The Neurotic Fishbowl

Sunday, March 31, 2002

She Will be Surprised!

I slipped in and upgraded Kymberlie's MovableType to the 2.0 version! She will be so surprised! Later on this week I will have to make her a calendar in PHP includes, and maybe some other goodies too! Hairy Hermit Crab!

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Friday, March 29, 2002

Friday Recap and Weekend Plans

Today's been a pretty good day. We had a client meeting that lasted until lunch, but we plotted what work needs to be done for next week and hopefully we won't have another 2 AM launch.

Steven and I had lunch today and then we went over to the PetSmart by my office to look at the fish. We decided that we'll go have lunch at Chinese Cafe tomorrow and then go to Aquarium World (or as I like to call it - The Big Fish Store) to see what fish they have. Since we've lost three guys, all we have left is Arnold, the ryukin, and the pearlscale. The pearlscale and ryukin are too small for the fifty-five gallon tank, so we need more fish. After that we will probably swing back by the PetSmart and get one of the calico orandas that I think are just so cute. Hopefully, we'll find some new cute guys who we'll actually be able to keep alive!

I'm meeting Jeanna and Trish tonight to see A Beautiful Mind and then we'll probably head out to dinner somewhere. I haven't seen Trish since January, so it'll be good to see her again. Plus, she has my birthday present. ;-)

Anyway, it's starting out to be a nice weekend, so I hope everyone else has a great Friday night!

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. If you could eat dinner with and "get to know" one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose? Stephen King. I cannot get enough of his writing and from the autobiographical stuff I've read of his he sounds like a really nice, down-to-earth guy that I would enjoy hanging out with.

2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel? I remember being at work at the Hell Known as Foley's when I heard about Princess Diana being in an accident. My best friend and I went to the movies after work and came out and heard she had died. I wasn't crushed or anything, but I was very sad that someone so young and beautiful with such a good heart had to die. I remember feeling very sorry for her sons and hoping they would get through it okay.

3. If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you choose? Maybe Jennifer Aniston. She's so pretty and she's married to Brad Pitt.

4. Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous? Who? Someone once told me I smile like Melanie Griffith, but I don't really think so.

5. Have you ever met anyone famous? I was in a commercial with Mary Lou Retton for "Super Bowling Saturday" when I was maybe about ten. My uncle actually was a sparring partner for George Foreman when he won the heavyweight title several years ago, so I've met him a couple of times.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002

Thursday Threesome

I found a new weekly thing to add to the blog: Deb's Thursday Threesome.

Onesome. Bed. You spend a few hours a night there, so tell us about your bed - size, favorite sheets, comforter...oh, and do you make it or leave it unmade? We have a king size rake bed from Kincaid's Ducks Unlimited collection with a pillow-top matress. It is absolutely the most comfortable bed in the world. We have plain white sheets and a synthetic down comforter. It's a great wonderful bed which I never make. :-)

Twosome. Bath. OK. How much time does it take you to get "ready" on the average day - from first step into the bathroom to stepping out fully dressed. I am Ms. Speedy in the morning. I shower at night since my hair is so long and takes forever to dry. It takes me between twenty and thirty minutes to put on make-up, get dressed, and brush my hair.

Threesome. Beyond. What is your favorite room / area of your home? Tell us all about it. That would have to be my computer room. I have an awesome desk with my computer and kick-ass speakers so I can listen to music. We've also got a really comfortable leather chair with ottoman and a tv. Great room.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002

It's a Group Thing: Part IV

I choose today's "It's a Group Thing" term because I received a third bill for the tests I had run back in January, one from the radiologist that determined what my test result meant. I thought it was only fitting that I use:

A Staph of Diagnosticians

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A Better Day

After staying at work so late last night, today has been a much better day, though I am bone tired. I got some good news regarding something I'd been waiting to hear about (let's just say it impacts my spending money), and am pretty pleased. The client is really happy with her launch, so that's always a plus. It's been a lot less hectic today and I am very glad. Now I just need a nap.

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Your Name In Viking Runes!

Last night while waiting on the extreme late night launch to finish, I was surfing. I came across this site where you can write your name in runes. Kymberlie looks like this.

(Link courtesy of Marmalade)

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I'm So Golden!

I am so golden, baby! Of course, I'm not really that expensive (or probably that tasteful), but it's nice to be so highly prized!

What Element Are You?

(Link courtesy of Sekimori)

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Another Death in the Family

I got home from work last night at about 2:30 in the morning (sucks, doesn't it?) and went to turn off the fish tank lights. I noticed that I didn't see the red cap oranda anywhere and went to check the big tank to see if he had been moved. He passed away yesterday morning, but Steven didn't want to tell me since my day was long and hard enough. We are now down to Arnold, the small pearlscale, and the ryukin. A mass extinction has occured and I am very sad. :-(

Rest in peace Groucho and Red Cap.

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It's 2:00 AM. Do You Know Where Your Co-Worker Is?

Christine has been keeping me company through a bizarre late-night website launch here at the office. I have gotten really loopy and saying weird things, but I'll just let her tell you about it.

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I Am So Pathetic! Wait! I Am So Happy!

This is me to a tee. I can't count the number of times that I've been drunk and crying at dinner and Steven says, "You've got to stop crying when you drink or people are going to think I'm a total ass to you." I am a neurotic drunk, which is only fitting since I live in a neurotic fishbowl.

What kind of drunk are you?

"But I thought he liked me. It was all going so well. I can't take it, you know? Not again. Why me, you know? My life is so fucking shit. I'm just a worthless piece of nothing shit. Everything I do is shit, or it turns to shit, or I turn it to shit."

- pause -

"You've got beautiful eyes ..."

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002


Thanks to Christine pimping my need to for a few visitors to hit my highest daily total, I have achieved my goal! I guess since I'm still up at the office (don't even get me started), I guess it's good that something got accomplished! Thanks for visiting everyone!

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Duh-bya Bush For Sure!

I decided to do a search today for the highest IQ score on record just to see what it is and I cam across this article that says President Bush has lowest IQ of all presidents of past 50 years. I must say, I am not at all surprised to find out that he is actually lower that 100, which is the average IQ score. They said that Bush has a 6,500 word vocabulary versus an average of 11,000 words for other presidents. Do you think that includes the ones he makes up? Love the fact that Democratic presidents actually average 40 points higher than the Republicans. I was surprised how smart some of the presidents are. Scores in the 170s and 180s are very rare and very high. Btw, my scores average around 160. I am one smart cookie! :-)

Update: Damn! I've been busted! According to Snopes, this story is just not true. Well, it just SEEMED like it had to be true. Oh, well. It was still good for a laugh! ~blushing sheepishly~

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Civilian Calvin!

I love Calvin and Hobbes and wish they were still around to read. ~sniff~ I miss them!

You are Civilian Calvin!
You don't get to travel much outside your neighborhood, but you still manage to get in plenty of trouble. When you're not acting up, you like to wax philosophical.
Take the What Calvin are You? Quiz by!

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Batman and Superman?
  • Batman.

  • Aquaman and Robin?
  • Probably Robin.

  • The Wonder Twins and The Ambiguously Gay Duo?
  • The Ambiguously Gay Duo!

  • Spiderman and Spawn?
  • Spawn, though the Spiderman movie is going to kick the Spawn movie's ass.

  • Do you Spring Clean or not?
  • Hell no. I don't even clean regularly.

  • Do you check your email once every hour, more often, or less often?
  • More often.

  • Do you have one or more email accounts?
  • More. I try to only use one for personal mail, but my e-mail provider has issues and I'm having to use more than one to get everything. I will be moving to one for personal, though, as soon I can.

  • Stiff as a board or light as a feather?
  • Light as a feather.

  • Float like a butterfly or sting like a bee?
  • Float like a butterfly.

  • Both feet on the floor or head up in the clouds?
  • Head up in the clouds.

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Monday, March 25, 2002

Monday Mission 2.12

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.12:

1. What helps you get started every morning?
Caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine. Got to have that Coke in the morning.

2. What is the most memorable thing anyone has ever made for you?
My buddy Justin used to make me really cool mix tapes and mail them to me out of the blue.

3. What music are you currently listening to in your car?
I was listening to Hack by Information Society for the past week or so, but this afternoon I switched to the Hackers soundtrack.

4. One thing I like to do is buy USA Today on Wed, Thur and Fri. Even if I don't have the money, I will find a way to buy them, because I just love reading them. What is one "splurge" you allow yourself, even when you shouldn't?
My answers going to sound kind of bitchy, but I have enough spending money and don't really have anything that I've had to scrimp on.

5. Have you ever been given a "second chance?" What happened and did you make the most of it?
Hmmmm. Not that I can think of.

6. Do you have a lot of friends outside of your own ethnic background?
I guess not, but honestly, I only have a small group of friends. I know, sounds sad.

7. What was the last situation that really, really pissed you off?
I actually am currently in a situation at work that is pissing me off. Let's just leave it at that.

BONUS: Who's your friend when things get rough?
HR Pufnstuff!

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Sunday, March 24, 2002

I'm Going to Start Using Crack...

These damn commercials equating drug use with funding for terrorists drive me crazy. I hate these commercials so much I am going to start using crack. Grrrr.

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For some reason our panda moore has become deathly ill in the last few hours. He's not swimming and just kind of floating, letting the current move him about. I put him in a big bowl so that he won't have to fight any currents from the pumps and now he is laying on his side at the top of the bowl bearly breathing. He was fine last night! I swear to god, I don't know why we are cursed when it comes to fish like we are. We do frequent water changes, vary their diets, take great care of them, and they die. I am so very sad. The panda moore has been my favorite fish.

Update: He has passed away now. My poor fish. :-(

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I Declare Human Life to be an Abomination!

Which Colossal Death Robot Are You?

In bars frequented by colossal death robots, you're always the quiet guy at the back who no-one ever bothers. And for good reason. You've fought in several nuclear wars, could beat the sun in a staring match, and have a chin larger than many articles of furniture. Morals are not a concept you understand, but strangely enough, nobody ever questions your judgement. Usually because they're dead. Even Judge Dredd wets himself when you turn up. Grrrr.

(Link courtesy of Deb)

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What Faery Are You?

What day is complete without a new quiz to add to my blog?

Go Faeries!!
Take the What Faery Are You? Quiz!
This quiz was made by lia

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Saturday, March 23, 2002

Eight From The Eighties

Here's my first of Deb's Eight From The Eighties.

1) You might as well face it, you're addicted to... lots of things, including playing poker online at Paradise Poker, Sweet Tooth and Dominoes at, Beanie Babies, Hallmark ornaments, cotton lingerie from Victoria's Secret, and Coke. Lots and lots of Coke.

2) All I really need to do is find myself a brand new... work-out ethic. Been slacking lately about getting in the gym. Really need to workout harder.

3) Who's the wind beneath your wings? Probably my mother and Steven, my boyfriend.

4) Who gives love a bad name? My old high school boyfriend whom I call Satan, for good reason. After five years he dumped over the phone when I called him from work and refused to help me pay for all the credit card bills that we'd amassed in our time together. Since the bills were mostly in my name, he bailed on them. Bastard.

5) Are you too shy? No, not really. I'm fairly outgoing.

6) Do you work hard for the money? Lately, yes! I picked up a new project to manage and I put in about six hours overtime last week alone.

7) There's something strange in your neighborhood. Who you gonna call? Steven first followed by my mother.

8) Why do I find it hard to write the next line? Sometimes I just seem to have nothing to say that's all that witty or interesting (though one could argue I never do!).

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Saturday Scruples

Today I'm doing my first of Marsha's Saturday Scruples.

1. california grape pickers are on strike and organizing a boycott. the store only has california grapes and you want some. do you buy them? Probably. If I was really aware of what the strike was about and thought there was a genuine problem, I wouldn't.

2. a co-worker at a large company is stealing from petty cash. do you warn him to stop? Yes, definitely.

3. you are a policeman. a young punk is running away after robbing a store. your warning shot is ignored. do you shoot to wound knowing you might kill him? Only if he had a weapon or I was worried he was going to hurt someone.

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Friday, March 22, 2002

Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What is your favorite time of year? Spring time, followed by fall.

2. What is it about your favorite season that, well, makes it your favorite season? The weather is the nicest at that time of the year (at least in Houston), so that's always a plus. You get lots of pretty, sunny days.

3. What is your least favorite time of year? Why? Winter. Definitely. I hate the cold. I get cold really easy, so I am miserable when it's cold outside. I don't know how anyone can live up north.

4. Do you do anything to celebrate or recognize the changing of seasons? No, but it's such a great idea that I probably should.

5. What's your favorite thing to do outside? I am so not an outside person. My favorite outside thing to do is ride around in my Miata with the top down in nice weather.

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Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

My boyfriend is always ranting about the overuse of antibiotics and how if we keep misusing them we'll never be able to combat disease properly. In his honor I am offering this link so you can urge Congress to protect human health by ending misuse of vital antibiotics in animal agriculture.

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Which Tag Are You?

I love this one. It completely describes me. And what's cooler than being an HREF tag?

You're the HREF tag - you need someone to lean on and take care of you. You can be shy but you shine in difficult situations.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

I used my minimal graphics skills to send D a house for his randomly changing neighborhood. Since he's got eighty possible houses, you can cheat and check out my house here. And yes, that is me.

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Thursday, March 21, 2002

Going Topless...

Christine posted a picture of us going topless at work today. Go on over there. You know you want to look!

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Strange, but Oddly Cute

What do you get when you cross a camel with a llama? You get Rama the Cama.

(Link courtesy of Vieux Bandit)

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Near Miss With an Asteroid

Sometimes I get really nervous about Mother Nature and how sometimes it seems she's just out to get us (read my post Mother Nature is coming to get YOU! to see what I mean). I read an article today about a stealth asteroid that came extremely close to hitting us this week. At least this article made it seem that a major catastrophe like this, a mega-tsunami, or a black hole actually killing us is minimal, unlike The Discovery program and their nature shows of death.

(Link courtesy of

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Help Stop a Woman From Being Stoned to Death

In Nigeria a court will decide if a woman accused of adultery will be stoned to death, despite the fact that she claims to have been raped. Her attacker, of course, faces no punishment. Please contact Nigerian officials to help prevent her death.

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Indicative of My Week

My week has been filled with demanding, insane clients or clients that totally ignore my requests for months on end. I've been a little high-strung (to say the least) at work these last few days. I was explaining some of my problems to my boss and he looks at me and says, "It's going to be a high volume curse-word day for you, isn't it?" Indeed it was.

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Quick! Where's My Towel?

These have got to be the funniest books ever written. I remember five years ago or so I was rereading them while waiting on getting my tires rotated (No, really! My tires! Pervert!) and giggling out loud while reading and getting funny looks from people. But now it's all worth it because I am....

Which Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy character are you?

(Link courtesy of Sharon)

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Picture of a Blog

I found a very interesting site today: A Picture of Weblogs. I submitted my site since the thing is just so damn cool looking.

(Link courtesy of Christine)

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Stressful Day

I'm having a very stressful day and just thought I would take a moment to say


Okay. I feel much better now. Well, not really but I don't think I'm allowed to beat problem clients with heavy sticks, which WOULD make me feel better. Maybe if I start drinking the moment I get home things will look better.

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It's a Group Thing: Part III

Building on last week (a rictus of beauty queens), I thought we would use other beautiful people as this week's Group Thing. Today's group term is:

A Slouch of Models

For those of you who missed what this is all about, each week I will feature a term for groups of things from An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton. I found the book really interesting and wanted to share it with everyone.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Truth! Freedom! Beauty! Love!

You are Christian, the penniless poet. You believe in truth, freedom, and beauty; and above all things, you believe in love. You're sensitive and emotional, but your heart is strong.

Take The Moulin Rouge Character Test

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My Death Has Been Fortold

I discovered that I should die on Sunday, May 08, 2061 at 5:17:50 PM at the age of 86 thanks to I must say, though, it's kind of creepy to watch the Life Clock (Death Clock) tick off the seconds of your life.

(Link courtesy of Portia)

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The Lofton Family

As some of you may know, Florida doesn't allow adoptions by gay people. Plese visit Let Him Stay and read the story of Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau and their five foster children. These kids have never known another family, but Steven and Roger can't legally adopt them. Please read the site and then sign the petition letting the state of Florida know that you support adoption by gay families.

(Link courtesy of Christine)

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Run or walk?
  • Walk. Like Val Kilmer says in Real Genius, I only run when chased.

  • Thistle or dandelions?
  • Dandelions. They're prettier.

  • Birds singing or crickets chirping?
  • Birds singing. Crickets are annoying.

  • Allergies or none?
  • Used to be none, but lately I get headaches around some smells. Is that an allergy?

  • A, B, C or 1, 2, 3?
  • 1, 2, 3

  • "Easy as pie" or "simple as cake?"
  • "Easy as pie."

  • Trampoline or swimming pool?
  • Swimming pool. I would kill myself on a trampoline. Of course, I can't swim either, so I can kill myself in a pool as well, but I love the water.

  • Nickel or penny?
  • Penny! I used to collect pennies when I was a kid. Love pennies.

  • Basketball or baseball?
  • Baseball, definitely. Love baseball games, especially since Enron Field (or whatever it's going to be called now) is such a cool park. When we were kids, my brother and I were Astro Buddies and used to go to tons of games with my parents and my grandmother on my dad's side. She was a huge baseball fan and I guess we inherited our love for the game from her.

  • Sliding doors or French doors?
  • French doors, I guess. The look nicer, but we had sliding doors all over the place at my parents' house, so they're more nostalgic to me.

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Tossing and Turning All Night

I dreamt last night that I was working on the new client that I inherited on Thursday. In my dream I was answering e-mails, creating project trackers for new issues that numbered approximately 150, and taking long phone calls. I feel exhausted. Don't I get the day off since I worked all night?

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Happy Birthday to Another Fishgirl!

It's another fishgirl's birthday today. Go tell Marsha at happy birthday! Happy birthday to you, dear Marsha! Happy birthday to you!

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Leather Care Tips

Well, I just completely fucked up my birthday evening. Like an idiot (because I am notoriously clumsy about spilling and things of that nature) I decided to do my work on the new leather furniture that we bought in January. I, of course, got a pen mark on the couch. I ran to the computer to look up removal tips, but before I could tell Steven what to use, he'd decided to try finger nail polish remover. It did remove the ink, but it also removed the color from the leather. Now we have a discolored spot on the couch. I've been so careful about not getting anything on the couch and I should have known it was a dumb idea to get on the couch with a pen. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Tomorrow I guess we'll have to see what a leather care place can suggest about fixing the discoloration. Fuck. And that furniture was so expensive, too. :-(

Btw, if you get ink on leather, try hair spray or a pencil eraser. It will supposedly bring the ink right out without damaging the leather.

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Monday, March 18, 2002

Flame the Flying Beta

I just finished posting that I was going to watch TV when I stopped in the kitchen to get a coke. I looked at the two beta tanks that are on the counter and asked Steven, "Where's Flame?" I look down in the sink and see him lying in a bowl, not moving. I pick the bowl up and dump him back in his tank and he starts swimming around like nothing has happened. I bought a new beta today (a birthday fish for the birthday fishgirl) and had placed the tanks next to each other so they could puff up and protect their territories (I've read articles that say they're happier when they can do this occasionally). I guess Flame freaked out and flung himself out of his tank. Steven said that it's a good thing I walked into the kitchen since he obviously hadn't been out of the tank that long. Hopefully he won't have stressed himself too much, but it was completely freaky to see him lying in the sink like that! Poor Flame the Flying Beta!

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What a Wonderful Day!

I'm drained (and I still need to go over some work), but I just wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes, e-mails, cards, and posts on their own blog. I have felt so special and loved and I must thank each and every one of you for being so wonderful to me on my special day. :-) I had a long meeting and lots of work to do today, so I didn't get to make many blog rounds, but I will catch up tomorrow. I am now off to beg for a foot rub and watch "Once and Again" so everyone have a fabulous night! ~smoochies~

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Monday Mission 2.11

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.11:

1. As a child, did you ever wish you had a different name, maybe a name you wish your parents had chosen? To what would change it if you could?
Actually, my name is legally Kimberly, but there were four other Kimberlys in my class. I'm an original, damn it!, so when I was about twelve I experimented with different spellings (Kimberlie, Kymberly, and others) until I settled on Kymberlie. It's different and unique, and even though people never get it right, I like it and think it suits me well.

2. What skill have you been wanting to learn but have just kept putting off?
I took a couple of Javascript and DHTML classes last year when I was laid off, but I really need to learn more computer-wise like CSS and PHP.

3. Are there there any regional foods you love but just can't get where you are living now? (burger chain, ice cream shop, etc. that was in your hometown but has no locations where you are today)
When I went to the UK with my aunt and uncle when I was fifteen they had these great chocolate bars that I loved (something with an s or a c, can't remember now). I'm not from the UK, but that's as close as I can get on this question since I've lived in Houston all my life.

4. What recreational activity would you take up if you had the time and/or money?
Hmmm. Does traveling count? If I had more money, maybe playing higher limit poker.

5. What's the biggest lie you've ever told? Has anybody ever found out?
The only thing that I can think of is when my ex-fiance and I broke up when I was twenty and I was so depressed that I couldn't even get out of bed. I would tell my parents that I'd gone to school even though I basically missed the entire semester (we broke up like two weeks into the term). I think my mom knew, especially when my grades came in and they were all drops.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon when you were growing up? I used to love Penelope Pitstop and the Wacky Racers. There was another cartoon that came on that had something to do with monsters, but I can't remember what it was.

Let's say one of your relatives slipped you a $100 bill, to help you out for the month. Your significant other didn't see it, would you tell them or keep it to yourself? Tell him since Steven and I don't really share money. He'd be happy for me and not expect me to share.

BONUS: Whatever happened to Saturday night?
Finding a sweetheart and holding her tight?

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Weekend Break

As some of you may (or may not have) noticed, I took the weekend off from blogging. My site (along with a couple of others) went down Friday night and by the time it came up on Saturday, I'd already spent a solid day playing at, reading (I've already finished Seven Up by Janet Evanovich), and conquering the world on Civilization: Call To Power, and drinking blenders full of raspberry piña coladas. In other words, I'd lost the ability to be coherent and blog at the same time. ;-) I am back now and plan on catching up on some blog reading and posting later today. Right now, though, I've got a big meeting to go to, so everyone enjoy their Monday morning (at least as much as it's possible to enjoy a Monday morning).

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Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! Happy birthday, dear Kymberlie! Happy birthday to me!

Today's my birthday (woo hoo!) and I wanted to thank everyone who's wished me a happy birthday already. It is much appreciated. :-)

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Friday, March 15, 2002

How To Make a Bibliophile Happy....

Buy her lots of book! I met my best friend Jeanna last night for dinner and she got me a bunch of books for my birthday. I got Songs of the Heart (A Flavia Modernes Greeting Book), History of Art, Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton, and Seven Up by Janet Evanovich. I've been dying to read the Janet Evanovich book since it came out, so I am extremely happy to have received it. From the things Jeanna's heard about the Laurell K. Hamilton books, I have a feeling they're going to be right up my alley. So, my dear Jeanna, thank you for the great birthday gift!

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What's your favorite animal? Tough question! If I had to choose one, I would choose bright, tropical fish. Other favorites include big cats like tigers, puppies, kittens, manatees, seahorses, and polar bears. I just love animals.

2. What pets have you had in your lifetime? When I was little, we had dobermans. After they passed away, we got a cat when I was probably around eight or so. We used to have dozens of cat and kittens around (we live on a wooded acre) when I was young. My brother got a long-haired dauschand named Crackerjacks when I around ten. When I was in high school, we got a silky terrier named Nikki. I also had a russian dwarf hamster named Quicksilver. Steven and I now have fancy goldfish (you can visit my Meet the Fishbowl Inhabitants to see their pictures), though we plan on getting a puppy (maybe a mini-schnauzer) when we get a house in a few years.

3. Is there any specific pet that you've wanted but never had? Why? Not really. Maybe salt-water fish, but that's it.

4. Are you allergic to any animals? Nope.

5. Do you have any 'pet' pet peeves (your pets or others')? I hate when people put a dog in the back of a truck and drive like a bat out of hell. Drives me (no pun intended) crazy.

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Globe of Blogs

I submitted my information to the Globe of Blogs yesterday. It's kind of similiar to the Pepys Project, but allows you to find a blog by other information like birthday, sex of the author, or author's name. Kind of cool to see who's out there blogging with stats similar to yours.

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Thursday, March 14, 2002

The Neurotic Fishbowl - Buttonized!

Nerdboy Mikey was kind enough to make a kick ass button for The Neurotic Fishbowl. If you're one of those people that like to use buttons for their links, feel free to snag one and link it back here. Enjoy!

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Everything's Eventual

Stephen King's got a new book coming out the day after my birthday. It's a collection of fourteen short stories entitled Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales. While I'm really excited that he's got a new collection coming out (I absolutely LOVE his short stories!), I'm kind of annoyed. Out of the fourteen stories, I've read (or heard) thirteen of them. I'm one of those King freaks that hears he has a short story in The New Yorker or some other magazine and has to get a copy. It's disappointing that by being an avid fan and searching out these hard-to-find stories that I have no new King to look forward to until later in the year when he releases From a Buick 8. I guess it'll be good to get them all collected in one place, but I was looking forward to reading stories that were NEW to me and only one of these fits the bill. *pout*

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Lots of big changes in my workplace happened today. They'll ultimately be for the best, so they are good things, but it's a little rough on people right now. I must say, though, that I am glad I work at the place I do. The owner is such a great man. When he was young, he and his grandfather used to collect coins together. His grandfather passed away six months ago and my boss inherited the coin collection that they had built together. To show us how important we are to him and to the company, he gave us each a silver dollar from the collection. It is so amazing to have a boss that cares about you. I am glad I work where I do. As hokey as it is, I will treasure this coin and I appreciate and respect the man that gave it to me.

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It's a Group Thing: Part II

I had meant to do this yesterday, but am just now getting around to it. I've decided to make Wednesday's my day for "It's a Group Thing." (Wednesday, hump day, group thing. Get it?) Since I ranted earlier this week about beauty pageants, today's group term is:

A Rictus of Beauty Queens

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Now I'm Golden....

I know the last test said I was a blue dragon (even though Todd disagreed with what weapon I really would have possessed), but apparently now I'm golden.

Take the What Color Dragon Should You Ride? Quiz

Made By: myway and teza

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DoSomething Question

Does anyone know why my DoSomething would be adding an extra space after the title of the song? I checked the templates and there are no spaces, but when it writes to webout.php, there's one there. I even checked the ID tag on the mp3 file itself and it's not there. Anyone else have this problem?

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Now Playing - My Winamp Files!

Thanks to the talented Kristine, I have gotten Oddsock's DoSomething Winamp Plugin to work on my site. You should now notice a "Music Selection" in the sidebar along the right that tells you what I'm currently and have just listened to.

Thank you so much, Kristine! I really wanted this thing to work, but was having problems getting it to display. You are such a doll. :-)

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Back Pain Update

I called the doctor today to try and get some muscle relaxers or pain killers, but he won't prescribe them without seeing me first, so I go in tomorrow afternoon. I had a follow-up appointment scheduled for next week so I'll just knock it out of the way tomorrow as well.

I feel much better today. Sore and achy, but nothing like the excruciating pain of yesterday. About two years ago Steven and I were wrestling on the couch (No, really. We were. Get your mind out of the gutter, you perv!) and I feel off. I fell on top of the huge portable phone striking my back, just above my hip. In doing so, I pinched a nerve. This pain is extremely similar to that, so I'm sure this is nothing more than a muscle/nerve issue. Catherine had suggested that it might be a kidney stone. Unfortunately, I got kidney stones right after I graduated from college (I had no insurance, having just gotten moved off of my parents' and it sucked massively!) and I'm positive this isn't that again.

Anyway, thank you all so much for your kind words and concern. :-) Hopefully I'll get some good medicine from the doctor and I'll be good as new soon.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002

OMG! The Pain!

I don't know what I did, but I have managed to pull a muscle in my back or pinch a nerve and I am in agony. I came home from the gym and noticed a couple of twinges which quickly intensified into screaming, sobbing pain. I tried walking around and working it out, but it didn't work. I ended up lying on my back on the couch weeping. Steven was about five minutes behind me so he came in right after the peak started. He saw me lying there and dropped his keys and wallet and ran to me. I managed to stutter out what was wrong and he got me some painkillers and juice and helped me into a hot bath. I'm telling you, at first I was convinced I was having a heart attack since it hurt so bad and was only on my left side. Earlier today I'd had some kind of painful twinges so I was worried that I'd missed the warning sign and was now in full attack. Silly fish. :-) For now, it's kind of a dull pain with occasional sharp spasms. I will be calling the doctor first thing in the morning to see if he can't get me some painkillers or something. Let's just hope it stays like this, more or less, for the rest of the night.

Update: Not long after I posted this I started feeling really sick to my stomach and very hot. I went into the living room and told Steven and lay down on the couch. He turned on the fan and was like, "Oh my god! You're really sweating!" I told him I was still hot and he touched my face and told me I was clammy. He helped me up the stairs and had me lay down on the bed. He turned on the fan and got me a cold compress. After a few minutes of that I got cold, so he came and covered me up and turned off the fan. I kind of dozed for a half hour and feel a little better, so I'm going to try and eat some soup. I wonder if maybe I have a virus of some sort. Whatever this is, it sucks.

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Kind of Quiet Today

It's a little after five and I am bored. I do project management at a local web development company and ALL my projects are in the "please-send-me-your-content; please-answer-my-questions-so-we-can-move-forward; please-approve-the-work" phase so I don't have a lot to do (except wish evil thoughts on clients that ignore my e-mails). Maybe I'll go over to Victoria's Secret before hitting the gym and see if they have more stuff for me to throw my money away on. Maybe I should ask for gift certificates there for my birthday (now less than a week away). Anyway, I'd been kind of quiet today so I thought I'd ramble about nothing for a minute. :-)

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Never Lose Your Bookmarks Again

One of the guys up here at work just lost his bookmarks. I told him he needed one of Shellen's cheatsheets. Shellen made a nifty little program that you put your top twenty links in and it generates an HTML page with your favorite links, headlines, weather, other handy links, and search boxes to Google, Amazon, and more. I went through and edited mine by hand, so I've got just about every link on here I ever use. It takes just a couple of minutes to make and you don't have to worry about losing your favorite links anymore.

(Link courtesy of Michele)

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • "Blah, blah, blah..." or "yadda, yadda, yadda...?"
  • "Blah, blah, blah." Can't you tell I hang out with Christine?

  • English or math?
  • English was always my favorite, but I was pretty good at calculus.

  • VHS or DVD?
  • DVD all the way, baby!

  • Jeans or pants?
  • Jeans. I wear them to work every day (love casual work environments!). I only own like two pairs of pants and only wear them out to clubs or job interviews (one pair are slacks and the other pair are hot pants).

  • Art or Music?
  • Music. I even marched the bass drum in high school.

  • Near or far?
  • Near.

  • Nestle's or Hershey's?
  • Hershey's. I do not drink chocolate drinks.

  • Who was/is the best James Bond: Sean Connery or Piers Brosnan?
  • Well, the only Bond films I've seen (all two of them) had Pierce Bronson, but since I thought the movies were stupid, I'll say Sean Connery.

  • Triangle or rectangle?
  • Triangle.

  • Chat or not?
  • Pretty much only with Christine or my brother. I used to chat on ICQ for hours at a time, but now it's mostly work-related.

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Monday, March 11, 2002

A Drunken Fish

I was going through a bunch of pictures I pulled off my digital camera a couple of weeks ago and found this one from New Year's. As you can probably tell, I'm smashed. :-) I do love this picture, though. Steven's really got the "hold the camera out and take a self-portrait" picture trick down. He took a great one of us in Vegas two years ago that I'll have to dig out and put on up.

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My Dragon Color

A BLUE Dragon Lies Beneath!

I took the Inner Dragon online quiz and found out I am a Blue Dragon on the inside. If there ever was a draconic example of a supple attitude, my Inner Dragon is it. Blues are the Water Elemental dragon - typified by their Steam breath weapon. Pretty creative, huh? It goes right along with my Inner Dragon's tendency to maim, but not destroy. Much like my native oceans and rivers will deform the rock over time, eventually wearing it away to nothing.

Humans shouldn't make the mistake of thinking I'm weak, however. After all I'm a good 30 feet in length and have a penchant for materializing out of any body of water, no matter how small. I also enjoy communicating with aquatic life-forms, hunting in totally inhospitable terrain (i.e. 3000 feet below the waves), and using my fluid nature to my advantage. My enemies probably won't even see me approach in the first place. My favorable attributes are the sunset, Autumn, water, compassion, intuition, and calmness. Naturally, I pity the fool who'd try and prove that calmness part, he'd probably wind up being scalded. *small grin*

(Link courtesy of Sharon)

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Child Pageants Or "How To Make Your Kid Look Like a Hooker"

We went to Steven's best friend's house this weekend for his dad's seventy-ninth birthday. Me and the only other two girls there under thirty-five ended up in the bedroom watching a special on beauty pageants for kids.

I was appalled by the spectacle that is beauty pageants for small children. I saw one father encourage his six year old to flirt with the judge. Hello! Do you want your child molested? Would that be okay as long as she won? Don't even get me started on the little girls who were in short shorts and halter tops and who were "shaking it." They haven't even hit puberty yet! There is nothing to shake! They had one year olds in makeup and teased hair.

WTF are the kids supposed to be getting out of this? They little girl that ended up winning the big pageant at the end looked exhausted and unhappy throughout most of the show. I felt so sorry for her. Her trailer trash mother has spent about $70,000 so far on pageants. The prize money for her big win: $2,500.

It was really depressing to watch and the strange, latent sexuality that ran through it made me want to strangle all of the parents. I suppose the grand scheme behind all of this madness is that eventually the girl may win a modeling contract or break into show business. The only thing I see happening, though, is yet another little girl learning that the only thing that counts is the way she looks and that if you flirt with the old men in power you may get something.

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Unexpected Surrealism

A staff photographer for National Geographic finds unexpected images whenever he takes a picture with his digital camera that ended up in a pond. Now every day pictures become amazing, colorful images. Maybe when I buy a new camera this year, I'll drop the old one in the water to see what happens to my shots.

(Link courtesy of Robyn)

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The Red Tent

I finished reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant yesterday. It was an amazing book. It was so fascinating to read about women and what their lives were like during biblical times. The book itself is a fictionalization of what may have happened to Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. I'm not religious at all, but the book had absolutely nothing to do with The Bible, but rather with the relationships between women. Since I didn't know the story of Dinah, I was surprised by many of the things that happened, probably making me enjoy the story that much more.

I have always thought that to be a woman is a wonderful, mysterious thing. This book captures all of the words that I wish I could say, but don't have the skill to. It does make me wish I knew my own female relatives more. Unfortunately, both of my grandmothers are dead. Perhaps this will inspire me to learn what my mother was like before she became Mom.

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Monday Mission 2.10

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.10:

1. I love to order a Wendy's "Frosty" and then dip my French Fries into it before I eat them. Do you have any eating habits others might think are odd?
I tend to eat my sandwiches very plain with no garnishes like pickles or lettuce. Whenever I order sandwiches, "Meat and cheese only," I confuse the waiter most of the time. I also drink all my drinks without ice. I just hate ice. It melts and your drink gets watered down. Blah.

2. What was the worst date you ever went on?
I guess I'm kind of odd because I never really dated much. I was engaged to my high school boyfriend (who I now refer to as Satan) and when we broke up I was almost 21. After that, I kind of swore off relationships. A year and a half later I met Steven and we've been together ever since. I can't really recall a bad date with Steven (and I've repressed all my dates with Satan for the most part), so I guess I don't have an answer for this one.

3. Who (or what site) inspired you to begin Blogging?
That would have to be Christine. She'd been after me for probably a year to start blogging when she came up with the URL Since she set up both the site with skins and Movable Type, how could I say no? I'm certainly glad she did since I'm enjoying myself so much.

4. Have you inspired, encouraged, or begged anyone else to start a Blog?
I haven't encouraged anyone and I haven't inspired anyone either, at least as far as I know.

5. Any foods you just will not eat?
The list is long and varied since I am a fairly picky eater. I cannot eat spicy food (even mildly spicy is usually to hot for me). I dislike lots of vegetables. I also don't like food that looks strange like casseroles (mixed up food - yuck!).

6. Describe the worst birthday party (adult or child's) that you ever attended?
I am at a total loss for this. Probably some hideously boring thing I attended when I was young, but nothing specific comes to mind.

7. What was the first music album you ever bought (tape, CD, LP, whichever or all of the above)?
The first music album I remember getting was Eddy Grant's Killer On The Rampage. My parents got me a dual cassette recorder boom box when I was about eight for Christmas and this was with it. Probably the first one I can remember buying on my own was the soundtracks for Top Gun and The Lost Boys. I also bought a ton of 45s including songs like Electric Blue by Ice House and Got My Mind Set on You by George Harrison. There were many others, but those two are the first that popped into my mind.

BONUS: Do you think you're what they say you are?
Ironic, but this is the only line I know from Jesus Christ Superstar. I just like singing it loudly. :-)

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Spring Is In the Air...

With the first day of spring being only a little over a week away, I have made another new skin for The Neurotic Fishbowl. It is based on a desktop image that Dawn Mikulich created. I had been searching high and low for an image that captured springtime, and as soon as I saw Dawn's desktop, I knew it would be perfect. She was kind enough to give me permission to use it, so please visit the skin selector and check it out. Also, feel free to leave any feedback if there's something that you think should look different. Enjoy!

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Monday? You Sure?

The phone rang this morning about 7:45. Steven answered the phone so I groggily asked him who it was when he hung up. He said it was the air conditioner repair man (we've got a freon leak that needs to be repaired) saying he should be there by about 9:00. I mumbled that anyone calling this early on a Sunday should be shot. Steven replied, "It's not Sunday, it's Monday." My confused brain then did the math and remembered that, it was indeed, Monday. What a crappy way to start the day. I thought I was going to get to sleep in! Damn.

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Sunday, March 10, 2002

Happy Early Birthday to Me!

I had $95 in gift certificates just sitting in my account. I received an e-mail from them saying that for my birthday they were giving me a 10% off coupon. So with the coupon, the gift certificate, and the free shipping that they offer on orders over $99, I went and bought myself a little birthday gift. I'm getting: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet : Horror Stories by Richard Matheson, Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time Series, Book 9) by Robert Jordan, The Birdcage on DVD, Dave on DVD, The America President on DVD, Say Anything... on DVD, The Terminator (Special Edition) on DVD, and Groundhog Day (Special Edition) on DVD. Grand total charged to my credit card: $12.42. Happy birthday to me! :-)

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Saturday, March 9, 2002


I loved The Monkees when I was like twelve or so and even had all their tapes (I know - big dork). So I had to take this quiz:

Take the Hey Hey, Which Monkee Are You? Quiz.

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Grade the Flag

I found a site the other day that gives the world's flags letter grades based on their design. Kind of neat to see all the different flags, but some people have way too much time on their hands.

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Ripping At the Speed of Light

It's Saturday and I haven't done much but rip CDs to our mp3 server at work so I can have my tunes in both places. I messed around with Oddsock's DoSomething Winamp Plug-in (it's supposed to generate an HTML playlist for your site so people can see what you're listening to) last night, but no luck with making it work yet. I think after I finish ripping files, I'll make some compilation CDs for the car. Nothing like having all your favorite tunes in one spot.

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Friday, March 8, 2002

Ah, To Have Friends Like That!

I was just reading Neil Gaiman's blog (he's a fabulous writer; go read his stuff). He's currently reading for an audio book and had this in his blog:

My friend Tori swears by a drink of chopped up fresh ginger and honey before she sings. I'll try it tomorrow morning before reading round two.

He is referring to Tori Amos. Tori's music has had an amazing influence on me. Her songs have helped me learn to love myself, learn how I don't need someone in my life if they're bad for me, and many other of life's lessons. How amazing it would be to have friends like that.

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Bye, Christine!

I just walked Christine out to her car so she can begin her journey to SXSW. Have fun, Christine! Now, what will I do without a lunch buddy for two days? :-)

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May She Rot in Hell

I read the most appalling news story today. In Fort Worth, a woman hit a homeless man and left him to die on her windshield. The story goes like this:

This evil bitch, who had been drinking and taking Ecstasy, hits a homeless man who becomes lodged in her broken windshield. He begs her to take him to a hospital. She ignores him, drives home with him still stuck in her windshield, parks in her garage, has sex with her boyfriend, and then waits two days for him to die. Her and three friends then dump his body. The kicker: he wouldn't have died if she had taken him to a hospital.

What gets me is that her attorney actually said, "She is not the monster that police and prosecutors are making her out to be. She was simply a frightened, emotionally distraught young woman who had an accident, panicked and made a wrong choice." I don't think this constitutes as a wrong choice. This was murder, plain and simple. To do something like this you have to be completely soulless. She said she went out to the garage and apologized to him, so I guess that makes it okay. He's begging with her not to let him die and to please take him to a hospital, but because she apologized, she's not a monster.

Stories like this make me sick to my stomach. How can people have such a disregard for others? What the hell happened to people? It seems that things like this happen all the time. I feel like we're headed for hell in a hand basket. She's in Texas where we have the death penalty, but I hope they don't give it to her. I hope she spends the rest of her life in jail and it's hell on earth for her. Fucking evil bitch.

(Link courtesy of Robyn)

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Friday Five!

And now, time for today's Friday Five!

1. What makes you homesick? I never really get homesick. We go to Vegas once a year, but I never really miss being away while we're gone. When I went to the UK with my aunt and uncle for six weeks when I was fifteen, thinking about my mom and dad made me homesick. I guess this question doesn't really apply. Maybe if I traveled more.

2. Where is "home" for you? Is it where you are living now, or somewhere else (ie: Mom & Dad's house, particular state/city)? Home for me is the condo that I share with Steven, but I still refer to my parents' place as home sometimes. I'll ask my brother, who's currently living up at Sam Houston State University, "Are you coming home this weekend?" meaning, "Are you going to mom and dad's?" I guess people probably always have a tendency to think of home as the place they grew up, especially if they still have family there.

3. What makes it home for you? People? Things? Steven and our fish make it home for me. Also, I've pretty much moved all of my things from my parents' house to the condo, so my belongings also time me there.

4. Where is the furthest you've been from home, miles-wise? According to How Far Is It?, 4559 miles. That is the distance between Houston, Texas and Inverness, Scotland. We went all through the UK, but since that's about as north as you can get, I would think it was the place I was the furthest from Houston.

5. What are your plans for this weekend? Tonight it's to do nothing except play on the computer - surf the Net, maybe make a spring skin that I've been wanting to do all week, possibly play in a poker tournament, and probably play some Civilization: Call To Power. Tomorrow we might go to a country and western club with our friends Perry (the guy) and Terri (the girl). Sunday will be spent catching up on shows on the Tivo and playing around on the computer.

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Two Left Feet

I absolutely love leather boots that come up to your knee and zip up the side (go-go boots, hooker boots, whatever you want to call them). I had bought a pair from Nine West last October but took them back since I didn't know if I would ever have anything to wear them with. About two weeks ago Christine and I went shopping at Parade of Shoes in Willowbrook Mall at lunch. They had a pair of those boots on sale and they were cute, so I bought them. They've been sitting in the computer room ever since while I've tried to decide if I should return them or not. Wednesday night I finally got around to taking them upstairs to see if they would go with anything in my wardrobe. I got out one of my black skirts and put on the left boot. I reached down, picked up the other boot, and put it on, but something felt decidely wrong. I then notice that I have a left boot on my right foot. I look at the boots and call Steven in to confirm what I'm seeing. I am indeed holding two left boots in my hands. I know I make jokes about "being full of grace my ass," but I certainly don't have two left feet! I am taking it as a sign that I am just not meant to keep these boots. I hope the salesclerk doesn't look at me funny when I try to return two left boots that I've had now for almost three weeks. :-)

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Time To Vote For the New M&M Color!

It is now time to go and vote for the new M&M color. The choices are purple, pink, and aqua. I voted for the purple since it's one of my favorite colors and it just goes better with the existing mix. The aqua one just looks funky to me. While you're there visit Colorworks and mix and match your own bag of colors. Kind of fun (if you're a geek like me)!

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Thursday, March 7, 2002

Accomplishment of the Day...

I went through last night and put all of my entries into categories. Today I figured out how to edit my MT index template and add a category link to each entry. Yeah, me! :-) Anyway, I'm not sure if I like the category titles, so if anyone has any suggestions, please speak up!

Update: I also figured out what was wrong with the new category archives and now they are using the style sheet like they're supposed to. Isn't it a nice feeling when you fix something on your blog?

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CuteFTP Problem

I've been using CuteFTP to upload files and to make edits to the code. A few days ago, for whatever reason, the thing has slowed to a crawl whenever I do anything in it. It takes forever to refresh a window, open something up in the editor, upload a file, absolutely anything. Has anyone else had a problem with it or messed with the settings and know what the issue might be? It's driving me crazy! Thanks!

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Big Brother is Watching You (Or At Least is Trying To)

I found another petition that just may interest you. It's to oppose the SSSCA (government policeware on your PC) Petition. The proposed "Security Systems Standards and Certification Act" (SSSCA) would force all new consumer electronics devices and personal computers to have government-mandated "policeware" built-in. Can anyone say Big Brother? Anyway, go take a second and sign.

(Link courtesy of Lyndsay)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002

A Reason to Read

Stories like this are the reason that I love Michele's blog and read her daily.

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50 Greatest Movie Moments

I found the 50 Greatest Movie Moments from TV Guide today and it was so wonderful to find movies on here that I hadn't seen in a while. Some of them, like Singin' in the Rain, bring tears to my eyes just thinking about them. I think the D-Day scene from Saving Private Ryan was an excellent choice for number one. I had no idea what D-Day was really like and watching it with Steven and him explaining to me why it had to be that beach and how, despite the grim loss of life, it was an amazing victory for the Allies really brought home what WWII must have been like. Great list.

(Link courtesy of Sparrow)

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I AM Elizabeth Bathory!

This test was just too good to pass up:

Which Evil Criminal are You?

Hailing from sunny Transylvania, your first blood-related incident was when you stabbed a servant girl in the face with a pair of scissors for underperforming. Some of the red spray landed on your hands, and as you washed it off, you noticed that it left your skin fresh and young looking. From then on you were convinced that the blood of young girls was the secret to eternal youth.

Rather than killing girls outright by stabbing them or slitting their throats, you enjoy torturing them for weeks on end by pricking them with needles or prodding with sharp spikes - all to bathe in their blood. You've killed over six hundred women, all without raising a peep from the authorities.

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Stone Circles

When I was fifteen, I went with my aunt Susan and my uncle Michael to the United Kingdom. My aunt's brother was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and they offered to let us stay with them at RAF Bicester. While in the UK we saw all kinds of things - Loch Ness, the natural baths in Bath, Westminster Abbey, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Oxford, and lots of stone circles. My uncle sent me this link - Stone Pages - A guide to European megaliths - and it was great to go and see pictures again of these wonderful places. Of the ones listed, we saw Avebury, Long Meg and Her Daughters, The Rollright Stones, Stanton Drew, Stonehenge, and The King Stone. The one I have the fondest memory of visiting is Long Meg and Her Daughters. The stones are situated on top of a bluff overlooking a valley near an air force base. When we were visiting the stones, the RAF were doing maneuvers in the valley and it was just so cool to watch the planes so up close. It was an amazing overlap of the ancient and the modern. I need to find all of the pictures I took and scan some of them in. I loved every minute of that trip.

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What Did She Say?

Steven and I watched the season premiere of Six Feet Under last night. Unfortunately, we got the pixelation you sometimes get with digital cable and I missed what Rico's cousin said to him at the funeral home. They were arguing about her picking up the $600 that was left on the tab of the funeral and she said to him, "I just gave your wife $500 for d...." She gave her $500 for what? Diapers (my first guess)? Drugs (my second guess)? Donkeys (just making things up at this point)? Did anyone see it? Can you please tell me what she said? Thanks!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002


Kristine had suggested FontLister when I was looking for a font preview program a couple of weeks ago. I installed it on the dinosaur of a machine I have at work and it promptly killed it when I tried to get it to preview 600 fonts. I finally got around to installing it at home and all I can say is, "Wow! This program rocks!" Not only can you view fonts that you have installed, but you can also browse folders where you have other fonts stored to see what they look like in preview mode. That saves you from having to have all 1000+ fonts that you have installed at all times. It's $5 shareware, so I'm sure I'll be coughing that $5 up soon. If you're looking for something to help you manage your fonts, give it a go. I'm sure you'll like it.

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It's a Group Thing: Part I

A few years ago I bought a great book - An Exaltation of Larks : The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton. It's basically a big list of over a thousand terms for groups of things. Now, we all know a bunch of lions is a pride and some of us may even know a murder of crows, but would you know a goring of butchers? What I would like to do is put up a term, maybe a couple of times a week, maybe just once a week. I found the book just fascinating and wanted to share it with you. Without further adieu, here is today's term:

An Ostentation of Peacocks

Very fitting, wouldn't you say?

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Google - Holiday Style!

Here's a great article on Dennis Hwang, Google's "art department," and how he decorates the Google logo for holidays. I remember the first time I noticed the decorated Google logo: it was Bastille Day about two years ago and ever since I love checking Google out and being surprised by a new logo. Here is a list of several of their decorated logos.

(Link courtesy of Kristine)

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Usability - We Don't Need No Stinking Usability!

‹rant›I have a Tyfolio on that allows me to keep a database of what Beanie Babies I have (I've got over 260. I'm sick; what can I say?). When I registered almost a year ago, somehow I must not have clicked on the "I'm over 18" link that was included in the registration e-mail so my registration has never been completed. I wanted to send someone a link to my Tyfolio, but since I'm not fully registered, I can't. I e-mailed Ty to let them know that I'm having problems with this and can't find a place on their site to update my registration info. I get an e-mail back saying it's in the e-mail they originally sent, go click there. I e-mail them back explaining that I no longer have a copy of the e-mail, could they please send me another. They e-mail me back to say that the e-mails are automatically generated and they can't do that. I can re-register, though, if I like. I politely explain to them that re-registering would mean entering my extensive collection again, and they basically say, "Tough shit." How annoying that they didn't plan this out better from a usability stand-point. I work at a web development company, so this is something that someone should have noticed. It just bugs me that I can't just have my registration changed. Grrrr!‹/rant›

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Train or boat?
  • This is kind of a tough one. I rode in tons of trains when I stayed in England with my aunt and uncle for six weeks and completely loved their train system. On the other hand, I love water. I guess I would have to say boat, if I had to pick.

  • Lake or ocean?
  • Definitely the ocean. I love the beach and I love watching the surf.

  • Thoughtful or perceptive?
  • Probably a little of both, but I would have to pick perceptive. In school I was always the person who knew how people felt about things and people without ever having to be told.

  • Observant or participative?
  • It depends on the situation. If it's something I enjoy or want to try out, definitely participative. If it's something I'm ambivalent about, I'd rather watch others and see what they do. I like to people watch.

  • Line or curve?
  • Curve. They look so much nicer.

  • Capitalize or lowercase?
  • Incorrect grammar drives me absolutely crazy, so I only capitalize words that are supposed to be capitalized. I even use correct capitalization in my IMs. I know. I'm a dork.

  • Giraffe or zebra?
  • Giraffes are so funny looking, especially when they run, so giraffes.

  • Shiny or matte?
  • Depends, but probably matte.

  • Oil or vinegar?
  • Oil. Especially with bread. :-)

  • Sand or clay?
  • Definitely sand. I love to play in the sand. When I was a senior in high school I was an art aide (read "slave to the art teachers") and I used to love to go hide in the supply closet and play in the bucket of sand they have. I love just touching it.

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Monday, March 4, 2002

Birthday Counter?

Does anyone have a good, easy-to-use birthday counter that I can stick on my page? Thanks!

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My Rating (No One Under Seventeen Allowed to Read This)


You are restricted. Well done, you're now
practically adult in nature, and plus, you
get to see nudity - have fun.

"Which Movie Classification Are You?"
Test created by Jamie - take it here.

Well, since I cuss like a sailor, it's only fitting that I get this rate (though I think I was *this* close to being banned).

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Become a WaveMaker

Here's another good link to let you voice your opinions to policy makers. This one is Oceans at - The Campaign to End Destructive Fishing. Please take a minute to go sign their petitions.

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Back to the Land of the Living

Here's a little update on how the doctor's visit was:

I was a little nervous this morning once I got there, but not too anxious. They started the IV and wheeled me into the room and the whole time I'm thinking, "Shouldn't I be feeling drowsy by now? Why the hell isn't the medicine working?" They sprayed some stuff in my mouth that puts your mouth completely to sleep and tastes awful and then made me bite down on this plastic ring. It had a hole in the middle, so I guess it was to help guide the scope. I'm really starting to get anxious at this point because they're bringing equipment in, turning the monitors on that show what the camera is seeing, etc. My motto when it comes to medical procedures that are being done on me is, "Ignorance is bliss." I don't want to know a damn thing that you're getting ready to do to me. The nice nurse then comes in and says the magic words, "We're going to start your medicine now. This should make you sleepy. It will sting a bit." The last thing I remember is thinking, "That does hurt. Ow ow ow o...." and then I woke up as they were wheeling me out. Ah, the miracle of modern medicine!

I got home around 11:00 and did a few things like checking e-mail and making sure there were no work emergencies that needed to be handled and I went to sleep. I slept almost four hours, but I still feel a little tired. I'm developing a headache, too, which totally sucks. Anyone know if you can take Excedrin after an endoscopy?

They did find some minor gastritis, which is basically an inflammation of the stomach. They gave me some guidelines (don't eat before you go to bed, take your medicine, etc.), but none of it wasn't anything I expected. I believe they are doing a biopsy on their findings, so we'll see if that turns anything up. I go see my GP on the 21st and they want me to schedule a follow-up with the scope doctor (I just like calling him that) next month. I guess until then it's business as usual. Thanks to everyone who wished me well. I really do appreciate it! :-)

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Monday Mission 2.9

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.9:

1. What domain names (if any) did you think up, only to find they had already been registered? Or, if you don't have a domain, what's stopping you?
The only one I tried to register and couldn't was Instead, I registered In addition to, I also have How cool is it to have your first name registered?

2. Name one of your favorite memories of dancing with someone (the person, the song, the feelings...)
When I was a freshman in high school, we had a band trip in Corpus Christi. They had a dance and I ended up dancing with Doug Ball, this cute tuba player who became out drum major the next year. He was a year ahead of me and I still remember slowing moving around the floor with him to "How Can I Fall" by Breathe. He was so cute, I was so nervous, but it was really wonderful.

3. Any elderly relatives you should be visiting, you know, before it is too late?
Well, maybe my grandfather on my mother's side, but he's in good health, so it's not a dire thing.

4. What is your Instant Messaging program of choice?
Trillian, but they've had such a hard time lately keeping AOL on, that it's become a real pain in the ass.

5. How many names are on your Buddy list? Care to share your username?
When I first started getting into the Net, my ICQ list had over 400 people on it. Now I only use AOL to talk to my brother and one or two friends very rarely and MSN for work. I just don't use it anymore.

6. What is the longest you've had to hold it before you could get to a bathroom? What's the story there?
We were leaving a friend's house in Atascocita and were going to a club located near 290 and the Beltway which was maybe about an hour's drive, give or take. I kind of had to pee when we left, but by the time we were getting near the club, I thought I was going to die. We parked, I ran in, and made it. Whew!

7. Describe the prefect date night.
The perfect date night would be raspberry piña coladas followed up by a lovely dinner somewhere (probably seafood, but maybe some place really nice like The Old San Francisco Steak House), and then hot sex. :-)

BONUS: Who's Bad?
Because I'm bad, I'm bad - come on. You know I'm bad, I'm bad - come on, you know. And the whole world has to answer right now just to tell you once again who's bad.

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Sunday, March 3, 2002

You Want To Stick That Where?

The doctor's office called today and confirmed my endoscopy procedure (basically they stick a scope with a camera in it down my throat) for tomorrow morning. I have to be there by 8:15. The procedure itself is only supposed to be about fifteen minutes or so, but I have no idea how long I will be there since they told me to "allow for a couple of hours." I'm hoping that the anesthia knocks me WAY out since I do not deal well with medical procedures. I'll probably be out for most of the day, but I may be back around in the afternoon. Wish me luck!

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Last night we went out to dinner with Steven's brother Alex at Chinese Cafe (excellent Chinese food) and afterwards decided to see a movie. We went to TheCount of Monte Cristo, and let me tell you, it was incredible. It was everything a movie should be - characters you care about, beautifully shot locations, excellent dialouge, and an amazing plot. Sadly, I have never read any Dumas (I believe I started The Three Muskateers in middle school, but I don't think I finished it), but this movie makes me want to rush out and get the book. It was one of the better movies I've seen in a long time and I highly recommend it if you're looking for something to see on a Saturday night.

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Friday, March 1, 2002

Happy Birthday!

It's Nancy's birthday today, so go visit her and wish her a good one. She's one of the blogs that I read every day. It's a great site.

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The Pepys Project

Mike has started The Pepys Project which is a list of URLs for web logs, diaries, and journals from around the world, indexed by geographical area and then country. I was the first person to be added to the Texas category. Am I cool or what?

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Friday Five!

And now it's time for today's Friday Five!

1. What's your favorite vacation spot? The only vacation spot that I visit with any regularity is Las Vegas where we stay at The Bellagio. I love it there.

2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth? When I was about twelve, my brother and I made it to the state finals in bowling (I know, I'm a dork) and it was held in Lubbock, Texas. Maybe because I was only twelve, but the place was just awful. Nothing to do, no where to go, it sucked. My answer would have to be tiny Texas towns.

3. What would be your dream vacation? Two weeks (or more!) at Atlantis, the luxury resort in the Bahamas. We saw a special on it on The Discovery Channel and that place was incredible!

4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why? I would go with my best friend Jeanna, probably to Galveston. We go there every now and again and just have the greatest time. We are absolutely identical in personality and have the best time together, no matter where we go.

5. What are your plans for this weekend? Tonight we're going to a local country and western bar with a bunch of people from our dance class. We were going to go to a club tomorrow night with a bunch of friends, but considering how bitchy I am, we'll probably just blow it off, drink raspberry piña coladas, and watch The X-Files on DVD or something equally exciting. :-) Sunday will be for catching up on shows on the Tivo and maybe working on a spring skin for the site.

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An Irritable Fish

I have been absolutely irritated by everything today - the co-workers that drink the last Coke and don't put more in the fridge, my brother and his unrealistic expectations of life, my idiot clients, and more. I'm sure part of it is hormones at work and that I have that damn endoscopy procedure Monday. I just want to kill someone or break something. Grrrrrr.

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Your Whole Life Is Leading Up To This.

In case you didn't know, the second season of Six Feet Under starts this Sunday. If you haven't seen it, HBO's been rerunning the first season and you can probably catch most of the shows before the new season starts. It is absolutely the most incredible show on television and I was thrilled when it won two Golden Globes, including best television drama. It's written by the Alan Ball, who also wrote the screenplay for American Beauty. The show itself is about a family that runs a mortuary, but that's like saying American Beauty was about an American family. I had watched the first three or four episodes without Steven when one of his co-workers raved about the show to him. He caught them in reruns with me and became instantly hooked. I was so glad he liked it. Meant I didn't have to dump him. ;-) Anyway, catch the show if you have HBO. You'll be glad you did.

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Tonight the online focus group that I participated in was about hosting and domain registration. One of the questions was, "After you did a search for the domain you wanted, what would you expect to see on the results page?" I answered that I would expect to see if the domain was available and possible variations in case it was taken. I suddenly thought back to when I registered I did the search, was told the domain was available, and presented with a list of other possible domains. Some of them were pretty standard -, - but then I get to I started cracking up. Yes, that's what I want for my web presence! I shared the story with some of the people that I worked with at the company and from that day forward, I was EZKym.

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How Fragile They Now Seem...

Dawn saw five fire trucks in front of the Sears Tower today and immediately thought, "Now what?" Today as I was coming out of the gym (it was very cloudy out), I had similiar thoughts. I looked up to see a plane coming in low overhead. As I watched the plane break through the clouds I thought to myself, "They never used to look fragile. I never would have pictured them falling from the sky." I grew up in the flight path of Intercontinental Airport in Houston, so I've seen millions of planes, but they look so different now. I wonder how long it will be before we're able to look at them like we used to. Or if that will even be possible.

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