Tuesday, April 30, 2013


So, you know how yesterday I was complaining that work was pretty boring.  Someone in charge has a sense of humor.
One of my good friends, Emma Mad, has joined the crew at work before she heads off on a mission (her papers are in, just waiting for her call).  The thing is, whoever is in charge has hired another Emma.  And not only is it another Emma, it's another Emma Mad. O.o?  And they both work in the same department.  O.O?
This could get very confusing, very quickly.
But that's not the end!
Just as I was about to log into my computer to start the work day, my boss called me back downstairs.  Apparently, I'm no longer the minutes and meetings specialist (though I will still be doing that).  I'm joining the Emmas and Rachel in entity specialization (don't ask me what that means, I'm still not 100% sure).
Not that I mind.  Poor Rachel has been doing it all on her own, and it's definitely not a one-woman job!  So, new faces, new job... this will be interesting.

Fare thee well, friend!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring Snow

And no, I don't mean the kind of snow that randomly shows up in the middle of spring (though that's not totally uncommon where I live).
Let's start at the beginning, shall we?
There's not a lot about work that isn't fairly boring.  It's not that I don't like my job, it's just... well, fairly boring.  It's mostly busy work, filing and such.  However, the nice thing about it is that my desk is right by the window, and outside, we are surrounded by flowering trees.  Today there was a bit of a breeze, and it was knocking some of the petals off the buds.  The petals falling past the door looked like snow falling in the sunshine.  It was absolutely beautiful!

Fare thee well, friend!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Books I Enjoy

Rereading The Rose Bride, I think I've finally figured out what kinds of books I really enjoy.  I mean, I like all kinds of books, but there are some certain books I read that just make me sigh in contentment every time I read them, and I finally realized why. 
I enjoy the books that take the characters to the very depths of despair, and then pull them out again to the light.  I love stories that make you really feel pain, but then show you that even that passes as well.  In The Rose Bride, SPOILER WARNING!!! the character, Rose, loses everything in her life, except the clothes on her back and a knife in her pocket.  There comes a point in the story where she has the chance to take her own life, but she chooses to move on, because she is promised that there is happiness waiting for her if only she will keep going.  That moment has always given me hope.  No matter what happens, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we can't always see it. 
In the wise words of Samwise Gamgee:
Some people think writers are just daydreamers who never grew up.  The truth is, writers are daydreamers who have grown up, who have seen the pain and the hurt in this world, but have also seen the love and the hope, and they want to share it.

Fare thee well, friend!

Saturday, April 27, 2013


I owe my visiting teacher a huge plate of cookies.  Like, seriously.  Why?  Because she made arrangements to go to the temple.  It's the first time I've gone in years, and I have been missing out.  Lately my life has been anything but peaceful.  I thought I had recovered from my friend's suicide, but it seems like every day this week I found a new way to regret something about it.  Going to the temple yesterday, I felt peace and joy for the first time in days.  I love the temple so much! 

Fare thee well, friend!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Back in Uniform

Because of finals and the end of the school year, I haven't been able to go fencing in about six weeks.  I missed my fencing friends!!!  I mean, I see Kay nearly every day, and I see Heather at the library sometimes (she works there), but for everyone else, I rely on fencing for a chance to see them.  It's been a rather lonely couple of weeks.
But no more!  With school out for the summer (no way am I taking spring/summer classes while I'm trying to save for London), my nights are now homework free, which means I can now enjoy fencing as much as I like! 
It feels good to be back in the uniform, even if everyone kicked my trash last night because I'd been gone so long. ;)  On the plus side, I nearly beat our resident leftie, which is next to impossible to do (seriously, lefties are so hard to fence!)!

Fare thee well, friend!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Rose Bride

Guess what, guys?  FINALS ARE OVER!!!  I'm done!  I can go skipping through fields of flowers without worrying that I'll miss a class!  Wow, I have a really weird mind...
In any case, now that finals are over, Kay, Mia and I decided to celebrate by getting books (even though Mia isn't in college yet)!  Well, actually, I wasn't planning on buying, since I'm trying to save money, but I thought there wouldn't be much harm in dropping by Barnes and Noble anyway.
 I know.  What was I thinking?
I was doing really well, actually, but then something familiar caught my eye.  There was a book I found in my Jr. High library that I just fell in love with, but I haven't been able to read it since.  It's called The Rose Bride.  There was a single copy on the edge of the bookshelf.  I glanced longingly at it, but I was strong!
That is, until I read the price and realized it was ten dollars cheaper than I was expecting.  I had to buy it!  And then it was just fate when Kay decided to take the opportunity before checking out to pay back a couple dollars she owed me.
So now The Rose Bride is sitting next to me, and I am satisfied.  If you ever get the chance to read it, I highly recommend it.  This is an absolutely beautiful book!

Fare thee well, friend!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Merlin's Tempest

So, I have always loved Shakespeare's The Tempest, mostly because I was named after Miranda, the heroine.  I am very heavily biased.  I think it was the first Shakespeare play I ever read.  Unfortunately, I have never been able to see it performed.  Apparently, the only version easily available to me involves the fairy, Ariel, being played nude.  So stupid.  And it's not all that popular where I live, so I've never had the opportunity to see the play performed.
And for those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you know I kind of have an obsession with BBC's Merlin.  What can I say?  It's a brilliant show!  Merlin is a very relatable character.  What do these have in common?
Colin Morgan, the actor who plays Merlin, is currently playing Ariel, in The Tempest, in the recreation of Shakespeare's Globe... and I can't see it because I'm halfway across the world!
Oh well.  Apparently they'll have a DVD of it at some point.  If anyone has information on where to get this, I would appreciate it!

Fare thee well, friend!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I don't necessarily have a problem with dodgeball.  In fact, I will usually play it when suggested.  However, it's not my favorite game.  Why?  Because I happen to be one of the unathletic people who spend the majority of the game up against a wall, waiting for someone to catch a ball to let me back in.  I'm just not good at dodging.
But last night, the rules changed.
Someone suggested dodgeball for fhe, but it was a new form.  It was more of a mash-up of dodgeball and capture-the-flag.  The best part?  They set up tables as shields.  I could now enjoy being in the fore-front of the game without all that much risk of being the first to go out.
Your legs do get a bit sore after ducking so much, though. ;)

Fare tee well, friend!

Monday, April 22, 2013

One Down, One to Go

Wow, I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who was praying for me about my research paper, because I went to work on it, and suddenly it seemed so easy!  Thank you so much!  I now have one research paper done, and one to go!

Fare thee well, friend!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rockers and Fairies and Dwarves... Oh My!

I love my brother Mark's family.  Just saying.  He's always been such a good friend to me.  He's the one that helped me learn guitar!  And how to sing properly!  He's awesome.  And his wife, Kar, is so sweet and kind and wise.  You can always go to her for advice, and she can make you feel so relaxed.  And their two kids are absolutely adorably.  Their daughter has me wrapped around her little finger.
And then there's Kar's sister, Ju.  Technically I'm not related to her, but I wish I was.  She's just that awesome.  She's the kind of person that makes you laugh, all the time, and she has a laugh that's so contagious in and  of itself that it's next-to-impossible to frown around her.  Now, Ju is studying to become a make-up artist, and she is brilliant at what she does!  A couple years ago for Halloween she made Mark black (remember, we're all descended from Celts: very Caucasian).  He showed up on our doorstep with dredlocks (his hair is short and red), and this terrifying scowl.  He nearly scared Jake to death!
Well, with finals coming up, Ju wanted to bulk up her portfolio a bit, so she asked if we wanted to head over to Mark's house so she could practice make-up on us.  She started with Mark and made him a punk-rocker. :)  She used hair gel and eye-shadow to make the tips of his hair blue (it had to be able to wash out for church today), and then she had magnetic hoop earrings he stuck in his nose and lip, and she even gave him a soul patch!  Heh.  I could recognize him, but that's because I watched it happen.  He walked over to my parents', and Dad didn't recognize him when he opened the door.
Then Ju did Jake and made him a dwarf.  Now, Jake is too young to grow a beard; she made him look like a forty-year-old dwarf.  Serious talents, people.  It was funny watching her put the facial hair on, though, because it was apparently really ticklish, and he was trying so hard not to laugh.
I got to go next.  She made me an ice fairy!  It was weird, because I couldn't see what she was doing, and I felt completely normal, even when she was using the airbrush (that was pretty epic!).  Of course, then she started sticking sequins and sparkly things on my face.  She had to use tree sap because I'm slightly allergic to latex.  When she was finally finished, I could hardly recognize myself!  It was awesome!  Though, later when I was trying to take the make-up off, I had a star-shaped glob of glue on my forehead left from the tree sap. ;)
Unfortunately, we had to leave then, because it was eleven at night, so I missed seeing Kar's make-up.  She was gonna be a warrior princess!  Can't wait to see the pictures!

Fare thee well, friend!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Finals Week

Apologies, I meant to write yesterday, but I was caught up in battle.  I fought hard, and I was wounded occasionally, but eventually emerged from the battle victorious, preparing myself for those battles yet to come.
In other words, finals week has started. ;)
I don't know how often I'll be able to post this week, but I'll try to post every day.  However, I do have two papers to write and a job I can't neglect.  Do me a favor?  Pray for me.  I really do enjoy writing, but research papers have never been my strong point. :)

Fare thee well, friend!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Moving Out!

So, for those of you who haven't figured it out yet, I am still living with my parents.  For now.  Because that is about to change! 
I wasn't sure I wanted to move out this year (money and such), but as the semester came closer and closer to a close, I just felt more and more that I needed to get out of the house.  And then the perfect opportunity came, right when I was seriously considering!  All Kay's roommates are moving out this year, which means there are three opportunities to room with one of my best friends!  So hopefully by the end of spring, I'll be in a new apartment!

Fare thee well, friend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


After I heard about the bombings at the Boston marathon, I felt lost.  I couldn't believe someone could be so cruel, and it was just another reminder to me of how dark and disastrous the world had become.  I was beginning to lose faith in humanity.
But then I remembered something I realized during my Book of Mormon course this year.  I always get so sad reading the last few chapters of the Book of Mormon, because you see a civilization who had once been so full of light and love and faith turn from God and destroy themselves in their own hatred of each other.  For the past few months, I've felt a bit like that was the way the world was heading, that in spite of all the efforts of people who are trying to make the world a better place, eventually we would all fall to darkness.  But then I realized, these are the last days, and we are not destined to follow the Nephites and Jaredites.  We have so much bad in the world, but there is an equal amount of good!  The darkness may seem more powerful, because it causes so much pain, but then you remember those who help afterward.  You remember those who help before, who have prevented these kinds of things from happening.  The bad will continue to get worse, but the good will also continue to get better.  I think that's why we enjoy the epic tales so much, stories like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia.  They all remind us that even though it seems for a moment that the darkness is winning, the light can and will always rally... and win.

Fare thee well, friend!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

She Said My Name!

I have many siblings.  Seven, to be exact.  Five of these are older than I am by at least five years, which means I have many nieces and nephews.  It's a lot of fun for me, but generally from afar.  See, I'm the boring aunt that enforces Mom and Dad's rules. ;)  However, there is one niece that doesn't seem to think I'm boring: Mally.  That's probably because I tend to babysit her more than the others, but I'll take what I can get.
Now, the thing about being the boring aunt is that I tend to get ignored.  And since Mia tends to be the favorite aunt (she's really good with kids), and our names are so similar (Mira, Mia), if any of them want to get my attention, they'll say her name for either one of us.  (I do admit, though, her name is easier for little kids. ;)).
However, just a few days ago, I discovered something.
Mally has a name for me.  I didn't realize it at first, because it sounds similar to Mama, but then when I was visiting them earlier this week, I heard her say Mama, and then I heard her say "Mema."  It took me a couple minutes, but I finally realized that she knew my name!  She wasn't trying to call me Mia, she was trying to actually say my name!
I felt very special.
By the way, kudos to anyone who can guess the reference in the title (coughSarniccoughcough)!

Fare thee well, friend!

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Problems With Public Transportation

Don't get me wrong.  I love public transportation.  You meet interesting new people and get to save gas and help the economy.  But sometimes it's just a little inconvenient.
Take today, for example.  I usually take the bus to school, since I don't really trust my car downtown.  Unfortunately for me, the university decided to make the campus an all-walking campus, which means the bus stop that was by the student center, and in the middle of campus, is now gone.  Why they decided to do this the week before finals, I have no idea.  They couldn't wait two weeks?
Honestly, going to school isn't actually so bad.  The new stop is right across from a parking lot I dealt with frequently last semester, and I didn't mind so much (even though we have to deal with absolutely evil stairs from that direction!).  The problem came when I realized that the bus stop to leave school is absolutely nowhere near the stop to go to school.  It's on a completely different street!  The best part?  There is actually a bus stop across the street from the first one; it's just not for the same bus route.  I actually watched my bus go past it before I realized it just wasn't going to stop.  So irritating.
And then I finally got on the bus.  That was an adventure in and of itself.  Usually when I get on the bus, there's a large crowd, and I'm in front (being a woman), so it's easy for me to get a seat before the bus leaves.  Not so today.  I was the only one.  And I was in heels.  This is a recipe for disaster.  The bus started again before I'd taken a seat.  And it started very quickly.  I ended up falling into a seat and banging my leg up pretty good.  Now I think I might form a bruise on the inside of my knee. :P
In happier news, though, Mia's back!  And she brought me a lovely blue hat from New York to add to my collection!  I kinda went crazy when I saw her last night.  It's good to have my sister home. :)

Fare thee well, friend!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I'm Not Imaginary!

Do you ever those days when you just don't want to go to church, but you know you should, so you go anyway, and it turns out it was a good thing you went?
Yep, I had one of those days, and I'm really glad I went to church.  If only to prove I'm not imaginary. ;)  See, my friend Mari has a sister that goes to school in another state, so she rarely visits.  Last time she visited I wasn't at church, so even though Mari told her about me, we didn't meet.  Well, she visited today again, and I just didn't want to go to church (I'd subbed at the home ward as librarian, since Mom is still in New York), but I figured I probably should go to my own ward.  I ended up not sitting with Mari during sacrament meeting, and but she was with her sister.  When I didn't show up, her sister joked that I was imaginary.  But then I sat with them in Sunday School, and it was all cleared up.
In all seriousness, though, church was amazing.  I'm really glad I went.  Like I knew I would.

Fare thee well, friend!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Second Lesson

You know, you'd think I'd learn my lesson.  I should learn to get the idea the first time.  But no, once again I decided to write outside in the sun.  Meaning I now have a sunburn.  A rather painful sunburn.  It's even on the tops of my feet (I wasn't wearing socks)! 
I think part of it has to do with the fact that my family is all red-headed.  There are ten in my family, eight children, and of those eight children, only three are brunettes.  The rest are all some form of red-head.  And from what I've heard, red-heads burn easier than most.  I think somehow I got "burn easily" gene even though I'm not a red-head.
Really annoying.  And painful.

Fare thee well, friend!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Clingy Kitty

Wow.  Turns out that Merida is really clingy when there's only one of us at home.  Remember how Mia is in New York this week?  Well, Mom and Dad planned a vacation in New York for everyone else around it.  Except, with finals coming up, I wasn't able to go.  Just me and my kitty at home now.  And she is starving for attention.
It certainly doesn't help that I'm at school most of the day.  When I get home, she desperately wants my attention, rubbing up against my legs and meowing super loud.  Poor kitty, she gets so lonely over all on her own.  ;)  I love this kitty-cat.

Fare thee well, friend!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Guys Playing Girls

This is weird.  I'm watching Hamlet for my Shakespeare class, and you know how guys used to play girls?  Yeah, it's really weird.  It's is ridiculously strange to hear a guys voice coming from someone who is supposed to be a woman.  No wonder they preferred to have boys who hadn't hit puberty play the women.  Adult men just can't pull it off all that well.

Fare thee well, friend!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


This year my high school's choir was given a great honor.  They were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City!
Carnegie Hall.
And I can't go.  Why not?  I'm not in high school anymore!  My sister Mia, on the other hand, has the opportunity to go.  Am I jealous.  Very.  Not only is she in New York, but she's enjoying a thunderstorm!  I love thunderstorms, but we never get them at home (that's one of the reasons I love Florida so much: epic thunderstorms!)! 
But honestly, more than jealous, I'm feeling a bit lonely.  Mia and I have shared a room for years.  Now I'm the only one... There's no one to talk to before bed... I'm really kind of weirded out by this.  Of course, I'm planning on London next year, so I suppose I deserve it. ;) 

Fare thee well, friend!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I was beginning to think Merida, my kitty, hated me.  She's been sleeping all over the house lately, and didn't seem very interested at all in coming back to the bedroom.  I was okay with that, I guess, but I missed her cuddling.  She's the kind of cat that is never very all that interested in cuddling. 
I don't know what happened last night.
She was in the windowsill while I was getting read for bed (she likes to stare outside, since she's not really allowed outside), and then by the time I was ready to hop into bed, she was hogging my blankets.  So I moved her, being the selfish being that I am, and deposited her on the side of the bed closest to the wall.  I expected her to go off in a huff, like usual, but instead she just... snuggled.  Which never happens.
Then today, when I got home from work, she came and rubbed up against my legs until I cuddled with her again.
What has happened to my cat?
Not that I mind.  I enjoy cuddling with my kitty. 

Fare thee well, friend!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Hi!  Today I just wanted to say hello to all the new readers!  I can't believe so many people read this!  Especially since I lead a fairly boring life as a nerdy writer... ;)  In any case, welcome!  I would love to get to know you all, so please feel free to leave comments!  And thank you, so much, for visiting!

Fare thee well, friends!

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I thought yesterday's Conference talks were good!  This morning was just incredible!  Every talk had me riveted!  I could hardly believe it!  I am so grateful that I have the chance to listen to my prophet's counsel so often!  Seriously, if you ever need a word of encouragement, look up President Uchdorf's talk from today.  In fact, just look up the whole session.  I have never felt so inspired and ready to stand up for my church!  Lately I've been really worried about today's society, wondering where the world was headed, but today I felt so reassured! 
I love the church, I love the gospel, and I love the Lord.  Happy Conference weekend, guys!
Oh, and enjoy the memes about Pres. Monson setting weeds on fire as a child. ;)

Fare thee well, friend!

Busy, Busy!

Hello, all!  Sorry I didn't post yesterday, there was so much going on!  Hopefully I'll be able to post again later to make up for that...
So, like I said, yesterday was crazy.  See, it's general conference weekend.  At nine-thirty my older brother had a baby blessing for his son.  Usually they would do it during sacrament meeting at church, but this was the only weekend both grandfathers would be able to make it, so he got special permission from the bishop to do it at his home on a Saturday. ;) 
Well, after that, we had the first two-hour bloc of General Conference, which was absolutely amazing!  If you missed it, or are just interested in seeing it, you can check out https://www.lds.org/.  They're pretty good at uploading the new videos quickly.
After that, though, I had to go clean Dad's office (my weekend job ;)), and then take a shower, because directly after the next Conference bloc I would need to do my shift at the library, and I wanted to look at least semi-presentable.  So yes, shower, Conference, library, in that order.  When I got home, Dad and Jake had already gone to the priesthood session, and Mom and Mia were at Deseret Book.  Apparently they have a sale for women during the priesthood session.  I was actually about to post then, while I was home alone, but then Kay and Sarnic came by, since we were all going to party while the men were gone. :)  We met Mom and Mia for dinner at Mimi's Cafe, then browsed at Barnes and Nobles for a while.  Mia found this interesting-looking book about Will Scarlet actually being a girl... Looked pretty good.  Then I dropped Sarnic off at her and Kay's apartment, since we were going to watch Merlin when we got home, and she wasn't interested.  We finally finished the fourth season!
Well, then it was time for bed, so that's why I didn't post.  That was a very long and detailed explanation.  Sorry.

Fare thee well, friend!

Friday, April 5, 2013

What I Learned From Disney's Princesses

Well, my life is fairly boring at the moment, so I thought I would post about something that's been bothering me for a little bit.
A lot of people seem angry with Disney for the way it portrays its women.  They view these women as weak and dependent on men.  I would just like to throw my opinion into the mix: I believe that there is nothing wrong with accepting help from men, and there is nothing wrong with the values taught by the Disney princesses.  Growing up watching these women, I learned to be kind, forgiving, and compassionate, traits I find strangely lacking in today's society.  Women don't have to be the same as men in order to be strong.  There is a reason there are two genders ;).
To justify my position, here are a few lessons to be learned from the Disney princesses:
Snow White: Keep hoping.  Even when everything seems lost, someone somewhere can help.
Cinderella: Never stop dreaming.  Chase down your dreams until they're unfolding in front of you.
Sleeping Beauty: Your dream prince will fight for you, no matter what the cost.
Belle: Some people can be big jerks, but if you look hard enough, they're probably as lost and scared as you.
Ariel: Think things through, because if you do something rash, it affects more than just you.
Jasmine: Ladies, you're intimidating.  Don't judge guys too harshly when they do something stupid trying to impress you.  Also, the best men are the ones with the trues hearts, not the loudest purse.
Tiana: When you work hard, play hard.
Rapunzel: In the end, it's your life.  You're the only one who can make it what you want.
And in general, growing up with these stories has taught me that sometimes, life sucks.  If you can stick it through to the end, that's when you'll get your reward.  And most importantly:  The ideas behind these princes have to come from somewhere!  There really are Prince Charmings in the world, girls!  Don't settle for less, because you definitely deserve more!

Fare thee well, friend!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jamba Juice!

So, I had assumed the doctor yesterday was joking when he told me I could use Jamba Juice to fight my virus, since it was a cold drink.  I laughed it off.  But then I made the mistake of telling my younger siblings. ;)  Long story short, I ended up taking Jake to Jamba Juice yesterday evening, mostly because I was having fits over my essay on Queen Hermione from The Winter's Tale.  After we got home, I took my juice to my room, where I was working on my essay, and concentrated only on that, until Jake came in telling me to swallow.
See, Jake had been feeling just a bit sick as well (sorry about that, Jake!), and we were both having a bit of trouble swallowing.  However, when Jake came in and told me to try swallowing after having a drink of Jamba Juice, I was shocked.
There was next-to-no pain swallowing, and I had been too wrapped up in my essay to realize it!  I had no idea just how much it would help!  So here's to Jamba Juice and it's awesome healing-a-sore-throat abilities!

Fare thee well, friend!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Diagnosis

Well, it's been an interesting couple of hours.  Last night Dad took a look at my throat and thought I might have strep throat.  I was given a very comforting blessing, and then tried to got to sleep.
Emphasis on tried.  I kept tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position where I would be able to swallow as little as possible.  When I finally did drift off to sleep, I had dreams about being a disease-ridden outcast.
Needless to say, I called the doctor's office to get an appointment as soon as they were open. ;)  The doctor was very kind, and pretty fun.  He took a look, and a couple swabs, and said that I don't have strep, just a viral infection, and that I should be able to fight it off with ibuprofen and Jamba Juice (cold drinks). 
So here I am, ditching school so I don't feel sick over finals week, sucking ice cubes and looking up my teachers power points so I don't completely miss the material (one good thing about having schools go online).  I just hope they don't have any quizzes today. ;)

Fare thee well, friend!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I Hate Being Sick

I think it's official.  My allergies have gone from a bit of sniffling to an full-blown cold.  As in, a can't-keep-my-throat-moist-coughing-all-the-time kind of cold.  It rots.  A lot.  No matter what I do, my throat is painfully dry.  I ended up drinking more in half an hour than I usually do in a week, and the only result was that I kept having to go to the bathroom.
On the plus side, Kay's idea about yogurt was really helpful, and I had a crazy dream last night that Regina was Morgana and she was looking for Emrys, who was supposedly "Henry's son," which I didn't understand because that would mean Emrys was either her grandson, or her brother.  And then Aragorn randomly showed up.
The characters in my head have interesting interactions.

Fare thee well, friend!

Monday, April 1, 2013

It Came!

So, I probably haven't mentioned before, but I recently bought several copies of my anthology (the one I got a short story published in).  There were a lot of complications involved in buying it, but today after school I went to put my things in my room...
I was so excited!  I finally had a copy of "my" book!  I mean, I have an e-copy, but it's nowhere near as cool as having my own, actual, hard copy!
I am very excited.

Fare thee well, friend!