Saturday, May 28, 2005

Let the Moving Commence!

This will probably be my last post for about a week since we have begun moving our worldy items from dark corners of our house into dark corners of a moving van. Said items will be then placed in larger dark corners of our new house over the next few days.

My parents are scheduled to show up in Jimmy-town sometime this afternoon when I hope to go buy paint and other sundries at Home Depot (pssstt... Behr paint is on sale this weekend!). Tomorrow is the day we can actually move stuff into the house. We have some hopes to get a few boxes in there tonight, but it all depends on when we can get the keys from the current owners.

On the happy end, if everything goes as planned we will have a small army of friends helping us move stuff in tomorrow. We will repay them with an outrageous home-cooked meal made by my Babcia (barbequed hamburgers, salad, dessert, soda, and a lot of other stuff I'm forgetting). We're also handing out free t-shirts for people to wear in honor of the move. Okay, so they're just leftover JDRF walk and City-County softball shirts from a few years ago.

I should note that the weather is behaving appropriately for our move. Ever since I started college, it has rained everytime I've had to move. It's currently raining outside and the radar shows more to come.

Matt and I have both taken off this next week to make a mess of our new house by unpacking. Buddy is a little freaked out by everything, so he'll like the fact that we'll be around 24-7 to comfort him, pat his belly, and give him doggie treats.

The whole online thing is up in the air. I wasn't able to nail down a phone line/DSL transfer thing because the other owners hadn't set a date for their phone to be shut off. So we might not have access until god knows when. Matt is already suffering withdrawal from SWG. But don't fret if you're one of readers who personally knows us. You can still reach us via my cell phone for the next few days.

I'll see you all again once we're settled!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

What We Do For Fun... Or Charity...

A few weekends ago, Matt asked if I wanted to go to the fundraiser for the women's ice hockey league in Jamestown. Little did I know that while the fundraiser would involve our new ice arena, it also would involve barnyard animals.

Folks... I give you.... Donkey Basketball!

Donkey Basketball Posted by Hello

The mayor of the city, the county sheriff, and several other community members faced off against members of the local media in a five-on-five-on-donkey competition. I commented that it had to be most redneck thing we had ever done since I moved to Jamestown in 1999, but the kids seemed to enjoy it. That's all that matters in the end. Note - I had a hard time getting decent pictures because the lighting was so low in the arena otherwise I would have posted a picture of our Mayor riding on a donkey with a bicycle helmet, knee and elbow pads.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Thursdays In The Square

I love the Thursdays In The Square series that the city of Buffalo puts on every summer. This year's schedule was just released (thanks to Buffalo Pundit for the heads-up) in the Buffalo News. There's plenty of good offerings here, but I'll most likely try to get to the TMBG show in the harbar at the end of July. That and whatever else moves me since I'll be that much closer to Buffalo from where I work in Dunkirk. As a public service, since links expire or require you to cough up dough, here's the complete list as of today:
Thursdays In the Square

May 26: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

June 2: Theory of a Deadman and Submersed

June 9: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Dears and Marjorie Fair

June 16: Stars and Howie Day

June 23: Eric Burdon and the Animals

June 30: Little Feat

July 7: Sarah Harmer

July 14: Dr. John

July 21: G-Love and Special Sauce

July 28: The Lowest of the Low

Aug. 4: Ian Hunter

Aug. 11: An evening with Great Big Sea

Aug. 18: Soulive and the Campbell Brothers

Aug. 25: Sam Roberts and Matt Mays

Sept. 1: Spin Doctors

Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor, Erie Basin Marina

July 22: moe. and They Might Be Giants

July 23: Hootie and the Blowfish

Thursday, May 12, 2005

It Just Begs The Question...

I am:
"You're probably one of those people who still thinks that getting a blowjob is not an impeachable offense."

Are You A Republican?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

And you ask what kind of democrat I am..

I've always maintained that I'm a REALISTIC Democrat:

Your Political Profile

Overall: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Attention 56th State Senate District Residents!!!

If you live in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, or Allegany Counties; and are registered to vote, there is a very special election today.

Nancy Bargar is running against State Assemblywoman Cathy Young for the 56th State Senate seat left vacant by the recently deceased, Pat McGee.

Instead of having the election take place on Primary Day in September, Gov. Pataki saw a way to muscle Young into this seat by holding a special election that will cost some municipalities more than what they have budgeted for elections. The candidates had 22 days to campaign. Ms. Young spent it avoiding debates, making squirrly moves by announcing grant funding to municipalities outside her Assembly district, being propped up by Gov. Pataki all over the district, and putting out deceptive radio ads and mailings.

Nancy Bargar is the best choice if you want real change in Albany. Cathy Young is merely a mouthpiece for Gov. Pataki and the GOP. She seems to be incapable of original thought when it comes to statements she makes and the issues she supports. Do you want more of the same in Albany? If so, then vote for Cathy, otherwise, be bold and demand reform and change for the better. Vote for Nancy Bargar today.

This race will be decided by a minority of registered voters. Get out and make a difference. Polls are open until 9pm in Chautauqua County.

Buffalo News Story



I have no life this month.


We are not as far along with packing as I would like to be despite what my husband says.


I think stress at work and at home caused me to lose a couple pounds last week. Either that or it's the natural rise of and fall of weight a woman goes through every month.


I'm worried that the mortgage process is going to fuck up our closing date, thus rendering all plans to move into our new house Memorial Day weekend obsolete.


My to-do list at work and the time allowed to complete it makes me worried that I will fail. I fear failure. And getting yelled at.


I dreamt I got a job managing a professional hockey team. Several nights before that I dreamt I was visiting Prince Edward Island with my family in the Fall.

Friday, May 06, 2005

The Bells Are Ringing

Help our friends, Clair & Kevin, win the wedding of their dreams!

The lovely duo has entered a local radio contest for a spectacular June wedding. Recently, the two realized that their dream to be married in August just wasn't financially feasible, so the only way they could get married and have a super-nice day was if they won this contest.

Clair and Kevin are a super couple. Matt and I have known them both for many years, and they truly deserve this. They both have jobs they love, but don't necessarily pay the best. We're asking that you vote early and often:

Record Your Vote for Kevin and Clair on this page.

The Month of May

Life has decided that May will be my crazy month for the first part of the year. A list:
  1. Three press events at work, one event that will require two press releases
  2. One of those press events will require overtime at work and is happening a day before we start to move into the new house
  3. Various family events including Mother's Day and my mother-in-law's birthday
  4. Packing the whole house in two weekends
  5. Moving into our new house and moving Matt's parents into our rented house in the same weekend
I'm not really complaining. I'm glad that I'll get to see all of my family this weekend. And it's better to have a job to stress over than not. The only thing that sucks is that the realization of all the stuff I have to do this month came at the same time as the maple blossoms opened. Allergies and stress do not make for a pretty picture, but I try to console myself with the fact that I will get that week at the end of May/beginning of June off to move and unpack a little.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

10 Years of Driving Bliss

My beloved 1995 Toyota Tercel is on its last legs. On Sunday, my exhaust system came in two, but held together enough so I could get it to our mechanic yesterday so he could weld it back together. He commented to Matt, "The war between her car and rust is starting to tip in the favor of the rust," and then added, "She's not planning to have that car much longer, is she?"

I freaked out upon hearing the news, naturally, but we figure my car will last until the Fall at least. It's quite doubtful it could make it through another Western New York winter.

Homage to My Car
165,600 miles and counting
35 miles per gallon, consistently
Countless trips between Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester, & Cleveland
A trip to Toronto, CA
A trip to Washington, D.C.
Countless hours of awesome music
Cohort in crime as I made spontaneous trips to various locations, even if it was just to Tim Hortons
Minimal repair excluding the water pump replacement, brakes, tires, thermostat, and some exhaust system issues over the past year
Endless memories of happy driving

Shuffle To Work

The last set of songs on my iPod on my way to work this morning starting with what I heard when I pushed play in the driveway:

1. Joseph Arthur - Evidence
2. Dead Milkmen - I Dream Of Jesus
3. Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
4. Cracker - Kerosene Hat
5. Peter Gabriel - When You're Falling
6. James - Laid
7. The Cars - Moving In Stereo
8. XTC - Chalkhills & Children (skipped this one)
9. Dick Dale and the Del-Tones - Grudge Run
10. Red Hot Chili Pepers - Sir Psycho Sexy

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Sunday Morning Rain Is Falling... Scratch That.. Where's My Depeche Mode?

Your Seduction Style: Ideal Lover

You seduce people by tapping into their dreams and desires.
And because of this sensitivity, you can be the ideal lover for anyone you seek.
You are a shapeshifter - bringing romance, adventure, spirituality to relationships.
It all depends on who your with, and what their vision of a perfect relationship is.

Your Taste in Music:

90's Alternative: Highest Influence
80's Alternative: High Influence
Adult Alternative: High Influence
80's Pop: Medium Influence
90's Pop: Medium Influence
90's Rock: Medium Influence
Alternative Rock: Medium Influence
Ska: Medium Influence
Classic Rock: Low Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Low Influence
Punk: Low Influence

Away, Away

We're on a mini-vaca in an area where they're experiencing forest fires (thanks asshole arsonist). It's an area that makes Clift...