Posted by Slowplum on 10/31/2004 07:31:00 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [info]esmesquall!

Posted by Slowplum on 10/30/2004 09:27:00 AM
So Thursday morning I:

-slept in
-had hell of time getting kids out of bed & dressed & ready to go to in-laws
-got kids out and into car
-returned into unlocked house only to find - NO KEYS TO BE SEEN ANYWHERE
-spent 20 mins looking for keys
-finally gave up and walked kids over to in-laws.

they lent me their car as they have two vehicles. which was fine except:

they forgot to tell me the lights don't automatically shut off when the car stops.

and it had no annoying noise to remind me.

so guess what was dead when i left work later that afternoon, tired and having had a horrific day.


i had to call my dad because nobody else would help and those who did want to help couldn't because they had no jumper cables. if it were my own car i'd have had some but it was the in-laws' and they didn't.

got keys from SO and then spent most of the evening looking for mine.

i found them alright - in my son's jacket sleeve.

Friday an interesting thing happened. When I went to get some scrapbook supplies to make a book for my aunt to ship to her newly-found stepdaughter in England (long story short: current hubby had a child very young and the mother of that child took her away and he hadn't heard from said child until just last year, and the kid's like, 30something). I bought a new book to put the layouts in during break and at a later break at work I opened up the book to check for flaws (bought it on sale but didn't have time for that just wanted to get one and go) and inside there was an already complete layout! The photos were professionally done black-and-whites of this very lovely lady. They were much older and it was a gorgeous set-up.

So I called the store and explained to them that I think maybe I got one of their display books or something because of this layout. They couldn't understand what I was trying to tell them so I said I would come over after work to show them, because I didn't want somebody missing these terrific photos.

After work, as promised, I went over to the store and showed the owners what I was talking about. Turns out the photos were of the owner Lauren when she was younger! She was so pleased about my bringing it back she let me choose a different scrapbook from a wall up to $50 in value! Then she gave me 10% off anything else I might find to purchase and a free membership (which entitles me to 10% off everything and free access to their cropping materials). She said it was so nice that there were still people like me because most would have just went "huh. nice." and thrown the layout in the bin or something.

Friday night I went out for dinner with MH & KH, which was nice. We were supposed to go shopping afterward but MH had to go do something with her two sisters to celebrate her middle sister getting engaged. So we had a later dinner and then KH & I decided to cruise around the grocery store as I needed to do some shopping anyway and going at night is best because nobody is around to bug you or fight you over the last box of honey combs or whatever.

Then we put all my groceries away and had some tea and discussed what we were doing for Hallowe'en. She decided she wanted to be an 80's punk sort and was asking me for ideas. I told her to hold on a second and then returned from my room with all kinds of junk that completely suited her purpose. She laughed and said she knew she'd come to the right person and what the heck was I doing with all this stuff. I had no response for that but meh.

Spent most of last night awake tending to not one, but two puking kids. I'm exhausted and grumpy. This is going to be one of the worse types of halloweens I can just tell. Which sucks because I love this holiday normally. :(


Today is my 4th wedding anniversary.

Posted by Slowplum on 10/21/2004 04:58:00 PM
Today is my 4th wedding anniversary.

Instead of doing anything tonight we are planning to go to London on the weekend and watch some live comedy and have dinner and just do couple type stuff that we never seem to have time to do lately.

I can honestly say that while it was the scariest thing I've ever done, I've never once regretted marrying SO. I love him dearly and thank my stars every day for having him. Even on the days that he drives me up the wall. Honestly.

Today is also [info]lometa's wedding anniversary. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY LOMETA!

Posted by Slowplum on 10/14/2004 08:33:00 PM
So my ultrasound results yielded: Steatohepatitis aka "fatty liver". Cause as of this point unknown. I may have to get a biopsy done and then further tests.


memes have excellent procrastination potential.

Posted by Slowplum on 10/14/2004 06:34:00 AM
From: http://www.frontiernet.net/~cdm/age1.html

You said your birthday is 7 / 27 / 1976
which means you are 28 years old and about:

59 years 9 months younger than Walter Cronkite, age 87
56 years 2 months younger than Pope John Paul II, age 84
52 years 1 month younger than George Herbert Bush, age 80
44 years 10 months younger than Barbara Walters, age 73
42 years 8 months younger than Larry King, age 70
36 years 6 months younger than Ted Koppel, age 64
33 years 1 month younger than Geraldo Rivera, age 61
30 years 1 month younger than George W. Bush, age 58
25 years 0 months younger than Jesse Ventura, age 53
20 years 9 months younger than Bill Gates, age 48
15 years 11 months younger than Cal Ripken Jr., age 44
10 years 1 month younger than Mike Tyson, age 38
6 years 0 months younger than Jennifer Lopez, age 34
0 years 7 months younger than Tiger Woods, age 28
5 years 11 months older than Prince William, age 22

and that you were:

25 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
23 years old on the first day of Y2K
21 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
18 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
17 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
16 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
14 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
13 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
9 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
7 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
6 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
4 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
3 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began


43 years 5 months younger than Yoko Ono, age 71
35 years 2 months younger than Bob Dylan, age 63
33 years 0 months younger than Mick Jagger, age 61
31 years 4 months younger than Eric Clapton, age 59
28 years 2 months younger than Stevie Nicks, age 56
20 years 10 months younger than David Lee Roth, age 49
17 years 11 months younger than Madonna, age 46
14 years 5 months younger than Jon Bon Jovi, age 42
9 years 4 months younger than Billy Corgan, age 37
6 years 4 months younger than Mariah Carey, age 34
2 years 2 months younger than Alanis Morissette, age 30
5 years 4 months older than Britney Spears, age 22

and when these songs were topping the charts
and these events occurred your age was:

Elvis Presley Dies: 1
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart: 2
Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd: 3
John Lennon is shot to death: 4
MTV makes its debut: 5
Who Can it be Now, Men at Work: 6
The recording of We Are The World: 8
Walk Like an Egyptian, Bangles: 10
Didn't We Almost have it all, Whitney Houston: 11
Back In The U.S.S.R. is released exclusively in Russia: 12
Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor: 13
Emotions, Mariah Carey: 15
Fleetwood Mac perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration: 16
The Sign, Ace Of Base: 17
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens: 19


50 years 2 months younger than Andy Griffith, age 78
46 years 8 months younger than Dick Clark, age 74
45 years 4 months younger than Leonard Nimoy, age 73
43 years 3 months younger than Carol Burnett, age 71
40 years 6 months younger than Alan Alda, age 68
39 years 0 months younger than Bill Cosby, age 67
33 years 8 months younger than Linda Evans, age 61
31 years 6 months younger than Tom Selleck, age 59
28 years 7 months younger than Ted Danson, age 56
26 years 3 months younger than Jay Leno, age 54
22 years 6 months younger than Oprah Winfrey, age 50
21 years 5 months younger than Kelsey Grammer, age 49
18 years 2 months younger than Drew Carey, age 46
15 years 2 months younger than Michael J. Fox, age 43
11 years 9 months younger than Calista Flockhart, age 39
7 years 6 months younger than Jennifer Aniston, age 35
3 years 7 months younger than Alyssa Milano, age 31
1 year 4 months older than Colin Hanks, age 26
7 years 1 month older than Mila Kunis, age 21
14 years 11 months older than Madylin Sweeten, age 13

and that you were:

1 years old when CBS introduced Dallas
4 years old during the first airing of Hill Street Blues
6 years old at the time the first Cheers episode was televised
10 years old when L.A. Law was first aired on TV
10 years old at the time the series Married with Children began
13 years old when Seinfeld was first televised
15 years old in the month Home Improvement began
18 years old at the time the TV series Friends began
20 years old when Everybody Loves Raymond first aired
23 years old when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire began in the US


57 years 6 months younger than Zsa Zsa Gabor, age 85
46 years 2 months younger than Clint Eastwood, age 74
43 years 5 months younger than Kim Novak, age 71
40 years 6 months younger than Burt Reynolds, age 68
36 years 6 months younger than Nick Nolte, age 64
35 years 3 months younger than Ann-Margret, age 63
29 years 4 months younger than Billy Crystal, age 57
26 years 8 months younger than Whoopi Goldberg, age 54
24 years 0 months younger than Robin Williams, age 52
20 years 1 month younger than Tom Hanks, age 48
17 years 8 months younger than Jamie Lee Curtis, age 45
15 years 4 months younger than Eddie Murphy, age 43
6 years 0 months younger than Jennifer Lopez, age 34
2 years 7 months older than Jennifer Love Hewitt, age 25
11 years 8 months older than Haley Joel Osment, age 16

and when these movies were released in the U.S. your age was:

Animal House: 1
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: 3
ET: 5
The Terminator: 8
Top Gun: 9
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 11
Steel Magnolias: 13
Home Alone: 14
Wayne's World: 15
Jurassic Park: 16
Forrest Gump: 17
Fargo: 19
Saving Private Ryan: 21
Toy Story 2: 23


what i'm wondering is why the certain events/people were chosen for this meme. hmmm. i'd like to see a few other ones in there.

ok time to go make lunches and do the mom thing before work.


NO no nonono!!

Posted by Slowplum on 10/11/2004 06:39:00 AM
Superman's dead. My heart is broken.

Actor, Director and Activist Christopher Reeve Dies at Age 52

Christopher Reeve died suddenly at 5:30 p.m. yesterday of heart failure. He was 52 years old.

On Saturday October 9, Reeve fell into a coma after going into cardiac arrest while at home. Reeve was being treated for a pressure wound that he developed, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.

Reeve was admitted to Northern Westchester Hospital on Saturday evening and never regained consciousness. His family was at his side at the time of death.

Dana Reeve, Christopher's wife, issued this statement:

"On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Northern Westchester Hospital for the excellent care they provided to my husband. I also want to thank his personal staff of nurses and aides, as well as the millions of fans from around the world who have supported and loved my husband over the years."

"The family asks that you respect their privacy at this very difficult time, "said Wesley Combs, publicist for Mr. Reeve.

Reeve is survived by his mother Barbara Johnson and his father Franklin Reeve, his brother Benjamin Reeve, his wife Dana, their twelve year old son Will and his two children from a former relationship, Matthew (25) and Alexandra (21).

At this time, no plans for a funeral have been announced. Additional information will be released as soon as it is available.

For those who care to do so, the family has requested that donations be made in his honor to the Foundation. Cards may be sent to the family in care of the Foundation at 500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.

Posted by Slowplum on 10/09/2004 12:42:00 AM
What is your favorite memory involving the rain?


a meme, an update, and a question

Posted by Slowplum on 10/08/2004 06:29:00 PM
Bolded things I've tried.
Underlined the things I really want to do before I die.
Comments are in italics.

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain Do big cliffs count?
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it.
09. Hugged a tree and I meant that, too.
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper More times than I can remember
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Organized and planned a surprise party for a loved one
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking all the time
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day yes and it was great fun
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was really sick
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends still have
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan soon i hope
67. Bench pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero I'd like to know who makes up these things
71. Sung karaoke it was terrifying
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Protested something you feel strongly against
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye uh, no. ever. it makes me laugh.
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class like, one.
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight ugh, no.
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Started an office war does a territorial war over office supplies count?
97. Gone without food for 5 days no but i have for 3
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest i taped socks, underwear, and bounce sheets to myself and went as static cling
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on hells yes
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert" an expert what, I don't know.
105. Got flowers for no reason shouts to [info]kg4yef for most recent of that (I realize that was long ago, shuddup. That's the most recent.)
106. Made out in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything I'm still hearing stories about it.
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Drank an entire 6 pack by yourself and then some
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved all of your hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in theatre
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children still am
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy that's the beauty of having kids, and of things from my childhood coming back into popularity
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour a little? no but i've drank with them plenty, does that count?
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken a bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. ...more than once?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking again, all the time
137. Had an abortion
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray do they perhaps mean manta ray?
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone my baby toe, it hurt like a mofo. if dislocations count, include my ankle.
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Ridden on a passenger train
160. Had a snake as a pet it was short-lived, as my father has a serious snake phobie.
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground uh...ok
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime define "healthy"...
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad own it.
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch the "art" of masturbation... hahhaa! seriously: piano & saxophone.
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions i have yet to have one.
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language every freaking day
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair Blue what color *haven't* i dyed it
197: Been a DJ
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal goodness me, that would suck. i wonder if whomever penned this list had this happen?
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested

Whew. That was a lot.

Synopsis of week's events:

* worked 22 hrs overtime
* bossaman came down from Novi MI
* preparing for customs audit
* still feeling sick, no results from ultrasound yet
* got gift for a friend's upcoming wedding (it's tomorrow)
* weighed the pros and cons of quitting, for the six millionth time
* comforted a co-worker whose brother-in-law committed suicide
* left a message for the principal of my kids' school to ask why i hadn't been informed that a boy kicked my daughter in the face today. not one word of the particulars or anything. and she has a little bruise.
* slept in once
* had coffee bought for me
* was told i looked beautiful by a stranger (which was the nicest thing i've heard in a month)
* stopped taking the damn pills the doctor gave me because they are only making me feel worse, not better
* i forget the rest


Do people like it when I post questions?



Posted by Slowplum on 10/08/2004 07:21:00 AM
What is your favorite daydream?


RIp Rodney

Posted by Slowplum on 10/05/2004 08:31:00 PM
Here's hoping that in the afterlife, you get a little more respect.


to those of you who don't think knitting is sexy..

Posted by Slowplum on 10/02/2004 01:07:00 PM
I give you THIS


oh c'mon, you know you wanna.



Posted by Slowplum on 10/01/2004 03:32:00 AM
so the weekend with the girls up in pike bay was great and much needed and fun. if i remember i will post the phots somewhere so you can see us make asses of ourselves running the obstacle course.

went for ultrasound yesterday and the woman put 16 tons of goop all over my torso that i swear she'd stored in the freezer prior to it and the halfway through she gets into a phone conversation with her mother whilst i lay there all goopy. like i didn't have a job to get back to or anything. it sucked. and when she pressed down just below my ribcage on the left hand side it hurt like a mofo. dayyyyum.

also on the way out of the lab my left shoulder was clipped by a purolator van's rearview mirror. fucker didn't even slow down just rammed right through the parking lot. grrr.

also i spilled coffee all over a co-worker's desk. don't ask. it's a long story.

i go to a dressmaker tonight to get fitted for a dress being made for christmas party. i'll probably also wear it to the oscar night gala we have here.


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