Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
I hope they get all this resolved soon!
FDA Tests Show Chemical in Pet Food
1) I learnt a new word today. Nosology, the science of classification of diseases. Cool. One should always learn something every day.
2) Spring is definitely here. We've had weather in the 70s and 80s, although tonight it's a little nippy with the wind, but still pleasant. All sorts of things are blooming, and the air is heavy with scents (and allergens). A mustard plant in the back of my building shot up in two days' time, it seemed, and it's blooming already. We had quite a spring storm the other day; it woke me up with lightning in the morning and the creek behind my apartment was swollen, but as far as I know we didn't have any of the problems others did with the line of thunderstorms.
3)I so need to do laundry tomorrow. I found a suit one of my co-workers gave me (her daughter had lost weight and had been my size) that hasn't been worn. Guess what I'll be in tomorrow?
Well, that's it. I'm finished eating; time to go to bed. 'Night.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
So in the meantime I have boxes of books, CDs, magazines, an old printer on my library tables. And I have to get it cleared by tomorrow afternoon, when a nursing class comes in to use the meeting space.
Well, at least it should be interesting tomorrow. I hope they've taken the carrel upstairs. I need to store a lot under and on it.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
|You Are a Mermaid|
You are a total daydreamer, and people tend to think you're flakier than you actually are.
While your head is often in the clouds, you'll always come back to earth to help someone in need.
Beyond being a caring person, you are also very intelligent and rational.
You understand the connections of the universe better than almost anyone else.
|You Can Change Your Life, But It Won't Be Easy|
You really, truly want to change. You're just not sure that you can do it.
You need a solid plan, supportive friends, and a strong will.
Think about times you've made hard changes, and what you did to get through them.
A change is in your future - you just need a little help getting started.
|You Are a Blue Flower|
A blue flower tends to represent peace, openness, and balance.
At times, you are very delicate like a cornflower.
And at other times, you are wise like an iris.
And more than you wish, you're a little cold, like a blue hydrangea.
|Your Career Type: Social|
You are helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.
Your talents lie in teaching, nursing, giving information, and solving social problems.
You would make an excellent:
Counselor - Dental Hygienist - Librarian
Nurse - Parole Officer - Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist - Social Worker - Teacher
The worst career options for your are realistic careers, like truck driver or farmer.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
|You Are a "Don't Tread On Me" Libertarian|
You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don't belong in either party.
Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion... and you feel opressed by both.
You don't want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else's for that matter.
You're proud to say that you're pro-choice on absolutely everything!
Incidentally, I always hated 'Muskrat Love' by Captain & Tennille--and for that matter, didn't really care for 'The Wedding Song (There is Love)' even though it played at my wedding (I always found their music way too saccharine.) :).
I did stop by Kroger during the morning errand run and bought a couple of cyclamen plants. They're variegated with pretty pink flowers. I really wanted to get some beautiful (and fragrant) gold and orange freesias, but they were $20 a pot and I couldn't justify that. The cyclamen are smaller (and cheaper), but between the bright flowers and the bright wrappers they came in, they've dressed my desk nicely.
My boss at the gas station paid for our supper tonight out of appreciation where I'd been working so many extra hours and the guy I was working with was coming over from another store. We had Subway. I had a footlong, something I haven't done in quite awhile, tuna on Italian herbs and cheese bread, with veggies, spicy mustard, and oregano. Yummy. :)
Then there were the notes to do, and of course, the nightly taxi service. Now I'm home. Cerys ran over my foot with her claws on the way outside. Ouch. I really need to get her nails clipped, and I have the money right now, but I'm weighing it against the upcoming tax bill.
Hope your work week started out well.
Monday, March 26, 2007
The game was riveting, enjoyable, and full of action. First we fought a proto-matter conglomeration of the town aldermen. Then we found the Mi-Go (Fungi from Yuggoth) base, fought Greys (you know, the aliens with the grey skin and big black eyes) and zorched five Mi-Go, then sealed their gate. One of the Fungi managed to destroy their work, which had the added benefit of destroying all the proto-matter that had infested the town, making for easier cleanup. A young girl whose pregnancy had been altered by them lost her baby, but lived herself. But not everyone was so lucky. Those altered by the Mi-Go had their alien organs dissolve. This happened to one of the player characters whose GI tract had been replaced during a space of missing time. We were able to put the character into a suspended animation-style trance, but it will only stave off the inevitable if we can't find her help. The mages would normally be the first to contact, but they're unreachable. So Margaret, our newest player, has lost her first character, at least for now. I have to admit, the stories in Delta Green's version of Cthulhu are pretty brutal. From what our game master has said, they're not particularly campaign-oriented, and player characters are expected to die right and left. And this particular story didn't even include sanity rewards. :(
Oh well, it was interesting, and we got to impersonate the FBI (at the FBI's request, but with plausible deniability, so it was best not to get caught). But Men in Black (or some sort of agency) showed up at the end and ushered us off the site as soon as we finished the aliens off. So we have some questions as to who's running the show (and whether Greys are real aliens are just proto-matter goo used as fronts by the Mi-Go).
I love Chtulhu. I am sorry about Margaret's character, Sarai Ahn, though. Maybe it's just selfish, though, but I'm so glad it wasn't my character. He'd already been in a major plane crash on his way to his first mission. It was a completely random roll to see who was affected, at least. He did have the distinction of being hit with friendly fire (an arrow to the thigh), though. But I think he did well considering his main weapon, the mystical sword of doom, is still in Chicago in the hands of the airline and he'll have to go there to get it back. Ah, bureaucracy. Give me Mi-Go any day by comparison. You know they're evil bugs trying to put your brain in a jar. It's pretty simple; the lines are neatly drawn. Much easier than real life. It's the other things the GM throws at us that usually throw us for a loop, like cultists with guns, crazy homocidal secretaries, and legal hurdles. :)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
|What Your Soul Really Looks Like|
You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or eve a completely different life.
You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.
You believe that people see you as larger than life and important. While this is true, they also think you're a bit full of yourself.
Your near future is a lot like the present, and as far as you're concerned, that's a very good thing.
For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.
|The True You|
You want your girlfriend or boyfriend to do more for you.
With respect to money, you spend as little as possible.
You think good luck depends on maintaining good relationships with others.
The hidden side of your personality tends to be satisfied to care for things with a minimal amount of effort.
You are the type of person who assumes that the world revolves around yourself.
When it comes to finding a romantic partner, you base your search on information from your friends.
Sometimes it's the low humour in life that makes your day. :)
I came home from work, had some pizza, then took a nap. Now every part of my body hurts. I can understand my feet; I was on them for seven hours today. But everything else? It's like a deep ache, not so much in my joints, but in my muscles. Which sounds exactly like what a friend had the other day. So maybe I'm coming down with something.
Rat Poison Found in Tainted Pet Food
A mystery, and one that is unfortunately causing a great deal of grief for families of affected pets.
Friday, March 23, 2007
It's a shame that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer has returned. Edwards is my second choice for President (well, really the main choice, as much as I like Dennis Kucinich, whom I voted for in the primary last election and will probably do so again, I can't see him going all the way to the general election in 2008. We'll see. But I do like Edwards, especially since he seems to be reaching out towards those of us who are liberals. I can't say I care for Hillary Clinton, although I do like Barak Obama. It'll be difficult to choose. I prefer those who are opposed to the war, obviously, and who are progressive in their leanings, or at least liberal on social issues. I suppose right now I'd have to rank them Kucinich, Edwards, and Obama. That may change, depending on how the campaigns go and how much more I learn about the candidates' positions.
I know it will be very hard for Edwards to maintin his campaign and balance his family duties, but I'm impressed he's going to try.
COPA (Child Online Protection Act), enacted in 1998, had some serious flaws. Among others it violated the free speech rights of Americans. It also proposed using credit cards to verfify the user's status as an adult, which seems pretty stupid, although I'm sure it was well-meant. I mean, I'm not going to use a credit card to verify a person's age before selling him or her tobacco or alcohol. That would be crazy. Lots of minors have access to such cards.
I'm sorry that there hasn't been a good solution to keeping online predators and pornography away from children. But this wasn't one, and I'm glad the court has struck it down.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Supernatural is great
I don't get to watch it much because some of its ideas are being incorporated into our game, and it wouldn't do to have an extra advantage over the other players, but the two episodes I've seen have been excellent. Tonight the two brothers were pursuing a werewolf.
Sam (whom I think is the hottest and likable of the brothers) fell hard for a girl who turned out to be the werewolf. In the end, despite trying a cure, they weren't able to save her. She asked Sam to shoot her with the silver bullet himself, which he did. There was much crying that ensued, both by Sam and even Dean, and me. It was very sad. I was asked if I could do that. I think I could, but thankfully, as there are no werewolves to my knowledge, I don't have to really consider that. But what if the person you loved were killing others, and had no control over that? And what if they were a creature that you couldn't just call the police and hand over to? It was a good premiss.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
|In 1967 (the year you were born)|
Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US
President Johnson and Soviet premiere Aleksei Kosygin agree not to let any crisis push them into war
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black Supreme Court justice
The first home microwave is released by Amana
Dave Matthews, Kurt Cobain, Liz Phair, Vin Diesel, Julia Roberts, and Anna Nicole Smith are born
St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series
Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I
Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup
Disney's The Jungle Book and The Graduate are the top grossing films
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is published
Paul McCartney announces that all four members of the Beatles have "dropped acid"
For the first time, Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire during a concert in London
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released
The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published
The FCC orders that cigarette ads on television, radio and in print must include a warning about the health risks of smoking
|You Have a Melancholic Temperament|
Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything.
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.
Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.
At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.
Reed Elsevier and the arms trade
Sign the petition requesting that Reed Elsevier stop organising the arms fairs. I'm number 1019 on the list.
In other news, Chiquita, best known for its bananas, has been fined $25 million for making payments to terrorist militias in Colombia supposedly to protect its employees. Despite being told over and over again that these payments were illegal, executives continued to okay the cheques (and eventually cash disbursements) up until 2004, when they sold off their interests in Colombia. For more on the story and some of the background of Chiquita, check out TruthDig's Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal. I know, it's a terribly liberal site. But the story has been covered by a variety of media, so feel free to Google the story elsewhere if you have an objection or are uncomfortable with their bias. Also, you can view Chiquita's statement online as well. In their favour, they voluntarily came to the Department of Justice with the information--although apparently not as soon as they should have. This fine is part of a plea agreement.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
|You Should Learn French|
C'est super! You appreciate the finer things in life... wine, art, cheese, love affairs.
You are definitely a Parisian at heart. You just need your tongue to catch up...
Okay, I stayed up way too late working on the taxes. Time to go to bed. 'Night.
|Your Political Profile:|
|Overall: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal|
|Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal|
|Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal|
|Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal|
|Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal|
|Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal|
I still need to check with the IRS and the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet to see if the copy I have of my return is in error, since I actually received bills and paid them, rather than getting a refund, I'm pretty sure.
I hate tax time this year.
Monday, March 19, 2007
|Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)|
Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.
Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.
Harry Potter Star Stalked
One does wonder how a random fan managed to waltz into her school. She's hired a private bodyguard, though, so hopefully that--along with the police involvement--should keep such incursions to a minimum. Still, it's got to be hard to try to keep a normal life at your local school when you're being stalked.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
For details of which specific brands are involved, click this link:http://www.menufoods.com/recall/. It's mostly store propietary brands in the can or pouches. They include major stores (Kroger, Meijer, Save-a-Lot, Winn-Dixie) and also premium foods such as Iams and Eukanuba.
Thousands march in Washington, other U.S. cities to protest Iraq war
Four years of death and destruction, with no clear end in sight--I opposed this war then, I oppose it now. We should have be concentrating on Osama bin Laden and Al Quaeda, not invading another country entirely. I'm not saying that nothing good has come out of the war; Saddam Hussein's toppling was a good thing. But that wasn't ostensibly why we entered this war, and the reasons were tenuous at best, lies at worst. But now things have degenerated into a civil war, and the whole thing's a mess.
I still support the troops, but I think this is an unjust war. And the cost to coalition members and particularly the Iraqi people are staggering. Please, to those in charge of this fiasco, please end it soon.
|You Are 72% Open|
You're a pretty open person - and you don't mind sharing the good, bad, and sometimes ugly.
And while sometimes you do catch yourself blabbing on, you usually exhibit restraint.
You're openness is quite refreshing, and it encourages other people to be open with you!
Friday, March 16, 2007
|Your True Love Will Find You Eventually|
You definitely put yourself out there a little - but you could be doing more.
If you're truly looking for love, try doing more things and meeting more people.
You don't have to actively look for love, you just need to stay active.
Be out there a little more, and the right person will find you!
|You Are A Rowan Tree|
You are full of charm and cheer. You light up a room.
And while you crave attention, you do it without ego.
You are an interesting mix of contradictions - and very unpredictable.
You are both dependent and independent, calm and restless.
You are passionate, emotional, gregarious, and (at times) unforgiving.
Mind you, it's probably all a crock, but there you have it. When I changed my name I didn't care for most of my maternal surnames (Craig, Lamb, Roach, Reardon, among others), but I have for some time been drawn to the rowan tree with its rich folklore (it's supposed to be a powerful amulet of protection). So, I went with Rowan. [As to why I changed my name, I was divesting myself of my father's name, since we were estranged. Also, I never cared for the name Broadbent]. Since I was changing the last name, I went for broke and changed the whole thing from Lisa Kay Broadbent to Elisabeth Eilir Aranea Rowan. That way I'm still Lisa (short for Elisabeth). But online I use Eilir Rowan, which is terribly Pagan (Eilir means spring, rebirth, or butterfly in Welsh, and Alban Eilir is one name for the vernal equinox that Pagans celebrate as a holiday).
Motive unknown in New York City shooting rampage
David Garvin shot a Greenwich Village pizzeria employee, Alfredo Romero Morales, in the back fifteen times, then shot two police auxiliary officers--Yevgeniy Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo, who were unarmed volunteers on patrol--before being gunned down by the regular police. Authorities believe that he plotted revenge for a friend's firing from the pizzeria. An ex-Marine less than honourably discharged from the service, Garvin had, according to a family member, displayed paranoid ideation over the last few years. He had nearly 100 rounds of ammunition on him. Scary.
The two officers who were killed will be given full police honours although technically it is not required for the auxiliaries. Also, there have been calls for changes that could make things safer for the auxiliary police force, such as uniforms that are markedly different from the regular police.
What a waste, and a shame, because it really looks like mental illness was involved.
Like Seti@home, the Folding@home project (so named because it runs protein folding simulations) has been running on computers, but with the addition of the powerful game systems, studies that used to take two years could take about a month, if enough PS3 owners participate.
The projects include studies on
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Huntington's Disease
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta
- Parkinson's Disease
- Ribosome & antibiotics
Thursday, March 15, 2007
It's been a landmark since 1969, and when it burnt due to arson a couple of years ago, there were some who wondered it it would survive. But the owner has carefully rebuilt the castle and has plans to finish it--something that had not been done before.
Thereafter, twice each year, [the owner] will consider leasing out the entire facility, with its spectacular views of the countryside and its proximity to Keeneland Race Course, to discriminating individuals seeking unique tourist accommodations. At other times during the year, portions of the Castle may be rented to guests wishing to enjoy sophisticated lodging in a true medieval setting.
And, as the owner has steadfastly promised, the Castle will be available for select meetings, parties, and weddings annually.
No word on how expensive it would be, but what bride wouldn't want to get married in a castle as part of a fairy-tale wedding? :)
Anyway, it's good to see it being rehabilitated.
I forgot to mention last night that we had a brief thunderstorm that nearly took out the power while I was at work. The battery backup/surge protector I have now did an excellent job with it. Yay, APC!
|You Are a Hunter Soul|
You are driven and ambitious - totally self motiviated to succeed
Actively working to acheive what you want, you are skillful in many areas.
You are a natural predator with strong instincts ... and more than a little demanding.
You are creative, energetic, and an extremely powerful force.
An outdoors person, you like animals and relate to them better than people.
You tend to have an explosive personality, but also a good sense of humor.
People sometimes see you as arrogant or a know it all.
You tend to be a bit of a loner, though you hate to be alone.
Souls you are most compatible with: Seeker Soul and Peacemaker Soul
Some random things--
Tuesday morning I overslept even though I'd had a chance to recover some of the sleep I'd lost on Saturday night. My blood sugar was pretty high, so I think that was a factor. I never heard my alarm, and according to my clock, I never tried resetting it or anything. It's a little disturbing--I've had one other time when I was supposed to go get someone late at night and slept right through the meeting. My friends tried calling me to no avail, so one of them called another set of friends who had a car and sent them over to check on me. The doorbell never woke me up. Finally, they knocked on my window and set Cerys barking. I finally woke up, groggy, feeling practically drunk. Blood sugar ups and downs are touchy, scary things.
Fortunately the errands I was to run Tuesday afternoon were postponed, so I was able to go home on a nice sunny, warm spring-like day, prop the window open, and I slept for three-and-a-half hours. Then I did laundry, but still got to bed early that night, so today I felt refreshed and woke up early. I'm up a little late tonight, but I'm going to bed soon. I just wanted to update a little.
Hope your week is going well. I'm happy we're over the hump. Tomorrow I get paid (yay!) at the hospital and maybe the gas station, which is good, as I have 44 cents in my checking account as of right now. 44 cents! Agh! I'm looking forward to lunch, which is breakfast; I may use my anniversary card (free meal ticket) for it. We'll see. Or I may save it for when I'm truly destitute.
I'm also trying to decide what to do with the points that I earn in my checking account. Every time I use my debit card or write a cheque I accrue points. I'm over 20,000 now. I could get a $50 Macy's card, among other rewards. Or, I could save up another 20,000 and get a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. I'm trying to make up my mind. I think I'll wait for now and see how quickly they're accruing. I think it took 6 months to get the 20,000. I've got four years before they expire. I think I'll let them build up.
A cabbie working at night received a frantic call from his wife telling him their apartment was on fire and she feared for the lives of her children and herself. He called 911 but by the time rescuers were able to put out the fire he'd lost his wife and four of his children.
A neighbour was on a business trip to his native Mali when the fire broke out. He lost five children in the conflagration. His wife and two daughters survived, but all were hospitalised.
The fire, the worst in New York City in years (not including the 9/11 attacks) was particularly devastating. The youngest victims were seven month old twins. There has been an outpouring of support, not only among the cities Muslims but from New Yorkers as a whole. What a blow, though, to lose so many of your children, your dreams of the future, your family.
'The system failed this little girl'
The father and stepmother in this case are now facing charges for the murder of Michaela Watkins. They say she fell down the stairs, but they apparently waited 45 minutes to call authorities, by which time the 10-year-old was already dead. Neighbours report witnessing past abuse of the child, including her father kicking her in the back. She was in her father's custody despite concerns over domestic abuse because her mother had been neglectful and she's spent some time in state custody. Both the police and social workers had been out to the house, and an internal investigation is being conducted within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The system seems to really have failed this girl. It's a shame. Some people just shouldn't be allowed to breed.
Still in its infancy, it tells you how relevant (and ranks results that way) a citation is to your search in MEDLINE, but it doesn't tell you how many results or allow advanced searching yet. In the meantime, try HubMed. And, of course, if sorting by date is fine with you, there's the gold standard of PubMed.
Oh, what a lovely war - that hides its violent truth
Go tell of the Spartans (not so much a review, as a commentary of what the 300 meant in the author's family)
Because it's become so unpopular to send a horse off to slaughter for dog food or horse meat for Europeans, there's a glut in the market, devaluing horses. They say this is why many horses are not being provided for as they should. It sounds to me like individuals are choosing not to care for the horses they own, allowing them to starve and break down, rather than pay the expense to euthanise the animal. I'm not sure you can blame that on slaughterhouse bans. If you can't afford to care for a horse, then you shouldn't own one. The same goes for any animal, something I've learnt the hard way over my years as an impoverished pet owner. Still, it's kind of sad when a horse's value is less alive than the amount it would take to euthanise via vet.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
|Your Element Is Fire|
Your passion and emotion are as obvious as the brightest flame.
You make sparks fly, and your passion always has the potential to burst out.
You are exciting and creative - and completely unpredictable.
You sometimes exercise control, and sometimes you let yourself go.
Friends describe you as sensitive, spirited, and compulsive.
Bright and blazing with intensity, you seem mysterious and moody to many.
|Your Inner Child Is Scared|
Like a kid, you tend to shy away from new experiences.
You prefer what's tried and true - novelty is scary!
New foods, new places, and new friends are difficult for you to deal with.
Some say you're predictable, but you enjoy being comfortable.
|You Are 52% American|
Most times you are proud to be an American.
Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringe
Still, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.
You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!
|You Are Sunset|
Even though you still may be young, you already feel like you've accomplished a lot in life.
And you feel free to pave your own path now, and you're not even sure where it will take you.
Maybe you'll pursue higher education in a subject you enjoy - or travel the world for a few years.
Either way, you approach life with a relaxed, open attitude. And that will take you far!
|Your Brain is Purple|
Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Peter Pace, said homosexuality is immoral during an interview with the Chicago Tribune. Many gay groups have called for him to apologise, and he has dialed things back, insisting they were his own personal views and not military policy, but he's stopped short of apologising for the remark. In a time when the military is desperate for every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine, there's a lot of discussion of how out-of-step the military is with the general population over gay issues and how other 'civilised' countries allow their gays to serve their nation without stigma.
|You Are Pretty Happy|
Lately I've managed to be in the 150s-170s on good days, up near 200 on bad ones. Sometimes I can blame diet as the culprit (although this afternoon for lunch I just had grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. Now granted, I had two grilled cheese. Maybe it was too much bread--it was one 15 g of carbohydrates more than I should have had, if I remember the dietician's recommendation correctly. But it's not like I was downing candy bars.) On the other hand I have eaten doughnuts at night and my blood sugar's quite good the next morning. I have found eating Margaret bread (the Amish friendship bread) late at night does elevate it, and come to think of it, I did have a piece last night, because I finished up the last one from the game while I was cleaning up. I think having just that hour of sleep and starting my period may have helped throw it out of whack, too. I think it's time to make an appointment with Dr Nesbitt--although I'm almost afraid to because I don't want to wind up on insulin. But there are a lot of different pills out these days; I hope one of them might help me with the diabetes.
Anyway, I felt crappy all day. Then I went into the gas station and did a lot of the grunt work (trash, cooler, cleaning, coffee, etc.) because we had a girl over from another store and I was more familiar with what needed to be done, so I left her on register and did a lot of running around and getting things done. That made me feel a little better (exercise helps bring the blood sugar down). I got off at 8 pm, too, so it's not like my night was shot like it is when I get off at 10. It was barely dark due to the Daylight Savings. :) That brought me up to feeling bad, rather than wretched.
Now I need to do some religious stuff (take a bath, go and pour a libation to Hekate, etc.) Then I hope I can get some more sleep. I still need to catch up.
Monday, March 12, 2007
|You Are Lilac|
You are a very innocent and pure person. Ethics matter to you.
Your friends consider you a great listener, and you often play therapist to your friends.
You are good at drawing out truths in conversation, however painful they may be.
Non judgmental and patient - people feel like they can tell you anything!
The game was great. We have Mi-Go seemingly able to control a small town in Tennesee. It reminds me a little of that movie (I don't remember the title) where the little kid was trying to convince the adults that aliens had taken over the city and they had something protruding from the base of the neck that controlled the townsfolk. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
Well, I'm finished with the food now, so here's to a potential 7 1/2 hours' sleep. :) Have a good night, and a great coming week.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I really must pencil sleep in somewhere.
So did your computer handle the earlier time change? Mine did, I'm happy to report.
Okay, that is all for now. Good night.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Sigh. Oh, well, there's nothing I can do about it now, as far as I know, except try to keep from causing new ones.
Now it's time to go to work, so I'll keep this short. Have a wonderful day.
So now I'm home, listening to my dog do her weird trilling, not-quite-bark noise that she makes as she rubs against every surface in the house because she has itchy, dry skin. She does this every now and then and it's flipping weird and just obsessive. I think it's time to give her another medicated shampoo bath. She's getting so fragile, though, I'm almost afraid to hoist her into the tub. There, I think I've scritched the itchy spots, she's calming down.
I love Cerys. She has been a great comfort to me, particularly after my divorce and the years I dealt with depression. She's almost sixteen. I can't imagine life without her, and I hope her passing will not trigger another bout of depression. She really has been the best dog for me. I can still see her at the pound making this noise and pawing under the gate to get to me. She has been a wonderful gift from the Goddess. But I have to admit, every time I come home I wonder if I'll find she's passed in her sleep. If she's deeply asleep and doesn't wake to my coming home, I'll tiptoe in and watch her breathe just to be on the safe side. That probably seems pretty morbid, but I think it's rather natural at this age to worry about it. On the other hand, if she died in her sleep that's not a bad way to go. I'd rather she not suffer. I'd like to be with her when it happens, but we can't always have what we want. I put down Buns and Darius and stayed with both through the process, and fortunately I was with Spock when he died--I'm not sure I could have borne putting him to sleep, although in retrospect it would have been less traumatic for both of us, I suppose. And I hope to do the same with Cerys. But it's just so hard to think of her as gone. I'm not sure how I'll respond when the house is empty of pets for the first time in twenty years. I've said I wanted to take a break, and I still believe that. I could see maybe having a cat or two. But I can't see getting another dog--it would have such big paws to fill. :)
Those sad thoughts aside, it really has been a good day for me. I'll end with a quiz. Good night.
|Your EQ is 113|
50 or less: Thanks for answering honestly. Now get yourself a shrink, quick!
51-70: When it comes to understanding human emotions, you'd have better luck understanding Chinese.
71-90: You've got more emotional intelligence than the average frat boy. Barely.
91-110: You're average. It's easy to predict how you'll react to things. But anyone could have guessed that.
111-130: You usually have it going on emotionally, but roadblocks tend to land you on your butt.
131-150: You are remarkable when it comes to relating with others. Only the biggest losers get under your skin.
150+: Two possibilities - you've either out "Dr. Phil-ed" Dr. Phil... or you're a dirty liar.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
My workweek continues to be pretty full. Tomorrow I work between the two jobs from 10-8, then Friday is 10-2:30 and 5-10, Saturday 12-10, Monday 10-8, and Wednesday 10-8. (Thursday and Tuesday are my normal 10-2:30 at the hospital). Whew! But the money's helpful.
Yesterday my boss at the hospital called me in to look over my performance appraisal. I got the maximum raise, 3.5%. The only thing I got downgraded on had to do with that verbal warning about the Internet policy when I apparently blogged something offensive at work. I really wish I knew what that was all about--the only thing I can think of is where I quoted someone else whose assertion I didn't even agree with. Oh, well. It just annoys me, because it's the section on integrity and ethics, which I've always scored really well on. I guess what matters is that I'm getting my raise.
Today's weather was really quite nice, although it got a little chilly this evening. But it really seemed like a sunny, spring day, and tomorrow is supposed to get into the 50s, and so be even better. I expect we'll have a lot of car washes tomorrow, along with huge amounts of Powerball tickets, since it's up to $120 million for tomorrow's draw. Monday's big seller was money orders, as most people had to get their rent in by the 5th.
Finally, I have to remember to change my clocks by setting them ahead at 2 am Sunday March 11th. Starting this year the change happens on the second Sunday in March, rather than the first one of April. I remember when it was at the end of April--it seems to creep up over the years.
Well, that's enough for now. I'll post real library stuff soon. In the meantime, not much is happening in my life and I thought I'd share what little there is with you all.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
|What Your Bathroom Habits Say About You|
You are a giving soul. Way too giving in fact. You often get stuck doing the dirty work that no one else will do.
Your idea of fashion is jeans and a t-shirt. Clean, if you're lucky.
You are a very outgoing person. You are true to yourself, and you never hold back.
In relationships, you tend to be very romantic and demanding. You'll treat your partner like gold, but you expect a lot in return.
Monday, March 05, 2007
I've followed this story for a couple of years now. It's distinguished from other cases in four ways:
- The small, tight-knit community of about 50 people--nine families--many interrelated
- The notoriety of Pitcairn, the island where Fletcher Christian and the other HMAV Bounty mutineers took Tahitian wives (some perhaps by force) and settled
- The isolation of the island, half-way between New Zealand and Peru
- The length of time this has been going on--four decades--becoming a culture of abuse
That brings a total of 8 men who have been sentenced in this scandal, including a former Mayor and a former Magistrate and representing a good chunk of the able-bodied men on the island. The British government, which claims sovereignty in this matter, will house the men in a prison built on the island in response to the convictions.
There have been several challenges in these cases, both in whether the British government does, indeed, have jurisdiction, and claims that sex with girls as young as 12 was seen as normal from the island's founding based on Polynesian customs. (The allegations, however, include girls as young as five).
Custom or not, it's obvious that this setup was very convenient for the men and devastating to the girls, judging from testimony, and certainly did not follow normal consensual parameters, if such young girls can even be said to have the ability to consent. It's good that these trials are putting it to an end and making the perpetrators accountable for their actions.
It's divided the community terribly, of course, and with it struggling with such a low population it may sound a death knell for Pitcairn. But this was important to bring to light regardless on the effect of the island. Hopefully, future children of the islanders will not have to worry about being raped in the underbrush. Kudos for those (outsiders, such as a policewoman and a Seventh-Day Adventist minister) who recognised the abuse and brought it to light and for those women and girls who stepped forward with their stories and maintained their complaints despite pressure from others in the community and with lingering trauma from the abuse itself.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
You are from Neptune
Saturday, March 03, 2007
of the eclipse as I walked out after work tonight. It's been an odd day weather- and sky-wise. It started out fairly nice this morning, albeit windy, and then turned to snow (not sticking, just big giant flakes going horizontal in the wind), but it stayed sunny for the most part. It threw me off. I actually saw the flakes and thought, oh, it's the cotton off of the trees, because it had been so warm and it kind of messed my sense of time (as in a month or two off), and unfortunately asked what the stuff was blowing in the wind. One of the customers said, gently, that it was snow. So brain dead today. Over the course of the day it turned pretty darn cold. Now it's snowing again, and I think it's beginning to stick, so who knows how things will be tomorrow. This, after temperatures in the fifties most of the week. Welcome to Kentucky weather.
What else to blog about? Tomorrow is GM's (Game Master's) Day, and we're appropriately enough, gaming. I picked up a little something for ours at the Rusty Scabbard. Be sure to show your GM how much you appreciate him/her. It takes a lot of investment in time and books, not to mention plotting out your demise in a way that is both fun and consistent, to do a bang-up job as a Game Master. And if you're very fortunate enough to have a particularly talented one, like ours, you definitely need to show appreciation with proper bribes and good player behaviour, on GM's day and every day. :)
Take the What High School Stereotype Are You? quiz.
A friend and I were talking about a geek/nerd/dork quiz I took a long time ago and I couldn't remember what I came out as. I looked it up and it was definitely nerd (95%):
Nerd Geek Dork quiz
Tri-Lamb Material 95 % Nerd, 47% Geek, 60% Dork
For The Record: A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one. A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.You scored better than half in Nerd and Dork, earning you the coveted title of: Tri-Lamb Material. The classic, "80's" nerd, you are what most people think of when they think "nerd," largely due to 80's movies like Revenge of the Nerds and TV shows like 'Head of the Class'. You're exceptionally bright and smart, and partly because of that have never quite fit in with your peers or social groups. Perhaps you're realized, or will someday, that it is possible to retain all of the things that you like about being brilliant and still make peace with the social cliques around you. Or maybe you won't--it's really not necessary. As the brothers of Lambda Lambda Lambda discovered, you're fine just the way you are and can take pride in that. I mean, who wants to be like Ogre, right!?
Can you tell I'm catching up on stuff that I haven't had time to blog about?
Children's Book Stirs Battle With a Single Word
Of course it's stupid to ban an entire book (The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron)--especially a Newbery winner--because it mentions a dog's scrotum. But what concerns me is that the article is written to make it sound like all we librarians do are scan through books to find some pretence to keep them off the shelves and out of the hands of thinking individuals (which, oddly enough, does include children), when in truth the vast majority of librarians are far more on the other end of the spectrum, ready to fight to the death to defend intellectual freedom. My faith in the New York Times has never been that high--especially after the plagiarism scandal, but this did nothing to raise my opinion of the quality of writing, although I'm sure some of the reporters are quite excellent.
That's not saying that the book isn't being banned, and by librarians, no less. I'm not sure how much has been spurred by actual book challenges (when parents and other patrons insist on the removal of a book for a variety of reasons, often complicated by the fact that they either didn't read the book or object to something for very spurious reasons). There are some librarians on the public library services to young adults and children who did say they would remove it or not order it, despite the fact that they collect all the Newberys. I don't get that. But then, I'm not dealing with incensed patrons, either, so maybe it's not my place to judge.
Still, it seems terribly un-librarianlike. And I still wish the New York Times had published a more balanced article.
The other good thing is that I have a project that involves taking old data on floppies and an older hard drive and burn them on backup CDs, and I should be able to do that with mine.
I don't know if there was something computer-specific causing the Blogger problem or if it was on their end, so it could have been the switching of the computers or it could have been pure coincidence. But what matters is that I can blog again.
Apparently job issues are following my family. I told my mom that the job at the public library fell through. My mom is no longer with the nursing home where she was working. I'm not sure why, although John said they screwed her over. So she's looking for a new job, even here in Lexington (they live about 45 minutes to an hour away from here).
And they were on their way back to visit John's mom in the hospital. She's going to be put in a nursing home for a short time. She has a lot of health issues, including diabetes, just like the rest of us.
Okay, time for some of Margaret's Amish Friendship Bread and then checking on Cerys and then I'll be back.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
the job the Veterans Administration is doing (or failing to do) for those wounded or disabled as a result of the Iraq conflict.
One of the reasons they're so overwhelmed? In World War II, two soldiers were wounded for every one that died. Then medical science got better,
and by Vietnam it was three-one. Now? Sixteen are injured for every death, and these are often devastating injuries such as traumatic brain injury
or those requiring amputation. Plus, it's harder to quantify the emotional toll. Mental health issues affect thousands of veterans but many are getting little if any treatment.
It is a travesty to wage a war without taking care of the men and women who risk their lives everyday to fight it. I have and never will support this war,
but I recognise that those who serve are doing so because they want to defend their country.
Their country need to do more to provide them all the benefits promised in exchange for that service, especially when all the flags and military ritual is gone and there's only a hospital bed or a mortgage to make.
Remember, you're a part of the cosmos. Enjoy the show.
| You scored as Drama Queen. Your primary purpose is to create a story. You might even keep a log or journal of your adventures. Your characters are as real as any modern authors.|
What type of RPG gamer are you?
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At least now I can look at getting the dismissed cases off my record. Unfortunately I can't do anything about the actual convictions, from what I can tell.
Oh well. I'm a criminal, but just a petty one at least. I saw a lot of people in jail and out today who were facing felonies and some pretty serious misdemeanours, too. I definitely want to stay on the good side of the law from now on.