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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Planning a wedding sucks!

    That is all.

  2. pop top says:

    I’m two weeks ahead of schedule in my online class! I just have to finish Machiavelli’s The Prince, get some more studying done and then I can take the midterm already. I finished reading The Politics by Aristotle over the weekend; the guy has some good points about a lot of things, but man, dude loves him some slavery. After the midterm it’s Marx, Mill, Locke and Brave New World, which I didn’t like the first time I tried to read it. I’m also worried about coming up with a good topic for the six-page final paper, especially since I haven’t written a paper in a few years. :/

    • smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

      Spark Notes got me through college. I was the kind of English major who was better at writing than reading and am generally a slow reader, so it was hard for me to keep up. The study guides are pretty good there too. Good Luck!

      • pop top says:

        I always forget about the existence of Cliff Notes-type stuff because to me, it’s sort of “cheating”. I mean, not literally cheating but I feel that most of the time you should try to read the entire work if possible (especially with subjects like philosophy, political science, etc.) because sometimes you need the whole text to “get it”. Some concepts may not make as much sense, or you may not understand them the way they’re meant to be understood, when they’re taken out of the context of the work.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Since you’ve read it, why not use the Cliff’s Notes to go over salient points of the books? This may spark an idea for your paper. :)

          Or read the bios of the authors. Sometimes there’s stuff in there that makes interesting topics.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Awesome to hear!
      I’ll admit, I enjoyed reading The Prince, but I think that’s because I didn’t *have* to read it. And I liked Brave New World (or at least, I liked it a lot more than 1984, which I had to read directly after).
      Good luck on the midterm!

  3. dragonfire81 says:

    In just a short while I will finally publish my first ever book. Its going to be self published as an ebook and self marketed. I finally managed to figure out to properly format for the Kindle so I just need to smooth out my manuscript and get a strong cover together.

    The book is a collection of fictional stories from a grocery store manager relating his work experiences. This is the culmination of a long held dream of mine. I’m not holding my breath on making much money off it, but I am still thrilled with the accomplishment.

    My only regret is that my grandfather won’t get to see it. No one supported me as much in my writings as he did. He passed last November.

  4. GrayMatter says:

    I went camping with the Boy Scouts last weekend, in zero degree weather. Tents, not cabin.

    Everybody survived, and really did not get cold.

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

    Dad’s cleared for hip replacement surgery on Monday, and we’ll know sometime on Sunday exactly what time. Everything is in place and I’ll be taking time off to help Mom and Dad over the next few weeks.

    My birthday was yesterday, so my coworkers made me a homemade card with pictures of my dog, 2 cats, and our adopted outside cat, and they signed it. Plus we had a gutload of food. It was a great day!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • pop top says:

      Happy birthday! :)

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      Happy birthday!

    • chizu says:

      Happy birthday and I hope for a speedy recovery for your dad. My mum had hers back in 2010 and it was a long-time recovery for her. So I hope for the best for him.

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

        Dad’s chomping at the bit to get this done. He is working on three car restoration projects right now – a 1976 Triumph convertible and 2 1956 Ford F150 Trucks. One truck is together (mostly) and the other one is still at the chassis stage. He actually said “when I get home from the hospital, we can walk out to the garage and…”.

        He’s a go getter, and at 77 still active in the volunteer fire department as a tanker truck driver, so I’m hoping he recovers quickly.

        Hope your Mom is OK now!

    • nicless says:

      #1. Happy Birthday!

      #2. How did they get these pictures!? I hope you have them uploaded some place public and they didn’t like, come to your house while you were sleeping and take pictures of your animals.

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

        LOL! I have a terrible habit of using work email to share pictures of my animals, plus we use AOL instant messenger, and all 4 photos were on my AIM profile at one time or another…so either one of my enterprising coworkers saved my emails, or copied the photos as I posted them to AIM.

        My office mates are very enterprising!

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Congratulations on another successful trip around the sun!

      And I hope your father makes a quick recovery!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      the adopted outside cat is just your third cat now, or are you just resisting it?
      good luck to your dad

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

        She’s such a sweet cat, and I can’t find a home for her, and the SPCA is full. I’ve decided to take her in for spay/neuter day, get her tested for Feline Leukemia, and get her basic shots, etc. She can remain an outside cat, happily doing Chloe things all day. She’s wiggled her way into my heart!

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          i’ve never known a rescue to NOT be full. and this year is going to be bad – with milder winters more cats are out and about. kitten season has started early….

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

            Do you know if she tests positive for FL if she will need to be put down? I hate to even think about it, but when I took my two current cats in as little 8 week old kittens (they’re almost 13), my vet tested them for this first and recommended euthanasia if positive so they wouldn’t spread the disease.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              if we get FeLV+ kittens they are usually feral and a whole colony is infected and often it does, sadly, mean euthanasia.
              an otherwise healthy adult cat who can be kept indoors and away from unvaccinated cats for the remainder of its life is usually not euthanized.
              an outdoor semi feral cat that might spread transmission to unvaccinated cats? that’s a tricky situation.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ooh happy birthday! Good luck to your dad. I hope he recovers well and quickly. :)

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

      Dad surgery update: we have to be at the hospital at 6:30 Monday AM. I hope they have lots of real coffee in the surgical waiting room! Dad is psyched, already talking about what he’ll be able to do in a few weeks. Mom is sort of a basket case. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes!

  6. Me - now with more humidity says:

    A beagle… woohoo! My favorite!

  7. Jules Noctambule says:

    File under Crazy Crap People Do on the Internet — a popular beauty blogger I followed started up a company that was supposed to send out boxes of samples of cosmetics/jewelry/perfume/whathaveyou from indie companies, then disappeared with cash and goods. Shortly afterward, it was revealed that she is actually the same person who faked her own death and scammed a bunch of people in the knitting community a few years ago. I can only imagine the kind of dedication it takes to spend two years building up an online persona just to perpetrate a scam, and I’m equally dismayed and strangely impressed.

    • pop top says:

      Wow, yeah, that is really impressive. Is it really worth it to go through all of that work though, I wonder?

      • Jules Noctambule says:

        There really wasn’t that much money involved, but there was a hell of a lot of trust. The general thinking right now is that she’d planned to go big, but thought people were on to her and ran with what there was. I’d be angrier but all I can think of is how sorry I am for the people who called her a friend.

    • DrMcFacekick says:

      I’m sorry you got fleeced! If this is what I think it is, I almost signed up for it too. Suck!

      • Jules Noctambule says:

        Are the project initials AB? If so, I also got lucky — I was considering sending in product, but something in my mind held me back. Now I see why; I was around for her knitting scam and finally, all her grammatical errors that stood out have clicked with me. ‘G——-a G–Y’ = GG = GiGi who apparently rose from the undead.

    • TheMansfieldMauler says:

      “What are you in for?”
      “I was the mastermind of a knitting scam.”

    • chippy says:

      This is a seriously small world, because I know about this undead woman conning people out of yarn and money. A friend of mine on Facebook has dealing with her too (she makes mineral make-up.) It’s unfortunate that she’s not the only knitter-type person who has done this. There’s a group on Ravelry (knitting social network site for those not in the know) called “Mysterious Circumstances, Yo!”, named after the initials MCY. MCY was a yarn seller who “died” and was then actually seen out in public after “dying”, probably spending the money that she scammed from people.

      My guess is that the Zombie Apocalypse has started in the knitting community.

      In other yarny-scammy news, I was under a consignment contract with a yarn seller who scammed lots of people out of yarn and money a couple of years ago. Supposedly, she’s “sick”. Then she decided to flame tons of people on the internet. The internet gives the sick strength it seems.

      • Jules Noctambule says:

        Your friend’s company initials wouldn’t be SL, would they? I know some people who got caught in her first scam and was around when the whole reveal went down (remember MCY well, too); guess she was dumb enough to try it twice. Thinking of how she’s so eager to prey on the trust and compassion of others just makes me furious.

  8. chizu says:

    I am currently evaluating my life in my head a lot… I guess a bit more so than in the past.

    The ex-Mister broke off with me last Friday, long distance was really taking a huge toll on him on top of many things he has to sort out in his life. It wasn’t any easier on my end, to be honest. And I wish I didn’t have all sort of baggages on my end to be able to just get up and leave. I wish I could — but it’d take time.

    With that being said — one of my biggest baggages is actually being a homeowner. I became one when I was fairly young and before I met the ex-Mister. A tremendous amount of pressure came down from the family so my brother and I weren’t “pissing our money away” on renting. We bought a place right before the giant market crash, our home value had lost about 15% of what we bought it for. The sad thing is, we’re pretty lucky compared to the rest of the country. But 15% is still a lot of money for us to lose. On top of that, that down payment came from my parents so we are obligated to pay them back no matter how much we sell the house for. (So we’re actually looking at tens of thousands in the hole.)

    I feel so trapped, to be honest. To some extent, I don’t regret buying the house. But it’s so much burden to have to hold up. A lot of the appliances broke down after we moved in, so we had to replace a lot of them, and will have to fork over a lot more to try to replace them. (Fridge, dishwasher, washer+dryer, and the AC+Furnace.) If I were able to go back to the past, I’d tell myself not to do it so I could get up and go and do whatever I want with life. I can’t go back to school, I can’t go travel, I can’t do anything but continue to be a slave to my house. I wish I didn’t agree on getting the house just to shut my parents up. Sadly, till this day — they strongly believe it was the best decision we made with our lives. To some extent, maybe? Since renting was actually more than our mortgage, but at least with renting, you could always look elsewhere… With a home, you can’t get up and move… You can’t get up and follow where your heart is and just move in with your boyfriend…

    Right now, I keep telling my friends — don’t buy a place. Don’t be a slave to it unless you are sure that you want to stay there for a very long time. If you know you want to settle down, then do it. If you don’t know where you want to be in 5 years, you’d regret it…

    I wish I met the ex-Mister before I signed that piece of paper… At the very least, it would allow me to really think a bit more for myself, instead of doing what my family thought was the right thing to do… This weekend, I’m going to try to have a good talk with my mother…

    • pop top says:

      All of that sounds awful, I’m sorry. Would it hurt you financially to sell the house right now? Do you have the possibly option of renting it to friends maybe?

      • chizu says:

        Tremendously. It just doesn’t seem like the market is doing well enough for us to even be able to break even? The paying parents back part is stressful, but I think I could manage to do that over the span of the next few years. I’d just have to bite the bullet and deal with it for the next few days. However, one of the problems is accepting that responsibility and splitting it with my brother. I’m not sure what his line of thoughts is like… My parents are pretty much like WHY WOULD YOU EVEN WANT TO MOVE THIS IS THE BEST THING YOU COULD HAVE DONE. It’s like we owe them so much for helping us out with the down payment (I appreciate it) — but they made it so that everything is about saving/helping us, without realising everything is about THEM.

        • pop top says:

          What about selling your share to your brother?

          • chizu says:

            Ahhh, unfortunately he’s not going to do it. 1.) He can’t afford to take it up on his own. 2.) If he gets married, he’d want to move out.

            I was actually banking on him proposing selling/moving out first!

            • pop top says:

              Why not talk him into staying there and moving his wife in there with him? Why does he get to be free of the house instead of you?

              • chizu says:

                I know, the whole thing sounds ridiculously stupid. It seems like my parents didn’t really listen to me and understand me. (Actually, that worries me because it could be a sign of brain degenerative…) They pretty much want us to do things their way or no way. And because I should be the “good daughter”, I need to stick out to the end. My brother sucks so they expect him to do things like that get off scot-free. I got into arguments with them before and it just seems like they didn’t get it. Hence the much-needed conversation soon…

                BTW, does Consumerist allow you to see if someone responds to your comments? I can’t seem to locate that…

                • pop top says:

                  You need to stick to your guns about this. You shouldn’t suffer at the expense of your brother. Not wanting to lose a ton of money doesn’t make you the “bad kid”. And no, Consumerist doesn’t let you know when people respond to your posts.

                  Ever hear of the Something Awful Forums? They have a subforum called “e/n” that might be really helpful to you. It’s $10 to join the forums, but they’re a fun place. They also have a “Business and Finances” subforum as well, that may be helpful too.

                • HogwartsProfessor says:

                  It’s also a sign that they just DON’T LISTEN. With my parents, they never see me as an adult. I can’t have an adult relationship with them. It’s some consolation that my mother especially also drives my brother and sister-in-law crazy. My sister complains about her, but then hangs out with her because they both like the same kind of stuff. I say, go live with Sis when you get old!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i notice you didn’t replace the oven. is there any chance the oven could be faulty? it’d be terrible if it caught your house on fire……
      sorry your house is yoke on your neck. can you rent it out and go do stuff you want to do?

      • chizu says:

        I think I also wouldn’t trust people living in my house, to be honest. We had a really bad experience (scarring) with a “renter” at our old place many years ago. So my parents are adamant about ever renting any part out to anyone. My mum actually totally freaked out on me a few times even with the idea of my brother’s girlfriend moving in with us. (She wasn’t planning to, I think?) Because what if she tries to make me do the housework! Which is funny, because I do pretty much /all/ the housework as it is…

        The oven is actually holding out pretty strongly — but I should see if it’s under the worry free plan and see if it could use some routine maintenance… It would be, er, a really bad thing if something were to happen. Sometime the starter would crap out too…

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      *hug* I feel your pain. I’m stuck in an old crappy house myself, with things falling apart and no money to fix them (thanks a lot, economy) and no way out of it unless I take a loss. The only reason I bought in the first place was it was cheaper than renting. I’m really tempted to “accidentally” forget that Ieft a candle burning and go somewhere, but it would be too obvious with my TV and everything gone. :P

      I’m sorry about the breakup too.

      As far as your parents are concerned, mine are the same way. Things are better when I do what I feel is right for me and not what THEY think is. Lucky they live far enough away that they can’t bug me too much.

      • chizu says:

        Oh hello, are you the other me? I AM WAVING AT YOU.

        My parents are actually 8,000+ miles away. They somehow still have a really tight grip over me — and I guess I didn’t really want to hurt them or “disappoint” them too much. So I’m not really sure why I haven’t rebelled yet… Considering how FAR they are away from me and how old I am. Ugh. They are constantly going “YOU ARE SO OLD YOU SHOULD BE DOING ALL THESE” and yet treat me like an infant and won’t let me do things based on my own will.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          that word “let” – i do not think it means what you think it means
          it sounds like part of their hold over you is financial and that’s unfortunate.
          but, at the risk of damaging your relationship with your parents, and definitely CHANGING your relationship with your parents, you may want to thank them for their patronage and then remind them that you are not legally bound to behave a certain way just because they loan you money.
          they may never loan you money again but they probably won’t stop loving you

          this is coming from my experience dealing with parents who tried to control me with money. my mother, as the executor of my grandfather’s estate, tried to control me through my inheritance for a long time. she eventually realized i had no problem not getting the job she wanted me to get or living where i wanted to live or moving out of state when i wanted it. sure, it’s been a scrape and it’s been made clear to me that i will never see that quarter of a million dollars that he left me. but i didn’t love my grandfather for his money and i don’t love my parents for theirs. i am happy with my life and they are finally realizing that i can be a perfectly functional and content person living in a smaller house and having fewer luxuries than they expected me to want.

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            WHAT CATASTROPHEGIRL SAID!!! *slaps five*

          • chizu says:

            It’s really more than the financial gripe, sadly. I guess it’s because I had always been the “good daughter”, I was conditioned to believe that I can’t do anything that would disappoint them — they rely on me. It’s sad that I also allowed the situation to get to the point that if and when they need something, they come to me first and just expect my brother to fail or not do anything. It’s really more have to do with an emotional gripe than financial.

            My mother is supposed to come across a fairly comfortable sum of money in the future, I believe it is supposed to be her retirement fund. I had been urging her to just go on vacations and spend it with my dad. I didn’t want them to think that I’m hawking what little money they have left by pretending to be the good daughter. The thing is, I recognised that I will never be able to live up to their standards and find a significant other that match their criteria. I was more than happy to not receive a dime from them just to be able to be with the ex-Mister. I was ready to fight against them for him… :/

    • tooluser says:

      5 years? > Try 30.

  9. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    My super awesome husband got me into anime and I’m totally addicted. I’m such a geek that we’re going down to Denver tomorrow to see the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie in the theater. I think I’m a little too excited about it.

    In other news, I just found out that one of my former managers is going through some serious Cancer treatments. She spent all day in surgery yesterday and they’re not even sure they were able to remove everything. It’s such a shame; she was such a wonderful person and she grew up around my Father-in-law’s family, so they all know her. I hate when bad things happen to good people.

    • pop top says:

      I’m not a big anime fan by any means, but my favorites so far have been Trigun (the dubbed version is worth it), Gurren Lagann (you have to do subs for this) and Ninja Nonsense (even huge anime fans I’ve talked to haven’t heard of this, but it’s on Netlfix, and this is another “subs only” one, the voice acting makes the show). The American dubbed version of Shin Chan is hilarious. I also liked the Ninja Scrolls movie.

    • The Upright Man says:

      You’re contractually obligated to watch Cowboy Bebop now

      • smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

        I use to watch it back when it was on Adult Swim. We watched the movie a few months back when it was randomly on Starz one day.

  10. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    I actually get to be social on Saturday – going to hang out with some friends and play some dice-and-paper RPG. That will be lots of fun.
    Then on Sunday, I’m going to sit down with a big box of Kleenex and watch episode 3 of Sherlock (The Reichenberg Fall). And I’ll probably bake cupcakes, because I’ve been itching to try some recipe experimentation.
    Anybody else have fun plans?

    • pop top says:

      Oh man, I haven’t played a tabletop RPG in a while. I’m fiending. :/

      Are you talking about the new Sherlock show? I love it. Benedict Cumberbatch is quite a weirdo, but he’s great in it. :)

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Yes, the BBC’s Sherlock just finished airing Series 2 last Sunday. I haven’t had a chance to watch the last episode, so that’s definitely on for this Sunday.

        Funnily enough, I found out yesterday that CBS recently greenlighted a drama for their fall lineup, apparently called “Elemetary”, which is supposed to be a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, but set in New York. I don’t have high hopes for it.

  11. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i hate health insurance companies right now. my job currently consists of fixing the mess they are making for people by removing/lowering benefits

    very weird getting used to having a roommate.

    the total count for critters that don’t belong in my house
    1 raccoon
    1 feral cat
    1 someone else’s shy pet cat

    anyone got cat food coupons for me?

    my dog had some very very bad test results, has lost 13 pounds since october and a pound and a half of that is since monday of this week. he’s 12, and a breed that tends to live to be 12.
    if you were wondering, cold laser therapy for pets [also people] really works. i was skeptical but he’s walking better than he has in months and can go up the tiny step in the doorway without hurting himself or needing help. that’s for arthritis and a damaged ACL.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Sounds like you have four roommates, LOL!

      Poor doggie. *covers with blankey, makes special food for, makes tea/beverage of choice for catastrophegirl*

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        total so far is:
        1 human roommate
        2 permanent cats
        1 permanent dog
        2 foster cats
        1 roommate’s cat who lives in her room [by his choice]
        1 raccoon
        1 feral cat
        1 someone else’s pet cat
        1 carport opossum
        1 backyard fox
        1 owl that kills screaming bunnies outside my bedroom window at 4 am
        half a dozen front yard deer who would be great if they’d clear the grass instead of eating the trees while they leave little poop piles everywhere

        these are all regulars, hanging around constantly and making themselves known, so i count them as critters i have to live with [not that the human roommate is a critter]

        • HogwartsProfessor says:


          OH I completely forgot to tell you: I bought a digital antenna the other day. I’m going to try it this weekend and if it works good, I’ll get my roku (the cheapo one is out of stock right now and that’s all I can afford right now) and CUT THE SATELLITE CORD!!!!

          All I mostly watch is Netflix so that ought to work pretty good. :)

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            if you are going to order it online, you could totally save $5 [and earn me $4 worth of amazon video on demand] with my referral link

            • HogwartsProfessor says:

              I know; I saw that and was planning to get from Amazon. So that should work for both of use! :)

              • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                well that link is direct from roku, not amazon. but you should go with whatever gets you the best deal. and if the roku doesn’t work out, amazon has much better customer service

  12. JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

    Does anyone have a private student loan with Wells Fargo? Do you know if they send out a 1098-E?

  13. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    Beagles are my favorite.

    I miss you guys.

    Bastien, the Consumerist Famous kitteh, is sick : ( Working on getting him better, but it’s been rough.

    So busy.

    Ready to weekend.

  14. Straspey says:

    Sad news…

    Etta James has passed away at the (young) age of 73.

  15. MaytagRepairman says:

    Snowed in on the Kitsap Peninsula west of Seattle for 3 days this week. We still had power and internet so I was able to work from home but my wife went stir crazy. She does a lot of reflecting on her life whenever we stay couped up too long.

    She works at an insurance company selling family and medicare supplement policies to people who call the company. She’s good at it but she has been doing it for almost 10 years and often considers what she could move on to. She is a college drop out, likes working with people, but doesn’t necessarily want to do sales any more. Her favorite job she ever had was being in charge of inventory at a warehouse. She has an uncanny ability to look at a group of objects and make them fit in the smallest possible space.

    She asked me about going to a career counselor to find out what she should do for a new career. She is willing to go back to school and if we had to move out of our house and into a 900 square foot condo to make it happen I would do it. I don’t know anything about career counseling. My first thought is “Does something like this really exist or are they all scams?” I am particularly worried about bumping into someone who is just a front to get people to enroll in a degree-mill school.

    • pop top says:

      Do you have any good local community colleges? Have her schedule an appointment with an adviser. They can help her figure out some majors she might be interested in, and give her the lists of classes they offer so she can see what appeals to her.

    • Not Given says:

      “She has an uncanny ability to look at a group of objects and make them fit in the smallest possible space.”

      DH says that about me. Helping unload the car he says, how did you get all this in here? He calls me when he wants to put something in the fridge so I can make room and he seems to think my purse is the Tardis.

      • MaytagRepairman says:

        BTW, she hates it when I fill the dishwasher. She always sees a different way of doing it and getting more packed in there though I disagree as to whether the new arrangement will result in clean dishes.

    • KB Foodie says:

      My amazing hubby helped me go back at 25, after 4 years of marriage and a toddler at home. Definitely, go to a community college. I initially intended to get my AA and get to work. Well, 5 years, a 5- state away move, and a MS later, I was finally done :). There’s nothing you can do at a for-profit that you can’t do at (some) CC. You’re an amazing hubby! Feel free to messgae me for support or ideas! (I’m in Olympia, work in South King County, are you in the Port Angeles/Poulsbo area?)

      • MaytagRepairman says:

        We are in Kingston. Not many schools around outside of Olympic Colllege unless you take the ferry. I can’t shoulder the mortgage by myself right now, and since much of the family we moved out there to be with has moved or passed away, we both want to get rid of the ferry commute. I have in the back of my mind that she might find something at the UW Bothell campus or one of the various CC’s on the north end and we would find a condo nearby.

        We’ve also had distant thoughts of starting over in Portland. She has a niece in Corvallis and her sister wants to move to nearby Vancouver to be wit her grand daughter.

        • KB Foodie says:

          Kingston, wow. Ferry time, lol. I started at SPS in Oly, then moved on from there. I’d say start out with a quarter in some very basic general classes that sound interesting. I was going for my RN, but took a chemistry class my first quarter, and that totally put me down a different path. It’s scary, but a worthwhile journey. Don’t wait, get started!

  16. nrich239 says:

    Woot for friday!
    Prepping myself for some major car expenses soon. Was driving to work this week and my clutch is slipping meaning it’ll need to be replaced in the near future. Also, I’ve had a clicking noise from my drivers wheel for 2 years now when it’s cold which I’m about 90% sure is a bad CV joint.

    So I’m expecting to have to put ~2500-3k into my car soon and it’s so close to being paid off. Dammit!

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

      Sounds like my January last year – at the end of January, the transmission went in my newly paid off vehicle. So I got to spend about 6 months car payments, all at once, to fix it, and rent a car. Fun times! Hope you can get a second opinion or look around for rates.

  17. HogwartsProfessor says:


    I’m SO bored. Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored. January has a dearth of anything to do. Weather is blucky, nowhere to go, can’t even do yard work because it’s either freezing or the wind is blowing 4000 miles an hour.

    Next month will be more interesting. BF is coming to see me (YAY!) and we’re going to the local nerd convention. Also, right after that I start a community enrichment course, Beginning Spanish. I’m trying to do things to improve my employability, not just in case I move, but because I’m getting older and can’t do accounting stuff (I have most of the symptoms of dyscalculia). So hopefully learning Spanish will open up more jobs I can do. :)

    Plans for the year I can work on / plan in the cold weather:

    –Learn Spanish.

    –Finish current book!

    –Be more active on my blog and in the blogosphere. I have already received two invitations to guest post! Woo hoo!

    –Already cleaning out back room and making it back into a second bedroom, but Paint the inside of the house, especially that BAT-ASS UGLY kitchen. It’s a sick ’50s green that makes me urp every time I go in there. I’ve either not had the money for paint when I had the time, or had the money and didn’t have the time. I’m just going to slap it on and call it good. :)

    –Try to find a way to get a better car. I’m underwater on mine and it’s only worth about $400. >_

    Also, I made my kitty a little shelter to eat in when the wind blows hard. It’s only a cardboard box right now, but I covered it with plastic and put her dish in there. I have had to kind of put her in there, but this morning she went in on her own. She will NOT come in and will NOT even eat in the garage. The second the door closes, she freaks and then it takes me a week to calm her down. Stupid psycho kitty. :P

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

      Buenos Dias! Como Esta? Donde esta el bano? Yo tengo cervesa fria. Remnants of my Spanish from years ago! I’d love to relearn it :) Please keep us posted how you do. I looked into Rosetta Stone, but geez that’s expensive.

      I hear you about the weather. We had about 1000 inches of rain last year where I live in PA, and my yard was a quagmire for months. I’m actually thankful it’s frozen now since I can now at least walk outside without my rubber LL Bean boots, and the dog isn’t dragging in so much mud. Where my daughter lives outside DC it seems like the wind blows at hurricane speed all the time too!

      Good luck with the guest postings.

      And now I know why I couldn’t go past Algebra 2 in high school. OMG if it weren’t for Excel, computer formulas, and calculators I would be screwed. The only thing that made sense to me in math class was geometry. I could actually see a cylinder, and understand that there is some sort of formula to plug in the diameter and height to measure volume, or why an angle is a certain # of degrees, because I could use a protractor to see it. The rest of that stuff, with X’s and Y’s and graphs and all that stuff may as well be ancient Greek.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Good day to you! I am fine! Uhhhhhhh…..LOL I haven’t taken the class yet and all the Spanish I remember is naughty ha ha!

        I wanted Rosetta Stone, but yeah, it’s crazy expensive. If I win the lottery, maybe.

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  20. tooluser says:

    Whereas Wedding Day itself is all rainbows and sunshine. Nothing will go wrong. Nothing at all.