When Redneck Meets Ricer
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 ~ 09:43 p.m.

This picture is worth a thousand words:

Upon closer look....it's still retarded.

I was standing next to the drill rig this afternoon, when this...truck caught my eye, and I knew I couldn't leave Athens without getting a picture. It's for things like this that I wanted a camera to begin with. :-D

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Of ants and cats
Friday, September 24, 2004 ~ 04:02 p.m.

Ants are infuriating little creatures. I'll also never throw away a yogurt cup in my office ever again. It now smells very strongly of Country Fresh raid. *gag*

I finally started on my dress last night. Originally, it was for Dagorhir, meaning that the pattern's been sitting on top of my sewing machine since Equinox last year. Now, I think I'm just going to make it into my Halloween costume. By all accounts, the pattern itself blows, so I may end up making some improvements before all is said and done. But regardless, it's all cut out and ready to be sewn. Yay! I'm still not looking forward to sewing all the holes for the back lacing, but I figure that should keep me busy for a (very) long while.

Of course, Lilo thought cutting out fabric was the best fun EVER. I didn't have my camera, but I assure you that my dress pattern will never mess with her again.

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The weekend's entertainment
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 ~ 12:32 p.m.

Looking back, I realized that at this time last year, we were at Equinox. In fact, I think it was right about now that Jessica was plastered by a 280-lb man moving at warp speed. I do miss Dagorhir. Nothing like a good foam javelin to the kidneys - that's the stuff of which memories are made.

This year's Equinox event is this weekend, but since Jessica's going to be on the other side of the country (literally), she and I aren't going. As substitute entertainment, Huntsville is offering up the auditory equivalent of having your spleen relocated with a bat - Big Spring Jam.

Todd's out of town again, so Jackie and I are taking care of the zoo this week. Nanook's trying his best to make himself sick again, so I'm trying to counteract his efforts. We'll see how that goes.

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A bad sign
Thursday, September 16, 2004 ~ 01:16 p.m.

I guess this means the office is closing early...

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So, about that doom we forcasted...
Thursday, September 16, 2004 ~ 09:49 a.m.

Well, it's Thursday and we're not dead yet. Of course, the day is young.

This picture is one of the funnier things I've see so far today.

I made the mistake yesterday of going to the grocery store on my way home from work. The place was an absolute zoo. You'd have thought it was supposed to snow or something. True to my predictions, every cart in sight was packed high with toilet paper and bottled water. I spent thirty minutes in line behind a near-hysterical woman who insisted upon telling everyone who made eye contact just how bad this hurricane was going to be. I might have taken her more seriously had she not been desperately clutching a 24-pack of TP at the time. I consider myself lucky to have obtained a half-gallon of milk without having had to resort to violence.

There's a rumor running around the office that we might be going home around lunchtime. It should rain here more often, methinks.

I expect that since I've been making so much fun of all the hype and hysteria surrounding Ivan here in Huntsville, I'll be the first one waxed in a spawned tornado. An act of God, if you will. Of course, I firmly believe that my continued existence is the best possible evidence (other than the hippopotamus) that God has a sense of humor. If He wasn't laughing along, He'd have smited me a long time ago.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004 ~ 02:06 p.m.

Today is one of those days where I have plenty to do, I'm just not terribly motivated to actually do it. I'm working, but that doesn't mean I like it.

In other news, Thursday and Friday are shaping up to be just wonderful here in Huntsville, Alabama. Would you believe that Huntsville already has the city schools closed for tomorrow? By the end of today, there won't be a roll of toilet paper or a bottle of water left unpurchased in the Tennessee Valley, mark my words.

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I guess I'm a tree-hugger
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 ~ 12:27 p.m.

Even though I might bitch a lot, at least I haven't thrown in with this group. Yet.

And hey, you might not like it, but at least the rules of engagement are fair. :-) And it's better than what I'd label them with:

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Here and there
Sunday, September 12, 2004 ~ 04:31 p.m.

By now, I'm looking forward to being in Huntsville for a day or two.

Wednesday I spent in Amory, Mississippi (I did NOT find any more animals to adopt). Thursday and Friday were spent in Albertville, Alabama where I had my first experience with running a drill rig over a yellow jacket nest. *wince* Right now I'm in Atlanta with Todd, visiting his mother while she recovers from her surgery. At the moment we're cooking massive amounts of food so she won't have to worry about at least a few meals.

I also took some time this weekend to read The DaVinci Code. I liked it, but now I have to do some research on just where fact and fiction divide. I'll recommend it, though.

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Boredom kicks in
Tuesday, September 7, 2004 ~ 02:17 p.m.

It's one of those days where I'm bored out of my mind at work. I'll be headed to Amory, Mississippi (Lilo's home town) tomorrow for a day of fun and adventure, but until then things are slow.

The current group of ASCE officers has invited Todd, Jackie, Mo, and I to their first semester meeting tonight so they can give us some sort of recognition gift. Part of me would like to go, since the offer comes from our friends. But a large part of me wants nothing to do with about three or four of the people likely to be there this evening. In fact, their continued breathing annoys me to no end. The rest of the group is okay, though. I'm not sure what I'll end up doing.

Trying to relearn basic surveying in a day isn't happening either. It'd be nice if I could find my old notebook.

Bah. I think I'm going to wander down to dungeon. Cobie said he has two GALLONS of scuppernongs I can try to put a dent in. Yummy.

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There's an idea
Thursday, September 2, 2004 ~ 11:05 a.m.

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If it weren't for lawyers...
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 ~ 04:36 p.m.

"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"

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Wednesday, September 1, 2004 ~ 03:37 p.m.

Todd's finally coming home today! And leaving again tomorrow. But for once, it's not because of the gov'ment.

My bedroom floor is flooded again. The stench of old cigarettes is now mixed with that of mildew and has become near intolerable. I may have to insist that they replace my carpet. Maintenance is looking at it today. Hopefully Lilo did not attempt to claw or otherwise injure the maintenance personnel.

My FE confirmation has not been processed. Even though the letter said the deadline was July 15th, the deadline for the agenda was July 1st. I should get my EIT after September 10th. Bastards.

The RNC would be funny if it wasn't so scary. I can't actually watch because hearing what comes out of those people's mouths causes me physical pain. Seriously. My stomach clenches up and I want to vomit. People actually BELIEVE this stuff????

The company president is wandering around today and no one told me because I was out in the field all morning. I missed a free lunch, dagnabit. ;-)

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