Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Know why Einstein's hair looks the way it does?

Because grey hair is whacked out hair!

Ever since I decided to NOT dye my hair anymore, I have discovered this rather disturbing fact. My grey hair is OUTTA CONTROL!!!!! I cannot tame it to save my soul, short of buzzing it all off, Britney Spears style (and I'm too chicken to do that).

It frizzes, flies all over, sticks out... I look like I stuck my finger in a light socket.

And I never could have guessed I had so MUCH of it! Damn, that's depressing.

My brown hair, which thank God I still have plenty of, is very fine. The grey hair that replaces it is a different texture. I think it's actually wavy (I was going to say kinky, but that would give the wrong impression, since that word doesn't seem to apply to hair these days).

And old Albert aside, why do men look so much better with grey hair? Is it because they're getting it cut so often? Is it their shampoo, hair dryer, or goop they put it in to keep it in place?

How can I learn to do that?

I do need a haircut though.

and why does YOUR hair look so good?

That's all from where I sit.



Monday, February 26, 2007

There are so many things I should be happy about

...but I'm not.

School's okay, in as that I think I am doing well. It's the worry that I'm not doing as well as I think I am.

My financial aid depends on whether I can maintain a certain GPA. I've never been the greatest student that ever graced a college campus, which is probably why I didn't go to any school until two years ago when I decided to go to broadcasting school. I did well there, but Rose State is a whole other animal. Maybe because I'm older and value the educational opportunities more. It bugs me that some of the younger students (ones who are just out of high school) blow off classes like it's no big deal. Perhaps their parents are paying their way, I don't know.

That doesn't mean that it's okay to squander mom and dad's money. Chances are those kids' parents scrimped and saved for years to send their kid to college. I know it would piss me off to know that my kid is doing that (he's not, because he's more of a scrooge than I ever was).

But, I am paying my own way thru school, with the help of financial aid. I intend to finish what I started back in January when I began classes. I am deadly serious about getting a degree. I've put it off long enough (more than twenty years as a matter of fact).

Blowing off my classes is NOT an option. It's tempting sometimes, then I get over it and pile my crap into the car and drive the mile and a half to school everyday. Once I get there, I'm fine.

It's my academic "past" that worries me. Like I said, I'm not the greatest student in the world. But, I am fairly intelligent, and know I can do well. Just took me a couple of decades to realize that though.

Something still nags at me though. I think I know what it is, and I don't think it has anything to do with school.

It might, I don't know.

That's all from where I sit.


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How to make an ex-boyfriend jealous without even trying

This has a lot to do with my voice mail and a little bit of (unintentional) payback.

Saon called me on Saturday while I was out running errands. He left a message implying that he was more than a little pissed off about something in my outgoing message.

Specifically, the word "we".

Part of the outgoing message says: "you have reached (phone number). We are not available to take your call..."

I recorded it that way on purpose. It's not meant to make anyone mad.

So I called Saon back and the first thing he asks me is "Who is we?"

I told him there is no we, that I recorded it that way on purpose. There is no other specific person that "we" refers to.

We chit chat for a minute or two, then he says he has to go, and that he'll call me back in half an hour.

I hang up, give him an hour, because I know he's not going to call back. Then I go out and finish my errands. If he calls back, he calls back.

Of course, he didn't call back, and that's just fine by me. Does he think I'm going to sit by the phone, or alter my plans for the day waiting for him? If he does think that, he's very much mistaken.

The funny thing is, I almost asked one of my two older sons, or one of my male friends, to record that message for me. That I know would have sent Saon into orbit if I had done that.

He's shacking up with some chick, so why in the hell is he all bent out shape over the word "we" in my outgoing message?

And that, dear readers, is how to make an ex-boyfriend jealous without really trying.

That's all from where I sit.


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Friday, February 23, 2007

Whew! I made it to Friday

My essay is done and my editing project is done! I can sleep this weekend knowing that I have nothing to worry about in regards to school.

Until Monday.

At long last, I heard about financial aid. I got a Pell grant and a Stafford loan. It's a nice chunk of change. Now I can get books and my tuition will get paid. Just more stuff to tote around. Perhaps one of those rolling backpacks will ease my back. The messenger bad I have now isn't bad though.

I need to get some Tylenol. Everything aches today.

was it something i said?

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, February 22, 2007

So much stuff, so little time

Or so it seems to me the last couple of weeks. Maybe this is the real college experience- tons of homework and little sleep.

Maybe I need that coffeemaker after all.

I may have no choice but to replace the windshield on the Beretta. It looks as though the cracks get bigger every day. Who knows if I'll even have a windshield when I go out to the car next. Better get on the horn to the insurance folks and see if my policy covers owner stupidity. After all, it was really stupid of me to open the hood on a windy day like we had last Friday.

A nap sounds really good right now, but I have so much other stuff to do. Maybe I can put a nap off long enough so that I actually fall asleep when I go to bed tonight.

It's so nice outside, I may just do my homework out there. Let me think on that a while.

Naaah. It's windy again. Don't need my English Comp essay blowing all over Del City. It's due tomorrow!

thanx for peeking

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

It feels like Monday

Yes, I know it's Wednesday already, and I feel like taking a nap.

I think I'm going to be busy for the rest of the week. When will I have time for other things that don't have anything whatsoever to do with school?

Probably May of '09. Possibly sooner. I really should talk to someone about that. How far towards that Associates did those 27 credits get me?

Right now, I have an essay due Friday, with all the revisions, outline, and notes. An editing project due Monday around noon-ish.

I need some sleep. I did not sleep well last night. I don't perform well when I'm tired.

I was sorely tempted to get up in the middle of the night, get in the car, drive to WalMart and get some Tylenol. In addition to not being able to sleep, I was hurtin' big time. Not even warm milk helped get me to sleep.

Wanna see some pictures? Go here!

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What part of "Don't call me in the middle of the night" didn't he understand?

If you had spoken to me around midnight, I wouldn't have been in such a great mood. For once, I fell right asleep after I went to bed.

Then Saon ruined it all.

Shortly before midnight, the phone rings. Thinking it might be family, I got out of bed and went into the living room to get the phone.

When I saw the number on caller ID, I didn't even bother to answer.

I told him the last time I spoke with him that because of my school schedule, I won't be taking calls at all hours of the day and night. I know that he's driving the cab now and all hours of the day and night are his working hours, but I need to get a lot of rest if I'm going to have a fighting chance of doing well in my classes.

He didn't leave a message either. So, if he's pissed that I didn't answer, too f'n bad.

Now, I'm all dragged out, everything hurts (or it seems like it does), and all I want to do when I get home is take a nap.

Unless someone happens to drop by... then I'll take a nap.

We finally did my birthday dinner on Saturday. I wanted to go to the Texas Roadhouse, but when we got there, there had been a fire in the restaurant, and they were closed for a while so they could clean up.

When asked my second choice, I just said Outback, for lack of anywhere else to go. And, off we went.

And it was very nice. Amalia gave me a bracelet she made with my name on it. Mom gave me money, and Daniel gave me a gift card from WalMart. Jeff had already bought me a TV. Tori and Dean were going to get me something else for the house. Probably a coffeemaker.

I could use a couch and a real bed, though. Even more than a coffeemaker.

I might be able to actually pay for my books and tuition soon. I finally got a copy of my 2005 return in the mail on Saturday, and I hotfooted it over to the Financial Aid office at school this morning. I should know something within two weeks.

Hell, I've waited all this time, two more weeks won't kill me.

Talk soon?

That's all from where I sit.


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Saturday, February 17, 2007

What the wind did yesterday (grrrr!)

(above) View from the inside

(below) View from the outside

This kinda ticks me off. And the whole trip to keep that appointment yesterday was all for naught.

That's all from where I sit.


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Friday, February 16, 2007

If it weren't for bad luck, baby, I'd have no luck at all...

From the Beretta's Being A Bitch Dept.:

I kept my appointment today (the one I postponed from last week), and the car overheated just as I got there. I was there for a while, so the car, I thought, had had a chance to cool off.


I got to the Sunnylane Exit on I-40 and she stalls out. Overheated again. Several people came over to assist me in getting the car out of the line of traffic and into the parking lot of a long closed and torn down gas station. I get out of the car to open the hood, put up the rod to hold it up, and the wind catches it and blows the hood back towards the windshield. This cracks the windshield and tears up one of the wipers.

Oh. Great.

So I drive her here to the public library, and she sits outside until I'm sure she's cooled off. So if that means I'm here for an hour or two (or three... who knows at this point), then so be it. It's B Week Friday, so I have no classes today anyway.

If this problem had happened in Edmond, I'd probably still be sitting wherever I stalled while people drive around me and don't even bother to help.

Now I know what Larry means by "snooty Edmond".

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Four day weekend... but I didn't need this sign to tell me that

I read the student handbook that stated that Feb. 19th was President's Day and that the campus would be closed. I guess some people needed a reminder.

So posted on the doors of each building was this sign:

That's all from where I sit.


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Um, what was that and why are alarms going off?

More earthquakes, I understand. Little ones, like a 1 point something. Car alarms were going off somewhere, but I was too sleepy to check it out.

By show of hands, who's sick of the frigid weather? (Stef raises hand high)

I was checking my stats yesterday, and noticed that someone from where my friend JC works in Massachusetts found my blog. JC being the only person I know who works there, I'm assuming it's him. I've had a link to one of his websites on MVL for about the entire time I've had it.

So hi there, JC! Hope you're not mad.

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

May you all get hearts and flowers and lots of lovin'!

So far, I got snow, courtesy of Mother Nature. I don't expect anything else today. I had my birthday already.

But, I like surprises. Good ones.

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Is that an... naaaah!

It's so cold out right now that the locks on the car were frozen. It supposedly snowed around 4am this morning. Of course, most folks were sleeping at that point. The result was bone chilling cold, wind, and car door locks being frozen. Nothing a key held under the hot water for a minute or two couldn't solve.

I felt so bleh when I got home from school yesterday that I took a nap as soon as I got in at about 3pm or so, and slept til nearly 8pm!

And, supposedly, there was an earthquake here yesterday. I was in class and I thought I felt something, but with Tinker Air Force Base nearby, I thought it was a sonic boom or something.

Nope. It registered a 3 on the Richter scale.

Compared to the 6 something quake the day after my dad's funeral in 1999, I guess I could be forgiven for thinking it was a sonic boom from Tinker.

(Thanx 4 peeking. Talk soon?)

That's all from where I sit.


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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Walkin' in L.A. (NOT!!)

Walking in Del City, yeah.

I decided that I'm slacking in the exercise department because I can drive my car to and from school, so I walked to the public library. I have about 1/2 an hour left, then I think I'll go home, because I think some people are coming over later.

At least, I hope they are.

Amalia told me last night that she has a present for me, and that she's bringing it over today. Her mom says, "Maybe".

I had this dream last night that Tori brought Joey over to my apartment for me to babysit, and Larry showed up about the same time. I told Larry he's lucky I can speak "Joe", so he could understand what the kid is trying to say.

Joey wished me a happy birthday last night, and I pretty much understood him. His mom thinks he might not be ready for pre-k in the fall (he'll be four on his next birthday at the end of March). It's a wait-n-see thing at this point.

And then there are Joey's allergies. That could be a whole post of its own. Start with the CT scan that he had to be sedated for, then didn't fall asleep for two and a half hours! That boy has fighting sleep down to an art. He even fights sedation for a medical test!

Back to the birthday thing: the people who should have known yesterday was my birthday didn't call or try to get in contact with me, nor did I expect them to. When I was dating Saon, I was happy he knew my birthday was in February. Ditto for Paul, my former landlord in Massachusetts. Jon didn't even attempt to call me.

Someone remembered, though. Thank you! It means a lot to me that you remembered. Wait til next month (insert mischievious grin here)!

That's all from where I sit.


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Friday, February 09, 2007

Put another candle on my birthday cake, I'm another year old(er) today


So far today, the Beretta is being a bitch, and I've had to postpone an appointment for today because I don't know right now if the car will make it there without doing something undesirable (like stranding me in a really bad area or something). I have to write my entire essay for English Comp this weekend, as it is due Monday. I may as just move into the Rose State library, because I'm going to spending a lot of time here this weekend.

Awww, c'mon, man... it's my birthday! Gimme a break, just this once. Any other time of the year, I wouldn't care. Just not this weekend.

It's not even 1pm yet, what else could possibly happen to me today.

Well, I did get out of my last class early, I guess that's good.

I have a little over a month to figure out how to get in 50 swats... hehehehe

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Those strange dreams did mean something...

but where and how is still to be determined. I think.

I did pass that quiz I was so worried about yesterday. By some miracle. It was a history quiz, and a lot of the questions were on the stuff we read and discussed in class. And some was because I remember it from high school!

Go me!

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I got up early to finish a class project...

and it took all of about 15 minutes to do. Now I wish I could go back to bed, because I am so not ready for the quiz in my 9:50am class. Yes, I studied for it, but I'm still not ready...

I've had the strangest dreams lately, and the "signs" I see when I'm awake are even more bizarre. They're interconnected to the same source. I hate when things like that happen, because it usually means there's going to be some change in my life, the results of which I may or may not agree with.

Or it could all stem from the fact that my birthday is Friday. To quote Garth Brooks: I'm much too young to feel this damn old.

And the week's only half over, and I still have so much more to do. Quizzes, papers, appointments, stuff I can put on my activities transcript. By Friday, I'll be an exhausted mess.

But I'll be right back in the thick of things by Monday morning, just you watch!

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Wait! Sulu is Hiro's father and Claire's real father is Nathan Petrelli?!

Yes, I am addicted to NBC's "Heroes". Totally.

Unfortunately, it comes on the same time as "24". I am so totally lost with "24".

"Heroes" is weird and strange and has people with special powers... oh yeah! And, it was created by the same guy who created "Crossing Jordan", another show I adore.

And "Studio 60" is getting interesting, too...

Back to the books, Stef! LOL

but surprise me anyway.

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, February 05, 2007

First B-week Friday: felt like Saturday

Even though I knew better, it still felt like it should have been Saturday.

I did go up to my mom's in Edmond on Friday, after I put some power steering fluid in the car. Once she steered better, I felt I could go anywhere, so that's what I did. I took I-40 and I-35 with few problems. Even the gas gauge seemed to work right, and I was pleased to see I still had about 3/4 of a tank of gas.

I showed up at Mom's, and as soon as I rang the doorbell (since I no longer had a key), I heard the phone ring. Mom got the call first, because she was expecting a call from her doctor.

Pinky was pleased to see me, and that set her tail a-wagging.

Jeff and I went over to the Goodwill store on 15th and Broadway and he bought the only TV they had. I also bought a lamp. Then we went back home and Mom wanted to go for Chinese. She actually wanted to go to a restaurant and sit. We went to the only Chinese place like that in Mom's neighborhood. I was a little disappointed. They had more stuff on their take out menu than they did on the eat in menu.

I ended up spending the night, and Mom and I went out to breakfast and grocery shopping before I went home.

I had some studying to do.

After I got home, I realized that I couldn't get the TV out of the back seat of my car by myself. It required flexibility skills that, at almost 43 years of age, I no longer possessed. So Daniel drove all the way out to "da hood" (aka, where I live, in his humble 23 year old opinion) and helped me out. I felt kinda foolish about that.

It seems to be my week for feeling foolish. And on it goes...

Four days and counting...

That's all from where I sit.


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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Stef's Horrorscope: Birthday week edition


Take care of your life's minor details today -- make room for major experiences.

Sometimes you have to break the rules for the greater good, but this is not one of those times. Even a natural-born rebel like you can see that this situation definitely calls for more law and order.

Stef here-- major experiences? Do I want to know what those are, as in "are they good?" or not, as in "OMG it's a disaster!"

That's all from where I sit.


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Studying, not Super Bowling

School trumps football. Besides, I'm not in the least interested in either of the teams playing in S(t)uper Bowl XLI. Da Bearz... nope. That is so 20+ years ago...

I could be inticed to watch the commercials and see Prince perform. But for the football game... naaaah! I have an English Comp paper due tomorrow, and a test to study for on Wednesday.

Although bowling (the kind that involves a heavy ball and pins) does sound rather fun. Maybe I'll try the "go bowling for my birthday" thing again.

I think Jon's older brother found my blog. According to Sitemeter, someone looking for me, by name, visited from the town in California where my ex brother in law lives. Hmmm...

Hey Cowboy-- talk soon? Thanx 4 peeking.

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, February 01, 2007

What IS it about this winter weather?

This is the kind of weather I'd expect in Boston. This time last year, it was quite warm, and so dry that there was a state wide burn ban.

So today, it's snowing. Yesterday, I had to chip the ice off my car before I could even leave the Rose State parking lot. Fortunately, someone took pity on me and helped me out.

I was kinda nervous this morning driving BabyDoll to school. I haven't driven her in this kind of weather since before I moved from Lawrence, MA in 2002. But everything went well and we got there with no trouble.

Tomorrow is supposed to be worse, with temps in the teens and twenties. I'm supposed to go up to Edmond tomorrow and see Mom, but if the roads are bad, she'd be the first one to tell me to stay home.

That reminds me, I need to go to the store and get groceries.

At least I have no classes tomorrow (it's "B" week Friday. Next week is "A" week and I'll have classes that Friday... on my birthday, no less!)


That's all from where I sit.


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stolen from myspace



Jolly Ranchers... i think they're kinda gross

Mountain Dew (my oldest kid drinks GALLONS of the stuff!)


"Pink Floyd: The Wall" One, you have to be stoned to see it; and two,
iti's the only movie I've ever asked for my money back at a movie
theatre (so you probably know how long ago that was LOL)

Keeping it up...

Those big rats you see in the sewers


Pigeons. Especially when you've just washed your car.


All in all, my kids were pretty well behaved...

Prejudice, ignorance, and hatred

People talking on cell phones (or some other activity that diverts
their full attention from the road.)

Saon was good at this: talking to people in the background who keep
sticking their nose into our conversations.

People on cell phones, and people who bring very young children, and
don't leave when the kids fuss.

Rude service

When they get your order wrong

Wrong numbers calling in the middle of the night

Discovering there is no more soap, shampoo, etc

Teenage girls in itty bitty bikinis trying to get some guys attention.
They get the attention all right, but probably not the kind they were
hoping for.

Those folks who bring a cartful of groceries to the 10 items or less line

Haven't been on a date in a while

the waiting

Taking out the trash. So I try to take it out as soon as the trash can is full.


Ignorance or prejudice.

That something else about has gone wrong. However, the car is 18 years
old, so nothing it doesn't do doesn't surprise me much

That's all from where I sit...