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This is the birthday where I have to "accept" that I'm a grown up (or at least the rest of the world does). I haven't quite made my mind up about that yet. The world has though. I woke up alone in my big, cold, empty apartment to the shrill voice of the weather lady. I can make my bed in a flick of the wrist because I don't move when I sleep. I feed my cats, shower, have some tea and cereal, and head out the door for work. The whole time I'm outside my body, day dreaming about adventures and romance just like when I was 11.

I don't accept being a grown up, but the world is really intent on reminding me.

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You're not going to win.
The only thing to save you,
Is a sober pin!

Its hard to think of corny rhymes. I think the AA has pretty much done it all.
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If you've been in my apartment you may recognize this from my living room. Its pretty darn inspirational. Click through to see the big one. Can you guess what it is?
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She loves to laugh
She loves to sing
She does everything
She loves to move
She loves to grove
She loves the lovin things!!

I felt like such a star this morning grooving to work, listening to Journey. I felt like an 80s icon- oversized sweatshirt, leggings, hobo bag... LOOK AT ME GO! I'm just a perm and giant honker away from being Jennifer Grey. (P.S. Its so depressing that she got a nose job.)
N.B. This was from a few days ago. It was in my drafts waiting to be sent and I guess it just wasn't. I'm so cool.
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My 21st birthday is on the 30th of this month! I am having my party this Saturday and I'm so excited. People are actually coming!! Normally I get a lot of "maybes" and like 5 people show up. There's nothing wrong with that, I just always plan for a bigger bash then normal. I guess also I've felt a little isolated lately. I've done it to myself- constantly working, going to Picton on all my days off this summer, etc.

I bought a pretty nice bottle of rum that I'm going to turn into rum punch (any recipe suggestions?) I'm also stopping by the bakery after work to order two dozen cupcakes. (I think about a dozen people are coming, so we each get two!) Then I can put a little candle in mine! haha.

As far as snackies go, Joel wants to make this fig and goat cheese hor d'oeuvre that he had at a restaurant. He's going to do a test run of it today or tomorrow I think. There is a little prosciutto involved but I think it tastes fine taken off. That's going to be the nicest thing. Besides that I'm probably going to pick up some spring rolls and a fruit plate or something. Something prepared and trashy because that's really what I'm all about.

Afterwards we'll head to the market. I want to go to Zaphod's but I think there is like $6 cover. :( I don't want to go up Elgin or Bank though. I want to stay in walking distance. If everyone wants to split cabs I'd love to head up to Babylon. Saturday nights is "GRIND - Dancehall and Southern Hip Hop" :) There's live music at Zaphod's though.

My birthday wish is that Joel doesn't drink too much. He can really over do it.
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I'm in a class and the professor is saying that nobody sees their elders as fountains of knowledge or cherishes the information of previous generations anymore. I think that is the opposite of our relationship. As soon as I don't know how to do something (polish silver, innovate meatloaf, train puppies, find good blues/jazz album) I pretty much depend on you and Poppy for those things!

haha How the heck would I know how to do ANYTHING if it wasn't for the "knowledge of my elders". Geez, how do people know how to function?

Thanks for all the knowledge!

Love Amanda
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I read a lot of really insightful, funny, active, intelligent blogs. I like to check my "trends" on google reader to see what I'm reading the most of. I'm always ashamed of what my number one is. Here is my top 15 this month. (I have 60, so to crack my top 15 is a feat.)

15. Pioneer Woman
14. Totally Looks Like
13. Penny Arcade
12. Graph Jam
11. Joystiq

10. Cute Overload
9. Deus Ex Malcontent
8. Spring 4 Sims
7. Geek Sugar
6. Apartment Therapy

5. Feministing
4. Mental Floss
3. Pajiba
2. Lifehacker

AND NUMBER 1???? I'm sure you've guessed it. God I feel horrible admitting this.

1. Perez Hilton

I have to go to sleep now because I can hear Joel snoring which is usually a good cue that its past my bed time. I'm sorry I didn't link to all the blogs but I guarantee if you put them into google and hit "I'm feeling lucky" they'll come up.
I mark my triumphant return (fizzle) with a meme.

Using ONLY SONG TITLES from ONE MUSICAL ARTIST OR GROUP, find a clever answer to each of the following questions. Pass it on to 21 of your friends, including me. You can't use the artist I used and you can't use the band "No Doubt" ('cause that's cheating!). Try not to repeat a song title. Oh, and it's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "My Life According to [YOUR CHOSEN ARTIST NAME HERE]"

**I was going to do David Bowie but that would have been waaaay to easy. I will judge you if you repost with David Bowie.**

Artist: Flight of the Conchords

Are you a male or female?
Ladies of the World

Describe yourself:
The Prince of Parties

How do you feel about yourself:
Demon Woman

Describe where you currently live:

Inner City Pressure

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Rambling Through the Avenues of Time

Your favorite form of transportation:
Bus Driver's Song

Your best friend is:
Friends (This is totally our song now!)

Your favorite color is:
Carol Brown (see: earth tones)

Your favorite food is:
Too Many Dicks (I couldn't resist)

What's the weather like:

Favorite time of day:
Business Time!

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
Foux du Fafa

What is life to you:
Pencils in the Wind

Your past relationships:
If Your Into It?

Your fear:
Petrov, Yelana and Me

What is the best advice you have to give:
Cheer Up Murray

If you could change your name, you would change it to:
Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

Thought for the Day:
Think About It

How you would like to die:

Your soul's present condition:
Hurt Feelings

Your motto:
A Kiss is not a Contract