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phenomenal recently did a book giveaway  since she is clearing out her shelves. I'm going to do a small purge myself. Would anyone be interested in me sending my books before I donate them to the library? I'd just ask for you to cover shipping. I have a lot of science fiction, urban fantasy, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. Let me know if you're interested in any of those genres and I'll create a list!

Christmas In July Exchange

I thought it might be nice to set up a Secret Sweetheart exchange for Christmas in July, similar to the Secret Santa Exchange that cleodora set up for the winter holidays! I have a small number of friends on this journal, so please feel free to share the link to this entry with other people who might be interested!

<3 Sign-ups end on July 6 and I will email you with your assigned person's details by July 7.

<3 Please send your package so that it will arrive by the end of July. Of course, delays do happen. Please just e-mail me to let me know (address below) if there will be a delay, and you can let me know in your sign up comment if you cannot ship internationally.

<3 A gift budget of $25 US/$15 UK should work out well (you do not need to spend that much, just consider it a guideline for a spending limit); you can also send handmade items, highly encouraged!

<3 Specify is there is a type of gift that you would not like to receive in your sign up comment.

<3 If you are unable to fulfill your role as a Secret Sweetheart, please e-mail or lj message me as soon as possible so I can make alternate arrangements.

<3 Put as much detail into your sign up post as you'd like; the more, the better so that your Secret Sweetheart can give you a gift you will really enjoy!

<3 Use this as a networking opportunity and add a little bit about yourself if you'd like to get new friends on lj!

Spread the Word!
Post a link to this entry on your own journal if you'd like to give your other lj friends the chance to participate (not required). I am *not* HTML savvy, so I don't have a cool link to throw out there. :(

Sign Up Survey - post as a comment to this entry:
PERSONAL DETAILS
Name:
Allergies:
Clothes sizes:
Links to public profiles that will help your Sweetheart get to know you:
Anything you definitely don't want to receive?:
Dislikes:

FAVORITES
colors:
scents/flavors:
fandoms (movies, books, etc):
interests:
style:

FRIENDING/NETWORKING (optional)
About your journal, if you want new lj friends:


LAST STEP: E-mail me at kyliejeannehicks at gmail dot com with the following information:

Name & lj username:
Link to your sign up comment:
Address:
Can you ship outside your country/continent?:

Secret Sweetheart

SECRET SWEETHEART EXCHANGE

With Valentine's Day coming up next month, I thought it might be nice to set up a Secret Sweetheart exchange, similar to the Secret Santa Exchange that cleodora set up for the winter holidays! I have a small number of friends on this journal, so please feel free to share the link to this entry with other people who might be interested!

<3 Sign-ups end on January 23 and I will email you with your assigned person's details by January 25.

<3 Please send your package so that it will arrive by mid-February. Of course, delays do happen. Please just e-mail me to let me know (address below) if there will be a delay, and you can let me know in your sign up comment if you cannot ship internationally.

<3 A gift budget of $25 US/$15 UK should work out well (you do not need to spend that much, just consider it a guideline for a spending limit); you can also send handmade items, highly encouraged!

<3 Specify is there is a type of gift that you would not like to receive in your sign up comment.

<3 If you are unable to fulfill your role as a Secret Sweetheart, please e-mail or lj message me as soon as possible so I can make alternate arrangements.

<3 Put as much detail into your sign up post as you'd like; the more, the better so that your Secret Sweetheart can give you a gift you will really enjoy!

<3 Use this as a networking opportunity and add a little bit about yourself if you'd like to get new friends on lj!

Spread the Word!
Post a link to this entry on your own journal if you'd like to give your other lj friends the chance to participate (not required). I am *not* HTML savvy, so I don't have a cool link to throw out there. :(

Sign Up Survey - post as a comment to this entry:
PERSONAL DETAILS
Name:
Allergies:
Clothes sizes:
Links to public profiles that will help your Sweetheart get to know you:
Anything you definitely don't want to receive?:
Dislikes:

FAVORITES
colors:
scents/flavors:
fandoms (movies, books, etc):
interests:
style:

FRIENDING/NETWORKING (optional)
About your journal, if you want new lj friends:


LAST STEP: E-mail me at kyliejeannehicks at gmail dot com with the following information:

Name & lj username:
Link to your sign up comment:
Address:
Can you ship outside your country/continent?:

2014 in review

1: What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

  • graduated from college

  • rented an apartment with Dennis

  • worked full time* (at one job, not between two part time jobs)

2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

  • I wanted to take photography up as a hobby in 2014, but ended up too busy with work to ever get it to take off

  • My general goal for 2015 is to continue doing what I've been doing - to advance my career and to continue being happy, with particular goals targeted toward the overarching ones

3: Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • My good friend Naomi gave birth to her first daughter, Sarah, in October

4: Did anyone close to you die?

  • Thankfully, no one.

5: What countries did you visit?

  • I didn't even leave California in 2014

6: What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

  • A sense of direction professionally, and I am well on my way since I am starting school again

  • more patience with the schedules that keep Dennis and I apart

7: What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • August 19 - my first day at my job in higher education

8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • achieving complete financial independence

  • moving out of my in-law's in law unit and into our own apartment

  • helping and supporting Dennis in returning to university

9: What was your biggest failure?

  • I feel like I was very successful in both my professional and personal life this year, although I do think I need to work on letting go of people who clearly do not belong in my life anymore

10: Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • no worse than usual

11: What was the best thing you bought?

  • Does my 'new' (since May) apartment count? I don't own it...otherwise, the jeans I bought on my 25th birthday

12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?

  • All of my co-workers - I just love them

  • Dennis - although I get very frustrated with not seeing him, I am so proud of how dedicated he is to his studies

13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?

  • I let go of those people and they let go of me - I am not wasting time, energy, or my thoughts on them anymore - and I am much happier for it

14: Where did most of your money go?

  • rent

  • eating out

  • vacations to Disneyland

15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • moving into our new apartment

  • getting a new job

  • getting my degree in the mail in March

16: What song will always remind you of 2014?

  • "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by The Talking Heads

17: Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • (a) happier or sadder? happier

  • (b) thinner or fatter? about the same

  • (c) richer or poorer? a little richer

18: What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • I wish I had spent more time reading for pleasure

19: What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • bingeing episodes on Netflix and Hulu

20: How did you spend Christmas?

  • with my family, in-laws, and extended family, as usual

21: Did you fall in love in 2014?

  • no

22: What was your favourite TV program?

  • Jane the Virgin

  • MasterChef

  • Chopped

  • Once Upon a Time

23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • "Always love; hate will get you everytime"

24: What was the best book you read?

  • I re-read most of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton this year and immensely enjoyed revisiting some of the earlier books

  • The Taken by Vicki Petersson

25: What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • I haven't listened to a lot of new music, but I started singing some new songs at karaoke this year that have become favorites, in which case:

  • "If It Hadn't Been for Love" by Adele

  • "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins

  • "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse (not a new one for me, but I have gotten so good at it!)

26: What did you want and get?

  • a new job that had greatly reduced my stress

  • an apartment that is close to both my parents and in laws, with parking

  • annual passes to Disneyland

  • a tablet (a gift from my mom!) for my upcoming schooling since my laptop is dying (I have no idea how to use it yet)

27: What did you want and not get?

  • I worked for what I wanted and was lucky enough to find the right opportunities; I consider everything else 'in progress'

28: What was your favourite film of this year?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • our new apartment

  • Dennis getting back into school

  • my job in higher ed

30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

  • business casual (sweaters, black pants or leggings, long boots, cardigans)

31: What kept you sane?

  • my job

  • Hulu/Netflix

  • reading for pleasure during my morning commute

32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

  • I didn't pay attention to anyone this year

33: What political issue stirred you the most?

  • Women's reproductive rights, as usual

34: Who did you miss?

  • No one right now; I am flush with friends and family at the moment

35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

  • "Silence is an answer too."

36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I got plenty of time
You got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money, always for love
Cover up and say goodnight, say goodnight

Home, is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home, she lifted up her wings
I guess that this must be the place

I can't tell one from the other
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be, where I'll be

Second anniversary

Today was our second wedding anniversary!

May. 24th, 2009

FRIENDS ONLY.


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