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It's official!
October 27, 2004

I’m moving. I didn’t want to jinx the opportunity too much by blabbing about the most perfect apartment ever here (unlike in rt, when I talk about it to anyone that will stand still long enough). So, last night, it was made official by the signing of the lease and the paying of the deposit. I know I did mention the apartment in the October 15th post, but I really didn’t get in to how amazingly awesome this apartment is… which I still won’t get in to. I mean, what’s the point of talking the talk if you don’t have pictures?

So, I’m kind of freaking out a bit. Now that everything is actually official, and I know that I’m going to be moving in 4 ½ short weeks, it all seems like it’s happening too quickly. Since I haven’t moved more than 5’ in the past 4+ years, it’s starting to seem like an extremely daunting task to say the least. And, since we’ve been so stagnant for the past 4 years, things have… well… piled up. Numerous trips abroad have resulted in an eclectic mix of Egyptian, European, Australian, and Israeli knickknacks, books, etc., as well as the Japanese and other Asian-influenced things I’ve had for a while that were mostly purchased online. Normally one would think that such a motley collection would clash, but it surprisingly (mostly) does not. The hard thing is keeping the cat from frolicking about in the masses of scarabs and blown glass.

Since we are getting rid of a lot of our furniture (hideous early-90’s San Diego-style living room set, best suited for retirees in Florida), we’re going to have to figure out where all of these little collectables are going to go until we find appropriate housing for them, which I’m assuming is just going to be in the storage room. There’ll be a good week after we move in and get the normal stuff unpacked where the house will be minimalist, and I’ll feel at peace… until we unpack the stuff. Sighing abounds.

As for other things, I’m really quite excited for Halloween this year, as I’ve created my costume (mostly) myself, with help from my friend Amychan, who is a sewing-machine whiz. I also owe some props to my friend Renie, who gave me her sewing machine, as I’m sure she just kind of got sick of it. Pictures of the costume will be forthcoming, albeit after Halloween.

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I won the soup party fave soup contest!
October 19, 2004

After a lovely Saturday Soup Party at Amychan’s place of residence, I woke up Sunday morning with not a hangover, but an out-and-out cold. As I was unwilling on forcing my Sunday plans out to pasture, the B and I went through our closet, “dining room,” and living room cupboards to get rid of things we didn’t need, all while feeling absolutely horrible.

Monday brought the forcefulness of lungbutter being expelled from my chest, but I actually made it into work… for an hour and a half. After which, I promptly went to RiteAid for drugs, Kleenex, and a thermometer. I was surprised to find that I was not running a fever, as my head felt extremely hot, but my temperature was below normal at 96.5 degrees F. I lay for the rest of the day on the couch watching the Monarch of the Glen second season, sneezing and shuddering.

Amazingly, this morning I feel 723457% better than I did yesterday, with only a bit of a cough left, and the slightest runny nose. How I got better so quickly, I haven’t a clue. I do have to give credit to the Miracles of Modern Medicine, aka Robitussin, for helping me with the expulsion of the dreaded phlegm, as well as Homemade Chicken Soup with Sriracha Chili Sauce for helping me with keeping the olde tummy full. Kudos.

Hope everyone is better off than I, though I know that Ms. New York Graduate School Student is ill, as well as Mr. France. I highly suggest the Homemade Chicken Soup help, as well as the drugs, where you can get them.

Sorry for such a lame post. Obviously, my brain isn’t all too well yet.

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A story about how one screws up her own website beyond recognition
October 15, 2004

So, last weekend when I was g33king around with some other stuff in my MT, I accidentally overwrote both my css table and my main index for this site, which was totally not cool. Unable to recover the lost information completely, I was able to find some older templates saved at home (where I should have saved backups of all of my templates), and had to redo the whole thing. Some stuff still isn’t working properly, which I’m thinking will be fixed this weekend, so please ignore the current ickyness.

In other news, I fell in love with an apartment that’s being vacated at the end of November. It’s less than a mile from our current place of residence, and it just happens to be in the same building where my friend Gabby lives. At twice the size of our current apartment, and only $100 more a month, it’s a total steal. The place is gorgeous, with all-hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, and a massive kitchen. As soon as the current occupant tells her landlord that she’s moving, I’ll be putting in the deposit. Will post pictures soon.

So, with the above move looming, I’ve been going through my things, trying to figure out just what to pack and what to get rid of. I’ve always had the tendency to be a packrat, and the fact that the B is a collector doesn’t improve the situation. I’m taking a big step in deciding that most everything I haven’t touched in 6 months or more is something that I don’t need, and it’s either going to get thrown away or donated to a local charity. I started the baby steps last night when packing up our massive amount of books – there were plenty of books in there that just weren’t in v. good shape, as well as those that I’ve had around since high school, but I haven’t wanted to re-read. Those are now gone. However, it was only about .5% of our current shelfspace. I promised myself I would be more discriminatory in future. We'll see how that works out...

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Second picture group from Oz <i>OR</i> mostly koalas and helicopters
October 2, 2004

The second volley of pics from Oz. I don't think I'll be posting any more pictures from the trip, because the rest are pretty much made redundant from the ones I've posted already. As always, mouse-over for the descriptions:

No Way Out - Circular Quay StationKoalas curled up, asleep in the trees at FeatherdaleMy adopted child... erm, koala, Scribbly, kissing my noseThe B and his adopted koala, Karrie, and Karrie's joey (yet to be named)WALLABIES!Sleepy roosDowntown Sydney
At Sydney Int'l the morning I arrived. Jetlagged.The Low Isles - we went snorkeling there later that dayThe filming crew in the helicopter consisted of... well... me.A swiftly tilting planet - rays on the sandbar making clouds in their wakeThat's right - reefs! In the ocean!Downtown Port Douglas, with the yacht club to the rightThanks for flying us around, helicopter!

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