Hey there, dear journal.
I've come to realize that my writing skills have atrophied terribly. I think some of it is due to being busy, and some due to just lapsing into the lazy convenience of twitter and pictures over content with more substance.
I've taken a few strides toward getting back in the saddle, though there are still quite a few excuses I could make to myself to skip. I'm officially installed at blog.scottobear.com though I will still read my friends list and forward my entries to LJ... I'm too attached to livejournal to turn my back on it.
Pyewacket went to the vet today - he still wasn't doing so well, so BHK drove him to Annapolis, and the doc gave him a tummyful of barium. The vet techs observed him for a bit, and assured BHK that he was AOK. MIL went along, so while they waited, a trip to Tuesday Morning was in order. The vet was one that BHK is very comfortable with - was quite sensitive when Kona was having issues back in the day, too. The outcome after three different x-rays, he sounds like he's doing well, but we're going to keep an eye on him.
I want to repair the crazy-brain.
Lots of anxiety and distress have been appearing to affect my system physically lately... I'm looking for new ways to process those feelings. A worst case situation includes elements of stuttering, sweating, stomach distress, being unable to breathe, panic, anger, irrationality, fear, headache, dizziness and joint pain.
I have to remind myself that it's all just a ride. Not only that, but I have a lot of wonderful blessings in my life - my wife, the lads, good friends... not to mention all of the positive, but intangibles. BHK was thinking it might be a form of ADD - I'm skeptical, but will keep an open mind - if only to seek the best possible remedy to the frequent unpleasantness.
Now playing: The Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
Dreamt last night that we were under attack by folks of the Winnebago tribe – they wanted to steal the Love Cube.
Showered while singing “Mr. Custer“.. no doubt a result of the aforementioned dream-stuff.
Last night went by like a blur. Got home, ordered pizza, BHK fell asleep on the couch.. I rudely awakened her, and we went to bedski. I awakened at 5 this morning, and headed off to work – without my wallet. Thankfully, I have tasty leftover dindin from the night before last. Brussels Sprouts, tasty rice and quorn cutlet.
NJR’s last day at work is tomorrow – He’s a good guy – I’d take him out for a drink with the guys if we didn’t have so many things going on. Hopefully he’ll be back when he’s between acting gigs – but for now, he’s off to Naples, FL.
I’m really digging the cooler weather – I can feel Christmas around the corner, and snow somewhen after that. There’s a good vibe walking to work from the metro in a bracing chill, wrapped in a homemade scarf.
Newt and Pye have been enjoying a nice bit of fun now that the leaves are spending more time being whirled about in the wind rather than stuck to branches – Newt had pretty much laid claim to the window ledge behind BHK’s work station upstairs… but now, Pye has taken to queuing up behind Newt for a spot to watch the leafy fallout. Later Newt got his seat back and Pye was on top of him to get another turn….at one point Newt started to fall asleep and look away and Pye gave him a healthy nudge in the head to remind him that someone else was waiting for a turn.
1 year ago – we lit the xmas tree
2 years ago - sewer backed up, homestead garden, new ornaments
3 years ago – got our tree, met a man named cheeto, bluegrass, chitchat with the in-laws
4 years ago – city data North Beach, dinner with lj friends and family, PH day
6 years ago – Work blues, hey ya cb, marvel stamps, ufo theme
7 years ago – annoying words, possible friends list alteration, marshmallows &volcanoes, Rick James/Hulk, on call reduction, CS work-dolt, MM arrival, JL RIP.
8 years ago – mighty shopper, LA Story, keywords, rain
9 years ago – economics, WID gig, good gab, holiday cards
10 years ago – AOK, R d’E, RIP Klink, Golden goat
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What have I been up to lately, dear journal? Let’s see.
On Wednesday, I went to a job fair in Northern Virginia… I’m thankful that my background allows me to qualify for a good clearance ranking. DC area seems to prefer folks with an ability to do so.
Yesterday, BHK, Chris and I went to the Mexico restaurant for supper – aside from that, I went to physical therapy and rested in bed with the boys. Tonight we’re scheduled to visit the Manspergers for some baked Ziti and good conversation – Sean has been very helpful, in helping me to seek out opportunities in this region.
I’m looking forward to a snowy day tomorrow. Supposed to be 12-20 inches in my neck of the woods!
Amy is coming to visit from the 26th to the 30th! Right on!
I’m digging the new statistics page for livejournal. Makes it easier to track hits than by hiding little sensors in each post, certainly. The “my guests” feature is especially engrossing – I never know so many flyby’s happened to old entries!
I’m glad the tv show lost is in it’s final season. I don’t hate the show… but I am tired of the hype. I watched the first season or so, and then stopped, when it occurred to me that they’d keep making shows as long as advertisers would pay to keep ‘em on the air, and not because there’s a solid plot going from beginning to end. I feel the same about Heroes, sadly. If there had been something more engaging than “what is the answer” and one I’d never get, I’d probably dig both of those shows.
Also, I think Blade should’ve been in Twilight, not Buffy.
New Years, I’m planning on doing the Polar bear plunge, unless my health isn’t into it. Current holiday loot breakdown – all of it wonderful!
- Mom and Wilton – Oranges, Honey and assorted grove goodness from Florida.
- Ish & company – a tin of yummy cookies, a picture of Newt drawn by Li’l bit, two wonderful tree ornaments – one says “we <3 u infinity”, and a pair of sea stars in beach gear and a great hand-done card, complete with glitter!
- Karen (Kev’s sis)– super friends Cartoon DVD (via Amazon… BHK and I didn’t recognize her married name, so it took me a sec to figure out who it was!)
- Cathy and Dave – Cookies! and three wrapped gifts to put under the tree!
1 year ago – Dexter season 1, gifts from Kev, and the folks in Florida, tired but getting better,
2 years ago - started my minicity - (still doing ok, though neglected), icy footing, f'ing programming, tell me meme, my snazzy new custom sneakers
3 years ago - Dinner with C&D, Big Brain, Xmas card, silly holiday lj toys
4 years ago - Xmas card, condo Xmas party, calm a llama down
5 years ago - salty seas, Christmas toy, year in review, Celebrex, anime fans, con folk
6 years ago - trade invites for play $$, dreams
7 years ago - How to attain old age, got my epidural
8 years ago - Crime & Punishment, heterodox, evil news, HP question, pooter poop, bagpipe, egoboo, giant bee
9 years ago - met Tarpo (I still have the holiday mix cd) and Isis, LJ sea Chantey, AOK-ing, Christmas Blues
10 years ago – heat miser / snow miser song.
Making a change in the house - switching off cable television. (well, actually, DirecTV)
We decided a while back that we watch way too much tv... then, when the dvr broke, and DirecTV gave us shoddy customer service, that clinched it. They promised us a new box and instead they wanted to charge us more for a refurbished model than give us our replacement for free, like they said that they would.
Looking at the shows that either BHK or I record, we figured it was a good thing to just cancel our service, and get what we want via netflix or online.
Here's what we had on the save list to follow and/or catch up on. It may be a bit obvious which I lean towards, and which are BHK's.
Hint, BHK's are in italics, mine are in bold. Both... are both.
Parks and Rec
America's Next Top Model
Big Bang Theory
Ace of Cakes
So you think you can dance
Drop Dead Diva
Better off ted
Last Restaurant Standing
10 things I hate about you
1 year ago - beardless pic, good gas prices.
2 years ago - crabs for christmas
3 years ago - george washington will kick you apart, pictures of deerfield
4 years ago - google map risk, sexy archie, personality meme
5 years ago - bro issues, MM/Islam, light and shadow, mallah and brain, walking annual post, famous cat, truthout
6 years ago - Eclipso, Lady From Shanghai, Tomacco, fonts, Book Fair, pondering, maggot art, mirror, Witch
7 years ago - poetry search, Newtcam pic, Zombie, DTH, Stupidty, Rachel
8 years ago - evil news, tattoo poll, shirty, Bizarro, Da Vinci
9 years ago - Apologies for FL, clown, log sheets, sweet disorder, I knew a woman, crimson dreams, chupacabra
note to self, add today's to story list - (each dot is a prior year's).....
1 year ago - shots, trott's farm, BHK veggie crazed, selby, free concert by the bay, MIL with nude sombrero, Dead Men Don't wear plaid, the cloud minders, jersey walk, efficient solar energy, voice gun
2 years ago - factoids about folks I know, armed car chase through the neighborhood, Perseid shower reminder, brits start to ditch wigs in court
3 years ago - venture bros good, lj ugly nav bar, bye bye black rhino, angel / shovel / burrito, simulated lost case-630am, Arvis book in comments!
4 years ago - Last Day w/Magda, invisi-bro, chrono-lifting, breakfast foods, zombies invade sca event, crab, autostitch bus, minor drama, commendation
5 years ago - KoL, Bollywood, Patriot Act, Felix the Cat
6 years ago - sleep troubles, Andromeda Strain, 4-legged man , system crash - modem drivers (Service pack 4 for win2k caused Norton trouble) , Stalin vs Hitler comic, newtcam pic, discovered title-tags, strickland a/c die-lemma
7 years ago - more swell chatties, Roanoke (including odd reply from Boughman), Dreams of Lake Conoy with zombie mist, sweet possum sugar, mother goose
8 years ago - Evil news, riposte, dream of the jungle, If I were... meme, time, sleepy, Dumbass Tenochtitlan Saucermen,chat, aura colors, personality disorder test, Louvre
9 years ago - Bad things with April, super power question
Hell, as long as I don't have to pay more than a minimum to get fixed to a point where I can function, whatever works. Apparently, I missed my #3 injection due to Denise the receptionist's oversight - she claimed I was unable to get the shot due to worker's comp not being properly phrased.
We'll see how this turns out.
In other news - BHK and I may go see our Tuesday movie, or we might go on walkabout in a bit. time will tell, dear journal.
Looking for a ew renter for out Deerfield beach condo - old tenant is great, but he moves back to Brazil this month.
Bear Scare in Ohio cracks me up.
Scholastic was there - lots of flashbacks to the days when filling out a little strip of paper and ordering books through school came back.
Book fair was at the Keys school private education pre-k - 12- the mascot is the obezegs (Gazebo backwards)
Also shown - Easter egg tree, gazebo roof, and some video of the local color.
1 year ago - cabin fever pancakes, stuffed cabbage, enchanted, pew pew, camel quote, earth is humming, abandonware, olympic torch relay nazis
2 years ago - comcast vs my surfing, sewage eruption in north beach, tons o' work, dual-gendered deer, amy meetup, modok, the cage, pics of pye and squirrel, evil condo guy arrested
3 years ago - yellow + blue = no green?, pancakes, newt pix, easter bunny fight, farm hustle
4 years ago - mzk, dr who, nbc6 video feed
5 years ago - Khaan!, walkabout statue pictures, CoH, tv turnoff week, Jenjen
6 years ago - Passover, Good Friday, House of 1000 corpses, hair registry idea, past life poll
7 years ago - Pig book, Argentine ants, textarc, haiku, exploding private-parts,slug-eating plant, vibration energy, freedom force, Disney rides becoming movies
8 years ago - cartoons, weeping cherry, newt pic, web hits, Tom Green & PMS ruined my night
Made it to work with time to spare, I was welcomed by Franklin-cat - I'm going to get treats for him later.
Batman Brave & the Bold continues to be exceptional - I really liked the recent Joker's 50's design is ... also "brake, choke, throttle, " my kind of car! comment was perfect.
Speaking of Throttle - Comcast returned - didn't call BHK to let her know they had come by - seems they had throttled down our connection because they couldn't figure out how to properly bill us? What? Anyhow, it is back up to speed now. Just as well - Verison's service isn't in our area - our only other alternative is satellite-type stuff - Hughes net. That's the price we pay for living in a rural-ish area, I guess!
Grabbed subs, did $2 worth of scratch-off tickets (and won$2! - broke even), and headed home to watch Hancock tonight - I thought it was pretty enjoyable, all told. I think the thing was to not expect "meteor man - drunk hero" throughout the whole film. I do have to wonder about the other super though... why was Hancock the only person being a hero? Just seeing the movie made me wonder if a Damage Control film was a viable thing - a ton of collateral damage.
I just figured out the cartoon I was whistling the song to earlier (singing to pyewacket and newt) - An Itch in Time - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-zA16E-
1 year ago - atw easter, palm doodle, becoming jane, easter island, open source options
2 years ago - saw 300 with BHK and TM, supper at chevy's
3 years ago - six comments per entry, dark organic secrets, working rocket boots, no 'e's, hurricane names, ape & kitty,
4 years ago - superhero idea, prvt brokentoy on pavement, bandwidth pull, eclipse, DOJ presentation, Digicam RIP
5 years ago - Bubba Ho-Tep, Bro info, RI annoying
6 years ago - Season poll, spring rains
7 years ago - Newtie Mer, grabby bunny, text-m's, Pirate disfigurement poll, clever robber, outside reading sources online
8 years ago - sql, free pulp novels online
Once they got here, I got a telephone call from my mom - just gabbed a bit, but when I came back out, the in-laws were ready to take off. I guess they weren't too into The Fall. BHK and I liked it - I really enjoyed just staring through it - nifty costumes and sets.
Photos from this evening. Featuring snow that looks like ping pong balls in the light of a flash, blue lit room due to pausing the tv, and a phantom kiss from BHK due to a long shutter opening. Also seen is the "Rosy Glow" due to light diffraction outside.
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Funny to me that we get more snow on the first day of March than the rest of winter combined. Looks like about 8 inches tonight... powdery, no crust... like confectioners sugar with some glitter tossed in for effect. Maybe tomorrow will be a "Snow Day" and I can work from home!
1 year ago - outsider art museum with BHK and David, pictures, poe's burial site, cheeburger w/ larry
2 years ago - newt and pye's distant relative - Kiddo - the transatlantic airship kitty, GP, tina, gaming, and 2003, transfusion song
3 years ago - memes & links, dino pic, windows live pigs in space mefi, hop sing, haha ray
4 years ago - torn mime video awesome, zombie-like news story, book, idiopathic, Japanese Macaque, choicepoint data theft, duckie bath, yahoo video, kaleidoscope, mapper of doom, viva broward pictures
5 years ago - Blueberry Doughnuts, Meme, Factoid and so on
6 years ago - Dorky-Newt explanation, Vet Visit, AI 20 questions, TV schedule
7 years ago - Evil proggy struggle, baby critters, folks getting fired over weblogs, palm piccies
8 years ago - why wiccans suck
In-laws came over and we all had pancakes for Dinner tonight - along with some deviled / boiled eggs, it made for a tasty end of the day.
Larry and I tried spotting the green comet Lulin tonight, but to no avail - the neighbor's house blocked out that part of the horizon. Maybe sometime this weekend, we can head out to the boardwalk and try to spot a section that isn't too lit up.
Word of the Day - EVOE! (from the Conception of Dionysus)
"Zeus stretched out on Semele's bed in the form of a bull with human limbs. Then he was a panther. Then a young man with vine shoots in his curls. Finally he settled into that most perfect of shapes: the serpent. Zeus prolonged their union like some story without end, a rehearsal of the life of the god about to be generated. The snake slithered over Semele's trembling body and gently licked her neck. Then, gripping her bust in one of his coils, wrapping her breasts in a scaly sash, he sprinkled her not with poison but with liquid honey. The snake was pressing his mouth against Semele's mouth, a dribble of nectar trickling down onto her lips intoxicated her, and all the while vine leaves were sprouting up on the bed and there was a sound of drums beating in the darkness. The earth laughed. Dionysus was conceived just as Zeus shouted the name with which for centuries he was to be evoked: 'Evoe!'"
That's all I've got. Until later, dear journal.
1 year ago - Trip to the eastern shore, cannonball house, GW sweatshirt, hot sauce, walkabout pictures - geodesic dome, radio tower, old church, stitching pictures weirdly, general tanuki's, my first Natty Boh, Cthulhu at Gitmo, The Prestige
2 years ago - lj notifications broken, model train expo, George Takei on Tim Hardaway
3 years ago - newt herd pic, sleep, quiz-meme, lost a kid before we were even called
4 years ago - Sleepy, Paris Hacked, Gorilla Cover Gallery, adding insult to injury pic, mel out of comm for a week
5 years ago - Newt-beliefs, Police pay an unkind visit (DRAMA!)
6 years ago - fairy tales, country bears, lj poop, palm doodle, A Reading Rainbow of Prophesies, misc news
7 years ago - Tulpa-thoughts, L&B have the baby
8 years ago - one of my favorite bear piccies, hoogerbrugge, Haiku arena is founded, rough translations
Cousin David is going to South Korea to Teach conversational English. I'm glad he's heading out of Blackburg and expanding his horizons - I think he'll dig it, and can help folks in the process.
Shrek on Broadway ? Ecch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Not much to say - I'll part on ripple.
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
Would you hear my voice come through the music,
Would you hold it near as it were your own?
Its a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,
Perhaps they're better left unsung.
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air.
Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.
Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.
There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.
Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.
But if you fall you fall alone,
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.
La dee da da da, la da da da da, da da da, da da, da da da da da
La da da da, la da da, da da, la da da da, la da, da da.
1 year ago - too icy to get to work, thai soup yum, inside-out stuffed animals, do not call improvement
2 years ago - hyperdrive, my youtube account collapses, My first moment of unhappiness with Obama and hope vs Clinton, ovid
3 years ago - 2nd life, pics, monkey-sphere, bloodhound gang,
4 years ago - sushi and dan walkies, hunter thompson quits, cadmus jlu, freedom force, community populations, compusa resolution, blinky explodes
5 years ago - Monkey-mouse sperm, Alignments
6 years ago - weird news, oddball keywords, Russians link to me, community stats, mermaid art.
7 years ago - booboo'ed, Sally Struthers as soap-opera mind control, man stabbed with a swordfish.
8 years ago - Wanting things, noggin ache, Net use stats
Saturday, February 21, 2009 10:35 AM
Been waiting at the doctors office for about 30 minutes now - longer time than usual to get shots.
BHK is getting blood work done - I’m more peeved that she has to wait than me - she has been fasting since last night and probably has some low blood sugar going on.
I’m just glad they have some juice available to her for afterward.
After we finish here, plans are for me to get a haircut, a spot of breakfast and then visit Miss Tigger for some love while the in-laws are out off town on a school field trip.
This weekend is primarily set to be for catching up with work - home and otherwise.
Supper last night was buffalo “chicken” patties - celery for BHK, pickles for me. Caught up with an episode of Burn Notice and Psych, and then we toddled off to bed. Straightforward evening.
I am back from my shot- bhk getting blood work done now.
Good day sunshine going through my head, for no reason in particular. This week did not feel like a 4-day workweek. I hope next week is less demanding on my resources.
Britny’s girlfriend broke up with her the day before valentine’s day- kind of a punk maneuver. They’re best friends “with benefits” now, but are free to see other folks. That sounds a bit like a death knell for a relationship to me, but who knows how it will work out for them?
Haven’t heard a lot from Jay or Sean lately - I suspect that that Duncan hasx been giving them quite a run for their money.
It’s pretty cold in the doc’s office… remodeled too - the carpet is making me feel a little dizzy, too.
BHK is done with bloodwork - they gave her a caprisun? I thought real fruit juice was proper, not corn syrup? Ah well, we'll get some breakfast / lunch at home - lots of good eats there.
We go to Chessie's for subs - I get veggie & cheese, BHK gets a pizza-steak sub. I opt out of getting a haircut at the barber shop next door, as they only take cash. 7-11 next door has drinks and dessert - BHK starts on a slim jim to get her system back.
Fill up with Gas, and hit the Car wash! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=
Time to peek in on Miss Tigger while the in-laws are gone and give her some food, too. Subs are lackluster.
Back to feed and play with Tigger again - we brought a copy of "The Cat From Outer Space" to play with her in the room.
Tigger is asleep. BHK is Asleep. I'm doing stuff on the computer, and am enjoying the old disney flick.
9:30 PM BHK is awake, Tigger is downstairs, Movie is over.
9:45 - Heading home - until Later, Dear Journal!
1 year ago - lunar eclipse, ice coming?, recalled meat, Bush 19%, newt and pye analogues, new knight rider series, Psych, Kim Possible, HD DVD officially dead, giant fossilized devil-frog, common people "$25 street survivor"
2 years ago - sunset and duck pics, naked gun, phone hearing w/florida, cyn's new (now old) space!
3 years ago - 2nd life, frankenbox windows issue, modified newtcam subdomain, Samuel, I'm a nine
4 years ago - Atlantic shores hosp, motherboards, jokers utility belt, 2-headed baby, paris hilton hacked, jlu, angry beavers, comic essentials, danny teaches school about graphic novels, six-gun gorilla, ash, icon origin
5 years ago - Wishing for Dr. Feng Shui, Quit FFXI, Time out with Danny and his wife
6 years ago - DDoS on LJ, Friday five, Nordis is full of crap, parking spots pictures, The Groovenians = blah
7 years ago - robo-triffid, daily pictures, back hurting
8 years ago - Chariots of the Gods, reminders, Geocities stops hot links, my nesting instinct