: Julie Garwood
7. Blue Smoke: Nora Roberts
8. You've Been Warned: James Patterson
9. Accidental Demon Slayer: Angie Fox
10. Bubbles Unbound: Sarah Strohmeyer
11. Unspoken: Lisa Jackson
12. Daddy's Little Girl: Mary Higgins Clark
13. Touching Evil: Kay Hooper
14. I Heard That Song Before: Mary Higgins Clark
15. Twighlight: Stephanie Meyer
16. New Moon: Stephanie Meyer
17. Eclipse: Stephanie Meyer
18. The Three Of Us: Cynthia Victor
19. Me Talk Pretty One Day: David Sedaris
20. The Subtle Knife: Phillip Pulman
21. Swapping Lives: Jane Green
22. Slowburn: Julie Garwood
23. Holidays On Ice: David Sedaris
24. Three Men and a Body: Stephanie Bond
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Subject:Oh hey, I copied you XD
Time:06:27 pm
 The Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Flew in a plane
got some teeth taken out

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't keep my resolution...in fact I gave up on it just about the next day. And I will not make a resolution this year :)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not exactly close but a couple I know just had a baby :-D

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank goodness. 

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
The ability to realize that my feelings don't have to come second to every one else's. I came into that one a little late last year...I'd like to remember it always. 

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 12, because it sucked, and September 14th because it was amazing

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Graduating of course...Magna Cum Laude with an award for overall achievement. I'd say they're all one big achievement.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Letting my guard down....in the wrong situation. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
that crazy mouth infection was pretty bad and getting my wisdom teeth out...I think those count

11. Name one person you met this year who made you think differently:
Oh my...there are far too many to mention. But I'm going to say Ariel K.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Kristen Greger...my John Cusack ;) and my 'life partner' (thanks Dan)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Appalled: Tim O'Connor. Brian Smuda. 
Depressed: None of the above.

14. what was your most expensive purchase?
Does my wisdom teeth extraction count? Because I blew a grand on that one. 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My first Halloween of the year (the one in June :))
And I guess all of the holidays celebrated over the summer. 

16. Where did you live primarily?
I spent the most time in 2008 living in Westfield.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? I honestly have no idea.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer 

18. Did you meet anyone famous?
Not that I can remember

19. Did you take on any new jobs?
Yes I sure did.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
This year? Probably the same as 2008

21. Did you move anywhere this year?
If we're talking 2008- to CT, to ME, back to CT. wahoo.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
LOL. not a chance

23. How many one-night stands?
oy.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Paranormal State

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not really. There are people who disappointed me, but I don't hate them for it.

26.What was your favorite film of this year?
No Country For Old Men Did that come out in 08?

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 22. I had a dance party in Nichols with surprisingly few stand by friends who came out in the rain to hang with me. 

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had spoken my mind at my internship and been put to work on less menial tasks. 

29. What kept you sane?
Finally accepting that not knowing what I want isn't such a bad thing.

30. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Zach Effron? 

31. Who was the best new person you met?
Oh dear. There were so many fabulous new people. If I could name them all I would. 

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Everything seems huge, and important, and insurmountable until you're in it. Once you're in it, you can handle anything. 

best _____ of the year: not necessarily new stuff

1. party: Christmas in July
2. tv show: I'm out of touch with television.
3. cd: Kings of Leon: all three before Because of the Night
4. movie: No Country
5. song: Kids: MGMT 
6. experience: Summer
7. concert: Neil Young. Duh,
8. book: The Alchemist
9. month: July
10. day: Don't have one.

worst ____ of the year:
1. party: Pirate Party eeek!
2. show: Again: slightly out of touch.
3. cd: if its bad, why would i listen to it?>
4. movie: Hannah Montana's 3D Concert
5. song: Around The World...it just haunted me sorry guys.
6. experience:the period of about a month after I cut my hair off.
7. concert: Howie Day...bitch.
8. book: something I didn't finish obv.
9. month: March or April.
10. day:Don't have one.

hopes for 2009:
1. predict something that you think will happen in 2009: I'll make a decision.
2. what do you hope changes about your country?: The job market.
3. what do you hope for yourself?: That I'll make a decision and make the best of whatever it is.
4. what do you hope for your family?: We'll continue to work together to repair us from the damages of this past year.
5. what do you hope for your friends?:That they make the most of their decisions...

during 2008:
1. where were you when it began?: Jefferson Street 
2. did you stay up?: Of Course
3. what was your new year wish?: I didn't make one?
4. how many boy/girlfriends?: NONE
5. broke up?: nope
6. have any crushes?: Course
7. care to mention names?: oh but where to begin?
8. new friends?: Absolutely
9. had to say goodbye?: Yes
10. missed anyone?: of course
11. win anything?: nope
12. best place you went to?: Star Island!
13. worst place you went to?: American Eagle....bitches
14. happiest moment?: when I realized that I am capable of having feelings for someone.
15. how was your birthday?: Good to a point. 
16. best present?: my paperweight from my brother. Its a ladybug. :)
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Subject:Here's Something that SHOULD have already crossed your mind...take some time to think
Time:12:51 pm
Sorry; the links are missing but its thought provoking all the same:

The Wal-Mart Stampede made Madison Avenue absolutely gleeful with delight!

Steve Lombardi
December 11, 2008 - 10:35 AM


To prove Wal-Mart is liable for the stampede that trampled the greeter to death, there has to be proof of a legal defect. Something about their business model has to have made the incident more likely. Let me go out on a limb by saying, no defect in Wal-Mart caused or made the stampede more likely. In fact if there is a defect it's not in Wal-Mart's business model at all. The defect is in the shopper. Wal-Mart’s Black Friday stampede is our entire fault. Yes, yours, mine and ours. We collectively are to blame.

As you probably know, on the day after Thanksgiving 2008 at a Long Island store a security worker or greeter at a Wal-Mart was trampled to death by a group of Black Friday shoppers all trying to be first inside to take advantage of store bargains. Police and EMT's were pushed by shoppers while other shoppers refused or got angry when asked to leave the store while Wal-Mart shut down to secure the store and attempt to save the man's life. This Wal-Mart is at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, NY. I'll almost bet the lease makes the mall is in charge of mall security as well as the rules governing tenant use of the property.

It’s too easy to pick on Wal-Mart on this instance. In fact its way too easy to blame Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, easy credit, credit card companies, our own government and every shopping mall that opens at midnight the day after Thanksgiving. To simply blame Wal-Mart is to ignore the real problem. It’s all of us and the buy-buy-buy mentality that Wall Street and Madison Avenue foster each and every day of the year. My guess is there are advertising executives in some board room toasting how well this season's advertising campaigns worked; in fact are working so well that shoppers at Wal-Mart totally lost control of their emotions. You think I'm jaded don't you? Well I disagree.

One of the greatest personal injuries American’s suffer each and every day is the constant advertising that implores us to shop till we drop.


Here is the Madison Avenue manta: Buying that next pair of shoes will make you feel better about yourself. Here is the truth: Buying the 16th pair of shoes won’t make you feel any better about yourself then when you purchased the 2nd pair. Shoppers are confusing buying somethng-anything with what it takes to feel good about themselves.

Madison Avenue preys on the weak by encouraging impulse buying. The kind of person who purchases impulsively is not a real value investor / or purchaser. They buy based on feelings and impulses. Madison Avenue designs and produces commercials with impulse buying in mind. Add to the Madison Avenue mantra easy credit terms and bankruptcy as an escape and it’s a recipe for a long and steady national decline. The easy credit mentality isn't about value investing or shopping it's all about impulse and psychology. Those who trampled the greeter are the weakest link in National fabric, and they are part of the bigger problem with national debt.

This isn’t the first time a stampede has happened. Look at the Wal-Mart in Grand Rapids, Michigan video from Channel 4, where a pregnant woman is knocked to the ground and later requires medical treatment.

Here is a Black Friday fight that has the young camera person laughing while she records this impulsive behavior that looks more like junkies fighting over their next fix.

Here is a Southern California PlayStation 3 sale at Wal-Mart resulting in a fight. In this video people are sitting outside with sleeping bags waiting for the store to open. There are only 20 PlayStations in inventory but hundreds line up hoping someone will make PlayStations just appear out of thin air. Thank you Channel 2 CBS News. (www.cbs2.com) Here is a second video of the same chaos where customers need to be restrained by the police.

Wal-Mart isn’t alone. Here is a fight at Best Buy over the PlayStation 3.

Here is a Myrtle Beach PS3 fight over 26 units.

Even law enforcement is hypervigilant about shoppers' behavior. Here is an officer using a Taser to tame a shopper at Best Buy who she believed to be using a stolen credit card. Channel 2, Daytona Beach, Florida has the security camera footage on YouTube. The investigation determined the customer was using a credit card she actually owned.

Wal-mart said they were ready for Black Friday. Rolling out the inventory and stocking the shelves, for the busiest shopping day of the year. Four hundred employees were working the aisles to prepare for the shoppers. Over 10,000 shoppers were expected.

These shoppers are a disgrace to the American way of life. Black Friday and the shopping blitz is a disgrace and they should all be ashamed. Look at this video of the 2008 Wal-Mart stampede where the rescue personnel are performing CPR on the security guard who later dies; while people stand around continuing to shop or taping the event. CBS-News. Here is CNN's coverage showing not even the police or EMT's were safe. People weren't even willing to leave after the man died. These shoppers are an absolute disgrace to the human race.

How many of the shoppers that trampled the man to death will actually turn themselves in for criminal prosecution? My guess, zero. How many will send a few dollars to the man's widow and orphaned kids? Zero.


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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Subject:fated to pretend
Time:04:53 pm
there is really nothing
nothing we can do
love must be forgotten
life can always start over new.

that one phrase can be applied to so many different aspects of life. whether we're pretending we're happy in our jobs. maybe we're pretending we're happy with our living situations. maybe we're just pretending in general.
what are the choices we make that lead us into lives where we are forced to pretend?
they're little choices that we make on a daily basis. when we choose to be quiet- not share our opinion. when we choose to give up our plans for whatever reason.
then one day you wake up. and you are miserable. because you never stood up for yourself, for what you believed in, or what you wanted. maybe you're miserable because you spent the rest of your life listening to everyone else complain and slowly, slowly, it got under your skin and tainted your view of the world. or maybe you're miserable because you spend every second of the day comparing yourself to the people around you. their happiness became things you couldn't have. and their successes became your failures.

avoid these things.
stand up for what you believe in. tell people to shut the fuck up when they're bringing you down. and stop comparing yourself to other people. because damnit, if you're living your life not pretending- you should own your own experience.
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Subject:Perfect Fifths
Time:09:03 am
April 14th WAHOO!

Recently Tammy asked me for help in formulating her thesis statement in her paper about Sloppy Firsts. I think maybe her words were something like, 'I knew I should just ask you because you are obsessed.' And it's true. Whenever I'm feeling down, nothing cheers me up like a book about Jessica Darling. Although...I guess that if you know me, or maybe just understand the reference in the title of my livejournal my obsession is apparent.
Needless to say; I can't wait!
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Subject:comics
Time:12:38 pm
this is funny.
its a slow day at work and i find myself looking up comic strips online. 'why is this funny?' you may find yourself asking. i'm not relaying a joke or reposting a strip. (actually on second thought i will, so you can say oh, that was funny) it reminds me of the days i would spend countless hours alone in a calendar stand reading my way through the day-by-day calendars of comic a day. haha. oh the old days.


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Subject:one song that will forever remind me of this summer
Time:07:27 pm
One night to be confused
One night to speed up truth
We had a promise made
Four hands and then away
Both under influence
We had divine sense
To know what to say
Mind is a razorblade

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn't be good enough for me, no

One night of magic rush
The start: a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief
Ten days of perfect tunes
The colours red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn't be good enough for me, no

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn't be good enough for me, oh

And you
You knew the hand of a devil
And you
Kept us awake with wolves teeth
Sharing different heartbeats in one night
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Subject:" like anyone worthy i am flattered by your fascination with me..."
Time:09:47 pm
this could just be another letter i don't send



in all seriousness, i hold the men that i find myself attracted to to a different standard. i have very high expectations. i guess that my biggest hope is that they are different from 'every other' guy. and i get a little rude when i find that, in fact, they are not. you should know that i believe you have the ability to be a great person. i actually think you are. i should not have said anything to you about my silly crush. (which by the way is entirely null and void) not because i feel the need to protect myself or hide anything, but because i ended up feeling even more like a runner up. completely unintentional on your part, i'm sure. i am so entirely not that girl. and you are so entirely not that guy. which has different implications for both of us. to me, 'that girl' is perfectly coifed, flirts like the devil, and is fully capable of pointless socialization and conversation. i don't really want to be that girl. (a side effect of my four years in the westfield state comm dept i'm sure.) to me, 'that guy' is someone who appreciates girls for their depth or personality. lets just be serious and say that 'that guy' doesn't truly exist. and if he does he probably picks his nose. but the most frustrating thing for me to see, is your consistent pursuit of the girl you barely know. rest assured, she is actually a pretty fucking amazing girl. and from my limited knowledge, she has never given you the time of day. which begs the question, how well could you actually know each other through a text message relationship. and what could is possibly be, aside from how she looks that keeps you hanging on?
i could be entirely wrong. there may be a deep connection i don't know about.
but you do have depth. you surprise me all the time, and thats actually what i was intrigued by in you. so keep doing your thing. be careful with the girls you choose, because i would hate to see you hurt. don't lose your everybody should have a good time and be comfortable kind of philosophy because it really works.
move to california. live your life! (not at american eagle, for the love of God!!!)
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