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Apr. 26th, 2009 06:00 pm
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state of the spiffikins )

I did manage to move all my files off my desktop drive and onto the TERABYTE external drive that I bought - sooo much room!! I cleaned up all the wires and plugs and organized them into some sort of order although it never lasts. I have to get rid of the desktop carcass - I keep hearing about "green spot" recycling centers so I'll need to look that up.

Went to the store today and picked up some more plants - every few years I get into a mood where I want plants around - bought some bigger pots and some soil and repotted them all - so now I have 5 eight-inch pots with some nice sized plants, and 4 six-inch pots with some smallers ones. I've put them all on the windowsills of my bedroom window and we'll see how that works. It's light in my room, but only the window really gets direct light in the afternoon. Looking at the plants, makes me happy - I hope I can keep them alive :)

Even though I'm swamped at work, I offered minions the option of doing a training class on SQL - they both jumped at it eagerly, so we're starting on Monday at 11am - we'll try to do 30-45 minutes of basic SQL - I find this quite hilarious, because I'm not sure how I became qualified to teach, but I know more than they do, so it's a place to start :)

housemate arriveth )

I need to start looking for flights for June - I'm going home for a few days to visit my mom. My brother is going home next week, and my uncle is visiting at the end of May some time. My mom asked me, very tentatively, "when were you planning on coming out?" When I said June, she was all "oh thank god". I guess she was concerned about having visitors *all* of May but didn't want to say "no don't come home" :)







Despite having to spend 7 hours yesterday working on stupid dead server and recovering, I did get some time off today, and feel slightly better than I did on Friday.

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Apr. 4th, 2009 06:01 pm
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i love you

we don't say it enough to the people that matter, when we have the opportunity.
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Feb. 11th, 2009 09:09 pm
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High School Meme )
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Jan. 20th, 2009 09:14 pm
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Hundred Things Meme
I got this from [livejournal.com profile] 1_mad_squirrel

The things in bold are the things I've done. If you want, copy it and change it to reflect your life.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain - a small one :)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France - disappointing, actually
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort - tried to - didn't have enough snow
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run - in elementary school
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David - NOT disappointing at all!
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted - well, a caricature done in sharpies
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies - well, Girl Guide cookies, in Canada
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar - not a fan!
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous - depends on your definition of "famous" - I've met musicians that I consider cool :)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day - I've read more than one book in one day
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Jan. 11th, 2009 09:22 pm
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37 things meme )
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Jan. 4th, 2009 12:50 pm
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Places I slept last year (2008) meme.


1. home
2. mom's house (a bunch of nights - did a lot of visiting this year)
3. Kamloops, BC (one night)
4. San Diego, CA (a bunch of nights - spent over a month in San Diego last year, all told)

Not terribly exciting :)
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Nov. 30th, 2008 07:26 pm
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stolen from angstpuppy!

meme )
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Oct. 24th, 2008 08:25 pm
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you are darkgreen
#006400

Your dominant hue is green. You're logical and steadfast, focused on figuring life out and doing what makes sense. You value being trusted because you know you're taking the time to figure things out and everyone should just follow you.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is slightly darker than most people's. You try to see things for what they are and face situations honestly. You'd rather get to the point than look for what's good.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
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meme questions

Oct. 1st, 2008 08:05 pm
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spiffikinsology )
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Feb. 14th, 2008 10:06 pm
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you are darkgreen
#006400

Your dominant hue is green. You're logical and steadfast, focused on figuring life out and doing what makes sense. You value being trusted because you know you're taking the time to figure things out and everyone should just follow you.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is slightly darker than most people's. You try to see things for what they are and face situations honestly. You'd rather get to the point than look for what's good.
the spacefem.com html color quiz


actually pretty spot-on...
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Apparently none of the candidates match very well with my views on the world. This does not surprise me, although it's notable that all of the democratic candidates really would be fairly interchangeable in terms of matching my views.

Not that I get to vote or anything...

presidential choice quiz )
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Dec. 31st, 2007 06:16 pm
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2007 year in review meme )

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Dec. 31st, 2007 02:18 pm
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Copied from [livejournal.com profile] junglemonkee

As well as responding here, please post links or acknowledgements to http://quakerclass.blogspot.com/2007/11/what-privilege-do-you-have.html.

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploshonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

If you post this list in your blog, please leave a comment in this post. To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the list into your blog, and then bold the items that are true for you. If you don't have a blog, feel free to post your responses in the comments.

# Father went to college

# Father finished college

# Mother went to college

# Mother finished college

# Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.

# Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers - I don't know what they mean by this?

# Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

# Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

# Were read children's books by a parent

# Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

# Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

# The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

# Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

# Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

# Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs

# Went to a private high school

# Went to summer camp

# Had a private tutor before you turned 18

# Family vacations involved staying at hotels

# Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 - I was the only girl - my brothers got hand-me-downs from the oldest brother

# Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

# There was original art in your house when you were a child

# Had a phone in your room before you turned 18

# You and your family lived in a single family house

# Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

# You had your own room as a child - for most of my childhood - my brothers shared for most of their childhood. When I moved to college, there were finally enough bedrooms that all 3 brothers had their own rooms.

# Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course - no such beast in Canada

# Had your own TV in your room in High School - we had one tv (controlled by my father) in the house, until I was 15, when we got a second tv for the 4 kids to share.

# Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College - I contributed to my Canadian RRSP when I worked one semested in college, to reduce my income tax.

# Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 - school-organized trip to Italy, and flew to visit my grandparents with my mom once, when my grandfather was ill.

# Went on a cruise with your family

# Went on more than one cruise with your family

# Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up - we did some of that, mostly through school though.

# You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - living in Canada, we have winter (although not as bad in Vancouver as other parts of Canada). We didn't have heat upstairs in the bedrooms/bathroom though - DAMN it was cold in the winter growing up...heat in the upstairs was electric baseboard heating and it was "too expensive" to run.
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I asked for a raise today. (yes, on a Sunday - I have been trying to find a good time for a couple of weeks now and we're just too busy on weekdays)

Had a good conversation with my boss - at the end of the discussion he thanked me for bringing up the topic.

I feel awfully grown up now.

also, a meme )
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Nov. 2nd, 2007 07:56 pm
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you are limegreen
#32CD32

Your dominant hue is green. You're logical and steadfast, focused on figuring life out and doing what makes sense. You value being trusted because you know you're taking the time to figure things out and everyone should just follow you.

Your saturation level is higher than average - You know what you want, but sometimes know not to tell everyone. You value accomplishments and know you can get the job done, so don't be afraid to run out and make things happen.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
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Sep. 30th, 2007 09:28 pm
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stolen from [livejournal.com profile] gramina

mind meme )
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