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"I've always wanted to do that." It's one of those phrases that often rings in my head. When I quit my job to travel, so many co-workers said to me before I left, "I've always wanted to do that." Sitting on a beach in Koh Phangan, watching poi performers twirl fire, a new friend would whisper, "I've always wanted to do that." And I say it to myself, often, watching salsa dancers in Colombia, listening to an Australian play the guitar in a hostel, even hearing someone talk about skydiving in New Zealand....

When a friend reads the description of the art show she's going to and it includes "all your favorite animals will be represented" and "you enter through the Chinese restaurant," you go. No question. When it's already 9pm and you haven't eaten dinner, you still wait in line to get into Big Star before waiting inside to finally get a table. And then you drink too many whiskey drinks and then you eat too many pork belly and fish tacos. But it doesn't matter when it's all so delicious. No question....

Friday was rain and rain and thunder and lighting and rain and thunder and lighting and rain. Something like that. But only for maybe an hour. In the afternoon I left for lunch and it was sunny and beautiful. Just after 4, though, it looked like a light switch was turned off and everything went dark and wet. I changed my night plans slightly, as I was going to take the train from downtown and walk to the art gallery and was going to take some photos around before it opened. But instead I decided to brave the rain to...

I live in Roscoe Village in a three bedroom apartment with my friend Heather. We each have a bedroom to ourselves and the third we use for storage. My bedroom is pretty. It is where I sleep most nights. The blue and brown color scheme is probably less pink than you would think. Photos of my blue and brown bedroom:   My bedroom has a light blue / teal blue / brown color scheme. It's small, but there is enough room for me and a full bed.   My bed. I sleep with six pillows, a monkey, and a stuffed jackalope I picked up at...

So, back in November I decided to enter this contest to redesign the livejournal theme for the Kurt Halsey livejournal community that I belong to. Now, I had never designed anything for livejournal before and they use their own scripting and such so I had no shot, but the prize was so awesome that I just had to enter. So, with about a week to go I decided to just go for it and spent every free moment I had designing and coding and then entered my design. I really thought I had no hope for winning as I didn't...