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Only six more weeks of tyranny! [Feb. 8th, 2006|06:20 am]
I know it's been forever since I've posted. Here's a super-brief update, and then a quiz result.

1) Jes and I have moved to Tempe. We have a super-cute house, with room for each of us to have a workspace. We have a coat closet, and a yard, (which the dogs love,) and it looks like there'll be enough space for everything once we finish with the unpacking. It's also very very very close to the university...

2) ...which is great, because most of my employment (19.5 hrs/wk) comes from playing piano and percussion for dance classes. I love this job. It's the biggest reason (but not the only reason) why we moved. This semester I have three ballet classes and two modern classes.

3) The rest of my employment is as a pianist at a Unitarian church here in town. It's about 12-14 times as large as the church I worked at in Tucson, and they have a music director, which means I don't have to do that entire side of things all by myself. She can direct the choir and pick the music, and I can play piano. When she was hiring for the job, she said she was looking for somebody who could step up and be more of a co-music director, an equal partner, if needed. I've certainly got that covered.

4) I'm also in the process of trying to get hired as a music teacher at a studio in south Phoenix, and as a tutor in the Tempe/Chandler area. I'm also about to try to get hired as a part-time science editor for an educational firm based out of the bay area.

5) Sorry I haven't been in better touch. If I haven't given you my new phone number or address, leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

And now, a quiz result:
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More quiz results and a little update [Dec. 2nd, 2004|06:23 am]
It's been a busy few weeks -- I went up to Oregon, got to see Jim M. for the first time in a couple years, and got to meet Jes's mom for the first time. I spent Thanksgiving with them. It was awesome beyond description. Jes's mom and I get along really well, and she said that she thinks I'm "a keeper."

Then I get back and I find out that this high school needs me to take over a set of freshman algebra classes for the rest of the semester, so I've been working with that a lot. Pretty labor-intensive... The old guy retired and decided to take all his sick days for the rest of the year. I'm glad he did, because he'd pretty much given up on the kids already. It's a case of some serious educational neglect, as far as I'm concerned.

The dance project I've been working with performs tonight and Saturday night! I'm so excited about it! This number is much much more effective than the other ones were last semester, which really validates our methods in my mind. This time around we've spent a lot more time working on teaching the dancers the structure of the tunes, developing connections between the dancers and the musicians, and making sure we had a good solid foundation before working on a piece. Yeah, we pretty much kick ass. ^_^

Anyway, new quiz, stolen from aerou:
You scored as alternative. You're partially respected for being an individual in a conformist world yet others take you as a radical. You have no place in society because you choose not to belong there - you're the luckiest of them all, even if your parents are completely ashamed of you. Just don't take drugs ok?




Lower Class


Upper middle Class


Middle Class


Luxurious Upper Class


What Social Status are you?
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How can I say no to a quiz this weird?? [Nov. 30th, 2004|01:22 pm]
You are a scoop of coffee with a crayon it in.
You're naturally perky, and you tend to get
distracted. You're entertained by simple
things. You can't focus. You're rather
carefree. You're annoying to some, and loved
to death by others. You're a socialite. What
can we say?

The Whats In Your Kitchen Personality Test
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2004|07:29 pm]
one more thing:

You Are the Investigator


You're independent - and a logical analytical thinker.

You love learning and ideas... and know things no one else does.

Bored by small talk, you refuse to participate in boring conversations.

You are open minded. A visionary. You understand the world and may change it.

i know, i know. nothing from me in weeks, and nothing all that substantial tonight. my apologies.
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2004|07:17 pm]
from the columnist Matt Miller at

"As an aside, isn't it now clear that a better investment of all those liberal billionaires' millions would have been to buy [Karl] Rove a nice desert island if he'd only have agreed to retire from the game? Wouldn't that have been infinitely more consequential for the campaign than all those 527 ads?"

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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2004|05:50 pm]
I know I've done this at least twice before, but this one's for Sekone:

A) Recommend to me:
1. a movie:
2. a book:
3. a musical artist, song, or album:

B) I want everyone who reads this to ask me three questions, no more, no less.

C) If you are up to it, copy and paste this into YOUR livejournal and allow your friends the same pleasure.

Life is craaaazy.

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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2004|12:08 am]
got this from nathan:

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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2004|05:51 pm]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]
[Current Music |US3 -- Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)]

it's been a while since i found a good quiz, but then here comes Beth to shave the day!

Grover on X
Grover on Ecstasy

You're funny, you're loveable, you're entertaining,
you like to call yourself "Super
Grover!"--You're obviously on ecstasy.
But that's why we love you. Be careful, ok?

Which Sesame Street Muppet's Dark Secret Are You?
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three things... [Sep. 16th, 2004|08:57 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

1) jes is awesome and wonderful and i love her tremendously and she makes me very happy. not braggin', just sayin'.

2) since my man jared abandoned the name, my new jazz project will be called FOUR COLOR PROCESS. he said i could use it.

3) i am serving for jury duty today, whoopeee. i haven't been called for any cases yet. right now i'm just waiting and reading.

MMW better watch their collective six-buttocked ass,

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my new girlfriend and i out on a walk... [Aug. 5th, 2004|03:35 pm]

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