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Oct. 13th, 2013


i would like to note that i feel extremely silly for doing this. i have always been of the mindset that if i didn't want everyone to be able to read what i was typin', then why put it on the internet?

however, i have been getting more introspective lately and am a little nervous about who might run across this.

...also, i have been reading and she talks about how she got fired from her job for talking about work. i don't talk about work a lot, and i doubt that my boss is trolling the internet to see if i am talking about her, but better safe than sorry, eh?

anyway, comment to be added. or whatevs.
Princess Ziggy
1. What are your middle names?
My middle name is Neil, from O’Neil on my mom’s side. Andy’s middle name is Stephen.

2. How long have you been together?
Holy crap, we started dating in 2001. We got married in 2004.

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating?
A couple of months. I started working at the movie theatre and he was already working there.

4. Who asked whom out?
Andy asked me out. Although he wasn’t my first boyfriend, he was the first guy to ever ask for my phone number.

5. How old are each of you?
I’m 25. He explained to me last night that he’s practically 25, because he’s almost 24 and a half. I rolled my eyes.

6. Whose siblings do you see the most?
We probably see my brother the most, but his brother and sister also live in Peoria and we all hang out a lot.

7. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
My family. I come with some built in family drama and emotional baggage from that drama that worms its way into a lot of our relationship.

8. Did you go to the same school?
Nope. Andy went to the private Catholic high school. He would have gone to my same high school if he had gone to public school. We’re both attending the same community college right now, though.

9. Are you from the same home town?
Kind of. I was born in Texas, but my family moved here when I was 6. Even though I’ve lived the majority of my life up here, I still consider myself a Texan, especially with all this political drama in Illinois right now. Andy was born and raised here in Peoria.

10. Who is smarter?
I would say it’s a tie. Andy is far more logical than I am, and also more strategic. (He has almost an expert rating in chess, which is pretty ridic for a normal person, I think.) I am more book start than he is, though, mostly because I tried way too much in school all of my life.

11. Who is the most sensitive?
*raises hand*

12. Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Probably at the local Mexican restaurants. Yum.

13. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Ha ha, only Texas. Neither of us have ever been out of the States. We plan to try to fix that soon.

14. Who has the craziest exes?
Me, by default.

15. Who has the worst temper?
I have a quicker temper. Andy doesn’t get mad often, so it’s scarier when it happens, though.

16. Who does the cooking?
Andy. I do the baking and the making of things that come in a box.

17. Who is the neat-freak?
I would say that I am the neater freak. Neither of us are really neat freaks, though.

18. Who is more stubborn?
I’m really not sure.

19. Who hogs the bed?
Neither of us, but I do hog the covers.

20. Who wakes up earlier?
Andy does. He gets up and feeds the animals before I get up in the morning.

21. Where was your first date?
The first place that we ever ate together after becoming a high school couple (aka going out) was Steak ‘n’ Shake. Before my birthday/congratulations party that he was throwing me, at which my gift was a professional massage. It was a pretty sweet date.

22. Who is more jealous?
I don’t think that either of us are particularly jealous.

23. How long did it take to get serious?
Well, we started dating in high school, which means we were a couple before we ever went on a date as a couple. Andy said that he was attracted to me the first time he met me, though. I was going through something at that particular time, so it took me a couple of months to see what a great guy he was in a romantic sense.

24. Who eats more?

25. Who does the laundry?
Me. Andy helps sometimes, but it’s tough to tell him in a particular load which things can go in the dryer and which can’t.

26. Who's better with the computer?
Andy is better at spreadsheets and stuff. I am a google master, though.

27. Who drives when you are together?
Andy does.

City of Peoria Early Voting Locations

Princess Ziggy
Early Voting starts on Monday, October 13th and goes until Thursday, October 30th. Voters in the City of Peoria may vote at any one of the following locations:

Election Commission
542 SW Adams
(Corner of Walnut & Adams)
Weekdays: 8:30 am - 4:40 pm
Saturdays: 9 am - 3 pm
Sundays: 9 am - 4 pm

Care & Treatment Board
2016 N. Knoxville
(Corner of Knoxville & Frye)
Weekdays: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays: 9 am - 3 pm

Midstate College
411 W. Northmoor Road
(Corner of Northmoor & Knoxville)
Weekdays: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays: 9 am - 3 pm

Northminister Presbyterian Church
10720 N. Knoxville
(Corner of Knoxville & Mossville)
Saturdays: 9 am - 3 pm
Sundays: 1 pm - 4 pm

Peoria Housing Authority
100 S. Richard Pryor Place
(Corner of Richard Pryor & Hurlburt)
Saturdays: 9 am - 3 pm
Sundays: 1 pm - 4 pm

A photo ID is required to vote early. If you have any questions about a City of Peoria Early Voting Site, please call 309-494-8683.

On the news this morning, they said that they're expecting lines for early voting as well as on Election Day. Andy and I will be voting early because we have class on Tuesday nights.

Vote early!
Vote often!

(J/K - We're not in Chicago.)

x-posted: personal journal, bradleyu, peoria, central_il

more internet activism - local!

I read an article in the Journal Star about this the other day. Please take a moment to sign this petition.

More Info
Jacob Grys is a miracle! He was not expected to live after birth. But live he did. He is a tiny child that is full of life. Jake was born with dwarfism caused by osteogenesis imperfecta.

Yes, he has brittle bones. Yes, he breaks his bones every month. But his difficulties are mainly caused by his dwarfism. He depends upon his family for everything. Though he has above average intelligence and bursting personality, he can not get a drink, go to the bathroom, shower, turn on a light, and worst of all, he can not open a door so if the house would catch on fire he can not escape. His family (adoptive parents and 6 siblings) have always thought they would just care for him forever, but...When the therapist at Easter Seals came to their house to nominate them for Extreme Makeover Home Edition, she showed them that he could be independent with the correct changes and additions to their home.

So they have discovered it is a disservice to Jake to make him depend on them. He needs to be able to care for himself. His family is now consumed with finding a way to make him INDEPENDENT!! You can help.

[There are pictures and a video at the site.]


Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th
9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday
9 AM to 2:30 PM on Sunday

1508 W Forrest Hill Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

3 or 4 family garage sale. Large variety of items:
>and more!

x-posted to: bradleyu, central_il, and peoria
ok, guys, i just found out about this group of six web sites:

1. the hunger site - Since its launch in June 1999, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism, helping to feed the world's hungry. On average, over 220,000 individuals from around the world visit the site each day to click the yellow "Help Feed The Hungry" button. To date, more than 200 million visitors have given more than 300 million cups of staple food.

2. the breast cancer site - Your click on the "Fund Free Mammograms" button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

3. the child health site - The Child Health Site is dedicated to funding simple and very effective preventatives and treatments with the goal of robust child health around the globe. Your daily click funds the administration of Vitamin A to prevent life-threatening childhood illness and disease as well as one preventable cause of childhood blindness; the manufacture and fitting of children's prostheses so that a child injured by a landmine or other accident can still walk, run and play and still has a fighting chance to be a productive contributor in his or her society as an adult; eye surgeries that can reverse one kind of childhood blindness; and HIV testing that will alert medical personnel that a mother may pass the infection onto her child at birth so that she can be treated and the newborn spared of this terrible disease.

4. the literacy site - The Literacy Site is dedicated to funding free books for children. On average, over 70,000 individuals from around the world visit the site each day to click the "Fund Books for Kids" button. To date, more than 55 million visitors have helped provide more than a million books to children who need them the most.

5. the rain forest site - The Rainforest Site is dedicated to the preservation of rainforests around the world. Your daily click funds the purchase of rainforest land by The Nature Conservancy, The Rainforest Conservation Fund, The World Parks Endowment, and The Friends of Calakmul. These organizations work to preserve rainforest land in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and other locations worldwide. On average, over 35,500 individuals from around the world visit the site each day to click the green "Preserve Endangered Land" button. To date, more than 150 million visitors have preserved more than 40,500 acres of land.

6. the animal rescue site - The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted. Each click on the purple "Fund Food for Animals" button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary.

each will allow you to click once a day without having to give them any information to help with their causes.

quick and easy.

stop breast cancer for life

if you didn't know, i have lost several family members to breast cancer. there is an excellent chance that i could have it one day. this bill seems pretty important to me. i know that internet petitions are lame, but i would appreciate it if you guys signed this. thanks!

Lifetime's Petition to Stop Breast Cancer for Life

lame chain mail message verbiage that explains what this petition is for. but seriously. support breast cancer awareness and research and just please sign this.Collapse )


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