Thursday, November 27, 2008

M.O.M.S.

Marvels of Modern Science. Hehehehe. Today was a super busy day here. First the home health nurse came in to make sur all of her paperwork was in order. That took forever, but at least it didn't involve too much moving around. And most of the paperwork was already filled out, just a lot of confirming this and signing that.

The box spring and mattress came in today. Was kind of odd. My dad bought them at the PX and the people who delivered them brought them in a U-Haul. :-.. At least they weren't heavy. Took me longer to sign the delivery confirmation than it took them to pull 'em off the truck. lol They weren't as heavy as I remember mattresses being. Perhaps because 1/2 of one of them was that memory foam stuff? Perhaps.

Then in the afternoon was physical therapy. Lots of moving around. I think perhaps too much because part of the incision popped open. It didn't gush or anything, but it took me about 45 minutes to get the blood trickling under control. Yay. Just how I love spending my days. At least she's enjoying the bed. Another interesting note. Her legs/feet are still not all puffy. They both swelled up after the first surgery and now after this one they both went down. I told her it's cuz she's balanced now. I don't think she agreed.

Monday, November 24, 2008

3^2 Experiment

Sometimes I have to find ways to amuse myself. Especially in a hospital. Last year I didn't really hang around for the meals. This year I decided to see what a hospital (supposedly a healthy place) conciders 3 square meals. Let me tell ya, I haven't eaten so much in so long. I feel like I'm about to bust. The food wasn't horrid, but since my mom is at the end of the hallway on the top floor it was generally cold, or well on it's way to cold, by the time it got to us. Anyway, here's the break-down of what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast:

Raisin Bran, English Muffin w/ grape jelly, 2 beef sausages, scrambled eggs, cinnamon apple slice, coffee & orange juice. (I didn't keep the menu that came with it and I have a feeling I'm forgetting something from breakfast, though I may be wrong and it's my full belly playing tricks on me)

Lunch:

Tossed salad w/ ranch dressing (I even ate the tomato), BBQ chicken leg quarter, ranch style beans, green beans, cherry pie & iced tea.

Dinner:

Coleslaw, chicken fried steak (which was GOOD!) with cream gravy, mashed potatoes, green peas, texas toast (which was stale), brownie, iced tea and milk.

It doesn't seem like that much typed up like that, and the portions weren't huge, but it was definitely more than I normally eat in a day. So, what did I learn from my "Hospital 3^2 Experiment"? That's it's normal food which I could tell wasn't, like, organic or fresh or anything. The veggies were canned or frozen, the eggs were likely "egg substitue", the desserts store bought. I guess a person can't expect too much concidering how many people they have to feed . . . Although I would have expected something healthier than what I feed myself. Rather, what Aaron feeds me. If they had portion sizes on the menu (or if I'd have had a scale with me) I could tally up the calorie count. That would be interesting. But it wasn't all bad. According to my mom it's been way better than last year. Which makes me glad I didn't stick around for those or it might've prompted a Mac Attack.

P.S. For those of you who keep up with this sort of thing (or it might just be me trying to be honest with my faithful readers) I watched the movie on TV. We don't own it and may not unless it's the only thing to get. It was good, though. I enjoyed it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Grinding Gears

Get it? Hehe. Hrm. Not sure I do either. Well, my mom's surgery was today. Went off without a hitch. Which I was sure of. The Dr.'s really good. My dad was supposed to come home tomorrow, but then he was supposed to come home today which I was REALLY hoping for, and now he's not supposed to come home until tomorrow again. I don't even know when tomorrow, but probably afternoon factoring in the 10hrs they make him break. *sigh*

A couple of really big reasons I wanted him home. Minus I love him to death. (Non-sick-type daddy's girl) For the moment there's no bitch-buffer. Which now for some reason Jet's taken to whining outside their door when she gets lonely. If he was here she could hang out with him. He's good with animals and since she never gets to see him she'd be all over him. Also . . . *groans* We lit the pilot on the furnace, and the blower blows, but the fire isn't "whooshing" and coming to life to really heat up the air it's blowing. I'm hoping it's cuz it's cold and the pipes have to clean/loosen up a bit and it'll come alive at any moment and I'll go out there and it'll be toasty warm. I'm not holding my breath, though. So I'll probably be looking online to see what I can find on that. *fingers crossed*

Remember last time my mom had her knee done I had the whole Dark Tower series to go through? This time I've got my birthday present: "Just After Sunset" A compilation of S. King short stories. I dunno if they were there and I didn't notice, but I'm definitely noticing in this one certain themes that carry-over. Like (without giving too much away) a person's name, or a health factor, or hobby from one will show up in the next and then something different from that one will show up in the next. I hope it continues because it's become kind of a game. I'm really liking them because there's a linking . . . mental undertone. Like exploring very real manifestions of the human psyche in a fictional setting. I'm loving it.

Also, they're talking about people coming in to see my mom on Monday . . . if she's still hospitalized by Monday (when my dad normally heads back to work) then we're not going to have Thanksgiving for another 2 weeks from now. I don't mind. The turkey'll keep. And it affords us time to spend Thanksgiving with other peoples.

I'm really hoping to avoid last year's pick-up fiasco. Ya know, when the rain was coming down in bucket-fulls and the driveway washed out. Yeah. I'm hoping we won't have that issue this year.

And now, I'm rambling. Still got mails and neopets so I'm gonna go do that now.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Franken-Puter

I have returned! *waits for applause to die down* Thank you, thank you. I know, I was missed. So, for those of you who missed the bulletin, my (near) brand new eMachine had some kind of aneurism. Aaron was on playing Sims and there was a loud pop accompanied by a flash and the computer restarted itself. So I got on and backed up everything while I had the chance (something I wasn't given when the HP died) and turned it off when I was done. While it was off it popped/flashed again and then it wouldn't turn on. Oh the agony. I tried plugging it into a different spot on the surge protector (of which we need a new one apparently), tried plugging it into the wall, tried stealing the cord from my mom's computer. Nothing.

So I call up to Computer Renaissance. The chick who answered the phone was a little smartass telling me she could look at it for free. Diagnostics by a pro is almost $70. That's, like, a quarter of what the thing cost to begin with. So no pros for this comp. I did some searching online and narrowed the problem down to either the power supply or the power button. Since the flash was in the back I was working on the theory that it was the power supply unit.

Days go by. I'm thinking that if we got a new one I could take the DVD drive and memory chipset out of this one and put 'em in the new one. That would be pretty cool. Wishful thinking since I knew I wasn't getting a new computer mere months after getting this one. Especially not with all the bills coming in. But it was not all useless wishful thinking. It got me contemplating. The HP got power just fine, just the motherboard was fubared. If I could take the power supply unit out of that and pop it into this one then it just might work. Assuming everything was compatible. I tried finding compatibility information but that was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So I sat and looked. And looked. And looked. It all looks the same. Same cords, same plug-in pieces, same size. Only thing different was the layout and only slightly so.

So last night we went out and picked up a screwdriver. This morning I brought in the HP and pulled out the power supply unit making sure to either label or remember the plugs and where they went. So far so good! Nothing broke or snapped. Then I pulled the unit out of the eMachine. Again, easy going. I made sure to plug cords in as I took them out so I wouldn't get confused. No extra cords no empty plugs. *fingers crossed* I screwed it in, making sure to keep cords from getting pinched and fans from getting blocked. I knew I had something when I plugged it in and it made a noise. Of course, I didn't know what I had exactly so I put the casing back .. pressing the power button . . . .

Success! Tentative success, but the power came on, so I plugged in the monitor. All systems go! Turned it back off, finished plugging everything in and here we are. The only indication that anything is amiss is a slight bulge from one of the cords having a slightly bigger plug piece than there is space for. *shrugs* As long as we can get a new surge protector before it happens again we should be good to go! ^_^ I don't see why computer geeks are so stuck up. It's not that hard. In fact, soon as I'm feeling froggy enough I'm going to take the DVD drive out of the HP and stick it in there too. Franken-puter lives!!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Leviticus (probably offensive)

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by an east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"6 More Days

'till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. 6 more days 'till Halloween. Silver Shamrock!" ^_^ So close. Aaron's costume is done. Mine's almost done. The porch is almost done. Got just a couple more things I want to do for that. *teehee* It's gonna be so cool. We also got a pumpkin to carve! We were thinking of doing Early from Squidbillies, but I dunno anymore. :-p If we do we're gonna send in a pic to adult swim and see if we can get bumped. That would be awesome.

Hehe. Get this. Aaron was in the bathroom, and you know how thin our walls are. Apparently little bitch hates me. Ha! Good. Get the fuck out. I'm not here to be liked by little self-absorbed bitches. I'm here to make sure lsabs don't break the damn house. Which she's trying like hell to do apparently. When someone says "Don't flush wads of toilet paper cuz the plumbing is fucked" it means don't flush wads of toilet paper cuz the plumbing is fucked. Duh. I mean, how much simpler can a person make it? Hrm.

Aaron's livid. Apparently she was calling me names. I refuse to let her ruin my holiday spirit. She's nothing. Inconsequential. Actually I couldn't be happier. This could be the quickest turn-around to date.

Haven't been spending much time on neopets. Except to get the neomall goodie bags. I don't know if this means they're not doing the normal trick-or-treat bags this year. I guess we'll have to wait and see. If they do I'm hanging on to most of them. Give me something to do when they're not doing anything on the site. Finished off NQ1 and NQ2. Some of the other "easy" trophies/avatars are better to start at the beginning of the month (cuz of resets).

So I guess that's about it for now. Keep your eyes peeled for our Halloween/Anniversary pics. ^_^

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Mighty Huntress

It's always funny how much influence Buzz had on Jet, even though they really didn't get to spend much time together. The other day (it was yesterday for me, but since it's already 1:30am I guess it was the other day) Jet showed off her hunting prowess.

As I heard it there was "something" sitting on the ramp. Jet was let out and pounced on it and took off around the house, refusing to give it up. Of course I was summoned to take care of it. By the time I got to the back of the house she had already dropped "it", but was still somewhat interested in it. I had to pick her up and carry her inside, but not before identifying the mystery toy. It was a rat. HUGE. I came in to grab something to . . . . grab it with and told Aaron to come look. Of course he wanted to be the man and pick it up himself and I let him. ^_^ This thing barely fit into his hand. Huge. Anyways, Aaron determined from the lack of scratches on Jet and the lack of marks on the rat and the sheer amount of blood that poured from the poor rat's ear that she likely crushed it's skull before it knew what was going on.

So even though I'm not happy she killed an animal, I'm glad it didn't suffer. Also, I'm amazed at how big those things are getting since we found the dead snake. I saw one in the kitchen a few weeks back, but it wasn't near that size. Funny that Aaron was the one to pick it up on his birthday. Almost like a present. ^_^

So the hunter legacy lives on. That and the way Jet stretches like a cat. Because nothing ever really dies. Just transmutes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Coattails and Pant Flaps

He's been pushing me for weeks, but I'm finally making progress on the costumes. I knew his wasn't going to take that long. Which was partly the point since Blackbeard took forever! lol I found out two things, though, while I was working on it. The pins I picked up are very flimsy. According to the box (which I really need to start looking at before I buy stuff) they're made for "delicate" garments. Which didn't help too much with pinning layers of thick . . . wool . . . felt . . . stuff? But they worked very well for his pants (which used to be my pants and I just had to let them out a bit) and will work for my dress . . . once I get the rest of the fabric/trim I need. It's gonna look awesome.

Oh yeah, the other thing I learned. Ended up being a very good thing I learned. The replacement needles I picked up for the sewing machine. I wasn't sure they were going to fit since we have a Kenmore and they only sell needles for Singer and something else, but they do fit. Not only that, they're "Heavy Duty" needles designed to go through layers of denim! So no more broken needles on account of thick fabric. Woohoo! As long as I don't accidently try to sew through a pin I shouldn't have to buy anymore for a long long long time.

Also, I went ahead and removed the possibility of pre-Halloween frustrations and took the needle with me when I left the sewing machine. No way is somebody gonna try and sew something behind my back and break the machine before I get to finish off the costumes. Cuz then I'd be celebrating our anniversary in jail and that just won't do.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Guiding Hand

Unless you view the spirit of Halloween as a divine energy, you're not likely to find inspiration here. (Might I suggest This Site)

Aaron and I were out and about yesterday. First we swung by Satan's Playground (Wal*Mart) to pick up a new needle for the sewing machine. I got started on his Sweeney vest and broke the last one we had. :-( We checked the $5 movie bin, hoping yet again they would have some Halloween or Freddy movies tucked in there. They didn't. They have almost all of the Jason movies (a collection we completed last year) and Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. Which is a Halloween series movie, but not a Micheal Meyers movie . . . for those of you who don't already know that. On our way out we got to talking about the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and realized we really don't know how many there are. (There are 8, btw, including "Freddy vs. Jason") Even though they're way more expensive than is necessary, HEB has the complete series. So we head over that way to check 'em out. You know, as reference. Wouldn't you know it . . . HEB is closed. In the middle of the day. Power outage. O.o Of course, the lady turning people away at the door phrased it "We ran out of power." Hrm.

So on our way out of the suspiciously empty parking lot we're planning our next move. Either go to Satan's Playground in Cove (which we haven't checked since their "renovation") or head down to our pawn shop by IGA/Bowlarama. Gas and time (and the guiding hand of Halloween) sent us downtown to the pawn shop. Of course from where I parked we passed the master power switch, which prompted a series of jokes and plots to cut the power and run out with some stuff. *ahem* Anyway, they had 2 tables set up with 1.99 movies which we scanned first. No horror luck, but we did nab ourselves a copy of "Stranger Than Fiction". Back to the back wall! Scan~scan~scan. This time I made the big finds. 3 Freddy movies! All of them with blue stickers which meant they were also $1.99. Woohoo!

Up to the register. Apparently none of them wanted to scan properly so the lady was having a time getting us rung up. When she eventually did the total came out to more than $18. . . . that's not right. Since it was my idea to try and get all four movies I pointed out to her that the blue stickers were $1.99 and STF was from the tables. So she kindly punches everything back in and fixes the prices (without the slightest hint of attitude! Kudos to her) and, voila, $8.64. Much better.

So home we come to tally up our bounty. It wasn't until just now that I looked up the listing of the Freddy and Halloween movies to see what we're missing. Not too shabby. We only have to get 'Nightmare on Elm Stree 2" to finish off Freddy. If we have to we'll get that from HEB (even with the price hike) just to be done with it. We are missing five of the Halloween movies. Six if we end up replacing our crap copy of the second one. And, yes, we will eventually pick up 'Season of the Witch' because it is technically part of the series.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Funny Story hehehehe

Okay, maybe not that funny, but amusing anyway. Aaron got a birthday card from his mom with a money order for *undisclosed amount*. So we headed out and cashed it. A far easier endeavor than last year. After seeing the movie he's been aching to play "Iron Man" the game so we went to Game Stop to pick it up. Still sucks that all the good people are gone from there, but they did have one guy working who was alright. Couldn't find it used, unfortunately, but whatever. It's his birthday! He's allowed to splurge on himself. ^_^ Then he decided to pick up lunch for the three of us. (Him, myself and my mom) Not much left, but it was enough for chicken wings and tequitos. I love tequitos. After going through our change from that I grabbed him a cola (54 cents) and was going to grab myself a can from the vending machine outside. Here's where it gets funny. I popped a dime into the machine and nothing happened. ??? I looked into the coin slot and it was FULL of crammed in change! On top of that, the coin return button was jammed. So I started digging through my purse for whatever I could find to try and loosen some of that change. I found my Pet Perks keychain card. I could kind of reach in and tap some of the quarters, but it didn't really help like I'd hoped. So, after a quick glance around to make sure no one was watching, I grabbed my keys and started jabbing the van key in the coin slot. BINGO! About 85 cents fell through into the coin return. Sweet. Over to the 7up machine. Popped in a quarter and . . . nothing. Huh? I look in the coin slot and surprise surprise, full of change. -_- Someone has gotten lazy. I try my key again but to no avail. Too far in. 3 other machines, all of them full of quarters! I tried getting some more change out of the Coke machine (since it was the fullest) but no such luck. I look down at the coins left in my hand. *lightbulb* I've got enough to go back in and grab a soda from inside. Yay! Not as lucrative as the time someone left 3 sodas sitting in the machine (also at HEB), but a free drink is a free drink. I tell ya, if someone had enough balls and a long enough stick they could make out like a bandit up there . . . . .

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Scary Easy

So yesterday I was walking around the outside of the house with Jet. She likes to have someone with her or she'll just sit on the porch. Anyway, I walked past the grill and spotted the rope I used to lug branches and stuff into the pile. Since we've started decorating the front porch (finally!) I thought to myself 'Maybe I could tie up a noose and make it a decoration'. So I tried while I was walking and that was pretty unsuccessful. Then I thought 'Well, I should be able to find a diagram or something online. You can find anything online!'. And, well, I was right. Didn't take long at all either. Although, the scary part is that it took longer to find the how-to page than it did to actually tie the noose! Like, 45 seconds. Scary easy. The rope itself is old and worn so I have it looped around an old milk jug to help give it a rounder shape. Probably even dig up some hair spray so it doesn't lose it's roundness in the coming month. Seriously, scary easy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Knee Bone's Connected To....

not much at all. Okay, maybe it's not that funny. So you may (or may not) remember that last May my mom had her knee replaced. It worked out well for her. In fact, she liked it so much she'd doing it again! This November (21st) she's having her other knee replaced. Working or not that means I get to spend even more time at the hospital and helping her around and all the loveliness of physical therapy. Yay. It's kind of interesting that last night, for the first time in years, I check my my.yahoo.com page and my horoscope said something about not trying to control the direction of my life so fiercely because things will work out in their own way. Hrm. Last time I had the 'Dark Tower' books to keep me occupied. This time I'm entertaining the idea of going out to Goodwill and picking up that lab coat and seeing how many people mistake me for a Dr. "Good morning sir, and how are we feeling this morning? Good, good. Well, it looks like your tests haven't come back yet, I'll run down to the lab and check on that. You make sure you get plenty of rest." Hehehe. Would be easier to go to walmart and pick up a nurse outfit thingy, but then I'd have people expecting me to actually do stuff. Doctors get bothered less in the halls as long as they look like their heading off someplace important.

I did the cleansing yesterday. Didn't work so well as I had hoped. It does feel a little lighter. I'm just going to have to wait until I have a bit more privacy and re-go over the high traffic areas. Pleh.

And to clarify, no I haven't cut my hair "mega lesbian" short. lol Perhaps I should continue to let my hair down when I've got a camera in my hand. And maybe a touch of make-up wouldn't hurt either. . . . I'll definitely work on that.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Beginning of Fall

Autumn has officially started. (up here in the northern hemisphere anyways) Doesn't much feel like it, but 88 is better than 98, right? It is a time to celebrate and is also the time for 'fall cleaning'. Like Spring cleaning only on the opposite end of the year. I'm going to go through the house with my quartz and smudge stick and clean out the icky vibes mucking up the place. Negativity has no place here! It should have been a clue when I was so quick to anger on a daily basis, but better late than never. And once my mom goes on her retreat I'm going to do some work with re-cleansing and cleaning to solidify a more peaceful atmosphere. And if certain peoples prefer drama and negativity, then they can just leave. *nods* Although I guess I should eat first. Gotta stay strong.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Senseless

Why is it that some people believe they can just go where they want and do what they want and whereever they are is theirs? This bitch. I try to be nice. I try to give people a chance. I try to see all people as people but some people just go out of their way to make this exceedinly difficult.

So first she decides to redecorate the bathroom. Whether because it was not to her liking or to try and act like she was making an attempt at work is inconsequencial. She had no business doing it. Going around the house treating the animals as if they were her own. Trying to pick up Onyx (which I'm sure I don't have to tell you ended badly for the little bitch) shaving Jet and giving her a new collar. This last little bit is overly disturbing. There are dogs at the 2nd house down that get out from time to time. No big deal. They're friendly and they always go home. But this bitch decides to take it upon herself to call animal control. Of course, who gets to be the one to answer the door? Me. And it's not like I could tell the guy that there was no problem cuz one of the dogs was out and standing right at the gate. I did my best to explain that they were friendly and told him where they live. I don't know if it made any difference, but I had to try! What right does she have to come in here and start making changes to suit herself? What makes her think she's entitled to interfere in the lives of people who actually live here?! You know she wanted to decorate the outside for Halloween? WTF?! That is our day. We didn't get married on it because we hate the holiday and were looking for a reason to like it. Thankfully Aaron set her straight. We do the decorating and if she touches any of it I'll break her damned hands. I have had it with her. I've dealt with some difficult people in my time, but this is rediculous. I'm at my wit's end.

I feel a little better, having gotten that all out. I wish I had my 'What Would Buddha Do' notes cuz I'm still at a loss. Perhaps I'll find something useful online and then go lay down in the sun.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lost & Found

Remember a whiles back when I mentioned that we had lost our copy of 300? Aaron found it last night. It was in the cubby behind the playstation under a couple of other DVDs that aren't quite movies. Hurray. He was actually looking for S.O.C.O.M. Never did find that. He thinks he traded it in. I'm skeptical. Partly because it's one of those games that he pops in to play often-ish. Partly because I don't think he'd have gotten enough for it to make it worth it.

I think the cold nights are having an adverse affect on my tomato plant. I've gotten 3 good 'maters off of it, and 2 more are changing color. A bunch of the leaves are wilting, though. :-( I do have pictures. They're still on the camera, though, since it's running out of battery power. Also have some pics of my Mrs. Lovett pie and the masks he's been working on. We're not wearing masks on Halloween, just to give him something to do.

Monday, September 15, 2008

How Shallow

Late night, early morning infomercials are the worst. Caught one for weight loss this morning. Lady on there said "It's so AWESOME being a hot mom!" For sure. You know what's even more awesome? Being a good mother. Who are you trying to impress? Love isn't blind, but it sees deeper than surface appearances that will fade (and in some cases completely obliterate) over time. What kind of message do you think you're sending to your kids? "Sorry Sissy, I can't help you with your homework. Mommy's on the treadmill because body is more important than brains." "Yes Jimmy, how a woman looks is most important." Kids should learn about healthy eating and excersize above how a person looks. Good behavior. Manners. Brains!! It's one thing to have a goal of being healthy to be there for your kids throughout their lives. But to strive to be a "hot mom"?! Your kids don't care how "hot" you are! In fact, they'll end up being embarrased or even scarred when their friends/boyfriends are drooling over you. Selfish. If your husband really loves you for you, he doesn't care what you look like either, so long as you're healthy and happy. If he does care, well then he's just as shallow as you are and perhaps you deserve each other. But for the sake of the rest of us DON'T BREED! And if you must, please, make sure you have the money to hire a nanny with actual morals. And let me know when you start to sag and fall and wrinkle up so Aaron and I can laugh our saggy, wrinkly asses off at your expense. Compatibility trumps appearances. Check and mate.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Woman Now

And it seems like only yesterday she was just a young pup. *sniffles* They grow up so quickly, don't they? Hehe. Jet just went into her first heat. Poor girl hates her diaper thingies. See:



Sasha had a belt thingy, but we couldn't find that, so it's the diapers for now. She's due for some shot or other, but after that it's time to get the little one "fixed". We'll probably take her up the street where we took Onyx. They do good work. Hopefully we can get that done before her next cycle. I dunno, though. My dad was stuck in Corpus Christi for, like, 4 days. *gggrrr* No tire movey, no money makey. I do have some plans on that end, but it's going to have to wait until the driveway dries out again. It's dry now, but with Ike picking up speed I have a bad feeling we're going to be mud-bogged in no time. *sigh* Yeah, I'm scared. Especially with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumbass running around. *double-sigh* We've been working on our costumes. Aaron's is more done than mine, but that's about par for the course. lol I've got most of my bits, though. We've also got to work out how we're going to decorate the porch! So behind. ^_^

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Upcoming Events

Things are alright here. {Would be better if selfish, inconsiderate persons wouldn't use the washer/dryer so damn much cuz it heats up the whole freakin' house! Couldn't get the temp in here below 85 all day yesterday.} Strategizing for Halloween and doing what we can to not go completely mad. I've been reading "Ghosts Among Us" by James Van Praagh. It's really a very interesting book. Right now I'm on the section concerning thought-patterns and energy. There are some things he points out that most people feel on a subconscious level but don't really give any thought to. Food for thought, so to speak. So, what I'm going to do is go through some of my other notes and compile it with some of what he's brought up in the book and compose a blog (which I will likely post to OWR as well) on how our thoughts and actions have a more global affect than we realize. Here's a little preview excerpted from the book:

"Looking at his back, I saw various shapes and sizes of what appeared to be knives or swords. He looked like a porcupine. What quickly came to mind about the swords was that they might be negative thought forms sent by people he had wronged in the past. These negative energies were actually living on his back."

In my compilation I'll be steering clear of ghost energies (except where it is directly related) and focusing on how we affect ourselves and each other with our thoughts and emotions. I will follow up with some simple meditations for those interested in doing their part to make the world a better place.

Okay . . . the searchy thing isn't working. It's not even trying! lmao Last things we watched were 'Nim's Island' which was really good and 'Master and Commander', which was also pretty good. ^_^

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A/C & Malware

Okay, so my dad came home the other day. *supresses rant on other bullshit that was a result of this* Now, I had been under the house, like, 5 times in three days, but what's one more when Mr. Big wants to check it out with you? Nothing!, that's what. So I grabbed my goodie bag (duct tape, garden gloves, pliers, goggles, towels, flashlight) and under we went. He commented on how there seemed to be a lot less room under there from the first time we had to go under a few years back. I thought there might be, but it could've also been that I take up more room than I used to. We scooched over to the offender opening. A little backtrack here: One of my previous endeavors under the house had me replacing the starter duct. The old one was all rusted and rotted and just popped right out. So my dad reached up and jiggled it a bit, checking my handi-work, and was satisfied with what he saw. No reason why it shouldn't be blowing like a mad cow through the house. So we went back in and started it up and it's blowing a little better (he claims "magic fingers"). Next step, should we use to take it, is to re-take apart the inside unit (if you recall, I did that 2nd to clean it out) and see if we can spot a clog.

Now, for my public service to you, my readers. Somehow early (EARLY) yesterday morning we got hit with a malicious adware program. It's a fake security alert. You know the red windows shield with the X in it? One of those appears in your toolbar (over by the clock) and pops up a little alert that says "You have a security risk". Uh, duh, you got in, didn't you? After about 20 function disruptions (cuz it makes it the active window) it pops up a pop-up asking if you want to scan your computer. If you click "No" it resumes it's previous activity. If you click "yes" it brings up a website trying to get you to buy something you can get for free somewhere else. So, after much searching and some trial-and-error downloading, I found a program to get rid of the little bastard! Turns out I had 9 Trojans sitting in my computer! So, if this should happen to you, or if you're just wondering if your comp is infected with any adware or malware you haven't gotten rid of, here's what finally got rid of it:

Major Geeks: Malwarebytes Download

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cross Your Fingers

Firstly, thanks for the resounding support on my last blog. ^_^

Right now we're having another problem. The stupid air conditioner. *sigh* Aside from being beyond defunct, it's acting up again. First dealt with the outside unit. Hosed it off real good and replaced the insulation stuff on the pipes coming out of it. Didn't help. So I pulled apart the fan part on the inside (called a "squirrel cage" btw) and cleaned it off really well. Didn't help. *sigh* So back under the house. Aaron helped me to get things done a lot quicker and safer than I'd have done myself. The venting tube thing running from the a/c to the vent system was so nasty right under the a/c. The fiberglass insulation all fell in and got wet and compacted. Called my dad for the green light (and it was actually his idea) to replace the tubing. Went to Lowes and was shocked that it came in a box. :-p And here I was measuring the old stuff. So, we got it in place. Barely. Under the a/c was still wet and the tape wouldn't stick so we had to use jumbo zip ties. I was thinking it would blow right through like it used to. Not particularly. *sigh* I might have to crawl back under and see if it's leaking from somewhere in the tubing (or where it was connected) or somewhere else, cuz it's nice and cold under the house. Such a pain. If it doesn't cool off out there, I'll crawl under tonight with the flashlight. If it cools but still isn't blowing like it should, I'll wait 'til morning. Oy.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Disappointing

This situation has me so flustered and upset that I can barely even form a coherent sentance to properly describe it. In Wicca, we have but two rules to follow. Harm None and don't mess with free will. Casting a love spell to make someone love you is a big No-No. So when a person manipulates another it is troubling. When a person manipulates another using their heart and their love as the pivot, it goes well beyond troubling. Using a person's love against them to serve your own ends goes beyond appaling. It's downright criminal. Love is pure and to abuse it in this way leaves a stain. A mark on your spirit. I have seen the affects of PWS (For a rundown on PWS check out Brak's Blog. I believe it's public . . .) and it's associated disorders and syndromes first-hand. The shocking connection between these sufferers is that the people they chase are love abusers. They leach and control and manipulate and have no real knowledge of what love even is. Love is not conditional. Love is not subservient. Love is not "You scratch my back then get the hell out of my face." Love is equal and nurturing and unconditional. How is it that so many people have such a skewed idea of love? Friendship is love. It is, I dare say, a truer love than you find between a mother and child. Family is bonded in blood. You are, quite literally, connected to each other. Friends love each other without that inborn bond. True enough that friendships come and go with time and distance (among many other factors), as with anything else in nature. But in cases where PWS is present, the abuser creates a wedge, and the sufferer let's it happen. Even when s/he willingly recognizes and acknowledges that something is just not right! If your entire self-worth rests on the shoulders of a person who cuts you off from anything other than themself, you may suffer from a PWS affiliate condition. It kills me when a perfectly good friendship is torn apart by an unbalanced 3rd party. I have been told that I have a very 'fluffy bunny' view on life. Be a good person, help each other out, love one another, any problem can be solved without violence. I don't see this as a bad thing. Except when violent or neglectful or hateful hurtful things happen. Especially when they could be very well avoided. It cuts deeper because I just don't understand how people can be so mean and hateful and selfish and cruel. I do have my moments of anger, but I don't make a life out of it. Step back and regroup and take a good look at what you're doing. There are people who believe that "Good" would not be "good" without "Evil". I disagree. We do not need violent acts of savagery to know what "good" is! If you make your life selflessly helping those in need, it doesn't stop feeling right. If you put forth the effort to look at people as people and treat others as you would want to be treated, it doesn't become mundane. It spreads and comes back and feels better. Decietful acts breed paranoia like infection. Kind acts breed joy and satisfaction. Yin and Yang are not good and evil. They are opposites true, but natural opposites. Hot and cold, light and dark. We are humans. Supposing to be more advanced than our animal friends. So, honestly, people should know better than to treat other people like shit.

I guess 10 hours of trying to figure out how to put it in the most constructive/least offensive way just went out the window. There it all is. Heh. Like I was telling Emmy, it's your blog, write what you want. If people don't like it, they don't have to read it.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Afterthought Snickers

I'm wondering how many people read my last blog wondering if I was really obsessed enough to blog about my own roof burning . . . . while it was happening. lmao We drove by the Action Pawn last night (out of the way, but, ya know, rubbernecking) and the CenTex Expressway side is pretty charred. Gotta find a way to get a pic of that before they clean it up. It was about 5 this morning and they had a sheriff posted up in the parking lot with his lights shining on the hole in the side of the building. For those of you who think me slow, let me remove any doubt. It wasn't until we got up to Jasper that I realized he was probably there to keep people from just walking in and taking stuff. ^_^ I guess I'm just not criminally inclined. *shushes the peanut gallery*

I have a new pic of my tomato plant! . . . in my camera. Hehe. Oh, but we did find memory cards for the camera for pretty cheap at Walgreens (the night guy gets bored, I guess, so he really chats us up whenever we're in there). 2G for $15 on sale. 'Course, it would've been nice if he'd have told us Pall Malls were on sale for $22 bucks a carton before we paid for the USA Golds. *sigh* But at least he's not one of those assholes who feels the need to say "You really should quit" or "You sure do smoke a lot" every time. In fact, last time we were there he told us that his woman (he may have said wife, may have said girlfriend. I don't remember) thinks he quit, but he didn't really. Hrm. Interesting folks ya meet in the middle of the night. lol Way better than the assholes packin' the place/town up in the middle of the day.

Oh. And for those of you around here (to whom it may pertain) HEB's got some pretty decent/cheap movies. We picked up 4 last night cuz they were on sale 2/$10. We watched 'Private Resort' this morning. Ah. Johnny Depp's bare ass. *swoons* I would post up a screenshot for ya (hurray for eMachine coming with PowerDVD!), but I can't think of an image hoster that would keep it up long enough for you to see it. :-( I'm shocked my background hasn't been taken down.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Roof Is On Fire!!

For those of you who haven't heard: The big Action Pawn on the corner of Ft. Hood St. and CenTex Expressway is a crispy critter. Somewhat. The roof caught fire (still no word on how) around 10pm on the 26th. My sister called to let us know shortly after, but we didn't catch it on the news until about 5am on the 27th. At which time it was still pretty . . . firey. They had some footage of the actual fire (which we totally missed ) which was, like, a pillar of fire shooting straight up from the roof. We left here around 8am yesterday to try and get some pics of the carnage. Cuz, ya know, when everyone's trying to get onto Ft. Hood is a super time to rubberneck. ^_^ Ah, but east-bound traffic was also pretty conjested on account of the right lane being blocked off all around the corner. So we doubled back and made our way over to the (formerly) Albertson's parking lot across the street. The outside still looks intact, but apparently parts of the roof have caved in.
Notice all the emergency crews still flanking the building. There was something like 600 guns and 50,000 rounds of ammo stored in there. So they had to strategize so nobody accidentally got shot. O.o But, I could tell on the camera that this wasn't a very good picture, and being without HP Image Zone to really fix it up . . . we decided to get a little closer. ^_^ Pulled up into the bank parking lot and snapped these. One is fairly well the same as above, only closer and a more direct angle; the other is of a firefighter who was up on the ladder.
I was really hoping to get some pics of charred carnage. Perhaps there is still time. As of yesterday afternoon there was still smoke coming from the building. It sucks for all the people who had heirlooms and stuff pawned that they were actually going to get back out, but this is Killeen. This is likely the most exciting thing to happen for quite a while.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

You Might Not Like This

First, a few of my own words. The amount of hate generated by people is appaling at times. The amount of hate generated by people of faith makes me want to cry. The rationalization of "So-and-So says it wrong" is no better. There will be some of you who balk when you read this and rush to find the slip of paper where you wrote down exactly where to find the contradictory 'evidence' needed for just such an occassion. As you do, let me just remind you: The ever popular KJV origionated line "Thou shall not suffer a witch to live" was initially written "Thou shall not suffer a poisoner to live". It was King James (a man, fallable as any) who changed the entire meaning from "death is a just punishment for those who deal in death" to "seek out witches and kill them, regardless". So go ahead and post your anti-gay scripture. I won't block or delete it. But before you do, go read Leviticus 19:19. Then check your closet. (Yes, I am aware that KJV specifies wool and other cloths, but the newly popular NIV indicates cotton/polyester blends as well.)
A Kiev art museum contains a curious icon from St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Israel. It shows two robed Christian saints. Between them is a traditional Roman 'pronubus' (a best man), overseeing a wedding. The pronubus is Christ. The married couple are both men.
Is the icon suggesting that a gay "wedding" is being sanctified by Christ himself? The idea seems shocking. But the full answer comes from other early Christian sources about the two men featured in the icon, St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, two Roman soldiers who were Christian martyrs. These two officers in the Roman army incurred the anger of Emperor Maximian when they were exposed as 'secret Christians' by refusing to enter a pagan temple. Both were sent to Syria circa 303 CE where Bacchus is thought to have died while being flogged. Sergius survived torture but was later beheaded. Legend says that Bacchus appeared to the dying Sergius as an angel, telling him to be brave because they would soon be reunited in heaven.
While the pairing of saints, particularly in the early Christian church, was not unusual, the association of these two men was regarded as particularly intimate. Severus, the Patriarch of Antioch (AD 512 - 518) explained that, "we should not separate in speech they [Sergius and Bacchus] who were joined in life". This is not a case of simple "adelphopoiia." In the definitive 10th century account of their lives, St. Sergius is openly celebrated as the "sweet companion and lover" of St. Bacchus. Sergius and Bacchus's close relationship has led many modern scholars to believe they were lovers. But the most compelling evidence for this view is that the oldest text of their martyrology, written in New Testament Greek describes them as "erastai," or "lovers". In other words, they were a male homosexual couple. Their orientation and relationship was not only acknowledged, but it was fully accepted and celebrated by the early Christian church, which was far more tolerant than it is today.
Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.
Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University's history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th century), and the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).
These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.
Such same gender Christian sanctified unions also took place in Ireland in the late 12thand/ early 13th century, as the chronicler Gerald of Wales ('Geraldus Cambrensis') recorded.
Same-sex unions in pre-modern Europe list in great detail some same gender ceremonies found in ancient church liturgical documents. One Greek 13th century rite, "Order for Solemn Same-Sex Union", invoked St. Serge and St. Bacchus, and called on God to "vouchsafe unto these, Thy servants [N and N], the grace to love one another and to abide without hate and not be the cause of scandal all the days of their lives, with the help of the Holy Mother of God, and all Thy saints". The ceremony concludes: "And they shall kiss the Holy Gospel and each other, and it shall be concluded".
Another 14th century Serbian Slavonic "Office of the Same Sex Union", uniting two men or two women, had the couple lay their right hands on the Gospel while having a crucifix placed in their left hands. After kissing the Gospel, the couple were then required to kiss each other, after which the priest, having raised up the Eucharist, would give them both communion.
Records of Christian same sex unions have been discovered in such diverse archives as those in the Vatican, in St. Petersburg, in Paris, in Istanbul and in the Sinai, covering a thousand-years from the 8th to the 18th century.
The Dominican missionary and Prior, Jacques Goar (1601-1653), includes such ceremonies in a printed collection of Greek Orthodox prayer books, "Euchologion Sive Rituale Graecorum Complectens Ritus Et Ordines Divinae Liturgiae" (Paris, 1667).
While homosexuality was technically illegal from late Roman times, homophobic writings didn't appear in Western Europe until the late 14th century. Even then, church-consecrated same sex unions continued to take place.
At St. John Lateran in Rome (traditionally the Pope's parish church) in 1578, as many as thirteen same-gender couples were joined during a high Mass and with the cooperation of the Vatican clergy, "taking communion together, using the same nuptial Scripture, after which they slept and ate together" according to a contemporary report. Another woman to woman union is recorded in Dalmatia in the 18th century.
Prof. Boswell's academic study is so well researched and documented that it poses fundamental questions for both modern church leaders and heterosexual Christians about their own modern attitudes towards homosexuality.
For the Church to ignore the evidence in its own archives would be cowardly and deceptive. The evidence convincingly shows that what the modern church claims has always been its unchanging attitude towards homosexuality is, in fact, nothing of the sort.
It proves that for the last two millennia, in parish churches and cathedrals throughout Christendom, from Ireland to Istanbul and even in the heart of Rome itself, homosexual relationships were accepted as valid expressions of a God-given love and committment to another person, a love that could be celebrated, honored and blessed, through the Eucharist in the name of, and in the presence of, Jesus Christ.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Computer Haikus + Stuff

Okay, first, the stuff. It's still raining off and on. The yard is very spongy (and still covered with poo) and I've almost gotten stuck in the mud in the driveway twice. Almost. It's not near as bad on our end as it was where I got stuck . . . when I got stuck. That part is not too bad since they 'fixed' it. Still pretty muddy, though. Even so . . . I'm kind of missing the sound of the rain hitting the a/c unit. Very relaxing. Also, I finally figured out what was making the internet run so very very slowly! Stupid Norton Live Update was taking up giant chunks of my itty-bitty bandwidth. So, I shut that off and now it's running more like it should. Hurray! Now for the funny 'haikus':

From the Arcamax daily jokes newsletter: http://www.arcamax.com
Computer Messages in Haiku

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.

With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.

Wacky Eccentric Intriguing Random Delightful: WEIRD

Gallant Entertaining Enlightened Knowledgeable: GEEK

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Just Shoot Me

Or don't. Thanks for the offer Richard (if you're still reading lol) as soon as I figure out exactly what to ask I'll let ya know. ^_^

So. Found out this morning that my sister is moving back in. *groans* Which wouldn't be so bad by itself, but we already know she's going to be carting around her latest mooching girlfriend. I don't care that my sister's gay, I don't care that she prefers the company of black girls (not even close to women . . . girls). I do care that they are all bitches. Coming in here acting like they're somebody. *gggrrr* So, yeah, we're not-quite looking forward to the ensuing hell.

Stupid computer is still downloading updates! *faints* Maybe if we can keep it connected overnight . . . .

Sunday, August 17, 2008

eMachine

Firstly, I want to thank Emmy for keeping me entertained with her bloggage. *big hugs* It's not my usual cup of tea, but it's always nice to keep up with friends.

We got a brand-spankin-new computer! I have a picture . . . . but since it's not a Hewlit-Packerd, we don't have HP Image Zone anymore, so now I have to troll around the net and find some other program to crop, resize and adjust the lighting on our pics. *hangs head* That was a good program. Anywho, it's an emachines. Which, apparently, is a division of Gateway. It's a fairly decent piece of equipment. The processor is about 1/2 as fast as our old one *boo* but everything else (like RAM) is better so it evens out. I haven't checked specifically, but I'm 98% sure that the video card is far better on account of just how well it's handling Sims. I got a cinematic I never did before! *woohoo* :-p Only problem we're really having with it is how slow the internet loads up. I mean, slow even for dial-up. But, it does connect and does load (eventually) so *hurray!*. It does have the Power DVD player (software) which gives us unlimited screenshots for DVDs!! Nice.

Which, yes, also means my dad is home for the week. Yay! They already took Colleen (my sister's kid) clothes shopping for school. Sometime this week they're going out to Temple since (apparently) that's the only place where my mom can get those damn Z-coil shoes. You know, the ones that are like sneakers with a giant spring in the heal. I love shoes as much as the next chick, but there is no way I'd pay $300 for those ugly things. I don't care if they are custom fitted and offer great support. Give me a cute pair of shoes that pinch my toes any day! (If anybody knows what happened to my sparkly purple sneakers, I'd love to find those again)

Other than that, we're doing good. Happy as hell to be back online in the comfort of our own uncomfortable broken lawn chair. ^_^

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Copy~Paste~Repeat

When it rains it pours. Ya know? I'm on my mom's computer at the moment. I hate this keyboard. Anyway. Our computer had died. Like . . . dead dead. I dunno what happened. All I know is this: Waited for my mom to get off the internet so I could get online. When she got offline I went to open aol *shushes the peanut gallery* and it wouldn't open. Couldn't find the file. No biggie. I grabbed the disc to reinstall it. It wouldn't install. It would start and then a message came up saying "We're sorry you've decided to not install aol at this time blah-blah-blah" Huh? I didn't decide not to install it! So I tried again. Same thing. Hrm. Ah well. After the last meltdown I've been very dilligent about backing up our personal stuff, so I try to restore to an earlier setting. Once, twice, thrice . . . . nothing. "Can not restore to this point." System restore time. Right? Wrong. Get this, restored to factory settings, but still had all of our stuff too! That's not right. So I get on this computer and download a virus scan/remove/clean software. Put it on my flash drive. Now the comp won't recognize it. Put it on a CD. Slow reading, but I get the install files onto my desktop. Double-click to install . . . . computer restarts! Try again . . . same results. *gggrrr* Tried the system restore again *dramatic pause* it can't restore at least 1/2 the files! Can't find 'em. Huh? Try restarting the computer, can't find the file to start windows! *ugh* I called my dad and he remembered the system back-up discs I had made when we very first got the computer. Ah-ha! While I was digging for those I found something else useful. The Master Restore disc (only use when instructed by a technician). *phooey* I pop in the M.R. disc and everything's looking fine . . . until . . . Bad Command or File Name C:/ *sigh* And now it's not even recognizing the CD drives either. Sad sad days. So, long story short (too late) my net time will be erratic at best. For, likely, no less than a week. Unless we can find a cheap-o laptop at a pawnshop or something. Luckily he's going on vacation next week AND we don't need to buy a new phone for Aaron. (long story short ~ it crapped out too) So . . . . *sigh* maybe we'll get lucky. I'm not expecting an $800 job like he just got my mom (did I mention I hate this keyboard?) just something to get online on. *fingers crossed

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Super Day!

Brak's birthday was a couple days ago. Yesterday Aaron and I went out there to give her her birthday presents. ^_^ We went over to the big house to see if Walter was awake. And he was! Yeah. I got to hang out at the mall with Aaron and Brak and Walter! I know, you're totally jealous. I got one of those big soft pretzels and cheese dip. Mmmmm. Salty cheese is good. My tongue was happy. We walked around the whole mall. Coach House has, like, three whole sets of shelves of Sanrio stuff! Aaron got me a stuffed Keroppi. ^_^ I'll be getting a pic of that soon.

I have been keeping up with my water and meditation. I just want to get into a better rhythm/routine before I try adding something else.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

64+5+

I'm still keeping up with my 64oz/day of water. It only gets difficult when Aaron steals my water and I lose the bottle. S'okay, though. He really needs it more than I do. I still sweat like crazy, but the heat really isn't bothering me as much as it has in previous years. I don't feel like taking a permanent siesta. Which is good, cuz that storm from helped a little . . . but not really that much.

I've also decided to add 5 minutes of daily meditation to my routine. I used to meditate fairly frequently so it's an easier habit to fall back in to. Today will be day three on that one. I just have to time it a little earlier. Almost fell asleep yesterday.

I think I may have to test my tomato plant for steroids. ^_^ Here's a pic I took a couple of days ago:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sun~Burns!

Okay, so yesterday we were driving back here from Heights. We were stopped at the two stop lights on the bridge crossing the highway. I was sitting there and suddenly my boob started to feel hot. Really hot!! I just figured it was cuz of the sun. Well, I was right. Got home and checked and the sun burned me! Through two layers of clothes!! Could not believe it. And now here we are. 10:30 at night. All of a sudden ("it stopped" haha Inside joke) we're hearing this noise outside of our window. Like someone blowing on a jug. Aaron went out to check and it's windy. So, thankfully, it's likely just the wind blowing through the air conditioner. *phew* I was concerned. We just got new neighbors and they were having some kind of get together and someone (it may be theirs, maybe not) had a Germen Shepard. At first I was scared Elvis was making the noise. He's been having a time of it. *sigh* But, yeah, that's what's going on.

And, yeah, we totally got that box set when it came out. I'm playing through again for, like, the fifth time. lol Just making sure I don't save over my 100% completion save.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Online Handwriting Analysis

This was pretty scary accurate! Not 100% dead on (I think) but very very close. O.o The site is:

www.handwritingwizard.com
or
www(dot)handwritingwizard(dot)com

You write down the paragraph that it says, then you compare your handwriting to the samples shown and pic the one that best fits. Here's what my analysis said:

Liz uses judgment to make decisions. She is ruled by her head, not her heart. She is a cool, collected person who is usually unexpressive emotionally. Some may see her as unemotional. She does have emotions but has no need to express them. She is withdrawn into herself and enjoys being alone.

The circumstances when Liz does express emotions include: extreme anger, extreme passion, and tremendous stress. If someone gets her mad enough to tell her off, she will not be sorry about it later. She puts a mark in her mind when someone angers her. She keeps track of these marks and when she hits that last mark she will let them know they have gone too far. She is ruled somewhat by self-interest. All her conclusions are made without outside emotional influence. She is very level-headed and will remain calm in an emergency situation. In a situation where other people might get hysterical, she has poise.

Liz will work more efficiently if given space and time to be alone. She would rather not be surrounded by people constantly. In a relationship, she will show her love by the things she does rather than by the things she says. Saying "I love you" is not a needed routine because she feels her mate should already know. The only exception to this is if she has logically concluded that it is best for her mate to hear her express her love verbally.

Liz is not subject to emotional appeals. If someone is selling a product to her, they will need to present only the facts. They should present them from a standpoint of her sound judgment. She will not be taken in by an emotional story about someone else. She will meet emergencies without getting hysterical and she will always ask "Is this best for me?"

People that write their letters in an average height and average size are moderate in their ability to interact socially. According to the data input, Liz doesn't write too large or too small, indicating a balanced ability to be social and interact with others.

Liz is secretive. She has secrets which she does not wish to share with others. She intentionally conceals things about herself. She has a private side that she intends to keep that way, especially concerning certain events in her past.

Liz is a cumulative and procedural thinker. She likes to have all the facts before making a decision. She thinks or creates much like a brick mason, stacking fact upon fact. Her thought pattern or the conclusion will not be complete until the last fact is in place. Like that brick wall, Liz learns faster through visual demonstration than through quick verbal instructions. Once she has learned new material, and understood it, she won't forget.

Liz is a methodical thinker, therefore she is able to build things and come up with new ideas. In an argument, she often loses to rapid thinking people because she is thinking thirty minutes later about what she should have said. These people often are very booksmart, but can be out-gunned in a rapid fire verbal debate.

She may learn new ideas at a slower pace than other "less detailed" people, but once she gets it, she can handle repetition. Some people hate jobs with too much repetition, she can handle it better than most.

Liz is a practical person whose goals are planned, practical, and down to earth. This is typical of people with normal healthy self-esteem. She needs to visualize the end of a project before she starts. she finds joy in anticipation and planning. Notice that I said she plans everything she is going to do, that doesn't necessarily mean things go as planned. Liz basically feels good about herself. She has a positive self-esteem which contributes to her success. She feels she has the ability to achieve anything she sets her mind to. However, she sets her goals using practicality-- not too "out of reach". She has enough self-confidence to leave a bad situation, yet, she will not take great risks, as they relate to her goals. A good esteem is one key to a happy life. Although there is room for improvement in the confidence catagery, her self-perception is better than average.

Liz exaggerates about everything that has a physical nature. Although she may not intend to deceive or mislead, she blows things way out of proportion because that is the way she views them. She will be a good story teller. This exaggeration relates to all areas of her material world. Liz allows many people into her life because she is accepting and trusting. She is sometimes called gullible by her friends. That only really means that she trusts too many people. Liz has a vivid imagination.

For a graphologist, the spacing on the page reflects the writer's attitude toward their own world and relationship to things in his or her own space. If the inputted data was correct Liz has no white space or margins on a typical sheet of paper. Liz fills up every last inch on the top, right, left, and bottom. Hmmm. If this is true, then Liz has a very aggressive personality toward others and quite frankly lacks a bit of respect for the space and property of other people. I would be surprised if Liz just comes into someone's home and helps herself to a drink in the refrigerator. This can be both an obnoxious personality trait and it can be assertive and effective in getting what you want. There isn't much fear of getting in trouble here, Liz finds plenty of reasons to break the rules and get in trouble. (Okay, perhaps when she was younger, not anymore?) Basically, people with no margins are a handful.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Visual Profiler

Okay, I know I do those survey things all the time, but this is different. Aside from being fun. ^_^ You click on your favorite picture out of the selections to answer the question . . . or finish the sentance. Whatever. Hopefully this thing will let me post the link for ya:


Here's my results:





Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The First 64

I am on a quest. Changing habits that don't suit me. Trying new things. Preparing for the possibility that the world won't end in 4 1/2 years. They say that a person should drink 8 8oz glasses of water daily to stay hydrated. Especially concidering how hot it's been getting, I figured this would be a good place to start. There were a few obstacles to overcome. How big is an 8oz glass? How many ounces do my glasses hold? How on Earth am I going to drink 64oz of water in a day?! Ah! There is the key. 64oz. I was looking at the mondo bottle of soda I was drinking and it's 33oz. So, two of those filled with water a day would give me 66oz. A little more than 64, but that just means if I don't completely finish the 2nd one then no big deal. Also, a bottle with a cap on it is far easier to carry around than a cup. And if I freeze one I can take it in the car and not have to worry about hot water.

So, yesterday I drank my first 64oz of water in a day. I don't think I feel any different yet. The heat didn't quite get to me as bad, I guess. I'm definitely peeing more. O.o Ah, but change takes time. I was pleasantly surprized that drinking that much water wasn't as much of a struggle as I expected. Just a few sips here and there and some chugs when I got really thirsty. It's still early and I'm almost through with my first bottle for today. Heh-heh. Not too shabby.

There's a good chance you can look forward to updates like this in the future. We'll call it "Lizzy's Quest" series. Perhaps I can incorperate it into my comic pic series which I haven't updated in forever. ^_^

Sunday, July 27, 2008

1 a ’mater, 2 a ’mater, 3!

Yes, more garden stuff. Just a quick show and tell for my growing babies. ^_^ Got three that are getting close to marble sized!





There ya go.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Green Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond, author of Clean & Green (Ceres Press, 1990). And posted to OWR by Queen Leo.


Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas
using natural ingredients that were passed down through the
generations because the chemistry was right. Going back to the
original naturally derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning
products that work, don't pollute and save you money. Most are found
in your kitchen cupboards. Mix and match with well-chosen and
environmentally friendly green cleaning products found in health food
stores, and you can easily and simply transform your home into a non-
toxic and healthy haven.

Non-toxic cleaning can give you a deep feeling of gratification in
knowing that your family's health is protected, and that your home is
a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote
harm.

Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all
with these simple, straightforward directions, and with this kit you
will be supplied with enough cleaning product for months of cleaning.

As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost
about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterpart—and that
includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils, and concentrated, all-
purpose detergents for homemade recipes.

SUPPLIES
Baking soda
Washing soda
White distilled vinegar
A good liquid soap or detergent
Tea tree oil
6 clean spray bottles
2 glass jars
Read
more about these 5 basic cleaning ingredients, and a vinegar update.

CREAMY SOFT SCRUBBER
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough
liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture
onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for
cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn't leave grit.
Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store
in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make
as much as you need at a time.

WINDOW CLEANER
1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and
use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is
important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you
might have used in the past.

OVEN CLEANER
1 cup or more baking soda
Water
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the
grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white.
Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight.
You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime
will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess,
dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the
remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn't work for you
it is probably because you didn't use20enough baking soda and/or
water.

ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing
soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

FURNITURE POLISH
1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution
and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store
indefinitely.

VINEGAR DEODORIZER
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in
your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use
them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board
before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse but let it set
overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours.
Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just
spray it on and wipe off.

MOLD KILLERS
Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I've
used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a
musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil
is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell
of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem
areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white
distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy
area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell.
It will dissipate in a few hours.

Tastes Like Radish!

Hello Dolly. We got a splashin' of rain. Enough to muddy up our end of the driveway and sponge up the yard, but not enough to wash away the dog poo. I have pics of our brand new muddy tires, but decided against uploading them. No reason, just thought I'd skip it.

I did get some pics of the itty bitty tomatoes:



Yeah, that's the best pic. It's fuzzy so you'll have to use your imagination. This next pic came out much better. It's our first radish! I harvested a tad early in the interests of quality control and making room for some of the others. Split it with Aaron and it was so yummy! Just enough for a bite for each of us, but it was packed full of yummy radish flavor. Best radish I've ever had.



Isn't it purdy?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Growing Green

Yes, here are my garden pics. Oh, you so care. ^_^ First, my radishes:




It's probably a little hard to see, but there's 8 of 'em fighting for dominance in that box. They're gonna be so good once they're all nice and plump. *drools* I already got warnings from my better half about sharing. ^_^

Next, my amazing tomatoes!




I dunno how the picture's going to look, but it's pretty big. I'll have to take a pic of it with something for a size reference. Possibly after I get my cool new tricked out tomato cage! ^_^ Then everybody can ooh and aw and throw a parade for Brak for saving my plant from certain tippage. I'm so scared for it. I never expected it to get so big. Yes. I'm gushing over my tomato plant. Anybody wanting to call dibs on salmonella free tomatoes (and willing to use the gas to come pick 'em up) let me know! lmao Even though that little problem will likely be cleared up by the time these are ready to harvest. I do have a book with gardening tips that my mom picked up, so I've got some cheap-o ways to grow better 'maters.

Well, I'm off to spend some time with the sweet girl. Isn't she so adorable?! She gets so lonely when she's left alone.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Furry Little Update

Jet pooped. Twice. ^_^ Once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. Just like normal. Likely partially attributed to the half can of pumpkin puree Aaron gave her. lol We're still going to keep an eye on her to make sure things are moving the way they should. She's such a sweet girl. Just a bad habit of chewing on things she's not supposed to.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dream Hallucinations

Yesterday I had the weirdest thing happen. I went outside to rest my head and warm my bones for a bit. It was about 2pm. Hottest time of the day I tells ya! I ended up falling asleep on the swing for 2 hours! That's not the weird part. I had a dream. I dreamt I was sleeping on the swing and someone was planting a flower garden next to my head. Then my sister came and woke me up to show me something. But that was just a dream, because Aaron woke me up. Scolding me for falling asleep in the heat even though he told me not to (which he has). I told him that Sandra just woke me up and I had no reason to believe that being woken up was a dream, so I assumed it was true. But, all of that was a dream too! So . . . I woke up very sweaty and very confused. I don't know what actually woke me up.

Also, if you are so moved to, please pray for Jet. (The puppy in my profile pic there) She ate a pencil. So far as we know she hasn't pooped except for once since (she may have and we didn't catch her, but I'm not thinking she did until I see for myself). She's still running around and playful, and she's had instances of delayed poops before after eating something she wasn't supposed to. I just really hope this is another one of those.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Backup Mindset

^_^ I did just like Brak said. I put myself in the mindset of a backup disc and asked myself "Where would I be?" Well, in this big scary room full of stuff that could scratch or break me, I'd want to be safe with my friends up in the trays under the TV. So, I checked. First tray . . . nothing. Second tray. Well, that's where all the burned discs are! And, thankfully, this one was too. There's still a ton of pics that are G4G, but this one was there. As were 3 other re-writeables that weren't labelled. So maybe I'll find more! It's like a treasure hunt. "What's on that disc!?" Most of 'em are music, but that's also good. Less we have to try and re-download. Which, to everyone we've recommended Shareaza to . . . *shakes head* That has also gone the way of "pay per track". No more p2p there. Unless you want someone's amatuer remix of your favorite song. We did find a program. *snickers* Zultrax. (ZOLTAN!) That's still good, old-fashioned p2p file sharing. o.O Just checked the progress of my backup file transfer. I think there might be some program thingies in there I have on our re-download list. *squeels!* Oh. Man. Soon as the sun comes up I have to get some pics of my plants. The radishes are still growing bigger! and my tomato plant has gotten so tall! I have to find a place on the ground for it so the tippy-top can get some sun.

My dad's here for the weekend, so if you don't hear from me, that's why. Well, here's why:

My mom bought a computer. It would have been a fine computer for her to store pics on and get on the internet. She bogged it down with games that she would leave open. Like, 3 games running at once. O.o So, when the fan wouldn't shut off and things got to slow, she sent it off to my sister's husband (yes, I refuse to call him my brother-in-law. He's no brother of mine) to "fix". Now, this is the same dumbass who killed our last computer which sent me to the library on a daily basis to check my e-mail. Hrm. I made a comment to that effect which was promptly dismissed. Oh, but of course he knows what he's doing. Well, no he didn't. Anyone care to explain to me how a window can say that a device is working properly when it can't even detect it? Not only that, he did something to the D: drive so it was no longer a recovery drive, but a normal hard drive. And as we all know from my previous heart-ache: being able to recover is a good thing. So. My dad's going out today to price PCs. Just the boxy part since the monitor, keyboard, etc still work. Yeah.

Oh, before I go. If anybody's exceedingly curious (NOSEY! :-p) about what was on those three (it was three) unlabelled re-writeables. 2 were music CDs and one was blank. . . . . yay! ^_^

Monday, July 14, 2008

All Gone....

You know how when you're taking computer classes in school and they stress the importance of saving and backing up your work? And ya know how in real life things like that sort of slip your mind? Yeah. Something happened with our comp last night when I tried to restart it and nothing would fix it. Apparently the option to run diagnostics without windows is no longer readily available (at least on mine) so I couldn't even figure out what the problem was. Had to do a complete system restore. I have an old back-up disk somewhere. If anybody has any ideas on where it could be I'm all ears. So now I'm plotting out on the calendar regular times to do a complete back up of all our personal stuff. So many pictures. So much music. So much stuff gone forever. On the bright side, there's some stuff on disk and some more stuff uploaded online. We just really need one of those USB memory stick thingies. *ugh* So much stuff I'm gonna have to redownload! Firefox, yahoo messenger, Shareaza. *hears several of the world's tiniest violins playing simultaneously* Piss off, it sucks! :-p At least it wasn't a complete system meltdown (run from the fried hard drives! EEEEEeeeek!) and the comp still works. So, could be worse. Also, hey Barker! It's Monday. Did I miss a round of GASB?! *mental note: Check blog subscriptions for last GASBs*

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Defy The Odds

Okay, so $5 in the crane game isn't too much defying, but when it's $1 a shot that's not too bad. It actually would've worked out better if Marge hadn't been such a stubborn old biddy. Got Hulk on 2 tries and Marge I actually got on the first shot, but then she got stuck in the box (way up at the top), so it took two more tries to punch her down. :-p Couldn't just leave her there for someone else to snatch up! So now we have 60% of the Simpsons family. 1 Marge, 2 Homers and 3 Barts. Hrm. We've seen Lisa here and there, but she's usually buried. Haven't seen Maggy at all, though. Anywho, here's a cross section of our Simpsons:
Fun. Oh, we do not recommend "Borderline Cult" for fun horror movie watching. It was an interesting story, not well executed. It was like something somebody taped with a regular old camcorder (complete with the camcorder's microphone instead of a filtering boom mike) and the acting was decidedly sub-par. Interesting story, though . . .

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fish With Bikes

Yeah, you know who you are. *ahem* Not a whole lot going on. Chugging through "Duma Key". Loving it. Gardening. I got pics which, believe it or not, are outdated by now. The tomato plant has 5 or 6 flowers now (not just buds) and the radishes are springing up like little green madmen. I think the oregano is finally poking it's head up and the basil is flowering. I didn't know basil flowered, so I don't know if that's good or not. Oh yeah. I finally got around to charting the distance between the HEB and Wal*Mart in Cove. 1.5 miles each way. So on that fateful night of the dead battery we walked 3 miles. I didn't even know I could walk that far. And Aaron did half of it carrying the fresh battery! 3 miles. Man. Yesterday was the 4th. I think I missed the big Ft. Hood fireworks show. If they did one this year. It was 10pm by the time I realized how late it was. Walked up to that open area where they're about to be building and stood watching the niblets of fireworks being shot off by people to the West. Not great, but better than nothing.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Glorious Gardening

Ha ha! Two days in a row. Take that procrastination and business. *cracks whip* Okay, first an update on the old garden business. All my onions and the garlic are gone. Kaput. I may have mentioned this, maybe not. I don't remember. My terrarium I finally checked on. Hrm. I'll have to check wherever I wrote down where I planted everything in it. Something is growing. Possibly the eucalyptus. However, I'm having to deal with a slight mold issue since it really was not getting the sun it wanted. So, I took the top off and now it's a regular outside planter. Hopefully some direct sun will help whatever it is that's growing since it grew in all sideways. Ya know, since plants follow the sun. Now, the moment we've all been waiting for. My tomatoes! Oh and they are looking lovely. Well, one of them is. The one that got damaged in the storm is a little stunted, but growing. The stronger one is growing buds! *whoot* Here's a picture of how big it's gotten:
Woah. Big. Now, I don't have pics of the new plants yet, but since the sun's coming up I'm about to go out and check on 'em as soon as I'm done online. We were at Wal*Mart and Aaron strongly persuaded me to pick up more plants. :-p We got pregrown red bell peppers and basil, and some radish and oregano seeds. We also picked up some Miracle Grow potting soil. I tried to talk him into the cheaper stuff, but he wasn't going for it.
So there's my garden update. Thanks ya'll so much for the positive comments on little whisker's vidya and my pic. ^_^ Nothing like a cute puppy to generate interest. lol

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Is Puppy Vidya!

It's only, like, 3 seconds long (short so I can upload it on dial-up!) so you shouldn't have a problem loading it to watch it. Also, I have a picture of my giant tomato plant, but since I've got a few garden updates I'll save that for tomorrow . . . or the next time I'm online. In the mean time, enjoy the vidya. Which is lookin' like it's giving me hell, so if it won't load up here *grumbles* here's the link:



http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee39/kawaii_scorpio/MyBlog/Videos/?action=view & current=6-26-08.flv

I put spaces around the "&" so you'll have to remove those. I dunno what's wrong with this damn thing today.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Adventures In . . . Something

Okay, when my dad left he wanted me to replace the front tire on the van (it had a big gouge in it) and get the front end realigned. This was before the Big Battery Fiasco. Finally after many days of psyching myself out and putting it off (procrastinators unite! ~eventually) I made an appointment at Discount Tire Co. to replace the tire. Ya know, in the interest of having it done before he got back . . . . tomorrow. So I made the appointment for 10:30 this morning. Earliest time they had. Stayed up all night (we've had off hours) and ended up leaving the house at 7am. I may have mentioned we've been leaving Elvis in the living room so he doesn't go berzerk and tear up our bedroom. It's far easier to get him to motivate when he's already awake. So. 3 hours to kill. We swung by the bank to get the money. We went to Home Depot to price those extended branch cutters. ($40 for the cheapest clipper type) While we were there I wanted to check out those pre-fab houses they have by the sheds. Not too shabby. I mean, if you plan on living in it (they are houses after all) you have to get all the plumbing and electric and such done yourself for extra, but other than that, not too shabby. Aaron hated it. Said they're glorified storage sheds. Party pooper. ^_^ Then we went to Target to see if they had anymore Sim packs and neopets plushes. No and no. We got some notebooks, though.

After that we went to the mall. It was about 9:30 by this time so it was all mall pacers. Fun stuff. After taking a trip around the mostly deserted mall we headed to DTC. There were a few people waiting around, so making that appointment was super smart of me. *pats self on the back* The guy had no problem letting me add a tire to the work order (as if they would *cha-ching*); looked at the tires. Confirmed what I deduced about which two were the worst and got everything all set up. Even threw in a free tire balance (which is probably standard lol) for the back tire that was moving up front. Yeah, apparently now they have to put the new tires on the back. I was going to have them put up front but I'd have had to sign a waiver cuz Michalin (that's what I'm saying cuz that's what I'm fairly sure he said, but it may have been something else) got sued because of some girl who got into a wreck which could have been avoided if the better traction had been in the back. So, whatever, put 'em on the back. The one tire is still in really good shape and the other one isn't terribly bad either so it doesn't make too much difference. (Hey, does anyone else have problems going back to fix something in their blog and it automatically overwrites instead of inserting? Weird)

So, he says it's going to be about an hour. We walk up to ROSS to kill some more time. (Happy Shed? Time died for you!) Picked up a pretty dress for me. It's very similar to the green one I wore to Tim & Faith's rehearsal wedding. Except it's brown, has pink flowers embroidered (doilie style) on the bottom . . . and there's no shoulder straps. Didn't figure that part out 'til we got here and I put it on. So it is held up by lots of elastic and the sheer power of my awesome bewbage. Ya know, I really like how I look in brown. 'Course, I am an autumn girl. No worries, I'll have a pic up soon. Starting to get kind of weirded out having myself staring at me all guyed up. :-p

Anywho, we went back and the van was just finished up! Perfect timing. We got the insurance with the tires so if anything untoward should happen, free replacements! *whoot* It's driving much better now. And even from the few short stops we made after (stops into stores, not stops at, like, lights or whatever), I can tell the gas mileage thanks us. Helluva difference. So, after such a long day Aaron's asleep (has been for about 1/2 an hour) and I will be joining him. I was gonna jump on neopets and Sim for a bit while I had the chance. Eh. It'll be there when I wake up.

Oh *giggles* I walked Jet up to the mailbox again. This was only her second time on a leash and she did so much better! Didn't even wiggle out of her collar this time. And she only tugged a little bit. Did it partly to wear her out (she was super pissed we were gone that long) and partly because I just felt like walking around in my new dress. Ah, but Shed's asleep and I'm sure the rest of you are getting there. I rant. I know. Oh, bugger, I'm gonna miss Simpsons again. Nope, not gonna make it 2 hours. Ah well.

Okay, I'm really hanging up this time. *ugh* I hate having to dig through when the movie only has one word for the title. You know this was on the 12th page!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I Died

I mean . . . "it" died. Aaron almost died, but that's putting the cart before the horse. Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

It seemed a day like any other. Hanging out, doing dishes, playing with the pups, freezing. (that new air conditioner really cranks it out!) Same old, same old. Then, we got talked into going out to Cove to see John and Leila. Well, of course we went. It's been a while, ya know? So we hung out there for a bit. On the way home we stopped by HEB in Cove to pick up supper. Then, disaster struck. Put the key in the ignition, turn, and . . . . nothing. Not so much as a "chug-chug-chug-I'mtryingtostartyouasshole-chug". Super. So I called my mom (cuz it was late and I didn't want to wake up my dad) and she had no idea. So I called my dad. While he's walking me through several steps to trick the van into starting, and also to discern what's wrong with it, a guy stops to render aid. Yay for good samaritans! This guy. Man. Figured out how to work the emergency battery jumper thing and even when that didn't work offered to give us a jump. Hey! Lucky day! HEB sells jumper cables! *boo* Didn't work. That battery was dead-dead-deadskee.

So, what came next? Well, after a few questions to the guy (who amazingly had tons of great answers) and a few more to my dad; we made the great trek from Cove HEB to Cove Wal*Mart to buy a new battery. *groans* Lemme tell you, that walk is no joke! On the way up there I was wearing jellies! So now I have blistery feets. Anyway. We made the walk. At Wal*Mart we got the battery (HEAVY!), a backpack to carry it in (SMART!), some wrenches for the bolts and a pair of sneakers for me.

I know it probably seems like I kiss Aaron's ass a lot in this thing, but he deserves another round of applause! Carried that heavy sumbitch all the way back to HEB. And he installed it. I told him what to do (since dad told me what to do), but he actually did the doing so I wouldn't get B-ZAPPED. Oh, Goddess, then the hard part. I got behind the wheel, turned the key one notch, waited for the gauges (and my heart) to settle, and . . . . it started right up! I was so relieved I about relieved myself all over the seat. As fast as our poor blistered feets could move we gathered everything up, tossed it in the van and hauled ass out of Cove.

Now, to count the blessings that were on our side. 1- We stopped by Wal*Mart on the way into Cove so we already knew their ATM was busted. 2- While we were in HEB I took out the money I'll be needing for the new tires, so we had the money before getting to Wal*Mart with their busted ATM. 3- It was nighttime, so it was far cooler. We never could have made it there (let alone back) in 103 degree hot ass middle of the day. 4- We were together. We've been through a lot together, and this is definitely one of those times where it was such a blessing not to have to go it alone. 5- It, in fact, was the battery and didn't end up being a wasted trip. It could have ended up not working and we're both so glad that it did. Oh yeah! And 6- Neither Elvis nor Jet pooped on the floor! Hurray! And 7- No assholes fucked with us. Ya know, walking around in the middle of the night ain't exactly safe these days.

So there you have it. I tell ya, I never want to have to make that walk, for any reason, ever again. Which reminds me. I wanted to keep an extra set of sneakers (and socks would've been a good idea too) in the van. Just in case.