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  1. First name: Heather
  2. Were you named after someone: Nope.
  3. Last name: Bales
  4. When did you last cry? About a month ago at Spirit Wind summer camp.
  5. Do you like your handwriting? Why dislike something that trivial about yourself? It makes you self-esteem plummet for no reason. Of course I love my handwriting!
  6. What is your favorite lunch meat? I prefer Wunderbar bologna.
  7. What is your birthday? 8 September, 1983
  8. What is your most embarrassing CD? I still own a Hanson CD. Pretty bad, huh?
  9. If you were another person would YOU be friends with you? When I was in a good mood, yeah. Otherwise, I might deck myself.
  10. Are you a daredevil? Nope.
  11. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? Yep; to protect someone from his or her-self, I will always choose to compromise myself to save him or her.
  12. Do looks matter? Not really, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t notice them.
  13. How do you release your anger? I yell. Plain and simple. Or pout, occasionally.
  14. Where is your second home? Heather’s house in Salem.
  15. Do you trust others easily? Nope.
  16. What was your favorite toy as a child?  Easy Bake Oven.
  17. What class in high school do you think was completely useless? Classes weren’t useless, but the people I was surrounded with were.
  18. Do you have a journal? Yep, online and written.
  19. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Noooo, of course not.
  20. Favorite movies: See previous entry
  21. What are your nicknames? Mommy, Martha, Big Red
  22. Would you bungee jump? Not a chance in hell! Well, if the guy I was tandem-ing with was hot, and smelled good, maybe. But I’d pee all over myself.
  23. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Nah. Why bother if you’re just going to have to retie them again tomorrow?
  24. Do you think you are strong? Nope, I Know I am.
  25. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Oh wow, that’s like asking me which breath I take during the day I like the best. All of them, except pistachio.
  26. Shoe size: 8-8 1/2
  27. What is your favorite color? Red, white and green.
  28. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Umm… my propensity to gain weight when I am comfortable. But I’m even coming to grips with that. I guess I don’t really mind most of  myself. Big step up from where I was two years ago. 
  29. Who do you miss the most? Daymen. Hands down.
  30. What color pants are you wearing right now? Ok, I’ll be honest. I’m not. Just a really long shirt.
  31. What are you listening to? Fear Factor on TV.
  32. Last thing you ate? Tuna fish sandwich.
  33. What is the weather like now? Sunny and warm.
  34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I would be that mystery color crayon you bought the box to try and it turns out being just another ordinary color.
  35. Last person you talked to on the phone? Heather
  36. First thing you notice about the opposite sex? His walk… and smell.
  37. How are you today? Doing well, thank you. How are you?
  38. Favorite drink? I love all kinds of tea, and diet Pepsi, and I can kick back with almost any dark beer and be supremely happy.
  39. Favorite sport? Bull Riding and Rugby.
  40. Hair color? At the moment, red.
  41. Eye color? Green.
  42. Do you wear contacts? When I’m not too lazy to put them in, yes.
  43. Favorite game? I love knowledge games. Trivial Pursuit, Oxford Dilemma… and any game you can play drunk and make an idiot of yourself is great!
  44. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Beatles, duh.
  45. What’s the furthest you’ve been away from home? Well, the furthest away could be considered the nearest depending on which way you go around the globe, but I suppose New Zealand or Japan.
  46. Do you have a crush? Well, kinda. I have an attraction. But not a crush yet.
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“From the halls of Montezuma

… To the shores of Tripoli.” Yes, ladies and gents, I may have finally made up my mind. I think I know what I’m going to do after school. Well, conditionally, I know what I’m going to do.

If I can get in shape and be able to complete my PT with a near perfect, or even somewhat respectable, score I will be joining the  United States Marine Corps. Yep, woman marine: fewer, prouder. It’s the only branch I would ever join. I respect all the others immensely (since I know a million people in each branch), but something about the close family nature and the hard core nature of the Marines just attracts me.

So as of right now, I’m contacting everybody I know in the Corps and asking about boot. Only problem is, I only know male Marines. I know not a single woman Marine, so I don’t know exactly what’s in store for me. My parents don’t even want me to consider it. Heather is supportive, but I don’t know exactly how she feels. Some people are skeptical, but I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something more in my life. Not even marriage and a family. This has replaced even those on my list of priorities. So, I’m really serious. I’m going to do this.

So if any of you see me complaining or doing something stupid, just remind me that Marines don’t act like that.

This recruit shall not fail. This recruit shall not quit. And this recruit shall become a US Marine.

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A Long Day Gone…

Today was one of the longest freakin’ days of the summer. I spent most of today cutting in a house in bushes and trees. Freakin’ pricky bushes! In case you didn’t hear the first time, I said: PRICKY BUSHES!!! I even had to get help at one point because I had too many stupid prickers in my back.

Then my stupid boss (ok, so sometimes I like him, and sometimes he annoys the piss out of me!) points out all the ways I could have done things differently. And none of them were the way I did it. RRRRR!!! I swear sometimes I just want to bap that stupid mop of hair he calls a head.

The bright side was, there weren’t too many times I had to get on a ladder today, and the homeowners we are working for currently are AWESOME! They bring us soda, and lemonade, and let us use their bathroom (which I have come to realize is not a given on any job). I kinda don’t want to finish the job. We’ve never had it so good. But I’m torn, because we want to give them a good paint job, quickly; awww, cra-ap. I guess we’re just going to have to give up the lemonade. 😦

Besides that, today I’m going to have a visitor to share my bed. Her name is Sable, and she is the best dog ever! A huge pure-bred Akida, and the smartest dog I’ve ever seen.  I wish I could buy her off her owners, but who would ever willingly give up such a great dog? Oh well, soon enough I will be getting my own puppy. A cute one from the pound. Heather and I are going after we move into our townhome. And I cannot wait! And his name is going to be Rugby.

Now that I’ve blown off steam, and shot the shit for a while, I am going to run and clean before Sable gets here.  

Pulire e di essere soddisfatta e sudata.

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“I lie there and spin out an elaborate fantasy about what I would wear if I were thin. I would have my hair cut into a super trendy style, and perhaps, if I dared, would have a few highlights spread throughout.
I would wear tight cream trousers, lycra crop tops, and the bits of flesh exposed would be taut and tanned. I would, I decide, even look fantastic in a bathrobe. I look at my old white bathrobe hanging on the back of the door, huge, voluminous. I love wrapping it around myself for comfort, trying desperately to ignore the fact that I resemble a balloon with legs.
But when I’m slim, I’ll keep the bathrobe. It will, being a man’s bathrobe, gather in folds of fabric around my athletic new body. The sleeves will hang down, obscuring my hands, and I will look cute and vulnerable.
Even first thing in the morning I will look gorgeous. With no makeup and tousled hair, I imagine meeting Mr. Perfect, and curling up in an armchair with the bathrobe wrapped around me, exposing just my long, glowing legs, my bony knees, and naturally he will be head over heels in love with me.
I think about this for a while, then I notice a box of cookies on the shelf. My God! I actually forgot about them, I actually forgot about food in the house.
No, I won’t. I’m being good now. But then surely it’s better to eat them, make them disappear, so there’s no more bad food in the house. Surely it’s better to finish them in one go than to eat them slowly and steadily over the course of a week. That way there won’t be any left after tonight, and the I can really start my diet. The one that’s going to work. The one that’s going to fulfill my fantasies.
Yes, I’ll eat them now and start again tomorrow.”

Alright, so yeah, that’s pretty much my philosophy on life thus far. However, I also recently realized, with the help of some wonderful young ladies and men I counseled at Spirit Wind Ministries’ Summer Camp, I am perfect the way God made me. And if this body is his way of keeping me from being with the wrong man before I find the man he made just for me, then I will bear this cross with dignity. Grudging dignity, yes. Rather sulking, unhappy dignity; but some form of dignity nonetheless. 🙂

Somewhere in here is a perfect person. And maybe this is perfection, the way I was meant to be. Maybe the reason I have developed the way I have is that the man who is meant for me is going to love me for me, not for my waist size. Though I do have some freakin’ hot assets, if I do say so myself! Hehehehe!! My friends, if you are struggling, please remember that your friends believe you are worthwhile and beautiful. And even if they don’t, I do. And if only one person cares, count yourself lucky. That’s one more than some people ever know they have. Love yourselves, love each other. I have to say, the latter is easier, even for me, and my attempt at a new outlook. But I will make you a deal. I will work on the former, if each of you will. And if so, then the world will be a much happier place. At least where all of us are concerned.

And you know what I think… if a load of beautiful-minded teenagers can look at me and see me as beautiful and funny and talented and lovable, then dangit so can I! I owe these wonderful people so much! Julie, Maggie, Lin, Hannah, Felicia, Amber, Adrienne, William, Phil, Matt, Dale, Tony, Lightfoot, and anyone else I forgot: I love you all so much! You have given me more than you will ever know, and I can only hope that I have given something back to all of you.

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My favorite word…

In my continuing search for my favorite word in the english language, I still cannot nail down just one. So here is my top ten. If you don’t know them, learn them, and use them! They’re a lot of fun to work into conversation and watch the confuddled expressions pass the person’s face, until they regain their composure and try to pretend they know what you just said!! Ok, so it might only be fun for dorks like me, but it is an endless source of excitement in my dreary life. Here goes:

  1. Scruple
  2. Ditty
  3. Draggletailed
  4. Jaunt
  5. Dulcet
  6. Lackadaisical
  7. Bonny
  8. Diapason
  9. Propinquity
  10. Bildungsroman

Alright, so there they are, so far. My top ten favorite words in the english language. Some are really just handy to throw around in classes where your professor thinks you are a blundering doof, but some are useful 🙂 Now, surprise me and try them out!!

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This is a quiz I stole from a friend, so don’t hurt me. And feel free to steal it from me, and become ostracized from the quiz-hating faction in the world along with me (and a lot of others, I believe).

Seven things you love

  1. Music
  2. Being n SAI
  3. Cooking
  4. Rugby
  5. Big trucks
  6. New Zealand
  7. Men!!!

Seven things you hate

  1. Being on 40-foot ladders all f-ing day long
  2. Traffic
  3. Bad break-ups
  4. Sunburns
  5. Drunken Strip Poker
  6. Narrow-minded people
  7. My car

Seven things in your room

  1. Keg-orator
  2. Queen size bed (yes, that’s right, room enough for a guest or two ;))
  3. Photo albums
  4. Laptop
  5. Cd Player
  6. Clothes, and shoes
  7. A rabbit, a blue dolphin, a pearl butterfly, love die… the list goes on (and is too tawdry to pollute my keyboard with its description 🙂 HAHAHA!!)

Seven things to do before death

  1. Go back to New Zealand
  2. Write a personal anthology of poetry
  3. Pick a career path
  4. Perform a recital
  5. Buy a new truck
  6. Learn how to fix my new truck, so it doesn’t end up like my car
  7. Fall in love, for good this time 🙂

Seven things you can do

  1. Procrastinate
  2. Sing
  3. Play piano
  4. Make people laugh
  5. Say the Greek alphabet backwards (thanks SAI!!)
  6. Get speeding tickets with astounding frequency
  7. Change a lightbulb all by my little old self (see there, Karl, told ya so!)

Seven things you can’t do

  1. Keep a man for more than a year and half since I left puberty
  2. Drink alcohol legally
  3. Fly
  4. Breath through my ears
  5. Open my eyes under water
  6. Get naked in public again (ok, so that’s a won’t, not a can’t)
  7. Stay in the same room with my mother without arguing

Seven things that attract you to the opposite sex

  1. His scent (cologne or otherwise)
  2. Eyes
  3. Smile
  4. Touch
  5. Ability to make me laugh
  6. Military insignia (allright, I really am Ms. Holly Hobby Horse of the US Armed Forces)
  7. Unique talents

Top seven movies (in no order)

  1. Stand By Me
  2. The Breakfast Club
  3. The Goonies
  4. The Outsiders
  5. Poltergeist
  6. Daddy Day Care
  7. Blue Collar Comedy Tour

Top seven things you say most

  1. G.Z. Pete
  2. Stupid ladders!
  3. He’s hot… I’m gonna go strike out. Wanna watch?
  4. Shi-it!
  5. Asshole!
  6. I can do it myself… (followed quickly by a ladder falling on my head)
  7. I hate this car!!! *@&#!

So most people probably don’t give a rat’s left teet to know this stuff, but I don’t give a rat’s left teet… And now, pathetic as it may be, I am off to bed before another long day of paiting houses. Ick. Yep, that sums it up. Ick.

Night all!

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