What you need to know about me right now

I finally made a New Year’s resolution.

I think I can keep it, but check with me in another few months. The success rate for New Year’s resolutions is apparently quite low. Here it is:

I will throw Q-tips into the trash can right away instead of just setting them on the sink.


~2 mos. of working too many hours

Went to Mexico for  a few days over T-giving

Came back to same chaos at work

Came back to beautiful new ceiling in BR (no more flaking plaster!) and long overdue new color there PLUS my long-awaited cove molding in LR & DR

Got really sick – like ‘before I quit smoking’ sick -bronchitis and all

Decided this work thing isn’t working for me

Laptop may have fallen off couch. In the shop. Another $200. Next breakage=new ‘puter. All this money for a POS Dell just ain’t right.

TG my data and files and bookmarks are all backed up so I can access them still.

Miss my podcast downloads — pretty much the same stuff as last time

Sold my soul to the devil (again) and signed up for Facebook. Privacy concerns but it suits my smart-ass quick comebacks nicely and I like throwing random thoughts out there to see what people say. I think “a friend” deleted my question “Are you thinking about killing your children?” when she was the one who put this quote out there: “Herod the king, in his raging, charged he hath this day, his men of might, in his own sight, all young children to slay.” Now seriously, what else would you think but homicide? And why would she delete my comment questioning the obvious?! So I posted another question asking if she deleted my comment. 🙂 She reminds me of another family member: “No I’m fine. Everything is fine.” “Mom, are you telling me it doesn’t hurt that a truck just ran over your leg?” “No really dear, I am fine.”

Going back to Mexico!! New place and with a friend. Can’t WAIT! Have already decided I’m NOT dropping pants for TSA so I may not actually end up in Ixtapa.

Might be adopting a dog that’s Fanny’s best friend at dog park. As much as I love this potentially-mine dog though, I’m hesitating, possibly because Fanny is pu-lenty active. Not sure what will end up happening…but they’re really cute when they play together. They totally ignore everything around them.

Survived (and I do mean ‘survived’) Xmas. Family dramas and traumas abounded but all is well for now.

Way past my bed time and tonight is a school night. If there’s anyone who still checks here, I’m sorry for being such a slacker but appreciate you checking!!

or maybe the apricot one

Sure there’s the $15 Walgreens’ version, and this one costs a little lot more but I want the original product because of its name.slnk

Well, yet again I find myself finally returning this summer’s reading for punishment — (Train your Mind, Change Your Brain — apparently I did neither) after renewing it the maximum # of times (originally checked out 6/2).

So yeah, I’ve had it checked out for about 3 1/2 months, haven’t finished it, and it’s overdue, as were at least 2 previous selections for reading for punishment: The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot and The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.

Someone with a larger ego might be embarrassed not completing them, but nope – not me. A bit disappointed, but not embarrassed. I tried, right? And it’s not like I totally slacked off in the reading department: I did manage to catch up on several months’ worth of O, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, More, and read several thriller-type and just-plain-funny books…

What did you read this summer? (If it was something like Proust please don’t comment.)

Have lived without my laptop 3 weeks now and am missing it more as time passes…I am at the libarry now, using the public machines, which is cool, but it’s not the same as having it at home…

Here’s what I miss:

  • gizmodo.com
  • lifehacker.com
  • consumerist.com
  • tmz.com (I’m ashamed. Shallow, but ashamed)
  • unclutterer.com
  • netvibes.com

What I knew I’d miss and now I really miss:

  • tvguide (What am I missing on my local PBS digital stations? What will I miss because I don’t know about it? Is The Office on next week or another stupid “reality” show?)
  • podcasts: (I am so far behind in downloading audio I wouldn’t get to for another year anyway but now I won’t even know what I’ve missed ’cause it’ll drop off the list and I’m too lazy to go to the websites and see what was on.)
  • Ability to download more podcasts to phone, cd, mp3 player
  • Same with music (am over Poco for a while)
  • Looking up stuff on the fly (Who was that author on the radio? Wonder what’s on sale at Target this week? What’s the difference between cayenne, red, chili peppers? When is my library book due?)
  • Online bill paying
  • Even my (offline) ‘Come to Hayzeus’ (talk it out) with my budget
  • Missed the last 2 episodes of Samantha Who and it’s bugging me.
  • Blogging: I’m actually not sure I miss it. While I always have something to say (no big surprise there, eh?) and moments of inspiration (no really!) and the desire to let it out on “paper,”  work is sucking the life out of me and what’s left is taken by the Fanster. Not to mention it’s summer and I like reading on the back porch and/or going to the pool…
  • Lappy needs new mobo so haven’t had use of laptop except at work to check email, at sister’s a couple of x, and at the libarry once for 2+ weeks (gasp pant).
  • Fanny, “grandpa” and I start Beginning Adolescent Puppy Training tonight. Told the teacher I had to withdraw because of needing new motherboard but she said she loves Fanny and really wants us to come so will comp us the class!
  • Saw Julie and Julia and it reinvigorated my dormant desire to move to Paris. But not to cook.
  • Sometime during the last few weeks my blog got its 13,000 hit, no thanks to the active writing I’ve been doing…but thanks to you all.
  • My developer is leaving me and I am despondent.
  • Got hit on by someone (in a what-most-people-would-think-was-a-good way) and I ran away from him (really a fast walk).
  • Garden looks great despite me.
  • For the 2nd time in my adult life, my mother told me I should be someone’s friend because THEY need me. Not because I want their friendship and despite the fact that each is toxic, but more like because they are toxic and (basically) because it’d be more “christian” of me to lose my mind and whatever trust I have in humanity just so these sad people could call to itchbay and moan while they’re effed up. I guess their sanity is more important than mine…
  • (Almost as if to prove the above point she says…) Sometimes I think I hear one of my cats meowing to come inside. I did have them for 15 years though, so cut me some slack on the sanity thing, ok?
  • Punishment reading for this summer: Train your mind train your something. I can’t remember the title but it’s about how Buddhists have helped scientists understand brain plasticity.
  • Read any post from the last 2 summers, and as long as it doesn’t have to do with the cats, it probably could apply to this summer too.

Dear Diary,

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written but have had much going on. Have started drafts on many things (all those drafts, so little time) but in a nutshell,

–new temp. gig (I guess technically they’re all temporary really); Today was my 5th day and I finally have almost all (software) tools and accesses to do my job (if I knew what that was). This will be a test of how quickly I can learn many new things all at once.

<side note: Historically, this has not been my modus operandi. I’m usually slow to learn.  Just when you wonder if I could possibly have any more questions, I amaze you with my brilliance.>

–Finally, after successfully avoiding it for 16+ years, I pulled the old caulk out of my tub. It was just as ugly a job as I thought it would be (no backer rods! 1st layer of caulk still present). But I was “saved” from actually doing the deed (re-caulking) because…

–Was on the losing end of a (literal) cat fight:  My days as a hand model are over. They don’t stitch animal wounds because of the infection risk.

Having had infections as results of the previous 2 times I tried saving Li’l Effer from the evil neighbor cat, you’d think I’d have learned by now, but $250 later, I can finally say I have learned. I had to leave the Bubster to fend for himself and run in to call for help. He’s an a-hole but he’s really a wimp at heart so I felt guilty (later actually, not at the time), but tough sh**.

He was traumatized but I was injured. The swelling is down, the wound is almost closed, and the scarring has begun. Couldn’t get my hand wet for many days but since I couldn’t really move it, it didn’t matter much.


No, my hands are not normally this fat…I couldn’t even wear my bling, so that should tell you something!


–Learning new electronics: This must be how a dieter feels when they go off their diet. So much for less consumption and all that crap. More to come but it is time-consuming to play with learn new stuff.

‘K diary, gotta go figure out my antenna so I can set the DVR.



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