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Jul. 21st, 2006

This is the stuff that's been ruling my life lately:

Garth Nix and his book Sabriel. It's a good book. It's no major work of contemporary literature, but I really enjoyed reading it, enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the fact that the hero is a girl. He gets into the world without a bunch of excess hoo-hah and without a single eye roll, for me at least. They keep this one in the YA section, so if you're out of Harry Potter to read, or if you want something a little more gothy, pick this up. It's a good escape. I'll be starting on Lirael after I read the book for peril_book_club.
Carpenter Ants. So we sucessfully got rid of all the teeny ants. They are dead dead dead or they figured out we're not a hospitable location. But now we're getting those big, nasty looking centimeter long ants, specifically in the kitchen. I asked Jack to go ahead and call an exterminator, because I am so over not feeling like I can cook in the kitchen. Bah. Ew.
The Mustang. Since the radio in my car (or more likely one of the fuses) pooped out, I have been unable to entertain myself any other way on my morning commute than looking at other cars. Fortunately I enjoy this. I've been counting the number of Mustangs I see, what model, and whether it's a convertible. The Genesis forum guys have been telling me a little about how it is to drive a rear wheel drive car, and I positively itch to test drive one, but haven't had time. I wish I knew a place you could rent them. I'm saving up money, so we'll see. My car is getting... worn around the edges. I will just thank my lucky stars it is still running.


Other than that, we got murdered in softball yesterday. I brought Lou along to play with us and he had to endure trial by fire. The team we played belongs in the fricking B league, not the D league. This would be tolerable to some extent if they had more of a sense of humility about it. But anyways, it sucked only in the sense that we lost, I still managed to have fun.

I got the best of Inked on Netflix. Silly me, I thought the show was about tattoos and tattooing! Seems like it's more about the stupid melodrama of the staff's lives. So far, I way prefer Miami Ink. I think about my new tattoo design idea every day, but I still fear it being in such an obvious spot. I go from feeling like "I am so ready!!!" to "God I'm such a candy-ass and I can't get it THERE" on a regular basis. I wish I could shuck off my last reservations because the idea just gets better and better and more developed. I suppose the other barrier I have is that I'm scared I won't find anyone I feel I can trust enough to do it. I know I have lots of recommendations but I really want to feel comfortable with the person. Sigh. Angst.

Time to go deposit the ol' paycheck and have the celebratory paycheck lunch at the Lebanese Taverna.

Comments

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judithiscariot
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
my car is RWD. if you promise not to wreck it i might let you try.
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
You are kind. I may take you up on that when I get my weekends back in August.
geniealisa
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I want to talk about tattoos with you. I'm a big ol' waffler on the whole thing ...

snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
GOOD. You would be the perfect person to talk to about this! You are probably in almost the same position as me. Have your people talk to my people.
gunther_cub
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hertz and Budget rent Fords... you should do one some weekend.
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. I will call them soon.
multiplexer
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
On ants:

Man, I hate hate hate this Laurel breed of those big nasty huge black ants. We had ants set up shop in our home for a bit, because have toddler, will have crumbs and juice and god knows on the floor. ect's mom came down from Michigan and took care of 90% of our ant problem. She went to Lowes and got this outside the house ant killer pellets that get sprinkled on the ground right around the foundation of the house and on top of any ant hills you find. Then there was a period of prowling around the outside of the house, killing every ant hill, and coating the foundation with this stuff. Now, we still get ants, but much fewer, and only after a huge thunderstorm.

I'm not too sure of the brand, but the Lowes on Route 1 carries a pretty hefty selection of Ant Extermination Selections. They also carry a selection of Bee, Wasp and Japanese Beetle murder, all of which we've had to employ this year. *sigh*

It's worth a try, and much cheaper than an exterminator. If that doesn't take care if it, you might have ants living in your walls and that would suck.
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
I have some outside ant things going on, but I'm not sure they are doing jack or shit, so I need to try something else. I figure it can't hurt to get an extermintor out to make sure nothing's eating the foundation out from under us anyways - there wasn't anything when we moved in and had it inspected, but hey, that was two years ago.

Thanks for the tips, we all need everything we can find in our arsenal.
eeedge
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Loved Sabriel, enjoyed Lirael, very disappointed in Abhorsen.
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
If I manage to get that far, I will be sure to let you know how I feel about it!
jsciv
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not really a car nut, but I have to say: there's definitely something special about the '06 Mustang. I've rented cars a lot over the past few years, and many times I've been upgraded to a Mustang (I suppose I just have "that" kind of a face??). At T'con this year I got an '06. And yeah, it's NICE. The new design is IMO much better than previous years, and it is just FUN to drive. I was surprised by this since previous year models were just sort of "cars" to me, but this was "wow."

I'm not considering a new car right now, but if I were, the new Mustang would definitely be on myu list. Two people at work have them, too, and so I get to ride in one frequently now. It's more fun to drive, but still nice. :)
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
So tell me - what did you think of the interior? Based on what you expect out of a car that expensive (it's really middling in the world of new cars - not 20, not 40, but 30) does the interior hold up? Divulge all that you desire!
rob_donoghue
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Nix is the man.
professorbooty
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Please plase don't buy a Mustang.

Have you read the His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman?
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
Why not? *genuinely curious* *suspects it's the gas mileage*

I read the first book of the Pullman series but stalled out on the second. I am not sure why other than that I couldn't handle reading about bad things potentially happening to animals.
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angela_la_la
Jul. 21st, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
My advice: you won't be able to develop a rapport with any artists until you start going to shops and chatting them up. I'll be happy to introduce you to Jackie Brown--not sure what kind of style you're looking for, but I thought you'd dig the idea of an all-female shop.

Also, yes, Inked blows. I watch a lot of Miami Ink by default through James, and it's way better (which isn't to say it's good, but I tend to find tattoo clients kind of tedious, present company excluded).
judithiscariot
Jul. 21st, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Is Luis a woman? :-D
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booyeah
Jul. 21st, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
As long as you can cover it up for a job interview, then I say just do it. If you can't, then I'd say a healthy dose of consideration wouldn't hurt.

You could always go down to miami and get it done on tv. That would be boss.
snidegrrl
Jul. 21st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
I could cover it up for an interview with a long sleeve shirt and a watch, but the first day I wore a short sleeve shirt to work would be like, "hi, I'm the tattooed lady". Now, it's not (hopefully) terribly likely they'd turn around and fire me for that, but in some jobs I am sure it could sour people on me or make them feel like I am less competent.

Of course you can say "well that's their bigoted problem those jerks!" but often those jerks can make it my problem when they decide they don't want to give me a paycheck anymore or want to treat me like shit. I suppose if I'd done this when I was younger I would be like "whatever". But I have hypothetical mustang payments to think about.
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motorharp
Jul. 21st, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
The Garth Nix books are even better as read by Tim Curry! The way he pronounces "mosquito": moss-keet'-o. And he does a wonderful Mogget. Rroww!
ex_nostradom25
Jul. 21st, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
YES
We totally hated Inked. I'm all "is this a tattoo shop for the sole purpose of running a high school work program?" Shitballs, not even I enjoyed the drama.
tzel
Jul. 22nd, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that someone has already mentioned that while rear wheel drive makes big car go fast it sucks in bad weather. Cinderblocks in the trunk help.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I keep hearing the horror stories of spinning out even when going really slow. It is certainly giving me pause.
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