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Gold and Splints

Yesterday my grandparents (on my mom's side) celebrated their golden 50th wedding anniversary. We surprised them with lovely decorations, a nice dinner and a photo slideshow that my uncle put together for them. It was wonderful. Not many people stay married even half that long these days, it seems! I'm glad they're still together and in good health. Everyone took turns thanking them for all they've done for us. My dad's mother doesn't recognize our existence as grandkids, and his dad died ten yeras ago (he did do some stuff for us, but he was 9hrs away, so...). My grandparents are the best grandparents.


In alternate news, my job is giving me health problems. I've been the only one decorating a boatload of cakes on Saturdays for the past three weeks. The continual squeezing of icing piping bags has been causing me pain that shoots from my wrist to my forearm and back. I called in sick and went to a doctor today and they gave me a wrist splint, prescription for a painkiller, and a light duty note instrucing my employer to lighten my workload for a week. I need to give it directly to my manager tomorrow because I feel like they'll be assholes and "magically" lose it if I leave it in the manager mailbox. Hopefully they regard it. I can't have carpal tunnel. I need to be able to draw.

Still looking for a new job. No luck yet, but I'm trying.
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I'm trying to stay productive today but I'm not doing the best job. Whenever I get off of work at BJ's I kind of want to laze around until it's time to go to sleep and wake up for the next morning at BJ's. Marf.

Sam and I signed the lease agreement for the apartment on Monday. I've also set up an account with Delmarva (our local power company) and will be setting up the FiOS Internet account tomorrow after work. Moving day is Tuesday. My mother and aunt are buying us take-out Italian food for a small going-away thing. 

It's a weird feeling. I wrote my new address for the first time while ordering something on Wednesday, since it won't arrive until well after I've moved. Once I'm gone, I'll only have Sam to talk to. No Brandon or Brent or Jenna or Mom or Dad (not that I talk to him terribly often).  I can still call or text them, but it won't be the same as going to whatever room they're in and showing or telling them something. They won't be there. Just Sam. And when Sam's not home... well, I guess I'll have no one to talk to.

I feel like moving out will cause me a lot of emptiness at first. I do look forward to this new chapter in my life, being independent and sharing a place with the man I love. But.. I don't know. It won't be the same. I guess I'll just find a new "usual" within the first few weeks; or months, maybe.

What was it like when you first moved out of your parent's house?

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To Atlanta and Back

Sam and I went to Furry Weekend Atlanta this weekend. We initally weren't going to go because our three planned roommates were complete flakes and bailed on us. We managed to find room space about two weeks ago, so we were able to go. The two of us left home at 6:30am on Thursday and more or less drove straight down to Atlanta, stopping for food and gas of course. I think we go there at 8:30-ish at night.

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The next week and a half will be something of a planning period for me. I need to find a balance between MicroMascots and artwork and my Etsy shop, as well as the new business that I'm kind of putting together. And I also have another trip coming up in just under a month. Lots and lots and lots to do. But right now I'm going to make some rice pudding and relax for a bit. I'm still tired.
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My Brother, the Barista

Imma see if I can't keep this steady journal updating going for a while.
My brother (Virgil "Brandon" Hillard) got a job at Starbucks. Yay! But he has to work all Thanksgiving. Boo. I'm still happy for him, though. He'll be getting time-and-a-half, or $12/hr, to make up for it. =] He's working at the Delaware 1-95 welcome center, if that's what it's called. So if you ever pass by there and see this lanky black guy with long hair, a goatee, and guages in his ears, tell him hi! I'm kind of interested in the workings of Starbucks. There's, like, a fajillion combinations of drinks he'll have to learn how to make, so it's not as easy as getting right to work like some jobs. I think he'll be fine, but he's already talking about working somewhere else, haha. He's previously been employed by BJ's and Hot Topic, all for less than six months. I think he's going to be one of those guys whose held a dozen different jobs, haha, HAVE ALL THE JOBS.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! That makes me happy. Tonight I'm going to make the dough for the dinner rolls and freeze them. Then I'll thaw and bake them tomorrow before dinner. In addition to that I'll be baking a Quebequois tarte au sucre (sugar pie), pumpkin pie, and two of my seemingly famous cheesecake pies. I like baking and cooking <3 I made ratatouille and pasta for dinner tonight. Wish I'd taken a picture.
I sold my first thing on Etsy last night! A custom pug keychain for a lady who has a pug. I hope she likes it, and I hope I get more sales! Every little bit helps for sure. Hopefully tomorrow I can get a bunch more of my keychains photographed and listed, along with the Santa hats I made. I don't mind working at home on holidays. It's fun, and I can leave work whenever I feel like it, haha.
If any of my local friends don't have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving, allow me to extend and invite to my house! For serious. I invite people over every year, there's always plenty of food and fun to share. =]
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Writer's Block: Love or be loved? + Today's Entry

Do you think a romantic relationship can ever be equal or will one partner always love and/or compromise more than the other? Given the choice, would you rather be the one who loves more or is loved more?

I doubt it could ever be perfectly equal. Close, but not perfectly. See, the only way it could be perfect is if you were in a relationship with... I dunno, yourself. But then it'd be weird like that one episode of Seinfeld. To answer the second part of the question I think I'd rather be the one who loves more. I suppose it'd make me feel like I'm being a really good person or something. As long as the love is being returned the best my boyfriend/husband can, then I'm okay being the one putting in a bit more effort.

And now onto today's entry.

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It's really late now and I'm gonna... go to bed. Goodnight, everyone!
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Man, I haven't been bowling in forever. It's the only remotely fun thing to do around here. I'm gonig to head out with my siblings and some of my friends (at their own expense) and try to play without bumpers. Gasp! =O Anyway, it's a day off from school, though the band has a field trip later that evening. One, I didn't turn in my permission slip, and B, like I really want to go on a trip on a day off from school. That's fursuiting work I could get done. Geez.

Speaking of which, I've almost finished a two-person horse I've been at for about a month now. It looks pretty good. Wish I could show you, but we've lost the charger for my mom's digital camera. Man, does that suck. Well, it should turn up eventually.
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International Hero

As I'm sure you already know, Steve Irwin's dead. It was weird. I knew he was dead, but refuse to believe it for some reason. He was so young, and it was completely unexpected. I just hope his family will be alright.

My half-brother's staying over for the rest of this week, which is pretty cool. My school's first football game is this Saturday, and I hope we own as much as we did last year (10-0). Yay colonials!. . . Man, I wish we'd had an animal mascot.
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Another party, party, party. . .

A few relatives came over for an early Labor Day party. I kind of stayed in the basement most of the time, working hard on my commissions. I've almost got my first set of wings done! :)

I'm not sure exactly sure what I'm going to do on the last day of my weekend. Probably music practice, go to Five Below, and do a little more commish work. I need to work with the film's* website and whatnot soon so I can post my possible contest.

*I'll give a good description one of these days, I promise!