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Tuesday, January 29, 2002
I registered for Simucon today!

On the way to work, the radio station I was listening to played Good Morning Beautiful, followed by Margaritaville. What a great way to wake up! And Animal Planet has been playing the episodes of Emergency Vets with Dr. Andy! My VCR is ready and waiting.
posted by Crystal 4:14 PM

Monday, January 28, 2002

Its time to re-evaluate your life when you are torn between watching the premiere of the new real world/road rules challenge on MTV, or a show about Vegas showgirls on E!.
posted by Crystal 8:31 PM

In regards to my poor dead shark, still trapped beneath the undergravel filter:

I meant to say "Oh, we can get him out after I eat!"

Instead, I said "Oh, we can eat him after I get him out!"

I am sorry, Rocky.
posted by Crystal 1:55 PM

Sunday, January 27, 2002

I really wish there was an international hand signal for "Nice turn signal,buddy!".

I got to work about 11 this morning, and Lou wasn't there. I opened the freezer and yup, sure enough, we were out of cookie dough. I hope we get some in tomorrow, I really need the hours! Having no work to do today, I went to wal-mart to say hi to mom. I was on my way back to the restroom when an older man walked past me, obviously in a hurry to get there. I almost laughed out loud when he walked straight into the women's restroom door!! Knowing I would crack up if I walked in, I hung out by the shoes for a minute, and he didnt come out!! Oh, too funny.

And, in sad news, my shark Rocky died last night. Rest in peace, litte fish stick.
posted by Crystal 12:28 PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

I decided a trip to the library was a necessity this afternoon, and the beautiful weather made driving with my truck windows rolled down quite an occasion. I had a list in my notebook of around 25 books I want to read, and our faithful library had three of them. I ended up getting Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (The Man), and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. The clouds came out while I was in the library, dropping the temperature by about five degrees. Not yet ready to go home, I drove down to the lake and settled on one of the docks with Jitterbug Perfume, and just enjoyed the atmosphere of both scenery and book.

A small group of bugs who had somehow chosen my head as the temporary center of their society accompanied me on my way back to the truck, which was amusing because I had just been reading about a character with bees always swarming around his head. There was an electric energy to the air as I drove home, the feel of impending rain, which came slowly, assaulting my windshield in dime-sized splatters. Right now there is a marvelous pre-storm going on outside, with the occasional rumble of thunder or faraway flash of lightning, as iff the rain is still discussing its game plan. Ah, they seem to have all the details ironed out now, here they come. What a perfect day.
posted by Crystal 4:19 PM

I love how sometimes things just fall into place when you least expect it! I'm in the best mood today. First, its 71 degrees outside! There was snow yesterday, and now its t-shirt weather. This has been one of the strangest winters weather-wise that I can recall in a long time. Next, Im happy because in a mere 24 minutes, the Travel Channel will have Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (DAK Lodge) on "Great Hotels". My VCR is ready, baby! I wish they would show the Poly or the Wilderness Lodge, but DAK Lodge is in my top 5 favorites, so it will be really great to see it again!

My third (main!) reason for being happy was that Rich called out of nowhere last night to say he would be able to come visit after all! After a few hours of bouncing off the walls, I settled down enough for us to look up airfares and decide on dates. Its tentativly looking like he will be here the 31st through the 8th- Just over a week from now!!! I am unbelievably happy and excited.

Of course, all things come in ballance. There's a possibility I might get laid off from work for a few weeks because things are so slow lately. If I can get unemployment, that will be fantastic, but I'm not positive if I can due to the conditions I left Dixie under. Cross your figners! Also, dad got his tests run yesterday, so we will find out by Friday what's up. I'm pretty confident that he doesn't have cancer, but I want to be prepared for any news that we get.
posted by Crystal 1:45 PM

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

I am elated! Because I decided to read Martha's blogathon archives over at Bluelikethat, I came across the new URL of Really Big Words! I have missed it so!!

There are 9 days left of January. I am determined to get things turned around before February shows its face.
posted by Crystal 5:52 PM

Sunday, January 20, 2002

This week's Friday Five isnt all that interresting, but I shall do it anyway.

1. What do you have your browser start page set to? Its blank
2. What are your favorite news sites? I hardly ever read news online.. if there's anything good, Rich emails it to me.
3. Favorite search engine? google or dogpile
4. When did you first get online? Wow, WAY back in the day.. I was about 14, so I guess it was around 96?. I got one of those 200-free AOL hour disks. However, I didnt realize at the time that I was being charged for long distance, as I had no local # at that time, and ended up with a $400 phone bill. And it was then that I first found myself in debt... the trend has continued ever since!

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Working, working working! Seeing that Im posting this on Sunday afternoon, that kind of spoils this question! Yesterday I skipped work because I was snowed in, and instead watched Vegas week on the travel channel, and Sabrina, with Humphry Bogart and Audrey Hepburn (If I ever get a female betta, I shall name her Audrey, and let her mate with Bogart. They would have lovely babies!) Today I worked, and am now home online, with plans to clean the bathroom! Woo!
posted by Crystal 2:38 PM

Snow snow, go away,
Come again....umm.. some day in mid-August when its 90* out and you would actually be interresting to have around!

My front yard is starting to resemble a swamp. The ground is so incredibly supersaturated that I fear my truck is going to sink all the way in, and I wont be able to find it in the morning. When I arrived at work this morning, the parking lot was solid ice, and so I had to sort of slide into my parking spot. Now there's something they dont teach you in drivers ed! Well, I never took drivers ed, so I dont know, but you get the point. I decided I wasnt leaving work until at least one, or when the parking lot was halfway decent. I ended up staying until 1:30, and the parking lot could still have doubled for an ice skating rink. Therefore, I spent part of my time there writing something to post when I got home:

I'm writing this in a notebook at work, curled up in my favorite chair in the guest room, watching the snow melt. I refuse to go home today until the parking lot is melted. I told Lou not to be surprised if he found me sleeping in the guest bedroom in the morning when he gets here. Well, if I were going to stay here, I'd stay in the Master bedroom, but that's beside the point. I wish I had brought my camera today- I could get some amazing shots of the snow.

A song was on the radio earlier that started "Weatherman said it might hit 95", which made me really miss summer! I adore sunshine and warmth. I miss laying on my back porch reading. I'm so excited that I will actually get to enjoy this summer- not having to work nights is such a blessing. Take the 4th of July, for example. At Dixie, I'd be working from noon to 10pm, and then two 12-hour days that weekend. Here I will be out by three, plenty of time to go to lunch or barbecue with family or friends, and then celebrate that night. I wont have to miss seeing the horse show at the county fair because of work, and I'll be abel to enjoy going riding late in the afternoon/early evening instead of having to get up at the buttcrack of dawn just to be able to ride without passing out from heat exhaustion. There were days last year that we would return from our rides which we had embarked on at 8am, to find the thermometer by the barn to read 100 to 110 degrees. It would be great to live somewhere that was 70-90 degrees year round, with perhaps one week of cold in the winter with one good snow. That would be fantastic.

I really need to go down to storage once the weather clears up a little bit to find the books for my vet course- I'm falling way behind. Well, I still have an entire year before the deadline to complete it, but I prefer to finish early. Im considering taking a travel agent or wedding planner course, either while I finish this one or after it. I love to plan things, evident by the hours that go into planning my vacations, so either of those would be great. Want to know how obsessive I have become in vacation planning? I now have a 3-ring binder in which I take notes in if there is a program on the Travel channel about somewhere I would like to visit. I'm also adding folders so that I can keep the brochurs and info I recieve in there too. I am the Vacation Queen! (Heh, I just typoed that as Vatican Queen!)

I'm working on an About Me page, but I cant stand the idea of just doing the normal questions on that, so ocme up with some interresting questions you would like for me to answer, and either email them, or leave me a comment. I'm also adding a section listing what I've read so far this year, what I'm in the middle of reading, and books that I'm planning on reading next. There is also a wishlist coming soon of books & movies I want, more for my benifit than yours.

In case you are at all curious, the fabulous Rich is uploading around a million of my vacation photos for me, so those will be up as soon as I can organize them.

So, now that I'm home, Im hoping to put some of my energy towards de-cluttering my half of the house, I cant stand having all this stuff around anymore.

Oh, and Sinatra isnt doing very well, so send some good fishy vibes his way!

posted by Crystal 2:11 PM

Thursday, January 17, 2002

Wow, am I the only one that didn't know that the lady who used to be in the Old Navy commericals with the big glasses (She was also a Vogue editor etc) died in November? Maybe thats why they switched to those annoying "You gotta get this look!" commericals. That makes me worry what is in the future of Wendys advertising now.

It snowed about half an inch earlier, so keep your fingers crossed that I can get to work tomorrow- I need the hours like crazy!

Today after work, just for the fun of it, I tried on a wedding dress. Even though it was a size too small and wouldnt zip all the way, I was the most meautiful bride- ever! ;) Seriously, gals, when you're having one of those "favorite jeans wont zip!" days, go try on an insanely expensive wedding dress. You will look damn cute, and feel much, much better.
posted by Crystal 5:40 PM

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

“I smell like bug spray, I’m drinking a flat soda, and I’m still happy!” Melissa, Real World New Orleans

This immediately brought my mind, oddly enough to how it feels at the end of a really good long trail ride—exhausted, dusty, a bit sore, often a bit scratched up, and nothing could feel better than just sitting down on a bale of hay with a soda and reflecting. I miss that so much. I wish I lived on a few hundred acres where I could go out on all day rides- there’s such a sense of beauty and accomplishment behind that that I’ve been lacking lately. I miss sitting outside the barn with Jill cleaning our tack after a good ride, and then going in the house for a huge dinner and four hour games of monopoly.

I think the reason I want to vacation so much is that I know that here, home, is my comfort zone, and I need to step outside that as much as I can to grow as a person, and essentially, to be happy.

In a way, I hate how the world works- that I have to stay within the confines of the everyday norm, working to pay off bills, to ever have a hope of getting to experience the things I want to, but in a way, the value of those experiences would be sort of stripped away if it was a constant thing with no down time, and I didn’t have to work to get there.

There are so many places in this world that I want to see, to experience, to understand. I want to be able to look back on my life, and not feel that I missed out on anything. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines.

posted by Crystal 4:31 PM

Yeah, I got sick of that purple design pretty fast, and with everything so grey and dreary here, something that felt alive was nice to return to.

Also, I added a Cast List page.. see that nice link over there? I rearranged the links a little too.
posted by Crystal 1:13 AM

If my heart had wings,
I would fly to you,
And lie beside you as you dream,
If my heart had wings

Sometimes, life is tough.
posted by Crystal 12:17 AM

Monday, January 14, 2002

Ok, I think I figured out how to fix the archive issue, but its still not showing up right.
posted by Crystal 2:54 AM

Grrr. Tonight I started out trying to make my archives a bit neater, just organizing by month, but with the way blogger sets them up, I'm not sure I can do that. Then I went to the CSS page, and tried to play around with a 3-column design, with no luck. Then I went to Kel's page to see how she had it set up, and it wasnt working (Oh, by the way, Kel.. your page isnt working!). I give up for tonight!

Sleep now.
posted by Crystal 2:47 AM

Sunday, January 13, 2002

I saw the oddest thing while driving home from work; This car was tied to a jeep with some thick yellow rope, and the jeep was, I suppose, pulling it. There was a guy sitting in the car steering... I suppose this is what happens when you are too cheap (or broke!) to call a tow truck.

I got a new fish today! He is red and purple, and his name is Bernard Mickey Wrangle, aka "The Woodpecker". I like him a lot.

According to the Sex & The City Quiz, I'm 60% Carrie, 30% Charlotte, and 10% Miranda.
"Your answers peg you as a Carrie-type, much influenced by the Air Sign qualities associated with Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Like confident Carrie, a sex columnist, you're curious and perceptive, always seeking answers and never satisfied with the superficial. An Air Sign influence can lead to indecision and an avoidance of tough issues, like with Carrie and her on-again, off-again attachment to Mr. Big. Forward-thinking, incredibly intelligent and witty, you just exude quirky charm. You'd be utterly bored by someone who's just a pretty face or hot body -- though you don't mind looking and flirting! You're more turned on by an equally smart and funny mate, someone who challenges your mind and makes you laugh. You love to talk, so you need a good listener who's open to playful and eccentric ideas about love and lovemaking."
posted by Crystal 1:21 PM

Saturday, January 12, 2002

The Friday Five:
1. What was your first job? I worked in a pie/sandwich/ice cream shop. I got lots of muscles in my right arm from ice cream scooping, and learned the fine art of milkshake making. I spent a lot of time combining flavors that nature would never put together. I was 14 and got paid $4.15/hr, baby. Eventually I ended up also working at the little concession stand at the same little park thingey, and it was then that I learned the joys of making funnel cakes outdoors in the summer. I now despise funnel cakes, although I can make a damn good one. I cant believe I was working 12-hour days when I was so little.
2. How old were you when you had your first kiss? You really, really don't want to know.
3. What was your first car? What happened to it? A lovely white 95 Mustang coupe named Sally. I hope to get her sister soon. Sadly, Sally began to shake when I hit 55. Then she started making noises constantly, then blew a head gasket, then started making more noises. I finally had to let the girl go. I miss her dearly.
4. What was your first concert- Seeing the area I live in, I honestly cant remember.
5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Work, work, and a little more working. I do, however, plan to accomplish much reading and cookie eating at work, so life isnt half bad.

posted by Crystal 3:31 PM

"History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme"-Mark Twain

Today at work I started reading Blue Highways by Least Heat Moon, which was reccommended by him, who I have a healthy infatuation with to begin with, but even more when he reccommends good books too. Anyway, reading about all this driving around made me want to drive around somewhere, so around noon I decided to go look at some cars I had heard about over in Branson West. I got there, and low and behold, they had 2 red mustang convertibles with tan (camel-colored?) tops. Yummy! One was well within my price range, so I sat down to talk financing. The guy went off to check my credit, and I was actually a bit disturbed when less than 5 minutes later he came back with a computer print out that listed all my credit cards and how much I owed on them. Even I dont know this! (Then again, when the credit card bill comes, I kinda close my eyes and pray and just hand it to mom with a check and postage) It will be a while before I decide what I want to do, because I take a long time to make big decisions. Hell, I take a long time to make small decisions. I am well known for watching the tank for half an hour before picking out a 27-cent goldfish at Wal-Mart, but ya know what? My fish dont die.

Oh, and go take Kelly's poll about orange juice prefrences. Sadly, Screwdriver is not a choice.
posted by Crystal 3:20 PM

Friday, January 11, 2002

Yeah, its been a while, sorry.

I must start off by sharing these shoes from I am in awe of their cooless, how much I need them in my closet, although I would never, ever wear them out of the house, simply because I could never, ever walk in them.

Today I spent some time at copykat recipes, and got a bunch of nifty recipes that I want to print out and put in a 3-ring binder. Going off what I saved, Rich and I will live off appetizers and desserts, unless he learns to cook.

Yesterday was an odd day work-wise. When I got there, Lou told me that due to things being so slow, I was gonna be laid off for 2 weeks. Needless to say, I was bummed. Then, at around 7pm, he calls me and says to come to work the next day. Mmmmkay, now Im not laid off. I live in a crazy town.

I went by the car place today, and my precious convertible was gone. There's another one about 6 miles away though, so I'm gonna go check it out tomorrow.

Humm, anything else note-worthy? I got some new books at the library, which I will most likely fly through since I'm working alone for the next 2 days, so I'll be spending like 5 hours straight reading. I love my job!
posted by Crystal 8:23 PM

Monday, January 07, 2002

I am starting to worry about surviving on the lovely trip to Eurpoe Kel and I are planning for next summer (2003). Am I worried about dying in a plane crash? Nah. Terrorist attacks? Nope. Falling off the Eiffel Tower? Nope again. What concerns me is that I shall die from a)starvation or b)being violently kicked by restaurant managers when I laugh my ass off at their menu.
Example 1, from This lovely restaurant in London's dessert menu: Spotted Dick: Not what you might be thinking! A steamed suet sponge with sultanas.-£3.25

Example 2, from this restaurant in Bern: Senatoren-Röschti : a cow-, Kalbs- and a porc fillet from the grill, decorate with bacon, porc-, Kalbswürsten and chippolatas, served with a senf-sauce

Example 3, from same restaurant as 2-Tessiner-Röschti: two filets of porc with cuts of tomatoes from the grill, decorate with cuts of raw ham and some egg

I'm all for eating the local cuisine, but I think I'll pass on the "raw ham and some egg", thanks. :)

posted by Crystal 1:54 PM

Friday, January 04, 2002

Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of graphic to stick on here? its just...lacking.
posted by Crystal 5:20 PM

Yes, redesign. I gave in to the whole "Everybody's doing it!" thing. Im not quite satisfied yet, but this shall remain for now. See that little comment link? Use it.
posted by Crystal 4:44 PM

Thursday, January 03, 2002

Today I went to a car lot, just planning to browse. The car guy asked me what I was looking for, and I said I had no idea. He then led me over to the exact car I have wanted since I was 14: a red 95 Mustang convertible with a black top. He had me drive it. I am in love. It brought back great memories of my first car, a 95 mustang. I want it. I am not being at all rational. I am pushing aside the memory of all the mechanical problems I had with my car, and how much it sucks in rain, and being sucked in by the whole red convertible thing.

I want this car. I would name it Kermit and kiss it every night before bed.

I am madly in love with this car. It says "Yeah, Im purple, but I could kick your ass!"

posted by Crystal 11:51 PM

Does anyone know of any websites like that finds cars in your area? Autotrader is telling me that there are no 97-2000 Eagle Talons within 100 miles of me. It lies. Please, let me know of any other sites.
posted by Crystal 2:35 PM

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

I think I've captured the true essence of Kel here.

And of myself

And, I think we should all be superheros. Like, with our own half hour on prime time Friday nights.

posted by Crystal 10:07 PM

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

I've decided I want to go to Hawaii. Can anyone link me to some good sites for info?

Also, inspired by NaNoWriMo, I'm writing a crappy novel this month. 50,000 words in 30 days. So far, I'm ahead of schedule by 100 words. Lets see if I can keep it up!

Oh, and does anyone know the URL of that website with recipes from all the major chain restaurants? I cant remember, dammit

You know, next year, I will get as excited about Christmas coming as she did. *I* want to cheer "Three days till Christmas!" with an excitement I havent had in years. I think I'll make a lovely list of things to do next year to put me in the Christmas spirit. And maybe, by then, I'll have local friends with which to do them
posted by Crystal 11:52 PM

My beverage matches my outfit. I kick ass.

posted by Crystal 9:44 PM

I think that my computer has a really, really sick sense of humor. It sits here quite unassumingly, you see, but its plotting all the while. Its thinking "I'll just wait until she's typed around 500 words and she's almost ready to post, and then! Right then when she least expects it, I'm just gonna freeze up and make her lose it all! ALL I say! Muahahahah!". My computer sounds a bit like Edgar Allen Poe. Well, getting back to the point, lets see if I can remember a bit about what I just typed.

Dad came home from the hospital yesterday, and although he is still sleeping a lot, he's doing a lot better. With all the family gone and dad home, life is starting to get back to normal. And for once, normal feels good.

Ever since we moved, every day as I'm driving to and from work, a cute little car has watched me pass, begging me to come save it from the car lot and take it home with me. Yesterday I finally stopped to say hello to it, and I must admit, I'm quite smitten. I really miss driving a sports car, and I'm really considering trading in my truck. Next to the car that caught my attention, a green Eclipse Spyder Convertible was a red Eagle Talon, that was almost as cute, and $4000 less. This is when I got to thinking: If I were to get this car, I wouldn't have to make truck payments anymore. I like this idea. Tomorrow I shall go a test-drivin.

It still feels really good to be away from Dixie. As a somewhat direct result of thinking about what I'm leaving behind, I've been enjoying my cookie job more. How can you not love a job where you spend your boss's lunch break dancing around the kitchen, singing "I Want You To Want Me" into a spatula. ("Magic Carpet Rides" on the oriental rug in the hallway are a lot of fun when the floor has just been waxed, too)

Link of the day: I've only read a few days of it so far, so I'm not sure if its Crystal's Link Section Worthy yet, but we shall see.

A public service announcement to women everywhere: Losing weight is hazardous to your bank account. For as long as I can remember, if I were to go to whatever clothing store and take 10 items into the dressing room, I would be lucky to find one that I actually ended up wanting. They always look so much better on the rack. Now, however, if I take 10 items into the dressing room, I want 8 of them. And worse? I end up getting about 5. I have spent more on clothes in the past month than in the 11 months that came before it this year. But you know what? I look good, and its worth every ounce of credit card debt :)
posted by Crystal 7:38 PM

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