for those interested:

today...

Jun. 14th, 2008 11:28 am
so... today has been hot and slightly frustrating

Went to do some errands, had a coupon for 40% off a single item at Michael's which was cool since I need a 12x36 frame for a panorama I made. Get to Michael's only to realize the coupon is for AC Moore.

Back in the car.

On the way to ACM stop in Lowes since I need a few annuals for the front garden. They are crap. Someone needs to remind them in 90+ heat one must water. Daily.

So off to ACM and get the frame - coupon pays off to a $10 discount so the frame was only $15. w00t - go me!!

Off to Home Depot. And a stop on the way for the cheep ($4.019) gas - fill up - good bye $49 ::waves::

Home Depot's plants are much nicer. get six pots of 2 type of annual (I'll post picks once they're in.) plus in order for me to tell you what they are I need the little flags they put in the pots... Also bought special dirt for cacti and other succulents. Really need to get the ones I already own into the terrarium and not just sitting in it in their original pots... Also bought a hose on a reel for the front since I don't trust myself to install a traditional hose reel into the cement of my steps.

In between all the purchases at the Depot my brother called. He and the wife are running late to meet up with the parents on Cape Cod for the cousin's grad party. Would I call and let mom know not to wait? She, I call and leave messages 2x. Kinda weird since if she has her cell on she's usually with it and will pick right up. Half hour later as I'm leaving the Depot I realize I have been calling my parents' home number and not mom's cell... doh!

So I try the cell - nada. And my aunt's cell - nada x2. I am a shit head. Mom's gonna be pissed. Joe is gonna be pissed. sigh

Aunt finally calls back and has a good laugh at my expense. That was relatively painless. And both her and mom kinda were blaming themselves since they were on the porch and the cells were in the kitchen...

what a day and it ain't even noon
While I was in CT for dad's b-day I took a series of shots of the beach front homes where my parents' cottage is... When I got back to MD, I stitched them together to make a panorama...



I had it printed into a 36" x 12" poster... it came today and I am rather impressed, if I do say so myself (which I evidently have...)

Anyway - now it needs to be framed - I'll post a shot of it completed once I get it all framed and matted.

miss me?

Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:27 pm
I am back in the land of the internet-abled...

ATT U-verse was being non-functional over dial-up at the cottage... hence, me being absent for the past few days.

Hope my lovely f-list had a wonderful weekend!

I'll be over in the corner wading through 4 days of LJ and email...
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Disney 2008
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2008
Pics of: Five days in Disney with the whole family.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Pics of: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, Foggy Day - on the trek from Arkansas to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach
Pics of North Myrtle Beach, Surf, Seagulls, Plovers

Thanksgiving 2007
Pics of Thanksgiving at the Sandbergs'

Christmas 2007
Pics of Christmas 2007; immediate family and extended family - different days

Cherry Blossom Festival 2008
Pics at the Annual Cheery Blossom Festival, Washington, DC, April 5, 2008. In and around the Tidal Basin; FDR and Jefferson Memorials and Washington Monument.
why, you may ask?

well, it's basketball season - specifically, it's NCAA Division I Women's Basketball run to the Final Four (in Tampa, see icon)

And damn

Uconn spotted Rutgers 14 points in the first half but got in within 5 at the half - damn, the first 10 minutes was as horrid as I have ever seen a Uconn team play - but damn if the second half was just amazing: 66-56. And who could have foreseen a 90%+ FT percentage from a Uconn team that short 70% at best all year.

So, over the weekend Uconn will take on Stamford in the semi final game. If we make it through the Cardinal we'll run into either Tennessee or LSU (who tied Uconn's streak of 5 final fours in a row.)

damn
Lisa and I were chatting (on an actual phone as apposed to on-line) and I happened to mention I made modern peep art and she wanted to see, so I thought I'd share with everyone:



I took a square glass vase and filled it with peeps. It now sits on top on my TV.
Okay. If you could do or be anything other than your current occupation, what would it be?

Anything? OK, this assumes I could do it well enough to support myself in the manner I've become accustomed, yes?

I'd be a professional photographer. A sports photographer, I think - for an actual paycheck.

Being able to go to the games and sit court side like that - awesome. Travel and sports for pay. Heaven.
If you could actually live, as in live and breathe, in any television series - current or not, drama or comedy - which would it be? What role would you have?

Voyager - something in the science department...

Why? be like living a fantasy - what is the world gonna be like 500 years in the future?

For [livejournal.com profile] atfm

Mar. 16th, 2008 02:32 pm
What little things do you derive pleasure from?

damn... I'll just make a list: good wine, coffee and food; puppies and other baby animals; good fanfic; friends; being outside at the beach or the mountains; family; just 'hangin' with people I like...
What kind of music do you like? Is music important to you?

I like a lot of different stuff: Pop, Rock, Top-40 (do they still call it that any more?), Country, Classical. But I don't tend to be on the cutting edge or know 'up and comers'. I have a difficult time talking music since I don't tend to pay a ton of attention to names...

I'm not a fan of rap or really any music where I can't understand the words. But also, I'll listen to anything someone has on and wont usually have too much of an issue.

I like music but I'm not sure if I'd take hearing over sight if I needed to make a choice. I think it'd be easier for me to adjust to a lack of hearing rather than a lack of sight.

For [livejournal.com profile] zennie

Mar. 16th, 2008 01:57 pm
What's it like to work for the government the way you do? Do you experience a sense of fragmentation and if so, how do you reconcile it? (You don't have to go into specifics nor even answer the question if you don't want.)

What I do is so non-political it really has no bearing. Not even my administrator (the head of my agency) is a political appointment. We're a very small agency within USDA (~1,000 employees across the US) and have special rules (ie. we are not subject to FOI requests) that insulate us even more.

The biggest thing politically I pay attention to in reference to work is the yearly budgets. If they don't get passed in time, we work under continuing agreements and projects might need to be cut or postponed due to lack of funds. Also, depending on how the Farm Bill goes, will play a roll in how farmers feel about the government and hence how they will respond to surveys.

Some things I just can't do. I can't wear a pin that supports a particular candidate nor have any type of political material on my desk. But I can slap a bumper sticker on my car and give donations to the candidate of my choice.

Mainly, I find working for the Feds to have more positive than negative points. I like the job security. But that's my personality. Plus, I still can switch to other gov't jobs without loosing seniority, or look to an outside company - but it's truly my choice.

Easier question: what's your favorite place in all the world?

So far it's kind of a toss up between New Zealand and Tuscany. It's so much easier to get to Italy... and the food and wine are superb but there is something about NZ and the people there...

For [livejournal.com profile] ralst

Mar. 16th, 2008 01:40 pm
What really irritates you - either on-line or off.

Does frustrate and irritate mean the same thing? Because I frustrate, at times, rather easily. Especially, stupid, illogical people frustrate me.

True irritation, I think I reserve for mini-road-rage. I hate stupid drivers. Like those who just HAVE to pull out in front of you and then DIE. People who refuse to use turn signals. And those idiots who see a whole line of cars yet feel they're special and wait until the last minute to get over and just expect the seas to part for them. Asshats.

On-line: tweeners. I have discovered no patiences for the squeeing . Plus the feeling that everything written is just the 'most awesomest' thing ever! And fanfic authors who think they deserve a fandom of their very own since they're so prolific and awesome. Please.
guess I'll play too:

"Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it."
because NBC is pro-Obama

and we can't have tons of versions of this floating around - people might see...

yes, I'm bitter

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