Friday, September 28, 2007

Thoughts of the Day

Disclaimer: Just in case I have not said it before, I am not politically minded. I am neither a democrat nor republican. I do not vote in primaries, but do vote in general elections. I don’t debate politics as I do not have the knowledge to make informed comments. 1. I heard on NPR this morning that the military in Myanmar is beating up the protesting monks. If this is true, don’t they know that beating up a monk is bad for one’s karma? 2. Is it not realistic to expect someone to know what you are thinking or know what you want them to know without telling them? I gave up mind reading long ago, but some people have not learned that about me despite repeated reminders. 3. While someone can make me frustrated and angry, they cannot dictate the actions I take or do not take based on those feelings. 4.A new Stargate Atlantis will help make it all better. 5. Someone will always be better off than me. Somone will always be worse off than me. I need to be content with what I have.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Weekend in Review

This weekend went very well. While not too much happened, I did have a good class Sabbath morning and the children's story went smoothly. I even made it to the 10am Sunday church committee meeting early! Yes it lasted just over two hours, but it was very productive. I even found some time for dishes and laundry. I just need to convince myself to make vacuuming a priority. The only bad part to this weekend was when I tried to boot up my laptop. I'm getting a nasty hard drive "SMART failure" error message and can't boot up. I got a possible fix from the internet, but that will only work if I can get my laptop to start up with the command prompts. Cross your fingers. If it doesn't work, I'm off to visit the Geek Squad. My laptop is probably about 5 years old, so it may be a lost cause. I would like to save all of my files though. We'll see.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

No rest for the weary...

It has been an interesting two days. Monday night, after a new traffic system update that kept me at work until almost 8pm, I drove out to Knoxville, TN. For those who don't know the geography, that is 381 miles east of Memphis and is even in another time zone. Why? To attend the UT Knoxville job fair. Once again, you ask "Why?" Because a couple of months ago my dear boss said that HE wanted to go. I understand that we need to go to as many job fairs and recruiting events as possible. It's just that when someone says that they want to go to something and then proceed to remove themselves from the situation, it kinda gets under my skin. None of the managers would go with me and E's schedule changed, so she couldn't come with me. And you know that cancelling the booth that we paid for was not an option. What options were left? For me to go alone. And I did. I took a total of less than 15 minutes for potty breaks and lunch during the 5 hour event (with no one else there, any time I left the booth it was empty, not a good thing at a job fair). Oh, and right after taking down the booth yesterday, I started on the 381 mile trip home. What fun! I can't think of a better way to spend time than 11 hours of driving--5 there and 6 back thanks to Nashville's 5p rush hour. At least I was smart enough to get some audio books and made it through 1 1/2 books in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I've been wanting to start this series ever since reading a short story by Child in the anthology Thriller. Oh, and I want to make my way to prayer meeting tonight (I enjoy Pastor Lombard's Bible study methods), I have a school board meeting tomorrow night, Sabbath School (long, sad for me story that can be shortened to the end result: I'm now the de facto Youth Sabbath School leader) and Children's Story this week, a church strategic planning meeting at 10a on Sunday, the U of M job fair next Wednesday, and am taking O'Malley to the Vet next Thursday for her annual shots and nail clipping session. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I've been in Memphis too Long

You Are 72% Massachusetts
You're pretty Massachusetts, but you're starting to slip. Go eat a bulky roll and flip off a New Yorker.
How Massachusetts Are You?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Same Ol' Same Ol'

There hasn't been much going on for the last couple of weeks. I'm still dealing with some trace symptoms from the two-week-old wasp sting, but it is more annoying than painful. My doctor decided that it would be best for me to keep an Epi Pen Kit in my medicine cabinet on the off chance that the ginormous allergic reaction ever morphs into a deadly reaction. Best to be prepared than to be dead. Home ownership is going well. I need to figure out a good cleaning schedule and then it would be better. I lugged some tree limbs to the front of the house this week and was rewarded with a teeny, tiny splinter--which may even be the tip of a thorn--in my middle finger. What makes this one fun is that it is so small and completely under the skin that there is no way to get it out. I've already tried squeezing it and soaking it in hot water in an attempt to bring it to the surface. There is quite a red bump forming. If anyone has some insight on it, that would be most helpful. I guess it could be worse. I could have shingles like my brother. (There is nothing like several contracts falling through on the house you are trying to sell, two kids under the age of 5, and a new job to stress you out!)