Name: bdogg_mcgee

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4.28.2008,4/28/2008 06:00:00 PM
Waiting for #3
Weekend before last, DH and I noticed my battery was a bit sluggish. Thinking I could get by a few more days, we let it go. Then, Monday afternoon, as I was about to take my lunch break, wouldn't you know, the battery was completely dead. The damn thing wouldn't even turn over. I had to get a co-worker to take me to Wal-Mart (oh, how I loathe thee, Wal-Mart,) and of course the book couldn't tell the person behind the counter what kind of battery my Mazda 6 needed, so I looked at the kind of battery a Mazda 3 needed and bought that, figuring it would be the same, right?

I get to work, and as 5 pm approaches, realize NOBODY HAS JUMPER CABLES IN THE ENTIRE OFFICE. Not even me, and I'd just been at Wal-Mart a mere two hours earlier and could have bought some. The AP chick's boyfriend drove up right about that time and miraculously had jumper cables, so I was able to get home for DH to put the new battery in.

But the battery didn't fit, so he had to go to AutoZone and buy one that did, so as I puttered around in the garage, and as he closed the garage door, I just happened to look up at the garage door opener. Which I never do. Because who looks up at their garage ceiling? Not me...

And what do you know - one of the brackets holding the garage door opener to the ceiling has broken and now it is dangling by one measly bracket.

I gasped and immediately called DH and said, "ohmygoshthegaragedooropenerisdanglingandthebracketbrokeyouhavetofixit!"

(I'm usually not this dramatic, but for some reason I was being super affected by all this.)

So DH went to Home Depot as well as AutoZone, and bought a metal bracket to fix the garage door opener. And now everything's back to normal, whatever the hell that is.

But that makes me wonder. Everything happens in threes, right? Well, my battery died, and then the whole brouhaha with the garage door opener happened. Where's number 3?

I need to go find a piece of wood to knock on or something...
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4.23.2008,4/23/2008 04:47:00 PM
Back from Outer Space
Wow - I haven't posted in FOREVER! Work has been very busy lately, and it seems like it never stops. Add to that the fact that my blogging opportunities at work have dropped sharply (they monitor just about everything here,) and, well, I'm just not as verbose as I used to be.

Last Friday I had an endoscopy, which is just like a colonoscopy except the camera goes down your throat instead of up your, well, you remember my talking about that, don't you? Right before the procedure I mentioned to my doctor that I was fearful of waking up during the procedure like I did during the colonoscopy, and she said, "Oh, we'll hook you up."

And boy, did she! Holy crap, I was practically comatose! I vaguely remember sipping on juice or something, and I think my doctor was talking to me at some point, and how I got dressed God only knows, because the next thing I remember the nurse was LEADING me to the car because I couldn't walk on my own. DH was quite amused at that, apparently. We stopped at the drive thru on the way home, and after eating my cheeseburger and tots, I promptly fell into bed and slept for the next seven hours, only to wake, eat dinner, watch Battlestar Galactica, and go back to bed, where I slept soundly until 7:30 am feeling MARVELOUS.

The rest of the weekend was quite productive, since I usually sleep my Saturdays away on the couch. Well, I'd already done that the day before, so DH and I did laundry and shopped for groceries - it was great, actually!

My doctor called me yesterday and told me that she didn't see anything in my stomach that would explain the pain I've been having, so she is pretty confident that it is my gallbladder that's bothering me and has been all along, so she referred me to a surgeon, and I have an appointment on Tuesday to discuss having it out. The thing is, though, with my schedule at work being so busy (I'm attending three tradeshows in the next two months,) I doubt I'll be able to have it out until July, but I can wait. I'll probably have it out the week of July 4th so I can have the long weekend to recuperate. What a way to spend a holiday, huh?

I'll keep everyone posted, I promise!
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4.04.2008,4/04/2008 09:48:00 AM
Frackin' A

The McGee household is doing a big happy dance because tonight, after a YEAR, people, our favoritest show in the entire universe is coming back on.

This morning I went to Starbucks in honor of my favorite character, and I am waiting on pins and needles for 9 PM tonight.

Who is the final Cylon? Anyone have a guess? We're thinking it's Starbuck, but who knows? This season has the potential to keep us all guessing.

Can't wait!

(Anyone guess what the above pic is modeled after? How symbolic!)
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4.01.2008,4/01/2008 08:17:00 PM
Lost in Austen
Since January, I've been hooked. PBS is playing The Complete Jane Austen, which ends, unfortunately, this Sunday with the conclusion of Sense & Sensibility.

I came rather late to the Jane Austen fan club. I don't know why, but I never picked up any of her books in my childhood (guess I was too busy with Laura Ingalls Wilder and those trashy V.C. Andrews books,) but I was introduced to Pride & Prejudice in college for an English class I was taking. And that, coupled with the 1995 BBC miniseries, was all it took.

Lately, I've been on kind of a P&P kick, especially with the sequel novels. I adore Elizabeth Aston's novels, and always read them too quickly for my own good, because as soon as I finish them I realize that I have to wait an entire year for the next one to come out. I've read P&P variations, mysteries, and rather racy sequels, but nothing is as good as the original. In fact, at Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago I picked up a hardbound copy of the novel, and have decided to re-read it again, and I wonder why it always seems that books are better when you read them because you want to, not because it's required for a class?

To crown my Jane Austen nerdiness, last week I received my membership papers to the Jane Austen Society of North America. Ah, bliss!
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