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One more week…

August 26, 2006

Next weekend over the holiday Chris, China and I are going camping. We had hoped to go more than once this year, but it’s been a pretty rough summer and we’ve only planned the one trip.

We set up the tent tonight to let it air out and to clean out the dirt that wasn’t shaken out last year. If you wonder why we didn’t do that last year, well, there were a few reasons why:

1: The new Harry Potter book was sitting on my kitchen island and that meant that no one was going to get me to do anything but sit on the couch and read all day

2: Our septic tank decided to go on the fritz and we had to deal with that. (However, it only took me away from my book for two hours tops – there’s not much to be done but call the guys to fix it).

Thinking back, that’s when the ‘bad year’ started. I mean, we haven’t had a smooth time of it since we moved to Maine but this past year has been pretty disheartning at times. Money, health, etc.

Things are looking up and that’s good and I’m hoping that this camping trip will serve as a symbolic end to the ‘bad year’ that we’ve had. I’m at a new position at my job that I like better than my last position; Chris is getting more work and we were able to get him a new (refurbished) machine really cheap that will lead to even more work that he can do.

So, if anyone’s reading out there send some ‘good year +’ vibes out to us as we get set to go on our end of summer camping trip (although we’re already having Fall temperatures – yippee!)

And now for your viewing pleasure, Sunrise on Sebec Lake, which is where we’ll be camping next weekend.

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The Health Gods Be Frownin’

August 17, 2006

As the title suggests, health issues have been rather – omnipresent this past month.

Chris started the month with gout. From what I could gather, this isn’t a comfortable condition. When I awoke one night to a yell and asked what was wrong, he said the sheet had touched his foot. Not the cat jumping on it (which did happen a few times, stupid cat) but a thin bed sheet.

So, that finally gets better but now here comes…kidney stones! They made their prescence known about 5:30 last night exclusively in Chris’ kidneys. He tried to tough it out (he had a doctor’s appointment just the next day) but we had to go to the ER where they gave him some nice drugs and he was feeling much better.

Today we saw the new Doc and she seems nice enough. At least, she wasn’t leaving the room every two seconds and she at least pretended to listen. We’ll have to wait and see if she really was listening.

And poor Miss Audrey (the foot jumping demon cat) has a lump on her chest. It’s a hard little knot and it’s not causing her any pain and she’s not acting any different. I’m not too worried about it, but we’re going to have it checked out just in case.

China was limping last month but we have that controlled with low dosages of aspirin.

I’ve had my own health problems as well but they’re of a more personal nature so I’m not going to go into them here.

It’s not been the healthiest of summers for any of us. We haven’t been able to do any of our day trips like we did last year and we’re really getting the cabin fever. The only ‘out’ that we have is our bi-weekly D&D games and Chris had to skip the last one because of health issues.

I’m still optimistic that things are going to turn around, believe it or not. We are determined to take better care of ourselves in all areas and this time, we have to or one of us is going to end up dead.

On a happier note, I now have 9 growing pumpkins, and two more that look like they’re going to take as well. I found a half-grown one tonight that I had somehow overlooked so there may be more hiding in that mess of vines.

I also have some kind of rodent in those vines, too. He hasn’t eaten any pumpkins (and if he does, he’s going to find me out there in the middle of the night with a sledgehammer) but he has eaten half a watermelon and two cucumbers. As long as he sticks to the (many, many) cucumbers, I won’t go off the deep end but I love my pumpkins and if he gets one of those, I’m taking no prisoners.

Still no tomatoes red enough to eat, but they’re getting close.

Two of my gladiolus plants have budded. Chris won that bet. Most of them have only sprouted leaves, though. I crowded them with too many wild flowers. Next year, they’ll get a section of their own.

Until next time (and with me, that might be NEXT summer. HAHAHAHAHA!)

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5 years and counting…

October 31, 2005

This past Saturday, Chris and I took a day trip down to Nashua, New Hampshire for a local comic book convention. It was smaller than I was used to and not nearly as crowded, but I enjoyed it – probably because it was less crowded. I do hope that it continues to grow, however, so that they can continue to hold it on an annual basis. The people who organized and ran it seemed very professional, helpful and it really seemed like they were having a good time.

The drive was about 6 hours round-trip. We brought a book on tape in case we got bored. However, we never did.

I know it’s only been five years, but I’ve known couples who run out of things to talk about after six months. It might sound mushy, but that car drive affirmed something that I’ve known since less than a month after I met Chris: I have never known anyone who understands me, stimulates me and allows me to be ‘me’ as much as Chris.

After college I pretty much dismissed the idea of a ‘soul mate’ – that there was one person out there for everyone. After these past five years, it’s hard for me to keep up with that belief. If there is such a thing as a soul mate, then Chris is mine.

I hope all of you have a safe and Happy Halloween and that you get lots of candy. Like I was just telling my sister-in-law who just stopped by with the nephew and niece – you can never have too much candy.

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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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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! 🙂

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Yahoo!

February 28, 2005

Well, I finally got a job. I had an interview this morning at 10:00 and at 12:30 I got the call saying I have the job.

The pay is low – very low – but hopefully we’ll be able to make do with it. The hardest part will be catching up with some overdue bills and what we owe the parents.

I start tomorrow at 8:00 with a day of orientation. So, of course, you know what that means, right? If you guessed ‘bad weather’ you are correct, sir! We’re supposed to get up to 10 inches of snow tonight. So, in addition to having to be there at 8:00, I have to get up and dig the freakin car out. Ugh!

Oh well, at least I’ll finally be earning a paycheck.

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A Glimmer of Hope, a Nice Drive and a New Page

February 26, 2005

As the title of this entry implies, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. I have a job interview on Monday with a local (very local – it’s about 4 blocks down the street) lumber company so keep your fingers crossed everybody!

Today, after taking our weekly visit to deposit our trash, we took a drive around the area. We haven’t really done that since we moved here and it was nice to get out for a while. China went with us, but I think she might have gotten a little naseous. She rode with us all over Florida, but that place was as flat as flat can be. The only ‘hills’ were overpasses. Here, there are plenty of hills and lots of bumpy roads from the frost heaves. Hee hee. I just like saying that ‘frost heaves.’ Sounds like the winter ice is gonna hurl.

I was also able to make some updates to my website today. I wanted to start a little ‘shrine’ section on my site with single dedication pages to my favorite persons, places or things. I started with Kyle MacLachlan, star of ‘Twin Peaks’ and appearing in the upcoming ‘Touch of Pink’ in which he plays Cary Grant. (rowr)

Toodles!

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This is NOT another Super Bowl post…or maybe it is

February 7, 2005

Man, I didn’t even watch the damn thing but I still feel like the Super Bowl has permeated my life. Everywhere I went online today it was Super Bowl this and Super Bowl that.

Thing was, all these fans of the Super Bowl – all they did was bitch. The commercials weren’t funny, there weren’t enough bare breasts, Paul McCartney is old. Geez, what is it with fans today? They can’t enjoy anything anymore.

Just for the record, I hate sports. The amount of money spent on sports – a form of entertainment that is the same thing over and over and over and over again – disgusts me. Sure, that player can throw the ball further than that other player, but you know what? They’re all doing the same thing – throwing balls. Whoopee!

Hmm, guess I’m feeling cynical today.

So, what did I do on Sunday afternoon while most of the rest of the country was salivating over some over-paid jocks throwing around an odd-shaped ball? I organized comics, watched more episodes of Twin Peaks, took my dog for a walk and worked on my upcoming James Cagney site. Not too terribly exciting, but from what I read on the web, neither was the Super Bowl!

Oh, and Jeff Albertson: Most – boring – name – ever.