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On account of being awake for approximately 28 hours straight, I'm not sure I can adequately express my appreciation to you, those who take time out of your surely busy days to look at my attempts to create something that might just move you in some way or another.

Thank you, so very much.

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Blog: e-string.blogspot.com

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  • Watching: So You Think You Can Dance
  • Playing: the Kingdom of Loathing
Guitar Hero II. Undies. Dethklok. Trogdor.

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Blog. e-string.blogspot.com
  • Listening to: cat purrs
  • Reading: The Zombie Survival Guide
  • Playing: pool on facebook
  • Eating: flapjacks
  • Drinking: skim milk
I GOT MY VISA!!!!!! I'm moving to London on August 2!

SO much to do!



Also, I've resurrected my "real" blog.

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  • Listening to: night noises
  • Reading: Animal Farm
  • Watching: my future unfold
  • Eating: Ben & Jerry's
  • Drinking: skim milk

Finally found my limit

Thu Jul 17, 2008, 10:38 AM
a.k.a. The swamp ate my sandal.

Yesterday, Dave said he would throw me in a swamp today. Roberta (his lovely wife) and I both thought he meant the pretty, mossy swamps like we see by dips in the road around here. I knew it would be gross to stand or lie in, but I was ready.

It wasn't what I expected. As we hiked to find a location, I lost one of my new sandals in the glue-like muck. Dave even stuck his hand way in there and couldn't find it. It's ok, I only paid $3 for them, and luckily he had brought some water shoes just in case I wanted them.

So he found what he wanted. A cave made from rotting tree roots, moss, and other disgusting things. Clouds of mosquitoes inside. He wanted me in there. I shook a little, said I would only do it because I love him (not that way, Danny ;) ), took a few deep breaths and plunged in. "Luckily" the water was almost up to my knees, so I was able to keep on the shoes.

I do rather like one of the poses, so I guess it was worth it. But... *shudder*
I may have nightmares. But afterwords I took a nice outdoor shower on the porch. Very refreshing! I just hope the photographer who's hiring me tonight isn't too angry about all the bug bites.

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And wow, 50,000 views. About 5,000 a month recently. Thank you so very much, dear friends. My art isn't much without someone to see it.
  • Listening to: sounds of the wilderness
  • Reading: Animal Farm
  • Watching: nature
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing
  • Eating: M&Ms
  • Drinking: water
Will it never end?

I made some life-affecting decisions in the past few days.

My visa application was deleted from the online system (my mom said she's never seen me cry so hard). I re-did the entire thing last night and am now working on some of the final documentary requirements.

I'm also trying to get to Minnesota tonight, staying until the 20th. Doing as many paid shoots while there as I can, but also saying some very important and depressing goodbyes. My visa biometrics appointment is in Milwaukee on the 21st, where I will also get to shoot with the wonderful Todd H Taylor for a second time. I have so much to do before leaving the country, but now especially that it's all in motion, I just want to be there (aside from missing a few people so much I'm not sure how I'll handle it). And one of the worst parts of this is that my usually very sweet cat has been having some behavior problems, so he can't stay with my mom and I haven't found anyone else to take him. He'll have to be put to sleep before I move. He's like a child to me. :(

Major stress with parents, too. Ugh. But I know it's because they love me.

And let's not even get into financial stress.

And haven't been able to get back to NYC since April like I was hoping. I actually have the travel costs covered by someone... just no time.

Time to start a new life. :)
I need to find myself some strength of character.
Here's hoping the visa goes through ok like the consulate said it should...

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  • Listening to: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
  • Reading: Animal Farm
  • Playing: pool (on facebook)
  • Eating: cinnamon pecan cereal
  • Drinking: cereal milk
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Honesty, please. :)




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Wow... thank you, everyone.

I sincerely hope my work or presence here has added at least a little something to some of your lives.
  • Reading: IMs
  • Playing: the waiting game... 15 more hours...
  • Drinking: pineapple juice
"I think that possibly, maybe I'm falling for you.
Yes there's a chance that I've fallen quite hard over you.
I've seen the paths that your eyes wander down,
I want to come too.

I think that possibly, maybe I'm falling for you

No one understands me, quite like you do,
Through all of the shadowy corners of me.

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop
I love so much.
All of the while, I never knew.
I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop
I love so much.
All of the while, I never knew.

I think that possibly, maybe I'm falling for you.
Yes there's a chance that I've fallen quite hard over you.
I've seen the waters that make your eyes shine,
Now I'm shining too.

Because, oh because,
I've fallen quite hard over you.

If I didn't know you, I'd rather not know.
If I couldn't have you, I'd rather be alone.

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop
I love so much.
All of the while, I never knew.
I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop
I love so much.
All of the while, I never knew.

All of the while, all of the while,
And it's you."
  • Watching: old SNL
  • Playing: pool (on my phone)
  • Eating: chicken noodle soup
  • Drinking: OJ
And one of the main reasons I haven't been around much.

I'm.....

Engaged!

Remember that little mention of a photographer "from London with a hell of an accent"? And the photos of and by Danny? That's him. He flew me to London for 10 days and proposed a few seconds into 2008, after Big Ben rang. It may sound crazy, and maybe it is, but he's truly wonderful.

This is a very exciting time, but it's also a very stressful time (for several reasons, some of which I'm sure some of you can guess). The plan is that I'm moving to London at the end of March or very early April. There isn't a wedding date yet, but we're considering September or next spring. It'll be in Iowa.
"Don't talk to me about life."

It's tough right now. That's part of why I've been mostly absent here. Problems include relationships, school, family, and money.

NYC was wonderful in various ways. At least that makes me smile, along with a few other things.

I don't know how I'll ever get caught up with looking at people's uploads, not to mention comments.. but I'll try eventually.
I think I'm actually going!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanksgiving weekend, no less.

Amazing photographers, including one from London with a hell of an accent.
Awesome friends.
And so much more..........


Life has been rough this week and especially this weekend, but this has made my day. There are still things with which I need to deal, but it's wonderful to know I can probably make this happen.
  • Listening to: myself bounce off the walls
  • Reading: possibilities
  • Watching: chances
  • Playing: games
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: life
Losing something/someone important to you is for the best.

The bittersweet feelings are rare now... only when I have to face it directly. And I know things are much better this way. :phew:

A., I miss you and wish you happiness. :heart:


Man, I've been a pensive one lately. heh
  • Listening to: R.E.M. - Man On The Moon
  • Eating: a banana
  • Drinking: water
One in the spirit of Halloween, one for my new obsession.

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Edit: I guess it's national coming out day. Woo. In case you didn't already know, I'm bisexual. But most of you knew that, I'd wager. ;P
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Watching: a kitty sleep
  • Playing: Oregon Trail (old school!)
  • Eating: toast with fresh apricot pineapple preserves
  • Drinking: water
September 18: I go to the ER for a bad muscle spasm in my back.

September 26: I go to urgent care for a cat bite on my face.

September 30: I find out from my cousin that something happened to our uncle Tom (my dad has a hard time talking about stuff like this, so I never find out in a timely manner). I call my dad who says that Tom had a heart attack 5 days ago. He's ok and in good spirits, but it's scary. For one thing, because I love him. He's not that old - mid 60s. The other thing is that my dad is the next oldest of the 4 brothers. Their dad as well as 2 of their uncles all had heart attacks. Tom was there when their dad died. These were/are all healthy people. It's genetic.

My dad said to me, "These things happen when you get older, which is why I wanted to see you get your life in order." Thankfully, I am doing that. But it was weird to hear my incredibly stoic dad say that... it hit me after I hung up the phone. He knows it could happen to him. I'm going to call back in a few days and ask if he's had his heart checked recently. These brothers are all so bad about going to the doctor.

I guess if bad things happen in threes, I should be ok for a while... :hmm:
Though there are other, smaller things I haven't even mentioned. Life is quite the rollercoaster sometimes.
  • Reading: the writing on the wall
  • Watching: life go by
  • Playing: with my homework
  • Eating: honey roasted peanuts
  • Drinking: pineapple juice
Things may look up from here. Or they may go downhill horribly and quickly. But... at least last night was a good one. I really, really needed that.

Edit: I just realized something when I looked in the mirror. oh my god, I'm 26 and going to class with hickeys on my neck. Wonder if I should wear a turtleneck. lmao
  • Listening to: the voices in my head
  • Watching: the events play themselves back in my mind
  • Eating: my words :(
  • Drinking: nooo.... no alcohol for 2+ months, uggghhh
Dealing with two of the greatest film directors of our time and one of the best from the recent past.

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Edit:

These two things have just made my dA so much more awesome.

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I love how it looks now.
  • Listening to: the storm
  • Watching: the clock
  • Eating: pizza and pain pills
  • Drinking: water
1. Ever kissed a blond haired, blue eyed person?
every day

2. Can you see a phone right now?
yes

3. What are you listening to?
my kitty purring

4. Where is it coming from?
Reese

5. Last thing you ate?
chicken salad sandwich from Arby's

6. What was the last thing you saw on TV?
Colbert Report a couple nights ago

7. Who was the last person other than family you saw?
Matt

8. Are labels/stereotypes good?
...it depends

9. What were you doing at 4:30 pm yesterday?
Leaving to have coffee with :iconbellabrooke:!

10. Song stuck in your head?
Smith - Baby, It's You (Death Proof soundtrack)

11. Acoustic or Electric guitars?
...it depends.

12. Do you dance while getting ready for whatever?
not often

13. What are you wearing?
beige suit, brown shell, tan knee socks, brown ankle boots, nude g-string, nude lacy bra

14. What is the greatest number of people you've been in front of?
Oh gosh, I have no idea... hundreds, maybe thousands.

15. Have you ever gone skinny dipping?
of course

16. Have you ever taken a shower while you were drunk or high?
yep... kept on forgetting if I had already shampooed or not ;)

17. Do you like techno?
not often

18. Have you ever been to a night club?
yes

19. Who was the last person you texted?
:iconbellabrooke:

20. Have you ever made out on a plane?
nope... definitely want to join the mile high club, though

21. Do you have leadership skills?
a few

22. Can you play an instrument?
try 17

23. Have you ever sat on a roof and looked at stars?
yes

24. Who are you missing most right now?
Hmmm... I guess that would be R.

25. Does the song Stairway To Heaven make you sad?
no, it makes me rock

26. Do you have any instruments in your room?
no

27. Whats your favorite flavor of vitamin water?
Does Propel count? The mango flavor is pretty yummy, but so are the other flavors.

28. Are you currently pregnant/have you recently gotten someone pregnant?
oh HELL no

29. Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
yes

30. What scent are you wearing right now?
Clinique Happy

31. Are there any animals around you at the moment?
my cat

32. Drinking anything at the moment?
no

33. Ever thought you were going to get married?
yes

34. Last person you told you loved?
Matt

35. Last person who told you they loved you?
Matt

36. Favorite time of day?
Night

37. Favorite video game?
Ohh now that's a tough one. Maybe We Love Katamari.

38. Favorite foods?
Another tough one. I love nachos, pizza, steak, sushi, pad thai... but I have a HUGE sweet tooth as well.

39. Do you like spiders?
What an odd question... not especially, I guess.

40. Cat person or dog person?
Both.

41. Got a job?
Yes, I'm a paralegal.

43. Tan or pale skin?
Fair.

44. You're deserted on an island, what do you have with you?
Someone special, food, fresh water, camping supplies, music, intoxicants, a book, and a boat for when we want to go home. Hey, you didn't say I had to limit myself!

45. Favorite lyrics?
I could never choose just one song.

47. Did you have a New Years kiss?
yes

48. What do you want the most right now?
sleep, and for my homework to disappear... and.. well... someone :blushes:

49. Do you want children?
Right now, definitely not. Who knows, I guess that could change.. eventually. Maybe.

50. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Definitely a lover. :heart:
I have been tagged. I am it, so to speak.

Here are the rules:

   1. Post these rules

   2. Each person tagged must post 8 random facts about themselves

   3. Tags should write a journal/ blog of these facts

   4. At the end of the post 8 more persons are tagged and named

   5. Go to their page and leave a comment telling them they're tagged



Erin's 8 random facts

   1. I have played 17 instruments in my lifetime.
   2. I have barely any sense of smell.
   3. I'm a screamer.
   4. I play video games and read comic books.
   5. I have perfect pitch.
   6. In high school, I earned straight A's except for one A-.
   7. I'm addicted to Burts Beeswax lip balm.
   8. I'm both very adventurous and extremely lazy.



Erin's 8 random victims:

   1. :iconcasperscreations:

   2. :icondefaultic:

   3. :iconlydia-kcmo:

   4. :iconmollyblack:

   5. :iconsamarai:

   6. :iconshesxelectriik:

   7. :iconwgrowland:

   8. :iconwhiteknightjames:


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  • Listening to: people talking in the firm
  • Eating: apple cinnamon Nutri-Grain bar
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  • Eating: pad thai
  • Drinking: water
To the lovely and amazingly talented MissShyly :iconmissshyly: for featuring me in her journal and for the Daily Deviation!
  • Reading: World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Eating: Nutz over chocolate Luna bar
  • Drinking: skim milk