Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Fun stuff for the office....

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Good things

Considering it's only Tuesday, it's still been a pretty good week:

  1. Did treadmill and situps three nights in a row
  2. Freecycled a whole garbage bag worth of stuff
  3. Finally figured out how to make closed captions appear on TV
  4. 6 PC's set up successfully, 4 more to go
  5. Got a glimpse of the new policy manual which actually allows me to enforce the group policies that I want to enforce
  6. Mailed three cards
  7. Resisted watching Desperate Housewives
  8. Watched House
Not too shabby, I suppose. The "things to look at" list at the office is still a lot longer than I would like, but what's a sys admin to do? I mean -- librarian. Yeah, that's right, I'm supposed to be a librarian. Hm, librarian, what is that again?

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The dark side of Mr. Potato Head

I can't decide if I want one of these or not....

Some days I really really like my job

Yesterday was one of those really good days at work. I had three new laptops to get set up and configured and all that jazz. So I pretty much locked myself in the board room and just sat there with the three machines and a copy of Because of Winn Dixie. While the software was loading, I just sat and read. There was no phone to bother me, no people came in and bothered me, not even any email to have to eyeball. Ahhhhh.......................

Monday, January 17, 2005

I've got a taste ... for murder!

This weekend I was invited to a "How to host a murder" party. I haven't ever been to one before, but it was a lot of fun! It was a "Class of '54" reunion theme and I was cast as a brainless cheerleader (wha?? me? a cheerleader? It is to laugh!) who had the victim's baby but he dumped me but if he died I would have inherited a lot of money.

Of course, the best part was seeing my three best friends in the whole world. We had all been thinking that it has been almost a year now since we all got together for that Mom's conference.

Anyway, we've got several family birthdays coming up in April and I'm thinking of hosting my own murder....

Friday, January 14, 2005

Ibuprofen

What do you know ... "Not to exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours." (I've had 8, and it's only noon.)

I always thought that 800 mg of Ibuprofen was the "normal" dose.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

creme brulee kit

D's birthday will be coming up soon enough. I think he needs one of these.

I'm really trying to pass off all cooking responsibilities in the household to him....

Random thoughts on a rainy Thursday

Yes, it's January and it's raining. The snow is almost completely gone now. I don't know why, but it makes me sad.

I feel good that I am continuing to rid the house of extraneous "junk". I posted more items to freecycle and have more to go. I've got three auctions up on ebay and they are all going to sell.

Yesterday I finally had some time to take down the Christmas decorations. I have four fairly good sized plastic storage bins that I use to store them. Over time, of course, I've received more decorations and things but my "rule" is that anything that does not fit into the four bins is not allowed. I think four big bins ought to be enough Christmas decorations for anyone.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Shoe frenzy

I'm not really crazy about shoes. When I find a pair that I like, I tend to wear them for as long as I can. However, I've been wearing the same pair of Merrell shoes for about 5 years now, so I think it's time I treated myself to some new shoes.

I got a nice pair of black slip on clogs from Land's End and a pair of short brown boots from Payless.

Ah, I feel in style now...

6.5" of snow

Okay, so someone should have taken my bet. We got around 6.5" of snow as of this morning.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Good Lord of the Rings news!!

The exhibit is coming to a museum near me!!!! We must sign up for advance ticket sales, precious.....

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Snow, schmow....

The weather forecasters are all a-flutter here, making predictions of 4-6 inches (possibly more!) of snow in the next 48 hours. Since it's getting late in the day and folks are starting to go home, everyone is joking "see you tomorrow, unless we're snowed in!" Har.

#1. This is the Midwest, not some wimpy little crybaby Southern state. The world does not stop for a little snow. And we're talking snow here, not ice. Sure, give us a really bad ice storm and travel is going to be dicey, but snow over 48 hours time is not going to be hard to keep up with.

#2. The weather forecasters here have such a big area to predict for that if you're not in the right place at the right time, the predictions have nothing to do with the suburb in which you live. Then there's the whole lake thing that throws everything out of whack as well. People living East of the lake inevitably get more snow than those of us on the West side of the lake.

At any rate, I made a public announcement that I'd be willing to put up $50 saying that in our suburb (and the immediate surrounding ones) we will not see more than 2 inches of snow total.

Will I prevail?? Your questions will be destroyed!! By answers!!


Monday, January 03, 2005

Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien!
Here's your chance to give those cheerleaders what they deserve!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Oh, those pesky resolutions

On one level I hate New Year's resolutions. I like to pretend that I'm "above that". I like to think I'm usually in a state of perpetual self-examination. I don't wait until once a year to look over the mess that is my life and try to improve the things that I can.

On another level, I like New Year's resolutions because they mean that people really do want to be "better" people. It means that we care enough to take some time to examine our lives and to right whatever wrongs might be going on.

On that note, I did reorganize both my "stamping and scrapbooking" desk and two kitchen drawers. I am ruthless when I reorganize. Didn't use it for like two years?? It's gotta go. Thank heaven for the freecyclers. Not all my "junk" ends up in a landfill!

On a broader scale, I did make one real resolution. I admit, I am the world's worst sender of birthday cards. Really. Honestly. I am the worst. I do actually think of people on their birthdays but I've just got some "block" or something that prevents me from putting a stupid card into an envelope and putting a freaking stamp on it and hoofing the thing out to the mailbox. This year (as I've said so many other years) I really am going to get people birthday cards -- even people to whom I have never sent a birthday card.

So if you get an unexpected birthday card this year, it might be from me.

A bit o' Robby Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

(Chorus)
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gud-wellie waught,
For auld lang syne.



Cheers, Fred Poets, wherever you may be! I miss you all!