Where the Sane Should Fear to Tread

Therapy Sessions on File


Monday, July 31, 2006 at 842pm
Camping didn't, as my hubby was hoping, totally suck. I'd do it again next year... I think.

Hubby, Sis and the kids went up Friday morning to set-up camp. This left Sis' hubby (Mr.O), her son (Addie) and me to drive up in the evening.

To start with, until Friday I'd never been on the Coquihalla Highway. People have told me about it, I've seen it in the news, but never had a reason to travel it. While it's not the scenic feast the old Highway is, the Coq has some damn interesting and breath-taking views too. Addie had fun pointing out slides, gullies and other points of interest.
Toll Plaza North   Toll Plaza South  

Usually when the Coq is in the news (especially during the winter) it's because of weather conditions. The road is quite high into the mountains (4068 feet at the peak) so snow, heavy snow, is a common occurrence. Which means, and I know it's a DUH statement, it's cold at the peak (very near the toll-booths). Having been in a hot climate for the last week or so, it was a shock to hit a place a mere two hours away that was almost cold enough to see your breath. In short, I didn't want to get back in the van.

The fun began when we passed through the toll area. Hubby had given me a list of directions that had Mr.O, Addie and me in stitches. "Take the first exit into Merritt" stated our instructions. Everyone in the van asked - "There's more than one?" Once that was done, we were to turn right at the stop sign and that would put us on Number 5 West. Well, the stop sign was a yield sign and 5 West was actually 5 North. Hubby's compass must have been in the shop.

"Turn right at [something] and [something] and go past the houses." Wow, look at that - houses!". "Where the old road used to end, but doesn't any more, start watching for mile markers in the trees." Right. None of us knew the 'old road' so how the hell were we to recognize that? And mile markers in the trees??? The best one though was - "When you get to the gravel road, stall on it." Of course, that's the first thing I'd think to do upon leaving paved road for unpaved road - stall on it.

The gravel road was actually a logging road. Which is to say enough washboard-like to rattle the teeth and holes (sometimes tiger-pit in size) to drop your vehicle into. Watching for mile markers in the trees became fun as the sun set. 'Deliverance' jokes started to run wild inside the van.

Hubby had mentioned, if he remembered, he would leave signs for us at the major turns. Good thing he remembered. In the near-dark, the first turn looked more like a cow path than a quasi-road. I've never seen a 'road' with huge-ass boulders in it before. It is only due to the gods watching out for stupid people and some fancy driving on Mr.O's part that the under-carriage of the van is still attached.

Apart from it being bloody cold (felt two degrees away from seeing ones breath in the morning), camping wasn't so bad. And the outhouse was decently kept, though it did have a definite aroma (but not nearly as bad as some I've been forced to use).

I did learn a few things...
  • If you have not used a percolating coffee pot in donkey's years, be prepared to drink coffee grounds (added bonus - they're crunchy!)
  • Where there's a fire pit, and no campfire ban, pyromaniacs will gather (Addie and me)
  • A beautiful lake will always have a downside (leeches)
  • Eating dirt/bugs is a part of the 'camping experience' (oh joy)
  • It is amazing how fast one can break camp when it starts raining

    We'll see what kind of 'paradise' hubby suggests next year.

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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 938
    If a DB programmer ever got a look at the set up and coding of the work DB, he would probably stroke out on the spot.

    Needed a new invoice. One new field needed in one table and a new table needed for some static data. No prob. Then the big thought occurs - "Hey, the DB can perform calculations! Why not have it figure out the line price, subtotal, tax and total?" Sure, why the hell not. And I'd like to thank the Academy for my Oscar.

    Ten variables, much hair-pulling and five major "what the fuck were you thinking when you designed this originally" comments later, the sucker works. Why it does is a mystery.

    In an effort to make a number of things easier - primarily infrequent updates to some table info - I've decided to build into the application the ability to make the changes. Right now, if certain things need changing one has to go into the main program, navigate to the correct DB/section/table and manually make the changes. For someone not familiar with the program or how DB's are structured, this is more than daunting. Why not be able to do these updates from within the application? I should know by now that if it sounds simple, it won't be. But it's fun to try!

    Changes to the DB also mean changes to the manual - AAARRRGGG! I cannot get away from that bitch! Working on that piece o' shite tomorrow.

    Squirmy's daycare, sorry, school has had an outbreak of lice. Eeeew! It has been contained (hopefully) to the over-five side, but all the little kids were checked too. Also looks like a couple of the teachers were stricken too. Oh the joy!

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    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 820pm
    In the "we have a winner!" category, I present Paranoid Woman.

    PW lives a fair way from our office. She relies on the bus (public transportation or something like Greyhound, she never said) and it's not the most reliable. PW really wants a [new device] (which takes four appointments to make), but doesn't want to make four separate trips. So it means two appointments a day, two separate days. Times have to be very specific (the bus, don't you know) and not too late as she doesn't like to be out after dark. (Considering the last appointment she could have would be two-thirty, 'dark' is not something she needs to be concerned with at this time of year.)

    She can't drive her car into town (Vancouver) because something might happen to it. Read that as - an accident with another vehicle, vandalized or stolen. And it's really a terrible inconvenience to take the bus. Ooookay, so how would you like to come into town then? Fly? Suggested PW drive to another suburb with better bus service or to a WCE station, but that would mean leaving her car in a parking lot all day and something might happen to it. *eye roll*

    Add to all this, she doesn't really like coming into town because there's always so many 'problems'. Read that as - muggers, beggars or people dressed strangely. *eye roll*

    Eventually, after much wringing of hands and proclamations of doom, PW is scheduled.

    When the time comes to pay, PW swings into fine form again. She didn't think she had to pay anything. *blinks* Of course, just because you've paid in the past is no reason to assume you would have to pay this time. PW doesn't have any cash or her cheque book with her. No problem, we also take credit cards or a debit card. None of which PW has with her. She never brings them into town because they might go missing, don't you know. How? By jumping out of her purse? Oh, wait, it's all those muggers around the office.

    Tell PW she can mail us a cheque when she gets home and PW asks if a money order would be okay. Confirm that, yes, it would but a personal cheque is just fine with us (thinking of the cost for a money order compared to that of a cheque). PW prefers money orders because as soon as you write one, the money is gone from your account right away. With a cheque, it can take a few days. *boggle*

    MM is a joy to speak with. He has a distinct accent that can be difficult to understand at times, however pair that with his mumbling and he becomes impossible to understand. And to top it off, he also sounded drunk or high on somethings when he called - twice in the space of an hour. What, exactly he wanted, besides informing me he would not be in for his appointment (no shit Sherlock, I figured that out when you didn't show up), I'm not clear on. Gool ol' MM was reset and the betting window has been opened. Show or no show?

    Two weeks ago, SPM calls up from the water company we deal with. Special deal this month on x ounce bottles of water. Great for meetings, etc. Great, but we don't have business meetings and we have no place to store the cases of water. Thanks, but no thanks. Fast-forward to Monday, and SPM calls again, just letting customers who refused the first time know they can still get in on the deal. Told the same thing - no meetings, no storage room. SPM could not grasp the fact that this particular company does not have business meetings (we do, but with only four of us we hold them in restaurants over a nice lunch/dinner).

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    Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 1012pm
    I'm done, parboiled, basted, slow-roasted - DONE! I hate the heat, really really hate it! I'm tired of having a layer of sweat all damn day and tired of sticking to chairs. ENOUGH! 'k, bitching done now.

    The I'net around here has been up and down more than a two-dollar whore (I love that expression). Dunno what is going on - I'm assuming upgrades/servicing - but it's getting just a tad annoying. Especially since the only game I can find to play on the laptop is Contraptions... and my brain isn't working due to the heat. *sigh*
    Friday, July 21, 2006 at 1046pm
    The air conditioning was practically non-existent in the office today. With a fucking heat wave and three computers under the desk blowing hot air on my, I need a/c! After patients were done for the day, Lab-boy graciously loaned me the fan from the lab (which gets even hotter with the cookers and lights). Thanks, honey!

    Vicious is having 'issues' with the new receptionist. She's ignoring her work to e-mail god-knows-who; forty to fifty e-mails A DAY! Tried having Vicious modify the HOSTS file, but because her office is on a network (I suspect the server is running DHCP and routing all Inet calls) the modified HOSTS file did jack-squat. Vicious isn't computer-savvy enough to do any more and she doesn't have access to the server. And their IT person, while great with hardware, is useless when it comes to software. Pity, 'cause we'd both like to see this idiot's wagon fixed but good.

    Almost eleven and it's still barking hot here. I rather doubt I'll sleep much and if the weather gets as hot as the powers-on-high are predicting, I'll be melting into more than just the sheets. Going to dig out Squirmy's pool and see if it survived storage...

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    Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 957pm
    There is something about me this year that the mosquitoes are finding yummy. And I can't remember the last time I've seen this many of the little blood suckers. Gah!

    Four days using the Nasonex and my ears have cleared. I can hear again, hooray! Almost worth squirting stuff up my nose. I really hate that.

    Had an interesting reaction to a pair of thigh-high stockings that I've never had before. Wore the thigh-high type almost exclusively while I was preggers and never had any skin reactions. Wore them since then, in the summer months when a full stocking was just too damn hot. Again, no skin reactions. This year, I had to finally replace both pairs of thigh-highs and the store was out of the same brand (of course) so I tried a different one.

    The first couple times I thought nothing of the itch at the band line since mosquitoes had played vampire on my legs. Two weeks ago, the itch/minor pain was monthly related (body does weird things at those times). Yesterday was the first I'd worn thigh-highs in two weeks. By three o'clock, the band line was itching something fierce and painful. Did my best to ignore it since the day was just about done. When I took them off two hours later, there were large red welts where the silicone (I assume) bands touched my legs, and it hurt to have anything touch them. It wasn't until later (much later) I got a good look at the welts, or rather blisters. Loverly.

    I can't figure out why I reacted like this. The material (nylon and silicone) appears to be the same as what I wore before. The true test will come tomorrow - found a pair of what I'd worn when I was preggers. If I react to those then I know it's me and not the product.

    Last night was interesting. DemonChild called wanting to come stay over night. Her bag was stolen while at the pool and someone had her address and house keys. She didn't want to stay alone since SiL was working late and her Dad was out of town. She called SiL to let her know about the keys and sleeping arrangements. SiL said she was coming home (since the house was insecure) until the locksmith could get there. Locksmith arrives before SiL gets there; DemonChild calls SiL on her cell. SiL answers "Can't talk now, I've been in an accident." and hangs up. DemonChild, already freaked because of the theft and being alone at home, goes into meltdown and calls hubby in hysterical tears.

    Hubby grabs DemonChild from home, drives to the hospital where SiL works and 'breaks into the recovery ward' (his words to me on the phone, causing me to have a mini-freak) to see her. In actual fact, hubby and DC went to the ward where SiL works (recovery) via a route that is supposed to be used by staff only. SiL is fine, car has a couple dents. DemonChild calms down, hubby gives his sister shit for the way she answered the phone (their mother did something similar to FiL when the kids were little) and brings DC to our house. Lordy!

    Slowly, frustratingly, the DB application is becoming more self-sufficient. Strange thing to say about an application, but there it is. A high number of maintenance functions have been done through the main DB program, which, if you're not familiar with it, can be bloody confusing. And some areas of the application should have been look-ups right from the start, but were never developed as such.

    I would really like to learn this program from the ground up. The knowledge I have has been learned by trial-and-error and the composition of the application shows that - in spades. I know the program can do so much more than what I've got it to do, but I'm buggered if I can figure out how to do some of the functions. Of course the help files are sadly lacking good, solid descriptions and examples.

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    Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 949pm
    "Row, row, row the boat, down the street... ha ha ha ha, you're a submarine" Ah, from the mouths of children. I nearly peed myself laughing when Squirmy sang this 'new' version.

    What is it with the name Lulu in children's stories? Of the last ten books we've borrowed from the library, six of them have a character named Lulu. It confuses the heck out of Squirmy since, in the last batch of five, his favorite story was about a chicken named Lulu. This batch has a rhino and a monkey named Lulu and, in true small child fashion, this is not acceptable. Lulu is a chicken, and only a chicken. Major or minor characters in the story cannot be called Lulu (unless it's a chicken) and Squirmy will insist on changing the character name to something else. And god help you, the reader, if you forget what the changed name is!

    If I have to read the Five Monkeys book one more time, I'll scream. Saturday, Squirmy wanted that book read to him - over and over and over and... you get the picture.

    His majesty loves to help (when he wants to, which is typical of most kids I'm told). Today he helped make muffins - and mommy got to wipe the floor. He helped cut veggies - and mommy got to tape the cut in the chair closed. He helped replant his bean - and mommy got to de-mud both herself and her helper. Then he helped with pruning in the yard. I now have a hydrangea missing half its flowers because better that bush lose flowers than my rose bush be hacked to death. And the pruning was accomplished with scissors that will barely cut nylons.

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    Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 822pm
    There is a monster in the house. He's not your typical monster, though. He doesn't scare small children but rather 'borrows' their (and parents') things. Whenever anything goes missing, "the mons'er borrow it and didn't bring it back yet." I like this monster, I can work with this monster! Now, to 'assist' clean-up at night, we tell Squirmy if he doesn't put his toys away the monster might borrow them at night at not bring them back in the morning. Works like a charm.

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    Tuesday, July 11 - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 225pm
    Idly looking for an entry the other day (still tagging to make hunting things easier) and I noticed a total lack of notations about Fics Read. It makes a great way for me to keep track of when I read something (for WIP's, this is important), especially when I switch fandoms and/or am away from reading for a week or more. Time to start noting read fics again.

    As it's been relatively calm at work (and practically dead Friday) I've been catching up on different things fic-wise. Nice break from looking/writing/trying query strings in the DB.

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    Monday, July 10, 2006 at 945pm
    Sad news today. One of Trafalga's furry babies had to be put to sleep. Rest now, Max, rest and be free from pain. You were loved, a lot, and I'm so very grateful I got to see you last summer.

    Figured out what is going on with my ears - fluid in the eustachian tube, caused by allergies. Oh the joy. Of course, my doc is on holidays at the present time so I'm pretty much stuck waiting until a) my appointment on the twenty-eighth or b) an infection develops and I wind up in emergency. Popping allergy/decongestants to avoid the latter option and praying that's enough.

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    Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 1041pm
    My left ear is really bothering me. It feels like it needs to be popped, but nothing happens when I do it. And there is this weird echo thing with certain high tones. Not painful...yet. Apart from allergies in March/April, with a little hold-over through June, I haven't been sick. If it's still feeling this odd tomorrow, I'll give the Doc a call.

    The things you learn having kids. Squirmy and I did our regular train-watching this morning; sitting in the WCE station and walking along the platform watching engines and 'trouble trucks'. A 'train man' came to talk to us, mainly to warn me that on the nearest two tracks the trains move very fast and create a wind suction that could suck a small child right into it (wow, had no idea!). But he also said the trains in the yard - the ones we watched shunting trucks - are run by remote control. Nearly all the engineers have been removed from the cabs and the engines are controlled from a remote pack strapped to a yard workers' belt. There is another worker in the engine acting as lookout, but no one is actually driving the train. The only time engineers are used is if the train is going into Vancouver or up the Valley. One can tell if a train is being remotely controlled by looking for two strobing red lights on the engine.

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    Saturday, July 8, 2006
    Yanked from Rainbow Goddess, a TV meme.

    Bold all of the following TV shows which you've ever seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime. Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode of it. Add three series to the list if you can.

    24 7th Heaven Adam-12
    Aeon Flux
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents
    Alien Nation
    American Idol/Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol/etc.
    America's Next Top Model/Germany's Next Top Model
    Arrested Development
    Babylon 5
    Babylon 5: Crusade
    Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
    Battlestar Galactica (the new one) - to date, that is
    Beavis & Butthead
    Beverly Hills 90210
    Bosom Buddies
    Boston Legal (to date, of course)
    Boy Meets World
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Bug Juice
    Chappelle's Show
    Charlie's Angels
    Commander in Chief
    Cowboy Bebop
    Crossing Jordan
    CSI: Miami
    CSI: NY
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Dancing with the Stars
    Danny Phantom
    Dark Angel
    Dark Skies
    Davinci's Inquest
    Dawson's Creek
    Dead Like Me
    Deadliest Catch
    Degrassi: The Next Generation
    Designing Women
    Desperate Housewives
    Dharma & Greg
    Different Strokes
    Doctor Who ("new" Who)
    Due South
    Earth 2
    Ellery Queen Mysteries
    Everybody Loves Raymond
    Facts of Life
    Family Guy
    Family Ties
    Fawlty Towers
    Get Smart
    Gilligan's Island
    Gilmore Girls
    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
    Green Wing
    Grey's Anatomy
    Growing Pains
    Hannah Montana
    Happy Days
    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    Hogan's Heroes
    Home Improvement
    Homicide: Life on the Street
    I Dream of Jeannie
    I Love Lucy
    Invader Zim
    Hell's Kitchen
    John Doe
    LA Law
    Laverne and Shirley
    Little House on the Prairie
    Lizzie McGuire
    Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
    Lost in Space
    Love, American Style
    Malcolm in the Middle
    Married... With Children
    McMillian & Wife
    Melrose Place
    Miami Vice
    Mission: Impossible
    Mork & Mindy
    Mrs. Columbo
    Murphy Brown
    My Life as a Dog
    My Three Sons
    My Two Dads
    Night Stalker
    Northern Exposure
    One Tree Hill
    Perry Mason
    Picket Fences
    Power Rangers
    Prison Break
    Project Runway
    Quantum Leap
    Queer As Folk (US)
    Queer as Folk (British)
    Remington Steele
    Rescue Me
    Road Rules
    Saved by the Bell
    Scarecrow and Mrs. King
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
    Sex and the City
    Simon and Simon
    Six Feet Under
    Slings and Arrows
    So Weird
    South Park
    Spongebob Squarepants
    Sports Night
    Star Trek
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    Star Trek: Voyager
    Star Trek: Enterprise
    Stargate Atlantis
    Stargate SG-1
    Teen Titans
    That 70's Show
    That's So Raven
    The 4400
    The Addams Family
    The Andy Griffith Show
    The A-Team
    The Avengers
    The Beverly Hillbillies
    The Bionic Woman
    The Brady Bunch
    The Cosby Show
    The Daily Show
    The Dead Zone
    The Dick Van Dyke Show
    The Flintstones
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    The Golden Girls
    The Honeymooners
    The Jeffersons
    The Jetsons
    The L Word
    The Love Boat
    The Man from UNCLE
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    The Mighty Boosh
    The Monkees
    The Munsters
    The Mythbusters
    The O.C.
    The Office (UK)
    The Office (US)
    The Pretender
    The Real World
    The Shield
    The Simpsons
    The Six Million Dollar Man
    The Sopranos
    The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
    The Twilight Zone
    The Waltons
    The West Wing
    The Wonder Years
    The X-Files
    Third Watch
    Three's Company
    Top Gear
    Twin Peaks
    Twitch City
    Veronica Mars
    Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
    Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)
    Will and Grace
    Xena: Warrior Princess

    I added Ellery Queen Mysteries, McMillian & Wife and Mrs. Columbo

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    Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 952pm
    Reason four thousand and twenty-six to visit Japan - The Penis Festival. Held on April 15th in Kawasaki, Japan... where woman ride a penis-shaped seesaw... get their picture taken embracing a phalic statue. Yeah, I gotta see and participate in this.

    *roll eyes and shakes head* It had to happen someday - Trek Passion - Online Dating for Sci-Fi Fans

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    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 959pm
    ntil a few weeks ago, I'd never heard of FreeCycle. Now though, I can see becoming addicted to it. If anyone else is on Tri-Cities or Burnaby lists, say hi!

    It's so nice to go to a web site, fill out an online form for information/guides for three Federal Programs and have the form crap out. *smacks PBC*

    Since a specific section of the office manual required updating so, I assumed, would the official Guidelines manual. The last update we received, apart from a change of phone numbers, was in 1996! Faxed a request to PBC (since the online request thingy was busticated) so we'll see if a) I actually get anything and/or b) how long it takes.

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    Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 854pm
    Happy fourth to the Americans! Tra, wish I was there to partake in the meat orgy; your barbecues are something else.

    An announcement at the train station saying "Train two is running twenty-two minutes behind due to a switching problem" was my wonderful start to the morning. Ended up on the bus instead, but at least I was moving (hate standing around), it wasn't crowded and it wasn't hot. Here's to hoping things are running normally tomorrow morning.

    On Sunday, I had the wonderful experience of having to deal with HP's online tech support. Dad bought a new printer/scanner/copier thingy and it gave repeated errors during 'alignment'. Of course, the manual gave little to no enlightenment as to what the issue could be or how to solve it. Neither did the tech I 'chatted' to.

    Started the chat session by informing the tech of what the problem was, the read-out from the display screen on printer and the fact the printer was not connected to the computer (and the software not installed at this point). So what does the script-monkey at HP do? Starts querying me on the OS and the connection to the computer. Finally get through that there is no connection to the 'puter (at this point) so the script-monkey's next step is to run through power-cycling, then self-tests, test-prints... none of which were addressing the alignment problem.

    All the 'tests' the tech had me perform went fine, of course. The tech appeared satisfied that the printer could print and was going to close the session. Well yes, the printer could print - that wasn't an issue! Dad was a tad shocked that I typed "No, the problem has not been solved to my satisfaction as you have not addressed the issue, which was the printer failing alignment." Why the printer could print, yet failed alignment I have no idea.

    Eventually, the alignment problem was solved (mainly by me searching the Inet while waiting for the tech to type the next lines of his script) but it could have been done thirty minutes sooner if the tech had engaged his brain and read at the beginning of the session what the issue was. I've heard of the script-monkeys at various places but until now had never encountered them. Personally, I found the experience a waste of time and almost useless in terms of actual help. I can really understand why some people lose it when dealing with script-monkeys (though I do not condone the abusive language hurled at them). Next time, if there is a 'next time', I'll make sure to have exhausted all Inet searching first, since searches are obviously faster (and more helpful) than dealing with tech support.

    Our house now has a working VCR in the living room again. The previous one died about two years back and while it was a pain to not have it working, the desperation factor wasn't high enough. Now that Squirmy is old enough to get something out of our collection of kids stuff (face it, you're never too old for the Aristocats or Nightmare Before Xmas) the desperation factor increased. Besides, no adult should see Thomas DVD's as many times as I have.

    Since it only cost $35 (not including tax), who can bitch at that? There's a new place that opened up (multiple locations apparently) called XS Cargo. A high number of the electronics are refurbs, but most of the other stuff is new. From the looks of things, they're liquidators. Can see hitting this place every couple months just to see what's new. And maybe find a couple things *grin*

    I am going to snap one day and chuck the fucking office manual out the damn window! I understand the need for cross-referencing, really I do. But major changes to one section now mean two other sections have to be partially rewritten and fully reprinted. It bites and it burns, big time.

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    Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 1023pm
    Happy Birthday Canada and hubby! One guess who is older *grin*.

    Twas a full day today. Packed up a lunch and headed off to Maplewood Farm. The Squirmy one fed bunnies, had a chicken eat out of his hand, rode a pony and ran/petting/adopted baby goats. Saying Squirmy had fun is like saying the Grand Canyon is small hole in the ground.

    On the way home, and since Squirmy was fast asleep, a small stop was made at CNL. Pity the amount spent wasn't small. I'm now the proud owner of the Gatchaman box-sets two to six. Seven was out of stock and eight can be pre-ordered (which I have to remember to go online and do). Also finally remembered to look for the Alien Nation box-set; looked, found, BOUGHT! Woohoo! Needless to say, the portion of my bonus that I set aside for me (as opposed to the house fund, savings and RRSP's) is gone. Between shopping with Vicious and now DVD's, there is no money left *sigh*.

    Outdoor pools are finally open so Squirmy and I will be checking them out tomorrow or Monday. Hubby, unfortunately, is working nights this week and doesn't have Monday off. Going swimming, picniking and visiting will keep us out of the house so poor hubby can sleep in peace.

    'Tis update-the-puter night and if I want to get to bed before midnight, I'd better go do that.

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