Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Waiting room from heck

So I get in my car this morning and the yellow "service engine soon" light comes on. I needed an oil change anyway, so I took it to Sears where I usually go for oil changes. They tell me that they can change the oil, but they don't diagnose lights.

Okay, fine, I'm already here, let's change the oil. The car never stopped running or acted funny anyway, so I wasn't too worried about the light just yet.

I'm told it will take about an hour and I go wait in the lounge. First the morning news finishes up and then Oprah comes on. This really is no big deal, I don't watch Oprah, but she is someone I can respect. The teaser for her show says that it's going to be a makeover show, which I think is really nice.

But wait -- it's not just any makeover show, it's: Releasing your inner sexpot! Talk about your nightmare!! "Releasing your inner sexpot" is not what I want to hear at 9:00 in the morning -- least of all in the automotive repair waiting room.

Of course my book is in my car so I can't go get it. I could have gone and hung around Panera for a while, but I had already eaten breakfast. I could have gone shopping in the mall, but nothing was open yet. I could have just called Amy or someone, but my cell phone battery was almost dead.

So there I was stuck watching women learn to pole dance, try on thong underwear and practice the "stripper walk". How humiliating.

Oh, there was one other couple in the waiting room as well. Actually, they were really nice. A slightly older couple, and the woman was very friendly. She actually made a few wisecracks about Oprah's show and I had to just laugh with her.

Still, it was so horribly uncomfortable to have to sit through the show with mechanics always passing by. Ugh.

Finally, around 9:30 the president cut in with a news conference. I've never been so glad to watch a press conference in my life!!

Star Wars vs. The Quilter's Apprentice

So this weekend we went to see Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. I thought it was pretty good. Amazing what 25 years of advanced in computer animation has wrought. I'm not a huge Star Wars geek, so I'm not all gushy about it. I'm glad that George Lucas was able to expand on the Star Wars world, and it was fun to see how all the loose ends got tied up. Dave said that he thought it was a little predictable, but I pointed out that of course it was predictable, we all know what happens next. Whatever. It was fun, and Hayden Christiansen is cute.

I think I was more impressed with the preview for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I know it's corny, but I got a little choked up when the Lion came on screen. But as well all know, previews can be misleading. Almost every movie looks good as a preview.

I also read a book in a day. My Mom has been trying to get me to read the "Elm Creek quilt" novels for a while. So I took her copy of The Quilter's Apprentice and read it in one day. It was as I expected. In two words, this book is: mostly harmless.

The characters are completely one dimensional, the plot is contrived, and I remain unconvinced that someone with so little sewing experience could create the quilt described in the book. It's more like the author's little fairy-tale daydream of a cute little fantasy world. People who don't want depth in their reading repertoire and quilters will probably go crazy for the book.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Nintendo Power!

We just bought a Nintendo Gamecube! It's soooo awesome! My brother in law and I both wanted one, so we split the cost and we have to share it. No big deal, since my kids will be spending the summer at their house anyway.

Since I was the one who actually bought it, I picked out Donkey Konga and the Sonic Mega Collection. Donkey Konga is a total blast! I rock! The Sonic collection is just plain fun, too.

This weekend I rented the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. This is totally the next game I will buy. When I rented it from Blockbuster the guy at the register said my kids would love the game. "It's for me." I had to explain.

So long sleep! Hello Gamecube!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Diet Coke news

Anyone who knows me for even the shortest amount of time knows the importance of Diet Coke in my life. It's pretty much my life-blood. I know I'm addicted to it but I figure there are worse things in life to be addicted to.

So now the folks at Coca-Cola have introduced Diet Coke made with Splenda. My family loves it. I hate it. It tastes pretty much just like regular Coke. Blech. At least it has zero calories. I can't really figure that one out because I thought Splenda was part sugar. So I expected the Diet Coke with Splenda to have maybe half the calories, but it has none. Whatever, I'm not going to drink it anyway.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Gizoogle me!!

Check out the new Gizoogle'd Fred Poets blog.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A few more good news items

Alright, so there are several other good news items to report on.

Last Friday we went to see "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy". I really liked it. Oh yeah, I had "heard" that it wasn't all that good but that wasn't going to stop me. No, it wasn't some ground-breaking life-changing kind of thing, but it was extremely fun and I thought it was superbly cast. Everyone just looked like they were having fun and everything was really visually appealing.

I got to play a flute solo in church -- twice. Well, once was for a Sunday morning service and the other time was for the Wednesday chapel at school. It was really fun to get to be the one playing the flute and not always the one playing the piano accompaniment.

I finally broke down and called Gateway regarding a Profile PC that I have already had to reinstall the OS like three times. And this time I actually caught a break!! I got through right away and the techie had me run a diagnostic which turned up a bad hard disk! This is a good thing as it's still under the on-site warranty. Someone from Unisys is coming out today and installing a new hard drive for me!! Yeah!! This should put an end to the problems on that PC!!

My first grader asked me to bring her home a copy of Socks by Beverly Cleary. Awesome! Socks is one of my all-time favorite kids books. I love it when my kids read books that I loved as a kid.

And it's finally Friday. Mmmmmmm, fries......

More good news/bad news items

Bad news: Yesterday I took a sick day. Not a "mental health" day. Not a "I have a doctor's appointment so I'll take the whole day off" day. A full-on barfing my brains out sick day. I can't remember the last time I was so violently ill. It kind of put a kink in my plans as I had some prep work to do for a meeting today.

Good news: In between puking, I was actually able to work on the documents for my meeting and probably accomplished more because I didn't have to deal with my co-workers or other interruptions. Thus, my meeting today went off without a hitch.

Good news: The quilt top for "Ye damned quilt" has been handed off to me. Another person was piecing the quilt and then it was to be passed to me to do the actual quilting. Yes, it's a good news thing because it means that I finally get to use my walking foot (insert your own joke here, Steve.) and it means that the recipient of the quilt is one day closer to retirement and thus will be out of my life.

Bad news: I have to actually work on the stupid thing. I'm so close to finishing my hand pieced quilt. It's completely quilted and I almost have the binding sewn on completely. It really slays me to have to put that project aside to work on "Ye damned quilt".

BAD NEWS: The DVR didn't freaking record "Lost" tonight!!! It must have gotten knocked out of whack when the thunderstorm went through this morning.

Good news: There is no good news to compensate for missing an episode of "Lost". Not when there are so few episodes left this season!! Okay, so I had an episode of "House" to watch. Small consolation. Nobody I know "tapes" anything anymore. So how am I going to catch up? The worst part is that my husband didn't even pretend to be upset that it didn't record!! You call yourself a fan?? I didn't get a "harumph" out of that guy!

Mmmm READ......

So finally the American Library Association has done something worthwhile! It's about freaking time!! Now I just have to clear a spot at the ol' cubicle to make way for my new hottie. Who will have to move? Mel? No, I don't think so. Tim? Possibly....

However, for every good thing there is a corresponding bad thing. I have nothing against Johnny Damon at all (or the Red Sox), but have you seen this guy in those Puma commercials? He just looks creepy. Put a shirt on already. Ew, ew, ew.

Insert curses here

It seems like Blogger has been a little flaky lately. Well, at least it seems like every time I try to log in either Blogger just doesn't work or my stupid internet connection at home is down. So I guess I'm going to have to do one really long post now that I'm actually logged in and able to update the blog.

Hm, better make sure I can post this first....

Thursday, May 05, 2005

We apologize

The persons responsible for the recent postings have been sacked.

We now return to your regularly scheduled whining.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

“Turismo con llamas”: la idea surgió en Bolivia

Es difícil conciliar el sueño a 5.000 metros de altura.

En una de esas noches en vela, mientras viajaba por los Andes bolivianos, a Nadia Cathomen se le ocurrió la idea de hacer excursiones con llamas en su pueblo, Surrein, en el cantón de Grisones.

Y mas llamas!

El Dr Williamm Franklin lideró un estudio entre 136 ganaderos que usan 237 llamas para la vigilancia de cabras, vacas y aves , y se extrajeron las siguientes conclusiones respecto a las pérdidas por el ataque de depredadores:

  • Cabras: descendió del 13% al 1%
  • Vacas : descendió del 13% al 0%
  • Aves: descendió del 40% al 6%
  • En el 78% de los casos descendió hasta el 0%

En las tierras bajas semiáridas del occidente de Eritrea, los pastores hierran sus camellos con la marca de su clan, y con otra secundaria y exclusiva de una familia o de un individuo. Para la población de la región de Tigrina, los camélidos son una propiedad de evidente valor: sirven para transportar cargas de hasta 200 kilogramos, para obtener leche (hasta nueve litros diarios) y para hacer girar los molinos que producen aceite de ajonjolí.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The incredible iceless can cooler

Finally!! I got my Christmas present yesterday. It's so awesome!! I took it to work and every last drop of my Diet Coke was icy cold.

Okay, it is a little loud and I was afraid that the noise would bother people, but they haven't noticed at all.

Monday, May 02, 2005

More music hijinx

Hm, I think I like that spelling of "hijinx". It just looks so bizarre.

Well, I'm playing the piano at Trinity again. I feel like I shouldn't complain about it since I did volunteer and they are paying me.

("You volunteered, didn't you? We're paying you for this, aren't we?"
"Yeah, but I didn't know I was going to be getting electric shocks!" -- what movie?)

I do feel obligated to point out the absurdity that the theme for the services on Mother's Day weekend is:
"Father knows best".

At least the music is going to be super easy to the point of being horribly boring. I get nervous enough when I play at Trinity that I don't need interesting and/or challenging music. Check out these lyrics and see if you can tell me what they mean:

The beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
Are silent to call out Your name;
The earth has no voice,
And I have no choice
But to magnify God unashamed.
Let the rocks be kept silent
For one more day;
Let the whole world sing out,
Let the people say.

And then it goes back to this amazing forgettable chorus. No offense to Wayne Watson who wrote it. It's just not that great of a song.

On a really great note, I finished hand quilting my hand pieced quilt. This weekend I put the binding together and the last step is to put on the binding. (Get your mind out of the gutter, guys.)

I was all ready to start sewing Sunday night, but I sliced off part of my thumb when I was cutting up some vegetables for dinner. I was using our Pampered Chef Ultimate Slice and Grate and I have to tell you that that blade is SHARP!!

Well, it made a nice clean cut anyway, which bled a lot and caused me to swear, but worst of all, it just hurt too much for me to do any more sewing. Rats. Well, I suppose I just wasn't supposed to start sewing just yet. That's alright there were two brand new episodes of the Simpsons on last night anyway.