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I have to say that it's great not having anything planned this weekend. No weddings, no birthday parties, nowhere we have to be. Why am I saying this? Because in June we had three weddings in a row, with a ton of other parties and events sandwiched in between them. I'm very much looking forward spending the day being lazy. I think either I'm going to spend it on my computer and/or curled up with a book. I might also try to con [ profile] doomsey into watching the next episode of "Torchwood: Children of Earth." We *finally* got around to watching the first episode last night. Whoa...creepy!

Other miscellaneous things:

* I hopped on the scale yesterday and saw that I lost another couple of pounds. Those three to four mile walks have really be paying off. And I feel so much better.

* Oh yeah...I went for another four mile walk last night. It's been hot during the day so I've been doing them after dark. It's so much more pleasant. Well, except for that one time there was a skunk behind a bush and it almost, well, skunked me. Thank God I had the flashlight and saw him in time to start backpedalling.

* Author, Owl Goingback, has been denied a Facebook page for a long time now. The powers that be over at Facebook seem to think that Owl Goingback is not a real name. Well, the guy's Native American and that is his real name. If you're on Facebook, I encourage you to join the community.
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Yay! Thunder boomers!

I must confess that I'm a dork and I love watching storms. Also, when I was doing my picture-a-day project last year, I took some incredible pictures right before a big storm. One of these days I'm going to have to go digging through my computer and post them....
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* Wow did I have a bad dream last night. A group of tea-baggers were holding a demonstration so liberals in support of health care reform decided to hold a counter-demonstration. What the liberals did not know was that some of the tea baggers came armed. A couple of nut jobs pulled out their guns and started shooting at the liberals. Before you knew it, everybody was shooting, and the end result was a blood bath with the liberals getting the worst of it because so few of them were armed. This eventually touched off a coup d'état with a far right wing group taking over the government by force. Once they had control of the country, the first thing they did was repeal the health care reform bill. At that point, I told [ profile] doomsey to pick a country; we were leaving.

* It's been a gorgeous day today. It went up to 81 degrees! In April! [ profile] doomsey and I celebrated it by going to the zoo, which was very crowded as a lot of other people had the same idea. It was so packed that we had a hard time even finding a parking spot! I've never seen it that bad! And not enough employees were out directing traffic either. One person told us they were talking about opening up other lots by the children's zoo, but they weren't very helpful about where exactly those lots were. She told us to head closer to the zoo itself, which we did. By sheer chance, we ran into someone else who helped fanagle us a spot on a small patch of grass. She told us that they had so many visitors today that they "had to get creative." Wild! [ profile] doomsey and I went to Tropic World-- the exhibit where they keep the monkeys-- first and it was packed. Afterwards, I steered us to more of the exhibits that were outside where we would have more room.

* I took a lot of pictures today. I'm going to have to post some once I get a chance to go through them.

* My zoo membership is expiring at the end of this month, and I'm planning on renewing it when it does. I spent about fifteen dollars extra in order to get the version that lets me take a guest with; usually, I drag [ profile] doomsey with me. This year, we've used it enough that we've more than recouped the money we spent on it.

* Cut for disgusting )

* Another amusing April Fool's joke from Think Geek. And hey! Here's a second product I want to see made: the LOST alarm clock. God I love Think Geek! (Via [ profile] hellziggy)

* If You Voted for Obama, Seek Urologic Care Elsewhere’ -- There are no words. I've gotten into political debates with my doctor before-- she's close friends with my husband's family-- and I know that we don't see eye to eye on politics. I'm a liberal Democrat while she is more of a Libertarian, and she *definitely* doesn't support the health care reform bill. On the other hand, she's a smart lady and an incredible doctor so I continue to see her. I could never in a million years see her pulling something like this though. (Via [ profile] doomsey)

* And we're off again. [ profile] doomsey and I are going to Rock Band Night at a friend's house tonight. We're leaving a little bit late because we're going to get dinner on the way there. I think they normally serve pizza at this shindig, but [ profile] doomsey can't eat it because it's Passover. We're probably going to get Mexican instead.
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* Two nights of bad sleep + One night of almost no sleep thanks to my dear friend, insomnia + A phone call from my mom this morning saying that one of my nieces is in the hospital with pneumonia = a very unhappy [ profile] nekosensei. Tomorrow, I might have to baby-sit my other niece. I made sure my mom understood that I have a midterm in one of my classes and that I absolutely can not miss it because the instructor is very strict about make-ups. I did tell my parents that I would be more than happy to baby-sit after the class though.

* While I love the good weather in the spring, one thing I've been noticing over the years is that I struggle a lot with insomnia once the weather starts turning nicer. I'm thinking that that has something to do with the length of the days: the more light we get, the less I sleep. On the other hand, I have absolutely no trouble with insomnia in the winter when the days are shorter. And I don't think it's seasonal affective disorder per se because I don't get depressed; I just sleep more. I'd like the winter better, but the problem is that it's fucking cold here in the winter. I hate it. Hate hate hate hate hate.

* I hope my niece is okay. :( I think I'm going to call my parents for an update before I leave for work.

* And now, onto the good news I was going to share last night, but didn't get around to because it was past my bedtime. My friend [ profile] almeda got me hooked on I managed to trace three branches of my family tree back to Germany and Luxembourg. Of course, it certainly didn't hurt that some distant and some not so distant relatives of mine must also be into genealogy because my family tree bumped into two other family trees: one on my mother's side and one on my father's. I know the people on my mother's side, but I have no idea who we ran into on my father's side. And I'm having a hard time remembering their last name now. I'll have to ask [ profile] almeda if she remembers or if there's a way we can look it up. (And she found it! I asked my dad if he recognized the name, and he said that he didn't). Last night, I did some more digging and found what I think are more relatives on my paternal grandfather's side. Then, before I went to bed, I printed up what I had so I can show it to my parents the next time I see them. They can tell me whether what I have is right or not and fill in some information that I don't know. (Already asked about the research I did last night. I was right!)

Oh...another cool thing is that I found an application for a passport from someone on my mother's side. Looks like both he and his wife were planning a trip to Belgium to visit his mother. I have no idea if she moved from Luxembourg to Belgium, if that side of the family is actually Belgian, or if the borders of the country changed and the town they lived in went from being on the Luxembourg side to the Belgian side. I also found a picture (!!!) and I found out that he came to the US by way of Antwerp in the 1880s or 1890s (!!!). How cool is that!

I think, after all is said and done, I'm going to end up asking [ profile] doomsey if I can purchase a world account so that I can track down other descendants that lived in Germany and Luxembourg. I think I might have a lot of the luck with the German side because a) I suspect I know enough German to read census forms and b) I know where to start looking because I know that one branch comes from Berlin and the other comes from Munich.

So yeah...genealogy is fascinating stuff, isn't it? And I didn't realize until yesterday how easy the website makes it.

* Now I think the migraines might be triggered by both my lack of sleep and problems with my neck muscles. I was trying to lay down earlier, and felt tingling in my right hand. The last time that happened was around the time I was diagnosed with a neck sprain. Great. Just great.

* Called my dad. My niece has improved slightly. They're still going to hang onto her for a few days so they can keep an eye on her. Poor kiddo!
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* Yesterday it was almost 65 degrees and I was able to have the windows open for part of the day. Today, it's 33 degrees and we're expecting between one and three inches of snow. Gotta love Spring in Chicago...

* Oh yeah...headed up to Milwaukee so I can set up a character for a LARP I will be participating in. Fortunately, I'm carpooling with someone else so I won't have to do a fuck-ton of driving.

* Podcasts Podcasts Podcasts. I'm currently listening to NPR's "This American Life" as well as "Buffy Between the Lines" and "Angel Between the Lines" when it's available. Now, I'm looking for more. Anybody know of any free podcasts that you think I'd enjoy listening to?

* Back from driving up to Milwaukee. During the drive there and back, it was snowing south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border, but it wasn't snowing north of the border at all. Weird.

* Please please please let this be true. (Link swiped from [ profile] doomsey)
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* In the news of the weird: Woman Falls Pregnant While Already Pregnant -- Bwah? Is that even possible?

* "A Wedge Into The African-American Community:" Pro-Choicers Fire Back On Abortion And Race -- Yep...what she says. (Link swiped from [ profile] bonobochick)

* Listening to what sounds like a blackbird or a red-winged blackbird outside. God, I love spring.

* Went outside to take pictures of the blackbirds, and I'm glad I did because the weather is gorgeous. It went up to 63 degrees. 63 degrees! In March! Anyhow, I think I might have gotten a few good photos of some blackbirds and a random robin.

* Battle Star Galactica a la Sabotage)

* Warren Ellis challenges his readers to re-design the cover of Superman keeping in mind that the only thing they know about the character is that they dress in blue and wear a red S, nothing else.
Much artwork follows. (Stolen from [ profile] almeda)

* The Washington Post has to defend from bigots its decision to put a gay couple kissing on its front page and Virginia's Attorney General is seeking to end protections for gays in that state's universities. -- This country is so backwards. *sigh* (Link nabbed from [ profile] rm)

* Utah Governor Signs Controversial Law Charging Women and Girls With Murder for Miscarriages -- What was I saying about this country being bassackwards? (Via [ profile] ginmar)
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* I'm feeling much better today. I was actually able to eat breakfast for once. Imagine that!

* Spring is definitely here. Yesterday, I saw a red-winged blackbird. Today, I saw a robin outside my window.

* These guys are nuts. They managed to get into North Korea and take video. Using any footage that was taken to put together a documentary was a big no-no there punishable by prison, but they managed to do it anyway. There are a total of three videos. Make sure you check out all of them. (Link swiped from [ profile] rm)

* Had a fun night tonight, but it's late and I'm not up to talking about it right now. Just going to hit send and do it tomorrow.
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* I started having the same trouble falling asleep last night as I did the night before, until I had the bright idea of grabbing my iPhone and playing an app called Naturespace as ambient noise. Seriously, if you have an iPod or an iPhone and you have a hard time with insomnia, go get this app. It's free.

* Last night, I dreamt it was spring and there were flowers. I particularly like the pretty red ones. Then, I woke up in the morning to discover that a couple more inches of snow fell overnight. Boo.

* Still sick. And now the congestion is kicking in. I'm taking Sudafed, but thankfully, I haven't had any problems with it, which is surprising because the last time I took it, I had some major issues with it.

* Crop Mob. Too bad they don't have anything like this in Illinois. I think I would learn a thing or too. (Link swiped from [ profile] rm)

* Keeping Ancient Samurai Traditions Alive in Japan. A family in Japan is teaching samurai traditions in Kyoto. (Link swiped from [ profile] laurainlimbo)

* This is a cool animation. (Swiped from [ profile] bottledgoose)

* A few days ago, I looked up long-range weather using Farmer's Almanac to get an idea of what the weather would be like in our region in March. This is what it said: "MARCH 2010: temperature 29° (7° below avg.); precipitation 2" (1" below avg.); Mar 1-9: Snow showers, cold; Mar 10-14: Snowstorm, then snow showers, cold; Mar 15-22: Heavy snow, then snow showers, cold; Mar 23-26: Rain and snow, cold; Mar 27-31: Sunny, then rain, turning warm."

I was hoping for an early spring, but according to this, it's going to snow, a lot. And it's going to be colder. Anybody have any idea of how accurate the Farmer's Almanac is? Because if it is somewhat accurate, than next month is going to suck...

* Andrew Koenig found dead in Vancouver. Well shoot. I was hoping that this would have a much better outcome than what it did.
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* this is...weird. It would be cool if there were some merit to it though. (Swiped from [ profile] laurainlimbo

* School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home. Now that's just downright creepy...

* Overall, I think not drinking caffeine is a good thing, but there are some days where I really really miss it. My wagon has been dragging yesterday and today. I could really use a little extra something to kick my ass in gear. Too bad I can't handle stimulants anymore...

* Amanda Palmer has been getting some flak about her new Evelyn Evelyn album; some fans are complaining that it's offensive to disabled people. As for me, I think I'm going to reserve judgment until I hear the album. From what little I've read, Evelyn Evelyn is an album made by a fictitious pair of conjoined twins. subject matter revolves around disabled twins with a difficult live. What's so offensive about that? What's more important is how she deals with the subject matter in her album. If she's pokes fun at them in her music, then yeah, that's going to be a problem. On the other hand, if she's going to use the album to make a statement about disability and what not, then I don't see what the big deal is. My opinion is that people need to calm the fuck down until the album comes out on March 30th.

* Second day in a row that I took a three mile walk. The temperatures went into the lower 40s, so it was definitely a nice afternoon for a walk. If I'm lucky, maybe I'll get in some time to take another walk tomorrow. Also, this spring I intend to take my bike to a bike repair shop to see if I can get a tune up. It's been sitting unused in my garage for several years now. I think it would be nice if I could get out and start biking again.

* Looks like, if things go well, I'm going to do a LARP that meets once a week. It should be a lot of fun.
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* It started snowing ten minutes after I got home. Nice timing.

* Just had someone from USPS come to the door to deliver a package. She didn't ring the doorbell to let me know it was here. No...she just tossed it on the top stoop...from the walk. I heard it go THUD. And there's a new wireless router in there! If it doesn't work, we know who to blame...

* [ profile] doomsey claims I told him to shut up in German when he interrupted me while I was doing my homework. I assure you that anything I told him was in English. I don't even know how to say shut up in German yet! *goes to look it up now that he mentioned it*

* How to say, "Shut up," in German in order of increasing rudeness: in order of increasing rudeness: 1) Halt den Mund!; 2) Halt die Klappe!; 3) Halt's Maul!; 4) Maul halten!; 5) Halt die Schnauze!; 6) Schnauze! (Swiped from Yahoo Answers)

* Yesterday I found out that Fishermen's Inn was closed. Today I found out that Trader Vic's was re-opened. Whoo-hoo! I'm half tempted to ask [ profile] doomsey if we can go there to celebrate my birthday in September.

* I'd never try this, but amusing nonetheless. (Swiped from [ profile] sphix)

* Two-hundred food-related t-shirts. This one is kind of cute. I also think this is kind of funny. Bwahahaha! Look closely at this shirt. Do you see it? (Link swiped from [ profile] tx_cronopio)

* Speaking of t-shirts. I still want this shirt!


Can it be spring now?
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* Woke up this morning to snow. And it's still snowing. Well, today's commute is going to be fun.

* The air raid sirens are going off. Looks outside. Oh no! It's a snowpocalyspse!

Wait. You mean the sirens always go off on the first Tuesday of the month? Okay...never mind then...

* We're only supposed to get one to two inches of snow today, so today won't be so bad, thankfully.

* Just got back from voting in the primaries. I decided to vote for the local guy for Lieutenant Governor even though he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell. If he doesn't win any of the seats he's running for-- he's also on the ballot for precinct committeeman too-- I'm half inclined to write him and suggest that he run for mayor when those elections come up. The guy we currently have in there apparently thinks the economy so bad that he's decided to say fuck it and ask for divine intervention.

* It's late. Time for bed. I took Ambien, and then went downstairs to take care of the things that had to be harvested in Farmville. I figured that I'd be ready to go to bed by the time I was finished, but no, the sillies hit sooner. By the time I was finished, I didn't know whether I was going or coming. Accidentally planted some strawberries. They take four hours to grow so they're probably going to be all rotted by the time I wake tomorrow. Yeah...I'm not with it. Okay...time to get up stairs and go to bed before I start doing something silly like wandering down the street looking at all the pretty lights.


Jan. 27th, 2010 03:40 pm
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Hmmm...maybe if I keep the "Post an Entry" page open in a separate tab, I'll be apt to post more often. I'm trying to keep up the best I can with LJ, but I've been swamped lately. I'm hoping things will calm down in the next week or two.

* A few days ago, [ profile] doomsey suggested that I start writing letters to random politicians to light a fire under their butts about National Health Care Reform. Well, yesterday, I sent out letters to Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Roland Burris. I still have to pen a letter to our representative, Peter Roskam, but I'm busy at the moment so it's going to have to go on the back burner for awhile. I'm not going to be too upset if it doesn't get written; he's against health care reform, and I doubt that there's anything I can say to convince him otherwise.

* While I was at work last night, my best friend called to tell me that she delivered her baby on Saturday through C-section. I tried getting a hold of her this afternoon, but haven't been able to. I'm hoping to visit her either tomorrow or Friday afternoon. I have a baby blanket to drop off for her.

* German class is still going well. This class isn't too challenging for me because it's a beginning class and I tend to pick up languages easily. I'm finding that learning German is much much much easier than learning Japanese. For starters, I don't have to learn a whole knew writing system. Also, it's related to English, and some of the words sound very similar. Now, what's probably going to end up kicking my butt is noun-adjective agreement. I'm not used to a language that has three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter. Spanish only has two genders and Japanese doesn't have any.

* This website,, is entertaining. If you have any questions, ask away! Also, if you create an account, let me know so I can friend you there.

*Brrr...I'm fuh-fuh-freezing. So much for the spring-like weather we've been having...

* Somebody just sent me an email telling me how to check my email.
Well, okay then.

* Aww fuck it. *raises the thermostat*

* For those who know German...Wherein I attempt to use the language )
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And that's it! I'm done! I might drag out the camera and take pictures every couple of weeks or so and post the better ones to [ profile] naturesbeauty or [ profile] lj_photophile, but I'm not taking a picture every day anymore. I need a break from my camera!
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Yeah...aside from posting my picture-a-days and books read, I've haven't been saying very much. Lately, not much has been going on that can't be written in 140 characters or less on Twitter. I'm still reading LJ though, just don't have much to say. Having said that, here's an update.

* We have snow! Thankfully, we don't have nearly as much snow as Wisconsin. Our area stayed warm, so we got a good chunk of our precipitation as rain. Thank God. I was able to go out and get nice pictures for picture-of-the-day. Today I went to Graue Mill in Oak Brook, and took pictures in the snow. I got some good ones.

* I am sooo tired from shoveling snow today. I would have used the snow blower, but there was a lot of slush on the ground, and the snow blower wouldn't have done much good.

* I've been having a lot of weird dreams these past few weeks. Last night, I had two dreams. One was a nightmare about being married to this incredibly abusive guy. I mixed some sleeping pills into his drinks and left while he was asleep. When he woke up and discovered that I was gone, he came after me. Apparently, me leaving him besmirched his honor. Okay buddy... (I got the feeling from the dream that he was a very traditional Muslim). My family hid me in this hotel, and the dude managed to figure out where I was. I dreamt he snuck into my hotel room while I was sleeping. In the dream, I startled awake to the sound of his voice. He cornered me and I ended up fighting with him. Many things were thrown. I got away and someone in the hotel lobby called the police. I hid behind the concierge's desk until the cops came and escorted him out of the building. By the time the dream ended, we were talking about me leaving the country for awhile because the guy just wasn't giving up. We were talking about either Spain or Peru. I woke up and then complained to [ profile] doomsey that I had had a bad nightmare. He was annoyed. I was just plain happy that I had a nice, rational, normal hubby and not scary dream hubby.

The second dream was an afterlife of sorts. If I had to describe the feel of it, it was a mixture of Harry Potter and art house film. Some of the images were surreal, but cool. Living people had a double because they were both body and soul. And omg! Creepy nun-like people wearing gray habits! Where do I pull some of these things out of exactly? I swear...this dream would have been perfect fodder for a novel. Anyhow, at some point, I had made some friends and we were traveling together. None of us knew exactly what was going on, but those that had been dead longer had a better idea how things worked than I did. We all got the impression that the place we were at was temporary, and that we would eventually pass on to another one in a hundred years or so. All of us looked like we were in our late teens-early twenties, which led me to believe that all dead souls took that form. I also didn't remember how I died. At the end of the dream, I was pulled into some kind of "support group" for people who had died young. That's where I found out that the jealous hubby from dream número uno had found me wherever the hell I had run to and killed me. Murder. Lovely.... (There was more to the dream, but...enh...don't feel like going into it right now).

* So...what's with all the dreams about death and dying lately? Well, I'm approaching the two year anniversary of when I damn near dropped dead. Maybe my subconscious mind is still sorting things out. Also, I think part of that second dream might have been motivated by something I had read in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which I had been reading right before I went to bed. That's a very cool book, by the way...

* [ profile] cosettemonster is being barfy again. She was horking up her food last Thursday-Friday. She got better after I gave her a Vitamin B12 shot-- which is usually prescribed to animals with IBD-- but she's been puky again today. If she's not better by tomorrow, I'm calling the vet. She does have the funky kidney values, and the vet told me to watch for throwing up and loss of appetite. I'm not playing around with this.

* For those of you into photography, you guys should check out the LJ community, [ profile] lj_photofile. It's a cool group. Lot's of amazing pictures. I think I might post more of my stuff over there...
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Since the weather forecast said that it was going to rain most of the week except for today, I decided to make a trip out to the zoo. Got a bunch of cute pictures. I think I'm going to end up posting some of them in the days to come.
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Yes, I'm several weeks behind in posting these, but I'm still taking pictures! Here's Week 26!

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