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Thank you Sir/Ma’am! May I have another?
Jul 3rd, 2008 by Babs

This week… sheesh! I swear my Gods are sitting back, sharing a bucket of buttered popcorn.

Sunday night I was sitting in front of my computer, writing a response to an email posted in a Yahoogroup I belong to when the pre-teen comes in demanding I check his room because there is a loud noise coming from the walls. I go in and hear a loud hiss coming from the pipes in the back. My forst thought is that it’s someone in the third floor apartment taking a shower. It’s just louder because the tenants between us had moved out earlier that day. Before I could answer, however, I felt a drop of water hit my head. Then another. Then I see water dripping down from the door jam of the bathroom. In the five minutes it takes me to call the answering service the hallway goes from drips to deluge. By the time maintainence shows up, twenty minutes later, our hallway, bathroom, and three quarters of the master bedroom are soaked to sloshiness. All MY clothes got soaked, meanwhile all of Glenn’s stayed bone dry. Glenn futher lucked out as the four piles of his dirty clothes that had been sitting in the middle of the floor as I refused to wash them were drenched and I had no choice but to wash them. :( The cause of the flood? One of the pipes under the toilet in the apartment above us “burst”. Coincidentally, one of the things our neighbors moved out with was a metal rack that fits around the toilet. We are still drying out.

As we had to sleep in the livingroom I left my earrings sitting on the table when we finally went to bed Sunday night/Monday morning. I specifically told everyone to be careful. Monday morning I find two of my three earrings–the one that’s missing is part of a pair I just bought!

Tuesday night a transformer(?) outside our apartment blew with a major bang and we were without power for an hour and a half. That, in of itself, wasn’t such a bad thing. It was when we stepped outside for cool air, only to be “entertained” with one of nature’s light shows… complete with loud booms, strong winds, and a downpour. The following morning the boys discovered the remnants of a fried squirrel beneath the pole where the transformer was.

Because all our phones are electric, I had to use my cell phone to call NSTAR about the outtage. The battery died midway through the call. When the power returned I plugged it in to charge I learned that the pin inside the phone had snapped, meaning I now needed a new phone. I checked T-Mobile’s site that night and found a Samsung Stripe for $70. I’m not as confident about Samsung phones as I am their monitors, but it was the best deal. I figured I could order it Friday. Wednesday morning I found I had enough money in my account to order the phone right away. Found the phone on the site. It was now $150! Went out to dinner that night so I paid a visit to my local Target to see what they had for T-Mobile phones. They had the Stripe for $80. Bought it, took it home, compared it to the one on the site to make sure I got a decent deal. The price was back down to $70!!!!!! Damn! And I can’t take it back to Target because the last time I tried it (with the preteen’s phone), their computers refused to accept the return.

Today I learned that the state has jacked up the price of cigarettes (including my kreteks) another buck, plus tax. As my neighbor joked, I picked a good time to start smoking again. Also, it appears Whole Foods has ceased to carry any of the Halo, Purely for Pets line, aside from their dog and cat foods. This means I now have to go to Petco, who claims to have exclusive rights to the line, and pay their exclusive prices for Halo’s Dream Coat, Vita-Mineral Powder and Liv-a-Littles. *sigh*

There’s still tomorrow, but given that I have a parade with the corps. (from which Glenn has been banned) and Glenn is already giving me attitude about the start time, I’m not really holding my breath.

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Still more randomness
May 19th, 2008 by Babs

Yesterday I took a spill down half a flight of steps. Naturally, as there is only about a 1-1/2 by 2-1/2 foot space between the bottom step and the (locked) door, after kissing the door I got wedged inbetween pretty good, and had to wait until someone opened the door until I could move. Much fun! My entire body aches today! I expected the knees and the arms to hurt, but my entire back and bottom, too?

In other news Max and I have this week’s chapters of “The Tale of Indigo” popped into WordPress and ready to publish, starting tomorrow. I believe there is only one chapter to that story left: Max’s first attempt (and, to date, Max’s only completed attempt) at writing smut. That’ll be the first thing to go out next week. ;) In the meantime, I have to pay a visit to my local library and track down my favorite Children’s librarian for help with some research. Marianne is quite knowledgeable in regards to the origins of nursery rhymes and which translations/adaptations of various fairy tales are the truest to the originals. A few fairy tales, some “Frog and Toad”, and Max and I should be ready to make mischief!

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Update
May 3rd, 2008 by Babs

First of all, I’m still alive. Yay me! (/sarcasm)

Glenn is still going on about this stupidity. We had a few quiet days where he would bring it up and I would ignore him. He’s now checking in on me every few minutes to tell me he loves me and to make sure I’m “alright”. Yeah, sure. I’ve got a constantly pounding head and lungs that are probably black from chain-smoking kreteks (did I mention I started smoking again?).

I am getting information about filing for divorce. Since some of this is coming via the library and I know EVERYONE at the library, I’m sure my plans will become the hot topic of discussion amongst the Townies. I’m still unemployed and will probably be homeless soon. I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do. I had a plan but obviously fate stomped all over that. One thing I DO know I will be doing, regardless of where I end up, is I will be getting a NO CONTACT restraining order placed on his ass. I absolutely refuse to let him try to get back into my life once he’s out.

I want to thank everyone who replied, as well as everyone who wanted to reply but didn’t know what to say. I bawled my eyes out reading each response. I feel like a drama queen looking for attention whenever I make posts like these but, really, my journals are the only place I can vent.

Again, thanks!

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Apr 29th, 2008 by Babs

Glenn has finally lost his last fucking marble. This past weekend the corps. did a show in Rochester, NY. Everyone complimented me on my new hairstyle including Mark, our new quad (drum) player. Despite the fact that Mark made this compliment in front of Glenn (I’d be suspect if he made it behind Glenn’s back), Glenn insists that Mark was flirting with me. He also insists that because I politely said “Thank you,” instead of screaming “Get the fuck away from me! I’m married!” I was flirting back. We haven’t even been back two whole days and it has progressed to him flip-flopping between “I love you. I trust you. I want to be with you forever,” and “YOU’RE A FUCKING WHORE! I KNOW YOU’RE SECRETLY PLANNING AN AFFAIR WITH HIM! I CAN SEE IT!”

I can’t do this anymore.

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Randomness
Apr 20th, 2008 by Babs

I am no longer the dreaded redhead. If the boys don’t Bogart the computer this week I’ll have pictures available.

After a week of staring at Max’s page status and not seeing any hits despite contray evidence elsewhere, I decided to investigate the forums for some answers. It took two days but I finally found the answer to my problem in a several month old thread. I was missing a tag in the footer! A tag that I had initially placed there for the “Share This” plugin because its installation required it to be there, but when I had issues with the plugin and chose not to reinstall it didn’t go back. The stats plugin info made no mention of this footer tag being required so I never thought to include it for that plugin. *rolls eyes* It’s working again. We’re even getting visits from visitors using relevent search terms. Yay! An older, but oddly compatible, version of “Share This” has since been installed. I figure with the server protecting caching plugin I also installed I might as well tempt fate. :)

I came across yet another “My child is an honor student at XYZ school” bumper sticker yesterday and thought I need one that reads “My child is a dumbass at XYZ school.” The Teen (AKA the aforementioned child) has offered to have his friends print some up at school, for him to sell. He figures he’ll make millions. :)

Amber is getting fat, and throwing her weight around.

Arlington’s Patriot’s Day parade sucked. Again.

Chowder (the series) is absolutely hilarious! As is Phineas and Ferb.

At the rate Netflix is going lately the 5% credit they are giving me for their screw up will probably disappear before my next billing. I received the wrong DVD. When I went to the site to let them know this, I discovered the disk that was supposed to be in my hands was still being listed on my queue as not being sent yet. I now have two copies of the correct disk, an additional movie listed in my currently out area of my queue, and neither of the movies that I returned several days ago have been removed from my queue. Oddly, the movie I initially received was at the bottom of my queue and disappeared from it when this whole mess started.

I am drunk and need more beer.

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