April 2002

April 27, 2002:
Tomorrow is my little sister’s birthday. Actually, she’s not really that little anymore. She’s turning 15. FIFTEEN DAMMIT! That means she’ll start to learn to drive soon. She’s too young for that. Hn. Ah well, I got her two presents, but I’m not saying what they are here just in case she reads this before tomorrow. “Tsk tsk tsk.” if she found out. There’s a carnival at my school, sponsored entirely by the band (of which I’m a part), so in a couple of hours I have to go perform and then work two three hour shifts. Every high school band, Drumline, Colorguard, or orchestra member must work five shifts. The carnival lasts three days, and that means 15 hours from each of us… and my poor sister on her birthday, too. Sad, sad. I have to work two shifts tomorrow, too. I’d probably have to work another, but the clean-up shift (the last shift tomorrow) counts as two because everybody hates cleaning up. I like that shift especially, though, because we usually get done early and that means we get to go home earlier. I’m still working on some stuff for the Matthew/Kai relationship (from “One Homecoming”), but I’m not promising anything, because if I do I’ll feel like I have to do it, and that will make it not fun anymore. All right, that’s it for now.

April 23, 2002:
As I write this I’m listening to “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback. I noticed at my last update how erratic my Random*Thoughts are… I guess that’s just random (haha). All right. I didn’t do much in school today, but it was a good day, mostly. Took a high school stereotypes online quiz and ended up being a Goth (no matter what I think I am, that’s what other people think I am, as it said. Wouldn’t it be nice to kill them all?)… Yea, so that’s about the tiptop of my day. OH!! I nearly forgot. Kenshin! If you guys haven’t seen that Animé yet, you absolutely must!!! In Animé Club (which meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at my school) we’re watching Kenshin (about Himura Kenshin, a young war veteran with super-killing skills that he doesn’t want to use anymore because his techniques were only used to kill… So, of course, he tries to use the skills only to protect other people, but is forced to resort to his “true nature” (as an enemy put it) to save those he loves). It’s one of the best shows ever! I’m thinking about cosplaying him at AniméExpo 2002 in Long Beach in July. Any comments? Email me. And I really want to write some slash about Kenshin, but I need to know more about the series and the OVA… that’ll come in time, hopefully. See you all later!!!

April 22, 2002:
Hi all. I’m nearly finished painting my room, and I have to be done and it has to be dry before Wednesday morning so that the carpet people can come in and take up my old (yucky blue-colored) carpet and put in some nice dark blue carpet… Exciting.. 🙂 Moving on. I was having a cow last night (I got to sleep at 3:30 AM my time) because I wasn’t ready for a 8 minute oral report I had to give in my Psychology class today during sixth period. Anyway… I was really worried I didn’t have enough information or something. But as it turns out, I was the only one in the entire class who was even ready at all, and now I’m done (I spoke in front of the class, too fast of course, but I’m done, so I don’t have to think about it anymore). I’m so relieved. You have no idea. I really am. Now I can go on with my life. No, you don’t understand. Oral reports are the bane of my existence. I’m being sarcastic here, but it’s nearly true. All right, I’ll stop babbling and add stuff to my writing section now. Go there to check out some of my work!

April 9, 2002:
Hi everybody!!! I’m painting and re-carpeting my entire room and closet this week (YAY YAY YAY!!!). It’s a lot of work so far, but I know it will be worth it. And it’s well over-due. I’m not the kind of girl who has pink ribbons and bows painted on over a sky-blue wall, which is what I have now. Yesterday and this morning, I completely emptied out my entire room (it looks like I’m moving out for college or something)… and this afternoon, I washed and rinsed the walls and ceiling to get all the grease and oil off… I’m painting it “Majestic” which is a dark blue… and will “make the room look smaller” but I don’t care. The carpet is supposed to match, but I haven’t chosen that yet and my parents say it has to be left over from someone else’s carpeting job… This is half okay with me… I don’t want two or three or four different versions of carpet… that’s what I’m getting it re-carpeted for in the first place (and to match the walls, of course).

February 2002

February 26, 2002:
Hi, everybody, today’s my dad’s birthday. Guess what I got him? Five hours of work on his website for free (I usually make him pay in cash). Yea, well, that’s all for today. Just wanted to let you all know that.

February 15, 2002:
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day, one and all! I’m a day late, but it’s always better late than never, ne? So, I’ve been introduced to WeiB Kreuz recently and I wonder why I didn’t know about it before. It’s one of the freaking coolest Animé shows I’ve ever seen. Not to mention the title is in German, my very own second language, thank you very much. That in mind, “WeiB Kreuz” means “White Cross”; sweet, huh? And, of course, part of why I like it is that all the (very cute) guys who are main characters are gay. and they’re totally bishonen. For all of the rest of you non-Animé lovers, “bishonen” means “pretty boy” in Japanese. “Bishojo” means “pretty girl” (again, in Japanese), in case you were wondering. Aww, admit it, you know you were. And while I’m on the topic of basic translation “yaoi” is “male/male romantic relationships,” “yuri” is “female/female romantic relationships,” “shonen-ai” literally means “boy/boy love,” and “shojo-ai” literally means “girl/girl love.” As in GAY relationships? Oh, get over yourself. Don’t freak out and condemn me to hell now? And please check out my gay-friendly links on my {[LINKS]} page, will ya? Just a click away down below there. All right, enough with my homo-eroticism for today, ne? And again, have a happy (however late) Saint Valentine’s Day! If you wanna know where Saint Valentine’s Day actually came from, check out my February 2, 2002 Random*Thoughts. It’ll let you know all about the original holiday. Have fun!

February 2, 2002: the Imbolgc Edition
Hiee, one and all! I bet only a fraction of you even know what Imbolgc is. Well, that’s quite all righty, cause good ole Viannah here is gonna learn ya. So here you go… On Imbolgc, also known as Candlemas and Saint Bridget’s Day, the Maiden is honored as the Bride. Straw Brideo’gas (“corn dollies”) are created from oat or wheat straw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young girls then carry the Brideo’gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from each household. Afterwards at the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearth are examined to see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen. Brighid’s Crosses are fashioned from wheat stalks and exchanged as symbols of protection and prosperity in the coming year. Pronounced “breed”… Brighid is the Goddess of Poetry, Fire, Smith-crafts, and Healing. She is the Celtic Triple Goddess who has appeared as Brigantia in England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in France. Alternate spellings are Bridgid, Brigit, and Bridgit. She was also known as the Three Mothers or the Three Blessed Ladies. Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom (an old fashioned word for “broom”) is place by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun. As the festival of the Maiden (the Young Goddess) it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. February 2nd marks the center point of the dark half of the year. Imbolgc is the basis of both Groundhog’s Day and Saint Valentine’s Day. How cool is that? And, it’s one of the Greater Sabbats, which just means that it’s NOT a solstice or an equinox. So, there’s my little lesson for today. By the way, I’m Wiccan, so this information isn’t new to me, and feel free to email me with more questions if you don’t understand what I’ve written here or want to learn more. With that said, I don’t have the ultimate answers and I definitely DO NOT know everything there is to know about the Goddess and God… and it is impossible that I ever could. Also, one last note: please don’t go yelling at me about how I’m going to hell if you’re not inclined to my beliefs, okay? I really do get enough of that from my friends, I don’t need anymore of it from people I don’t even know. Plus, there is more than one way to the Divine, and there’s more than one face of God, anyway. I’m a firm believer in that, at least. Don’t diss me and my Goddess and God, I won’t diss you and your Deity, whomever He or She may be, deal?