September 16, 2007

An Update? Oh, very well.

I hurt my back. I don't know how. Doc on Tuesday, and in the mean time got to find out I'm also allergic to vicodin. Yay, what fun! Anyway, painful back eats my life.

I had been walking, and I'm thinking about starting that again, tenderly. I still haven't made up my mind about whether I'm doing the 2008 3 Day Walk yet. I'm waiting to find out what I did to my back before trying a test walk and determining just how determined I am.

I got a new job. I'm working at Pcubed now. I report to the controller and CFO and do the North American accounting. I'm still in training-up phase, but I love the people there, the job is interesting, and I'm learning a ton. I enjoyed Borders, but there was a lot of transition going on there and this opportunity presented itself to me - it was too good to pass on.

Fiona is doing well, although she's in preteen angst/negativity/push/pull mode. She's an editor on the school paper (first 7th grade editor ever) and is joining drama club and since she Does Not Want to do a sport, our compromise is she'll do an hour of DDR every day. She does it on expert mode a lot, so this is a real workout. She's still playing piano, still writing scripts, in the chorus and is running for student council, which she expects to lose. (I expect she will too, as a big non-conformer, she definitely is not in the usual electable category. But who knows, right?) She is also doing figure skating lessons currently.

Jeff is in between tries at quitting smoking. I really with we had $10K for rehab, because that's what he needs. Otherwise, he's still at UM and doing fine. He's thinking about taking guitar lessons.

My garden is incredible, just incredible, but my mom has my (her) camera, so no pics at this time.

My next con will be UCon - if nothing busts up that plan - so hope to see some folks there.

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July 10, 2007

To Echo The Toastmaster

For those of you that don't know, I dress up like a pirate once or twice a year and have a great time. That might sound juvenile to you, but - okay, it is, but it's FUN! We try to make it fun for everyone else to, and somehow this earned us some attention.

January 18-20, 2008 at the Detroit-Troy Marriot there will be High Voltage Confusion, where there shall be super-cool guests, and High Voltage Pirates.

Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier, Author Guests of Honor
Carl Lundgren, Art Guest of Honor
Kevin M. Dunn, Science Guest of Honor
Throwing Toasters, Music Guest of Honor
The Roaming Pirate Party, Fan Guests of Honor
John Scalzi, Toastmaster (who may be the coolest secret ninja* who needs to be reminded that without pirates, the earth will melt EVAR.)

*(from my comment to the Toastmaster): I have always regretted no one ever brought a party of ninjas to duel with our party of pirates. It is not as if we have not TAUNTED the ninjas. We've done everything we could, including Mister Marsh forcing people to remove their ninja ribbons and put them on the bottom of their shoes in order to get a pirate ribbon. And still, no ninjas. I was thinking a dancing battle ala West Side Story. Oh, the glory! You, John, would be especially suited to lead these ninjas - we have heard of your dance floor antics (and shirtlessness!) and indeed, not even knowing you were a secret ninja, we have gained first-hand intelligence of your footwork!

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August 29, 2006

I sent Claire a bad poem for the best man to read at the wedding.

Bad, but sincere.

I can't decide if I'm gleeful or guilty.

I wish I could be there to watch the guy afraid to give a speech have to read it. I mean, it's cheezy.

But heartfelt.

If I ever have an anniversary party, I'm so doing this email thing and having them read. It's the best way ever for all your friends who can't make it, to be there.

Congrats to Claire and Charlie.

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"International - Liz"

PA-KK was excited thinking my new way of answering the phone at work would be the above, and how cool, really.

Sadly, I'm more of an "International - this is Liz" sort of girl, although my teammates answer with various things like "Inventory Control" and "Gross Margin" and "Jane speaking." No one answers with "Hello."

I may go back to "Gross Margin - this is Liz" but I haven't decided yet.

Although, from now on, my superhero name will be International Liz.

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October 25, 2005

Don't look before you laugh - look ugly in a photograph

Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now

Neon heart day-glow eyes
A city lit by fireflies
They're advertising in the skies
For people like us

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Don't look before you laugh
Look ugly in a photograph
Flash bulbs purple irises
The camera can't see

I've seen you walk unafraid
I've seen you in the clothes you made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?


And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Won't leave me as I am
But time won't take the boy out of this man

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

The more you know the less you feel
Some pray for others steal
Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily

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October 19, 2005

I Burn Grilled Cheese Sandwiches - Adventures in Cooking.

Because I am of the 'try anything once' school, I've let Kitchen Chick curious me into trying to do a Souffle.

Thing is, I don't really even know what that is. So, Google

A preparation made with a sauce base, whipped egg whites, and
flavorings. The egg whites cause the soufflé to puff during

Eggs whites and stuff. Puff. Got it.

So Kitchen Chick sends me a recipe
and some advice. Quite a bit of advice, which is good, considering I
had to look up the definition.

Just when I start to worry about what to make this in, she tells me,
"Use a 1 quart souffle dish. (Basically any oven cookware with high
straight sides that holds 4 cups will do.)"

Thank goodness - I don't have to buy any new kitchen stuff then.

Now, Kitchen Chick can cook. I've had her food and LOVE it. I burn
grilled cheese. Really. My 10 year old has to make her own.

My husband points out, often enough, that I can cook when I want to.
When I'm interested, when I have time, when I'm not exhausted or
rushed. That would be... almost never.

So once I am over my current little head cold, I will gather up my
ingredients, my recipe, and my advice, and I will make a Souffle. It
will be my first ever.

Send good thoughts on this cooking adventure.

The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you are afraid of it.

[I am not afraid. I am not afraid. I am not afraid.]

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July 28, 2005

Thrillseekers: Jeff and Kris

Two former military intelligence guys get onto a ride at an amusement park...

see the video here:

The boys get strapped in.

The boys are shot into space.

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April 17, 2005

The Birthday-Graduation-Birthday Party

Pictures in my cap and gown via J and L (the other J and L) to come later.

For now:

The Diploma

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The beautiful cards our friends made

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The Birthday Boy and Friends


The Birthday Girl/Graduate and Friends


Sadly, most of my other group pictures are fuzzy. The camera works best inside with the flash - except then people look 'caught' in the flash, or without the flash the lens is just open way too long and there is no holding that baby still that long.

The party was an incredible time and the thoughtful gift-combination is going to lead to something ultracool, if we can just decide what.

I love my friends. Thank you all for brining me a night of laughter and good stories and excellent food and wonderful gifts.

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April 10, 2005

Mombasa Elephant Society

This was the view as Jeff and I left the April Meeting of the Mombasa Elephant Society last night. WOW, Dominos, Munchin or socializing... we had it all. Also, a beautiful sunset. It was nice to see everyone even if I only did the socializing part.


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April 6, 2005

First ACUS Picture of 2005

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March 25, 2005

Peer Pressure, It Works


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March 24, 2005

Shopping For The Duchess

While Juliana understands budgets and stretching a dollar to make ends meet, she still demands quality. In this case, she'll have to settle for whatever comes in the mail, since we did not get to try it on and feel it, or see if it is lined, or its fit and so on.

But I have slapped down my $60 for the year, and if it sucks, everyone will pretend it's pretty, right?


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March 18, 2005

I've Been Thinking...

About patterns and cycles and layers in gaming and in reality.

I can see and define many things, but many more are still a mystery to me.


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March 17, 2005

Act Your Age

At 11:59am, I will be 31 years old. I have also now officially been with Jeff for half my life. (On March 4th, I think.)

I'm feeling remarkably younger than 31, so I guess I had been wrong about what 31 would feel like. Example: Spontaneous movie-going last night. "When does it start? - 13 minutes - Let's do it. We can do it!"

Fiona was happy and we got there in time and it was a fun movie (National Treasure.)



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March 16, 2005

Gettin' Me Some Lovin'


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March 15, 2005

I Started Writing Hannah's Patternwalk Today

(image clearer via Croft!)

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March 14, 2005


Share and share alike. We liked the Pimms, but T and I kept it under control, because we're a little too fun after a few...LizyTaraSharingThePimms.JPG

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March 13, 2005

You Know You're No Longer In Embassy Suites Or Marriot When...


I was much much more amused than offended. Our room didn't have this sign - I took a picture of the one in H's room - ours must have been STOLEN. Which is exactly what I would have done, had there been one in the room. As you can see by the charges listed, the "Dear Guest" sign is complimentary, obviously.

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March 12, 2005

They Allow These People To Elect Senators?


Note how J's sideways head looks disembodied. Cool.

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March 11, 2005

The Group Shot


Mel put this on lj - I'm guessing it came from G? Someone let me know and I'll credit it the right way.

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March 10, 2005

They Sing, They Dance, They Tour The Capital


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March 9, 2005

I Had A Great Weekend

Kris manipulated my crazy picture to this, which I'm just in love with.

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March 8, 2005

I Have Seen The Lucky Bongo Monkey Boxer Shorts

I shall never be the same.

I had a wonderful weekend. There will be pictures later, when I have time.

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February 23, 2005

My Crazy Life

So, recently my friend G had linked to a study that found people tend to think they'll have more free time in the future, and so, it was easier to get people to commit to things, the further off they were.

Of course, people don't have more time in the future, they just think they will.

I, at least, know I have no free time. My weekends all have at least one event on them (if not a trip) from now until May. I'm trying to take a break in may because I'd like to do some gardening then. Come June - we're back to every weekend, some of which will have to juggle once I find out when I walk for graduation. July is filling. August is pretty empty, but we'd like to camp sometime this year, both as a family and with friends. And there is GenCon in August, which I'm trying not to think about too hard.

So, I've been busy, and even minutely managing time to try to accomplish goals. I stayed off IM tonight so that I could finish my homework. I wanted to get grad party evites out tonight, but as I type it is 9:05, and that means I must retreat to my bed to read Wicked for an hour, so that I can finish the book before I see the musical.

But, since my homework is done, hopefully I can call the friend who needs to talk to me tomorrow night, and get the evites out, and perhaps even something else, since I have a doc appnt that should have me home well ahead of my normal arrival time.

Still, just knowing that I'm full up til May is a bit exhausting in and of itself. Even if it's full of goodness.

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February 4, 2005

Secret Agent Man...

Look what I got my hands on! The K man, in a tux. No wonder they're singing to him in the halls.


This sadly reminds me I have nothing new that's sexy to wear for Ill Met. Darn it. I hate to wear something I've already worn for the game, because Juliana would never do that!

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January 30, 2005

And yet more booty...


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January 28, 2005

More Booty

Update: More pirate pictures here and here - possibly look for some of these in the Metro Times.

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January 23, 2005

ConFusion 2005

Confusion 2005

Friday night

We got in around 5:30. It was cold outside. We managed, in two trips, to get everything but the pirate ship up to our room. (We're here for 2 nights, please note.) We got our badges and organized the room.

It was 6:30. We decided it was time to go buy the food we had not yet bought. Quick Farmer Jack run. We forgot half and half and hummous. (so far, looks like we remembered everything.)

Back in time to make opening ceremonies. L shows up all beautiful.


Opening ceremonies were very funny. Seeing The Flash Girls with Brust and Patrick Nielsen Hayden was even more fun.

My pictures didn't turn out too well because I haven't figured out my camera quite yet, but some these two show some of the energy of the set, so I like them.



At the GOH reception thingie I got into a nice discussion with a newly met old friend that will lead me to having to do a lot of research really soon. He also was a sneaky picture taker, but I was ready for him once. The shot below is the shot I did not pose for, wasn't ready for, and is therefore a better representation of my normal facial expression. I think I was leaning on the table smiling at J. (This is cropped.)



It'd snowed... wow - maybe not a ton, but the wind was blowing and it looked bad. Never left the hotel.

A good chunk of my early day was spent looking at the Hubble Images and listening to Christian Ready explain them. He did a kick ass job. [Paul, if you ever get a chance to see this guy's presentation, run, don't walk.] I learned a great deal in a few hours (and I knew more than your average joe about astromony and the hubble to begin with). Between stargazing I went to small-group reading by Will Shetterly, which I enjoyed immensely. I just have to say that he, Emma, Steve and Jacqueline all came across as friendly, intelligent, and personable.

Another panel with the crew mentioned above, about what makes books good (in which Elizabeth Bear's theory of character likability was mentioned), and I finally introduced myself to Steve. Very nice guy, but there was a slow pile-up happening around us, so I went off to sign up for "Coffee with Steve Brust" for Sunday.

Took a break (during which many came by to look in amazement at the pirate ship) and sat with friends. Meet a few other folks, and as always good conversation.

Went down at 6 for the panel on religion in fiction. It was interesting, and Jacqueline signed for me. It was a hard decision between going to that, or Emma's reading. I'm counting on hearing Emma read some other time in my con life. Fingers crossed.

Saturday Night

We raided the room parties as the pirate crew (kinda). We won a hall costume award - and then we won best party. We had a great time - it went over really well.

The ship

The crew (more or less)


The picture where you can see the fishnets and part of the whip...


Just had to take a picture with this guy. I have not gotten over my thing for long hair. He offered to do the biting picture, but I thought the husband might not appreciate that too much, so we just grinned.


And since one of our crew had the kick-ass camera, he took some video:More Pirate Pictures Here, including video of me and the ladies dancing.


Another good day, good panels. Bfast out with thatguyChuck was nice, if very rushed (my fault.) Had "Coffee with Steve" (a group of 10 sort of thing) which turned into coffee with he and Emma and Will. Great discussion - you know, it's odd when you meet strangers who have written things that you admire, or found inspiring, or entertaining, and you realize they're really people you'd love to have sit around with you in your livingroom to chat about all the issues that mean something to you, and where those issues come from, and where they might be going...

Anyway, I found that in large groups, I'm suddenly quiet. Never used to be this way, but as I get older I've discovered this wonderful thing, and that is that I learn a lot more from what everyone else is saying when I'm not busy thinking about the question I'm going to ask. So, I've quieted, and I learn. How wonderful.

Now I have a lot more to learn, so I'm going to be off doing some of that. Had a very good time, though I sadly missed the pool and hot tub. Darn.

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January 3, 2005

And I Will Always Cherish Smiles


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Because We Should Share The Adventure


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I Will Appreciate Diversity


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Still Have A Child's Heart


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I Will Cherish Conversation

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And Be Amused By My Own Whims


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I Will Laugh At Man's Folly


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When All Lies Dormant, The Green


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In The Dark Days I Will Remember The Sun


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December 26, 2004

I Took 250 Pictures Over The Last 3 Days

Expect to be seeing some for the next little while.

Fiona's first attempt at making peanut butter cookie Christmas Mice. She's good.


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December 25, 2004

Happy Solstice


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December 22, 2004

The Department Giftmas Party

The gift I started the "Greedy Gift Exchange" with:


The gift I ended the "Greedy Gift Exchange" with:


My Consolation Prize:


Mike's treasure:


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December 21, 2004


Neopets are cool!


Of course I don't have time for it, but I go on when I can, play a silly block matching game, get points and spend them on things Hannah or Wixer would like.

So far, I've bought food and a purple healing potion.

He came with a cute little toy.

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December 20, 2004

Go Saturn Go

Buddy, the little blue Saturn that could, just went over 100,000 miles.


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Skippy's List

69: The Navy does NOT keep Marines aboard ship "because sheep would be obvious" and I may not suggest so at a joint service function.


I think there are some additions to the list, because I don't remember this one.

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December 4, 2004

Defying Gravity!

It's not even Christmas yet, and I just got my 31st (combined with 30th, which if you'll remember, I refused to celebrate until I got my degree) birthday present.

My mommy is taking me to Toronto for the weekend of 3/20 and to see Wicked!

I'm so freaking psyched. Me and my mom. I hope I can get her to eat at some of the more exotic places I missed during ACN. I hope I can get her to walk Yonge Street with me.

Worst case scenario, though, I get to stay at a hotel and be in Toronto and go see Wicked! I need to see if I can find a nice inexpensive spa...

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November 29, 2004

Can You Say Spoiled?

I've been on my parents pretty much every time I've seen them for the last 3 months to get a digital camera. For "us". About a month ago my mother said, "If we got one, and we both went on vacation at the same time, who would get to take it?"

I sagely said, "The people who bought it would."

She said, "You say that now."

She's right. I'm going to have to be very good and not try to cajole my way into getting THE NEW DIGITAL CAMERA the first time we're both on vacation at the same time.

It's a Fuji FinePix 340. It's got 4megapixels. It's probably more than we needed, but that's my dad for you.

They're bringing it over today, before we go to Polar Express at the IMAX. I hope I have enough time to make it work before I have to go to my friend Kim's for studying.

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November 22, 2004

Apple Orchard 2004


Me hiding behind Fiona, with Kit being amused at us, at the Apple Orchard. Thanks to KF for taking pictures and walking us through apple-picking and oh - the donuts - omg...

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November 17, 2004


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So an old navy friend is coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving. We're very excited, because we haven't seen him since Fi was a baby.

And now I'm even more excited, after talking to his boyfriend in email tonight. He's a video-gamer, trekkie, and former D&D player. Oh, and an engineer. And such a cutie!

So I'm super-excited now, because I get my soul-brother back for a few days, and I get this great new friend!!!!!

Can't wait! Can't wait! Cain't wait!

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November 12, 2004

Border's Friends and Family Days This Weekend

20% off. Merry Holidays.

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November 5, 2004

Kit Goes Back to Vegas

on the day I get the Casa Loma pictures back. I need a digital camera so bad!


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October 31, 2004

Happy Halloween 2004


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October 25, 2004

Busy Busy Weekend

Was going to have Kit over on Friday, but he went to the movies instead - thank goodness, because I was exhausted.

Saturday was gaming all day, or socializing, as the case may be. Fun. Sorry you other Ill Met folks weren't there.

Sunday was the apple orchard/pumpkin patch/cider mill with the Ks. I enjoyed it a great deal, even though it wore me out something fierce. Fiona had a great time and I'm glad we got to do this this year.

Today I am exhausted. Jeff let me sleep in and I'm still fried. I've done no homework and I'm finding it hard to bother. I haven't been able to get the information I need at work, so I'm going to have to 'best guess' the whole paper. Frustrating.

I have to pick Fi up from school, and then tonight we're going out to the Arborland Borders so she can get her book signed by R.L. Stein. She's very excited. I'm hoping I can pick up on some of her energy.

Rest of the week: homework.
Next weekend: all halloween, all the time.

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October 17, 2004

I Work At Borders Books!

So, today employees got 40% off. I'm very sorry I didn't drag any of my friends in to buy things for them but
1- that would be unethical.
2- I could hardly carry my own load.

I just blew through $150. I'm done Christmas shopping for Fiona. Hopefully we can get her grandmother to buy her another cheapo CD player.

I also got:
America (The Book)
Two Susan Johnson romance novels.
In Camelot's Shadow by Sarah Zettel, an author I am forever running into at local cons who moves in one of my circles, so I figures I should support her and read something.
Wicked (The CD made me have to read this book.)
and Jane Lindskold's, The Dragon of Despair.

And what am I starting with?

A romance novel - because you've got to love a romance novel that opens with a ménage à trois.

(Well, I did check out the naked Supreme Court Justices in America. That was painful.)

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October 11, 2004

Strawberry Shortcake




I will never be 30! I will never be 30! I will never be 30!

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Last November


Don't have much to say over here, so more pictures.

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October 9, 2004

Toronto, 2001

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October 5, 2004

The Annual XPrize Cup!!!!!!

Teams will compete in five different categories to win the overall cup: Fastest turnaround time between the first launch and second landing, maximum number of passengers per launch, total number of passengers during the competition, maximum altitude and fastest flight time.

more here.

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September 13, 2004

I like to play with numbers

I wanted to figure this one out. Anniversaries have been on my mind lately, but Jeff and I have never made a big deal out of ours. I suppose while it's a significant date to us, we're generally not holiday people, so we don't go to a lot of effort to celebrate them.

On 9/19 we will have been married 11 years.
As of 9/9, we have been together 15.

So, what is the date at which I will have spent 1/2 my life with Jeff?
March 4, 2005.

When is the date he will have spent 1/2 his life with me?
January 27, 2006.

These two dates seem a bit more significant to me, because after these, every day with him will be one more day in my life with him than without him.

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June 15, 2004

My mommy gave me $50 in Borders Gift Cards

We bought:
Three Michigan Horror Books for Fiona (These are called things like The Detroit Demon, and The Mackinaw Meanice.)
To Reign in Hell (which I have wanted FOREVER)
Quills DVD
Audioslave CD
and some Football Guide for Jeff.

Oh, and a $3 Fairy Bookmark Fi wanted. Yes, putting that stuff by the counter does sell it.

This is after the earlier shopping spree of last week, when we bought:
The Odessy on AudioCD (11 CDs, unabridged), a different Michigan Horror Book For Fi, 2 George RR Martin Books, and 2 Feist Books. Talk about supporting your workplace.

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May 26, 2004

Computer Update

Update: Jeff wants his gaming computer to be a laptop, so we can all be one big happy family of laptop users. Or something like that.

Any advice on a descent gaming laptop that isn't insane in the cost category (like, under $1000)?

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May 25, 2004

Where's Liz

Incredibly busy.

See, I took over GMing this game... and something had to suffer. That something was this blog.

But I have to get my life in order, or I'm not going to make it. Things have been turning upside down in my life the last few months. My school decided since we don't have enough students left in the accounting program to justify a classroom, we have to be flexnet. This means 3 of 5 weeks on the internet. It means, basically, having to be online EVERY DAY to get full credit.

I don't have a problem being online every day. I practically am now. But I do have a problem because my dialup ain't gonna cut it - and my slow old laptop isn't going to cut it for DSL. So I have to get DSL or cable - and I have to get a new laptop. While we're making this investment, I want us to be wireless, and I want to buy a gaming computer for Jeff.

I saw something in tiger direct that claimed to be a gaming CPU for $400. We could do that - it can't be worse than what he's using now.

But I need advice - lots of advice - about what I should get, what I shouldn't get, and so on.

Also trying the flylady 15 minute cleaning thing. We're off to a slow start, and we're changing how it works to fit us... but we haven't had any dish in my sink for 2 weeks now, and that is the biggest deal ever. So thanks to LL for that advice.

Oh, and we're seeing Harry Potter at Star Southfield on June 4 at 7pm. I'm not buying tickets for everyone, but wanted to invite all who are interested to get their own and meet us there!

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April 20, 2004

Me with Neil

Very nice guy, excellent at reading his own work. If I ever got the chance to spend $45 to have dinner with him again, I would. Didn't know about it this time until long after the thing was sold out.

My daughter just geeked over the picture he drew for her in Coraline. Yes, I am raising a geeky girl.

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If you take enough pictures

you'll eventually get a good one.

If any of you freaks send me scary stalker mail, I will send my husband after you.

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March 24, 2004

And Again...

Life has gotten nuts, and my ACUS starts tonight with visiting friends in early! Don't expect to hear much here for a few weeks until I recover from ACUS.

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March 20, 2004

The first week

Well, exhausting is a good word. Good is also a good word.

Exhausting, in a good way.

I got home last night, ate dinner, and went to bed. In bed by 6something. Up at 6:02 am after an enormous thunderclap that Jeff woke up swearing was an earthquake. The ground did shake for a good minute. All the local car alarms went off.

Vegged around trying to wake up. Filled out my FAFSA. Took shower. Made breakfast. Jeff went to work - I went back to bed. Slept 2 more hours.

I can't really blame work for all the exhaustion. Some of it is doubtless caused by stress about school interfering with ACUS, about all the tons of stuff I need to get done this weekend for school and ACUS, about the CLEPs I need to take I've been ignoring.

My body has been rebelling against me a bit. Getting a little sick and forcing me to rest. Stupid body.

So now I'm awake, but still dead tired - all my limbs are heavy kind of tired. Must go out to the dollar store for some things I need. I also want to go to old navy, but I fear taking Fiona into the store with me - I always end up spending my money on her instead of me, but I need Jeans for Work and this is Birthday Money.

Ugh, and someone has to go grocery shopping this weekend. Jeff works today and tomorrow. Sigh. I hope I get a kick up of energy.

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March 14, 2004

New Job


Nervous. V. nervous.

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February 27, 2004

Tuesday Nights

So once I'm working at Borders, I will have some Tuesday nights open to hang with my A2 friends.

These are nights Fi has brownies, so my mom keeps her.

So I won't have money for eating out, or anything like, but I would like to get together... even if it's just to do something healthy, like walk. I love to walk and talk. Hell, I'll even settle for sitting on my butt and getting introduced to some DVD series or something. Whatever. It's just a chance to spend some time with you folks I hardly get to see enough of. I won't be able to do it all the time (homework), but even once a month is better than not at all.

So who is in? If you're interested, drop me a line or an email. And if you don't, expect to hear from me once I get settled in.

Whoooo hooo. so happy. yeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaawwww.

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February 26, 2004

In Good News

I have been offered, and have accepted, an accounting position at Borders Group HQ.

Go me. I'm so excited, and I can't even explain the relief in my life since I got the offer. I just keep smiling and laughing.

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February 5, 2004

"My friend C..."

does amazing stuff with stamps, among other things. (love ya babe ~~~kisses~~~)

Check out her stamping blog. Especially the pictures. Wow.

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January 31, 2004

Toilet Seat

So for my birthday Jenn and Mark got me a new toilet seat.

I know you're thinking "???????".

See, about three years ago one of the screws on our toilet seat busted off. Now... Jeff and I really have zero clue about house stuff. We can't fix anything - our dad's never succeeded at doing anything but making things cost even more when they tried to fix them - so we're both extremely wary about trying to fix anything.

And I thought toilet seats cost $80 each - and that's a chunk for us. So a little swivel in the seat was okay. We have all gotten so used to it, we don't notice. Of course, guests notice.

So Mark, bless him, got us one and sent it with Jenn, who can fix things. Toilet Seats, for the uninitiated, don't even cost a quarter of what I thought they did - at least not 'normal' ones.

So Jenn and I intalled my new toilet seat. It was easy!!!! And now I have a toilet seat that doesn't swivel! It's amazing how much you don't realize how inconvenient something is until it gets fixed.

Of course, I feel like a moron for not doing it sooner, but I didn't know it was so cheap and easy!

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January 20, 2004

Auto Show - Me and Djinn's Mom

Ain't we cute.

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January 7, 2004

Bad News / Good News

Bad news: Jeff only got 11 hours a week on his schedule for this term. That means his bringing home about $20 less a week than we need him to. If I take a pay cut, well, that'll really bite.

The Good news:

The GI Bill pays a lot more than I remember it paying. If we get anywhere near the max, we're going to be sitting on an extra $600 a month I wasn't counting on. Two months to pay off his tuition. Another 15 days to pay off his books. That means we have about $900 left over this term. It's going into savings for next term, but it's like, THANK GOD! Or whoever.

And that's under estimating. The GI Bill max per month looks to be $985. That's not a ton of money, but it sure would let us start paying more than the min on our credit cards again.

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December 3, 2003

Wil at Work

For Peter -

What would Shakespeare have made of corporate-speak?

via the nice lady at Perverse Access Memory

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November 30, 2003

Hungarian Rhapsody

So tonight we stop into the eating establishment of the above name to buy Gift Certificates for the parents for Christmas...

Note: Friday night in the Hungarian place - Wild.

Half the place, and it's not huge, was dominated by the 98th birthday party of Maria. But I get ahead of myself. There are musicians. A violinist and a guitarist. They are not roving - they seem to be playing for the head of the huge long table of mostly elderly Hungarian-Americans.

They are eating away - oh, the food smelled so great - and tapping and bouncing and occassionally clapping along to the music. When the musicians finish they get a huge round of applause, and then someone - a nephew, I think - stood up and gave a toast to the birthday girl. At the end of it, the crowd of them went nuts, and the the musicians broke into 'Happy Birthday,' and the entire place, even the other people just there for dinner, sang for her.

This beautiful 98 year old Maria, stood up, tears rolling down her face, and with a huge smile, whacked her nephew right in the back of the head.

It was one of the most human moments I've ever had a chance to witness from a distance.

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November 24, 2003

My friends

I have somehow managed to work myself into the circle of friends I've always wanted. They're interesting and smart, no one takes themselves too seriously, pretty much everyone likes to play around.

And that's just the on site friends. The off site friends are pretty amazing too.

I had a great time at LM's party.

I'm having a great time talking to my online friends.

I'm looking forward to the non-family holiday parties. (Makes the family ones so much easier to get through.)

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November 20, 2003


To Mrs. Matociquala on her book deal. Just a huge accomplishment earned by many hours chasing (and beating) down the dream.

To Prozac Conniption on struggling her way through school and finishing!!! Again, same as above, plus moronic professors.

To FfF and Mr. on their lovely wedding and reception. Many years of joy to you both.

And finally, to me, who has managed to get to the final night of this horrible class, and not call the professor a moron to her face.

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November 3, 2003


Went with C down to Ohio to buy paper over the weekend. It wasn't in the budget, so I used my 'food money' for the week. But the great thing about Hollos is that you don't have to spend much money to get what you need, and more.

I came out with 2 christmas gifts for Fi, and enough stuff to make my christmas cards, Fi's valentines day cards for school, and enough blank 3x5 cards to get her through Spanish for the rest of the year - all for under $20.

Really needed the time in the car to get things out - and Carla let me talk and talk, and helped me get clear-minded enough that I was able to make some decisions later.

I found a way, even if I took a small paycut to change jobs, for Jeff to work part time, so he can go to school full time.

He doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up, so I'm pushing him to be something that makes good money until he figures out what he wants to be. I'm a little too close to see which degrees might be good for Jeff. Ideas?

Of course, I immediately went right back to engineering for him. He could do it. He wouldn't mind the work. It would allow him some of his personality quirks in the workplace.

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Matrix at the IMAX

My daddy is taking Jeff and I to see the new Matrix at the IMAX. It's very generous of him, considering tickets are about double the regular theater tickets.

My generous friend C is watching my little girl. Little girl is very excited about this.

C can expect lots of questions, along the lines of:

Why do you have all these games if you don't have kids


Will you keep me? I'll walk the dogs and clean up after them!

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October 26, 2003


Hot hot water, moving...

It feels so good. Muscles start to relax - and I begin to understand how tense I am, daily, walking through life.

Today I feel run down, like I did after I got my first real massage ever. In response, I'm sucking down tons of water. I don't think I'm dehydrated - I think I had some muscles unknot and release toxins they were holding in.

My skin looks great.

Man, I'd really like to do that once a month. Maybe someday... when the budget allows, again, I can organize a monthly relaxation meeting in the hot tub. Ah. I know a ton of people who need the relaxation - I'm sure we'd never lack for numbers.

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October 23, 2003

1st Place at CMA Idol

Well, she won.

She won first place.

She was so excited on the voicemail she left on my cell phone. I wish I could post that here. She got a trophy, and a $10 borders gift certificate, and a book that comes with parts you can put together in lots of different ways to make your own instrument.

But better than any of that, she got to win. She really thrives on competetion, and even does fairly okay when she loses.

It is sick how excited I am for her. I can just feel what it's like to be 8, and win this thing, after three weeks of having to compete again and again. And on top of that, I have all that mother pride going on.

Yes, this one is mine. Isn't she smart? Isn't she talented? Isn't she beautiful? And isn't she still the kindest thing, despite all that? My baby. Mine.

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"Life has a practice of living you if you don't live it." Philip Larkin

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will." Zig Ziglar

"Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting." Joyce Meyer

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October 17, 2003

My Wonderful Husband

He's really been indulging me lately and taking care of everything.

Something very nice must be done for him. Ideas?

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Piano Lessons - Level 3.

So after about a year in lessons, Fiona has reached level three, where she gets a solo book in it that has:

The March from Raiders of the Lost Arc.

How cool is that? And Miss Sara says once she gets down key signatures, over the next six months, she'll be able to start playing those 'easy play beginner' piano tunes. Which is good, considering I bought her a book full of Disney ones last Christmas.

Posted by Liz at 11:05 AM

Bachelorette Party Tonight

This is going to be cool.

I hope someone brings a camera, and I hope I can find tiara's for us all, so I can later post pictures of us, with the bride, in her feather boa.

I'm hoping to dress slutty, but not sure I have enough time. It takes time for sweet little me to look slutty. (Jeff says I don't really have any slutty clothes. Hopefully you can be the judge of that later. I think perhaps Jeff's idea of slutty runs more along the lines of naked and aggressive. My idea of slutty runs more along the lines of just covered and a tease.)

Whoo-hoo. I'm drinking as much water as I can so I'm all hydrated up!!!! So I can drink without fear tonight. Presuming someone else will agree to drive my car.

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Work, Flora Style

Since I actually have something nice to say about work, I'm going to post it here.

The big meeting with the VP's and Directors was yesterday. A presentation was sprung on me, in meeting. He says, "And Liz is going to start the meeting by presenting the website."

Well, my inner Flora kicked in. I was all dressed up and makeuped up and hair done uped, so I wasn't nervous about people looking at me. Which was good. Because everyone looked at me.

So I presented the website and what it can do, and what it will do, eventually, off the cuff, taking questions as I went.

The VP was sitting right across from me and used the word awesome in reference to my work three times.

My boss's boss's boss stopped by my contract boss's cube to tell her, well, I was going to quote it but I can't. Basically, that I did a great job presenting, and with everything.

So now I'm trying to make my company follow their own process and 'write-up' my kudos like they have to 'write-up' everything else.

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October 13, 2003

Now that I'm human again...

I did a lot this weekend, even though I missed out on the real fun.

Miss tease - you know who you are!

Last week pretty much sucked the life out of me. Even with the big meeting with the VP's on Thursday, I'm counting on this week being better.

Saturday it was up at 7am to get Fiona to the dentist by 8am.

No cavities! Way to go kid!

Then we got home, took Jeff's car to the shop, and ate breakfast at the diner. We haven't gotten to do that in so long, and I've missed it. Still, it was $16 for three of us, and we could have eaten at home for half that much.

Then I planted over 300 Dutch Irises. Is it any wonder my upper back and shoulders are feeling destroyed? I have about 75 more to plant tonight while the weather is still nice. I also need to get newspaper and figure out where I'm putting the flower box for next year. A better idea might be to put the other flower box together... but this was all supposed to be done last week. Still, if I can get all the garden winterizing done this week, I'll be in good shape.

Had some help from Jeff with the digging for that.

Then we went to Jarrod and Patrick's Housewarming, which was a great party, but very crowded, and we had Fi, so we only stayed a few hours.

Sunday was up early to go get Jeff's car. Then I stressed for the hours before I had to leave to go get Carla for A Far and Distant Shore. But she relaxed me with stories from what I missed at the party - as much as such stories can relax me. At least they made me smile and laugh.

Sinuses/Allergies decided to act up, so I was not my usual high-energy gaming self, but neither was anyone else. Much left-over party tiredness - although those lovely men had the house cleaned already by 1pm or so when Carla and I arrived. Amazing.

The game was good. I wish I'd been better - but next time.

Are we meeting in November? Must email the GM and find out.

I have to admit - I hope we call that one off. Carla and I need a new Hollos weekend so I can go - Hollos got bounced for Jill's baby shower. Plus, it's the wedding month, and I can't imagine there won't be a ton of last minute wedding stuff needing done that weekend. If we're going to play, C and I will be running like crazy before the Halloween Party to get to Ohio and back - and I hate to be wiped out for that party.

Came home and got online to resolve conflict - which was good - and then I was actually able to eat some leftover pizza and sleep well, which was good.

I need to make a list to get me through this week. Must call MK tonight. Gah.

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October 10, 2003

Roleplaying - Kid Style

Fi (age 8) and the two neighbor kids (ages 5 and 9) were playing McDonald's drivethru using Fi's playhouse tonight.

[Fi is the worker, the 9 year old is ordering, and the 5 year old is the one getting fed.]

"Welcome to McDonald's. What would you like to eat?"

"I'd like one chicken nugget, a small bucket of fries, and a soft drink."

"Do you want salt with that?"


"Do you want an apple pie?"

"No, but I want two toys in the meal."

"Okay, one chicken nugget, a little bucket of fries, and a soft drink with two toys. That'll be three rocks. Please pull to the second window."

[At the second window food is handed out, rocks in. Food is more rocks and some fallen leaves, plus two toys from the playhouse. The five year old starts 'eating' the food right there.]

"Excuse me, no eating at the window. Other people are waiting for their food."

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October 9, 2003

Dutch Irises

Well... I'm giving Patrick and Jarrod 100 of these for their housewarming (they've already been informed) and that means...

I only have 400 left to plant.

I started turning over dirt yesterday, but had school tonight. Jeff did no additional turning over of dirt for me today, so tomorrow I turn over dirt. That is, if I can get everything else I have to get done done.

But watching 400 of these babies bloom next spring, that's going to be awesome.

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LoTR Tickets

For all my friends who haven't found this out on their own -

you can get marathon tickets today starting at 10 (but he said it may not show up online til 1) either in the theater or at

He (the young man at the theater, Chris) did not know how much they'd cost.

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October 5, 2003

The Weekend

Had great fun at Brenda's Bday party this weekend.

Brenda I met through Carla. See, I feel like I clicked with Carla at some point. I'm never unhappy around her. And who she is... interests me, expands my interests, and at the same time is very reaffirming. Plus, she's cute.

So I'd heard some about her oldest friend from us talking, so by the time I met Brenda I felt like I knew her already. Carla's been sucking her into our circle for about a year now. Now she's sucking me into Brenda's circle, a little.

Very nice birthday dinner in Royal Oak. Got to dress up enough to feel like a girl. Excellent food. I didn't drink, but I will be going back there to drink when I'm not the drive and I'm feeling safer health-wize. The drinks (from sipping) were really good too.

The best thing, though, was getting to meet a bunch of new people. There were enough people I knew there for me to feel comfortable (3), but lots of new folks to talk to also. Meeting new people like this is so rare for me, so I was excited. New people are neat because you can use your best stories, and they haven't heard them before.

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October 3, 2003

Fantasy Football

Back some time ago I blogged about how the guys wanted me to play Fantasy Football as a Filler Team.

Well, I've been as high as 3rd place, and currently sit in 4th.

Without trying to hard either, so there, you pigs!

Of course, Jeff sat down to play Chess with Fi tonight, and first game he beat her in 4 moves. He tells her,

"Don't feel bad, I beat J in 4 moves yesterday."

Yes, this is the calibur of opponent I am competing against. Is it any wonder I'm in 4th place with barely lifting a finger?

But it was very nice to watch Fiona begin, slowly now, to understand strategy in chess. She'll soon, very soon, be beating my pants off. (NO WARFARE.)

Posted by Liz at 11:56 PM

She can be taught!

The goddess is doing something that is making my old blog entries start to show up. That's... hot.

I, in the meantime, have been playing and playing and playing with the sidebar. I'm finally buying a clue. And I really had to teach myself a lot after I deleted the links to the archives, and had to fix that.

Love and hugs to The goddess for all the hand-holding and special help she's giving me.

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September 27, 2003

Church Signs

The sign on the church closest to my house says:

If All the World's a Stage, Who's in the Audience?

Well, duh. The powers that be have a great sense of humor. I am very amused.

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September 7, 2003

Moveable Type

What surprises me is how much I've understood so far about getting all this set up, and how few roadblocks are there because of my personal lack of knowledge.

Yes, I need to get on a computer with netscape before I can import all the blogger stuff. No big deal - my father in law is on netscape. Yes, there are a few things I don't quite know how to deal with, but that's what Meera is for (that, and other nice things).

So... very excited. New toy, new toy!

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On Time Management

When you put your mind to it, you really can get homework done, bathrooms cleaned, exercise, shop, and mess around with your new blog...

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