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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It...

Fifteen reasons why it's better to date a geek or a nerd.

11. His friends aren't jerks. I can't stress this enough. You'll more likely get "Omg! A GIRL!! Can I see?!" than "Hey hot stuff back that ass up here and let me get some grub on..." They're awkward geeks too and will, 9 times out of 10, treat you with the utmost respect and, more than likely, a note of awe. A cute girl picked one of their clan to date? It could happen to them! Hope! Drag some of your single girlfriends over, open up a pack of Mt. Dew, crack open the DnD set and get working. Nothing impresses geek guys more than a girl who can hack-n-slash (well ok maybe if she can code... a geek can dream).

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Friday, April 29, 2005


Ever have one of those days where you're really glad that it's over and it's Friday? Yeah, me neither.

Also, today is the opening day of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and several of the Technology Bytes listeners, including Katie, Sat, and I, are going. The show's at The Angelika at 9:50 with dinner at Jenni's Noodles before hand.

Hope to see you there!

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Paging Mr. Glass, Mr. George Glass.

Btw, if anyone's looking for an imaginary boyfriend, my brother's up for bid on eBay. I bet he'd even let you call him George.

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Is It Safe To Go Out?

I just finished watching Saw (brillant, frightening, absolutely genius film; I loved it) and last week I watched The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

I am now convinced that the world is chock full of lunatics who want to do very bad things to you and I don't think I am ever leaving the house again.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005


I'm back home from the doctor. The stone was zapped and it's passing, so that's good.

What's not good is that the fucking procedure was $2,800 out of pocket (and that's the "discounted" rate for my insurance). The nurse who scheduled it didn't even tell me this or warn me that I had to pay up front, so I was lucky I had a credit card that would even take a charge of that magnitude on it with me.

Needless to say, I didn't expect it to be this much and once you throw in the ER vistit, presciptions, COBRA for another month, and doctor visits, I'm guessing that the final cost will be around $3,500. It kills me since I just finished paying off another $4,000 in fucking hospital bills.

I'm still really upset, so I'm going to go ahead and stop now. I'm glad I'm healthy and that things are okay, but I'm still really upset about the cost. Healthcare is so fucking outrageous.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Kidney Stones and Computer Problems

I should have posted this a yesterday, but here's the rundown of my last run in with kidney stones and an update on the computer problems I've been having.

Saturday I woke up around 10:30 with the worst stomach cramps. I'd gone to Elaine's for dinner the night before and had sausage and mushrooms, so I thought that maybe something didn't agree with me.

Pretty soon, though, I started throwing up. (This is probably all TMI, I'm sure.) There wasn't anything in my stomach, though, so all I was throwing up was bile.

If you've ever thrown up on an empty stomach, you know how much it hurts to do that. My mom finally had me take a Vicodin and I was able to lay down and get a little bit of sleep. After only about thirty minutes, I was was up again and vomiting.

When I woke up, it felt like the pain wasn't located on my left side in front, but lower on my back. I had thought it might be kidney stones when I first woke up, but since the pain was more in the front, I was hoping it was just stomach cramps. The pain moving to the side, though, pretty much cinched it for me that it was indeed kidney stones.

I called my 24 hour nursing hotline that United Healthcare provides and basically, they told me call my doctor and, if they hadn't called back in two hours, to go to the emergency room. I told her I didn't think I could wait two hours, but I would call my doctor anyway. Called his office, heard "If this is a medical emergency, please go to your nearest ER.." and hollered at my mom that it was time to take my puking ass to the hospital.

We got to the ER at about 1:40, I signed in, and then proceeded to lay, curled up in a little ball, across one of the benches. About twenty minutes later, the triage nurse called me up. She took some vitals, I puked into one of these handy little plastic funnel things they use instead of bedpans, and then got to go back to the waiting room.

Unfortunately, someone was sitting on my bench (the only one in the ER). Sitting up was far too painful, but a nice man taking pity on my shuffling, wan figure, informed me that there were more benches back by the restrooms. Turns out that there were two benches and a few seats, but no one but me was over there so I took the opportunity to lay on my stomach on the bench (uncomfortable, but better than laying on my back right on the stone), take my shoes off, and just not move, which is the only way to deal with a kidney stone.

It seemed like forever, but after about an hour, I was called back for a bed. Tina, the nurse, was so sweet. She took one look at me (pale, hunched over, shoes in my mother's purse), put her arm around my shoulder, and announced, "Pumpkin! You look terrible! Let's get you into a bed and get you some pain medicine."

Eventually, after a some more tests, including a CAT scan, I was hooked up to an IV, given some fluids (you get so terribly dehydrated throwing up for that many hours), and then some morphine. I pretty much passed out immediately.

Tests confirmed that not only did I have a kidney stone, I apparently have like one of the biggest ones seen in the ER. Most kidney stones are a few milimeters in diameter, small enough that you can pass. Mine is a freaking centimeter which is too big for me to pass on my own. Tina said that they called the lab to make sure that it actually said cm not mm since they never see them that size. Lucky me!

I remember waking up at one point and being very hungry (I hadn't eaten since dinner the night before and it was already after 4:00 in the afternoon). Tina brought me a sandwich, so I took some small pieces of ham out of it to eat. Even though I was hungry, apparently I was more tired than hungry because I kept falling asleep in the middle of chewing! I would wake up and find that I still had ham in my mouth!

I guess about five hours later they admitted me upstairs (looking back I can't believe I was out of it for that long. Good thing my mom brought a book to read!). They thought they were going to have to put in either a catheter or a stent (stint?), but ended up doing neither.

Despite the bed being the most comfortable I'd ever slept in (or maybe I was just exhausted), I ended up needing both morphine and Ambien to make it through the night. The next morning they released me and I went home, Vicodin perscription in hand.

The pain's been okay since then. I take a Vicodin when my back starts to really ache, though that usually ends up making me feel sick to my stomach. Tomorrow, though, it should all be over.

At 10:30, I'm having lithotripsy, which is the procedure where they use sound waves to break up the stones. I'm not really worried about it since I will be given "twilight" anestesia, and will be mostly out of it.

I'm annoyed, though, that this happened now. If it would have happened next week, I would be covered under Six Apart's insurance. As it is, I'm going to have to extend my COBRA for another month just to make sure that nothing is considered a pre-existing condition. I was freaking out at first about the cost, but I'm thinking that this won't end up being near as expensive as I had feared, especially since I was only in the hospital one night. I will be very grateful if I can get out of this for under $1,000 and have all my stones broken up so I don't have another attack again (it's only been eleven months since the last one).

As for the computer problems, I had installed the latest version of AdAware SE which found about 187 problems. Unfortnately, something that it removed had embedded itself deeply into the start up profile so that when I tried to login, all I got was a brief flash of the desktop, and then I was logged back out again. Safe mode wouldn't work, last known good config wouldn't work, and I was starting to freak out.

Luckily, my mom is a wiz at computer stuff and she's managed to restore Windows without damaging any of my data (at least, it appears that way). Of course, with this occurring right now when I'm sick, I'm sure it will be a few days before I can get everything back to how it was.

So, that's what's been happening with me. I'm off to shower soon, take a Vicodin, and then go to bed since I have to be at the hospital at 8:30 for my procedure. From everything I can tell, it should be a fairly simple and not very painful process, but feel free to send good thoughts my direction anyway.

Thanks to all of those that have left notes and sent e-mails; I really appreciate it. Special thanks to Katie, my other spouse, who sent me roses to help ease my pain. It really made my day to get an unexpected flower delivery!

I'll try and post tomorrow to let everyone know how things went.

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Monday, April 25, 2005

I Could Scream...

You know what's worse than having kidney stones (surgery's Wednesday, btw)? Having kidney stones and having your stupid computer go completely berserk so you can't even login and have to use your mother's computer instead.

I was so looking forward to having thousands of dollars in medical bills again. Possibly needing to buy a new computer really makes that even better.


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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Blast 'Em Away!

Christine blogging for Kymberlie here - she is in the hospital again for kidney stones. It might be a leftover stone from last summer at my wedding when she had three, since this one is reportedly really HUGE. They will be doing the surgery to blast it away, but no word yet on when. It might be tonight or tomorrow, and I'm not sure if they will be keeping her afterwards.

Send her some positive thoughts, she could really use them right now!

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Friday, April 22, 2005

It's Official! I'm the Newest Six Apart Employee!

Late last November, I had blogged that, after a long period of unemployment, it was looking like I was finally going to get a job.

At the time, I was interviewing with a company located further away than I really wanted to drive (for those of you familiar with Houston, I live in Spring and the job was at Bellaire and the Beltway), doing pretty basic web stuff - things that I had done when I first got into web development. The company seemed kind of cool, though, and there seemed to be room to grow, so I was interested.

Then, the most incredible thing happened. I got an e-mail from Brenna asking me to join the Movable Type Support Team. Not only did they want me to work on blogs (Getting paid to work on blogs! It's like a geek's dream come true!), I would get to do it from home.

Since I've been contract and not an official member, I haven't blogged about working for Six Apart, but today I got my offer letter and I am officially the newest Six Apart employee!

I've been really excited, learning a lot, and even making the customer's extremely happy. For a geek like me (especially one that always wants to be geekier), this has been pretty close to the perfect job.

I feel extremely lucky to have found this job and want to thank Kristine for suggesting me, Brenna for being an awesome boss, and especially Shelley for taking me under her wing and teaching me so much. You are all awesome, incredily talented women and it's truly a privilege to be working with y'all and with Six Apart.

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

GreenZap = Free Cash!

This summer, PayPal is going to be experiencing a little competition from this new site, GreenZap.

I remember signing up for PayPal back in the day and getting $5 to join. Well, GreenZap is giving everyone who preregisters $25. That's $25, to you, for free, just for signing up. No banking information is even required.

I figured it can't hurt, so why don't you go sign up too? After all, who can't use another $25? Well, besides Bill Gates and Donald Trump and I doubt they read me anyway.

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Flickr Surprise

Thanks to a kind soul, I received a Flickr Pro account about a month ago.

Today, I received even more Flick goodness, which is perfect timing since I just uploaded almost two hundred pictures and finally broke down and bought a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P200 digital camera in red which should arrive tomorrow (Wheeeee!).

The surprise is that for all Pro users, Flick has doubled the upload amount to 2 GB, doubled how long your Pro status is good for, and given each person two free Pro accounts to give away.

How sweet is that? You can guarantee that Red and I will be taking full advantage of all that extra space.

Now, what to do with those gift accounts? Maybe I should give them away to anyone who completes all three offers for me.

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Blingo Search Tip

Several of y'all have signed up under me at Blingo, the new Google-based search engine that gives out prizes to random searchers.

I had noticed in their FAQ that you can only win two prizes a month (shame it's only two, but it's still two more than I would have had without them!). I wondered if you won a prize that you didn't really want, like a movie ticket (which five of my referrals have already won; way to go!), and chose not to claim it, would it count against your prize quota. They said no, it doesn't count, so you might want to keep this in mind when you win something.

If you're not already a member, what are you waiting on?

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Movable Type 3.16

Six Apart has just announced that the latest version of Movable Type, 3.16, is now available.

Significant improvements to application security and over one hundred other fixes have been made, so this is definitely an upgrade you should make, no matter what version you're running.

Movable Type rocks!

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Random "Catch You Up on My Life" Crap

I haven't posted much around here lately except for quick posts, so here's one of those massive, rambling posts that I'm so prone to do.

Last Friday was Mike's birthday party, a little get together and his and Christine's house. In attendance were Emily, KW, Elaine, Kenny, Edge, Sherry, Lawrence, Jelly (Edge and Sherry's daughter), Chelsey, and Brian.

Even though we were celebrating Mike's birthday, he and Christine had some gifts left over from both Christmas and my birthday, so I got presents too.

Among the swag (which included a beautiful Old World Christmas fish ornament and a handmade pair of earrings) was a bottle of Del Sol nail polish in Shooting Star. The funny thing is, Mac had just blogged about the same polish, so I was planning on buying some, including Shooting Star, and it was already in my cart.

Let me tell you, this polish is now my new favorite thing. I was amazed at how quickly it changes color and how radically different it looks. I frequently walk outside just to watch my nails change (I know; I'm a dork). One of my trips outside included me taking my cameraphone along, so you can see a before picture and an after picture. Forgive the poor quality. I am incapable of taking a non-blurry cameraphone picture with one hand.

I became the official bartender of the evening since I had brought over a large bottle of vodka and both apple and raspberry infusions to make my famous Blue Sour Raspberry Apple martinis.

Somehow we ended up talking about the copy of Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture DVD Game that Christine and I had bought at Wal-Mart one time, which commenced the drunking boasting of trivia prowess. We split into two teams - boys vs. girls - and got down to it.

Around 3:00 am, after going back and forth on getting to the middle and missing the final question, a sudden death question was proposed. The girls got a hard one (though I can't remember what it was) and the boys got the easiest question ever: Which civilian convinced Hummer to start selling their products commercially? (Arnold Schwarzenegger. Duh.) Technically, they won the game, but I'm not counting it since it was not a full game. I do believe that I also answered the most questions individually, so I am not relinquishing my title of Fount of Useless Information.

The next night it was down to midtown for drinks and dancing with girlfriends. Lots of fun, but my knees are still hurting since, when I'm drunk, I think I can dance like a crazy woman (or possibly a stripper) and do that thing where you lower yourself all the way down repeatedly. I must remember that I am now thirty and old and quit doing that shit.

I was reminded yesterday that I am indeed old by my chiropractor's assistant. She's in high school and her prom is today. I asked her if she was going to Project Prom (they lock you in the high school and have lots of fun, games, and food to keep kids from getting drunk and/or impregnating each other) and she said that it wasn't at the school, but at some place in Conroe, so her and her friends were doing something else. I mentioned that my Project Prom was one of the first (I think it was the third one) and she was all like, "Wow? Really."

Damn, I'm old. No wonder I have to see a chiropractor. At least I got a wonderful little mini deep tissue massage on my neck and shoulder muscles. Soooooo worth the $20 co-pay.

I've got other shit to ramble on about, but since it's already 4:00 am, I guess I'll end this now and continue later. Night, all!

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Burn It - The Spring 2005 Group Information

I sent out the group information for the latest round of Burn It, so if you signed up and din't get yours, e-mail me right away.

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Show comments here » - Free Jewelry

We all know that I am all about the free. Hell, I even changed my search engine so I could win prizes (and thanks to the people that have signed up! I know that two of you have won stuff already!).

My newest free find (thanks to Christine) is

Every fifteen minutes, puts up a new, sterling silver and gemstone piece. I've seen earrings, necklaces, and rings with all sorts of gems including amethyst, citrine, blue topaz, and garnet. The pieces are free, with a $5.99 shipping charge.

Christine had said that she got a ring she ordered within just a few days, so it seems to be a pretty good, legitimate deal. I've ordered a pair of earrings and a necklace myself, so I should know how they are soon.

Just wanted to pass along the good deal, especially if you're a jewelry lover like me.

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Dance Juggle Revolution

This guy has got to be the best DDR player ever.

(Link courtesy of Ernie.)

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Ocean's Twelve & The Nightfox Song

I just got done watching Ocean's Twelve and, while it wasn't as good as Ocean's Eleven, it was still pretty good. Or maybe there were a lot of pretty men in it (Mmmmmm. George Clooney.) and I got distracted. Whatever.

Being a big fan of movie music, I totally fell in love with the song that was playing as the Nightfox makes his way through the laser beams. A quick Blingo search turned up the name of the song (La Caution's "The a la menthe"), but it turns out that the song isn't for sale on any CDs.

However, you can get it for free here from the artist. You know how I'm all about the free, so I had to share my find. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Blingo - The New Way To Search

I stumbled across this new search engine, Blingo, which is powered by Google, and immediately started using it.

You may be wondering, if it's powered by Google, why not just use Google? Well, the reason would be because Blingo picks random times during the day to give out prizes like movie tickets, iPods, gift certificates, and more.

I was pretty skeptical of this until, after using it for about ten minutes, I won a free movie ticket. The other cool thing about winning is that the person who referred me gets the same prize that I won.

Do a lot of web searches? I know I do, so you might as well have a shot at a prize while doing it. Go sign up; it's quick, easy, and you can even add it to the integrated search engine box in Firefox.

Good luck!

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Income Tax Help

Has anyone had a 1099-MISC form before? I'm not sure if I'm doing my taxes right and I'd love it if I could ask someone a question or two. Help!

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Burn It - The Spring 2005 Edition Reminder

Just a reminder, but today is the last day to sign up for Burn It - The Spring 2005 Edition.

You can get all the information on what it is and how to sign uphere.

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

You should see what I see...

One of my favorite television episodes ever was the Dead Zone pilot. It was so moving, it was breathtaking.

Currently the entire first season is on sale for only $17.89 at If you didn't haven't caught the show yet, now's an excellent time to get the first season really cheap.

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Thursday, April 7, 2005

E-Mail Snafu

There was a snafu with my webmail today (if you're using Horde, I don't suggest trying to start a blacklist or filter; it totally fucked up my mail), so I lost all mail that I got today.

If you signed up for Burn It either yesterday or today (just to be on the safe side), please resend me your information. I'd hate to leave anyone out who had signed up. (Same goes for any personal mail that you might have sent me. Please resend.)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

As Scary As The Shining's Topiary

I was thumbing through the mail this afternoon, innocently enough, only to be frightened by this evil, leering tree that popped out at me.

The ad said that the Tree Face "livens up your yard," but if the trees in my yard ever came to life looking like that, I would move quickly before they could steal my soul.

Why would you put something like that in your yard? So very, very creepy.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Happy Birthday, Mike!

Today just happens to be Mike's birthday, who is truly one of the most wonderful people that I know. He's so sweet, he'd even spend his last night as a bachelor with you in the ER.

Happy birthday, Mike! You are smart, sweet, interesting, and I am so glad that you are in my life!

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Monday, April 4, 2005

Winamp M4P Input Plugin

Since iTunes started offering free songs every Tuesday, I've amassed quite a few tunes in my Purchased Music folder.

However, I really dislike using iTunes as my audio player and use Winamp instead. It's always bothered me, though, that I couldn't play my iTunes songs (saved as m4p files) on Winamp.

Inspiration struck yesterday and a quick search on the Winamp site turned up the M4P Input plugin. It takes only a few seconds to install and you can play all of your iTunes songs through Winamp.

I thought I'd share for anyone else who wants to get around listening to their iTunes songs in iTunes only.

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Sunday, April 3, 2005

Don't I Know You?

Last February I went out with this guy a couple of times. We had instant chemistry, I felt very comfortable with him right away, and we had tons in common.

We had a few really great dates, he called me the day after the last one, and we set a time later in the week to go out again. Unfortunately, he'd been feeling sick (and I think he really was;his coughs sounded both liquidy and like his lung was about to explode from his chest), so the last date never happened.

I called him a few times that next week, but he never called me back. I was hurt and puzzled over the whole thing, but that's life in the dating world, right?

Yesterday I was talking to my mom about dating (I don't even remember how it came up) and I mentioned that the only one that I really regret things not working out with was with that guy (we'll call him Mr. X). In all honesty, I liked him and was attracted to him more than any guy that I've seen in longer than I can remember.

Today I was reading my mail and got an e-mail from (yes, I'm a member) saying I had two winks. The first one was from Mr. X.

WTF? While we met on a different dating site, my profiles are exactly the same and use the same pictures. He never had my e-mail, he doesn't appear to be a member of the site we met on anymore, and I've changed my phone number since we met.

Is this some weird way of seeing if I'll contact him back? Could he have totally forgotten that we've got out a few times and just thought my profile was cute and winked?

If you were me, what would you do? I did really like him.

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Friday, April 1, 2005

It's Not the Lottery...

You know that post I made about wanting a 24/7 post office and then finding one in the local Wal-Mart?

Remember how I said my next wish was to win the lottery? Well, it's not the lottery but I did just win $100 in the monthly contest.

I wonder if this means I'll meet the man of my dreams tonight.

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive

This evening, I was thinking about how wonderful and how much easier it would make my life if the post office was 24/7. After all, I still need to mail Burn It CDs to all of these people (if your name is on there, feel free to send me your address again) and Marie (I know. They sould have gone out long ago. I suck.) plus I have other stuff I need to get out.

Tomorrow just happens to be both Tiara Happy Hour and the monthly Geek Gathering so I decided I would make a bunch of copies of my Burn It CDs and give them out to whoever wanted them. I'd stopped because I'm pretty sure everyone at the THHs have them all by now, but new people are around, so it's time to pass some more out.

I'd just started printing labels when I ran out of ink, so I quickly took off to the local Wal-Mart (where else can you get ink at 11:00 at night?) to pick some up.

I was standing in line, getting ready to check out and listening to the people in front of me talking to the cashier about how they couldn't believe that the bank inside was open. The cashier remarked that it was 24/7, just like the post office. I interrupted, to make sure I'd heard right, and it turns out that the Wal-Mart near my house does indeed have an always open post office.

Just in case that was one of my wishes coming true by finding a genie or something, for my next wish I'd like to win the lottery and then I'd like to meet a wonderful, handsome boy who falls deeply in love with me and whom I adore.

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On August 6, 2005 I will be blogging every half hour for twenty-four hours straight as a participant in Blogathon to raise money for Heifer International. Please go here to sponsor me. For every $5.00 you pledge, your name will go into a drawing for a complete set of my Burn It mix CDs, four CDs in total.

Goal: $500
Amount Raised: $390 + $30 more dollars from Ken = $420

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.: Name: Kymberlie Renee McGuire
.: March 18, 1975 - A Fish in real life
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.: Always called Houston, Texas home
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  • List phones, extra Beanie Babies, and lipsticks on eBay
  • Post reviews of unreviewed books to BiblioBlog
  • Organize all my mp3s, deleting extra ones
  • Fix searches so they match the skin. Also try and add refined search options
  • Mail all Swappingtons items
  • Clean up hard drive and consolidate folders
  • Get a Simplicity template from CSS Coloring Book to use here
  • Start taking more photos again
  • Make sure new I Wish, You Wish submissions are added (continuous)
  • Level up Ibocea (my EverQuest character) to at least level 45
  • Start
  • Make a new skin out of the card that Jeanna sent me last year

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I Feel Pretty

I love Amazon's Beauty Store. These are just a few of their items I can't live without.

.: Stila Creme Bouquet Eau de Parfum: smells like vanilla cookies; it's simply divine.
.: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao Eau de Toilette Spray: smells just like chocolate. It's mouth-watering.
.: DuWop Lip Venom: it makes your lips burn and tingle, giving them a sexy, bee-stung look. It's addicting.
.: DuWop Lip Venom Flash: just like the regular DuWop Lip Venom, but with an added silvery sheen. Delightfully decadent.
.: Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara: awesome mascara that makes your eyelashes look incredibly long, thick, and dark.
.: Philosophy Coconut Cream 3-in-1 Ultra-rich Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash: smells delicious, makes a wonderful lather, and cleans your hair like nobody's business.

.: Printer ink
.: Find cheap printer ink including HP ink cartridges and HP toner refills at MyInkPro.

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Other Fish in the Sea


.: Discovery Friday Blogroll

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.: << # Blogs That Flickr ? >>
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.: x BlogxPhiles x
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.: < . blue-eyed girl . >
.: book fetish
.: < # cherry soda >
.: < ? diary of a feminist ! >
.: | domain-ated |
.: ? dry heat! #
.: got cats? #
.: grrr baby, very grrr
.: < ? Houston Tiaras # >
.: < ? H-Town Bloggers # >
.: ? I My Domain #
.: I love to blog
.: I am a Pisces.
.: # I Wish, You Wish ?
.: # Ki(y)mberly(ie)s ?
.: < - # Lavender & ? + >
.: ? MT #
.: ? MT blog #
.: My Birthday is marked!
.: Obscure Logs
.: :: # pawed ? ::
.: Pisces
.: * Platform 9 !
.: < ? positively # >
.: < ! Project-Blog ? >
.: < ? six degrees # >
.: < ? skinned! # >
.: ? spellbound #
.: < ? Texas Blogs # >
.: [ ? Verbosity # ]
.: (~ waterblogged ~)

.: Group Things:
.: Audioscrobbler
.: All Consuming
.: Blogarama - The Blog Directory
.: Family Tree
.: Blogwise
.: BookCrossing - Read and Release!
Free Hit Counter
.: Globe of Blogs
.: H-Town Blogs
.: H-Town Blogs
.: I Wish, You Wish - A Collection of Wishes by Bloggers
.: The Kim Clique
.: My Lists of Bests Profile
.: Mirror Project Submissions
.: Pepys Project
.: Picture Yourself Submissions
.: TiVo is the best invention ever.  If you buy one, please use as your referrer when you activate your service
.: Zuly Zu's Reading Room

.: Last 50 Referring URLs

.: Link to The Neurotic Fishbowl (button by Nerdboy Mikey)

The Neurotic Fishbowl That Is My 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
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.: 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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