The Neurotic Fishbowl

Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Tweaks, Tweaks, and More Tweaks

I've been messing around with The Neurotic Fishbowl today and finally fixed some things that I've been meaning to work on. The sidebars should be consistent in their text size, the archives have had changes so they look more like the main page and their titles should reflect the navigation better, and some of the spacing and fonts have been changed on the pear skin (skin number three) now that I have at least a little bit of a clue how CSS works. Isn't it nice when you can make little changes and feel happier about your site?

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More Than Just Friends...

I probably shouldn't post this, but it was such an interesting quiz....

[harry + ron]

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Which is worse: a driver riding your bumper or someone pulling out in front of you with their car?
  • I hate both, but probably someone pulling in front of me worse. That always scares me.

  • Can you do 10 push ups?
  • God, I hope so! I haven't tried to, but I would say yes.

  • Do you bathe/shower in the morning or in the evening (or at all)?
  • In the evening. With my hair being so long (middle of my back) it takes forever to dry and I don't have enough time in the morning to screw with it.

  • Michael or Janet Jackson?
  • Janet. Ms. Jackson if you're nasty.

  • Which do you enjoy most? Your bedroom or living room?
  • Hmmmm. Different reasons competing here. Even though the living room has the Tivo, I'm going to say bedroom.

  • Bathroom or kitchen?
  • Bathroom. I don't cook at all.

  • Crayons or markers?
  • Crayons. I am obsessed with them and used to have boxes and boxes of them.

  • Leaves falling or flowers blooming?
  • Flowers blooming.

  • Fred and Wilma or Barney and Betty?
  • Toughie. I'll saw Fred and Wilma.

  • Fame or fortune?
  • Fortune. I would never want to be famous. Too much of a hassle.

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Pamper Me, Baby!

Trish and I just made our appointment at Urban Retreat, a day spa in Houston. We're both getting the Elegant Retreat package and I am so looking forward to this. I need all the stress reduction in my life that I can!

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Foul Mood

I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Only been at work for twenty minutes and already two or three issues have arisen and I'm in a bad mood. Grrrrr!

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Monday, April 29, 2002

A Day At The Zoo

I was browsing the group photolog, Common Threads, when I came across Lara's fabulous pictures of her day at the zoo. Go look at her baby llama picture - it is just priceless!

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A Sweet Treat!

Trish sent me a cookie from The Cookie Bouquet today because I've been such a good friend to her. It's even got fish on it! It was so sweet and such a surprise. :-) Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Monday Mission 2.17

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.17:

1. When was the last time you pampered yourself?
The Friday before we left for Vegas I went to a snazzy little day spa and got a massage. I have some gift certificates that Trish gave me to a day spa down by The Galleria. We're going to try and go together next month.

2. When was the last time someone pampered you?
Steven pampers me all the time, when you really think about it. He cooks me dinner and rubs my feet. He's so good to me. :-)

3. Describe the last time you recall really feeling loved (other than from children or pets).
While Steven and I were on vacation. On vacation Steven becomes super relaxed and affectionate and it always makes me feel just completely adored.

4. Has your use of the computer ever caused any arguments? What's the story there?
Never really causes any arguments, but he was yelling from the bed last night at 2:45 in the morning, "Come to bed! You'll never get up in the morning!"

5. What's the most embarrassing thing your Mom ever did?
I can't really remember anything. I'm sure there was the typical mom-stuff like wiping your face with her napkin, but nothing really comes to mind. Or maybe it's because my mom is super cool.

6. I've met some adults who've never learned to swim, and others who never learned how to ride a bike.. Is there anything that you never learned as a child that you probably should have?
I've never learned to swim, sadly enough. I could probably dog paddle and that's about it.

7. I have no idea who said it (and I spent all of two minutes trying to research it), but "someone" once said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Post an image that says more than words. Or instead, describe a picture you recall which touched your heart.
It may be trite, but the Flash movie that was made as a tribute to the people killed in the September 11th attacks with Enya's "Only Time" touched my heart and said more than any words ever could about that day.

BONUS: What's love got to do with it?
Got to do with it. What's love but a second-hand emotion?

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My Mom - The Winner

I forgot to mention, but my mom won $500 in a random drawing for a survey she did last Friday. Go, Mom! Aren't you glad I introduced you to the world of online surveys?

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So, I've Decided To Be

Thanks to the fabulous Evil Plan Generator, I have concocted my very own evil plan to take over the world!

Congratulations on being the creator of a new Evil Plan!

Your objective is simple: World Domination.

Your motive is a little bit more complex: Evil - It's my nature

Stage One
To begin your plan, you must first seduce a rich and powerful ceo. This will cause the world to sit up and take notice, stunned by your arrival. Who is this unholy menace? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good in classic black?

Stage Two
Next, you will seize control of Fort Knox. This will cause countless hordes of computer programmers to flock to you, begging to do your every bidding. Your name will become synonymous with sheer dementedness, as lesser men whisper your name in terror.

Stage Three
Finally, you will activate your plague of doom, bringing about the dead rising from the grave. This will all be done from a Underground Secret Headquarters of Doom, an excellent choice if we might say.

These three deeds will herald the end, and the citizens of this planet will have no choice but to elect you their new god.

Trust us, it'll all come together in the end.

(Link courtesy of Robyn)

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Sunday, April 28, 2002

Lazy Day

I've spent most of the day catching up on things on the Tivo (Er, Malcolm in the Middle, two of The X-Files, and Frasier) and playing dominoes over at Pogo. I've still got two 24 episodes to watch, so I may go watch one of those in a bit. Sunday's are so nice for not doing anything. Not like Mondays, but what're you going to do?

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Custom 404 Error Pages

Thanks to the Scripty Goddesses, it is now easy to set up your own custom 404 error page. Just a little tip if you're using CuteFTP, you may not be able to see your .htaccess file, so make sure you really don't have one before you overwrite it. (Thanks for uploading the right one, Christine!)

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Sunday Op-Ed

Time for Chris' Sunday Op-Ed!

1) Thunderstorms
What is something that I love and wish we had more of at night? I love how they sound, feel, and smell.

2) Sex
What is a great way to spend some time?

3) Bubble Baths
What is something I used to do every Thursday while Steven played poker but don't do anymore? When we get a house, it's going to have one of those big, whirlpool tubs and I'll get back into this habit.

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Color Me, Baby!

Fitting since I love eyeshadows and spend way too much money on them. I'm not really like that with any other make-up, just eyeshadow.


i'm an eyeshadow. what type of make up are you?

quiz made by muna.

(Link courtesy of Danielle)

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Bloglet The Neurotic Fishbowl

Since I am obsessed with trying out cool little tools for my blog (DoSomething Winamp Plug-in, Wander-Lust, Klipfolio), I thought I'd try Bloglet. Bloglet is a nifty little service that sends you one e-mail per day with all the posts from your favorite site in a digest form. It's a handy way to make sure you didn't miss any posts. If you'd like to, please subscribe to The Neurotic Fishbowl's Bloglet.


Enter your email address below to subscribe to The Neurotic Fishbowl!

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Klip The Neurotic Fishbowl

Serence Klipfolio is a free information channel viewer that lets you view and manage Klip information channels right on your desktop. KlipFolio is a real time saver - a "break through the clutter" approach to gathering information that interests you. Pick what you want, have it pushed to you.

Christine downloaded Klipfolio the other day and kept talking about it, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. It's really cool and Adam was kind enough to make a klip for this site so you can add The Neurotic Fishbowl to your Klipfolio. Thanks, Adam!



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Book Reviews

I stole Marsha's idea of using title tags to give the books in my "Past Reads" list a little mini-review. If you hover over the title, you'll get my quick take on the book.

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Finally!

Our neighbor has just now come home and finally turned off his damn alarm. We were just beginning to wonder how we were going to get any sleep if he happened to be out of town.

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Saturday, April 27, 2002

Pop-Ups Everywhere!

I've been getting tons of pop-ups lately that have http://nitrous.internetfuel.com/adconsoles in them. I guess I have got a program installed somewhere, but I have no idea what or where. Does anyone know what is causing all these ads and how to get rid of them?

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Eight From The Eighties

Here's Deb's Eight From The Eighties!

1) Are you under pressure? Yes, constantly. I a the project manager for just about all our clients and one or two of them are very high paying, high maintenance clients. I also take a lot of professional pride in my job and making my clients happy, so some of the pressure, granted, is pressure I put on myself.

2) Are you tuff enuff? Yes, I think. :-)

3) Are you a material girl/boy? To an extent. I want a really nice house, a nice car, and lots of things like computers, StairMasters, etc.

4) Do you pump up the volume, pump up the volume, etc.? Oh, yeah. As a matter of fact, just before we went to dinner, I had my Klipsch computer speakers turned way up.

5) No, my first name ain't baby, it's... Kimberly, or Kymberlie as I spell it.

6) I would die 4... another vacation!

7) I haven't ________ for the longest time. Dressed up and gone out (except for "O") in quite a while. Our weekends have become so casual.

8) Ever get on the floor and do the New Kids dance? Nope, not that I can recall.

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Saturday Scruples

Here's the last edition of Marsha's Saturday Scruples.

1. you are filling out your income tax form. do you declare every cent you are supposed to declare? Nope. (I hope no IRS auditors are reading this!) I game girled for a couple of weeks at an underground poker game (served people food and drinks for tips) and I never declared that money.

2. you find an expensive pen in a public lounge. do you keep it? If no one is looking for it and it doesn't have a name on it, yep.

3. a grisly murder in your area causes an outcry and a referendum on capital punishment. do you vote to restore the death penalty? We already have capital punishment (this is Texas, after all) and personally I am for the death penalty. I would vote yes if we didn't have it.

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Blackout!

Our lights have been out all day, but they have finally come back on. I swear, our condo complex must have the touchiest transformers in the world. Every street around us - electricity. Our complex - blackout. Drives me crazy. We have a neighbor who's alarm has been going off now for at least a half hour. I hope they come home soon and shut the damn thing off. At least I can surf again!

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Petrificus Totalus!

I love these books and can't wait for the fifth one. Will it ever come out?

You are Hermione Granger!


Which HP Kid Are You?

(Link courtesy of Samantha)

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Friday, April 26, 2002

I Got Better

The problems I was worrying about in the last post turned out not to be problems at all. Everything is hunky-dory, I'm sitting in front of the computer in my underwear, and the drinking is about to commence. God, I love Fridays.

And, yes, Christine. You were right. Everything was okay. :-)

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Arrrrgggghhhh!

Ever have one of those days that you just know is going to turn out bad and it does? I am in limbo waiting to hear from a client, imaging the myriad of things that will go wrong in the conversation. I was so relaxed when I was on vacation and now I'm back to my stiff-as-a-board neck and shoulders. Next time I go on vacation, I'm taking the whole fucking week off.

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What are your hobbies? Reading, computer games, the Internet (duh), and playing Texas Hold 'Em poker.

2. Do you collect anything? If so, what? Beanie Babies. I have far too many of them, but I keep on buying them. I am obsessed. Help! For some weird reason, I am also into Hallmark Keepsake ornaments and ornaments from The Discovery Channel Store. Especially weird considering I don't have a Christmas tree.

3. Is there a hobby you're interested in, but just don't have the time/money to do? I think I would really like to try my hand at photography. I have a digital camera (currently broken), but I never really go anywhere that offers good opportunities to take great pictures.

4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity? When the Net still had a lot of good reward programs I would get tons of CDNow and Amazon gift certificates, cash for surfing, and other prizes. I never made a ton of money, but I did probably make a couple of hundred dollars a month.

5. Besides web-related stuff (burbs, rings, etc.), what clubs do you belong to? None.

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My Heart Goes Out

18 people killed in German school shooting. My heart goes out to the families of all involved.

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Thursday, April 25, 2002

Pressurized For Your Comfort

While leaving on the plane Sunday, Steven and I were listening to the flight attendant (on video now) go through the what to do in an emergency spiel. At one point she said, "The cabin is pressurized for your comfort." Steven said to me, "And your survival." I completely cracked up. Who knew that pressurizing the plane was only for your comfort? Silly me! I thought that kept us from dying!

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This-or-That Tuesday

Since I love Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday, I think I'll do it today. :-)

  • Is your mouse pad plain or decorated?
  • At work my mousepad is round with the 4 Guys logo on it. At home, it was one with Mulder and Scully on it from Fight the Future, The X-Files Movie, but Steven's brother got me this MouseRug. It's a mouse pad that's shaped like a Persian rug. It even has fringe on the bottom and top. Steven really likes is, so I might buy this one instead and give him my old one.

  • Do you own a web cam? Yes or no?
  • I own one that my brother gave me, but it's never even been plugged up.

  • Which do you do use more often online: email or search?
  • Search.

  • Do you use HTML coding, WYSIWYG editor, or something else to create your web pages?
  • I use the HTML editor in CuteFTP. I do love Dreamweaver and HomeSite, though.

  • Do you forward chain emails?
  • No way.

  • Do you forward those mushy stories that take 20 minutes to read?
  • No way again.

  • How large is your monitor: 14", larger, or smaller?
  • I have a 19" at work and at home.

  • Do you have a mouse with a scroller, one with two buttons, one with three?
  • One with a scroller at work and at home. I can't use a computer without one now.

  • Do you listen to music while surfing the web? Yes or no?
  • Usually.

  • How often do you clear your cookies, or cache?
  • There's a few sites that it's hard to get around on if you don't clear your cache, so I do that every day. I never clear my cookies, though.

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Now Where Did That Rambaldi Artifact Go?

Thanks to the wonderful Tivo, I just found out that Alias reruns on the Fox Family channel on Friday nights. I happened to check and see if Alias was going to be a rerun this weekend and noticed that last Sunday's episode that I missed is coming on tomorrow night. I really love the show, but with only a few episodes of The X-Files left, I Tivod The X-Files instead. Yeah for current shows that rerun during the week!

Note to ABC: Give me a way to skip that flash intro already! I've sat through it twice now.

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Monday Mission 2.16

Since I was in Vegas on Monday and Promoguy was guest blogging, I think I'd better do PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.16:

1. Ever had a love that you still think of as "the one that got away?" What's the story there? No, not really. I had a boyfriend in middle school who I broke up with because he never kissed me. Years later, when I was going through a very painful break-up, I called him up to help me make it through. We ended up getting very flirty with one another, but he had a girlfriend. In the end, it worked out for the best. Though he's a really nice guy, I don't think I would be able to be the outspoken, very cut-to-the-chase kind of person that I am now.

2. What was the last book that you finished reading cover-to-cover? I finished two while in Vegas: Necroscope III: The Source by Brian Lumley and Freezer Burn by Joe R. Lansdale.

3. Did you ever get up and walk out of a movie? Which one and why? I never have, though I wanted to at Random Hearts. God, that movie sucked.

4. If we were to go out dancing, what song would you want me to ask the DJ to play as I slipped him a $20? To bump and grind to, it has to be The Red Hot Chili Pepper's cover of "Love Rollercoaster." I request that song just about every time we go dancing. I love it!

5. What was the coolest toy you had when you were a kid? The Voltron Lions toy. It kicked ass.

6. When was the last time you felt lonely? Probably a couple of weeks ago on a Thursday. Steven plays poker on Thursday nights, so I'm usually by myself. Most of the time it's cool - I catch up on shows on the Tivo, play poker online, dominoes, blog, whatever. I've been having some problems at work, though, so it was after a particularly stressful day and I could have used someone to cuddle with.

7. Do you have any minor anal-retentive character traits? Tons, more than likely. One of the weirder ones is that I have this strange obsession with ripping paper straw wrappers into even parts. Ask Christine. I do this all the time at lunch.

BONUS: Can't you see what I mean? I try to always see what people mean.

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Get a Life!

Apparently I need to get a life. I just received an e-mail from a TressaLynn@aol.com. The subject was "get a life! please" and the body was "thankyou!" Very strange, random e-mail to get. I'll be sure to remember that when I do get a life, that it must involve e-mailing total strangers bizarre requests.

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Thursday Threesome

Time for Deb's Thursday Threesome!

Onesome. The Good. Read a good book lately? Recommend a recent read - as well as your favorite book of all time. Probably the best book that I've read lately (out of the twenty or so I've read so far this year) would have to be The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It was such an amazing story of life and of women. I loved it. My favorite book of all time would probably be Stephen King's It. The characters in that story are so strong and their relationships so gripping that I fall in love with it every time I pick it up.

Twosome. The Bad. Was it so bad that you couldn't watch anymore? Tell us about a bad movie - did you leave or suffer through it? (Videos can count, too) I have to agree with Trish and say Random Hearts. I'm sure there's been other movies, but that one was just so terrible. Maybe if we hadn't seen American Beauty first (we snuck in) it wouldn't have been so bad, but I really hated that one. Oh! The Lord of the Rings! I totally hated that movie too. I know it won a ton of Oscars and all, but I thought it was extremely boring.

Threesome. And The Ugly. And then things turned ugly.... Oh, have a day (or date) seem to go so horribly wrong it can only be described as "ugly"? Tell us all about it. I guess I'm lucky in that regard because I've never really dated. I went from a long-term relationship with a guy from high school to swearing off men for over a year, and then I met Steven and we've been together ever since.

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Happy Birthday, Kristine!

Today is the talented Scripty Goddess Kristine's birthday. Happy birthday, Kristine! You are so sweet and so talented. I hope your day totally rocks! :-)

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Home Again, Home Again

Steven and I are back from Vegas. We didn't loose too much money gambling (me - about $120; him - about $200) and had a lot of fun, so all in all, it was a successful trip. I relaxed, completely let go of work issues, and just enjoyed being with Steven.

"O", Cirque du Soleil's show at the Bellagio, was incredible. The set, the acts, the water - all of it was stunning. We had incredible tickets since we booked through the poker room, and while expensive, they were well-worth it. I would highly recommend this show if you happen to be in Vegas. Even though this was our fourth trip together, this was our first time to see a show, so that was a new experience as well.

Our room was on the twenty-eighth floor, so we had an excellent view of the Fountains of Bellagio. As soon as we get our pictures back, I'll put some of them up.

I would like to thank Promoguy for taking care of The Neurotic Fishbowl while I was away. He did a great job and I really appreciate his guest appearance. :-)

It's late, I'm tired, and we still need to unpack. I hope everyone's had a great week and expect more posts tomorrow (though maybe not a lot of them since I have to catch up with work and have about a billion e-mails to go through). Good night!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

It's a Group Thing: Part VIII

It's still Wednesday (barely) so I thought I'd hurry up and do today's "It's a Group Thing." Since we just got back from Vegas, today's term is:

A Streak of Gamblers

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Fresh Water

Ahh, it was nice visiting this crazy fishbowl, I had a nice time. I hope I didn't mess up the place too bad.

Thanks to everyone for visiting while I took care of the joint. Kymberlie will be returning soon, tonight I think, and I may not be back on to wrap things up, so thought I'd do so now.

And also thanks to the Big Fish herself. It was an honor to guest Blog here Kymberlie, I'd come back anytime. Thanks for trusting me with your Blog.

Take care everyone, and remember to visit Promo land once in a while.

OK, well, The Amazing Race is 2-hours, so I have a lot to do before I can free up all that time.

See you!

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Where was that font???

Christine had some trouble finding the free font I ran across.

So I thought I would help her, and anyone else, out a little.

The site, CSA Images, is a tad cluttered. Maybe this will help you spot the download.

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TechTV Layoffs

Oh dear! It seems TechTV, that glorious Geek cable channel that I have never seen since I don't have cable, is shuffling programming and letting 50 people go.

I hope that doesn't have any impact on our good pal Chris!

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Kissing Like A Butterfly

Remember that song "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle? Man, that one always tears me up. His new song is just about as powerful, but I tell ya, there are some emotions tied to the other song that run deep.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Monday Mission 2.16

Since Kymberlie isn't here to post her Mission, I figured I would post mine. So, here we go:

Monday Mission 2.16

1. Ever had a love that you still think of as "the one that got away?" What's the story there?

Hmmm, well she didn't so much get away as someone else had gotten there first (and decided to stay and is still there - lucky summana bastich).

2. What was the last book that you finished reading cover-to-cover?

It was the second Promise Keepers book, I can't recall the title at the moment.

3. Did you ever get up and walk out of a movie? Which one and why?

Yep, Natural Born Killers. My date didn't want to go, thinking it may get better. After 20 minutes of more splattering brains and blood, she agreed and we left. Maybe it was satire, but I was totally grossed out.

4. If we were to go out dancing, what song would you want me to ask the DJ to play as I slipped him a $20?

If I did that, who would I be dancing with? Me? "Dancing wif myself -ah oh ohhh!" It would be an 80's song, probably "New Sensation" extended by INxs, "Wishing Well" extended by Terence Trent D'arby, "What's on Your Mind" by Information Society, "U Can't Touch This" by (MC) Hammer or "You Spin Me Round Like A Record" by Dead Or Alive. I'm such an 80's child.

5. What was the coolest toy you had when you were a kid?

My Six Million Dollar Man doll with the grip-action arm, the hole-in-his-head eyehole to see far away and the roll-up skin so you can take out his bionics. So cool!

6. When was the last time you felt lonely?

That implies that I have stopped feeling lonely. Can't say that I've stopped really. It gets buried under daily routines and other distractions, but it is still there.

7. Do you have any minor anal-retentive character traits?

All the shirts in my closet must have the top button buttoned, with the collars facing left and the hangers with the hook facing the rack bar. I'm sure there are others, but that's one I've had for a long time now.

BONUS: Can't you see what I mean?

Ow, might as well Jump. Go ahead and jump!

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Monday, April 22, 2002

Please Feed The Fish

Hey y'all....

Your old pal Promo here to take care of the place while Kymberlie is taking some well deserved time away.

I thought I might tip you off to a cool find I made today, a free font!

This one is called "Biffin" and it is juuuuust funky enough to not scare off those who don't like cool fonts. Um, I realize that probably makes no sense to anyone. Sorry about that!

Anyway, swing by http://www.csaimages.com and get it now. OK, no rush really, you have all month. Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 21, 2002

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Steven and I are out the door to go to Las Vegas. Promoguy should be taking care of the place for me while I'm gone, so it'll be interesting to see what I return to. Everyone have a great four days and I'll see you Wednesday night when I get back!

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Saturday, April 20, 2002

Eight From The Eighties

Here's Deb's Eight From The Eighties!

1) My lucky number's... ironically enough, eight. I love eights. I also like fives and fours (because it's half of eight). I have a weird habit of doing things in groups of fours like taking sips, bites, steps, etc. Weird, huh?

2) Are you super freaky, yow? Probably not super freaky, but I do think I'm a bit of a freak.

3) Do you drink? Do you smoke? What do you do? I drink (usually just on the weekends, though), but I don't smoke.

4) What *do* boys like? Most of them like girls who are nice and fun to be with. I would hope that they also like girls who are smart and witty, but seriously. Who the hell knows what boys like? :-)

5) Is heaven a place on Earth? Sometimes, but I don't think it can be all the time.

6) Have you ever been in a bizarre love triangle? Nope, thank god.

7) Do you get physical, physical? Sure do! We just bought a new StairMaster PT 4600 and I go to the gym. Now that we bought the StairMaster, though, I will admit I'm a less likely to go to the gym and do weight training as well.

8) Shout, shout, let it all out. Arrrrggghhh! I've been feeling that way about stuff lately, but I think this next week should resolve some of the issues. Also, yeaahhhhh! I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow! w00t!

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Saturday Scruples

Time for Marsha's Saturday Scruples!

1. as a famous athlete, you are offered $100 000 to endorse a product you wouldn't use. do you endorse it? Definitely, unless it's something that I am morally against like maybe cigarettes.

2. a friend who is a strict vegetarian is coming for dinner. you're feeling proud of your bean stew until you remember that you used a beef stock. do you keep quiet and serve the dish? No, I would tell them. Everyone else can eat it and let me know how fabulous it is. Of course I can't make anything more complex than Pop-Tarts, so this will never happen. :-)

3. on an airplane, an old man asks if you will change seats with his wife so they can sit together. you came early to get a window and don't like his wife's location. do you move? Probably. It would be nice to stay in the seat I want, but if I had to sit apart from Steven I would hope I could talk someone into trading seats with me, so I would do it for others. Unless it was near an obnoxious child. Then no way in hell.

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Friday, April 19, 2002

Appearing Live at The Neurotic Fishbowl for Four Days Only....

PromoGuy has generously offered to be a guest blogger over here while I'm out of town so The Neurotic Fishbowl will not be neglected the entire time. I wouldn't be surprised if Christine made a post or two herself.

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Chilling Out

I just had a massage, took a shower, and now I'm sitting around in a fluffy robe just chilling out. It is nice to know that I am going on vacation and don't have to worry about the real world until next Thursday. Christine is handling my project manager duties while I'm gone, so I am sure things will be fine when I get back. Steven and I are going to have lunch with Nerdboy Mikey on Sunday, so that should be fun. I am now going to surf blogs to my little heart's contents. w00t for vacations!

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Rub Me, Damn It!

I made an appointment with the beauty college by my gym for an intern massage about two weeks ago for this afternoon. Yesterday I got a call from them asking me if I could move my appointment up to 11:30 (it was supposed to be at 3:30). I told them I had actually planned on taking the afternoon off from work so I couldn't do that. They said it would be no problem and that they would see me tomorrow. I get a call today around noon from the beauty college. It seems the internist had a "family emergency" and wouldn't be able to make the appointment and they had no one else who could give it. Considering she called me yesterday to try and change the time, I doubt seriously that she had an unrelated family emergency this afternoon. I ended up making an appointment with a local day spa since I have so much tension in my neck and back and want to be completely relaxed when we leave on Sunday. It's going to cost me an extra $40, but Christine was kind enough to buy me lunch, so since I saved money there, I saw screw it, I'm going to get on anyway. :-) I'll be leaving work pretty soon, so the next time I post, I'll be one relaxed neurotic fish!

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The Wholesome Blog That Smiles Back Until You Bite Its Head Off!

Kristine, a talented Scripty Goddess if there ever was one, made a new skin for her blogplates a while back based on the Goldfish Crackers from Pepperidge Farm. She was sweet enough to personalize it for The Neurotic Fishbowl. Now you can visit the Skin Selector and make it your skin. Thanks, Kristine, for the lovely skin and for all of your help!

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What's your favorite TV show and why? It used to be The X-Files, but since they got rid of Mulder, I don't like the show like I used to. It's now HBO's fabulous Six Feet Under. Everything about that show is great - the characters, their interaction, the writing, the cast - everything. I highly recommend watching this show.

2. Who is your favorite television star? It used to be David Duchovny, but I guess now it would have to be Eric McCormick from Will & Grace.

3. What was your favorite TV show as a child? Hmmm. I loved a bunch of cartoons including Penelope Pitstop and Bugs Bunny. Probably those.

4. What show do you think should have been cancelled by now? Everybody Loves Raymond. I hate Ray Romano and that show just sucks.

5. What new show do you hope escapes the axe this season? Alias or 24.

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Happy Birthday, Shawn!

Yesterday was Shawn's birthday. I apologize for it being late, but here's a ton of happy birthday wishes for you!

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Thursday, April 18, 2002

I'm a Card-Playing Fool

Just gone done playing in a couple of tournaments over at Paradise Poker. After getting my ass kicked royally in the first one, I came back and got second place in the next one. Grand total of money made: $3. Since we are leaving for Vegas this Sunday, though, I figured I better get in a couple of hours of play before we go. I've been getting home so late from work lately that I haven't played at night in weeks.

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Thursday Threesome

Time for Deb's Thursday Threesome!

Onesome. The Sun. Blow some sunshine my way, and tell me what makes you feel joyful. Lots of things. They include riding around with the top down on my Miata on a Friday afternoon, going to Galveston for the weekend with my best friend, and being with Steven to name a few. Oh, and the massage tomorrow and the trip to Vegas on Sunday are making me pretty damn joyous!

Twosome. The Moon. By the light of the silvery moon....tell me about your most romantic evening. I always think of mine and Steven's first date. It wasn't anything spectacular like a trip to Paris or a picnic on the beach, but it was so amazing. We went to dinner and talked about a million things, went to the movies, walked around the mall for two hours waiting for the movie to start, and he was just incredibly sweet, charming, and wonderful. He held my hand, complimented my dimple, and just made me feel like the most special person on the planet. We've had other dates that are probably "more romantic," but to me, that one will more than likely always be the best.

Threesome. And The Stars. What's your sign, baby? And do you believe in that sort of thing, anyway? I do, to an extent. I am a Pisces to a tee. I've had my chart done and it really was almost an identical picture of who I am. I've had other people's done as well (like Steven) and he was very much like what his chart said. I don't read my horoscope very often and I would never plot my day by it, but I do think there is something to astrology.

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Nice Marmot, Man.

Since I obviously haven't had much to do today (for once), here's another fun time way to waste time. Visit The Big Lebowski Random Quote Generator. I just loved that movie.

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Blast From the Past

Do you remember Lite-Brite? I used to love mine. I never really made pictures with the little pegs. I was much more of an "abstract" Lite-Briter arranging the pegs in cool patterns of colors that I enjoyed very much. And I was never happy until every little black hole was filled. Take a walk down memory lane and go play some Virtual Lite-Brite.

(Link courtesy of Ultimate Insult)

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The Joke's Too Easy...

I was reading an article over at iWon and came across the following:

Also in production is "Stripperella," a cartoon from "Spider-Man" creator Stan Lee that features Pamela Anderson as a stripper who moonlights as a superhero.

There are so many jokes here that I'll let you post them to the comments if you're so inclined.

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Well, I Could Stay a Bit Longer.

Since I feel compelled to do most online quizzes anyway, there was simply no way to pass this one up!



which "monty python and the holy grail" character are you?
this quiz was made by colleen

(Link courtesy of Deb)

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Suffer My Wrath, Pesky Creatures!

Feeling a little pissy and don't have anyone to take it out on? Why don't you go play god and smite some helpless stick people or farm animals? It will make you feel better, I promise.

(Link courtesy of Christine)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Jellies!

At Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, a new exhibit has been opened. It's called Jellies: Living Art. It's a room with with two wall-sized tanks with mirrors on either end that makes people feel like they are floating with the jellies. The pictures in the article look so amazing. I wish there was one of these exhibits in Houston! If you live near there, take advantage of your location and go visit!

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It's a Group Thing: Part VII

While flipping through An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton looking for this week's "It's a Group Thing" I came across one that I thought was just beautiful. Today's group term is:

A Radiance of Cardinals

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Eight From The Eighties

I doubt I will ever actually get one of these done on time, so here's Deb's Eight From The Eighties.

1) Do you find yourself making love out of nothing at all? I like to flirt, but I never make it into more than that, especially now that I'm in a relationship.

2) All I need is a miracle, all I need is... to win the intercasino jackpot while I'm in Vegas next week!

3) If you had to live your life in one day, how would you speed your time away? With the people I love - my family, my friends, and Steven. Trite, but true.

4) Do you get so emotional, baby? Yes, I am a big time emotional person. Even more so when tired or drunk.

5) Do you have too much time on your hands? Lately, no. I've been really busy with work and the day just seems to fly.

6) Sex is natural, sex is fun, sex is best when it's... with the person you love. Of course, I've never had any one night stands, so what do I know? :-)

7) Is there something I should know? Nothing that I can think of right now.

8) Do you come from a land down under? Have you ever been there? No, but I would like to go some day. One of Steven's uncles lives in Sydney. He hasn't been down there since the early eighties, so I hope we can go visit them in the next couple of years.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Oh My God

While surfing CNN I saw a news story about a fifteen year old girl and a ten year-old boy who murdered their six year-old brother. Not too many details were realeased, but the horror that the little boy must have experienced and the grief that the parents must be going through right now is just heartbreaking. I really do wonder what the world is coming to.

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Vote For the Texas Quarter!

You know those nifty new quarters with a design for each state? Now you can go vote for your favorite Texas quarter. I really like number two. I was thinking, "Man, I wish it had the shape of Texas somewhere on it." After clicking the quarter to view a bigger shot of it, I saw that it does have one. I think my choice is made now. Number four looks like a police badge to me. It and number five are boring, though five is way in the lead. Not to influence you, but go vote for number two. :-)

(Link courtesy of Audra)

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Do you eat food if it hits the floor? Yes or no?
  • Guilty. I do.

  • Chinese food or Italian?
  • The only Chinese food I really eat is Chinese Cafe's shredded chicken in white sauce and shrimp fried rice, but I adore Italian food, especially lasagna.

  • Ice cream or yogurt?
  • Ice cream. Yogurt is nasty.

  • Do you eat breakfast? Yes or no?
  • I do during the week, usually a plain english muffin from McDonald's with grape jelly or occasionally a donut. During the weekend I don't get up until 2:00 p.m. or later, so I don't think you can count that as breakfast.

  • Have you ever eaten a bug? Yes or no?
  • We get those little bitty sugar ants in the house and one time there was one on my toothbrush and I didn't notice until I was finished brushing my teeth. Does that count?

  • Soft drink from a can, bottle, or glass?
  • Can.

  • Do you consume 5 fruits and vegetables a day?
  • Nope.

  • Apple or orange?
  • Orange, but I like apple (both the fruit and the flavor) too.

  • Pork rinds or sardines?
  • Good lord, neither.

  • Caviar or grits?
  • What is with these nasty foods? Neither of these as well.

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A New Flavored Coke

I am a huge Cherry Coke fan, so I'm kind of excited that Coca-Cola announced today that it will be shipping Vanilla Coke starting next month. All my life I've heard that vanilla coke is to die for, but I've never tried it. I'm not sure if it will taste good, but I love vanilla vodka, so I'll give this a shot. (There's a lame joke there. I love lame jokes.)

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The Scripty Goddesses Have Arrived!

I've been so busy lately that I forgot to mention that Scripty Goddess is up and running. Created by Jennifer of The Working Mom (she made Christine's incredibly cool Pixelog) and featuring Kristine of Hopeless Romantics and Lynda of So Very Posh, it's a nifty little website where these girls give tips and hits on all kinds of scripty things. Check them out - they rock!

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Pay Her to Suffer

Jamese over at Breakfast of Champions is climbing the CN Tower, the world's tallest freestanding structure to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. Why not take a second and go support her?

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Monday, April 15, 2002

Once and Again No Longer

I just watched the finale of Once and Again and it was incredible, just like all the episodes before it. I am so sad to see this amazing piece of television get cancelled. This show made you believe that these people were real. I keep hoping that maybe the new Oxygen Network or that Lifetime will pick it up. Does anyone know what sacrifices the tv gods like best? I am going to be so heartbroken with this show ending and The X-Files ending as well, though in the case The X-Files I believe it's time to let that one go. If you're so inclined, cross your fingers and hope that Once and Again comes back.

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Wander-Lust Syndication Tip

Kristine gave a cool little tip on how to syndicate your Wander-Lust code easily.

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Monday Mission 2.15

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.15:

1. What caused your last case of psuedo-road rage?
I have psuedo-road rage every time I get in the car it seems. Right by my office is 249, a major freeway. You can turn under the overpass from two different lanes. You have a choice of four lanes to turn into. I think that it's first lane to the first two lanes, second lane into the last two lanes. I'm in lane two and this huge-ass SUV (like there's any other kind) is in lane one. We both turn under the overpass and the SUV turns into the third lane, completely ignoring the fact that I'm there at all. I hate people who drive their big-ass vehicles like they are the only people on the road.

2. Tell me about one of your favorite television shows that was cancelled (past or present).
Actually, tonight Once and Again is having its series finale after being on the air for three years. I think this show has some of the best writing that I've ever seen allowing you to really feel like you know the characters and that they're real. I will truly miss this show and shame on ABC for cancelling a quality program like this but keeping trash tv like The Bachelor on the air.

3. Have you ever gone online and pretended to be someone else? What's the story there?
Back when my ex, Satan (as I refer to him), and I broke up, I went to a chatroom I knew he frequented to see what was going on with him. He was talking about moving to Vegas or something like that, so I asked him what was there that would make him want to move. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the site tracked where you were from, so he was able to figure out it was me. We talked for a bit (this is before he left me with a ton of bills and became Satan full-fledged) and then he signed off. He then signed back on and talked to me pretending to be someone else as I poured my heart out about how I wanted him back, couldn't live without him, blah blah blah. Took me a little while to figure out it was him. Embarrassing.

4. What was (is) one of your favorite Children's books?
There are too many to name, but A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle along with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Blubber come to mind.


5. Can you recommend a CD (tape or otherwise) for me to listen to on the drive home?
I'm currently listening to my copy of the Run Lola Run soundtrack. If you like techno music, it's a winner. I love putting the top down on my Miata and driving with this one.

6. What is your online nickname and what is the story behind how you selected it?
I'm kind of boring, I guess. I've always just used Kymberlie for everything I do. I love my name and how I spell it, so I use it for all my online activities.

7. Ever been bitten or stung before (snake, wasp, dog, etc)? Nipped by my parents' silky terrier and I think stung once by a wasp, but that's about it.

BONUS: Does anybody love anybody anyway?
I love you whether or not you love me
I love you even if you think that I don't
Sometimes I find you doubt my love for you, but I don't mind
Why should I mind, Why should I mind

I have Howard Jones' greatest hits CD and listen to it all the time. :-)

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Sunday, April 14, 2002

I'm a Pioneer

I used the Dewey Color System to see what my preference for certain colors say about my personality and here are the results:

BLUE PURPLE BLACK: You're a Pioneer
You think about why people do what they do. By understanding the motivation of others, you seek to create a better world. Changing the world around you through personal achievements is your everyday challenge.

The passionate you is a strong-willed, reflective strategist. You listen to learn why something was done before you act. Others turn you on when they challenge you. You can see all the possibilities.

The centered you can see how to direct your life toward a greater inner peace. You are able to discern exactly what you need. When all is quiet within you recognize just what you want.

The emotional you needs to feel grounded. Reality can be disappointing. Accept each situation's truth and each person's motivation before you act. Ensure that your empowering determination is focused on agendas that can be accomplished.

This seems fairly accurate. I was, after all, a psychology major, so it's not surprising that I think about why people do what they do. I'm also a strong believer that by understanding what makes people tick we can try and make the world a better place. My personal philosophy has always been that we are here to make the world better for others. I love a challenge as well and are happiest at work when I have lots of things to do, things that are challenging and not routine. I'm not sure if I really can see a greater inner peace, but I like to think that I have a fairly good handle on what I want to acheive and how to get it.

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A Sick Fish

I've been feeling under the weather all day today. I took a nap for a little under two hours and I'm feeling a little better, though not great. I wish I had some Sprite to drink to see if it could help settle my stomach. :-( I'm watching Alias in the back room while I Tivo The X-Files in the living room. Maybe when they go off I'll see if I can find something easy on my stomach for dinner and go get some Sprite. What a fun Sunday.

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Sunday Op-Ed

Time for Chris' Sunday Op-Ed!

1. Cheesecake
What is something that I don't really like except for James Coney Island's Oreo cheesecake? Christine orders it every time we go there and is always sweet enough to grab two forks and share.

2. Wine
What is something that no matter how hard I've tried to like it, I just can't? I've always wanted to relax with a nice glass of wine, but I hate how it tastes. Blah.

3. Dancing
What is what we did last night and something we take lessons for every week? Steven and I took country and western lessons for about a year, took a little over two years off, and have been going back for the past seven months. I love to dance, whether it be two-stepping or just shaking my butt on the dance floor.

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A Storybook Life

I thought this one was cute, even though I never did read the Paddington Bear books. If I remember correctly, though, when I went to England, Heathrow Airport (or did we come in through Gatwick? I can never remember) had a big Paddington Bear statue. It was one of the first things we saw getting off of our plane and I always think of it fondly.



which children's storybook character are you?
this quiz was made by colleen

(Link courtesy of Andrea)

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Saturday, April 13, 2002

Do You Wander-Lust?

I forgot to mention, but I joined Wander-Lust.com this week. It's kind of like Blog Snob, but you can also add a tag at the beginning of each post so that when the Wander-Lust spider runs, content from your blog will be posted on their webpage. I'm still not used to adding the tag, but I'm liking the program so far.

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Saturday Scruples

Time for Marsha's Saturday Scruples (on time for once)!

1. a close friend will be interviewed for a job with your employer. he asks you for a list of the questions in advance. do you supply it? Unless I think working with them (for some reason) would be bad for our relationship and if I could get the questions, definitely.

2. you work for an optical store. jimmy has broken his glasses and his parents are agonizing over the price of replacements. a competitor is selling identical glasses for half-price. do you send jimmy's parents there? Yes, yes, yes. I would try and get the boss to match the price first, though.

3. you are a reporter. the family of a murder victim has refused your requests for picture and interview. your editor demands that you keep calling them. do you? No. That's terrible. If I worked for someone who was like that, I would have to find another job.

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Friday, April 12, 2002

Exercise? Ha! Not in the Future!

So, is the exercise pill described in this article going to make my new StairMaster obsolete?

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Save the Clean Air Act

Help save The Clean Air Act by e-mailing President Duhbya and telling him that it's time he protected the environment instead of making it easier for companies to pollute.

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Makes You Feel Kind of Inadequate, Doesn't It?

While I am happy with my life and feel like I'm a good person and add some value to the world, take a look at what others had accomplished by the time they were my age.

At age 27:

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. dropped out from his job at General Electric to become a full-time writer.

Henry David Thoreau went off for two years to live alone in a cabin at Walden Pond.

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space.

Memphis millionaire Frederic W. Smith, whose father built the Greyhound bus system, founded Federal Express.

Scottish botanist David Douglas discovered the Douglas fir.

Ernest Hemingway published his first novel, The Sun Also Rises.

Boston dentist William Morton pioneered modern anaesthesiology after learning that inhalation of ether will cause a loss of consciousness.

Go see what things other people accomplished when they were your age.

(Link courtesy of Lee)

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What is your favorite restaurant and why? It used to be Carrabba's (amazing Italian food), but lately it's been Lupe Tortilla's. They have the absolute best fajitas in the world. They just opened one about five minutes from our place, so it's near by and delicious.

2. What fast food restaurant are you partial to? Fazoli's is my biggest weakness. I love their Submarino sandwiches and their buttery, yummy breadsticks.

3. What are your standards and rules for tipping? I usually give around fifteen percent, but if the waiter has been particularly great, I'll tip a little higher.

4. Do you usually order an appetizer and/or dessert? At Carrabba's we order their calimari, at Lupe Tortilla's I get queso to go with my rice. We do Blooming Onions or wings at and at Red Lobster we get chicken fingers and cheese sticks. We very rarely order deserts.

5. What do you usually order to drink at a restaurant? If I'm not drinking, I order a Coke without ice (I hate ice in drinks). At Red Lobster I get their raspberry piña colada. Carrabba's makes these great drinks called Grand Roman Ritas (margaritas with a shot of Grand Marnier in them) that I just love to get. They are so good and so strong. Anywhere else, it's usually a frozen rita or a piña colada.

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Thursday, April 11, 2002

Working Up a Sweat

I just got done using my new StairMaster FreeClimber 4600 PT for the first time and let me tell you, it kicks ass! I did forty minutes while watching an episode of The X-Files that I had taped and it was great. I'm still getting used to its levels, so I only burned about 300 calories (usually I burn 230 in twenty minutes) but it is so nice to watch what I want on the tv and not have tons of people around. Very relaxing, in a weird kind of way. I'm starving now, so I am off to get some dinner.

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Enjoying the Day

Christine and I went to James Coney Island for lunch today (Yummy!) and after we got done eating we decided to go Wal-Marting. Steven and I leave in ten days for our annual trip to Las Vegas (I can't wait!), but we have no luggage of our own. We always borrow from our parents, which bugs the crap out of me, so I figured it's high time we got our own. While looking for luggage (and finding a nice five piece set for $80), Christine and I found flowers for our desks at work (we actually sit right next to each other and share a common desk area). I bought twenty beautiful Lipstick roses for $15 and she bought some lovely daises. Our desks look so nice! I also got Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure on DVD for just under $10 and we bought a new beta fish since Christine's fish Pixel looks like he is getting ready to move on to the great fishbowl in the sky. All in all, we had a nice lunch and fun shopping. Mikey, I think Christine may even have some pictures to post! :-)

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I am a Weapon of Death

Not sure what it does exactly, but it looks really damn cool!

Which Firearm are you?
brought to you byStan Ryker

(Link courtesy of Jamese)

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Thursday Threesome

Time for Deb's Thursday Threesome!

Onesome: Red. Color me passionate...what are you passionate about? Lots of things, but mostly stuff like abortion rights, gay rights, and other liberal causes.

Twosome: White. Color me truthful...or is it little white lies? What's the last "little white lie" that's come from your mouth (or keyboard)? I can't really remember, but it was probably something along the line of telling someone they looked good in something they don't. I hate to tell someone that they look bad if they love their outfit. They're happy, so what does it hurt? Usually, though, I am very truthful.

Threesome: Blue. Color me with music...what one piece of music really speaks to you? God, there is so much music that really speaks to me. The first one that comes to mind right now is "Winter" by Tori Amos.

He says...
When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses are still in bed
I tell you that I'll always want you near
You say that things change, my dear

Lots of Tori's music speaks to me. When I had just gotten out of a very self-destructive relationship her music helped me learn to stand on my own and to understand that I AM worth quite a lot. Her music helped me find my own way.

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Stupid Idiot

I just had a client call me. A client who I've been trying to get to return my call since December so we can work on his site. He proceeds to say that he wants us to finish the programming immediately because he "doesn't want us dragging this out." If he would have been speaking to me in person, I would have gone for his throat. Die, you bastard, die!

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In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Love Star Wars (even though the last movie sucked)? Bet you've never seen it in ASCIImation (animation done in ASCII characters) before. It was fun, but still not as fun as Star Dudes which is the whole Star Wars movie done in Flash in under five minutes. (It even keeps Mark Hamil's blooper at the end.) Enjoy and may the Force be with you!

(Link courtesy of Stacy)

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Let's Get Physical!

Steven went to one of the local fitness stores today and bought a StairMaster FreeClimber 4600 PT for our house. We've been talking about getting one and were planning on getting it in the fall but we finally just got tired of waiting and last week decided to bite the bullet and just buy the damn thing. I've picked up a lot of new projects to manage at work and I've been having a lot of late nights at the office. I so do not feel like going to the gym after work, but if I could come home, watch what I want to on the tv, and just stairmaster away, I would be more than happy to do that. The store threw in free shipping and told Steven that if he had a doctor recommend that he stairmaster for health reasons, that it becomes a tax-exempt item. He said go get a doctor's note and he'll refund the tax (almost $200). I am so excited! While I was laid off I had been doing a lot of stairmaster and lost about ten pounds. I've put it back on since I started working again, but I'm hoping to shed the weight once more. Exercise tip of the day: if you do aerobics before eating or drinking anything, you burn stored fat instead of the calories you consumed during the day. Stairmastering for twenty minutes first thing in the day is about equal to stairmastering for forty minutes at night. I'm planning on using the StairMaster now first thing on the weekend to help shed a few extra calories. Yeah! This has totally made my day!

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Bless Her Heart

I was telling a story about a lady we know to Christine and another co-worker. The lady is nice enough, but not all that bright. After I got done relating the extremely silly question she asked me, our co-worker goes, "Bless her heart." Christine asked, "Isn't that the southern for 'What a fucking idiot'?"

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Urge Bush to Release UNFPA Funds

Please go urge President Bush to release UNFPA funds. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is essential in population assistance all over the world. They provide condoms to help cut down on STDs and provide women with birth control. Please take a minute and send President Bush an e-mail letting him know that their funds should be released.

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It's a Group Thing: Part VI

While looking for last week's term, I stumbled upon the one I want to use for today. Since Steven and I have fancy goldfish and I live in a neurotic fishbowl, today's term is most fitting. The term is:

A Glint of Goldfish

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Insaniquarium - Conquered!

Earlier tonight I unlocked all the fishbowls and pets in Insaniquarium. Now I just have to wait patiently for more pets so I can go play some more!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Bad Idea

It is a bad idea to lie down on the couch to wait for your boyfriend to get done at work so you can go to the gym. Now I'm tired, catty, my contacts are dry, and I STILL have to go to the gym. Blah!

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Weeeeee!

Yesterday Christine was spinning around in her chair and she said, "Weeeeee!" I flashed back to the Weeeee movie that my brother showed me this weekend. I was speaking on the phone with a client as she watched it when she IMs me "Gonads and Strife" (go watch the movie to see what I'm talking about) and I almost lost it. Never leave your IM window open while talking to clients if a little hottie might send you an IM!

Their other Flash movies are pretty funny as well, but I suggest drinking or doing drugs before watching them to get the full effect.

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You Little Hottie!

Go visit Christine and see what we got to listen to at lunch today.

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Prepare! The End is Not Very Near!

As some of you may remember from this post, I am convinced that Mother Nature is out to get us. Looks like in 877 years and eleven months she has a good chance of getting us. My boyfriend thinks that the best thing for us (as in planet Earth) would be if an asteroid a little bit smaller than this one hit the planet and caused some destruction, but nothing as big as this one would. Then we might actually start looking out for these things and figure out what to do if one comes too close.

(I actually meant to blog about this earlier, but forgot to since my site went down for a couple of days.)

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Do you answer the phone on the first ring? Yes or no?
  • No, because usually I have to go find the phone. We finally got caller ID, so now I wait even if the phone is near.

  • Which is worse: door-to-door salesmen or telemarketers?
  • Telemarketers! I hate them!

  • Which is worse: the phone company or the oil company?
  • The phone compnay, I guess. Don't feel strongly about this one one way or the other.

  • Phone number: write it down or remember it?
  • Write it down.

  • When you tell a date, "I'll call you," do you mean it? Yes or no?
  • It would depend. I didn't ever really date (went from one long-term relationship to Steven with a year and a half off or so in between), but I did have a few friends try to set me up and some of those people were FREAKS! Those people I would say it to, just to get away.

  • Do you own one phone? Two? Three? More?
  • More. Three in the house (two downstairs and one upstairs) and my cell phone.

  • Have you purchased anything by phone? Yes or no?
  • Yes, but it's been a while.

  • Have you ever called someone and then hung up before you spoke? Yes or no?
  • I used to do this all the time in elementary school with my crush. I guess caller ID really puts a damper on doing that anymore, huh?

  • Do you own an answering machine?
  • Yes.

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Monday, April 8, 2002

As Easy As Shaving Your Cat's Ass

My friend Tod at the office was talking to one of his friends about the new operating system for Macs, the OS X. His buddy asked him what he thought of it. Tod doesn't like the new OS (thinks it's difficult to use, etc.) and said, "It's as easy as shaving your cat's ass." (Think about it. It would be hard to shave a cat's ass.) His buddy cracked up and Tod memoralized the phrase by making this spiffy desktop. I have it on my desktop at work. Feel free to make it your own!

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100 Things About Me

I finally finished my list of 100 random things about me. Enjoy!

1. I have been on the Internet since 1996. 2. My favorite computer game ever is Civilization: Call To Power. 3. If left alone, I can read an entire book in a day. 4. My favorite author is Stephen King. 5. My favorite book of all time is Stephen King's It. 6. I constantly reread books. 7. I love to read anthologies probably more than novels. 8. My absolute favorite musician/artist is Sting. I totally love the man. 9. My favorite CD of all time is probably "Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos. 10. My favorite movie of all time is Singin' in the Rain. 11. Some of my other favorites include Monty Python and the Quest For the Holy Grail, The Professional, Pulp Fiction, Hudson Hawk, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Clerks. 12. My favorite TV series overall is The X-Files, though I have really become disappointed in it the last few years. 13. Now that I have Tivo, I watch far more TV than I used to and have Season Passes for The X-Files, 24, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Practice, Red Dwarf, Good Eats, Iron Chef, Will & Grace, ER, Friends, Once and Again, The Job, Malcolm in the Middle, and Alias (when it doesnt conflict with The X-Files). 14. I enjoy being a geek. 15. I love gadgets: my Palm V, my computer, my Olympus D-460 Zoom digital camera, and especially my Tivo. 16. When I was younger I collected pennies, piggy banks, pens, and pencils. 17. I have recently become obsessed with Hallmark Keepsake and The Discovery Store ornaments and cotton lingerie from Victoria's Secret. 18. I have over 275 Beanie Babies. 19. I work as a project manager at a web development company. 20. I was unemployed for six months in 2001 when the dot.com I worked for crashed. 21. I loved being unemployed. 22. I was a co-founder of The Mutant Reviewers From Hell, though I quit sending in reviews and Justin killed me off. 23. I once appeared in a commercial with Mary Lou Retton for "Super Bowling Saturday." 24. I marched the bass drum in high school and when I was a senior, my school (Spring High School) won the UIL State Marching Championship. It is one of the proudest moments of my life. 25. I once stayed up for either five or six days straight (can't remember which) during Christmas break when I was a freshman in high school. 26. I always wanted to take Latin in high school, but enough people never signed up for the class to make. I took two semesters of it in college and really enjoyed it. 27. I once had a "Gnaw II: Food of the Gods" and "Rabid Grannies" party when I was in high school. We used Print Shop and my dot-matrix printer to make banners with rats all over them. 28. I graduated from the University of Houston in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science. 29. My major was in psychology. 30. My minor was in sociology. 31. I spent about six weeks in the UK with my aunt Susan and uncle Michael when I was about fifteen. I loved it. 32. I love to play Texas Hold 'Em poker (the same version that they play in Rounders, if you've seen the movie). 33. When playing poker, I prefer playing $4-$8 or $3-$6-$12 and wont play higher than $5-$10 yet. 34. Steven and I go to Vegas once a year. 35. I have never lived by myself. 36. My preferred alcoholic mixed drink is a raspberry piña colada. 37. My preferred alcoholic shot is vanilla vodka. 38. I love Cherry Coke more than any other type of soft drink. 39. I believe Pepsi and Hallie Eisenberg are evil. 40. I hate to drink water, but Im going to start trying to drink it to help me loose weight. 41. I hate ice in drinks and would rather have my drink warm than have ice in it. 42. I am a liberal democrat. 43. I am pro-choice. 44. While I am for gun control, I think knives and swords are really cool. 45. I think it would be awesome to have super spy or assassin abilities. 46. I have very vivid dreams that are usually violent. 47. I frequently kill people in my dreams. 48. I dream about sharks all the time. 49. I cuss. A lot. 50. I dont ever want to have children. 51. I do not handle medical procedures well and actually passed out at my second OB-GYN appointment and fell off the table (naked, nonetheless). 52. My IQ tests in the 160 range. 53. My sun sign is Pisces. 54. My moon sign is Gemini. 55. My rising sign is Leo. 56. My favorite colors are blues and purples. 57. My favorite flowers are roses, especially ones that are more than one color. 58. I am right-handed. 59. My favorite numbers are 4, 5, and 8. 60. I do things in fours: take bites, sip my drink, etc. 61. I rarely go to bed before 2:00 in the morning. 62. I was engaged once to my high school boyfriend. 63. He turned out to be Satan, so thank god we didnt get married. 64. I am German on my mother's side and Scots-Irish on my father's. 65. I have one younger brother named Russell. 66. I also have one older half-brother from my fathers previous marriage. Hes a redneck and a racist, so I dont speak with him. Thankfully, he lives in Florida, far from me. 67. I was raised Missouri-Synod Lutheran. 68. I subscribe to no particular faith. 69. I dislike religions for the most part. 70. I am a messy person. 71. I love to go out in the water at the beach, but I can't swim. 72. I am coulrophobic (the fear of clowns) and mildly climacophobic (the fear stairs, climbing, or of falling downstairs). 73. I am probably climacophobic because I feel down the escalator in Montgomery Ward's in Greenspoint Mall when I was a kid. 74. I also think most dolls are incredibly creepy. 75. I do almost all of my shopping online whether it be fish supplies, books, movies, make-up, or computer stuff. 76. I made a ton of money and gift certificates off of Internet reward programs before the majority of them went bankrupt. I easily made $1,000 in gift certificates to CDNow alone. 77. I am a member of the ACNielsen Homescan Panel. I have to scan every item I buy and my purchases are recorded demographically. 78. I love to dance, especially the two-step, but I also like to just get out and wiggle my butt on the dance floor. 79. I weighed about 50 pounds heavier in college than I do now. 80. I work out about three or four times a week. 81. The next big item I want to purchase is a StairMaster FreeClimber 4600. 82. I wear a silver thumb ring that I feel naked without. I also wear my college class ring, which I never take off, and occasionally two birthstone rings. 83. I have three holes in each ear and a bent barbell in my bellybutton. 84. If I could ever figure where to put it, I would get a tattoo. 85. I have a small scar near my right eye where I got a few stitches as a kid when I got hit in the face with a homemade swing with sharp corners. 86. The only bone I have ever broken was my little toe on my right foot the summer before my junior year. 87. I did, however, break my brothers arm when we were kids when I jumped on the refrigerator box (wed just gotten a new one for the house and were fascinated by the box) we were playing in. 88. I have long nails that I get manicured every three or four weeks. They are usually half an inch to an inch in length. 89. I cant cook to save my life. 90. I give kick-ass massages that can last for hours. 91. The only stock I ever bought was in PSINet (my former company was their web development arm). I bought it at about $1.00, it went all the way up to $4.00, and then went to less than a penny. 92. I prefer to drive standards instead of automatics. 93. I have had five different cars since I got my license at sixteen. 94. My first car was a 1978 Grand Prix. It had been in a couple of accidents before I got it and when it became mine it had no passenger side window (I had to tape it up with a garbage bag when it rained), the passenger side door wouldn't open, and the front end was yellow while the rest of the car was gun metal gray. 95. I currently drive a 1999 silver Mazda Miata. 96. My Miata is the first car Ive ever had a car payment on. 97. The first time I got stopped for a traffic violation, I got a warning. When the cop first saw me I was doing 55 in a 35 MPH zone and when he finally stopped me I was doing 80 in a 45 MPH zone. I was seventeen. 98. I hate SUVs and trucks. 99. I had never eaten Chinese food until my second date with Steven. I was 22 years old. 100. Steven once told me that he likes me more than he thought he could ever like any girl. It's probably the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.

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Give Me Some Skin, Baby!

Woo hoo! Thanks to Christine, The Neurotic Fishbowl is skinnable once again! I haven't had a lot of time to test, so if you see any problems, please let me know. Yeah! I am so happy! :-)

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Insaniquarium Pets

Before my computer crashed for the billionth time last night, I got three new pets at Insaniquarium: Itchy the Swordfish, Prego the Momma Fish, and Vert the Skeleton. Since it looks like other people are falling prey to the insanity (get it? Bad pun, but I live for them), what extra pets do you have? Can't wait to play either tonight or tomorrow and shoot for the secret second tank!

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Monday Mission 2.14

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.14:

1. When was the last time your computer crashed? What happened?
My computer at home is a complete piece of shit and crashed probably ten times yesterday alone. The last time it crashed I was playing Insaniquarium and had bought one piece of egg and almost had enough money to buy another piece. Three pieces and I would have had a new pet in my tank.

2. Recommend a movie (new or old) for us to watch.
The last time I went to the movies I saw a preview for The Bourne Identity remake with Matt Damon and Franka Potente. Franka Potente was in the excellent German film Run Lola Run that not too many people have seen. It's incredible with a great techno soundtrack that I bought the day after watching it. The movie is an excellent illustration of how a different path (catch the train, don't catch the train, etc.) can lead to a whole different life. Try this one out if you're looking for a hyper kinetic romp.

3. When was the last time someone told you that you were attractive (and you actually believed them)?
I guess the last person that really made it known was Steven's buddy who got totally drunk at New Year's and told me how hot I was. He was really pissed, but I am positive he really meant it. Kind of flattering too, because he's an extremely attractive guy.

4. Do you like to sleep in or wake up with the chickens?
Sleep in! Waking up early is evil. Evil, I say! On the weekends I don't get up EVER until after 2:00 in the afternoon or later.

5. Are you gay, straight or bi? Ever been tempted to go the other way?
I'm straight and currently in a long-term relationship.

6. What will be the next computer-related purchase you will make?
As soon as I get my raise, I am buying a complete new machine. I got a new computer a little over a year ago that one of Steven's friends built. It's run like crap since I bought it and nothing seems to make it stop crashing. Never again will I buy a machine outside of a well-known store without a warranty. I'll probably get something in at least the 1.2 MgHz range with 256 RAM (what I have now). I may even buy a new nineteen inch monitor since my current one is so dark and just will not adjust right.

7. What is your role when you are in relationships? A giver, a taker, or is it an equal balance? I'm a giver big time. I am one of those people that just give love and affection completely. I buy surprise cards, I call for no reason, etc. I just love to love. :-)

BONUS: Would I lie to you?
Look into my eyes
Can't you see they're open wide
Would I lie to you baby?
Would I lie to you?

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Insaniquarium

I've been having fun and killing time by playing Insaniquarium. It's this fun game where you feed fish, they give you money to buy cool stuff, fight alien enemies, and try to keep your fish from being eaten. And with a name like Insaniquarium, how could a neurotic fish like me resist it?

(Link courtesy of Deb)

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Sunday, April 7, 2002

The Sunday Update

Well, it's Sunday and tomorrow will be business as usual and back to the daily grind. Just like on most my weekends, I didn't do much, but not doing much has made me very happy. :-)

Steven and I had dinner Friday night at Chinese Cafe (Yes, Audra, the one on Belaire. I love their shredded chicken in white sauce and their shrimp fried rice. Yummy, yummy!) and I managed to find some raspberry puree on the way home from work Friday afternoon, so I got some raspberry piña coladas this weekend after all. I spent most of the weekend playing dominoes at Pogo.com and downloading adventures for Zeus and Poseidon by Impressions Games. I think I am ready to become obsessed by it again and lose myself in more Greek adventures.

I am adjusting to the time change, even though I hate it and am not looking forward to it being even brighter when I go to work in the morning. I hate the sun and go no where without sunglasses.

I hope that Christine will have more luck with the php on the server and my skins will be back soon. This plain skin is driving me nuts. I miss all of my pretty fishbowl skins. I have one more that Kristine made and personalized for The Neurotic Fishbowl. I've almost got it tweaked the way I want it. I really need to learn CSS. I spent one day at work when I didn't have much to do going, "Stretch, you damn yellow line, stretch!"

I guess I have rambled enough now that I will go finish watching "The Court." I've been Tivoing it, but just got around to watching it today. Wasn't incredible impressed with the first episode, so we'll see if it remains a season pass for much longer.

Everyone enjoy the little bit of weekend left!

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Sunday Op-Ed

I found a new weekly meme - Chris' Sunday Op-Ed.

1) Day Light Savings
What is an awful, horrible thing to do to a person? I hate having to lose an hour of sleep and it's a pain to figure out how to reset the clock in my car.

2) Elijah Wood
Who is an incredible actor that I always knew would be a gorgeous guy when he grew up? Of course, I hated that damn Lord of the Rings movie.

3) Music
What is something that I can't live without? Music has always been entwined in my life. I marched the bass drum and played percussion in high school, have a huge music collection, and love to sing (even though I'm not very good). I love all types of music.

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Eight From The Eighties

Better late than never, right? Here's Deb's Eight From The Eighties.

1) Are you true blue? Yes. I am very loyal if you are my friend. I tend to sometimes be more loyal than I should be, but I'm trying to watch that.

2) When's the last time you went steppin' out? A couple of weeks, I guess. I've become such a homebody on the weekends as of late. Late nights at the office, lots of stress, and all I want to do on the weekends is sleep in and do nothing.

3) What's something your parents just don't understand? Why I love movies like Clerks and Pulp Fiction. When I lived at home my mother could never understand why I watched movies with so much cursing and violence.

4) What are sweet dreams made of? A blender of raspberry piña coladas, Steven, and a yummy dinner. I'm easy to please. :-)

5) Are you prone to burning down the house? Yes. I am a total spaz and I can't cook a thing. I would probably burn the house to a cinder if I tried cooking anything.

6) It's the end of the world as you know it. How do you feel? Sad. I happen to like my world and it would suck if it ended.

7) Are you going to Wang Chung tonight? I love that song, so hell yeah, I'll Wang Chung tonight!

8) Why can't I get, just one... ? Deadline at work that I don't have to worry about it being missed.

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Saturday Scruples

Continuing my habit of posting late on the weekend, here's Marsha's Saturday Scruples.

1. the only available spot in the parking lot is reserved for the handicapped. you are in a hurry and won't be very long. do you park there? No. Never. I never park in handicap spaces. Once, Steven and I had to run to the office we both worked at really late at night and I got on him for parking in the handicap space even though it was midnight and we were the only people there.

2. you have been attending classes all year. an acquaintance, who rarely shows up, asks to photocopy your notes. do you consent? Well, I was always the person that did this in college, so I would. I never went to class, so I would help someone out since others did it for me.

3. you have a struggling young company. you have to choose between two equal candidates for a job, a man and a woman. The woman will work for $2000 per year less than the man. do you hire her for that reason? If she's got on her resume or told me that she would work for less, I would say yes. Hopefully, we could stop struggling and then I would up her salary.

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Help Protect Puerto Rico's Ecological Corridor

Please go visit the Action Network to sign a petition that would protect Puerto Rico's northeastern ecological corridor, some of the last remaing wildcoast areas.

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Friday, April 5, 2002

Blonder and Blonder

I forgot to mention, but I got my hair cut yesterday (about four inches) and got more blonde highlights, very light blonde ones for the spring/summer season. It feels so nice to be rid of the nasty split ends that I had and I love the the little light blonde streaks around my face.

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Relax...

As with most Fridays, I am glad that it is the end of the work week. I look forward to two days with nothing to do but screw around. No late nights at the office, no wondering if a deadline is going to be met, nothing at all to do. My biggest worry this weekend will be trying to locate some rasperry puree so that my piña coladas take like raspberries. It seems like the local Randall's quit carrying it (bastards!). Anyone know where to buy any?

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What are the first things that you do in the morning to start your day? I have a boring morning routine on the weekdays. I get up between 8:00 and 8:30, I use the bathroom, brush my teeth, put on make-up, get dressed, take my morning pills, and leave for work. On the weekend, I really have more of a "late afternoon" routine (since I don't get up until after 1:00 or 2:00). That involves getting up, going to the bathroom, brushing my teeth, grabbing a Coke, and getting online. Much more fun.

2. What are the last things that you do at night before going to bed? Besides showering and brushing my teeth, I like to read in bed while my hair dries. It helps me get to relax and get to sleep.

3. What daily routine have you recently added to your day? Ever since seeing the gastroenterologist (or the scope doctor, as I like to call him) taking Prevacid every morning. That's about it.

4. What routine do you wish you get rid of? Going to work! ;-)

5. What's the one thing that makes you feel like something is missing if you don't do it some point within your day? If I don't get online and check my mail, I feel truly strange. Have to be on the computer at some point in time.

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Thursday Threesome

Since I was down on Thursday, here's Deb's Thursday Threesome a bit late.

Onesome. Love. Ever felt that "unconditional love?" Tell us about it. Maybe with my evil ex-fiance whom I refer to as Satan, but I've forgotten why I would have ever felt that way about him. He was a complete ass when we broke up. Fucker.

Twosome. Labors. What was your first paying job (not counting baby-sitting)? If you don't count typing documents for my uncle, my first real job was working at a grocery store call Food Basket when I was a senior in high school. We called it Food Bucket, or The Bucket for short, and it was the worst place to work. The management sucked, the pay sucked, and we had turtles and snakes in the scary hell-like back of the store. Yuck.

Threesome. Lost. Have a knack for losing things? Is there something you lose "all the time?" I lose stuff all the time. I'm forever going, "Honey, have you seen my glasses, my book, my whatever?" I'm really bad about taking my contacts out before finding my glasses. I'm then completely blind and have no shot in hell of locating them if there aren't on the sink or my nightstand.

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday (even though it's Friday. Got to make up for lost blogging time!):

  • For gals: Panties -- Thongs, bikinis, or briefs?
  • Bikinis, for the most part, though thongs some times. I used to wear thongs constantly, but I've gotten away from that over the last couple of years.

  • For guys: Briefs, boxers, or boxer briefs?
  • Steven wears briefs most of the times, but he wears boxer briefs too. I think boxer briefs are the best underwear that a guy can wear.

  • Movable Type, Blogger, or Greymatter?
  • Movable Type all the way, baby! Movable Type totally rocks!

  • Rabbits or hamsters?
  • Hamsters! I had a russian dwarf hamster named Quicksilver when I was in college and he was the cutest thing. Every time I go into a pet store, I really want another one.

  • Electric or gas home?
  • Electric. I would probably blow a gas home up.

  • Mud between your toes: comforting or disgusting?
  • Disgusting, but I do love wet sand between my toes.

  • Question mark or exclamation point?
  • Exclamation point!

  • Is it hot where you live? Yes or no?
  • Usually, since I live in Texas. Today, though, no.

  • Is your monitor currently dusty? Yes or no?
  • No. I try to keep my monitor very clean.

  • Would you rather have an abundance of love, sex, or money in your life?
  • Love.

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It's a Group Thing: Part V

My blog was down Wednesday, so I'll post this week's "It's a Group Thing" now.

Davezilla and friends were coming up with their own terms and I really liked their "An Eh of Canadians." Since I'm not Canadian, but I am Scots/Irish, today's group term is:

A Fifth of Scots

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I'm Back! Yeah!

Thanks to Christine, The Neurotic Fishbowl is back! Yeah! I am so happy! When Christine and I come back from lunch, expect the posting frenzy to begin!

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Testing, Testing, 1... 2... 3...

Just making sure this thing works before I hand it over to Kymberlie! Whoo hoo! Skins will be back this weekend!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002

We Have a Winner!

I am a sucker for online contests and enter just about all of them that I find. I answered some trivia questions last month at Gourmet Guess and I was one of this month's winners! I won a Capresso WaffleDUO and a Component Design Northwest Multitask Digital Timer & Clock. I love waffles, so what can be better than heart-shaped waffles on a kick-ass waffle maker that I won? :-)

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It's a Group Thing - Davezilla Style

Davezilla and a bunch of his friends devised new group names for several existing terms. Of them all, my personal favorites are:

  • A spasm of ferrets
  • A melanoma of moles
  • An Easter of seals
  • A poo-fling of apes
  • A pinch of asses
  • A toupe of Tribbles
  • A heartburn of dragons

Of course, tomorrow is Wednesday, so come back for a new "It's a Group Thing!"

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Scary Story

I finished reading Everything's Eventual by Stephen King last night. I had read or heard all the stories before, save Luckey Quarter, but I had forgotten how frightening the story 1408 is. After I finished it and the rest of the book, I turned off the light and tried to go to sleep, but had completely succedeed in freaking myself out with that story (King himself said the story frightened him, so I'm not as much of a wuss as I sound). I'm lying in bed trying not to think about the scary story when Steven (who has been asleep the whole time) rolls over and puts his arms around me. I then felt so safe that I went right to sleep. Ah. Happiness is being held by the man you love when you're your book has scared you and you can't go to sleep.

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Monday, April 1, 2002

My Stress Reliever

A while back Steven and I were watching one of those boring political shows that he fancies. Some old guy was getting irate and told the other guest, very forcefully, "If he would just take the time and examine..." To which, out of no where, I yelled back, "Examine my ass, motherfucker!" I have decided that nothing relieves stress more than just shouting, "Examine my ass, motherfucker!" when someone is annoying you or just because you feel like it. I must be so stressed lately because I have not been saying this enough. So, on that note:

Examine my ass, motherfucker!


Ah. I feel better already.

(Btw, sorry, Mom, about all the cussing.)

.: 113 words at 05:24 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Helping Others Get Their Lives Back

Interesting news article about an ex-CIA disguise expert that makes prosthetics for people who have become disfigured. What a wonderful thing to do for people. As much as people say looks don't matter, when someone becomes horribly disfigured, it's a massively traumatic experience and they often have problems fitting back into society. This man has helped so many people get their lives back. Truly wonderful.

(Link courtesy of Nancy)

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Just In Case You Were Wondering...

Just in case you were wondering how Google works, now you can learn about PigeonRank in this helpful article.

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Playing Catch-Up

This past weekend, was pretty busy, so, like usual on the weekend, I didn't get any blogging in. Let's see if I can't get everyone up to spend.

Saturday I slept all day (as I prone to do) and after getting up, Steven and I drove to The Big Fish Store to see if they had any fish that had to come live with us. They had some nice looking blue orandas, but since they were $20 and the cute calico orandas at PetSmart were only $10, we decided to not get any fish from them now. They're getting more in a few weeks, so we'll go check them out again then. We went by the PetSmart by my office and got the newest member of our fish family - a cute calico oranda. He's got a beautiful body shape and nice long fins. We didn't do much else except go to The Outback Steakhouse for dinner. (Wallhalla Pasta and lobster. Yummy!)

Sunday my mom called and woke me up around 1:30 to see if we wanted to go have lunch with her, my dad, my brother, and two of my aunts, so Steven and I got ready and met them at a little diner for lunch. The food was okay, but having lunch with everyone was nice. After that we came home, I messed around on the computer, and then we went to Steven's parents' house for dinner with his parents and some old family friends. We had a nice time and then came home, watched Enterprise and went to bed.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter (if you celebrate it) or a nice weekend if you don't. It's Monday, so back to the grindstone.

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Don't Panic!

The girls (Jeanna and Trish) and I went to the movie Friday night. For some strange reason, the AMC website wasn't showing correct movies and times, so we were able to see our first movie choice after all - Panic Room. Let me tell you, that movie rocked! It was incredibly suspensful, well-acted, well-directed, and just plain excellent. As I was watching the movie, I kept thinking, "Damn! That looks just like Fight Club." Found out later it was directed by the same guy, so I'm not surprised it was as good as it turned out to be. Looking for something to watch? Go see this film. Well worth it.

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Monday Mission 2.13

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.13:

1. When was the last time you wanted someone to take you seriously but they just humored you?
My brother does this all the time and it completely pisses me off. He's forever borrowing money or having me pay for something on my credit card and then saying he's going to pay me back. I'll tell him, "I want to be paid back by X date," and he just blows it off. Drives me crazy!

2. If you were going to get a vanity license plate for your car, what would it say? (Or if you already have one, what does it say?)
GEEKGRL. Pretty unoriginal, but I like it.

3. What was written in the sweetest love note you were ever given? What's the story there?
When I was in third grade I came back from lunch to find a little poem (very carefully written in cursive) that said, "Roses are red. Violets are blue. You are my girlfriend and I love you!" It was from my "Secret Admirer," and though I never really found out who it was from, I used to imagine it was from the boy that I had a crush on, so that made it all the more sweet.

4. What is your ethnic background?
I am German on my mother's side and Scots/Irish on my father's.

5. What, if any, is your personal exercise routine?
Monday I do arms (biceps, triceps, shoulder, and occasionally back) and aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster) before dance class. Tuesday is legs (lunges, toe touches with the weight bar, and thigh machine) with aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster). Wednesday is a repeat of Monday. Thursday is Steven's poker night, so I do aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster) when I don't have to get my nails done or have plans to meet my girlfriends. Some Saturdays and Sundays we do aerobics (twenty minutes on the StairMaster), but not very often. We plan on buying a StairMaster either this summer or fall, so at that point aerobics will be increased in my workout by a fair amount.

6. Have you ever had any "one night stands?" How did that come about and how did you feel the next day?
Nope. Never had one.

7. What is your fondest Easter memory?
One year we had an Easter egg hunt for all of the kids (I was probably about eleven at the time). There was a gold egg with maybe about $10 in it and my grandmother helped my best friend and I find it.

BONUS: Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody's looking for something.

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Eight From The Eighties

Continuing the "better late than never" theme, here's Deb's Eight From The Eighties.

1) Do you like Mondays? Tell me why. Hell no. I hate Mondays. The weekends are never long enough and now that our two-step lessons have been moved to Monday night I feel even more tired. Mondays are evil.

2) Are you footloose? I would say so. We take dance lessons and two-step and polka quite regularly. Plus, I just love to shake my booty. I dance in my chair listening to music, in the car, wherever. Love dancing!

3) Are you a smooth criminal? Probably not. The worse thing I ever did was loan my jacket to some kids when I was in high school so they could shoplift some candy and stuff. It had inside pockets, so it was good for that kind of thing.

4) When you call me, you can call me... People ask me this all the time and I go by either Kymberlie or Kym, I'm not super particular. I do prefer to be called Kymberlie, though, and since only about two of my friends call me by my full name, I always get a little tingle of happiness to be addressed this way. Maybe if everyone called me Kymberlie all the time it wouldn't seem as special.

5) Do you talk to strangers? Yep. I like to chat and will talk to strangers when standing in line or things like that. I wouldn't approach someone, though, and just strike up a conversation about nothing in particular.

6) Have you ever had a one night love affair? Nope. Never.

7) What sad songs make you cry? I am a total sap and cry over tons of songs. There are too many to list though "Bells For Her," "Winter," "Cooling," and "Cloud on My Tounge" by Tori Amos make me cry almost every time.

8) Don't say a prayer for me now, save it til'... all the work that we're supposed to launch this week actually launches. No more 2:00 AM work days!

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Saturday Scruples

Better late than never, right? So here's Marsha's Saturday Scruples.

1. you reserve seats at a local theatre by phone (without paying). a few hours before curtain, you decide not to go. do you bother to cancel? Sure. It only takes a second to call. Seems rude not to.

2. by mistake, a large department store has failed to bill your account for a vcr. do you notify the store? Probably not. I am totally evil about this kind of thing and got a Tivo for free under similar circumstances. I may go to hell for it, but at least I can watch TV my way!

3. a close friend asks you to hide an illegal drug. do you agree? Maybe pot, but otherwise no. If they want to use it, they can hide it themselves.

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