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Rants, ramblings about my life, work, politics, current events and my obsessions with yarn, knitting, and good music...

Friday, February 25, 2005

Postcards From the Edge

If you would like me to send you a postcard from the land of Deutche, send me your address and I'll hook ya up.

Now for another photo.



Taken from my bedroom window after the "storm" last night. (If I could figure out how to change my template around the photo wouldn't have had to be shrunk so much.)

I promise I will start my posts again about how much I hate the Bush Administration and how much I think he sucks ass soon. I needed to take a break from the news, it was beginning to kill me on the inside.

Needless to say I'm looking forward to going to Germany and telling people that, no I did not vote for him and yes, I don't know how anyone in their right mind could have, with all the bad things he's done.

(DID YOU HEAR THAT GONZELEZ YOU SUCKY ASS EXCUSE FOR AN ATTONREY GENERAL?? I SAID THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION SUCKS ASS!!)

Nothing Exciting

Nothing exciting to report. Although two weeks from today I will be in Germany! Huzzah!!

My back's still bothering me, I can't wait to go to the chiropractor monday.

I leave you with a photo of the socks I'm making for me.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Work!!

Work is very very busy.



So busy that I skipped lunch and am taking a 15 minute break instead.

I think the spinach I ate is not agreeing with me, because I feel like I'm gonna hurl.

My back is hurting BAD today, yesterday it felt so much better, not today. Can't wait for the chiropractor visit on monday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Soup

Work's insane no time for a "real" post, so here's a photo for you.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Socks

Happy Tuesday.
Am at home, I did a number on my back and have spent a good portion of the day laying on the floor. I wish I had a chiropractor...

Here's a photo of the socks I made for my Dad. I tried 'em on & they're a bit big on me, but sooo cozy.

Monday, February 21, 2005

True Love Part 2

I think I drove Niels nuts for a good portion of the weekend because I was like a kid with a new toy, with all the photos I was taking. Granted most of them got trashed, but there were a couple that I was quite pleased with.

The following one is of the lemon pudding cake his Mom had for us when we got to the house Friday night. I think it looks like something out of a cake book.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Movies

Am in Wheeling this weekend hanging out with Niels and his family. It's been a good visit, unfortunately it's going to fast and I don't like that.

(Alena I waved to you when we drove past Morgantown. Did you see me!?)

We went to see Constantine yesterday afternoon. I've not read Hellblazer and I know there's been a lot of grief over the fact that the movie's absolutely nothing like the comic. So with that said, I really liked it. I'm super duper hungover so I can't really write up a coherent review. I'll try to write up one in the next couple days.

I brought my camera on the trip & have taken some photos of Niels' dogs so I'll post them when I get back to town.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 18, 2005

True Love

My camera came in.

I played with it last night. It is the most beautiful piece of geekness I own.

Even more beautiful than all of my knitting supplies, which are quite beautiful on their own.

In another life I would have been a photographer... and now I can.

Once I figure out how to upload photos from the camera to my 'puter I will update my finished projects.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

I Must Have Really Pissed Him Off

Well I think I really pissed off George because he told me to SUCK IT!!

hahaa

I think this is the first time that I've ever read a post from someone's blog that was pretty much directed at me as a result of something I said in their comments. I guess people don't like being called out when they saying something not so nice. It's too bad, because up until this I really thought his blog was really really funny.

(For those of you who read Dooce, George is her cousin. I feel sort of famous and shit.)

Backlash

So there's this blog that I read & normally find it to be a fuckin' riot. The guy's really funny & clever.

But.

Today he said the word faggot. As in he called his friend a faggot. Not cool. So I politely told him that it's not cool to do so. That calling someone a faggot is like callin' a black person a n*gger. And that it's one of those words that can only be used by members of that community.

I'm sure I'm gonna get some lovely emails for this one and if I do, don't worry I'll post 'em.

Please Don't Take a Picture

Broadcast me a joyful noise...

It's been a bad day please don't take a picture.

Work's really sucky today. People outside my office didn't do their job properly and now I have to fix their incompetency. Makes me so mad.

My camera came in! I will see Niels tonight. Those are the only glimmers of niceness in an otherwise horrid day.

meh.

I want a drink and a cigarette.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Day After VD...

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day, even if you don't have a Valentine.

Valentine's Day itself was relatively quiet, Niels & I celebrated it on saturday, I worked the whole day and then came home and did a load of laundry, talked to my sister and watched "Everwood". All in all a nice quiet, relaxing evening.

On saturday Niels & I spent the day together, we went to the Botanical Gardens on the grounds of The Mall. It was not as big as I thought it would be but it is such a lovely building with interesting flowers & plants. Even if you're not really into plants & their names, it's a great place to hang out and read.

Later in the evening we had dinner reservations at The Melting Pot in Arlington. Oh. My. God. It was sooooo good. Dipping food into melted cheese & melted chocolate, how can one go wrong!?

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Presents

My ditigal camera's been shipped!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Nikon Coolpix 8700

Went to the opening of Wegmans this morning! It was amazing, such a beautiful store. As were were outside waiting for the store to open, at 7am, we suddenly heard cheering noises and it was the staff member doing a countdown. It was really cool. It's nice to have a little bit of home down here. Plus it's the best grocery store EVER.

Unfortunately, I was on 2 1/2 hours of sleep so I took a nap when I came home and wound up sleeping all afternoon. I'm feeling quite discombobulated.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Blogger Hates Me

Blogger has not updated my writing stats since October 26, 2004.

I think Blogger hates me.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Memorial Scholarship

When my Aunt Fran passed away in November 2003 she was one semester away from finishing her LPN nursing degree. At the winter graduation ceremony that December my aunt was awarded her degree postumously as a result of her classmates coming together and petitioning the dean. My Uncle Larry and cousins knew nothing of this, only that they were requested to come to the ceremony.

Needless to say all of us where completely blown away that her classmates would do something so amazing.

Today I received an email from my Uncle Larry informing me that he started the Frances B. Hruby Memorial Scholarship Fund at the college my aunt went to, to aid those who want to become nurses but need financial assistance. They will be giving out their first scholarship this fall.

I've asked my uncle to send me more information about donating to the fund. Once he sends me the information I will let you know.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

No More Nukes!

I know this is very idealist and naive of me, but if the U.S. doesn't want other countries to have nuclear weapons than we shouldn't have them either.

In fact no one should have nuclear weapons. Period. No. One. Then we wouldn't be in this "You can't have them because we said so" diplomatic nightmare. And the fact that Condalezza Rice is now Secretary of State & most foreign countries hate her just as much as they hate Dubya and that she lacks any sort of diplomatic skills doesn't help.

Would it be wrong of me to hope that a diplomat of Iran says "If you get rid of your nukes, we'll get rid of ours."?

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Fat Tuesday

A bunch of us were sitting at lunch talking about what would be given up for Lent. A coworker mentioned that we need to get it all out today since Lent starts tomorrow. To this I cackled and said "Not me!! I'm a good pagan! Lent doesn't apply to me!" I wanted to add SUCKERS!!! But I didn't because this coworker is a nice open minded Christian so I didn't want to be too rude.

Speaking of Christianity I was chatting with my Mom last night about her Bible study class and she informed me that the Bible is NOT historical, yet is a political interpretation of events. I teased her and said that she has to be careful because someone might hear her & take away her Christian card. I could hear her roll her eyes over the phone & she said that people who think this way need to get a life.

Hearing my Mom, who runs the program for adults who want to become Catholic, say that people who interpret the Bible literally need to get lives and that they just don't get it, made me laugh so hard I nearly fell out of my chair.

(Watch, someone's going to stumble across this & think I need to be "saved". Won't that be fun!?)

Monday, February 07, 2005

*blink blink*

Holy fuck.

It's real.

I'm really going to Germany. Niels got the tickets today.

Sorry for the recent lack of weekend posting. Now that I'm not in school I tend not to use the computer very much on weekends. I'm too busy getting my geek on by knitting or playing Red Faction II.

Did I mention I'm going to Germany??

Friday, February 04, 2005

Impatient

I want to order my camera NOW.

NOW

NOW

But I can't. I have to wait for the funds to arrive. The waiting's killing me. Seriously, killing me on the inside. I want to be able to romp around and take photos again.

The summer of 2000 was the best summer ever because that's when I took my photo class & got to do cool shit in the developing and printing of the photos. Oh to hang out in a darkroom & get high off of developing fluids. ahhhhh Those were the good ol' days.

But to be able to play with my photos on photoshop. Well, that will make me very happy too.

(It's amazing what a goodnight's sleep and a soy lattee will do for my mood.)

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Deutschland

I am feeling a zillion times better today, but still not my normal self.

Two things are keeping my spirits up and I'm almost ashamed to admit that they're tangible items, not spiritual.

But I guess what ever works. Right?

Item number one that has me really really excited: Deutschland. Niels and I are in the planning stages of our trip in March to visit his Omi and tour around. I don't think it will feel definate until we actually have our tickets, which hopefully by Monday it will be set. But I'm so excited I could pee. I've not been to Europe since I stayed with a family in Nice, France for almost three weeks way back in 1992. Egads, it seems so long ago.

Item number two: Digital Camera. My parents & my brothers have pooled their money to give me so I can buy a camera. I did my taxes on monday and, in addition to using some of it for Deutschland, I'm going to use some of the money to to upgrade the camera a bit. I've my eye on two cameras, a Nikon Coolpix 8700 and the Nikon Coolpix 8800. I'm leanging towards the 8700 because of price and that it comes with a memory stick, granted it would have to be upgraded to one that has memory.

I'm giddy. I wonder how much the diet Pepsi has to do with it.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Depression

I've been feeling quite depressed all day and I hate it. Hate. It.

I woke up feeling out of sorts, but it wasn't until I was about half way through my yoga DVD this morning I noticed thatI was just going through the motions and not really thinking about what I was doing and I was thinking about a zillion other things. I couldn't focus or be in the moment. I should have known right then and there that it was going to be an emotionally blah day.

As the day has gone on I've noticed that the any minute I'm going to cry; if you scratched the surface with your nail, it would come pouring out.

I don't know if I'm going through one of my depressive phases, or if I'm having a reaction to starting The Pill again, even though I only took a two month break. I think it's a depression phase.

I've been fighting depression since I was in elementary school, but I wasn't diagnosed with it until I was in 9th grade. I don't have the "I want to jump in front of a car." or "I wonder what if I just 'slipped' and 'happened' to cut my wrists." feelings anymore. But when my depression hits I just want to stay in bed and sleep and or cry until it passes.

But I refuse to. Because if I do, I feel like its won and I can't let that happen.

I've family members that are fighting a bigger depression monster than I ever will and I see what happens to them and those they love when they lose a battle, it's not pretty.

There's a lot of family history of depression and because I've recently found out that family members have found this site, I'm refraining from going into further detail. I know it's a blog and I'm supposed to talk about pretty much everything here, but these particular family members are extremely private, so I have to respect that.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Socks

I'm home sick. Not sick in the puking my guts out sort of way. But sick in the my uterus is doing all it can to come shooting out of my belly button sick.

So, I've been parked in front of the tv all day catching up on soaps on ABC, not knowing what the hell is going on, yet still being sucked into them.

While watching Bianca tell Maggie, on All My Children, how much she loves her and that they need to be together, I made a big knitting decision.

I am going to make socks.

Socks? Yes. Socks. The one thing other than fair isle that scares the crap out of me. So, I rummaged through my tiny stash of yarn to see what I could use. I found some pretty yellow cotton yarn and have commenced to make my first sock. So far so good, but that's because I haven't gotten to the heel yet and the directions seem scary & complicated. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Speaking of knitting, while at Dan & Stacy's this weekend I attempted to make a hat. FIVE TIMES. On the sixth try it worked. I finished the demon hat last night & Jingle Bear modeled it for me while I took its picture. Of course the camera is a disposable, so I can't post them until I use the remaining 16 photos on the roll. I've not decided what I'm going to do with it, since I didn't make it big enough for me.