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Other, non-TWOP related stuff since I haven't updated since July, apparently. In chronological order:

When last I left you, Sister #2 and I were going to Tall Ships in Duluth in July. I wasn't there specifically for Tall Ships (or Big Boats as I kept calling it), as Jim Gaffigan was doing a show there, with no stop in Minneapolis/St. Paul, which is like, three hours closer for us. I decided to pay for VIP passes, which included a meet and greet and autographs afterwards. I also paid for part of my sister's so she would come with me, heh.

White People.

Aaaand he's in Minneapolis next month now. D'oh! It's part of the same tour, too. I've been going to the Hennepin Theater Trust a LOT since Wicked was at the Orpheum in October. If you buy tickets at the HTT Box Office, it's JUST face value. No 30% fees! So when we went down for Wicked, we bought Seinfeld. I went down myself for John Oliver, and bought another Wicked ticket. At Seinfeld, we bought Gaffigan. At least I didn't buy VIP again!

In August, my two sisters and I went to Madison. Sister #1 works at a hotel and had earned free nights, and Sister #2 and I were totally down with that. We wanted to do Wisconsin Dells, but the closest hotel in her chain was in Madison, so we went with that, and stopped at the Dells on the way there and back. As it turns out, though? Madison is awesome on its own. Special thanks to jheaton for a few tips, as well as a coworker who grew up there. Sister #2 met up with an internet friend and we did Ian's Pizza, the zoo, an arboretum, and the capital building with her all in one day. Interfriend had been to the Capitol many times for school tours and the union protests, but she wasn't aware that we could go up and outside on the roof (a jheaton tip), so that was awesome.

Breaking Bad ended, and it was amazing. I was breathless the entire run of 5B.

I switched to Straight Talk and got a smart phone in anticipation of the next paragraph. The battery is driving me nuts (will it last three hours? Will it last two days? Who knows!), but it's certainly come in handy. I have a portable charger I keep in my purse and, of course, a car charger, so whatever.

A different "we" (me, BFF, her sister, and her sister's BF) went to Las Vegas in November. We drove, because we're crazy. We rented a van, but the backseat was still super uncomfortable, especially since we're all at least 5'8", with one of us over 6'. (AKA, deeablo heights!) We were going to share the driving, but that's not how it ended up, and basically no one wanted to be in the back, heh. We stayed at the Mirage, and it was amazing. But we only did two full days in Vegas (we did Fremont Street, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, the Venetian Gondola Ride, and the rides at the Stratosphere, amongst others), and the rest was transpo time, with us doing 400-500 miles in a day. We got to see Independence Rock, Great Salt Lake/Salt Lake City, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon, again, amongst others, on the route, though.

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BFF's sister was freaking out a bit about driving through mountains and stuff so we took the long way. (And if I never hear about Parley's Canyon again, that will be some good times.) This was our route:

Vegas Road Trip 2013

According to maps.google, 3800 miles, 56 hours. The stops are where we...stopped for the night.

Overall amazing, but yeah, next time? Flying, and staying longer in Vegas. :P

Christmas party for work was awesome as always. We do fundraisers for United Way, which involved basket raffles, along with some other giveaways if you pledge a certain amount for the year. There were 21 baskets in all, and this but only warrants mentioning because I won one! Totally the best one, too. I put $40 in for most of the baskets, and the one I won was from our IT department. It contained all kinds of electronic goodies. An original Roku, a Chromecast (which, kind of redundant?), a wireless keyboard, two sets of speakers, and a bunch of branded stuff (pens, bouncy balls, etc) that obviously was giveaways from our vendors. But that's still cool. The only reason I went in on it, though, was because it also contained $150 in Best Buy gift cards. :) The ticket that won must have been one I'd put in at the party because I guess I scrawled my name. I didn't even realize I won. They announced "Joe (something) from (my department)" and I was like, "Woo! Our department!" I didn't know of anyone named "Joe" but we had a metric shitton of temps in another building at that time . Sister #2 was my date, and she turned to me and said "I think they said your name." So I tracked down the organizers, and they HAD! The electronics basket was the 20th one pulled, and around basket 10 I was grumping that they kept saying my name wrong.

I immediately blew half of the gift card. Amazon had The Wire complete series for $75, so I called BB and got them to price match. The rest is still safe in my wallet. (Note: Please do not steal my wallet.)

Aaaand I haven't watched any of it. I'm such an info hoarder, yo. (See previous post.)

I got a review at work a few weeks ago. I always freak out even though my boss' management motto is basically, "I will let you know if there's a problem." and I hadn't heard anything. But most everything was an A+, which everything else just being an A. Rough times. Basically it was "Keep on keeping on. And if you could come in to work a few minutes earlier, that would be awesome."

I had a weekend of new technical toys a fortnight ago. I bought an iPad 3 off eBay. The guy had the 32 gig cellular version for $340 and the 32 gig non-cellular for $400. I'm assuming he mixed those up. But I jumped on it and it's amazing. I also acquired a Litter Robot, which I LOVE ZOMG. I want to draw hearts on both of these new toys. I bought the LR home on Annie's birthday, too, so that's handy. (Because the cat totally knows it's her birthday, right?)

Upcoming:
Jim Gaffigan (again) on April 11, this time with my friend/ex-coworker Kate. It's the first day I've taken off all year, very excited. The show is actually at 7:30, so I could just take off early, but eff that noise. Also bought for Christopher Titus on May 10, which is in Madison, as he also is not coming near the Cities. Or at least, isn't announcing it until after Madison, given my luck! That's a Saturday, so that weekend is, y'know, killed. My birthday is right after that, and I already took off for the 14th and 15th so I didn't want to take off the 9th, too. Sister #2 and I are in, Kate will probably be in as well, and Sister #2's Interfriend may join us. It's general seating so easy to add people.

Kate and I are also discussing a trip to NYC in the fall-ish. My raison d'etre at this point is to see Letterman live, so I've been putting in for tickets. Basically if they called me and said, "You can come to Late Show, but it's at three am. On Tuesday." I'd figure it out.

Complicating that as well is that I very much would like to move. With my raise from said review, I feel like I can afford an upgrade to a 2 bedroom apt. Also, my car should be paid off by the end of this year. I really need more room, and my kitty needs more room, too. The LR kind of doesn't fit where I was keeping the old, non-robot-y box, either. (The height of the LR is 29", and I had the old one under my sink, which has a clearance of about 24".) But I know moving is expensive, and I've been in this one for ten years, so I'm pretty sure they're going to hold on to my deposit with tight fists.

I also just got my car insurance bill, and it's more than twice what I paid in October. (I do 2x/year.) Literally! It's double, plus ten cents. I got a speeding ticket in Wisconsin during the trip to Madison, but that does seem excessive, no? I mean, I paid my debt to society, right?!?!???! So, yeah, looking for new insurance, heh. I'll call AAA and ask them WTF, but I got a quote from Progressive last night, and their quote was like $40 higher than I paid in October. Which I would prefer! This part is totally shoehorned in, but I just opened the bill Thursday and I'm still suffering from sticker shock.

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http://www.givegoodweb.com/tools/twop/

Converts recaps into one page, which are then, y'know, savable, or something.

Since NBCU is pulling all the recaps off the internets, I'm saving like I just got my allowance and have my eye on a Gameboy. Sadly, the first show I'm saving is SevHev. (SHAME!) It was the first thing I thought of, though, when I heard, so I'm going with it. Specifically, the bolded text below from one of the like, worst 20 episodes of the show. This one centered on a Marine who died in Afghanistan and Brenda randomly chose to "honor", Staff Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan.

Robbie wanders up to a giant, gas-guzzling pick-up truck covered in flags. Inside the truck, Ernest Borgnine is reading the newspaper. That poor man. Doesn't anybody out there have anything for Ernest to do? Robbie asks Ernest if he wants some free flags. He's handing them out in honor of Morgan. He gives Ernest four, and Ernest shouts his thanks to Morgan into his rearview mirror. You heard it here, folks: Heaven is located in Ernest Borgnine's truck. Ernest tells Robbie that he's a veteran, and Robbie thanks him for serving. Ernest says that nobody's ever said that to him before. What? Ever? That I don't believe. I can't believe this show's trying to make viewers feel like they don't adequately respect the folks of our military. Go peddle your guilt elsewhere, Brenda; I'm not buying any. As Robbie wanders off again, Ernest shouts out his window to apologize for cutting off Robbie in traffic earlier. So he was the culprit Robbie was talking about. I'm sure Robbie deserved it.

I would think the list will expand to include MSCL, very specific Buffy episodes from S4-S6. There's also a few shows I've bought full series of but haven't watched yet that I'd really like to grab for future use. (I'm terribly and jump on deals.) Friday Night Lights and The Wire. I'd really like to do Dexter for seasons 1-4, but I bet I won't have time.

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I don't know how, but I've had some spare change recently.

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I also bought VIP tickets for Jim Gaffigan in Duluth this Friday. Pit seats, a meet and greet/photo op afterwards, and a few autographed items. My sister does not have the spare scratch, but I said I'd pay for some of her ticket and take some of the items off her hands. In addition, it's Tall Ships, which is one of Duluth's biggest summer events soooo, yeah. Hotel rooms are pricey, parking is non-existent. We'll be leaving STC early-ass in the morning, coming back that night, and can just hold our breath for parking and hope for the best. I usually have parking karma on my side so I'm not too worried.

Work is work. My boss is going on vacay next month and wants me to create his production schedules, instead of just executing them. Terrifying. The project I spent a ton of time on last year after I got my kitten is starting up again. My boss sent me an email on Thursday at 9:30am titled just, "Guess what time of the year it is????????" I replied when I came in at 12:30, saying "...Comic-Con?" Him: "Noooooooooooo, much more fun." "You've started drinking on the job?" "If that hasn't happened yet, it's not likely to." Hee. (The excess punctuation and letters are accurate to the discussion.) I posited that Comic-Con is still more fun, but he countered with this being more lucrative (I'm sure his point was for me, but moreso for the company, so.)

Last year I was limited by the call center closing at midnight, but now we're 24 hours, and the project can be called from 7:30p-9a. Unlimited overtime is scary, because I'll go for it. I'll have 19 hours on this upcoming check, and that's BEFORE the project starts. Thank goodness I already took off Friday.

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So I haven't posted yet this year. Hi. Boring, busy, and tired. Work kicked into overdrive in mid-December and hasn't stopped. On December 19th (last day I posted, hey!) we started two extremely similar projects that could only be called after 8pm. Both had more than 1000 records to call, and I was one of two people trained on each. The call center also went 24 hours on New Year's, with my BFF managing the 11pm-8am shift, so I was staying late, like, 12:30a-1a A) for the projects and B) to spend time with Cheryl. I've averaged 48 total hours a week since the new year. I actually rang in the new year at work, with sparkling juice. Awwww, yeah.

We've had a new hire class of 6-8 people every week and our retention rate has actually been decent, but the classes continue. They intend to fill the joint, and we have enough work right now to do that. My morning counterpart had emergency back surgery on January 28th for a ruptured disk, so she was out for two weeks and then part time for the rest of February.

February 9 was a highlight. The Book of Mormon tour was in town, and I had tickets for the matinee with my friend Kate. I also booked a casino party, also in the Cities, for that evening. I was down there anyway, so why not? We've also added three supervisors since December and the 9th was the first solo Saturday for one of them. Sooo I figured why not, work a few hours in the AM and get him started. I'd also dropped off my laptop for repair Friday morning and was hoping I could pick it up on my way home. (I actually got the "your computer is ready" call while driving down to Minneapolis so I paid over the phone and asked my sister to pick it up. There was a severe snowstorm the next day but I still ventured out to retrieve it up from her.) Worked 7:30-10:30, drove down to Minneapolis at 11am, curtain was at 2pm, the show finished around 4:30. We ate nearby to kill some time and I got dropped off at the party around 6pm. Party was at like, 8pm, so I spent some quality time sitting at one of the tables with my Kindle. It was a swanky-ass party, too. A Chamber of Commerce gathering at a suburb country club. It was around a 30 table party, and I ended up being an extra dealer, so the pit boss had me by his elbow the whole night, as his assistant. (He was impressed that I'd showed up that early. I didn't want to tell him I'd just wanted to keep Kate from having to loiter too long.) I've been working for this company for nine years and I've only been supervisory once or twice before. I'd love to pit boss, but since I'm not metro, it's not going to happen. Regardless, it was an excellent time.

February 9 was also my nine year anniversary at work. My review was very good, with my extra hours toiling not going unnoticed. :)

Had another Good Time last night.


I went with Sister #2, her boyfriend, and Cheryl. I told them the doors open at 6pm, show at 7. It was general admission, so important that we get there early-ish. We wanted to go out to eat first, so I said to meet at my place at 3pm. I dressed up for Book of Mormon, (which is to say, a blouse and nice jeans) but wasn't sure what to wear for this. 7pm show, in the U of M neighborhood, young, still fairly underground comedian...I went with this t-shirt. (Relevant information right here.)

Figured we'll eat at 4:30, get to the theater right at 6. Until Cheryl called at 2:55 and said she was toooootally on her way but still 20 minutes out. We left my place at 3:30, heh, but still ate. We got down to the area (Dinkytown!) at six. We drove around the neighborhood to find no open parking lots. So I went up to the theater to drop them off at about 6:15....and yeah, there was an open spot at the head of that block. Score #1.

There were about 6 people waiting outside so we got in line behind them. The signs said door open at seven, not six, for an 8pm show. Oops. Still, better seats! Accident, but score #2. Except that it was like, 20° out, and I'd left my coat in the car. GOOD THING IT WAS RIGHT THERE! We actually got to see John arrive, around 7:30, and gave him some verbal love right there. Score #3. I wouldn't really think of it as heckling, but I yelled after him, "Did you take Delta here???" (Minneapolis is a hub.) He'd already gone around the corner, but yay!

Got our wristbands, doors opened at 7pm, and we were able to get 2nd row center. The venue, Varsity Theater is fairly small. Capacity for a theater-style setting is around 600. Regular stage, about six feet up, and I was worried we were a little too close, like, viewing up his nose close. Figured that's like, the best problem ever, though, so yeahhh, we "settled" for 2nd row!

Show started at 8 (like it said on the ticket...) with Carmen Lynch. She was excellent. Very deadpan, Janeane Garofalo style, a lot of talk about yoga and love. ("Black guys won't date me because of my last name...") And John Mulaney was excellent-er. Like I said, very small venue, so when someone down my row got up right after he got on stage, John heckled at him. "Big Carmen Lynch fan?" I'm guessing he had to feed his meter (two hour limit), because he held up one finger. John said, "Oh, okay. ONE. Thanks, guy." He did a fair amount of improv, I'll be very interested in what ends up on the eventual tour album. He started out talking about how the Minnesota stereotypes did not follow through, as he had a Somali driver, and the ride cost $25. Maybe when he gets back to NYC, he'll have a Swede driver who gives him a ride for free.

We'd made eye contact a few times (see above, re: second row) when he suddenly looks at me and says "Filthy Hippies?" He'd seen my shirt! Score 4-1,000,000. So I yell back, "Yes, indeed. Live in concert, just about everywhere!" He wanted to know if that was actual band, and I sheepishly said, "It's a...joke shirt?" "Ohhh, I get it. Though there could be a band called Filthy Hippies." I replied, "Not if they don't want to get sued!" Then he went on a riff about that lawsuit, Novelty T-Shirt Company vs. The Filthy Hippies. He said he would totally watch that court case. He asked me where I was from, I said St. Cloud, which meant nothing to him. I said it's the 3rd largest city-area in the state. I said, there's Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, and then St. Cloud. The audience booed at that, very anti-STC, and un-Minnesotan! WIKI, BITCHES. He chastised them, asked my name, and said he's choosing to believe Joy over the boo'ers. He said nobody cares what they think, their graves will say, "Was mean to Joy. Nineteen-hundred-who-cares until two-thousand-WHO-CARES." We talked for a few more minutes, in the middle of his show! The other 599 people he wasn't talking to got a little restless, friggin' babies, so I told him we could talk after the show, and he agreed.

Continued with his show, with a few, "Hi, Joy" insertions. Like I said, very funny. His style is "When I was a kid..." ("The last time I was in Minnesota was for summer camp when I was twelve. I got sunburned on my legs and the camp nurse rubbed Solicaine on my legs. I got an erection. She said it's okay, that's fine, and then left me the room. That last part has happened to me a few times now.") and "What if...", ("I think the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee was named by a dying, drunk mayor.") with a fair amount of TV references thrown in. ("You've NEVER told your Celebrity Ghost Story to anyone else? You've had that in your conversational back pocket the whole time and never whipped it out? That would be like, the third thing I'd say when placed at a wedding reception table with people I don't know!") He always ends his show with an story from his life. The Salt and Pepper Diner is amazing, the Xanax story slightly less so, because ew, but still hilarious. This show ends with an 11-year-old him and his mom going to a fundraiser for Bill Clinton, as his parents went to college with him but his dad didn't like Clinton because John's mom totally would have let Clinton nail her. As Sister #2, her boyfriend, and I saw Clinton live right before the election, this was relevant to my interests. The story ended with his dad waking him up in 1998 with an OH SNAP YOUR HERO WAS IMPEACHED alert. Hee.

It was done about 9:30, the second show was set for 10pm. He threw out a, "Thanks for coming Joy, thanks for coming everyone, have a good night!" before walking off stage. Because I was already at the front and would be about the last to leave, and because I have chutzpah, I went to the hallway that went backstage and tried to talk my way past the two employees. HE SAID WE COULD TALK AFTER THE SHOW. I told her that, and she was like, "right, I know, you're Joy." but still no go. :( I just wanted a picture, as they weren't allowed during the show. Even just one of him!

But that was the only bad part. And also I missed the turn back onto I-94 so we went a bit further south than we needed to. OH WELL.

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Adventures in shopping:

I went to Target tonight to buy Pitch Perfect. The deal was buy the movie and the soundtrack, get five bucks off your total. The movie was cheaper at Wal-Mart, and I've already...uh...acquired the soundtrack, but Target CDs usually have exclusive stuff, so I went to check it out.

Could not find the CD for the life of me. The endcap at the registers didn't have the CD so I had to go back to the electronics section. Checked the soundtrack section, checked the "hot releases" endcap, nada. I asked a red shirt for help and he enlisted a fellow, female employee for additional help. I suspect because I was buying a total chick flick.

She, in a condescending manner, told me that the soundtrack doesn't come out until "a few weeks after". She must have meant home video because I was clearly holding the Blu-Ray for the movie in question. I was like, "Uhhhh, no? The movie came out this summer." "It came out this summer? I didn't hear anything about it." "Well, you should, it's totally awesome. And the soundtrack is already out. I have the album on my iPod right now." "Downloads are usually available sooner..." "The Breaking Dawn II soundtrack is literally in the next aisle and that only hit theaters a month ago." (Also.) We did eventually find it, mislabeled in the "hot releases" endcap. And yes, the Target release had 4 additional tracks, so I totally bought it.

There was probably a dozen or so DVD/Blu-Rays left, and 2 CDs. So that'll be fun for them.


Last week I went to the local grocery store to buy fettuccine fixings. They'd closed off the frozen food and dairy section for a floor waxin', and there was a guy who would get what you needed from that section. I'm assuming his specialty is floor waxing, and not grocery finding. I said I needed heavy whipping cream. He asked, "Like, in a can?" "Uh, no. It's with the half-and-half." I'm lucky I hadn't sent someone else on the errand.


I have a newish coworker named Joyce. She's in her mid-20s, and we're both amused by going "Hi, Joy," "Hi, Joyce" at each other at least once a day. She's also my Secret Santa recipient. I got her two tree ornaments that read "Joy" and "Peace", I thought she could make her own "Joyce" out of it. She'd just have to, y'know, find someone named "Pea" to give the extra letters to. I was helping her out today and I pointed that out to her. Maybe she'll know it's me now? But we're revealed this Friday anyway, so it's all good.

I still have my old car. I bought my new one in April, and they offered me a crappy trade-in rate. I had a coworker interested so I'd parked it on the street until he got the scratch. Six months later he had $100 towards my asking price of $400. So he'd have the full amount in a mere 2 years, awesome! Also, winter parking. I'd have to move it daily, double awesome! So I put that in my parking lot space and have been parking my new car on the street. Regardless of that, my old car got towed for snow removal. The tow company guy was...really nice? I don't have insurance on that car (cuz I don't drive it) and I watch too much Parking Wars so I asked if I'd still be able to retrieve it. He said yes, but not to mention that part when I picked it up. I asked if he knew anyone who'd want my car, and I got a call from said guy the next day. He was supposed to get it today but now we're planning for tomorrow. I'm VERY EXCITED. Like, had trouble going back to sleep this morning excited. And Christmas is still a week away. It's not $400, but...yeah, I've been opposite siding it for 6 weeks now. That's less important to me now. And I'm going to see if AAA will reimburse me for the tow. Which would be awesome.

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Wanna see Pitch Perfect. Going out tonight, though, and I need to buy a new shower curtain first...so I can shower. Annie (my new kitteh) had been trying to burst through the old one, Alien-style, for almost a month and she finally managed it last night. OH ANNIE.

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Sister #2 (10:33:12 PM): http://i.imgur.com/RkzGv.jpg
Sister #2 (10:33:19 PM): Fancy!
Sister #2 (10:34:05 PM): http://i.imgur.com/RkzGv.jpg And that, if I didn't link it already.
JBecky (10:34:25 PM): that's the same link, yo.
Sister #2 (10:34:35 PM): ...sooo, I did then!
Sister #2 (10:34:40 PM): http://i.imgur.com/RkzGv.jpg But I meant to link this.
JBecky (10:34:43 PM): ....
Sister #2 (10:34:52 PM): Bloody hell.
Sister #2 (10:34:53 PM): http://i.imgur.com/NSPyY.jpg

She said I could post this as long as I included the 2nd link.

Also, is it September 25th yet afjdksjlafdksa?! I want my Avengers Blu-Ray! Stupid commercials working well!

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I hate when I don't post in a month. Soooo, hi.

Did I mention I bought a new TV last fall? It was November-ish. I feel guilty that I have an LCD (only 32" but still) and a Blu-Ray player and the only things I watch regularly are People's Court and original 90210. I marathon Daily Show, Colbert Report, and Letterman, but that's not really much better. And I don't even TiVo any of those off of the digital channels, cuz the files are too big.


Also, I got a new kitteh! Her name is Annie, after a character on Community.



She's a big giant dork. She loves sitting in things. Cardboard boxes (Including jumping INTO the cat carrier. Repeatedly. Even after the spaying.), paper bags, and she even jumped in my garbage can when I was changing the liner.



BIG GIANT DORK. See also the paper bag in the bg that she likes to sit in.

So far her favorite spot is atop the DVD shelf. Because that's comfy.



Those CD spindles are no longer up there; she's Bogarted the whole surface now.


Finally, the Avengers has been re-released in theaters for the holiday weekend. One of our floor supes loves Buffy but never got around to seeing Avengers, so I've twisted her arm to go offered to go with her this weekend.

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I have to back up to Thursday, though.

I went to a local bar to celebrate a friend/coworker's birthday. I ate in the bar and went outside with the group. I sat with the wrong people in the smoking lounge (it was dark!) and ended up talking to two guys all night. Neither were local, but one was getting married on Saturday. As they had at least three tequila shots each and two pitchers of Bock while I was sitting there I drove both of them back, to a nearby house. (I texted my friend their full names so if I disappeared they'd have a starting point. It wasn't until I was re-reading texts that I realized T9 spelled "Carey" instead of "Casey" for one of them!)

Casey was the future groom. As I dropped them off at a fancy house 2 or so miles from the bar, Casey sincerely invited me to the wedding. Saturday at four, and it was going to be at that house, the bride's parents'. I laughed and said I'd be more comfortable with that invite were he sober. He wasn't sloppy drunk or anything and insisted he was serious, I said I'd think about it.

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I've been working the last two Sundays; five hour shifts. They dangle overtime at me and I jump. At this point I'll have 12 hours OT on the next paycheck, and the 2nd week has barely started.

The second to last call was the one I'll remember. I denied a medical ride for a child's dental visit because A) the mother didn't call enough in advance (less than 12 hours) and B) the ride exceeds our distance limit. The first one I can waive once, (which I had agreed to do) the second I absolutely cannot; only a supervisor can, and they are not in on weekends. (This is why we request advance notice, you see!) The mother spoke Arabic so her son was translating for us.

Soooo yeah. I ended my night having a woman in Arabic scream at me that if her child loses all her teeth it's my fault.

And I never even met her daughter! It's weird, but I totally didn't know I had that power!!!

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Getting slammed at work right now. I leave every night feeling wrung out. And also late. I used to leave at 9:15 or so, but it's been 9:30 for a few weeks now.

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In the YAY column, Cheryl, Kate, and I are doing a three-day jaunt to Duluth at the end of July and then I'm off the rest of that week. \o/ The Radisson up there is doing a "book one night, get the second free" thing (which I've never heard of before for a hotel, but is AWESOME) so we got a swank-ass hotel in downtown for less than $200 for two nights. Divided by three, and no plane ticket to buy? That equals I CAN TOTALLY AFFORD THAT WITH MONEY LEFT OVER.

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abby20: I've stayed up way too late watching Top Chef Canada :(
me: Do they make poutine and moose steak every week?
Abby: Yes.
me: That's AWESOME.
Abby: But also a lie.
me: Aw. Well, now I don't have to find torrents.


Abby: I was pretty displeased with the hotel I stayed at in Chicago.
me: My hotel* had a kitty in it! Outrageous!

*My hotel was angelchicken's apartment, and it came with a PEEKIE.

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Sooo, what's new?

Oh, hey. I bought a new car!



It's an '06 Dodge Stratus. My car was made within the last decade, y'all. Wacky!



In the past, my car price range was limited by whatever I happen to have in my checking account. My previous car, Wesley, a '96 Pontiac Grand Am, was $900 (including new brakes) and my car before that, Season Four Giles, an '88 Ford Tempo, was $500. Both required upkeep, but as is quite often the case, Giles was a far more durable ride than Wesley. In fact, my sister's boyfriend still drives Giles. I bought Giles in July '03, Wesley in June '10, and the new car (currently unnamed) in April '12.

Anyway, my IRL BFF Cheryl had been looking for a new car. Her "old" car was an '03 Ford Taurus, which was still newer than anything my family has ever owned, heh. She ended up with a cherry red '10 Dodge Charger, for, much like the car, she is demure and understated, really. :P

I was shocked at that, mostly because we work at the same place. She then told me her monthly payment was insanely low, around $200. She'd put a lot down, but still. I was like, "Holy crap, I could do that!" Right around the same time, I'd gotten an oil change on Wesley and was told I have a A) coolant leak, B) power steering fluid leak, and C) oil leak. I knew about the latter two, but not the coolant leak. The quote they gave me was $900 for the worst case scenario to fix that one.

After hearing that I checked my credit score out of curiosity. I wasn't expecting much. I only have one CC, I've had it less than a year, and no student loans or anything like that. I was pleasantly surprised by the result, so with confidence I went to her dealer's website and looked around. Found 3 I wanted to look at, but I was pretty sure this was The One. I still test drove the others, but they sent me home with the Stratus for the Easter weekend to bring to my mechanic. I basically drove it to anyone I knew who knew about cars: my daddy, my mechanic, Cheryl's brother, my coworker who's a little car-crazy and had been giving me advice, and checked out KBB and multiple car review sites. All were positive.

93K miles on it, out the door was $7300(!!!), and I qualified for a 3% interest rate. I couldn't come up with a reason not to buy it. My monthly payment is $140. That's about what I pay for cable/internets/phone/TiVo.

So, hi. New car. I love it. I'm getting better mileage, I'm not worried about taking long trips, I haven't had to top off any fluids, and other than taking a nail in a tire the first week (which I got repaired for free), it's been problem-free. And also it's BLUE.

The only negative is that after Wesley's car stereo got borrowed forever I got an upgrade to one with an aux port so I could plug in my iPod. My new car has the factory stereo, which includes satellite, but no aux input. *sniffle* My life is rough.

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Yeahhhhh, I already saw this movie twice. One was 2D, the other was 3D. Now I just need to do IMAX.

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So I went out on St. Patrick's Day, as one does, and the bar was subpar in that they'd been open since 8am. I got there at 10pm, and they were out of strawberry schnapps, very low on peach schnapps, and their orange juice was terrible, like they were down to the bottom of the fountain and it was mostly fizzy. I only had two drinks because I couldn't find anything that wasn't terrible and then switched to water. Still stayed till closing time, though. It's all about who you're there with.


We're doing a March Madness contest at work. There's no entry fee, and a prize for both the top two and the last place, so what the hey. I just checked where I'm at (at Wikipedia instead of espn.com or whatever, cuz I'm a nerd) and I've still got 11 teams in out of the 16 left, not too shabby. I had Michigan in the Final Four, so my Midwest bracket is basically finished. (I only picked Michigan because all my other FF teams were a 1 or 2 seed, and I thought that was boring. D'oh.)


I'm almost caught up on Ringer. I hadn't seen any of them since the winter finale in December, but I spent part of this weekend with Shiv, Bridge, and Beautiful, Beautiful Andrew. I'm midway through the most recent ep. Since episodes end on a cliffhanger, I refuse to finish one episode until I have the next on my TiVo. Amused, btw, that Zoey Deutch's (Juliet) father, Howard Deutch directed last week's episode. (He's an actual director, who's also directed Zoey's mom, Lea Thompson. I'm assuming there was no Switched at Birth shenanigans, though.)


Whilst speaking of Smidge, I got a hankering to watch Buffy, and oddly, specifically Phases. So I gave in. I was AIMing with a fellow Buffyphile while watching, and during the Vamp Theresa/Buffy fight (...spoiler?), I mentioned the Jeff Pruitt/Sophia Crawford ~*~*~drama~*~*~, which she'd either repressed or never heard about. So now I'm wondering if I was the only one amongst my circle who knew about that?

To recap: Jeff Pruitt was the Buffy stunt coordinator and Sophia Crawford was Buffy's stunt double and also Pruitt's wife. They were both let go after the fourth season, and Pruitt apparently took issue with this, as he posted a parable on the Bronze Beta Board afterwards. No, SERIOUSLY HE DID. I've never actually made it all the way through the parable, but I'm cutting it here for when I feel masochistic. (It's been pretty well scoured from the internets so I feel lucky that I found it. I don't want to lose it. Snagged from here.)

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I MISS MY FANDOM, Y'ALL. DonGlover occasionally posts stupid shit on Twitter, and Dan Harmon will rarely post drunken rants on Tumblr, but this is the best ever.

Does anyone else remember this, or was I just highly attuned to wank?

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My Kindle is officially my New Favorite Thing. The only problem I have is that I have too many options. I'm in the middle of FOUR books right now. The Shinning The Shining (not creepy yet!), Seriously...I'm Kidding (pithy and substance-free), The Secret Life of Hoarders (I was expecting case studies more than advice-with-examples), and Game Change. I get antsy and find a different book.

An HBO movie of part of Game Change just premiered, so I'm trying to finish the book quickly so I can watch that. The book details basically everything in the '08 presidential election from the primaries on, but the movie only focuses on the Sarah Palin portion of it. I just started Part 3 of the book, and Mrs. Palin's name has yet to be mentioned. Young Danny Strong (perhaps you've heard of him?) has said he'd totally want to make another movie about the Clintons/Obama portion of the election, and hell, the Edwardses should already be a Lifetime movie.

Sooo I'm reading that every spare moment I have.

Also, oh, I got a tattoo. You all know I already have one (um, maybe you do?) It looks like this:



Which is on my ankle. (lol stereotype) It doesn't really "mean" anything to me, other than I was 20 and had my first job that wasn't at a gas station, and wanted to celebrate that. Also, it's cute.

So then I got another one on Saturday.



On my inner wrist. (OW OW OWWWWWWIE OW) Which is still a little scabby, and in honor of my kitteh. She died almost six months ago (September 16) and I wanted a commemoration of that. Various responses have been "Is that a dog print?" (No because I would NEVER GET THAT) "That's dramatic." (From Sister #2) and "Yeah, until it rubs off." (From TWO people at work, who apparently don't feel like I'm a person who would get a tattoo?)

It was definitely an impulse, but it hit me like lightning when I decided on it. I'm hoping the border is a little more defined when it's healed. I can always touch it up, of course, but see above re: OW OW OWWWWWWIE OW.

(Pictures taken for the purpose of this post, hence the lack of lighting.)

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My March calendar at work is very full, and I mistakenly thought the Blu-Ray was out next week, not the week after. I'm a sad Joybear now.

ALSO COMMUNITY IS BACK NEXT THURSDAY *KERMITFLAIL*

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GCB premieres tomorrow. I will be leaving my place early(ish) tomorrow to go to the Mall of America with my sister. I'm on my laptop in my bedroom, and have forgotten twice now to set TiVo to tape GCB. I doubt my ability to remember this in the morning, and I'm also not sure when we'll be back in town.

Soooo, I go to tivo.com and set it to record there, which will then send the request to the TiVo. Which, again, is in the next room but I don't feel like turning on the TV.


This also works when I want to add things to my Hulu queue, which I will then watch on my TV, again via TiVo. We're living in a glorious time, y'all.

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I got my yearly review yesterday. Essentially it's scoring like, seven different areas on a scale of 1-5. (For a call center, would you expect anything else?) I got almost the same as I've gotten the past two years: 4 (exceeds expectations) in almost everything. However, last year, there was a lone 5. This year, that one was a 3 instead.

The reason? My mouth. As my morning counterpart says, it's a "filter" issue. Something funny pops in my head, it comes out of my mouth, irrespective of audience, appropriateness, or...another word that starts with A. And then, ohhh, the regret. (He didn't say I wasn't funny, though...) So that's what I need to work on. I'm sure the fact that the back half of the year was tough emotionally didn't help the situation, but I didn't bring that up in the review.

Nothing giant, job-threatening, etc, and I totally knew that was going to be the one bad thing, but it did affect my raise a bit. Supe even said he wanted to bump me up more, but couldn't justify it because of that. (And I believe it, because he still did bump me up more than what my review score alone would get me.) So I've been trying my best not to dwell, and usually almost succeeding!

I ate lunch in my car today, as I wanted to listen to my iPod. (No electronic toys in the building.) I ended up on Craig Ferguson's "Does This Need To Be Said?".

This part was like a revelation for me. (And he's wearing a bolo tie because he's doing a show in Nashville.):



For the videophobes, here's the part that was relevant:

Craig Ferguson's Three Conditions for Saying Stuff:

Does this need to be said?
Does this need to be said by me?
Does this need to be said by me right now?

Soooo I wrote that down and put it up in an inconspicuous spot in my cube. (Behind my calendar.) We'll see how it goes. I feel like I need to come up with a nonverbal signal for "That's what she said", though, because not permitting myself to say that when an apt situation arises will leave many days incomplete.

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One of the worst ledes I've ever seen:
There have been many films about 9/11, but surprisingly few about 8/31, Britain's own day of trauma – when Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

From The Guardian, a UK daily. Which I would presume did report on 7/7/05, but geez, who even knows?

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I've been getting lots of credit card offers. I've had my card for six months now. I think I'm flattered.

I'm a dumbass. I am going on vacation tomorrow, and I got called about doing a casino party tonight. Soooo I am. I leave here about six, will get home right around midnight. Leave tomorrow morning at 10 am, my flight leaves a bit before one.

So, FLORIDA. We are not renting a car. Our hotel is 0.1 miles from a train station. So I shall theoretically be using that to get around. Quick shout-out to angelchicken here, because if I hadn't used the El while staying with her, I'd probably be too afraid to try it now. (I'd like to point out that I HAD MY CAR, but she was all, "Let's take the El! Let's take a cab! Let's walk and then take the El!" Didn't move my car till I left.)

I've got a day trip to Key West planned, through Gray Line, which we used twice in New Orleans and were very happy with.

Also planning the Seaquarium and mebbe the zoo. I definitely want Beach Time in there too, though. I was told to do that at sunset while holding an alcoholic beverage, but not a fruity one. Most importantly, I want to not wear a jacket and have cold feet.

The main thing now, is packing. I borrowed a carry-on sized suitcase from Cheryl, and I'm determined to fit my crap in it and not check anything when I get my ticket. I'm sure that when we get to the gate they'll be all "anyone who wants to gate-check a bag can do that for free" and then I'll be like YES PICK ME $25 SAVED. US Airways did that on every leg on my last trip to Comic-Con. I'm taking Delta this time, but *shrug*. We'll see. I also bought a new, giant-ish purse from Target, on clearance, for 11 bucks. It's got enough pockets on the front to put all my electronic toys in it (Kindle, iPod, camera, phone) and keep the entire inside of the purse empty still.

Kindle: LOVE IT. I've totally got that ready to go. AND I attempted to charge my Kindle with the Kindle cord and iPod wall adapter. Totally works. Finished the Hunger Games trilogy, so I'm excited for that movie now. I've got the Millennium Trilogy and the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Also grabbed a fair number of Grisham and King novels, the Harry Potter books, and most of the Best Picture films that were based on books (The Descendents, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy+sequels, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, and Moneyball.) Haven't actually seen any of these movies, though, heh.

Woot made me happy, too. I ordered two o'these, in Blue, and got them in Berry Pink. I emailed them and was all, "wassup with this", and they were like, "Oh, snap, we don't have any blue. We'll refund your purchase price, please keep the merch." And then I went, "Well, okay, I guess that'll do..."

At this point, in addition to packing, clearing out some TiVo so there'll be room for the stuff I'm taping whilst gone. Ringer is back this week, y'all! I vaguely remember that show! And Buffy is slapping Logan Echolls in a preview!

Safe week, y'all. I'll bbs.

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Don’t cheat. Do you know how many countries there are in the world?

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I know there were like, 187 awhile back. And now there's a new country: South Sudan, so I'm saying 188.

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So, we did Christmas tonight. Sister #2 works tomorrow, Sister #1 is unsure as to if she'll work.

Y'all. Sister #1, who usually gets me nothing, got me a KINDLE TOUCH WITH 3G. WHAT. AND a case, AND a screen protector. SRSLY. I'd asked her if I could borrow her Kindle when I went on vacation and she took that as an idea. I'm so excited. I had no clue! And then all I'd gotten her was a Blu-ray. That she loved, but still. I felt like Ryan in that episode of The Office where they had a $20 limit and then Michael got him an iPod.

An ebook reader is about the only technological thing I didn't own. (Other than a tablet, but I keep telling myself I don't need that.) I'll admit that I'd been looking at them recently. They had a giveaway for one at work, and they announced the winner at the Christmas party. I was really hopeful, and then they said the winner was a supervisor in another department named Joyce. So close!!!

Anyway, I'm really excited, and I'd already joined an ebook sharing comm in anticipation of next month, so I'm all set to go. ...maybe? We'll see. I hope I'm loading the books right.


I also got a vacuum from Sister #2. Cuz I'm always borrowing other people's vacuums. So apparently people just buy me stuff so I'll stop using theirs? Works for me!

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I've been sitting here pondering this for like, 10 minutes. I finally bought myself a new TV, I have a Blu-Ray player. I'm healthy, I'm stable in my job and can pay my bills. I have too many DVDs/BDs already.

Really, a good vacuum is all I want. I haven't used mine in forever, it spits out dust. I have to borrow from my family. I'd like a light, quiet-ish vacuum that cleans thoroughly.

Ugh, such a grown-up. And yes, I am just replying for the contest.

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Got to take a roadside sobriety test yesterday. (Spoiler alert: I passed.)

We were coming back from the annual Testicle Festival, where the $3 strong drinks are legendary. I had one large drink, which was about half Malibu, in a commemorative "You've had our nuts, now where's the beaver???" mug. (Classy, y/y?) I made Cheryl drink some of it, and I finished it two hours before we left. I was chugging water the rest of the night.

The event was done around 1am. I was driving Cheryl and her boyfriend (or FWB, idek) home from the hick bar. I'm not usually driving in that area, and I was driving her car. I was leaving "town" (St. Anna, a town so small that it doesn't have a Wiki page or a city website) and saw the sign that said "End 30 Mile Speed". I was like, "Oh, snap, the speed limit was 30?" Then I saw the lights in my rearview...

So I made a break for it pulled over. The cop came to the window and shined his flashlight on Cheryl's fella...who was, uh, having a no-no juice nap in the backseat. The officer asks, "Is he all right?" I reply, "He's alive..." The cop replied, "That's something, I guess."

He asked if I'd realized I was going "kinda fast" through "town". As usual, I got chatty, which is what gets me in trouble. He asked me if I'd been drinking, I said yes, but I stopped around 11pm. He asks how many I've had. That was hard to answer, since the testicle...cup (hee hee) is larger than a regular drink. I told him, gesturing, "I had one of those, you know, testicle mug thingies." (This, I believe, is where I went wrong.) "Maybe three?" Since I'd had two before we got there, which was six hours ago. But that's why Cheryl drove to the bar, and I'd agreed to drive back.

He took my license and went back to his car. Where I'd assume he ran my info. That didn't worry me too much. The last time I was pulled over was at least before June '10, since I know it was in my old car. That was because I had something the officer deemed too-large hanging from my rearview mirror. I think that cop thought I was drinking, too, because when he asked me if I knew why he pulled me over and I replied, "No, in fact I thought I was driving exemplary." (Since I'd seen him.) Which literally made him raise an eyebrow, but then I said I was coming home from work, so. Maybe he realized that's just how I talk. That was it on that occasion. Before that, the last time I got pulled over was for speeding in like, '05.

So, yeah, just like on TV, he asked me to get out of the car and ran me through the tests. Follow my finger with just your eyes. (I told him I have contacts so don't hold that against me, cuz I thought my eyeballs may have been a bit twitchy on the far sides.) Lift your foot six inches off the ground and count by one one thousand, two one thousand till he says stop. (My ankles are apparently hella weak, as I was wobbly on that foot.) Walk nine paces in a straight line, heel to toe, on the shoulder marker, pivot, and repeat. ("Do you have any problems with your balance?" "Well, I'm cold...") The only one he missed was touch your nose with your finger.

Then he made me do the breathalyzer. (Or, as Cheryl would enthuse, "you had to blow on his thingie!") He said I passed. The cop asked me if I wanted to keep the mouthpiece; some people like to keep it as a souvenir. (Heeeeee.) I said, uh, sure. My tax dollars at work! He told me to go back to the car and he'd give me back my license in a minute. I asked if this would count against my insurance or anything, he said nah.

I opened the driver's door, but opted not to get in. I stuck only my head in and with a frown said, "Uh, they're taking me in." Cheryl snickers and said I'm so full of shit. I said yes, yes I am. :D

She then asked if I'm getting a ticket for speeding. When I learned I wouldn't get DUI'ed, I honestly didn't ask that of the cop, so I just got to wait in suspense till he came back. I kind of thought not, based on "no, this won't affect your insurance." I also wanted to know what I blew. He returned to the window, only carrying the license. So, y'know, I totally shouldn't have, but I Captain Obvious-ed, "No ticket then?" Can you imagine if he went, "OH RIGHT, BRB!" *shakes head* But no, he just gave me the license back and, upon my question, told me I blew a 0.00.

Booooooring. But, yay! No court date, ticket, fine, car impoundment, (especially since it wasn't my car) etc! Happy ending!!!

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I've taken some awesome vacations recently. Chicago for friendship timez, New Orleans for Mardi Gras. And Comic-Con the last few years.

I love that I have friends that come up with wild hairs, and that I'm able to +1 it. I'd never have picked New Orleans on my own, but it was SO MUCH FUN.

Now a friend is being sent to Miami for a week for work. She gets to invite a friend to keep her company during her not-training hours. She broached this at the Breaking Dawn midnight show. (Awful, hilarious movie.) If I were her, "...and I get to bring a friend" would be followed by "Do you know anyone?" But she is far nicer than I, and when I asked "...am I the friend?" she replied "if you want to be!"

I have to buy my own plane ticket, but the room would be covered.

I've never been like, "Oh, man, I wish I could go to Miami!" I mean, that city has a LOT of serial killers, right? But end of January, week in Florida? Yes please!

Will be submitting the time off request tomorrow, and hopefully will get it back on Tuesday (supe is off tomorrow) as I am waiting to buy the plane ticket till those ducks are in a row.


Makes up for this weekend. A different group of friends were planning to go to Fargo for a birthday. We were going to stop off at a casino, and also in Climax, which has a bar with inappropriate t-shirt slogans on it. But then we got the first snow of the year, which was nasty, three inches, and icy underneath. Part of the freeway was closed. It took me 40 minutes to go 10 miles. Usually takes around 20. We chickened out. We went out for lunch instead and then I spent the weekend at home cuz I was super tired, and also didn't want to drive anywhere. Which I'm totally cool with. Way cheaper, yo.

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Kelly Clarkson isn't doing a show within 10 hours of me, and Community is going on hiatus in January. Worst. Stanning. Day. Ever. (LOL at that picture, though. Jeff does not approve!)

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I just saw an ad for this: the Logo board game. What the fudgey-fudge. SRSLY.
Put your consumer knowledge to the test with the Logo Board Game, a fun and simple question game that anyone aged 12 and up can enjoy. Requiring two to six players, the objective of Logo is to answer questions correctly about popular brands and logos, which then advances game pieces along the spiral game board. With its diverse categories and challenging questions, the Logo Board Game entertains the entire family with fun facts about your favorite companies.

The board game comes with 400 cards, each featuring multiple questions or a single image. The cards range in type from pictures to themes and pot luck, and feature categories such as generic names that were once brands and celebrity endorsers. And since almost everyone is exposed to consumer advertising, the entire family, young and old, can participate in the fun.


Here are a few sample questions:

- What candy bills itself as "The Freshmaker"? (Mentos)
- What is the popular slogan of soft-toy line Nerf? ("It's Nerf or Nothing")
- What animal is the mascot for Snuggle Fabric Softener? (A bear)
- Name the chain of convenience stores featured in multiple Simpsons episodes. (Kwik-E-Mart)
- What brand says it's the choice of choosy mothers? (Jif peanut butter)
- What are the 3 (and only 3) ingredients in Tabasco sauce? (distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt)
Was this put out by Madison Avenue? The winner of the game is the one who doesn't have TiVo and thus was most exposed to blatant consumerism, I guess? And it'd need to either be an older-ish person, for that tricky "Where's the beef" question, or else someone who watches way too many ads on YouTube. WOW.

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I FINALLY came up with a Halloween "costume", and I totally stole the idea from Twitter, but I just came home from Wal-Mart (only thing open, yo) with an 18"x21" square of black fabric and two kinds of double-sided tape.



Now, can I find a pattern for "evil twin goatees" online? Of course not! Feh. I think the best bet I have is to pause on a good shot during that vid and do a trace. *crosses fingers*

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I'm at the house that Sister #2 rents. I'll be staying here to entertain her cats. (Though, technically not her cats. The cats came with the house, the owners are missionaries in the Netherlands.) One cat is chillin' near me, the other is on the bed I shall be appropriating.

I haven't lived in a house since '03. And I wasn't really...doing anything then?

But now? I have the laundry going. And it's 12:30 in the morning! GLORIOUS FREEDOM.

I think tomorrow I'm going to pop a load in the dryer before I leave for work.


JUST BECAUSE I CAN.


Also, I felt ridiculous bringing practically all the clothes I own for a four day stay, (one laundry basket and one giant Comic-Con bag) but dammit, I can do loads of laundry for FREE!!!!

I do NOT travel light, but this was way beyond, yo. Especially since I live like, four miles away, heh, and know I will be going back at least once, because I'm not sure I turned off the stove light.

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