February 6th, 2004



My brain is so happy. I actually spent time today DESIGNING A WEB SITE -- something I swear I haven't really got to do in a long time. I have been so caught in site MAINTENANCE and annoying SITE PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT (i.e. Mat Man's endless edits) that DESIGN isn't something I've been doing at all. But today I started on the bed and breakfast site, it was so great -- totally lost track of all time. I worked on it between 3:30 and 6 and finally around 6 I went out for dinner, then back later I worked from like 9 to... um, NOW, and totally LOST myself in it. I love the design so far. Had the idea for the "key" element at dinner -- at the start it had eluded me, knew something was missing, not what.

Anyway, for the curious, here is what I've started: Inman Park Bed & Breakfast: The Woodruff Cottage.

Only the first two links on the left work. Tomorrow I will do the Rooms page and block out the Reservations and Map & Directions page -- which client really needs to write. After that it goes on to the client, who I hope will be tickled...
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I'm in the paper, talking nice about Downtown!

So this morning I'm going through the paper, my usual routine, and something catches my eye in the editorial pages -- my collumn!

DOWNTOWN: A perfect place to live, work

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Besides this just being the paper today, rather than next week, which was a surprise, I was also surprised by the fact they used an old headshot they must have on file for me -- got my old aluminum cat classes and my black bob wig :)
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Friday Five: Risks

1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

Hmmm. At the moment I'd say leaving my cushy job, although I wouldn't have done it if I'd fail, since that would mean... no money!

2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?

Be a surrogate mom, possibly to two gay men. Would not go over well with my family...

3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)

Probably a 6 or 7.

4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?

All kinds of good stuff. I think maybe my decision to come down to Georgia for my senior year of college was pretty bold and it worked out great -- look where I am now. Of course, I am in GEORGIA, which overall has got issue that will eventually lead me elsewhere, but I've got a great life!

5. ... and what's the worst?

I honestly can't think of anything terrible that's ever happened to me as a result of risk-taking. Despite going out by myself late at night in "iffy" areas, riding my bike on the streets, all the stuff I do... No accidents, muggings, huge financial losses, busted friendships or anything.

If I really wanted to twist the question, I might say that daring to be an independent woman has left me alone.
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I've been listening to David Bowie's (latest?) album Reality the past couple of days, and I swear I'm not just trying to suck up to lydia2600 when I say it's really great. It's both hard and pretty. It's got a lot of feeling in it, seems to me. I have no idea how Bowie stays so cooooooooooooooool. He and Sting must go to some special well...
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    Um, Reality!
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Well, today when I did my morning piggy check, I noticed they had *not* eaten all the vegies and hay overnight, which is their habit, or should I say, YinYang's habit. Anyway, I thought maybe they had just slept all night in their hut and once I put the hut away, they'd get up and eat, but YinYang is just lying in the newspaper tube I made for them. I read a couple of things about pregnant guinea pigs saying they often turn off eating for 7-8 hours before having their babies, so I'm hoping today's the day. I so wanna see a baby! (The vet said there is probably only one and April and I agree, as there is basically just this big single lump in one side of her. And one time it was making little noises!)

ADDENDUM (10:48). Well, YY just got up and drank a lot of water, a few food pellets and a slice of cucumber, so maybe she's not totally off food. Still, she is usually just inhaling all the vegies, so I'd still say her appetite is off.
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Sometimes distractions are distracting

Somebody should block my access to PopCap Games. In my defense, I will say that I have NOT played Zuma in more than a week because the game gave me such game-crack-head -- I was dreaming about it and I think I was getting some sexual fixation on it, there was THAT much endorphin-stimulation going on from the rush of it. Nowadays I stick more to Bejeweled, which has shorter games and doesn't leave my head full of visions of exploding glowing balls...
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    more Reality
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Pot is boiling, I think....

Been watching YinYang pretty closely. I still think she's close to Baby Time. She's eating (squealing for parsley!) but at the same time, lying down a lot and doing what seems like an extra lot of grooming -- like last makeup check or something.

Also, I was watching her about 1/2 hour when all of a sudden on the baby side of her stomach, there was this BIG movement, of the baby turning around or something. It was like something in Alien, he he!

Oh, in other pet news, my birds are finally all happy this week -- some of the outdoor birds have migrated back to Atlanta already and are twittering. Without those other birds to hear and winter weather making it dark, Pell and Cal were just mainly just moping for a few weeks.
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A bit of capitalism...

I am feeling good about how I'm doing with the business, so I kind of just sprung for buying some stuff. It started with me trying to see when David Bowie is playing in Atlanta (yeah, yeah, yeah, lydia2600) and then turned into me deciding to hear sound-samples of Heathen and then thinking "OK, I should get that on Half.com..." And Half.com being what it is, I decided to check out my Amazon Wish List (my "official record" of stuff I want...) and find some bargain. I ended up with:

Silent Songs - A.C. Crispin, Kathleen O'Malley
Read the first book of this cool SF book with a planet mainly inhabited by sentient giant cranes, with humans in a first contact type situation. Got this second book for like $1 plus $1 shipping or something.

Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Because the copy I read is one I borrowed from an ex-coworker and I need to give it back... I just can't NOT have this book in my home, love it to pieces!

Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Soundtrack)
This is going to be be GREAT music to write my novel by!

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
We had a review of this in Inception and I thought it sounded soooooooooooooo cool and since I am pretty sure our library won't have it, got it...

Heathen - David Bowie
This is what I started out looking for.

All told, with shipping this order was only around $40, not bad.
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Drink This

I rarely recommend drinks (esp. ones that aren't seriously candilicious cordials or cockatils) but THIS is good:

HardCore Cider - Premium Hard Cider

I got a six-pack at Market One tonight, had a bottle... lovely.

I also got POMEGRANATE JUICE -- how decadent, I know... but how could I POSSIBLY resist it?! Esp. when the bottle looks like a sex toy and says "I [heart] POM"???
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