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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm
Huh...livejournal, I forgot about you!
Nothing to say really...i've gotten away from posts and updates, but I am still here.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
3:14 pm
When you ask me what the price for a dog is and I answer "$250, which includes the spay/neuter surgery, first round of vaccinations, microchip & registration, food, collar and leash." I really mean it is $250 with all of that included.

Her: $250? But what about getting it fixed?

Me: Yes, $250. spay/neuter surgery is included.

Her: But what about the first shots?

Me: They are included in the $250 adoption fee.

Her: How much does the microchip cost?

Me: It is included in the adoption fee of $250, along with registration, food, collar and leash.

Her: Do I gotta bring my own leash?

Me:(silently screaming) FOR FUCKS SAKE AREN'T YOU LISTENING?
Me (outloud): No miss, the leash and collar are included in the $250, as well as a bag of food.

Her: Wait. so, $150 includes the fixing and all that other stuff? And I don't gotta take it to the vet at all?

Me: NO. $250 includes the spay/neuter surgery, first round of vaccinations, microchip & registration, food, collar and leash. The dog will require a vet appointment within the first 2 weeks you own it to check for general health, and then annual visits, as well as vaccination boosters yearly.

Her: Oh,   What if I don't want all that other stuff? You got any pitts?

and...well, it goes on from there in a similar fashion

i hate people


Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
8:56 am
If I introduce myself to you as CHRIS, don't attempt to cal me by my "real" name, which you OBVIOUSLY don't know.

I am NOT

Cindy (yea, what? i dont know)

Just because you prefer not to use nicknames, does not mean you should not call me by what I requested you call me.


grrrrrrrrrrr. happy freaking tuesday.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
1:38 pm
Dear guy in hat in lobby-
You are an irresponsible owner, your dog looks like shit and is totally unsocial and no we will not be able to place it. This is not my fault, it is your fault for being a dick.

No love,
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
11:04 pm
There are so many reasons that i hate you but the biggest is that you are you. You always have been but ive only just realized that is it. For so long i tried to blame it on the superficial things about you, but it is you. deep inside, the person that you are. Not what you try to be or what you used to be or even what you someday hope to be, but YOU. You are there underneath it all and always will be that same old you.

I can rationalize all i want, but it will always be there for me now. under the surface. through all the fakey fake bullshit thats meant to distract. I was blind to it for so long, but now that I have figured it out, it's all I can and ever will see.

and that makes me hate you less.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
10:07 am
1. My username is _____ because ____

Gaia43..."Gaia" is an earth goddess from mythology ,I started reading about her after the cartoon series Captain Planet, I just always liked the sound of it. ""43" is my high school basketball number

2. My name is _____ because ______.
Crystal...I don't really know, my name throughout my Mothers pregnancy was Samantha and then when I was born my dad changed his mind

3. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
My life the sitcom...my life is better than "Friends" Seinfeld" or any other sitcom you've seen. Seriously, I am just waiting for someone to approach me for the rights.

4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
This is them...i couldn't think of anything witty

5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.

My Eye, because I think its a sexy picture of my eye
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
7:24 pm
New jobbie
I am starting a new job on July 21st and I am sooo jazzed! It is an adoption counselor at a local shelter and has sooo much opportunity for growth! I will get tons of experience and training for Animal Behavior, Dog Training, Socializing Animals and so much more!

PLUS, I can WALK or BIKE to work! No more hour commute! No more $120/week in GAS for my truck! Just 2-3 miles from home (depending on the route I take!!)!

I am soooo excited!
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
6:44 pm
I am officially old
Today I let the following flow from my lips

"What is wrong with kids these days?"

UGH. I NEVER thought I would say that, but for christs sake. I had a 15 year old boy running around the library squirting people with water guns and running through staff only areas and upon asking him to leave the building he calls me a fucking bitch.

THEN comes back in and says "Listen, I'm sorry, can I still have my computer time in an hour?"

UH, NOOO. You can't. And you know what else? You're banned from entering the building for a week.

His reply?

"GOD! I didn't even do anything bitch"

Doesn't anyone teach their children any freaking manners any more?

::end rant::
Friday, May 9th, 2008
12:26 am
Nick & Mike

Nick & Mike
Originally uploaded by Gaia43
I got a new camera recently and tonight I took 2 out of my 3 brothers out and did a mini photo shoot to practice. I just wish James had been around, because the shots came out really good and I'd like to give my mom a whole set of all of us. (mike on the left, nick on right)
12:20 am
Little Boy

Little Boy
Originally uploaded by Gaia43
Today there was a train derailed in Lawrence, Ma. My hometown and only a few blocks from my parents. No one was hurt but there was a big mess to clean up. A rail car bumped another and tipped it over, spilling sodium chloride everywhere.

This little boy was hanging out of the window, watching the hazmat team evaluate things, just moments before everyone from the neighborhood was evacuated.

what a cutie. im going to print it and leave it in his mailbox.
Monday, May 5th, 2008
3:00 pm
Dear :insert generic bank name here::.

Over the years when I have accidentally overdrawn my account, you have charged me hefty fees on top of replacing the money which was deducted to pay the debit, regardless of my most sincere of apologies.

Over the past 3 weeks (during your 5th merger in less than 2 years) I have been hit with overdraft fees a total of 6 times when my account had in excess of $1,000 in it. (I know this  for a fact because it is very rare that my account has more than sixty cents in it and I like to gaze at my statement when it gets that large).

Upon bringing this to your attention, you apologized and took your sweet time to reverse the charges, causing me much undo stress and anxiety , as well as a serious lack of money to purchase gas, food and most importantly alcohol (which really would have made the situation at least a little better).

Enclosed is my bill to you for $585.00, which breaks down to $35 for each phone call I had to make to your offices, plus a $100 fee for leaving work to physically go to your office and another $100 for alcohol deprivation.

You may deposit these funds directly into my account.

Yours in banking,

wicked pissed off Crystal

Current Mood: aggravated
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
12:42 am
Tonight  Andy and I watched 30 Days of Night. Usually my Dad and brothers and I all have similar opinions on movies.

I thought it was amazing. My family thought it was crap. Andy thought it was pretty good.  I am wondering what you thought...

so tell me! or go out and rent it and watch it and TELL ME what you think!

I think the reason I really loved it is that it is something that could really happen. Vampires? Your think I am crazy, don't you? But seriously, there is a whole vampire subculture out there. AND there are all kinds of crazy science experiments going on around the world. Who knows, maybe its possible that vampires are BRED and get loose. Or hell, maybe there are REAL!

p.s. i just bought a brandy-spankin new camera and can't WAIT for it to arrive ( I got it online and it's coming this week!) I can't wait to get out there and try it out!
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
3:55 pm
Gee, we can't seem to hire regular staff because the budget doesn't allow for it. Yet, we hire on a  bunch of temps (From a special temp agency that is for libraries and only has CERTIFIED librarians with DEGREES in library science who have worked in the industry for 15+ years.

OK, but the temps don't quite have hours that fit our schedule, so I still end up bopping all over the fucking library to cover wherever needed (YES< ME, the one with no degree getting paid only barely more than our high school page).

And today, when I have a million other things to do and tons of shit on my mind because my Dad is in the hospital, I have to ASSIST the CERTIFIED TEMP LIBRARIAN who has been in the business for 30+ years (I know cause she tells me that every fucking time I see her).

What did she need assistance with? First FINDING a certain microfilm (it's in alphabetical order) and then loading it into the machine(which yes, can be difficult as all machines are different), at which point she tells me I can go back up to my own desk.  BUT THEN she calls me down to show her how to move it forward and backward and how to zoom.

ARE YOU FOR REAL? There are markings on the knobs saying ZOOM, FORWARD and BACK.

And the kicker? We are paying this lady $42/hr. yup. Almost three times as much as I make. WTF.

And while I am at it, I have 3 ditzo high school kids volunteering for me right now that don't have enough common sense between the 3 of them to not SQUEEZE DVD's on the shel so tight that you can't take one off without everything on the whole damn shelf flying off too.

Is it 5 yet?
Friday, March 7th, 2008
10:33 am
been thinking

I've been thinking alot about what I miss going on around me at any given moment, and this is one of those things that reminds me of it again. I think as I am walking by houses or driving or sitting across from people at a restaurant how they have a complete existence going on that I know nothing about.

Passing people on the streets, they could be smiling or crying or scowling, and I think to myself, why are they so happy, angry, etc. And I like to make up little stories about what they are thinking or feeling or where they are going.

It makes me feel so small in such a gigantic world. To think that there are millions of people out there, going on with their lives that I know nothing about, that don't even realize I exist. But at any moment, any number of things could bring me together with someone I new. How quickly we become attached (and detached) from people.

When I stop and think about all the people I know, and the way I know them. They way people have passed in and out of my life. My "BFF's" from elementary school, high school, hell, last year, last week. The way peoples loyalties change, in almost an instant, or what seems like an instant. You think that you have so much in common with someone, that you will be close forever. But then you drift...further and further away. Until the person you we soo close to, the one you could talk to every day for hours and still have something new to say to, just goes away.

I have one person, ONE person, who has been there for me through thick and thin for over 15 years. ONE person who knows ALL of my secrets. I rarely talk to him, sometimes every six months, sometimes a year goes by. But when I do it's like nothing has changed. And I appreciate that and him soo much. But it just feels like with ALL the people I know, all the connections I have made over my 27 years of life, that maybe I should have more than just one person I feel like I could tell anything to.

Current Mood: thoughtful
9:37 am
Well, you learn something new every day
1 qt Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda
2 tbs dawn dishsoap

This is the recipe for "de-skunking shampoo". Yup,
About 10:30 last night I let Sammy outside and went to get into my pajamas. Well, I was stripped down to my undies when I just felt like something was wrong. So, I peeked out the door (still in my undies) into the yard and there was Sammy crouched down in the "let's play" position, nose to nose with a SKUNK! I opened the door and said "Sammy, come here" and he stood up and looked at me and the skunk whirled around and SPRAYED HIM in the face!!

I woke Andy up to help me get my car cleaned out to put Sammy in it, called my friend Tanya who is a groomer and she agreed to meet me at her shop. We had to find an open store to buy hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dawn dish soap. Spent 2 hours scrubbing him, letting it sit for 10 minutes, rinsing, repeat. Sammy loved it, it was like a big ol' night time adventure, until of course we put him in the tub at the groomers (which he HATES!)

Sammy's stink is gone(mostly, if you put your nose right on his muzzle it still smells a little), but my house and car REEK! Eh, what can ya do?

Saturday, February 16th, 2008
3:05 pm
why is it so hard?
No matter what Dunks I go to, it is a serious challenge to get what I order. I'm not picky, I don't have some serious difficult order that I place. Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, with butter on it. Medium French Vanilla, milk & splenda.

Why is it that EVERY morning there is an issue? I either get cream cheese by accident, the butter is NOT on the bagel or I have the wrong coffee or i get something totally wrong. WTF? You don't get your burger with ketchup on the side at the BK Lounge drive through. How am I gonna butter my bagel while I am driving?!

I know they don't exactly require a Harvard degree to work there, but give me a damned break. I worked there for 2 years! Its not that difficult. No matter which location I go to , IT'S WRONG.

ok. im done.
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
4:47 pm
First Ever
After eight years together Andy and I are going on our FIRST real valentines date. We have never both had the night off, as long as we've been together. He asked me out to dinner and a movie (A chick flick no less!).

I'm giddy!

Saturday, January 26th, 2008
6:48 pm
Umm...not helping so far
I started seeing a shrink this past fall, after years of dealing with massive anxiety and panic attacks. Surprisingly(to me) it has been helpful. He's been teaching me some great stress reduction practices. When he suggested I take an 8 week, $500 stress reduction class I told him that I would pass. Paying $500 when alot of my stress is over MONEY PROBLEMS, seemed a bit silly. But , no, he kept badgering me about it and finally convinced me when he said I could do a payment plan of $50/month until it was paid off. It includes yoga and breathing and I really enjoyed my first class.

I woke up this morning and went to the ATM to get cash out for gas and groceries and my account was $200 OVERDRAWN. WHAT THE FUCK?! Yea, they charged my card for the ENTIRE amount rather than the first of the $50 payments. Not only do I not have gas in my car, have no groceries in the house, but I CAN'T PAY MY FUCKING BILLS.


i left them a message, but alas it is Saturday so most likely I will be rolling my change to put gas in my car to get to work on Monday until i can get this figured out. fuckballs.

In other news, my poor Andy has been ridiculously sick since Tuesday, and we spent 5 hours in the emergency room on Thursday. He seems to be feeling better, and hopefully his temperature stays down (it was up to 103.7!!!)

Current Mood: angry
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
6:24 pm
long story about my tooth
About 2 years ago I had a tooth extracted, it was the most painful thing that has ever happened to me. Yes, more painful than having my finger bitten off! I cried throughout the entire 2 hour process, it hurt sooo much. I had blood dripping down my chin. I had to call and have someone pick me up from the dentist (which was less than 3 miles from my house) because I was in so much pain I couldn't drive myself home. I missed work for 2 days because my jaw was SO swollen. It was a nightmare.

Needless to say, 2 weeks ago when my gums started swelling and my tooth began to bother me I got nervous. I didn't want to visit the dentist. I decided to self medicate. I tried that for a week, all the while swelling so much that it looked like I had a softball in my mouth. My dentist told me they couldn't fit me in for 2 weeks. It got to the point where it was so painful that I decided to find a NEW dentist.

I called the dentist that everyone at my library uses, they gave me an appointment for the next day! I arrived and they were SO nice, put me on an antibiotic and schedule me to come back for the extraction. I explained my worries(and told him the story of the last extraction) and he was horrified and told me not to worry, that wouldn't happen with him.

TODAY was my extraction. After he removed the tooth, he said, "Huh, thats weird" and had to pull an entire ROOT that was left over from my last extraction. After all that pain last time, he didn't even get the whole fucking tooth. Today I was in and out in 30 minutes (including the waiting room time), NO PAIN and my swelling is already gone(in less than 2 hours) and the pain now that the novacaine has worn off is minimal.

Moral of this story is if you had a horrible experience, fire your old dentist and go see Dr. Little in Amesbury. Actually, moral of this story is BRUSH YOUR TEETH. I have horrible teeth because I didn't care for them well enough when I was younger and am paying for it now. FORCE your kids to brush their teeth.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
3:29 pm
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