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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Appliance Hell

Appliances seem to have it in for me lately. It must be some conspiracy they have going to see if they can drive me batshit in short order. I am a complete idiot when it comes to electronics and gadgetry ... however, computers seem to fall outside of that generality. That I can build, upgrade and repair my own PC hardware amazes no one more than myself. But a stupid can opener can thwart my attempts at gaining access to the food inside like no one's business. This latest round of household madness started about a month ago. I went to warm up some tortilla chips in the microwave. About 5 seconds after starting the oven, it made the most ungodly noise and there were flashes of light inside. After turning it off, I saw by the metal plate thingy a scorched area. I later learned that the magnetron had gone kablooey. (These are all technical terms for the gadget idiot, you know). Ahh well ... it had served me well for 5 years. It was a house-warming/Christmas gift from my parents when I moved in here. Off to Best Buy the next day, I found a nice Panasonic model with all the bells and whistles for $80. I had $50 in BB gift certificates on hand, so that made the hit on the wallet a little less painful. Then the next day, it went on sale for $12 less. Sweet! A new nukulator for 18 bucks.

Next up was the coffee maker. I cannot live without my coffee in the morning. This is a vital piece of equipment in my abode. The warming plate wasn't working right, it wasn't keeping the pot of coffee warm. Just about the time I decided to look for a new one, I tripped across one of those Gevalia offers for a pound of coffee, a coffee maker and two mugs for $15. Nice. I'll take one. Just gotta remember to cancel the subscription or set it to send coffee only every 6 months. That stuff is exPENsive!

Of course, on the heels of the demise of the coffee maker goes the coffee grinder. It is still functioning ... barely. The tip of one of the grinding blades broke off. It takes twice as long to grind the coffee, but it is, for now, still working. A new one is on my shopping list.

This morning, my hair dryer blew up. No really ... it did. It started making a weird buzzing noise. I turned it off and shook it to see if something was rattling around inside. Then I turned it back on. The buzzing turned to grinding then KA-BLOWIE! A little flash and a puff of smoke and it was dead silent. And my hair was still half wet.

That was just the start of a very bad day all around ...

Posted by LissaKay on 03/02/05 at 03:37 AM in ~ Personal
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Thursday, February 03, 2005

I just wanted my lunch!

I rarely go to the grocery store in the middle of the day during the week. Today, I remembered why. I usually go either after work, or on the weekend. Weekday evenings, most of the shoppers are, like me, on the way home from work, stopping in to grab a few items. Everyone moves briskly along, picking up what they need and bolting on out. Weekends are much the same, with the same gang of people in sweats and Ts instead of their work clothes.

The middle of the weekdays is a whole 'nother ball of wax. Oy vey! I have the day off today, I took my son to school so I could speak with his teachers and the attendance people ... got a nasty gram saying he's had five unexcused absences ... uh, bullshit. I know of each and every day he was out, and why. He can't cut school, the bus picks him up right in front of the house, and if he isn't there, the driver honks on the horn 50-bazillion times. So, I have to get them to correct their records. Grrr ... buncha ding dongs.

Anyway, on the way home, I decided to run into the grocery store to get something yummy for my lunch, as well as a couple other items that won't wait until my weekend load-up trip. It would have been SO much easier to swing through a fast-food place, but it wasn't quite lunch time, and I was out of milk and cat food.

Posted by LissaKay on 02/03/05 at 10:19 PM in ~ Personal
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Saturday, January 29, 2005

In Remembrance

Happy birthday, lil bro ...

It doesn't seem like it has been almost ten years.

We miss you.

Posted by LissaKay on 01/29/05 at 03:09 AM in ~ Personal
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Monday, December 20, 2004

I need a vacation

... from my vacation!

Oy vey! I have been going non-stop since Thursday and I am pooped! Son's doctor appointment Thursday morning, then his counselor that evening ... in between I shampooed the living room carpet. Friday was a little slower paced ... I had my eye exam, which was about 3 years overdue. However, the closest preferred network provider on my vision plan from work was IN the mall! I thought it was a vision center that is located outside the mall one street over ... but nooo! INSIDE the freaking mall one week before Christmas! And then, I thought the place was on the south end of the mall ... nooo again! It was wayyyy over on the other side!

Feh ... and my astigmatism is much worse. My new glasses will be 30% more powerful. But I got some really snazzy rimless ones that are light as a feather. I will get a pair of prescription sunglasses as well. I shall be stylin' and profilin'! Rock on, baby.

Vacation day 3 ... after many fruitless attempts to get in to my regular hair guy (heh heh ... get it? Fruitless? Uhhh ... my hair guy is gay as hell ... swish swish swish, baby!) I had given up and decided to do it myself. Not much I can do about the length, but I can handle the color and cut my bangs. I did it for years that way, when blowing 50 bucks on my hair would have been unheard of, I could eat on that for two weeks. So I went by the beauty supply store and got the stuff for my color (I do a two-tone, medium and dark auburn). I arrived home and my son announced he was going with a friend and his dad and would be back around 6. Groovy ... plenty of time to do the hair. Right ... of course not.

At 3, he comes waltzing back in. I was just finishing the application of the medium color. Just then, his grandfather (dad's dad) calls. My son hollers up at me that Grandpa wants to take him to their family Christmas party. "That's nice dear ... when?"

"He said he'd be here in about 45 minutes."


I told him to get his nice clothes out and ready. They needed ironing. Badly. Teen-age boys are not known for their skills in taking care of their clothes. I thought I'd teach him how to iron, but in the interest of speed, I went ahead and did it myself ... with color still in my hair. The ironing was done just at the end of the processing time. I got through the shower and back into clothes only minutes before Grandpa got there. Whew!

With sonny boy gone for the evening, I was able to finish up my hair, including a bang trim and then get a take out order for dinner. The first time in three days that I actually sat down and relaxed. I watched Pirates of the Carribean (is Johnny Depp like the hottest or what? cool smile ) and played with the kitties.

Posted by LissaKay on 12/20/04 at 02:43 AM in ~ Personal
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Two more days

Is it Wednesday yet?

When I leave work Wednesday night, I will not have to return for 11 days! Woo hoo! For 11 whole days I will not have to go to work, or even think about work. I need this ... badly.

It's not that I hate my job ... it has its fair share of frustrations and stress, but it is challenging and never boring. But I do need a break. NOW.

I'm not quite sure what I am going to do for a week and a half. Christmas stuff will certainly take up some of that time, doing dinner and all with mom and dad. The house could use a good going over, but who wants to spend vacation time doing that? I will be putting up the tree and some decorating, but nothing too extensive. I do plan to devote some time to this site ... it needs some updating software wise ... back-end stuff.

I wish I could plan some warm, fuzzy bonding time with my son. But as is typical for teen boys, he'd rather have teeth pulled than do stuff with mom ... unless it involves food, of course. I am holding out a teensy ray of hope that my daughter will come around for a little bit of Christmas, even if only for an afternoon. That would be a most awesome Christmas present.

Meh ... I should know better than to try to blog from work. It's taken me two hours to get this far ...

Posted by LissaKay on 12/14/04 at 03:27 PM in ~ Personal
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