Radiogurl a la Carte

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2005

Today's been a strange day. I got the laundry done, thank goodness, even though I had to do it in shifts. The laundromat was packed; there weren't enough machines free at any given time to either wash everything at once or dry everything at once. So I had to wash, then put in the next batch in the same machines, amid dirty looks from other folks there (hey I only used four machines out of about forty - deal.)

Same thing happened with the dryers, only I couldn't get more than three at a time of those. Oh well.

I am feeling somewhat better today - still coughing but no longer taking the long route to avoid going near the mortuary. I think I'm finally past the toe-tag state, thank goodness. And I can speak. Not sure for how long I can speak without going into a spasm of coughing, but I think I'm good.

Since the laundromat was so packed when I drove by the first time (yes, even worse than when I eventually got there) I took the time to go have a sit-down meal at the local Chinese buffet. It's not haute cuisine but it ain't bad, and it's about the same price for a burger to get stuff with actual vegetables in it. I was glad to have it! Of course when I paid I got my fortune cookie, which this time was rather intriguing.

Seems like the fortune cookies are no fun any more. Instead of a fortune you get sage advice like, "If you learn to spell you'll have luck at spelling bee."


Then you get a bunch of Chinese characters in red, a phoenetic pronunciation, and an English translation for the word, plus a series of lucky numbers (which aren't really lucky, just random.)

I didn't get all the frills this time - no Chinese lettering, no Chinese vocabulary word of the day, no lucky numbers - just succinct black typing that said, "Your life is changing. Go with the flow." It sort of stuck with me because of the timing. I was hemming and hawing over whether to go for the job application in Indy right now. I mean, I want to get out of here and I want the job, and Indy would offer me a place to stay to get on my feet. I'd also have the opportunity to acquire my college degree for free (finally!!!) But I was getting cold feet. Seeing that stupid little slip of paper really kicked me in the backside and reminded me of all the reasons why I need to go for this, despite some misgivings.

Boss was supposed to have surgery this coming week - I thought. Friday, BJ told me the surgery is scheduled for the 29th of this month, so who the heck knows? I can't wait for Boss to get his life together any more because he's too flakey. He schedules something then reschedules or cancels it.

So we're back to constructing my resumé and sending it off so it's on my potential new boss's desk first thing Monday morning. Cross your fingers.

Tonight was rent-a-movie night. We went on a rent-a-thon this time, came home with four movies. We watched Princess Diaries II and Peter Pan tonight, will watch King Arthur and Passion of the Christ tomorrow. I will leave Passion for last - haven't seen it yet but figure it is too strong to put in something trite after.

I'm still more or less taking inventory, trying to figure out how to get XX amount of stuff from here to Indy. I really don't want to leave everything behind but I can't see how I can stretch the money to rent a truck. It's $2500 to rent a U-Haul from here to there; not sure on other truck lines but I figure they won't be that much different. And that simply isn't in my budget. I am also not terribly enthused at the prospect of driving in snow again after all these years when I'll be driving a moving van.

Nor is putting things in storage a really viable alternative. So I don't know yet what I'll do with regard to that. I know if I end up going, clothes and computer will go with - those aren't negotiable. My sewing machine and serger will NOT be left behind, unless it's in storage. I will NOT lose them. While I don't care to lose some things, there are a few pieces of furniture I'd really like to hang onto, along with keepsakes and such.

I guess I just have to hope that I can pull a proverbial rabbit out of the hat, when it's all said and done.

Another quiz, this one also from chaosdaily:

  1. Name the Last Four Things You Have Bought:
    a nightgown, a bottle of Lipton iced tea, a can of Spray 'n wash, and a loaf of bread

  2. Name Four Drinks You Regularly Drink:
    tea, water, Diet Rite cola, and cranberry juice

  3. Last Time You Cried:
    I don't remember...

  4. What's In Your CD Player?
    I don't know. My daughter has been using my CD player for months. I can't even remember the last time I got to use it.

  5. What's Under Your Bed?
    Shoes, a couple of magazines, and some toys

  6. What Time Did You Wake Up Today?
    I slept in until almost 11, thanks to the meds (that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

  7. Current Hair?
    Straight, working on a pageboy. It's not quite chin length, but getting there; and still dark blond.

  8. Current Clothes?
    A henley-style cotton nightgown, pale blue with toile pattern and black trim, strictly comfy!

  9. Current Desktop Picture?
    Aishwarya RaiThis picture of Aishwarya Rai - it reminds me of something from Arabian Nights, very pretty!

  10. Favorite Places To Be?
    Depends on a lot of things. Home is #1 when it's quiet and/or I'm tired. But I got to visit Couer d'Alene Idaho once and absolutely adored it. Ditto Sandpoint, ID; Devil's Backbone State Park in Iowa; shall I go on?

  11. Least Favorite Places?
    a funeral, a courthouse during a trial on child molestation or murder

  12. If You Could Play An Instrument?
    I still play keyboard (more or less)) but miss my violin...

  13. Favorite Color(s)?
    Depends on what it's for. I love purples, blues, greens, but also have my 'red' days; and for jewelry, I love my birthstone, hands down, 100% of the time. I'll pass up diamonds any day for a nice golden topaz!

  14. How Tall Are You?
    5’3" or 5'4" - never can remember for sure because it's not remotely important to me. I think my driver's license says 5'3"

  15. Favorite expression?

  16. One Person From Your Past You Wish You Could Talk To:
    Renee Shickles, my best friend from 1st grade until junior high

  17. Favorite Day(s)?
    any day off, but I've also always been partial to Thanksgiving

  18. Where Would You Like To Go?
    I'd like to visit Europe at least once in my lifetime, and maybe visit the heart of Mexico - I've never been further than the border towns. And I most DEFINITELY want to visit Canada, hopefully sometime in the relatively near future!!!

  19. Favorite food?
    I like food in general too much to pin it down to just one thing!

  20. Color of most clothes you own:
    I actually counted. I have more blue than any other color; then black. But I also have reds, pinks, purples, grays, whites, and beiges. About the only color I don't have in clothing is yellow, because it makes me look washed out.

  21. Number of pillows you sleep with?
    I generally sleep with only one - but it's gotta be feather.

  22. What do you wear when you go to sleep:
    nightgowns - don't like pajamas

  23. What were you doing 12AM last night?

  24. How old will you be in 10 years?

  25. What do you think you will be doing in 10 years?
    I hope by then that I'm a published author and I would like to be in a stable relationship

  26. Are you paranoid?
    I think my job fosters a certain amount of paranoia, but in general I hope I've outgrown the monster-under-the-bed mentality

  27. Do you burn or tan?
    I've burned a few times, and I finally tanned, but it took me a whole lot of years. For a long time I did neither!

  28. What is the brand of your wallet?
    Whatever Wal Mart's brand is

  29. First piercing/tattoo?
    I have one piercing in each ear, in the usual place

  30. Last person you yelled at?
    I'm sure it was one of my kids but don't ask me when - I don't remember. (And this is a good thing!)

  31. Last thing you ate?
    I had a couple of Hershey's kisses after dinner. For dinner we had pork chops, green beans, and homemade mashed potatoes.

    Before - After

    In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
    - LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )