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To Do List for After Thanksgiving Weekend

November 23, 2005

Here's my after-Thanksgiving To Do list (gotta hold myself accountable for these things):

  • Christmas Shop

  • Balance my checkbook

  • Decorate for Christmas

  • Christmas Cards

  • Backup my computer files

  • Work on my vacation pictures

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November 15, 2005

Walking Lily this evening, the moon was almost full and so bright and lit up the cotton clouds all around it. I remembered my coat. I wish I'd remembered my winter hat. At 63 degrees, some would laugh at me for wanting my winter hat.

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Marriage in Texas

November 10, 2005

After the recent passage of a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage in Texas, there's a stain on the Texas Constitution and, worse, a stain on the institution of marriage. Marriage is no longer about love and commitment between two people in Texas. It's now some meaningless legal status shared by two people who have the "recognized correct" anatomy.

If I ever get married to a man or a woman, it won't be in Texas.

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New Hairdo!

August 18, 2005

I got a new do, today. Yay!

My short wavy hairdo

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Unplanned Diet Cheat Averted

August 8, 2005

Feeling rather self-destructive due to out of whack hormones and an unproductive day so far, I decided to walk 1/2 mile to Starbucks in 98 degree Texas weather for a mocha. Once I got there, though, mocha didn’t sound so hot. Or, more precisely, it sounded too hot. Iced mocha sounded too heavy. So I got an iced passion tea, which is just fine on my diet. On the way back to work, I stopped at a peaceful shady courtyard with a fountain and sat on an old style metal bench for a few minutes respite from the heat. Happy that I survived this diet crisis, I shall now get back to work. Good day.

See more progress on: lose 43 pounds

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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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Second Notice Jury Summons

June 7, 2005

I got a letter in the mail from my county's jury management office. It said I was scheduled to report for jury duty in November, 2004, but that I never showed up nor did I request a postponement or excuse. It said they'd rescheduled me for July.

At the end of the letter, it said failure to appear may result in a mandatory appearance before the judge and a fine of up to $1000.


It's true that I never showed up, but that's because I did the impaneling over the internet. They assigned me to a jury panel by email and told me to call each day to see if I needed to report. After a few days, the recording said my panel had been excused and thanked me.

Luckily, I kept all the emails and the original jury summons with a note about when I did the internet impaneling.

I called the jury office and told the lady who answered that I got a letter saying I failed to report for jury duty. She asked for my juror number and said I was excused from the July jury duty. Simple as that.

Maybe it's just a psych job. Or a glitch in the system. I don't know, but I hope they don't show up and arrest me next December for not showing up in July. Umm

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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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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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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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