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January 30, 2008


When I came out of the parking garage after work the sky was partly light blue and it confused me. I had to look at the clock a couple of times to make sure I hadn't left work early!! Yeah for longer days!

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January 29, 2008

Missed Calling

Ha ha ha ha... we're watching Parking Wars and we love it! Watching stupid people being stupid.

I now want to go be a parking meter enforcer!!!

I hate when people break rules, don't follow rules, etc. Drives me nuts. Drives me crazy when people refuse to read and follow directions. And yet, there are so few instances where you can enforce such simple rules in such a simple way.

I've been twice in my life. One was deserved. The other, well, Nerdstar and I were in Toronto and failed to read one of about ten different parking signs on the street we parked on. Thankfully in both instances it was really easy to get the car back. And I learned you don't mess with parking rules.

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January 28, 2008

State of the Union

I'm watching in on C-Span as I always do. Love C-Span!

I think he should have a one sentence speech.

"What is the state of the union? - Fantastic!!" And then wave and walk off! Wouldn't that be cool??

It's so weird to think that all of those people are kinda just down the street from where I'm sitting right now.

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January 26, 2008

Got Nothing

Hey peeps. Seems life is just life these days.

Work is work. It hasn't been terrible lately - still all the same old annoyances, but nothing really to write about. Other than, it's kinda weird/creepy having to do STD and HIV tests on old people. And that while we get a few young women (20s and 30s) coming in for those same tests due to "sexually dangerous behavior" or "expose to STDs" - we never get young men coming in for those same tests. Somethings wrong with that picture.

I've had really, really bad allergies for I don't know how long now. It's annoying. Austin is supposed to be a bad place for allergies and I've never had them like this before. I've been using Alegra and Zicam or Nasonex for a couple of months and then this week it just got so much worse. Finally went to the doc yesterday and her best recommendation was using a saline flush up my nose. I mean, I'm glad it's not an infection, but so far the flush hasn't done much to stop the gathering of snot in my nose!

We've had a bit of a social life lately - which is nice.

I'm still following the presidential race, but am never really moved enough to write about it. We'll see where things stand in a month or so when more of the primaries are done

Ramen is still funny looking from having that spot on his forehead shaved, but his little spots have healed nicely. He gets a bath today so he doesn't smell like dog so much!

In spite of the writers strike we still seem to watch a lot of tv. I end up DVRing a lot of stuff because we don't get home from work till 7, then there's dinner to figure out, walking Ramen, and watching The View. There's much I don't like about The View - but there's usually at least once a show where one of them says something really funny. And even if that doesn't happen, just watching Whoopie's face is worth the time.

Nerdstar's still working on how to get out of the Army - she's working on the medical angle due to the arthritis in her back. It's not going to be a quick process, but I think she's making progress.

Hope your weekend is a good one!!

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January 21, 2008


This quote from Poppy Z Brite really says what I've discovered about re-reading books lately...

I've been doing a lot of rereading of fiction...

Tomorrow, of course, is the in-store date of Stephen King's new novel Duma Key, and I'm falling on my knee praying that it will actually be in local stores. A reviewer friend kindly (if, I suspect, quite illegally) sent me an e-file of the novel months ago, but I manfully resisted printing it out and reading it. I want a book, not a bunch of words on a screen, not a pile of manuscript pages, but a gorgeous hardbound new-smelling book I can crack open and smooth back the pages and know that, no matter how many times I come back to it in the future, this will be the only chance I get to read it for the first time ... though I sometimes think I actually prefer rereads to first reads; on the first read, I tend to rush, to get grabbed and dragged along by "the gotta." Rereading frees one from the tyranny of plot and allows for a more luxurious pace, closer attention to the details and the language and the sheer pleasure of the author's voice.

For a while now I've taken some favorite books to work with me to re-read at a very slow pace - usually twenty or so minutes at lunch every day, and maybe another twenty or so if I've ran out of everything else to do at work the last slow hour.

These slow reads allow me to not only enjoy a lot more plot details, but it's also given me a chance to really "get" the author's voice and how it compares to other authors.

Of course, for me it also helps that it's been a few years since I've read the books and have therefore forgotten even some of the bigger events in them.

I also feel the same way about reading an actual book as opposed to a print out or something on a screen.

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January 20, 2008

Sounds Familiar

From Times Online

It started with a message on her website entitled “Oprah is a traitor” and rapidly expanded to include several discussions that attracted hundreds of comments.

In the original post, a reader called austaz68 said she “cannot believe that women all over this country are not up in arms over Oprah’s backing of Obama. For the first time in history we actually have a shot at putting a woman in the White House and Oprah backs the black MAN. She’s choosing her race over her gender.”

In a subsequent comment, 2nurselady wrote: “I don’t think Oprah is a ‘traitor’, but I do think she may be alienating a lot of her fans.”

Others have accused Winfrey of racism for siding with Obama when such a well qualified woman as Clinton was running.

Winfrey has built her career on empathising with women’s issues and offering a daily diet of redemption and hope. Her show typically focuses on women who have suffered but survived.

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January 17, 2008

Poor Poor Ramen Dog

Our very pretty dog has had a couple of growths on him that we finally decided it was time to get rid of and get checked out. One was on his forehead and the other on his upper chest. One looked pretty normal - for a growth - but the one on his chest was growing kinda weird.

So today was the day. Nerdstar dropped him off at the vet to get them removed and to get his teeth cleaned - might as well while he's out. So in addition to removing the two growths, they also pulled a tooth they said was really loose.

Poor puppy dog. He came home this evening more than a little groggy. Although, not too groggy to sleep on the sofa while we were at dinner.

Here's a pic of his groggy face and shaved forehead.

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January 16, 2008

Hillary as Tracy Flick

This video cracked me up!

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January 12, 2008


It's been a nice, normal life this week, so not much to write about. Work was work. I didn't hate it, but as always, it sure would be nice to not work so hard. We watched more of the Republican debates, Nerdstar hadn't seen any of any of them. I really like Fred and his ideas. Not sure he has a chance, but you never know. As long as it's not McCain or Huckabee I'll be happy. The Hillary/Obama race sure is fun to watch.

One thing neither of us has blogged about yet is that we're blogging on a new Mac iBook laptop! Nerdstar's uncle had it left over and gave it to her for xmas. It's so pretty!! We've still got our old, reliable Toshiba laptop on the desk. We haven't transfered things or anything yet. I don't even know how to get our iTunes onto both computers.

That's about it here. Watching some football this weekend. Trying to eat some good food. After all the traveling and such it's good to be lazy butts together!

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January 07, 2008

Thoughts on the race...

I am well aware that most of my readers are much more liberal than I am and are rooting for the Dems to win everything. I can live with that :-)

Tonight at dinner I decided that a Guiliani/Romney ticket just might be the winning ticket. Sorry readers, I just don't see the Dems pulling it out this year. And I think that G/R ticket could make enough Repubs happy. Now, I have no idea if the two men can even stand being in the same room together.

And I almost feel sorry for Hillary today. She actually had to break out the holding back the tears/poor me act today. How low for a strong feminist woman to go. But, things are not going as she has planned for all these years. I don't think she saw Obama coming. He takes away her "let's make history" side of her case - it's just as big, if not bigger, for history if a black man is elected president as if a woman is. And how terrible it must be for her that stupid ole Bill got to be president and smart her didn't. It's so unfair.

So who do you guys want on the Dem ticket as P and VP? Is there any chance in hell Hillary would take the VP spot?

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Milestones 2000th Post

That last post was my 2000th post. That's pretty cool. Hopefully sometime this year I'll even hit 100,000 readers according to Site Meter (which I know isn't the most accurate count, but still...)

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January 05, 2008


With Nerdstar away from home, I've got too much time on my hands. Well, ok, I could be doing something useful like cleaning house, but, I'm not. (I did a little earlier, then lost interest.)

My blog reading expands a lot on days like this when I can follow links from one place to another.

Today I ran across this post that rounds up the "black blogosphere's" reaction to Obama's new success. Here's another roundup. (I'm still surfing around.)

I'm actually listening to both the republican and democrat debates tonight. I've long thought Guiliani will be president, but man, Fred looks better and better all the time. And while I think it's cool Obama is doing well, I am pretty sure a republican will be president in '09.

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January 03, 2008

How's It Goin?

The new year has been a mixed bag so far - which I guess is the way life usually goes.

We had a lovely Jan 1. We slept in, went and ate really well, browsed around Barnes and Noble for a while, and took Ramen dog to the park. That's a nice way to start a new year!

Then yesterday was back to work for me and down to Houston for Nerdstar.

I knew work would be crazy this week with everyone coming back into town and needing all their blood taken from their bodies. I swear some of them must be addicted to it. Anyway. I've still got feelers out for a better job and am pretty certain I'll find one sooner or later this year.

Last night was one of the crazy frustrating nights. I didn't really want to go to the grocery store on the way home, but since we're out of bread, milk and everything else, it was kinda necessary. I thought it would be better to go ahead and go and get something for dinner other than Papa John's and for lunch other than cafeteria food. Sounds like a good plan. Except the computer system went down at the Safeway in our neighborhood and I didn't actually get to come home with any groceries. UGH! The lady in front of me said she'd been in line over 40 minutes, I'd been there about 15 when it seemed like the system was coming back - and then it didn't. So I left my little ten item cart by the checkout line and left. I know, I'm evil. I came home and wrote them a letter say I understand systems go down, and that it's as frustrating for employees as customers, but, they totally failed in communicating at all with the customers as to what the problem was or anything - and that's unacceptable.

Then, when I tried to walk Ramen dog last night, it was 20 degrees out with 20 MPH winds. Five minutes was all I could stand. I think he understood.

The upside is tonight went like last night was supposed to. I got groceries, walked the dog and will have a nice hot bath before bed!

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January 01, 2008


For all the couples out there who read this...

Business Time.

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