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Friday, January 31, 2003

SXSW - To Go or Not To Go

I had pretty much not even considered going to SXSW this year even though I could get a discounted badge for being a Bloggies finalist (btw, the voting ends tonight, so if you haven't voted yet, you still have time). I was talking to Rannie and he suggested blowing off the conference and just coming up for the weekend and hanging out at night.

This is a great idea. Steven's brother has an apartment in Austin that he rarely uses, so I bet we could even wrangle a free room. So, if I do decide to go, who else is coming? If there's enough cool people, it may help make my mind up for me. ;-)

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Thursday, January 30, 2003

New Home for H-Town Blogs

I meant to mention a few days ago that H-Town Blogs has a new home and a new look courtesy of Christine, but I completely forgot! Oops. Anyway, go check it out. It looks great.

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Pop! Six! Squish! Uh Uh! Cicero! Lipschitz!

I am sitting here happy at work because I am listening to my copy of the Chicago soundtrack and it is just so much fun! What exuberant music! If you haven't seen the movie yet, go see it immediately.

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Printer Problems

My printer hasn't been working for like a month now. Today Steven suggested checking all of the connections and guess what? I have a printer that prints again. *smacks self on forehead*

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Mix Tapes For All

Jen has this great idea. It's the Cant-Stop.org Mix Project.

The idea behimd the project is that every week or two she'll post a theme (this week's is "Road Trip") and then you submit five choices for the theme. The tracklist gets posted so you can download them for yourself. Neat idea.

(Link courtesy of Kimberly with the lovely Chicago layout)

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

It's a Group Thing XLVII

Today's "It's a Group Thing" term is one I found quite amusing. Today's term is:

A Convulsion of Belly Dancers

For those of you who missed what this is all about, each week I will feature a term for groups of things from An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton. I found the book really interesting and wanted to share it with everyone.

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Reasons For Love #16

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. Please keep in mind that this does not have to be a romantic relationship. It can be about a parent, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, your kid, your dog, whatever.

Stop in here to join the notify list, see who else has left their reasons, and to be added to the blogroll. Also, feel free to save the button below to your server and link it to http://www.neuroticfishbowl.com/reasons.html



I love Steven because...

  • For his birthday he wanted a $200 duvet. He is such a gay straight man, something I find irrestible.
  • He's been sick all week and unbeknowst to me, has been using different towels in the bathroom so I wouldn't get sick.
  • He bought me a flannel blanket and then came and covered me up when I was on the computer.
  • He made lasagna, a different recipe than last time, on Super Bowl Sunday and it was delicious.
  • We had an interesting conversation about politics on the way home from dinner last night.
  • He promised me Chinese Cafe for dinner this weekend. Yum!

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The Blog A Day Tour

(That's right... it's the 2003 Blog A Day Tour by Laurence Simon of Amish Tech Support! This is not a post by Kymberlie - she is not this neurotic.)

I like the name of Kymberlie's site. "Neurotic Fishbowl" has a ring to it, don't you think?

There's something relaxing and healing about watching fish for a while. Sure, the tank can be a royal pain to maintain, but not if you're watching somebody else's fishbowl. It's kind of like visiting someone to get all the benefits of cat or dog therapy without having to have your own cat or dog.

Is it just as soothing for people to look at a weblog fishbowl and stare at the author-fish within? Will a screen-saver fishbowl do just as well, or a DVD with fishy goings-on work on an HDTV receiver? Will every cable system eventually show a fishbowl channel like that one station in New York does the Yule Log?

Anyway, the thought that came to my mind about this site had to do with some other sites out there and titles. Every now and then, a site gets really big, and all sorts of other sites pop up that play on that site's name.

For instance, Glenn Reynolds' InstaPundit. With his success, all sorts of people jumped on the *pundit bandwagon, like VodkaPundit and DailyPundit, and QuasiPundit and IsraPundit and Isntapundit and so forth. I'm sure that many of these folks were *pundit before the pundit-to-end-all-pundits" (or is that pundit-to-link-all-pundits) came about, but quite a few popped up.

Unlike the pundit-clique, there's also a lot of people just happily swimming in their fishbowls. It made me wonder why there aren't any plays on this site's name, seeing as how neat I think is it. I mean, imagine if there were a Psychotic Fishbowl or an Erotic Fishbowl or a Despotic Fishbowl out there. What would those sites be about?

How about playing on the Neurotic part with a Neurotic Soupbowl or a Neurotic Toiletbowl or Neurotic Manute Bol? An Oklahoma author could call his site the "Neurotic Dustbowl" even.

(Once again, this was not Kymberlie. This was the Amish Tech Support Blog A Day Tour stop for today. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled fishbowling.)

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Online Counts

I was surfing Christine's site when I noticed she had a current users count on her site.

I had disabled my Fast Online Users on last week, but had really liked it, so I was glad to find the link went to EOT Networks that has a nifty little script that does the same thing. The coolest part is that you can change what it displays based on multiple or single visitors on the site. Very cool.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Dinner With Friends

Tonight we went to dinner with Steven's parents and a friend of theirs from their overseas days and their daughter, Angie. She's uber cool, loves Eddie Izzard, and I really enjoy seeing her.

We went to Taste of Texas, which is this great steakhouse that neither Steven or I had been to before. Delicious food. Great people to talk to. Wonderful birthday/blogiversary meal. :-)

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She's a (Blog)Whore, but I Love Her

Since I love and adore Cis and since she asked me to before anyone else, I'm supporting her in the current BlogWhore challenge.

Remember, people, with the right amount of bribing, my loyalty could be yours, but for now, it's Cis's. ;-)

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Happy Birthday, Steven!

In addition to it being my blogiversary, it's also Steven's birthday.

Happy birthday, honey! I love you, even if you are older than me! ;-)

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Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Today is my one year blogiversary. Who would have thought that I would get into blogging as much as I have?

I truly do love to blog. Whether it be to record an event in my life, to blow off steam, or just to talk to the people that come by here every day, I enjoy it.

If you haven't been around since the beginning (I would be surprised if a lot of people have), I added the OnThisDay Plugin to the sidebar under the calendar so you can catch up on the past. Should be interesting to see if there's a change in my blogging as the year goes by.

Blogaritas for everyone!

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Monday, January 27, 2003

Amazon Obsession

I have been obsessed with buying stuff from Amazon lately. Look at all the stuff I've ordered recently. Items with a * indicate a Gold Box purchase.

Someone stop me.

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Craptastic

Feeling crappy. Aunt Flo is coming. Want to eat chocolate and lie on the couch with a blanket and my cat. Is the day over yet?

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Alias

OMG! Steven and I just watched the new Alias that came on after the Superbowl and all I am just stunned. I can't believe what happened! Anyone else catch it?

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Sunday, January 26, 2003

Eat, You Damn Ibex!

I have become completely obsessed with Zoo Tycoon over the last few days.

It's driving me crazy, but my animals get hungry with food in the cage! Anyone else play and know how to combat this problem?

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Saturday, January 25, 2003

Blonder and Blonder

While at the mall I took advantage of the great mirrors all over the place in the cosmetic area and snapped a few pictures of my new blonder 'do. The second one is me imitating the wonderful Jish since he loves that looking off in the distance pose.


    

Those are supposed to be pop-ups, but I don't think they're working right. Hmmm.

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Speaking of Books...

I hit the used bookstore and now have seven more books to release into the wild through BookCrossing. They are:

Next week I'll start releasing them and see if I have any luck with someone notifying BookCrossing that the books have been found.

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Yes, I Needed Another Blog

Since I had so much book information on this site with both book reviews and a never ending list of books waiting to be read, I finally have started my own book blog - BiblioBlog.

Feel free to drop by, read the reviews, and suggest things that you think I might like.

Enjoy!

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Poor Steven

Poor Steven. He's spent the last several days being completely run down by a cold. He's currently sleeping on the couch. Sucks since his birthday is in three days. We were planning on celebrating this weekend, but those plans are toast now. I hope he starts feeling better soon. :-(

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All That Jazz

Jeanna and I went to see Chicago and I cannot remember the last time I loved a movie so much or was able to be so caught up in the world they portrayed. I hadn't seen the show, so I had no idea what was going to happen in the movie which probably let me enjoy it more.

I figured it would be good, but I had no idea it was going to be this good. The dancing and singing numbers were absolutely stunning, especially Cell Block Tango and We Both Reached For the Gun.

Catherine Zeta-Jones was gorgeous and her performances were amazing. You can tell that she has a background in singing and dancing. Renee Zellweger made a hell of a chanteuse. Who would have thought she's have a voice like that? Usually Richard Gere bugs the shit out of me, but I actually liked him in this movie.

I suggest highly seeing this movie in the theater so that you can really take it all in. I loved the music so much that I have already bought the soundtrack (only $12.98 at Amazon). To me, this was magic and why movies hold such a dear place in my heart.

Anyone else seen it yet?

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Friday, January 24, 2003

Evil Mutant Power

Avoid Erin if you can because apparently she possesses the larynx of death.

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Thursday, January 23, 2003

Free With a Twist

Has anyone noticed that Fast Online Users (that little script that counts how many people are on your site at any given time) has a new terms of service that requires that you let them open a pop-up window for one minute a week?

I don't want pop-ups here, so does anyone know if there's a similar service out there?

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Cut & Color

Is there anything better than getting a cut and color and completely loving how it looks? I am so blonde now and it looks fabulous. I'll have to post some pictures soon.

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No Book News

Still no news on the copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale that I released into the wild through BookCrossing.

When I was at the gym yesterday I put Animal Farm on one of the bikes, but it wasn't picked up and I was worried about it being thrown away, so I took it with me.

Now let me ask you a question: Brian, my manager, and Steven both don't think the book thing will work because people will think it's weird or a strange plot and not pick it up. If you saw a book with a pink post-it note on it proclaiming it was free, would you think it was strange or would you pick it up?

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I Couldn't Have Said It Better

-e- wrote the most amazing post about Roe v. Wade. I'm not even going to bother summing it up. He hit the nail right on the head, so go read what he has to say.

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Ditto

I just want to echo what Cis posted.

I refuse to let all the shit going on out there get me down about my nomination. I was really excited to get choosen for two categories and I am not going to worry about whatever anyone else thinks. I'm assuming my nomination was based on my merit and that's good enough for me.

If you don't like it, tough. Next year run your own secret cabal and get whatever sites you like in. For now, let it go and let those that are nominated be happy about it.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

It's a Group Thing XLVI

Keeping inline with last week's term, this week's "It's a Group Thing" term is:

A Pot of Dieters

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Reasons For Love #15

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. Please keep in mind that this does not have to be a romantic relationship. It can be about a parent, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, your kid, your dog, whatever.

Stop in here to join the notify list, see who else has left their reasons, and to be added to the blogroll. Also, feel free to save the button below to your server and link it to http://www.neuroticfishbowl.com/reasons.html



I love Steven because...

  • When I didn't like my pasta tonight, he made me eggs and toast instead
  • He thinks the faces I make when I workout are cute
  • He's the best cook I know
  • He takes care of everyone in the house - Bella, me, and the fish
  • He patiently listens to my plots - like BookCrossing to Change a Life
  • He brings me peeled oranges when I'm at the computer

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Blizg!

Brandon, creator of Photoblogs.org (photoblog directory for those not familiar), has now created Blizg.com. It's a directory of blogs and you can even vote for your favorites.

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Judge Rules, "Be Responsible For Yourself!"

I am so glad to hear that the judge on the McDonald's obesity suit threw it out of court today.

If the father of the one girl seriously thought McDonald's was healthy, then he has got some serious problems. How can you not tell that stuff is bad?

Maybe this will help stop the flood of lawsuits by people who clearly accept no responsibilities for their own actions and expect others to pay for their misfortune.

(Link courtesy of Michele)

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Spreading My Liberal Agenda One Book at a Time

Last night on the way home from work I stopped at the half price bookstore and got a copy of The Handmaid's Tale and Animal Farm for my BookCrossing to Change a Life plan.

This morning I dropped The Handmaid's Tale off at the local Starbuck's on my way into the office.

I can't wait to get an e-mail saying someone's found the book. I hope they like it as much as I do.

Btw, I do plan on releasing other favorites (Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton, etc.) into the wild. I think reading is a wonderful thing and hopefully books that are more "fun" will help lead people to acquiring a love for the written word.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

What's Your Fetish?

Between the extreme dread I had earlier and then the excitement of being nominated for two Bloggies, I completely forgot to mention that I am now posting at Book Fetish: a textual obsession under the moniker Calliope.

Come visit us and indulge your literary fetish.

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I Can't Believe It!

I can't believe it! Neurotic Fishbowl is nominated for two categories in the 2003 Bloggies: Best Designed Weblog and Best New Weblog!

I know it's geeky to be excited about things like this, but I was absolutely delighted to see my name listed and not just listed once but twice.

Thanks to everyone who nominated me. I really, really do appreciate it. It's made the dread I experienced earlier go away. :-)

Also, congratulations to all the other wonderful people that I know on there: Christine, Dave, Michele, another Christine, Mikey, the Scripty Goddesses, Tracy, Erika, Jessica, Cis, Zalary, Catherine, Rannie, Nancy, and GeekGrrl!

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More Books For Me!

Can I just say I love this Swappingtons thing?

For trading in a duplicate DVD I had, I've been able to get five books, several of them ones I've always wanted to read.

The points for each member you get to join has been upped to 8, so if you're not a member already, please feel free to list me as your referral. I'm out of points and want more stuff. :-D

Btw, if you need videos for your kiddies, I have tons of them listed along with a couple of cult classics.

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Dread

For some bizarre reason, I've felt anxious all day, leading me into announcing to several people in my office that something bad was going to happen. The feeling has abated for the most part, but still, very unsettling. I now don't want to go to the gym, but want to go right home. WTF is wrong with me?

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Bookcrossing to Change a Life

Jeanna and I were talking about my post regarding why I care about women's rights when I was struck with a bolt of inspiration.

I've heard about BookCrossing (read books and leave them for others to read and they leave them for others to read ad naseum), but have never participated in it. Thinking how Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale had such a profound impact on me, I hit upon the idea of getting books like it, Animal Farm, and Lord of the Flies (just to name a few) to release through BookCrossing. Hopefully, people would read these books and by reading them, maybe they would begin to think about the ideas that they discuss.

We're going to hit some used bookstores and get some copies to release into the wild, so here's your chance. What book or books influenced you? If you could have someone read a book, what would it be? Leave me some titles and I'll add them to the list.

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RIP: Spike

We've had a death in the family. Spike, my beautiful blue betta, has passed on. Poor Spike.

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Monday, January 20, 2003

Participation Positives

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

  • I messed around with my sidebars this weekend and added some nifty new stuff and also got everything neatly into php files
  • I had my first Swappingtons trade
  • Changes - Turning a New Leaf is up and running and it's really helping me to work out more
  • I love a lovely weekend with my boy and he just brought me an orange (I love oranges!)
  • I had a great time out with Jeanna on Friday
  • It was a quiet Monday
  • I love and am loved

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Swappingtons Part II

I just made my first swap at The Swappingtons! I've got 24 points to spend however I wish. ~rubs hands in glee~ I think I'll spend tonight listing all those VHS tapes that are laying about the house.

If you want to see what I have up for trade, you can just click here.

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Quiet Today

I've been kind of quiet today, but I feel like I've got a lot of stuff accomplished.

I went through my sidebar and put just about everything into its own php file, so I hope this helps on load time. I also cut the last read books list down to fifteen and created a To Be Read list. That's been something I've been meaning to do forever, so I'm glad it's done.

I also stumbled across a good way to launch my blogroll and finally installed it.

I added a few things to Changes - Turning a New Leaf like a blogroll and a last 50 referrers script.

Anyway, still working on my To Read List (it's amazing how long that is!), but just wanted to say hi to all my faithful readers. ;-)

Update: I also added the show/hide anything script that Jenn was nice enough to create for me. So far it's only in place in my new "To Do List" in The Fishkeeper section of my sidebar, but it's certainly handy enough to be used in lots of places.

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Sunday, January 19, 2003

Congratulations, Erika and Jason!

Today is the day that Erika and Jason say I do. They are the most adorable couple and I wish them both nothing but happiness and love. Congratulations to you both!

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Saturday, January 18, 2003

Weird Questions

I don't know if it's just me, but ever since I was in high school people always felt that I must know everything. I would get asked weird shit everyday from, "Do you know where the janitor's closet is?" to "Why are chuches built with such big ceilings?"

It's true that I am a font of useless information, but I swear, I must get five questions a day on both this blog and on Picture Fish of the most random variety. I post a picture of seahorses, I get asked,
"Where can you buy seahorses because I want to raise them?" I ask if anyone has heard of a certain type of jewelry and I get several people asking me to supply them with more information on the jewelry.

It's obvious that these people aren't your typical blog readers and probably aren't that Internet savvy, but sometimes I just get annoyed at all the random cries for help.

For pity's sake, read the post, realize I don't raise seahorses, am not a jewelry manufacturer, and ask the RIGHT people these questions. Damn!

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Everybody's Working For the Weekend

Yesterday was one of those great work days where nothing went wrong, no fires arose that had to be extinguished, and nothing needed to be done. A leisurely paced, wonderful day.

I met Jeanna at the mall after work and we went and say Catch Me If You Can. I really liked it and it had to have had the best opening credits sequence I've ever seen in a movie. The music was wonderful as well. Very retro and cool.

Afterward we went to dinner and Jeanna commented on how the spark is still left in our relationship, which is so true. We're best friends in the truest since of the word and if there's one person that I never grow tired of talking to, it's her. Steven always tells me that it's difficult for women to be true friends and why that may be true for some, it's not for us.

I spent almost the whole day sleeping, which was decidely lovely, and I've been hankering to play Civilization: Call to Power for a couple of days, so despite a long To Do List, that's what I'm going to do.

I also won $25 in a poker tournament and Steven's getting ready to make the pina coladas. Could the day be any better?

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Friday, January 17, 2003

Swappingtons

This is kind of a cool idea. Swappingtons lets you list things that you don't want any more (books, CDs, DVDs) and in turn for sending the item off, you get points. With those points you can then trade for something you want.

I know I have a few duplicate DVDs and a bunch of duplicate paperbacks, so this might be a good place to get rid of them. If you sign up, please list kymberlie as your referrer. I've currently got a perfect copy of Reservior Dogs up for trade (or just e-mail me and make me a monetary offer).

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To Do List 011703

I am getting stuff done, but more stuff keeps coming up. Time to update the To Do List!

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Changes To Changes

I forgot to mention last night, but I made some changes to Changes - Turning a New Leaf.

I am obsessed with domain names (probably why I have ten of them), so I couldn't let Changes stay on a sub directory. Unfortunately, turning over a new leaf is not a new concept and almost every derivation of it was already registered. Fortunately, TurningANewLeaf.com was not, so I dropped "Over" from the title and now Changes has a slightly new name and its own domain. Be sure to check it out.

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Two in a Row

What can I say? I'm weak, so I made an order for the second day in a row from my Amazon.com Gold Box.

I was offered Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season on DVD for about $10.00 off. This is another one of those shows that I knew I would love, but never got around to watching. I guess I'll get to finally see it now. :-)

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Thursday, January 16, 2003

Should I or Shouldn't I?

In my Amazon Gold Box I just got offered Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season on DVD for $10 off.

I have never seen Buffy, but everything I've heard about it indicates that I would love it. Now I have an hour to decide: should I or shouldn't I buy it? Hmmm.

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Blogrolling Question

I changed my blogroll so that it would only display ten random blogs (that list was getting so long). I know I've seen sites that have "Launch the whole list" on them, but I'll be damned if I can remember which ones. Anyone know if there's a way to launch all links without creating a links page?

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Why Do I Care?

Today my boss was amazed that I get worked up over stuff like CEDAW and Roe v. Wade. He can't understand why things like that are a major issue to me. Steven echoes the same sentiments and I can't make them see why.

All I can say is read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. That book has had the most influence on my views on things like abortion and on how women are treated throughout the world. It's the reason I am so vigilant for anything that can threaten my rights.

Say I overreact, say I don't see the big picture, say I shouldn't concern myself with things that don't necessarily involve me. Say what you will, but it's a slippery slope. Lose one right and maybe another and where does it stop? I cannot help but concern myself with these things.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Right Out of The Box

I ordered the first item out of my Amazon.com Gold Box today.

I was offered Twin Peaks - The First Season (Special Edition) DVDs for $5.00 off. While I never got to watch the show, knowing what the types of things that I like, I have always thought that Twin Peaks would be right up my alley. A few gift certificates later and the first season is mine for a mere $5.00 and change. Now, does anyone have the pilot they can loan me?

.: 84 words at 11:49 PM in The Gold Box :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Reasons For Love #14

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. Please keep in mind that this does not have to be a romantic relationship. It can be about a parent, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, your kid, your dog, whatever.

Stop in here to join the notify list, see who else has left their reasons, and to be added to the blogroll. Also, feel free to save the button below to your server and link it to http://www.neuroticfishbowl.com/reasons.html



I love Jeanna, my best friend, because...

  • We survived the Titanic disaster together
  • I sent her the link to the Periodic Table of Haiku and she e-mailed me back in haiku for the rest of the day
  • No one appreciates my odd quirkiness like she does
  • She enjoys saying "Jackmonkey!" as much as I do
  • She is the most fun to be around whether we're just hanging out, watching a movie, or walking along the beach
  • No one else can understand my bouts out paranoia and insanity as much as she does

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Money, Money, Money!

Woo hoo! I just did my taxes online and I'm getting like $500 back! Much better than when I had to pay a bunch of money last year (I owed on my six months of unemployment).

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It's a Group Thing XLV

To celebrate my new fitness/exercise blog Changes: Turning a New Leaf, (soon to be on its own domain) today's "It's a Group Thing" term is:

A Conflab of Weightwatchers

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How About We Call It "Here's My Real Agenda" Day?

Oh my fucking god. Bush declares National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

Bush, who has supported various abortion restrictions, called on all Americans on Sunday to "reaffirm the value of human life and renew our dedication to ensuring that every American has access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

What the fuck? Can this administration make their stance on women any clearer? If Bush really thinks that "(e)very child is a priority and a blessing, and I believe that all should be welcomed in life and protected by law," he is even more of a nutcase than I thought.

I am seriously beginning to think that this is the year that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.

How much longer as a country can we survive with this man as president? How many civil liberties and freedoms must we lose? How I wish I could be unconcerned with all of this and just live my life. How I wish I could just stick my head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Changes - Turning Over a New Leaf

Some of you may remember my New Year's resolutions and noticed that quite a few of them had something to do with weight loss. I decided that I do really want to try and reach those goals, so I have created a new blog: Changes - Turning Over a New Leaf.

My hopes of making this resolution public is that it will motivate me to actively try and achieve it. I will be more inclined not to slack off and to StairMaster if I can write it down and feel better about myself. Plus, there's always the pressure of doing something if others know about it.

Feel free to drop by occasionally and leave a comment or two. I should be posting stats and probably pictures in the next couple of days.

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How Do I Love Thee?

Since Robyn has declared that today is to be a Bloggin' Lovefest, I wanted to take a few minutes and let some people know how much I love them. I wish I could say something about everyone in the blogosphere, but alas, I just don't have days to wax poetic about them all. With that in mind, here are a few special bloggers (in alphabetical order) that I adore:

The Bran. Since I worship and adore her literally, how could I leave Bran off the list? I still remember when, just a few weeks into the blogging world, she e-mailed me and offered to make me a skin. I thought it was so sweet of her and have been part of her cult ever since.

Christine. The person who actually got me started in all of this crazy blogging nonsense. She helped come up with the domain, installed my MT, made the first skin, and hosted me. Well, after working together for a couple of years, it was the least she could do, right? ;-) Anyway, she's one of the few people that can actually appreciate the insanity in my life and I'm thankful for her.

Erika. I've always been impressed by Erika's blog and her wonderful designs. Her posts are always interesting (be they funny, sad, or just a bit nutty) and her blog was one of the ones that I've read since before I began my own. I appreciate her honesty, her warmth, and her friendship.

Kristine. There is so much I could say about the ever-wonderful Kristine. She has always patiently answered my MT questions and even IMed with me through my first upgrade. She is a kind, kind soul who took me under her wing and I am a better person for it. She is sweet, she is passionate, she is smart, she is funny, and no one could be a better person than her. Plus, she's the one who got me hooked on all those online tests. ;-)

Michele. I remember reading Michele at the time of the WTC disaster and her writing would usually move me to tears. Rarely have I met anyone would could write so well be it a funny post, a heart-wrenching post, or just an every day, run of the mill post. I even remember getting drunk and crying a bit over her spitting incident post because I was so proud of her. If I could be any blogger, I would probably wish to be her.

Sheila. Ah, my own little tart. Sheila sent me an e-mail mentioning that she had been watching my blog (and me) from afar and really enjoyed it. I can't remember the last time I felt so flattered. We know IM pretty regularly and she's always good for a bit of tartness to get me going in the morning. She has a penchant for pin-ups that is completely understandable and crafts some of the most gorgeous blogsets out of them (check out Tart Graphics if you don't believe me). She is witty and deliciously interesting and I just adore her.

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Classmates, I Don't Bite!

Every now and then I see a hit from my Classmates profile (Aw, look how cute I was in high school with my perm!), but I've only had like two people send me an e-mail (Hi, Heather and Holli!). It drives me a bit crazy.

If we went to school together and you bothered to go check out my blog, say hi. I rarely bite and I would probably love to hear from you.

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The Photobloggies

That cool cat Rannie has come through with yet another awesome project - The Photobloggies!

Since a photoblog category wasn't added to The Bloggies this year, Rannie decided to make an award just for them.

This is going to be tough. I can think of so many deserving sites to nominate (not even counting my own Picture Fish), that I am torn. Anyone else have that problem?

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Monday, January 13, 2003

Participation Positives

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

  • I finally fixed all the issues with the archives over at I Wish, You Wish (it was driving me batty)
  • My new blog is almost ready to launch and I love how it looks
  • I had a divine lunch with Steven today (delicious food and Sting playing in the background)
  • I'm a bit more enthused about some stuff I have to do at work
  • I smell like chocolate
  • Jeanna and I e-mailed each other haikus this morning and it was fun
  • I love and am loved

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To Do List 011303

A lot of stuff was marked off on my last To Do List, so I think that means it's time for a new one.

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My One and Only Love

Sting's version of "My One and Only Love" has got to be one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It's from the Leaving Las Vegas soundtrack and in case you've never heard it, it's the current mp3 download in my sidebar. Look under Music Selections to find it.

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Sunday, January 12, 2003

Weekend Wrap-up

I've been pretty quite this weekend. I spent most of yesterday on the couch watching things on the TiVo. I've also started my new project, Changes - Turning Over a New Leaf, and spent almost all of last night working on it. As soon as it's make skinnable, it should be ready to go.

I also played several tournaments over at Paradise Poker and managed to place second in almost all of them.

I also couldn't resist the siren song of The P22 Club any longer and signed up before I forgot to since the offer is only good until January 31st. I also bought the first season of 24 on DVD for Steven since his birthday is coming up.

All in all, it was a typical weekend. Spent a lot of time online and with Steven, played pool and poker, worked on my blog, and just generally relaxed. Shame it has to be Monday already!

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Saturday, January 11, 2003

Nothing of Note

Some cool items in my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers, but nothing that we really needed, so I passed on everything.

.: Emile Henry Couleurs 8-1/2-Inch by 5-1/2-Inch Individual Lasagna Baker, Set of 2, Red: I thought this is something Steven might have been able to use since he's started baking lasagna, but he wasn't interested.

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Friday, January 10, 2003

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

This is a cool little thing. By adding a few lines of code to your site, you can use GeoURL to find out who's blogging near you. Not surprisingly, Christine is my nearest neighbor.

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Finally! Pictures!

After an almost two month hiatus, new images have been added to Picture Fish. They range from my Zip Zap to butterflies to Bella to our new fish to things in the Natural Science Museum to... well, just go look.

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Thursday, January 9, 2003

Things To Do, but Oh, So Tired

I wanted to sit on the computer and work on things all night (even though I've gotten a lot of stuff on the latest To Do List done already), but after the best massage ever (Amber was amazing. She was able to work just about all the knots out of my neck and shoulders, something that never happens) I have been too unmotivated. As a matter of fact, I am going to shower and either come back downstairs and watch tonight's ER or stay upstairs and read more in Jemima J. Maybe the cat will come sit with me and I can drift off to the sound of her purrs.

Can you tell I love Thursday nights? It's because now it's basically Friday and Friday's rock.

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Bliss

I am blissfully happy about today. I am scheduled for a massage at a local massage intern school tonight for a massage that will last an hour and only cost me $25. The Car Butler people were here (they park in the parking lot, you give them your keys, and they bring them to you in your office when they're done), so my car is spotlessly clean now. I had lunch for $2.14, thanks to my coupon, and had a great time with my co-workers. Some days are just nice, you know?

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I Hate SUVs

Here's an article that backs all along what I've been saying about SUVs - the owners mostly drive like assholes and they are really dangerous. Very interesting reading courtesy of The New Guy at my office.

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That Yankee Smell

I just noticed that Yankee Candles is a member of Ebates, so that was enough to prompt me to take advantage of their clearance sale and snag some ornaments while I got another 22 oz. Housewarmer candle in their delicious Buttercream scent. I just can't resist that smell.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Annoying Bumper Stickers

I saw the most annoying bumper stickers today at lunch. The first one said, "Smile! Your mom chose life!" While that one was bad, it was nothing compared to the one that said, "How can there be too many children? That's like saying there can be too many flowers."

Right. Except flowers don't require things like food, clothes, diapers, and other basics that some poor woman may not be able to afford or be metally prepared to give. A flower you just plop in water.

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Drool

Man, I really want to sign up for this - The P22 Club. They have the most awesome fonts and at $99.95 for the year, it's a hell of a bargain. Anyone want to donate to my font fund? ;-)



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It's a Group Thing XLIV

In honor of Sheila's new images in "It's a Group Thing" term is:

A Terminus of Thanatologists

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Reasons For Love #13

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. Please keep in mind that this does not have to be a romantic relationship. It can be about a parent, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, your kid, your dog, whatever.

Stop in here to join the notify list, see who else has left their reasons, and to be added to the blogroll. Also, feel free to save the button below to your server and link it to http://www.neuroticfishbowl.com/reasons.html



I love Steven because...

  • He takes care of me and does all the mundane things like cleaning up and cooking
  • If he made a lot more money, he would let me stay home and not work. LOL
  • He makes me laugh
  • He loves geeky things like The Discovery Channel and Iron Chef
  • He's excited when I give him things like a Villaware Imperia Pasta Machine
  • He's just so darn cute

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Get Your Money Back

Surprise, surprise! Turns out the music industry is guilty of price fixing CDs. Who'd have thought? The good news, though, is that if you bought a CD between 1995 and 2000 you are elligbile to be part of the class action lawsuit. You can get $20 back by going and filing a claim. It's not much money, but it's better than nothing and I personally would like to see the recording industry lose a little money.

(Link courtesy of Christine, the Big Pink Cookie herself)

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Tuesday, January 7, 2003

This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Christine's This-or-That Tuesday at its new home:

  • "Time" or "Newsweek"?
  • Probably "Newsweek."

  • "Wall Street Journal" or "National Enquirer"?
  • Not that I really like it, but "National Enquirer" seems like a less boring choice.

  • "Sports Illustrated" or "Cook's Illustrated"?
  • "Cook's Illustrated." I hate sports.

  • "Martha Stewart Living" or "MAD Magazine"?
  • Probably "Martha Stewart Living."

  • "Cosmopolitan" or "Maxim"?
  • "Cosmopolitan." I can't freaking stand "Maxim."

  • "People" or "Entertainment Weekly"?
  • "Entertainment Weekly," I suppose.

  • "National Geographic" or "Readers Digest"?
  • "National Geographic." I love the stories and the pictures.

  • "Good Housekeeping" or "Popular Mechanics"?
  • "Good Housekeeping," though neither really.

  • "PC World" or "MacWorld"?
  • "PC World."

  • "Southern Living" or "Yankee" (magazine about New England living)?
  • "Southern Living." I don't want anything to do with a damn Yankee. ;-)

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The Gold Box of The Day

I hadn't shared my Amazon.com Gold Box Offers lately, so here's what was in The Box today.

.: Calphalon Commercial Nonstick Collector's Edition 10-Inch International Griddle/Crepe Pan: Steven already makes excellent crepes, so no need to get a pan just for that purpose.

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Monday, January 6, 2003

Participation Positives

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

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Christmas in January

This week is like Christmas all over again! Yeserday I got all my presents from Jeanna and then today and I had a ton of boxes arrive on my desk. Well, they were all stuff I had ordered online, except for a package that I couldn't place.

I open it up and inside is a gorgeous blue, purple, and silver beaded bracelet and earrings from Dragonfly Lane sent by none other than the adorable Kristine. The beads are just gorgeous and I totally love the set. Of course, now I want to order more stuff since everything is just so beautiful. Thank you so much, sweet Kristine-y. You are a better friend than most people ever get to have in their life.

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A New Year

It's the new year, so everyone is making New Year's resolutions. There's a lot of things in my life that I would like to change, so here's my list. Some of these are silly, some more serious. I expect to have a varying degree of success and failure with all of them.

1. Lose fifteen to twenty pounds.
Over the past year or so, I've put on some weight and I really want to get rid of it. Ideally, I'd like to get back to how I look in this picture. I'm not too far off, but it seems insurmountable, for some reason. I have to keep in mind that I lost 50 pounds my senior year in college, so this is a piece of cake. Maybe that's a bad analogy, though. ;-)

2. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
During May and June I did this every work day. Now I'm back to drinking no water at all. I definitely noticed an improvement in my appearance when I was drinking that much, so it's time to do it again. I need to see if Steven will go back to paying me $1.00 for every eight glasses of water I drink. I'll take all the motivation I can!

3. StairMaster harder and longer.
I've slacked back to a level 3 session on the StairMaster when I exercise. I was thinking back to when I used to really use that thing hard and stairmaster for at least a half hour (sometimes forty minutes) and at a much higher level. I always felt so good about myself when I got off after burning 300 calories. Now, I burn just over 100. Time to keep it back up. I'll do harder sessions and on days that I only stairmaster without going to the gym, at least a half hour.

4. Go to the gym more.
I used to go at least three times a week and now I'm down to like three times a year. I can't even remember the last time I went in the gym. That has got to change.

5. Eat better.
I eat like crap. I will never be one of those people that have no fat in their meals, but I can stop having incredibly unhealthy lunches like I've taken to eating.

6. Save more money.
I have just been out of control these last few months. I need to go back to writing checks and stop using the credit cards so much. It's too easy to spend the money that way.

7. Stop worrying so damn much.
I worry about everything and it's so pointless to, especially the things I can't change. I am going to try and go back to the even tempered girl that I was for a long time.

8. Be more positive.
Kind of goes on the heels of the resolution above. I have a good life: wonderful friends and family, a boyfriend that loves me, an adorable cat, a job, and there is no reason I should feel life is as bleak as I some times make it out to be.

9. Watch more movies.
I used to watch movies all the time of all types of genres and styles and now I hardly ever watch any. I miss movies and need to watch more of them.

10. Take more pictures.
I was taking so many photos for Picture Fish and really enjoying it and getting good shots, when I kind of just let my interest in photography wane. Time to fire up the camera again.

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I'd Like To Thank...

The Neurotic Fishbowl is now a recipient of thefiveaward graciously bestowed by Hayden A. James.

Thank you very much, Hayden!

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Blogrollers Ring

I found out today that Bea (the creator of Reasons For Love) has come up with another wonderful idea - Blogrollers: The Blogrolling Webring. If you use Blogrolling (and if you don't, why not? It rocks!) you can join. I am off to sign up now. What a great idea!

(Link courtesy of Stacey)

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Sunday, January 5, 2003

Exhausted, but What a Good Day!

I got back from my day out with Jeanna about an forty-five minutes ago and have been catching up on some stuff, but since I want to download the 400 e-mail messages waiting for me (no, seriously, 400. And that's without spam), I figured I should make this post while it was still pretty fresh.

We got to the museum and went into the Titanic Exhibit almost right away. Upon starting the tour, you receive a boarding pass with a name of a passenger. At the end of the exhibit, you can look your name up on the wall and see if you survived or not. Jeanna was given Miss Hanora "Nora" O’Leary, third class and I received Miss Olga Elida Lundin, third class. I bemoaned our fate since not many third class passengers survived (something like 136 lived and 540 died), but Jeanna assured me that we would survive because if we had been on the boat, we would have contingency plans for emergencies and would never leave one another.

We started through the exhibit and I must say it was awe inspiring. They had some of the exhibit made up to look like the actual rooms, which was cool. They had lists of how much foodstuff had been taken on board (40 tons of potatoes, for instance), quotes from people, recovered artifacts, stories about the people on board, a huge iceberg to touch, and all kinds of information about the disaster.

Towards the end of the tour, we came upon the passenger list and began searching for our names. Jeanna has known a fair amount of people who have seen the exhibit and not one of them had survived. We looked for her first and found her name among the survivors, but didn't see me. Another look, however, showed that both of us survived the disaster, showing that two friends like us can get through anything together. ;-)

After that, we walked through the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals (cool, but way too long) and then went to the Cockrell Butterfly Center. We saw tons of butterflies, even one that was laying her eggs on a plant, took a bunch of pictures, and even saw a huge, really cool looking iguana. We got some great jewelry on sell in one of the gift shops, but now that I get home and look at the receipt, it appears that the discount wasn't taken off, so I'll have to call them tomorrow and see if I can get it straightened out.

After grabbing a coke and some chips from a gas station, we went to the French Impressionism: Masterpieces from Copenhagen´s Ordrupgaard Collection and the Masterworks from El Greco to Picasso in The Phillips Collection at The Museum of Fine Arts.

Some of the stuff was just gorgeous and I found some pieces and artists that I want to learn more about, but some of it I just wasn't that interested in. Jeanna pointed out that I really go for landscapes and stuff more than I do for paintings of people and she is so right.

After we grabbed some hot dogs at James Coney Island, we did our gift exchange. She got me Stila's Creme Bouquet perfume that I just love, a book of haiku, a beautiful copy of The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, and Arabat by Clive Barker (which was a very special treat because I didn't even know he had a new book out). In an odd twist, I had given her Rod Stewart's "It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook", but she got it from her sister for Christmas, so she gave it back to me since I didn't have a copy.

All in all, it was an incredibly fun day, even if I am exhausted and my feet are killing me from walking around so much. I hope everyone else had a Sunday as wonderful as the one I had.

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Culture Vultures

Today Jeanna and I are off to the Houston Museum of Science to see the Titanic exhibit and the The Cockrell Butterfly Center. If time permits, we're going to go around the corner to the Museum of Fine Arts and see the Impressionist exhibit. Both exhibits are ending today, so it's a last chance to take them in.

We're also exchanging Christmas presents, so there's prezzies in store for the day too. Woo hoo! :-)

Everyone enjoy their Sunday and I'm sure I'll have lots to talk about when I get back.

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Random Picture Fish Image

I used a combination of two plugins by David Raynes - MTOtherBlog and MTRandomEntries - to add a random picture from Picture Fish in the sidebar. Hopefully, this will inspire me to get off my ass and start putting pictures in Picture Fish again!

By the way, both of these plugins were found in Kristine's MT Plugin Directory. If you have MT, you should check out all the plugins for nifty things to do in your own blog.

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Saturday, January 4, 2003

Another Fishbowl Inhabitant

Steven and I went to Aquarium World (AKA The Big Fish Store) today and got another fishbowl inhabitant.

She's a three inch oranda that is mostly orange with a little bit of calico markings. I just realized I haven't taken pictures of the last couple of fish we bought, so I'll have to take pictures of her and the others for the In the Fishbowl (The People and Fish in My Life) page.

We're going to dinner pretty soon, probably going to use the gift certificate to Texas Land & Cattle that Steven got from Bella, so I had better go get ready. Everyone enjoy the rest of their Saturday.

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For Your Downloading Pleasure

I've spent most of the day moving around some stuff in the sidebar so it's exactly where I want it (I am so anal sometimes).

I also added a current download of a random mp3 to the Music Selections section. It's got a link to the CD the song is from, so if you like the download, it's super easy to buy the CD.

The current song is Jeff Buckley's New Year's Prayer (the theme song for The Dead Zone) from his CD Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk). Enjoy!

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Fonts, Fonts, and More Fonts

Thanks to a link from Kristine, I know how like a million more fonts on my computer. Obssessed with fonts? Visit FontFace.com.

Speaking of fonts, I love everything that Da Vinci, Monet, Prehistoric Pals, Rodin/Michelangelo, and Vincent. These would make great birthday presents for my birthday in March. :-D

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Count It

While browsing through Kristine's MT Plugin Directory, I spotted a neat little plugin that counts all the words in a post. There are even instructions on the download page that shows you how to display the total number of words in all of your posts (look over in the sidebar under recent pings to see my total). It took all of five minutes, so if these kinds of things interest you, go download it and have fun!

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The Year in Numbers

I've always been interested in numbers, so I thought I'd be geeky and count some things. All of the below is for the 2002 calendar year.

  • Posts by others: 7
  • Posts by me: 1269
  • Total Number of Words in MT Entries: 153287
  • Average Number of Words Per Post: 120.13
  • Number of Comments: 1702
  • Average Number of Comments Per Post: 1.33
  • Number of Categories: 30
  • Category with most posts: Daily Ramblings with 186
  • Number of Days I Blogged: 319
  • Since I Started Blogging, Days With No Posts: 19
  • Average Posts Per Day: 3.98
  • Number of Members in Ki(y)mberly(ie)s: The Webring: 15
  • Number of posts in Picture Fish: 400
  • Number of comments in Picture Fish: 155
  • Number of Continuous Days Posted in Picture Fish: 69 (July 21st through September 26th)
  • Books Read: 43 (read reviews of them all here)
  • Number of DVDs Titles in My Collection: 139 (read the list of them here)

Yeah, it's geeky, but so am I. ;-) I may update this if I can think of any other numbers to display. Any ideas?

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Friday, January 3, 2003

Kicked My Ass

Today was a day that kicked my ass.

Like I said in this post, I fell asleep on the couch last night at about 10:00, woke up at about 1:00, and took a sleeping pill probably around 2:15 or so. While it allowed me to go back to sleep, that pill completely screwed my day.

I was under this fog where it took me like a minute to answer questions and every third keystroke was a typo. I just couldn't wake up and I felt like I was underwater.

I finally started coming out of it around 1:00 in the afternoon, but when I got home tonight after running a bunch of errands, I sat on the bed and drifted in and out of sleep until Steven got home about a half hour later. It's now almost 10:00, so I have to go get ready so we can go eat something, but I still just want to go to bed. Let's hope I get a second wind.

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Zonk Whore

Ever since I installed my Zonkboard, I've had a hell of a time playing around with it and looking to see if anyone has left me any notes.

Since I'm a total Zonk Whore, I figured why not join others in the love of the Zonk and joined the ZonkBoard Portal run by Julie.

If you have a Zonkboard, you too can join us. Just send Julie your Zonkboard username, site name, and URL. It's easy as pie.

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To Do List 010303

I feel like I have a million little things I need to be doing and I just can't kept them straight. Sounds like time for a To Do List!

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Name Numerology

Since I've got my real name (Kimberly) and my name as I've been spelling it for the last fifteen years or so (Kymberlie), I thought I'd see what the different name numerologies mean for me.


Kymberlie:

Your Heart Number is 9
Gives you a strong desire to help and to serve others. Generous and compassionate, you would probably make a good teacher or care-giver. Your desire to aid other people is your paramount concern.

Your Personality Number is 5
Makes you a rather fun and care-free individual whose company other people find inspiring and delightful. You're a bit of a free spirit, love variety, and have a strong desire to live life to the fullest.

Your Image Number is 5
And you may appear to be many things to many people. Restless and curious, you crave variety and are always on the move. You love adventure and are eager to explore everything you possibly can.


Kimberly:

Your Heart Number is 4
You have a strong desire for a sense of security in life. Home, family and tradition are all very important to you. You need a job that you can depend on, and you aren't afraid of a little hard work.

Your Personality Number is 5
Makes you a rather fun and care-free individual whose company other people find inspiring and delightful. You're a bit of a free spirit, love variety, and have a strong desire to live life to the fullest.

Your Image Number is 9
Might make you appear to be a bit of an idealist. Generous, kind and compassionate, your concern is primarily for others, not yourself. And this can cause you to be a bit self-sacrificing at times.


I would say that the Heart Number of 9, the Personality Number of 5, and the Image Number of 9 would be a combination more like me. Lately, though, I've been less compassionate than I've used to be. Maybe I'll try and work on that this year.

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Randomness

I was planning on coming home from work and doing some new posts (I have this "The Year in Numbers" thing that I want to do), watching a movie, and adding some pictures to Picture Fish, but that got totally derailed.

I did come home from work and I got some barbecue from Barney's BBQ near my parents so I could meet up with my mom and loan her Bloody Bones and Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton (I've got her ready the Anita Blake series and have already loaned her the rest). I started watching Shadow of the Vampire, which has been on the TiVo forever, but I was tired and my tummy full of barbecue, so I fell asleep. I just woke up and finished the movie off (pretty good movie, btw. Willem Dafoe was absolutely amazing) and now I need to get a shower in and see if there's anyway for me to go back to sleep. I feel pretty tired, but I think the nap is going to jack my sleep schedule up for the night. Isn't it amazing how there's never enough time to do all the things you want to do?

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The Bloggies

Apparently it is that time of year again for the The 2003 Bloggies. I wasn't blogging at this time last year, so I only vaguely remember Christine talking about it last year.

I'm looking through the list and nominating my favorite blogs for all kinds of categories. Remember, Neurotic Fishbowl is under a year old, so feel free to submit it to Best New Weblog or to Best-Kept-Secret Weblog or Best Tagline of a Weblog or... Well, you get the picture. ;-) Also, it sure would be great if I Wish, You Wish got any nominations.

Now that I'm done self-whoring, it should be fun to watch the hype and all of that surrounding this thing since I've never really seen it before. Maybe I'll copy Christine and host an award.

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Thursday, January 2, 2003

Fair East Side

Because it's never too late to show you're allegiance. Man, these guys can party!

(Bonus points if you can name the movie that the title's from)

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Seduction Is My Middle Name

I thought this quiz was appropriate since I've put two pin-up skins up in the past week.


I am a Seductress.
seductress
What Type Of Retro Gal Are You?

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Reasons For Love #12

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. Please keep in mind that this does not have to be a romantic relationship. It can be about a parent, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, your kid, your dog, whatever.

Stop in here to join the notify list, see who else has left their reasons, and to be added to the blogroll. Also, feel free to save the button below to your server and link it to http://www.neuroticfishbowl.com/reasons.html



I love Steven because...

  • He brought me beautiful orange roses when I was having a bad day this week
  • He brought hot dogs to the New Year's party we went to in case I didn't like the food so I'd have something to eat
  • He patiently looked at all the skins I worked on this week when I made him come give me his opinion
  • He kisses me every time he leaves
  • He's become a kitty person and adores Ms. Bella
  • He rubbed my shoulders when I complained that they were hurting

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It's a Group Thing XLIII

Today's "It's a Group Thing" term, simply because I like it, is:

A Leap of Leopards


For those of you who missed what this is all about, each week I will feature a term for groups of things from An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton. I found the book really interesting and wanted to share it with everyone.

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I Scream, You Scream

I mentioned the other day that Steven was off to buy ice cream ingredients to use his Cuisinart ICE-20 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker, but I never mentioned how the ice cream came out.

His first batch was French Vanilla, made from Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. It was simply delicious and tasted like it had come from an ice cream palor. I was a very happy little neurotic fish eating it.

The second batch was mango ice cream made using a base from the Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book and a recipe from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, and More. I don't like mangos, so the flavor did nothing for me, but Steven loved it. We took some with us last night to our friends' house and they ate it up.

It seems, then, that the ice cream maker was a great buy and is going to be a big hit. It's incredibly easy to use and was pretty cheap to boot. Now if he would just make some peanut butter ice cream (I am dying to try it)....

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Tweaking

I did a little tweaking around here today. I added a GuestMap to the sidebar, so make me happy and leave a little pin in it for me.

I also spent forever messing around with MT tags before I finally figured out what I was doing wrong and now the last five comments and pings are displayed in the sidebar as well. I've always wanted to display those and finally got around to doing so.

It's been a quite New Year's Day, just how I like it. Now to go do some online shopping and maybe, finally, update Picture Fish.

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Remember, They're Permanent

Some poor teenager thought he was getting a tattoo that said, "Love, honour, and obey" and instead it said, "At the end of the day, this is an ugly boy." Read the full story here.

Remember, folks, those things are permanent. It's best if you're getting a tattoo in a foreign language to bring along someone who speaks it.

(Link courtesy of Zorbs)

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Home Again

Steven and I got home about a half hour ago from some friends house and I am really tired (though not drunk, surprisingly enough). We are off to bed to snuggle and stay warm. I hope everyone had a fabulous New Year's! Good night!

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