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Tribal Wallah - Belly Dancing

Tribal Wallah is hosting it's first ever "Tally Raks!" Hafla this Saturday!  I myself am not danicng with the troup since I am a belly dancing novice, but it should be a good time.  You don't have to dance to attend, but after the troup performances there will be dancing for anyone who wants to shake their shimmie!

I have only been a part of Tribal Wallah since August, but I have to say this is one of the most amazing groups of women I have ever had the priviledge of being a part of.  They are a warm, intelligent, eclectic bunch who made me feel welcome and beautiful from my first class at WeMoon Spirit.  I thought belly dancing would just be a fun way to excercise once a week, but it is so much more.  Plus I found muscles I never knew existed!
Well, back to the lab and my students!

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The Most Important E-mail I Ever Returned

Five years ago, on a date in October sometime around now I turned on my ancient desktop computer(a 386 w/8MB of RAM), loaded AOL and heard three little words that changed my life forever - "You've Got Mail". My inbox was cluttered with spam and the most curious e-mail entitled "Diet coke Ryan? Key Club Ryan?" (please forgive me if the order or the title isn't quite right) from I immediately clicked on it and was shocked to see an inquiry from a very unique individual from my past. We'd met one fateful day at a district caucus for Key Club that did not elect me Lt. Governor (you see - everyone hated me - even some of my own MHS members).  I remembered going to a movie and a junior prom with him.  I also remembered going to FPCHS to see him perform in the musical Godspell and another play that was much like Our Town.  I was flattered that he still thought of me at all and was curious enough to drop me a note.

Well, I replied to that e-mail and the rest is my very own love story. 

Before I knew it, he had replied back and included his phone number.  I dialed with butterflies all a flutter in my stomach and when he came on the line his voiced washed over me like a warm ocean wave.  We talked for hours.  Over the few weeks and two months that followed we fell more and more into each other.  Christmas Eve of 2001 we saw each other for the first time in 9 years (I'll save that story for later) and he is still the best Christmas present I've ever gotten.  The night could not have been more perfect.  Graham could not have lived up to my expectations more - he even exceeded them.  

I still, to this day get butterflies in my stomach every time he takes me in his arms (especially when he is aggressive about it) and kisses me. 
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Back in the saddle

I know how you all love memes, but this is just to help me get back in the old LJ saddle.  There is lots to update, I just never seem to make myself sit down to get it all out!  So, for the sake of getting words on my paper, here goes....

Tagged by robvangraham

1. One book that changed your life:
As an adolescent I'd have to say Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
As a young adult in my early 20's anything by Kurt Vonnegut - especially Cat's Cradle, or anything by Charles Bukowski - I never knew writing could be so gritty and real.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
There are definitely plenty of books that I could list here...but since I have to pick and I kinda cheated on the first question...  The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
If they ever smush all of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series into one huge book I'd choose that for sure!  There would just be so much to read before you'd have to go back to the beginning again.  But, since they haven't then I'd say The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Although there are many authors that can make me chuckle more often then not, one book in particular comes to mind....Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding.  Coincidentally, the sequel also made me fall off the couch with laughter and almost pee my pants.  Good stuff!

5. One book that made you cry:
This is hands-down, the easiest one to answer ( it could have also been an answer to #2)...Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

6. One book that you wish had been written:
?????  I will have to get back to you on this one....

7. One book you wish had never been written:
OH! How I hated reading Billy Budd - Herman Melville in eleventh grade!  Dry, boring, and safe to say I never successfully waded through it. YUK!

8. One book you’re currently reading: 

Because I am that much of a geek for what I do..... The Seven Sins of Memory - Daniel L. Schacter

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:

Stardust - Neil Gaiman

10. Now tag three people:

thedabara, aimlesswander, lupha

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On the road!

Whirlwind Tour of Central Florida

The doggies are fed and have spent sufficient time in the yard this morning.  Instructions, pills, and treats in place for teleject to take care of them tonight and tomorrow morning before some plane whisks him off  to some destination unknown.

I'm off to Orlando in search of good hair and good food!  Early tomorrow morning I head to Daytona to see the grandparents - my grandpa just got out of the hospital (he had a clot in his leg) and I can't wait to see him!  We shall have breakfast at Bertie's and visit a bit as I have not seen them for more than 10 minutes since just before Thanksgiving.  It really is weird living so far away from them.

Tomorrow afternoon  I shall head for Gainesville and hope to see robvangraham if only for a few minutes.  Then back to Tallahassee to finish getting ready for the classes and students that will descend upon me  Tuesday. 

*PHEW*  I'm tired just thinking about it.  Well, off to the Bugmobile!