July, 2005

  1. Fresh From The Fudge Shoppe.

    July 14, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    There’s nothing I hate more than sitting at my desk here at work with ZERO motivation to do anything.

    Except falling asleep at my desk. So not good. You know it’s bad when even Diet Mountan Dew Code Red isn’t working. My caffeine’s broke, damnit!

    I have a wee bit of work, but guess what? THERE’S STILL TOMORROW TO GET THROUGH. So dragging things out is part of the gameplan.

    I’ve wandered enough through eBay for the time being. Considering the fact I dropped over sixty bucks on auctions yesterday and I have a best chance offer in on something that could cost me almost $100…I think it’s time to take a step back.

    For a moment, anyways. ;)

    Today is me and the boy’s six month wedding anniversary. He’s actually not working tonight and my 8 ball team has the bye, so I do believe he and I are going to engage in a little retail therapy after I get home from work and then go out to dinner.

    Or something like that. If the stuff I want’s not in stock, mama’s gonna be an unhappy camper.

    I’m hoping my books will find their way to my doorstep by Saturday. Not that I need anything else to read, mind you. I’ve got thirty plus books to read already.

    Might try to get the new bookcase assembled. I think I’m going to need two shelves for my Star Wars novels. Usually, I keep my unread books separate from the books I’ve read, but I think in the case of my Star Wars novels, I’m going to put all the books in their proper places…putting the unread ones on the shelves spines down so I know that they’re ones I haven’t read yet.

    Mmmm, brownie. Bad girl.

  2. Praise Be!

    July 13, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have finally reached an agreement (pending ratification) on a new six-year collective bargaining agreement that – if approved by the NHL board of governors next Thursday and the rank and file membership of the NHLPA next Tuesday – will officially end the stalemate on July 21.”

    *dances for joy and falls out of her chair*

    So basically, in about two months I’ll be forking over a large sum of money to my cable provider for non-stop hockey action. It also means LIFE WILL FINALLY RETURN TO NORMAL…

  3. School’s In Session.

    July 12, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    Just tossed down $600+ for the boy’s next semester of school. Ouch.

    Car insurance payment for my car is due August 1. There’s another $400+. Double ouch.

    We’ve also got to pick up the boy’s car insurance. His parents have been nice enough to pay it since we moved in together. That’ll be around another $400. Triple ouch.

    Yeah, so not happy. At least the insurance I can pay 50/50.

    ANYhoo…before I go jump off a cliff…

    I promised a weekend update, and here it is…

    Friday: Got out of work at 2 and went over to nibble on the cutest little baby you’ve ever seen. Spent some time hanging out with the parents and had dinner with them. Got my hairs did. Got home and was too tired to go out to the bar. Crashed early.

    Saturday: Up too early to be happy. Piddled around the apartment, which is still trashed. Hubby got up earlier than expected and we headed off to That Fish Place AGAIN. Bought a new filter and some snails for the salt tank, along with a Jewel Cichlid tankmate for our Oscar. Tigger promptly bit her head off for dinner. Finally got the bathroom cabinet bracketed to the wall and got all the stuff put away. At 1:30 AM I say to my reflection in the mirror, “It’s 1:30 in the damn morning. Why am *I* cleaning the bathroom?”

    Sunday: Installed the new filter while watching the Cup race. Soaked in a hot bubblebath for well over an hour. Chilled with the hubby. IKEA furniture still in boxes. Weekend went by way too fast.

    Yesterday, I got home from work and made us a nice dinner of BBQ chicken and carrots. The mess is still on the counter today.

    We’re losing fish in the salt tank. I flushed one of the chromis last night. All the other fish look stressed. If they make it through the filter break-in, it’ll be a miracle. I wish I could’ve left the other filter in there like I did with Tigger’s tank when we installed the canister filter on his tank…but there just wasn’t any room. I’ve done all I can to get the biological filter established. I just hope it works.

    Ok, time for me to get back to work. I actually have things to do! *gasp!*

  4. Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Jedi Love.

    July 11, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    My hunka hunka burnin’ Jedi love on the Slurpee cup that I stole from my hubby.

  5. 5 Things.

    July 11, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    Stolen from Bev:

    What was I doing 10 years ago: Newly married with a new job. One out of two lasted. You guess which one.

    5 years ago: Shooting pool, watching hockey and working on cross stitch.

    1 year ago: Getting a divorce and making wedding plans.

    Yesterday: Installed a new filter on the saltwater tank and watched the Cup race at Chicagoland.

    5 Snacks I enjoy: 1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. 2. Beef sticks. 3. Pepperoni. 4. Any kind of cheese. 5. Cool ranch Doritos.

    5 songs I know all the words to: All the songs from Phantom of the Opera.

    5 Things I would do with a $100 million: 1. Pay off the cars. 2. Move my parents closer to me. 3. Buy a house. 4. Invest. 5. Pay off everything else.

    5 Locations I would like to run away to: 1. Hawaii. 2. England. 3. Scotland. 4. Australia. 5. Hong Kong.

    5 Bad habits I have: 1. Mouth like a fishwife. 2. Smoking. 3. Drinking too much ocassionally. 4. Shopaholic. 5. Overeating.

    5 Things I like doing: 1. Reading blogs. 2. Playing on Pogo. 3. Spending time with the husband. 4. Hanging with the crew. 4. Watching hockey.

    5 TV shows I like: 1. Old Law & Order. 2. Third Watch. 3. NYPD Blue. 4. Law & Order: SVU. 5. The Closer.

    5 Biggest joys of the moment: 1. I have a job. 2. The boy has a job. 3. A working car. 4. A working computer. 5. Laundry’s done!

    5 Favorite toys: 1. My cell phone. 2. iPod mini. 3. My home computer. 4. My car. 5. My Little Ponies.

    5 next victims: Go for it!

  6. Reading Is Fundamental.

    July 11, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    I’m absolutely insatiable when it comes to books. I am a severe bibliophile.

    The husband and I had to buy yet another bookcase last week to hold all my books. That brings the grand total of big bookcases up to five. Granted, they don’t all hold books. And let’s not forget the small bookcase we have tucked into one corner of the office that contains all our computer books and stuff. The one that’s getting moved to the side to fit a larger bookcase…

    In the past two weeks, I’ve spent a metric ton of money on books. I’ve joined two more books clubs. I’ve ordered books such as The Broker, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination and Sex with Kings : 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge. I am a voracious reader.

    Right now, I’m reading Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved. I’m about three chapters in and it’s a very good read. It’s not your usual biography of the woman aviator…it’s an account of her last days before her plane disappeared.

    And to add to my Star Wars collection, I ordered six more novels, including Star Wars, Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. What can I say, I’m a Star Wars fanatic.

    And no, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with my hunka hunka burning Jedi love. Seriously.

    I’ve been reading Star Wars novels for years. Remember Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye? Yeah, like I said, I’ve been reading the novels for a LONG TIME.

    The hunka hunka burning Jedi love would be responsible for me wanting this: Star Wars Episode III Evolution Figure: Anakin to Vader Multipack.

    Yeah, I’m pathetic.

    So much so that I stole the boy’s Slurpee cup from him yesterday when I saw the hologram on it of the Obi-Wan/Anakin lightsaber duel.

    Weekend update coming later.

  7. The Whole World’s Gone Mad.

    July 7, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    Words can not express the anger I feel right now.

    London hit by terror blasts.

    Anger…and fear. I am half English. My father is from Portsmouth. I have family in/near/around London. People who work and travel around/in the city daily. People that I love very much.

    I am worried.

    I called my Mom and told her to call and check up on the family. It’s almost 5:30 over there now.

    I hope everyone’s okay.

  8. Hold Me Like You Did By The Lake On Naboo.

    July 6, 2005 by raspberryvixen

    I took yesterday off to take the boy to the movies.

    We went and saw Revenge of the Sith.

    Yep, that’s right. We finally broke down and saw it.

    Warning, there may be spoilers ahead. But for those of us raised on the first trilogy, we all know how it ends, right?

    Spoilers, schmoilers.

    In the grand scheme of the Star Wars tradition…

    …the movie SUCKED.

    Ok, actually, I lie. I liked the movie. A LOT. Bad me.

    The special effects were fantastic, if not WAYYYYY overdone. There were quite a few scenes in the movie where there was just too damn much going on. My head was spinning during the first battle scene.

    The acting? *snort*

    Role-reversal at its finest. Episodes I and II, you’ve got Padme as the strong and willful woman and Anakin as the snivelling, whiney little boy/man.

    Episode III? Padme turns into the biggest WIMP in all the star systems and Anakin…

    Well…umm…Anakin GREW UP.

    Or grew evil, as the case may be. Heh.

    (Back story: I have a thing for bad guys. My all-time favorite…until now? Praetor Shinzon from Star Trek: Nemesis. *rawr*)

    In Episode II, I wanted to reach through my TV and throttle Hayden Christensen into some sort of real acting.

    In this episode, I wanted to jump through the screen and tackle him onto the nearest couch/floor/bed…


    Is it wrong of me to want THIS now?

    Goddamn, Anakin got HOT. And him being dressed in black the entire movie? FUCKING HOT.

    (The husband, in the car after the movie, “So I guess he’s now your hunka hunka burning Jedi love?”)

    It’s the whole “evil-factor.” No, really.

    Did I mention the bad acting? Oh, I did. Yeah, it kinda sucked. Who wrote this shit?

    I now want a General Grievous figurine for my desk.

    The whole Padme death scene? I guess dying’s one thing they don’t teach you in acting school.

    Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, he’s always been hot. I love a man with a full beard.

    The lightsaber duel at the end between Anakin and Obi-Wan was one of the best. Absolutely incredible. Although the one in Empire is still my favorite.

    It was weird, sitting there and watching the movie and knowing what was going to happen and still thinking, “Damnit, Anakin, don’t do it!”

    All in all, it was a pretty good movie, and I’ll most likely buy it whenever it comes out on DVD. (Oh, yeah…November 1.) But I’ll probably wait a while to see if/when the entire shit and caboodle is released. Right now we own the first trilogy on VHS in both the original version and the re-released version with the new scenes.


    After the flick, hubby and I went out to dinner and then had this stupid idea of going over to IKEA to look for a chest of drawers or something for the bedroom. We ended up with a large six drawer chest for the bedroom and yet another bookcase for our office. Getting the boxes up to our third floor apartment SUCKED. I guess we’re going to be building furniture this weekend. AFTER we go aquire a new canister filter for the saltwater aquarium, that is.

    Building furniture together help keep a relationship strong! ;)