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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2009|04:14 pm]
How can LJ claim my password is too easy to guess when I can't remember it?
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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2009|07:39 pm]
as i too worry about the future of livejournal, i'm going to follow hybridartifacts lead.

if you have a facebook and would like to keep in touch (with or without lj's demise), please feel free to add me. it's listed as amie brien-slack.

i don't want to lose my ljfriends. or my journal, for that matter. i kept saying i was going to print it. i should do that. at some point in time. maybe this weekend. :)
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(no subject) [Jan. 1st, 2009|02:01 pm]
all things considered, 2008 was a blessed one for us. still, the level of anxiety at our household matches that felt across the country. i am so glad we both have jobs, the kids are healthy, steve and i love each other, etc.

however, having said that....

i have hopes that 2009 will be an even better year, one with less fear and more hope, less angst and more faith. and i hope 2009 is a magical year for each of you.
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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2008|08:06 am]
i'm now officially off of work until dec.29th. yay!

this is shaping up to be a lovely christmas (i say this recognizing that stating such a thing may well jinx it, but i'll take my chances) so far, almost all of the shopping is done since we had to make substantial cuts--really substantial. we'll decorate this weekend. i know this is way late for some, but i like putting the stuff up closer to christmas so i'm not sick of it by the time christmas rolls around. we were given a huge ham by a friend, so dinner menu is already begun.

the holidays really are my favorite time of year when everything falls into place. when it doesn't? still my favorite time of year. it could be marred by the fact that my father started having his stroke on christmas eve 1999 and by christmas night was unable to communicate with us well ever again. still, he LOVED christmas and would smack me upside my haid for allowing anything to put a cloud on it. i know he and my mother would SO love that we are in my childhood home, raising our kids, and honoring their tradtions while creating our own.

we will go to the early service christmas eve and be home by 6:30 or so. then, we'll begin the tradition of grownups opening presents. in "olden days" (my childhood as well as since we moved here) lots of people dropped by and the kids were allowed to open any gift brought to them by guests. last year very few showed. don't tell anyone, but we loved it. it was low-key and intimate. who knows what this year will bring.

i am reminded again and again this time of year how well blessed we are. we both have jobs, our children are healthy and seem to be doing well, our marriage is really solid, etc. etc. my goal is not to become overwhelmed as is so easy to happen at christmas, not to set unreasonable expectations of myself and to focus on the spiritual aspects--not just religious, but spiritual. i'm not making any sense now and i've talked/written too long!

in case i don't post again before the 25th, may all of you have wonderful holidays and a 2009 filled with magic!
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with apologies to those snowed in [Dec. 12th, 2008|08:16 am]
i have well over a foot of water in my basement after 4 inches of rain in 24 hours.

apparently the pump doesn't work. apparently water renders the water heater useless. apparently you can't fix the pump with the power on as the water also covers the furnace and other electrically motivated stuff. apparently it isn't safe (assuming we get the water out) to just strike a match to light the gas-motivated water heater. (my plumber friend dislikes me referring to it as a hot water heater. he says hot water doesn't need to be heated)

apparently i ain't gettin' a shower this morning.
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(no subject) [Nov. 24th, 2008|09:21 am]
how sick and wrong is it that i like the "happy cow" commericals?
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(no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2008|12:23 pm]
this was stolen...i mean borrowed...from my e-therapist. i can never think of anything to post lately, but was inspired that karenleigh posted.

Leave me a comment and I will reply with why I like you. If I don't know you, I'll either make something up or tell you why I like your LiveJournal. If you like, pass the warm-fuzzy forward by posting a message like this one on your LiveJournal.
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(no subject) [Sep. 29th, 2008|09:24 am]
we had a really good weekend. went to a surprise sweet sixteen party for one of annie's friends on saturday night. then, we spent yesterday with that nice combination of being productive and relaxing as well. i remain determined to get control of all of the crapola in my house.

i still miss my baby boy. i get to talk to him most days, which certainly helps. and, he's already been home two weekends. but, it's just not the same without him around. it makes my heart ache, literally.

let's see....what else....

although i continue to dislike my current job situation, i am doing much better about keeping it in perspective. for one thing, it is only three days a week. in other words, it's less than half of my time. plus, i need to remember that in this economy, i'm lucky to have a friggin' job! i've applied for five different jobs at the hospital. no word yet. keep your fingers crossed.

i've gotten to talk to karenleigh more lately. this is always a plus. she always makes me feel more like myself than almost anything else.

okay. now the truth. i'm supposed to be working out and this is avoidance behavior. i'll stop now and really go work out. and, i mean really. if karen can treadmill, i can work out!
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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2008|07:20 pm]
just as a show of support for my beloved karenleigh, i'd like to also say:

Dear Cowardly Anonymous PictureTrail Comment Leaver,

Fuck you
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2008|05:13 pm]
friday five:

1) am i always such a drag to be around? i feel like i whine, whine, whine.....about the current job status, about jp leaving, my parents, my chronic pain, fear of falling, etc. steve says i'm not always that way and that i have a right to bitch. i dunno.

2) the separating with the college boy was harder than the separation has been. it's been hard, but not nearly as gut-wrenching as the time leading up to it and the drive home.

3) my brother-in-law, not necessarily on my list o' favorites, "dropped off" a 1999 bmw in wonderful shape that he's giving us. he's getting a new car and "it's not worth the hassle" to trade in the bmw. this could help to get him onto the list o' favorites. however, there's a part of me (ain't there always) that a) feels like this week's charity case and 2) wonders who the hell can afford to give away a bmw!!

4) so...if you're torn between telling the truth and possibly hurting someone's feelings, what do you do? i generally vote for honesty, but i hate hate hate thinking i've hurt someone i love.

5) i'm such a sap. ted kennedy had me teary-eyed and i'm not even a big fan. i think it was maybe a nostalgia thang. i remember the conventions in the sixties. (that's about all i remember of the sixties, but, i digress........)

6) (yes, i know i said five) there is the possibiblity of the perfect job in the not-so-distant future. keep your fingers crossed.

7) (okay, fine....make it "friday seven") i wish i didn't put stuff off. there are people on lj that i would love to sit down and write snail mail to...or send a card....imona do that. i am. i promise. as soon as i get my act together.
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