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Monday, September 30, 2002

That New Car Smell

Today turned out to be quite an interesting Monday. Steven has been mulling over buying a new car (pre-owned, but new to him) ever since he paid his car off back in July. He'd been looking at the Mercedes CLK430s, but wasn't sure if he wanted to upgrade (he had a C230). The salesman called today and, since it was the end of the month, they were able to reach a good deal using his car as a trade in, so now we've got this gorgeous silver 2002 CLK430. It's a pimped out model with the navigation system, electric every thing, dual climate controls, laser encoded key, integrated phone system; basically, the works. It's too dark to take pictures, so I'll have to get some tomorrow. It's a super sweet car. It's always so exciting to get a new vehicle!

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Participation Positives

It's Monday, so time to start the week out right with Jess's Participation Positives!

  • I had a great mini-vacation with Jeanna and it was just what I needed
  • I found a great little charity thing that I am mailing my check in for today - Adopt-An-Animal at Moody Gardens. I am adopting a poison dart frog.
  • I bought some great stuff in Galveston - a cute purple shirt from Moody Gardens, a pretty pair of earrings, a fat peppermint striped cat ornament that is so adorable, a hex sign stained glass thing to hang in my window, and a birthday gift for Jeanna
  • I took some really awesome photos in Galveston this weekend
  • My ring was found last week and I am still psyched about it
  • I got my bracelet back from B! Beads and it fits perfectly. I also got my new earrings and they are beautiful
  • I won $50 on a lottery ticket when I was buying a Cherry Coke
  • It's time for the new season of shows to start and ER and Alias are going to kick ass
  • I got the new Anita Blake book, Narcissus in Chains
  • Something at work may get changed and I will be very happy if it does
  • I love and am loved

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Sunday, September 29, 2002

Empowerment, Baby!

I think this is fitting for more than just the similarities in the name. ;-)




You are Lil' Kim!
You flaunt your sex appeal to get what you want, and you want
everything you can get. You are loud, spontaneous, and fun,
and despite your wild streak, people adore you.

Take the "Which Empowered Female Artist Are You" Quiz
made by Liberal Faerie and Violated Joy

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Back From the Beach

I've been back home for a couple of hours, but I had to eat and I wanted to finish reading From a Buick 8 since I didn't have a lot left.

I had a wonderful time in Galveston with Jeanna, like I always do. We spent over four hours at Moody Gardens, had the best pizza in the world at Mario's on the seawall, watched fish leap out of the water at night (and speculated that maybe it was because of sharks and stayed in very shallow water), bought a ton of useless, but cool, goodies, and laughed, laughed, and laughed. I so needed this weekend and wish I could have stayed there the rest of this week with Jeanna.

I've got a ton of e-mails to catch up on, about 110 pictures from Friday and Saturday to download and edit, some blog reading to catch up on, and I really want to play some Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, so enjoy the rest of your Sunday afternoon, kiddies.

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Friday, September 27, 2002

To The Beach!

I am off to Galveston to meet my friend Jeanna for tonight and maybe tomorrow night. This is the last post until I get back, so everyone enjoy their weekend!

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ER Season Premiere

Did anyone catch the season premiere last night of ER?

SPOILERS BELOW

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Another Birthday Girl

Not only is it Christine's birthday today, it's also Courtney's as well. Happy birthday, Courtney! Have yourself a wonderful birthday!

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind? Drink a blender full of raspberry piña coladas, play on the computer something fun, and watch the Tivo curled up with Steven on the couch.

2. What do you do the moment you get home from work/school/errands? Sadly, usually get right on the computer to check my e-mail. I am so pathetic.

3. What are your favorite aromatherapeutic smells? I don't know if this counts, but buttercream by Yankee Candle Company. Otherwise, vanilla. I love how it smells.

4. Do you feel more relaxed with a group of friends or hanging out by yourself? Depends on the people, really. Plus, I would want it to only be one or two people, not a big crowd.

5. What is something that you feel is relaxing but most people don't? Hmmm. I can't think of anything that fits this.

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Discover Friday 092702

It's Friday, so that means time for another edition of Discovery Friday!

.: Blue Roses - I have always admired Rina's blog for its simple, yet beautiful, look and its wonderful content. Plus, Kristine loves her, so you know she's got to be great.

.: J-Mo - another Houston blogger that I really look forward to meeting some day at a H-Town get together. Cool blog; go check her out.

.: Geek Bee - I found Bronwyn's site when I was browsing Chel's wishlist and went to look at some glass bead jewelry she had listed. I bought the jewelry and started reading Bronwyn's site in the process.

.: Glory-box - after seeing Glory-box pop up as a frequent answer in Name That Blog and decided to pay a visit. It's a gorgeous site and well worth visting.

.: Terrapin Gardens - how can you resist a site with so many wonderful themes on it and such great content?

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Happy Birthday, Christine!

Today is Christine's birthday. Yes, the Big Pink Cookie is turning 33. Happy, happy birthday, Christine! I hope it's the best one yet!


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Thursday, September 26, 2002

A Half Dozen More

There's about a half dozen new pictures up over at Picture Fish, so go take a look if you get a chance.

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Ring of Happiness

I forgot to mention yesterday but I gave the girl who found my ring a thank you card and $50 worth of gift certificates to the local mall. She tried to turn down the gift, but I really wanted her to have it. Later on she taped a note to the door of my office thanking me for gift certificates, saying she would have done it for anyone. She also said she'd just gotten married (so I guess she's not fifteen, in her early, early twenties, I bet) and they didn't have a lot of stuff for their apartment so her and her husband would have a great time finding some new stuff. I am so glad that she liked the gift certificates and it made me happy that she got something for being so kind and fishing my ring out of a toilet and holding on to it until I could get it back.

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A Few of My Favorite Things - Orange Riot

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "A Few of My Favorite Things." I call it "Orange Riot."


A Few of My Favorite Things - Orange Riot


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Caught Red Handed - Tart

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "Caught Red Handed." I call it "Tart."


Caught Red Handed - Tart

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Vintage - Snail Shell

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "Vintage." I call it "Snail Shell."


Vintage - Snail Shell


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From The Hip - Rainy Mirror

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "From The Hip." I call it "Rainy Mirror." I was trying to take a picture of me in my car's mirror so it would show the crepe myrtle bloom that had landed there. I didn't quite get it in the shot, but I liked how it turned out anyway.


From The Hip - Rainy Mirror

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A Human Study - Sexy Shoes

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "A Human Study." I call it "Sexy Shoes." I love how my feet look in these shoes.


A Human Study - Sexy Shoes

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Reasons For Love #2

It's Wednesday, so it's time for Bea's Reasons For Love!

I love Steven because...

  • He took the 150 PDF I printed to work and bound it for me so I could read it easily
  • He does the hard part of giving Bella her medicine - dropping the drops in her mouth
  • He took me to the ball game last night even though he really wanted to go to the gym and workout
  • He passed the link to vote for Hellcat to his co-workers because he really liked the picture and knew how much it meant to me
  • He made pizza and piña coladas for me and two of our friends Friday night and they were delicious

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It's a Group Thing XXX

Since today is Jenn's birthday, I chose today's "It's a Group Thing" term in her honor. Today's term is:

A Mass of Bostonians

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Happy Birthday, Jenn!

Today is the wonderfully talented Jenn's birthday. Take a minute and go wish that Scripty Goddess a happy birthday. Happy birthday, Jenn, and congratulations on the mortgage commitment letter!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Since I've been jealous all day of Christine's fun time at the Astros game last night, I jumped on the chance to go when Steven called and said his boss had just given him a pair of tickets. They are completely kick-ass seats located behind home plate and right in front of the press boxes and even come with free parking. This day has really turned out great: I got the new Stephen King book, we're going to the game, and I found my ring! Yeah!

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My Ring!

I can't believe it, but I just got a call from a girl on my floor here at work. She found my ring in the toilet, nonetheless, and has been holding on to it all week because she didn't know who it belonged to. Someone mentioned to her that there was a sign downstairs and she called me today. I was so happy I started crying and I think I scared her some (she looks like she's about fifteen or so). She turned down my offer of a reward, but I'm going to go to the mall tomorrow and get a $50 gift certificate and a card and drop it by her desk. I was sure it was completely lost. I am so happy! :-)

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Name That Blog?

Anybody know what happened to "Name That Blog?" I noticed it's missing from everyone's sites today.

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A New Addiction

Pogo has just added a new game to their repertoire - Hammerhead Pool - and I am utterly addicted. If you want to come play me, I play there under the name kymberliemc (very original, no?).

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This-or-That Tuesday

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

  • "Gone With The Wind" or "The Wizard of Oz"?
  • I've never seen "Gone With The Wind" all the way through and I love "The Wizard of Oz," so "Wizard" it is.

  • "Toy Story" or "Shrek"?
  • I really liked "Shrek," but I've got to go with "Toy Story" on this one.

  • "Saturday Night Fever" or "Grease"?
  • Never seen "Saturday Night Fever" so it's go to be "Grease."

  • "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane"?
  • I saw "Citizen Kane" and didn't really like it, but I haven't seen "Casablanca," but I'm picking it anyway.

  • "When Harry Met Sally" or "You've Got Mail"?
  • I wasn't a huge fan of "You've Got Mail," so despite only seeing some of "When Harry Met Sally," I'm choosing it.

  • "Forrest Gump" or "Titanic"?
  • "Forrest Gump." I really liked that movie and even though "Titanic" was good, I liked it better.

  • "Pretty Woman" or "Working Girl"?
  • "Working Girl!" That movie is such a classic!

  • "The First Wives Club" or "Thelma & Louise"?
  • "Thelma & Louise."

  • "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" or "James & the Giant Peach"?
  • "Willy Wonka" for sure (but, once again, I didn't see the other movie).

  • "Legally Blonde" or "Bridget Jones' Diary"?
  • "Legally Blonde!" I found it so hysterical and I didn't think "Bridget Jones" lived up to the book.

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Monday, September 23, 2002

Just a Buck To Change Their Luck

PetSmart always accepts donations towards their charities for homeless pets, but right now they are selling the Spay and Neuter stamps that the Post Office is offering with the proceeds going to their charity. Also, by giving a $10 donation, you receive a commemorative T-shirt featuring the Fall 2002 U.S. Postal Service Neuter and Spay stamp design. I always drop a couple of bucks in the donation receptacle when I go in, so getting a t-shirt for leaving a few more dollars was a no-brainer when I picked Bella up this afternoon. The girl behind the counter was sweet and thanked me several times for buying a shirt. They must be having a hard time moving them, so if you've got $10 and want to help homeless pets, drop by PetSmart and make a donation.

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Monday Mission 2.38

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.38:

1. Do you like to drink warm beverages in the morning or do you prefer yours cold?
Cold. I hate hot beverages of all kinds.

2. Have you ever been so upset with someone that you wanted to get revenge? What did you do? Or if you didn't, what would you like to have done?
Yes, when my ex left me with about $30,000 worth of bills, I was very upset with him. I didn't do anything to him, though, because really, what would have been the point? He's a loser and always will be.

3. Looking back, are there any opportunities you missed out on that you can see now but didn't realize then?
The only one that I can think of is that I probably should have gone away to school instead of staying in town and going to U of H. Not sure if I would have wanted to considering I'm fairly happy with where I am in my life.

4. Are there any clothes you refuse to throw away even though they don't (and never will) fit? Why do you keep them?
I have a bunch of sexy looking dresses that just are not flattering to my body style. I would hate to throw them away, though, because it seems like such a waste to do it and I keep thinking I might fit in them some day.

5. Do you have an accent? Are there any phrases or words you say that tip folks that "you aren't from around these parts?"
I do some (after all, I was born and raised in Texas), but not a great deal. I tend to say "y'all" and drawl some words out, but that's about it. And since I was born and raised in these parts, I never hear, "You aren't from around these parts."

6. Are there any words folks misspell or incorrect uses of words that simply drive you insane?
I personally misspell chief all the time, but there's nothing that someone misspells that drives me crazy. However, I hate it when people say, "Anywho." It bugs the shit out of me. I totally hate it.

7. Are there any pet names that you like to be called? Any you don't? Do you (or did you) have any pet names for your partner?
Steven calls me muskerfish, mopyfish, manatee, and terrapin turtledove and I love them all. I mostly call Steven honey.

BONUS: Why you so fly?
It's bugging me that I can't remember what this is from. Argh!

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Vet Visit

I took Bella to the vet today and it seems like we might have an answer to why she's been peeing in the floor. It appears that she has a urinary tract infection and she also has ear mites. They gave her a shot of antibiotics and some ear drops and oral drop medication that she's supposed to take twice a day. It cost me almost $300 in vet bills, but it will be worth it if it fixes her litterbox problem.

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Game Manual Please!

As I mentioned before, my copy of Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom came in Friday. Due to a busy weekend, tonight was the first night I got a chance to play it. While it's essentially the same game as Zeus: Master of Olympus, they've added some new changes to the game, so I wanted to read the manual. I open the box and it's like, "Manual? What manual?" For whatever reason, Sierra/Impressions Games have decided not to include a paper manual, but instead give it to you as a 150 page PDF. Since I wanted to read through it, I've spent the last three hours printing the bloody thing and I'm still going to have to three-hole punch it and put it in a binder. How freaking annoying! For most games I don't usually bother with manuals, but for strategy/city building games, they can really come in handy. I hope this doesn't become a trend amongst game publishers.

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Participation Positives

It's Monday, so time to start the week out right with Jess's Participation Positives!

  • My picture, "Hellcat," is still number one in Photojunkie's Photo contest - "Movement" category
  • My Tivo can record probably about 100 hours on medium quality now and it's working perfectly
  • Stephen King's new book, From a Buick 8, comes out tomorrow
  • Tori Amos's new album, Scarlet's Walk, comes out tomorrow and I've already pre-ordered from CDNow with gift certificates so it was free
  • Bella has a doctor appointment so maybe we can finally figure out why she's peeing on the floor and fix the problem
  • On the Blockbuster receipt was a coupon to buy Blade II for $9.99, so I'm going to get it for Steven (we rented it Saturday night and loved it)
  • I think some positive changes are going to be happening at work soon
  • I found a bunch of cool new blogs since I started Discovery Fridays
  • I love and am loved

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Sunday, September 22, 2002

Friday Five!

I was super busy Friday and gone almost all of yesterday, so here's the Friday Five!

1. Would you say that you're good at keeping in touch with people? Not really. It takes me weeks to get back to people by e-mail and I never call people first. I stay in contact with a few people, but that's about it.

2. Which communication method do you usually prefer/use: e-mail, telephone, snail mail, blog comments, or meeting in person? Why? E-mail and comments. They're easier to make and I can leave them at any time of the day, including after midnight when I'm always up.

3. Do you have an instant messenger program? How many? Why/why not? How often do you use it? I do, but I mostly use it for work. I use Trillian so I can have my AIM and my MSN on at the same time in one program.

4. Do most of your close friends live nearby or far away? Fairly close by (by Texas standards).

5. Are you an "out of sight, out of mind" person, or do you believe that "distance makes the heart grow fonder"? I think it really can depend. For some people it's one, for others you miss them so much it's the other.

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Saturday Scruples

Even though they're late, I liked this week's Saturday Scruples, so here they are!

1. You dream that friends die in a plane crash. The next day they announce a trip to Greece. Do you mention your dream? Yes, I probably would. I think I did this once when my brother was going on a trip. Needless to say, it turned out to be just a dream.

2. Your spouse offers to let you have an affair if s/he can. Do you accept the offer? No way. I think this opens up a can of worms that will cause nothing but trouble.

3. You're a collage teacher. one of your students plagiarized an essay and should fail the course. She's from a disadvantaged minority. Do you make an exception? No, cheating is cheating. No exceptions.

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Saturday, September 21, 2002

Saturday Night

Back from party at boss's house. Drunk and have hiccups. Must lay on couch with Steven and cat and watch tv. More later.

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Friday, September 20, 2002

WTF?

Riddle me this, Batman: why would Bella go take a big dump in her litterbox, all on her own, and then, ten minutes, later pee in the hall? Why won't she pee in the litterbox? WTF? Argh!

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Happy Birthday, Say-Say!

Today is also Say-say's birthday, so go give her some birthday loving. Happy birthday, Say-say!

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I am a Geek!

Indication that I am a huge geek: I am giddy with excitement because Jeff, our wonderful tech guy, hacked my Tivo today (I should have like fifty more hours of time), my copy of Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom arrived, and "Hellcat" is in first place in Rannie's photo contest. I love today!

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To Do List 092002

Man, I have been a huge slacker lately, so it's time for a To Do List to see if that doesn't help me clear at least a few things off my plate.

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Discovery Friday 092002

I thought I'd steal a page from Christine and Kristine's books and list five blogs on Friday that are new to me. Here's the first of my Discovery Friday!

.: Avocado Couch - I'm a sucker for a cool domain and this one is cool. Check it out.

.: Bealog - I visit Bea's site on and off and then wonder why I don't more often. She's got a great new look up and started an excellent meme this week, "Reasons For Love."

.: Irenic Embers - very interesting site that I started reading since Christine mentioned her all the time. Sure to become a favorite.

.: Little Black Cat - a literary journal that I need to make sure I copy some of these book titles from. Great place if you're a reader.

.: Painted Turtle - gorgeous site, lovely domain name, and great posts. What more could you want?

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Excitement For Geeks

I just went and looked at the poll for Photojunkie's 100K Photo Contests "Movement" category and my entry, "Hellcat," is not very far out of first place and I got all excited. I lead the category for quite some time, but have been in second place for the last day or so. Here's hoping for a last minute rally!

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Thursday, September 19, 2002

Pre-Ordering = More Time

Since I always have Amazon gift certificates, I tend to pre-order a lot of books and movies from them. The latest: Monsters, Inc. What is driving me crazy, though, is that the movie came out on Tuesday, all the others items say, "Usually ships in 24 hours," but all my stuff is STILL sitting there after three days. I've noticed in the past (like last week when I pre-ordered Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom) that it takes longer for a pre-ordered item to ship than if you would have just waited and placed the order the day it came out. Anyone else notice this? Is it just me?

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Obscene Content

Every time I see this photo, what really catches my attention is how it says, "EDITORS NOTE OBSCENE CONTENT" under the picture because then, of course, it's too late to not look and get offended.

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Cthuugle

Ever wish you had a place where you could do all of your H.P. Lovecraft searching? Now you do: Cthuugle.

(Link courtesy of Dave)

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Happy Birthday, Meike!

Today is Meike's (and her twin's) birthday. Go give her some birthday loving! Happy birthday, Meike!

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MothMan!

Frightening how accurate this one is.


What Spooky Being are You?

(Link courtesy of Sea Doc)

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Left Liberal

I finally got around to taking The World's Smallest Political Quiz that Jason had mentioned and my results were basically the same as the one I got at the Political Compass and also pretty much spot on. My results were:

Your Personal Self-Government Score is 90%.
Your Economic Self-Government Score is 40%.
Your political philosophy is left-liberal.

Left-Liberals prefer self-government in personal matters and central decision-making on economics. They want government to serve the disadvantaged in the name of fairness. Leftists tolerate social diversity, but work for economic equality.

Quiz Results - Left Liberal

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Interesting Search Request

I just got a Yahoo! search request for fine ladies in houston texas that need a man for sex from nigeria. That's the most intersting one I've had in a little while.

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Avast, Ye Scurvy Dog!

Today is the first annual Talk Like a Pirate Day! I've been practicing for the last couple of days (ask Jeanna and Christine) and am all ready for today. Arrggh! Where's me booty?

(Link courtesy of Robyn)

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Art My Ass

A statue depicting a woman falling to her death from the World Trade Center was covered up in Rockefeller Center today.

I am all for freedom of speech in art, but just because you can make something that offensive and heartbreaking doesn't mean you should. And if you do, at least put it in a gallery or something not on the fucking street where people are assaulted by it. And he was a fool if he didn't think something like that would cause pain to the people who saw it.

(Link courtesy of Mike)

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Water of Water

Not sure about the good mother part, but the rest seemed spot on.



WATER OF WATER. Pretty lady! Fair and gentle, your empathy attracts others to you. Possibly psychic, you are pure emotion and are more likely to act on feeling rather than practical thought or logic. You think that's just fine because imagination is important. You are the Whore of Babylon with her cup of abominable things, the Medium of Endor and in the mundane world you usually make a good wife and mother. You shine when you are able to give emotional support to others.
Quiz created by Polly Snodgrass.


(Link courtesy of Kim)

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Reasons For Love #1

Beatriz created a new meme - Reasons for Love. On Wednesdays you're supposed to share a few simple but significant reasons why you're in love with your significant others. I so need to be more positive, so this and Participation Positives are two little ways to help me do that. Without further adieu, here's my first Reasons For Love!

I love Steven because...

  • He always makes me dinner
  • He takes care of our fish and Bella
  • He gives good feet rubs
  • He's let me sit in his lap and cry about losing my ring this week

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Picture Yourself Submissions

My first entries are up over at Picture Yourself: Gift Shop Images, Black & White Mirror, and Us at the Reunion.

As with my Mirror Project submissions, I've added a pop-up with all my entries in the sidebar under Group Things.

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Ornament Exchange

As Christine could tell you, I am obsessed with Christmas ornaments. I bought a ton of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments and glass ornaments from The Discovery Store. Imagine how happy I was when I found the second annual Blog Ornament Exchange! I sent off my information and I can't wait to participate in this. This is going to be so much fun!

(Link courtesy of Amancay)

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Bush Related to Churchill

Researchers from MyFamily.com have learned that Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, and George W. Bush are distant relatives whose ancestry can be traced back to a 15th century English squire.

There are all kinds of jokes that just pop into my head about Churchill and Bush being related ("The apple really does fall far from the tree," etc.). Anyone care to leave one?

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It's a Group Thing XXIX

I was browsing for today's "It's a Group Thing" term when I came across the most striking phrase and immediately decided to use it. Today's term is:

A Syzygy of Stars

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Picture Yourself

Christine has unveiled a new project - Picture Yourself. It's kind of a spin-off of The Mirror Project where you submit photos that you have taken of yourself. Since I'm a sucker for a reflective surface and a camera, maybe now I'll start perfecting the art of holding the camera out to get that perfect self-portrait.

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Fifteen Misses

Nothing enticing my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers for today.

.: Plastair PUW650B93OT Transparent Ocean Blue 50' SpringHose: looks like a Slinky, but it's a tool. Pass.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Tuesday Update

Jeanna and I both had shitty days so we decided to ditch yoga class and instead go look for paterns for costumes for the Renaissance Fair. I've always wanted to go as a lusty wench, but feel in love with the costume I found for a lusty gypsy. I want to modify it so that the leg is cut high and I get a garter with a dagger. Jeanna found a great outfit too, so now we need to find someone who can sew the costumes for us. After a stressful day, it was nice to just have some fun and blow everything off.

In other news, I still have been unable to find my class ring. I've called the two places I went to yesterday before noticing it was missing, the gallery we went to Friday night (though I don't think I lost it there; I still have it on in the mirror pictures I took), the pizza place we ate at Friday night, and even the University of Houston in case someone tried to find me through there. I called ArtCarved and they said U of H went to a standard ring, so I can't get my ring recreated even if I wanted to drop the $400 or $500 it would cost. I am so heartbroken. I loved that ring. I wore it every day for over five years. Steven and I have torn the place up with no trace, but I keep hoping it's going to turn up. It really sucks to lose something with so much sentimental value.

Lusty Gypsy
My Lusty Gypsy costume

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The Spitting Incident

Today marks the one year anniversary of Michele's spitting incident. It is by far the best blog post I have ever read. It always makes me happy that there are people like Michele out there who will spit at the assholes of the world. You are incredible, Michele.

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Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition

My uncle Michael is a very talented artist. Out of over eight hundred slides, one of his vases was chosen to be shown in the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition. Steven, my brother Russell, and I went to the exhibit Friday night and I took a ton of pictures (twenty-five, actually) which are now in Picture Fish. Please go take a look at some of the fabulous pieces that I photographed.

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Early Morning in The Box

A few cool mp3 players in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers, but I passed on all of today's items.

.: Gerber 07563 MP600 Pro-Scout: man, that thing looked like some kind of torture device! Pass.

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This-or-That Tuesday

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

  • Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon?
  • Portland, Maine, I guess, though I've been to neither.

  • New York or New Jersey?
  • New York, though once again, I haven't been to either of them.

  • Van Gogh or Van Halen?
  • Tough one! I'll say Van Gogh.

  • Bill Clinton or Bill Gates?
  • Bill Clinton. For whatever reason, I like the man.

  • Leonardo daVinci or Leonardo DiCaprio?
  • Leonardo daVinci.

  • "American Pie" or "American Idol"?
  • "American Pie."

  • George W. Bush or Curious George?
  • Aren't they one and the same? ;-) I'll definitely have to go with Curious George on this one.

  • Billy Joel or Billy Idol?
  • Billy Idol. I just bought Steven his greatest hits and it's a hell of an album.

  • Neither? If I have to choose, Donald Duck.

  • Dr. Seuss or Dr. Kevorkian?
  • Both.

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Voting for the "Hellcat"

It's time to vote for a photo in Photojunkie's 100K Photo Contests "Movement" category. My entry is Bella trying to kill her feather wand. It's entitled "Hellcat."

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Monday, September 16, 2002

Participation Postitives

It's Monday, so time to start the week out right with Jess's Participation Positives!

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Monday Mission 2.37

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.37:

1. Do you have a favorite piece of poetry or prose written by someone else? Care to share it?
This has been one of my favorite poems since I read it as a freshman in high school. There's just something about the relationship between the two people that I love so much.

Love in Brooklyn by John Wakeman

"I love you, Horowitz," he said, and blew his nose.
She splashed her drink. "The hell you say," she said.
"Not love. You don't love me. You like my legs,
and how I make your letters nice and all.
You drunk your drink too fast. You don't love me."

"You wanna bet?" he asked. "You wanna bet?
I loved you from the day they moved you up
from Payroll, last July. I watched you, right?
You sat there on that typing chair you have
and swung round like a kid. It made me shake.
Like once, in World War II, I saw a tank
slide through some trees at dawn like it was a god.
That's how you make me feel. I don't know why."

She turned towards him, then sat back and grinned,
and on the bar stool swung full circle round.
"You think I'm like a tank, you mean?" she asked.
"Some fellers tell me nicer things than that."
But then she saw his face and touched his arm
and softly said, "I'm only kidding you."

He ordered drinks, the same again, and paid.
A fat man, wordless, staring at the floor.
She took his hand in hers and pressed it hard.
And his plump fingers trembled in her lap.

2. In High School, did you enjoy creative writing? Do you currently do any other writing in addition to your Blog?
Actually, I didn't. The only time I've really ever done any writing has been with this blog.


3. Which Blog entry of yours surprised you by getting a lot of comments? Which one did you think would generate a lot but didn't?
I must say the two that surprised me most as of late are my picture of Bella that I titled "Hellcat" and my post about add-ins to drinks at Sonic. For least, I'm kind of surprised the incredibly long post I wrote about September 11th didn't garner more comments.

4. Have you ever had an "awakening" moment in your life?
Yes, after my break-up with my ex. I kind of had an epiphany and learned to live my life better than I ever had before.

5. Have you made a lasting positive impact on the life of someone else?
I hope so, but I'm not entirely sure.

6. Are there any charities or organizations which you support? How did you come to be involved with them?
I love Heifer International. Basically, they practice the "give a man to fish feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for life" philosophy by providing animals to impoverished areas of the world. The people learn how to care for them, making money and food off of them, and they are required to share the offspring with other neighboring areas. I was at one of the environmental sites I read a couple of years ago when I saw a banner for "Heifer International," so I had to click it and see what they were about.

7. Care to collaborate with me? Help me out and write the rest of this poem:

I drifted though a dream last night,
visions full of colors bright.
My thoughts began to drift to you,
and in an instant we were two.

I touched your hand,
We began to blend,
Filled with a feeling
that should have no end.

And now we float,
two as one,
serenely, sweetly;
lovers in eternity.

BONUS: Hey cutie, what's up with this attitude?
I can't help it. I lost my class ring and I'm pissed!

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Crap!

I looked down today and noticed that my U of H class ring was missing. I looked all over the office and called the restaurant we had lunch at today and they didn't have it. I'm hoping that it fell off while I was asleep and that's why I didn't notice it. It's pretty heavy, so I think I would notice if it suddenly just fell off. I'm in desperate need of a manicure, but I'm thinking of just rushing home and looking for it. Man, where is it? I love that ring!

Update: I looked all over the house and can't find it anywhere. I'm going to call ArtCarved in the morning and see how much it would cost to replace in the event that it is truly gone.

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Happy Birthday, Stacy!

Today is Stacy's birthday. She's got a great blog entitled Unique Snowflake, so if you haven't visited her before, be sure to drop by and wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday, Stacy! I hope it's an excellent day!

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Years Go By and I'm Here Still Waiting

Fitting since out of all of Tori's albums, Little Earthquakes remains my favorite. I've probably bought it a half dozen times since my copy always gets so beat up.



Bright eyed, bushy tailed & something to say is how people would describe you - and haven't you got alot to say!!! All the years of oppression, inequality and sexual liberation - mentally and physically - inside of you are bursting at the seams! You're fearless and not afraid to express how you feel - and theres plenty more where that came from!

Which Era of Tori Amos are you?

(Link courtesy of Kristine)

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Sunday, September 15, 2002

My Political Compass

I finally got around to taking the Political Compass Test and I'm not surprised at the results. My results were: Economic Left/Right: -3.75; Authoritarian/Libertarian: -4.67. Basically, I'm about in the same position as Ghandi. So, how about you? Where do you fall?

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Fifteen in The Box

Well, since at least one person showed interesting in me continuing to post my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers, I went ahead and did all fifteen from today. I may try and post the three most interesting or something like that; doing all fifteen was a pain!

.: Linksys 4-Port Cable/DSL Router: I still have all my router needs fulfilled, so no need to buy one of these.

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Night Vision - Sunset

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "Night Vision." I call it "Sunset." As we were going into dance class, I noticed how beautiful the sunset was. I love how the clouds look lit up from within.


Night Vision - Sunset

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The Final Countdown

As I've mentioned in the past, Christine has been playing in Big Blogger All-Star! She has made it to the final three, so now it's time to vote on who wins the whole shabang. Voting ends tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. PST/ 8:00 p.m. CST / 9:00 p.m. EST, so go vote to save the Big Pink Cookie!

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Saturday, September 14, 2002

Demand Emergency Contraception Over-the-Counter

Emergency contraceptive pills meet all the requirements set forth by the FDA to be an over-the-counter drug, but currently you can only get them by prescritption only. Since these pills are most effective when taken with 72 hours of unprotected sex, failure of birth control, or sexual assault, requiring a prescription before use makes the pills almost useless. Please take a moment and let the commisioner of the FDA know that a change in these pills status is needed.

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The Bigger Gold Box

Just like Christine, I had fifteen offers instead of the normal five in my Amazon.com Gold Box offers today. I don't have the patience to put all fifteen of them into a post, so I am probably going to stop posting my Gold Box offers here on my blog unless I get something worth buying. Maybe with the ten extra offers, that will happen more often now.

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Friday, September 13, 2002

Voting in "Fun With Macros"

It's time to vote for a photo in Photojunkie's 100K Photo Contests "Fun With Macros" category. My entry is the lionfish entitled "Fish Face."

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Blogging Wishlist

I wish more people would use Bloglet and Klipfolio. If you're not familiar with these products, let me expound upon them for a minute.

Bloglet works much like a notify list, but instead of getting an e-mail from each list that you're subscribed to, you get one big e-mail with all of the blogs in digest form each day. I love having all the posts from my favorite blogs in one e-mail. It makes it easy to make sure that a post didn't slip through the cracks and I don't have to get multiple e-mails to accomplish this.

Klipfolio is a little application that sits in your task bar and lets you know when a blog is updated. Honestly, it makes me read the blogs that I love more often, so if you've got a Klip or I've made one for your blog (as I've done for Trish, Brandy, Jenn, Michele, Nancy, and Melly), I hit your site every time you update. It's a great way to know when a site's updated without having to hit it all the time. It's easy to make a Klip, or if you want one, let me know and I'll do it for you.

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Despair

A man in Iran beheaded his seven-year-old daughter because he thought she had been raped by her uncle. He had to do it to defend his "honor, fame, and dignity."

I was thinking the other night of the woman in Nigeria who is going to be stoned to death for having a child out of wedlock. As soon as her baby is weaned, they are going to kill her. I weep for people in this world. When will we stop forcing women to wear clothes that cover them from head to foot and kill them if they are victims of violence? When will we stop female genital mutilations? When will this planet be a fair place to live? Ever? Never? Stories like this make me think that it is hopeless, that this world will never be a better place.

(Link courtesy of Kim)

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Friday in The Gold Box Part II

My second Amazon.com Gold Box Offers for the day started off well with a computer-related item, but quickly descended to nothing buy tools and baby offers.

.: Targus Notebook Backpack: it would probably help if I actually had a notebook computer to go in this. Until I get one, I'm going to have to pass.

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What was/is your favorite subject in school? Why? English. I loved it, probably because I love to read so much (as you can tell from the sidebar. The past read section is just for this year). I was three years advanced in English and took the AP exam and made a four on it to get college credit when I was a junior.

2. Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Mr. R. J. DeFazio. He was my pre-calc and calculus teacher. He was beyond cool and very inspiring. My junior year, when I was in pre-calc, I was having such a hard time grasping the concepts. Add in the fact that the marching band (I marched the bass drum) was preparing to go to Grand Nationals in Indianapolis and practicing all the time, and my grades began to slip. I had a C, which is supposed to get kicked out of honors after two six week periods. Needless to say, I had that C for two six weeks. Instead of kicking me out, Mr. DeFazio helped me and I managed to pull my grades up. He put red star stickers on B tests and green ones on A ones. The first test that I got back with a B on it, he not only gave me a star, but wrote on it, "I knew you could do it!" I was so proud of myself and he was proud of me too. I hope he's still teaching. He was the best.

3. What is your favorite memory of school? My senior year, we went to the UIL State Marching contest. Texas is consistently one of the top schools for marching bands in the country, so our state level competition is damned hard. We played movements 1, 2, and 4 from Dvorak's New World Symphony. We came in second to Westfield (our sister school down the street and our fiercest rival) during prelims and had lost the regional marching contest to them a month earlier. In finals, we played our asses off. We were amazing. At the end of the night, they've called everyone's name for places but us and them, so one of us is obviously first and the other second. There was a long pause and the announcer begins, "And in second place, from Spring, Texas, W...." and we start freaking out. Not only did we win, we one it unanimously, the first time in Texas history that a band had ever done that. It still is one of my favorite memories period, sad but true.

4. What was your favorite recess game? I really didn't play games. I mostly goofed around on the swings and stuff.

5. What did you hate most about school? Not a lot really. I actually liked high school. The worst thing would probably have to be how damn early it was. Yuck!

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Friday's Box

Got several repeats and nothing I was interested in in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers.

.: Panasonic EY6431NQKWK 15.6-Volt 1/2" Cordless Drill/Driver Kit includes Bigg Lugg Tool Holder: please, for the sake of all that's holy, quit offering me tools!

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Thursday, September 12, 2002

Movement - Hellcat

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "Movement." I call it "Hellcat." This was a lucky shot I snapped as Bella made a leap for her feather right towards me.


Movement - Hellcat

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The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy

Being from the south, whenever I ask for a carbonated beverage, I ask for a coke (of course, all I drink is Coke products, but I digress). Christine sent me a link today to The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy. I found it amusing that while there were almost 10,000 more votes for pop and soda apiece, calling a beverage a coke seems to span a larger geographic area. I went and added my vote for coke. So, what do you say?

After clicking on Texas, I found out that 78.34% of all Texans call it coke, which accounts for 25.94% of all coke responses. I guess we do carry a lot of weight on votes. (We get the third most votes in the electoral college.)

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Voting For the Big Pink Cookie

Christine needs everyone to go vote to eliminate her competition in Big Blogger All-Star! If you've got a minute, go vote to save the Big Pink Cookie.

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Spooky Lottery Numbers

Too freaking weird. The lottery numbers in New York for tonight were 9-1-1. I'm interested in seeing how many people played them.

(Link courtesy of Robyn)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2002

So Close...

I came so close to not seeing any live action footage of anything but the Towers on fire. Then, while watching Friends on the Tivo with Steven, a commercial for the news came on and it showed that plane plowing into the side of the second tower and I cried. So close to being able to stay as distanced from the horror today. They shouldn't have shown that on the commercials.

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A Year Ago Today

A year ago today when the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred, I was still sleeping. I had a big second interview that afternoon and since I had been unemployed dotcommer for six months, I was really anxious about it. Steven was taking the day off to play golf, so he was home as well. The phone rang at like 9:00 and it was my mother. She said something about a plane and a building, but I was tired and told her to let me sleep since I had that interview in the afternoon. She called back a little later and said two planes had hit the World Trade Center. She sounded so strange; her voice was really flat. I rolled over and told Steven and he went downstairs to see what had happened. He said something like, "Oh my God," and then I distinctly remember him saying, "It looks like Manhattan is on fire." I got out of bed at that and came downstairs and sat on the couch and was horrified. I had forgotten about the time change and I remember that I thought the buildings were full of people and I was sure that like 10,000 or 15,000 people had just died. I called my friend Trish, who worked in downtown Houston across from the federal building at the time, to see if she was still at work. I didn't get her, so I called our friend Jeanna and she said that Trish had already left. I remember calling Christine, but not what we talked about. I remember checking on my interview to see if we were still going to have it (we did; it went really well, but I ended up with an interview at 4 Guys a few days later and took it instead). The thing I remember most about that time period is sitting at my computer and reading blogs and crying endlessly. Michele's been posting her old entries and I swear I remember all of them word for word. I remember the letter from Susannah's friend where he talked about watching two people jump off the WTC together. They held hands the whole way down. I remember how I wanted Steven next to me constantly; how I was scared to let him go for too long.

Steven has a friend, Mohammed, whom he grew up with in Dubai, who works near the WTC. We tried calling him and kept getting his voice mail. We worried about him for days until he called us back. He had been in Pakistan when the attacks happened. Thankfully, he and his family were fine. I wonder how many people he knew who died. I have never been able to ask him.

I started work nine days later and that night, while Steven was at poker, our lights went out. It was dead silent in our condo complex with no noise anywhere. I was lying in the floor, trying to read by candle light, when a plane flew overhead. From where I was lying I could see it approaching through the top of our French doors and it seemed so loud. It scared me and I always think of how shell-shocked I felt, though I lived no where near New York.

This whole time period always comes to me in images. The missing posters carpeting walls. The man, his tie flapping behind him, running from the building collapsing. The two black ladies holding each other and crying, one with her head upon the other's breast like a small child. The people waving signs that said things like, "Heroes!," "Thank you!," "God Bless You!" and cheering for the rescue workers as they left the site. The spontaneous memorials that cropped up all over the world. The pictures of people hanging out of the buildings. The dust that covered empty streets. The Flash tribute that played Enya's "Only Time" three or four times that made my heart hurt so much I couldn't breathe.

I remember how much I wanted to stop watching the media footage over and over again. How it was killing me to read a story of someone who was looking for someone else, who was clutching a picture and showing it to anyone and everyone, hoping against hope to find them. I wanted to quit reading the stories from bloggers in New York, but I couldn't. All I could think was that if people had to have that happen to them and their loved ones, the least I could do was listen to their stories.

I remember one of the stories was about someone that had a job interview there that morning. I can't remember if he made it out or not, but I remember that hitting me like a ton of bricks. I had an interview later that afternoon. If I'd lived in New York, maybe I would have interviewed there that morning. That brought the reality home of how it could have been any one, at any time.

I've begun watching a lot of reruns of Friends (I didn't start watching the show until about two years ago) and I am always amazed at how often the Towers are shown. Amazed at how you could see them from another state. Saddened that they are no longer there; that I will never be able to see them for real. Mournful over the loss of life on that day.

Things have changed so much and in other ways, stayed the same. I've lived within fifteen minutes of Houston's biggest airport my whole life. I've seen countless numbers of planes, but I notice every one of them. They changed the flight patterns and while going to yoga yesterday, planes flew directly overhead, very low, while I sat at a red light. It made me feel anxious. I've always been a worrier, but I have been feeling more and more anxious as September approaches. Now that it's here, some of the general anxiety has dissipated, but I still feel worried over things. I want the world to be a better place, but some times it feels so hopeless. It feels like bad things are inevitable and it's only a matter of time before we all kill each other. I try to focus on the good things like the stories of people that rescued others and died trying to help total strangers. The stories of people who were saved because a stranger helped them. How I couldn't even give blood that day because the blood banks had so many volunteers. How small children made sandwiches for the rescue workers and put little notes in them that said, "I love you." How, for a little while, it seemed that we could unite in a way that we never would have been able to. I hope and I pray that they are the true face of humanity and that tomorrow will always be a better day.

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We Will Always Remember

I will be back later today to post my thoughts and feelings on the past year. I want to get them in better order, so it probably won't be until tonight. Until then, I want to offer my thanks to those who gave their lives trying to help others and also my condolences to those who lost a family member or friend. I doubt that anyone was truly unaffected by that day, but you suffered the most. You will always be in my thoughts and we will always remember you.

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It's a Group Thing XXVIII

In light of the somberness of today's anniversary, I would like to offer
today's "It's a Group Thing" in honor of all that were affected, whether it be someone like me a thousand miles away or someone who lost a love one. I hope that our future is not full of other terrible events, but that things will get better. For that reason, today's term is:

A Promise of Tomorrows

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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

This-or-That Tuesday

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

  • Paper or plastic?
  • Paper. We use them as trash bags.

  • Stripes or plaid?
  • Stripes. Especially on panties from Victoria's Secret.

  • Baseball or football?
  • Baseball. I've had a real love of the game since my grandmother (the biggest Astros fan around) signed us up to be Astros Buddies. We got to meet the players, run around the bases, and other fun stuff like that. Besides, I hate football.

  • TV or movies?
  • It used to be movies and I never watched any TV, but with the Tivo, all I watch any more is TV shows that I want to watch.

  • Craig Kilborn or Conan O'Brien?
  • Good Lord. Neither.

  • Amazon or BN.com?
  • Amazon for sure! I've pretty much started buying almost everything from them since I always get gift certificates to them for doing surveys and cashing in points at places like Milesource. How else do you think I got my $400 digital camera basically for free? :-)

  • Yahoo or Google?
  • Google. Where I am number one for both Kymberlie and neurotic. :-)

  • Star Trek or Star Wars?
  • Probably Star Trek, though I've really only watched Deep Space Nine, which I loved, and Voyager, which I really liked by the time they cancelled it.

  • Cats or dogs?
  • Both! I have a cat, but I want a puppy some day.

  • Is that for here or to go?
  • Usually, to go, unless it's lunch time.

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(Un)Noteworthy Box

Got offered a nice camera in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers, but nothing else of note.

.: D-Link DSC-350F Digital Camera/Webcam: I've already got a digital camera and don't really want a webcam.

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Finally! At Last!

I forgot to mention, but tonight while getting some kitty litter and soap, I moseyed down the breakfast aisle in search of the ever-elusive Kellogg's Blueberry Pop-Tart. Not the nasty frosted kind that I find every where, but the unfrosted plain kind. I've been looking for them on and off whenever I go into a grocery store for the past year and was convinced that they had been discontinued. Amazingly enough, tonight the Gerland's by my house (which I never shop at) had them in eight count boxes. The heavens sang and I joyously bought a box. And here I thought I would never find them again. Who says miracles never happen?

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Bugs, Beads, and More

Btw, several new pictures have been added to Picture Fish today. You get bugs, beads, and more.

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Monday, September 9, 2002

B! Beads

As I mentioned earlier, I received some beautiful jewelry today from B! Beads. B! Beads sells hand-made jewelry (necklaces, earrings, and bracelets) made to your specification by Bronwyn. You can see the beads I bought here. If you visit her site, I bought the Cloud Blue necklace, earrings, and bracelet. The bracelet was a bit too small, so she's generously offered to fix it for me free of charge. While she's doing that, I think I'm going to order some more earrings. :-) If you love beads or jewelry of any kind, give her a visit. I'm sure you'll love what you see. Btw, I found Bronwyn though a link on Chel's site, so thanks for the link find, Chel!

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Monday Mission 2.36

1. Where were you and what was happening in your life the moment when you first became aware of what was happening at the World Trade Center in New York City last September 11th? What was the first thing you did when you heard the news?
I was still sleeping. I had a big second interview that afternoon. Steven was taking the day off to play golf. The phone rang at like 9:00 and it was my mother. She said something about a plane and a building, but I was tired and told her to let me sleep since I had that interview in the afternoon. She called back a little later and said two planes had hit. I rolled over and told Steven and he went downstairs to see what had happened. He said something like, "Oh my God," and then I distinctly remember him saying, "It looks like Manhatten is on fire." I got out of bed at that and came downstairs and sat on the couch and was horrified. I had forgotten about the time change and I remembered that I thought the buildings were full of people and I thought like 10,000 or 15,000 people had just died.

2. When those truly responsible for the attack are apprehended, what do you think would be the most fitting form of justice?
There probably isn't anything that is fitting. I think they should be executed, but I don't think it should be made into a public execution or anything like that.

3. This will probably be much like when our parents respond to "Where were you when JFK was shot?"- an event never forgotten by those who were there. But how do you think the history books should present the 9-11 attacks? Should it be included for all future generations? How can we truly convey the shock, the outrage, the emotions and pain of that day to the children of our children?
You probably can't convey it if you didn't see it. As with everything, time fades things. The horror will never be able to be felt by future generations like we felt it. I think the history books should show that it was done by a religious fundamentalist group.

4. No one in that building, in the Pentagon, or on the planes (other than the terrorists) knew that 9-11 would be their last day to be alive. For me, it brought home the reality that I could be gone at anytime, without any warning. Now, I really want each day to have some value. Did the events of 9-11 bring about a change in the way you live your life?
It did for a while, but I've kind of been depressed lately. One good thing about the anniversary is that it's making me remember to try and live life more fully.

5. Several who loved to fly in planes will not step foot in one anymore. Many parents are more protective of their children. A year later, do you find yourself feeling more secure than back then? Or is it just a matter of time before something else happens?
I feel like it's just a matter of time before something else bad like this happens. I try not to dwell on it too much, but I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

6. The best way for me to honor the those impacted by the attack will be to refrain from any media that day. No papers, no radio and especially no television. Others will light candles, and others will attend special services. What, if anything, will you do to personally reflect on the tragedy?
I will try and be a better human being (more tolerant, more easy-going) and spend the time with my loved ones. I will try not to let little things piss me off and remember that every day is precious.

7. One of the visuals that touched me the most were the walls and walls full of hand made "Missing" posters. What image will you always have in your mind when you recall the events of 9-11?
I will always have so many images. The missing posters. The man, his tie flapping behind him, running from the building collapsing. The two black ladies hold each other and crying. The people waving signs that said things like, "Heros," "Thank you!," "God Bless You!" and cheering as the rescue workers left the site. The spontaneous memorials that cropped up all over the world. The pictures of people hanging out of the buildings. The dust that covered empty streets.

BONUS: Who's gonna come around when you break?
You can't go on
Thinking nothing's wrong.
Who's gonna drive you home tonight?

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Gold Box Monday Part II

Strike two for my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers today.

.: Farberware Classic 13-Piece Cookware Set: right after I started working at 4 Guys almost a year ago, I bought Steven a 17 piece set of cookware to thank him for being supportive while I was laid off, so I don't need this, but it did look nice and it's a great price.

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Participation Postitives

It's Monday, so time to start the week out right with Jess's Participation Positives!

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Jack In The (Gold) Box

Nothing in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers that compells me to make a purchase.

.: Makita LS1212 12" Dual Rail Slide Compound Saw: right out of the box, a $600 saw. Yeah, I so need one of these. Pass.

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Maybe the Dogs Are Cold?

This is very disturbing - chihuahuas in kimonos. Of course, chihuahuas do get very cold easily, so maybe the kimono is their owner's attempt to keep them warm. Still, very strange.

(Link courtesy of Todd)

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+$3

I played two poker tournaments tonight to get 4th place in one and win no money and 2nd place in the other to win $15 for a grand total of $3 added to my account. Well, it's better than a poke in the eye!

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Sunday, September 8, 2002

I'll Execute Every Last One of You


What Pulp Fiction Character Are You?

It has to be YOUR way. But when it isn't, you panic, but hold your ground. You keep your gun pointed and trigger finger ready, but you'd never really hurt anyone. Though you like being tough, feeling control, you often enjoy blending in and being part of the ordinary human race.
Take the What Pulp Fiction Character Are You? quiz.



(Link courtesy of Maddy)

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Tooling Along in The Box

I only got two tool offers in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers today. I really wish they would take the hint and stop offering them to me.

.: Hot Wheels Survival Kit Backpack: do I look like a ten year-old boy or something? I so don't need one of these.

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Postcards

Christine is taking a trip to Nova Scotia and if you ask nicely (okay, send her an e-mail) she'll mail you a postcard from either Maine or Nova Scotia.

Speaking of postcards, I received one from Jenn when she went to Las Vegas. Thanks for the postcard, Jenn! I so love Vegas!

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Welcome Back, Catherine!

It's good to see that Catherine is back. I've missed you. :-)

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Happy Birthday, Russell!

Today is my younger brother Russell's birthday. Happy birthday, Russell! I love you and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Pinging blo.gs With MT

I had read how to ping blo.gs at the same time that you ping Weblogs.com with MT quite some time ago, but I had forgotten to make the necessary change in my MT. The tip got posted at ScriptyGoddess so I took the couple of minutes today to make the change. Learn how to do it here.

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Saturday, September 7, 2002

Happy Birthday, Brandy!

Today is Brandy's (AKA MizDos) birthday. Happy birthday, Brandy! Hope you have an excellent time out with your hubby!

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Fun With Macros - Fish Face

Here's my submission to photojunkie: photo contests in the category "Fun With Macros." I call it "Fish Face."

Fun With Macros - Fish Face

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Lazy Day

It's been a lazy Saturday around our house. Steven's not been feeling too well, so he's been on the couch watching tv all day, I've been mostly playing Civilization: Call To Power, and Bella napped on my desk all day.

In other news, she's been using her litterbox this week. A few days ago she came running into the hall and I though, "Oh no. What did you do?" She heard the automatic litterbox start up and she always comes to investigate the noise. I looked in there and, sure enough, she'd used the box and I didn't even have to put her in there. Today when she got up from her long nap and starting walking around I picked her up and put her in the bathtub with the box and told her to be a good kitty and left the room. She got in and used the box, so I praised her and gave her a cat treat. Maybe we'll get her trained yet.

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Saturday Scruples

Time for this week's Saturday Scruples!

1. You've agreed to sublet your apartment to someone. Someone else offers you an extra 50% a month to give it to her. Do you? Depends how far along we were in the process. If we'd just talked once or twice and nothing had been signed yet, probably. If we were just about completely done on the deal, no.

2. Your boss congratulates you for a brilliant suggestion and hints at a promotion. A subordinate gave you the idea. Do you mention this to the boss? If someone else gave me the idea, no way would I take the credit. If it was something where they gave an idea and I expounded upon it for my suggestion, then I probably wouldn't.

3. You're a college basketball star with high grades. An infertile couple offers you $4000 to donate semen/an egg. Do you agree to do it? No. I don't want kids, so the last thing I want is for someone to come track me down years later.

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Tool (Gold) Box

A lot more tools in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers for today.

.: Vornado 610W Whole Room Air Circulator, Whitestone: we've got a ceiling fan in each room and my office is always freezing, so I don't need one of these.

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Friday, September 6, 2002

Dead Zone Marathon

If you haven't been watching The Dead Zone on USA, you've been missing one of the best series I've seen in years. You're in luck, though, because USA is showing the first twelve episodes in order starting at 9:00 a.m. CST September 15th. I would strongly urge you to start watching this show. The stories are wonderful and the acting amazing. The characters are based on the characters from Stephen King's novel of the same name, so if you're a fan of his, even better. It's a hell of a show and Steven, who's not a big King fan, loves it too.

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Sonic Add-Ins

Christine and I made a late afternoon run to Sonic today. While waiting on our food, we noticed their "Add-Ins" for drinks. We were personally appalled that you could add some of that stuff to any drink. Why in the world would you want to add blue coconut or chocolate flavoring to a drink? They make a mean cherry coke, but there is no way in hell I am adding any of those others to a drink! Yuck! Anyone ever tried a Coke with any those flavorings besides cherry or vanilla?

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Voting For Shea

Christine was nominated to be voted off tonight over at Big Blogger All-Star Game, so keep her on and go vote Shea off.

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Friday's Gold Box

Despite my good luck on getting a DVD player that I purchased in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers earlier this week, nothing else has appeared worth buying.

.: Toastmaster 6431 Eclipse Single Burner: nice if you had a buffet line to feed or cooked things at your office, but I don't.

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Stats? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Stats!

I pulled up my eXTReMe Tracking stats to take a look at my hits for today and it shows I've only had 16 hits today and 23 on yesterday. I know I had about 150 hits yesterday and about 80 before lunch today, so these numbers are skewed. I checked the stats for Picture Fish and they look fine. Anybody else noticed anything wonky?

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What is your biggest pet peeve? Why? God, is my pet peeve list long. My biggest one, at least right now, is SUV drivers, usually on phones, that pay no attention to the road around them and act like there are no other cars out there. I hate those people.

2. What irritating habits do you have? I tend to pester people when I want something or need something done. Just ask Christine. Oh, and I cuss a lot. A whole lot.

3. Have you tried to change the irritating habits or just let them be? I've tried to not cuss as much, but as soon as I get irritated or frustrated, I start.

4. What grosses you out more than anything else? Why? People smacking their food or making gross sounds. Stuff like that always makes me want to puke.

5. What one thing can you never see yourself doing that other people do? Hmmm. No idea.

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Thursday, September 5, 2002

Thursday Threesome

Time for Deb's Thursday Threesome!

Onesome. Autumn. As the season changes, what changes for you? Your Daily Routine? Weekend Schedules? Your Mood? My mood changes some because I don't like the cold and I'm miserable if it gets too cold for me. My weekend schedule stays pretty much the same, as does my daily schedule.

Twosome. Soap. Come now, fess up. Are you a squeaky clean kind of person - or are there dark secrets hidden in your closets??? A few kind of dark secrets, perhaps, but nothing too terrible.

Threesome. Sale. Have you ever bought something absolutely ridiculous or unnecessary, simply because it was on sale and "such a good deal"? Is it tucked away in the attic or a closet - or did you find it really useful? I bought some knee-high leather boots last year that, while I love boots like that, I have nothing to wear them with. I kept them in the box for a week and finally just took them back.

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Thursday Thumb-Twiddler

It's time for Dave's Thursday Thumb-Twiddler!

1. How do you picture your funeral? Something nice, but not too "funeraly." I would like there to be some flowers, but not a lot, with the rest of the money going to charity. I would like to be cremated, so just my urn on a dais with my friends and family saying nice things about me. And forget that boring music they always play. Play Sting for me.

2. As a juror, you are sworn to not discuss with anyone the details of the trial you're impaneled for. Do you (would you) anyway? I would like to say I wouldn't, but I probably would with Steven and a few close friends.

3. Would you rather live someplace where it's always between 80-90 degrees F both day and night, or someplace where it's always 40-50 degrees F? (For you metric types, that's 26-32C or 4-10C.) Definitely choice a. It gets down into the 60s and I am freezing. There is no why I could live anywhere cold. I am just not made for cold weather.

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Didn't Realize

My week has been freaky and hellish so I was happy when I realized that since today is Thursday, tomorrow is the end of the work week. Yeah! Hurry up, Friday!

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Computer Box

Several computer items in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers giving me hope that maybe some day I will make another purchase there. :-)

.: Vornado EH1-0015-04 IntelliTemp Heater, Greystone: looks like a very nice product, but with us having a small condo, heating and cooling isn't a huge issue.

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Like Christine

I just wanted to be like Christine and say "ben affleck toupee."

And, Christine, lunch was definitely entertaining and enjoyable.

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Saying Hello

Today I had one of my most heavy traffic days. I'm sure a lot of new readers dropped by, so feel free to say hi. I don't bite. At least not too hard. ;-)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2002

No Victory in The Box

No victories today in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers.

.: Vacu Vin Vacuum Instant Marinater: Steven already has this.

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It's a Group Thing XXVII

Christine, Krista, and I went to lunch today and stopped for Baskin-Robbin's on the way back. Christine suggested using an ice cream theme as today's "It's a Group Thing" term, so today's term is:

A Chime of Ice Cream Carts

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BlogOmania - Free Space!

I got a pleasant surprise today at the office when Christine told me that all BlogOmania clients got free upgrades. I now have an extra 50 MB of space for free. Yeah for BlogOmania! If you've got a blog and need a good, reliable (and cheap) host, they are the place for you. Go sign up and tell them I sent you.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Passing on the Second Box

I guess Amazon was hoping I'd make more purchases with a second set of Amazon.com Gold Box Offers but there wasn't anything in this one worth getting.

.: Lentek PC02G PestContro Deluxe: once again, the facts that I'm never outside and I don't have a yard, pretty much make this an automatic pass.

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Narcoleptic Kitty

I posted a couple of pictures of Bella at Picture Fish yesterday that are too cute for words. She was sitting upright on the couch when sleep overcame her. She ended up sitting with her head in her lap. I'm telling you, she must be narcoleptic.

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Victory in The Box!

Today, I bought the first thing offered in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers.

.: Apex AD-800 Progressive Scan DVD Player: Steven and I have a DVD player that I bought for him for Christmas in 1999. It's been very temperamental the last eight months or so and will only play a DVD when it feels like it. Basically you have to sit in front of it, insert the disc, wait for it to say no disc found, eject the disc, blow on it, put it in again, curse when it can't find it and repeat the steps ad naseum. We'd been talking about getting another one so when I got one in my offers for $89.99 that seemed to have a lot of good features, I jumped at getting it. Couple that with the fact that I had just gotten a $50 gift certificate from wKen and it just seemed like fate.

Here's to hoping I get more offers worth taking advantage of!

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This-or-That Tuesday

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

  • Tom Hanks or Tom Cruise?
  • Probably Tom Hanks. I like his movies better.

  • Julia Roberts or Julia Stiles?
  • Julia Roberts.

  • Kevin Costner or Kevin Spacey?
  • Kevin Spacey for sure. He has got to be one of the most talented actors today.

  • Ben Affleck or Ben Stiller?
  • Ben Stiller, though I think Ben Affleck is cuter.

  • Sean Connery or Sean Penn?
  • Sean Connery. I do like Sean Penn, though. He's turned into a hell of an actor. He was incredible in Dead Man Walking.

  • Jennifer Lopez or Jennifer Aniston?
  • Jennifer Aniston definitely. Not only is she beyond beautiful, I totally hate Jennifer Lopez. I so don't get the hype surrounding her. I don't even think she's pretty.

  • Courtney Love or Courtney Cox-Arquette?
  • Neither. They are both annoying as hell.

  • Sarah Michelle Gelllar or Sarah Jessica Parker?
  • Sarah Jessica Parker.

  • Michael Douglas or Mike Myers?
  • I love Mike Myers, but I probably have liked more movies by Michael Douglas.

  • Nicole Kidman or (Anna) Nicole Smith?
  • Nicole Kidman for sure. Not only is she stunning, but her acting abilities are incredible. She was so good in The Others and Moulin Rouge.

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Monday, September 2, 2002

Bad Lieutenant - Worth Seeing?

I've been thinking about buying the DVD of Bad Lieutenant at Amazon since they've got it one sale for $13.48. I haven't actually seen it before, but I've always meant to watch it. I generally like movies like this (loved Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs), but I thought I'd ask y'all to give me a thumbs up or down on it. Anyone seen it? Heard bad things? Good things?

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Holiday (Gold) Box

A few interesting items in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers but nothing of real note.

.: Microtek ScanMaker 4800 Scanner: I could use a new scanner since the one I have is like four years old. I really don't scan a lot of stuff, though, so I can wait on getting one.

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Monday Mission 2.35

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.35:

1. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on a date?
I really haven't dated very much (just my ex and Steven, really), so I don't have an embarrasing date story.

2. Do you eat your veggies?
Not really. I like corn and mashed potatoes, but that's about it. I don't eat things like squash, broccoli, or anything like that. Yuck.

3. Most people are comfortable going to the bathroom in front of at least one person. Has anyone ever used the restroom in front of you that you wish wouldn't have? What happened and how bad was it?
Well, Steven will sometimes pee if I'm in the shower, but nothing bad has ever come of it.

4. Have you ever had a bad online transaction? You know, the item wasn't what you thought it would be, you got totally ripped-off, no refunds, it just plain sucked? What's the story there?
Not that I can recall. I've done a lot of purchasing online through both retail sites and through auctions, and nothing too bad has ever happened. ~knock on wood~ There have been a few times when the item never appeared, but the seller either sent me another or charged me a couple of bucks for a replacement.

5. Ever have a current love find any old love letters (or similar item) you kept that probably should have been thrown away? How did that turn out?
Nope.

6. Was there ever a time when you did something totally outrageous because you knew no one would know who you were, or maybe didn't care even if they did?
Yes, and we'll just leave it at that.

7. Hey, what happened to you last night? I waited forever!
I got caught playing poker in an underground game. I won the bad beat jackpot, so I ended up in a bar doing shots to celebrate.

BONUS: I know I could break you down, but what good would it do?
I could surely never know
That what you say is true.
Here I am in silence,
It's a game I have to play.
You and I in silence.
With nothing else to say.
I wanna know
What you're thinking.

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The Bloggys

I wanted to thank everyone who voted for me in this month's The Bloggys. I got second place in Best Design and third place in Most Posts. Thanks for the votes!

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Participation Postitives

It's Monday, so time to start the week out right with Jess's Participation Positives!

  • Today is a paid day off from work
  • This week will be a short week
  • I won wKen's "Let Me Buy YOU Something" contest
  • Bella's used her litterbox all weekend
  • I bought my brother's birthday presents this weekend and I think he's going to like them
  • I won two Bloggys
  • I love and am loved

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I Won! I Won!

I got an e-mail this morning from wKen letting me know that I won his first "Let Me Buy YOU Something" contest. There were thirty-four other participants, so I feel very lucky. I wished for a $50 Amazon gift certificate and I've already received it. Thanks a bunch, wKen! You've totally made my day!

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Sunday, September 1, 2002

Tearing a Man To Pieces!

Have y'all seen the commercial with the Serta counting sheep where they tear the tag of the Serta martress? They tear the tag off and get put in prison. This scary looking guy is their bunkmate and he asks them what they're in for. One of them starts, "We got caught tearing..." and the other sheep jumps in and goes, "Tearing a man to pieces! Grrrr!" It cracks me up every time.

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Possibilities in The Box

Lots of cool items in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers including something that may solve a cat problem we have.

.: Brother MFC-9700 Flatbed Laser Multifunction: I really can't afford to spend almost $500 on something like this especially since I don't really need it. It's cool, though.

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Praising Bella

I've been keeping an eye on Bella for the past two days and every time I can tell she's about to use the bathroom (she goes to one of a couple of different spots and stats looking around) I pick her fluffy butt up and plop her in the bathtub next to her litterbox. I tell her to be a good kitty and use her box and then I leave the room. Twice now she's used the box and when she gets done I tell her what a good kitty she is and I pet her. Will this help train her? I now it's positive reinforcement and it should, but I've never had to potty train a cat before.

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A Pair of Movie Reviews

This weekend I watched Momento and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, so I thought I'd share my impressions of the two with you.

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