"I want, I want, I want ... but that's crazy"

Friday, October 31, 2008

Nonstop day

I had work in the office today. Long day, at least compared to my usual work days in the office. The server was really slow, so everything was taking forever. After work I had to run to the store to pick up a witch hat for Munch's costume for trick-or-treat. I hurried home, so I could do Gin's makeup for her costume. It included some wholly unimpressive creepy flesh that took forever to dry. I finished her up, and she headed to the neighbor's house to go trick-or-treating with about 14 giggling fifth-grade girls. I think I'm glad I missed it.

Here's Gin in her zombie mid-1980s secretary costume. :)
With a scarier angle below.

I took Munch to her very first swim lesson today, and she was so happy and excited she couldn't stop smiling to hold her breath. She chattered her instructor's ear off, too. She did pretty well though.
Trick-or-treat started at 6 p.m. but her swim lesson didn't end until 6:10. She threw on her costume in the car for her abbreviated Halloween. It was cold. She was wet. We kept it short.
Munch cold and wet via cell phone cam.

When we got home, it was a scramble to get out of the cold clothes and clean up and eat (I sent Pooh out for a pizza - no way was I cooking) and get baths and things ready for school tomorrow. Hardly a moment to stop for breath.
I'm up too late now. Time for bed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Isn't THAT interesting? Hmmm.....

Ok, I see on Fox News (oh aren't I just eeeeevil for actually watching the political coverage on ALL the cable and network stations) tonight that there is a Halloween display in California that includes an effigy of Sarah Palin being hanged by a noose. Apparently, this display has been up for three weeks, and this is the first I'm hearing about it. Law enforcement officials have said there is no legal recourse, and they have no legal reason to ask the homeowners to take it down. It's not a hate crime, they've decided. The media - at least the national media - haven't mentioned it until now. Hmmm....... Do you suppose that would have been the reaction if it had been an image of Obama?

Spooncast

My son Pooh and his buddies are doing a podcast, and I hadn't gotten around to listening to it until today. It's a comedy podcast, similar to a morning radio style. Good stuff! Check it out!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Heavy thoughts and procrastination

I'm not posting as much as I had been, and I think I'm feeling a little uninspired. I can also use the excuse that my mind is preoccupied with thoughts of the election next week and Halloween this week and...other things.

For Halloween, I know what I want my costume to be, but I haven't gotten what I need yet. And we have makeup for the girls but haven't yet chosen the appropriate clothes (they're both going scary this year). We should probably wrap up the prep for that today.

I'm slow starting this morning, too. It's nearly afternoon, and I'm not getting much accomplished at the moment. There is much I could be doing, but I'm putting it off. I already know that I'll be leaving in two hours, and that's when my busy day begins. I just don't feel adding to the list of things I have to do already. I probably should though. Nothing is getting accomplished without me, so I guess I haven't much choice. Ok. I'll get started. In a minute.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another footie fix :)

I did get my football today, but it wasn't what I'd expected. My TV directory had said the broadcast would be Chelsea - Roma, but instead it was Liverpool - Atletico Madrid. I didn't really want to watch Liverpool, but I realized that I'd never seen Atletico (I'm still a newbie, remember?). I was pleased to discover that Giourkas Seitaridis plays for them. I discovered him during the Euro Cup. And he wasn't the only one I noticed today. Oh, it is definitely worth expanding my horizons in the football world. :)

I still got to watch most of the Chelsea - Roma match too. I was watching it online at the same time I was watching the broadcast. Not easy! That reminds me. I've got to find team roster photos for Roma. Some of those fellows definitely warrant closer attention....

Really! I DO love the GAME! I've just been single for a while now......

Well, that's all of my footie fixes until next Tuesday most likely, so I guess I'm back to politics tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My happy place

I got to spend time in my happy place today. :) I watched TWO soccer games. The first was the Arsenal-Everton match from this past weekend. My cable service shows one Premier League game from the weekend on Tuesdays. The second was Man U-Celtic. 3-0. My boys are doing quite nicely. Hehe. I'm glad to see that my sports curse apparently cannot reach that far over water. Or something.

Actually, I didn't quite get to see all of the second match. I saw the first two goals then I fell asleep. The match was anything but boring, but I was soooo tired.

As an added bonus gift from my cable service this week, I see I get another Champions League match tomorrow. Chelsea-Roma. I'll have to be home by 2:30 to catch it from the beginning, but I can probably manage that. Yay! I love Italian footballers. Yummy! And Michael Ballack...double yum... I love watching the game - the skills, the strategy, the sheer artistry of it - but isn't it nice that they're just so damn good to look at, too? :)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Keepin' busy

I swear I have been so busy that I have just not been able to post as I feel I should be. Just don't corner me to tell you what I've been doing. It's all the usual, typical family thing. I mean, there's been nothing particularly outstanding or eventful, but every moment of each day seems to be fully caught up in it lately.

I did get a nice little break today, though. I got to know better one who'd been a distant acquaintance for quite some time. Of course, nearly every contact we'd had up to this point centered on politics, so naturally this one was dominated by the topic as well. I can't help myself. I'm a political junkie, but I am trying so hard to stay out of the hate game going on with this campaign. So, we talked politics, but we kept it general. I suppose I don't have to apologize. Just about everybody's talking politics these days. But there's more to me. There really is. :) Talk to me after the election.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday

*This was supposed to go up yesterday, but encountered a computer error and didn't realize it hadn't been posted until just now......

I got a letter today. No, not a letter. I got a subpoena today, ordering me to appear next Wednesday on questions concerning my village taxes. I called the tax office and informed the lady who answered that I had zero tax liability in my village because of the credit for taxes paid to the city where I work. I asked if I could just send the form in again to show my zero liability, and she said, "That's fine. All we need is the form." My liability has been zero for the six years I've lived here. Why the sudden issue now? Anyway, at least I don't have to drive the 40 minutes to the tax office (our village taxes are administered by another city). It was resolved with just a phone call and a quick trip to the post office. I just made copies of my forms and sent them in again. But if a cop suddenly shows up at my door because that lady said I didn't have to show up, I'm not going to be happy.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hopeless optimist

I love Boston Legal. I was so thrilled when the new episodes started up again. I wasn't sure if I would still enjoy it, because Boston Legal was kind of an "our thing" with P. Each week I'd watch the show while chatting with him and make various comments here and there, with a time frame for him. Then, because he was three time zones away, he'd watch it three hours later and have to watch for the moments I'd commented on. It was a little game and the next best thing to watching it together. I still think about P sometimes, but it doesn't make me sad anymore. More often than not, I find myself a little ticked off when I think back . I deserve someone who can give me more of himself, and he sort of strung me along, knowing that he'd never be there.

But anyway... life goes on. And so does Boston Legal. Excellent episode tonight, by the way.

Gas was $2.71 when I left work today, and Pooh told me that it dropped even further later in the afternoon. It's good to see, but I don't expect to see those prices that went up because of gas to start dropping any time soon. I figure the companies will just take advantage of the larger profit margin for a while. Guess I can understand it. Many of them have lost a lot recently too. It's a good sign though that it will start to balance out soon - or at least level off. Even the stock market rebounded today. Am I a hopeless optimist?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Perils of a pack-rat fashionista

It's a quiet day at home now that I've done my morning and early afternoon Saturday running around. I've got a big enough chore to tackle today at home that I think it will succeed in filling my whole day off. Surprise, surprise. I'd like to just relax and enjoy the time off, but I'll be sorting through clothes to get rid of and figuring out what we need to buy for the winter season. The girls have both gone through growth spurts, so it seems that everything they own is suddenly too short.

And of course, I need to sort through my own closet and drawers and plastic tubs filled with clothes. With my recent weight loss, I was pleased to find some clothes I've had for 20 years that fit me again. Some of them are even fashionable again. But those items that are horribly out of fashion, out of shape or just age-inappropriate now have to go, and I've got the huge task ahead of me. I'll be sorting, washing, ironing, photographing and packing items up for eBay, packing items for Goodwill.... Yeah, long day ahead. Better get started. Ugh.

True love

I've done enough blog hopping to know that I'm not the only one out here still trying to find that elusive thing called love. It's nice if you have the freedom to get out and do things with your friends and put yourself in a situation that will allow you to find that special someone, but some people - like me - just don't have the time or the energy or the life situation that will allow them to "get out there."

So how do we find that someone special? Well, we all know there are now a few more options available to us. We've got the Internet available to us. And some of us spend practically our whole lives there, so why not use it to find that love?

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Safety is always an issue in the dating world, and it's as much, if not more, of a concern when pursuing online dating. It's nice to see a company that makes a point of protecting its clients.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Ahh....no work for the moment....

I was sitting in the office just after lunch this afternoon, and I started adding up my hours for the week. I discovered that I should have been gone 15 minutes earlier, so I jumped up, punched out and packed up for home. It was such a good feeling to just shut down and walk out and get to relax at home for a couple of hours before the kids got home.

This is my weekend off, but now that I'm officially the moderator for our papers' online forums, I'll be working anyway. But at least I won't have to get up too early tomorrow morning, and I won't have to wake up to an alarm at all on Sunday. Ahh... I feel better already just thinking about it.

Search death certificates

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

My secret biscotti recipe

I made yummies tonight! It's an original recipe, but I'm sharing it with all of you. Anyone who tries it, please give feedback!

Chocolate Molasses Biscotti
1/2 cup butter, room temperature (real butter, NOT margarine)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder (use the best stuff you can - Hershey's works in pinch)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.  Set aside.
With electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).  Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla extract and molasses.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.  Add to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated. 
Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and divide it in half (it will be very, very soft).  Sprinkle generously with flour and gently form each half into a log 10 inches long.  Do this by rolling the dough back and forth into a cylinder shape with floured hands.  Transfer the logs to the baking sheet, spacing them well apart (width-wise on the pan), and pat to even the shapes. Bake about 25 - 30 minutes (logs will spread during baking).  Remove from the oven, slide intact on wax paper onto a wire rack, and let cool for about 10 minutes. Reline the baking sheet with waxed paper.
Transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into slices about 3/4 inch thick on the diagonal. Arrange the slices on their cut sides on the baking sheet and bake on about 8 minutes.  Turn the slices over and bake until crisp, about 8 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Under a rock

The plumber never showed up yesterday, and he didn't come today either. I'm thinking that he might show up tomorrow, since I mentioned that I work at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On a related note, my daughter informed me that the village council will be fining the company doing the road work $1200 a day if they don't finish by Friday. See? EVERYONE in town is completely sick of it. It's taking entirely too long. We're a tiny little town. They don't have that much road to do. And yet, they have left every road in town a complete mess. Not ONE road is fixed yet. The dug it all up...half-ass filled it....and didn't finish anything. In the latest road fallout, Pooh's car lost a hubcap. Divinely touched as he is though, he actually went to Goodwill and found a box of four of the EXACT hubcaps on his car - for $10.

I was definitely ready to get out of the office today, as they were decorating yet another desk for a birthday. It seems that balloons and streamers have become standard operating procedure in the office - for everyone but me. How about that?

Oh well. I'm still in a good mood. I got an invitation today to a party next month. That should be a lot of fun. L and I get along really well, and it will be great to get to interact outside of work in a more relaxed atmosphere. She's cool. I think it will also be GREAT for me to get out and do something social. I feel like I've been living under a rock lately. A rock with Internet access, but a rock nonetheless.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Stop saying that!

Terms I am completely sick of hearing:
heartbeat away from the presidency - yes, we know...president dies, vice president takes over. We get it. Stop pointing out the obvious.
change - every presidential candidate since the second one has promised change. You started it, Barrack, but did you catch on to how tired and lame a slogan it is? NO!! Instead, your opponent picks up the same damn lame tired slogan.
maverick - this is just stupid. If you want to say that you went against your own party - fine. You want to say you worked with those in the other party - cool. But stop dishing up this stupid term.
reach across the aisle - like the change thing. We all have heard it before. It won't ever happen, at least not anything that matters. No miracle worker in the world is going to make more than 500 people agree about anything that really matters.
Wall St./Main St. - business vs. you common joes. We get you common folks out there. We feel your pain. Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I don't really care if you can relate on a personal level with my pain. I just want to know you can do the job. And while we're on the subject, business isn't against the common joes. They're not the enemy. It's not a battle.
the American people don't want to talk about *such-and-such topic* - if the American people don't want to talk about it, why do the pundits complain that the OPPONENT is bringing it up? wouldn't it just allow THEIR GUY to talk about the things the "American people" DO want to talk about and give THEIR GUY an advantage while the OPPONENT keeps talking about the stuff that the "American people" don't care about? This is the ultimate last-ditch, desperate comment used to try to shut up a topic. Media talks about what the American people DO want to talk about, or their ratings go down. It may not be the IMPORTANT stuff, but obviously, if ratings are high on a given topic, the "American people" want to see it, and if ratings go down on a topic, the media will stop talking about it. The media people watch their ratings and get direct feedback - they don't need to be told what the "American people" want to talk about.
my friends - It might be sincere. I don't know. But it sounds patronizing, John. Knock it off.

There are more, but I'll let you guys toss in a few. What are you sick of hearing this campaign?

Cute glasses!

Bloggers have been buzzing about it. Radio personality Clark Howard raves about it. And what really got my attention was all the great unpaid, unsolicited comments raving about Zenni Optical.

This place, I kept hearing, has eyeglasses for as low as $8. I doubt they could do much for Gin, because she's going to have a very special - and I'm sure quite expensive - prescription. I'll check on that one though - imagine the fortune I could save there. But even if I can't use them for Gin - and I've already had Lasik, Pooh wears glasses (and loses them on a regular basis). My mother wears glasses. My stepdad wears glasses. Book wears glasses. How much do you want to bet Munch isn't going to get through this family with perfect vision? We've already gotten the letter from the school saying we might want to double check her vision. Yep - we go through a heck of a lot of eyeglasses in this family.
Pooh's checking it out right now. He needs to replace the prescription sunglasses he lost at the Foo Fighters concert. I checked it out, too. Spent about an hour there, actually. These frames are soooo cute! I even considered getting clear lenses and getting some myself!

By the way, shipping is only $4.95 for any size order, no matter how many glasses are in the order. That means you can get a a complete pair of prescription glasses delivered right to your door for as little as a GRAND TOTAL of $12.95. Very cool deal. We sure can use any way to save cash lately.

Noisy morning in an empty house

I worked this morning to the sounds of the school marching band playing in my living room. OK - they weren't actually in my living room, but it sounded like they were, or at the very least, that they were playing on the street in front of my house. (Which, btw, would make no sense as I live on residential cul-de-sac at the edge of the village.) It was clear and close enough, in fact, for me to go downstairs and look out the front window to see where exactly they were. I couldn't see them. We're two blocks from the school, so I expect to hear the band practicing. I actually grew up in a house a mile from my high school and I could hear the band practicing in the distance. But these guys SERIOUSLY sounded like they were right on my lawn.

By the time the band stopped, the excavation work had started. All the homes along my street are having their lawns torn up this week to connect the houses to the new water lines being installed. I get the home invaders this afternoon. I've finished working now, so I'm jumping into the shower, just in case they have to shut off my water for a while. This is soooo much fun. (That was sarcasm, btw.)

Well, I'll jump in the shower as soon as the soccer game is over. I've got on the broadcast of Sunday's game of Man City v. Liverpool, which I didn't get to watch live. In its honor, here's another footie hottie:
My footie crush of the day: Javier Garrido (someone THIS fine deserves some extra notice! Yum! I usually post pics of them on the pitch, but this photo was just too good to resist)


Free People Search

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There's another free people finder available now that you might want to give a try. It's called LookupWho.com.

You enter the name, city and state - or as much as you know, with only the last name as a required field - and it provides a list of matches, up to 50. Add more information to narrow down your choices. The results bring up addresses and phone numbers.

LookupWho.com also offers a reverse phone search, useful for when you get an unknown phone number on your caller ID - or when you find an unidentified number on your phone bill.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Good water

I worked at the office today, and I've got to say, I'm getting used to it again. It's pretty uneventful over on the editorial side. I never hear any good gossip, but it's quiet and mellow, with the occasional polite conversation, so it's not altogether bad.

I get to work at home tomorrow, but that's not going to be a stress-free day either. They'll be coming to pull up the carpet in my hall closet to get to the crawl space underneath to install the water pipes for our new municipal water. Right now, we're on a well. All the homes in my teeny, tiny town are on wells. But we just got a water tower, and we've been driving over horrible, mangled, gnarled roads like minefields for months now. My water now is rusty and a little smelly. I only drink it filtered. And my shower's always orange. I buy CLR in multipacks. All my whites are dingy. Still, it had better be damn good water we're getting.

Estimates say the muni water won't be flowing until 2010. And I don't see the roads being fixed any time soon. I'm serious...every road for the entire length...mangled minefields with pits and dips and chunks and sand and gravel and ripples.....AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHH!!!! Can you tell this is getting on my nerves? It's been MONTHS. The steel belts are breaking inside my tires. And my mother's tires, and she's only here once every couple of weeks or so. I've gotten two flat tires on it. The SCHOOL BUS got two flat tires on it. I'm guessing at least two-thirds of the town's population (which is about 650ish now, I believe) have gotten flat tires from it. For two full (separate) weeks this summer, I had to park my car at the school two blocks away because my road was completely inaccessible. Try sprinting in 90-degree heat wearing Italian heels carrying a grocery bag with a box of ice cream (already dangerously soft because the grocery store is, ordinarily 20 minutes away, but on these mangled roads - 35 minutes....) in it, while corralling two children for two blocks.

This had better be damn good water.

Find a Realtor

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I've never been there before, but if I wanted to relocate, I'd consider it. And if I relocated, I'd need a real estate agent, wouldn't I? Well, I already know where I'd go to find Charleston Realtors. I'd visit ClickSmart and check out the listings for Realtors in Charleston.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Quiet weekend at home

Book called Friday to tell me that he was sick and wouldn't be coming for his usual Saturday overnight visit. I miss him when we don't have our weekend together, but it did give me a lot of extra time to things that needed to be done and saved me the gas money from all the driving around.

I had work this weekend, but at least I was able to finish everything all at once in the mornings. That left my afternoons open to spend time with the girls. We spent the whole weekend at home just cleaning things up and reading and playing and cooking.

All in all it was a pretty uneventful weekend, but I think I needed some uneventful time. I have a feeling things will be getting hectic again pretty soon.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Life and politics

It was pretty much an average, typical Thursday around here, with my work from home, Gin's swim lesson and pizza night ('cos I'm not even trying to cook a meal after we get back from swimming).

Munch has a field trip tomorrow to the Columbus Zoo. It works out perfectly, because we were supposed to go to the zoo this summer, but my schedule and budget never allowed for it. She's a fanatic for giraffes, so she's super excited to get to go. And she gets to eat a packed lunch and ride on a bus. For her, those are special treats.

I watched the vice-presidential debate tonight. I hope all of you Americans out there took the time to watch it, too. Personally, I'm not a supporter of this early voting drive that's going now. I think people should take the time and effort to learn as much as possible before making such an important decision, and frankly, we haven't learned it all yet. Get through the debates and listen to the candidates THEMSELVES - not the pundits - on ALL of the issues, THEN choose the one you want in office. I know, I know - a lot people have their minds made up and nothing said will change them. So I suppose my plea is going out to the undecideds. Learn all you can, and don't trust anyone else to tell you what's going on. Find out for yourself.

Can I say one thing though? How is it that so many of the folks who support intervention in places like Darfur, where tens of thousands of people were systematically murdered by their own government, seem to forget that the same thing was happening in Iraq under Saddam Hussein? The oppression of women, the denial of education, the suppression of political dissent - under penalty of death - these things somehow have been forgotten. I don't get that. That said, I opposed the unilateral invasion of Iraq from the beginning. I thought it was a dangerous precedent to set.

But anyway ...

There's an interesting website (<--click here) I stumbled across the other day. It's a tax calculator that estimates how each candidate's CURRENT STATED tax plan will personally affect YOUR (American) individual tax liability and refund. Granted, it's not exactly accurate, basing a lot on assumptions (for example, it assumes an annual income increase, and SOME OF US work for CRAP COMPANIES that haven't given raises in the last FIVE YEARS and won't offer any pay raises anytime soon). But still, the basic calculations are sound. At my income level (which, I believe I mentioned before, is CRAP), it looks like I'll get a bigger tax refund under Obama than McCain, assuming either gets the tax plan implemented that he wants.

Let's not forget, too, that it is Congress that makes the laws, so we've got to take that into account. Why don't people pay more attention to the Congressional races? Senators are elected every six years and members of the House are elected every two years. Do you know who's running in those races? Do you know what THEY stand for?

All's well again

I woke up with a kink in my neck this morning, and by the time I'd been at work about a half hour or so, a migraine began to set in. I managed to stick it out for a couple more hours - working at my computer wearing sunglasses. But the printer is directly behind me, and the police scanner is cranked up so we can catch the latest breaking news events. Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer and told my boss I was going home to a dark, quiet room. After taking some ibuprofen and sleeping for three hours or so, I woke up feeling much better.

Gin's eye is doing well after her tumble down the stairs last night. She has a couple of nasty looking red marks around her eye and across her nose, but it didn't bruise or swell at all, thanks to a quick application of an ice pack that she kept on it for at least a couple of hours before finally dozing off last night. I asked her tonight how many times she had to tell what happened today, and she said, "about 12," and smiled. I think she rather enjoyed the attention.

I got a note from Munch's teacher today that they were taking her out of the Title I program. It's a remedial program that she never needed in the first place, and they've finally caught on to the fact. Munch is extremely bright, and she understands all of her work. She's an excellent reader. She's just flighty. She doesn't focus because she finds her schoolwork tedious and dull. When her interim progress report came home with nothing below a B+ for any of her classes, I figured that they would reevaluate her need for the program. I was impressed. They did it immediately. I think four weeks might be a record for the program. Most students remain in it for years. But as I said, she shouldn't have been put into it in the first place. Still, we'll be keeping up on math, reading and spelling drills that were part of the program, just picking up the content to her level. The constant practice is helping her a great deal, and having the steady routine will help with her focus.