Lots going on!

OK. So, I've once again been back to the grindstone. Working 2 jobs is driving me nuts. Luckily we finally got our new manager at Starbucks and he's really cool. His name is Alex, and he told me he'd give me full time. So now I have to either quit, or cut Costco down to one day a week. I haven't quite gotten the guts up to do this, but I will. It's just been so crazy there over the past few days.

Tomorrow is New Years' Eve. I do have to work tomorrow, but only until 7pm, but being that we close at 5, like we did on Christmas Eve, I'll probably be able to get out of there by 6, which will be very cool. Kyle, one of the guys who live next door is home too. I thought they'd both be gone until after they New Year, and so now I have someone to spend the evening with. I'm not sure what we're doing, but we are going out-ish. We probably won't leave Culver City, (I really don't want to drive), but this way, I don't have to spend the evening alone.

I finally got the bank account for The Random Oasis. So in about a week I should be getting the debit card, and in another week after that, I should get checks. I finally have everything done to actually start this business. I even found a fabulous supplier for beads and findings and such. I just need to find time to actually make everything.

Christmas was good. I flew up to San Francisco, as planned. I was completely exhausted. After working the whole day, and then of course running like crazy to try to get to the airport on time, and catching the bus to work int he first place. And then once I get to Kim's house, I sleep on the couch because there's 8 people there at this point, in a house with 4 bedrooms. Kim and his wife, Yolanda, gave up their bedroom to my parents, which was really, really nice of them (my dad does not have the best health). Yolanda's sister, Nora, bunked with Yolanda's son, Stephen (Kim's new step-son), who I think is about 13 (?). Then Kim & Yolanda have a guy who rents out a room in their basement. So it was either sleep with him, or pick one of the couches. And while he was really cute, I didn't really want to do that. Not really my style.

Christmas Day itself was lots of fun. It started off with me waking up obscenely early, at 7am, because I'm still a little kid at heart, and because the couch I was on was narrower than my hips are. So I grabbed my computer and went out on their deck to watch the sunrise. I was going to blog, but my fingers got seriously cold after about 5 minutes, so I decided against it. I went back downstairs, and figured out the hard way that socks and hardwood don't mix (I now have bruises on my low back, but I don't think they ever, or are going to, change color). After plugging my computer in so I could use it later, I went back upstairs to rummage for some food, and my mom poked her head out, and we sat at the breakfast table and chatted for a while until Stephen and other slowly emerged. We then did the present thing, and I was in awe at how many gifts that Stephen got. They spoil that kid a lot. He got about 20 different gifts. I thought the coolest was the Game of Life, but I think he liked this helicopter thing better. But that's because I only wanted to play 2 games with him. I didn't want to go again, I did go up there to see my parents. I got money (my favorite gift), and a couple of cool doodads. My dad got me a digital pocket voice recorder, which I have to get batteries for, and mom grabbed a USB memory card adapter for my camera. I can't find the cable that goes to my camera, and since I need pictures for the website, she went to try and buy me a replacement,but not knowing what kind of camera it is even that was kinda hard. But the chick at Radio Shack or where ever suggested thing thingie, and it's really cool. I just hope I don't lose this, too!

After gifts, we did the church thing. I went because I figured it would be a good gift for my dad, but I don't think I'll go again. Church does not do anything for me. I feel almost cold and empty in those places, and I'm not even going to start talking about why. Maybe in another future blog. Not here. At any rate, they thought that mass started at 11, when it really started at 11:30, so we were almost 45 minutes early for mass, rather than just being 10 or 15 minutes early. After mass, we did breakfast for lunch, and then did our separate things for a few hours, and then did dinner. There was a ham and I made the sweet potato pudding thing that I love, and the marshmallows on top kind of exploded a little, but they were very yummy. And we had peas. And then we ate so much that we saved the pie for a few hours later after driving over to see some lights on a nearby street. The way people go all out with lights and decorations and everything kinda sickens me. It's ostentatious, and there's very little point in it. It all started way back when each one of the decorations was a symbol for Christ in some way. The holly, the boughs of wintergreen. The bows. The Stars, all that meant something to do with the religious aspects of the season. Now, it's decorating for the sake of decorating, and to hell with the cost of energy. "Let's put up ten thousand lights, and see if we can shut down the power grid." "Let's get a U-haul and bring in a truckload of snow for the kids to play in. Every day!"

Don't mind me. I think Being in California has made me crunchy-granola-y. And I like it!

Question of the Day: How was your Christmas?


Pride & Prejudice

I love this movie. It is such a chick flick, but it's so well made, and the things they cut out of the book are well chosen. I would say. In the book, Bingley has 2 sisters, in this version of the movie, he has only one. They remove a lot of the interaction between Elizabeth and Wickham, which is only minorly disappointing. They rearrange a few things the speed up the flow of time, but beyond that, there really isn't much difference. I really love it. Keira Knightly was madeto play this role. She is so perfect, although, she is almost too pretty. The girl who plays Jane is supposed to be the great beauty of the town, and Keira almost outshines her, except for the blond hair. And Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Darcy, is fantastic. He's really rather sexy in the old garb of that time period, and he's very hard, but becomes soft, and you totally fall in love with him.

Hey, I said it was a chick flick!


The I Inside

This is a very odd movie. It's somewhat hard to keep track of as he goes back and forth in time between what is supposedly the present, and two years prior. There are a lot of things going on in this, all slightly to the sides of one character. His wife has issues, then there's his girlfriend/lover person (I'm not sure how to describe her, as to tell you her real relationship, would give away part of the movie), there's his own delusions as he slowly figures out what is going on. How he can supposedly fix everything, and at the end, how he figured out that there is no fixing it. The end is really great. Because it kind of twists reality enough and makes you look at morality in a new way, when you have to make a choice. It's really an intelligent movie. I think it's based on a play, but I don't see how some of those things could be done on a stage. I know it was probably heavily adapted, but still, there's a lot going on, not in major effects, but more in the way it's cut and edited together.

A really intelligent semi-sci-fi movie, with a hint of morality.


Chicken Soup

but not for the soul....

I am sick still/ again. And it really sucks. I mean, I know I haven't been taking the best care of myself, but seriously folks. This is getting ridiculous. I am officially taking 5 different medications, all over-the-counter. I am taking a generic Robitussin DM. I'm doing the Airborne thing, along with the Zicam mouth spray stuff, and asprin during the day and Tylenol PM at night. Then I've also actually started taking my chewable horse-sized vitamin pills because I figure it can't hurt. And I'm chugging OJ and chicken soup. I'm making that the lazy way though. I had a yummy version of curried chicken noodle soup. I put the recipe below. I've called in sick at Costco 3 shifts in a row now, and I had someone replace me at Starbucks this morning. I was really glad I managed to get someone else in for that because there was no way I could have worked at 4am today.

That recipe that I mentioned is super-easy. I took a box of curry rice noodle stir fry stuff, I think the brand is Thai Kitchen or something like that, and I pretty much ignored the directions. I started with half a box of chicken stock and brought that to a boil, then added some frozen pre-cooked chicken breast slices. When the broth came back to a boil, I threw in the noodles from the box and let those cook a little bit. On the box it says they're supposed to cook for three minutes, then you stir-fry them with your other stuff, but since I wasn't stir-frying anything, I cooked them a bit longer. I think you have to taste with rice noodles. They don't soften as quickly as other noodles, but they can look like they have. At any rate, I added the sauce packet from the box a little before the noodles were cooked, and noticed that the chicken broth was boiling off a bit more than I wanted, so i added some water. That was probably a good idea anyway because the chicken broth had a lot of flavor, and then you're adding more with the packet of sauce. Once I figured the noodles to be cooked, I threw in some frozen peas as a way of getting some green and let it simmer for about 30 seconds more, and then dumped the whole thing into a big bowl and attempted to eat it all. I didn't succeed, because that's really a lot of food, but it was worth the effort. I did watch Pride & Prejudice while eating though, and I do love that movie.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite 'sick' meal?


If it's not one thing....

I think I am officially suffering from exhaustion. I went home early from Costco on Saturday because I wasn't feeling good, and that doesn't even begin to describe how bad I was. I felt like I was about to pass out. I went home only 2 hours before the end of my scheduled shift, and I slept for 14 hours that night. I was a little crazed. I called in Sick on Sunday. I wasn't going to originally but I went to have a bowl of cereal and had to open a new box, and could barely open it. And since I have to lift heavy things all day, I figured it was a bad idea to push my body that much further. So I sat home and did absolutely nothing. I really should have done laundry yesterday though, because then I could have finished it yesterday when I realized that I really didn't have enough quarters, instead of running over to the laundromat today, which is what I have to go do now, rather than sitting here typing. Plus, someone is using the other washer & dryer, so I only have one machine at my disposal. Which of course means that doing my laundry is going to take me 4 times as long today as it normally does because I only have one machine and I have twice as much laundry (going almost 3 weeks will do that).

I think I've made the official decision that I am going to cut back my hours at Costco even further after the New Year. I'm either going to just work weekends, or I'll quit there entirely. It's a good paycheck, especially at time-and-a-half on Sundays (one of the reasons I really hated calling in sick yesterday). That will give me loads of time to work on jewelry, etc for the Biz during the week around Starbucks, and then on the weekends, I can work at Costco.

I'm glad I have a ride to the airport for Christmas. I really didn't want to take the bus. My parents and I are meeting in San Francisco at Kim's house. Kim is my dad's little Brother through Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. They've been together since Kim was like 10 or 11, and he's something like 46 or 47 now. My dad taught him bad eating habits and bad jokes. But Kim is married now and lives up there with his wife and step-son who are both from Costa Rica. And since they came to our house in Florida last Christmas (as I'm typing this, it's occurring to me that I may have talked about some of this last year), and their house is closer for me now that I live in LA, we're all going to SFO this year.

Time to change Laundry Loads!

Question of the Day: What are your Christmas Plans?


Die Hard: With a Vengance

Of the 3 Die Hard movies (so far), I think this one is my favorite. I've seen it the most, because it's been on TV the most, but it's also the fastest paced of the 3. Plus, McLane has a sidekick of sorts in Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) who just kicks so much butt. It's freakin' cool. Plus, Zeas matches McLane quip for quip, they're a great pair in terms of on-screen pairings. Bruce Willis tears it up in this one, you think all is lost and then he just pulls it through. I love Jeremy Irons, too. He doesn't do any mainstream work, and when he does, he somehow gets roped into really awful movies (did anyone see Dungeons & Dragons?), but in this he was perfect. He was cruel, and conniving, and very megalomaniacal.

It's fast-paced and vengeful, and all about the explosions.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

I really like this movie. I never got a couple of the references until I saw the first Die Hard, because this one refers back in a lot of instances. In this one, John McLane took the kids to his in-laws place in DC and has come back to the airport to pick his wife up from the airport. While he is there, of course on Christmas, terrorists shut down the air-traffic controls in order to land a plane carrying some imprisoned politico. So basically McLane is crawling around the DC airport getting himself into all kinds of trouble, getting into fights with the head of the airport police. Taking finger prints of dead guys and arguing slightly with a coroner (who I swear is Peter Stormare, the Russian Astronaut in Armageddon). It's a good film. Not as good as the first one, or the third one for that matter, but very good all the same. I love the parts with the wife and the reporter on the airplane. Those were references that didn't make sense until I saw the first one.

Planes crash, people get shot, and John McLane saves the day. Again.

Die Hard

So up until this point I had never actually seen the first of these movies. I'd seen the second and third ones repeatedly, but I had never actually seen the first one. But being that I love Bruce Willis, of course I love this movie. I was talking with a few people about why this movie is so great, why it's the first of the great action movies, and the reason we came up with was that it's because Bruce Willis is really an everyman. It's one of those random situations that you can see anyone getting into. He just happens to be a cop, and the fact that he's barefoot throughout the entire thing. The basic jist of the movie, if you haven't seen it is that John McLane is just arriving in LA to visit his wife for Christmas. He's working on a transfer from New York, after she got this fabulous job in Los Angeles. But when he goes to her work building, the office Christmas party she is at is taken hostage. He was in the bathroom andso manages to escape and start wrecking havoc on the terrorist guys. All-in-all, a very fun movie.

Yippee-ki-yay, Motherf*cker!



I am even more excited because I officially have my website up and I am so Happy I can barely type!!! That and I had a bit of caffeine this morning, so that probably doesn't help either. The website, as I am sure you are all dying to head over and buy stuff from me is: Random Oasis.com. And I built it all by myself using Rapid Weaver (meaning I didn't have to do any real coding work). I'm not live for purchases until after the first of the year because that's when my business license actually starts, besides which I don't actually have any inventory. I have to start taking pictures of the few things I do have!!


Question of the Day: Well, why are you still here? Go to my website!!


I'm So Excited! And I just can't Hide It!!

And I know, I know, I know you want to, start singing with me. Oh, yeah!

Or, maybe not...

But anyway, I am really excited. I now officially have my business license. I have the domain name registered, and several e-mail address all set up to reflect into one Gmail account. I am working on building the website, although it's mostly done. Now that I have my seller's permit, I can start buying beads and clothes and stuff to start accumulating inventory. I am still waiting on the FBN, the Fictional Business Name thing to come back to me, so I still don't have the bank account, but I will soon. I've only spent a little more than $300 so far, unless you include the money I spent on beads way back when, before I decided to keep track of what I was spending on beads. There was one charge for $70-something that I can add to that, so including the business license, I've spent almost $400. I still have to buy all my dyes and brushes. I can buy them online directly from Rit, but they have a 4-6 week processing time, and I need this stuff now! So obviously that doesn't work. In the long run, depending on what I need and where I can find the different colors, buying direct might not be a bad idea, even with the processing time. But now, I have to turn on some music, and work on some beading because I finally got the stuff I left in Argentina back. It's inventory time!

Question of the Day: Will you buy from me? (You know you want to!)


Conversation with an Online Devil

This is the transcript from a chat with my friend Jim who lives in the DC area. I was too lazy to actually write a real entry.

7:50:21 PM Jim: hi Sleepy

7:50:27 PM Me: hey

7:50:39 PM Jim: how are you holding up?

7:51:49 PM Me: i was ok until today because i tried to actually get something done

7:52:15 PM Me: i tried to get my business license

7:52:18 PM Jim: aww....

7:52:25 PM Me: but i need a sellers permit first

7:52:40 PM Jim: I've been starting to infiltrate your blog

7:52:54 PM Me: but to get my seller's permit, i needed some information on my landlord that i didn't have on me

7:52:54 PM Jim: what is it that this business consists of?

7:53:14 PM Jim: sounds liek someone has had a bit of my "special" luck ;)

7:53:58 PM Me: and i had to put my personal bank account on it, so i thought i'd go open up a business one, but i have to file for a fictitious name thing first

7:54:13 PM Me: so i went to 3 places and got nil

7:55:21 PM Jim: lol

7:55:27 PM Jim: fictitious name thing?

7:55:34 PM Jim: you mean registering your company name?

7:55:39 PM Me: yeah

7:55:42 PM Jim: lol

7:55:48 PM Jim: well that isn't fictitious

7:55:58 PM Me: yeah, but that's what they call it

7:55:59 PM Jim: you have to come up with the name of your company

7:56:03 PM Me: i already have

7:56:12 PM Jim: they call it fictitious?

7:56:34 PM Jim: ....see I never had to deal with the paperwork personally

7:56:38 PM Jim: so....oh well

7:57:00 PM Me: but they call it a fictitious name thing until it's official, then it's a DBA because i'm a sole proprietorship or something

7:57:10 PM Jim: ah

7:57:12 PM Jim: okay

7:57:22 PM Me: plus if I want to be incorporated, or an LLC, i have to talk to a lawyer....

7:57:28 PM Me: ACK!!!!

7:57:37 PM Jim: that's what I kinda meant by what I said before

7:57:46 PM Jim: ACK? did you run out of cheez-its?

7:57:48 PM Jim: :P

7:59:25 PM Me: no...

7:59:40 PM Me: but all this stuff is making my hedd hurt like hell...

7:59:42 PM Me: head*

8:01:06 PM Jim: it tough to throw yourself into a process that you're not familiar with

8:01:22 PM Jim: but don't let it stress you out

8:01:37 PM Jim: you're trying to do a really great thing

8:01:47 PM Jim: so don't stress

8:02:00 PM Me: i vaguely remember what goes on and such when i went through my accounting classes and all that

8:02:02 PM Jim: look on the bright side!.....you'll only have to do it once!

8:02:05 PM Jim: in theory!

8:02:06 PM Me: i majored in business

8:02:14 PM Me: but i've never done it

8:02:45 PM Jim: practical experience is generally a far better teacher than theory

8:02:57 PM Me: seriously

8:03:14 PM Jim: seriously :)

8:03:21 PM Me: totally dude

8:03:53 PM Jim: like, shhhhyaaaah

8:04:10 PM Me: lol

8:04:12 PM Me: :)

8:04:30 PM Jim: lol

8:04:39 PM Jim: it's fun being "anonymous"

8:04:51 PM Me: yeah

8:05:28 PM Jim: because I realized...I can say whatever I want....and whoever reads it can think to themselves... "wow......who the fuck was THAT?"

8:05:29 PM Jim: lol

8:05:35 PM Me: lol

8:05:40 PM Me: that is so true

8:05:41 PM Jim: "and what on earth has he been drinking....at work..."

8:05:49 PM Me: or smoking!

8:05:55 PM Me: don't forget smoking!!

8:05:57 PM Jim: lol did you read my thing about the cheez-its?

8:06:06 PM Jim: smoking is bad :nono:

8:06:08 PM Jim: lol

8:06:20 PM Jim: ...i didn't inhale....

8:06:23 PM Me: not yet

8:06:26 PM Jim: lol

8:06:32 PM Jim: excellent!

8:06:58 PM Me: you r edgewalker?

8:07:02 PM Jim: lol

8:07:03 PM Jim: no

8:07:39 PM Me: ahh, i see it

8:07:47 PM Jim: even I am not that ...hmm...eccentric?

8:07:54 PM Jim: I'm Anonymous!

8:07:55 PM Me: lol

8:07:58 PM Jim: lo

8:07:58 PM Jim: l

8:08:00 PM Me: uh-huh

8:08:44 PM Jim: :P

8:08:50 PM Jim: mock me all you want

8:08:56 PM Me: i will!

8:09:01 PM Jim: it just rolls right off...I'm a comedic punching bag

8:09:23 PM Me: gateway snack?

8:09:27 PM Me: that's awesome

8:09:31 PM Jim: lol

8:10:12 PM Jim: I wanted my first official comment to be worth the bandwidth...and also contain as many pokes as possible.....without being blatantly obvious

8:10:14 PM Jim: lol

8:10:45 PM Me: PORN????

8:10:49 PM Me: c'mon!!!

8:11:17 PM Jim: well that was kinda in relation to the first comment from whoosiwhat'sit

8:12:33 PM Me: who the hell is edgewalker?

8:12:34 PM Jim: besides...you ARE in California.....stranger things have happened

8:12:40 PM Jim: I don't friggin know

8:12:45 PM Jim: I thought you knew him

8:13:00 PM Jim: he was already there when I showed up

8:14:23 PM Me: i don't know who he is, which only means one thing....

8:14:38 PM Me: I have readers I don't know!!!!

8:14:41 PM Me: which rules

8:14:49 PM Me: either that or he's a stalker

At this point I have to put in that I don't actually think that Edgewalker is a stalker, his blog looks semi-decent/normal, etc. But I don't know who he is, so the thought of someone I don't know reading my blog is very exciting to me...

8:14:57 PM Jim: hahaha

8:15:02 PM Me: which could be cool in a creepy kind of way

8:15:13 PM Jim: unlike most people....you see the silver lining...and try and find the cloud

8:15:15 PM Jim: lol

8:15:24 PM Jim: duuuude!

8:15:31 PM Jim: stalkers SUCK

8:16:15 PM Me: Well stalkers only stalk the really cool people, so if i have a stalker, it means i'm cool

8:16:17 PM Me: right?

8:16:33 PM Jim: wow...I must be cool too

8:16:35 PM Jim: hmmm

8:16:39 PM Me: so while the stalker him/herself sucks, having one is like a status symbol

8:16:39 PM Jim: I dunno about this theory

8:16:45 PM Jim: lol

8:16:49 PM Jim: like a merit badge?

8:16:53 PM Me: totally

8:16:55 PM Jim: lol

8:16:59 PM Me: rofl

8:17:03 PM Jim: I have more badges than you! :P

8:17:14 PM Jim: I sell my cookies better I guess

8:17:16 PM Jim: rofl

8:17:18 PM Me: dude, i maybe have one coolness merit badge

8:17:24 PM Me: i am sooooo uncool

8:17:26 PM Jim: lol

8:17:31 PM Me: i even have coolness demerits

8:17:36 PM Jim: why do you say stuff like that?

8:17:46 PM Me: because i am a total dork

8:17:57 PM Me: i used to play D&D

8:17:58 PM Jim: can I say something?...and not have it sound all gushy and stupid?

8:18:07 PM Me: yeah...

8:18:09 PM Me: go for it

8:18:52 PM Jim: I don't think you're "uncool"...if I did...i wouldn't jump online and say hi if I see you...or read your stuff

8:19:09 PM Me: lol

8:19:18 PM Me: no, of course you don't

8:19:28 PM Jim: hell the only reason you ever knew I existed...was because I made it a point to actually write you....randomly....because I thought your blog was cool

8:19:29 PM Me: that's not what i'm saying

8:19:55 PM Me: what i'm saying is i have never been, and will never be, "one of the cool kids"

8:20:00 PM Me: and you know what i mean by that

8:20:12 PM Jim: lemme tell you something about the cool kids.

8:20:27 PM Jim: they burned out by 20

8:20:30 PM Me: the kids who are so popular, everyone who looks at them wants to know them, they usually

8:20:31 PM Jim: for real

8:20:34 PM Me: probably

8:20:39 PM Jim: no probably

8:20:46 PM Me: but there emerges a new set for each stage in life

8:21:05 PM Me: in your 20s there's a new set, the wild party bunch

8:21:34 PM Jim: wanna buy a bridge?

8:21:38 PM Jim: sell a bridge?

8:21:38 PM Me: there's 2 different sets in your 30s, the married, perfect life, perfect kids set, and the still unmarried, but not freaking out about it set

8:21:39 PM Jim: trade?

8:21:47 PM Jim: lol

8:21:51 PM Me: you KNOW i'm right

8:21:52 PM Jim: dude

8:21:56 PM Jim: I'm older than you!

8:22:01 PM Jim: AND I'm single

8:22:09 PM Jim: don't tell me about my 30's!

8:22:14 PM Jim: : plugs ears :

8:22:20 PM Me: rofl!!

8:22:25 PM Jim: oh shit that won't work :covers eyes:

8:22:31 PM Me: lol!

8:22:45 PM Jim: .......*whispers*

8:22:49 PM Jim: ...not liiiisteniiiing

8:22:54 PM Jim: I mean reeeeading

8:23:12 PM Jim: ....actualyl I guess to be fair I haven't been single for all that long

8:23:19 PM Jim: ...probably shoulda been

8:24:05 PM Jim: : shrugs : I don't get the way other people end up "dating"

8:24:16 PM Jim: I've never like...walked up to a total stranger...and asked them out

8:24:18 PM Jim: ever

8:24:39 PM Me: :)

8:24:41 PM Me: why not?

8:24:48 PM Jim: but this is all besides the point....unless you were the president of the D&D club in high school...i don't see how you qualify as uncool

8:24:53 PM Me: you might have wound up with saner chicks

8:25:00 PM Jim: well...i haven't been single for more than a month in what?

8:25:02 PM Me: theater club

8:25:03 PM Jim: 8 years?

8:25:06 PM Me: did my homework

8:25:07 PM Jim: theater is awesome

8:25:15 PM Me: awesome, but not 'cool'

8:25:20 PM Me: football was cool

8:25:24 PM Jim: depends on what you do with it ;)

8:25:25 PM Me: cheerleading was cool

8:25:39 PM Jim: when you're funny....everyone knows you

8:26:23 PM Jim: I had a group of friends...but we were so far ahead of the curve on being wiseguys that we never ran into that much of the snotty clicky B.S.

8:26:35 PM Jim: I used to call it being a universal

8:26:46 PM Me: mmm

8:26:56 PM Me: well, i was never that funny

8:26:58 PM Me: not in HS

8:27:02 PM Me: not really in college

8:27:14 PM Jim: I totally don't buy that

8:27:27 PM Jim: you're one of those people who's funniest when they aren't even trying

8:27:30 PM Jim: so you don't notice

8:27:39 PM Jim: see me?...i work at it ;)

8:27:45 PM Jim: :)

8:28:01 PM Me: riiiight

8:28:08 PM Me: well, because i'm not outright funny

8:28:17 PM Me: i don't go around making wisecracks

8:28:45 PM Me: people wouldn't give me the time to be 'inadvertently funny'

8:29:08 PM Jim: um...you remember the whole name thing?...and that um..."rebellious streak" thing?

8:29:36 PM Jim: that kinda helps too...but I always did my homework...never got bad grades...never drank or smoked or any of that

8:30:17 PM Me: the name thing?

8:30:26 PM Jim: yeah...you broke down my name for me :)

8:30:33 PM Me: oh, right

8:30:35 PM Jim: you broek me into little bits

8:30:39 PM Me: sorry

8:30:41 PM Jim: picked me apart

8:30:45 PM Me: tired & headachy

8:30:51 PM Jim: ....oh you were totally right about 99% of it

8:30:55 PM Jim: aww...

8:31:06 PM Jim: see?...That's why I don't call :P

8:31:09 PM Jim: lol

8:32:34 PM Jim: oh man! I just had a great idea! i usually find myself doodling on a pad when I'm on the phone with clients at work......i am going to draw up an "I have internet stalkers" badge and have our office manager scan it

8:32:45 PM Jim: then you can paster it in your profile like a sash

8:32:48 PM Jim: ;)

8:35:09 PM Me: lol

8:35:14 PM Me: yeah right

8:35:54 PM Jim: are you...testing me?

8:35:56 PM Me: I need a logo

8:36:01 PM Jim: ye of such little faith!

8:36:09 PM Me: you want to design a logo for me?

8:36:19 PM Jim: did you learn nothing about magic in your D&D travels!?!

8:36:26 PM Me: :)

8:36:26 PM Jim: I can do that too

8:36:42 PM Me: coolness

8:36:47 PM Jim: but seeing as I have no idea what you are doing...or what your company name is

8:36:53 PM Me: ahh, i figured out how to do the name thingie

8:36:54 PM Jim: I'll draw Garfield instead

8:36:55 PM Me: http://www.lavote.net/CLERK/Business_Name.cfm

8:36:56 PM Jim: :)

8:37:10 PM Me: big surprise:

8:37:15 PM Jim: ?

8:37:21 PM Me: it's called 'The Random Oasis'

8:37:32 PM Jim: lol

8:37:55 PM Me: I'm going to start off doing clothing & jewelry, maybe eventually go into other random stuff

8:39:00 PM Jim: Magic Cards

8:39:02 PM Jim: lol

8:39:09 PM Me: you suck

8:39:09 PM Jim: Easy Bake Ovens

8:39:14 PM Jim: Lava Lamps

8:39:14 PM Me: YES!

8:39:29 PM Me: they have easy bake ovens at costco right now

8:39:33 PM Me: and i totally want one

8:39:40 PM Me: i'm a dork

8:39:55 PM Jim: so you can sit for a whole week to eat one cookie burned by a light bulb!


8:40:00 PM Jim: lol

8:40:23 PM Jim: I should open a T-shirt shop

8:40:24 PM Jim: lol

8:40:55 PM Jim: I made one specifically for a party I went to ....that was just black with white letters?

8:40:56 PM Me: :)

8:41:05 PM Me: yeah?

8:41:11 PM Jim: "Adorable Asshole" with a halo over the A's

8:41:12 PM Jim: lol

8:41:16 PM Me: nice

8:41:20 PM Me: i love it

8:41:21 PM Jim: it wasn't for me ;)

8:41:27 PM Jim: though it shoulda been

8:41:29 PM Jim: lol

8:41:41 PM Jim: hmmm

8:41:45 PM Jim: random......oasis.....

8:42:07 PM Jim: it needs to be simple...... so it can be reproduced at varying scales

8:43:36 PM Me: and favicons

8:44:08 PM Jim: favicons?

8:44:29 PM Me: i was thinking of desert oases, but with a christmas tree, but that's too seasonal

8:44:41 PM Jim: nah

8:45:01 PM Jim: I was thinking something more graphic, less literal

8:45:06 PM Me: a favicon is that little thingie in the upper corner that websites give you, if you look un your bookmarks

8:45:18 PM Jim: like random shapes that overlay into a palm tree and a little lagoon

8:45:31 PM Me: there's tiny icons by each bookmark

8:45:35 PM Me: those are favicons

8:45:46 PM Jim: lol...made up words are funny

8:46:04 PM Me: i like that, and i'm not sure how i get stuck with palm trees all the time

8:46:13 PM Me: i guess i should just bow to it

8:46:21 PM Jim: because that's what grows around an oasis

8:46:26 PM Me: i know...

8:46:33 PM Jim: it's either that or you really make it random

8:46:38 PM Jim: something that rotates

8:47:00 PM Jim: like one day it's a tree......next it's a little sumo dude with it on his belly

8:47:02 PM Jim: lol

8:47:18 PM Jim: A horse in clown shoes

8:47:24 PM Jim: etc etc

8:47:25 PM Jim: rofl

8:47:42 PM Jim: I could go on but your head already hurts

8:48:30 PM Me: lol

8:48:39 PM Me: no, then it'd be totally unrecognizeable

8:48:52 PM Me: iit could be the same shape, but it changes colors

8:49:12 PM Me: like it's always a palm tree with a pond, but sometimes it's purple

8:49:23 PM Me: sometimes there's a seal in the pond

8:49:46 PM Me: sometimes it's all mosaic like stained glass

8:50:18 PM Me: that way we're always random, and we're always an oasis

Jim disconnected (8:51:26 PM)

Jim connected (9:01:45 PM)

Away Message: whatever..... (9:01:45 PM)

Jim came back (9:02:03 PM)

9:02:23 PM Jim: stupid internets

9:02:31 PM Me: ??

9:02:35 PM Me: you popped

9:04:58 PM Jim: :P I know

9:05:09 PM Jim: I didn't do it

9:05:29 PM Jim: the wireless had a hiccup

9:06:36 PM Me: :(

9:06:43 PM Jim: oh please

9:06:46 PM Jim: you loved it

9:06:48 PM Jim: lol

9:06:56 PM Jim: "yes! he shuttup!"

9:06:58 PM Jim: lol

9:07:01 PM Jim: :P:P:P:P

9:07:08 PM Me: i was talkinga bout my logo, it looked like you were going to say something, and then you popped

9:10:03 PM Jim: I forgot what I was gonna say :(

9:14:56 PM Me: :(

9:15:07 PM Me: I was talking about randomizing my logo....

9:15:10 PM Me: if that helps

9:20:51 PM Me: :-p

Jim became active (9:25:51 PM)

9:25:51 PM Jim: lol

9:26:05 PM Jim: I was being overly random as I recall

9:26:34 PM Jim: but then again it's 12:26am....so it's to be expected

9:27:22 PM Me: :)

9:27:24 PM Me: ok

9:27:26 PM Me: sure

9:28:32 PM Jim: :P

9:28:48 PM Jim: I better get to sleep...I'm starting to nod off

9:28:57 PM Jim: I'll think of something

9:29:05 PM Jim: I'll run it by you...

9:29:12 PM Jim: besides...you should be sleeping too

9:29:28 PM Me: probably

9:29:41 PM Me: but i started my nap at 4:30 and didn't wake up until 7:30

9:29:54 PM Me: so i already slept for 3 hours this afternoon

9:30:12 PM Me: :)

9:30:26 PM Me: but at least my head doesn't hurt as much....

9:31:20 PM Jim: wish I could say the same

9:31:22 PM Jim: brb

9:32:05 PM Me: k

9:35:48 PM Me: http://randomoasis.com/

9:35:53 PM Me: i have a webpage!

9:35:57 PM Me: yay!!!

9:36:03 PM Jim: lol

9:36:07 PM Me: :-p

9:39:45 PM Jim: if anyone else had that web address I would hav ebeen VERY upset

9:39:47 PM Jim: lol

9:40:19 PM Me: lol

9:40:29 PM Me: yeah, well, i'm a little more creative than that

9:40:48 PM Jim: randomoasis.............dot ORG

9:40:49 PM Me: i may REALLY like my screen name, but it's more original than most

9:41:15 PM Me: all the .net, .org, .biz are all available too, buti'm not going to register those yet

9:41:26 PM Jim: sorry for the delay...I couldn't find my PJ's

9:41:34 PM Me: i'll be anal about those if i actually start getting business

9:41:35 PM Me: lol

9:42:05 PM Jim: so what exactly are you selling?

9:42:16 PM Jim: where is it coming from?

9:43:32 PM Me: i'm going to be buying solid color sweatshirts & such & using dyes to 'randomize' them

9:43:40 PM Me: then i'll also be doing jewelry

9:43:46 PM Me: and other random cool stuff

9:44:26 PM Jim: schweet

9:44:41 PM Me: yeah, i'm excited

9:44:49 PM Me: i'm actually doing this

9:45:02 PM Me: in some spare time that i seem to think that i have

9:45:47 PM Jim: lol

9:45:56 PM Jim: you found it with a microscope

9:46:04 PM Jim: ok

9:46:13 PM Me: yeah right...

9:46:16 PM Jim: I think I'm about ready to pass out

9:46:18 PM Jim: lol

9:46:20 PM Me: on thursday...

9:46:23 PM Me: ok

9:46:25 PM Me: night

9:46:41 PM Jim: g'night Sleepy!

Question of the Day: If you could run your own business, what would you sell/do?



There is something really cool about names. I'm not sure why. I was working at the Bux today, and there was a girl named Selkie. We take people's names and write them on the cups so people are less likely to grab the wrong drink and be idiots (still happens though). But this girl was Selkie, and I told her that her name made me happy. For anyone who doesn't know what a selkie is, or anything about the legend of the Selkies, it's an Irish myth about people who can turn from seals into humans. Wikipedia has a pretty good summary on them.

But it's got me wondering about names recently. I bought a huge book about the meaning of names and mine says I'm very perky and lucky and I seem very naive, though I'm really not. And I'm very successful in life. I don't feel like going into the other room to grab the book to type parts of it up and the cite it, especially when I have to be at work in 5 hours, and I haven't slept yet.

My name, Debbie or Deborah is Hebrew, from the book of Judges. She got some guy to come lead the people into battle, then wrote a victory song which is in the Bible. Kinda cool, huh? My only problem is that it's kind of an old name. There aren't many women my age with the same name, which I suppose is a good thing, but every Debbie I meet, or Deborah, is in her 40s or older. It's kind of lame... When I was a kid I wanted to be named something more common, like Emily or Tiffany. There were a lot of doubles in my class and I wanted a double. I also wanted braces, but that's a different story...

Question of the Day: What is you name, and what does it mean?


The Cure for Laziness

Jessica just decided to cure laziness. I find this highly amusing because first she will have to cure herself. But supposedly this is a good thing because everyone who lobbies for a cure to something has some kind of connection to it. Either they, or someone they know and love, are afflicted with it.

The boys and Jess and I are supposedly going out for a glass of wine as soon as Scott finishes making himself dinner. They also have to pay their rent. Then we are going for a glass of wine to warm us up. It's been getting cold here recently. Not like, "Oh, my, god, I'm freezing my ass off!"-cold, but more "It's kinda getting really cold, isn't it?"-cold. I left my jacket in Argentina, and Michelle brought it with them to Alaska. Supposedly they shipped it a few days ago, so I'm hoping it'll come tomorrow.

I'm thinking about starting my own business. The more I think about it, and every time I do think about it, the more I really like the idea. I'm going to start a website, and I think I'll apply for a business license on Monday or Tuesday. I can change my Costco membership to a Business membership, and then buy some stuff tax-free for supplies. I have to get info on doing tax stuff, and I'm thinking about buying a copy of QuickBooks, but for now I can do most of it on Quicken...

Question of the Day: How lazy are you?


3 lb. box of Cheez-Its

I would like to thank whoever invented Cheez-its. They are a wonderful wonderful thing. I will probably be cursing them profoundly after eating the entirety of the 3 lb. box I bought at Costco the other night, but for now, Cheez-Its are a beautiful thing.

I think I'm somehow even more worn out than before. I'm getting into a rhythm, and I even had a full day off on Tuesday, but I'm so exhausted that I'm just not fully functional. I'm making more mistakes and getting klutzier. I knocked over a cup of coffee today. Over the weekend, I spilled coffee all over my hand, and a latte all over the floor. At Costco it's not as obvious because you don't need a mop to clean up my mistakes, but I'm still not as fast and dropping things. I think I need to lay off the caffeine again. If I drink coffee, it needs to be decaf. I had started on the half-caf and the occasional espresso and I'm able to sleep on it during the day after a shift at Starbucks, which mean I'm really not getting enough sleep. I work at Costco tonight 6-12 which means I'll probably be off by 11 (they never give us lunches on these short closing shifts). And I work at 7:45 tomorrow morning, until noon. I have to catch up on sleep at some point. And I have to stop drinking caffeine. ACK!!!

Question of the Day: What are you getting me for Christmas?


I honestly don't think I'm totally sick and twisted for really loving this movie. Saying that though, I have to qualify it with the characters are amazing. The way this script is written and acted is incredible. The development of these 2 characters from seemingly quasi-normal people into developing this kind of relationship (spankings & domination, etc.) is incredibly fascinating. Maggie Gyllenhaal is amazing. I'm surprised she hasn't had a more mainstream career, but seeing the kind of work she does, she probably simply chooses not to. She can pick whichever indie project she wants that has a great script and run with it. James Spader is really good. I've liked him in everything I've seen him in, unfortunately that hasn't been much (I don't watch TV- Boston Legal). I can't go on enough about the way the story plays out and the character development in this movie.

It's a disciplined love story.