Oh hai!

Mar. 14th, 2009 03:11 pm
dextra: (HP - Hay gurl hay!)
Yes, it's official, I'm back. :) The bad news is, I no longer have Serenity, my laptop. So I'm either going to be posting via my PS3's browser with a USB keyboard (which I prefer, because who doesn't want to have a 40” monitor?) or from my mom's laptop.

Mom picked up an Asus Eee PC for like 200 bucks, and I have to admit, it's not too shabby. I never have been a Linux fan, but I'm getting used to it. It has fuck all for storage capacity, but that's ok. I managed to resurrect my external hard drive, and all its contents. Turns out it wasn't bricked after all, just Serenity decided she didn't want to fool with it anymore. She always was a snob when it came to peripherals. Oh well. It's a 500 GB drive, so this tiny little laptop will do just fine with that added to it. And I do mean tiny. I could hollow out my hardcover copy of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and hide it in there.

Wherein I update you on the last five or six months of my life )

Oh hai.

Jul. 8th, 2008 11:46 am
dextra: (Can they hear me)
Uh, lemme see here. I got a job at a law office here in Mt. Sterling, so I quit the job at the auto parts plant and started here today. It's slow as hell, but it's cool. The attorney here most of the time, Ryan, is about my age, and a pretty decent dude. We talked all morning and got a good sense of each other.

There's a big high-profile murder case just getting underway across the street. So there's a bunch of reporters camped out in front of the courthouse waiting for something to happen. And apparently everyone in the courthouse ordered from Pizza Hut today, because there's been five different deliveries in the last 20 minutes.

I have a cold, and that blows. I feel like a walking snot factory.

The kids were with me all weekend. We went to my aunt's house for a cookout on Friday, and the kids got to swim. Then we went home and they terrorized the kittens. And Jackie swallowed two pennies and insisted that I inspect her poop to see if she passed them. For fuck's sake, I probably swallowed a couple dollars' worth of change when I was little, and I'm fine. *twitch*

Man, I could just sit here all day and watch the people that go in and out of the courthouse. Such a variety. High-falutin' lawyers with their nice suits down to the meth-heads that I wouldn't go near without a hazmat suit and a hose. And there's one of the reporters that I think is with channel 27 that looks like he's 12 years old. Ryan and I sat here for quite a while trying to figure out what middle school he escaped from.

I think I'm going to go find me some lunch.
dextra: (Talk geeky to me)
I have a job now. Another purchasing gig, and I like it so far. I'm having to learn a little Japanese, because the management and a good portion of my coworkers are themselves. So there's a little bit o' sunshine.

The kids stayed over last night, but I wish I'd have gotten to see them sooner or got to keep them longer. Due to being unable to afford gas to get to Morehead, I hadn't seen them in about three weeks.

I think my mother is losing her fucking mind. Can stomach cancer affect the brain? I'm starting to believe it. She's acting like a friggin' teenager, and not in the fun, frivolous way. More like the reckless and irresponsible way, and I don't like it.

Anyway, I'll make a voice post later tonight that's a little more detailed. I should at least be pretending to work, but everyone's in a meeting but me and I ran out of things to do. :p
dextra: (Elvis Sparta)
I checked my MySpace page earlier, and that shit is covered in gore! Between Twitch (my friend Chris from Louisiana) and my brother (coincidentally also named Chris - he's trying to ditch the "Goober" now), I've seen enough blood and guts to last me a few months. *laughs*

Cut for rather gory movie makeup picture of my brother. )

I've got a couple of other drawings started that were in my head. One I started after watching 300 again the other night, and another of Zatanna (hit up Wiki if you don't know who that is). I'll post what I've got on those later tonight.

Right now I have to try to figure out how to fix the "+=" key on my laptop, since the kids somehow managed to knock it off. *grumble* They were smart and decided to play outside for a while. Right now they're in the back of the Jeep with the hatch lifted, watching for the salamanders to dart in and out of the flower beds.
dextra: (Push Button - Receive Bacon)
Well, I did have an appointment today. I got a call from my manager a few minutes ago to tell me they canceled. At least they called. I'd have been rather annoyed if I'd gone all the way down there for nothing. Well, at least this frees my day up so I can go put in some more resumes elsewhere. I'm going to head to Mt. Sterling for that, because I think I've put out enough here in Morehead to cover my car.

Saturday I took the kids to a birthday party for one of their classmates. It was at Mr. Gatti's,which is just like Chuck E. Cheese, only without the furries. :p So they got to run around and be little squealy girls with other little squealy girls, and they collected fistfuls of prize tickets. They were spazzing out thinking about all the cheap plastic crap they could get with all those things. While they were busy flushing my money down the toilet for cheap plastic baubles, I was doing the same thing in the corner playing skeeball.

If only there was a professional skeeball league. I played for an hour, and ended up with over 700 tickets. I may have gotten more than that, but I didn't notice when the machine spit out its last ticket. It ran out. Ha ha, I killed it. *flexes throwing arm* So I split the tickets between the kids, and they didn't want to get one of the bigger prizes, they wanted to load up on tons of the cheap crap. Fine by me. By the time they were loaded down, there was still about a hundred tickets left. So I got a little wristband with a skull and crossbones on it. Fear my mighty skeeball arm. :p

The kids were being little friggin' punks other than that. After we got home, they bickered and picked at each other so much that I was about to duct tape their little mouths shut. Then Joey wouldn't stay in her seat to eat dinner. I had my can full of her crap (believe me, that kid was pushing all the wrong buttons), so I sent her up to her room. I go up half an hour later, and she's zonked out. She was just so tired from the party and fighting with her sister that she just passed out once she was up there.

What was really killing me was that everything I was telling them not to do, they did. In a spectacular fashion. I told them they could not eat Cheetos in the living room. I'm not about to spend my Sunday night vacuuming orange off of everything. I turn my back for five minutes, and they've dumped the entire bag in front of the couch. I tell them to pick it up. I went upstairs to finish folding laundry. I come back to get something, and Jackie was spraying bleach cleaner on the carpet. Thankfully, she only sprayed a couple of times before I caught her.

OMG WTF Megatron? )


Apr. 10th, 2008 07:07 am
dextra: (Smuggling Space Pirates)
Dear children of mine:

I am not a moron. I do know something about fashion. And I know neither of you have any sense of it.

I say to the Joey: A tank top under a sweater does nothing, if the sweater has a rip from the waist to the elbow. It just looks like you got caught in a thresher accident on the way out the door.

I say to the Jackie: It is not even 55 degrees outside. It is not tank top and shorts weather. Yeah, you're going to get warm at recess. It won't kill you.

And of course, I'm the crazy old mom that doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about. *headdesk*

It's too damned early in the morning for this shit.
dextra: (Firefly - Twixt my nethers)
I've just been either busy or distracted. So here's a list to save my sanity:

1. My mother called me yesterday upset because she'd been sick, and when she went to the doctor, found out she has diabetes. I'm not too surprised, because her father had it. But yay. One more disease to put on the list of possible things that will kill me. Apparently she's got a pretty bad case, since the doc wants to try her on pills before going straight to insulin, but told Mom that the insulin is looking like the only way to go.

2. I'm going job hunting on Monday, since the roads are clear again. And I don't have relatives all over my house.

3. I've been trying to help Chris out with the store. I've been getting convention materials together, and making signs and whatnot. I like doing it, and since it directly affects the welfare of my children, well, how can I not help out. Plus, hey, comics.

4. Also, the weekend before my birthday (April 26th or 27th) I've been shanghaied into attending Botcon, which is a Transformers convention. I know people going, and it's good for business, so I'm getting the store registered for that. And since it's in Cincinatti, I'm hitting the LUSH store while I'm there. *GLARINGLY OBVIOUS HINT, LEENIE*

5. I bought the children a robotic panda. The longer the day goes on, the more I am regretting this decision.

6. I have a ginormous pile of boxes in the kitchen that still need to be broken down and put out with the garbage. I'll get around to it. Eventually.

7. I bought a power screwdriver and a bit for dealing with stripped screws, because I am intelligent. And because half my bed is still in the living room.

8. I got a little irritated at a friend for showing up unannounced at Chris and Sara's house because he was looking for me. One, that's not cool. Two, it was Valentine's Day. I had bought alcohol for us all and they were going to have pity on me and drink with me. Instead, Adam shows up with his girlfriend's brother (who none of us had ever met) and just hangs out there. So I finished my drink and had them follow me to my place. I didn't mind hanging out with them, but a phone call would have been nice. Plus, the whole showing up at Chris' house was not cool because there was apparently a problem with Adam hitting on people when their significant others were not around. So...that wasn't good. And I felt like an asshole because I told Adam to come hang out "sometime". I didn't mean THAT NIGHT.

9. I'm going to dismantle that goddamn panda while the kids are asleep tonight. I can feel the urge rising.

10. Or, alternately, I just really need to get laid.
dextra: (Kara/Ivy)
I've been pretty busy lately, even though I feel like I'm not doing anything. Right now it's quiet in the house. The kids are still asleep because they were up until nearly 2:30 in the morning being...well, kids. I downloaded a game on the PS3 featuring rubber ducks that you have to slide around a board covered in water in order to save all the little baby ducks. And in some cases, there are sharks. And then on the bonus rounds, you get to be the shark and eat as many little ducks as you can in under a minute. It's pretty bizarre. But we all got caught up in it until I realized how late it was.

Half of my bed is still in the living room. The box spring is a problem, because I don't think it's going to fit up the stairs. Bugger. And the headboard could fit up there, if I could just get the damned thing apart. The wrought iron insert will come out, but the problem is that there is ONE lousy screw that has a stripped head. So I'm going to have to figure out how to get that fixed. I know I can take a hacksaw and saw a straight groove across it and use a flathead on it after, but I haven't got a hacksaw, and I can never seem to remember to pick one up when I'm out. I guess I'll have to start writing shit down on the backs of my hands or something.

If I can just get a love seat, a kitchen table, and a bed for the kids, I'll be done with furniture for a long time. Good thing too. Because except for the couch and the tv stand, I have personally assembled every piece of furniture in the house. *flexes muscles* Funny, because I actually like doing that. It's a good feeling to see something that looks and works the way it's supposed to, and knowing that I built it with my own hands.

It seems like everyone's taken a bit of an LJ break. Winter doldrums, they be a beeyotch. Speaking of which, it is fucking COLD. Silly me, I've been living in Louisiana and Arizona for the most of the last four years. I thought I still knew what cold was. I was very wrong. Today it's going to be in the 30s. As that's as the high. Ack.

Well, the monkeys be a-stirrin', so I should probably get moving. We're supposed to go to the mall in Lexington later, and Critter and Pooka (aka Sara) are supposed to go with us, maybe. I still have to call and see if they still want to go.
dextra: (QC - Wrapped in an awesome rack)
I got twitchy waiting for Chris to get in touch with the guy. I talked to the guy that owns the townhouse I was wanting to rent, and went ahead and made arrangements to secure the place. It's really the best deal I could hope for. I'm so excited! *bounces around*

I also got a U-haul trailer reserved for the 30th. I just need to go over there a day or two ahead of time and get a hitch installed on the Jeep. Now my big concern will just be getting everything packed up and wrangle some people together to help me with the big stuff the day of my departure. That may be a bit tricky for a Wednesday, but I should be able to get a few people together. I've got a party planned for Friday at The Shed, and everyone's supposed to be there. I'm sure I can convince a couple of the guys to come help me out then.

I talked to the kids last night, and I thought they were going to explode with squee. Joey was like "Three weeks! That's like a million years away!" Once I put it in perspective for her, she was a lot happier, though.

Funniest thing about all this is that I sent out my email to the rest of the work crew announcing my departure, and they were all like "Can we just get rid of Benny and keep Dee?"



Dec. 31st, 2007 10:39 am
dextra: (Squee - teh freakiness)
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Jackie and me.

All this and cat macros too! )
dextra: (Ugly Hat)
I finally made it home yesterday. Pardon my emo post from a few days ago. I'm over that now. I appreciate the text messages though. I feel a little embarrassed about it now. Oh well.

Anyway, I had a pretty good time while I was there. Spent as much time with the munchkins as I could. One extra little thing I did for them just for fun was I got a whirlpool room at the Fairfield Inn. I don't think they've ever been that clean in their lives. I think they took like 8 baths in 3 days. :p

I got to see my new nephew, Landen (I still hate that name). He kind of looks like a tiny, angry old man. Most babies do when they're a week old, so I can't really judge his cuteness yet. Aiden was still adorable, but I didn't get to spend a lot of time with him. He's crawling now, and making out one-syllable words. I worry about that boy, because he just turned a year old on Saturday, and he's really just not developing very fast. I know he's a preemie, but still.

Good times... )
dextra: (Ugly Hat)
Rock Band am fun. )

In other news, I took that Christmas bonus I got Friday and got the girls big present. I got them a computer. Yeah, they're only 8, but they're smart. They've been messing with computers since they were old enough to reach the keyboard. I called Chris to give him the heads up on that, and he just griped that he would have to run a cable line to their bedroom. Hehehe...I love making him inconvenienced. It's not as dramatic as ruining someone's life, but you still get a sense of satisfaction from it. :p

So I've got most of my gifts wrapped, with the exception of about three. That would be because two have yet to arrive, and one is needing a little something else. I'm really hoping for the ones that haven't arrived will show up in the next day or so, so that I can send them on to the people I got them for. So some of you may be getting gifts after Christmas at this rate, and I apologize for that, but look at it as an extra little surprise just when you think it's all over and done with. :)

Well, time to make the donuts. And I need to call to see if I can get my brakes checked. The last week or so they've gotten progressively worse. I was due to get the Jeep serviced anyway, so I'll just go ahead and get that done. Can't be driving up to Kentucky on shitty brakes.
dextra: (LJ - Bored at work)
My sleep got seriously screwed up over the weekend. I stayed up all night on Friday for no reason. I just kept finding things I needed to do. Of course, I bailed on work at 2 because of my head, so I went home and did all my usual remedies, which involves a lot of caffiene, so...there you go. I was up until 2 am this morning because I just hadn't realized what time it was. Whoops.

I've got my Christmas shopping about 95% done. There's a couple of minor things I need to pick up in the next week or so, but that's about it. And if I can find or think of something else for the kids, that would be good too. I overdid on their birthday, so finding things I know they want is getting a little difficult. They've each got a Barbie, a Cabbage Patch kid and an oversized Care Bear. Joey's got a Wii Zapper and a set of some Judy Blume paperbacks. Jackie's got the first season of the Muppet Show, and I need to get her something else for sure to make it even. And maybe one more big thing that they can share. I dunno if they have a dvd player in their room or not. Or maybe a PS2, since they have games for it. I dunno.

Today is my great-grandmother's birthday. She's 95 now. She's not doing very well. The Alzheimer's has pretty much taken over and left her very reliant on others. She lived by herself up until a year or so ago, but now she lives with my great aunt Lucy and her husband Albert.

Man, just two weeks until Christmas. I can't wait, so of course, this means the next two weeks are going to fucking DRAG. There's a couple of parties this weekend, though I don't know if I'm going to go to the one for Pelican (our sister engineering firm) or not. It's semi-formal, and I'm not feeling much up to dressing up just to get drunk. I can do that at home in my sweats and be comfy. Ashley's having a party at her place on Sunday, and we're going to exchange gifts there. Everyone just buys a gift and we draw names to see who's we got. Pretty sweet idea.

Yeah, I think instead of going to that party I'm going to get my hair cut instead. I'm getting pretty shaggy. I mean, this cut will grow out well when I want to, but I don't want to right now. If I don't have a hat or a headband on, my bangs are trying to get in my mouth. So it's time for a trim.
dextra: (Firefly - Mal Face)
I sent off a package to you yesterday. Should be to you in the next day or so. :)

Sent off a package to the kids, too. I'd got them a couple of outfits at Target a couple weeks ago and just got around to sending them. *shrug* Oh well.

Got myself a new bank account started on Friday, so that was one good thing I managed to accomplish this week. I even got a Goddamn Batman debit card. :p

There was a sale at Target, so I got a new vacuum. Holy shitbiscuits. It has a a pretty big dirt cup on it. Probably holds about a gallon if you filled it with water. I filled it halfway just vacuuming my bedroom. Then I emptied it and the same thing happened in the living room. I know the carpet in here is crap, but I didn't know it was THAT friggin' dirty. *does heebie jeebie dance*
dextra: (300 YELLING)
Potter fans, if you don't wish to be spoiled, get off the internet as of yesterday. I've already found the book online (albeit photographed pages of the book), and I've seen a few assholes sporting spoilerific LJ icons, so beware and Adblock like a mofo.

A hangover, an emergency theater trip, and piracy. )

I'm now dragging my ass. I had a headache last night, and only had Excedrin Migrane, so the caffiene kept me up and I didn't sleep well at all. I ended up getting out of bed half an hour before my alarm went off.

...I know there was something else I intended to mention, but it's escaped me now. *shrug* Oh well.
dextra: (Gir - Doomie Doomie Doom)
Now, the girls haven't really had anything as far as a religious upbringing, but they know of the Christian God and Jesus. They know that when you die, you can go to Heaven and hang out with them. That's about it, really. So they don't have any kind of religious taboos that make them hold back when it comes to talking about them. Hilarity ensues.

Earlier today, as I was putting away groceries, Joey is talking to Jackie and CJ. I'm not really paying attention until something catches my ear:

Joey: I don't want to get old and die. Cause then I'll go to heaven, and I won't have anything to do except play video games with Jackie or play poker with Jesus.
Me: *doublespittake* Buh?
Joey: Well, I mean, he's got magic powers and stuff, right? He probably cheats. It's not fair.

That was...informative. *laughs* Jackie just joined in on the blasphemous funny a few minutes ago. I was putting them to bed and she was going on about this boy from her kindergarten class while we were in Arizona. This kid must have really pissed her off, because they're starting the second grade this year and she still complains about him. I told her that he was in Arizona and she'd probably never see him again, so please STFU already don't worry about it anymore.

Jackie: Oh thank you Jesus Christ Superstar!
Jackie: What? I've seen that movie. Daddy has it on dvd.

I love those little weirdos. :p
dextra: (Firefly - Dear Diary)
At least according to Joey. Because "You give me love, and hugs, and BEANS!"


And she just sang the Sailor Moon theme song. In Japanese. O_o
dextra: (Bored at work)
The company took on three new projects, and has hired half a dozen new people. Most of them work outside the office, so initially, it didn't seem like anything new was going on. But one project is due to kick off on Monday, so obviously, that means all hell is breaking loose around here.

Benny took me, Ashley and Lisa (who is one of the new hires) out to dinner last night for Administrative Professionals day/week/whatever. I honestly didn't care one way or the other about it, and neither did Ashley. But Benny is too nice for his own good and was placing a giant guilt trip on himself for forgetting about it. So we went to Acme Oyster House last night and had a nice little dinner. Even though none of us got oysters. :p I've never cared for oysters, raw or cooked. They just look like snot to me. I've no interest in eating anything that looks like that.

Annette, I got your card last night, thank you! It was so cute. My mail is so weird. I swear I think they hold my mail for a couple of days, then deliver it. Because I'll go a day or two every once in a while with nothing, then one day the box will be full of stuff. *shrug* Long as I get it. I usually don't have anything that's in dire need of getting to me quickly. That's what FedEx is for anyway.

And CJ has agreed - first weekend in June, we're going to Kentucky to get the girls. *beams* I'm probably going to take the 4th - 8th off to spend time with them, or at least see if I can't do some stuff from home. We're able to access the server outside of the office - Benny does it a lot. I'll just see if he'll let me set up something like that for when I'm out, so that way I can still get some work done while I'm with the monkeys. And the day camp doesn't get started until June 18th, so I'll have to find a sitter for a couple of weeks. No biggie. I can't wait though. *bounces*
dextra: (Etchasketch)
I was cleaning files out of the old crappy pc and came across some little short movies of the kids I took with the digicam. So there's no sound.

And yes, they are always that hyper.
dextra: (Gir bad thing)
I commented on this earlier, but I felt it deserves its own post:

I did call the kids earlier, and that helped. They were telling me that they're going to be done with school for the summer, and I told them that I was going to be starting school soon. Jackie, my little angel, she said the sweetest thing I've heard in forever:

Me: I'm going to be going back to school soon, too, so I can learn some new things, what do you think about that?
Jackie: But Mommy, you already know everything!
Me:*lauging* Baby, I don't know everything. And I'm going to art school, so I can learn to draw better and that way I'll be able to get a job doing it.
Jackie: But you're already the best drawer! Why do you gotta go to school for it?
Me: I'm going to take you to all my job interviews from now on.

I have the best kids ever.


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