Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Well I knew I was bad about updating my blog regularly but now it's about to get worse. The other day at work I tried to access Lisanne's blog and it was blocked. Grrr. I was mad but not all that shocked because I haven't been able to view Eva's blog for the longest time either. The company I work for seems to love to just restrict access to different websites for no apparent reason other than to frustrate the hell out of me. So, I'm bummed I can't view some of my favorite blogs while I'm at work which is where I do most of my internet surfing.

To make matters worse I tried signing into Blogger and that is now a blocked site as well, though for some reason I can still look at my blog (or any blog with a blogspot.com address - just not Blogger.com), I just can't update it while I'm at work. Grrrr some more. Internet censorship/restriction really irks me, especially when there is no rhyme nor reason to block these sites - there is nothing offensive on them.

I can still update my blog & view other peoples' blogs at home but the thing is that I don't get online at home all that often because our computer here is kind of wacky & we have AOL (ick!) which sucks, and to top it all off I am now working four 10 hour days per week rather than the usual five 8 hour days. My work schedule is Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM (or 8:30) to 6:30 PM (or 7:00) with Friday through Sunday off, unless one of the 3 other co-workers in my group are out on vacation in which case that week the schedule would go back to four 8 hour days. This is my first week working that schedule. So far I like it and I'm looking forward to having Friday off! Wooohoo!

Anyway, since I find it impossible to cut to the chase without rambling on & on for endless paragraphs, what I'm trying to say is that because of this new schedule I will probably be online at home even less because I get home so much later in the day than I used to. I will try to poke in here as often as I can but I guess it's safe to say there definitely won't be daily posts, and maybe not even weekly posts for a while. This all might change if I get a laptop & DSL this summer though. That's my plan as of now, because those will both help me out a lot with going back to school since I will be taking all of my classes on-line. If & when I do get a laptop I am sure I will be on-line much more often while I'm at home so hopefully I won't have to abandon this blog all together.



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Friday, July 16, 2004

Martha's heading to the slammer for 5 months!

Maybe she should just strike up a deal with MTV for a new reality show. I can see it now ...

Crafters Behind Bars

This morning I heard on Good Morning America that she will get the bottom bunk since she is over the age of 50. I'm sure she will find some way to rig her blanket to make a quaint little tent for herself in there.
 
Good luck Martha ;) 


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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

A friend asked me if I would sign a petition, described below, of course I did and I thought I would go one step further by spreading the word in hopes other people will in turn pass it on. If you support same-sex marriage and the rights of US citizens, please copy and paste this into your blog or into an e-mail. The following is taken from MoveOn.org ...


Subject: Please help right away -- we've got to stick together
Dear friend,

Congress is about to vote on amending the U.S. Constitution to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples.

Never before has our Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. Yet our Senators will vote on this amendment in the next 48 hours.

It's urgent that we speak up now. This hateful divisiveness has no place in America. Please join me in saying so, at:

http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/

Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination based on who they are or who they love.

Thank you.

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Monday, July 12, 2004

Damn. I am pooped (the exhausted kind, not feces!) and covered in bruises.

This weekend was the big moving day for my mom. I swear I must be on some hidden camera reality show, someone must be playing an evil trick on me because once again my life resembled a really bad comedy movie.

On Saturday morning Cory & I were going to pick up the U-haul at around 10:00 AM. We would have got an earlier start to the day but my mom is not a morning person so getting to her house at 10:30 is early for her. We get to the place where Cory thought he reserved the U-haul only to hear the guy who owns the place say "Oh, I haven't had U-hauls here for rent in 6 months." Great. So we went to the other U-haul place in town only to find out that the phone calls for the first place we went to is automatically re-routed to the second place but we were not aware of that. Luckily they had Cory's reservation, but then Cory realized he didn't have his license on him so we had to go back home get the license, go back and get the U-haul, drive out to my mom's and start loading it. By then it was almost Noon. At around 4:00 PM or 5:00 PM we had my car and the U-haul as full as they would get and there were still a bunch of things leftover in my mom's apartment so we knew we would have to come back on Sunday to get them because there wouldn't be time to come back that night.

Cory gets in the U-haul and turns the key. It was dead. After 4 or 5 hours out on a busy road with the flashers on I guess the battery died. Agghh!! We had to go buy jumper cables and that worked, thankfully. We made it to my mom's new apartment and we didn't have any major disasters after that but it was tiring unloading everything since it was just my mom, Cory and I and her new apartment is on the 2nd floor. We were still unloading stuff at almost 11:00 at night and then I had to drive my mom to a 24 hour Wal-mart to get desperately needed items. I didn't get home and in bed until around 1:00 AM. We had to get up at around 9:00 on Sunday to return the U-haul and then the 3 of us took two vehicles back out to my mom's where we once again packed the rest of her belongings in. Everything JUST fit! My mom had to ride with a huge box on her lap on the passenger side of my car.

When we were unloading my car I happened to look over to see two guys cutting through a path at the end of her new apartment building's driveway. They stopped in some not-so-thick bushes about 15 feet away from me where they apparently though was a good place to pee. Lovely.

I was at my mom's last night until almost midnight so today I feel like a zombie. My eyelids are so heavy. I can't wait to go to bed but today is my mom's birthday so I have to go pick up my sister, we will eat dinner at my house, then we will go out and buy my mom an ice cream cake because I'm in no condition to be baking and then wait for my mom to get home at around 8:30 or 8:45 to bring the cake over to her. Another late night. I'm not used to this. Usually I'm lounging around in my pajamas by 6:30 every night!
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Friday, July 09, 2004

Wow! A Friday afternoon and I actually have a few minutes to spare so here I am. I'm actually a little bit less stressed about all of this moving stuff than I was yesterday but it's still bothering me a bit. I just have to keep reminding myself that within the next day or so this will all be over with and my mom will be settled in her new place.


Yay! Now I get a chance to answer today's Friday Forum questions!

1. Which time of day do you prefer: 9 a.m. or 9 p.m.? Why?

That really depends on what I'm doing at the time. If I'm going out, say on a short road trip, then I definitely prefer 9 a.m. because I have the whole day ahead of me. On workdays I prefer 9 p.m. because that's usually when I'm at home doing whatever I choose. At 9 a.m. I'm usually at work and that's just no fun.

2. Tell us about your ninth-grade year. What was your school like? Did you participate in any school activities? What were your career goals? Who were your good friends? My first year of high school actually wasn't that traumatic or difficult for me because I went to a very small school district. I think there were only about 120 kids in my class and most of them I had gone all through elementary school (since I moved to NY in 1st grade) so it felt pretty comfortable. I don't remember 9th grade being all that different from Middle School. I wasn't in any sports or other activities, I guess I just wasn't interested in them. Career goals probably weren't on my mind so much at the time, though I think I might have considered wanting to be a teacher. My friends back then and pretty much all through high school were Valerie, Sarah (yes, another Sarah!), Stephanie, and Nora. There were a few other acquaintances here and there but those 4 were my closest friends. Sadly I haven't talked to any of them in a long time. :(

3. What will you most likely be doing on the 9th of next month [August]? If I'm looking at my calendar correctly then that's a Monday so most likely I will be sitting right here at work in this same cubicle, at this same computer, typing on this same keyboard. Although I do have over a week's vacation to use up by the end of the year and I think I would like to use it during the summer so it's possible that I might be away on vacation that day too depending on when/if I decide to use my vaca hours.

4. Name nine things that you hope to accomplish or would like to do before the end of your life.

~ Earn at least two college degrees.
~ Get out of debt (and STAY out!)
~ Move somewhere very close to the ocean
~ Get married
~ Have children (and grandchildren!)
~ Take a road trip around the US, visiting every single state.
~ Travel outside of the country to places like England, Ireland, Spain, maybe Greece.
~ Start my own business or some sort.
~ Learn to surf :)

5. If you could go back to age nine and live your life over again, knowing everything that you know now, would you want to? Why/why not?

Sure, I guess I would go back to age nine if I could. I would tell myself that being shy and afraid of things is silly and I shouldn't miss out on experiences, getting to know people and having fun because of fear. I think I would have a much happier childhood if I could go back in time and start over knowing what I do now, though I'm still shy even at the age of 23 but much less so than I was when I was 9.
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Thursday, July 08, 2004

Agh! The past couple of weeks have been so insanely busy, crazy and stressful. This week is by far the worst. I have been dealing with all kinds of college stuff (financial aid, registering online for classes, etc.) and helping my mom get things ready for moving to her new apartment.

Her current landlord is an ass and he is refusing to give her back her security deposit and he charged her for a full month's rent for July even though she is moving out this Saturday, the 10th. It's a long story but basically this guy has let himself into her apartment when she isn't there to fix stuff and CLEAN stuff! Yes, once he actually let himself in to clean her mini-blinds!! I guess he thought they weren't sparkling white enough for him. I don't know if he doesn't understand or just doesn't care that entering a tenant's apartment without prior notice is illegal, it's trespassing and now he is refusing to give her back the money he owes her because he says she is breaking the contract of her lease. Like I said, it's a long story but I think he is at fault here and he owes her some money.

I think all of the college stuff is getting under control. I just finished registering for classes I need and now the only major thing is sorting out the financial aid/student loan situation. Hopefully that will all work out.

Today is my friend Cheryl's birthday so I will be busy with that tonight, and my mom's birthday is on the 12th. Saturday we are moving my mom into her new place so hopefully that won't be a huge fiasco. I'm just glad she is getting away from her current lunatic landlord and now she will live about 5 minutes away from me rather than 30!

So, I apologize for once again neglecting this blog. This time I have valid excuses though. I probably won't get much of a chance to blog in the next few days until all of this moving business is over and done with. Oy! I need a vacation.
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Friday, July 02, 2004

I missed the past two weeks Friday Forum questions. Here are my answers to this weeks and if I get a chance later on today perhaps I will post the previous ones.

1. Do you have any favorite quotations? (Please share them with us if you'd like. I love collecting quotes. For a long time I had a notebook that I filled with quotes & song lyrics that I really liked. I can't choose one favorite but I will share one that I used as my senior quote in my high school yearbook -

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I will not forget you.

-- William Arthur


2. What are some of the best words of wisdom that you've ever been given? Who gave them to you, and when?

All my life people (parents, teachers, friends, relatives) have said the same thing to me .... you won't know if you don't try. There were, and still are, so many times in my life when I have been too afraid or unwilling to do something and each one of those people were right - I had to try because otherwise I would never accomplish anything, and it's unacceptable to let fear of the unknown hold me back from doing things I need or want to do. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things I still haven't attempted yet that I want to, but it will take time and I have to keep reminding myself that I won't know unless I try, and chances are I am worrying about nothing.


3. Do you usually trust your own intuition on most things? Why/why not?

I doubt myself a lot, but I think for the most part I trust my feelings. I think from now on I'm going to listen to myself a lot more often because the last time I didn't listen to my intuition I had what was probably the worst day of my life. I told myself the other night that I KNEW Jasper (my indoor cat) was outside, even though I had no real reason to think that he had escaped but I didn't listen to myself and went to sleep, and as I wrote a few posts back Jasper was indeed outside and if I had listened to myself and went to check on him I probably would have found him out in the yard rather than fearing that he was dead the following day.

4. Is there anyone in your life who you feel is exceptionally wise? Who, and how did you meet this person?

I think everyone is wise in their own way. Ok, well there might be a few people who aren't ;) As far as exceptionally wise, well, I guess I would have to say ... my dad. He seems to be knowledgeable about anything and everything, except maybe computers and pop culture. I like the fact that my dad is intelligent but doesn't act like a know-it-all. He doesn't make people feel inferior because he might know something that they don't.

5. Are there any philosophies, sayings, or words of wisdom that you try to live by? If so, what are they?

In a perfect world I would like to say I live by the saying "live each day to the fullest" but in reality I don't. I seem to waste much of my time, but that's really one of my goals in life, to someday be able to say that I DO live each day to the fullest.


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