Sunday, December 19, 2004
We were almost done with the paper, when I heard a call go over the scanner about a fire in Lehigh. I told the person on desk, who shall remain nameless. She sent the reporter on duty and the main photographer to Lehigh to get information and photos. Neither of them knew exactly where they were going, and took a long time to find exactly where the fire was. The front page was held back until after 11 p.m. when the deadline is 10:30 p.m. The reporter called back and gave a bit more information, while driving back to Fort Dodge. The person on desk (who was on the phone with the person who will be on desk on Sunday night) said that the reporter should go back and get as much information and "color" as possible since we missed deadline anyway. The idea was that it would help who ever has to write the more complete story for Monday's paper.
The reporter told me that she was nearly out of gas. I suggested that she go to my house and my husband would drive her to Lehigh in his car. I would hurry home so that we would not leave my kids home alone (illegal and dangerous). I told the person on desk that I was rushing home to be home with my kids so that my husband could drive the reporter around. The person on desk ordered me to update the Web site before I left. I was not happy.
I realize now that I should have just told the reporter to finish driving back to Fort Dodge, get gas and drive back to Lehigh. That would have wasted gas, but wouldn't have taken any longer.
Now it's 2 a.m. and I have to go to bed so I can get up in the morning, prepare my Sunday School lesson (which I was too agitated to concentrate on) and get ready for church. I can't even skip sacrament meeting because it's the Christmas program and I have a speaking part. I just remembered the Relief Society sisters are singing a song, so I have a singing part as well. I just hope my eyes will stay open long enough for all that.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
The Llama Song
here's a llama
there's a llama
and another little llama
fuzzy llama funny llama
llama llama duck!
llama llama cheesecake llama
tablet brick potato llama
llama llama mushroom llama
llama llama duck!
i was once a treehouse
i lived in a cake
but i never saw the way
the orange slayed the rake
i was only three years dead
but it told a tale
and now listen, little child
to the safety rail
did you ever see a llama?
kiss a llama on the llama
llama's llama tastes a llama
llama llama duck!
half a llama twice the llama
not a llama farmer llama
llama in a car
alarm a llama llama duck!
is it how it's told now?
is it all so old?
is it made of lemon juice?
doorknob ankle cold
i've run out of luck
time for me to retire now
and become a duck.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Speaking selfishly, from the standpoint of someone who works at a newspaper, the whole "he's dead," "he's not dead," "he's in a coma," "he's not in a coma," "okay he's really dead now" thing has been wearing on the nerves. Every night we were checking on updates to make sure that if he really died, we could get it in the newspaper. The Associated Press had stories saying he was dead last week.
I remembered back to the early days of SNL, when they did the news and would say, "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead."
Apparently I'm not the only one to think of this.
Monday, November 8, 2004
So we went to Rent-A-Center and rented an IBM. It was previously rented. It had problems from the beginning - Norton Antivirus kept popping up and saying it was killing viruses. Well, how did all these viruses get on there when we just got the darn thing? Kent couldn't figure out how he could download and install programs - I figured out how to set him up as a computer administrator. It's our first experience with Windows XP.
So, this morning, Kent woke me up during my nap to tell me he got out computer running. Lovely. I went back to bed. When I got up just before noon, he had taken the IBM back to Rent-A-Center and brought back a new-in-the-box Dell. I'm hoping we only keep it for the two weeks that are paid for, but he's going to be hard to convince. I already love this machine and want one just like it, but I don't want to pay their price.
Monday, November 1, 2004
I had told the girls that they would not go trick-or-treating because Halloween is on Sunday. I wanted them to know that Sunday is a special day and there are some activities that aren't appropriate. Well, Kent took Cayla trick or treating. He would have taken Amanda, but she decided that was her turn on the computer. I was disappointed - I think he did it for the candy. Cayla is only 8, so the blame lies on Kent.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Kent has decided to go visit some friend of his in Canada. Some Internet friend. Allegedly a male. Whoop-ti-do. He's going to buy his bus ticket next week, then go the following week. Doesn't matter what goes on here - the fact that I work evenings and even if I can get Mom or my nieces to babysit, I would be bringing the girls home late and disrupt their sleeping habits doesn't matter. Just lovely.
I haven't prepared my Sunday School lesson yet. I'll do that after I get up. I have to remember to go into work a bit earlier because I have to make sure a fax gets sent by 5 p.m.
I was watching an episode of Farscape - Home on the Remains - the other night and a commercial for Claritin came on during the show. Wow - talk about synchronicity.
There was a "Fall Festival" at church - Friday night, tonight, whatever you want to call it. I'm still up, so it seems like tonight. Anyway, I had to leave my girls at church with Jessica and Suzanna so I could go back to work. I got my car back after it not working for a week. I had to have it towed into town ($50), then repaired ($213.69). It was the starter. I had to drive to the garage to get my keys, drive home, wait for Kent to get off the computer so we could drive back to town with the girls, cash a check, go eat at Taco Bell, pick up my car, (this is where Kent drove the girls to church and waited til I got there), buy some candy to hand out for trunk-or-treat in the parking lot, and drive to church. Dropped the candy and our Halloween bowl off with Jessica, got a cookie that Cayla decorated, and went back to work. Jessica called about an hour later and I picked them (Jessica, Suzanna, Suzanna's friend, Amanda, Cayla) up and drove Suzanna and her friend to her friend's house, and Jessica, Amanda and Cayla over to Donna's. Then back to work. After work, picked up the girls and went to Wal-Mart. Then home, and on the computer.
Now, to bed.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
I've signed up for NaNoWriMo. I have no idea what I'll write about, but I've started a blog about it. So, we'll see how that turns out. (Update: I've delected the blog because there wasn't that much to it and I didn't get very far on the novel. Oh, well, there's always next year.)
Saturday, October 16, 2004
That's the plus side. The down side is that I haven't finished preparing my lesson for tomorrow. I have to work today. So, I can either work on it now or after work. My hours are somewhat flexible so I can go in now or in a couple of hours. I probably won't get off work any earlier either way. Kent wants the computer right now. So I guess I'll go work on it in another room. ;)
Monday, October 11, 2004
Ward business was the confirmation of a girl who had been baptized. There was some stake business, then the sacrament was passed. I was confused. Two weeks ago, Bishop Dick asked me to accept a calling. Because of General Conference last week, this was the first week I could be sustained.
During the sacrament song, Brother Thomas came down off the stand and asked me if I had been sustained yet. I said, "no." He went back up and I knew that it would be taken care of after the sacrament was passed. I was right.
Mary Dick gave the first sacrament talk - and talked about families - past, present and future. I think she figured she was running out of time, because she didn't really talk about future families. We sang another hymn and then our stake high councilman spoke - Brother Bishop. I couldn't help but wonder if he had ever been a bishop ... that was too obvious.
After sacrament meeting, Mom told me that she sat near the back so she could look around and see if anyone raised their hand on "opposed" when I was being sustained. ROFL.
Terry Dillon gave the lesson (for the last time in that class) so I could watch to see how things go. We didn't have Sunday School last week because of General Conference, and I missed most of the previous Sunday's lesson because I was asked to help out in the nursery.
I think they were softening me up by asking me to help in nursery - when church was over that day, the bishop asked me to accept the calling to be the Gospel Doctrine teacher. I would have agreed to practically anything to escape nursery, I think! ;) I'm kidding - partly. My kids are 8 and 11 now, so it's been quite awhile since I dealt with 1- and 2-year-olds.
So, church was over at 1 p.m. and I had to wait for the very busy bishop for nearly an hour to be set apart. The kids were cranky and bored. Cayla was flopping around on the sofa in the foyer. Apparently she was feeling despondent because she wasn't chosen to participate in a special song in the Primary sacrament meeting in two weeks. Two other girls are doing a duet. I explained to her that one of the girls has a piano in her house, and her mom plays the organ in sacrament meeting - they can practice every day. I'm hoping to be able to get a cheap electronic keyboard that sounds like a piano so I can practice playing the piano.
It's definitely time for me to go to bed now. Good night.
Friday, October 8, 2004
We've had a lot happen in the last 2 1/2 months. Cayla cut her finger badly on Aug. 7 and had to have stitches. We went to Nauvoo on a 2-day trip. That is not nearly enough time to see anything at all. Even Kent wants to go back, which is amazing. Especially since we spent time with Dad and Michele, probably Kent's two least favorite people in my family ... which is saying quite a lot.
School started at the end of August. Cayla is in third grade and the TAG - Talented and Gifted - program at school. Amanda is in sixth grade. Kent still hasn't found a job, but we're trying to get an Internet business going. Interested in learning how to sell on eBay and make money?
We have two more Web sites that we are paying for, but don't have a solid idea on what to sell. We need to get set up with a product line and wholesaler - preferably one who will dropship orders.
Kent's car has an unusual problem - the front passenger window motor doesn't work, and the window will come down on its own. A replacement motor is about $280. He's got duct tape across the top of the window to give it grip, and a shim covered in duct tape at the bottom to hold it up. It's going to have to wait, though, because we just don't have the money.
That will do for now. I'll have more updates after Sunday - waiting on confirmation of something.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
So, then we went to Taco Tico for a taco that she would like. She was mightily pleased.
We dropped off the video and headed downtown to see what was going on with the RAGBRAI festivities. We parked south of The Messenger building and walked down to the square. Cayla found a game of Twister in progress and joined in the next game. She loves Twister. She kept trying to start a new game even when nobody wanted to play.
We also encountered a clown who recognized Cayla from Fall Fest. This clown does spinning plates - plates are plastic and shaped with a cone in the middle. Cayla did the trick at Fall Fest and at RAGBRAI.. She likes that, too.
So, it was a little mom-and-daughter time for just the two of us. ;)
Sunday, July 18, 2004
We're in a similar situation here. Kent got a call Thursday that basically told him that he doesn't have a job. Since I don't want to screw up his chances at unemployment, I won't name names, but I find it odd that about 3 weeks ago, a new person was hired, the previous site supervisor was let go and the new person was made supervisor. Just this last week, another new person was trained, and Kent is let go. The really coincidental thing is that the new site supervisor apparently knew this new person because they worked together at their previous place of employment. I wonder how many more friends the new supervisor has and will they also be applying to work there.
The good news is, that unlike the mother in The Days, I won't "suddenly find myself pregnant." My chaos doesn't include that, there is enough other stuff to go around. I have an 11-year-old (yeah, Amanda's birthday was July 13) who is addicted to video games to the point of staying up all night to play, and an 8-year-old who is way too conscientious and concerned to the point of trying to be the mom. It makes me feel like I'm not doing the job right.
I may have to start driving Kent's car to save on gas - he drives an Escort wagon, I drive a Buick LeSabre. Mine is automatic, his is a stick-shift. I love automatic transmission cars, but his car is so much more economical. Plus, I can just turn on my radio - his has a removable faceplate - just one more hassle.
I know this is just a bunch of complaining, so sorry. I'll go play Kingdom of Loathing now and you can go about your business. ;)
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Amanda's birthday was yesterday. We went to the library for a magic show with Allen Roen. It was pretty cool. We went home for awhile, I took a nap, then we went to a nature program at Kennedy Park and to Pizza Hut for supper. (Kids eat free on Tuesday nights)
Amanda's friend Tabitha gave her a couple of books about horses - instant hit. Cayla and I picked out a small Magnetix kit for Amanda. She loves it. I think I'll get her a bigger set tomorrow when I get paid. I just noticed that on the side of the box it tells you what color the pieces are - we got her yellow, but her favorite color is red. I want to get her a set that has more kinds of pieces.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
I ran over a skunk on the way home from work tonight. I don't think I hit it, just ran over it. However, I did scare the crap out of it, so to speak. I didn't smell anything until I got out of the car, then I smelled a faint skunk smell. It seems to be getting a little stronger.
I've had Gmail for over a week and still no invitations to share.I promised to share my first invite on Hatrack and haven't been able to keep my promise.
While at work tonight, I heard a call on the scanner about a 10-50 (accident) involving an ATV. The first call said it was at 400 Rake Street in Otho. Subsequent messages from the LEC dispatcher said it was on Highway Street next to the park. Highway Street is one block west of the park, which is bounded by Rake Street on the west. So, the first address was right. They got it right eventually.
Sunday I was at work and asked Kent to tape "The Music Man" for me. He had Amanda do it. She started it when asked, and it ran for 2 hours. Unfortunately, the movie is longer than 2 hours. Oh, well. We had better figure this out before Friday night, because the (2-hour) season premiere of Stargate SG-1 will be on and I have to work.
Okay, enough random babble for now.
Sunday, July 4, 2004
Yesterday, on the way to work, my odometer rolled over to 278,000 miles.
I don't lock my car any more (except last night) because when I do, the front passenger door tends to not unlock. This forces Mom to sit in the back seat when I drive her places, and she won't/can't use the seat belt in the back.
Last night I left work and went to Hy-Vee. During my shopping trip, I realized how tired I was and called Kent to ask him to come into town and pick me up. He and the girls came to get me. I parked my car in the Big Lots parking lot away from the store, and locked it. We haven't gone back to get it yet.
I had to go into town this morning by myself because I found out we were completely out of toilet paper. I thought we had some in the small bathroom, but found out I was wrong. I wanted to have Kent drive and the girls would have to go, but Cayla wouldn't wake up. So I went by myself.
We need to get our sleep cycles back to something closer to normal. Amanda is staying up all night to play Graal and sleeping during the day. I'm staying up late (or early, if you want to look at it that way). Cayla stays up late, too. She's always hard to wake up, even when she sleeps "regular" hours.
Friday, July 2, 2004
That's what I said when I found out my emails had been disabled by my esteemed ISP.
Yesterday I called to cancel Frontier Choices since I'm not using the options. They offered to take $20 off my bill for six months if I would keep it for that time. I agreed. Several times during the conversation I repeated that I wanted to keep my DSL.
Today I checked my email and found my accounts were disable. My web pages were gone. I called tech support. They said I asked to delete my account. NOT!
GRRR. It's all back, I think. I have to go to work, so I can't follow through and check on everything. GRRR.
Internet Explorer users might want to take that as a good example - if you consider how bad cigarettes are for your health. I am tired of popups and don't want spyware on my computer. I'm not important enought to warrant hacking, but the whole thing is just getting out of hand. I like surfing the Internet and popups are like hidden rocks in the water.
Don't mind me - after all, this is my random babble.
Thursday, July 1, 2004
The four of us went to supper at BK tonight. I discovered they are promoting The Simple Life 2 - Road Trip. I can't begin to express the level of thrill I am feeling. Remind me not to eat in the dining room at BK until this is over.
Every time I hear Paris Hilton's name, I recall that her great-great-grandmother (Conrad Hilton's mother) was Mary Laufersweiler. As in Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa. And, I can't help but wonder why they don't have a season of The Simple Life in Fort Dodge. Paris could visit her Laufersweiler cousins and learn all about the funeral home business. I bet they would be thrilled.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
I should go to work - should have gone already. I have to work about 10 hours today and tomorrow - each day. Crap. I hate when I do this, yet I do it every week.
Payday is tomorrow. That's good, because I am soooo broke. I'll be soooo broke again on Friday, but at least the rent will be paid.
Oh, and got my hair cut yesterday. Kent did it with his hair clippers. He did a pretty good job, judging by the compliments I got at work, but he cut it about 3 inches shorter than I asked. I need to find a scissors to clip a section that didn't get cut to the same length as the rest.
Monday, June 28, 2004
And, tonight on Hatrack River, some people said there was "a nasty and vulgar message that looked like the site had been hacked." Since IE is more vulnerable to hacking, I am trying Firefox. We'll see how it goes. I like that it imported my bookmarks, but I don't like that it rearranged them. I don't even know what the criteria was - they aren't in alphabetical or chronological order as far as I can tell.
And ... earlier I took the girls into town. I needed to pick up one more item for my exchange gift (group of online friends/acquaintenances). We got that, went for ice cream and headed over to Oleson Park. That part was a surprise for the girls. We looked at the animals, walking as far along the south part of the fence as we could going west. There is a path that goes down, but it's closed. There's a rickety bridge going across a stream and I wouldn't let the girls go that way, so we had to head back. I took pictures of the animals and Amanda and Cayla.
The girls wanted to go play, so I said okay. I took a couple of pictures of them on the swings, then Amanda went to the other set of swings. I tried to take a picture of Cayla and she turned her back to me. I got upset and formatted the card, deleting all the pictures. I know it's childish, but I'm tired of taking pictures of the back of people's heads when they turn their back on me. Maybe I'll confine myself to taking pictures of flowers and storms - they can't complain.
And I'm up to October 2000 of the Sluggy Freelance comics. I'll get caught up yet.
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004
I want Gmail. I can't think of any humorous or original things to offer.
I signed up for GraalOnline this week and Amanda is spending even more time on it and is just as hard to pry off the computer. Her excuse used to be that she had to give her money to somebody, since when she would log off her game wasn't saved. Now she has some other excuse.
Friday, June 18, 2004
Today I tried to start the Ultimate Weight Loss Solution plan. I had a scrambled egg with cheddar-jack (not low-fat, though) cheese on a flour tortilla. The tortilla isn't in the plan. I also had strawberries.
For lunch, I had a chicken quesadilla - 2 slices of cheese, rotisserie chicken, 2 tortillas that are still not on the plan.
I took a nap, did half of the walking video and got ready for work. So, now it's off to work. La di da ...
Thursday, June 17, 2004
So, I'm trying Blogger again. We'll see what happens.
Monday, January 19, 2004
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Well, things are in a turmoil on a board I've been on since September. A group of people started a separate board and kept it secret. If they had said, we're starting a board, I think maybe it wouldn't have been so bad... but they invited only a few. The people on the original board deleted everyone who went to the secret board. Now there are messages on at least 4 boards: womansday.com (where the origanal group met), the first board, the secret board, an open board started by someone from the original board... and the fun never ends. There are extra open boards started by people on the original board, but they didn't try to sneak around. At least that's the rationale I'm hearing.
I messed up and missed the deadline to get an extension for housing, so I have to reapply and the waiting list is about 3 months long.
And that's all for now.