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I get by with a little help from my friends . . .

If one were to sell a copy of Bono's photography book, String of Pearls, in mint condition and hand-numbered, how much should one charge? Dave Ramsey says "sell the stuff" and I'm considering doing just that. Any suggestions gratefully received. (And if anyone out there is interested in then buying said book, feel free to contact me!)

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Some of you may not know that I was a gymnast for many years, and that I am a complete and total gymnastics fanatic. I don't attend many meets anymore, not like I used to anyway, but for the last fifteen years or so I've never missed a home U. of Michigan women's gymnastics meet except for a few rare occasions. This year has been a rough one for the Wolverines. They lost three of their top gymnasts to season-ending injuries at or just before the first meet of the season. As a result, instead of being ranked near the top of the nation, they ended up ranked 12th in the nation. Nonetheless, the other girls stepped things up several notches, and the team improved enough over the course of the season to make the Regionals. ladylardence came to visit me and attended the Regionals with me a couple of weeks ago, and my Wolverines placed second and qualified to nationals. I am so proud of them!

Nationals are taking place in Salt Lake City today through Saturday. How it works is that twelve teams qualify to nationals, two from each Regional. At nationals a blind draw is conducted to divide the teams into two preliminary sessions of six teams, who compete in the afternoon and evening on Thursday. The top three teams from each session continue on to the Super Six final on Friday night. The top eight scorers on each event during the Thursday preliminaries then compete on Saturday for individual event titles. Ideally, the preliminary sessions would each end up with three top teams and three lower teams, making the competition to get into the team final fair for everyone. Inevitably what happens, however, is that one session ends up stacked with most of the really good teams, and the other has only a couple of good teams, and almost inevitably Michigan usually gets the short end of the draw, ending up in the stacked session and struggling to get to the finals. This year, however, luck was on our side. The morning session has four really good teams and a fifth that frequently is fighting for a place in the finals, out of six teams. The evening session has Michigan, two other good teams, and three teams that should not pose a problem for Michigan to beat. So we are almost certain to go to the Finals this year. *celebrates wildly* So, being the fanatic I am, I'll be watching the evening session tonight via the internet, following the live scores to see if my Wolverines make it through to the finals.

In other sports news, the Detroit Red Wings start Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. *nervous* We're a really good team, but so is San Jose, so this one's going to be nerve-racking. I'm not sure if we'll survive Round 2.

Not much more to talk about today, besides the sports update. Such an exciting life I lead. ;D
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Baby Larry!

I just found this photo while doing a bit of internet surfing at lunch, and I'd not seen it before, so I thought maybe my flist Larry girls might enjoy seeing it. Click to enlarge it.

Enjoy! :D
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A very, very, very big thank you to make_a_move for the Christmas card (yes, hon, I could read your writing!), to clandestine269 for the beautiful postcard from New Zealand -- very unexpected and it made me squeek -- and to melissa2u and ladylardence for the U2 dvds! Melissa, the things you sent me were really unique! And Dawn, I'm still dying over the "buckets full" and Larry "tooning the drooms". :D I watched the Late Late Show today and squeeked mightily. I started to watch the Unauthorized, but had to fastforward 'cause the guy calling B. "Bone-oh" drove me up the wall and back down again. But I was enjoying the MTV thing, especially Larry going completely silent when Kurt Loder asked him if he saw "his bits" in the Zoo TV stage show. Unfortunately the Devon-air-raid-siren went off mid=way through that, so I had to leave it for another day. Heee.

I do have to say, and I think maybe only one other person on my flist might understand this (though if more than one do, yay) -- Nini -- but, watching Wide Awake in Dublin, especially hearing the notes for the intro to A Sort of Homecoming, absolutely had me in tears I was so homesick for Dublin. I was there first the year after that show took place, and the missing Dublin was almost a physical ache when I was watching it. I can't explain it otherwise, really. It's just -- I always loved Michigan and living in Ann Arbor, where I grew up, but when I went to Dublin from the moment I set foot there it felt like I had finally come home. It was just an incredible, overwhelming emotion that spilled through me from the instant I arrived, and which made me cry my eyes out when I had to leave. My life is here now, back in Michigan, but I still miss Dublin more than I ever missed Michigan when I was away. When I was away, living in Europe, I missed Michigan a little and my family a lot. Back home, I miss Ireland like a best friend lost. Anyway, now you all think I'm crazy, right? ;D

A quick update on Devon. On Christmas morning he woke up with a slight fever. We gave him baby tylenol and went to my mum's down in Ann Arbor as planned. By 4pm, though, he had a 105 degree fever. We took him straight to the University of Michigan hospital, since we were still in Ann Arbor, and he spent most of the night in the Children's Emergency Room. In the end they decided not to keep him, just to send him home with antibiotics for his pnumonia and ear infection, but man was it a scary, stressful night for Devon, Dad and Mum all. Luckily, today he is seemingly almost completely better and back up to his usual mischevious, energetic ways.

Finally, another update on my nephew's band, Canada. In December the band was Spin Magazine's band of the week, or whatever they call it, which is really cool as Spin Magazine is a big time national music press, and also last week a radio station in New York City featured one of Canada's songs and discussed it for several minutes after playing it, then offered it as a free download for a limited time. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 people downloaded that song over the next two days! That's an enormous number, way above average!

By the way, those who I promised copies of Canada's CD to, don't despair. The band had sold out all their copies, so I've had to request them from the record label. I'm going to get the band to sign them as well, if I can, before I send them out. So you will be getting them, it just may take a little time to get them and get them signed.
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I am in mourning this week. Not only did my Wolverines lose to Ohio State, but Bo Schembechler, our legendary former coach, died. *cries* He's been out of the game for a while now, more than ten years, but man we're gonna miss him and his inspiration. I can see it now, though: Woody Hayes and he are up there in the big football stadium in the sky, organizing their teams now, getting ready for the dream Ohio State/Michigan game. ;D

Happy Monday, and safe travels to all who are travelling this week for the holiday.
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Stalker Meme

Ooooh... this looks fun! :D Nabbed from melissa2u

2 Points) My name:
(1 Point) My last name:
(5 Points) Take a stab at my middle name:
(3 Points) Who am I in love with:
(2 Points) Where did we meet:
(2 Points) What kind of car do I drive:
(2 Points) where do I work:
(3 Points) what am I afraid of:
(2 Points) Do I smoke:
(3 Points) Do I drink:
(2 Points) Do I have any siblings:
(2 Points) How many:
(1 Point) Do I like 'em:
(4 Points) What's one of my favorite things to do:
(2 Points) How many piercings do I have:
(3 Points) What's my favorite type of music:
(4 Points) Am I shy or outgoing:
(3 Points) Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules:
(2 Points) what’s my favorite color:
(3 Points) name something I hate:
(4 Points) name a talent I have:
(4 Points) what kind of sneakers do I wear:
(4 Points) do I have any pets:
(2 Points) Who am I dating right now:
(5 Points) how long have I been dating them:
(5 Points) what is the color of my room:
(5 Points) what is my worst habit:
(5 Points on creativeness) If I were stranded on a desert island, what would I bring:

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This is Devon's first year deressing up for Halloween. They are having a costume party at daycare today, so we dressed him this morning. As Mickey Mouse. He was adorable! He liked looking at himself in the mirror, although he wasn't too fond of the ears being on his head. I need to take pictures tonight, before we go trick or treating.

Otherwise, not much to say. Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!
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Devon has an ear infection in both ears. Poor baby. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep last night. So feel free to spam me today, to keep me awake. :D Happy Larry Day!
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The concert was very good. The audience were fairly into the bands this time, which helped a lot. And I blew a kiss to Phil and he blew one back! :D That's four concerts in a row, now. *smirk* He is looking better and better. His hair is growing longer, and he is in such great shape.

The only thing to mar the evening for me was that Mark decided to sit through the entire show with his head down. He said he was "tired". I had three other people I could have given his ticket to, any one of which would have actually enjoyed the show. But no. Even as late as Monday night he insisted he wanted to go. Next time I'm going without him. The last three concerts he's done that to me. I'm not doing it again. *so mad at him*

It never fails to amaze me the outfits some people wear. Once again we had the girls up front-center wearing mini-skirts that barely covered their arse and tight, tight, tight little halter tops. And we're talking big girls here, with rolls of fat hanging between the halter tops and the mini-skirts. Not saying anything bad about overweight people here. I could bear to lose some weight myself, and I certainly have my own rolls of fat. But for goodness sakes, it looks horrid to dress like that, and the rest of us are embarassed for you! Not to mention it's hardly going to make a good impression on the band! Why would someone intentionally dress in a manner that accentuates their negatives? *shakes head in confusion* Oh, and the shoes my sister refers to as "hooker heels". Yikes! At least this time, though, no one showed up in a cow suit. *giggle*

Two of the girls in the front row had naughty shirts on, that is, t-shirts made up with naughty things written on that were plays on words on the titles of some of the Leps' songs. But they looked good in them, and the band definitely got a kick out of them. Sav kept teasing the one who had his name on her shirt, holding his hand out to her, then pulling it back when she reached for him, and cracking up. His whole face lit up when he first saw her shirt. It was adorable. He is just such a sweetie!

Not much more news here. Hope Megs had a great time at the Killers show last night, and that she and Nini have a great time tonight! :D

Happy hump whichever U2 member you can track down day! ;D