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7 days worth of rants & raves

Friday, February 27, 2004
Do you have this site bookmarked, in your favorites, or however your browser handles such things? If so, did you notice the cool little bookmark icon that shows up now? Aren't I impressive??????
2/27/2004 11:35:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Thursday, February 26, 2004
Someone over at WWdN mentioned yesterday that they were making soft pretzels. Then last night I went to the UK game with my cousin Tracy (had a blast and one surreal experience - see below). I saw several people eating soft pretzels, but was too lazy to go get one. So ever since, I've been wanting one. Since there's no mall in this godforsaken little town, I don't know of any place to buy one here. Plus I don't feel like going out in the cold. Voila!!!!! Now I must make some this afternoon, I have everything called for in the recipe. Oh, yeah, the surreal experience. Tracy goes to most/all of the home games, and with season tickets you see the same people every time for the most part. At one point, an older lady sitting in front of Tracy looked at me and said, "You're Jill, aren't you?" Now, I've never seen this lady in my life. I said yes, smiled, nodded, all that stuff you do when you have no idea who in the hell you're talking to. It was loud, so I didn't really have a chance to say much. A few minutes later, I asked Tracy if she knew who it was, but she didn't know them. A bit later the husband turns around to say hello to me. Remember how I sent my resume to that friend of my dad's last week? Yep, it was him and his wife. Caught me totally off guard and I probably seemed like an idiot, but really, what in the hell are you supposed to say in that sort of situation? Ehhh, oh well. Hmmmm, come to think of it, how did she know who I was in a crowd of 24,000 people? I mean, I presume that strangers don't often go up to random women, guess their names, and get it right. So seriously, how did she know who I was?
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I've gotten tired of Enetation for comments. It was being really buggy lately. So I switched to BlogBack. It seems to be working fine. On the downside, that means that all previous comments are gone. So hurry up and make some new comments . . . And let me know how it works for you. If I don't like the way BlogBack works, I'll probably switch to Comment This! One thing that I notice immediately with BlogBack is that the customization available is a bit harder to deal with. But I'll play with it for a while and see if the benefits outweigh that drawback. Basically, I was looking for free remote-hosted comment tools for blogs, and there are tons out there. These were just the first two that looked promising. We'll see how it goes. Your feedback would be appreciated. I've discovered that there are a few negatives to working at home. It's really hard to draw the line between work time and family life, and I used to be really good separating those two areas of my life. Now, I find myself working after Lauren goes to sleep - whenever that finally happens (don't get me started), skipping lunch, and working later than I normally would. I'm trying to change this. Also, I've gotten several little illness bugs that normally would mean I would stay home and rest, and would not go in to the office. However, working at home sort of trashes that. If I take a day off because I'm sick, I'd probably be sitting right here in front of my computer. Since I'm working from home now, and there's no risk that I'll share my cooties with co-workers, I have tended to keep right on working when I'm sick. That doesn't work out so well. I'm not resting and I'm not getting better fast enough. We all know how patient I am. Or not. So today, in honor of this nasty upper respiratory sinus thingy, I'm not working. I'm actually taking a sick day. Go out and celebrate for me, wouldja? I don't really feel up to it.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Well, while politics may depress me (when exactly did the world go insane? How did I miss it? Was there a memo???), there is good news on the job front. I'm hearing that our contract probably won't have any layoffs for the rest of the fiscal year, at least. So that means that I will not be losing my job right now - I'm probably safe until July or beyond. Also, our new Cabinet Secretary and the Undersecretary for our section have an interest in training, and want to increase our online learning. Since that's what I do for a living, I feel pretty ok. I'm still going to find another job though. I really don't need this stress, and the state budget is not likely to improve any time real soon. I'm guessing there will be additional cuts coming next fiscal year. But it's much better to be employed and looking than unemployed and looking. I'm still sending out resumes like mad, but there are so many people searching it's crazy. Something will turn up. In the meantime, I appreciate the support of all of you who have instant messaged me or sent me encouraging e-mails. It's much appreciated.
2/24/2004 09:43:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Monday, February 23, 2004
Another odd game. Kind of takes me back to my childhood though. And wow, the perspective on these is absolutely amazing!
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Sunday, February 22, 2004
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!
2/22/2004 03:31:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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This would be a terrific way to show your support to the couples getting married in San Francisco. I'm going to send flowers tomorrow. Other cities are stating their willingness to marry same sex couples as well, someplace in New Mexico (I think that's shut down now), Minneapolis, Chicago, Salt Lake City for goodness' sake. I think the tide is turning. The world hasn't ended yet. My marriage hasn't collapsed. In fact, Mark and I were laughing about how ridiculous it is that this even has to be fought about. I don't understand why anyone would be opposed to gay marriage. I really don't. I haven't heard any cogent reasons for opposing civil rights for GLBT folks. Has anyone?
2/22/2004 10:20:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004
If you're in Central Kentucky, go vote today. That is all.
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Monday, February 16, 2004

create your own visited states map.
2/16/2004 03:29:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Heh. Found something unproductive.
You are 42% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com


2/16/2004 02:17:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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So I'm off work today. Just vegging around the house, trying to find something unproductive to do. I think it's one of my new goals (belated New Year's Resolutions??) to reduce the amount of time that I work. I have workaholic tendencies, and I'm trying to stop it. No news is good news on the job front - haven't heard a thing. And Mark asks me at least a couple of times a day if I've heard anything. Ummm, dear, if I hear, you'll be the second person to know, right after me. One bit of good news, a friend of my dad's is a head honcho with the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board, and knows of some new state jobs. He offered to help me by letting me know who to contact. I'm going to go on and send him a copy of my resume, because the writing is clearly on the wall. Legible, even. I was telling Dad that I've always been loathe to trade on his connections, but the situation is different now. I have a house payment to make, a child to support and raise, and I can't be out of work. I don't for a minute think that Dad's name would get me a job, but it will get my foot in the door for consideration. There was a time that I wouldn't have considered that. Times change. I also feel that I've established myself in the professional world, and can travel on my own merits. But I need a foothold, and I'm smart enough to recognize that fact. But I don't have to like it. We had a good weekend - Mark worked most of it, but still. I'm reminded why I'm not a stay at home mother. I love that child more than anything, more than air. But 24/7 child care gets to me. She's been fussy about going to sleep (still), so it's like a 2 hour process to get her down for the night. Then she wakes up in the middle of the night anyway. Sometimes she says that she has nightmares, sometimes she's afraid of the dark. I don't know what the problem is, but it's getting old. We went to Lori-Lyn's birthday party yesterday - that was fun. Lots of cute kiddos wandering about, too. I was laughing because I hadn't actually seen LL in 3 years, but we "talk" all the time online. Life is funny. Of course, we all know that I'm an antisocial creature, but still. That is kind of sad. Amy was there too, but couldn't stay long so I didn't have time to catch up with her too much. I started to do the math to figure out how long I'd known them, but it scares me. Can I really have known Lori-Lyn, Amy, Carol Ann, and several others for 27 years? Can that possibly be right??? My former mother-in-law is in the hospital in Lex - she had a triple bypass on Thursday. Apparently, she's doing really well, but my freaking ex-husband hasn't called me back to give me an update in a couple of days. Why I oughta . . . I'd like to know if Ella is doing well enough that I could go visit her. She's an absolute sweetie, and I miss seeing her. I know I could go say hi anytime I want and her door will always be open to me, but the situation is just a bit weird. I did take Lauren over there to meet her once when she was a baby, and it was kind of . . . odd to sit there with my child, who isn't her grandchild. I can only presume that the thought crossed her mind as well. Mark's never met her, but I think they'd get along really well. I think my dad's starting to get nervous about his hip replacement in a couple of months. Mom too. Hell, me too. I mean, the man is 71, even though neither of my parents "act their age". I don't like to think about it, and therefore will stop now.
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Friday, February 13, 2004
Such a nice husband I have. The doorbell rang a little while ago - it was the ups man. Big box. Turned out to be a dozen red roses and a box of Godiva chocolates, addressed to Lauren and me. So I put some flowers in a vase for me, and some in a vase for her, from her daddy. She'll love them. And the chocolates - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree on that one. My favorite part of it? The roses actually have a scent. Have you noticed in recent years that purchased roses rarely have a scent? Must be some genetic engineering to have vibrant color and last longer. Or something. I'm in the middle of making marshmallow pops for the Valentine's party at Lauren's school this afternoon. They're turning out well. Then tonight, two of the teachers volunteered to babysit at the center for free, so that parents can go out and celebrate V Day. Very nice of them. They won't accept payment, but I'm going to get gift certificates to a spa here for each of them. Not a huge amount, but enough to get a manicure or something. Then they can't turn it down. I'm sneaky that way. Lauren came home from school the other day with a love note from, as she said, her "boyfriend". Eeeek. It's that Chris again. They've had an on again, off again thing ever since Lauren transitioned to the 3 year old class. He's an older man - he's in the 4 year old class, getting ready to move into the 5s. But all three of those groups are in one big room, separated by half walls, so they all spend lots of time together. What's that? I heard something . . . I can just barely make it ou . . . What do you mean the apple doesn't fall far from the tree????? Now is that nice?? Just kidding, I'm in a silly mood today. I'm not really trying to raise a hussy, but this is her second boyfriend. At the age of 3. First there was Gage, now there's Chris. It's all very amusing. Oh, and I'd like to publicly thank Lori-Lyn for not only making me hungry frequently, with her amazingly descriptive posts about yummy food, but also for making me become addicted to Diet Coke with Lime. Damn you, LL. I am fairly sure that one day scientists will discover some addictive substance in that stuff.
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Thursday, February 12, 2004
Oh, and how hilarious is this site? I'm sooooooo tempted . . .
2/12/2004 05:51:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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This is so addictive it's no longer funny.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2004
OK, I just heard about this. The line used by the person who posted this on the Soapbox was "Who are you & what have you done with the real Bill O'Reilly?" Good freaking question. It's the apocolypse, I tell you. O'Reilly said something that made sense??? Mind you, he did throw blame off on Tenet and the CIA, but still . . . To me, it's kind of like Rush Limbaugh announcing that he's in favor of civil rights for GLBT folks, he's pleading guilty to the drug charges, and will be voting for Hilary Clinton in her next election. Hmmmmm, maybe that will be next in this weird alternate universe we've suddenly found ourselves in. That would be nice. I kind of like it here.
2/10/2004 03:28:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Big budget powwow today. Our head honchos are meeting with the Cabinet's head honchos for a shootout at the OK Corral. Or some such blather. Anyway, I don't much feel like posting today, so here's the latest news on the crisis which consumes me, from a friend of mine at the office. Apparently, someone "just came around to let us know that "they" are still meeting and it looks hopeful..." I have no idea exactly what that means, but if it means we'll have more than 37 jobs after this is over, then it's a Good Thing™. In other news, I've applied for about 20 jobs so far. No nibbles yet.
2/10/2004 03:11:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Saturday, February 07, 2004
Not much time to post anything lately. Not much good news either. Things are bad at work. Really bad. Like it looks like 119 people laid off bad. Hopefully I'll find out for sure next week, and find out if I'm among them. I think I will be. Keep your fingers crossed that I can find something else that pays reasonably well. Otherwise we'll end up having to move.
2/07/2004 04:12:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Wednesday, February 04, 2004
You should check this out.
Edit - oops, bad link. Fixed now.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2004
We made more cookies last night. We just had to do that. The last time we made cookies, I wore an apron, and she was very upset that she didn't have one too. So, of course, I ordered one for her and it came in yesterday. Here's a couple of pictures of the fun.

And of course, her first words upon seeing her "Chef Lauren" apron? "But where's my chef hat????" I think it's because we got this book from the library this week. Gah. More shopping to do . . .
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Monday, February 02, 2004
This is sick, twisted, and yet highly amusing. My best score is 1212.9. Can ya beat that???
2/02/2004 09:12:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Bleah. What a very blah day. Ugly, cold, grey, rainy. I don't like February very much, as opposed to Lori-Lyn. Let's see, what's been going on with me? Work. Lots of work. Work sucks. And, great news, it looks like our budget is going to be significantly cut! Yipeeeeeeee. Don't know how that's going to play out yet, but since we're already operating near the bone, it looks like cancelling trainings and laying off staff to me. We had our neighbors over for supper on Friday night. I fixed vegetarian chili, salad, peanut butter sandwiches, and a caramel apple pie. It was yummy. Namrata brought vegetarian spring rolls and pakoras. The chili turned out really well, and I love Indian food. We're going to do it again soon, with more Indian food next time . . . The kids played, the adults talked, it was fun. Krishna is so nice - he was polite and ate a piece of pie, then mentioned a little while later that he's diabetic. Mark felt bad, because he was really pushing the pie. Krishna really didn't need that sugar! But anyway, they're a really nice couple, and Namrata was telling me about an asian grocery that sells the frozen spring rolls, pakoras, samosas, and other delicious goodies, right here in this tiny town! I went over there at lunch today, because I was on that side of town anyway. But they were closed . . . On the happier side of things, Mom and Dad got back from Florida late Saturday night. I'm always very glad when they're home. I miss them when they're gone for a month. They've decided not to go for that long again, but to go for a couple of weeks at a time, 2 or 3 times a year. They miss the kids too much when they're gone that long. Now my dad's trying to get psyched up for his hip replacement in April. Keep your fingers crossed that it goes well. April 19th. Our 7th anniversary. I told Dad he was just trying to get Mark out of taking me out, ha ha ha.
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