I am retardedly tired. So retardedly tired that I am using a word like "retardedly." Been a very long, busy week so far (thank goodness tomorrow is my last day!) and aside from that, my siginficant other talks in his sleep and woke me up a billion times last nite. He doesn't just mumble like some sleeptalkers - he carries on regular volume, totally coherent conversations and scares the shit out of me. The only reasons I know he is talking in his sleep are: 1) The obvious - it's the middle of the fucking nite, in bed, in the dark; and 2) The conversation is one-sided. I don't get mad at him for it - I know it's not on purpose - but damn... Makes for an even shittier nite's sleep...
So we were supposed to go camping this weekend, but it is supposed to rain and neither of us were really up for it anyway. We were just planning it because Jay is on vacation this week (no, I am not...and don't get me started on that) and we felt like we should, like now is the time to do it if we do it at all. But the truth is that there is still a month or two of summer and I'm sure we can find a long weekend between now and the cold weather setting in. So what are we going to do instead? Dunno. We always think of something.
Well, I have to go ride my 5 miles (although I really don't want to, but I put off yesterday's ride due to fatigue and promised myself I'd make it up today, so I feel like I have to or I will be behind) and then I think I will go zonk out. Hope everyone is having a good week so far.
Posted @ 8:13 PM
Monday, July 26, 2004
F'shnizzle mahwhizzle! We say that to each other all the time at work, though we are about the whitest bunch of white people you could ever imagine. (As much as I hate to admit it, New Hampshire is about the least ethnically diverse place in the country. Maine might be close too.) Anyway, not like we can't all partake in a little shizzolating! Anywizzle...
Um...I forgot what I wanted to say. Um... Well. Shit. That's annoying. Oh yeah! Where the heck is Girl's site? I can't get it to work and am too technophobic to try to contemplate why. Just when I think I am ready to dive back into the coding and get the links up, she's gone? What the hell yo?
K, I have a very bad sinus headache (surprise surprise! UGH!!!) so I am going to go find something not bright to do. (Not bright in terms of light, not intellect... Just in case you doubted me.)
Hope everyone has a lovely evening.
Posted @ 7:46 PM
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Oops, I did it again. I played with my code, got lost in my blog. Oooh baby baby... I don't know why, but Jay and I have been singing Britney, Christina and friggin Gerardo (remember him?) all morning. Too much coffee I think. Rico....suave. Man, I remember as a 13-year-old, thinking that he and his hair extensions were so very hot. We want the funk, gotta get that funk... Lol. I'm a loser baby, so why don'cha kill me? (Oops, that was Beck. He's respectable.)
Nothing terribly interesting lately. Jay and I went to go see Spiderman 2 last weekend and it was awesome. I am not really into comic book stuff, but the effects were super amazing and I was on the edge of my seat (or about to fall out of it) the whole time. And it was quite clear at the end that there is definitely another one coming, which I can honestly say I will be excited to see. Rock on Toby McGuire, in your red tights. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!
Um... Oh, I wanted to explain the layout a little bit. Say Anything was and still is one of my favorite movies. Something about the boombox scene... Anyway, my memories of that flick inspired the layout, which I do like but will probably become bored with just as quick as all the others. Then yesterday I went to Movie Gallery and was going to rent it and they didn't have it on DVD, but were selling off all their VHS tapes, so I bought it for $5. Yeah, VHS is shit now that I have a DVD player, but how much better can it be on DVD, considering it was originally filmed in 1989 and was mediocre quality to begin with? Anyway, so that's the Say Anything story.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! :o)
P.S. I deleted my links again. (I know, I am an ass.) But some of you have changed layouts and/or URLs again anyway, so if you're reading this and want to be linked, please resend info. I will save it this time, I promise!
/edit/ Fixed the "resend" link, and thank you to Jannie. Sometimes I get typine so fast that I don't realize I spelt sumthing rong. *wink* Anyway, I have been working on a new site for my favorite local cover band and I have burned myself out as far as being online goes. So I think I am going to go have some leftovers and take a shower. Nitey nite. /edit?
Posted @ 11:16 AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
I am having a little problem. You know how when youíre dreaming, the weirdest shit in the world could be going on in your dream but while youíre dreaming it, it seems totally normal? Well, that is all fine and good except that if I sleep at all, whatever I am dreaming (I canít usually remember) is prompting me to get up in the middle of the nite and sleep walk. Sometimes I am dreaming that I hear a radio or something and I wander around in the dark trying to find it so I can turn it off, until I wake up all the way and realize I was dreaming, or sleepwalking or whatever. Then I usually swear and go right back to bed. Last nite I had a horrendous sinus headache, so I went to bed early and Jay stayed up. At some point, I got up and went into the living room and said something to him that made no sense and when he told me I was making no sense, I got pissed and stormed back to bed. See, I donít mumble or have my eyes closed. I appear totally lucid, so he doesnít realize I am not really awake. This has only happened a few times, but I know it freaks him out. I told him this morning that if it happens again, to please just shake my hand and tell me I am dreaming, Ďcause clearly telling me I donít make sense is not the answer.
So what the hell do I do about this? Besides handcuff myself to the bed? Hmmm, that might actually be nice. *wink* Lol.
Posted @ 9:28 AM
Friday, July 16, 2004
TGIF... Oh shit. I forgot Blogger has been totally revamped and I don't know if my CSS is going to override this crap. The issue is - for those of you who don't use Blogger - that the editing box now has a bar over it that resembles Microsoft Word, where you can select the font face, size, color, etc. Damn. Now that I know how to do it the "hard" way, they make it easy? Fuckers.
Gonna post this and see what happens...be right back....
Yay! They can fuck around all they want! Ain't no one messin' up my CSS. Lol.
So anyway, yeah... It's Friday. Yay. Long week. And yours truly is working tomorrow, so I should only be sort of happy that it's Friday, but what can I tell you? I am a weird girl.
I got a good nite's sleep last nite and that made my day unbelievably better than usual. The clients were all very nice today, and a few felt the need for some reason (not that I am complaining!) to tell me what a good job I do and how rare that is these days. :o) The only thing that simultaneously pissed me off and made me feel like shit is that we participate in a Spay/Neuter assistance program subsidized by the state. There are 2 kinds of certificates that are issued. One is called a Plan A and is given out solely to people who adopt animals through state-subsidized rescues, ie. the SPCA or Humane Society. People with these certificates only have to cough up a copay of $30, the state reimburses us for 80% of what they consider a "reasonable fee" (which is actually a ridiculous number that only chop shop vets could possibly afford to stick to) minus the copay, and we subsidize the rest. For example, routine cat neuter is $85 start to finish - that's prep, anesthesia, pain meds, sterile packs, hospitalization, ECG, etc. State says maximum acceptable fee is $65. So the client pays us their $30 and the state then kicks in 80% of the remaining, which is $28. We are paid, in total, $58 for an $85 surgery. But we don't do a ton of them, they don't make a serious dent in the income (after all, it is a business, which some people forget!) and it's a good cause. Adoption should be encouraged. So we're all good with that. Besides, the adopters are usually very consciencious pet owners who follow-through with the initial series of vaccines and preventitive health care measures, and make great life-long clients. It's all good. Then there are the Plan Bs...
Plan B is for low income pet owners. I have nothing against low income people. Nothing at all. I have been one of them! What I have become jaded about is that for a copay of $15 and only slightly more reimbursement to us from the state, these folks get their pet examined, altered and vaccinated. There has not been one yet who came back for booster vaccines (and hence the pet is unprotected), 99% of the time they will not allow us to treat any problem we find (ear infection, fleas, etc.) and after we kick in the funds to cover their supposed misfortune, we never see them again. They roll up in nice cars, smoking butts and drinking a $3 cup of coffee and then bitch and moan about the cost of vet care (um, can we say priorities?!). And even a few - after they cry poverty - ask where they can find another "free kitten." It makes me so fucking angry. Disclaimer: I don't believe all people with Plan Bs are like this, but so far that is all we've seen.
So the story is that this woman called last nite inquiring about the cost of examining, vaccinating and declawing her cat, who was older and still had no vet care of any kind. She kept me on the phone making me repeat myself for 10 minutes, which is annoying in and of itself, but then she has the nerve to show up today and show me her Plan B application and she wants to know how much that will discount her neuter/declaw. So she was planning to find a way to pay for declawing him - which is a totally elective surgery, not medically indicated, solely for the comfort of the owner - but she's going to milk us and the state for the neutering and vaccines? (Again, PRIORITIES!) When I did the math, took the subsidies into consideration and told her that it would still be in the ballpark of $200 (we don't do shitty medicine where I work, and that isn't cheap), she totally freaked out, screaming and crying and said the state tricked her and should have told her that the declaw would be expensive and all this totally nonsensical shit. I had to tell her to calm down and I almost hung up on her. This kind of shit makes me nuts!! I wish people could understand for even one second how hard we work to keep their beloved furry friends comfortable and healthy. I feel so taken for granted sometimes... :o(
Anyhoo (now that that awfully long rant is over!)...um...er...well I don't know what else to say now. Lol. Guess I should go read some other peoples' rants. There are always good ones to be had! TGIF again!
Posted @ 7:41 PM
Monday, July 12, 2004
Yummers. I had forgotten how good falafel is, but thankfully my sister got some last weekend and left it here and now it's all coming back to me. It's definitely a unique flavor, but very tasty in my opinion. I happened to work at a shithole Egyptian cafe when I was in high school - Gamil's - and that's how I first discovered it. That and hummus. Yummers again.
Now I have the fucking hiccups. Argh!
It looks like it's going to rain, but hasn't yet. It'd be nice if it did. Then I wouldn't have to water the balcony plants. (That's so me, always looking for a way to slack off.)
It occurred to me yesterday that since the digital age ensued, my beautiful Minolta camera has sat in the closet, all but forgotten. I used to be such a shutterbug - always had my camera with me. I was thinking I should start taking pictures again. That was always such a great creative outlet for me, as was writing. And I have lost touch with them somehow. :o( Reminder to self: get your shit together and remember the things you love to do.
Here are some digital pics of some of my actual pics. The quality isn't that great, but you get the idea. Lemme know what you think.
Have a great day, everyone!
Posted @ 1:22 PM
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Meh. What do you do when you desperately feel the need to change your layout but can't muster a speck of creativity and everything you find on blogskins.com is shit? (Is it just me, or did they go from lots of good stuff to lots of crap?) I have all these ideas but can't seem to bring any of them to fruition. :o( I think I'm gonna get my period. I am not this pissy and unproductive under normal circumstances. Argh.
Posted @ 3:31 PM
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Finally. I am sitting here with the sole intention of blogging because I want to, not because I have a bazillion obligations regarding email and other peoples' problems. Yippee! Just a warning, this will probably be a long entry...
My visit with my sister was awesome. Sunday night she and my brother came up for pizza. Jay and Ben (my brother) played on the XBox and my sister and I watched and shot the shit. It was just so awesome to have all of us in the same room again. It's been a long time. Anyway, she's back in MD and no doubt plotting her escape already. I can't blame her. I'd go nuts living with my mother and step-father anywhere, but especially in Buttvalve. (It's actually Bivalve, but we call it Buttvalve.)
Um, in other news, Jay kind of sprung it on me that he's taking his vacation time the week of the 25th and wanted me to try to get those days off, too. Well, evidently the Corian world and the veterinary world do not operate under the same rules in that department and there is no way in hell I can just take off for a week on such short notice. There is no one to cover me, the schedule is already done and other people already had commitments that week that can't be changed. Aside from that, the manual says we have to give at least a month's written notice, which I didn't. I am not upset at my boss, because I wouldn't give me the time off either, and I would rather save it for Christmas anyway, but I think Jay is going to be all bent about it. I haven't told him yet... *sigh*
Um, the singer of this band I used to go see all the time before I had a falling out with the main personality in the crowd with which I would go (did you get all that? LOL) emailed me and asked if I would like to start doing their website come October, as I guess their current chic doesn't want to after that. A couple of years ago, when I was starting to get into web design, I offered to redo it, because quite honestly, it is ugly, but at that time, Kenny was afraid of hurting the feelings of their current webgirl and politely declined. I'm glad I offered then though, because I am still no expert, but much better than I was and I can do a really nice job now. :o) I will keep you posted. The current site is http://thebarsband.com.
Birth control update: My boobs aren't hurting anymore, but I am also on the week of pills with the lowest hormones, so I am thinking they will be hurting again as soon as I hit the high-hormone ones again. Ugh. We shall see.
*yawn* I think there was more to tell, but I can't remember. I think I'm gonna go take a shower and maybe go to the mall to get some new work pants. I have lost enough weight that my old ones are baggy and have gone past the point of passing for "relaxed fit." They look downright silly. Damn weight loss! New khakis are expensive! Lol.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. :o)
Posted @ 11:29 AM
Friday, July 09, 2004
*yawn* Just didn't want anyone to think I was dead. More later.
Posted @ 6:09 AM
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Happy 4th of July! While I believe the political crap in this country is and has always been totally out of hand, I can't overlook how wonderful it is to be free, when so many are not. Our priorities might be fucked up (spending money on shit like Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire when millions of kids don't have healtcare, for example) but it is only because we are free to make that choice. So yay for freedom and choice.
I had a post good yesterday and Blogger must've been PMSing, because when I tried to post it, it said my session had expired or some shit like that. Bah. Sometimes Blogger sucks. Oh, well.
So Friday nite my sister called and planned on taking a bus to Manchester from Cambridge, Mass (haha, the first time I tried to type that, I typed "ass." Freudian slip!) and I was going to get her at the bus station at 11:10AM yesterday. Well, in true Dabney style, she missed her bus and called me at like 12:45 to say that the next bus wasn't until late in the afternoon, blah blah, etc. I decided I'd just go pick her up (only an hour ride) rather than just sit around waiting for her.
Now...the only two places I positively know how to get to in Boston or its suburbs is Logan Airport and a really awesome secondhand clothing store called The Garment District (incidentally, they do offer online shopping if you're interested in punk/vintage/second hand/goth and basically everything Old Navy would never dream of selling!). So I planned on meeting here there. Well, Boston has been in the midst of the big dig for fucking years and what that means, as you can sort of see from these pics, is that everything is perpetually under construction and you cannot get out the same way you went in. Detours are put up, roads closed, exit numbers changed... So when I missed my usual exit due to the number having been changed, I took the next one, thinking I'd be able to g
Posted @ 9:49 AM
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Yahoo! No, I should rephrase that...yippee-yaFUCKINGhoo!!!!! I am out of work and loving a 4-day-weekend as of 6:30 tonite. :o) Don't know how that happened on the schedule, but I was not about to question a good thing. My sister is somewhere local this weekend and I believe I will be hanging out with her Monday, which I am very psyched about. My mom says she's 98% back to "normal" and I do use that term loosely, as none of us in my family could really ever be called "normal". Hardy har har. Anyhoo, I always loved my siblings and mom (not so fond of father), and we've always been close, but I have an appreciation and love for my sister that I just didn't have before...well, before the shit hit the fan, I guess you could say. I am so grateful that she is even still around, let alone happy and healthy. I am proud of her and am keeping my fingers crossed that it lasts.
Every good blog needs a gratuitous paragraph about bodily function every so often, right Jannie? *wink* Well, the latest issue is that I switched off Nuvaring after two cycles of weird, long, heavy, early periods (previous to them, it had been smooth sailing, so I am not sure exactly what went awry) and am now Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo and my boobies feel like they contain lead weights and have been beaten. What the fuck, yo? Can't a girl just be on birth control? What's with the issues? *sigh* Oh, well.
I am making dinner, so I gotta go. Hope everyone has a happy Friday, and an awesome 4th of July!!
Posted @ 7:19 PM