Archive for the ‘at home’ Category

If You Build It, No One Will Come…

I threw the yard together in a few hours. No where as big as previous years, but that turned out to be good because we had so few Trick-or-Treaters. The gates at the development were kept closed so we think that’s why. I may not need to decorate next year if they decide to do it again next year.

Halloween Musical Numbers

Can anyone do this to my house? How much would you charge?

Thriller

Beetlejuice (from 2008)

Worth A Thousand?

Any wonder this was in the clearance rack?

Any wonder this was in the clearence rack?

Some botonist got a good laugh when he named this one.

The first choice for lesbians!

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The New Year is starting off with a bang. I’ve already had to work Sunday to try and get some requests done. My co-worker is working from home and coming in for a few hours every few days. He is having severe back trouble. It’s a tough situation for him, and changes everything at work. I have to say each day has been an adventure.

But I am training our mailroom guy to assist me. It’s only for the afternoon hours, but any help is better than none. Hopefully someday he can be brought on FT at the Help Desk.

The weekend was quite exciting for the Hubby as he bought a new SUV. Now I have to help him get his cell to hook up to the car’s bluetooth connection. It’s a color he wasn’t really wanting (red), but he can live with it. He got a great deal.

I downloaded the Windows 7 beta and hoping to get it running soon. I’ve heard almost nothing but good things about it. Really, the only bad things I’ve heard have been from people who seem to be stuck in their XP ways and don’t want to change. They are in for a surprise. Already some of the newer PC’s and hardware coming out will not run with XP. It’s time to prepare for a move, folks. I can’t wait because of all the good reports about 7. I hope to start testing our environment here at work on Windows 7 very soon.

I changed the layout of my blog. I loved that Christmas layout – it was perfect and the whole design was great, but the Holidays are over with. But it will probably appear next November.

And finally, I’ve started filming long segments of my pond with my Flip Minio camcorder. I put the camcorder on the tripod, aim it at a different place in the pond, and let it record. I’m hoping to put together a video showing it off.

Later!

Put It Away

Yesterday we spent the day putting away the decorations. The Hubby is going to be very busy starting on the 2nd of January so it was a good day to do it. He actually took down the outdoor lights while I worked in the pond cleaning it up and repotting a few of the plants and removing dead leaves that were covering the bottom of the pond.

After a quick lunch at Panera and a run to BJ’s for some groceries we were home and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening removing the tree decorations. Since I had to work today I went to bed at 10. The only thing left was the tree itself and all the storage crates that needed to go in the attic. We’ll see them again in about 11 months.

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Weekend Fun

I had a great time on Friday. I took the day off from work and spent it all day with the Hubby. We ran to stores getting more Halloween decor. After getting home we spent the rest of the afternoon putting the finishing touches on our graveyard. He took lots of pictures so I hope to have a few of them up here soon.

Saturday was spent tearing our graveyard apart and finding space to temporarily store all the crates of decorations. We can’t get them into the attic because the garage is full of new cabinets and appliances that we are having installed. We then went to a Halloween party and along the way stopped at quite a few stores to buy more decorations at 50% off! I cleaned the Target out of all their Halloween Junior Mints!

Sadly, I did find that the only Atlanta Bread Company in the area is closed. It’s now a wings and BBQ restaurant. We also passed a few Waffle Houses that were dark.

And finally, here’s how much I paid for gas on my way to work on Sunday:

Please don’t forget to vote. And no matter if you vote REP or DEM, just please vote No on 2 if you live in Florida, and No on 8 if you live in California. Discrimination should not be made legal because the next thing the Religious Right will fight for is putting the LGBT population into concentration camps.

Dare I Say, “Going Down In Flames” Again?

I would say “Like sister, like sister”, But Ms. Spears little sister has dragged their family name further into the mud, and possibly for good.

When I first heard Jamie-Lynn Spears was pregnant I didn’t think much of it. I only knew she wasn’t psycho as her sister. Maybe she’s learned by watching the sad mess that is her older sibling. Good for her!

Until I found out the trampette is only 16 years old! The flood gates are opening and she (and the family) are going to have to weather a shit-storm from outraged religious and parenting groups. A co-worker even told me that their Mom was working on a book about parenting. Sweetie, better hit the delete button on that file. And I bet you Nickelodeon is not going to renew the teen program she stars in for another season. Hell, I bet the Academy is embarrassed for nominating the program for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2005 now.

There has got to be a double-wide trailer she and her sister can share now.

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Well, Christmas is almost here. I think I can finish it by purchasing one last gift…just gotta wade through the crowds at the Snobby Millinea Mall to get it. As the Hubby performs in the choir as many evenings as much as he can, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to get his gifts wrapped. Work has slowed down since the initial server dilemma, and with most of the executives off this week already, it’s getting quieter by the minute. And our company was even nice enough to give us the day before Christmas off as a paid holiday!

Coming soon: some pictures of the “kids” for Christmas.

Linux Taking Over Christmas?

I noticed something the other day at Walgreen’s. They had their Christmas candy stuff up and there was this two-foot tall chocolate penguin.

Then I started seeing penguins everywhere in holiday decorations. Is this the first year for them? I sure don’t remember them last year.

Penguins

Oh well, tomorrow kicks off this crazy season. We are supposed to go see Enchanted tonight. A friend of ours saw a sneak preview and really liked it.

At work I found out our hot Hispanic maintenance guy is getting a divorce. Stud, I’ll try keeping you satisfied until you find someone else.

Otherwise I’m off until next Monday. We now have two Thanksgivings to go to since the Hubby’s sister has moved up here. So everyone eat safe and see you next week.

Watermelon, Watermelon, Watermelon…

Yes…nothing going on here today. I went to bed early last night (before 10 PM!) as I wasn’t feeling so hot with recent sinus problems. Hubby got home at some point. The dogs woke me up barking and running to the front door then I was back out. I talked to him today and he actually enjoyed the concert…said the comedian was funnier than when he watched him on TV. He acted pleasantly to the third person in the group. He said the best part were the two teens sitting behind them they chatted with before the show. One of teens kept saying things that had double entendres but would quickly ad, “…but I’m not gay!” after each of them. Thou dost protest too much, methinks. But he was young so could come bursting out of the closet at any moment.

Half day tomorrow, but I switched with one of my co-workers so I’m actually in at 1:30 PM. I can sleep in!

Same Bat Time…Same Bat Channel

For those of you paying attention, yesterday’s entry was a tongue-in-cheek post about me deciding if I should go to class or attend our HOA meeting where things could get really spicy because it was the election meeting.

Well, I did go to class. I got there early, worked on the next lab assignment and got it signed off by the professor. The only other thing they were doing that night, besides lab work, was going over the next chapter and reading it for myself is just as useful as him going through the PowerPoint presentation. Got there and the meeting hadn’t even started. They were still trying to collect the proxy to see if they had enough to form a quorum (I believe that’s 20%).

An issue arose which the legal rep brought to the meetings attention (we really did have a large turn out). It seems another group of people were handing out their own proxies to people before the meeting. Well, it happens to be three people who want to take over the HOA board because they don’t like the current members’ way of running things.

With a Q&A session with the legal rep he explained the issue: these new proxies were not illegal, but if we were to accept them as legal, it was leaving us open to litigation in the future (meaning more money spent from our reserves to retain his company’s services). He advised postponing the meeting 30 to 60 days and let him review and research everything.

There were the few who were behind the three men (they were the ones who clapped when they spoke) but most residents were pissed that we could not form a quorum and get business done and that they would have to come back. I don’t think the “3-Headed Monster” intended that to happen but feel it’s a victory of sorts. What I don’t think they know is who some of their opposition is. As I spoke with our president about Internet stuff I am now handling, Mr. X. told the president what he is planning to do to legally discredit the group – and the president let him know that all paperwork was public record so he would have no problem.

The annoying part is I can’t vote nor be on any of the official committees because I am not on the deed for the home, only the hubby is. So any work I do is assisting those on the committees.

But I do have to say it was a lot more fun than class.

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I’m still getting used to my new work schedule. My group has gone to 9 hour days Mon-Thu, and then we each work a half day on Fri, staggered so there’s always coverage. At least I get the opening shift. Tomorrow I plan on getting my new PC up and running at home. Tonight we are putting the PS3 out and attaching it to the HD TV. Now that I’ve gotten my 5 free Blu-Ray movies from Sony so we can legitimately call it a DVD player, not just a gaming machine (The hubby is no good at video games so he needed another good reason for me to permanently set it up).

School Or Scandal?

Here’s the issue I’m trying to decide on:

Tonight I have class. But tonight is also our development’s Annual Meeting where the residents have ballots to vote on some changes and nominate a new President or Board member if they want. I’ve got news that the former president is trying to get back into power (during his reign he was called something very nasty by someone else on the board in one of the meetings in front of everyone because of his behavior) and many of the regular attendees can attest to how bad he was. He’s been off the Board for several years (only showing up occasionally at meetings to bitch about something) but has been getting a group of residents to back him. If that weren’t enough, I just got more insider info that this person and some of his “supporters” are behind on their HOA dues – – – and the by-laws state that residents behind on dues can’t have their ballots counted! Woohoo! Our property management’s legal guy will also be there to oversee the festivities.

So which will it be?