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May 11th, 2012

I was thinking about something this morning:

When my cats are good, I give them treats so they know I appreciate their behaviour. When the president is good, I give money to his reelection campaign so he knows I appreciate his behaviour.

Like my cats, the president has so lowered my expections that even the slightest step in the right direction consitutes "good behaviour" deserving a reward. Yesterday, the president announced that he (personally) thinks same-sex couples should be allowed equal access to all the rights and privileges of marriage. Even though he has been waffling on this point 16 YEARS after unequivocally supporting marriage equality during his initial state senate run, I was so proud and thrilled to have a president that publicly supports equal rights that I couldn't wait to throw money at him to show that he had been a "good boy." Similarly, this morning I was so elated that BOTH CATS pooped IN the cat box instead of behind it (for once), that I fell all over myself in my rush to pet them, coo, and shower them with treats.

It takes so little to please me. I have been well-trained.

March 5th, 2012

again

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I stopped talking again.
I guess I felt like if I couldn't even be bothered to talk to my real friends in real lufe, it's no use screaming into the void. And if I'm just going to be talking to myself, there's no use for the vanity of the internet.

But there is some accountability here, I guess.
And maybe I can coax some people I actually know into posting about their lives.

For me, nothing much has changed in a couple months. Or maybe it has.

I spent tonight at home, doing laundry and organizing my jewelry, eating trader joe's soy ice cream with crunchy almond butter and maple syrup while drinking a late-harvest wine, watching a cheesey chick flick from the 90s. Time well spent, I say.

October 9th, 2011

football

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I wasn't able to watch the Husker game last night, but I think I saved myself a few panic attacks: the Huskers had an incredible come-from-behind win over Ohio State after being down 20 to 6 at halftime! Apparently, it was the biggest comeback in school history, and people all over Nebraska are still celebrating.

In pro ball, my Patriots play the evil Jets today. I probably won't be able to watch that either, but I'll be wearing my Wes Welker jersey. Also, my fantasy football team is pitted against my friend Lizzy's -- she's currently in first place with the most wins, but I have the most points in the league, so I really want to beat her!

Other than that, I'm still taking care of Sarah. I have tomorrow off for "Columbus Day," which is good, because she's still feeling rough. We might try to venture down to the farmer's market soon, depending on if she feels up to it. There's a girl there named Alejandra who makes incredible vegan, gluten free cupcakes :)

October 8th, 2011

playing nurse

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This will probably be a quick post, but I want to get in the habit of updating regularly. Yesterday Sarah got her gallbladder out. She has been sick for a long time. She self-diagnosed as gluten-intolerant about 2 years ago and has been eating gluten-free ever since, but lately she's been having stomach aches every time she eats, or if she doesn't, and as of last weekend, she was just in absolute misery -- she hasn't been able to go to work or do much of anything. A PEPIDA test showed her gallbladder at 0% functionality, so they got her in for surgery asap. Anyway, we had planned to go to Kansas City this weekend, so I had already asked for vacation, so instead of going on the trip, yesterday I took her to the hospital and sat with her and talked to the doctor for her, etc. Everything went well -- the surgery was laproscopic, with just one incision in her belly button, but she is still in a lot of pain. There was some minor drama with less-than-competent nurses and me not being able to find the prescription for her pain meds, but overall, things are going as well as can be expected. She's staying at my apartment because she doesn't have a bed right now (hers broke a while back and the replacement air matress conveniently sprung a leak on Wednesday). I'm about to go wake her up and see if she wants some lunch. Right now it's soup and rice crackers, most likely, but I hope soon she'll be able to eat normally and hopefully even be a little less sensitive to gluten (she's really hoping to be able to eat fries cooked in oil with breaded things without getting sick from cross-contamination.) Okay, back to my nursely duties :)

October 3rd, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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I wanna come back.  I miss it.

But stuff is different.  Can I keep using this journal?  I don't know.

October 26th, 2010

Not much going on.

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I made pumpkin chili for dinner. And I'm getting sick. Just in time to go to Vegas. Boo. I am going to be so pissed if (a) I am sick in Vegas or (b) we have to cancel all together.

I'm going to go to bed and hope to sleep it off. Here are some random things, though:
-VegNews is the best magazine ever
-I drink soda for breakfast
-I had a fun time picking up litter with my co-workers on Saturday
-Seasoned curlies are at least 2.5 times better than plain fries
-I am an idiot for drinking too much and passing out at 9:30 at my own Halloween party
-I went as "sexy" Susan B. Anthony -- and she would have been ashamed at my lack of temperance
-I miss my friends that live in other states
-I am sad that I haven't been to any haunted houses this year
-De-barking is really cruel and now it's banned in Massachusetts
-There is an awesome ALDF fellowship that I am not going to apply for because (a) it's in Sonoma County, CA (b) I own a house in Nebraska and (c) I actually love my job and Josh reminded me that I am changing the world here in my own special way

Okay, to bed! For real this time!

October 22nd, 2010

I got off work early today. But since then all I've managed to do is buy a halloween costume and some pants at Goodwill and tool around on the internet. Disappointing.

Tomorrow we're hosting a Halloween party for our meetup friends (yes, we still have meetups - we continue to meet awesome people through meetup!). I haven't planned anything, but I think it'll be fun anyway. The only real issue is that, because of some stupidity on my part majorly indulging at the Roller Derby Regionals earlier this month, we are very literally broke. I am going to go buy some soda and liquor (and maybe cookies) here in a few minutes and I'm going to have to use my credit card for the first time in several months. Fail. I should also think of some "games" to play. But last year we went to a lot of trouble to plan Halloween games and I'm pretty sure everyone thought they were lame. Everyone would rather just hang out and drink beer. And we certainly have plenty of that! (Beer...Actually, I guess we have plenty "hanging out," too, whatever that means.)

However. Maybe I should take it easy on the beer. See, the trouble with getting older is...

Everything. But this week, specifically, it's that I can't handle my liquour like I could when I was 15. ...Did I say that? I meant 21, of course. But seriously, as stupid as I have gotten lately, you'd think I was a college freshman. We won't even talk about the two times this year that I got absolutely plowed after giving blood (so stupid...and doubly so that I didn't learn my lesson the first time!). But even forgetting that, I've had an alarming number of instances lately where I let myself get way past tipsy, way too fast. And for the first time, I lost a whole chunk of my night. Scary. And I know it's because I'm just not as resilient as I used to be. Also scary. So maybe I better go easy on the zombies and cheap beer. I really don't want to be that guy.

In other news, work is still awesome. This week, we sent off "my" regulations for public comment. And I got to do two settlement meetings. And I got to go on a work trip to EPA region 7 in Kansas City. The trip was great; I got in some good networking and probably a little too much bonding with my co-workers (see: stupid drunk, above). Plus, Chandra, my friend who lives in KC, came out for a drink. Super double bonus! Next week, I need to get a lot done, though. I've put a lot on hold to get these regs pushed out the door and there are a lot of cases still sitting on my desk from months ago that are all done, but that I just haven't had time to finish up. Not to mention a couple of those sorts of projects that are always getting shoved to the bottom of the pile. And I'm even more on a deadline because I'm out of the office the end of next week to go to Vegas for Casey & Caitlin's wedding. I am so pumped! The theme is "vintage (50's) zombie", so I'm thinking fake blood and pincurls, but Josh is thinking more 1850's, and he's going to go for an "Abe Lincoln, Post-Ford's Theatre" look. Yes, we know that wasn't in the 1850's, but victory rolls aren't exactly 1950s, either, but I'm still going to rock them. Cut us some slack.

October 1st, 2010

Rock-tober

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October is the best month. Beautiful weather and Halloween at the end!

Even before the calendar turned, we've been getting a jump on enjoying fall. Last weekend, we went apple-picking -- it rained on us, but it was all the more memorable for it. We were riding on a tram, taking a tour of the orchard, getting soaked and freezing. Luckily, by now I'm Miss Prepared-for-the-weather, so I had two shirts and a hoodie, but our buddy Dave was miserable in a tee shirt. We ran through the "restricted" antique apple section, munching only slightly more than our allotted amount of apples and trying not to stumble in the mud. Almost as if by design, shortly after the tour was over, the weather cleared up and it has been beautiful ever since. After the orchard, we ate dinner at a surprisingly nice steakhouse in Nebraska City (where Josh was beside himself at the inexpensive variety of Scotches). The next day, we met Dave to watch football at Old Chicago and then played Laser Tag and went over to my parents' for the season premiere of Dexter.

Did I mention that we're having beautiful weather? Every day this week I've walked to work, and when I go, I wear a jacket, but on the way home, I wear a tank-top. Ahhhh, fall :) Every day when I go outside for lunch, it’s a struggle to make myself come back inside. And it’s not just that it’s beautiful out, but also that I realize that a month or so from now, just thinking about wearing a tank top outside is going to give me chills.

Next up on the fall frenzy: riding my bike out to Eagle tomorrow for snacks and beer. Sunday we’re picking pumpkins at Vala’s. We’re basically going to be busy little bees for the rest of the month, and it all ends with a flourish: going to Vegas for a friend’s wedding over Halloween. October is the best.

Okay, I just spent the last 2 and a half hours watching Avatar (which was exactly as good as I anticipated it would be), so I’d better get my booty to bed so I’m fit to ride in the morning.

September 18th, 2010

Pathetic

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It's possible that I have spent the last two weeks watching every episode of Veronica Mars and getting way too involved in it. I am now depressed and I want my 45 hours back. I am never watching TV again.

September 14th, 2010

A meme

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"When you read this you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your F-List the real you!"


Okay, why not?



I will qualify this by saying that my nose is extra shiney and red because I am still getting over my cold and I have been using a lot of tissues.

Not much else to tell. I had a lazy weekend, the highlight of which was going to Husker game again on Saturday and watching football on Sunday and eating pizza. And I wond my fantasy football matchup :)

Tonight I made pesto and my hubby told me "your pesto is pretty much the only pesto worth eating." Aww.
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