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Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 09:20 pm
a real update!

I'm going to try and update more often, I feel like a bad LJ member!

I've been looking into airfare for the east coast. I'm going to a wedding in May and will be visiting DC for a week. I haven't been there in a long time, I'm really looking foward to it. I invited a friend with me, hopefully she can come.
We'll be staying in one of our timeshare properties, if we had to pay with money the five nights would only be about $500 total..that's insanely cheap.

After the wedding my mom and I were going to go to NYC but now we might not. I love NYC but I was just there last winter, I can wait a few years. On the other hand, I really want to go to a taping of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. I meant to go last time but you might remember that I got really sick. I almost didn't make it to Equus! Thankfully I did.

Anyway, so we might go to Boston instead! I haven't been to Boston in over a decade, I'm really hoping we do that instead. I love Boston, it's so culturally and historically rich! We might also visit family at the Cape, that'll be nice.

I'm going back to Yosemite either in May or June with my soul sister. We already booked with my time share for the beginning of May but if something opens in early June then I'm going to swipe it.
I originally wouldn't have minded even going later in June, being there with my friends for my birthday. I thought about it though, Yosemite is insanely busy from mid-June to late August. It's like a city..and it's a small valley, I think I'd get pissy seeing my park filled with so many people. So only early June.
Instead, I'm going to go to a taping of The Late Late Show the day before my birthday (birthday is Saturday). Jay Leno did something special for the audience member with a birthday when I went in September (yay Hugh Laurie!). Maybe Craig does something too...hehe. I don't even care who the guest is, it could be Dick Cheney for all I care! Speaking of, I'm still totally going to try and get in later this month for Stephen Fry. My friend Kelli might join me, she'll have to put up with my fangirling before and after! I'll be getting there at least two hours early. Stephen Fry is a god among men and I suspect it'll be a popular day. If I get in it'll be my fifth time going to the show! :D
Oh good grief, I promised myself I wouldn't start a fangirl post about him. I swear, I think my love for Craig has surpassed the insane amount of love I had for Dan when that was at it's peak. I still love Dan...but he's my younger celeb crush. Craig and Hugh are all man, I love them equally for different reasons. Oh good grief, I think I'll stop fangirling now. :D

Umm, I'm saving up for the UK again. I'm going to go next summer, I need to go back to Scotland so bad. I plan on going there for three weeks this time so I have to start saving now. Well, technically I started saving as soon as I got back last year but now the saving is more aggressive. Before I just put a little away, now I'm putting my entire monthly checks away and only buying things I really need (sexy shoes an exception). I plan on going to Scotland for two weeks and England for one week. I'm going to go back to some of the same places but I hope to travel to new areas. I plan on going back to Stonehenge and Lacock. I really loved Lacock, it's so quaint. When watching Jeeves & Wooster the other day I totally recognized Lacock as a filming location! I kept thinking "I was there!". I also plan on doing a lot more in London and maybe going to Liverpool. In Scotland, I'll go back to Edinburgh and the Highlands but I also hope to visit the Isle of Skye, Glasgow, and the western Scottish coast. My desire to see Scotland again is so great that it actually aches, I felt at home there. I'm part Scottish (and part Native American and possibly German) so it was a little like going home. Edinburgh and the Highlands, I was in heaven for the week I was there. I'm sure seeing more of that beautiful country will be emotionally powerful for me.
I was originally going to do another HP Fan Trip..but I don't know. I had a lot of fun, I really did. I met some great new people, some who I'm still chatting to now and consider them friends. On the other hand, I'm not as crazy for Potter as I was and I think I could find other multi-day tour packages. I plan on traveling on my own at points but traveling with a package tour is really convenient..especially on the wallet. I think the only reason I'd go again is if the HP trip does something very special or if any of my HP Trip friends did it again too. Who knows, there might just be something special going on since it'll be during the very last movie release. Even if there's no HP Trip for me, the three week UK trip will still be on. I also have a goal for that, I promised myself I'd lose at least a hundred pounds before the trip.
I think I might re-post some of my UK photos to bring back memories. I hope that won't bother anybody :)

I'm still figuring out how to get my foot in the door of the NPS. I'm looking at any part time job right now but my goal is still with the NPS (or Forest Service or Fish & Game). I signed up for online classes this semester. I'll be on the east coast for over two weeks, online classes are the only logical step. This helps make room for going back to Yosemite and volunteering as well as finding a job.

Anyway, I have a few new LJ friends. Every time I get some new LJ buddies I always do this meme. So, new friends, feel free to participate! Old friends, feel free as well!
Feel free to ask me three to five questions of your choosing! You can ask me anything and I'll answer as truthfully as I can. They can be silly questions relating to my fandom interests or personal questions. I'm an open book! :)

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randomneses
randomneses
Ashley! It's Unisex!
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)

Get ready for cold!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)

Think it'll still be wintery the second week of May? I wouldn't mind it in all honesty, haha.
It looks like it might actually...this winter is epic.


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randomneses
randomneses
Ashley! It's Unisex!
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)

lolz oops read it wrong XD Thought you were coming v. soon!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)

Haha! I wouldn't mind it! DC must be so pretty right now..even if all that snow is an inconvience.


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glacier_kitty
glacier_kitty
Heather
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)

What's your fave South Park episode?
How did your dad die?
What's the coolest thing you've seen from an airplane?
Did you get the Hanukkah card I sent you? lol


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)

Oh good grief, favorite SP episode? There's so many! I really love the ones that focus on Kyle and Stan's friendship. Um..Cherokee Hair Tampon, Guitar Queer-O, Smug...

My dad had Lupus, which is an auto-immune deficiency. One day he just crashed. His best friend took him to the hospital when he coughed up blood. He's done that before so they thought he'd just need some medication. He crashed while filling out forms in the ER and died thirty minutes later :(

Hmm...Well seeing Parliament in London from the plane was pretty awesome, as was seeing glaciers. However, Parliament is pretty recognizable and it's easy to spot glaciers, no matter how cool they are. I think the coolest thing I've seen was Yosemite from the plane. The fact that I was able to recognize it from that high was pretty amazing. I totally impressed the flight attendant, she had to ask the pilot if it was Yosemite (I asked her to verify). I

Haha, I thought I thanked you for it! My bad! Yes I did get it, very cute! :D


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)

Aw hon I'm sorry about your dad...I didn't know he had Lupus...my aunt has it too, but she has been fortunate to never have complications (knock on wood). She has access to the most advanced medicines right now so we are all hopeful she won't have any issues...sometimes I forget she has it since she just doesn't have any issues...but again I am sorry about your dad...


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)

Thanks. I hope your mom remains stable with it. :\


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)

Aunt...but she DOES act like a mom to me, haha!
But thank you so much, I'm actually going to visit her when I'm in LA, she lives in SD and I'm going to just zip down there to see her...I saw her Thanksgiving but I just feel I can never visit with her too much, since...you never know...:(


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)

I don't think she wants kids because she's worried she could pass Lupus on to them...which I understand...:( So she treats me and my siblings like her kids, hehe


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)

Ooops, yeah. I *did* read Aunt...I think it's because I was chatting on AIM and talking about my mom.
My bad :D

Yah. Before I would've balked at just "popping down" to San Diego..but after driving to Fresno in three 1\2 hours...yeah, that's nothing hehe


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Mon, Feb. 8th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)

No worries, it's my mom's sister so...um close...:P
Why? It's only 2 hours...I've always loved driving, never had any problems...maybe it's because when I lived in Oregon it was always a drive to get anywhere...Walmart was like an hour away, the beach was 2 hours, so I don't mind driving...plus in my career field I drive ALL THE TIME so really 2 hours is nothing :)
Plus I have family there so I have good reason to go...


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)

That would be cool if you could go back to Scotland...would you ever think about moving there since you like it so much?
Also what would you want to do with the NPS? They definitely require a certain amount of schooling and you have to pass all these tests, both physical and mental...I have a friend who went into the Fish and Wildlife and he said it was CRAZY INSANE to get in there...they only take the best of the best, kind of like police academy...I considered getting into Fish and Wildlife, I would love to be a special agent, but that would be something I would do further down the line since animal control is a good prerequisite...definitely getting into biology or a job centered around that could help, or law enforcement...their website should have some links on how to get started...
I will definitely be going to the taping with you, I will be down there the 22nd so I can meet you the 23rd...you might get there before me though hahaah!!! Silly...;) I can't wait to hang out with you! :)


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)

I think I could happily live in Scotland. Maybe not forever but definitely for a few years! Of course I'd need a good stable job waiting for me :D

I want to be a Park Ranger. Go park to park for the season and be a ranger. When I'm in DC a high up politician we're family friends with is going to get me an interview with somebody at the NPS to find out what exactly I need to do and how to go about doing it.

Yay! I'll let you know where exactly as the day gets closer. I will more then likely be there before you, the taping is at 3:30 and I'm aiming to get there by 1...1:30 at the latest.


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)

I always wanted to live abroad, I thought it would be cool to do that for a couple years...my gf lived in Spain and different areas of Europe for like 5 years...she loved it...but she also doesn't know what she wants to do for her career, and I do, so it's more important to me to get that going.
I know to be a Game Warden you have to go to academy for 6 months, and you need to get certificates similar to the ones I got (PC 832 to be legally allowed to carry weapons; pepper spray training; ASP training) among others...I was reading up on Game Wardens (which may or may not be similar to park rangers, maybe they are a different department?) and they were saying the main part of training is running (which made me laugh) and to start training BEFORE academy...haha! I'm definitely not able to do that right now ;)
Animal Control doesn't require you to be in top shape, you just have to keep up...haha :)
I'm glad you have someone who knows someone in the department, that definitely helps you get into the field...
I will be there, 1:30 doesn't seem too bad...but yea keep me updated and whatnot...:)


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evilcresyluna
evilcresyluna
Miss Celie of the North
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)

Hey you! In May I will be much closer to DC, if you'd like to get lunch or hit a museum or something, let me know - I don't know what my New Work Schedule will be like, but I would hope somewhere in there I could sneak into DC (it's about a two-hour drive, maybe slightly longer to metro in).


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)

That would be great! My friend from Pennsylvania might be with me, thatbe okay?

Have you started your new job? I haven't really looked at my f-list the last week..


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evilcresyluna
evilcresyluna
Miss Celie of the North
Mon, Feb. 8th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)

Absolutely would be fine! The more the merrier, far as I'm concerned - and it should be lovely weather then.

Oh no, I don't start until the end of April, so I will still be starting when you're in DC.


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