Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Slippery Slope

My biggest boss's boss wants us to look at charging for their medical benefits for employees who smoke. Currently employees pay nothing and they pay a shit load for their dependents. On the one hand, it doesn't affect me so why should I care... on the other it starts raising a concern for me. As a fat chick, I'm well aware of all the press about how fat people are killing the nation with our fatness and our fatty lifestyles and how we're all going to cost the country a bajillion trillion dollars in medical costs. (It clearly bugs me because I'm a healthy fat chick. My cholesterol is awesome. My sugars are good blah blah blah. Just don't ask about my genetic stuff. :) ) So my concern is thus... we start charging the smokers because their lung cancer is so bad... how long is it before we start charging the fatties and further on, do we start charging those people who actually get sick more? It just seems like a slippery slope to me.

Unrelated to this, I'm going to see Harry Potter 5 finally. And better... I'm going to see it in 3-d Imax at the Pacific Science Center. Admit it, you all are jealous! :)

Monday, July 30, 2007

Disney Pics!

This is actually round 2 of the Disney and Florida Pics. I'll post the Magic Kingdom and maybe a few more Animal Kingdom photos tomorrow. We didn't take any pictures in MGM since we were only there a few hours and I only took a few photos of Epcot.

Can you see the horse and the lion in the tree? This is the Tree of Life, the centerpiece to Animal Kingdom. (Magic Kingdom has the castle, Epcot has the golf ball and MGM has a Sorcer's Apprentice hat)

This is the 3 of us in front of the Tree of Life. The It's Tough to be a Bug show goes on in the bottom of the tree. That's one of those 3-d shows Disney does... this one about the bug world. (Obviously)

Everest. This is the new "thrill ride" at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It was really fun! We got to go on it 3 times. I <3 roller coasters! It travels backwards and through the dark. The lead character is a Yeti. ;) The whole area is themed like the Himalayas. All in all a very fun area.

On the Maharaja Jungle Trek (a path near Everest), you can see a variety of animals including bats! Bats are awesome. Although these bats were HUGE. The ones we used to see in Fairbanks were probably the size of my thumb. I think the guy said that these could get as big as 6' wingspan.

Gorilla. The boys were kept in their own exhibit and then there was a family group in another one. This is one of the boys. They are not socialized with people and they discourage you from making eye contact or spending too much time looking at one. (Unlike San Diego zoo and even this one, where people seem to have developed weird bonds with the gorillas.)

Baobob Tree. This one is over 700 years old. It is part of the safari tour. (As are many of the next pictures)

These longhorns were in the grass a mere 10 feet tops from us. I thought their coats were BEAUTIFUL. They were these dark mahogany colors. I really dug them.

It is like Where's Waldo. Can you see the parents in this pic?

Baby Giraffes! Yay! Babies are so cute and "little."

A zebra just standin' on the road. The lions were out the other side of the car. The whole area is set up with natural barriers between all the animals so that the carnivores can't get to the other animals.

This was not on the safari. This is out at Rafiki's station. There's a petting zoo out there. That area is also the place where I found out a guy I know died through weird circumstances (he was Christian Scientist and they don't believe in doctors so who knows what actually killed him... he didn't believe in doctors, but apparently butt sex was not a violation of his religion??) and that my friend V was moving to San Diego... on August 1. Anyway, the petting zoo had these sheep and they seemed to have stuff shaved into their wool. I thought this one was awesome. :)

I took this without a flash during the Festival of the Lion King show. I liked how the lights weirdly formed Mickey heads. This is of a woman who is on a rope doing a spinning acrobatic thing.

My sister, me and my niece with the big man himself. This was at Epcot on our last day at the parks. We spent most of the day at Epcot and went to MGM in the late afternoon. We stood in line so that Kayla could get her photo taken with all the VIP characters.

Here's the 3 of us in front of the golf ball. The arm is being removed but it used to be a hand with a wand. While there I went on Mission to Mars, (the ride that has killed at least 3 people, yeah yeah, they had a pre-existing heart condition), but I wussed out and took the easier version. It was still pretty cool and rather reminiscent of Star Tours (for those that have been to Disney) although you're kind of in your own little unit. The other version (which my sister and niece braved) also spins I believe. That was the part I knew I couldn't do. I don't do spinning things.

I had the brilliant idea that instead of taking a bus from Epcot to MGM, we should take the boat out of England. So we did. And then a thunderstorm started and there was lightning and while we stopped at the Yacht & Beach hotel (part of the route) the captains got the word that we couldn't go anywhere while the lightning was going on. (Florida is the lightning strike capital of the US you know). We were stuck for probably close to an hour. I read Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and Mandy and Kayla napped. Kay and I also played a couple hand games which was fun and made us laugh. A lot of people hopped off the boat, but it was kind of a nice little forced relaxation. It also poured during that time and most of the outdoor rides can't run in the rain/lightning.

On Sunday we went tubing down some spring. I'll have pictures of that later since they are on my waterproof camera. This is St. Augustin beach. The flag was red which means bad undertow and big waves. And they were big. We got splashed a lot! I'm not 100% certain that I love the ocean after that. :) It was very different than Hawai'i, although not that different than Oregon. Warmer though. :)

My niece Kayla and her friend Kayla. They both had a good time playing in the waves. For a long time we were jumping around in the big waves but then when we got tired the girls would just kind of lay in the waves and let the waves push them to shore like dried up driftwood. It was kind of funny.
The next day I got on the plane and headed for home. For the first time, I didn't get my standby flight. That kind of sucked since it meant I was in Philly for an extra 2 hours. Sigh. But somehow although I was assigned to an aisle seat, the person who had the window didn't show up so I didn't have to sit squashed in between two people for the 5 and a half hour flight.

Friday, July 27, 2007

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Grass is greener

I tend to get restless. Usually it coincides with one of two things... 1 - I vacation or visit or (in the case of Colorado) see a movie that is about a place and decide I'm tired of living where I do and want to move. 2 - I'm dissatisfied with my current place in my life and want to move to shake things up.

The reality is, of course, I'm too lazy and broke right now to actually move anywhere, but I'm entertaining the idea. :) By entertaining the idea, I mean I do vague searches on move.com to discover if I could afford housing in my new locale and job searches on monster.

Currently I'm suffering from a little of both scenarios. I'm just back from vacation which always makes me happy but now I want to live in Orlando, despite the fact that it is a million degrees there year round and I'll die. And I am not just satisfied with my life at the moment. I don't know why or where this is coming from. I think it is mostly because I'm stressed about my apartment (one of my neighbors complained about the 'ferret smell' and my apartment manager is now implying that I snuck them in basically) and I have a performance review at work which I'm all terrified about (for no real reason I suppose, I'm good at my job, but I have had some humdingers of reviews in the past so I've been gun shy ever since.). Both are minor annoyances and will pass but they just make me want to not be here anymore.

Currently on the list of places I want to live...

1 - Orlando (I know it is a million degrees there but if I could work for Disney I might be able to make it work)

2 - Colorado (I watched a movie... it looked pretty there and I thought that might be nice but there are no jobs for what I do and I don't want to live in Denver)

3 - California (sometimes I think about moving back there. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it - part of that whole once you break up with someone you don't get back together with him, but my BFF lives there with her husband and almost new baby so it would be good and I'd have friends there already.)

4 - Oregon (I love Astoria. Again no jobs in what I do there.)

I'm kind of on the fence about living in a city. On the one hand I love the freedom to walk wherever I want to and we have great public transportation. Also there are more likely to be jobs in what I currently do in bigger cities. Benefits specialists are more necessary in mid to larger companies. When I was visiting my sister all I could think was where do these people work? Where do professionals work in those areas? (She's too far from a city to be a reasonable commute I think.) On the other, I'm kind of sick of being surrounded by people at all times. And while I like the convenience factor of having everything close at hand, I kind of am tired of no wide open spaces or quiet places with no people. (Although I realize 50% of the places on my list would be cities). I also don't know why I never consider the east coast in places to live, but I don't. I know FL is on the east coast, but I mean northeast. Also I know I never consider the mid-west. I didn't like Indiana, I am now painting the entire middle of the country with that brush. :)

Ultimately I know I won't move. I don't want to go through the whole effort to make friends again. I don't want to pack all my shit up. If I were moving back to CA, for example, I would wait until the girls died because I don't want to do the owning illegal animals there again. And actually I think I would wait anyway because I don't want to move with animals this time around. So stagnation is my name. Sigh.

(This feeling shall pass. It always does. :) )

Monday, July 23, 2007

So close!

D'oh. So close this vacation! We went to the beach today. I was using the very last of my spray on sunscreen. Apparently there was less left in the bottle than I thought. And I am now crispy on my back and partially on my chest. The weird part... this odd square section on my chest that is still stark white. I have no idea how that happened. Real photos will follow once I'm home.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Animal Kingdom

Today we spent the day at Animal Kingdom. We had a really good time today too. We rode the new Everest roller coaster 3 times! Almost every ride we were able to just walk on to or had a wait not longer than 40 minutes. There was a time we walked past the Everest roller coaster and the line was 80 minutes but when we walked past it later in the day it was 20 minutes. We also walked on to the rapids ride twice, getting soaked on the 2nd round. I am still not sunburned. Are you impressed? I totally am. (Of course I'm spraying myself down with sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours so that helps.) The only bad part of the day was late in the day when we were bitten by these flying biting ants. Those were not good. And there was nary a spider to be seen to help with those. Although one of the cast members said something about calling pest control. I kind of want to know how they deal with that since the whole park is all about rock and twig environmentalism.

We came home early since the park closes at 8. We ate some Wendys (cheapest meal we've had so far) and then hopped into the pool. It was so nice just to float and bob along. The water is WARM here. It was so so so warm. I don't think I've ever been in a pool that warm.

My feets are killing me. My tendon is unhappy with me and my back is threatening to go on strike, but how can I complain when I'm having so damn much fun?

Tomorrow we are going to Epcot and MGM and then we leave tomorrow night up to where my sister lives. Sunday I think we are going tubing down a river and Monday we're off to the beach. Yay! And then I fly back on Tuesday.

I did not break a bra today either. That's happy. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Magic Kingdom

We had an awesome day at the Magic Kingdom today! (That's the name for the main Disney World park.) There weren't a lot of people there surprisingl and we got to go on all the rides we wanted to go on. I've been all sorts of careful about my skin so I only got a tiny bit of burn on the back of my calves. Everything else is sun burn free. Go me!

For dinner tonight I had an awesome hamburger! I had asked for a burger with no bun and the checker asked me about allergies and they actually had GF buns. It was great! The GF buns are very dry though and he didn't toast it, but you know I can't complain. Especially since it was at a fast food restaurant. That made me very happy.

We came back to the hotel early tonight. The park is open until 11, but there's no way we can last that long. We're all pooped.

The only downer... I've now busted the wire in 2 bras. Today while we were in line for something I felt the tell tale snap. And worse the damn wire had actually busted through the fabric and jabbed a hole in my right boob. The good part, though, was since the wire busted through the fabric I could pull the two pieces out and just wear the bra without the wire.

I'll have pictures galore when I get back. Don't miss me too much! :) (Of course how can you with me posting every evening??!! :) )

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I'm here!

Are you envious?! You should be. It is really humid. The flight down was rather uneventful. I had like a 1/2 hour layover between Phx and Orlando. I was lucky to catch my flight! But now I'm in the htoel and we're going to bed and tomorrow we're going to Disney World! Yay!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I'm taking the girls to be boarded this afternoon for the time I'm on my trip. I'm a little anxious about this and it is weird. Usually I leave them alone when I'm out of town which is actually much worse than leaving them with one of the vet techs that actually knows Tess since she gives Tess her monthly shot. I think I'm just worried because I don't want them to think I've abandoned them to a shelter the way their previous owner did. (Because obviously ferrets have the higher thought processes to think these things. :) )

Camping Photos

Here are the as promised scenes from camping. Probably plus my commentary. :)

The beach. It was about 7:00 AM. I was one of the first ones up (although I found out from J that he was up at that time too). I don't sleep well and sleeping on the ground... even worse. :)
Just another shot of the coast. The beach is kind of surrounded a little bit.

Early morning joggers. Seriously. Jogging? That's just crazy talk. :)

I like the spooky 3 rocks in the distance. They remind me of the Goonies movie.

Good morning to me! (notice the green camping sweatshirt.)

Good morning J!! He has a breakfast of champions... diet coke. :) We actually had a ton of breakfast foods... bacon, hashbrowns, eggs and I had GF pancakes. (Which are AWESOME and which I'm taking camping with me again)

Big R in the tent. He had just gotten up. He was not thrilled with me for taking his pic here. :)

Littlehands, Big R & J sitting at the campground.

Big R & J. Aren't they cute? Seriously J is an awesome guy. Why isn't there a straight version of him? :) On Sunday morning when we were all miserable I heard a car running. I asked him about it, he was warming up the car inside so that Big R could go in there and be comfy. So nice.

Every princess needs a castle. Big R is working on his. I whined at him until we went into the ocean. That was so much fun! We dove in the waves and jumped around. It was also exhausting.

M, J & Littlehands courting skin cancer. I did it too and ended up burned. Sigh. (The large black mass is J's dog. Cute dog.)

M & J sunning.

J & I played scrabble after we cleaned up after the beach. I beat him. Although technically I was winning and he conceded when his friends showed up.

M was supposed to be reading her trashy novel, but fell asleep instead.

Big R & Littlehands. Big R totally fell asleep and actually started snoring. We laughed. Littlehands dozed off too. That's the best part of any camping trip... just relaxing around the camp. :)

This is Littlehands' patented pending toasting procedure. She likes the chocolate to melt so she sticks a marshmallow on the toasting fork and then slides a chocolate and graham cracker between the marshmallow and the other prong of the fork. It was very clever.

Monday, July 16, 2007


I score differently on different tests, sometimes I come up as an INFP. However, having read this page about INFJs, I see why that came up. :)

Your Score: Freak- INFJ

13% Extraversion, 60% Intuition, 26% Thinking, 53% Judging

Well, well, well. How did someone like you end up with the least common personality type of them all? In a group of 100 Americans, only 0.5 others would be just like you. You really are one of a kind... In fact, I do believe that that's one of the definitions for the word "FREAK."

Freak's not such a bad word to describe you actually.

You are deep, complex, secretive and extremely difficult to understand. If that doesn't scream "Freak!" I don't know what does. No-one actually knows the REAL you, do they?

You probably have deep interests in creative expression as well as issues of spirituality and human development.

You've probably even been called a "psychic" before, because of your uncanny knack to understand and "read" people without quite knowing how you do it. Don't fret. You're not actually psychic. That would make you special and you'll never accomplish that.

You're also quite possible the most emotional of them all, so don't take this all too hard. Nevertheless you most definitely have the strangest personality type and that's not necessarily a good thing.


If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.


The other personality types are as follows...

Loner - Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Pushover - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Criminal - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
Borefest - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Almost Perfect - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Loser - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
Crackpot - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
Clown - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Sap - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Commander - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving
Do Gooder - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Scumbag - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Busybody - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
Prick - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
Dictator - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Link: The Brutally Honest Personality Test written by UltimateMaster on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test


I'll post photos later, but I did finally download all the photos off my camera. (I had to, I only had space for about 12 photos left and goodness knows I'm going to Disney World this week so I'll need all the space I can get!)

You know a camping trip is good when it ends with a tetnus shot. :) Or at least at the end you have to go get a tetnus shot. I'm going today at 11:30 because I stepped on something Saturday night that punched a hole in the bottom of my left foot. I then proceeded to walk around most of the night and next morning barefoot because although the bottom of my foot hurt, the sides of my feet hurt worse. My Tevas tear up part of my pinky toes. I always forget that's why I don't wear them for long periods of time, but I can wear them once in a while. I have a difficult relationship with shoes. :)

We all had a very good time. It was a seafood fiesta for dinner on Sat night. There was so much food. It was amazing. Big R & boyfriend, J, had shrimp and tuna and crab and oysters. Little hands had crab and oysters. M had clams and crab. And then there was me who doesn't do sea food with my kabobs. But they were giant so I shared some of that too.

On Saturday we spent the morning at Tillamook Cheese Factory and then we spent the early afternoon on the beach. I'm sunburned. (Again to blistering on one of my arms which is alarming.) It seems to be happening more frequently. I sprayed down with sunblock but maybe not enough or not enough time between spraying and going in the water. Big R, J and I all played in the waves. It was so much fun!!! Although the undertow was pretty severe and we really found ourselves rocked by the waves. It was a lot of fun!

Later J and I played scrabble and Big R & M took a nap. Littlehands was trying to get the net on Big R's sidekick but apparently it was having trouble. Cell reception is spotty there. Sometimes just moving a few inches made me get bars when before I couldn't.

Sunday morning, though, sucked. It was so wet outside and the tent I was in leaked like a seive. Seriously. I woke up to this cold feeling on my arm... which was tucked inside my sleeping bag. The water had dripped onto my sleeping bag and eventually seeped through. Also I forgot to bring my 2nd pair of pants so I had only 1 pair the whole weekend. Also sometime Saturday afternoon the only bra I had brought with me broke and so I was being jabbed by underwire for the next day and a half. Also the one pair of pants I did bring got soaked in the leaky tent debacle and so I ended up wearing my gray pajama shorts all day on Sunday. We packed up and got out of the camp FAST that morning. It was so miserable. I think if I wasn't so wet I would've been more amenable to staying longer but everything was wet. Luckily it was hot and sunny here in Seattle and when I took everything that got wet - sleeping bag, sleeping pad, chair and pillow - out to the building's patio it dried in less than an hour. Awesome.

I'm hoping my tent doesn't leak so that when I go camping with Stephen in two (three?) weeks I won't have a repeat experience. Or I suppose I could just hope it doesn't rain. :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Je fait du camping.

I love camping. I'm headed out this afternoon to Cape Lookout in Oregon. We'll be gone until Sunday.

THEN I go to Florida (I keep typing Disney World as though that's all I'm doing) for a week.

Then I work for a full week. (I think one of the first in months).

Then I go camping again. Stephen and I are going to go back to Cape Lookout (to the same site that I love) in Oregon with his son for a Sunday, Monday and Tuesday thing. I think that's 5 camping trips this summer. (Well if you count two where I was in the woods but sleeping in cabins. I do.) That's both outstanding and yet out of control at the same time! :) (If you ever go, spot D1 is the best one in my opinion. It is surrounded on 3 sides by high bushes and is very close to the beach. Like walk across the 'street' and down into the beach. Awesome!)

I hate that..

I just did something I vowed I'd never do again. I hate it when I do that.

On happier news, hell happier news deserves its own post..

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fucking Amazon

Amazon is so about to join the list*. As I posted, I received an email stating that I couldn't have my fan because they are no longer able to get it from their suppliers.
I'm sorry to hear about this situation. Usually, I'd be able to create a
replacement order that would be shipped to you as soon as possible at no
additional charge. Unfortunately, I can't do that in this case because the item
"Enviracaire EFY-045 Digital Tower Fan with Ionizer" is now unavailable from our

But today I went on to amazon.com to show Michelle which one it was I ordered and they are able to get it. It isn't coming directly from them and it is more expensive than what I bought but is that my problem? They do have access to what I ordered and what UPS damaged and so I should be able to get what I ordered. Fuckers. I've now emailed amazon again. Depending on their 2nd response we'll see if they join the list.

* The list of places I refuse to shop at for varying reasons involving screwing things up or making me sick. Currently The Elysian is the only business on the list. Broadway Grill was on it but worked its way off. Oh how could I have forgotten... UPS is on the list. It has a permanent place on the list.

Fan update

Amazon is sold out of my $20.00 fan. That's apparently what I get for ordering something on sale. Or something... :(

That does mean I'm getting back $21.70 which I can spend at Disneyworld buying Mickey Mouse ears. :)

The girls are going to go to be boarded this round. I don't usually do that but it has been so hot I don't trust to leave them in the apartment while I'm gone like I usually do. I also feel good about it because then I won't have to worry the way I usually do when I'm gone. Although boarding a pet, a little pricey. $15 a day. (I'm sure Michelle could tell me about the fancy pants doggie spa that she sent the dog to and how ridiculously expensive it was... but this is a chick's house and it isn't like the girls are going to get their own pool. :) )

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


My head might explode at my impotent rage at UPS. And since it is 10:00 at night there's nothing I can do about it at this time. But seriously. SERIOUSLY. I am so angry.

I ordered a fan from Amazon.com and it was supposed to be delivered today. I made sure I was going to get home as close to 4:30 as I could because usually UPS comes in the early evening or right after work. I waited and waited. I moved my dinner plans from 6 to 6:30. And then talked to LiDay at 6:30 and said the package hadn't come yet and I waited some more. Finally at 7:00 I risked going online to find out where my package was. There's now a notation set at 5:22 in the tracking system that the package was damaged. So I call UPS to find out what the next step is. I'm told that since the package was damaged they would be returning it and the sender would be contacting me. So I go out to dinner and come home at 9:30. I log in to see if I've received any communication from Amazon about my package and I see that according to the UPS site, I REFUSED DELIVERY. Allegedly I did this at 8:30. Now I'm livid. I wasn't here at 8:30 and I didn't do it. I don't know if this is their standard operating procedure but I'm totally pissed. I call UPS and of course you can't get a real person. I do the track the package thing and am told that the recepient refused delivery. So I keep saying customer service over and over into the voice recognition thing and then I discover that they are closed. So I go to amazon.com and email them. I don't want it to seem like I refused the package and this somehow negatively affect me with regards to my fan. I also pointed out that if they were trying to reship it to me I'm out of town next and I won't be able to receive it and UPS won't leave it since I'm an apartment dweller. I have had it with UPS. I wish I could find vendors that don't use them at all.

Also weird, I ordered two things from Amazon at the same time to get the "super saver shipping" and one came UPS (the fan) and the other is coming via USPS, the Wicked Soundtrack.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I'm going to Disney World!!

I know it is a sickness. But I love it so. LOVE IT SO! So I'm going to visit my sister next week. This is awesome on so many levels... not the least being that now I don't have to clean because she isn't coming here. :) So we'll go to the beach and to Disney World and I'll see if I can convince her to take me to the everglades. I think she's near that. (Ok having looked at a map, she is so far away from there... not at all near. Clearly I failed Florida Geography). :)

BUT I'm now researching things to do in Florida. I'm so excited I could cry. Like I'm wanting to burst out of my skin.... YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!

I could go there!

How is it that it has never dawned on me that I could go visit my sister instead of her coming up here? Seriously?! She lives in Florida for goodness sakes. I love to go travelling. And although I could never live there and it will be hotter than the fires of hell, I LOVE the touristy crap that Florida offers. I am so going there. We can go to Busch Gardens and Sea World and maybe... maybe... MAYBE... Maybe not... The World is expensive and far from my sister... But I can dream. :)

Monday, July 09, 2007

New Toys for Sampson!

Sampson got a present in the mail today. I'm sure he'll be ever so happy. He's been having a hard time with overheating lately. It happened last summer too. It's just too hot and he sits on my lap which doesn't help things. (Actually he sits on an aluminum cookie tray on my lap). So I went online and ordered him a laptop cooler to help this out. I'm hopeful that he'll stop shutting down randomly since I do not like that. (And according to what I've read he doesn't like it either).

New Toys!

I went to Stephen's house today for his son's 4th birthday party. It was fun. not quite what I expected, but truthfully I don't know what I was expecting. :) His parties (and I know he's reading this. ;) ) always have such an interesting mix of people. It kind of fascinates me honestly. It was fun and it appeared his son liked the book I got him. What book you might wonder... Be Nice to Spiders. The one I'm always talking about. :) I also got him Wedgehead the Ugly Doll.

Although that's not the new toys I'm talking about. On the way home from Kenmore, I stopped at the pet store and bought the girls some new treats. I also bought Tess some new toys. She loves these little balls of fur that I can get in the kitty toy section. She's been so cute all evening with her new ball and takes it and hides it and then she pulls it out and runs and hides it in a new spot. And then she picks it up from there and hides it in a new spot. It is cracking me up.

I threw out my back again. I'm really sick of my back. I'm sure it is because I've got so much going on and I'm stressed and it is one of those things that happens. Sigh. I bought a heating pad and a back brace today to help me. I just about toasted myself though since I had my laptop on my lap and the heating pad against my back. Although I think that might be the key to being cool... Heat oneself up a lot and then step away from the heat. :D

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Edited for TV

One of my favorite movies is Amerian History X. I can only rarely watch it, though because it is just really painful to watch. There are a couple of scenes that make me physically ache when I watch them. The scene where Edward Norton kills the guy and the scene in the shower. I also bawl at the end. As far as I know, it isn't usually shown on network TV, I suspect because it is REALLY violent. Yet either Spike or TNT is getting ready to show it sometime soon. I can't help but wonder how much will have to be edited out to make it okay for that channel.

Unrelated, or only barely related to TV, why do people think that thing where you hang upside down and cover up the nose and mouth of a person and put eyeballs on the chin and hair think that's funny or clever? I find it kind of creepy. (Sponsored by an Oreo cookie commercial.)

Friday, July 06, 2007


Ok so I have some concern that my hair looks like this... Notice the brown around the face and then the red? That's concerning to me. I followed the instructions about putting some conditioner on my head around my face so I don't dye my scalp, but it looks like I put too much in or something. Anyway. I have to wash it tonight and we'll see what happens. I do think I like the rest of the color. It is back to that brickesh red color that I liked before. If I could remember for the life of me what brand of hair dye I bought I'd post a link to the color. I'll have to look it up at home.


I kinda would like an apple. Too bad I don't have any.


(Not like that you pervs) :)

I've done something I've never done before... I dyed my own hair. Now I've gone to the salon and had it done and I've done it for other people but I've never done it to myself. It was a bit more difficult than I thought, yet easier than I thought at the same time. :) I have a patch I missed and unfortunately it is right in the front. I've just put more dye into that one little spot to see if it will help. Otherwise I think it might look okay. We'll see. It is still damp so it is hard to tell.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Is Robert Ludlum the VC Andrews of spy novels?

In the airport on the way to CA I bought the Bourne Ultimatum. I bought it mostly because there were not a lot of choices in the book section of the airport and then also because I really like the other two Bourne movies. (I think I may even own them which is a surprising thing for me since I mostly love chick flicks and Disney.) I've digressed... I bought the book and I like it (although it is going to take me forever to read it because I really have to READ it and not just gloss over it like I usually do with chick lit.). So I thought I'd go and get the other two Bourne books from the library today after work when I drop off the 11 I have recently read. (Ok 3 of those are recordings/books about dancing for Scouts). I go to the library catalog and I find all these Bourne books published after Ludlum's death. It was kind of weird.

Edited: I followed Michelle's suggestion and found this on Wikipedia: "He died in 2001, reportedly leaving behind several unpublished manuscripts and rough outlines, which continue to be dusted off and published with the help of ghostwriters. Ludlum also published books under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd." So basically he IS the VC Andrews of spy novels. :)

It's official... I've joined the white trash society

And how have I done this you might ask... simple... the presence of tinfoil on my windows. Well of tinfoil on 2/3rds of my windows. I haven't done the 3rd one yet because I'm hoping I won't have to, the other two will be enough. (Although if yesterday is any indication the other two are NOT enough.) The other cooling measure I've put into place does seem to be working, although for how long who knows... I used to keep a curtain across the doorway to my kitchen, and I've now moved it so that it blocks off part of the hall and separates the living room from the bathroom/bedroom. Yesterday any time I went behind that curtain it was much cooler so I'm thinking it may be helping. We'll see. I loathe summer.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Cal-I-Fornia here I come

Actually I'm back, didja miss me?

I left on Friday morning. Stephen generously took me to the airport. That's friendship for ya... since I had to be there at 6:00. :)

After I checked in, my sister called to change my ticket. Apparently I could get to Phoenix with no problem, but leaving Phoenix to LA was not going to happen. So she re-routed me through Vegas. I lost a whole $9.00 in the Vegas airport. I'm usually against gambling in the airport because that just seems weird to me, but I was honestly bored. I was late landing, which is ironic because Michelle posted a peeve that she left her blackberry in the car and hoped I wasn't calling to let her know I was going to be late.

We had a good visit, I believe. Her baby shower was fun and I got to see people I don't usually see. It wasn't too showery which is always nice. We got to decorate onesies and little t-shirts which is fun and lets me be 'crafty.' We made ice cream sandwiches which turned out awesome. They were so yummy I may have to try this at home. (Really it was 2 cookies with vanilla or chocolate or strawberry ice cream smooshed in between them but seriously was soooo good. :) ) She got a million and one pink outfits (ok maybe just a million).

Sunday we went to a different baby shower. This one was less fun for me. I didn't know anyone and had only the most tenuous relationship with the mother-to-be. (I had met her the day before at Michelle's shower.) It was also a little fancy schmancy for me which was why Michelle's was more fun! :) (Better food at Michelle's most definitely).

Monday I flew home. Sigh. Luckily I had no flight issues and even though I was standby on both my flights, I got decent seats. No crappy middle row for me! :) And then again Stephen picked me up at the airport. How luxurious is that?! :)