Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

The last day of the year and I almost forgot to acknowledge it.  Thanks, Maximus, for the reminder. ;)

I'm not the type of person who makes New Year's resolutions.   I feel that if I want to improve myself, then I should just start whenever instead of waiting until January 1 and making a big deal of it.

It's weird to be at this stage of my life.   I never thought I'd be this age somehow and still feel like a kid.   I have no idea what I thought a grown up feels like but this isn't it.   2003 sounds so Jetsons-ish, and yet I still feel like me in a regular world.   Gah, I think I'm making no sense here, so I'll stop. :)

I did have a fantastically crazy dream last night.  Wanna hear it?  hehe, like you have a choice, just please promise not to lock me up without my Internet and a picture window. :)

I ended up in some urban gangsta' hideout (which they were getting ready to show with a real estate agent so they were tidying a bit) and the backyard was a nice wooded lot.   Anyway, upon leaving, I passed the obligatory crackho' who asked if I had an extra credit card.  I walked into some motel-esque type of place (with wet paint) where I was hoping I could call a cab.  Somehow I ended up having to cook!!!!  With this large elaborate apron-looking pancake batter distributor with grid-like holes in the bottom.  Wtf?  And the batter had sliced carrots in it.  Ewwww!   Then this really LARGE drunk woman takes her top off and presses her boobs up against the window from the outside.  This whole time, I was traveling on business and got separated from my party cuz I hopped on a Disneyworld tram and it wrecked.  Anyway, I tried calling my associates to see where they were and they were all mellow on merlot so I couldn’t get an intelligible response from them. 

There are so many places to say WTF in that I had to stop because I truly will start to think I am crazy. :)  On that note, I look forward to a zany new year.  I hope you have one as well. :)   Because to do otherwise is just plain boring. ;)

Monday, December 30, 2002

Monday, December 30, 2002

Finally, Pfizer releases this medication that I tested over 4 years ago.  The eletriptan works very similar to Imitrex.  It's nice to have choices.   :)

Sunday, December 29, 2002

Sunday, December 29, 2002

I can't believe the Dolphins lost.  :(  On the bright side, what was up with all those gratuitous ass shots on TV?  The camera operator was either a woman or a gay man.  Very easy on the eyes (they found the good ones) but very odd.

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Gah!  I hate computers! 

Between my new Ethernet modem (fucking BellSouth) and our damn video card (fucking NVIDIA), I got all stressed out today.  And then, after getting hit on by a CompUSA employee (or two) and given a sourpuss from the lady at checkout cuz she didn't like my signature on my credit card (that Cranky Carol), I went in search of chicken soup at Wolfie's for my Galahad.  And it was gone!

/sob

Omfg, no more Wolfie's! 

/takes a moment of silence

Now where was I going to find good chicken soup for my health-challenged Galahad?  I was right near the largest retirement community, so I was sure there would be another deli nearby.  After listening to one woman give me the most randomly vague directions for 15 minutes to Chez Michael (wtf?), I drove off in search of the Holy Grail of Chicken Soup.  I found a deli/diner combo and thought maybe this would do.  The owner was an ass who obviously doesn't want my repeat business.  Apparently they don't like to do take-out that isn't specifically on the menu.  I could buy a cup of soup but not a quart.  Wtf?

Anyway, my new video card works magnificently.  The chicken soup was good according to Galahad.  And the crossover cable was a success to get my hub to see my new modem.  Well, sort of....  It sees it now, but I still can't connect.  Damn BellSouth!

Friday, December 27, 2002

Friday, December 27, 2002

SHAMELESS PLUG FOLLOWING:

My good friend has been asking (well, more like hinting) for mention on this page for weeks.  Somehow, I never know how to work him into this, so this will have to suffice as his honorable mention.  (He is extremely honorable, btw.  ;))   Hmmm, what else can I say about him?  He is one of the best people I know and so fucking funny.  [Gah, I feel like I'm writing a speech for school about a dead president.] 

My life is definitely the richer for having met him.  He is so sweet; he puts up with my moodiness and lets me know when it gets to be too much.  hehe   ;)    He cheers me up when I am down.  He listens to me rant when I feel the need.  All in all, he's just amazing.  :)  Merry Christmas, Maximus (we all know how much I love my codenames)!  I hope this makes you smile a smidgen as much as you make me smile.  =)

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Pain!

Omfg, my head hurts.  The weather has changed every day for the last 4 days.  Fronts blowing in left & right.  Hot one day, humid the next, dry, then cold.  Gah!  Mother Nature is having some serious mood swings.  Poor old gal.  I feel her pain.  :(

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Every year I try to have low expectations because I think Christmas with my Galahad just can't get any better, and I don't wanna be disappointed.  And then, every year it just dazzles me with how great it is and I wonder that I ever could have doubted it.  Our first Christmas was truly magical in NYC with carriage rides through Central Park and tours of the tree at Rockefeller Center.  Hehe, of course I was freezing, so we had to stay indoors a lot.  ;)  Anyway, I digress....

This morning I tried not to wake him up too early since we stayed up very late last night, plus he's still sick.  By 11 am, I couldn't stand it any longer, so I woke him up and asked him if he still needed to sleep.  :)  He decided he could get up finally.

He brought in a ton of presents from the garage (who knew he hid them there?) and put them under the tree.  I know this is gonna sound corny, but it's the truth.  I really have everything I need or want, so there's not too much he could get me.  He managed to pick the best gifts though.  Here comes the corniness.  Brace yourselves.

I had given him his first present, the Scotch I had just happened to find on Monday.  It's one that came highly recommended although we had never heard of it -- Lagavulin.  Anyway, I convinced him to break open the bottle for medicinal purposes since his throat was sore.  Omg he fell in love with it.  Maybe it was the delirium talking or maybe it's that good.  Hahaha, he used all those words that they write on the back of the bottle --- peaty and such.

Anyway, he got all toasty happy and handed me a present.  It was the film that we took waaaaaay back in March that he finally got developed.  We sat there, snuggled on the couch, looking at photos and reminiscing.  :)  My next present from him was Vanilla body soufflé.  Omfg!  I am in heaven.  Sitting there with him, scented with my new vanilla soufflé and remembering our fun & silly times was ... hmmm, actually indescribable.  I can't even explain the feeling.  I just knew I didn't want it to stop.  I am so grateful for another precious year with my lovely Galahad.  He got me a bunch of other stuff, but nothing topped that, even the DVD player.

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

My Galahad is crazy with delirium.  That's the only logical reason I can understand to make someone go to the mall today.  He left one present to the last minute since he's been sick all weekend.  Actually, he may have left mine to the last minute, too.  We always tell each other not to go crazy with presents because we truly have everything we need.  And we both hate having too much stuff.

However, it's extremely difficult not to buy the love of my life absolutely everything under the sun.   :)   Just yesterday while meeting my brother for lunch, I happened to walk by a liquor store and ended up with another present for my honey.

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Hahaha, omg!  I am such a bad care-taker (care-giver?).  My poor Galahad is feeling a trifle under the weather.  So, I decide I can take care of him for once.  Meanwhile, he bought all this food, so all I have to do is heat it up.  Shouldn't be that hard, right?

Yesterday afternoon he asks me to cook the pizza he bought.  It’s a HUGE fucking pizza, and it is supposed to go directly on the rack.  Anyway, I don’t have a tray big enough for it so it has to go directly on the rack.  I put it in just fine.  It was the taking it out that was a problem.  It spilled all down the back  --- cheese & toppings fell everywhere!  Yuck!   :(   So, I closed the oven, and said I’ll clean it later when it cools down.

And I promptly forgot all about it until we were ready for bed.  So, at 1 am, I take a look.  I get the brilliant idea of the self-cleaning feature and decide to try it.  I have no idea how it works, so of course I start it.  At 2AM, I’m starting to panic ‘cuz I wanna go to sleep but I’m scared I’m going to burn the house down with the fucking oven.  [Btw, I have a childhood trauma that involves setting our kitchen on fire at age 9 or so.  No I wasn't hurt physically only emotionally.  The kitchen wasn't as lucky.]   

I managed to stop (I think but I'm not sure 'cuz I have no idea how it actually works) the cleaning feature at 1:30 or so, but it’s still very hot.  Plus, the whole house smells toxic.  Galahad is like wtf?  I start opening windows (even though it’s so cold) because several people have died here lately from carbon monoxide poisoning.  No idea if I can get that from an oven, but at 2:30AM I’m delirious and not taking chances. 

So, we went to sleep with the windows open wide and the ceiling fan on, huddled under our down comforter. 

Come see me when you don't feel well.  At least I'll take your mind off of it.  :)

Friday, December 20, 2002

Friday, December 20, 2002

I love rain-x!  I just now re-applied it to my car.   I was driving in the rain yesterday and got so annoyed at how bad my visibility was.  Now, I can't wait to drive in the rain again.  ;)

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Wow, two more friends emailed me today asking after me.  I feel so special.  :)  Thanks to all my friends for cheering me up and reminding me to be happy again.  It means a lot to me.  Okay, I think I'm all done feeling sorry for myself.  hehe, thank goodness, right?

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

I heard from an old friend this afternoon.   Laugh, I guess I'd better not call him old. ;-)   Anyway, it was a welcome surprise as I had a hard day today.   Actually, it wasn't that bad work-wise, it was just hard to be me today. :(  Dunno if that makes any sense whatsoever to some of you.  I even wore my bright red shirt today to cheer me up.  It helped a little as silly as that sounds.

Dunno wtf is wrong with me.  The holidays never bum me out like this, and I refuse to believe it could be hormonal 2 weeks in a row.  hehe.  Last year wasn't a fun Christmas 'cuz of the whole 9-11 fog hanging over my mood.   I was really looking forward to this season because I feel like I haven't had Christmas in 2 years.  I hate when I'm bummed for no apparent reason.   Hahaha, maybe it's the cold weather?  Maybe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder?  Can one get that in South Florida?

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

I can't believe how cold it is here. hehe, 60°F is cold for me. ;p  Last night, Galahad lit a fire for me.   I sat about 10 inches from it drinking my hot cocoa.  Today, I have my pumpkin candle lit in my office, and I'm wrapping my hands around it to keep warm.   I think I got a sunburn on my face from the fireplace last night.   Laugh, I have no idea what that's called, but my face was all pink this morning.

I know I could put the heat on, but doesn't that seem silly in south Florida?

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Saturday, December 14, 2002

We had four parties to go to tonight, so we respectfully declined two of them and juggled the other two.  The first one was at Galahad's karate school, where Jeff Speakman was there to present his view of Kenpo.

Then we rushed off to my father's house to view the Boat Parade.  This is a parade of holiday-decorated (mainly with lights) boats & yachts that parade up & down the Intracoastal Waterway.  It was a nice party with a mixture of odd (but amusing) people.

I wanted to go to the other two parties, but we were stressed enough as it was coordinating just those two. 

Friday, December 13, 2002

Friday, December 13, 2002

My brother from the Bay area flew in a day early for his cruise so he could visit with my other brother and me.   I hadn't seen him in 2.5 years, so it was really nice to visit with him all day.  He took us to lunch at Creolina's, which is a New Orleans-style restaurant.  I had a delectable crayfish bisque.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Thursday, December 12, 2002

This morning I met with my manager, who flew down from NY to meet with me.  Of course, he stayed in a hotel at the beach.  I hadn't been to the beach in weeks.  It was so beautiful to see the ocean gently lapping against the sun-warmed beach.  And then we ate lunch in some local divey place where I had conch fritters.   Mmmmm.  :)

Then, I worked so late to get everything lined up for me to take tomorrow off.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

I had to drive to Miami today to see a client.  It wasn't horrible traffic-wise, but I am so glad I don't live there anymore.  The benefit of the long drive is that I was able to catch up on most of my phone calls that I haven't been returning.  

Hehe, aren't you glad you don't live in Miami?  I wasn't the only idiot driving like a maniac in the rain while talking on my cell-phone.  Laugh, I do wear the earpiece though, so both hands are upon the wheel as I cut people off and speed through narrow to non-existent holes in traffic whilst weaving to get the best possible position.  ;p

Monday, December 9, 2002

Monday, December 9, 2002

I bought more stuff to fuck up my hair with.  ;)  I just found some shampoo that supposedly adds or enhances the blonde highlights in one's hair.  Usually those seem like propaganda, but it was on sale for very little, so I splurged.  Anyway, it really worked!  Surprise, surprise!  I have lovely golden highlights in my hair now. 

And my darling Galahad noticed.  Gah, he is the best.

/swoon

Sunday, December 8, 2002

Sunday, December 8, 2002

Galahad & I went to see Harry Potter today.  It was really good, and I didn't get a migraine!   Yay!!!  I did however take one Excedrin immediately before and one as we were driving home.  Maybe I can start going to the movies again!  Yay!  Hehe, I almost ripped Galahad's arm out of his socket at the scary parts.  Laugh, I know it's a kiddie movie and I did read the book so I knew what was coming, but it was still scary.  :)

Sunday, December 8, 2002

Galahad & I went to see Harry Potter today.  It was really good, and I didn't get a migraine!   Yay!!!  I did however take one Excedrin immediately before and one as we were driving home.  Maybe I can start going to the movies again!  Yay!  Hehe, I almost ripped Galahad's arm out of his socket at the scary parts.  Laugh, I know it's a kiddie movie and I did read the book so I knew what was coming, but it was still scary.  :)

Friday, December 6, 2002

Friday, December 6, 2002

Yay, it's Friday!  Except somehow I'm not that happy.  Dunno why but I got hit by the blues last night.  I was laughing at how ridiculous it was while I was crying trying to explain to Galahad what was wrong.  Poor guy --- he lives with a crazy woman.  ;)  

Send me an email to cheer me up please.

Thursday, December 5, 2002

Thursday, December 5, 2002

What a busy day, even with a majority of my territory being snowed in.  It's true that everyone works harder from home.  I can't believe how slammed I was all of a sudden.  I was on the phone so much that my ear hurt from the headset.  :(

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

I went to the ITEC show in Ft Lauderdale.  Omg, why do so many men have bad breath? 

I had to go through a police security check to get into the Convention Center Parking garage.  I'm thinking this is because it shares with Port Everglades, where all the cruise ships leave from.  Of course that got me all paranoid because of that cruise ship virus.  I was trying to hold my breath the whole time.   :p

I met one man there who told me he could smell when cockroaches had been near him.  Wonder what my special powers are.

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

I love when I first wash my hair and it's hanging down my back, still damp.  It feels like a long silky cape.

Monday, December 2, 2002

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Galahad has completely jumped into the holiday spirit and has decorated the house with lights upon lights.  He has lost his mind and thinks we need more.  Our front yard looks gorgeous with the trees all lit up.

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Sigh...I guess I'm posting everything a day behind.  Oh well, deal with it.  ;)

[Btw, yes I still have this migraine but it's not one of the worst ever, so I am still grateful for that.  Hahaha, whatever I have to tell myself to get through my day.]

Yesterday, Galahad & I braved the stores to go present shopping for my multitude of nieces & my nephew.  Omg, the insanity!  Okay actually, it wasn't really crowded at all, I just hate shopping that much.  I think I was physically ill by the time we were walking out to the car.  Now, I just need to shop for my Galahad and I think I am done.  I may even [gasp] brave the mall alone because I love him so much.  =D

Friday, November 29, 2002

Friday, November 29, 2002

I had the most interesting Thanksgiving ever I think yesterday.  We went to Galahad's family for dinner.  His mom had invited two Czech couples to join us so they could see a traditional American Thanksgiving.  laugh.  Us?  Traditional?

Anyway, their English was only slightly better than my Czech.  Yeah, exactly.  Thank goodness I was medicated.  Language barriers and shyness do not make a comfortable combo for me.  Galahad was busy in the kitchen with his mom (one of the few times I wish I knew what I was doing so I could go help, too.)  So, I was the lucky one who got to entertain.  Hahahahaha.

The food was fabulous and they were really nice, but I was very happy to leave after a few hours.

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful that Imitrex comes in injectable form so I can reduce my migrainous pain in exactly 10 minutes after first stabbing myself with a needle.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

 OMFG, I can't believe I got a migraine just as I start a lovely 4 day weekend.  :(

Monday, November 25, 2002

Monday, November 25, 2002

I can tell that this is going to be a slow work week.  No one is returning phone calls or initiating them for that matter.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

Sunday, November 24, 2002

I can't believe I got sick yesterday.  :(

Well, I suppose that's not 100% accurate.  I started to get sick, but then my killer immune system bucked up and kicked some ass on those bad germs and got them the fuck out of my system.  :) Yay!!!  I never get sick, so this must have been one hell of a bug going around.  I had body aches & chills on & off all day, and I didn't have my normal hunger motivation.  Hehe, that's the biggest clue that I'm not quite feeling good.

I spent most of yesterday catching up on book 4 of Harry Potter, moving from the couch to the bed and back to the couch again.  I knew I was starting to get a bit better when I could come back to the Internet and read email.  ;)

Anyway, I'm fine today.  Thanks for being concerned.  hehe

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Omfg,  I fucked up my toe so bad this morning.  Owie owie owie!!!!   I accidentally ran over it with the casters on the bottom of my heavy office chair.  It swiveled around and ran right over my toes, slicing open the big one.  :(  I immediately put ice on it to keep it from swelling and because it hurt like a motha'!

The rest of my day stayed about on the same keel.  I ended up working on customer issues until 7:30 PM or so.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Galahad & I went out to dinner with my father and his wife.  We let them pick the restaurant because we really ever only go to our fave sushi restaurant or our fave tequila bar (for the Mexican food  ;) ).

They picked some gay-trendy Thai restaurant/sushi combo, Galanga.  I don't really understand combining two different cultures, so I stuck with the Thai food since the employees were Thai.  The food was fabulous yet pricey.  Plus it was raining and somehow everyone forgets how to drive in the rain, so it took us almost 45 minutes to get there.  That's way too far for me when I need to eat.  I was getting cranky on the car ride.  Thank goodness Galahad was driving and distracting me with witty repartee. 

And, of course, wouldn't you know that I was the last one to get my food?  I ordered an appetizer as my main course, so I'm thinking it potentially should have been ready first.  Sigh. 

Our waitress was very sweet and got my water-no-ice order perfectly.  You'd be amazed at how many people screw that up.  Dessert was very tasty, too.  Some custard stuffed in a real mini-pumpkin.  Delicious yet not too sweet.

All in all, I guess I would go back, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there again.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Off to the office today.

Omg, I think I passed every single state trooper and local police officer on duty & off on the way in. My radar detector was singing like a banshee.   I had to drive 60 mph the whole way and come to full & complete stops at every stop sign.   Poor me :(

It turns out they closed a stretch of road here as a dry run for when they need to close it again to film a movie.   What movie you ask?  Well, none other than the literary giant, "The Fast & the Furious 2." Did we need a second one?   Okay, maybe that's too judgmental especially since I never saw the first one, so how would I know how great it might be.

After work, I stopped by the mall (Ughhhh!!) to get ideas for Galahad's Christmas presents.  And perhaps to look at new boots for me.  ;)   I had to leave one of my favorite stores because the saleswomen really pissed me off.  They stood about 5 feet away from me and jabbered in Spanish, never once inquiring if I needed help, saying hello, or even making eye contact.  I decided that there was no way in hell that Nine West was getting my business right then.

How come no one makes narrow shoes anymore?   I have thin feet and ankles, and all the boots I tried on were made for big fat American feet & ankles.  I can compensate a bit for the feet part by using inserts, but how do I make my ankles fatter?  And why would I want to just so that my boot fits?  Bastards!  Making me feel inadequate with my thin ankles!  C'mon say it with me... Fuckers!

So, back to my dilemma of what to get Galahad for Christmas.  He has more than enough clothes and actually groaned last time I gave him a new shirt even though he liked it.  He has everything (and then some) I think he needs/wants for the kitchen.  He hates cutesy shit around the house, as do I.   I just bought him incredibly good tequila & scotch for his birthday, so he's all set for a few.   Please, if you have any ideas, let me know.

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Yay the weekend!  Hehe, somehow I am wiped out from my 4 days back at work.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Thursday, November 14, 2002

I got sad today at the chiropractor, feeling sorry for myself as usual.  I cried almost the whole way home, even though I gave myself a stern lecture that really I have a great life.  I believed myself, yet I still kept crying.

Until...

I pulled up next to another car at a light and saw a young woman having an emotional fight with her boyfriend.  Poor thing!  :(  She was so worked up, fiddling with hair (sure sign of distress).  And that bastard was just sitting there in the passenger seat not saying a word.  Hehe, look how I already took her side.  Anyway, that persuaded me more than my stern lectures on how fabulous my life is.  I can face anything with Galahad by my side!   My life is grand ;)

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

 I flew to Tampa today and somehow I'm still in the Disney spirit.  During takeoff, I almost let loose with a Woooooo!!!!!  It was all I could do to suppress it.  :)  And I had that same urge again when we landed as Southwest is famous for their quick dives.  I felt like I was back on a ride and I should show my appreciation.  lol.  = )

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Two glorious days of relaxing with friends.  The wife of the friend flew down and joined us for the weekend.

Friday, November 8, 2002

Friday, November 8, 2002

Time to go home, but Galahad & his friend are insistent that we must go to MGM and ride the roller coaster before we leave.  I was extremely glad that Galahad's friend was with him, so I could opt out of this ride.  I got all dizzy and could barely walk after Space Mountain.  lol.  I just don't enjoy inducing vertigo anymore. 

The theme of the past few days is "What day are you on?"  It was amazing to see people get that Disney glaze in their eyes after being saturated by fun for several days.  That, and the pin trading phenomenon was just incredibly goofy.  People really lose their minds here.  I eavesdropped on 2 couples who had a whole agenda planned out for their 7 days of fun.  I got tense just listening.  And then there are the parents who insist that their kids have fun only in prescribed ways.  God forbid they have fun with the non-structured events.  I actually heard parents use the line, "I paid a lot of money for this, and you're going to have fun!"

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Epcot!  Yay, we were there during the Food & Wine Festival!  I love this event because I get to sample a wendy-sized meal from every country without getting full.  :)
 

Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Animal Kingdom was the plan for today, whenever we woke up.   People are crazy and force strict schedules on their vacations.   I do not understand how that is fun.  We especially had fun on the Kali River Rapids, which we rode three times in a row.  :)  We all got wet, if not soaked.  That was great until the temperatures dropped significantly.   Then, it became downright cold.  Hehe, okay, it was only 70°F, but it felt frigid.

Dinner at Wolfgang Puck's at Downtown Disney. Yes, I'm predictable and got my usual pumpkin ravioli. Omg, it's so good!

Afterwards, we wandered around a bit through the shops and stumbled across the seedy underground side of Disney --- Pin Trading.  These people are phreaks!!!  One man had a wheeled suitcase to hold his collection of pins.  Most of the others just had bags full.  The pins are cute, but damn these people get carried away.  We watched one mother buy her son $312 worth of pins.   Pins sell for an average of $8 but can go much higher.   And, of course, there is a huge eBay presence for them.

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

We met up with a good friend of Galahad's and went to Disney's Magic Kingdom.  We had a blast even in the driving rain.

Monday, November 4, 2002

Monday, November 4, 2002

3 years ago today my mother died.  Somehow I forgot for a whole day in the hustle & bustle of planning a vacation with Galahad.  Dunno if that's good or bad.

Saturday, November 2, 2002

Saturday, November 2, 2002

Galahad & I went to see Creed tonight.  He wasn't all that thrilled with going but humored me.  We helped Alex to set up beforehand.  She was playing on the VIP stage.  We didn't stay for Creed's whole show.  I like them, but I suppose I'm not their biggest fan.  ;)  Plus, it started getting cold & late. 

I was wearing my WTF?  t-shirt.  Boy, did I feel like a geek.  I thought everyone could figure it out, but I guess it really is a geek expression.  I was really embarrassed when a police officer stopped me to ask what it means.  I was pretty much speechless, so I just smiled a lot.  Haha, I'm sure he thought I was a ditz.

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Omfg, it's hard to be a good citizen and vote.   Last night Galahad & I spent over 2 hours doing our due diligence --- researching and deciding how to vote on all the state & county amendments.   [This was after I spent a couple hours researching the candidates.]  Can you believe we even have a state amendment protecting the rights of a pregnant pig?  And of course, it's not that simple.  There are all these behind-the-scenes machinations & maneuverings.   That particular one is there to keep Big Hog out of Florida.  Do I want Big Hog out of Florida?  Would Big Hog be better or worse than the Big Sugar Barons?

I kept thinking last night that those amendments were painful for me to read and decipher.  Average Annie is really going to have a tough time with them.  We finally came to the conclusion that we were going to get fucked whether we voted yes or no to most of them.  And, I have absolutely no confidence that anyone else is as anal as I am about researching and forming opinions.  I know for sure that Galahad would have left most of them blank if I hadn't asked him to help me.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Damn, I got nailed again by a migraine last night!   :(   Laugh, that sounds like one just happened to fall out of the sky on me, but that's exactly what it felt like.

Saturday, October 26, 2002

Saturday, October 26, 2002

We were off to a baby shower this afternoon.  Neither of us were looking forward to it even though we both really like the father of the baby.  Baby showers are just suffering if one isn't into kids.

Anyway, we rush over there (only 20 minutes late, not too bad) to find out that it's being held in a gated trailer park.  Wtf?   Is there such a thing?   Omfg, this was the nicest trailer community I've ever seen --- new Cadillacs in driveways, brick foundations, wooden decks overlooking a lake in the back, perfectly landscaped & manicured lawns.  Who knew?

When we got there, we found out it had been cancelled at the last minute because the mother had given birth a few days before.  So, it all worked out. :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Bummer.  I got hit by a ferocious migraine last night.    :(  So, I made a quick emergency visit to my chiropractor today.  It turns out I'm still all fucked up from the Snail Incident, which isn't helping my migraine state of affairs.  My miracle-performing friend snapped & crackled me and made me all better --- well as good as he can do given what he has to work with.

I'm able to put on my snail sneakers now without cringing much.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

I braved the big bad world again, armed (or footed) with my new snail-liver-residued sneakers again.  And, I am happy to report, I survived!  :)

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Saturday, October 19, 2002

I still can't bring myself to touch my new sneakers.  I keep walking by them and giving them a suspicious eye.  Gah, I'm crazy!

I'm fighting a migraine this weekend --- woke up with it yesterday morning.  :(  Laugh, okay no more bitching from me on that.  I am damn grateful that they have tapered off so much with my new diet of CoQ10.

Friday, October 18, 2002

Friday, October 18, 2002

I love my Galahad.  He truly is my knight in shining armor.  He picked up the PC yesterday after he found out I had hurt myself.  Poor guy, asks me to do something simple and I manage to fuck it all up into a big ordeal.  I started to tell him about my day and burst into tears when he asked my why I hadn't cleaned my sneakers yet. 

So, he looked at me bewildered and did what he could to help me.  The lovely man cleaned my sneakers!  Being a scientifically-minded guy, he analyzed the remains of course.  He kept asking me, "Are you sure it was a snail?  It looks much bigger."  I kept saying, "It was fucking huge, and that's why I was so upset."  Then he said he thought he saw a liver.  Ewwwwww!  He thinks it was some other creature who threw itself under my new sneakers.  I actually have no clue except for the crunch.   Was an icky mess by the time I saw it, and I didn't look too closely.

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Nice way to start my day...

I had to take my main PC into the shop today, so I'm already bumming about losing my DSL.   As I got dressed to leave, I decided to wear my brand spanking new sneakers so I could start breaking them in.   Seemed like a smart move to begin wearing them on short excursions.  It's not raining, so I wasn't afraid of muddying them at all.

I pop the trunk to my car before I pick up the PC to carry it out.   As I'm carrying it out, I hear a LOUD crunch under my foot and 2 seconds later, my car alarm starts going crazy.   The alarm is REALLY FUCKING LOUD, so I rush to put my PC down safely and find the alarm clicker to turn it off.   The alarm is now off (no idea why it spontaneously combusted like that), so I pick up the PC to put it in the trunk.   As I do this, I realize I twisted my back weird when rushing before and it hurts now.   Gah!!!  Sucks to be me!  I close the trunk and am ready to go.

That's when I realize what that loud crunch was.  I had stepped on a rather large snail (guess its morning sucked worse than mine).  So, now my pretty new sneakers have gunk & gook on one of them.   EWWWWWWW!  I scrape as much as I can off on the grass and the street.

I'm off to the computer store.   Yay!  I get there and am holding my PC, when the owner looks at me, says hi, and then informs me that I have something on my jeans.  Gulp.  Turns out the rest of the snail guts shot up my leg.   Nice!  Hi, I'm Wendy, and I have snail ICK all over me.  :-( 

The jeans are in the washer as I type this (on my dial-up).   I'm not brave enough to tackle my shoes yet.   And, well, the front porch is just going to have to fend for itself.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

What a gloomy rainy day, good for my orchids though.  It's dark in my usually bright office, so l lit a beautiful gingerbread-scented candle.   Mmmmmmm.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

I wonder if other people multi-task like I do.  I am a multi-tasking fool and had no idea that everyone isn't like that.  Galahad was the one who opened my eyes to this.  He is most definitely single-task oriented with supreme abilities of concentration.  Me?  I flit from thing to thing.  In fact, I can't even brush my teeth without having something else to do as well.  Usually it's yoga.  There's nothing finer than pulling a Proud Warrior pose while cleaning my teeth well.  :)

Monday, October 14, 2002

Monday, October 14, 2002

Serendipity strikes!  :)

Work was very light today because of the holiday.

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Yay!  My orchids are blooming!  I haven't had 4 bloom all at once in forever.  They are absolutely exquisite.  Three are dendrobiums and one is a cattleya.

Saturday, October 12, 2002

Saturday, October 12, 2002

mmmmmm, I love sleeping late and lazing around. 

Galahad finally took our PC in to get that loud vibrating noise fixed (probably a fan), and I'm going into DTs without my DSL.  Gah, I'm a geek.  I'm on dial-up now, but I'm about to force myself to back away from the Internet and go be productive.  Oh joy, vacuuming here I come.  ;-)

Friday, October 11, 2002

Friday, October 11, 2002

Another early morning.  I need to stop this habit fast. :)  I did wake up to a crazy dream, but alas, now I don't remember it.

I have a special talent, wherein I can wake up with plenty of time to get ready, then fuck off for exactly 10 minutes more than I can afford to, and boom, I'm 10 minutes late.  It happens every time.  I can get up 45 minutes beforehand or 90 minutes beforehand.  It really doesn't matter.

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Thursday, October 10, 2002

I can't believe how early I had to wake up today.  And, I didn't even have any good and/or crazy dreams to wake up to.  Well, I did have my Galahad to wake up to.  :)  And, he's the best dream come true ever! 

The seminar I attended went well.  It was fun to see some of my friends who I no longer work in the same office with.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Hmmm.  I was trying to explain my current hair color to a friend of mine in another state and realized that there is possibly no way I can do that.  I don't think that a photograph would help much either as it doesn't capture all of the nuances of shades in my hair.

So here goes my attempt at a description.

I have a brunette base, and although I haven't seen my true hair color all over in ten+ years, I would guess it to be a medium to dark ash brown.  (Yeah, yeah, I know, wtf does that mean?)  Okay, so start with that, then add some red, maybe a dark auburn.  Mix in for a few years.  Then add boredom, which sparks some blonde striping.  So, the striping creates some blonde and some gold, depending on how much color was there when it hit.  Wait 2 months, add a touch more boredom, and rinse with some burgundy semi-permanent color.  This was great back when hair was dark red but gets a bit excessive on the blond parts.  So, there may be one or two pink spots now. ;-)

Clear as mud, aye?

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

I surprised my Galahad today with 2 dozen long-stemmed roses.  I love him so much and just wanted to remind him.  :)

Saturday, October 5, 2002

Saturday, October 5, 2002

We went to the races today, and had a blast!  Well it was insanely hot & humid, and Galahad got pwned by fire ants, but other than that, we had a magnificent time.

Friday, October 4, 2002

Friday, October 4, 2002

Sigh.  I had to wait two hours to see my doctor this morning for 4 minutes, and that was with an appointment.  The good news is that I have no new suspicious spots!!!  Yay!!!!!  =D

Yes, today was strip-down-and-let-the-good-doctor-inspect-every-inch-of-my-hide day.  That's always an enjoyable experience, especially when the office temperature is set at about 68°F.  Laugh, I suppose it could be worse.  I could be a man and worried about shrinkage.  ;-)

But, I'm still vexed that I had to wait so long.  One woman got taken in ahead of others because she was there to get collagen injections.  Is her low self-esteem more important than my physical health?  Hehe, she probably pays in cash while my insurance pays whatever & whenever it damn well wants to.  I guess I would take her ahead of everyone, too.  ;-)

TFGIF!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2002

Thursday, October 3, 2002

This is disturbing, especially since I travel for business, and I used to like the Marriott.

 Hidden camera found in bathroom

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

October already.  How did that happen?

WARNING:  I am cranky right now and will probably (hahah no probably about it) rant.

I am sitting here buried in piles & piles of mail that has been preliminarily sorted into 2 piles, mine & Galahad's.  My pile is the smaller of the two.  His has just completely subsumed our entry table.

Mine is smaller only because I go through it more often than he does.  Laugh.  He does it only when it's forced upon him by the Wrath of Wendy needing some clutter-free space.  I can't stand clutter and the mail just makes me so crazy!  I think of all the money that companies spend on sending this trash into my house and invading my sanctum.  Then, there's the cost of my time to deal with it, wear & tear on my shredder, emptying the shredder and the subsequent vacuuming when it spills, Galahad having to lug it out to the curb (so to speak, this is Florida, we don't really have curbs) and the problem of landfill.

For a while, I was sending all the trash back in their convenient postage paid envelopes.  Sigh, I had about 3 or 4 a day going out.  That seems to take much more of my time than the shredder method, so I'm back to shredding (at least until it's time to empty it again).  Those postage paid envelopes are so small, so I had to do quite a bit of folding.  Oh, and let's not forget the time I spend washing my hands because they now feel like chalk from touching all that fucking paper.  And, I won't even go into the germ potential here.

I DON'T NEED ANY MORE CREDIT CARDS!!!!!!   LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!!!!!
I've decided to absolutely NEVER respond to any mailed offer so as not to reward them for their pestilence.

And, don't even get me started on telephone solicitations.

I feel much better now.  Back to my piles of mail.  :(

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Ouch, I started to get a doozy of a migraine.  I'm guessing it's the weather, but I'm bummed that my CoQ10 isn't a complete miracle.

Monday, September 2, 2002

Monday, September 2, 2002

I love 3 day weekends.  I especially love to just lounge around the house with no schedule or agenda, the phones off, and plenty of food to nibble on.

And, of course, I got nothing constructive accomplished.  The stack of mail is so huge, it's about to blockade the front door.  I am so sick of getting junk mail and 500 gazillion credit card offers a day.  :(

Galahad rented some great movies for us to watch, Bangkok Dangerous & Haiku Tunnel.  The first was pretty violent, and the second was hilarious for anyone who has ever worked in a corporate office structure.

Sunday, September 1, 2002

Sunday, September 1, 2002

Wow, Galahad & I had so much fun last night.  We went to a Greek restaurant for a friend's birthday.  Next thing you know, after a fabulous dinner, we were up on the tables dancing with everyone else.   :)

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Sunday, August 25, 2002

I can't believe I got a migraine last night and was pissed off.  Wow, I am so spoiled.  It's been like 3 weeks maybe since I've had one.  OMG, I love CoQ10!

Friday, August 16, 2002

Friday, August 16, 2002

I think I forgot to mention how phenomenal my hotel was.  I felt like the goddess I aspire to be for a few days.  ;-)  The rooms (or should I say suites?) are great (marble showers, Jacuzzi tubs, down pillows), but the location (besides being oceanfront) is not as great -- nothing much within walking distance.  What am I saying?  Oceanfront is really nice!  I slept with my balcony doors open, listening to the waves gently lapping at the beach all night.  And even though I had to awaken at some inhumane hour, the breathtaking sunrise helped to assuage those pains.

Time to go home and see my dashing Galahad!  He's really the only thing I need to be my Inner Goddess.      = D

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Thursday, August 15, 2002

So....  training wasn't as good as the one in Virginia 2 months ago, but it was as good as could be expected.

However, that made me all the more ready to have a beautiful dinner!  We went to South Beach to try yet another Nobu creation.  The food was exquisite, yet the ambiance was lacking.   This one is located within the Shore Club hotel.

The original in NYC still has the best ambiance out of the 3 I have been to so far.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

I have to go out of town for a few days.  Lucky me, it's only to Miami.

I had a pre-dinner meal with my manager at the infamous Rascal House.  The blintzes were fabulous, dollink!

Thursday, August 8, 2002

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

And, of course I forget that when it's bad, it can get so much fucking worse.   I had a 4 AM reminder of that.  I actually had to work half a day today.  But, the happy news is that my outlook is much more chipper today than yesterday.   Odd, aye?

I went to visit my chiropractor who played all kinds of Twister with my body that he could.  He also had his cool electronic zapper toy that he nailed me with.

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

OMFG, I forgot what migraines were somehow. Some damn storm system is playing Fred Astaire on my brain. :(

I had recently decreased my CoQ10 dosage from 4 to 3. I guess I had better stick with 4.

Friday, August 2, 2002

Friday, August 2, 2002

OMG, I am such a freak magnet.  I went to Radio Shack in my everlasting quest for phone happiness.  I needed a new battery for my cordless phone.  They don't stock the one with the proper milliampules that I need, so I had to settle for second best.  I hate that!

Anyway, the guy there decided I was a friendly ear apparently and started telling me about his lifelong crusade to SAVE THE CHILDREN.  Bah!  Quit fucking having kids that you can't take care of.  Prevention is the answer, IMNSHO.  Plus, this fellow looked like the preacher guy in Poltergeist, only maybe a bit younger.  You know the one who sings, "God is in his temple" with the freaky eyes.  Same eyes.  I couldn't wait to leave there, but of course I didn't wanna seem rude.  Wtf kinda reaction is that?  Why can't I seem rude to a stranger who really is strange?  I hate this socializing that women get that we need to be helpful and nice to everyone.  That's why we're always victims of serial killers.  So, the moral of the story is to unlearn the niceness tendencies.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Friday, July 26, 2002

Oh, goody!  Garage Guy is coming back today.  Is quality that hard to find these days?  Or, are we one of those pain in the ass customers that companies dread getting?  ;-)

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

I'm feeling better today but had been on the verge of panic the past 3 days. The CoQ10 was not working as well as it had originally, and my migraine kept coming back. Meanwhile, I knew there was a major weather front moving through, so I'm sure that's what triggered it. Who knows how bad I would have been without the CoQ10? OMG, I'm rationalizing! Laugh. Anyway, I'm feeling hopeful that I won't need any Excedrin today (or anything stronger for that matter).

My lizard friend came back today. :) So, of course, I did research and found out that he's a Cuban Knight Anole.

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Yesterday, I had to go back to the doctor and get some more skin "treated."  Hahaha, the nice way of saying removed. 

Monday, July 22, 2002

Monday, July 22, 2002

We had a GIANT lizard friend visit us yesterday.  Laugh, okay maybe he wasn't a GIANT, but he was very LARGE.  He crawled up onto my office window and looked inside at me.  He was bright green and holding onto the glass.  Fascinating!

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Sunday, July 21, 2002

That was a fucked up movie.  I asked Galahad to rent Monsters, Inc., and apparently I caught him at a busy time, so he remembered only the monster part of it.  You guessed it, he got Monsters Ball.  I suppose it was good, but I really just wanted to be lightly amused by cartoons not get thrown into an emotional maelstrom.

Saturday, July 20, 2002

Friday, July 19, 2002

Friday, July 19, 2002

The stress migraine that I didn't get yesterday attacked me in the form of a giant subterranean zit on my chin.  No, I'm not complaining.  I'd rather have a subterranean zit than a raging migraine all day long.  [See how bad they were?]

Thursday, July 18, 2002

Thursday, July 18, 2002

OMFG, a day from maybe just the top layer of hell.  I had 6 scheduled conference calls (every hour on the hour) today plus assorted other ones that I needed to make.  And what happens?  It's Tree Guy Day.  Like 2 days of Garage Guy wasn't enough for my week.   Just what I needed was a chainsaw outside my window while I'm talking on the fucking phone all day.  And when Chainsaw Guy is done, now Snowblower Guy is here.  Whatever happened to a rake?   And, how did I just buy a new phone without a mute button?

Did I mention that my toilet suddenly decided not to shut off?   That was fun also, trying to shut off the main valve while hoping the noise wasn't carrying through.

Fortunately, it started lightning so the Tree Guys had to take a break.  Unfortunately, I think the lightning hit someone about 20 miles south.  Actually, the way I read the article, he wasn't hit (it hit near him) yet he was in serious condition at the hospital.  Would someone mind explaining that phenomenon to me?  I'm guessing it has to do with the physics of how (lightning?) particles travel through the air, but I'm kind of hazy on the specifics.

I do need to remark here that I should have had a blazing migraine from the stress I put myself through, yet thanks to the amazing healing properties of Coenzyme Q10, one Excedrin was all I needed to stifle the pain.  So, as you might surmise, the Great CoQ10 Experiment is a success!  Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!  Over 25 years of hell in my head may now be a corpse from my past. I'm kind of holding my breath, thinking I will wake up from some fabulous dream that suddenly cured my migraines.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Update:  Garage door won't close now.  How fucking nice!  Nice (older) Garage Guy came back and fixed it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Bummer.  We had to replace our wooden garage door today with a metal one sans windows.  :(
It won't rot out every 3 years, but it doesn't have the same character that the old one had.
I got owned by mosquitoes while supervising Garage Guy.  Fuxx0rs!

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Thursday, July 11, 2002

OMG, I changed my hair color pretty drastically.  I now have blond streaks running through my brown & red hair.  Lol, I scare myself every time I look in the mirror.  Not in a bad way, but just in a who is this stranger in my bathroom kind of way.

Monday, July 1, 2002

Monday, July 1, 2002

Back to the doctor to get more pieces of my traitorous flesh frozen or sliced off.  :(

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Saturday, June 29, 2002

We thought about going out for dinner tonight but decided against it.  We tried to do the whole Saturday Night Out thing a few weeks ago and were highly discouraged.  There was a 20-40 minute wait at 9 PM at 2 different places, which is probably typical at other restaurants.  We ended up at Stir Crazy and had a great meal, but what a hassle!

Friday, June 28, 2002

Friday, June 28, 2002

 OMG, will this week never end?  I have to work tomorrow, too.  :(

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Role-playing.  :-(    That's not fun for me!  It's even worse because I had an audience.  If I had wanted to be an actress, I would have moved to L.A.  Well, the good news is that it was at the end of our conference and people were anxious to leave, so perhaps it could have been worse.  Yay, I get to leave tomorrow!

Monday, June 24, 2002

Monday, June 24, 2002

OMG, I was up early!  How do people do this everyday?  I guess it would have helped if I had gone to sleep at a decent time.  But really, it's hard for me to sleep in a strange bed in a strange room with scratchy sheets that are bolted to the bed so tightly that my feet are suffocated.  Plus, I met up with a  friend yesterday, and we stayed up late talking.  :D

Sunday, June 23, 2002

Sunday, June 23, 2002

I have to fly up to Virginia/DC this morning.  I miss my honey already.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

I need to rant for a minute.

Some lowlife stole (yes, STOLE) our one & only lime on our cute, Dead-Man-Walking lime tree, Bertram.  Poor little Bertram is planted so close to death row (don't get confused with Dead Man Walking.  Death row is our back line of foliage/weeds that gets as much water as Mother Nature can provide in a drought) and doesn't get nearly enough water that he needs. Yet, he still managed to produce one beautifully perfect lime this year.  And some scum-sucking troll took it. Bastages!

The reason he is dead man walking is because we (meaning south Floridians) currently have a Canker Crisis going on.  Every other day, some bullshit politician, who is paid off by Big Citrus, is making some global decisions about which perfectly healthy, privately owned citrus trees need to be removed with serious prejudice.  Then, on alternate days, there are some judges (who not only remember the constitution but actually enforce it) who make global rulings such as, "The government cannot just come into Wendy's yard without permission and start ganking her trees."  There is some unsubstantiated research that someone pulled out of his arse that says all citrus trees, whether healthy or not, that are within 1900 feet of an infected tree need to be killed.  1900 feet is a long fucking distance!  Poor Bertram! :-(

Monday, June 17, 2002

Sunday, June 16, 2002

Sunday, June 16, 2002

This really is genius at work, although I'm fairly certain that not everyone can appreciate this kind of brilliance.  Have a gander at an alternative Romeo & Juliet.  [I've been told that link doesn't work for everyone.  Try this one if that's the case.]

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Thursday, June 13, 2002

I'm beginning Day 5 of the Great CoQ10 Experiment.  I had another migraine come by on Saturday and smite me.  Then, I had a friendly reminder to try the CoQ10 thing on Sunday.  (But, I've actually been pain free only since Tuesday.  So maybe this is only day 3?)

Monday, June 10, 2002

Monday, June 10, 2002

I watched (on TV) the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday, migraine and all. I love the singing whine of the Formula One race-cars.

Sunday, June 9, 2002

Sunday, June 9, 2002

We watched Harry Potter again today before we had to return the video.  It's such a good movie.    :-)

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Isn't this fabulous?   I keep meaning to read his book, but I haven't gotten around to it yet even though it's sitting upstairs in my library.  I bought it for Galahad several years ago.  I wonder if he ever read it.

Monday, June 3, 2002

Monday, June 3, 2002

Back to work for us.  :(  I think I forgot what my job is.  May I see my job description again?  :-p

Saturday, June 1, 2002

Saturday, June, 1, 2002

Hurricane Season already.  I just read an article (sorry I didn't save the link) that said the experts at the Hurricane Center want to re-categorize Hurricane Andrew (August 24, 1992) from a Category 4 to the worst possible, a Category 5.  They have learned new ways of analyzing storms and have gone back to look at the data.  I was living about 40-50 miles north at the time, so I wasn't hit as hard (well, my head was, but I'll try not to whine so much about that).  However, my parents lived in Miami at the time, still in the house I grew up in.  When I couldn't get in touch with them all day, I convinced my brother to drive down with me.  I was on some serious Percodan at the time, so I was in no condition to drive.  Damn!  It was the most bizarre and surreal trip. We barely found our way there despite having lived there for 15 years or so.  It was really awful to see and fit all the clichés of a war zone.

Friday, May 31, 2002

Friday, May 31, 2002

I cannot kick this migraine! :-( I am pretty certain that going to the movies and eating mini-corndogs didn't help it much. ;-)

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Galahad took me to see Star Wars.  It was much better than I expected it to be.  Frankly, the commercials for it were horrible and made me inclined to NOT want to see it.  But, I felt a cultural obligation to continue the saga.  I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was light years better than the ads.  I heard from my male co-workers that they did not look so favorably on some of the romantic dialogue.  None of it stuck out in my head as poorly done or inappropriate, so I'm thinking it must be a guy-thing.  Probably, Lucas got smart and added some chick-stuff to keep the women interested who don't go for the action sci-fi genre.  As for me, I enjoyed it all.

Thursday, May 23, 2002

Thursday, May 23, 2002

It turns out that May is National Masturbation Month.  Here's a pledge form (kinda' like the Read-a-thon when I was a kid.)

Sunday, May 19, 2002

Sunday, May 19, 2002

Galahad took me to the ballet last night.  It was set to the music of Pink Floyd and was really enjoyable.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Congratulations to my brother & his wife!  I have 2 beautiful new nieces!

Sunday, May 12, 2002

Sunday, May 12, 2002

Mother's Day

This is my third year to face this day with no living mother.   It didn't really bother me at all this year.  I just found myself feeling very fortunate that Galahad's mother is in my life.

I thought of my mom a bit when we were shopping for Galahad's mom.  I silently considered what my mother might have liked had she still been living.  [I wonder if that's healthy?]  I cried a whole lot more during her last few living years while she was really sick than I have in the 2.5 years since she died.  Her disease and subsequent death have given me a strange kind of independence and a lot more compassion to others.  Not that I really need the extra compassion -- I cried already when I saw others feeling hurt.

Thursday, May 9, 2002

Thursday, May 9, 2002

Last night I met up with an long-time friend from college.  We hadn't seen each other in about 7 years.  She was in town for a conference and asked if we could hang out.  I was so excited to see her, and my expectations were realized.  She & I picked up right where we had left off.  It was nice to hear how and what she was doing.  We both majored in Psychology; however, she went on to earn her Ph.D., and I moved on to computers.  Listening to her speak about her field reaffirmed for me that I had made the correct personal choice when I left graduate school all those years ago.  And, I was thrilled to know that she loves what she does.

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Well, that was odd today.   I took yesterday and today off of work since my niece was in town from college.  I told her no pressure, but I'd be around if she wanted to hang.  I know she feels like she's pulled in many familial directions when she visits, so I didn't want to add to her stress.   Anyway, she kept saying she wanted to hang out, so we made tentative plans for this afternoon.  She asked if she could bring her mother (whom I get along with very well) and her little brother (my nephew whom I adore but who also gets bored in 3 minutes at my house).  I told her that would be fine but reminded her that he would be bored.  She assured me that her presence would keep him entertained since he doesn't see her very often.  They came over, she fell asleep within 15 minutes, he got voraciously bored, and her mother and I had a great time chatting.  Laugh.  I do remember college and realize that 2 hours of sleep is probably the best present I could ever give her.

Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Tuesday, May 7, 2002

I took Galahad out to the movies last night to see Spider-Man.  I never go to the movies because I usually end up with a migraine.  However, I dosed up with Excedrin and lots of food & water before & during, and I survived!!!   It was an excellent movie, but I cried during it.  Who knew it would have a sad scene in it?!   Bastids!

Monday, May 6, 2002

Monday, May 6, 2002

We went to the Sunfest yesterday.  Man, it was fucking hot!  I roasted out there.  And for all you worrywarts out there, I was slathered in sun-block and was wearing a hat.  We went just to see one musician, a friend of mine, Alex Bach.  She sounded great as usual.  Plus, I got to eat a fair-style arepa.  Mmmm, yummy!

Saturday, May 4, 2002

Saturday, May 4, 2002

Wow, I guess I need to get out more.  We went to the store today, and I felt like everyone was staring at me.  Talk about social anxiety disorder.   ;-)   Hehehe, actually I think it may have been my t-shirt.

Thursday, May 2, 2002

Thursday, May 2, 2002

Galahad and I have both received versions of the Klez virus/worm. Fortunately, I deleted one instantly when it asked to install some software, and my other PC's virus detection caught the other instance.  Here is a link to a Microsoft patch to fix a security whole, blah, blah, blah..

Security Update, March 29, 2001

How to remove the Klez.J

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Wow, I thought this day would never end.  Work kicked my ass so hard!  By 7 or 8PM, I was sure it was Friday already.

Friday, April 19, 2002

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Monday, April 15, 2002

Monday, April 15, 2002

Man, did I have a hard night last night!  I ended up having to take 100mg of Imitrex (equivalent to 4 of my usual doses) to finally kick my migraine.  That got me really depressed.  I started remembering how hard it used to be for me before Imitrex --- when I used to wonder what was the point of life if I had to spend so much of it in pain.  Luckily, Galahad was there to talk me out of that train of thought.  So far this morning, I've had to take only one Excedrin.