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Dec. 13th, 2013

I'm in the worst mood ever. Fuck. Stupid defunct livejournal, I hate you. Stupid facebook, I hate you too. Stupid gmail with your stupid mailbox tabs. Stupid internet, with your doge.

OMG shutupbetsy montage extraordinaire

Remember her? Oh...

"Keep love because it makes you feel more animal, less vegetable mineral. Less foliage and rock crystal, more healthy giraffes." (Quote from 02 paper journal). Still want to write more like that, where is that part of me who can self-talk like that and feel it?

Even more:

FROM 03 / FROM 11

If I were a month I would be: September / july
If I were a day of the week I would be: Wednesday
If I were a time of day I would be: 4 am / school lunchtime
If I were a planet I would be: Mars / Pluto (a la hipster kitty)
If I were a sea animal I would be: seahorse/ something that didn't know it was in the sea
If I were a direction I would be: North / West
If I were a piece of furniture I would be: a wooden chair a square table
If I were a sin I would be: wrath / sloth
If I were a historical figure I would be: Mina Loy? / is there an answer to this that isn't pretentious?
If I were a liquid I would be: evian / unsweetened black iced tea
If I were a tree I would be: weeping willow / palo verde
If I were a flower/plant I would be: a lily/ hibiscus
If I were a kind of weather I would be: cold rainy day / 115 with polarized sunglasses
If I were a musical instrument I would be: xylophone / a recorder
If I were an animal I would be: a cranky bunny / a corgi playing tetherball
If I were a color I would be: orange
If I were a vegetable I would be: cucumber
If I were a sound I would be: metallic / burbling
If I were an element I would be: staticky air / oxygen
If I were a car I would be: driven / financed
If I were a song I would be: underplayed.
If I were a movie I would be: Gummo / on netflix
If I were a book I would be written by: Francesca Lia Block and Toni Morrison, collaborating. haha. / Lauren Oliver
If I were a food I would be: olives.
If I were a place I would be: a college town. / landlocked
If I were a material I would be: mohair blend. / modal
If I were a taste I would be: cayenne / lemon
If I were a scent I would be: fabric softener / desert rain
If I were a word I would be: divest / I can't answer this. My word brain shuts down when I try to pick one
If I were an object I would be: a rock
If I were a body part I would be: a wrist / fingers
If I were a facial expression I would be: plaintive./ a smile of recogntion
If I were a cartoon character I would be: Stitch. =P / Nemo
If I were a shape I would be a: wavy triangle./ a Z! 
If I were a number I would be: 42 / 4242214379theowlsarenotwhattheyseembootsiebootsiebootsie

This was actually somewhat creatively invigorating. I am going to go find Writing Down the Bones.
I'm having trouble believing that you can actually post on LJ without being sucked back in time to 2001.
That said,
facebook sucks.
twitter sucks.

I guess, who cares if there are Russians everywhere? We got over that, didn't we?

I hate nostalgia, I am an aquarius damn it, of the old stripe. And all the mice in their tam o shanters. Damn it, I am either too old or too young but I have forgotten how to write.

My kitten is having a bad dream.

Oh summer. I did this so we could continue our ...thing.

Gah, the internet is so, so weird. Thinking about people from past screens. Text rolling by.

What does it mean if everyone thinks you are much nicer, kinder, and tenderhearted than you really are?

When I hit post, I will be in college, skipping Hitchcock class and wearing dyed slips.

I do find myself wondering during the summer, what am I skipping now?

P.S. I do not remember any of this supposed posting from me that happened in 08, 09. I must've been drugged and stumbled here by mistake, like thinking I was in my old house, nightgown, toes, wood floors.

P.P.S. Who is there?

Jul. 1st, 2009

sorry if you hate this sort of thing, but I'd like to point out I'm never, almost never here. Add me on facebook, Betsy Norris in Phx. (My picture is currently Laverne :)


I've been doing this meme since 2003, but I skipped last year. Here's a link to 2006 meme, with links to previous years, if you really care.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
worked a full time job, written a grant-ish proposal and had it funded

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I have no idea, I don't think I made any.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
my sis-in-law. <3 ella

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Great Aunt Martha, was not close to me but was a really neat lady that I loved to visit on her farm when I was a kid

5. What countries did you visit?
zilch, no other states either, I don't think. omg.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
a house :X

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
the day I got my job

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
finding my job, starting school with less than a week to move and prepare!

9. What was your biggest failure?
getting sick

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
same old, same old

11. What was the best thing you bought?
dolls ;)

14. Where did most of your money go?
moving, bills, same old little comforts.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
teaching, new books for my kids, dolls ;)

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? happier
Older or wiser? wiser
Thinner or fatter? :I
Richer or poorer? I don't know.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Taking care of Betsy. (again)

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
blaming myself. (again) obsessing about keeping a job that wasn't right

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
with Ella and her 'rents

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
all over again. (again)

23. How many one-night stands?
same nightstands

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Pushing Daisies

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
the people who made my first year of teaching suck

26. What was the best book you read?
Kiki Strike, Extras, ...i guess I do not read grown up books anymore.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I need to start a club for people who just aren't music-listeners. (still)

28. What did you want and get?
a new job. dolls. :)

29. What did you want and not get?
somewhere permanent to live

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Secret Life of Bees

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was teaching. Kids threw markers. 29

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
not worrying so much about leaving my crappy job

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
eclectic marm

34. What kept you sane?
mimi, books, funny coworkers, and of course omar

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?


36. What political issue stirred you the most?

37. Who did you miss?
I'm sick of thinking about it.(still)

38. Who was the best new person you met?

All my coworkers and most of my students!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"sail away, sail away, sail away" =P

you win

Just when I felt like making a whiny, aimless post about how teaching sucks away every last bit of my energy, my huzbin arrives home with burritos! Score for you!

I wonder how many hundred breaks I'll spend in bed if I truly am going to be a career educator. I am so sick of it. So boring. Even with Harry Potter audiobooks, and the entire series of Spaced. Even with browsing black friday deals online (none for me but a veritable goldmine for the boy). I got my flu shot, damn it! This should not happen!
Thankfully we found a rogue Advair and I'm just snorting as much Zicam as I need to to get enough air.
Am I the crappiest teacher ever? I don't remember waiting a month or longer to get tests back, but it's possible I did. Of course, I didn't have many teachers who were new-ish. But even still.
Now I have novel packets which seemed like a good idea before when I didn't have to grade them, but now they're just riding around in my car. Oh yes, I have a new donors choose proposal, which I know might seem excessive, but I am still trying to fill my small bookshelf! Next semester we're going to have a competition to see which class can read the most words per student.
So please give or repost this as you see fit. If you take the time to read the proposal, you can have some insight into what a difference the new books have made to my kids already:


Giving thanks

For what we have, by giving to others who might lose what they have.
via heavenscalyx, please give if you can and repost this link to help a family keep their home.

Read and give here: help a family.



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