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  1. qbubbles says:

    I am 12,000 months pregnant. The kid is breech. My hip is out of alignment. All I wanna do is sleep for hours.

  2. Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

    I am wearing red pants.

    I am excited about going home for Christmas. That is all.

  3. BrightShopperGettingBrighter says:

    I am frustrated by the cynical nature of many people. It’s sad, but if people are douchecanoes to start with, they probably can’t see why someone else wouldn’t be. Ahh, the holidays.

  4. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOHOOOOOO!!

    I’m exausted, and it’s only just begun. My boss is trying to use up the rest of her vacation days by the end of the year, so it means that I’m working a lot of extra hours to fill in for her.

    I wish I had something exciting to talk about, but I kinda don’t. lol. I need to go to the Post Office to print out a label and send off a box and when I asked my mom if she could take me by there on my way home (it’s on the way there) she made it sound like it was the worst idea I ever came up with. In my experience, even when the office is busy no one ever using the automated machines. We had a rediculous back and forth via text over this entire thing.

    Do you really think it’s that bad of an idea? She’s making it sound like it’s going to be like Black Friday at Walmart.

    • pop top says:

      I love the automated shipping machines! They’re such a good idea that I can’t believe the Post Office has them in the first place.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I love them too. They work surprisingly well, and the best part is that most people are afraid of them so there isn’t ever a line.

        There wasn’t even a line there on Tax Day, and they had postal workers in there trying to show people how to use them. Everyone would rather wait in the long line, it seems.

        • pop top says:

          Why are people afraid of them but not the self-check out machines? IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE IT, STAND IN LINE YOU PRICK!

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          There was a line at my post office, but I just used the automated machine, which didn’t have a line at all. I doubt it’ll be a problem.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        I just wish they had more of them. The only one around here is at the central post office, about 20 minutes from my house even though my closest PO is 5 minutes away :(

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i wish my post office had automated shipping machines

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Hmm, I don’t think it would be that bad today…you can print postage online and pay for it with a card, though, I think. Did your mail already get picked up?

      If you go next week, for sure don’t go at lunch hour. It will be CRAZY.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        We did end up going there and there was a line for the regular Post Office stuff but not a line at the machine, just as I suspected.

        GOoooo figure. lol.

        At least it is sent. *Phew*

  5. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    I’m so excited for Christmas this year. I’m going back to Iowa to see my family next weekend and almost all of my shopping is done. All that’s left is to find a white elephant gift.

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  6. JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

    December to remember! o/

    This has been an awesome month for me and my family.

    My mom’s been in treatment for Hep C for a month now. We just got news that her virus count was over 3 million, and now it’s down to 127. So yeah, I’d say she’s responding well.

    My brother/sis-in-law are buying a house close to my work. HOPEFULLY THEY WILL FILL IT WITH BABIES AND FURNITURE QUICKLY. I need a small child to dote on.

    I got a raise and bonus at work, and was highly commended by my boss for being FUCKING AWESOME IN ALL ASPECTS OF EVERYTHING. Of course.

    Oh, and I have a boyfriend now. An amazing boyfriend who’s a punk rock tattooed mechanic awesome crazy adorable sexy man that I want to hug until he explodes.

    HOORAY FOR CUPCAKES!!! o/

    • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

      Awesome to hear about your mom, I’m glad she’s doing well.

      And everything else of course :D

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      HOORAY FOR CUPCAKES, INDEED!

      I need one of those “YAY!” flags.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Wow, that’s really good to hear about your mom.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Thanks Max :) She’s been sick since January, but the docs gave her an 80% success rate so we were all pretty optimistic :)

    • pop top says:

      Yay for all of that!

      (Also you’re posting on Consumerist now? LOL)

    • Mimbla says:

      Yay! Super glad to hear you’re doing well. :3 +1 for the babies… I baby-sat a friend’s 6 month old on Monday night. He was SO FREAKIN’ ADORABLE. I came prepared, too, and didn’t wear anything I cared about… his dad told me the kid “never spits up,” and over the course of the evening he managed to “never spit up” on me 3 times. I am now the Queen of Baby Vomit. XD

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        I can see my bro having a litter of children. He would make an awesome dad, and I know my parents want grandkids horribly so. BUT this probably won’t be for another few years D: I will have to #occupycats until then.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      excellent news on all fronts!
      do not explode your boyfriend.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      WOO HOOO!!!!!

      I am glad the year got itself back together for you! We wuz worried for a bit there. Looks like the cupcake will be getting kissed on NYE!

  7. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    I got into the SWTOR early release, and it is amazing. I’m not an MMO person but I loooove this game.

  8. pop top says:

    I’m signed up for classes to start on the long road to finishing my degree! I’m really excited. Does anyone have any tips for taking online courses? I’ve never done an online class before.

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      I got my degree online! It takes discipline. It’s really easy to plagiarize too, so watch out. Also, get your work done early to maximize ass-sitting time.

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        What Jenny said. I did my last few classes online because my professors knew me by then, and they knew it was an hour each way for me to come to class. Set aside quiet time and space for studying/working every day; if you get your work done early, great, you get that time off, but schedule it anyway — you may want to start reading ahead instead of taking the time off, so that you’ll have more slack later if you need it.

        If your school doesn’t have a social networking site or area, think about setting up a Yahoo or Google group for each class, it really helps to discuss it with other people who are reading the exact same thing.

        How well do you know the web sites for your school and local libraries? Between the two, I got full-text articles for all my research, and I only had to make one trip a semester for a few books to supplement that. Check that out ahead of time, so you know whether you might need to make actual outings to your local library.

        Oh, and don’t forget: YOU ROCK, SQUINKO!!!! WTG!!!

        • pop top says:

          Aww Maximillionsofdollars, you’re making me blush. ;)

          Thanks for the tips both of you. I’m definitely a “Oh I can do this later”-type of person, so I figured that I would have to make sure I structured some school time into my schedule every day. I also already have the syllabus for one of the classes (the one with the most reading), so once I’m done with Game of Thrones (awesome book btw), I’ll get some of that reading started. :)

          • axhandler1 says:

            Did you finish the series, or just the first book? I just finished the fourth one, need to go buy the new one that just came out and start reading it. So good!

            • pop top says:

              I’m almost finished with the first book, and am picking up the second book from a friend next week. I’ve been meaning to read it for months now, but my library never had any of the books in, and the hold waits were crazy.

              • axhandler1 says:

                Yeah, my library had a big wait too, so I just went and got them. The second book starts slow, but stick with it. It gets better, then the third and fourth books are both great. So much stuff happens!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I did my college work online and I loved it. I was good as long as there were hard deadlines for things. I procrastinate terribly, so if they say “Just whenever” I wait and wait, but give me a deadline and I will make that shit happen.

      The thing that made it easiest for me was getting a laptop so that I could spread out my books on the couch and work with them right next to me. That wasn’t possible at my desktop PC.

      Also, buying books from BN.com or Amazon was cheaper than the college bookstore, even cheaper than the used price.

      • pop top says:

        I bought a laptop for that very reason during the “Buy a computer get a free 360 deal” (getting the 360 helped too). I don’t want to turn into one of those coffee shop jackasses who buy one cup of coffee and spend 8 hours camping out, but it’s nice to have the portability if I need it.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Stay on task, religiously check the course calendar and make sure you have the right books. Professors usually give you the ISBN but make sure you have the right edition too. A lot of times there’s a cheaper “International Edition” but questions may be numbered incorrectly.

      If you have to work in a group, BE THE LEADER so you know that work gets done. When you can, do your work in advance so something doesn’t come up and you’re stuck doing 3 chapters of reading in one night.

      • pop top says:

        I’ve already ordered the wrong book because there are two versions of one of the classes I’m taking, online and on-campus, but only the on-campus one is listed in the textbook search. :/ Luckily I can easily return it and get my money back, so it’s not a big deal. I hope I don’t get any group projects either. :(

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I have nothing to add here that wasn’t covered by everyone else, except YAY FOR YOU! I liked online because I could be comfy in my pj’s when working instead of sitting in a cold classroom on a freezing winter evening. :)

      • pop top says:

        Thanks! :D I’m really excited to start, but I’m worried since I’ve been out of school for a couple of years. I’m not taking a full load and I’m taking some of the easier-level classes required for my degree so I can ease back into being a student.

        (I wish you’d come to our clubhouse. :/ )

  9. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    silver lining to the flu: lost ten pounds
    this week i’ve learned a whole lot about copyright law. title 17 is a pretty interesting read.
    i’ve made someone hate me because i was right and they were wrong. in the legal sense. it’s a strangely hollow feeling.
    hoping to go thrifting this weekend with a nice boy from the internet
    my roommate is moving in a few weeks early, right after christmas so now it’s a rush to get the room ready
    hope everyone has a great weekend

    • pop top says:

      Ooh, thrifting with boys now are we? ;) Have fun!

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Yay thrifting! I can’t wait to hit up Goodwill in January when people either donate their unwanted items, or get rid of older things ’cause they got new ones!

      Sorry about the flu. That really bites. I get a flu shot every year in hopes of avoiding it, and out of the past 17 years of getting the shot, I’ve had the flu only once. **knocks on wood**

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m sorry you were sick. I hope thrifting made up for it. :)

  10. LightningUsagi says:

    Last night I got a letter from my insurance company letting me know that they won’t be renewing my policy. Their reasoning is that I have had two accidents in the last three years (only one was my fault) and that I filed a claim last year to have my windshield replaced because a rock hit it one day. I’m super pissed because I’ve have only filed that one claim with them in the 6 years I’ve had coverage with them.

    Any recommendations for quick quotes or companies? I’m not looking forward to his at all.

  11. chizu says:

    So it has been a long while since I last heard about my car. But apparently it wasn’t bad gas I got in my 2007 Prius, it was an engine misfiring! When I talked to my friend the other day, they were waiting to get the coils in? Or something like that. BUT, another problem popped up. The reading picked up on something was wrong with the… TRANSMISSION??? He had to go so he didn’t fill me in with the rest of the story, and more is supposed to come. But god, I really hope there’s nothing wrong with the transmission since I have less than 40,000 miles on that car. And I think a Prius’s transmission run from $5,000-7,000… I have no idea if it’s still under warranty, but I just don’t want to have to deal with it anymore… Next time when I buy a car, I’m going to get an old beatup SAAB or Volvo and drive it to the ground. :(

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      A sporadic misfire isn’t necessarily anything too serious. We have two Priuses at work and they’ll occasionally throw a CEL due to misfires if the gas tank is run low (1/8th of a tank). Depending on the car, a misfire is most likely the result of the spark plugs, wires, or coil pack. 40,000 is awfully early for ignition issues (I think Toyota uses iridium or platinum plugs) but if the car has done mostly city driving, it’s not unheard of.

      A Prius has a CVT transmission and they are insanely expensive to replace. Unfortunately, they are so new, that in most instances you have to go through a dealer and either get a junkyard replacement or a brand new one, since rebuilds are typically not done at independent shop (this is slowly changing).

      If I recall, ’07 Toyotas have a 5-year powertrain warranty, so you should be pretty safe.

      • chizu says:

        That’s good to know about the powertrain warranty — I did purchase the extended factory warranty when I bought my car? If anything, I hope that would kick in. I could only suspect the misfiring came from really rough driving the weekend before it crapped out? I have no idea… It’s just depressing that there had been ENDLESS problems between the 5,000 miles check up…

  12. CrankyOwl says:

    I am soooo not motivated to do any work today. I want to go to the mall (which is right next door to the office) and use the Macys coupon which is burning a hole in my wallet. Meh. Time is passing entirely too slowly this morning.

    That is all.

    • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

      I feel you. As a lazy person I need to be really motivated to do something. Once I am motivated I don’t want anything to stand in my way.

      WHY DO I HAVE TO WORK? I NEED TO FINISH CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AND PACK.

    • pop top says:

      What are you going to get at Macy’s? Shinies? Clothes? Shiny clothes?

  13. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

    OK, so this years Holiday cards are GO! Here is the photo I am using: http://twitpic.com/7ttgol

    Anyone who wants one, send your address in an email to: GitEmSteveDave@gmail.com subject line:Occupy MY mailbox.

    It’s safe, because, as a minister, I can not legally divulge information, not to do with the commission of a crime, to anyone under clergy/ministrant confidentially protection. If you’re worried, I’ll send it to another address for you. My addy WILL be on the envelope and others have gotten cards from me in the past. Besides, if you watch the cams, you will see how rarely I leave the house. So there’s little chance of me robbing you, and more chance of you robbing me of my precious Zippo lighters and those table things that keep the top of the pizza box off of the pizza.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      the last two year’s cards are still on my fridge

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

        And as soon as they get printed tomorrow, I will address your envelope(the correct way this time) and it will be winging it’s way to your home state.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      You collect those table things too!?

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

        No, but I saw it on an episode of the Simpsons where the Crazy Cat Lady was a hoarder, and Marge was helping her clean.

  14. nrich239 says:

    I love going to live concerts but got screwed out of tickets today. Logged on early and hit refresh at 10:00:01am and was denied any tickets. Bastards.

    • nicless says:

      I used to love going to concerts, but nobody wants to be the 31 year old at the Warped Tour. 8^( My last concert was a Tori Amos concert, which was my first date with my now wife. Oh the memories.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I like going to shows as well, but they get so damn EXPENSIVE! Gigantour is coming in February, and its $40 a head… that’s half a day’s wage for me. Not including food or booze before or after the show.

  15. Jules Noctambule says:

    We adopted a new cat this week! Her name is Abby, she’s 11 years old and a tabby/marmalade calico. I have a major show this weekend so we haven’t had as much bonding time as I’d like, but so far she’s adjusting well and even ate breakfast with our other cats this morning.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      Good luck with the kitty. Growing up we had a cat that was a calico/marmalade my little Sid named her Tabby, weird huh?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aww! She sounds adorable. Pictures when you get a chance please!! :)

  16. SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

    Last day of work for 2011 woohoo! Had to use up those sick/personal days.

    Also here’s some cats in funny clothes

    http://thekittencovers.tumblr.com/

  17. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Oh thank GOD it’s Friday. What a week.

    My bf and I had a major blowup due to me being an idiot, and a communication problem (that involved both of us). But some things came out that needed to be said, which was good, and he’s still talking to me even though he’s a bit subdued, also good. I hope this is a good thing for us. I didn’t smile for three days. The bad part is that being so far away from each other, it’s really hard to make up and nothing I say over instant messaging sounds good enough. Maybe he’ll feel better after he goes home for Christmas.

    Aaaaaannd I think I’m getting sick again. My back hurts over my kidneys, and I feel kind of bleah. Had a couple of dizzy spells too. I think maybe I’ll skip social activities planned for tomorrow and head over to urgent care. This has been the WORST year ever. I don’t think three months have gone by without me coming down with something. Let’s hope next year is better.

    • pop top says:

      Your sickness sounds like dehydration; are you getting enough fluid every day?

      Also, fighting in an LDR is tough, but you have to make the effort to communicate and I think that makes the relationship stronger. The husband and I had a LDR when we started dating and we definitely communicate more than other couples we know. Good for you for bringing up important but painful issues. Many couples will have problems that they let fester, and sometimes eventually destroy the relationship altogether, because they’re about sensitive topics like money or sex or kids and they don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings. If your partner (not you personally) isn’t mature enough to talk about important issues, then that’s them failing your standards and that’s on them.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I’ve been trying to drink a lot of water; I don’t know what’s happening to it! Maybe I have a leak.

        We’re trying. It’s really really really hard for me to ask for what I need or say when something is funky because I get so anxious and scared the words won’t come out. So I let things fester and don’t say it when I need to say it. Also hard to have a good discussion when you have to do it in chunks over the phone or instant messaging. :P

    • ArcanaJ says:

      Aww… You gots my number, baby. Call me if you need a shoulder.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Thank you, my friend. I may do that if things don’t work out the way I THINK THEY SHOULD GODDAMMIT

        :)

  18. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I’m feeling meloncholy today. Most of the day I’ve been fighting back tears, but for no apparent reason other than it’s almost the end of another year, and I just feel so stuck in my life. I thought by this point in time I would have a decent job and could better provide for myself, but as time goes on, I guess I’m just one of those people destined to be stuck in a low income bracket.

    That being said: I am really grateful I have a job, and my family is healthy.

    I’m not so happy that my big dog is going blind. Poor guy had trouble finding the ramp onto the porch this morning. But when I spoke to him, he followed my voice and made his way. Swimming at the river this summer will be interesting.

    I’m also going to look for a prepaid phone while I’m off work between Christmas and New Years. I’m hoping to find one that will work at my house, now that the gas companies have put up another tower, and I hope to just have Comcast internet only, with no landline or cable by the first part of next year. That’s something to look forward to.

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      I’m sorry you feel that way; I sympathize. I hate my life and its direction; I’m 36, divorced, no kids, no prospects, and no desire to date. People try to make me feel bad about that all the time. I’ve pretty much made my peace with the fact that I will most likely never have children and never marry again. I’ve just had too much bad luck with men, don’t want to do it again. Plus most people are takers, and I don’t have anything left to give except money, and I don’t WANT to give that to anyone.

      I hate my new job, it’s not what was described to me plus the people aren’t nice and the commute sucks. I started in October and I’m already looking.

      *hug* I hope things look up for both of us in 2012.

      • pop top says:

        If anyone tries to make you feel bad about being single/not dating, tell them to fuck off and drop them out of your life. You deserve to be happy and if that means being single for a while, then that’s your right and they have no business forcing you to act differently than what you want to do.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        Thank you – I’m glad someone understands! A lot of time I feel like I should just put on my big girl panties and suck it up. I guess I’m just tired. My husband is like the happy go lucky grasshopper in the fable (actually he’s like 2 or 3 of them combined), and I’m the ant. I think that’s part of why I feel this way.

        I’ve been wanting just to pick up my dog and two cats, and move out on my own. 2012 just might be the year to do that.

        **hug** to you too!

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I’m sorry you guys are having such a hard time. *hug* I have been feeling that way for a long time. Don’t know if current thing will work out that way, but some of the other stuff I myself have control over.

        Although it’s hard to remember that when I walk into the bathroom and see yet another leak I haven’t got the money to fix. XP

  19. One-Eyed Jack says:

    Deposited my 8¬¢ eBay class action settlement check this week. The bank tellers got a good laugh out of that. (And no, it wasn’t my only deposit.)

    Anyone else get an eBay check in the past few days? It has to be cashed by Dec. 22, and I didn’t get mine until the first week of December even though it had been mailed around Nov. 22.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I don’t use eBay, so I probably won’t get one. I did sign up for that Netflix/Walmart thing though. Maybe I’ll get a gift card I can use to buy milk or something.