Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Yeah, What He Said:

Guyk, at Charming, Just Charming, posts that "The Waiting Is Not the Hardest Part of IT." (Sorry, trackback doesn't seem to be working--scroll down on his blog & look for the title).

He put into words what every natural (or otherwise) disaster is like:

"But the waiting for Katrina to finish its destruction is not the hard part. It is watching the clean up and the body bags being loaded and the aftermath of the climax that will be the toughest. For most of us know that there is really nothing we can do to help except donate our available financial resources to those who are actively involved in the clean up. The real horror of Hurricane Katrina will start tomorrow when the bodies start to be counted and the news film is broadcast revealing the damage done. That is the hard part for me."

I couldn't have said it better myself...

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane Names Quandary?

As a Floridian, I generally pay attention when someone mentions hurricanes.

Sticks, of From Chaos to Serendipity, has an interesting question about hurricane names.

I just hope we never actually have to find out the answer!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Payday tomorrow! WA-HOO!!!

Yes, I'm quite looking forward to finally getting a paycheck tomorrow! Our union rep for this last contract completely sucked, and allowed the payroll calendar to merge our first (two-week) pay period of the school year with the next one, meaning those of us on this particular pay category have worked since August 1st, with no pay in hand until tomorrow. To use a phrase I remember from Michelle's blog posts, "That sucks sweaty socks"!!!
So, I've made it through the month, and tomorrow's paycheck will be very welcome! Yippee!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Those Pesky Critters

Mike, over at Random Ramblings, has an interesting bird problem.

Now, I get along with the birds around here just fine. What I really have to watch out for, though, are the bomber squirrels! I have pine trees in my yard, so of course the squirrels spend a lot of time up there snacking on pine cones. They love to drop the chewed petals and cores all over my driveway, and especially at the end, where there's one very convenient tree (convenient for the squirrels, I mean) right beside it. This is also the spot outside my gate which is where the car goes when it's not in the yard. Have you ever heard a pinecone core hit the top of a car? It makes quite a sound, I can tell you.

This isn't a huge problem; it doesn't seem to mark up the car or anything. The real problem is the furry little son-of-a-bitch who likes to drop the cores, and whole pinecones just behind anyone who is standing out there. You hear that thud just behind you, that'll make you jump! And this particular squirrel has great aim. I swear he sits up in that tree and just cracks up when he makes a good drop. Yes folks, I have a laughing bomber squirrel in my yard...life is interesting.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Guess I'll Paint The Closet, Too

We had a mini-adventure a few nights ago.

My kids and I were watching a movie, and we heard a commotion & thud. First we thought it was our dog, who likes to hide in the shower stall when he hears thunder, but we checked, and no dog. That bathroom & the closet next to it back up to our garage, so then we thought maybe something fell out there. I looked out there, but didn't see anything looking out of place, so I went back in.

That's when we starting hearing it. "Meow! Meow!" Uh-Oh! We spent some time looking around outside, on the roof, under the house (we didn't go under there, just shined a flashlight), wherever we thought she might be or might have fallen into... Couldn't see her or a hole to fall into anywhere, but we came to the conclusion that there must be a place in the attic crawlspace, where she fell into the WALL between the front room and the bathroom. Damn!

Luckily, this is the room where the big closet is right next to the bathroom, so instead of having to punch a hole into the wall in the room, we could break her out from inside the closet, instead. We chose a spot, and made a hole about 4" around, to see if that's even where she was. Yup--there she sat, watching me tear up the wall. She was in the space between the wall & the back of the shower stall... I wish we had gotten a picture when she put her paws on the bottom edge of the hole we made & peeked out at us. Too cute!

So, in the end, the cat came out of her new "escape hatch", and she's fine. We covered the hole with a temporary fix, and since that front room is next in line for painting, I'll patch the hole for real then, and paint the inside of the closet right along with the room. All is well. :-)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Harvey Must Go Free!

Harvey's been kidnapped! Or rather, his blog profile drawing has.
We've got to save him before NickQueen decides to try eraser torture!
The blogosphere needs this Bad Example blog parent back!
Okay, cover me---I'm goin' in!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Dove Gets REAL!

See this post at Bad Example, for the whole story, but the gist of it is that Dove has a new ad out, showing these six beautiful women (in the photo), with real curves, instead of the usual poster girls for anorexia that most of the media seems to prefer... WAY TO GO, Dove!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

So True:

*looks at the current world's population* You must have a lot of frustration then.

What pisses you off? Created by ptocheia

(another one "stolen" from Andi)

Except On Blonde Days...

Your IQ Is 125

Your Logical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

A Quick and Dirty IQ Test

(Link shamelessly stolen from Andi)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bringing Back Good Memories

There's a company in the town I grew up in that makes wooden cutouts of "historic" buildings in that town and Boston. I have just received two of them. What I'd really love to see is 3d replicas of some of the really interesting buildings, but these current pieces are enough to bring back some very comfortable memories (and I don't have many of those, so I treasure 'em when I do).

The cutouts I got were of the Old South Union church, which wasn't the church I went to, but which used to ring the bells every hour, and I always remember hearing the 5:00 bells, and I just love the sound of 'em. There's a cathedral here in town that I hear now sometimes, sounds just like it. It's a wonderful sound. Makes me stop and listen for a moment, and just feels good.
The other building cutout I got was one of my all-time favorite places when I was little. It was the Fogg Library (that's the picture here). You can't see it from this photo, but on the other side of the building is a staircase to the entrance. I used to go in there, and there was all the beautiful old heavy wood rails & posts, and the children's section was right there. Loved that place. And it's just such a very pretty building. Most libraries these days look so industrial. This one was like a little castle house.

As I got older, I moved on to the bigger library across town, and then to the Boston Public Library, which is an awesome place, but neither of them ever felt like home the way Fogg did. If I ever go back up, I'll stop in there, and I bet it will still feel the same. Mmmm, I can almost smell that comforting mix of old wood and books! :-)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Back To School

Busy, busy, busy!

The kids are back in school tomorrow, so everyone's scrambling to get things ready at work (I work in a school). The first week or so is always insane, but we manage.

I love seeing the kids come in on that first day, all fresh & ready to go. It's a good school, and I think most of them are more-or-less happy to be there. I mean, they're kids, and maybe they're not thrilled to be in school, but they don't seem to hate it, at least.

And the building always looks so good at the start of the year. Our maintenance crew works their butts off in the summer, getting floors stripped & waxed, and carpets cleaned, walls painted, and everything. The place positively shines, and I really think it makes everyone feel good to be there.

My own kids are ready. They have their new clothes, & new backpacks & supplies, they have their schedules, and they already know most of their teachers, because this year they're both at the school I work at. Yippee! It was great last year having one of them there with me, and now I have them both!!! It's gonna be a good year! :-)

Monday, August 01, 2005

Florida - 'Cause We've Got it Good Here

Harvey, of Bad Example, extolls the virtues (sort of) of our wonderful state. But Harv, the bugs are bigger than the gators!