Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Bush Joke

Fire Destroys Bush Presidential Library

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tragic fire on Monday destroyed the personal library of President George W. Bush. Both of his books have been lost.

Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer said the president was devastated, as he had not finished coloring the second one.

A couple of years ago, down the road a ways from me, a man shot his wife over a biscuit argument.

So, the Governator doesn't want tourism in California???

Shouldn't we be conquering the diseases and viruses we have on Earth now before possibly introducing new contaminants with this comet dust??

I hate Computers!

I have just spent about three hours trying to get my printer to work. It used to work fine, now, nothing. When I try to print I get a message that says my computer can't communicate with the printer and that I should unplug it and plug it back up, I should check the usb cable, and then I should restart the computer. Well, I do all those things and nothing happens. After about three tries, I got a message that said the computer had detected new hardware and wanted to look for the driver. So, I sent the computer on its mission to seek out the driver. Couldn't find it, which is strange because I sure haven't deleted anything off my computer. So, I reinstalled the printer. During the reinstallation, I was prompted to put in the driver disk. I didn't have a driver disk. At one time, I might have had one, but I don't know where it is now. That's what happens when Mom straightens up the house. So, I had to go to the Lexmark site and download the driver. It took two hours and the computer downloaded it into the Music file, which ironically, doesn't appear to have any music in it. Music file??? No wonder the computer can't find anything. Did I mention that I hate computers? Anyway, I restarted the computer. Still can't print. I should have just gone after the hair clog in the bathtub drain. It would have taken 10 minutes and I would have something to show for it (the hair clog and a well drained tub).
Today is the first day of my latest vacation. I'm so excited to be off again. I can watch more Alias, crash more planes with my Flight Simulator game (not that those crashes were intentional, but I was disappointed that my flight instructor didn't scream once) and eventually extract that huge hair clog out of my bathtub drain (yuck). I'm putting that one off for a while.

I gave Ria a blog for Christmas and she's actually made a couple of posts. So, click here to check out Riambra's Realm. She's an Everquest nut, if that interests you.

And since I haven't done this in a while, Check out Alfreds Cheese Emporium, my friends from England.

And here's Polly's blog, but she doesn't post very often. A definite slacker. It's not like she has house work to do or anything, she's got a wife for that - LOL.

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

I've begun work on January's Spymaster's Agenda. The calendar website keeps kicking me out. I guess it's what you can expect to get for free.

Bush Joke

Cheney and the Bushes on a Plane

Dick Cheney, President Bush and his father are flying on Air Force One. Dick looks at Dubya, chuckles and says, "You know, I could throw a $100.00 bill out the window right now and make one person very happy."

Dubya shrugs his shoulders and says, "Well, I could throw ten $10.00 bills out the window and make 10 people very happy." George Bush Senior says, "Of course then, I could throw one-hundred $1.00 bills out the window and make a hundred people very happy."

The pilot rolls her eyes, looks at all of them and says, "I could throw all of you out the window and make the whole country happy."

Pizza Survey

On my way home tonight, I saw that gas prices had raised $0.14 in just one day! Usually they only raise by $0.05 or so. This has to be price gouging because of the Gator Bowl and WVU Football's appearance in the event. I'm so tempted to email the local news and ask them to investigate.

Today at work I learned that despite the Governor ordering numerous rounds of budget cuts, the State office is planning on sending probably close to 100 people to a hotel three hours away for a two night stay for financial training. As a taxpayer, I am disgusted by this flagrant waste of my tax dollars. I'm trying to get out of the training. And it only has a little bit to do with the fact that I could teach this training with my eyes closed and I'd be bored to death if I had to go. A little bit more to do with the fact that I might just smack a few people, like Little Miss Commissioner, if I went.

Darlena was looking for file folders today at work and Angie and I helped her find a couple. Angie told her that her best bet was to steal them from people who weren't at work that day and I said that she could steal them from Tony since he doesn't even read policy, let alone organizes it with folders. Darlena was stunned. She said, "How did you know that's what I was going to do with these folders? I didn't tell you." I really freaked her out. I wasn't about to tell her it was a lucky guess. So, I let her think I was psychic. It was so funny. And then we had a bunch of idiots replying to all in our email today. Our email program at work lets you email groups of people at one time. So, they have set up a group that includes everyone in our agency. Well, idiots include that group on the email and that means 100's of people get an email that has nothing to do with them. Then the ones who shouldn't have gotten the email reply to all, which means they deliberately choose to send their response back to every single person who was originally included in the first email. Polly and I have just about had it with the reply to all syndrome. I was tempted to email the ram and ask her to suggest at her next big meeting she has to go to that everyone gets more email training. Polly's going to send them all those Pinstruck voodoo dolls. She can send one to Little Miss Commissioner with my blessings, but not my email addy :) Polly said she'd like to have some email training since she's never had any for this program. I asked her why she should bother with it, apparently all you learn is to reply to all and send a lot of people unnecessary email.
Check out the P.U. Litzers

Good for them!

A moment of silence, please to mark the passing of Earl Hindman. Wilson from the sitcom Home Improvement.

I want to add Little Miss Commissioner to this list.

I think it looks like Castro.

Who really captured Saddam?

Monday, December 29, 2003

So, the lottery was up to $170 Million last Saturday. We bought $10.00 worth of tickets and won $7.00. That was good considering we always lose all our money on the lottery. We plan to reinvest the $7.00 back into the lottery for Wednesday's drawing (it's up to $210 Million). It would be nice to win. Then I could bid a joyous and a totally in-your-face farewell to Little Miss Commissioner and open my own bookstore and be happy.

Today I sent off $10.00 to the local animal shelter. They do year-long memberships for people who donate $10.00, not that I want to be a member of an organization. I just wanted to give them some money. And I know from personal experience that $10.00 can feed eight cats for a week so I'm sure my donation will make a difference.
Time for a work rant: Little Miss Commissioner has struck again. I did an audit and sent it to the adj. unit like always. Little Miss Commissioner decided she wanted to disregard our policies and procedures so she ran to her boss, who can override anything I do, and got her boss to agree to let Little Miss Commissioner to do what she wanted to do. Why do I even have to do an audit if SHE is just going to do whatever she wants to? You know, it's days like these when it's almost tempting enough to become a case worker. I can understand why Brenda D. wanted to be a case worker. Hmmm.... my supervisor retires in July and there's a good chance that there will be a case worker opening shortly after that. That thought's just too scary to consider.
Sounds like Rod Stewart has a good idea.

10 Dumbest Quotes of 2003

But I just read on a tabloid that Camilla's going to be Queen???

What's German for 'Deads-ville'??

Another Best of 2003 list...

Polly, an RIAA story!!

Sunday, December 28, 2003

So, I was watching my Alias dvds today and they had a song playing called "River". At the time I watched this particular episode I thought the song was a really good choice for the moment in the show (a confrontation between Sydney and Jack). But today, I made the connection that this same song is on my Barry Manilow Christmas CD! Well, this thrilled me because this was my favorite song on Barry's cd. What a nice coincidence!

Saturday, December 27, 2003

I got my Alias dvds!! I've already watched the bloopers and deleted scenes. And a segment about how the make-up and costume people come up with Sydney's wigs and outfits. I can't wait to start watching the episodes. And I now have sound on my pc again. So, I will have to play with Flight Simulator. The Great File Migration has run into a snag, I think. I ended up copying files instead of moving them from one hard drive to another, but some of them didn't copy. Sent off an email to my personal Help Desk (my sister and brother-in-law) on that one.

Tomorrow is another day

And today is tomorrow if you were thinking about yesterday. And today I'm feeling a lot better, pepperoni stayed down - a true test of intestinal fortitude. But I think I've probably lost some weight thanks to the virus, so that's good. I'll be the only one to come to work Monday with less weight. LOL! That will be fun considering all those weight conscious women do that Atkins diet whenever they gain an ounce. Now the only disappointing thing is that there's nothing on tv to watch. Live and Let Die is on, and while I liked the song, and Jane Seymour, I didn't care much for the story. My sister found the Alias Season 2 dvd in P-Burg and she's going to be bringing it by tonight, so I'll have something to watch tomorrow. And since I only have to work Monday and Tuesday, I'll have five more days to watch the dvds. Can't wait for that.

Friday, December 26, 2003


I spoke too soon. Tossed my cookies a few times in the last few hours. So, that means that I'm not eating or drinking again until morning.


And I almost forgot, I had a three hour nap today too. Dad slept an hour longer. If I didn't feel so awful, I'd be excited at the prospect of being up all night.

Sick as a dog

To quote Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies. Today, the day after Christmas, my dad and I woke up with tummy aches. He's thrown up a couple of times. I have fortunately avoided that so far. All I've eaten today is a slimfast meal on the go bar and a few crackers. I've drunk some water and some 7-up. I don't know what dad's eaten if anything. I think I hear him milling about in the kitchen now. But he did say that he had only had one cup of coffee today. He usually drinks that like water. However. I did manage to get to Walmart to check on the Alias Season 2 dvd - they didn't have it at my store. I bought some Christmas stuff on sale and came back home.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

What a nice story!!!!!

Christmas was pretty good at our house. My sister and brother-in-law got some PS2 games. They seemed thrilled with those. Dad got some cd's, a pc game, Andy Griffith dvds and some tools. Mom got pc games, a box of chocolates (cause life's like that - LOL), I got her a kitchen utility cart (one of those put-it-together-yourself deals from wallyworld). Jasmine got all kinds of toys. She was as happy as a nearly two year old can be. I got Flight Simulator 2004 (when I get sound back on my pc, I'll enjoy that better), an album for recipes, a book on the meaning of dreams, a unique pig figure, some mixing bowls and measuring cups and spoons, and a big stone baking sheet for baking pizzas. Fritz and Steffi got a rawhide chew to snack on for Christmas. Fritz got a new jingle ball. And the house cats got some new catnip this morning. Dad liked the uncooked cranberry sauce the best, so I guess I will keep that recipe and make it every year. And the chocolate mousse cake went over very well. My brother in law, Steve, is upgrading our pc. He put a second hard drive in it and said, "you can migrate the stuff from your old hard drive to this one and then we can get rid of the old one." I'm still wondering what he meant by 'migrate'. Do you think it means copy and paste? Cause I can do that. And we have no sound on our pc because it took Steve an hour to download video drivers, whatever they are, and he said it would take too long to download sound drivers so he was going to put whatever we need on a cd and have my sister install it when she comes down again. Dial up connections may not be the best thing for downloading stuff, but they are pretty much the cheapest and that's a good selling point. I took a quick look at Flight Simulator last night, but I think I need sound to do anything cool with it. The introductory flight kept showing this message to bank right, but there were no instructions for how to do that, so I'm guessing there was a voice telling me how to do it. Mom hid Dad's cd's, game and dvds because Jasmine was throwing them on the floor and it took us a half a day to find them.

Today, I watched part of The Spy Who Loved Me on Spike TV. A very good Bond movie, considering it's Roger Moore. I also watched the last hour or so of The Man With the Golden Gun. When Bond landed his little plane on the island, I kept expecting Nicknack to yell, "the plane, the plane!" But I guess the island wasn't much of a fantasy - heeheehee.

I think tomorrow I will go to walmart to see if they have the Alias Season 2 dvd. Walmart is bad about having these things at one store, but not at all of them.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Whoohoo!!!! Home for 5 and a half days!! This afternoon I spent my time cooking. I made a version of Cranberry sauce for my dad. I made a different version last night, it was cooked. Today's version isn't cooked. So, the plan is for him to pick which one he likes better. I'm not picking 'cause I don't eat cranberries. And I made chocolate mousse cake. It's not a cake that you bake, it's just called that to mislead you. There are only two three ingredients to the cake: semi-sweet chocolate chips, chocolate cookies (like oreos), and heavy whipping cream. You make a mousse like substance from the chocolate chips and the cream and then layer it with the cookies. The base of the cake is crumbed cookies. I've made it once before and it was pretty good. I stopped at Krogers and picked up some rolls for our Christmas Dinner that we're having tomorrow. And I stopped at Fruth's Pharmacy and bought Fritz two more jingle balls. He lost his last toy somewhere in the house. I haven't given them to him yet, with Jasmine here, she'd end up bouncing them into the tree and breaking something.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Only four working hours to go and then I am on Christmas break! I can hardly stand it. Ordinarily, it doesn't bother me to have Christmas presents in the other room and not rip off the wrapping paper to see what they are, but this year for some reason, I really, really want to see what I'm getting. Jasmine is coming for a visit tonight. She will be spending tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night and Wednesday with us. All day Wednesday. Oh boy....

Work was ok today. A bunch of people sent us a lot of stupid "Merry Christmas" emails. One of my co-workers pestered me all day about how much our clients owed on cases. She got yelled at a few weeks ago for giving out the wrong amount and now she's afraid to say anything. I'm only going to put up with it for a couple of more months. But she's going to have to learn how to read our system and how to review a case before telling anyone anything. She will have been with us for a year in February. It's time to cut that cord, as they say. I don't mind answering a few questions, but the same question on three different cases in one day is a bit much when I need to work on my backlog.

I got home today and Jewel of the Nile was on tv. It's a good movie, but I liked Romancing the Stone better. I guess I like these movies because I'm a closet writer of romances. And I read romance novels constantly.

And don't forget to check out the pet in the green box on the right. A pet makes a wonderful companion - unconditional love and all that....

Saturday, December 20, 2003

I just watched the Kid Rock Christmas Special. It was cute to see Kid and his Mom fixing Christmas dinner. And Hank Williams Jr. helped with dinner by deep frying a turkey. A New South tradition. Surprisingly, Kid didn't sing any Christmas songs. But he did sing the Dukes of Hazzard Theme song (A tribute to Waylon Jennings, no doubt).

Last night we went to the store for some supershopping. We wanted to get everything before snow started sticking to our driveway so we had to speed through the store. We did the best we could, but it's hard to speed when pushing over 50 pounds of cat food and cat litter in a shopping cart. That wore me out. I bought a little Black&Decker food chopper for $10 at Walmart. It is so cute and it did great with Mom's walnuts she used for her Pumpkin bread that she made today. I'm planning to make Chocolate Mousse Cake soon and I'll use my little chopper to chop up some cookies for the base of the cake. I was planning to use it to chop up some cranberries to make home-made cranberry sauce for Dad, but Krogers has no cranberries. I told mom she may have to stop at the Walmart Supercenter in P-Burg to get some when she goes to pick up Jasmine next week.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

You are Kermit the Frog.
You are reliable, responsible and caring. And you
have a habit of waving your arms about

"Hi ho!" "Yaaay!" and
"How Green Was My Mother"

"Surfin' the Webfoot: A Frog's Guide to the

Sitting in the swamp playing banjo.

"Hmm, my banjo is wet."

What Muppet are you?
brought to you by Quizilla
"presidential authority does not exist in a vacuum"

"McCain says no torture for Saddam"

Today was the office Christmas party, yet another day that I didn't get anything done. The food was good. And after the lunch, they played bingo. I wasn't going to play bingo, but I went by the conference room on my way to the restroom and they all yelled at me to come in and play bingo because they had too many prizes and it would take them all day to give all the prizes out. So, I played and won three prizes. A bad of Hershey Kisses with Almonds. A Christmas Oven mit and kitchen towel. And a small set of Christmas village buildings. So, all in all, it was a good way to waste a day and get me one day closer to the Christmas holiday and my five and a half days off.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

So, when these kids grow up and start killing people with knives, they can claim the PETA defense and maybe, just maybe, PETA will be punished for their tactics. I wonder if one of these little kids kicked a PETA person or something if the PETA person would try to sue? Any court in the country would say they deserved it. I would ask the PETA folks how many trees they killed to hand out the fliers and where they were going to get their oxygen to breathe in a few years when there are no more trees.

Today was the unit Christmas party. It was pretty good. The snow didn't keep us from traveling the 60 miles round trip. Somehow, Julie and I got to talking about Saddam Hussein and Groundhog day. I said, "If Saddam sees his shadow, life in prison." And Julie said, "And if he doesn't, the death penalty." I think we started talking about groundhog day, and then I jumped to Saddam in his hole in the ground because he reminded me of a groundhog. LOL! Tony told the RAM (Regional Area Manager) "See what I put up with having to sit between these two." Tomorrow is our office Christmas party. I have to make more no-bake cookies.

I got a birthday present from my sister today. It was a Kim Possible mouse pad and $20.00. Pretty good. I'm using the mouse pad now. Thanks!

Julie went to the clinic last night to get an ailment checked out. She was telling me and Angie about seeing Dr. Cestaric and having to undress for him to examine her. Angie and I cringed because Dr. Cestaric is a guy we went to school with. Angie said, "When you've done a social studies project with him, you don't want to undress in front of him." LOL! I agree. I think he was even in kindergarten with me. That is just way too weird. But Julie said she remembered him as a little kid riding a tricycle down the street. So, you'd think that would be weird for her too.

My little weatherpixie is all dressed up for snow! I think that is so cute!

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Look what I found (The green box on the right)! It's a Weather Pixie! I thought she was cute so I put her on the blog. You can choose from many different pixies - they have females, males, goths. Feel free to steal the idea if you'd like one of your own. You can even save her to the desk top if you want to.

Tomorrow is the unit Christmas party at the Pizza Hut. I can't wait. I'm tired of work. I have Christmas Fever I think. It's a variation of Senioritis and Spring Fever.

We got new printers at work. They are a part of the Printer Solution project. Ironically, these printers don't work. They aren't hooked up to everyone yet, and probably won't be until the programming is in place to send all our forms through the internet before they print. I love confidentiality. I guess what they say is true, you can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. So far, these printers aren't solving a thing.

Tonight is Carol's last episode of Changing Rooms on BBC America. And I think they are showing a special Ground Force with Allen's return for Christmas. I'll have to find time to watch it while I'm making those cookies for Marlene.

Monday, December 15, 2003

If you've checked out the Spymaster's Agenda (in the green box on the right) then you know that today is my birthday. Many people at work wished me a happy birthday. And Mom got me a book called Your Psychic Pet: Developing Psychic Communication with Your Pet. It's a lot cheaper than spending $200.00 on a phone call to the Pet Psychic, Sonia Fitzpatrick. At least that's what her website said she would charge. I'm still hoping I might get to see her in person someday to find out why Fritz tries to eat us when we leave the house and why he barks at dad whenever he walks through the house.

Tony liked his Barry Manilow Christmas Tree :)

I watched most of the Battlestar Galactica mini-series on the Scifi channel last night. I had to tape the last hour or so. It was ok, but I don't like the fact that they gave real names to Boomer, Apollo, and Starbuck. They went out of their way to say that these were their flying ace nicknames and not their real names and that was kind of disappointing.

Update on My Lost Ebay Auction Wins

Remember a few posts back when I said that I had won three auctions from an Ebay seller but hadn't received them and the seller's feedback had plummeted after I had won? Well, I got the items today with a well written apology - the seller had been in the hospital for a month and the person he had 'minding the store' didn't mind the store and screwed everything up. Did you know that you can't leave feedback for a user that has been subjected to the "not a registered user" status? That stinks. This seller completed the transaction and I can't leave feedback for him. They should do something about that. So, I sent the guy an email telling him that I had received the items and that I would have left positive feedback if Ebay had let me. So, this means that I now have one more gift for Mom than I do for Dad for Christmas. Ugh! Now I have to find something else to buy for Dad.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Check out Dubya's Diary....

Scarlett, here's a Middle Earth name generator....

What's that? An election is coming up? Well, better start another war....

He died a free whale....

Jesse Ventura kicked butt tonight on his show, Jesse Ventura's America. He attacked a government official on the illegality of marijuana use in the U.S. You should really check out the transcript, once it becomes available. Then he talked about wasteful spending in Washington by our elected representatives. They showed a list of the top five congressmen who get the most pork barrel money for their states, and guess what, Sen. Byrd of WV is #5!
Yesterday at work was pretty pleasant. Tony wasn't there. It seems that everytime Tony takes a day off, his wife calls the office to talk to him and finds out he's sneaked off without telling her. It's too funny. And yesterday, he did get a call, but whoever it was hung up before we could find out who it was. We like it when he gets busted.

So, since Tony was gone, it was naturally a wonderful opportunity to play another prank or two on him. Yesterday's pranks consisted of a Christmas Card and a Christmas tree. The card - I copied the cd cover for my new Barry Manilow Christmas cd and wrote out a little message to go beside it. It went like this, "Wishing you all the joy that a Barry Manilow Christmas has brought me. Best Wishes, Tony." I taped the card onto Tony's pc monitor so everyone who walked by could see it. Marlene wrote a little note and attached it to the card. The note said, "We'll let you figure out who all we sent this card to." LOL! Then Angie saw it and said that we should have decorated Tony's cubicle for Christmas. That he at least needed a tree. So, I spent my afternoon, in between bouts of work, making a Christmas tree out of copier paper. I colored it green with a green highlighter and then cut out round ornament shapes from colored post-it notes and wrote Barry Manilow song titles on them and taped them to the tree. The star on top of the tree was a copy of Barry's face. Myhaulina walked by and saw it sitting there on Tony's desk and burst out laughing. I'm going to tell Tony not to throw it away. I want to bring it home and show my dad. He loves to hear about all the pranks I pull on Tony.

The third pleasant thing that happened yesterday was that my old boss, Sallie, sent me a birthday card. We share the same birthday, only she was born quite a few years before me. I think she's trying to butter me up so that if a position comes open in her region I might transfer down there. That isn't going to happen, but gifts are wonderful.

I noticed that the links in my post last night are blue now, instead of the greyish color they normally are. I hate it when the program has a mind of its own (because I certainly didn't do anything to change it). I guess I'll have to try to fix it somehow. I want the links to be different colors so you can see which word to click on.

And President Bush has some nerve. He tells France, Russia and Germany that they can't bid on contracts in Iraq and then has the nerve to send a representative to those countries to talk them into forgiving Iraq's debt! And he's also alienated Canada to boot! If Clinton had done this, he would have been impeached and thrown in jail by now. This only goes to show you that if you are a rich Republican you can buy your way around the law. Howard Dean may have some problems, but at least he says what I want to hear when it comes to attacking the current administration. And he's the only one saying it loud enough for the voting public to hear.

Friday, December 12, 2003

That wacky Magneto is up to something....

Hey Scarlett, here's another MiddleEarth thing....

Expect the Bush Administration to completely kill all funding for these people.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Don't forget, according to The Spymaster's Agenda (in the green box on the right), tomorrow is National Ding-a-Ling Day! And I know plenty of them. It's sad that they get their own day.
All the cool stuff is found in England's mud.

In the year 2004....

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

What do you think?

I have found a couple of websites where I can list my blog (like Blogwise, and Blogmatrix. I don't know if I want to do that though. On the one hand, I like the thought of new people reading my blog, but on the other hand, I like the coziness of the small group of readers I have now. So, should I, or shouldn't I? I guess I think that if I do this and get more readers, they will probably be spoilsports who nitpick and criticize. And who needs that?
Another reason the day I was born is so special.

OMG!!! This is happening about 30 miles away from my house!!! Another reason to join the "Anyone But Bush" election campaign!!!

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Did he or Didn't he? Makes you wonder....

I would donate to this cause...

I bet they got this idea from Wolverine...

'Lost' Avebury stones discovered

You mean they aren't nasca lines or canals??

Well, I had a post all ready to go and I clicked on preview post and it disappeared. I checked out the What's up with blogger section and it said that they were fiddling with blogger but 'trust them' it would be worth the wait. No. It's not.

Monday, December 08, 2003

This is so true!!

I know the home alone thing is bad, but 10 KIDS!!!! Someone needs to tell her what causes that, because she obviously hasn't figured it out yet. And, by the way, 14 is old enough to babysit in most situations and the kids had grandparents to call for help if they needed it. Gee whiz, in a lot of countries, 14 year olds are married.

Hmm... I suppose this is a bad thing, if you're catholic and you believe this, but I liked the picture of the wolf in sheep's clothing. It was cute.

Some quotes:

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain

"Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain."
-Leo Buscaglia

"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
-Allan K. Chalmers

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
-Oscar Wilde

So, Alias last night was great! Evil Lindsay is dead - D-E-D, dead! Yay!!! Sloane had the sniper kill Lindsay instead of Sydney. Will was in this episode and it was great seeing Syd and Will together again. He needs to come back full time! Jack and Vaughn were in custody only a little while, but it was good to see Jack punch Lindsay. And Sark had a really good scene where he confronted his father about his rough childhood. Oh, Evil Francie (AKA Allison) was stabbed in the heart by Will. They think she's dead, but very few main characters die on this show. I bet she'll be back. And best of all, no cliffhanger.

Work was frustrating. The helpless desk screwed up some programming and didn't even have the guts to admit it. They were like, "oh, there's no problem." Well, if I could do something last week, and now I can't, I'd say there's a problem. But that's ok. If I can't do it, then someone else will have to. Let's see just how long that will last. We are having our unit Christmas party on Dec. 17th and the office Christmas party on the 18th. We know that on the 17th, we will be having the Pizza Hut Buffet. And Marlene wants me to make some no-bake cookies. But we don't know what we are going to do for the 18th. It appears to be some kind of secret because no one will tell our OA anything about it. I guess that means the party is free for our unit.

I am only a couple of pages short of finishing a murder mystery book. It's very annoying to get that close to finding out who the murderer is and have to put the book down, but I had to today. I will finish it tonight though.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

"Kirk. You're time is at an end." Doesn't this look like something you'd see from the Original Trek Series?

I put up the Christmas tree today. One of the cats has already gotten in the first chomps on the lights. Luckily they weren't plugged in yet. Tonight's episode of Alias is the last new one for a month. To cope with the severe withdrawal, someone could be nice enough to supply me with the Alias Season 2 Dvd, maybe for my upcoming birthday??? So you know the cliffhanger for tonight's episode is going to be pure torture. It will probably be whether or not Sloane's sniper shoots Sydney or someone else, since the Evil Lindsay blackmailed Sloane into arranging for Syd's assassination during the exchange between the "covenant" and the NSC.

Keep checking the Spymaster's Agenda (my calendar). I've been updating it a little.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Jesse Ventura's America was on tonight and Jesse's guest was retired NBA Basketball star Charles Barkley. Barkley is very vocal about his opinions on politics and social issues so it was a good episode. And Barkley actually said a few things I agreed with. The most notable thing about tonight's show was a badge Jesse wore which had both his and Barkley's names on it - it was supposed to imply that the two of them may run for President and Vice President next year. Ventura's been talking about it since his show premiered. I'd love to see it only to see the current President get his butt kicked in debates.

Tonight after Jesse's show, I used my new dvd player and watched three episodes of the show, Nero Wolfe, the series on A&E which the network cancelled after two seasons. A&E is supposed to release the second season on dvd next year. I plan to get that set also. This is a very good show, complete with period sets and costumes. By 'period', I mean 1940's or so. And the music is a mix of classical and big band with a little jazz thrown in. It's too bad it isn't still on the air.

Yes! Now I have an excuse for still having that Halloween doormat on the floor in my cubicle at work.
Every good Evil Genius needs an Evil Plan. What's yours?
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A Quote:

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson
I like Howard Dean even more now.

I took this quiz for this answer?

you are ready salted, plain and normal.

What flavour crisps are you?
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Here's a quiz I haven't stolen from anyone:

Your A Dark Angel..

What Mystical creature are you?
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Okay, so this was a vaguely interesting quiz:

Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

Friday, December 05, 2003

Well, I have stolen yet another cool feature from Daniel. Check out the link to My Calendar over in the green box on the right.
Got this quiz from my friend, Scarlett. *Sigh* - yet, one more thing we have in common.

Legardored is your Vampire name.
You are one hell of an insane Vampire. Anyone who
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To use your new Vampire name and become a Vampire,
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And my friend Polly boycotts China. I say, "What about the U.S.?"

This is exciting news. And the picture is pretty cool.

But this doesn't excuse the carelessness of the other shoppers there that day.

I don't know if this will still work when you do it, but when I went to google, typed in the phrase miserable failure and then clicked "I'm feeling lucky" I got something pretty funny.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Your Elizabeth Swann
You're almost always fair and brave. You know what
to do when your in trouble. Your also very

-x-What charater from Pirates of the Carribbean are you?(with pictures)-x-
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Wow, it's just like being there.

Well, I figured out what was wrong with my dvd player. It wasn't the player at all. My tv has this button on the remote called "game". And apparently, when you push that button, the tv pays attention to whatever device is hooked up to it, rather than the tv antenna signal. Who knew you had to push the 'game' button to watch a movie? Well, I do now. So, I'm all happy now that I can watch dvds in this room.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

I believe the President would do this. He's out to spend us so far into debt that it will completely destroy America as not only a world power, but as a viable international capitalist competitor.
Well, I bought a dvd player. Unfortunately, I can't get it to work on my tv. It will turn on and play and stop and stuff. But no picture or sound on my tv. I will have to play around with it. You wouldn't think it would be that difficult - the only wires to hook up are color coded so I can't plug them in any other way. There's a 1-800# I can call if I get fed up with it. And that might be sooner than later if I have to work with my dad on it. We tend to communicate by yelling when we are putting things together or working with electronic stuff.
A cool story about Da Vinci.

No Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. And there's no Social Security either. And no weapons of mass destruction.

Another reason is all they need for their conflict...

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

I Win Again!

Well, actually, I just picked the right designer on Changing Rooms for the third time. Tonight it was Graham. I think it's odd that the times I picked the correct designer, they haven't announced a winner.

My Take on a Couple of Reality Shows

So, I was watching the commercials for Average Joe and that Paris Hilton show and a couple of things came to mind. On Average Joe, the sexy woman who's supposed to choose her man from a pack of average joes put on a fat suit, played her 'cousin' and found out how all the average joes thought about the fat cousin when she wasn't around. That was pretty good. I liked the idea that the sexy woman found out what it was like to be fat and that the guys found out what it was like to get busted for being mean about her. A good life lesson from a cheesy reality show. I guess a few miracles still exist out there. The other thing that came to mind is that Paris Hilton and that Ritchie girl seem a lot nicer in the commercials than you would think they would be. I haven't seen the actual shows, but the commercials do have some merit.
And Tony spent all that money on his puppy. Bet his dog isn't as smart as this one....

Inhabited by the Ferengi, no doubt.

I just heard on the news today that our State Supreme Court has ruled that local health departments have the right to ban smoking in public places like restaurants. I think this is stupid. I'm not a smoker and second hand smoke bothers me, but as long as you have separate but equal sections for smokers and non-smokers I don't see what the problem is.

I got an email today that told me I had to update Paypal with my credit card information for security purposes. I just had to laugh because I don't have a Paypal account. Hahahahaha!!! That was too funny. At least I got a little laugh out of that spam. I can't believe they're still working that scam, it's been on the news and the internet for months.

I'm currently reading a Nero Wolfe book, written by Rex Stout. The Nero Wolfe series is the only kind of mystery book I read. I'm not a fan of the genre. But I started watching Nero Wolfe on A&E and thought it was good with its period set designs and costumes and music, so I started reading the books to see if they were different from the show. The books are very good. They are as much stories about the characters as they are mystery stories. One of my favorite lines from the series is from a story called The Christmas Party in which Wolfe yells at Archie to "Marry and be damned." LOLOL!! I like the idea of marriage as a curse. Heeheehee......

Monday, December 01, 2003

Good news for Siegfried and Roy. Here's the Google News link.

Hey Scarlett, I was at walmart tonight and saw a Gone With the Wind dvd. You have to get Andersonville with it though. But you could always sell Andersonville on Ebay. Andersonville was, like, a prison during the Civil War, wasn't it? Gee, I bet that's some good tv.
I stole this from Chris, who may be a geek, but at times very adorable. Here's what I am:

You are an.. OUTCAST! Nobody hates you, you just hate them. Or vice versa. You really don't like being around people, being by yourself is much better company. You are not accepted by the norm and are deemed "weird" or "freaky". You appreciate things that others don't, and you dwell in your indifference.
And this man is one of the leaders of our country.

Well, this just bursts my bubble.

I love John McCain.

The Zero Files.

Alias was great last night. We found out that Sydney didn't kill Lazarey. Jack actually smiled and he was trying to convince Sydney that Sloane wasn't all bad. Huh? Jack needs a reality check on Sloane. Anyway, it was a great episode. Next week, the spoilers suggest that Jack and Vaughn will be taken into custody for their part in Sydney's escape from the evil Lindsay and Jack gets some satisfaction in punching the evil Lindsay. Good. Now if only Sloane would get it into his head to use his contacts in the Covenant to FRAME Lindsay and get him locked away, life would be good. I don't know why I have to think of everything.

So, I think there's about three weeks before the next holiday break from work. I can't wait.

Saturday, November 29, 2003

I went shopping today and had a very strange experience. No one was there. Usually, after Thanksgiving the stores are packed with people. But Walmart was practically empty. Which was good since I could shop all I wanted to. The bad part was that the salespeople were so bored that they all asked me if they could help me. I hate that. The quickest way to chase me out of a store without selling me anything is to ask me if I need any help. So, I did all my Christmas shopping today. I forgot about a present I had already bought my niece, so she ended up with an extra gift. But that's ok. She can't count yet; she'll never know. I just know she'll love that Singing Barney doll. I even had time to stop by the pet store. I had never been in there and wanted to see what all they had. Well, they have the two pets I would like to have but can't: turtles and hedgehogs. If I got either one of them, the house cats and house dogs would soon be dining on Hedgehog A La King or something and we can't have that, particularly since the hedgehog was priced at $85.00. He was sleeping so I couldn't really see how cute he was. But the pet store also had very noisy birds, some quiet birds, a lot of fish, a few snakes, a bunch of different kinds of lizards, bearded dragons, and the usual hamsters, mice and such. It also had the ugliest, hugest Rat I've seen since high school biology, a ferret and a chinchilla (which I didn't really see, but the sign swore it was there). The mascot of the pet store was some kind of small monkey. He was bouncing off the walls of his little plastic/glass home and the sign on the cage said "Don't peck on the glass". Well, I think the monkey was more upset about the screaming birds than anyone pecking on the glass. That's no way for that little monkey to live. They should have him in a nice quiet place. And there was a sign on one of the fish tanks that said Alligators for some dollar amount. I didn't see the alligator though, I'm hoping some dutiful law enforcement officer told them of some law prohibiting the sale of potentially dangerous exotic pets. Alligators belong in the wild, not in someone's bathtub.

So, after I finished my shopping, the only chore I had left was sneaking the gifts in the house while my dad was here. But I finally got them all inside. I will probably spend tomorrow wrapping the most of them so I can get them out of my bedroom. I don't have any room in there as it is and now with all the presents in there, I know I'll be tripping over all of them.

I'm still thinking about getting a new DVD player. I have one and it works great, but it's attached to the tv in the family room and the only time I can watch anything on it is when my parents aren't watching tv in there. So, I'm thinking of getting a new one to hook up to my tv and giving my old one to my parents. You might ask me why I can't just move the DVD player I have into this other room where my tv is. Well, I could, but the family room is a more comfortable place to watch tv and the dvd player serves as the only cd player we have in that room. With Christmas coming up, we have to have a cd player in there to play my Elvis Christmas CD. Nothing says Christmas quite like "Blue Christmas".

Took a nap this afternoon. I wasn't really planning on it, but I've been staying up late at night watching my X2 dvd. That is such a good movie. And I just love Scene Selection. Some dvds I have don't give that option and that really stinks.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Well, our turkey dinner turned out pretty good. I cooked the most of it. And then we watched the Kim Possible marathon on the Disney Channel and I just finished watching the Kim Possible movie. Also very good. I didn't go shopping this morning even though there were some good sales out there. I have been waging a personal war with myself over spending the money on those sales. I might lose the battle tomorrow though if it doesn't snow very much. I stayed up late last night to watch some more of the X2 dvd. It was heavy on the Nightcrawler stuff. And I'm getting a little tired of hearing the SuperModel complain about the blue makeup. She's getting paid good money and it's not like she gets a lot of blockbuster movie offers. She should count her blessings.
I wonder how this guy compares to Tesla and his death ray.

Zoom in......

Thursday, November 27, 2003

I'm not sure if this is a flattering article about my favorite Alias character, but it was pretty entertaining...

I was watching the Today show this morning and Linda Eder performed the song "Man of La Mancha" while Katerina Witt skated a routine. I just want to say that if Linda Eder doesn't get to do the theme song for the next Bond Movie (if they're doing another one), I will have to express my displeasure in an email to everyone connected to the movie. Here's a link to for the cd that has song. Unfortunately, it isn't one that has a sample available to listen to. I'm not really a fan of Linda Eder, but I might have to get this cd. I've been humming this song all day. Ooh, I found a site that has a clip of the song.

Stepping back onto the soapbox.... First of all, I guess Bush was there to finish serving his tour of the Guard that he blew off when he was younger. No? You mean he was just there for a photo op and to plant his flag proclaiming Iraq as Bushland? Second, I think most of the troops would have appreciated orders to go home and stay home more than Bush's appearance. Third, he talked it all over with Dick Cheney. Obviously Dick Cheney wanted him to go to make sure Haliburton was still ripping off the American Government by charging too much for fuel - Cheney still gets kickbacks from the company. Fourth, the Top Secret Anti Missile system isn't so top secret anymore, thanks to USA Today. Fifth, you know now that Saddam Hussein will have to infiltrate America since Bush had to rub his nose in the fact he was in Iraq and Hussein didn't even know. And with our security problems, Hussein could not only get into the country but probably be issued a drivers license.

Well, today was not Turkey Day for us. Today was clean the house day in preparation for Turkey Day tomorrow. My sister had to spend Turkey Day with the in-laws so we're having ours tomorrow so she can be here. I did get to watch some of the X2 dvd. I got to see the deleted scenes and a lot of interviews and production stuff. When are they going to do a Wolverine Movie? I want two hours of just Hugh Jackman in those jeans on the big screen. He should do a guest role on Alias. Wolverine and Elektra have crossed paths in the comic books, it would be a cute inside joke to have Jackman and Garner working together.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Hey Scarlett, I saw this on another blog and thought of you. Well, that didn't come out right. I thought you would get a kick out of it. There, that sounded better.
I really have had it with the Current Administration!!! Now they are going to be producing Nuclear Weapons! Well, if we only ticked off half of the industrialized world when we invaded Iraq, the other half has just been accomodated with this little piece of news. Congratulations Dubya, you've just killed the rest of us.

Peace breaks out in spite of Bush's Plan for World-wide Destruction and Domination.

I'll have to check out this website.

This is for Scarlett.

You can always count on Pravda!

* Sigh * Again, I ask for everyone to write to their Congressional Representatives. Heck, write to other people's representatives and use fake addresses so they think you live in their district. But, don't let rhetoric like this destroy the very fabric of our nation. Bush is salivating at a chance for this to happen thereby creating a dictatorship for himself. Don't let him win!

Getting off the soapbox....... Whooohoooo!!! I got the X2 DVD TODAY!!!!! totally rocks. I'm so excited, I can't wait to watch it. I was shocked to see it today because I just got Amazon's "your order has shipped" email yesterday. And I have four whole days off due to Thanksgiving and the weekend. That makes life a whole lot better. Fritz bit Dad today. Dad says one more time and he has to go. But I might be able to stretch that out. Dad just has to realize that he has to start understanding Fritz and begin modifying his behavior to keep Fritz from doing these things. When Dad's dog would chase us and growl at us and try to bite us for being around Dad, he thought it was cute. But now that the shoe's on the other foot, it doesn't seem so cute anymore.

I am not liking Magneto right now in the New X-Men comics. He's trying to kill all the homo sapiens again but this time he's being even more mean about it. But Magneto's addicted to some drug that enhances mutant powers so his hatred for humanity is also larger than life. The usual teaser, "An X-Man will Die" has been tossed around for this arc. Wonder which one it will be this time? Of course the real question is: How long will they stay dead?

And when did Rhade join up with Dylan Hunt on the tv show Andromeda? I didn't think they got along and then Tyr had to go and start a new war and everything. Don't get me wrong, I think they needed to add another male character in the void that Tyr left, but gee, I miss a few episodes and they go and do something like this. I still think Molly should have joined the crew. But Dylan doesn't need that many women around him all the time.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

I may be having a not-so-good Ebay experience. I won three auctions from the same seller a month ago and before I bid I checked the seller's feedback. Judging by when the buyers posted their feedback, the seller seemed to be taking about a month to 6 weeks to send the items. And the seller's rating was 99%. Well, sometime in the last month, the seller has dropped to 92.7% with over 30 negative feedback entries. There is now a message next to the seller's name that says "not a registered user." Of course, one of the dissatisfied customers won 25 auctions and left negative feedback for each item so many of the 30 entries are from the same buyer. Instead of jumping on the negativity bandwagon, I sent the seller an email tonight politely requesting status of the shipment of the items I've won. I expressed my hope that he resolves whatever problems he's been having that resulted in all that negative feedback and even wished him a happy holiday weekend. Maybe my niceness will get my items shipped to me soon. I know from work that if you're given a choice between working on something for someone who was mean to you, or working on something for someone who was nice to you, you usually do the nice person's stuff first. So, maybe my items will get some attention soon.
I guessed the right designer again on the Changing Rooms contest on BBCA's website! Tonight it was Laura. Yippee!!!
My curiosity got the better of me and I went here to see what this Tag-board thing was all about. I signed up for one and installed it on my test-blog. But I'm not sure if I want it on this one. I really just wanted to see if I could add it to my blog without screwing up stuff. I added it to this one, but since I'm a person who hates change and who loves my little blog the way it is, I don't think I want to install it here. Maybe I'll create another blog and do the tag-board there.
"And they called it Puppy Love" - I'm sorry, but Donny Osmond singing for the Queen of England is just too strange.

"Europeans are living in a 'dream world' of welfare and long vacations" - OK I'm all for moving....

4 out of 10. I have got to work on this. I'm letting all my sisters down.

Me, me, me, me, me, Pick me!!!!!! I want this job! Come to think about it, Donald should read the 10 ten list I just posted. A lot of those sound like him.

Oh my goodness, it is true what they say! LOLOL!!!

"By the time I get to Phoenix...." See, Tanya wasn't all that wrong about him in her tell-all book.

Monday, November 24, 2003

I'm currently trying to finish up the book written from the X2 movie. I wanted to read it again before I got the dvd so I could be in the right mood for the dvd. I can't wait to get it. The book is fantastic, written by THE Chris Claremont. He added so much insider X-men knowledge that any other writer would probably miss. And, to save my sanity, I have abandoned the Larry King show for Designer's Challenge on the HGTV channel. No Michael Jackson on this show.
"If the love letters don't exist, you must acquit." LOLOL!!!! Nancy Grace just nailed Johnnie Cochran on Larry King's show with this line (harkening back to the OJ trial) - heeheehee. I'm really tired of this Michael Jackson story. Now they are saying he wrote love letters to the boy. Can you see my eyes rolling? If these reporters spent this much time and effort dissecting the Iraq war/occupation, or exposing the Current Administration for the destructive force it is, America would be a better place for it.
I'm not a fan of his, but even I think it's cruel to put this on the national news.

They should send the U.S. a bill for this!!

Last night's Alias was spectacular!! I still don't know when I'm supposed to start liking Lauren. Hasn't happened yet, even though she did shoot one of the bad guys last night. I loved Jack and Sloane, back in action and stealing top secret security plans for a military base. Being that it's Thanksgiving, it's nice to see the two of them working together. The best part was seeing Jack holding Syd after they sprung her from the evil Lindsay.

Today at work was pretty boring. For some reason, everyone has decided to do audit referrals the last five working days of the month, thereby creating a backlog for me to report to my bosses. Thanks! I know you all have alrts to work, you don't have to do audit referrals. I love how you tell someone something and that someone doesn't listen to any of it. I said, I can't audit this until we get a final order. What did she do? Not five minutes later, she referred the case for audit based on a Temporary order. So now I have an audit referral that is on hold and I can't do anything with it. I can be pretty easy going most of the time, but when I explicitly tell someone something and less than five minutes later, that someone proves that they didn't hear a word of it, I tend to get a little miffed. Good thing it's a holiday week and I've got two days off coming up.

Apparently there is a killer Day after Thanksgiving sale going on at WalMart this week. I've got the ad but haven't had a chance to look at anything. I wonder if it's worth getting up a 3am to stand in line outside for two hours to get in before they are sold out of everything.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

And they should know...

Jesse Ventura's America, tonight, was all about the JFK assassination and the conspiracies surrounding it. It would be nice for the family to know the truth about what happened, but I would prefer it if those in the media with the power would focus on all the stuff going on today that will have an impact on the future. We've got coverups about Haliburton and Cheney and all these other improprieties that need investigating.

Well, today people were breaking in their guns in preparation for deer hunting season that begins Monday. This meant that Fritz, my dog, would not go outside. He's afraid of sirens too. Makes you wonder what kind of home he had before we got him.

Tonight on Trading Spaces, Anna Ryder Richardson from Changing Rooms is the guest designer for British Invasion Month. I finally saw the infamous episode of Changing Rooms in which she had the team from, well, let's just say the team was a nightmare. I've heard a lot about this episode and I have to say I like Anna a lot more now after seeing that episode. I felt so bad for her. Her team didn't even like what the other team did to their room.

Friday, November 21, 2003

Global Domination??

This Gilbert’s Potoroo was thought to have become extinct.

Here's a Wil Wheaton post.

grinding halt
Several people have written in with the news of Jonathan Brandis's apparent suicide at age 27.

I guess many TV watchers put us in a category together, because we both played "The Kid" on a SF show. I've heard him called "The Wesley of SeaQuest" more than once, and not in a kind way. Jesus, I bet that sucked for him.

I didn't know him, though I did see him from time to time when we were kids, mostly at Big Bopper Teen Cheese-O-Rama parties at whatever 50s diner was currently trendy.

Anyway, I think it's terribly sad. I know how hard it is to make the transition from child to adult actor. I know how merciless Hollywood is. I know the pain, frustration, and depression that he must have felt. I know it intimately.

The thing is, if I'd turned right instead of left, if I'd taken the elevator instead of the stairs, if I'd chosen differently when faced with one of those 1 or 0 decisions . . . that could be me you're reading about today.

It seems to me that the system failed the boy long before he met Michael Jackson. Why doesn't Fox News put the inadequate California Dept. of Human Services on the news 24 hours a day like it's doing Michael Jackson?

The headline for this one was funny enough...

Yay!!!! It's the weekend and it's supposed to be good weather. And one of the parents will be working! Yay!!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

A great guy.
Turkey Day Lunch at work was a big success. I had turkey and home made noodles, two hot rolls, a biscuit, more turkey, and a brownie, a not-so-tasty cookie and a piece of my double chocolate dessert of coma. I couldn't move the rest of the afternoon, but I wanted to get up and walk around the building about a thousand times. I played another prank on Tony today. He said the other day that when he comes back from his day in Mason county, that he discovers that someone has stolen the pen from his desk and it must really annoy him for him to remark on it. So, today I hid not only his pens, but his tape dispenser, his stapler, his paper clip holder and paperclips, his ruler, his white-out and who knows what else. He has no office supplies on his desk. Heeheehee. I wonder how long it will take him to find them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Ooh, the X-Men movie is on tonight. It reminds me that my pre-ordered copy of the X2 dvd should be released soon and on its way to me. I can't wait for all the extras. The ending of the X2 movie still bothers me though. Really good acting from Hugh Jackman, but as someone who reads the comic, that isn't how she 'died' in the comic book. And I want Jubilee to get a bigger role in the next one.

I made my double chocolate dessert of coma tonight for the dinner tomorrow. I taste tested it and it isn't really as good as I thought it would be. Maybe it will be better after it sets for a while, but it just seemed to taste a bit too much like the sweetened condensed milk I used. Oh well, the rule was that we had to bring a covered dish. No one said there had to be food in it (Tracy's interpretation) and no one said the food, if you brought any, had to be edible.
When he isn't lamenting about his long lost acting career and such, Wil Wheaton does have a good deal of writing talent. See his posts about his conversation with Jonathan Frakes.
I have got to find their website. It would be a shame to disrupt Bush's publicity stops while he's in London. Really. No sarcasm at all in that statement.

RIP - A very sad item that has been largely overlooked by the news:

Jonathan Brandis - Actor who began appearing in films and TV at the age of 5, and as a child appeared in films like "Fatal Attraction", "Lady Bugs" and "Stephen King's 'It'", who is probably best known as star of the TV series "SeaQuest DSV", which propelled him to cover boy status in numerous teen magazines, and who recently starred in the 2002 film "The Year That Trembled", was found dead on Nov. 12 in his Los Angeles apartment of undetermined causes (no signs of violence). He was 27 years old. Here's where I got the obit.

A really neat story, even if it seems doubtful. A good sci-fi movie could come of this.

Save Wilbur the Turkey!!!!!

Well, soon we may all be able to sleep easy with this puzzle solved.

Interesting Stonehenge story.

So, what's been happening around here. It's been raining again. Flooding again. I didn't get flooded in or out of my home so it was a really neat weather event for me, since I got to enjoy seeing all the flood waters as I drove to work and back. Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving Dinner at work. I'm bringing a variation on my Triple Chocolate Dessert of Death. This one is only Double Chocolate. I've replaced white chocolate with peanut butter chips. I've never made this before, so I will probably have to taste test it before subjecting my co-workers to it. But I'm sure it will be good. I have read three of my four Alias books so far. Next up is the one about Sydney's dad. He's my favorite character on the show. The cold I had last week is still lingering. It's getting really annoying. I forget who I picked for the designer for this week's Changing Rooms contest on BBCA's website but I don't think it was Gordon and he was the designer. Oh well. I thought it was funny that one home-owner had his freezer stuffed with pizzas. Just pizzas. You gotta love that.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

For my friend, Daniel, who hasn't heard much about Bush's visit to London, here are some links to some news articles. I hope you don't have to go anywhere for the next few days. It sounds like a nightmare.

Bush's Visit to London

Unprecedented Security...

"This Unelected (Chickenhawk) Fraud"

Hail to the Chief

Al-Qaeda eagerly await Bush's London visit

Second verse, same as the first.....

Hey, other people have a problem with Bush... Too bad it won't make a difference. Only those who agree with the Current Administration have a voice here now....

Now for my soapbox about the controversy over same sex marriages. The religious folks, like our President, claim that marriage is a sacred act sanctioned by religion and same sex couples should not be married. Well, my view is that if marriage is a religious act, then the government should not regulate or license it. Marriage should be completely controlled by religion alone and there should not be licenses and all the legal stuff that goes with it, like Social Security benefits for spouses and Joint tax returns for married couples, and right to inherit when one spouse dies. Separation of Church and State should come into play here. You can't legislate religion and it's time Republicans wake up and realize it. If people want someone to benefit from their social security, if they want to file joint tax returns, if they want to select a person to inherit their stuff when they die, then the government should allow everyone to designate one person to act in that role, be it a mother, a son, a friend, or the religiously sanctioned "spouse". Now for the link to the story that inspired this little speech.

I don't know why they were so mad at this guy. He just said what many other people are thinking.

Monday, November 17, 2003

I heard on Nation Public Radio this morning that the President and First Lady will be staying at The Palace while in London???? And I heard that their security people will be making the Queen wear an ID badge. That I believe. I mean, President Bush probably couldn't identify England on a map, let alone recognize the world's most recognizable woman next to Mother Teresa. And besides, it's so obvious by her appearance that she's some kind of terrorist - NOT! How insulting can you get, making the poor woman wear an id badge in her own home.
I think this guy is just a bit mad. Pardon the pun. But the raid on the bar is a serious incident, despite how this guy writes the article. Why don't they just tax alcohol like they do tobacco? It might cut down on excessive drinking.

The stupid idea has been resurrected. Idiots. Average citizens have lost their freedoms due to the Patriot Act, but this can continue.

I can't wait to see the documentary about this one

Interesting archaeology article.

Another Monday. Another yucky day at work. Nothing much happened. George told me he's going to be a daddy again by next July. He has one child already, a daughter, Haley, who is a couple of months older than my niece. Thursday is our Thanksgiving dinner at work. It's a potluck affair. So, naturally, I'm counting down the days until then. I'm reading one of my Alias books I got last week. It's really good. I plan to finish it tonight and start the next one tomorrow.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Jesse Ventura once again expounded on the evil of a two party political system tonight on his show. One of his more amusing comments - he said he had remarked to someone that America was only one step better than Communist Russia - Russia gave you one choice in an election and America, being ever so much more advanced, gives you TWO choices. He also interviewed college basketball coach Bobby Knight, newsmaker for his temper. Jesse also spotlighted the Senate non-vote on the $87 Billion aid package for Iraq. He thought it was dispicable that 94 out of 100 Senators didn't vote on that bill. We pay them to do their job and they don't even vote. But Senator Byrd voted. He's got guts when 94 other weasels don't. Jesse's hero this week is Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, for buying the Jessica Lynch pictures and vowing not to publish them.

Tonight was Laurence's episode of Trading Spaces: British Invasion. He did a great bedroom with a red mural of trees and a pillar. And he was under budget too. He met the challenge and emerged victorious.

I saw Kid Rock on the Johnny Cash Tribute concert on CMT. He sang a song I'd never heard before, but it apparently was a Cash song. Kid should give up that rap stuff and come on over to country.

Mom screwed up my tape tonight. I was taping an episode of Kim Possible to add to my video collection and she turned the channel to the Johnny Cash Tribute. Then she got all bent out of shape when I complained, saying she would have to buy her own tv and stuff. Well, the tribute show was on the tv in the Family room. There's no reason she couldn't sit in there with dad to watch it. And I did buy the satellite dish receiver box on the tv I was using for my taping. And I did pay half on the tv. And it wasn't like she would have gotten to watch much of it in here anyway since at 9pm I was going to watch Trading Spaces. I had to give up the whole day of tv for my niece and suffer with Jo Jo's Circus and Rollie Pollie Ollie, and Recess, and the Wiggles, and Stanley, and the Proud Family. Of course, my niece didn't watch but maybe three minutes of tv every hour or so, but that didn't mean I could turn the channel. And I couldn't watch anything in here because the second I come in this room, my niece is all over the computer wanting to see the Catz program. Oh yeah, I forgot Lilo and Stitch. Can't forget that show. And Sister, Sister, and Even Stevens.

But I'm told that I will have the house all to myself for part of the day tomorrow, with both mom and dad out working. Yay!!!!!!!!!!
Another study proves chocolate is good for you. Don't know about all those marshmallows though.

Another bill proves Republicans are on the take from special interests. The last line of the article says it all. I would suggest that you write your representatives in Washington, but if they are Republican, they won't listen unless you're a lobbyist and if they're Democrats, then apparently they can't even get into the committees to actually do their jobs.

Some may laugh at this, but I wouldn't be surprised if he actually intended to do it.

Another article on the Bush Administration's efforts to mislead the American people and the International Community.

Finally, someone speaking out against the Bush Administration and the "Patriot Act" aka "Only the Bush Administration is entitle to freedom and civil liberties in this country"

Too bad the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress have already sold their meager souls to the Oil Industry.

How did this one slip by the Bush Administration? Someone actually has a civil liberty despite the Patriot Act.

Friday, November 14, 2003

I was asked the other day if there was a way to search for blogs. And while I don't know of a search function, there is this website that lists thousands of updated blogs.
I'd like to hear Dr. Phil's reaction to this story....

Thursday, November 13, 2003

So, I'm watching a show on the TLC channel about finding Noah's Ark. They were talking about some expedition in Iraq years and years ago and how Iraq had all those artifacts in its museum. And I was thinking, well if the U. S. can't find the weapons of mass destruction, maybe it can find Noah's Ark. Or did Saddam have it in some 'mobile lab' too? Maybe Saddam is refurbishing the Ark and planning to use it as an escape vehicle. Personally, I think after the flood receded, Noah looked around and said, "Hey, I need a house to live in," so he dismantled the ark and built houses and barns for his family and animals.
And Pete Rose can't get into the Hall of Fame!!! What a rip-off!!!

Tonight it's going to be 27 degrees. I will be sleeping on my flannel Piggy sheets. I can't wait to try them out. They are so cute!
Nice place for books sold at a discount.
Well, I guess he figures that he can't hurt California if he isn't there?? Maybe Bush set a bad example by taking all the vacations he does...

A very unflattering picture of country singer, Wynonna. And she shouldn't drink and drive either.

Very cool news from Egypt

A top ten list of scientific hoaxes

Please, oh please, let this be the final death blow to that stupid email people still are gullible enough to fall for.

Another day of work. This week is the longest week I've had in a long time. And I've only worked two days. But tomorrow is team meeting day. I like team meetings, even though no one else does. It's nice to put faces to those voices I hear coming across those cubicle walls. I wonder if there will be food at this team meeting. No one's mentioned it. Better take a little extra $$ just in case. Little Miss Commissioner, the adjustment unit chick who's on my list, actually did one of my audits without changing anything. I was stunned. I thought for sure she would want to do a modification or convert the Dollars into Dinars or something. I read an article in an issue of Atlantic Monthly that John had in his office that said that high achievement in men occurs most often in unmarried men as opposed to married ones. That married men peak in achievement in their late 20's but unmarried men or divorced ones can achieve up into their 50's. I told John that now I knew why he wasn't married - he wanted to achieve great things. And he said, 'Yeah, like this job.' LOLOL - he's so funny. To get Tony and Julie back for saying that we were a couple, John and I should make up cutesy names for each other and spring them on everyone when they least expect it. Julie would catch on to the gag, but Tony wouldn't. He's a typical jock.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I think the kids should bring crosses to school. They are a secular symbol as well - in the South, they were burned as a protest to civil rights.

I wouldn't name Tony's dog Del Monte...

A wonderfully nice man, he sent me a personal reply to my fan email I sent him.

Today was an ok day at work. I'm still sick, so I'm not treadmilling tonight. Julie and Tony said that they thought it was suspicious that John and I always take the same days off, so we must be an "item". Well, except for the fact that he was off on Halloween day and I worked, their thought processes are just astounding. As if I'd let any man that close to my house money. I got trapped in the bathroom today at work. The lock is broken on one of the stalls and I couldn't get the handle to work to unlock the door. But, being the resourceful person I am, I pulled out my car keys and pried the door open.

I got my Alias books today from Amazon. I had ordered 4 of them and the last one on the list wasn't due to be released until this month, so I had a pretty long wait. I can't wait to start reading them.

Hey Scarlett, I told you wrong on how to do the permanent links, like my link to the guestbook. I'll copy that part of my program and get it to you tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Finally!! I picked the right designer for tonight's Changing Rooms contest. It was Linda Barker. I'll have to play again for next week's episode.
Check out the Kid Rock Media Player .
US Government coverup of 9/11.

Last day of my little vacation. Bummer. I'm still sick. I just got a Kid Rock fan club email, some smart aleck signed me up for the email. Kid has recorded a remake of Bad Company's song "I Feel Like Makin' Love". I liked Bad Company's version better, but Kid's version is ok. Right now, I've got the tv on to MTV waiting for the premiere of the video. I bet it will be the last thing and I'll have to suffer through all the crappy music to get to it.

Not Guilty Verdict from TEXAS!! What's happening to the world???

Well, I believe him.


Monday, November 10, 2003

I just took this quiz on the Disney Channel, Kim Possible, website. It's supposed to tell you what kind of villain you are. Well, I'm a traditional glamour villain. It says true villainy is not in my blood but I shine when I help others achieve their villainous goals. The Kim Possible character who represents the glamour villain is Shego. I had a work related comment but as it's my day off, I'm not going to add it. Days off are sacred.
The Disney channel has been showing the movie, Hocus Pocus, every day for the past few weeks. I saw the movie when it first came out and it was ok. But lately, something about it has been bugging me. For some reason, the Sanderson Sisters, the witches of the movie, remind me of the Dixie Chicks. I have no idea why, but unfortunately, I think of them everytime I see the commercial for the movie. Hmm.... Hopefully, the Disney channel will stop showing this movie soon and start showing The Santa Clause or Toy Story or something.
I think I'm getting a cold. I do have a sore throat and I've been tired all day. But I did do a mile and a half on the treadmill. Fritz got a bath today. He didn't try to escape until the end so I managed to get some of the soap rinsed off of him. I spent today watching the Travel Channel and some cooking shows. I figured I should take the opportunity to watch something different since it was an extra day off and I usually watch BBCA.
If he can't take it like a man, then Bush shouldn't go there. So much for free speech and basic civil liberties. I guess instead of the Taliban and Hussein learning a lesson in democracy from the US, our wonderful President has learned a few lessons in dictatorship from them.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Okay, I just watched Alias. The creator of the show, JJ Abrams, swears that us viewers will like Vaughn's wife. I'd like to know when that's going to kick in, because tonight she not only turned Sydney in to her smarmy, evil boss, but she relieved Dixon of duty and had the nerve to tell her hubby that because she was his wife, he was supposed to disobey direct orders from his boss and tell her everything about his missions, even though she thinks it's perfectly acceptable to keep her secrets from her hubby (she's giving female logic a bad name). I don't see much to like about this woman. In fact, I'm liking Sloane more than I am her and Sloane killed Sydney's fiance in the series' first episode. Oh, and thanks ABC, now I have to wait two weeks to see the next episode.
Doughnuts are evil. Especially the jelly filled variety. I was doing great on my diet and exercise program - a whole week. And then Mom had to bring doughnuts home. So, tomorrow, the diet begins again. It's not like Mom didn't know I'd spent a whole week on that treadmill or anything.
This sounds like Microsoft learned nothing from the anti-trust lawsuit they've been fighting.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Space news.

More unfeeling brutes. Why hasn't the Today Show covered this story yet?! This poor woman should not be victimized by whining snobs!

I like these kinds of stories....

Bush is still inferior. Let's elect Quayle. He's still smarter than the Current Administration.

Did some Christmas shopping today with my sister. We ate too much at a buffet place. The dogs were very excited to see me when I got home. They don't like it when I disappear for the whole day.

Jesse Ventura's America was once again a veritable gem. Tonight's subjects were the $87 Billion we're spending in Iraq and the controversy over a Lt. Col of the military in Iraq who is being court martialed for scaring an Iraqi prisoner into disclosing details about an impending attack on the Colonel's unit. The Colonel didn't lay a hand on the prisoner and the military wants to court martial him. He just completed 20 years of service and his pension will disappear if he's court martialed. Obivously, America's Current Administration has lost all sense. If it ever had any to begin with. America is keeping hundreds of 'enemy combatants' in Cuba without representation and due process but scaring a prisoner in Iraq is somehow wrong. I urge everyone to write their Congresspeople, the White House, the Pentagon with messages of support for this Colonel. In fact, I believe Sen. Jay Rockefeller is on the Armed Services Committee in Congress. Here's a link for more on the story.

And, here's the link for the transcripts of Jesse Ventura's show. Tonight's episode isn't up yet, but it soon will be.

I'm watching Trading Spaces right now. No Handy Andy on this episode, and that nightmare designer, Hildie, has painted a whole room black. I don't think she's ever done a room I like. The chairs and dining room table in this room are being painted bright, bright yellow. A guy just said that it's going to be a giant bumble bee. Another example of how different this show is from Changing Rooms. The designers on Trading Spaces don't listen to the people as well as those on Changing Rooms. Uh-oh, the next episode of TS shows another room being painted black. Where do these people get these ideas?

I missed the lunar eclipse tonight. I was here instead. Oh well. I think it was cloudy out tonight anyway.

Friday, November 07, 2003

So, this is what the Current Administration wanted the $87Billion for. No wonder they refuse to provide budgets to Congress.

Now if only the troops can get from their camps to the airport without being shot down.

Today was a very long day. I have the next four days off, so naturally, I didn't want to do anything today at work. That weasel Tony snuck out without telling anyone around Noon today. He was our back up supervisor and the trainer for two of our workers, you'd think he would have an idea about the kind of responsibility and obligation his position in our office requires, but no. And he has the nerve to lecture the workers about how if he's going to be their trainer then they can't ask anyone else for help because he can't train 4 different ways to do the job, he will only train his way. Well, if he's going to be their trainer, I would think the first thing he needs to concern himself with would be actually showing up. If I have to hear that speech one more time, I will probably smack him. Right after I puke. His wife called twice for him after he'd left, hope he gets into some trouble for not being at work. His wife has the 'honey do' list all planned out for his days off so he must have thought that by sneaking out, he wouldn't have the honey do list to do today and he could just lay around. But what he doesn't realize is that women always get their share of everything, maybe not today, but someday, she will get these few hours back from him. I may have to think of some prank to play on him about this leaving early.

The baby is here this evening. Apparently, it is illegal for a grandpa to tell a baby 'no'. Because rather than tell Jasmine no when she started pushing all the buttons on our very expensive lexmark printer, my dad just decided to try to pull every cable attached to the printer out of its jack. It's a wonder he didn't break it. I eventually had to unplug it from the outlet.

Tracy - if you're reading this, scroll down and take the How Sexy Are You quiz. We think it's rigged because everyone we know has scored in the 0 to 10 point range. And if anyone can score higher, it has to be you, because you rock :)