December 4, 2003
This column is
dedicated to a very special person who did a really wonderful thing.
Linda, you never, ever cease to amaze me. Thank you for caring so very
much. All I can say is... thank you. You made me cry again. I
love you too, darlin.
I am so completely
blessed with wonderful people in my life. Linda, I happened to meet just
because she drifted to our EOS message board for about 37 seconds and mentioned
she was from Owensboro, Kentucky, which is my hometown. We struck up a
friendship and now, I can't imagine my life without her holding down the other
side of the states for me. When Linda's there, I know O'town is in good
hands. She even came to the funeral home just to give me a hug when
my mom died and invited me over for copious liquor that night (this girl knows
how to manage crisis!!!). Sadly, I wasn't able to do that, among other
things, because pressing family matters kept me busy the whole time I was home,
but the next time I go to Kentucky (dead people or not), it's me and Linda and a
lot of madness waiting to ensue. I am honored to know her and again, I am
awed by the simple, split second things (like checking a message board on a
particular day) that change our lives forever. Here's to you, darlin.
Katrina loves you.
Today is another
one of "those" days when I make the effort to get this tooth fixed (For those
who are keeping track, this is attempt #4 with nothing at all being done at al
on the first three times: 1) "We can't see you at this facility, you'll
have to go to the one behind us and they're booked for today" after waiting an
hour. 2) "Your coverage is jacked up, call this phone number" after
waiting for 2 hours. 3) "One x-ray of one tooth, quick glace, you
have an abscess, take 10 days of antibiotics and come back in two months" after
figuring out their broken English (and I spent almost 4 years on Guam and 20
years as a military wife, so I'm GOOD with non-English). I am still at a
point that if I go more than 4-5 hours without sucking the Tylenol teat, I am in
a good bit of pain. I finished the antibiotics and changed dentists (since
I swear I smelled duck meat at the last one - QUACK!!), so I hope this one can
get something done about it. On the phone, the front office staff said
they'd be doing a full set of x-rays and a cleaning this time, then fix the
tooth if there is enough time. You can believe I'm stirring the cauldron
and lighting candles to make THAT happen. I want this over or at least on
the road to over. I never thought I'd be eager to have dental work done.
It just shows what a supreme motivator pain really is. I want my life
back!! It has been a year since my teeth were last cleaned, so that is
likely to take a little while and some digging and prodding. Since they
don't use nitrous, I'll likely be doing a LOT of intense visualization and
relaxation therapy to make it through this. I'm not as panic stricken this
morning as I usually am pre-dentist. I'm more looking forward to getting
this handled. If you have any extra happy thoughts lying around doing
nothing at 3pm PST, please send them my way! At least this time I have a
real appointment rather than coming in on stand by and they got me in
within 3 days rather than 2 months like the other one.
am about to break tradition and put my Christmas decorations up much earlier
than usual. I usually don't break out the boxes until the week before
Solstice, the theory being that I don't want to be bored with them by the time
the actual day rolls around. I usually have everything cleared out a day
or so after, ready to reclaim my house from red, white and green. This
year, I'm feeling particularly festive for some reason, excited about Christmas
coming. I've been taking input on whether to get a real tree or use the
same fake one I've used for 20 years. I think it's likely going to come
down to finances and going with the freebie, being the one in my garage.
;) If I do that, I'm going to at least get some branches to stink up my
house a bit. I've also downloaded a lot of Christmas songs to torture
everyone in the house.
Oh man, I'm on
the hell express. I got a score of 180 (which is great if you're playing
darts). Check this out:
Did I happen to mention that I want to make a litter of little red-eyed demon
babies with this guy? Just call me Lilith. I think he should become
a super hero on the show. I wub him.
I so very much
want one of these things. I use candles like mad and this would be the
coolest thing since whatever was cool before sliced bread was the coolest
thing. Why do people have to make marvelous things like this to torture
poor souls like myself? Sadistic bastids.
This is a link I have passed on before, but it is so fun and I'm so proud of it
(my son, Joe, did it) that I thought it was worth sharing again. It only
makes sense if you've read the front page reports in the Weekly World News about
Bat Boy, "Bat Boy Found In Cave," "Bat Boy Gets Married," etc. Ah!
Look! All of the stories are online!
Speaking of being
proud of Joe, in his online journal, he recently posted this picture that he
drew (that's right, my son is THAT talented) of Alice Cooper:
Nah, I don't know
where he gets it. I can't draw water from a well and he can do this stuff.
Another of my
favorite (repeated from a previous entry) short movies is here:
and this one:
click on "The
also should, in the interest of disclosure, let you know that I now have a new
favorite phrase, "Numfar! Do the dance of joy!" Fans of the show
"Angel" might be interested to know that Numfar was actually played by this guy
to the left, Joss Whedon, who is the Director and Executive Producer for both
"Angel" and "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer." I haven't watched "Angel" much.
It comes on after "Judging Amy" and I happened to run into it a couple times and
now, I'm hooked on it as well. Discovering all of these new shows that are
old shows "Amy," "Charmed" and "Sopranos" is so exciting because all of these
reruns are first time showings for me,
so not only do I
get to enjoy them anew, but I get to see them again if I miss them at some
point! In the meantime, I can check out the online episode guides and at
least see what happened. I imagine this is a fairly popular vote (haven't
canvassed any of the Angel fans out there), but I think my favorite character is
Lorne, the Host (right). What a fun character. I was getting pretty
bummed when I thought he was dead from that messy decapitation. I'm
surprised that the guy who plays him, Andy Hallett, has done almost nothing
Eric is red hot
to own our own house and property, but this is one of the times that I'm
thrilled to be renters. There is an ominous sound of running water coming
from between the kitchen sink and the water main (which is on the outside of the
wall behind the kitchen sink) and it's getting louder and more aggressive.
We called the property managers on Monday, but nothing yet. We still have
water pressure and hot water, there's no sign of leakage or seepage, but you can
really hear that water roaring through pipes somewhere. Sounds...
expensive. We had a flood under our house from a broken pipe a couple of years
ago and it was amazing. The water was rising up to a few inches below the
floor vents and we discovered that when the owner build on the back extension,
he built over the crawl space, so it's impossible to get under the house. It
should be interesting to see how this plays out. When they pumped
the water out from under the house, it took hours and was gallons and gallons
and made a huge lake at the end of the streets.
And so, the time
has come for me to prepare to address the day! Eric has risen (He is
Risen!!) and that means the shower is available. After that, Yikes!!!
It's garage cleaning. Cover me. I'm going in!
Have a STELLAR