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Nice article

Friday, July 30, 2004
It's a good read. Gosh, I hope that this article is being read down on the ranch in Crawford, and is greatly disturbing poor George's afternoon nap. That's unlikely, since I'm sure it's not something he'd read or be allowed to read, but one can hope. I hope at least Rove is choking on it.

7/30/2004 02:02:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Oh, yeah

I just got an IM from a friend asking what I thought about Kerry's speech last night, or if I'd seen it. Of course I watched the Convention last night. Kerry hit it out of the park.

7/30/2004 12:14:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Oh, bullsh*t

OK, go read this article. First of all, yippee. But then I see this line:
". . .needs to earn money in the private sector to put his teenage children through college . . ."
Give me a fricking break. The man earns $175,700 per year. And he needs more money to put his children through college? This excuse is obviously false on the face of it. But if it weren't . . . Ummm, hello, idiot Republicans? If it really cost that much, just what in the hell are those of us who make significantly less than that amount supposed to do to put our kids through college? Or should we not dare to hope that our children will have the opportunity provided through a good education? Maybe all your kids will get the good educations. After all, somebody has to work in the service industries and factories, right? That which can't be outsourced, I suppose. Well, screw you. Mark and I have been putting money in L's college fund since she was an infant, and her undergrad education will be paid for by the time she's 7 years old. We scrimp and save to make sure that bill is paid. And trust me, we make a helluva lot less money than Tom Ridge. Bah, what do Republicans know about balancing a budget anyway? Apparently, nothing, based on the state of our nation and on this kind of crap. Now, what's the real reason?

7/30/2004 11:54:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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How totally cool is this?

Must set this up . . .

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Thursday, July 29, 2004
You know you spend way too much time online when you get to this page.

7/29/2004 03:48:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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How funny is this movie?

7/29/2004 11:19:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Cool site

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Go play.

7/28/2004 03:12:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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This and that

OK, I've been watching the Democratic Convention coverage on C-Span for the last couple of nights. Unless you're new here, you already know that I'm a proud liberal and democrat. But at times over the last decade or so, that almost seems like something to be ashamed of - liberal is a dirty word, you know. So events like the convention help me remember that I'm not alone in the way I view the world. Last night, I really wanted to see Ron Reagan, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and Barack Obama. I kept hearing about Obama, and I wanted to see for myself. Oh. My. God. I literally got cold chills listening to his speech. I thought to myself: "He will be President someday, and I'm looking forward to it." I'll try to find a link to a video of his speech - C-Span's website doesn't seem to like me. If I can find a link, I'll add it right here. (Here's info on loading it from the ObamaBlog - I had to load the url into RealPlayer myself to get it to work.) If you despise RealPlayer, here's a transcript, but you'll be missing the show. In other news, my child totally freaked me out last night. We went to the library for Story Time, and picked up a bunch of books for her. When we got home, we sat down to read a few of them. I started reading the title of one book (because I have to read every single word on every single page, natch), and got distracted by something in the middle of saying it. She finished it for me. She had never seen this book before. I was a little stunned, as was Mark. I asked her how she knew the words, and she said she sounded them out. Now, these were small words and all, but still. As we read the book, she found more words that she could read herself, and was so very proud of herself. My child is starting to read. At the age of three. I can't tell you how happy that makes me. I love to read, and I always wanted any children of mine to be readers too. Looks like we're on our way. Believe you me, she got big snaps for reading, because that is definitely to be encouraged. She soaks up praise like a little sponge - it really works for her - so I expect we'll be reading together again as soon as she gets home. Sniff, sniff. So proud.

7/28/2004 09:00:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Bah, men!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004
I went to lunch today with one of my best friends from work. He's a really great guy, and I definitely wouldn't have stayed in my job as long as I have (almost 7 years now) without his support and friendship. I hope he feels the same. But here's the thing. We have a history that's a little complex. He's had a crush on me in the past, and even tried to kiss me once. We worked our way back to friendship with some frank discussion and a few arguments. But he's a great friend, so I didn't want to give that up. I was CRYSTAL clear with him at the time. He knows that we will never be anything other than friends; I love and adore my husband; would never cheat even if that weren't the case; even if I were the cheating type, I wouldn't cheat with someone who is married; and that I'm very uncomfortable when he acts borderline inappropriate. If he ever tries to get physically close to me again (other than the occasional pat on the arm/back, etc.), we will no longer be friends. He was flirting with me in the e-mails coordinating our schedules, and more subtly flirting at lunch. I asked him what was up with that, because I'm just that kind of a direct chick. He denied it. However, I am female, and have been able to tell for years when someone is flirting with me. I'm not stupid. This is a problem, because he's shown in the past that he doesn't always have the best judgment when it comes to this sort of thing. So I'm pissed, at him and at this situation. Suggestions, anyone?

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Monday, July 26, 2004
Now this is an interesting site. Check it out, if you're up to it.

7/26/2004 04:08:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Devils and demons?

Our cars are possessed. Friday morning, I got in my car to drive it to the dealer for service because of the Check Engine light that had been on for 2 weeks. As I was leaving our neighborhood, I looked down at the gas gauge, and noticed. The check engine light had gone off. WTF? I took it in anyway, and explained to the very nice man that I'm really not delusional. He reassured me that this wasn't uncommon, the light may come and go, but that there would be a code stored in the car's computer to indicate what the problem was. I got a ride home with the shuttle service and waited for them to call me. They called. No code. None, absolutely nada wrong with the car, no record of a code. Seriously, WTF???? So Saturday morning, we piled in to Mark's Saturn to go to the lake for the day. It would't start. Saturday night when we got back, it wouldn't start. Yesterday during the day, same thing. Last night, he finally got it started, but had to keep the engine revved up to keep it running. This morning, I took him to work and Lauren to preschool, came home, and contacted the Saturn dealer to try to get the car in asap. They called back, I went to get Mark, brought him home, and he got in the car to drive it to the dealer in Lex. Fucking car fired right up. I'm telling you, our vehicles are possessed. In other news, I painted the front bedroom a greenish yellow color on Friday, touched up a few spots on Sunday, and moved my computer armoire (I hate that thing, and it weighs approximately 17 tons) and all the parts and pieces of the PC in there with some help from the hub. The room looks nice, I'm sitting here with the windows open enjoying the day and working. But now my neighbor is outside digging up random patches of dirt in the empty lot next to his house with a bobcat. He is a builder, so maybe he recently bought the lot to develop it or something, but the noise is on my last freaking nerve. UPDATE: Yes, it's 3:57 pm. Mark just called. Not a thing wrong with the Saturn. I just hate it when inanimate objects become possessed. So annoying.

7/26/2004 02:22:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Must-See TV

Friday, July 23, 2004
Yes, that would be The Daily Show.

7/23/2004 11:39:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Ahhh, freedom

I'm taking the day off work, and plan to putz around the house, take the car to the dealer (damned check engine light is on, although the car seems to run fine), and be all crafty, just for grins & giggles. I like being crafty. And I ran across a great site with lots of info and inspiration. Check it out if you like being crafty too. And I mean crafty in an arts & crafts kind of way, not this way.

7/23/2004 09:30:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Ewwww. Seriously, just ewwww, for a variety of reasons. Oh, and here's a great place to learn about a million different things. And did I tell you about internet crack? It's to the point that even Mark regrets installing it!!! Now that's something . . .

7/23/2004 08:36:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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A good day?

Thursday, July 22, 2004
The interview went really well, I think. They were really nice, and the office is small - the staff I met were professional and kind. They also seemed to genuinely like each other, which is pretty important to me considering all the chaos and backbiting that's taken place in my work life the last couple of years. The interview itself was with the Regional Director out of Columbus, and her boss, who flew in from Arizona. I was very comfortable with both of them, none of the questions really threw me or anything. I thought it went well. One hopes, anyway. I jinxed it last time, so I've probably said enough. Plans for the play are off tonight - more rain, so we're going to try Sunday. Tonight, Mark and I will go eat at Corky's BBQ, and run around Lexington Green for a while. We'll hit Joseph-Beth, Wild Oats, and CompUSA. And my chair is going to be delivered tomorrow!!!!!!!! I'm so glad about that, I'm really looking forward to a cozy chair in my bedroom. I'll curl up and read, knit, pet the cats, etc. By the way, what the hell is up with the post titles lately? They appear and disappear at will, it seems . . . I may have to lose Blogger's titles and just create my own with bold or a different font size or something.
7/22/2004 01:59:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Too busy to post, so sad

Yes, it's true. I've been too busy to actually post much, except for a few scattered links. First of all, I'm so glad that LL is back online. Welcome back, you were missed! We've been running around a lot lately. We took L and the little girl next door to the county fair the other night - what a trip that was. It was about as you'd imagine. Pony rides, carousels, a haunted house - that didn't last long, a trained bear show, pizza, cotton candy, and caramel apples. Just picture what you'd do at a fair if you were around 3 or 4, and that's pretty much it. Mark picked up a small swimming pool for Lauren on Amazon for cheap, so they've been in and out of it for the last few days. They run between our house, next door, and 2 doors up, where an 8 year old girl lives. They're having a great summer. We're supposed to go see "Jesus Christ Superstar" tonight at the Lexington Shakespeare Festival with my parents. Babysitting is already arranged. A friend of a friend is in the lead, and coincidentally, my folks loved to go see him sing at some country music thing they went to. But it's raining, dammit. If it doesn't clear up and dry out soon, we won't be able to go, I don't think. Here's to dry weather. Must dash - my interview is at 9:30, and I should probably shower and dress up all purty. Ya think????
7/22/2004 08:03:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Dept. of Missing the Point

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
I don't think this Andrew Heyward guy has a clue why this happened.
CBS News President Andrew Heyward said yesterday that he tried to be good-natured when the Television Critics Association decided to give Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" - a comedy series - the award for best news and information program Saturday night.

But the more he thought about it, he said, the more it bothered him.

The greatest wrong of all, he said, was not to acknowledge that "there are people around the world who literally now are risking their lives, risking death to bring back today's story from Iraq."

It would have been better, he said, to have declared no winner at all.

The award from critics points to a larger issue, said Heyward, about what is and what isn't news.

"We have to accept that there is a broad array of news, pseudo-news, ersatz news, meta-news, and one of our roles over time is going to be to sort through all those things and actually say, 'Okay, what are the facts?'"

In fact, "Daily Show" anchor Jon Stewart openly mocked critics for choosing his show, reminding them in a taped acceptance speech that "we're fake!

As Attaturk at Rising Hegemon mentions, the issue is really this: ". . . what Hayward and others have to realize is that giving the award to the Daily Show is more than just a recognition of how good that program is, it is an indictment of how poorly the Broadcast Media is serving its constituency, the public."

7/20/2004 11:28:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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True genius

With all sincerity, I say that I love Paul Krugman (NYT link - registration required).
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Tears of laughter

Monday, July 19, 2004
I'm so glad that this clip is up at the Daily Show's website. When I saw this last week, I was literally laughing so hard I was crying. Enjoy! And along the same lines, really, Fiore.
7/19/2004 08:55:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Is it funny ha-ha, or just plain funny?

My kiddo is just so funny. I never know what is going to come out of her mouth, and we end up laughing about a hundred times a day. Lately, she's been trying to do knock-knock jokes. She had a couple of them down, like: Knock knock. Who's there? Boo. Boo hoo? Aww, don't cry! and Knock knock. Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who's there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn't say banana? Now, that was all right for a few days. But apparently at some point, she decided that remembering all this was just too much trouble. Now, her knock knock jokes come out something like this: Knock knock. Who's there? Ummmmm, tomato. Tomato who? Tomato you glad I didn't say . . . ummmmmm . . . candle? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! She just uses whatever words spring to mind based on what's around her in the room, and then giggles like a little maniac. I think she may need to work on her delivery a little. Of course, she thinks she's hilarious, and we're hard pressed not to laugh, because it's all so very silly. I think the synapses for knock knock jokes aren't quite firing in the right order just yet. But she's trying . . .
7/19/2004 08:18:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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I wonder

Sunday, July 18, 2004
If I started giving work people this link when they ask me a stupid question, how long would it take before I was fired???
7/18/2004 10:26:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Wish me luck

Friday, July 16, 2004
. . . I'll probably need it. I have an interview set up for the 22nd, next Thursday. Send good wishes my way around 9:30, would you?
7/16/2004 04:22:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Addiction is so sad . . .

Thursday, July 15, 2004
I admit it, I'm addicted to the web. A little earlier, my better half showed me what basically amounts to internet crack. I am in so much trouble - I may never leave this chair again.
7/15/2004 09:46:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Things that make you go hmm

I've been looking for a job for the longest time, it seems. With little to show for it, actually. I still apply for anything that looks interesting and is in this area, because we're not moving away. That does kind of limit me. Anyway, I saw a listing on Monster.com on Tuesday afternoon that is based in Frankfort, and sounds like a challenge I could handle. So I e-mailed my resume and cover letter to the corporate office in Denver. This morning, I got an e-mail message and a voice mail from the Regional Director, out of Columbus, offering me an interview. Around 36 hours after I sent my e-mail. I was trying to contact someone I know to find out if they knew anything about this company, so I delayed returning the call until the afternoon. I called back around 3:00, but she had left the office for the day, so I left her a voice mail. After supper, I was outside playing with Lauren, and when I came back in there was a voice mail on my phone. The lady called me back around 7:00 pm., trying to catch me, and said she would call me in the morning. Conclusions:
  1. I think they may be slightly interested in me for this position. Ya think?
  2. The company just got a long term state contract approved earlier this week, and is probably in a bit of a hurry to staff their office here.
  3. Lastly, I'm just a touch concerned about their working hours! I mean, is working through the evening part of the corporate culture? Things to ask . . .
I'm sure I'll speak with her tomorrow, so I'll let you know how it goes. By the way, Blogger seems to have added some cool new tools in their posting area. Ignore me if you see lots of color and general annoyances over the next few days, while I test it out a bit.
7/15/2004 09:24:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Too cute for words

Lauren's preschool attends a program called Half-Note at KSU three mornings a week. It's a music appreciation class, basically, and she's really enjoyed it. Kids from 3 different preschools and the community participate. Their summer session has just come to an end, and last night they put on a play called Bugz for a sea of video recorders in the audience. I mean, parents holding video recorders in the audience. I think - it's really hard to say. It was all just TOO adorable. Lauren was a honeybee. She did a great job, said her line clearly, did the songs and dancing just perfectly. It was too cute, too, because the kids came out on stage in groups of 4 or 5, and she was busy directing her little group. She basically pushed the first kid in her group to walk up to the mike. She tried to get the next kid to go up, but she just stood there and shook her head. Stage fright!!! So Lauren went up and said her line, clear as a bell. I was so very proud. I wasn't sure if she would, as she can get kind of shy at times, but she did it perfectly. She started crying a bit later, though. After the play ended, they brought all the kids down to the first three rows, and they each went up on stage individually to get their trophy and diploma. Lauren didn't want to sit down there, she wanted to sit with us in the 5th row, and she got teary. It was kind of pitiful - she was turned around in her seat just looking at me, with tears in her eyes and that bottom lip stuck out, quivering just a bit. When her name was called, she kept her head down the whole time and looked so very sad. The whole crowd said "Awwwwww". But then she was fine once she came back to her seat. She and the boy next to her started having a sword fight with their rolled-up diplomas. It was all very enjoyable, although it was much too late for the kids. We didn't get out of there until around 9:30. Funny, too, I went up to the Director of the program after it ended to thank her for doing this. It was amazing how hard they had worked, and that they got 33 preschoolers to do all this. She said that Lauren had been great, and asked me if she was starting Kindergarten this fall. I, of course, answered that she's only 3, so we have a couple of years before she starts K. She was stunned. Lauren seems older than she is, and was probably the youngest kid in the group. I'm sad that she won't be participating in this group the next time, because she had a lot of fun and it's a great program. But unfortunately, the school she'll be attending this fall doesn't participate in this group. They do have their own music program though, so I'm sure more plays are in my future!
7/15/2004 09:20:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Not so good news

Wednesday, July 14, 2004




We have an Acting Branch Manager. Oh, yeah, our Division as a whole seems to have been demoted - to a Branch. Anyway, that's just one of the joys of state government. I actually like her, she's been a trainer for years, and is very intelligent. However, she's one of those folks that you just kind of forget about, because she was housed off-site and kept her head down. It was kind of a shock when she was named Acting Branch Manager, but it seems to be working out well. So why isn't this good news? She's making noises to other people at my office about needing to get me back up there. I don't want to go. Not only is it a very unpleasant place in general, I've yet to see anyone voluntarily smile in the entire building, unless they were very political types who are always annoyingly chipper. I don't know what it is about that building - bad karma, bad chi, whatever. I always feel a weight leave my shoulders whenever I walk outside - that's not a place I want to be for 8 hours a day. Plus the fact that I won't be able to use any of the open-source software that I use in my job on a daily basis, because the control freaks that run the IT shop won't allow us to add anything to our machines. Gaaaahhhhh. And to top it off, my daughter had the mother of all night terrors last night, and I'm still upset over it. She's fine, of course; she has no memory of these things, but I sure do.
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Terrific news, for a change . . .

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
My brother got a job, my brother got a job!!! Actually, my brother has been offered 2 jobs, both in state. One in Lexington, and one in Northern Kentucky. They're discussing and debating which one he should take. That's a much better problem to have than looking for any job, don't you think? The job in Lex, he really likes the people, most of whom he's worked with before directly. The pay is less than the second option, and there's little opportunity to move up. The job itself isn't as exciting to him. But it's near family, and as he said, "it's just a job - I can do anything I need to do." I don't think I believe him on that, though. Challenging work is pretty important to him for a lot of reasons. The job in N. KY, he likes the people, and has worked with some of them before in his previous position. It would seem kind of hard to go from peer to employee, but he seems ok with that. There's lots of opportunity to move up, and a significant raise would come in about 6 - 12 months. The job itself is a great challenge, and he'd really like it, he thinks. But, of course, it's further away from family. Still, only a little more than an hour. That's not bad at all, and a hell of a lot closer than Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, and Texas, all places he had phone interviews. So I'm happy.
7/13/2004 10:08:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Fun in the sun

Here's a picture of my beautiful girl from Sunday at the lake. Note all the safety equipment - she's still a little cautious around water, which is just fine with us! For the record, she has on a second bathing suit, with flotation devices built in, arm floaties, and we borrowed that dragon from another family at the pool, for just a few minutes. Mind you, this was all with 4 people, all of whom adore her, within a few feet. I don't think she could have gone underwater even if she tried really, really hard. It's funny, how the kids (my girl and my brother's boy and girl) are all so very different. Kaylynn, my niece, seems to have literally no fear - she can get mad when we stop her from doing what she wants, like swimming out into the ocean by herself. Dalton, my nephew, is afraid of lots of stuff, kind of freaks out over new things, loud noises, etc. Apparently the 4th of July was not much fun. Lauren, though, is cautious in a new situation. She kind of hangs back and checks things out for a while before she gets involved. But once she's got it figured out, she jumps in with both feet. With her, I have to let other people know not to push her, but give her the time to decide if she's going to take part. She usually does, but not if she's too strongly encouraged. Contrary child; I don't know where she gets that! (Shut up) The pictures of all three kids in the lake turned out pretty fuzzy, which is a shame. Oh, well, next weekend we'll take a real camera and get some better shots. My camera phone isn't the highest resolution - it does better if the object is close, and the shots from the boat down into the water were just too far. I have a nasty little stomach bug that started last night, so I had to cancel lunch plans. Bummer - I was looking forward to it, too. Hope I feel better soon, anyway.
7/13/2004 08:41:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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It's all done with mirrors . . .

Monday, July 12, 2004
Weird optical illusion here. And an even more confounding one here. Link via BoingBoing. And even more here. I always did love optical illusions. Ouch, my brain hurts now.
7/12/2004 08:07:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Take action now

From MoveOn: Congress is about to vote on amending the U.S. Constitution to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples. Never before has our Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. Yet our Senators will vote on this amendment in the next 48 hours. It's urgent that we speak up now. This hateful divisiveness has no place in America. Please join me in saying so, at: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/ Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination based on who they are or who they love. Thank you. Better yet, call your Senators directly.
7/12/2004 06:04:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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What a surprise

Oh, look, there's talk of postponing the election in case of a terrorist attack. Raise your hand if you're surprised by this . . . I didn't think so. I'll give even odds that this actually happens if Bush's poll numbers don't start to improve before the election. Hey, maybe next we'll have martial law imposed, and that Constitution/democracy/land of the free stuff will be a distant memory.
7/12/2004 11:27:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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New design

What do you think? It's like an etch-a-sketch. I'm easily amused, what can I say?
7/12/2004 10:08:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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The more things change . . .

Expect some design changes over the next few days. I'm going to test out several different templates, as I have time. There are so many cool templates out there. I found several at Blogskins.com, although a lot of those seem geared to teenagers or something. A quick Google for Blogspot templates came up with numerous hits, fun to explore. I may change the look every so often, just to keep you on your toes. First one (and it's really a fun one, I think!) should be up later today, assuming that work stuff doesn't keep me too busy. Since I worked literally all day long on Saturday, I don't feel bad about skipping work for a few hours today. I had a project that was due first thing this morning - it was a huge survey to create. In order to complete it, I needed the questions, which were supposed to be to me Friday morning. When did they arrive in my inbox? 4:24 pm on Friday. So, I spent all day Saturday getting it done so that I could enjoy Sunday with my girl. And we did have fun - we went to the lake Sunday morning. My bro and sis-in-law came down with their 2 kiddos, and Mom and Dad were there, of course. We all swam in the pool, took a boat ride, and all the kids swam in the lake. That was Lauren's first time in the lake, and she loved it. She woke up talking about it this morning! Mark took a few pictures with my phone, so if they turned out at all, I'll try to post one later this morning. I'll have to transfer them from my phone to my computer first, and I'll try to clean them up a little bit. It was too much fun, and the kids were all exhausted by the end of the day. That's just a parental trick to get them to sleep, really. It didn't work for Lauren - she had a nightmare last night, and it took me a while to calm her back down. Poor baby . . .
7/12/2004 08:27:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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We are experiencing technical difficulties

Friday, July 09, 2004
Don't ask me why the Tag Board quit working. I don't know. I contacted tech support, and they were somewhat less than helpful, to say the least. Basically, she said they didn't have any record of my account, and she couldn't explain why it disappeared, much less fix it. Gee, thanks, lady! It wasn't used anyway, so I thought I'd just take it down. Wrongo. When I remove that script, it screws with the page layout. It'll just have to stay there until I have time to find the error hiding in the code. I can't find it so far, but I will. I'm relentless that way.
7/09/2004 12:04:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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It is to laugh

This might be the funniest set of Smirker-In-Chief pictures I've seen in a long time. Enjoy!
7/09/2004 10:03:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Bad boys

Too funny. A totally wired and GPS-enabled bait car to attract car thieves - it plays the theme to Cops while they're being busted. "Bad boys, bad boys, what ya donna do? What ya gonna do when they come for you?"
7/09/2004 09:27:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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The Blues

Thursday, July 08, 2004
A very good friend of mine told me today that he's HIV positive and his numbers are going down. I had no idea he was even dealing with that. I'm so very sad. It's not fair. He's a wonderful human being, and he's kept this to himself for years. I'm glad that he knew he could share that bad news with me, though. I'll support him however I can. But damn . . .
7/08/2004 08:48:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Hunting and Gathering

Oh, this Tom Tomorrow cartoon is fricking hilarious. I'm laughing so hard right now, especially because it's just a preview of the next 4 months. I think I'm going to start using post titles on this blog, if I can get it to work. Blogger seems to be having some issues today, and I've tried to post this particular edited version 3 or 4 times. In general, I tend to ramble on aimlessly, so perhaps using post titles will help me to focus my thoughts. I said perhaps!!! In other news, I went up to Joseph-Beth last night looking for a particular book (didn't find it, bummer). I did find it this morning on Amazon - used - for less than a buck. So it turned out all right. 'Twas good to get out of the house for a couple of hours, though. I think I spend too much time alone these days. I should probably do something about that before I start to think the cats are talking back to me. I did buy a really cute book for Lauren, and while there decided to take up a new hobby. Wish me luck.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
LL has gotten me interested in numerology for the moment. Not my usual thing, but it struck a chord for me today for some reason. She very kindly did a quick reading for me, and it's interesting. Pretty much on target, as you can read below.
Your Life Path number is "7" – the Faith Seeker. 7s are here to learn to have faith. 7s are incredibly bright, observers and commenters. 7 is a very direct number. 7s tend to tell the truth. They don't always speak up, but when you do, people listen. 7s have a loner quality. 7s are very intense and analyze every situation. 7s make good computer experts but they also love natural beauty. 7s tend to throw themselves into work. Occupations for 7s: psychiatrist, psychologist. Now, with your current name, you have a soul number "4" – The Teacher. This means that you will feel fulfilled when you have security, a solid plan for the future and an environment you can truly call your home. Interestingly, the soul number attached to your birth name is "8" – The Executive. Fulfillment for 8s comes with financial freedom, job security and a nice home.
Interesting . . . What do you think? Does it fit? The only part I'm not sure of is the last bit - I'll have to think on that.
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Oh, this is hilarious. Yet another reason to love Tom Hanks, besides the fact that he resembles my brother and is a great actor.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2004
I was hoping for this:
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Sunday, July 04, 2004
How bizarre. Someone journaled one of my BookCrossing books. It was the very first one I released, and I left it outside a cafe in Frankfort about 3 months ago. I wonder where it was found?????
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Yesterday, we left my girl with the grandparents for a few hours, and went to see Fahrenheit 911. Go see it. I can't even pick one favorite thing about it; I loved it all. Well worth the price of admission, if only for the feel of the crowd in the theater. There was a mix of young and old, male and female, very diverse. At the end, there was rousing applause from the entire group. Of course, I already knew this, but Bush has to go in November.
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Friday, July 02, 2004
Busy busy busy. No time to post lately. My child was up past 11:00 last night! She went to bed around 8:30 or 8:45, but was in her room talking and singing to herself. I was watching The Daily Show when I finally heard quiet, and poor baby was tired this morning. She was pretty good about it, though. She came out once to use the bathroom, once she wanted to pet one of the cats, and once she asked me for a drink of water. But she was generally playing quietly by herself for a few hours until she went to sleep (finally). I talked with one of L's teachers this afternoon about the conflict she'd had with the kid in her class. She said that they were terribly upset by that, as was the boy's father. They've since stopped praying with the kids before meals and snack. It's a damned shame it took a 3 year old being made fun of by a peer to the point of tears, but she's ok now. You'd think they'd have mentioned that they'd seen the light (heh) to us since we were the ones fussing about it, but no. I don't care - I'm just glad they stopped. It's better for all the kids, and doesn't set up problems unnecessarily. We're still going to move her to the private school, though. TGIF, and I'm especially happy that it's a long weekend! Shame it's going to rain the whole time, but them's the breaks. Maybe I'll find time to post this weekend, but don't count on it.
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