November 17th, 2006

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YinYang Update

Well, YinYang was doing better this morning. She looks totally gnarly, being bald as a 100-year-old teddybear and walking weird from being sore and eyes all oozy from I don't know why... but she's eating and walking around and more alert. What was really cute was when I put her back in the cage with Abbie, now that I know she's OK, and Abbie spent about 20 minutes sniffing her and licking her face. Very motherly. They rarely display that sort of affection for one another but I know face-licking is a greeting ritual among guinea pigs. I'm at work now but I suspect YinYang is now snoozing in the little log cabin again. She seems to want to just snooze somewhere quiet, and who can blame her?
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From thefridayfive - Computers

1. How much time do you spend on the Internet daily?
Usually at least 10 hours. On and off throughout the day and a lot at night. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. is my favorite time.

2. What are your favorite 3 websites?
New York Times
AlterNet
LiveJournal

3. Do you eat at your computer?
Yes. And drink. And no, I have never spilled anything on the keyboard or computer.

4. Pick one and why - Reading the news online or in a newspaper?

Lately I've been very frustrated with my local paper because although the print edition has a lot of stuff I don't read and the daily subscription is expensive, their online edition is unusable. It's so hard to just *read* the damn thing, find articles, etc. I would *pay* for a good online edition!

I like print editions, but usually I'll only read one if I'm on a trip or on the train or bus with no reading material. Online is fine for me, as thankfully most online news sites are way better than the stupid Atlanta paper's.

5. How many people are on your instant messenger buddy list?
Around 25, but only 2 of them ever seem to be online.
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Friday

Today has not been too stellar.

Got woken up by a building-wide fire alarm. Which I knew wasn't really but I got up, dressed and went out into the cold anyway. Groggily I managed to get back to my unit once we had the all clear.

Watched poor YinYang, who is better but still pathetic. Also had to deal with Luckie, who for some reason decided to mess with both the pigs this morning and eat their spinach as well. I got her out of the cage ("Bad kitty!") but then she kept trying to sneak back in. Argh!

Here at work I've had a wicked headache and have been dealing with wacky crap that comes up just because we are so damn busy right now. Anybody who's worked in a supermarket at Thanksgiving knows what I mean, only in some ways it's different because we're talking about people preparing for massive Southern Thanskgivings. We have people coming in and buying entire shopping carts FULL of collard greens, or buying 5-6 10 lb. buckets of chitterlings, or 40 lbs. of sweet potatoes. One of our vendors has over a ton of sweet potatoes stacked up and says they'll be sold by Wednesday. It's just madness.

What I'd really like to do after I get out of here is take a nap, but I think I will just chill out (awake) for an hour and then go to the gym. Tonight Caleb wants to do something / spend time together, so I have to get my workout in beforehand.
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Bush: The Little Engine That Could.... Not

Cutting and pasting from the NY Times homepage:

In Visit to Vietnam, Bush Cites Lessons for Iraq
By DAVID E. SANGER 10:05 AM ET
Chief among lessons for the war in Iraq, he said, was that "we'll succeed unless we quit."

I am totally going to make an icon for that quote. It deserves it. I mean, I've recently heard some good interviews and read some articles on how the only way to leave Iraq and not have it be a mess is to send in a ton of troops in the next 6 months, quell the fires, and then leave. But still, WTF kind of quote is that?