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Date:2008-03-31 19:18
Subject:Of 5Ks and Spider Veins

I want to be running 5Ks by this fall.

Ambitious, coming from a girl who constantly claims to only run when being chased.
I am gravitating towards this running phenomenon, however and here is why.

I was never a fan of the "Abs on Monday, Triceps on Tuesday, etc etc..." workouts. Where I come from, you are flailing all parts of your body around for between 5 and 7 hours. Well, I don't do that anymore... the sport of Artistic Roller Skating isn't as rampant around these parts as it used to be,
I digress.
I think I have finally found a running plan I can get with. In 9 weeks, if I follow this thing, I should be on my way to my 5K dreams easily. Another reason I want to be able to do this is that work started a running club (AND a kickball league, WHAT.) and I would love to be able to hang with that.

Some other shit...
This year I turn 30. Since I was 25, I have had creeping spider veins making their presence known on my legs, outer thighs to be exact. I figure that if I am going to start this running thing, I should be getting rid of those (short shorts and all...) I found something called Vita K to take care of that. And if THAT doesn't work, I'll just have the fuckers lasered off.

I have a feeling I am going to become one of "those people". You know them, the ones who run with reflectors on their Life is Good hat while listening to "Dave Matthews Band: Live From Red Rock" on her ipod shuffle.
You can take her out of central MA, but you are going to have to pry the central MA out of her.

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Date:2008-03-11 23:41
Subject:How Elliot Spitzer picks a Call Girl. Ahem, I mean "Model".

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Date:2008-03-10 01:17
Subject:miley cyrus.

ok. i hope life doesn't ruin this girl because she has the potential to be really fucking funny. like the part where she randomly kicks her leg up and says "Flashdance."

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Date:2008-03-10 00:36

so in an effort to... basically be bombarded by emails from democratic candidates (because really, that's what i have done to myself by doing the following), i signed up for emails from both barak obama and hillary clinton's campaigns.
the similarity twixt the two is that the emails come from the respective candidates names which is supposed to make a voter feel involved. so far, i haven't felt involved. i more feel like a spectator at a bull fight insofar as i am not really excited by either the matador or the bull, but more just waiting for the part where the bull launches the matador or someone goes jumping over the railing.
i live for nuances.
i also live, regarding this post, for the titles of the emails that come from each candidate. here are some:
Barack Obama
-What happened today (where he speaks in an empty kind of way he lost the Ohio, Texas and RI primaries, but does not indicate anything but a possible delegate victory. there are words. and you read them, but they do little to inspire. the overall feeling i got from this email was that the campaign felt it needed to say something, kind of like when you are trying to get your significant other not to break up with you).

-The Math (this came later in the day and was a more "i'm pissed" email. he calls hillary "desperate" and "negative", actually barack did not "pen" this one. david plouffe did. i think that this is how this campaign will be run. because both candidates have sworn an unofficial oath not to badmouth each other, they hired people to do it for them so when it comes down to it, they can always fall by the "I never said that..." defense).

-RE: The Math (this one IS barack obama **COUGHbullshit** where he wants to "add some more notes about the campaign." he talks about how great the voters are and how much cashish his campaign has. then, for good measure... "Senator Clinton has decided to use her resources to wage a negative, throw-everything-including-the-kitchen-sink campaign." i think obama has used some of his resources to hire david plouffe to write that for him.

Hillary Clinton
in every hillary email i have received, including the bill emails, not once does she mention barack obama in a negative fashion. his name only comes up in regards to the fact that he existed and is the other person vying for the presidency.

i'm for no one right now. i am waiting and watching and could be considered by some lazy because i am engaging in very few arguments about the nuances of the democratic hopefuls. i have only a few observations but reserve my judgement for november.

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Date:2008-02-23 18:32
Subject:AS220 - Crafternoon

Come make a bikini out of paperclips and bottle caps.

Sunday, February 24, 2008
1-5 pm Crafternoon!!!

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Date:2008-02-09 11:20
Subject:Fashion Week and Beyond...
Mood: creative

For all interested in fashion, I have a look book slide show published on style.com.


I started it last year and I will keep updating it.

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Date:2008-02-02 09:54
Mood: creative

i have 2 pairs of jeans that i have been holding onto that were supposed to go out with the "too huge to wear" pile.
i also have a need for vests. my goal? to make a denim vest that is neither tacky nor... tacky.
this will prove to be a challenge seeing that the jeans are two completely different washes, so i can't fuck up.
you could say that this project is partially fueled by the denim challenge episode of Project Runway. but mainly, i want a vest and unless i make a journey out to some fabric store, this is what i have to work with.
i did go searching this morning on j.crew, gap, old navy, banana republic and ebay. nothing. so according to my new issue of Lucky, unless i am ready to drop $200 on less than 2 yards of fabric, i'm screwed.
have any of you a vest that you don't want that is medium? i'll buy it off you. i'm still going forward with my denim vest starting in about 1/2 an hour. i figure i'll clear off the coffee table and watch the Style network (Kimora Lee Simmons "Life in the Fab Lane" is usually on for a few hours at least), that will give me motivation to get through this. if not, then it will most likely turn into a dress or at very least, headbands. SO, if anyone is around and interested in sewing, knitting and clocking some time watching Style (or hey, Bravo if they have their signature saturday Project Runway marathons...) give me a call, or reply to this post, i'm on hudson street, destroying my gap jeans.

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Date:2008-02-01 10:34
Subject:it's all sort of working itself out...
Mood: amused

starting after superbowl sunday, my work schedule dramatically changes.
i've hemmed and hawed about how i can never participate in anything because i am either working weekends or until 10 at night.
starting monday, that all changes. i've assumed new duties that have me working 7a-330p. what.
this may not seem like a huge deal. but i've been working late and on weekends... and holidays.... and overnights for the last year and 1/2.
so what am i possibly going to do with all this new found time, you may ask?
fuck if i know. the world has been spinning without me for so long i just assumed people are still doing the electric slide, pegging their pants and buying the new m.c. hammer album. on vinyl.

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Date:2008-01-02 10:46
Subject:...and a happy 7 bullets car broken into dump on the floor new year....
Mood: aggravated

the short and sweet of it:
the house across the street from us was shot up early yesterday morning. effed up. or what the news called "A shooting caused by problems between 2 groups of asian males" no one was killed, although 1 bullet missed a person who was in the shower.

last night, phill's suv was broken into, they smashed the driver's side window and took his gps and some change that was in the center console. or what i call "annoying."

2 1/2 weeks ago, someone broke into the house on the corner with a crowbar and tried to crowbar their way into an apartment at around 10am. when they did not succeed, they went into the basement and proceeded to take a dump on the floor and steal a bike.

with my intensive law enforcement training, i will attempt to make sense of this.

asian male scuffle
broken window
stolen gps
stolen bike

this is obviously the dastardly work of Dr. Claw.

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Date:2007-12-26 11:42
Subject:the morning after, alternatively titled "He Made It: Finally"

i'm back in providence after a 2 day stint in the boonies sleeping in my old bed. back to work, this time training a new employee. the poor soul. i have him until 10pm.

i'm here to give the run down of presents i received this year. here goes. but really, you can just skip to the last one...

The Stocking: a travel mug, knitting accessories, bubble gum (huh?), tic tacs and hand sanitizer, leopard print slippers.
From Mom and Dad: a fleece vest, cashmere socks that i will inevitably put holes in, a gift debit card that i will waste quick-like on yarn.

From Phill: an ipod touch, time crisis 4 for the playstation 3 (including gun - key), an embossing label maker and a lint shaver (awesome).

The Crowning Glory: my brother gives me a flat wrapped present and all go silent. i open it, i knew it was a comic book before i opened it. my favorite book ever started in the mid-nineties by j. scott campbell, "Gen-13" it's issue 13 of the new run through DC's Wildstorm. issue 13... odd. it's signed... he tells me "Look closer at the name that's signed on it..." i still can't make it out. so he says to open it. "Read the credits..."
My brother, after decades of persistence and training is now a published comic book artist. there, in the credits, "Jon Mills" and the signature on the cover is his.
holy shit. and if you find yourself poking around a comic shop in a couple months, look for Gen-13 issue 16. is name will be on the cover. what. to boot, he gives me one of the original panels from one of the pages.
ever since he was old enough to read comics, he's drawn them. my parents had him play sports all through his childhood and he could have been anything, but all he ever wanted was to draw, ink and produce comics. he wouldn't settle for less. he spent 3 years at the joe kubrick marvel training school working with mcfarlane and kubrick, travelling around to shop his portfolio, working his ass off to support his 2 kids and wife and finally, after almost 30 years, his dream is coming to fruition.
go bro.

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Date:2007-12-24 12:15
Subject:closing time.

so the nightcap on the year would be that my dad is recovering from a brain tumor.

it's been one of those years.

may - i sprained my back.
result: i was out of work and partially immobile for the month of may.

july - i fell in the walk-in at work. result: i was told i had bursitis in my hip (i think the docs love worker's comp cases and giving people time off. i was way worse off when i fell off my track bike.)
result: was out of work from july 17th to august 6th.

november - pharyngitis and bronchitis.
result: 3 days out of work. lots of liquid codeine.

december - my dad is taken to hospital for headache that won't go away. a preliminary ct scan reveals a pituitary tumor. a day later they remove it.
result: his headaches are gone and i lost about 26 hours of sleep in 4 days.

also december - i go to the emergency room at the miriam. esophagal palpitations.
result: the nurse misses my vein and collapses it. i look like a novice heroin addict.

2007. what.
never have i been more thankful to have health insurance and a really good job.

i don't want to make it seem like the whole year has been a wash. but i look back at what i wrote and think to myself, how often does all this happen within the span of a year?

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Date:2007-08-20 00:38
Subject:we have to save the allspark.

Take the Transformers Quiz

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Date:2007-08-03 12:04
Subject:Yard Sale...

Tomorrow, as you probably know, Beck is having a yard sale at her house right across from the kickball field. I'll be there selling my paintings. Prices are $10-$20 or I'm down with a trade. Or if you really really like it and you know the secret handshake, it's yours.

Write it on your hand so you don't forget.

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Date:2007-07-13 23:42
Subject:so it goes.

i am not built for certain things.

found that one out tonight.

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Date:2007-07-03 01:30

Upon hearing the news that Godmother of the RI Riveters roller derby team obtained a hairline fracture in her wrist on Friday's bout from a Carolina girl...

I feel the need to pit revenge.

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Date:2007-06-10 12:17
Subject:that person.

last night, i was that person lighting firecrackers in the street at 1am.

then i watched a soft core porn on tv called The Witches of Breastwick.

this was after two bottles of wine and riding a banana seat bike with LED rims.

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Date:2007-06-05 20:14
Subject:Bye Bye Motorcoach.

next monday, my car insurance ceases functionality. i have opted to not renew the insurance that costs me a good chunk of change to keep a car that i drive 2 miles a day.
i will be walking to and occasionally riding my bike to work. trips to worcester and the beach will be made in rentals (because ALL rentals are nicer than my 1999 ford taurus) and said taurus will be making a trip up to leominster to lay until i decide what to do with it.

now, to find walking shoes that don't look orthopedic.

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Date:2007-06-02 18:32

today we went shopping. all over fuck and back.

first stop, the laundromat. $28.20 for 47 lbs of wash/dry/fold. i didn't need to touch it other than picking it up and dropping it off.

next, we had to eat. lj's for brunch. shuuure we could have gone next door the garden grill and been healthy. anyway.
i had the ham and cheese omelette which was really sugary (honey ham - kinda weird), phill had the lj's benedict.

after that, off to rei. we went partially for something to do, looking maybe because of a mouthguard because derby is becoming more and more of a reality. i bought skates 2 days ago. we walked out with a swiss army knife, croc mary janes and pedros bike lube.

onward to ski market. i'd never been in one. phill got a pair of shimano shoes. they had more bikes than skis.

next it was time to pick up the laundry, 4 hours later.

last stop, college hill plaza:
olympia sports, where i got a mouthguard, a Life Is Good coffe mug and a badmitton set.
whole foods, where i got hair dye because i have 2 inches of my real color back. it took us a good 10 minutes to match it - which also the longest i've ever spent looking at hair dye.
petco, for kitty food and litter box deodorizer. kitty poo dang stanky.

hopefully water won't come crashing down on providence. i would sure like to rides bikes and play badmitton.

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Date:2007-05-29 11:31

i'll go over the events for those who weren't involved because i think it's that fuckin creepy and i want to write this down somewhere in case i completely forget the whole happening.

phill and i, 6:45pm. getting ourselves ready to go to josie's for a backyard burning.
i had just looked at myspace and seen that a bunch of people were reposting about hellvis still among the missing. there was a downloadable poster.
i say to phill "wouldn't it be incredible if we were sitting at the picnic table and out of nowhere came elvis? i could just pick him up and call steph and poof?
what are the chances of that, a cat missing for several days.
7:15pm. we're at josie's.
i hear a familiar "mrrow?"
now. there is a cat that wanders around the neighborhood that looks very similar to elvis.
so this cat emerges from under the picnic table and i say "you're not hellvis, you're the cat that looks like him, but i'll check your tag just in case i'm wron... holy shit... you're elvis..."

so yeah. cat delivered and whatnot.

but what the hell? how does that happen? anything like this happen to you?
i mean really. it happened EXACTLY as i imagined and said. what are the chances?

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Date:2007-05-13 11:28

happy mother's day.
here's a flower.
have some cake.
punch a puppy.

i'm close to making the 1 1/2 hour trip to my parent's house so my brother and i can have the 27th annual flex-off. i kick his ass every year and the bitch still won't back down. my triceps are too correct.

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