Barnmouse Blitherings

Veggie…Yay or ‘Neigh’?
July 31, 2006, 7:46 pm
Filed under: general wonderment

I have been tossing around the idea of not eating meat for awhile. I finally made up my mind day before yesterday to give it a shot.

So far, I’m doing pretty good. No meat eaten in the last….hmm…36 hours? I took a trip to the grocery store for peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti o’s (no meatballs) and mac & cheese. Just so I’ll have something to snack on that doesn’t taste like cardboard when I have to fix Computer Guy his steak!

Since he’s at the dentist right now, I don’t think he’ll be eating much steak tonight though!

I’m just a little worried that I’ll get a pepperoni craving and not be able to help myself! Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it! I love salads, and pastas, and breads…..veggies though….I’m not so sure about. I could probably count on one hand the number of vegetables that I like. Let’s see…there’s green beans, and corn….and….uh…..hmm….well, I think I’ll have to give that a little more thought. Oh yeah! Lettuce and cucumbers….like those too. Ok, that makes 4…I’m feeling a little better about that now. I knew there had to be more than 2 vegetables I like. I just don’t want to end up feeling like I’m eating grass everyday! (hence the ‘neigh’)

On another note, I pulled weeds for about 2 hours yesterday! I can barely move my legs! AHHH!!! Of course, that didn’t hit until this morning when I tried to get out of bed and ended up on the floor. There should not have been 2 hours worth of weeds in ONE flower bed! Jeeze! Poor neglected little flower bed! It looked like a mini rainforest! Fortunately, most of them came up easily, but the clover…ahh…the clover….couldn’t I just set that on fire? SUCH a pain! Looks much better now. Just in need of some actual plants!


excuse my drool
July 29, 2006, 10:51 pm
Filed under: electronics are out to get me, whineyness

Oh camera….how I pine for thee……


one day……


Anyone have an opinion of different digital cameras?

(photo courtesy of CompUSA….c’mon guys….drop the price MORE!)

I Want To Scream!
July 29, 2006, 5:10 pm
Filed under: electronics are out to get me, whineyness


No, I’m not becoming a pirate. I’m incredibly P.O.’d at Dish Network!

After waiting all day yesterday for “the call” that they’d have to post pone our so-called ‘appointment’ that was for today, I was so happy that it never came! What we DID get, however was a CONFIRMATION CALL!!!

Okay, maybe this is where I’m going wrong…I thought that the definition of “CONFIRMATION” was:

a. The act of confirming.
b. Something that confirms; verification

Boy was I wrong!!!

Apparently it means that they just needed to give somebody “busy work” yesterday and gave them a list of people to call and say that our appointment was confirmed!

What. A. Crock!

We got a call this morning at 8AM…..on a Saturday…..AT 8 IN THE MORNING!!! I’m sorry, but I love sleep. I love to sleep late. I feel much better when I do. And the only time I can do this is on the weekend! Oh no….not today though…

Okay, like I said. Our phone rings at 8AM…I do not answer it. Computer Guy had to get out of bed and walk all the way around it to the phone. I thought the phone was ringing in my dream. I hate when that happens. So he picks up the phone and mumbles something. I don’t know. I wasn’t really listening. Lately we’ve been getting bombarded by those incredibly annoying survey people…”Oh, this is a short survey. It won’t take long.” and hour later…..still on the phone!

Back to Dish Net. They’ve cancelled our appointment…..AGAIN!!! I’m trying to convince CG to find another way to get his beloved channels of junk that we never watch. But alas, we’ve already had problems with TWC. 2 years after we cut off their service (for the wonderful ol’ folks down at Dish Network) they send us a bill! I’m sorry? What?! They have no idea what they’re doing either! Jeezey Creezy!

Our appointment is now for the 12th (2 weeks away) between 1AM and 11:30PM…, not really, but it may as well be. It’s actually for 8-12:30. But really…what’s the difference?

So, to recap:

  • this is the 4th time they’ve rescheduled
  • we were supposed to have our new reciever a week ago
  • we’ve had confirmation of TWO seperate appointments that they’ve then cancelled

I’ve had it up to here *holding hand above head* with these people! What do we have to do to get our new receiver?! Apparently someone is getting them. Is it like at the grocery store when someone will buy all the hotdog buns? Did a delivery guy decide that he wanted them all and ran off with them? How many times could something happen to ALL the receivers? Or are we just the unlucky ones that keep getting bumped? You’d think they’d bump someone different each time….so the logical thing to think is that many people are getting those automated calls. They probably made them a recording so their people would stop getting yelled at for being so stupid.

It’s called a network people….look into one!

50 Random facts about me
July 29, 2006, 12:40 am
Filed under: general wonderment

1. I can pick up and throw things with my toes (but I don’t have ‘monkey toes’)

2. I have very long, very thick, wavy blonde hair.

3. I hate it.

4. I want thinner straight hair.

5. I can make my eyes vibrate.

6. My best friend doesn’t let me for fear that she might barf.

7. I love to drive.

8. I hate loud noises.

9. I hate it when my legs need to be shaved.

10. I hate shaving my legs.

11. I would love to live in Wyoming. I don’t care if anyone says it’s boring.

12. I am deathly afraid of spiders. I don’t care if they’re little, I don’t care if they’re good for gardens, I don’t care if they’re not poisonous, I don’t care if you named it Fred and taught it how to tap dance, don’t care don’t care don’t care, get it OFF ME!!!

13. I’m also very afraid of sharks, being hit by a car, embarassing myself, and flying/riding in a ship across the ocean.

14. I DON’T WANT TO HOLD YOUR BABY. This is not directed at anyone in particular. I don’t want to hold ANYONE’S baby. I don’t care if they’re cute. Yes, I’m 25 and married. If I wanted a baby, I know how to get them.

15. I really hate a lot of the music that my hubby loves…shhhhhh…

16. I love to cook.

17. I hate to do dishes.

18. I can crack my neck really loud. I used to do it in class to gross people out.

19. I’ll paint my toenails and then never take the polish off when it grows out.

20. I could easily become addicted to ebay.

21. I LOVE my iPod mini.

22. I can’t drive through a parking lot across the lines. I have to follow all the arrows.

23. I’m scared to death of falling out of a rollercoaster.

24. I’d like to lose 20 pounds.

25. I’m not such a big fan of hippies.

26. I’m a slob.

27. We lived in New York City, Manhattan, right on Times Square for about 3 months.

28. I could not get out of there fast enough.

29. I have to cut the fat AND a thin layer of the meat off of a steak or I can’t eat it (I still think invisable fat is there)

30. I hate it when my food touches on my plate.

31. I’m scared of doctors (dentists included)

32. I have excellent vision.

33. I love the color of my eyes. I can’t really describe it. It’s kind of a blue/green/gray with a black rim around the colored part.

34. I can’t drink any other kind of milk except fat free skim. Any other kind makes me feel like I’m drinking straight fat. *yick*

35. I hated high school.

36. I wish I could never hear about school ever again.

37. I had braces from 5th until just before 9th grade.

38. I rode horses for 13 years.

39. I took piano lessons for 8 years, but have played since I was 7.

40. I have a problem with authority.

41. I wanted to join the Air Force, but I have too many physical problems (knee, back).

42. I never told anybody that.

43. I care way too much about things that I shouldn’t care about.

44. I probably don’t care enough about some things that I really should care about.

45. I make friends with guys easier than girls.

46. I think it’s because I’m know lots of dirty jokes and will join in when they’re poking fun at each other.

47. I’m nosey.

48. I’ve been flirting with the idea of dying my hair brown (temporary or maybe a glaze)

49. It’s research for my novel.

50. It took me 2 hours to go to sleep last night. This is normal.

The Dish Network Saga…
July 28, 2006, 6:23 pm
Filed under: whineyness


We have satellite television.


Our satellite dish receiver is malfunctioning (the third of this model that we have owned).


We decided that since we were going to have to call Dish Net to get them out here and PAY them to fix whatever is wrong (we’re missing a good 1/3 of the channels that we’re paying an arm and a leg for) that we would go ahead and upgrade to the HDTV model since we’ve recently purchased a tv that supports that.

Yes….you guessed it…..UGH!

We called last week on Thursday. They gave us an “appointment” for Sunday between 12:30 and 5 pm. I say “appointment” in quotations because anything that has that broad of a time frame is NOT an appointment. Anyway, on Saturday, we received a recording phone call saying that due to high demand for the HDTV receiver, they don’t have one for us and we’ll have to call them back to make another appointment.

Grrrrrr….wouldn’t they have known this on Thursday?!

So we call back. Like the good little Dish-Net-Customer-Puppets that we are. We get an appointment for Tuesday between 12:30 and 5. We get ANOTHER automated call Monday saying that “due to high demand….blah blah blah”. We call back…AGAIN…. This time the appointment is for NEXT Tuesday between 8am and 12.


I’ll never get my beloved Food Network back.

We get yet another call saying the same ol’ thang….that we should call them back to reschedule….so we did. NOT happy this time…. The girl that Computer Guy talked to seemed confused. She said that we were still scheduled for Tuesday between 8am and 12, but did we want to reschedule for another time? WHAT?! Are you insane?! CG made kind of a big deal about how many times they’ve canceled their appointments and long story (just a little bit) shorter we now have an appointmet for Saturday! WoooHooo!!! Only a week after we were supposed to have our new receiver!

I’m still waiting for the automated call again…’s such a smug little voice….grrrr…..


Okay, rant over. Hot Pocket eaten (so-so). Time to get back to cleaning.

CG got worried when I told him I was cleaning more today. He thought we were having company! I guess I should clean more than just when people are coming over.

***UPDATE*** Dish Net just called (no automation! Yippie!) and confirmed our ‘appointment’ tomorrow between 12:30 and 5. Now if I get another call switching times again, we’re switching companies! 😛

it was only a matter of time

Well, I knew it would happen. I tried my best to resist the urge, but I just couldn’t hold out any longer. I’ve been cleaning my kitchen for the past 2 hours!

After visiting with SM in her and MC’s house (spotless house! with 2 cats, no less) I felt like the biggest slob! Seriously, I don’t care if there’s a pile of dishes in the sink, on the counter, stuck to the ceiling…whatever! But…when I go to a friend’s house and see how clean and nice and sparkely it is, it makes me want to go home and dump all the little knicky-knacky things in a box and drive them to the dump. Of course, when I start trying to go through them, I remember all the little memories that accompany them and I just can’t bring myself to get rid of any of them! I’m waaaaay too sentamental about things like that.

Back to the kitchen…it all started while I was making dinner. All that coffee I drank earlier made it impossible for me to sit still, so I got out my ever-trusty swiffer and did a round of the kitchen and area between the kitchen and den. Then, I still couldn’t sit still, so I got out my even trustier carpet flick and “flicked” the dining room rug and living room rug, then the smaller rug in front of the back door and throw rug in the kitchen.

By this time, I had successfully burnt dinner (yippie for me). So, after choking down half my dinner and watching “King of the Hill” (oh yeah) I went back into the kitchen with the dirty dishes….yes, we eat in front of the TV. It’s huge. We’re stuck in it’s gravitational pull.

My wittle 110 lb puppy dog wanted a piece of bacon, and of course, he normally gets what he wants. So that got me cleaning dishes. And more dishes. And bowls. And pans. All the stuff that I couldn’t jam into the dishwasher. Then I got to thinking about how clean SM & MC’s house was again, decided that a little “deep cleaning” in the kitchen wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Consider it belated “Spring Cleaning”. I even learned a little something. Did you know that the little grate thing in the bottom of an espresso machine comes out so you can clean it out better? Who knew?! I guess you’ve got to learn something new every day.

I’m considering of taking the cleaning act into the living room next…

Can’t think of an interesting title

Lunch was great! I was expecting it to be good, but this was very yummy pizza! There were all different types of toppings and being as picky as I am, there were even several other toppings that I might be coaxed into trying if we should ever go back there (which there’s a high possability of). I also got to see her and he boyfriend’s house (hmm….we’ll call him Mr. Clean….no, he’s not bald! He, unlike many guys, actually appreciates a clean house and is willing to actually CLEAN to keep it that way…instead of looking at the wife/girlfriend and saying “uh, the carpet could use some vacuuming”). Anyway, their house is really cool and has lot of neat angles and lots of the colors that I actually picked out for our house! How neat. 🙂

SM and I also did something that I’ve wanted to do since I moved here. Walk around “semi-downtown” and look at stuff. I’m always kinda scared to drive around here since I don’t live near the downtown area and all the streets suck. It’s really very pretty and quiet around there with a lot of nice houses, although some of them look like giant cubes. It started sounding like thunder so we went back to SM and MC’s house and I finally got to meet their elusive cat. I’d met the other one earlier in the day, but William finally came out from under the bed. He seemed to warm up to me pretty quick, but what can I say? I have animal magetism! (When I walk outside, squirrels stick to my sweater. hehehe)

On my way home, I end up taking about a million wrong turns (ok, only 1, but I thought I had made many more) and it took 30 minutes to get home! Blasted rush hour!

I let my 2 kitties sniff my hands, since they still smelled of Edgar and William (SM and MC’s two kitties…they’re brothers…how cool is that?) and neither of them seemed to care, which is weird. Normally when they smell a new cat they will sit and sniff my hands as long as I’ll let them, but they seemed more interested in getting treats.

I sure hope this isn’t turning out too boring. I realize that my day-to-day life probably doesn’t hold much interest, but I sure am proud of myself for making more than one post and then forgetting about it!

I can’t believe tomorrow is FRIDAY! YAY! This week went by so fast! Probably because I was sort of zombie-like Monday and Tuesday. Didn’t feel well at all, but no worries, I’m all better now! Oh, forgot to mention, on the way back to her house, SM and I stopped at a coffee shop I’d never been to before and I got just about the strongest coffee I’ve ever had….4 (count ’em…FOUR) shots of espresso in it! I think I’d actually bounce off the walls right now if I wasn’t afraid of breaking stuff (picture frames, bones, etc…). I’m used to the frapuccinos at Starbuck’s, myself. I think I ought to stick to those from now on. I am working on learning how to make those at home, since they’re rather draining on the wallet, and I think I’m making headway. Still not exactly the same, but I’m getting there!