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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 07:24 am
I think summer is well and truly over. It was in the 90's last week. Today it won't reach 50 and it's pouring rain. Lightning and thunderstorms. Dreary.

At least I won't have to do inside lunch duty because of the testing.
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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 11:42 am
There has to be a better way.

There are 33 computers in the lab. Each day I have to walk around to each machine and:

1. Turn them on.
2. Enter the initial password.
3. Open the testing program.
4. Enter the program password.
5. Choose the correct test from dropdown menus.
6. Enter the correct student.

Being the tall woman that I am, I have to bend and, obviously now, twist to perform these functions unless I sit at each computer. Which I don't because it takes too much time. At the beginning of each testing day it takes half an hour to get the lab set. I start work at 9am and testing begins at 9:15. I've been going to work early, getting there at 8:30 to set the lab up.

The first twos step just take two walking passes around the room. The next 4, I have to use the mouse and as a result I've tweaked the hell out of my left shoulder. So much so that I could barely move it last night. Owie.

I broke down and took a pain pill last night. Now I'm all fuzzy headed and bleh.

I have the sinking suspicion that I need to go in at 8, sit at each computer or by the end of the third week of testing my left side will be useless.

One day I'll stop using this journal to complain. Or not.
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 01:46 pm
Just a short break between tests. I have another at 2. Bleh. At least we got all the technical stuff sorted. The logistical stuff? Not so much.

Thought I'd work on the meme as I'm so far behind.

Day 07 - Your best friend, in great detail )

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Monday, September 27th, 2010 09:38 pm
I watched Sister Wives last night. It's like a train wreck, I couldn't stop. There needs to be a "Brother Husbands". Just sayin'. The husband? He's a smug bastard.

Day 06 - Your day, in great detail )

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010 09:56 pm
It only took me four days to fail the post every day thing. Ah well. These things happen.

I didn't get home from the Candy Dance until 6pm, then it was cook, eat, clean, collapse. The temperatures were in the mid to high 90's and the heat sucked all the life from me.

We had a fine time of it though. My friend K picked me up at 10 and it took us two hours to get there (we sat in traffic for close to an hour, it was that busy). We were okay with that though, as we haven't had an opportunity to yack in quite awhile. This gave us the perfect chance. Although the Candy Dance started as a fund raiser for the little town of Genoa (pronounce that Jen-O-ah), it's now a big craft fair. The fund raising part is still the sale of the homemade candy and the local food booths.

The important part is what I purchased. The following:

1. A "spoon" cuff for my friend K in Alaska. She tried to find one here at the Rib cookoff but was disappointed. I was so excited when I found it.
2. A 1961 dime charm. Sterling silver dime. For my charm bracelet.
3. Two leather cuff bracelets for the Princelings.
4. CANDY! Almond Bark, English Toffee, Peanut Brittle and Fudge (no nuts). Nom!

Today was sleep in, do laundry, pick up stuff, make dinner, make tomorrow's dinner, visit mom, run errands. Mom is good. Still big with the paranoia, the losing of things in her little apartment. Still doesn't want me to throw anything away. I managed to pry a newspaper from July 25 off her table and took it with me to recycle. But she's safe and healthy. All is good.

I'm going to watch "Sister Wives" and then go to bed. Tomorrow is gonna be a heck of a day.

Day 05 - Your definition of love, in great detail )

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Saturday, September 25th, 2010 12:10 am
Happy Friday my dear Flist! I'm so happy it's over, his long crazy week. Next week will be crazier, but we'll get through. His Lordship goes back on day shift next week and that will be such a help.

I tried to get this in before the midnight hour, but I fell asleep on the couch. Just got my second wind, but I should go to bed. I'll probably wait up for The Heir as he's out on a date.

That's it for me tonight kids.

Day 04 - What you ate today,in great detail )

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 10:20 pm
My apologies to Dan Wakefield for the title. (James at 15 was my favorite show of the time). Yes, The Spare is 15 today. He's been bouncing around like Tigger all day. Hee. The Heir got him a Perry the Platypus t-shirt and one of his "lady" friends gave him a box of brownie mix. He says she's a lazy lady friend. *snerk* He requested Olive Garden for dinner and we came home with enough food that I won't have to cook tomorrow night. Red Velvet cake for dessert. I am so full.

My mom called while we were out. She remembered it was his birthday. I'm to give him $50 from her account. Then we got to her current drama. Seems the nice lady she's bonded with who does all the activities was "let go". Mom is devastated. And she's manufacturing drama. She seems to think that because they were friends that she'll be somehow penalized now that she's gone. She thinks that the "big boss" will know if she calls her on the phone. Her paranoia gets worse every time I talk to her. She wants me to call the lady and "just give her a friendly voice". Honestly, I have no idea if the lady was fired, quit or what. I do know that she and I talked about her getting work at the school district, so I know she wasn't planning on keeping this job forever. I'm sorry my mom is so upset, but I'm sure she'll get along with new person. She's also lost her watch but she's sure "no one sneaked in and stole it". Uh huh. I need to go over there this weekend and de-clutter her. She puts things away and then can't remember where they are. I better do it this weekend, as next week at work is going to be a bear.

We have this new online testing program that is supposed to start on Monday, but the file hasn't been uploaded to our server yet. The file with all the student info? Yeah, kinda need it. We are at the mercy of this company. I've been told that I'm looking at about 20 hours of overtime every week we have this testing. And I can only take comp time. Lovely.

Day 03 - Your parents, in great detail )

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 08:53 pm
It's been a busy day kids. I still have much to do to get my lab in order. Getting new computers was a double edge sword; love them, wish they'd come sooner. Still trying to get bugs fixed and move stuff around. And do lunch duty. And get ready to implement a new benchmark assessment in the lab. And be the point person for the new "parent portal" so the parents can see their kids grades on-line. And blah, blah, blah.

Today we also had to go to, what I'm calling, a "pep rally" put on by the new Super. There is now a "business plan" and we all have to "change our conversations". There's an hour and 10 minutes I'll never get back. Oh well.

Day 02 - Your First Love )

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 06:46 pm
Because I'm trying to get back into the habit of posting every day, I thought I'd do this meme thing that [profile] enigmaticblues is doing. It's a getting to know you thing. I think most of you know me as well as you can from the interwebz. Some of you I've met in person (yay!) and some of you I wish I could meet in person (hope springs eternal!). So, *sings* "Getting to know you...getting to know all about you....."

Day 01 - Introduction )

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Monday, September 20th, 2010 05:04 pm
His Lordship and I went to a wedding on Saturday evening for the son of some very old friends of ours. I have known D for close to 30 years. She’s a doll. She and her husband J would pretty much give you the shirts off their backs. D has had a rough life. When I met her, her mother was beating her. She had an infant daughter and got no help/support from the father or the father’s family (they were wealthy). Her life is always filled with drama. But I love her.

That we wound up in the same city after meeting in Tucson is…fate. We can go for weeks, nay, months, without talking to each other then pick right up where we’d left off. Most of her day to day friends just don’t get it. No matter, it works for us.

Without being cruel, I will say that D and J have champagne tastes and a beer way of living.

Their son B failed to graduate from high school, took a job as a security guard and met his (now) wife at a concert. They live in NM. The wedding was here. The bride’s family did not help at all. Not monetarily, not with emotional support, nothing. They wouldn't pay for a wedding in NM, so D said she's do it here.

The venue was gorgeous. The decorations were flawless. The cake was beautiful. D did it all.

The wedding started an hour late. The bridesmaids dresses were lovely, dark gray strapless and flowy. All the better to showcase the many and varied tattoos. Which did not go with the elegant dresses. We couldn’t tell if the groomsmen were tatted; they all wore long sleeves and suitcoats. His Lordship and I raised our eyebrows until we saw the bride. Two full tat sleeves to go with her strapless, beautiful wedding dress. We later discussed that this is going to be the way of things as more and more people are tattooed.

After pictures and before the buffet, someone who we thought would be acting as the MC for the evening handed the mic over to the best man for a toast. A rambling story about how the two young men met (threatening to “beat the shit” out of each other), a long story about high school and a very brief, “have a great life” was the uncomfortable toast. Next she handed the mic to the groom and asked him to introduce his groomsmen and tell us all how he’d met them. More rambling. Then it happened. He said, “I’m sure you’ve all met my mother and if you haven’t you’ll hear her soon enough.” Dead silence from everyone over the age of 25. He quickly backpedalled, but the damage was done. D never smiled again that night.

Another 30 minutes of rambling stories and not-toasts and the buffet line began. I told His Lordship we could leave after they cut the cake. Next thing we know everyone is outside for Karaoke. J has his own Karaoke set up; it’s his sideline job. The bride’s sister sang a special song, then the J sang a song for the couple (picked out by the groom). It was a country song that had the lyrics:
“Baby lock the door and turn the lights down low
Put some music on that's soft and slow
Baby we ain't got no place to go
I hope you understand

I’ve been thinking 'bout this all day long
Never felt a feeling quite this strong
I can't believe how much it turns me on
Just to be your man”

Which was just creepy. Srsly.

That was when we decided we needed to go. We never did get cake.
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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 09:24 am
Avast me hearties, Yo Ho!

Today be that fair day we all be waitin' for; Talk Like a Pirate Day!

This be me piratey name!

My pirate name is:

Iron Anne Bonney

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
part of the network

I've much booty to plunder and the crew needs rousin' as the decks need swabbin'. I leave ye with this to entertain yerselves.

And later, ye can be askin', "Why is the rum always gone?" Savvy?
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Friday, September 17th, 2010 08:47 pm
On June 9, 2010 The Heir passed his Board of Review and became an Eagle Scout. To become an Eagle Scout he had to complete the following requirements:
1. Be active in his troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Life Scout. (Boy Scouts start out as a Scout, then ranks advance as follows: Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, First Class, Star, Life then Eagle. Most Scouts don't go beyond Life).
2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges. (The Heir earned 33)
4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in a position of responsibility.
5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community (the project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting). The project idea must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, the Scoutmaster and troop committee and the council before starting.
6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
7. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout Board of Review. This is done in front of 4 complete strangers to the Scout.

Yes, we are proud of him. The best thing, he's pretty pleased with himself. A few pics from his Court of Honor on Monday night.

The Heir and his first Cubmaster. We are good friends with him and blame him regularly for getting us into this.

Being escorted with his honor guard. That's The Spare on the right. Sorry for the blurry pic.

Mugging for the camera.

Eagle Scout

"Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:31
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Sunday, September 12th, 2010 11:54 am
How can it be Sunday? It was just a week ago Friday and my bestest buddy from Alaska was here. Man.

It was a great visit. It had been a good 10 years since we last saw each other. She has relatives in Tucson so when she goes on vaca...she winds up there. Back in the day (before I was married w/children) I'd take the whole week off she was visiting and just hang with her and her family. This trip was very like that. She just hung out with us while we did our thing.

She came alone this year. Last time her partner, H, came as well. H didn't seem to like me very much. Personally, I think she was jealous. Which is ridiculous...I'm happily married and don't swing that way. I've known K for 32 years so, yeah, we have lots of history. Ah well. K needed a break from everyone and I was happy to provide.

We mostly just sat on the couch and drank wine. We did go out to eat, shopping, the Rib Cook-off and she even came and visited my mom. She's making noise about retiring here, which I think would be splendid.

Work has been work. My lab is still all fubar'd and I haven't had the time (unless I give them free OT - which, no) to fix the bugs. I wind up rebooting the whole lab after lunch to keep them from shutting down by themselves. I know it's a setting, but I have to drop the Driveshield and do each one (of 33) separately. Takes time which I won't have until Tuesday. Duty has been fairly pleasant. The 6th grade (what is it about 6th graders?) is snotty as ever and doesn't want to follow the rules. We are all being "Positive" this year. I'm positive 6th graders are the bane of my existence. ;)

Tomorrow night we are "hosting" (read - providing the food) for The Princelings Scout Troop's Court of Honor. This is when they receive their merit badges and rank advancements. The Heir didn't want a solo Court of Honor for his Eagle, so his will be at the end of the Troop's. I've been so busy, it works for me. I'm just glad he finished the thing. More about that after the shindig.

The Little Black Dog and I both have stuffy noses. It's very painful to listen to him snuffle and snort. If he's not better by tomorrow I'm calling the vet. As for me? I'm contemplating a neti pot. The Heir has been bugging me to get one for a while now. He's been stuffed up for a few weeks and he's been having nose bleeds. I think it's the dryness, but hey. It can't hurt. It's gross though.

That's all I've got. Boring and mundane, but it's me!
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Saturday, September 11th, 2010 09:59 am
I'm going to make it a priority...after all the hecticness of this weekend make an effort to cross post from lj.

I have to wonder if my life will ever settle down.
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Monday, April 26th, 2010 06:23 am
I really need to figure out how to cross post to here and lj. It would be cool if I kept both of these up. Until then, yeah.
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 09:25 pm
Thanks to [personal profile] spikewriter I have an account. Thanks darlin'!!!

Now I have to learn it, love it, live it. Or at least play with it. So there ya go.