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Unconscious Mutterings

May 1, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Texas:: home

  2. Scholarship:: money

  3. Runner-up:: second

  4. Mustang Sally:: white horse

  5. Jones:: John Paul

  6. Hard to get:: low supply

  7. Jewish:: Yarmulke

  8. Crew:: movie

  9. Cable:: television

  10. Assistant:: secretary

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Monitor *Kaboom*

May 1, 2005

I was at the tail end of a nap on the couch yesterday. I'd already woken up, but I was having a hard time getting up. Then I heard a series of quick clicks behind me that sounded like the kitty cat disturbing the vertical blinds. Lily barked at the noise.

I looked over and saw the cat on the back of the couch, so I knew it wasn't him. The blinds looked normal, too.

A short while later, I went to the computer to check what was going on in the cyber world, and found a black screen. After turning my desktop off and on a few times with no change, I hooked my laptop up to the monitor to see if it was a monitor problem. Yep. It just went kablooey, I guess.

I'd been wanting a new flat panel, so I wasn't devastated. It couldn't have happened at a better time, too... Saturday evening when I don't have anywhere to be on Sunday.

I spent about an hour agonizing over monitors at CompUSA. I don't know anything about buying flat panel monitors. I ended up getting the cheapest 19 inch, an Envision brand.

I got it home and found out I can't make it go to a higher resolution than 1280 x whatever. Waaaaaaa! Photographs don't look crisp and beautiful like I'm used to seeing on my old monitor.

So today, I'm agonizing over taking it back. Do I stick with the cheap model and complain a lot for the next however many years I have it, or do I put out the cash and be happy with the quality? I'll probably take it back.

I looked online this morning, and found out the monitor I bought yesterday is $50 cheaper today than it was yesterday. I'll at least go back and get a credit for that.

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Irish KellyIrish Kelly | May 1, 2005 10:01 AM

Check out
http://www.newegg.com

I highly recommend them. Fast shipping and great service. Read the reviews of the products and see which monitor meets your needs.

Return it. You do too much on your computer to tolerate an inferior monitor. You'll never be happy with it.

Yeah, what Rob said.

Monitors can be scary. A few years ago (1990-91) I was working in a "cube farm" (it was a mortgage company) with four-foot-tall cubicle walls. One day, Margie our department manager was away from her desk, when all of a sudden I and everybody else nearby, started hearing a high-pitched squealing sound, slowly increasing in volume. Then, just as it was loud enough so that it was obvious that it was coming from Margie's desk, and everybody was looking in that direction, there was a quiet little pop, and a thin wisp of smoke trailed up from the monitor.

There were six of us scrambling over to it -- three guys actually climbed over the cube wall -- to unplug it and make sure it wasn't on fire.

I tell ya, there's nothing to perk up an office like a little monitor meltdown.

Go get what you want. You deserve it!!! You will be glad you did get the best one or you will kick yourself that you did not go ahead and bite the bullet. You are so very worth the best Kim!!!!

Thanks, Kelly! I need instant gratification and went to Fry's, though. That newegg website has great prices.

Got another one, Rob. I'll talk about it later when I feel like taking a picture and showing it off. smile

Scary, b-Man! I've heard monitors don't work anymore when their smoke leaks out. smile

Thank you, Karlyn! You are so very encouraging! I got what I wanted. More on that later. happy

Put out the cash and get a better monitor!

ha! I did! clap

Dream Journal - Kissing Scott

May 1, 2005

I dreamt I kissed American Idol survivor Scott Stavol. Then I fed him a bite of chocolate cake by hand.

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Euwww!

(About Scott, not the chocolate ...)

It was tender and sweet. But there was this thought in my head... "I'm too old for him."

JazzyHornJazzyHorn | May 4, 2005 9:47 PM

Yeah, my first reaction to this was also "Ewwww". Of course, now that Scott was voted out of the competition, he's available! laugh

hee hee I fear my dream kisses are bad luck.

100 Happy Things: Snow and Snail Mail

May 1, 2005

Snow and christmas lights11. Snow in Texas. I don’t see snow every year. I’ll bet if I did, I wouldn’t like it as much. When it falls here in Texas, it’s a magical thing. The last time I saw snow was last Christmas in Houston. I caught big snowflakes on my tongue. The time before that was Valentine’s Day, 2004 in Austin. Funny how it’s happened on holidays.

12. Sending and receiving surprises through snail mail.

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They got snow today up around where my mom lives, and five inches in Amarillo -- on the 2nd of May!!!

Get out! It's strange days. Speaking of Amarillo... I was sucked in to Google Maps again, and I found the Cadillac Ranch. Looks funny from above. Heck... looks funny from the ground. ha!

100 Happy Things: Helping and Harmonizing

May 2, 2005

13. Helping a stranger. Like when I called a man to tell him some kids on my street found his lost dog. Or when I found a wallet and knocked on someone’s door to return it. He hadn’t even missed it yet.

14. Harmonizing. Harmony is good.

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Just Some Stuff - Eyewear for dogs, Kit Cat, Fresh Flowers and Whole Foods

May 2, 2005

  • I saw a dog with sunglasses today. They were strapped on with a harness. He had his head hanging out of a truck window. He looked happy and cute!
  • I've given Orion a nickname. I call him Kit Cat. I love my Kit Cat.
  • I bought fresh flowers on Sunday. I think I'll do that every so often. Fresh flowers add so much to a room.
  • Whole Foods opened a giant flagship store on my way home from work a couple months ago. I've been avoiding it, thinking it would be crowded and nightmarish. Today, I needed parmesan cheese, so I took a chance. It was great! The problem is that I spend too much money and buy too many things that aren't good for me when I shop there. Like Belgian Kriek beer and a small cake. And Brie and crackers. I would have bought a S'more from the chocolate counter, too, if the lady hadn't been busy dipping strawberries.
  • I'm going to try to get to sleep before 11:00 p.m. tonight. I've been staying up too late lately. That said... I better get to bed. 'night!

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We have about 8 nicknames for each of our cats. It's what we do. I got to bed before 11 last night for the first time in a while. I need to do that, too.

i thought i was the only one who did that. names for cali the cat: girl, little girl, batgirl, batcat, spaz, kiki, motor, 'sploder, brat, bratcat, brattina, calicat. she's never called cali.
smile

Brie and crackers sounds so good right about now!

My poor cat has so many names she just comes to just about anything.

100 Happy Things: Scripts, Carpet, Haircuts and a Song in 6/8 Time

May 4, 2005

15. Successful Programming. I love it when I can take a script or program and successfully adapt it for my needs. I’m not always successful, but I’ve found if I keep at it, I eventually get it done. Bonus points when it works the first time.

16. Freshly Vacuumed Carpet.

17. Having a New Haircut. Going to get a haircut is not so fun, but I love it when it’s done.

18. A Touching Song in 6/8 time. Like Lady Jane Grey’s “Never Should Have Trusted You.” Not a happy title, but the overall feel of the song makes me happy.

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100 Happy Things: Roller Coasters, Recipes, Round Rock Donuts and Lost Songs

May 6, 2005

19. Smooth roller coasters. The kind with big drops, but not so many jerky turns.

20. Find a new and easy recipe for something delicious.

21. Getting to work in the morning to find someone has brought chocolate covered Round Rock donuts.

22. Hearing a song I love that I completely forgot about. I found an MP3 for Bourgeois Tagg’s “I Don’t Mind At All” not too long ago. I wonder how many other jewels like that I’ve lost from memory. I guess it’s good to lose them so I can be happy when I find them again.

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My New Monitor

May 6, 2005

I know you've been dying to hear about my new monitor for days and days, and I've been keeping it all to myself. Here it is, peeps:

20.1 inch computer monitor

It's a 20.1 inch ViewSonic. I'm loving it! Compared to my last one, it's larger and smaller at the same time. Larger picture, smaller footprint. See my last monitor.

The guy at Fry's probably thinks I'm an idiot. I was looking at this model, but it was plugged into a computer that output at 1280 x whatever. Native resolution is 1600, so it looked crappy. I told a sales guy about it so he'd change it, but he misunderstood and gave me a long explanation about *why* it was plugged into a computer that output at 1280 (that several monitors were plugged into the same computer). I didn't care why... I just wanted to see it with the correct resolution.

He seemed a little put out, but unplugged and plugged some cables. Then the monitor was showing a Star Wars trailer. I thought it was a DVD or TV or something, so I said, "Can I see 'computer'?" He seemed put out again, and hit the ESC key or something that made Windows Media Player go from full screen mode to regular window. That's when I thought he probably thought I was an idiot. Whatever.

I liked the way it looked, so I took one home with me. Yay! happy

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That's better. My dentist has a ViewSonic and I'm always marveling at the crispness even while I'm without my glasses and in some discomfort. You'll be much happier with this one.

BoogabooBoogaboo | May 7, 2005 8:37 AM

That's a Beauty Kim! cool

Viewsonics are supposed to be very good monitors. YAY for you chickadee!

AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark is looking at a 19 or 21 inch. Depends what will fit in the space.

Hmm ... there's a joke there somewhere ...

BUT ANYWAY:

I see some of our Prop Creme on your desk -- ha!

lol!

I'm loving the monitor!

Yep... I have the Prop Creme here on my desk to apply liberally as needed. grin

Smoking Ban

May 6, 2005

I early voted this week, and I'm so proud of myself. I wanted to cast a ballot for the smoking ban that's caused much controversy here in Austin. It will ban smoking from bars, and smoking drunks are up in arms. Actually, bar owners are up in arms because they claim their bars will shut down if people can't smoke in them. I call bullshit.

The most ridiculous claim I heard is that the smoking ban will hurt the South by Southwest Music Festival because no one will come to the shows. Am I supposed to believe people go to those shows just to smoke? It's not the South by Southwest Smoking Festival. I call bullshit.

Anyway... I voted to ban smoking. The last live music show I went to in a bar was a special non-smoking show. It was full of people.

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One reason I quit singing in clubs was the smoke. It is awful at the end of the five hours I sang. It was horrible the next morning as I sounded like a fog horn.

I have a NO SMOKING at my shop too!!!

No more second hand smoke as much as I can help it!!

In my 20's, I used to go see bands in bars on Friday and Saturday nights, and spend the next day wheezing and coughing. My best friend was asthmatic, so he had it even work.

Plus, my clothes smelled like a giant ashtray. It's just stupid that second-hand smoke has to go hand in hand with music. It's a big part of the reason I stopped going to see bar bands on a regular basis.

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I can't imagine singing in a smokey place, Karlyn. Yech! *cough cough*

I remember coming home smelling like an ashtray, too, and getting many more sore throats than I do since I quit going out. Ick ick ick!

Dream Journal - Mixed Signals and the Sprinting Director

May 7, 2005

I was at a gathering with a co-worker. Let's call him Guy. Guy and I were having a fun time. When it was time to go, Guy went out to get the car. I still had to settle some business inside. I was trying to buy something, but it wasn't working out. Then I was waiting for the clerk to give me something. It took a while, and when I finally went outside, Guy was driving away toward the far corner of the parking lot. He had a cool light yellow car with brown shellacked seats.

I started walking toward the far corner, and I noticed Guy's significant other sitting in the middle of the parking lot. I stood close, but I'd never been introduced, so I didn't speak. When I got over to Guy's car, he had gotten out of it and into a *very* tall silver utility vehicle. He looked down at me and told me something like, "Don't even try to speak to me." He was angry, and I had no idea why. I pleaded with him to tell me what was wrong, but he drove off.

I was crying pretty hard. I ended up getting a ride to my house with another co-worker, Eva.

Later, I was at work standing with my supervisor and the division director. We heard something outside and someone suggested we race to the window. My supervisor went one way. I started to run the other way, but then remembered the division director was there and restrained myself. The division director sprinted past me to get to the window himself. I ran after him. He got to a conference room with a closed door and barged in. It was full of people. I was embarrassed and peaked my head around the door to see who was in there.

Later, I saw Guy and asked him why he wouldn't talk to me earlier. He shrugged his shoulders and wouldn't say. Later again, when no one was around, he kissed me. He also held my hand under the table.

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BoogabooBoogaboo | May 7, 2005 8:39 AM

Guys are strange but dream guys are even stranger! grin

If it weren't for dream guys, I'd never get kissed. laugh

That's the second dream in a week I've kissed. I hope it's a prediction. smile

BoogabooBoogaboo | May 9, 2005 4:17 AM

I'll consult Swannie laugh

Just Some Stuff

May 7, 2005

  • I went for a haircut this afternoon. I got a cheap Supercuts haircut this time. Yolanda cut my hair. As she was washing my hair, she asked if I was ready for tomorrow. I asked, "What's tomorrow?" She said, "Mother's Day." I said, "Oh. No, I guess not." She asked me, "You don't have kids?" That took me by surprise because I wasn't thinking of it from a being-a-mom perspective. I felt bad for her because I knew what her next question would be. When she asked about my mother, I told her my mom passed away about 10 years ago. She expressed her sympathy. I guess most women my age either have mothers, are mothers or both.
  • I have to get my picture taken on Monday for a newsletter article written about me at work. The article is real cool, but I'm not looking forward to the picture because I've done my best to restrict the pictures of me that get out into the public. I'm a big fatso, and I only let the pictures out that are taken with great care to minimize that (camera angles and shadows). I don't like to be a burden on people, though, nor do I want the reputation of a diva, so I'll probably just accept whatever picture is taken and hate it for the rest of my life. It's got me feeling depressed. I know everyone will assure me I look fine to them. That's not the point. I want to look fine to me.
  • I think I'll wash my hair now and see what happens to it when I style it myself. I bought some Tea Tree Oil shampoo with peppermint oil that feels good on my scalp, so it'll be like a pamper session. Maybe I'll give myself a facial, too.

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Totally pamper yourself!
Ps...I'm a fatso, and if you notice, if I post a pic of me, it's as flattering as I can get it otherwise, for. get. it.
I totally understand, and want you to know this and hope that it makes you feel better!*smileHug

I did pamper myself. Yay! smile I also put clean sheets on the bed and snuggled up with my babies. smile

It does make me feel better. Hug

100 Happy Things: Happy Wrong Turns, Flowers, Voting, Football and more

May 7, 2005

Flowers23. Taking a wrong turn and seeing something cool I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I was driving my aunt around Oklahoma City. I took a wrong turn and ended up seeing the state capitol building lit up at night. It was beautiful.

24. Getting flowers at work. It’s only happened a few times in my life. Unfortunately, some think spending money on flowers is a waste of money. I don’t think of it as spending money on flowers, but spending money to make someone happy.

25. Voting on something I feel strongly about. I don’t vote often. This week I voted for the ordinance to ban smoking in public buildings in Austin. It makes me even happier when the results go the way I voted.

26. Football. I sure miss football in the off season.

27. Old family photos.

28. The internet.

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Dream Journal - A Concert and Stainless Steel Bowls

May 8, 2005

I was at a concert in a strange venue. There were tables and chairs like a restaurant close to the stage, but I was at the back on couches. It was bright inside like daylight was streaming through. I was sitting with some people, but I don't know who they were: a young boy and his mother. When it seemed like it was close to show time. I ran up to the front of the stage. Other people ran up there, too, but I got a front row spot.

A girl was pulling on the curtain and it fell down. Some people hurried up to the stage to put it back up. The curtain was made of plastic strips like you'd find at the opening of a walk in refrigerator.

Then I walked back to where I had been before to get some stuff I had brought to the venue. I don't remember what it was, but there were several bowls. One or two were stainless steel. I took them up to the front of the stage and set them at my feet. Then I thought they were in the way, so I took them back to the back again in a few trips.

Then someone gave me some responsibility. I think I was supposed to work in the infirmary. I was walking around behind the stage with some keys.

At some point, I saw my friend Mick OD in the audience. I got his attention, but I don't remember what happened after that.

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Cursed!

May 8, 2005

This morning, I headed out with a 50% off coupon for up to 2 dozen donuts from Round Rock donuts. On the back, it said there was a Round Rock donut shop not too far from my house. But it wasn’t there. frown There was a restaurant at that address. It could be they had Round Rock donuts inside, but I didn’t want to walk in and have to walk back out if they didn’t.

The other two locations are on the other side of town, and I wasn’t interested in that big of an adventure on a rainy Sunday morning.

I ended up at Krispy Kreme to at least quench my donut craving. Their donuts are far inferior to Round Rock donuts, though. I had a hot-off-the glazing belt donut, and it was icky. Yech! I like a little more substance to a donut. I ended up getting 3 chocolate covered creme filled and 3 glazed sour cream.

Perhaps the third time I try to use a coupon from this Passbook will be the charm. I’ll keep trying.

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No Smoking!

May 8, 2005

The ordinance to ban smoking in bars, bowling alleys and other public places passed yesterday 52% to 48%. It takes effect September 1. News 8 Austin interviewed someone outside the polls who was against the ban, and he said something that offended me greatly as a musician:

Really what we're talking about is Austin's status as live music capital of the world. We're talking about an ordinance that if passed would severely harm Austin, and cut right to the heart and soul of what Austin is: its live music scene.

Why won't smokers still go to the live music shows and step outside to smoke? Is smoking so important that they'll cut out the wonderful experience of live music from their lives just because they have to step outside for a cigarette?

Anyone want to go with me to a bar featuring live music and clean air September 1st?

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i'd go with you if i were closer smile

same hype was purported in Lawrence, KS... another college town with a vibrant (although much smaller) live music scene. the smoking ban passed and attendance remained the same. it's an argument without evidence.

now Kansas City is also considering a smoking ban. the latest commercial pokes fun at the supposed "smoking" and "nonsmoking" sections in restaurants using the analogy of making "peeing" and "no peeing" sections in a swimming pool. it's hilarious.

Of course, it's ridiculous to say a ban on smoking is going to hurt anything. People smoked in theaters once. No more. People still go to the movies. Smoking is prohibited in the SuperDome. People still go to games.

We already have the smoking ban here, and I love it! I can't stand coming home from a bar or restaurant and having my clothes stinking of smoke. Most people I know don't smoke, anyway.

It could be worse - these people could be living in Los Angeles, which I did for several years. Some towns in Ventura County - people can't even smoke in thier own backyard legally anymore - there's a ban on smoking outside and in public places in cities like Ojai. One can smoke in thier own house - and that's basically it.

A lot of these smoking rules have been a result of a certain type of smoker - the ones who absolutely have no regard for anyone else. And as a smoker myself - these people annoy me too. I'm very courteous as a smoker and I always put distance between myself and someone I know who doesn't smoke, even if I am outside, and if I don't know the person - I ask them if it would bother them if I smoked - even if it's in a designated smoking area.

Personally I'm glad I can eat in most restaurants without having to smell smoke; it's something I absolutely can't stand when I am eating. And smoky bars aren't my thing anymore either - I smoke - and the smell of a big smoke haze bothers my lungs too. I pretty much go outside even if smoking is allowed in the establishment I'm at anymore, and have for years now.

Anyways - some of us smokers do care about non-smoker's lungs and preferences about smoke. We're not all evil grin

Adam is right. I was a courteous smoker 20 years ago. The ones who blow smoke in your face, leave a burning cigarette in an ashtray, or have a conversation with you while they have an inch-long ash on their cigarette about to drop annoy me the most. Unfortunately, those annoying people are the rule, not the exception.

Some anti-smokers are a little over the top, too. I once walked right up to the express line in a crowded grocery store as the cashier was finishing up with what I thought was her only customer (A smoker). Some guy from 20 feet away piped up that I was cutting in line. He claimed he didn't want to be too close to the smoker but there was no way anyone could interpret that he was in line from where he was standing. I apologized but checked out anyway.

Heh. Yeah, some non smokers are annoying also - Rob is right about that. I remember a few years ago I was looking for an ashtray somewhere outside of a building, asked some guy if he knew, and when he pointed me to where it was he gave me this "Cancer cures smoking" remark.

I basically told him it would be in his best interest to keep his snide comments to himself before he said it to someone who wasn't as forgiving about it as myself. He said everyone's entitled to thier opinon to which I said "Yes you are right, but some people feel might feel entitled to punch you after making such a remark" to which he said nothing.

After spending the last two weeks in the hospital and seeing people with lung cancer and other breathing problems, it's about driven me to finally just quit smoking myself - it has been a big wake up call.

100 Happy Things: Smiles, Independence, Celebrities, Lights, and my Dad

May 9, 2005

29. Being front row at a concert, making eye contact with the artist, smiling, and seeing him or her smile back at me.

30. Feeling my independence. I feel it when I go on vacations by myself, and shop by myself and go to movies by myself.

31. Seeing celebrities. I’ve seen former Governor Ann Richards a couple of times recently—once at Starbucks and once walking out of Whole Foods Market.

32. Christmas lights.

33. Remembering my Dad’s unconditional love and thinking he’s still watching over me. This one makes me sad, too, but mostly it makes me happy.

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Ditto on all of those.

29) I used to jostle my way to the front at concerts back in the general seating days. I prefer reserved seating in smaller venues now but I still want to be up front.

30) It's been a while since I was able to do all of that but I surely enjoyed it.

31) Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers is a regular visitor to my workplace. I used to see Archie Manning and his three sons, Cooper, Peyton, and Eli pretty regularly when they were younger.

32) Always.

33) I miss Dad.

See, #29 doesn't work when you're at the American Idols Live tour #2 (shut up, I liked Clay, all right?) and you're in the 2nd row and Ruben can't see you over his stomach. Seriously. Because I almost couldn't see his face, so I know he couldn't see me. Julia DeMato waved at us (my cousin and me) though - and we were so excited about that, I think she may have thought we were lesbians. That's all.

Just Some Stuff

May 10, 2005

  • First off: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!! That's all I have to say about that.
  • I'm coloring my hair tonight.
  • I went to CVS to buy hair color, and they had Coke with Splenda. It's about time Coke got on board with Splenda. It tastes okay. Now they just need to come out with Caffiene Free Coke with Splenda and Lime, and I'll be a convert.
  • When I went to check out, there was one woman waiting to check out and no clerk. I was very busy with my own thoughts and in no hurry, so it didn't bother me. But the longer we waited the more the waiting woman bitched. I know she had a right to bitch, but I can't take the negativity. Then she refused to walk over to the photo counter to check out when the photo dude offered to help her.
  • I also bought two kinds of cookies and Fudge Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I'm stressed out.
  • The picture I had taken yesterday for a newsletter article turned out okay. My eyes and smile are cute. The thing I don't like about it has nothing to do with photography or lighting. It's my own fault that I need to lose 70 pounds. And then I'll still be overweight to some people.
  • I get to go to Corpus Christi next month on business. I'm going a couple days early. That might be the only vacation I get this summer.

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JazzyHornJazzyHorn | May 10, 2005 9:12 PM

I say down with negativity and up with cookies. And vacations, too. But I am clueless about Splenda... tongue

OK, I don't know what Splenda is, either. I've been to Corpus once. That was back in the 55mph days. I remember it being a long drive. Glad your photo turned out nice.

Splenda is the latest and greatest artificial sweetener. It's not as toxic as Nutrasweet (so they think right now). Nutrasweet gives me a headache, so I had to stop drinking diet sodas when they replaced Saccharin (sp?) with it years ago. Now that they're moving to Splenda, I can drink diet drinks again.

Thanks, guys! smile

100 Happy Things: Pet Love, Stained Glass, TV, Raspberries, Maps and more.

May 11, 2005

Bud's Rose34. When Lily Dawg and I get home from playday and work, respectively, and Orion Cat runs to greet Lily.

35. The stained glass rose that my friend Bud made for me.

36. My favorite TV shows. Right now they are Joan of Arcadia, House, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and American Idol.

37. Raspberries.

38. Satellite Maps. I’m crazy for Google Maps.

39. When I’m agonizing over a problem for days, and the solution finally comes clear.

40. Forget about Ricky Williams’ last couple of years for a minute. It makes me happy to remember him breaking the NCAA rushing record with a touchdown against the Texas Aggies.

41. A new toothbrush.

42. When the bathroom rugs are freshly washed, fluffy and free from footprint indentions.

43. Finally getting to the heart of the matter.

44. Penguins!

45. Getting a new car.

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If I run into Ricky Williams, I'm going to chop his ankles off.

Yay Ronnie Brown! Yay Miami Dolphins!

About Ricky Williams last couple of years: I'm glad it wasn't the Saints who were left holding the bag. That's a new experience for Saints fans.

Yeah well... Like I said... forget the last couple of years. That day he broke the NCAA Rushing Record was a happy day. smile

100 Happy Things: Waterfalls, Zoos, Cover songs, Lava Lamps and Dreams

May 13, 2005

Turner Falls, Oklahoma46. Waterfalls. My cousin Emily took me around to a bunch of waterfalls along the Columbia River in Oregon a decade ago. I want to go back again. I admire their beauty and respect their power.

47. Zoos and Aquariums. I always like to go to the zoos and aquariums on my excursions to other cities. Taking pictures of the animals makes me happy.

48. Cover songs. I love to hear others’ interpretations of songs. I love to record them myself.

49. Lava lamps. Sometimes I watch the lava for minutes at a time.

50. Remembering good dreams.

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JazzyHornJazzyHorn | May 13, 2005 6:45 AM

Ever been to Niagra Falls? Just awe-inspiring. Ride the Maid of the Mist boat to the base of the falls - fun! clap

I've done that! I want to do that again, too. happy

Book Meme

May 13, 2005

Meme grabbed from Hurtling towards obscurity.

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth full sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don't search around for the coolest book you can find. Use what's actually nearest to you.
But by mid-May, the sun rises out of the morning's haze with authority and potency, and standing on your top step at seven in the morning with your dinner bucket in your hand, you know that the dew will be melted off the grass by eight and that the dust on the back roads will hang depthless and still in the air for five minutes after a car's passage; and that by one in the afternoon it will be up to ninety-five on the third floor of the mill and the sweat will roll of your arms like oil and stick your shirt to your back in a widening patch and it might as well be July.

Cripes... that's one of the longest sentences ever. Anyone want to guess who wrote that?

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David Halberstam writes like that but that's just a guess. If I could write 3 or 4 sentences like that, I'd have a new career.

Faulkner? Just because he writesendless sentences ...

100 Happy Things: Accomplishment, Webcams, Pine Nuts, Cardinals, and more.

May 14, 2005

Seattle Webcam51. The feeling of accomplishment or making great progress.

52. Webcams. It’s fun to see what things are like in other parts of the world.

53. Driving my car with the windows open and the heater going on a cold, sunny day.

54. Pine nuts.

55. Store bought ice. Ice trays are a pain in the ankle. Ice from the store tastes better anyway.

56. Seeing my Mom’s handwriting.

57. Seeing a cardinal. Especially when the sun hits him just right, and he appears bright red.

58. Swiffer dusters.

59. Making a paper airplane that soars.

60. The National Do Not Call Registry.

61. Pay at the Pump.

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Audioscrobbler... One of these things...

May 17, 2005

I've been playing with Audioscrobbler.com. My music players (iTunes and Winamp) report to them what I'm listening to, and they build charts for me. They also give me recommendations based on other people's similar listening habits.

Here's this week's weekly artist chart for my listening habits. One of these things is not like the others...

Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Sarah McLachlan, 10000 Maniacs, Stabbing Westward, Tori Amos, The Partridge Family, Smashing Pumpkins, Cranberries

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10,000 maniacs-- because there are numbers in the name! smile

ok, i have a question for you, kim, because you are a web goddess. what sw do you use/prefer for web publishing (not necessarily just blogs but web stuff in general)?

That's true! Good one, k-sue!

I use Macromedia Dreamweaver for web stuff in general. I haven't used anything else in years, so I don't know what else is good.

BiPolar Work

May 17, 2005

Work is a bit bipolar at the moment. On one hand, it's the most exciting time because we're in the homestretch of a big project that's turning out amazing (at least I think so). I don't think I better talk about the other hand.

It's got me down, though. It's got my mind going 90 miles an hour all the time, having debates with phantoms in my head. It's times like these that I can't concentrate well on important things. Like driving. When I had my wreck 3 years ago, I was in one of those debating-phantoms-in-my-head moments, ran a red light, and slammed into a VW Jetta. Hopefully, my awareness of the situation this time is enough to avoid trouble like that.

I haven't slept a whole night through in a while. I'd love some good drugs to help with that. I don't want to be a zombie, though.

It's crazy how when one thing is bothering you, all your other demons come to life. I wish several times a day that I had someone to come home to.

I made deviled eggs tonight. It didn't help keep my mind off things, but they sure are tasty.

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when work is a rollercoaster, it affects me the same way. sometimes reading makes me sleepy enough to nod off.

although i try to avoid it if possible, i'm also no stranger to medication-- you might remember my struggles with anxiety a few years ago. insomnia was a big part of that. if you ever want to know more, i'd be happy to share.

hopefully finishing the Big Project will be fun and exciting enough to counteract some of the other work stress! happy

I use melatonin on the nights that I have trouble sleeping but only on those nights. You can get that over the counter at Sam's or just about any drugstore. It's surely safer and less hassle than prescription drugs.

k-sue: Reading helps me nod off sometimes, too. If things get unmanagable, I'll check with you on how you managed your insomnia. I think I could solve my sleeplessness if I exercised more. That helped me sleep last night.

Rob: I'll pick some melatonin up next time I'm at the store and see if that helps.

Thanks, y'all!

100 Happy Things: Window seats, Walking, Whole Foods, Shoes, and Music

May 17, 2005

Clouds out of a plane window62. Sitting in the window seat on a plane.

63. When I’m out walking with Lily, and Diva, the neighbor's chihuahua, comes for a walk with us.

64. Whole Foods Market. My goodness they have good food.

65. Athletic shoes (also known as tennis shoes even though I haven’t played tennis in years). I’m not comfortable if I’m not in my Nikes (or K-Swiss, etc.).

66. Music. I haven’t mentioned music yet? What was I thinking?

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Better Today

May 18, 2005

I'm feeling better today. I'm still having debates with phantoms in my head, but it's not as bad. I feel like the phantoms are listening with respect now.

Oddly enough, I slept the night through last night. I forgot to set my alarm before I fell asleep, but I woke up on time anyway. Whew!

I think I slept better for two reasons:

  • I walked around the neighborhood for twenty minutes after dinner. Exercise always does me good. I should have done it again tonight, but I worked late.
  • I did not eat a piece of the chocolate raspberry truffle cake that's in my fridge. I shouldn't have eaten a piece tonight, but it tastes so good.

I'm disappointed Vonzell got kicked off American Idol tonight. Carrie can sing, but she doesn't have as much personality. Vonzell will definitely get a CD deal, though, so that's not the last of her. I just hope she records a genre of music I like.

Random Thought: I like Mimosas (orange juice and champagne), but I don't like to drink often, so I make virgin mimosas with orange juice and seltzer water. Yum!

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Hope the project's difficult aspects are improving.

It brings to mind the idea that I don't think work stays at work, like people say. How can it when it's you at work and you not at work? This is a debatable topic, however, what bothers me follows me around, so why am I bringing this up? So that you stay safe and focused on what's at hand. [I'm scolding you, but coming from looooove!] Try not to think about things too much, if not at all, when you're doing stuff that requires your full attention, like say, driving!Foot Tap Be safe, pal!

Aside from that, I hope you're having a fantastic life!

I know... I need a scolding. I can't ever leave work at work. tongue

Things are better, though. The exciting parts of the project are so fulfilling (in a geeky way). mischief

JazzyHornJazzyHorn | May 23, 2005 9:13 AM

I totally agree about Vonzell - I like her way better than Carrie or Bo, both of whom I find dull. I hope we hear more from Vonzell in the future!

Happy Birthday, BrykMan!

May 19, 2005

A big 'Happy Birthday' to Brykmantra! He's hitting the half century mark today.

Woohoo! Party Woohoo! Party Woohoo! Party

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here's to another half-century of happies! hope you enjoy your bday!Party

Thanks Kim for the great Happy Birthday graphic for my boy toy. That is so wonderful for you to do to recongnize his half a century celebration. Thank You!!!!!!

Right-on!

Hauoli La Hanau, Bryk!Woohoo!

Dream Journal - Frustrated at Wendy's Diner

May 22, 2005

I dreamt I was in Oklahoma visiting my Aunt. We had driven to another city about 1-2 hours away. We went to a cafeteria. My cousin and some other people were with us. The cafeteria was part of the Wendy's franchise, but if you called it Wendy's diner or made any reference to Wendy's, you would get admonished. They had wonderful food.

The first thing in line was desserts (my kind of cafeteria!). I think I picked out two desserts. When I got to the main dishes, I stepped away from my tray for a second to get something from another part of the line. When I came back, my tray was gone. I thought they thought I abandoned it, but when I pieced it together, I realized they had pulled it off line because they decided I was too fat to eat that much. I was furious.

I told my family, but they weren't concerned. I went to the manager or public relations person and told her how frustrated I was, and she didn't do anything to help me.

Despite the problem, I went back again another day. I was self-conscious about my weight, but I got through the line okay.

Later, I remembered the first time I had picked up a blue tray that most others didn't. I had put a clock on my tray, too. The tray and clock had the word frustrated on them. I saw a sign with the address of the headquarters. The street and city had the word "Frustrated" in them. For example, the street might have been 8216 Frustrated Way. The title of the person listed was Chief Frustrating Officer. I realized it was something they did to people who picked up the frustrating tray as a joke.

Another thing that made me upset in the dream was that I was supposed to go back home, but my Aunt kept taking me places. We still had a 1-2 hour drive back to her house before I could make the 8 hour drive back to my house. I was crying because it was getting so late.

In another part of the dream, I was back home. I was walking through the neighborhood with a couple of friends. We came upon a house with a little girl in the driveway. She normally lived at the end of my street, but this was another street. She was real bossy. I told my friends that she wasn't that bossy when she lived on my street. There were pretty flowers in people's gardens, and I thought I should take another walk later and bring my camera.

We kept walking and came to a business district. I heard music playing and thought it might be the band Shoulders. My friend turned into a recessed entrance to a building. We walked up a ramp and through a door not easily seen from the street. It was a candy shop/bakery. It was crowded, and the band was in there. I couldn't tell if it was Shoulders, but I saw people playing horns. From the street, you wouldn't know anything was going on in this building. I got in line, and couldn't decide what I wanted and ended up quickly ordering a chocolate chip cookie because there were lots of people in line behind me.

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Hek don't worry about being overweight, you're still cute as a bean in my book! wink

Thanks, Boogie. smile

Songs That Have To Play Through

May 22, 2005

Rob started it, and I'm playing along. As Rob puts it:

Even on my own mix CDs that only contain songs I like, I come across songs that I don�t care to hear at that moment. This particular occasion made me think about the handful of songs I come across that I almost always repeat and that I never skip over, change channels if its on the radio, or turn off.

I fussed over my list for more than an hour. It got up to 37 songs, but after I put them all into a playlist and listened some more, I whittled it down to 28. I decided that was the magic number since my birthday is on the 28th of April. Here we go:

  • "Ender" by Ash Can Painters
  • "Desperately Wanting" by Better than Ezra
  • "All Too Familiar" by Bill Derome
  • "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith
  • "A Little Like Lightning" by Colleen Jameson
  • "Mr. Jones" unplugged version by Counting Crows
  • "Color Blind" by Counting Crows
  • "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House
  • "Change (In the House of Flies)" by Deftones
  • "Never Is A Promise" by Fiona Apple
  • "She Says" by Howie Day
  • "Guide Vocal" by Genesis
  • "Ghost" by Indigo Girls
  • "On and On" by Longpigs
  • "Never Die Young" by Lori McKenna
  • "If You're Gone" by Matchbox Twenty
  • "To Sheila" a Smashing Pumpkins cover by Mick OD
  • "Kite" by Patty Griffin
  • "Daughter" by Pearl Jam
  • "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel
  • "Sofkuri's Room" by The Push Stars
  • "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead
  • "Don't Wanna Know" by The Refreshments
  • "Cannonball" by Rhetoric Tuesday
  • "Disarm" by Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Birthday" by The Sugarcubes
  • "Winter" by Tori Amos
  • "Love Reign O'er Me" by The Who

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An hour? It took me the better part of a day. I bought Quadrophenia after hearing Love Reign O'er Me on a jukebox. I love it. I have it in my library and it will probably go on the next mix.

It was probably more than an hour. I couldn't have done it at all if I didn't have most of those songs in my iTunes.

"Love Reign O'er Me" gets me every time.

I figured five was a good start... any more than that and I'd be scared how long it's take me. Good idea to test them out in a playlist, might just have to try that.

Ditto on a bunch on your list as well... that'd be one kickass CD.

Oh you had some songs that are definitely going to be on my list. I think I might do this as a mix CD or something like that.

Love the Peter Gabriel song, but who doesn't!

Thank you so much for putting me on this list smile

Even while sitting in the studio I sometimes forget people listen to this music, especially old songs I can't even recall too well. But alas, I am uplifted greatly this evening all because I put my own name in google.

100 Happy Things: Scratches, Routines, Bruce, TiVo, and Tools

May 23, 2005

Bruce hanging Candroid67. When someone plays with the back of my hair or scratches my back.

68. Having a routine. It makes me feel in control and stable which contributes greatly to my sense of well-being. I can get a lot more done when I have a routine, too. Until I established routines for washing clothes and grocery shopping, it was a coin toss whether I’d have something clean to wear or something in the kitchen to eat.

69. Breaking out of my Routine. It’s fun to go wild sometimes, too.

70. Having conversations with my friend Bruce at work. He understands totally geeky math and programming humor. I can’t describe the humor… it’s just the kind of stuff that comes up as part of our work. That’s him in the picture hanging toys from the ceiling.

71. TiVo. Another one of those “how did I ever live without it” items.



72. Finding a tool that makes a task easier. Software or hardware.



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69. Breaking out of my Routine. It�s fun to go wild sometimes, too..

Kim Novak going wild, now that's PPV material happy

Hug kimmy

Second C J.

71) Definitely.

67- I could have sworn I read "back hair" . I had to re-read it a couple times. blush

Only in your fantasies is it PPV material, CJ. laugh Hug

Back hair! lolmad

Ups and Downs in the Texas Legislature

May 25, 2005

Listening to the Legislative Committee hearings this year was neat. The bill that requires the web sites I develop to be accessible to state employees with disabilities passed, and that makes me very happy.

The disheartening thing about this session, though, is that the proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution to ban gay marriage passed. It will go to voters in November. There’s already a law that bans gay marriage; they just want to get it into the Constitution to make damned sure no court overturns that law.

There were many more witness against the bill than for it, but, sadly, it passed anyway. What’s the use of witnesses if they aren’t going to influence the outcome? See what I mean:



I fear there are too many closed-minded people in Texas for it to not pass in November. Even people I respect a lot who I don’t consider closed-minded say they will vote for the amendment because they simply don’t want to change the definition of marriage. No good reason why… they just say they don’t want to change the definition. I still don’t get it.

Anyway… it was great to listen to the legislative process. I’ll definitely listen again next biennium.

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seeing the rosa parks reference to the left reminds me of a story. apparently rosa parks was having trouble paying her rent so guess what? her landlord was kicking her out as she had no money. luckily a group found out about it and gave the landlord hell until he said she could live there the rest of her life for free.

can you imagine kicking rosa parks out because she couldn't pay her rent? makes me want to puke.

anyway, i share your pain on the gay marraige thing. it just baffles me why such few things divide our country so, gay marraige, abortion and racism. baffling.Foot Tap

It's all very sad, budly.

Just Some Stuff - Doggies, Season Finales and Muppets

May 27, 2005

  • On the way to work today, I saw a loose little dog and another dog poking his head out of a fence. I stopped and reattached a loose board and coaxed the little dog to go to his front door. I rang the doorbell and a little kid let the dog in and thanked me. Loose dogs worry the heck out of me.
  • Lilydawg stayed home today instead of going to doggie day care. I came home at lunch to take her out. I stopped at Long John Silvers to pick up a platter of fish and chicken. I love that place. I wish they had better french fries, though.
  • I'm glad my favorite shows are having their season finales. I need a break to watch the movies that are backed up on my TiVo. The "Alias" season finale shocked the heck out of me. The "House" season finale last Tuesday was great, but oddly enough, the next season of "House" starts this Tuesday.
  • I like the Muppets. I sure don't like Miss Piggy, though. She's annoying. I'm watching the Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Kermit (scarecrow) just asked the Wizard if he was related to Frank Oz. hee hee

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Just Some Stuff - Poops, Car Washes and Three Day Weekends

May 28, 2005

  • To the bird who pooped on the driver's side window of my car, thank you. Having a large white smear of crap in my peripheral vision motivated me to go to the car wash. My car is all shiny now.
  • I haven't been to a car wash in years, and the last time I went, someone else ran the controls. I didn't know what to do and wasted a bunch of quarters. Next time, I'll know how it works, though.
  • I am once again amazed at all the people who pack their three day weekends full of activities. I look forward to three day weekends so I can have three days of doing nothing in particular. If I want to do something, I'll take a vacation and do it while everyone else is working.

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Our laser-guided missile makers at the Defense Department could learn something from birds. They never miss.

Unconscious Mutterings

May 29, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Crowd:: yuck

  2. Hamburger:: yum

  3. Choker:: headache

  4. Lights:: Christmas

  5. Tinsel:: ha! Christmas

  6. Testament:: Bible

  7. Best part of the day:: ?

  8. Election:: vote

  9. Clarinet:: reed

  10. Cake or death:: cake, please

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