Something to Sleep on..

I stayed up much, much too late last night-on a work night. I typically get about six and a half hours of sleep each night and I do alright with that, but last night I probably got about four and a half. I can usually tell a big difference when I get half an hour less each night, so getting two hours less is making a huge impact on my day. I've been trying to read the manual for my database (I'm on page 233 out of 876) and my eyes just sloooooooooowly keep closing. Gravity is too much for them at this point.

I have too much to do tonight to go home and take a nap!

My neighbor, who is NOT moving in with my friend, just got home after being gone a week and I'm sure she will have lots to talk about. My son and I are going to the gym-we haven't been able to go since last Thursday. I need to do laundry. I have to figure out my volunteer schedule for the next few months. I have to get to bed early-I could probably go to bed at seven and sleep all through the night.

I wish we could rollover sleeping time, like some phone companies do with minutes (not mine-You're a jerk Verizon!!); so that if you slept ten hours one night, but only five the next, it would all even out to a perfect seven hours a night! Or Sunday morning, which is the only morning I ever really sleep in, I can sleep a good twelve hours and then be fine with only three hours sleep on Monday. Imagine all the stuff I could get done in life if I only had to sleep three hours a night!!

My house would be cleaner. I could learn another language faster. I could read a ton more blogs each day! I could get through my database manual without having to reread the same paragraph twice (stupid gravity!!). I could READ-which I STILL have not done!! (I don't even have a book at home to read-and that rarely ever happens. It's sad.) I could organize my music collection-out of 6000 songs on my computer, I would guess that 100 of them are duplicates that are misnamed or incomplete songs. I could take up knitting and make blankets for orphaned babies in some third world country. I could write the novel I've been wanting to write since I was in sixth grade. I could write hand-written letters to the people that mean the most to me and live far away from me. I could start some home business and be very successful in just three short weeks with no money down! I could play computer games. I could learn to cook. ENDLESS possibilities...I just hate the idea that I'm sleeping my life away.

I don't want to be tired anymore!!

Song of the Day

I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Love of mine some day you will die
But I'll be close behind
I'll follow you into the dark

No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs

If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark

In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule
I got my knuckles brusied by a lady in black
And I held my toungue as she told me
"Son fear is the heart of love"
So I never went back

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs

If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark

You and me have seen everything to see
From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
The time for sleep is now
It's nothing to cry about
Cause we'll hold each other soon
The blackest of rooms

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs

If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark
Then I'll follow you into the dark

Book Lover?

What is wrong with me? It has been almost two full weeks since I've read a book! I can't believe it...I can't remember the last time that's happened.
Maybe I'm ill?
Maybe I'm going through a major crisis in life (but shouldn't I know about it??)?
Maybe I am not managing my time well enough?
What do I do every night? Why am I not reading???

I read part of my new Psychology Today magazine this weekend, but just some random short articles, nothing that is real "reading."

It's not that there isn't a plethora of books out there that I want to read. Here's a few:

My book list is HUGE. I just don't have time for all the books I want to read-and more keep coming out each month! It's a bit overwhelming.

I used to have a 15-20 minute bus ride to work every day, each way, and would read the entire time. I also used to read at lunch time, now I read other blogs or type my own. I don't really feel like I have time to read at home, as there is too much work to do around the house and I recently started feeling guilty about taking an hour to read when I could have done something more productive, like organize my closet or clean underneath my bed, or any of the other fifty things I should get done at any given time.

Sometimes my son and I will each have a good book and we'll just hang out on my bed or the couch and get a nice warm blanket and settle down for a couple hours to read. It used to happen much more frequently, but now he's getting too old to really appreciate those times. He did read for the entire three hour trip home from grandma's house on Sunday though! I don't know what I would do if my child wasn't a reader...are we born that way or are we molded that way? I like to think that I helped create a reader by my behavior/actions. When he was little, it was the best treat in the world to get to go to the bookstore and buy a new book. He thought books were like gold. My sisters children would color in them or rip out the pages, but my son would hold them carefully, turn the pages slowly, and kept them away from all fluids of any kind. I loved that then, I love it now.

Books are knowledge, books are power-everyone should read!

Happy Holidays!!

"Christmas" 2006 is almost over!
We celebrated with my family on Saturday. Unfortunately I have a bit of a cold and the three-hour drive was exhausting and I took a two hour nap soon after getting to the parents house. The kids were going to make cookies while I slept, but I woke up to the sounds of them playing a computer game, not the smell of baking. They were happy that I woke up--so I could do the typing in the game (I AM the fastest typer in all of the wild west). I felt a little better when I first woke up and I felt much better when they finally turned the television off-which is a Xmas miracle in itself. The tv at my parents house is typically on at high volumes about 16 hours of the day. It normally gives me a headache, but already being sick, I was not looking forward to being there. It was a wonderful bonus that we got to open presents this year with the tv off. Maybe next year I can even convince them to turn on some holiday music! Baby steps...

I hate the materialistic aspect of this holiday, though I really do love giving gifts-I just don't like to feel like I'm forced to buy them. I was happy with almost everything I gave this year-except my dad's of course. He is impossible to buy for. I don't know that I really "know" him that well, not well enough to buy him a gift he will truly like. My niece is easy-she makes a wish list every year that almost could be a "wish booklet." She has no trouble thinking of things she wants. My wish list was fairly compact-I listed things that were not too expensive, as my mom always makes a point of saying she's on a budget this year (every year). I got the blender I wanted, the scrapbook paper, the bedsheets, the puzzles. The kid got the tv he wanted and has barely left his room since we discovered there is actually cable in his room. We will have to set some rules down about that-though it was pretty peaceful last night having nearly the entire house to myself. I think having a television in your room takes you away from time you would spend with your family and I have always been against it (I bought him it so he could play video games in his room, not the living room). We'll see how long the cable lasts in there...I have a feeling it won't be very long.

We still have a dinner to go to tonight with our cousins. It's always fun at their house and they adore the kid (which is refreshing to have someone else love him almost as much as I do).

I'm feeling a bit better-I've slept a lot in the last two days and had more juice than I normally care to have. I'm off for a nice warm shower and then have one last present to wrap before we can leave.

(pics posted later-the blogger isn't working)

Here we go again...

Yet another interview!! I've had a lot of practice recently at least-I don't get nervous at all anymore. I might actually be too comfortable with it at this point! It's not even a big deal really..just another chance to talk about how great and wonderful I am. I could do that every day.

I am wonderful. Truly amazing. Hire me.

Funny Pics From my Computer

(from my computer meaning that I have come across them at some point and saved them for some reason-I have no idea where they come from)

Fun times.

His teeth really creep me out!

I'm sure they are invisible people--cause I am F-U-N-N-Y. (just ask me!)


Trick or Treat.

Do you think he got to keep an animal?

Matchmaker Kaylen

I think I've made a match!!
A local friend of mine, who I chat with nearly all day at work, has talked about how he doesn't like to be home all night in an empty house, and it's hard to cook for one person, and he gets fairly hermit-like.

My neighbor, whose husband just left her, after giving 30 days notice at their apartment complex, has no where to go. She's never lived alone and can't stand being in an empty apartment at night. She asked her sister-in-law to stay with her, but they both have been in my apartment most of the last week.

We went out on Friday night (Pac-Man, Pinball and PBR event) and met my friend there. Everyone got along wonderfully and the next day I mentioned to her that, hey---my friend has an empty room! Maybe he'll rent it to you!!

I think it's a good match, though they'll have to figure out the exact terms and such, along with the fact that one has a puppy, the other has an adult cat. They got along well and they both need company. And it's not like it's a long-term commitment...she has no idea whether she's going to stay in this area and if her marriage is going to work out (or if she should try anymore). I'm excited about it because she's my new friend and I want her to stay close by. She's jumped right into our lives and is like part of the family. That doesn't happen that often, I'd hate to lose it just after it started!

I most definitely have a cold. My throat is very raspy-I kind of like the sound of it! Not too many other symptoms beyond the cough though so it's not so bad.

It's super-cold out today, but I wore a short sleeved polo today, knowing that the officemate who is in charge of the heater only knows two settings: ON and OFF. And by ON, I mean-the highest temperature possible. This morning when I got to the office, I unwrapped my scarf, took off my gloves, hung up my coat, and then proceeded to start sweating. And that's been the entire workday-and in just a short bit, I'll be bundling back up for the cold winter weather outside, where I will promptly forget what it feels like to be warm.

Single Moms

I missed my student loan payment, that's a first in a LONG time.

Status: In Repayment, Delinquent

We see your account is past due. We are here to help you choose your road to recovery.

Click on your path. It's your choice!

* Make a payment today, even schedule one for the future

* Payments too high

* In school / unemployed

* Financial hardship

* Temporarily suspend payments


I have been feeling like I'm living beyond my means for the last month, maybe two. Things have changed a lot in the last six months, I think things have just spiraled out of hand.
*I got a car loan
*My new vehicle is using much more gas
*Of course my insurance is higher too (which I just realized is ALSO delinquent!!)
*I'm driving to work now instead of taking the bus -it makes a HUGE amount of difference in the time I am away from the kid, which I felt was worth the extra cost of driving.
*I got gym memberships for the kid and I. It was necessary for our health-we needed a push to be healthy.
*I increased my cell phone plan, it's now 40% more a month. I was on a VERY limited plan (500 minutes between two of us?? How could that ever work??). We don't have a home phone so increasing the minutes was necessary so as to not go over again (which proved to be really pricy!).

I have a few married women I talk to, one of whom is my sister, who say that they feel like they are single moms. This puzzles me. Don't they understand who they are talking to? I've tried to explain it to them that, yes, they may be doing 85% of the work around the house and 85% of the parenting, however there's a HUGE aspect they have: a PARTNER. If something were to happen, for example, the car breaks down, they have someone to fix it or get it fixed for them. The house floods? They will not be the only one cleaning up the mess. One of the kids gets sick? Yeah, I'm sure the spouse will be there. The kids are in trouble, you have someone to help straighten them out. Have to stay late at work or can't make it home to get the kid to practice, just make a call. Oh---and here's the biggest difference I INCOME from their spouse.
One of my friends told me that her husbands paycheck didn't help anyway, they are still poor. I am a bit insulted. They are still poor?? She has no idea what it's like to be a poor single mother.

Being a single mother means more than being poor. You're poor but without support. You don't have someone to help you juggle the daily strain of being poor. You don't have someone to help get resources. You don't have someone to talk to about how poor you are and how it can be changed. You don't HAVE someone.

So for the married wives---please keep in mind that you have it good. Married wives who don't have to work, ugh....enjoy it!! Your life is G-O-O-D.

Don't get me wrong---I don't really want to be married. I LOVE being single. I do, however, miss having a partner at key moments. My sons school events, for instance. I end up sitting next to one of the couples I have met through school and sports, but it is not always comfortable doing so. I missed having a partner this morning when I realized my loans, my cell phone bill AND my car insurance were delinquent. I missed having a partner last week when my son really needed to get to school early and I couldn't do so because I had taken time off work earlier in the week when he was sick at home all day. I missed having a partner when my wrists hurt really bad last night and I needed someone to massage them. I missed having a partner when my son needed help with homework and I couldn't figure it out.

I don't usually care that much about being a single mom. It does hit me at times like those, but I also think I have it good as a single mom. I never have to worry about what everyone wants for dinner. It's really just up to me. I don't have to deal with a man being smelly and dirty in my space. I don't have to share my closet (which would mean I would need to find a new place for all my volunteer supplies). I don't have a lot of drama that comes with a committed relationship. I don't have to plan social things around him and his friends-I can go out whenever and with whoever. I have the final say in all things with my son; there's never a time when I conflict with another adult about raising him. I can be somewhat selfish in most aspects. I have FREEDOM. I love it.

I am not going to love trying to figure out how to buy holiday gifts with all the bills piling up though. I'm on a good path to get a new job with a higher income and I've been a single mom for over a decade now. I KNOW how to juggle my bills. I KNOW how to manage my income. I've just been a little lazy about it lately...

And still my friend calls me daily to complain about her husband. Her husband who still comes home every day and helps with the kids. He makes breakfast for them. He helps them get ready for school. He is there on the weekend to play with them. He goes grocery shopping when she asks him. He brings home a fat paycheck each week (though they might mismanage the money-they still have it). He helped them set up the Xmas tree. He is THERE. And as such---she is nowhere near living as a single mom.

Portland Aerial Tram

It's almost time!!!!

From the Portland Department of Transportation page:

The Portland Aerial Tram is a 3,300 linear foot aerial tram rising 500 feet over Interstate 5, the Lair Hill neighborhood, and Terwilliger Parkway and connecting OHSU and the Marquam Hill to the South Waterfront District. Construction of the Tram will be completed in winter 2006-07 and will serve as a catalyst for the South Waterfront redevelopment and the continued emergence of OHSU as a top-tier medical research institution. Designed by agps architecture and Doppelmayr-CTEC, the tram will provide approximately a 3 minute ride between the two areas, with views of Mt. Hood and Downtown Portland.

Planners project that in the first five years, the aerial tram will support about 1,500 round trips a day for activities in the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, the university's first building in the South Waterfront. Because the aerial tram is part of the public transportation system and open to the public, planners expect ridership to exceed this estimate. Twenty years from now when the South Waterfront is more mature in its development, about 5,500 OHSU-related round trips are expected each day.

Today is a VERY windy day here though...we're expecting a storm to hit tomorrow---just in time for the opening of the tram! Thirty "lucky" employees will be chosen at random (if you put your name in the drawing) to take the first ride with OHSU President Joe Robertson. It will be open for employees only for the next month, not because they are using employees as guinea pigs (as rumors were going about), but because they haven't completed the docking areas and they are not pretty enough for the public yet. Employees, on the other hand, are apparently used to working around construction zones so it's okay for them.

I'm picturing my birthday party in February to be a Tram-tacular one. Hidden flasks, lots of balloons, music, dancing, etc. on an exciting three minute ride on the tram! It'll be a Party on the Tram theme. Everyone will come dressed like they are in the alps. Or as tourists, with sunburns (in February??), big floppy hats and cameras.

And though I've been affectionately calling the two trams Timmy and Tommy, or Tony and Tigger, or Tchotsky and Tchurgen, or Tobias and Tubby....apparently the city is leaning more towards calling them Lewis and Clark. Something about a theme of "exploring new worlds" or whatever OHSU's new tagline is...I'll keep my petnames though. It'll be a little secret name between me, my blog, and the trams.

Take a Hike

Crazy Chinese!

Those pics made me want to curl up in the fetal position and cry.

Fun with Politics

Barack Obama....I don't know much about him, but I think he seems cool, based on his choice of making this commercial!

Oh-and this:
In Dreams from My Father, Obama writes about smoking marijuana and trying cocaine during his teenage years. Inviting journalists to contrast his earlier admission with Bill Clinton's "didn't inhale" remarks made during the 1992 presidential campaign, Obama recently stated: "I inhaled—that was the point." Obama added: "It was reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy; teenage boys are frequently confused."

Seems like he is an okay guy...
Reviewing Obama's career in the Illinois State Senate, commentators noted his ability to work effectively with both Democrats and Republicans, and to build coalitions. In his subsequent campaign for the U.S. Senate, Obama won the endorsement of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, whose officials cited his "longtime support of gun control measures and his willingness to negotiate compromises", this despite his support for some bills that the police union had opposed.

And note---he's 45!! I thought he was much younger. A presidential candidate maybe?

Holiday Ornaments Project Part 2

Sunday I hosted another volunteer project making holiday ornaments. This time it was for the Multnomah County Children's Receiving Center, a facility providing professional care and support to children up to 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The children are cared for in a home-like setting until they can transition to foster or alternate family placement.

I had 27 wonderful volunteers this last Sunday for two hours -a very productive and fun group.

Most of the supplies we used came from SCRAP, a local place that promotes recycling and reusing materials. They gave me a $20 donation, which in SCRAP money is like $100. It's pretty random what you will find there-I spent an hour digging through their supplies to come up with $13 worth, which was enough for both ornaments projects AND I have leftovers for my Love Letters project next week.

SCRAP is an awesome idea. When I was there, this mom and her two young kids came in. He was talking about building a robot. She gave him a little basket and set him free to look for things while she browsed through the fabric section. He was digging through bins of random mish-mash and talking things through about how "this can be an arm" or "this will be good on his shield." After he selected a large amount of supplies, the bill was only about $2.25 - an amazingly small amount of money for the entertainment it will provide him and it fosters his creativity while teaching him about recycling.

One of the volunteers Sunday was a 9-yr old girl from China. She has one leg; her prosthetic leg is decorated with the funkiest, coolest patterns on it -I'm not sure if it was a pattern or if it was hand-done (I think it was something the girl did herself). Her adoptive mom told me that she had been exposed to lead poisoning in China as a baby and is developmentally slow, but that her art skills are exceptional. She wasn't lying.

She created these two ornaments on a recycled tin lid using a marker that she rubbed on her finger and then smeared across the tin and just drew pictures that way. I would never have thought to do that in absence of paint, nor could I ever draw that well using my smeared fingerprints!
My son and I were working on a reindeer ornament and were struggling about halfway through when we saw this girl walk by with a similar project that looked AMAZING, very unlike our own. A very quiet and polite girl, she worked hard for the full two hours. I love it when kids volunteer but I love it even more when they can stay focused on the project for the full amount of time.

This was a fun project, but a lot more work than my normal project. It was worth every bit of it though, as we made at least a hundred ornaments that will go the local children's hospital and the children's receiving center. It was a nice feel-good project for the holidays.

And, not that I'm keeping track (the Hands on Portland website automatically keeps track), but that puts me at about 100 volunteer hours for the year! A nice accomplishment I think.

Goodbye to Pinochet

Pinochet has died. Chile seems fairly conflicted on whether to be happy or sad. Many many many people are happy--he WAS a bad guy. However, many many many people remember the overthrown president, Salvador Allende, as a bad guy (He was the first democratically elected Socialism revolutionary president in the world, aka Communist).

Some facts on the dead man:

Pinochet introduced a new constitution allowing him to remain as president until 1989.

The new constitution also entrenches the military's domination of the government and allows Pinochet to restrict freedom of association and speech and to arrest or exile any citizen, with no rights of appeal except to Pinochet himself.

He ordered many of the purges that saw more than 3,000 supporters of the Allende regime killed, thousands more tortured, and many thousands more again forced into exile.

The military government dissolved Congress, suspended the constitution and opposition parties were outlawed. Shortly after came a night-time curfew and strict limits on the media.

From a UN report: the UN Committee against torture affirmed that military rule from 1973 to 1990 had been characterized by gross human rights violations, such as extra judicial executions; executions following trials without due process; mass arrests of people held in concentration camps in extremely harsh conditions - many of whom ''disappeared''; widespread torture and ill-treatment; and imprisonment for such crimes as challenging the coup or belonging to certain political groups. The report stated that the repressive methods used against political detainees by the previous government had included torture and ill-treatment.

Sounds like a bad guy to me...

**Incidentally, the coup actually happened on September 11th...poor September 11th. Something REALLY good needs to happen on that day.

Song of the Day

None. My headphones died....They stopped working last night at the gym, but I thought it was the gym's crappy headphone system. Guess not! :(
Instead, I've listened to my Asian officemate talking to herself for the last 2 hrs.

I think this guy had a great idea: Verizon Exit Interview. We should all be so honest.

Read This

I FINALLY finished the book I was reading....

It took a LONG time, almost two full weeks. I struggled through this one, it wasn't my favorite in the series. A good book, but not my favorite of the four. Now I just have to wait for the fifth, which should have been out already, but the author is saying might not be done until February. Frustrating...I'll have forgotten a ton of info by then. However, when I do get into the new book, it'll be like a little reunion with me and Arya and Jon and Cersei and Brienne and the direwolves (and where did Bran go??).

I started a new book on Sunday afternoon and finished it yesterday morning. It was really well written. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon, who won an award for his first novel (last year I think) and his second novel was just as good I think. I like his writing style, it's different but really easy to enjoy.

I have another book from the library to read, can't remember the name right now. I have 16 books on my book list that I want to read...and then the new Dean Koontz came out and the new Michael Crichton's never-ending! I love it. There's just something about a really well-written book.

Nothing Today

The kid is sick.
My right knee and left wrist both ache.
The house is a mess.
My car made a weird noise today.
I'm low on money.
My neighbors husband left her.
My friends grandbaby died.
An editor of CNet was found dead in Oregon.

My online friend and I always tell each other, if you're going to say something negative, you have to follow by something positive. We usually make the counter-point not in any way connected whatsoever so that it's a little more fun and silly. Here's the revised list from above:

The kid is sick, but I am really starting to like the color pink.
My right knee and left wrist both ache, but the weather is nice.
The house is a mess, but I am excited to go work out tonight.
My car made a weird noise today, but I got to read an extra two hours this morning.
I'm low on money, but I found four new songs to download.
My neighbors husband left her, but the new Dean Koontz book was released.
My friends grandbaby died, but I might have a job offer by next week.
An editor of CNet was found dead in Oregon, but tomorrow is a free lunch day at work.

I don't think getting 8 hours of sleep is good for me. I'm more tired now than I am on the nights when I only get 6.

I'm the only one in my office right now (it's late) and I love it. I can't wait until the day when I have my own office again. It's possible that in a few weeks my new office will be a cubicle. I'm excited to decorate it and make it funky-fresh and fun, but I imagine cubicles aren't meant to be a "fun" place. Mine will be though. All the staff will say things like "have you been to Kaylen's cube today? It's rockin!" And I'll have themes, like all green for March. And maybe a disco ball in the corner. We'll see how long the enthusiasm lasts...

Late late late, it's time to go home!

My Wish List

I keep getting harassed for my Christmas list. I'm fairly independent so it's hard for me to tell someone: "this is what I want you to buy me." If I don't make a list though, I get random things that I probably don't use or want so as much as I fully appreciate getting gifts, it's nicer to get one that you actually want.

So here's my Wish List: (in no specific order of importance)

1) World Peace
2) A coffee table
3) A new couch
4) A house (just a small ranch house with a basement and 2 or 3 bdrms)
5) A new president
6) A button-down, long-sleeve dress shirt from Lands End
7) Shoes shoes shoes!
8) A necklace, something simple, something that sparkles with diamonds or rubies or something similar
9) A cure for leukemia
10) Adobe Photoshop (since my not-so-legal version won't work!)
11) My car loan paid off (really, it's less than $4500!)
12) No more fighting in Darfur (a smaller request than World Peace)
13) The end of the KKK and the Aryan Nation (they are so ridiculous -like a high school club of unpopular kids gone bad)
14) A new Palm Pilot or maybe a new MP3 player, I can't decide...
15) Cooking skills (not lessons, I want the skills needed to cook)
16) A laptop (not Dell, they suck)
17) The collapse of Wal-Mart, or better management for it
18) To wake up and be 5 sizes smaller
19) My phone bill paid
20) A new rug for my living room
21) 24 movie passes (so I can go to a movie with my son every month)
22) Kitchen table, square-I don't like my round one
23) A really nice flatware set, for at least 8
24) Contact lenses so I can shed these glasses and be FREE
25) The super power of invisibility
26) A KitchenAid Mixer
27) My ex-husband to not be a dead-beat dad
28) A new comforter for my bed...something soft and beautiful and plush in an olive green like color.
29) Will Smith's phone number
30) A trip around the world

Whew! That wasn't as hard as I thought!!
Wish List complete, back to work.

Army of Fuzzies

The army I made on Sunday...spreading cheer everywhere they go.

Manic Monday

I hate Mondays.
My inbox is always full. I usually have personal things to take care of (like my blog for instance!) and little time to do them.

The blogger editor thing-a-ma-bob isn't normal and now I'm stuck with no fancy blockquoting capabilities or italics or anything! Plain and boring, but I DO know how to change colors.

South Africa's "most wanted" criminal was captured. I find it hard to imagine jails in South Africa..I have a hard time conceptualizing a "normal" thing in our society into a worldwide one, especially as it applies to a nation where 21.5% of the adult South African population have been estimated to be HIV positive (in 2003). Who has time to worry about jail?? One fifth of the population has HIV?? That's a LOT.
ANYWAY--back to "the ultimate criminal," as they are calling him (his family must be so proud!). This is the amazing part of the story:
He reportedly escaped by covering his body in Vaseline and squeezing through his tiny cell window which measured just 20cm by 60cm (8in by 2ft).
That's creepy. I don't think my head could fit through that amount of space, much less any other piece of me! Um, and why did he have vasoline in his jail cell??

I can't believe Christmas is in 21 days. I can't do any more shopping until the 15th. I keep waiting for my magic money fairy to leave money under my pillow (or in my mailbox, or under my windshield wiper, or on my doorstop, etc), but she hasn't shown up yet!

I need to learn to cook more things. I feel fairly limited in that I (almost) only eat chicken, and I'm tired of pasta. We ate out about 4 times last week. I didn't cook the entire weekend. It's out of control.

I did manage to get up early on Sunday and stand in line outside Circuit City for 30 minutes and help my son get a Nintendo Wii. That was fun. They handed out 40 tickets. We watched the Circuit City monkey give out the 40th ticket to the guy directly in front of us.... Not cool monkey-boy! We wandered around the parking lot a bit as the lines dispersed and one of the women from the front of the line offered to sell us her ticket -for a deal of only $60! Not cool front-line-lady! BUT---as we were walking to the car, a lady who was a bit ahead of us in line drove back around and offered us one of hers, saying that both her sons got tickets but decided they both didn't need the system. YAY!!! My son said it happened because I have good karma for all the good things I do for other people.

I had a great volunteer project yesterday too - more on that tomorrow when I get my pictures uploaded and figure out how to add them using HTML coding.


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