Thanks to Lori for giving me something to laugh about today! :)

Well, it's Lent again, which means I'm not eating meat today (except seafood, which is still kind of meat, which never really made much sense to me, but, hey, I'm a follower, so I do what I'm told without question...or at least without vocalizing those questions!). This makes me a bit cranky. I don't know why. I can have days of not eating meat, and it's not a problem. I think it's just not being able to eat it that makes me crave it more. It sucks. And it's about the only thing I do that even remotely signifies I have any sort of religious affiliation, so it wouldn't be that big of a deal if I didn't do it. But here I am. I was comforted today to meet a self-professed atheist who also gives stuff up for Lent sometimes. He said it is more of a giving up a vice thing for him, and he attaches no religious meaning to it. That's pretty cool in my opinion.

I realized today that I haven't had a cigarette in almost a year, which is the longest period of not smoking since before I ever started smoking (which I did as a sophomore in high school..yeah, I start kind of young). And I still get the urge every now and then, which I would have hoped wouldn't be an issue by now. Usually only when I am around smokers, which happens not too often..mostly. I celebrate my smallest successes, though, and this is pretty good for me. I tend to get really caught up in my vices...

Oh, and I gave up soda for Lent. It's really my biggest vice (other than eating lunch out way too much during the week, but my current money situations should be taking care of that!), and it's going to be better for me in the long run. I hope to continue after the 40 days are up, but we'll see.

You know, there are over 6 million people who play World of Warcraft (WoW), according to the latest figures that I have seen, but everyone who is into it seems either overly aggressively proud to engage in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), or vaguely ashamed. This is a problem, because the hard core gamerz are the ones I want to avoid gaming with, and the others rarely admit to doing so. It's OK, because of all the MMORPGs I've seen, WoW is the best one for going it solo (and yeah, going on to an online RPG just to play alone is silly and misses the point, since you can play a regular RPG alone any time you want), and the cost is comparable to most of the other "ok" ones (most of the cheap or free ones have even more serious problems with what I like to call "excessive assholery"). Anyone out there looking for an occasional WoW gamer to group with, let me know. I hang out on Shadowsong server, but since the friend I joined that server to hang with has since quit (jerk!), I'm willing to move around. :D

Song of the day is "Rise" by Azure Ray. One day, I'll trick someone into checking them out! No, but seriously, I think they were great (they're broken up now...) :( It's subjective though. Makes me happy. Oh, and they have a couple videos on YouTube, so watch for them to appear in Rock Block soon! ;)

Look how low I've sunk
Don't ask me to rise
I'll lose you when I'm high.

I heard the Drive By Truckers is still out there! That's another band I heard a lot of when I was in Athens. A good band, too. Not the same kind of sound as Azure Ray...

I'm in a weird mood. Probably caused by lack of meat. :P

My cat is purring and wants attention. What Co wants, Co gets, so I guess I'll cut this short.


Four Replies to 8-II-2008 or No way! Not on your life!

Denise Sawicki | February 9, 2008
Actually I had a song by Azure Ray on my computer since before I ever noticed you mention them... It is called "If You Fall" and it's pretty good :) Oh yeah, I probably found it because they're on the same label as Bright Eyes which is a ridiculously depressing band which I enjoy.

Amy Austin | February 9, 2008
An ironically named band, I guess. Is "Co" short for "Coco" or "Codependent"? ;-D

Aaron Shurtleff | February 10, 2008
CoCo it is! Lynx-point siamese, and way too fat...but I like 'em that way! :)

Jackie Mason | February 10, 2008
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