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OMG there's a floor

I actually cleaned my bedroom...and by clean I don't mean moved stuff around and threw out some things, I mean really CLEANED it. Amazing, there is nothin on the floor. I also got more creative and put up a shelf and made a display for some of the things I collect (mostly my LDDolls.) Of course the bookcase I made into a display for my dolls only fits about 1/4 of the dolls I have, but at least some of them are not on display. I think it turned out pretty good!


1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

Well, two books were the same distance so I will do both. Actually the second one was a little closer I think, but I didn't see it until after I grabbed the first book. The first one I grabbed was 'Essential Genetics: a genomics perspective'--

"From an evolutionary perspective, the unity of fundamental molecular proceses is derived by inheritance from a distant common ancestor in which the mechanisms were already in place. Not only the unity of life but also many other features of living organisms become comprehensible from an evolutionary perspective. For example, the interposition of an RNA intermediate in the basic flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein makes sense if the earliest forms of life used RNA for both genetic information and enzyme catalysis."

Ok, slightly less scientific... The other book was 'Sirius The Dog Star' (an anthology of dog scifi stories.)--
"The beast had survived its partner's misjudgement and Ebbet valued the animal's abilities so highly he'd insisted he must have another such pairing. No Human was available fast enough to suit him-- but a Tidik Finder-in-training, with sufficiently similar neural physiology, was. As easy to flu without wings as to refuse." (Story: Brothers Bound by Julie E. Czerneda

Bark in the Park walkathon

I am walking in the Anti-Cruelty Society's Bark in the Park walkathon this year. Just in case anyone would like to sponsor me and donate some money to the Anti-Cruelty Society here's the link.

Would you like a coyote with that?

So what'll it be with your Prime Rib sub? Gatorade, SoBe, or maybe a nice cold coyote?

This coyote walked into a downtown Quiznos today and then decided to hop into the cooler, where he stayed for about an hour while the police and animal control were called. More photos and video here. I saw a pair of coyotes in Rosehill cemetery a few weeks ago. Apparently there are quite a few in the city.


Coyote visits Loop restaurant but doesn't eat

By Mary Owen

Maybe it was the smell of the smoked turkey on rosemary Parmesan bread.

Shortly after lunchtime on Tuesday, a docile coyote nonchalantly wandered through the propped-open door of a Quiznos submarine sandwich shop in downtown Chicago.

Captured coyote
Captured coyote

The handful of startled customers calmly walked out of the shop, Quiznos manager Bina Patel said.

"It was kind of like a medium-sized dog," Patel said. "At first, we thought it was a dog. We don't get dogs walking in, but it's more believable than a coyote."

Officials picked up the year-old male about 2:30 p.m., an hour after it had entered the restaurant at 37 E. Adams St. in the Loop, said Anne Kent, director of Animal Care and Control.

The animal ate nothing and no on was harmed.

Coyotes are more partial to small rodents, rabbits and trash, animal control officials said.

The coyote was the second in less than a week picked up in the city. A 2-year-old male was found near 31st and Wells Streets on Friday. He was taken to the Flint Creek Rehabilitation Center in Barrington, home to all of Chicago's transplanted urban coyotes.

Two weeks ago, a coyote was captured near Sheridan Road and Diversey Parkway in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Kent said.

About 10 to 15 coyotes are captured every year in Chicago, primarily in April and May when they are most active, Kent said. They usually live near waste containers and railroad tracks, away from large numbers of humans, she said.

Animal Care and Control receives calls of coyote sightings almost weekly, Kent said.

About 1:30 p.m., the coyote walked into the restaurant and plopped down in front of the soda cooler.

"It wasn't aggressive at all," Patel said. "It was just looking around. There were people outside taking pictures. We had a pretty big crowd looking in and taking pictures."

Coyotes typically are not aggressive toward humans, animal control officials said.



My new favorite song.

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Hate is a strong word
But i really, really, really don't like you
Now that it's over
I don't even know what I liked about you
Brought you around and you just brought me down
Hate is a strong word
But I really, really, really don't like you
I really don't like you

Thought that everything was perfect (perfect)
Isn't that how it's supposed to be?
Thought you thought that I was worth it
Now I think a little differently

Hate is a strong word
But i really, really, really don't like you
Now that it's over
I don't even know what I liked about you
Brought you around and you just brought me down
Hate is a strong word
But I really, really, really don't like you
I really don't like you

Now that it's over you can't hurt me
Now that it's over you can't bring me down


("Hate" by Plain White T's)

Good news (for once)

Well I have some good news and some not that good news. The good (great) news is Ginger had a biopsy and the results showed no sign of cancer! The not that good news is they don't know why her spleen is enlarged still. They think maybe it's some type of blood infection, and she is on some supplements for immune system and spleen support which hopefully will help. The other not that good news is that it took over $1000 of vet testing to find that out, which means I am very very broke... Luckily my parents were willing to pay the vet for me and let me pay them back.

What else can go wrong?

Seriously, what else? Or maybe I should watch out about asking that question?

It seems like everything has gone wrong for me in the last few months. The worst is that my dog Ginger might have cancer, but there have been many other things as well.

Oh, and if anyone is even reading this an wonders why I haven't posted in forever, on top of everything else my computer is still not working correctly after reinstalling Windows and losing a lot of my programs permanently!

First our phone line has been messed up for several months now. Unfortunately I didn't even know it at first, I just thought we were not getting a lot of phone calls until I tried to call our house myself a few times and found out no one ever got those calls. This just compounds the other problems.
Next both the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink decided to give out at the same time, they BOTH had rusted out pipes underneath them at the same time! That didn't get fixed for a couple weeks. When it finally did get fixed guess what-- the washing machine died. While we were down there taking a look at it we heard something dripping... There's a broken (dripping) pipe down in the basement ceiling too, unrelated to the washing machine!
A few days after Halloween, someone smashed in our car's side window. Of course our insurance doesn't cover that kind of thing...

Not enough problems, apparently... We're still trying to get those last two fixed and it's not easy when you never know if you're getting phone calls from the repairmen and they just aren't getting through... And what else can go wrong? Last weekend I was supposed to volunteer/participate in an event on Saturday with our therapy dog group. We got all ready, I even made a costume for one of the dogs to wear for this and stayed up till 3 am to finish it. We get out to the car and guess what-- it won't start!! I couldn't even let the people know I wasn't coming because I didn't have anyone's cell phone number.
We didn't get the car fixed for 4 days. Finally we did, had to get a new battery...
Then what should happen THIS Saturday, when I needed to get to the post office to mail something that was already behind schedule, the car would not start again! We waited around all day for the AAA people, when they finally did come to give us a jump, the car still refused to start. So, now it's back in the garage. I'm supposed to take Ginger to the vet this evening for bloodwork so she can get an ultrasound tomorrow to find out if she does have cancer, and I don't even know if I will have a way to get there...

What happened with Ginger is that I took her to my other (holistic) vet and she said her spleen felt really enlarged. So I emailed my regular vet for an appointment, and my regular vet told me that it could be cancer and I should think about what kind of treatment I wanted to do if it was... Ginger had an x-ray done last week which luckily showed her spleen wasn't as enlarged as we had feared, but she is supposed to get more testing done this week. The worst part of that is I don't even know if I will be able to afford any type of treatment... I can't even really afford the ultrasound, I would borrow from my parents and they would allow me to pay them back over time but with all the unexpected expenses lately their funds are really limited right now too--they don't even know if they can afford to do anything for Christmas this year... So I don't know what is going to happen to Ginger if it does turn out to be something that needs a lot of treatment.


Ok writing from school again...stupid computer at home still not fully functional :P

Well I finally went to see the hemotologist (a while ago) and FINALLY got the results back from the blood tests they did (less long ago). It took forever because it took a while after my doctor visit for them to get the results and then when I called I kept getting messages, finally I left a message and they (a nurse) called me back and left me a voicemail about the results. I was pretty sure I knew what they were gonna say because my sister has a bleeding disorder and it's genetic so I figured when they said something was wrong with my platelets it was probably the same as what my sister has. Well, it was, it's called von Willedbrands. It's not really serious it's a mild bleeding disorder kinda like hemophilia but not as severe. This is why I've always bruised really easily and I bleed a lot when I get a cut (and some other things too)... So anyway yeah...at least I know for sure now. Also the doctor advised me to wear a medical alert bracelet.

Today I spent all day (well most of it) waiting and staring at my watch- how fun. I had 2 lab classes and both of them involved a lot of waiting- one (Microbiology) involved placing a tube into an instrument (spectrometer) and measuring, then waiting 10 minutes and measure again. The other lab (Chemistry II) involved mixing chemicals and staring at my watching while waiting for them to change color, then mixing some more and so on... Zzzzzzzzzz........

Ooops, I gotta stop writing now because I was writing while waiting for my ride home from class, and they're probably waiting for ME now and getting impatient :P I just wanted to update about the blood test thingie since I mentioned it before in a past LJ entry...

semi-important announcement

I'm writing from school since my computer is still not working properly...just wanted to let anyone who may be trying to contact me know that I am still working on my computer. We were finally about to reinstall windows (thanks to the resident hacker) but my internet connection is still messed up and it's not letting me install anything that didn't come with Windows, ARGH!!! So I only can use the programs that came with it right now, and whatever prgrams I was able to back up that worked when I reinstalled (most stuff did not...)
So yeah this really sucks. I am having computer withdrawal, the only reason I can even type this at school is because my class ended early (9 pm instead of 10 pm bleh.) So just wanted to let everyone know I miss all you guys T_T I am sorry I can't talk to anyone right now it is driving me nuts but I am still being helped with the computer thank goodness (of course it took forever to even get help!) but anyway hopefully I can get all my programs working soon (I better!!)

TMBG in concert! also PSA

Public Service Announcement: Just wanted to mention first that my computer's very screwed up (stupid virus), so if anyone has been trying to contact me I probably did not get it because it won't let me go to my email due to the changes made when I tried to get it fixed-- a lot of stuff stopped working due to the virus having integrated itself into a bunch of different programs, and other stuff stopped working because Symantec Anti-Virus won't let me go to things, blah...basically windows explorer does not work, and windows explorer is used in many programs (not IE, windows explorer) so all those programs do not work, including not being able to open ANY FOLDERS! X_X I'm working on getting things saved so I can start reinstalling Windows. Not fun but no other choice.. :/ Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

Ok now on to the important stuff. I just got back from a concert at Lincoln Park Zoo and it was awesome! Lincoln Park Zoo had this thing called "[URL=http://www.lpzoo.com/events/jammin2006.html]Jammin' at the Zoo[/URL]." It was They Might Be Giants one of my favorite bands (loved em for most of my life, seriously--since I was a little kid) and it was so great... It was a last-minute thing as we only heard about it a few days ago and we luckily were able to get tickets just before the show (they eventunally sold out.) I'm really lucky that I even heard about it, I think my dad or someone just happened to catch them talking about it on the radio and mentioned it.

The weather was good, luckily. It threatened rain all day which worried us, and the news predicted scattered thunderstorms and rain. It got really dark at about 5 pm but we were lucky, all that happened was some drizzle on the ride there and a couple drops while the opening band was playing.
The venue was really nice, they have this large lawn area in the zoo where the concert was held. They kept the building with restaurants open as well as the big cats building, flamingo area, sea lion pool, the children's zoo, and a monkey exhibit. The rest of the zoo was closed off. It was really nice just to wander around the zoo at night-- they normally close at 6:30. The concert had 2 other bands before TMBG so I walked around while the other groups were playing. The children's zoo area was especially nice, it's had winding paths through an area with a lot of trees meeting overhead so it was nice and quiet and very pleasant. You couldn't really see the animals in there because the lights were down, but it was just nice to wander through it. I did get to see some monkeys, a snow leopard, a black panther, and the lions were lounging in their outdoor area. I did a fair amount of wander while waiting for my brother, who decided he'd come at 9 when TMBG was going to start playing. The other two groups were "Tally Hall" and "The Bad Examples." You could tell pretty much everyone was there for TMBG though! We got there about when the doors opened but we still did not have the best seats,(they let people who had zoo memberships in early) we were behind a tree so none of us could see the whole stage. Near then end of the concert some people in front of us left though, and my brother and I moved to stand closer and got a very good view.

I like all of TMBG's songs so the concert itself was great. The last time I saw them was a little toned down I think, it was 2 or so years ago at a summer festival in the suburbs. Their website says their concerts are not for kids-- most of the venues are at least 16-and-up, but the zoo concert was all ages so there were a lot of kids there. I think one neat thing about TMBG is they have a very varied audience as far as ages of their fans. They played a couple new songs from an upcoming CD and a few I hadn't heard before from their recent children's CD. They also had some good banter, including telling everyone the concert would benefit the flamingo exhibit-- 'yes that's right, ONLY the flamingoes. No other animals.'
They have one song that sounds conga-ish (if you're wondering its "No One Knows My Plan") so before they played they started singing like 'everybody conga! I'm really not kidding! Everybody conga!' It was really funny, and a bunch of people formed a conga line and conga-d through the crowd.
At the "end" of the concert when everyone started clapping rythmically for them to come back out after they left the stage, they came back did 4-5 more (long!) songs in the encore. Oh yeah and I got a t-shirt.
I would love to go to more concerts at the zoo, I think it's an awesome place to hold them and a good different use of the space...

If anyone's interested, you can read the list of songs and a review of the concert here: