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The Book that Sets Me Free

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Back in May of 2010, something important happened: My freedom was revoked. ¬†Well, it wasn’t revoked, it expired. ¬†My passport book, used only a few times, finally made it to ten years old. ¬†The photo of me smiling at age 20 (young and innocent) reminds me of what happened only weeks before I got the passport in the mail. ¬†(For those of you who don’t know, a pocket knife found itself a couple inches into my hand while fighting for the honor of a damsel in distress. ¬†Or…I accidentally stabbed myself while opening a Super Soaker box. ¬†Whichever seems more plausible.)

So back in…oh…December, I guess, I did the passport renewal, sent in my check and photo, and a few weeks later, received a rejection notice. ¬†My photo was unacceptable. ¬†Americans aren’t supposed to smile. ¬†Or the photo wasn’t the right size. ¬†or something stupid, I don’t know. ¬†So I let the passport sit around until one of my friends had to go out of the country for a family emergency; and I thought to myself, gosh, if I had some kind of international emergency (for instance, cheap tickets to Taiwan), I wouldn’t be able to go! ¬†So I retook the photo (it really looks like I haven’t eaten fiber in a few years), and sent in all my paperwork. ¬†Yesterday, I got the envelope: my brand new passport. ¬†A feeling of elation swept over me–I can travel again, to magnificent places like Egypt, Japan, and Libya! ¬†Yes! ¬†(ok, too soon for that).

Anyway. ¬†I haven’t left the U.S. since April 2009. ¬†It’s been two years. ¬†Time to travel!

New Photo!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I changed the photo in the blog header!¬† It’s almost been two years since my Lasik surgery, not to mention the weight I dropped, so I figured it was time to replace it.¬† (If you’re reading this via Facebook, you have no idea what I’m talking about.¬† Visit my blog directly!)

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