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Wednesday, December 31, 2003

I'm back!

D.W.Q.M.: "Are you coming or going? Or going or coming?" -the Fourth Doctor

Ah-ha! Well, I made it back in one piece. Yay! :) :) I had a great time-it was so good to see everybody. Things are crazy at work though-while I was away, over 500 approval books arrived and are now waiting to be unpacked down in the mail room. 21 boxes, and only one was a small box. ;) Oh, well-at least I won't be bored and searching for things to do. Since I have a long weekend ahead of me, if I'm not using it to recover from my vacation (in other words, sleep!) I will try to post about my trip up north-got a lot of great pics-including some Krismutt pics for his page. *heehee* The only bummer is my camera fell apart the last day I was there, and I think I need to send it away to have it fixed. :p

Oh, and speaking of near-future blog entries, my apologies to Jerm, who has already heard most of my stories, since he picked me up from the airport Monday night. (Thank you, Jerm!) I didn't give him much of a chance to speak, which usually happens when I return from Minnesota, as P^2 can certainly attest to. ;) He did comment about my accent, though. He said he noticed it when he met me at the baggage claim, although it started to fade as the night wore on. I didn't even notice... Oh, well-every once in a while, my 'Minnesota accent' still comes out when I say certain words. Yah, you betcha it does! ;)

Happy New Year, everybody!!!!
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Friday, December 19, 2003

Almost time!

D.W.Q.M.: "How about a trip in the TARDIS? I'm just off." -the Fourth Doctor

Soon I will be on my way up North!! Yay! I can't wait to see my family and friends in MN. :) Now I just have to get through the rest of today. It doesn't help that the little Weather Bug on my desktop feels the need to keep reminding me that we are in a lake effect snow warning until noon tomorrow. As long as my plane can leave the area-it's all good. ;) My sister called me as I was getting ready for work this morning and asked me if my flight would be delayed. I stood there for a second and then said, 'I don't know! Why don't you ask me in another 12 hours?!?' Ahhh, gotta love my sister. :) Seriously though, I can't wait to see her new house!! (oh, yeah, and i can't wait to see her, too. LOL ;) ) She just recently acquired a Gamecube, so I'm bringing a couple of games up to play-I'm sure she'll love Simpson's Road Rage!!! :) :)

I doubt I'll be able to update my blog over my vacation-I might try to, but don't be surprised if I can't. I decided to bring my scarf with me, too. Originally I was against the idea, because now it is slightly taller than me, so that's a lot of scarf and extra yarn to be packing...but my mom told me she would really like to see it, so I relented and found room for it in my luggage.

In other news, I received my very first Gummie Card yesterday! What the heck, you say? Well, every year, the editors of Non-Sport Update hold what they call the Gummie Awards. It's a chance for nonsports card collectors to vote for their favorite set, card, display, etc. for the year. Usually the first 1000 voters (depending on how many cards they have) receive a Gummie card-a sort of 'Thank you for voting!' card. :) Last year I missed the deadline, and I thought I had missed out this year too-but I was in luck! Yay! They got my votes on time! ;)

Well, gotta run-have a few things I need to do during lunch today. Happy Holidays, everyone!!!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Holiday Cheer!

D.W.Q.M.: "Please, do not throw hands at me." -D84 (from 'The Robots of Death')

Ah, my little sister is at it again-trying to trick me into telling her what she is getting for Christmas...I think she is starting early this year...

But before we get into that...

As I was getting off the bus in front of the library this morning, I noticed that someone, or a group of someones (probably students, taking a break from finals which are in full swing) made a fricken' huge snowman in front of the library! this thing was so big we were wondering how the heck they managed to get the head on! I was telling Jerm that I wish I had a camera to take a picture of it before it melted or was destroyed, and he told me to draw a picture. This is what I came up with:

His eyes and buttons were made of apples, his nose-an orange, and his mouth was a banana! I loved the way the branches were positioned for his arms-made it look like he was posing for a picture. I was showing my drawing to Karen, and she suggested that I ask Carmen about borrowing the library's digital camera to take a picture. Duh! I forgot about the library's camera! Carmen gave me the okay, so I went outside and took a few shots. When I brought the camera back, she told me that she'd have one of her students download the pics and then email them to me. Hopefully I will get them soon, and if I do, I'll try to post them before I leave. Unfortunately, by the time I left work, someone had already moved the arms into a more "traditional snowman" position-oh, well-at least I was able to take some pictures! Several of my coworkers saw me out there taking pictues, so they can't wait to see them. LOL.

This year we are having a snowflake making contest at our annual library holiday party. I guess this used to be an annual event as well, but they haven't been doing it for a few years (like the last 4, at least.) Carl makes the best snowflakes-he's won something like three years in a row...WOW! As for me? Well, lets just say I'm trying. When Jerm came over on Sunday, he caught me in the middle of a snowflake. He joined in and made a few himself, while showing me how to fold the paper to make a six-sided flake. I made a few more tonight, but nothing that I want to turn in yet. I'll try again tomorrow-maybe I'll try to find some thinner paper-I have until Wenesday to turn one in. Right now, if you were to gather up all the snowflakes and toss them in the air, my apartment would look like it had been hit by a blizzard!

Now for my sister-every year, my sister manages to find out what she's getting for Christmas-no matter what we do or say, she somehow manages to trick us into telling her. Every year she does this. Every year! I think I fooled her once-but it was for a little present that I gave her, not the big one. It's virtually impossible to figure out what she's getting you. When my mom was visiting me back in September, we found something that we thought my sister might like, and bought it for her for Christmas. I am quite impressed that my mom hasn't fallen for any of her tricks yet, and she still doesn't know. My sister called me tonight, and this is basically how our conversation went:

Romana's Little Sis: "Hi, what are you getting me for Christmas?"
Romana (playing dumb): "Hey. I don't know yet."
RLS: "Aww, come on, tell me!"
R: "I don't know!"
RLS: "Have you looked on eBay for those dolls I want?"
R: "The Madame Alexander ones? No, I haven't had the chance" Brilliant, Ro, just brilliant-that's what you said about those Elvis Presley cards you got her for her birthday-now she'll probably think that she's getting those dolls... "Seriously, I haven't looked." Oh, yeah That's convincing.
RLS: "Mom says the two of you got me something, and it's something you would like too."
R: "Maybe."
RLS: "So what are you getting your niece for Christmas?"
R: "Hmm...I don't know yet."
RLS: "Would you get her a Cabbage Patch kid?"
R: "Hmm...I'll think about it."
RLS: "So what are you getting me?"
R: "I'm not telling you!"
RLS: "Is it something practical?"
R: "...huh?"
RLS: "Practical would be appliances, stuff I could use around the house."
R: "Oh, no. P^2 got me a Brett Favre Jersey-guess where I'm going to wear it first?"
RLS: "Hahaha-blah. You know, I almost cheered for a team because they had a cute quarterback-I was going to get his jersey, but I don't remember who he was now."
R: "Haha-must not have been that cute."
RLS: "Yeah...so what are you guys getting me?"
R: "Nice try-no way."
RLS: "Come on-mom said it is something you'd like too, but I can't figure out what it would be..." Watch it Ro! She's starting to spin her web! "I mean, you and I have such different tastes..."
R: "Sheesh! All I said when mom found it that you were a lucky brat and that if you ever said that mom never gets you anything cool, I'd kick your butt." (I swear I said that with love. ;) )
RLS: "Well than, what is it?"
R: "I'm not telling you. Hey, have you talked to Shan lately?"
RLS: "No, but I was going to earlier."
R: "You should call her so we can all try to get together. I've done everything I can-only you know your work schedule best."
RLS: "Okay, okay, okay-I'll try to remember. Hey, Mom told me what you guys are getting me."
R: "Haha, nice try. NO."
RLS: "ARrrrrrgggg..."

This went on for a little while longer until she gave up for the night-but I can guarentee you that she hasn't given up totally yet. I bet she's hoping that we she sees me in person, my face will give it away. (She's done that before) That really only works when she starts to rattle of gift ideas, and comes across the one I got her. This time I am pretty sure she has absolutely no idea what it is, so there's no way she can randomly guess it. What are we getting her you may ask? Are you kidding! There's no way I'm going to write it here! With my luck she'll actually get online and find my blog... ;)
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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Page updates

D.W.Q.M.: "The trouble with time travel is, one never seems to find the time." -the Fifth Doctor

I updated my front porch for the season! Hope you enjoy it. :) Also, several of you have suggested at one time or another that I should have a link to my pages on my blog. I've finally added them, so you can access my front porch from the link on the left. :)

Sorry this is such a short post, but I need to get some sleep-I have a long week ahead-lots of stuff I need to do before I head up north. (Yay, it's almost vacation time!!! I can't wait to see everyone)

'Nite all!
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Friday, December 12, 2003

Winter Meteor Shower

D.W.Q.M.: "Everything that happens in life has a scientific explanation -- if you look for it." -The Third Doctor

It's time for another meteor shower!! The Geminids peak this weekend-December 13th-14th. According to this online article at Sky and Telescope, the prime viewing hours will begin approx. 10pm EST on the 13th, and will last until dawn. Up to 75 meteors per hour, and they will appear to be yellow. Of course the moon will wash out some of the fainter meteors. And, if you are Jerm, you will probably assume it will be cloudy. ;) Actually, if you are in Cleveland, you will probably be in agreement. (Forecast for Cleveland Saturday night : clouds! Rats! Oh, well-the weather has been known to change at the drop of a hat.

Some interesting facts about the Geminids-they were only documented 150 years ago (the Persieds and the Leonids have been documented for centuries-earliest reference for the Persieds: 36 AD in China; the Leonids: roughly the beginning of the 10th Century, from accounts indicating that the stars 'fell like rain') Also-comets are usually the cause of our meteor showers-they leave dusty debris trails and when the Earth passes through them...viola!! Nature's fireworks! :) The Geminids are believed not to be caused by a passing comet, but by the broken fragments of a psuedo astroid-comet of mysterious composition. Psuedo astroid-coment, you say? Lets just say asteriod, or a dormant comet coated with a thick layer of dust. ;)

Happy viewing! :) :)
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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

See Ro Run. Run, Ro, Run!

D.W.Q.M.: "When I say run, I want you to run. Right, RUN!" -the Third Doctor

Fave line of the day: "...show me an anthropologist who dresses like this, and I will eat this headdress." -Captain Samantha Carter

Before I start my story, I would like to send out a big CONGRATULATIONS! to my friend Sarah and her husband, Matt. They will be expecting their first child in May. Yay!!! *Hugs*, Sarah!!!!

Okay, now onto my story. It actually begins Monday night. See, the problem was that I had too many things due on Wednesday, three different places-the Blockbuster in South Euclid, the Cuyahoga County Public Library in South Euclid, the Main library in Cleveland Hts, and good ole' KSL. KSL wasn't really a problem-I go into work everyday, so it's not out of the way at all. The South Euclid places are right up Mayfield, so all I have to do is hop the 9 and keep going 'till I get there. The Main library, on the other hand, is out of the way. Okay, so I'll find someone to drop my stuff off for me-no problem. I decided to drop the South Euclid items off myself, only problem is the video game from Blockbuster is due at noon on Wednesday. Okay, again, no problem-I'll just stop on my way home from work Tuesday.

So I wake up this morning and load up my backpack, which is quite heavy-5 books plus the video game. I swear, the HTML book I had weighed 20 pounds. Before I leave I quickly check to make sure I have a tape in the vcr (I recorded the first part of the 4 hour BattlestaR Galactica miniseries last night, despite to my objections to the show being 'reinvented' for a younger age group. Since Jerm and I were trying to get some more MarioKart in before the game was due, I didn't get the chance to watch the first part, so I needed to record the second) I knew I'd be back in time, but I wanted to check, just in case. ;) I figured, based on past experiences, that I could get out there, drop of the game and books, and be back about 6, or a little thereafter, just in time to catch Stargate on the SciFi channel.

I should have also figured, based on past experiences, things don't always go the way they are planned.

It started about 9:30 am-my friend DJ, who had also recorded BattlestaR Galactica, emailed me to tell me that he had checked his tape last night. Turns out the first part lasted over two hours and he was missing the last 10 minutes or so, so he was going to have to record it again tonight starting at 6:52 pm. WHAT?!? I did a quick check on the SciFi channels schedule, and sure enough, the first part lasted more than two hours-so would the second. Here was the evening line up-at 5, Knight Rider, which they were going to cut short, then at 5:52, Stargate, 6:52 BattlestaR Galactica, part 1, followed by part 2 at 9-which would last until 11:06pm. Is that crazy or what? So not only was I going to miss my favorite scene from the day's Stargate episode(it contains my fave line of the day), but now I was going to have to make sure I returned home in time to rewind my tape, change the speed (I originally recorded it in LP mode) and change the programming. Ah, what fun.

I thought about taking a short lunch and leaving early, but when 12:55 rolled around and I was still at lunch, I knew that wasn't going to happen. 5pm-I load up my backpack and head out to the bus stop. I saw a bus coming, and the light that was in my favor was about to be in the bus driver's favor. I thought about running, but quickly abandoned that idea, for I am quite sure my back and shoulders would have loudly protested the assult from the 20+ pounds of books I was carrying. I didn't have to wait long, though. Miracuosly there were not one, not two, but three number 9 buses about 10 after 5. Not only that, but they were three different ones. Quickly I evaluated the situation: the 9B turns on Green Road, normally that would be a pain, but since I had to stop at Blockbuster, it would be all good. The 9B also drives through Severance, which, according to DJ, "takes 9 fricken' extra minutes!" The 9X goes straight up Mayfield to SOM Center Road-not bad, except that I would have to cross Mayfield once I got to Blockbuster, and I really didn't feel like fighting Mayfield traffic more than I needed to. So the 9BX it was! Turns on Green road, but does not drive into Severance. As I attempted to flag down the BX, I swear the driver was planning on skipping the stop all together-he didn't even get into the right lane! He stops, opens the door, and then some girl at the stop waves him by-quickly I hop onto the bus before he can take off again.

While on the bus I decided to pull the game out of my back pack, to further expediate the "dropping off" process. I get off at Green Road and a quick check of the watch tells me it's just after 5:30-perhaps I can still make it home by 6... I drop off the game, and then walk quickly up the street to drop off my books at the library and at the bus stop by 5:40...unfortuately, no sign of a bus, and I'm at the stop with no shelter, and the street light across the street suddenly decided to dim. There was a bus stop just up the street with a bus shelter, but I didn't want to get caught between two stops, so I tried to determine whether or not a bus was coming. Now, have you ever tried to find a bus in the dark with about 10 cars shining their brights in your eyes? Not an easy task. I decide to risk it and head for the next stop, when I see a bus coming. I quickly make a mad dash for the stop (a task made much easier since I had dropped off my books that had weighed a ton.) get there only to discover that the bus was heading to the garage. @&%! I checked my watch-6pm...shouldn't another bus have come by now? I dig out my schedule only to find that the buses are now coming once every half hour. *sigh*

When the bus finally does arrive a little after six, I get on and shortly there after discover that my stomach is bothering me. I wasn't sure if it was car sickness or just hunger pains, but then I spotted a woman who must have bought out Peppridge Farms, nibbling on a cookie. Another jolt of pain told me that my stomach was saying, 'Feed me!!' :-D No other major incidents between the bus stop and my apartment. I didn't make it home in time to see my favorite scene, but I did make it in time to see Carter kick the big mean Warlord's @$$. Woo! Go me. ;) :) :)
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Sunday, December 07, 2003

Quiz time ;)

D.W.Q.M.: "One moment you're talking about the entire universe blowing up and the next you're going on about tea... You'll be consulting the entrails of a sheep next." -the Brigadier

Favorite line of the week:
"Hey, if you had been listening you'd know that Nintendos pass through everthing." -Col. Jack O'Neill

Choose the answer that best fits the statement:

Last week Romana learned:

a) Switching vendors is as easy as pie
b) You really can decorate a la Mary Poppins style (*snap!*)
c) Mario Kart Double Dash is the suckiest game ever
d) It's not so easy to get the smell of garlic out of your hand

If you chose either "a" or "b", then you are living in a fantasy world... please, tell me how to get there... If you chose "c", then you are totally out of your mind!! If you chose "d", then you are 100% correct-you get a cookie! ;) Thursday I helped Persephone make dinner, which required me to mince garlic cloves. Now, despite the fact that I do know how to cook (just to lazy to cook often), I don't think I've ever minced a garlic clove...in fact, I think the only type of garlic I have ever used is the powder type. Someone else always had the mincing job. I washed my hands several times that evening and when I woke up the next day, I could still smell the garlic on my hands...even now I still detect the faint, lingering aroma of those pesky little garlic cloves... ;)

This week we have been preparing for the vendor switch-over at work. Our current vendor, Academic, was taken over by Blackwells (which, ironically, was the company we left when we switched to Academic in the first place) Most of my coworkers have worked with Blackwells before, so they sort of know what to expect (or what not to expect, as the case may be) Me, on the other hand, I started just after they had switched to Academic, so they are the only company (aside from UMI...or Bell&Howell...or ProQuest, or whatever they are calling themselves these days...the place where the PhD papers are sent to be microfilmed ;) ) I have worked with. This week alone we were given at least 4 different names of people we are supposed to contact-and there is still some confusion about which 4 are the correct people to talk to. Of course, there is new lingo we have to learn too, so when we do straighten out the previous problem, we will be able to understand what they are talking about. For example, the forms that are placed in the books have been known simply as 'forms' or the more daring 'slips'. Blackwells refer to these as 'flexes' (I have no idea why-insert own joke here if you wish) The fact that they are making this changeover during the holiday season is quite interesting too-stay tuned, I'm sure there will be some interesting tales before the changeover is complete!

The first week of December is over and I still have not finished decorating-I've done very little at all this week. The fact that I just rented Mario Kart:Double Dash does not help at all-that game is TOTALLY AWESOME! I love it! Jerm and I rented it Friday night (got the last one at Blockbuster-after we struck out at the first one we went to, I called another one to see if they had it-not only did they have it, but they were willing to hold it for me!! The women I spoke to asked me how long I'd be, and I told her about 5 to 10 minutes. When I brought the game to the counter, she looked at me and said, 'Were you the one that just called me?! Boy, you said 5 minutes, and you really were here in 5 minutes!!!") We did pretty well at the 50cc level, but 100cc and 150cc weren't so good. When Paul and I played yesterday we didn't fair much better. I asked Paul if he had played this badly the first time he had played the N64 version, and he said no. Oh, well-it's still alot of fun-I love the fact that you have two characters in one car and can switch them around as often as you like. ;) My favorite track right now is DK Mountain...hopefully I will be able to tear myself away from the game long enough to finish decorating..LOL. I need to finish so I can take a picture or two and update my front porch.

Speaking of my front porch, Krismutt will be making an appearance there as the represenative of our first annual (yeah, i know-that sounds funny, we've already had this discussion) Holiday Baking Party. Persephone, Shar, Arthur and I all got together yesterday and baked a bunch of Holiday goodies. We had so much fun we decided that this needs to become an annual event-woo-hoo!! We all met at P^2s house. We were all in the kitchen, discussing what we were going to get started on, when Paul said, "I'm going to get started on the Nintendo" and went into the living room to have a MarioKart marathon. Considering there were 4 of us and one oven, I think we did a fabulous job designating who would get to use the oven when. I made it easy by starting off with rum balls, which requried no baking at all. Mmmmmm....rum balls... :) What were some of the other goodies, you may ask? Fudge, seven layer bars, and of course, traditional sugar cookies! Also, Perseph made apple-raisin oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies (which are very good) I even tried a recipe my friend Alicia gave me for Russian tea cookies. So we got into a little food fight-flour versus confectioners sugar-no one was hurt, so it was all good. :)

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Monday, December 01, 2003

"riggin' up the lights!"

D.W.Q.M.: "I can see you've been doing the TARDIS up a bit. I don't like it." -the Second Doctor to the Third Doctor

Sometimes I forget just how much preparing needs to be done before I can actually start decorating.

Step 1: Remove most non-holiday knicknacks and stuffed animals from living room and dining room areas.

Step 2: Clear desk and table of papers, paid bill stubs, magazines, junk mail and other assorted stuff that makes it's home there.

Step 3: Dig out all boxes marked 'Christmas' from all nooks and crannies.

As I struggled with removing some of the bigger boxes from my small closets, I came to the sad realization that I have probably reached my limit of Christmas decorations. (the funny part about this is I can see my friends reading this with a look of mock-horror and/or shock and saying, 'No! really?!?!' ;) ) I have repacked and rearranged everything dozens of times, and i'm not sure I can find room for some stuff that my mom collected for me over the summer. (My mom is the garage sale and thrift store queen! She can find all kinds of cool stuff, and usually spends less than 2 bucks on each item. The cool item for this year? Green Bay Packers Christmas balls. :-D) The other funny thing is, even though I have come to this realization, I will probably ignore it and continue to add to my Christmas faire...

Can you tell Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for? ;)

Tree, wreath and Advent wreath first, then up go the lights and garland. I only have about half of my lights up, and already I've had to replace 8 bulbs. 2 on a strand I bought last year!! I was getting pretty frustrated, but then my cd player switched to one of my Bing Crosby Christmas cds, so I felt better. :) Jerm was on his way over while I was in the middle of hanging up a strand. The Doctor walked in and said, "I bet when he walks in, he's going to say, 'Oh, my God!'" I replied, "No, what he'll probably say is, 'Oh, my Lord!'" We were both wrong-as soon as Jerm opened the door, he said, "Sweet Jesus!" ...and I'm not even halfway finished yet! LOL ;) When
Persephone and Paul walked in, she said, "So how long did you wait until after Thanksgiving to start this?" I don't think she really believed me when I said I had just started that afternoon. ;) *heehee*

Quick note: It's Plaid Tidings, not 'A Very Plaid Christmas'. I knew I had it wrong, but I drew a complete blank...stuff like that happens at two in the morning. ;)

The Vikings lost yesterday-WOO-HOO!! Green Bay is still only a half a game behind...I'm not giving up hope!!!! :) :)

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