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We finally got a router and a cable that would work with my pc. While offline I listened to a lot of NPR and watched a lot of PBS to keep me sane. It did remind me how dependant on technology Max and I are. We had become so accustomed to talking almost every afternoon and evening online, but we made up for it with long phone calls every day.

The move into our new house went smoothly. Moving the piano was a bit daunting, but we managed it in the end. We used boxes from the liquor store, so for several weeks it looked like we had one hell of a party. Almost everything is unpacked now and we've been enjoying this place immensely. I bought Bjork's Vespertine for "moving into a new house" theme music and it suits this place very well. Happy, light, calming. I love it here. We've already had a few small gatherings, but we'll be having a joint housewarming party with Alix (who lives above us) sometime soonish.

So much has happened since November that I'm not sure where to start. Xmas was good. Max sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers on Xmas eve. I also received a brand new sewing machine from my grandmother, which is something I've been wanting for a long time. She was very generous this year. Her and my grandfather made a little pact that if my grandfather drank more than twice a week he would give her $20 for each drink. She bought most of our presents with that money, including a scanner and digital camera for herself. Now the whole family is encouraging him to drink more. ;)

Some friends from Anacortes joined us at Siren's for New Years. It was a 1920's theme, but I couldn't figure out an outfit so I just bought a dress from work. Gael's co-worker, Kirsten, really looked the part. I will post photos of her and the evening when I can.

About my photos.. Max's friend, Mustafa, has been hosting all my photos. In November he started trying to fix something on the server and it was only supposed to be down for a few days. Now a month later it's still down, so I'm afraid all my photos are inaccessible until he fixes it. I have hundreds of new photos to post that I've taken recently and ones from the past that I never posted, so I hope it's up again soon.

Work has been going very well. I worked a couple 7 day 8 hour weeks and am saving up some money for a nicer digital camera. I'm also slowly working on re-building my cd collection again. Recently I bought Pink Martini Sympathique, Sigur Ros (I had the mp3s before), Cibo Matto Viva! La Woman, Cornershop When I Was Born For The 7th Time, and Violent Femmes. I've also received an excellent compilation cd from Snej as a Xmas present. He put together a beautiful cd, many groups that I had never heard before, but now I have come to love. It's all very fluid and ambient Brian Eno-ish. I've had it on repeat often these past few weeks.

I have a lot more to tell, but I'll save it for another post. I'm trying to catch up on all my email and livejournal. I doubt I'll ever catch up on livejournal fully, so forgive me if I missed something important.

It feels a little strange to be online again, it probably felt longer than it actually was. I hope you are all well. :)
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On January 11th, 2002 03:32 pm (UTC), ex_snej373 commented:
Welcome back!
Welcome back to the land of digital phantoms, Nomi!
(I haven't even read most of your message yet, I just wanted to be able to say "w00t! First post!")
On January 11th, 2002 03:39 pm (UTC), ex_snej373 replied:
Re: Welcome back!
"Moving the piano was a bit daunting, but we managed it in the end. We used boxes from the liquor store"

I am visualizing you sawing the piano into pieces the size of a liquor box, then reassembling it in the new apartment. (I guess this is because I am a geek who works all day long with stuff where you can do tricks like that.)

I'm glad you like my CD. I have to confess I get all warm and happy when people praise things that I make. Clearly I haven't been studying the Tibetan Buddhism seriously enough. ;-)
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On January 11th, 2002 03:33 pm (UTC), pry commented:
Very glad to see you back :) It's good to hear all is well with you.

Just out of interest, how big are all your photos space wise?
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On January 11th, 2002 03:56 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks! :)

I have about 100mb on Mustafa's server, including some on waterpistol.net.
But I'll be off waterpistol.net completely soon.

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On January 11th, 2002 03:53 pm (UTC), jaarronn commented:
So nice to have you back. Thought of you often and wondered how you were doing. I'm glad to know all is well. Hope the photo situation is resolved soon.
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On January 11th, 2002 04:01 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Hi!
Thank you, Jaarronn. :) It's good to be back, but it
is taking some getting used to. It was nice in a way
having the time offline for several reasons. I've just
got to remind myself to balance my online and offline
time better.
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On January 11th, 2002 04:27 pm (UTC), ex_monsieurl370 commented:
glad to see you back. i thought you and max eloped and ran off to your own island in the south pacific...
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On January 11th, 2002 06:32 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I wish!
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On January 11th, 2002 04:30 pm (UTC), keith_london commented:
Well Hello ! :-) Nice to see you on here again after so much internet time has passed! I wondered how you got on with the house move - it sounds like you managed it all very well. I'm going to have to check up on all the music you mentioned - out of curiosity as well as keeping up to date with the latest interesting offerings...
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On January 11th, 2002 06:36 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. :) I definitely recommend Pink Martini. My boss has the cd
at work and I was listening to it so much I figured I should just buy my own copy.
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On January 11th, 2002 05:27 pm (UTC), m00t commented:
Welcome back. :)
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On January 11th, 2002 06:36 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks darlin'. :)
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On January 11th, 2002 08:17 pm (UTC), sorrento commented:
How could i forget you?
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On January 14th, 2002 02:44 am (UTC), nomi replied:
amnesia? hehe
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On January 11th, 2002 10:45 pm (UTC), gracejustis commented:
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On January 12th, 2002 02:04 am (UTC), larissa commented:
it is lovely to see you back...and congratulations on the sewing machine! [really. of all things, that is what i noticed]. i've wanted one for ages, although i can't sew [yet].

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On January 14th, 2002 12:32 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I heard you & Max met. Wish I could have been there, but
when I am back in London I hope we can all meet together sometime.

It's been almost 6 years since I've sewn anything, since I didn't
have a decent machine. I have several saris that Max's mother
gave me that I've been dying to make into something. Not until I
practice on other cloth first, though. ;)

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On January 12th, 2002 04:52 am (UTC), juha commented:
Thank god. Max has been totally out of control online while you've been gone. ;)
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On January 12th, 2002 06:48 am (UTC), ex_scruffy286 commented:
Welcome back once again... *hug*

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On January 14th, 2002 12:01 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you Darren. :)

In my brief snippits of internet usage this past month I noticed that you seemed to be having some trouble. I hope you are okay. *hugs*
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On January 12th, 2002 09:56 am (UTC), somabrak commented:
I was just thinking about you the other day, seriously, and wondering where you had run off to. So happy to hear you're alive and well, and enjoying your swanky, new place! :)
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On January 14th, 2002 12:00 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It's nice to be thought of. I've thought of you this past month too. I wondered how you and your father were doing. I haven't had a chance to read many ljs yet, so I feel a bit out of touch.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)
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On January 12th, 2002 05:22 pm (UTC), closethipster commented:
hey hey -- you're back! excellent! there must have been so much to photograph.. what with the holidays and moving into that beautiful space.. hope the last few weeks were fun. welcome back!
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On January 14th, 2002 12:36 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm dying to share my photographs. It's my main creative outlet and I've felt like it's been all bottled up recently.

Thank you. :)
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On January 15th, 2002 06:38 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
i remember you.

the girl who almost escaped the internet. ;)

its like dog years here ...a month is pretty much 4 years!

hope you enjoyed yourself. welcome back.

~ electriksheep
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On January 16th, 2002 07:15 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thanks! I did almost escape, into the land of meatspace..

but the net drew me back into its clutches. I'm afraid you're all
stuck with me now. :)

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