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Unconscious Mutterings

July 3, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Statistics:: yummy, numbers

  2. Grin:: smile

  3. Saturn:: car

  4. Fulfilled:: done

  5. Life plan:: wha?

  6. Cult:: scary

  7. Lily:: my beautiful girl dog

  8. Stalemate:: nowhere to go from here

  9. Celebration:: balloons

  10. Underwear:: white

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Oh gosh... between these and my dream journals, somebody out there probably has me all figured out. heh!

They say underwear and you say white? Shake

Strange ones, DJ. smile

What's wrong with tighty-whities, Kev?? Truth is, though, I prefer boxers. It's just that the word "underwear" makes me think of briefs. Umm

Dream Journal - Mall, Doors, and Horned Frog Fish

July 4, 2005

I went to a small mall in a neighborhood during a work day. I think it was more of an events center at the beginning of the dream, but turned into a mall later. I ate something from a concession stand.

I went into a kids' shoe store. I wanted to leave the mall, and there was a door in the corner that someone had just gone out, so I followed. There were steps leading down to the parking lot. After about 15 steps, it became a fire escape. I considered going back up, but then decided to keep going down. I stepped onto a rickety step and a fire alarm started to sound. I heard the fire escape lowering. I didn't understand how the people before me had gotten down so quickly without sounding the alarm. I decided to go back up.

At the top, there was a door that looked like a brick wall. once I opened that, there were two glass doors that looked like regular entrances. Back inside, I couldn't find the door out of the shoe store into the mall. I think the clerk asked if she could help me, but I said no. I kept walking around the store looking for the door, and finally asked another clerk how to get out into the mall. She was rude about it, but I finally found my way out.

I got outside the mall, but I still couldn't find my car. I was barefoot and walking around a pond. I looked down and on the rocks were creatures that looked like a mix between a horned frog and a fish. I had to be careful not to step on them. When I got to the other side of the pond, there were some white dogs with black spots. I started walking back around the pond away from them, and they were following me. I was afraid one would bite me.

I was getting upset about not being able to find my car. I went back inside the mall.

I met up with a friend. It was either Keely or Kelly M. There was someone on a stage getting ready to sing. He had a tube of lip gloss that he was running over his lips, and he dragged it down over the dimple in his chin. I realized it was Constantine Maroulis. My friend and I were standing at a kiosk, and I looked up at a lady there. It was Carolyn from work. She works at Kay Jewelers on the side, so I looked up at the name of the kiosk, and confirmed that it was Kay.

In another part of the mall (I think it was the offices), I checked the website that I work on at work. There was a problem with the front page. There were two paragraphs with links, but the links were spelled out (http://www.whatever.com/blah/blah.html). That's against our style standards; we always use words for links. So I went into the file to fix it, but someone had replaced the URLs with strange things. The first one was replaced with the word "words." It was like someone had told her to "put words instead of URLs," and she took it literally.

It was getting to be 6:00 p.m., and I still couldn't find my car. I wasn't planning on being away from work the whole day.

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Literary Meme

July 4, 2005

I got this meme from BrykMantra:

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451; which book do you want to be?

If this means I have to memorize the book, let it be a really short one because my memory sucks. I tried to find the shortest book though Google, but it just came up with a bunch of annoying jokes. I'm not repeating them... Google it yourself.

What a way to start of the meme... not answering the question. D'oh!

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

No. I have too firm a grasp on reality, I guess.

What are you currently reading?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the second time. I started reading Harry Potter and the Temple of Doom, oh wait, that's not it. I started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and had forgotten most of what happened before, so I had to backtrack.

The last book you bought is:

My friend Albert L. Isaac's book Endless.

The last book you read is:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Five books you would take to a desert island:

1. a book of matches

Okay.. I'll start over.

1. The Stand by Stephen King
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. I've always wanted to read them, but have not be motivated (if that makes sense). I think being stuck on a dessert island would finally give me the motivation.
4. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Not just one book, but it's one continuous story that I love to read.
5. Mordant's Need by Stephen R. Donaldson

Who are you going to pass this stick to?

You, dear reader, if you haven't done it already.

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Book of Matches! Ha!

Hey, that would be a good name for a collection of short stories ...

Hmm ... I'll get to work on that ...

(PS Thanks as always for the mention!)

Happy 4TH kIM!!!!!! Hope you had a terrific day!!

You're right... it would be a good name for a collection, b-Man.

Thanks, Karlyn! I got a lot done. I hope you had a terrific day, too. smile

I always thought Trixie from Speed Racer was kind of hot.

That's not a book, Muckdog - ha!

Just Some Stuff - New Pants, Orion O'Ryan and Bridal Bouquets

July 6, 2005

  • I got new pants. They're mostly cotton with a little bit of spandex. They're sooo soft. They have a tag in the back that says when they get wet, the dye will bleed onto other things. They assure me this is not a defect.
  • I know that everybody doesn't really love Raymond. But I do.
  • Orion O'Ryan (also known as Kit Cat) is batting around a fuzzy pink ball with a pig nose as I write this.
  • I'm watching a movie that's had new lines dubbed over the curse words. Chris O'Donnell just said "Don't forget off the pot." That doesn't make sense any way you look at it.
  • It's been close to 9 years since I caught the bouquet at a wedding. HELLO!!!

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Does that bouquet thing have s statute of limitations?

I sure hope not. laugh

Unconscious Mutterings

July 10, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Do-it-yourself:: self-sufficient

  2. Pickpocket:: thief

  3. Ballet:: toes

  4. Resum´┐Ż:: job

  5. Phenom:: fad

  6. Love/Hate:: relationship

  7. Unusual:: suspects that's not right, but that's what I thought first

  8. Intense:: smell

  9. Interruption:: argh

  10. Not enough:: time

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Sometimes, it is Unusual Suspects! In fact, why not Unusual Suspects because they're the ones that are usually not suspected!


haha Exactly!

One Sun Stained Glass

July 10, 2005

My friend bud makes the most beautiful stained glass. Check out these lamps:

Four Fan Lamps

He makes them to order. He makes all kinds of things like chess boards and business card holders and even the old standby--windows!

One Sun Stained Glass

I don't get a referral or anything... I just think his work is gorgeous and wanted to share. smile

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JazzyHornJazzyHorn | July 11, 2005 1:01 PM

Bud's glass work is beautiful! Woohoo!

Beautiful work!!! Great craftmanship. He may be famous some day.

kim!! you rock my friend. what a nice surprise this was!

soon as i finish it, or possibly before i'll shoot you a picture of the new panel i'm making. it's musical, a guitar and keyboard abstract sort of thing. plus i'm working on my usual assortment of floral things, more of these lamps and my newest idea is glass flowers to go in the garden. i'm having a great time with it.


My pleasure, budly! Glass flowers sounds like a super idea! smile

Very beautiful indead, what a wonderful way of leaving one's mark on the solar system, I think stained glass is the best way to express the beauty of light just like music is the best way to express the beauty of sound. Bud and Kim ROCK!!!

Goodbye TEX

July 13, 2005

When I was at the University of Texas in 1990, they launched a telephone registration system, TEX, that saved us from waiting in line for hours at the Frank Erwin Center. The voice of TEX was Senior Vice President William Livingston. He had such a distinctive voice. Sometimes he would say things that you'd dread hearing like "This class has [pause] not been added." Those pauses were killers.

The most memorable thing TEX said (probably because he said it everytime you called) was at the end of the call. He would say, "Goodbye and Good Luck."

This year, TEX is going away. More and more students use the newer internet based registration system. If I were a student, I'd rather use an internet based system, too. But I'd miss the voice of TEX.

Here's a video of TEX (William Livingston) reading some of the things that TEX used to say. It might be something that only a U.T. alumnus can enjoy, but it made me laugh and clap my hands and brought a nostalgic tear to my eye.

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Sometimes technology can be a bad thing. Kinda makes you sad. Especially when the Internet is down. They should keep TEX as back-up!

I think I read that only 1% of the students were still using it. It probably costs to much to keep up.

Dream Journal - I didn't do it

July 15, 2005

I was at something like a museum. I was walking toward a staircase to go upstairs and a group of people were coming downstairs. I saw Kim, a lady I worked with at a prior job. We did the small talk thing, and then I told her to please say "Hi" to her husband Eric. I worked with him there, too. She got a funny look on her face, and I knew it meant they were split up.

She told me he had cheated on her a lot, and the look on her face told me she thought I'd been with him. I told her we'd never done anything like that. She didn't believe me. She said when he would come home from a travel job with me, I was all he could talk about. I told her again we didn't do anything. I was crying.

Later in the dream, I got a letter from her. It was titled "Jealousy." She apologized to me for thinking I had been involved with him.

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Free Coffee

July 15, 2005

I took the day off work today for no particular reason. I headed over to Central Market thinking it would be less crowded than it is on weekends. It was less crowded, but the whole time it still seemed like someone was in my way or I was in someone else’s way. I got through it, though, and used the ”$10 off bulk coffee or any other bulk item of my choice” coupon. Some of the items I bought:

  • Moka Java Decaf Coffee
  • Kavli Thick Crispbread
  • Walla Walla Onions
  • Dried Fruits (pineapple, raspberry, apricot)
  • Red Raspberries
  • Tomatoes on the Vine
  • Rotary Cheese Grater
  • Chicken Breasts, Pork Cutlets and Bacon

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hee hee

I couldn't pass them up. They looked scrumptious. smile

100 Happy Things: Kisses, Eating Right, Doggie Dessert, 43T People and Blogging

July 16, 2005

82. That first kiss. I don’t know what’s better—the actual kiss, or all the crazy wonderful bubbly lightheaded feelings I get thinking about it for days afterward.

83. When the number on the scale is less than it was last time I stood on it. It’s the feeling of accomplishment that makes me happy rather than the loss of a pound.

84. The way Lily Dawg jumps up and down when it’s time for her dessert (a Pedigree Jumbone).

85. When I eat something that makes me feel good, but not stuffed. Tonight I ordered Basil Shrimp from a Chinese restaurant, and I feel great. Sometimes I think when I feel down it’s because I’m not eating right.

86. The positive people at 43 Things. It’s fun to share our wants and needs and dreams. Thanks for the motivation.

87. Blogging software. My goodness… it’s changed our world.

See more progress on: identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)

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Unreservedly agree with #86 -- it's like a big giant fluffy cuddly support group of joy, and I lurve being a part of it.

84) Our dogs used to do a tippy tap dance whenever they were about to get a treat.

87) Yes.

March of the Penguins

July 17, 2005

I went to see March of the Penguins this morning. It was beautiful and touching. Nature is amazing.

The theater didn’t have junior mints, but I got popcorn and a bottle of water. The popcorn and water cost more than the movie ticket.

After the movie, I went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch. Upon leaving, I overheard two women talking:

Woman1: I ate healthy and didn’t enjoy it.
Woman2: Well I didn’t eat healthy, and I feel miserable.

Isn’t that just the way of it?

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re movies to see - my 10 year old son and I have recently seen Batman Begins, Fantastic 4 and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory:

Batman Begins was a very pleasant surprise, so much better than any of the previous Batman movies. Really good, thoughtful, intense, highly recommended. Christian Bale, Liam Neeson and Michael Caine are all very good in this film.

Fantastic 4 was ok - not bad, not much thinking involved, much like watching a comic book. Cool special effects (of course) and little bits of good juvenile humor, mostly involving the Human Torch. My son said it was not as good as the 2 Spiderman films or the 2 X-men films, about equal to the Hulk, and better than Daredevil and Elektra.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - very well done, much more true to the feel of the book than the old Gene Wilder film. Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka with a subdued Michael Jackson wierdness. Added Willy Wonka back-story and slightly altered ending both worked for us - we enjoyed this film!

i loved that willy wonka too, we all saw it on saturday. verrrrry cool and creeeepy!

Want to see March of the Penguins. Don't remember when I first saw the trailer, but you had to know I thought of you*smile Also, isn't it cute when the baby penguin flaps its wing, or more like, lifts it up? hahhhhhhhhhh. so cute.

Ps...What did you eat at CF?nerd

Knowing how much you like penguins, that must have been one awesome movie. I just did a search for it, and it turns out that the only theater showing it in Atlanta is just down the street from my office.

Guess I need to take a couple of hours off of work grin

March of the penguins? Any excuse for a brownie sundae cheesecake.

Thanks for the info on those movies, CM! I'd like to see Batman Begins. You and bud are the first I've heard who liked Willie Wonka.

P.T... the babies are soooo cute!!! Amazing creatures, those penguins. smile I had the Chicken Madeira as always. yay! For dessert, I had Dutch Apple Caramel Struedel Cheesecake, but I didn't like it much. I was trying to stay away from chocolate, but then I regretted it.

T-kid! You should go see it. If I were anywhere near, I'd sneak off from work and go with you. smile

Hi Muckdog... I wish I'd gotten the Brownie Sundae Cheesecake. smile

DJ... I saw it a bunch of times, too. They're really pushing that movie!

personally i think willy wonka is probably the best film i've seen all year. i hope you like it kim!

i'm really looking forward to seeing banditas later in the year but that's another story.

Unconscious Mutterings

July 19, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Tolerate:: Put up with

  2. Release:: Pearl Jam

  3. My soul:: light

  4. Sax:: Bill Clinton

  5. HP:: Hewlett Packard

  6. Worth:: Fort

  7. Rockstar:: Mark Walberg

  8. Terrify:: Scare

  9. Knock me off my feet:: My knight in shining armor

  10. Taunt:: Tease

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Friday's Feast

July 22, 2005


What kind of car do you drive? If you could make an even trade for any other car, what would you want to drive?

Honda Civic. I like it, but I'd trade it for an Infiniti FX.


Take your phone number and add each number together separately (example: 8+6+7+5+3+0+9=38) - what's the total?



When were you last outside, and what were you doing?

Walking back to work from the Texas State Capitol with my lunch of Chicken Primavera in hand.

Main Course

What is your favorite restaurant, and what do you usually order there?

Romeo's. I usually order Chicken Parmagiana and have some chocolate cheesecake for dessert.


Name 3 things in which you occasionally indulge.

Chocolate, a game of get the ball on the tee, and Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic Beer.

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I got my dad one of those ball-on-the-tee globes - it's hard! He's practiced so much that he can get it on the first try, though.

Oh, I found the url for my new blog and put it in. smile

Wow... I'm impressed with your dad. haha

Thanks for your blog URL!!

A Busy Little Beaver

July 23, 2005

Lilydawg woke me up at 5:00 a.m. to go outside. We crawled through the dining room window (If you're tuning in late, I don't have a back door) to find that a busy little beaver had dammed up the way to the backyard:

limbs blocking the alley to the backyard

A nervous Lily didn't know what to do with herself. We ended up going for a walk down the street. Diva, the neighbor's chihuahua, was out and took a walk with us. Well... more like a run. She ran circles around us. She's a bundle of concentrated energy.

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Looks like Busy Beaver uses a saw.

100 Happy Things: Convenience, New TV, My Book, Cooking and Short Tasks

July 23, 2005

88. Convenience: cordless phones, an extra leash to keep in the car for Lily, a second remote control to keep by the computer, a post office in the building where I work.

89. A new TV season with great new shows.

90. My lyric book

91. Trying a new recipe and it turning out scrumptious.

92. When a dreaded task doesn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would.

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There was some great math going on in that Lyric book discussion! cool

Quite a geeky discussion over art, huh? laugh

Unconscious Mutterings

July 24, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Believing:: fairy tales

  2. Invasion:: body snatchers

  3. Boys:: kids

  4. Island:: solitude

  5. Repeatedly:: over and over

  6. Normal:: not weird

  7. Hex:: Longhorns before the A&M game

  8. Tuxedo:: black and white

  9. Virgin:: teenaged girl

  10. Cereal:: box

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Just Some Stuff - Harry and Ron, Vitamins and Herbs, and Shrimp and Simmer Sauce

July 25, 2005

  • I saw the trailer for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" last weekend. At the start, they showed short snippets from the first four movies. I saw the boys grow up right before my eyes. I have to admit to have a schoolgirl crush on both Harry and Ron in "Goblet of Fire." It looks to be a great movie, just like the rest.
  • I bought some multi-vitamin/herbal supplements at Central Market Saturday. I took one Saturday afternoon. I was feeling a little loopy the rest of the evening, but I didn't think much about it. I took another one Sunday around noon. Everything went downhill from there. Turns out Ginseng gets me high and gives me a headache. I didn't like it. I didn't recover until this morning.
  • I bought a pound of shrimp at Central Market, too. I'd never cooked shrimp that didn't come out of a frozen box. It was wonderful. I simmered it in some of Suzanne Somer's Colorado Chili Simmer Sauce. That stuff is delectible. She has several flavors and they've all been good. It's a bit pricey, though.

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I bought some Mega-Multi's on Saturday too -- great minds think alike!

Hey, how much you want to sell the rest of those ginsengs for?

You really want them? I'll send them to you for free. They're all in one vitamins/herbs. Oh wait... they're formulated for women. laugh Do you think the wife would want them?

By the way... tell her I've been meaning to send her an email. Maybe if I write it here, I will make it so. Tonight after work.

Hi Kim! I bet you thought I fell off the planet, but I'm still around. grin
I've sort of got a crush on Harry and Ron too. blush It makes me feel like a pedophile, but what can you do?
I've started a new blog on Yahoo 360, but I don't know the url yet...

I guess it worked, she said she got it ... !

BTW I *am* still working on those CD's for you. I'm just waiting for one final one that Spook has been promising to send, by somebody he knows. Once I get it, or give up on getting it, I'll pop it all in the mail ...

I've been wondering about you, for sure! Great to see you! happy

No hurry. I get a friends of Spook CD? Cool!

Effective Communication Class

July 26, 2005

I took a class on effective communication today. I’d heard great things about the teacher, and found that he knew his stuff and was pretty entertaining.

Most of it was common sense. I’m not sure what I took away with me. I need to go over the notes to really absorb some of it. He talked fast and covered a lot of material.

Something that bothered me about the class was that he kept using examples of married couples and parents and children. I could follow the concepts, but he would always begin an example by asking, “Who in here is married?” or “Who in here has more than one child?” The first couple of times, I hardly noticed. But after the fourth or fifth time, I felt like he was teaching the class to the married people and parents. I felt alienated by it, plus it’s a sore subject with me, so that was an internal distraction.

There you go… I learned about internal distractions: those personal things going on inside a person’s head that might keep them from hearing your message. I lived it today.

Anyway… I’m not sure I learned anything I didn’t already know, or couldn’t figure out on my own, but maybe going through a day’s worth of instruction will reinforce the concepts.

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it annoys me, too... those people who are so family-focused. i've been reading through resumes lately for some open positions at our company and every time i see "Accomplishments: Married, 2 children" i just want to barf. i really have nothing against marriage or kids, just... Accomplishments? give me a break. to the bottom of the pile for you!

ha! People really put that on their resume?? Strange.

Just Some Stuff - Men, Alanis, Productivity, and Vacation

July 29, 2005

  • I went to another training class on Tuesday. There were 6 men in the class. Five were married. The other was gay. Bless them all, but this isn't getting me anywhere.
  • I bought the new Alanis Morissette CD that's an acoustic remake of her "Jagged Little Pill." It's excellent.
  • I scheduled a vacation in November. I think I'll go visit the Louisiana and Mississippi state capitols. It's not a plan... just something I'm considering.
  • After ruining my Sunday last weekend by unintentionally getting hopped up on herbal supplements, I have plans to be productive all weekend this weekend. I need to work on photo galleries of my trips to Fort Worth and Oklahoma City last January/February.
  • What are you doing this weekend?

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hope you have a nice weekend, kim. i'm going to be working both days mad but then i'm taking off monday and tuesday smile to meet with a career counselor to (hopefully) find a new job thumb

Thanks, k-sue! Sorry you have to work. frown

Good luck with the job search! Are you looking for a similar job or a big change?

Ooh, an acoustic remake of Jagged Little Pill? I may have to get that one. I Love Alanis!

I'm going to finish the introduction to my dissertation proposal, hopefully play a round of golf with dad and numerous games with the whole fam, and pack up to head back to Iowa.

Hope your weekend's happy! happy

I'll be doing fantasy football stuff most of Saturday (Preparing the website, making the schedules, etc...). I'll be getting started after I have another cup of coffee or two and I've finished my blog rounds. It may be hours. Yeah, I procrastinate.

LMFAO@"There were 6 men in the class. Five were married. The other was gay."

Lemmesee...I fell asleep much too early last night, then today, I got special cupcakes [that's what they're really called!*smile] and my favorite iced mocha coffee drink from the other side of the island and shopped here and there. I got stuff I don't need, among them, roseflower water and gummy candy mix, except I bought the refills instead of the starter kit*>:\. Ooooh...and I got a watering can and root starter. Whoohoo! I am so exciting! You've got to come shopping with me!

What will I do tomorrow? I dunno, but I'll tell you later. Heck, I shoulda just blogged this stuff! laugh

Hi Kim, I'm gonna be hanging out with my little Nephews and Nieces who are visiting, 5 in all...ACK!! cool

That's funny about the supplements laugh

Hope your weekend is going well

Pants, Trains, the Moon, Shampoo, and Fruit

July 31, 2005


93. Finding pants or a shirt or a purse that I like and buying one in every color or pattern.

94. Hearing a train in the distance.

95. When the moon is so bright it casts shadows.

96. Finishing one bottle of shampoo or conditioner and starting another.

97. Eating fruit first thing in the morning.

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No Worry Weekends, My Best Friend, and Marking Things Done

July 31, 2005

98. Leaving work on Friday feeling like I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to during the week and not having to worry about things on the weekend.

99. My best friend.

100. Marking something done on 43Things.

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I know what you mean about handwriting. My mom's handwriting is lovely. I did not inherit it.

Every now and then, I stumble across something with Dad's handwriting on it. That makes me happy and sad.