Tic Toc Time for a Survey

From what if this is as good as it gets by kwizgiver

Your best friend tells you she is pregnant. What is your reaction? Call the local AMA and the Guinness Book of World Records

When is the last time you wanted to punch someone in their face? Punch? Probably 35 years ago.

What is the last thing you spent money on? Groceries

Do you think you gained or lost weight this past month? Lost

Crunchy or Puffy Cheetos? Crunchy without a doubt!

Congratulations! You just had a son. What’s his name? Ryan

Congratulations! You just had a daughter. What’s her name? Rhionnan

What are you craving right now? Nothing

What was the last thing you cried about? Cried and not just a little drippy? Megan

When you buy something and your change is 2 cents, do you keep it or tell the cashier to keep it? Depends on where I am. If they have one of those take one / leave one penny plates, I’ll leave it. Otherwise I take it home to my penny jar.

What color is your tissue box? Purple and white

Do you have a ceiling fan in your room, and if so, is there dust on that fan? Of course there is dust on that fan! When do I have time to dust ceiling fans?

Scariest thing you’ve experienced in the last year? Megan

Do you wear a name tag at work? No

Have you ever had a garage sale? Ahhhh… no?

What color is your iPod? I don’t have one, but I have a Creative Zen and it’s white

What is the last alcoholic beverage you had? Amaretto

Are you happy right now? Yep

Who came over last? That would have been Matt

Do you drink beer? Ick. No

Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted? Of course; we were evil to one another back then

What is your favorite key on your key chain? Car key, because it has that black molded stuff at the top and that makes it pretty spiffy

What was the last movie you watched at home? I think it was Alien Resurrection

What is in your pocket? Cell phone in one pocket, business card holder in another pocket, $2 in another pocket (pocket #4 is empty)

Where do you hurt? Oh wow! I don’t hurt right now!

Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear? No

What’s something fun you did today? Visited fun blogs of cool people

What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart? School supplies

When is your birthday? April

Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror? The tag that keeps me from getting a ticket for parking in the faculty/staff parking lot

What kind of milk do you drink? I do not drink milk

What is something you need to go shopping for? Nothing at the moment

Manic Monday

from Manic Monday for February 25

How did you celebrate your last birthday?
Frankly, as it was very nearly a year ago, I don’t really remember. Seriously.

What’s the last thing you bought yourself, just for fun?
I think it would have been the 3H pencils at A.C. Moore last week. And stop laughing! I’m taking this online drawing class, 3H pencils are a requirement, and anything art-related is FUN!

What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become?
Wow! You are so brave!

Page 123 Round 2

I liked this one so much the first time around, I’m going to do it again. This time, I’m sitting at work, so I will grab a work-related book… VBA Developer’s Handbook by Ken Getz and Mike Gilbert.

To reiterate the rules:
1. The book must be over 123 pages.
2. Find page 123 in the book.
3. Find the first 5 sentences.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
5. Tag other people

This, clearly, is not the Thursday before 10/7/97, but the Thursday after. The final step of the calculation, then, is to subtract one week, if necessary. The entire expression looks like this:
dhPreviousDOW = dtmDate – intTemp + int DOW – _
IIf(intTemp > intDOW, 0, 7)

Now, that’s excitement, folks! Consider yourself tagged.

Pastime Repeats

from The Saturday Special Meme

One movie you’d watch over and over again?
Dave. I think I watch it every other month.

One book you’d read over and over again?
Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

One TV series you’d watch over and over again?
There are a couple of these, but I’ll go with Buffy the Vampire Slayer today. (Last week it would have been Battlestar Galactica.)

One song you’d listen to over and over again?
Oh, pretty much anything by the Carpenters. Lately, I’ve been listening a lot to Bless the Beasts and the Children.

Family and Marriage

I am pro-family. I am pro-marriage.

Now, before you get all giddy thinking I’m off to vote for Hucklebee, let me just say that I’m pro-family, and it’s up to each individual family to define what works for them. If Heather has two mommies, good for her. If she got two daddies, or a mommy and a daddy, or mommy and daddy and step-mom and step-dad… whatever. Is Heather a loved little girl? Yes? Then that’s family.

And marriage! I am married. To a man. I know… shocking. Let me do a little reality check here. If my friends Mike and Ed got married, how would that affect my marriage? Uhm. Nope, no effect. How about if Cheryl and Martha got married? Hmmm. Nope again. I would so love to see them be able to get married! I would love to see them have all the rights and privileges and responsibilities that I have.

Some people say God doesn’t like these things. I’m here to tell ya, I’ve chatted with Her and She’s totally cool with it. So let’s get with the program, eh? Let’s worry about things that are bringing about the downfall of civilization… global warming, war, poverty, famine, disease, rudeness.

Manic Monday

from Manic Monday

What do you order when you eat Chinese food?
Kung Pao tofu. Used to be Kung Pao chicken before I went vegetarian. Love the spiciness and the peanuts!

How much have you controlled the course your life has taken?
Looking back, I’d have to say not a whole lot. I made choices at different forks in the road of life, but I’m not sure that would be considered “control.” To use a metaphor, I’m steering my ship, but the Universe seems to have control of the environment in which I’m traveling.

Whose opinion do you value when deciding how to vote?
Pretty much just my own.

Page 123

First seen on Alan’s blog and referenced on Haley Hughes’ blog as well. Normally, I’d put a book meme on my book blog, but what the heck! I’m feeling wild and crazy tonight.

1. Pick up the book nearest you
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the following 3 sentences
5. Tag five others

The book nearest me (out of at least a dozen within reaching distance) is Rachel Caine’s Thin Air. Here’s what comes up:

Not hurt? She had to be kidding. I rolled slowly on my side and worked my way up to a sitting position, bracing myself with my arms.

Darn. I love Caine’s books, and I sorely want to read this one NOW. But I have to finish #3 in the series first. (Thin Air is #6. Yes. I know. But if you read my book blog, you’ll know I read #4 and #5 already, and #3 was caught in some black hole at Booksfree.) Oh, and I have two books to finish reading for class, too. And I want to finish Nobody’s Fool before I release it for the nice Bookcrosser I promised I’d release it for. Priorities, priorities.

But first, Boy-Cat thinks he needs more food (he doesn’t) and I need more sleep. I must disabuse him of his silly notions, and fetch me up some slumber.

Oh, and if you want to consider yourself tagged… go for it.

You. Off My Planet.

What is it with people who can’t seem to actually use their brains?

It’s snowing here. It’s been snowing here since right around the time I got home from work. It’s that kind of snow that is very messy; little teensy flakes that make the roads miserable. Unfortunately, since FedEx can’t deliver packages to my house when I’m actually here, I had to go to the local FedEx facility. (And as a separate rant, I have to mention that Airborne won’t deliver here when I’m home either, and UPS sometimes will.)

To get from my house in Albany to the local FedEx facility in Menands, I traverse a couple of major city streets, though at this time of day (around 6pm), they’re generally not terribly busy. (That would be Clinton Ave and Broadway, for those of you who care.) Indeed, with the weather as miserable as it was, there were even fewer cars on the roads than usual.

However, there were a few other cars. We were all driving carefully. Props to all of us, I say!

It was the pedestrians who had death wishes.

Yes. Let’s walk across the street on a dark, snowy night… not quite at the crosswalk… against the light… wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. Did I say walk? Oh, I’m sorry. I meant saunter. Or… is there any kind of perambulation that’s slower than a saunter? Yeah, that’s what they were doing.

Saints preserve us (as Chief O’Hara used to say)! (And that’s actually kind of funny, seeing as I now work at Siena College, home of the Saints. But I digress.)

I don’t wish most people ill. (I do sometimes make exceptions for rabidly homophobic persons, though.) I don’t even wish these morons ill. But if they manage to get themselves hurt tonight, it’s not going to be anyone’s fault but their own.

Good grief.

Roses are Red…

from Monday’s a Bitch

Who would you cast in your ideal romantic comedy?
Brendan Frasier and Sarah Michelle Geller. Yes, a weird combination. But seriously… it could work!

What is your favorite new millennium love ballad?
I don’t have a favorite love ballad for the new millennium. While I could pick Josh Groban as a favorite singer of love ballads for the new millennium, my favorite song by him would be O Holy Night, which isn’t exactly a long song.

What’s your opinion on public displays of affection? Where does the line get drawn between acceptable and gross?
Oh, just get a room. Holding hands is fine, I have no problem with that. But sucking face is better done in private. And those heterosexual couples are way worse than the gays and lesbians, I don’t care what the Religious Right says.

What do you think of giving gifts to family members on Valentine’s Day? Did you get gifts or candy from your parents as a child?
I never got Valentine’s Day gifts from anyone as a child. Is this a recent phenomenon, or was my family even more dysfunctional than I remember? I think there’s too much gift giving going on in our culture and not enough loving and caring going on. Just my opinion.

Love and cuddles are great and all, but what sentimental gesture makes you want to throw up?
I can’t recall any sentimental gesture that’s made me want to throw up. Apparently, I’ve only ever dated sensible people. Which is not a bad thing, by the way.

Dust Bunnies in My Keyboard

For Christmas, I got a nifty geek gadget… the Plusdeck 2c, a PC cassette deck. Today, I finally shut down the computer, opened it up, and installed the new gadget. Of course, there’s no reason anything should actually be easy, so it turns out that the power connector was too short to actually reach the back of the cassette deck. And, wouldn’t you know it, the cassette deck is about a quarter of an inch too long to fit into one of the lower bays where the power connector would actually reach. This meant a trip to the local computer geek shop for an extender. So out I went, picked up the extender, stopped next door at the fabulous local stamp shop (Stampassion) to say hi to everyone and buy a magazine, then home again to get the rest of the installation completed.

The installation went quickly and smoothly, partly because I know my way around the inside of a computer and partly because there’s actually enough room to maneuver inside the case.

While I had the computer all disconnected, I figured I ought to get around to finally cleaning the keyboard. As anyone who’s seen it (just the Ms… Mike, Megan and Matt) can tell you, it needed either a good cleaning or replacement. Since I love my keyboard, and since Microsoft doesn’t make this model anymore, my only real option was cleaning it. When I got all the keys popped off and lined up on the counter, I noticed that there were honest-to-Loki dust bunnies under the keys! Who knew dust bunnies crawled into keyboards? Under beds and other furniture… sure. Inside the computer case… yes. But under the keys of the keyboard? Well, that was a new one on me.

It took an hour to clean the keyboard… first popping all the keys off, then cleaning the gunk from the keyboard (mostly with Q-tips), then cleaning the keys themselves and finally popping them all back on. It may seem bizarre to spend that much time cleaning a keyboard, but as I said, I like this keyboard and Microsoft has decided they’re not going to make it anymore.

Now my keyboard looks brand-spankin’ new and even seems to work better.

The cassette deck? Yes, that works great too!

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