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Rob's Amazing Poem Generator

September 1, 2004

Yay! Rob's Amazing Poem Generator is working again!

It generated the following verse from my blog this morning:

kim is a new Year!
as 2.99% APR. on balance transfers until 9
cash offers for Unconscious Mutterings
GAME BOY:: Long time period,
but my friend,
but not your feelings in dramatic terms,
but capable of the Night
Away Death of a glass with
sugar free black cherry syrup!
Unless I had lost their
summer trying to
know Them:
Yeah.

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Kim is a new year!!! Woohoo!

My favorite line was:

Away Death of a glass with
sugar free black cherry syrup!

So e e cummings!

I think "kim is a new year" means I am full of hope. happy

My favorite line is "Unless I had lost their summer trying to know Them: Yeah."

hehe

You Found Me How?

September 2, 2004

Searches to my site:

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Just Some Stuff

September 2, 2004

  • I saved $600 on my car insurance by switching to Geico. Seriously. happy My car insurance skyrocketed about 6 months after my accident two years ago. I was hoping it would go down this renewal period. Nope... it went up! So I called Geico, and they hooked me up. When I called my old insurance to tell them not to renew, they checked to see if they could beat it (or at least match it). Nope... not even close. She said it was due to go down again *next* renewal period. Too bad. Yay, Geico!

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  • I got a GREAT CD in the mail today... Henry Morgan and the High Grass Boys. It's my friends Frank Cotolo and Splash (Larry Michelich), but I don't want you to think I'm just pushing my friends' CD. It's great folk rocky stuff!! And it's way professional... Adam Kittle did the mastering.
  • I got the previously mentioned CD at CDBaby. That place rocks so much! The last three times I ordered a CD there, I got two CDs (the one I ordered and a surprise free one of CDBaby's choosing). All three free CDs are awesome, too. Somehow, they just *knew* what kind of music I like. smile This time I got Digby Wallace's Sweet Talk.
  • I sold out of my Rose and Blows' "Long Road Home" CD at CDBaby this week. I sent them the last 5 "Long Road Home" CDs that they'll ever get. I also sent them some more Raspberry Silk "Inner Voices" CDs because I put them into the $5 CD sale. I don't have that many of the Raspberry Silk CDs, either. I'm so not motivated to get more CDs made. I guess I should. If you're interested, the Raspberry Silk CD is in Soft Rock and the Rose and Blows CD is in Love Songs. I'd give you direct URLs, but for the $5 sale, you have to browse and you have to buy 3 $5 CDs.
  • I got an awesome dessert at Starbucks today. I think it's called apple harvest torte. Oh man... if you like cinnamon apple stuff, get to Starbucks and get one. I'm getting another one tomorrow. Yum!

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You sound just like their commercial. smile I've been lucky. I had a couple of accidents when I was a teenager and mandatory liability insurance for me then was outrageous. I switched agencies to my current one just after I got married 20+ years ago and my insurance went down considerably (About $1500). I've made a few claims since then with no leap in premiums. I carry full coverage, even on my 15yr old truck, and I'm paying less now on two vehicles than I was paying for liability coverage 20+ years ago on just one vehicle.

It's crazy how different insurance agencies can have vastly different rates. Sounds like you found a great one. smile

Dream Journal - Lou Holtz, My Laptop and a Choir

September 3, 2004

I was at somebody's house. I went outside and they had a long backyard. I was outside the fence at the back of the house and yard. I saw a monkey-like creature that kinda looked like Zoboomafoo. Then I saw a smaller creature hanging on the fence. It looked kinda like a baby Wombat.

Later... Inside the house, I was sitting with Lou Holtz. We were looking at something on my laptop. I was sitting on his left side scratching his back with my right hand. It wasn't a sexual thing, and I was thinking how cool it was to have a friend that I could have contact like that without it being sexual.

Later again... I had lost my laptop, and we were looking for it. Lou noticed one under a pillow. I pulled it out and opened it. I seemed smaller than I remembered. I saw other things that seemed different and finally decided it wasn't my laptop. We kept looking. I found it in the kitchen. A lady was watching a movie on it and eating breakfast. She smiled a lot. Then I remembered she was watching a movie with it the night before.

I was walking Lily in a complex of townhouses. Some little girls were walking with us. Lily was out kinda far on the lead, and she turned into an alley. When I turned the corner, I panicked because there was a big dog between me and her and a big dog beyond her. There was a lady walking them, too. I started talking to the dog closest to me hoping it would keep it calm. I was so afraid they would pounce on Lily. The lady said I was doing a great job.

Then there was stuff about some choir that had been put together. Some of my friends were in it, but I didn't know anything about it. I wondered why I hadn't been invited, but it was a fleeting wonder. I wasn't really concerned. I think I was at the choir performance later, or maybe it was some other presentation or speech. Then later I was looking at it on my laptop. I found myself in the audience. I noticed that it was one of those times when I felt like crying and my face scrunched up. Then the camera focused in on me. I think the camera person or producer or whoever thought the presentation was so touching it was making me cry, but really it was just me starting to cry like I do sometimes.

Later, I was with my friends who were in the choir. One of them, Pam (who is really someone I work with now), was acting like she felt bad I wasn't in the choir. She told me she knew why I wasn't invited, but she wasn't sure she wanted to tell me. Before, I wasn't concerned, but since she kept bringing it up, I was curious. I thought it probably had to do with an independent artist promoter I know... that he had somehow kept me out. She said it was because the Indian leader of the choir wasn't sure my spiritual beliefs would fit in. I thought that was odd because I don't really have spiritual beliefs. So I thought either the indie promoter lied about me to the Indian leader, or that not having spiritual beliefs was the problem.

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This Weekend

September 3, 2004

I've got stuff to do this weekend, but it's mostly stuff I've had to do for a while that I just don't get done. Here's the rundown (mostly for my own reference as I make my way through the weekend):

  • Design some promo stuff for the upcoming Freeaudioplayer compilation CD
  • archive stuff on my hard drive
  • clean up my PC desktop
  • acquire and install a second hard drive
  • make a photo album with the pictures from my Portland trip last May
  • make CDs for the brykMan
  • make a CD for Lynn
  • put a new CD together to sell at CDBaby
  • clean out my car
  • go through my emails and answer/delete/archive as needed
  • watch stuff on TiVo
  • watch football
  • clean my garage some
  • do my FlyLady missions from this week
  • walk at least a mile each day
  • rip mp3s from my CD collection
  • make CDs from the songs I've purchased at iTunes

There's probably more stuff. I'm thinking about going to see a movie, too... in the theater. *GASP* Since there are no more Lord of the Rings movies coming out, I guess I better get myself back in the swing of seeing other kinds of movies. I'm considering Wicker Park. It's gotten mixed reviews. One reviewer said it's hard to define the genre of movie, but in the end you find it's a real romance. That intrigued me.

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I hope you will find some time for an Ampcast show or two tongue

I saw you stopped by the show last night, boog. I was out walking Lily. Sorry I missed you!!

Ahhh, ok, I saw a Hinez there and a Hinze I think. I figured one of them may have been you, lol. Sorry I missed you too!! smile

I was Keinz. hehe I'm at Jon Solo's show right now!!

Saturday Stumblefest

September 4, 2004

Stumble Upon Toolbar Stumbled upon through StumbleUpon

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Unconscious Mutterings

September 5, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Reporter:: press

  2. Mythology:: gods

  3. Wimbledon:: tennis

  4. Civilization:: greek

  5. Punctuation:: periods

  6. Party Games:: Jenga!

  7. Flawless:: white

  8. Unprecedented:: wow

  9. Curry:: Tim

  10. Tropical:: island

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Reporter:: Paid busybody (haha)
Mythology:: Ralphy the Dragon!
Wimbledon:: Tennis
Civilization:: Growth
Punctuation:: School
Party Games:: Caps
Flawless:: Model
Unprecedented:: show offy word
Curry:: Hot food
Tropical:: Warm

A Little Camera

September 5, 2004

I don't want a cell phone. I've considered getting one for a couple reasons, though... emergency phone calls and taking pictures. I do need one for emergency phone calls, but I know shopping for a cell phone that I'll (hopefully) never use will most certainly be a nightmare. All that calling plan stuff makes my head spin even when I'm not shopping for one.

I don't *need* one for taking pictures, but that makes it enticing. Having a tiny camera that I can carry around would be fun. I've also considered getting a PDA that takes pictures, but I don't think I'd use a PDA.

So when I saw something similar to this little camera over at So Very Posh, I was pretty excited. I ordered it yesterday. Of course, it means the emergency cell phone is not nearly as enticing, and I won't be prepared if I do have an emergency. But at least I'll be able to take pictures. smile

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Oh man, that's my camera! Cry smile You'll have to post all about it once you receive it so I know whether or not it's worth buying myself.

I will, Lynda! I'm hoping it will kick my photoblog back to life, too. smile

Have fun with your mini-digi!

Speaking of cell phones, I finally gave in to buying some, mine includes a camera! Only for peace of mind--tired worrying about the boyssmile

Are you going to start a moblog? Those are cool!

To Do List Update

September 5, 2004

I know you're dying to know the progress of my to do list....

Things I worked on (accomplishments are scratched out)

  • clean up my PC desktop I didn't get everything... there's a bunch of free and legal MP3 downloads I need to trash or file, but they're tucked away in a folder, so they're not cluttering the desktop.
  • make CDs for the brykMan Whew... I had some CD writing errors that about made me cry, but I adjusted my methods and got things back on track.
  • go through my emails and answer/delete/archive as needed Finally got it to where I can see all the emails in my inbox on one screen.
  • watch stuff on TiVo I watched Tart, Johns, an episode of "All In The Family" that was supposed to have Christopher Guest in it but didn't, and started watching Men Don't Leave.
  • watch football I didn't watch any full games, but I had some on. I picked 7 of 14 games correctly in an ncaa football pool against the spread. Not too bad... the 1st place people picked 9 games correctly.
  • do my FlyLady missions from this week Nothin' to it!
  • walk at least a mile each day So far, so good... two days, two walks.
  • rip mp3s from my CD collection I did some... I have a looong way to go!

Leftover stuff I still need to do

  • Design some promo stuff for the upcoming Freeaudioplayer compilation CD
  • archive stuff on my hard drive
  • acquire and install a second hard drive
  • make a photo album with the pictures from my Portland trip last May
  • make a CD for Lynn
  • put a new CD together to sell at CDBaby
  • clean out my car
  • clean my garage some
  • make CDs from the songs I've purchased at iTunes

Stuff I'm adding

  • Thank you note to Elan
  • Buy groceries

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I've got like 400 items on my desktop -- obviously, most of them don't show up! Whenever I prepare things for upload, like pictures, I save them to desktop for convenience ... then I don't clean it off for months ...

Woo-hoo, more CD's! But wait til I send this batch to you first ... I'll send American Idol Christmas this time, but the rest of the holiday stuff will have to wait until next time, because I'll have to dig them out first ...

Woah.. 400! Mine doesn't get that cluttered. haha

I'll wait... I don't want to overwhelm you. grin

Muppet Scientists Rule!

September 5, 2004

I'm really just posting this as a test to see if my Sauce Reader program will post to my blog. It's an article from Reuters UK about how Dr Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker have defeated Dr Strangelove, Dana Scully of "X Files" fame and Star Trek's Mr Spock to be voted Britain's favorite screen scientists.

Muppet scientists have the right chemistry

Woah... success! happy

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I tinkered with Sauce Reader for a few days. I just didn't quite understand why it was supposed to be better than just using my browser.

What I like about it is that it lets me know which blogs have new posts, so I can skip the ones that don't. Right now, out of the 23 blogs I have it monitoring, only 5 have new posts. So I guess the advantage is 18 less clicks.

I also like that I can add other kinds of feeds I probably wouldn't check daily like Reuters UK "Oddly Enough" articles and iTunes New Releases.

Beaker and the Swedish Chef are my favorite Muppets -- probably because they're the weirdest ... !

I also like The Count -- numbers geek! Woo-hoo!

I love Beaker the best!

Dream Journal - My song on TV and a Run to Safety

September 6, 2004

I went into the bathroom to take a shower. I was supposedly at my grandma's house. The light in the bathtub/shower was burnt out. I don't know why I was concerned about changing the light bulb because it was plenty bright in there. I think my dad was helping me. I got a step stool to put in the tub, but when I stepped in there, I found I could reach the light without it. I was standing in mid-calf high water.

Later I was listening to the radio. It was still early morning. I was looking at the Ampcast chat, but I wasn't in there (something I can't do in real life). People were saying not-so-nice things about me.

I had the TV on. It was showing an American Idol type program except with older singers. There was a lady from Atlanta singing. I had seen the first show, but quit watching when the lady from Atlanta came on because she was supposed to sing country music, and I wasn't in the mood. I didn't know if this was a repeat of the first show or another one. After her first song, she announced that she was going to sing a song by Kim Novak. I was so excited. I wanted to record it, but I knew by the time I found a tape I could record on and got it going, she'd be done. I don't know why I didn't have TiVo. Later in the dream I thought that I should check TiVo to see if that episode was coming on again.

As she was singing, I had to think about whether the song was really mine. I do so many collaborations that some people think a song is mine when it isn't. But she was singing "You Rescue Me," and that one is all mine. Yay!

Later I was in a car, I think, and we were driving across a long bridge. I think there was some major disaster imminent, but I don't know if it was flood or nuclear war or what. Then I was running with my supervisor along ramps and stairs. We got to where we were going, and he met up with his family. There were lots of people there. A little later, he was making whatever arrangements needed to be made for staying where we were, and I was hoping he was including me in with his family. I didn't expect he would, though, and I don't know why I even thought of it.

My coworker Jonathan was there, and he was asking people questions. He asked me how many people I was dating. I told him only one, and that wasn't even really a true dating situation. He asked me who it was, but I wouldn't tell him.

I was telling people about that American Idol type show where the lady from Atlanta sang my song. Someone brought up issues about getting paid, but I hadn't registered my songs with ASCAP, so I wouldn't get paid. I was also telling them about the people in the chat room speaking ill of me. One person I told was an old time Ampcaster, and he said it was just a whole new crowd there these days.

Sitting in a dining room area, I opened a can of salmon. I dumped it out onto a napkin and was trying to pick out the bones. People were watching me. I don't think it was supposed to have bones, but I knew it did anyway. The salmon was a dirty transparent white color. I got up to get a fork. When I got back, several people had taken a share of the salmon. It didn't make me mad. It was easy to pick out the bones in what I had left, though.

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A little luck (good and bad) and storage galore!

September 6, 2004

I was up at 9:30 this morning, so I figured I'd get a lot done on my to do list like I did Saturday and Sunday. Today was different, though. Saturday and Sunday went by like days used to go by before I got, um, older. Plenty of time to do things. It was awesome. But today went by too fast. I think it's because I went shopping. That takes a big ol' chunk out of the day, and doesn't feel like I really *did* anything.

One item on my to do list was to acquire and install a second hard drive. I've been agonizing over a hard drive purchase for weeks. My computer keeps complaining about low storage space which is funny because it still had 2 or 3 gig. I remember when we only had 20 megabytes total on a computer! So I'd move some things to my backup drive to free up space.

I'd been to CompUSA once, and looked at hard drives, but couldn't bring myself to purchase one. I'm glad I waited. Today they had 200 gig hard drives on sale for $99. Whooot! So I'm 200 gig richer in storage space!

At the grocery, I had bad luck and good luck. The eggs I bought disappeared between the time they scanned them and the time I got home. Poop. The good luck was that I won $4 on a $1 lottery scratch off. I rarely ever do lottery stuff, so that was way cool. Too bad I lost most of that on the disappearing egg purchase.

I didn't do much else on my to do list. I got sidetracked on a project dealing with my email addresses. And during that project, I got sidetracked at EMusic.com and ended up getting a subscription for a month. I had some tunes that I got there quite a while back with a free trial. I'd lost the MP3s, so I wanted to download them again. Turns out I had to subscribe again to download them. It wouldn't count against my monthly downloads, and I figured I could find 40 more songs to download for $10. I got some great tunes from Mother Jane and Tanya Donnelly, and I stilll have 24 more songs I can download.

It's back to work tomorrow...

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Isn't the list of things to do neverending? I write stuff down, mostly to settle my mind and to keep track of things I need to do, but next thing you know, I'm adding more stuff I've forgotten or new things to do that just happens to pop up out of nowhere...GAH!Shake Drives me crazy!

Neverending is right! I add more stuff, but mostly I get sidetracked on other projects that somehow I think I have to do *right then*. heh!

Dream Journal - Going to Cook Breakfast

September 7, 2004

I was in a house, and Joani, the manager of a division at work, asked if I would cook breakfast. She mentioned two items for me to cook. I don't remember what they were, but one of them had the word "secret" in its name. I told other people there that I would cook enough for them, too.

I went in the kitchen and saw a bi-level rice steamer made of wicker in the shape of a pagoda. The top half had white rice and the bottom had brown rice. I figured that was Francine's from Change Management.

I also saw a big pan of home fries that looked really good and crispy. Over on a dinette table, I saw a pan full of brisket. I tasted it, and it was yummy.

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It's a Smarties World Record!

September 7, 2004

A University of Texas student breaks a world record...

Chopsticks of Fury

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Just Some Stuff about Walking in my Neighborhood

September 8, 2004

  • I've been walking around my neighborhood in the evenings since Saturday night. Not tonight, though. I came home and fell asleep on the couch.
  • I've noticed when I drive through my neighborhood, I see houses. I see people and their houses. I see the houses with nice yards and houses with not so nice yards. I see cats in front of houses and dogs in the backyards of houses. But when I walk around the neighborhood, instead of houses, I see homes. I get a glimpse of people living their lives. I guess it has to do with walking along the sidewalk in someone's front yard as opposed to looking out from the solitude of my fishbowl car.
  • I've seen a lot of houses for sale on my walks. One house is being remodeled, and I saw stainless steel appliances through the window. It makes me yearn for another life.
  • I'm good at stumbling on cracks in the sidewalk.
  • Yesterday, I walked on some streets I hadn't walked on before. One street I walked on, I *thought* it was one I hadn't walked on before until I got to the end of it. Then I realized I'd been down it a few times before, but I'd walked on the other side of the street.
  • Yesterday, I was watching a couple of women play with a Jack Russell Terrier in a front yard. They were throwing a small frisby, and the dog was going crazy running after it and bringing it back. It made me smile really big. When I turned my head to look where I was going, I was still smiling. I looked right into the face of a little girl sitting on a bicycle. She smiled a great big smile back and asked, "What's your name?" I replied, "Kim. What's yours?" She said, "Theresa." I said, "Hello, Theresa!" She said, "Hello, Kim!"
  • I watched a boy ride by on a bicycle carrying a twelve pack of Dr. Peppers. I'd have a hard time riding a bike and carrying a twelve pack of soda. He kinda had a hard time, too, but he was determined.
  • I always say hi to the kitties and doggies.

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I always say hi to cats and dogs too. I always say "Hello puppy" or "Hi there puppy" even if it's a big dog. Sometimes I don't think owners of big strong dogs like to have them called puppies
grin

I call 'em puppies, too. Or I'll say, "Hey sweetie!" even if they're big Rottweilers. haha

Even the owners of smaller dogs are clueless: One time in Petsmart this woman had a dachshund in her basket and I said, "Hello, little puppy!" and she said, "Oh no, no, he's not a puppy, he's eight years old."

I said, "Hey, they're all puppies on the inside!"

She just shook her head.

She was an idiot.

haha That's true... they're all puppies on the inside!

Hi Mick! clap happy

Random Poem - Pushing My Hard Drive

September 8, 2004

Yay! A Random Poem!
roseFrom Rob's Random Poem Generator using my blog.
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Yay! for Just pushing my hard drive through
my laptop, and Tanya Donnelly, and they just *
Some other side scratching his birthday gift to Elan
Buy groceries kim I want you Rescue Me,
smile back with not a Little luck
good and doggies.
for You find a few times before,
but in My supervisor along the Banker Shadow
of a creature that takes pictures, I had
to download back on TiVo Later in the first
song, was burnt out. a bicycle carrying
a rice steamer made comment #2
You analytical say hi
to be Afraid they had
some good luck.
and feel so...

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Ha! There's a lot of good lines; my favorite is:

"but in My supervisor along the Banker Shadow"

Wow, that's deep!

It was the last line trailing off that won me over. hah!

You Found Me How?

September 9, 2004

Searches to my site:

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I need to see the uhaul pics.

I'm more into ryder pics. laugh

What do they mean, "Green crap?" Don't be messing with my Cap-n-Crunch!Foot Tap

hah! I think they have an "Ooops!" version of Cap'n Crunch with green crunch berries.

McGyerette!

Weny the Pooh??? People are so dumb ...

Cat's Eye Nebula

September 10, 2004

The Hubble Telescope takes some stunning photographs...

Cat's Eye Nebula

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Beans, Beans, Good for the Business Process

September 10, 2004

Here's something you might hear if you work with java programmers:

Gosh I wish I was coding a bean right now.
~Irish Craig

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and you are cute as a bean Kim! Rock!

Awww.. thanks, boog. Hug

"Coding the bean" -- is that what the kids call it these days?? laugh

hehe I went to a meeting last week and learned that a java bean is "a thing that sits in your context."

Saturday Stumblefest

September 11, 2004

Stumble Upon Toolbar Stumbled upon through StumbleUpon

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Unconscious Mutterings

September 12, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Self-esteem:: confidence

  2. Migraine:: ouch!

  3. Phoebe:: Cates

  4. Nervous:: disorder

  5. Punctual:: on time

  6. Liver damage:: alcohol

  7. Legal disclaimer:: fine print

  8. Reverend:: collar

  9. Supple:: bre�ast

  10. Binder:: black

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I love Phoebe Cates!Love

Sore Throat, Website Problems, and Football

September 12, 2004

This weekend hasn't been the best. If you stopped by my blog yesterday morning or afternoon, you know it was messed up. My web host decreased my web space limit below what I'm using, and it screwed up the rebuild process on my blogs. Since the billing people aren't there on the weekends, we're not sure if something got screwed up with a payment, or if they screwed something up when they did some maintenance. Doesn't matter... they re-established my previous space limit and the billing people will look at things Monday.

One good thing that came from that... it got me kick started working on my photo album from my trip to Portland since I couldn't fart around on my blogs. I got all the pictures processed, so I just need to put the pages together.

Friday night, I had the worst headache I've had in a while. Turns out it was a precursor to a constantly morphing cold or flu or virus or whatever. Today, I have an awful sore throat. I think steam comes out of my ears everytime I swallow. How come sore throats hurt 5 times worse when one is laying down (or is that lying down)? Hey... that's two questions in one!

I know things could be a lot worse, but I had to get the complaining out. I feel a little better now.

I did pretty well on the college football pool this week. I picked 10 out of 16 games correctly against the spread. Whooot! That was good for a 12 way tie for third place. My share of the pot is just over $3. That's more than I made all last year.

Even better than winning $3, though, is the Longhorns beating the Razorbacks. Yay! Hook 'em 'Horns!! happy

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You're back! Woo-hoo!clap

Thanks. It's good to be back. smile

ohwellblushthumb

I think if you put these three faces together you get well soon, ya hear!!!

also if you need some help with website let me know cause I got some stuff there probably taking up space and costing you a fortune.

thanks for all you help over the years Kim and like I say that I'm here for you if need anything.

MOD Hug

I feel better already, Mick! Thanks! happy

No worries about the cost! You're not taking up much space, and it's space that has your name on it, so enjoy! smile

You're the best, Mick o' my Heart! Hearts

I hope you're feeling better from your malady, and not just because you had to spout off about itlaugh Seriously, when the mention of sore throat is involved, I consider it bad news!

PS...I like the use of "futting" around. It's one of my favorite terms, beside using it like, "Oh! My old house is a fut away."grin

haha Thanks, P.T. The sore throat is persistent, and the headache came back today. tongue I hope I'm better tomorrow. I don't want to miss work. :\

"futting" is an excellent word! Can I steal it?

I'm just starting to get over the sore throat, myself. Throat lozenges saved me last week. I felt like I was going to cough up blood on more than one occasion.

C'mon, Kimbo! You've got to down some yuckynasha, you know, that thing that is supposed to help you not get sick?

All kidding aside (hurry up! that lasts only 1.003 seconds!), I hope it's nothing serious, but I've got to read up (sub-posts), so we'll see if you got better or not, but I hope you did! Stoopid headache! I get them according to the weather...My life is hell. NAH! Jus' kidding! But, it's a little bit like Hell. Sometimes.

I think it's just allergies, but they last for days. tongue I get headaches according to the weather, too. Not as much as I used to, though, thank goodness!

Power Outage at Reliant Stadium

September 12, 2004

How ironic that Reliant Stadium had a power outage during the Texan/Charger game. "Reliant" is the power company there in Houston. Go Texans!!

Edit: Right after I posted this, Houston fumbled. Game over. *pffft*

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I was watching that game when it happened. The Saints were mercifully blacked out. It had to be more than a little embarrassing to Reliant.

I wonder what happened. I wonder if I can find out on the internet.

First Oregon Picture Galleries

September 12, 2004

I've uploaded three galleries for my Portland trip photo album. I'm working on 4 more. For now, enjoy Champoeg State Park [16], Flying [29], and Willamette River [8].

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Grimoire Deploying September 15th

September 12, 2004

My friend Chris (aka Grimoire), a DJ from Ampcast, is deploying on September 15th. Good luck, Grimmy. Please come back home in one piece. *smooch*

Chris (aka Grimoire) holding his dog tags

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Take care, Kim's friend!

Still Suffering

September 13, 2004

I'm still suffering from the creeping crud. I stayed home from work today. I feel a little better this evening, but this junk keeps morphing. It hasn't gotten into my chest yet. Let's hope it stays away.

So today I slept and watched TV and drank apple juice and water all day. I miss taking my evening walk. Come to think of it... everytime I get started on an exercise routine, illness intervenes. I'd make the joke that I'm allergic to exercise, but I don't really believe that.

I hope I feel much better tomorrow. I want to go back to work.

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You WANT to go back to work?!!!nerd

You really ARE sick!

Take an 'pirin and call me in the morning!laugh

haha I don't like to get behind!

Bleh, hope ur feelin' bettah.

Thanks, muckdog. I'm still sick, but it always makes me smile when you visit. smile

Dream Journal - A Tainted Orange and Kurt Cobain

September 14, 2004

I was eating an orange (or maybe I was given part of an orange and hadn't started eating it yet). It was all peeled and almost half of the segmets were gone. I noticed something black inside one of the segments. It was almost as big as the segment. Then the black thing moved. I was freaked out! I dropped the orange on the floor. It became covered with black fur shed from my prior dog Mandy.

I picked it up and started pulling the fur off, but I was still freaked out that something was in the orange. When I got it cleaned off, I looked really close at the black thing, and it turned out to be a really tiny baby bear.

Different dream:

I was in a small house or apartment sitting on a couch. Kurt Cobain came in. I think he was my cousin. We were watching TV together, and it was cool. Then he lit a cigarette. I thought about it and figured I shouldn't tell him not to smoke. I think we were at my parents' home, and they would allow it, so I couldn't do much. I wish I could have, though, because my clothes were hanging right there, and I knew they would smell nasty after that.

He took a drag on the cigarette and practically the whole thing burned down. There was one really long ash on it. He took the ash (that strangely held together) and threw it on me. I was really upset, but I didn't want him to know, so I got up and turned around so he wouldn't see me crying. I got the ash off and sat back down. A minute or so later, he did something else, and the rest of the lit cigarette fell on my pants leg. Yuck.

A few minutes later I was laying on my side on the couch, and he was laying down, too, leaning against me. It was non-sexual. But then Courtney Love walked by, and she wasn't very happy.

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Sick. Blah.

September 14, 2004

I went to work today. I was feeling pretty good this morning, but it went downhill from there. I'm still sick, and not only that... I'm sicker than yesterday. The creeping crud has creeped into my chest where it's making me cough. It hurts. My nose is running, too, which is so icky. Luckily, toilet paper was on sale a couple weeks ago, and I bought a buttload (pun intended). I can use that to sop up the leakage in my nose.

I doubt I'll feel well enough to go to work tomorrow. Poop. Poop and a half, even. frown

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You get better pronto, or I'll come over and kiss you on the nose grin

You nut. You made me laugh and have a coughing fit. haha

hope you're feeling better soon smile

(i just checked my achy throat in the mirror and found white spots. looks like i'm in for something too. grrrr.)

Laughter is the best medicine thumb

Oh nooo! White spots! I hope you feel better, too, k-sue! smile

True dat, boog! smile

My Other Names

September 16, 2004

via as always, amy:

Porn Star Name: Mullet Parkbrook

(Name of first pet + Street you live/lived on)

Movie Star Name: Cookie Joseph

(Favorite snack food + Grandfather's first name)

Fashion Designer Name: Corrina Romeos

(First word you see on your left + Favorite restaurant)

Socialite Alias: Sissy Houston

(Silliest childhood nickname + First town where you partied)

"Fly Girl" Alias: K Vak

(First initial + Last three letters of your last name)

Detective Alias: Puppy Taylor

(Favorite baby animal + Name of High School)

Barfly Alias: Cookie Margarita

(Last snack food you ate + Your favorite alcoholic drink)

Rock Star Alias: Caramel Nestle Duritz

(Favorite Candy + Favorite musician's last name)

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Free MP3 Downloads from Live 365

September 16, 2004

Live365 has a bunch of free MP3 downloads available. They're also giving away some HP 40 gigabyte iPods. If you visit, be sure to scroll down... there are more free MP3s down there sorted by genre.

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Back at Work Today

September 17, 2004

I went back to work today. I'm feeling better, but I still have a cough, congestion and I've lost my voice. I found Brenda Vaccaro's voice, though. So Brenda... if you want your voice back, call me, hon.

I worked 9.5 hours, and I think I might go in for a few hours tomorrow. Only thing I'm concerned about is that one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival venues is close to where I work, and they're using our parking lot for parking. It'll cost me $5. Blah... paying $5 to go to work on a Saturday. But I want to work, so I'll probably do it.

I'm having canned soup for dinner. I took it out of the can and heated it up, though. Progresso has jumped on the Low Carb bandwagon. Whooot! I'm having Tuscan Meatball soup. I'm so glad... most soups have potatoes, carrots or both, and I don't eat those things. Well, sometimes I do, but still.

I decided to watch Survivor this season. I haven't watched a full season since the first one. It was weird... when they got to the end and they voted someone off, I was like, "Who the hell is that?" I either wasn't paying much attention, or the person was extremely nondescript.

That is all.

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We're glad you're better, baby girl! Keep on healing!

Thanks! I skipped work today, after all. I'm still not feeling up to par. Bleh. tongue

I Found I Found Some of Your Life

September 17, 2004

This is funny. A guy found someone's digital camera card in a New York City cab and is posting a picture a day and narrating it like they're his pictures...

I Found Some of Your Life

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Ha! Oh yeah, I saw that on ... Engadget? Gizmodo? ... earlier today. I supposed that beats having your pictures just lost and never seen by anyone ... depending on what's on the pictures!

Kim that's too funny, that guy needs to quit. lol. Sorry about your voice.

It was on Engadget. I haven't read all the way through it. Too funny!

Thanks, louis! Now I'm feeling yucky again. sick

Saturday Stumblefest

September 18, 2004

Stumble Upon Toolbar Stumbled upon through StumbleUpon

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Hey, I got your CD's in the mail today: 18 of them! Also, a large batch of aloe products! Woo-hoo, aloe rules!

What reminded me to tell you was about you discovering trip-hop. I should have sent you a copy of "Frosty", a trip-hop acid-jazz compilation CD from Waveform Records. Damn. Oh well, maybe next time ...

Unconscious Mutterings

September 19, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Pointless:: quit

  2. Sadistic:: pain

  3. Bunny:: soft

  4. Betrayal:: liar

  5. Oliver:: Twist

  6. Star Wars:: Luke Skywalker

  7. Let it ride:: Beatles haha! That's a mix of "Let It Be" and "Ticket to Ride"

  8. Ray of light:: Madonna

  9. Tight:: pants

  10. Gadget:: fun!

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Pointless:: broken pencil
Sadistic:: mean
Bunny:: fluffy
Betrayal:: movie
Oliver:: twist
Star Wars:: effects
Let it ride:: BTO
Ray of light:: Kim Novak Rock!
Tight:: waiting for Payday!
Gadget:: Gidget

Hey Kim, hoping you are feeling better today!

heh! Thanks, boog! smile I thought of a broken pencil second. haha

I Forgot How To Stop

September 20, 2004

I got pulled over a couple weeks ago. When I saw the trooper behind me with his lights on, I kept expecting him to pull around me really fast, but he stayed behind me. I pulled over, and he told me I had rolled through a stop sign a few blocks back. I didn't question it, but I had absolutely no recollection of it. I kinda remember there was another car on the cross street, and that car went before me even though I got to the stop sign first.

Luckily, he only gave me a warning. That was just about the time I saved $600 on my car insurance by switching to Geico... I didn't want another ticket on my record.

Since then, I've realized that I hardly ever stop at stop signs unless cars are coming. It's not that I'm intentionally disregarding the law. It's just that I forgot how to stop at stop signs. I've been trying to do better, but I still catch myself rolling through. I hope the troopers don't catch me again.

On another kinda sorta related note... I was at an intersection with a stop light and two right turn lanes the other day. I was in the right-most lane. A lady was in the lane next to me. The law says, I can turn right on red, but the lady next to me can't. You can only turn right on red when you're turning against the curb. An SUV driver behind that lady was honking at her to GO. That really got my hackles up. I *hate* when people use their horns to be bossy. And this SUV driver wanted her to break the law!! Poop on that SUV driver.

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I have never gotten away with a warning. If I get stopped, I get a ticket.

Every guy I've told about this incident has said the same thing. I guess the cops are more sympathetic to girls. nerd

What's on TiVo?

September 21, 2004

What's on TiVo?
TiVo recordings I need to watch


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I found The Cell and White Oleander long and unsatisfying. I don't think I've ever seen Wilder Napalm from start to finish. Some day, I'll have to. That one is original.

I've watched The Cell and White Oleander, although I need to watch White Oleander again. Write ups will follow.

Wilder Napalm, I haven't seen yet. I might watch it this weekend if I finish my DVD of Rose Red.

You Found Me How?

September 23, 2004

Searches to my site:

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God's Back

September 24, 2004

Yay! God's back on Joan of Arcadia. My favorite version of God is the little girl. I wasn't sure how they were going to bring God back, but the way they did it was perfect. At the end of last season, they explained Joan's interactions with God as a symptom of Lyme disease. But this season, they just continued on with God being God. Seems the Lyme disease was just to show her what "crazy" is like so she'll stop thinking she's crazy and believe. That's so something that God would do.

I didn't understand the part when she read the quote from Howard's End. I had to look up the full quote because she only read the first two words aloud and showed emotion as she read the rest.

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. -- E. M. Forster, "Howard's End"

Wanna explain that to me? I'm sure someone will find this through Google or something and roll their eyes at how stoopid I am. I could probably figure it out in context if I read the novel, but I'm just looking for the Cliff Notes version, 'kay? I can't even find enough time to read the books I have on my shelf.

Jason Ritter looks sooo much like his Dad. Especially when he was playing basketball.

I'm glad God and Joan and Grace and Adam are back. It's been a long summer without them! Next week's looks like a tear jerker.

There's an interesting list that creator Barbara Hall gave to the writers about God at IMDB. Check out The Ten Commandments of Joan of Arcadia. I'm pretty sure the 10th Commandment and the quote from E.M. Forster relate to each other.

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I'm glad it's back too, but we thought the season premiere was kind of disappointing.

We liked it better when God was giving her seemingly pointless tasks that turned out to have a useful purpose. I think it's more philosophical that way, kind of a way of saying that we don't know how things are gonna work out.

I just hope they don't keep dragging out that whole "Am I crazy/am I not" storyline allllllll season ...

I figure they'll get back to God telling her to do weird stuff. I'd have been disappointed if they'd gone straight back to the formula. They needed time to explain why God's still around and give Joan time to adjust.

I think she'll lose the "am I crazy" stuff. That was the whole point of God showing her what crazy really is... so she could be more confident in her tasks. Maybe. heh!

Saturday Stumblefest

September 25, 2004

Stumble Upon Toolbar Stumbled upon through StumbleUpon

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Seeing Things

September 25, 2004

[via So Very Posh]

A father asks Metafilter members about things his 6-year-old daughter sees that other people don't.

I didn't regularly see things when I was a kid, nor did I have imaginary friends, but there's one thing I did see. Tiny people moving about the curtains in my parents' bedroom. My parents had thick curtains covering the window hanging almost from ceiling to floor. Sometimes I'd sleep in there, and when I'd wake up, the thick curtains would be blocking out most of the light. But there was just enough light to see the hundreds of little shadows walking along the top of the curtains and walking up and down the creases. They were very much like ants... walking single file back and forth, up and down. I think they also had covered wagons that they pulled. I think there were animals, too. They didn't scare me. I would just lay in the bed and watch them until I fell back asleep or someone got me up out of bed.

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Unconscious Mutterings

September 26, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Diminishing:: returns

  2. Fed up:: through

  3. 3:00 AM:: Matchbox20

  4. Interfere:: leave me alone

  5. Often:: lots

  6. Hay:: bale

  7. Prediction:: Nostradamus

  8. Homophobia:: get over it

  9. Booty call:: asshole

  10. Enunciate:: pronounce

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They mentioned Matchbox 20 on The Onion today. I'd leave a link, but I don't think your comments allow links.

So go check it out: "Matchbox 20 Finishes Watering Down New Album".

Aw... that's mean. I love Matchbox 20's cookie cutter music. hehe

I think my comments allow links. Let me try...

Matchbox 20 article at The Onion

Hey, you're right. Maybe I'm thinking about somebody else's comments ... or maybe I just posted the raw http:// link that one time ...

The Vet, Television and Whole Wheat Spaghetti

September 27, 2004

  • I took LilyDawg to the vet today. I thought she was going to have a little doggy heart attack. Poor thing. She can't deal with being restrained, and if someone's poking and prodding her and someone else is trying to hold her still, it gets ugly. She doesn't try to bite, though. She just wiggles like crazy and pants and drools. The vet put a note on her chart that the next time we come in, they should sit down on the floor and play with her a while before they start poking and prodding her. They couldn't get a stool sample from her hiney, so they sent a stool sample collection kit home with me. It's called a Fecalyzer. hah! I hope she poops tonight.

  • I set up a season pass for the new CSI: New York, but I cancelled it before the first one recorded. I tried to watch the CSI: Miami episode where they introduce the New York people and couldn't stay focused. Those CSI shows bore me to death. I like to watch true crime stories with an emphasis on crime scene investigation, though.

  • I watched part of Rob Lowe's new show, dr. vegas Saturday night. It was kinda cute. I set up a season pass for that, too. It might not last, though, because it'll probably interfere with college football.

  • I made some spaghetti last night with whole wheat pasta. Never again. Blech!

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I liked the first couple of seasons of the original CSI, but it just kept getting more and more gruesome, so that all the episodes just started blending together. I tried watching CSI Miami, but it's just such an obvious ripoff of the original, and I never have liked David Caruso, and his character name is so stupid (Horatio Cane??? Give me a break!), and that blond chick is such a bad actress -- and on about the second episode when they were digging up a yard full of dead children, that's when my patience for the whole CSI assembly line wore out.

Dr. Vegas wasn't bad. There's worse stuff on. I thought it was funny how his boss kept having to crash through his doors, and had to go looking through all the equipment to find the stuff needed to save the guy's life. It was a nice character touch.

I made whole wheat pasta once ... ONCE!

I've never seen the first CSI. I like William Petersen (I think that's his name). Digging up a yard full of dead children would have put me off, too, though.

haha @ whole wheat pasta. Mine was better left over smothered in butter, and parmesan cheese but still.. never again.

Dream Journal - Cute Bugs

September 27, 2004

There were two bugs on the floor of my spare bedroom. They were cartoon bugs, about the size of my palm. Kind of a mix between dung beetles and lady bugs. They had big cartoon eyes that looked up at me. One was a smaller than the other as if they were mother and child.

I had a big glove on, like an oven mitt. I put my gloved hand down to the floor and one of them crawled onto the glove. I wanted to pick both up, so I put my hand down there again and got them both. I walked slowly to the open window in the dining room and gently put them outside.

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Feeling Better

September 28, 2004

I'm finally feeling better. It's been 2.5 weeks since I first got the creeping crud. Today was the first day I felt like my energy level was back up to par. I've got my speaking voice back. My singing voice is still suffering. My fear is that I got this so early in the season that I might get it again. I hope not!

Maybe this weekend I'll start my evening walks again. I got the little camera I ordered a few weeks back. I'll write about it soon (with pictures!). It'll be great to have a little camera with me on my walks. I'll take pictures of kitties and doggies and houses I like and that mailbox made out of an outboard boat motor I've always wanted to photograph.

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I miss you posting over at Hidden Soul, however I am glad you're feeling better finally! wink

What little camera?! I wanted a little camera I saw on a blog...I asked where she got it, but she never told. I felt stoopid for asking...ohwell

Thanks, boog! I stop by over there periodically, but haven't felt much like posting anywhere lately. I'be been working a lot!

P.T. I had to go check my post about a little camera because I was afraid I missed your question, but I you didn't ask me. Whew!! I got mine at Amazon.com. I'll post about it when I have time to get some of the pictures together. smile

Glad you're feeling better!

Hey it's the weekend! So I thought I'd pop by to wish you a nice one!

Yay, no work for two days!!
smile

Thanks, BrykMan!

Hi Boogie! Yep... no work except the work I choose to do at home. smile

You Found Me How?

September 30, 2004

Search to my site:

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Pandas eat tacos? I've been feeding them scrambled eggs.

That's okay... I think they like breakfast tacos the best. wink