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NERDS! [Feb. 10th, 2005|04:57 pm]
[Current Mood | nerdy]

I am nerdier than 82% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year [Feb. 10th, 2005|09:20 am]
[Current Mood | sick]

It's cold season, folks, and I've had my share now. WC passed on her nasty head cold, and I feel like I've been run over by a truck. I couldn't sleep last night from the head stuffiness and nose blowing that resulted from taking [info]gregmarr's OTC allergy medicine, which is the ONLY thing that seems to work on me. My ears get stuffed to the point where I'm literally deaf in one or both sides. Today it's the right side that's only mildly stuffy, thanks to the medicine, and I can hear.

But I'm totally zoning out. I need a nap.

*gulps down coffee*

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Political Thought for the Day [Feb. 8th, 2005|05:01 pm]
[Current Mood | thoughtful]

"As a former trustee of Social Security and as someone who believes it's one of the most successful programs the federal government has ever created, and also someone who believes that it does have problems, and the problems are growing day by day, I'm very frustrated that we're still debating whether or not there IS a problem. And that the rhetoric has become very partisan and very ideological. The fact of the matter is it is in the public interest to deal with this problem. And to deal with it sooner rather than later.

"Anybody can deal with a problem when you have to deal with it. It's leadership that determines the difference as to whether you deal with it when you should deal with it."

- Dave Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office (a non-partisan agency that watches over how the Federal government spends taxpayers' money and how it administers programs)

He's an "independent" voter, and thinks the SS problem needs to be fixed soon, and not just with privitization, though he favors that as part of a "comprehensive reform package." Here's the full article.
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Do You Remember? [Feb. 8th, 2005|01:41 pm]
[Current Mood | amused]

(thanks to [info]grmbrand and [info]kadnkadnk)

If you read this, even if I don't speak to you often, post a memory of me.
It can be anything you want, it can be good or bad, just so long as it happened.

(Really happened, not fantasy/dream/wish, that's another meme altogether)

Then post this to your journal. See what people remember about you...

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Off to Bed... [Feb. 7th, 2005|08:54 pm]
[Current Mood | accomplished]
[Current Music |80's channel]

Well, the munchkin's been asleep for two solid hours now, at least. Finally.

It took a filter for the vaporizer, I think, to help her breathe well enough to be able to fall asleep properly and stay that way.

I'm praying she makes it through the night (we put her down at 5:30, but she didn't really stay asleep until around 7), but I'm not betting on it - I'm off to bed now, in case she decides to make her presence known in the middle of the night.

Poor kiddo. I hope she's feeling better in the morning. As for me, I'm stir crazy.

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The Morning After [Feb. 7th, 2005|11:50 am]
[Current Mood | stressed]

I was so busy yesterday preparing for the Super Bowl, I didn't really have much chance to pay attention to the pre-game stuff. So I didn't get all worked up like I usually do before a big game. [info]gregmarr surprised me by getting his hair cut when he ran out to get welding gloves... sneaky man. :) WC toddled about the house in her little cheerleader outfit, enjoying having the run of the nice clean floors.

So I wasn't worried. I had picked the Pats, 24-10, and had no reservations. It was merely a matter of watching them get it done.

Until Bill Belichick ended up on the wrong side of the field for the start of the game. I mean, really, how does that happen? That's when the seed of doubt was planted, and began to take root in my very soul.

Every shot of Bill, he looked nervous, unsettled. Something wasn't quite right, I tried not to watch. I had acid reflux. It was awful.

I did not expect the game to be as close as it was. Truth be told, I didn't think T.O. would be a factor, and I didn't worry about Westbrook, because I figured the Pats D could contain him. Eventually, they did, and won the day. Are we spoiled fans? You betcha. :)

I was a *little* disappointed that Brady wasn't the MVP this time around (he'd have tied Montana's record), but he really didn't deserve it - no one player did. Branch was an interesting choice.

As for the tots, WC and her little buddy Andrew played nicely together (heh) for a while, and she eventually got tuckered out. She slept fitfully all night long, and I ended up having to get up at least once every hour to soothe, re-cover, and binkify her. She's been having trouble breathing with this nasty cold she's got, but the fever is gone, so hopefully things will get better. Still, she didn't get nearly enough sleep to handle the daycare routine today, so I'm home with her.

Final thoughts: I need a shower, my kitchen is a wreck again, and Josh Duhamel was on Today. Mmm... ;)

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The House of the Lord [Feb. 4th, 2005|10:53 am]
[Current Mood | anxious]

I got this in an e-mail this morning (author unknown, sorry), and it cracked me up.

Peyton Manning, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Colts flag in the window. "This house is yours for eternity, Peyton," said God. "This is very special... not everyone gets a house up here."

Peyton felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the sidewalk, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a blue and red sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Patriots logo flag, and in every window hung a red Patriots towel.

Peyton looked at God and said, "God, I don't mean to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even went to the Hall of Fame."

"So what's your point, Peyton?" God asked.

"Well, why does Tom Brady get a better house than me?"

God chuckled and replied, "Peyton, that's not Tom's house, it's mine."

Go, PATS!!!
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Current Favorite Song [Feb. 2nd, 2005|02:07 pm]
[Current Mood | hopeful]
[Current Music |John Mayer - Daughters (Electric Guitar Version)]

I heard this on the radio this morning and it actually made me cry.

So of course I had to get it from iTunes. :)

Fathers, be good to your daughters )

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Conversations with a 16-month-old [Feb. 1st, 2005|12:09 pm]
[Current Mood | nostalgic]
[Current Music |Food TV]

Today, WC is 16 months old. I just can't believe it. Since I'm working on her book again, I've been going through "old" photos of her, and I just can't get over how much she's changed and grown. Every day, it's something else that cracks us up and makes me near to weepy with nostalgia. Even [info]jamib has gotten into the act - last week she watched me rocking her in our chair, and commented on how much she's grown.

We had a conversation this morning at breakfast (hers, not mine) that's been making me laugh all day, so I wanted to capture it here for posterity.

WC: "'nana?"
Me: "You want a banana?"
WC: "No."
Me: "No banana?"
WC: "No."
Me: "Are you sure? Look - banana"
WC: "No" (despite reaching for the banana and cramming it gluttonously into her mouth)
Me: "Mmmm. That looks good."
WC: "No."

Happy birthday, baby girl.

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Bug. [Jan. 31st, 2005|11:01 am]
[Current Mood | nauseated]
[Current Music |Everyday Italian]

Yesterday, we put away most of the Christmas decorations - true to my word, they'll all be gone for the Super Bowl - and I actually got a chance to sit down and do another two page spread in [info]ainsleymarr's new scrapbook. Whee!

That's pretty much where the good news ends. It's Monday, and I'm home sick with the very same stomach but that she brought home from daycare. Loverly. I've been awake since about 3 a.m. Can't sleep. Clown will make me puke.

I feel badly that [info]jamib is also sick, but there's something comforting about being able to check in with someone who is sick just like you so you can commiserate and compare the symptoms of the illness's progression. [info]gregmarr isn't as sick as either of us, so he went to work. I hope he doesn't end up coming down with it. If he does, we're totally screwed, because now WC's feeling better...

I am SO hungry. Must stop watching cooking shows...

UPDATE, Feb 1 AM: Why waste an entire post to talk about how I still haven't kept down any solid food, but I'm drinking ginger ale now. The headache lingers, and I feel like I've been run over by a truck, but I got a lot of sleep last night. Working from home until I can get some food down.

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Scrap Happy [Jan. 30th, 2005|10:00 am]
[Current Mood | accomplished]
[Current Music |Blues Clues & assorted whining]

At [info]robynespo's invitation, I attended a Creative Memories class yesterday. I didn't really learn alot, and I didn't even really need to use any of the teacher's tools (she did give me some black letters for my Halloween 2003 page), but I did finish [info]ainsleymarr's "baby book". The Halloween spread was the last page I needed to get her baby book up through December 03, and that's all the room I have in there.

Since [info]gregmarr and [info]nick_44 were still watching LOTR:ROK when we were finished, [info]lcmed and I set up shop in her dining room for some more scrapping. I finished the first page in WC's new book. It's just a single page about her name, and it features a picture [info]gregmarr took of a Scrabble board with her full name spelled out on it. Geeky, you betcha. :)

Now I need to start planning out the remainder of the book. I want to try to get all of 2004 in one book, but I have a TON of photos I want to use, and they're totally not organized or anything. *sigh* It's daunting, but exciting all at once.

This relaxing afternoon was brought to us by [info]jamib, who watched WC all afternoon. Or would have, had she not slept the entire time. :)

Turns out, my poor baby is sick. She's been congested and coughing for the better part of a week, so I figured it was just a cold. Now she has something up with her tummy and she's dehydrated. Also had a fever last night of 101 and change. This morning, it was down to 99, but she's all whiny and clingy. Which is ok, since I miss her actually wanting to snuggle with me. :)

Note to scrappers: I booked a class for a Sunday afternoon in March. It's going to be just borders - the consultant will show us how to make some borders with matching journaling blocks and such. I'm not sure how much the kit will cost, but everything will be included. No books, no photos, just borders, baby. I thought it would be a nice change, since for me, borders are the most time consuming part. :) If you're interested, drop me an e-mail - it's the Sunday before Palm Sunday.

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Pop Quiz, Hotshot! [Jan. 29th, 2005|07:33 am]
So you think you know me? Do you? Well prove it - take my quiz.

Take my Quiz! and then Check out the Scoreboard!
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Quote of the Day [Jan. 28th, 2005|09:25 am]
[Current Mood | accomplished]

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get." - William Feather (American writer & publisher)

Rock on.

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WDO Haiku [Jan. 25th, 2005|01:30 pm]
[Current Mood | angry]

Cold, musty office
Is now damp and reeks of bleach
Still we have no home

(It's more like lemons than bleach, my ASS. Lemony freshness does not give me a headache.)

Today's location: Morgan C, where it's toasty warm, not stinky, and yet... the heaters make noise.

"Why does God hate us?"

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Men. [Jan. 24th, 2005|05:04 pm]
[Current Mood | crazy]

(Context: [info]crmnlgrc_feed and I lamenting on how our respective SO's have made our first annual football pool so unenjoyable...)

amymarrmobile: I hate men.
amymarrmobile: They're good for only one thing
amymarrmobile: and even that, sometimes not so much ;)
parzlee: shoveling?
amymarrmobile: ok, two things... :)

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Unexpected [Jan. 24th, 2005|12:36 pm]
[Current Mood | surprised]
[Current Music |Play With Me Sesame]

This morning, there was no question that WPI would be open. Despite the state of emergency, which apparently got cancelled overnight, WPI was open for business as usual.

The drive in wasn't bad... until I hit the Worcester line on 122. I'm serious. It's as if Worcester doesn't plow. Some nitwit cut me off and I ended up doing some plowing of my own - into a snowbank. We were fine, car was fine, and onward we went.

When I pulled into the parking lot at the daycare, I knew something was up. There were parents in the lot, with kids, all talking. Turns out, only two teachers had shown up, the building was locked, and no one knew where the director was. The center was not supposed to be closed - WPI was open, and there was no announcement that any of us saw or heard. The parents were furious; I'm glad I have a flexible job!

I ended up hauling WC along with me to a meeting with my boss and some library staff, mostly because I had no other option. She doesn't know any WPI staffers well enough to stay with them for any amount of time, and she was pretty clingy. She tolerated it well, all things considered, and after the meeting we came home.

And so began my unexpected day off. Soon, WC will nap, and I can get some actual work done.

Ah well. My office is only 51 degrees today, anyway. :)

Another unexpected event - WC talked to the TV for the first time today.

Moose: "Those are all great words that start with the "buh" sound. Do you know some more words that start with the "buh" sound?"

WC (waving her hand): Bye!


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Let it Snow [Jan. 22nd, 2005|09:40 pm]
[Current Mood | surprised]
[Current Music |Super Bowl XXXVIII DVD]

Since [info]gregmarr was off with Troop 107 in NH this weekend, [info]ainsleymarr and I enjoyed a brief visit with Uncle Nick and Auntie Carol last night, then a leisurely evening at home. This morning, she frantically searched for her daddy, first looking under the blankets on our bed, then running about the house. The plaintive "Dada? Dada?" was heartbreaking. Poor kid.

We breakfasted on cheerios and juice in the big bed, watching the weather reports come in. Then I put on some toddler music and we played in her room (she with a pot, a sieve and some tennis balls, I with her old clothes and toys and some totes) until [info]jamib arrived for our little shopping trip. We decided to head up to the Pheasant Lane Mall in NH. We had planned to stop for breakfast on the way, but [info]ainsleymarr fell asleep, so we decided to let sleeping babes lie and just skip breakfast in favor of an early lunch... which turned into a normal lunch. At Shorty's. We finally made it to the mall at around 1:30 or so (after many wrong turns and such), and ended up being pretty disappointed. Should have gone somewhere else, but we wanted to try a mall we don't get to a lot.

We made it back home by 5, just as the snow was starting to accumulate a little on the roads. Driving wasn't bad. We ate some dinner, and [info]jamib headed home, hopefully on somewhat plowed roads. Then I got a surprise phone call - turns out the scouts decided not to try to wait out the storm, and [info]gregmarr was coming home early! [info]ainsleymarr was elated to see her beloved "Dada!" before going to bed.

Now we're all home safe and warm, with plenty to eat, drink, and bundle up in, despite our parents' concerns. Honestly, people, it's a snowstorm, and I'm married to an Eagle Scout - how could I NOT be prepared?

We don't yet own a copy of 21, but in order to help get us into the football spirit, we're watching our Super Bowl XXXVIII DVD. A particular highlight was watching Game 10 vs. the Colts...

NFL Commentator: "Continually praised for his intelligence and field awareness... Peyton Manning looked dumbstruck by the Patriots' defensive"

Me: "Or just dumb..."

I think The Peyton Manning Face is waaaay better than The Derek Lowe Face... I never get tired of it. ;)


Just laughed at this line, from last year's AFC Championship game vs. The Peyton Manning Face...

Commentator: "When Manning was free to pass, his favorite target ended up being Ty Law."

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Knitting Junkie [Jan. 19th, 2005|04:34 pm]
[Current Mood | crazy]

I have many addictions which require that I exercise self-control when I shop, only I apparently haven't any (I have been known to walk into a children's clothing store and not buy anything, but that's rare).

On my way home today, I stopped at Classic Yarns of Grafton. It seems that bamboo needles and I don't get along. I've now owned two sets and they both suck - I knit pretty tightly, which makes sliding stitches around on needles challenging when the needles only add to the friction. Ugh. So I stopped to pick up a pair of Addi Turbo 10.5 24" circulars and of course ended up fondling yarn throughout the store.

Then I remembered that I had a pattern for a cute hat I've been wanting to try crocheting - Joan's daughter made it and she'd never crocheted before, so I figured it was worth a shot. That, and it's just adorable. Rewarding myself for finishing WC's poncho (I didn't do the hood yet, and she probably won't be able to wear it until she's 4, it's so big), I started hunting for the right yarn for it and found Dalgarn Baby Ull 4227. Of course, since I was only then missing the hook, I bought that, too. I'm lucky I got out with just that stuff.


I am a weak woman.

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Reminder [Jan. 19th, 2005|10:59 am]
[Current Mood | happy]
[Current Music |Random Campus Center chatter]

I asked [info]crmnlgrc_feed to send me an e-mail reminder regarding bring my cat toy (laser pointer) to today's presentation to the president. Here it is:

Subject: laaaaaazer
"Don't forget your laser pointer. We'll need it to attach to the sharks for our big tank of doom."

It made me laugh. :)


The presentation itself went well. The new president was very impressed with all the work we've done and gave us his blessing on the project. HUGE kudos to [info]troybthompson who, quite frankly, did most of the work on this. I'm told I did well presenting, but I said "um" no fewer than 5 times.
I hate that.

The office is too cold, so we got permission from our boss to work from home. It's always good to ask if you can do this after you give a stellar presentation of some stellar work to a rather particular individual. :)

So, I'm going to knitting and then heading home. Hopefully.

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Stunning [Jan. 17th, 2005|09:32 pm]
Got moronic e-mail through WC's Web site. Note the total lack of punctuation and capitalization.

okay, it's kinda freaky that you have your baby's face pasted all
over the internet

i was searching for a store, and i found a website where some kid's
parents act as their 1 year old child and type in a blog, acting as the kid,
about the kid's life

isn't this what those books are for? oh boy.....

find something better to do with your life .. and plus, if you keep
this up, your precious baby's gonna get abducted. i mean, since everyone
knows what she looks like and everything

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