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11 May 2010 @ 05:55 pm
Wow, and my LJ page hasn't been deleted or died from lack of attention.  What nice low maintenance electrons.

Quick updates since *gulp* September!?!
-- That other house purchase fell through, but I found another house and am waiting for a few other paperwork items and a closing date to be scheduled.  Testing found lead paint, so that is delaying things just a bit.  It may be a bit of a dicey neighborhood for me...I'm a block from DreamHaven and rumors have it the bldg across the alley is going to be a library!  I'll never get anything done again, LOL.
-- Mandatory OT at work ended late March and I've been spending the 6 wks since just catching up on life and helping a friend and also my dad move to new abodes.  Way to recycle boxes, yay!
-- Went to OddCon in Madison a few weeks ago. It's always nice to see some of my friends and old haunts.  i'm looking forward to buying and reading rarelylynne 's book "Chicks Dig TimeLords" and get her to sign it at Convergence. (The dealer's room at OddCon ran out, so I opted to delay my purchase until July so it's one less book to move to the house. LOL)
-- I'm getting back into cross-stitching.  I have even decided that the border at the top of the wall in the bedroom of the house is going to be all XStitch projects, 10" or less in height.  Now I just have to come up with a good way to hang them that won't entail 5 dozen nail holes.  I welcome all suggestions and ideas as the best idea I've come up with so far is finding a some kind of plastic piece that would be folded over to hold them, but with no idea where or how to get one or have one made.

Enough boring you for now!  More pleas for ideas later.
19 September 2009 @ 11:07 pm
Quick update:
House purchase pending...waiting on bank final approval so can begin scheduling everything.

Working way too friggin' much. Mandatory OT at work, but I need the money anyway...see item #1.

My grandma just died.  Gotta deal w/ that for the next few days until all the resultant activities are done.

Other things:
I've been missing my Saturday afternoon D&D game due to work. 
I've been missing doing any gaming for the past couple months since the other game is on hiatus during Ren Fest.
The city is demanding a few things be done to the house before I move in and they may be more daunting than originally thought.
No end in sight yet for no more mandatory OT at work.
Current Mood: stressedstressed
02 July 2009 @ 10:02 am

21 June 2009 @ 08:47 am
I know it's been a while since I posted.  I feel like my life is a lot of SSDD most of the time.

This week, however, I took a big step to an even larger change...I submitted my first ever offer on a house to call my own.  Of course, like many things, it wasn't as nerve-wracking as I had dreaded.  Had some good and possibly not as good outcomes.
--Good:  I heard back within 36 hrs that someone else had bid higher than me
--Good:  I might have been getting myself in too far over my head with this particular As-Is property.
--Possibly Not-so-Good:  I'm getting discouraged at what's in my price range in the areas I'm interested in and am beginning to wonder if I will have to wind up with a longer-term money sinkhole instead of merely a fixer-upper.
--Possibly Not-so-good:  I had to sign the exclusive representation agreement with the RE Agents I had been using so far, and just at a time when I was considering looking for someone else because I felt they weren't being attentive enough to my situation (two properties that I was interested in and really wanted to see had been on and off the market, each in a week, before they even returned one of my emails).  Now I'm stuck with them until October 1st.  But I've learned they are more attentive to voicemails than emails, so I guess I will have to communicate with them more that way.  I also have the feeling that now that they have my dad's house listed on the market again they may be more attentive to me so he won't get unhappy with them.

As with most things, only time will tell.
Current Location: Joe's place
Current Mood: uncomfortableTrepidatious
Current Music: His dishwasher
20 January 2009 @ 11:11 pm
Obama halts all regulations pending review

5 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.

The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by new White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. The notice of the action was contained in the first press release sent out by Obama's White House, and it came from deputy press secretary Bill Burton.

The waning days of former President Bush's administration featured much debate over what rules and regulations he would seek to enact before he left office.
Current Location: Joe's
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
27 December 2008 @ 11:41 am
Interesting a capella version of the 12 Days...

21 December 2008 @ 06:16 pm
Happy Holidays
To everyone on my Flist!

May all your travels be safe.
Current Location: My apt
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
02 October 2008 @ 08:19 pm
I'm not huge into impressing my ideas onto others without invitation, so I won't be considering buying one of these, but I would love to find out how many of these sell in the next few months...

12 September 2008 @ 05:40 am
Others have this, too, but I took it from rosencrantz319

Your results:
You are Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard
Deanna Troi
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Geordi LaForge
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Beverly Crusher
Mr. Scott
Will Riker
Mr. Sulu
A lover of Shakespeare and other
fine literature. You have a decisive mind
and a firm hand in dealing with others.

Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character are you?" quiz...

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Current Mood: indifferentindifferent
11 August 2008 @ 02:56 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people and objects invisible.


In this 2003 photo, Tokyo University students use space-age material to make this student appear see-through.


Researchers have demonstrated for the first time they were able to cloak three-dimensional objects using artificially engineered materials that redirect light around the objects.

Previously, they only have been able to cloak very thin two-dimensional objects.

The findings, by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are to be released later this week in the journals Nature and Science.

The new work moves scientists a step closer to hiding people and objects from visible light, which could have broad applications, including military ones.

People can see objects because they scatter the light that strikes them, reflecting some of it back to the eye. 

Cloaking uses materials, known as metamaterials, to deflect radar, light or other waves around an object.

Metamaterials are mixtures of metal and circuit board materials such as ceramic, Teflon or fibre composite. 
Current Mood: dorky