Where the Sane Should Fear to Tread

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Monday, September 29, 2008 at 932pm
Dunno whether to curse iTunes or WinCrap, but a reboot 'fixed' an issue last night. I have got to get the nano working on Ubbie.

Diddled around with more CSS code, placing/tuning the horizontal menu and I still despise IE. Managed to get an acceptable appearance in IE7, but went for shit in IE6; fixed the code for IE6, and it broke a small bit for IE7. Got it to 'acceptable' levels eventually, but if I ever meet Bill Gates in person I'm gonna kick him in the nuts.

Hubby has started Squirmy on the Harry Potter movie series. At the time these came out, accompanied by unbelievable hype and media attention, I really wasn't interested in seeing any of them. Now that the world has calmed down (somewhat) and Squirmy likes company when watching movies... I'd thought (as had hubby actually) these movies would be good napping fodder. In a word, no. They're actually damn good; wonderful actors/actresses, good acting, captivating story, etc. Very pleased to see some of my favorite English actors/actresses (shoot, some I didn't recognize right off the bat).And after seeing number three (Prisoner of something) I think I'd like to read the books. Of course, after years of bumping into the raving HP fan-base, I pretty much know all the big stuff that happens but I don't see that detracting from the books at all.

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Monday, September 29, 2008 at 241pm
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Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 1113pm
Holy crap, I think I've got the horizontal drop-down menu partially figured out. Jebus on a broomstick, I hate Internet Excrement and it's non-standards-conforming crap. There are times, and this is soooooo one of them, I wish MicroShit would burn to the ground and take every last bit of its frustrating OS and poorly written/designed browser straight to hell with it. And with that, I'm going to bed.

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Friday, September 26, 2008 at 850pm
Fics read 9/22 - 9/26

Sentinel - Cattle Call  by Legion
Sentinel - Doubt  by akablonded
Sentinel - Sensibilities  by alyjude
Sentinel - Legalities of Love series by J.L. Blackstone
  Legalities of Love
  Moving Over Me
  Kiss For Luck
Sentinel - Never Try to Fool a Sandburg  by alyjude
Sentinel - Breathing Words Against My Skin  by Pink Dragon
Sentinel - Through Your Eyes  by Deana C Jamroz
Sentinel - Beau Geste  by Polly Bywater
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 213pm
There's a rather disturbing trend I and my friends have been noticing, for the last year and a bit, that seems to cross a number of job areas - a lack of work-ethic, lack of personal responsibility and lack of... gods, it's a long list.

I'm not talking about one or two experiences, but dozens across the health professions, office support, even middle management. I'm not talking about things that happen occasionally, rather these 'lapses' happen on a routine basis. And, yes, sometimes the companies are partially responsible (in terms of disciplining workers, enforcing rules/guidelines), however that does not excuse or really explain the lazy, irresponsible idiots.

A loverly example would be the group home worker (group home is for people with mental/physical disabilities, most of whom need to be at least watched constantly) going downstairs to 'do laundry' but napping instead. The client was watching TV and, thankfully, having a good day, but the worker left the client unattended and didn't tell anyone she was 'doing laundry downstairs'. Or how about the receptionist who lets the phone go unanswered because she's busy taking a private, non-emergency call, wandering around the office visiting others, e-mailing her friends or playing around on Facebook (this is a company with multiple management/enforcement problems, so I'd place some of the idiocy load on them). How 'bout the nurse who, already late for shift at the hospital, has to complete her morning 'routine' thus making her over two hours late? These are just the incidents I've been told about in the last week.

I think some companies are fed up with the younger set of workers, if the recent job ads I've seen are any indication. A high number of the ads lately require at least three to five years of experience, with a list of qualifications you could only get by having worked that long at, in my case, a reception/administrative position. A preference that's cropped up is "over thirty-five"; in the last month, I've seen this one a dozen times.

So what is it with the younger set? Where and when did the failure occur? Were they over-indulged as children? Not given any or enough responsibility? Again, I'm not saying including everyone in the younger set, but these problems have become the rule rather than the exception now - for every one younger set with a sense of responsibility and work ethic, there's three that lack it. I'd love to know what's going on and how to address it, fix it if possible.

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Monday, September 22, 2008 at 816pm
To the "my shit don't stink" moron on the bus this morning: STEP OFF THE BUS AND LET PEOPLE OFF! The bus will not leave without you if you allow others to exit, nor will you expire suddenly if you step off for a moment (though seeing you drop dead would be wonderful). Grow up, get some fucking manners or get your ass off the bus!

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Friday, September 19, 2008 at 920pm
Fics read 9/15 - 9/19

Sentinel - (The) Conversation series  by Gena
Sentinel - Peace and Quiet  by Jane Davitt
Sentinel - Black Gold  by Saul and Lyn
Sentinel - Staying Present  by Fluterbev
Sentinel - For Emergencies Only  by Xfreak
Sentinel - Tabling the Discussion  by Deana C. Jamroz
Sentinel - Of Spatulas and Men  by JC
Sentinel - (The) Principles of Ecology  by Lemon Drop
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 905pm
Ubbie thinks I don't love him any more. Due to my eyes, I haven't been on the 'puters at home much at night (this is the first night this week). Also trying to cut down 'puter time at work, doing more things that don't entail looking at the screen. Found a couple Sudoku sites and printed off a few puzzles.

Surprisingly, doing those or reading a magazine/book doesn't bother my eyes quite as much. And the warm compresses/lid scrubs morning and evening are helping too. I might, I hope, be able to do chat, work on the stupid contract and web site come Friday evening.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 103pm
*snort* When you (The-child) tell a patient to return earlier than they are already scheduled, perhaps you should tell them what time to return. Or tell me so I can tell the patient. Just saying "earlier" (to the patient only), when the two earlier times are booked by other patients, will result in me telling the patient the earlier times are already filled and they (the patient) would be better off coming in at their scheduled time. Can't read minds nor will I try to figure out what you, The-child, are talking about.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 at 232pm
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Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 954pm
Squirmy has indoor Kindergarten shoes now. Didn't spend as little as I wanted, but for the short time he'll be wearing them (3 hours a day, if that) they'll do.

As the hunting trial thing required participants and spectators to be clad in dark, hunting or camo clothing (and there was no way I was wearing my good black pants around dogs and dirt!), hubby introduced me to the Army Surplus store he likes. New and used goods, decently priced. Ended up with a pair of pants, tank and t-shirt in camo style. Damn comfortable pants! And pockets, oh the pockets! No need to take a purse; all the basics just stuff right in with room to spare. May pick up another pair since they'd be great for camping.

The actual hunting trial thing was... interesting. All retrievers (goldens, labs of various kinds, flat-coats) and all beautiful dogs. Hubby is keenly interested in the hunting trials so he was getting lots of info and pointers, mainly from our breeder. One of my jobs, apparently, will be to fling the thawed dead ducks. Ya - thawed dead ducks. You can either shoot the ducks yourself or buy live ducks from a farm and wring their necks, freeze them and haul 'em out to thaw when it's time for training. EW! I understand the reasons/concepts, but... hubby's been told to buy a small freezer and put it in the garage just for these little loverlies.

Met Lola, our puppy's mother. The pregnancy is a definite 'go' and according to the ultrasound, she's carrying seven puppies. The first male has been spoken for so if there's only one male we may not have a dog... unless hubby decides to go female instead. Lola's due-date is October thirteenth, Canadian Thanksgiving, and our breeder figures the puppies will be ready to leave home about two weeks before Xmas.

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Friday, September 12, 2008 at 832pm
Fics read 9/08 - 9/12

Sentinel - Ball and Chain - Part 4
Sentinel - Don't Go Breaking My Heart  by Ice Bear
Firefly - Intersections series  by sffan
Numb3rs - Reaction Timeby missmollyetc
Sentinel - Quarry  by Cara Chapel
  Holy crap, this is an absolutely must-read fic. While the characterizations and language are spot on and there's some loverly angst and smut, it's the plot and writing that totally blew me away. Research went into writing this story, a lot of it is my bet, and it shows in the small details that really add and enhance this story.

  Briefly, Blair and Jim concoct a unique way to test the limits of Jim's senses. Unfortunately Blair is 'borrowed' just as the test starts and the whole plan is co-opted by none other than Brackett. Read it!
Sentinel - Kiss Off  by Alyjude
Sentinel - (The) Seasons Series by Caro Dee
  Spring Fling
  Summer Sun
  Fall Back Plan
  Winter Manuevers
Sentinel Comfort's Touch  by Lyn
Sentinel - (A) Reason to Stay  by Lyn
Sentinel - Why Sandburg Wears Flannel  by Lyn
Sentinel - Viva Las Vegas  by Alyjude
Sentinel - Revenge  by Kerensa (part of SVS3, episode 2)
Sentinel - Happy New Year  by Rae Evans
Sentinel - (The) Best Proof of Love  by Willa
Monday, September 8, 2008 at 114pm
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Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 1003pm
Played with code during the non-child/chore periods this weekend. Starting to understand CSS more and be able to tell, rather quickly, how to manipulate things. Took an informal CSS quiz and scored fifteen out of twenty, so I definitely know (or have retained) more than last time. Frankly, I love playing with code; I can (and have) do it for hours. There really aren't words to express how much I'm going to enjoy this project.

The car went in for new brakes on Saturday. Even though hubby plans on dumping the Pathfinder by March next year (when the payments are done), and despised putting any significant amount of money into her, there was no choice. Last time she was in for servicing, (and that was before hubby was laid off) the front brakes were at thirty-percent. Since then, there's been a trip up/down a couple mountains and driving to/from Richmond daily since April. Ya, can see why there was next to nothing left of the pads.

Once the car was dropped off, Squirmy and I had to hoof it to the Chiro. Well, I walked and Squirmy rode in the stroller; almost three kilometers is a little bit much for him to handle. Have to see the Chiro again next week as my neck is locked tight on the left side. Joy.

Also hit the mall for Squirmy supplies - new backpack and boots. He also needs indoor shoes for Kindergarten, but I'll be damned if I'm paying twenty-five dollars for a pair of shoes he'll wear three hours a day. Shoes can wait until next weekend when I'll have time to hit Walmart, more than one if necessary.

And I've just been given the boot from the 'puters. Time for bed!

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Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 934pm
Fics read 9/02 - 9/05

House - Aftermath  by Cosmic
House - Love the One You're With  by californiaquail (pt20-tbc)
House - Best Kept Secret  by cryptictac
Numb3rs - Code Breaking by missmollyetc Part 1   Part 2
Friday, September 5, 2008 at 326pm
Finally (!!) saw the NCIS season-ender. I'm sure the other people on the bus/train were thinking there was a nut-case sitting next to them as I "wow"ed and "wtf?"ed the whole trip home.

Though the contract has to be signed still, the web gig is all but mine. "Make it as simple as possible" is what I've told. I can do simple, but simple also means some of the (unrealistic and time-consuming, IMO) things mentioned will not be implemented. Anyway, think I've found a layout I like and is easily modified/tweaked. Helps that I've been reading CSS how-to's and digging through code to figure things out.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 243pm
Surely, in this day and age when working parents and daycare are not new or rare, teachers would realize not all parents bring their kids to school. So why would you (teacher/school) send a notice home about wanting to meet with parents and to select a time on the sign-up sheet posted in the classroom... and offer NO OTHER alternative? Christ-on-a-cracker, I'm going to be dealing with idiots for the next thirteen years, aren't I? Sent a note, with Squirmy, to the teacher requesting a date and time... see what happens with that *snort*.

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Monday, September 2, 2008 at 1121am
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