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This post is aimed at folks living in Central IL Feb. 5th, 2007 @ 09:40 pm
Here's the thing. You live in the Midwest. It gets cold in the Midwest as part of the natural changing of the seasons. This happens every year. You really shouldn't be surprised by it. Please stop whining that you're cold when you haven't bothered to put on a hat, scarf, gloves, or even a decently heavy coat. I don't care if it is less the ten degrees out, I hold no sympathy for anyone who does not dress properly for the weather and then complains incessantly about it.

This is something I didn't notice when I lived in WI. There, folks embraced winter weather (they got about 5 - 7 months of it, the first snow falling in October and the last falling in May). It was a point of pride to survive "arctic" weather patterns (they were referred to by their proper name: Canadian weather systems). Then again, virtually everyone had a good pair of winter boots and wore them on an almost daily basis in the winter - along with their hats and gloves, and long underwear if they were going to be out long.

Seriously ya'll... quit your bitchin'.

When did Illinoisians get so soft? So its 4 degrees outside right now. Big fucking deal. If you have to be outside - dress for the conditions. Yes, it is cold. Trust me, you're not the only person in the state able to figure that fact out. You do not need to announce it to everyone who will lend an ear.

By the way, it is supposed to snow tomorrow morning. If you want to complain about it, fine. Find someone who moved here from south of Kentucky who thinks these conditions are abnormal 'cause I don't want to hear it.

On a lighter note, some of the pipes in our house apparently froze last night. The upstairs tenants were affected. The plus side to this is that now our landlord is aware of the problem and is having the pipes heat-wrapped so that it will hopefully not happen again.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted

Feb. 3rd, 2007 @ 09:44 pm
If you haven't seen Pan's Labyrinth (or, "The Labyrinth of the Faun", directly translated - it really has nothing to do with Pan), I recommend that you do so!

I found out that we're less than a ten minute walk away from the Art Theater and even though it's 5 degrees right now, it wasn't really that bad... It is a little chilly in here, though. Ah well.
Current Mood: coldcold

Jan. 30th, 2007 @ 09:57 pm
Wow. I just cleared out old podcasts and freed up over 5 GB of hard drive space. Heh.

Baby picture! Jan. 22nd, 2007 @ 12:25 pm
We heard our baby's heart beat this morning! Strong and fast. Everyone says that that means its a boy. We shall see. They ended up doing a sonogram to check something out (it turned out fine), and as a side result, we got to see the baby. We also found out that we're 11-12 weeks pregnant, not the 9-10 that we thought. So, definitely likely to be a July baby.

In this photo, you can see the baby's head on the right, its body on the left, and those two dots on either side are its hands. The legs are not visible here. It's 4.08 cm from the top of the head to the pelvis. If you look closely at the head, you can make out the eyes and face, though it still looks like a little alien! The next sonogram (what would have been the first) will be in about 8-10 weeks, and things will be much better formed and more visible then.

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Current Location: Work
Current Mood: excitedexcited

Very Important Announcement Jan. 21st, 2007 @ 08:23 pm
Today we made what will be (as long as all goes well) the biggest announcement of our lives to our friends and family. I'm posting it on here for the many friends that we unfortunately don't keep up with via phone like we should.

Shelly is pregnant! She is 10-11 weeks now, and tomorrow we're going to the doctor for her first physical for the pregnancy and will most likely get to hear our baby's heartbeat.

Doing the math, we are currently expecting a due date in late July or early August.

Things have been a bit rough since Christmas. Thats when the morning sickness started, then the fatigue. She's actually been improving, but its still hit and miss as far as our social life. I know I've been giving some of you lame excuses as to why we can't go out, but this is why. Its also been very hard keeping this quiet, as we've known for sure since early December.

Shelly being as small as she is, she's already starting to show. Her pants are too tight for comfort unless they have elastic bands and her bra is on the largest hook instead of the smallest. Once she has a visible belly, I'll post periodic photos.

It feels great the people finally know.
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I joined ADF tonight. Woot.
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Work's been odd. It's hard to explain... but it just has been.

No more fallout overt the lap top. I'm still using it for iTunes at the moment. I was going to buy and iPod anyway, I just hate for it to look like that's the reason why.

ADF is starting to get really interesting. I really like the people I have met through it and we're starting to get serious about grove planning. I've been looking at a couple of festivals that are coming up and am getting a little excited about them.

In other news, it seems that I am being considered for one of the jobs I applied for at UIUC. Wish me luck there!

All for now. I should be off to bed soon. Just thought I'd update CAUSE I CAN.
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Finally! I have broadband again! This means that I might actually post to this thing once in awhile. I'll write more later - for now, I'm still working (from home) and have a set amount that I would like to get done sooner rather than later.
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The biggest news of late is that my photography will appear in a new gallery in Urbana starting Friday. The gallery is called Heartland Gallery and primarily features Celtic themed works, but also the works of selected local artists. In addition to the four pieces that will be up for the winter season, I will have my own show in May. If you want to get a postcard, make sure I have your address!

We're moving on the 29th to the new digs in Champaign. As luck would have it, Elephant Man moved out from above us at some point in the last week. It is now blissfully silent in our apartment, for the first time in twelve months. It almost makes me sad that we're moving - until I think about the fact that the next tenant could be just as bad and that we'll have a dishwasher, washer and dryer, and storage shed at the new place - not to mention central air and heat.

All for now. It is friggin freezing in here and I'm going to try to warm up before the end of my lunch break.
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For those who are wondering, I received a letter from UIUC's Graduate School of Library and Information Science today.

I was not accepted for Spring 2007.

I guess I can't complain too much. This is the first time in my life that I have tried to do something and not been given the opportunity. It comes on top of a frustrating work-day though. Tonight, I predict beer with my Gilmore.
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