Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 6:29pm

This LJ is now officially "Friends Only". And I can guarantee that unless you already have a vested interest in my DRAMA LLAMA life, you won't find the emotional barfing even remotely interesting. I need a place to whine bitch throw hissy fits express my emotions and the possession of firearms is against my parole. I'm told this is a "healthy" alternative. Comment below if you want to be included in the inner sanctum.

To get your daily supply of michelle, please visit my non-drama blog @ michelle likes pie for all things me, minus the female histrionics.

Thanks, bbs.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 10:53am

I still check my fpage every day but I've barely touched my own LJ in months. I figure making money and a possible career move are some of the only understandable reasons for unabashed self-promotion, so I figured I'd take the ol' LJ out of retirement to do so.

If you know me on facebook or IRL, you've already heard me rambling endlessly about starting a business. Months ago I started buying up random, unloved pieces of furniture from Goodwill and giving them makeovers. My only motive to begin with was my own edification but my eyes are too big for my stomach and I wound up buying more furniture than I had room/use for. A coworker of mine at The Resort runs a really successful boutique four times a year and urged me to hock my wares at her next event. After some thought and prayer and lots of encouragement from friends, I decided to take the plunge.

About a month ago I took on a partner, Maria, who has a Masters in Interior Design and about a buhzillion times more experience/knowledge/resources than I do. So far the feedback we've gotten has been overwhelmingly positive and we're both ridiculously excited about the opportunity. We're building an inventory and the big "kick-off" will be the day of the boutique, August 27th. Our online store will be open, the blog will be active and we'll begin taking sales.

This could be a colossal failure. It could be an epic success. More than likely, it'll be somewhere in-between. I'm having a blast expressing the hell out of myself all over the place and the idea that I might be able to make even a meager living doing it makes me want to cry (but that could be the hormones talking).

You can find us on our facebook page, our blog and our (as of yet, unused) Twitter, if you're so inclined to find out exactly what it is we're doing. Most of the stuff is empty and will remain mostly so until we kick-off on August 27th, so there's not much to see.

Thank you very much, fpage, for obliging me this bit of ego-bolstering. I now return you to your regularly scheduled journal feed.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 12:21am

(I know, two posts from me in one week - it's like it's your birthday or sumfin!)

If you aren't aware (and many of you probably aren't), Iran held their elections for a new leader this past week and in a stunning upset, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner with 62.6% of the votes. His pro-reform rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi, expressed possible problems with the ballot prior to the revolt against the alleged victory. The same day Mousavi wrote the letter, all SMS was cut off in Iran and forced the population to turn to Twitter to communicate quickly.

As the revolt grew in defiance of the outcome so did the violence escalate against the protesters. On the 13th, all social networking sites were inexplicably blocked and the internet became impossibly slow, preventing Iranians from speaking out to the world about the true events. Many were able to log on to the blocked/tracked social sites via third-party proxies, but Twitter, with the quickest load time and easiest accessibility, remains the most widely used.

As the victory rally marched, university students taunted and provoked the riot police but at the urging of Mousavi, most events were kept peaceful. Riot and plain-clothes police roamed about, however and subsequently beat, shot at (WARNING! GRAPHIC) and pummeled. Homes and dorms are being systematically searched and attacked.

There is only so much that can be done from anyone outside of Iran. Information is being monitored and severely censored - both coming in and going out - and it's become increasingly hard to discern which accounts are genuine and which are manufactured by the opposition. Outraged people from all over are reposting confirmed news feeds, protecting identities and setting up third party proxies to help keep the protesters safe for the time being. But even that's dangerous, as one anonymous Twitterer found out after being attacked on the streets of Ohio for his involvement.

This is not just an Iranian issue - it's a humanity issue. All we can do is so little, but that should just make it easier.

How you can help:

Stay informed: A few sources have proven more even-handed than others, the BBC being one. If you have a Twitter account (and who doesn't these days?), follow the #IranElection feed and ReTweet (RT) valid information. Saeed Valadbaygee's blog, Revolutionary Road is also an up-to-the-minute source from within the firing range.

Don't re-post names!: They ARE tracking these things and if they can find a way to target a college student in Ohio, don't think they won't do much worse to those in their own country.

Set up proxies: No, I don't know how to do this, but ProtesterHelp has a great page for directing those less inept than me.

If I get a chance, I'll post more about it, but please check out the other sources above. People are dying for a freedom that we take for granted and the world is ignoring them.

God knows no country, no race, no political affiliation and no gender. Neither should we.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 3:24pm

i don't normally post much in here anymore, but i really wanted to share this. freddie's barely into her twenties and already has a humbling story. it was written for an upcoming message in church and i'm posting it with her permission.

the story of an incredible woman and an even more incredible God

definitely worth your time.