Saturday, February 28, 2004

Giddy Up!

Not to keep going on about my new car, but I LOVE IT! I wasn't too sure how much I would like it since I really wanted an Eclipse and they look nothing alike inside or out. But damn I love that Mustang! It didn't take it too long to win my heart. It runs like a dream and it looks gorgeous!

After doing some exhaustive online searches I have found that I have a standard Mustang with the Deluxe and Pony packages included. So it has a list of useful and neat gadgets like cruise control, power steering, power doors and windows, keyless entry, leather wrapped steering wheel, and bucket seats for starters. There are a ton more options too, but I won't bore you with the details.

Since it came with tinted windows and since it was practically brand new, I don't need to really add anything to it. The only thing we would like to change on it is the rims. It came with alloy wheels but it isn't shiny. It's very dull and no amount of polishing it will do anything for it. If it had been alloy/aluminum it would be nicer. So hubby and I are going to try to get some new rims soon.

Other than that, I really like it! I can't believe how lucky we were to get this car. Now the hard part will decide what we want our personalize plates to be....

We went to the car wash and usually we rinse the car with spotless rince so that we don't have to towel dry, but this time we goofed and we rinsed with normal water. The car dried with all of these annoying spots. So I bought some touch-up towels which are moist towels that you can use to wipe the car down between washings. It got all of the spots out so yay me! We plan to buy some cleaning things so that we don't waste our money at the car wash every two weeks. It would be more financially efficient if we bought a bucket and all of the other things we need and just wash it outside when it is warmer.

Song of the Day: Summertime-Will Smith

"chillin in the car they spent all day waxin
leanin to the side but you can't spead through
Two miles an hour so everybody sees you"

posted at 7:45 PM


Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Where the Mustangs Roam

Remember when I wrote an entry about hubby and I wanting to buy a Mitsubishi Eclipse? Well, our old car broke down on Sunday so instead of getting an Eclipse next month, we needed to buy a car this week! That means we have to choose from what was on the lot.

Without going into the details I will sum it up by saying this: We woke up this morning hoping to get approved for a car. Any car just something. Our credit isn't the best so we don't have a lot of choices and we can't be picky.

So we woke up expecting to not get anything...and we wound up going to the dealership after work and we drove home in our brand new 2003 Ford Mustang!

Suffice it to say, I am very happy tonight and it is really nice walking into my garage to see our new wheels!

Song of the Day: Fast Car-Tracy Chapman

"I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone "

posted at 6:52 PM


Friday, February 20, 2004

You've Got Mail!

Email, Instant Messaging, Message Boards , and old fashioned letters do something that the telephone or face to face contact can't do. And that is give us time to reply so that we don't say things we'll regret.

I can't tell you how many times I have written an email to someone that starts with name-calling, berating, and other immature language, but after some editing, the final version is something cordial and diplomatic. On those occasions a typical email in the heat of an argument would look something like this:

"Pat, you are the most insenstive, dishonest, asshole I have ever met. I hope you rot in hell!!"

With the edit and before I hit that "Send" button, this is the final result: "Pat, I just feel we are expressing opposite views and that is okay. I was hurt by your actions and words and I feel you could have been a little more mature in the way you handled the whole situation. Let's just agree to disagree and move on."

Had that played out in person, more than likely a combination of those two communications would have been the result. If we were emailing in "real time" the former would have been the result. But luckily for us, being able to type, edit, and edit some more, the results come out beautifully as I demonstrated above.

The drawback for being able to "watch your words" by re-writing is that an email can come out being too edited and too introverted. For example:

"You are the most beautiful person that has ever walked the planet. I can't wait to get home so that I can kiss you all over and stay in your arms all night long."

Can become:

"Okay sweetie, see you when I get home."

So let's be glad for technology that allows us to watch our words and think before we say something we may regret, but don't overuse it.

Song of the Day: Unsent-Alanis Morissette

"Dear terrance, I love you muchly.
You've been nothing but open hearted,
And emotionally available and supportive,
And nurturing, and consummately there for me.
I kept drawing you in and pushing you away,
I remember how beautiful it was to fall asleep on your couch,
And cry in front of you for the first time.
You were the best platform from which to jump beyond myself.
What was wrong with me?"

posted at 3:58 PM


Sunday, February 15, 2004

Happy V-Day!

I hope you had a great Valentine's Day! Since hubby and I are low on funds, we did a little bit of shopping and had some lunch. We rented some movies and had a nice relaxing day/night.

Now it is back to the grind tomorrow. *eek*

I just finished doing my taxes online. We should be getting our refund in one or two weeks. We plan on using that money to get a car. I am still wanting a used Mitsubishi Eclipse, but we'll see how much we get approved for.

A few tidbits: I have added a new book to the "Book I am reading" link on the upper right hand side of this page. And please visit my forum! You can get there by following the Forum link near the same place the book link is.

Note to self: Call car insurance company to get a reliable quote.

posted at 11:55 AM


Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Big Brother Is Watching!

That sounds like a very paranoid title for an entry, but I can explain. It is sort of safe for me to talk about this here, since chances are, you don't know my employer's name. But even if you do, I don't care at this point. I am steaming mad.

Rumor has it that my manager had a software program made in order for him to see our computer screens just by clicking a few buttons on his own computer from his office. That means that he can literally see everything I type as I type it. If I pull up my Hotmail email address, he can see me do it in real time from his office.

Let me explain why this drastic action from management has come about: Immature co-workers and viruses. Apparently we have more than a few immature co-workers who insist on downloading applications like Yahoo Messenger in order to chat with their friends in real time while they work. These same people also enjoy spending their time reading fowards and passing them around instead of working.

Now, I am no saint here. I have been known to download applications such as Webshots, Weatherbug, and even Smiley Central onto my computer at work. I am also guilty of sneaking peeks at my online email box when I should be working too. But overall, I like to think of myself as more computer savvy and more professionally minded than to download things that I know could pose a virus threat to work computers. I also know that chatting with friends via MSN or Yahoo Messenger isn't the smartest thing to do while in a professional setting. But that's just me.

I guess because of all of the downloading, several viruses have attacked our systems and left us unable to do our jobs as quickly as we needed to. And just the mere act of chatting with friends via IM takes even more time away from productivity.

So on this basis, I totally understand why management has chosen to take on drastic actions. We were told to remove all software that is not needed for our job duties. (There goes my beautiful webshots and totally awesome weatherbug) And for added security on the management's part, there is supposedly a program for him to be able to see if his employees are working or not without leaving his office. This is the part I am edgy about.

If this rumor is in fact true, I know legally I have NO SAY in this practice because I am on company-owned computers and anything I do on their property is their business too. On the human side of things, I am very uncomfortable with the way my employer "sneaks" around and "spies" on my activities without my knowledge.

This is my example for the day: Let's say I invite someone to live in my home with me. I own the house and by law every room in this house is mine to do with what I wish. Let's say a friend needs to live with me for a few months and I agree to let them stay. By law I would have a right to snoop through their room while they were away. But morally and even on the basis of friendship, it would be wrong for me to do that. How about if I suspected that person of doing something I didn't approve of? Would I then have an arguement to snoop? I really don't think I do in the moral aspect. There are other ways of "busting" someone that doesn't require snooping.

In the situation with work, it would be as simple as first getting the Tech staff to go onto everyone's computer and uninstalling all forbidden software. They go onto our computers to install software, so why not allow them to one by one take things off our computers. I could live with that. Then if that still doesn't satisfy the Powers That Be, have the lower ranked supervisors keep an eye on people during work. (Which they do anyways) If you notice someone surfing the web, or using email to chat or even IMing someone, then that supervisor should tap the offender on the shoulder, tell them to get back to work, and make this their warning. If they are caught again, you can think about writing them up.

There are all sorts of things that can be done to combat lazy and immature employees! But I feel the employer crosses the line when they can watch you every move without your knowledge. Walking by someone's desk and seeing what they are doing is less evasive since the person being spied on can simply turn around and see the supervisor. And the supervisor can only see what is on the screen at that time. They aren't standing there for an hour or what have you.

The idea that my boss is watching everything I do makes it uncomfortable for me to read my bank statements online (even when internet usage is allowed like during lunch), to read personal emails or to even write in this blog! I would like to think my boss would only "spy" on me during work hours and would have the decency to not watch me when I am on lunch when surfing is allowed. But I can't be sure that is how this new spyware program will be used.

You get that software into the wrong hands (let's say my boss quits and someone else takes over), someone who loves being nosey and who loves reading personal emails, bank statements ect. And you have a highly uncomfortable situation.

I can hear some of you're probably saying, "That is why you don't look at personal things at work!" And trust me, I can definitly see your point. I am just upset that it has come to this where I work. Knowing that most all of my personal freedom and privacy is no longer being given to me is sad. Just because it's legal does that make it right? Unless I personally give my employer a reason to think I am doing something illegal or against company policy, then I shouldn't be a victim of spying. It's just wrong.

Of course, this is a rumor and you know how those go. I heard it from a reputable source, but even good sources can get misinformation. I would rather think this is a bogus rumor, but for the sake of my job and my privacy, I will assume my boss is watching me every minute I am at work. Better safe than sorry.

Song of the Day: Big Brother Is Watching You-Allison Mose

"Don't say nothing bad about a C. E. O.When the money whistles, do see doI only tell cause it's true Big Brother Is Watching You"

posted at 4:01 PM


Sunday, February 08, 2004

Whadda Weekend!

Nice relaxing weekend. Since I couldn't to work Thursday or Friday I had a four day weekend. I can't complain that it's Sunday now.

Hubby and I rented some movies and I gotta say that Dilbert DVD is just hilarious! They have a cartoon series on Comedy Central based on the famous comic strip. Well for those of us that have missed the entire series, you can rent/buy it on dvd. It is great!

Friday night a couple of friends came over and we just hung out for a few hours. It was really nice. We haven't entertained in such a long time because of the puppy so it was nice having someone come over for a while.

Tonight two things come on about the same time that I really wanna see. The Anna Nicole interview with Larry King and the Grammys which promises some exciting surprises. (Hmmmm, that sounds a lot like what MTV promised about the Super Bowl) Since my VCR is temporarily not working, I won't be able to tape one and watch the other. Though, the more I think about it, I might have hubby take a look at the damn thing to see what he can do so that I can tape something.

Edited to Say: Well the VCR is now working and I just found out that the Anna Nicole interview isn't until tomorrow night. I KNOW there was something coming on tonight that conflicted with the Grammy Awards. Now I gotta check the tv list here online to see what I need to tape while I watch the Grammies.

You know I live a boring life when the most excitement I get is by stressing over which show I should watch.

Song of the Day: Throw Away Your Television-Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Throw away your television
Time to make this clean decision"

posted at 3:04 PM


Thursday, February 05, 2004

Snow, snow on the range where the dog and the Janet boob plays!

And it is snowing more! It is about 3 inches now and we are expected to get another 3 inches this afternoon. I hate the cold weather but I really wanna go out back and make a snow man with hubby. I might do that now!

Because of the snow, we called into work again today. There was no way we were going to be able to leave our street or even come back after work with all of the snow. It is now almost midday and the snow removal company still hasn't come down our street. They are too busy working on the main roads and highways and that is fine by me.

We get to spend more time with the puppy and each other today. Speaking of puppy, he now knows how to sit, stay, lay down, and come when called! Very exciting! I grew up with cats so this is so fun being able to teach an animal commands.

Well I can't end this blog without some mention of the Janet/Justin fiasco at the Super Bowl....

Special note: I am reading a new book. If you are interested in seeing which book that is look at the link on the upper right.

Song of the Day: Who Let The Dogs Out-Baha Men

"Who let the dogs out {woof, woof, woof, woof}
Who let the dogs out {woof, woof, woof, woof}
Who let the dogs out {woof, woof, woof, woof}
Who let the dogs out {woof, woof, woof, woof}"

posted at 9:18 AM


Monday, February 02, 2004

Taxes, Exercise and Snowy Days

Well this weekend was uneventful. Got hit with some snow but not even half as much as the meterologist were predicting. I called in a weather day at work anyways since our road was slicker than Elvis hair and we didn't feel like getting our crappy car stuck in the mess at 6 in the morning.

Got our W2s in and so I got online and started the tax process. Damn H&R Block is charging $29.95 to process your taxes online. That sucks. So now we have to hold off until pay day which is next week. The reason we always do our taxes so early is because we get a nice big refund every year. YAY!

That Gazelle Elite exercise machine is kicking my ass! I've been using it for 6 days now and man do I work up a sweat. I've lost about 2 to 3 pounds on it so far. I am also starting that South Beach Diet today even though I haven't bought the book. I'm cheating by getting the food lists on forums and other websites. Why buy a book or subscribe to their official website when I can get that same info for free?

Here is to a quick tax refund and more pounds shed soon!

Song of the Day: Mary Jane-Alanis Morissette

"I hear you're losing weight again Mary Jane
Do you ever wonder who you're losing it for"

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