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Monday, December 30, 2002
Which female sex symbol are you?

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You're a BOMBSHELL. You're kitten-like and sexy. You don't need expensive rocks, you're so classy you overpower your gems. You tend to put glamour before comfort, but it doesn't take much for you to look glamourous anyhow. Men beg for a chance with you, and you can take your pick because, frankly, you're too good for almost all of them.

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You are the seductress pin-up! You are self-explanatory. You slut!
posted by Crystal 11:18 PM

She thinks my hail damage is sexy…

Okay, I will most likely NEVER say this sentence ever again, so take note.

Why can’t I just have a nice office job?

I heard my dad mumbling something about storms as I left for work today, but after I left the bank, I noticed things were getting really bad. Really bad as in I couldn’t even see the car twenty feet in front of me. I turned on the local radio station, and sure enough, not only was there a severe thunderstorm warning, but “The heaviest part seems to be right around Reeds Spring right now…” Guess which town I was driving by? Reeds Spring.

I was doing about 40mph in a 60 zone, which is an odd change for me seeing that I usually do 80. The rain was slamming into my windshield with such force that I was surprised it didn’t break the glass or something. I finally gave in and pulled over, when I could no longer go over 30 without running off the road. It was there, on the side of the road with hazard lights flashing that I realized it was not rain hitting my car with such a racket, but dime-sized hail. I sat there thinking that I really should have known something was up when the power on the stop light back in Kimberling city had blinked. Have you ever seen the power on a stoplight go out before? I sure haven’t.

A few minutes passed and the hail had stopped, so I eased back out onto the drenched road. I called home to tell my mom about the weather, and the irony of being in Reeds Spring right when the storm was, but my call was cut short as I said “I should go, it looks like its pretty bad up here.” Apparently, I am a smart girl, because “pretty bad” turned out to be lots and lots of hail. The road was covered, and I was a bit surprised that I wasn’t sliding around more than I was. The radio guy came back on to say that the storm had moved on a bit and was now about 20 miles north of Branson along highways 160 and 65. Guess where I was? About 20 miles north of branson on 160! The storm was freaking FOLLOWING me!

My new plan was to outrun it, which was pretty successful, because a little ways further the rain stopped. I walked into the bank in Nixa with what I’m sure was a very wide-eyed look. The guy there actually asked me if it was storming. He refused to believe it was as bad as I told him. Crazy.

Now came the fun part! I got to turn around and head South back to Branson, therefore going right back through the storm I had just driven through! Luckily it had died down a bit, but it was still absolutely crazy. I am very lucky that I had my secret weapon in my car: Kenny Chesney CD’s. You see, Kenny Chesney does for me what spinach does for Popeye. I spent the drive, in which I literally could see no more of the other cars than a wave of water flying behind them, listening to Kenny’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” cd and “Everywhere we Go”. I had fun shouting the lyrics to “No Shoes..”, especially “Aint no better time than now for Mexico!”. The funny thing was, with good music and the worst of it behind me, the drive through this crazy storm became FUN. I’ll never be able to explain it, but I was having a great time out there.

So, here I am at home on a 20 minute break before I go off to the hospital to pick up stuff for the doctors. Probably no more big adventures today, but I think I like it that way.

In very exciting news, I have finally posted my adventure list! It’s a list I’ve been working on for years and years of all of the things I want to see and do in my life. Its constantly evolving, so Ill still be updating it, but here it is. The best part is that in the one day its been up, two of my friends have already been inspired to write their own lists, which I’ll add links to soon! In fact, nothing would make me happier than if you would write your own list and either send me the url or the list itself. I would giggle and jump up and down.

A big end of the year entry is on its way, complete with New Year’s resolutions, and a fun recap of the past year. Stay tuned!

Finally, there is a new subdivision sort of thing opening just north of Branson called Saddlebrook. They have hundreds of acres of trails, and both indoor and outdoor riding arenas. Would anyone like to send me a few hundred thousand so I can get a house there? Thanks!

posted by Crystal 3:56 PM

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Which Major Romantic Poet Would You Be (if You Were a Major Romantic Poet)?

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Monday, December 23, 2002

I am so proud!!

The Ultimate *Which Harry Potter Character are You?* Quiz

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And can I tell you how happy this icon makes me?

How HOT does Ewan look as Lupin? Puhhhlease cast him!
posted by Crystal 6:08 PM

Kelly reads my mind, I swear. The second after I posted that, I went to IM her, and this was her away message:

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~ Maya Angelou
posted by Crystal 3:38 AM

How long has it been since I’ve written? No, not written a quick journal entry, or something like that, but really written? My mind is in that mode tonight, where the poetic section of my brain has simply taken over, and it wants to say so many words, but I just cant get them out like I used to. It wants to tell stories, to be set free somehow. How long has it been since I’ve felt I had a story to tell? And now there are everywhere, leaping out from the walls, begging to be told. They are dancing around in my brain, and yet the words just don’t want to come. Its such an odd feeling, the feeling of tales trapped within your head, asking to be told. It’s the Writer’s Headache, I suppose.

The problem is, by the time I go to write the words, they are gone. I can’t speak them and record them, because they do not wish to be spoken. It’s a delicate problem.

I finally managed to get some out tonight, and it feels as if some of the pressure inside my head is off, I suppose letting some of the words out lessened the overcrowding that was going on in there. I couldn’t look at the screen as I typed, because looking at the words seemed to take something away. It still does.

I have been reading so many great stories lately, by so many different authors, with so many different styles, and it has made me fall in love with language, with stories to be told, all over again. I love how they can simply take your emotions hostage, until you are just along for the ride, in a sort of drunken rollercoaster. Drunken rollercoaster. Tom Robbins, one of my favorite authors, would say something like that. I keep finding his sort of phrases wanting to pop out. Maybe these are not my own words dancing inside my head, but all of the great books I’ve ever read have danced and spun around so quickly that they’ve all gotten tangled together, in a massive heap of words and ideas, all jumbled together, and now they’re trying to sneak out of my head through my words. Very tricky they are.

Did you see that? That whole thing about the words dancing and entangling? That was Tom. Although not quite. It was words wanting to be spoken as Tom would, but coming out with my own sort of flavor. I don’t know what to call it.

This is an odd entry, I know. I’m tempted not to post it, but I’m far too self-censoring, so I shall post it anyway. I think that’s what started my desire to write tonight, in fact. I had this desire to start a whole other journal for all of the thoughts I had that I wanted to write, but that I didn’t want to put here. And at the same time, I wanted to put them here, and in fact, to put so much of myself out here that I felt stripped, as if all of my thoughts were visible to the world. I would like that, but I’m not there. I envy so much the journalers who can put it all out there, who can give so much of themselves. I know I’ve said that before, but I never come any closer to being it, do I? I ramble on once in a great while, and then go right back to my ways of complaining about the weather and telling silly anecdotes. I can’t quite explain it.

Perhaps what I need to do is start getting very drunk, and then writing. I feel drunk right now, but its that silly intoxication that comes from a mixture of thoughts and emotions and the phenomenom that is both the lack of sleep and too much sleep all at once.

I wrote tonight. I wrote about my eyes and my skin, and grandparents I have never met, and a country I have never seen, but somehow know. Writing makes me feel alive.

I am going to sleep now. Or at least to bed, where I will turn the words about in my head some more until they spin into dreams.

posted by Crystal 3:37 AM

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

I met up with Christa for a bit of mall shopping the other day. When we walked in, I noticed that the store to the left was new, so we went in to investigate. I am so excited about this store!! They have all sorts of fun stuff like African masks and art, bonsai trees, music from various countries, incense, etc. Its kind of like the entire World Showcase condensed into one store. Most exciting of all (I literally shrieked with joy right there in the store!) They Sell Party Buddhas!! Now I can finally send them out to all of my friends who have been wanting one. Hooray!

Speaking of Party Buddha, I’ve actually been working on my Disney trip report, and have finally progressed to day 2! I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the year. Wish me luck with that!

VH1 has a series remembering the 80’s, and tonight they are showing 1980 and 81. So far, the #1 thing that people remember about 81 is that cable came out. Why? Because if they poked the cable box just right, they could get porn. The year of my birth is best known for bringing porn to the masses. I am so proud. Also in the year of my birth? The president gets shot, and so does the Pope (bringing along the invention of the Popemobille).

Running out of my throat medicine right before I went to Texas was not a good thing. I went about a week without it, and as a result, have spent most of the past week not eating. Plus, the acid has agrivated my asthma, so I could neither eat nor breathe-what fun! I finally broke down and went to the doctor yesterday, who basically said that everything I knew was wrong was. He refilled my prescription for my asthma inhaler, and suggested that I use some otc antacids to help me eat. I started crying when I asked them how long it was supposed to take me to start being able to eat again once I was back on my medicine. I have this habit of getting very frustrated with being sick all the time, so crying at the doctor’s is nothing new. Anyway, the doc said it should have started working within a day or two, and I had been on it almost a week. He said to try the antacids, and if things weren’t looking up, to come back. Well, it looks like I’ve been reunited with my old buddy Gaviscon (Antacid of choice for cool people like me!). Last time I couldn’t eat, I was seriously eating these things like candy, taking the maximum they recommend of 16 a day. I took three last night plus my inhaler, and managed to eat an almost normal quantity of food for the first time in over a week, which made me very happy. Now all I want is a pizza, because in that week and a half or so that I couldn’t eat, all the Pizza hut commercials taunted and teased me to no end. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get to take care of that craving J

I still haven’t decided how to spend the $25 gift certificate to that my sister sent me. Yes, I have something like 125 items on my amazon wish list, so you wouldn’t think it would be that hard, but it is! I hate buying books without a chance to curl up in BN and read the first few pages to see that I like the author’s style first. In fact, I did just that on Saturday, and found a few that I liked, but I wasn’t really crazy about any of them. I think a lot of my difficulty in deciding comes from knowing how cheap I could get almost any book on or ebay. I’m so cheap.

And simply because I am always amused by how fickle I am, my new crush is Johnny Rzeznek from the GooGoo Dolls. Just because he has a sexy voice and he writes and is a rock star, man. And ooh! Speaking of sexy men, I used some of my birthday cash to buy some dvd’s, including Star Wars Ep. 2. Do I need to tell you how many times I had to pause it during the bonus disk because I was on Ewan hotness overload? They had clips from three different interviews- one where he just looked normal Ewany, one where he had longish RED hair, and one where his head was basically shaved. It was like three different Ewans! How exciting would that be? I’m such a girl.
(End girly drooling here)

Also in the movie theme, the new Lord of the Rings movie comes out Wednesday, which makes me very happy. As usual though, I have nobody to drag along with me, which makes me very sad. Would someone kindly move here and be my movie buddy? I would think you were cool. I think I may have talked Christa into going, but she hasn’t seen the first one, so I’d need to get her caught up. Actually, I finally got her to read Harry Potter, and now that she’s read the first book, I will let her see the first movie. We’re planning on doing that on Wednesday, and then going to see Chamber of Secrets as soon as she finishes that book. I swear, kids today! You have to practically force pop culture on them just to save them from a bleak existence.

You know you are single again when you go to the tack store just to check out the cowboys. I had a very, very nice time. I must do that again. Soon.

Finally, did you know that lady Kelly has her very own domain now? You must go visit her at and share the love!
posted by Crystal 2:49 AM

Monday, December 09, 2002

Kelly is going to kick me if I dont add our workout video count to my page, so I thought I'd type a quick entry to go with that update. Amanda, her husband Brandon, and I left for Texas on Friday morning around 9, and drove and drove and drove and drove until we got to Kelly Town (aka Burleson) I got to meet all of Kelly's people and have a lovely time, and we did her Mary Kay grand opening on Saturday, which went very well.

We played several games of Name that Tune (which really should have been called name that singer, since thats what we were actually doing) on the drive, each of which lasted at least an hour or so.

I can not stop shaking right now because my throat just freaked out on me for the first time in like a year. I am out of my medicine, and haven't been able to afford to get it refilled. I was just eating a cracker and my throat closed up and I couldnt swallow or breathe. Not fun. I really hope that's a one-time incedent, and this isnt going to be like last winter where I couldnt eat for two months. Yuck.

I guess I'll get back to telling you about Texas a bit later, when I can think.
posted by Crystal 11:38 AM

Sunday, December 01, 2002

I’m already missing it, and that astounds me. Normally when I get back from Florida, I’ve had my fill, and I know I’m set for at least six months before I get the bug again. This morning, however, I’m already wishing I could pop over to MGM to wander around China Town, or monorail over to Epcot to play in Future World for a few hours. I wonder if its because this trip was so short. Well, short isn’t really the word, but more that I didn’t get to do as much due to the weather. I just can’t believe I’m so nostalgic already. And OH! What I wouldn’t give for a Wilderness Lodge brownie! Or an evening at the Adventurer’s Club!

I suppose today would be a good day to get cracking on my trip report- you have to approach those things in just the right mood to really pull it off. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that Nate will write one, because his are always works of genius.

Okay, I can not believe what I just realized. It is 2:30am on December 1, and guess what I forgot to do? Finish NaNoWriMo. I really was going to buckle down these last few days and finish up, and I forgot completely. My final word total is something like 13,000, which I suppose isn’t bad seeing that I only worked on it 5 days, for a total of about 8 hours. There’s always next year I guess!

I have to apologize: I have started my trip report for my Florida trip, but it is not anywhere near finished. I need to take an afternoon and really work on it, but it just hasn’t been my top priority yet.

These last few days have been fun. I had Thursday off for Thanksgiving, on Friday I only had to do my bank run, and was off today, and will be tomorrow. I’ve been doing a lot of reading (Re-reading Goblet of Fire. Forgot how much I love it!), a bit of belly dancing (I have been doing the advanced one, and I think it may kill me.), a bit of socializing (I spent two hours at Starbucks with Christa and Barret tonight. They pretty much had to kick us out so they could close) and some movie watching (Trying to get Christa to come watch Sorcerer’s Stone so I can make her go to Chamber of Secrets with me) I’ve also done my fair share of spending time online, and lots of time with Tallulah, who I think is finally forgiving me for abandoning her for a week.

I’ll be driving out to Texas next weekend with Amanda and her husband Brandon to do Kelly’s Grand Opening for Mary Kay. I’m not very excited about the driving part, but I am psyched to see the Kelly. I’m just hoping we aren’t leaving TOO early on Friday so that I can do tickets in the morning and make some desperately needed cash. I am beyond broke right now. Far, far beyond. Into the scary category.

posted by Crystal 3:58 AM

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