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Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year, Everyone!

It's New Year's Eve and my plans for tonight include going to Katie and Chris's for a drink and then heading to a party some friends of theirs. Later, we're going to The Continental Club to hear The Allen Oldies Band and, my favorites, The El Orbits (maybe I'll end up near David Beebe at midnight and get a kiss. Hey, you never know. Stranger things have happened!). I get to spend the night, so drinking will definitely be commenced as soon as I get to their house.

Speaking of alcohol, I stopped by the liquor store to get some vodka and Rose's Cocktail Infusions (picked up all three - blue raspberry, apple, and cranberry). Since I was on the phone with Christine and had my hands full with four bottles, I sat everything on the counter, kind of near this cute guy's hand. There was another couple between us and they asked if we were together and the guy said, "No, I'm not that lucky." It was so sweet, it totally made my day.

I must get ready soon, but I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's. Here's to a wonderful 2005!

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Playing With Fire

My brother and five of his friends are over spending the night before they all head out to The Big Easy for New Year's. They went and bought some fireworks so we all headed out to light them. While setting them off, we noticed a car coming down the street (we live on a dead-end road, outside of a subdivision). We all back out of the road and comment that they seem like asses since they actually sped up to drive pass us.

The truck (one of those little F-150s) gets to the dead end and turns around. I was turning away from the road when I noticed a light, like they had tossed a cigarette out of their window at us. I thought, "How rude," and then something solid thumps into my back.

Those fuckers had tossed a lit bottle rocket out of the car at me. It hit me in the back (thank god I had turned around), fell to the ground, and shot off towards our house. My mom's SUV was parked right there with the back open, so I guess it's also a good thing that it didn't fire off into there.

Who the fuck drives around throwing light fireworks at people? I wish we could have gotten their license plate. I would have loved to have called the cops on them.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Hacking Your iPod's "Do not disconnect" Icon

If you've got an iPod (I have two now that my photo iPod has arrived), you're no stranger to the blinking "Do not disconnect." icon. If you're tired of that plain, boring icon, it's apparently pretty easy change it for an icon of your own choice (I personally like the slashed out RIAA icon that they've used). If you want to change yours up, instructions are here.

(Link courtesy of KB.)

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Happy Birthday, LT!

Today is the adorable, smart, sweet, and wonderful LT's birthday. She turns the big 27, so go on over there and give her some birthday lovin'.

Happy birthday, sweetie! You rock my world! Love you bunches! *smooch*

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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! May your day be filled with nothing but love, happiness, and lots of presents!

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Friday, December 24, 2004


Oh my god! It's snowing! It's not like real big flakes, more like hard rain, but it's really coming down! Wow! (Glad I'm inside in sweats, though.) Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!

Edited: It sounds like it's raining, so the concensus is that it's actually sleet, not snow. It's still white and pretty, though.

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Free Photo iPod - Delivered!

I'm over at Elaine's house and dogsitting while she is in Paris for Christmas. I called home and was talking to my mom when she noticed a DHL truck outside. I thought my 40 GB photo iPod from might be delivered today and sure enough, that was it!

I really wish I was home now so I could play with it. Wheee! A new gadget just in time for Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Festivus Tiara!

Jay took some great pictures at the Festivus Tiara Happy Hour last Firday. You can see all the fun here.

My favorites are Pat and I (look at my eeeeeevil red eyes!), Kenny in his tiara and Elaine's scarf with me looking on adoringly, and Kenny in the same get-up plus cigarette.

Good times, good times.

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A Little Bit of Free has a pretty sweet little deal going on right now. Buy four $15 Apple iTunes prepaid cards and get a fifth one free. That's $15 worth of free music.

These babies make great little stocking stuffers or last minute gifts. Just use promotional code ITUNES544DEC at checkout. Better hurry, though. This offer expires January 2, 2005.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

All Hail The Power of My Cleavage!

This past Friday was the latest Tiara Happy Hour (or Festivus Tiara, if you will). It was, as always, a ton of fun and I even brought Jay Lee (one of the hosts of KPFT's radio show Technology Bytes) along (after meeting up with him at Sambuca's for a few martinis first of course).

It was especially fun to visit with all the girls again that I so rarely get to see (Syd, Jen, girl, Pat, and Carmen). There was, however, this distraction that had us all (well, at least me) mesmerized - girl's boobs.

Turns out that she'd bought one of Lane Bryant's new Cacique Sensual Curves cotton cleavage-enhancing bras. These things are marvels of modern engineering, if you ask me. It definitely makes the cleavage most impressive.

I found myself at the mall Sunday after a delicious steak lunch with my family (Mmmmm. Steak.) and headed over to try one of those babies out.

Oh. My. God. My cleavage is amazing. I feel like I've acquired a new superpower (BoobGirl has a certain ring to it). I wore it out tonight in one of the new tops that I'd picked up (good thing I finally got a job since I just spent a big portion of my paycheck on Christmas sales. Really, though, I swear most of it was incredible deals that just couldn't be passed up with the exception of all the money I blew on MAC make-up. How come I can never get the stuff to look as good on me as when the cosmetic lady applies it? I swear, I must have missed girl class in school. Anyone really good at teaching someone how to apply make-up? I need help!).

As I was saying, I wore it out tonight and the consensus from Katie, Gil and Irfan was that my tatas (as Katie calls them) were awesome.

Girls, run to Lane Bryant and get one of these now. They're only $29.50 and then you get a second one for half price. It's a steal and you'll thank me for it once everyone begins paying homage to your cleavage.

(I just noticed that this paragraph has almost as many parentheses as an early Stephen King novel. Wonder if it's me paying subliminal homage to him.)

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Sounds like it's a fairly simple patch with lots of benefits, so if you're a 3.x user, I'd suggest getting the update.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball.

I just finished watching Far From Heaven, which I just loved. The acting was great, the cinematography was beautiful (I could have stared at the colors for hours), and the story was interesting and sad at the same time.

I was looking through the extra features and started reading the cast biographies when I had a sudden "Oh my god!" moment. Dennis Haysbert, President David Palmer from 24 (one of my favorite shows), he of the regal bearing and beautiful voice, was Pedro Cerrano in Major League. How could I have not known that?

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Sorry, Secret Santa!

I think I have an apology to make to my ThinkBlank Secret Santa.

After bitching yesterday that nothing had been bought of my wishlist and I thought I was going to get stiffed, I got a box from Amazon with a wrapped book inside it (I know it's a book because the note says, "I just finished reading this as well and enjoyed it alot. Hope you enjoy it too.").

I'm still not positive it's from my Secret Santa since the note doesn't indicate it, but I'm going to assume it is. I'm also not really sure how anything from my wishlist got here at all since it wasn't indicated that anything had been bought. Strange.

Anyway, if this gift is indeed from you, Secret Santa, sorry and thanks!

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Secret Santa, Where Are You?

I have a feeling that I'm going to get stiffed in the ThinkBlank Secret Santa gift exchange this year. The only thing purchased off my wishlist so far was for another exchange. You know, you are a complete scrooge if you don't follow through on something like that. Bah humbug! (Of course there's still nine days before Christmas is here, so maybe I'll have a Christmas miracle and get my gift.)

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A Question For the Ages

Why do guys insist on putting a picture up on their personal ad with some animal that they've just killed? I'd have to think that even if a girl doesn't mind being with a guy who hunts she still doesn't look at that picture and go, "Oh! A dead deer! That's hot!" It baffles me.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Song Meme-ory Game

I saw this over at KB's and I just had to play. Here's the rules:

Step 1: Put your media player on random.
Step 2: Pick your favorite lines from the first 25 songs that play.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from.
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly and give them credit.

As these songs get guessed, I'll put them up for download. Right click and save as on the song name. Don't cheat and use Google either!

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Monday, December 13, 2004

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

Today is Elaine's birthday. She also got offered a new job today. What a great gift, huh?

Happy birthday, Elaine! I hope more good things are coming your way!

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It's the Holiday Season

I am totally getting into the holiday season all of a sudden. I got my first Christmas gift, put up my Christmas tree, got a lovely new holiday skin, read Holidays on Ice, and just got done watching Elf (which I found to be totally hilarious. Will Ferrell was just so funny).

To help you get into the mood, here's some holiday music for you (don't forget to do the "Right click and save as" or I'll have Santa put you on the naughty list):

Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton - Baby, It's Cold Outside
The Jingle Cats - Carol of the Bells
The Jingle Cats - Dance of the Reed Flutes
The Jingle Cats - Silent Night
The El Orbits - Let It Snow
The El Orbits - Sleigh Ride
The El Orbits - The Christmas Song

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Neurotic Fishbowl - Holiday Style

You might remember me mentioning a while back that I was getting a free skin from Ciao! My bella!

A few days ago Emily contacted me and asked me what I wanted. I had originally asked for an aquatic theme, but she suggested a holiday skin and I jumped all over that. She sent me a great layout and after a little tweaking of the colors, came up with a skin that I just love.

If you'd like to see the Neurotic Fishbowl all dolled up for the holidays, just click here.

Thanks, Emily! I love it! And here I was thinking that this place was never going to get gussied up right for the holidays!

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Friday, December 10, 2004

You're an Elf and You're Going to Wear Panties Like an Elf.

My holidays are never really complete without reading Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.

The first story, "Santaland Diaries," is all about the time that Sedaris was an elf at Macy's in New York. It's by far, one of the funniest things I've ever read. Since I've worked retail at such places like a grocery store (and not a good one. We would have rats die in between the shelves in inaccessible locations and get such things as turtles in the refrigeration bay), a video store (I swear, it was just like Clerks), and Foley's (where the would have sold my kidney to the highest bidder if there was a way to legally do it), I can totally relate. If you don't know who David Sedaris is, you should really read him. If you know him already, this book is a delight.

You might also notice in the Moblog that I put my Christmas tree up. So what if it's less than six inches tall? It's still a tree, damn it, so merry Christmas!

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More Than Meets The Eye

So, is this an Autobot or Decepticon? Discuss.

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Thursday, December 9, 2004

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Today, despite the 72 weather (which I'm loving), it totally felt like Christmas to me.

Let me tell you why - I got my first Christmas present of the season. The wonderful, talented Mac sent me this pair of socks as a present!

I've been dying to get a pair of socks from her (even more so since I visited and watched her knit) and today my little holiday wish came true! Since I get to work from home (yipee!) I wore them all day, frequently putting my foot up in the air to admire the lovely stripes and feel the soft yarn (yeah, I'm a weirdo).

Thank you so much, Mac! They're the cat's meow and I love them (and you) so much!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Happiness Is...

Happiness is a Sour Blue Apple Raspberry Martini in my beautiful Mikasa martini glass (notice my lovely little iPod too) while getting ready to watch Lost (man, do I love that show).

I haven't posted any this week, though I've got some exciting news. On Monday I started doing contract remote tech support for a very awesome company. I'm still learning the ropes, so I hope I can pick up enough quickly to be able to be brought on full-time in the future. It's an awesome gig and I'm very excited about it. Feels kind of weird, though, to be back on a schedule after being unemployed for some time. While it feels weird, it also feels kind of good. :-)

Here's to December starting off on a good note and hopefully only bringing even better things for the new year!

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

Pinch Me

I've not been a very happy camper for the last couple of days. You might rememeber that I puppy sat for Katie a couple of weeks ago. While there I left, my pillow, the big one that I hold onto when I sleep. (I'm one of those people that cocoon themselves when they go to sleep; I've got pillows on either side of me.)

A few days later, my shoulder started to bother me. I figured it was because I didn't have the right kind of support and just dealt with it (even though I'm a big baby and whine when I don't feel well).

Earlier this week, I got a surprise when my free television from showed up (my account still says, "Sent to vendor, waiting on product"). It's pretty heavy, so it took me, my mom, and my dad to move it upstairs.

I'm pretty sure that moving it caused me to get a pinched nerve in my arm or shoulder. Every now and then I'll move my arm and I'll get this tingly sensation running all the way down it. Yeah, not fun. I spent most of yesterday when the heating pad on my shoulder and it's feeling better, but still not perfect yet.

I'm actually about to get ready so I can head over to Christine's so we can go watch Mike perform with the Lager Rhythms. Should be lots of fun, so if you live in Houston and don't have anything to do tonight, why not join us up at The Mucky Duck?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Holiday Sharing

It's time for the holidays (already!). Part of the most wonderful thing about the holidays is how people seem to want to help others more than usual. If you'd like to help out, why not give $6 to help Chinese students get eyeglasses? It's just a few dollars and it can make a real difference in someone's life.

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Music Selections

.: Current Winamp song: The El Orbits - Beyond The Sea

.: Last Winamp song: Harry Nilsson - Coconut

.: Recently on Winamp:
.: Harry Connick, Jr. - Cry Me A River
.: John Mayer - Your Body Is A Wonderland
.: Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
.: Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better
.: Everclear - Electra Made Me Blind
.: Sophie B. Hawkins - Did We Not Choose Each Other
.: Boy Meets Girl - Waiting For A Star To Fall
.: Breathe - How Can I Fall

.: Last Updated: 06:10:00 PM 03/21/2005
.: List by DoSomething

.: Current mp3 downloads (right click to save)
Cell Block Tango from Chicago. Like it? Buy the CD.

Sting - My One and Only Love (from the Leaving Las Vegas soundtrack). Like it? Buy the CD.

Gipsy Kings - Medley: Bamboleo/Volare/Djobi Djoba/Pida Me La/Baila Me. Like it? Buy the CD.

George Michael - Waiting For That Day/You Can't Always Get What You Want. Like it? Buy the CD.

James Cromwell - If I had Words (from the Babe soundtrack). Like it? Buy the CD.

If I had Words (from the Babe soundtrack). Like it? Buy the CD.

The Lost Brothers - Cry Little Sister (I Need You Now). Like it? Buy the CD.

Boy Meets Girl - Waiting for a Star to Fall. Like it? Buy the CD.

Jeff Buckley - New Year's Prayer. Like it? Buy the CD.

Reading Material

.: Currently Reading:

.: Recent Reads:

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.: McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories edited by Michael Chabon (12/13/04)
.: Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (12/03/04)
.: Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (11/26/04)
.: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (11/22/04)
.: Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen (11/12/04)
.: Affinity by Sarah Waters (11/07/04)
.: Magician by Raymond E. Feist (11/02/04)
.: Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn (10/28/04)
.: The Halo Effect by M.J. Rose (10/18/04)
.: The Dark Tower by Stephen King (10/11/04)

.: Click here for all reviews.

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