.:. Just a Thursday.
Thursday, August 29, 2002 ~ 05:34 p.m.

It's 5:30. Why am I still at work? Well, yesterday a couple of the project managers got together and thought it'd be funny to drop over a dozen assignments on the lab, all of which would just have to be done by Friday. Well, the joke was kind of lost on us. In fact, my boss looked rather harried, so being the kind person I am, I offered to come in after class today and get all the calculations done and get everything distributed. I've finished almost everything and now I'm just faxing it all.

I'm starting to get rather irritated with one of my profs. In addition to the retarded hoemwork she assigns, she makes us take turns in class reading out loud from our stupid problem-solving book. This irritated me in elementary school and it hasn't gotten any less annoying. I'm 20 years old. I can damn well read the book by myself. In our other class, she teaches from PowerPoint and simply reads off the slides. She gives us handouts of the slides at the start of each class and never deviates from them. This is not an incentive to stay for class. If I can read the handouts and get exactly the same thing, why am I wasting an hour and twenty minutes of my life sitting in Tech Hall? I'd much rather be left to my own devices.

Ah well. Today has just kind of been a day you get through because you have to. There was nothing enjoyable about it, but nothing really went wrong, so I can't complain. It was just a Thursday. I'll be leaving for Hendersonville tomorrow as soon as I get off work. As far as I know, we're leaving early Saturday morning for Oak Ridge and we'll pick up my
sister along the way. Hopefully it won't be too stressful this weekend. If it gets too crazy, I'll go hide down by the point. Wouldn't be the first time. ;-)

Woo hoo! Almost time to leave!

.:. Psst...
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 ~ 10:12 p.m.

We're going to destroy the world. Want to come?

Find out which Buffy villian you are most like!

Hmmm. I always did like Dru's style.

Well, the ASCE meeting went pretty well. Lots of new people. This is good. More souls to feed on...I mean, more minions...I mean...damn. A couple brave ones even came out to Rosie's with us afterwards. And it looks like we might have another girl on the paddling team! She's a little apprehensive about swimming in liquid duck crap, but who isn't? I figure it's just incentive to NOT fall out of the boat. *grin* Our department has really come on board to help us out this year and even proposed helping us to raise money, which totally shocked most of the veteran team members. It was a good start to the year. :-)

.:. RANT
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 ~ 04:43 p.m.

It's been a while since I posted anything to piss people off. So here's something guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers.

I saw a bumper sticker today on my way into class. It read: "Abortion stops a heartbeat." My senior year of high school, JoAnna used this same phrase against me in a debate my government teacher had set up. My instant response today, as it was then, was that when someone is declared brain dead (no brain activity other than those automated functions like breathing and a heartbeat), we take them off life support. It's not illegal to pull the plug on someone who is brain dead and as far as I know there have never been rallies declaring that it is an evil practice that should be stopped. Now why is abortion different?

Oh right. Because "it's a baby that hasn't had the chance to experience life." Like it's any less tragic when you have to make the decision to let a loved one die. It's just that people who let the doctors take out the feeding tube and turn off the ventilator are left to make their decision in peace. They are also allowed to deal with their grief in peace, whereas those who have decided to have an abortion are constantly told that they are evil and get absolutely no sympathy for their anguish.

Unlike half of this county, I refuse to categorize women who have had abortions as killers. No doubt there are those women out there who could care less (or reacted simply out of fear) and did it for all the wrong reasons, but if they're that callous, then I'm pretty sure they shouldn't have had a child anyway and it's probably for the best. On the other hand, there are also those for whom it was an agonizing decision and one that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Despite that, they had the courage to admit they could not have a child and made their decisions accordingly. I may not agree with it, but it was their decision to make. Thatís why Iím Pro-Choice. I never claimed to be Pro-Death.

I know myself. I know that I could probably never have an abortion. Hopefully that's not a decision I'll ever have to make, but until I do, I sure as hell won't be casting judgment. It's their choice to make and others would do quite well to remember that.

Comments, as always, are welcome at Starfire_Child@yahoo.com.

.:. Hello?
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 ~ 10:13 a.m.

I am speaking English. I think. So what's wrong with the rest of you????

I seem to have hit some sort of communications barrier. As in, I speak and no one understands, they speak and it makes no sense. I'm almost to point of having to draw detailed storyboards to get any kind of meaning across, seeing as I gave up on charades around 9 this morning. This does not bode well for the rest of the day. I can see it now...the ASCE meeting tonight will be conducted entirely according to the rules of Pictionary.

Speaking of ASCE, we've been doing a lot this year to drag in freshmen and sophomores and I think we've been pretty successful. Still, that means I've been around a LOT of freshmen lately and it's hard to believe the difference only three years can make. The summer of my freshman year I met two of the most bitter engineering seniors UAH could ever have hoped to create. They just oozed cynicism. They were also two of the funniest people I have been around, especially when combined with Spencer. They always looked vaguely surprised when I laughed at something they said and I'm pretty sure my as-yet-unfaded eagerness should have conflicted with their case of senioritis. I'm still not sure how I avoided being boxed up and mailed to Madagascar or something. I guess they liked me despite it. The entire summer I never really understood exactly how they had come to be so bitter, but the other day as another group of freshmen came bouncing into my Forum class and I suddenly realized that I'm just about there. I don't have the implacable hatred they did as far as the university was concerned, but I'm still pretty cynical these days. I'm trying my best not to spread that cynicism around, but I've always had a pretty morbid sense of humor. Mike would say that's because I'm a closet goth. But then again, Mike's a communist, so you really can't listen to him. ;-)

Current Music: the radio

.:. Oh, for me?
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 ~ 04:39 p.m.

The subject reads: "FEEL BETTER WITH EXTREME COLON CLEANSER 31890." Somehow, I sincerely doubt I would. Honestly, I have to wonder where does all this junk mail come from? As much as it amuses me to start out each day with messages like this one in my email inbox, it does start to get annoying after a time. After all, I have absolutely no interest in teenage girls, clothed or otherwise, and I sure as hell don't need a mortgage, kitchen appliances, drugs, or even an extreme colon cleanser, whatever that may be. That one is just too weird....

Well, Lissa finally caught up with me for lunch. She forgot we were meeting and got away from work late. She also didn't know my cell phone number, so she couldn't let me know she was on her way. I got her message that she might not be able to make it and left Friday's after waiting for about 20 mins. I apparently just missed her. She finally managed to track me down at school, despite Housing's Nazi policies, so it all ended well. I stopped by Dr. Modlin's reception and it looked terribly boring, so I paid my respects and fled. I decided not to visit the graphics class at 7PM because three people are already going, and then I got a message from Jessica saying she couldn't meet tonight because she has a ton of homework to do. My day, which was looking frighteningly packed, is now completely devoid of activities. Weird. I'm kind of at a loss for something to do. Maybe do some laundry (not a bad idea...I'm down to emergency pants) or read some more for Lit. Oh the possibilities. *grimace* Oooh, maybe I should see about visiting a couple friends? That sounds significantly more promising.

Current Music: 'The Mummer's Dance' - Loreena McKennitt

.:. Downtime
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 ~ 12:09 p.m.

20 mins until my next class starts. Hydrology with Bullwinkle the Moose. He really is a nice guy, he just talks funny. I should be in Forum right now, but I got stuck leading a Campus-As-Text group in Forum. *sigh* The perils of being an uppperclassman in what should be a freshman/sophomore-level course. Anyways, we left to decide when we'd meet up Thursday and I figured we really didn't need to go back. So instead I came back over to Tech Hall to take care of ASCE stuff. Now that that's done, I've still got time to goof off in the lab for a while.

Jessica is now all moved into her new apartment. Mike, Pat, Jeff, Greg, Jessica, and I worked Saturday to get most of her stuff from Madison to Huntsville. We would have gotten every last bit of it, but we revolted and demanded pizza. Mmm...pizza. Hungry.....

I'm supposed to be meeting Lissa for lunch at 2:30, but she hasn't called me back to let me know for sure. I guess I'll just show up and see if she does. I hate that. Then I've got Dr. Modlin's retirement reception at 4. I probably won't stay very long at all - just long enough to say hi and wish him well and all that. I've never liked milling around stuff like that, not knowing half the people...ugh.

Almost time to go. I hope I can stay awake today. I could barely keep my eyes open last class, which I'm sure the prof didn't appreciate. Not that I care - if he doesn't want people falling asleep in class, then he should make it more interesting! ;-)

.:. Suprise....
Friday, August 23, 2002 ~ 02:12 p.m.

"Iím not crazy / 'Cause I take / The right pills everyday."

Well, I'm not crazy either, despite the best efforts of those around me. Good to know, huh?

Fridays I get to work all day to make up for not working on my Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's not so bad, since I get an hour for lunch, although we've been pretty busy today. Honestly, what else would I be doing anyway? At least this way, I get to make money. Still, I'm really looking forward to 4:00. ;-)

Big Spring Jams is the same weekend as Equinox. Dammit. I'm still really looking forward to a weekend of medieval insanity, but I was hoping I'd be able to go to both events. Drat the timing. This happened sophomore year too. :-P Need to see about grab. Hell, we all do. I sense a garb day coming up...

Todd just called me! He's back in town! And I'm at work. Feh. Anyways, back to concrete reports.

Current Music: 'Get it Faster' - Jimmy Eat World

.:. Disturbing
Thursday, August 22, 2002 ~ 10:40 p.m.

You know, if they'd stop eating dogs, then they wouldn't have to resort to this. Sheesh, but that's desperate for something to love.

And I thought rats were the gift that kept on giving....

.:. My hydrology prof sounds like Bullwinkle the Moose
Thursday, August 22, 2002 ~ 09:57 p.m.

No really, he does! It makes it rather difficult to concentrate. I keep expecting Rocky the Squirrel to buzz the classroom at any moment.

I finally have internet back!!!! And it's everything I'd ever hoped it could be! *kisses the computer repeatedly*

Jessica finally got her new apartment, so I am spending yet another weekend helping someone move. I seem to be making a habit of this. I'll head over late Saturday morning to offer my car as a transport vehical and probably help move for the rest of the day. We get paid in pizza and beer, so it's all good by me. :-)

Todd is coming home tomorrow! Unfortunatly for him, he has to wait until I get off work to get into his house or his truck. I've been taking care of the dogs, cat, and fish all week so I have all his keys. *evil grin* It sounds like he's had a pretty good trip. He says it was a lot of work, but it sure beat the hell out of sitting in an office. Makes sense to me, but I'll be glad to have him back. Now HE can see to the dogs! ;-)

Current Music: 'The New Zero' - Rasputina

.:. We don't need them!
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 ~ 08:35 a.m.

Thought of the Day:

If all the engineers of the world were suddenly exterminated, what would happen? Chaos. Modern society would grind to a halt. We would be screwed.

If all the philosophy majors of the world were suddenly wiped out, what would happen? Nothing. Except that a lot fewer cloves would be smoked. We would be happier.

If it ever came down to a war between the two, we engineers would disintegrate the philosophy majors while they were still trying to convince us that war is wrong. And then we'd go home and have a beer.

- - -

I'm in a pretty foul mood today. I think it's partly because I woke up to people being stupid on the radio. I would like to take this moment to state that the people running the early morning shift at WZYP here in Huntsville have got to be some of the most ignorant people I have ever heard in my life. They fit into the category of people who shouldn't be allowed to speak in my presence lest I sterilize them right then and there. As a matter of fact, birth control in their morning coffee isn't such a bad idea.....

But anyway, the rest of it is probably the thought of finally heading back to school. This means work that I have no interest in doing, particularly in the case of my literature class. Sitting through an English class (or any non-engineering class) these days is like going through the Spanish Inquisition. A lot of screaming, intense pain, questions I'd just as soon answer a different way but that I answer the way they want in order to save myself, and a lot of freaks in robes. Well, okay scratch the robes, but the rest of it is pretty accurate.

Last night Kristen and I made it over to the UC to see the HaveNots, an improve comedy group that comes to campus every year for Frosh Mosh. Although the audience was composed mostly freshmen, which resulted in over 60% of the suggestions thrown at the stage referring to either sex or booze, they were still hilarious. While last night probably exhausted what little willingness I had to participate in Frosh Mosh, it was at least a lot of fun. :-) Russell didn't make it because he was still recovering from his night of drunken debauchery. *evil grin*

Monday an old friend called me out of the blue. The funny thing was, I had just been wondering what she had been up to lately. She left a message on my voicemail asking if I wanted to go to lunch sometime, but I haven't managed to get in touch with her yet. Apparently she has kittens too, so of course I have to go and visit them. I need my kitten fix and Mimi is just a bit too neurotic to properly cuddle.

Oh and EB finally posted!

Current Music: 'Possession' - Sarah McLachlan

.:. Who else could I have been?
Tuesday, August 20, 2002 ~ 08:28 a.m.

You are Leia
You are Princess Leia from Star Wars. You are very smart and very determined. You may have trouble letting your emotions show, though. You are very sensible but also very brave. You rock!
Which movie heroine are you?

Woo hoo! I always thought Leia was pretty damn cool. Oooh, does this mean I get to kiss Harrison Ford????? Jen would die of jealousy. *grin* Jen, I pulled out our senior class pic yesterday and there, of course, was Harrison, right smack in the middle with the two of us grinning like fiends. We really were neurotic, weren't we?

Well, the lights in my office are still out. Big suprise. As soon as the guy in charge of that gets here, I'll go and complain again. The internet is still out at my apartment too. I'm still pissed that housing was so rude to me when there was absolutely nothing I could do because my damn port is turned off. Oh well, at least having no internet motivated me to go through all my papers and stuff from last semester and sort out what to throw away. I've decided that while I am a pack rat, there's an absolute limit to how much I can blur the line between nostalgia and junk.

Classes tomorrow. First order of business today after work is to get my advisor to add me to the design class. Then I have to go buy books. I get to drop anywhere between $320 and $240 for them this year. My checkbook is already screaming in pain. *grimace* Oh well. Hopefully forking over the money for my paper instruments of torture will be the most difficult part of the semester.

Current Music: the radio

.:. Of all the luck...
Monday, August 19, 2002 ~ 10:34 p.m.

You know, I almost feel sorry for this guy. Almost.... ;-)

.:. Le sigh
Monday, August 19, 2002 ~ 04:19 p.m.

Today has definitely been a Monday. Not a bad day, precisely, just full of inconveniences. Like first I dropped my breakfast on the floor while I was trying to wiggle my coax cable out of the door so it would shut. Then I ran into a closed road on my way to work and had to take the long way around instead. Once I got to work, I discovered that one of the two fluorescent lights in my office was out, and of course it was the one over my desk. I reported it Ė they never fixed it, so I spent the day in half-darkness with a strobe light effect going. My office looked like a tornado had hit it and my coworkers apparently got nothing done Friday. I had 15 labs waiting for me to report, along with a lot of backed up concrete reports. Then the caf at school turned out to not really be open for lunch when I got done with the club fair that so inconveniently ran from 10-11 (just who thought up that time period???), so I had to wait forever for a pizza that really wasnít too good. At least I got it for free. I finally skipped out of work at 3 and headed home, only to find that my internet was still down from this morning. I decided Iíd call and report it and Iím pretty sure I got the rudest person available. He was extremely nasty to me and then proceeded to tell me that theyíve got a new system and that I needed to come a pick up a packet in the Housing Office. I went down and got the packet and on the way out decided to ask if Iíd just missed the announcement that the internet would be cut off today to start up a new system. I asked and you can just guess what the response was:

"Oh, we didn't announce it."

...So it was supposed to be a surprise?

Don't YOU think it would have been a good idea to maybe let us know that we needed to re-register our computers?!?!?! I know I do, but apparently housing doesn't share that opinion. So now Iím on the phone with Information Services because the instructions in the packet they gave me didnít work. Why? Because my thrice-damned PORT is off, thatís why. Of course I can't connect to their stupid registration page. They turned off my internet! *seethes* Thank God for CompuServe. The sad thing is, I think my connection is actually faster using dial-up than it has been on the LAN in the past three weeks.

In a way, I'm almost glad that Crystal just called an cancelled practice. The potential for some small-scale disaster was too great. Now I guess I'll just make my way over to Todd's to feed the animals. Here's hoping I make it there and back intact. Damn you, Murphy!

Current Music: 'Wild' - Poe

.:. Say hello to the birthday boy!
Sunday, August 18, 2002 ~ 11:14 p.m.

HEY, EVERYONE! IT'S RUSSELL'S BIRTHDAY TODAY! HE'S 20 YEARS OLD! I guess I can't tease him about being a mere babe anymore. At least not until October... ;-)

At 6:15 this evening, I woke to sound of someone banging on my door. I staggered down the hallway, forgetting my glasses, and opened the door to find two girls (RA's I assume) standing there. They wanted to know if I'd had any flooding in my room. My still-asleep brain couldn't process why there would be flooding damage on the second floor, especially since I didn't even know it had rained. I'd passed out around 3 and apparently sometime in there we had one of the worst storms so far this year. There was a huge puddle of water outside of my door and apparently the room next door (Jessica's old room) had flooded once again. I left around 7 to go to the store and all the traffic lights were out and there were trees down everywhere. The duckpond flooded over the loop on campus and all the dorms had flooding problems. I have no idea how I slept through a storm like everyone's been describing, but I guess it indicates exactly how much I needed my impromptu nap. I wish I'd been awake, though. I love storms!

Russell called me just after I finished cooking dinner, so he came by and ate with me. There's a party over at CCRH tonight that he thought started at 9 and we went over there so he could get birthday spankings from the freshman girls. Turned out the party wasn't until 10 and there were no freshman girls to be found, so we decided to go over to Pat and Jared's instead. After a discussion between Russell and the fire escape door (if there had been a fire, he'd have burned to death ;-), we managed to make our way over only to find that Pat was dead asleep on the sofa. We woke him up and spent the next hour sitting around watching a really bad sci-fi movie. Then I took Russell back so he could get his spankings from the freshmen. I guess I should try to make it to the foam party tomorrow, but I just didn't feel like going tonight.

Current Music: 'Sleep Together' - Garbage

.:. *yawn*
Sunday, August 18, 2002 ~ 11:54 a.m.

This morning Todd left for his week of surveying in Kentucky. I got up in time to see him off, ate breakfast with Todd's dad and his wife, Melissa, helped them pack stuff up, and led them back out to 565 so they could make their way to I-65 and Houston. I have charge of the cat, the fish, and the dogs until everyone gets back into town on Friday.

It's been thundering for about an hour now. I love thunderstorms, although that probably part of what's making me so sleepy. It was like this all day yesterday, too, and it had the same effect on us all. We pretty much lazed about Todd's house all day long, although we did make it out to Cracker Barrel for lunch and to Wal-Mart to get stuff to grill for dinner. I slept most of the afternoon away either on the couch or by the pool (when it was momentarily sunny) and enjoyed every minute of it. *grin* Shameless laziness! I'm supposed to be helping people move into the dorms today, but I never heard back from ESC about what times. I'm not disappointed in the slightest - I'm still hurting from moving Bob and Melissa last Friday. I definitely need to invest in coffee for the upcoming week since school starts Wednesday! I finally decided to sign up for the engineering design class, so I need to do that tomorrow. Then I need to see about books.

I guess at some point today, though, I'll have to stop being lazy and see about getting my chores done. *grin* But not before watching Farscape!

.:. "...When we lost grandma to the pigs..."
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 ~ 09:47 a.m.

Yesterday was surprisingly productive! I sorted out my work for next semester, worked out most of the important dates for the next three months, got a lot of ASCE stuff out of the way, almost finished our report for Dr. Leonard, and finally got to see Spencer for the first time in...well, since he and Tiffany started dating. I'm glad to see that his emergency surgery to remove his head from her ass was successful and no immediate side effects, other than a newly developed affinity for seafood and a desperate need for a roommate, are obvious. ;-) Went over to his place, ate dinner, almost got locked in the pantry, watched TV, talked for a while, plotted to create a test tube baby with a personality composed of the distilled evil from both Spencer and I for the sole purpose of world domination, then Jeff and Niko showed up and we went for ice cream. We sat around munching on chocolate ice cream (with white chocolate covered chocolate-flavoured cookie bits) and watching comedy central until I, being the baby of the group, had to go home. It was a good night!

The next couple days/weeks are going to be busy. Last night my mom asked when I was coming home next, so I checked the calendar to tell her and determined that between now and November, I have only next weekend free. On one hand, that's frightening. On the other, I guess I won't be bored!

I still need to buy books, but before I do, I have to pick out if I want to take beginning karate or environmental engineering design. See, they cancelled my seminar class I need for the honors program, leaving me two hours short of full time. I need full time status to keep my university scholarship, so I've been looking for a two hour class. Karate sounds like a lot less mental work than EED, but the design class this year is retrofitting an old wastewater plant into a constructed wetland. That fits very nicely with the research I've been doing this summer and that makes it tough to pass up. I'd really love to take karate, but the engineering class is something I know I shouldn't skip on - if nothing else, it'll help me in the future, and chances are that I know more about CWs now than just about anyone else joining the class. Feh, I wish I could just be "lazy"....well, I still have two days to decide. *grimace*

.:. *Grin*
Tuesday, August 13, 2002 ~ 07:25 a.m.

Will Sarah Survive A Pit Match Against Clinton And Bush?
12% chance Bush would kill her.
0% chance Clinton would kill her.
33% chance Clinton would sexually harass her.
88% chance she would kill them.
Enter Combat

Clinton doesn't have a chance, but Bush....I suppose he could catch me off guard while I'm laughing at him. ;-)

.:. Roomate conflict brewing. Sarah reaching meltdown.
Monday, August 12, 2002 ~ 02:20 p.m.

Ever feel like throwing a total temper tantrum? Right now I definitely do. I made the decision before I left town on Friday that because my roommates were the ones who were making a pigsty out of my apartment, they could deal with the upcoming re-check on our Health and Safety Inspections (we, of course, failed the first one). I saw absolutely no reason why I should waste my time scrubbing someone else's burned-on vegetable oil from the stove surface (it was spilled while one of them was making fried chicken and has been there evere since) or *gag* clean someone else's toothpaste from the bathroom mirror or sweep up someone else's hair. I figured they could handle it. Well, I came home yesterday and nothing had been done. Not a damn thing. Nada, zip, zero, NONE. They just didn't care enough to do it. I guess they expected me to.

Now I know I should move. In fact, the best option by far is to pay the cleaning fee and get the hell out of dodge - find a decent apartment off campus and never look back. But this where the urge to throw a temper tantrum locks step with my stubborness. I was here first DAMMIT!!! Nothing gives these people the right to run me out of a place I've lived for two years now. Sure it's a shithole, sure I've been wanting to move, sure it'd be better in many ways to be off campus, but I want to do it on my own time, not because I've let people run me out. Grr, ftt, bite, scratch, hiss.

Anyways, roommate meeting coming up soon. I don't expect that it will go well. Not that I care - I'm barely here anyway and this fall I'll be around even less. Hopefully I can find a decent apartment sometime this fall and be gone by the spring.

.:. As Noble says...
Monday, August 12, 2002 ~ 09:01 a.m.

There's always room for cello.

Rasputina kicked ass last night. Daikaiju wasn't bad either, although I wasn't really interested in them. Met up with Noble and Jeff at 7, grabbed dinner at Humphrey's, then headed over to Vinyl and met up with Van, Niko, Glas, and a couple others. Rasputina didn't start until 11, but it was well worth the wait. The music was awesome (of couse....it's cello!) and they put on a good show all around. Halfway through, the drummer decided that the concert really didn't require pants. Or anything other than boxers. I think he resented the boxers, but managed to suppress the urge to to break decency laws.

The rest of the weekend was nice too - very relaxing and we even found time to lay outside for a while on Saturday night and watch the meteors. There's nowhere near as much light pollution out at the farm as there is here in Huntsville and we could see everything so clearly. Todd was finally forced to sit back and do nothing. Just about drove him crazy at times, I think. ;-) Oooh, and we also got to watch The Others. Despite what everyone told me, it was a really good movie! Good creepy suspense without resorting to blood and gore to try and scare you. It actually uses the story to creep you out instead of cheesy effects....what a concept!

Anyways, now that the server's working again, it's time to go hunt down some caffeine and get back to work. I've got a whole list of stuff to do today, both at work and at home. Ah, the race begins anew. *grin* But first....

I am an angel.
What legend are you?
. Take the Legendary Being Quiz by Paradox

*dies laughing*

.:. Late to work again...
Thursday, August 8, 2002 ~ 09:22 a.m.

...But this time it wasn't my fault! Well, forgetting about back-to-school traffic was, but the wreck blocking the road wasn't. I didn't hear about it on the radio until I had already made my way well past and around behind it (lot of good it did me then), so I got stuck in the backed-up traffic just long enough to make me late. Not that anyone here really cares what time I get here so long as the work gets done.

Turns out we won't be going to the beach this weekend. I'm not really dissapointed - I figured it'd be too hard to get people to go with us and it's an awful long drive for basically one day on the beach. Instead we're going to head down to Todd's dad's farm. It would have been cool to visit the beach, but honestly I don't really care where we go. I just want to relax somewhere. *grin* Last-minute break time before school starts.

Once again, it's freezing cold at work. The last couple days have been pretty nice - I guess they've been forgetting to turn on the AC. Today, though, it's back to numb toes and fingers. I guess that's what I get for wearing sandals. Unfortunatly, I was already pretty sleepy when I walked in and now it's just about all I can do to keep from curling up under my desk and hibernating. *shiver*

Tonight Greg is having a cookout over at his place. I'd completely forgotten about it until Jessica reminded me yesterday afternoon as I was leaving JRC. At first I was a bit wary of the idea of Greg cooking dinner, but then she explained to me that it was hamburgers and the like. I figure those should be relatively harmless. ;-)

.:. No one expects the Spanish Colonoscopy!
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 ~ 09:07 a.m.

Ah, nothing like a good Sluggy Freelance to give you that extra dose of hilarity you need to jumpstart your day.

I'm in a much better mood today! No country music at 5 AM. I actually woke up kind of late - the snooze button, a blessing or a curse? Today is awesome outside!!! It's nice and cool and I want to go play! I made it to work mostly on time, although it didn't appear to matter since hardly anyone else bothered to. ;-) I think most of them must be outside enjoying the cool weather. A pity that it'll be all toasty again by the time I get out of here, although it should be a nice day for paddling practice.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or not. I have one coworker who thinks I have no clue about anything. I think this is because he doesn't understand most of his job and is incapable of assimilating the fact that I have at least a basic understanding from classes at school. For example, he just now asked me if I know how to calculate psi from a max load and an area! His assumption that I know nothing was amusing at first, but it's begun to grate on my nerves more and more over the last few weeks. Oh, it's not that I feel slighted or I'm angry that he thinks I'm stupid, it's just that it makes it hard to do my job when he comes in and takes up my time trying to explain something I learned years and years ago. So, like I said, it's funny but it's getting old. I'm hoping that if I just start repeating "I know" in answer to every statement he makes, maybe it'll actually get through.

*evil grin* And for those who need a pick-me-up, just shop here.

.:. Suprisingly Productive
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 ~ 09:38 p.m.

Well, I just got back from my first ESC meeting and I have to say I'm impressed. I also owe the core group who started it an apology for underestimating their ability to actually make a difference in how the engineering department at UAH runs. They're really working hard to help out engineering students and they have a lot of really good ideas. It's a pity something like this wasn't around when I was going through my freshman year.

Todd decided today that he wants to go to the beach this weekend. :-) He's still working on the details and I have to check and make sure my schedule is clear for Friday and Saturday. I'm still going to the Rasputina concert Sunday night - we'll be back in plenty of time for that. Hopefully things will work out so we can go. *grin*

I guess I need to think about going to buy my books for the upcoming semester. Now that is a depressing thought. Since classes start in two weeks, it's something I need to take care of. Where has my summer gone????

Current Music: 'Hopeless' - Train

.:. Geek quiz :-)
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 ~ 09:31 a.m.

You are 42% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

.:. So whatcha think?
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 ~ 08:19 a.m.

I finally got the new layout working. Kind of. I'm not sure I really like it, but I think I'll stick with it for now. It's definitely different from the usual. Stephani Pui-Mun Law is just an awesome artist.

I'm in a rather foul mood today. Perhaps that has something to do with being jolted from sleep at 5AM by blaring country music. My roommate is incapable of waking up to a normal alarm clock and, in order to wake earlier than usual, must turn her radio up full volume. Seeing as she puts this radio right up against my wall (so she has to get out of bed to turn it off), it means that when she wakes up, I do too. She did this quite a bit last semester, at times ranging from 3 AM to 5 AM, and I thought we'd come to an understanding. Apparently we need to have words again, although I should be thankful that it was only country music and not more of that R&B shit I had to listen to the rest of the morning. I have yet to discern why anyone without hearing loss likes R&B.

Went over to Pat and Jared's yesterday after practice to meet up with everyone. After much debate, we settled on Zaxby's for dinner. Quote of the night:

Sarah: "Jared, you're just still pissed off over that penis joke."
Jared: "What penis joke?"
Jeff: "The one in your pants."

Score 1 for Jeff. Retaliation was swift, but the memory lives on. *grin*

At the insistence of both Jessica and I, we finally left the artic zone of Zaxby's and ended up back at Pat and Jared's place. We decided to watch Titus and laughed our asses off for almost the entire hour. Russell finally showed up with his brother in tow just in time to watch Snatch - cable is such a wonderful thing. If you have never seen that movie, I insist that you go rent it. Now. It's one of my favorites for a reason.

I woke up today certain that it was Wednesday. I still feel like I'm missing a day between yesterday and today. I'm also pretty sure that I'm forgetting something I was supposed to do. I've got a bad feeling about this.... ;-)

Current Music: 'Complicated' - Avril Lavigne

.:. *grin*
Saturday, August 3, 2002 ~ 06:21 p.m.

Today has just been a GOOD DAY. First off, I didn't even wake up until noon. I've been getting so little sleep lately, especially since I've been sick the last couple days, that I guess I just needed to catch up. I feel so much better now and I'm devoutly thankful that my parents just let me sleep. Then I got a call from Kimberly that JoAnna is currently in the process of moving back to Hendersonville from Minnesota and she's already here with the baby. Her husband, Pete, is currently on the road somewhere between here and there so we didn't get to see him, but we did go over and visit with Jo. Eli is so cute!!! He is honestly the cutest baby I have seen in a long time. Given his parent's coloring, it's not suprising at all that he has blonde hair and blue eyes, but he is just a beautiful baby. We played with him for a while, then left and meandered around the mall. We got smoothies and proceeded to visit all the lingerie stores and catch up on everything that's been going on lately in our lives. I could only stay until 6 because my grandparents are in town, but it was a lot of fun. :-)

Anyways, aside from wanting to smack an occasional impatient sister or two, things have been quite pleasant. My grandparents are now in town, preparing to move in on Monday, so I've got the chance to visit with them some before I leave. Hopefully tomorrow will be as good as today.

.:. You people have no faith in me!
Friday, August 2, 2002 ~ 07:45 p.m.

Well, much to the suprise of everyone except me, I made it home alive and well. It was actually a pretty pleasant drive and it turned out that I-65 wasn't going to be shut down until 7 PM. The news said AM, but apparently they were confused. Made for a much quicker trip than I was expecting.

Turns out my mom's younger sister and her husband are here tonight. No one told me about this, mostly because they didn't find out themselves until late last night. It's all good, though, because they brought the official wedding pictures (from her daughter Laura's wedding) with them. I chose three really cute ones for myself and had a fun time browsing the rest.

Anyways, I still feel like crap, so I'm going to head to bed here in just a little bit. Hopefully I'll sleep a little better tonight!

Current Music: 'Anywhere Is' - Enya

.:. Suncom says I don't exist?
Friday, August 2, 2002 ~ 09:17 a.m.

Grrr. I called Suncom today to find out when my first bill would be coming and they told me my cell number wasn't valid. Then they asked me for my password. Password? I never got a password! And besides that, I should hope my number is valid because I've been using for several weeks now. Then they put me on hold for a while, finally came back and told me that since I'd signed up during a change-over period for billing that everything was all screwed up and that they'd send me a bill when they got it fixed. Okay....

Dammit!!! Okay, for the last time, the bruise on my neck is NOT a hickey!!!! I'd have had more fun getting a hickey! Instead, I got dried duck poo in my hair and duckpond nastiness all over my shoulder. I hate you all. All of you.

It's going to be an interesting drive home today. Apparently they've got I-65 shut down all the way through downtown Nashville. They're routing traffic through onto I-24 and Briley Parkway, but somehow I just can't see three lanes of Nashville Friday afternoon traffic merging onto a one-land ramp at any pace faster than a crawl. So instead, my dad and I got together and worked out a way around the entire mess. It's a little out-of-the-way, but better than dealing with the crazies on a detour.

Hey, if any of you know how to keep a sidebar from scrolling in a style sheet, can you please email me? I thought that 'position: fixed' was supposed to do that, but apparently that doesn't work in IE6. I know only a little about CSS so I'm powerless to fix it myself. ;-) Take pity on those who know nothing!

Update ~ 10:56 am
Never mind. I figured out how to make the page do what I want it to do. All by myself. :-D That's because I kick ass!

Current Music: the radio

.:. Interesting....
Thursday, August 1, 2002 ~ 11:41 a.m.

According to www.HumanForSale.com I am worth approximately $1,924,910. I wonder, does that include tax?

Curent Music: 'Drive' - Incubus

.:. Aliens!
Thursday, August 1, 2002 ~ 09:58 a.m.

Ungh. Not feeling so good today. Apparently some sort of alien ooze has settled into my chest cavity and intends to breed a new life form to dominate Earth. It's a little more difficult to breath, but I don't think I need to worry until something actually pops out of my chest snarling. Regardless, I've still got to feel about %120 better than Russell who apparently had an early morning altercation between his face and a tile floor yesterday. Sounds like the floor won...and he's still sick on top of that. Talk about your bad days.

Met up with Shalana to work on our research project yesterday. Turns out everything about the damn wetland is screwed up and instead of a nitrate reduction, we actually have a %2400 increase. Obviously, that's wrong, but it's not just us getting screwy numbers. We have data from the past three years and they're all even higher. *sigh* We have no idea why that might be, unless they're dumping fertilizer in the effluent, but that would just be retarded. To top it off, our advisor is out of town, so we can't ask her about it. *grumble* This project is turning out to be a lot more complicated than either of us had envisioned. We're meeting again at 3 today to start on the actual paper - I hope we can make some progress with at least the intro!

I missed going to the park last night, but I got to go see Goldmember with Todd. I laughed my ass of almost the entire movie. I was somewhat horrified to see a mother with three children who could not have been older than ten wander into the theater at the beginning. It definitely wasn't a kids movie, but I guess that's her call to make. It's a hilarious movie, though, and I definitely recommend it to those over the age of 13. It's more like a bunch of loosely connected skits than a whole movie, but I think that's part of what makes it so funny.

I have my radio station back today! This is a good thing because although I actually have a few things to do today, it's still pretty slow. If I didn't have internet and music, I'd just go totally crazy. Of course, there are those (*cough* Todd *cough*) who'd argue that I already have. ;-)

Current Music: the radio

.:. Nothing to doooo!!!
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 ~ 09:31 a.m.

Take the Dessert Quiz

Well, my boss is out of town and two out of my three other lab workers are gone to a class in Birmingham. My other coworker is currently studying for his final and not really working. Therefore, I have absolutely NOTHING to do today. I'm really tempted to head home in an hour or so and work on my project for Dr. Leonard. Shalana and I aren't really certain when it's due, but we're assuming next week. There's nothing really difficult to do with it, but it's a lot of computer work just to sort it all out.

Jessica and I decided to go hiking together up on Monte Sano yesterday afternoon. It was a good chance for both of us to get some exercise while also getting a chance to really talk. We had a lot of fun and we've decided to make a Tuesday afternoon "outing" part of our schedules until school starts. We also got a chance to stop by monte Sano terrace after we got back from hiking. We went in and looked around at one of their split plans. It's really nice - you get your own entrance, storage closet, and bathroom while sharing the dining room, kitchen, and living room. Each side has a door to close it off and both bedrooms are just about the same size (BIG). Jessica and I wouldn't really have to see eachother if we didn't want to and we're both hardly ever home anyways. Basically, it's all the convenience of living by yourself, with the rent of a roommate. I tried really really hard to convince Jessica to move for the fall, but I think we'll wait until December or next summer. Ah well. ;-)

I'm really starting to look forward to Equinox. Jared has finally warmed up to the idea of going, so with Ben, Jessica, Jeff, Van, and I that makes six from Hunstville and I'm trying to convince Kimberly and Sonny to room with us in one of the 10-person cabins. We seriously need to work on garb and lighter, smaller weapons (and shields!!!), but I figure we can do some of that next weekend. This weekend Jared and Jessica are starting battle practice back up, so I'll try and join them if I'm back in town in time.

.:. Look at me! I'm a fox!
Monday, July 29, 2002 ~ 9:21 p.m.

"You are intelligent and highly curious, which sometimes makes people think that you are evil." See, I'm not really evil at all. You just think I am. ;-)

What fuzzy creature are you?

My headache from earlier today is finally dying down. For a while there, I wasn't at all certain that my skull wasn't going to spontaneously explode. Ewww, grey matter everywhere. So hard to get out of the carpets. But no, everything is survivable now, so it's back to playing around online. I threw together a new layout for my sister's blog today. I could have done a lot better given more time, but she likes it and that's what matters. It's my first successful attempt at playing with CSS, so I guess I can't complain too much. I'm still learning!

Practice was cut very short today due to the arrival of a monster rainstorm. I sat around Johnson for a while waiting for it die down and talking to Jessica, Jackie, and Monica. Jessica and I decided to go up and wander around Monte Sano tomorrow afternoon after I get off work. I figure I'll need the exercise and we'll get a chance to talk for a while.

*sigh* I have always kind of prided myself on being able to get a good feel for people from the first meeting. I can usually peg down what type of person someone is and how they'll act, whether they're fundamentally good, selfish, arrogant, generous, naive, or just plain bad. I very rarely meet people who fall under the category of 'bad,' but it has happened and I wasn't wrong. Given that, it makes no sense that I should be disappointed when people simply live up to my often low expectations, but I always am. For all my lack of faith in humanity in general, I still have the ability to be thoroughly disappointed when people screw up, which I suppose is a good thing. Maybe I'm not as cynical as I think I am? Regardless, this past weekend I was constantly biting my tongue and refusing to lecture people I knew wouldn't give a damn. There were so many people I wished I could just grab by the shoulders and shake until they figured out how to open their eyes and consider the impact of their actions on others. I simply cannot stand people who go through life totally unconcerned with those around them, and even worse are those who delight in the negative effect they have on others. *seethes* At least there are still those few people around me who somehow manage to restore my faith in humanity and serve to assure me that the human race does not need to be destroyed to make room for something less argumentative, like a nice fungus. Just when I start thinking that a nice nuclear winter would do this planet wonders, I'm reminded that there are at least a few people out there who actually are good and some who are worth everything. This is a good thing.....although I'm still convinced that birth control in the water is the way to go....

On a totally unrelated note, the OmniTaser Supreme would be very nice to have right about now. My roommates have friends over. Grr. I have never met a louder group in my life. I have my door shut and I can still hear every word spoken. Iím also willing to bet that they simply havenít realized that if they SHUT UP, the TV wonít need to be set on the highest volume setting it has. I'm also really craving chocolate ice cream. Mmm....ice cream.

Current Music: 'All Over You' - Live

.:. Finally!!!!!
Monday, July 29, 2002 ~ 09:15 a.m.

SERE is finally over! Not only was it the most successful regional event in the nation this year, but we also earned $2400 to split between Wolfhaven and Make-a-wish. The games all went really well and we had very few problems. The only security issue we had was when someone marched into the front lobby of the hotel with a gun and they weren't even one of ours. Just a disgruntled former employee who wanted his paycheck. I actually enjoyed both nights I played and I got to meet a lot of fun people, including several from the Nashville chapter. I just might get to play with them when I go home for Christmas. But for now, I'm just glad that this year-long headache is over!

Well Jen is finally home from Ireland, much to her dismay. ;-) The funny thing is that while she was there, she met Cliff, one of Jeff and Kat's old friends from high school. They were both in the same program, although she was taking classes and he was working as an intern, and they ended up on the same flight home. It's just amusing that out of the billions of people in the world, those two would happen to meet up, and on another continent no less! This world is just too small sometimes...

What stupid online quiz are you?

.:. *yawn*
Saturday, July 27, 2002 ~ 09:09 a.m.

Well, I had a lot of fun last night. My new character isn't quite as boring as I expected, despite the ciritcal flaw of being a Toreador. In fact, she has the potential to be very interesting to play, assuming no Justicar, Archons, Psions, or Princes take exception to her tonight. We've got the second Cam Game starting at 8 tonight and it could be that Huntsville will simply be wiped out or the entire Court eliminated. I doubt it, but it happened to Auburn only a few months ago. ;-) Fun stuff!!!

*sigh* I went to bed at 2 last night. My roommates (and one of their mothers) woke me up at 6:45 this morning, standing outside of my room talking, laughing, and yelling. On a Saturday. Then, when I asked them to be quiet, they talked louder. Perhaps I could have been politer after that. My response to the introduction, "Mom, this is Sarah, my other roommate. She's still asleep," was "It's 7AM on a Saturday! Of course I'm alseep!!!!" I believe I was irritated by the total lack of apology from any of them. This situation bothers me because I show them the courtesy of being quiet when I come in late at night and they refuse to extend the same to me. Not only that, but one of their mothers, someone who by all rights should know better, was the rudest of the three. I know for certain that my mother would never be so rude as to first wake up my roommates and then not apologize. I think another roommate meeting is in order...

Well, I don't have to be at SERE until 12:30 to give blood, so I think I'm going to go take a nap, now that Tameka and family have gone. I'll need to be awake tonight!

.:. *cheers*
Friday, July 26, 2002 ~ 10:47 a.m.

It's Friday!!!!! And it's payday!!! Whee! *dances around the room* Happiness! After I get out of work, it's off to work my 1:00 shift and mill around the Mage Game. I'll meander back to campus around 3:30 or so to goof off for a few hours (and find some food!), then get ready for tonight's Kindred Game. So far SERE is going really well. About 200 people checked in yesterday and Thursday is the SLOW day. We'll probably have more than that today! Everything is finally paid for, so now we can work on the charity stuff and we're actually going to meet our goal for the blood drive.

Work has been pretty good this week. I've finally caught up on almost all the extra work I'd had to put off when we had a couple bigger projects come through. I also finally found a good radio station (The Z out of Washington D.C.), which has helped to keep the boredom at bay. Unfortunately, it's once again freezing cold in my office and my fingers and toes have gone numb. I've started bringing sweatshirts to wear while I'm back here, but that doesn't do much for the hands.

EB, sorry I missed you last night. I didn't get in until later than I expected. I'll try and call you sometime Sunday. Hope everything is going well with finals coming up. *hug*

Is it just me, or is this a dead muskrat on James Traficant's head? One should never attempt to use road kill, so matter how artfully arranged, as a hairpiece....

Current Music: 'Sedated' - The Ramones

.:. All kinds of regional events.....
Thursday, July 25, 2002 ~ 11:10 p.m.

Well, as of tonight, SERE 2002 is in full swing. The Sabbat Venue played at 7, but I skipped out in between shifts for Jared's birthday party. Jessica did a huge amount of work, cleaning the apartment and cooking mashed potatoes and fried chicken all day for dinner. She also found him a very nice, non-girly chocolate cake. The required ice fight was less brutal than last time and the alcohol flowed freely. All in all, a good party. I, unfortantly, had to return to work the last desk shift for SERE, but I'm sure the insanity continues in my absence.

Got home and decided to run for a bit. I always get kind of stressed out at Cam events because everyone's so touchy-feely. I'm not used to affectionate friends and having people constantly around, always hugging and whatnot can make me exceedingly nervous. The occasionaly threats I throw out to discourage the people I don't particuarly like seem to be effective, but I have to repeat them often. I love my friends, but I can feel somewhat overwhelmed at times, so it was good to run for a while and be alone....and out of reach. Sheesh, Cammies. ;-)

Woo hoo! Just found out that Jared and Jessica are both going to Equinox too! Whee. So let's see....Jared, Jessica, Jeff, Van, Ben, Kimberly, Sonny, and I so far. *grin* Now this is going to be a fun year. Now I just need to see about better garb...

.:. Kill it before it gets into the wiring!!! ^@^
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 ~ 10:18 p.m.

Three roaches just walked of my room carrying my TV, VCR, and the toaster. I'd chase them down to get my stuff back, but I'm pretty sure at least one of them outmasses me by at least twice again my weight and the whole six legs thing gives them a distinct advantage. Not to mention that those are some UGLY ass bugs.

We apparently are developing a serious roach problem. I'm pretty sure the bastards hitchiked in on our new/old fridge. See, our fridge died so we finally got them to replace it. It wasn't until they were already up here that we realized the replacement was the old fridge that died last year. Apparently it's fixed now, but it picked up some uninvited guests. Roaches with a serious attitude problem. Time for Raid and a lightsaber.

Anyways, it may only be 10 PM, but I'm tired. So it's off to bed to read my wonderful Honor Harrington book. Wow, David Weber is the god of sci-fi.

Current Music: 'Beautiful Day' - U2