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January 1, 2003

Happy New Year!

It's a brand new year. If I feel like it later I might write something about everything that's happened the past year. Right now I'm just tired and want to sleep, but every time I lay down and close my eyes... nothing. So I end up back on my 'pooter. I'm not up for anything horribly mentally challenging, just mindless enough to keep me occupied until I can fall asleep.

So, Happy New Year!!
and hopefully goodnight soon too.

January 3, 2003


I've got my Special Olympics Polar Plunge page finished, but I can't upload it right now. I'm not on my own computer and that's where the stuff is. I'm going to go home soon and then I'll upload, but everyone be thinking about it in the meantime OK? It's a very good cause, and if you're lucky you'll get to see lots of pictures of me being an idiot, a very cold idiot. What could be more fun than that?

All Done

The Polar Plunge page is finished! There's some pictures from last year's jump and ways you can help out and support Special Olympics. Go check it out... that's an order!

January 4, 2003


J.R.R. Tolkein would have turned eleventy-one yesterday!

And have you checked out the Polar Plunge page yet? No... Well what are you waiting for?!?!

Getting Close...

Only two hits away from the 2000th....

Lucky Girl

Halley is one lucky woman. Lots of snow and a wonderful son. Very Cool.

January 5, 2003

Lord of the Rings

I'm watching LotR for the first time right now. It is amazing! I'm nost sure why, but I find myself very much drawn to the elves.

Frodo has the most incredible eyes. Big and blue, wow. I'm really liking Legolas too. Gollom is creepy, and the Orks are nasty! The photography/cinematography is just amazing. All the different colors and textures that they've been using. The scope of so many of the shots is just mind-boggling.

The whole family is probably going to see The Two Towers tomorrow afternoon, so I'm watching the first one now. I had been waiting to watch it until I finish the books, but then I lost my copy of the first one... So I'm just going to watch them and get around to reading them when I do. I'm going back to watching now...

One last thing - have you checked out the Polar Plunge page yet?

January 6, 2003

Movie Time

Went to the Two Towers with the fam tonight. WOW. Another great movie. Although I was squirming through a lot of the battle scenes. I'm still liking the elves, and the trees were really cool. Walking trees, what an idea. And to make it all come to life pretty darn believably too.

After the movie finished last night I spent at least two hours wandering through the special features. Mostly the interviews on Disc 4. I was really curious about how they did the size thing. Amazing. Especially the forced perspective with the moving camera, very impressive.

January 7, 2003

Work Sucks

I've been at work since 4 p.m. now. And I'm stuck here until at least 9:15 a.m. The only good thing about this is that I'll maybe get overtime out of it. Other than that... nadda. By the time I get to bed I'm only going to be able to sleep for a couple hours and then back to work. Yuck!

Oh well, such is life I guess!

January 8, 2003


Just when I'm feeling crappy about life and everything seems to be sucking... I get a phone call from a station in Virginia that wants to talk to me! I spoke with the production manager there before the holidays, and then nothing much happened. He just called me again though and wants me to talk to the head director there! It seems like they might be actually considering me. How cool is that!

So, anyone live in Norfolk? Watch the ABC affiliate there?

And just to show how exciting my life is... the big event last night at my place was... (drumroll please) Doing the Dishes! I know, high excitement.

January 9, 2003

I'm Not Getting my Hopes Up... No Really!

I talked to the head director from that station I talked about in the post below this one today. Apparently I'm on the short list. Woot! They said they'll be making a decision in the next couple weeks. They want to have it decided before the next book (February)

The thought of moving is kinda scary, but really exciting at the same time. I'm trying very hard not to let my imagination run away with me. If I keep my expectations low then I won't be disapointed when I don't get the job. Right...? Right????? That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

Buy my brain just keeps running ahead full steam without me. Bad Brain! Come back here! Do I not make any plans for the immediate future because I might get this job and that would mess everything up? Or do I make plans as if I'm not going anywhere? I've never been in this situation before and I don't really know what to do. I've been checking cost-of-living calculators to see how that compares. So far all of them I've looked at (6 or 7 total) have the cost of living being very close to what it is where I live now.

I need to stop thinking about this before I'm a nervous wreck. Or before I'm MORE of a nervous wreck than I already am.

January 12, 2003


I just finished Friday's Farscape episode. It was one of the most amazing pieces of television I've seen in quite a while. If you've never seen it you're missing out on something wonderful. There was even a little bit at the end that I could have sworn was supposed to be an X-Files homage. Perhaps I was seeing things, but it sure looked like those two people outside that window were supposed to be Mulder and Scully.

Anyway, if you haven't already go yell at SciFi for cancelling what is one of the most incredible shows around. We aren't asking for forever! Just one more season. That sholdn't be that difficult.

I'm going to go back to arguing with my dad's network again. I need to back up my computer because it needs to go into Best Buy to be looked at. My USB ports inexplicably quit working about a week ago. I want to make sure I have everything backed up before I let them get their grubby hands on my pooter! My dad is letting me use some spare space on his hard drive, but the network isn't letting me on right now. So, I'm sitting in my parents' basement blogging instead! Yep, I'm being productive.

Polar Plunge Update

Yes, I'm still going to jump. This is just to remind everyone that I'm going to be doing it! Have I beaten this horse dead yet?

Anyhoo... yesterday I got 40 hits at my Polar Plunge page. If each of those people had given just a dollar I'd already have $40 for Special Olympics. Unfortunately, they didn't. But that doesn't mean that you can't!

Warning... Hottie Ahead

I have no idea if this show is going to be worth watching, but the first episode had Adrian Paul in his skivies. Multiple times.

That my friends is one hot man!

January 13, 2003

Guess What?

Yep, that's right. I'm at work again in the much too early morning. Why anyone in their right mind voluntarily works this shift is beyond me. Right now I'm still quite awake, I usually don't go to bed for another hour or so. But come 9 a.m. I'm going to be one tired puppy.

Just watched Andy Rooney waste 2 minutes of time on CBS's morning show. Could someone force him to retire and stay that way?

Feel Good

This is a great link. It made me smile right away, it'll make your day a little brighter too. Just go try it!

Link from Gretchen

January 14, 2003

Watch Out, I'm Having A Deep Thought!

Tonight at work we ran a story about some "peace protestors" at the local University. They're headed the big peace rally in DC this weekend. A couple things one of the guys said really bothered me, so like a good blogger I'm going to tell all of you why it upset me! Before you ask, no there isn't a permalink to the story. Our website isn't nearly cool enough to have archives. Stories stay on the site for a day, maybe two. On with the rant.

What he said people his age (college) want...
Most of them want to live happily...they don't want violence...they want to see things resolved in a peaceful manner.

That's all well and good, but what about the people in Iraq? Don't they have a right to live happily? Or the people in North Korea? Sure it'd be great to resolve things peacefully, but that just doesn't seem very realistic right now. Saddam isn't going to just step down because we ask nicely.

The reason he started a "Students for Peace" group shortly after September 11...
The country was becoming too violent---retaliatory--and I wanted a counterbalance to that.

How about justice? Are we allowed to want that? Of course this is going to be violent, look at what they did to us! If we're going to fight this kind of war some good people will get hurt, some innocent people will get hurt. I'm sure those 3,000 people in New York would have liked peace too, but they weren't given that choice. The instant that decision was made, the people behind the decision lost all right to a peaceful resolution.

Part of the reporter's tag...
They're expected to return from D.C. on Sunday...just in time to celebrate the holiday of another peace activist, Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm not quite as sure why this line bugged me so much. I think it's connected to the way I think of MLK. To me he is a civil rights activist, not a peace activist. To me those are two very different things. He was non-violent to be sure, but he was also a champion of people who didn't have a voice. People who were abused and oppressed.

There are millions of people being abused and oppressed across the world right now. Someone has to stand up and say ENOUGH. Pehaps it isn't our place to get involved in other countries business, but what kind of people are we if we let it continue? If you see a man beating his wife, or a parent hurting their child you get involved, right? Why do some people feel that we can't do the same when we see countries abusing their citizens?

Remember Last Tuesday?

And that really long day I had at work? It happened again.

My normal Monday is long to begin with. About 3 p.m. until 2 or 3 a.m., but I usually have a 2 or 3 hour break in the middle. Today (or yesterday actually) I had about 20 minutes to eat dinner and that was it. I worked through till about 2 or 3, and then the morning director decided that he would call in sick. I'm already at work since I'm finishing up a couple things before I go home, so I'm stuck directing the morning show. That means I'm stuck at work until 9:30 in the morning.

I get to leave in about an hour, but then I have to be back by 3 p.m. again. ACK!!! This place is slowly driving me mad I tell you, mad!

But then this could just be sleep deprived delusions talking right now too. You never know..............

Polar Plunge

I just checked the old Polar Plunge page and I've got a $5 pledge! Yippee! Thank you, thank you, thank you! If just eleven more people do the same thing I'll tie my amount from last year.

January 16, 2003

Random Thoughts

I just recently started noticing the little "D" in the lower left of some television shows. It's supposed to indicate that the program is audio described. I think it's wonderful that television is starting to do this, but it just strikes me as a little odd. Let's have a visual cue that something is available for people with low vision or are blind! Kinda like the braille on drive-up ATM's. It's a good start, but someone didn't think it all the way through.

Second random thought... I finally got a second job. It only took two months of looking. It's not the ideal job, but it'll have to do for now. I need the extra money if I'm going to start paying off my credit cards.

And random thought number three... Northwest just added another non-stop flight out of the Cities. It goes to (drumroll please) Norfolk, Virginia! They're running some deals for the next couple months too. I think it's a sign.

That's it for the random thoughts for now I think. But who knows, I may be randomly thinking again soon!


Todd and Whitey just followed Gil into an edit bay.... strange things are running around my head now.

January 17, 2003


This is just a test

Continue reading "Test" »


I'm working on converting this bad boy to Moveable Type so please bear with any weirdness in these parts for the next little bit. Thanx!

Under Conversion

Please bear with me for a bit here. I'm working on converting this blog of mine to Moveable Type. So please be patient with any strangeness around here! Thanx!


OK, this import feature is way cool. In five minutes this thing has all of my Blogger posts here and archived and linked. Wow, just wow. This is one very cool program. Now to get my template to look the way I want it to.

Slowly but Surely

I'm getting there. I'm getting the hang of this slowly and I'm really liking it. The newest thing for me is the CSS. I've never used that before. I'm an html girl. Now I guess I'm going to learn how to be a CSS girl!

Happy Day!!

I just got off the phone with Miss Synergy and Hannah came home yesterday!!!! Happy dance, happy dance!

That's all I had to say, I'm going to go back to working now.

January 18, 2003

Hello Unrealistic Version of Television

I'm watching Thursday's "Good Morning Miami" episode. The main character, who is supposed to be a producer/news director type guy, just told an underling that he couldn't time the script until she typed it into the teleprompter. What the!?!?! Then he used some bizarre clicker thing to advance the prompter. Where are these people getting their information? Scripts, writing, and prompters don't work that way!

January 19, 2003


I'm getting a lot closer on this template thing. Just a few more tweaks and I think I've got it. I'm much closer than I was yesterday though. It's just minor stuff left.

And another exciting development... I actually slept last night! I'm over at my parents' house and Mom & I were watching a movie last night. I fell asleep during the first half an hour of it. I slept (in the big leather lazy boy) from about 10 until 3 this morning. I woke up, moved to the bed in the bedroom downstairs and slept until noon. It felt WONDERFUL!! I haven't had a decent nights sleep in probably two weeks so I'm thrilled.

I just finished watching the movie I fell asleep watching last night. It's really good. The dad especially. He doesn't say a lot, but you always know exactly what he's feeling/thinking just by the way he moves and by his face. I love actors like that. They're the ones that you hardly notice in a movie because they're so good! I'd recommend Billy Elliot to anyone. It has so many really amazing moments. And Billy's grin is just one of the most adorable things I've ever seen!

Race and the Prez

Ever since I heard about our esteemed (or not so esteemed depending on your opion) leader's position on the whole Michigan diversity/quotas/extra points thing, I've known that I agree with him but couldn't come up with a good way to describe my feelings. Allison went and did it for me! Wasn't that nice of her?

I'm all for diversity. But I'm also a big fan of fairness. Yeah I know, life isn't fair. (at least that's what my parents always say)

Continue reading "Race and the Prez" »

I've Got It

Just three little things to do and then my template is what I want! I want to change my "Non-Pingers" roll from the manually coded one I've got now to a blogrolling one. They're just so much easier to deal with that way.

I'm also trying to add the show/hide hack from Scriptygoddess too. I tried it once and ended up with code on my frontpage, so I'm going to try again in a few minutes here.

I also need to add my tracker code. Since I'm not obsessivly refreshing my page anymore I can put it over here without messing up my stats.

And in other news... Farscape is amazing as always. Go yell at SciFi for me OK? I'm heading over there to do that as soon as I finish this episode.

Figured it Out

I figured out the show/hide thingy. So one down, two to go!

I'm off to mess with my blogrolls

Update: I'm done messing with my rolls. Just gotta add my tracking code and I'm done.

January 20, 2003


I just visited a site by accident (typed in the wrong url) and no fewer than SIX pop ups showed up immediately. How to drive customers away perchance?

I was annoyed and needed to rant. That's all!


I think its finished! The three things from my previous post have been delt with and some minor color tweaking, and I think I'm done! Woot!

Now I really need to try to sleep for a while. I have to get up early.

I Better Be Getting Paid for This!

I just spent possibly the most bored eight and a half hours of my life. This supposedly part-time job I've accepted is full time training this week. The trainer seems to think we're all middle school students who need to be shushed every five minutes and has us make posters with the important points from a couple of pages. We spent most of the time taking turns reading paragraphs around the room! ACK!!!! I'm going to scream if I have to take much more of this.

I'm not in middle school! I'm an adult. I expect to be treated as such. If you're smart enough to finish one of the little "review quizes" ahead of the rest of the group you can't even read a book. They expect you to read the manual some more. As if reading it myself, having it read at me, taking a quiz about it, and then making a poster about it wasn't enough.

And to think I'm giving up my favorite part of my real job for a week for this. I can't do graphics all week because training goes until 4:30 p.m., I have to start graphics at 3:00 p.m. So, no graphics for me this week. Keva was kind enough to take three of the shifts for me, and my boss is taking the other two.

Are you sick of me ranting yet? It occurred to me a number of times throughout the day that if I had a Sidekick I could be blogging "under the table" and be considerably less bored! Unfortunately I don't have that kind of money right now. I also know why most customer service people seem so clueless. They really are! I don't know how most of the group graduated high school! OK, maybe that's an exageration, but not by much.

And a sentence that people that know me would find normal, but people who don't would find strange.......

My dad's coming home from India tonight. He was maybe going to be stuck in Delhi, but I haven't heard anything so I'm assuming that he's on his way home.

January 21, 2003

Am I a Bad Person If...

I quit a job after only one day?

The thought of going back there in the morning is just making me cringe. Especially after this horribly long night I'm having.

I'm stuck at work waiting for an edit bay. We have three bays, but two of them are broken. The one that works is being used by people who need it for the morning show. So I'm stuck waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I just need to edit 12 - 30 second spots onto 6 tapes. Take 10 mintues, tops. But I'm stuck waiting. Gack!

I just realized I need to clarify one thing. I love my job, my REAL job. I'm a Director, that's who I am. I'm not some automaton that you can treat like an idiot and demean and expect to work for you! I'm used to being treated like an adult that *gasp* actually knows what they're doing!

Just the fact that I'm having such horrible feelings about this place is making me think that it isn't going to work. I keep trying to tell myself that every hour is another $6 closer to being out of debt, but it isn't working.

My edit bay just cleared out so I'm going to stop ranting now.


I didn't go today.

Anything that makes me that unhappy just isn't worth it. I've already faxed my resume to three places from Sunday's classifieds in an attempt to find something that I can actually stomach!

And something happy... Dolce and I are having a great snuggle right not. I haven't had time to spend any quality snuggle time with him lately, so this is a much desired cuddle.

Blog Love

Chey has declared it Show Jason Blog Love Day. In case you don't know this already Jason is the amazing creator of blogrolling which you should all be using. If you aren't then get your but over to Blogrolling and sign up! It's really easy to use and makes adding and organizing links really easy. He's a blog god so go show him some love!

Congrats Cis!

Ciscley got herself nominated for a Bloggie! Congrats to her.

Now go vote for her and all the other cool people that got nominated.
Michele with rants that make me scream and stories that make me cry
Chris of the cool handwriting layout
Jason and his kickbut blogrolling self

And those are just the ones I go to regularly. I'm going to have to check out all those blogs and apps and figure out for whom to vote!

January 22, 2003

Help a Blogger Out

Zander is doing a school project about the whole Iraq situation and needs our help. Go take his survey. It takes all of ten seconds and it's for a good cause.

And while you're at it help another blogger out. Thanx!

January 23, 2003

Not Again...

It looks like I'm stuck at work again at 4:30 in the morning. What is it with morning camera ops being AWOL? or sick? or whatever he is this morning.

I'd rather direct this monstrosity of a show than do cameras for it anyway. The morning director doesn't have a clue what he's doing and he just annoys the crap out of me. OK, I have to go do work now.

Must. Find. Caffiene.


Shoot, I was going to write something creative here and now I don't remember what it was! Maybe I'll remember later.

January 24, 2003

Friday Five

I haven't done one of these for a while and felt the need to write something today. Since I couldn't come up with anything creative all by my lonesome I'm doing the Friday Five instead!

Continue reading "Friday Five" »

January 26, 2003

Christmas in January

We had the annual "Holiday" party tonight, well really last night. This year was the first that I didn't have to go back to work partway through. It's always an interesting night. Free booze will do that to people. I don't drink, but it's always fun to watch most of my co-workers get completely trashed.

I took a few pictures, not a whole bunch but I think a couple did turn out. There was also a vibrating pen... and the bare butt of a certain weekend sports guy. Our 18-year-old camera op drank at least 3/4 of a pitcher of beer all by herself, then didn't understand why we wouldn't let her drive herself home.

And of course the long anticipated Blooper Reel! Syn and myself spent at least 20 (probably a lot more) hours over the past week putting it together. It ended up at just over 20 minutes long. Everyone really liked it too. That's always so great, to work really hard on something and then have people quite honestly like it.

Eight of us hung around very late at the hotel where the party was until very late. We raided the hotel kitchen earlier in the night, but by 2 in the morning the kitchen was gated off. So we went out to eat instead! I got home around 4:30, sent off an e-mail to a bunch of people and now I'm blogging. Exciting life I lead!

Thank You!!

A big thank you to everyone that's linked to me. It's making my stats go insane, but I can deal with that ;)

Also thanks to whomever gave me another donation, we're now up to $10 for Special Olympics. So go check out the page and if you'd like to help out there's donate buttons there.


Anyone Else Sick of Melissa Stark?

I didn't watch the game at all. I'm really not a big football fan. Please no one kill me, but I just don't "get" why people like it! I'm just watching the post-game nonesense waiting for Alias to start. Gotta have my Sydney kicking butt!

January 27, 2003


My little old Polar Plunge page made it onto the second page of Blogdex. How cool is that?

More Linky Love

More people are stepping out to link my Polar Plunge page. And donations are up to $20. Woot!

Everyone feel free to pass my link around and drum up some support for Special Olympics.

Thank You All Very Very Very Very Very Much!

January 28, 2003


OK, so I haven't really figured out what Blogwhore is yet, but I'm working on it. I do know that Cis asked for some linky love.

Since she was kind enough to give me some linkage, it's only fair that I give her some! Although I would have anyway 'cuz I like her!

So I'm linking to Blogwhore in Ciscley's name.

Couple Things

It's snowing right now, and has been since 7 ish this morning. Maybe it'll actually accumulate and stick this time.

Second thing, did anyone watch ABC's new show "Miracles" last night? I saw bits and pieces of it and work and it seemed interesting. I'm wondering if it's worth my time or not.

And thanks to all those links from such wonderful people I'm almost to 3000 hits. Very cool.

I Love...

The sound fresh snow makes when I walk through it.

Squeak, squeak, squeak...


More people linking to my Polar Plunge page.

And a $50 donation too! I'm now sitting at $71 dollars.


January 29, 2003

Belly Laughs

This link is for Syn. She'll understand when she sees it!


January 30, 2003


In ABC's infinate wisdom they've put a Columbo movie up against CSI & ER. You know Columbo? The weird little detective in the trench coat. For some reason ABC thinks that was a good programming choice.

Oh how I wish I worked for a network that knew what it's doing!

January 31, 2003

New Toys

Syn's new computer arrived last night. We went over to her place after work to set it up. After dealing with some bizarre Dell image program we got it working. Then I went home and we spent the next 5 hours or so chatting on AIM. Total dorks that we are we started watching the same channel... two insomniacs being able to chat on-line for hours one end. Good way to pass the time, but might be keeping us both awake. It's fun either way.

Moron, Party of One

That's me! I'm a complete idiot. My sleep schedule has been so messed up lately. My alarms (I have two) have been waking me up in time for work, but today that didn't happen. My main alarm started going off at noon. I have to be at work at 3. My second alarm goes off at 12:30. I managed to sleep through both of them, and my phone until 4:15.

I am such a moron! I love this job and that I could jeopardize it by something as stupid as this is just eating me up. Why do I self destruct like this? I've got a great thing here and I'm good at it. Why when I do have something good do I mess it up? ACK!!! I'm all frustrated and upset now.

About January 2003

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