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    see you, space cowboy
  • Birthday 12/10/1979

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    Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist
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    Washington State
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  1. Red River Valley - folk song of unknown origin
  2. What's the weather like?

    It's been hot. The last 2 days were 90F, and today is 85. We got our portable air conditioner installed in our bedroom, so we're much more comfortable at night, at least. But the heat makes my joints ache for some reason. (maybe I'm just getting old)
  3. Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams
  4. Word Association

  5. What's the weather like?

    It's overcast and there's a bit of a drizzle, and it's only going to get to about 70F today. My hands were freezing on my walk to work this morning!
  6. I've started my annual re-read of Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist. It's what I would describe as "spine-tingling". I read it every year, but weirdly enough, it's not very well-written. It's as though the author is an alien from another planet and described human behavior the way he sees it, as a total outsider. Nevertheless, I love it.
  7. Brick House - The Commodores
  8. What's Up in July? - 2018

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind words about my coworker. There's still a lot of sadness around the office today, and anxiety, as the team he was a part of was just notified that the "large e-commerce client" we all work with has decided to go with another vendor for their work scope, which means they will either need to switch to a new team within our company, find a new position with our client's organization, or be absorbed into the company that is taking over their scope. This on top of the loss of their colleague has them all reeling. Our weekend was kind of stressful. We spent Saturday with my family at my parents' house, and having everyone together can be intense. We came home feeling stressed out. And we found out that my two brothers are going on vacation together (with my older brother's wife and son) to California, and the only time they thought to bring it up was when they asked BF and I to feed their cats. So not only were we left out of the plans, they decided last minute to ask us to take care of something they should have planned for. We said no. I feel sorry for all of you who are experiencing the heat wave! As I've gotten older, I've become less and less tolerant of the heat. We've had a few heatwaves and droughts in the PNW, and they are no joke. Here's hoping for some relief soon!
  9. The book that disturbed me the most, and affected me more than any other, was And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts. However, it's non-fiction....it's an account of how the AIDS epidemic spread across America and how the government did nothing to stop it because it didn't care about the people who were dying. The descriptions of the deaths and the truth that is revealed (basically the homicidal indifference of the American government) has stayed with me since I first read it 20 years ago. For fiction, I guess I was disturbed the most by Monster by Jonathan Kellerman, due to the description of one of the villain's most horrible crimes. Other than that, I read a lot of horror and psychological thrillers, and I'm not really disturbed by them.
  10. Novel top 3: Charles Dickens

    Dombey and Son Nicholas Nickelby David Copperfield
  11. What's Up in July? - 2018

    Virginia, that landlord sounds nasty! I've dealt with crummy landlords before (including have to sue one), so I definitely know what that's like! I hope the heat breaks soon in your part of the country. It's been fairly mild here, only got to about 85F yesterday, but since no one has AC around here, it can get a bit hard. It was 79F in our house last night, so I barely slept. Yesterday was a tough day. We got word at work that one of our co-workers had died in a motorcycle accident the night before. I didn't know him hardly at all (I'm still the newbie), but everyone here was devastated. Some folks from the central office are here today to offer help to any employee who needs it. I couldn't help but think about my uncle, who was killed several years ago when he was hit by a car that was speeding...it still feels like yesterday, but it was 8 years ago. The kid who was driving was barely punished, which still makes me angry. Everyone seems to be dealing with it OK today. At least it's Friday, and we can all look forward to spending time with family and friends over the weekend. We're celebrating my mom's 72nd birthday at my parents' house tomorrow with the whole family. Then on Sunday, BF and I are doing some new house shopping, going to the hardware store and to IKEA.
  12. What's the weather like?

    Completely beautiful...perfectly sunny and supposed to hit 82F today. I've snagged a seat next to the windows at work (we don't have assigned desks) and I'm enjoying the gorgeous view!