Monthly Archives: May 2007

Pet peeve: Drop down adds on websites *cough*USAToday*cough* that bring my browser to a complete halt. I would expect better from Viagra, a pill that (among other things) allows men to wash their fancy cars with confidence.

Your Score: Isaac Mendez

You scored 20 Idealism, 41 Nonconformity, 58 Nerdiness

I need painting supplies
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Congratulations, you’re Isaac Mendez! You’re a talented, creative, artistic soul with a few demons you’ve been working to overcome. You are really passionate person and you are not afraid to express yourself or your emotions.

Your best quality: Creativity and artistic talent.
Your worst quality: A possibly addictive or indulgent personality

Link: The Heroes Personality Test written by freedomdegrees on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Creative?  Not so much sometimes.  Indulgent and addictive?  Hell yeah.

Cleaned out my linen closet.  Fixed the vacuum.  Ate.  Should do laundry.  Need to write.

From yesterday:

Monday morning I noticed that a second type of ant had invaded my apartment in addition to the ones that have taken up permanent residence in my bathroom.  The new sort came in  through the front door, as is normal.  The spray I bought last year wasn’t doing a thing.  So, I took a trip to Walmart to get a better anti-ant arsenal.  The new spray, that claims to be odorless, smells like…fabric softener.  It seems thicker than the last stuff.  I bought different baits for the bathroom too.  The others didn’t entice the ants one bit.  These smell like fake caramel.  Well, I’d eat ’em, I guess.

Trip to Walmart also reaped an exercise bra, probably the last of their kind.  Danskin seems to be discontinuing the style I like.  I was lucky enough to find one in my size on the clearance rack.  Also bought a comfy bra and a set of headphones.

Today:

Happy Star Wars Day

Happy Towel Day

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in the news: Shark “virgin birth”.

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Giving up on Even Kingsbury’s Flesh & Fire after 100 pages.  The beginning was so good that the subsequent chapters feel like they were written by someone else.  The first chapter was set in Calcutta.  It was so richly drawn.  I especially was impressed with the way Kingsbury placed evocative details; for example, bringing forth the importance of the  Ganges  without ever naming the river.  Likewise, the details surrounding Kundalini (an evilish ancient god/power) and the human combustion that occurs in the first chapter are intriguing.  But then Kingsbury tips his hand.  Too many details that should have been revealed gradually.  Not enough about the characters.  That might be the crux of what I found off-putting.  By page 100, there’s not one character I care about.

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Work goes round and round and smokes a lot.

Having one of those late-stage PMS days where I feel like I’m moving through jello. Or maybe it’s more like moving through Knox blocks. I get a few things done, but it’s effort. And then I don’t feel like doing any further.

I put a new belt in my vacuum cleaner. The vacuum worked extremely well…for five minutes. Then the belt broke, taking the bristle bar with it.

By checking my list I see that I also did laundry. Yeah, I didn’t even remember doing laundry.

Wrote 327 words thus far.

There’s a couple of bills laying here that need to be paid so they can go out in the mail tomorrow. One of them is from BMG for a CD I did not order. Canceling my membership with them has been something I’ve been meaning to do for a long, long time.

Received “Gormenghast” from Blockbuster Online after a long wait. Hope it’s good. It looked good. Watched the BBC’s Casanova today via YouTube. Yeah, I certainly would have never ever ever guessed that it was written by Russel T. Davies. Never!

Nicole has okayed the new VOTS calendar. Now all I need to do is…set up a Vots address for it, set it up, email a few people and then figure out who will need to be on the update list.  Yeah, just writing that was as much effort as it’s going to get today.  I’m beat.

Ended up taking the rest of the week off, not just Tuesday night. I needed the battery recharge.

This is a few days early, but that’s okay. You need time to prepare. Carolus Linnaeus’ 300th Birthday. Everyone say it together with me now: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species.

And a few days late, but crunchings and munchings in his honor.  Lloyd Alexander, Dead at 83.

I’m taking the night off.  Officially.  Not in the “I will guiltily do other things while I should be working” way.  I need to get out of my blahs.

I plan on making some potions on EverQuest, working up VOTS pages for the women’s summer league, shave, and maybe reading if it isn’t too late. 

I have a good 200 calories left in my budget and a chocolate martini sounds good.

Oh, and there’s ExtraLife Radio tonight. Bonus.

I want one.  I don’t care about the weight-loss aspect, but the benefits to my back would be incredible.  Sitting is probably the worst thing for me (followed closely by ultimate).  Edit: The BBC has a pic!

Speaking of ultimate, Tim and Joanne are trying to put together a summer women’s league.  The question had been asked: Male coaches for each team?  I’ve liked having male coaches in the past though I’ve never had one in a game context.  Honestly, most of what I’ve learned about disc has been from men, and not just Eric.  But, I might be in the minority.  Men and women don’t always communicate well.

Working.  On rewrites.  While watching horror movies.  Is it just me, or do many of the recent horror movies have quite long buildups?

Huuungrrry.