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Mar 23rd -- that was the last posting... *sigh*

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bigfundrew for the nudge a couple days ago... that nudge combined with [livejournal.com profile] philabearjoe's recent picture of me, and inspired by the fact that [livejournal.com profile] obsessing7 is still posting... has finally got me to come in to LJ and visit for a spell.

Since March I've poked my head in a couple times and tried to keep up with a few LJ friends... but never got around to making an entry. Sad part is, I know there's been a couple of events in my life when I thought in my head "I should make an LJ entry about this"...

The truth is that I used to journal while at work... but earlier this year, I had an intense project that took away my surfing/journaling time... now, I'm just out of the habit.

So without further ado...
16 Notable Events in the Past 16 Weeks )

Kind of amazing that there was at least one important thing each week... makes me feel good to reflect on them a bit and record them. I'll have to share some pictures of them too -- once I find/upload the pics.

So now we're caught-up to today... I'm sitting at camp right now, recovering from a night of fun "Bear Weekend" partying. Barry and I are on vacation this entire week... we're going to P-Town for Bear Week. I'm excited about going to P-Town for the first time ever... and excited about having a "fire and picnic on the beach" -- something I've always wanted to do. Really looking forward to a fun and relaxing (and "sexy" with all the eye-candy there will be) week!

(Hugs)
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OK... caught up on some overdue LJ reading...

Leaving on Wednesday for Mardi Gras (New Orleans)!! Whoo hoo!
Quite excited about it. A little nervous -- travel nerves and wondering what-all we will do down there for the weekend... My friend sent an itinerary this morning scoping-out all of our plans and that really helped put it into perspective that there's lots to do and I'll be with good company (fun and knows what to do there). The plans really helped ease my concerns about "what will we be doing while there".

A little nervous about spending "so much" money when I really don't have it. But I'm not going to think about financial stuff while there... will have taxes and bonus coming in a month to help with all that... so yay for credit cards.

Other than travel nerves, another thing kind of causing a little trepidation about the trip: clothes. I need more comfortable clothes. Or, I need to loose weight to make my clothes more comfortable. But, I'm also not going to think about that... I'll take what I do have that's comfortable and just make-do.

I'm very excited about the trip... a whole weekend of travel and fun and adventure. I've told a couple people that it's a "Girl's Weekend" because I'm going without Barry. I feel a little weird about the fact that I'm going without him... it will be my first trip / weekend without him in a very long time... like two years?? He's going to Boston for the weekend... which I feel a little jealous about... is that odd? I guess it's only human.



In other news:

We got a small camera (Olympus Stylus 760) for us to be able to take pictures on trips and such without me having to lug around my Canon 20D. I'm excited about the new toy. Barry's taking it to Boston... I'll take my Canon with me to Mardi Gras... but it's always so heavy to be walking around with it... but I feel photographic right now. However, I'm sure after a few hurricanes I won't be thinking of being artistic with a camera.

Barry got a job (starting in a week or two?) -- yay! Hopefully the debt hole we've fallen into will go away over the next few months with two incomes again.

Went up to the campground two weekends ago to check on our site... all is well -- a little snow cover on the ground -- the camper looked so "sleepy".

Speaking of The Woods, I've been hard at work developing new things for the website. Most recently: the photo gallery, which is dynamic so that the owner can upload and label the photos and "for-sale" items. I've been up late working on that and some other "geeky-fun" things. I *heart* web development.
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Volunteered as an usher at the iXchange again this year. It's an award presentation by Ben Franklin Technology Partners where they award entrepreneurs and technological advancements in Northeastern PA. They bring in a really good speaker each year. This year was Daniel Burrus -- an internationally recognized technology forecaster.

He had some really good points... mainly about looking forward to foresee problems before they happen. Use hard-trends (not soft-trends) to base your predictions on. Realizing that everything is a both/and situation (like there will be both paper and paperless ways of doing things forever... it is not "only paper", it's both). And, integrating different technologies for the largest gain (like bringing together miracle-ear with a phone company for a sound-enhancing-phone-ear-plug).

One other analogy he said that I really liked was how we are all juggling several balls -- work, family, friends, etc. And we're all juggling the exact amount of balls that we can... every new thing that is thrown at us means that another ball needs to be taken out of the juggling act... or else... or else they will all fall -- I mean, when a juggler is thrown new balls until he can't take anymore, what happens... he doesn't usually just miss one ball, all of them suddenly come crashing down. And the other thing he added to this analogy is that work is a rubber ball -- you can drop it and it'll bounce back (IOW there's always another job that you can get)... but that all the other balls are made of various thicknesses of glass... but you don't really know how thick that glass is until you drop it and test it... sometimes you'll be able to pick it back up... sometimes it will just shatter and never be able to use again.

I thought that was a really cool analogy... I just love analogies.

PS: Saw several "connections" that I've made through the years being involved in the NET here. Networking connections get thinner and thinner with non-use... It's nice to know that I have a web to fall into if needed... but I'm just not sure how strong it will be if/when I do ever need it. I think I need to spend a little more time maintaining my professional network.
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Yay! So I went to the doctor today... finally... and my fears are all gone... It's all just allergies, including the crazy, itchy rash that's been on my arms and legs and stomach... he said it's all just allergies! I don't have scabies or poison ivy or chicken pox or anything crazy like all that... *phew* I'm going to take Allegra and I'm going to start taking them in April until June, and August until frost... and hopefully I will never endure frigg'n allergy related illness anymore! *fingers crossed*

I also got my (overdue) tetanus shot and will be getting my cholesterol checked on Thursday (*EEK* blood being taken!)... but other good news: my blood pressure was normal! Holy freak that's great news considering that 4-years ago the doctor wanted to put me on meds to lower it.

Well... that was a load off my mind... and I actually feel a lot better now about about me and my health and about everything... I treated myself to a Rita's Gelati on my way back into work.

Another thing that's making me feel better is that I feel like the pieces of the puzzle of my life are falling into place... Things are looking up... It's about damn time I had a little up swing in my mood and life... It's funny how good mood begets good mood.

Barry and I went out last night to go grocery shopping and then out to a bar to meet some friends for an impromptu gathering. It was nice... and it made me feel good that Barry went with me... and I wouldn't have gone without him... we're still working on some issues (begun at the drunken debauchery two weeks ago) that I feel are finally working out. But more importantly, it all just felt comfortable... and it was good to see friends.

Other excitement on the horizon... the Dell Laptop and the Bowflex are both scheduled to arrive tomorrow!! EEKK!! YAY!! Only thing is... I have the Dell coming to work so that I don't have to worry about signing for it, but the Bowflex is going to the house (because it's around 425lbs in 7 boxes!) so I'll need to be at home to sign for it... looks like working from home until it arrives, then into the office to get the Dell... *jumps around the cubical like a little school girl*
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Oh yeah!! Rock-on with my bad self... Dude, I'm getting a Dell... a new laptop is on its way baby!!
Used my employee pricing along with a 34%-off coupon from work and getting a loaded Inspiron 6000 for under $1000!
So excited... like a giddy little school girl...
Now I'll be able to surf and email at camp and on vacations... and Barry will be able to surf and chat in the living room...
Sweet! I want it now!

The technical details... )
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I went to the drug store this afternoon and bought some Claritin (saw it in [livejournal.com profile] kev_bot's post and since I never tried it thought I would give it a go)... well, about two hours after taking this pill-of-the-gods I started feeling much better. Yay!

My sweetheart ordered and picked up pizzas for us for dinner... yum, yum... That was sweet of him... neither of us felt like cooking.

I went over to my sister's then around 7pm to see if I could install my brother-in-law's graphics card for him. No luck! I didn't leave until 11:30pm... and I worked on it basically the whole time... I just couldn't get it to work. Frigg'n technology sucks when it doesn't work the way it's supposed to! Very long story and I tried everything... left it with returning everything back to normal on their PC and sending a "Help!" email to the graphic card's tech-support. We'll see if they actually support me or not. I also spent some of the time I was there cleaning-off their old PC so they could give it to their friend... so at least it wasn't COMPLETELY unproductive time.

I should be in bed... 'night

(PS: I just think that saying "____ made the baby Jesus cry" is TOO funny... Finally thought of a use for it in my journal... hehehe... at least that makes me giggle a little in light of the sad, sad night of feeling like I was defeated by technology... I HATE when I can't get PC things to work... it's a very, very rare situation when I feel like I need to consult tech support.)

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