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We're off to log 1500 miles of driving this weekend -- to PA tonight, OH Thursday night, and IL on Friday. Whee! We have lots of books and toys and snacks, so all should be fine.

Have fun, all!
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Well, I at least went to the DMV and got my new (temporary license) today -- but it was quite unlike any other gov't office I've been to in the past. No "take a number and have a seat and wait" -- no, it was wait in a long, slow line, while the staff moved slllloooooowly. Ugh.

It's snowing outside! Big, fluffy snow, which will probably melt tomorrow, but it does look pretty.

I finished JP's scarf and am now knitting L a simple poncho. So far it looks decent -- it is about half done. I am getting pretty good, if I do say so. Well, competent, at least.

Next week, we go to PA to have Thanksgiving with G's folks, then back to IL to drop the kids off to see their dad, and G and I get two and a half days ALONE. Man, I do need a break (says the one who has a cluttered kitchen since she is too lazy to tidy it, but it will get done this afternoon).
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Today's weird event:

Just after L and I get home from the bus stop, there is a knock on the door -- it's the UPS guy. Alas, not a smokin' hottie, but whatever, right?

He brings up THREE huge boxes from HearthSong for L, with her name on it -- a wooden stove/fridge, fridge, and shelf unit. Mmmmkay. I didn't order them and I was about 99% sure G didn't either. Of course, L sees the boxes and is all excited.

I call G, who calls his folks and nope, not from them. I call the ex, who amazingly answers his work extension and says they are from his mom who emailed me about it (which I never received). I email her and all is sorted out.

Thus, L will have a nice little kitchen set-up whenever G and I get around to assembling it -- maybe this weekend. She is the happy little camper, ayup.

Related to email -- anyone have a gmail invite they can send me? please? my home email is completely f'ed up and I am bouncing like mad on my lists, sigh.
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Finally nearly caught up with work. Whew. I have another hour to do this afternoon, but it should go pretty fast, I think. We have the survey set for research methods class, and I think I can do the statistical analysis part okay. SPSS (the software we use) is like some weird combo of Excel and Access, and it does all the work for you, so all I have to do is make sure I plug in the right values.

Anyways. Why did I pick now, when the semester is in full crunch mode, to learn to knit? heh. I am not TOO awfful at it -- I figured out how to knit and purl and bind off and cast on, and I made L a little blanket for some dolls, and am making JP a scarf. At least I found something to spend my birthday cash on!

It got REALLY cold here all of a sudden and the a.m. walk to the bus stop sucked mightily today. Oof. Time to curl up with coffee, I think....
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and I now have an official paid position as a grad assistant! w00t! It only pays me about $200 a week, but the resume benefit will way outweigh that (plus, it's only 10-15 hours/week of work) and maybe, maybe a publishing credit out of this?

I will be collating data and doing analysis on a longitudinal study on family violence. I am starting tomorrow officially.

Though we are fine financially, it will make me feel better to contribute to the income as well.

G has some good news as well (not sure if he has posted it to the UB) and will be presenting a paper at a conference in February. That has been a goal of his and I am so proud of him for achieving it.

Now, off to clean and pack!!

that high?

Jul. 4th, 2005 06:39 pm
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You Are 36% American
America: You don't love it or want to leave it.
But you wouldn't mind giving it an extreme make over.
On the 4th of July, you'll fly a freak flag instead...
And give Uncle Sam a sucker punch!

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bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.

Personally, I'd rather see one that lists the states you've done the deed in, but that's me. Thanks to SO, mine has dramatically increased in the last year. Sad thing is, I travelled a LOT with the X, but he wasn't into sex, so my list was pretty tame before.
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Okay, I have been a slacker. Yeah. Anyways, I have TWO new serial killer profiles in the works. One of 'em is more speculative...but I do trust my instincts, so just come along for the ride, why don't you? Both of 'em are fairly local to me, and are part of a larger project, which, if I ever get some mad web skillz, will be unveiled to the public as a whole. I might lock them, so if you want to read them, you'd best friend me...I do get a little possessive of my writings and all.

I got to meet the lead investigator on one of these cases and he gave me a lot of interesting information on the scenes and the perpetrator. Very, very cool stuff. He's a decent sort.

They'll be up by Friday afternoon. Then...on Saturday...Donna Martin graduates! /obligatory 90210 reference off. Finally!

I do read everyone's updates, but seeing as I went and fell in love and all that good stuff, I am kinda...dazy more or less these days. I wrapped up my internship and now am looking for that elusive j.o.b. but with all the irons in the fire, at some point...something will catch. Or so I hope, at the least.

Okay, kids, I'm off. tygre out.
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Well, a day late and all that, as I was sort of ...preoccupied last night. Heh. ;)
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so I'll have a little crime tale up later tonight... I need to get off my ass once in a while!

Went to yet ANOTHER book sale yesterday and got heaps of stuff -- and also made a connection with a woman who coordinates donations for prison libraries. With her encouragement, I decided to contact our county jail and see what can be done about their lack of decent reading material for the inmates. I met the second-in-command a couple weeks back, so maybe that will give me a bit of an in.

Shots fired at our local mall yesterday afternoon -- yow. One kid got hit in the shoulder (he was the apparent target) but is doing okay. They caught the suspect, but shit. We have like 6-8 homicides a year in this town, and that was kinda strange to happen at the MALL, of all places.

Now I need to contemplate going for a walk -- the sun is out, and I know where my shades are -- but it's windy as hell, so I need to locate a hat! :P
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I had an amusing day: though I typically work in the Xmas ornaments and shit department, I got sent down to lingerie today to work, as the two people scheduled didn't show up -- one called in sick, no idea on the other one.

I did sell a lot of bras, but not too many panties. Ah well. One of my coworkers did take me out to lunch, though, which was cool.

Made a coffeecake type thing, and gonna go watch a movie. No work tomorrow, just reading a ton for my term paper, and then taking a goddamned stupid ass boring Excel quiz fo rmy online class.

Sorry so dull, will write up an essay on Zodiac and maybe another candidate for tomorrow. Hey Tibby, should I do one on Mark Winger?


Nov. 14th, 2003 08:37 pm
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Fucking Excel. Blech.

This dumbass computer class is so damned time counsuming!!

I have to take the kids out at TEN tonight to help out at a fundraising event (cleanup). Got up too early today, to boot.

Grump grump grump. At least I sold a lot of junk @ work today and got my paycheck deposited, thus avoiding financial disaster for another couple days.
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And the rest of you, count your lucky stars:

Heh. I get a Bingo most days, I think.
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I got faux Biore nose strips AND a video on unsolved/great crimes at the dollar store yesterday. The video features a section on the Zodiac killer, Green River, and Sacco/Venzetti. Hey, for a buck, who cares? I'm going to watch it tonight, I think, and will report back later.

Green River

Nov. 5th, 2003 09:41 pm
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Quicky update: my car died and I've been away from my PC (and thus my notes) a lot dealing with that. Things are improved a bit, and here we go with the Green River Killer, possibly the US's most prolific serial killer...Read more... )
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First, some kitty pics: http://www.geocities.com/birds92/KittyPhotos.html

Sorry for the popups. Urgh. AND also sorry for my lack o talent when taking pics of moving objects! Hee hee.

Welcome to Mauvaise, Evilbeth, and Lala2! Hope you enjoy my random ramblings.

Doing a study group for my criminological theories class next week. As I am one of only 2-3 people with A's in the class, I was asked by some of the other students to help them study. Um, okay. I LOVE that class. I actually enjoy being challenged, and since I know how to write an essay exam, I'm doing good.

Kitties are doing well. No fighting or biting, and they are both snuggle demons. The kids love them, too.

This week we'll learn more about the Green River Killer, and then this weekend, some little known factoids about Ted Bundy. Any nominations after that? Yes, Ed Gein's a' coming up, and of course, Springfield's 1965 Jaycees' Man of the Year, John Wayne Gacy.

We joked in my serial murder class that your risk of committing homicide goes up by several orders of magnitude if your middle name is Wayne. Hee hee.
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Albert DeSalvo is commonly assumed by many to be the "Boston Strangler", but new evidence shows that he may not have been.

The crimes occured from 1962 to 1964, and a total of thirteen victims would be attributed to the "Boston Strangler" Read more... )
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I'm overwhelmed by all the birthday wishes today. Thank you all SO much. That really made my day! :)

Criminal update will be tomorrow and on Albert Desalvo -- WAS he The Boston Strangler? Or not?

Met with my advisor today. She recommended several grad schools for me that aren't in IL -- the best ones aren't, so away from the Midwest we go. I'll be contacting most of them in the next month, since I'm not going until spring or fall 2005 anyways, due to X being a jackass and finances, such as they are, but that's cool. Got to look on the bright side and all that.

Chicago guy is trying to weasel his way back. Um, NO. He's even proposed coming to Spfld in a couple weeks and staying at a hotel and said he'd be content to see me "whenever (I) can make the time to see him". That'd be never, dude. Going to have to get flat-out rude, since my, "I thought I'd told you I wasn't interested in seeing you again" isn't working.

In better news, we get a kitty tomorrow. The kids are bouncing off the walls! I have a court appearance in the morning for my advocacy case, and we may actually lose this time. Gah. The bio mom is such a nutball it's unreal, but for some reason, her public defender is spending HOURS on this case. It's bizarre. For those new to the game, I'm a court-appointed special advocate in child abuse and neglect cases -- I act as the child's voice in court. these kids have all been removed from the original home because of abuse or neglect, and that's where I come in. I talk to everyone the kid has contact with and prepare a report for the judge detailing my findings and recommendations. The judge then considers that when ruling where the kid should go. It's interesting work, and yes, unpaid. Good experience and connections though!

Off to finish up an online class assignment. Birthday overall rating: A. I didn't get laid today, but then I've never had that privilege, so I can't take off evry much for that!
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Friday Five
1) Do you still have your childhood teddy bear or blanky and if so, where?

I think it's at my mom and dad's house -- a stuffed Pooh bear. Never did the blanky thing, though I have some blankets that my mom used on me as an infant and my kids play with them now.

2) If you have siblings, assume they weren't your siblings and you met them in school or as neighbors or out and about somewhere- do you think you'd be friends with them?

Oh, I very much doubt it. My sister's become quite elitist and we don't see eye to eye on most issues. As it is, we can spend about a day together before I need to get away to cool off.

3) Assuming you're working now, when do you hope to retire from the regular word-a-day life?

Hmm. When I get too feeble and forgetful to work? Heh. I don't know. Maybe 70ish?

4) What's generally the first thing you do when you get home each day?
Pit stop, check the mail, get something to eat, check email.
Then, snuggle kids and see what needs doing around the house.

5) If you drink coffee or chocolate milk, do you ever jack it up with flavorings? I use flavored creamers at my mom's house, and sometimes buy flavored coffee if I am flush with cash, but generally, plain with the nasty fake creamer (I LIKE the stuff!) is fine and dandy with me.
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1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?

I don't follow any of them, and so no favorites!

3. Are there any sports you hate?
hate is a strong word. "Colossal waste of time to watch and not play myself" is more my view...

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?

Pro, only farm-league baseball, a few times about 20 years ago. Went to a lot of high school soccer games, and some intramural softball games to cheer on friends in college.

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?

I like to play tennis, but haven't in a long time. I had my own horse in high school, and rode a lot, naturally. I also like to play volleyball and softball.

I'm not anti-sports, but I just don't get the attraction of watching them on TV. I grew up with a dad who watches everything except hockey, but I still am oblivious to football's rules. Heh.