Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Thumbs up for local Quizno's
Thumbs up, guys!
Back from the doctor
Anyway, back to doctor talk. I think I like this doctor better than any doctor I've had before. I couldn't get an appointment with my normal doctor until October and that just would not do so I called the Prodigal's doctor to see if I could get in this week to see him. I could and I did. And I like him. He talked to me and explained things and asked questions. We talked about the different kinds of blood pressure meds and the effects they could have and we picked one that sounded like the kind I could live with. It's called Lisinopril. I'm on the 20mg variety to be taken twice daily. I'm to monitor my blood pressure and reduce the dosage to one daily if my blood pressure drops too much. I have a six month prescription at which point I go in for another exam.
As happened four years ago, I expect the blood pressure to make its way back to normal when the stress of being jobless and having a new job and all the things that go with those two states of being resolve themselves into normalcy.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
A problem with my checkup
They also took blood during the checkup, but the results for that won't be in for a couple of days. I wonder if anything will show up there that wasn't there last year.
I'm not sure what effect his will have on the new job. I probably won't know until all the test results are back.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Mandatory evacuation of New Orleans
I weathered a category 4 hurricane almost 40 years ago and I know the kind of devastation that caused.
I hope those people who cannot - or will not - evacuate make it through Katrina.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Pictures at last
A trip in the way back machine
She's got two web sites: The I Love Zombies Page and WeedsWorth.com. Check them out. She's got some lovely photos up at WeedsWorth.com.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Here a message, there a message
The first was from the man who will be my boss. He is going to be out of the country when I start work and he wanted to speak to me before he left. I called him back and left a message explaining that I had been out of town and had just gotten back, and that I would try calling him tomorrow. The panic part is that I may not reach him before he leaves and I won't have a clue what to do at work while I await his return.
The second was from the very nice woman in Human Resources who called to tell me my high school has no record of me graduating in 1974, so could I find my diploma and make a copy for her. Find my diploma? The last time I remember seeing it was five years and two moves ago. So I called my dad, who still lives in the town I graduated high school from, and asked if he would check with the district tomorrow. And then I started to rummage through one of the boxes I haven't unpacked yet - yes, after two years in the house I still haven't unpacked all my stuff - when it dawned on me that I'd never told the woman my maiden name. No wonder my high school has no record of me graduating. So I called Dad back and told him never mind, and I'll call the nice lady tomorrow and tell her what name I graduated from high school under.
Honey, I'm home
I took the shot through the car window just to see what would happen.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Taking a small trip
Even though we'll only be gone a couple of days, the Prodigal's best friend is going to house sit for us so he can make sure the cats get fed and watered and to keep them out of the kind of mischief they like to get into when no one is around to remind them to behave. I've stocked up on cat food for my furry monsters and munchies for the Prodigal's best friend.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The Hero and the Crown
I started The Hero and the Crown last night and I just finished it. I had a very hard time putting it down I was that caught up in it. Wonderful, wonderful book. This was heroic fantasy at its best. And what made it even better, the hero of this book was a girl / woman. My only regret is that I only have two thumbs to give it a thumbs up with.
Ms. McKinley, I think, will join the ranks of one of my favorite authors alongside Patricia A. McKillip, Tad Williams, C. J. Cherryh, and Barbara Hambly.
Here, kitty, kitty
Mouse in one of her semi-Alien sleeping poses.
Goblin and Heru sharing the coffee table along with my cross stitch stuff of which you can just catch the tiniest peek.
And last but not least, Rainbow giving me an I can't be bothered look for almost waking her from her nap.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
The Fair Folk
A story collection offered up by the Science Fiction Book Club which contains "Uous" by Tanith Lee, "Grace Notes" by Megan Lindholm (a.k.a Robin Hobb), "The Gypsies in the Wood" by Kim Newman, "The Kelpie" by Patricia A. McKillip, "An Embarrassment of Elves" by Craig Shaw Gardner, and "Except the Queen" by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder.
As much as my favorite author of the bunch is Patricia A. McKillip, the story I actually enjoyed the most was "Except the Queen" by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. It was written in the form of letters between two sisters and detailed an exile and a reconciliation.
I think the story I enjoyed the least was "An Embarrassment of Elves" by Craig Shaw Gardner. Its attempted humor just didn't fit in with the other stories.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and give it two thumbs up.
Friday, August 19, 2005
A good day
I stopped by Michael's on the way home and bought some knitting magazines and some crocheting books. Their cross stitch section leaves a lot to be desired and I wasn't particularly impressed with their knitting yarn either. Then I moseyed over to Starbuck's and picked up an iced mocha for the drive home.
Back in town I decided to treat myself to brunch at IHOP after a trip to the post office to pick up my mail.
And now I'm home catching up on email and the web-y things I do every day. I'm going to fix myself a nice cup of tea and plop myself on the sofa to read.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Read, read, read
So far, I've read "Uous", "Grace Notes", and I'm half way through "The Gypsies in the Wood". I very much enjoyed the first two stories - the Lee about being careful what you wish for and the Lindholm about the interesting ramifications of scorn. "The Gypsies in the Wood" is the first Newman I've read and so far I enjoy it. I actually bought the book because of the McKillip since she has become one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to get to that story.
I've checked email and done all the 'net things I usually do so I think I shall fix myself some lunch and bury myself in the book again.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Omigawsh, I almost forgot
Anyway . . .
(I) I have a problem with eating meat off the bone. Like picking up a piece of chicken and using my teeth to tear the flesh or picking up a pork chop and gnawing the last little bit of meat from that bone all pork chops seem to have. That just bothers me. I think chicken strips and breast filets are the greatest invention of this century. I used to have a problem with cutting meat from the bone as well, but I am happy to report I'm almost completely over that.
(II) Professionally, I'm a 'get it done now' type of person. Personally, everything can wait until tomorrow. I'm the world's greatest procrastinator when it comes to my personal life.
(III) The older I get the more I hate planning things. Like what I want to do on my vacation. How am I supposed to know in January what I want to do in July? Even if I could figure out what I wanted to do that early, what's to say I want to still do it when the time comes? The older I get, the more I discover the joys of doing things spur of the moment.
(IV) I'm a mimic. It was something that started while I was involved in drama in high school and we had to watch people and learn how they walked and talked, that sort of thing, and then get on stage and 'perform' these people to see if the others in the class could tell who we were being. To this day, I still catch myself suddenly adopting the mannerisms or speech patterns of someone I'm with.
(V) Keeping the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right when I eat instead of setting the knife down and switching the fork to my right hand. This is only idiosyncratic behavior in the US since most Europeans eat that way.
And on an additional positive note, I've been offered a job which I have accepted contingent on a couple of exams I have to pass. They shouldn't be a problem. If everything goes well, my first day of work will be September 6th.
Yes, having a specific upper level domain under which all adult content is aggregated will make censorship easier, but I don't think that's the true concern. What it will do is make the companies that sell software to block those types of sites all but obsolete since the various browser makers can program in a switch to block or allow the triple x domain with the click of a button.
Friday, August 12, 2005
I've been put under the hat and sorted
You scored 8% Slytherin, 20% Ravenclaw, 56% Gryffindor, and 32% Hufflepuff!
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.
Gryffindors are known for their courage, audacity, and devotion to what is good and honest.
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|Link: The Sorting Hat Test written by leeannslytherin on Ok Cupid|
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
I'm too nervous and excited to play the meme game right this minute, but I will get to it. I promise.
Right now, I'm going to fix myself a sandwich and a bowl of soup for dinner since I haven't eaten all day and I'm about to pass out from hunger as well as the previously mentioned nerves and excitement.
I'd love to play, but . . .
Karen, at Tati's Weblog, tagged me for a meme about 5 idiosyncrasies. I'll answer the tag later, but right now I have to prep for a job interview on Friday. I've got to get a haircut, buy a suit, and do a test run to the interview location so I can time about how long it will take me to get there.
I'm nervous and excited.
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Saturday, August 06, 2005
I haven't heard anything back from the first nibble although I did email the recruiter and was told that my resume had made it past the HR people.
I still haven't worked up the interest to read or do any of my crafty things, but I have discovered the joy of incessant channel hopping. It really is amazing the dearth of things worth watching on TV during daylight hours - or even in the very, very late night time hours.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Oh, well. The hunt progresses. I actually had someone call me today who wanted me to submit a "real" resume for consideration. I did one up specifically for the job they were hiring for and sent it off - just did, as a matter of fact. I don't know if anything will come of it, but it was an ego boost to know that someone thinks I might actually be qualified for something.