Really beautiful fall colors in Kirkland, WA. This is heading toward the Kirkland Marina from Juanita. I’ve been taking pictures of the changing leaves all Autumn, but this is the first one that has really captured the vibrancy of the colors. This was taken with my iPhone, surprisingly!
I woke up to my usual Vista Print e-mail this morning, but it was a little bit different. Usually it’s some coupon for a bevy of free items or free shipping of mouse pads or something, but not today.
Today the subject line read, “Stuck Up For A Buck!” I’m not really sure what that means exactly, but I’m pretty sure they meant “Stock Up For A Buck.” A little proofreading goes a long way!
I like Vista Print, actually. I got magnets for my car doors with my business name and URL on them. And of course business cards, etc. Here is a pic of the car door magnet on my car:
Just not sure about this latest offer… LOL
Twitter is down right now, so I’m making a good old-fashioned blog entry for a change. It will be short, though. I have a busy morning but wanted to “take five” for my caffeine and blog-a-bit (which is usually Twitter) before digging in/moving on with my day.
If I could just get through my e-mails, I could actually get some work done. But I had so many e-mails to answer this morning, that I’m probably not going to get any work done before I have to go do some on-site work. I’ll pick up the work when I get home this afternoon – If I don’t have too many e-mails to answer by then!
Charlie is off of school today. “Teacher work day!” I don’t mind a few teacher work days throughout the year, but it seems like they have one almost every single month in this school district. I might not even balk at that, but too many of them occur just before Spring Break, just before Christmas break, just before the Memorial day weekend holiday, etc. Makes me wonder how much “work” they are actually getting done on those days. Especially after the snow days we had in December that were *supposed* to be made up on two of the teacher work days that were before Spring Break and before the Memorial Day Holiday got changed back – due to the union’s insistence on “sticking to the contract.” Now those days are being made up at the end of the school year. Makes me think someone whined because their long-weekend/vacation plans were interefered with – and not because they really, really wanted to *work* on those teacher work days. I could be wrong . . .
Well, I should get some e-mails finished and get ready to go. Sis is watching Charlie while I do some on-site work, then I’m going out tonight. Was supposed to go out with Brad, I thought, but he can’t make it tonight. So just going to a function I know about. I’ve been making a lot of positive changes in my life lately, and forcing myself to be more social is one of them!
I wonder if Twitter is back . . .
Wow, Charlie has been in my life for more than seven years! (Including pregnancy). Even more amazing, there are people who still follow my blog who followed it when I was pregnant (back before Sherryness.com, when it was on Diary-X). I know I don’t post as much about Charlie as I used to, so I thought I’d post this retrospective, going backwards. Most are pics of Charlie & me, but some are just Charlie, because the were too cute to resist posting:
Haven’t done one of these for a long time, so using it in place of an update:
1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
I need to use extra hair conditioner in the winter time.
2. How much cash do you have on you?
3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
4. Favorite planet?
The moon, though technically it’s not, it still is.
5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
6. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
“All I Wanna Do I Have Some Fun” by Sheryl Crow
7. What shirt are you wearing?
Nightgown – it’s 11:30!
8. Do you label yourself?
Usually as a Mom.
9. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently wearing?
I’m only wearing socks.
10. Bright or Dark Room?
Dark, usually. Glare gives me headache.
11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
12. What does your watch look like?
Silver, with etched filigree.
13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping, or near to it.
14. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
15. Where is your nearest 7-11?
About a mile east of me.
16. What’s a word that you say a lot?
17. Who told you he/she loved you last?
18. Last furry thing you touched?
My sister’s cat.
19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days?
20. How many rolls of film do you need developed?
None – I’ve gone fully digital.
21. Favorite age you have been so far?
22. Your worst enemy?
23. What is your current desktop picture?
Redmond Town Center at night with Charlie in the distance going into a toy store.
24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
In e-mail or on phone or in person? Probably would have been, “Take care” , “Take care, bye” and “Thanks” respectively.
25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly what would it be?
The money – I’m scared of heights!
26. Do you like someone?
27. The last song you listened to?
“Sunspots” by Nine Inch Nails
28. What time of day were you born?
5 a.m. or something crazy like that.
29. What’s your favorite number?
30. Where did you live in 1987?
Walnut Creek, CA
31. Are you jealous of anyone?
Just of people with the freedom to travel a lot.
32. Is anyone jealous of you?
Possibly – I work for myself – a lot of people seem to be into that.
33. Where were you when 9/11 happened?
At home in Carnation, WA – Watched part of it unfold on tv – Depressing question!
34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money?
Look for a number to call, stare at it angrily for a minute, then decide it’s not worth my time.
35. Do you consider yourself kind?
36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be?
Some place on it couldn’t be seen – on my scalp under my hair, maybe.
37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?
38. Would you move for the person you loved?
I have in the past. From San Francisco to Miami.
39. Are you touchy feely?
Yes, with the right person.
40. What’s your life motto?
Keep trying til you get it right or chuck the whole thing. Don’t half-ass it.
41. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
My phone, my glasses, a pen.
42. What’s your favourite town/city?
Love Seattle & San Francisco almost equally. I like SF better itself, but have family & friends in Seattle so that carries a lot of weight.
43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
If greeting cards count, just today.
45. Can you change the oil on a car?
Technically yes, I took auto shop in high school. But I prefer to leave it to the pros.
46. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
Crush or real love? That’s too ambiguous.
47. How far back do you know about your ancestry?
I know Christopher De(a)dman came to the U.S. from Sussex England some time in the 1600′s – that is way back on my Father’s side.
48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy?
Got dressed up to go to my friend Brad’s piano concert, but didn’t ever arrive because traffic was stopped dead on 520 for hours.
49. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
My back. I was too tense today.
50. Have you been burned by love?
I just launched a new site all about the area I live in and love – the East Side of the Seattle Washington area.
I plan to post something there nearly every day – from pictures, to anecdotes, to local deals and steals, businesses opening and closing, pictures, video, cheap gas prices – just anything I come across that I’d like to share about this area that I love.
Today I posted about cheap gas prices and put up a gallery of pictures I took of autumn leaves and the Kirkland Waterfront on Lake Washington Boulevard in Kirkland, Washington.
I love to post this near Hallowe’en:
THE CONQUEROR WORM
Lo! ’tis a gala night
Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.
Mimes, in the form of God on high,
Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly-
Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
That motley drama-oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore,
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.
But see, amid the mimic rout
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes!-it writhes!-with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And the angels sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.
Out-out are the lights-out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
And the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy “Man,”
And its hero the Conqueror Worm.
– EDGAR ALLAN POE -
I finally launched a web site all about my son Charlie, who has autism/ASD and ADHD: http://allaboutcharlie.com/
AllAboutCharlie.com is All About Charlie (and a bit about me as well).
I went to kcci.com for the first time in about 4 months, just to see what’s going on. And what is the first god-damned-mother-fucking thing I see?
You know, unless you’re a god-damned farmer and *have* to live in such a place – why the hell would you?
I was traumatized by crap like this when I lived there – normally bad weather doesn’t bother me. But when my child started school and bad weather became a huge factor in whether my child made it home safely or not – or if I had to drive on ice and snow and all that crap – it became a huge factor. Being separated from my child by potentially death-inducing weather traumatized me like you can’t believe.
I am so glad to be away from it. And I don’t think I’ll be visiting Iowa – or KCCI.com – anytime soon…
What sucks more than a(n apparently former) friend not talking to you at all? That would be a(n apparently former) friend talking to you and being all cold and keeping you at arm’s length and not even saying good bye….
Sorry for whatever I did – Wish you’d just tell me – That just kind of… sucks.