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Monday, January 31, 2005

I just found AMZ again! A blast from the past!! ^-^ I found that I didn't exist there anymore... not really a HUGE surprise as all my old bookmarks were dead and I thought the entire SITE was gone forever! I tried to sign up as moonshadowalker, my old account name there, since when I tried to log it it said no such user exists... and it told me my name was now too long! O-o hahahaha! ^-^ So I made a new account as Moonshadow76 and I hope to find a few of the old friends I used to have there. I'll have to go find all the old graphics I made and see if I can use any of them still.

I took a quiz someone else had in their journal there, that's one of the features they've added since I was gone!!

Which Naruto Character Are You?
Test by naruto -

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I'm still sick, ugh. >-< I feel bad that I haven't gotten to play Final Fantasy in over a week, and I haven't set foot outside the house since last Monday night.... I got up last night in the middle of the night since I couldn't sleep and I ended up catching up on my Flylady emails and unpacking five of the boxes here in the computer room and putting up another couple that are meant to stay packed for now, my poetry and writings box, and a box of board games. That leaves one box of books and one box of living room decorations, and then a couple of boxes in front of the filing cabinet that have who knows what in them. I'm glad to have my computer desk stuff mostly unpacked and put away though. ^-^ The cats, of course, tried to help me... and climbed all around in the closet inspecting as I went, also jumped in boxes while I was unpacking them!! I has to toss Cutter out of a box I was working on THREE TIMES! As I worked I noticed that the old smoke stench of the old apartment is still in some of our stuff, I need to get the lysol disinfectant and see if I can work on that, it might be part of what's making my cold linger. O-o

I hope Juan can help me get the little bookshelves that got water damaged set up in the bedroom where I want them so I can unpack this last box of textbooks into that. Then we really REALLY need to find our hammer and nails so we can put up my spice rack and pictures and things like that, it's driving me nuts having them down! If we can't find them we need to borrow hammer and nails! We also need to borrow Skylles' vacum cleaner as ours is still back with his parents, or maybe even still in the trunk of LunaCorn's car! O-o And we really REALLY need to get the mail holder up on the wall and start using it, I don't like mail being in various new places where the cats can scatter and lose it. I guess we've hit that point after a move where all the basics have been set up for a while, but now the details need to be worked out or they never will be. Like where to put the cd player, it's on the living room floor right now and that's NOT where I want it to be... I'm not sure whether we want it in the computer room/library or the bedroom though.

I seem to still be at a block in my various graphics projects, can't seem to get started in on the furniture recolors I was planning for sims 2, or the layout for my blog here, or my neopets user lookup.... sigh.... I've been having weird/disturbing dreams lately too and not getting restful sleep though it seems like I've been sleeping a ton when insomnia finally lets me. >-<

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

here's my score! I have to laugh! 50% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category.

I took the dialect quiz here

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Well it's been a while, I've been sick, ugh. >-< I still am, actually, coughing up gunk and sounding like a dying giraffe.... It's been a rough week, Skylles' grandfather died and I feel bad I haven't been with her much, the viewing was Wednesday but I was already sick then. I haven't heard how things went, whether they got to scatter the ashes as they'd wanted to or not.

I've been mostly compulsively playing Sims 2, I made recolors of bedding, drapes, walls, floors, a dresser, chairs, a headboard that didn't show up so I'll have to pick a different one to modify, and a small fancy table I wanted to use as a sort of vanity. I made a new little neighborhood so it would load faster and only made two families of one sim each, Test and Sampler for the last names. Then I went and made them marry to see what the kid would look like and I got sucked into gameplay and distracted from my recolors.... I got each of the parents to the top of their careers and got the golf putting and chocolate factory career rewards so now they play golf for fun and the guy spends all day his day off making chocolates like mad. ^-^ The wife gets picked up and dropped off from work in a helicopter! The husband was getting picked up in a limo, he's a Chef and looks like he's the Iron Chef type in his dragon embroidered work clothes! Then he shared pick up for work time with the teenage son so he rides the junky starter car with him, awwww.

Juan asked me if I'm ever going to play Final Fantasy again! O-o He's worried about me being so dazed and unfocused I think, and he misses me when I get all into my games but I think he's noticed that when I stop playing so much in the games like neopets and final fantasy where I SOCIALIZE with other players, it's usually because I'm not feeling up to it, not focused enough, or feeling bummed out. That's usually when I drop out of my online social life too. >-< I know that's been scattered lately but at least I have tried to be around in my online life a little more. I'll probably log into yahoo and then cynosure to check up on friends and touch bases next. I keep meaning to resize and upload pics to show my friends of the move and everything! I think I've felt bad I wasn't getting around to that, so I should just get over that and realize I'll probably do it much later, if at all, and I should just show up and visit without that hanging over me.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Well here I an actually trying to keep up with this a little. ^-^

Yesterday Juan had the day off and we got a late start to the day and then went over to Skylles and Branch's place to see if they wanted to come with and and guide a little as we explored the town some more mainly to get an idea of where all the places to EAT and pick up food late are. We wanted to find some taquerias! ^-^ Skylles went to the movies with her sister and Branch and Marcus took me and Juan out driving around and finding all the food places. Poor Marcus was tired and threw fits and didn't want to let us leave the apartment, then didn't want us to go down the stairs... he finally passed out in the car once we got going. We stopped at a coffee shop and Juan and I ran in and got coffee while Branch stayed out by the car so we didn't wake Marcus for that. Then we went to a little Mexican market that has a taquiria (spelling?!) in it but that part was shut down so we got Marcus chocolate milk and headed elswhere in our quest for very very cheap food or a place that took checks. ^-^ I only had six dollars cash and Juan spent his five dollars on the coffee! O-o We went by a buffet Branch thought took checks but they had a sign that they didn't. We ended up at Cici's pizza starving, and they took checks, so we ate there.

When we got back to their apartment we were getting out of the car and Skylles and her sister drove up back from seeing Lemony Snicket! Perfect timing! ^-^ Her sister left and Juan and Branch went back to our apartment to bring us back soda and to play a little NBA street Juan borrowed since HIS copy is at MY parents house due to a series of unfortunate events! heehee!! ^-^ Skylles cooked a nice roast of marinated pork loin and tortalini that was done first so she served that first. Juan was still stuffed but I tried some. When the pork was done it was VERY tender! Skylles and I got to do a lot of sims playing while Marcus played Windwaker all by himself and got remarkably far with no supervision! O-o Juan and Branch came back and after hanging out a while Juan had to go home to sleep but I stayed and Skylles and I played sims 2 till about 6am and she drove me home in the freezing cold....

One sad thing that happened was my laptop died... we were finally installing sims 2 on it and then it gave an error message that some .dll file was missing but then Juan clicked something and it continued installing. Next thing I know the computer is giving a message about losing all the data on the hard drive... then they start it again and it won't recognize the hard drive existed... operating system not found... not good!! O-o I'm glad it didn't have any stuff on it I couldn't replace, but that was sad to lose all the data and programs I HAD installed on it so far! >-< We'll have to deal with Sears again and the warrantee is good through March... so looks like we're calling them with our new address and everything sometime today and getting that infamous computer shipping box shipped HERE! O-o Last time they said if things went terribly wrong again they would just replace the whole entire thing, so I hope they DO! I need to see if I can find the files and notes of who we talked to last time that promised that.... I think it's in the top drawer of the file cabinet....

So today we deal with that, and do grocery shopping, and maybe get a clear plastic shower liner to cope with the fact that you can't change or control the water pressure in the shower at ALL and it sprays right THROUGH the curtain! It worked fine at the old place where we didn't have it trying to shoot water physically THROUGH your skin like needles! O-o I'd love to get a new shower head with a filter and so it's adjustable with the pressure but that'll have to wait till Juan's employment gets all worked out to cover the bills completely. He's still looking for a second part time AND a better job that could be full time. Right now he's sticking it out for the weeks he's assigned a warehouse job through the temp agency he's got working with him.

I'm still not all caught up with my online life like I'd like to be. Maybe tomorrow while Juan's working again I'll "reserve" time for me to visit all my preferred internet hang outs and visit with friends I've been missing. Maybe I'll even get a new layout and graphics worked out for my blog here... I finally remembered to bring home the sims 2 game so I got the update/patch from the sims 2 site installed, yay! Now I can rest easy that a visiting sim can't pick up my baby and kidnap it! O-o I was really freaked out when I heard that was a problem happening in the game! Yeek!! I'll probably work obsessively on recoloring objects/furniture for the game too so I can have my sims in decor I like. ^-^ I might set Final Fantasy on the back burner or stay up all night playing again.... I have a lot of catching up to do in that game, with all the missions and rank stuff I just didn't really know much about. I'm finally getting to expand the number of items I can store in my mog house and want to do the quest to get more stuff I can carry around with me too! Those are my priority, haha! ^-^

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Hey hey internet I'm back! ^-^ I'm FINALLY getting around to my poor neglected blog and other online life stuff after the whole upheval of the BIG MOVE! Yes, we moved from southeast Texas to a less humid area, and we're now closer to Austin instead of Houston. We've got internet again, and we've had it for a while but we finally got my computer set up in the computer room where I can dig in and get comfy instead of the first attempt at setting it up in the living room where the cold from the sliding glass door was a bit too much for me.

I've managed to snag a bit of online time for neopets and final fantasy but didn't really get into my online SOCIAL life much till now! O-o I've kidnapped today's schedule and shoved it all on the back burner to do a little catching up! ^-^ The boxes will have to SIT here behind me and wait their turn! I'm still in my jammies and I'm NOT answering the door for the neighbors who are borrowing our phone! Viva la revolution!!!

I discovered recently that the creative Sims playing community have come up with a player created program for recoloring and modifying the Objects for Sims 2, and the official Sims 2 site has come out with a program for recoloring walls, floors, and ground cover, so whooohoooo! My friend and I went nuts with that for a couple of days and I'm afraid that's been part of the distraction keeping me from my online life... *blush!*

My birthday this year was good! I got to try my very first Ice Cream Cake and it was YUMMY! I also go to go to lunch with hubby and our old neighbor Celeste who used to live next door to us when we were getting married and she helped me a TON shopping and making decorations and getting ready for the wedding so we had a lot of fun catching up to do after not seeing her for a couple of years! We ate Thai food and walked in the park. ^-^ I made the menu for this weeks groceries and got stuff to make a crawfish version of the shrimp dish I ordered that day so now Juan can get to try it. I hope it works out well!

Juan has a job working in a warehouse and he HATES driving the loader! >-< He's had bad dreams about driving it, feeling like he's floating, and in real life he hates how he's not really sure where the edges of it are so he's always paranoid he'll clip a corner or something so his time for the timed trips are waaay too long and he's upset about that. Hopefully the temp agency he got this through can find him another temp job for next week!! O-o He's also applied at a lot of online sites taking applications for stuff in the area like Hastings and shops at a couple of the bigger malls. I really REALLY hope he gets a better temp job or a good job he can stick with soon, the stress is pretty bad! O-o We're both pretty nervous about having to live off our savings money for groceries and bills while he finds a regular job. I'm finding myself looking forward to the tax return this year not necesarily for the possibilities of getting a better car or a washer and dryer but to stretch out our savings for him to have time to get a really GOOD job!

Other than the getting settled in and survival stress I'm having a really good time here, LOVING that we're living in the same apartment complex with one of my BEST friends and her hubby and their 3 year old who's my Godson! He's getting to come over and visit at our home and getting used to the idea of a place where he's welcome and safe, but he can't run completely wild and explore freely or throw stuff, sort of a place in between behaving at home and behaving out at a restaraunt or store. This is a new learning experience for ALL of us! ^-^ He loves the skating spraypaint game that came with Juan's X-Box and he and his daddy are MUCH better at that game than Juan and I are! Skylles and I are having fun cooking for each other and having each other over for dinner or lunch and visiting at one place or the other and getting to work on sims projects together again. She got me into Sims in the first place, and now I'm getting to show her Sims 2 so we've come full circle again! ^-^

I showed my parents a webcam tour of the living/dining and kitchen areas of the apartment when the computer was in the living room soon after we got internet, but I haven't had much contact with them since then. We still need to get a few boxes of stuff that we had to store there because they didn't fit in the U-Haul. What didn't fit was first stored at Juan's parents place but when he went to get most of it he moved the few extra boxes that didn't fit in the car to my parents where it would be inside and safe from the weather. A few things got water damage in the U-Haul and we took pictures with the digital camera and Juan showed them to the U-Haul place so they promised to fix the truck before renting it out again but all they could do for compensation was to give us free storage so I hope Juan got the vouchers for that somewhere.

Ember is doing amazingly well considering she was dying of Kidney Failure and has Feline Diabetes now! O-o She's started acting like a kitten again, chasing her tail and being all frisky! She's regained a little weight and is once again the Warrior Princess of the Castle, partly due to her energy and partly because she's just plain braver and loved on everything to claim is as HERS while the two boy cats cowered in hiding the first couple of weeks, hahahaha!

I'm working on a new set of very simple graphics and might change the layout too if I have time, I just want a change but I haven't really got a plan. Hopefully I'll have that up soon. All for now, and hopefully more within the week!

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