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I do try to keep track, though I have to have it on a list, or I'll go way overboard.

Even when I had trouble meeting my rent, I always managed to get some aside for a new book once every month or so.  I don't know if that counts, however, as books could hardly be called "non-essential" in my opinion. However, I also tried to go out to eat somewhere semi-nice every once in awhile, which, since it was generally just me, and I'd catch the lunch menu, wasn't too straining to the dollars.

Well, to this day, my weakness is still books. To be precise, I've gotten hooked on the Doctor Who books, which, since they're a: imports and b: only in hardback, they set me back $12 apiece. So, unless I'm spending reward money or it's a buy-one-get-one deal, I have to limit myself to one per trip, generally less than once a month. Money isn't as tight as it was, but after 20+ years of practice, I know better than to allow myself free reign (time or money) at a bookstore! :D
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Hello party people!
 I don't think I've ever had cause to mention that I hate February, but I do. The weather is always crap, and for some reason, I ALWAYS get sick for most of the month. This time it's a low-grade coldish fluish thing that isn't doing anything major enough to go to the doctor, but won't go away and is screwing my already screwy sleep schedule up. Like today: I've been up for about an hour. Why, you ask? Because I went to sleep about twelve hours ago, and I only got three hours of sleep yesterday. So while I would like to say that I've just become nocturnal, that doesn't why I was up all day yesterday as well, so bugger. 
Anyway. I've been whining about sleep to anyone who would listen for quite long enough. Mostly, it's going well, but February is not a good time to get a retail job, because even without the recession it's the slowest time of year. So I've been painting and drawing and writing and reading...a lot. I found the used bookstore. And the music store. And I still have money. Wow. This is mostly because their fantasy section is pretty small, and because the music store doesn't really have a lot for non-guitar/rock band musicians. Since I'm a clarinetist (because it's the only thing I have), I just got reeds and new cork grease. I need to get the poor old thing recorked again, but I don't know what their rates are. Since it's not crucial that I have it at all times, I may just take it into Hill whenever I get back to Casper; they know me, and I know them, and their music store is better so I can get actual music.
Oh. Right. Casper. Holly, I'm trying to talk Scott into us coming down this coming weekend, after you's b-day, but it may end up being the weekend after, because he's coming home that weekend and he may want to stay here. Maybe if I volunteer to drive... We'd take my car anyway.

O...kay....LiveJournal decided to skip a line there, for whatever reason. Anyway, that's it. Haven't killed the demon cat yet, the house hasn't burned down, what else could I ask for? Take care, everyone!

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What with the previous report of fangirlyness being listed as on Christmas, and me going back and forth, and Scotty leaving again...well, let's just say I didn't get a chance to post zer loot.

Okay, this may take a bit because the two people who definitely got me summing on my list got a crapload of books for me. My dad got me Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (had it, but then lost it somewhere), Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning, The Historian (which wasn't on the list, but that's oki), a lovely new journal,and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Quite a haul, eh? My brother got me Philosophy and The Daily Show, which is odd because I got my dad Monty Python and Philosophy. I suppose it just proves we're related. He also got me Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. My mother-in-law is still finding books for me, and she gave me a whole box full, with more to bring back when I go home tomorrow. I also got an art set from the in-laws. Holly got me Punk: The Whole Story, Chelsea gave me a Nightwish t-shirt, and I got another DS game called Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja. Since my mom and sister live in Colorado, I haven't gotten the stuffs from them yet, as the weather down there has been even more crap than the weather here. Yume got a new fetch toy, and some big rawhide bones, and Neko got a catnip-filled mouse. They both love their presents. Neko carries his mouse around, and has hidden it so the dog wouldn't take it. :D

I think that's it...I'm using my normal method of remembering, which consists of looking around until I can remember what else I got. Oh! I did get a $30 gift card from Dad for Amazon and a $25 Visa gift card from my mom, which promptly went into getting the two Nightwish concert DVDs, and, thanks to Chelsea, I also have a five-foot poster hanging by my stairs. Hey, I'm not the only one contributing to my fangirlyness. And it makes me moderately easier to shop for. So does the list, but hey, who's complaining? Not me. :P

I hope 2008 treats everybody well; so far it's going iffy for me, but that's just because Scott had to leave again, this time for Biloxi, Mississippi. He'll be back around Valentine's Day. And, hey, I can go back to being a fangirly insomniac and hogging the whole bed. ^.^ Happy New Year, everyone!
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 Warning: Rant. May contain (okay, okay, DOES contain) mature language. A lot of it. Err...well... seriously, I can't help it. It just comes out.

Okay, first of all, I haven't had the chance to see "The Golden Compass" yet, so this can be considered a partially-informed rant. However, I am totally aware of the plot, as I own and have read "His Dark Materials" not once, but several times. Since half the complaints I've seen about it are by people who also haven't seen it, I'd say we're on even footing.

For those of you that are unaware (seeing where I'm at, I rather doubt there IS anyone), "The Golden Compass" is based off the first book in a trilogy by Philip Pullman (and no, I'm not making up what I'm reading now; I've been reading it for most of the evening), which is, shall we say, theologically radical? However, my argument with the people who keep complaining about the heresy of it all is that it's FICTION. Fiction means that it's ALL MADE UP. Seriously. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, to use a churchy metaphor, but what kind of person has enough spare time and energy to complain about a movie they haven't seen, are not going to see, and is based off a children's tale?

As has been pointed out by various fantasy writers (David Eddings, Piers Anthony, etc), most of them choose either blatant or subtle paganism as the spiritual basis for their realm. It's just easier, since Magic was declared heresy ever so long ago. Even J.R.R. Tolkien, a man of devout faith, went the general route of paganism, although, of course, there are overlaps, due to his faith being so much a part of him. Obvious and many though they are, they still don't change the fact that the basic faith is paganistic. (I hate that word, but I can't really think of a better one just at the moment) My point is, to have this magical thing writers call "Plot," you have to have conflict. Philip Pullman was not interested in wars between men, or wars between races; he went a theological route instead. And I give him credit for having the balls to do it, let me tell you. WAS there this much hullaballoo when the books came out? I didn't have constant Internet at the time, so I couldn't say, so someone, please, let me know.

It isn't just this movie that gets up my nose on this subject: It's anything like it. There was a fair amount about The Lord of the Rings, there still is about Harry Potter. WTF??? Didn't you people like hearing stories about magic when you were kids? I know I did. Movies are the storybook for so many kids now that I'm THRILLED that they're doing so many literary adaptations, because it introduces the stories, and makes some kids want to know more. I have had my quibbles with The Lord of the Rings (laugh, Holly; go for it), but I appreciate what Peter Jackson did for this generation, not all of whom had fathers like mine. Fantasy in general is getting a much better representation because of those movies. "The Golden Compass" and "Eragon" might not have even come out if Jackson's trilogy had bombed. If they had, they wouldn't have been so well-regarded by the "mainstream" (I'm a gamer; don't get me started)........

I had a point, but I think I may have lost it (and my audience *poke* you still there?). Kidding. My point is this: There is a fundamental reason for the classifications of "Fiction" and "Nonfiction" and I think some people need to remember why that is.

Hmm... well, that could have been worse, trust me. It may get worse, after I see the movie. Who knows? (Originally posted on DeviantArt, but I decided to share with everyone else, too :D)


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