Wednesday, December 31, 2008
And here's hoping the government lets us go early....
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Yesterday's Word of the Day was Ramble - 1. to wander about, 2. a walk for pleasure without predetermined destination, and 3. to talk or write about one thing and then another without useful connection.
Saturday's Word of the Day was Qualify - 1. to make or become fit or competent, 2. to give legal power; to make or become legally capable, 3. to make less strong; to modify or limit the strength or meaning of, and 4. to characterize by attributing some quality to.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Today's Word of the Day is Paltry - 1. almost worthless; trifling, 2. of no worth; contemptible, despicable.
12/25 Word of the Day was Oblique - 1. something oblique, such as a line or figure, 2. in military use, by turning 45 degrees, 3. not straight up and down or across; slanting, 4. a muscle attached at an oblique angle to the structure that it controls, 5. having unequal sides; situated obliquely instead of transverse or longitudinal, 6. not straightforward; indirect. (wow, now what does that word mean exactly....)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Life is good!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So an early Christmas present, and totally unexpected, is that my boss told me to work from home today. And I am working, and I am doing other things that I have to get done also, how great is that! The kids are at their dad's, my hubby is hunting, and I get the whole house to myself for most of the day, I'm loving life right now.
Have a great Christmas Eve!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
And for a cold and dreary day, this is just what I need. Home baking.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Just S and I are here at work, the boss and D are not in today, it should be an extremely quiet day, considering we are both relatively new and really do not have any work to do. I guess eBay will get a lot of visits.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Oh yeah, and I can't forget, I am very thankful for everything lately. Just had to mention that.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
And yes (2), my husband is still an asshole. He really needs to grow up and stop drinking as much as he does. I know I am not 100% innocent, but its really hard to talk things out when a. he's not home, b. he's always at the bar, c. he's never wrong, and d. he can't talk, he has to scream. GO TO HELL HUSBAND!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
My biggest news though, for the day, besides my son winning his first bball game of the season, is that BROAD RUN WINS STATES!!! We haven't ever been to states before in football and we went out in a snowstorm and shut them out! How awesome is that? Its great! Congrats to Broad Run Spartans!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Have a great TGIF!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
So my Steelers rock! If we can play next week, the way we played our second half of yesterday's game, no one will beat us, GO PITTSBURGH!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Yes, the sun is shining, it is pleasantly not cold, and my house is a complete disaster. I don't even know where to start in the living room to get the kid's junk all cleaned up and furniture moved to put the Christmas tree up. AAARRGGHH!
Okay, so I got home from work yesterday, stopped at the bar and had 3 beers, and was home by 5:00pm. So my evening/night went like this: fed the dog, made myself a rum and diet pepsi, plopped down on my recliner around 6:00pm and fell asleep. I woke back up around 10:00pm, made some toast, and went back to sleep in my recliner. I finally woke up at 2:00am and was up until 5:00am watching CSIs. Made myself go to bed and got up this morning around 11:00am. I just couldn't see wasting a precious, all-alone, Saturday in bed. So I'll go get a shower soon and maybe venture out to Target or somewhere. Get a little bit of shopping accomplished.
Have a great day! And one more day to win NaBloPoMo, I am so excited to be able to follow through on something like this, very proud of myself.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
And I have blogged every day this month (so far), 3 more days to go!
Everyone have a great, safe, and happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Have a great Thanksgiving Eve.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
So this is week 3 of my new job, pay period 2, can't wait to see what the paycheck brings next week.
Have a good day!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Only 7 more days of November NaBloPoMo, I think I can do it. Go Me!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Oh yeah, I seriously love my new job. I am actually working, planning, doing things that will ultimately better the agency. It is so cool! I just hope I can live up to the expectations. (I'm sure I will)
It's Friday, I've worked a whole pay period, woo hoo! And I found out that my previous federal employment has been credited. Each 2-week pay period I am accruing 6 hours of leave, instead of the start-off 4 hours. What a surprise that is, it's great.
Have a lovely evening!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Hubby is still in Orange County hunting, or trying to hunt. No one has gotten anything yet and few have actually seen any deer. He comes home bright and early Sunday morning. I would take the kids to Pittsburgh this weekend, but B has 2 basketball scrimmages on Saturday afternoon.
So I'm trying out various times (like 5/10 minute increments) on when I get to the bus and then where I get off the metro. This morning was a later bus and I had to stand on the metro! That was a pain. Practice makes perfect; one of these days I will find the perfect timing (maybe).
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Happy posting (still on track for every day in November). NaBloPoMo rocks!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Why does my goofy youngest son always have to bother me when I am on the computer? Now that he's read what I just typed, he laughed and is getting embarrassed.
Gotta go and take him, the goofy one, to basketball practice.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
So get this: it really ticks me off. Besides the fact that we are playing pretty much no 1:00pm games this season, they take my husband's team, the Titans, and move them to 4:00pm today. That's when my game is, so who do you think gets the sound and the big screen, none other than the big jerk, of course. That just sucks.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Oh yeah, and my Panthers won their opening NCAA Basketball game, GO PITT!
Friday, November 14, 2008
So, all in all, it was a great week!
TGIF! My first week is soon under my belt. Love it.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I will catch up on all this week's Words of the Day also, probably over the weekend. One more day and I will have worked my first week at my new job. YEAH!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This job is going to be great. IT Operations Manager. Sounds good.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
And today is Veteran's Day, so I am off. What perks!
I haven't done word of the day in a few days, I'll get back to it a little later. One child is off to school, the other is eating waffles, I'm going to get a shower and then....I think I am going gambling. My husband will be working hard all day trying to finish 2 jobs so he can leave for hunting tomorrow. If he doesn't finish, he may not leave until Thursday. Noooooo, please leave tomorrow, I need some peace. Okay, I pick on him alot, I know. He is just so opinionated and gets mad at the tiniest little things, he needs to buy some patience. I will admit he has calmed down alot since I met him, but still. Oh well, it is what it is.
Have a great day and one of these days I really am going to change and fix my template.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I went shopping yesterday, for myself. This is something I haven't done in about 3 years. Money is tight, I don't usually by myself clothes, but yesterday I spent some money, probably money I don't have. But that's how important this job is. It will be worth it.
Go Steelers! We play the Colts today and it shouldn't be a good game, we should blow them out, but I think I get nervous for every game because its like they say: "any given Sunday".
Saturday, November 8, 2008
So welcome to Saturday. At least I have kept up my blogging for NaBloPoMo, my blogging is pretty much about nothing, but it is consistent.
I wonder if I have a word of the day.....I do not, maybe it will arrive later.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Today's Word of the Day is Olfactory which means of smell; having to do with smelling.
The sun is out this morning, it is pretty darn warm for 8:00 am, have to get outside today and do something.
I'm pretty lame, after I screwed up my blog's template last week, I said I was going to work on it, instead I just slapped another on and didn't even add back the widgets. I promise I will work on it today!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Word of the Day for today is - have to open another tab and get into mail - Mot juste. It means a word or phrase that exacts fits the case, hmmm, I'll have to give an example: "With his high forehead, beard and meticulous concentration on the mot juste, Mr. MacNicol could almost pass for the great minor poet that Mark Van Doren deemed Richard to be.-- Frank Rich, 'Richard II' in the Park, New York Times, July 9, 1983", and hmmm again, I'm still a little off on this word.
I am thinking of getting a "verizon your name" domain, but I can't think of anything I really want. The few I searched for are, of course, taken. Taken but not used, not fair. I guess I will have to think about this for a while.
Have a nice day!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today's Word of the Day is Footless. 1. without a foot or feet; 2. figuratively, without support; not substantial; 3. inept, awkward.
Might be a little light on the Word of the Day for a while, you know, starting the new job and all.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The word for today is Epicure - 1. a person who enjoys eating and drinking and who it very particular in choosing fine foods and beverages; gourmet, 2. a person who is fond of luxury and pleasure.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday's Word of the Day - Gloaming, means Twilight; dusk.
Saturday's Word of the Day - Abate - 1. to make or become less in force or intensity; decrease or diminish, 2. to be at an end; become null and void, 3. to deduct from something; reduce.
Sunday's Word of the Day - Addle - 1. to make or become muddled or confused, 2. to make or become rotten or putrid.
And Today's Word of the Day is Aquiline - 1. curved like an eagle's beak, 2. of or like an eagle.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Well, we don't play football until tomorrow night - Steelers / Deadskins, going to be a great game and we will come out victorious. Go Steelers!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Now, I'm gonna change the look. I changed it last night but lost the Blogger header bar at the top and I don't know why. Have to work on that.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So how did she ever get involved with a motorcycle gang? It started with her brother, who used to take her riding, and when he went off to Vietnam, he left his bike behind. When he never came back, she started riding to bring back the memory of her brother. She rides with his old gang, who are hard guys, outlaws, but not criminals, who think of her as a kindred spirit despite her bookishness.
drumroll please.......today's word of the day is Hubris and means overbearing pride or presumption.
okay, so a co-worker (a federal worker), someone who is a complete idiot (for real, total complete idiot) that always gets my ire up just asked me a question regarding a function I had turned over to her (since I'm leaving). That would be fine if I didn't already sit down with her 2 times (with the bosses as witnesses) and explain the whole process and where everything was AND wrote her a step-by-step cheat sheet! My kids could do this piece of crap function. And in our meetings, we even went over the cheat sheet, line by line, and when she asked me that question today, I said "have you read my cheat sheet?" and she had the nerve to say "no". She is a very good reason why I am thrilled to be getting out of here. I have absolutely no use for idiots.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Once you have the plot behind the plot and know what the murderer is up to, the next step is to make a stepsheet for the plot, which is a detailed, comprehensive plan for a damn good mystery. After the stepsheet is finished, the next step is doing a rough draft, then a working draft, then perhaps a second working draft, then a final draft, and then a polish or two to make the prose gleam. By going about it in such an organized way, it should take, for an 80,000-word novel, about 3 to 5 months, full time; 6 to 8 months, part time.
~ James N. Frey (How to Write a Damn Good Mystery)
And today's Word of the Day is Bivouac. It means 1. an encampment for the night, usually under little or no shelter, 2. to encamp for the night, usually under little or no shelter.
1/2 a day of work today, leaving about 11:45am, I am definitely on the short-timers list. I think I have about 28.5 hours left to work at HUD then I MOVE ON!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Formula: 2nd draft = 1st draft - 10%. ~ Stephen King rejection note
So this is the book I am currently reading. This is a fantastic book, I can't say enough about it. Interesting as hell, truthful, insightful, funny, sarcastic, etc., etc., I could go on forever. I highly recommend this book!
Today's Word of the Day is Execrable: 1. deserving to be execrated; detestable; abominable, 2. extremely bad; of very poor quality, very inferior.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I tried to remember the nightmare this morning and all I can remember is something about riding on a bus, I think a school bus. I'm still trying to remember pieces.
That will teach me, next time get out of bed and write it down!
Saturday's word was Quandary - a state of difficulty, perplexity, doubt or uncertainty.
I'm starting to think they don't do the Word of the Day on Sundays. But today's word is Corroborate, which means to strengthen or make more certain with other evidence.
As for the world of sports, yesterday was a sad, sad day. My beloved Steelers made mistakes and lost to the Giants, we definitely should have won that game, just screwed it up.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The rain has stopped, it's still a tad warm outside. Hubby and friend haven't gotten home yet from hunting. They went down to Orange County to a friend's property and I haven't gotten any pictures or messages so I guess it's safe to say they are still deerless. He leaves again on Wednesday to hunt and will come home on Sunday.
Based on my last few posts, you may be able to tell that I am reading "On Writing" by Stephen King. It is a great book. It is a memoir with a "how to write" them to it. Extremely great book and I highly recommend it.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The word of the day for today (Thursday) is Plenary: 1. full in all respects; complete; absolute; as, plenary authority. 2. fully attended by all qualified members.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz
My results for the : "Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz" ...
I Am a Marilyn!
I am a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."
Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.
How to Get Along with Me
* Be direct and clear
* Listen to me carefully
* Don't judge me for my anxiety
* Work things through with me
* Reassure me that everything is OK between us
* Laugh and make jokes with me
* Gently push me toward new experiences
* Try not to overreact to my overreacting.
What I Like About Being a Marilyn
* being committed and faithful to family and friends
* being responsible and hardworking
* being compassionate toward others
* having intellect and wit
* being a nonconformist
* confronting danger bravely
* being direct and assertive
What's Hard About Being a Marilyn
* the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
* procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
* fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
* exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
* wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
* being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations
Marilyns as Children Often
* are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
* are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
* form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
* look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
* are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent
Marilyns as Parents
* are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
* are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
* worry more than most that their children will get hurt
* sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries
Sorry, just not feeling well again. I really should have just stayed in bed.
Any how, how about today's word of the day? It is the same as yesterday? How rude is that! Not me that screwed up this time. Sorry, I guess we have to wait until tomorrow.
Have a great Wednesday!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday: Alfresco - 1. in the open air; outdoors, 2. taking place or located in the open air; outdoors.
Sunday: Malfeasance - wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.
Monday: Bailiwick - 1. a person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work. 2. the office or district of a bailiff.
Today (Tuesday): Synecdoche - a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole or whole for a part or general for the special or vice versa. (HUH?) Example: when we refer to a smart person as a "brain", or when we say "emaciated mother" and can picture the horrors of the whole.
Wow, too much learning this early in the morning.
Monday, October 20, 2008
So, I have done pretty good with blogging every day, I'm actually proud of myself. Of course, being able to blog with my voyager is probably the only reason I made it every day so far. NaBloPoMo Rocks!
Have a nice evening everybody,
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Also, I received my official "firm offer of employment" from the Department of the Interior. Yes, I will be a Grade 14, Step 5! Woo hoo, that is awesome!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Today's Word of the Day is Waylay. It means: 1. to lie in wait for and attack from ambush, 2. to approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly. As a teacher would say, "how would you use this word in a sentence?".
Uh oh, my cell phone is ringing (I'm at work), okay my cell phone is vibrating, it is the call I have been waiting for. Wait, it is vibrating again. Please just leave me a good message and I will go outside and call you back. Please, Please, Please, be good.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Abstergent - cleansing or scouring
Agrestic - rural; rustic; unpolished; uncouth
Apodeictic - unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration
Caducity - perishableness; senility
Caliginosity - dimness; darkness
Compossible - possible in coexistence with something else
Embrangle - to confuse or entangle
Exuviate - to shed (a skin or similar outer covering)
Fatidical - prophetic
Fubsy - short and stout; squat
Griseous - streaked or mixed with grey; somewhat grey
Malison - a curse
Mansuetude - gentleness or mildness
Muliebrity - the condition of being a woman
Niddering - cowardly
Nitid - bright; glistening
Olid - foul-smelling
Oppugnant - combative, antagonistic, or contrary
Periapt - a charm or amulet
Recrement - waste matter; refuse; dross
Roborant - tending to fortify or increase strength
Skirr - a whirring or grating sound, as of the wings of birds in flight
Vaticinate - to foretell; prophesy
Vilipend - to treat or regard with contempt
So exactly what did these words do to deserve banishment?
The weather here is absolutely gorgeous today, definitely a little warmer than normal Fall, though I did hear that by the weekend we should get back to average October weather.
Have a great day!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
And, as I was standing at the main desk getting admitted to the building for my drug test, who do I see? Bob, the security guy that I will be working with. One of the gentlemen that interviewed me. That was great. He asked me if I was happy and I said "very" and told him that I didn't feel too good about how the interview went and he said that I actually blew everyone else away, that's why they didn't narrow it down to a final 3. That made me feel awesome!
So, just a few more weeks and I am back in the government, not a contractor anymore. Can you say stability and pension (I know, I know how things are going right now) and annual raises again? Woo hoo!
Oh yeah, and I don't think I like the signature, it takes up too much space and makes the posts look messy. I think it has to go.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
hmmm, why is it not transparent? Gotta fix that.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wow, got home, opened the mail, and there were J's interims. I already had B's. So, J has 1 solid A, 2 B's that are 1 point away from an A, and 1 C that is 2 points away from a B in his core classes. He has never done this well, I am thrilled and you can tell he was pretty proud of himself too when I was gushing over him. B had 3 A's and 2 B's in his core classes, again, has never done that well. And these are 2 boys who just moved up into High School and Middle School. Yeah! Go kids!
Hubby leaves for the woods tomorrow, probably pretty early, way before I get home from work. That's cool, this is what he loves to do and if doing this makes him not so grumpy, go for it.
Have a nice Tuesday morning.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I am weird.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Okay, so I ended up being kicked out of my house by realtors since 1:00. Can't go home until 4:30pm. I am bored. Ran all of my errands and am sitting at the bar drinking ice water! How pathetic is that?
Saturday, October 4, 2008
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Sitting here at the computer (in my husband's messy cluttered office), looking out the windows, what a gorgeous day. Not too cool, I have on shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt (Steelers of course), the sun is shining, it is absolutely fabulous out. This is a perfect Fall day. Oh yeah, and my husband is hunting; it is opening bow day, and my boys are at the their dad's this weekend. So, yes, an absolutely perfect Fall day!
Today is October 4th and I've managed to write in my blog everyday this month for NaBloPoMo, I am very proud of myself. I know, only 4 days in, but still, I think its great. I'm pretty sure that I can make it the whole month, I know I will definitely try, and that would be an accomplishment.
Vote: still the theme of the month. I can't wait until the election is over, I am so tired of the blaming back and forth, JUST DO YOUR JOB.
Friday, October 3, 2008
In other news, the bailout bill just passed the House by about 92 votes, wonder what will happen now?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Oh yeah, and I have to check, but it better not pre-empt Grey's Anatomy!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I like that idea. Set in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. 5 different killers. Or, let's stop and think. Maybe one book, 5 major sections? Hmmm, think, think, think.
At least its in writing, I have something to start with. (and this is my copyrighted material - see the bottom of my page)
Monday, September 29, 2008
So the emergency was that the cops came to the house, a neighbor (who is totally wacko) called the cops on my son. For whatever reason, she has issues with him. Thinks he picks on her kids, tells him that pointing at her house is illegal, won't let the boys get the football out of her front yard when it accidentally goes there. We live on a court and everyone has had issues with this freak. She flies down the street in her van, without regard for all the little kids that live on the street and may be outside playing. Just once I want her to come to me if she "thinks" my kids have done something. I'll tell her what a freak she is and how much she is off her rocker. The cop that showed up even told her that this was not something they should have been called on. My 2 boys and a couple of the other boys were just standing there staring (ok, they were trying to be intimidating I suppose, and they probably shouldn't have been doing it), and she freaked out and went to call the cops. My husband was home, he watched the whole thing go down. She is a witch and a coward. Come on and confront me with my kids "bad" things they do, see what that will get you. (It would probably get me a visit by the cops).
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So my kids are at VillageFest, B will probably be there all day, J will be back and forth. First, J has no money and didn't ask for any, so he will definitely be back. I took B and bought his all day wristband, he didn't want any money for food, probably because his shorts don't have pockets and he didn't want to carry it. He even gave me his phone to bring home. He said he'll use someone else's when he's ready to come home. He can walk home, its not far at all, he's just a little lazy.
So the would-be murderer/novelist them is starting to grow on me, I've been thinking about it alot. Thinking doesn't get me anywhere though, I should be carrying my notebook with me instead of a book to read when I go sit at the quiet bar. I think its called motivation (or fear). Maybe I don't want to be rejected. I'll get there, I know I will, I'm closer than I ever was before. Hey, I'm blogging, that's a start. And I am going to take part in NaBloPoMo, if I can accomplish that, I will feel very good.
And its officially hunting season, which means my husband will be gone alot. Then I won't feel so guilty for doing nothing. Not that writing and reading are nothing, but according to him, at the moment he doesn't know what I am planning, they are not getting anything done.
Someday, it will surprise him. Matter of fact, about a week ago, he asked me why I didn't just write a book instead of reading all the time. I told him I was planning on it and I think it caught him a little off guard. Maybe he didn't know whether or not I was serious, so he dropped the subject. Go me!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
And finally, the shows have returned. Tonight is the return of Grey's Anatomy, its been awhile. I don't see Private Practice or Dirty Sexy Money anywhere, but then again, I haven't really looked very hard.
Have to go to the library so I better get going so I can get back home in time to get dressed for my interview......
Wednesday, September 24, 2008