Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The 2006 Spring Training Disney Excursion Recap

by Cheddar Bay

Our 2006 Spring Training Disney Excursion began on Tuesday. We left right after DH got off work, and the trip down to my parents' house that night went pretty well. Luke didn't want to eat much at dinner, so I didn't get to eat much either after taking him outside during a meltdown in the high chair. We sat in the rocking chairs in front of Cracker Barrel and he acted as the greeter, much to the delight of several elderly couples passing by. Got to Brunswick around 11 PM.

We left Wednesday morning to head to Orlando around 9:45. Luke cried when we left (we could hear him screaming from inside the car; this was DH's first time away from Luke overnight, and he (DH) was not happy), but it didn't last very long (according to Mom). Had a hard time getting to Orlando. We were about 10 miles down I-95 when traffic came to a halt (that's about 25 miles from the Florida border). We never got above 10 mph, frequently not moving at all. We were also trapped in the far left lane with no way to see if an exit was coming up or anything. Over an hour after we left, we pulled off at exit 7, just *after* the traffic broke up and cleared. Yes, it took us 80 minutes to go 30 miles. Not fun. Finally got to where we could see what was going on not long before pulling off: one big rig had rear ended another. The one that did the rear-ending had the cab completely crushed. You could see and smell the gasoline all over the road (HazMat crew, sand on the road, all that jazz). The big rig that was hit had the rear trailer support broken. It was being towed, and the trailer was just resting on top of the back tires. You could see the smoke billowing off the tires and smell the burning rubber, pew!! Ate lunch at Sonny's BBQ at exit 7 and finally arrived in Florida 2 hours after we left (should have taken about 30 minutes). ::sigh::

We tool along I-95, coming up on Daytona (from my parents, to get to Disney, you take I-95 south to Daytona and hang a left on I-4 west). We're running about 45 minutes behind (don't ask how fasts we were driving to make up that kind of time), but no problem; there really isn't a set schedule. We lost the radio station we had been listening to since Jacksonville, so I started flipping stations. Found one that you could tell was about to finish up with a commercial, so we waited. Guess what we heard on the pre-music traffic report? "For those of you heading west out from Daytona, be advised that entire sections of I-4 west have been shut down due to brush fires. Traffic should clear after Highway 472." I beg your pardon? I don't know how else to get there!! We pulled off at the next exit, less than 5 miles from the I-95/I-4 interchange. I looked in the floorboards behind the front seats, I checked the trunk, I looked in the glove compartment. I can't believe we are in a car belonging to my father and there is no US Road Atlas to be found. It just doesn't happen! (We took their car and left them ours since it had the baby seat in it.) Technology to the rescue!! What on earth would we do without cell phones and Mapquest these days? I called my brother Jacob, told him where we were, and he gave us an alternate route that put us back on I-4 beyond where they said it would clear. Probably only cost us an extra 10 minutes, and we got to see some scenic Florida (ironically, it looks a lot like Brunswick).

Finally got there around 4 (should have been there before 2, snort) and checked in (can't believe they actually had a room ready). As we were emptying the car, I picked up my pillow and jacket out of the back seat, and lo and behold, there sat the atlas. I felt so stupid!! (See, I told you, every car my father drives contains an atlas.) We finally headed out to Downtown Disney around 4:30. We ate dinner at Rainforest Cafe (barely beat the rush) and did our usual scouting mission of pins and merchandise. This prevents us from buying things in the parks (and having to carry them around) that we can buy elsewhere. Bought a few things at Downtown Disney Wednesday night (St. Pat's pins in case they were gone by Friday evening (our next scheduled trip to Downtown) and a Jedi Mickey plush). Finally end of the day Wednesday. Whew!

We were at MGM Studios before they opened on Thursday; don't think I've ever done that before! Rockin' Roller Coaster rocked, as always, even if I did have to ride it by myself (DH hates roller coasters). Got to tell my favorite "Mom didn't think the ride vehicle racing off was real" story. When you leave the pre-show area, you end up in the queue line, which has a clear view of the "vehicle launch" for the ride. The vehicle takes off, or more accurately is catapulted, reaching 60 mph in 2.4 seconds (literally). When Mom saw that from the queue her first time on the ride, knowing that everything at Disney is not what it seems, she turned to me and said "that can't be real." Oh yes it is! (For anyone who has ridden it, you know what I'm talking about. Best part of the whole ride!) Anyway, most people get a kick out of that story, including the 14 year old girl I was telling it to. She seemed a little nervous about riding (her first time), but the story made her laugh, which was the point (she'd already seen one vehicle take off). I ended up riding before she did, so I don't know how she did; I'm sure she was fine, though.

Met DH at the Villains Shop, then went to the Star Wars shop, and we didn't buy a *single* thing at either place, if you can believe that. We usually drop big bucks at each of those stores, but not this year (and really not much last year, for that matter). Really just nothing worth buying (that we didn't already have; a lot of repeat merchandise from last year, which is unusual). Caught a late breakfast since we had 2:45 lunch reservations at Tony's at the Magic Kingdom (now that they have actual *reservations* and not priority seating, there are very few reserved seats available; only an 8:45 for dinner (um, no), so we did a late lunch instead). Saw the new "Lights, Motor, Action!" stunt show, which was quite fun. Learned a lot of cool things about how stunt cars are tricked out.

Headed out to the Magic Kingdom, rode the WEDway (excuse me, Tomorrowland Transit Authority ::rolls eyes::, it will always be the WEDway to me), and did Carousel of Progress before lunch. Tony's was fabulous, as always. Managed Buzz Lightyear an insane number of times (like 6 or so), rode the WEDway probably 4-5 times (which is not an insane number since it never has a line, unlike Buzz which routinely runs about a 45 minute line, but we use FastPass to maximize our rides), did the newly refurbished "its a small world," and The Haunted Mansion. I think that's it (Pirates of the Caribbean was closed for refurbishment; I hear they are installing a Captain Jack Sparrow AA). Caught the fireworks and the second parade, which was heaven, since most folks left after the fireworks, having already seen the first parade. Had to book it across the hub from Tomorrowland to Adventureland *between* the first parade and fireworks JUST for a graduation gift for Jacob after seeing someone else with one (he'd better like it!). Anyone who has been in the hub during those two events knows what a challenge that was. Running the medival gauntlet would have been easier!

Did I mention I had a blister during all of this? Yeah, that was fun. Yes, me, after all these years of going to Disney without even a hotspot on my foot, managed to get both a blister (I think my sock got wadded up on top of my left pinky toe; had a blister by late afternoon) *and* a sunburn (didn't follow my own rules: used sunscreen from last year (should always buy new each year, as it does expire), and didn't reapply at Noon). A mild sunburn, really. Just a tinge of pink and a touch of sting with the hot water from the shower. Gone by the next day and I didn't peel. Still, not the point. I am very careful to ensure neither of those things ever happen to me, and both did this trip. ::sigh::

Staying for the second parade was the best idea we've had in a long time (we usually leave before the parade to avoid the mob). Virtually everyone vacated the park after the fireworks, most having already seen the parade or thinking the park was closing. Heh, heh, heh! We got to play and shop during the first parade when crowds in the lands thinned out dramatically (everyone was in the hub or on Main Street watching the parade), we caught the fireworks (which are great from virtually anywhere near the hub or Main Street) just as they started, we split a Coke at Casey's while chatting with a very nice couple from Pennsylvania and watchcing the thundering herds vacate the park, and we got a prime spot right on the sidewalk on Main Street with only 10 minutes to go before the start of the second parade, directly in front of The Emporium, leaning against a tree even. Bliss! (For the first parade (or the only, if there is just one that night), you usually have to stake out a prime spot like that 45-90 minutes in advance.) And there was virtually no vehicle traffic when we left. Perfection! Got back to the hotel around midnight.

Slept until about 10 on Friday, St. Patrick's Day, then went to the game (Braves vs. Astros). A little bit warm out, but we've had far worse. Light breeze, no rain, and the occasional cloud bringing much needed sun relief (I did lather up with the good stuff that day, and we left before I needed to reapply). We stayed 5 innings. They were down 2-0, ended up losing 7-0. Glad we didn't stay for the whole thing. Back to the hotel to shower and head out to Downtown Disney. Stopped at the Italian place in the strip mall next to the hotel (we usually stay at this hotel, we'd just never eaten there before), and it was quite yummy! We will definitely be eating there again on future trips. Since we had done the "pre-shopping scouting mission" on Wednesday, we knew what we wanted to buy where (that we hadn't bought at the parks), so it only took about an hour. Caught two movies over on Downtown Disney Westside, V for Vendetta and Ultraviolet, then back to the hotel.

Checked out Saturday right at 11 AM. Had lunch at the Steak 'n Shake next to the hotel, then headed home. Had a bit of a traffic slowdown just south of Jacksonville, but made it in plenty of time for dinner. Luke seemed happy to see us, which was nice, though he sure didn't want to let us out of his sight after that (not surprising). Mom said that he didn't look for us at all until Friday, when he only looked around a little in the morning, but by Saturday, he was seeming a bit distressed at our continued absence. Guess we timed it just about right for his first time overnight sans parents.

Sunday was lunch with my paternal grandparents in Waycross, which is about an hour away, to celebrate PaPaw's 86th birthday, then headed home. Luke did really really well in the car, all things considered. I slept more than he did. Hit race traffic (or I guess non-race traffic, since it was cancelled due to rain) on I-75 around exit 195. That's about 30 miles from the exit we needed, and about 15 miles from the actual exit for the race. Sheesh! Hauled out the road atlas (compliments of my father; remember, we were back in our own car now) and hit some state routes. Trekked through downtown McDonough and Stockbridge before all was said and done. Finally ran into I-675, the road we were aiming for in the first place. Once again, I bow to Dad for teaching us to read a map, and read it well. Got home around 8. Thus ends our Spring Training Disney Excursion for another year.

Currently feeling: mousified

Saturday, March 25, 2006

New Movie Musings

I haven't spotlighted these in a while, so I thought I would do so now. I'm trying to get caught up! I did eight tonight, and I have six left to do. I really need to get back in the habit of doing them as soon as I've seen the film, but that seems to be easier said than done of late.

For those interested, if you keep an eye on the sidebar over there, I post them under "Newest Movie Musings" when I do them, even if I don't make a particular post about them. Or you can drop me a line and I'll add you to the list. :-)

* Memoirs of a Geisha
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
* The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
* Casanova
* King Kong
* V for Vendetta
* Ultraviolet
* Serenity

Currently feeling: somewhat caught up

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

DH's turn

He seems to have some combination of what Luke had and what I had, which cannot be at all fun. Luke's appetite isn't back to normal yet, and he seemed really tired today, but otherwise he seems fine. Except for fatigue, I am generally well. I have started a barky cough, though, which doesn't make me happy in the slightest. That usually leads to bronchitis before it's all over. Can we please all be well in time for the weekend? Nothing planned, really, I was just hoping for some time to kick back and relax. Recouperation wasn't on the agenda.

Currently feeling: tired of everyone being sick

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Luke fine, me not

Thanks for all of the hugs and well wishes. They seem to have helped, well, helped Luke at least. He woke up bright and cheerful this morning, like nothing at all happened last night. I woke up exhausted and feeling awful, which I attributed to being up all hours washing clothes (and bedding, which had to be done, because if he got sick again, we were out of mattress pads and pajamas for him, not to mention perilously low on towels). I also didn't get much sleep since I woke up every time I heard him roll over (gotta love paranoid mom hearing). He didn't eat much today, which isn't surprising, but no fever or vomitting today, plus in a good mood and talkative (no, still no actual words, though we have two new sylables: bee and bay).

Like normal, I took a nap when he did this morning. I'll feel better as soon as I catch up on my lost sleep from last night, right? Woke up feeling better, yes, but still not very good. By his second nap, I could barely keep my eyes open. I layed down, and about 30 minutes later, I could not get warm for anything. I was wearing long pants and a shirt, plus an extra blanket or two, and I was still shivering. Hello, you have a fever!! Of about 100 degrees. Joy. Thankfully, Luke slept until DH came home, and he promptly sent me to bed, where I woke every 30-40 minutes either freezing cold or burning up. Woke up dripping sweat and feeling like I was about to incinerate around 7:30 (perhaps the quilt on top of the two extra blankets was a bit much?), so maybe it has broken for good. I certainly feel much better. Temp is currently reading normal. We'll see how the rest of the evening goes. Maybe I'll get around to a trip recap by the end of the week.

Currently feeling: not exactly well

Monday, March 20, 2006

24 hours

Sorry, no cute blinky today. We're back, trip went fine. We enjoyed a couple of days without Luke, going to two movies, two theme parks (in the same day), and a ballgame. My parents thoroughly enjoyed their two days of unrestricted Luke time.

Still no word on the job, BTW. She's supposed to talk to him "late tomorrow," whatever that means.

I think our two days away from Luke were just preparing us for tonight. Roughly 24 hours after arriving home (25.5 to be precise), Luke is throwing up. At least last time he didn't seem upset by it. This time, he is crying and acting like it hurts. No fever, so I don't know what's up. Time will tell, I guess. The only reason I'm even online right now is that I'm waiting for some stains to soak before washing his pajamas and DH's shirt that was hit during a clean-up attempt. More later, when I have time. God only knows when that will be.

Currently feeling: like she can't win

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A Blinky Story

Decipher it (admittedly, it shouldn't be difficult), and you know what I'll be up to for the next few days!

by Kari's Blinkies
by Jo's Blinkie Obsession
by Blinkie Madness
by ACR Blinkies
by Blinkie Obsession
by Blinkies by Mel

Currently feeling: ready to relax

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I didn't do it!

by Pinky Blinkie

It has come to my attention that several folks have assumed that *I* made the blinkies you see at the beginning of my posts of late. I assure you, I did not. I discovered blinkies when Stacey started making them (hey Stacey, you need to get your blinky pages back up!), and then I found out that lots of other folks made them, too! Most sites have them as linkware (free if credited with a link back to the creator and hosted on your own server), and the ones I have featured have always been linked back to the site of their creators, assuming credit was required (some sites do not require it, so I didn't necessarily note where those came from). I didn't realize that no one else realized they were linked. Sorry about that.

My collection is quite extensive! And can you believe I still have trouble finding one to go with the posts sometimes? Probably because I can't find the ones I'm looking for half the time. I really *must* get a better organizational system. I have, um.... let me go take a quick count (and embarrass myself to no end in the process). Okay, looks like 1800+ blinkies by over 60 different creators, presently filed by creator only, so I know who to link back to. (Does that qualify as an obsession?) I don't think I'll be running out any time soon. But I *will* do a better job of explicitly pointing out who *did* make the blinkies so that you can go adopt some yourself, if you are interested. I even went back and updated my previous posts, so there will be no more confusion. Have fun! :-)

Currently feeling: embarrassed

Friday, March 10, 2006

Luke Photo Overload

by Blinkies by Otto

I think the title says it all. Hey, don't roll your eyes! I haven't posted any in a couple of months. And sadly, we have become slack parents and not taken a *single* REAL photograph (digital, of course, but with the real 4MP 10x zoom camera) of our child since Christmas, though my parents have taken lots when they have visited. Instead, I've been snapping spontaneous shots with my camera phone when we've been out at various places. Most of the time, had I known we'd be doing such things, I definitely would have taken my real camera, but it was all spur of the moment. But I now understand the camera phone thing! It was made for parents like me who find themselves thinking "what I wouldn't give for a camera right now!" Well, now I have one. Still learning how to use it (note to self, *don't* use zoom; makes photos super blurry due to increased shutter time), but overall, worth having the shot over not. Hope you enjoy!

Let us start with Luke's first visit to a playground. McDonald's Playland no less! He was so excited to be around the other kids. I feel rather guilty now that it is such a rare occurrence for him. I wish I could provide more child-interaction opportunities for him. I'm working on it. And sadly, I am pretty much convinced that this very first interaction with other germy children and rarely-sanitized playground items is what lead to the baby virus. (Don't worry, I will *never* allow him in one of those ball pit things; way too many horror stories.) I can also tell you that this experience taught me what is going to be the hardest thing for me personally to handle: kids being kids. It was all I could do to keep from shredding a six year old who pushed him out of the way. Granted, I did say (very nicely) to her that she shouldn't push other kids, especially those so much smaller, but the Mama Bear in me wanted to smack her. How DARE you push my child!!! Especially when he wasn't in your way! (growls fiercely and bares teeth) Ah well, I guess I can't keep him away from kids (and germs) forever. At least he had fun, right?

Next up, we have Luke's first ever experience on a slide. Yes, there were slides at McD's, but he didn't use them. You had to climb through the labyrinth to get to them (reminded me of elaborate gerbil tunnels), and he was just too small. (He didn't show any interest in climbing in, and I didn't encourage him; he stayed in that little open room you see playing with the abacus thingy the entire time, which was fine by me.) We took him to a new mall a week or so later, and they had a little padded play area in the middle. Ironically enough, just a few days prior, we had seen a segment on Unwrapped about a company who makes soft food-shaped playground-type items for malls and such, and we said "too bad we don't have one of those around here." Well, we do, at this new mall we hadn't been to yet. We'd been to eat at the restaurants around there before, several times in fact, we'd just never bothered to go in until that day. (Too bad it's so far away.) The play area wasn't as big as the one we saw on TV, but that's okay (and this one was surrounded by padded benches for parents, too!). Anyway, there were only a couple of other kids there, fairly near his age, so we just let him play. He didn't want to go down the slide facing forward, but he loved going down. Based on his reaction to various baby-tossing and "dropping" type games DH plays with him, I definitely think we have a roller coaster junkie on our hands. Yay for me! (DH hates them.)

And lastly, these were taken just this week at Toys 'R Us. We have discovered that it is actually a pretty safe place to let him run around unrestrained (obviously, we don't go when they are busy). He discovers all kinds of things. Let's see, he loves to stack and unstack chairs (and cups, and boxes, and most anything else), he doesn't like rocking horses or push cars (the kind you sit on and push with your feet), and he loves balls (the bigger, the better, as in beach ball size). While we were there this week, he found these canisters, demonstrating his "World Strongest Baby" abilities. I don't even remember what they had in them (seems like fake food or something), but he carried and stacked and unstacked them for about 20 minutes. He could not, for the life of him, figure out how to stack all three of them on top of one another.

He just wasn't quite tall enough to hold the third one by the handle and get it on top without knocking off the second one. I literally watched him try every permutation of lower canisters to see if one would work better: red on blue, blue on red, yellow on blue, blue on yellow, yellow on red, red on yellow. I was rather impressed with his reasoning skills and memory on that one; it was fascinating! Once DH showed him to hold the third one by the sides, he did just fine, and he was so proud of himself (too bad I missed the photo!).

Currently feeling: proud

Thursday, March 09, 2006

My Oscar 2006 results

by Joyful Mother Designs

Okay, I've had a few people ask me how I did predicting this year's Oscars. The answer? About average. I usually manage about 50% correct. Now, that doesn't sound like I did very well, but when you consider that there are several categories that I usually have to guess in (documentary long and short, animated and live action short, and a few other technical awards), and when you factor in that most categories have 5 choices (meaning pure guessing should yeild a 20% correct rate), 50% really isn't too shabby. A long way from 2004, when I managed 75% correct (which shocked even me!), but still, much better than last year which was something like 37%. I missed several of the key categories, though, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor *and* Actress, and Best Picture (I really believed Brokeback would pull it out in the end). I guess there's always next year; maybe I will have actually managed to see a few more of the nominated films.
Currently feeling: triumphant

Monday, March 06, 2006

LEGO Star Wars II coming soon


Many of you will probably remember my obsession with the LEGO Star Wars game that came out a while back. DH and I spent hours and hours enjoying each other's company and having fun playing this enchanting game. No one was more surprised than DH when he came home that day and I demanded that we go purchase a computer game. I just don't like to play them. Well, not most of them. This one, however, was great fun. I remember the agonizing wait after we finished Episode II, not wanting to play Episode III in case of film spoilers. We were so disappointed when it was over. After playing the bonus level, with a tantalizing look at what could be, all we could think was "when will one based on the original trilogy come out?"

Our wish has been granted. LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy will be released "Fall 2006," whatever that means. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am! I know, I know, it's just a game, but boy what a game! I hear they have even encorporated one of the coolest parts about the Gameboy version into this new one (something I heard about from one of my bestest buds when she bought it for her son). Per an email from her: "when you change characters the old one breaks apart and reassembles into the new one." How cool is that!

Currently feeling: thrilled

Saturday, March 04, 2006

No more brownies

by Blinkie Obsession

That's it. I give up. Apparently, I am not meant to make brownies. At least, not good ones. My brownies seem to have only two textures: bricks and goo. Usually, they tend towards bricks, but I did manage a nice batch of goo tonight. We won't even mention the fact that I had already messed up a *boxed* brownie mix before trying the "from scratch" recipe this evening. At least I rescued the chocolate chips from the mix (I put in 3 times the amount of oil it called for because I misread the box; no way to salvage) and put them into the scratch recipe. They were quite tasty, if a little, um, over-moist. ::rolls eyes:: I just hope they got hot enough and done enough to kill any bacteria so we don't get food poisoning from the still slightly gooey middle come tomorrow. I was smart enough to eat the center ones first (the most underdone). I think the edge ones will be okay.

I don't think I'm going to try again. I've been trying off and on for two years to successfully make brownies; that is just plain ridiculous. I'm an engineer for goodness sake! I should be able to make a decent batch of brownies!! Guess I'll just have to settle for store-bought (bleck) or someone else's. ::sigh::

Currently feeling: frustrated

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Too good to be true

by Kamla

I should have known. They always say that if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. But this was not a commercial or a sales pitch or a scam. This was a friend. And she didn't do anything wrong; it's not her fault. I guess that's just life.

Jennifer (former/supposed to be again boss) called today. *Her* boss is having issues with my proposed work hours. He's not sure this is going to work out. He wants to mull it over before giving the official go ahead. He'll let us know in two weeks (does that length of time seem a little ridiculous to anyone besides me?).

I've known this was brewing for a while. It is one of the two glitches I mentioned yesterday. She told me Monday that he was surprised that I wouldn't be working standard hours. She told him she didn't see the big deal. "Well, I was planning to use her some as well." Jennifer replied that this was not communicated to her before she went out looking for someone. "I just assumed you would be hiring someone who would be working normal hours." Now, in his defense, that *is* a reasonable assumption, generally speaking. But, he should have told her he was planning to use my services when she came to him about needing more help. Had that been the case (he wants me for conference calls and things), she would have known then that someone working off hours would not work very well, so she never would have approached me in the first place. He never said anything. She told him she needed help, asked if she could hire someone to do x, y, and z tasks, and he said yes, hire whoever you'd like. So she did. And now he's saying he's not comfortable with her choice. Make up your mind!

She's going to bat for me, she's fighting for me. She told him that this is the work that she is having to do at night because she doesn't have time during the day. What is the difference between her doing it at night and *me* doing it at night? She also mentioned that the company providing me as a contractor to her (but not the staffing agency who is actually paying me; it's so messed up) has already invested in a computer and everything, which is currently in my possession. It's not like the ball isn't rolling on this already. In fact, it has picked up quite a bit of steam. (Not that I've actually worked yet, due to a missing security device that I have yet to receive, but he doesn't know that.) She told him that these were the things she needed done, and that as an industrial engineer, I have the skills and the knowledge. Plus, I am a known quantity, so she doesn't have to worry about my abilities, or how well I "play with others," or my work ethic, or anything else. We just don't understand what the issue is. But in the end, he is the one who has to approve this, so it is ultimately his decision.

And what is the two week wait going to accomplish? If he is that convinced that it won't work out, then just tell us now! Don't make all of us agonize over the wait. Or, assuming we can get the security issues fixed, give me a two week trial. If you still think after the two weeks that it won't work, get rid of me. It will only have cost you two weeks of pay, Jen will have gotten a little bit of relief even if only for a brief time, and I will have made a little bit of extra money in the process (always a good thing).

If he had said he wanted to think about it and would give us an answer on Monday, I would think that might be in my favor. Maybe he just wants to take the weekend to convince himself it is okay. But I certainly don't see how waiting two weeks can be a good thing for me. She in no way implied this, but *I* think he took some of her remarks to mean "I've found the right person, and I don't think you can do better." He's going to spend the next two weeks looking for someone he approves of (skills and hours) and present that person to her as an alternative. Just my suspicion. But again, if that is the case, then just go ahead and tell her that he doesn't think it will work with my schedule and he will hire someone else to help her. Why drag it all out? It isn't good for anyone, including Jennifer, who is getting no help or relief in the meantime, plus she feels guilty about offering me something that she is now unable to come through on (through no fault of her own, but I know it bothers her). ::sigh::

Currently feeling: baffled

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Blinkie catch-up

No credit required

Actually, there is no point. I was feeling the need to blog, but I don't know what to say. Lots I could say, serious and trivial, just not feeling up to it. One major job kink seems to be fixed, still working on the other one. That is all.

Took me several days to realize I forgot to post a blinkie with my last entry, so you get a bonus blinkie today.

Bonus blinkie:
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Currently feeling: out there