Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Website coolness

So last night I registered the domain www.ginospage.com and found a pretty sweet deal on some place to host it. While it's not live yet, what this means is that eventually I'll be (slowly) migrating my old webpage to susan.ginospage.com; Dad's page will eventually be sammy.ginospage.com, etc. So that's cool. I'm looking forward to being able to set up photo galleries like Caryn and Vlad have. Should be a fun project, I think.

What else? Felt kind of cruddy on Sunday and Monday (bit of a head cold), but I started feeling a little better yesterday and I'm doing all right so far today. Got some more rain yesterday; not a whole lot of fun to drive through, with all the crazies on these freeways, but I rather enjoyed lying in bed and hearing it pour down on the roof. Other than that, not much new to report.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Weekend? What weekend?

Stuck working today and tomorrow. Blech. Overtime is all well and good, but I think I'd rather have the sleep. Definitely going to be taking a nap this afternoon when I get home.

Wrong number...wrong number!

Everybody gets phone calls from people who are trying to call someone else. However, twice now I have been called by girls looking for someone they caught their boyfriends cheating with. Early September was the first call. This one started out relatively calm. I'll refer to her as Girl-1.

"Hello, Caitlin? This is Girl-1 from the drama club."
"Sorry, wrong number."
"Oh, ok."

(15 seconds later)

"Hi, Caitlin? This is Girl-1. I'm in the drama club with you."
"Yeah, this really isn't Caitlin's number. She must have changed it."
"Oh, you know Caitlin?"
"No...you just said her name the last time you called and I remembered."
"Oh..."

At this point she lost it. Completely broke down, sobbing, telling me all about how her boyfriend had dumped her after she'd found out he was sleeping with this Caitlin girl and how she had no one to talk to about it, no parents, no friends. I was pretty much at a loss as to what to tell her, but I did my best to calm her down, tell her the guy was a jerk and didn't deserve her, whatever I could think of. Eventually she was a bit better and hung up.

Then last night, my phone rang again and I thought I vaguely recognized the area code as being the same as the one from the previous caller. Wasn't sure though, so I went ahead and answered. This time it was a different girl, who was completely hysterical. I could hardly understand her except for the occasional "How can you be sleeping with him, you bitch?!" I kept trying to tell her she had the wrong number but she wouldn't believe me! "Bullshit! I know it's you! Bitch!" At some point I handed Tom the phone so he could hear what was going on, and of course when he also tried to explain she had the wrong number, she thought he was the cheating boyfriend. Eventually there was nothing to be done but to just hang up on her. I felt pretty bad about the whole thing though and called her back on Tom's phone, figuring the number would come up on her caller ID and she could see it wasn't something she recognized. Yeah, not so much. I told her my name, which really confused her.

"Susan?! No, Cindy! This is supposed to be Cindy!"
"Yeah, well it's not. You really did have the wrong number, ok?"
(incoherent screeching)
"I can't understand anything you're saying."
"(incoherent) bitch!"
*click*

After this whole debacle, I went back and checked my phone records from the previous call. Indeed, the area code was the same, but the numbers were different. So I've come to the conclusion that some high school ho-bag is apparently sleeping her way around town, giving out fake names and my number, and I'm bearing the repercussions of her actions. Either that or the "You're sleeping with my boyfriend!" prank call is all the rage now. In any case, it's really pretty unnerving to have unfounded accusations flung at you, especially something of that nature. Anyway, just figured I'd comment on that, since I thought it was a pretty remarkable coincidence for the same thing to happen to me twice, with calls originating in the same geographical area, within a little over a month of each other.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

More rain and stuff

Been raining fairly steadily here since Saturday night, though by some amazing stroke of luck, my jogging times the last 2 days have managed to coincide with brief rain respites; I've mostly been getting dripped on by trees, which is good, because while I'm loving running in the cooler weather (you were right, Tom, and I was wrong...so wrong), I'm also glad to not be completely drenched upon returning home. I've upped my distance to 2 miles a day (sometimes a little more), so that's pretty cool, I think. Go me.

Sunday and Monday nights, the long-awaited Farscape miniseries aired on the SciFi Channel. I never did see what happened at the end of the 4th season, but that's probably a good thing, because the cliff-hanger was such that I would have been even more upset about the show's cancellation than I already was. Whoo-boy, what a doozy. Anyway, the miniseries did not disappoint (aside from a few laughably awful CGI sequences), so yippee. Go Farscape creators. Tonight marks the return of The West Wing, so I'm excited about that. It's a good show.

All right, lunch time is over, so it's back to work for me. Oh, and speaking of work, I started my job 3 months ago today. Some days it seems like I've been here forever, and others it feels like I've just begun. Anyway, hope everyone's having a good week.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

It's raining, it's pouring...huzzah!

I got up this morning at my usual 6am to go to work, and there were clouds in the sky. Real clouds. None of this overcast, fog-accumulation-from-the-ocean crap. All day long it was nice and cool and cloudy, and I was loving it. I know, I know, if I were still in the Willamette Valley I'd be cursing the rain by now. Funny what you miss, I guess. Anyway, the sky was blue again by mid-afternoon, much to my dismay. Tonight, when Tom and I went to go see Team America: World Police (so bad, yet so very funny), it started raining outside during the movie. Upon leaving the theater, we were treated to a nice walk home through the rain. Excellent! The meteorologists claim we might even get some thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow. I hope they're right; that would be great.

That's my exciting news. Looking forward to an actual day off tomorrow.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Fun with clocks

Yesterday we had a power outage, so most of the clocks were blinking when I got home from work. Before going to bed, I noticed that Tom had accidentally reset the bedside clock to 11 AM instead of PM; I was glad I'd caught that since the alarm was still set for 6AM. So the alarm went off this morning. I got up, dressed, had breakfast, checked email, etc. I was running a little behind (or so I thought), so imagine my surprise when I actually bothered to pay attention to the time on the cable box, which proclaimed the hour to be 5:32...not 6:32. I did a hasty double-check of all the other battery-operated time telling devices (my watch, cell phone, computer), all of which confirmed that the hour was indeed earlier than I thought. No wonder it hadn't been getting all that light out yet (I'd figured it was just cloudy). Turns out we went to bed at 10 last night, not 11. Well, I took the opportunity to reset the bedside clock, brush my teeth and crawl back into bed to doze for another 45 minutes. Can't say I feel that much more refreshed for it, but it was sure nice to be able to go back to bed instead of having to rush out the door. When the alarm went off again, I was able to just roll out of bed, rid myself of accumulated cat hair, and go. I even got to work early.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Some kind of title

Saturday after my half-day of work, I met Gram Gram for lunch in Burbank. We had a fine meal at Chevy's and got a chance to catch up a bit. It was a very nice visit. :) We met up at Barnes & Noble, and since I got there a bit early, I went in and bought America (The Book), which was written by Jon Stewart and the folks of The Daily Show. It's a history "textbook" and is absolutely hilarious.

On the way home from lunch, I picked up some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Mmmmm, Krispy Kreme...I eat these about once every 6 months, so I figure I don't run any sort of heart attack risk by my occasional indulgence.

Saturday evening (well, night really), Tom and I went with the roommates to the local comedy club to see Orny Adams. The openers were Christopher Titus (who had a short-lived sitcom on FOX) and a girl named Dana Eagle, who was very funny. Orny himself had a pretty amusing set. They're pretty enjoyable, those comedy shows.

Sunday...yeah, I don't remember much of Sunday. I was pretty tired. I know there was some watching of football. I read a lot and dozed on the couch. I even got to bed at a reasonable hour, but I didn't sleep very soundly. I was really tired and (needless to say) very uninspired about going to work this morning.

So now I'm sitting here watching Leo play one-man (cat) hockey with a hair band on the kitchen floor. And I mean that as in "an accessory used to restrain one's locks", not "Twisted Sister et al". Though the latter would probably be pretty funny.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Quote of the Day, courtesy Fafblog


When asked to name three mistakes he has made as president George Bush stares deeply into the eyes of his audience an recites the lyrics to "Dancing Queen."

I love the Fafblog.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Running (Wo)man

I bumped up my run distance to 2 miles tonight. I think it's the first time I've run for long enough to get a second wind. So that's cool. I'm pretty proud of myself. :)

I'm glad the work week is nearing its end. I still don't know for sure whether or not I'll have to work Saturday morning (I'm guessing I probably will), but it won't be such a bad thing if I do. Still not a fan of getting up early on the weekend, but what can you do?

Okay, nothing else to say. Gonna sign off before I get more boring.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Kuwait pics and misc.

Amy posted the first few photos from Dad at her website, so check 'em out. There will be more to come, soon.

This week seems to be going by pretty fast, for which I'm glad. I've managed to get a fair amount of work done the last two days, which is good because last week I kept getting sidetracked by other projects and started falling behind on QC testing. (My boss has been at a seminar since Monday, so perhaps that has something to do with it.) It'd be nice if I could work uninterrupted every day, but I don't think that's the way it works. ;)

All right, better finish getting ready and start the day.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Another pleasant valley Sunday...

...here in status symbol land. Or something. The clouds of last week lifted yesterday to yield a clear-sky weekend, though fortunately it stayed relatively cool in spite of the cloudlessness. I got to change a tire on my car yesterday. That was fun. Tom helped me out by jacking up the car while I was working on removing the offending flat, but I did the actual tire changing on my own. This may seem like a silly accomplishment, but I have often wondered, even though I know in theory what I'm supposed to do, if I'd be able to physically change a tire on my own. Well, mystery solved. I will not be helpless if in the future I should blow a tire on some remote stretch of road far from cell phone towers.

After I got the tire patched, I drove down to Yaya's to have lunch and visit for a few hours. On the way back I called and talked to Megan, who informed me she had her baby last Sunday! Healthy boy, Weston Richard. It's weird when your best friends start procreating. All the best to her and Woody; I know they'll be excellent parents.

Tom and I are going to try and make French bread from scratch later. Should be amusing. Beyond that, not much else to report for the day. Been sitting, reading, too lazy to even get out of my pjs. Hope everyone else is having as relaxing a weekend as I've had.