All that I could find was a thin line between all the siants and villians...

Today I am a bit sniffly.  And there's a massive storm coming and I have to work.  And I think I put my contact lense on inside out this morning, because it still feels funny.  I think school's getting out at 12:30.  I get out then, anyway, so it doesn't really matter, but you know, still.  I should probably not go to work then.  Not gonna lie.  If it's that bad then that's probably not a good idea.  I don't know.  I'll call Mom and ask.  She's good at knowing important stuff like that.
My Risk game with Patrick and Nate is going somewhat badly.
I should go now so I don't get bell'd.



I've never any time to play, it always seems to slip away...

Today was pretty good.  So far at work I haven't had to file any receipts.  Just website stuff.  School was good.  Average.  I might do better in my Risk game than I thought I would.  Having a set can change everything.  I downloaded iTunes (again) for various reasons of various importance.  I'm trying to get it all configured the way I want it.  It's taking a long time.  I am flipping cold.  It's absurdly cold feeling today.  Maybe it's just me.

Yesterday I went sledding with my Mom and siblings and Andrew and Andy.  It was so much fun.  We definitely have to do that again.  It was the best.  I had a crazygood time.

I am so behind in Brit Lit, it makes me want to throw up.  That's almost not an exaggeration.

I will be happy when I don't ever have school again.  Maybe I won't actually, but based on my current perspective, I will be happy.  Later I might change my mind.  But you know, that's my prerogative.   It's sort of everyone's prerogative, actually.  I think that makes it not a prerogative anymore.  Just a... fact of life.

I'm so sleepy and voiceless and injured today.  *laugh*  It's really funny actually.  I don't know why it's funny, I just find it amusing all the random things wrong with me right now.

The bug on the Saosin cover creeps me out.

Okay.  I should go do something productive.  Like Brit Lit.  Which I am hopelessly behind in, like I stated earlier quite emphatically.

Mara Tenille, the Butterfly Child


Hold up, wait a minute, put a little love in it...

Stupid Risk.  I'm losing both games pretty miserably.  It's depressing.  Patrick is absolutely dominating in one of the games, and in the other game everyone else is pretty even, but I'm suffering from some major suckage.
So, I was thinking about fundraising for the Mexico trip, and I wondered what it would cost to get a bunch of greeting cards printed.  I could design some in like two seconds, it would just be a matter of getting them printed and selling them.  That would be pretty sweet.  I'm going to figure out where Kim got the Birthright ones printed and see how much those cost.  I think it's a good idea.  The singing telegram idea is good, too, but we'd need to learn some songs or something.  The silent auction will be pretty sweet too.  Maybe I could scrapbook a few boxes of blank cards to sell for that.  That would be cool.  I have lots of ideas.  I need to write them down or something.
So, today, I'm working.  Putting a year's worth of receipts in envelopes, organized by month.  Yep.  Fun stuff.  Not really.
So, this Risk game is going really badly, so I'm attempting to play it safe and stick with my one continent for awhile while Patrick and Nate duke it out for the rest of the world.  I almost have a set.  After that I can try and fly in under the radar and either succeed or fail miserably.  Most likely the latter.  But, I'll have fun doing it, because it's Risk, and I've recently decided that I love Risk.  I also love Barnes and Noble, and I'm trying right now to decide what to do with my gift cards.  I think I'm going to get some used stuff, and then when me and Em go to Des Moines sooner or later I'll use the rest of my gift cards.  Sounds pretty sweet to me.
I'm sleepy.  I wish I could take a nap.
Mara Tenille


The clock, it stopped working at a quarter past three...

Right now I'm in school waiting for Mrs. Ronca to find the tutorial disk that will hopefully explain how to use frames in Dreamweaver so I can make the Ballard website more awesome.  It will be slightly more boring, but it won't break anymore, which is way better.  Broken pages look horrible.  I don't like them at all.  So, hopefully I can fix it.
I adore Risk now.  I'm an addict.  I am probably really, really bad at it and just don't know it, but I think it's so much fun.  Maybe we'll play it on the retreat.  That would rock.  Probably not though, since Gabe is actually making us sleep.
My cold is getting better.  That's a good thing, yes.  Because it means I won't sniffle all weekend.  That would be llllaaaammmmeee.
Hooray.  That's it.


You make my head spin...

Life is oddly carpy and happy at the same time. It's making my head spin. That's a song by Supernova. A good one, too. But I think they say a not nice word in it. I wish they wouldn't do that. I'm glad Lukas Rossi won RockStar, too, because he was my favorite. That was a long time ago. Why am I even talking about it?

I messed up my Risk move and that made me even more generally irritated than I already was. I'm not going to blog about why I'm irritated, because that would be silly, and it's not even really 'irritated'. More like, I'm irritated because I'm sad, and I don't like being sad. But generally, I'm in a goodish mood, so don't be all alarmed and all like oh em jee something's wrong with Mara SOMEBODY CALL A AMBLEEANCE! because that would just be silly and pointless.

So. I'm listening to Supernova now. Then I will go to sleep and listen to Anberlin because that's what's in my CD player and because it rocks. I like Lost Songs a lot. It's definitely worth owning for all you hardcore Anberlin fans. If only for the song The Haunting. That song makes me all shiveryhappy.

Tomorrow I'm wearing my new lounge pants. Because that's just how awesome lounge pants are. And because they're uber comfy.



I want to break every clock, the hands of time could never move again...

It's an interesting thought, to think of all the moments that go by that we wish we could stop right there and dwell on it awhile, and it's interesting how those moments always seem to go by the quickest. They're the ones we want the most of, and the ones we feel like we get less of. Whether we really do get gypped out of those moments or not I don't think anyone really wants to know. But what if we could stop time? What moments would we stop? If there was one moment in the past that we could go back to and stay at, what moment would it be? If we had a limited amount of moments to stop in a lifetime, which ones would we choose? How long would we stay? Would we ever lose interest or get bored if we stayed in our favorite moments forever?

Is it over now, hey, is it over now...

School starts tomorrow morning. I'm kind of glad, actually. I miss being busy. I miss going places and seeing people and doing things. I miss PhotoShop. I miss my graphing calculator. I miss doodling on my notes when Mrs. Jack is explaining concepts I already understand (that is so annoying, by the way). I miss A lunch. I miss lots of stuff.

Today I recorded two songs. One is a rough draft of a song I wrote a while back called On Adriana's Behalf. If anyone wants to hear it I can email it to you on the condition that you realize my voice was not very warm. Another one was a cover of an Anberlin song. It turned out pretty good in my opinion. I had fun. My condenser mic astounds me with it's amazing soundingness. I love it. The fact that my preamp makes it possible to even use my condenser mic definitely makes it my favorite piece of equipment. If our house caught on fire I would totally go after it.

Impact was a good TFP show. I had a blast. Gabe did well. The crowd seemed more into it than I had expected, which was nice. I introduced my llama. I'd post a picture but I haven't uploaded them yet. Actually, let me see if Mom has the camera nearby and I'll just upload them now. (...) Okay, uploading...

While that's happening, I'll blog more I guess.

Today I got three packages in the mail. It was glorious. I adore packages. I got a present from Hans which was spiffy (Deas Vail's CD and the necessary post-it notes ot accompany it), the devotional I ordered forever ago (it's neat. It's from Voice of the Martyrs, which is always cool) and my last birthday present (Peter Pan on DVD). It was very exciting. I like them all. I am definitely a happy camper.

I have so many new CDs to divide my attention between. Goodness. I got a lot of new music this year, and I don't know where to start listening. I've been really into Lost Songs by Anberlin since I got it on Monday, so that CD and I have had some good quality time together, but The Flame In All Of Us has been neglected the last couple days and Evolution hasn't gotten the attention it deserves at all since I got it. Deas Vial (I don't know if I'm spelling that right, or pronouncing it right for that matter, but whatever) is new enough that I'm not concerned. But seriously, I am happily overwhelmed with the amount of music I have to get to know.

These pictures need to move it along so I can go to bed. I have to wake up several hours earlier than I've woken up in almost two weeks. That means I need to get to bed a lot earlier than 2 tonight.

Hey, guess what? I'm seventeen. *giggle*

Alright! The pictures are finally ready to go. Here are a couple photos featuring Osama Bin Llama. Enjoy.

Mara the butterfly