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Amanda
If there' s a breaking news story, do you check online for current details or do you turn on the radio or TV?


I check online because you can instantly find what you're looking for since you don't have to wait through commercials or the program line up to see what you want to see.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: boredbored
 
 
Amanda
01 April 2010 @ 12:51 am
What Goddess Energy Are You?

I took the "What Goddess Energy Are You?" quiz and the result is Freyja.
You are Freyja. A Goddess of wisdom, favoring knowledge, and the expansion of the mind. You are intelligent, and studious, pairing your womanly intuition with your sharp intellect. You see the value of knowledge, and are always learning. Your knowledge gives you confidence which makes you a good leader. Your environment is often a blend of many styles, or none in particular, but as long as it feels right to you, you're comfortable. You enjoy schedules and structure and hate to feel rushed, or hectic. With this Goddess energy you find yourself being one step ahead of the rest, remember to slow down now again, and just let loose.

All fits me pretty well except for the whole confidence part, lol.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Major Tom (Coming Home)- Peter Schilling
 
 
Amanda
01 April 2010 @ 12:03 am
Do you believe that a higher power controls our fate or that we choose our own destinies?


I think that we choose our own destinies. If I had no choice whatsoever in my life, why not just kill myself now? Sort of melodramatic, I know, but come on... I want to believe that *I* am actually in control of my own life.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Music: Mary without Sound- Motion City Soundtrack
 
 
Amanda
01 April 2010 @ 12:01 am
Do you believe there is other intelligent life in distant galaxies? If no, why not? If yes, do you believe this is something to be feared and avoided or actively sought out?


Sure. I don't see any reason why not. I think it's sort of egocentric to believe that in the massive "thing" that is the universe, that Earth is the ONLY planet capable of sustaining life.

That being said, I don't think it's something we should actively seek out. We already have enough problems here on Earth with each other. Imagine putting an entire other species into the mix. It would be utter chaos. Until there's total peace on Earth, maybe we should just deal with ourselves first.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Music: All I Am- 36 Crazyfists
 
 
Amanda
28 March 2010 @ 12:40 am
What's the best movie you've seen so far this year? How about the best song? The best book?


My times start blurring together, so I can only attempt to answer this properly. I've kept up with the books I've read since the beginning of the year, and embarrassingly, there are only 6 so far, and most of it was fluff lit. My fave of the 6 I've read though was "Tex" by S.E. Hinton.

I've been keeping up with the movies I've seen since March 12th, because I'm curious about how many movies I watch in a year. But since 3/12 I've seen 22 movies. That's a LOT of movies, but that's pretty much what I do at work is watch movies since it's just me here all alone all night long. Anyway, of those 22, the best one I've seen is... Memento. It's a close run between Memento, The Brothers Bloom, and Delicatessen, but I think Memento had a much more intriguing story. The Brothers Bloom was very exciting and you had to think while watching it which I enjoyed. Delicatessen was just really strange and funny and had a lot of pretty cinematography. I like all of them a lot.

The best song I've heard so far this year is Simon and Garfunkel's "I am a Rock." I know it's a really old song, but this year is the first time I've ever heard it. I just really enjoy the melody, and the lyrics describe me so well. Not perfectly, but for the most part, I can really identify with the lyrics.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Running Out of Days- 3 Doors Down
 
 
 
Amanda
28 March 2010 @ 12:25 am
What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?


I remember being younger and watching stuff about OJ Simpson's trial at the baby sitter's. It didn't really affect me then. It just made me bored; I wanted to watch cartoons-- not the news!

When I was in the 4th grade, there was a shooting at my school, and that scared me a lot and made me worry, but I didn't know anyone who was killed, and luckily, I wasn't there for the actual shooting since I was in Elementary school, and it happened at the middle school.

When I was in the 8th grade, I was sitting in Mrs. Horner's Career Orientation class, and we turned the news on once everyone heard about 9/11. That was very scary to me. It made me start worrying about getting involved in wars and having to live like they do in other countries that you see in movies and on the news where it is very poor and you are constantly having to worry about bombs dropping out of the sky. It still frightens me, but I'm less frightened now since that was a few years ago.

I guess the 9/11 affected me most since it was the first major historical event that I ever lived through. It made me think about world outside of my high school for the first time really.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Going Down in Flames- 3 Doors Down
 
 
Amanda
28 March 2010 @ 12:17 am
If a catastrophe struck and you had to leave your home in a hurry (and never return), what items would you grab in your last ten minutes, and why?


I would grab my DVD collection because a) it's awesome and b) I've invested a lot of money into it. I would also grab my laptop and my iPod for the same reasons. It would be hard to "grab" my book collection because there are so many, but if I had 10 minutes to grab, I would take a couple of my favorites: White Oleander, Tiny Deaths, Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and then all of my Vonnegut books. I would also grab my scrapbook full of old pictures (pre-digital age) since I don't have any other copies of those pictures. And I would grab my current journal. All of my other journals are in storage, so I wouldn't have to worry about them.

So, to reiterate:
DVDs
Laptop
iPod
Fave Books
Scrapbook
Journal

I think I could grab all of that in 10 minutes.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Changes- 3 Doors Down
 
 
Amanda
28 March 2010 @ 12:09 am
What's the most embarrassing CD or track in your music library? How often do you listen to it? Do you share it with your friends or keep it to yourself?


I still listen to the Backstreet Boys. :D I'm only slightly embarrassed. I don't mind admitting it to my good friends and family because they know me and they might just laugh or even admit that they do too. It's not something I would admit to someone I'm just getting to know though.

"So what kind of music do you like?"
"Oh, you know... Bright Eyes, The Weakerthans, The Postal Service, The Backstreet Boys."
"WHAT?!" *they slowly start backing away, never to return."

I'll never break your heart; I'll never make you cry; I'd rather DIE than live without you... :)

 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: I'll Never Break Your Heart- BSB
 
 
Amanda
19 March 2010 @ 01:53 am
A winter's day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of love,
But I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.


 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: No Lies, Just Love- Bright Eyes
 
 
Amanda
19 March 2010 @ 01:01 am
If you could be invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do? Do you think you might be upset by what you discovered?


I would definitely go to places for free. Like I would sneak into theatres and museums and concerts. That may sound bad and like stealing, but hey, I'm frickin' invisible! At least I'm not doing something weird like running around naked and rubbing against people, lol. I definitely would not hang around people I know if they didn't know I was there, because I would really hate to hear something that they really didn't want me to hear. I believe that people should be entitled to their secrets and opinions they don't feel like sharing with everyone. I would be tempted to do something like "haunt" my boyfriend and knock stuff over and go "ooooh." Lol. But, yeah, the main thing I would probably do is sneak into places. Especially places you need membership to get in like private clubs or something.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Music: I'll Be Your Friend- Bright Eyes
 
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:30 am
How often do you watch TV shows or movies on your computer? What determines whether you watch on your TV versus your computer?


I watch Netflix Instant Streaming on my computer while I'm at work, and sometimes at home. Generally at home, I prefer to watch movies on a bigger screen. But I don't have any way of connecting my Netflix to my TV, so if I want to watch an Instant Stream movie, I have to watch on my laptop which isn't that big of a deal since it has a pretty good picture.
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:25 am
Do you think a marriage license should have a renewal or expiration date, just like a driver's license?


No, I don't think so. If you decide to get married, you should have put a lot of thought into it beforehand, and truly get to know your partner. I'm not saying I'm opposed to divorce, because I realize that sometimes people change for the worst, and no one should ever be forced to stay in an abusive relationship. But a lot of divorces are just because people grow bored with each other or they realize that so and so's habit irritates the living crap out of them. I think you should definitely get to someone on the deepest level possible before making a life long commitment like marriage.
 
 
Current Location: Work
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:17 am
If you could only listen to one music genre for the rest of your life (classical, rock, jazz, etc.), what would you choose, and why?


Rock. It can be upbeat, sad, wonderful, etc. Also, it has really nice music; I really enjoy listening to guitar solos. And listening to rock sometimes makes me feel like a badass, which is a nice feeling, lol. Also: It's not much fun trying to play air guitar to techno.
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:15 am
How would you describe your life so far in a six-word sentence? How often would your 'life sentence' change?


Perpetually waiting for the next step.
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:13 am
Do you have a decided preference between cats and dogs? Which do you prefer, and why? Would you consider a roommate or partner who had a contrary pet proclivity?


I much prefer dogs. They are just more friendly and cute. Cats never wait for you to come home.

Coming Home Scenario:
Dog: "Oh, boy! You're home! I'm so excited! Let's play! Feed me! I love you! Yay! You're home!"

Cat: "Meh. When did you leave?"

Dogs are much more fun to play with. If you throw a ball a dog will fetch and bring it back and maybe play tug of war. A cat would either look at you disinterestedly or walk over to the ball, sniff it, then go take a nap.


I wouldn't mind a roommate with a cat. It's not that I hate cats. I just think they are boring. Dogs are much more fun. I want a pet I can cuddle with and love. Not one that treats me as an inconvenience.
 
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:09 am
Is there any book you can read over and over again without ever getting sick of it? Do you discover something new every time you read it?


White Oleander by Janet Fitch.

I just think it's beautiful and I absolutely love the characters.
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 07:04 am
The eighties were known as the Me decade. The nineties have been called the Electronic age. So far, what would you label this decade?


I've decided to be child-free. I made this decision on my own. It was mainly everything building up that made me realize that I never want children. Seeing whining children in the stores, realizing I would have to donate an ENORMOUS portion of my life to someone who may turn out to be ungrateful, wanting to be able to do and experience a lot in my life that would be so much easier without lugging children around, not wanting to have to deal with the responsibility of another human life. My boyfriend now isn't sure whether or not he wants kids. Honestly, though, it's kind of a deal breaker. If he insists upon having children, then I'll have to tell him to find someone else. Hopefully it won't come down to that, but I really don't want to sacrifice my life and my desires for someone else. Also, I really hate kids. They are so loud, annoying, gross, etc. I'm sorry if that makes me sound like a bad person, but I know what I want out of life, and a screeching, unidentified-sticky-substance-covered, poop filled pants kid is not what I want.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: blahblah
 
 
Amanda
The eighties were known as the Me decade. The nineties have been called the Electronic age. So far, what would you label this decade?


The Convenience decade. Everyone's always trying to find ways to do something faster, more efficiently, etc. I think it boils down to laziness, honestly.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: okayokay
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 06:57 am
If the interior discussion in your head were indexed by category, what would the five most recurring subjects be?


Movies

My Boyfriend

Money

Myself

Fantasy Situations (You know... planning out that *perfect* conversation that you never seem to be able to have, lol)
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: okayokay
 
 
Amanda
15 March 2010 @ 06:53 am
If you could choose which fashions would go out of style permanently, what would you choose, and why?

1. Uggs: They are ugly. And make NO sense when it's warm outside.

2. Crocs: They are ugly. And I tried them on once to test out this whole "comfort" theory. They're not any more comfortable than flip-flops are, and flip-flops don't look quite so stupid.

3. Gauged Piercings: They can be gross once they start getting too big. And once people get sick of them, they have no choice but to continue wearing them or be left with an unsightly, gaping hole in their ear/lip/whatever.

4. Skinny Jeans: Most girls can't pull these jeans off. I'm not saying that to be mean, because I know I couldn't pull them off either. But seriously, you have to be stick thin with long legs for these to even look right. And I HATE seeing guys wearing skinny jeans. It's just wrong. I don't like seeing guys in baggy pants, but I really don't like seeing them in skinny jeans. Can't people just wear stuff that fits properly?

5. Low Rise Jeans: Ew. People are always having to pull their jeans up and do that whole jiggle dance where they grab their belt loops and jump from side to side to get their pants up. It's ridiculous. Also, I don't particularly enjoy seeing people's underwear or ass crack if I happen to walk up behind them while they are sitting down.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: okayokay
 
 
 
Amanda
21 February 2010 @ 03:54 am
If you were given two weeks off with an unlimited supply of money that was only good for those two weeks (anything you purchased, invested, or saved would disappear when the two weeks were up), what would you do?


I would spend it on an island. How cliche, right? But I think it would be excellent to stay on an island. A nice vacation house, plenty of food, no phones or internet, a butler and a masseuse. Just me and my boyfriend. Only other people on the entire island would be the staff and they would be completely out of sight when I didn't want them there. How great would that be? Sailing, surfing, hammocks, breezes, swimming. Excellent.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
Amanda
21 February 2010 @ 03:50 am
Given the choice, would you prefer to be a world-class (visual or performing) artist or an intellectual genius? Which, in your opinion, would facilitate a more fulfilling career and social life?


I would want to be an artist. Specifically film making. I would enjoy being a director. I would like to be an intellectual too, but if I had to choose it would be artist. I think it would get lonely after a while having so much knowledge. It might make me feel like I can't really relate to people anymore. But who knows? I think that being an artist would have a more fulfilling social life, but that intellectuals might make more money. So, take that for whatever it means.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: blahblah
 
 
Amanda
16 February 2010 @ 01:34 pm
What are the best and worst love songs of all time? Are there any that have special meaning to you (whether positive or negative)? Why?

My favorite love song: "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

My least favorite love song: "I'll Be Watching You" by The Police or Sting or whatever... It's just creepy!

None have particular meaning for me. I just tend to think of my boyfriend when I hear DCfC's song. It's so pleasant.
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Help!- The Beatles
 
 
Amanda
16 February 2010 @ 01:29 pm
What ten words would you use to describe yourself? If your friends were asked to describe you, how closely would all the lists match up?


Ten Words to Describe Me:
1) Honest
2) Dependable
3) Smart
4) Obsessive (not like *crazy* but more like one track mind)
5) Neat-freak
6) Sarcastic
7) Contemplative
8) Worried
9) Weird
10) Stubborn

I think my friends lists would add up pretty closely with this. I think I'm gonna ask them now. :)
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Another Girl- The Beatles
 
 
Amanda
16 February 2010 @ 01:23 pm
What are your all-time favorite snacks? Do you have different snacks for different activities (such as chips at work/school; Cheetohs during deadlines, or popcorn during movies/gaming)? How often does your taste in snacks change?


I absolutely *LOVE* Cheez-Its! I haven't eaten them in a while though, because I'm trying to lose weight. Here lately I've been eating Sunflower Seeds a lot and Cocoa Roasted Almonds. They are very good! Still not as good as Cheez-Its, but they're better for me. My favorite potato chips are Cheddar and Sour Cream. My favorite ice creams are Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies-n-Cream. I think that about sums it up. Oh, I also LOVE cashews. Cutting candy out for this year, so I don't even want to *think* about candy right now, lol.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Tell Me Why- The Beatles
 
 
 
Amanda
10 February 2010 @ 12:32 pm
If you're in the U.S., will you watch all or part of the Superbowl? Do you have a favorite team? If you're not American, what do you think about Superbowl Sunday?


I didn't watch any of the Superbowl. Didn't care about it, honestly. And, no, I don't have a favorite team. What I did on Superbowl Sunday was help my Mom clean the house and the garage. Yeah, I'd rather clean house than watch a football game, lol.
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Hell- Tegan and Sara
 
 
Amanda
10 February 2010 @ 12:24 pm
Given the choice, would you rather sleep in or eat a delicious breakfast? Is there any food you love so much that you'd wake up at dawn or travel a great distance just to eat it?


Sleep or a delicious breakfast? Uhhh... at the risk of sounding like a lil' fatty, I'm gonna go with breakfast. I get plenty of sleep as it is, so it would be no big deal to give up a bit of sleep to wake up to a wonderful meal that I don't have to cook. :)

And, no I don't think there's any food that I would travel a great distance for... Unless it were free. If it were like a free five star meal of foods I'd never get a chance to normally eat, then I'd drive a couple of hours or so for it.
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Music: Back in Your Head- Tegan and Sara
 
 
Amanda
26 January 2010 @ 05:00 am
What is the absolute worst song ever written? For what amount of money would you consider listening to it over and over again for 24 hours?


I don't know about "absolute worst," but I really can't stand to hear Beyonce's "Single Ladies" song. EEEEEEKK! The amount of money I'd consider listening to it for 24 hours? Well, enough to cover my rehabilitation bills once I'm entered into an insane asylum afterward, plus roughly $50,000 for pain and suffering. :)
 
 
Current Location: Home. Weird, huh?
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: I'm Going Home- Arlo Guthrie
 
 
Amanda
24 January 2010 @ 03:21 am
What are your least favorite book and movie genres? Are you willing to make exceptions? Do you ever feel left out of social events/discussions owing to atypical taste in movies/books?


My least favorite genres are political and non-fiction. I'm not really that interested in politics, and sometimes I do feel stupid when people talk about things related to the government and what is going on in the world. But then again, learning about those things makes me sad and angry. Ignorance is bliss, I guess. I prefer living in a fantasy world, a distorted reality. So far, it's served me just fine. I know it's not the healthiest thing, but it makes me happy, and with as messed up as everything is, I like to take my happiness where I can. I don't make a lot of exceptions. Every now and then I'll watch a "political" movie, but not really. I still haven't watched "An Inconvenient Truth," and I absolutely refuse to watch anything created by Michael Moore. I make a few more exceptions with non-fiction though. I like certain documentaries, especially about prisons for some reason. I also liked Spellbound and Maxed Out which are documentaries about spelling bees and credit card debt, respectively. I also like to read memoirs as long as they are funny like David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, or A.J. Jacobs.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Misery Whip- Everclear
 
 
Amanda
24 January 2010 @ 03:13 am
Have you ever made an important life decision (such as where to work or attend school) based on purely emotional factors, even though you knew it was not the best choice for you? Would you do it again?


Yes, I have. Right now I'm on a break from college. I know in my mind that the best thing to do would be to stick with it and work to finish my degree, but I just really hate school and wanted to get out of there. I have plans to return in roughly a year, but I'm worried that life will get in the way, and I'll never go back and be stuck working some dead end job. But as of now since nothing bad has happened yet, I don't regret my decision. I'm happier now than I've been in a while. I feel that it's important to take some time and be happy every now and then because life is short. I'll go back to school eventually and get it over with so that I can start a real career as an accountant. Even though school will be miserable, I'll be happy again once it's over and I have a degree. Right now though, the best thing for me to do is to take a breather. Otherwise I would have had a nervous breakdown, and that's not much fun now is it?
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Queen of the Air- Everclear
 
 
 
Amanda
24 January 2010 @ 03:02 am
What is the worst movie you've ever seen? Did you sit through it or walk out? What made it so dreadful?


I think the worst movie I've ever seen would be Nacho Libre. That movie was just awful. I had it on DVD, and I stopped it part of the way through, but I came back and finished it because my boyfriend was there and liked it, so I figured I would wait it out to see if it got any better. It didn't. Jack Black's accent was horrible and the whole premise was stupid. Not my type of movie, for sure. Another bad movie I saw was Year One. I don't know what it is with 2 Jack Black movies being my least favorites... I like Jack Black, really. But I guess I like him more in movies like High Fidelity and The Holiday. He was really good in The Holiday. The perfect man, lol. He beats Jude Law any day. :)
 
 
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: A Beautiful Life- Everclear
 
 
Amanda
24 January 2010 @ 02:57 am
If you were forced to live forever at any age, what age would you choose, and why? What if your memories stopped at your chosen age? How would that impact your decision?


Right now I'm 21, but if I had to choose an age to live at forever, I would probably choose 28. I choose that age because you are through with high school and college, you probably have a pretty good job lined up and your own place, and you're old enough that you don't really have to answer to anyone. At 28, you don't have any legal restraints like driving, alcohol, movies, etc. Also, hopefully by that time my skin will be flawless, lol. Another reason I feel that 28 would be a good age is that you're old enough to do things, but you're not TOO old to do things. Most people are pretty healthy at 28 (not all, but in general they are). When you get older, your body starts slowly falling apart. Yeah, 28 would be a nice age.

As for what would happen if my memories stopped at that age.... I'm not sure I understand. The way I take it, you would remember everything that happened up until you were 28 and then everything after that, you would forget? So, if I'm already 28 and yesterday I got married, then I wouldn't remember it today? Makes no sense, so I'm going to disregard it. :)
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: New Blue Champion- Everclear
 
 
Amanda
24 January 2010 @ 02:37 am
If you could experience being dead for one day to learn what happens in the afterlife, and were guaranteed to return to life the following day, would you do it? Why or why not?


Yes, I would. I mean, as long as I am guaranteed to come back. And it's just for one day. What could I possibly do with my life in one day that would be more interesting than seeing what happens in the afterlife? Sit around and watch TV? I think not. It would be very enlightening. Personally, I have a lot of questions about religion and the afterlife. If I could SEE what really happens, then I would know that I need to either a)get right with God (or whoever is real) or b) quit worrying about whether or not God exists. If I know for a fact that he doesn't, it would take a lot off of my mind. If he does exist, then I would start going to church and apologize for being the way I have. If he doesn't exist, then I could keep living the way I am now and quit worrying so much about everything. I think it would be really nice to know absolutely what happens. However, I wouldn't want to find out WHEN I'm actually going to die, just what happens after I die. If I found out that I would die tomorrow, I would freak out and waste the rest of my life crying about missed opportunities, etc. By being uncertain of when I'm going to die, it makes me be able to actually live life day to day.
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: I'll Never Break Your Heart- Backstreet Boys (Yeah...seriously, lol)
 
 
Amanda
06 January 2010 @ 11:14 pm
Could you spend the rest of your life with someone who had horrific taste in music? How important is it to you to share your love of music with a good friend or romantic partner?

Absolutely, yes. I've been dating my boyfriend for over 5 1/2 years now, and his taste in music is HORRIBLE! He hates my music, I hate his music. Same thing for movies: I like dramas and strange movies (David Lynch, Michel Gondry, etc.), and he likes stupid comedies like Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. We're just different in that respect. Also, I read several books a year, and he has barely read 2 books the whole time I've known him. I think that these differences are superficial. We like to talk about why we like what we like, explain things to each other, and even good naturedly make fun of each other. Liking the same thing is not mandatory for a relationship. Mutual respect and understanding what makes each other tick is key. I love him and he loves me, so I can forgive him for listening to Rick Ross, lol.
 
 
Current Location: Work
 
 
Amanda
01 January 2010 @ 12:09 am
What, if any, resolutions did you make in 2009 and how many did you keep? Do you plan to make any resolutions for 2010? Do you find this tradition constructive or debilitating?


I kept 5 out of 10 of my 2009 resolutions which is way better than I've ever done in previous years, so I am very pleased with myself.

For 2010, I am only making 5 resolutions, and I hope to keep all of them this year!
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
 
Amanda
12 December 2009 @ 12:30 am
Is there any character from a novel or film that serves as a role model to you? What kind of advice do you think she or he would give you regarding any major issues you're facing right now?


Not really, but I just wanted to say that I think this is a great question. Something to think about later, perhaps.
 
 
Amanda
10 December 2009 @ 02:07 am
If you could keep only one of your five senses--taste, touch, smell, sight, or hearing--which would you choose and why?


This wasn't hard for me to choose. I would choose to keep sight. Seeing the world around me is wonderful. Visual things please me more than other things do. Also, I love to read and look at art. I would miss hearing because of music, but I think I have enough music in my head already to last the rest of my life, lol. I wouldn't miss smell too much. More often than not, I smell unpleasant things (stinky feet, rotten food, other people's farts, ew). I would hate to see taste go. I love food a lot, but maybe it would be better if I couldn't taste; maybe then I could lose some weight, lol. Touch...I don't know. I can't think of much that touch has done for me; I guess it lets me know when I have cuts on my body somewhere so I can stop them from getting infected. I'm kind of tired. Can you tell? I should probably study for my final exam. Yech. Regardless of how tired I am, though, I genuinely feel that sight would be the best thing for me to keep. Lol, I just remembered that movie Senseless. How weird would that be?
 
 
Current Mood: tiredtired
 
 
Amanda
10 December 2009 @ 01:59 am
Who is your best friend and why she or he is so important to you?


My best friend is my boyfriend Jon. We've been together for 5 years, and I feel like I can fully be myself around him. I don't feel the need to hold back because I don't feel like he's judging me. He's loved me through all the psycho bitch times, the bubbly, energetic times, the depressed-and-want-to-kill-myself times, just everything. I can't imagine my life without him. He's seen me at my worst and he's still here. That's amazing. I also feel like I can tell him anything in the world. I love him.

My 2nd best friend is Whitney. We've grown up together, but the reason she isn't #1 is because I still feel kind of guarded around her. I worry about what I say and how she thinks of me, and so forth. Besides that though, she is a great friend, overall. We can talk for hours and it's fun having pseudo-conversations with her where we just randomly start role-playing a situation. I love her to death. I've known her for 10 years now. Unbelievable.
 
 
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Amanda
10 December 2009 @ 01:51 am
Do you think society puts too much pressure on people to be in relationships and/or have children? Do you think this ostracizes people who would be perfectly content to remain single and/or child-free? Is this pressure worse around the holidays?


I think you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't think society puts pressure on people. I'm only 21, and already I'm beginning to feel like a freak of nature for not being married or having a baby. There are so many people in my graduating high school class who are already married and/or have babies. Honestly, I don't want children. Ever. I haven't had those conversations I hear people talk about where other people judge them or try to make them feel guilty for not having children, but like I said, I'm only 21. I'm sure in a few years, people will start to question why I haven't bred yet. But children are a huge responsibility, and it's not really something I want to deal with. I think it's better that I make a decision to not have children than to have children I don't want. I've seen so many mothers in the supermarket who look like they are miserable; they are screaming at their kids, and they look like they are about to snap. I don't want that kind of life for myself.

I have a boyfriend though. Long term, and I think we might end up getting married one day, but I'm not against the idea of co-habitating for the rest of our lives. The only thing that I have against that idea is legal issues. Legally I couldn't see my boyfriend if he were in a bad car accident or something horrible like that. I would want to be able to see him. Kind of morbid thoughts, but they're there.

Honestly, I'm kind of rambling right now. I don't guess I really intend for anyone to read this, but just in case someone is, I'm sorry. I just wanted to express my thoughts about this right now, because who knows, maybe in 2 years they will be different... I used to want to get married and half several kids, but now the thought of that makes me shudder. I guess I've been around too many horrible kids since then. Also, I've realized that I'm still a fairly selfish person. At least I admit that. It would be unfair to bring another person in this world who would depend on me. I would be a horrible mother.

As for pressure being worse around holidays? Maybe... I haven't experienced a lot yet since I'm still in college, so no one expects me to be married or have children, so I guess I could better answer this question here in 10 years. Blech. Brain vomit. Can you see it spewed on this page? Lol.
 
 
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Amanda
30 November 2009 @ 12:18 am
What are the three best books you have ever read and what are the three worst? What made them so good or bad?


Best 3 Books I've Read:
1. We- Yevgeny Zamyatin
2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?- Philip K. Dick
3. White Oleander- Janet Fitch

Why?
I really like dystopian literature, and "We" and DADoES both fit that bill. "We" is pretty much the beginning of dystopian lit, so it's fairly legendary. I loved DADoES because it was frightening and made you think deeply about things. "White Oleander" has always been a favorite of mine because the writing is so beautiful and the story is interesting.

Worst 3 Books I've Read:
1. The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things- J.T. LeRoy
2. A Gathering of Old Men- Ernest Gaines
3. My Antonia- Willa Cather

Why?
THiDAAT was just horrible. Ignoring the fact that there was a big scandal about the author trying to publish fiction as nonfiction, it was just a bad book. Characters were two dimensional for no reason, plot lines were unbelievably outrageous, and the author tried to shock the reader more than anything. "A Gathering of Old Men" was boring and confusing. All of the characters had similar names and the plot was hectic without being interesting. "My Antonia" was also boring. I'm just not fond of books with long drawn out plots and a lot of descriptions of sky and grass.
 
 
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Amanda
12 November 2009 @ 02:04 am
Would you rent or buy the home of your dreams if a brutal murder had taken place there? What if you got to live there rent-free? Would you think twice if neighbors warned you that it was haunted?

Absolutely not.  I would never be able to feel at ease, so it would not be worth it, even if it were rent free.  I'm not 100% sure that I believe in ghosts, but I'm sure as hell not going to tempt fate by living in a house where a brutal murder happened.
 
 
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Amanda
12 November 2009 @ 01:35 am
If you could only listen to one CD for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?

Well, I'm going to go with the cop-out answer on this one: A mix CD made by yours truly, of course.  Not thinking ahead, I am going to choose 18 songs for said CD, and list them here as they come to me:

1. Folding Chair- Regina Spektor
2. Mr. Blue- Catherine Feeney
3. Vanilla Twilight- Owl City
4. Consequence of Sounds- Regina Spektor
5. Hot Air Balloon- Owl City
6. Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes
7. I Wanna Be Sedated- Ramones
8. Stay Don't Go- Spoon
9. Waste of Paint- Bright Eyes
10. First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
11. A New Name for Everything- The Weakerthans
12. Through the Roof 'N' Underground- Gogol Bordello
13. Little Boxes- Malvina Reynolds
14. Take Me or Leave Me- Rent Soundtrack
15. Hey, Boy- The Blow
16. The Peacock Song- Bif Naked
17. Nothing I Can Do About It Now- Willie Nelson
18. Neon Nation- Balthazar De Ley

Geez, that was hard thinking of all that.

But, if I had to choose an actual CD, I guess I would choose... So Much for the Afterglow by Everclear because there is not a single crappy song on that album. :)



 
 
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Amanda
12 November 2009 @ 01:24 am
Do you think romantic chemistry is instant or evolving? Have you ever given someone a second (or third) chance and lived to regret it? Have you ever fallen in love with someone you didn't particularly like or desire at first?

Without a doubt, I feel that romantic chemistry is evolving.  I don't really believe in love at first sight.  Of course I believe that you can instantly be attracted to someone and that you can develop a relationship with them and fall in love, but no way can you instantly fall in love.  I have a hard time following movies with guy-sees-girl-falls-in-love-on-spot-spends-rest-of-movie-obsessing-with-girl plots.  They don't make a lot of sense.

My current boyfriend (of 5 years) did not start out as instant love.  First we were friends, and over time, we fell in love.  We were friends, became attracted to each other, began dating, and *then* fell in love.  And I love him now more than the world.  True love is based on more than physical attraction to one another, and there is no way that you can learn everything about  a person in one glance.  

And, no, I've never given people 2nd or 3rd chances.  And yes, I fell in love with Jon even though initially it never entered my mind that we would one day be boyfriend/girlfriend.  He wasn't really my type at the time, but there was something about him I really liked, so I gave it a chance, and I'm so glad I did.  Never looking back. :)

 
 
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Amanda
25 October 2009 @ 11:41 pm
When you take a class or attend a big meeting, where do you prefer to sit? Up close or way back where you can make a speedy get-away? Can you force yourself to focus even when you're not interested?

In classes, I generally sit in the front or second row.  I can't sit behind a lot of people because otherwise I will pay attention to what they are doing and not what the teacher is saying.  I especially hate having to sit behind people who play on the internet the entire class because I go back and forth between being incredibly angry with them and becoming absorbed in the games they are playing.  So, I usually sit in the front.  Also, I can't hear very well, so the front is the best place for me.  If I sit towards the back, all I can hear is people shuffling, coughing, typing, whispering, clicking on their phones, etc.  It is very annoying, and I just can't handle it.  

In a big meeting, I usually sit in the back unless it is important.  I want to be able to leave as discreetly as I can.

And no, I can't force myself myself to focus if I'm not interested.  Even in the front of the class, my mind will wander sometimes.  It just wanders less than it would if I were to be sitting in the back of the class.  My mind doesn't wander too awfully much though in my classes...except in Accounting.  She lectures over the exact same stuff I read in the book the night before, so I tend to lose interest, but it's okay because I have a 97 average in there, lol.

 
 
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Amanda
10 April 2009 @ 07:39 am
Which day of the week do you least look forward to? And which one do you most anticipate?
As of right now, my two worst days are Tuesday and Thursday.  I HATE them.... I have a full day of classes and then I still have to work.  I really like Monday and Wednesday--on these days I have a short class schedule, and I'm off work.

Weekends are null and void for me right now: on weekends, I catch up on sleep, catch up on homework, and work...not much fun. :(
 
 
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Amanda
16 March 2009 @ 06:28 am
What was your favorite movie when you were a kid? Is it still your favorite now that you're older?
Well, my favorite movie when I was about 7 or 8 was a close tie between: Aladdin, The Pagemaster, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid.  Yes, all of them.  I still like all of those movies, but I don't think I would consider them my absolute favorite.

When I was a little older (12 or 13ish), my two favorite movies of all time were: 10 Things I Hate About You and Clueless.  I could pretty much quote the entire movie of Clueless and most of 10 Things.  *Sigh*  I still love both of those movies, and can still quote large portions, but no, neither of those are my current favorite either.

My current favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
 
 
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Amanda
28 February 2009 @ 05:24 pm
What quality do you think is most important in a significant other?
Okay, I am going to answer this before I read everyone else's answers, so if I simply repeat what they say, I'm sorry.

For me, I think that understanding is the most important quality in a boyfriend.  If your boyfriend does not understand who you are and where you are coming from, your relationship would be one-sided and meaningless.  He could be the funniest, nicest, smartest man in the world, but if he doesn't understand me, then I think I would move on to the next candidate.  Luckily, my boyfriend and I fully understand each other and what drives us and what makes us sad and all of that other mushy stuff that comes with a 4 1/2 year relationship.
 
 
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Amanda
25 February 2009 @ 01:17 am
Describe your morning routine.
Well, I wake up in the evening because I work 3rd shift, but here is my evening routine:

-Hear Alarm Clock blaring the same song it's blared for the past 4 months.
-Solemnly swear to change the alarm clock song today.
-Hit snooze.
-Repeat 1-3 @ least 5 times.
-Turn on lamp so that I can see.
-Stumble out of bed.
-Realize I'm running late for work.
-Find closest clean(ish) clothes and put them on.
-Button jeans.
-Go to the bathroom and wonder why the hell I buttoned my jeans when I was just going to unbutton them in less than a minute.
-Pee.
-Leave bathroom and go to kitchen.
-Haphazardly throw edible stuff into lunchbox.  Usually the food does not go together at all, making for a very weird lunch.
-Leave apartment.
-Arrive at work 10-15 minutes late.
-Count drawer.
-Smile and wave goodbye to 2nd shift.
-Go get toothbrush,hairbrush, and deodorant out from my "special hiding place" and commence grooming.

Yep.  Everyday.  Luckily my boss doesn't care that I'm late, or I would have lost my job long ago, lol.
 
 
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Amanda
06 February 2009 @ 12:19 am
Which of the seven deadly sins—sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, anger, envy, and pride—are you most likely to commit?
Gluttony or anger.
Probably gluttony more often. :(
 
 
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Amanda
07 January 2009 @ 10:48 pm
Using one word for each letter of the alphabet, make a list of the words you most associate with yourself or that you feel best describe you.
A: Abstract
B: Book Nerd
C: Contradicting
D: Dependable
E: Elephants
F: Fair
G: Geriatric (at 20)
H: Honest
I: Indecisive
J: Jealous
K: Klutz
L: Loyal
M: Materialistic
N: Neat (as in orderly)
O: Open Minded
P: Passive Aggressive (at times)
Q: Questioning
R: Respectful
S: Shy
T: Thoughtful
U: Understanding
V: Vulnerable
W: Wishful
X: Xenophobic...not. (Can't think of any X adjectives that fit me)
Y: Yearning
Z: Zealous (about learning...nerd) :)
 
 
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