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Sep. 16th, 2011

10:27 am - I don't bond that way

I realize that you have lost your last two workmoms. I know how hard that must be for you.

But I am not going to bond that way with you. Quit stopping by my office to share stupid stories that you know I have no interest in.

Sep. 3rd, 2011

03:09 pm - FO Day

Today, so far, I have finished my scarf (it is blocking now), bound off my sun hat (high dork factor) and finally added the elastic to the skirt I made last year.

It feels good to say "This is finished" multiple times in one day.

I believe I will leave the socks for now. I'm most of the way through the first one and that has taken ages. Besides, my hands haven't been too happy with the smaller needles, lately. Maybe once the doctors get me unachey again, it'll be easier.

I still need to pickle the peppers my boss grew.

And I need to bake a cake for mom's birthday tomorrow.

And make a margarita pie.

And I need to make dinner out of the squash my boss grew and the sausage frogmaster's co-worker had made. She (the co-worker, not the boss) raises goats and turkeys and chickens. She recently added pigs to the farm. By the end of the month, I will have a half of a pig in my freezer, co-mingling with the half of a cow from my sis-in-law.

I just need a local source of chickens and milk and I will be all set! Also, I need to get involved in the CSA at the local farm. I missed them this past summer. I am really looking forward to fresh vegetables each week!

Now is the time I should sit and ponder the privileges afforded to us just for having been born who we were born. Not everyone has access to or can afford the meat and vegetables we can and have been eating. Making food affordable... Actually, making good food attainable and affordable is a very important part of being a civilized nation. It is something we've been failing at, increasingly more so every year.

Someday, I'll figure out what to do about it, right?

Sep. 2nd, 2011

02:01 pm - I have forgotten how to read

There was a time when I would devour a book, all books, anything within reading range of me. On summer vacations, I would sit outside in the sun reading book after book, sometimes more than one a day.

We recently started up a book club that meets once a month.

I read the first book the day of the meeting.

I read three chapters of the second book.

I have yet to start the third book and we're meeting in two weeks.

I just can't seem to bring myself to it like I used to. Reading just isn't holding the same attraction. I used to get pulled in so hard and deep that I would stay up all night to finish. I even read the last two Harry Potter books the day they came out, staying up all night and all the next morning to have time to finish.

I tend to have a few things going on at once, anymore. I knit while I browse. I browse while I watch tv. No one task wants to hold my attention for very long. I have to have something else to keep the brain occupied so I can concentrate on any one thing.

But reading, it's just not fitting into the mix at all right now. It is frustrating, because there are a lot of books I really want to read. I just can't even get them started.

Aug. 26th, 2011

09:52 am - I want to make cheese!

I really do have to find a local source of milk. Or I have to convince my sister-in-law that she really wants to raise dairy cows, too. Then I can experiment with making cheese!

I've made cheese from my homemade yogurt and I loved it. I think experimenting around with different styles and flavors would be amazing and yummy!

Aug. 2nd, 2011

03:28 pm - Outside

I have, somehow, forgotten how to interact with others online. It's rather bizarre. I find myself starting comments, emails and posts, and deleting them instead of letting them go through.

I'm not sure how I managed to get there, considering how much online conversation I have had in the past.

Maybe it has to do with getting old(er). Hey you kids! Get off my lawn and such. Or maybe it is the slow drain of the forums, groups and sites on which I used to be so active. Maybe it's just me?

Feb. 23rd, 2011

10:34 am - Knitting R srz bsns

I'm making a baby blanket for a pregnant friend. Much discussion was had about the color scheme. My husband finally declared that we were spending too much time on something so trivial.

But, this has the potential to be someone's wubbie! This is serious!


Mar. 25th, 2010

08:50 am - Prepare for what?

I have a contingency plan for power outages.

I have a contingency plan for data loss.

I have a contingency plan for hardware failure.

But tell me, how does anyone plan around the air conditioner unit1 in the server room losing its compressor causing the temperature to hit over 90 degrees which causes the IT boys for the other company in the building to plug in a bunch of fans which trips the power strip in my rack taking down half of my servers?

1It was, actually, the back up unit that went down. Since, at least, two new full racks have been introduced to that room since the btu's were originally calculated, the main system couldn't do it on its own. (And, no, those racks aren't mine. My one little rack still isn't completely full.)

Mar. 19th, 2010

03:06 pm - So I says to the peeps...

"No, seriously, I'm too stupid today to tell if someone is messing with me. Stop, please."

I've been at work way, way too many hours this week.

But I did connect with someone on an unspoken geekish kinda level. I'm ready to get off the train now, though. I think I will sleep for two days.

Mar. 2nd, 2010

02:48 pm - Take your daddy issues and shove them up your butt

Ah, yes, nothing quite like having the hired brass call you a little girl to make you feel all validated and warm and cozy.

Yes, I am feeling just so positive about the way this company looks at the job I do here, thank you very much.

Jan. 4th, 2010

12:58 pm - Best Rape Prevention Tips Evar!

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.


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