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I have gotten to know so many people here, through posts, or email or talking on the phone, but I don't know people in real life and what the people here are like.  I'm so curious.  Who are you?

A bit about me.

I am in my late 20's.  I have blond hair and blue eyes.  5'5 1/2 and 115lbs.  

I have a great and supportive family, whom I live with and have dinner with every night.  I have a wonderful boyfriend who is also living here.  We are moving out in a few weeks, back on our own.  I am scared.

I have a dog, a beautiful, strong and brave girl, whom I spoil even more than I spoil my own self. I drive a convertible.  Sushi is my favorite food.  I love clothes, and spend a lot on them.  I especially love Lilly Pulitzer clothes, and other happy clothes.  I have a million pairs of sandals.  Winter is my least favorite part of the year, and summer is wonderful.  Running is a big part of my life, but it gives me injuries.  I am a teacher and I love my job and my students so much.  Especially now that I am on summer vacation :)

 

Now that I am on summer vacation, I am able to see all of my WonderfulWonderful friends a bit more, and that makes me happy and smile.

I love to travel.  I've been to many different places, and though I am not up for it now, I will be.  A trip to England is will be my starting point.  I figure that is easier than going somewhere where I don't know the language.

I love to cook.  I Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything is my favorite cookbook, and I recommend it to the worst and best cooks out there.

I am in counseling.  I see a Crisis Counselor once a week, and my boyfriend grudgingly goes to therapy with me once a week.  It's helped me and us immeasurably.

I love my life.  What's happened has been a road block, but it's an opportunity for growth, and I've taken advantage of it.  I am a stronger person than I was two months ago.

I am so happy to have met all of you.  

Who are You?

(Edited by mistral at 8:25 pm on June 18, 2001)

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Ok, this sounds like a good idea...

My name is Melanie, I'm 22 and live in Massachusetts.  I have brown hair and eyes.  I'm 5'7" tall and 135 lbs.  My birthday is February 5...I'm an aquarian too.

I have one brother, and two stepbrothers.  My parents divorced when I was 17.  I don't associate at all with my father or his family.

I have a wonderful son who is 16 months old, and a wonderful boyfriend who I have been with for 4 and a half years.  I drive an SUV (think psycho-soccer mom)

We have a cat named Hobbes who thinks he is a dog.  (he is CRAZY)

I go to therapy once a week, and group therapy once a week.  My boyfriend has gone with me before, but not every time.

I work as a waitress, not real glamorous but it pays the bills.  In my free time, I play the flute and work on my website  (http://pages.ivillage.com/mknight279/ajourneytomyself).  I'm addicted to game shows.  Umm, yup, that's my life.

(((hugs)))

Melanie

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Okay --

I'm Shaina (close enough :)).  I'm 29.  If you're familiar with the "friends of Barbie" I most resemble Midge, except my eyes are greenish brown and I don't have freckles on my face.

I'm a writer, a wife and a mother.  I live in a very rural area.  I like to volunteer for St. Jude's Hospital in their fund drives.  I draw, and sometimes volunteer teaching in the local elementary school in art.  I've also participated in an outreach program, where I provided original fiction for a reading drive for 7th graders at the middle school.

I am close to my family and I'm not -- if that makes any sense.  I am closest to my oldest sister.  I see my parents a lot and I love them, but they don't really know me.  Most people don't.

I love Chinese food, and really good pizza.  My favorite author is Stephen King.  When I'm angry (a lot of the time) I like to blast Metallica.  When I'm calm, I like classical music.  My favorite color is green and I like rainy days better than sunny ones.

This was kind of fun :)

Thanks.

Shaina

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thank you mistal!!

what a great idea!

well...I am 20...21 on the 23rd of june, so almost 21

I have shoulder long kind of read hair and brown and green eyes, I have no clue how tall I am or how heavy, we all go by cm and kilos over here...

The most important person in my life is my little baby girl....well, she turns 1 year in 3 weeks, so I guess that makes her a toddler:) She is my everything!!!

I am also married. I meat him 4 years ago in a chat room and we have now been married for one year I love him dearly, and he has been there for me as long as I have known him, and I love him for that.( right now we have a crisis in our relationship though....see how that goes )

we all live in sweden (thats where I am from)

I used to work as a pree-school teacher, but right now Im still a stay at home mom. I loved my work though, so I look forward to go back. In the future I want to get a diploma as a 'specialist craft tutor', thats when you work with people who have problems to express theyr feelings in words, you help them to express them selves with art.

right now we have a cat, her name is 'Trissan Cassiopeja'...she loves water, so its pretty hard to try to do the dishes, shes always there, playing. I am also looking forward to get another dog, right now I am looking at the breed 'bullmastiff' ( VERY nice dogs)

and Im not in therapy right now,I havent been for 2 years actually...I should try to find a new councelor though.I know I should.

well, I guess this is me

stay safe and take care of your selves!

Juli

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hey

lets see..im 19 almost 20 here...have short strawberry blonde hair which i am growing out...i unfortanetyl cut it when it was down to my hip ******DUMB*(*** so yeah i m working on growing it out. I am in college and i ma half way through my program in gettitng my degree in interpretiing for the Deaf....eventually i want to teach deaf children....working with kids has always been in my dreams...they seem to just remind me how happy life can be..and they love to read and have fun...and so do so imagine that! hehe. Um .lets i live with my grandparents..i my parents...let just not go there. i have two kitty kats and a 30 gallon tank o ffishies. I work at a floral shop doing weddings and floral arrangements. I am a dancer and danced sinice i was three. My current hobby is tending to my first garden....thats a lot of work! Well, i geuss thats it!

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AGE:25, 5'4", short brown hair w/ highlights, blue eyes and dimples.

1.LIVING ARRANGEMENT

2 Bedroom apartment in trendy downtown, with girlfriend.

2.WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"-Maya Angelou.

3.WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

My mouse pad is circular (grey and dark grey)...looks like the entrance to the Twighlight Zone.

4.FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess

5.FAVORITE MAGAZINE?

"Photo Magazine"...French Version--> NOT the censored, American Photo

6.FAVORITE SMELLS?

"Angel" for Men, amber, "sensuality"-from Escents, fresh cut grass, rain on hot pavement, clean sheets dried on the line outside.

7.LEAST FAVORITE SMELLS?

Obsession for Men-(bad memories), The cat's "tuna breath", "B-O", beer- the morning following a big party.

8.FAVORITE SOUND?

Elizabeth Fraser singing "Song To The Siren", someone saying "Thank You"...sincerely, the sound of THUNDER, water and wind.

9.WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?

A broken heart, Post-Traumatic Stress, anxiety and depression.

10.WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?

"####-it! I'm still in the same skin!" "Do I have to work today?"

11.FAVORITE COLOR?

Black, smokey grey, white (I'm a "shady" kinda girl), blue (dark), bold/solid colours

12.HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?

I don't answer the phone (thank gawd for call-display!)

13.FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?

"Trinity"-She's my hero. Maybe, "Che"-(pronounced, Shay), boy or girl-doesn't matter.

14.WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE?

Making it through our childhoods.

Support and independence...and ABOVE ALL, honesty and integrity.

15.FAVORITE FOODS?

Sushi, Ichiban soup, Curry anything, "Oh Henry" ice cream, tomatoes and feta cheese and cheese (almost any kind).

16.CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?

Chocolate, no question.

17.DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST?

Yes...oh #### yes! (in moderation, of course)

18.DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?

Does my girlfriend count?

19.STORMS - COOL OR SCARY?

COOL, without a doubt.

20.WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?

Tonka...hahahaha

21.IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE?

There are so many....Oprah, Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity-The Matrix), Maya Angelou, The Dali Lama....

...***MYSELF, as a child***.

22.FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?

Heineken, flavored martinis (and there are hundreds).

23.WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?

Taurus, and I'll add that I am year of the Dragon.

24.DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?

Yes, who wouldn't?

25.IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A successful author....or, a successful, independent, assertive, aggressive, honest, respected, powerful female in any profession (preferably in computers).

26.IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR?

I've dyed my hair every colour...nothing's better than simple highlights.

27.EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

Yes. I'll say no more.

28.IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?

Half empty

29.FAVORITE MOVIES?

The Matrix-OF COURSE, The Colour Purple, American Beauty, Terms of Endearment (cried my freekin face off), Pay it Forward (cried my face off, again) and Star Wars (all of them).

30.DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?

No, who does?

31.WHAT'S UNDER YOU BED?

My hardwood floors

32.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?

3

33.FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?

I'd rather have a root-canal or stick needles in my eyes, unless there's money at stake!

34. FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTISTS?

Cocteau Twins, Elizabeth Fraser, Olive, Submarine, Dido, Tori Amos (sometimes), Ani Difranco (sometimes)...

...It's a girl THANG'

35.FAVORITE TV SHOWS?

Sex and the City, Survivor (did I say that outloud?), Investigative Reports, Bravo Latenight Foreign Movies (uncut) and Queer as folk (sometimes).

36.FAVORITE CITY?

So far, Vancouver...gimme time...

37.NAME OF FIRST PET?

I had seven cats and two dogs as my first pets...two names I remember are "Askit"-dog, and "Suzie" the big huge black, siamese cat.

38.FAVORITE SONG?

"Song to the Siren"-Elizabeth Fraser, "Take my Hand"-Dido and "Smile"-Olive, "Space Dog"-Tori Amos and currently..."Blow me Away", as well as "Sunbeam" by Submarine.

39. FAVORITE ACTOR (male & female)

Kevin Spacy (American Beauty), Anthony Hopkins, Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix)-just cause she's kinda cute, Shirley McClean (Terms of Endearment)...and the list goes on...

Hope you learned a little about me.

Thanks Mistral,

Trinity

(Edited by Trinity at 10:46 pm on June 18, 2001)

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My name is natalie and I am new here. I am at home from college living with my parents for the summer. I am 19 years old. I used to enjoy many things, but now my life is empty. I found this website last night and have enjoyed reading all of your posts. I've felt better today then I have since it happened. So I wanted to thank all of you for just being there. In an odd kind of way. My best friend in the whole world is now my dog Max. He is a beutiful Golden Retreiver. I haven't told anybody what happened to me 3months ago, but somehow I think my dog knows. He is constantly watching over me. If my door is shut he will sometimes sit outside my room and guard it. I have a big delima in my life right now. I don't want to go back to college this fall, even though I am already registered. I am afraid to go back. I can't tell my parents. I don't want to go through that right now. But they know something is up. I think they suspect I'm on drugs. My grandmother died last year, which is sad because she would of been the one person in the world I could have told. My whole life is changed so fast, I'm not even sure what is left of me that I can put down here for you.

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Let's see, where do I start:

I'm 24 years old, orginally from Middletown, CT, now residing in Middletown, OH.  I guess I really couldn't run far from home.  Anyhoodle, I am 5'7", weigh about 170lbs, stormy grey/blue eyes, and short red hair.  

I work as a shift supervisor in the security field at a Delphi plant here in the Dayton area.  My job is never routine, as we are responsible for any in plant emergencies, and fire suppression system inspections.  I will eventually be an officer in law enforcement.

My interests outside of work are mainly sports.  I love hockey, women's basketball (college or pro).  I spend insane amounts of time online, mostly at night.  To stay up until 4am is not uncommon.  

I have 5 cats, Mystic, Tygra, Taz, Bambi, and Nytasha.  They are all brats just like their mother.  I'm either in trouble or causing it.

I am also very much into fantasy especially Dragons.  I have an entire collection.  It shouldn't be too much of a shock seeing my screen name is SnowDragon.

My favorite movie these days is Miss Congeniality.  Sandra Bullock is my favorite actress.  My favorite music is whatever my mood is at that time.

THat is all I can think of for now.

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Some random facts about me...

I'm 19 years old :biggrin: (and I wonder whether I'll be wearing that grin when I'm REALLY old ;))

My pic is around here somewhere so I'll save you from the lame description I had up here before I edited.

I work with children and I love my job.  I will eventually be teacher :).

I have recently rediscovered art and had my very own exhibition. VERY COOL! :cool:  

I am passionate about the colour pink, my half full glass of diet-coke and more seriously anything political, particularly human rights issues.

I love the theatre, acting, singing, any kind of team sport, spending time with friends or any of my younger siblings (there's a whole tribe!!), the beach, summer, thunder storms, and almost everything about my life :).

I have 2 dogs, they're both insanely untrained and HUGE ~ an alaskan malamute and a german shephard.

I'm giving up smoking.. AGAIN (this time I will succeed ;)).

I haven't read a good book in so long that I'm very open to suggestions.

I STILL don't weigh myself on principle :P

I'm a hopeless multi-tasker!

I am boring and I have a sad obsession with these emoticon faces :).

You people rock!!

(Edited by Kristy at 9:10 am on April 30, 2002)

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Hi guys

My name isn't Crying Angel (surprise surprise :)), but that will have to do.

I'm in my early twenties, and live in Scotland with my husband. To misquote Garrison Keillor, we provide enough sarcasm for a tri-county area.

I also don't weigh myself on principle, and am just finishing an MSc.  

My all-time passion is reading: I love Douglas Coupland, Toni Morrison, Armistead Maupin, Theodore Roethke, Emily Dickinson, Milton, Aphra Behn....I could go on almost forever.

I love gangster movies, and black and white movies, but my favourite film would have to be 'Like Water for Chocolate', one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen.

My favourite TV shows are The West Wing, ER, Sex in the City, and Big Brother. (Can't understand why you Americans are so into Survivor :))

I'm very interested in politics, particularly international and feminist politics, and all kinds of feminist thought.

My favourite thing on this earth is my husband, but I am also very fond of clean sheets, hotel towels, Guinness, candles, St. Paul's cathedral, and tea.

My one (unlikely to be realized) ambition is to have a Scarlett O'Hara-style southern accent. And say 'y'all'. Every sentence.

Oh, and I do LOVE my life.  

Take care guys,

Crying Angel

(Edited by crying angel at 1:12 pm on June 21, 2001)

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Mistral,

I am about 5'5, dark brown, long, naturally curly hair........130 lbs, I love animal, love to sing and dance, spend time with my husband and daughter......lol

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Hi people

I am a (sometimes weary but always grateful) warrior woman with a history of chronic physical and sexual abuse. But does it define me in entirety? No.

Ummm.....let's see

Birthdate: 3/9/66....soon to be 35

I am about 5"7, I have very long black hair that I like to imagine gives me a very "Xena" look. I spent big money on dyes to banish the ever multiplying grey hairs; "grow old gracefully" is not in my lexicography. My eyes are big and dark brown, I think they're my best feature.

Don't know how much I weigh, but I haven't got a super model's body--don't care though, I like my curves and after five wonderful children, I think my body has done a superb job and can be whatever shape it wants.

My husband has no complaints whatsoever and neither have the occasional heads I still manage to turn.

I'm crazy about books and music. Reading about mythology makes me dizzy with delight. My favourite classical novel is "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"--unparalelled beauty! I love Toni Morrisson, John Irving, Patrick McCabe, Roddy Doyle......shouldn't have started this; all these wonderful authors are jockeying for a mention....and I still get the same pleasure from "Anne of Green Gables" as I did when I was eight. Love Shakespeare, too.

Wildly schizophrenic musical tastes veer from Vivaldi to Nirvana--Enya, the Pogues, World Music (love music of other cultures!) ABBA (guilty pleasure--they're fun) I really have got a bit of everything.

I love my Celtic and Danish heritage.

I think my greatest passion is fighting for social justice, be that women and rape or dictators and minorities. I work for refugees, and I've come to know and love some amazing

people.

I am an eloquent speaker and writer. I am usually kind, but sometimes my passionate nature means that I run off at the mouth too quickly and need to say sorry later.

I struggle with confidence. I am quick to anger and I can have a foul mouth. I get especially ugly when  my motives are bashed without a fair go. I dislike arrogance and deliberate malice. Can't stand people who twaddle on ignorantly about things they've got no idea about and expect it to be taken as gospel. Love people with the humility to say "I don't know". Loathe cooking.

Christina Noble is one of my greatest inspirations (Bridge Across my Sorrows"; "Mama Tina"--what a person can do out of an appalling history--can't even think of this lady without being called to be a better person).

I love the Dalai Lama--I base my spirituality on what he calls the "Bhoddisatva Ideal"--The practice of compassion with wisdom to release all beings from suffering. Having said that, though, it is an ideal only and I fall down frequently.

I need space; the size of my family means I don't often get as much as I would like. I am trained in social work, but I don't actually work in a paid sense. My babies keep me very busy now (Finn, 3, and Suzy, 1.+ 3 teenagers which are more demanding than babies sometimes.)A pet soapbox of mine is the refusal of society to see mothering as "real" work.

I am writing a book about women who have been sexually assaulted by ex/sexual intimates because of society's refusal to see it as "real" rape.

I'm an appalling housekeeper; used to be very task-focused but now find I have more interesting things to do than make beds. I don't like conservative clothing, you'll never see me in buff or grey. I like peasant blouses, bright gypsy skirts, jeans...will only force myself into a suit and pumps if necessary, like, say, a funeral.

I love people; pink is my favourite colour and I am a bit of a cry-baby; my feelings can be easily chafed. I love to laugh and I should do it oftener. I love off-colour jokes, bellydancing, yummy food and booze, especially Guinness.

I am bits of auntie, witch, little girl, utter bitch, crusty old bordello madam and angel.

My latest love is Pandora's aquarium and some of the terrific souls it's been my fortune to connect with.

And as you can see I also like going on about myself.

It's been interesting to learn about you all and you're right, Mistral, fun.

Love to those who haven't fallen asleep yet.

Rachel xxx

PS Hopelessly addicted to cigarettes and coffee too.

(Edited by Rachel Pike at 4:25 pm on July 21, 2001)

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okay well...yeah, I'm 5'9" and 130 lbs.  I am 20 years old and live in California.  I am obsessed with music and really don't get people who aren't.  I write poems, but only one person in the whole world has read them.  Which is my very good friend who totally gets me, i think we are twin souls.  

I'm about to start my third year of college which is quite exciting because I never even thought i could afford to go to college.  I'm moving into a new house this summer with some friends.  I'm quite excited about that.

I'm going to learn to play the piano in the fall, just because i can.  I used to know how to play the flute, but it has been quite awhile.

I don't get my parents and they really don't get me.  I think we have just learned to except that.  My older brother and I understand each other completely.  I'm not sure about the other siblings, sometimes I wonder about them.  If I had one wish it would be for my family to actually show an emotion other than anger once in awhile.  

I have a boyfriend who I love dearly.  He understands me completely and I look forward to seeing him everyday.  I think he is my best friend.  

I work in an office, it's really boring.  I don't think I'm going to do that for long.  After I graduate (with a business degree) I think I would like to run a charity of some sort.  I don't like people who just major in business to make money, it makes me sad.  But then again I'm weird.

Okay that's enough about me...my name is Michelle by the way.  Well i enjoyed getting to know you all.  

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I'm 37 with dark brown eyes and hair. Getting just a little grey in the hair. I stand 5'8" and I won't be sharing my weight. My skin is a tan color and I wear glasses.

I have a husband, we have been married 15 yrs as of July 19th. We have three children. A 13 yr. old girl, 7 yr. old girl, and 4 yr. old boy. We would have had 5 but I miscarried 2 between the oldest and the second. We are done now having children, we feel our family is complete.

I have 2 cats, one male, midnight and the other, female, sassy. I am alergic to them so can't handle them much, but the kids love them. We also have some fish.

I like to read mostly historical stuff, but my favorite book was "She comes undone".

I like watch tv and go to movies sometimes. We usually watch as a family. I like musical movies and would be concidered a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" fan.

My favorite things to do would include drawing my art work with gel pens. Listening to music, I like all kinds except country and my tastes include current and past. I like working with the girl scouting program so I can spend time with my daughters. I,also, like officiating at high school track meets (Runs in the family). Newly added would be chatting on line, I only got my computer this year.

I am currently a teachers aide working with children at the middle school age level(pre-teens). I have been taking college classes, in between raising my kids, working for a teaching degree in mathmatics. Teachers run in our family: Both my parents were, my brother and his wife are, my sister is an aide like me and my half-sister drives a school bus. Only my half brother took a different route and went into banking.

I love all my family but like someone above said, we are close but not close at the same time. My dad past away in Sept. so this year has been rough. He never knew about my molestation. Other family members know but they act more like I never said anything.

I don't make friends easy, trust issues seem to get into the way. But when I do make friends they are great ones.

I think that about covers me. I have enjoyed reading about the others. This was a neat idea.

Mother

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Hi Mistral,

This is a kind of good Idea it was fun reading about everyone.

well i am 21 5ft3 i have long auburn hair and blue eyes.

I love swimming, skating, playing the piano, singing, Dancing and cross stich. I am going back skating next week i used to do exams and stuff so i am going to get back to finish of and get my gold medal.

I don't speak to many of my family I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters and loads of nieces and newphews, I only speak to one of my brothers and of course the kids.

My Dad died when i was 9 weeks and my gran parents are also dead on his side i speak to his sister (my auntie) often.

Me and my mum have never really got on, non of my family know anything about what has happened or my career plans.

That is a positive focus in my life at the moment i am hoping to become a teacher. I run a gude unit and help out at a childrens charity called childline it is a 24 hr telephone helpline for kid's it is free to ring.

As well as that I swim sing in a choir, run a sewing group, sing in a band, dance (not very often now)Practice my practical and theory music do my embriodery and come on th net so i am kind of a busy person.

Oh i musn't forget the studying! LOL

I don't have any pets as i live in a flat so i didn't think it fair on them  so i am waiting till i move.

thats it really thats me

Take care all,

Carolyn

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I really enjoyed reading about everyone, it would be so nice to someday meet all of you.

~I'm Emili, sometimes Emily. I'm a dancer, and I work in theatre--musical theatre, whenever I can that is.In fact, I just came from an audition (it went really well, cross your fingers! :))  I don't really know how to get a "real" job.I was on my way to being a professional ballerina, when I ran into an instructer from ####, rape, anorexia and bulimia, and controlling parents. I was approached by a photographer and now may get into modeling.

~I'm 19,I will be starting my 2nd year in college this fall, majoring in psych. I'm setting up an appointment with the Victim's Advocacy Program on campus in hopes that I can go thru their training and volunteer there. I am really interested in combatting rape crimes in any way I can, and may specialize my degree with sexual assault victims. I want to get involved with the activities and organizations like Take Back the Night and RAINN, ect. I actually have a dream/goal that I've never told anyone...I'd eventually like to organize a dance performance to benefit one of these types of programs.

~I have an apartment near school that my parents pay for,including all my bills, my school, and some spending money. I have a younger brother, 13, and a sister that is 15 whom I am Extrememly Protective of. Some of you may know that from a recent post of mine. I have an extra small Boston Terrier named Skittles whom I absolutely love. She is my baby.

~My other baby is my boyfriend of (in Aug.) two years. I love him more than anything, and he's the best thing that's ever happened to me.

~I have golden blond hair, blue eyes, 5'4'', I try not to weigh myself (but yesterday it was 111--oops). I love lattes and cappucinos, smoke ultralights socially or when stressed, but try to keep it for more extreme situations.  

~I like a broad range of music...Chopin, and other classical, techno, love Destiny's Child, Bush, Fugees, I'm currently hooked on a techno song called "I'll Fly with You" and Blu Cantrell's "Hit em up". I love Broadway songs, love the show Cabaret, just auditioned with "Maybe this Time".

~I love pink, and last time my bf gave me roses they were lavender which I also love!! I love the stars and going out on a perfectly clear night to look at them, walking on the beach. I love sunsets with my bf (i know, cliche)and cuddling on rainy days.

~I love movies, recently saw Chocolat on the plane back from Scotland, and adored it!! I like the Lifetime and TLC channel, my bf teases me, but I make him watch A Wedding Story!! I love Julia Roberts, and when I can't sleep, Sleepless in Seattle and French Kiss comfort me,as do some others. My bf and I are addicted to The Sopranos(sometimes, too graphic though), he's Italian and the theater we work at--totally Italian, we're convinced they're Mafia. But they are the greatest people!! Love DeNiro, and others.

~I've been to Paris and can't wait to go back someday, I definately will, and want to take my bf there someday, maybe our honeymoon :). I'm helping my best friend plan her wedding in April as her maid-of-honor, and it's so much fun.She's amazing and has really helped me talk about my issues, she's also a survivor.

~I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi and Cosmos, shopping's great but I've calmed down a bit, I love Ramen noodles and apple cinnamon rice cakes, love Italian food but scared of it (anorexic "no-no"), I like tea when I'm stressed or sick, like Abercrombie & Fitch usually, Express, my fave jeans Old Navy bootleg, Ralph Lauren sometimes,Tommy...you might say I have a "shabby-chic" style, except when I go out-out, I like getting my nails done...

~ I could go on and on and on, I have so many layers of myself that I'm still uncovering, I'm working up the courage to go to therapy, and everyone here has been angels on earth to me! I thank you for that. And I do love life too, I really do. Thanx for listening.

                       ***safe hugz***     Emili

This was an awesome idea.

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My name is Joelle and I live in Ontario, Canada.

I currently work as an office administrator but am planning to go back to university to study human kinetics and become a physio therapist.

I have a pet holland lop bunny named Jerry and my housemate has a black, crazy cat named Ragnarok (that's a Norse word that means the end of the word!) and he lives up to the name, believe me!  He also has a taratula named Louisa...I'm not overly fond of her.  Creepy!

My birthday is January 2, and I'm now in my 25th year on this the planet earth.   Trying to make my mark for immortality, I'm eager to study all subjects such as science, philosophy, history and theology.  I also like to read fiction as well. Specifically Fantasy.  My favorite author is Sharon Shinn.  She wrote this amazing trilogy called the Archangel series.  BEAUTIFUL, is all I have to say about that.

I love to laugh and comedy is one of my favorite movie genres as well as thriller.  My favorite movies include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Contact; Arsenic and Old Lace; Monty Python's Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

I didn't believe that luck was anything that I would be privy to.  That my life would always be filled with pain.

But with 'luck' I've realized that only I can make myself suffer and have made a vow never to do it anymore.

I plan to continue posting to this board and meeting you all at least once.

Hugs!

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Hmm I am not real good at talking about myself but I will try.  I enjoyed reading about everyone else so much i thought it was only fair if i shared too.

Ok.........basics are I am 24, single,  I am part Mexican and I grew up around my grandmother who is 100% true blue Mexican so she spoiled me with beans, rice, enchiladas, tortillas, sopa, mole and lots of other delicious dishes.  I have greenish, bluish, grayish eyes depending on what I wear.  I have long dark brown hair and of course i have somewhat of a tan and if I am in the sun I get a darn good tan.

My personality:  basically I am a laid back easy going person but lately I have been pretty on edge and stressed.  I am very very open-minded, I LOVE to joke and laugh and in fact humor and sarcasm are two of the things that keep me sane.  I am the type of person that it takes a little while to get to know because I like to just kick back and feel people out before I jump into conversations or let them in my world.  Those poor souls that I have let into my world I feel for them:)  There are a rare few and I love them dearly..once I make a friend I will do anything for them and it would take something catastrophic to make me mad at them.  I have the honor of knowing Kim or BerlyJo personally and she is one of my best friends in the whole wide world that has rescued me time and time again from myself.  I also have the pleasure of knowing Juli from Sweden although that #### ocean keeps me from kicking it with her:)  

Interests:  Well obvioulsy i like to play on the computer alot, I like to rollerblade, ride my bike, watch movies(mostly comedies), and my most favorite thing to do is take my dogs to the river.  I have 2 dogs one was originally mine and i love her to death she is like a daughter to me.  Her name is Mystic and she is 1/2 siberian husky and 1/2 blue heeler which makes for a beautiful mix if you ask me.  She has the most piercing blue eyes and is just soo cute.  She thinks she is human but of course I help her think that.  I take her everywhere i can get away with having her and of course I let her eat my people food.  She understands when I talk about leaving, or when i ask her where someone is that she knows she understands who i am talking about and she will get excited and look for them.  Whenever I come home she makes me feel welcome I get jumped all over and licked to death which would annoy most people but like i said it lets me know she missed me.  She makes me feel safe because she wont let anyone lay a hand on me including friends that are just playing around.  LOL can you tell i am a proud parent?  My other dog I adopted when an ex roommate abonded him because I am a dog lover and couldnt see him taken to the pound which is what she was gonna do.  His name is Gizmo and he is part rottweiler and part chow and you guessed it he is mean.  He has some behavior issues i am trying to work on and I try not to be too partial to my dog but she wont let him near me either most of the time.  I still love him though.  Oh yeah this was about me not my dogs:)  As you can tell they are a huge and important part of my life.

Career:  Well I graduated last May with a degree in Criminal Justice and landed a job as a Juvenile Probation Officer in one of the roughest cities in Oklahoma(we are known for our gangs and shootings).  I LOVE my job and it is what I have always dreamed of doing ever since i have had direction in my life(which I sometimes still wonder about:)  I was once a rough tough always in trouble kid with a probation officer of my own but I think i grew up pretty good and since I can relate to my kids I want to try and help them.

I guess what makes me the person I am today is I havent always had the greatest life.  My relationship with my parents is minimal and they abused me mentally, physically and sexually when i was younger.  I am still having memories of things I had blocked out and I was raped about 3 years ago and still recovering from that.  I come here for support, call my few wonderful friends, journal, and go to group counseling.  I am very lucky to be where i am today because with the life I lived I should be dead.

I guess I was better at this than i thought sorry it is so long and I could go on but I dont want to bore people.  Thanks for listening to a brief summary of Me.

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Hello, this is kinda neat...about me. =) My name is Donna (obviously). I picked the name dreamerNdisguiz because i am a dreamer in disguise. Shocker.=) I am 24 years old, my birth date is May 19, 1977 in which i share with my twin brothers. Nothing like having your own bday.i wouldnt know. =) I am 5'7 or 5'8 really not sure about the height but i always say 5'7. I have dark brown eyes and auburn shoulder length/kinda wavy hair. I wear a ring on my right ring finger at all times, my parents gave it to me when i turned 18 so i never take it off. I work at a cruddy job. =P I love to be alone most of the time but not always. I have 4 siblings all older,one sis (shes the oldest, and 3 brothers) i am the baby. I also have 2 of the most gorgeous and adorable little nieces. I could talk and talk about them only. Sarah is the oldest, she is 3 yrs old will be 4 on Oct. 1st and Katie (Katelyn) is 2 she will be 3 next year on May 26th, 7 days after my bday! She is also my goddaughter.

I love to read, mysteries being my all time fave and Mary Higgins Clark being my all time fave writer, shes awesome! I love poetry and anything even slightly romantic. I love music, all types i would say. Not too picky.

I am from New York, not the city, i believe im urban? I am Catholic, not the all time practicer but i know my faith i guess. Cant help but not, mom god love her she pounds it in my head day in and day out.

My fav food is roast beef and PIZZA, my downfall is any type of Choc. chip cookie..i love them.

My fav movie or movies of all time are "sleepless in seatle," "somewhere in time," and i am a HUGE "Jaws" fan. I own all of them.

I love animals, but mom wont let me own another dog..=P

I love people, i love just hanging out and talking about anything for hours, love my nieces (if i forgot *grin*), I love HUGS. There great...I always smile and i always laugh, i am pretty much a joker but i am laid back, i do not like to argue and i forgive quite easily. Takes me usually a good five mins and then i forgive and forget.

Hmmm what have i forgotten? I am white, im polish,german,indian,irish, and spanish. I like to drink, i prefer Budweiser beer and maybe coors light. I cannot drink mixed drinks or wine coolers, they make my stomach sick. I love strawberry white zinfandel (its what i am having right this sec).I do drink 2 mixed drinks though them being Long Island IceTeas and the occasional Rum and Coke. I am truly, trult addicted to my cigs,i smoke Newport 100's.The smiley face i use after my name i always use, even when i sign my check i have since highscool...it is a part of my signature.Figure when all else fails you might as well smile maybe it will rub off or make someone else smile. hmm...i guess this about says it i think? Oh well, this is so neat. It was nice to read, real nice to read about everyone else. Their real life..=)

{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}

Donna =)

(Edited by dreamerNdisguiz at 12:13 am on Sep. 14, 2001)

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Yep totally new, and after reading Ca's welcome, I thought it might be a good idea to introduce myself just a bit.

My name is Els. I'm 29, 30 in december. I'm from Belgium and I live alone in an appartement but I am about to buy my own house.

I teach French and history to "kids" between 12 and 16. I really love doing it, I don't think there is another job I would like better.

The only other thing next to teaching I'm sure off I'm not bad at, is singing. I love to sing. So I sing in a choir, but also in the shower, in the car, in the store... I also love working with little children and every 2 year I direct the musical of a childrens choir.

I like cooking, but not just for me, so I don't do it that much, only when some friends are coming over.

I like people, I like listening to them, to what they say, and what they don't say.

People always seem to remember the way I laugh. They often tell me they just can't help it, but they have to laugh as well when they hear me.

I have had many bad times in different areas in my life, and the most important thing for me is always to be able to function the way I'm supposed to. I guess I'm a bit of a controlfreak when it comes to my own life. It makes me very severe to myself, even though I'm very mild to others. I always understand others feelings, but I'm more likely to rationalize my own.

Mmm... feel like rambling without any structure here...

I guess that's it for now.

I have been reading posts and replies. This is a warm place. I look forward to getting to know you all.

Els

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Great idea, Mistral! Thanks :)

I am 24 years old and live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I also work as an accountant. I am 5'8" tall and have long, black curly hair. I have brown eyes and fair skin.

I drive a nice new car. I have a chihuahua named Buddy who I spoil to death.

I am the oldest of 4 children and have a one-year old nephew who brings me joy and laughter.

I have a wonderful best friend who has been by my side faithfully for the past 7 years.

I love music a lot..it's a large part of my life! I enjoy writing music lyrics. Sting is my favorite artist as well as Marc Anthony whom I have seen in concerts many times.

I love to go out with friends and enjoy going sightseeing. I love to read..some of my favorite authors are James Patterson and John Grisham. I have a great sense of humor and love to laugh.

Being a Philadelphian, I love our cheesesteaks..I have one every Friday--no guilt! :)

And lastly, I love spending time in the wonderful new chat room Shannon found for us. :)

Little Sunshine

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this is a good idea...sorry i couldn't get to it sooner.  i've often wondered about most of you, it's good to put a face with all the conversation.  so now, i'll tell you about me.

i am 21 years old...just turned it this month, so I'm a leo.  No bad remarks please.  I'm portugese...I consider it white, but everyone thinks I look hispanic.???  I'm 5 ft 2 in, I have dark brown hair that is to the center of my back.  My eyes are brown, and I constantly get compliments on my eyelashes.  It's very flattering.  I won't say what I weigh, but I'm 5 months pregnant so I have an excuse..lol.

I've been married to my husband for 4  1/2 years. He served 5 years in the US Marine Corp. I have 2 children who live with me.  my oldest girl is 5  1/2 yrs, and just started kindergarten today!!!  I'm so excited for her.  My youngest daughter is going to be 2 in November.  I had a son, who does not live with us.  He is 4 as of april.  And I'm expecting my next son in January.

My parents divorced when I was about 4 or 5.  I really have no memory.  I'm close with my mom, and I've had an off and on realationship with my dad.  though we still keep in touch.  ( we're both leos...i don't need to say no more).  I have one brother, he's 19 years old.  

my hobbies, well, they aren't much.  being pregnant, i have little energy.  i sleep a lot.. although not anymore thanks to kindergarten.  i like Days of Our Lives, Wheel of Fortune and the Price is Right.  I LOOOOOVE Big Brother 2.  I'm hooked on it.  I'm not a good cook, but I try.  My favorite food would have to be pizza from Me and Ed's.  I live in California, know only english, and my highest education is 12th grade.  

I've tried counseling, but I always fail.  I'm not strong enough to get through it, so I guess you can say I'm weak.  but being a leo, I'm strong in the sense that I love a good fight, I'll start one intinally sometimes, and I have to have the last word with everything.  At the same time, I cry about everything!  Its pathetic and I constantly get made fun of.  

Anyway, moving on.  It's very nice to meet all of you.  thank you for the opportunity.

andreas

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My name is Vali. The letter "i" is silent in my name. I'm 18 and a college freshman. My major is Special Education. I love children's literature especially Dr. Seuss. I love Stephen Crane's poetry. I have a boyfriend who is wonderfully sweet and patient with me. He's been around through it all. I live with my little brother and his father. My mom is deceased and my dad's not around much. I don't like pizza. I chat on line later than I should. I shop more than I can afford to. I collect frogs. I have a pet frog and a pet toad. Their names are "Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea" and "Conrad Cornelius O'Donald O'Del"--both from Dr. Seuss of course. I love God more than anything.  I want to get married and have kids some day but I'm still afraid of sex. I don't watch a lot of TV. I listen to Christian Rock music. I crave icecream. I get good grades. I never sleep. I think McDonald's has the best breakfast. I cry at movies. I have nightmares.  I want to be a missionary. I can speak Spanish (well decent Spanish at least). I took a year of French and can't speak that at all. One of my favorite books (adult) is "Song of Albion".

I love everyone here and wish I could take away their pain.

Hugz,

Vali

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Hi,

I am Sophie, i am 19.

I am from Holland, but i hope i can leave Holland within 5 or 6 months. I will go to Canada if possible.

My parents divorced almost 2 years ago, I have one younger brother, he's 16.

I don't have a good relationsship with my parents.

As i feel so depressed i don't have much Hobbies anymore..only a few:

MUSIC!! I cannot live without my music..i have a very big cd collection..

Most of all i love to listen to Alanis Morissette..

I've been her fan since 1995, seen her performing 9 times already, and she's great! I have collected so much stuff from her..more than 60 cd's singles lp,s..and so on..

I also love K's Choice (iwill see them in Amsterdam next week), and of course Tori and lots of other artists, but these are my favorites.

I also sing by myself, i act , dance and sing in musicals.

i used to sing in a choir, play piano, and i will buy a guitar.

But singing is my favorite part, i also used to sing in Highschoolband.

O almost forgot, i graduated at highschool last year,  and now i am working for 6 moths to get money to escape to Canada, i am not safe in Holland, after Canada i will study in a different city, so i will be safe, just have to get thru these months.

Well this was it..

Sophie

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Forgot..

Lenght : 1.69 metres...don't know about feet..

Weight: At the moment 44 kilos..don't know about lbs..

blue eyes, brown hair..

I will study Tourism next year..

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