Archive for May, 2012

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So I write virtually every day for a month, and then I go half a month without writing at all. I suppose I need a challenge every month just to keep me blogging.

Not a lot has happened. I had a really nice, but all too short, trip to Galveston with the incomparable Izzybella. I did get sunburned, but not nearly as bad as I feared would happen. I did use sunscreen, Mom, but I got the spray kind, and it was very breezy. My very blotchy burn attested to the fact that it stuck in some spots and got blown off in other spots. And we got knocked over by a massive wave, and I got a mouthful of really disgusting tasting Galveston sea water. Bletch. And we had delicious queso flameado at a Mexican restaurant in honour of Cinco de Mayo.

Other than that, it’s been business as usual. Get up as late as possible and still get to work on time. Work. Meander around after work. See a movie or read. I’ve seen the Avengers movie twice, and would love to see it another dozen times. I also have a list of other movies I’d like to see, given time and money.

I figured out how to get our house paid off in 5 years. And the car in less than 2 years. I want to be debt free. Totally debt free. It’s crazy–we can pay our house off in the 21 years remaining on our loan, and pay as much, literally, in interest as we currently owe in principal. Or we can pay it off in 5 years and pay a little 1/5th the amount of interest. Let’s see–keep the payment as it is and pay around $55,000 in interest, or triple the payment for 5 years and pay only $11,000 in interest. That’s really a no-brainer, as long as we can afford to do so. I also figured it out for my car, and it’s the same kind of story. I’ve got a credit card I want to get paid off, and it will take around a year, then all the money I’m socking onto that can go onto the car, which will take another year or so, and then the rest will go to the house. So actually I think we can get the house paid off in closer to 3 or 4 years. I keep remembering something I heard somewhere about smart people don’t pay interest, they earn it.

Along those lines, I’ve been filling my dalek bank with all my one dollar bills, all my change, and the occasional higher bill. Joe tells me whenever I want to go shopping, go home and put $10 in my bank. lol  He also kindly and generously stuffs it as well. I’ve got around $330 right now. When I get it up to $1K, I’m going to open a short term CD and start saving again. Then when the CD renews after 11 months, I can add whatever I’ve accumulated in that time period, and keep on going. It’s not a lot–the interest I’d earn on that $1000 the first 11 months would be a very tiny amount, but I suppose if I keep adding to it every year, it’ll start going somewhere. And then once all of the debts are paid off, perhaps I can dabble in making some investments that will potentially reap more benefits.

Changing the subject: I’m in love with maxi dresses. I got one last summer, and was fearful that they’d be out of style this summer. Fortunately, far from it. They’re even more in style than they were last summer, and I’ve added another couple to my wardrobe. They are so comfortable, flattering, and cool. I’m hoping to snare a couple more from Ross (my normal shopping home, although I did get a very cute one from Target last weekend). I figure with 5 or 6 maxi dresses, I can rotate them through the week. Nobody would really care if I wore the same 5 or 6 dresses all summer, would they?  Besides, as long as I’m wearing maxi dresses and not going to the beach/pool, I don’t have to shave my legs.

I’m very tired today. I had a headache much of the weekend, and then yesterday went to see Avengers again right after work, and Joe was wound up when we got home, so I didn’t get to sleep early enough and then I had ghastly nightmares. Actually, I’ve been having ghastly nightmares all week. One night I was dreaming about rats (and I have a HUGE phobia when it comes to rodents) (Mom if you’re reading this, don’t you dare!!!). And then I was dreaming about a friend who passed away years ago. And last night I was having nightmares regarding my house.

Construction continues on the house. They’ve put the new roof on, and I think it’s very pretty.  Unlike the normal very low pitched roofs in our neighbourhood, it’s a steeper angle, but it has to be in order to accommodate the HVAC. It’s also going to give us more insulation, as well as some storage space in the attic. That’ll come in handy, since we’re losing some closets and got rid of our junky shed that had been in the back yard, steadily deteriorating, since we first bought the house.

And the writing continues apace.  I’m trying to get at least a little bit written most days. I stole a cooking experiment my husband conducted in the early days when we were first dating, and assigned it to one of our characters. I’m very pleased with how that scene turned out.

So that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. What’s up with you?

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My doctor changed the dosage of one of my meds, and something strange and wonderful is happening. I’m happy again! Of course, I don’t know how much to attribute to the  med change (which I do believe helps) and how much to the fact that our house is actually under way, but it feels bizarre and wonderful to be happy again.

Tomorrow I am meeting the head contractor at the house to review the floor plan. It’s going to be loverly. Instead of the coat closet that was to the right of the front door, there will be a nook with a bench or something, so people can sit down and take off their shoes. Then where the fireplace was there will be French doors leading into the den. The washer and dryer both will be in the back of the den with closet doors or something shutting them from view.  Then where there was a wall between the kitchen and the living room, there will now be a pass-through so it will be a lot more open. Where the washing machine used to live there will be a small pantry. Where the hall closet used to live, we’ll have a shower stall connected to the half bathroom. I think everything else will be pretty  much the same. Oh, and we’ll have tile flooring in the kitchen/dining area and the bathrooms, laminate flooring in the living room and hall, and carpeting in the bedrooms & den.

When they began the demolition, the contractor told me that there was no insulation in the walls, and only 6″ in the attic. He said we’ll definitely notice a huge difference in our electric bills. I can believe him–I remember putting my hand on the bedroom wall in the winter, and having it be just ice cold. And those old single paned windows have gone by-by!

Going to the house is a little surreal for me. I always thought it would look larger and more open after they’d ripped the walls out, but it was actually just the opposite. It looks so much smaller to me now. They should have the framing finished up shortly. They told us it would be 2 months before they were finished. I confess I’ve spent some time wondering today whether it will really be 2 months, or whether they’re following one of my favourite practices: under promising and over delivering. Either way, I am so excited to see what it will look like once it’s all finished.

What else can I tell you about? The incomparable Izzybella and I are going to Galveston this weekend. She has a work commitment in Houston on Sunday, hence the need for her to go. But I am in serious need of a little getaway, hence the need for me to go. We’re going tomorrow, and will be home Sunday evening, just in time for me to get to bed and get ready for work on Monday morning. I’m looking forward to swimming, body surfing, sunning, and strolling the Strand. And we agreed to fit in a movie (maybe two) as well. And pedicures are definitely in order. Emmylou only has to stay at the kennel for one night, though, because Joe is coming home on Saturday. Yay!

Okay, so something bizarre happened today. Well, it didn’t happen, per se, as much–well, I don’t even know how to describe it so I’m just going to tell you. I stopped at Half Price Books after work to sell a couple of books. Whilst standing in line to get my meagre $10, I noticed the woman in line ahead of me had two TARDIS books. You know how much I love the Doctor. So I asked her where she found them, and she was so nice–she took me back and showed me where they were. So I got one for myself, which means instead of leaving with $10 I left with $1.36. Anyway, I noticed that she left her companion (an older woman–a mother? aunt? grandmother?) with her child in the cart so she could get the car so her companion wouldn’t have to walk so far in the heat. Because yes, it was hella hot today. And I was helping her companion get the cart out the door when she pulled up, and I thought I heard her call her son “Tribble.” Now how cool a nickname is Tribble? So I already know she likes the Doctor and Star Trek. And I thought, this is someone I could like. But I didn’t get her name, and didn’t want to stop and be weird and stuff. But as I was leaving, I noticed she had a Mary Kay sign on her car with her name on it. So I wrote her name down and went about my business (going to Voldemart to buy road trip munchies and sunscreen). And when I got home and did a google search, I found her on facebook. So I sent her a private message. Which probably sounds weird and stalkerish. And I’m obviously feeling very funny about it, and hoping I didn’t just completely squick her out, but what info I did see on her FB page, I feel even more confident that we could be good friends. So I’m asking you: if you got a facebook message from someone you just had a brief encounter with (like what I just described), would you respond or would you be ready to get a restraining order? I’m not going to pester her anymore if she doesn’t respond. I mean, that would not be a nice thing to do, and I’m normally a nice person.

I’m a little buzzed right now. Anticipation for my trip? Too much sugar? The need for some sleep? Dunno. Anyway, I’ll end this post here and now. I probably won’t be back online until Sunday night or Monday after work, so if anyone reading this plays Words With Friends with me, don’t be alarmed if the games resign themselves. If they do, I’ll try to start new games with you once I’m back home.

Enjoy your lovely weekends, and tell me I’m not being weird and stalkerish. I am weird, but you know what I mean. Bisous!

Oops–one last thought. Did I show you my car and my lunchbox? I don’t know which I think is cooler.

World, meet Alix. Alix, meet world.

My super geekarific lunch box.

And if I can’t remember from one day to the next, and I did actually post these yesterday, then please forgive me for my momentary lapse of memory, and tell me how cool my lunchbox is. And I know that picture on the far right side of my lunchbox looks like a topless woman, but it’s Wonder Woman, and she does have a top on. Not much of one, granted, but it is there.

Okay. Now I’m really finished. Bonne nuit!

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So remember the whole Z pack thing from yesterday?  I woke up sounding like a ribbetty frog, and was all snotty and hoarse and coughy and headachey today. I was one cranky puss, lemme tell ya.  The hoarseness wore off after a while, although I’m still coughy and headachey. Gotta get better, though. I’m heading down to Galveston for the weekend with Izzybella and Amethyst!  It’s going to be an absolute blast. We will probably get sunburned. We’ll walk the Strand and buy souvenirs. We’ll go body surfing. We’ll eat good food. We’ll sing bad 80’s songs. Or else we’ll sing 80’s songs badly. Not sure which is worse. Either way, though, it’s going to be a rejuvenating weekend and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

Things are pretty good at work right now in the sense that my boss and her boss (who is my former boss–follow that?) made a very nice little presentation to me yesterday. They thanked me for all my hard work keeping things afloat while people were out for several months and I was carrying a heavy load. And they thanked me with money! I got a small little bonus incentive thingie that should be on my next paycheck and, I need hardly add, will be taken directly to the Coach outlet and spent in one fell swoop. It was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. You know how it is, when you just work yourself into the ground, and you barely lift your head above water. My boss has been back for a month now, and April was so much easier than Jan, Feb, and March. We actually were able to close out the month today, instead of a week or more into the new month. And we’re hard at work on our May stuff already.

I can’t remember if I told y’all, but I ended up not getting the promotion I’d applied for. And I wasn’t too upset about it. I mean, the money would have been nice, but I really prefer staying in my group. And then when I found out who got the job–well, heck, I’d have hired her for it myself! 

Then Amethyst and I have a project under wraps. We discussed it thoroughly over hummus and naan and other delicious Cosmic food Friday night. We are going to spend a few days together toward the end of this month, then spend the month of June working frantically, and hope to roll it out on July 1st!

Izzy and I continue to write, although I’m at a temporary standstill since my data is on my old laptop whilst I’m working from the new one. Once Joe gets home, he’ll get things squared away so I’ll have everything where I need it again. He’s cool that way.

Well, I’m going to sack out early, and I see that Emmylou already has sacked out. So I wish you all a lovely evening, and I’ll check in with you tomorrow! Bisous!

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