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18 December 2004 @ 05:36 pm
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I live! Amazing!

Today is my sister Krissy's 21st birthday. And since she's a football nut and the Steelers were playing, we went to Butya's (a restaurant/sports bar close to my place) with Mom and Ray for the familial portion of her celebrating. It was nice- but we got there insanely early, expecting that we'd need to get a table early because it'd get crowded, and no crowd showed, heh. So we had a few hours to kill before game time, but it went decently fast. Really good food there, too- tons of it, and cheap. We stayed for half of the game, as Krissy wanted to get out to see her boyfriend and the Steelers hadn't really shown up to play today anyway. Watched the remainder of the game at home. They won, but they didn't look good at all.

Hmm. Why is it that I consistently receive Christmas cards from Jimmy Carter?

Otherwise, I have my shopping and 90% of my wrapping done, and the online-procured stuff has all shipped in, so yay! But still- seems like every year, I have less and less anticipation for Christmas. It sneaks up on me, and I'm like, *shrug* "Oh." This year, I'm simply apathetic. A feeling of dread will probably kick in in another few years, I'm guessing. It might have already, if I'd been stuck working retail again. Gah, the same goddamn Christmas music CD eight hours a day for six weeks... it's not pretty, people.

I must ask myself: do all these recording artists really think they've come up with a version of these tired old songs so special that it warrants the production of another album of tired old songs? Oh, but listen to me. Have I forgotten my marketing coursework already?

I've been thinking about getting a tattoo for a while now. A notion in the back of my head that I've played with for about two or three years- even longer really, 'cause I used to like drawing on myself with a Sharpie back in high school and occasionally in college. I've even had an idea of what I wanted for a while: an Eye of Horus somewhere on my back. In ancient Egypt, it was common to wear Eye pendants that hung down your back- the idea being that the eye would keep a look-out behind you and protect you from maliciousness that you might not be able to catch yourself.

So, the tattoo I'm thinking of would be a small (no bigger than an inch), simple Eye of Horus at the base of my neck or just a little lower. A third eye: heightened awareness. Kind of a symbol of my desire and commitment to being extra watchful so that I never again make the same sorts of mistakes I've made. Still not sure if I'll do it or not, but the fact that the idea lingers in my head this persistently might be significant. Thoughts?
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Whatever randomly plays on iTunes
Ellie: birdellie on December 19th, 2004 02:39 am (UTC)
I hope you had fun with you sister today! Big Ben won!!

Alas, as a Giant fan I am rather saddened by this. Of course, I figured out how to fix the Giants. Unfortunately, it calls for gutting the team, firing the coach and getting the defensive coordinator for the Pats or the Ravens.

But no onw is asking me sadly!
Miusheri: Fou-Limiusheri on December 19th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
He barely won! Unlike us, it seems the Giants actually came to play!

The owner of the bar is a nice guy who likes to give people various freebies he comes across. He gave me and my sister baseball caps with "BIG BEN" and the number 7 on them- hers is white, mine's gold. ;) I don't wear baseball caps, so would you like to have mine?
thedemonprist on December 19th, 2004 07:03 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to your sis! :D

Oh, I like that bit about the third eye. The only thing I can think of to tell you about tattooing is that I read that getting one on any bony part of the body (like an ankle) will hurt more than if it's done on a fleshy area (like the upper arm). Makes sense, since the skin on a bony area is thinned out as opposed to a fleshy part. Either way though, expect some discomfort if you do decide to have something done. Heh, at various times I've thought about it (though never seriously) myself, but for two factors: a) my folks would KILL me if they knew, and b) money. I don't think it's terribly expensive to have a tattoo, though I'm sure it depends on how big and what-all you want done.

Also, be sure to check out a reputable tattoo place and make sure that they use clean needles, look clean, etc. since there is a risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens (including HIV) if a place is lookin' pretty nasty. :o

Another possibility you could look into, if you aren't keen on having something uber-permanent done (once a tattoo is put on, it's *there* to stay, unless you have laser removal done and I'm told that costs a fortune), is to look around and see if anybody has a design that can be applied via sticker and washes off. You could try one of them first and wear it for a bit to see how it looks and whether or not you like it, and then go on to a more permanent one if you decide that's your thing. :)
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on December 19th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for your commentary- and I'll pass along the birthday shout-out! =)

Since my sister got a tattoo a few years ago, I did find out about a lot of this stuff. Including the parental grief bit (only my mom- hell, Dad took Krissy to get hers done, and I don't imagine Ray caring one way or the other, heh), but I'm not really worried about that. ;) If I decide to take the plunge, Krissy'll be the one taking me to the parlor where she got hers, which is a very reputable place. The artists there are really good, too. The guy who did her tattoo did a fantastic job. She'd wanted a tribal armband, but didn't like any of the patterns in their sample books, so he designed a pattern just for her. =)

And I did think of placing something not-so-permanent in that spot first to make sure I'd be okay with it. Only it's kinda hard to manipulate the Sharpie with any modicum of skill when you're reaching blindly behind yourself. ;) I'll have to keep an eye out (har har- I hate myself) for temporary tattoos.