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Between October 20, 2000 and November 24, 2005 there were 294 entries and 1707 comments posted at this blog.



24.11.2004
yam sham

So tomorrow is Thanksgiving... I can't wait! Good food and fun with family. Can't beat that. We're having dinner here - Tina, Mike & the kids (aka my aunt, uncle & four cousins) are coming down for the day, so it should be lots of fun without being as insane as it was last year, when we had Dad's whole family over as well. Right now I'm just waiting for the pumpkin pie to finish baking, so I figured I should blog in the meantime since it's been almost two weeks. Oops! Bad blogging Anna.

I'm very sad that there is no new Lost on tonight. But I'm thrilled that Alias is going to follow Lost on Wednesday nights starting in January. Yay! Double JJ night. Almost (but not quite) as cool as Tuesdays used to be with double Joss night (I miss BtVS).

I picked up my DVDs of BtVS Season 7 last week and Prisoner of Azkaban yesterday... those were the two things I permitted myself to buy this month. Everything else is on my wishlist for the holidays. Need to save money for gifts for others. Though I'm still trying to spend less than I have in the past few years. Sometimes I tend to go way overboard. I desperately need to pick up my Christmas cards sometime this weekend or next week so I can get them ready to send. By the way, if any of you would like a card from me, please e-mail me with your address info, in case I don't already have it. smile

Speaking of Christmas-y stuff, I can't wait to play my Christmas CDs. Yes, I am a giant dork who LOVES playing Christmas music. Need to finish burning my new mix CDs of Christmas music, because after Thanksgiving, I'm allowed to play them as much as I want (it's wrong, wrong, wrong to do it beforehand).

Oh, before I forget thanks to everyone for the well wishes for Dawn & for all the comments on the new layout at Restless Innocence. I appreciate it muchly! grouphug

Ummm... anyways... I am thoroughly uninteresting today and can't think of much else to say, so I'm off. Happy Thanksgiving! turkey

anna banana rambled @ 21:31
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12.11.2004
crumbs from your table

So my poor kitty Dawn is sick yet again. She was throwing up last week, so we took her to the vet. They couldn't find anything wrong with her, other than a weird fuzzy spot on her lungs on the x-ray, but the vet didn't know what it was and the radiologist didn't come in until Tuesday. So on Tuesday we got a call to let us know that the radiologist had identified the spot as bronchial pneumonia (which explained all the coughing she was doing - which we had assumed was from a hairball related to the vomiting). So poor Dawn is now taking medication again. Other than the cough she seems to be doing okay and she LOVES the pill pockets we bought to tuck her pills in. So as far as she knows, the only thing wrong with her is the coughing. Hopefully it will disappear soon. She has to take the pills for two weeks and then goes back to the vet for another set of x-rays. Please keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for her speedy recovery!

Saw "The Incredibles" today and enjoyed it. It was very funny and the animation was just gorgeous. Pixar rocks! (Though I have to say that their next film, "Cars", looks completely boring and pointless to me. We shall see.) Anyways, I recommend the movie. Very cute and funny. Oooh... and the Episode III preview? AWESOME. I cannot wait! Laura and I were salivating throughout the trailer. We're such nerds.

In other fangirl news, I loved this week's episode of "Lost", however I have to say that I still dislike Sawyer. Not dislike as in I want to vote him off the show, because he's an excellent antagonist, but dislike as in the character is a sleazebag. I liked that the episode showed us where he came from and why he is who he is, but that doesn't make me feel sorry for him or make him a sympathetic character to me. It only made me understand why he made the choice to become Sawyer, but it was still his choice to make. Definitely not a Kate/Sawyer shipper, no matter how hot the kiss was, because I love Jack & Kate too much. But anyways, props to Josh Holloway. He was excellent in the episode, as of course, was everyone else.

And "Gilmore Girls" was good as well. THANK GOODNESS Rory and Dean are finally over (at least, I hope it's for good this time - it had better be!). I'm definitely loving Rory/Logan and can't wait to see them progress. Also, Richard and Emily once again proved how insane (but funny!) they are with their attempt to auction off Rory. Crazy people. But still funny.

Alrighty... must be getting to bed. I'm sure there was more I had to say, but I'm so tired that I'm blanking on it right now. Later gators!

Oh, almost forgot... I posted a new layout at Restless Innocence the other night. Luke/Lorelai, of course because I love them so! Leave me comments there and let me know what you think! smile

anna banana rambled @ 0:37
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05.11.2004
don't bend and break

"I'll reach out to everyone who shares our goals," said Bush, who 24 hours earlier had promised to try to win over those who voted for his Democratic opponent.

But wait... didn't he just say, "I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust... When we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

Now who's the flip-flopper? (Btw, I hate that term, but it just fit this situation.) I mean, honestly. Now he's basically saying "If you're not with us, you're against us." Hypocritical dipshit. Btw, I have to share this cover from the UK's Daily Mirror. If you voted for Bush, please don't click on it because I guarantee it will be offensive, but I can't help but enjoy it because it really is funny (even though I know my Republican friends are not dumb).

Anyways... I know we're all tired of politics (myself included), so I'll move on. But I do have to add, I LOVE "The Daily Show." No, really, people. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this show is just awesome. JON!

Moving on. Ummm... what the heck else is there to talk about? CSI was excellent tonight. We watched The Execution of Catherine Willows before the episode to get a refresher (since tonight's was a follow up to that 3rd season episode). Very glad we did because it was nice to have everything feel connected and fresh in our minds.

Lost was also excellent last night. I adore Dominic Monaghan. Mmmmm. Yummy. Sorry, I'm back. But wow, the Oasis allusions were just so obvious. I mean the brother was even named Liam? Come on. That was a bit much. Really really curious about the Sayid thing. Thankfully, I know he's okay since he's busy getting his torture on in the previews for next week. Oh yeah.

So I can't think of much else to add. Sorry folks. My brain is just not functioning on higher levels right now. I did want to say that my heart goes out to Elizabeth Edwards and the rest of her family, and I also want to share this portion of a Kerry response from the third debate because it's so well said and rings very true with me. I've put it under the cut because it is rather long, but I hope everyone will take the time to read it.

I believe that I can't legislate or transfer to another American citizen my article of faith. What is an article of faith for me is not something that I can legislate on somebody who doesn't share that article of faith.

I believe that choice is a woman's choice. It's between a woman, God and her doctor. And that's why I support that.

Now, I will not allow somebody to come in and change Roe v. Wade.

The president has never said whether or not he would do that. But we know from the people he's tried to appoint to the court he wants to.

I will not. I will defend the right of Roe v. Wade.

Now, with respect to religion, you know, as I said, I grew up a Catholic. I was an altar boy. I know that throughout my life this has made a difference to me.

And as President Kennedy said when he ran for president, he said, "I'm not running to be a Catholic president. I'm running to be a president who happens to be Catholic."

My faith affects everything that I do, in truth. There's a great passage of the Bible that says, "What does it mean, my brother, to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead."

And I think that everything you do in public life has to be guided by your faith, affected by your faith, but without transferring it in any official way to other people.

That's why I fight against poverty. That's why I fight to clean up the environment and protect this earth.

That's why I fight for equality and justice. All of those things come out of that fundamental teaching and belief of faith.

But I know this, that President Kennedy in his inaugural address told all of us that here on Earth, God's work must truly be our own. And that's what we have to -- I think that's the test of public service.

anna banana rambled @ 0:32
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04.11.2004
this land is bush's land

So I was going to write a long entry here about my disappointment, but how I hoped we could all come together as a country in the end, but Bush is already at it again.

From Yahoo! News:

In a quietly jubilant victory speech Wednesday that came a full 21 hours after the polls closed, Bush outlined the goals he plans to start work on immediately and pursue in the next four years, a period he termed "a season of hope."

He pledged to keep up the fight against terrorism, press for stable democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan, simplify the tax code, allow younger workers to invest some of their Social Security withholdings in the stock market, continue to raise accountability standards in public schools and "uphold our deepest values and family and faith."

Other items include reforms to the nation's intelligence community, halving the record $413 billion deficit, expanding health care coverage, a constitutional ban on gay marriage and moving "this goodhearted nation toward a culture of life."

"Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans," Bush said, as he asked Sen. John Kerry's disappointed supporters to back him although many of his proposals are anathema the opponents of his re-election.

"I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust," he said. "When we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.

President Bush, you may have won this election fair and square, but I still don't support you or think you are qualified to be in that office. How DARE you expect half of this country to work with you on goals that go against everything we believe in and care about. Your "values" and "faith" are not mine and I am disgusted that you still continue to shove them on me. How are you working to earn my support and trust? You have not offered one single compromise. You cannot expect to unite this country if YOU DON'T FUCKING LISTEN TO HALF OF THE PEOPLE IN IT!!! Whatever happened to the promise of "a uniter, not a divider?" You have done nothing but divide this country, and the wounds go deep. You have your four more years, so start using them to fix these problems, not make them worse.

I am so very angry right now. Last night and today have been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I've spent the day trying to talk to friends, Republicans included, and stay calm, but once again, Bush has driven me over the edge. He disgusts me. I CANNOT understand how this happened. I don't get it. I'm sorry. I just don't.

anna banana rambled @ 0:35
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01.11.2004
public service announcement

So, everyone else is doing it as well, but I still felt the need to remind everyone (like anyone in the US could forget) that tomorrow is Election Day, so that means it's your day to get out there and have your voice heard - VOTE! But please, please, please be a well informed voter. I'm not just talking about the presidential race, but everything else on the ballot as well. Here in CA we've got a ton of propositions to vote on and it might not be the easiest thing to figure out what they're about, but there are some great resources out there to help you. My favorite is smartvoter.org, a nonpartisan website run by the League of Women Voters, which is great at explaining propositions and measures in plain English for us non-lawyers-types (though I have a feeling smartvoter.org is just for CA... but it should provide links to the LWV websites for others states). There's also vote-smart.org, and I believe Democracy Network has some good resources as well. In any case, I encourage everyone to read up on the issues and get out and vote tomorrow.

And now that I'm off my soapbox, onto to other things... Dawn is healing up very nicely, so gracias to everyone who left her well wishes in the comments. smile We went back to the vet on Friday and he was very pleased with how the wound looked - there's a nice scab over it and there's no hint of swelling or inflammation. She has to stay on the antibiotics until the 5th, just to make sure the infection is completely gone, but other than that, she's fine. Yay!

I've been renting "Arrested Development" from Netflix and am loving it. SO very funny. I adore Jason Bateman as Michael, but I think Gob is my favorite. Now I'm in a dilemma as to what to do when the 2nd season starts since I already watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Charmed at that time. Hmmm hmmm. Might just wait and catch it on DVD next year, since that would be the easiest thing. We shall see.

Umm... what else? I can't wait to see "The Incredibles" this weekend. It looks so excellent and I adore anything related to Pixar. Also can't wait for November 16 when I'll finally own all of BtVS on DVD. Wheeeee!

Okies, I'm out of things to say... must watch more "Arrested Development." Later gators!

anna banana rambled @ 20:46
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