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1.30.2007,1/30/2007 02:28:00 PM
Today in History
Keeping with the birthday theme, here are some moments in history that share the momentous occasion of my date of birth (not necessarily the year)...

Some things on here are a bit depressing. I wonder if this is because we're in the middle of winter??? Hmmm...

On this date:
In 1649, England’s King Charles I was beheaded.
In 1882, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.
In 1883, James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
In 1933, the first episode of the “Lone Ranger” radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.
In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
In 1962, two members of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.
In 1972, 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
In 1981, an estimated 2 million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the freed American hostages from Iran.
In 2005, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Robert McCartney, 33, was killed after intervening in a pub fight between Irish Republican Army members and a friend of his.

Ten years ago: The Marine Corps opened an investigation of two videotaped hazing incidents in 1991 and 1993 known as “blood pinnings” in which elite paratroopers had golden jump pins beaten into their chests. (The 1993 incident led to a recommended discharge for a sergeant.)

Five years ago: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the U.S. would watch closely to see what Iraq, Iran and North Korea did next, a day after President Bush singled them out as part of a dangerous “axis of evil.” Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai visited the World Trade Center site and placed a wreath of yellow roses by a memorial wall as he surveyed the ruins of Sept. 11.

One year ago: Exxon Mobil posted record profits for any U.S. company: $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005 and $36.13 billion for the year. Video aired by Al-Jazeera showed kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll wearing an Islamic veil and weeping (she was released on March 30, 2006). Jennifer San Marco, an ex-postal worker, killed a former neighbor in Santa Barbara, Calif., before opening fire at a mail processing plant in Goleta, killing six people before committing suicide. Playwright Wendy Wasserstein died in New York City at age 55.

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Dick Martin is 85. Actress Dorothy Malone is 82. Producer-director Harold Prince is 79. Actor Gene Hackman is 77. Actress Tammy Grimes is 73. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 70. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 70. Country singer Norma Jean is 69. Vice President Dick Cheney is 66. Rock singer Marty Balin is 65. Rhythm-and-blues musician William King (The Commodores) is 58. Singer Phil Collins is 56. Actor Charles S. Dutton is 56. Actress-comedian Brett Butler is 49. Singer Jody Watley is 48. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 35. Actor Christian Bale is 33. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 27. Actor Jake Thomas is 17.

Thought for Today: “It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn’t know — and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything.” — Joyce Cary, English author (1888-1957).
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,1/30/2007 08:41:00 AM
Another Year, a New Number
I guess today is what you'd call a milestone birthday. Thirty. Years. Old. In the midst of everything happening in my life right now, I kind of forgot about it. Me! Who starts a birthday countdown January 1!

Thanks to everyone who has sent birthday wishes my way. :) I appreciate each and every one of you. Tonight DH and his parents are taking me to Cheesecake Factory and I am going to have some martinis--that much I've already planned. I've also got some pics of gifts I've received to post--DH bought me a pink Nintento DS Lite and I've been playing the crap out of New Super Mario Bros. and Cooking Mama. And my dear, dear, friend Poppy sent me a fabulous card with an iTunes gift certificate! Thank you!!

So now I have to jet to my Project Manager meeting this morning, so I'll post more tonight!
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1.27.2007,1/27/2007 11:07:00 AM
So it Begins....
Yesterday at 5 pm, DH and I officially became homeowners. It has been quite a ride, and I wish I could write more, but I'm on the way to the homeowners' mecca/crack den--Home Depot--to pick up paint and supplies so we can get to work!

I'll write more and show pics later on in the weekend! Weeee!
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1.24.2007,1/24/2007 08:28:00 AM
Ridin' the Rails
You know what I love about the train? Well, aside from the fact that for about 30 minutes each morning and evening I can bliss out and not have to worry about navigating the freeway? I love the fact that it is a true melting pot of people. You really get all types--professionals resplendent in business suits, urban kids with their puffy parkas (yes, laugh, Northerners, but here in Texas if it drops down below 50 degrees we bundle up like we're in the Arctic because we're used to 110 degrees 9 months out of the year,) hipsters in their hoodies and these-look-old-but-they're-really-brand-new-and-$150 jeans.

Most of the time, when I am able to catch a train that is relatively light and get a seat, I spend that time reading a book--again, another reason to love the train, but that's not the point of this post--but sometimes, when I have to stand, I like to watch people. I always wonder what their lives are like outside the steel and glass cars with the hard plastic seats covered in durable fabric.

And the train operators are just as interesting--some days you get the sullen ones who barely mumble the stops, or you get an operator who doesn't announce anything--just goes about his or her business. Today, however, was a special treat. The operator this morning had a voice like Barry White, but a bit more gravelly, and he announced every station with aplomb in a velvety smooth voice:

"Ladies & Gentlemen, Main Street Station, please exit to your left. Next stop Church Street Station. Doors closing. You are on the.....Southbound Red Line to Union Station."

I half expected him to come out with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. So intrigued was I with his announcing skills that I actually stopped reading my book just so I could listen to him announce each stop.

Sometimes the smallest things make my day. That was one of them.
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1.22.2007,1/22/2007 04:14:00 PM
And I Thought NYC was Expensive...
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1.16.2007,1/16/2007 03:30:00 PM
Random Bitchery
Hold me back, Internets. Because I'm in a mood today.

*TMI*
It's probably because I haven't had a period in over two months. And I'm not pregnant. My body is just acting all crazy. And the medicine my gyno gave me to jump-start things doesn't seem to be working. Grr.....
*/TMI*

As most of you know, I majored in English in college. My love of words and language came to me at an early age, and I can't read something without taking my mental red pen to it, correcting grammar in my head. I don't mean anything bad by this (so don't get all crazy,) and I do admit, though, that sometimes my sentence structure is less than perfect, but after years and years of English classes and a major in rhetoric (which emphasized the importance of correct grammar,) it is something I have difficulty turning off.

For instance, this whole new IM/text message lingo drives me up the wall. Never in my life have I seen the English language butchered more than now, with "RU going 2 C UR boyfriend 2nite?" and "Kewl! My parents R taking me 2 the mall then 2!" (DH can no longer say or write kewl to me, because I tend to go a little haywire when he does. I love you, honey!)

I realize that my IM/texting examples are probably still too long, as I'm sure that the kids of today have found ways to shorten words like "boyfriend" and "parents."

(I'd like to take some time and echo Poppy's sentiment from a while back: when did teenagers become scary?)

But the IM/text environment is not the only place I cringe. Seemingly unassuming e-mails and MySpace comments have the power to turn me into a raving lunatic, as well as words that are frequently mispronounced.

For example: The use of your/you're. Some people seem to think these two words interchangeable. After all, they sound the same, right??

WRONG!

Your is a possessive pronoun, i.e. Is this your pencil?
You're
is a contraction of the two words you and are, i.e. You're looking mighty fine today!

I actually decided not to go out on a date with someone specifically because they responded "your welcome!" in an e-mail reply once. Yes. I know. I'm crazy.

As for mispronunciations, well, take a look at this word:

Espresso

There is no "X" in espresso!!! But, for some reason, there are people who say "expresso" instead. Now, normally that doesn't bother me too much, but I was watching Top Chef the other night and one of the contestants actually said "expresso." Come on! You're a chef, shouldn't you know how to pronounce food-related words???

Okay. I'm feeling a bit better now that I got that out. I'm going to finish my lunch now. Note: If you have a Cafe Express near you, try their chicken soup--it's to die for!
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1.15.2007,1/15/2007 09:33:00 AM

Thanks, Poppy!


You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.




Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com

Serenity (Firefly)

81%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

81%

SG-1 (Stargate)

81%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

69%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

63%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

63%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

63%

Moya (Farscape)

63%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

56%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

56%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

56%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

31%
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1.14.2007,1/14/2007 05:21:00 PM
A Bit Chilly....
So, the weather down here in Big D is a bit unusual. We've had freezing precipitation for the past two days now, which is interesting since it was 70 degrees on Thursday.

Friday I went with one of my new co-workers to Northpark Mall, which is, for those who don't know, the mall where all the old Dallas money shop. Big hair, fur coats, shiny outfits--it's all there. We went to attend an event in the Lush store, mainly for the awesome goody bags.

When we left the office, it was about 66 degrees, and then the storm blew in. Heavy rain ensued for at least 3 hours, and the temperature dropped about 25 degrees in this time, which really made us regret leaving our coats in the car! After trying to sit out the storm by having dinner, it was apparent that the rain wasn't letting up, so I decided to make a break for home, which was a rather treacherous one hour drive...thank goodness I usually take the train!

The weekend has mainly been spent in the house, because DH and I were not looking forward to getting out in the rain and ice. I did manage to take some pictures, though, of the frostiness outside:

Our BBQ grill. Yes, those are icicles....

Now, what I'm wondering is what the heck's gonna happen tomorrow--there is nothing stating the inclement weather policy at work, so I'm assuming they'll e-mail us and let us know what's happening, seeing that this yuckiness will ensue into Monday morning.

For those of you caught in this weather, stay warm!
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1.12.2007,1/12/2007 11:19:00 AM
Mea Culpa
I feel very guilty that I haven't been updating this blog regularly like I should. This new job is really taking it out of me, and in between being really busy here at work, I usually don't get home until around 7 pm, but still have to get up at the same time to get to the train, yadda yadda yadda.

So, I will try to post something more lengthy this weekend, but I wanted to beg you all to bear with me while I transition to this new, way more involved job I'm in now. :) I promise this won't be forever!!

P.S. DH and I will officially be homeowners in 2 weeks!
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1.10.2007,1/10/2007 11:39:00 AM
Thank You
I know that this person will probably never read this, but I want to extend a very warm thank you to the person who gave me his seat on the very crowded train this morning. You did not have to do that for me, but I appreciate it, and your consideration made my day a little brighter.
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1.05.2007,1/05/2007 04:34:00 PM
New Year's Resolutions From the Cat
I got this today in an e-mail and thought I would share! Some of them are so true!
Happy Friday!


My human will never let me eat their pet hamster, and I am
at peace with that.

I will not slurp fish food from the surface of the aquarium.

I will not eat large numbers of assorted bugs, then come home and throw them up so the humans can see that I'm getting plenty of roughage.

I will not lean way over to drink out of the tub, fall in,and then bolt right for the box of clumping cat litter. (It took FOREVER to get the stuff out of my fur.)

I will not use the bathtub to store live mice for late-night snacks.

We will not play "Herd of Thundering Wildebeests Stampeding Across the Plains of the Serengeti" over any humans' bed while they're trying to sleep.

I cannot leap through closed windows to catch birds outside. If I forget this and bonk my head on the window and fall behind the couch in my attempt, I will not get up and do the same thing again.

I will not assume the patio door is open when I race outside to chase leaves.

I will not stick my paw into any container to see if there is something in it. If I do, I will not hiss and scratch when my human has to shave me to get the rubber cement out of my fur.

If I bite the cactus, it will bite back.

When it rains, it will be raining on all sides of the house. It is not necessary to check every door.

I will not play "dead cat on the stairs" while people are trying to bring in groceries or laundry, or else one of these days, it will really come true.

When the humans play darts, I will not leap into the air and attempt to catch them.

I will not swat my human's head repeatedly when they are on the family room floor trying to do sit ups.

When my human is typing at the computer, their forearms are*not* a hammock.

Computer and TV screens do not exist to backlight my lovely tail.

I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has watched a horror movie.

I will not stand on the bathroom counter, stare down the hall, and growl at NOTHING after my human has watched The X-Files.

I will not drag dirty socks onto the bed at night and then yell at the top of my lungs so that my humans can admire my "kill."

I will not perch on my human's chest in the middle of the night and stare until they wake up.

I will not walk on the key board when my human is writing important adagfsg gdjag ;ln.

If I must claw my human I will l not do it in such a way that the scars resemble a botched suicide attempt.

If I must give a present to my human guests, my toy mouse is much more socially acceptable than a big live bug, even if it isn't as tasty.
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1.03.2007,1/03/2007 08:41:00 PM
Merry New Year! (Belatedly)
Hi!

Sorry I've been out of pocket for a while, but I hope that everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year! We ended up not doing a lot--I got a nasty cold over Christmas and pretty much spent my time off wrapped up in blankets watching TV. DH and I went to the store on New Year's Eve and bought a nice cheese plate and other yummy appetizers, as well as a bottle of champagne, but when midnight came around, I was so tired I didn't feel like drinking it, so it's still sitting in our fridge.

All is not lost, though, because I ended up getting hooked on a couple of new TV shows--Ugly Betty and an anime series on Adult Swim called Bleach. Ugly Betty is absolutely fabulous, but since it's on when My Name is Earl airs, I'm going to end up watching that show online. Bleach is really interesting, too--it's about a boy who has this ability to see spirits and fights the evil ones. Very cool!

Tomorrow I start my new job, and I'm pretty nervous about it. I'll let all of you know how it goes! I promise to start posting a bit more frequently as soon as I start feeling better!!
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