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Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The evening before my birthday, Baret and I traded in my beloved Stella (a midnight blue '97 Mazda Miata) and brought home Sylvia...an '02 Mazda Miata. She is leather-interioried, Bose sound systemed, and power-everything - I'm rather in love.

I have an amazing boyfriend, people. This was my 30th birthday present. And do you know he still sent me roses to work on my birthday?! As if he hadn't done enough; I love that man.

As I hit the big 3-0 mark I am reminded how proud and blessed I am with the life I have created for myself and the amazing man I am able to share it with.

Happy Birthday, indeed.

Yearly Self Interview: 2007

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I started this little q&a with myself on my birthday, 2004, so here we go again:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2007
Age: 30

Who are you?
Shanna! Loud and proud to be THIRTY! I earned this hallmark in life, this numeric stamp of my earthly existence in this body. I am thrilled to be here...thank you very much. I am me - a woman molded and formed into the Shanna I am today by 30 years of hard knocks - I am everyone, a me that is learning that to know Self I must first realize my connectedness to everyone and everything else. I am an individual - yet I am every one and every thing. I am part of the whole, I am so much more than mysElf.

What religion do you practice?
Shannism...my own funky brand and blend of all the beautiful religions, truths, hints and nudges the universe provides and more. It truly has no name or label, it just is what I am...constantly evolving and changing as I do.

Are you in love with yourself?
Perhaps now more than ever before.

Do you trust yourself?
No, but we're working on that.

Name one thing you'd like to accomplish before your next birthday.
Getting my raise at work; in other words, being formally put into (and paid for) the position I'm already doing! It's been over five years...I've waited long enough. If it doesn't happen in the next year, then it's time to move on.

Where do you hope you'll be a year from now?
Vacationing in Tuscany...no, seriously. A girl's gotta have dreams.

What was your biggest accomplishment since your last birthday?
Keeping my sanity...it hasn't been an easy feat in the last year.

End with two quotes; one that sums up last year & one that reflects your wishes for the upcoming one:

End:
"What is the truth of a human life, and who can find it? God Himself would be puzzled. In the midst of all this anguish and delight; this filth and this luminous purity; this fleshly body filled with hellfire, and this same body alight with heroism and beauty - where is the truth? God knows, or the devil knows - but I suspect they are both puzzled." - Isadora Duncan

Begin:
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

Happy Birthday to Me.

Yearly Self Interview: 2006

Monday, November 6th, 2006

I started this little q&a with myself on my birthday, 2004, so here we go again:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2006
Age: 29

Who are you?
Sometimes I don't even know anymore. I'm still "me"...I think. Actually, I'm in a state of flux - changing and evolving; hopefully for the better.

What religion do you practice?
None; I have a personal relationship with our creator(s).

Are you in love with yourself?
Yes, I'm pretty damn awesome.

Do you trust yourself?
Not really, no.

Name one thing you'd like to accomplish before your next birthday.
Complete or be almost complete on my first novel.

Where do you hope you'll be a year from now?
Here, but happier and making more money.

What was your biggest accomplishment since your last birthday?
Being myself - and remaining true to that - even in the face of adversity, and even though it ended up costing me. I'm very proud of that.

End with two quotes; one that sums up last year & one that reflects your wishes for the upcoming one:

End:
"In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible." - Cicero

Begin:
"Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the moment it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you were before." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy Birthday to Me.

Birthdays Rock; Especially Mine

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

I had the best birthday weekend ever. I had taken off work Friday and Monday, so it was extra long. It was such a needed break.

Saturday we had an impromptu get-together - all my friends hanging out in pajamas, snacking on junk food, ordering pizza and watching movies (we watched "Serial Mom", "Jawbreaker" and "Napoleon Dynamite" - all stuff we enjoy and had seen before). A great time was had by all.

Sunday, my actual birthday, Baret and I lounged around and I played The Sims 2 most of the day. Quite relaxing. That evening he fixed me up a lovely, candlelit dinner and then we laid out on the air mattress in the living room and watched TV whilst drinking mimosas 'til the wee morning hours. Then we woke up Monday and did the same thing until around noon.

It was exactly the kind of weekend, and birthday, that I needed. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes.

Yearly Self Interview: 2005

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

I started this little q&a with myself last year on my birthday, so here we go again:

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005
Age: 28

Who are you?
Just a girl called Shanna, trying to make it in this crazy world.

What religion do you practice?
Shanna-ism. Self-taught and self-made, it's my own personal exploration into spirituality and my own enlightenment. It really doesn't have a name, it's just what I do.

Are you in love with yourself?
Sometimes - most of the time. I don't hate myself as I did when I was younger, and that's important.

Do you trust yourself?
Of course not; that would be silly.

Name one thing you'd like to accomplish before your next birthday.
Be published again.

Where do you hope you'll be a year from now?
Right here, just a little wiser, more mobile and a tad more sane.

What was your biggest accomplishment since your last birthday?
Deciding to get help for my mental instabilities.

End with two quotes; one that sums up last year & one that reflects your wishes for the upcoming one:

End:
"When you respond to life, that's positive. When you react to life, that's negative." - Zig Zahar

Begin:
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw

Happy Birthday to Me.

Sisters Share Special Secrets

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Tuesday evening my Mom and sister, Amber, took me out to dinner for my birthday and gave me my presents.

Mom gave me a beautiful dragonfly pin and a $100 gift certificate for amazon.com (yes, I've already used it and got some awesome books that I've wanted for oh-so long!). How can you beat a present like that?!

My totally amazing sister put together the sweetest gift for me; honestly, it's one of the most touching and thoughtful and cool gifts I've ever received. Growing up, we were close friends - as all sisters should be - and we had our things that we always did and played at together. Each of the little gifts she gave me had a huge significance.

The first one I'm a little chagrined to admit, because, well, it's weird. But her remembering it was too cool not to mention. When we were young, a faved hobby was to take the Sears and JCPenny catalogs and drop, from varying heights, red markers onto the pages - to see if we could hit the models, and then it looked like blood. Okay, I said it was weird! We joke about it these days, "Why did we do that? We were so strange." So the first gift she gave me was a JCPenny catalog with ribbon wrapped around it, and a red Sharpie attached. Too cute.

As children, we had the same coloring books and would color the same page in each of our books and make our Mom judge whose was the best. So Amb bought me coloring books, and got the same books for herself and we had a coloring contest right there in my living room (Mom judged, she won).

We played Barbies possibly more than we did anything back then, and she bought me a Barbie and an extra set of stylish clothes for her. She'd also bought herself a Barbie, and we sat right there on the floor trying on the clothes and playing Barbies! How fun!

The last gift was probably the most creative. I opened a box with a beautiful, cameo-type broach inside and a printed note. In the note, Amb was telling me a story about it being bought an at antiques shop, and the people came back looking for it...it took me 'til the second paragraph to get that she was referring to our favorite television show from back-in-the-day, Friday the 13th, The Series. It was a cute little story she'd made up, that tied in with the show. She said, "And if you want to return it," and handed me a business card. She'd made a "Curious Goods" business card complete with the actual address and telephone number of the shop from the show! It was too cool.

Seriously? I have the coolest damn sister in the world, and am blessed to have an equally cool family, all-around. Thank you, Amb, for that awesome, nostalgic trip down memory lane. Thank you, Mom, for the chance to, guiltlessly, go hog-ass-wild at amazon.com! The best present of all is having family like you guys (yes, I know how cheesy that sounds, but it's freakin' true). I love you.

List of Awesome Birthday Presents I Received this Year:

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

A gorgeous, heavenly-sounding set of large wind chimes
Mad Libs 40th Anniversary Edition
A foil picture of Isis & Osiris
A scrumptious-smelling large candle
Clue the board game
A set of ceramic black canisters with silver tops for my kitchen
A set of large plastic bowls with lids in varying sizes
A hand-held mixer
A 9x13" pan, casserole dish, and four serving bowls - all glass
$60 in rolled quarters
A doz. red roses delivered to work last Friday

Books (I always get lots of books):

My Life by Isadora Duncan

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Sex Goddess

Lemuria & Atlantis: Studying the Past to Survive the Future
(I also recommend Andrew's first book Atlantis: Insights from a Lost Civilization)

Fairie-Ality: The Fashion Collection

The Artist's Way

It was a *great* birthday! Thanks to all the well-wishes, e-cards, & nice thoughts.