chibimonnie: (cas- fbi)
2011-10-20 07:35 am
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Let us all speak up!

My great-uncle Tony is a really cool man (we're certainly closer on the political spectrum than my grandfather and I are!). He sent me the e-mail below:

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only
3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.


If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete. You are one of my 20+.. Please keep it going.
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2011-10-16 09:14 am
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How My Week Went from Crap to Shiny

This week sucked. I got reamed out by agents several times, was handling all of my work plus my colleague's who was out. Also, I found out that my cousin, Christiana Fesmire was murdered. She went missing over the summer. Her killer has been arrested, but her body still hasn't been found. It's a pretty messed up story. Apparently she had been working as an escort and when her parents found out they disowned her. She was killed that very same night. I just can't wrap my head around this. And in other family news my deceased uncle's ex-wife had some sort of mental breakdown. Their sons are now staying with other relatives. It's been one hell of a week.

It hasn't been all crap, though. Last night was date #2 with John. We went to New Hope and had dinner at Fran's Pub. We spent the next several hours wandering around the town, looking out at the river, talking, and kissing. The last two nights have been magical. I keep pinching myself to be sure that I'm not dreaming. I mentioned something along those lines to John and he said, "Maybe it's just our time." I'm looking forward to seeing what grows between us and where this goes.
chibimonnie: (stoner cas smile)
2011-10-14 09:06 pm
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Went on a first date tonight. It was awesome! Had dinner at Bonefish Grill and split a yummy dessert. We talked about so much. Even had a few long moments of silence and none of them were awkward. He's not my usual type- not a geek or an academic. He's in construction, a bricklayer. Very outdoorsy. Also a total gentleman and very sweet. Looking forward to our next date!
chibimonnie: (cas- fbi)
2011-10-06 09:42 pm

Things that make you go Hmmm

Last night I spent some time with my parents. I mentioned that I might go down to Philly to join OccupyPhilly. Mom then warned me about "allying [my]self with those weirdos." Ironic considering the generation she came from. I imagine her parents said much the same thing about the sit-ins and protests of the 60s.

While my parents are not exactly in the top 1%; they're certainly in one of the higher grossing percentages than most people. But Dad is a small business owner and he's getting the shaft. Gov't is so busy looking out for Big Business interests that small business owners like my dad have no one looking out for them. Which is unfortunate. I would love to work for someone like my dad. His employees are family and their families are his family. He, of course, has to keep profitability a priority (business would sink without that) but it's not his only priority. People are people, not ID numbers in a database. He knows each and every one of his sales people, their spouses, and their dependents. He knows that there are a lot of people depending on him keeping the boat afloat. With each business decision he makes he keeps those people in mind. I've never once heard Dad utter the phrase, "It's business, nothing personal." Because unlike massive corporations, small business owners like my dad recognize that it's impossible to truly separate the business from the personal. All business decisions have an impact on personal lives- from livelihood to work/life balance. Too bad Big Business can't remember that, too.
chibimonnie: (cas don't think so)
2011-08-29 08:14 pm
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Too Close To Home

I don't know how many of you heard about the shooting in Buckingham the night of the hurricane, but that happened down the street from where I grew up. I knew Carrie Ruehl, her mother, and her younger sister Emily. We waited at the bus stop together in elementary and middle school. Carrie was a few years ahead of me in school, but she was always nice. This kind of thing just doesn't happen in Buckingham. It's one of those wealthy, uptight suburbs. Or, at least it was. This bastard. was Carrie's ex. He shot her, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's 10 year old son down in VA. Then the fucker came up here and shot Mrs. Ruehl. Mr. Ruehl died several months ago. Now Carrie and her mom are dead. I heard about the shooting yesterday, but only today learned the victims' identities. I can't wrap my head around this one.
chibimonnie: (calvin- don't panic)
2011-08-27 11:28 am
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Come On Irene

I've been humming "Come on Aileen" for the last three days, just waiting for the hurricane to hit. I've been up since 4:30am, thanks to my little Punk. She's been restless since I got home from work yesterday. Shadow, however, remains serene. We're supposed to see the worst conditions overnight tonight and into early tomorrow morning. Flooding is a big concern around here; fortunately I live in a 2nd floor apartment so don't anticipate much (if any) damage. This will be the first hurricane I've weathered alone. But! I'm stocked up on candles, batteries, and Chef Boyardee should I lose power. Cell phone is fully charged, there are fresh batteries in my radio, laundry and dishes are done, and there's a full tank of gas in the car. So, I think I'm set. Now to get ready for my step-sister's surprise 30th b-day party.

To everyone in Irene's path- STAY SAFE!

P.S. OH! Almost forgot to mention that I signed up for Aikido lessons at Bucks County Aikido. Lessons start Sept 6. Very excited!
chibimonnie: (calvin- don't panic)
2011-08-06 06:02 pm
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Time may change me...

On Thursday night I had dinner at my parents' with my sister Beth. It was a lot of fun and the food, as always, was delicious. I ended up staying almost 3 hours after Beth left. Dad and I got caught up on the last several months. And then he threw me a curve ball (it's about as athletic as we get in my family. lol).

The Curve Ball )
chibimonnie: (cas- fbi)
2011-07-26 07:46 pm
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I have a confession to make. Somewhere along the line I became a corporate professional. I came to like my job and the related perks- stable hours, good pay, and better benefits. Financially I am more stable than I've ever been in my life. Mentally, too. I have mixed feelings about this. I hate that I am not only condoning the corporatization of society, but I am also perpetuating it. The thing I used to rail against, the system I abhorred has taken me in. My inner idealist wants to break away. My inner pragmatist wants to continue.

I'm looking for the middle ground. How do I live by my ideals while keeping a roof over my head? How do I keep my feet firmly rooted while letting my mind soar? Can I improve the world by working within the system? Or do I need to break away in order to effect positive change?

I don't know.
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2011-07-24 05:34 pm
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I <3 NY!

Today is a huge day for marriage equality. Same-sex couples can now marry in NY, starting today.

I know we still have a long way to go before there is true equality across the US, but this is a victory and victories should be celebrated. So congrats to everyone- gay and straight- getting married in NY today. I hope your marriages are blessed with much joy.

chibimonnie: (cranky hobbes)
2011-07-22 05:51 am
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It's not even 6am yet and the temperature has already reached 82F. The high for today is supposed to be 100 with a heat index of 115. WTF? OK, look, I know it's summer. But this is PA, not the freaking desert. We had a ridiculous amount of snow over the winter. Now we're having a ridiculously hot summer. A friend commented that come winter she'll be missing this weather. Not me! I don't miss winter now and I won't miss summer when winter comes. Too hot and too cold both make me cranky What ever happened to spring and fall? They're the seasons that I love.

But in less whiny news, tomorrow I'm going to see Harry Potter! Yay! This is both exciting and sad. It's hard to believe this is the last movie. At least when I finished the books I still had more movies to look forward to. Must remember to take tissues!
chibimonnie: (stoner cas smile)
2011-06-12 06:53 pm
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Daily Rune: Uruz

Today's rune is Uruz. Uruz represents Aurochs, the giant (extinct) wild ox of Europe. It is a rune of strength- both physical and mental, health, and for women: fertility, femininity, womanhood. It is a stone of endings and new beginnings.

Pretty appropriate following on yesterday's rune, Hagalaz. The theme of change continues. This rune, though, implies forward momentum and hope. I have the strength to make the changes that I need to make.

I've contacted several local organizations about volunteer opportunities.:

1. Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Tutor - After school tutors who will work with refugee minors to help them with their studies. Tutors must be willing to travel to the youth which includes the Montgomery County area.

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2. Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue - When dispatched, Greater Philadelphia Search And Rescue responds to your request for assistance, so "That Others May Live". Through our trained members and mutual aid we are proud to offer assistance in a wide variety of services and resources including: * Wilderness SAR * Urban SAR * Collapsed Structure SAR * Rope Rescue * Ice Rescue * Water Rescue * Cadaver Search & Recovery * Disaster Assistance Response Team.

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3. Volunteer in Nepal - Our orphanage program, located in Lalitpur (Patan), Kathmandu and Bhaktapur provides children with basic necessities like education, food, shelter, health facilities, in a nurturing community environment. Our programs allow you to take part in meaningful community service work, while discovering the people, sights, smells and tastes of Nepal. (From the web site, it looks like this would be a 1 month commitment. Couldn't do it right away, but something to keep in mind for the future.)

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chibimonnie: (calvin- don't panic)
2011-06-07 08:01 pm
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Trip Itinerary

Holy crap, less than 2 weeks until I go! I finally got my itinerary. The company is providing transportation to and from the airport and we have direct flights each way. So, no layovers- yay!

Saturday, June 18
Depart Newark, NJ at 8:30pm
Arrive Delhi, India at 8:15pm

Staying at Hyatt Regency Delhi

Friday, July 1
Depart Delhi, India at 10:50pm
Arrive Newark, NJ on Saturday, July 2 at 4:25am

My laptop will not be going with me. The screen is just too unpredictable. Not to mention all the stuff I'd have to clear off the hard drive before trying to take this baby through Customs. I'm hoping to get some computer time at the office. If the standards at the India site are like the ones here, Facebook is the only social networking site that I'll be able to access. You can find me here. My FB is friends only. If you drop a friend request, please put something in the comments that you know me from DW or LJ. I'll be taking my paper journal with me and a camera. Be prepared for a massive trip report after my return!
chibimonnie: (stoner cas smile)
2011-06-02 04:38 pm


My sister got tickets to see the Philadelphia Union play Real Madrid in July. AND SHE INVITED ME! So, not only am I attending my first live soccer football game, I get to see the smokin' hot Cristiano Ronaldo! If I'm lucky we'll get one of these topless moments. Yes, I am that shallow. ^.^

All in all the week seems to be on the upswing. Today was better than yesterday, which was better than Tuesday. I'm hoping that this upward trend continues. Finished the first draft of part one of the SPN fic yesterday and sent it off to my lovely beta readers [profile] commodoresexual and [profile] supernatgeekgirl. Not sure if I want to post as I finish each part or wait until it's all finished. I'm not fond of WIPs, so am leaning towards waiting.
chibimonnie: (calvin- don't panic)
2011-05-31 05:30 pm
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The Icon Says It All

Today totally sucked. They need a copy of my driver's license for my visa application; however, PennDOT has my license until 7/27. Also got a letter from the insurance co of the woman I was in the accident with. Yeah, she filed a claim of over $2,000. Because my insurance co still says that my policy was lapsed, I'm responsible. Fortunately, her insurance co is willing to work out a payment plan. Ok, how the hell did her car work cost more than mine? I needed a new goddamn axle. She drove away from the accident. And why the fuck did it take until now for them to contact me? WTF. AND! I have to pay a new deposit of $250 when I renew my lease. Plus the usual rent and bills. Guess I won't be doing any souvenir shopping on my trip- if I get to go at all. Oh and got my spring semester grade report- I was never withdrawn from my classes! So now I have an "Incomplete" and an "F". F this Rosemont. Why does the shit all come raining down at once? I'll just be over there beating my head against the wall and maybe cry a bit. It can't be any more painful than this day has been. Son of a bitch.
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2011-05-24 06:15 pm
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link - Joplin tornado: how to help.

[profile] shusu has some links up at her LJ

89 are confirmed dead at this time, but that number will surely rise.

City manager Mark Rohr announced the number of known dead at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly 6 miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town. Much of the city's south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins.

Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer said about 2,000 buildings were damaged, while Joplin fire chief Mitch Randles estimated the damage covered a quarter or more of the city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City. He said his home was among those destroyed.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Please consider giving, whether blood or money. Everyone's still reeling from the tornado outbreak in the South... this direct hit is pretty bad and pretty big.

And please pass this on, particularly on Dreamwidth.
chibimonnie: (cranky hobbes)
2011-05-24 06:02 pm
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WTF? Seriously?

Came home at 3:30 this afternoon to no power. Put in a call to PECO. It'll take up to two days to restore power, as the building is non-priority. *sigh* At least my gas is still on, which means I can cook and shower. This whole no power thing is mostly keeping me away from distractions, so I got quite a bit of writing done on the SPN fic this afternoon. Will probably return to it when I leave the library. It was a very long day run on very little sleep. This chibi is cranky.
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2011-05-01 03:57 pm

My Way

"There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way." Christopher Morley

I saw this quote posted on Twitter and it got me thinking. I've been struggling with whether or not I want to be a writer and a college professor. Am I loser if I quit at these things? Am I a "sell out" for working a corporate job? Has "the man" broken me? Have I caved to the demands of "mainstream society"? Am I weak? Have I settled?

The answer to all of these questions can be found in the above quote.

I was never truly an ambitious person. Rather, I was trying to prove myself to the world to prove to myself that I am strong. For a long time I defined success by what I achieved in comparison to other people, to society's standards, and to ridiculous standards that I set for myself. A writer is successful when she publishes. A scholar is successful when she has a Ph.D. But I've seen something I hadn't considered before. A free thinker is successful when she lives the way that suits her best.

Writing was a source of therapy, joy, and expression-- until it became a goal. From there it became a source of immense stress, doubt, and frustration. It's been months since I put pen to paper. There are stories locked up in my head because I've been wrestling with indecision.

Learning and teaching both can and do happen outside of the classroom. I do both every day at the office. And guess what? I don't have any extra letters trailing my surname. And again, I've put off studying Japanese on my own while I dance with the decision of returning to school.

I've come to realize that I treasure my freedom even more than my ability to write or my desire to teach. I have been successful in living my life my way. I change tack as needed or desired, whether anyone else agrees with me or not. Insert some Sinatra here, because you know what? I'm doing it my way.
chibimonnie: (stoner cas)
2011-04-30 07:18 pm

Back on the Bike and SPN Fannishness

After four days of a god awful stomach virus, I'm finally feeling like myself again. Better actually! I rode my bike six miles this morning. SIX MILES! (Caps, just in case you missed it. ^.^) I feel fantastic! Surprisingly. A couple of weeks ago I added some serious stretching to my daily routine. I'm starting to feel the pay off now. I can bend over without discomfort. My lower back isn't bothering me like it used to. And even my neck and shoulders feel like they might possibly be relaxing. It's a wonderful feeling when your body works like you want it to. Now that I have my stretching and aerobic exercise sorted out, I think it might be time to add some strength training. I'm also noticing a difference in my mood. A good difference. I'm feeling more confident. I think I might have sashayed a bit at the grocery store- a couple of guys checked me out! Me! Teehee!

SPN SPOILERS ) My love of Castiel only grows with every episode. I must admit to a wee bit of disappointment when there is an episode without him. My celebrity crush on Misha Collins has also grown to Paul Gross levels of crushiness. I've read a bunch of Sam/Dean/Cass, Dean/Cass, and Sam/Cass. Now I'm starting in on Dean/Sam, plus the addition of Crowley/Cass. Oh SPN, how you've eaten my brain.