**How can you care?** 'Because I choose to.' **You make it sound so simple.** 'That's because it is simple. Hard sometimes, but simple.'

Friday, October 31, 2003

I just got back from a shooting range. Shot a 9 millimeter, a 6-shooter revolver, and a 45 magnum.

Um... well, let's just say the target is dead. :-P I'll see if I can get a picture of it.
Tying a tie is Man Magic.

Imagine this: my dad, who is 6 foot 3 inches tall, cleaning over to get a tie around my neck. I'm 5 foot 4 inches short, BTW. Dad even does the steps in slow motion. No go... the information slides from my mind like water through my hands.

Man Magic.
Aldor ate!!! Not as much as I would've liked him to, maybe a half to a third of the half a can of food I put down, but it's a start. I think he'll be OK now. :-)

80 degrees today. 80 FUCKING DEGREES!!! That is not Halloween weather. Bah humbug.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Dean Cain to play Scott Peterson in a movie.

OK, this is just wrong on SO many levels... *shakes head*
Vet called, said that the throwing up is probably just left over from the enima yesterday. Mom and Dad came over and helped me clean out his room, change out his litter pan, and we took up the dry food and left him with a concoction the vet rocmmended: water and chicken noodle soup broth. We'll see how this goes, I can't give him his heart medicine so I'm worried about what all this is doing to him.
I'm'a have to call the vet again... sometime between about 3pm and 7:40pm Aldor had thrown up some very poopy-smelling stuff all over his room, and this morning he hasn't eaten at all. I think he may be trying to tell me something.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

I fear for the future of the world...

A girl I kinda know who's a Wildside fan has latched onto Janice and myself because we're older female wrestling fans who like to take pictures. She messages me: "you wouldnt happen to know what to do when you super glue your index and thumb fingers together, would you?"

Me: "Usually, you head to the emergency room... "

Her: "how bout i try to not let my parents know?"

Me: "Read the bottle, it might say something on it"

Her: "ok..hold on..."

In a time of crises, she doesn't read the directions, she doesn't call someone locally for help, she GETS ON THE FUCKING INTERNET????
Aldor went to the vet this morning. He's my 10 1/2 year old cat with a heart problem. Since Monday, he hadn't eaten and hadn't used the litter box. So, throwing on some clothes and slurping half an Ensure, off we go.

Meanwhile, I've been sick since Monday morning myself with some stomach bug that keeps me boderline nauseus. I hate this. Either make me throw up or go the fuck away.

Anyways, we get to the vet, and he takes x-rays and does bloodwork. The bloodwork says he's dehydrated, the x-rays show a constipated cat with fluid on his lungs.

The enima got out two days of poop, I now have some new medicine to try to afford to give him for his heart and lungs.

And I now have no credit card. Again.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

The whole left half of my mouth is numb. I asked for another shot of novacaine when the dentist (a WONDERFUL guy) started drilling. I felt just a little too much to be comfortable.

So I used it as an excuse to go get a peanut butter fudge milkshake from Sonic. I can taste it on one side of my mouth. ;-)

Monday, October 27, 2003

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I'm readnig all the stuff about the California fires, and I'm wondering why people have built up areas that are prone to fires?

There's also more than a few pictures of people having to be dragged from their burning homes.

You Are


You are a beautiful person, in a wistful kind of way. If you could, you would spend all your time daydreaming and writing poetry. You are a tragic beauty.

You are sensitive and caring, and you don't take insults well. You don't smile much, but when you do, you really mean it.

People like to be around you because you are a calming influence. You have an appreciation for all things beautiful, and you probably have some potted plants. You also most likely own a cat.

You like Sundays and hot tea. You will spend your entire life yearning for quiet beauty, which is a rarity in this world, so you read a lot.

Everyone you know thinks you're "nice."

Take the Which Led Zeppelin Song Are You? Quiz

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

I hate doctors who don't call back. Hate them. Won't go back to them if I can. When I call at 9:45am asking about the two cut-off moles and the fact that the skin around them is red, I WANT A FUCKING ANSWER. I do not want to have to call back 5 hours later and get a fast-talking receptionist who gives me excuses. No, I don't have time to come in today. No, I can't come in tomorrow morning. If you had fucking called me back in a reasonable amount of time, I could have.
Witch gets permission to run a shop. Cool! Now I need to go visit Oslo. ;-)
Lanier Parking Systems
Violations Department

Re: Ticket #47884

To Whom It May Concern:

On October 20th, 2003, I found a ticket envelope on my car, which I have been parking in your Columbia, SC, lot since June 16th. I am stunned that it was there, considering my October 2003 car tag was clearly displayed, as it had been the entire month. How the attendant missed it when he put the envelope under my windshield wipers is something incomprehensible.

Therefore, I am not paying the $12 fee. If you have any questions, you may speak with Myra Brown.

As my favorite T-Shirt says: Do not start with me. You will not win.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Work update: Email is still flaking out. Denial is a major river here.

More Quizilla... I know I seem to do a lot of these, but I hand out a TON of 1's and 2's... the only ones that get here are 5's.

holding hands
hand holding - you like to be in constant physical
contact with your special someone but you don't
want to take things too quickly.

What Sign of Affection Are You?
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Server is down. About 10 minutes and 30+ calls after the fact, the network "gurus" finally decide to make an announcement.

Which half the office doesn't hear, apparently.

Thankfully, my MP3 player is picking out all my Bionic, Eminem, etc., so I won't lose my temper on someone. :-p

Sunday, October 19, 2003

I read some of my friends' blogs, and I feel like I'm wasting people's time with mine... guess that's the difference of being single and childless.

Need to email Rebecca, see if she'll let me know ahead of time about anything for Raven's 6th birthday on 11/5.

Need to email Jeremy, see if he's going to be staying in Japan after the current All Japan tour is done.

Why don't people pay for their Ebay auctions? I swear, I go through the time to put stuff up, people win (and for more than just pennies, one this time that's being not paid for was $6), and then they fall off the face of the planet, and I have to go through the trouble of getting the charges reversed and stuff. Look, if you're going to go out of town or something when the auction ends, DON'T BID ON THE DAMN THING!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2003

Friday Five again:

1. Name five things in your refrigerator. Milk, cranberry juice, tea, eggs, Smart Balance

2. Name five things in your freezer. Frozen waffles, frozen garlic bread, some steaks, some ground beef, and frozen dinners

3. Name five things under your kitchen sink. Dishwasher detergent, trash bags, floor cleaner, roach traps, water filtration system

4. Name five things around your computer. Hint book for Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, little notepads, pens, receipts, bills

5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet. Hairbands, spare toothbrush, nail polish remover, hydrogen peroxide, more hairbands (don't use the medicine cabinet for much)

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Columbia! WOO-HOO!!!! Gotta get a ticket...
Bush order to stop leaks leaked.

I'm still trying to decide if this is actually a joke. ;-)
The dermatologist took two moles off of my back... she's sending them off to be tested, should be nothing. Mom says I got my dad's mother's fair skin despite having dark hair.
School lets girl wear hajib to school after all.


Didn't expect the backlash, did they?

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

The color printer that's outside my office has been blinknig for a couple of weeks that it was about to need a new drum. My law firm, being the penny pinching idiots that they are, wait until you can't use it to get the hardware guy down here to install a new one.

Except he can't.

The parts that he swears worked last time suddenly don't work this time.

So the only high-capacity color printer for the entire Columbia office (oh, 200+ people, easily) is down. There's one other color printer, a little 2500 somewhere on the 16th floor. Where? God knows...

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The weather's gone full circle... when I came in before 8am, it was dark and cloudy and rainy. The sun came out for a little bit, but now it's dark and cloudy and about to be rainy again.
You are Form 6, Elfin: The Wyld.

"And The Elfin saw the evil and
misjudgement in the world and shot her arrow at
the sky. Bolts of lightning struck the earth
and gave the world balance and

Some examples of the Elfin Form are Demeter (Greek)
and Khepry (Egyptian).
The Elfin is associated with the concept of growth
and balance, the number 6, and the element of
Her sign is the half moon.

As a member of Form 6, you are a very balanced
individual. You can easily adapt to most
situations and you may be a good social
chameleon. You aren't afraid of changes in
your life, but sometimes you evolve too
rapidly, leaving others to think that you are
leaving them behind. Elfin are the best
friends to have because they are open minded.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Monday, October 13, 2003

Back from the doctor... my blood work is all great, cholesterol is "excellent", everything's within norms. Weighed 114 pounds, blood pressure 108/70, pulse fine. I go Thurseday to a local dermatologist to get a couple of moles on my back looked at/removed.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Muslim 11-year-old thrown out of school because she wore the hajib, the head scarf that Muslim girls are supposed to wear once they hit puberty.

I hope the school gets completely slammed... "No head gear because of gang related activities" my ass.

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Saw this over on Dawn's blog, thought it looked cool. Oh, Dawn, I don't know if I have Sanitarium lying around right this minute, but if you really want it it'll take about 30 minutes to get a hold of. *innocent look*

1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones? Yup, pro football and pro wrestling. Do not try to tell me pro wrestling's not a sport. If you say that, you're watching that WWE Sports Entertainment shit. Go watch your local indy group, or Wildside, and THEN try to tell me it's not a sport.

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes? Carolina Panthers (go Stephen Davis!) and the Washinton Redskins (even tho poor Patrick Ramsey is going to die a horrible death against the Bucs).

3. Are there any sports you hate? No, not hate... I don't like to watch baseball much, unless I'm with someone who really likes it, and I have no interest in basketball.

4. Have you ever been to a sports event? Oh good heavens, yes... high school football, college football, Sally league baseball...

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play? Nope, arthritis kept me from playing sports.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Cheney says we're all about to die Or at least a significant portion of us, anyways.

Sorry, buddy, does not distract from the fact that you're still making millions off of Haliburton, and that someone in your White House leaked top secret CIA info, and that ya'll still have no idea how to salvage the economy.
My fellow help desk technician has been on her personal line for AT LEAST the last hour. So I've been answering all the calls.

Now she's going on break.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

So, it's Governor Arnold of California?

Thank all that's holy I live on the opposite side of the country from California...

Monday, October 06, 2003

Kahvi will come into my lap when I'm wrapped in the snug-sack, a quilt-like cocoon that I have at the computer since I don't have the heat turned up very high. She seems to like the feel of quilts and comforters. Watched her nip at her brother to get him down is kind of cute, she's not normally agressive.

This morning I had blood drawn by the BEST nurse on the face of the planet, or at least the best one I've been in contact with since I left Palms of Pasadena. She got the butterfly needle without having to be asked or making a fuss, and slid it into my dehydrated vein without a problem. Very cool.

Got to work, tried to say hello to the three women in my co-workers office. Was definitely not invited. *shrug* Whatever.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Kahvi is sitting in my lap.

Now for most cats, this is not a big deal. But I've had Kahvi since the summer of 1999, and she is the most skittish, don't-touch-me cat I have ever known. She won't let me clip her claws (she's the only cat out of 8 I've lived with that I've seriously considered having declawed); she normally flinches if you try to touch her.

But she jumped into my lap just now.

She's jumped back down, but this is a break-through for her. I hope she does it again.
I had a good time at Homecoming last night, mostly because of a young man named Isaac Cornelius.

When I was at the school 10 years ago, his father was the head groundskeeper for Heathwood. A year or two after I left, he died suddenly of a heart attack or stroke or whatever it is around the South that kills barely-middle-aged Black men so suddenly. I have vague memories of his son (he was probably in the 8th grade when I graduated, need to find the yearbook) being a still-slightly babyfat guy playing on the JV football team.

Well, he went and spent 4 years in the Navy after graduating from high school, then left because he was tired of being transferred from base to base to base. He now is getting a degree of some kind from Midlands Technical college, working 3rd shift at a plant or factory here in town, and playing semi-pro ball. I need to find out what team. Luckily, we exchanged numbers and emails, so I can ask him.

As I was leaving, the voice in my head whined that I should have given him my home number (which is busy 75% of the time because I'm online) instead of the cell number. I told the voice to shut up and cranked up the music.

Friday, October 03, 2003

I hate working with gold thread... the metallic kind, I mean. I'm doing this pattern here for my parents for the holidays, and this damn metallic thread frays the regular thread and knots like a bitch. And of course this has the damn stuff ALL through it... *sigh*

?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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Heater just kicked in for the first time this season... except for the smell of burning dust, it seems to be working fine. No bad sounds, no cold air. YAY!

Last year, it didn't work, and I woke up to 52 degrees and $300+ to repair it. This one has to last until I can replace this old gas pack thing with something more efficient.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

OK, Spiegel and me are gonna fight. Or at least the credit card company that's refusing to close my account...

If anyone out there who reads this has had or is having problems closing their old Siegal account, let me know? I work for a law firm, there's guys here who would cream themselves to have such an easy case. ;-)

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Random thoughts this morning...

- The main headline on this morning's paper was "Panel urges shifting power to governor". Of course, that panel was APPOINTED by the governor. Among other things, it suggests that the governor appoint three government positions (like the adjucant general and state superintendant of education) instead of letting us voters vote on it. No thank you.

- October 1st. Wonderfully cool morning, the house temperature is 68 degrees. The heat won't get turned on until it gets to 65 or below this year, because SCE&G has already assured us of higher natural gas prices. Thanks, guys.

- Time to do the fall washing. One load of sweaters, unpacked from the garbage bag they've been in for the past 5 months or so, is already being washed. My washer complained about how the weight most certainly did not qualify as "Delicate cycle". I told the washer to get over it, I need those sweaters to last a while. Also will clean up the big thick comforter to put on the bed.

- Found tapes to learn Japanese on Ebay fairly cheaply. In two weeks I'll work 6 10-hour days, so that paycheck should be able to get me some.

- I'm going to my high school's Homecoming Friday... 10 years since high school. I fully expect none of my classmates to be there.