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Saturday, October 24th, 2015
11:24 pm - Farming Simulator 15 GOLD Edition - Official Wheel Bundle - Unboxing

current mood: happy

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011
1:50 pm - Buddies
One thing that moving every couple of years has taught me, is that even though it doesn't seem that way - 2 years is a LONG time and A LOT can happen. Each one of the places I've live was like an entire lifetime. At the end of each one, I was a new, better person. Its enough time to build good relationships that you sorely miss when you have to go. But, on the other side, it *IS* a short amount of time. And although a lot happens, and a lot of growth occurs - its not quite enough to withstand the physical separation - only 1 friendship has endured since leaving Philadelphia.
It has also taught me just how important that face-to-face interaction is. I know I'm 30-something - but sometimes I really miss sitting in a garage, having a beer and mindlessly chatting about nothing. Its hard to find people like that. I had great relationships in the other laces I've lived, like the last place. They were a lot of fun to hang out with for birthday parties of the kids - but they weren't the type to hang out. A bit of a cultural difference there. So, its bee a long time since I've had the type of friendship to just hang out and be myself. I really miss my "buddies" in life.

current mood: good

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
9:08 am - Mommy
So, the Carson City shooting happened down the street  ~1/4 mi from my mom. I texted her and she and hubby are ok. It just reminds you how quickly things can change. Things that are literally, 100% out of your control. Things you can't even imagine. 1 moment your life routine - the next, it changed forever. Permanent, irreparable changes. Remember that.

On a lighter note, I was thinking on the drive home from the morning drop-off, that one of my more enjoyable past-times I miss from my Vegas days was telling an Englishman how bad his pronunciation is; and just how "they've ruined the English language". Always good for a laugh when I was feeling down.


current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
1:01 pm - Busy Weekend
Lots to do in Chicagoland. Almost too much. Zach is too young to enjoy these things, but we had a grand time taking Zoë to the water park, playground, Local Fair, CHildrens' Museum and then "helping" around the house. She's really good at handing me the utensils, calling out each one's name :D

I much prefer running around doing stuff than staying at home. Espacially getting the kid(s) out to burn off some energy and make sure no one is bored.

current mood: chipper

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011
10:35 am - Reboot
Well, its been many MANY years. I can't believe how long its been. I've decided to start writing again - at the request of my Life Coach, John LaSota. It makes sense. Jotting stuff down helps put things into perspective. Helps to analyze. That's why they tell you to write notes in school - then rewrite them. That process helps.

So, we'll see where this goes, and hopefully have fun with it! I don't think anyone reads this anyhow. I was shocked at how many people that wrote back when I did (what, like 9 years ago?) still have recent entries. I wish I would have known or I would have kept reading!! There was no notify for new entries! :(

Ah well. I installed the Mobile App, so we'll see how helpful that is too.

Let's see, last post, I was in Minneapolis,MN. Since then, we moved to Las Vegas, NV, got married,a dog, pregnant then laid off as the economy tanked. We had to move and the house we built from dirt there lost over 2/3 of its value. Moved to Evansville, IN into a wonderful house and school district where we'd figure we'd spend many many years. We had our first baby and named her Zoë.

We decided on another baby and soon after finding out we were pregnant, the corporate offices moved to Chicago, IL - and we had to move...AGAIN. So off we went to Chicagoland, acquired another dog, and had another baby, a boy, we named Zachary (Zach).

In the process we lost 2 pets, Schmoo to pancreatic cancer - but he lived a LOONG 7 years. And Dante whom had a lifetime of illness. Both buried under the apple trees in our HUGE backyard in Indiana.

Oh yeah, we also both quit smoking several years ago.


current mood: tired

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Monday, February 20th, 2006
1:11 pm - Balaclava
Test went well today. Very effective little $5 thing. It was 9 DEG F out, yet my face was quite warm. This thing is thinner than khakis. I did learn one thing very quickly on my test Sun. Don't wear glasses w/ a balaclava. Instant fog. :/ That means I have to wear my uncomfortable contacts until I can get new ones.

Now I'm very psyched. Biking to work will save me at least $20/week, will get me to/from work faster than the bus AND will be decent daily exercise. :D

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Friday, February 17th, 2006
1:33 pm - Brrr
Well, it felt like MN today. -8 deg F, wind chills from -25 deg F to -38 deg F. Not so bad...its a dry cold ;-)

Anyway, I bought my first balaclava. Its quite effective. Although a little troublesome with glasses. It'll come in handy, as I'm biking to work now. Not only is it cheaper (i.e., free) its FASTER than taking the bus. AND just about as fast as driving a car. WOO HOO. Only takes 20 minutes to bike to work.

Next, I'm going to get tops and bottoms that are similar - warming w/ the moisture wicking effect. Right now I just have a neoprene jacket. Effective, but, I ended up VERY sweaty :/

current mood: busy

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Monday, February 6th, 2006
11:57 pm - No Jinxes, Please
Things have been looking up lately. I just got my offer in the mail from my employer welcoming me to the firm as a permanent hire - and the amount list was over $1,200/yr more than I was making in my contract position - an unexpected raise.

My new dive computer, regulator and octopus are in the mail, and will most certainly be here in time for our dive trip to Cozumel. I found a BCD for a STEAL...so, in a couple of weeks I will be fully equipped.

I have a couple more cookbooks. I have a great arsenal of recipes now...which reminds me, I must search eBay for canners...preferably pressure canners.

And to top it off, my brother-in-life, John, has contacting me again! How wonderful!

I'm so elated, I can't sleep.

Ahh, such memories of:
John: (commenting on a joke just told) "...and the crowd explodes!"
Mw: (assuming he meant in laughter), "ha ha ha ha!"
John: (grabbing my arm, and looking at me with dead seriousness), "No! The crowd *literally* exploded."
Both: "HA HA HA HA HA!"

current mood: elated

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Monday, January 23rd, 2006
3:43 pm - Updates
Updated my photo album with some Key West pix. Still haven't posted the ones from the digicam yet :/ - which are more and better than these - taken w/ a cheap-ie disposable.


Also added a counter for my quitting smoking. Tracks how long and money saved...


current mood: okay

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Friday, January 13th, 2006
10:22 am - Dreamage....
Had a weird dream the other night. I'm not sure how it started, but, I either found out the facts, or was seeing it first hand. I ended up finding out the truth about the afterlife. There was a heaven, but not like the xian one. It was actually very much life as we know it now - except you could do whatever you wanted, no pain/suffering, etc. It just had and air of being completely "free" - like being on vacation in the Caribean - forever.

Anyway, all religions were there, Jews, Hindus, xians, Muslims, pagans, etc. And everyone was getting along famously...almost. There was one thing that caused some issues. When some, usually more radical; or ones that just blew themselves up, Muslims died, and their souls were first entering heaven, the absolute shock of seeing ALL religious types in heaven, esp that Jews were there with them for eternity, was often a bit more than they could bear. Most would become hysterical - others would be pissed. They had to be taken to a special place to be acclimated. Fortunately, they had eternity to get acclimated; and since it was heaven, and it was their souls that were being dealt with, they came around pretty quickly...

I was forced to wonder why is it that some of these radical homicide bomber types would end up in heaven. It wasn't answered in the dream, but, the feeling I got was that judgment was based on intent. So, in other words, if you truly believed in the justness of your actions, and that what you were doing was good and right, that counted as you being a "good" person. This seemed to fit in that once you got into the heavenly afterlife, your whole perception changed anyway, and what mattered was the purity of your actions - as that's what would carry-over in the afterlife. Either that, or everyone went to heaven...I'm not sure.

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
2:29 pm - R.I.P
AP - Character actor Vincent Schiavelli, who appeared in scores of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Ghost," died Monday at his home in Sicily. He was 57.

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12:46 pm - Creation
'06 will be the year of creating for me, I think. My love provided me with:

A Bread-maker - Awesome!
A 'make your own hot sauce' kit - Kick ass!
A Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Cookbook - RAWKIN'!

There is almost nothing I enjoy more than hand crafting "kitchen" stuff.
I soooooo need to add canning and beer brewing to that list.

What could be better than a freshly baked loaf of banana bread? Or a veggie meal that has slow cooked all day - ready just in time for dinner? hand crafted Hot sauce and beer? Can't be beat. Imagine crunching into pickle prepared just the way you like 'em, or a pasta sauce captured for later use w/o preservatives.

She friggin' rocks! I wish I had 1/2 the gift-buying talent she has - and she'd still be twice as good. Thank you so much, my love....

current mood: ecstatic

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
1:30 pm - Nature's Beauty
About a month ago. I was standing on the deck outside. It was a crisp, early morning, and the sun was barely up. There were many squirrels running around, gathering winter stores. It was already quite cold, but they were out diligently preparing for the coming winter. I was admiring their hardiness, watching them scurrying here and there; jumping from one tree to another; all of them seemingly with very specific goals and destinations in mind. I looked over, just as one squirrel was climbing onto a branch. He was getting all geared up to leap to a nearby tree. His little body extended like a spring. Silently he flew through the air; carefully manipulating his large fluffy tail to remain balanced and true to his mark. With cat-like graces, he deftly landed on the carefully chosen tree branch. He must not have calculated for his new winter girth, however, because the branch immediately snapped under the force of his landing. Down went the little grey squirrel; in an uncontrollable spin. Such that as he approached lower branches, he crashed through them, rather than grabbing on and stopping his fall. So, all the way to the leaf covered earth he fell, and thudded into brush below. I think I now know the squirrel word for either "fuck!" or "shit!". He immediately emerged from the underbrush, and scurried up the tree. It seemed like he was acting just like some person would, who, for no apparent reason, tripped and fell - and just got up, continuing on their merry way, like nothing ever happened....or like they "meant" to do that. Several other squirrels came to investigate the commotion that disrupted the morning stillness...they were no doubt snickering at him....He must have been quite embarrassed.

Every see the Far Side cartoon where there's a deer gracefully leaping over a fallen tree, entitled, "Nature Mistakes We Rarely See"? Its in mid leap, but, you notice there's a low-hanging branch, just ready to snag its antlers? You know the one... I have named that squirrel, "Carl"

current mood: sick

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1:19 pm - Fairies
I now know where fairies come from. A couple of weeks ago, I was out early in the morning. It had been snowing lightly around here for quite a few days, but, on this night - it was very cold and very dry.

When I first went outside, I didn't even know it was snowing. I lit a smoke, and was just looking around, when, near a lighted area, I saw sparkling in the air. Very shimmery, and very cool. Apparently, it was so cold and so dry, the snow flakes were these iddy-biddy-teeny-tiny flakes that weren't visible unless light hit them. Since snow flakes are crystals, the resulting effect was very fantastic. It was like watching millions of fairies being born...hee hee.

current mood: sick

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
9:18 am - Mmmmmm, quantum...aaaaaah
First Quantum byte created

And this is a great article about Quantum Entanglement
Gotta love it!

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
1:48 pm - My bro! The crook nabber!
I found this on FOX news:

Escaped Convict Drops In on Cop's Home

An off-duty Gainesville, Mo., cop on Tuesday apprehended 18-year-old Walter Baker, who had escaped from the jail's recreation yard, after the fugitive ran through the officer's yard, according to The Baxter Bulletin.

"I just got the call and was putting on my stuff when I opened the door, and there he was," Officer Anton Zielinski told The Bulletin. "I ran out the door and ordered him to get on the ground."

Police nabbed 26-year-old Jeffrey Brooke, who had escaped with Baker, just hours later. Cops apprehended both escapees less than a mile from the jail.

Zielinski told The Bulletin that he hopes future escapees learn a lesson from Baker.

"If you escape, it's not very brilliant to come to my house," Zielinski told the paper.

"These guys really are dumb crooks," he said.

The not-so-great escapees will be charged with felony escape charges, police said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Sean B.

current mood: jubilant

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Friday, October 28th, 2005
4:01 pm - T'night
Well, I'm alone this weekend - but, fortunately some coworkers invited me for drinks after work...$2 drinks :D. Very nice of them, considering I've only been here a week. I know them from going on smoke breaks....who says smoking is bad for you???

current mood: bored

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4:01 pm - Math
You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 8/10 correct!

current mood: bored

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
11:02 pm - Morning Commute
Lake Calhoun was so beautiful today. The cool air caused a thick mist to hang over the still water. The stillness only broken by the hardy fowl lazily floating by.
The light of the morning sun just barely rising above the surrounding trees.
This is my backyard...

current mood: awake

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Friday, October 21st, 2005
7:56 pm - Employed
Yay! I'm employed! And at $16,000+/yr more than I was making. Woooooo hoooooo!

current mood: Way Fucking Happy

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