Sunday, December 31, 2006

Well, the holidays have come and (almost) gone.... I head back to work on Tuesday. The week off was rather nice, I'll admit, though it never seems long enough.

Didn't get near as much done as I thought I would over the week, but such is life. I at least got some laundry done and my tree taken down. Only got to the humane society over the weekends like normal - there's a new pup there by the way. 7 month old mixed breed they're calling Sox - a brindle with short flopped ears and white socks on her feet. I've found she answers to Josie. Absolutely sweet animal, though she seems a little skittish. We walked near the cats' outdoor pen, and when one of the cats came up to the fence to investigate, the dog got a bit jumpy. Nobody there knows what her past is because the dog warden brought her in. But I was almost tempted to bring her home myself.

We went shopping earlier i the week and I dropped about $200. >.< I suppose it makes up for me not having bought my allotment of one dvd per paycheck for the past like, 4 months. And I got a new winter coat on sale - marked down from $140 to only about $50. And some new stuff for my phone - a headset so when people call me and I'm, say, cooking dinner, I still have both hands to talk. There were other things too but nothing major.

And I think my dog allergy may be disappearing. The last couple trips to the humane society I forgot my alavert, but I had no reaction to the dogs. The other day I had my uncle's dog in the house for a little while (to see how the cat would react to another animal before I go and get a dog - she's not too skittish but seems a little jealous) - again, no reaction. Supposedly allergies can come and go like that though, and mine was very mild to begin with (merely annoying rather than dangerous - my nose clogs up and my eyes itch but I can still breathe through my mouth just fine). So it's possible I had an allergy last for a whopping 5 years. Go figure.

Not much else to report. My life's really kinda boring these days....

Monday, December 18, 2006

Long night

Well, that was an adventure I didn't need.

Last night, right before I was about to crawl into bed, the CO alarm started shrieking. Took me a minute to figure out what it was because it had never gone off before. First reaction, go check the stove. Apparently I'd left a burner on (I swear I went to turn it off, but I must've not gotten it all the way off because there was just the barest hint of blue flame still there). After that my immediate thought was: "Where's the cat?" Track down the cat, drag her out from under where she was sitting, try to carry her outside by the scruff. We get to the door, she pulls the "nuh-uh that's outside - I'm an inside cat now!" and jumps away. Right. Okay. Run like a thing gone mad to my grandparents' house to borrow their cat carrier (yeah, I need my own - I intend to get one if we get out this week). I run back to the house with the carrier. Stuff the cat inside, who begins yowling. Take her next door.

My grandfather insists on going back to check the house. Understandably, he wants to open up the windows and vent the place out.

Get back to their place and call my parents. Dad said he was going to come up and check the house, and that I could stay with them for the night. Okay. He removes the battery from the alarm and puts it back. Instructs me to turn the furnace back on and shut the windows, then get out. Then he would come back in the morning and see if the alarm had started again - just in case it wasn't the burner.

Got to my parents' house, and mom got me set up in my old room, which is now a guest room. Dad ran back to the house for the cat's litter box, and we got her water and everything before shutting the door and letting her out of the carrier. Once she was out of the box she was perfectly calm. Good to know she adapts well, so if I ever move it won't stress her too badly. I climbed into bed, she stared at me for a bit until I picked her up and put her in it with me. Then she fell right to sleep..... and I'm pretty sure she slept better than I did.

This morning dad ran back over to check the place - the alarm was not ringing, and he checked - the battery was still working. So everything was fine. We dropped off the cat on my way to work.

Needless to say I was rather tired today....

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Dogs

First day at the shelter went well.

Had a little time with 4 dogs.

Stardust - Shep mix. Rather sweet, but bites the leash and tries to play tug-of-war. Needs some patience.

Lucy - Australian cattle dog. Small bundle of energy, still not fully grown. Seems to want to visit with every other living thing she sees. Quick to spot weaknesses in a gate, so watch her. Loves jogging.

Macy - Rottweiler. Absolutely wonderful dog as far as behavior goes. Not good with other dogs - one barked in her face and she started snarling. Granted I can't blame her. However, she does know "come" (just a pat or a soft clap works), "sit" (they've trained sit along with a lifting of the hand), and "down" (sweep you hand along the ground and away from her - found that one out by accident). Scratch her ears and belly and she'll love you forever. Definitely has the rottie strut down, as she was trotting around the pen (they have outside ones you can unleash the dogs in) as though she were on patrol. She and Lucy were my favorites of the day.

Saydee - Shep/lab mix. Nice dog, but very barky and hyper. Doesn't like to listen. She seems to be under the impression she's the boss. I had to help another girl get her back in, because she tried to leash the dog, and the dog was another tugger. She's going to need somebody firm and consistent to work with her.

On that note... is it really that hard for most people to distinguish a play growl from a real one? I guess it just kinda comes naturally to me. The girl wanted help because she was afraid she'd be bitten. I'm actually a little surprise... one thing they missed in the shelter rules was that you should always stay calm around a high-strung dog. Again, something I guess most people don't think about. But I've always had this sort of strange understanding with animals. Well, mammals anyhow. Though reptiles seem to like me too. For some reason a lot of birds just won't warm up to me. Not sure why they seem to be the only family of animals that react that way. Maybe my body language is all wrong for them?

But the drive isn't bad, aside from trying to find the turnoff to the humane society. It's rather tucked back in. I think I'll be ging back - next time in coveralls so it's easier to tear down to a level where my cat won't pick up anything from the shelter.

As for my comments on the dogs - consider it an advertisement. :P Go adopt a dog. I suppose at this point if you're in the Delaware area - anyplace where you'd reasonably drop by there to find a dog - feel free to ask me if I know anything about whichever ones you might be interested in. Can't promise I'll know much, or even anything, but the ones that stand out to me I should be able to give you a rundown on. If it helps them get adopted to a good home, then I'm all for it.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Dogs

Yay, I got myself fully upgraded, templates and all, to the new blogger. More yay, it actually saves my links now instead of erasing them just because I changed my friggin color scheme.

Yay, if you click this link then buy stuff there it will give me money: Link!

And I might be heading into Delaware today - going to check out the drive, see if it's reasonable for semi-regular trips to the humane society. It's not actually in town in town, so not overly far. Like 20 miles or so I think my little shelter directory said. There's a couple that are closer, but I've been to the Delware one once before, and I already emailed the lady in charge of the volunteering program, who said it's perfectly okay if I just wander in whenever the heck I have time. Yeah, I'm gonna go try to help out. Mostly hoping to do more of the playing with and excercising the dogs thing - largely because I do have something of an ulterior motive for going.

See, I've decided that a cat in the house just isn't enough. I am a lot pickier with dogs than I am with cats, but I really want a dog. Yes, an indoor dog. Yes, I know I'm allergic. Want to know how serious I am? I'll get allergy shots if I find out it's a more sensible solution than buying alavert constantly (alavert is so far the only thing that doesn't make me drowsy in the way of allergy meds - if I knew what the heck that upper respiratory tea had in it that Howie and Karen gave me, I'd buy a ton of that too since it's cheaper - though I wan't a fan of the taste). Yes, I still have a phobia of needles. But I will face them to have a dog.

So I'm going to try and get to know every dog who comes into the humane society as I'm hanging around there, and hopefully will find one I want to take home. I also intend to put in an application with the ISSR Shiloh Shepherd rescue and rehome facility, so I might be adopting one of those if I can't find another dog before they match me up with one of theirs (I am making sure to put on my app that I MUST meet the dog before making a decision - all the pictures and descriptions in the world can't tell me as much as 5 minutes with the animal in person). If you've never seen a shiloh shepherd, well, basically they're like a german shepherd, only humongous. Like, great dane sized. Oh yeah. Big doggies. Big, and supposedly very smart. Considering I adore wolves, big and smart works for me. Temperament's supposed to be pretty sound too, though being big and smart I will have to make sure they know I'm boss.

Which really isn't that hard. I don't need a dog to obey my every whim, just know that my house has rules. So what if I weigh 110 and the dog 140? Doesn't matter. I babysat a doberman for a while.... a doberman on the large end. One of my cousins had one once that seemed insanely small by comparison. No, this was a friggin pony who thought she was a lapdog. This dog scared the crap out of the roofers asking if he could back down the driveway - giant dog, tiny twig girl holding it back. It was pretty funny. But she was big and smart, and stubborn. But she did as she was told.

My childhood dog was a lot smaller (half beagle, half who-knows-what), but also the smartest dog I've ever met. Smarter than most humans I know........ granted that doesn't necessarily take much, but you know what I mean. Great dog. Stubborn as hell. Wouldn't listen to you unless she saw good reason to. Tricks? Pfft. Her favorite was "run to the creek and play deaf". Fetch? More like "I grab the ball, you chase me and try to get it back." But she listened where it counted - she knew she wasn't allowed in the road. Only allowed indoors when invited. Don't jump all over people. She had a heart as big as her brain. Saved a turtle once. I thought she was playing with it. She wouldn't listen to me when I told her to drop it (normally that was a command she obeyed). Brought the thing all the way to me, set it down, and stared until I picked it up. There was a chip in its shell - it had been hit by a lawn mower. She was also protective - she figured out my mom didn't like snakes, so anytime mom was in the yard, the dog would go around killing any snake she found. She also really didn't like the utility guys.... not since one walked toward mom with a big tool in his hand and she assumed he was after her. She definitely had a streak of mischeif and a mind of her own, but she loved our family and was most certainly part of it. I want that experience again, though I know no dog will ever match up to my Jodi.

But basically speaking, big dogs are not a problem for me, really, as long as they're not overtly aggressive (and maybe even those I'd be fine with - I've never had a dog aggressive toward me to know). And I far prefer smart dogs. I just can't stand the dumb ones. No matter how sweet and loveable they are. I'll pet them, I'll play with them, but I don't want to take one home with me. Give me somebody who's got brains, knows how to use 'em, and isn't afraid to tell me when something's not right.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Oh yeah, I have a public blog.

Well, back from vacation (as of a couple weeks ago). Hurricane force winds, island cut off from the mainland. Oh yeah. It rocked. :P And we think we might have seen somebody get sucked into the ocean, but we're not entirely sure....

Day one:

Day three:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Well, a couple new things. I'm off to the ocean for vacation tomorrow. No, not Florida. Yes, I know it's November. That's the best time - no crowding. And if there's a southwest wind it will be plenty warm enough.

Meanwhile, I switched to the new blogger thing today. We'll see how this works. If it's faster, than AWESOME. If it doesn't suit me... well... no turning back now. The templates are supposed to be easier to edit now, though, which is a plus if that's really the case.

Also awaiting word from amazon on their referral program.

And somebody needs to like, not be annoying. I wanna know how James managed to attract a freak show when it comes to recruiters.... people asking for information they're not supposed to ask for, varying levels of rudeness.... just, wow. I find it ironic that these are the kinds of people who can apparently get jobs, and the polite people who actually know how to work with others get ignored.

And my cat is telling me it's time to go back to the couch. Since I'm leaving her for a week here soon, I'd better obey. :P

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

And yet I didn't go into music

So, I was singing a couple arias in the shower (shut up), came out to the keyboard afterword to check what notes I was hitting, and it turns out that not only can I still COMFORTABLY hit a high C (as in, I'm thinking "huh? why did that seem so hard back in high school"), but I CAN HIT A HIGH D!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've still got it. I seriously need to get back my breath support but I've still got it.

Oh wow I'm shaking. Partly because I'm excited, partly because I just shredded my poor out of shape lungs, and partly because I was dumb enough to sing Mozart's Alleluia right after work when my energy's down.

But I can hit a high D!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Well, dad's rather unpopular here today it seems.

My cat has decided that he's now the bad guy. I mean really, how dare he make her take her worm medicine.

I tried to tell her the pills'll make her feel better. Naturally she doesn't believe me. But I'm the good guy, since I didn't try to shove pills at her, so she's loving all over me. Apparently I will protect her from the big scary man who makes her swallow things she doesn't want.

Now I just have to wipe up the carpet from where she tried to drool the flavor out.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I'm still here. No real news, no social life, but I'm still here.

Still on dialup.

And I can't seem to find out where people my own age actually hang out around here. Apparently they all had the sense to move out.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Well, I moved in a couple weeks ago, and am back online. Dialup - about 48k give or take depending on the day. We can't get DSL out here. Or cable.

The job's going fairly well. The office is much quieter than working at a front desk, that's for sure. I'm still learning my way around a bit, but I figure that'll take a while.

In the meantime, I need to seek out a place where I can do socialish things. Haven't found many people my own age just yet... dunno if I will. Granted it's not so much the age as the type of people. I need to find people I can actually talk to easily, which around here is a teensy bit harder than in Athens. But then, Athens has a lot more people... yes, even in summer when the students are gone.

I got my letter saying I graduated and that my diploma will be in the mail in 6-8 weeks. THat's good news, though I wonder why it takes them so long to send out a piece of paper. *shrugs* I'm just glad to have official word. I heard too many horror stories of seniors finding out at the very last minute that they had one more class, having to cancel jobs and all that fun stuff.

And now it's about time I sat down with my cat. She's been trying to get my attention all night.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Is this my sendoff? The same person's car alarm going off every night this week?

It just stopped for about 30 seconds... then started again.

It's been going for at least an hour. And I can't drown it out.

*twitch*

Monday, June 12, 2006

I will be moving in a couple weeks, and I don't know how long it'll take to get internet set up. Even then, it may be dialup, so I dunno how much online stuff I'll be able to stand doing if it loads slow at all. My dad says he THINKS DSL will be available on our road, if not now, soon. I get to rent the trailer that half the family has lived in. Woo baby.

Well, IF I get my job, that is. If not, it'll be even longer before I return. Because I'll be living with my parents. Yeah. x.x Not a very motivating environment. I mean, my parents are great but... I prefer having my own space. That's mine. And stuff.

Until then, I get to pack junk. Loads of fun.

Hopefully I'll be able to move out of the black hole soon. Sounds like I may be stuck there at least till winter. *heh*

Friday, May 26, 2006

Pangaea Tea

I have crossed an odd line today in my "I might as well be working here" thing with random places uptown.

I invented a new drink at Pangaea. And Kevin let me name it and is going to talk to the owner about having it officially put on the menu.

So if you ever go there and order a Mad Cow, think of me.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Been in bed most of the day.

So much for my weekend.

The best laid plans.......
I'm sitting here waiting for news from my boyfriend before I head off to the library to be all piratical and such at the library (don't look at me like that - it's a medieval demo, where piracy is perfectly allowed... just a bit difficult with no oceans nearby). He probably won't be up for a bit, but I'd like to try and find out when he's dropping by before dragging myself out of pajamas.

This is my first weekend in a while I've had time to really just kick back. And will be the first time in two months I've seen him. I've been running into the ground this year... it's kind of hard to plan for company when you don't have time to spend with anyone. But according to my advisor, I do, in fact, have all my requirements covered and am set to graduate on time. This is good news. I am ready to be done, and thankfully have a job waiting for me when I get out.

I consider myself lucky for that. The market just isn't that great these days. I know a lot of good, intelligent, hard-working people who are stuck still looking for jobs. Some graduated quite a while ago. And I know it's not for lack of skill, or people skills, or anything that a company should want.

But I at least have something. Not exactly my dream job, but it sounds like it's going to be a pretty decent atmosphere, which can make all the difference.

It's not over yet though. I still have a couple more weeks to get through, a presentation, some more papers, and my exams. 3 exams in the same day, because everybody decided to have them the last day of class. Two of those should be easy. One is from one of the profs who grades in ways that don't make sense (yes, the entire class is in agreement on this). Aside from that one exam, after Sunday the headache should be over. Well, technically after Tuesday but by then we'll have the project done, we just have to present it is all. And that's only in 5 minute slots for each group member.

Anyway, I should go attempt to do something semi-productive for a bit. Maybe clean up a little.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

O.o

I think somebody on the maintenance staff must be suicidal...

It appears some crazy SOB has gone and mowed the hill.

If you've ever seen the hill up to my apartment, you'll understand why they'd have to about have a death wish.

Friday, April 28, 2006

I think I've finally found my SCA name. One that is normally masculine, but I managed to find a source (linked from St Gabriel's so one would assume it to be accurate) showing it used as least once as a feminine given name in I believe 1595 - I have it bookmarked. May have the date a tad off but I know it was 1500s.

I had thought of it earlier, and originally expected to have to feminize it. But I can't find the feminized form in the archives, so masculine and documented on a female version it is.

Just need to find time to track down a herald and get that and my device in. But I intend to wait a bit to see how the name sits with me.

Meanwhile, I think maybe I missed my chance. Was invited yesterday to come along for an event this weekend - camping included - and emailed after trying to call a number that was no longer in service (I forgot I didn't have her number until she had disappeared, and had told her I would have to check my to-do list and get back to her if I had time). Then today found what I think was the right number, but have heard no response yet. Something tells me they left this morning and I'm SOL.

Are all my attempts to go camping this year going to be thwarted?

I really could have used the change of scenery. I'm getting bored here.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Temptation

My will power was almost broken today.

I was in Lollipop buying a couple things to feed my sweet tooth, when I saw a great gift from the chocolate gods:

A Godiva chocolate Easter bunny.

Oh, I succeeded in resisting. I knew I shouldn't. I have a mess of uneaten chocolate here... but... this was GODIVA.

It wasn't about a diet or anything. Lord knows I coulkd do to gain some weight.

But fifteen bucks for something that, knowing me, would be gone in the space of a couple hours? Nah. I'll wait and buy their ice cream. It has bits of their chocolate in it, and comes cheaper than buying just the chocolate.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Food update

Now that I managed to grab the kitchen before my roommates, I cooked up the meat I marinated the other day.

Not bad, but there wasn't nearly enough spice to offset the coconut and lime. So it tastes a lot weaker than it smelled.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Oh, and in case anybody cares, it looks like I'll be moving to Newark sometime this summer. I currently have an offer for a full-time job at a school board office. Ought to be enough to live off of, and enough to get a small apartment of my own. I am, however, taking my mother's advice to live at home just long enough to make sure I like the job and want to stick with it, so I don't sign a lease before I am sure. Only annoyance is that means I will more than likely have to start driving again. Not a big fan of that. There's public transportation if I do live in town, but I'll have to check into how good it is.

Experimental cooking

Well, here I go trying something on a whim again. Duno how it'll turn out. See, I don't often have the attention span to want to use a recipe, but occasionally I'll get this idea for a combination of flavors that sounds like it might be good. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. It's usually at least edible though.

Today's experiment is marinating in the fridge right now. Venison in coconut milk, lime juice, ginger, and five-spice. It smells good enough. Let's hope it tastes that way. Feels like I need another "cold" flavor, but I don't have one to add at the moment.

I plan on doing seasoned potatoes with it. Hopefully it'll turn out decent.

Monday, April 03, 2006

I need to keep coconuts around more often. They're a "fresh" food that won't go bad quickly as long as they're not cracked, and I had almost forgotten how much I like them. of course, if I do that I may have to buy a hacksaw, since despite the fact that I have a hammer, I apparently can't wield it with enough force to crack the things. I had to get my dad to do it for me when he stopped by this weekend.

Meanwhile, I have just applied for graduation. It feels a bit surreal...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Yesterday in psycholinguistics I had a horrific moment. We were going over grammar, and eventually got around to explaining why there is an infinite possibility for new and unique sentences, when the dreaded word was mentioned:

Recursion.

My blood ran cold.

But rather than the mind-numbing explanation I have gotten before, the prof gave an example if "the house that jack built". I won't say that I fully understand now, but at least I have a sort of basic idea - better than I had before.

Friday, March 31, 2006

I need ideas of simple things I can do with coconut milk.

Other than just drink it. I prefer my coconuts cruncy, not liquid. :P

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Had a whole big spiel but I have work to do and don't feel like typing anyway. So I'll do the short version.

Went uptown at lunch, grabbed something at Pita Pit, and headed toward Pangaea/the Athens Book Center (they're in the same building, for those who don't know). On the way found a store I'd never seen before called Bali Karma, who brings in imported stuff. Small shop, nice little place though. Went to the tea shop, found that they are, in fact, selling their teas now, and got some of their jasmine for the sake of a loose leaf version. Tried to get some work done, got one more paragraph, and ended up talking the whole time.

Good company at that place. And intelligent conversation - though occasionally silly. There was a tangent about tamarins (as in the primate) swimming around in lemonade after somebody mentioned the lemonade his friend was drinking tasted like it had tamarinds in it (not that I know what those are). There was also a random psychological discussion.

Saw Zak and Barbara on the way back toward class, though I'm not sure they actually knew who I was depite stopping to chat with me a minute or two. Didn't think about the fact that they've only seen me maybe 3 times until we'd already gone off in different directions.

Very nice day today. I came back to find the thermostat up so I just turned it off and flung open the windows.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I bought a thermos from Starbucks when I was with my parents. Nice thing, got it on clearance, so presumably they are no longer using this design. But it's 100% spill proof when the drinking hole latch is shut (trust me, I've tried purposely to spill it and didn't succeed - just to test it before I tossed it in my bookbag). And I discovered another awesome, but slightly dangerous thing about the design today. It doesn't lose heat. AT ALL. I'm dead serious. Tempted to leave some of that tea in there overnight to see if it cools down at all. But I pulled it out this morning in the middle of my first class, and the sides felt cold. Not cool, not lukewarm, COLD. So I figured it must be cool enough I can drink it. Wrong. I burnt my mouth. So I was cursing myself for that, but at the same time thinking how cool that was. I had to remove both the lid and the stopper to let it cool down, and didn't bother to drink another drop till the class ended. By the end, it was cooled enough to be safe, so I put both caps back on. This was at 10am.

Fast forward to 1. I expect it to have cooled down at least a bit by then. Nope. It's still hot.

Then to the middle of my final class. Still hot. Steaming in fact.

And it's still steaming hot now.

I've had thermal mugs and thermoses before, but never one that worked THIS well. It's definitely worth the money I paid for it. But I do need to remember now that liquids need to be cooled to drinkable temp BEFORE they go in the thermos. Because that was painful.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

I've come to find that a cup of tea can bring a bit of brightness to the dullest of days. I'll try most kinda once, though I must admit I'm not much a fan of fruit teas, nor have I found many black teas I like served hot. I have an affinity for some herbal teas, and most greens. The current favorite is jasmine green tea, which I've only just tried.

I thought for a while I was losing my taste for tea, until I realized something today. I love drinking tea while at my parents' house. I tend to drink it less while in my apartment. I finally figured out that it is not me, and it isn't the tea. It's the water.

My parents have a reverse osmosis purifier attached to the kitchen sink, which I use to make tea as well as for normal drinking water. The water here, however, is chemically treated, and has a high chlorine content. Some of the flavor can be improved with boiling, but not all. It looks like I'll need to be keeping a gallon or two of spring water around just for the sake of my tea.

The jasmine is still good despite the water though.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

It's storming outside. 55 degrees. And there are birds singing.

Perfect weather for relaxing indoors or on a covered porch, if you ask me. Especially since it's supposed to get about 70.

Not even going to turn on music or tv unless it stops raining today, I think. The rain is a much nicer sound.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Good omens?

Well, it looks like the current predicted weather for exam week is reasonably warm for this time of year. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Warm weather for exams would be nice, as I tend to have a lot more energy from about 60-75 degrees.