Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I got too much to do! I have to be out of my old place in a week.. that's a week to move. I hadn't even THOUGHT about that. Lordy.

Friday night is the concert for Alli's birthday.

Sunday afternoon is the late lunch for Alli's birthday.

This weekend, I really have to figure out how to solve the noise problem with my camera, and figure out how to best light a cake photo shoot that I suggested we do on Monday. (They wanted to do it Friday, but I really need some more time! I need more time!)

I have a test Tuesday for my Tuesday night class. I have three math quizzes to take by Saturday, and a quiz to take for my other class by Sunday (I think?). Plus, you know, I have to do the weekend stuff like eat French toast and go diving with Chris and all that. Did I mention I have not been exercising at all lately and really would like to be? Oy vey.

Work has been craaaazy. I was actually making to-do lists for work tomorrow during class tonight. There's just too much to remember. Luckily, it should all be over by the end of the month and we can go back to having time to take deep breaths.

Oh yeah, and I have to move? Ha!

Okay. Time to go eat dinner now.

P.S. Do I have to mention 9/11? Today was a bummer. I had to avoid the radio stations, much like I avoid the news stories about how sonar is affecting the whales. I was in a hurry this morning -- as usual -- and they did a moment of silence at 8:46 and I didn't have time to get all choked up, dammit, yet there I was, stopped dead in my tracks. Stupid terrorists.

I like Malingering's picture, Fire Station 18:

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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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