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Ah, Bach. [14 Apr 2011|08:17pm]
Formaldehyde is in pretty much EVERYthing we use or are around on a daily basis. Cigarettes I knew, but most startling to me is its use in wood paneling (which was in both the living and bedroom of my ex's house), the cheapo d.i.y. furniture you buy at places like Target and Walmart (which I have in my apartment currently and have had in other places I've lived) and in the padding of carpet (especially older carpet).

It's a very distinct possibility that I am allergic to it, considering the following truths:

1) When I first started having asthma symptoms I was working on a newly renovated floor of the Verizon building in Long Beach, Ca. And what does a newly renovated building have? Brand new carpeting with padding.

2) When I lived with Don is when my allergies started getting really bad..almost an every day occurence. Not only did his house have wood paneling in 50% of the place, but we both smoked inside..a lot. And, the carpeting that was in the house was way old..quite easily the original carpeting from the 70s when the house was built.

3) Ever since I have been a non-smoker, my allergies have not bothered me even a little bit..except for Sunday night when I had a very mild asthma attack.

I had been thinking, up until reading this article (, that maybe I was allergic to cigarettes. Now, while that is a very distinct possibility, especially considering their inclusion of formaldehyde, I have been exposed to second hand smoke recently.

I still go outside ocassionally with Jamie when she smokes, but we have a system where the smoke never really gets near me and up until Sunday, it hadn't bothered me..apart from the smell making me feel sick to my stomach. I did, however, paint my toenails Sunday morning and the polish I used is probably not water based and probably contains formaldehyde. Granted, it was a good 12 hours between doing my toenails and the asthma attack and one may not have a thing to do with the other, but I don't think I'll be taking my chances by doing my nails anymore (until I find a better polish).

There are many number of things I could be allergic to that could have been the cause of all my health problems over the past few years, but it is interesting the formaldehyde is a possible common factor in many of the things that have affected my allergies in recent years.

I guess I'll be contacting my allergist in the morning.

(1 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

My hero! Part 3 in an ongoing series [20 Feb 2009|09:17pm]

It's a shame I wasn't STUPID enough to get a mortgage I couldn't possibly afford! And now I have to help those who WERE stupid enough?? Go Rick, go!!!!!

Chicago in July is sounding like a great idea..

(2 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

Part 2 of an ongoing series. [12 Feb 2009|01:41pm]
[ mood | okay ]

Now that's irony if ever I saw it!

Financial planning is obviously something no one in Congress has ever done based on the "compromised" stimulus spendulus (regards to Ann Coulter for that description) bill that just passed.

(3 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

The first in a possible series. [07 Feb 2009|10:46pm]
[ mood | discontent ]

(6 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

Why overnight I flipped from strong McCain to strong Obama. [30 Oct 2008|12:42pm]
It all boils down to this article:

BERLIN (Reuters) - There may be no better place in the world to witness the shift in sentiment toward the United States than Berlin.

It was hard to imagine a more pro-American city when I first moved here in 1993, yet the wind has changed and the love affair is over.

The infatuation with all things American has all but disappeared.

Perhaps it will change after the November 4 U.S. presidential election -- even though things will never be the same no matter who wins.

As in other countries, America's image has suffered. A June PEW survey found 31 percent of Germans had a favorable view of the United States, down from 78 percent in 2000.

Being an American in Berlin was once special. Not any more.

A city saved and protected by the Americans during the Cold War, Berlin was an island of overwhelming admiration for America, its presidents and above all the American way of life -- at least its altruistic, kind-hearted, justice-seeking side.

Avenues were named after U.S. generals, schools after U.S. leaders and squares named after U.S. cities. American disc jockeys speaking mangled German were radio stars.

The U.S. ambassador's Fourth of July gathering was once the most coveted ticket on the garden party calendar. Not any more.

Berlin mayors spoke American-accented English and everyone from children to the elderly had a twinkle in their eye when recalling the 1940s Berlin airlift, Checkpoint Charlie tank standoffs or John F. Kennedy's 1963 speech in the city proclaiming "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner").


Probably the most moving assignment of my 18 years as a correspondent abroad was in 1994, when a district that hosted 6,000 U.S. soldiers who protected them from 90,000 Soviet forces stationed outside the Berlin Wall held a parade for the departing GIs.

Steglitz is a low-rise district with a small-town feel, and I had expected perhaps a few thousand to interrupt their Saturday shopping for a quick wave goodbye -- or good riddance.

Instead, more than 250,000 packed the streets on that sunny summer morning. As the soldiers marched, the Berliners cheered, and cheered, and cheered. They threw tons of confetti from windows and gave their departing heroes a thunderous send-off.

It looked like New York's Times Square on V-E Day.

These Berlin Brigade GIs had a reputation as some of the toughest soldiers in the U.S. army, yet I saw tears streaming down their cheeks as they marched past, struggling to maintain their stony-faced expressions.[/i]

Even in the wake of September 11 attacks, Berlin's support for the United States was special. More than 200,000 attended a pro-America rally in Berlin on September 14, 2001 to hear German President Johannes Rau say:

"No one knows better than the people here in Berlin what America has done for freedom and democracy in Germany. So, we say to all Americans from Berlin: America does not stand alone."

Germans even dropped their taboo on taking part in foreign military operations and sent forces to help the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan.

So what went wrong?

It was, of course, the dispute over the invasion of Iraq.

Before that, U.S. presidents had always been welcomed in Berlin. However, in May 2002 George W. Bush needed 10,000 German police to shield him from 10,000 anti-war protesters.

In June, Bush spent only a few minutes at Berlin airport on his way in and out of Germany for meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel in an isolated village 100 km to the north.

It was difficult to believe that a U.S. president seemed to be avoiding the city that owed its very survival to America. There was a brief ray of hope a month later when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a speech in Berlin -- and 200,000 people showed up.

In case things don't change after November 4, perhaps it's time to try finally to get rid of the American accent.

It is obvious to me that unless we want to run the risk of not having any help from our friends who we've helped in the past, we will never become what America was supposed to be - Land of the FREE. Home of the BRAVE.

Let's us all be brave on November 4th and work together so ALL Americans can be free. We need to be the beacon of HOPE to the rest of the world, why not start with being hopeful for ourselves?

In a lot of those countries that supported us in Iraq, those brave military men who wanted to help us overcome our sadness, anger and fear from 9/11 as we helped them when they'd been attacked, they don't have a choice whether they're going to be in the military. The way they volunteer to serve in the military is by merely being born. Why should we be allowed to "dictate" where those men and women have to fight. WHere is their voice? Where is their chance to be heard?

Senator Obama is, exactly as Colin Powell said, "a transformative" figure. And I think he has it in him to be one of the best president's this country has ever had, "beaten" only by Abraham Lincoln.

(2 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

[05 Jun 2008|05:39pm]
toolazytowork gave me the letter "S" for this here song meme:

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

1. Sing for the Submarine - R.E.M.
2. Sal - The Connells
3. Sing - Blur
4. Sheffield: Sex City - Pulp
5. Summer of Love - The B-52's

Not a whole lot going on in my world. Work is going well. Don and I are doing great. And I'm seeing R.E.M. in Atlanta on June 21st, which is only 16 days away. Life is pretty awesome.

(8 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

Here's a disheartening thought.. [10 Apr 2008|09:19pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

When I first moved here to Nashville (rolled in to town on June 30th, 2005), gas price was roughly $2.20/gallon. Two months later, on August 1st, it was up to $2.50 (keep in mind this was nearly 2 months before Katrina spiked prices up over $3.00). Now, just a mere 2 & 1/2 years later, it's upwards of $3.21 (the station at the end of my street just went up from $3.14 to $3.21 since Sunday)!! I hate to think what they're going to be like come Memorial Day weekend at the end of next month. I guess I can be thankful I don't live in California anymore, where prices are pushing eerily close to $4.00..

In other news.. Jon Stewart tickets go on sale tomorrow morning and I am thrilled beyond belief! The only thing that would be better is if Stephen Colbert was his opening act. ;-)

(2 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

Today is a GOOD day. [28 Mar 2008|05:13pm]

Got my Kids in the Hall tickets this morning.

R.E.M. announced the fanclub presale for their upcoming tour. 

My cable is finally fixed (and I feel like a dumbass..the splitter was on backwards! It's Don's fault, though, he's the one who unplugged everything a few months ago, which funnily enough is right around the time the problems started happening. eesh).

And the power supply to the laptop is back in working order and I can finally get my daily dose of the new R.E.M. record..which is kicking my ass so hard right now. It's awesome and I am so proud.

Yes, today is a good day indeed!

(1 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

simply amazing. [07 Aug 2007|01:22am]
[ mood | pensive ]

from the lyrics right down to the way the music sounds, it just doesn't get much better than this.. 

carrie underwood
(c) 2006

standin' at the back door
she tried to make it fast
one tear hit the hardwood
it fell like broken glass
she said, "sometimes love slips away
and you just can't get it back.
let's face it."

for one split second
she almost turned around
but that would be like pourin' raindrops
back into a cloud
so she took another step, and said
"i see the way out, and I'm gonna take it."

i don't wanna spend my life jaded
to wake up one day and find
that I let all these years go by

another glass of whiskey
but it still don't kill the pain
so he stumbles to the sink
and pours it down the drain

he said "it's time to be a man
and stop livin' for yesterday
gotta face it..."

cause i don't wanna spend my life jaded
to wake up one day and find
that I let all these years go by

oh, i don't wanna keep on wishin'
the still of the morning
the color of the night
i ain't spendin' no more time

she kept drivin' along
till the moon and the sun were
floatin' side-b-yside

he looked in the mirror
and his eyes were clear for the first time
in awhile... yeah...

oh, i don't wanna spend my life jaded
to wake up one day and find
that I let all these years go by

oh, i don't wanna keep on wishin'
the still of the morning
the color of the night
i ain't spendin' no more time

oh, i don't wanna spend my life jaded
to wake up one day and find
that I let all these years go by

yeah, yeah

oh, i don't wanna keep on wishin'
the still of the morning
the color of the night
i ain't spendin' no more time

(sing to me sweetly)

[04 Jul 2007|10:07pm]

that might have been the coolest 4th of july experience i've ever had. i got to watch nashville's fireworks display from the comfort of my living room via television AND could hear the cracks out the window.  much more fun and far better than having to contend with over 100,000 people and traffic from hell - think la rush hour multiplied by rougly 20...and that's with there being 3 interstates to choose from. 

don and i had wanted to go do something, go somewhere for the day, but i just wasn't feeling up to it as the day wore on. sucks being a girl sometimes..

(7 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

[10 Jun 2007|02:23am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

i can't believe it's june already.

and i can't believe this is only my 5th post in the past 2 years.

guess that can only mean one thing.....

life is GOOD :D

and that's a wonderful feeling.

(1 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

[20 May 2007|07:13pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

yes, i am still alive.

and there was much rejoicing..


(2 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

[20 Aug 2005|03:29pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

I just wanted to say that the Nashville Public Library rocks..

I have the following CDS currently checked out:

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Richard Thompson - Mock tudor

Robyn Hitchcock - Jewels for Sophi

Happy Mondays - Pills 'n thrills and bellyaches

Jawbox - Novelty

Superchunk - Come pick me up

Syd Straw - Surprise

Crowded House - Woodface

Kate Bush - The whole story

Nanci Griffith - Clock without hands

Great expectations soundtrack

Duncan Sheik - Daylight

Billy Bragg - Don't try this at home

Blues Traveler s/t

B-52's - Cosmic thing

Judybats - Pain makes you beautiful

Pavement - Slanted and enchanted

Brian Wilson presents Smile

Nanci Griffith - Late night Grande Hotel

R.E.M. - Reckoning

And I recently returned Violet Indiana's Casino.. but I have it on hold for when it becomes available again.

We need a CD player at work...

(6 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

isn't life grand? [16 Aug 2005|04:25pm]
[ mood | content ]

is it wrong to have a crush on your boss? granted, he's not my boss boss, but whatever. feh.

in other news.. so much for looking for a better job. i'm being considered for an assistant manager position at my store...hurrah! $5 an hour more (and already, even though i only make $7.50, i can pay my half of the rent with 1 paycheck--yes, virginia, nashville is that cheap). ah, tis nice to be loved ;)

more to come, surely.

(13 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

[01 Aug 2005|07:34pm]
[ mood | calm ]

recently moved to nashville.
rent is terrifically/wonderfully cheap.
got a job at a convenience store.
looking/hoping for something better.

life is pretty spiffy.

(2 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

i want to make you feel beautiful. [24 Mar 2005|11:24pm]

love spirals downwards
depression glass
(c) 1994

i journey to the valley of the moon
driven forward by brilliant shafts of light
half crazed from lack of love i swoon
and cry your name into the, the cold dark night

close my burning eyes to see your shining face
floating in dreams that tortures soul and heart
promises of love, love and light and grace
that disappear upon waking with a start

i find myself alone, confused and forlorn
i cry your name into the, the cold dark night

gazing round myself i am surprised to see
moon comes down to me, her gentle arms enfold me
love to dream, dream of love

and all it was, it was
all it was, it was what i wanted to be with you
and all it was, it was
and it was, it was everything to me you knew
and all it was, it was
all it was, it was that i wanted to be with you
and all it was, it was
and it was, it was everything to me

love to dream, dream of love
love to dream, dream of love

all it was, it was what i wanted to be with you
and it was, it was everything to me you knew

(sing to me sweetly)

so tell me when you're gonna let me in. [20 Mar 2005|10:58am]
[ mood | discontent ]

bit part
(c) 1992

I want a bit part in your life
a walk on would be fine
I just want a bit part in your life
a bit part in your life
I want a bit part in your life
a walk on would be fine
I just want a bit part in your life
a bit part in your life
a little more than a cameo
nothing traumatic when I go
I want a bit part in your life
a walk on would be fine
I just want a bit part in your life
I want a bit part in your life
rehearsing all the time
I just want a bit part in your life
a little more than a stand in
won't need repremanding

(7 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

tonight i'm gonna be an angry little whore. [18 Mar 2005|07:00pm]
i just found out the other day that OASIS are coming to los angeles in september. this news has made me very happy..i was rather bummed when they'd first announced their "tour" was only going to be on the east coast.

of course, tickets go on sale this sunday and i have no money to spend for them.

oh well..september's quite a way off; time to start saving!

(sing to me sweetly)

i've been thrilled to fantasy one too many times. [12 Mar 2005|07:43pm]
[ mood | blah ]

be mine
(c) 1996

I never thought of this as funny
It speaks another world to me
I want to be your Easter bunny
I want to be your Christmas tree.

I'll strip the world that you must live in
of all its godforsaken greed.
I'll ply the tar out of your feathers.
I'll pluck the thorns out of your feet.
you and me.
you and me.

and if I choose your sanctuary
I want to wash you with my hair.
I want to drink of sacred fountains
and find the riches hidden there.

I'll eat the lotus and peyote.
I want to hear the caged bird sing.
I want the secrets of the Temple.
I want the finger with the ring.
you and me.
you and me.
you will see.

that if you make me your religion
I'll give you all the room you need.
I'll be the drawing of your breath.
I'll be the cup if you should bleed.

I'll be the sky above the Ganges
I'll be the vast and stormy sea.
I'll be the lights that guide you inward.
I'll be the visions you will see.

the visions you will see.

you will see.
you will see.
you and me.
you and me.
you and me.

(sing to me sweetly)

you're the match of jericho that will burn this whole mad house down. [12 Mar 2005|06:57pm]

gee, y'think?

pulpstress is distressed.
If it's not one thing, it's another. Your life is a pitiful wreck, and it's all you ever write about. Why don't you at least make up a happy story for once. Your friends would appreciate that.
brought to you by interim32. wanna know your lj's moodring color? enter your user name and hit the button. (discussion thread)

(sing to me sweetly)

could it BE any cornier? [09 Mar 2005|06:03pm]

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The suspect was a little long in the face after being arrested and is braying for an early release.

(3 had something to say | sing to me sweetly)

though i am inclined to leave my home and wander. [06 Mar 2005|03:21pm]

Cocteau Twins
Treasure hiding
(c) 1996

You listen hard
Fear of flying
Fear of flying
With our love

Now I am sure
You and I will(the lips, the heart)
And you and I yeah

The lips, the heart
Fear of flying(the lips, the heart)
Fear of flying
Fear of flying(the heart, the soul,
illuminated, illuminated)

The lips the heart
The heart the soul

Heart-shaped chews and traps
Treasure hiding
Scared of temptress skill
Love I'd sold, I was trying
Deep without us
Down down and further- tears
Collective in try and stop
Fire is out
Not ready focus
Life places scars
Purify them
Purifies new skins
In excelcius
Glee she'll use as fire
Lips spread the fire
Your heart
And you are ready

The lips, the heart
You're the fire, you're the flame
The heart, the soul
Hand in hand, hand in hand

(sing to me sweetly)

it might as well, it might as well hurt. [05 Mar 2005|01:02pm]
[ mood | amused ]

It's Not Sex. It's ... :
The Wink Wink Nudge Nudge

(sing to me sweetly)

[04 Mar 2005|09:35pm]
[ mood | still bouncy :) ]

omg. this is too funny!

all week long i've been hearing one of our sales reps at work give out the company's website address to customers. nothing wrong with that, right? right. nothing funny about that, either. EXCEPT...he's been giving out the WRONG address!!

he's told countless people that the web address is now, before i started this job (monday was my first day), i checked the web to find the company's website so i could find out more about the company. my search gave me which turned out to be just what i was looking for.

i was going to say something to jim about the address he was giving, but figured, he's been with the company for a long time (something like 10 years now) and is one of the top salesmen in our branch, he couldn't possibly be wrong. maybe both addresses will take you there.

well, tonight was the first time all this week that i've spent any real amount of time online just puttering about (i've been popping on only to check my email and sift through the ocassional post on one of the r.e.m. message boards that i'm on), so i decided i'd check out this and see if there was more company info on there that i could learn. much to my surprise, however, the two companies are not even CLOSE to being the same! sure, we do the same things (sell metal to all sorts of businesses and individuals), but that's where our similarities stop.

guess i need to let jim know on monday about that. and hopefully we haven't lost potential customers due to his error.

heh.'ll be my luck he's meant to give that address out for some reason and i'll feel like an idiot. but at least i'll have tried, right? isn't that what counts?

(sing to me sweetly)

see the world through my dirty lonely mixed up mind. [04 Mar 2005|09:10pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

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