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And finally... #6 of 6

The Real Story of Roanoke... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 30(F): "Disappear". As always, thank you so much for your support over these very long weeks of competition. We're starting to wind things down so the heat is really ratcheting up and your support means more than ever. Thank you guys so much for reading (and continuing to read) all of this stuff I'm pouring out. It is very much appreciated, folks. Seriously. Who knows if there is going to be a poll but if there is, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around!
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And #5 of 6...

Vacation is All I Ever wanted... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 30(E): "Vacation". As always, thank you so much for your support over these very long weeks of competition. We're starting to wind things down so the heat is really ratcheting up and your support means more than ever. Thank you guys so much for reading (and continuing to read) all of this stuff I'm pouring out. It is very much appreciated, folks. Seriously. Who knows if there is going to be a poll but if there is, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around!
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And #4 of 6...


In Which I Ruffle a Few Feathers... )


This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 30(D): "Cesspool". As always, thank you so much for your support over these very long weeks of competition. We're starting to wind things down so the heat is really ratcheting up and your support means more than ever. Thank you guys so much for reading (and continuing to read) all of this stuff I'm pouring out. It is very much appreciated, folks. Seriously. Who knows if there is going to be a poll but if there is, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around!
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And here is #3 of 6...

The Agony of Defeat... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 30(C): "Scared Money Never Wins." As always, thank you so much for your support over these very long weeks of competition. We're starting to wind things down so the heat is really ratcheting up and your support means more than ever. Thank you guys so much for reading (and continuing to read) all of this stuff I'm pouring out. It is very much appreciated, folks. Seriously. Who knows if there is going to be a poll but if there is, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around!
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And here is #2 of 6...

We Are the Champions... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 30(B): "Appropriation". As always, thank you so much for your support over these very long weeks of competition. We're starting to wind things down so the heat is really ratcheting up and your support means more than ever. Thank you guys so much for reading (and continuing to read) all of this stuff I'm pouring out. It is very much appreciated, folks. Seriously. Who knows if there is going to be a poll but if there is, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around!
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Wow... brutal week. Here is the first of my SIX entries to be laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. I have zero idea what to expect this week so I'm just gonna cross my fingers and think happy thoughts...

Friends Don't Let Friends Beer-Goggle Or Something... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 30(A): "Gobsmacked". As always, thank you so much for your support over these very long weeks of competition. We're starting to wind things down so the heat is really ratcheting up and your support means more than ever. Thank you guys so much for reading (and continuing to read) all of this stuff I'm pouring out. It is very much appreciated, folks. Seriously. Who knows if there is going to be a poll but if there is, don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around!
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Greetings once more fellow denizens of this planet!

Contrary to popular belief, I am alive (and sober) and have not, in fact, been in an alcohol-induced stupor since the Kings won the Stanley Cup this past Monday. If I actually drank, it might be a different story but I don't, so it's not. :-) Sadly, I didn't get to attend the victory parade... boo on that. I *wanted* to go to the rally inside Staples but the first tickets were given out to season-ticket holders and then people swooped in on the others... to sell them. And I didn't have the $200-500 bucks to shell out. So I listened to it on the radio instead but wow, I would have given serious thought to offing somebody for tickets.

I'm way behind on LJ (again) and I'm so sorry. I owe a lot of you some replies and want to catch up with you guys. I love this place and I love all of you. I'm still just trying to pull myself out of my pit of mental-goo and haven't been feeling exactly... social lately. But it feels like the fog is starting to lift so that's a good thing. Hopefully, it will all burn off sooner rather than later.

Also, I've been slogging through the FIVE entries for Idol that are due this week. Though there was some lingering doubts in my head about whether or not I even wanted to continue. I was very close to pulling the plug on myself. I guess it was yesterday that I made up my mind to give it a go and then found out that we now have a SIXTH topic added to the pile. *facepalm* I'm halfway through and like what I've produced so far but I still have halfway to go. I don't know if I'm going to make it. But we'll see what happens.

Other than all of that, things have been pretty normal, I suppose. Again, I'm so sorry for not being around and not being all social like I normally try to be. One thing I desperately need to do is find a balance... I feel like between work and my writing, I don't allocate a lot of time (or like any time) to LJ, like I should be. LJ is my break from the world and I enjoy interacting with everybody. I miss being around as much as I used to be. So I'm struggling with trying to find that balance... maybe I need to start writing earlier in the evening and saving some time at the end to play here. I don't know... I haven't hit on the winning formula just yet. Here's hoping I can do that.

So anyway... enough of my whinging. What's going on with you guys? How was the week that was for you? How did the Universe treat you? Did it elevate you to the champion's platform? Did it send you home in defeat? Did you deliver a vicious hipcheck to the Universe? Or did it hit you from behind and drive your face into the glass? Are you holding the hardware aloft in joyous rapture? Or are you just taking a real quiet plane ride home to lick your many wounds?

You all know the drill... this here is your playground, so come on in. Got a funny story to share? Inappropriate jokes? Dirty limericks or haiku? Need to rant/vent/scream about something? Need to get it off your chest? Got some warm fuzzies to dish out? Want to give a virtual hug? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. So I will step aside now and let you folks have the spotlight. What's on your minds, good people? The spotlight is now yours.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Y'all... I know most of you are like meh when it comes to sports but because I truly do live and die with my teams, this is a HUGE night for me and I'm still so amped up.

The Los Angeles Kings are the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions... it's something I've waited practically my whole life to see happen. So to see my boys skating around Staples Center with Lord Stanley's Cup held aloft... words just don't describe it for me.

45 years of futility, done. Over. Finished.

The road they took to get there was brutal... barely making the playoffs and entering as the lowest seeded team. But they caught absolute fire and conquered everybody put before them in style... they rolled over the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 4-1, the second-seeded St. Louis Blues 4-0 and the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes 4-1. And that was to just get to the Stanley Cup Finals... where they finally defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2.

They are the only team to ever beat the 1st, 2nd *and* 3rd seed in playoff history. They won and NHL-record 10 straight road games and compiled an overall record of 16-4 in these playoffs.

It was a run for the ages and one that you might say has left me a little gobsmacked.

The Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions... Part of me still can't believe it but damn, do I love saying that.
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The puck is about to drop and I can't tell you how geeked up I am for this one. This could be the night Lord Stanley's Cup comes to Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history.

Finish them. Now is the time.


GO KINGS, GO!!!!!!





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Well we've made it through another week on this rock we like to call home. At least, I hope we all did anyway. Quick headcount... raise your hand if you're still here. Okay, good.

This week was sorta... meh, to be honest. Lots of stuff swirling around like garbage in the streets of my brain. It's all just sort of left me feeling... well... meh. And I don't like feeling meh and it's tough to shake sometimes. But I give it the finger and trudge onward. The good thing is that in an effort to shut out the meh, I've been able to focus on my writing, which is good, and POD2.5 is in full swing. Also good. After a couple of false starts and wrong streets, I'm headed down the right path, I think. I like how it's shaping up and where it's headed. The trick will be to keep up the momentum. Always keep up the momentum.

Speaking of momentum... tonight is Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. My Kings reeled off wins in the first 3 games to go up 3-0 but the Devils battled back in Game 4 and won it. Dammit. I had *hoped* for the sweep. But I know that hockey is a tough sport and the Devils are arguably the best team they've faced to this point. Reeling off the first three was improbably enough. To beat that team four in a row was a pretty tall order. It's a damn good team and you could tell from the opening face-off that my boys were tight and more focused on not making a mistake rather than playing their game. And it's such a game of inches... a half an inch this way or that... they hit the posts twice and the crossbar once... and that game and the series would have been over. But the hockey gods didn't cooperate so now the series goes back to Jersey for Game 5... the Kings are a perfect 10-0 on the road this postseason so I'm really hoping they work that magic, that they come out flying, hitting and lighting up Martin Brodeur and the Devils like a Christmas tree. The Devils will be playing desperate hockey because they're in a one and done situation. The Kings need to match that intensity and desperation. They're still up 3-1 and they really need to finish it. Tonight. You don't want the Devils in a Game 6. They need to stomp the life out of them and hoist that damn Cup tonight. GO KINGS GO!!!

/sports-related talk. You all still with me? Oh good.

So I'll be heading over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's here shortly. Trying to decide what I'm going to make her for dinner tonight. She's not feeling too swift and of course Annabelle is still on the mend so I get to take care of both of them tonight. She shouldn't worry about anything but resting and relaxing so I'll try to make sure that happens.

So I better start putting myself together to head on out.

How was the week for you, my fine, feathered friends? How has the Universe, in all its wisdom treated you? Has it been kind, gentle and forgiving? Or has it callously strapped you to the roof of the car and drive off a la Mitt Romney's dog? What have been the highlights, the lowlights and the in-between lights of your week, good people? What's made the director's cut and what ended up on the editing room floor? What is the haps with you, my peeps?

As usual, this is your place... need to get something off your chest? Got a funny joke or story to share? Something amazing happen to you this week that you need to share? Something sucktastic happen that you can't stop thinking about? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. This is your sandbox to play in so get to it! The floor and the spotlight are yours.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... Spew forth, my friends!
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First and foremost... Let me throw a quick shout-out on behalf of [livejournal.com profile] michikatinski... she's working on her first book and has been running a Kickstarter campaign to help her get this rolling. [livejournal.com profile] michikatinski is a fantastic writer and an all-around wonderful person and I'm so excited to see her getting her project off the ground.

So... if you would like to back her Kickstarter project, GO HERE... read about the project itself, get to know [livejournal.com profile] michikatinski and help her make her dreams a reality! The one thing is that because I didn't... ahem... check my junk, there's only like SIX hours to go until her Kickstarter deadline. So go forth prontoish!

So... Saturday morning. A nice, cool Saturday morning thankfully. There's a thick marine layer and the temps are mellow. Coffee, music, feline, screwing off online... the usual routine.

I really enjoyed seeing what was on everybody else's Saturday playlist so let's do that again... I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

Here are a few that I'm listening to this morning. It's sort of a mixed bag actually... Lots of thoughts in my head, lots of different music that go along with those thoughts, I suppose...










Those are a few on my playlist this morning! How about you guys? What's on your Saturday morning playlist? Bonus points for links/embeds!!! :-)
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Good Saturday, kiddies! And how are you today my fine, feathered friends? How was your week and did you make it through unscathed?

I've been frittering away my morning with some LJ'ing, writing and pondering... as you can see by my last post. Ahem.

For a short week, it felt like a long one, I tell you. I'm just thankful it's over. I need to start getting myself together to head on over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's as usual. Poor miss Annabelle had her surgery yesterday so she's in recovery mode. The trick is going to be to keep her calm and mellow. She's a very excitable puppy. lol... So it's going to be a mellow evening in... good thing we have Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on tonight! And it's scientifically proven that Stanley Cup hockey aids the healing process so it will be important that Annabelle watch the game. I have no ulterior motives at all. None. Zero. Get those thoughts out of your heads. It's for the puppy!

In all seriousness, I'm keeping everything crossed for Annabelle. This poor pup has been through the freaking wringer the last couple of weeks. I'm hoping that the surgery will be the end of the line for whatever nasty thing was attacking her. Hopefully removing the infected section and the mass amounts of antibiotics she's on will combine to wipe out the infection and she's on the road to a quick, full recovery. I loves that puppy and I know her mama is worried about her. So she needs to get back on her feet sooner rather than later!

So it will be a mellow weekend... we'll likely finish off Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Yay!!! Except boo also because Season 2 won't be out on DVD for a while yet. But I think they're doing such a great job adapting the books to TV. It's a really great series and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. It's a very fun show. We made it through about half of it last weekend so I'm looking forward to seeing more.

There are also a few writerly-type things that have to be done this weekend as well. So she'll be helping me wrap up a few things that need to be finished and put to bed once and for all. So that's a good thing! And of course, there will be lots of downtime. After the last couple of weeks, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 needs it.

So... on to you, my friends. How was your week? How did the Universe treat you? Was it kind? Cruel? Totally indifferent? What's up in your worlds?

You know the drill by now, I'm sure. Got a funny story to share? A good joke? Or a really bad joke for that matter? Need to get something off your chest? Need to clear the air? Need to get up on your soapbox and rant to the world? This is the place for it. This is where you are welcome to purge whatever is in that brain of yours. Anything and everything is welcomed and encouraged. This is your sandbox so feel free to jump on in!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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I love my Saturday mornings. Though honestly, I wish they didn't typically start so early. Hello, 5 am how are you? But it's nice to not have to race around, getting ready to haul my carcass down to the office... it's nice to just get to chill out with some coffee and the feline companion purring contentedly in my lap. I typically try to get caught up on LJ, knock out a little writing, read some news and generally just relax a bit.

And of course, there is music. There is always music. What that music might be depends on my mood, I suppose. But, I figured I'd share today's Saturday playlist with you guys.

It's been a Pink Floyd morning for me. Don't know why exactly. But for whatever reason, the music was just calling out to me this morning.

Especially this one... though I can sort of figure out why this one was resonating with me:



Here's another Floyd classic:



And another:



Simply put, one of the greatest songs ever written:



Just one more and I'll spare you. This is from Roger Waters' solo tour... I love all things Floyd but I am totally partial to the Waters era of the band.




So what's on YOUR Saturday morning playlist, folks? Bonus points for video links!
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Once again, I lay my entry upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and merciful...

I Don't Mean to Get Off on a Rant Here... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8; Topic 29: "Leviathan". As always, thank you so much for swinging by and giving me a read! Your support really means the world to me. When the polls open... if they open... don't forget to swing on by, check out some of the other great stuff and spread a little voting love around! Thanks, guys!!!
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Oh yes... it's just about time. Time for what, you might ask? Time for the puck to drop in what is going to be an all-out battle for one of the most iconic and coveted championship trophies in all of sports... Lord Stanley's Cup.

I have waited MOST of my life for this. As a looooooooooooong suffering but devoted fan of the Los Angeles Kings, I remember their last Cup appearance back in 1993... I was a dumb kid and remember the bitter taste of heartbreak as I watched them go down in flames to Patrick Roy and the hated Montreal Canadiens. The beginning of the end came with the curved blade of Marty McSorely's stick... ugh.

But *this* team... it has me salivating. This team is different. This team is a better team than the '93 squad that boasted Wayne Freaking Gretzky... who woulda thunk that? This team is scrappy and never quits. Their motors are going from the moment the puck drops to the last horn. This is a team I truly think will finally bring Lord Stanley's Cup home to LA. And I can't freaking wait.

Except... I have to wait for another 40 minutes or so. So in the meantime, here's a little Cup-themed poll to amuse yourselves with and get yourselves worked up into a Stanley Cup lather... Can I get a GO KINGS GO, from y'all??? Here, let me start... GO KINGS GO!!!!


[Poll #1843745]
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For those of us in the States, it's a day off of work, a day to get together with friends and family to have some fun and laughs over a BBQ or at the beach, to go to the mall to hit up the Memorial Day sales, to take in a movie or just to chill out and relax... all good things, of course.

But it's also a day to remember... a day to remember the men and women who have given everything in defense of this country and in defense of everything that we, as Americans, hold dear. From the Revolution to Afghanistan, truly heroic men and women have fought and died to protect our freedoms and our way of life.

So while we're doing our thing today, be it hitting the beach, throwing some ribs on the BBQ or just chillin' out with a loved one and a movie, don't forget to take a moment out to think about and thank those who have fallen in defense of this nation.

On this Memorial Day, my heart and thoughts go out to the families of those who have paid the ultimate price on behalf of us all.

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Greetings one and all! And for those of us in the States, a very Happy Memorial Day weekend to you!!! Unless of course, you don't celebrate Memorial Day. In which case, Happy Saturday to you!

And how fares thee all this fine Saturday afternoon? Assuming you *do* have a 3-Day weekend, what's on tap for y'all? BBQ? Hanging out with friends and family? General rampaging and pillaging?

I for one, am looking forward to a long, mellow as heck weekend. This past week felt sooooo loooooong. But it's over. Now it's time to relax and unwind. I wanted to give a big thanks to everybody that donated and helped boost the signal for Annabelle earlier this week. She seems to be improving which takes a whole huge heap of ick off of [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's shoulders. So both of those are very good things. Hopefully, Annabelle has turned the corner and is starting down the road to recovery. We'll have to keep an eye on her over the weekend and keep her mellow but things are starting to look good. The outpouring of support for [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and her ginormous beast of a dog was seriously amazing to watch. So thank you all... you all made such a HUGE difference.

So in an effort to keep things mellow and relaxing this weekend, we'll be getting into the Game of Thrones series. We'd picked Season 1 last weekend but then everything with Annabelle happened so we never got to watch it. But I'm so insanely geeked up for this. I really loved the books and have heard nothing but good things about the series. Even my sister and her boyfriend got hooked on it and constantly rave about it. When they talk to me about the latest episode they watched, it's all I can do to say, "oh but wait, then this happens..." That's the advantage and curse of having read the books, I suppose! But since we have a clear weekend where we're homebound anyway, it seems like a good time to fire that thing up. So excited. I normally don't get this geeked up about anything on TV but this is an exception. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype and my own excitement!

The bummer of the week is that my computer crapped out on me. As in, it's totally toe-tagged. Done. Kaput. DOA. Went to fire it up to get some work done the other night and got nothing. It wouldn't even turn on. Ugh. I hope I can find a way to get my pictures off the hard drive... I've been slowly moving them all to someplace *off* my computer just in case something like this happened. I had it happen once before and lost a metric assload of pictures. *sigh* Apparently, I wasn't quick enough. The good thing is that I have my laptop though I much prefer typing on a real keyboard. Laptops are convenient and all, should I want to go to the coffee house to work or something but I far prefer desktops. I don't know, it's one of my strange little quirks I suppose. Sort of like the fact that at work, I can only use my left hand for the mouse whereas at home, I can only use my right. If I try to change that, it just *feels* weird and backwards to me and totally discombobulates me. I can't explain it. I'm an odd duck, this I know. So I'm going to have to look for a desktop that's reasonable and go about trying to snag it. Ugh.

Well, I should get myself together and get on the road. It's time to start the weekend. In addition to our Game of Thrones marathon, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I are going to discuss my current POD (POD 2.5 if you're scoring at home) and try to put the wrapping and bow on POD I... a couple of decisions have to be made so hopefully, if we put our heads together we can finish it off. *fingers crossed*

But anyway... how was *YOUR* week, good people? How did the Universe treat you? Was it with love and kindness? Or was it with a cold indifference? Did it give you warm fuzzies or did it fill you with rage? What were the highlights and lowlights of your week, my friends? What made the final edit and what ended up on the cutting room floor? What was the good, the bad and the ugly of your week, folks?

We have some new faces around here so let me explain... this here is Ye Olde Purge Bucket. This is where you can come to verbally vomit anything and everything. Got a funny story to share? Need some advice? Need to step up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? Need to fling open your window and shout "You're as made as hell and you're not going to take it anymore?" Do you have the burning desire to share something good and nice with us all? Need to just get something off of your chest? This is the place to do it. Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here! This is your place to sound off about whatever happens to be on your mind! So step on up, grab the microphone and let's hear what you have to say! The floor, is yours...

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!!!

Hope everybody has a fantastic and SAFE weekend!!!
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Well howdy folks! I, like many around the LJ-verse, have been guilty of contributing to the growing silence. Lucky for me, [livejournal.com profile] magsmom, being the awesome person that she is, undertook an operation to reinvigorate our old stomping ground here and threw quite the shindig over in her own LJ. In fact, that madness is *still* going on... so feel free to head over here to get in on the fun and games and make a few new friends!

I have thus been inspired to revive my own journal which has been limping along for some time now. (I can hear some of you moaning and groaning... shut it!) In my defense, I was actually caught up in a project that dominated most of my spare time and didn't leave me much of an opportunity to goof off around here. Well, it's my own fault really... I just didn't manage my time too well. I'd work until late in the evening and not leave a lot of free time to play. Apparently, I didn't get the memo about "all work and no play" and all... But I miss my journal and I miss my friends here. So thanks to [livejournal.com profile] magsmom for putting some life back into the LJ-verse again!

So... here I am! And since I have a bunch of new friends poking around here... and a lot of old friends who may have forgotten who I am since I've not been around very often... I offer up my poor excuse of an intro post. Frankly, I suck at intro posts but I'll try to muddle through. But I'll put it under a cut since I tend to ramble on a bit.

In Which I Ramble On and On and On... )

Well... that's me in a nutshell. Granted, that is one huge nut but still... I don't really know what else to say since, like I said before, I suck at this kind of thing. But please, feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

I'm looking forward to getting to know all the new faces around here as well as re-connecting with the older ones. I'm really, really, really going to do my best to not be such a lag-ass LJ friend and try to keep up.

Hope everybody is doing well this evening!!!
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*** Please, even if you can't donate (let's face it, times are tight all over), can you please just re-boost the signal? Hopefully, we can all throw in together and help save this beautiful, wonderful dog. Anything and everything is absolutely appreciated. Thanks so much, guys!!!

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 at Project Save Annabelle (otherwise known as I need help)
The Story

On Sunday May 20th, I woke up and realized that my Great Dane, Annabelle, hadn't come in for her morning kisses like usual. As soon as my boyfriend and I start talking, we're usually joined by my giant dog with tail wagging and kisses to the face as she climbs in bed with us to snuggle for a few hours.

I went to check on her and she was on the floor, which is odd since she's a comfort creature who usually prefers the couch. I went up to her and barely got a response. I called Kevin in and normally she can't contain herself with excitement when he enters the room.

Nothing. Her eyes could barely even stay open and she looked uninterested in everything.

We got her to stand up and realized she was not putting her right foot down at all. We tried walking her; she couldn't walk. So we ran her to the emergency vet (since it was a Sunday). My boyfriend had to carry her because she couldn't walk.

The day before she was her normal goofy self. Playing ball at the dog park, and even rough housing with a new Great Dane puppy. She came home and was fine that night. It all happened between when we went to bed and when we woke up.

At the emergency vet, her fever was 104.7. She was a very sick dog. They kept her all day on Sunday until her fever went down. He said her paw looked to be injured but that it likely caused an infection (she had elevated red blood cells). He sent her home with an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory medicine for the injured paw. Original bill was $900 which I didn't have. I burst into tears because she is my baby and the wonderful vet lowered it to $600.

Sunday night my boyfriend and I slept in the living room because she couldn't move and I didn't want her being too far from me. He slept on the floor and neither of us got much sleep.

I took Monday off and luckily I did because her paw did not stop gushing blood. I had never seen so much blood just gushing without stopping. Obviously, I couldn't let it continue so I took her to my regular vet. She thought it was foxtail that had weaved it's way into the paw, we scheduled Annabelle for surgery the next day and all should have been well.

This was how swollen her paw was before the bleeding even started. It has only gotten worse from here.



However, things turned ugly the next day. When they opened the bandage up, they found that the whole on her paw had grown to twice the original size and her flesh was rotting around it. The vet called and said she felt it was either a brown recluse bite or flesh-eating bacteria (such as MRSA).

I took her in for a second opinion with the emergency vet who saw her on Sunday and he said her tissue was liquefying. It was one of the worst cases he'd seen in a very long time. He was leaning more toward flesh-eating bacteria, but said a brown recluse bite could still be possible. He did say that with aggressive veterinary treatment, she would survive. She might lose part of her foot, but that she would be fine if we did everything the vet is asking of us.

Sadly, we still don't know what we are dealing with.

We just know that her skin and tissue is rotting at an alarming rate. She went from playing catch with us on Saturday to us looking at her dying within the week if we couldn't get this under control.

Today is Wednesday and from the massive amounts of a variety of antibiotics, she's doing better. The wound hadn't grown any larger for the first time since this whole ordeal. It's not reversed yet, no healing is present, but the fact that it stopped spreading the way it had is a good sign.

Her clotting tests came back normal showing that her body is healing the wound.

Everything is pointing to good signs if we keep up treatment.

The issue is cost. I have spent $2,000 since Sunday. That's over half my monthly salary. I pulled money from my IRA to pay for services and I am running low over there.

Today alone was $870. Tomorrow? Another $300. And until she shows healing, it could be $300 a day to hospitalize her. Then it will be regular vet visits with special bandage changes ($55 a day - I am hoping to negotiate or learn how to do this myself at home). Once she starts healing, she will need surgery to remove to dead tissue and to either stitch/graft or amputate as needed depending on the damage that is done. This could add up to a couple thousand more depending on the course of treatment.

She requires all of this to survive. Right now, it's looking more and more like a flesh-eating bacteria. A super bacteria of sorts that got into her injured paw and is killing the tissue. It's crazy how she can go from being fine on Saturday to having her foot rotting away on Tuesday. It's mind-blowing and terrifying.

How she is today (Wednesday)

For a dog with flesh-eating bacteria on her foot, she's almost back to normal personality wise. The antibiotics seem to be working on the internal infection, it's just the wound that needs to heal up. While at the vet this morning, she climbed up in the chair next to me like normal. When I came to pick her up this afternoon, she pulled the vet tech down the hall to get to me. She's now putting a little weight on the paw which means the pain is subsiding. She's happy to greet my roommate once again, and she even begged for food last night (which I spoiled her with two hot dogs because she's been through a lot).

She's on the mend, the treatments may be working. Though without knowing what the bacteria is immune to, it's going to mean a lot of trial and error to get this under control for good.

My Situation

I won't go into my sob story great length since this is about Annabelle. But I left a really bad relationship about 2 years ago, moved out to California for a job opportunity to be in my field... and Dang, it's expensive out here. Rent takes up half my monthly salary and I wish I was exaggerating. It's tough. I have barely been able to save up anything and I live very frugally to make ends meet. My pets always come before me, their needs get met before mine and I make sure they eat better than I do. They are my world.

I had to get Annabelle spayed last August, and because she is a Dane, I also had her stomach tacked to help prevent bloat (You can Google it. It's a Great Dane issue). I used Care Credit to fund that. She had sickness associated with the surgery which required a lot of vet visits, and Care Credit came into play again. Then my cat got sick a few times... and my Care Credit is maxed out. They can possibly raise my limit, but I will know in 7-10 days.

I don't have 7-10 days. I am running out of money and the vets I have found don't take payment plans because they push you to Care Credit. They require money up front, which I don't have anymore of. I've dug into my IRA and will deal with penalties later. The $1000 I pulled out yesterday is already gone to the vet, I am broke once more.

My family is poor, I can't get it from them. My savings are burnt up from this. I really don't know where else to go. I am so ashamed to be asking for help, and hope no one thinks poorly of me for it.

Help Needed

I hate asking for any help, but this girl is my baby. Anyone who knows me knows that this dog is my world. I talk about her nonstop, I take her everywhere I go. I make sure she has the best possible life I can give her, and I go without in order to give it to her.

I have had a rough few years and she's been able to bring me so much joy. I seriously can't imagine life without my giant beast of a dog. She's a cuddle buddy who loves nothing more than being loved on by a human. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body and adores everyone she meets.



(This is a photo from a month or so ago. She's snuggling in bed with Kevin on a Sunday like we do every Sunday until this last one shook us all up.)

If you know of any charities that would donate to the vet on behalf of Annabelle to get her the services we need, please let me know. I am researching it a bit, and doing my best to find help that I can get right away. This all happened so fast and needs to be treated fast. If you know of a vet in the Orange County, CA area that would take payments or help me out, that would work great too. I just need it quick.

Knowing I can save her if I just had the money... I have to at least try. I have to at least ask.

Don't feel any obligation whatsoever, especially if you have helped me in the past with anything whatsoever. I don't want to be greedy or pushy. Several people have asked to help me with the vet bills and I am passing this along because I can't deny that I need help. If you can't help financially, but want to help out somehow, then feel free to pass this along. Pass it along anywhere you can think of, I don't mind.

Anything. Any little bit will help here. Even your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me since I believe in the power of positive energy. So keep those coming as well. Or just pass it on even. Maybe someone out there can help me in a way I never would have thought of on my own. You just never know.

Thanks everyone. I will try to make sure everyone gets at least a personalized "thank you" card if I get your address (so please consider leaving that. I may include a photo of Annabelle once she's healthy once more). I am more than willing to repay the favor in any way I possibly can. Never hesitate to ask.

For more about Annabelle, here's a video and a public post I wrote up about her. You can see that she really is a terrific dog and I love her so much.

http://pixie117.livejournal.com/616200.html








If the link doesn't work, my paypal e-mail address is kristenrericha@gmail.com. Apparently people are having issues there. I apologize for that :/


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Just GO HERE to join in the fun and games!

Do your part! America... okay, maybe just LJ.... needs you!
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Once again, I lay my entry upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and generous...


Dear Old Dad )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 28: "Walking on Eggshells". As always, thank you for stopping by to give me a read. Your support over all of these crazy weeks means more to me than I can possibly say. Thank you so much, guys! When (IF) the polls open, don't forget to swing on by, give some of the other fantastic pieces a look and spread a little voting-love around!
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Good Saturday, my fine feathered friends!!!

Wow... how did it get to be noon already? Yikes! At least I was productive in between all of my screwing off this morning. I managed to finish the first draft of my entry for this week's Idol prompt. I really had nothing until [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 tossed some ideas my way. It was a bit of a tough piece to write, honestly. It's non-fiction this week instead of my typical dark fiction... but hey, it's good to mix things up now and again, isn't it? The subject matter brought up some really nasty memories but hey, it's life. We'll just tweak it this weekend and go from there. At least it's written and I don't have to stress about it anymore. Now, it's just the polls or possible non-polls we have to stress about! :-)

The week was filled with the usual annoyances and lots of not-sleeping-very-wellness. Don't know why but I was up and down all night this week. I think I'm turning into an infant all over again. But at least I got the *best* story out of the week. We have a rep on the east coast... based in New Jersey actually. This guy, Dave, is loud, brash, frustrating and even obnoxious sometimes. He works hard and I do respect they guy and even sort of like him most days. But he's... well... Dave. He's just sort of... different. Anyway, he called me one day to check on some special parts we have to run for a customer... parts we have to manufacture overseas. Anyway, it takes anywhere between 10-12 weeks for us to have these things in house and ready to ship. Dave is notorious for promising things we can't deliver. At one point in our conversation, he'd asked about the lead time and wondered if we could have them in 4 weeks. (you'd think after so long in this biz, he'd know that's not even possible so he should stop asking) So when he asked, I laughed at him and told him that we could have them that quick if he went over to Taiwan and ran the parts himself.

To which he sighs and says... "Not likely. I'm tired of dealing with the yellow race."

I sat there for a minute with my mouth hanging open wondering if that had really just happened. Oh yeah, it did. So all I could do was laugh... I actually thought it was pretty funny. But then I asked him if he realized that *I* was part of that "yellow race."

He responds with... "Oh no, you're not."

"Yeah, Dave, I am. I'm half-Japanese."

"No you're not, you're Mexican. You're just trying to make me feel bad."

This just made me laugh harder. "No, actually I'm not Mexican. My last name is SAI-TO.. does that sound Mexican do you?"

He just stuttered and stammered harder and backpedaled faster than I've ever seen him in the 12 years I've been dealing with him. It made me laugh so hard. And of course, I made sure to speak loudly enough for my officemates to hear my side of the conversation because I thought they needed a laugh too. I even heard my boss laughing his ass off in his office.

Anyway... Dave backpedaled and said something about being able to laugh at ourselves and terminated the call quickly. That just cracked me up to no end. Maybe you just had to be there.

So anyway... that was the highlight from my workweek! Sort of sad, isn't it? I better get myself together and get headed out here pretty quickly. The sand is slipping through the hourglass damn quickly today! Yikes!

So how about you, good people? How was YOUR week? What's new and exciting in your worlds? How did the Universe treat you, my friends? Was it warm and caring? Cold and cruel? A little bit of both? Or perhaps just totally indifferent? What were the highlights and lowlights from your week? Were you mistaken for another ethnicity or gender this week perhaps? What's going on in your worlds, boys and girls?

You know how it goes... this here is your sandbox so jump on in and have some fun! Got a funny story to share? A bawdy joke? Need to get something off your chest? Need to climb up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? Want to fling the windows open and scream until your throat is sore? Anything and everything is welcome here. The spotlight is now yours, good people... step on up and good, bad or indifferent, tell us what's going on with you!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Once again, I lay my entry upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind, generous and benevolent...


A Grimm Childhood... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 27: Once Upon a Time. As always, thank you for stopping by to give me a read and thank you so much for all of your support over the weeks of the game. I can't tell you how much it means to me. So thank you! When (if) the poll opens, don't forget to swing on by, read some really fantastic stuff and spread a little voting-love around!!! Thanks, guys!!!
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Good Saturday, Good People! And how fares thee all?

I'm telling you, I was so ready to put this week in the rearview back on like Wednesday so I'm *very* glad that it's the weekend. But hey, I survived so that's a good thing, right?

It's Saturday.... whew. It's been a long week with a lot of suck for a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Just know that if you're going through a rough patch, that I'm keeping good thoughts for you guys. And if you ever need to bend an ear, so to speak, please feel free to shoot me an email. I'm always here to listen. Love you guys!

So I spent the morning kicking back and screwing around online (as evidenced by my post earlier this morning). I also did manage to get my Idol piece for the week written. Well, I have one small scene left to write and some editing to do of course, but it came together nicely. I suppose you could say that my piece this week was inspired a bit by Mother's Day being tomorrow and all. Ahem. But having it more or less done is a good thing and takes away the stress of having to bang it out an hour before the deadline like I did last week. Ugh. Unless it really sucks and has to be rewritten. Which is a possibility. I think the wonderful content editor I have in [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 will be able to tell me if it's a tweaker and keeper or something better left to in a toilet bowl and flushed.

[livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I are in dire need of some downtime. Lots of turn off the brain time is in order. I'm hoping we have time to watch at least a few of the Game of Thrones series. I'm going to swing by the video store and hopefully they'll have it. But we'll see. If nothing else, it will be our new Wednesday night chill-out time viewing since Survivor is wrapping up tomorrow night! Booooo on the no more Survivor thing for a while. And hey, shaddap. We all have our guilty pleasures. Don't judge.

I'm also on the hunt for some new material for POD II. The existing POD II project hit a bit of a bump in my brain and I think it will be best served to be moved to the back burner temporarily until I can figure out the fix for it. I don't want to scrap it as I think there is some good stuff there. But there's a fatal flaw in the design that needs to be worked out before I can turn it loose again. So hopefully, with some conversation and maybe surfing around on the web, I'll come up with a new idea. No, not hopefully. I will come up with a new idea that I can start hammering out beginning on Monday. This will happen. Momentum must be sustained.

Managed to cut my hair this morning. I have the worst hair in the history of hair. It's thick, curly/wavy and just totally unruly. I will never have the perfectly coiffed locks you see in the magazines. So the easiest thing for me to do is just shave it. Not Kojak-style, of course. I don't take it all the way down to my skull. But it is pretty high and tight. And not wanting to pay a barber $20 to do it, I've learned to do it myself. The sister-unit even gave me the Cadillac of hair-shaving things for Christmas one year. I think I've gotten pretty good at it too! Apparently this morning, I was distracted enough by writing my Idol piece and watching epic rap battles that I somehow managed to miss just about the entire back of my dome. Whoops. I thought I was done and about half an hour later, I realized that I had some freaky Asian near-mullet going on. Whoops. So needless to say, I had to correct that little mistake. There's nothing worse than an Asian mullet.

Well, looks like it's about time for me to go hose all of the hair off of me and get myself together to head on over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!!

So how did the Universe treat you all this week? Was it all sunshine and roses? Or was it scraps on the mulching pile? Did it treat you kindly or were you given a snubbing? What were the highlights and the lowlights of your week? What is going on in your worlds, folks?

You know the drill... this is your sandbox, so feel free to jump on in and play a while. Need to rant or vent about something? Need to sing somebody's praises from the rooftops? Need to get up on your soapbox and verbally obliterate something or somebody? Got a funny joke to share? An amusing anecdote? A dirty haiku or limerick? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. The spotlight is now yours, boys and girls.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience. Spew forth, my friends!!!
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Okay, it's Saturday morning, I'm enjoying my coffee, my purring kitty and I'm having way too much fun watching some of these silly "rap battle" videos. It's seriously goofy but fun stuff. The folks that put these together are hilarious. And of course, I was very excited to see that there was a Dr. Seuss battle! Most of you know that I'm a total Seuss-ophile so this just made me laugh and of course, I'm quite sure the good Doctor won the battle!

But... let's hear what YOU think! Here are two battles for you to watch and judge for yourself...

Battle #1: Mr. T vs Mister Rogers




Battle #2: Dr. Seuss vs William Shakespeare




Time to sound off... who won?

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Once again, I lay my offering upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and generous...


The House Always Wins... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidolSeason 8, Topic 26: Sated. As always, thank you for stopping by to give me a read. Your support and encouragement over all these crazy weeks means the world to me. So sincerely, thank you. Once the polls open... if they open... don't forget to swing on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting-love around! Thanks, guys!!!
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Good day once again, my friends!

'tis another Saturday meaning we all made it through another week. It was questionable for me this week, I tell you. My putting-up-with-s**t meter had topped out and I was completely ragey by Wednesday. Seriously. It was a rough one. But I survived... and I managed to not commit mass homicide which is a good thing. I think. I'm relatively sure anyway.

Well, the week is over thankfully. It will be a nice weekend hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117, I'm sure. We both need some serious downtime so we don't have anything big planned for the weekend. I'm sure there will be lounging about and probably working on our entries for Idol for the week. But the priority is just chilling out. So that will be good.

Other than the rage inducing work week, things were basically mellow. I was able to get some real work in and was pretty productive on POD I, so that makes me happy. I think I can safely say that I'm done with it... or as done as I'm going to let myself be with it. It's time to shift all of my focus onto POD II and get that engine up and running. I'm sure I'll ponder it in the back of my mind over the weekend but the real work on it has to start on Monday. It's time to get that beast off the ground... or at least get it into a position to get it off the ground! Either way, I'm really looking forward to being able to put all of my focus and attention on one thing and run with it. So that's a good thing.

So how about you, kids? How was your week? How did the Universe treat you? Was it kind and mellow to you? Did it incite homicidal feelings in you? Did you actually act on them if it did??? What's new and exciting in your worlds? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your week? What was truly excellent and what was horribly bogus? (Sorry for the reference... we actually had a discussion about Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure at work this week... *facepalm*) Ahem. So what's going on in your worlds, everybody???

You know the drill... got a funny story, dirty joke or racy haiku? Need to get up on your soapbox and get something off your chest? Need to stand up on a mountaintop and shout out to the world? Something got you frothing at the mouth so bad you just need to rant it out? Somebody give you warm fuzzies and you want to tell the world about it? Anything and everything is welcome here. This is your sandbox, so jump on in and play a while. The spotlight is yours.

As always... the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!

I need to get a move on and get myself together here but before I go... you just never know what you're going to stumble across on the internets. There is some seriously funny stuff floating around out there. So for your amusement, here is something I ran across that had me cracking up... Epic Rap Battles of History... Enjoy!


And yes... I acknowledge the fact that I sometimes have the sense of humor of a junior high school boy... :-)


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In yet another Idol twist, this is another week of Intersections. I was fortunate enough to snage the delightfully creepy [livejournal.com profile] alleyalligator... a very awesome partner indeed! Check out her entry Here!!! And below the cut is my contribution to our team effort this week!


About Those Voices in your Head... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 25. This has been an intersection round, so don't forget to take a look at my awesome partner [livejournal.com profile] alleyalligator's entry which can be found HERE!!! As always, thank you for stopping by to give me a read and for all of your support all of these weeks. It really is very much appreciated. Assuming we have a poll, feel free to swing on by, take a look at some of the other fantastic entries and spread a little voting love around! Thanks, guys!!!
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Well good Saturday, good people!!!! And how are you today, my fine, feathered friends? How has your week been?

Because a couple of folks had asked, I just wanted to let you all know that the sister-unit got the results of her biopsy back and thankfully, she is cancer-free!!! We all breathed a ginormous freaking sigh of relief, I tell you. Thank you again to everybody for your good thoughts and energy. You all are the absolute best and I appreciate the hell out of you. Big, group hug for everybody.

This week has been pretty mellow, which is a good thing. Lots of work on the work front and the typical annoyances but nothing out of the ordinary. Which is a very good thing. Annoying co-workers are sometimes bad for my health... which is ultimately bad for their health because eventually, I'm going to snap and go on a homicidal rampage. Thankfully though, this was not the week for that. So I count that as a big win!

As usual, I'm behind on my El Jay'ing... I went through this morning and tried to respond to older comments and over the last week or so have been doing better about keeping up with you lot of crazies... but I'm still behind! So I'm sorry if I'm slow to respond to anything. I will eventually get there and get caught up. I promise!!! It will happen, dammit! I love you guys and want to stay up on what's going on in your worlds. So thanks for being patient with me and not simply running me out of your journals on a rail when I'm slow and behind. I think with one major thing now officially off of my plate, it will be easier!

On the good news front, major revision operations have been completed and in the battle of Project O' Doom I, myself and my allies have been victorious! Mission Accomplished! Sorry... channeling Dubya there for a moment... spending far too much time dealing with right-wing trolls these days. Ahem. As I was saying, I have finished the major revisions to POD I and now it's one final housekeeping sweep and then this sucker is ready to be set loose upon the earth. I don't quite know how I feel about it yet... meaning, I don't know how I feel about it being done. I look at it and feel totally stoked that I've finally finished a major project. That has me doing cartwheels. Other than that though... it's a really weird feeling for me. I can't explain it to myself let alone anybody else so suffice it to say, it feels weird. lol... lots of being pleased, lots of excitement and lots of other things I can't quite identify mixed in with it.

So yeah... it's finally done. And it does totally rock. The being done part... the "rockitude" of the finished product is not within my power to determine. :-)

So anyway... I should get on the ball and head on down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place. We don't have anything firmly planned today so we'll see what sort of trouble and adventure we can get ourselves into. Her new roomie is moving in today so it might not be a bad idea to make ourselves scarce for a bit while she settles in. Not sure what the day holds yet though. We shall see!

So how about you, good people? What is going on in your worlds? How has the Universe treated you this week? Has it been good, bad or downright ugly to you? What's new and exciting? Old and boring? Have you felt compelled to strap your dog or cat to the top of the car and drive away? Any members of your family maybe? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week, my friends?

Once again, anything and everything is encouraged here. Got a funny story, dirty joke or suggestive haiku? Feel the need to climb up on your soapbox and throw out a blistering rant? Need to fling open the window and shout to the world that you're mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore? Need to spread a little love and encouragement around? Need some love and encouragement sent back to you? Well, this is the place to do it. The spotlight is yours so feel free to jump on up and tell us all what's on your mind! This is your playground, so jump up on the monkey-bars and have a go at it!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends! And have a fantastic weekend!!!!
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Well Happy Hump Day, Good People...

And welcome to the middle of the week. How has your week treated you so far?

The day was actually surprisingly mellow(ish) around Ye Olde Salt Mine today so I got caught up a bit on my ol' El Jay... though I'm still behind on replying to comments big time. I'm sorry, guys! I have yet to find the balance between work (where I can't screw off most of the day anymore), working on my stuff at home and then trying to keep up with various projects. I do eventually get around to responding but it takes me a little bit. I have a feeling when I clear POD I off my plate, things will ease up a little bit and I'll be better able to find a balance between work and play! Here's hoping anyway.

Heading over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's tonight so we can clean. Very exciting, romantic evening, eh? Her new roomie is moving in this weekend and her old roomie just moved out... and didn't clean a motherf***ing thing. And let me tell you, that girl is a freaking PIG. Seriously. Her carpets are completely black... I'm sure some of it is hair from her cat but I bet a lot of it isn't. Needless to say, the girl left behind a lot of things to be cleaned before the room is fit for human habitation again. Sheeesh. What a rude, rude, rude little twit. I mean, who doesn't freaking clean up after themselves??? Who doesn't clean when they're moving out??? Stupid, arrogant, rude little girls with a sense of entitlement, I suppose. Ugh.

But hey, at least I'll get to spend some time with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 tonight. That will make it all worth it. I'm sure we'll take Annabelle over to the dog park for a bit, have some dinner and watch Survivor together because we're dorks like that.

And then tomorrow... I'm going to finish off POD I if it kills me. I'm seriously *this* freaking close to finishing it and I'm dying to put a friggin' stake in this sucker. So yeah... a few more hours tomorrow night and my plate shall be clear. As far as POD I goes, anyway.

Well... it's quittin' time!!! I love getting out of work so early in the afternoon! But before I go, allow me to leave you with your Hump Day Poll of Random Pointlessness...

Hope you all are having a fantastic day!!!


[Poll #1836277]
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Once again, I lay my entry on the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and benevolent...


Go Balls Out... )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 24: "In Your Wheelhouse"> As always, thank you for stopping by to give me a read. Your support is truly, truly, truly appreciated and means a lot to me. Don't forget to stop on by the polls when (if) they open, read some of the fantastic entries and spread a little voting-love around!
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Greetings once more, fellow travelers on this here rock. And a Happy Saturday to youse guys!

First off, I wanted to thank everybody who sent warm thoughts to my big sis earlier this week. She came through the procedure just fine. Now it's just a matter of waiting to hear back. Which probably won't be until next Thursday. She seems to be doing well overall though I can see the worry in her face sometimes. But she's doing her best to keep that locked down. So for now, we wait. Bleh.

But thank you all for the good thoughts and well wishes. I am just continually amazed by the warmth and generosity of people around here on LJ. A lot of us have never met, will likely (and unfortunately) probably not get to meet and talk over a cup of coffee but the genuine warmth and generosity is amazing and wonderful. I've seen people give from the heart and from the wallet for so many people and have seen them really rally around their LJ friends in all my years here. It really makes me smile and feel good about humanity. I just want you all to know that I appreciate you guys from the bottom of my heart. You are a wonderful and inspiring group of folks. So thank you for being you and for being so kind to me and to one another. It's easy to be cynical and mean these days... and we see it A LOT especially here on the internets but it's nice to see the flip side of that and see such wonderful warmth and generosity from so many people. So thank you.

Well... it was another typical week here. Work, work, deal with idiots at work, work, work, try to avoid prison for stabbing idiot co-workers in the eye with a #2 pencil, work, work... you know, the usual. There were a few wrinkles to the week... my sister's thing for instance. But I did get to spend Monday night and all of Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 who had some oral surgery done. The girl is tough. I'm quite certain I would have been curled up in a ball in the corner whimpering and crying but she came through it feeling okay for the most part. She's had some aches and pains that one would expect from having part of your jaw shaved off but she is a tough, tough girl. And it was nice getting to hang out with her and play "nursemaid". Not that I did much but still. We hung out and I did my best to make sure she was taken care of. Plus I wasn't at work on Tuesday which is a double-bonus!

I am so tantalizingly close to finishing off Project O' Doom I. I started in on the revision/overhaul of the last section last night. After that, it's a matter of reading it over all of the sections one final time and making any last minute tweaks and then finally releasing it back out into the wild. I'm actually starting to get excited about seeing the end of the line for this one. I'm excited to take it to Phase II and see what comes of it. Super excited even. I'm hoping to have that done and off my plate completely by Monday or Tuesday of next week and after that... it shall be set free. And then I can turn my whole focus and attention back on Project O' Doom II which has been feeling somewhat neglected of late. I still take it out and play with it but it doesn't have my whole focus and it knows it so it's fighting me a bit and progress has been a bit slow with it. So hopefully, we can kiss and make up next week and get that rolling again. Which is also exciting for me. Though I probably shouldn't talk about it so much so as to not appear that I'm bragging or beating my chest about it. Ahem.

Anyway... all in all, it was a decent week. Obviously, some worries but I'm going to keep thinking good thoughts and hope that everything turns out for the best. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I had a bit of an adventure last weekend that you can read about in my earlier post. Not sure what this weekend holds just yet but there may be another adventure in the mix! We'll just see how the poor girl is feeling today.

So what about you, my fine, feathered friends? How was your week? Was it full of stress or did you celebrate 420 and mellow the hell out with a bag of Cheetos and nature show documentaries? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week? What made the final production and what ended up on the cutting room floor? How has the Universe treated you? With a velvet glove or an iron fist? Has humanity made you believe in kindness again or has it made you want to stab people with a spork more than ever?

This is your place, as you know and you are free to use it as you see fit. Got a funny story? A hilarious joke or a dirty hiaku? All things are welcomed and encouraged here. Get up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens. Get it off your chest and clear the air. Rant away or use the space to give a special shout out to somebody... tell them that you love them! This is your spot to let us know what's on your mind!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!!!
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Once again, here is my offering laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and generous...

This one ran a little long. Sorry, guys. I hope you'll stick with me though...

Soak Up The Sun... )






This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, topic 23: The Weak Force. As always, I thank you for stopping by to give me a read and for your constant support throughout this crazy season! It means a lot to me. Don't forget to swing on by the polls when they open, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread a little voting love around! Thanks, guys!!!
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Good Saturday one again, good people! Greetings and Salutations, one and all.

And how fares the all this fine day? 'tis sunny and blue skies all around So Cal now. Though yesterday, it rained down in freaking buckets. There was even a little thunder and lightning which was awesome. And a huge waterspout off the coast in Corona del Mar... which would have been super-awesome had I gotten to see it live and in person. *le sigh* One of these days, I'm going to fulfill my dream of going tornado chasing. One day.

Anyway... it was a pretty decent week around these parts. Work was... well... work, which is always somewhat bleh. But you gotta pay the bills so what are you gonna do? I was pretty productive on the writing front and am making some real progress toward finishing out Project O' Doom I while keeping the fires burning on Project O' Doom II as well. I have to be honest, I'm not really *feeling* POD II as much as I was before. I'm unsure of it at the moment. But it could also be that I'm so laser-focused on clearing out POD I that all of my real energy and attention is going there. Once I clear the decks and re-start on POD II full time, with all of my energy and focus going there, perhaps I'll feel better about it again. I don't know. We shall see. I'm just stoked to see light at the end of the tunnel with POD I. Super stoked even.

I was very glad to see my LA Kings take the first two games of the series from the hated Vancouver Canucks... *IN* Vancouver. Now if they can only take the next two back here in LA, it's on to the second round for my boys! They've looked damn good so far in the series. Scrappy, chippy, opportunistic and fierce! Playoff hockey is the best. GO KINGS GO! On the other hand though, my Angels have stumbled out of the starting gate and so far, Albert Pujols isn't looking to be worth the $240 million the team spent on him. But the season is still very young and it's a marathon, not a sprint. I'm sure they'll pull themselves together and win that division handily.

Today, I'm taking [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 on a soooper seekrit adventure. We definitely need some fun and adventure. I'm *pretty* sure she'll enjoy it... I'm *hoping* she will... but we'll see. I'd tell you all what it is but I don't want to give the surprise away since I know she can check El Jay from her phone. Plus, I don't want you all looking at me like I'm a total freakish weirdo. Any more than you already do anyway. But I'm sure I'll write all about it later and maybe even get to include a few pictures of our adventure today!

So what is going on with you all, my fine, feathered friends? What is the haps in your worlds and how has the Universe treated you this week? What have been the highs and lows? The ups and downs? What has been the good, the bad and the ugly for you this week? What sort of adventure do you have on tap this weekend? Or are you making it a mellow, stay inside sort of weekend?

You all know how this works... got a funny story to share? A joke? Riddle? Rhyme? Feel the need to unload and get something off your chest? Need to climb atop a soapbox and rant to the world? Scream at the top of your lungs? Well, this is the place to do it. This here is your place to do it. This is your sandbox, so jump on in and play a bit. Anything and everything is welcomed here. So the spotlight is now yours...

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Another week, another round of awesome intersection goodness. This week, I was paired up with the very awesomely devious and delightfully twisted [livejournal.com profile] porn_this_way who was an absolute top-notch partner to work with! You can find her side of our story here...

And mine, below the cut...

Fellowship and Community! )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 22: "Straw that Stirs the Drink." As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and don't forget to swing on by and take a look at my very awesome partner, [livejournal.com profile] porn_this_way's entry. And don't forget to spread a little voting-love around! Thanks you guys!!!
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Once again, here is my entry for this week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be kind and generous...


When the Moon Hits Your Eye, Like a Big Pizza Pie.... )



This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 20: The dreaded "Open Topic." Thanks so much for stopping by to give me a read as well as all of your support all these weeks. It really means a lot to me guy, so thank you! Don't forget to swing on by the polls when (and if) they open to read some other really fantastic entries and spread a little voting love around! Thank you!
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Well Mellow Greetings, Fellow Citizens. What seems to be your boggle? (10 points if you can name the movie)

We've endured and made it to another Saturday, my fine, feathered friends. And how fares thee all? I suppose I should count myself lucky that I'm not posting this from a jail cell as I was *thisfreakingclose* to committing multiple homicides yesterday.

I get along with most of the people in my office building. We're a small company so we're all in relatively close proximity to one another and contact/conversation is inevitable. I can tolerate most of the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, right-wing troglodytes fairly well most of the time. I attempt to find common ground to discuss with them... which 99.9% of the time is sports-related. That really seems to be the only real "bonding* thing we have.

But yesterday, one of them really irritated me. It's possible I was cranky anyway but hearing the sort of blatant racism and ignorance I overheard just sort of pushed me over the edge a bit. My department's office is situated at the far end of the building. Our accounting department is next door and though it's a little ways down the hallway, voices carry. Anyway, as I was sitting there working... rather, working and daydreaming about a life that doesn't involve coming into the office every day... I overhear the bean counter saying something to the controller about Obama and the Trayvon Martin case down in Florida. What I heard next sort of shocked me really.

In response to the bean counter's statement/query, I heard the controller say "Because he's a black president and he's pandering to them.

I think my jaw actually hit the desk. Because he's a black president? Pandering to them? Seriously? I vowed to just bite my tongue and not storm into their office to "educate" them. And I did just that. But a while later, the bean counter came in to my office and I just couldn't quite hold my tongue. I told him, "You know I can hear you guys, right? You know I can hear that ignorant, racist crap you two are spewing, right?"

He looked perplexed for a minute, realized what I was talking about and said, "Well Obama should have stayed out of it and shouldn't have said anything. People get killed every day but because this is a black kid, he decides to hold a press conference? It wasn't presidential for him to say anything."

I replied back with, "Yes, people are killed every, single day. But not every killing has such obvious racial implications nor does every killing capture the attention of the entire country like this has. When something like this sparks a national outrage... and the local authorities *still* haven't arrested the guy... it's very presidential for him to address it."

To which, bean counter replied, "No it's not, he's race baiting."

My jaw hit my desk for a second time. "Race baiting? You do know that the kid was black and the killer wasn't, right? You did hear the killer on the phone with the 911 dispatchers, who told Zimmerman to back off and stop pursuing the kid by the way, say loud and clear 'f**king coons', right? So how is Obama race baiting exactly?"

He just stood there looking at me and it was obvious that he knew absolutely zero facts about the case. He... and the controller for that matter... are just spouting whatever garbage Rush tells them to. It's the Republican way these days, it seems.

I told him that he needed to stop watching Fox News, start thinking and get some actual facts before spouting his ignorant crap. Or just learn to talk quieter so I can't hear him. Apparently, I irritated him because he just turned and walked out of my office. I guess I'm off his Christmas card list but whatever. I loathe ignorance as much as I do bigotry. Bleh. Idiots.


Anyway.... ahem... I suppose that's my contribution to today's Purge Bucket. In better news, Miss [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I will be going to see The Hunger Games tomorrow morning at 1030. We figured we stood a better shot of avoiding the mass of squealing children if we went to an early showing. We went to see Insidious a while back and walked in to a theater filled with squealing, screaming and way-too-chatty kids... it got so bad that she had to try to mellow me out because I was getting so agitated and we ended up walking out and getting our money back. But we're both totally stoked to go see this movie. Can't wait!

I also managed to finish off my Idol entry early, for the second week in a row. It will be really nice to not have to stress about it over the weekend. We both managed to finish early last weekend and we had a really nice, really relaxing Sunday. We made dinner and just kicked back and watched a few episodes of Once Upon a Time... I liked the show actually. But it was nice to just be able to totally mellow out. So hopefully, we'll get to have another weekend like that because it was wonderful.

Well... I suppose I should climb down off my soapbox and start getting myself together to head on out. So the floor is yours, my friends. What's going on in your worlds, folks? What was the good, the bad and the in-between in your worlds this week? How has the Universe treated you? What have been the highlights and the lowlights for you?

You know the drill by now. Anything and everything is welcomed and encouraged here. The Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends! Have a great weekend!
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Wow, it feels really weird to be posting my piece this early. I mean, I have a whole day until it's due! What's come over me???

Nevertheless... Here is my entry for the week, laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. May the Ides of March not rear up to bite me in the ass.

Love and Chemistry )




This has been my entry for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 19: "Et Tue Brute". As always, thank you for your support and encouragement through all of these weeks. I truly do appreciate it with all my heart, guys. Don't forget to swing on by the polls when they open, read some of the other fantastic work and spread a little voting-love around. Thanks, guys!!!
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Well greetings once again, my fine, feathered friends! And a Happy St. Patty's Day to ya! I'd threaten to pinch everybody not wearing green but that is apparently triggering and causes some folks to lash out violently. And we wouldn't want that now would we?

It is a wet one here in normally sunny Southern California. It's a cold and damp weekend with some estimating up to 4 inches of rain over the weekend. Yeah, yeah, yeah, some of you out there are probably laughing and saying, "pppffffttttt... is that all?" But hey, when you live in a place where it's sunny and 80 degrees on Christmas day, that's pretty significant, I think! I'm thinkin' maybe it's a good night to stay in, hunker down, stay warm, play some video games and chill out. Driving in California is risky on a normal occasion. Throw a little rain into the mix and people lose their damn minds. It's never fun to drive in the rain here because people just freak the hell out. So keep a good thought for me since I'll be getting myself together and trekking on down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place here in a short bit!

So it's been a bit of a lazy morning with the feline and I just sippin' coffee, writing and listening to some tunes. It's been pretty productive and good. There are some things in the works that make me a happy boy. Overall, it hasn't been a horrible week and I've been pretty productive... though I need to sharpen the discipline and time-management skills a little more to increase my productivity... so I'm pretty happy for the most part. Obviously, things aren't "perfect" (not like they are for anybody) and there are still some issues weighing me down, but this has been a better week than the last few. Progress, right?

Anybody else keeping up with the NCAA tourney? How are your brackets holding up? Mine were great after the opening round, having hit on 14 of the 16 games. But it all fell to crap yesterday! Who would have guess that not one but TWO 15-seeds would knock out the 2-seeds they were playing?!?! Mizzou and Duke went down in total flames last night... and with it, my brackets fell apart and my shot at the cash went down the toilet. *sigh* They don't call it March Madness for nothin' I suppose!

So... what are your plans for St. Patty's Day? Partying 'til you puke green substances? Keeping it low-key and mellow? Stuffing your face with corned been and cabbage or opting for something else?

How has your week been, good people? How has the Universe been treating you? What have been the highlights, lowlights and in-between lights of your week? What is new and exciting or old and boring? What do you have in the works and what the hell is going on in your worlds, my friends?

Got a funny story to share? Need a few words of encouragement? Got to get something off of your chest? Need to climb up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? This is your sandbox, anything and everything is welcome here. The floor is yours. As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience.... spew forth, my friends!

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