Thursday, March 30, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Then and Now, Part IV
Then and Now, Part III
Then and Now, Part II
Then and Now, Part I
Thursday, March 23, 2006
On the way to work this morning
I was trying to capture how the trees had suddenly gone from barren to green, but the photos are too dark to see that. But Spring has sprung despite the cold weather we've had this week.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Awakened by the end of the world
And then some more but without the house shaking.
Works much better than an alarm clock at getting me out of bed.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Unproductive in a productive way
Like just about everything else I do, with rolling up a character, I start at the end and work my way to the beginning. Before I even pick up the first die to roll a statistic with, I have a fairly good idea of who and what the character is I want to be. It then becomes a nightmare trying to roll stats that match this image. I won't bore you with how many characters I actually rolled before I found stats that mostly suited what I wanted. The Prodigal Son watched while I rolled several of them because he'd never used Method V from Unearthed Arcana to generate characters. He hadn't even realized that method existed.
Once I had the stats that matched the vision in my head, I had to create an adventure class non-player character father for Tris. Oh, yes, Tristan Zynara Mardil is my lofty fighter's name. I say lofty because she stands a short 6 foot 1 inches tall. Anyway, to complete her backstory, I had to roll stats for her father so the process of rolling dice to match the image began again.
And here I sit, not quite a week later, with new character in hand, ready to kill something. ~ grin ~ The only thing left to do is actually write up Tris' back story but I've got to do a little research in my old notes to make sure I get some dates right. But, instead of that, I'm taking this morning off to do a little bit of knitting and to watch the next installment of Season 3 Stargate SG-1 which arrived form Netflix yesterday.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Happy Birthday, Karen!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAREN!
But I didn't vacuum
But I didn't vacuum on Sunday. I wasn't anywhere near the silly Dyson.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Ides \YDZ\, plural noun:
In the ancient Roman calendar the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of the other months.
Ides comes from Latin idus, probably from an Etruscan word meaning "division" of a month.
Monday, March 13, 2006
I finally have glasses
I went to the walk-ins welcome doc and only had to wait about 45 minutes before she could see me. I explained my predicament and we chatted while she did the exam. I like her. I may dump my doc in favor of her. She was pleasant and friendly and made me feel as if getting me a new prescription was the most important thing in the world. She was brisk without being brusque.
With prescription in hand I went to EyeMasters. They had only one person working the store and I had to put my name on a waiting list. 'Waiting' was the operative word. I had more than ample time to try on a couple dozen pair of glasses. I actually hated them all, but I did finally settle on one frame that I didn't hate as much as the others. I even had time to pick out a second frame for new reading glasses. I also picked out two of those chain things so I can wear my glasses as pieces of modern jewelry. And then I got to wait some more until it was my turn.
I'm not sure when I got done there, but I went to lunch to kill another hour while one of two pair of glasses I bought were being worked up. I ate at El Chico 'cause it's in the mall where EyeMasters is. My new reading glasses should be in on the 27th.
And I got home about 40 minutes ago. There's really no point in going to the office since it will take me an hour to get there.
I've done another quick look through of the house and my glasses are still not to be found. I wonder if the silly things will ever turn up.
The new specs dangling from their chain about my neck
Where did my eyes go?
I just called the boss and left a message letting him know I don't know when or if I'll be in to work today. I hope I can get a replacement pair made this morning using last year's prescription - which still works well for driving - or even get a new prescription if I can find an eye doc who'll take me first thing this morning. I don't expect the doc I used last year - whom I don't particularly care for - to get me in today. Thank goodness we have an EyeMasters at the mall and there's really nothing special about my distance prescription. Unfortunately, EyeMasters doesn't open until 10:00 a.m. so it will be this afternoon before I get glasses even if I can get in to see a doc first thing this morning.
I am at a loss as to what happened to my glasses.
Friday, March 10, 2006
I nearly forgot . . .
The Prodigal Son has a job!
Today was his first day. It has something to do with insulation and chemical plants. For the next few weeks, he'll be working 7/10s so he'll be bringing home a pretty nice paycheck every week. I may tell him that he gets to pay for having Izzy fixed since she's not 'my' cat.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
* To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
* The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
* 1984 by George Orwell
* A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
* Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
* All Quite on the Western Front by E M Remarque
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
* The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
* Tess of the D'urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
* Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
* Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
* The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
* Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
* Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
* The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
* The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
* The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
* David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
* The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
* A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn
* I've read 19 of the 30 books on the list. And only two of the books I read were as an assignment for a lit class in school - All Quiet on the Western Front and To Kill a Mockingbird - instead of on my own and both of them are still favorites as well as several of the others.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
I like my bank
I immediately got online to check my account and everything looked fine. I assumed there was just some sort of glitch and things would be fine.
This morning, on my way to work, I stopped to pick up breakfast and my debit card was rejected again. This time, the clerk said it had been rejected because it had been reported lost/stolen. It obviously wasn't lost or stolen since I had it in my hot little hands.
I called the bank. One of the merchants where I shop had their database hacked into and reported the intrusion. My bank immediately canceled my debit card and I will have a brand new one in 7 to 9 days. I'm not sure how I will survive without my trusty debit card. I'm not sure I even remember how to write a check.