Sunday, July 31, 2005

Only 25%?

I am 25% Internet Addict.
Slight Internet Addict.
I could go either way. Deep into the madness of nights filled with coding CGI-Scripts and online role playing games, or I could become a normal user. Good luck!
Take the
Internet Addict Test
@ FualiDotCom


Maybe I DO have a life, after all! w00t w00t!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

So What Time Is It Now?

Okay, so Congress wants to extend daylight savings time. They figure it will save oil. Farmers aren't happy, because they say it "could adversely affect livestock". I'm still trying to figure that one out. I have yet to see a cow who really gives a shit what time our clocks are set to. I think the livestock's going to be fine. The computers might be messed up, though.

But what I really want to know is, do they always talk like this?:

"The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier,"

"Kids across the nation will soon rejoice,"

Are they meeting in D.C. or Oz? Hey- I wonder what time zone that puts them in?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Told Ya So!

The inventory audit (see my last post) was today. Only call I got was when they had a little trouble finding one piece of equipment that had been moved. My real boss called me for help, and he was great. He ended up finding it with the help of the person I asked him to check with. See, I knew I didn't have to be there babysitting for it to go well! Everything was in order and ready to go. The lady (from the independent company) doing the audit said that of all the facilities she's audited so far (and tomorrow is the last day), we were by far the best. Hooray! *gloats* (Yeah, I know gloating is unattractive, but it feels so nice to be right...)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Taking the Week OFF

Ahhhh. A whole week of actually having a life. :-)
Of course, less than 3 hours into my first day off (yesterday), they called me to ask me to work Thursday. I said no. Now if you knew me, you'd know what a complete pushover I usually am, so be proud of me here! What they "need" me for Thursday is an inventory audit that had been scheduled over a week ago, and they could have easily asked me last week, while I was at work, if I'd be willing to come in for this thing. This thing which is only supposed to take about 2 hours anyway, and I don't need to be there to babysit.

Turns out the person who wants me there asked on her own--it wasn't required by the people doing the audit OR by my actual boss. He was totally fine with me expecting to actually be OFF on my days off. He knows that I've done the work that was needed to get our inventory records in order, and that it's good to go. He's not worried about it at all. So I stopped by there to give them my key to one of the secure rooms (that they should already have a copy of, but don't), and she said she'd hoped I'd be there. I said "Well, I won't."
I didn't explain, I didn't waffle, I didn't argue, and I didn't give in. Boy, that felt good!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Why Do You Blog?

Visiting here, I clicked on Bou's link to a blogging poll, which asks why we blog. Go take the survey. It's very quick, and he'll post the results when it's done. It will be interesting to see the answers.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Jeez.

Well, said friend is totally engrossed in the new Harry Potter book, so no game with him today. But I can still play it on my own if I want to, and hook up with whoever happens to be online at the time, or just use the computer henchmen from the game. And I guess I'll do something productive today, after all. Dammit. ;-p

Play Date


Yup. Today (at least part of the day), I plan to do nothing resembling work! Yippee!
I'm going to play Guild Wars online with our friend. Usually one of my kids plays it with him, and they may play today, too, but first it's my turn. :-)

This game rocks! And it's free to play online, which is awesome. Just buy the game, and you're good to go. There will be expansion packs along the way, too, so this is a long-term game.
The graphics are amazing, the storyline is all there, and it's just tons of fun.

Okay, I didn't mean for this post to turn into a game review, but there it is.
So the morning will be fun, and totally non-productive! I'll do something useful later. ;-p
I wonder what other people do for fun or relaxation. What do you do?

Friday, July 22, 2005

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Hmm.

Your Power Color Is Teal

At Your Highest:

You feel accomplished and optimistic about the future.

At Your Lowest:

You feel in a slump and lack creativity.

In Love:

You tend to be many people's ideal partner.

How You're Attractive:

You make people feel confident and accepted.

Your Eternal Question:

"What Impression Am I Giving?"

Well, apparently, I'm a hussy! LOL!

What's Your Power Color?

Snap Out Of It !

A friend told me recently that I really need to get it together. Not in so many words, but the point was clear. And the friend was right.

So here is my beginner's [basic, general] To-Do List:

-get organized
-once you get there, STAY organized
-improve your time management skills
-learn to focus
-learn to speak up/stand up/fight back/argue effectively
-find out what you need to learn to get where you want to be, and
-study, study, study!
-when you find your thoughts wandering, snap out of it! Focus!
-avoid impossible relationships - don't fall in love with someone who can't love you back
-learn to let go
-don't fall in love again until you know who you are & who you want to be
-set clearer goals and list the steps necessary to achieve them

Okay. So we'll see how long it takes me to start pulling myself together. It will be good for me, and for my kids. I'm a relatively good mom, but if I manage to be a better me, I'll be an even better mom. The other parts of my life will be better, too. So I'll work on it ! :-)

......................Ah-ROOOOoooooo!


.............................................Full Moon tonight! :-)

Monday, July 18, 2005

Bear With Me

Just a heads up - I'm going to be trying out colors & stuff, so please forgive me if I do anything truly heinous. =)
Oh--and let me know, too. I can't guarantee I'll change a color choice just 'cause you don't like it, if I do like it, but if I look at it for a while & decide it really is terrible, then I'll try to pick something better. If I decide I really do like it, then tough. It is my blog, after all. ;-)

Sunday, July 17, 2005

That Was Fun!

We spent about 4 hours geocaching yesterday. It was fun! How strange to to think that all this time I've wandered around this town, these caches were right there, all around me, and I had no idea. Wonder if I've ever seen other people looking for a cache item, and wondered what the heck they were doing. I'm sure we got plenty of those looks yesterday! You're supposed to try not to let "regular" people see what you're doing, but with 4 pre-teen girls with us, stealth was pretty much out of the question. We had a great time, though, and the girls got the hang of using the GPSes pretty fast, and they found most of the cache containers.

Then we had a late pizza dinner, and the girls had their sleepover. Sleepover - ha!
Well, yeah, now they're sleeping... :-)

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Busy Day

My daughter's first guitar lesson is this morning--hooray! (I'm only half a year late in finally setting this up for her...) Then we'll go food shopping (boring) and then we're going to spend the afternoon/evening geocaching with our friend. According to the friend, getting into this pastime means we're no longer "muggles" (non-geocaching folk, with a nod to J.K. Rowling for her word for non-magic folk). And speaking of muggles, the next Harry Potter book is out today!!! So maybe we'll slip into Barnes & Noble sometime during our adventuring today and pick up a copy!

Also from the world of entertainment - we watched The Phantom of the Opera last night. Wow. Just wow. Emmy Rossum (who was Christine) is going places. What a voice! The 2 guys had wonderful voices, too. Having never seen the play, we only had a general idea of the story before we watched it, but my girls and I were entranced through the entire film. We want the soundtrack.

I hope your weekend is as much fun as ours looks to be! :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

I Wonder What Happened To Him...

There's a house along the road I drive at least once a week (most of the stores I go to are in that direction). It looks like it's in a very slow process of being rebuilt, by possibly one person alone. For the longest time, every time I drove by this house, there would be an old man sitting on the front porch, usually leaning on the rail. I don't know if he lived there, or if he was working on the house, or if it was just a sort of rest stop for him, but he was always there. I saw a police officer there talking with him once, and wondered if maybe they were discussing building permits, or trespassing, or maybe someone was bothering him there. I don't know. He was still around for a while after that, but for the last several weeks, I haven't seen him. I wonder what happened to him...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Oh, To Be Loved Like That!

Last night my girls and I watched "The Notebook". It's about an older man (James Garner) who reads from a notebook every day to a woman in a nursing home who has been diagnosed with senile dementia (Gena Rowlands). The notebook is the story of Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams), whose lives we watch as the story unfolds. There's more to it of course, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who plans to see the movie. I will say this--I thought it would be sweet but relatively boring, but I was pleasantly surprised at how "into" the story we got. Some of it was fairly predictable, but all in all it was a beautiful and very touching film. We very much enjoyed it.

I only wish that each of us could experience that kind of truly, deeply, passionately real love in our lives. Those of you who have found it, I hope you realize how incredibly lucky you are.

I want to love and to be loved like that. I want that for my girls. I want that for you, dear reader. May we all find our real, true, never-let-go, never-give-up, amazing wonderful love.

Monday, July 11, 2005

How to Leave a Phone Message

A pet peeve of mine: phone messages that say absolutely nothing useful. I get these all the time, mostly from family members. (My friends know better!) Example: hit play, you hear, "Hey, anybody home? Hello? Hellooo? Yoo-hoo! Helloooo? Anybody there?....well, I guess you're not home. Call me back."
WTF! First of all, I do have caller ID, so if the answering machine is picking up, you can assume I'm either not home, or too busy to answer the damn phone, or just plain don't feel like talking right now. (I'm on the phone all day long at my job--sometimes that's really quite enough phone time for me, thank you). This is WHY I have an answering machine. Second, if you get the machine and you're leaving a message, say what you're calling for in the first place; Did you just call to say 'hi'? Do you have a question or need something? Do you have something you want to tell me? WHAT?! If you haven't given me a reason to call you back, I won't. I'm the same way with my cell phone. Just because I have one doesn't mean I'm going to answer it at any given time. I'm not a doctor on call, or anything. I have it for a very specific purpose (my kids), and if the kids are with me, or if I'm driving, you'll get the voice mail. Kind of bitchy, I suppose, but I refuse to be a slave to a machine, or to the idea that if the phone rings, I'm required to pick it up.
Tip for anyone with a phone: just because it rings doesn't mean you have to answer it! I've seen people nearly injure themselves running for the phone. Why are we conditioned to do this?! I don't know about you, but I'm really not expecting a call from the Queen, or the President, or anyone else who shouldn't reasonably be expected to leave a message & wait for a call back. And that's the way it is. Please leave a [real] message.
BEEEEEEEEEP!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Frustration (& other distractions)

I've been re-doing our front bathroom. Most of it has gone smoothly enough. Got the walls & trim painted, painted some accent stuff to match, re-caulked the vinyl floor edges & put down new flooring (just the peel & stick stuff), installed the new cabinet & sink. Looks beautiful. BUT...
the new sink is higher than the old one was, so in the process of assembling the drain & stuff, it turns out the drain ends about 2" higher than the P-trap. Well, shit. So off I go to WalMart (okay, I know---I should have just gone to Home Depot), and I bought a replacement piece---flexible p-trap assembly. Plastic, not as sturdy as PVC, but shouldn't be a problem. Put it all together (can't use pipe joint compound or plumber's putty on plastic, so let's hope the seals fit snugly), run some water, seems okay. Let it sit for a while, look back in a while. Leaks. Dammit. Took it all apart & tried again. Still not right. The entire plastic p-trap piece can be pulled right off at either end! Flimsy piece of shit. So I'll be heading to Home Depot, where I should have gone in the first place, to get the PVC sleeve/adapter I should have gotten in the first place. But not today. I've had enough. Today my kids and I went to a play to see their friend's summer camp production (it was really cute), and this afternoon we're going to a friend's house, and we're going to hang out & eat, and play games. MUCH more fun than plumbing, let me tell ya! ;-p

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Better Late Than Never

Okay, so according to these great blogging tips from Harvey at Bad Example , my second post was supposed to be a brief introduction. So, a little later, here it is:
I'm 37, divorced, with 2 really great kids (seriously--ask anyone who knows us), & a whole bunch of pets. As far as looks go, I'm probably about average--could stand to lose a few pounds, or at least I should get a whole lot more exercise. I'm relatively intelligent, but not brilliant, which I find slightly disappointing. I'd love to have a Mensa-league IQ. Guess that makes me a geek, but I'm okay with that. :-)
I do love to learn, especially about the things I'm really interested in. My time management skills suck, so there's still a lot I want to do, that I haven't gotten to yet, or that I started but didn't stick with, and plan to go back to. I'm also very easily distracted, but I do manage to focus when I really need to. I'm friendly, usually in a good mood, and I truly enjoy my life. I'm not a "life of the party" kind of girl--I prefer to stay on edge of things and watch. That's what this blog is mostly about--whatever (very random) things catch the attention of a sidetracked wallflower.
That and whatever moments from my life I choose to share. I hope something here brightens your day, or makes you think, or at least doesn't bore you to death. Thanks for visiting! :-D

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Lovely Surprise

It's been raining a lot here lately, so the grass has been ridiculous. I was too busy to mow it this weekend, and I knew it wouldn't wait until next weekend, so I'd be doing it one day after work this week. Now, when I mow (and I've only done it 3 times so far since I've been divorced), I ONLY mow---there's no edging, no weed-trimming, nothing fancy. Anyway, I came home from work today, and my yard looked different. Took me a minute to realize, my grass was cut!!! All the really tall grass that had been around the trees and along the fence was now nicely cut, along with the rest of the yard! My girlfriend and her husband had come to my house while I was at work, and they did my lawn for me! What a truly lovely thing to do! Thanks, guys!!!

Friends, Food, Fireworks, Fun!


We had a great time yesterday/last night, despite the rain that tried to make things difficult! We just cooked a little later, and made sure we set the fireworks out of the puddles! We had an absolute blast having a "snappy-pops" war (kind of like a snowball fight, but with those little snappers you get from the fireworks sales--no danger). The kids (young & old) all enjoyed the sparklers, and all the fireworks, and of course we all at lots of good food, and just enjoyed each other's company. I hope your day was as much fun as ours!

Monday, July 04, 2005

From the "Oh My Eyes!" Department

WHY do they do it? Why do people walk around in clothes that are at least 2 sizes too small? Do they think it's sexy?! To have fat rolls hanging over your beltloops? Even if you're not overweight, lowriders that are too tight make you look fat--I saw a girl who actually had a good body, totally ruin the look by wearing those. She could have been sexy if she'd worn pants that fit, but instead she just looked flabby. And why wear a shirt that clings so tight that people can tell whether your bellybutton is an innie or an outie? Eww! If a shirt was designed to be a "half-shirt" or a crop-top or halter, that's one thing. But if it wasn't, for pity's sake buy one that reaches to your pantwaist, please! And that leaves a little breathing room. I'm not the clothes police, and I'm certainly no fashion queen myself, but my clothes do at least fit properly! When did people start thinking that bare flab looks good? Gross! And what's with the underwear showing all over the place? And guys, please pull those pants up! The only people who should see your undies are your partner, your mom if she still does your laundry (and if she does, shame on you! - but that's a rant for another day), or the paramedics. K?

Happy Independence Day!

I couldn't sleep, so here I am.

Happy Independence Day!

Thanks to all those who keep us free!


Sunday, July 03, 2005

My Very First Post - "Ecosphere"


Shopping yesterday, I saw something at Brookstone that I thought was pretty darn cool. It was developed by NASA, like a lot of fun things we end up with. It is an "ecosphere", which is a glass globe (round or oval-there were a few sizes---all of 'em more expensive than I could afford, but still way cool), with a tiny self-supporting ecosystem inside! There's air, and sea water, and plant life, and animal life. They had tiny little red shrimp, and something that may have been a little snail. All you do is put it somewhere where it will get some light. No feeding required, no cleaning ('cept maybe to dust it once in a while), no maintenance of any kind. Amazing!