Tuesday, April 25, 2006
  Two years from 30. Sigh.

The flower of my youth, originally uploaded by estacey.

Last night, I was talking with Balu about the whole job-switch situation. I think the dates are finally figured out as of today. Anyway, I was playing with the end and start dates of my old and new jobs, trying to make sure I had a couple of days off in between, even if that meant I was unpaid for a couple of days.

I said, "I guess I can just donate plasma. Or, actually, I looked into that whole egg donation thing a while back.." This is more of a joke than anything; I typically don't need money bad enough to start selling off bits of/from my body.

Anyway, then Balu asked, "Aren't you too old for that?"

I hereby take back all of that best-roommate stuff I've said in the past. (Kidding!)

It now looks like I'll have a full week off! It'll be an on-the-cheap, at-home vacation, but luckily I'm in Florida, so that's a nice idea -- I can dive and kayak and all that for nearly free. And this may be too ambitious, but I may even get to get some reading done..! Maybe in a hammock in the backyard..

not even 30? bah, you're a pup! a tadpole! a larvae!
At least you are a few days younger than me. I'm starting to realize that I am getting old. It sucks!
Good news! You can donate your eggs until you are either 30 or 35 depending on the program. See, we're not THAT old yet!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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