Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Yay! I was approved to have Friday off from work! We need to clean up a little bit since the parents are coming up to visit on Sat. Also, I desperately need a day off. Been working a lot for some money for our vacation this summer.

There just isn't enough time in a day anymore. If I had as much time as I wanted I would be able to read, surf the net, watch lots of tv, sit outside and play with my puppy, and still have time to hang out with my cats, snuggle with my husband, and have time for myself too. Of course being that there is only 24 hours in a day, I have to divide my time with work, overtime, chores, and things that I mentioned above.

That's why it is so nice taking a day off every now and then to be able to catch up and do things you don't normally do.

Good thing my husband got Friday off too.

posted at 3:54 PM


Monday, April 26, 2004

E is for Entertainment!

We got digital cable! Yes, the cable snake wrapped his body around us and squeezed.

Hubby and I were throwing around the idea of upgrading to digital or getting a dish for satellite tv. Our motivation was wanting HBO and BBC America neither of which comes with a basic cable package. So after about a month of research and pricing we finally decided to just upgrade with our local cable company. We scrapped the idea for the dish because our house gets lots of wind where it sits and bad weather is not uncommon this time of year. I have heard stories of losing reception with the dish if you have high winds and bad weather. So we didn't feel like paying every month for a service we couldn't enjoy during the bad weather season.

We went from having something like 77 channels (some of which were fuzzy anyways) to having from my count, close to 200 channels! We have all of the Premium channel packages which includes 20 Starz, 8 HBOs, 16 Showtimes, 6 Cinemax, and a ton of others. We even have BBC AMERICA in one of the tiers.

Needless to say, I am in complete and total television heaven.

Bad for the mind you say? Well I haven't given up reading. I still read like it is the last day on Earth. AND there are lots of educational programming. We have 6 Discovery channels along with Biography channel, and International History channel among others. There is plenty of mind food there.

I have a feeling I will have even less time for the internet. At least until we buy another cable box for our tv upstairs which is next to the computer!

If you don't hear from me for a little while, relax in knowing that I am safely swimming in the sea which I call "Digital Cable".

Song of the Day: Cable TV-Weird Al

"I got cable TV (Cable TV)
Cable TV (Cable TV)
Oh, eighty-three channels of ecstasy
I love my cable TV, yeah
I love my cable TV"

posted at 12:00 PM


Thursday, April 22, 2004

Blog Note:

I just added a new book to the "Book I Am Reading" link on the upper right corner of the page.

posted at 3:12 PM


Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Help The School, Richard E. Byrd Community Academy!

I just listened to a show on This American Life about an elementary school in Chicago's Cabrini- Green projects called Richard E. Byrd Community Academy. It is one of the worst conditions that I have ever heard of a school here in America. There are bullet holes in the windows, the bathroom stalls do not have doors, the paper towels don't even have holders, the kids have lunch in the HALLWAY, and there is no heat in the winter and that is to name a FEW problems! Apparently, they were supposed to be building a new school for the kids but that was six years ago. Because of lack of funding, they never got the new school built.

I mean, if this were a house it would be condemned. If this were a restaurant it would be shut-down. So why is it okay with the law that an elementary school be this way?

This is so sad. If I even had a fraction of what Bill Gates has in terms of money, I would buy them a new school. But I am only a middle class person who can't do much in the way of money. But I can spread the word!

If you would like to hear this story, click on this audio link. NOTE: That link doesn't work. So just go to thisamericanlife.com and look for the story called "Desperate Measures" under the year '04.

If you are as angry as I am, I encourage you to email Chicago's board of education about this problem. You can email them at this address: kmartin@cps.k12.il.us

Song of the Day: Greatest Love Of All-Whitney Houston

"I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way"

posted at 5:51 PM


Monday, April 19, 2004

Scale Me

I really have got to get off my ass and exercise more. I bought (am still paying for) this Gazelle but I seem to only use it twice a week. Granted, I get a nice workout everytime I do use it. But I won't get anywhere unless I use it more than twice a week.

I've been trying to eat better, but some days that is like climbing Everest for me. Like today, I started off innocently enough, but by lunch, I was back to my old habits. I bet tomorrow I eat well and feel good about myself. But usually three days a week I am eating like crazy.

I paid $100 for that Weight Watchers Home plan last year but I use it for a week or two, lose weight, then I drop the diet and gain it all back again. I will go months without using it, then one day I jump back on and lose some weight just to start the mad cycle over. That is what happened last week and this week. Last week I started WW again then by Saturday I was off again. I didn't start it back today like I was going to. Now I am thinking I might not start again. I am like that with every diet I've tried.

I need to lose more than 30 pounds, but I don't need to lose enough where any doctor would perform stomach stapling on me. I am overweight, but not enough to have surgery.

So here I am, trying to lose some weight by July at least. Then I plan to lose the rest after that. But in July I go on vacation to the East coast so I would like to lose at least 20 pounds, but I am not sure if that is gonna happen.

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

Well it's full speed baby
In the wrong direction
There's a few more bruises
If that's the way
You insist on heading"

posted at 5:31 PM


Friday, April 16, 2004

I gotta admit. I cannot stand Omarosa from The Apprentice. She is a proved liar, she is snotty, and she actually falsley accused someone of being racist!! I just can't stand her.

Okay, so on with other things. I am so glad the weather is warming up! It was beautiful today. Warm with a nice cool breeze. It should be this way all year.

posted at 7:04 PM


Sunday, April 11, 2004

Happy Easter!!!

Hubby and I colored eggs, and made baskets for our friends. We are going to Easter dinner tonight at a friend's house. We are making the ham and veggies.

I wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow. At least I will cherish the time that I am not at work instead of focusing on having to go back to work tomorrow.

Have a great Easter!

Song of the day: Peter Cottentail-Unknown

"Here' comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity
Happy Easter Day"

posted at 1:24 PM


Tuesday, April 06, 2004

There must be a special school that supervisors and managers go to in order to learn how to make rules and make everyone but themselves stick to them. I have worked in half a dozen places in my life and it seems I have come across a list of rules that are always broken by people in salaried/leadership positions.

1. Do not have personal conversations with co-workers when you should be working: This rule is strictly enforced by the supervisory staff, but those same people have no quams with sitting around chatting to each other all day.

2. If you work 8 hours, you get two designated 15 minute breaks. No more, no less: I can't tell you how many supervisors I have worked under no matter which company or department that I know that have taken 3,4,even up to 5 breaks a day!!!Those same people LOVE busting their employees if they should notice one of them taking an extra break.

3. Personal calls are forbidden unless it is break time: I hear supervisors taking personal calls all day!

4. Be punctual. If you are late you must make it up: I can't tell you how many supervisors I have seen who will sneak in five or ten minutes late and then leave at their normal time. Not making up the amount of time they were late.

5. Keep it down. Do not talk so loud: Funny how I can hear a group of supervisors and their favorite worker bees chatting it up, laughing, and having a great time four rows down from me. Oh...and it is not break time!

When you complain to their boss about this behavior, all that happens is a slap on the wrist if that. It seems in many companies it is harder to fire someone who is salaried versus someone who gets paid by the hour. At least that is how my job is. So that means, if I continuously broke these rules and was reported, after a while they might let me go. But a supervisor who continually breaks these rules gets nothing but a talking to, if that! I know of a couple supervisors in my time who got complaints all of the time from everyone about the same things and to this day they still have a job.

Makes you wish you were salaried, huh?

Song of the Day: Malcolm In The Middle Theme-They Might Be Giants

"You're not the boss of me now
You're not the boss of me now
You're not the boss of me now

And you're not so big
Life is unfair."

posted at 4:43 PM


Sunday, April 04, 2004

I'm Gonna Be Saved!

I am gonna burn in Hell for sure now. I missed Mass this morning. It is Palm Sunday.

At least it isn't Easter Sunday. I will be sure to make it to Mass like a good Catholic girl for that weekend.

We were just sooooo tired this morning. Went to bed late, and needed sleep badly. So we skipped Mass and slept.

I'm sure God understands. I mean it's not as if we skipped Mass to go strip!

Song of the Day: Forgiven-Alanis Morissette

"You know how us Catholic girls can be
We make up for so much time a little too late
I never forgot it, confusing as it was
No fun with no guilt feelings
The sinners, the saviors, the loverless priests
I'll see you next Sunday"

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