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How The Jack Russell Terrier Came Into Being [11 Jul 2008|08:11am]
How The Jack Russell Terrier Came Into Being
 by: Richard Cussons
How it all began for the Jack Russell Terrier. In the mid-1800's Parson Jack Russell, whose love of fox hunting was unmatched, declared the terriers of the time unsuited for their work -- the red-bodied terriers were too similar to the quarry, he claimed, making it more difficult to know which was the dog and which was the fox. He wanted a white dog, something that would stand out among the forest and never be confused with his prey. So, the Jack Russell Terrier was imagined and, when (as it is assumed) the English Black and Tan Terrier was crossed with the English White Terrier, the breed was realized.
Parson Jack Russell could now go hunting, as could the rest of the England.
The frenetic grace and flexibility of the Jack Russell makes it the ideal hunting dog, but its spirited nature appeals to those seeking just a companion. And, standing between ten and twelve inches and weighing between fourteen and eighteen pounds, the Jack Russell can easily become a family house pet... with the right family.
As with all terriers, the Jack Russell is not a dog for the novice owner. This is, by nature, a stubborn and demanding breed. Also, with its natural hunting instincts, it has a tendency to "attack" other animals, chew and dig. Often, families do not expect this kind of behavior, due to the breed's size, and are overwhelmed. Jack Russell rank as one of the top dogs abandoned by their owners, simply because they were deemed bad dogs. Most people do not realize what it means to own a terrier and cannot handle it.
A Jack Russell Terrier will make an excellent companion for the right kind of person, one who has had experience with dogs (terriers, more importantly) and who understands what needs to be done. Owning a Jack Russell means giving him plenty of activity, attention and discipline.
Terriers are very much like children: you have to devote yourself to them, in all aspects. They require a firm hand to control their natural hunting instincts. A Jack Russell will need an owner who is more stubborn than he is.
These dogs deceive people due to their size. Few believe--until they experience it for themselves--that such a little dog can have such a big personality. The Jack Russell doesn't see himself as a little dog, however. He's just a big dog who happens to be smaller than the others.
His temperament matches, if not exceeds, other breeds. From this, you may believe that owning a Jack Russell is foolish. That is not true. With the right owner -- one who knows how to indulge their need to hunt, but who can also keep them calm -- these dogs can be true joys. Terriers are, by nature, highly intelligent tricksters, very loving and loyal to their owners. They are just also stubborn and more willing to do what pleases them. For someone's first pet, this is not a wise choice. A Jack Russell would dominate you. But, for someone who has had Terriers before, this could be an energetic companion.
Too many of these dogs are abandoned or given away because an owner cannot deal with their digging, jumping (this breed can easily scale five feet), climbing or barking. They do not realize that this is what the Jack Russell was bred for: this is not a dog meant to sit on your lap all day and sleep; this is a dog bred for action. If you cannot give it to him, he will not excel in the environment.
And, that is not to say that you must take the Jack Russell hunting--though, for those who do hunt, you could not ask for a better breed. This simply means giving him lots of exercise and attention and, of course, discipline. Training is a must and you will always be putting the teachings to use as Terriers will test you daily. But, if you are up to the challenge, the Jack Russell Terrier will never let you down.
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Horses in Art [06 Jul 2008|02:11pm]
Horses in Art
 by: Andrea Balch
The History of the horse in art is one that spans thousands of years, and goes back to before the horse was first domesticated. The discoveries of rock paintings at Lascaux and Avignon in France have provided us with an insight , not only in to the very early artists, but also of the physical appearance of the primitive horse. That these paintings have survived at all is unbelievable, but when you consider their date of approximately 20,000 BC, and compare this to the condition they are in, is it quite astonishing.
Significance of Cave Paintings. Both the Sites at Lascaux and Avignon are buried in deep underground caves, and perhaps this has largely contributed to their preservation. It is interesting to consider why these paintings were done in such inaccessible places and whether they were depictions of what early man considered to be spiritual or god-like animals. Alternatively , they could simply have been portrayals in admiration of the fierce and wild spirit of the early horses. One vivid drawing is the picture of a horse at Niaux, in the mid-Pyrenees. Carefully drawn with the heavy black outline, it bears a striking resemblance to Przewalski's horse. Others, at the site at Vallon-Point-d'Arc, are depicted with flowing lines and bold colour and are so detailed that it is possible to pick out spotted markings similar to the Appaloosa.
Carvings of Nineveh and Nimrud. Pictures of the horse through the centuries provide us with a tremendous information, ranging from the horse in society, to how the horse developed. Another great source of pictures comes from the Assyrian people of the Middle East, and the best of these are in the Assyrian Ashurbanipal Hunting Relief Large. This relief was found in the Ashurbanipal Palace, Nineveh. It is from 645 B.C. and can now be found in the British Museum.
Form of bas-reliefs carvings in the palaces from Niveveh date back approximately to 645 BC and give a vivid portrayal of the times. They include carvings of an exotic lion hunt with the king in his chariot. Standing alongside are the beautifully and evocatively displayed horses, tense with the excitement of the chase. They even showing the harnessing and tack that were being used on the horses. The horses appear muscular and in good condition , obviously well looked after, but are depicted with a typical, straight legged movement it is many years before horses were shown with a natural movement in their gait.
The relief's at Nimrud, which date to approximately 865-860 BC, are equally as vivid as those at Nineveh. They show mounted archers riding mounted bareback on powerful looking stallions, while aiming their bows. Again, the relief's show the elaborate bridles that were in use and a type of decorative neck hanging with tassels.
Horse Sculptures, perhaps some of the most early amazing sculptures are the four figurines of the early gilded copper horses which reside in the Basilica San Marco, Venic. These horses date back to the third of forth century BC and stand larger than life size. They are believed to have been produced by the Greek sculptor Lysippus and are wonderfully proud and mascular. They are fairly atomically correct, very life like.
Horses have been depicted in the history af art for their strength and beauty. This such depiction has been the subject of many an artist, that has continued to this day. And, being a very popular subject, can only enrich art as a tribute to the horse.
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How To Train Your Dog To Respond When You Call [01 Jul 2008|02:11am]
How To Train Your Dog To Respond When You Call
 by: Michael Colucci
When you're trying to train your dog, one of the most important parts of training is getting the dog to come to you when you call them. This is a basic form of training and is one of the first things you want to teach your dog before moving on to more advanced techniques.
The first thing you need to figure out is what your dog likes. Figure out which treats they like the most. Whatever treat gets the most positive reaction is the treat you want to use. Once you've figured this out, invest in purchasing a supply of these treats so that they are handy at all times.
Start by going into the house, and calling the dog by his name. Once he or she arrives at your feet, give them the treat. Consistently repeat this process periodically. It will teach the dog that if they listen to you, and come to you when you call them, they will be rewarded for doing so.
Once you have done this pattern enough times inside the house, go to a location outside. Again begin calling their name. When they arrive, give them the treat and show them that you are proud of their behaviour.
Repeat this process as you did inside your home. Call your dog again outside and reward him when he complies. Continue to repeat this process over a period of a few days. Your dog will quickly become used to this, and will begin coming to you every time you call.
Even if your dog has completely figured out the pattern of getting treats when he responds to your voice, it is still important for you to make sure you keep him in a secure location when he is not on the leash. You don't want to have your dog unsupervised in an environment where he can get harmed by being hit by a car or getting into the neighbor's yard.
Always make sure you're in a secure environment, and be sure to start this process indoors before trying it outside. You want to get your dog used to responding to your calls while you're in your home before moving outside. You may find that it is more difficult outside to get your dog to come to you than it is inside your home.
The most important thing for you to have when training your dog is patience. Your dog may not get it the first time, and may ignore you. This is why giving him the treat is so important. You send a message to the dog saying that if you listen to me, and do as I say, you will be rewarded.
Getting your dog to come to you when you call him is one of the most basic training methods. However, it is the most important in getting your dog to respect you as their master and obey you. It is the gatway to teaching your dog more advanced commands.
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Dog Agility Equipment: Where do I begin? [26 Jun 2008|04:11pm]
Dog Agility Equipment: Where do I begin?
 by: Brad Carlson
There is such a wide selection of dog agility equipment, where do I begin? There are several factors to consider when making your agility equipment purchases. Two major factors are your goals and your dog.
Are your goals to develop a deeper bonding with your dog by taking agility classes together, having fun, and seeing how far you and your dog can progress with agility skills? Do you have a timid dog and want to develop confidence in him? Or do you have a high drive dog and want to help him burn energy in a controlled manner? Do you want to do agility as a just for fun activity or are you setting your sights on making it to the nationals and becoming an agility instructor? All the previous factors are important to consider when purchasing your equipment.
An agility course has contact equipment, jumps, weaves, tunnels, closed tunnel, and possibly a pause table (depending on your agility venue). It would be wonderful have a full course of agility equipment in your backyard, but its not necessary to learn the sport. Contact equipment consists of dog-walks, A-frames, and teeters. It is a good idea to have at least one contact obstacle. Many people select to purchase a teeter because the motion often causes a dog hesitation. If you can't fit a regulation piece of equipment in your yard, consider an 8' dog-walk instead of a 12' or even select from mini-contact equipment that is available to train your dog on.
Jumps. You can never have enough single jumps, but you also might think about a double jump or triple jump. If you cannot purchase a double or triple jump, you can place two or three single jumps together to practice. Eight single jumps give you lots of drills and exercises to practice and interchange.
Tunnels, chutes, and tables are variations to add to your course. Tire jumps are very popular to have in backyard training. Pause tables are essential in our agility training program. They are our center and focal point for developing our directional commands and building distance.
Weaves, critical for having at home. The type of weave to purchase depends on your method of teaching. Is your agility class using weave chutes, angled weaves, or straight lined weaves. If your instructor is teaching a specific method, than its easiest to purchase the same type of weaves. We have trained five different agility dogs, each with a different method and in the end they all have nice weaves.
There are a variety of training aids that can help you develop the behavior you want from your dog on the equipment. Buja boards are excellent for timid dogs that need to build confidence slowly. Contact trainers are great for back chaining your contact behavior, and they are smaller so you can bring them indoors for winter training also.
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Bird Feeder Basics [12 Jun 2008|07:11pm]
Bird Feeder Basics
 by: Louise Desmarteau
Bird Feeders The fastest way to a bird's heart is definitely through their stomach. Put up a backyard bird feeder and birds will certainly come to feed in your yard. Where you live determines what you'll see because of differences in birds' range and habitat preferences. As words spread about your feeder, the kinds of birds and the size of crowd will increase. Even if you live in the city where it seems pigeons and house sparrows are the only birds on earth, you'll get surprise visitors that find your food or stop in on migration.
Bird Feeder Basics When you shop for bird feeders, you'll find your choices are almost limitless. You may wonder how to decide what to buy. Here are some hints.
Ease of use - The most important factor in choosing a feeder is how easy it is to use - for both the owner and the birds. You want a feeder that's easy to fill and that holds a reasonable amount of seed. If you are just getting started, look for a feeder that displays seed in full view because birds are attracted by the sight of food and by the sight of other birds eating. An open tray is great for starters.
Make sure your bird feeder has plenty of room for birds to eat without protrusions or decorations getting in the way. Birds also like a feeder with a raised ledge or perch that they can grasp while eating.
Size - When birds come to a bird feeder, they want food, and they wait it fast. Choose a main tray feeder that's big enough for at least a dozen birds to eat at once. Supplement that with hopper- and tube-type bird feeders. Domed feeders are great for small birds like chickadees. Feeders inside wire cages give small birds a place to eat and peace without competition from starlings or other larger birds. Once you have one or two large bird feeder you can add as many smaller feeders as you like.
Quality - Make sure your bird feeder is well made. A sturdy, simple, but beautiful feeder costs more than you'd think. Expect to pay $30 - $75 for a feeder that will last for years.
Tray (Platform) Feeders A must have for any backyard is a simple wooden tray feeder. It's big, it's easy to fill, and it accommodates several birds. The other feeders pick up the overflow and they can be stocked with treats. Cardinals, finches, jays, grosbeaks, bluebirds, blackbirds, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, and buntings all prefer an open tray feeder. The only birds reluctant to us a tray feeder mounted on a post are ground-feeding birds. A very low tray on stumped legs will accommodate these birds, which include native sparrows, quail, towhees, and doves. You can put any kind of seed in a tray except for small Niger, lettuce, and grass seeds, which are prone to blow away or get wasted. Platform feeders are also good places to put out doughnuts, bread crumbs and fruit.
Platform feeders with a roof are often called fly-through feeders. One problem with tray feeders is that plenty of seed gets kicked to the ground. Adding raised edges to a platform feeder transforms it into tray feeder.
Tray feeders can be hung. A popular hanging model, the Droll Yankees X-l Seed saver is protected by a dome to keep seed dry and prevent squirrels from raiding. This feeder works especially well as a mealworm feeder.
Hopper Feeders Hopper-style bird feeders with plastic or glass enclosures that dole out seed as they're needed, are an efficient choice because seed is used as needed and large amounts aren't exposed to wet or snowy weather, or kicked out by scratching birds. Many birds, including chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers, eat eagerly at a hopper feeder. Make sure the tray of a hopper-style bird feeder has enough room for more than two or three birds to gather and eat, and check to see if the feeder will be easy to clean if seed spoils in bad weather. Be especially careful if you mount your hopper feeder permanently in the garden. If the hopper or frame blocks the tray, the feeder may be very hard to clean.
Hopper feeders are not always rectangular. They can be many-sided or tubular, resembling a gazebo, lantern, or silo, and may be called by those names. A popular round hopper design is the Sky Cafe by Arundale, a hanging feeder made entirely of clear polycarbonate. The hopper and feeding platform are protected by a large, steeply sloped hood designed to detour squirrels. The idea of a large dome above a feeder to protect it from squirrels is incorporated in a number of feeder designs, including Droll Yankees' Big Top.
One of the most significant innovations in hopper feeders has been the "squirrel-proof" models created by Heritage Farms, such as The Absolute II. Birds must sit on a rail to reach the seed tray. The rail has a counterweight that can be adjusted so that a squirrel's weight or that of a jay or blackbird will cause the shield to lower in front of the tray.
Wire-Mesh Feeders Perfect for holding shelled peanuts wire-mesh feeders are fun to watch. Blue jays, woodpeckers, and chickadees can cling to the mesh and pick seeds out one at a time. Squirrels can pick seeds too, but one seed at a time can be painfully slow. Wire-mesh feeders work equally well dispensing black oil sunflower seeds and most other larger seeds. Small, round millet grains pour through the openings and are not a good choice for these feeders.
Most commercial wire-mesh feeders are tubular, but some are shaped like hoppers and may be attached to a platform where birds can perch to feed, rather than having to cling to the mesh.
Mesh bags, often called thistle socks, are also available for dispensing Niger seed. Refillable socks made of fabric and disposable ones made of plastic are available. Squirrels or rain can quickly ruin thistle socks, so hang them in a protected place.
Window Feeders Years ago, before the fancy screens and storm windows, many people simply scattered a handful of crumbs or seeds for the birds on their windowsills. You can mount a simple shallow tray feeder on the outside of a window, mounting it like a window box (but higher and closer to the pane). You can use wooden or metal brackets that attach below the sill or on the sill. Perfect for kids and indoor cats - many window feeders attach with suction cups. Typically made of clear plastic, models by Aspects, Duncraft and K-Feeders are among those available.
The most popular window feeders are made by Coveside and the Birding Company. A one-way mirror allows the feeding activity to be observed while keeping the birds from being disturbed. The feeders need to be placed in a sunny spot for the one-way mirror to work. The feeder can be cleaned and food replaced from inside the house.
Tube Feeders Simple tube feeders are a perfect example of form matching function. They're self-contained, so seed stays dry; they hold a good quantity of seed, so they don't need refilling too often; and they can accommodate several birds at one time. Not all tube feeders are created equal though. You should invest a few extra dollars in the more expensive feeders such as Duncraft or Droll Yankees. The tube itself is sturdier, the feeding holes are designed better so there's less spillage or feeds as birds eat, and the heavier metal used on top and bottom makes the feeder much more stable. Being heavier they don't swing as easily in the wind scattering seed on the ground.
Tube feeders are welcomed by goldfinches, purple finches, pine siskins, chickadees, and house finches, who seem to know they can eat in peace there without being disturbed by the bigger birds. The size of the hole (port) determines whether you have a feeder that should be filled with Niger, birdseed mix or sunflower seeds.
There are two styles of tube feeders. One is designed with small feeding ports for the tiny Niger seeds; the other has larger ports for such seeds as black oil sunflower, safflower, or mixed seed.
Not all tube feeders are cylinders. There are tube feeders with three, four, or more sides. It is the idea of feeding ports built into the elongated seed container that makes a feeder a tube feeder.
The Droll Yankees A6 Tube Feeder is still a top seller. Droll Yankee feeders have a lifetime guarantee. Other variations include Perky Pet's Upside-Down Thistle Feeder. Perches are placed above the feeding ports so that seed can be accessed only by finches that can feed upside down, a design that excludes house finches.
Two or three tubes are sometimes ganged together, as the Opus TopFlight Triple Tube Feeder. With a total of 12 ports, it can feed more birds than a single tube, and it also has the option of being filled with a different seed type in each tube.
Most tube feeders are made of transparent plastic, but Vari-Craft makes particularly attractive tube feeders of white PVC. Ports are made of a hard plastic. A squirrel-proof model is available with stainless steel ports.
Most tube feeders can be fitted with round trays underneath that catch spillage from birds like finches, which are notoriously messy eaters. The tray serves double duty as a small platform feeder for such birds as cardinals and doves, which benefit from the slung seed.
Tube feeders are sometimes placed inside a wire-mesh cage for protection from squirrels. Cages also keep large birds like grackles from perching on a tray and reaching up to the feeder ports.
Nectar Feeders Sweet sugar water, or nectar, is a huge draw for hummingbirds. Put up a nectar feeder and you're practically guaranteed to get hummers. The birds search for red and deep orange-red flowers, andanything that color will bring them in for a closer look. Your nectar feeder may also attract other birds with a sweet tooth, including orioles, house finches, and woodpeckers. In the wild these birds would satisfy that craving with real nectar from flowers, or a sip of sugary tree sap or fruit juice. The sugar boost gives them quick calories and the energy needed to live.
As with other bird feeders, look for a nectar feeder that's easy to fill and easy to clean. Make sure you can remove the base to clean out the feeding holes. Bee guards of gridded plastic over the feeder openings are a necessity unless you like to watch constant battles between wasps and hummingbirds.
Suet Feeders Suet feeders are not nearly as complex as some seed feeders. They can be as simple as a mesh sack - the kind often used for onions and potatoes. Toss a chunk of raw suet in an empty mesh sack and hang it on a tree trunk or from a branch or pole.
A popular way of presenting suet is in homemade suet logs. Perches are not necessary and if used will attract grackles and starlings. Woodpeckers and small clinging birds can get a grip on the rough wood. Stuffed with suet, these logs have woodpeckers as regular visitors. Standing dead trees can be drilled and filled like giant suet logs. If meant to attract woodpeckers, a suet feeder is likely to be found most quickly if it is attached initially to a tree trunk. Once the woodpeckers have found it, the feeder can be moved to other spots and the birds will follow.
Suet cages are sometimes combined with bird feeders. Health Manufacturing makes a beautiful redwood hopper feeder with suet cages at either end, the Classic Suet 'n Seed Feeder. Woodlink makes a similar model with a copper roof.

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[02 Jul 2006|06:53pm]
Sorry, but the previous link about Britney was wrong. Here is correct one...

[12 Nov 2005|05:05am]

the 'interests' listed for this community are GOLD!
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[15 Aug 2005|11:42pm]

[ mood | bored ]

maybe its no secret at all - i am pretty chubby after all. I think theres the different classifications and levels of chubbiness. Theres skinny-chubby, chubby-skinny, chubby chubby, chubby, chubby-fat, fat-chubby, and fat. I think Im somewhere in the chubby or chubby-fat range myself.... but food is so good! I was really skinny for a while, but I had an eating disorder.. and then one day, after being dumped, I went straight for that carton of ice cream and I just kept eating ever since.

I wish we lived in a world where pizza and potato chips were the healthiest food on earth....

(PS - my tummy icon is my boyfriend... HEEE'S a secret fatty... that skinny phuck)

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[13 Aug 2005|08:24pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Hello fellow secretfatties!
I'm a big health freak to everyone that I know, but in real life I have a serious sweet tooth. This looks like a fun community :D

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[15 Jun 2005|09:44pm]
Hey everyone. I like to promote... sorry! Hope you all come and join this community _realbeauty . Have Fun!
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[06 Jun 2005|03:58pm]
i would like to introduce all the lovely ladies here to

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its a great community!
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pictures [17 Apr 2005|03:23am]

I'm not sure if i have ever posted in here yet, or if ive ever had the time.. well here goes it..

(cross posted in secretfatties and in fatfemmes)

sexiness followsCollapse )
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[17 Mar 2005|01:36pm]

hey y'all!

Sorry I haven't been around in awhile, I've been away.

I was in this community as fattie_x, but I switched back to my old name.

I'll update sooon.

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[06 Mar 2005|03:46pm]

[ mood | sick ]

hey y'all... if anyone is actually here anymore. I agree, it's totally dead here. Oh well! I have pictures!!!

The lovely moiCollapse )

love, Maria

PS: I'm sick like a junkie with no junk. I'm miserable.

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New girl [27 Feb 2005|08:23pm]

[ mood | content ]

Hey i'm new... My name is Andrea & i was talking with my friend and saying " I LOVE MY BODY " im size 22 and proud...

Some pictures of me xDCollapse )

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[01 Jan 2005|02:57am]

[ mood | THIRSTY ]

you know... there's really not much going on here...

I mean, first of all I know my intro sounded like just what I'm talking about, with everyone coming in and saying "I love my body even though I'm fat" and stuff... but like, it said in the descritption that it's from people who post 'skinny(er)' pics of themselves when they're secret fat. And if you only post skinny pictures you can't possibly be proud of your body?

So which is it? Do we try to convince the internet's people that we aren't fat, or do we take pride in our chub?

Maybe if that were clearer we would liven up
oh and maybe some cool thingies to post for advertising...

um oh yeah I wanted to show you pictures of me! because those are my favorite kind.

Let's pretend I'm not a size 22Collapse )

much love for anyone who's out there

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[26 Dec 2004|02:48pm]

Hey all. My name is Tanesha...And I was weary of being fat for the longest time. Now I embrace it.

<33 that's about it... oh yeah.

Ph[o]-t[o]sCollapse )
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If this is a problem in this community... [22 Dec 2004|02:55am]

[ mood | rejected ]

I would like to post self pics. If this is a problem for anyone in this community, please let me know so I can take my business elsewhere. The death threats just are't worth the hassle. Just comment to this. I do have my own yahoo group if LJ turns out not to be an option. if interested, ask about that.

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Ooops.... [17 Dec 2004|10:58am]

[ mood | relaxed ]

I brought up my yahoo group but forgot to post the address. So far it's just guy pics (of me) buecause I started it 2 days ago and don't really have that many internet fiiends. Maybe I will get a few members and other people will post too. thanks.



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[04 Dec 2004|04:01pm]

[ mood | bitchy ]

hey cupcakes! does that picture look familiar? Why yes! It's I, glass_umbrella, formerly frozen_roseline. Just to let you know.

And also to say- what planet was I on when I wrote that intro? Planet BITCH I guess. Ugh. Well anyway, much love and all that.


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