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Moved in

As of yesterday morning, I am completely moved in and settled! Today I’ve been putting up pictures and mirrors, and I still need a few rugs and a towel rack for the bathroom, but other than that, I’m done, and the rest of this week that I took off from work, I can just rest and relax! I’ve put some photos of the house on flickr in case anyone’s interested (but they’re mostly for my mother’s benefit).


I’ve spent the last three days moving into the new house, and I ache everywhere… even my arches ache! Going from a second floor apartment to a third floor room is exhausting. I think, when it comes time to move out of this place, I’m going to hire people to haul everything for me. I’m ok with packing and unpacking, but let someone else do the heavy work. Though, I must admit, I had lots of help yesterday, with all the furniture. There were four of us moving everything out of the apartment, and then two more friends showed up to help move everything into the house. It was nice that we were able to get everything over in one load of the u-haul (plus a few things stuffed in people’s cars).

Today I’ve been putting things away, and I’m no longer feeling as overwhelmed as I was last night, mainly because I got all the stuff I don’t use often (camping equipment, suitcases, etc) into storage areas, so there’s not as much clutter out in the room. I’m taking all of next week off work, so I’ll have plenty of time to finish clearing up. First thing I need to do tomorrow, though, is go to the post office, because I had gotten the wrong house number stuck in my head, and so they’re going to be trying to deliver my mail to a non-existent address!

Ooh, and internet connection’s already up! Yay!

Calling in sick…

more cat pictures

Oh, the irony…

So, I ordered Unbreakable from Netflix, and when it came, the disc was broken. I had a giggle over the irony in that.


A UNICEF anti-war commercial done by the Belgian branch of the organization:

Is it wrong that part of me thinks this is funny?

Acronym fun

So we were in a meeting of the Library Website committee, and as we were getting near the end of the allotted time, we were starting to get a little silly. Someone asked a perfectly legitimate question about whether the people who keep the web pages up to date have a title, and someone else tried to come up with the most convoluted title for “I update the web pages”. I can’t remember what it was, exactly, but then my officemate, who’s also on this committee, tried to see if he could come up with an acronym for the title. He came up with Electronic Data Input Technician Of Record, or EDITOR. Someone else quickly came up with Acronymical Master & Electronic Savant, for his surname, Ames.

One of the other girls on the committee was trying to get one for her first name and came up with E-Learning Librarian (which is her job title) and then needed help on the last two letters – Ames came up with Extra Nice (so, Ellen). I started working on my surname and got as far as Super Awesome before the meeting was dismissed. When I mentioned this to my officemate, he very quickly came up with Super Awesome, Very Acerbic Girl Extraordinaire. Now he’s supposed to be working on one for our friend across the hall, but she doesn’t know yet because she’s not on that committee.

Why do I do this to myself??

Why do I go to Walmart? I know what it’s like, especially on weekends! I know what it does to me. I know that I just end up grumpy after fighting the crowds of people who go there on the weekend. So, why do I put myself through it??? Ai!

What’s with the weather??

So last weekend we had thunderstorms and tornadoes go through, which, though normal enough for Tornado Alley, did seem to be a bit early in the season; and this weekend, we have snow! Snow in April, in Waco!?! It’s colder today than it was most days this past winter.

What’s weird is seeing the contrast between spring and winter: bluebonnets blanketed in snow; trees with their new growth of leaves covered in stark white; a carpet of white over the grass, except around trees where it’s a brilliant green.

These photos really don’t do it justice, but they were the best I could do at short notice (meaning, before the snow melted!).


Man, what a Friday!

It all started around quarter to nine when the power went out across most of campus. We could hear sirens of some sort going past fairly close, and there was a rumour flying that someone had knocked over a pole… but then we heard that the fire-engines and EMTs were over at the SLC… so who knows. They never did announce what had caused the problem (the PTB’s at BU aren’t terribly good with communication).

So, we just sat in the dark at the ref desk and chatted and listened to my radio (thank goodness the batteries which have been in there for the past… ooh… three years? at least! still worked!). Not that there was any relevant news on, so we just listened to the oldies station. For an hour and a half. In the dark.

As if that weren’t enough to make the day weird, just as I was getting my stuff together to go home (that would have been right around 4:30pm), the tornado sirens went off, and we were all ordered into the basement. I grumbled,  but I went.

There was a small group of us standing around grumbling by the door to the stairwell, when we saw one of the downstairs staff members heading out the door. E asked her why she was leaving, and she said they’d had a tv on in the back, and the tornado was down near Moody (south of our area, and way south of home, for me).

Well, that decided us; it was time for us to go home, and darned if we were going to stay for a tornado that was down in Moody! But we weren’t as brave as L, to leave through the front door, so we snuck round the back, and took the service stairs up to the first floor, and then started across to our building… but our unit leader was at the circulation desk! Darn it! So back into the stairwell and up to the second floor, then across the breezeway to our building and down and out our front door! Phew! Man, we should have been spies! We would have aced the covertness tests… except for the giggling.

Anyway, it took me about twenty minutes to get home (five minutes usually), because the freeway was clogged, and I decided to take a shortcut, which also ended up having fairly heavy traffic. But still, home safe, if a little damp. We may not have had any tornadoes in my area, but it was raining pretty good! The lawn between my building and the next was turning into a lake; the drainage ditch outside the complex had overflowed its banks, as had the Brazos; and my apartment windows got a good rinse, because at times, the water was falling horizontally (this despite the three foot overhang of the roof).

I kept the tv on the weather reports most of the evening, just to be certain, but all we got in my area was thunder, lightning and rain. And that was plenty, let me tell you.

Sadly, the bad weather meant that rehearsal got cancelled, and we also decided to reschedule our SKVE night/intervention. Just as well, I suppose. With so much water on the roads (even after the storm passed), it was safer not to be driving on them.

As if to mock the previous day, yesterday was gorgeous! And today’s shaping up to be more of the same. It’s like Nature had a hissy fit on Friday, then took a nap and woke up all sunshine and smiles.

Just posting

Well, I haven’t written on here in a shockingly long time! But I have an excuse. <whiny voice>I’ve been siiick!</whiny voice> This really has been the most virulent cold I’ve had in years and I just haven’t felt much like writing… I guess I’ve been concentrating too much on just trying to breathe through my nose. 🙂

And really, I haven’t had all that much to talk about lately. I really only came on today because it’s been so long since my last post and I felt vaguely guilty (don’t ask me why, I know it’s silly). Oh, and also because it’s Friday and I don’t feel like working.

And just as a reminder to myself, I am going to Sing tonight. I will not go home after work, read for a while, watch a little tv and then go to bed, like the last time I had tickets to Sing. I will go, and I will enjoy myself. And as an added reminder to myself, I’ve set my alarm for 7pm, so if I do forget it’ll go off and I’ll say, “Why on earth did I set my alarm for 7pm?? Oh, right! I’m going to Sing!”

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