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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Unofficial End of Summer: Summer's End Darkness

Tomorrow the USA celebrates Labor Day, which is the unofficial end of Summer (the official end of Summer is September 22). Although I'm not a fan of summer time with the heat and humidity, I feel like this summer - this year even! has went really quickly. I've noticed the sun sets at 8:15 pm now and I look forward to when it gets dark at 4 pm. If you remembered this poem from the Summer Solstice: Summer Solstice.  I decided to write one for the end of summer. Let me know what you think:

Summer's End Darkness

Speeding down I-95 to Annapolis in the silver car,
noticing the sky above Baltimore becoming dark--
the moon shines brightly over the sparkling stars.
Speeding down I-95 to Annapolis in the silver car
to Buddy's Crabs for food and drinks in the bar,
as we watch the drummers drum in the park.
Heading north up I-95 to our hotel in the silver car,
the sky above Baltimore is a summer's end dark.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Her Sixth Gotcha Day

Her Sixth Gotcha Day
Jessica Marie

Her eyes are fixed upon the marble table
as she sits upon the wooden side chair; 

looking to make her entrance, rather unstable; 
her emerald eyes study the plates and silverware. 
Yet she is unaware that the plates are for her, 
celebrating six years that we have been together; 
And from being wiry and scared to calm and demur—
we have survived the storms and rocky weather! 
I love to hear her purr, yet well I know
that meows are silent, but cuddles are love; 
I never want to let her go; 
watching her bask in the sun looking at doves. 
As she hops onto the table to discover,
the cake with the candle, to her is uncovered.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Call For Submissions

Hi everyone,

Today I signed onto my old school e-mail address (I sent an old co-worker an e-mail for a reference letter; my old boss and Darlene are the only ones who know my gmail account) and I saw this e-mail from my former poetry professor. I asked her if I could post this on and my blog and she gave me the go ahead. If anyone is interested in writing or submitting artwork, my former university is raising money for the Ebola crisis. They're looking to make a chapbook and need submissions - proceeds from the chapbook will go to charity. Information is below.


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Subject: call for submissions: ebola fundraiser

Feeling helpless about the state of the world right now? Want to do a little something? Write or in some way creatively address the Ebola virus for a chapbook-fundraising venture. Any type of writing, visual, or internet-related production (as long as a live link is available) will be considered. Submit your work via email (with EBOLA in the subject line) to by midnight Sunday, Sept. 7. West Chester University students will help produce this chapbook. All proceeds from the sale of the chapbooks will go to Doctors Without Borders. Don't hesitate. Whip something up and send it. All entries welcome. Feel free to spread this call for entries!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday 8/28/2014

Happy Thursday, Dear Readers! Last night as I was going through the archives on my blog, I came across the entries counting down the days until the adoption of Olivia and Mimi, then the adoption day itself. I always thought we adopted them in early September because up until 2008, Labor Day weekend was the beginning of September. I totally forgot that Labor Day 2008... much like the Labor Day this year... was the same as 2003 and it was at the end of August (it's amazing to think of this: Labor Day 2003 was the day before I started my last year in middle school; Labor Day 2008 I was a college freshman and Labor Day 2014 I'm looking for temp in PA to save to move far away from here... yeah, 2003, February-December 2008 and 2014 match up in days) and we actually adopted the girls on 8/30/08... two days before Labor Day. Here are the entries:

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         Sorry I haven't updated in two days; I've been really tired from college orientation on Friday and Saturday (I have my last one today from 1-3). The orientations weren't too bad. The commuters were just like me; they don't really want to go there, we have the same tastes in stuff and listening to what the classes expect; I always did that in middle and high schools. Taking the public bus isn't too bad either. This year will go fast. I'm just still nervous about the year, though. It will still take time to get use to. I also bought some of my books; I just ordered the German book new (the used one was $109, someone wrote all over it and is in bad shape, I ordered the new one for $121). The German book is cool, except I'm in a beginner class again, so it'll be a piece of cake.
         We were approved for the cats at Kitty Cottage; we get them next Saturday. =] Olivia was a definate (she's 10 years old, came from a hoarder's house... I love her, when I saw her three weeks ago and held her she melted into me), dad just had to meet Mimi the other cat we wanted to get (she's 2). I was at orientation, so I didn't go with them, but dad liked Mimi; we're getting Mimi and Olivia next Saturday. =] We're going to get Olivia a bed to put in my room... I'm so excited. We also get two blankets for the cats that elderly women crochet to give to people when they buy a cat or two or three. I'm so excited.

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         So, I got my schedule switched around. Instead of taking sociology I'm taking psychology at 11-12:15 (instead of 4:15-7), so pretty much I'm done school at 12 everyday. :) I started the psych class today and it was awesome, I really like it so far. Yesterday I had my German class (I have it again tomorrow) and I really liked that too. I really like the challenge, though I can understand a majority of it. =] My remedial writing class is also easy (duh! I'm a writer, but apparently a 520 on the SATs isn't good enough); I read my essay today and the teacher was impressed. I told her I published a book and working on another one.
         Commuting is also going great. The other day on the bus going home this older African American man started a conversation with me, it was a good half an hour long, but it was a nice distraction (I forgot to bring another CD and my iPod, so I was listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers on repeat on the way to school and also coming back). It's just a really nice riding community. =]

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         They're the greatest cats ever. Olivia took to us about an hour after coming home (she explored the house a bit, then hid behind the washer for some reason) and now she's just always with you. She has to be near you. Mimi is skiddish still; she's sleeping on the third step going into our basement. She loves exploring (she's 3; Olivia is 11), so I think she's tired. Mom's sure she'll be used to our house and the new surroundings by the end of the week. Sweet! She just came up! She loves being brushed. We also received a crotched blanket (2, 1 for each) after we adopted. =] I've been sneezing; dad keeps saying it's because of the cats, but it's not. I've been like this all week... it's the pollen.
         Sorry about not updating much last night; was really tired. I'm still really tired. I've been having really odd dreams lately. The other night (Thursday) I fell asleep on the couch until 1, but still the dream was odd (when I got into my bed, I don't remember the dream). I was being abducted by aliens and there were bubbles with fetuses in them and I was trying to pop them. People below were telling me to break free, so I was trying to pop them to get free, but I didn't. Then last night I dreamt about I was taking the bus with Buddy and we had a romantic date downtown, then missed the bus.
         Which brings me into my next point. The bus is going great. I love the people on it. Yesterday one of the commuters from school got on, she sat next to me and we talked for a bit. Then this guy got on and we started talking for five minutes; he had to get off. He really likes to read too, we like to read the same stuff. Then a WWII veteran got on and I told him I was majoring in German and History. The floodgates just opened, though thank god he didn't say all the Germans were bad, in fact he said a lot of good German guys helped fight the Nazis. Yeah, it's great. =]
         May I ask a favor of you dear readers? I'm making a catbook for my new cats and I need a graphic. Could anyone make me one? I'd really appreciate it. =]

I hope you all had a great Saturday!

Bis spater!

Awww, I guess I'll have to re-upload the pictures to (I took them down when I downgraded the membership, but I'm back).

I'm so thankful to have Mimi still in my life and I miss Olivia dearly. We've always had good cats, but the girls are very special. Olivia really knew how to cuddle up to you when you were feeling down and Mimi is doing a great job warming up to us and keeping us company. Loyal, and nan loved them. I'm thankful for every pet I've had in my life.

Today also marks 8 years since I've been at the library. It's hard to believe I started as a 17 year old and still there as a 25 year old. I will be staying there until I move. I've seen many people over the years and met some great people - I've loved growing with the library. That's what I'm looking for in a job when I move. I want to grow with a company. I'm thankful for my experiences at every job I've held and the people I've worked with at every one.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eighty-Two Weeks

I started writing a poem for another contest. Hey, have any of my readers ever entered a contest for money and publishing? Do I just submit my writing or do I have to submit a cover page to go with it? I found these contests in The Writer magazine and it didn't mention if anything else should be submitted.

Here is the one poem I worked on. I'm going to write a 2nd poem to submit with this one. What do you think?

Eighty-Two Weeks
Jessica Marie

It’s amazing how time flies after eighty-two weeks—
since I told you secrets and your hugs held me close,
the snow quickly creeps and in the whiteness you sneak,
it’s amazing how time flies after eighty-two weeks!
Death is an amazing robber! Warm kisses on the cheeks
instantly gone, as are the escarole soup scents to the nose;
it’s amazing how time flies after eighty-two weeks—
time holds no secrets on how much I miss having you so close!

I'm going to make some popcorn, then work on more writing. I hope I do win one of these!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Teddy Bear Fashion

Yesterday mom and I went to Costco. I saw the bear display and I said, "Wow, look at those bears! 53 inches! Those bears are as big as I am!" Mom laughed, then one of the workers overheard us and said, "Just wait in a few weeks - we'll have the 93 inch bears on display!" I'm 4'10... so, that bear will be twice my size! I'll have to go back to see it. I posted the above picture of me with the 53 inch bear on Instagram and one of my friends gave me a great idea! He said I should de-stuff the bear and make a bear suit. That could be a lot of fun. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Memphis 9/18-9/21

Last night mom booked the trip to Memphis. Since she travels a lot for work, she was able to get my fare for $40/trip (she took care of that and is taking care of the hotel... she's hoping she can use her points for that as well). Since she booked the flight and will book the hotel, I was in charge of planning places to go. I really want to go to Graceland and people on City-Data have said not to go to the shops around Graceland because they have bogus displays... or something like that:

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The Pink Palace is interesting. Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums

There's also the Brooks Museum (of Art) in Overton Park. Art Museum

If you go to Graceland, my personal opinion is buy the ticket that'll get you into the house and see the airplanes - forget the extra stuff across the street. Those are all basically glorified gift shops with little "exhibits" tacked on. It's a very cheapening experience IMHO.

If you're deep enough into Memphis music to venture beyond Graceland, the Rock 'N' Soul Museum is really cool. I also like the Sun and Stax Museums. You can also take a tour of the Gibson guitar factory.

For history, the National Civil Rights Museum is a must see. Unfortunately many of the exhibits focus largely on James Earl Ray, but it's still sombering and awe-inspiring to see where Ray stood and where King stood, etc. If you're short on time or cash, you can walk right up to the Lorraine Hotel without a ticket.

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is unique and off the beaten path, tucked away south of downtown. National Ornamental Metal Museum

As far as walking, my favorite spot to take a long stroll is Mud Island riverpark (just drive to Mud Island, take a right at the traffic circle, then turn left in a few hundred feet into the parking lot. Walk along the Mississippi river as long as you enjoy it. ). There's also the Bluffwalk and area around Martyr's Park.

The pink palace looks neat! It looks like a hodge podge of things. They have a recreation of the Piggly Wiggly there! It looks like they don't have actual Piggly Wigglies in Memphis though, which makes me sad. :( I really wanted to experience a Piggly Wiggly! It looks like in the Midwest, the only Piggly Wiggly is in Minnesota... I guess when I do move, I'll have to take an adventure to Piggly Wiggly, lol. Yes, I know, I'm weird because I like visiting regional super markets. However, the Pink Palace has Civil War things among other neat things to see and do.

Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul I'd like the check out and I think mom would as well. Visiting the Motown Museum in Detroit made me really like touring music places. They're neat. :) Mom also wants to do the Botanical gardens. If time allows, I definitely want to check out the civil rights museum. At night, I want to check out Beale St. because it looks like a hopping place. It's also the top attraction in Memphis. Maybe I'll see if I can find a good concert we'll both enjoy.

I'm really looking forward to this. I think it'll be great to get a break from looking at temp here (which, by September 18 I hope to have a temp job. I'll have to tell them I need those days off... well, 19-22... I'll tell the library too) and a break before I restart the search in Wisconsin. I really want to move by Spring.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Vacation in Memphis

Hi y'all!

So, it was decided that we will vacation in Memphis, TN in mid-September. Mom knows I'm not a big fan of amusement parks and dislike hot weather, so she asked what I wanted to do instead. She thought Asheville, NC, but I've been there twice (it is nice, though, and she's been there once) and said no. I was in a bad mood last night and just said, "whatever." As I was in the shower, I thought of Memphis and after a cool down period, I suggested Memphis. Mom liked the idea for our last vacation before I move. I posted a question on the Memphis board of City-Data and someone sent me a link:

Things To Do in Memphis, TN

Mom and I were looking at this and we might go to Graceland, Slave Museum, the soul museums, and botanical gardens. I want to check out Beale St. as was suggested on City-Data:

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Trip Advisor's top 10 attractions are a good place to start.

Things to do in Memphis: Check out 86 Memphis Attractions - TripAdvisor

Within the city we have a little bit of Civil War history. If you want to head out to Collierville, they have a whole walking tour there with lots of Civil War info.

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Memphis is a cool city. I live in Kentucky so its not that far from me. I am a huge Elvis fan you have to see Graceland and go to Beale St. Memphis is a great BBQ city.. just be careful it can get dangerous in some parts of Memphis at nice. The people are super nice in TN. TN is one my fav states and one of the best states to visit, you some try to visit Nashville and the Smokies as well they are both amazing. Have a blessed day- RL
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Thanks everyone.  I saw Beale St. and I've always heard some awesome things about that.

I'm a Civil War buff and would love to check out Civil War Traveler, but I don't think we'll have the time (mom isn't also into the Civil War) since it's only a 2-3 day trip. :( BUT, maybe after I move and save up quite a bit, I can take a trip again just to see the Civil War sites. I think that's what will be done. :)