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What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?
I would pay off all my student loans. Then take a nice long vacation to London. :)
I'm back, LiveJournal! I love when I have my laptop with me everywhere so that I can immerse myself into fandoms and be distracted from the actual work I should be doing. Yay!

So to catch up from the summer, let's see...

My sister Andrea had her baby in May. Her name is Reese and she's the cutest baby I've ever seen. She's my fourth niece. My sister Jen just had her baby this month and her name is Audrey. She's adorable too. She kind of reminds me of a bird though, the way she moves her neck and stretches...very bird like. I've started to call her my little birdie. She's my fifth niece. So I now have 5 nieces and 1 nephew. Life is good.

I saw the Monster Ball here in St. Louis as well as in Kansas City this summer because Gaga is fabulous live and I had to see her twice. It was worth every penny too. I also just bought my Gaga wig that I am going to use for Halloween on-line. Now I just need the outfit...

Eclipse came out and kind of changed my life. I've always loved Jasper, but after actually getting to see him in this movie for longer than 5 seconds, I've started to adore the actor who plays him as well. I knew the bare minimum of Jackson Rathbone before now, learning about all the actors when Twilight first came out, and I thought even then that he had a quirky sex appeal to him. But after watching tons of videos of him and reading interviews galore, I'm super crushing on that creatively talented man. He definitely has an artistic soul and is just adorable. So now that I have a new love to add to my fan girl obsessions, I'm wanting to join and meet with other people who love Rathbone too here on LJ. I always love to share fan girl loves with people.

After all, fan girl obsessions make life so much more fun. :)
As I am an avid lover of Harry Potter I thought I should say yay to Harry for today. Today marks the tenth anniversary of the downfall of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. The infamous battle took place on May 2, 1998 from what I just discovered on Mugglenet.com and J.K. Rowling's site. (It's not like there were dates in the book so, who knew!) So here's to ten years without Voldie! :)

Baby?... Maybe... tomorrow???

So my sister went to the hospital this afternoon because she started having contractions. But they aren't strong enough to get her dilated yet so she got sent back home until they get stronger which could happen pretty much any second now. Her doctor sounded confident that she would most likely go into labor this weekend so at this point we are all just kind of waiting around. Who knows--He may be a stubborn little boy and decide to stay nestled in a ca-coon of liquidy fun for a few more days. I hope not. Than again, I also hope he decides not to grace us with his presence at 3 or 4 in the morning...I'll be very cranky and rather tired and my excitement level will be at suck... Anyways, I'll keep you posted on little Baby Owen's arrival.

At work, bored, and so ready for 2:00p.m.

I am bored. I have had very few and I mean very few phone calls and it has been nice, don't get me wrong, it just makes the day go by so much slower when its practically dead. So I am searching the internet for fun things to read to waste my time here.

I think I have strep. My throat is very red and sore and starting to almost close up on me a little making it difficult to swallow, and well breathe. Good times.

I was disappointed in last nights psych episode, and I am also very sad to hear that this next one is the season finale already. But last night ended with sadness all around for Shawn and Gus and for Shawn and his dad. I don't like it when they have tension between them. :( It just isn't right.

I'm gonna go read some Harry Potter that I brought with me so I may pass away the dwindling minutes that I have left to await dwindle-ism.

It's snowing? Yep, yep it's snowing...

I love the snow. Except when I have to drive in it. Then it becomes enemy number 1 while my pedal to the metal right foot becomes enemy number 2 because it refuses to let me drive at a safe speed in weather that is deemed hazardous.

So I am trying to be more productive since last week was the biggest waste of a week ever. I am catching up on things and making everything go back to normal. *patsshoulder*

I am writing again. Like really writing. Like pages are developing out of my words instead of incoherent scribbled lines on random pages of a notebook. It feels good. Scary, but good.

I finished reading(a few weeks ago) the last book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray and I was very pleased with the ending. I felt a sense of completion, which seeing as it was the final book I should have, but I actually felt like it ended the right way. I am not describing this very well but what I am trying to say is with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I didn't feel as though the series ended securely, like it didn't feel as though it was over. I just accepted it as such because mentally I knew it was. But with TSFT I didn't have to accept the ending, I believed it. Very good writing on Mrs. Bray's part. I expect many more great things from her.


Yay, I completed things!

Okay so I finally got off my ass yesterday and got things taken care of. I cleaned my room, returned the movies, packed, did laundry, and took care of my webster crap. I didn't finish everything on my list, but it's a start! At least I am up and moving. Right now I am down visiting my friend at MSU and we are waiting for Psych to start again at midnight. Come monday I hope to be a little more productive, well, with everything.

Today sucks

horribly. I feel sick and congested and I have a major headache from my sinuses that will not go away for the life of me. I am dead tired because I am a dumb ass and procrastinated again and was up till five writing my paper then up at 6 for work. Today has just sucked. The U.S. Women's soccer team play at 3:55 a.m. and I will be up to watch them later so feel free to call or comment then, I will be up. So I can't believe the way Psych ended last friday = amazing!! I am just so sad that I have to wait till January to see my lovely boys again. I finally got to see Resident Evil 2 and I am now up to date on the series and cannot wait till friday for Resident Evil 3. It looks awesome! and Ali Larter is in it and I love her so I am super excited.

I hope I feel tons better by Friday and for Saturday which I could not be more excited about!!! Plus Wicked tickets go on sale this weekend and we just bought our Blues tickets for the season opener and the Detroit Red Wings game in November. Our seats are great and I hope the Blues have a great season this year. My Rent tickets came in the mail the other day!!! I am glad I decided to get tickets. I have a busy next few months it seems like, with the Corbin Blu concert saturday, blues game and rent in October, blues game in november and wicked in december. I have spent A LOT of money in the past two weeks than I think I have ever spent in my life. About time I enjoy all the money I slaved for over the summer, but I still think spending all this money will bite me in the ass someday. Well see. Maybe I need to start budgeting myself after next weekend. I should look into that. But I am off to fill my head with more medicine and try to do some of my homework for tomorrow before taking a nap before the world cup match at 4 a.m.. Damn time zones!!!
For some reason, I am in a really big harry potter mood. I don't know why, but I am, so I think I am going to go finish my homework then either watch a movie or read one of the books. Or maybe go on youtube and watch funny hp videos. The FutureSex/LoveShow was amazing of course and he looked so damn fine last night. Harry Potter and Justin make me happy! but i have to back to work tomorrow and that depresses me greatly...
Okay so I am currently at work and so bored it isn't even funny. I have not written in a long time so I am going to take this time to let out a lot of things that have been bugging me for, or have just really been on my mind awhile. (This may be long and seeing as my computer knowledge is rather limited and I cannot make a link to this, I apologize that is will be massively long.) Okay so first things first... Harry Potter= LoVe!!! I was so happy with the 5th movie that words cannot describe my glee! I cried of course because my beloved died. But I was so impressed with the acting in this film. They have improved greatly, not anything worth an oscar, but I can actually watch the movies and not laugh at them. I am so thankful that David Yates will be directing the sixth movie, and I hope the seventh as well. Now, as for the final book (and to not give away spoilers still) I am pleased. That is the only word that I think I can use, not because I think anything is wrong with the book, but because its still hard to accept the fact that it's over. It's the end. An end that I never wanted to have happen, but knew that it had to. When you have such strong feelings and connections with characters and a world like Harry Potter its bittersweet to have it complete. People can sit and say that they are just books, but in many ways they aren't. I am not stupid... I know that they are just pages with words, but those pages hold within them so much more than any book ever written. I began reading because of these books, because of the way they made me feel when following the trio in dangerous adventures at Hogwarts, or seeing innocent people dying defending good. Books make people feel things when reading, thats a writers goal. But J.K. Rowling has completely surpassed that level of just capturing a reading, she has brought them into the lives and world of some of the most fascinating people ever created. I wanna do that. I wanna be able to do what she has done to millions upon milllions of people. I wanna be able to connect to kids and adults a like just through writing. I know I am not doing a very good job of describing why harry potter has affected me so, but I am not afriad to say that I am completely enraptured by it. I have been given the chance to follow these characters for ten years now, and become a part of them, watch them grow up and watch even some of them die. I guess I am writing all of this because my mind is subconsciously drifting me towards the next issue on my mind which is writing itself...
Name: Erica Nicole Olliges
College: Webster University
Major: English with an emphasis in Creative Writing
Intent with Major: Author, or editior at publishing firm
Odds of Happening: *laughter ensues* Never.
Okay so I am pretty sure I set myself too high of goals to achieve in life. I have been thinking lately about my writing, about my skills, (or the lack thereof) and I can't help but think that maybve I have chosen the worng major. Maybe I just chose that major because becoming an author is a dream of mine, but in retrospect not something I can do. When I speak this nagging fear out loud to friends of mine from Webster (who are all seniors this year and I curse them to the ground for leaving me) they try to use the excuse for my poor writing that I am still young and need to have more experiences in my life and that I have just begun learning how to prefect my skills. But I wonder if its actually possible to perfect something that, well, isn't there to begin with. Did I just try to follow my dreams without actually considering if I had the capabilities to achieve such a career? No. No, I didn't. And so now here I sit at work, hating every minute of it because my job sucks, I am studying to become something that I have no chance of successfully becoming, and have no clue in the world what I am going to do with my life now. I have no desire to work in a cubical, or sit in an office to be yelled at constantly by clients who think they're greater than shit and better than me. In a way they are. They have the 3 million dollar homes, the golden retreiver, the hot cars and SUVs, the kids. They have everything, except service the second they snap their fingers. So what now? No profession that I know I could get into do I want to be into. The business world isn't for me, customer service isn't for me not because I am not good at it but because I hate it with a passion. So I have pretty much come to the conclusion that my life is going to full of hate because I will never be satisfied in whatever career I set into. Maybe that's just the Gemini in me. The twin. When one side of me is satisfied, the other must flip-flop its mind. I am very much a Gemini. I am so happy with the direction that my life is going...
My florida vacation was wonderful and I miss the beach terribly. I want to be in the ocean again. I want to smell the salt, even taste it. It was one of the most relaxing vacations ever, and I honestly had one the best times of my life with my family. Playing with my nieces in the sand and watching Claire experience the ocean for the first time (and get clobbered by a wave too) and just sitting out on the deck eating seafood, listening to the waves, and feeling the wind against bare skin. I wanna be back there with everyone again. (On a side note--2009 Harry potter Theme Park!! cannot wait for vacation again!)
Transformers was an amazing movie and I have a new love for Shia Lebouaf. He is a wonderful actor and will go far in his career, and I secretly wish my car was an autobot-- Bumblebee to be exact. He's so adorable, like a new puppy, only really big and not furry.
My sister Jen is pregnant and is due March 7th, 2008. I am super excited to have a baby back in the family. I miss being able to hold them and rock them and feed them. Claire is 3 1/2 so its been about 2 years sisnce we've had a little, little one and I cannot wait. They already have the names picked out too: if it's a girl Paige Kathryn Rooks, and if it's a boy Owen William Rooks. I like the name Owen, but too bad we don't have boys in the family so the name will never be used.
Tyler and Andrea broke up--- he's an asshole. That's all I have to say about that. Andrea deserves much better anyways.
So the next best thing that has been eating at me is the fact that school hasn't started yet and I am already behind. The preresiquites for my Jane Austen Contexts class specifically said that ALL 6 of her novels needed to be read before classes began.---- I have read 0. Yeah for another year of suffering when I promised myself that I would change and get my work done on time and be the student that I once was. So much for the goals I make for myself.
So I got to see The Lion King at The Fox and it was spectacular!!! The way they make the puppets move and how they are intertwined and made was just beautiful. I have tickets to see The Muny to see their production of Les Miz. I am rather excited b/c I have heard good things thus far about the production. (and I have 7th row seats!) Wicked is coming to The Fox in December and I am totally going with my aunt sharon and we are going to try to get the best seats available at any price! i am soo excited!
All in all my summer has been pretty amazing. I have had ups and many downs during it, but I have rather enjoyed the ups. My friends have were back in town (except morgan who I should hit repeatedly for leaving this summer) and I got to spend tons of fun times with them. I'm gonna miss the two numbnuts when they leave. My vacation was awesome, I made a lot of money (at a horrible price for my job), and I got to enjoy the magic of Harry Potter one last time.
To keep myself happy until winter break, I have a few more things to look forward to this year like FutureSex/LoveShow on HBO (JtLove!), and the release of the final book in the Libba Bray series. It was originally due out in September, but has gotten pushed back to December, but I'm still excited. Plus the ber months are almost here... I love Fall.
Okay so this post is already pretty long, and even though I have like a hundred more things swifting through my mind, I must go and finish up work and go home to my girls and play with Bailey. I don't know what's going on with me, but I just feel sound. Not content, or happy, or angry or sad, but sound. I have gotten things off my mind. That's the only way to describe it.


A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes,
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

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