Archive for March, 2005

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A Mills Milestone

March 27, 2005

We’ve reached a small milestone here at the ol’ Mills farm house. All of the comics have been sorted, alphabatized and put in mumerical order and are now in the ‘comics closet.’

We’ve been working on this project since we moved in and it is so nice to finally have it done.

Now, we have to go through the discards and get them up on e-bay. Every little bit helps!

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P.S. To anyone who took my recomendation and watched ‘Alien Apocaplypse’ last night…I apologize. Sorry Bruce and Renee, I still love ya, but that was a real stinkeroo.

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Bruce Campbell Alert!

March 26, 2005

For all your Shemp Fans out there, Bruce’s new movie ‘Alien Apocalypse’ is premiering tonight on the Sci-Fi channel at 9:00 EST (8:00 CST).

For all of you who don’t know what a Shemp Fan is, or don’t know who Bruce Campbell is, tune in! Even if the movie is crap, Bruce is always great fun to watch.

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that Bruce’s co-star is Rene O’Connor, of Xena: Warrior Princess fame. Rene is another performer who is overlooked way too often.

And now, for your viewing pleasure:

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There aren’t many men out there that can make this outfit look good.

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Views of Maine

March 22, 2005

Four years ago, when Chris and I came to Maine for our honeymoon, I picked up a few postcards to send home to relatives and friends.

Well…they never quite made it. In fact, I found three of the following postcards in my glove compartment about a year ago. I tacked them on my bulletin board to remind me of our eventual goal. Now, I can share them with you to give more examples of why we wanted to live here.

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Aerial view of Augusta, the state capital.
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An aerial view of Belgrade Lakes. We live a few miles to the ‘right’ of this picture.
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Another view of Belgrade Lakes.
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A view of China Lake, which is close by.

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The Childish Mind is Contagious

March 18, 2005

I’ve been working at my new place of employment for three weeks now. I still don’t hate it, and I think this is the first time since I worked at the animal shelter that I didn’t hate my job after only a few days. I still loathe my pay rate, but I’m trying to get past it.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been around large groups of women. The room I work in holds as many people that worked in my last job total. (Did that make sense? I writing through a very bad headache.)

Anyway, I had forgotten how utterly stupid women can get when a child, or even a picture of a child, is suddenly present.

One of my co-worker’s phones was on the fritz. One of the tech people, a woman, came in to check it out. During this whole thing, she’s very professional, testing, fixing, etc. etc., getting the job done. But then — *gasp!* — she sees it — a picture of a child.

And her brain takes a flying leap. She rushes over to the desk and asks the woman sitting there about the picture. It’s her daughter. And the tech starts making actual baby talk at the freakin’ picture. ‘You’re so cuuuuuute!”

Made me want to gag.

I know I’m very much in the minority because I’m female and have no interest in children. It’s not that I just don’t want any, I really don’t have any interest in them unless they’re in my family. A few days ago, another co-worker (the same one with the broken phone, in fact) brought her sister who hauled her three year old and 2 month old along with her. All production stopped as the women in the office just had to go see them and gawk at them, like they were some sort of oddity.

Jesus, people, kids are everywhere. Get over it.

This fascination seems to stop once kids start thinking for themselves. I guess the majority of women only find mindless, character-less human beings interesting. Makes you wonder.

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Blizzard after blizzard after blizzard

March 10, 2005

A couple of months ago I remember complaining on this blog about a blizzard that passed us by and how ticked off I was about that. Well, I think the snow gods heard me.

The past two Tuesdays, we have been hit with snowfalls of 10 inches each. And the forecast for the the weekend? More snow, and it looks like a lot of it.

I’m not really complaining, because I still love the snow, but now that I have a job it can be a little bit of a nuisance – especially when the snow is over a foot deep and the driveway is impassible.

We’re fortunate that we have relatives that will plow our driveway, but they normally can’t get over to our house until after work. Last Tuesday, I got stuck twice in our driveway. This week, we woke up to find half the driveway plowed, so someone was up early. Thanks Dave!

Here are a few pictures of the scenery around the house right now.

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There are the trees in our back yard, covered with snow.
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A nice picture of the field behind our house and the woods beyond.
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Chris’ car. Good thing it’s not due back at the leasing office until April or May.
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The snowplow took out the mailbox, so this is where it spent its Wednesday.
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My attempt at an artistic picture. I thought it turned out kind of nice.
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This is my favorite picture I took. I was trying to do another one of those ‘artistic’ pictures and didn’t even notice China running in the background. This was one of those happy accidents. Doesn’t she look like she’s having a blast?

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Week One is Over

March 5, 2005

Well, my first week back on the job is over – and I’m not dreading week two.

Normally, at this point at a new job I’m wondering if I’ve made a mistake and how I can get out of it. I’m not feeling that way this time. No, the job’s not all that exciting (I haven’t even started training for my actual job yet) but the atmosphere there is so much better than what I’m used to.

The people who work there have all been very nice, cheerful and upbeat. The few customers that I have seen have been nice, patient and easy-going. I think I’ve landed in Bizarro World! I’m honestly more worried that I’m going to bring an unwanted cynicism with me when I really start getting settled in.

The company is the most organized place I’ve ever seen. Their systems make sense and aren’t arbitrary. They actually pay their employees for good ideas that are implemented. I’m actually getting real, honest-to-god training first before I start doing the actual job.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all peachy keen. I’m still rather insulted by the pay rate and the vacation time, and I don’t think they pay for any sick days whatsoever, but in general, it’s a much nicer place to work than what I’m used to.

Hopefully, this isn’t a fluke and will continue past the first week.

And if you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned who it is that I’m working for, that’s on purpose. My friends and family know, but I don’t think I should be telling the entire world.

On a related note, we had a nice dinner with the extended family last night. I had wondered if I would ever start feeling comfortable enough to start being myself around them and last night I started coming out of my shell a bit. I guess having a job helps a lot; I don’t feel so self-concious about it anymore.

Being employeed is nice on more levels than just the economic one.

In other news, I’ve found out that I’m not the only freak who liked Blair Witch 2! 🙂