Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Oh Holy Jesus!

Prescilla & I left for our walk Sunday night at 11:30 and we went out the back doors like we always do...As I was opening the door I thought I saw something scurry to hide behind it and I thought it was a mouse so when I walked out I looked and there was a spider as big as my hamster! I'm not joking! There is no hyberpole whatsoever in that statement!! I screamed and jumped down all the steps (there's about 5 steps) before Prescilla even knew what was going on! When she saw it she freaked out and ran down.

When we came back, she was shining her flashlight around and she didn't see it so she opened the door and the thing had been hiding underneath the door and it scurried out and I screamed "Thereitis, thereitis, thereisis!!!!" and I've never seen her move so fast! She shut the door on me so I yelled at her to open the left door and I jumped in! Then we looked at it through the's HUGE!!!! I swear the body is the size of Sam (my hamster) and it has these long-ass legs and it's wood brown...yuck!!!!!

Then there was another spider just inside the doors with a quarter-sized body! When she pointed that out I pretty much ran down the hall screaming. Afterwards for about an hour I felt things crawling on me and I was seeing things out of the corner of my eye which I was sure were armies of giant spiders!!! I tried to look up guides for spiders so I could identify it but I couldn't handle all of them so I had to quit.

It was AWFUL!



Sunday, August 26, 2007

History Time

I'm not sure if I've ever really talked about my fascination with the Romanov family on here before. If you know me well, you know that the whole story has captivated me since I was small and I have numerous books on the Romanovs and Rasputin. If you didn't know, you do. :)

So! A little back story - in the early hours of July 17, 1918, the last Tsar, Nicholas, and his family were shot down by the Bolsheviks in a horrid way. In 1976, the remains of all but the heir Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, the 3rd daughter, were recovered. It wasn't until 1991 that these remains were excavated and reburied in a St Petersburg cathedral.

But last month, Sergei Plotnikov, a 46-year-old builder who was part of a team from an amateur history group who spent free summer weekends looking for the lost Romanovs, stumbled across a small hollow covered with nettles in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Excavation revealed bones, a dress fragment, bullets of different calibers and pieces of Japanese ceramic bottles that were used to carry the sulphuric acid poured over the Romanov corpses*.

It was determined that the bones belong to a 10-13 year old boy and an 18-23 year old woman which fit the ages that Alexei & Maria were when they were murdered. So far the remains have not been buried with their family because the Russian Orthadox Church apparently wants to be "extra sure" these are the Romanov children.

This find pleases me and I have no doubt it's Alexei & Maria. Now the pretenders** can stop pretending at let these poor tortured souls have some peace.

* = the bones discovered (both the most recent and the others) showed evidence that after their corpses were thrown into the ground, the Bolsheviks poured acid on them and burned them. A most undignified ending for a diginified family.

** = Many women over the years have claimed to be both Grand Duchess Anastasia and Grand Duchess Maria, saying that they somehow survived the bloodshed of July 17th. Also Alexei Poutziato, Joseph Veres, Heino Temmet, Michael Goleniewski and Vassili Filatov have all claimed to be Tsarevich Alexei. Now these people have no leg to stand on.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Up on Current Events

I was sitting in the break room today with Prescilla and she was telling me a story about some poor dog whom police had found with a knife stuck through his head, just above his eye. They took him to a vet and emergency surgery was performed; the dog was lucky cuz the knife hadn't speared his brain or anything and now he's fine and looking for a home. Prescilla said, "Who would ever do something like that to a poor little dog?" My answer?

"Michael Vick."

I'm not going to go into a whole rant about him except to say he's a sick, twisted man who deserves what he gets and I hope the NFL bans him from ever playing again.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Conversation in an Aura

On the radio: Tom Petty's Runnin' Down A Dream

TP: I put the pedal down to make some time...(Collin picked that time to really speed up.)

Me: Just cuz Tom Petty told you to go fast doesn't mean you have to.

Collin: I always do whatever Tom Pettey says.

Me: Oh yeah?

Collin: Yeah...I don't go 'round there no more...

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Monday, August 13, 2007


So I found out last night that there won't be layoffs at all in the Colorado Springs plant so my job is safe for now!! yay!

I know I usually save movie reviews for my end-of-month dealies but Friday night Collin, the kids & I saw The Simpsons Movie and I laughed my ass off! My face was tired from laughing after the first 30 minutes, it was that funny! I loved it and can't wait to see it again! If you feel like laughing and The Simpsons is your kind of humor, GO SEE IT!!

Hope you all had fine weekends!!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007



***okay deep breath***

Rumors run rampant throughout my workplace but this one has scared the shit out of me! Apparently 300 layoffs are happening next Wednesday morning (globally, not just our plant) and my area is slated to get "hit hard." I'm soooo freaked out. I start looking at my co-workers wondering if they would go before me and what can I do that they can't?

The truth is that anyone can do what I do, including train people and type up the passdown. That worries me - I'm not irreplacable although I'd like to be. One shiny star in this mucky sky is that I am the only buddy trainer who is certified to certain machines so...maybe I'll be okay.

Knocking on wood and pointing like Fred as I type this, I have never been laid off or fired from a job and I surely do not want to start now. My initial panic has subsided but there is an undercurrent of stress that is permeating everything I do this weekend....

Pray for me!!



Monday, August 06, 2007

A Month Of Harry

It's that time again: Harry Potter Mania Month! With the new movie and book out, I was immersed in HP Land and happy as a clam to be there. Sadly, once again, my reading suffered but the movies more than made up for it:

21. The Firefly Companion Volume 2: I got so heavy into the Firefly series again and decided I needed a companion book. I found one but it was Vol. 2 - I bought it anyway and enjoyed the hell out of it! It contains the complete scripts for the later episodes which was fun to read!

22. The Firefly Companion Volume 1: Yes, I read them out of order...but it was still shiny fun!

23. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Of COURSE this is the BOTM! I loved this book even though I spent the last part of it in tears! I'm planning on re-reading the whole series soon!

24. The Serenity Visual Guide - The script to the movie. Yay!!


87. Serenity - I had to watch this again after reading the script!

88. Serenity - I am not obsessed!

89. The One - I love Jet Li and what could be better than cool cars, cool music and multiple Jet Li's???

90. Monty Python & The Holy Grail - Hadn't seen this one in a while - always funny!

91. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - This was a horrible rendition of the book...there was really no reason to call this movie Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde...bad bad bad. The only reason I watched it (and forced Collin to) was Adam Baldwin.

92. Full Metal Jacket - Great movie - I loved Animal Mother!!

93. Slither - This is a fun, if gross, movie with Nathan Fillion.

94. The Illusionist - Ooo! I loved this movie! LOVED IT!!!

95. Arsenic & Old Lace - Collin had never seen this one and I had...about 5 times. I was pleased to see how well he enjoyed it.

96. Ghost Rider - Not a bad movie. Great effects.

97. Evil Eyes - Yet another Adam Baldwin flick where he was the only good thing about it.

98. Hairspray - LOVED IT!! So fun and colorful and the music was great!

99. Premonition - So disappointed in this movie. I was really looking forward to it and ended up miffed at the end.

100. Hot Fuzz - Damn funny movie from the guys that did Shaun Of The Dead. Seriously funny.

101. Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix - My MOTM. I had already heard from Kathleen that they hadn't followed the book so I went only to enjoy it as a movie and ended up loving it. The effects are great and I love all the actors - Imelda Staunton and Helena Bonham-Carter especially!!

102. Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix (IMAX) - Two days in a row. Enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time around except we were in the 2nd row and the fight scene in the Dept of Mysteries was in 3-D which made me sick.

103. The Prince & Me - An okay movie that I popped in to while away the time.

104. Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire - It took Collin and I 2 hours of driving around town to track this DVD down. But it was worth it!

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