Thursday, December 23, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and all that, bloggers. I'm off for the holidays and will not have the interbunny. Spend time with those you love and stay warm!

Hells Yeah!

I saw this at one of my favorite places today. I love the sentiment!

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive, well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, choc. in one hand, martini in other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "Woo!"

I love my Buffistas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I'm so Sex-ay

I think not, really...

You Are Glam Sexy

You live for flaunting your sexiness, and you totally work it.
Why not? You've got the goods - you might as well use them.
You're 100% woman, and you never go out without looking your best.
After all, you never can tell when you might bump into Mr. Perfect!

What Kind of Sexy Are You? Take This Quiz :-)

I frequently leave the house without looking in a mirror let along looking my best.

Snagged from Snidge.

Christmas Carols

My all time favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night." But this rendition is the single most frightening thing I think I've ever heard.

And It's True...

I'm a generally unfuckwitted, liberal, tight as fuck, relatively well adjusted human being!
What are you?
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey

Snagged from Amy at PsychoBabble.

Odds 'n Ends

Hellooooo..... It's almost Christmas! Have I explained my Christmas-love? I love the holiday, but I hate actually putting out decorations. I'm such a lazy-ass. I'm leaving for Memphis on Friday morning for a few days with the fam. We're having Christmas at my sister's house. It'll be a bit wierd not having it at my parent's but with my dad in the hospital, it just doesn't work out so well.

My dad is in the hospital. But, not the bad one. He's in rehab now. Yay! They're working his butt off. My mom is going to see if they'll let him come to my sister's for Christmas. I really hope they do. I'll be sad if he isn't there. If he's not, I will spend the morning with my sister then head over to the hospital for the afternoon.

My computer is still off getting repaired and work has been crazy-busy, hence the lack of blogging. I'm staying late at work tonight to finish up (or, start even) my last paper for school. In fact, I'd better go do that. Later, bloggers!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Happy Holidays!

I got my holiday present today: a big, fat, whompin' raise! 17%, baby! I so rock! I'm a bit happy about this, can you tell?

Also, I got a shiny new phone courtesy of Cingular. I got my cell bill last week from when I made my emergency trip down to Memphis and the roaming charges made me choke. Since my dad's health is such that I'll probably be making more frequent trips down there, I needed to change to a nationwide plan. And, got a free new phone to boot.

I had class last night for the first time in a month. Boy, I was diggin' not having to go! But, I'm in good shape for the rest of the semester. Tomorrow is the last night for class. I have a presentation tomorrow night (which I have prepared, go me!) and then I have a paper due next week (which I'm working on). And, that's it. I'm glad that the strike didn't extend the semester into the holidays. Very glad.

I have been very productive during the strike. I'm caught up on homework. Most of my Christmas shopping is done. The BIG PROJECT at work has launched and we're just working out bugs now, so my work schedule has gone back to mostly normal. And, did I mention the 17% raise??

Happy dancin'!

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Back to School

The strike is ovah! Means I'll be headed back to class next week (classes actually start back up tomorrow, but I only have class on Mondays and Wednesdays). I got emails from both my profs today saying that the semester is officially ending on December 22. That means that we missed 3 weeks of class and will only be making up 1 week. They're both going to be sending out revised syllabi by Friday.

I've been quite the rock star this week regarding homework. Good thing, too, because I hadn't done any since the strike started. I finished up all the short papers I had for both classes. In fact, I wrote one paper per day for the past 3 days. Go me! I have one longer paper due for one class and a final for the other. That's it. Oh, and some of the never-ending reading. Kind of glad I didn't do that, yet, because there's no way we'll be able to cover everything on the current schedule.

Best Christmas Song Evah!!

The Twelve STD's of Christmas!


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Tidbits from the Interbunny

In my meanderings, I have found a few things of interest and thought I'd share.

My sooper seekrit boyfriend, Barack Obama, has been named to some key committees (Chicago Tribune, registration required). From the article:

Sen.-elect Barack Obama was named to the key Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works Committees Monday, posts that likely will ensure he maintains a high national profile while positioning him to bring plenty of federal dollars to Illinois.

Obama also will serve on the Veterans Affairs Committee in a time of continuing cutbacks in veterans' benefits.

I'm so proud of my boy.

And, he brings in the self-deprecating funny, too (Chicago Tribune). While speaking at the Gridiron Club,

he also raised up a mock National Enquirer headline declaring: "Obama's shocking secret. He's Strom Thurmond's Love Child."

He added, "I'm so overexposed that I make Paris Hilton look like a recluse."

People from his father's native Kenya were excited over his election, he said, thinking that would mean the building of billions of dollars in new roads, bridges, hospitals, and schools in their country.

"So I've tried to explain how it works these days," he said. "First comes the invasion, and then billions in aid."

Barack, you is my baby now.

In a more distressing vein, this article, What Corporate America Can't Build: A Sentence, is a sad commentary on the writing skillz of the business world (New York Times, registration required).

Hundreds of inquiries from managers and executives seeking to improve their own or their workers' writing pop into Dr. Hogan's [Craig Hogan, a former university professor who heads an online school for business writing] computer in-basket each month, he says, describing a number that has surged as e-mail has replaced the phone for much workplace communication. Millions of employees must write more frequently on the job than previously. And many are making a hash of it.

Here is one [a sample email] from a systems analyst to her supervisor at a high-tech corporation based in Palo Alto, Calif.: "I updated the Status report for the four discrepancies Lennie forward us via e-mail (they in Barry file).. to make sure my logic was correct It seems we provide Murray with incorrect information ... However after verifying controls on JBL - JBL has the indicator as B ???? - I wanted to make sure with the recent changes - I processed today - before Murray make the changes again on the mainframe to 'C'."

As a future English teacher, and full-time English language user, this makes me want to weep. It does, however, give me fodder for the future, "But I'll never use this!" whining I'm sure to hear from students.

And now, for the pretty. Nathan Fillion in a leather kilt. Oh, yeah, baby. [edit: the frelling link doesn't work right. To see, follow the link then scroll towards the end of page 3.]

Monday, December 06, 2004

Slowly Crawling Back

I am slowly crawling back into the land of the living. I took Thursday and Friday off work and did a lot of nothing over the four day weekend in order to knock this cold out of me. Seemed to have done the trick. I still have some lingering coughing, but it's nowhere near as bad as it was.

Friday, I did leave the house and hit a mall. Got Christmas presents for a few people, but the main present I went out for I couldn't get. I'm going to try to get it tonight.

Saturday, Winston was supposed to come over, but the poor guy ended up sick. He spent the weekend before T'givig with me when I had the flu and he didn't get sick. Then he spend T'giving with me when I had a cold and he didn't get sick. His meanie boss coughs on him, and he gets sick. My poor baby. He slept all weekend...well, except for that part on Sunday afternoon when I woke him up with a phone call. Sorry, honey!

Saturday night, I went to a book reading for one of my Buffista friends. K.A. came by and picked me up a little before 5 and we met the group at Quimby's at 5:30. Quimby's is a quirky, independent book store that specializes in 'zines of all sorts. That's where the reading was. But, before the reading, we went out for Thai. Yummy. The reading was fantastic. The book is Lost in the Grooves and it's about musical gems that most people have missed. It's a series of essays, and several of the contributors were there to read their pieces and even perform the songs they were talking about. It was really very cool.

After the reading, we went to a local bar, The Artful Dodger. I love any place that sells drinks with glowsticks in them. I had 2 and got buzzed from that. How much of a lightweight am I? We ended up with about 15 glowsticks. I decided that I wanted to create some art, so I carefully arranged glowsticks in my bra so that I ended up with a necklace of glowing green and purple under my sweater. It was kinda cool. As it turns out, I am an 11 glowsticks girl (but I did have room for more).

Then we went to another Chicagoista's home and watched music videos that fall into the "what the hell?" category. Think James Brown singing "I Feel Good" in a ski sweater. Also, there was this very surreal video from the '60's featuring a very skinny girl with bouffant blonde hair doing a modern dance in a cage to a cockatiel. SHE was in the cage, not the bird. At the end, she ends up shooting up and having seizures. I can't explain it.

All in all, it was a very fun night. K.A. and I didn't get home till 3:30 am! I slept till 2 on Sunday and then could not fall asleep at all last night. I think I got 5 minutes of sleep. Part of the problem (besides sleeping till 2 in the afternoon) was that last night was the first night in 2 weeks that I haven't taken any cold medicine before bed. That stuff does wonders for helping me sleep. I'm still going strong, though, so I must be okay. I do think I'll sleep good tonight.

The strike is still going on for school. I still have homework to do since I haven't done any since T'giving. I haven't felt good enough. And, I'm going to have to give up my computer soon. The back light is out on my LCD, and I'm finally going to get it repaired. I've been going around and around with the warranty people since Nov. 11th. It's finally been approved to be fixed, so just now they're sending a box to me with instructions on where to send it. It'll be 4 weeks before I get it back. I've been hauling my monitor from work to and from home so I could use my computer at home. It's been inconvenient, but at least I've had my computer. I think I'll go into withdrawls when I don't have it.


Quickie drive-by posting...more later...

You Are Rum

You're the life of the party, and a total flirt
You are also pretty picky about what you drink
Only the finest labels and best mixed cocktails will do
Except if you're dieting - then it's Diet Coke and Bicardi all the way

Snagged from Da Broad.