January 10 - December 22, 2002

These entries are from multiple sources. See the footnotes for details.


January 10, 2002

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I got home last night about 3:00 am from one of the worst inventory gigs of my career; to say the least it did *not* go smoothly. That is my fifth inventory in a row and I have one more tonight before I'm off two days, from that job anyway. School started back on the seventh; I'm taking Soil Mechanics (aka Geotechnical Engineering) and Structural Analysis II. My Geo professor is a woman - only the second woman engineering prof that I've had. I like her - she's very animated and expressive like I am when she talks. I'm really looking forward to both of my classes: I'm finally getting to the courses that are directly related to my field!

Big news! My e-pal, Michele, has had one of her "romantic short stories" published in this week's Woman's World magazine! I bought a copy yesterday: the story is great. I hope all of you will check it out. It's in the January 15th edition of Woman's World.


January 16, 2002

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I'm feeling pretty yucky today: I'm tired and the sore throat I've had the past few days is turning into laryngitis. Oh, well. For this site, I added a few new entries to the jokes page, and I took down the "Happy Holidays" greetings that I had on some pages. (I thought I had already updated those pages to an after-holiday look. Oops!)


January 29, 2002

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I'm feeling much better, health-wise. School is in full swing, and I believe the professors think that I only have one class: theirs! On the site today, I continued to remove traces of my Happy Holidays layout.


February 12, 2002

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I'm in the midst of a string of busy days. I have much homework that I need to do, and I am slowly but surely working on it.

I'm also recovering from a yucky weekend. The trouble started on the way home on Friday night, about 11:30. Suddenly, police lights flash behind me - a cop is pulling me over. I truly had no idea why - I wasn't speeding. He told me one of my headlights was out, then he took my license and went back to his car for ten minutes while I wondered, "He can't give me a ticket for a busted headlight can he?" He wrote me out a warning. As I was signing it, the song "Criminal" by Fiona Apple started playing on my radio. I hope he heard it too: talk about irony!

Pretty crappy, yes? Wait, there's another log: I made it to the highway and turned and proceeded toward home. I noticed the Highway Patrol had stopped on the roadside and were giving some guy the field sobriety tests. I drove on and suddenly BLUE LIGHTS ARE FLASHING BEHIND ME AGAIN! Yes, I was being pulled over for the second time in ten minutes!!!!!!!! I stopped again, thinking "This is NOT happening." The copper tells me, "You were swerving back there. Have you been drinking?" I said a curt, "no." He took my license and he and the other one - apparently he needed backup - were looking at my car. One says, "Did you know your headlight isn't working?" I flashed my warning paper and said, "Yeah, he just gave me a warning for that around the corner." The guy was like, "Well, we're just giving you all kind of trouble tonight aren't we?" I said a curt, "Yep." He gave me my license back and told me to be careful.

Unbelievable! Friday started out well - I was having dinner with my cousin Jennifer, and then we went to see Lord of the Rings.

Site-wise, I added some new jokes, including some favorite sitcom moments penned by myself and my lovely and talented epal, Michele.


February 19, 2002

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I am working on a new layout for the site. I'm testing it on this page.


March 6, 2002

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Yep, the new layout is up, but I still don't have it applied to some of the smaller pages.

I have been incredibly busy for the last couple of weeks. Let me recap:

Monday the 18th: test in class number 1
Thursday the 21st: lab report due
Monday the 25th: test in class number 2. also: test 1 back. 92!
Tuesday the 26th: received the first speeding ticket of my life (!)
Thursday the 28th: lab report due
Monday the 4th: homework due isn't done due to work on other class project. also: test 2 back. 95!
Thursday the 7th: lab report due
Monday the 11th: major project due (worth as much as a test!)

I spent most of last weekend working on the project that's due on the 11th because I thought it was due on the 6th. This is also why I didn't complete the assignment for the 4th.

For fun I did manage to go see Lord of the Rings again. I really like that movie! I'm thinking of getting a DVD player so that I'll be ready when LOTR is released on DVD.


March 22, 2002

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Next week is Spring Break, so maybe I'll have a chance to catch up on my studies. Fortunately I only have one assignment to complete during the break, and I'm almost half done with it. My goal is to study a little each day so I increase my understanding of the material and don't fall behind.

Website-wise, I have overhauled and moved my "fannesite" - now I just need to redirect the domain. I also need to add some of the new jokes I have to the comedy section.


April 4, 2002

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So much for my plan to catch up during Spring Break! This week is not so bad but next week I have two assignments due on Monday and a test in my first class. On Wednesday I have a test in my second class. Fortunately this semester will be over at the end of this month. Unfortunately I will have to take a class this summer, which I was not expecting.

Website-wise, I created a portal that is an index to most of the sites that I run. I have a few others that aren't listed, but believe me, they're not really worth mentioning.


April 18, 2002

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Happy Anniversary to me! Yes, it was a year ago today that I started my first website: this one! Now look at me with two domains plus about ten websites and plenty of ideas left.

The only thing I really lack is time. In happy news, our last day of class for this semester is scheduled for Monday. I phrase it that way because I have two assigments that are due on the 24th - two days after classes end! How weird is that? One of my professors will be out of town on Monday, so we're having a makeup class on Wednesday instead and, of course, the final on Friday the 26th. My other final is on May 1st. I'm glad they're spaced out like that; I've had three in one day before, and let me assure you that did not go well.


May 3, 2002

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I am over with my finals for the previous semester, so I can now enjoy the week and a half - okay a week at this point - until my summer class starts. Oh well. After the busy semester that just ended, that one class will be a breeze. How am I spending my time off? Well, today, I have a thrilling trip to the dentist planned. I really don't want to go, so maybe I'll blow it off and go to the river . . .

Website wise, my domain www.fannesite.com is *finally* forwarding to the correct site. I'd been trying for over two weeks to get the domain company to upgrade it, and they finally did. I'm also trying to get that site listed in the Yahoo directory, but they haven't added it yet. I'm confident that they will; I'm pretty pleased with that site, although I do need to update it soon.

I also plan to move this personal site to my other domain as soon as possible. Geocities keeps changing their policy to no doubt annoy the free-site people into upgrading to a non-free version.


June 7, 2002

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I didn't realize that it had been so long since I've written. Don't feel neglected though; it's been a while since I've updated any of my sites. For one thing, my work computer crashed on Monday, June 3; of course that doesn't affect the website files that are stored on another server, but I did lose some stuff. I'm trying to see if a repair place can recover any of the data.

In my class this semester, I'm having the worst time! It's so tough ... I guess I just need to try a bit harder, yes? My professor is very handsome: he looks like he's about 35, and he's French, so that's pretty exciting. The only problem is that he talks so fast! Plus, he's nice, but he isn't the most patient man when it comes to repeating information that we need.


June 20, 2002

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I haven't mentioned my epal Michele on the site for a while, and I'd like to do so now and say just how much I appreciate her. I've been down for several weeks (long story) and she surprised me with a "Care Package" that included goodies such as books with encouraging words.

For another example of Michele appreciation, note this clip from a recent letter to her. "I remembered you saying that even though I was claiming to have done awfully on the test, you were sure I passed it. I thought yesterday evening, "She believed in me, though I didn't believe in myself." (I'm so emotional today - I keep getting weepy!) Anyway, Dr. Dreamy was passing back the tests yesterday, after he told us how the average was a 43(!!) - the low grade was a 16 and the highest grade was an 80. Handing back the first test, he told the girl, "Good job!" I thought, "So THAT'S the one who made the highest grade." He made a similar encouraging remark to two more people. I thought, "Great, I hope he doesn't give me a review when he hands mine back." I could actually picture him handing me mine and simply shaking his head in a "What a shame" fashion. Instead, as he handed me mine, he said, "Great job," or something like that. I was stunned. I looked at the grade. 72! I was hoping for a C! Yay! But wait, there's more. Remember that highest grade of 80? He's curving the grades up 20 points! So my 72 is now a 92!!!!"

Thought for the Day: I know God won't give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.


July 3, 2002

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Finally: I'm getting back to updating my sites. I discovered yesterday that my portal, which is supposed to be a list of my sites, had the wrong page for its index. How embarrassing! It's fixed now except for minor tweaking, and it has a new background. Tomorrow is the target date for a huge update to my Alias site; it's been a month since I've updated it. The thing that was holding up progress is the review of the finale, but whatever I have tomorrow is going to be posted. My next project for that site will be to give the main page some style; yes, I do realize that it's currently rather ho-hum.

In real-life, I'll have a much needed holiday tomorrow from work and school. Next week, we'll have test number two in Fluid Mechanics. Didn't we just have a test? Oh, well: welcome to college!

Thought for the Day: Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! God bless America!


July 24, 2002

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I was waiting to see my test grade before I updated, but it turns out the grade is not fit to post. I really need to focus on my schoolwork before the final on August 8th. My goal is to review a bit every day - literally - until then. I'm off to a good start: I actually completed my homework assignment for Thursday during the previous weekend. And last night I reviewed my notes for the previous chapter. I didn't understand them, but I reviewed them.

Website-wise, I am working on updating most of my sites. I've been seeing some great examples of graphics, and I'm inspired. My talent hasn't caught up with my ambition yet, but you have to start somewhere, right?

In other news, this evening I have an appointment for a hair trim, and this Friday evening, my sister and I are attending a singles party with people from our church.

Thought for the Day: Never give up! (I heard that the other day, and it was like I heard it for the first time. So simple, but so true.)


August 12, 2002

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My weekend went pretty well: I had no inventories to work, although my sister had two added on at the last minute. (Better her than me.) I went to the mall on Saturday where I found a few things on sale, which pretty much makes my day. Then I went to see the movie XXX. I liked it pretty well: I would describe it as "unrealistic, but fun." On Sunday evening, I checked the brake fluid in my car and painted my toenails. (Red, in case you were wondering.) Am I a Renaissance woman, or what?

The preceding paragraph was gleaned from a letter to one of my e-pals. (What can I say? I'm lazy and I liked the way that was phrased.) Since I have slightly less than two weeks off between semesters, I'm working to update my websites. I added a visitor contribution to the Service! page. (I was so pleased to receive an email from a site visitor; it's always nice to know that people are visiting this site.) This evening I plan to update my "fannesite" which is long overdue for some new material.

Thought for the Day: A person who is nice to you but not to the waiter is not a nice person.


August 22, 2002

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Sigh. The fall semester began yesterday. If I hadn't dropped an elective, I'd be going to school five days a week, Monday through Friday. I can't tell you how long it's been since that happened. Since I dropped the class, I'll only(?) go four days a week; Thursday I'll just have to work a full day. Did I mention that I'm not looking forward to this semester?

The subjects I'm taking should be interesting: Surveying, a Surveying lab, and Reinforced Concrete Design. Seriously. As a co-op student, I saw much concrete work; I hope that translates into a good grade for the class. Speaking of grades, I received a B in my class for last semester. That must have been one powerful curve!

In other news, I'm seriously considering getting a new domain. (Isn't that just what I need? Another project?) I know I've been talking about moving my personal stuff to another site, but I'm glad I haven't yet. The target date for this is around September 2, since that's a holiday AND Keanu Reeves' birthday. I'd like to have the layout ready, so I can post it right away. With that in mind, I should probably start on the layout soon.

Thought for the Day: Sometimes when I find myself complaining about something like "I'm going to school four days a week this semester!" or "My boss is really getting on my nerves today!" it occurs to me that if that is the biggest problem I have, I'm doing pretty well.


September 5, 2002

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As if I needed any more websites, I now have another domain: www.rusted-crush.com ... Why that name? Well, you'll just have to visit the site to find out. (Hint: from the main page, click on "domain.") I plan to move my personal site there and create new websites from the other sections here, such as jokes, quotes and Christmas. I'll probably create the Christmas one first because, well, it's getting close to that time of year.

Thought for the Day: "Where the sun always shines, there's a desert below." The Oak Ridge Boys


September 17, 2002

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In case you didn't know, I have an Alias website. The other day I noticed that Google (a popular search engine) has my site ranked third in popularity among Alias sites!! Well, that absolutely made my day; when I saw that you would have thought I was just crowned Miss America. :D Please don't think I'm bragging, because the site is far from perfect and still needs attention. It's just so nice to know that someone is visiting it; that really makes all the work and expense worth it.

In real life, there's not much to report. After spending Friday afternoon outside in surveying lab with my hair flopping in the breeze, I went straight to the store and found a baseball cap on sale. (Cheap: woo hoo!) At my jobs ... no, there's *nothing* to report there.

Thought for the Day: "We are each so much more than what some reduce to measuring." -- Karen Kaiser Clark


September 23, 2002
» Must be Monday!

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I'm in such a bad mood and instead of complaining to my epal, I've decided to complain here instead. (You're welcome.)

First of all, my professor assigned a homework problem due today that we're going to have to work on the board! What is this, second grade? Well I tried to work it on Saturday and I couldn't accomplish anything worth mentioning; Sunday I had to work all day and didn't get to try the homework. The class is pretty small so there's a good chance I'll get called on and subsequently humiliated. I'm seriously thinking of just skipping class, which is something I never do.

Second, I'm in that mood again where I HATE my job. It's so pointless and tedious and my boss is forever talking to me like I'm completely devoid of common sense. (Example: when handing me a postage-paid card to mail, he feels compelled to explain, "You don't have to put a stamp on that." No kidding?! Good thing YOU'RE here to keep me straight!!)

Third, I have an Alias website that is fairly popular if Google's rankings are correct. However, today I see that the official Alias site has listed 10 fan sites on their webpage, and of course mine isn't one of them. It's one thing to be snubbed by fellow webmasters, when even those that list every Alias site under the sun don't list mine. (I know they know it's there.) Not that my site's so great that it deserves to be listed on the Official site or anything. I work two jobs, go to college and generally have a life: forgive me if I can't spend all day updating a website that will only be shunned by the Alias internet community.

Fourth, my 30th birthday is in about a week. I was hoping to be able to get out of town so I don't turn 30 in the same (expletive) place I've been forever but, true to form, my professor has decided to give us a test the day after my birthday, October 2nd.

I'm usually a pretty positive person, but you can't smile all the time. I can't at least.


September 25, 2002
» Rainy Wednesday

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Where I am it's supposed to rain pretty much all day. Ah, a nice gray day to match my mood. I still have the blahs. I'm still not visiting many of the Alias sites; am I being too sensitive about this whole snubbed-by-ABC business? Probably, but I can't seem to help it.

At work, we're putting together a proposal. All day whenever I ask a question the boss uses his unique ability to phrase the answer and make me feel like a complete idiot. He was looking at some papers that I'd put together and announced, "No, this one needs to come first." What a surprise: I'm wrong again. I said in what was hopefully a light tone, "Yeah, I figured whichever way I did it would be the wrong way, so I thought I'd let you look at it." He said, "Is that right, Anne?" I said - in the same tone as before, "It does seem to often be the case." Well, it's true.

I was hoping to have to go pick up the payroll, and I was going to pause somewhere for just a moment and write something down for my homework which is due this afternoon. (I'm shooting for partial credit.) However, the other boss went to get the payroll, so I'm stuck here. Maybe I can sneak out to the car and get my books when boss #1 goes to deliver the proposal.

Last night I went to an inventory; it was just the team leader (i.e. supervisor) Sherman and me. He wished me a Happy Birthday since he probably won't see me again until after that. I really appreciated that. He said, "You'll be 19, right?" I was amused by that until I realized that I'm now old enough for people to use that line on to flatter me. Depressed Sigh.

FYI, I didn't skip class on Monday. I decided to go ahead and face the music. Get this: he didn't take up the assignment. He didn't even mention it. Chalk up another point for Mom, who always told me that "most of the things you worry about never happen."

Website-wise, I applied for another fanlisting yesterday. I'll be happy to hear something about one of them. I've applied for four(!) but there's at least one that I *really* don't think I'll get because someone else has an "unofficial" one set up. I hope they don't give me the go ahead for all of them at once, but I hope I do get the other three. I'm looking forward to creating a great design and adding some good content. I refuse to just make a fanlisting; these will be fan-sites plus fanlistings and I'll try to get them listed with Google and Yahoo... but now I'm getting ahead of myself.


September 26, 2002
» No More Miss Nice Guy

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That does it. I'm on hiatus from visiting several of the Alias sites.

After the list of fansites on the Alias Official Site came out, one webmistress posted this on her updates page: "(My friend's Alias site) needs to be up there on that list! It totally rocks and is better than some of the other older sites I've seen. It's well designed, easy to navigate, the colors kick ass, and above all else...it's informative and has personality."

Did you note the part about the "other older sites"? When I read that, I immediately thought that she was talking about mine! (Overidentify much?) Thinking that really hurts my feelings, because I visit the message board of the above webmistress on a regular basis. The people are always nice to me - to my face (screen?) anyway - but, as I've mentioned they sure don't go out of their way to include me in the "Alias community."

I know, I fret about this entirely too much. I'm probably blowing it all out of proportion; I know the Net doesn't revolve around me. Still, I just pick up this ... vibe that they're deliberately trying to exclude me. Several times I've started to post messages or email them and ask wtf that's all about - in a nice way of course. :) Then I thought that I really wouldn't want to have my suspicions confirmed to be true.

I'm very curious to see what will happen when I open my fanlistings. For one thing, I want to see if any of *them* actually join/link to me. For another, I'm determined to have a really nice layout.

I've thought this before, and I'd give any potential webmistress the same advice: when it gets down to it, your site needs to be something *you* like. If you like it, screw what everyone else thinks. Really. I mean, even with all my griping, I'm certainly not going to make myself sick and work and work to try to win their approval. I'm just going to avoid their sites for a while - I find that's best when I feel like this.

Plus, I must be doing something right. Did I mention that my Alias site is number 3 in popularity, according to Google? *smiles* It's right behind the Official Site.


October 2, 2002
» Older and wiser?

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Yesterday was my birthday. My *30th* birthday. I was hoping to travel somewhere exciting so I didn't grow 3 decades old in the same old place. But what did I do? You guessed it: the same thing as always. I went to work, then to class where we had a pop quiz. Also in class I learned that we will have our other class today despite the announcement that was made to the contrary earlier this week. Of course, I'd already told my boss that I could work all day on Wednesday since there was no class. On the bright side, on class days I only leave one hour earlier than on non-class days.

Yesterday evening I opted to skip my usual birthday shopping spree; I had plans to meet my friend Kinnith for supper. He told me to bring people so I invited my sister. It was a pretty good time; Kinnith treated my sister, too, which I really appreciate.

This evening I have to work another inventory at my part-time job. I've counted at that store before and it went pretty well. Still, after this string of long, busy days I'm looking forward to this weekend, where my only plans involve website work and getting caught up on homework.

The test on Monday when much better than I expected. I asked to leave work earlier than normal and went to prepare my note sheet, which was an excellent review.


October 7, 2002
» "If you're the vile ex-boyfriend, press 1..."

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If you can believe it, Ray, my ex, tried to call me yesterday. I didn't go check the Caller ID before answering (It was too far, and my toenails were drying :) and then I heard it. The voice. He said, "I thought I'd call and see if you'd talk to me." I said, "Yeah, but that's about all." We chatted a little then he had to go - he was at work. He said he'd call again that evening. I wondered why he was going to do that.

He did call again; Mom and Sara were home. They checked the caller ID, and we didn't answer. :big grin: What was he expecting? I mean, when someone tells you that they literally praise the Lord you're not together anymore, you should probably remove that person from your prospect list! I didn't mention to the family that I'd spoken to him; I think my mom gets worried, like I'll completely lose my senses or wimp out and agree to meet him. Yeah, that's a bit insulting, when I *know* that's not going to happen.

Since I haven't mentioned him before in this on-line journal, let me catch you up to speed on him. He's ten years older than I am, which actually didn't bother me so much. He's divorced and has four(!) kids, all teenagers or close to it. Without going into details, let me just say that he and I are *very* different personality wise.

Instead of making a clean break - the honorable thing to do - he'd just stop calling for months at a time. Then, just as I'd accept that it was over, he'd call again and swear that this time he wanted only me. I finally got fed up with that and grew a spine. In January of 2001, I left a voicemail message saying that I was going to start seeing other people and that I'd see him "around." Sure a voicemail is pretty cowardly, but it's still more respect than he showed me. I needed some type of closure; there was no way I'd spend Valentine's Day wondering whether or not he'd call.

He's actually tried to call several times since then. (As with a lot of people, he only wants what he doesn't have.) I actually spoke to him once. When he said, "Let's have dinner," I replied with, "I don't think so."

In happier news, I had zero inventories this past weekend, and that thrilled me greatly. On Saturday I did three chapters' worth of homework plus website stuff, and on Sunday I mostly did housework. I also painted my toenails. Can I party or what? :)

About the Alias sites, I'm pleased to report that I'm calm again. I'm not visiting the message boards so much, but I'm not avoiding them completely. I am trying to be more concerned about my own Alias site; for example, I'm not going to read others' posts about an episode until I've written my own review of it.

In more happy news: I received the birthday package from my on-line friend, Michele. (She rocks!) She told me she would mail it on Saturday, but I'm glad I forgot, so I could be pleasantly surprised. The box she used will be perfect for me to send her Christmas gifts in; I've already got the first one. It's a [blank] that I found on sale at an inventory. I'm not saying what it is, because I plan to link to this journal on my personal site, and I don't want to spoil it. ;)


October 8, 2002

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This page is incredibly long. I should probably break it up, but I'll wait until I'm finished moving stuff around. Anyway. This weekend I moved my "praise page" - now called Shine - to a new home. I also recently renewed the hosting for my neloo domain for two more years.

School-wise, I was looking at my class schedule and if my records are correct, I have only eight more classes until graduation! Three next semester, two in the fall and then three in Spring 2004. (If you're wondering why I don't take more than that to finish sooner, the classes I'm taking are only offered once a year.) I plan to check with my advisor to be sure that is correct. In other news, we had a test on Monday the 30th (the day before my birthday) and received the grades back on the 2nd: 91! Woo hoo!

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, my birthday was last Tuesday. I was hoping to be able to go out of town, but work, school, and laziness prevented it. I skipped my usual birthday shopping spree; I figured that all the computer related stuff I've been purchasing lately can count as birthday gifts to myself.

Thought for the Day: "Plenty of people miss their share of happiness. Not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it." -- William Feather


October 17, 2002
» What part of "Get lost, creep!" does he not understand?

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If you can believe it, Ray tried to call again yesterday. He left another message with three phone numbers where I could reach him. Why?! I guess he was encouraged when I didn't hang up on him the last time. Hey, I have no hard feelings. I just accepted that he and I aren't meant to be together. Now if he would just accept it ...

My spiteful side takes a little pleasure in him calling and getting no answer. "See there?" it says. "It doesn't feel good to try to call people and not be able to reach them, now does it. Remember all those times I waited for you to call and you never did? Maybe you should have!"

I was thinking this morning that he'll turn 40 on the 24th of this month. Let me guess, he's not seeing anyone so he's thinking again about good old Anne. It reminds me of a song by Dwight Yoakam: "You keep calling me, on the telephone; you say you're all alone. Well, that's *real* sad..." But I ain't that lonely yet! I plan to avoid contact with him for a month or two, then show up where he works, drop off the stuff I have of his, and firmly let him know he shouldn't bother to call me any more.

Happily changing the subject, I should have the new design up on my collective site this weekend, if all goes according to plan. The project after that will be to complete the redesign my personal site.

In other news, I still haven't heard back from the fanlistings about my applications. They told me to try another category for one of them - I don't think that category existed when I applied a month ago, but I reapplied anyway. They changed the rules today to read that you need HTML *and* graphics experience. Maybe that's why they're not contacting me: they're not impressed with the example that I sent them. (Maybe I'll apply again after the site re-design...) I know my skills are really basic at the moment, but I'll get better! If they'll just let me have the three that I applied for, I won't ask for any more.


October 22, 2002
» Approved!

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Yay! I'm approved to start a new fanlisting!! (I'll say what it is after it's completed ...) I'm really excited because it's for a show that I used to be *crazy* about. Wouldn't you know it? I'm also redesigning my personal site, and I just completed changing the look of my "collective" - just in time! I also desperately need to do some homework; since I've been falling behind while puttering with my website hobby.

In other news, my boss asked yesterday if I want to go to part-time. I'd love to go to no-time and just concentrate on school, but what would I do about insurance? Technically I've been working part-time for the last few semesters. He said I'd still have benefits, I'd just earn vacation at a slower rate than a "full-time" person. My only question is: do I still get paid holidays?

In less happy news, it was four years ago today that my dad died. I knew I shouldn't have typed that: now I'm getting all teary-eyed. I'll never forget where I was when they told me. I was living in another town, working on a construction site as a co-op student.

Quickly changing the subject, because it's far too early in the day for a meltdown ... um... quick! I need a new subject! ... Did I mention that I won $100 in a local radio contest? I need to take my family out to eat to celebrate - found money should be spent, after all. We can also celebrate my new fanlisting. I've been keeping my sister informed of the progress, although she's not one to surf the Net. She told me several times, "You don't need any more websites. You're too busy as it is." I explained that with a fanlisting, the toughest part would be creating a new - great-looking - design. After that, you just need to add the members.


October 22, 2002

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To do:
* stop and get caulk - today
* also get favorite soup that's on sale - today
* get go-juice for the car - today
* make lunch for tomorrow - today
* exercise - today
* update rusted-crush (done)
* do concrete homework (due 10/28)
* work on surveying assignments (due final day of class)
* update links site (tomorrow)
* need review of Alias ep/update site on Friday
* update personal site (soon!)
* create the new fanlisting for which I am approved (WOO HOO!)
* get oil changed on my car (on Saturday morning)

In other news, the professor cancelled our class for tomorrow, so that will be a nice break. Also, as noted in the list above, I'm happy to announce that I've changed the design of rusted-crush.

Thought for the Day: "Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it." -- Bertrand Russell


November 8, 2002
» Ms. MacGyver?

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As of yesterday, Live and Learn - my new MacGyver website and fanlisting - is open and ready for business. Today I've been publicizing it by posting in guestbooks and message boards and MacGyver sites. (That is, at the MacGyver sites that are still open. Let me tell you: there aren't many.) I even submitted the site to dmoz and yahoo, but I don't expect them to add it. At the very least maybe they'll tuck it away in some dark corner, such as the "Personal Sites" page, but hey, a link's a link.

Here's the link if you're interested:
http://www.rusted-crush.com/macgyver

On to a different matter, I plan to indulge in a childish rant, so if you don't want to see that, skip to the next paragraph. Still here? Great. This is about www.teamalias.com - a promotional effort for Alias. Alias is a great show, so I joined to show my support. But there were problems from day one when I couldn't send email from my teamalias account, and that was a requirement to be eligible for prizes. That wasn't a big deal, then they had a fansite "contest." They sent out an email listing three requirements, which I met, so I submitted my site. A week later they sent another email and added a requirement - that sites had to display their banner. Well, none of their banners matched my site, and I decided that I wasn't jumping through any more hoops to accomodate them. Needless to say, I didn't win. Here's my major gripe with that whole "contest" farce: the main prize was that they'd add your Alias site's link to the official page, but wait just a moment! They already had ten fansites listed on their page, and those didn't win any contest, as far as I know. I thought that was "dirty pool" as my dad used to say: they're trying to throw us poor little dogs a bone. Thanks, but no thanks.

Well, I'm glad to have got that off my chest. In other news, I have less than a month left in school this semester. Bring on the vacation! I also plan to have my personal site revamped and moved in the next week or two. Yes, I've been talking about that forever, but this is the first time I've set a time limit. I'll be so glad to have that done too, since I'm almost ashamed of the thrown-together way my site looks at the moment.


November 8, 2002

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I was waiting until I finished at least one of my projects before I updated. I've opened Live and Learn, a fan website and the approved fanlisting for the TV show MacGyver. Site-wise, I'm still working on updating my personal site. (I guess you knew that, since this is still at the old site, huh.) I've almost got the layout ready: I just need to add a bit of content to the new pages. I suppose I could post them with "This page under construction" messages on the other pages, but it irks me to find those pages on other sites, so I refuse to add them to mine.

Anyway, school-wise, we have less than a month left in this semester - yay! The bad news is that one of my finals is on December 3rd, and the instructor has decreed that all of our homework for the entire semester AND the lab project will be due on that day as well. That will be the week after the Thanksgiving break, but I refuse to spend all of my small vacation doing last-minute work.

Proving that I sort-of have a life, last week I went to a production of the ballet Coppelia: it was *so* beautiful! Tonight, I have plans to go dancing with a friend, and tomorrow evening my cousin and I are going to see a play.

Thought for the Day: "Most people want to tell you how difficult life is so they can fail with dignity." - Anonymous


November 17, 2002

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After hours upon hours spent at the computer, this site's new design is up. I'm anxious to be away from the computer now. *g* (I do hope you like it; a few kind words of feedback would be much appreciated!)


November 21, 2002
» Mmmm ... ice cream

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This is the first post I've made after linking this diary-x to my personal site. If you've found this from there, welcome!

I feel I should add some sort of disclaimer - which I'll also put on the site. This is where I post random comments from rants to raves. If you read something unkind or obnoxious here, please remember that I'm usually a nice, extremely positive person. But not all the time. I am human, and I have bad days. I also have good days, and I try to post about those too.

Anyway. As I referred to above, I've recently redid my personal site. Yay! Of course, immediately after I did, I saw about three changes that I want to make, but those will have to wait. Two of the things-to-do include adding one of those "100 things about me" lists - they're always fun :) - and changing the color scheme of this part. (Note: if you're seeing that peach color with the blue border, I haven't done it yet.)

Yesterday, I updated three of my sites, and I plan to work on the Alias one tonight and on Saturday. I'm trying to stay caught up with the information in the Episode Guide, and I need to add a review for the ep from two weeks ago plus all of the info from last weeks' ep. I guess I should probably do the other fanlisting I'm approved for, too, but I don't plan to spend an extreme about of effort on it until I know that it will remain the "official" one. If they decide to give it to the other guy - who already has one up and running - that's fine with me: I just don't want to invest too much in it at this point, in case that happens.

School is also making huge demands on my time, since finals are rapidly approaching. I have one final and a *huge* assignment due on December 3rd, and my last final on December the 9th. Then - ahhhh - vacation.

Our last lab meets today: WOO HOO!! We're going to the, um, cemetery. Yep. Apparently, a famous old-time surveyor from this region is buried there. We're supposed to park at a curb and climb over a fence to get to it. Seriously! Apparently, it's near the back of the cemetery and we're taking the direct route. Good thing I brought jeans to change into. Since the boss wants me to have exactly 35 hours each week, I'm leaving at 2:30 and stopping somewhere for ice cream. (I don't have to be there until 3:30.) It's a *beautiful* day for ice cream. :)


November 30, 2002

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I have finals next week and the week after, so of course I'm on the computer updating my sites; I rationalize it as "taking a break." Anyway. I updated the about me, to do, quotes, net girl, journal, and lessons pages.

I have yet another site: Deep Cover, which is a fanlisting for the character Jack Bristow from Alias. A few weeks ago, I was looking at thefanlistings.net and noticed that there wasn't one for Jack. I thought that was a shame - he's a great character that I like more and more - so I applied for one. Right after I did, I found a site that claims to be the JB fanlisting. I went ahead and put one together, and I mentioned to the fl people about the other site. Somehow, he wasn't approved for the site, so it's mine - for now anyway.

I'd like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who's signed the guestbook so far, but I especially wanted to mention Frances. We visit a lot of the same Alias message boards, and it means a lot to me that she's visited my site - more than once, even!


December 10, 2002
» Books for sale (cheap)

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Yesterday I had my last final (aka the "final final") for this semester. It went ... and that's about all I want to say about it. At least it's over and I can be free; if you count working practically full-time free. Today, I'm planning to go register for spring semester so I can get the classes I need. One of the classes starts at 12:45 - yeah, that's *really* going to mess up my work schedule. I may switch it later, if I find a better-timed one I can take as an elective.

My surveying final - which was on December the 3rd - went very well. Of the 54 questions on it, there was only one that I just couldn't answer. The professor was going to give us a coffee mug with our picture on it - as he's done for other classes in the past - but the place he used to have them made no longer does that. So he gave us a surveying stake painted in the school's colors with our names on them. Yep, a stake. It'll be tough to drink coffee from that. lol. I guess if I ever need to mark the corner of my property, or stake a vampire, I'm all set. :) It was really nice of him to give us anything, though; I can't think of any other instructor there that's done that.

Cramming for finals has kept me away from my sites for the last few days. (Don't feel bad - it kept me away from a lot of things I needed to do.) Before next Sunday, I want to review the two most recent eps of Alias, plus the Angel episode Ground State, which I very much enjoyed. It may sound silly, but it weighs heavy on my mind when the reviews aren't done. (I'm starting to think I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies.) Also in the works, I have an idea for a new look for the Alias site, but don't expect it any time soon. In the mean time, I desperately need to add more stuff to my Jack Bristow fanlisting, which will have eight members after the update I plan to do later tonight.

Earlier today, we had our office Christmas party, which basically consists of the boss treating us to lunch at the Olive Garden. Starting tomorrow, the boss will be out of town until the 19th. :big grin: Then, he's planning to start his vacation on the 20th. :even bigger grin:


December 17, 2002
» The night-time, sniffling, sneezing ...

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With my boss out of town and the holidays swiftly approaching, things at work are extremely slow. Not that I'm complaining. Then again, I guess I am complaining. At least when it's busy at work the day flies by and it's time to leave before you know it. Plus, you can feel good knowing that you did some productive work. Of course, I'm sure we've all had jobs - or if not, maybe you've read about them? - where it's so busy during your entire shift that when you leave you just feel, for lack of a better word, violated. Work. Meh. You can't live with it, and you can't pay for your website hosting without it.

Joining the ranks of other webmistresses that I've noticed lately, I'm sick. (Does the previous sentence make any sense? Sorry. I'll blame the illness. :) I'm confident that it's just a sinus infection. I can't even complain about it too much, since I usually get the full-blown nastiness only once every few years. :quickly knocks on wood: I started to notice the symptoms on Saturday, but praise the Lord it didn't get bad until Sunday afternoon, so I was able to sing with the church choir in our Christmas program on Sunday morning. We're supposed to do the program again tomorrow night, but I don't know if I'll make it.

I went Christmas shopping on Saturday as planned, but I didn't find much. I have no idea what to get my family, so I just wander around stores until something speaks to me. I don't plan to go all out this year - not that I have in previous years. I'm not trying to be a Scrooge about it (I read in a magazine that a bad attitude was "out" this holiday season), I just think it would be better to have a more moderate holiday season. Then maybe I can be better to my family throughout the year.

Schoolwise, I haven't received my grades from the previous semester. I don't think I want to either. Sigh. At least I don't have homework, tests, etc. to worry about for a while.

Tonight, I plan to update my personal site: I hate to think that I'm losing visitors (I nearly wrote "victims.") when they see that the most recent date is from weeks ago. I also plan to finish my review of the episode Ground State and update my Angel site. I also need to add a new member to the JB fanlisting. I hope I can accomplish all that this evening; the plan may be too ambitious. It sounds simple enough, right? Somehow though, even a simple update for one site - not counting the fanlisting - manages to take an hour or more. Especially when there's a review to finish.

I guess that's enough rambling for now. I noticed that some of my entries have been short. If people go through all the trouble of clicking on the link to this page, they should have something to read. Ideally, it would be something worthwhile, but failing that, maybe they'd like some mildly amusing, random thoughts ...


December 17, 2002

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Look at that: it's the one month anniversary of the site's new design. I forget if that's the paper or plastic anniversary ... In other news, my finals are over. (Say it with me: woo hoo!) Today I received a letter from the college; after I braced myself to see the grades, it turned out to be my schedule and a bill for the next semester's classes. I thought that was rather speedy of them, if they had indeed sent the grades. Oh well. Believe me, I'm in no hurry to learn how I did. Anyway. I'm free! I have more time to catch up on things like housework and Christmas shopping, plus work on my websites. However, this particular update is pretty small: I updated the to do list and I rambled in my On-Line Journal. That's about it for now, but I do plan to update again before Christmas.


December 22, 2002
» "There I stood in another line"

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I hope that all of the other last minute shoppers have as great a time shopping as I did today. For starters it was absolutely beautiful outside: sunny, clear blue skies, and about 55 degrees. Very nice. I was dreading the traffic that I'd face, but it wasn't too terrible. I stayed off the main roads as much as possible, so that helped. The first store I went to is one of my favorites; it's one of those "closeout" stores that has a wide variety of inexpensive and interesting things. Their Christmas merchandise was half-price, and I got plenty of it, plus a little something for myself. :) I found reasonably good stuff at just about every store I went to. I even stopped at the local mall - despite vowing that I wouldn't - and it wasn't so bad. (I didn't linger there, so it didn't have the chance to get bad.)

Without going into the boring details, the whole trip was good. I'm pleased with what I found, but I might venture out tomorrow, too.

On the way home I heard the song "Christmas Shoes" by Newsong. I cry every time I hear that song; I have to change the channel if I'm wearing makeup to avoid a major meltdown. It's *so* beautiful. All of the radio stations that I listen to play it, and just about every time they do, the DJ tells us that he's had a lot of requests for it. I think one reason it's so popular is that most of us can relate to not being in the Christmas mood - as the guy sings at the start of the song. Hopefully, we do find something to remind us "what Christmas is all about."

At home, I wrapped some of the gifts, then remembered I had a member to add to the JB fanlisting. I started puttering and created some new buttons for the site which are slightly better than the previous ones. For some reason, that really excites me. Maybe I've had too much caffeine today? Anyway. I've also got the episode info eighty percent ready for an Alias site update, but I'll have to finish that tomorrow. I'm also revamping the main index and the extras section of the links site; I've been working on that during the past week, and it should be ready tomorrow too. Have I mentioned lately that I *love* having all this free time to concentrate on website work?

I was pleasantly surprised to find new entries in two of my guestbooks. Yay! (People that don't have a website just don't understand what that means.) One was at my collective/personal gb; I visited the signer's site. It's very nice! I plan to sign her gb tomorrow and tell her so. The other was at the Angel site: it was a long entry, which is a rare gift in the guestbook world. The signer said she hadn't seen fan-fic before. Now, she's writing a fic of her own. Maybe I'll email her and offer to add it to the archive at the Angel site.

I feel compelled to share a personal note about fanfiction: I wrote fanfiction when I was a teenager, but until I started surfing the internet, I didn't know that's what it was called. I feel closer to you all, having shared that with you. lol.

Oh, yeah, health-wise, I'm much better. Again, I won't give you the details. You're welcome. ;)

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