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I meant to write this post a few days ago, but time seemed to have gotten away from me again...

Labor Day Weekend was awesome. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I drove out to Quincy, Illinois-- a town on the Mississippi River-- for [livejournal.com profile] forestdruid's wedding. Since [livejournal.com profile] doomsey was best man, he left on Thursday to help [livejournal.com profile] forestdruid and his soon-to-be wife run errands and, in general, get things set up for the ceremony on Sunday. I left late Friday morning with [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's parents and we pulled into Quincy just in time for dinner. My in-laws got dinner on their own, but [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I ate with the bride and groom's relatives. They were an awesome bunch, so I had tons of fun. I also got to practice speaking German with A's father. (Ich kann nicht so gut Deutsch sprechen. Did I say that right?)

[And since this gets kind of long...I'm going to have to put it all behind some cuts. Feel free to jump to the parts that sound interesting...or not read at all].

Caving! )

Hannibal, MO and the Mark Twain House )

Parties! )

A Riverboat Ride )

Weddings )

Busted Ankle Blues )

Damn...it's getting late. Maybe if I get some time over the next couple of days, I'll post some pictures....
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This weekend has been just a whirl of activity. On Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to James and Carrie's wedding. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] doomsey had a good time talking with friends, but I had a blast. There may have been a bit too much alcohol consumed and a lot of dancing.

More on the wedding and on Pagan Pride )

As soon as we got home, I got a call from my parents. My sister was in the hospital because she was having chest pains and tingling in her left arm. By the time the news got to me, they had managed to rule out both a heart attack and a blood clot. They kept her overnight for observation and to run more tests. This morning, I called my parents back to see if there had been any more developments and found out that she had been released from the hospital. The doctors believe that she had an anxiety attack of sorts (and she has been under a lot of stress lately). The doctors did order an echocardiogram, but I guess she's not going to get the results from that until tomorrow. I hope she follows up with her doctor and/or a cardiologist to make sure that it's just anxiety and not anything more worrying.

My sister apparently told my parents that she felt "foolish" over going to the hospital and finding out it was nothing, but honestly, it's better to get things checked out and have it turn out to be nothing than to have something wrong and not get it treated. When I woke up after having my embolism, I tried to tell [livejournal.com profile] doomsey not to call the hospital and that we should wait a bit to see if the problem clears up. Yeah, I would have been in deep doo-doo if I had done that because I had another episode of sorts while I was in the ambulance and almost blacked out again. I think the only reasons I didn't faint again is because I was on oxygen and the paramedic told me how to breathe to avoid passing out. So...I plan to call up my sister plan to call up my sister later this afternoon and reassure her that she did do the right thing considering the fact that she has two little ones to look after.

To end things on a less pessimistic note...LINK DUMP!!!

-Hurr durr -- Dumbing down of American education anyone?

-If Historical Events had Facebook Statuses (Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] cedarseed)

-This? Yeah...not a good idea.
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One of my LJ friends, [livejournal.com profile] hellziggy, is trying to win a trip to Antartica through Quark Expeditions and needs your help. This is her second attempt as she tried to win a similar trip in 2009, but did not get enough votes. Anyhow, she needs people to go here, sign up, and vote for her. It only take a few seconds. Boosting the signal on your own LJ or Twitter would also be very helpful.

You can read a longer explanation on why she wants to win this trip on her blogspot, here. Aside from a brief stay in Canada, she's never been outside of the United States before. Wouldn't it be cool if the first stamp on her passport were Antartica?
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Except for having a busy day on Saturday, not much has been going on with me. On Saturday evening, I went to a lovely Lammas / New Moon ritual. After that was over, I dropped by a friend's house for the tail end of their Casino Royale party. They only not so good thing that happened to me that evening was that I got bit by mosquitoes at both events. Many many mosquitoes. I must have at the very least ten mosquito bites on me. Not cool, not cool at all.

Oh...I was a bad [livejournal.com profile] nekosensei yesterday and didn't go for my walk. It was too humid outside and I didn't feel up to being both itchy and sweaty. Yeah...I know...no excuse. No cookies for me. :)

That's it with me. Time for some links:

- A Turkish man accused of beating his wife is now claiming that he was dancing the kolbasti and that a passer-by mistook it for domestic violence. I tried to be open-minded, but after looking a few videos of people dancing the kolbasti on YouTube, I decided that I just had to call bullshit on this one. How can you possibly confuse wife beating with this dance? Yeah...I'm just not seeing it. What do you guys think?

It looks like a cool dance, by the way. Anybody want to teach me? :)

- Anybody still arguing that global warming does not exist either has their head in the sand or is just plain blind.

- How to Be Alone -- Go watch it. It's very poignantly stated. (Via [livejournal.com profile] muntahz)

- And last, but not least...Heeere's Kitteh! Muhahahahahah!
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* Work has been a pain in the neck...literally. I had a horrible migraine triggered by my pissed off neck muscles on Monday. (My neck has been screwed up ever since I got a neck sprain in 2007). I spent most of the afternoon laying on the couch downstairs being hurty and sick to my stomach. Needless to say, I didn't manage to get out for my walk that evening. :P

Cosette is on Adequan for her arthritis issues and it's been working for her beautifully. She's much more playful and you can tell she's feeling better. I'm almost tempted to ask the vet and my doctor if I can start taking it for my neck. Or I could just say fuck it and shoot myself up with some of it and see what happens (it has to be taken subcutaneously). Hey...they say some athletes use it for doping so it has been used in humans before (not what I would use it for doping, but if it lets me read for long stretches of time like what I used to do, that would be awesome). And, apparently, Adequan acts a lot like Heparin so it would help with all of my clotting issues too. And no, I won't actually do this, but right now it's looking so so tempting right about now.

Or maybe I should suck it up and start taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate....

* It's going up to 92 degrees today. That is pretty damn hot.

* My second cat, Arwen, has a lump on her back. I guess I'm going to have to take her to the vet in August to have things checked out. That is going to be nicht gut because she acts like a hellcat when you take her out of her natural environment (aka our house). The vet and the techs have to handle her with welding gloves. She's not their worst patient-- their worst one managed to bite a tech through the welding gloves-- but she's pretty damn close.

Hmmm...now the question is, which vet in that practice am I going to subject her to?


* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey has been talking about pestering some friends and finding out whether they're free this evening. My reaction? Meh. We're going to a play tomorrow, and I don't feel like doing much of anything today. We've had a lot of weekends this summer where we've been booked solid, and for me, that tends to get draining after awhile. Yeah...I'm such an introvert. I think I'm going to do some reading and then see if maybe [livejournal.com profile] doomsey wants to watch the rest of Torchwood's "Children of Men." We have about three episodes left.


Links:
* Jewel goes into undercover into a Karaoke bar and starts singing her own songs. The results are epic. (Blame [livejournal.com profile] doomsey)

* Commercial done for a library using the same style as the Old Spice commercial. Hilarious! (Via [livejournal.com profile] happyfunpaul)
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I'd like to take a few minutes to welcome all my new friends from [livejournal.com profile] ontdcreepy. If you like all things scary, what are you waiting for? Go over there now! You'll be up reading creepy stories for hours.

Also, I have, by popular demand, made a new gardening fail community called [livejournal.com profile] oopsikilledit. If you have a brown thumb or even if you're good at gardening but are accident prone, go check it out.

Okay...now back to work with me....
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I wish life weren't so crazy busy that I can sit down and read my LJ. Unfortunately, I've only been able to read things here and there when I get a chance. If there's anything going on with you that you'd like to share, drop me a note in the comments.

What I've been up to )

Hmmm...this got kind of long. Maybe I'll write about what went on this week in another post.

Weekend

Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:20 pm
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I keep meaning to write this stuff down, but I oftentimes get distracted and never get around to it. This weekend was jam packed. Here's what [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I did:

Friday:
Had dinner at my in-laws' house.

Saturday:
Went to a birthday party at a friend's house. Watched the Blackhawks game, drank wine, and had Hot Sex. The drink! Not the act! Get your mind out of the gutter! Oh...and I just tried googling it to see if I could get a picture of the bottle. Not a good idea. Let's just say that you can find it at your local liquor store and leave it at that. And for those who are curious, it tastes kind of like a Mudslide, only with more cinnamon. It's yummy if you like sweet drinks.

Sunday:
Went to my in-laws' house to celebrate what would have been [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's grandfather's 100th birthday had he still been alive. This was originally planned for Monday, but got changed at the last minute.

After dinner, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I headed to Scott and Aimee's house. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey fixed their computer-- turns out that it was a program that was slowing the computer down and not a virus like they had feared. We also sat and talked until about midnight. It was fun.

Monday:
In the afternoon, we invited [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's mother over to watch the latest Doctor Who and Doctor Who Confidential. Spoilers below the cut )

Went to Jason and Jori's house for horror movie night. They were showing Dead Snow-- a Nazi Zombie movie, a Zombie Nazi movie, or whatever you want to call it. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey didn't care for it, but then again, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey was never a big fan of horror movies. What I particularly liked about the film was the mixture of horror and comedy. There were also many references to Terminator, Indiana Jones, and Red Dawn. Minor spoilers below the cut )
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* It's called a turn signal. Use it. If I clip you because you couldn't be arsed to use your turn signal when you change lanes, I will tear it out and shove it up your ass. Really...what's with people not using turn signals today? I had two people do that to me in a thirty second interval.

* Saw a "New Driver" sign on a Lexus. You're really going to let your kid learn how to drive on your nice Lexus? Well okay then....

* Amazing Video Shows Shockwaves Explode From Volcano -- I know it's Faux News, but the video is kind of cool. Go watch it.

* I am greatly amused that the German word for jewelry is der Schmuck.

* The vet called. This time, Cosette's blood work turned out almost completely normal. Thank God! I asked whether the Pepcid AC could cause a weird heart beat, and it turns out that that's very unlikely. In fact, they're finding that people and animals benefit from Pepcid because it controls acid. Still taking her in to get her heart checked on Monday though.

* You know, I usually don't read much fanfic, let alone recommend it, but you've got to read this Buffy / Farmville crossover. Hilarious! It's also not very long... (Via [livejournal.com profile] sl_podcast)

* Looks like [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I will be going to that party tonight...
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Since I can't decide what I'm doing today, I'm going to let my friends list decide for me.

Should I go to a party, get skunked, and maybe play Rock Band (note: me getting skunked may or may not end with me crying in a corner somewhere) or should I have dinner with my sister-in-law?

[Poll #1555262]
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* Today, I woke up early so I could go to my sister's house and baby-sit her kids while she got a haircut. Afterwards, I stopped back at home to pick [livejournal.com profile] doomsey up, and then the two of us went to a house warming / first birthday party at a friends house. One of the people preparing some of the food used to own a restaurant, and let me tell you, the food was delicious. I ate way too much.

* I'm sure you're well aware of the fact that much of Europe's air travel has been halted because of a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Nobody has any idea of when Eyjafjallajokull will stop erupting or when air travel will start up again. According to this article the eruptions could go on for a long period of time.

Quote from the article behind the cut )

According to what I've read, the eruption is too small to affect global climate, but an extended eruption can impact the regional climate-- namely Iceland and parts of Europe. Unfortunately, the historical precedent is that, when Eyjafjallajokull erupts, it's neighbor, Kalta, usually follows. And that could be bad, very very bad. Not only could the resulting ash cloud ground planes in Europe for months, it could also cool the entire planet.

* So...what are we going to do if air travel is shut down for months? Start putting people stranded overseas on boats? Maybe increase train service to southern Europe / North Africa and have people fly in and out from there?
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* I had a good time at a friend's baby shower this afternoon, as I got to sit and chat with many of my friends. Towards the end of the day, I ended up sitting at a table with a bunch of other friends who have health problems. Someone pointed out that most of the people sitting at that table were defective in one way or the other. The one older lady at the table remarked that she felt so young compared to some of us....

* At the baby shower, we got playing cards as party favors. Instead of diamonds, clubs, hearts and spades, the suite had rubber duckies, baby carriages, pacifiers, and rocking horses. I made an ESP joke and asked one of my friends what card I was holding up: it was the three of pacifiers, and obviously my friend got it wrong. Then, she asked, "but is the three of pacifiers a pacifist?" *snicker*

Yeah...I guess you just had to be there.

* The weather was gorgeous so I went for a three mile walk after I got home from the baby shower. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey didn't come with this time because he had walked to the library--a four mile hike both ways-- while I was at the shower. When I got back, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey made dinner and then we watched a four hour Japanese film called "Love Exposure." It was one weird ass film, and I'm not sure whether I liked it or not. The plot seemed kind of disorganized and four hours of that was a bit too much for me. On the other hand, the movie was humorous at times and often poked fun at itself. Also, the outlandishness of many scenes reminded [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I of "Kill Bill."
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* Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon and Cheddar (Blame [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose)

* Stashed the kitty cats in my bedroom because two couples with kids in tow are coming over for dinner. I figured they'd be happier up there because they tend to freak out around children.

* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey told me that I should bring down Cosette so that B. and D.'s two year old daughter could meet her. Yeah...that went over well. The girl poked the cat a bit too much, and Cosette freaked out and took a swipe at her. Thank God Cosette's declawed and thank God she didn't bite her (she has a tendency to nip when she doesn't like someone)! No harm done to the kiddo. She just got a little scared. Actually B and D. told me this is a good thing as their daughter has a tendency to chase cats. Now she knows that cats have pointy edges.

* [livejournal.com profile] almeda was also over and we added in more information to my family tree. We managed to trace someone on my mother's side all the way back to Ireland. Even better, we found out the year they emigrated, so in theory we *might* be able to find ship records. *keeps fingers crossed* Oh...and my friend B. said that the next time we visit Europe, we should go to Luxembourg. If we can find what church my ancestors went to, we can trace them back for generations.

* Posted by [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose: in further WTF driving news today's asshole of the day award goes to the jackass in the gold Mercedes and the diplomat plates. DIES IST NICHT DER AUTOBAHN, DU SCHEISSEKOPF. Jay-zus. -- Bwahahahaha! Scheissekopf. Now I have a new word. Although...it should have been obvious.
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* Peter Kaczowka:
“Eat LOTS of chocolate. Per Wikipedia, the world’s longest-lived person, Jeanne Louise Calment, lived on a diet of olive oil, red wine and chocolate, living 122 years and 164 days. There’s no need to eat cocoa powder, Lindt makes a delicious 90% pure chocolate bar. Calment ate nearly 5 oz of chocolate a day, more than an entire Lindt 90% bar which weighs 3.5 oz and has 550 calories. Calment was not eating ‘a little chocolate every day,’ as you advise; chocolate was a substantial part of her diet of unsaturated fats.” -- Yes...I like that little tidbit. I like it a lot. (Via [livejournal.com profile] ozarque)

* You know, I need a chocolate themed LJ icon. How is it that I've had an LJ account for six years now and never had one of those before?

* Funny Doctor Who macro!

* My sister sent me an email asking me if I could baby-sit her daughters for a couple hours later this month. I knew that [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I were going to a house warming / first birthday party that day, but I forgot what time it was and I suspected that the time I had put in my calendar was wrong-- which it was. So...I opened up the email that had the invite, but instead of sending the reply to my sister, I sent it to my friend, G., who had sent me the invite. I told my sister that I could baby-sit in the morning, but that I had to leave by about 11:30 or so because I was going to the party. Worse, I told my sister-- which got sent to G-- that my friends "had bought a house in Wilmette and that they paid a a quarter of a million bucks for it. Wild!" [I actually meant to say three-quarters of a million, but screwed that part up]. The friend sent me a message back saying that I had sent the email to the wrong person, and that they wished it had been only a quarter of a million bucks. Yeah...now I'm embarrassed. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey heard about it from S.-- her husband-- this afternoon; they were both very amused.

Yeah...I don't think I've ever done something like that. Or if I have, I haven't done it in a long time....
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The server holding my email is down, so I probably won't be able to read any of my emails until tomorrow morning at the earliest. What a pain in the ass! Let's hope that the computer it's on just needs re-started and that it doesn't need any other work. Otherwise, I will be email-less for a couple of days.

This morning I studied for German class. Then, in the afternoon [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyscribble and [livejournal.com profile] samcallahan showed up so that [livejournal.com profile] doomsey could help [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyscribble with her computer. It turned out that the poor computer died a horrible death. Fortunately, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey was able to pull off all the data that she needed. [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyscribble and [livejournal.com profile] samcallahan also brought their dog, Re-run, who is a Beagle Coon Hound mix. He's an adorable dog. Anyhow, they put him on a tie-down in the backyard so he wouldn't traumatize my cats too much. Don't worry! He wasn't neglected for too long. [livejournal.com profile] samcallahan and I sat outside with him for a while while [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyscribble worked on the computer.

I also got some time today to do some reading, go for a walk with [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, and knit. I am four rows from being finished with the hat I'm making for [livejournal.com profile] doomsey! Aside from the computer server blowing up, it was a pleasant day.
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* Last night, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, I, and select friends and family went to see "The Long Red Road," directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, at the Goodman Theater. Long story short, the play was about a family with very serious issues. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey thought it was over-bearing, but I loved it. On our way home, he asked me if people were really that crazy. My answer? Yes. After the play, we went out to dinner at Reza's, a Persian restaurant. The food was lovely, but once again, I ended up sick to my stomach during dinner. Maybe I shouldn't have tried drinking that mojito. I ended up drinking about a quarter of it and giving the rest to [livejournal.com profile] judygs and [livejournal.com profile] emygination.

* Oh yeah...when we got out of the car at the restaurant, we saw a couple that looked like they were going at it near the door. Really people? Get a room 'cause we really don't want to see that. There was a party in one of the rooms, and we figured that they were attending said party.

* How to Hang 10 Shirts in 10 Seconds -- I'm going to have to try that some time. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] popfiend) [I tried it while doing laundry this afternoon. It works!]

* How to make a Starbuck's Fakeuccino -- I used to love drinking Starbuck's Frappuccino's until I stopped being able to handle caffeine. I'm half tempted to try this using decaf coffee. (Link also swiped from [livejournal.com profile] popfiend)

* Paper Rater -- I wonder if this works. I'm going to have to try this sometime.

* I went to google to look up what snowdrops were and where they bloomed, and found a lovely knitting pattern for a snowdrop shawl by chance. God, I love the internet...

* This picture of a tiger amuses me greatly. He looks like he's going to go batshit in 3...2...1...

* And while we're on the topic of photography, I'm really itching to get back to the zoo to take more pictures. Maybe later this month.

* He Who Casts the First Stone -- An organization that calls themselves Repent Amarillo targets a swingers club. And the town of Amarillo does almost nothing about it. Pretty damn frightening. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] ginmar)
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* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I visited friends last night. After dinner, we played team Trivia Pursuit and won the game. Tee hee.

* I've lost my voice. Damn.

* Went to a friend's house this evening for Horror Movie Night, which they hold every Monday. This week's movie was Repo! The Genetic Opera. I've been meaning to see it for a long time now, and I wasn't disappointed. Speaking of movies, I'm half tempted to introduce this group to the movie, The Forbidden Zone. I think they might have a taste for odd stuff. I watched The Forbidden Zone when I was a junior in high school and I thought it was one of the strangest movies I had ever seen. I think, if I were to watch it again, it would still qualify as being one of the strangest movies I've ever seen.

* Tomorrow is going to be problematic if I don't get my voice back. *sigh*
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* On Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to Rock Band Night at a friend's house. And I thought parties at our friend James's house were wild. This was crazy because much drunkenness was involved. (I didn't drink much though because I had a cold and I wasn't feeling up to it). One guy showed up with a flask of whiskey. And this was no ordinary whiskey. No, this brand of whiskey was not outlawed during Prohibition because it was used for medicinal purposes. o_O He then proceeded to drink most of the flask of whiskey, occasionally sharing a shot or two with his friends. O_O How this guy avoided alcohol poisoning, I do not know. At any rate, at one point in the evening, he took off his pants to sing a song on Rock Bank. He had apparently threatened to do this before she showed up for the evening and he was making good on his threat. The good thing: he was wearing a pair of card-themed boxer shorts underneath his pants. The bad: He had a boner. O_O!!!! It was very difficult to ignore this last thing as I was playing the drums next to him. By one o'clock in the morning, the whiskey was gone and he was completely blitzed. Just before [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I left, he whipped out his dick and showed it to whoever was in the room. Well...okay then.

* I've discovered that I can both play the guitar and sing on Rock Band if I a) have both set to easy and b) know the song very well.

* Saturday evening was much more sedate. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went out for all you can eat sushi with some friends. Then, we went back to their place where my friend A. showed me her cat and her pet corn snake named Ernie. Did I mention that snakes were awesome? I would be half tempted to get one, but [livejournal.com profile] doomsey doesn't want any more critters.

* Way behind on reading LJ. Between not feeling good, having work, and having a quiz to prepare for in my German class next week, I haven't been online very much. I wish I could shake this damn cold.

* Tengo un gato en mi cabeza. Nobody believes me. (Video swiped from [livejournal.com profile] slime711)

* This guy does a very good analysis of Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. And now I have a hankering to watch that movie again. His analysis of Bambi is also supposed to be very good, but I'm holding off on reading it because I haven't seen Bambi in many years and I want to watch it again.

* Okay...hitting post now because my web browser is screwing things up...
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* The cats don't like Lady Gaga. They have no taste. (I don't usually listen to a lot of current pop songs, but Lady Gaga is the bomb)

* (No really...if you try to sing along, they'll both start poking at you. Arwen will go so far as to hiss and bite).

* Oh...and they don't like Queen either. As I said, no taste.

* "Ra Ra Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh. Ro Ma Ro- Ma Ma Ma. Ga Ga Oh La La..."

* Okay...here's the song in question. Another song to check out is Paparazzi, which has the guy who plays Eric on True Blood in it. Anyhoo, the costumes remind me of stuff that Bowie used to do. That and she's kind of twisted...

* The Dresden Dolls are another amusing group. They consider themselves cabaret punk.

* Boring grading is boring.

* Just got a call from my best friend. The doctors told her she was able to take her baby home today. Yay! Unfortunately, she's not letting anyone except family come over and visit until April because she was told that his immune system is going to be shaky for awhile. She doesn't want him to come down with RSV, which could be life threatening. So...that means I won't be able to give her the baby blanket I made for her until then. Oh well.

Hmm...I should call her up later and find out if it would be okay to drop it off at her mom's house. She can bring it over to her the next time she sees her.

* Shutting the computer off so [livejournal.com profile] doomsey can put memory on it. Must hit post so I don't lose the entire thing. Will edit later.
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* One of the snails in my fish tank died yesterday. Poor little guy. Also, my fish isn't looking too hot. I wonder what's going on in that tank. Maybe something is making them all sick? The other snail seems to be doing fine though.

* So, Amazon and MacMillan got into a tiff, and Amazon decided to pull all MacMillan books. Man...if I were an author affected by this, I would be pissed. Then again, that's probably why Amazon did it, to get the authors to put pressure on MacMillan.

* The city council of my town is debating opening city council sessions with prayer. Time for another strongly worded letter. I'm thinking something along the lines of we didn't elect you to pray in office and do that on your own time. Also, my block as been trying to get sidewalks for years because cars often take the corner too fast and come barreling down our street. One of my neighbor's kids narrowly avoided being hit last summer. Once again, we petitioned the city for sidewalks, and once again, they turned it down saying that they have no money. I guess we'll have better luck praying for 'em...

* Important: A personal friend of mine is about to lose her health insurance if she can't make her COBRA payment. She goes by [livejournal.com profile] ordinary on LJ and gookygox on Twitter. This would be disastrous because, several years ago, she developed a lung condition-- growths on the lining of her lungs-- that is so rare that even the Mayo Clinic couldn't figure out what was going on. She has to have nerve blocks done on a regular basis in order to be able to function. (I took her to the hospital to have one of these nerve blocks done last January). She is taking donations right now in the hopes that she will be able to raise enough money to cover the cost of her COBRA. You can donate here. If you don't have any money to donate, re-posting this in your journals to boost the signal would also be helpful.

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