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We're riding it...it's crazy. We had a long talk last night and decided while we LOVED the property and R helped me see it better by having our bedroom in the lower level, as "mature" ladies who wake up in the night, climbing the stairs to go pee multiple times a night would not be a good thing.  We would wake up regularly and with the trouble of getting back to sleep would not be a good thing. We decided to withdraw the offer. It makes me sad but I hope something else will come along that will be exactly what we're looking for...
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Wuxi, pool party
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Today is the last day of my job until after May 2016. I'm going to be doing so many other things. I'm actually a little nervous about it. I'm going to try and take next week to get myself situated so that I've got a plan. I'm also going to try to breathe through the anxiety of this transition and change. I do believe I'm looking forward to some time alone. 
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What's the most romantic thing that either you have ever done or someone has done for you?
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It's 7 years today and so hard to believe. As it's now past the time of the accident, I no longer have a single cell in my body that was part of who I was back then...then when I still had my Dad in my life. It's almost gut wrenching to think about that...no more physical connection to him, now it's only stuff and memories...

I do understand that I've also got him as a legacy in me and that will never go away. We found more home movies recently that have been transferred to DVD. It's so fun to watch, I think about how few I took of my own son. I wish I had more, more pictures and more memories but that's not really how it is for me. I'm probably being a little hard on myself about that.

I also went to the cabin this weekend with friends. It's so strange because whenever I'm there, I wonder why I'm not there more often. It's so beautiful and peaceful to be there. I know this year has been because I've been so busy trying to clear out my past life and open it up to whatever is next.

I think about the driver, I hope she is ok. I don't know how a person can live with that so I can't even imagine what she does with it.

I lit a candle for you at the restaurant, which is not a restaurant or a donut place anymore. It's empty and for rent. It's just so darn sad to me. Sat for a bit in the bit of sprinkles and then moved to the car, sang that song I always do...

Tonight, I'm just so tired. 
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So I just started watching Six Feet Under and I'm REALLY enjoying it. It's the dark humor, good character development and it's just very good. There's enough episodes to watch and enjoy except I just want to marathon watch it and I can't. I've got too much to do but I did let myself watch several episodes today since it was too hot to do anything else. 
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I love it when teh boy comes to visit and enjoys his stay so much he wants to stay two nights!

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Ready for a break from my mother, she is so controlling. Mostly I try to recognize she's just an old lady but I hate when she holds my feet to the fire yet caters to my sister. I don't need any catering but get off my ass. This introvert needs some down time.

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Just got to work and a coworker of mine didn't realize that I work late on Thursdays and so when she didn't seem me at the ref desk, came to check on me. We had a conversation yesterday when we both talked about dealing with hard stuff.

I do appreciate being cared about.

Yesterday a student gave me a set of earrings and a necklace that she brought, to show her appreciation for my help. I'm not always so good at accepting gifts but I don't want to seem rude to someone who is being so thoughtful. I'm so lucky to have a job that I enjoy so much and work with some amazing people...students and staff alike.

And friends too...while my life can sure get busy and the struggles I deal with, I have such gratitude for all that I have. I'm such a lucky dog.

So I remember a commercial I used to watch about Lucky Dog dog food and I was going to insert it here but when I went to youtube to look for it, it was stupid so I can't post it here because it's not like I remember and now I need to strike "lucky dog" from my mind.
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So teh boy is all the more ambitious about making money for school. The problem is that he's afraid to take another job on because he's afraid it will conflict with his current job and school starting next month. He wants to try to find ways of making money online. I told him about swag bucks and he had heard about adding subtitles to movies and I sent him some information on that and about writing articles for clicks.

Any other suggestions?

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I worked really hard at focusing to write this paper. I submitted it to her yesterday after spending a LOT of time trying to read and write well. It's a topic that I don't especially like, looked at from a perspective that I don't care for. It's easy for me to learn if I'm interested and engaged (as I suspect it's true for most people) but if I'm not, it's a struggle. It felt like when I wrote my last paper for the last class for my last degree, I needed discipline to push myself to complete my work. Here's my feedback verbatim (cut and pasted) (bolded for my emphasis and my comments in red)

I have just read your paper, and it was very interesting, wel lput together with good references and a good overview of the context and uses of Alinsky's theory of leadership.  What I would add to your paper is some specific references to the Rules for Radical book. L can't really tell unless you reference him as a primary source if you have read the book So you're telling me that you don't believe I read the book? And you're not noticing the 4 times I cite it within the paper and it is listed under references.  Certainly his attitude on means ends reasoning in the chapter, but some of the strategies that he recommends you need to get at the heart of his writiing.  For example in the chapter "Tactics"  he writes a third rule:  "Whenever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.  Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat."    What is toxic about this? Define toxic.You didn't notice that on page 6? He is writing for how leaders should conduct themselves in a democracy?  Does this statement look like someone who promotes democratic values or not?  In a domocracy, are we supposed to have "enemies," or just different viewpoints.  This appears to me vary toxic.  What is missing clearly from your paper so far is not coming to grips with the book itself. I could almost l assume, since you never refer to the book that you did not read the book. Really? you didn't see the 4 times I referenced it?
Statements like the above are similar to what you find in Machiavelli.  He is a divide and conquer, type leadership theory that treats people in a democratic republic as though they were enemies.  Do you othink this is good democratic theory? Is this what you would like a President of the U.S to say on TV from the oval office? I hate this since I really don't follow politics too much...
Don't change a think, just add a few more pages where you actually pick out key ideas, sentences, and phrases. Also knowing leadership theory you can refer to some. You didn't notice this on page 7? These writing exercises are designed for you to think through and apply all the theories that you have read.  For example, I certainly wouldn't say he was a "servant leader" and I don't know if I would call his leadership ethic moral.  Do you?    Call me if you have any questions, but just work on referencing the book you were assigned to read.'Ok, I guess I'll just add another page or so quoting the stupid book Be sure to define your or any terms.

And I won't even comment about her poor writing!
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Watch this, it's amazing
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Hmmmmm.....are people going to jump ship from LJ?
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Just updated my librarything website with all the ebooks I've read since I've been at the townhouse. I closed at the end of July and I've read 21 books. I only counted the ones that I actually read versus listened to...
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Hoping the folks that I know that are at risk due to a tsunami and hurricane stay safe.
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With luck, I close tomorrow....cross your fingers! I'm excited!
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This is a great website to play with your mortgage...want to see how it might affect paying extra?
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“An intimate relationship is one in which neither party silences, sacrifices, or betrays the self and each party expresses strength and vulnerability, weakness and competence in a balanced way.”   Harriet Lerner


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