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January 2009 Blog Posts (87)

Today I Fly the Flag with Pride

For the first time in eight years I fly the American flag from my balcony with pride. Today we welcome a new President and a new era of hope for our country's future. I feel hope. I feel excitement for the possibility of what this country can accomplish. With the economic crisis comes the opportunity for great change, and I for one am ready to embrace that change. Three cheers for President Barack H. Obama.!

Added by JoAnn on January 20, 2009 at 1:09pm — 2 Comments



That's my cousin's band. They're worth a listen. My cousin and I don't talk much anymore, but I'm the first to admit that the boy makes great musical decisions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Added by kateybella on January 20, 2009 at 1:03am — 3 Comments

I hear laughter in the rain....

well, it seems I have blogged everyday since I started to blog here, so although I don't have anything in particular I feel the need to get off my chest, a lot has been going on in my life these last few days. Something very unexpected... I feel better.

I have laughed more in the last few days then I have ever laughed in my life and it was more cathartic then crying ever was. The act of being able to look at my life and actually laugh at myself and my idiocy at times... I am NOT… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Sewn With Dreams -- a poem

Sewn With Dreams

Yards of lace

Dozens of sequins and beads

Fabric, white

Crisp as snow;

Time yellowed.

Fragile beadwork

Created by loving hands.

Trained, talented

Dream makers.

Only a dress;

A beautiful dress

Designed with care.

Stolen sleeve from one,

Neckline from another.

Semi-cathedral train

Trailing after

Sharing visions

Of a precious bond.

Symbol of love;

Two… Continue

Added by Dunleavy on January 19, 2009 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

The Art of Procrastination

If there is one thing I am good at,* it is procrastinating. I will write more about this tomorrow.

* I'm not good at grammar,** so I don't know if this comma is used correctly.

** I don't know if this one is used correctly either.

Added by JoAnn on January 19, 2009 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

January 2009

I've been a bit busy. There's so much I want to do, but there never seems enough time or money to do it! Ah well, I am here writing away.

Speaking of writing, I have been working on a collection of poems again. It all started last April during a writers' group that met on Saturday mornings for free-writing sessions. I wrote about a girl who walked into a Mississippi town, fell asleep on the bench near the courthouse, and then woke to find townspeople all around her. She asked for… Continue

Added by Laura on January 19, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

fifty five freakish fish frightened frida.

If you get more than 30 I stron​gly recom​mend some couns​eling​!​

If you get more than 20 you'​re a lil weird​ but not much.

​If you get 10-​20 then you are norma​l

If you get 10 or less you'​re fearl​ess.

Peopl​e who don'​t have any are full of crap!​

I Fear…​

[] The dark

[] Stayi​ng singl​e forev​er

[] Being​ a paren​t at a young​ age

[x] Givin​g birth​

[] Being​ mysel​f in… Continue

Added by kateybella on January 19, 2009 at 1:34am — 2 Comments

mickey mouse might meet minnie for music

from my other blog:

Gee, Thanks Mom.

You know, my mother and I have never been the closest, but I'm not really sure why she's always so critical of the way I look. It hurts my feelings. Really. So as I'm about to go out, I sit here blogging trying to avoid tears. I like to look nice. I like to take care of myself, but the way I dress and look my mother doesn't like. Most daughters hear from their mothers how beautiful they are, and my mother is always the one who tells me… Continue

Added by kateybella on January 18, 2009 at 12:12pm — 2 Comments

Thats the story of... thats the glory of love

Suzecue had an interesting comment in my last blog about my first boyfriend. I recently found out that he was in prison for 15 years for making meth.

"what is it about past loves doing jail time? I am sure that if we were still in their lives, they would have been law-abiding citizens. yea, right... "

It is kind of true isn't it? It is almost egotistical to believe that with just the power of our love we could save the people in our lives from… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 18, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

When do you stop trying?

My Mom collapsed again today. She is doing 'ok' now. Paramedics checked her out,

she didn't want to go to the ER. Luckily she didn't hurt herself when she fell. I feel

horrible because I couldn't get to her this time. Because of my mobility issues,

all I could do is call 911. I also called two of my Mother's sisters who live nearby,

one of whom just called to berate me for allowing this to happen. I guess I don't

feel bad enough already as far as she's concerned.

I… Continue

Added by photo2010 on January 17, 2009 at 8:22pm — 8 Comments

Photographs and memories...

Geez,, all of my blogs are so full of blah blah blah...

me, me, me, me, me!

Does anyone have a violin...?

this one I hope will be a bit more funny.

Have you ever looked up and old love? I'm sure we all have an image in our head as to where someone we knew "way back when" must be now, at least I know I did. Will with this wonderful invention (you know the one Al Gore invented) the "internet", we can now find our past loves and friends in almost the… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 17, 2009 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Chicago 2016

Living near Chicago, I am allowing myself to be swept up in the excitement about our Olympic Bid for the 2016 Games.

Did you know that you can participate too?

Become a fan of the Official Page of Chicago’s Olympic Bid Committee and read all about it. You can also watch videos of support from Olympic gymnasts!

Come on down, join me in this madness, and thank you for… Continue

Added by gabrielized on January 16, 2009 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

Check out the pics of Syd and I from when we were kids

they are at the bottom of my page.. I never realized how often my mother dressed us alike... and no, we aren't twins... Syd just always wanted to be just like her older sister...

that's our older brother stuck in between us and my mom in the first one.

She made most of our clothes, at least the dress up ones.

I had forgotten what we looked like.

Thanks for sending those pics to me Syd, of course, if you hadn't of stolen all of our childhood photos.. I… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 16, 2009 at 12:49pm — 5 Comments

I'll get by with a little help from my friends...

I am just now waking up (it's 12:30 pm) because I was up till 6 am this morning talking to a friend on oovoo. It was my first experience with a video phone call and we had a blast.

I was in a pretty foul mood (still left over from yesterday morning) but it didn't take long for us to get laughing. That has been sadly missing for the last few years. Oh don't get me wrong, I have laughed, but not like last night.

I love my family, and sometimes I even like spending time with… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 16, 2009 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

a friggin poem type blah thing

today you see me in a different light

not what i once was vibrant yet shy

you may think you still know me

but in truth i have turned away from what you once knew

its nothing you have done rather

its the world around me that has shaped this knew side

the old me is dead and gone

a knew flame shines through me

a flame not of anger but nor of love

a flame that does not care anymore

i am tired of what i see

disillusioned by the world around… Continue

Added by jinboy on January 15, 2009 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

Do I have to say the words...Do I have to tell the truth?

So today is another day and where am I at, almost back to where I started it seems.

How is it that with one spoken sentence I can be right back to where I started?

Why do I let people have such power over me?

Why is it that I need the approval of others?

Why do I feel the power of others disapproval so much more strongly then that of their love?

Oh God, I am so tired of hearing myself talk. I am so tired of the voices in my head telling me… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 15, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

the collab


The goth collab was one of my favorite things I have ever done online. I appreciate all of the people I asked to do it stepped up. All of you that participated knew if I couldn't get them to be in the collab meant I lost. I was never a big volunteer for collabs but now I love them and I hope others get involved.

NJ - you looked hot and I love the candle and drink:)

FHP - you appeared to get the rage going but you were a awesome goth with the… Continue

Added by jessicapeanut on January 15, 2009 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Feelings...nothing more then feelings...

I'm feeling a little melancholy today. I'm not really sure why. I have a killer headache, that could have something to do with it, after all, who can be happy when they don't feel to good.

I've actually been feeling so much lately. It's like a kaleidoscope of feelings. It seems so long since I really allowed myself to feel anything... so this is kind of scary.

I don't know when it happened, when I shut down but I know that I did. Maybe I didn't shut down as much as… Continue

Added by JustDee on January 14, 2009 at 7:19pm — 10 Comments

Elizabeth George and Mom

Just a quick update. Mom is sick again. My brother will take her to the doctor on Thursday. We think it might be because she forgets to eat and drink water. As soon as we feed her, her dizziness goes away and she feels a little better. My sister bought her a nifty blue walker with a seat and a basket underneath. Hopefully she'll use this because she fell again today. So far we've been really lucky with the falls.

On another note, I have reached page 145 in Deception On His Mind. It's… Continue

Added by Dunleavy on January 14, 2009 at 2:47am — No Comments

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