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different area codes [Jun. 16th, 2005|02:05 am]
i often update when i'm about to go to new orleans. or do i just go to new orleans often?? no, no, because i don't update often, and i would if i went to new orleans often and updated when i was about to go to new orleans. joey's first official father's day might include a visit to the french quarter... or maybe breakfast at denny's with some of my extended family... or something. we'll think of something. :-)

the first tropical storm of the season came right over us on saturday, and we slept through it--in the middle of the afternoon.

school is going well, but i should really be working on homework right now, seeing as how i'm awake and i have an internet connection. last night, we may have had a loose cable that i never bothered checking, and this weekend, if i have anything it'll be dial-up on a slow computer--if i'm going to get any work done, now's the time to do it. but in other school news, my mom and i have decided to drive up for my on-campus session in pittsburgh! calling all friends: if your house is anywhere near the route from pensacola to pittsburgh that goes through sylva, submit your detour requests here! mapquest gives a route that goes up through nashville and columbus--we're considering taking that route on the way up, seeing as how it might be quicker. we'll take the sylva route on the way back. if you have any suggestions for us, i welcome them!
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(no subject) [Jun. 2nd, 2005|02:12 am]
that's ma baby.
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earl-igh in the morning [Mar. 24th, 2005|03:21 am]
so, here i am, trying to do my homework, and i'm not sure of what's keeping me from it, exactly. is it the slightly outdated version of internet explorer having trouble with command line searches in oclc??? or is it oclc and the late hour of the night??? is there something wrong with my computer??? it was working just two weeks ago when we had to do that dewey assignment... i've been trying, though, which is better than i did earlier today, when i was:

a) crocheting a hat for tori--it's cute and russian-looking! (but not fur.)
b) eating cheese wontons and kiwi at china star buffet while skipping class
c) kicking the asses of mac, clark, and andrew in tetris
d) playing that star wars game and occasionally winning
e) playing burnout 3
f) sleeping in, having a weird dream about walking uphill behind a lorry, then seeing it stall out and start rolling backwards towards me, then stepping out of the way and watching it roll slowly down
g) reading about making mosaics, planning bathroom floor
h) making yakisoba for lunch
i) writing long overdue thank you notes for silver ice cream scoops and food coupons

my choices go through j, which is one letter better than the fourth alphabet repetition in one of mac's sixty-some email addresses, if i remember correctly.

while waiting for the others to meet us at the chinese buffet, joey and i talked a bit about the schiavo situation. he and i have slightly different opinions, and i'd like to make a record here (that he is welcome to dispute if i misheard) of the fact that joey wants his feeding tube taken out. i, on the other hand, would rather keep my feeding tube if possible, on the off-chance of a miracle occurring. however, if i remain in a vegetative state for more than seven years, joey should feel free to marry some non-vegetative chick if he's so inclined. now that i'm dwelling on it some more (and probably thanks to the particular hour of the morning), i'm thinking, "okay, if i went to sleep tonight and didn't wake up for fifteen years or so.... why not make it a thousand so i can live in new new york with fry and leela and the gang! yeah! that's the ticket!"

the party will be in new orleans this weekend--to grandmother's house we go!

when i have more time, i'll post the books i've read so far this year. i'm at least halfway through the 2005 fifty book challenge, thanks to my young adult resources class! maybe when the semester's over... and speaking of the semester's looming end, i need to purchase my plane ticket to pittsburgh. i've been waffling over whether i should buy one or two--they're somewhat expensive, and the main reason for joey to go originally was to look at potential places to live if we were considering moving up there, but that seems to be out of the question, so now it might be prudent for me to go alone, but then i think about how hard it's going to be to leave tori, and i think, well, if i buy two tickets, at least joey will have a ticket in case i decide to take tori after all and i need him there to watch her while i'm in class, or, joey and i will have a fun little weekend together if she stays here (which really would be better for her, i think--no gross airports and no schedule flip-flops)... i think i'll just let joey decide (but we do have to buy the ticket(s) before we go to new orleans!).

anyway. goodnight!!! sweet dreams--of the future!!!!!
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de absentia? [Mar. 11th, 2005|07:46 pm]
it's been quite a while since i posted, and i don't suppose this post will have too much exciting information in it...

i'm still in graduate school--the online program through the university of pittsburgh--but i'm toying with the idea of fsu's online program; it would be great to save the money that i don't have!

joey and i are still planning on buying the house on guillemard street--i just wish they would finish it already. i mentioned to joey that i would like the contractor to subcontract the job to me, since there's no one else interested in doing it and i would be motivated to get it done, but he pointed out that i'm not licensed. it's true, i'm not! all this waiting could mean a transitional move back to strong st., but i'm determined that that wouldn't be a bad thing.

the library wants me back, but i'm not so sure they can have me. their employees are dropping like flies, so when i went in today to volunteer they offered to start paying me, but only if i work 25 hrs/wk, and i'm not so sure i can work that many hours and still nurse tori as much as i would like.

and tori is so wonderful! if you haven't been checking periodically, go to joey's website for the latest pictures--the pictures in the tori gallery are in chronological order, so go to the later pages for the most recent pictures.

and this will be the weekend for bad movies: i sneaked (snuck?) harold and kumar go to white castle into our blockbuster queue, and my mom and i have plans to see hitch tomorrow.

last but not least (and not that he'll be reading this, i guess, but), happy birthday to patrick!
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alright, an excuse to put song lyrics in my journal [Nov. 9th, 2004|10:37 pm]
stolen from smithra -- these are lyrics from the first 25 songs played on random from my library (well, from my top-rated list, so actually out of only 322 songs instead of 7244... and, well, that's just on my computer, so not including the stuff on the external...)--guess the songs and artists!!!

1) he was showing his love and that's how he hurt his hands
2) pack bags, call cabs, and hurry home to me
3) he said, it's all in your head, and i said, so's everything--but he didn't get it
4) somewhere between the soul and soft machine is where i find myself again
5) and i wait for the wailing when the wind is coming and my pain is blowing through another town
6) he loves children and of course they love him back
7) and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night
8) don't trust a bull's horn, a doberman's tooth, a runaway horse or me
9) i'm a little bit shy, you're easy on the eye, and at the slightest touch we're in love
10) why only yesterday i saw somebody on the street that was really shook
11) 'cause i'm feeling for her what she's feeling for me
12) you, to me, are sweet as roses in the morning
13) i've got no sense of direction, and i guess i've got no sense at all
14) you won't believe me, but i love you only
15) i held her close, but she faded in the night like a poem i meant to write
16) i've got a secret i've been hiding under my skin
17) stand in awe and watch him draw
18) god knows what all these new drugs do
19) if you don't like what i'm saying then won't you slap my face
20) and yes, i must react to claims of those who say that you are not all that
21) i've never been afraid of any deviation
22) i can't hear the echo of my footsteps or remember the sound of my own name
23) you walk along like a baby unborn, like a father unknown, like a pocket penniless
24) i know that you got a job, mrs. cheney, but your husband's heart problem's complicating
25) no matter how strong, i'm gonna take you down with one little stone

skipped listing "i always wanted to be a tenenbaum", "sparkplug minuet", "piranhas are a very tricky species", and "highway reprised" for lack of lyrics. ;-) i should really go through more of my library--too many songs from the same albums/artists!
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motherhood hasn't changed me much [Nov. 9th, 2004|03:53 pm]
[music |dreaming - loudon wainwright]


-- Personality Disorder Test - Take It! --

this catnap has gone on long enough--i know that diaper is dirty and if it wakes her up to change it, so be it! she won't have trouble falling asleep again, i'm sure, and maybe we can go for a walk in our new sling!!!
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(no subject) [Nov. 1st, 2004|01:46 pm]
yes, well, the off-spring has indeed ... off-sprung... pictures are at joey's website!!! she's two weeks old today and either really gassy or really hungry--so i could try to nurse her (which she would gladly do, if only for comfort) and possibly make the gassiness worse, or i could not nurse her and let my mom continue to carry her around and encourage her to kick her legs, ensuring that any extra energy she has will go into futile efforts to eliminate gas that isn't there when she actually needs more energy to GROW HER BRAIN.

she's a very smart girl.

i need to catch up in my classes! it's very difficult when you're either nursing or sleeping or wishing you could take a shower, but it must be done. or else they'll kick me out or something! still no word on departmental financial aid--i should know within a couple of weeks, at which point relocation planning can begin accordingly.

she's being so quiet... i think i'll get to work on my readings (or make sure she isn't smothering herself in a pillow or something...) so i can write this paper (it shouldn't be difficult! but then i'll have other assignments to catch up on, too...)
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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2004|05:15 pm]
[music |viva las vegas!]

26) the amber spyglass, by philip pullman
27) fahrenheit 451, by ray bradbury

not sure what to read next! working on jon stewart's lovely little textbook, but i don't think that one will count on my list.

still no baby! we're past a week overdue! and still no cable! we're only a day overdue there... but still!
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(no subject) [Oct. 4th, 2004|09:32 pm]
[music |carmen]

22) Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
23) American Fuji by Sara Backer
24) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
25) The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

and there were probably some others, too... i just can't remember anymore! so, clearly not worth reporting. i'm very much enjoying the trilogy by philip pullman (the third book is The Amber Spyglass and I started it today), called "his dark materials"---my transcription work is starting to interfere with my normal typing habits! are you seeing all these capital letters?? yeah! i don't like it! i can't help it!

and joey brought me ice cream! (we still don't have cable at home, so we're at work, eating his coworker's ice cream).

pensacola is recovering from ivan, quickly in some areas, not so quickly in others. but, we can pretend life is almost normal again here. next week will be busy at the library, though, when the new tenants of our meeting room (the housing department) start taking applications...

updates with more content, if i should post such things, might be found in the future at joey's website, since he made me an account and all... i might as well use it, right? and all our photos are there... and so on. or, sometimes i might still post here! we'll see. when we get cable back.
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my first hurricane was a good one [Sep. 17th, 2004|09:58 pm]
for those of you who were wondering, we're fine. hurricane ivan destroyed pensacola, but we will recover... in about two months (for utilities) and two years (for bridges and such). we weathered the storm in joey's parents' house (a "concrete fortress" by sugar's estimation) and there was very little damage to it--a few skylights broken over the pool and many shingles blown all over the yard. the water was over the boat dock, but all they lost was the weathervane! however, there were many trees--many beautiful old oak trees, a magnolia, a hickory across the street--down. the yard is buried under tree corpses and other debris. joey and i made it to our house over on bill(s) place the next day and were relieved to find that that house also fared well--all windows intact, very few shingles lost, and, surprisingly, no flooding (although the storm surge from bayou chico had water up to the first floor windows of houses only half a block away). the most debilitating thing for us will be the loss of utilities. no water, no power, no sewage, no gas in many places, no phone in many places, no cable in many places. conservative estimates for return of these important things: six weeks-two months. joey pointed out, however, that we are lucky in that we have two houses to go to--we'll just see who gets power and water (by far the more important of the two, really) back first! bridges were washed away! believe it! it's going to make getting around inconvenient, and it takes us off the interstate map for a bit (at least three weeks to get just one side of the bridge passable).

and i didn't have the baby!

we have a few pictures of the yard that joey will post ... someday, when we have power and such back. we haven't taken pictures at our house yet, but we will definitely show off a picture of the workshed behind our house--it's a perfect example of what i expected the house to look like when we drove up, and when the house was fine, all i could do was laugh at the disaster in the back yard!

we are in tallahassee mooching guxum water and power until we have to go back to work, basically, which will be no earlier than tuesday (based on when we'll have utilities at our various workplaces).
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