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footfootfoot 10-14-2008 09:08 PM

I still have almost 3/4 of a tank of oil and we haven't had to turn the heat on yet. The insulation is NICE.

ZenGum 10-15-2008 05:31 AM

Technological victory!

I have bought a couple of adaptor plugs, and now my mobile phone/radio/mp3 player can plug straight into my new speakers, AND now four (rather than two) of the five satellite speakers are functioning (2-channel stereo not 4/5 channel surround, but it's something).

Now, about that TV plug....

Shawnee123 10-15-2008 08:10 AM

How did I miss the LJ and SG video all this time? It was wonderful!

Shawnee123 10-15-2008 08:24 AM

Got my converter box. I didn't know that Obama is black! Seriously, CBS was so mangled that you had to squint, and the colors didn't come out. Why didn't anyone tell me he's black? ;)

Came into work this morning and the receptionist gave me a Creepy Pop.

Had a posty note from a former student worker. He stopped to say hi and left me a note...he's been graduated for a couple years now. Nice kid. It made me feel good to get a little "how ya been" note from him.

It's the little things! Dana had said this earlier this week, and she's right: the little things mean a lot.

sweetwater 10-15-2008 08:30 AM

New dog is arriving (late) today, he should be a nice companion for the present pup. Long-time friend is flying with him so I'll have company for a week, too. Hooray for old friends and new dogs!

glatt 10-15-2008 08:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 493872)
Came into work this morning and the receptionist gave me a Creepy Pop.

Is that like a Wet Willie? Doesn't sound like something you would want.

Shawnee123 10-15-2008 09:01 AM

:D It's a Jolly Rancher holiday themed sucker, sucka!

footfootfoot 10-15-2008 09:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 493872)
...and she's right: the little things mean a lot.

It's true; all my girlfriends have told me that...

Shawnee123 10-15-2008 09:03 AM

Width is more important than length. Even with Creepy Pops. :lol:

Sundae 10-15-2008 09:40 AM

I knew someone with a creepy Pop.
I didn't like going round there.

dar512 10-15-2008 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 493872)
Had a posty note from a former student worker. He stopped to say hi and left me a note...he's been graduated for a couple years now. Nice kid. It made me feel good to get a little "how ya been" note from him.

He wants you. Just sayin'.

Shawnee123 10-15-2008 11:53 AM

Now I'm really laughing. Pssst...

psst...he doesn't like girls, not in that way.

DanaC 10-15-2008 05:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sundae Girl (Post 493899)
I knew someone with a creepy Pop.
I didn't like going round there.

lol.

That reminds me of a song from Nathan Barley (did you ever watch that SG?)

"Bad, to have a bad uncle"

DanaC 10-15-2008 05:20 PM

I just watched Heroes. I am lovin this season! Really picked it up and threw it somewhere I wasn't expecting.
Hi. I'm the panic and clamour, currently locked behind a door marked "do not enter until morning"
Oh, and *does the happy dance* It's only the third debate tonight! Oh yes. I think so. I got it all planned out. Gonna have my bath and go to bed and study/read til 2 am and then watch the debate on my little portable upstairs. It's a bit of a wavy picture, but I don't mind. There's something kind of nice about watching stuff on a crackly little portable late at night. Like stepping back into my bedroom as a kid...
At some point I'll be let out again and we can dance around the topic of how badly this dissertation could potentially, possibly, probably, almost certainly...go? *squeaks*
Of course that kid would recoil in dismay and confusion at what I plan to watch tonight and would much rather be watching some blood curdling Hammer horror. So I'll leave her where she is in 1982 and get back to where I was...where was I? Oh sorry yes...

There's so much stuff. So many fucking words, all lined up in rank, on rank, on field, on plain, far on into the horizon
In bed watching the debate in the small hours of the morning, with a steaming mug of Horlicks and some honey on toast.
This Catherine wheel of ideas has to stop soon, will there be anything left? Winnowed down to a worthwhile something, or just scatterd worthless husks?
I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow [who's Dawn?] so I can be a little frivolous. I must must make mysel go straight to sleep after the debate and not to fight sleep if I start to go halfway through.
It's all too much. The dissertations on the library system are sooo good. Any second now someone's going to cotton on to just how much I wing it...just how many lucky breaks gointo the marks...
So...yeah...'s all pretty groovy really.

Sundae 10-17-2008 04:53 AM

I has a ticket
Quote:

Jeremy Dyson, co-writer & co-creator of The League of Gentlemen, kicks off our Halloween all-nighter with a live performance from cult band “Crème Brulee” and their hit Voodoo Lady, a spooky ghost story and a quartet of voodoo movies plus the League of Gentlemen’s Christmas Special on the big screen! With caffeine on constant supply, and a breakfast fit for a zombie for all those who survive the night! Dress code: ‘Halloween’.

//THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL// (15)
Starring: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
UK 2000 / 60 mins
A trio of horrifying tales from the residents of Roysten Vasey as they prepare for Christmas Day.

//I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE// (PG)
Director Jacques Tourneur
Starring Tom Conway, Frances Dee, James Ellison
USA 1943 / 65 mins
From cult producer Val Lewton comes this terrifying tale of a nurse drawn into a world of voodoo when she moves to the West Indies.

//NIGHT OF THE EAGLE// (12)
Director Sidney Hayers
Starring Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston
UK 1962 / 83 mins
A professor discovers his wife is a practising witch but after forcing her to destroy her charms, he is drawn into a battle of witchcraft.

//THE BELIEVERS// (15)
Director John Schlesinger
Starring Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Harley Cross
USA 1987 / 114 mins
Written by a pre-X-Files Mark Frost, //The Believers// stars Martin Sheen as a psychiatrist who finds that a voodoo cult wants to sacrifice his child.

//SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM//
Director Bob Kelljan
Starring William Marshall, Pam Grier, Don Mitchell
USA 1973 / 91 mins
Stirred by African voodoo, Blacula rises from the grave to kill again in this classic Blaxploitation horror sequel!

Shawnee123 10-17-2008 01:54 PM

ONE MORE HOUR.

HungLikeJesus 10-17-2008 02:04 PM

How long now?

Treasenuak 10-17-2008 04:49 PM

HA! The job offer in Hawaii has gotten BETTER (from $13/hr to $20/hr) and I have extra time here in the states before I go to get things wrapped up/see all my friends one last time (again) before we leave. YAY!!

Pie 10-17-2008 07:27 PM

Good on you, Treas!
So, when can I come visit you in HI? :)

Clodfobble 10-17-2008 09:57 PM

Wow, $13 to $20 is a hell of a lot better! Congrats!

Razzmatazz13 10-17-2008 10:06 PM

Just got back from the most wonderful night, awesome date with my amazing boyfriend. :) We just passed nine months together, and he still makes me feel special.

I like him lots ....I think I'll keep him :D

classicman 10-17-2008 10:38 PM

Good for you Razz!

Treasenuak 10-17-2008 11:30 PM

Thank you, Pie and Clod! I will be in Hawaii right around Halloween... so given time to settle in and actually get some furniture, you can come down for Thanksgiving, Pie... that'll be my daughter's birthday too :D

ZenGum 10-18-2008 07:59 AM

A good day:
I pruned and sprayed the roses, tidied the garden, bought groceries, and went furniture shopping. I got a queen-sized bed, very strong and solid in excellent condition, for $350, a Queen Anne style wardrobe (that excellently matches the dressing table I got for free from my landlady) which wants a little repair for $100, a groovy-chunky old desk for $150, with a $40 bookcase and nice but paint-stained carpet, the latter two thrown in for free, all delivered. :D
Assembling the bed was a bit of an exercise, especially because my el cheapo toolkit doesn't have a 17mm spanner, and the 17mm socket wouldn't reach all the way down the bolt to the nut. But it is done now. :)
Now I just need a mattress.
and a desk chair.
and a dining suite.
and some tables and lamps and stuff.
and bedding, a big carpet, some plants, a bunch more kitchen stuff, a home theater system ...

And ... Shawnee is FREE! What are the odds she posts here drunk?

limey 10-18-2008 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanaC (Post 494022)
I just watched Heroes. I am lovin this season! Really picked it up and threw it somewhere I wasn't expecting.
Hi. I'm the panic and clamour, currently locked behind a door marked "do not enter until morning"
Oh, and *does the happy dance* It's only the third debate tonight! Oh yes. I think so. I got it all planned out. Gonna have my bath and go to bed and study/read til 2 am and then watch the debate on my little portable upstairs. It's a bit of a wavy picture, but I don't mind. There's something kind of nice about watching stuff on a crackly little portable late at night. Like stepping back into my bedroom as a kid...
At some point I'll be let out again and we can dance around the topic of how badly this dissertation could potentially, possibly, probably, almost certainly...go? *squeaks*
Of course that kid would recoil in dismay and confusion at what I plan to watch tonight and would much rather be watching some blood curdling Hammer horror. So I'll leave her where she is in 1982 and get back to where I was...where was I? Oh sorry yes...

There's so much stuff. So many fucking words, all lined up in rank, on rank, on field, on plain, far on into the horizon
In bed watching the debate in the small hours of the morning, with a steaming mug of Horlicks and some honey on toast.
This Catherine wheel of ideas has to stop soon, will there be anything left? Winnowed down to a worthwhile something, or just scatterd worthless husks?
I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow [who's Dawn?] so I can be a little frivolous. I must must make mysel go straight to sleep after the debate and not to fight sleep if I start to go halfway through.
It's all too much. The dissertations on the library system are sooo good. Any second now someone's going to cotton on to just how much I wing it...just how many lucky breaks gointo the marks...
So...yeah...'s all pretty groovy really.

Dana - STOP PROCRARSE-TINATING!

Sundae 10-20-2008 04:40 AM

Okay - hot on the heels of booking my night of horror with Jeremy Dyson, it turns out I am seeing another two members of The League this week.

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have written a new series for the BBC called Psychoville (the name given to The League of Gentlemen's previous series when it was shown in Japan). It's filming at the moment. And they put a call out for extras to appear as a pantomime audience for a scene.

AND I HAVE A TICKET!
Not only do I get to see them (they'll be there even if they are not in that clip) but I'm actually helping them out. And doing some acting. In a sitting down kind of way.

I am so excited, I feel like a champagne bottle which has been shaeken up. Although that might be acid reflux. Honestly, I've been sitting here with my hands over my face just wriggling with delight. I've been so spoilt recently.

ZenGum 10-20-2008 05:20 AM

That's great Sundae! and :lol: at acid reflux!

Dana, I promise you, almost every one in academia feels that way ... I'm winging it, I'll be exposed any day now... relax. By the time you're done, you'll know more about your particular fields than almost everyone.

Sundae 10-21-2008 06:32 AM

Lovely, lovely
The temperature is lovely

It's technically on the cold side, at 17 (62.5) because the optimum working temp for offices is given at 18-20 (64.5-68) but I'm really happy. I have the front door closed, and the reception window closed, so I can't be accused of forcing anyone else to endure it - they can put the heater on if they want...

In fact it's my new desk clock that's making me happy. because I love being able to guage the temperature. They think I have a screwy internal thermostat - I know I'm quite accurate in that I'll feel the same at the same temperature.

Anyway, that's all, thnak you.

HungLikeJesus 10-21-2008 08:13 AM

I'm going to driving school today! That should be fun. We're using rental cars.

glatt 10-21-2008 08:17 AM

Cool. What kind of driving school?

I had a friend who went to a spy driving school. He learned how to run cars off the road, do those high speed reversing direction turns, and things like that.

glatt 10-21-2008 11:33 AM

Sunday night, before heading to bed, I watched a little of the local news. Top story was a little boy who was possibly abducted from a local supermarket while his grandfather was distracted. By the time of the broadcast, he had been missing for the entire day, and the police were very concerned, issuing an amber alert. There was a frost warning for that night, and and in addition to the dozens of officers, the police were adding helicopters with infrared cameras to help look for the boy.

The local news stories like this never have an impact on me, but as I nestled in under our warm down comforter in bed that night, I was thinking about that boy and hoping he was OK.

Well, as it turns out, only a short while after I went to bed, a guy in DC who had just turned off his news received a visit from his friend, accompanied by a woman he didn't know. The woman had this young boy with her who matched the description of the missing boy. The boy said a couple of times that the woman was not his mother. So the guy called the cops. The woman ran away before the cops got there, but she was caught the next day.

I just read about it in the paper this morning, and it was really nice to hear that the boy is fine and is back with his family, and the crazy stranger is in jail.

For once, the sensationalistic local news actually made things better. That never happens.

DanaC 10-21-2008 11:59 AM

Great news Glatt.

We had a similar case recently when a local lass went missing. She was missing for about three weeks or so I think. Massive police search operation. Nobody expected her to be found, let alone found alive. It was wonderful to then hear news reports that she'd been found :)

Shawnee123 10-21-2008 03:11 PM

Hi all!

Love it here...but I hate the beginnings of a new job. My training schedule is stretched out over 2 weeks, meeting with each person to describe their job, and I have a lot of down time in between with nothing to do. I know one day I'll be busy but right now I'm bored.

I have a cubie, but I also have a giant window and can see parts of the city from my office.

Hope all is well.

Vote Obama! ;)

glatt 10-21-2008 03:25 PM

Glad you have time for the Cellar, if only for a bit.

limey 10-21-2008 05:14 PM

I started a new job today, too, Shawnee. Is there anything you can be doing in the down-time? Learning who's who, what's what and where's where? Doing yourself diagrams of workflow or lines of responsibility? Drawing up Christmas card lists? Getting familiar with the in-house computer files/systems? Filing your nails? Mapping any good practices from your previous job (were there any?) to current situations? I'll be thinking of you tomorrow - think of me, too, hey?

Sundae 10-21-2008 06:30 PM

All my best wishes to Shawnee and Limey.
Good luck - at least you know your new companies have impeccable taste in recruitment.

DanaC 10-21-2008 07:01 PM

*Smiles* how exciting. Best of luck to both of you in your respective New Jobs :)

footfootfoot 10-21-2008 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 495969)

I have a cubie, but I also have a giant window and can see parts of the city from my office.

Which parts?

Griff 10-21-2008 08:10 PM

happy = snow flurries

Aliantha 10-21-2008 09:09 PM

Only two more sleeps till Dazza gets home!

lookout123 10-21-2008 09:10 PM

The tan line thread.

Shawnee123 10-22-2008 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by footfootfoot (Post 496049)
Which parts?


lol...actually I looked out the other day and thought I was looking at the interstate, and I thought "man, the interstate is like a parking lot." Turns out I was looking at an actual parking lot! It is the top of the parking garage. :blush:

Other than that it's just some buildings.

Me so crazy.

Finding my way around has been insane...it's much much bigger than my old place.

:)

Treasenuak 10-22-2008 10:53 AM

Happy... I get a little extra time in Tennessee, and will be getting dancing and fencing lessons for free; also, will be putting my seamstressing skills to work! Me so excited. I love sewing, and I like learning new skills. Not sure how fencing will be useful in a day-to-day work environment, but if I DO decide to get involved with the SCA ( www.sca.org ) then it will DEFINITELY be useful. WHEEEEEE!

HungLikeJesus 10-22-2008 11:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glatt (Post 495831)
Cool. What kind of driving school?

I had a friend who went to a spy driving school. He learned how to run cars off the road, do those high speed reversing direction turns, and things like that.

We spent hours on the track (well, a big parking lot at the local speedway) practicing slalom, high-speed lane changes, evasive maneuvers, braking while turning, etc.

It was a lot of fun, we burned up lots of gas and tires, and everyone was worn out by the end.

Aliantha 10-22-2008 05:54 PM

Dazza gets home tomorrow!

DanaC 10-22-2008 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aliantha (Post 496428)
Dazza gets home tomorrow!


yey! *smiles*

Aliantha 10-22-2008 06:02 PM

Yes very yey! lol It's been a month, and although vinnie (the vibrator) has been working hard, it's just not the same really. ;)

DanaC 10-22-2008 06:03 PM

So....we'll see you in a couple of days then eh? :P

Aliantha 10-22-2008 06:06 PM

You wont be seeing me till next week after tomorrow arvo. :)

Crimson Ghost 10-23-2008 01:08 AM

Today is my 15 wedding anniversary.

DanaC 10-23-2008 03:21 AM

Congratulations!!

Chocolatl 10-23-2008 07:57 AM

Congrats!

classicman 10-23-2008 09:05 AM

WTG - Good for both of you

Clodfobble 10-23-2008 12:06 PM

Hey, congratulations CG!

Cicero 10-23-2008 12:18 PM

Congrats!!! Woo-hoo! I wonder if anything "special" is planned. Oh I am so nosy..So, is there anything special planned?


:)

LabRat 10-23-2008 02:59 PM

A fresh haircut from the AVEDA salon. I love the way my hair smells right now. MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

dar512 10-23-2008 03:59 PM

Pictures?

SteveDallas 10-23-2008 04:04 PM

"Gee, your hair smells terrific."[/Olde Schoole commercial alert]

Sundae 10-23-2008 04:09 PM

I've shaken hands with one of my heroes and interacted with another one tonight.

My very detailed and slightly rambling report of the evening is here.

To say it made me happy is an understatement. I am smiling fit to split my lips.

glatt 10-23-2008 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveDallas (Post 496847)
"Gee, your hair smells terrific."[/Olde Schoole commercial alert]

"It's made with real beer, but don't drink it."


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