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I'm still alive.

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The bike panniers I begged for for x-mas made their debut yesterday. Wow.. they hold a lot more than I thought they would. It was a very pleasant surprise. We rode around town and did a tour of all of the community gardens, went to the bike store (where I bought I shirt that has a bike on it and says "Sit and Spin"), got ice cream and turned in some library materials that I swear I turned in but obviously didn't. $8 in fines. Now I remember why I starting buying books in the first place.

$8 was totally worth the weather and the trip by bike. We met a really cool guy at one of the community gardens who actually moved here from out of state to go to law school and decided he liked it so much that he bought a house and is staying. We don't hear that kind of story very often. Usually people are chomping at the bit to get out.. hell, I used to be one of those people. Now I just go on vacation to get it out of my system because it really is a great place to live and muy affordable.

We enjoyed our bike time so much yesterday that we decided to bust out the big guns... bike shoes, fancy sunglasses and padded shorts... and did another 11 miles or so. Although we could have done more, we had a to-do list for the day that needed to be completed. My abs are oddly sore today. I don't remember them every being sore before from riding, so I'm trying to figure that one out.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, I don't torture ANYONE with the sight of me in spandex... I am always covered with shorts.

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You know what I never mentioned?

Sniffles and I cut those damn trees down ourselves. I finally got a hold of the tree people and he said he was just going to trim a key branch or two. I got tired of fighting, and off we went.

We did all of the hard stuff... which is cutting branches off... cutting branches out of wires (which turned out to be cable lines by the way) and all of the clean up. Then we were left with just the trunks of two maple trees.

At some point it was clear that we would need a chainsaw to get the rest down, because hand sawing anything thicker than maybe 4 inches is plain stupidity. I happened to run into Tootie and saw that her handyman was fixing a downspout.. and I paid him $50 to finish the job with a chainsaw.

We have a nicely stacked pile of wood for burning next season after it's all dried out. I lied about the size of the tree. It was far bigger and thicker than I initially thought... and therefore... a lot more work to cut down.

Next up.. permission slip from the neighbor, permit from the city, take down old fence and build a new one.

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I decided this weekend is "project wrap up weekend". There are lots of little details on projects that didn't get finished over the last year for one reason or another. Usually, it was weather or heat related. Now that it's nice out, it's time to put some number on the house and install the rest of the bathroom vent among other things.

I'm not pressuring myself though. I just need to scratch like one thing off the list and I'll be happy.

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For reasons I can not get into, I no longer have to lock my LJ down for innocent things like home repair... so a public this will go.

It's a freeing feeling. Besides... what's the point in a blog if no one can randomly happen across it and actually see some content?

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An interesting list of books that epeolatry says the BBC says we should all read. Strongly disliked a few of these... really loved more of them than not. And hey, I have a couple to add to the list.

Bolded are the ones I've read. Wow.. I'm a nerd.. or once was. I'm kinda into non-fiction lately.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (more than I probably should have)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (read more than I wanted anyway)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind -
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace -
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (does reader's digest condensed count?! lol)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (I've always meant to get around to tolstoy)
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh -
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving Gotta confess.. started it 3 times... saw the movie that was theoretically based on the book.
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding Aww.. I won a copy of this in middle school for some library contest.. creepy.
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan -
51 Life of Pi - Kinda hated this one actually.
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm -
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville Wow.. really hated this one too.
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker Top 5 all time favorite.
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad Wow.. really hated this one too.
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Eupery (not in French.. like Sniffles did...eww.)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Aleandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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Be ready to be disturbed.

Here's the annual list for the upcoming college class of what they don't remember... just to make us all feel a little older.

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Since we're 3 years behind the rest of the world... there's some serious Guitar Hero addiction goin' on round these here parts... on our Playstation 2 (the old fat black kind.) Ha. I don't care, it's fun. You should have seen us running into The Exchange 2 minutes before close because we decided at 10 minutes before they closed that we wanted to pick it up.

This laptop runs disgustingly hot.

Sniffles rocks my world... she'd be the greatest stay at home dyke evar. Today, she baked zuchini bread, did laundry and bundled up a shit ton of yard waste from cutting down bushes the other day. I'd been dreading it all day today, so imagine my surprise when I came home. :-)

Our neighbors must think we're wierd... on so many levels. First of all, we're always doing something on the house... or we're not home. Second, Sniffles swept the neighbor's driveway because it had some roofing dust on it (which was SUPER CUTE by the way.) Third, I practically stalked Tootie to tell her her headlights were on, only to find out she was cleaning out her car... hence why I saw no movement. I could have walked over there, but that seemed even weirder. I'm such a dweeb.

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You know the Bible 72%!
 

Wow! You are truly a student of the Bible! Some of the questions were difficult, but they didn't slow you down! You know the books, the characters, the events . . . Very impressive!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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"Mobile Home Disaster" isn't quite as amazing as "My Redneck Wedding" on CMT, but it's pretty damn close.

I now remember why I resisted cable for so many years.

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You Are An INFP



The Idealist



You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.

Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.

It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.

But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.



In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.

You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.



At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.



How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual



When other people don't get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak





I guess. Yeah. I don't like the thought of people seeing me as unrealistic and weak... but hey, they don't get me.

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On the news tonight, they announced free flu shots. Wow, right?? Except they're all in wealthy suburbs far away from the people who could really use a free flu shot.

No further comment.

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Anyone know how to make sms friends only?

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I was talking about this last night at a party...
At the time, I laughed my ass off when I read it, but didn't think to share it.

Us magazine reports:

Mother of the Year, she’s not.

But apparently Britney Spears knows a thing or two when it comes to diaper duty.

In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, Project Runway hostess Heidi Klum said Spears taught her the proper way to put on a diaper.

Klum, 34, got the tips after Spears showed up uninvited to her Halloween bash at L.A.’s Green Door lounge.

“We were talking about babies and diapers and she explained to me a lot of things about diapers I that didn’t know,” Klum told DeGeneres.

“You know these sticky things on the side? I never knew that they were there. To close them in the front, I was always putting string around. I had no idea,” Klum said.

“It’s very clever,” she added. “I learned a lot of things.”



please tell me she has a team of nannies to take care of the kids... and her.

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You know how you always complain about your parents revising history to make your childhood seem so much less traumatic than it really was? Or how when you look back on past (bad) relationships, it's harder to remember the bad stuff than the good? Ok... well I do it anyway.

There is an explanation... without even realizing it, you rationalize your decisions to make you feel better about them... even if it was really dumb and everyone around you knows it.

It's called cognitive dissonance and psychologists have been studying it a lot recently... and I love knowing that my evolutionary brain is doing this to me and that I'm not crazy... maybe our mothers really aren't either.

Anyway, there was a really good (and short) article in the times today on the topic... check it out... we're more like monkeys and small children than we'd ever like to admit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/science/06tier.html?th&emc=th

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It would mean a whole lot to me if you could take a second to read this.


Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with MS. That's why I registered for the MS Bike Tour, and why I'm asking you to support my fund raising efforts with a tax-deductible donation.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS but they can't do it without our help. It's faster and easier than ever to support this cause that's so important to me. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message. If you prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below.

Any amount, great or small, helps to make a difference in the lives of people with MS. I appreciate your support and look forward to letting you know how I do.

P.S. If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, how proceeds from the MS Bike Tour are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the fight against MS, please visit nationalmssociety.org.

Click here to visit my personal page.
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=3443545&pg=personal&fr_id=3760&s_tafId=5681

Click here to view the team page for Female Trouble
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
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This morning on my way to work, I heard that Tammy Faye Baker died... and I'm legitimately sad about this.

For being amusingly crazy, and hard core Christian... she loved the gays and we loved her.

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Watching Saturday morning cartoons... and I don't get it:
New Scooby Doo
New Tom and Jerry

Neither anywhere near as good as the original. I guess they were more offensive and violent too.

Is it just me... or do you guys remember cartoons containing cigarettes, racial slurs, and stuff about atomic bombs and Germany? Knowing they were edited by the time my young eyes saw them (I'm 28) I can only imagine how crazy they originally were.

I mean, I only remember the stuff because it confused me at the time and I would ask what it meant. Like, on Casper the Friendly Ghost they made all of the black people into ghosts one time... and my dad tried to tactfully explain that they used to be referred to as "spooks." Thinking back on it... it's totally insane to me that it was on a show so seemingly innocuous as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Oh, and do kids even tell Pollock jokes any more? I remember telling lots of Pollock jokes, and truly thinking that Polish people were stupid. It's all so silly now that I'm (sort of) a grown up and I pretend know all sorts of academic social stuff that explains why people harass whichever group is currently emigrating from their country to ours.

It's really, really creepy how clearly I remember the most random shit. People make fun of political correctness, but oh my gosh, can you imagine what it must have been like for oppressed groups when it was totally acceptable to reinforce negative stereotypes in the media?

Wow, that got kinda deep... and really all I wanted to say was that the new Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry suck.

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HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are
30
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?




hmmm... who would have thought that 29 other mom's were on CRACK when they named their kid.

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Hey! Michelle Tea's rent girl has been optioned for a new series on Showtime... http://www.laurennmccubbin.com/its-official

Sweet.

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I'm not into conspiracies... I'm not one to believe this sort of thing. But... they certainly present a compelling argument.

Some of it I had always wondered myself... like the cell phones, the planes that I know several people saw that day flying near Cleveland when the planes were all supposed to be on the ground... the implosion of the last building so long after the rest... the lack of rubble near the pentagon... and the "good luck" that it was in a newly constructed area where few people were.

I dunno. Give it 20 minutes... laugh if you want to... but you'll at least be intrigued enough to watch the rest. It is like an hour and a half long though...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7866929448192753501&q=loose+change+recut

Thanks B for the enlightenment.

Even if I don't WANT to believe it... it doesn't mean that I can turn a blind eye to some very blatant inconsistencies in the stories.

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Go Newsweek for putting "Rethinking Gender" as a cover story this week.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18618970/site/newsweek/

I mean, it's all a lot more complicated than what they get into, but it's a nice "milk before meat" commentary.

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I know you all were on the edges of your seat wondering if we'd survived backpacking... we did... we more than did in fact. We had an amazing time.
We were all proud of ourselves because we got our packs under our goal weight... 22lbs for Sniffles and about 24 for me. Which is absolutely awesome.

The hike we were going to take had a bridge out, so the ranger recommended another way. Well.. it was MUCH harder than we expected, and we literally hiked up hill for more than nine miles. It would have been challenging without twenty odd pounds on our backs, which made it all the more rewarding when we finished.

I think Sniffles is officially a backpacking convert (versus car camping.)
I have to say that I may just prefer it myself.

Mind you... the camps had outhouses (to keep people from just going anywhere due to being so near to water I suppose....) and wood to probably control the clearing of the areas around the camp... so it was really posh backpacking... but there's something to be said to not having to unpack and repack cars and worrying about your stuff as you're out hiking all day.

I did miss my hobo pies and a cold beer at the end of the day though. ;-)

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Training for the MS Pedal to the Point is right on schedule... we rode about 10 miles round trip on Tuesday with a stop to meet up with Tootie and Hatgrrl and their babyboy up at the smoothie shop. I think I am quickly becoming a smoothie addict. I mean... it's all fruit and Yogurt... so much better for you than ice cream. They are both tasty and energizing. Good times.

I did almost get hit by some idiot though. I hate my helmet, so I don't wear it. I really ought to find a new one.

We are riding tonight, but I can't decide which direction we should go. Hmm. Or maybe climbing... decisions decisions.
Either way, we are feeling pretty confident that by the end of the summer we'll be just fine riding 150 miles in two days.

I'll tell you that having our bikes tuned up and properly adjusted has made all the difference.
I need to install the odometer on my bike tonight so we have an accurate idea of how fast and far we're riding.

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This no school thing is really working for me.

My mood is generally 10 times better than it was when I was feeling guilty when I did anything... and hated life when I was doing homework. It was one deadline after another. I hate doing things when I have to do them... I like it better when I can just do stuff when I'm in the mood to.

I plan to start studying for the last couple of exams for my MCSE this week. I have the books... so I just need to start reading them to review material. Not too worried about passing as I've never failed one yet. An MCSE will equal a significant pay raise... so I'm certainly motivated.

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For anyone who loves internet radio even remotely as much as I do.. I got this today from Pandora:


Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW....WHAT A RIDE!"

Anonymous

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OK... so I absolutely NEVER EVER follow random anonymous links that are left as comments in my LJ.
Normally, I delete them and go about my merry way.

For some reason I did this time.

Then, I actually signed up to play this game out of morbid curiosity of how long it'll take to get to 7 million.
It's the equivalent of an internet chain letter combined with a pyramid scheme... only there's no sending 7 people one dollar and no fake letter claiming aliens will abduct you if you don't pass it along.

You give people a link to follow... they register (literally create username and password... no other information necessary...)
Then you invite people.

It says it's a school project... who the fuck knows, since it's really sparse on the info... but I look at it as my part in some small social experiment.

The catch is, you have to get someone else to sign up within 30 days or your account expires.

So... sign the fuck up one of y'all so I can check back every so often.

www.lost.eu/27d14

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It makes me a little ashamed to claim my Cherokee heritage when they are doing things like tossing the decedents of their slaves out of the tribe over money.
It makes me sad that they are buried in a separate part of the cemetery.

I'm outraged at their blatant discrimination over something that has been in place since the slaves were freed and absorbed into the tribe... like way back.
Yet they can freely (and justifiably) object about their portrayal in the media, about how they died as they were forcibly removed from their homelands, and how they've been discriminated against since the beginning of all of this.

It's enough to make me try to get my paperwork together so I can pitch my bitch.

The article is here:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17407728/

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Wanna be on a reality t.v. show?

MSNBC had an article today telling you how to do it.
It's more than a little disturbing that some of the shows want only people with tragedies and such. Hmmm.

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In superficial news... Britney Spears went to rehab and came out with a shaved head.

http://thesuperficial.com/2007/02/britney_spears_shaved_her_head.html

She's going to go down in history as being a complete nut... I mean, that girl ain't right. But then... she was like 16 years old when she became fodder for the pornographic fantasies of men all over the world.

Speaking of people (me) who have a perverse fascination with pop culture while making an attempt to stay true to their cranial roots...
I'm about a quarter of the way through The Know it All. It's a memoir about this guy who decides one day that he's essentially flushed his brain down the toilet in his post-college years. So, he decides to become "the smartest person in the world," and reads the entire encyclopedia brittanica. It certainly doesn't help that he is a writer for a magazine focused on pop culture...

The memoir is especially interesting, because he takes you through the entire alphabet as method of moving through the story. It's a mix of absurd and interesting tidbits he's picked up (including his sometimes hilarious thoughts on the topic) along with how it ties into his personal insecurities, his relationships, and how the encyclopedia (and the slew of information that flies through his head all day) affects his entire life in general.

I'm not easily amused, and this one has had me laughing out loud at least 3 times.

I can certainly relate to his experience and annoyance of having your brain interfering with your life by constantly bringing random information that is loosly associated to whatever it is that is going on. It can be really distracting.. and sometimes if I can't keep it to yourself... obnoxious to those around me.




Byl... I especially recommend this one for you... in fact, consider it required reading.
You were the first person I thought of after the first chapter was over... trust me on this one.

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http://cgi.ebay.com/dress-gown-black-white-lace-short-cocktail-formal-wear_W0QQitemZ120080436535QQihZ002QQcategoryZ63851QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

"The shipping cost in the ad is probabely  is notright for you area!  but in this case the shipping is free. .    Let meknow where you are  because  I will need to know where you  are so ican  pay the correct shipping price."


you know you want this dress.

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You know a video game has become a cultural icon when the city of Las Vegas models their police recruitment website after it.

http://www.protectthecity.com/

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16791882/

NEW ORLEANS - Wanted: Idealistic teachers looking for a Peace Corps-style adventure in a city in distress.

Some of New Orleans’ most desperate, run-down schools are beset with a severe shortage of teachers, and they are struggling mightily to attract candidates by appealing to their sense of adventure and desire to make a difference.





hmmm... that's one take on it, I guess.

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Sniffles and I needed a little retail therapy yesterday, so we returned a few things that needed to get out of the house and then we headed over to the Gap to spend gift certificates we got for Christmas.

Now, for me, the Gap is only good for work shirts, the occasional sweater and pants. Pretty much everything else I'll take a pass on. Since it's rare for me to find pants that fit the way I like, when I find a brand I like... I'm generally willing to pay whatever it is they're asking. Generally, I can hit up the Gap outlet for jeans and the Bass outlet for work pants. Anyway, there's no real point here except I'm trying to justify why I shop at the Gap and Bass when the attitudes that surround the store aren't really concurrent with my mindset.

So we go to the Gap and I hit up the sale rack and manage to find not one but 3 pairs of pants that fit perfectly... I put one back because I didn't like the pockets... so I got a pair of blue striped dress slacks and a pair of jeans for $30. But, the real reason I'm even mentioning it is that the jeans look absolutely hot on me. I have never, ever thought I looked great in a pair of pants... this is an absolutely earth shattering moment in the life of Kristel.

We also found an amazing pin striped suit for Sniffles. She is in New York city for the week for work, and she needed another suit to round out her professional wardrobe. Regardless, I absolutely love pin stripes and they rarely make them for women... so imagine our surprise when we found one on sale... and in her size... that she liked. She sports the stripes very well, and all it needed was hemming for the pants length (girl is so short that even "petite" lengths are still two inches or more too long.) So, I quick stitched the pants and it should hold up just fine. I want a picture of her in this suit though, because I'm not exaggerating when I say she looks damn good.


I've been craving a good game of Scrabble. We just haven't had the time lately, and the fire was relit when I watched "Word Wars" which is a documentary about the run up to the Scrabble national championships. If you're into documentaries... especially unintentionally funny documentaries... this is one to watch.

Side note: am I the only one who thinks documentaries are typically better than films because truth is often more shocking or funny than anything a writer could ever think up? I have a special place in my heart for people who didn't let society push down all of the quirkiness that is inherent in all of us.


Geek moment (as if the rest wasn't...) I'm pretty excited that I finally have everything together technology wise to set up a second computer as a linux box. I've used linux off and on over the years, but I have wanted a second machine running only that... but I never have the space. So I got a spare computer upgraded sufficiently, and one of those KVM switches so you only need one keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Now I just need to download it and get it installed. Woot!

Between not having more than a passing ability with both linux and cisco routers... I feel like my techie repertoire is severely lacking. I also have two older routers that I will play with the minute school is over and my brain can handle learning something new. I'd like to be certified by the end of the summer in cisco. As soon as school is over, I'll finish the last two exams for my 2003 MCSE. Then I'll be good to go for a while.

I'm disappointed, however, that I somehow screwed up my registration for the Vista roll-out. It's on Tuesday, and I realized I never got a confirmation for my registration. I was so looking forward to playing with it before I had to support it... and the free copies of Vista and Office 2007 wouldn't have hurt either. I have half a mind to show up and see if a seat opens up from someone not being able to make it. Maybe we'll have a blizzard and no one will be able to get into downtown from far away... and since I live so close...

All right... gonna finish catching up on LJ and that it's off to the land of homework for the rest of the day. School is going pretty well so far, surprisingly. But, I really can't wait until April.

Kristel [userpic]

I'm such an LJ Whore.

Anyway, most of what I post these days is filtered as friends only due to the employment and social risks that come with making your life public. I just found that it wasn't really worth it anymore.

But, alas, I posted this over at Myspace because I had absolutely nothing up on there... I suppose I'll put it up here too.

a meme.
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