October 02, 2005

Why (again)?

Yeah, a poem, I can write. Rewrite a fable with modern day themes- check. A ten minute play?

See Rae.

See Rae fret.

See Rae become anxious.

See Rae stress.

A ten minute play. It will be the death of me, I am sure. Or at least of any remaining brain I have.

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September 07, 2005

What Was I Thinking?

Reading and writing. Reading and writing. I go to sleep surrounded by literary tomes; I awaken before the rise of the sun to finish papers.

Why did I choose English as my major again?

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August 31, 2005

On Assignment: Updated*

*I found favor in my professor eyes and received a 10/10.

A piece was required by my Advanced Grammar professor asking me to "think about my early experiences with reading and writing" and to then write a one page paper that explains or shows how my "past experiences with reading and writing affect your current attitudes about grammar."

My offering:

Proof of Life

I can still feel the ballpoint pen navigating the knolls of the textured wall, the wobbly, blue lines inscriptive of my existence. Having won the handwriting award out of 42 other competing first graders, I was disappointed that it did not look as neat, as crisp on the paint as it did on my papers. My mother was the first to find it. My gorgeous, young mother in overalls and halter, her milk chocolate hair falling down her shoulders, brought me into her bedroom and pointed, just above the baseboard.

“Did you do that?” she queried.

“No,” I replied, my voice flat. I recall wondering why she was insulting me with such a question. Of course I had done it; no one else had award-winning penmanship but me. Why had she given me the opportunity to lie? It was simply irresistible.

“So, you did not take a pen and write your name?” She was doing it again. I rubbed the side of my nose. My hands smelled of crayons, dirt, sweat, and orange peanut butter crackers. “I think I did.”

Muttering something about my being incorrigible, she left the room. I started to follow but was told to “stay right where I was.” She returned with a scrub brush and pail. The sickening institutional odor of pine cleaner filled the air. Stifling a retch, I plunged my hands into the water.

I scrubbed for hours I am sure, but the oil-base didn’t want to let go of my masterpiece. I mindlessly drew the bristles back and forth, occasionally stopping to examine the wrinkles on my hands, the chewed skin around my fingernails. Mother reappeared. She squatted to examine my progress. Still there, mocking us both, “(insert my name here)” persisted in all its glory.

Every night my mother and I read on her bed. She either hadn’t the patience for picture books or felt them beneath her, and so insisted on reading chapter books, sometimes a few pages at a time to keep my wandering mind corralled. She frequently told me that short sentences and big pictures produced shorter attention spans, small minds, limited vocabulary, and she was sure it altered ones genetics to be grammatically challenged. Some nights we took turns reading. Words that I stumbled over, she insisted that I sound out. Tonight we were reading from The Incredible Journey. The ritual was for me to repeat the author’s name before we commenced. I knew that the author was forever connected to her work, her words, by attaching her name to it. The way to immortalize oneself was to make sure that no one ever forgot that by which one was called, recognized, known.

“Sheila Burnford is the author,” I stated.

I saw her eyes flicker, looking back and forth into each of my own. In that moment, I knew she had forgiven me, for both writing my name in ink on the wall and lying about it. Somewhere beneath layers of latex lies proof of my existence, that I was once a child with perfect penmanship on her way to the refinement of syntax and grammar… and prevarication.

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August 11, 2005

Quien es?

Hmm, I wonder who, from Columbia, Missouri, using Socket as an ISP, Googled my name? And why, if they are a friend, they didn't comment on my blog?

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August 05, 2005


the Wit
(52% dark, 39% spontaneous, 22% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

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August 02, 2005

Ring ring

A bottle of Zinfandel, a tub, and the soothing croon of Chiara Civello and Carla Bruni are calling to me.

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July 20, 2005

Right Here, Right Now

Can I just say that going two days without AC in 102 degree heat, making the house a refreshing 91, has made me so appreciate living in this century?

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June 09, 2005

The Chair

After six months of braces, my bottom teeth are now perfectly straight. I now have a lovely permanent retainer glued to the back of my teeth. As I was feeling it over and over and over with my tongue, the assistant said, "And try not to feel the wire with your tongue or it will get sore." Ummmm......

I have extremely sensitive teeth, so frigid water and cold air blasting against my teeth, combined with cotton shoved between my lower lip and my gums made me a bit insane for the four hours I sat in the...Oh, yeah. So it was really about 12 minutes, but when we are talking cold water, cold air, and wads of cotton, time is relative.

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April 13, 2005


How many times can I post that I am tired? Tomorrow night we have our Preview Night in which all the theater majors are invited to come; then we open Thursday, have a matinee and evening performance on Friday, a show on Saturday evening, and some sort of rehearsals next week with only Wednesday off and repeat the performance cycle.

It is fun, but I really don't think I will ever do this again. It simply steals far too much time from me personally and from my time with my girls and R.

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April 08, 2005

Lock Down

I am thinking of making this a password only site for a few months until a certain situation is secure. I would be happy to send passwords to those people of integrity who are regular readers. Some people aren't above board and will use anything to justify their vindicative, caustic motives. I can't allow the words in my posts nor those of people in comments to be used to support you, and you know who you are. You make me wretch.

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April 02, 2005

Some Questions Answered

Dancing Queen, a dear friend from the Mother Land, asked why the musical is kicking my butt.

My analysis:

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March 30, 2005


O.K. I watched the show this morning with the girls, but also recorded it for R to view when he comes home. I have musical rehearsal tonight until 10:30p and am just popping in to say quicky (before I run the girls to swim team, come back get dinner ready, run back to pick-up girls, come home again to drop them off and then hurry off- I will never do a musical again. Ever.) that after I view it again (I need to see it once more), I will then post my thoughts.

Suffice it to say, they edited quite a bit, but not unfairly, but rather to make it appear more equally debated.

Until then, see Jeff's summary in the comments of the previous post.

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March 29, 2005

Am cranky and irritable this

Am cranky and irritable this morning. I am sure it will soon go away. I hope it will go away. It had better go away.....

Updated: Thought another cup of coffee and fifteen more minutes of procrastination would help, but, I am thinking GB is right: I need a nap. Now.

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March 28, 2005


I confess to getting more nervous as the airing of the show gets nearer. Thoughts of vanity (How do I look on television? [The length of my hair interferred with the microphone, so I had to keep it behind my right shoulder] How do I sound on tv- as in the actual sound of my voice, and well-articulated or grasping?) keep running through my mind, as well as concern for how it might be edited.

I am not set up to LiveBlog the show (oh for a Notebook and wireless card!), but will take notes, copy, and publish them immediately following my Mountain Time airing.

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March 14, 2005


My eyes feel like two burnt holes in a sheet, or as A says, "stewed tomatoes."

I am really so very tired......

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March 10, 2005

I've Got Rhythm

Slow on the blogging because this whole song and dance routine, literally, is taking it all out of me.

On the upside, I am getting plenty of exercise and enjoying the whole process. These theatre majors are so dramatic...heh.

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March 07, 2005

These Dreams

Weird dreams last night. Weeeeeeeeiiiirrrrrdddd!

It took years for me to understand why I kept having certain recurring thematic dreams. Once I analyzed it, they stopped.

Now must figure this one out. I hate how strange dreams continue their haunting in the sun.

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March 03, 2005

Grammar Cracker?

This was a fun test.

My Score:
You scored 86% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 72% Expert!
You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.

h/t: Kim- new to my blog.

Looks like Robert the Llama took it and got busted, too.

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February 28, 2005


A local 80's station has arrived to help me skip along the path down memory lane. While driving home from the airport Friday night, I heard "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "You're One of My Kind," "Major Tom (Coming Home)" and "Lonely Ol' Night," just to name a few.

Of course, yesterday while driving to the market after church with the family, I absent-mindedly switched on the radio, typically parked at NPR, only to quickly turn it off again. Billy Idol just wasn't the tone I was looking for.

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January 13, 2005

Pass the Thermometer

Updated: After more rest, I think R and I figured out that it is due to something other than a virus. My neighbor and I haven't been walking or lifting the last eight weeks and just started again on Monday (indoor track at the college). To maintain, I simply kept my caloric intake low (about 1000 calories a day). Well, I forgot to increase that due to increased output. So, a few crunchy tacos and I was feeling better. I even went with E to her tryout and ventured into the closed auditions myself. I got the compliment of my life when E finished her audition and was told "You have a lot of your mother in you." :D So, am on the mend, it isn't a virus, and I plan on walking tomorrow and having an eggwhite omlet as well as other nutrionally healthy meals and snacks. Thanks for the good thoughts :).

At about 10 this morning, I felt like my ears were going to explode and my head was going to cave into itself.

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December 18, 2004

G.I. Rae

From the "A-Real-American-Hero" Department
Jeremy Here

One of the gimmicks I've used on my site was creating individualized "G.I. Joe" file cards for people. Using the HeroMachine character engine.

(Secretly, I've done one for Rae. Okay, so its not so secret)

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December 17, 2004


Well, ya come late to the party, and this is what you get:

Someone already took my utterly brilliant and totally original "Hello? Is this thing on?" idea...

So I leave you with:

Fake News.\

UPDATE: Zombyboy wishes everyone to know that due to a logical inconsistency in the universe, Nathan of Brain Fertilizer, er, fame*, was not able to log-in successfully**, and so Zombyboy graciously allowed Nathan to use his...but would also like to emphasize clearly that Nathan is the author of this crap. Zombyboy was not associated in the production of this post in any way. No Stumpjumpers were harmed in the writing of this post. Any resemblence to any individual, living or dead, is probably worth a good $125,000 to you if you can word the lawsuit correctly.

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December 16, 2004


I am here and tired and whoever designed the Houston airport (aka George H.W. Bush International) must have gotten the blueprints mixed-up with an obstacle course client.

I am, however, thrilled to see my friend. I love how it takes only to be in one another's presence and time picks up where it stood still and distance is nothing but the space between us.

Thank you Guest Bloggers. I will read through everything tomorrow. For now, sleep is begging me to meet up.

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December 12, 2004

A Full House

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence
You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well. An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly. You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view. A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?

That was fun and accurate.

HT- The Royal Flush.

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December 11, 2004

Celebrate Good Times

Goodbye germs! Goodbye Grouchy-Grey-Haired-Grinches (a phrase coined by my lovely little ladies- love of alliteration runs in the family)!

Dood! We got a Dell. (Thank you, K- Amy's prince charming).

Now, pass the hors d'oeuvres, turn up the music, get a refill and enjoy yourselves.

P.S. Oh, and Jeff, this means my cart is officially retired. ;p

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December 07, 2004

A Different Election Night

Last week, I walked into the Friends of the Library meeting as myself. I walked out as the president. Once home, I examined just how that happened. There is a pattern. When someone new comes to the table with ideas, they are immediately pegged as a leader. I confess that I did accept the nomination, but only after I insisted on 30 minutes to think about it. It's not that I didn't want the position, I mean, my sense of vanity was completely appealed to, but I didn't want to over commit myself and in the process shape my name into something that doesn't accurately represent me.

So, after 29 and a half minutes of contemplative thought, I accepted. Behold, the new president of the Friends of the Library.

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October 27, 2004

Less is Better

Perfumes are nice when worn so that only someone very close to you is able to smell your secretly sprayed or doused places.

However, varying perfumes splashed on hither and thither by the pint are rather noxious when one is confined to a small room where there are no windows to open.

I have got to get our computer fixed!

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October 20, 2004



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(Search)Engine trouble

To the searcher looking for "compulsive exaggeration"- congratulations! You've found the correct site.

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October 16, 2004


We're sorry. You have reached a blog that has been disconnected or is no longer in use. Please try your search again. If you need assistance, log into Paypal and send Rae money to purchase a new computer. Thank you. Qwest message number 44569.

O.K. that was my sorry attempt at humor. Am spending the day working on my home computer to get it up and running again. I simply am more obsessive than I realized and can't stand using the public computers any longer (my hands are getting dry from washing them so frequently....)

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October 11, 2004

Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone

Hey there guys! Rae's friend Kris here (shameless link whore). She asked me to let you know that spyware has invaded her computer and until the problem is fixed, her posts will be light, as she will have to go to the library to have internet access. If anyone would like to donate a new computer, please feel free to contact her and ask for donation information. She will be able to "read" her comments via...Me!

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September 24, 2004

Tell Her About It

O.K. I have been getting more hits than normal, but fewer comments than ever.

Silent readers are like silent movies: better with sound.

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September 20, 2004

Prove it to me

There are several ways for one's confidence to receive a bit of a boost and one of those is a cashier thinking two 30-something women are just college girls and requesting to see proof of age.

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September 15, 2004


Nathan and I are published (sort of)!


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September 07, 2004

Touching that which I cannot see

There are several things that soothe my tired soul: soaking in frightfully hot water, reading, and listening to Chopin; the Ballades specifically. So, tonight I am listening to that which soothes my soul. S'il vous plaît, Monsieur Chopin, jouent le piano pour moi?

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September 01, 2004

It's the Age I Tell You

While having my daily with Kris, I all of a sudden remembered that today was September 1. The day I was to report for jury duty at 8 a.m.? It was now 12:35 p.m.?

Kris and I have this policy of "no questions asked" when one of us says "I have to go now." We simply hang-up and wait for the explanation knowing it will come. After throwing the phone to the counter, I frantically dug through the bills, magazines, and other paper products looking for the simple little letter telling me what I needed to do. Finding nothing (but making a rather untidy new set of piles on the floor), I decided to call the county courthouse. The assistant who answered the phone laughed as she transferred the call to the jury woman (forgive my ignorance of her proper title). Lauri was nice and calm. Just what I needed as I realized that with my new hair color (see the very bottom of the sidebar), orange is not very complimentary and the fine would definitely put a damper on my spa weekend plans with Eddie(a female and my college roommate one of my best friends).

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August 27, 2004

Ain't No Sunshine When He's Gone

I can never sleep when my beloved is away. Something in my soul is astir and I miss him as I would if my right leg were missing. He is such a strength and foundation- and he has a nice smile and laugh, too. He makes my glass half-full instead of half-empty. His positive outlook and enthusiasm infect me with good things and a desire to be better; to know better; to believe better.

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August 24, 2004

Mmm-mmm Good

Mmmmm, for a girl born and raised east of the Continental Divide, I sure do love the brew that comes from "High in the Rocky Mountains" companied with a bit of Norah.

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I am soooooo tired. A nap on my comfortable bed. Yes, that would be just lovely....

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August 19, 2004

The Best Day

My idea of a perfect day is to have a pipe leak into my unfinished (thankfully) laundry room. I think that a pipe of the toilet variety would be preferred. Oh, yes! Shop vac-ing, pulling back carpet, ripping up padding-this is the day I planned.

Now, on the non-facetious side of things, at least I am not buryng a spouse or child, right?

Many, many thanks to my neighbor, Heather, for helping rounding up the vac, sop up water, wash linens, etc. That's a real friend, you know: someone who will roll up their sleeves and dig into potentially poopy water to help you out.

P.S. It wasn't mine. Remember, we have three children in this house, one of them under five.

P.S.S. I am now off to a hair appointment (that's another post all together) to get the Julia Roberts out of my hair.

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July 22, 2004


You Are

You are a beautiful person, in a wistful kind of way. If you could, you would spend all your time daydreaming and writing poetry. You are a tragic beauty.

You are sensitive and caring, and you don't take insults well. You don't smile much, but when you do, you really mean it.

People like to be around you because you are a calming influence. You have an appreciation for all things beautiful, and you probably have some potted plants. You also most likely own a cat.

You like Sundays and hot tea. You will spend your entire life yearning for quiet beauty, which is a rarity in this world, so you read a lot.

Everyone you know thinks you're "nice."

Take the Which Led Zeppelin Song Are You? Quiz

Via Z (after a lengthy and fun excavation).

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July 14, 2004

Do Nothing Days

All I wanted to do this morning was sleep late and lounge around in my pajamas; drink my coffee (erm, that's tea, shhh); sit in my living room; stare out at the mountains curtained by the smokey grey clouds; listen to the younger girls giggle while playing dolls.

Alas, piano lessons and grocery shopping and other necessary errands pull me out of my pajamas and into my clothes; off my couch and into my van. The dolls are put away and piano books are collected. So, I will save it for another day.


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July 01, 2004

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

In the interest of full diclosure (Patrick says that I look differently in this photo than the one on the banner), here is the most recent (April 2004) of me (I need to have more, but I am always the one behind the shutter). What do you think?


Again in black and white, one of my favorite mediums:

(Kris and I before stepping out.)
Photo credit: Caleb Tamerius

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June 28, 2004


One year ago today, I published my first post on my very own blog (using Blogger).

My first reader was someone from vail.net (I have yet to know specifically who that is). My first link was from Minnetta. My very first commentor was Kris, who decided to start her own blog and bless us with her thoughts and takes on life.

What a year. I began to blog as a method of relief for my brain from the thousands of thoughts that pass through my head in a day. I had moved 900 miles from a wonderful network of friends and family. It was challenging to say the least.

One day, I recalled a chance meeting with a friendly woman in a Barnes and Noble. We chatted for a moment and she introduced her husband, who is a much better looking version of Robert DeNiro. They mentioned that they kept a blog ("A what?"). We exchanged e-mail addresses and they included their blog address. Kenyon and Julie have since taken down their site, although I still hear from them occasionally as Kenyon is thoughtful and sends me pictures via e-mail of family events. House-of-Boo-Boos was my second link and my inspiration for blogging.

I gained most of my readers through the tongue lashing of The Daily Kos writer (what's his name again?). I guess it goes to show that there's no such thing as bad publicity. A few of my readers came to me via Blog Madness, and I found some of my favorites from that little game myself.

In April (?)I moved over to Munuviana and with the help of The Bartender and Pam (Pam designed the beautiful banner), the move went smoothly and I got out of the (although newly renovated) projects of blogdom.

Through this tiny little space on the web, I have made a few friends, maintained my sanity, and found a way to read the real news of the world-the daily navigation of people through life.

Thanks for a wonderful year.

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June 20, 2004

R&R Requires R&R to Recover

(yawn) Just...recuperating....from ....8 days....of company......

Be back tomorrow or Monday well-rested and ready to type, but for now, it's just me, my book, and my bed.

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June 04, 2004

My bed, my bed, how I love and long for it

Summer is upon us and so are the Mormon Crickets. I am busy with summer plans and company, and thus am tired, so there are few words in my head at the end of the day.

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May 22, 2004

Thank you

Yeeeeee-haw! Blackfive has blogrolled me. Ahem. I mean, thank you very much :)

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May 16, 2004

Rose Colored Glasses

As I slowed down to allow the recommended five car lengths between me and the car that pulled out in front of me (even though I was the only automobile on the road and said other car could have allowed me to pass by and then decide to whip out quickly and slow down immediately to fifteen miles under the posted speed limit after I had driven by-where was this person going that demanded instant entry to the two- lane state highway, but as soon as entrance was accomplished, negated the pressing need?), I began to wonder what things I do that annoy other people. I mean there are a few habits in others that I find challenging to tolerate, but what do others over-look in me?

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May 11, 2004

This aging body...

I...am...exhuasted. I couldn't sleep last night (for reasons that will remain unwritten).

This weekend was so delightful. After E's Pirates of the Carribean sleepover, I carted a few girls home and the rest rode with me to meet their moms at a Mother-Daughter brunch.

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May 03, 2004

Cookies are my favorite treat

Ah, Ith, thanks :).

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April 27, 2004

Oh Where, Oh Where are my Commentors gone?

*sniff sniff* So, I go away on a much needed, very refreshing vacation and many (not all) of my loyal readers and commentors have abandoned me?

I'm with Ith-pass the milk!

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April 12, 2004


When will I learn to save my work while I am working on it, so that when the geriatric computer does something it shouldn't, I simply open the saved file and begin again?

Listen closely....can you hear me growling and swearing (very much under my breath due to the presence of children)?

I am putting myself into time out (with coffee-crummy coffee, too, stinkin' budget) and the computer is going into the stocks, erm, corner.

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April 10, 2004

A Few Things...

O.K. so here is a tiny bit more information about moi-just for the curious...

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