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Archive for November, 2003

Happy Birthday g00fy_blonde! Let’s paint the town red tonight!

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Home Sweet Home?

Well, I’m done house-sitting for now. I may do it again in January, but I don’t have the details yet. I haven’t updated lately because I was dog-sitting at my brother’s and they had taken down their computer in order to have some work done on the house.

The dogs were pretty good. Jackie is a Boston Terrier (Terror) and Toby is an Amstaff. He looks he’s been going to the gym. The dog is ripped. We got along great for the 5 days I was there. Okay, so Toby decided that it was too cold out yesterday and would prefer to do his business in the guest room in the basement. And one of them found my sister-in-laws yarn for her new project and dragged the skein throughout the upstairs hallway. They were pretty much angels.

My car was so stuffed last night for the drive back to Red Wing. That was a good thing because the roads were really bad. I kept thinking that I had plenty of food and could wrap myself in the afghan I’m crocheting if I went into a ditch. Fortunately, the drive was uneventful.

I’m still taking the courses through Barnes & Noble. I’m retaking the genealogy course because there is always so much good information shared there. I’m also taking a course on Christmas literature. I’m a bit disappointed in this one. We’re not reading as much as I thought we would and there are so many repetitious assignments. The people in the class are nice, but many of them declared in their introductions that they are born-again Christians and want to reinforce for themselves that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. My issues with that statement are the following:
1) If you are a Christian, born-again or not, there is no need to announce it. Your actions will announce your faith for you.

2) Jesus is not the reason for the season. The reason for the season was to create a custom that would get the hooligans off the streets. Christmas wasn’t an observed holiday in colonial America. However, there was a tradition that allowed the lower classes to pretty much run amuck–and it had nothing to do with a manager or a star. The American Christmas has not become commercialized; it was designed to be that way. If people want to add meaning by celebrating the birth of the Saviour, more power to them. I just don’t want to hear how we’re losing the “true” meaning of Christmas. Perhaps I’ll go into my thoughts into the “true” meaning in a later post. I feel like getting off my soapbox now.

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I Rock

A few months ago, my mother asked me to make a handcrafted project for an auction she was involved with. I came up with the idea of crocheting snowflakes and found a couple of patterns I really liked. I’ve been crocheting two types of snowflakes for months now (I have enough for 5) and this last week told her that I would give her two for her auction. I assembled the pieces last weekend, and while they weren’t perfect, I convinced myself that like the real thing no two snowflakes of mine will be exactly alike.

Wouldn’t you know that one of them decided to completely fall apart on the way down from Minneapolis. I spent quite a few hours on Sunday trying to make it somewhat presentable and wound up consulting with g00fy_blonde‘s mother–who is a craft goddess. She advised that we use her hot glue gun to pipe glue to keep the shape of the flake. We then sprayed the result with an adhesive and dumped white glitter on it. It didn’t look too bad.

Mom asked me what I thought I should get for them. I said that since we can’t really take into account the amount of work that went into them, that I’d be happy if they got $1 a peice (besides they were obviously first attempts). I expected her to let me know today how they did, and when she didn’t call, I assumed that either they didn’t sell or that they got 10 cents apiece. When I called and asked, she said that she’d been meaning to call me but didn’t want to catch me while at work or driving because she thought I might be surprised. They were auctioned off last night for $9 apiece! Talk about surprise!

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Friday Five

from http://www.fridayfive.org

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.

mobile

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.

challenging, interesting

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.

quiet, varying, relaxing

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.

flexible, busy, habitual, loving

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.

loving, quiet, peaceful, stimulating, mine

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More From Chadron

For a small town, they sure seem to have more than their fair share of “interesting” people….

9:11 a.m. Caller advised that her son just left on foot and she thinks he may be walking into town to a house near Safeway. (How old is her son? This was on a Monday. How does she know that he wasn’t going to school?)

9:02 a.m. Caller on Pine Street advised that her sister has fallen again and she would like an officer to come over and assist in picking her up.

12:23 a.m. Caller on the 100 block of Third Stree advised that there is a woman leaning against a car drinking a beer.

9:40 p.m. Caller on Chapin Street advised that there is someone knocking on his back door and he does not know who it is. Would like the officers to check it out.

12:41 p.m. Caller advised that she would like an officer to come over and explain to her kids why they can’t drive without insurance.

4:14 a.m. Caller on Main Street advised that she thinks that her neighbors are using her garden hose and stealing her water. Would like someone to check it out. Also advised that someone rang her doorbell.

12:42 a.m. Caller on the 500 block of Niobrara Avenue advised he is in Oglala and his car is giving him trouble. He thought the air conditioner was broken and he needed his wife to meet him halfway with the other car.

3:25 p.m. Caller from the 100 block of Main Street advised that she was going to kick her husband.

6:38 p.m. Caller from the 100 block of Main Street requested a rescue unit for himself. He advised he was having pain in his “thing” and wanted to go to the hospital.

2:58 a.m. Caller requested her husband be found and advised he could go home.

9:52 p.m. Caller at Wagon Wheel Trailer Court advised that there is a party next door. Advised he did not want it broken up at this time but wanted the P.D. to know.

1:30 a.m. Caller at Wagon Wheel Trailer Court advised that in reference to his earlier complaint, he would like to have the party broken up now.

2:28 a.m. Caller on the 100 block of Regency Trailer Court advised that her boyfriend pushed her around and threw her into a snowbank. Stated that he did not hit her but she is tired of it and would like to be treated like a lady.

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Just Checking In

Update on the car: I am still having some small problems when the car shifts. It sometimes hangs a bit or will “jump” forward. It may just be that the transmission fluid is low, but it has to be checked.

Update on PDA: g00fy_blonde gave me my early Christmas present (and a few other gift giving days thrown in)–a Sony Clie! My Handspring did die (okay it was resurrected when placed back in the cradle but by that time all data was lost), so I’ve been scouring my computer at work for backups and applications. I think many of my applications are on my personal computer at my father’s. I think I’m remaining relatively calm in dealing with a food database that I had spent 2 years adding information 2, the entire history of my vehicle maintenance and fuel records, and all personal contact information. So, if I had your address at one time, it might be wise to assume that I no longer have it (at least where I can find it)and please resend it to me. However, I love my new toy. I just have to figure out all these cool new features and learn “grafitti 2”. There are some subtle but troublesome differences between the two versions of data entry.

I’m really excited because on Saturday I’m going to meet up with at least one (possibly two) of my very best friends in junior high and high school. I haven’t seen either one in over 10 years and have only been intermittent in emails. This is going to be so fun! We’ve each had such different paths. One joined the Peace Corps right after college (very surprising), another has a family and kids. One has stayed in the general area but the other just moved back from Phoenix. I’m looking forward to hearing what they’ve been up to since high school.

Well, I guess it’s time to start working. It’s been a busy week as we prepare to launch our environmental scorecard, which “grades” the state legislators on their votes on environmental issues. I don’t think it’s going to be very pretty.

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Book Club

Well, we had 5 people including myself tonight and one new member. Everyone pretty much agreed that they didn’t like the book, Vanity Fair. However, we had a nice discussion and managed to do some volunteer work for the library during the meeting.

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Well, it definitely looks like I’m getting a new PDA. Every week there has been a new issue. Many of these have been solved with soft and system resets, but it’s really just hobbling along.

The new issue is that I can no longer use the screen. I could this morning but now suddenly any time I touch the screen, I get a drop down menu. I can’t use the grafitti or the screen icons (like application menu). However, the buttons on the bottom still work, so I can look at my calendar, address book, to do list and memos.

This weekend was kind of a drag. I got sick on Friday and had to stay home from work. g00fy_blonde‘s brother had to put down one of the dogs, so I was asked to keep him company in Red Wing on Friday night. We watched Finding Nemo–which I enjoyed just as much as I expected from all the posts about it.

Saturday, g00fy_blonde‘s sister and her husband joined us for dinner. We had a great time playing pool and darts. I actually was doing well towards the end. On Sunday, we saw the Matrix Revolutions. I have mixed feelings on it, but won’t say anything more here.

I am thoroughly enjoying the Barnes & Noble class on Christmas Literature. I would highly recommend it. We just got done reading A Christmas Carol, Gift of the Magi, A Merry Miserable Christmas, and One Christmas plus a couple of poems and another short story. The group is a lot of fun, sharing recipes and traditions. If I’m not in the holiday spirit by Thanksgiving, something must have gone terribly wrong!

I’m continuing the genealogy course also. This class has someone who is also searching for relatives in the counties that are my primary focus. We aren’t related (even with the common last name of Johnson), but I’ve offered to do some census and newspaper research because she lives in Texas.

Well, it’s time for me to head out. Book club got moved to tonight and I’m supposed to be leading the discussion on Vanity Fair. I don’t think anyone else finished it and I’ll be surprised if more than one other person even shows up. There are also no reading guides for it available online. Go figure. Guess I’ll have to wing it.

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First Snow

Yesterday, it snowed for the first time in the Twin Cities. Thankfully, it was melting on contact to the roads, so the drive home was actually easier than last week in the rain. I’m not sure why that is, but I am grateful.

g00fy_blonde and I went to the Mall of America to purchase some gloves and finish getting the books for my next Barnes & Noble online course. This time I’ll be looking at Christmas literature. I ordered a copy of the Emporers of Chocolate since my local library didn’t have it and it should be here next week. I purchased a pair of leather gloves that seem to be pretty warm. They were 40% off!

I’m currently finishing up my current online courses. I took three this session, Diet Simple (I’m not losing any weight but I’m feeling better and g00fy_blonde says he sees a difference), a book club,The Crimson Petal and the White,(pretty good book and very interesting discussions), and another book club, Persuasion (I love Jane Austen and this has been an interesting discussion of one of my not so favorite of her books).

I have my first performance evaluation today at 2 pm. Wish me luck!

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