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Oct. 16th, 2008 @ 04:51 pm ....and i'm back!
wow, can't believe i remembered the password to this thing!

but here I am again, I guess the update is long overdue.

Jennings and I moved to Tuscaloosa at the end of July. The Demopolis Times is one less reporter without me (meaning no reporters), but the whole situation was just becoming too much for me. I worked too many hours, wasn't making any money and our whole office situation was deteriorating. That's no place to stay around for too long. Not only that, the boss that hired me was leaving, and more of the burden of maintaining the quality of the newspaper was falling on me.
So for the first time in my life, I resigned from a job without having another one to go to. It was a hard decision to make, but I did it with the hope of something better.
And now it's October, and still no job. I've applied for a ton of things in Tuscaloosa, but none of them have worked out. So as of now, I'm broadening my search to Birmingham.
I hope something will work out soon, because I'm pretty restless at this point.
My step sister is having a baby in December. Her due date is the 12th, but I'm hoping little Ezra will be born one day early - my birthday!

ok that's enough for now. it was good to come back and visit. hope everyone is well.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 @ 08:15 pm
ohhh.. where to begin?
I almost forgot I had this thing.

Naturally alot has been going on.
I graduated cum laude on May 26, 2007 from BSC. On May 29, 2008 I started work as a staff writer for The Demopolis Times and really haven't stopped since. You can read my stuff on www.demopolistimes.com. At first I lived with my boss for about a month, but thankfully Jennings and I were able to rent this cute little house that we're in now.
Jennings and I were married on July 21. It was a beautiful wedding, really. Even if I wasn't the bride I would have thought so. We honeymooned in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
Jennings graduated in December and now he's working full time in Tuscaloosa. He makes about twice what I do, so thank god I'm not the sole breadwinner anymore! That was stressful!
My best friend is getting married this summer at the same church only 5 days after my one-year anniversary. I'm super excited because the dresses she picked out are awesome. It's weird, because I have to be the "matron of honor." It makes me sound old.
So there was a lot of change in my life in 2007. Only now are things beginning to slow down. (I guess).
Jennings and I just put a down payment on a new car for him. It's a 2003 Volkswagon Passat. It's really nice and we got a great deal on it by shopping in Demopolis. So I guess we're adults now and such. sigh.

Since I work about 60 hours a week, I'm usually stressed the hell out. Thank goodness Jennings is so well balanced and can handle all my emotions. And unfortunately, work is about to get alot more stressful.
Our publisher/ editor resigned in January, due to an inner-office relationship and also some other bad decisions. He's married and has two kids under age two. They're moving back to Mississippi and trying to work it out. The girl he cheated with still works at the office, it's a little strange that she's still here. We don't talk much anymore.
So normally, that would be alright, but you see when your editorial staff is only four people and one of them leaves, things can get a little sticky. So we were just recovering from that when our sports editor, who I had come to really like working with, turned in his tow weeks notice. He's going to explore Central America and write freelance stuff. And then there were two. So me and Gennie, the managing editor, are just hanging on for dear life. Five days a week we transform into some kind of craziness that puts out a paper everyday.
so that's my life. I'm living in small town Alabama trying to make a name for myself so I can move on to the big time.
but honestly, I'm not so sure the newspaper biz is going to be my thing. stress stress stress. you can't make everyone happy. every grandma in a 15 miles radius has some kind of complaint to field each day.
maybe i should make a list of things i'd like to do for jobs/ income:

travel writing
house flipping
designing stationary
syndicated columnist

I'm sure there are a few others I will add someday. SO, lj world. Nice to catch up. Who knows when I'll be back again.
Feb. 14th, 2007 @ 07:42 pm
Muriel L. Hilyer
May 10, 1930- February 13, 2007

she was my Mee-Maw.

i wish i had the answers right now.
Jan. 27th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm hokay...so
Feeling: awakeawake
I seriously haven't updated in forever. But it's a Saturday morning, I'm in my PJs and haven't got a damn thing to do.

I suppose the last time I wrote in here, I was duping everyone into thinking I was single. However, my situation right now is quite the opposite. Yes, everyone, Jennings proposed and now we're engaged! I know some of you out there may be a little gun shy about believing me now, but whatever, I will use this space to share because it makes me happy.
So we've set the date for July 21, 2007 and that is so incredibly close that sometimes I think we're crazy people. I already have a dress- it's so cute it's a tealentgh number from David's. I tried on alot of other dresses that were really pretty too, but I just felt like this one fit my personality the best. Plus we're talking Alabama in the summer, there's no way in hell I'm going to wear 50 lbs. of dress! Also, we've booked a reception site - the Point Clear Tennis Club. Now we're working on a ceremony site and getting together an actual guest list.

I'll be home this weekend and I'm hoping to get alot of things done. The worst part about all this planning is that I can't be down there to just get it done. Oh well. It will all come together somehow.

Other than that, I turned 22, made dean's list, went to SEJC where one of writers won an award, and just found out that my senior paper got accepted to go to the NCUR conference in San Francisco in April. So yea, lots of good things going right now. One of the best of course, is that Interim is almost over and I only have one more semester left until graduation! woo!

So, I hope everyone is happy and I'm sending out virtual hugs =)
Nov. 30th, 2006 @ 04:01 am Congrats! You've been duped!
Feeling: deviousdevious
As cruel as it is, I have played a joke on everyone. The best part about it is that really, the whole time, I just kept my comments as vague as possible, and people always assumed the worst.

But no, unlike my former facebook status said that I was single, I am in fact very much in a relationship with the love of my life, the guy who I will have shared my life with for five years in January. Sure, you may be gagging at how corny and mushy that is, but I'm pretty proud that someone as neurotic as me could actually be in a relationship for that long, and most importantly be happy.

So let me first say that I am incredibly sorry to those of you who felt sympathy for me. I was terrible to take advantage of your trusting instincts. Thank you to everyone who helped me through my imaginary breakup. In the future I promise I will not be so careless will all of your feelings!

But really, this whole thing was to make a point.
Although facebook and livejournal have provided us with endless amounts of procrastination time, they should not be relied on for accurate information.
In some ways, the idea of internet friendships is appealing. Often there is a rapid-fire exchange of information without any of the real pressures of actual contact with people. But at this point in my life, I'm looking to simplify. I feel pretty sure that after college, I'll say goodbye to the good ole livejournal. And facebook is only amusing for so long.
Bottom line?
I really like all of you, and I'd take an afternoon of conversation with you over a lifetime of internet exchanges any day.

So again, I'm sorry.
But...it was still pretty funny though =)

p.s. how do y'all know i wasn't just quoting that RENT song "Contact"?


also i just realized i've never used the "devious" emoticon in any of my entries...
Nov. 25th, 2006 @ 05:31 pm
talk about reunion time.
i only went to one bar the other night and already i saw about 50 people that i hadn't seen in a really long time. surprisingly, i enjoyed myself. even meagan muncy was tolerable.

in other news, i did go to the doctor and i have some serious meds, so hopefully no more being sick for me.
but alas, i have yet to do any work.

sometimes i feel like my life is a waste.
Nov. 16th, 2006 @ 06:03 am it's that time of year again.....the sucky time.
Feeling: tired as FUCK
WANTED: cloning device.

if procured, i will use it to make several versions of myself.
one to write my seminar paper and ensure that is the best writing i have done to date and especially during the entirety of my undergraduate career, also to make sure that it gets accepted to be presented at the NUCOR conference in San Francisco this spring.
one to finish my fiction workshop portfolio, which requires nearly scrapping my entire short story as it stands now and fine tuning the art of the short short.
one to go to those other two classes that i have regrettably put at the bottom of my list the entire semester.
one to go to my two work study jobs where i often feel as though i'm wasting my life.
one to wholly dedicate itself to the paper, so that all these great ideas we've been having lately can come to fruition.

that would leave me to actually get some sleep, eat better and exercise, and have an actual life.

so yea, let me know about that.
it's really important.
Nov. 11th, 2006 @ 08:58 pm
Oct. 11th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm
I finally have the chance, the obligation to write some fiction, and I just can't seem to produce anything I'm satisfied with. Also, since I have yet to learn how to properly manage my time, I can't devote any time to it. I didn't star my short story until this morning, and I just sent it in.

I'm afraid that journalism and English classes have sucked me of all my creative juices.

In other news, I ate lunch with Rilla Askew and she's one of the coolest writers I've met to date.
Oct. 8th, 2006 @ 09:48 pm i would say that's pretty accurate
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