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Friday, February 6th, 2009
2:06 pm - Happy Birthday Rikku and Ranga!
You two have destroyed many pairs of underwear, but I love you still! Thanks for being such good puppies. Congratulations on being one year old TODAY!

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Monday, December 29th, 2008
2:35 pm - Yippppeeeeeee!
My best friend Dawn went into labor today with her first baby...I'm very excited!

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:16 pm - An Observation about Race and Elections (Prompted by NPR Commentary)
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
10:06 am - Coldplay vs. Death Cab for Cutie
I've been more impressed with the songs I've heard from the new Death Cab album than Coldplay's. However, I still need to hear the entire album.

What are your thoughts?

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
4:22 pm - Book Meme
Thanks Kix...This should be interesting.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. It estimates that the average adult has only read 6 of the 100 top books they've printed.

Go through the list and bold the ones you've read.
Italicize the ones you WANT to read
Two books removed because they were repeat entries.


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (All except the last one...i'm getting there...)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (I did read something written by his son, though)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read a lot, it would be presumptuous to say I've read the complete works.)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (I actually checked this one out of the library this week)
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (started...still want to finish)
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (maybe? I can't remember!)
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams (I've been trying to convince Mike to read this since we started dating.)
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I'm surprised there isn't any Kurt Vonnegut on the list.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2008
8:30 pm - Ranga snores.
How bad is it going to get when she's a full size dog?

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Saturday, April 19th, 2008
9:09 pm - More Pictures
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Monday, April 14th, 2008
3:13 pm - Ranga and Rikku
Well, Mike slept on the floor outside the crates Saturday night and I assumed the position last night. Rikku makes noises that I can hardly describe as "dog-like" when she's upset. Really, she sounds more like a monkey. I'll see if I can record it tonight. Today at lunch, though, I found the secret to getting her into the crate all on her own: peanut butter. Just a little dab goes a long way!

I don't have any interesting or funny stories to share, so here's another picture. This is still from Saturday. I'll take more pictures tonight.
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Friday, April 11th, 2008
10:53 am - Grammar Question!
cannot vs. can not.

Example:
This operation cannot be reversed.
This operation can not be reversed.

What do you prefer?

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Sunday, April 6th, 2008
6:35 pm - Warnging: Cuteness to Come
It looks very likely that by the end of this month, Mike and I will have puppies. We are looking for two female puppies from the same rescue. I've got five sets in my eye and I've contacted the various rescues to let them know and inquire about next steps. For the most part, they are lab mixes but there's also a Doberman-mix pair that Mike is pulling for.

We ordered some puppy supplies online - two crates, pooper scoopers (one for the backyard and another for walks, etc.), bowls, and a gate. We're going to look for leashes, collars, toys, and other things in person.

Pictures to come as soon as I know for sure which ones we'll be adopting.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008
12:52 pm - I'm a dork (and other health news)
I just returned from the dentist where everyone raved about the health of my mouth. I'm so pleased with myself that I'm glowing...

Also, I did something Tuesday night that got rid of my vertigo. Not sure exactly what it was but I suspect it was the Fish pose at yoga followed by rolling onto my right side for relaxation. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it remains gone. Now I have to decide whether I should keep my appointment with the ENT doctor for next week. Really, I don't think they were going to give some sort of miracle diagnosis or cure. With my type of vertigo, it comes and it goes without warning.

That's all for now!

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Friday, February 15th, 2008
11:59 am - Lush lovelies...
Has anyone tried the deodorants from Lush? I'm always looking for a natural alternative since anything with aluminum gives me eczema.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
3:46 pm - Puppy Bowl
There is a Maltese Yorkie (morkie) who keeps roughing up the bigger dogs. So funny.

They're all so cute. I can't wait for Spring when Mike and I get our own. Right now, the plan is to get two. I'd prefer sisters from one litter.

We're thinking Lab/Doberman sizes. Maybe a little smaller, but definitely when full grown at least 50 pounds.

yay puppies!

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
2:48 pm - Yanked from Kix
36 questions
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
10:25 am - Grammar Question!
Using "And/Or" in professional writing.

What are your thoughts on this grammatical conundrum?

Here's and example: Dave asked Jill if she wanted to see a movie and/or get dinner.

a.) This "word" clutters up a sentence and is unnecessary
b.) Adds clarity to a series of possibilities
c.) May add clarity but should be avoided whenever possible.

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Friday, January 18th, 2008
1:11 pm - To count fiber or not to count fiber, that is the question.
Since the beginning of January, my personal trainer and I have been working toward the goal of building muscle and losing the muffin top. I'm doing cardio 3 days a week, one day of yoga, and two days of weight lifting. In addition, here are my current nutritional goals:

1200 - 1300 total calories
40 - 45 grams of fat (good fats, not saturated fats)
120 - 150 grams of carbs
84 - 130 grams of protein

Fat has 9 calories per gram, Carbs and Protein have 4 calories per gram, Alcohol has 7 calories per gram.

When I first started tracking, my PT said I didn't need to count fiber calories because fiber doesn't raise blood sugars. This is a common measurement tool for diabetics, too. I did research on this point and found it was correct.

The problem is that in the U.S., food labels do not need to include fiber calories in their total calorie count if the serving size has more than 5 grams of fiber.

So, I was double-subtracting calories from my high fiber foods, thus consuming an average of 100 more calories each day than I thought. A hundred calories may not seem like a lot, but that's less the point. Yes, I've lost weight and inches, but I'm terribly frustrated that my PT didn't know this about food labels and warn me about it. Especially since I specifically asked him about this exact issue.

The other caveat is that not all food companies will deduct the fiber calories from the total calories. So, really, I need to do the math myself for every item I eat.

For example. My All Bran cereal says it has 80 calories, but if you do the math it's actually 117.

Fat: 1 (x9 = 9)
Carb: 23 (x 4 = 92)
Protein: 4 (x 4 = 16)
9 + 92 + 16 = 117

But, once you subtract the 40 fiber calories, its back down to 80-ish.

Also, FitDay (the site I'm using for my tracking) has some inconsistencies about when they'll warn you if the custom foods you create have incorrect nutritional information.

Jerks.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008
12:01 pm - The Spider Incident
So, I'm not sure how many of you know about my paralyzing fear of spiders. I've gotten better and if they're outside, I don't mind them. It's when they're in my space that I totally freak.

This morning, there was a spider in my space. Specifically, about a foot away from me on my desk. Here is what happened

Laura: (scream)
Co-worker #1: Are you ok?
Laura: Spider!
Co-workers: (laughter)
Laura: (a couple of beats pass) Well, is someone going to come get it?
Co-worker #2: Oh, is that what you need?
Co-worker #3: (starting to walk toward Laura's office)You on it?(said to Co-worker #2)
Co-worker #2: (Enters office with tissue)Where is it?
Laura: (pushed away from desk)There! By the scissors!
Co-worker #2: (Tries to grab spider and misses)
Laura: (pulls feet up into chair)You missed it! How could you miss it?!?
Co-worker #2: Don't worry, I'll get it (sweeps spider into hand and removes from office)
Co-worker #1: Are you ok now? (said to Laura)
Laura: Where did it come from? How did it get on my desk!?!

It was just an ordinary spider. Not a daddy longlegs (they don't bother me so much), but still, it was a very unpleasant experience. I tried finding an image on Google, but it was too creepy.

I just hope my co-workers don't use this knowledge to pull any pranks on me. I'm totally fine when it comes to rodents, snakes, or anything that doesn't have more than four legs.

Anyway, that's my story. I thought I'd share so you could get a good laugh.

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Friday, January 11th, 2008
10:30 am - Tech Writing
I work for a pretty small company and since I'm the only one with any writing experience (journalism, creative writing), I've been tasked with writing our user guides. Since I'm not a tech writer, I get hung up on some of the more mundane things. For example, right now I'm trying to figure out which one of these is correct:

drop down menu, dropdown menu, drop-down menu
pull down menu, pulldown menu, pull-down menu

I'm wondering on spelling as well as proper use.

Now, neither the AP style guide nor Merriam-Webster are much help. What are your thoughts as far as what is correct and where I might be able to find a dictionary that has technical words.

Thanks!

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
3:40 pm - vacation!
Dawn and I are planning a trip to Cancun in February. Our flights and all-inclusive hotel are booked. I'm super duper excited!

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
1:45 pm - In the mood for an interview
(a la Kix)
1. What is your favorite word?
vacation

2. What is your least favorite word?
debt

3. What turns you on?
intimacy

4. What turns you off?
stupid

5. What sound or noise do you love?
ice cream man

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
the phlegmy sound right before a spit

7. What is your favorite curse word?
pickle-licker

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
anything with internal organs

9. What profession would you not like to do?
anything featured on Dirty Jobs

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I'd like to introduce you to your grandfather.

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