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  1. mauispiderweb says:


  2. HogwartsProfessor says:


    Ha ha. I’m sure by the time this posts someone will have beaten me.

    Got a job offer, but it was such low pay it didn’t cover my expenses, which are cut to the bone. I felt awful about turning it down because I really liked the people and under better circumstance it might have been a good opportunity, but I had no choice. I know it was the right decision.

    Hot out these next few days. I plan to use the pool a bit and continue culling and purging and trying to figure out what to sell in another garage sale. Anyone have any cool plans for the weekend?

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Oh that sounds so disappointing–it’s a shame that they couldn’t offer you more. :(

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        They said the same thing, but it was a county job, and the pay is dependent on the budget. They also said there haven’t been raises in four or five years, and it doesn’t look like there will be anytime soon with the economy the way it is. If I had a second income in this household, it would not have been a problem. But there is no way to make up the shortfall. :(

        It’s nice to know I COULD have been hired, though.

        • Not Given says:

          Get a roommate?

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            I would, but my house is so small I don’t think it would be feasible. Also, the only roommate I really want is my bf.

            Before anyone says anything about affording a house, my payment is cheaper than the rent around here.

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

              Well I’m in the same boat as you hopefully you’ll find something good, also I’m jealous of your pool good thing the heat is supposed to break tonight.

              • HogwartsProfessor says:

                It’s just a little quikset pool, only big enough to sit in and float, but BOY does it feel good after mowing.

    • AtlantaCPA says:

      Going camping at a creek – will spend the days in the creek for sure since it will be 90+ degrees out!

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Ooh fun! I love camping. :) When I have the money I wanna get a tent and go. It’s been a long time since I did!

        • AtlantaCPA says:

          Besides being fun it’s one of the cheapest ways to spend a weekend, maybe you can justify the tent purchase that way!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      sorry the job offer wasn’t a better one. may the next one have excellent benefits and reasonable pay

    • HogwartsProfessor says:


      I just got a call for another interview, I think it’s a state job, pays much more. Oh please oh please oh please.

  3. Murph1908 says:

    I’ve been watching Frasier reruns on We TV recently. They keep running text on top of the screen, informing watchers that Dish Network is dropping them.

    I find their argument rather funny.

    “If you want to continue seeing orginal programming such as Kendra On Top, Bridezillas, Braxton Family Values, and My Fair Wedding, call…”

    With a lineup like that, I bet they are getting literally dozens of calls.

    As of the last message, the call-in efforts have been for naught. Shocking.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I spent a good portion of the week before last catching up on Bridezillas on Netflix. So you’re not missing much.

      I’ve noticed a trend since that show started, from whiny baby tantrum brides to outright vicious and violent ones. I mean, this last bunch was SCARY.

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        Well, it’s also reality TV, so there’s likely a bunch of coaching and creative cuts.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I’m sure you’re right about that. But I don’t remember that much hitting and calling their friends “bitches.” I wouldn’t hang out one second with someone who treated me like that, show or no show.

    • DJ Charlie says:

      Actually, they’re dropping about 30 channels, including AMC.

      We’re on the 350 channel plan. The other day I sat with the remote and counted the number of channels we actually get. 117. Called them about it, and their reply was “We’re currently sorting the lineups for all our packages, and should be done in March. If you’re missing a favorite channel, you can always upgrade to the Unlimited package..”

      Screw them, I’m dropping Dish soon as I get a Roku set up.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        When my internet cooperates, I LOVE my Roku. And Netflix keeps getting stuff I like or have always wanted to see. Here’s hoping any further price increases will hold off until I’m gainfully employed again.

        • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

          They have the original L&O on Netflix now! I ended up watching 3 episodes last night…

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

            Paul Sorvino FTW

          • Tegan says:

            Oh dear, I didn’t need to know that. I end up getting sucked into hours of L&O when they have it on TNT on the weekends.

      • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

        in MARCH?

      • Murph1908 says:

        Oh, I’d call about AMC.

        They have original programming that’s worth saving.

        Walking Dead
        Mad Men
        The Killing
        Breaking Bad

        All fantastic (or at least very good)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        a few new channels a week on roku, although a couple fail occasionally too. currently just about 750 roku channels and at least a couple dozen of them appeal to more than a specific group.
        many of the channels that used to be paid are moving to ad supported models, which is a win for everyone.

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

      I must live under a rock. I’ve heard of Bridezilla’s, and watched a few minutes once, but the other shows? Never heard of them. Not a clue.

  4. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Bit of a busy weekend for me. Planning to go see Safety Not Guaranteed tonight, tomorrow night is gaming, and then Sunday morning I get up early to drop my flatmate at the airport and then the film discussion group I’m part of has their monthly meetup, this month to discuss love stories on film. I don’t plan to sleep much, but it’s almost all fun stuff, at least.

  5. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    10 days to wedding.

    Just got fitted for my ball and chain.

    Someone help me!

  6. Tegan says:

    I’m going wedding dress shopping tomorrow!! We signed the contract for our venue on Wednesday. It’s getting very real and very exciting. My fiance keeps encouraging me to spend about twice as much on a dress as I plan to, he’s being sweet and really wants everything to be awesome, but I know I can get a dress I’ll love in my budget and have more money to spend on photography and flowers and such. We’re very lucky, my dad is contributing a large sum of money towards the wedding, but we’re still trying to be very mindful of how we’re spending and make sure we’re getting the best deals we can.

    • Kaleey says:


      I recently got married, but mine was a courthouse deal – no special dress or ceremony. Mr. J says that we’ll do the formal wedding next year, but I’m not so sure we’ll be able to afford it. We just finished paying off one loan, but now we’re talking about doubling up on the truck and mortgage payments – makes saving up a few thousand dollars a bit of a trick.

      I hope you find a beautiful dress – that’s within your original budget and 40% off to boot! :)

      • Tegan says:

        Thanks so much!! I hope you guys figure out an awesome way to celebrate exactly how you want to. Hell, if it weren’t for family, I probably would have just done Vegas or something easy like that, but I find I’m starting to actually get into the whole wedding planning thing.

        Usually I seem to find the greatest deals and sales shopping when my fiance is with me, but this is definitely one trip he won’t be on :) I’m sure it’ll be great though, mostly I’m just so excited to get married to my wonderful fiance.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Getting married in 10 days myself. Be sure you make this YOUR wedding – meaning special to you and your future spouse.

      We’re throwing in very small additions, all personal to us, that make it special to us and don’t add much to the cost.

      We’re both musicians, so the cake is music-themed. Because it’s fun, I’m wearing full tails, a top hat, and the groomsman and I are using canes, and the grooms gift is a silver pocketwatch to use at the wedding.

      I’m a lego fanatic, so the wedding toppers are a wedding couple (you can purchase this!).

      Just make it memorable to you, and don’t let family dictate to you how it should be.

      • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

        Those are neat ideas! I hope everything goes smoothly for you!

      • Tegan says:

        Thanks for the advice! I hope everything goes awesome for you! That’s neat that you are both musicians, my fiance and I are as well (although not currently by profession). I love the idea of a lego cake topper!
        So far it seems like family is going to be pretty cool about not trying to dictate things, at least not openly. The only thing I’m a little worried about is that we’re having a civil, non-religious ceremony (google humanist wedding ceremonies if you want an idea), and we both come from big Southern Baptist families. It should be fine though, my dad suggested letting his parents and my fiance’s parents know that there will be no God talk and an open bar, so they can spread the information to the rest of the family and let people make their own decisions about how offended they’d be coming to a heathen wedding.

  7. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    really looking forward to staying in and avoiding the heat this weekend. it’s been a heck of a week. i know now what the inside of an ambulance is like first hand. this is what i get for hating my primary care physician and not bothering to get a new one.
    i put off following up on a persistent cough for too long and ended up getting hauled out of work when i couldn’t breathe and they called 911. not my idea of a good time but it was an interesting comparison.
    my roommate has crap insurance and has been in the ER a couple of times this year. she has to go to one specific hospital, spend up to an hour in the waiting room, deal with a rushed and overworked staff in an overly full emergency room. registration is done in the waiting room and must be done before you are seen.

    i have excellent insurance. my ER visit was actually sort of pleasant, for what it was. there was a choice of 4 hospitals and i picked the newest one, but mostly because it was closest to work. registration was done by a polite guy in a suit and tie who waited for the nurses to get me stabilized. it was a freestanding ER with 12 beds [i asked later] and one dedicated nurse per room. since there were three beds occupied, i had 4 nurses. the doctor didn’t seem overworked and was actually able to sit down and talk to me about my condition. i got in to xray right away. the respiratory therapists [there were two] didn’t have to make me wait for a breathing treatment.
    nurses actually checked on me frequently, took my vitals every hour and paid attention to my symptoms.
    my checkout went smoothly, i was able to use my FSA to pay my copay. they sent me home with medication and i know my insurance covered that, no worries about a massive bill later.
    her bills this year for ER visits, with her poor insurance, are already over $17,000.00.

    it’s amazing how different the experience is between the underinsured treatment and the reasonably insured treatment.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:


      I hope you’re feeling better. And I hope your roommate is too. The disparate care thing is awful and unfair. Why can’t we come up with something better? It’s long past due.

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

        Well duh if you poors would just pull yourselves up by those bootstraps you’d be rich & have good insurance, anything to the contrary is socialist drivel. ‘Murica!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        the fun part? the company she works for has many many more employees than mine and probably makes a LOT more money. her premiums are higher and her coverage is nearly nonexistent.

    • KyBash says:

      Sorry to hear you’re ill. Glad to hear you had as pleasant an ER experience as possible.

      Get well soon!

    • Kate says:

      Wow, spent only up to an hour in the waiting room? I once spent 6 hours in the ER waiting for the doctors to get around to me.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        slight advantage on the location – there are 9 hospitals in about a 30 mile area here.

  8. LightningUsagi says:

    I had plans on going to Virginia this weekend for a very rare concert opportunity. One of my favorite bands is doing a house party for members of their streetcrew (ie, the fans that go out and pass out fliers and posters for them). There were only about 40 people signed up to go, but unfortunately, my BF’s job sent him out of town this week and he’s getting back too late for us to turn around and drive 11 hours. I’m really bummed about it…but I’m hoping that they do more events like this for us.

    Since we aren’t able to make our concert, my BF made reservations at a local bed and breakfast so we can at least get away for a night and relax. So that’ll be nice. There’ll only be one cute guy there as opposed to the concert, but it significantly increases my chances of getting some. XD

  9. Thyme for an edit button says:

    Well, I was rejected for the job in Los Angeles, which is a huge bummer since it was a permanent job, would have gotten me back to California, and would have meant some security and stability for my fiance and I. (And to say nothing of the $900 I spent to go out there.)

    I have an interview in San Francisco the first week of July. It’s only a one year gig, but I’d be happy to get it. I am going to send out more applications to see if I can secure another interview or two while I am out there.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Good luck! *fingers crossed for you*

    • nugatory says:

      is it normal for the interviewee to pay for the trip?

      I’ve had several interviews at remote locations, and each time the company paid for the airfare and hotel.

  10. Hmmmmm needs more WarOtter says:

    So my cat, Chloe, had surgery yesterday to have some bladder stones removed. I’ve known she’s had them for awhile, but never brought her in to have them removed, since the surgery is, well, a little pricey! Lately, she was really straining when trying to use the restroom, I felt so bad for her as I knew how uncomfortable she was.

    All went well and she’s doing great. I pick her up this afternoon.

    Has anyone had a pet that was prone to having stones? What was the after care like (if they’ve had surgery)? What kind of food do you feed them? They hate that Science Diet stuff (I don’t like it either – I am not thrilled with the ingredients), but do want a good quality food for her to prevent another stone. I had been feeding her Blue Buffalo brand and she likes that. Any suggestions and advice will be appreciated :)

  11. Jane_Gage says:

    I present you with my favorite grunge shirt, acquired nineteen years ago:

  12. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I’m moving to a new apartment again. Luckily they’re letting us move in early so we have a whole week to slowly pack and move things.
    Hopefully this place will work out. I’m sick of the hot water running out, the dryer venting back into the apartment, the dryer ruining my clothes, and the management not wanting to fix anything.
    Good riddance!

    Otherwise, I recently started DJing on an internet radio station once a week. It’s going pretty well and I’m enjoying it!

    I probably won’t post next Friday since that will be the biggest moving day.

    I hope you all have a great weekend!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      You too! Enjoy your new digs! :)

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      didn’t you know you are supposed to use the heat from the dryer vent to heat the water?
      may your move be as pleasant as possible, nothing broken, nothing lost

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

    At quitting time today, I’m going to be on staycaction until July 5. I CANNOT WAIT!!! I’m gonna go to bed when i want, get up when I want, go to the river with my dog (see avatar) when I want, and be a bum. My main goals: read a book, go to yard sales to get stuff for my soapmaking project, visit the mom & pop hardware store in town to buy lye (for same project), and play with Blackcat on the back porch.


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

      Enjoy your, well deserved I’m sure, vacation

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

        I haven’t had this much time off since I was on maternity leave, 26 years ago. Needless to say, my brain is tired.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      you are making lye soap? sounds fun. i’ve been saving the ashes from the junk mail i burn to try to make my own lye for lye soap.
      enjoy your staycation!

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

        Yes, real homemade soap. I bought a book about it, and also found a good recipe on “Chickens in the Road” blog. My neighbor butchers, so I can get lard from him.

        There’s a hot process method that uses a crock pot, and my Mom has one she doesn’t want any more, so I’m going to use it. I’m gathering all the stuff I need. Another consumerist recommended a website for dyes and scents a while back, so I ordered a few things, plus some shea butter & I’m waiting for that to arrive.

        I’m hoping it’s theraputic and my neighbors don’t think I’m cooking meth outside when I do this :)

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

        Oh, and the book is called “smart soapmaking” by Anne L Watson.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Enjoy! :)