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 So when last I left you, I was annoyed about the coming of December.  It actually turned out pretty well!

a) I have a new nephew!!!! His name is Vaughn, and he is super cute.  I will get to meet him next Wednesday.

b) I didn't have to go to St. Louis.

c) I only have one more workday left in the year, so nothing really looks that bad to me right now.

I did have to work with a site in Mexico, which was annoying because my counterpart had a tendency to wander off, but I got it done and I didn't have to go anywhere.  

I've spent most of my free time working on scraping all the flaking paint/rust off my back patio railings, and trying to get a quote for installing a new railing back there because my insurance company now insists I need one.  I think I've gotten it to be under $500, so I'm happy about that.  Well, I'd be happier if I didn't have to do it, but oh well.  

Also, there was a small fence kerfuffle, in that I took my old ghetto fence down, and then the house next to mine that had been vacant for two years sold and they wondered where the fence was.  But it ended well, and the new owner seems nice and he is looking for good renters so hopefully it won't be too bad.  Although I think he's set the rent too high, given that he's asking for more than I pay on my mortgage, and my house is at least half again the size of that one, if not double.  

Speaking of mortgages, I wonder if I could refinance mine again.  I just did it about a year ago, but who knows, maybe I could lower it again.  I should look into that.

I have also been crafting, but haven't taken the time to post my Pinteresting to tumblr.  Ought to get on that!  I also made Vaughn's Christmas gift, which is a sock monkey.  

And in my spare time, I've been working on my 1D big bang.  Uuuuuuuuuuugh.  Why so hard, writing?  I've hit the minimum word count, but it's not done, and I've hit that stretch where it feels like it never will be.  I wanted to have it finished before I went to New Hampshire, but I'm not sure if it will be.  I have a couple of days off before I go, so there's hope yet.  

OOOOOOOOOh! And I'm going to buy myself an iPad for Christmas!  In New Hampster, where they don't believe in sales tax.
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*I've decided that when I can't think of a title, I'm just going to use whatever random lyrics are playing on my ipod at the moment. Prepare yourselves accordingly. Feel free to play 'Name that Tune' in the comments.

I went to tennis drills, where we warmed up for ten minutes before the skies opened up. Then I spent an hour hanging out at the tennis center chatting with my team captain who works there in the summer when she's off from teaching school. Then I went out to dinner with friends, for our usual Friday night tacos.

I drove up to Vinings Buckhead to get my second laser hair removal. I liked the attendant better this time, I think I will request her next time. She was kinda trashy, but you could also tell she actually did something so that's a win. After running the rest of my errands, I went to see Super 8 with a friend.


OMG, y'all. Whoever did the marketing for this movie should be fired! I was sort of on the fence about seeing it; we were originally going to go see Green Lantern but the timings didn't work out. So how this movie should have been marketed: someone drops the Goonies into the middle of a monster movie. Go. Go now! I laughed, I cried, I gasped, then I laughed some more because my friend screamed out loud in a crowded movie theater and I am a bad friend like that.

My partner & I kicked ASS in tennis! We won 6-0, 6-0. We were a well-oiled machine. We rock. :) And our opponents were nice, and fun, which trust me is NOT the norm. A lot of people take amateur tennis far too seriously. After I got cleaned up, I got my grocery shopping done and picked up Mexican takeout for dinner (I totes deserved guacamole!) Then I worked on my photo album from 2006 - I got through April, where I got to document my first ever face-to-face meeting with [personal profile] krazycat! ILU! Can't wait til November when we can hang out again. Why is November so far away?

TODAY WORK DID NOT SUCK. I nearly finished my installation in one day, which should give me plenty of time this week to finish up the training from last week. I know the idea of getting to do more work in the week isn't normally a positive, but I would really like to have everything wrapped up by Friday so that I can have the next two weeks (one vacation, one work conference) without old stuff hanging over my head. And then I went to tennis practice, and that also did not suck - although to be fair, it doesn't usually. It was soooooo muggy though. I was literally dripping by the end of it. Good workout though!

Today's Random Thought: My face looks thin again in the mirror. I like.
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Last night I went to a karaoke place with my friends from tennis. This was the first time I'd really done to karaoke - except one time when I lived in Las Vegas that totally doesn't count because I was too drunk to remember it. Anyway....


I want to go again. Like, now. They had private rooms so you aren't singing in front of strangers, just your friends, and it wasn't very expensive. This is totally what I want to do for my birthday this year. Hopefully I can get people together before then too, because August is a long way away. There are videos up on my facebook if you want to see. I look fat. :(

Totally sucked last week. I worked three 12 hour days, including Friday when I didn't get done with work until 10:30pm. Ugh. Fingers crossed that this week is better. Oh, and I might be going to someplace that's near Chicago in a couple of weeks. And I actually got my cost-of-living raise this year, it started with Friday's check. Not much, but every little bit helps these days.

I need to clean like whoa. Last week dust clumps started flying off the ceiling fan in the living room. Time for spring cleaning! Prepare to see more about this in the following days and weeks - I am planning to set goals for myself each day. I am going to start in my bedroom, as it needs the least work - just curtains, windows, dusting, and baseboards. Oh, and I'd like to clean the carpet but I could wait on that. Then I will do the living room and hallway, the kitchen, the two upstairs bedrooms, then move to the basement last. Whee.

Oh, and I had to crawl under the house again today, because the hose for the sump pump that pumps the standing water from the foundation had fallen back inside, so it was just pumping continuously and not going anywhere. I need to get something to go around the hose to keep it from being able to do that this week, and I need to buy two more shelves for the bathroom so I can finish that project.

And now I'm going to go have a snack and read my book that's due back to the library on Tuesday. Have a good night!
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Just got back from seeing a really cute movie, Stone of Destiny, with Anne-Marie, the QA person from the other company I'm working with over these two weeks. It was fun to get out, and the movie was one I wouldn't have normally seen but really enjoyed. It's the story of the Scottish students who stole the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in the 1950s and ignited a wave of Scottish Nationalism.

We had a nice dinner as well, with Kenneth, my counterpart at Anne-Marie's company... who oddly is from Atlanta, too! It's a Dutch company, and Anne-Marie is from the head office there, but their US office is in Midtown Atlanta and that's where Kenneth works. Weird to come so far to meet someone who lives so close!

I'm looking forward to the weekend, the weather's supposed to be nice and I'm going to walk around Stanley Park tomorrow and take photos. Will share them! :)
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+ Drug myself out of bed, wishing I had not stayed up til 2 am out of a paranoid worry that Obama's victory would somehow be snatched away.

+ Obsessively refreshed and to track what was going on in Senate races and with Prop 8.

+ Failed at being a good aunt. I didn't forget my niece's birthday, but I couldn't think of anything to get her. I'll mail her a card and some money this weekend.

+ Pondered what I want to do to be a part of positive change in this country.

+ Got my site up and running.

+ Did some shopping on Amazon. Will soon be the proud owner of a new yoga DVD, A People's History of the United States, and a new photo album.

+ Requested a couple of books online at the library and renewed the two I have out. Fingers crossed the books I requested will be available by Saturday!

+ Filled out a form to volunteer at the library.

+ Emailed Habitat for Humanity to find out more about their Women Build program.

+ Bookmarked the CARE website to look into volunteer opportunities with them.


Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:47 am
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Well, I'm all checked in safe and sound in Bangkok. I've unpacked and lounged around and taken a bath and eaten. I've also had half a bottle of wine. Yay amenities!

ETA: Oh, also, I made it through customs easily and managed to get in line behind, I swear to god, the only other Westerner in the building. So I got to have a nice chat with a man who's been teaching ESL in South Korea for 7 years and is now taking a month's vacation in Thailand before he goes back to Toronto.


May. 5th, 2008 12:21 am
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! (or at least it will be by the time I get done typing this!)

So I kinda posted last week and then disappeared, sorry about that. Thanks for everyone that replied to my post. Work was a complete clusterfuck all week, and left me mostly comatose in the evenings. To update on the dog story: So I called animal control again on Wednesday, because the dog not only had been out each day since I'd asked my neighbor to keep him in on Monday, but also because he was dragging trash into my backyard, and they weren't home when I went over to tell them. Then on the way back to my house, the dog got between me and my door and wouldn't let me go in my own house. I had to get a stick out of another neighbor's yard and threaten him with it before I could go back in. So I called them, and I don't think they ever came. More dog sightings on Thursday and Friday, complete with their OTHER dog out and in my backyard. I was pissed, but so consumed with work I didn't have time to do anything about it.

Friday is my day for tennis class, but I got a big surprise when I walked out my front door after work. The curb and yard of the neighbor's house was piled up with trash and furniture and kids toys. All their cars were gone. They're moving out! I had about 1 minute of pure joy, and then I realized that THE DOG WAS STILL THERE. :( Fail, neighbors, fail. There wasn't much I could do about it, since they were gone and it was after 5pm, so I went off to tennis. I am loving playing again - it's nice to do exercise that doesn't involve machines, and that does involve socializing. I am making new friends, yay!

Saturday I heard movement next door when I got up, and saw them moving more stuff out to the curb. By the time I got ready, they were gone again, and there was no sign of the dog, so I hope they took him with them this time. Maybe they were just making a trip on Friday and came back for him that night, idk. I'd gotten up early so that I could go to the art museum. This weekend was the last weekend for the Georgia O'Keefe/Stieglitz showing. I am not a huge Georgia O'Keefe fan, but I bought a membership to the High (yes, that is the name of Atlanta's art museum - I really wish they'd do a 'Come On, Get High' promotion) this year and I want to try to go to all the exhibits. I was a little skeeved by the description of her mentor/husband, because there were a lot of references to his belief that women brought a child-like innocence to art that had a lot of creepy undertones to them, and his photography, particularly his nudes of her, was disconcerting and awkward. I did enjoy some of the other artists he had mentored though, particularly some of the photographs by Gertrude Kasebier.

Today, I got up and fixed both of my gates, so if there is a return of the dog, or if I get new neighbors, I will be prepared! I do feel bad for the owners of the property - they are a nice couple about my age, and this was their first flip then they couldn't sell it so they had to rent it. I guarantee you the renters destroyed the place. Then I drove up to Buckhead to go to the sporting goods store because I needed tape for the handle on my tennis racquet. This should have cost me $5. It ended up costing me $90. I now have: tape, a new racquet (it is purple and pretty and part of the proceeds go to fight breast cancer), a new tennis outfit, and socks to match it. Oops?

My little detour almost made me miss my flight out, not because I took to long, but because I didn't realize that the construction on 75/85 had moved from the northbound lane to the southbound. But I made it and now I am in French Lick, Indiana, lucky me! The hotel is really nice, and here's to hoping that this week goes better than last week!
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Okay, I'm sitting on a plane next to a nice man who is making notes about what his church can do to help members in the declining economy, and I? I am writing about Panic at the Disco being Amish and getting stoned for the first time.


An exerpt:
"You can Google it," Jon says, flicking the lighter and inhaling another lungful. He passes them both to Ryan, who takes a toke before sending it in Spencer's direction. Spencer looks at it just as dubiously as he had the first one, but he takes another hit, coughing as he tries to hold in the smoke the way Jon had shown them.

"Don't booger it," Brendon chides, and Jon loses it.

"Bogart, bogart," He corrects through his giggles, then gives in and rolls on the floor laughing til he cries.


ETA: Soooooooooo I'm stuck in Minneapolis! Yes, I know, Minneapolis is not typically on the way from Albuquerque to Atlanta, but Delta is just that special and who knew when I booked it that there would be a freak April blizzard? I missed my connection by about fifteen minutes, and with all the American passengers being rebooked on other airlines, the next flight out was all booked. Ah, well, I'm booked on a 7am flight, so maybe I'll actually make it home at some point tomorrow, and I'm getting out of the 6 hours of conference calls. And I got to go to the Mall of America!


Apr. 10th, 2008 11:30 am
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The site I am working at this week is pre-opening, which means I am staying at another hotel and driving to the casino each day. This morning, as I was bopping down the interstate, I got smacked by actual tumbleweed! It got stuck in my grill, so I'm running down the road with a giant ball of weed stuck to the front of my neon blue car. I couldn't stop giggling!
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Travel days that start at 3 AM are destined not to go well.

I'm so tired, and I'm only half-way there (although of course, by the time I post this, I will be all the way there, because I remain too cheap to pay for airport wi-fi). I hate coming to Canada. Customs was, as always, a joy. I got to go into the special room, lucky me. They were nice though, which isn't always the case so that's good. However, I made a mistake in that I had asked the lady who sorted people into lines at the original customs point if I needed to reclaim my luggage before going to my connection. She said no, and my mistake was that I believed her. So of course I head for connections and the lady at the door said "Where's your checked luggage?" So I told her the story, and she was all "Yeah, they don't know." Ugh. And of course you can't just go back and get it. Oh, no. I had to go to Lost & Found, so that they could call an escort. He then escorted me to an office, where I had to tell my story. Then we went to the baggage claim and got my luggage. Then we went to another customs agent, who sent me to secondary customs, where I had to tell my story again and get my luggage re-x-rayed. Then I got to take it back to the lady at the connections desk, then go back to Lost & Found and get my carry-ons (because you aren't allowed to take them back in, although I was allowed to carry my purse with me even though it is roughly the size of Texas). Then (are you tired yet? Because I am.) I had to go up two flights of escalators and go through security again.

Oh, travelling, how I have not missed you.

Other highlights from the day: spilling syrup on my jeans, sweating like a pig in the sweater I'm wearing because it's 70 in Atlanta and 30 in Saskatchewan, and almost tripping over my own shoe in security. I rock!

Update 3/31:
Okay, I didn't get to post that last night because I don't have internet in my room (which is not a complaint because by "room" I mean my two-bedroom cabin in the woods with a fireplace and a full kitchen). So I landed in Saskatchewan, got my rental car. I was starving so I asked the guy for directions to someplace to eat before heading north, because I figured pickings would be slimmer once I was on the road. My choices were McDonalds, Wendy's, A&W or KFC. I went to KFC, where I was waited on by a boy who was seriously, seriously, seriously twelve. Not small for his age, actually twelve. Isn't that against the law?

Anyway, I drove the two hours, and managed to mostly stay awake. Door to door, I was on the road for fourteen hours yesterday. Not the most relaxing way to spend your Sunday. But it's a small hotel in offseason, and I had dinner with the GM and the F&B director last night (they're a couple), who currently comprise two-fifths of the staff, so it should be a laid back week. Fingers crossed!
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I was going through some old papers today and I happened upon my notes from the training conference last year. My work holds these every year, they pull us all off the road to tell us about the new product releases and such.

I obviously am a stellar employee, who always pays appropriate attention during work seminars:\

notes )


Mar. 4th, 2008 11:08 pm
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Okay, so as part of my job we have to match up all the groups coming into the hotel that are in my software to all the groups that are in the other system. So we read these out to each other and invariably there's one giggle worthy one, usually a wedding. So the industry standard for listing weddings is Bride's Name/Groom's Name. Today's hilarious groom name was Virgin. I mean, can you imagine the hell that middle/high school was for this guy? Having people yelling "Hey, Virgin!" across the gym at him.

But the best thing? His bride-to-be's first name is Joy. She will be Joy Virgin.
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First, happy birthday to [ profile] davidmcd! And belated happy birthday to [ profile] aubieturtle!

I'm back out on the road this week, after my six-week recuperation period. I swear, I'm nearly giddy! I love being home, but I just don't have a routine there. After nearly a decade travelling, I'm more comfortable in a hotel room I've never seen before than my own home. Sad but true! Actually, I think part of it is freedom from responsibility - even though I have a to-do list from a distance, it's not the same as staring at all the things I want to do all day long. Anyway, nice to be out and about, and it's starting out to be a lovely day here in Dallas!
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From Russia Kyiv with Love

Yeah, I've been dying to say that for days. :)

I've managed to squeeze quite a bit of sight-seeing around working, so I've now seen the Golden Gate (which is neither golden nor a gate), shopped at the market twice, ridden the Funicular, visited St. Andrews Church, and walked through the park a bit. It's really hot, and the a/c in the hotel is questionable at times, but otherwise it's been nice. Today my plan is to attempt to get to the post office to mail postcards. I am expecting it to be an ordeal, which may end in an international incident.

I am having a hard time with the time change though... it took days to be able to stay up past 9 pm, and now I am developing a distressing habit of waking up at 4 am. I am also down to one diet coke per 24 hour period, totally not by choice. *craves* But we have hot water now, which we didn't on Monday, and the electricity mostly stays on, so all is well at this pre-opening hotel.

In other good news, I have gained a day on my weekend! My site for next week finally realized they'd agreed to start their install on Memorial Day, and since sales does not work on holidays, pushed off for a day. So instead of flying home on Saturday and then back out on Sunday, I won't have to fly til Monday. Yay!
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Seriously, it's not the right color and it tastes funny. And it came out of a can. I don't trust canned soda. Anyway, if I die tonight, you'll all know what happened!

Had my work conference last week - it was fun, but I kept my involvement very low-key. About half of our traveling staff are new, and honestly I can't be bothered. My days of going from bar to bar and staying out til 3 am then going to work at 8 are so over. I was content to have a few folks back to my room for a bottle of wine and some quiet (well, mostly) conversation.

For the weekend, I went to visit my brother and his wife. I got to see their new home and meet their Dalmation puppy Roly. He's five months and very cute but omg hyper. We took him for a walk on the beach on Saturday, and that was the only thing that could wear him out. It was a nice, low-key (my watchword lately) weekend spent mostly talking about the ups and downs of home-ownership and decorating plans, and their upcoming wedding.

I'm looking forward to being home, though. I've been off the road so much lately that I'm not used to being away from my own bed for so long anymore!
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I just watched fireworks exploding over the shore of Ventura Beach, while the county fair rides spun below, ghost-white waves crashing against the shore in the fire-light.

And this afternoon, I wandered through the streets of Ventura, with its quaint boutiques and small houses, and bought some paper at a scrapbook shop. All in all, a very nice evening.

I've been tired all week, something about the time change or fighting off a cold or just not wanting to be here, even though it's lovely. But tonight, life is good.
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Random type update -

My site is down, so I don't have to work right now. Good for me, bad for them, but in no way my fault so yay!

I got an email yesterday that the Alliance Francaise was able to sort out a studio apartment for me for my month-long stay in Toulouse. I'm so happy, because I am way to old to live in someone else's house for a month. Yes, I know, great language experience. But the discomfort totally outweighs this for me. And maybe if the other students are doing that, they will want to hang out in my place for the whole no-family experience on occasion.

My luggage was waiting for me at the airport so I now have all my work clothes plus all my vacation clothes on this trip. I look a little over packed, but on the bright side, since I had my swimsuit with me, I actually used the hotel pool yesterday.

Er. That's about it.
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I am so not about the work today. But it's my Friday, so that's yay-worthy. :)

Off to procrastinate and stare off into space some more!


Feb. 8th, 2006 12:32 am
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I'm going to South Dakota!

Yeah, I know what you're thinking - why am I excited? Well, because there are only six states left that I haven't been to and this is one of them! So yay!

Of course, it's not til April - but hey, fingers crossed!

In other news, my sister called me tonight. She wants us to go to Chicago and see the Tutenkhamen exhibit (which I'm sure I mis-spelled, but am too lazy to look up). I'm hoping that we can get tickets - it's a popular exhibit, and hasn't been on tour since the 1970s.
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So. Haven't updated for a while, thought I'd come on and say hello. I'm in Nashville this week, on my second observe for learning our new integration software. We're waiting for our support office to fix something for us, so I'm playing online.

I haven't updated because there hasn't really been anything earth-shattering going on for me - I'm back on the road, just doing the daily grind. I'm not unhappy to be travelling again (which is not exactly the same as being happy about it, but it's close enough).

Also, I booked the immersion program for my sabbatical today. Je puis parler le francais. Oh, oui.


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