katstales: (John-enough coffee for this)

Tis Monday again.

Was up late editing and slept in till almost ten am. Sounds good so far right? *nods* Kat's no good, terrible, very bad day. )

So tis executive decision time--we are SO eating out tonight. Will hopefully be on chat later, but prolly not till late as groceries still need fetching and new bathmat will need to be acquired asap.

Did I mention that I really hate Mondays?!!!


Mar. 13th, 2009 12:16 am
katstales: (John-sleepy w/scrubs)
I be sick. As in, 102.3 degree(F) fever sick. So pretty much all I want to do is lay around huddling under a mountain of blankets at the moment, which is why you prolly won't be seeing me around chat or LJ much till teh Ebile Germies have been defeated.

*crawls off to find my blankets again*

katstales: (John-this sucks)
That's it. I've had it. I'm DONE.

I eff-ing QUIT!!!!!!!

katstales: (Atlantis-snowglobe)
As if things were crazy enough around here with company coming for several days Christmas and playing taxi driver for the son whose car is toast, my daughter's car was stolen last night! So after the police reports and all were filed, a friend gave her a ride back home from the bar where her friend was playing DJ for the night. We only found out this morning when she asked for a ride to work, at which point she told me she also needed another key to the apt. Apparently, the thief filched her keys from her purse, including her key to the apt. So yay, now we have to have locks changed as well. They recovered the car a mile and a half north of the town where it was stolen. One of the front tires was blown after hitting the curb where the thief abandoned it. (The keys were still in it, thank goodness, but I'm still having the locks changed. I may not have much, but what I do have I'd like to keep thankyouverymuch!) They think they know who took it, but will have to wait for it to be dusted for prints and processed before she gets it back. Then there is the matter of the bill for the towing company to deal with, along with replacing the tire when she eventually gets it back--just what she needed to do there, shell out all the extra $$ right at Christmas! *fumes*

The cops think they know who did it and asked if she wanted to prosecute. She said yes, to the fullest extent of the law, as she thinks she knows who did it also. Seems she gave a casual acquaintance a ride to the bar and the freakin' moron got completely and totally plastered (i.e. drunk for those unfamiliar with the slang), then started a fight and got himself kicked out of the bar. She told him she wasn't ready to leave yet and since he started trouble when she specifically told him not to do that, he could just walk to the gas station up the road a short distance and catch a ride from there. Apparently the cops picked him up for being drunk about ten minutes after he'd left the bar, but he was much further away than he should have been able to walk in that amount of time. So they're pretty sure he did it, which should (hopefully!) be confirmed by the fingerprints. So we'll have to wait and see on that, I guess. Still, it's gonna make things interesting this week if I have to be taking her to work as well as get everything else on my list accomplished. I've still got a ton of baking to do (haven't even started on the massive amount of cookies I bake every year yet *sigh*) along with the usual chores. Oh, and sometime before Wednesday night, I need to wrap presents. :P

On the plus side, most of the cleaning is done. This morning started with a trip to Best Buy for R to exchange the laptop that he bought a week or two back because he found a better model at a comparative price that included a better printer than the one he bought a couple of weeks ago. (The one he took back? This would be the same one he bought after returning the one he picked up at WalMart on Black Friday because it was a better machine at a comparable price, plus it included an antivirus package and an all-in-one Epson printer, which the one from WallyWorld did not have. *headdesk*) Then it was on to Starbucks for a Peppermint Mocha Twist and an apple-bran muffin, as I had not had breakfast yet. Then stopped at the store to rent the machine and came home to clean the carpets. Once that was done, also made a trip to the grocery store to pick up the fixin's for the soup we'll be having on Christmas Eve, plus some stuff to fix for dinner tomorrow and Tues. We need to go over a couple of the more high-traffic areas before we return the carpet cleaner tomorrow, but that shouldn't take long. So that pretty much leaves the baking, wrapping presents, and laundry on the must-do before Christmas list. Ugh.

I know I haven't been around or on chat much lately and as much as I'd love to change that, it probably won't be happening until after Christmas at the earliest. :( Miss chatting with all of you guys and look forward to being back on YIM on a nightly basis. *hugs* Hope things have been going much more smoothly for all of you! :)

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To those I promised a con report, here goes! :D

Thurs: After a somewhat rocky start to the trip, I managed to find my way to MediaWest Con in Lansing, MI. I ended up taking a later flight than scheduled, but it all worked out for the best and I was able to meet my roomies at the airport instead of the hotel. After picking up a rental car, we headed to Bennigan's (broccoli bites!!! YUM!!!) for dinner (after a quick trip through the sleezy liquor store right across from the entrance to the airport *g*). After than it was onward to the hotel and check-in, and after a quick trip to the store to find what we needed for our door decoration, it was time for a nice little tour of the halls to check out all the dealers selling from their rooms. We picked up some pre-con orders and caught up with some old friends along the way. Then it was back to the room for the night, to work on our door decoration and sleep. (which I was more than ready for after being up since 4am. Blech!)

Friday: Bright and early, two of us made our way down to use the exercise equipment (y'all be sure to tell Doc that I have been a good girl and have used the stationary bike and doing my exercises for my knee every single day since I got here. We'll just keep the part about not doing any of it on Thurs between us, 'kay? *g*) After we all showered, it was time to head down for breakfast. We got there toward the end of the buffet, but other than the biscuits being a little hard it was very good. By the time we finished eating, it was almost time for registration to open so we headed there and picked up our stuff. The dealer's room was open, so we headed off to see all the stuff with the hot boyz spend money. Lots of money, lol. By the time I'd covered most of the room, my knee was begging for ice so I headed up to the room while the others tried to see who could empty their bank accounts the fastest. *g* We managed to get the door decoration up and sat back to listen to people laugh, which thankfully many people did. :D Picspam to follow shortly. Late lunch/dinner was at BD's Mongolian Barbeque, after which were totally stuffed to the gills.

Saturday: More shopping (yes, we did have some money left after Friday, lol--really!) after work outs and breakfast and many checks of the art show. (One of my roomies did some stained glass and hand-made some beaded items to enter. Six of her pieces are going to auction this evening--wooohooooo!) Her Torchwood square sold, but didn't go to auction. Her BSG Eye of Jupiter (which also looks awesomely good, btw) and several other non-fannish pieces had enough bids to take it to auction. She also made some glass beads and made bookmarks and bracelets (including Harry Potter!) and all of those sold as well. We went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse (Y.U.M.!!!!). There was a slight mix-up with the steaks, but the strawberry Margarita was AWESOME. Once again, we were totally STUFFED by the time we left, so after a brief stop at Target we headed back to the hotel. Two of us walked off the meal (my knee was not happy with the idea, so I passed on that one *pouts*) and two of us took a nice little nap. Other than that it was a fairly quiet day. Oh! On the way up from dinner, we met John and Rodney (action figures) in the elevator, the two having just returned from a nice little romp in the hotel pool. *giggles*

Sunday: Same routine as the other mornings. Workouts, then showers, then breakfast, then a trip to the art show room to check on bids. I didn't find anything that I wanted badly enough to fight for, so I didn't bid on anything. :( Wandered the halls and dealers room a bit more, then came up to grab a book and head down to the courtyard to soak up some rays. (Not too much though, as prescriptions say no prolonged or excessive exposure. :( ) THen came back to the room and started typing up this report. Then we went to dinner at a local place across from the university (Michigan State) called Pizza House. I shall spare you all the poultry teaching/sheep teaching discussion that took place on the way there though. *g* I have a feeling we will be heading back there next year. *g* They had Chicago Stuffed pizza!!! Was VERY yummy. I was good and had salad so as to get some veggies in, so that canceled out all the calories from the pizza and cheesebread. *nods* Now we are chilling out and waiting for art auction to begin in about an hour. :D

So that's it for now. Picspam to follow at some point tonight or tomorrow. Probably. Maybe. *g*

It Lives!

May. 10th, 2008 10:33 pm
katstales: (Atlantis-Rain)
Yikes, where the heck have the last couple of months *gone*? It's been ages since my last update, so I'm going to try to do something about that and get back to posting regular writing updates again. Who knows, maybe that will actually help me get back on the right track with writing again. *sigh*

So, what have I been up to? Well, not much writing that's for sure. :P Mostly, I've been busy focusing on getting my knee in decent working order again. I was doing therapy three times a week for month and then was cut down to two sessions for the past couple of weeks. Next week he's having me only come in once, so we'll see how that goes. Right now, I still have the annoying click but at least it doesn't hurt. And really, as long as I wear the blasted brace, it doesn't really click very much anymore. So it's going well and though still not quite normal, it's much better than it was. I am even at the point where I think I can live with it even if it doesn't ever get any better than it is presently. And how awesome is my chiro? Last Friday, he gave all of his patients who are moms a fresh carnation and a coupon for a free 10-min massage! He said he was making it his mission to see that all of "his Moms" were happy. :D I swear if this guy ever moves away, I'm going to have to follow him, lol.

On the "OH! Shiny!!!" front, our tax rebate/stimulus money came in last Wednesday afternoon. Two hours later, it was pretty much gone, lol. But the nice people at Dell are currently working very hard to make me a shiny new laptop that sounds super-awesome. :D And I am trying very hard to not feel guilty about spending that much money, lol. (My current laptop is over three years old and showing signs of more problems in the near future. Between that and the tiny hard drive, it was time to do something and the rebate provided the perfect opportunity to replace it.) Now if I can only make myself stop checking the shipping status every five minutes, I'll be all set. *vbg* You can expect some picspam after it arrives, though according to Dell's current schedule it will not be here until the end of the month. *cries*

On the writing front, things are going very slow. Maelstrom, the ThoughtCrimes fic, is coming along very slowly, but there has been some progress. And I am very excited about my NaNo novel again! I have finally come up some solutions to a number of problems with it, so now it's just a matter of making myself sit down to do the edits/adjustments/rewrites. But really, it was a MAJOR step for me just to identify the problems and come up solutions; hopefully the rest will come along fairly quickly now, too.

Okay enough rambling for now. To all the Mom's out there, hope you have a very happy Mother's Day! To everyone else, hope you have a terrific Sunday also! :)

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I've been teh suck at updating again, I know. *sigh* Lots been going on here, tho not much of it falls in the Good-Stuff category. But things could be worse, because instead of Bad-Stuff mostly it's CouldaBeenWorse-Stuff.

The Laundry List of CouldaBeenWorse-Stuff )


Feb. 25th, 2008 12:49 pm
katstales: (John-this sucks)
As some of you know, my knee began to make this weird clicking noise late last week. There was no pain so I figured I'd just watch it and see what happens.

Well...something did happen. *sigh* When I woke up today and started to get dressed, I noticed that it was swollen. Like, really swollen. *sigh* So I have an appointment at 4pm and I guess we'll see what the problem is--I hope! *fingers crossed*

So anyway, if you have a spare prayer/good wish/good knee-vibe handy, I could certainly use some.

Oh, and to my chat-sisters...I may be late tonight, depending on how things go. *glares at stupid knee*

How Rude!

Feb. 19th, 2008 12:18 am
katstales: (John Ronon-FixStupid1)
Earlier today, my daughters and I took the kidlets to lunch at McDonald's. The kidlets love going there because it's one of the few in the area that still has an indoor playground. Daughter#1 and I, along with kidlet#1 met daughter#2 and kidlet#2 at 1pm, hoping the worst of the lunch crowd would be gone.

Sadly, this was not the case and the place was still extremely crowded. (Mostly with a whole lot of other parents/grandparents with kids, as the weather was too cold for a trip to the park.) We got there before the other 2 and went inside to see what tables might be available. Kidlet was very upset about something, because as soon as we pulled up she started to cry. Not sobbing, but the tears were forming. She didn't want to tell us what, so we went inside and managed to get lucky, finding a table for 4 with another small 2-person table next to it that was empty right across from the registers. So Kidlet#1 and daughter#1 sat down at the small table and I took a seat at the bigger table. I was still trying to find out what was bothering the kiddo, so I was kind of turned sideways in my seat, but it was still plenty clear that I was sitting at the table.

Warning! Rant about rude people ahead! )
katstales: (Atlantis-Rain)
I haven't updated again for awhile, my bad. I (knocks on wood) seem to have finally kicked the stupid flu/cold/sinus thing that had me feeling crappy for close to a month. Blech! So last week I was finally able to start catching up on some stuff that had been left to slide for far too long.

This way to update and picspam-age! )
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Okay, so it's February, not December and the 11th, not the 25th, but still it sure feels like Christmas around here! :D

Why? Well...

-- One, it's 18 degrees out there and snowing (btw, that's F, not C)!

-- Two, I did my taxes and we're getting a total refund of over $850--yay! (This is good because we just found out yesterday that in addition to the $300 we spent on tires, sometime in the next few weeks we will need to replace the struts also, which will be another $400-$500. *sigh*)

-- Three, when I logged into iTunes to look at some music that was recommended, I noticed that a download had started. I thought it was a podcast, so imagine my surprise when I discovered it was the next SGA ep which has not yet aired! (though I will watch it again on tv when it's broadcast on Friday anyway *giggles*)

-- Four, the nice man from the post office brought me an envelope from [livejournal.com profile] alasse_fae with the most yummy picture of Shep and a Wraith Queen that was autographed by Andee Frizzell!!!!! I was SO not expecting that--thankies, my friend, you are SOOOOO AWESOME!! *smooches and mega-huge tacklehugs!!!*

And now R has arrived home safely and soundly, so my day is now officially perfect. *grins like a mad-grinning-thing* Now to serve up the chicken and dumplings that I had cooking all day while I was busy doing the taxes so I can spend the evening in chat! *still grinning like a mad-grinning-thing*


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I know, I haven't posted here in ages. I totally got swallowed up by RL and family holiday stuff, but thankfully that's over for the year. Don't get me wrong--I loved it all and had a total blast! But as enjoyable as it was, it was also exhausting and I'm looking forward to a more normal schedule again. For a taste of Christmas festivities at my house, you can go here for a bit of picspam.

In amongst the holiday madness, I've been pondering possible resolutions for the New Year. I've already committed myself to a healthier lifestyle and have been watching what I eat and working out since last August, so the whole diet/fitness resolution-thing feels a bit like cheating and kind of a moot point.

So I think I'll be going a bit off the beaten path this year and making a few resolutions that aren't quite typical--which actually fits my taste far better than the usual lemming-type stuff and following the crowd. :D

My resolutions for 2008... )

Okay, I've bored you all enough for now. It's late and I should head back to bed to try to sleep for awhile again. I tried earlier, but as usual, I woke up an hour later and couldn't get back to sleep. :P

Happy New Year to one and all!


Dec. 14th, 2007 05:07 pm
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T'was Weigh and Measure day at Curves today. I wasn't quite as careful as I should have been for a couple of weeks, but forced myself to get back to better habits this week. I really didn't know what to expect when I stepped on the scale. Last weigh-in was early Nov, so there was Thanksgiving and several parties since then. I thought I did pretty well in choosing healthy things over all, but I did have pie at Thanksgiving and again the day after. And I did indulge in BBQ instead of salad last weekend at the NaNo TGIO party. And there were Blizzards from DQ last time the kidlet was here. I thought it couldn't be *too* bad though, because I'm now wearing a smaller size in jeans than I was at the last weigh-in. I was too scared to look, so I closed my eyes when the big moment came...and was very surprised when she did a little squee--I lost another 3lbs! That brings my total since I started in early August to 16 pounds and 19 total inches lost. Wooohooo! :D

I'm nervous about next time already, lol. Over the next three weeks there are going to be SOOOOO many temptations to dodge, what with my birthday this weekend, Christmas next week, and the big family holiday party the week after. *headdesk* I see a LOT more soups and salads in my future for the rest of this year, lol!
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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] wildcat88...

1. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
2. Tag seven people to do the same.
3. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."

1) I'm a total absolutely hopeless Diet Coke addict. I can drink other diet colas, but give me a choice and Diet Coke is my drink.

2) I'm also a completely hopeless night owl. If I try to go to sleep before 1am, I'll be awake within an hour and up for the rest of the night.

3) I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters, all of whom are now married. Holiday gatherings with only my immediate family can have up to 31 people and tend to be a bit...noisy. *g*

4) In two months, my hubby and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.

5) I have never, ever been stung by a bee, wasp, or hornet and am deathly afraid of them.

6) When I was a kid, our family had a retired police dog for a pet, a German Shepard named Satan.

7) I skipped kindergarten and went straight into first grade when I started school.

Tagging [livejournal.com profile] alasse_fae, [livejournal.com profile] theyllek, [livejournal.com profile] angeloftheruse, [livejournal.com profile] belisse, [livejournal.com profile] lostieborden, [livejournal.com profile] tielan, and [livejournal.com profile] gumnut

And finally, a nice big :P to the maker of this meme for taking away my standard response to these things with instruction #3 up there. *points up*



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