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Dec. 23rd, 2009

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Happy Holidays

Hope this brings a smile ... it sure did to me!

Nov. 11th, 2009

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long time no LJ!

It's been forever since I posted here ... lately it's been all snippets on Facebook. I feel a little guilty about that -- LJ has the feel of a classic novel to me, while Fbook is more like a trashy paperback. Easier, faster, but not a lot of thought or meaningful content. Of course, I also have dozens more people on Fbook from all areas of my life to connect with, and that's both good and bad. Sometimes you have stuff you want to say that you really don't want heard by your coworkers or your yoga buddies, you know?

May. 25th, 2009

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the latest Amazing Expanding Home Project

Why is nothing around the house ever simple? Our latest adventure: "Our couch is pretty old and grungy" has now morphed into "Let's get a new living room set, chuck the old stuff, spackle and paint the walls and ceiling, rearrange everything, and hang new drapes ... and do it all in four days!"

This keeps happening because our house isn't new, and because once Mark REALLY gets an idea in his head, you need a bulldozer and three elephants to get it out. As of right now, our former family room sleeper-sofa and the coffee table that dates back to our first apartment together are gone (to the first person that would take them for free). The new sofa, love seat, and coffee table arrive tomorrow between 11 and 2. The remaining furniture in that room is clumped in the center of the room and tarped. All the baseboards, light plates, and ceiling fixtures are off, and there is one coat of spackle on all the various nail holes and dings, and one coat of paint in the corners and around the outlets.

Of course, all the contents of all those shelves and cases are strewn about the dining room and (other) living room, so there is no easy place to sit. I'm occupying half a chair while typing. I'm still putting off breakfast until I figure out where the heck I can sit to eat it.

And Mark is golfing. *sigh* Not good for my patience. When he gets home, we have to sand the spackles that need it; do a second "cut" coat around the corners and plates; do a first coat on the ceiling and walls; and hopefully, won't need to do a second coat.

If the first coat is enough and it dries in time, we can put the baseboards and face plates back up tonight, and our neighbor can help him move the heaviest pieces of furniture into their new places. If not ... well then, I'm back to work tomorrow morning (where my computer is still crashed and IT is still on vacation) and Mark has to figure it out on his own, before 11am. I can't tell you much I *don't* want to come home from yoga at 8pm tomorrow and find furniture still in the middle of the room.

Did I mention we still need to reroute the cable in the basement so it comes up on the other side of the room before we can hook up the TV, which has to happen before we re-assemble the entertainment center? And that we still need to iron our new drapes that go across the sliding glass doors, a total of 7 floor-to-ceiling panels?

With any luck, Wednesday after work I'll be putting the contents of the shelves and cases back ... and Thursday morning I drive Mark to the airport. He'll fly to Florida, help Anthony pack his car, and drive back with him ... they should be here by Sunday, my day of silence. And his girlfriend arrives from Nevada the next day for a 4-day visit.

Stop the world, I want to get off!!

Apr. 3rd, 2009

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Mar. 20th, 2009

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Wordle: ARC of Oswego County call for membership

Feb. 5th, 2009

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Tomorrow will be interesting.

We're leaving for vacation in Florida Saturday morning, so tomorrow I need to make sure I've taken care of everything I can at work up through the 17th. This includes drawing three winners for our Valentine's Day raffle at 3pm, and hopefully connecting with each of them before 5pm and making arrangements for them to get their prizes.

I've also found out that they are resealing the floor in my building tomorrow, so I won't actually be allowed into my office. I'm set up to take over one of the empty offices for the day, but I won't have access to one or two pieces of software, including my donor database. I'm racking my brain to make sure I take everything I need out of my office today (like, the jar full of raffle ticket stubs) in order to do my job tomorrow. Also, I will only be able to access my email through the Internet, so I can get new messages but can't see any old ones.

Did I mention I have my six-month review tomorrow?

Then in the evening I need to get my car washed (hubby doesn't want it to sit for a week covered with road salt), change the cat box, make sure all the bills are paid through the 20th, hand over keys to the catsitter, and all the other fun things that come from leaving for a week.

I'm going to need a vacation just from preparing for vacation.

Jan. 13th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Tricky Questions

What is your first reaction when someone says "I need to talk to you"?

A sickly feeling in my stomach, like "what did I do now" or "what awful thing is about to be dumped in my lap that I have no choice but to deal with?" How sick I feel depends on who's talking, whether it's a friend or my boss or my husband or a coworker, and whether or not we get along in general. Facial expression and body language has a lot to do with it, too, whether their expression says 'I need your help' or 'I didn't want to be the one to tell you this, but...'
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Writer's Block: On the Bus

Jam a bunch of people together in a tight space like a bus or the subway and something crazy is bound to happen. What's the most memorable thing you've seen on mass transit?

It's my favorite "only in San Francisco" story.
If you've ever ridden the outbound subway in downtown SF at 5pm, you know the cars are half-full at Embarcadero, nearly full at Montgomery, and completely packed by Powell. They don't free up again until Castro, when half the people get off.
So one day a young man got on at Embarcadero and settled himself somewhere in the middle of the car. The car filled up to the gills, as usual, but apparently the man's stop came before it emptied out again. Afraid of missing his stop while trying to squeeze past the jam of people to the doors, he called out "coming out! coming out!" to which a male voice at the other end of the car trilled approvingly, "well good for YOU, honey!"
The rest of the car broke into laughter, a reaction I remember thinking would have been quite different in many other cities I've known.

Jan. 9th, 2009

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Second Round of Voting!

I know this looks like the same thing, but it's round 2! So if you voted before, please visit and vote again! Or for the first time, whatever you like!

Dec. 31st, 2008

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Support Funding for Those with Developmental Disabilities

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