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16 June 2009 @ 01:32 pm

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @IranElection09, @Change_for_Iran

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election

- original post by one_hoopy_frood
21 November 2008 @ 07:29 pm
Hey all,

Long time no see, eh? I'm sitting here at Double Dave's Pizza while my husband [yes you read that right] makes balloons for kids [you read that correctly as well]. I've done a lot of surfing, and have run out of stuff to do so I though that I would post in my journal that I haven't seen in a long time.

-Chris and I have been married for almost 2 months now.
-We are moving back into an apartment by ourselves around the 2 month anniversary..
-I'm the coolest person in the world.
-Edward Cullen is a Hanson fan. FACT.
-My best friend got engaged at a Hanson concert. [YAY!!]

I dunno what else to write up there. lol. I might be referring to alot of inside jokes in this post, and I apologize if you don't get them. I've been working and schooling, like always. Finals are coming up, and I can't wait for the semester to be over.

So last night, I went to see Twilight. I haven't had the opportunity to read the books yet [have wanted to, but no time due to school and such], but I was invited to the midnight preview with one of my new friends, Shari. Chris and I saw it with her last night, and I loved the movie!

I know that a lot of people were disappointed, but I still liked it. It definitely helped having good company during it, because Shari, Chris and I were making jokes all the way through. With Shari commenting how Edward needed to take his shirt off almost every time he came on screen, and Chris adding "blah" to the end of everything that came out of Edward's mouth, I had a great time.

Oh, and as mentioned aboce, Edward Cullen is a Hanson fan. FACT. He says that Hanson is the best band in the world. FACT. lolz!! Great times were had by us last night.

Because of that, I only got about 3 hours of sleep before having to get up for work this morning. I have yet to take a nap or go to bed yet. I'm a little groggy, more dead.

So yeah, I just wanted to let everyone know how I am doing. :O)

-Krystina JOHNSON
Current Location: Double Dave's
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
So I'm getting married! Most of you already know that though. What many of you don't know is that we've changed our plans and are getting married is 6 weeks and 5 days. That's right.... 6 WEEKS AND 5 DAYS!

See, my Dad gave me two options recently:
-he could pay for my wedding
-he could put money towards a house for Chris and I

I bet you can't guess which one we chose.

Now it doesn't matter what day of the week that we get married since we're going to do a courthouse thing. So as of October 6, 2008 [our 4-year anniversary] I will be Mrs. Johnson.

I'm excited and a little nervous. I think that the only thing that I am nervous about though is the fact that I will be changing my name. It's just weird to me, I have had my last name for my entire life, and now it's going to change. It's not going to stop me from marrying Chris, but it's still a little weird to me.

I am really happy though. I love Chris with all of my heart and have absolutely no doubt that he is the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with.

next step: babies!!!

not ready for those yet. :o)
Current Location: my house
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: theme song to married with children
20 January 2008 @ 01:36 pm
 Hi everyone!  I know I've been really horrible about posting.  I never seem to get online for extended amounts of time anymore.  The only time that I spend on LJ is spent reading my friends page, and that's about it.  I've been wanting to come online and update, but haven't had the heart to do it .  

So I'm sitting here at Chris' house listening to them watch "My Gym Partner's a Monkey", finding it mildly entertaining.  What have I been up to?  Really, not much.  I've been working to pay my bills, and spending time with Chris whenever I get the chance.  It's like we live together on the weekends, and during the week, we're apart...  Works for the time being, though I still can't wait until we are able to have our own space again.

School started last week, and I can tell that my classes are going to be really interesting.  I am taking Business Statistics, Business Law, and Principles of Marketing.  I should have my Bachelor's degree in Marketing by May 2009.  [That's the optimistic date... the realistic date is more like December 2009].  LQTM

As for when Chris and I are going to get married, we keep putting it off.  I just don't want to have to plan a wedding in the middle of a semester of school.  I would love to be able to marry him right now, but it just doesn't seem plausible seeing as though we can't even afford to get our own place right now.  We're trying to be smart about our money.  My little craze with my credit card last year is really hurting me.  If it wasn't for that, I would be able to at least afford an efficiency or something like that.  Oh well, I should have the card paid off by the time that we get married.

We're talking about doing a renaissance wedding.  At the Texas Renaissance Festival.  My mom is really excited about that notion... she has already asked a bunch of the family if they would come if we did it that way.  Apparently the consensus is a definite yes from all around.  Not to mention, it's a quite reasonable price, and my parents are willing to pick up the tab... hmmm..   :)

Anyways, so yeah, I just do a lot of working and hanging out with Chris.  I have this plan to lose weight right now that I feel that I am taking seriously.  I've set goal marks where I will reward myself for hitting a certain number of pounds lost, with 50lbs being whatever brand new cell phone is out that I want.   :)

So wish me luck on that.  I've been working out about 3 times a week for the past 2 weeks....  so we'll see how I do.   

I think that I will be off now.  I really need to freshen up the layout of this place and incorporate new icons.  I think that will encourage me to post more often.  So I'm going to go look around.. but I would like something either Hanson-related or just screams "KRYSTINA!"  Know what I mean?  We'll see what I come up with.   :) 

I'll try to keep you  more updated from now on.

Current Location: Chris' House
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: My Gym Partner's a Monkey
02 December 2007 @ 10:39 am
...but this sounded fun... stolen from  xdamagedrosesx</div>.

Step one
- Make a post to your LJ with a list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for Harry Potter on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

step two
- Surf around your LJ to see who has posted a list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
- You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy.
- There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just... wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My list:
1. For a way to pay off my credit card faster ($7,000) :(
2. To live with Chris again (I know, that one is a hard one...)
3. Good, low-fat, low-calorie recipes for a picky eater...
4. MONA dvd.
5. Yarn, and the time to actually sit down and knit.
6. a new, fun layout/icon for my lj... i'd like to start posting on a regular basis again.
7. patience
8. a vintage camera, and developing stuff
9. help with my accounting calculus tests. :)   [EDIT:  5:22 pm]
10. knifty knitter square looms.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: the hum of the refrigerator
21 November 2007 @ 10:43 pm
I baked a pie tonight to take over to my sister's tomorrow for Turkey Day. It's the first time I've ever made my own pie, and I think it came out so pretty!! I'm so proud right now! lol

13 July 2007 @ 10:14 pm
So things are looking up...

I'm starting to try and think of the bright side of things...

...it is for the best...he'll only be 30 min away.... I can pay off my credit card and really concentrate on school.

Yeah its going to suck not waking up next to him every morning...but we'l live...

He is doing this for the greater good anyways....

Everything will be ok...

^^^ that's what I keep telling myself...

Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
12 July 2007 @ 02:02 pm
So I'm not exactly ecstatic about the turn that my life is about to take. In the upcoming month, Chris and I will be packing and getting ready to move out of our apartment...

Doesn't seem like that big of a deal, find a new apartment...continue life as normal...

Not the case here.

We're going to be moving back in with our parents so that Chris can finish his degree faster by working less and going to school more...

We wil be living apart for atleast a year and a half (the expected amount of time that it's going to take for him to finish).

I know that in the long run this is the best thing...as well as financially the best thing...

But in the short run, and emotionally, it sucks.

I had a hard enough time sleeping without him before...now that I'm really used to it...it's going to be even harder.

I cried myself to sleep last night.

Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
11 March 2007 @ 03:26 pm

so i spent yesterday following myself with my camera like the paparazzi! lol... jen introduced me to this community where you take pictures of your entire day from sun up till sun down, so i decided to do it yesterday.  hope you guys enjoys!  and maybe one of you can do it too! i think it would be awesome to follow you guys around for a day!


[EDIT] i had to update the link on this entry because i kept accidentally deleting the post.. lol... well, not really lol because it was really pissing me off [EDIT]