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35?!?!?!?!?! [Jan. 15th, 2011|12:18 am]
cassen_grrrl
Well, I've been 35 for 15 minutes now. So far I'm not too thrilled about it. *sigh* I'd always thought my life would have been a little more meaningful by now, that I'd have something to show for my 35 years. The last 5 years went so quickly, and I'm sure the next will go even faster. Then I'll be 40!! What then??? I wish I could stay 35 for like 35 more years and then move on. I'm not ready to get old yet!
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2010|10:30 pm]
cassen_grrrl
What's the point?
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Gay Marraige/Adoption in Mexico [Aug. 21st, 2010|12:48 am]
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Mexico is much farther ahead of the U.S. now when it comes to these simple civil rights of marraige and adoption for same sex couples. The Supreme Court of Mexico just ruled that same-sex marraige, which is legal in Mexico City MUST be recognized by every other state in the country. So, even if same-sex couples can't marry in their home city or state, they can go to Mexico City and the marraige will be recognized throughout the whole country.
The same thing goes with adoption. Same sex couples can adopt in Mexico City, and the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that the adoption must be recognized by every other state in the country.

WAY TO GO, MEXICO!

I wish the U.S. would do something like this. States in the U.S. have too much power.
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Movie: El Secreto De Sus Ojos [Aug. 15th, 2010|11:50 am]
cassen_grrrl
This is an Argentinian movie, so, of course, I had to see it in Spanish. The movie was kind of interesting, a little more so after I found out what it was about. It is still hard for me to follow plots in Spanish. At the beginning of the movie, I could only understand a few words. By the middle of the movie, I began to understand A LOT more, although I still couldn't follow the plot. The reason is that it took me that long to become accustomed to Argentinian Spanish, since I'm used to Mexican Spanish. Even the Mexicans I was with had to really pay attention in order to understand it in the beginning before they became accustomed to it. I guess the accent is the difference, like the difference between British and American English. Apparently, they used a lot of words that aren't used in Mexico as well. I really couldn't hear an "accent" per se, but I could tell they sounded different. To me, they sounded more European. I guess the most amazing thing for me was becoming more and more accustomed to it. I can't wait to go to other Spanish speaking countries and experiences the differences in their Spanish compared to what I'm used to.
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Practica, practica, practica [Aug. 7th, 2010|03:57 am]
cassen_grrrl
Yo he estado practicando mi español, y estoy mejorando. :)
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Frustrations [Aug. 1st, 2010|11:40 am]
cassen_grrrl
Every time I seriously think I'm getting somewhere with my Spanish and becoming more fluent, something happens that really discourages me. Last night I went to see the movie "Dispicable Me" aka "Mi Villano Favorito" and being animated, it was only offered in Spanish. (I don't know why they refuse to show English versions of animated movies.) Anyway, I couldn't understand anything! I couldn't even follow the plot! This is especially discouraging since seeing "Up" was very encouraging because I understood nearly everything! I understood most of "Planet 51" as well!
Apparently, in "Dispicable Me" the main character spoke with a fake accent, and his nemesis spoke mostly in slang. They ALL spoke very fast! I even had trouble understanding other characters as well. The characters I understood the best were the 3 little girls, and I didn't even understand everything they said. It was so frustrating.
I didn't enjoy the movie at all because I didn't know what was going on, and after the movie, I had to ask what happened and why this and why that, etc. I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD so I can see it in English. *sigh* I'm going to be hesitant to see any other animated movies in Spanish again for quite some time.
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Just wanting to feel loved [May. 26th, 2010|11:48 pm]
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Is it so wrong to just want to feel loved? I don't think so. Well, that's what I'm missing from my life, and have been for about 5 or so years. I thought I had some love a few times in the past 5 or 6 years, but it turned out not to be so. Now, I'm not talking about just having a mate, sure that's part of it, but that's not what I mean. I'm talking about very close friends and family. People who stay in your life no matter what.
I guess I'm just looking for the family I never had. I'm looking for someone or a few someones to actively be a part of my life. A 5 minute "Hi, how are you?" conversation before saying goodnight is not actively a part of much of anything, and that is all I have right now. Making friends is hard enough, but how do you make family? No, I'm not talking about kids - I don't want kids, I want people who are like brothers and sisters. Screw biology! I sure as hell didn't get anything that way...
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Heroes Cancelled??? [May. 14th, 2010|07:42 pm]
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I'm so disappointed!!! That show was AWESOME!! Why is it that all the GOOD shows get cancelled and the crappy shows run year after year after year? For networks, it's all about making money. They don't care how much people actually like a show.
My theory is this: I thik these shows get cancelled (I could name a few more, but I don't feel like it) because the people who like them tend to be in the "geek" crowd, and there aren't enough of us geeks to keep the network ratings as high as they want. I think there should be a new network specifically for geeks where they would show all of these kind of shows - no sports, no soaps, no sit-coms, no "main stream" stuff.
Ok, I'll list some of the shows now: Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daises (these were done by one of the guys who did Heroes - I forget his name at the moment...Brian...) Dark Angel, Firefly, Early Edition, Quantum Leap, etc. One thing I notice that these shows have in common, is that the characters (or main character) have some kind of special ability due to magic, science, etc. - science fiction/fantasy shows. OK, there IS a Sci-Fi channel, but I'm talking networks here. Shows only go to the Sci-Fi channel after they are cancelled from regular TV. And, yes, the X-Files had many seasons, but I think that was because it incorporated a lot of action and police stuff, crime, etc. that allowed it to have more of a mainstream audience rather than just us geeky-type people.
So, what do you think? Who wants to start a brand-new TV network? The longevity of shows can be determined via market reseacrch (of regular network viewers) rather than by the ALL POWERFUL DOLLAR.
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More about the Mystery Dog [Apr. 24th, 2010|03:14 pm]
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So, on Thursday, I let Mystery Dog come down from the roof to see how he did inside. I had him closed in the study with me and Loki. The two dogs were playing nicely for a while. Then Mystery Dog pooped on the floor so I put him outside in front of the house to see if he would go away. A couple of hours later, I heard some kids outside and they were playing with the dog. They asked if he was our dog, and I said, "no". However, they wanted to see if they could find out whose he was, so I gave them a leash and they went off with the dog for a while.
I wondered if they would find someone who wanted him, bring him back, or if he would come back on his own. After a while I took Loki out for his walk and found only the oldest of the kids and he still had Mystery Dog on the leash. Later, I went home. I let Ricardo know what was going on by telephone. By the time Ricardo got home, however, Mystery Dog was waiting in front of our house.
Ricardo brought Mystery Dog up to the roof and he and Loki played. The next day, we took them both out for a walk. I had a feeling this was going to happen, but Mystery Dog seemed to be DETERMINED to be our dog. So, we decided we had to give him a name. We kept going with the whole Norse God theme, and his name is now Thor, and apparently he is ours. He spends most of his time on the roof, goes for walks, plays with Loki, and sometimes comes in the house or goes in the garden. I'm still not sure about him and my cats so he must be supervised if he's in the house. Loki, on the other hand, has proven himself and can even be left alone in the house when we're not home and he doesn't have to be locked in Ricardo's bedroom at night anymore - now that he's made himself a door to the garden by pushing on the screen so it came away from its metal casing.
Thor needs to be taught and trained. He doesn't even know how to sit yet. That means I will have my work cut out for me because Ricardo is never home to do this. At least he's taking both dogs to the vet and paying for their food, care, etc. Thor is nice and I think he will be a pretty good dog once he is trained and learns that the cats are his friends. He's about 9 months old, I think, so he's still qutie trainable. I won't be trying to "teach an old dog new tricks" as it were.
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Mystery Dog [Apr. 21st, 2010|09:23 pm]
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On Monday evening, Loki and I were out walking in the neighborhood. He was running around by the pool and I couldn't see him, so I called for him. A moment later, I saw a dog of his color running towards me. Now, I didn't have my glasses on (I never wear them) and my distance vision isn't what it used to be. So I kept calling, and as this dog grew closer, I began to realize it wasn't Loki. I'm like, "You're not Loki. Who are you?" Then, Loki came running out from where he had been over by the pool - better late than never, I suppose. And the two dogs started playing.
This new dog didn't have any people with him. Nobody was around, and nobody came. He didn't have a collar or a leash or a tag or anything. But, he didn't seem like a stray. He was nice, liked people, well fed, liked other dogs, etc. He played rather roughly, though. Since we live in a gated community, it seemed most likely that the dog belonged to someone living in our neighborhood. However, nobody came to claim him, and there didn't seem to be anyone looking for him.
Ricardo finally got home from work at about 11pm and joined us. We decided that since it was getting late we would take the dog up to our roof where Loki stays when nobody is home or the maid is cleaning. He has his house, and a food and water dish up there.
The next morning when Ricardo left for work, he put Loki in the garden (which of course he destroyed) and left the Mystery Dog on the roof. He made sure each had food and water. I checked on them when I woke up and let Loki out of the garden. Mystery Dog had to stay on the roof because he is not to be trusted with my cats. I made a Found Dog sign and put it up at the gates to the neighborhood and also checked in at the office to see if someone reported him. Nobody had heard anything about a lost dog. Later that day, I noticed the signs were gone from the gates - either the secuirty guards took them down or the wind blew them away. But, I had heard no word about anyone looking for a dog.
Last night, I took both dogs for a walk. I had Loki on his leash, and Mystery Dog ran around free. I was hoping he would just go off on his own. However, he stayed with us. When we returned home, I walked in with Loki and Mystery dog came up to the door, and as I was closing it, he looked at me like, "What about me?". I couldn't just leave him. So, I made him wait while I took Loki's leash off of him, and then I opened the door, put the leash on Mystery Dog and brought him up to the roof. Mystery Dog stayed on the roof again, that night.
Ricardo and I agreed that when I left for work I would put him outside the front door to see if he would be there when I got back. However, he acted like he wanted to go with me. When I wouldn't let him, he started chasing the car! He chased the car all the way through the exit gate of the neighborhood. He would have chased me all the way to the highway if I hadn't stopped and put him in the car. He would have gotten hit for sure if I had continued to let him chase me. I can't believe he did that! So, I brought him with me. When I got to the house of the family I teach English to, they said I could let the dog stay on their patio so he didn't have to wait in the truck. That was very nice of them. They even gave him some water. He drank a little, but just laid down and went to sleep. My 2nd family cancelled on me today because they had dentist appointments, so I just brought Mystery Dog home.
When we got home, I let him out of the car. After pooping, I walked a bit down the street and he came with me running around as if we were going for a walk. He got to the end of the street and stopped, watching some people. I was halfway to him, but I called, "Mystery Dog!" and he came to me. I walked towards the house, and he was right there with me at the door ready to go in. I put the leash on him and then took him up to the roof where Loki was. The two of them played and played.
It is clear when watching the two dogs play that Mystery Dog is the dominant one. The way he plays, and how the two of them interact, it is easy to tell. He is a few months older than Loki (He has all his adult teeth, but still pees like a girl, so that puts him at about 9 - 10 months) Loki is 5 1/2 months old. Loki is a little bigger. I'm not sure what breed Mystery Dog is - He seems to be a Lab mix. Mystery Dog always eats and drinks first and seems to let Loki know when he can eat. I'm trying not to allow him to be so dominant. I scruff him and hold him back and tell Loki to go eat. After all, it IS Loki's house - even the roof.
We have decided to give Mystery Dog Loki's collar and give Loki the collar that Ricardo got for him a long time ago that was way too big - he was still just a puppy when it was bought. We just have to move Loki's tag from one collar to the other. Ricardo says we'll have to get a Mystery Dog tag, too. Also, I told Ricardo that we should take him to the vet because I've seen blood in his stools, and after he poops (which he does more than it seems he should) he keeps acting like he still has to poop. I want to make sure he doesn't have worms, and I think his anal glands might need to be expressed. Also, both dogs need Frontline for fleas and ticks. Loki hasn't had any in a while, and it's supposed to be applied monthly to keep the fleas away.
Well, we've decided that we're going to try to find Mystery Dog a home if nobody cliams him by Sundy - we still haven't heard a word from anyone about him. I have a feeling that if things keep going as they are currently going, we're going to end up with a Mystery Dog for good. If that's the case, he's going to need a real name. After all, we can't just keep calling him Mystery Dog. At least he seems to like the roof better than Loki does. Because he's going to have to live there.
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Writer's Block: Turn and face the strain [Apr. 15th, 2010|01:13 am]
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What is the biggest major life change you've made in the past five years? Do you think it was positive, negative, or neutral?


The biggest major life change I've made in the past 5 years is moving to another country. On March 6th, 2008 I moved from the United States to Mexico. This was DEFINITELY a very positive thing for me. I'm much happier with my job life, with my financial life, and with my habitat (now that I've finally been able to move into my new house). I'm still trying to meet more people and make friends, though.
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Writer's Block: Pet talk [Apr. 8th, 2010|12:49 pm]
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If your pet could talk, what is the first thing s/he would say to you?


Mr. Magritte


"I'm king of the world. I will sleep where I like. Don't let that idiot dog bother me."


Frida Cat


"I love you and wish you would stay in bed all the time so I could lay next to you. Please don't let strangers come into the house, I'd rather not have to hide. Thanks for the kitty tree. I'm sorry I puke everywhere. Please keep that bad dog away from me."


The Gatito


"I have my own agenda. I'm so glad I can finally go outside into the garden. Just because I spend most of my day sleeping under your covers doesn't mean I'm being anti-social. I'm trying to tell that damn dog who's boss, but he just won't listen."


Keefer


"Where are you? Oh, there you are! I may be an intellectual, but I still like to have fun. Also, if that dog puts his teeth on me one more time, I might just have to kill him!"


Loki


"PLAY WITH ME!!!!!!! I want to destroy something! Where's my daddy? I want my daddy! I want to destroy something! I want to chew on shoes! I don't want to be on the roof. I want my daddy! Why is my daddy never here?"
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Things You Never Think Will Happen [Mar. 21st, 2010|10:32 pm]
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When it comes to running a business, something you can never really be prepared for is the death of an employee, or in my case, an independent contractor. One of my teachers died of cancer today. This is very sad. Sonja was a good teacher, and an asset to my school. Her students liked her, and she will truly be missed.
I don't remember when Breast Cancer Awareness month is, but this is a cancer we all still need to be fighting against. The cancer had spread all over her body, and took her life. Sonja was only 40-something years old, and is leaving behind 2 young children. This is a sad day for all who knew her.
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Never Thought This Would Happen [Feb. 18th, 2010|11:51 pm]
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*sigh* I just found out that my high school is closing after this academic year. They just didn't run out of money - it sounds like they are in debt. I went to a Catholic high school, though I'm not Catholic, so the only money they got was from tuition and donations.
Your high school is a big part of your life - it does a lot to help you become the person you're going to be later in life. It is something you expect to be around forever. You know that eventually your family members will die, your friends will die, your pets will die, but your school? That's just something you never think about or expect or anything like that.

R.I.P St. Bernard's High School - Graduating Classes 1961 - 2010
Always proud to be an alumnus,
Emily Kerr-Riess
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Happy Valentine's Day to All [Feb. 14th, 2010|04:41 pm]
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Whilst I sit here alone, I wish all of you a good day, whether or not you have someone to share it with. Love and care to all my friends. :3
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Up In the Air [Feb. 8th, 2010|01:18 am]
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This was an excellent movie, and I can see why it was nominated for so many academy awards. I'm very glad I saw it, and I recommend it to everyone, especially those of us who are "thirty-somethings".

S-A-T-9:

3,2,2,1 = 8
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Another Birthday Come and Gone [Jan. 16th, 2010|02:05 pm]
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Well, yesterday, the 15th was my birthday, and now I'm officially 34 years old.

"I'm older than I once was, but I'm younger than I'll be. That's not unusual." -Paul Simon

It was a boring day, as I spent most of it alone at home, but I did get taken out for dinner by mexwerewolf to a fondue restaurant here (no Melting Pot, but good nonetheless) and it was fun and we had a good time. On Sunday we will have a lunch party at my favorite restaurant with his family. We will get a cake from OK Pastelería (they have this triple chocolate cake that I absolutely adore) and that will be fun, too.

Thanks to all who wished me well - I appreciate it! :3
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In KC [Dec. 29th, 2009|02:47 pm]
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I'm now in KC staying with my "second family", Gecko's family. It's wonderful to be home. :) If people want to get together drop me a line and let me know. I don't know what my transportation situation will be, though. I'll be here until the 2nd.
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At the Folks' House [Dec. 23rd, 2009|11:19 pm]
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Arrived at my parents' house today. The weather was bad. But I'm here safe and sound with mexwerewolf.
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In Madison [Dec. 19th, 2009|08:27 pm]
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So far I'm having a wonderful time in Madison with my old friends. We've been hanging out and playing games, and tonight we're seeing Avatar. :) YAY SOCIAL INTERACTION!!!!!!!
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