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April 7th, 2005

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07:56 pm - *sigh* welcome to emma willard
i would like to share with you all a quote from the book 'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire, which i read over spring break. it is a really amazing book that i highly recommend to anyone, and i will never look at 'The Wizard of Oz' in the same way again. this quote blew me away with how completely true it is. after going to an all-girls' school for a few years i'm sure each of you have come to this conclusion a least a few times, and the way that Maguire puts it is just perfect...

"Girls need cold anger. They need the cold shimmer, the ceaseless grudge, the talent to avoid forgiveness, the sidestepping of compromise. They need to know when they say something that they will never back down, ever, ever... Cross a man and you struggle, one of you wins, you adjust and go on-- or you lie there dead. Cross a woman and the universe is changed, once again, for cold anger requires an eternal vigilance in all matters of slight and offense."

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Date:April 9th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds lovely.

Oh, what are the best dorms in Emma Willard and why? Sage? Kellas?

Do tell! The most thing I'm worried about going to Emma is the dorms! I don't know if I'll get stuck somewhere too far away from classes or with a crazy roomie. I wonder how they decide it...

Btw, do you have to pay extra to get a single room?
Date:April 9th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
There isn't really a "best" dorm here. Pretty much everyone prefers one or the other, but usually for pretty minor reasons [i.e. different colored lunch trays, lighting in the dining rooms, etc.] Most people just have a dorm that they are personally more comfortable with. I prefer Sage, for example, but that's probably only because that's where I lived my first year here. I know a lot of people that really like Kellas.

Most of the dorms (especially for first-year students) aren't amazing, but they usually aren't terrible either. If you're a first-year non-freshman student, you won't get as nice of a room as you would if you were a returning student. If you're a freshman, you'll live on freshman hall, so you don't really have to worry. Most first-year students live in doubles, and they often end up becoming really close to their roommate. If not, they can always switch roommates or move to a single. I was a new Junior last year, and I lived in a mediocre-sized room. When I first met my roommate, I didn't really think we had much in common (we definitely don't), but we got really close and we still hang out all the time, even though I live in a single this year.

They'll send you a packet during the summer, and you're supposed to fill out what time you go to bed and wake up, whether you listen to music when you're studying, how you would describe your personality, etc. That's what they base the roommate assignments on. And again, if you really don't like the roommate to whom you are assigned, you can always switch or move to a single.

I don't know a lot of first-year students that request singles, but if they did, they'd probably be assigned a very small one. I don't believe that you have to pay more for a single, but I'm not sure on that one.

And about the proximity of your room to your classes, it really depends on what hall you're assigned to. Although there are halls that are slightly more inconvenient (for example, Kellas 3T is farther away from classes than, say, Sage X) it really won't make THAT big of a difference. An "inconvenient" hall really only means like 40 more seconds of extra travel time.

Hope I answered your questions okay.
Date:April 10th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Yes that totally helps thank you! Very descriptive - I like! I'm going to be in the 11th grade though so I'm glad there are more advantages than the 9th graders.

Oh, I'd better better fill out my packet pretty badly if I want a single! I can see it now:

'Horribly allergic to dust, sneezes all night long'
'Can't keep anything tidy'
'Blasts music from the 80's almost 24/7'
'Burst out crying when the moon comes out'
'Sleep walks'
'Has nightmares about Jim Carrey that end up in screaming like a maniac and trying to kill nearest person'

Okay, I won't be THAT dishonest! lmao

I guess there really is no difference between the halls. 40 seconds isn't much to get worried about. Awww, I don't like the sound of a SMALL single! Does that mean..."attic-small" or "small-as-a-toilet" small? Are the singles kept away from the doubles? I wouldn't like to be that isolated.

Date:April 10th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
There's not really any way to avoid getting a small room your first year here. If you request a single, it will be small because all the other students have already had a chance to pick which rooms they want for themselves. First-year students pretty much end up getting the leftovers. This is true whether you request a single OR a double.

All of the singles have enough room for a bed, a dresser, a desk, a wardrobe, and a bookshelf (which the school supplies). After that, the singles vary in terms of floor space. Small singles really aren't that bad. As long as you're a relatively tidy person, and as long as you're not afraid to put a little extra effort into making friends, you'll be fine.

None of the singles are isolated from the doubles. Most halls are around 50-50 in terms of singles and doubles, although this varies, of course, depending on what hall you're on.

Ugh I have to go take a Mock AP Calculus Exam now ..
Date:April 11th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Mock exam? Doesn't sound too fun... :/

Well, too bad there's no way to avoid tinchy rooms but it's not the end of the world I guess. It's cool that some halls have single/double 50%-50%

Oh, lol, I had a funny question: Do any famous people go to Emma Willard? Strange but true...
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Date:April 11th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
go to? not right now... jane fonda went here, we're in her new book, but we're more proud of elizabeth cady stanton, one of the original suffragists. wow, i didn't spell that right.

hi! i'm alyssa, i'm a senior, i'm a boarder from new haven, ct. who are you?
Date:April 12th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
You don't have to pay more for a single. That would be quite ridiculous of the school.

I probably have about the smallest single of all the Seniors, but I love it. It's cozy. Plus, looking ahead to college next year-- the dorms here are a hell of a lot nicer than what we'll probably be living in!

Congratulations on your acceptance!
Date:April 12th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
[I seriously have to break free of my xanga loyalty and get a LJ... but all the customization I'll have to go through again! Anyway..]

Hi lyssa, I'm M. Sarah K. (16 going on 17 in Sept.)

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. I've been globe trotting these past 10 years though (Europe, Africa and Asia) - currently I'm living in Malaysia. I go to an American International school here with only 30 students in the entire middle AND high school - coed. The school sucks MAJORLY. (Yes there are American communities out there! Someone has to run AMOCO and BASF, lol.)

I applied to boarding school back in the States so I can be better prepared for college and shit. AND I am missing all the cool concerts, snow and eating SKITTLES! God damn.

And before you ask... NO, my house was not demolished by the tsunami, lol. Sadly, I know people who died and helped clean up but everything is okayish now.

Sorry, everyone asks that though. I was just answering in advance...


Wow that looks like some resume, lol. Ooh, I like Jane Fonda! Never heard of the Cady-lady though.

Hi Aksuss, thanks! I definitely am going to try and get my own tiny cozy single. The idea appeals to me now, haha.

So are any of your going to the 11th/12th grade this year?

P.S. Oh Aksuss, the pic in your avatar reminds me of Liv Tyler for some reason. Who is it?
Date:April 12th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
Hi Sarah-- I'm Abby, and basically all of us are Seniors this year. The picture is of me, actually. You should really look up Elizabeth Cady Stanton she was one mover! Friends with Abigail Adams, if I remember correctly. Small, cozy rooms are very nice. Warmer in the winter! What other schools did you apply to?

And how did you ever find our little community?
Date:April 12th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
Abigail Adams? I think I heard of her in History. I'll check out Liz Cady Stanton then! :)

Okay, believe it or not, I applied to 17 schools! Alot of safelty nets - I was really appliyng blindly at first, haha.

Dana Hall
Emma Willard (yay)
Ethel Walker
Worcester Academy
Kimball Union Academy
Andrews School
Masters School
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee
Tallulah Falls
Brenau Academy
Advanced Academy of GA

(I was too late to apply to all the uptight ones like Chaote, Exters, St. Pauls and I don't regret it!)

How did I find your site? Hmm...well, because I couldn't actually VISIT your school I knew I had to search on the internet. I don't think there are any other emma message boards than the two on LJ (are there?).

Your site was there on like, search page three? lol Chance maybe. I specifically put in the word community...

I knew I HAD to talk to the actual girls from the school because I had little admission criteria being so far away. Oh, and schools like SBS, Dana and all also have LJ communities on but I don't post there coz I'm not interested in them anymore.

Wow, I tend to ramble don't I?
Date:April 12th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well, obviously Emma Willard is THE BEST out of all of those girls' schools. Anyone on here would agree. Stoneleigh Burnham is referred to as Stoneleigh Barnyard, and I applied to Dana Hall. Might as well have gone to Public School for free with the education I would have gotten there.

Once again, Congrats!
Date:April 12th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
lmao! Stoneleigh Barnyard - that's hilarious.

lol, What's wrong with Dana Hall? I talked to my friend back in the States and she said the stupidest girl she knew went to Dana Hall.

lol, seriously, what makes these schools retarded? I know Stoneleigh has a boring campus but ... barnyard!

That made me laugh :D
Date:April 12th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with them. I suppose we just have Emma Willard Spirit.

Stoneleigh Burnham is big into the horseback riding-- Hence, Barnyard. And Dana Hall...I don't know, but when I visited their tenth grade science was studying what I was studying at the time in eighth grade. Hmm...I got the feeling it was for rich girls with their horses, rather than girls who wanted a better education.
Date:April 14th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
Ohh, EW pride! Well, good thing I didn't end up in SBS because I don't care that much for horse riding.

Dana Hall is that backwards? Ha, I once went to a class here at a neighbouring school where seniors were studing "A.P." english. As in:

[IT'S] mine...
[ITS] own handle...


Can't really blame anyone because it's not a native english speaking country anyway. lol

So you guys have been at EW since 9th grade? Has the place changed much since then?

...nd is it true I won't get to see those tunnels the brochure was talking about? I thought that sounded like the coolest part- I was thinking medievil, dungeonlike tunnels hehe...
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Date:April 24th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
Yes, Ethel Walker is also kinda horsey
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Date:April 25th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
i looked at westover. when i visited, though, the girl who was supposed to take me to her classes forgot...so i sat in a room for 40 minutes. great first impression, haha!
anyway, i've loved emma, and hope you will too. are you sure you're coming, or still undecided?
oops sorry, forgot to introduce myself. i'm rosie, a senior, and i've been here since freshman year. i'm actually going to college really close by (like 5-minutes-close) so i plan on visiting. maybe we'll get to meet!
any other questions we can help you w/?
Date:April 26th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)

Hi Rosie

Lol, I heard Westover was pretty small. I remember the phone interview, the lady kept on saying how small and community-minded the school.

I am definitely coming, my dad paid the deposit and everything. I also
filled out the online Roommate Questionaire as soon as it came out - do you think that would help my chances in getting a single in 11th grade?

lol, not that's it's first-come first serve or anything but a girl can DREAM! I think they're going to send me a package with schools forms & roomie questions to fill out but I don't know how soon that will be.

Oh, I would like to ask you about dances. When you go for dances at boy's schools, ( I heard it costs $8 ), do they HAVE to charge it to you smartcard so your parents can see it on the bill? Because I don't think my parents want me walking out of the school for "frivolous" reasons when they don't know the place I'm going (weird considering they're letting me go to boarding school!).

They've watched too much CSI: NY... I'm going to be near ALBANY not the big apple. :/

Seriously my mom said she even CONSIDERED not signing the part that allowed me to go off campus! But I don't think she'll be that mean. (Just probably won't let me go to dances! grr...)

Anyway, can a student just pay to go to a dance with her OWN pocket money and they don't make a record of it (well one that your parents will actually get to SEE!)

Strange situation eh? I have a feeling I could have worded that question better but whatever! lol :P

Not to be some sort of boy-crazy maniac (I sometimes think I've seen enough of them!) but do you meet them often? I mean, do guys from boy's schools nearby meet you guys up in town? Are there even any boy's schools nearby? Just wanted to clear that up!

Are your tunnels gone? I read about them in the brochure and though the idea of tunneling to classes rocked! BUT, here I saw someone mentioning something about closing the tunnels? Will I ever get to explore them? :/

One last thing! Why does everyone say that Miss Porter's is better than Emma Willard? I don't get it.

Emma has higher SAT scores, looks better, more diverse, better town and everything. Just wondered.

Whenever I mention "I'm going to Emma Willard" people in chatrooms now go:

'You didn't even CONSIDER Miss Porter's?!'

What's so great about it? :/

It would be great to fianlly meet you guys! You sound like a cool crazy bunch ^_^

M. Sarah K

(My name starts with an 'M' but I hate it so everyone just calls me by my second name = Sarah.)
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Date:April 26th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)

Hey Sarah

hmm, about the dances, i've never heard of anyone doing that. but i'm sure y ou could talk to betsy (the director of student services) and she what she says!
it depends on who you hang out with. if you hand out with day students, you'll have a better chance of seeing boys because they hang out more off campus and have local friends from before they came here. me personally, i'm usually content just hanging out in the dorms so i actually don't see many boys... have more fun spending time w/ my friends (not to sound cheesy, haha). also, going over to rpi to hang out is always an option, and they're around 70% boys.
sadly, the tunnels are closing. they don't meet current health codes and whatnot, and redoing them would be way too big of a project, so i guess it's easier for the school to just close them. bummer, huh?
hmm i don't know, i've never really heard of miss porter's being talked about that way. i looked there and liked it, but my parents thought it was too lax (in rules and stuff) so they wouldn't let me apply! it might just be that it's a better known school to the general public, so they assume that it's good and that you'd want to go there. honestly though, i'm not sure!
hehe my name's sarah too, but pretty much everybody calls me by my nickname, rosie. one of my best friends gave it to my freshman year and it's stuck :)
Date:April 26th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)

Hey Sarah...2!

Awww, so the SmartCard isn't OPTIONAL? You have to swipe for EVERYTHING with it? *sigh* Where's the anonymity in THAT! lol, I'll ask the lady later or just have some random argument with my mom about the importance of the opposite sex. lmao!

Do you want to know something weird?

I always thought boarding schools had secret societies(how original, eh?). But seriously! I thought there was something totally strange and mysterious about them. Not in a 'Wiccan' way but like some sort of box of secrets. Sneaky, sneaky people!

Haha, Okay I confess, I've just finnished reading 'The Da Vinci Code' 15 minutes ago! (bad influence)

Not that you people would tell ME an "outsider" anything about your secret societies but you have to pass on the info to someone!

*wink wink*

lol, okay, I'll stay away from crazy contreversial Dan Brown books from now on! Sheesh, I can practically smell the bullshit from a mile away in his novels but you know, it's still interesting. :)

Isn't RPI a college?? Where I'm from, it's like college guys are gods who must not be talked to, not be flirted with, not be annoyed - just totally out of bounds. You could get your ass kicked round the block (twice) for chatting up some college girl's boyfriend! lol

Miss Porter's has lax rules? What kind of "lax rules"? Bed time at midnight? Anyway, I still don't want to go there. I admit, I am mostly drawn to EW because of the castley architecture(which I know I mght get tired of in time). My sister said (way back in Jan.):

"Imagine yourself in that place during a rainstorm, holy crap."

I was sure I would have to go to Emma Willard then. I found more good reasons later to convince my over-protective parents.
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Date:April 27th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

well for things at the bookstore you don't have to use your smartcard, you can pay cash there. for things like being charged for trips, though, that usually just goes on your card.
ooooh i loved the da vinci code! seriously one of my fave books....ever, i think. but i can't think of any secrets to tell you...
yes, rpi's a college. it sounds like they're not quite as untouchable as college boys over there are, though
i don't rememer specifics, just liken ot many check in times and easy to sign out...i don't know, my parents just weren't comfortable w/ it. whatever!
yeah, it can get pretty grey when it rains here. but if you're in the right mood, it's really pretty. sorry, im weird and i love the rain. like, a lot.
Date:April 27th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!


glad you liked the Da Vinci Code! I've been hunting around for Digital Fortress. Who was your fave character? I think I liked Silas in the end! lol

Here, in Malaysia, (where I am right now in Asia) it doesn't "rain", it SHOWERS. I swear! The rain just gushes from the sky for even two days flooding sidewalks and drains. The water is really warm too! So it's really like having a hot shower. :)We are even excused from last period classes to go much about in the rain - low pnemonia risk.

I liked the rain in SW London, England better and the grey was so romantic - not depressing at all!

Today, my friends and I were in the South library and Liz gave me this old Enid Blyton about 'Mallory Towers' and said: "this is your new life! SUCKER!"

Lmao! If you've read those books you'll know what I mean. It's these Brittish girls at this boarding school and all the do is have midnight feasts, play lacrosse and go "Golly gosh! THat's absolutely wizard Pamela! Smashing! Yada yada yada!" They're totally nutty!

Don't you ever get annoyed about the assumptions people make about boarding schools? All the movies I've watched have either been horror movies, magic stuff, mystery and rich, rich RICH people!

Seriously, I just watched this movie about this girl who was poisoning and killing everyone in her dorm! I read a book last month called 'Down A Dark Hall' (by Lois Duncan I think) about girls who went to boarding school and were exorcised by ghosts and not allowed to contact the outside world! And when people refer to boarding schools in books it's mostly negative, "...and my psychotic cousin went to an uptight boarding school...poor her!"

A lot of stuff is exagerrated.

Do you think I'd have to buy an ironing board and iron for my room when I get there? I have got this cute hot-pink (I hate pink but this is a rare exception) travelling iron I simply cannot forget! lol

I don't think I'll adjust to eating dinner at 5:30 pm. Here, I eat normally eat at, like, 10pm. If I eat at 5 - 7 pm I'll be STARVING later on!

Is your library updated often? I mean, do you normally get new books quickly? My school ordered the Da Vinci code so f*ing late! Sheesh, sometimes I can't hold out and just BUY the book! They even ordered Harry Potter SIX MOTNHS AFTER RELEASE. Sadly. (Let me make it clear I HATE the Mr. Harry-el-too-many-coincidences-lucky-ass-predictable-POTTER! *cough* God I hate the character! But I like Hogwarts.

Ah, t'is a bad habit of mine, this rambling on. Sorry!


P.S. lol, I FINALLY got an LJ! Hmm...now to figure out how to customize it...*
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Date:April 27th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

ick, i read it a while ago and don't remember characters, sorry! (bad, i know)
mmm i love warm rain. is it nice, or do you get sick of it?
hahaha, haven't read the books, but i can imagine! i think emma has enough quirks that you'll find it equally amusing, though!
i definitely agree that their are way too many stereotypes people make about private schools. we get the reputation of being all lesbians since it's an all girls school! lol, not *quite* true... a lot of the time, though, you'll find that when you mention you go to baording school, people ask in shock "what'd you do?!" it's like, nothing!! *sigh* oh well...
there are iron on the halls, and you can usually find an ironing board, too, so i wouldn't worry about bringing yours...unless of course you're very attached to the pink, lol
yeah, dinner is kinda early, but lunch is early too, so you're ungry by 5:30 or 6. we do usually stock up on snacks in case we get hungry at night, though :)
i don't borrow too many books from the library, so i couldn't really tell you (sorry) but i think it's pretty good. if it's not, you can always ask them to do an inter-library loan or you can venture to troy to see if the public library there has what you're looking for, it's a quick bus ride
hehe and yay for getting an lj! love the user pic, btw...
Date:April 28th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

Warm rain is tiring sometimes. It can be TOO warm. Can you imagine standing in a hot shower for a long time? You could even start to sweat and get sticky inside your rain things and it's like a huge steamer! (It's nice if you're just in just a top and flip flops but when you're trying to protect your uniform, it's not that fun.) We have to put on the air con in side when it's raining sometimes because it is still humid and sticky!

Hah, today this guy in chem. asked "Are your parents having a divorce?"

Omg, I was so surprised! I was like: "What?! Hell no! I mean - WHAT?!"

And he was all, "Oh oh, I just heard you were going to boarding schoool or something..."

Holy Crap! So stereotypical.

Hah, I am good at stocking up food! Can't do my homework without it. Oh, are you even allowed to eat during prep? *is worried*

I'd love to go up to Troy often. I don't know if I'll have time to explore the place when I first arrive.

P.S. These boxes are just getting smaller and small aren't they?
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Date:April 29th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

hmm, i guess i've never experienced rain that warm! it's kind of weird to think about, putting on the AC because it's raining....i used to live in maryland but moved a couple of years ago to massachusetts, and we don't even have AC! i've almost gotten used to not having it, but there are always those days where you really wish you still had it...oh well
wow, that's crazy that some kid thought your parents were getting divorced. i think that's the weirdest story (on that subject) i've heard yet...
sorry, not quite following you. what do you mean by 'prep'?
troy is...interesting. lol. don't get your hopes up too high, it's not the nicest town...but it has character, i guess.
Date:April 29th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

You lived in Maryland? cool. I went to Calvert for grade 1 and 2 - it's a school in Maryland.

Oh when I said 'prep' I meant that thing when you do your homework from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm.

Haha, I'm sure Troy is nice. Must be better than the town I'm forced to live in now! No one speaks english...

So, what do you guys do for fun in school if you don't go down to townon le weekends? :)
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Date:May 1st, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

Hmm, haven't heard of Calvert, but MD's a sizeable state, I guess.
Oh! 7:30-9:30 is study hall. Yeah, eating's not a problem then. You just can't use the microwave, so either make it ahead of time or eat something that doesn't need to be heated (i've recently become addicted to pop tarts straight from the package...probably a bad habit...). or, of course, you can always just sneak and use the microwave :) it's not that a big a deal, though.
hahaha well i guess an english-speaking town would be a plus!
hmm weekends. personally, i just mostly hang out on campus, goofing around with friends and such. that's definitely not the only option, though. there are always trips to the mall, movies, bookstores. dances are a bit more rare but they do happen. You can always go into troy or hang out at rpi (which is easier if you know people there, but you can always meet people). umm that's about all i can think of right now...pretty typical stuff, i guess. besides, if you're bored, there's always someone to chill with on campus. that's the beauty of a dorm, i love it :D
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Date:May 16th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Sarah...2!

RPI is a college, but it's just the frats taht are across the street. Hate to say it, but they're not exactly the most desireable ones either. the one directly across plays croquet at four in the morning for example.
Date:April 12th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Abby, my room is just as small, if not smaller than yours. Duhhh.
Date:April 12th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
hey i said ABOUT the smallest.

and you love your room too, im sure
Date:April 13th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
That's true. Except for those stupid DELIVERY TRUCKS that come outside and BEEP at SIX IN THE MORNING.
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Date:April 20th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)

room sizes

My room is 1/2 the size of Abby's!
but I still love it!
*because of the awesome neighbors*
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Date:May 16th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)

Re: room sizes

Your room is friggin tiny Lizzie!
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Date:May 16th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)

Re: room sizes

tis, but small but the giant door decoration makes up for it!
who is this by the way?
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Date:May 16th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)

Re: room sizes

it's alex, I'm surprized you couldn't tell.

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